ARCHIVES

Tuesday September 10, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

The engines were silent at the Thompson Speedway as construction continues at the northeastern Connecticut racing facility. Speedway management told Internet Site RaceDayCt that despite the fact that "No Camping" signs have been erected camping will be allowed for the upcoming World Series on Oct 18-20. Hopefully the speedway will keep the campsite hogs under control as they gobble up way too much area when they set up their sites. Because of all the construction parking spots will be at a premium.

The final point tally for the Sunoco (SK type) Modifieds showed Keith Rocco and Woody Pitkat tied for the point lead (450)when the regular season ended on August 29. NASCAR rules dictate the tie breaker will be the top feature winner which in this case is Rocco who won five of the 16 events run. Pitkat won twice. Kerry Malone, who won on one occasion, ended up third in points, four points behind the leaders. Although winless, Dennis Perry recorded two runner-up finishes and numerous top tens which placed him in fourth spot in the final rundown, Rounding out the top five was Ryan Preece with one victory. Matt Gallo, who finished eighth, also had one win. Others in the top ten are Todd Ceravolo (6), John Catania (7), Paul Newcomb (9) and Jason Sundeen (10).

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series gets back into action on Long Island at the Riverhead Raceway for the 175 lap Green Earth Technologies 200 this coming Saturday night, September 14. As a bonus all 200 laps have been sold with $2710 collected in lap leader money. In addition to this, there is already $1660 collected in lap leader money. All of this money goes to the leading "Riverhead regular" each lap.

At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night Woody Pitkat made it two in a row in SK Modified competition. Cory Casagrande was a first time winner in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Payton Henry took down his first career victory in a photo finish in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Duane Provost took down his first win of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and championship leader Dave Secore scored his second win of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Keith Rocco was keeping Pitkat on the outside but Pitkat was able to get clear of Rocco as they took the white flag. Rocco made one last bid on the outside of Pitkat on the final lap but Pitkat held him off to pick up his second consecutive victory. Dan Avery finished third with Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece rounding out the top-5.

The Stafford Motor Speedway closes out their Friday night racing series this week with the 3rd ANNUAL LINCOLN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE 80; Valenti Modified Racing Series (80), SK Modified® (40), Late Model (30), SK Light (20), Limited Late Model (20), DARE Stock (15).

Action at the Waterford Speedbowl continued as the season begins to wind down. A fast paced night of motorsports was completed placing five winners into Victory Lane. Leading the way was Kyle James who won his third SK Modified® race of the year after a heated battle at the front of the pack. Keith Rocco took home top honors in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division, Josh Galvin won his third Street Stock race of the season and Garrett Denton took his second Mini Stock victory in the past three events. Glenn Griswold rounded out the night’s winners, scoring his second consecutive SK Light Modified race win.

In the 35 lap SK Modified event pole sitter Nicole Mongillo led to almost half way before giving way to James. James pulled along side on lap 18. The pair ran wheel to wheel for a lap before he took the lead as they exited the fourth turn to complete lap 19. Ted Christopher jumped into the frey as he got by Todd Ceravolo and Morgillo on the outside to follow James on lap-20. The top two cars began to pull away as Morgillo held off Ceravolo and fifth place runner Craig Lutz. Lutz was able to get past Ceravolo to try his hand at unseating Morgillo from a podium finish.

Up front Christopher made a run at James. He was on James’ rear bumper on lap-22 applying pressure. James withstood the challenge and eventually pulled ahead by a car length. As the laps clicked off the scoreboard Christopher stuck with James, however was unable to mount a final rally. James raced to the checkered flag the rest of the way as Christopher finished just behind. Further back, a great battle that endured over the final 15 laps saw Morgillo hold back all challenges for third position to match her best finish of the year. Lutz finished in fourth and Ceravolo rounded out the top five. Rocco, the division point leader, battled back from his spin to finish in sixth.
Saturday night racing at the shoreline oval will continue for three more weeks to September 28th.

