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02-11-14: This coming Friday, Feb 14, the engines roar at New Smyrna and at Daytona on Saturday, the 15th. At New Smyrna there have been 14 entries posted for the Modified division. A new twist to the February World Series is the NASCAR K&N Series. Among the entries for the Daytona Modified event are Ryan Preece, who became the youngest champion in NASCAR Whelen Modified history last season. Rising stock car star Kyle Benjamin will jump in the No. 7NY Modified piloted last year at Daytona by Kyle Larson. They’ll be joined by young talent such as Tommy Barrett Jr., Timmy Solomito and Jimmy Zacharias. In addition, past NASCAR modified champions Doug Coby, Donny Lia, Burt Myers and Ron Silk are all entered in the race. The UNOH Battle At The Beach will be held at the Daytona International Speedway backstretch flat track on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and again will air live on television and radio. FOX Sports 2 will broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will go on the air at 6:45 p.m. with its pre-show, and the broadcast will be streamed live at MRN.com and simulcast by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90. MORE>>
02-04-14: Before we know it the 2014 racing season will begin. As of this coming Friday, Feb 7, one week remains before the engines roar at New Smyrna on Feb 14 and at Daytona on the 15th. Daytona has not posted any entries as yet. At New Smyrna there have been only twelve entries posted for the Modified division. A new twist to the February World Series is the NASCAR K&N Series. As usual the Modifieds get left with what the cow left after he jumped over the fence. The good folks at NASCAR and at New Smyrna have put a purse of $90,599 in place for the event. The Modifieds have been running the Richie Evans 100 since 1986 and have never seen a posted a purse like that. The latest addition to the Modified lineup is 16 year old Spencer Davis will be competing in the Hillbilly Racing No. 79 Tour-Type Modified. Davis will also chase the World Series championships in the Super and Pro Late Model divisions in addition to piloting the Modified that won the 2013 Speedweeks title at New Smyrna. MORE>>
01-28-14: Before we know it the 2014 racing season will begin. As of this coming Friday, Jan 30, three weeks remain before the engines roar at New Smyrna on Feb 14 and at Daytona on the 15th. Daytona has not posted any entries as yet. Had occasion to take in Swamp Buggy races in Naples Fla last week. It’s different to say the least but the overall show had numerous delays between races. Wouldn’t recommend it unless one likes to people watch. NASCAR has announced a new revamped format for qualifying, following the Daytona 500, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. At tracks measuring 1.25 miles in length or larger, qualifying for the Coors Light Pole Award will consist of three rounds: The first qualifying elimination round will be 25 minutes in duration and includes all cars / trucks. The 24 cars / trucks that post the fastest single lap from the first qualifying round will advance to the second round. MORE>>
01-21-14: The Waterford Speedbowl and its owner Terry Eames have dodged the bullet again. An agreement made in Superior Court in New London a week ago allowed Eames to avoid an auction date that would have put the 2014 racing season at the track in danger. Judge Emmet Cosgrove put in place an agreement that will set Oct. 18 for the foreclosure auction sale for the Speedbowl. There are some stipulations. Eames has to repair the grandstands and their under pinnings plus he has to allow an independent individual or company to oversee the track’s finances for 2014. Fifty miles up the road at the Thompson Speedway, Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy’s Department of Economic and Community Development will provide the speedway with an $800,000 loan. The money will be used to upgrade the Thompson facility, including repaving the existing 1.7- mile road course, upgrading safety and fencing systems and building a 15,000-square-foot garage with classrooms for driver education. Other planned improvements include upgraded storm water control systems, bridge and other facilities. As a bonus, DECD will forgive $200,000 of the loan principal if the company retains its existing 48 employees and creates 23 more positions by 2015. MORE>>
01-14-14: The Waterford Speedbowl held their 2013 Awards Ceremony this past Saturday evening at Groton Inn & Suites to celebrate the past season’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and other Saturday series track champions despite the fact that storm clouds are brewing over the Route 85 track. Keith Rocco won his third championship in the track’s headline SK Modified® division. He also won the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division title to become the first driver in track history to claim both in the same season. Joining Rocco as repeat champions were Corey Hutchings, who won a second Street Stock division title and Ken Cassidy Jr., champion in the Mini Stocks for a track record fifth time. Randy Churchill Jr. was a first time champion in the SK Light Modified division. Rounding out the 2013 Saturday Series champions included Dylan Izzo and Anthony Marvin who took honors in the INEX Legend Cars and Bandoleros respectively, as well as Jon Porter in Super X-Cars and Brad Voglesong in the X-Car division. MORE>>
01-07-14: Before we know it the 2014 racing season will begin. NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will be testing at the Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the season opening Daytona 500 which will be run on Sunday, Feb 23. The 2014 version of NASCAR cars and trucks take to the track at Daytona for preseason test sessions, with FOX Sports 1 providing 12 hours of coverage over three days from Jan. 9-11. The NASCAR on FOX team of Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy call the action while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars are on the track Jan. 9-10 (1:00 pm/et to 5:00 pm/et, Live), with Bob Dillner and Matt Yocum reporting from the pits and Jeff Hammond reporting from the garage. Setting up camp in the garage area, host Rick Allen and analyst Hermie Sadler offer a location for drivers, crew chiefs and other personalities to talk over the day’s storylines. NASCAR Nationwide Series tests air on FOX Sports 1 from 3:00pm/et to 7:00pm/et on Saturday, Jan. 11. The count down to Speed Week continues. As of this coming Friday, Jan 9, five weeks remain before the engines roar at New Smyrna on Feb 14 and at Daytona on the 15th. MORE>>

2013

12-31-13: Before we know it the 2014 racing season will begin. NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will be testing at the Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the season opening Daytona 500 which will be run on Sunday, Feb 23. Race teams in the northeast are making ready for their annual trek to New Smyrna. In some sad news, Anne Marie (Newell) Empey, aged 74 of Middleboro. MA passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at the Sachem Rehabilitation and Nursing Home surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her parents, and companion Bill Somers. She was an avid NASCAR racing fan and worked as the Chief Scorer at Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Thompson, Seekonk, and Westboro Speedways; she also scored races at the Norwood Arena, Lee, Lakeville, and Star Speedways; she was the traveling scorer for the New England Mini Modified tour and the Big Rig Racing tour scoring at tracks up and down the East Coast. MORE>>
12-24-13: The Eastern Motorsports Press Association recently announced that former NASCAR National Modified Champion Fred DeSarro and legendary NASCAR Modified car owner Len Boehler will be inducted into the EMPA Hall of Fame in January. DeSarro, who drove the Sonny Koszela Woodchopper Special to the 1970 NASCAR Modified Championship, switched rides with Bugsy Stevens in the spring of 1971. Stevens had driven the Boehler car, known as Ole Blu, to three consecutive NASCAR Modified Championships, 1967-68-69. The DeSarro-Boehler team was one of the most feared in the northeast where they won numerous events and track championships including the Race of Champions at the Trenton Speedway in New Jersey. DeSarro and Boehler won where ever they raced. From the deep woods of Maine to the sandy beaches in New Smyrna Beach Florida DeSarro and Boehler won. DeSarro won four consecutive Thompson Speedway Championships starting in 1974, taking down 14 feature wins in ‘’74 alone at the 5/8 mile track. MORE>>
12-17-13: NASCAR held their Night of Champions Touring Awards ceremony in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C) Convention Center inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame last Saturday night. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Champion Ryan Preecce along with Eric Sanderson and his No. 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford team were among those who were crowned Champions of their respective divisions. The 2013 champions included Dylan Kwasniewski (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East), Derek Thorn (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West), Scott Steckly (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1), Rodrigo Peralta (NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series), Ander Vilariño (NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), Ryan Preece (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and George Brunnhoelzl III (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour). MORE>>
12-10-13: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Champion Ryan Preece along with Eric Sanderson and his No. 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford team will get a chance to celebrate their 2013 accomplishments this coming Saturday, Dec. 14 as part of the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards ceremony in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C) Convention Center inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR is also expected to announce their 2014 Modified Tour schedule for 2014. In light of Tommy Barrett Jr being hired by NASCAR Modified Tour owner Chris Our, Mike Stefanik has chosen to seek out other options. A possible good fit for Stefanik would be the Wayne Darling entry that was recently vacated by Doug Coby. Coby was told by Darling that he would be unable to participate in the full tour schedule. Stefanik, who is possibly looking to scale back his racing would be right where he wanted to be. Stefanik had been offered a part time ride in a team car to Barrett but chose not to play second fiddle to the young upstart. MORE>>
12-03-13: The 2013 racing season has wound down in the northeast. The Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby at the Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey last weekend wrapped it up. This year marked the 40th running of the Turkey Derby at the Jersey shore oval. Last Saturday dawned clear, crisp and cold. For the tour type Modified portion of the Derby there were 30 cars. All took time on the high banked oval with Matt Hirschman the fastest as he toured the one third mile oval in 11.85 seconds. New Jersey runner Danny Bohn led the first 120 laps of the 150 lap Derby before pitting for fresh tires. Hirschman who had pitted earlier, took the lead following a lap 120 restart from Rowan Pennink. Hirschman made a determined run from there as he never looked back as he sprinted to the win, his second in a row. Doug Coby finished second with Pennink, third. Ryan Preece and Mike Bohn rounded out the top five. Hirschman tried to sweep both modified races, but in the SK/Wall Modified 100-lap feature he had an uphill battle and fell short as he settled for second behind Anthony Sesely. MORE>>
11-26-13: Congratulations to Mike Stefanik who edged out Woody Pitkat for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Most Popular Driver Award. Stefanik has yet to indicate what if any plans he has for 2014. Among the big surprises last week was the fact that Boehler Racing has applied for a Valenti Modified Racing Series Number for 2014. It appears that Michael Boehler has made a wise decision as he will cut back on his Whelen Modified Tour schedule for 2014. The mighty Ole Blu, with a yet unnamed driver, will still be seen but most of their racing will be confined to New England. There are some good paying events in New England on the Mod Tour and there are some good paying events on the Valenti Modified Racing Series plus there have been some good paying open shows at Seekonk and at the Star Speedway. While those at NASCAR continue to pat themselves on the back and fatten their bank accounts the Modified competitors continue to jump ship. The 2013 racing season has wound down in the northeast. The only event remaining is the Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby at the Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey. MORE>>
11-19-13: The 2013 racing season has wound down in the northeast. The only event remaining is the Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby at the Wall Stadium in New Jersey. Auto Racing trade publication Area Auto Racing News has compiled a list of the top feature winners in the Northeast. Sitting at the top of the list is Keith Rocco who has 31 wins to his credit. Rocco, who finished third nationally in NASCAR's All American Series, won the SK Modified and Late Model track championships at the Waterford Speedbowl plus the Sunoco {SK Modified} championship at the Thompson Speedway, won 19 Modified features and 12 Late Model features. Second, third and fourth on the win list are dirt track racers Stewart Friesan with 25 wins, Matt Sheppard with 22 wins and Gene Knaub with 20 wins. Tied for fifth, overall is NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series champion Ryan Preece and dirt tracker Ricky Elliot, each with 18 wins. Woody Pitkat, who is the 2013 Sunoco (SK Modified) at Thompson, has four wins for the season. MORE>>
11-12-13: Asphalt Modified drivers from the North and South converged on the Caraway Speedwayin North Carolina last weekend for the 11th annual John Blewett III Memorial North/South Shootout. Twenty six Modifieds were on hand. Matt Hirschman made it five out of 11 as he dominated the event from his pole starting position. Hirschman normally competes in the New York State based Race of Champions Tour. NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour regulars George Brunnhoelzl III was second with Andy Seuss, third. Conspicuous by there absence were competitors of the Whelen Modified Tour and Valenti Modified Racing Series teams. Southern competitor Brian Loftin and Valenti Modified Racing regular Tommy Barrett rounded out the top five. Ron Silk and Cole Powell were the only representatives of the northern Modified Tour. Silk finished 10th and Powell, 14th. Woody Pitkat has something to shoot for in 2014. Is soon to be car owner Buzz Chew, a Long Island Chevy dealer made him an offer he can't refuse. Said Pitkat,"Wow! I really do have the best car owner in the world. MORE>>
10-29-13: 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. MORE>>
10-22-13: The Thompson Speedway released a comprehensive seven race schedule for 2014. Speedway General Manager Josh Vanada made the announcement Sunday morning at the drivers meeting. The schedule will consist of three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series dates, The Icebreaker on April 5-6, Bud King of Beers 150 on Wednesday, August 15 and The World Series 150 on October 17-19. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will have two dates, Thursday, May 29 and at the World Series. The Granite State Pro Stocks will run as part of the Icebreaker and the World Series. Vanada further stated that all regular Thompson racing divisions will run at all races and NASCAR points will be awarded. Something new to New England racing will be segment style races will allow enough events to qualify for NASCAR Championships. This was done at Riverhead raceway last season. MORE>>
10-15-13: Internet racing news site RaceDayCt recently announced that Hill Enterprises, which owns the No.79 driven by Woody Pitkat on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series, would cease operations following the conclusion of their season at the Thompson Speedway this coming weekend. It is another spike in the heart of NASCAR's oldest series. While those at NASCAR continue to pat themselves on the back the Modifieds continue to die a slow death. The recent Fall Final at Stafford drew 25 cars, one less than at Loudon in September. The July Loudon event drew a season high of 32. The slimmest field was at Monadnock where 23 of the ground pounders showed. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series winds up its season this weekend with a 150 lapper at the Thompson Speedway, which is part of the annual World Series which wraps up racing in the northeast for another year. MORE>>
10-08-13: It appears that the transition from the Thompson Speedway as we know it to the Club at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will create a playground primarily for the wealthy. It has already been said that the oval track will host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at least three times in 2014, with events at the Icebreaker, the World Series and an event at some time during the summer. The Club at Thompson will offer exclusive membership privileges to motorsport and golf enthusiasts. Different types of memberships are offered for sale including Individual Memberships for an initiation fee of $15,000, Annual dues of $2,500 and a Black Top fee of $165. For all of that one will receive a 2014 Season pass with VIP parking to all racing events, exclusive use of 30+ track days, priority Garage Rental Reservations, member guest driving, Raceway Golf Club Membership, priority Golf Cart Rental Reservations, discounted meals (15%) at The Raceway Golf Club Restaurant and professional instructors available for new drivers to help them learn and better their driving experience. The Club is tailored to an assortment of vehicles, and lifestyles, and will leave one wanting to come back for more. MORE>>
10-01-13: Weekly racing as we know it will never be the same at the Thompson Speedway. The speedway is well into a $4 million project which will rebuild and modify an existing road course. The project is expected to be finished by June of 2014. Thursday Night Thunder at Thompson which featured NASCAR Whelen Weekly racing for Sunoco Modifieds (SK type), Late Models, Ltd Sportsman and mini stocks will be no more. In past years Thursday Night Thunder ran from mid May thru September. Because of construction and rain the Thursday night schedule was cut short. A spokesperson for the speedway said that only six to eight NASCAR-sanctioned events will be run in 2014 on the 5/8-mile oval. From 2015 on the intent is to run only six races per year. While there have been some lean nights, Thursday Night Thunder has become quite popular with many in recent years. Its a shame to see it go away. The Thompson Speedway has provided some of the best high speed competition in the northeast second to none. MORE>>
09-24-13: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled up north for the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past Saturday, Sept. 21. A somewhat short field of 26 Modifieds were on hand for qualifying. The Modified Tour suffered another setback when internet news site RaceDayct broke the news that the tours biggest star, Mike Stefanik, will no longer be a part of the tour once the 2013 season comes to a close. Ryan Newman posted his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award at the track in qualifying for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100. Newman, from South Bend, Ind., toured the 1.058-mile oval with a fast lap of 29.475 seconds (129.221 mph) for the fifth overall Whelen Modified Tour pole. Two-time New Hampshire winner Donny Lia joined Newman on the front row thanks to a fast lap of 29.508 (129.077) while championship points leader Ryan Preece was third-fastest at 29.528 (128.989). MORE>>
09-17-13: 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. MORE>>
09-10-13: 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. MORE>>
09-03-13: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series takes a couple of weeks off to regroup before getting 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 continues to lead the point standings with a 28 point cushion over defending champion Doug Coby. With four events remaining Coby is far from out of it in his quest to repeat his title. Mike Stefanik is still in the hunt as he sits in third spot as is Rowan Pennink who is currently fourth. Rounding out the top five is Ron Silk. Sixth through tenth are Woody Pitkat, Ted Christopher, Donny Lia, Justin Bonsignore and Todd Szegedy. NASCAR announced the No. 16 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with driver Ryan Preece was been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Aug. 21 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. MORE>>
08-27-13: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series visited the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee this past Wednesday. Mike Stefanik went from the outhouse at the season opening Battle at the Beach to the penthouse at Bristol after he won the Titan Roof 150 and went on to collect his second win of the season in the annual combination event with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The victory also extended his Whelen Modified Tour career record for wins to 74. Donnie Lia, on the other hand went from the penthouse at Bristol to the outhouse. Back in February Stefanik had victory on sight when he was turned by Steve Park who was punted by Eric Goodale. Lia, who was the pole sitter, led the first 91 laps only to get punted and turned by Justin Bonsignore on a restart. In all fairness to Bonsignore, he was punted from behind by Stefanik when Lia was slow on the draw for the restart. Lia's mount, the Mystic Missile, suffered a broken panhard bar in the rear suspension. MORE>>
08-20-13: Thursday night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway finally broke the three week string of rain-outs. Bobby Santos held off Donny Lia to take the checkered flag in the Whelen Modified Tour Series Budweiser 150. Other winners at Thompson on Thursday night were Woody Pitkat who led the NASCAR Whelen All American Series action with a come-from-behind win in the Sunoco Modified division. Glenn Boss, Cam McDermott, Joe Baxter, and Bill McNeil also won their division feature events. In the Modified Tour event, Santos took the lead on the start of the Bud 150 and commanded the field until caution slowed the pace at lap 25 for a backstretch accident involving Bryon Chew and Rick Fuller. Santos continued his dominance on the restart and led by half-a-straightaway until caution came out again at lap 109. The entire field came down pit road during the caution period. Santos stalled his machine when trying to exit his pit stall allowing Todd Szegedy to beat him out and take over the lead. MORE>>
08-13-13: Thursday night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway was cancelled for the third week in a row due to rain. Thursday marked the fourth time this year weather has effected the Valenti Modified Racing Series at Thompson. The division was scheduled to run a feature at the track on May 19, but that was cancelled because of rain. The division is also scheduled to run its season ending event at Thompson on Oct. 19 as part of the track’s World Series weekend. Thompson plays host to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this coming Thursday. The event, the Budweiser 150, is always the biggest race event of the summer at Thompson and everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that the 7-day weather cycle of rain on Thursdays will be broken. This event will feature the WMT, Thompson’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions along with a guest appearance from world famous Drifter Vaughn Gittin, Jr. Gittin will be on hand to meet and greet fans, sign autographs, perform drifting demonstrations. MORE>>
08-06-13: Thursday night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway was cancelled due to rain for the second week in a row. Thursday marked the third time this year weather has effected the Valenti Modified Racing Series at Thompson. The division was scheduled to run a feature at the track on May 19, but that was cancelled because of rain. The division is also scheduled to run its season ending event at Thompson on Oct. 19 as part of the track’s World Series weekend. Sunoco Modified competitor Dennis Perry was at the speedway last Thursday and gave this report. "Went to Thompson today to grab a couple trucks and wow have they torn it up. Will be interesting to see how they run the show next week as there is barely any tar or grass in the pit area. The only tar is in the line where they have the tours pit and the road out back is all dirt now. Guess we will all be going old school and pitting in the dirt again. Just hope the idiots who come off the track ticked off don't tear up the dirt roads so the nose on the mods drag". MORE>>
07-30-13: It appears that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour may get a much needed shot in the arm in 2015 as it has been announced that NBC will replace the combined coverage that ESPN and TNT share in the current television contract, which expires at the end of the 2014 season. In addition to rights to NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series races, NBC has also obtained exclusive rights to practice and qualifying sessions for NBC’s national series events during their portion of the season, as well as rights to broadcast the NASCAR K&N Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series, the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and NASCAR’s season-ending banquets. Further, NBC has been granted Spanish-language rights, certain video-on-demand rights and exclusive TV Everywhere rights for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events. Highly respected Area Auto Racing News scribe Ernie Saxton stated that the recent Whelen Modified Tour race at Loudon did a .4 rating on the Speed Channel with 420,000 viewers.  MORE>>
07-23-13: Doug Coby, driving the Wayne Darling-owned Seekonk Grand Prix modified, dominated Open Wheel Wednesday at the Seekonk Speedway as he won the 100 lap main event which paid him a cool $10,000 on an extremely hot night which saw temperatures in the mid 90 degree mark. The only other leader of the event was Todd Annarummo. They shared the front row for the start, and Annarummo jumped to the lead with Coby on his bumper. Three lead-changes later, Coby roared home for the the win just ahead of Les Hinckley with Annarummo, Matt Hirschman and Anthony Nocella in pursuit. Hinckley had started fifth and worked his way toward the front, holding third from laps 28 through 81. Annarummo took his lead and ran 26 laps at the front with Coby in pursuit. Coby made an early, outside bid on lap 5, but Rob Richardi and Kevin Iannarelli got together in turn one. It was the end of Richardi’s evening as the field relined for the green.  MORE>>
07-16-13: The Thompson Speedway Thursday Night Thunder Series resumed under threatening skies. John Lowinski-Loh, Steve Kenneway and Chad Baxter all captured their first season wins on Whelen Engineering night in Thursday Night Thunder at Thompson (TNTT). Other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winners included Keith Rocco in the Sunoco Modified division with his fourth victory of the season and John Studley in the Lite Modifieds. Rocco used a late-race restart to take down his fourth victory of the 2013 season as he held off Ryan Preece and Todd Ceravolo for the win. A caution flew at lap 28 for a car in the turn three wall setting up a two-lap dash to the checkers. Rocco drove to the front again with Ceravolo and Preece battling for the second spot right behind him. Preece took the second spot with Woody Pitkat taking over third before the checkers fell. Ceravolo ended up fourth with Kerry Malone, fifth. At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night held a special Girls Night Out program featuring each division racing an extra two laps as part of the 5-Star Series Mid-Season Stretch. Keith Rocco scored his first victory of the 2013 season in the 42-lap SK Modified® feature. MORE>>
07-09-13: The Thompson Speedway Thursday Night Thunder Series resumes this week. At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night Ryan Preece, for the second consecutive week and fifth overall of the 2013 season, took the win in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Mark St. Hilaire won the 30-lap Late Model feature, Chase Dowling racked up his division leading third win in the Xtra Mart Xtra D 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, Albert Saunders was a first time winner in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and his twin brother Cliff Saunders was the big winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. In the SK Modified 40 lapper it appeared that Keith Rocco would unseat Ryan Preece as top dog but it wasn't meant to be. Rocco went from third to the lead on the first lap and was holding his own. It all came to an end on lap 13. Ryan Preece had moved by Todd Owen to take over the second spot. Somehow Owen got back by Preece and made contact with Rocco as they exited turn four. MORE>>
07-02-13: The Thompson Speedway Thursday Night Thunder Series fell victim to first mist followed by heavy rain this past Thursday. The speedway management pulled the plug at 10:00am in order to save competitors the hassle of having to leave work early. Thursday night Thunder resumes on July 11. The Ltd sportsman double feature that was suppose to run this past Thursday will now run on July 18th, and the 40 lap Late Model race will run on July 25th! At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night Ryan Preece made it two in a row in SK Modified competition. Preece rallied after a mid race tangle with Rowan Pennink. Preece was sent to the rear for being overly aggressive. Tom Bolles finished second, with Pennink coming back to finish third. Woody Pitkat, and Ted Christopher rounded out the top-5. Other Friday night winners at Stafford were Tom Fearn in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Ronnie Williams in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Austin Bessette in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kris Fluckiger in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. Richie Pallai, Jr. was the winner of the 15-lap CARQUEST Champions For Charities race. MORE>>
06-25-13: The Thompson Speedway was extremely busy and enjoyed it's best Thursday night crowd so far this year. Double features highlighted NASCAR Whelen All American Series action in the Sunoco Modified and Lite Modified divisions. Keith Rocco and Kerry Malone each garnered a win in the Sunoco Modified division while Cam McDermott swept the Lite Modified. Other winners included Rick Gentes in the Late Models, Larry Barnett in the Limited Sportsman division, Scott Michalski in the Monster Mini Stocks, and Ben Lavangie in the Vintage Modified feature. In the first Sunoco Modified feature, Rocco started fourth and took the lead from Kerry Malone after a lap 19 restart. As Rocco picked up his third win of the season Woody Pitkat moved into second and Malone faded to third. Ryan Preece and Todd Ceravolo rounded out the top five. Among those in the 17 car Sunoco Modified field was Tommy Barrett who drove the Richie Gallup No. 50. Barrett never got the chance to show his stuff as the Gallup car developed valve train problems and failed to finish. MORE>>
06-18-13: Its been in the making since Memorial Day weekend as the Stafford Motor Speedway finally got to run their TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series event. There were 27 cars on hand. Bobby Santos scored his 10th career pole award and started in the front row along side Ryan Preece. On the initial start, Preece had the misfortune of getting a flat tire which caused him to spin. Preece and Santos made contact shortly afer taking the green with a cut tire resulting. Preece restarted in the rear and after a determined march to the front took the lead from Ron Silk who led the first 106 laps. Preece, second fasted in qualifying, began the race in the rear after cutting a tire prior to the official start of the race. He watched Ron Silk dominate the field for the first 106 laps before moving past the leader and holding on through the final 18 laps. Silk finished in the runner-up spot - followed by Rowan Pennink, Donny Lia and pole winner Bobby Santos. Doug Coby, Justin Bonsignore, Mike Stefanik, Jimmy Blewett and Woody Pitkat completed the top 10. MORE>>
06-11-13: The Stafford Motor Speedway fell victim to rain again last week. A forecast of heavy rain and wind forced NASCAR and the Stafford management to postpone the TSI Whelen Modified Tour Series for the second time. Here we are, now past mid June and only two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series events have been run, the Thompson Speedway Ice Breaker, run on April 14 and won by Mike Stefanik and the Spring Sizzler at Stafford on April 28 won by Bobby Santos III. The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil has been pushed back another week and is now slated to be contested at the historic half mile on Friday, June 14. In a bold move, the Thompson Speedway went against the odds of being rained out and ran last Thursday night and got most of their program in before the rains came. Rain put a damper on the Thursday Night Thompson Thunder program when track conditions forced the postponement of the Lite Modified and Limited Sportsman features until a later date. Keith Rocco, Rick Gentes, and Joe Baxter picked up feature wins in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action while Darryl Dutch was the victor in a special 15-lap Outlaw Antique Racer’s feature. MORE>>
06-04-13: The hills of northeastern Connecticut came alive last Thursday night as the Thompson Speedway began their Thursday Night Thunder weekly racing series. Ryan Preece in the Sunoco SK Modifieds, John Studleyin the SK Lites, Rick Gentes in the Late Models, Scott Sundeen in the Limited Sportsman and Eric Bourgeois in the Mini Stocks earned NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories under warm and humid skies. In the Sunoco Modified feature Preece started fifth and after a spirited battle with Todd Ceravolo, took the lead on a lap 8 restart. Ceravolo made numerous attempts to retake the lead but in the end, finished third after giving way to Woody Pitkat who moved into the second spot on the last lap. Keith Rocco and Kerry Malone rounded out the top five. A tip of the hat to Dennis Perry who scored a solid sixth place finish and to Paul Newcomb who led the early going and recovered from a spin to finish seventh. Third generation driver Joe Gada made his debut at Thompson a successful one as he crossed the finish line in 8th spot. There were 15 SK type Modifieds on hand. MORE>>
05-28-13: The Memorial Day weekend began on a wet note as the Stafford Motor Speedway management and NASCAR have postponed the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series 23rd ANNUAL TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON 125 due to a forecast for inclement weather. The event has been pushed back two weeks and is now slated to be run at the historic half mile on Friday, June 7. After two events Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece are tied for the point lead. One point behind is Mike Stefanik. Rounding out the top five are Ted Christopher and Justin Bonsignore. In Saturday night action at the Waterford Speedbowl, rain prevailed. Riverhead Raceway on Long Island also fell victim to rain. Down in the southland at the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC the Myers brothers battled it out in the first of two 25-lap races for the featured Modified Division. Jason Myers held off older brother Burt and celebrated his first victory of the season. In the second race, John Smith held off fellow Mount Airy driver Chris Fleming for his first victory of the season. MORE>>
05-21-13: The Valenti Modified Racing Series paid a visit to the Thompson on Sunday. Twenty eight Modifieds were on hand. Unfortunately rain prevailed. The event will not be rescheduled to a later date. Grandstand tickets and pit passes will be honored at the next VMRS event. The Stafford Motor Speedway Friday night series saw Rowan Pennink score his first ever win at the Connecticut oval. Pennink, who also races at Thompson on a weekly basis plus the Valenti Modified Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, travels from Huntingon Valley, PA each and every week in order to race. Shortly after the drop of the green in the 40 lap feature Pennink went to the lead past Michael Gervais and never looked back. Sean Foster, who moved into the runner-up spot at the mid point of the event, tried everything he could to get by Pennink, but Pennink held him off at the checkered for his first career SK Modified® feature victory. Glen Reen finished third, with Ted Christopher and Doug Coby rounding out the top-5. MORE>>
05-14-13: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series has been on Spring Break since the running of the Spring Sizzler at Stafford on April 28. Modified Tour racing was slated to return with the running of an event at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH last Saturday but an impending forecast for heavy rain forced Speedway officials and NASCAR to postpone the event until July 27. The next event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series will be the 23rd ANNUAL TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON 125 PRESENTED BY G-OIL at the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, May 24. After two events Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece are tied for the point lead. One point behind is Mike Stefanik. Rounding out the top five are Ted Christopher and Justin Bonsignore. The Stafford Motor Speedway began it's regular Friday night series starting this past Friday, May 10. MORE>>
05-07-13: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series has been on Spring Break until this coming Saturday, May 11, when the action resumes at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. After two events Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece are tied for the point lead. One point behind is Mike Stefanik. Rounding out the top five are Ted Christopher and Justin Bonsignore. The Monadnock Speedway, located in Winchester, NH is a 1/4 mile high banked speedway. The Stafford Motor Speedway begins it's regular Friday night series starting this week on Friday, May 14. In Saturday night action at the Waterford Speedbowl, Keith Rocco, who suffered a broken left wrist during a heat race on April 27, won the 35-lap SK Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night. MORE>>
04-30-13: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the Stafford Motor Speedway this past weekend for the annual Spring Sizzler. Originally an 80 lap open competition race that drew close to 100 cars, now the Sizzler is NASCAR sanctioned, extended to 200 laps and drew 26 cars. The starting field was advertised by NASCAR to be 33 cars. In Saturday qualifying Bobby Santos III was the pole sitter as he toured the half mile oval in18.082 seconds which calculated out to be 99.547mph. Todd Szegedy was second fastest with Rowan Pennink, third. Chuck Hossfeldt and Mike Stefanik rounded out the top five. Bobby Santos III left little doubt in anyone's mind as he literally cleaned house at Stafford as he led all 200 laps in spite of making a pit stop for tires during a caution period on lap 104. Santos, thanks to a quick pit stop, lined up along side Patrick Emerling who chose not to pit. When the green flag was displayed on lap 107 Santos blew him away two laps later as he re-took the lead. Santos withstood six cautions and restarts to score the dominating win. Justin Bonsignore, who was having fuel starvation problems on the final lap, managed to finish second. MORE>>
04-23-13: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series heads to the Stafford Motor Speedway this weekend for the annual Spring Sizzler. Originally conceived by Speedway Illustrated founder Dick Berggren along with friends Lew Boyd and Bruce Cohen the Sizzler has become a tradition since its inaugural event in 1972. Originally an 80 lap open competition event, the Sizzler has taken on a NASCAR sanction and has been stretched to 200 laps. Mike Stefanik, fresh off his outstanding victory in the Thompson Speedway IceBreaker is the odds on favorite for this weeks event. Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece were right on Stefanik's tail at Thompson and are also legitimate contenders as is defending race winner Doug Coby. Among those who did not file an entry for the Sizzler was Long Islander Timmy Solomito. Solomito did a great job at Thompson against some pretty strong heavy hitters as he finished 10th. It must be noted that Solomito has committed himself to driving the Wayne Anderson No. 15 at Riverhead this year. MORE>>
04-16-13: The Thompson Speedway opened for the season this past weekend with IceBreaker 2013. The Ice Breaker officially began the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series. Mike Stefanik, still disappointed the way NASCAR handled the bump and run incident in which he was intentionally spun out of the lead in the February Battle at the Beach, eased the pain a bit during qualifying for the IceBreaker. The last car out in qualifying, Stefanik took the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award on the second of his two laps in advance of Sunday’s season-opening Icebreaker. Has fast lap was recorded at 18.668 seconds (120.527 mph). The pole was the 48th of Stefanik’s career and the 10th at Thompson. From Coventry, R.I., Stefanik has a pair of wins in the Icebreaker, the last coming in 2006. He also holds the Whelen Modified Tour record for overall wins at Thompson with 14. Prior to Stefanik’s last-lap run, Ryan Preece was in position for the Coors Light Pole. MORE>>
04-09-13: The 2013 northeast racing season got its official start this past weekend as the Waterford Speedbowl hosted Budweiser Blastoff. Budweiser Blastoff Weekend marked the beginning of the 63rd consecutive season of racing at the shoreline oval. After drawing 128 cars for practice on the week previous the Speedbowl drew 197 cars, including 30 Valenti Modified Racing Series cars and 26 SK Modifieds. It was cold and blustery but dry none the less. Sunday’s winners included Steve Masse of Bellingham, MA in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event, the popular northeastern tour’s 10th anniversary season opener. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action Keith Rocco of Meriden scored wins in both the SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division races, the second consecutive season he has opened the year with wins in each division. MORE>>
04-02-13: The northeastern hills and the eastern shoreline of Connecticut came alive with the sound of racing engines this past weekend. The Thompson Speedway which doesn't officially open for the season until April 14 held their first of two open practice dates. A second practice is scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 6th. The Waterford Speedbowl, which opens for the season this coming weekend, also was open for practice. Both tracks appeared to have respectable car counts but overall Waterford had the edge. What put Waterford over the top were the 25 Valenti Modified Racing Series cars. Among the casualties at Waterford were Tom Barrett and Jeff Rocco who did considerable damage to their cars after hitting the wall. Keith Rocco has indicated that he will seek the NASCAR National Championship as he intends on racing at Thompson, Stafford and at Waterford on a weekly basis. In addition to his SK Modified ride at Waterford Rocco has a Late Model and a Legend ride lined up. MORE>>
03-26-13: The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour was back in action for the KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink 150 this past Saturday, March 23 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. It was the second of 12 scheduled events of the series. Burt Myers redeemed himself from a season opening non-finish at Caraway on March 16 to a win at Southern National on the eve of Palm Sunday. Myers,who started third on the 25 car starting grid, charged into the lead just past the midway point of the 150-lap race and never looked back. The victory marked the ninth career tour win for the 2010 Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Ryan Preece, who won his first Whelen Southern Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying and led the first 80 laps, finished second. He was followed by Tim Brown, George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss. Ted Christopher, Kyle Ebersole, Danny Bohn, Brandon Ward and Woody Pitkat rounded out the top 10. MORE>>
03-19-13: The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series opened for the season this past Saturday night on March 16 at the Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC. Caraway. For most of his racing life Jason Myers had played second fiddle to his flamboyant brother Burt. Fortunes reversed in the series opener as Burt ended the night sitting in the infield with a blown engine and Jason found himself in victory lane. It was a gift of sort for Jason, who, with five laps to go was running behind former Bowman-Gray Stadium champion Tim Brown. Brown's car slowed with an apparent fuel problem, setting up a free for all restart between Myers and George Brunnhoelzl, III. With the event exted three laps to accomodate a green-white-checkered finish Brunnhoelzl slipped up as they drag raced down the front stretch, which allowed Myers to get away en route to his third career victory in his 97th start. Brunnhoelzl, the defending tour champion, settled for second while Kyle Ebersole rallied from two laps down to finish third. Ted Christopher and Andy Seuss were fourth and fifth, respectively. MORE>>
03-12-13: The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series opens for the season this coming Saturday night on March 16 at the Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC. Caraway, a .455-13deg oval will open for their 48th season with the Charles Kepley Memorial 150. Among the northern invaders expected is Woody Pitkat who had an impressive week in the Hillbilly Racing No.79 at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. Ted Christopher has been known to test the waters at Caraway in the past. A strong southern contingent led by Tim Brown along with Burt and Jason Myers are also expected. In some good news it has been learned that NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship car owner Curt Chase of Mansfield Center, Ct will join driver Ron Yuhas, Jr. and the Mike Murphy owned KLM Motorsports as the team’s crew chief for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. MORE>>
03-05-13: With Florida Speedweeks now history it's time to look ahead to the openings of the northeast speedways for the 2013 season. In five short weeks the Waterford Speedbowl comes alive with BlastOff 2013 on Sunday, April 7. The Thompson Speedway follows one week later with IceBreaker 2013 which will also include the opener for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series. The Stafford Motor Speedway will open their season with the annual Spring Sizzler on April 28. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series opens for the season a week from this coming Saturday night on March 16 at the Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC. Caraway, a .455-13deg oval will open for their 48th season with the Charles Kepley Memorial 150. Among the northern invaders expected is Woody Pitkat who had an impressive week in the Hillbilly Racing No.79 at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. Ted Christopher has been known to test the waters at Caraway in the past. MORE>>
02-26-13: The much touted Battle of the Beach at the Daytona International Speedway should have ended in a brawl following the checkered flag. Maybe it did behind the scenes but the live cameras were quickly diverted from any post race interviews or activities. What started out as a good idea turned into a typical NASCAR charade. Kyle Larson, the defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, who is considered one of NASCAR's next "Golden Boys" literally put the bumper to race leader C.E.Falk as they ran one-two to the checkered flag. Coming off the fourth turn on the final lap Larson executed a one -two punch as he first hit him on the inside followed by the shot that finished him off. Larson took his No. 98 Chevrolet Late Model to Victory Lane with a crumpled front nose after winning the inaugural Whelen All-American Series feature at the Speedway. Larson appeared somewhat arrogant as he exited his car and stood on the roof where he was roundly booed by those in the grandstand. He told the Daytona News Journal " “I don't get booed very often, It's kind of cool.” MORE>>
02-19-13: Late last week if one were to check out the traffic cams that watch over I-95 from the Boston area to south Florida one could notice a remarkable increase in camper, truck and car traffic in general heading south to Florida. It meant only one thing, Florida Speedweeks was about to begin. Renewed interest was generated when NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation jointly announced that the First Annual Battle of the Beach would include most of NASCAR weekly and Touring division stars including those of the Northern and Southern Whelen Modified Tours. Added to the fact was the inclusion of the New Smyrna Speedway in the NASCAR fold. Daytona posted 34 pre-race Modified entries while New Smyrna posted 20 for their Modified events. Thursday was a park and practice day but competitors did it under rain conditions. Practice for all divisions was cut short on Thursday, February 14th, when rain settled in on the state of Florida. MORE>>
02-05-13: As of this Friday, February 8, one week remains before Daytona and New Smyrna come alive with the sound of racing engines as Speedweeks shift into high gear. Ryan Preece has added his name to those who will compete in the inaugural "Battle at the Beach" Whelen Modified Tour Series event at the Daytona International Speedway. Preece will drive the Flamingo Motorsports #16 that he drives in Tour series action. The World Series at the New Smyrna Speedway begins on Friday night, Feb 15. Action at the Daytona Int. Speedway also begins on Thursday Feb 14 with ARCA practice at 1:00pm and on Friday with NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at 5:00pm and at 6:30pm as teams prepare for the Sprint Unlimited (formerly Busch Clash) event. Ronnie Silk and car owner Eddie Partridge will be doing double duty in Florida. The 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions, Silk and the No. 6 crew will participate in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 18-19. MORE>>
01-29-13: As of this Friday, February 1, two short weeks remain before Daytona and New Smyrna come alive with the sound of racing engines as Speedweeks shift into high gear. Ryan Preece has added his name to those who will compete in the inaugural "Battle at the Beach" Whelen Modified Tour Series event at the Daytona International Speedway. Preece will drive the Flamingo Motorsports #16 that he drives in Tour series action. The World Series at the New Smyrna Speedway begins on Friday night, Feb 15. Action at the Daytona Int. Speedway also begins on Thursday Feb 14 with ARCA practice at 1:00pm and on Friday with NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at 5:00pm and at 6:30pm as teams prepare for the Sprint Unlimited (formerly Busch Clash) event. NASCAR announced early last week the appointment of Jimmy Wilson to the position of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour director and Juston Ellis to the same position for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Wilson, originally from Orlando, Fla., has served the two previous years as director of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. He’ll now lead the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the first NASCAR-sanctioned event in 1948. MORE>>
01-22-13: As of this Friday, January 25, four short weeks remain before Daytona and New Smyrna come alive with the sound of racing engines as Speedweeks shift into high gear. Ryan Preece has added his name to those who will compete in the inaugural "Battle at the Beach" Whelen Modified Tour Series event at the Daytona International Speedway. Preece will drive the Flamingo Motorsports #16 that he drives in Tour series action. In what had to be a big surprise Florida's New Smyrna Speedway, and its first cousin Orlando SpeedWorld, signed contracts last Friday afternoon to become part of the NASCAR Home Tracks program. “It's time to change horses,” track general manager Terry Roberts said. “It's time to move on and remember FASCAR as a great racing tradition.” With a NASCAR sanction in place hopefully the speedway will better enforce tech rules better than they have in the past. Modified fields of cars have dwindled in recent years. MORE>>
01-15-13: The International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR have released the following schedule and start times for events that will make up Daytona Speedweeks in Florida. For the fourth consecutive year, NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race; the 55th annual Daytona 500 is scheduled for a 1 pm/et start time on Sunday, Feb. 24. Start times for the other remaining events of Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 at Daytona International Speedway are as follows: The 51st anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race, Jan. 26-27, 3:30 pm/et, The Lucas Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series, Saturday, Feb. 16, 4:30 pm/et, The Daytona Shootout non-points event, Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 pm/et Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 pm/et, the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on a flat 1/4 mile layout on the backstretch of the Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 18-19, Budweiser Duel At Daytona, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2 pm/et, NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30 pm/et and DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 pm/et. MORE>>
01-08-13: Ted Christopher started the year on a high note as he won the 40-lap Coffee Cup three-quarter midget main event inside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Christopher came back from a fiery incident that occurred in the pit area, and, with left hand tightly bandaged, raced his to the lead by Patrick Emerling with eight laps remaining in the New Years eve classic. The win for Christopher was his sixth indoors and by far the most dramatic. Christopher’s night started out on a high note when he ran the second quickest time trial lap and won his heat race. When he and the other drivers left the arena floor after the heat for a routine post-race fuel sample inspection, his car burst into flames. Christopher escaped with a badly burned left hand; the car sustained little damage. Emerling, who set the fastest time and started on the pole position for the ‘Coffee Cup’, held off an array of early race challengers including Paul Lotier, Jr., and Jon Gambuti, both of whom ran a close second to Emerling. MORE>>
01-01-13: The management of the Thompson Speedway has announced that former racer Jeff Zuidema has been appointed by the track to the position of race director. Zuidema has not raced since 2010 when he quit because of back problems. Zuidema's biggest job will be rebuilding the population of the weekly racing program which has taken a drastic drop over the past few seasons. Last year the track struggled to attract over ten cars in three of its six weekly divisions. The track’s premier Sunoco "SK type" Modified division saw most of its events running with fields under 15 cars. It was confirmed Wednesday that the track will eliminate it’s Thompson Modified division, which usually ran 5-6 car fields each week in 2012. In the past, the Thompson Speedway has listened to the competitors too much which has allowed cars within the Sunoco Mods to veer away from the rules in force for SK Modifieds at Stafford and Waterford. MORE>>

