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Tuesday September 17, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series got back into action on Long Island at the Riverhead Raceway for the 175 lap Green Earth Technologies 200 on Saturday night, September 14.

Ryan Preece took the lead from Timmy Solomito on Lap 177, sliding underneath the local driver and holding on for his fourth win of the 2013 season. The 21-year-old Solomito, a regular in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified Division at Riverhead, won his first career Coors Light Pole Award in his sixth tour start and led the first 176 laps before giving way to Preece. Justin Bonsignore managed to get by Solomito on Lap 193 to take second, while Solomito settled for third.

Once in the lead, Preece strategically moved around the quarter-mile asphalt oval, pulling away for the win by 2.314 seconds. It was the ninth tour victory for the 2013 NASCAR Next driver and he tied Mike Ewanitsko for the most consecutive wins at the track, which has held 53 tour events. Woody Pitkat and Howie Brode rounded out the top five. Sixth thru tenth were Eric Goodale, Rowan Pennink, Ted Szegedy and Patrick Emerling.

There were 31 Modifieds, including 9 Riverhead regulars on hand. Seventeen of the original 28 starters finished on the lead lap. If the 200 laps run, 101 were under caution as 13 cautions slowed the event.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race next in the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this coming Saturday, Sept. 21. The green flag drops at noon and the event will be televised live on FOX Sports 2. In Rhode Island on FIOS it's channel 198 and On Cox cable it's channel 140.

Preece continues to lead the point standings with a 46 point edge over Doug Coby. who finished 15th. Pennink sits in third with Mike Stefanik, fourth. Stefanik finished 26th after completing 146 laps. Ron Silk sits in the fifth spot.

The Stafford Motor Speedway closed out their regular Friday night season. Dan Avery picked up his first Stafford SK Modified® victory since 1982 in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tom Fearn picked up his fifth win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Chase Dowling picked up his seventh win of the season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Josh Wood picked up his fourth win of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. picked up his second win of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

In the SK Modified 40 lapper Avery took the lead from Joey Cipriano as the field completed lap 30. Ted Christopher was third with Todd Owen in fourth and Woody Pitkat in fifth. Avery held off Cipriano to the checkered flag to pick up his first SK Modified® feature victory at Stafford since the first season of SK Modified® competition. Christopher finished third, with Owen and Pitka rounding out the top-5.

The Valenti Modified Racing was also at Stafford. Ryan Preece became the 10th different winner in 14 races and the third first-time series winner in 2013. Preece started outside front row, jumped into the lead, and was never headed as he won the 4th annual Lincoln Tech 80. Preece received pressure early on from Ted Christopher. Christopher dropped out with mechanical problems during the only caution period on lap 34. From that point on it was all Preece to the checkered flag. Chris Pasteryak finished second with Richard Savory, third. Rounding out the top five were Tommy Barrett followed by Rowan Pennink. Ken Barry, Dan Meservey Jr, Norm Wrenn, Dave Etheridge, and Max Zachem finished sixth through tenth.

There were 34 cars on hand. Next event is Saturday October 5, 2013 at the Seekonk MA Speedway.

Action at the Waterford Speedbowl continued. A chilly night greeted race fans in attendance for the Speedbowl’s program on Saturday evening but the action on the track stayed red hot. Scoring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories were Frank Mucciacciaro in the SK Modifieds®, winning for the first time since 2006 while Keith Rocco won his ninth Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature of 2013. Ryan Waterman won his second Street Stock feature of the year and Ken Cassidy Jr. won another Mini Stock feature, recording an important victory in his accomplished racing career. Wayne Shifflett took down the checkered flag in the night’s X-Car race.

In the SK Modified 35 lapper The final 11 laps it were crutial as Todd Ceravolo really put the pressure on Mucciacciaro. Joe Gada and Rob Janovic raced behind in third and fourth positions while Keith Rocco was able to get by Jeff Gallup for fifth. On the point, Mucciacciaro held back every charge Ceravolo mounted to capture the victory. Ceravolo settled for second place while Janovic was able to put a final lap move to the inside of Gada to take third. Gada was fourth andRocco finished fifth. Rocco was forced into a borrowed ride after his primary #88 car lost an engine in practice.

With three events remaining Keith Rocco leads Todd Ceravolo 978-909 for the SK Modified Track Championship. Tyler Chadwick, who finished 16th, Craig Lutz who finished 10th and Kyle James who finished 8th round out the top five.

On the speedway stock market scene last week two of the three speedway stocks were up for the week. Speedway Motorsports went up 0.26 to 18.06 and the International Speedway Corporation went up 0.30 to 31.43. Dover Entertainment dropped 0.03 to 2.44. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.25 to 6.72 and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear went up 1.03 to 21.82 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) went up 0.08 to 50.87. Two of the three car makers had a positive week. Toyota went up 1.25 to 126.80 and Ford went up 0.35 to 17.35 while General Motors dropped 0.09 to 36.06. Things were jumping in the home improvement sector. Home Depot went up 2.41 to 75.11 and Lowes went up 1.26 to 46.86. With the exception of Fedex which dropped 0.92 to 107.24, the big team sponsors had a pretty fair week. Dupont went up 1.77 to 58.88 while Coca-Cola went up 0.29 to 63.70, Target went up 0.52 to 63.76 and Aarons Rentals went up 1.00 to 27.08.

In TV Land this week:
 

 
9
17
Tues
12:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
9
18
Wed
12:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
9
19
Thurs
12:00 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
9
20
Fri
12:00 PM
NSCS Practice
New Hampshire
FS1
 
9
20
Fri
1:30 PM
NASCAR Race Hub
 
FS1
 
9
20
Fri
3:30 PM
NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying
New Hampshire
FS1
 
9
21
Sat
9:00 AM
NSCS Practice
New Hampshire
FS2
 
9
21
Sat
10:30 AM
NASCAR Live
New Hampshire
FS2
 
9
21
Sat
11:00 AM
NSCS Final Practice
New Hampshire
FS2
 
9
21
Sat
12:00 PM
NASCAR Whelen Modified Series
New Hampshire
FS2
 
9
21
Sat
7:00 PM
NNS Countdown
Kentucky
ESPNEWS
 
9
21
Sat
7:30 PM
NNS: Kentucky 300
Kentucky
ESPNEWS
7:46 PM
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22
Sun
9:00 AM
NASCAR RaceDay
New Hampshire
FS1
 
9
22
Sun
12:00 PM
NASCAR K&N Pro Series
Greenville
FS1
 
9
22
Sun
1:00 PM
NSCS Countdown
New Hampshire
ESPN
 
9
22
Sun
2:00 PM
NSCS: SYLVANIA 300
New Hampshire
ESPN
2:15 PM
9
22
Sun
7:00 PM
NASCAR Victory Lane
New Hampshire
FS1
 
 



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