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For Tuesday Sept. 27, 2005

By Phil Smith
 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series took last week off before the beginning its final three race stretch drive which will see the Fall Final at Stafford on October 2, the rescheduled twin bill Busch North-Whelen Modified event at the Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 8 and the season ending World Series at the Thompson Speedway on October 16. Ted Christopher, currently riding a three win in a row streak, begins the stretch drive with a 31 point lead over Tony Hirschman. Both have done extremely well at both Thompson and Stafford. The outcome could be very close. Jerry Marquis, 143 points back, and Chuck Hossfeld, 157 points back, have an outside shot. Despite having a poor finish at the season opener at Thompson when he wrecked and got injured, plus missing the Spring Sizzler, Eric Beers has clawed his way into fifth spot, 225 points in arrears. Beers’ determination plus the bullet proof reliability of Mike Boehler’s Ole Blu has put Beers in contention. Don Lia, Doug Coby, Rick Fuller, Zack Sylvester and Mike Christopher round out the top ten. With 15 events in the record book a total of 78 different drivers have entered into Whelen Modified Tour Series competition.

Kerry Malone finally got the monkey off his back as he took the win in the Sunoco Modified division at the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night. Bert Marvin put the pressure on during the closing moments of the 30 lap feature but Malone never wavered. Keith Rocco turned in another strong run as he finished third ahead of Jimmy Blewett and Jeff Malave. Marc Palmisano took the Late Model feature and Mike O’Sullivan took top honors in the Pro Stocks. Larry Barnett won his sixth of the year in the Limited Sportsman and Chad Gaudiosi was the Thompson Modified winner. Randy Jurcik took the Mini Stocks.

The Stafford Motor Speedway wrapped up its regular Friday night season on September 9. The 2005 schedule shows that 20 of the 21 scheduled events have been completed. The Fall Final, scheduled for October 2 will close out the year.

It hasn’t affected the southern New England tracks as yet but certain campers had better clean up their acts before they get charged for parking their rigs. Most tracks that host Nextel Cup events including New Hampshire International in Loudon currently charge for camper parking. The Beech Ridge Speedway in Maine hosted a PASS Pro Stock event this past weekend. They charged campers $20 to park. The cost was to cover clean-up. With major events coming up at Thompson campers are advised to keep their areas clean and avoid dumping grey water or sewage before they leave. Its not only messy but it can become unhealthy and unsanitary. A word to the wise!

Although the nights are getting cooler the action at the Waterford Speedbowl continues to be hot and heavy. Ron Yuhas Jr. has had more than his share of the bump and grind at the shoreline oval. In spite of it all he has remained in the point race and last week moved into the lead by a scant four points over Rob Summers as he on the feature for the SK Modifieds. Ron Silk finished second with Dennis Gada, third. Rob Summers who previously led the points finished fourth with Tommy Fox rounding out the top five. Other Saturday night winners at Waterford were Allen Coates took his eighth win in the Late Models, Dan Darnstaedt in the Sportsman, Ken Cassidy in the Mini-Stocks and Curtis D’Addario in the X-Cars. Speaking of the X-Cars, the Speedbowl ran a mechanics race on Wednesday night that was won by former Modified Champion Dickie Doo Ceravolo. The final Saturday night of competition will take place this week and the final week of competition will be one week later on Sunday, October 9.

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. This weeks viewing begins on Tuesday at 4:00pm with a recap of the Sept. 24 NASCAR Craftsman Truck event run at the Las Vegas Speedway. A new show, titled One Track Mind, airs at 7:00pm. Last Saturday’s Busch Series event run at Dover gets rerun at noon on Wednesday. At 5:00pm its NASCAR Fast Forward which recaps the Nextel Cup and Busch Series events from Dover and the Truck event from Las Vegas. At 8:00pm the action moves to the Outdoor Channel for the World of Outlaws from Nebraska. Last years Nextel Cup Food World 300 gets the revisit treatment on Thursday at noon. Last week’s Nextel Cup MBNA Race Points 400 follows at 3:00pm. Speed goes with NASCAR Live at 1:30 PM from Talledega on Friday. Live coverage picks up again at 4:00 with Nextel Cup qualifying for the UAW Ford 500. Trackside from Talledega continues at 7:00pm. SPEED goes live on Saturday at 5:00pm. Same day delayed coverage of final practice goes at 5:30 PM for an hour. At 9:30 PM Speed provides same day taped coverage of ARCA Series Food World 300.On Sunday the action switches to NBC for live coverage of the UAW-Ford 500 Talledega Nextel Cup event. 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 all three-speedway stocks were down for the second week in a row. In fact, the hurricanes that are affecting gas and oil production are driving just about all the markets now. The International Speedway Corporation took the big hit as they dropped 1.91 to 51.66. Speedway Motorsports dropped 1.00 to 35.89 and Dover Downs dropped 0.61 to 6.25. Nextel dropped 0.90 to 24.36 while Sun Oil went up 2.14 to 76.52. After two weeks of moderate gains, Action Performance dropped 0.46 to 12.25. Featherlite Trailers dropped 0.12 to 3.53 and Boundless Motorsports dropped 0.35 to 4.65. In the drug sector it was doom and gloom as Pfizer dropped 1.07 to 24 87 and Bristol Meyers-Squib dropped 0.80 to 24.20. The home improvement sector didn’t fare much better as Home Depot dropped 1.41 and Lowes went up 0,12 to 65.39. Parcel carrier Fedex took a huge jump as they went up 3.01 to 83.10 while UPS dropped 0.61 to 68.35.


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 smithpe_97_97@yahoo.com  


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