2012

12-25-12: Despite the fact that racing is on hold for the winter months much is going on behind the scenes as sanctioning bodies, officials and race teams prepare for 2013. Early last week NASCAR announced that Chad Little would no longer be the Modified Tour Series director as he has been promoted to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director. Little replaces Wayne Auton, who has served as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director since 1995, will assume the role of NASCAR Nationwide Series director. Brad Moran, currently NASCAR Canadian Tire Series director, will serve in the role of director of Touring Series, NASCAR. NASCAR has not indicated who will replace Little. Little seemed to be a decent guy but he kept his distance from competitors. Hopefully his replacement will be more interactive with the competitors. MORE>>
12-18-12: The Thompson International Speedway celebrated the 2012 season this past weekend with two ceremonies honoring seven division champions in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn. took center stage and was honored as the Sunoco Modified Champion on Saturday night while Late Model Champion Tommy O'Sullivan of Wilbraham, Mass. took top honors on Friday night. Other champions honored Friday night included Limited Sportsman Champion Scott Sundeen of Douglas, Mass. and Mini Stock Champion Chad Baxter of Pascoag, RI. On Saturday night, Super Late Model Champion Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, Mass., Lite Modified Champion Cam McDermott of Scituate, RI, and Thompson Modified Champion John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, Mass joined in celebrating their division titles. MORE>>
12-11-12: Congratulations to Doug Coby and car owner Wayne Darling on their 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Championship. It was a dream season for Coby, who six weeks after hoisting the championship trophy for the first time, still struggles to put to words what it means to be known as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. “I don’t even think I really know what it means yet because I never really expected it,” Coby said. “It wasn’t something I thought was a realistic possibility. To be honest, I don’t know if it’s really sunk in yet.” The 33 year old Real Estate Broker from Milford, Ct landed his first full-time Whelen Modified Tour ride in 2003, where he had stable employment through the 2006 season. What followed was a four-year odyssey where he competed in 30 of 59 events for nine different car owners. Wayne Darling, took the advice of a crew member to put Coby behind the wheel of the No. 52 for the 2010 season finale at Thompson International Speedway. MORE>>
12-04-12: Congratulations to Doug Coby and car owner Wayne Darling on their 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Championship. It was a dream season for Coby, who six weeks after hoisting the championship trophy for the first time, still struggles to put to words what it means to be known as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. “I don’t even think I really know what it means yet because I never really expected it,” Coby said. “It wasn’t something I thought was a realistic possibility. To be honest, I don’t know if it’s really sunk in yet.” The 33 year old Real Estate Broker from Milford, Ct landed his first full-time Whelen Modified Tour ride in 2003, where he had stable employment through the 2006 season. What followed was a four-year odyssey where he competed in 30 of 59 events for nine different car owners. Wayne Darling, took the advice of a crew member to put Coby behind the wheel of the No. 52 for the 2010 season finale at Thompson International Speedway. MORE>>
11-27-12: The northeastern Modified Racing season came to a close last weekend with the running of the annual Turkey Derby at the Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall, NJ. Despite the severe damage from Hurricane Sandy the speedway escaped with minor damage. Because of the super-human effort by all electric/gas utility workers the Wall Stadium invited all with proper ID to attend the Turkey Derby free of charge. Matt Hirschman captured the 150 lap modified main event during Turkey Derby XXXIX Saturday afternoon at Wall Stadium. Hirschman held off a challenge from NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Rookie of the Year Danny Bohn to claim the 150-lap feature. Jimmy Blewett, Mike Bohn and Ken Barry completed the top five in the modified portion of the event. Sixth through tenth were Tim Arre, Zane Zeiner, Les Hinkley, Chuck Hossfeldt and Kyle Ebersole. There were 11 cars on the lead lap at the finish. Tom Barrett finished 11th. MORE>>
11-20-12: The Stafford Motor Speedway honored its 2012 champions this past Friday night, Nov 16, at the LaRenaisance Banquet facility in East Windsor, CT. Among the honorees were Ted Christopher, SK Modified Champion and Woody Pitkat, Late Model Champion along with Zach Aszklar, Cory Casagrande, and Cliff Saunders as the 2012 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions. The Speedway staff welcomed a guest list of nearly 500 people consisting of teams, drivers, sponsors, and employees this past Friday night, November 16 at the La Renaissance Banquet Facility in East Windsor to officially honor the 2012 track champions. Speedway broadcasters Matt Buckler and Joe Coss serving as the Masters of Ceremony, the 43rd annual Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Champions Awards Ceremony not only honored their five track champions, they also honored the top-20 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. MORE>>
11-13-12: The 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG is took center stage at the historic Caraway Speedway in North Carolina. There were 30 Tour type Modifieds and 11 SK type Modifieds. In pre-qualifying practice on Friday, Ryan Preece who was driving the 7ny that is normally driven by Ryan Newman was one-upped by Woody Pitkat who was the fastest of the fast in practice. Competitors ran against the clock for the top 12 starting spots for the Tour type Shootout. Burt Myers took the top spot over Matt Hirschman, Jason Myers, George Brunnhoelzl III and Kyle Ebersole. Sixth through twelfth was Ryan Preece, Erik Rudolph, Tommy Barrett, Patrick Emerling, Danny Bohn, Brian Loftin and Chuck Hossfeldt. Woody Pitkat and Chris Pasteryak were the heat winners. MORE>>
11-06-12: With the 2012 season now history NASCAR has posted the official point standings for the Whelen Modified Tour Series. Doug Coby has been officially names as the series champion. After fourteen races, which Coby won five, Coby beat Ryan Preece by 11 points for the title. Preece recorded two wins. Defending series champion Ron Silk also won two races and finished third, 23 points in arrears of the champion. Donny Lia, with one win, finished fourth with Todd Szegedy, fifth. A total of 52 different drivers entered into competition during the fourteen race season. Sixth through tenth were Eric Beers, Justin Bonsignore, Jimmy Blewett, Ted Christopher and Ron Yuhas JR. Much has been written about moves and changes for 2013. Nothing as yet has been cast in stone. Many competitors are unhappy with NASCAR as they change rules without regard what it will cost the car owner. MORE>>
10-30-12: The Waterford Speedbowl closed out their season Saturday, and championships were decided in both the SK Modified and Street Stock events. Jeff Rocco, twin brother to Keith Rocco, took his first career victory in the 50-lap SK Modified race while Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard secured his first ever Speedbowl title in the division. Walt Hovey left no doubt in the Street Stocks, winning both the race and the track championship. Also winning races Saturday were Bruce Thomas Jr in the Late Models and Ken Cassidy Jr. in the Mini Stocks. Rocco was the man to beat once he made his way into the race lead. Craig Lutz started in the pole position and led through a lap 3 restart. Lutz gave way to Kyle James while Rocco moved into second position. Another caution on lap 5 enabled Rocco to line up alongside James for the ensuing restart. Rocco powered past James when racing resumed, leading lap 6. Rocco survived four more restarts the rest of the way. MORE>>
10-23-12: The Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out their season last weekend at the Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire as part of their Octoberfest. The event drew 31 Modifieds. Capping off a run from the rear twice, Tommy Barrett took no prisoners in the season ending 100 lapper. Barrett, who was supposed to start fourth, was forced to start in the rear as he pitted before the start. Barrett pitted again on lap 46 before his final charge to the front which paid off on lap 86 when he took the lead on lap 86 from Jon McKennedy. By the time Barrett streaked under the checkered flag McKennedy had faded to fourth but had garnered enough points to secure the 2012 Championship for himself and car owner Art Barry. Les Hinkley finished second with Rowan Pennink, third. Andy Seuss finished fifth. Chris Pasteryak led the early going until he pitted on lap 46. Louie Mechalides inherited the lead until giving way to McKennedy on lap 78. Sixth thru tenth were Norm Wrenn, Dwight Jarvis, Joe Doucette, Mechaledes and Max Zachem. MORE>>
10-16-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pulled into the Thompson Speedway to finish up their season and crown a Champion last weekend. The event drew 32 Modifieds. Eric Berndt earned the second Coors Light Pole Award of his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career on Saturday in advance of the season finale Sunoco-Town Fair Tire World Series on Sunday. Berndt toured the .625-mile, high-banked oval in 18.607 seconds (120.922 mph) for his first pole since 2009. Bobby Santos III posted the second-fastest qualifying lap at 18.624 (120.812). Ron Silk was third fastest with Ryan Preece, fourth and Justin Bonsignore, fifth. Rounding out the top ten was Mike Stefanik, Eric Beers, Jimmy Blewett, Doug Coby and Andy Seuss. The speedway beat back the threat of rain and now the 2012 season is history. The World Series of Auto Racing victory lane hosted Bobby Santos as Whelen Modified Tour winner, Woody Pitkat in the Sunoco Modifieds, Randy Cabral in the NEMA Midgets, Rob Summers in ISMA Super Modifieds, and Larry Gelinas in the Super Late Models. MORE>>
10-09-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour enjoyed a weekend off as competitors prepare for the season ending World Series of Speedway Racing at the Thompson Speedway this coming weekend. With one race remaining Doug Coby holds a 17-point lead over Ryan Preece and 18 over defending tour champion Ronnie Silk. Donny Lia and Justin Bonsignore round out the top five but have been mathematically eliminated from championship contention. In addition to the NASCAR Modifieds the following divisions will also have feature events: Modified Racing Series 75L, ISMA Super Modifieds 50 laps, NEMA Midgets - Sunoco Modifieds 30L, Super Late Models 50L, Late Models 25L, Lite Modifieds 15L, Thompson Modifieds 20L, Ltd. Sportsman 20L, Mini Stocks 15L, Plus Pro Four Modifieds, New England Truck Series, and Outlaw Divisions (Rain Date 19-21). Adult admission is $55, Juniors $10 and pit area admission is $75. MORE>>
10-02-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend for the annual Fall Final. Rain dampened all activities at the track on Friday as competitors set up shop for the weekend. Twenty six Modifieds signed in to compete on Saturday. Ron Silk and Bryan Chew had a NASCAR "spec" motor in their cars. Jimmy Blewett won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday. Blewett toured the half-mile Connecticut oval in 18.308 seconds for an average speed of 98.318 mph behind the wheel of his No. 76 John Blewett Inc./Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet. Second fastest was Bobby Santos, who posted a time of 18.371 seconds (97.981 mph). Defending tour champion Ron Silk registered the third-quickest time at 18.474 seconds (97.434 mph) followed by Woody Pitkat at 18.496 seconds (97.318 mph) and Matt Hirschmann with a time of 18.505 seconds (97.271 mph). Todd Szegedy, Eric Beers, Bryon Chew, Donnie Lia and Ryan Preece rounded out the top-10 qualifiers. MORE>>
09-25-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to Loudon, NH for the F.W. Webb 100 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Thirty One Modifieds were on hand for the event. In early Friday morning practice Donnie Lia was the fastest of the fast as he topped the speed chart in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice. Lia toured the Magic Mile in 28.952 seconds at an average speed of 131.556 mph. Rowan Pennink was second quickest in the 95-minute practice session, turning a lap of 29.196 seconds (130.456 mph). He was followed by Ron Silk, Ted Christopher and Patrick Emerling. Completing the top 10 were Eric Beers, Doug Coby, Jimmy Blewett, Mike Stefanik and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman. MORE>>
09-18-12: The Whelen Modified Tour headed to the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. Twenty three Modifieds, eighteen tour regulars were on hand for qualifying. Ryan Preece was the top qualifier, started on the pole and went on to win his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event of the season. Preece, who has been a regular weekly competitor at the eastern Long Island track led 168 laps before he survived a green-white-checkered finish to earn the victory. A caution on Lap 196 set up Preece in a battle with Jimmy Blewett on the final restart and pushed the race to 203 laps on the quarter-mile. Blewett was penalized to the tail end of the lead lap for jumping the restart and finished 12th. NASCAR officials stated that Blewett passed Preece before the start-finish line. Justin Bonsignore finished second. Todd Szegedy was third, followed by Riverhead regular Howie Brode and Ted Christopher. Rounding out the top ten was Tom Rogers Jr., Eric Goodale, Donny Lia, Ron Silk and Eric Berndt. MORE>>
09-11-12: The Whelen Modified Tour headed to the Thompson Speedway this past Saturday and Sunday for the UNOH Showdown which brought together NASCAR's Whelen Northern and Southern Modified Tours which each had 75 lap features plus were combined for a 50 lap All green flag showdown. The Fuller legacy continued at Thompson International Speedway when Rob Fuller captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour pole Saturday afternoon with a lap of 18.947 seconds. Ryan Preece set fast time in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and earned his 11th career pole and fourth at Thompson Speedway. Both divisions will compete in 75-lap races before the top-10 finishers in each event advance to a 50-lap exhibition race on Sunday afternoon. In other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, Cam McDermott earned his 13th season victory in the Lite Modified division and Chad LaBastie checkered the Thompson Modifieds. MORE>>
09-04-12: The Whelen Modified Tour heads to the Thompson Speedway this coming Saturday and Sunday for the UNOH Showdown which will bring together NASCAR's Whelen Northern and Southern Modified Tours which will each have 75 lap features plus will be combined for a 50 lap All green flag showdown which will pit the best of both divisions against each other. Rounding out the two day program will be the regular weekly Thompson racing divisions. Admission for both days is set at $55 for adults in the grandstand and $60 for the pit area. The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of two visits of the 2012 season to the Stafford Motor Speedway drawing 31 Modifieds for the 3rd Annual Shark Cycle 80. Tommy Barrett, Jr. was the big winner of the night, coming from the back of the pack to pick up his first career VMRS victory. MORE>>
08-28-12: The Whelen Modified Tour Series visited the high banks of Bristol Tenn Motor Speedway this past Wednesday for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150. Ron Silk, driving for Eddie Partridge, scored his second win of the season and first in the annual combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour on the track known as "The World's Fastest Half Mile." It was also the first victory for a driver running a NASCAR-approved SPEC motor on either Modified tour. Todd Szegedy finished second, followed by Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Ron Yuhas Jr. George Brunnhoelzl III was the top finishing NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in sixth. The tour's points leader is credited with a win, his fourth straight and fifth overall. MORE>>
08-21-12: The Whelen Modified Tour Series visits the high banks of Bristol Tenn Motor Speedway this Wednesday for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150. Doug Coby, who has won four of the eight events run leads Ron Silk by 41 points. Silk has one win. Ryan Preece sits third, 55 points out of the lead. Preece has one win. Jimmy Blewett and Donny Lia round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik, Ted Christopher, Eric Beers and Justin Bonsignore. The Bristol event will also include the cars of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour. This event will be televised live by the Speed Channel starting at 6:00pm. Thursday night Thunder at Thompson saw Ryan Preece make it four in a row and nine for the season during a great night of racing at the northeastern Connecticut oval. Preece started sixth and took the lead from Kerry Malone after a restart on lap 5. Wayne Arute started on the pole but was quickly overcome by Malone for the lead. MORE>>
08-14-12: The Whelen Modified Tour Series visited the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night. Donny Lia took over the lead with 21 laps to go and pulled away to win the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday night. Lia, who started ninth on the grid in the No. 4 Mystic Missile Racing Dodge, initially challenged pole-sitter Mike Stefanik for the lead on Lap 59. Stefanik battled back, however, to regain the lead and stay out front to the midway point of the race. Lia, meanwhile, lost a lap to the leaders due to a problem with a lug nut during a pit stop. He gained the lap back as the beneficiary during a caution on Lap 83. Lia steadily worked his way forward from there. He was up to sixth by Lap 95 and moved by Todd Szegedy for second on Lap 108. Lia moved by Ron Silk for the lead on Lap 129 and never looked back. Other lap leaders were Stefanik, lap 1 through 74, Szegedy, lap 75 to 94 and Silk, lap 95 to 128. MORE>>
08-07-12: The Whelen Modified Tour Series visited the Stafford Motor Speedway last Friday night. Doug Coby, was not detered by the 90 degree heat as he made it three-for-three in Whelen Modified Tour events at the historic half mile so far this year as he turned in another dominant performance for his fourth overall triumph of the 2012 season. Coby inherited the lead when leader Eric Beers came to pit road along with the majority of the front-runners on Lap 48. He more than held his own down the stretch, however, as the lead was never relinquished, or really in question. It was his fourth career victory at Stafford. Jimmy Blewett finished second with Todd Szegedy third. Beers and Ted Christopher rounded out the top five. Pole winner Ryan Preece, Jon McKennedy, Woody Pitkat, Eric Goodale and Justin Bonsignore completed the top 10. There were 27 cars on hand. MORE>>
07-31-12: The Whelen Modified Tour Series headed for the Riverhead Raceway on eastern Long Island last Saturday night. Called a "Flash" event this annual tour stop carries a somewhat poor payout. Modified fans and friends have stepped up as they have secured over $17,000 in bonus cash money that will go directly to competitors, bypassing the greedy hands of NASCAR. NASCAR does not publish Whelen Modified Tour Series purses because, for the most part they are sub-par. Without the bonus money one who finishes out of the top five loses money. Included in the $17,000 is $4,000+ in lap money. $10 went to the leader of each lap plus $10 to the top Riverhead regular. Each driver that entered the event and attempted to qualify received $300. In addition a $1,000 bonus went to the winner of the main event, $1,000 went to the winner of the qualifying heat race, $500 to the winner of the Mike Ewanitsko Hard Charger Award and $1,500 to the Tri Track (Monadnock, Star, Riverhead) Maniac champion. A big "Thank You" to those who stepped up! MORE>>
07-24-12: Internet news site RaceDayCt.com reported last week that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series took a big hit when car owner Ed Whelen decided to shut down his operation and sell his equipment and long time car owner Bob Garbarino indicated that he was fed up with the way NASCAR treats the Modifieds and hinted that he may also be packing it in in the not so distant future. Whelen owns the cars driven by Ted Christopher. Whelen doesn't like the way NASCAR is heading as far as lack of television support, sub standard purses and the fact that the sanctioning body's attempt to "save the car owners money" is nothing more than a sham to get competitors to use the same "spec" engine. The NASCAR rule makers have all but ruined the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series divisions with their IROC type Cars of Tomorrow. Next will be the Modifieds or what's left of them. Long time car owner Bob Garbarino has also voiced his displeasure with the way NASCAR has treated the division. MORE>>
07-17-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series ended a three week break as they headed to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 100 on Saturday, July 14. With 34 cars on hand Ron Silk won his second consecutive pole at New Hampshire and sixth of his career during qualifying for the Town Fair Tire 100 on Friday. The Norwalk, Conn., driver outdistanced the field with a lap of 29.492 seconds (129.147 mph) around the 1.058-mile oval. Ryan Preece qualified second at 29.842 (127.632), followed by points leader Doug Coby at 29.880 (127.470). Eric Berndt and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman completed the top five. Seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Mike Stefanik, at 54 years of age, edged Ron Silk by .003 of a second to win the Town Fair Tire 100 in a photo finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday. Stefanik and Silk swapped the lead 17 times over the final 48 laps of the 100-lap event on the 1.058-mile oval. Stefanik took the lead for the final time on Lap 97 and held on for his 72nd career victory. It was also Stefanik's eighth win at New Hampshire, where he is the winningest driver. MORE>>
07-10-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series will end a three week break as they head to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 100 on Saturday, July 14. In Valenti Modified Racing Series action at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH Todd Szegedy passed race leader Chris Pasteryak on lap 92, and went to win the 8th annual ‘Firecracker 100’ Saturday night. Szegedy became the series fifth different winner of 2012. Szegedy hooked up in a side-by-side, crowd-pleasing battle, with Les Hinckley for several laps, before grabbing the runner-up spot. Pasteryak led the race from lap 49 when he slipped up allowing Szegedy to take the lead. Hometown favorite Dwight Jarvis made a late race charge to finish second. Todd Patnode finished third. Hinckley and Pasteryak rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were: Rowan Pennink, Jon McKennedy, Norm Wrenn, Mike Holdridge, and Joey Jarvis. The race, slowed by five caution flags, was completed in 44 minutes. Fourteen of the 24 cars that started the event finished on the lead lap. Thirty cars were on hand. MORE>>

07-03-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series continues on a three week break before heading to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 100 on July 14. Doug Coby, with his recent victory at Waterford, has stretched his point lead to 20 points over defending series champion Ron Silk. Silk holds a slim three point edge over Ryan Preece. Justin Bonsignore and Jimmy Blewett round out the top five. Keith Rocco and Donnie Lia, tied for sixth, are only five points away from being in the top five. Rounding out the top ten are Ted Christopher, Ron Yuhas Jr and Todd Szegedy. Its amazing that some self proclaimed experts continue to believe that all is well with the Whelen Modified Tour Series. If it were not for wealthy car owners or wealthy drivers who buy their rides the division would be hurting. Lack of television and lack of daily media coverage does little to help attract sponsorship money. For the most part the supporting tracks are paying as much as they can. MORE>>

06-26-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the Waterford Speedbowl last Saturday night. The event, the first since 2006, drew 24 cars and a packed house of fans. Doug Coby, the Racing Realtor, remained hot as a pistol as he took the win. Coby led 119 laps in the No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet to his third victory in five races to start the 2012 season. It is his fifth career victory overall, and first in Whelen Modified Tour events at Waterford. Justin Bonsignore crossed the line second with Ryan Preece in third. Ron Yuhas Jr. and Donny Lia rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Rowan Pennink, Eric Beers, Keith Rocco, polesitter Ted Christopher and Jon McKennedy. There were three lead changes among three drivers. Christopher led from the opening green to lap 43. Coby took over on lap 44 and led the rest of the way except for lap 146 when Preece led momentarily. MORE>>

06-19-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series heads to the Waterford Speedbowl this coming Saturday night. Veteran former Modified Car Owner Mario Fiore made a noteworthy observation. He said, "With the average team's equity hovering around a half-million, it just seems odd that race purses continue to decline." He added, "the latest debacle comes from the "last bastion of top paying modified purses" that being New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The entry arrived and it shows a decrease of 10% from last year". Fiore stated that Reggie Ruggiero, driving the #44 won $18,150 back in 1992, 20 years ago. Fiore also stated that next months winner of the Modified portion at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will get $10,700 according to Nascar's entry form !!! "Whats wrong with this picture ??", he asks. Fiore also alluded to the fact that also on the horizon is Nascar's plan to obsolete the Modified team's inventory of $50,000 engines, some car owners who possess three, four or five of them. MORE>>

06-12-12: Thursday night Thunder was literally Thunder and Lightning as a pop-up storm drenched the speedway late in the afternoon. Once the storm passed it was a beautiful night for racing. The track played host to a first time winner in the Thompson Lite Modifieds, Troy Talman and a crowd pleasing door-to-door battle in the Mini-Stock division which saw Mike Veins winning out over Chad Baxter and Scott Sundeen took the win in the Limited Sportsman. Ryan Preece held off Keith Rocco for the Sunoco Modified win while Mike Scorzelli took the checkers in the Late Models. John Lowinski was the Thompson Modified winner. Preece took the lead at lap 10 and never looked back despite Rocco’s bumper in his rear view mirror. Kerry Malone took over the lead at the drop of the green flag with Ted Christopher closing in on his bumper. Preece made it a three-way battle when he dove to the bottom of Christopher for second. MORE>>

06-05-12: Following the recent Stafford event the Whelen Modified Tour Series went on Spring Break for four weeks before heading to the Waterford Speedbowl on June 23. 1. Doug Coby currently leads Ron Silk by a mere five points. Ryan Preece sits in third with Jimmy Blewett and Justin Bonsignore rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Keith Rocco, Ted Christopher, Don Lia, Mike Stefanik and Todd Szegedy. Thursday night Thunder began at the Thompson Speedway. The Speedway will run each and every Thursday night through August 30. Ted Christopher-Sunoco Modifieds, Tommy O’Sullivan-Late Models, and Jay Sundeen-Thompson Modifieds, dominated their divisions in Thompson International Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder by leading every lap of their features to claim the first TNTT victory of the season. Ed Puleo-Limited Sportsman and Jim Helger-Mini Stocks were also feature winners. MORE>>

05-29-12: The Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the Stafford Motor Speedway this past Friday night, May 25 for the 22nd ANNUAL TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON 125. Doug Coby followed his Spring Sizzler win with another win at the nutmeg oval. Coby slipped past Bobby Santos eight laps from the finish to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 and became the first driver with more than one win this season. Coby, who was making his 118th Mod Tour start, started fifth but had to pit on Lap 27 under caution for a flat right front tire. He charged back and chased down Santos, who had won the pole and led the race from the drop of the green. Coby closed in on the leader with 10 laps to go and on his second attempt slipped by for the lead. After taking on fresh rubber Coby flew through the field and was in the top five with 50 to go. Santos tried to go the entire 125-lap distance without changing tires, and paid the price with seven laps to go. MORE>>

05-22-12: The Whelen Modified Tour Series took a week off before heading to the Stafford Motor Speedway this coming Friday night, May 25 for the 22nd ANNUAL TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON 125. After three events Ron Silk leads Doug Coby by a mere one point. Silk won the Thompson Speedway IceBreaker while Coby won the Spring Sizzler at Stafford. Ryan Preece who won at Monadnock is only four points out of the lead. Mike Stefanik, thirteen points out sits in fourth with Jimmy Blewett rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Justin Bonsignore, Donny Lia, Keith Rocco, Ted Christopher and Jamie Tomaino. Following the Stafford event the Whelen Modified Tour Series goes on Spring Break for four weeks before heading to the Waterford Speedbowl on June 23. MORE>>

