For Tuesday October 11, 2005

By Phil Smith                                                    

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series was supposed to be at the Thompson Speedway last Saturday for the Twin 100's that were rescheduled from June 12. Heavy rains moved into Connecticut during early afternoon on Friday and along with a forecast of rain all day Saturday, postponed the event to Sunday. By mid day on Saturday it became a moot point as over four inches of rain dumped on the Thompson area and the forecast was extended to have continuing rain through mid week. The decision was made to postpone the entire program to Saturday, October 29. For New England race fans it will be the best of both worlds as the Whelen Modified Tour Series and the Busch North Series share the same stage along with Thompson's regular racing divisions. Prior to all this taking place the Waterford Speedbowl also had to postpone their season ending Town Fair Tire Fall Finale. The Speedbowl selected the same weekend with their main events to be run on Sunday, October 30. In the interest of being fair to competitors and after consulting with NASCAR the Waterford Speedbowl changed its rain date to October 22-23. Its not so much that it would create conflicts for competitors but it did create a conflict for the paying fan as there are only so many entertainment dollars to be spent by families per week. One of the tracks would have taken it on the chin.

The Whelen Modified Tour Series was supposed to wrap up their season this weekend with the annual World Series, which includes every division of racing in the northeast except the Busch North Series. The speedway management has designed Sunday's schedule to allow fans and competitors a somewhat early trip home. Weather permitting Sundays schedule starts off at noon with the Late Models. Following will be the NEMA Midgets, Pro Stocks, Sunoco Modifieds, ISMA Supermodifieds and the Whelen Modified Tour. Admission is good for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets are priced at $50, Juniors 6-14 are $10 and Pit admission is $75.

The winds of change are beginning to blow for 2006. Word has it that the Don Barker-Bob Cuneau No.50 Whelen Modified team will be disbanded at season's end. One of Chuck Hossfeld's Lancaster Speedway cronies let it slip as he alluded to the fact that a Modified had been bought from Sege Fidanza for him to drive at the western New York Lancaster Speedway next year.

It has also been heard that Kirk Alexander, one of the top guns of the northern New England based True Value Modified Series, has been approached by two Whelen Modified Series teams who are interested in securing his services as a driver in 2006. It has also been said that the True Value Modified Tour Series competitors have voted to look into racing at Thompson next year. The TVMS raced at Seekonk this past season and is expected back in 2006. Speaking of Seekonk, Whelen Modified Tour competitors will be glad to hear that a fully operational scoreboard and lap counter is now in place and is operational at the Massachusetts oval.

A devastating fire struck the Troyer Engineering and Race Car Fabrication facility in Rochester, NY late last Friday, October 7. A power surge in an electrical riser outside of the building sent sparks into the second floor of the building. Materials in the storage area ignited, spreading the fire throughout the facility ultimately engulfing the majority of the building. The whole left half of the shop is gone along with much of the inventory. All that is left are the outside walls. The office area and the bays are gone with the roof either burned out or collapsed plus smoke and water damage to the remainder of the shop. Troyer Engineering designs and fabricates asphalt and dirt track chassis. Company founder Maynard Troyer has begun searching for a temporary location so that chassis building will continue on schedule. A remote office has already been set up with computers and telephones expected to be operational by Monday.

The Stafford Motor Speedway has now completed another year of racing. The next order of business will be the annual banquet and awards dinner which will be held on Friday, November 11 at the LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT. In the tracks SK Modified division Lloyd Agor wrapped up his first ever track title by 30 points over Todd Owen. Agor had 14 top ten finishes including two wins in 21 starts. Owen also had two wins in 21 starts. Willie Hardie Jr, with one win, finished third. Ted Christopher and Frank Ruocco, each with three wins finished fourth and fifth. Sixth through tenth are Jeff Baral with two wins, Keith Rocco with one win, Woody Pitkat with two wins followed by Chuck Docherty and Jeff Malave who were winless. Ryan Posocco, with two wins, won the Late Model Championship by 46 points over Tom Butler. Butler had four wins but failed to display the consistency required to be the champion. Jim Peterson, Ed Ricard and Scott Foster rounded out the top five.

In TV land, this week’s viewing will consist of an extensive amount of Speed Channel programming. NASCAR Nation now airs on Monday 7:00pm. At 9:00pm its Monday Night NASCAR with Geoff Bodine on ESPNews. Also on a weekly basis is "Back Seat Drivers" which looks at hot topics circulating in the garage area. "Back Seat Drivers" airs on Wednesday at 7:00pm. This weeks viewing begins on Wednesday at noon with last Saturday's Busch Series United Way 300 that was run at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. At 5:00pm its NASCAR Fast Forward which recaps last weekends Nextel Cup and Busch Series events that were run at the Kansas Speedway. At 8:00pm the action moves to the Outdoor Channel for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars from Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania. The Speed Channel revisits the 2004 Nextel Cup UAW-GM Quality 500 that was run at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC last year at noon on Thursday. At 3:00pm a complete replay of last Sunday's Nextel Cup Banquet 400 from Kansas City will be shown. The Speed Channel goes live at 7:00pm with Nextel Cup qualifying from the Lowes Motor Speedway. Fridays viewing will begin at noon with the USAR Hooters Pro Cup racers from Jennerstown. Live coverage of Busch Series qualifying follows at 2:30pm. Final Cup practice goes at 6:00pm. The action switches to TNT at 8:00pm for live coverage of the Busch Series Dollar General 300 from the Lowes Motor Speedway. Saturday's live action begins with a special edition of NASCAR This Morning at 5:30pm. The Nextel Cup UAW-GM Quality 500 goes live on NBC at 7:00pm.NASCAR Speed News and Speed News Sunday wrap up the weekend’s racing at 7:00pm. Subscriptions for Lou’s Motorsports TV Calendar are now by e-mail only and can be had for $12.00 per year. The all-new version features larger type, better accuracy and more detailed. Checks can be sent to LMTVC, 27 Bayberry Drive, #2, Sharon, Mass. 02067.

On the Speedway Stock Market Scene last week two out of the three speedway stocks were down for the week. The International Speedway Corporation went up 1.91 while Speedway Motorsports dropped 0.50 to 35.83 and Dover Downs dropped 0.39 to 6,45. For the fourth week Nextel has dropped, this week down 0.32 to 23.46. Maybe it was the forecasts of inflation but the market in general took a dive for the week. Sun Oil took a 3.32 dip to 74.88. Action Performance was also down as they closed at 12.42, down 0.08 for the week. Despite the goings on with Super Dirt Week in Syracuse, Boundless Motorsports was very quiet with no change for the week. The drug sector was down for the fourth week in a row. Bristol Meyers-Squib dropped 1.06 to 23.00 and Pfizer dropped 0.57 to 24.40. The home improvement sector wasn’t any better. Lowes dropped 1.57 to 62.83 and Home Depot dropped 0.84 to 37.80. Parcel carrier Fedex went up 0.27 to 87.40 and UPS dropped 0.69 to 68.44.

That’s 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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