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Tuesday October 29, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

This coming Friday, November 1 marks the 35th anniversary of the passing away of the great Fred DeSarro. Fred, a dedicated family man, an intense racer and a good friend to many was warming up at the Thompson Speedway three weeks previous when something went wrong as he was going down the backstretch and sailed over the third turn banking. Knocked unconscious from severe head injuries, the 1970 NASCAR National Modified Champion never woke up and died on November 1 at the Rhode Island Hospital. In addition to his family and close friends, those most affected by his passing were Carl Bugsy Stevens and Kenny Bouchard who were on the scene when the accident occurred. Fred is gone but he will live in our hearts forever!

NASCAR has released the final point standings in the NASCARWhelen All American Series. Lee Pulliam who races in the Late Model division at the South Boston Speedway in Virginia is the racing series National Champion. Keith Rocco, who races at Thompson, Stafford and at Waterford finished third. It was the fifth consecutive year that the 28 year old engine builder finished in the top three. In fact he has finished no worse than fourth in the last seven years. Overall, Rocco won 30 feature events in 2013 including 16 in the SK Modifieds, two in the Valenti Modified Series and 12 in the Late Model division at Waterford. Coming with those victories were the Connecticut State Championship, SK Modified Championships at Waterford and at Thompson plus the Late Model Championship at Waterford. Following Rocco in the Connecticut State Championship was Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, Ted Christopher and Todd Ceravolo. Preece also finished fifth in New York State standings.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Awards will take place in Charlotte, NC on Friday, December 13.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series closed out the 2013 season at the Thompson Speedway. Overall racing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was second to none. There were a total of 50 different drivers in competition. NASCAR has released the final point standings for 2013. NASCARís touring series champions will be recognized at the traditional NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Charlotte.

Pos Driver Name Points Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Ryan Preece 549 14 4 10 10
2 Doug Coby 517 14 2 6 10
3 Donny Lia 496 14 1 7 8
4 Rowan Pennink 487 14 1 6 8
5 Mike Stefanik 480 14 2 3 8
6 Todd Szegedy 477 14 1 3 7
7 Ron Silk 466 14 0 4 10
8 Justin Bonsignore 464 14 1 5 9
9 Woody Pitkat 457 14 0 2 9
10 Ted Christopher 445 14 0 4 6
11 Eric Goodale 435 14 0 2 7
12 Ron Yuhas, Jr. 424 14 0 1 4
13 Bobby Santos 421 12 2 7 8
14 Jamie Tomaino 397 14 0 0 2
15 Ken Heagy 368 14 0 0 1
16 Cole Powell * 368 14 0 0 1
17 Bryon Chew 367 14 0 1 3
18 Ed Flemke, Jr. 365 14 0 0 2
19 Eric Berndt 345 13 0 0 2
20 Wade Cole 338 14 0 0 0

Don't forget, the taped delayed telecast of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series event that was part of the World Series at the Thompson Speedway will be shown by FOX Sports 1 (Formerly the Speed Channel) from 12:00noon to 1:00pm on Sunday.

On the Speedway Stock Market Scene last week two of the three speedway stocks were down. The International Speedway Corporation had a positive ending as they went up 0.12 to 33.69 while Speedway Motorsports dropped 0.29 to 19.33. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprintwent up 0.05 to 6.45 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) went up 1.52 to 54.13. NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear dropped 0.42 to 22.21. With the exception of Ford which went up 0.07 to 17.60, the car makers were down. General Motors dropped 0.30 to 35.59 and Toyota dropped 0.83 to 128.69. In the home improvement sector, Home Depot went up 1.56 to 76.25 and Lowes went up 2.93 to 50.59. In the area of team sponsorship Target Department Stores dropped 0.60 to 64.07 and Aarons Rentals dropped 0.30 to 28.35 while Dupont went up 2.28 to 61.90, Coca-Cola went up 0.02 to 63.64, and Fedex went up 5.62 to 132.06.

In TV Land this week:

10
29
Tues
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
10
29
Tues
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS2
 
10
30
Wed
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
NCWTS: Kroger 200
Martinsville
FS1
 
10
30
Wed
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
10
30
Wed
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS2
 
10
31
Thurs
2:00 AM
2:30 AM
NASCAR Now
 
ESPN2
 
10
31
Thurs
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
10
31
Thurs
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS2
 
11
1
Fri
2:00 AM
2:30 AM
NASCAR Now
 
ESPN2
 
11
1
Fri
12:30 PM
2:00 PM
NSCS Practice
Texas
FS1
 
11
1
Fri
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
NNS Practice
Texas
FS1
 
11
1
Fri
3:00 PM
4:30 PM
NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying
Texas
FS1
 
11
1
Fri
4:30 PM
6:00 PM
NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
Texas
ESPN2
 
11
1
Fri
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
NNS Final Practice
Texas
FS2
 
11
1
Fri
8:00 PM
8:30 PM
NCWTS SetUp
Texas
FS1
 
11
1
Fri
8:30 PM
10:30 PM
NCWTS: Winstar World Casino 350
Texas
FS1
8:49 PM
11
2
Sat
3:00 AM
5:00 AM
NCWTS: Winstar World Casino 350
Texas
FS1
 
11
2
Sat
5:00 AM
6:00 AM
NNS Practice
Texas
FS1
 
11
2
Sat
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
NSCS Practice
Texas
FS2
 
11
2
Sat
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
NNS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
Texas
FS2
 
11
2
Sat
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
NSCS Final Practice
Texas
FS2
 
11
2
Sat
3:30 PM
6:00 PM
NNS: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
Texas
ESPN2
3:47 PM
11
3
Sun
4:00 AM
6:00 AM
NNS: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
Texas
ESPN deportes
 
11
3
Sun
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
NASCAR RaceDay
Texas
FS1
 
11
3
Sun
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
NASCAR Whelen Modified Series
Thompson
FS1
 
11
3
Sun
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
NSCS Countdown
Texas
ESPN
 
11
3
Sun
3:00 PM
7:00 PM
NSCS: AAA Texas 500
Texas
ESPN
3:16 PM
11
3
Sun
3:00 PM
7:00 PM
NSCS: AAA Texas 500
Texas
ESPN deportes
3:16 PM
11
3
Sun
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
NASCAR Victory Lane
Texas
FS1
 


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

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