05-15-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series went "Up Country" to the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. Thanks to the efforts of Ted Hebert and Teddy Bear Pools & Spa $5000 in extra money was added to the WMT purse. This money was paid out to the drivers from positions 12 to 26. Last place paid out $810. Ryan Preece led from pole to pole to win the 175 lap event at the New Hampshire oval. Preece withstood 10 restarts to take the win where his grandfather, Bobby Judkins had fielded winning mounts at the track in years past. It took an extreme amount of concentration on the part of Preece as he was repeatedly pressured and dogged by runner-up Doug Coby and Ted Christopher. Coby, who started second was kind of the meat in the sandwich as he had third place starter Todd Szegedy on his bumper for a good part of the distance. Ted Christopher had moved into the second spot on lap 13 but was later spun to the infield after contact from Coby. Justin Bonsignore put on the drive of the night as he came from a 14th starting spot to finish fourth. MORE>>

05-08-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series goes "Up Country" this Saturday night, May 12, to the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. Ronnie Silk continues to lead the point standings as he holds a 4 point lead over Doug Coby. Silk won the season opening IceBreaker at the Thompson Speedway and Coby won the Spring Sizzler at Stafford. Jimmy Blewett sits in third with Mike Stefanik and Ryan Preece rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Donny Lia, Justin Bonsignore, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat and Ted Christopher. Monadnock is a high banked-high speed quarter mile speedway. The Stafford Motor Speedway cancelled its May 4 Opening Night racing program due to the forecast of showers and thunderstorms that lasted throughout the day and into the evening. Stafford Speedway will return to racing this coming Friday night, May 11th with the Late Model Xtra Mart Xtra D event. The Late Model division will run an extra distance feature event of 40-laps while Stafford’s other four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will race their normal feature distances. MORE>>

05-01-12: he NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the Stafford Motor Speedway this past weekend, April 27-29 for the annual Spring Sizzler. There were 34 cars on hand for Modified time trials on Saturday. Ryan Preece earned his second Coors Light Pole Award in as many attempts this season when he took the top qualifying spot. Preece blistered the half-mile with a record lap of 17.924 seconds (100.424 mph). Corey LaJoie, a full-time NASCAR Kids and Nephews (K&N Pro Series East) driver that made his Whelen Modified Tour debut was second-fastest with a qualifying lap of 17.936 (100.357). Rounding out the top five were Eric Berndt, Mike Stefanik and Justin Bonsignore. Donny Lia, Doug Coby, Ron Silk, Keith Rocco and Jimmy Blewett brought home the rest of the top 10 qualifiers. The track's SK Modified division enjoyed an extremely high car count that necessitated the running of four qualifying heats. The high car count didn't phase Ted Christopher as he went out and scored his 95th career win in the division at Stafford. Christopher took the lead from Ryan Preece on lap 11. MORE>>

04-24-12: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series heads to the Stafford Motor Speedway this coming weekend, April 27-29 for the annual Spring Sizzler. Originally conceived in 1972 by Dick Berggren, Bruce Cohen and Lew Boyd as an 80 lap Open Competition event the Sizzler has emerged as on of the Premier events on the Whelen Modified Tour Series. The 2012-41st Annual CARQUEST TECH-NET Spring Sizzler gets underway Friday, April 27 with a practice session for Stafford’s weekly divisions. The practice session will be open to the public at no charge. Action continues on Saturday, April 28 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour cars, along with heat and consolation races for Stafford’s weekly divisions. Saturday will wrap up with feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. The Sizzler continues on Sunday, April 29 with the CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party followed by Stafford’s SK Modifieds® and Late Models joining the Whelen Modified Tour in feature action. MORE>>

04-17-12: The northeastern hills of Connecticut came alive last coming weekend on Sunday, April 15 with the sound of ground pounding NASCAR Modifieds as the Men that live by the Grace of God and 600 horsepower were off on the run back under the sun as the Whelen Modified Tour Series began the 2012 season with the running of the annual IceBreaker at the Thompson Speedway. The speedway came alive on Friday with hundreds of camp trailers and race car carriers entering the speedway grounds. With gasoline hovering around the $4.15 mark many just decided to bite the bullet and went to enjoy their favorite form of auto racing. Summer-like weather greeted fans and competitors on Saturday morning. Twenty nine Modifieds were on hand. In 2010 the IceBreaker drew 37 of the ground pounders. Maybe it is a sign of the times. The recent announcement by NASCAR that only one Whelen Modified Tour would be televised while 26 NASCAR K&N (Kids and Nephews) Development Series events would be seen on television. MORE>>

04-10-12: The northeastern hills of Connecticut come alive this coming weekend on Sunday, April 15 with the sound of ground pounding NASCAR Modifieds as the Men that live by the Grace of God and 600 horsepower will be off on the run back under the sun as the Whelen Modified Tour Series begins the 2012 season with the running of the annual IceBreaker at the Thompson Speedway. Picking up where the 2011 season left off, and where Ron Silk captured his first championship, the Whelen Modified Tour returns to the high banks to begin its 28th season of competition. The .625-mile oval in northeast Connecticut has played host to more events than any other facility in the Tour’s history: the 2012 Icebreaker will be the 117th there since 1985. Ted Christopher, who has won seven of the last 11 Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson, is the defending race winner. MORE>>

04-03-12: Now that Florida Speedweeks are history its time to look foreword to racing in the Northeast. As of this Friday, April 6, one week remains before the start of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series IceBreaker at the Thompson Speedway on April 15. Snow, rain and a dismal forecast forced the Thompson International Speedway management to postpone last Saturday's open practice session for 24 hours. Among those taking advantage of the early season practice session were Whelen Modified Tour Series competitors Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece, Ron Yuhas, Bryon Chew, Eric Beers, Donny Lia, Patrick Emerling, Richie Pallai, Jr, Rob Fuller and Eric Berndt. The Waterford Speedbowl, one of the nations oldest and most historic racing venues in the country, opened its gates for the 62nd consecutive season-opener with the annual Budweiser Blastoff Weekend. In addition to the shoreline ovals usual bill of fare the NEMA Midgets and the Valenti Modified Racing Series on the racing card. MORE>>

03-27-12: Now that Florida Speedweeks are history its time to look foreword to racing in the Northeast. As of this Friday, March 30, two weeks remain before the start of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series IceBreaker at the Thompson Speedway on April 15. The Waterford Speedbowl, one of the nations oldest and most historic racing venues, opens its gates for the 62nd consecutive season-opener with the annual Budweiser Blastoff Weekend starting this coming Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1. The three-day racing spectacle offers race fans plenty of variety with 14 divisions slated to chase the first checkered flags of the season at the Connecticut shoreline oval. Highlighting the attractions at Blastoff is the season opening event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series, which will compete in a 100-lap main event. Modified racing has been synonymous with the shoreline oval every year since its opening in April of 1951. The NEMA Midgets begin their 60th anniversary season at Blastoff. MORE>>

03-20-12: Now that Florida Speedweeks are history its time to look foreword to racing in the Northeast. As of this Friday, March 23, three weeks remain before the start of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series IceBreaker at the Thompson Speedway on April 15. The New England based Valenti Modified Racing Series has its opening event next weekend at the Waterford Speedbowl on April 1. The Friday practice time for the 2012 season opener at Waterford Speedbowl will be from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, March 30th. Pit gates that day will open at 10:00 AM. Between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series and the Valenti Modified Racing Series there are 29 special events for the Modifieds. With the exception of WMT events at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island on July 28 and at the Bristol Speedway in Tennessee on August 22, all events will be run in New England. While the amounts of events are fairly equal the car counts favor the MRS. In 2011 the Whelen Modified Tour Series drew 57 different competitors while the MRS drew 70. MORE>>

03-13-12: Now that Florida Speedweeks are history its time to look foreword to racing in the Northeast. As of this Friday, March 16, four weeks remain before the start of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series IceBreaker at the Thompson Speedway on April 15. The New England based Valenti Modified Racing Series has its opening event in two weeks at the Waterford Speedbowl on April 1. The Friday practice time for the 2012 season opener at Waterford Speedbowl will be from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, March 30th. Pit gates that day will open at 10:00 AM. The VMRS announced the appointment of Rich Keator, age 24, of Terryville, CT as Chief Flagman for the 2012 season. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent resignation of John Spence JR, who held the position for the last seven years. Indoor racing came to Providence RI. in the form of The Coffee Cup INDOOR RACE at the Providence Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday of last weekend. TQ Midgets & Sr. Champ Karts were on the bill of fare. MORE>>

03-06-12: NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation stepped in a big pile of Do-Do, upset a lot a people by changing the date of the Daytona 500 but in the end came out smelling like a rose and could maybe starting a new trend by staging races during the week in prime time. The first ever Daytona 500 held in prime time was a home run for FOX Sports who enjoyed its highest rated Monday night viewing audience since game #5 of the 2010 World Series. FOX Sports reported that 36.5 million viewers watched the event, a 22 percent increase over the 30 million that watched last year. FOX Sports had enough juice at NASCAR to get them to change the date of the 500. It will be interesting to see if they tell the sanctioning body to schedule some Monday night events in 2013. Money talks and when FOX Sports waves it, NASCAR responds. MORE>>

02-28-12: After having Sunday night off the Modifieds and SK Modifieds resumed their series at New Smyrna. Ryan Preece who suffered severe damage to his family owned mount on Saturday night returned to the racing wars with his grandfathers’ Modified, the legendary Bobby Judkins 2x. Fourteen Modifieds and five SKs went to post for their 25 lap feature. Daniel Hemric, driving the Hillbilly Racing No. 79 went pole to pole to record the win. It was not a Sunday drive as he had a lot of heat on his bumper through out the feature. Eric Goodale finished second with Patrick Emerling, third. Two cautions during the early going for minor spins slowed field. Going into the closing moments things heated up. On lap 22 Chuck Hossfeldt and Ted Christopher made contact with Hossfeldt spinning out. Both were put to the rear for the restart. On lap 23, Preece made contact with John Jensen bringing another yellow. On the restart, Hemric jumped out in front and sprinted to the win. MORE>>

02-21-12: The 46th annual New Smyrna World Series of Short track Racing was scheduled to begin on Friday night. With 13 Tour type Modifieds and four SK type Modifieds ready to go rain moved into the area, forcing speedway officials to cancel the opening night’s racing. The skies cleared on Saturday allowing the World Series to go on as planned. The Modifieds and SK’s were combined for their 25 lap feature. Seventeen cars went to post. Chuck Hossfeldt led the charge to the green with Daniel Hemric in tow. On lap 8 Ryan Preece hit the wall a ton, inflicting severe right side damage to his family owned mount. Preece blamed Ted Christopher whom he said hit his left front with his right rear. Speedway officials felt that Preece just washed up the track on his own. Hemric took the lead on the restart and held it until the next restart which occurred on lap 17 when James Zacharias spun. On the restart, Christopher took the lead and proceeded to lead the remaining circuits as he recorded his first win of the series. Patrick Emerling finished second and was followed by Hossfeldt, Eric Goodale and Hemric. Don Cranmer was the highest finishing SK type Modified. MORE>>

02-14-12: The 46th annual New Smyrna World Series of Short track Racing begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and will run through Saturday night, Feb 25. Northern Tour type Modifieds and SK type Modifieds are part of the racing program. Among the highlights for the week is an SK Modified 50 lapper on Tuesday, The John Blewett III Memorial 50 lapper on Wednesday and the Richie Evans Memorial 100 lapper on Friday night, Feb 24. Entries for the Tour types and SK types have been slow in arriving. As of this past Monday, there were 15 NASCAR type and 9 SK types registered to race. The Connecticut state's $40.1 billion budget, which included a series of record-breaking tax increases, eliminated admissions tax exemptions for-profit amusement, entertainment and recreation facilities, including four racing facilities including the Thompson Speedway, the Stafford Motor Speedway, the Waterford Speedbowl and Lime Rock Park. MORE>>

02-07-12: As of this Friday, Feb 10, one week remains before the start of the annual World Series at New Smyrna and Speedweek at the Daytona International Speedway. Racing at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and the 34th annual season-opening Sprint Cup Shootout event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18. Speedweek is actually one week later than usual this year. When it comes to decisions made by NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation its all about money, period! The move of the Daytona 500 to the final weekend of this month was done at the recommendation of Fox Sports, the broadcaster of the first group of races before TNT picks up the baton. With NASCAR hoping to better or at least equal the TV rights money when the contract comes up for renewal shortly, they deferred to the company that writes the big check to the sanction as well as to the tracks that host the Sprint Cup events as well as to the team owners. The change was done not so much as to sidestep the ever-expanding NFL playoffs and Super Bowl, but to prevent the one weekend gap in March, which the Fox Network felt, that stopped the NASCAR TV ratings momentum! MORE>>

01-31-12: While some race fans are settling into the New Year almost all are looking foreword to 2012 when racing begins again. As of this Friday, Feb 3, two weeks remain before the start of the annual World Series at New Smyrna and Speedweek at the Daytona International Speedway. Racing at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and the 34th annual season-opening Sprint Cup Shootout event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18. Speedweek is actually one week later than usual this year. The 15th annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet took place this past Sunday Jan. 29 at the LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT. Driver Reggie Ruggiero and car owner Mario Fiore, at one time a powerful force on the modified scene, headed up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame class of 2012. Drivers Joey Kourafas, car owner/mechanic Jim Jorgensen and track owner Irene Venditti were also members of the class. A trio of modified racing pioneers, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston and Roland Lapierre, Sr. were the 2012 Veterans Committee inductees. MORE>>

01-24-12: While some race fans are settling into the New Year almost all are looking foreword to 2012 when racing begins again. As of this Friday, Jan 27, three weeks remain before the start of the annual World Series at New Smyrna and Speedweek at the Daytona International Speedway. Racing at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and the 34th annual season-opening Sprint Cup Shootout event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18. Speedweek is actually one week later than usual this year. The NASCAR Hall of Fame inducted its third class comprised of the late Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Glen Wood, Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough on Friday night, Jan. 20 at the Crown Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center. Richie Evans, the recognized "King" of Modified racing, won nine NASCAR Modified titles in a 13-year span, including eight in a row from 1978-85. In the first year of the current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour format in 1985, Evans won 12 races, including a sweep of all four events at Thompson, Conn. Evans ranked No. 1 in the 2003 voting of the NASCAR All-Time Modified Top 10 Drivers, and he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. MORE>>

01-17-12: While some race fans are settling into the New Year almost all are looking foreword to 2012 when racing begins again. As of this Friday, Jan 20, four weeks remain before the start of the annual World Series at New Smyrna and Speedweek at the Daytona International Speedway. Racing at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and the 34th annual season-opening Sprint Cup Shootout event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18. Speedweek is actually one week later than usual this year. Now that the green flag at New Smyrna is growing nearer entries have begun to arrive from Modified Tour type and SK type competitors. Leading the list of Tour type entries is Ted Christopher who will be driving the Brady Bunch entry. Also filing entries were Chuck Hossfeldt, Ryan Preece, Kevin Goodale, Cole Powell. Hillbilly Racing has entered three cars for drivers Daniel Hemric, Donnie Nall and for 17 year old Derick Hill. SK type entries have been received from Dave Cranmer and Jeremy Gertner. MORE>>

01-10-12: While some race fans are settling into the New Year almost all are looking foreword to 2012 when racing begins again. As of this Friday, Jan 13, five weeks remain before the start of the annual World Series at New Smyrna and Speedweek at the Daytona International Speedway. Racing at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and the 34th annual season-opening Sprint Cup Shootout event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18. Speedweek is actually one week later than usual this year. Because of the fact that Speedweek is a week later this year many timeshare owners for the traditional Speedweek have been literally been left out in the cold. Evidently the International Speedway Corporation didn’t think or didn’t care about the ramifications to fans and competitors when they made the change. Maybe they didn’t have a choice as the TV networks dictate schedules. The Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 5, 2012. MORE>>

01-03-12: While some race fans are settling into the New Year almost all are looking foreword to 2012 when racing begins again. As of this Friday, Jan 6, six weeks remain before the start of the annual World Series at New Smyrna and Speedweek at the Daytona International Speedway. Racing at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and the 34th annual season-opening Sprint Cup Shootout event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18. Speedweek is actually one week later than usual this year. The 15th annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet takes place on Sunday Jan. 29 at the LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT. Traditionally a sold-out affair, more information on this year’s event including details on ticket purchase, can be found at www.near1.com. Driver Reggie Ruggiero and car owner Mario Fiore, at one time a powerful force on the modified scene, head up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame class of 2012. MORE>>

2011

12-27-11: While some race fans are settling into the Christmas mode almost all are looking foreword to 2012 when racing begins again. As of this Friday, Dec30, seven weeks remain before the start of the annual World Series at New Smyrna and Speedweek at the Daytona International Speedway. Racing at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and the 34th annual season-opening Sprint Cup Shootout event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18. Speedweek is actually one week later than usual this year. Area Auto Racing News scribe Kevin Rice recently reported that Whelen Modified Tour Series car owner Wayne Darling stated that he expects to be running the full WMT schedule with his driver Doug Coby. Darling and Coby appear to have good chemistry between them and with a little luck should land at the top of the heap in 2012. With just 14 events on the 2012 WMT schedule many teams will have quite a few opportunities to participate in Valenti Modified Series and various open competition events that have been scheduled. MORE>>

12-20-11: While some race fans are settling into the Christmas mode almost all are looking foreword to 2012 when racing begins again. As of this Friday, Dec23, eight weeks remain before the start of the annual World Series at New Smyrna and Speedweek at the Daytona International Speedway. Racing at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, Feb 17 and the 34th annual season-opening Sprint Cup Shootout event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18. Criteria's for the Shootout are based upon the following qualifications, with eligibility based on a driver having been active in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the 2011 season: The highest ranked 25 competitors in 2011 NSCS driver points and previous winners at Daytona, including the Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, and Shootout events. MORE>>

12-13-11: The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet was held last Friday, Dec. 9. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Banquet – celebrating the champions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East and West), the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the NASCAR Mexico Series presented by Toyota – will be held the following night, Saturday, Dec. 10. Mike Joy and Dick Berggren, both of NASCAR on FOX and NASCAR on SPEED, served as co-hosts for both banquets which were held in Charlotte, NC. Philip Morris was crowned as the 2011 national champion at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet Friday evening. Morris, 46, from Ruckersville, Va., won the national championship for the fourth time in six seasons. He previously won in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He also collected his fourth Virginia championship in the last five seasons, as well as picking up the South Boston (Va.) Speedway Late Model Division title. MORE>>

12-06-11: Chris Pasteryak was honored this past Saturday night when the Valenti Modified Racing Series held it’s 9thAnnual Awards Banquet at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in West Springfield, MA. Pasteryak was crowned series champion for the second time. His first title was in 2008. The 31-year-old second generation driver won three races in 2011. He opened the season with a victory at Waterford, CT., in April, followed it with a win at Lee, NH., in July, and a popular victory at Stafford, CT., in September. Pasteryak drove to nine top-five finishes. Second through fifteenth in the final standings were Les Hinckley, Rowan Pennink, Mike Holdridge, Norman Wrenn, Louie Mechalides, Rob Goodenough, Dwight Jarvis, Joe Doucette, Max Zachem, Tim Jordan, Jon McKennedy, Jacob Dore, Ken Barry and Todd Annarummo. MORE>>

11-29-11: The 2011 northeast racing wound up this past weekend with 37th annual Turkey Derby at the Wall Stadium in New Jersey which was run in mid 60 degree temperatures. Local favorite Jimmy Blewett found himself in the right place at the right time in front of a near capacity crowd as he won both the Tour Type Modified 150 and the SK type 100. The event drew 25 tour type Modifieds and 29 SK types. In the Turkey Derby 150 Modified event Matt Hirschman appeared to have victory in sight until contact from Les Hinkley, with five laps to go, took him out of contention and opened the door for Blewett. Blewett was the first to admit he did not have the best car in the race. Still, he was able to lead and then stay in contention as Doug Coby, Matt Hirschman and Rowan Pennink took turns leading the field. MORE>>

11-22-11: The 2011 northeast racing winds up this coming weekend with 37th annual Turkey Derby at the Wall Stadium in New Jersey. Judging by the entries received at the speedway office and the large turnout of racecars at a recent practice session, the upcoming edition of the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium could be the most well attended in the 37 year history of the event. Turkey Derby is a two-day stock car racing spectacular set for Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26 during the daylight hours. Among the recent entries in the Touring Modified division are standout Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., Shaun Carrig of Little Falls, Steven Reed of Howell, Dave Sapienbza of Riverhead, N.Y., Howell's Ken Woolley, Jr. and Pennsylvania veteran John Markovic. MORE>>

11-15-11: With the 2011 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing season in the history books the Arute family and their staff will host the 42nd Annual Stafford Motor Speedway Champions Awards Ceremony this Friday, November 18 at the La Renaissance Banquet Facility in East Windsor. Competitors will be rewarded for their season-long efforts through the Stafford Motor Speedway point fund and NASCAR contingency awards. In total, Stafford Motor Speedway competitors banked an extra $47,400 in bonus money from the Stafford Motor Speedway Track Point Fund and NASCAR Awards. At the end of each racing season, Stafford Motor Speedway pays out 5% of its total purses for the year as a point fund for the top-15 points finishers in each of its five weekly divisions. The 2011 Stafford Motor Speedway point fund totaled in excess of $16,900 with track champions Ryan Preece, Ryan Posocco, Matt Galko, Kevin Gambacorta, and Don Wood taking home the lion's share of their respective division's point funds. Adding to the Stafford Motor Speedway post-season awards was $16,500 in track award money that was paid to the top-10 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light Modified, and Limited Late Model divisions. MORE>>

11-08-11: The annual North-South Shootout takes center stage this past weekend. Previously run in Concord, NC, the event was been relocated to the Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC. There were 27 Tour type Modifieds and a somewhat slim field of 13 SK type Modifieds on hand. Rain blanketed the entire state of North Carolina on Friday which forced event officials to condense the event into one day. It was announced that qualifying heats would be eliminated in order to expedite the running the event in a timely fashion. Southern racer Burt Myers was the top time setter among the Tour types and Zane Zeiner was the pole sitter for the SK types. Despite running on a cool, damp night the event drew a pretty decent crowd. Woody Pitkat, who races weekly at Thompson and Stafford, took the lead on the start and went on to lead the entire 50 lap distance of the SK type event. Ryan Preece and Keith Rocco, also Thompson and Stafford regulars, followed Pitkat at the finish. Matt Hirschman and Earl Paules rounded out the top five. MORE>>

11-01-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series has wrapped up their 2011 season. The wheels continue to turn as competitors continue to make their plans for 2012. Among those who may not be running a full schedule is Mike Stefanik. Stefanik vacated the seat in the Flamingo Motorsports No. 16 just prior to the season ending World Series at the Thompson Speedway. Stefanik drove the Ed Marceau Modified at Thompson but does not have a Tour ride secured at this time. Marceau and Stefanik have been successful in running limited Valenti Modified Racing Series events and in open competition Tour type events at Thompson. Marceau feels that his car can compete with the best of them but financially there is no way he can field a car for the Whelen Modified Tour Series. Stefanik's wife Julie has had health issues this past season and maybe the multi-time series champion may take a step back in 2012. As a competitor and fabricator Stefanik can be proud of his accomplishments and has nothing to left to prove. MORE>>

10-25-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series has wrapped up their 2011 season. Congratulations to Ron Silk and the Eddie and Connie Partridge led TS Haulers Race Team. Silks season point total was 2443 while runner-up, Todd Szegedy amassed 2367 points. Eric Beers ended up in the third spot followed by Rowan Pennink and Doug Coby. Sixth through tenth were Matt Hirschman, Justin Bonsignore, Bobby Santos, Ted Christopher and Erick Rudolph. Fifty seven different drivers were in competition during the season. Fourteen different drivers ran all 16 events. Ted Christopher was the top winner with four victories to his credit. Silk and Szegedy each won three while Coby, Bonsignore and Santos had one each. Other winners were Mike Stefanik, Glen Reen and Ryan Newman. MORE>>

10-18-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series wrapped up their 2011 season last Sunday at the Thompson Speedway. Ron Silk came into the event with a 59 point lead over Todd Szegedy. Thirty four cars made up the car count. The seat in the Flamingo Motorsports No.16 was still warm after the exit of Mike Stefanik when Ryan Preece strapped in. Preece wasted little time as he adjusted to his new ride in short order as he garnered the pole position for the season ending World Series 150. Preece toured the 5/8 mile oval on 18.634 seconds. Second fastest was Doug Coby who had a time of 18.655 seconds. Stefanik drove the car he normally drives in Modified Racing Series events and qualified17th at 18.901 seconds. Ted Christopher, Todd Szegedy and Bobby Santos rounded out the top five. Point leader Ron Silk qualified 8th fastest. The only casualty was Matt Hirschman who slammed the wall during qualifying. Hirschman was allowed to take a provisional spot. MORE>>

10-11-11: In NASCAR weekly racing action at Thompson, the regular season finally was wrapped up with championships settled in all racing divisions. Earning championships for the 2011 season were Keith Rocco in the Sunoco Modifieds, Larry Gelinas Super Late Models and Tommy O’Sullivan in the Late Models. Chris “Moose” Douton was crowned the Limited Sportsman champ for 2011; Cam McDermott reigned in the TIS Modifieds; and Danny Field, Deep River, CT, earned top-honors in the Mini Stock division. For Rocco, it was a matter of survival as Ryan Preece was breathing down his neck going into the final event. If Preece were to win, Rocco needed to finish 12th or better to become champ. Rocco started fifth in the 30 lap feature. Preece started seventh. Rocco took the lead in turn four on lap two from Rick Fuller. By lap seven, Preece had the lead and Rocco was fading fast, almost to the point where he almost got the black flag for not running at a competitive speed. In the end, Rocco finished 12th, four laps down. MORE>>

10-04-11: he NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Stafford Motor Speedway for the Fall Final. Rain and fog greeted fans and competitors on Saturday morning. By mid-morning the precipitation quit and the 30 cars on hand were permitted to practice. The Long Island Gang dominated the qualifying session. Justin Bonsignore earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the second year in a row in the CARQUEST Fall Final when he posted the fastest time trial in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying. Bonsignore posted a fast lap of 18.427 seconds (97.683 mph) to earn his third career Coors Light Pole Award. Taking the outside pole position was fellow Long Islander Donny Lia. Ted Christopher, Eric Beers and Kevin Goodale rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Bobby Santos, Ron Silk, Ryan Preece, Eric Goodale and Mike Stefanik. All 30 cars on hand made the field including Chuck Hossfeld who did not take time because of a broken engine rocker arm. MORE>>

09-27-11: The New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame  announced the Class 2012 yesterday. Driver Reggie Ruggiero and car owner Mario Fiore, at one time a powerful force on the modified scene, head up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame class of 2012. Driver Joey Kourafas, car owner/mechanic Jim Jorgensen and track owners Irene Venditti and Donald Hoenig are also members of the class. The group, along with three choices from the Veterans Committee, will be inducted at the NEAR’s 15th annual banquet Sunday Jan. 29 at the LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor , CT. The Veterans Committee will meet in October. Ticket information will be forthcoming. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH this past weekend. Steady rain greeted competitors as they arrived at the track for tech inspection. MORE>>

09-20-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour made its annual stop on the road course at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut last weekend. It was no surprise that a slim field of 21 Modifieds were on hand for qualifying. Todd Szegedy was the top qualifier as he toured the facility at 100.182 mph. Ron Silk was second fastest. Erick Rudolph, Justin Bonsignore and Mike Stefanik rounded out the top five. Todd Szegedy battled back after losing the lead during on a pit stop and then making an off-track excursion to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire at Lime Rock Park on Saturday. Szegedy, who had experience at LRP in other racing series prior to his NASCAR career, dominated the early action. He started from the pole in his No. 2 Wisk Detergent/A&J Romano Construction Ford and opened up a lead of more than two seconds early. However, he fell to fourth following a pit stop during a caution on Lap 44. He later went off course, but quickly recovered and set out after the leaders. After moving up to second on Lap 60, Szegedy took the lead from Mike Stefanik a lap later and then pulled away from the field to win by a margin of 1.796 seconds. MORE>>

09-13-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Southern Modified Tour came together at the Thompson Speedway this past weekend for the UNOH North–South Showdown . The cars of the both Tours took to the track on Saturday for a full-day of practice and qualifying. The ‘21 Means 21’ Pole Award presented by Coors Light in the Northern Whelen Modified Tour went to Ryan Preece. Andy Seuss was tops on the speed charts for the Southern contingent. Two of the Whelen All-American Series divisions competed in feature event activity with Rick Gentes taking down the victory in the Late Models and Danny Fields scoring his 11th win in the Mini Stocks. The Northern WMT event drew 25 Modifieds while the Southern WMT event drew 23 cars. During qualifying Keith Rocco escaped injury when a wheel hub apparently broke which caused him to crash with heavy impact. Doug Coby, Erick Rudolph, and Eric Goodale made up the remainder of the top-five in Northern qualifying. MORE>>

09-06-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to Canada last weekend for the first Tour event to be run out of the country, the Delaware 150 at the Delaware (Ont.) Speedway. Erick Rudolph earned his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 21 Means 21 Pole Award Presented by Coors Light Saturday in qualifying for the inaugural Delaware 150. Rudolph, from Ransomville, N.Y., posted a fast lap of 17.585 seconds (102.360 mph). A slim field of 18 cars was on hand. Many competitors who are tour regulars including Mike Stefanik, Woody Pitkat, and Ron Yuhas jr felt that it was not cost effective to make the long haul to Canada. Also missing was Ted Christopher. Ron Silk appeared to have a game plan that even a 48-minute rain delay could not derail. He patiently waited for the right moment and won the Delaware 150. In the tour’s inaugural race beyond the borders of the United States, Silk started from the outside pole position and held on to that track position until it was time make his move. MORE>>

08-30-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150. Thirty four cars, including 13 from the southern series, were on hand for the combination Northern-Southern Whelen Modified Tour Series event. Driving the same car that was declared illegal at New Hampshire, Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman once again won one of the Whelen Modified Tour Series' highest paying events. The car number was changed and it was listed under a different car owner plus the crew chief was changed but once the race started Newman again drove away with the win. Newman led the first 86 laps as he jumped out from his fourth place starting spot with ease. After pitting four a complete set of tires Newman restarted seventh. Wasting little time the defending race winner put Todd Szegedy and James Civali away as he reclaimed the top spot on lap 128 and was out for a Sunday drive after that to claim the win. MORE>>

08-23-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour took a week off before heading south to the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Rice reported in trade publication Area Auto Racing News that 2008 series champion and car owner Ed Whelan had split on Monday following a dismal finish at Loudon. Evidently there has been a lot of friction between Christopher and crew chief Brad Lafountaine. It all boiled over after Christopher dropped at the recent Loudon event with rear end problems in the car. The bickering and hard feelings got so bad that Whelan just pulled the plug and parked the car. It will be interesting to see where Christopher ends up. He split with his Sunoco Modified car owner at the Thompson Speedway earlier this year citing car and motor preparation were not up to his standards. Woody Pitkat took over the ride and became an instant winner. Christopher did not secure another ride at Thompson. Its a good bet that the Whelan No.36 will be at Bristol with possibly a Long Island driver at the controls. MORE>>

08-16-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour joined the Indy Cars at Loudon, NH last weekend. Bobby Santos crossed another track off his list when he earned the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pole in time trials for the Granite State Classic. Santos toured the one mile oval in 29.858 seconds (127.564 mph) for his sixth career Coors Light Pole Award and second of the 2011 season. There were 31 cars on hand. Second fastest was Eric Beers with Eric Beers, third. Justin Bonsignore and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top five. Mike Stefanik ended a long dry spell in the No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Pontiac when he earned his first win of the season and the 71st of his Tour career by edging Woody Pitkat at the line. It was Stefanik’s seventh win at the track and first since Aug. 2, 1998. Additionally, it was his first overall victory since winning at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sept. 27, 2009. The runner-up marked the best career finish for Pitkat. Todd Szegedy finished in in the third position followed by Justin Bonsignore and Eric Beers in fourth and fifth, respectively. Bobby Santos, Ryan Perice, Glenn Tyler, Erick Rudolph and Doug Coby rounded out the top 10. MORE>>

08-09-11: The Stafford Motor Speedway played host to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series last Friday night for the Town Fair Tire 150. The event drew 28 cars. Ted Christopher recorded his 41st career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory amid rumors that his ride in the Ed Whelen No. 36 is in jeopardy. Christopher led the final 15 laps of the 150 lap grind after taking the lead from Mike Stefanik. Stefanik had nothing for the Stafford All-Time winner as he settled for the runner-up spot at the checkered flag. Bobby Santos finished third followed by Eric Beers and Eric Goodale. Sixth through tenth were Rowan Pennink, point leader Ron Silk, Eric Rudolph, Doug Coby and Jimmy Blewett. The win was Christopher's 11th tour win at Stafford, where he is a seven-time track champion in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. He is the track's wins leader over all divisions with 113 victories MORE>>

08-02-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to Long Island for the Lighthouse Mission 200 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway on Saturday, July 30. Justin Bonsignore converted his home-track advantage into his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. The 23-year-old from Holtsville, N.Y., drove away with the Lighthouse Mission 200 Saturday at Riverhead Raceway. Bonsignore, who started on the outside pole of the 175 lap event, took the lead from pole sitter Howie Brode on lap 18 of the slam-bang event that produced 11 caution periods for 100 laps. Todd Szegedy finished second, followed by Ron Silk, Ryan Preece and Doug Coby. Rowan Pennink rebounded from an early wreck to finish sixth. Jamie Tomaino, Patrick Emerling, Bobby Santos and Richie Pallai rounded out the top 10. The finish allowed Silk to take the points lead by five over Pennink with nine races remaining. MORE>>

07-26-11: The Whelen Modified Tour enjoyed last weekend, the hottest of the year, off. The big news of the week is that NASCAR did the right thing when they stripped Ryan Newman of his win at Loudon after his car was declared blatantly illegal after a thorough tech inspection at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina. NASCAR announced on Wednesday (July 20), that Ryan Newman and the Kevin "Bono" Manion No. 7 team were disqualified and stripped of their victory and fast-time award from the July 16 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Todd Szegedy was awarded New Hampshire’s $15,000 plus race winner. There will be no Fast-Qualifier Award recipient from the event. MORE>>

