The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series
was scheduled to travel to the Chemung
(N.Y.) Speedrome on Saturday, August 29.
With a bad weather forecast at hand the
event was called off. No make up date
has been announced as yet. The Modified
Tour Series now moves to the Thompson
Speedway this coming Thursday, Sept. 3.
The race was originally scheduled to run
on Aug. 13, but rain on race day called
off the action. The second of three
races at Thompson in 2009 will now be
the 9th race of the year for the Tour.
Ted Christopher continues to lead the
point standings as he leads Todd Szegedy
by 29 points. Three points behind
Szegedy is young sensation Ryan Preece.
Donny Lia and Rowan Pennick round out
the top five. Sixth through tenth are
Woody Pitkat, Eric Beers, Jimmy Blewett,
Ed Flemke Jr and Chris Pasteryak.
In Thursday night Thunder action at
Thompson in NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series action, Woody Pitkat scored his
second win of the season in the Sunoco
Modifieds. Mike O’Sullivan also took
down his second win of the season in the
Super Late Models. John Materas swept
the action in twin features for the Late
Model division. Shawn Monahan scored his
first Limited Sportsman feature event of
the year in dominating fashion. Brian
Tagg, was tops in the TIS Modifieds
while Steve Michalski was the winner in
the Mini Stocks.
Woody Pitkat took over the lead on lap
five and withstood a number of late race
cautions to score his second Sunoco
Modified feature event of the 2009
season. The opening lap was marred by an
incident involving Tim Sullivan and
Shelly Perry. According to a fellow
driver who was close at hand it appeared
that something broke on Sullivan’s mount
causing it to turn into the wall. The
caution led the way to some intense
racing. Jimmy Blewett was the early
leader followed by Rowan Pennink and
Pitkat. The top four cars ran
side-by-side and nose-to-tail. As Rocco
began to challenge Pennink for third,
Blewett and Pitkat got away just
slightly. They began a heated battle of
their own to once again tighten up now
the eight cars that made up the lead
pack. Pitkat was able t o take the top
spot from Blewett on lap five while
Rocco moved into the third spot. Pennink
began to take back the ground he lost
earlier to regain the second position.
Blewett had his hands full with Rocco
who in turn had pressure from Kerry
Malone. Bert Marvin was on the move
taking the sixth position from Ted
Christopher. Blewett began to fade,
falling back to the eighth position as
the handles of his car went away. Marvin
took over positions from both Blewett
and Malone and into the fourth spot.
Pitkat continued to lead with Pennink
and Rocco in close proximity.
At halfway, Pitkat led Pennink, Rocco,
Marvin, Malone, Christopher, Blewett and
Danny Cates. Harry Rheaume and Andy
Gaspar ran a straight-away behind to
round out the top ten. At lap 20, Rocco
was getting agressive; peeking to the
inside of Pennink. All action mellowed
when the second caution of the event
flew for an incident involving Rheaume.
Coming out of turn four for the restart,
Rocco ducked to the inside making it
three-wide for the top spot. Pitkat came
out of the mix with the lead once again.
Rocco was able to steal second from
Pennink. Marvin was fourth while
Christopher was using the outside groove
to make his way inside the top five.
Contact between Christopher and Cates
necessitated the caution. Under the
caution, Blewett headed to pit road for
service. Both Blewett and Cates were
able to continue while Christopher
retired from the event. On the single
file restart, Pitkat had the advantage
until turn one when Rocco got alongside.
The two went wheel-to-wheel before Rocco
had to settle back into second. Pennink
got a run on the outside looking to take
the second position away from Rocco.
Contact between Rocco and Pennink found
Pennink into the outside wall on the
backstretch. Marvin and Malone were
nearly collected. Rocco was put to the
rear for his involvement.
With the green in the air once again,
Pitkat led a hard-charging Marvin.
Malone ran in the third position ahead
of Ricky Shawn. After only two laps,
Rocco was already up to the fifth spot.
At the checkers, Pitkat was able to hold
off Marvin to score his second win of
the season. With his win, Pitkat secured
his car owners Bob Hitchcock and Kelly
Iverson a guaranteed starting spot in
the 7th Annual John Blewett III Memorial
North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway
in Concord, NC, on November 7, 2009.
Marvin came home second followed by
Malone, Ricky Shawn, and Rocco.
For Ricky Shawn it was a night of
redemption. During warm-ups his
transmission malfunctioned which
necessitated a change. In the feature he
had a sparkplug foul which eventually
cleared it self which ultimately lended
itself to a top five finish.
There were 17 Sunoco Modifieds on hand.
Among the missing was Todd Ceravolo who,
it appears, will sit out a few races
until his father shows signs of recovery
from a recent accident. Cards of cheer
can be sent to Dick Ceravolo, 1348
Baldwin Hill Rd, Gales Ferry, CT 06335.
As of last Sunday night, Aug 30, the
popular car owner and former Waterford
Speedbowl Champion is, in his wife’s
words, “holding his own”. Surgery to
reset broken bones had been scheduled
for late last week but was put on hold
as a minor complication developed.
