The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series
continues on "Spring Break" until this
coming Friday when they return to action
at the Stafford Motor Speedway .
The Modified Racing Series returned to
action Friday night, May 21, at the
Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY.
Rowan Pennink got a well deserved and
long over-due win as he overcame a cut
tire on lap three and came back to win
the 100 lap East-West Showdown at
The event was co-sanctioned by the
Modified Racing Series, sponsored by the
BobValentiAutomall.com and the Race of
Champions DART Asphalt Series.
New Jersey runner Pete Brittain led the
first forty-seven-laps before yielding
the top spot to Earl Paules, Paules set
a torrid pace until lap seventy-six when
Pennink claimed the top spot. Pennink
went on to score his second Modified
Racing Series win. The victory was the
third for car owner, Gary Cassela. The
race was marred by 15 caution periods
including, a crash that saw 2009 Koszela
Speed Rookie of the Year, Jacob Dore
vault over the second place car,
Brittain while battling for the
Like Pennink, Sean Bodreau overcame an
early race mishap to finish a strong
third ahead of Les Hinckley, Rob
Goodenough,, Daren Scherer, Norman Wrenn,
Mike Holdridge, and Kenny Barry.
The Modified Racing Series now moves on
to a holiday double-header weekend at
Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY May
29th and Thunder Road International
Speedbowl, Barre, VT May 30th.
The Stafford Motor Speedway celebrated
NASCAR Day with a Whelen Event Night
race program consisting of five NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series divisions.
Keith Rocco picked up his second win of
2010 in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature,
Corey Hutchings took down his first
victory of 2010 in the 30-lap Late Model
feature, Matt Galko was a first-time
career winner in the 20-lap SK Light
Modified feature, George Nocera took
down his first win of 2010 in the 20-lap
Limited Late Model feature, and Don Wood
scored his first victory of the 2010
season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Jeff Paul broke the strangle hold that
Keith Rocco had held on victory lane at
the Waterford Speedbowl as he claimed
his first win of the year in the SK
Modifieds®, snapping Keith Rocco’s three
race winning streak in the division.
Eighteen year old Brian Andronaco was a
first time winner in the Bob Valenti
Auto Mall Late Model event. Josh Galvin
became the first repeat winner of the
year in the Street Stocks and Louis
Bellisle recorded his first Norwich
Bulletin Mini Stock win of the season.
Anthony Frissora won the visiting
Allison Legacy Series tour race.
Todd Ceravolo was the early leader in
the SK Modified® 35-lap event. He and
second place Joe Perry checked out over
the field which battled intensely behind
in the opening laps. Rob Janovic Jr.
moved low under Diego Monahan for the
third spot on lap six, leaving Jeff
Pearl to challenge Monahan for fourth.
Keith Rocco was advancing through the
top ten when trouble in the back half of
the field saw Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. and
Adam Gada get together to draw the first
caution on lap nine.
Ceravolo restarted strong and took over
at the point. Janovic moved by Perry for
second and Pearl moved by into third.
Perry settled into fourth over Rocco,
but the five-time winner wasted no time
moving outside and past Perry to secure
the fourth spot. Rocco challenged the
outside of Pearl for third position two
circuits later on lap 14 and the two
went to battle for several laps. That
culminated with the pair making contact
between turns three and four as the
field worked lap 18. As Rocco jumped
under Pearl in turn four, with contact
sending both cars towards the infield.
The field stacked up behind as Rocco got
into the infield and re-entered the
track in turn one collecting the cars of
Perry, Justin Gaydosh and Tyler
Chadwick. Rocco and Pearl both resumed
from the rear.
That restart was the event’s final.
Janovic challenged outside Ceravolo for
the lead when the green flag waved. As
Ceravolo fended off Janovic through turn
two, the bottom lane opened for Paul to
throw his machine under both cars from
his third place position. He scooted to
the race lead using a heads up move. Tom
Abele moved to second and Ron Yuhas Jr.
emerged into third as the laps wound
down and the green flag racing
continued. Kyle James was in fourth and
Ceravolo settled into fifth.
In the closing circuits Yuhas pulled out
of line and went outside Abele for
second, securing the spot with just two
laps to go. A hard charging Yuhas reeled
in Paul but ran out of time to challenge
for the win. Paul picked up his first
win of the year over Yuhas in a quickly
paced race. Abele was third while James
and Ceravolo held on to their top five
finishes at the checkered flag.
The Thompson International Speedway
began their Thursday night Thunder
Series last week before a very healthy
crowd and 100 cars in the pit area. Ted
Christopher had the crowd on it's feet
as he worked over Keith Rocco, finally
taking the lead after the former slipped
coming off turn four. Rocco, who started
eighth, passed Woody Pitkat after a
restart on lap 18. Christopher, who
started seventh, closed in on Rocco's
bumper on lap 20 and began his assault.
Back and fourth, up and down,
Christopher tried every trick. It
appeared that Rocco's tires gave up as
he drifted up just enough to give TC the
opening he needed. Rocco held on for the
runner-up spot. Ronnie Silk finished
third and was followed by Woody Pitkat,
Rowan Pennink, Tim Sullivan, Bert
Marvin, Dave Salzarulo, Glenn Griswold
and Ryan Preece.
Derek Ramstrom made it three straight in
Super Late Model competition. Tommy
O’Sullivan was victorious in Late Models
while an ailing Chris “Moose” Douton was
tops in the Limited Sportsman division.