07-19-11: The Whelen Modified Tour headed to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past Saturday, July 16 for the F.W. Webb 100. It appears that the winds of change are beginning to blow as only thirty four cars were on hand for practice and qualifying. Sprint Cup ringer Ryan Newman, who clearly has a distinct advantage because of his Sprint Cup team, was the top qualifier as he was over one mile per hour faster than Ron Silk who was second fastest. Todd Szegedy was third fastest with Bobby Santos and another Cup ringer, Andy Petree, rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Doug Coby, Rowan Pennink, Ryan Preece, Matt Hirschman and Ted Christopher. Justin Bonsignore experienced engine trouble and did not take time. He was given the last starting spot in the 34 starting spot field. MORE>>

07-12-11: The Whelen Modified Tour heads to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Saturday, July 16 for the F.W. Webb 100. Rowan Pennink continues to lead the point standings with a 30 point edge over Ron Silk. Three points behind Silk is Ted Christopher. Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Bobby Santos, Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik, Erick Rudolph and Doug Coby. NASCAR, The Speed Channel, Versus and ESPN has deemed this event is not worthy of being telecast even though it is considered the best and most competitive of the weekend in Loudon. For live updates as the event unfolds go to thechromehorn.com. In Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway Keith Rocco made it two in a row in Sunoco Modified competition while the incredible Danny Field made it seven for seven in Mini Stock competition. Jeff Connors stretched his point lead with his first victory of the season in the Super Late Models. MORE>>

07-05-11: The Whelen Modified Tour made its second visit of the season to the Thompson Speedway last Thursday. Despite the fact that there were only 27 Modifieds on hand, 20 of them were potential winners. In New Jersey they refer to Jimmy Blewett as "Show Time". In New England that moniker belongs to Ted Christopher. Christopher put on a display of hard charging - belly to the ground racing as he scored a convincing win in the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150 at the high banked, northeastern Connecticut oval. After setting fast time for the pole position Christopher was sent to the rear of the field at the start of the race after missing the driver’s meeting, and then had to come through the field again after getting involved in a spin on Lap 66, but it didn’t stop the Plainville, Conn., driver from picking up his fourth-consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at Thompson. Christopher pitted for a second time on Lap 121 and knifed through the field after restarting outside the top 10. He made the decisive pass of Ron Silk on Lap 142 and survived a four-lap sprint to the finish after the final caution flag was given to the field on Lap 143. MORE>>

06-28-11: The Whelen Modified Tour ended it's Spring Break last Sunday when the boys of summer went "up country" to the Monadnock Speedway for the Monadnock 200 at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. The event had originally been scheduled for Saturday but a pending bad forecast pushed the date back a day. Todd Szegedy showed everyone why he is still someone to watch on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Szegedy, the 2003 tour champion, started from the pole and led every lap to win the Monadnock 200 Sunday for his 15th career tour win and first since August of last year. With his win Szegedy became the fourth different winner in as many races this season on the tour and it was his first top-five finish of the season. Szegedy held off Justin Bosingnore who followed in second while Matt Hirschman was third. MORE>>

06-21-11: The Whelen Modified Tour continues on Spring Break until this coming Saturday, June 25 when the boys of summer go "up country" to the Monadnock Speedway for the Monadnock 200 at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. Leading the charge is point leader Rowan Pennink, who, after three events, holds a 51 point edge over Ron Silk. Ted Christopher sits in third spot, 59 points out of the lead. Eric Beers and Mike Stefanik round out the top five. Defending series champion Bobby Santos is sixth, 86 points out. Matt Hirschman, Erick Rudolph, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece round out the top ten. Preece has stated that he will not be able to continue following the tour because of the lack of financing. MORE>>

06-14-11: The Whelen Modified Tour continues on Spring Break for another two weeks before returning to action with the Monadnock 200 on June 25 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. Last weekend started off on a wet note as Thursday Night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway fell victim to heavy rain and high winds. Its too bad that the weather front didn't arrive earlier as competitors and fans were already on hand when the plug was pulled on the night's racing. The fields of both Sunoco (SK) Modifieds was up two to 11 but there is still a long way to go to get a full field. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will highlight the competition this coming Thursday night at the Thompson International Speedway. This impressive touring series boasts a roster of Modified drivers that includes many of the very best drivers in the entire northeast. Thursday night’s appearance will be the first of two scheduled races for the VMRS at Thompson this year. Their feature will be 75 laps. MORE>>

06-07-11: The Whelen Modified Tour goes back on Spring Break for another four weeks before returning to action with the Monadnock 200 on June 25 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H.  Some of the tour regulars are not content to stay idle as they ventured to the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night for a 40 lap open competition shoot out. Fifteen tour type Modifieds were on hand for the first of three events planned for 2011. Todd Szegedy, who started fourth, took the lead for the second and final time at lap 25 and held off a hard charging Ted Christopher at the finish. Christopher who was debuting a new car that had just been finished by Troyer Engineering, started on the pole position but on the long chutes of Thompson the Jack Roush Ford prevailed with its superior horsepower. MORE>>

05-31-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ventured to the Stafford for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Ron Silk ended a long dry spell as he returned to Victory Lane for the first time in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event since 2009 and he did it in dominating fashion as he went pole to pole. Driving for Eddie Partridge, Silk led all 125 laps to collect his fifth career win in his 25th start at Stafford. Once the race began, he was rarely challenged, and at one point had nearly two seconds on the field. Points leader Rowan Pennink followed in second with defending Whelen Modified Tour Champion Bobby Santos third. Ted Christopher and Erick Rudolph completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Todd Szegedy, Chuck Hossfeld, Doug Coby, James Civali and Matt Hirschman. The race was slowed just three times by caution with the red flag displayed during the second yellow on Lap 53 to clean up a multi-car incident after Kevin Goodale hit the front stretch wall. There were 31 cars on hand. Seventeen of them were on the lead lap at the finish. MORE>>

05-24-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues on Spring Break before returning on this coming Friday, May 27 at Stafford for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125. The Thompson Speedway fell victim to rain on Thursday night. Keith Rocco and Ted Christopher are currently tied for the point lead as they have a four point lead over Todd Ceravolo and Ryan Preece who are tied for the third spot. Danny Cates rounds out the top five.. Christopher, Rocco and Ceravolo have won features so far. In the Super Late Models Larry Gelinas holds a four point lead over Jeff Connors and Mike O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan and Derek Ramstron have won features so far. Tom O'Sullivan holds a two point lead in the Late Model division over John Materas. Materas holds a two point lead over Rick Gentes and John Falconi. Materas and Gentes have won features. In the Thompson Modifieds Keith McDermott holds a two point lead over RJ Marcotte. Marcotte and Jay Sundeen have recorded wins so far. Chris "Moose" Douton holds a six point lead over Larry Barnett and Dwayne Dorr. MORE>>

05-17-11: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues on Spring Break before returning on Friday, May 27 at Stafford for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125.  The Thompson Speedway began its weekly Thursday Night Thunder Series. Keith Rocco of held off Ted Christopher to score the victory in the Sunoco Modified feature event. Derek Ramstrom was the feature winner of the Super Late Models and Rick Gentes was triumphant in Late Model action. Jay Sundeen wired the field to score the victory in the TIS Modifieds while Larry Barnett the all-time winning most driver in the Limited Sportsman division, added to his tally with a victory and Danny Field was the top dog in the Mini Stock main event; making it two-in-a-row for the Icebreaker winner. Once the sun went down the temperatures dropped but the action on the track kept spectators warm. The competition was very good but the fields of cars, with the exception of the Limited Sportsman (26) and the Mini Stocks (23) was sparse. MORE>>

05-10-11: Economy wise, things have never been so bad. Millions of workers are unemployed and fuel prices are soaring through the roof. Auto racing in general has taken a hit. Competitors are staying home as are fans. Simply put, they can't afford it. In the Northeast, Waterford drew a good crowd for its opening day program as did Thompson and Stafford. Hopefully this trend will carry through the season but don't bet on it. One track, in North Carolina hit on the answer. They reduced the admission price to $10.00 per event and so far have packed the place for the first two events. Most short track operations are nothing more than open air restaurants. Most profits that promoters make come from the sale of food and beverages. That's where the real money is! The car racing is the draw that gets the people in the place and as long as the promoter has enough to pay the purse from admissions the rest is gravy. Give a working family a decent deal and they will come. MORE>>

05-03-11: The 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler got underway Friday, April 29 with a practice session for Stafford’s weekly divisions. Action continued on Saturday, April 30 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour cars, along with heat and consolation races for Stafford’s weekly divisions. In Whelen Modified Tour Series qualifying Doug Coby captured the Coors Lite Pole position as he toured the 1/2 mile oval in 17.985sec. Coby was one of four drivers limited to one qualifying lap because their spotters were late to report prior to time trials. Second fastest and taking the outside pole was Todd Szegedy. Defending Tour Series Champion Bobby Santos III was third fastest followed by Eric Beers and Rowan Pennink. There were 31 Modifieds on hand for qualifying. Bobby Santos rebounded from a blown engine in the season opening Ice Breaker at Thompson with a win in Stafford Speedway's Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. MORE>>

04-26-11: The Whelen Modified Tour Series Spring Break comes to an end this coming weekend with the running of the annual Spring Sizzler at Stafford on Sunday, May 1. Among the special guests will be Gary DeSarro, the oldest son of the original Sizzler winner, the late Fred DeSarro. DeSarro will drive one of the famous Ole Blu No.3 coupes that was driven by his dad and built by the late Len Boehler, on the pace laps of the 200 lap Whelen Modified Tour Series events. Michael Boehler, son of the late car owner, will also be on hand. Bob Potter, 5-time SK Modified track champion, will serve as the grand marshal of the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. Potter drove the Roger Bonnville No. 110 in the first Sizzler and finished ninth. The 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler gets underway Friday, April 29 with a practice session for Stafford’s weekly divisions. The practice session will be open to the public at no charge. MORE>>

04-19-11: he Whelen Modified Tour Series continues on a Spring Break before its next event which will be the annual Spring Sizzler at Stafford on Sunday, May 1. Ted Christopher's perch at the top of the series point standings was short lived. Two days after taking the win at Thompson, Christopher along with 5th place finisher Justin Bonsingnore were docked 50 points for Altered Carburetor Boosters. Teams owners were also fined points while crew chiefs Brad Lafontaine and Aaron Clifford were fined $500. New points leader is now Rowan Pennink while Christopher will drop to 8th, was fined $500 and suspended by NASCAR until the fines are paid. Christopher's team owner Ed Whelen and Bonsignore's team owner, Kenneth Massa were also docked 50 points in the owners standings. Christopher will keep his victory in the event. Tony Corrente, owner of Tony's Competition Engines, built both power plants. MORE>>

04-12-11: The Thompson Speedway opened past weekend on April 9 and 10. This year’s Icebreaker featured eight racing divisions topped by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Thompson’s own “Super 6” NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions along with the visiting Sunoco Lite Modifieds were on tap for the two-day event at southern New England’s largest and fastest oval race track. Bobby Santos III is full of confidence while a determined Ted Christopher is among the walking wounded. Both are prime contenders for the 2011 Whelen Modified Tour Series title. When its all set and done it will be a battle of wits between the crew chiefs, Bob Mueller who will guide the destiny of the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile and Brad LaFountain who will guide the destiny of the Ed Whelen No. 36. Both are at the top of their game as they know tire, chassis and race strategy. The only variables are mechanical breakages and wrecks. It should make for and interesting and highly competitive season. MORE>>

04-05-11: The Waterford Speedbowl opened for its 61st consecutive season with the Budweiser Blast-Off event. The Speedbowl is the second-longest continuously running Modified track in the country. Despite financial problems, including a continuing bankruptcy case the Speedbowl opened on schedule. Because of precipitation and cold, a scheduled practice slated for Friday was cancelled. The precip pretty much ended on Saturday with the exception of a stray shower in mid afternoon. A surprising low number of SK Modifieds, 18, were on hand. All were Speedbowl regulars. No outsiders from Stafford or Thompson were on hand. The field of Bob Valenti Modified Racing Series cars was strong with 27 on hand and the field of Late Models was up from last year with 17 ready to compete. MORE>>

03-29-11: The count down is down to the single numbers. In less than a week the New England Modified Racing season begins at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and April 3 to be exact. The Thompson Speedway will open next weekend on April 9 and 10.  Kevin Rice reported that four VMRS teams were at Thompson this past Saturday for the first of two Saturday practice sessions which will lead up to the Ice Breaker. Les Hinckley, Chris Pasteryak, Steve Masse and Tim Jordan were shaking down their mounts in preparation for this weeks season opener at the Waterford Speedbowl. Rice also noted that Whelen Modified Tour Series drivers including Matt Hirschman in the legendary Ole Blu of the Boehler family were on hand to get in a few shakedown runs. In addition to Hirschman, other tour drivers included Todd Szegedy, Bobby Santos III, Ronnie Silk, Glen Tyler, Tom Rogers, Kevin Goodale, Ryan Preece, Mike Stefanik, Woody Pitkat, Wade Cole, Justin Bonsignore, Doug Coby, Eric Goodale, Ron Yuhas, Rob Fuller and Bryon Chew. MORE>>

03-22-11: The count down continues. As of this coming Sunday, March 27, one week remains before the New England Modified Racing season begins at the Waterford Speedbowl on April 3. The Thompson Speedway will open one week later on April 10. With the first of two open practice session slated for this coming Saturday, March 26th, and the second set for April 2nd, track officials and optimistic and are working very hard to get the facility ready for race action. There is much work to do since the fierce winter left the track buried under three to four feet of hard packed ice and snow. Yet the recent warm days and work by track personnel seems to be paying off very nicely. Everyone has high hopes that the opening events will be able to go off as scheduled. Open practice times for both days are scheduled from 11 AM until 6 PM. MORE>>

03-15-11: The count down continues. As of this coming Sunday, March 20, two weeks remain before the New England Modified Racing season begins at the Waterford Speedbowl on April 3. The Thompson Speedway will open one week later on April 10. As the snow and ice begins to disappear; the anticipation of a brand new racing season at Thompson International Speedway has begun to build with track officials, competitors and fans alike. The warmer temperatures and the heavy rains have worked wonders on the deep snow left from the seemingly endless series of storms this past winter. With the first of two open practice session slated for Saturday, March 26th, and the second set for April 2nd, track officials and optimistic and are working very hard to get the facility ready for race action. There is much work to do since the fierce winter left the track buried under three to four feet of hard packed ice and snow. MORE>>

03-08-11: The count down continues. As of this coming Sunday, March 13, three weeks remain before the New England Modified Racing season begins at the Waterford Speedbowl on April 3. Leading the charge at the drop of the green will be defending track and NASCAR National Champion Keith Rocco. The Thompson Speedway will open one week later on April 10. The Stafford Motor Speedway will open its doors for business in 2011 with its traditional Spring Motorcycle and Ty-Rods Automotive Swap Meets. The Spring Motorcycle Swap Meet is the first event on the 2009 SMS Calendar of events, and is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd. The 25th Annual Ty-Rods Automotive Swap Meet will be the following Sunday, April 10th. Racing at Stafford begins on May 1 with the 40th annual Spring Sizzler. At the Speedbowl, the SK Modifieds®, Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks will again be at the core of Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action. New in 2011, the Speedbowl will introduce a limited schedule of X-Modified and SK Light combination races on the Saturday night schedule. MORE>>

03-01-11: With winter giving us a last gasp of snow and cold in the northeast its time to look foreword to the 2011 season in New England. As of this coming weekend, March 5 and 6, four short weeks remain before the Waterford Speedbowl opens for its 61st season. One week later the 2011 season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series begins at the Thompson Speedway. The Stafford Motor Speedway will open one week following Easter on May 1 with the Spring Sizzler. With fuel prices going through the roof, race fans will be staying close to home this year. A recent trip from Florida to Rhode Island saw gas prices ranging from $3.09 per gallon to over $4.00. New Jersey had the best deal at $3.09 per gallon on the Turnpike. Local promoters who present a quality produce at a reasonable price will reap the benefits of the race fan sticking close to home. It will be interesting to see how the cost of travel affects the car counts for the Whelen Modified Tour Series. Car counts at the recent World Series at New Smyrna were down drastically. Hopefully that won't carry over to the regular season. MORE>>

02-22-11: Racing for the Modifieds and SK Modifieds resumed on Monday night at the New Smyrna Speedway. The car count for the SK Modifieds remained at seven as the Modifieds picked up Burt and Jason Myers along with Kevin Flockhart. Chuck Hossfeldt to the lead at the start and led the entire 25 lap distance holding off Ted Christopher for the win. Earl Paules finished third with Burt Myers, fourth. Ron Silk rounded out the top five. Earl Paules was the SK Modified winner and Brian Hoar was the ACT Late Model winner. Tuesday night at New Smyrna saw the Modified field swell to 17 while the SKs remained at seven. Joining the field was James Civali, George Brunnhoelzl III and Ryan Preece. Chuck Hossfeldt jumped out to the lead position at the start and despite trading the No.1 spot with Ted Christopher on numerous occasions was able to score the win. MORE>>

02-08-11: The long wait is over as the nights come alive in New Smyrna Florida as the green flag drops this Friday night, Feb 11, for the 45th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES of ASPHALT STOCK CAR RAC ING at the New Smyrna Speedway The nine night series will feature Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, FL/IMCA Type Modifieds, Pro-Trucks, ACT Late Models. The Modifieds will run every night except on Sunday, 2/13. The highlights of the week will be the running of the John Blewett III 50 lapper on Wednesday and the Richie Evans Memorial 100 lapper on Friday, 2/18. The Vermont based American-Canadian Tour will be well represented in New Smyrna. Twenty-eight teams from New England, New York, Quebec and Ontario will head south for the unique ACT twin 100-lap format event. MORE>>

02-01-11: As of this Friday, Feb 4, only seven days remain before the engines roar again in Florida for the 45th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES of ASPHALT STOCK CAR RAC ING at the New Smyrna Speedway which will be featuring Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, FL/IMCA Type Modifieds, Pro-Trucks, ACT Late Models from February 11th-19th. The ACT Late Models are new to the schedule and are a welcome addition to the already popular Speedweek Series. 45th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. The Modifieds will run every night except on Sunday, 2/13. The highlights of the week will be the running of the John Blewett III 50 lapper on Wednesday and the Richie Evans Memorial 100 lapper on Friday, 2/18. MORE>>

01-25-11: As of this Friday, Jan 28, only two weeks remain before the engines roar again in Florida for the 45th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES of ASPHALT STOCK CAR RAC ING at the New Smyrna Speedway which will be featuring Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, FL/IMCA Type Modifieds, Pro-Trucks, ACT Late Models from February 11th-19th. The ACT Late Models are new to the schedule and are a welcome addition to the already popular Speedweek Series. 45th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Entry forms for the New Smyrna World Series are available; competitors are advised to enter on time. Those who enter before 1/30/11 will receive 50 bonus points. Tour type and SK type Modified entries have begun to trickle in. Tour type entries so far include Ryan Preece who will be behind the wheel of the famous Bobby Judkins 2x, Chuck Hossfeld, MadHouse star Frank Flemming and Long Island competitor Patrick Emerling. It has also been mentioned that James Civali and Burt Myers will file entries. SK type entries include Emerling, Jimmy Zacharias and TJ Zacharias. MORE>>

01-18-11: As of this Friday, Jan 21, three weeks remain before the engines roar again in Florida for the 45th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES of ASPHALT STOCK CAR RAC ING at the New Smyrna Speedway which will be featuring Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, FL/IMCA Type Modifieds, Pro-Trucks, ACT Late Models from February 11th-19th. The ACT Late Models are new to the schedule and are a welcome addition to the already popular Speedweek Series. 45th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Entry forms for the New Smyrna World Series are available; competitors are advised to enter on line. Those who enter before 1/30/11 will receive 50 bonus points. Pre-season NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series testing on the new asphalt at the Daytona Int Speedway begins this Thursday, Jan 20. Admission to the grandstand area is usually free. MORE>>

01-11-11: As of this Friday, Jan 14, four weeks remain before the engines roar again in Florida for the 45th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES of ASPHALT STOCK CAR RAC ING at the New Smyrna Speedway which will be featuring Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, FL/IMCA Type Modifieds, Pro-Trucks, ACT Late Models from February 11th-19th. The ACT Late Models are new to the schedule and are a welcome addition to the already popular Speedweek Series. Racing action at the Daytona Int. Speedway shifts into high gear with Daytona 500 qualifying, the ARCA 200 and the Budweiser Shootout. Interest continues to build in the June 4 Modified Special event at the Star Speedway in Epping, NH. A $250 Halfway Bonus for the June 4 Open has been secured with other laps sold as well. MORE>>

01-04-11: As of this Friday, Jan 7, five weeks remain before the engines roar again in Florida for the 45th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES of ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING at the New Smyrna Speedway which will be featuring Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, FL/IMCA Type Modifieds, Pro-Trucks, ACT Late Models from February 11th-19th. The ACT Late Models are new to the schedule and are a welcome addition to the already popular Speedweek Series. Racing action at the Daytona Int. Speedway shifts into high gear with Daytona 500 qualifying, the ARCA 200 and the Budweiser Shootout. In a few short weeks after Florida Speedweeks racing action in the Northeast will begin again. In southern New England the Waterford Speedbowl has announced that they will tentatively open with "Blast Off" on the weekend of April 2 and 3. The Thompson Speedway will open with IceBreaker 2011 on the weekend of April 9 and 10 and the Stafford Motor Speedway will open on April 30-May 1 with the Spring Sizzler. MORE>>

2010

12-28-10: On Thursday, December 16, 1080 Hartford Road LLC was back in court to answer as to why terms of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy have not been met and why the court should not mandate Chapter 7 liquidation. Mr. Terry Eames and his 1080 Hartford Road LLC have dodged the bullet again and bought some more time. The agreement that was reached between the Parker Atty. and the US Trustee contained many stipulations that 1080 Hartford Road must adhere to in order to keep the case from being converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7. Judge Albert Dabrowski made the following rulings: 1. 1080 Hartford Road LLC shall on or before January 14, 2011 file with the court the Monthly Operating Reports (MORs) for November 2010. 2. Beginning with the MOR for December, 2010 and going foreword 1080 Hartford Road LLC shall timely file all monthly operating reports. MORE>>

12-21-10: Last Thursday, December 16 to be exact, 1080 Hartford Road LLC was back in court to answer as to why terms of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy have not been met and why the court should not mandate Chapter 7 liquidation. Mr. Terry Eames and his 1080 Hartford Road LLC have dodged the bullet again and bought some more time. The agreement that was reached between the Parker Atty. and the US Trustee contained many stipulations that 1080 Hartford Road must adhere to in order to keep the case from being converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7. The specifics of the agreement are scheduled to be released later this week. Eames told the Hartford Courant nothing has changed in the continued workings of the bankruptcy case. Eames has insisted that there is no imminent dismissal of the bankruptcy case. He also told the Courant "The bankruptcy case is moving forward and we are ready for racing in 2011." MORE>>

12-14-10: In just a little over a couple of days, this Thursday, December 16 to be exact, 1080 Hartford Road LLC will be back in court to answer as to why terms of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy have not been met and why the court should not mandate Chapter 7 liquidation. Since 2007 thousands of dollars have been borrowed by 1080 Hartford Road LLC. Those in question loaned the money in good faith and now want their money back because nothing has been paid back. Rocco Arbetell and Peter Borrelli who are owed $818,750 are listed as the first mortgage owners. Ted Parker Jr is the second mortgage holder. Parker Jr is owed $138,100. Shawn Parker is the third mortgage holder and is owed $110,300. First H & M Corporation of Mystic CT is the fourth mortgage holder and is owed $63,864, Shawn Monahan a Waterford businessman and competitor at the Waterford Speedbowl is the fifth mortgage holder and is owed $47,000 and CCi Incorporated of New London CT is the sixth mortgage holder who is owed $130,218.25. MORE>>

12-07-10: In just a little over a week, December 16 to be exact, 1080 Hartford Road LLC will be back in court to answer as to why terms of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy have not been met and why the court should not mandate Chapter 7 liquidation. According to recent court documents, the U.S. Trustee would like to give the Speedbowl up until late May 2011 to file a reorganization plan. If the judge allows this it looks like it will be another year of the current Speedbowl management running the Waterford Speedbowl. However if the Judge says enough is enough he can convert from chapter 11 to chapter 7 at the hearing or soon after 12/16 and get this whole issue over by early 2011. There will still plenty of time left to get the track in shape for 2011 with a new owner or owners. In the mean time, the Speedbowl Management has been selling season passes for both the pit area and grandstands at substantial savings. MORE>>

11-30-10: Despite the negative and derogatory remarks made by the management of the Waterford Speedbowl directed toward this writer the on going proceedings involving 1080 Hartford Road LLC are moving foreword. The United States Bankruptcy Court Hartford Division has set a date of 12/16/2010 for the hearing to review the motions made by Ted Parker's attorneys Paladino and Welsh, LLC, of Westbrook, CT. Among the items on the docket is a motion to convert the pending Chapter 11 plan to Chapter 7. The hearing will be held at 10:00am in the 7th floor Courtroom 715b in the Hartford, CT Courthouse. Chapter 7 of the Title 11 of the United States Code (Bankruptcy Code) governs the process of liquidation under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. When a troubled business is badly in debt and unable to service that debt or pay its creditors, it may file (or be forced by its creditors to file) for bankruptcy in a federal court under Chapter 7. A Chapter 7 filing means that the business ceases operations unless continued by the Chapter 7 Trustee. A Chapter 7 Trustee is appointed almost immediately, with broad powers to examine the business's financial affairs. The Trustee generally sells all the assets and distributes the proceeds to the creditors. MORE>>

11-23-10: While November and December are usually quiet times for auto racing big things are about to happen at the Waterford Speedbowl. On the surface it appeared that the Speedbowl had one of its best years drawing decent crowds at the shoreline oval and providing quality entertainment and good competition. A Bankruptcy Case that has been hanging over the facility will most likely be dismissed and a foreclosure auction will take place. Ted and Shawn Parker are the second & third highest creditors after Rocky Artbitell and Peter Borrelli on the Speedbowl's long list of parties awaiting payments from the 1080 Hartford Road LLC operations. At this point it appears that the Bankruptcy Case will most likely be dismissed in the near future and the foreclosure auction will finally take place without any chance of stopping. MORE>>

11-16-10: NASCAR has announced the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule which features 16 races and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule which features 14 races, highlighted by a new special event at a historic New England track, and the inaugural venture to Canada. Begun in 1985, the 27th season of the Whelen Modified Tour will see NASCAR’s oldest division return to traditional venues like Connecticut’s Thompson International Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway a combined eight times in 2011. Stafford will retain the four dates it has carried in recent seasons while Thompson has moved its August race to June and added a special event for September. On Sept. 11, Thompson will bring both the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours to its .625-mile oval for a new event that will feature an exciting format. MORE>>

11-09-10: The eighth annual 109 U-Pull It John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout took center stage this past weekend in Concord, NC. Thursday's practice sessions were rained out which made for a hectic Friday schedule. The excitement began to build early Friday as the pit area was crammed with 31 Tour Type Modifieds, 18 SK type Modifieds, 27 Super Late Models along with 25 USA (Thompson type) Modifieds and some scattered Vintage Modifieds. As the day wore on a cold front descended on the speedway driving temperatures down to between 25 and 30 degrees. Time trials were held for the SK and Tour types. In the SKs Ronnie Silk in the Eddie Partridge entry took the top spot over Ryan Preece and Ron Yuhas Jr. Chuck Hossfelt was the Tour type top qualifier over Justin Bonsignore and Matt Hirschman. SK type qualifying heats were won by Keith Rocco and Steve Reed. Shortly after the completion of the SK type heats rain decended upon the speedway forcing officials to cancel remaining qualifying. The decision was made to start all Tour type cars straight up from time when the action was scheduled to resume on Saturday. MORE>>

11-02-10: As the 2010 season winds down only two major asphalt short track events remain, the North-South Shootout and the Turkey Derby on Thanksgiving weekend. The eighth annual 109 U-Pull It John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout has takes center stage this coming weekend in Concord, NC. With the cars and stars from both the open-wheel and full-fendered ranks preparing for the annual event, the buzz has spread from east to Midwest. Teams scheduled to compete in the North-South Shootout on November 5&6 hail from New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, and more. After seven successful years, the North-South Shootout had earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events in short track racing. Since it’s inception in 2003, owner and promoter Charles Kepley and his team have strived to ensure that the North-South Shootout is the best-of-the-best in short track auto racing. MORE>>

10-26-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour officially crowned its 2010 Champion Bobby Santos III following the season ending World Series 150 at the Thompson Speedway. In 14 events Santos, in the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile, recorded 11 top tens which included four victories. Santos amassed 2180 points and in the end beat out Mike Stefanik by 27 points. Although winless, Stefanik recorded 12 top tens. Ted Christopher, with four wins, finished third. Christopher's consistency rate was a little off as he recorded nine top tens. Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Ryan Preece, Eric Goodale, Erick Rudolph, Eric Beers and Chuck Hossfeld. Fifty nine different drivers entered into competition. Eighteen drivers ran the entire series. Bob Garbarino is the Championship car owner for 2010. Eric Sanderson was the runnerup with Eddie Whelan, third. Eddie Partridge and Mike Sermiglio rounded out the top five. As a result of yet another championship season, Garbarino joined the late Len Boehler as the only car owners to collect three Whelen Modified Tour titles. MORE>>

10-19-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed for the Thompson Speedway this past weekend for the World Series of Speedway Racing. Fifteen different divisions of race cars and race trucks were in competition in qualifying races and feature events. The weekend began on a wet note as speedway officials were forced to cancel Fridays practice and qualifying because of wet conditions. Under dry but blustery skies Bobby Santos took a big step toward earning his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title as he captured the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday for the season finale Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. Santos, driving the Garbarino Mystic Missile, turned a fast lap of 18.709 seconds (120.263 mph) in Saturday’s qualifying session to earn his fourth pole of the season. There were 37 Modifieds on hand for the season ending event that carried a posted purse of $85,567. Ted Christopher was second fastest with a lap of 18.846 (119.389). Eric Berndt was third at 18.885 (119.142). Mike Stefanik and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top five. Santos won the redraw for the pole starting position. MORE>>

10-12-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series heads for the Thompson Speedway this coming weekend for the World Series of Speedway Racing. Fifteen different divisions of race cars and race trucks will be in competition in qualifying races and feature events. Joining the Whelen Modifieds will be ISMA Super Modifieds who will share top billing. The Midgets of NEMA, Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, N.E. Trucks, Pro 4 Modifieds, SK Sunoco Light Modifieds and a variety of “outlaw” divisions complete the line up of racers that will compete in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by XTRA MART. This years World Series will mark the 37th consecutive year that the event has been run. In action on the Connecticut shoreline the Waterford Speedbowl the Fall Finale wrapped up the 2010 season with two days of qualifying and racing. Qualifying for the Budweiser Modified Nationals and ACT-150 events was completed. MORE>>

10-05-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed for the Stafford Motor Speedway this past weekend for the annual Fall Final which carried a purse of $83,609. The event drew 31 cars. Justin Bonsignore bounced back from his recent disappointment at Thompson to capture his second Coors Lite pole of the year with a sizzling run of 18.355 seconds around the half mile oval. The young Long Island racer had recently won an open competition event at Thompson only to have the victory stripped away because he didn't use the proper gasoline. Eric Beers was second fastest with Mike Stefanik, third, Eric Berndt and Ryan Preece rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Ed Flemke Jr, Rowan Pennink, Ron Silk, Eric Rudolph and Bobby Santos III. In the re-draw for the start Beers drew the pole with Flemke drawing the outside pole spot. Bonsignore drew the seventh starting spot. MORE>>

09-28-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series heads for the Stafford Motor Speedway this weekend for the annual Fall Final. Going into this weekend Bobby Santos holds a slim seven point edge over Mike Stefanik (1845-1838). Ted Christopher sits 70 points out of the lead and 63 behind Stefanik. Rounding out the top five are Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy. Sixth through tenth are Ryan Preece, Eric Goodale, Erick Rudolph, Chuck Hossfeld and Eric Beers. Justin Bonsignore, who was knocked out of the top ten after an accident at Loudon, is still the leading Rookie of the Year candidate as he leads Richie Pallai by four points. The Modifieds will time trial at 3:00pm on Saturday. The Versus Network will televise the event which is scheduled to be shown on Wednesday, October 6 Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, October 10 at 11:00pm The Fall Final on October 3 will close out the 2010 racing season. MORE>>

09-21-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to Loudon, NH last weekend for the F.W. Webb 100 which carried a race purse of $166,513. Thirty five Modifieds were on hand for practice and qualifying. NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award with a speed of 129.300 mph. Second fastest and taking the outside pole was Todd Szegedy who went 127.816mph. Third through fifth were Ryan Preece, Bobby Santos JR and Ed Flemke Jr. Rounding out the top ten were Mike Stefanik, Chuck Hossfeld, Eric Goodale, Erick Rudolph and defending race winner Ron Silk. Ryan Newman didn't do the Whelen Modified Tour Series any favors as he won the FW Webb 100 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For the most part Newman had the field covered as it looked they regular tour runners were racing for second place. MORE>>

09-14-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series returns to action on Saturday, September 18 in Loudon, NH. Bobby Santos III with 1734 points leads Ted Christopher by 32 points for the series title. Mike Stefanik is a distant third with 1673 points. Tod Szegedy and Ron Silk round out the top five. Sixth through tenth in the standings are Ryan Preece, Erik Rudolph, Eric Goodale, Eric Beers and rookie sensation Justin Bonsignore. Fifty six different drivers have entered into competition so far. The Sept 18 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Loudon is scheduled to be shown on the Speed Channel at 1:00pm on Saturday. Thursday night Thunder Racing at the Thompson Speedway continued to be some of the best competition to be seen as Danny Cates went from the outhouse to the penthouse in the Sunoco (SK type) Modifieds at the high banked, lightning fast oval. MORE>>

09-07-10: Some of the best racing ever seen was witnessed at the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night. Car counts were up. The Modified Tour types were 18 strong along with 16 Sunoco (SKtypes), 24 Ltd Sportsman, 14 Late Models, 21 Mini Stocks and 10 Thompson Modifieds. A very rapidly run program had fans headed home early as the final checkered flag dropped at 9:12pm. For the third-time this season, the Thompson International Speedway hosted their Tour-Type Modified Shootout. Ryan Preece added his name to the already impressive list of winners with a convincing victory on Thursday night. There was no shortage in intensity in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with five winners posting victories. The last time a competitor posted double digit wins in the Sunoco Modified division at Thompson International Speedway the year was 2001 and the driver was Ted Christopher. With his win on Thursday night, Christopher duplicated the feat; winning his tenth Sunoco Modified victory of the 2010 season. MORE>>