Ceravolo, 70, suffered serious injuries
on Aug 21while attempting to jumpstart a
The Stafford Motor Speedway suffered
another rainout on Friday because of
persistent rain showers. The Speedway
also announced that they will add
Friday, September 18th to its 2009 Event
Schedule. The September 18th event will
consist of Stafford's five NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series divisions and will
be priced at $15 for Adult General
Admission, $5 for children ages 6 to 14
and free for children 5 & under. The
rains carried over to Saturday forcing
the Waterford Speedbowl to pull the plug
on their racing program.
In True Value Modified Series racing at
the Thompson Speedway the third time was
certainly a charm for Andy Seuss who
scored the victory in the third attempt
to get the True Value Modified Series
event in the books at the Thompson
International Speedway. The event was
postponed on two different occasions
earlier in the season. Seuss scored his
first True Value Modified Series (TVMRS)
victory of the season in a drama-filled
75-lapper. Seuss took the lead late in
the event and held back serious
challenges from Steve Massey and Rowan
Pennink to score the victory. Richard
Savary had a strong run to finish
second. Todd Owen joined the duo on the
podium. Ted Christopher, who started
scratch on the field, finished fourth.
Chris Pasteryak completed the top five.
Rowan Pennink looked like he was headed
to his second straight TVMRS victory on
Thursday night. However, the early
leader was penalized to the tail end of
the lead lap for jumping the start after
dominating the first half of the event.
He battled back to vie for the win only
to run out of fuel on lap 68. Young
Steve Massey, who was the show for much
of the event battling first with Pennink
and then Seuss, had a spin while
battling for the lead with less than 15
laps to go. Pennick’s night came to an
end when he ran out of gas as his crew
failed to fill his tank prior to the
event. Pennick ended up 15th.
The True Value Modified Series has
become a viable alternate to the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour Series. There were
32 True Value Modifieds on hand. Their
next event will be on October 4 at the
Twin State Speedway in Claremont, NH.
In a surprising development, a first
ever race has been agreed upon by True
Value Modified Racing Series president
and founder, Jack Bateman, and Bruce
Richards, promoter of the famed
Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New
York. The event will take place in 2010.
Richards disclosed recently his intent
to take up the clay track this fall and
prepare the popular speedway for asphalt
competition with several events
including the 2010 ACT season opener.
Located close to exit 12 on the
Northway, the Malta speedway is 4/10 of
a mile in length.
In TV land this week, viewing on the
Speed Channel begins on Tuesday at noon
with last Friday’s ARCA RE/MAX Series
Chicagoland ARCA 200 that was run at the
Chicagoland Speedway. Thursday at noon
Speed will show the 2004 Sprint Cup Bass
Pro Shops MBNA 500 that was run at the
Atlanta Motor Speedway. The September
18, 2008 NASCAR Camping World Touring
Series East Heluva Good! Fall 125 that
was run at the New Hampshire Motor
Speedway follows at 3:00pm. Friday’s
viewing will be sparse as ESPN Classic
shows the 1998 Brickyard 400 at 7:00pm.
Speed goes live from Atlanta Motor
Speedway at 11:00am with Sprint Cup
practice for 90 minutes. NASCAR Live
breaks it up at 12:30 followed by
another 90 minutes of Sprint Cup
practice at 1:00pm. At 2:30 pm the
Nationwide Series has a two hour
qualifying session at Atlanta followed
by Sprint Cup qualifying at Atlanta at
4:30pm. At 4:00pm NESN will present
NASCAR New England which shows the
weekly races held at the Stafford Motor
At 6:30 the action switches to espn2 for
the Nationwide Series pre-race show that
leads to a 7:00pm start of the NASCAR
Nationwide Series Degree V12 300 at
Atlanta. At 10:00 the action moves to
Speed for the NASCAR Camping World Truck
Series Iowa 200, Iowa Speedway in
Newton, Iowa. Sunday’s action gets a
5:00pm start with NASCAR RaceDay at
5:00pm on Speed. At 7:00pm the action
moves to ESPN for the pre race show that
leads to the 7:30 start of the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Pep Boys Auto 500 at the
Atlanta Motor Speedway. On Sunday
evening, the Speed Channel has Wind
Tunnel with Dave Despain at 9:00pm and
NASCAR Victory Lane at 11:30pm. .
On the Speedway Stock Market Scene last
week two of the three speedway stocks
ended the week on a negative note. On
the positive side was Speedway
Motorsports, which went up 0.20 to
15.76. Dover Downs dropped 0.04 to 1.49
and the International Speedway
Corporation dropped 0.08 to 28.36.
NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint dropped 0.13
to 3.77 while fuel supplier Sun Oil went
up 1.36 to 27.41. Goodyear, who supplies
tires to NASCAR’s top tier dropped 1.77
to 16.20. The carmakers had little
movement. Ford went down 0.01 to 7.73
and Toyota went down 0.08 to 86.26 while
General Motors went up 0.03 to 0.83.
With the exception of Target Department
Stores which went up 1.63
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