Tuesday November 15, 2011

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

With the 2011 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing season in the history books the Arute family and their staff will host the 42nd Annual Stafford Motor Speedway Champions Awards Ceremony this Friday, November 18 at the La Renaissance Banquet Facility in East Windsor. Competitors will be rewarded for their season-long efforts through the Stafford Motor Speedway point fund and NASCAR contingency awards. In total, Stafford Motor Speedway competitors banked an extra $47,400 in bonus money from the Stafford Motor Speedway Track Point Fund and NASCAR Awards.

At the end of each racing season, Stafford Motor Speedway pays out 5% of its total purses for the year as a point fund for the top-15 points finishers in each of its five weekly divisions. The 2011 Stafford Motor Speedway point fund totaled in excess of $16,900 with track champions Ryan Preece, Ryan Posocco, Matt Galko, Kevin Gambacorta, and Don Wood taking home the lion's share of their respective division's point funds. Adding to the Stafford Motor Speedway post-season awards was $16,500 in track award money that was paid to the top-10 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light Modified, and Limited Late Model divisions. The top-10 in the SK Modifieds® were paid a total of $10,000, the top-10 Late Model drivers $3,000, the top-10 SK Light Modified drivers $2,000, and the top-10 Limited Late Model drivers $1,500.

As the 2011 season winds down there remains one asphalt Modified event left to be run, Turkey Derby XXXVIII at Wall Stadium on the New Jersey shore. Turkey Derby XXXVIII is set for Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26 during the daylight hours. On November 25, practice will start at 8:30 a.m., while qualifying will start at noon and feature racing will begin at 2:00 p.m. On November 26, practice will start at 8:30 a.m., with qualifying set for 11:00 a.m. and feature racing set for 1:00 p.m.

Among the early entries are Whelen Modified Tour stand-outs Doug Coby and Jamie Tomaino who have indicated their intentions of competing in the Touring Modified portion of Turkey Derby which will feature a 150-lap main event with caution flag laps counting during the first 100 circuits.

Coby is coming off one of his best seasons ever on the Whelan Modified Tour where he finished in the top five in the season points and won a 125-lap event at the Thompson (Ct.) Speedway in September. Tomaino, a local favorite at the third mile paved oval, was the 1990 Whelen Modified Tour driving champion. Tomaino has enjoyed 3 wins during his Tour career and 28 victories at Wall Stadium, including a triumph in the 1981 edition of the Turkey Derby.
In addition, former Whelen Modified Tour regular Danny Sammons has sent his entry for the Touring Modified race, as has local favorite Rob Ormsbee who will be competing in both Touring Modified and Late Model Stock car events.

Friday main event action will feature the paved Sportsman cars, the dirt Sportsman cars, Late Models, Legend Cars and the Factory Stocks. On Saturday, the Touring Modifieds, Wall Modifieds, dirt Modifieds, TQ Midgets and Street Stocks will all see main event action.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B.

In TV land NASCAR Race Hub will air on the Speed Channel at 6:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. NASCAR Now on espn2 will be seen on Wednesday and Thursday at 3:00pm. Race viewing for the week on the Speed Channel begins on Wednesday at noon with a re-run of last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 500 that was run at the Phoenix International Raceway. At 5:00pm the Lucas Motorsports Hour will be featured on the Versus Network. On Thursday at noon Speed will replay last Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series WypAll* 200 that was run at the Phoenix International Raceway. At 3:00pm Speed will replay last years season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford 400 that was run at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Speed goes live on Friday morning at 11:00am with Camping World Truck Series practice from the Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR Now on espn2 follows at noon. Action continues on espn2 at 12:30pm with Nationwide Series practice and at 3:00pm with Sprint Cup practice at Homestead. The action returns to the Speed Channel at 4:30pm with Camping World Truck Series qualifying followed at 6:00pm with Sprint Cup final practice from Homestead. Speed has the pre-race show for the Truck Series at 7:30pm followed at 8:00pm with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Speed Center on Speed wraps it up at 10:30pm. Saturday's action begins at noon on Speed with Trackside at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Nationwide Series qualifying follows at 1:00pm. The Sprint Cup Series takes to the track for their qualifying session on Speed at 2:30pm. At 4:00pm the action shifts to espn2 for the Nationwide Series pre-race show that will lead to the 4:30pm start of the season ending NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Speed Center on the Speed Channel follows at 7:30pm. In case you missed it, the World of Outlaws Sprints and Late Models plus the DIRT Modifieds from Charlotte will be on at midnight. On Sunday morning espn2 starts it off at 9:00am with NASCAR Now. At 9:30am Speed has NASCAR Performance from the NASCAR Hall of Fame and at 10:30am Speed has SPEED Centre – NASCAR Edition. A two hour segment of NASCAR RaceDay begins the countdown to the end of the Sprint Cup season. At 2:00pm the action shifts to ESPN for the actual pre-race show that will lead to the 3:00pm start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL. NASCAR Victory Lane at 7:00pm and Speed Center at 8:00pm on Speed followed by Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain at 9:00pm on Speed will wrap up the weekend.

On the Speedway Stock Market scene last week two of the three speedway stocks ended the week on the positive side. The International Speedway Corporation went up 0.23 to 24.47 and Dover Motorsports went up 0.05 to 1.05 while Speedway Motorsports dropped 0.10 to 12.88. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.04 to 2.91 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sun Oil dropped 1.18 to 36.47 and tire supplier Goodyear dropped 0.38 to 13.92. The Big Three Auto Makers were also down for the week. Ford dropped 0.13 to 11.14 while General Motors dropped 1.10 to 22.51 and Toyota dropped 1.05 to 64.13. In the home improvement sector Home Depot went up 1.67 to 38.06 and Lowes went up 1.57 to 23.11. In the sponsorship sector, Dupont dropped 0.18 to 48.52, Coca-Cola dropped 2.77 to 54.50 and Aarons Rentals dropped 1.58 to 25.21 while Target Department Stores went up 0.90 to 53.07 and Fedex went up 0.22 to 82.23

That’s it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly RI 02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467. E-Mail is

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

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