08-31-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series continues on their late Summer break. Bobby Santos has retaken the point lead from Ted Christopher. Santos leads by 32 points. Mike Stefanik, Todd Szegedy and Ron Silk round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Ryan Preece, Erick Rudolph, Eric Goodale, Eric Beers and rookie Justin Bonsignore. The Modified Tour Series returns to action on Saturday, September 18 in Loudon, NH. With nine races left in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule two time Whelen Modified Tour Series Champion Don Lia and SS Green Light Racing part ways: SS Green Light Racing and Donny Lia have mutually agreed to seek other opportunities. It will be interesting to see where Lia lands as he has sold most of his racing equipment to the Blewett family. The August 28 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event that was run at the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina will air on VERSUS on Wednesday, Sep 1, at 7 p.m and on Sunday, Sep5, at 11:00pm. MORE>>

08-24-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series made their second annual trip to Bristol, TN. The UNOH Perfect Storm 150 carried a very generous purse of $110,491. Thirty eight NASCAR Modifieds were on hand for the 36 starting spots up for grabs. Justin Bonsignore took the Coors Lite Pole as he toured the high banked half mile oval in 14.835 seconds which equated to 129.343mph. Just a tick off was Todd Szegedy at 14.839 sec. Bobby Santos, Ryan Newman and James Civali rounded out the top five. Szegedy jumped out to an early lead as over 5,000 looked on. Speed picked two of the best, Mike Joy and Dick Berggren, to call the race. Burt Myers, who qualified 25th with a skipping engine, changed sparkplugs and was put to the rear. Ted Christopher took the lead on the 26th lap and pretty much controlled the race until the half way break on lap 77. Before the race resumed it was stated that the crowd watching was in excess of 10,000. MORE>>

08-17-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series visited the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night for the running of the Budweiser 150. Ted Christopher literally cleaned house as he totally dominated the 150 after winning the track's regular Modified feature. The big story of the night should have been Christopher's outstanding drive but that was overshadowed by the story in the Hartford Current that stated that speedway owner Don Hoenig would have to move his August Thursday night date to another week because the Whelen Modified Tour Series was going to be included in the 2011 schedule at the New Hampshire Speedway in Loudon. The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to Loudon after a 13-year absence on August 14 of 2011. It doesn't sound like a big deal but it really is because of the fact that the Thompson Speedway has supported the NASCAR Modified Tour series since its inception in 1985. NASCAR, who's only loyalty is to the dollar, could care less about Hoenig's loyalty. Those who are employed by "The Company", as NASCAR is called by its employees, will tell you off the record that the organization is run like a mafia. Its there way or else! MORE>>

08-10-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour made its third of four appearances at the Stafford Motor Speedway last Friday night. There were 30 Modifieds on hand for the 150 lap Town Fair Tire 150 that carried a purse of $82,476. Ron Silk, who drives for Eddie Partridge was the pole sitter. The top six redrew for starting positions. Bob Grigas started the race on the pole with Erik Rudolph on the outside. Todd Szegedy ended the longest non winning streak of his career when he won the Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford. Szegedy, who had been winless since September 2008 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, took the lead from Mike Stefanik on Lap 100 en route to his 14th career win. It was the third triumph at Stafford for Szegedy, who led a race-high 54 laps. Stefanik finished second and Ron Silk third. It is the fifth-straight top-five finish for Silk, who earned the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day. Erick Rudolph and Ted Christopher rounded out the top five. MORE>>

08-03-10: Seekonk Speedway's 6th Annual Open Wheel Wednesday finally made it into the history books with Todd Annarummo taking the win and the $10,000 first place money that went with it. Annarummo started third in the 25-car starting field and took the lead from Steve Masse on lap 86. Good weather and an excellent crowd descended on the Seekonk Mass oval that is known as the Cement Palace. Masse ended up second with early leader Jon McKennedy, third. Jimmy Kuhn and Ted Christopher rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Matt Hirschman, Ryan Preece, Rowan Pennink, Max Zachem and Louie Mechalides. In other Wednesday night racing action, Rick Ceravolo was the winner of the X-Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series made their annual trek to the 1/4 mile Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. Considered a "Flash type race" the event carried a purse of $53,631. In addition, $11,500 was donated to be used as bonus money to the event. MORE>>

07-27-10: Rain forced postponement of Seekonk Speedway's 6th Annual Open Wheel Wednesday. The event will be run this coming Wed. July 28. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series enjoyed a week off before making their annual trek to the 1/4 mile Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. Bobby Santos currently leads the point standings as he has won three of the seven events run so far this season. Santos holds a 56 point lead over Ted Christopher. Christopher has two wins to his credit. Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik and Ryan Preece round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore, Woody Pitkat, Eric Rudolph and Chuck Hossfeld. The Riverhead event will be televised on Wednesday, August 4, on the VERSUS cable network. The event will be rebroadcast on Sunday, August 8, at 11:00pm. MORE>>

07-20-10: he NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors were back in action after a week off as they traveled to the high banked, quarter mile, Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH on Saturday, July 17. A somewhat light race purse of $53,631 was up for grabs. Ted Christopher celebrated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's return to the high banks with his 36th career victory. The win moved Christopher, the 2008 Tour champion, into sole possession of third place on the career win list. It's Christopher's second win of the season, allowing him to move past Tony Hirschman. The Plainville, Conn., driver now trails only Mike Stefanik (70 wins) and Reggie Ruggiero (44). Erick Rudolph, who won his first career 21 Means 21 pole award presented by Coors Light earlier in the day, led the first 95 laps before Christopher moved to the front. MORE>>

07-13-10: he Stafford Motor Speedway held their annual Extreme Tuesday event last week smack dab in the middle of a 100 plus degree heat wave. Fans and competitors as well as machines were put to the test. Mike Ordway, Sr. won the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature, Randy Cabral won the 30-lap NEMA Midget feature event, and Norm Wrenn made it three in a row at Stafford by taking the 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors enjoyed a week off as they prepare to head to the high banked, quarter mile, Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH this coming Saturday, July 17. The Thompson International Speedway continued with their Thursday Night Thunder Series. Danny Cates was extremely strong in his victory in the Sunoco Modified main event. Brian Sullivan shined in the TIS Modified annual extra-distance event. MORE>>

07-06-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the 1.53-mile, 12-turn road course at Lime Rock Park in Northwestern Connecticut last Friday and Saturday for a 66 lap-101 mile event that carried a race purse of $85,810. With a somewhat short field of 25 cars on hand Todd Szegedy ran a lap of 53.099 seconds on the 1.5-mile road course for an average speed of 101.697 mph. Szegedy was among the final group of cars to go out under NASCAR's road-course qualifying rules, and the time on his second lap knocked Ted Christopher off the pole. Christopher had posted a lap of 53.220 (101.466) in the second-to-last group and wound up second overall in qualifying for Saturday's Lime Rock 100. Erick Rudolph qualified third, followed by Mike Stefanik and Rowan Pennink. Points leader Bobby Santos qualified 10th. MORE>>

06-29-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headed to Loudon, NH this past weekend for the New Hampshire 100. With a race purse of $166,513 it would be a shame to lose this event because local officials would not negotiate with track owner O. Bruton Smith over security costs. This event is scheduled to be televised by the Speed Channel on a taped delayed basis. There is still no word as to when the recent Whelen Modified Tour Series at Martinsville will be televised. In a somewhat related mater the Hartford Courant reported that the INDY cars will return to Loudon in 2011 on July 30-31. It had been mentioned that they would be joined by the Whelen Modified Tour Series. With 38 Modifieds running against the time clock Ryan Newman earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.663 mph (128.402) around the 1.058-mile oval. Bobby Santos will start on the outside of the front row after he posted a qualifying lap of 29.778 (127.907). Santos entered the weekend as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader after he became the first driver in Tour history to win three of the first four races. He finished second in the other race, and has three Coors Light Pole Awards. MORE>>

06-22-10: The Thompson International Speedway Thursday night Thunder Series resumed on a somewhat cool but exciting night. Ted Christopher won his third feature victory of the 2010 season at Thompson in exciting fashion. Mike O’Sullivan won a thriller in the Super Late Models. Brother Tommy O’Sullivan, took a commanding victory in the Late Models. Larry Barnett scored his first win of the season in Limited Sportsman action. Brian Sullivan returned to the TIS Modified division and returned to his winning ways while Steve Michalski wired the field to score the victory in the Mini Stocks. Christopher scored an exciting win against his rival, Keith Rocco on Thursday Night in a thrilling Sunoco Modified main event. Kerry Malone was back in action in his family-owned #79 to lead the opening laps of the 30-lapper. Danny Cates, Ronnie Silk, Rocco and Christopher ran in the top-five. Sparks flew early between Christopher and Rocco with contact between the two on the opening lap. MORE>>

06-15-10: The Thompson International Speedway Thursday night Thunder Series was cancelled because of rain and tornado warnings in the northeastern Connecticut area. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was idle last week as teams make preparations for the first of two trips to Loudon, NH. Bobby Santos who has won an a record setting three out of four races leads Mike Stefanik by 89 points. Although winless so far, Stefanik has been the model of consistency with four top fives. Todd Szegedy sits third, six points behind Stefanik. Ted Christopher the only other winner on the tour so far is 49 points out of third spot and 95 points in arrears of Santos. Rounding out the top five is Ryan Preece. Rookie Justin Bonsignore along with Jimmy Blewett, rookie Richie Pallai, Jr., Erick Rudolph and Ron Silk make up the top ten. Forty six different drivers have entered into tour competition so far. The Modified Racing Series was scheduled to appear at the Seekonk Speedway on Saturday June, 12. Rain forced cancellation with no rain date stated as yet. The Modified Racing Series moves to Thompson Speedway this coming Thursday. MORE>>

06-08-10: The Thompson International Speedway Thursday night Thunder Series was postponed due to rain showers and high humidity that made it just about impossible to dry the track. During the drivers meeting Ben Dodge alluded to the fact that may be changes in the wind at Thompson if the car counts don't improve. There were nine Thompson Modifieds, sixteen Sunoco (SKtype) Modifieds, ten Late Models, seventeen tour type Modifieds, nineteen Limited Sportsman and twenty four Mini-Modifieds. Dodge stated that the speedway is open for suggestions. If one were to read between the lines he may have been hinting that Thompson may go with an abbreviated schedule. Despite low car counts the racing at Thompson in all divisions has been very good. All things considered the crowds haven't been that bad. Once school gets out they will get better! MORE>>

06-01-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series ended its "Spring Break" last Friday when they returned to action at the Stafford Motor Speedway for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125. The event carried a purse of $76,476. There were 33 Modifieds on hand for the 31 starting spots. Bobby Santos edged Jimmy Blewett in a dramatic two-lap dash to the finish to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. Santos and Blewett battled back-and-forth throughout the late stages of the event, which was extended with two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish due to late-race cautions. After Santos jumped the final restart on lap 135, he was ordered to let Blewett pull even at the line. Blewett nipped Santos as they took the white flag, but Santos was able to battle back to capture his second win of the season and the third of his career. Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece and Rob Summers rounded out the top five. Completing the top 10 were Eric Berndt, Mike Stefanik, Erick Rudolph, George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss. MORE>>

05-25-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series continues on "Spring Break" until this coming Friday when they return to action at the Stafford Motor Speedway . The Modified Racing Series returned to action Friday night, May 21, at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY. Rowan Pennink got a well deserved and long over-due win as he overcame a cut tire on lap three and came back to win the 100 lap East-West Showdown at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.  The event was co-sanctioned by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by the BobValentiAutomall.com and the Race of Champions DART Asphalt Series. New Jersey runner Pete Brittain led the first forty-seven-laps before yielding the top spot to Earl Paules, Paules set a torrid pace until lap seventy-six when Pennink claimed the top spot. Pennink went on to score his second Modified Racing Series win. The victory was the third for car owner, Gary Cassela. The race was marred by 15 caution periods including, a crash that saw 2009 Koszela Speed Rookie of the Year, Jacob Dore vault over the second place car, Brittain while battling for the position. MORE>>

05-18-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series continues on "Spring Break". Selected drivers from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour participated in a test held by Hoosier Tire on Tuesday at Lime Rock Park. In preparation for the Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural visit to Lime Rock Park on July 3, drivers Ted Christopher, Rowan Pennink, Bobby Santos and Todd Szegedy took part in four 20-minute sessions throughout the afternoon at the Connecticut road course. During the first session the teams raced on the “Optional Uphill” in Turn 5 and the new “Optional West Bend” in Turn 6. The remaining three sessions saw the teams continue to use the Optional Uphill, but not the second. “I think it went really well,” said Chad Little, Whelen Modified Tour series director. “Hoosier seemed to know what they needed and did their homework. They were pretty much spot-on.” MORE>>

05-11-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series continues on "Spring Break" After two events Bobby Santos sits firmly atop the point standings with a 15 point lead over Ted Christopher. Mike Stefanik sits in third spot, some 25 points behind the leader. Tied for fourth spot are Rowan Pennick and Todd Szegedy. Sixth through tenth are Eric Berndt, Ryan Preece, Chris Pasteryak, Eric Goodale and Erick Rudolph. After two events a total of 39 different drivers have entered into competition. Whelen Modified Tour Series racing resumes on Friday night, May 28 at the Stafford Motor Speedway with the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Hoosier Tire, which supplies race tires for the Whelen Modified Tour Series will be conducting tire tests at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut and at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. The Lime Rock test, slated this Tuesday will include Ted Christopher, Rowan Pennink, Bobby Santos and Todd Szegedy in preparation for the Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural visit to Lime Rock Park on July 3. The test is open to the public. MORE>>

05-04-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series returned to the Stafford Motor Speedway for the annual Spring Sizzler which had been rained out on April 25. The main event, 200 laps/100 miles carried a race purse of $88,142. Under bright and sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-80's, Stafford Motor Speedway hosted the completion of "The Greatest Race in the History of Spring", the 39th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. Ted Christopher took the lead from Jimmy Blewett on lap 146 and then held on through a green-white-checker finish to earn his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at Stafford. The event concluded with a multi-car accident on the front stretch after the leaders had taken the white flag, which made the race official, and secured Christopher his fifth Whelen Modified Tour win in the Spring Sizzler. His five wins in the event are now a record as he entered the day tied with Mike Stefanik at four. MORE>>

04-27-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series descended upon the Stafford Motor Speedway for the annual Spring Sizzler. The main event, 200 laps/100 miles carried a race purse of $88,142. Thirty six Modifieds took time for the 33 available starting spots. Bobby Santos III continued the momentum from the Thompson Ice Breaker as he set a new track record with the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile. Santos toured the 1/2 mile oval in 17.965 seconds (100.195 mph) which surpassed Matt Hirschman’s three-year-old record of 18.009 (99.950). Second fastest was Rowan Pennick with a time of 18.009. Third through fifth were Erick Rudolph, George Brunnhoelzl, III and Ron Silk. Rounding out the top ten fastest were Ted Christopher, Jimmy Blewett, Jamie Tomaino, Eric Berndt and Doug Coby. The top ten re-drew for starting spots. It was Santos again as he pulled the pill with the number one on it. Coby pulled the No. 2 pill. MORE>>

04-20-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series opened for the 2010 season at the Thompson Speedway with the Icebreaker 150 which was won by Bobby Santos III. Santos leads Ryan Preece by 15 points going into the Sizzler. NASCAR now awards bonus points to race winners and lap leaders. Mike Stefanik, Ted Christopher and Todd Szegedy round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Rowan Pennick, Chris Pasteryak, Ron Silk, Eric Goodale and Eric Beers. All are entered for the Stafford Sizzler. The 2010 Tech-Net Spring Sizzler weekend begins on Friday, April 23 with a practice session for Stafford's weekly divisions. The practice session will be open to the public at no charge. Action continues on Saturday, April 24 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour cars, along with heat and consolation races for Stafford's weekly divisions. Saturday will conclude with feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. The Sizzler continues on Sunday, April 25 with the Tech-Net Pit Party followed by Stafford's SK Modifieds® and Late Models joining the Whelen Modified Tour in feature action. Tickets for the "Greatest Race in the History of Spring" are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. MORE>>

04-13-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series opened for the 2010 season at the Thompson Speedway last weekend with the Icebreaker 150 that carried a race purse of $87,231. Thirty seven Modifieds including southern invader Burt Myers were on hand. Bobby Santos III showed his determination early as he was clearly the fastest in practice despite blustery winds and a cool temperature. Santos was a little more than a half mile per hour faster than Rowan Pennick. Myers, who had never laid eyes on the Thompson Speedway before, ran close to 60 laps in practice and was clocked 29th fastest at the time. The NASCAR Modifieds qualified as the sun was beginning to go down. Bobby Santos III, in his first time out in the Mystic Missile, put the Bob Garbarino owned mount solidly on the pole for the Icebreaker. The third generation racer turned a fast lap of 18.418 seconds (122.163 mph) in qualifying for Sunday’s 150-lap season-opener. That lap surpassed the previous Whelen Modified Tour qualifying record at Thompson set by Eric Beers at 18.429 seconds (122.080 mph) prior to the 2008 World Series. MORE>>

04-06-10: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series begins their 2010 series this coming Sunday, April 11, with the IceBreaker. This years opener will take on a new effect as Southern Modified Tour and TV MadHouse star Burt Myers will venture north to mix it up with the competitors on the northern tour. The Waterford Speedbowl has also jumped on the MadHouse bandwagon as arrangements have been made to have Burt Myers compete at the shoreline oval this coming weekend in a team car owned by Gary Paul. Myers has 84 career wins to his credit. Joining the Modified Tour at the Icebreaker will be Thompson’s “Super 6” NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. These fast and exciting divisions include the track’s Sunoco Modifieds, Super Late Models, Thompson Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks. MORE>>

03-30-10: The Waterford Speedbowl began its 60th season last weekend with renewed vigor with Blast Off 2010. When fans and competitors arrived for practice on Friday many improvements were noted including new concrete barrier walls along the front and back straight-aways and an all new coat of paint in the grandstand area. The shoreline oval was one of 10 tracks nationwide to receive funds through NASCAR's Capital Improvement Grants program.  Speedbowl owner Terry Eames told the Norwich Bulletin that he is still working on a deal to get the Speedbowl on firmer financial footing, but that won’t affect the 2010 racing season. He also stated that any businessman whose company is in Chapter 11 can’t say they’re in great shape. But he feels confident that he and his creditors will agree on a plan in the next six to nine months, and that the plan will save the place forever. MORE>>

03-23-10: The 2010 New England racing season will be here in short order. As of this Friday, March 19 its only one week before the Waterford Speedbowl opens with Blast Off 2010 on the 28th. In two weeks, on April 11, the Thompson Speedway opens with their annual Ice Breaker. The Waterford Speedbowl, which begins its 60th season, will host a pre-Blast Off practice session on Friday, March 26 from noon until 5:00pm. At Thompson, Test and Tune sessions will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 11:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday, April 3, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com, kicks off a 19 race schedule that will take the tour to five New England states and New York. MRS Champion, Jonathan McKennedy returns driving his familiar # 73, focusing on another championship. The 2008 champion, Chris Pasteryak is also entered driving his family owned car, renumbered 52 for the new campaign. The 2009 ROC Champion, Matt Hirschman, Seven-time NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik and last years Waterford winners, Doug Coby and Rowan Pennink, are planning to compete. A total of 32 race teams from the MRS have indicated that they will support the Waterford opener. MORE>>

03-16-10: The 2010 New England racing season will be here in short order. As of this Friday, March 19 its only one weeks before the Waterford Speedbowl opens with Blast Off 2010 on the 28th. In three weeks, on April 11, the Thompson Speedway opens with their annual Ice Breaker. The Waterford Speedbowl will host a pre-Blast Off practice session on Friday, March 26 from noon until 5:00pm. At Thompson, Test and Tune sessions will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 11:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday, April 3, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. While a 'noreaster was dumping over four inches of rain in New England the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series was at the Caraway Speedway in Ashboro, NC. Nineteen Modifieds were on hand for the 150 lap contest. Burt Myers won his 22nd career Coors Light Pole. MORE>>

03-09-10: The 2010 New England racing season will be here in short order. As of this Friday, March 12 its only two weeks before the Waterford Speedbowl opens with Blast Off 2010 on the 28th. In four weeks, on April 11, the Thompson Speedway opens with their annual Ice Breaker. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series held their season opening event at the Atlanta Motor Speedway ¼ mile flat track on Friday night. Twenty three Modifieds were on hand for what is supposed to be the first of ten taped delayed televised events. Third generation Corey LaJoie, in a car owned by Roger and Sandra Hill, drove like a veteran in his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour start. Using lapped traffic to get by Tim Brown, the 18-year-old driver then held off a furious challenge from Brown over the closing laps to capture the Atlanta 150. MORE>>

03-02-10: The 2010 New England racing season will be here in short order. As of this Friday, March 5 its only three weeks before the Waterford Speedbowl opens with Blast Off 2010 on the 28th. In five weeks, on April 11, the Thompson Speedway opens with their annual Ice Breaker. In past years, Blast Off at Waterford featured a Modified race in which the number of laps matched the year the event was held. In a twist on the original concept, Blastoff weekend’s SK Modified® race will now celebrate the Speedbowl’s number of years in operation. For this, the Speedbowl’s 60th season, the race will be a 60-lapper. The Modified Racing Series (formerly True Value) will compete in a 100-lap race and the NEMA Midgets go 25 laps in distance. Eleven other divisions, led by a 50-lap Late Model race, join what is sure to be a full weekend of racing. Hopefully Race Director Tom Fox will be able to keep the program moving in a timely and efficient manner. MORE>>

02-23-10: Now that Speedweeks in Florida and the New Smyrna World Series is history most of the auto racing snow birds have headed back north to await the beginning of the 2010 season at their favorite tracks. For the most part race fans and teams endured the cold, wind and rain during their stays in the sunshine state. The racing at New Smyrna could have been better but the somewhat short fields didn’t help. Ted Christopher was off his game a bit as many thought he would clean house in Fla. Keith Rocco had a chance to prove himself but he blew it when he went after Ron Silk. Rocco has a lot of raw talent but he needs to tone it down a bit. A big disappointment was the fact that Burt Myers didn’t come to New Smyrna to trade paint with the northern boys. Myers has become somewhat of a racing personality because of his part in the Mad House reality show on the Speed Channel. MORE>>

02-16-10: Tour type Modified and SK type Modified racing at the New Smyrna World Series continued on Monday night. In Tour type competition Ronnie Silk got the best of Ted Christopher on lap 14 and went on to take the 25 lap win. Christopher finished second and was followed by John Jensen, Kevin Goodale and Rob Fuller. Keith Rocco was the 20 lap SK type feature winner. The second rain out of the series occurred on Tuesday night. It was announced that Don Lia informed Bob Garbarino that he would not defend his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series title as he had secured a ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. MORE>>

02-02-10: The official start of the 2010 Modified Racing season begins this Friday, February 5 with the drop of the green for opening night of the annual World Series of Speed at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the official beginning of the NASCAR season at the Daytona International Speedway. One of the highlights of the upcoming week at New Smyrna will be the third annual Modified Reunion that will start at noon on Friday, Feb 12. The event will be held in the speedway’s parking lot. Admission is free! Ted Christopher got an early start to his 2010 season last weekend in Atlantic City, NJ. Christopher served notice on Friday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., as he claimed the 30-lap TQ-Midget preliminary main event. Christopher got the lead from Joey Payne on a lap 19 restart and he held off Billy Pauch to claim the victory. MORE>>

01-26-10: As of this Friday, January 29 it will be seven days before the drop of the green for opening night of the annual World Series of Speed at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the official beginning of the NASCAR season at the Daytona International Speedway. Central Florida has rebounded from the recent forecast as daytime temps are now in the low 70’s. One of the highlights of the upcoming week at New Smyrna will be the third annual Modified Reunion that will start at noon on Friday, Feb 12. The event will be held in the speedway’s parking lot. Admission is free! Among the 19 Modified entries received so far are Ted Christopher, JR Bertuccio, Ronnie Silk, Eddie Brunnhoelzl III, Bob Grigas, David Roys, Ryan Preece, Rob Fuller, Rowan Pennick, Chuck Hossfeld, Kevin and Eric Goodale, Tom Cloce, James Civali and John Jensen. A total of 19 entries were posted as of this past weekend. Usually a good amount of entries come in by the first of the month. MORE>>

01-19-10: As of this Friday, January 22 it will be two weeks before the drop of the green for opening night of the annual World Series of Speed at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the official beginning of the NASCAR season at the Daytona International Speedway. Central Florida has rebounded from the recent forecast as daytime temps are now in the low 70’s. It was announced on the January 12 Speed 51 Radio show that ten NASCAR Modified races, split between the Whelen Modified and Southern Modified Tours, will be televised on a tape-delayed basis in 2010. The races will air as one-hour packages on the Versus network and will be produced by the NASCAR Media Group. Events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bowman-Gray Stadium and both races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be among the races televised. Hopefully the four un-named tracks will include the Stafford Motor Speedway and the Thompson International Speedway. MORE>>

01-12-10: As of this Friday, January 15 it will be three weeks before the drop of the green for opening night of the annual World Series of Speed at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the official beginning of the NASCAR season at the Daytona International Speedway. Among those who have submitted Modified entries so far are: J.R. Bertuccio, Ronnie Silk, Eddie Brunhoelzl III, David Roys, Kevin Goodale, Eric Goodale, David Cranmer, Tommy Cloce, James Civali and John Jensen along with Ted Christopher and Chuck Hossfeld. For the last week or so the temperatures in central Florida in and around the Daytona Beach area have been in the 30’s. The Daytona International Speedway has come alive as competitors have been practicing for the Jan 30-31 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Once the Rolex event is completed the NASCAR and ARCA stock cars move in. Because of the fact that the NFL Superbowl Championship game will be played on Sunday, February 7, Daytona 500 Pole qualifying will be held on Saturday afternoon, Feb 6. MORE>>

01-05-10: With racing now complete for 2009 its time to look foreword to 2010. As of this Friday, January 8 it will be four weeks before the drop of the green for opening night of the annual World Series of Speed at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the official beginning of the NASCAR season at the Daytona International Speedway. The Thompson International Speedway has released its 2010 race schedule. In what has to be considered a bold move, Speedway owner Don Hoenig will bring back the tour type Modifieds and incorporate them into the Thursday Night Thunder programs on June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th and September 2nd. The Tour type Modifieds will run 35 lap sprints which were popular during what was considered the Golden Era of Modified Racing in New England, 1965 through 1985. It is hoped that Whelen Modified Tour teams support this endeavor. MORE>>

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12-29-09: With racing now complete for 2009 its time to look foreword to 2010. As of this Friday, January 1 it will be five weeks before the drop of the green for opening night of the annual World Series of Speed at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the official beginning of the NASCAR season at the Daytona International Speedway. The Syracuse, NY Post-Standard has reported that a Watertown, NY jury decided a parking lot crash that ended the racing career of DIRT Modified legend “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie was worth nearly $1.7 million in damages. McCreadie, now 59, is one of the winningest drivers to ever compete in NY DIRT circuit racing. McCreadie is still recovering from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Wednesday, May 31 2006 near his Watertown, N.Y. home. MORE>>

12-22-09: With racing now complete for 2009 its time to look foreword to 2010. As of this Friday, December 25 it will be six weeks before the drop of the green for opening night of the annual World Series of Speed at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the official beginning of the NASCAR season at the Daytona International Speedway. Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the greatest Modified driver of them all. Modified Stock Car Racing got its start in the northeast following World War II.. Using hopped up pre-war coupes and sedans many brave souls made themselves heroes as they made magic with the cars they drove. Many consider the late Richie Evans as the overall greatest of all time but in their own eras and times others were considered just as good. In New England, New York State, Long Island and in the southland there were many. In New York State guys like Geoff Bodine, Maynard Troyer, Nolan Swift, Jim Shampine, Dutch Hoag, the Treichlers, Lou Lazzaro, Brian Ross, Jack Johnson and even Jerry Cook stayed at the top of their game for many years. In New England there was Eddie Flemke, Don MacTavish, Fred Lucase, Moe Gherzi, Billy Greco, Don Collins, Dick Dunn, Bob Potter, Bugsy Stevens, Fred DeSarro, Bill Slater, Ernie Gahan, Gene Bergin, Bob Polverari, Don Rounds, Reggie Ruggerio, Ronnie Bouchard, Leo Cleary and George Summers. MORE>>

12-15-09: With racing now complete for 2009 its time to look foreword to 2010. As of this Friday, December 18 it will be seven weeks before the drop of the green for opening night of the annual World Series of Speed at the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the official beginning of the NASCAR season at the Daytona International Speedway. Jack Bateman’s Modified Racing Series scored a major coup last week when the Stafford Motor Speedway secured Friday night Sept 10, 2010 as the 20th race of the series. The Modified Racing Series, an alternative to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, has been in existence for six years and for the most part had been ignored. Said Stafford General Manager Mark Arute, “Our heritage is Modifieds, we have watched this series for six years and they have modified racing’s best interest.” The addition of the Stafford event brings the total to 20 races for 2010. Arute added, “We have listened to our fans and competitors,” “Our supporters have been very vocal. MORE>>

12-08-09: When Ted Christopher took the green flag while driving a Three-Quarter Midget at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI last Friday night he became a consummate racer who had raced in every month of the year. Counting two features run last weekend, Christopher has raced in 78 events and has recorded 24 feature wins, which equated to a win percentage of 31%. In addition to the TQ Midgets, Christopher drove NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars, SK Modifieds, Sunoco Modifieds, True Value Modifieds, Race of Champions Tour Modifieds and ASA Modifieds. Mike Stefanik finished 24th in the opening night 30 lap feature event for the Three Quarter Midget Cars at the Dunkin Donuts Center but that didn’t discourage him as he returned for the series finale on Saturday night to take the win. Christopher wasn’t quite as lucky. MORE>>

12-01-09: All eyes were on the annual Wall Stadium Turkey Derby XXXVI this past weekend. The Turkey Derby officially closed out the 2009 outdoor racing season in the northeast. Despite the fact that a bad storm left high winds to buffet the New Jersey speedway the entire two day program was completed. Rowan Pennick capped off a breakout year with a win in the Modified Tour type portion of the Turkey Derby. Pennick started third, took the lead from Matt Hirschman on a lap40 restart only to lose it after being roughed up by Jimmy Blewett. Blewett led until lap 91 when he reluctantly left the speedway after being black flagged for leaking fluid. Following the race Jamie Tomaino and Pete Brittain said they saw no fluid coming from the #66 car of Jimmy Blewett. Rowan Pennink said the officials stopped him and checked the fluid on his windshield that was why they black flagged Blewett.Pennick re-assumed the lead and went on to take the 100 lap win over Pete Brittain. MORE>>

11-24-09: All eyes will be on the annual Wall Stadium Turkey Derby this weekend. The Turkey Derby officially closes out the 2009 outdoor racing season in the northeast. Howard Hodge reported that Chuck Hossfeld would be driving Ed Bennett's car on the Whelen Modified Tour next year. Chuck replaces Eric Rudolph. The Waterford Speedbowl and (Formerly True Value) Modified Racing Series officials announced that the Modified Series would visit the shoreline oval three times in 2010 including the season opening event for both, scheduled for March 26-28th. In addition, the popular tour will visit the ‘Bowl for the 3rd annual Wings ‘n Wheels on August 14th and as part of Thunder on the Sound’s lineup taking place on September 4th. MORE>>

11-17-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was part of the NASCAR Touring Series Awards Gala in Concord, N.C. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at which Donny Lia and the rest of the touring series champions were honored. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Gala featured the champions and top drivers from all of NASCAR’s North American regional touring series including invitees from the NASCAR Camping World Series East, the NASCAR Camping World Series West, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. NASCAR champions Jason Bowles (Camping World Series West), George Brunnhoelzl III (Whelen Southern Modified Tour), Donny Lia (Whelen Modified Tour, Philip Morris (Whelen All-American Series), Andrew Ranger (Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1) and Ryan Truex (Camping World Series East) were honored at the end of the week during awards ceremonies at the Concord Convention Center. MORE>>

11-10-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Next up for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams is the NASCAR Touring Series Awards Gala in Concord, N.C. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at which Donny Lia and the rest of the touring series champions will be honored. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Gala will feature the champions and top drivers from all of NASCAR’s North American regional touring series including invitees from the NASCAR Camping World Series East, the NASCAR Camping World Series West, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Because of the fact that NASCAR had chosen to move the Whelen Modified Touring Series Championship Awards Banquet from the Mohegan Sun Casino many of the support personnel who previously took part in the festivities will be forced to sit home as most of those who donate their time to work on the cars have regular jobs that require them to be there every day with limited time off. MORE>>

11-03-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series has now come to an end for another season. The final point standings for 2009 confirm Donny Lia as the series champion. Lia entered the entire 13 race season and amassed 2002 points. Lia won four events for a season total winnings of $71,774. Ryan Preece, 16 points back, finished second. Preece also ran 13 events, winning two and collecting $51,721. Defending series champion Ted Christopher ended up in third spot in the final standings with 1931 points to his credit. Christopher won three times and had a season total of $67,249. Rowan Pennick finished fourth with 1867 points. Although winless, Pennick ran consistently up front, recording 11 top ten finishes and a season total of $35,277. Rounding out the top five was Todd Szegedy with 1823 points. Szegedy also had goose eggs in the win column but his consistent finishes banked him $37,384. Sixth through tenth for 2009 are. Chris Pasteryak, Mike. Stefanik, Eric Beers, Woody Pitkat and Eddie Flemke, Jr. MORE>>

10-27-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series finally completed its 2009 season last weekend with the running of the 150 lap World Series. The series championship was Donny Lia’s to lose. After a sirited race long battle with Ryan Preece and Ted Christopher Lia settled into the fourth finishing position in the closing laps as he wrapped up the title. Christopher took the lead for the final time after a restart on lap 132 and held off Preece to take the win. Doug Coby moved into third with less than five laps to go. Rowan Pennick rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Chris Pasteryak, Erick Rudolph, Kevin Goodale, Ron Silk and Woody Pitkat. Christopher led twice for 93 laps, while Lia led twice for 57 laps. There were eight caution periods for 47 laps. The car counts was ample but still down from previous years as only 29 Modifieds were on hand for the event that carried a race purse of $85,971. MORE>>

