Tuesday May 23, 2006

By Phil Smith

The Stafford Motor Speedway hosts their second of four Whelen Modified Tour Series events this Friday, May 26. Tickets for the 16th annual Connecticut Classic 150 are available and on sale now at the Stafford Motor Speedway box office. Tickets are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission, $5.00 for children 6-14, and children 5 & under are free. Reserved seating is available for $32.00. Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking with overnight parking available. The race is also part of Youth Organization Month at SMS, which means that any child age 6-14 wearing a youth organization team shirt or uniform gets free general admission when accompanied by an adult. The Whelen Modified Tour Series is at the end of a three week break which has afforded car owners plenty of time to freshen up their equipment.

Close to 50 of the open wheeled ground pounders will be on hand. The Stafford suffered a rain out for the second week in a row last week. The track management stated that those holding on to rained out tickets can cash them in toward a ticket for this week or they can be used at a regular Friday night event.
At the Waterford Speedbowl Dwayne Door made it five in a row in the Sportsman division, thus setting a division mark. Dorr, who started 12th, needed only six laps to take the lead. He then survived a restart- challenge from eventual runner-up Jim Procaccini with four laps left to the 20 lap feature. Jrff Pearl scored his first win of the season as he beat back advances from Dennis Gada. Chris Pasteryak finished third with rookie contender, Tyler Chadwick, fourth and Rob Summers, fifth. Other winners at the shoreline oval were Tim Jordan in the Late Models, Danny Field in the Mini-Stocks and Mark Bakaj in the Legends. Supermodifieds will be add to the regular weekly program.

It looks like many of Nextel Cup star Dale Jarrettís fans will be burning their t-shirts, hats and jackets as they voice their protests of him leaving the Ford camp for Toyota. Jarrett, who is 49, is in the twilight of his career with maybe only a couple years remaining of his competitive career. Itís all about money and itís all about greed. Jarrett will drive a Toyota bodied Nextel Cup car owned by Michael Waltrip and financed by Toyota next year. They made him an offer he couldnít refuse. Jarrett ownes a highly successful Ford dealership in North Carolina and is already a multi-millionaire. Evidently he wants more! Toyota is spending millions to make their mark in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing. They donít need to do that to sell cars as their product speaks for themselves. NASCAR Nextel Cup racing has become a glorified IROC series and can be very boring at times. Watch the first 20 laps and the last 30 laps and you have seen it all. Once Jarrett turns his final laps in the Robert Yates Ford all his remaining souvenir clothing will end up at Ocean State Job Lot or Building 19.

In TV land, this weekís viewing begins on on Thursday at noon with the Speed Channel replays last Saturday nightís NASCAR Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge that was run at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC.The Nextel Cup Pit Crew Challenge follows at 3:00pm. The Speed Channel goes live at 4:30 with NASCAR Nextel Cup Practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowes Motor Speedway. At 6:00pm Speed continues their live coverage from Charlotte. Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 begins at 7:00pm followed by NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at 9:00pm. Saturdayís coverage from Charlotte begins at 1:00pm with NASCAR Live. At 2:00pm Speed goes live at Mansfield, Oh. For the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ohio 250. At 4:30 the coverage switches back to Charlotte for the final practice for the Coca-Cola 600. The Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, held in Indianapolis, IN steps off at 6:00pm on ESPN-2. For those not into parades switch to FX for NASCAR Busch Series Pre Race show at Charlotte. The Busch Series Carquest Auto Parts 300, at 7:30 with the green flag dropping at 8:00pm. Sunday will be a very busy day for race fans. At noon ABC has their Indy 500 pre-race show. The Indianapolis 500 gets the green flag on ABC at 1:00pm. The 500 will last at least 3-1/2 hours. The action switches to FOX at 5:00pm for the Coca-Cola 600 pre race show followed by green flag action at 5:30. NASCAR Victory Lane at 11:00pm will wrap up the days activity.

On the Speedway Stock Market Scene last week two of the three speedway stocks ended the week in the green. Leading the charge was the International Speedway Corporation, which went up 0.37 to 48.73. Speedway Motorsports went up 0.05 to 38.12. On the negative side Dover Downs dropped 0.11 to 5.98. Nextel dropped 0.76 to 22.73 while Sun Oil continued their crash dive as they dropped 6.97 to 66.57. Featherlite Trailers went up 0.03 to 4.75 while DIRT Motorsports dropped 1.00 to 3.00. In the drug sector Pfizer dropped 1.63 to 23.82 and Bristol Meyers-Squib dropped 0.13 to 24.17. The home improvement sector was also down for the week. Home Depot dropped 1.01 to 38.94 and Lowes dropped 0.47 to 62.64. Fedex, which has dropped close to 10 points the last two weeks, dropped 5.80 to 109.34. UPS was also down as they dropped 0.90 to 79.94.

Thatís about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and R.I.02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467 or days at 860-433-5250.E-mail  

Phil Smith has been a columnist for Speedway Scene for over 3 decades.
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