The NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour Series went "Up Country"
to the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester,
NH. Thanks to the efforts of Ted Hebert
and Teddy Bear Pools & Spa $5000 in
extra money was added to the WMT purse.
This money was paid out to the drivers
from positions 12 to 26. Last place paid
Ryan Preece led from pole to pole to win
the 175 lap event at the New Hampshire
oval. Preece withstood 10 restarts to
take the win where his grandfather,
Bobby Judkins had fielded winning mounts
at the track in years past. It took an
extreme amount of concentration on the
part of Preece as he was repeatedly
pressured and dogged by runner-up Doug
Coby and Ted Christopher. Coby, who
started second was kind of the meat in
the sandwich as he had third place
starter Todd Szegedy on his bumper for a
good part of the distance. Ted
Christopher had moved into the second
spot on lap 13 but was later spun to the
infield after contact from Coby. Justin
Bonsignore put on the drive of the night
as he came from a 14th starting spot to
finish fourth. Likewise for Donnie Lia
who started 17th, lost a lap at one
point and rallied to make up his lap and
finish sixth behind point leader Ron
Silk. Rounding out the top ten were Mike
Stefanik, Eric Beers and Keith Rocco.
Rocco also put on a tremendous drive,
rebounding from a late race pit stop to
finish 10th. Rounding out those who
finished on the lead lap were Jamie
Tomaino, Christopher, Andy Seuss and
Jimmy Blewett. Blewett actually finished
sixth but was placed at the tail of the
lead lap after he dumped Seuss on the
The race marked the return of Jerry
Marquis after a six year retirement.
Marquis who retired from driving in 2007
drove the Ralph Solhem No. 0. Marquis
completed 134 laps before being forced
to park it with suspension problems.
Among the missing was Rowan Pennink who
was attending his sisters wedding. Woody
Pitkat was also absent. Jon McKennedy
took over the controls of the Hillbilly
Racing No. 79 after Daniel Hemric felt
that it would be in his best interests
if he contained his racing to the
southland. McKennedy qualified fourth
and was headed for a decent finish
before a brush with the wall ended his
night, pacing him in 24th finishing
The Whelen Modified Tour Series takes a
week off before heading to the Stafford
Motor Speedway on Friday night, May 25
The Stafford Motor Speedway finally
began their Friday night racing series
after a one week delay because of rain.
J.J. Hill was the winner of the extra
distance 40-lap Late Model feature, Eric
Berndt got around Ted Christopher on a
green white checkered restart to pick up
his first win of the 2012 in the 40-lap
SK Modified® feature, Dylan Kopec was
the winner of the 20-lap SK Light
Modified feature for the second
consecutive week, Josh Wood also won for
the second consecutive week in the
20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and
Albert Saunders drove to victory in the
15-lap DARE Stock feature with a late
race pass on Austin Bessette.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature
event, Berndt took the lead from Ted
Christopher in the closing moments of
the race and went on to score the
victory. Rounding out the top-5 behind
Berndt and Christopher was Dave Gervais,
Ryan Preece, and Todd Owen.
At the Waterford Speedbowl, Keith Rocco
did not continue his winning streak as
he was over 100 miles away competing in
a Whelen Modified Tour event at the
Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire.
Tyler Chadwick took the checkered flag
in the SK Modified® feature, his second
on the year, while defending Bob Valenti
Auto Mall Late Model champion Jeff Smith
returned to the winner’s circle for the
first time in 2012. Chris Meyer became
the first repeat winner of the season in
the Street Stocks and Ken Cassidy Jr.
won again in the Mini Stocks, giving him
six on the year.
A special 60th anniversary event for the
Northeastern Midget Association was also
run. The Northeastern Midget Association
(NEMA) is one of the nation’s oldest
racing series, with roots at Waterford
going back to its beginning. Greg Stoehr
of Bridgewater, MA took home the
prestigious win in the night’s NEMA
Midget feature while Brandon Igo of
Bondsville, MA won the companion NEMA
In the SK Modified feature Chadwick took
the lead from Joe Perry on lap 20 and
never looked back. Perry faded in the
closing moments. Nicole Morgillo
eventually grabbed second from Perry on
lap-29 to score her best career finish.
Kyle James rallied from an early race
spin to drive back up to an impressive
third place at the checkered flag. Perry
faded to fourth, while Joe Gada ran with
the leaders all night and took fifth.
In Modified action at Bowman-Gray in
North Carolina, Jonathan Brown said that
he practiced at Bowman Gray Stadium all
day on Saturday. Brown held off John
Smith for his first win since leaving
the Melvin "Puddin'" Swisher team.
Michael Clifton was third, Danny Bohn
was fourth and Jason Myers fifth. Burt
Myers, who started the race in the
points lead, finished sixth.
Brown passed Smith when the race
restarted on Lap 86 and led the rest of
Tom Rogers was the winner of twin 30
Modified features at the Riverhead
Raceway on Long Island.