10-20-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was supposed to wind up the 2009 season this past weekend but Mother Nature had different ideas as a “Noreaster” dumped a large amount of rain and wet snow in the northeast corner of Connecticut forcing the Thompson Speedway Management and NASCAR to postpone the World Series to this coming weekend. As it turned out the Thompson Speedway management and NASCAR made the right decision as high winds and heavy rain mixed with snow pounded the entire New England area on Sunday. The True Value Modified Racing Series took the weekend off so as to prepare for their season ending event this week at the Lee USA Speedway. Jonathan McKennedy holds a slim 13 point lead into Lee over Rob Goodenough. Steven Masse is third 22 points back. Wall Stadium in New Jersey will also be running this weekend with the Tom Commerford Memorial set for Saturday. MORE>>

10-13-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series winds up its 2009 season this weekend as the Whelen Modified Tour Series heads for the World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart – the finale for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 25th season. Donny Lia, pilot of the No. 4 “Mystic Missile” Dodge owned by Bob Garbarino, will take a 26-point lead on Ryan Preece, driver of the No. 3 “Ole Blue” Chevrolet, of the famed Boehler family. Lia can clinch his second Whelen Modified Tour crown by finishing fifth or better but with Preece just 26 points out, anything can happen. Ted Christopher sits in third spot and is followed by Todd Szegedy and Rowan Pennick. Sixth through tenth are Mike Stefanik, Chris Pasteryak, Reick Beers, Woody Pitkat and Ed Flemke Jr. Eric Goodale has a lock on the Rookie of the Year honors. MORE>>

10-06-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was at the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend for the Fall Final. With the exception of a brief practice session the Whelen Modifieds spent the day waiting for the rain to stop. There were 32 Whelen Modifieds on hand for the event that carried an $84,013 purse. The entire program was run on Sunday. The sun was bright with very few clouds in the sky. Most important, the grandstands appeared to be full. Donny Lia and Ted Christopher, who have had somewhat of a war with words recently, slugged it out in time trials with Lia coming out on top with Christopher, second fastest. Rich Pallai Jr, who is a regular SK Modified competitor, qualified third in his Modified Tour debut. The top six redrew for starting positions, which placed Eric Berndt on the pole with Pallai on the outside in second spot. Lia drew fourth and Christopher fifth. MORE>>

09-29-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to Martinsville Virginia last weekend for the Made In America Whelen 300. The 200-lap event carried a race purse of $131,427. Among those who got an early start for their trip south was Ted Christopher who found himself suspended by the Stafford Motor Speedway for his on track actions on September 18. Keith Rocco was also suspended from Stafford but remained behind in order to compete at Waterford on Saturday night. Ronnie Silk subbed for Rocco in the Eddie Partridge No. 12. With the exception of a limited practice session on Saturday morning the rains washed all activity at Martinsville for the day. Forty-three Modifieds were on hand to qualify for the 43 starting spots. Ron Silk and Donny Lia were the top qualifiers. Following the re-draw, Southern Modified Tour competitor Brian Loftin was placed in the pole position. Rowan Pennick drew the outside pole starting spot. Rounding out the top five starters were Burt Myers, Silk and Lia. MORE>>

09-22-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week for the New Hampshire 100, which carried a purse of $166,917. Forty Modifieds were on hand for qualifying. The Penthouse, the Firehouse and the Jailhouse all had their separate stories at Loudon. In the Penthouse was Ryan Preece who earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light with a lap of 127.692mph. Also in the penthouse was car owner Eddie Partridge who watched with pleasure as his two drivers, Ronnie Silk and Keith Rocco qualified their cars in second and third place. It was Rocco’s first time at the New Hampshire mile. Rounding out the top five was Eric Beers and Doug Coby. Sixth through tenth were Todd Szegedy, Glen Reen, Erick Rudolph, Bobby Grigas III and Mike Stefanik. Current points leader Ted Christopher qualified 14th. MORE>>

09-14-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series heads to the New Hampshire International Speedway this week. The New Hampshire 100 is set to go green at 1 p.m. Ted Christopher continues to lead the point standings with 1432. Todd Szegedy with 1398, sits in the second spot. Thirty eight points behind Szegedy is Donny Lia with 1360. Ryan Preece and Rowan Pennink round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Eric Beers, Woody Pitkat, Ed Flemke, Jr., Chris Pasteryak and Mike Stefanik. Racing web site Speed 51 announced that because of good ratings and a lot of hype surrounding the TV coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at the Bristol Motor Speedway last month, the Tour will return to the TV screen again. SPEED will air the always-exciting race at the Magic Mile (September 19th) on a slightly tape-delayed basis. The race is scheduled to get the green at 12:50pm and the airing of the event will begin at 1:30pm. Mike Joy, Dick Berggren and Bob Dillner will call the Mod Tour action at NHMS for SPEED. Speed 51 also reported that True Value Modified Racing Series point leader Jon McKennedy will enter next weekend's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in an Art Barry-owned Spafco Modified sponsored by LATICRETE. Art's son Kenny Barry, who was the 2004 WMT Rookie of the Year, will serve as the entry's crew chief. MORE>>

09-08-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was at the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night. The competition and excitement provided by the “Men that Live by the Grace of God and 600 horsepower” was at a fever pitch as fans were on the edge of their seats for almost the entire 150 laps of the event. Donny Lia, in a show of sheer determination after being all but ridden into the wall by Ted Christopher, came from the rear of the field after a lap 113 restart and latterly blew the defending series champion away as he retook the lead in turn 4 on lap 139. Many of those on hand expected a “Pay Back” to Christopher was coming but Lia didn’t lower himself as he was in a hurry. Once back in the lead Lia dominated to the end as he recorded a convincing win. Christopher, who was experiencing electrical problems with his radiator fan ended up in the runner-up spot and was followed by Todd Szegedy, Rowan Pennick and Keith Rocco who was making his debut in the Eddie Partridge No.12 that had been vacated by Jimmy Blewett. Sixth through tenth were Eric Beers, Eric Berndt, Bob Grigas, Glen Reen and Eric Rudolph. MORE>>

09-01-09: 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. MORE>>

08-26-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was at the Bristol, TN for a Wednesday night event this past week. The posted race purse of $91,575 drew 42 Whelen Modifieds including 27 from the North. Late afternoon rain forced NASCAR to cancel time trials forcing the field to go to post based on points. Ted Christopher led the field to the starting green with Southern Modified point leader George Brunnhoelzl, III on the outside. Christopher led the first 107 laps as Brunnhoelzl faded. Donny Lia started seventh and by lap 100 had placed the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile firmly in second spot. Seven laps later Christopher faltered and Lia scooted into the lead. Lia lost the lead to Christopher when he jumped a restart on lap 138 and was told by NASCAR to let Christopher by. Three laps later Lia was back in the lead and proceeded to open up a fairly good lead which he maintained to the 150 lap mark and the checkered flag. Christopher held on for second and was followed by Ryan Preece who brought the mighty No. 3, Ole Blu, of the Boehler family home in third spot. That particular version of the legendary Modified was actually built by the late Len Boehler in 1996! George Brunnhoelzl III and Woody Pitkat rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Todd Szegedy, Rowan Pennink, Ed Flemke Jr., Burt Myers and Erick Rudolph. MORE>>

08-18-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was at the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night for the New England Dodge Dealers presentation of the Budweiser 150. A generous purse of $84,168 was posted for the event. Day long misty conditions and a forecast of heavy rain for the evening forced NASCAR officials and the Thompson Speedway management to postpone the event to Thursday night, September 3. The Whelen Modifieds now head for Bristol, TN for a Wednesday night event this week. For those who cannot be there the event will be televised on a delay by the channel at 7:00pm. Going into the Bristol event Ted Christopher leads Todd Szegedy by 12 points. Ryan Preece, who now has two wins in a row sits in third while Donny Lia and Rowan Pennink round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Jimmy Blewett, Woody Pitkat, Eric Beers, Ed Flemke, Jr. and Mike Stefanik. In Friday night action at Stafford, Ted Christopher was the winner in the 40-lap SK Modified feature, Ryan Posocco was the winner in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Brit Andersen was the winner in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Kevin Gambacorta won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Barry Fluckinger was the winner in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. MORE>>

08-11-09: The legend of car owner, the late Len Boehler and his famous ‘Ole Blu No.3 continued to live on as Ryan Preece scored his second Whelen Modified Tour Series in six days. Preece, who is the grandson of another legend, Bobby Judkins won the Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford last Friday night. Preece took the lead on lap 104 from Ted Christopher and held off the defending champion to record his third overall win. Preece, who started fourth, moved into second spot by lap seven. The top two never pitted and it was a matter of Preece wearing the defending champion down. According to reports a near capacity house witnessed the event. There were 32 cars on hand for the available 31 starting spots. In a generous move the Stafford management agreed to allow all cars to start the event.  Chris Pasteryak, who continues to make a name for himself, finished third, which tied his best career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour effort, previously also set at Stafford . Eric Beers and Rowan Pennink. Erick Rudolph, Donny Lia, Jimmy Blewett, Woody Pitkat and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top 10 finishers. The Coors Light Pole Award winner, Eric Berndt, finished 16th. It was a relatively clean and fast race, which produced only five short caution periods for 25 laps. MORE>>

08-04-09: It’s damned if you do and damned if you don’t sometimes in racing. Last Thursday night at the Thompson Speedway Drivers Meeting Mike Chapman, the new Competition Director (Traffic Cop), again addressed the drivers telling them that rough driving, taking out the leader, would not be tolerated. Keith Rocco, who has been at the center of some of the more aggressive driving asked Chapman if it was ok to “move” a competitor out of the way as long as you didn’t force him to crash. Chapman’s answer was, “Test Me and you will find out”. During the running of the first of the two 30 lap Sunoco (SK type) Modified found himself crashed into the concrete wall between turns one and two after coming in contact with Ted Christopher. From his vantage point in the officials tower Chapman made the call to put Christopher to the rear for what looked like a deliberate move. In all honesty that’s the way it looked! After listening to a conversation between a driver, who was behind the pair, with his crew chief, it was said that Rocco had over corrected after bouncing off of Christopher’s nerf bar and had crashed himself into the wall. With six laps left Christopher came back to finish seventh. Woody Pitkat ended up taking the win over Danny Cates, Jimmy Blewett and Todd Ceravolo. Rocco ended up in 15th spot. Chapman’s second call of the night was to put Super Late Model competitor Rick Fuller to the rear for “Playing Games” on numerous restarts. Fuller was not happy but that’s the way the mop flops sometime! MORE>>

07-28-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues on “Summer Break before heading for the Riverhead Raceway this coming Saturday, August 1. Ted Christopher continues to lead the point standings with a 17-point cushion over Todd Szegedy. Thirty-nine points behind Szegedy is Don Lia. Mike Stefanik and Ryan Preece round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Rowan Pennink, Ron Silk, Jimmy Blewett, Woody Pitkat and Ed Flemke, Jr. Time trials for the WMT are set for 4:30 pm, a 25-lap qualifying race will be contested at 6:00 pm and the Riverhead 175 will go green at approx. 8:30 pm. The Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY may be returning to its roots as an asphalt speedway if local officials have their way. The Malta oval was a mecca for NASCAR Modified racing from 1966 to 1974. The best in the business from New York and New England would converge every Friday night for some of the best competition ever seen. Originally built as an asphalt speedway, the speedway became a dirt track in the late 70’s. MORE>>

07-21-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues on “Summer Break before heading for the Riverhead Raceway on August 1. While the Whelen Modifieds continue to race for paltry purses at some tracks, teams that compete in the DIRTCar series recently raced in a 100 lap event at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway in New York for a $100,000 purse that paid the winner $20,000. NASCAR rants and raves about the Modifieds and the great shows they put on yet they continue to throw crumbs their way. The recent Modified tour event was clearly the best show of the weekend. Their racing purse was the least of those in competition. A recent edition of Area Auto Racing News, a highly respected trade paper based in New Jersey, stated that the total purse payout at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was $7,005,549. The Sprint Cup purse consumed the lion’s share at $5,423,189. The Nationwide Series collected $1,197,559. The Camping World Series East purse was $217,884 and at the bottom of the barrel were the Modifieds whose purse totaled $166,917. In comparison to other Modified Tour events the New Hampshire purse was a good one. Based on the level of competition and the quality of the racing something is definitely wrong here. Hopefully those in charge at New Hampshire will correct this! MORE>>

07-07-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to the Spencer Speedway this coming Saturday, July 11. Ted Christopher continues as the series point leader. Christopher currently leads Todd Szegedy by 53 points. Donny Lia sits 19 points behind Szegedy who sits 46 points ahead of Jimmy Blewett. Mike Stefanik rounds out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Ryan Preece, Ron Silk, Ed Flemke Jr, Woody Pitkat and Rowan Pennick. In Thursday Night Thunder action at the Thompson Speedway rain prevailed. The rains that have dominated the New England weather picture for the previous six weeks struck again in Thompson, CT causing the cancellation of the July 2nd race program. Over five inches of rain turned the speedway and midway into a swamp leaving management little choice. Due to the number of events that have become the victim of Mother Nature’s wrath, Thompson officials have added a complete race program to what had been an open date on the track’s original schedule. This coming Thursday, July 9th, is a brand new date on the Thompson schedule. That event will include all six of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions and will be the night that the Sunoco Modifieds run the 50-lap race scheduled for Thursday, July 2nd. MORE>>

06-30-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first three, of 14 events, wound up their second “Spring Break” last Saturday, June 27 when the ground pounders traveled to Loudon, NH. There were 39 Modifieds on hand for the New England 100. Doug Coby captured his second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award Thursday evening in qualifying. Coby, who was the next-to-last car to go out among the 39 entries, knocked Todd Szegedy off the provisional pole with a fast lap of 30.003 seconds (126.947 mph), just under Szegedy’s time of 30.005 (126.939). Ted Christopher, who entered the day having won the Coors Light Pole Award in each of the first three races of the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, ended up third-fastest. Donny Lia (30.039 seconds/126.795 mph) and Rowan Pennink (30.065/126.686) rounded out the top five. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman qualified seventh at 30.160 seconds (126.286 mph). MORE>>

06-23-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first three, of 14 events, winds up their second “Spring Break” this coming Saturday, June 27 when the ground pounders travel to Loudon, NH. There are currently 38 entries for the New England 100 that is scheduled to take the green at 1:00pm. The Nationwide Series is scheduled for 3:00 which should a lot ample time for the Modified event to be completed. NASCAR announced last Sunday that there would be an internet radio type broadcast of the event. For directions to get hooked up for the broadcast go to the NASCAR Home Tracks web page. Champ Trail broke the news of the shortened distance of the Martinsville Whelen Modified Tour Series event a few weeks back. Instead of crying poverty and reducing the purse like some tracks have the folks that run the Virginia Speedplant have actually increased the actual race purse for the event. Last years actual race purse was $129,020. This year’s event will be 200 laps rather than the 300 run last year and will carry a posted purse of $133,427. The speedway has added a 100-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman event to the program. MORE>>

06-16-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first three, of 14 events, continues on “Spring Break” until June 27 when the ground pounders travel to Loudon, NH. The Bristol Motor Speedway hosted another Modified Test session on Monday, June 8th. The session wasn't without a few dramatic moments, but nothing major transpired. Teams got adjusted to the super-fast high banks and got their cars more comfortable as the day went on. Ryan Preece, cut a right rear tire and spun off of turn-four. The young driver made a nice save and kept it off the wall. Also keeping it off the wall after a spin was Woody Pitkat who went on a long slide down nearly the entire length of the backstretch. Mike Stefanik was also a slider but suffered no damage. Chris Pasteryak wasn’t quite so lucky as he suffered slight rear body damage when he slid into the wall. Among the fastest was Jimmy Blewett in the Eddie Partridge TS Haulers entry. MORE>>

06-09-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first three, of 14 events, has gone back on “Spring Break” until June 27 when the ground pounders travel to Loudon, NH. Evidently NASCAR has chosen to ignore competitor’s requests for a “Town Hall” type of meeting where they can air their concerns and complaints. Defending WMT Champion Ted Christopher had himself a busy schedule last weekend. Starting off at Thompson on Thursday night where he finished sixth, he had planned on running at Stafford until the rain prevailed. To round out the weekend Christopher traveled to the Franklin County Speedway, which is located in the Moonshine Capitol of the world, Callaway, VA. The Virginia event, which drew only 14 cars, was won by Brian King. Burt Myers was second with Danny Bohn, third. Christopher and Ron Silk drove team cars for Roger Hill’s Hillbilly Racing and finished eighth and ninth respectively. Christopher will head south again this weekend for a 100 lapper at the Bowman Grey Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. Preston Connecticut car owner Art Barry, now 70, says he plans on bringing a car to Loudon for the June 27 WMT event. No driver has been mentioned as yet. MORE>>

06-02-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first three, of 14 events, has gone back on “Spring Break” until June 27 when the ground pounders travel to Loudon, NH. Ted Christopher, with wins at Thompson’s Ice Breaker and Stafford’s Spring Sizzler leads Todd Szegedy by 40 points. Jimmy Blewett, who won the recent TSI Harley 100 at Stafford, trails Szegedy my a mere two points. Mike Stefanik and Ryan Preece round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Donny Lia, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk, Ed Flemke Jr and Eric Beers. The Thompson Speedway fell victim to the elements. A persistent drizzle and the forecast of heavier showers caused the management of the Thompson International Speedway to cancel the Thursday Night Thompson Thunder race program for Thursday, May 28th. Track management chose to make the call early so that race teams and fans could make changes in their plans for the day. The track was to play host to residents of Thompson as a way of saying thank you to its friends and neighbors. MORE>>

05-26-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first two, of 14 events, has been on “Spring Break” since the Spring Sizzler at Stafford on April 26. This past Friday it was back to Stafford for the TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON CONNECTICUT CLASSIC 100. Thirty-three Modifieds were on hand for the event. During a somewhat heated drivers meeting NASCAR did its best to alienate two of its top drivers when they questioned a restart policy. They, Mike Stefanik and Ed Flemke, were told to take it “off line”. A year or two from now NASCAR will wonder where the cars and loyalty went. In other words the Whelen Modified Tours outspoken drivers were told in so many words if you don’t like the way the races are run that’s just tough! Jimmy Blewett was able to slow down Ted Christopher’s dominant start to the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season when he took home the checkered flag in the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway. Blewett went pole to pole. MORE>>

05-19-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first two, of 14 events, has been on “Spring Break” since the Spring Sizzler at Stafford on April 26. This coming Friday its back to Stafford for the TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON CONNECTICUT CLASSIC 100. Admission prices for the May 22 have been set. Pit admission is $45, Adult General Admission is $30, Reserved Seating is $32 and Kids from 6-14 get in for $5. Kids 5 and under are FREE. Parking is also FREE. Following the Stafford event the Whelen Modifieds go on “Spring Break” again until Saturday, June 27 when they travel to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing action with Whelen Event Night on Friday, May 15. Taking down feature victories were Keith Rocco in the SK Modified® feature and Ryan Posocco in the Late Model feature. Tony Santangelo scored his second consecutive SK Light Modified feature win, while Shawn Thibeault took his first career Limited Late Model feature victory. With two DARE Stock feature events on the card, Robert Thompson and Todd LaPorta drove to CARQUEST Victory Lane. MORE>>

05-12-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first two, of 14 events, continues on “Spring Break”. Evidently my comments last week caused quite a stir. I have been told that the change in venue for the Whelen Modified Tour Series awards banquet was not announced at Thompson’s Ice Breaker because the press release had not been written yet. I was also told that Series director Chad Little does not decide what to say and when, that comes from Daytona as NASCAR wanted to make the announcement to all of the five series involved at the same time, thus a notification by press release, not driver's meetings. As far as the upcoming TSI Harley Davidson Whelen Modified Tour distance and purse is concerned, Stafford General Manager Mark Arute stated that the purse and distance were never posted. He is correct. Many of us, including yours truly assumed that the race distance would continue to be 150 laps as it has been for years. Arute also stated that they (Stafford) were seriously considering dropping the event from their schedule. He also stated that what many of us thought was a near sell out at the Sizzler was not as many in the grandstand were there because of complimentary tickets from Carquest, the race sponsor, plus there were a lot of kids and media. MORE>>

05-05-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, after the completion of the first two, of 14 events, is now on “Spring Break” Ted Christopher, who is two for two after winning the Ice Breaker at the Thompson Speedway and the Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway leads Todd Szegedy and Ryan Preece by 35 points. Szegedy finished fifth at Thompson and second at Stafford. Preece was fourth at Thompson and third at Stafford. Donny Lia is 10 points behind Szegedy and Preece. Rounding out the top five is Jimmy Blewett, seven points behind Lia. Sixth through tenth are Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk, Woody Pitkat, Bobby Grigas, III and Jamie Tomaino. Next on the schedule is the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic at the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, May 22. Despite the fact that the first two events were successful at drawing very good crowds at both tracks and good car counts the competitors and those who follow the Modified Tour Series are upset with the goings on, especially from NASCAR. First off, in a completely gutless move, the sanctioning body announced through the media and the mail that the season ending awards banquet would be moving to the Charlotte, NC area and competitors would be required to attend if they wanted to receive their point money. MORE>>

04-28-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stopped at the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend for the annual Spring Sizzler. The weekend had picture perfect weather with temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s. Ted Christopher made it two-for-two in 2009 as he earned his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award of the season Saturday afternoon at Stafford Motor Speedway. Christopher, of Plainville , Conn. , turned a fast lap of 18.150 seconds (99.174 mph) in the No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet Saturday for his 20th career Coors Light Pole Award, and his third at Stafford . The reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and defending winner of the Spring Sizzler also captured the pole for the season opener at Thompson ( Conn. ) International Speedway, and wound up in Victory Lane the following day. MORE>>

04-21-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is on a two week break before heading to Stafford Springs Connecticut for the annual Spring Sizzler. In the mean time NASCAR has made a ruling that could very well be the straw that broke the camel’s back. The Hartford Courant reported last week that competitors, drivers and owners, would be required to attend the season ending banquet in order to receive their point moneys and season ending awards. The vast majority of Whelen Modified Tour Series competitors have been fiercely loyal to NASCAR in the past but that could very well be changing. What really has the competitors riled up is the fact that they signed an agreement to comply with NASCAR’s banquet requirements without even knowing it. That’s what happens when you sign your name to something before you read it. Defending series Champion Ted Christopher says he is not happy with having to go to Charlotte but in the end, he will be there. The competitors were, as had happened many times before, hoodwinked by NASCAR. The agreement that the competitors signed stipulated that the competitors must attend the season ending banquet as they had in previous years, never stating that the venue had changed. It was a gutless move on NASCAR’s part to say the least! MORE>>

04-14-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is on a two week break before heading to Stafford Springs Connecticut for the annual Spring Sizzler. Considered the greatest race in the history of spring, the Sizzler was conceived by Dick Berggren, Bruce Cohen and Lew Boyd. The original event, run in 1972 and won by the late Fred DeSarro who drove Len Boehler’s ‘ole Blu, was so successful that the rites to the race were bought by the late Jack Arute. Thirty eight years later the event is still going strong. It was originally an open competition 80 lapper. It is now a 200 lapper and part of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series and is sponsored by CARQUEST Auto Parts Stores. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to action with the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on April 26. MORE>>

04-07-09: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour began its 25th anniversary year at the Thompson Speedway ICEBREAKER last weekend. This year’s event marked the 107th time that the WMT has raced at Thompson since the formation of the Tour in 1985. An outstanding field of competitors attempted to qualify on Saturday afternoon for a starting spot in the 150-lap main event which was run on Sunday. The WMT was joined by Thompson’s “Super 6” NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions in this two-day racing spectacle that has ushered in the beginning of the auto racing season in New England for well over 40 years. Thirty five NASCAR Whelen Modifieds were on hand for practice and qualifying at Thompson on Saturday. Jimmy Blewett made himself the pre-race favorite as he was the fastest in pre-time trial practice. MORE>>

03-31-09: The Waterford Speedbowl opened for the season this past weekend, March 28-29 with the SK Modified Nationals. The track opened for practice on Friday with quite a few race teams on hand to shake down their cars in preparation for the coming season. A beautiful Spring day greeted competitors on Saturday for qualifying at the shoreline oval. A somewhat meager field of SK Modifieds was on hand, 21, for time trials for the 150 lap-$5,000 to win feature. Conspicuous by there absences were the “Outsiders”, non-Waterford regulars. The only outsiders on hand were Jimmy Blewett from New Jersey and Eric Goodale from Long Island. Defending Connecticut State Champion Keith Rocco was the top time trailer as he toured the 1/3 mile oval in 14.138 seconds. Frank Ruocco was second fastest with Diego Monahan, third. Jeff Paul and Ron Yuhas Jr rounded out the top five. Defending track champion Dennis Gada was tenth fastest. The top ten redrew for starting positions. MORE>>

03-23-09: The Waterford Speedbowl is scheduled to open for the season this coming weekend, March 28-29 with the SK Modified Nationals. In some good news and some stability for the shoreline oval track owner Terry Eames announced on Thursday, March 19 that its affiliation with NASCAR will continue in 2009. The Speedbowl’s SK Modified®, Late Model, Street Stock, and Mini Stock divisions will all participate in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and be eligible to earn NASCAR points. Competitors in these four NASCAR divisions are required to purchase a 2009 NASCAR license to compete in 2009 and must be 16 years of age or older. Race teams are reminded that active crew members on their teams are also required to purchase a NASCAR license. Jason Christley who works in the public relations department at NASCAR recently told the Hartford Courant that NASCAR did guarantee the NASCAR point fund to the Waterford Speedbowl. That guarantee stands regardless of things that might occur like the track closing or the promoter failing to meet obligations. MORE>>

03-17-09: The Waterford Speedbowl is scheduled to open for the season on April 28-29 with the SK Modified Nationals and the Thompson Speedway Ice Breaker, which will start the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series, on April 4-5. While there has been mention of a pre-season practice at Waterford on Friday, March 27, the Thompson Speedway will host practice sessions this coming Saturday on March 21st and again on March 28th. The Stafford Motor Speedway will open the season with the Spring Sizzler on April 24-25-26. A pre-season practice at Stafford is scheduled for Saturday, April 18. The Stafford Motor Speedway will open its doors for business in 2009 with its traditional Spring Motorcycle and Ty-Rods Automotive Swap Meets. The Spring Motorcycle Swap Meet is the first event on the 2009 SMS Calendar of events, and is scheduled for Sunday, March 29th. The 23rd Annual Ty-Rods Automotive Swap Meet will be the following Sunday, April 5th. MORE>>

03-10-09: With Speedway Expo and the Indoor races at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence now history it’s time to look ahead to the 2009 season in the northeast in just over two weeks. The Waterford Speedbowl is scheduled to open for the season on April 28-29 with the SK Modified Nationals and the Thompson Speedway Ice Breaker, which will start the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series, on April 4-5. While there has been mention of a pre-season practice at Waterford on Friday, March 27, the Thompson Speedway will host practice sessions on March 21st and again on March 28th. The Stafford Motor Speedway will open the season with the Spring Sizzler on April 24-25-26. A pre-season practice at Stafford is scheduled for Saturday, April 18. MORE>>

03-03-09: The mighty Modifieds of NASCAR completed their tire test and shakedown runs at the Bristol Motor Speedway last week in preparation for the August 19 combination North-South 150 lapper. LW Miller and Brian Loftin from the southern tour joined Ted Christopher, Todd Szegedy, Matt Hirschman and Ron Silk for the historic day. Using restrictor plates used at Loudon in the morning session In addition to Miller and Szegedy, four other drivers also tested Bristol on Tuesday. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour veterans Ted Christopher, Matt Hirschman and Ron Silk turned laps as well as Brian Loftin from the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. To start the day, all six cars employed the same restrictor plate that is used annually at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s two events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In the cool morning session, Szegedy paced the field with a fast lap of 15.022 seconds (127.733 mph). The afternoon session proved to be significantly faster for all involved as the temperature warmed. MORE>>

02-24-09: Weather permitting, the Bristol Motor Speedway, the newest addition to the schedule for the NASCAR Whelen and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours, will host teams from each series for a Hoosier Tires test this week on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be represented by its defending champion Ted Christopher, 2003 titlist Todd Szegedy and Ronnie Silk. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will have its reigning champion Brian Loftin and 2007 series winner L.W. Miller on hand to test. Troyer Race Cars was also invited to provide its No. 98 house car for the test session and Matt Hirschman was selected to get behind the wheel. In addition, all teams from both the NASCAR Whelen and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours with a valid 2009 NASCAR license are welcome to attend and observe. MORE>>

02-17-09: After having Sunday off to repair and refresh some of the tour type and SK type Modifieds that were damaged in the first two nights of the World Series at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. Among those on hand for race #3 was Sprint Cup star Ryan Newman. Ted Christopher beat out Newman at Loudon last year. Newman redeemed himself at New Smyrna on Monday night. The closing laps saw numerous lead changes between the two and in the end at the checkered flag it was Newman in for the win by inches. Christopher finished second and was followed by Eric Goodale, John Jensen and Jon McKennedy. Jimmy Blewett made it three in a row in SK type Modified competition Eric Goodale and Ted Christopher led the 23 car field down for the start of the night’s 25 lap feature.Before one lap was completed Christopher had taken the lead. Matt Hirschman slowed immediately in what was suspected to be transmission problems. MORE>>

02-10-09: After a long snowy winter in the northeast many race fans and competitors packed their bags and headed to Florida for the annual Speedweeks. The New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Auto Racing began on Friday night. Temperatures were in the 50’s most of the day but once the sun went down it got quite chilly. When the Modifieds took the green for their feature at 20 minutes to 11 it was 30 degrees. Jimmy Blewett was the opening night Modified winner of what ended up being a rolling 25 lap demolition derby. Starting in ninth spot, Blewett took the lead after a lap 17 confrontation with Matt Hirschman. Hirschman and Blewett were racing quite hard for the lead when they came together on the backstretch. Hirschman rode the backstretch wall into turn three and suffered significant damage to his car which had to be double hooked off the track. MORE>>

02-03-09: After a long snowy winter in the northeast many race fans and competitors are packing their bags and heading to Florida for the annual Speedweeks that will shift into high gear starting this Friday at the New Smyrna Speedway. The New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Auto Racing begins on Friday night, Feb 6 and runs every night through Feb14. Tour type Modifieds and SK type Modifieds will be part of the program. Racing at the Daytona International Speedway begins on Feb 7 and 8. DIRT Modifieds will be running at the Volusia Speedway Park from Feb 11 through 14. As of last weekend 19 Modified Tour type and 8 SK type Modified entries had been received. The Waterford Speedbowl property is still scheduled to be foreclosed on by mortgage holder Rocco Arbitell on March 2. Despite all that, property owner Terry Eames continues to make plans for the upcoming season. MORE>>

01-27-09: It will be here before you know it. As of this Friday, January 30 only 7 days remain before the start of Speedweeks in Florida. The New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Auto Racing begins on Friday night, Feb 6. Racing at the Daytona International Speedway begins on Feb 7 and 8. DIRT Modifieds will be running at the Volusia Speedway Park from Feb 11 through 14. Now you see him, now you don’t. Shawn Monahan in bed with Terry Eames in running the Waterford Speedbowl, that is. Evidently Monahan’s lawyer is smarter than he is as he advised his client to walk away before he gets cleaned out. Monahan had some good ideas and probably would have been good for the shoreline oval but Eames’ financial reputation won out in the end. It’s going to take someone with a lot of money to get the Speedbowl out of trouble. Fact of the matter is there are people out there who would step up to help out. The only problem is that Eames comes with the deal. The Speedbowl property is scheduled to be foreclosed on by mortgage holder Rocco Arbitell on March 2. MORE>>

01-20-09: It will be here before you know it. As of this Friday, January 23 only 14 days remain before the start of Speedweeks in Florida. The New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Auto Racing begins on Friday night, Feb 6. Racing at the Daytona International Speedway begins on Feb 7 and 8. DIRT Modifieds will be running at the Volusia Speedway Park from Feb 11 through 14. Among the early entries for the World Series at New Smyrna are Ted Christopher, JR Bertuccio, Bobby Grigas, Pete Jarvis, Jimmy Blewett, Chuck Hossfeld, Kenny Horton and Ryan Preece along with Matt Hirschman and Ronnie Silk. Preece will also be driving Florida Modified 2x which is owned by his famous grandfather, Bobby Judkins. MORE>>

01-13-09: It will be here before you know it. As of this Friday, January 16 only 21 days remain before the start of Speedweeks in Florida and 71 days until the green drops at the Waterford Speedbowl. The New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Auto Racing begins on Friday night, Feb 6. Racing at the Daytona International Speedway begins on Feb 7 and 8. DIRT Modifieds will be running at the Volusia Speedway Park from Feb 11 through 14. Despite all the turmoil and uncertainty the new management of the Waterford Speedbowl played host to the tracks 2008 Awards Banquet this past Saturday night, Jan 10 at the Groton Inn & Suites in Groton, CT. Speedbowl history was made when Dennis Gada was crowned the 7-time SK Modified track champion, the most championships of any single competitor in the shoreline oval’s storied history dating back to 1951. MORE>>

01-06-09: t will be here before you know it. As of this Friday, January 9 only 28 days remain before the start of Speedweeks in Florida. The New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Auto Racing begins on Friday night, Feb 6. Racing at the Daytona International Speedway begins on Feb 7 and 8. DIRT Modifieds will be running at the Volusia Speedway Park from Feb 11 through 14. Despite all the turmoil and uncertainty the new management of the Waterford Speedbowl will host the tracks 2008 Awards Banquet this Saturday night, Jan 10 at the Groton Inn & Suites in Groton, CT. Rules meetings have been held and a tentative schedule for 2009 has been released. Speedbowl history will be made when Dennis Gada is crowned the 7-time SK Modified track champion, the most championships of any single competitor in the shoreline oval’s storied history dating back to 1951. Gada had previously been tied with Phil Rondeau (Late Model) and Bob Potter (Modified/SK Modified with six championships. In honor of his achievement, Gada’s familiar #3 car will be featured in a special display at Groton Inn & Suites. MORE>>

2008

12-30-08: First off, Happy New Year and good health to all in 2009!! The Whelen Modified Tour schedule for 2009 continues to be digested by car owners, drivers and fans. Its good that the Modifieds are breaking ground in new territory, namely Bristol, but NASCAR needs to remind themselves that over 90% of those that participate in the series are part timers. At one time the NASCAR North or Busch North was comprised of mostly northern New England drivers and race teams. For the most part now, the Camping World East Series is nothing more than a breeding ground for future Sprint Cup or Nationwide drivers and teams. Most of those previously involved in the Busch North or NASCAR North series have dropped out and now race in the regional PASS and ACT Series. Quite a few hard working race teams from northern New England were thrown under the bus in the name of progress. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen to the Modifieds. MORE>>