R.J. Marcotte scored the TIS Modified
feature win while it was a career first
for Lloyd Anderson in the Mini Stocks.
The Bowman-Gray Stadium, in
Winston-Salem, NC ran a 50 lapper on
Saturday night. MadHouse reality show
star Burt Myers, who got his 41st
victory in Bowman Gray's featured
Modified Division, strengthened his
early-season points lead in the
standings by leading the event from pole
to pole with the exception of one
restart. Myers started on the outside of
the front row and took the lead from his
brother and pole-sitter Jason Myers on
the first lap. From that point, there
were only two stretches of more than six
laps without a caution period, which
necessitate a double-file restart. Tim
Brown took a short-lived lead in the
eighth lap after a restart, zipping past
Myers, who said he was a victim of a
too-sensitive computer chip that
threatened to stall his engine. In true
MadHouse fashion Myers recovered with a
stiff shot to Brown's rear bumper. That
loosened Brown, and Myers shot past to
retake the lead by the ninth lap. Zach
Brewer finished second, Brian Loftin was
third and Alfred Hill finished fourth.
Jason Myers rounded out the top five.
Defending champion Tim Brown ended up
12th. Junior Miller was seventh.
Line-ups at Bowman-Gray are generally
determined by time trials.
Riverhead Raceway Co-Chief Steward Mike
Capiello suffered two broken legs and a
dislocated shoulder. One broken leg said
to be of the "minor" variety, while the
other was a compound fracture. This was
a result of the Modified of Steve Booker
being spun from behind during hot laps,
and spinning out of control to the
infield, where his car struck Capiello.
Capiello was transported first to
Peconic Bay Medical Center, then later
transferred to Stony Brook University
Medical Center, where he was to get
surgery on his leg.
Tom Rogers was the Modified winner.
In TV land this weeks viewing on the
Speed Channel begins on Tuesday at
6:00pm with Race in 60: NASCAR Sprint
Cup wrapup of the recent Kobalt Tools
500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Race Hub follows at7:00pm. At
8:00pm another segment of Race in 60,
this time, the NASCAR Sprint Cup
All-Star Race that was run at the
Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Wednesday
at noon Speed presents a complete replay
of the Sprint Cup All-Star Race at noon.
At 7:00pm, the Wednesday edition of
NASCAR Race Hub. Thursday's viewing
begins at 1:00pm with the May 23 NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East event that was run
at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. At
2:00pm the action shifts to Charlotte
for Nationwide Series practice. Sprint
Cup practice follows at 3:30pm. At
4:00pm the Versus network has a one hour
special covering IndyCar: crashes and
conflicts. At 5:00pm the action shifts
back to Speed for Nationwide Series
final practice. At 6:30pm NASCAR Race
Hub breaks the action. Following at
7:00pm will be Sprint Cup qualifying for
the Coca-Cola 600. At 9:30 Speed recaps
the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction.
Fridays viewing begins at 8:30am with
Mobil 1 The Grid on Speed. At 11:00am
Versus begins its coverage of Indy 500
Carburetion Day. Starting at noon, the
Speed Channel will replay previously
shown biography's of Bill France, Jr,
Junior Johnson, Richard Petty and Dale
Earnhardt. At 7:00pm Speed goes
Trackside at Charlotte. At 8:00pm the
action shifts to the dirt track at
Charlotte for a World of Outlaws event.
Saturday's action starts at 9:30am with
Nationwide Series qualifying at
Charlotte. Sprint Cup practice follows
at 11:30. The action shifts to ABC at
2:00pm for the pre-race show that will
lead in to the NASCAR Nationwide Series
Tech-Net Auto Service 300 at Charlotte
that will get the green at 2:45pm.
Sunday's viewing begins at 9:00am with
NASCAR Now on espn2. At noon ABC has a
one hour pre-race show that will lead in
to the 1:00pm start of the IZOD Indycar
Series, Indianapolis 500 in
Indianapolis, IN. At 3:00pm Speed has a
two hour Race Day Preview of the
Coca-Cola 600. FOX has a one hour
pre-race program that will lead to the
start of the Coca-Cola 600 at the
Charlotte Motor Speedway shortly after
6:00pm. Versus has a Indy 500 post-race
show at 4:30pm. Rounding out the day on
the Speed Channel is The Speed Report at
7:00pm and Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain
at 9:00pm. On Monday, Memorial Day, the
Speed Channel will provide live coverage
of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
from Lime Rock, CT.
On the Speedway Stock Market Scene last
week all three speedway stocks ended the
week with negative results. The
International Speedway Corporation
dropped 1.71 to 27.48 while Speedway
Motorsports dropped 1.37 to 14.24 and
Dover Motorsports dropped 0.13 to 1.95.
NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint showed some
life as they went up 0.05 to 4.41 while
NASCAR fuel supplier Sun Oil dropped
2.54 to 28.36 and tire supplier Goodyear
dropped 1.92 to 11.33. With the
exception of Toyota which went up 0.11
to 75.59, car makers Ford and General
Motors were down for the week. Ford
dropped 0.45 to 11.26 and GM dropped
0.02 to 0.56. In the home improvement
sector, Home Depot dropped 2.18 to 33.02
and Lowes dropped 1.87 to 24.20. The
major team sponsors were also down for
the week. Dupont dropped 1.35 to 36.10
while Coca-Cola dropped 1.32 to 51.60,
Target Department Stores dropped 0.82 to
54.35, Aarons Rentals dropped 1.76 to
19.95 and Fedex dropped 2.85 to 83.06.
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