In Valenti Modified Racing news it has
been learned that series founder Jack
Bateman has retired from driving and has
selected Todd Owen as his replacement.
The decision ends a 46 year driving
career. Bateman will focus on his race
team and the VMRS he started 9 years
ago. The VMS will be the headline
division at Thompson this coming Sunday.
The newest NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series division at Thompson
International Speedway, the LKQ/Keystone
Lite Modifieds, will make its debut on
Sunday. Also scheduled to compete are
Thompson’s Sunoco Modifieds, Late
Models, Xtra/Mart Limited Sportsman and
Monster Mini Stocks.
LKQ/Keystone was very pleased to have
the opportunity to provide weekly
sponsorship in the form of bonus money
to the new and exciting racing division.
LKQ specializes in the replacement auto
parts with Massachusetts outlets in
Webster, Leominster and Southwick. Their
Rhode Island facility is located in
Cumberland. The Leominster location
offers a “pick and pull” area where
customers can actually select and remove
the parts they need and save money in
Keystone, which specializes in after
market replacement parts, has locations
in Taunton, Webster, Wilmington and
Springfield, all in Massachusetts. The
Connecticut locations are in Manchester
and in Milford.
LKQ/Keystone joins Monster Energy Drink,
Xtra/Mart Convenience Stores, Obastid
Apparel, Town Fair Tire, Interstate
Batteries, Cady’s Tavern Patriot
Disposal and Draco Springs as supporters
of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series divisions. By year’s end, these
companies will have given Thompson
Speedway competitors more than
$13,000.00 in bonus money.
In TV land, viewing on the Speed Channel
begins on Tuesday, at 6:00pm with NASCAR
Race Hub. Race Hub will also be shown on
Wednesday and Thursday at the same time.
NASCAR Now will be on espn2 at 3:00pm on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and on
Friday plus at noon on Saturday.
Race viewing on the Speed Channel begins
on Wednesday at noon with a replay of
last weekend's Sprint Cup event that was
run at Darlington. The Nationwide Series
event run at Darlington will be shown at
noon on Thursday.
A Special Speed Center NASCAR All Star
edition from Charlotte hits the screen
on Speed at 7:00pm. The Sprint Cup Pit
Crew Challenge follows at 8:00pm.
Rounding out the day is Inside the
Headsets at 10:30pm.
Speed goes live at 10:30am from
Charlotte with Truck Series Final
practice. Sprint Cup practice for the
All Star Showdown follows at noon.
Action on Speed continues at 3:00pm with
TrackSide at Charlotte followed by Truck
Series qualifying at 4:00pm and Sprint
Cup qualifying for the All Star event at
5:00pm. Speed has the Truck Series
pre-race show at 7:30pm followed at
8:00pm by the North Carolina Education
Saturday's viewing starts with NASCAR
Now on ESPN2 and Trackside on Speed
going head to head at 11:00am. Speed has
the Pit Crew Challenge at noon. At 2:30
Speed has Inside the Headsets followed
by NASCAR Performance at 3:00pm and
Speed Center at 3:00pm. NASCAR Race Day
at 4:00pm serves as a three hour
pre-race and preview of the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Showdown / NASCAR Sprint
All-Star Race which takes the green at
7:00pm. NASCAR Victory Lane at 11:30pm
wraps up the day.
Sunday's viewing begins at 1:30pm on
ESPN with the pre-race show for the
Nationwide Series Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at
the Iowa Speedway which will take the
green at 2:00pm. At 5:00pm the Speed
Channel will have the ARCA Racing Series
from Toledo, Ohio.
On Sunday night, the Speed Channel will
have Speed Center at 7:00pm and Wind
Tunnel with Dave Despain at 8:00pm.
NASCAR Victory Lane follows at 9:00pm.
On the Speedway Stock Market scene last
week two of the three speedway stocks
showed slight gains. Speedway
Motorsports went up 0.05 to 16.28 and
Dover Motorsports went up 0.01 to 1.40.
On the down side, the International
Speedway Corporation dropped 0.55 to
25.12. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint went up
0.23 to 2.49 while NASCAR fuel supplier
Sun Oil dropped 1.16 to 49.07 and NASCAR
tire supplier Goodyear dropped 0.29 to
10.55. The domestic car makers were down
for the week. Ford dropped 0.09 to 10.58
and General Motors dropped 0.36 to
22.00. On the other hand, foreign car
maker Toyota went up 2.08 to 80.71. In
the home improvement sector, Home Depot
dropped 1.62 to 50 34 and Lowes dropped
1.47 to 29.62. The major sponsors saw
mostly negative movement except for
Aarons Rentals which went up 0.35 to
26.99. Dupont dropped 1.32 to 51.57
while Coca-Cola dropped 0.23 to 62.25,
Target Department Stores dropped 0.22 to
55.43 and Fedex dropped 1.50 to 87.80.
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