12-23-08: First off, Merry Christmas to one and all. Special holiday wishes to Web Master Tom Ormsby for allowing me to be part of this great web site. The Whelen Modified Tour schedule for 2009 is no longer a mystery as NASCAR made it public late last week. A little on the sparse side, the tour will feature a 14-race schedule which includes races at tracks that have been staples of the tour throughout its history, as well as an exciting new addition, for the first time, at Tennessee ’s famed Bristol Motor Speedway in a combination event with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The race will be part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series August race week. Evidently Bruton Smith and his staff liked what they saw when the Modifieds ran at Loudon last September. This is really a big deal for the division that so desperately needs media exposure. MORE>>

12-16-08: The Whelen Modified Tour Series honored 2008 Champion Ted Christopher this past Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Christopher’s 2008 title campaign included four wins and 13 top 10s. Driver of the No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet, Christopher’s championship season was highlighted by wins at Stafford Motor Speedway, Mansfield Motorsports Park , New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway. From Plainville, Conn., Christopher has established a reputation of racing any type of car, anytime, anywhere. He has won multiple track championships and was the 2001 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, but 2008 marked his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in his 15th full season in the series. MORE>>

12-09-08: The new and recycled Waterford Speedbowl management team held their first public meeting with competitors at the Groton Motor Inn on Monday, December 1. The new is Shawn Monahan and the recycled is property owner and former track operator Terry Eames. Monahan has a lot of good ideas and could very well become a successful promoter of the shoreline oval that has had more than its share of financial woes in recent years. Before leasing the track to Jerry Robinson, Eames had all but run the track into the ground. Financial, marital and personal problems contributed to his demise as track operator. The Robinson lease was hoped to breathe new life into the facility but in 2008 things went from bad to worse with virtually no one in the grandstands and competitors not being paid. Once Robinson’s lease ran out he was given the boot by Eames who would retake control of the 1/3 mile oval. MORE>>

12-02-08: NASCAR’s elite head for New York City this week where Jimmie Johnson will be crowned the 2008 Sprint Cup Champion. Johnson, who drives for Hendrick Motorsports is now a three time series champion. While Johnson and team celebrate many of those, anywhere between 200 to 1,000 are getting their pink slips. We all know the economy is bad and auto racing has not been excluded from the general downturn this country is presently having. Down on the New Jersey shore the Wall Township Speedway reopened for the annual Turkey Derby. Wall Township, modeled after the famed Lonsdale Arena Speedway in Rhode Island was silent throughout the 2008 season. The historic speedway received a good shot in the arm and had a successful event which hopefully leads to a grand reopening in 2009. MORE>>

11-25-08: First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. With 2008 winding down there is one little bit of unfinished business to tend to. Down on the New Jersey shore the Wall Township Speedway will reopen for the annual Turkey Derby. Wall Township, modeled after the famed Lonsdale Arena Speedway in Rhode Island was silent throughout the 2008 season. Hopefully the historic speedway will receive a good shot in the arm and have a successful event as well as reopening in 2009. In some sad news, John "Butch" Farone, Jr. better known to the racing community as Seymour The Clown passed away at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, November 21, after a battle with cancer. Jackie Arute brought Seymour to Stafford shortly after his dad Jack and uncle Chuck bought the Speedway. MORE>>

11-18-08: In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series news former champion Rick Fuller has announced that he has retired from racing. Fuller, of Auburn, Mass., made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in the series’ inaugural race on March 31, 1985 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway with a 13th place finish in the Icebreaker. Ultimately, Thompson became the site of his last race when was caught up in an early accident and came home 30th in the No. 77 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Modified in the Xtra Mart World Series on Oct. 19. Fuller compiled 20 wins, 145 top fives, 231 top 10s and 11 Coors Light Pole Awards in 439 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts. His win total ranks seventh in tour history. MORE>>

11-11-08: The weekly stars of NASCAR headed for Las Vegas last weekend. The 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season ceremoniously came to an end Friday night as Philip Morris was crowned the national champion at the 27th annual awards banquet in the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. Morris, of Ruckersville , Va. , captured the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship for the second time in the last three years on the strength of 14 wins and 23 top-five finishes in 26 starts. On his way to the 2008 national title, Morris captured the Motor Mile Speedway ( Radford , Va. ) track championship in a Late Model and also earned the Virginia state crown Morris’ crew chief, Chad McCoy, took home the Lunati Cranks Crew Chief Award and the Lincoln Electric Car Owner Award also went to Morris as driver-owner. MORE>>

11-04-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series has settled into a long winter’s sleep with the exception of the upcoming Banquet of Champions which will be held at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, September 13. The weekly stars of NASCAR head for Las Vegas this coming weekend for the 27th annual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series awards banquet at the Rio Hotel. NASCAR, series sponsor Whelen Engineering and track operators will gather to honor nationals champion Philip Morris, plus U.S. state, Canadian provincial, and track champions from throughout North America. Morris, of Ruckersville, Va., has made history this year, becoming only the second driver to win the title more than once. Morris, the champion also in 2006, joins five-time champion Larry Phillips in the series’ very elite category. The celebration opens on Wed., Nov. 5 with the Jim Hunter Invitational Golf Classic at Las Vegas’ Desert Pines Golf Club. MORE>>

10-28-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series has closed out another successful season. Car counts were down a bit but overall the competition was great. When the final checker dropped at Thompson, Ted Christopher led the championship standings by 127 points over Matt Hirschman. Hirschman, who lost his ride in the Bennett mount, was one of the first to congratulate the new champion. Todd Szegedy finished the year in third spot with Chuck Hossfeld and Ronnie Silk rounding out the top five. Rounding out the top ten in the final standings are Eric Beers, Mike Stefanik, Rowan Pennick, Jimmy Blewett and Ryan Preece. Next on the agenda is the annual Banquet of Champions at the Mohegan Sun Casino in December. MORE>>

10-21-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series wound its way to the Thompson Speedway as the division finished out their 2008 season at the annul World Series. Forty one Modifieds were on hand for time trials which were held on Saturday. Taking the pole was Eric Beers who also broke the track record with a fast time of 18.429. Second fastest was young sensation Ryan Preece in the mighty No. 3 of the Boehler family. Third was championship contender Matt Hirschman with Jimmy Blewett and Chuck Hossfeld rounding out the top five. In the re-draw for the feature start Blewett drew the pole with Mike Stefanik drawing the outside pole. Preece drew third, Hossfeld, fourth and Ted Christopher, fifth. Beers drew sixth. Among those in the field was Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified Champion Keith Rocco who placed the Joe Brady No.00 solidly in the field in 14th spot. Among those who didn’t qualify were Reggie Ruggerio and Billy Pauch Jr. Among those who had problems and had to rely on provisional starting spots were Todd Szegedy, Ed Flemke Jr, Danny Sammonds and Jamie Tomaino. MORE>>

10-14-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series returned to the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend to make up the rained out Fall Final. Just prior to the weekend it was learned that Speedway announcer Deane Mercier had passed away. Mike Stefanik led a banner field of Modifieds as he captured the Coors Lite Pole award as he turned in the fast time in qualifying for the CARQUEST Fall Final. Stefanik toured the Stafford oval in18.158 seconds (99.130mph). It was the first pole for Stefanik since 2006 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. In the process he tied Tony Hirschman for the series’ all-time lead with 41 career poles, and extended his own record for poles at Stafford to 15. MORE>>

10-07-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series ventured to the Chemung Speedway in western New York last weekend. The 3/8 mile track, originally built by the Bodine family drew a sparse field of only 25 cars. The Chemung event with a somewhat reduced purse consisted of time trials, two 25-lap heats and a 120 lap feature that ended up finishing under caution. Matt Hirschman, who was the fastest on the clock, won his qualifying heat and after starting on the pole led wire to wire to win his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season. Hirschman entered the event 89 points behind Ted Christopher in the championship chase. With Christopher’s seventh place finish, Hirschman narrowed the gap to just 55 points with only the Stafford Fall Final and Thompson World Series weekends remaining. MORE>>

09-30-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series attempted to move into the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend for the annual Fall Final. With the forecast calling for heavy rain for Saturday, and Tropical Storm Kyle, which was predicted to intensify into a hurricane and approach the New England coastline on Sunday, the Stafford Motor Speedway announced that it has postponed its CARQUEST Fall Final to the weekend of October 10, 11, and 12. The schedule for the Fall Final Weekend will remain the same. The 36th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend will kick off on Friday, October 10th with a practice session running from 2:00pm to 6:30pm for Stafford's weekly divisions. The General Admission grandstands will be open to the public at no charge for the practice session. MORE>>

09-23-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to Martinsville VA for the Made In American Whelen 300 which was be the 13th of 16 races on the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. For many years, the northern contingent has had a stranglehold on victory lane while southern competitors played second fiddle. Burt Myers became the first Southern driver to win a Modified tour race in a NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville since Johnny Bryant in 1985. Whelen Southern Modified Tour competitor Myers changed all that as he powered his way to victory at the historic Virginia oval. MORE>>

09-16-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour converged on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the New Hampshire 100 on Saturday. Thirty-nine cars were on hand for qualifying which was held on Thursday. Sprint Cup star Ryan Newman posted the quickest lap in qualifying at 29.658 seconds (127.453 mph). Chuck Hossfeld, who won the New England 100 at New Hampshire on June 28, joined Newman on the front row with a qualifying effort of 29.745 seconds (127.080 mph). Rounding out the top five qualifiers were Jimmy Blewett, Eric Beers and Bobby Grigas III. Series points leader Ted Christopher qualified 12th for Saturday’s 100-lap race. Ryan Preece and Glen Reen did not go out for timed laps. Both drivers were given provisionals. Preece, who drives the mighty No. 3 of the Boehler family had engine trouble and had to send to Freetown Mass for a back-up. Reen crashed hard at Thompson and was given the opportunity to drive the Todd Szegedy back-up car. Sent packing was the No. 00 of Joe Brady which was driven by Jon McKennedy. MORE>>

09-09-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to the Thompson Speedway last weekend to partake in what is called Modified Mania. Thirty-two Modifieds were on hand for qualifying which ended up getting rained out. Based on point standings the field was set. Preseason favorite Todd Szegedy broke through for his first win of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in the Sunoco Modified Mania 150. Szegedy, who started sixth, ran inside the top five for most of the afternoon, took his first lead of the race on Lap 132 and held off numerous charges by Ronnie Silk in the last 22 laps for his 13th career victory, and third at Thompson. Szegedy and Silk went non-stop without a tire change. MORE>>

09-02-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour had the Labor Day weekend off before moving on to Thompson International Speedway for this week’s Sunoco Modified Mania 150 on Sunday, Sept 7. Ted Christopher now leads the point standings as he has a 60 point lead over Chuck Hossfeld. Matt Hirschman sits in third spot, 26 points behind. Mike Stefanik and Ronnie Silk round out the top five. Sixth through 10th are Todd Szegedy, Eric Beers, Jimmy Blewett, Ed Flemke Jr and Rowan Pennick. Following the Thompson event the Whelen Modified Tour Series heads for the New Hampshire Int Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. MORE>>

08-26-08: he NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park for the Whelen 150. A strong field of 31 cars were on hand. Ted Christopher, who qualified sixth fastest but drew the No. 1 starting spot in the re-draw to sit on the front row, never trailed in the 157 lap race that went to a green-white-checker finish following a late caution. The win was his second of 2008 and the 29th of his career, which moved him out of a tie with Mike Ewanitsko on the all-time list. In the process Christopher became the first driver to lead a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race wire-to-wire since Todd Szegedy did it in the 2006 Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. MORE>>

08-19-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour invaded the Thompson Speedway last week. Rain cancelled qualifying which led to a start based on current point standings. All 33 cars on hand started the event. Point leader Chuck Hossfeld led the opening laps before giving way to Todd Szegedy. An incident on lap 4 involved Eddie Flemke, Ryan Preece, Glenn Tyler, Kevin Goodale, Ricky Fuller, and Woody Pitkat. Preece and Tyler got the worst of it as they both suffered suspension damage. The pack ran single-file as the laps began to mount. Szegedy continued to lead with Hossfeld and Ted Christopher. The racing was finally slowed when the second caution flew on lap 42 for a spin by Jimmy Blewett. Blewett’s mount suffered from a broken panhard bracket mount. During the early stages of the event several front runners had encountered problems. After losing the top spot to Christopher, Szegedy encountered mechanical troubles under an early race caution necessitating a push to pit road and behind the wall. Szegedy was able to continue several laps down. MORE>>

08-12-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season reached its midway point when the New England Dodge Dealers 150 was run at the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night. Jimmy Blewett, who was running third on the final lap got a gift from NASCAR when apparent winner Ryan Preece was stripped of the victory and placed last on the lead lap. Preece passed Todd Szegedy for the lead on a lap 86 restart and led until a lap 149 restart when Szegedy went by him on the green flag before the last lap confrontation. Szegedy admitted that he roughed up the leader in order to make the pass. Shortly after taking the lead Preece gave Szegedy a slight tap as they entered turn one which caused Szegedy to spin in turn two. Evidently NASCAR director Chad Little felt that Preece needed to be penalized as he made the call that stripped him of the win. Ed Flemke ended up in second spot and was followed by Doug Coby who has, along with Woody Pitkat, replaced James Civali in the Don King No. 28, Matt Hirschman, Eric Beers, Kevin Goodale, Mike Stefanik, Danny Sammons, Carl Pasteryak and Charlie Pasteryak. Chuck Hossfeld finished 15th and holds an 86 point lead over Ted Christopher. MORE>>

08-05-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ended their mid-summer break as they moved to the Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway for the Miller Lite 140 on Saturday. 2. As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, 1994 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Wayne Anderson was honored. Jimmy Blewett registered his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour when he took the checkered flag. Blewett was strong throughout the evening as he led three times for 80 laps, including the final 46. After qualifying fourth-fastest, Blewett took the win in the second of two 25-lap heat races that preceded the 140-lap main. He was then able to parlay his qualifying success into running up front in the feature. MORE>>

07-29-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues on their mid-summer break before moving to the Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway for the next date on the schedule. The Miller Lite 140 will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2. As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, 1994 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Wayne Anderson will be honored. The third event of the four race WaterSnoGo Modified Showdown took place on Saturday, July 26 at the All-Star Speedway in Epping, NH. With no other major Modified event scheduled for the weekend, a large number of entries were received for the prestigious event. The race was 125 green flag laps in length, paying $5,000 to the winner. Matt Hirschman won his fourth race in a row after he led the race from start to finish.. MORE>>

07-22-08: he Seekonk Speedway, located on the gateway to Cape Cod in Massachusetts was the scene of a special 100 lap Mid-week Modified Special last week. Matt Hirschman, fresh off his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Series win just 4 days prior, showed the kind of groove he has gotten into, as he drove under the checkered flag $10,000 richer. Dick Houlihan finished second, while Chuck Hossfeld was third. Kirk Alexander and Jon McKennedy rounded out the top 5. Rob Summers, Kenny Bouchard, Ted Christopher, Bobby Grigas and Eric Beers rounded out the top ten. When the 24 car field rolled out for the 4th Annual Viveiros Insurance Modified Madness, it was Matt Hirschman and Bobby Grigas III sitting on the front row. In a race that saw only 3 cautions, it wasn’t enough to slow Matt from putting his name in the record books as the fourth driver to pick up the $10,000 grand prize. MORE>>

07-15-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour moved to the Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y for its sixth race of the 2008 season. Matt Hirschman reached Victory Lane for the first time in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career after he led 79 laps and won the Mason Farms 100. Hirschman, who won the second of two 25-lap heat races earlier in the evening, led four times throughout the 100-lap main and was the car to beat all night. After Mike Stefanik had moved through the field and took the lead on lap 89, the veteran was caught up in an accident coming out of Turn 3 and Hirschman took back a lead that he would never relinquish. Hirschman’s first victory came in his 45th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start. Ronnie Silk was the runner-up to Hirschman in the race which marked his third top 10 finish in a row. Chuck Hossfeld, who won the first heat race, came home third, and has yet to finish outside the top five in six races this year. Jimmy Blewett followed Hossfeld across the finish line while Stefanik wound up fifth. They were followed in the top 10 by Glen Reen, Todd Szegedy, Wade Cole, Danny Sammons and Bobby Grigas III. The finish was the best of Reen’s rookie season. Hirschman received a paltry $3,700 for his efforts. MORE>>

07-08-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will move to the Empire State for its sixth race of the 2008 season. Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., will be the venue for the Mason Farms 100 on Saturday, July 12. 1. Chuck Hossfeld leads the point standings with 855. Ted Christopher sits in second spot with 819. Third is Todd Szegedy with 750 with Eric.Beers in fourth with 685. Eddie Flemke,Jr. rounds out the top five with 662. Sixth through tenth are Matt Hirschman, Rowan Pennink, Mike Stefanik. Ryan Preece and James Civali. .The True Value Modifieds made their second visit to the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. Kirk Alexander managed to successfully maneuver through lapped traffic in the last 10 laps of the 100 lap event and Dwight Jarvis’ #28 began to fade. Alexander would take the win, his 30th in the True Value Modified Racing Series. MORE>>

07-01-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series traveled to Loudon, NH for their first of two visits for 2008. Rain greeted fans and competitors who were on hand for qualifying on Thursday. Because of adverse weather NASCAR was forced to set the starting field of 38 cars based on point standings and the rulebook. There were 42 cars on hand, which meant that four would go home. Sent packing were Doug Coby, Jon Mckennedy, Kenny Horton and Kenny Bouchard. Among those in the field was L.W. Miller who would become the first driver to run a Spec engine in Whelen Modified Tour competition. The four Whelen Modified Tour teams that were sent home from New Hampshire Motor Speedway after qualifying for Saturday's New England 100 was cancelled on Thursday each received tow money from the track. Track spokeman Fred Neergaard confirmed that each team was paid $500 by the track. MORE>>

06-24-08: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series visited the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night with a new format that consisted of a 75 green flag lap event. Ronnie Silk ended a long dry spell for himself and car owner Roger Hill as he beat out Ted Christopher for the win. Silk, who previously won at Thompson on September 23, 2007, took the lead from Ted Christopher on lap 53 and never looked back while en route to his first win of the season. Bobby Grigas III and Kevin Goodale ran wheel to wheel for the first 21 laps when they tangled in turn four. Goodale spun to the infield and was able to restart at the rear. Grigas ran with Ed Flemke Jr on his bumper until lap 27 when Flemke tapped and spun him in turn four. NASCAR felt the hit was intentional and put Flemke to the rear. Flemke agreed and went willingly. Ted Christopher inherited the lead with Silk in second spot when the field restarted. Christopher survived numerous restarts as the night wore on and the night got cooler. Christopher’s luck ran out following the 12th caution. MORE>>

06-17-08: The Thompson Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder program went off as planned under sunny and warm skies. The Late Models took center stage with Marc Palmisano of Hadley , MA , taking a dominant win in the 50 lap extra-distance race for the division. It was a career night for some of the younger generation as teenagers Derek Ramstrom and Jay Sundeen scored their first career wins. Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, earned a dominating win in the Pro Stocks and Sundeen of Douglas, MA, was best in the Limited Sportsman division. Keith Rocco of Wallingford scored a hard-fought victory in the Sunoco Modifieds and Tim Sullivan of S. Windsor rebounded with a TIS Modified victory. Scott Michalski of South Killingly took top honors in the Mini Stock main event. Former divisional champion Palmisano was back in top form as he turned in a commanding performance to win the 50-lap Late Model main event. The strong field of competitors ran the distance with a single caution flag. Jeff Zuidema settled for second and was followed by Rick Gentes. MORE>>

06-10-08: The Thompson Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder program was cancelled due to wet conditions. Thursday night Thunder resumes this week. Bert Marvin is the current point leader in the Sunoco Modifieds. Marvin currently holds a 14 point lead over Josh Sylvester. Todd Ceravolo sits in third, 18 points behind the leader. Kerry Malone and Danny Cates round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Glenn Griswold, Harry Rheaume, Tom Cravenho, Woody Pitkat and Keith Rocco. In the Pro Stocks second generation driver Fred Astle Jr and Mike O’Sullivan are tied for the point lead. Jay Macedonio and Norm Wrenn are tied for second, some eight points behind. Other division leaders are Rick Blanchard in the Mini-Stocks, Leadfoot Larry Barnett in the Limited Sportsman, RJ Marcotte in the TIS Modifieds and Jeff Zuidema in the Late Models. MORE>>

06-03-08: After a one week delay because of rain the Thompson Speedway began their series of Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) racing programs. Under warm, sunny skies, 132 cars including 25 Sunoco (SK type) Modifieds were on hand. As they are noted for, the Thompson management ran true to form as the entire program was run in an efficient manner with fans in their cars and on the way home by 9:30pm . Despite soaring fuel prices the Thursday night crowd was fairly good. The new Musco Lighting System was very impressive making for a daylight type atmosphere. In the Sunoco Modifieds, Woody Pitkat wasted little time as he jumped from his third starting position in the 30-lap feature and took the lead shortly after completing the opening lap. Pitkat had a lot of heat on his rear bumper from Keith Rocco but held fast as he took the opening night win. Rocco settled for second and was followed by Kerry Malone, Bert Marvin and Bob Grigas III. Tommy Cravenho. Josh Sylvester, Todd Ceravolo, Harry Rheaume and Josh Steeves, rounded out the top ten. Among the missing was Jimmy Blewett who is on the sidelines with a broken wrist. MORE>>

05-27-08: The Thompson Speedway hoped to begin their series of Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) racing programs on Thursday night. Mother Nature moved in and forced the cancellation of Thompson International Speedway’s opening Thursday night race program. A consistent rain and drizzle forced the hand of the track’s management to cancel the event shortly before 12 Noon . Opening night for Thompson’s Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) race program will now be held on May 29th. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series and the True Value Modified Series have ended their “Spring Break”. The Whelen Modifieds made their second stop of the season at Stafford and the True Value Modifieds traveled to the Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT. MORE>>

05-20-08: The Stafford Motor Speedway suffered their third successive rain out last Friday, May 16. The speedway returns to racing action next Friday night, May 23rd with the 18th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event. As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Mike Stefanik will be honored. A resident of Coventry, R.I. , Stefanik is the winningest driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and he was also named to the “NASCAR All-Time Modified Top 10 Drivers” list in 2003. Since the tour’s inception in 1985, Stefanik has experienced unparalleled success. His seven championships are two more than Tony Hirschman’s total and his record 68 wins are 24 more than second-place Reggie Ruggiero’s 44. MORE>>

05-13-08: The Stafford Motor Speedway fell victim to rain for the second week in a row. The New England DODGE DEALERS LATE MODEL 100 has been rescheduled to Friday night, June 27. NASCAR New England, the hour long Television production that covers the weekly racing will be back on NESN for ten episodes during the 2008 season. The tentative starting date will be in late June. The Waterford Speedbowl enjoyed another good night of competition with Keith Rocco making it two in a row in SK Modified competition. Rocco took the lead from Jay Miller with 13 laps remaining in the 35 lap feature. Miller faded shortly after as Jeff Pearl moved into the second spot. Pearl tried repeatedly to overtake Rocco but was forced to back out of it when it became obvious that Rocco would wreck anyone who attempted to pass. Rather than wrecking Pearl made a smart decision to settle for second spot. Rob Janovic finished third and was followed by Ron Yuhas Jr and Tyler Chadwick. MORE>>

05-05-08: With two events in the record book the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series takes a couple of weeks off before resuming the 2008 championship battle on May 23 at the Stafford Motor Speedway. Chuck Hossfeld, the only driver with two top fives, leads the point standings. Hossfeld, who is driving for defending Whelen Modified Tour Series Champion car owner Bob Garbarino, finished second in the season opening Ice Breaker at Thompson and third at the Stafford Sizzler. Hossfeld holds a 21 point lead over Sizzler winner Ted Christopher. Christopher finished 10th at Thompson. James Civali sits in third some nine points behind Christopher. Civali finished sixth at Thompson and fifth at Stafford . Rowan Pennick, a relative new-comer, sits fourth in points. Pennick finished ninth at Thompson and backed it up with a strong sixth place finish at Stafford . Rounding out the top five is Todd Szegedy. One of the more faster cars on the tour, Szegedy’s luck in the rain at Thompson which caused him to finish seventh plus a ninth at Stafford kept his point total low. MORE>>

04-29-08: The Stafford Motor Speedway opened for the season under sunny skies with qualifying for the annual Spring Sizzler, an event that has run continuously since 1972 featuring the NASCAR Modifieds. Thirty five Modifieds were on hand for qualifying for the 200 lap event that carried a purse of $94,676. In the inaugural event the late Eddie Flemke, driving the Bobby Judkins No.2x Pinto led until the closing stages when his engine suffered water pump failure, forcing him out of the event. Waiting in the wings on Flemke’s bumper was the late Fred DeSarro who was driving the car they call “Ole Blu” which was owned by the late Len Boehler. DeSarro inherited the lead and went on to take the win. Now, some thirty five years later the same names re-appear, well almost. Seventeen year old Ryan Preece, who is the grandson of Bobby Judkins drove the 2008 version of “Ole Blu” which is now owned by Michael Boehler, Len Boehler’s son, and his mother Janice. Preece, who failed to qualify for the 2007 Sizzler, toured the Stafford half mile in 18.057 seconds, 99.684mph, and earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sizzler. MORE>>

04-22-08: The Waterford Speedbowl moved into its regular Saturday night schedule. The management has created a new flag for the starter to display. It’s called the “Meatball” flag and it is to be waved at an individual who refuses to comply with the officials in charge or someone who makes a dumb move or decision. Last weeks “Meatball Flag” should have been shown to the Late Model driver who started on the pole of the Late Model feature who triggered a wreck that eliminated the potential winning cars of Larry Goss and Eddie Reed Jr. Starting on the pole as a rookie makes no sense at all. The individual who makes the line-ups is also deserving of the “Meat Ball”. Bruce Thomas Jr was the eventual winner and is now two for two in Late Model competition at the shoreline oval. MORE>>

04-15-08: As of this Friday, two days remain until the The True Value Modified Series begins on Sunday, April 20 at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee , NH . The Stafford Motor Speedway hosts the Annual Spring Sizzler on April 26-27. Dennis Gada, gunning for his seventh SK Modified Championship at the Waterford Speedbowl was the master of the re-start as he won the $5,000-to-win Waterford SK Modified “150”, the centerpiece of the 10-division Modified Nationals which including extra-distance events for the Speedbowl’s Late Model, Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions. The Northeastern Midget Association, Pro4 Modifieds, AllStar Race Trucks, Allison Legacy Cars and NEMA Lites were also on tap. A huge field of SK Modifieds, 34, were on hand for the event that began the 58th consecutive season of auto racing at the shoreline oval. In Saturday time trials Gada was fourth fastest behind Doug Coby, Kenny Horton and Matt Hirschman. Based on a draw among the top qualifiers Coby started on the pole with Horton, outside. Hirschman started third. Gada started eighth. MORE>>

04-08-08: The Thompson Speedway officially opened the 2008 racing season in the northeast and began the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series. In what was supposed to be a fun filled and competitive weekend ended in tragedy and ultimately a wet note. A racing accident claimed the life of race driver Shane Hammond of Halifax , MA . The accident occurred on the third lap of a scheduled 25-lap Northeast Midget Association (NEMA) feature event race. Hammond was traveling down the backstretch of the 5/8 mile oval when he cart wheeled over the third turn wall and hit an advertisement sign. “Everyone at the Thompson Speedway is saddened by this tragic loss,” said track Owner, Donald Hoenig. MORE>>

04-01-08: As of this Friday, April 4, two days remain until the Whelen Modified Tour Series opening Thompson Speedway IceBreaker gets the green flag on Sunday, April 6. Waterford opens next Sunday on April 13. The True Value Modified Series begins on Sunday, April 20 at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee , NH . The Stafford Motor Speedway hosts the Annual Spring Sizzler on April 26-27. Tickets for the Thompson IceBreaker will be $40 for adults, $10 for kids and a three day pit pass is $50. In addition to the Whelen Modified Tour 150 the IceBreaker will consist of six features including double features for the Sunoco Modifieds and Late Models. (Rain Date April 12-13). MORE>>

03-25-08: As of this Friday, March 28, nine days remain until the Whelen Modified Tour Series opening Thompson Speedway IceBreaker gets the green flag on Sunday, April 6. Waterford opens one week later on April 13. The True Value Modified Series begins on Saturday night, April 12 at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester , NH . Two weeks after that the Stafford Motor Speedway hosts the Annual Spring Sizzler on April 26-27. Tickets for the Thompson IceBreaker will be $40 for adults, $10 for kids and a three day pit pass is $50. In addition to the Whelen Modified Tour 150 the IceBreaker will consist of six features including double features for the Sunoco Modifieds and Late Models. (Rain Date April 12-13). MORE>>

03-18-08: As of this Friday, March 21, sixteen days remain until the Whelen Modified Tour Series opening Thompson Speedway IceBreaker gets the green flag on Sunday, April 6. Waterford opens one week later on April 13. The True Value Modified Series begins on Saturday night, April 12 at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester , NH . Two weeks after that the Stafford Motor Speedway hosts the Annual Spring Sizzler on April 26-27. In the mean time, the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series will begin this coming Saturday, March 22, at the high banked Caraway Speedway in Ashboro , NC . Among those from the northern contingent that will be there to take on the southerners are Ted Christopher, James Civali and Ronnie Silk. Silk will be driving for Roger and Sandra Hill of Westfield, NC while Christopher will be in the Brady Bunch entry from Brockton , MA . This weekend’s event marks the first of six visits by the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour to Caraway Speedway in 2008. MORE>>

03-11-08: As of this Friday, March 14, twenty three days remain until the Whelen Modified Tour Series opening Thompson Speedway IceBreaker gets the green flag on Sunday, April 6. Waterford opens one week later on April 13. The True Value Modified Series begins on Saturday night, April 12 at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester , NH . Two weeks after that the Stafford Motor Speedway hosts the Annual Spring Sizzler on April 26-27. In the mean time, the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series will begin a week from this coming Saturday, March 22, at the high banked Caraway Speedway in Ashboro , NC . Among those from the northern contingent that will be there to take on the southerners are Ted Christopher, James Civali and Ronnie Silk. Silk will be driving for Roger and Sandra Hill of Westfield, NC while Christopher will be in the Brady Bunch entry from Brockton , MA . MORE>>

03-04-08: The big event last weekend was the second annual Speedway Expo at the Big E in West Springfield , MA . The brainchild of Dick Berggren, Speedway Expo had something for everyone who is involved in auto racing. The show served as a preview of the upcoming season with many tracks showcasing their facilities. On Saturday, SpeedwayEXPO hosted a Toast 'n Roast and the featured guest was Ted Christopher. Among the favorite Modifieds on display was the No.61 Richie Evans Ghost Rider that was recently restored by Spearpoint Racing and the original Ernie Wilsburg ’82 Troyer that won just about every major race in the 82-83 season with Greg Sacks and Charlie Jarzombek at the controls. With the announcement of the television package for the NASCAR Developmental Series, formerly Busch North, Busch East or whatever, it appears that once again the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series, which in words from NASCAR is the sanctioning bodies most competitive division, has got what the cow left behind after she jumped the fence! MORE>>

02-26-08: This weekend, from Friday Feb 29 to Sunday, Mar 2 the second annual Speedway Expo takes center stage. The brainchild of Dick Berggren, Speedway Expo has something for everyone who is involved in auto racing. The show serves as a preview of the upcoming season. SpeedwayEXPO ‘08 sponsored by Sunoco will be held in the Mallary Complex on the grounds of the Eastern States Expo Center in West Springfield, MA. With more than three acres of indoor space dedicated to motorsports, displays will include local and regional race tracks and association as well as vendors of performance parts, safety equipment, accessories and apparel and memorabilia. In addition there will be a full schedule of special events, including autograph sessions, the Pit Crew Challenge, pedal-car races for the kids and a host of special vehicle displays like Tony Stewart’s "Smoke deVille." MORE>>

02-19-08: At New Smyrna it was back to business for the Tour type Modifieds and the SK type Modifieds on Monday night. The new week brought in some new competition including the Tom Baldwin Sr Tribute car that would be driven by Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch. Other new arrivals included James Civali, Buck Catalano, Ronnie Silk and Barry Callavini. First out for qualifying on Monday night were the SK type Modifieds that now numbered 19. Jimmy Blewett was the fastest qualifier followed by Josh Sylvester and Eric Goodale. The Tour type Modifieds were 21 strong. Chuck Hossfeld continued to be the top qualifier as he inched out Ted Christopher for the top spot. Hossfeld toured the half mile oval on 16.858 seconds while Ted Christopher’s time was 16.875 seconds. Jimmy Blewett was third fastest. During Tour typeModified qualifying Kyle Busch slide-swiped the wall coming off turn four on his first lap of qualifying. Busch pulled the car with moderate damage into the pits after completing the first lap. MORE>>

02-12-08: After a long winter’s wait the 2008 racing season began last Friday night with the 42nd Annual version of the World Series of auto racing at the New Smyrna Speedway. It was also the beginning of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The Budweiser Shootout and Daytona 500 pole qualifying started their season at the Daytona International Speedway. At New Smyrna for the Friday night opener there were 17 SK type Modifieds and 17 Tour type Modifieds on hand. Jimmy Blewett scored a one-two punch as he was the top qualifier in both divisions. The only casualty during qualifying was Long Islander JR Bertuccio hitting the wall and doing extensive damage to the Connecticut based Bear Motorsports Tour type entry. MORE>>

02-05-08: After a long winter’s wait the 2008 racing season begins this week with the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at the New Smyrna Speedway. The 42nd Annual version of the World Series at New Smyrna begins on Friday night, February 8th and run nine-consecutive nights through the 16th. It’s also the beginning of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The Budweiser Shootout and Daytona 500 pole qualifying start their season at the Daytona International Speedway. Among those entered to compete at New Smyrna are New Englanders Lou Mechalides of Tyngsboro, MA in the Super Late Models, Joey Pole of Hudson, NH with his Crate Late Model and Glenn Griswold, Jr. of Conn. in that division. Also, in the Tour Type Modifieds entries are: Charlie Pasteryak of Lisbon, Conn., Andy Suess of southern NH and Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn. Other Modified entries include Eric Beers, JR Bertuccio, Jimmy Blewett, Chuck Hossfeld, James Civali, Kenny Horton, Ronnie Silk and Butch Perry MORE>>

