The NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour Series goes "Up Country"
this Saturday night, May 12, to the
Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.
Ronnie Silk continues to lead the point
standings as he holds a 4 point lead
over Doug Coby. Silk won the season
opening IceBreaker at the Thompson
Speedway and Coby won the Spring Sizzler
at Stafford. Jimmy Blewett sits in third
with Mike Stefanik and Ryan Preece
rounding out the top five. Sixth through
tenth are Donny Lia, Justin Bonsignore,
Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat and Ted
Christopher. Monadnock is a high
banked-high speed quarter mile speedway.
The Stafford Motor Speedway cancelled
its May 4 Opening Night racing program
due to the forecast of showers and
thunderstorms that lasted throughout the
day and into the evening. Stafford
Speedway will return to racing this
coming Friday night, May 11th with the
Late Model Xtra Mart Xtra D event. The
Late Model division will run an extra
distance feature event of 40-laps while
Stafford’s other four NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series divisions will race
their normal feature distances. Pit
gates will open at 3pm, practice begins
at 4:00pm, grandstand gates will open at
5:15pm, heat races will start at 6:15pm,
and feature events will begin at
Tickets for the May 11th Late Model
XtraMart Xtra D event are now on sale at
the Stafford Motor Speedway Box Office.
Tickets are priced at $17.50 for adult
general admission tickets, $5.00 for
children ages 6-14, free for children
ages 5 & under, and $20.00 for reserved
At the Waterford Speedbowl, Keith Rocco
made it four out of six in the SK
Modifieds, while Mike Caprio won the
night's special extra-distance Street
Stock feature. Those victories came as
Waterford Speedbowl played host to a
six-division race program Saturday
evening as part of the shoreline oval's
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
schedule. It was Rocco's 40th career win
in an SK Modified at the shoreline oval.
Tom Abele finished second, followed by
Nichole Morgillo, Jeff Pearl and Tyler
Other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
winners included Ken Cassidy Jr. who won
his fifth Mini Stock race out of six on
the year and Corey Barry who was named
the winner in the SK Light Modified
feature. Matt Pappa was the night's
Legends Cars feature winner and Dan
Butler won another Super X-Car race.
Rocco had to overcome adversity to pick
up his fourth victory of the six SK
Modified events at the Speedbowl. He
received damage in a lap-7 wreck that
involved his brother Jeff Rocco and
Diego Monahan. Keith Rocco was third in
the running order on lap 19 when under
another caution flag, he ducked to the
pits to make repairs to his car. Rocco
restarted in the rear and made a
determined charge to the front setting
up for the final five lap run to the
Rocco dogged Abele looking for a way
around. Headed into turn one on lap-32,
Rocco made a bold inside bottom shot on
Abele. With two wheels on the apron and
two wheels in the grass he made the move
stick and raced out of turn two with the
lead. A stunned Abele fought back,
getting to Rocco’s rear bumper in turn
three a determined Rocco was able to
hang on to the lead. From there he went
on to the win.
A surprise entry in the SK Lite division
was 72 year old former Track Modified
Champion Dickie Doo Ceravolo. Just out
to have some fun, Ceravolo finished
The sparks flew on the east end of Long
Island at the Riverhead Raceway. Twin
30's for the Modified were run with Tim
Solomito winning both. Ted Christopher
crashed out of the first feature and
never made it out for the night cap.
In Modified action at Bowman-Gray in
North Carolina, Tim Brown pulled off a
pass from the outside and went on to
claim his 59th career victory in the
featured Modified Division. Robert
Jeffreys won the second 25-lap Modified
race after a tangle between Brad Robbins
and visitor Jimmy Blewett left both out
of contention. Jeffreys matched Alfred
Hill, at age 67, as the oldest winners
of a feature race at Bowman Gray.
Brown started from the outside on the
front row, beside pole winner Lee
Jeffreys, and took the lead on the
opening lap. Lee Jeffreys, the fastest
in qualifying with a lap of 13.276
seconds (67.8 miles per hour) on the
quarter-mile track, appeared to have
successfully held off Brown at the
start. But Brown pulled ahead on the
backstretch and led the rest of the way.
Lee Jeffreys finished second, and Burt
Myers was third.
Brown, an eight-time Bowman Gray
champion who finished in the top five
just once in the first seven races in
2011, followed a third-place finish in
the season opener with his victory.
Robbins started from the pole in the
second Modified race, but Blewett,
driving for Hillbilly Racing, maneuvered
his way to the lead in the opening lap.
Robbins kept the pressure on Blewett
with bumps and shoves, and Blewett went
spinning on the 18th lap. One lap later,
Blewett sent leader Robbins spinning,
and Robert Jeffreys took the lead for
good. Ronnie Clifton finished second,
and Jason Myers was third.
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 Talladega. On Thursday at noon
Speed will replay the Talladega
Nationwide Series event.
Speed goes live at Darlington at 11:00am
on Friday. Sprint Cup practice follows
at 11:30am for two hours. At 1:30pm
NASCAR Live breaks it up before the
final one hour practice starts at
2:00pm. Another segment of NASCAR Live
airs at 3:00pm. The action shifts to
ESPN2 at 3:30pm for Nationwide Series
pole qualifying. At 5:00pm it's back to
the Speed Channel for Sprint Cup
qualifying. At 6:30pm it's back to ESPN2
for the Nationwide Series pre-race show
that will lead to the 7:15pm start of
the Darlington 200.
Saturday's action begins at 3:00am on
the Speed Channel with the NASCAR Kids
and Nephews (K&N) Series event that was
run in Richmond. At noon Speed shifts
gears and heads to Homestead Fl to cover
the Continental Tire Sports Car
Challenge. At 4:30 Speed goes back to
Darlington for a two hour edition of
RaceDay at Darlington. At 6:3-pm FOX
goes live at Darlington with their
pre-race show that will lead to the
start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Bojangles'
Southern 500. NASCAR Victory Lane at
11:00pm wraps it up.
Sunday is Mother's Day. The only action
will be the Rolex Sports Car Series in
New Jersey at 1:00pm and the Lucas Oil
Late Model Series on Speed at 6:00pm.
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 all three speedway stocks were down
for the week. Speedway Motorsports
dropped 0.98 to 16.23 while the
International Speedway Corporation
dropped 0.94 to 26.67 and Dover
Motorsports dropped 0.12 to 1.39. NASCAR
Cup sponsor Sprint closed where they
started at 2.36 wile NASCAR tire
supplier Goodyear dropped 0.48 to 10.84
and NASCAR fuel supplier Sun oil jumped
a whopping 9.32 to 50.23. During the
early part of last week Sun Oil
announced that they were in the process
of being purchased by Energy Transfer
Partners. Once the announcement hit the
street Sun Oil took off like a rocket.
The car builders were down for the week.
Ford dropped 0.93 to 10.67 while General
Motors dropped dropped 1.17 to 22.36.
Toyota also took a hit as they dropped
3.66 to 78.63. In the home improvement
sector, Home Depot went up 0.01 to 51.96
while Lowes dropped 0.52 to 31.09. With
the exception of Fedex which went up
1.06 to 89.30 the major team sponsors
were down for the week. Dupont dropped
0.83 to 52.89 wile Coca-Cola dropped
2.01 to 62.48, Target Department Stores
dropped 2.61 to 55.65 and Aarons Rentals
dropped 1.26 to 26.64.
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