Down in the south land the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour was in action. Andy Seuss found his way back to Victory Lane at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina on Sunday night. Seuss picked up his sixth NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour win at the .455-mile oval, his first since 2011, in dominating fashion in the Caraway 150. Seuss led twice for a race-high 124 laps and out-distanced runner-up George Brunnhoelzl III by .833 seconds.

John Smith finished third, followed by Tim Brown and JR Bertuccio. Kyle Ebersole finished sixth, which allowed Brunnhoelzl to stretch his points lead to 20 points with three races remaining. Danny Bohn finished seventh, followed by Gary Putnam, Brandon Ward and Jason Myers.
There were 18 cars on hand. The next event for the series will be on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the G-Oil 150 at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, N.C.

At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island Timmy Solomito won Modified twin 30′s. Howie Brode clinched the 2013 NASCAR Modified championship.

On the speedway stock market scene last week all three speedway stocks finished the week in the green. Leading the way was Speedway Motorsports which went up 0.12 to 17.80. The International Speedway Corporation went up 0.14 to 31.13 and Dover Entertainment went up0.03 to 2.47. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint dropped 0.23 to 6.47 and NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) dropped 0.48 to 50.79 while NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear went up 0.67 to 20.79. The auto makers had a baner week. Leading the way was Toyota which went up 4.76 to 125.55. General Motors went up 2.07 to 36.15 and Ford went up 0.81 to 17.00. In the home improvement sector everything was down hill. Home Depot dropped 1.79 to 72.70 and Lowes dropped 0.22 to 45.60. In big team sponsorship Target Department Stores dropped 0.02 to 63.29 and Aarons Rentals dropped 0.39 to 26.68 while Dupont went up 0.49 to 57.11. Coca-Cola went up 0.57 to 63.41 and Fedex went up 0.80 to 108.16.

In TV Land this week:
 

9
10
Tues
4:30 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
9
11
Wed
4:30 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
9
12
Thurs
1:00 PM
NASCAR K&N Pro Series
Evergreen
FS2
 
9
12
Thurs
4:30 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
9
13
Fri
10:00 AM
NCWTS Practice
Chicago
FS1
 
9
13
Fri
12:00 PM
NCWTS Practice
Chicago
FS1
 
9
13
Fri
1:00 PM
NSCS Practice
Chicago
FS1
 
9
13
Fri
2:30 PM
NNS Practice
Chicago
FS1
 
9
13
Fri
4:00 PM
NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying
Chicago
FS1
 
9
13
Fri
5:00 PM
NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
Chicago
ESPN2
 
9
13
Fri
6:30 PM
NNS Practice
Chicago
FS2
 
9
13
Fri
8:00 PM
NCWTS SetUp
Chicago
FS1
 
9
13
Fri
8:30 PM
NCWTS: NCWTS 225
Chicago
FS1
8:49 PM
9
14
Sat
11:00 AM
NSCS Practice
Chicago
FS2
 
9
14
Sat
12:00 PM
NNS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
Chicago
FS2
 
9
14
Sat
2:00 PM
NSCS Final Practice
Chicago
FS2
 
9
14
Sat
3:30 PM
NNS: Dollar General 300
Chicago
ESPN2
3:47 PM
9
15
Sun
9:00 AM
NASCAR RaceDay
Chicago
FS1
 
9
15
Sun
1:00 PM
NSCS Countdown
Chicago
ESPN
 
9
15
Sun
2:00 PM
NSCS: GEICO 400
Chicago
ESPN
2:16 PM
9
15
Sun
7:00 PM
NASCAR Victory Lane
Chicago
FS1
 


That’s it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly RI 02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467. E-Mail is smithpe_97_97@yahoo.com.


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

Web Design Copyright © 2013  www.VintageModifieds.com & www.SpeedwayLineReport.com - All Rights Reserved
Opinions expressed in Phil Smith's "Champ Trail" do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SpeedwayLineReport.com and the contents are the sole responsibility and opinions of the author.
For permission to reproduce any part of"Champ Trail" contact Phil Smith @
smithpe_97_97@yahoo.com
The "Champ Trail" is Copyright © 2006-2012 Phil Smith