01-29-08: On the local front in New England at the Waterford Speedbowl it has been announced that Tom Fox has hung up his driving suit and will assume the role as Chief Technical Inspector. Fox litterly grew up at the shoreline oval as his dad, Ron, was one of the original competitors in the Super Stock division when it was started by Harvey Tattersall in the mid-1970’s. Fox knows the ins and outs of building cars and should be a good choice for the position. As far as the future of the shoreline oval is concerned PR Director Dave Dykes stated ” We're trying to assure people that the situation at Waterford is in fact, a good one, and the old girl is gonna' be alright”. MORE>>

01-22-08: Rumors of the demise of the Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey continue to surface. Track Public Relations Director Mike Clayton says things look good for 2008 and expects to be able to make an announcement shortly. On the local front in New England at the Waterford Speedbowl Jerry Robinson along with Dave Dykes are working hard to bring some weekly stability to the shoreline oval. Like their peers at Wall Township, the competitors and fans at the Speedbowl are an extremely loyal group and will support the current management provided they continue to make an honest attempt at keeping the facility afloat. For the most part it’s pretty quiet on the auto racing front. As of this Friday, Jan 25, its only 14 days before the green flag drops at the Annual World Series at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. Modified Tour type and SK type entrys have been slow in arriving. With gas prices running between $3.05 to $3.25 along with diesel fuel going through the roof car owners may be having second thoughts about traveling to Florida this year. To date only 10 Tour type and six SK type Modifieds are entered. MORE>>

01-15-08: The Waterford Speedbowl held its annual banquet of champions this past Saturday night at the Groton Inn & Suites in Groton, CT. A large contingent of competitors and fans were on hand. In the evenings opening comments, former Director of Media Relations and presently a consultant to the Speedbowl, Pete Zanardi stated the following; “We are very close to announcing what the present operating team has been battling for over the past four months. We hope to announce in the very near future that the Waterford Speedbowl operating team will also be the owner of the facility. Perhaps it makes less than perfect sense to make this announcement at this time, but management believes it is very important tonight to justify the faith many of you have shown in us and to assure you that your efforts toward the 2008 season were and are not in vain.” MORE>>

01-08-08: The Waterford Speedbowl is scheduled to hold its annual banquet of champions this Saturday night at the Groton Inn & Suites in Groton, CT. In what should be a gala affair for champions Rob Janovic (SK Modified), Bruce Thomas Jr. (Late Models), Dwayne Dorr (Sportsman), Ken Cassidy Jr. (Mini Stock) and Michael Gervais Jr. (Saturday Night Legends), could turn into a wake because of the fact that Track Manager Bill Roth has left his position. Roth, along with the efforts of Pete Zanardi were responsible for keeping the shoreline oval from slipping into oblivion after property owner and former track operator had all but run the track into the ground. Jerry Robinson, who was Roth’s partner in running the facility is still involved but chances are he will not run the facility on his own. Chances are that Eames will re-take control of the facility which means the end of the Speedbowl as we know it will fade into oblivion as it will be cut up into industrial sites and sold. MORE>>

01-01-08: We start off the New Year on a sad note with word that Danny Pardi, of East Hartford , had passed away on Friday, Dec 28. Danny had been involved in racing in various capacities for many years, most recently at the Stafford Motor Speedway and New England Antique Racers. When Jack Arute Sr, Eddie Flemke Sr and Ed Yerrington came up with the idea of a limited modified division that would become what is known now as the SK Modified it was Dan Pardi who came up with many of the mechanical rules which he ultimately enforced. He also served as assistant manager at Stafford under Ed Yerrington and was the general overseer of the SK Modifieds. He leaves his wife Marie and a daughter. Calling hours are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 2 from 4 to 8 PM at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapels, 30 Carter St , East Hartford , CT. Funeral services will be at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapels on Thursday at 11 AM . MORE>>

12-25-07: In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour news Woody Pitkat is still recovering from the shock of being dismissed as the driver of the Hills Enterprises No. 79. It’s a shame that things didn’t work out but life goes on, despite some bumps in the road. The Hills have hired Ron Silk to fill the empty seat. Silk had been slated to drive the Boehler No. 3. Silks former ride will be occupied by Jimmy Blewett. Eddie Partridge will provide the engines. Partridge stated that Blewett will drive his SK Modifieds at Thompson on Thursdays and at Stafford on Fridays. Tentative plans also look like Blewett and Partridge will return to the Waterford Speedbowl for their opener despite a controversial and bad call last year. When his schedule permits Partridge will provide a car for Blewett to drive at the Riverhead Raceway. MORE>>

12-18-07: In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour news the series hosted its banquet of champions at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville , CT on Friday night. Taking center stage was 2007 Champion Don Lia and his car owner, Bob Garbarino. Lia’s first career NASCAR title made him the 60th NASCAR Modified champion dating back to the division’s first champion, Red Byron, in 1948. For Garbarino it was the culmination of 4-1/2 decades of dedication of building and owning Modifieds. Former NASCAR National Modified Champion Jerry Cook presented Garbarino a special Car Owners Championship trophy. In accepting, Garbarino stated, “Modified Car Owners are a special group of people, I’m proud to be one of them”. He added, “Since August 11, 1961 , Modified Racing has been part of my family”. Garbarino and his wife, Joan, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. “She has supported me every step of the way”, he said. MORE>>

12-11-07: In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour news the much talked about “Spec Engine” for the Whelen Modifieds continues to be a hot topic. When ever there is change or the possibility of change competitors become unhappy as they sometimes are forced to obsolete equipment that they paid dearly for or got for nothing. When tire rules were in their formative years some of the division’s top competitors including the late Richie Evans were against a tire rule, especially one that mandated the use of Hoosiers. Simple economics were Evans’ reasoning because he was getting Goodyears for free! Once the Hoosier Tire rule was put in place there was no need to give a certain few top runners free tires as with the rule in place Hoosier would win every race, no matter who was driving. Putting in a tire rule did in fact help the division as NASCAR could dictate which compound would be used to get the best life from the tire. It is NASCAR’s intent to give engines more life at a lesser cost. MORE>>

12-04-07: In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour news the much talked about “Spec Engine” for the Whelen Modifieds continues to be a hot topic. According to Brett Bodine, the Director of Cost Research at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord , NC , the “Spec Engine” can be built by anyone. Parts must be purchased from Provident Engineering (Gary Nelson) or from Carl Wagner. According to Bodine a complete engine, ready to install and run will cost $25,000. “It is not our intent to put anyone out of business” he said. Bodine, a former Modified Racer and currently driver of the pace car at NASCAR Cup events added “All parts of the engine are encrypted which eliminates any altering”. NASCAR has and will impound engines for spot checks which in turn will keep everybody honest. Already in use in NASCAR’s Busch East division, the power plant has proved itself in being competitive and durable. Joey Logano, who recently won the Busch East Championship, used a “Spec Engine” in his Joe Gibbs Racing mount. MORE>>

11-27-07: In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour news it appears that NASCAR is leaning toward using“Spec type” motors in the Whelen Modifieds. Spec motors are designed, built and sealed by a NASCAR approved engine builder. Their purpose is to lower the cost and increase the longevity of engines currently in use. A top running, professionally built Tour type engine ranges from $40-55,000. A top running team needs at least three of them. It is NASCAR’s intent to phase the new engines into the Modified series at some point and hopefully the sanctioning body will allow competitors time to use up or sell existing equipment. Gary Danko's Speedway Line Report recently reported that the No. 2 team of Todd Szegedy had a spec motor installed in one of their cars. Szegedy ran tests at the Concord Motorsports Park with the Spec motor car and a Ford powered car. Weather permitting, additional testing will take place at the Stafford Motor Speedway this coming Friday Nov 30 and Saturday, Dec 1. Mike Stefanik is slated to drive one of the cars at the Stafford test session. MORE>>

11-20-07: In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour news it looks like Jimmy Blewett, who had 15 wins to his credit in 2007, will be spending his non-touring Saturday nights at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island in 2008. Blewett will compete on the tour in 2008 but not in the familiar Eddie Partridge No. 12. Blewett will be driving the George Bierce No. 19 that was driven by Ronnie Silk. Partridge has consummated a deal that will see both race teams merged into one. To supplement the Bierce team Partridge will supply an additional car plus motors and transmissions. Blewett and the Partridge SK Modified will compete weekly at the Stafford Motor Speedway and at the Thompson Speedway. Silk is a candidate to drive the Curt Chase No.77 as well as the Boehler No. 3, which is if Bobby Santos III is committed to racing in the south. Eric Beers, who lives down the street from Tony Hirschman, will be stepping into the Massachusetts based No. 46 that was driven by Dick Houlihan. Beers, who drove the Boehler No.3 a while back, finished an impressive second in the No. 46 at the recent North-South Shootout. Jamie Tomaino, who is considered to be the oldest active tour driver with close to 500 starts, has his home in New Jersey up for sale and hopes to be moving to North Carolina . Once the move is made he will concentrate his racing efforts on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour with occasional starts on the northern tour. MORE>>

11-13-07: t looks like former Whelen Modified Tour Series Champion Tony Hirschman has lost his sponsor/car owners as they have told him they are retiring from the sport. Hirschman, who was on the Gary Danko radio show a while back, stated that the owners (the Kehele’s) got the team together at the Stafford Fall Final and told them they were retiring at seasons end. Hirschman, who has nothing left to prove, could very well retire himself and devote his time to his son Matt’s career. The younger Hirschman recently scored an impressive win in the North/South Shootout.
In other Whelen Modified Tour news it looks like Series Champion Don Lia will be replacing Terry Cook on the Craftsman Truck series in 2008. If that is the case a strong rumor has Bob Garbarino retiring from the sport. Tour regular Wade Cole recently scored a victory in Connecticut politics when he was elected First Selectman in the town of Hartland . The Riverhead Raceway on Long Island announced at their annual banquet that they will host the Whelen Modified Tour on Saturday night, August 2. The Stafford Speedway is expected to announce their Tour dates at their annual banquet this coming Friday, Nov. 16. MORE>>

11-06-07: he post season North-South Shootout was supposed to be the big newsmaker last week but that all changes at high noon on Friday when it was announced that Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK) had agreed to purchase the New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre for $340 million in cash. O. Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc, announced the agreement. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008. To align with other SMI-owned speedway brands, the track will be renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway following completion of the acquisition. The speedway, which opened in 1990 and hosts two Nextel Cup Series events each year, is located about one hour north of Boston in Loudon, N.H. According to the latest census numbers, the population within 200 miles of the speedway is more than 18 million people. The venue is easily accessible via Interstate highways from all metro areas in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. MORE>>

10-30-07: t took a while but NASCAR finally got around to updating the Whelen Modified Tour Series point standings. Donnie Lia ended the season in the top spot despite the fact that he dropped out of the season ending World Series at Thompson with a blown engine. Lia had sewed up the title after the Stafford event. In 16 events Lia scored 13 top tens, which included six wins. His season winning total is $83,800. Todd Szegedy ended up in second spot, 180 points behind. Szegedy, in 16 events, scored 11 top tens, which included two wins which brought his season totals to $60,225. Although winless Matt Hirschman used consistency in order to finish up third in the final standings. In 16 events the second-generation racer recorded 11 top tens which included five top fives. Ronnie Silk with one win and Ted Christopher with one win rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were James Civali with three wins, Mike Stefanik with one win, Jimmy Blewett with one win, Jamie Tomaino and Eddie Flemke JR. finished out the top 10. MORE>>

10-23-07: When NEAR announced their choices for induction into the Hall of Fame, class of 2008, two unique individuals appeared on the list. Pete Zanardi and Dr. Dick Berggren are two New England natives who have dedicated their lives and careers to auto racing. Zanardi, a retired sports writer was one of the first to cover weekly racing and give recognition to competitors in the print media. He wrote about many in national publications and he mentored many including yours truly. He was responsible for setting up the original public relations department when Jack Arute bought the Stafford Speedway. His biggest accomplishment could very well be the effort he put in to save the Waterford Speedbowl from extinction. Berggren began his career as a race driver at Stafford. He also took a lot of pictures and after a short driving career the camera won out. During his early years his photos were published in the now defunct Cavalcade of Auto Racing that was owned by Jim Moffat. The photos led to printed stories. He received a doctorates degree which should have led to a teaching career but auto racing won out as Berggren expanded his racing and eventually became the editor of the now defunct Stock Car Racing Magazine. MORE>>

10-16-07: The Annual World Series at the Thompson Speedway closed out the 2007 season for many in New England last weekend. Forty-two NASCAR Modifieds were on hand for time trials. Part time Tour competitor Tony Ferrante provided a pleasant surprise when he set the fastest time and captured the Busch pole. Ferrante's time of 120.656 mph around the .625-mile oval beat out Tony Hirschman Jr. by .025 seconds. Don Lia, Billy Pauch Jr and Matt Hirschman rounded out the top five. Qualifying went smooth except for the fact that Jamie Tomaino slammed the first turn wall after completing his second qualifying lap. Tomaino’s time wasn’t good enough to make the starting field but he was eligible for a provisional spot, which he took. Lenny Boehler and Bob “Frito Bandito” Santos, both deceased and NEAR Hall of Fame inductees, had to be smiling last Sunday as Bobby Santos III drove the Boehler Racing Ole Blu to victory in the NASCAR Modified portion of the World Series. Based on the re-draw after time trials Santos started second in the 150-lap event. Santos, who was in the hunt the entire race, grabbed the lead on a restart on lap 131 and went on to victory over Reggie Ruggiero, Matt Hirschman, Ted Christopher and Ronnie Silk. Sixth through tenth were Kevin Goodale, Ryan Preece, Mike Stefanik, Tony Hirschman and Renee Dupuis. MORE>>

10-09-07: The celebrations continue on Long Island and in Mystic Ct as the Whelen Modified Tour Series closes out the 2007 season this weekend at the Thompson Speedway. Going into the final event which is part of the annual World Series, Donnie Lia holds a 183 point lead over Todd Szegedy. Lia’s championship is cast in stone. Szegedy’s position is not as he leads James Civali by only 98 points. Ronnie Silk is breathing down Civali’s neck as he is only down 9 points. Matt Hirschman rounds out the top five. Hirschman is 114 points behind Szegedy and still has an outside shot at finishing in the runner-up spot. Sixth through tenth are Ted Christopher, Mike Stefanik, Jimmy Blewett, Jamie Tomaino and Eddie Flemke JR. In Whelen Modified Tour news rumor has it that Ed Cox may retire as the Tour Director. His replacement is rumored to be former Nextel Cup driver Chad Little. Currently employed by NASCAR, Little is currently the sanctioning body’s Director of Racing Development in Mexico. MORE>>

10-02-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified converged on the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend for the annual Fall Final. There were 39 Modifieds on hand for qualifying. Eric Beers who has not been a tour regular this year was the Busch Pole sitter as he toured the half-mile oval in 18.267 second fastest. Second fastest was Doug Coby who was pinch-hitting for Dick Houlihan. Current point leader Donny Lia was third fastest. Rounding out the top five in time trials were Todd Szegedy and Ronnie Silk. The re-draw for starting positions for the 150 lap Fall Final saw Szegedy picking the pole with Lia picking the outside pole. Don Lia knew he needed to finish ninth or better to wrap up the championship for himself and car owner Bob Garbarino. He did it with two positions to spare as he finished seventh. Lia led only one lap and was content to pace himself and stay out of trouble as Mike Stefanik went on to take the win. Stefanik passed Matt Hirschman on lap 91 to take the lead. Ted Christopher followed but was shuffled back to third spot on lap 115 after a bump and grind with Tony Hirschman. MORE>>

09-25-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headed back to Thompson last weekend to complete the Modified Mania weekend that was cut short by rain on September 9. As the weekend approached it appeared that NASCAR was dragging its feet as far as declaring officially who was the winner of the recent event at Loudon on September 15. Todd Szegedy had taken the apparent win when NASCAR decided to take a closer look at his intake manifold before making an official decision. It took five days to make a decision as it was announced late last Thursday that the part in question was declared legal and the win would stand. MORE>>

09-18-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the New Hampshire International Speedway for their second of two visits for 2007. Forty NASCAR Modifieds were on hand for the 100 mile event that carried a $164,095 purse. Former series champion Todd Szegedy took the Busch pole as he toured the semi-banked oval in 29.725 seconds to the tune of 128.135 MPH. Second fastest and taking the outside pole position was Ron Yuhas JR. Yuhas’ speed was 128.018 MPH. Series point leader Don Lia was third with Tony Hirschman, fourth. Rounding out the top five was JJ Yeley who drove a car that was assembled at Dale Earnhardt Inc in North Carolina and painted up to resemble the Modified driven by the late Tom Baldwin. MORE>>

09-11-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Thompson Speedway for Modified Mania last weekend. Donnie Lia and car owner Bob Garbarino who are currently enjoying a dream season out time trailed thirty-five other Whelen Modifieds to score their third Busch Pole of the season. Lia and his Mystic Missile toured the 5/8-mile oval in 18.885 seconds. Ronnie Silk was aecond fastest with Matt Hirschman, third. Lia picked the pole starting position for the 150 lap main event. Ron Yuhas Jr picked the outside pole while Hirschman picked third. Heavy rain at 4:00pm forced officials to postpone the event to Saturday September 22nd. It was announced Monday the event will now be run on Sunday September 23rd., going head to head with the Speedbowl's Fall Final. The Whelen Modified Tour Series travels to the New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend. MORE>>

09-04-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to Martinsville, VA last weekend. Donny Lia got the victory of a lifetime in the Made In American Whelen 300 at Martinsville Speedway. Lia held off Ted Christopher for the win in the race, which is the annual combination event between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Not only did the victory further solidify Lia’s Whelen Modified Tour points lead, it came two weeks after his friend and fellow driver John Blewett III passed away following a racing accident. John’s brother Jimmy won the Made In American Whelen 300 in 2006. After sitting out a week, Jimmy Blewett returned Saturday. He finished 43rd after engine problems. It was Lia’s sixth win of the Whelen Modified Tour season and he improved his points lead to 193 over Todd Szegedy with four races remaining. MORE>>

08-28-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the mid-west, Mansfield, Ohio to be exact. The entire area had been under siege from heavy rains and tornado threats but the event went on as scheduled. That is until lap 108 when the race was called after repeated attempts to dry a rain soaked track. With his brother serving as his spotter and tracking the weather on his cell phone, James Civali elected not to pit with the leaders and was out front when NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour officials called the rain-shortened Mansfield 150 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Doug Coby, driving the Mansfield CT based No.77 of Curt Chase, finished second and rookie Woody Pitkat was third. Point leader and Budweiser Pole Award winner Donny Lia was fourth and Eric Beers fifth. Ronnie Silk, Matt Hirschman, Ted Christopher, Todd Szegedy and Bobby Grigas III rounded out the top 10. MORE>>

08-21-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Thompson Speedway on Thursday night for the running of the annual BUDWEISER 150 presented by the New England Dodge Dealers. In what was to be a festive night of good hard racing the night turned to be one of sadness as John Blewett III lost his life while battling for the lead with his brother Jimmy. As close to 8,000 fans looked on the Blewett brothers tangled following a restart on lap 107 of the 150-lap race. Jimmy’s car, owned by Eddie Partridge, came to rest on top of John’s family owned mount. It appeared that John lost his life when a bumper came through the window helmet and struck his head. Earlier in the evening during the Sunoco Modified feature Jimmy Blewett hit the front stretch hard as he dueled with brother John for the start. Jimmy's car was towed off the track. MORE>>

08-14-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour started the weekend of on a wet note as rain washed out the scheduled event at Stafford on Friday. The entire event was rescheduled for Saturday night. Ted Christopher ended an almost year long dry spell as he won the event over Todd Szegedy and Mike Stefanik. It was Christopher’s seventh win at the track where he is the all-time winning-est driver and the points leader in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series’ SK Modified Division. But it was his first trip to Victory Lane on the Whelen Modified Tour since Aug. 17, 2006 at Thompson (Conn.). MORE>>

08-06-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors ended their summer break when they made their annual visit on Saturday night to the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. Blue skies, 90 degree temps and high humidity greeted the 34 cars that showed for the 28 starting spots. The top seven qualified based on their time trial. Ted Christopher took the Busch Pole as he toured the quarter mile oval in 11.815 seconds. Second fastest was local veteran Bill Park. Howie Brode was third fastest. Other time trial qualifiers were Jerry Marquis, Tony Ferrante, Donny Lia and Mike Stefanik. Twenty five lap heat races were won by Jimmy Blewett and James Civale. Among the tour regularswho didn’t qualify were Woody Pitkat and Jake Marosz. Bob Grigas, who was qualified, was sent packing after he drove his car to his hauler before getting permission from tour officials. Among the missing was Zach Sylvester who reportedly has ceased his relationship with Curt Chase and the No.77. MORE>>
07-31-07: Once again the Waterford Speedbowl avoided the bullet of foreclosure that was scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2007 at noon. Property owner Terry Eames finally consummated a deal with Harvey Industries late last week in which he sold 8 acres of the Speedbowl property for $1.6 million. Before he could take the money and run the town of Waterford had a lien on the property that had to be satisfied. Eames was forced to pay the town $188,176 for back and current taxes, as well as $29,976 for police protection that he owed. To stop the actual foreclosure Eames secured a private loan from Rocco Arbitell of Southbury and Peter Borelli of Derby, which allowed Eames and his holding company 1080 Hartford Road to pay off its debt to Washington Mutual of Seattle. Washington Mutual, a Seattle-based bank, had originally planned to foreclose on the property because of a $1.7 million mortgage debt. The 38.75-acre property is valued at $2.2 million. MORE>>

07-24-07: Here we go again! The Waterford Speedbowl, thanks to the non payments of property owner Terry Eames, is scheduled to go up for foreclosure this coming Saturday, July 28. A sign posted on the property frontage indicates that the sale will take place at high noon. Anyone interested would need a $300,000 bank or certified check to participate. A year ago the Washington Mutual Bank filed a lawsuit claiming that the track's owner, Terry Eames, had failed to make payments on a $1.7 million loan held by the Seattle-based savings bank. The lawsuit, Washington Mutual vs. 1080 Hartford et al., has continued through this year, with several legal motions occurring during April and May. Eames has also failed to pay the town of Waterford more than $185,000 in taxes owed dating back to 2003. Eames is smart as he has shielded himself by an LLC titled 1080 Hartford Road LLC, a reference to its street address. In other words if he does lose the property he can walk away and thumb his nose at those he owes. MORE>>

07-17-07: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors are now on their mid-summer break. Their next event will be a “Flash Format” contest at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island on Saturday night, August 4. Donny Lia, who has won four of the seven events run so far this season, leads the series’ point standings with a 53 point edge over Matt Hirschman. Lia is also the top money winner with $43,300 in the bank. Todd Szegedy, who had been in second spot, slipped to third. James Civali, with two wins, sits in fourth spot with Ron Silk rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Jimmy Blewett, Ted Christopher, Mike Stefanik, Ed Flemke Jr and Jamie Tomaino. Fifty-seven different drivers have entered into competition so far. MORE>

07-10-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Twin State Speedway in Claremont, N.H last Sunday for the second of three “Flash Format Events” scheduled in 2007. Posted Awards were $56,762 which was considerably less than regular Tour events. As of July 5, only 29 teams had filed entries. Among the missing were Ron Yuhas Jr, Woody Pitkat, Tony Hirschman and Bobby Santos III. Car owners are attempting to make a statement that the race purses for the “Flash Events” are sub-par. A few years ago when NASCAR was trying to establish the Truck Series they put their marketing department in high gear to make sure the series didn’t fail. It almost looks like NASCAR is trying to dump their oldest division. MORE>>

07-03-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour made it’s first of two visits to the New Hampshire International Speedway last weekend. Speedway owner and promoter Bob Bahre posted $164, 095 for the 100 lap-105.8 mile event. There were 40 Modifieds on hand for qualifying which took place on Thursday. With the exception of John Blewett III having mechanical problems and having to take a provisional starting spot, qualifying went smooth. Ted Christopher took the Busch Pole with a speed of 126.812mph. Second fastest was Donnie Lia with a speed of 126.795 mph. Jimmy Blewett, Matt Hirschman and Eddie Flemke Jr rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Tony Hirschman, Charlie Pasteryak, Bob Grigas III, Ronnie Silk and Glen Tyler. MORE>>

06-26-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour got back into action last Thursday night at the Thompson Speedway with the Charter Cable, Internet, Telephone 150. This wasl be the second of five Whelen Modified tour events. There were 38 Modifieds on hand to qualify for the 35 starting spots. Second generation driver Richard Savory, driving the Art Barry No. 21 was the Busch Pole sitter. Second fastest was Don Lia in the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile. The re-draw for starting spots saw Ryan Preece picking the pole position with James Civali picking the outside pole. Lia ended up winning the rain shortened event after taking the lead on lap 34. Rain began to fall as the field completed lap 80 of the 150 lap distance. The field circled the 5/8 mile oval under caution for 20 more laps when the event was finally called. Among those who were hoping to restart the event was Ted Christopher who felt that he had something for the leader. Christopher, who was scheduled to start ninth, started scratch after suffering a flat tire just prior to the event. Christopher drove a determined race and was in the process of putting himself into position to challenge the leader when the skies opened up. MORE>>

06-19-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour gets back into action this Thursday night at the Thompson Speedway with the Charter Cable, Internet, Telephone 150. This will be the second of five Whelen Modified tour events to be featured at the historic Connecticut oval. Grandstands will open at 2 PM and Whelen Modified Tour Time Trials will be held at 5:45 PM . The 150-lap main event or the “Tour” is slated to roll off at 8:30 PM. Joining the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions in feature only appearances. All six of these divisions will be part of the special night of competition at Thompson. The big news of the week is that Woody Pitkat has been named as the driver of the Hillbilly Racing No.79. Pitkat replaces Chuck Hossfeld. MORE>>

06-12-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues to regroup before returning to action next Thursday, June 21. Among the biggest news items to come out of the tour ranks is that Chuck Hossfeld has been released from his driving duties of the Hillbilly Racing No. 79 that is owned by Roger and Sandra Hill of Westfield, NC. Hossfeld has been the teams driver since the beginning of the 2006 season. Team owner Roger Hill says that a new driver will be in place in time for the upcoming Thompson event. Car owner Gary Teto is spearheading an effort to get NASCAR to revamp their race format for upcoming “Flash Events” at the Twin State Speedway in New Hampshire and at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island . NASCAR came up with the “Flash” format to make events more affordable for speedways and competitors. The format was tried at the recent Whelen Tour event at the Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey . The result was thousands of dollars worth of damage to the series’ cars. Teto proposes that NASCAR use Don Hoenig’s suggestion of running a single consolation to fill out the fields after the top 20 has qualified by time. Hopefully NASCAR will give it a try. MORE>>

06-05-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regroups for a couple more weeks before coming alive for their “Summer Session” which begins on Thursday, June 21 at the Thompson Int. Speedway. Jimmy Blewett holds a slim three point lead over James Civali. Two points behind Civali is Matt Hirschman. Blewett and Civali have won, Hirschman has not. Donny Lia with two wins to his credit sits in fourth spot, thirteen points behind Hirschman. Rounding out the top five is Todd Szegedy. Sixth through tenth are Zach Sylvester, Jerry Marquis, Mike Stefanik, Ronnie Silk and Jamie Tomaino. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series continues to be strong as 52 different drivers have entered into competition in four events. MORE>>

05-29-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour traveled to the Stafford Motor Speedway last Friday night, May 25 for the 17th annual Connecticut Classic 150. Donnie Lia, in the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile made it two in a row at the Arute family owned facility. There were 42 Modifieds on hand for the 150 lap contest. Lia started sixth and took the lead on lap 113 from Eric Beers. James Civali, who started on the pole finished second. Eddie Flemke Jr finished third with Zach Sylvester and Todd Szegedy rounding out the top five. Ted Christopher started third and was the top lap leader as he led 84 circuits. His night came to an end after he wrecked with Frank Ruocco in the third turn on lap 91. Christopher blamed Mike Stefanik for the incident. Reggie Ruggerio and John Blewett III were eliminated in a big wreck on lap 104. Defending champion and Busch Pole Sitter Tony Hirschman continues to have bad luck as he was eliminated on lap 114. Likewise for Chuck Hossfeld who lost a wheel on lap 31. MORE>>

05-22-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series is at the end of their “Spring Break” as they head for their second stop at the Stafford Motorspeedway this coming Friday night, May 25 for the 17th annual Connecticut Classic 150. Tickets are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission, children ages 6-14 are $5.00, and children ages 5 & under are admitted free. Reserved seat tickets are available for $32.00 for all ages. Thursday Night Thunder at the Thompson Speedway begins this week. The popular weekly race program will present six divisions of NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing Thursday nights well into the month of September. Thursday Night Thompson Thunder has become a fan favorite due to the large fields of racecars and the extremely fast paced program. Fans are usually headed home by about 9:30 PM after enjoying a full card of racing from all six exciting divisions. MORE>>

05-15-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series is in the middle of their “Spring Break”. The Whelen Modified Tour heads back to the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night, May 25. Jimmy Blewett, who drives for Long Island car owner Eddie Partridge sits atop the point standings with a 31 point lead over second generation driver Matt Hirschman. In three starts Blewett has three top tens including one win. Hirschman, the son of multi-time Whelen Modified Champion Tony Hirschman also has three top tens but is winless so far. James Civali, who won the Thompson Speedway Ice Breaker, sits in third spot, 49 points behind the leader. Todd Szegedy and Chuck Hossfeld round out the top five. Sixth through tenth are Donny Lia, Jerry Marquis, Ronnie Silk, Mike Stefanik and Billy Pauch Jr. In three events, fifty one different competitors have entered into competition. MORE>>

05-08-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the Wall Township Speedway at the New Jersey shore last weekend for the inaugural “Flash Event” format race. Dubbed “The Thunder at the Shore” by NASCAR, the event was the first of three flash events for 2007. The races with the new format have met with mixed feelings from competitors. Usually time trials determine starting fields, the “Flash Format” eliminates time trials and puts qualifying heats in its place. Twin 50 lap races determined the 50 lap main event. Thirty seven Modifieds attempted to qualify for the event that was run in cool, early spring type weather. Among the missing was Tony Hirschman and Bob Santos III who was at the Richmond race. MORE>>

05-01-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend. The track opened on Friday despite heavy rains that cancelled weekly racing division practice sessions. Forty-two Modifieds were on hand for practice and qualifying on Saturday. Second generation driver Matt Hirschman took the Busch Pole winner as he toured the half mile oval at 45/100th of a second faster then his father, Tony, in qualifying. Tony Hirschman, a five-time series champion, averaged 99.701 mph in his qualifying run. Reggie Ruggiero of Rocky Hill, Conn. was third fastest with a speed of 99.673 mph. Thompson Ice Breaker winner, James Civali, was fourth fastest with a speed of 99.448 mph. Ted Christopher rounded out the Top-5 in qualifying with a speed of 99.179 mph. The Top-8 qualifiers drew for starting position. Tony Hirschman drew the pole and was joined by Ruggiero on the front row. Civali and Matt Hirschman made up row number two. MORE>>

04-24-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series got the green flag last Sunday at the Thompson Speedway as a near capacity crowd watched James Civali sprint to victory in the 150 lap Ice Breaker. Civali took the lead on lap 109 after running wheel to wheel with John Blewett III for several laps. A late race wreck which involved Reggie Ruggiero set the stage for a green, white, checkered finish on lap 152. Chuck Hossfeld got two late race gifts as it looked like he would end his day in fourth spot. With seven laps to go the green flew after a caution. Civali led the field followed by Richard Savory, Ron Yuhas Jr, Hossfeld and Ruggerio. As the field exited turn two Ruggerio went low, passing Hossfeld and Yuhas. Ruggerio, trying to get back in line after the pass, clipped Yuhas and they both ended up hitting the back stretch wall. While the track crews were cleaning up the mess and the field was circling under caution Savory suffered a flat tire and was forced to pit, thus handing the runner-up spot to Hossfeld. Savory ended up 17th. Following Hossfeld was Ronnie Silk, Jimmy Blewett and Matt Hirschman. Sixth through tenth were Tony Ferrante Jr, Carl Pasteryak, Jon McKennedy, Bob Grigas and Zach Sylvester in the Mansfield, CT based No77 of Curt Chase. MORE>>
04-17-07: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was slated to begin last weekend with the running of the Ice Breaker at the Thompson Speedway but Mother Nature won out as she swamped the entire northeast with rain and sleet last Sunday. Speedway officials and NASCAR made a joint announcement postponing the event on Saturday evening. With fuel prices being what they are it was a wise decision. The speedway was quite busy on Saturday as qualifying was completed for the Modifieds along with the tracks weekly divisions. Features were also run for the Sunoco (SK type) Modifieds and Late Models. MORE>>

04-10-07: The Waterford Speedbowl was slated to begin its regular Saturday night schedule this past week. Fans and competitors are still buzzing about the poor officiating at the recent Bud Nationals, especially the Jimmy Blewett incident. A ten shot photo series by noted photographer Howie Hodge tells the story. Doug Coby got into the back of Frank Ruocco as they exited turn two. Blewett, running in fourth spot at the time went low to avoid the car of Ruocco only to be hit accidentally by Ruocco. Jimmy Blewett was below the white line when Ruocco’s left front tire hit Blewett’s nerf bar. As stated previously it was a bad call! A video by Nick Teto verified what really took place and what the Waterford on-track officials failed to acknowledge. Extremely bone chilling temperatures put a damper on the Speedbowl last weekend as racing was cancelled on Friday. MORE>>

04-03-07: The Southern New England countryside came alive with the sound of engines roaring as the Waterford Speedbowl opened for their 57th season. The shoreline oval opened under new management this past Saturday and Sunday. A new and rejuvenated look plus an entirely different attitude on the part of all new management greeted fans and competitors. The Speedbowl has been the scene of a “Big Dig” as a huge septic cement tank has been installed. As Pete Zanardi stated, “Our cup no longer overflowith”. Thanks to the hard work of the new management the tracks rest rooms have been put back in working order. No longer will hip boots be required in order to enter the rest rooms. Thousands of dollars have been spent in the grandstand area which shows a lot of progress. MORE>>

03-27-07: The Southern New England countryside comes alive with the sound of engines roaring as the Waterford Speedbowl opens for their 57th season. The shoreline oval opens this Saturday and Sunday with the Budweiser Modified Nationals’SK-150, the division’s brightest jewel. The $5,000-to-win race is part of a nine-division extravaganza that also includes extra-distance races for the ‘Bowl’s Late Models (50 laps), Sportsman (30) and Mini Stocks (30). Congratulations to recent New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame inductee Bob Potter of Norwich who has been named the Grand Marshal of this weekend’s (March 31-April 1) Budweiser Modified Nationals. MORE>>

03-20-07: Now that Speedweeks in Florida is history it is time to look foreword to the season openers in the northeast. As of this Friday, March 23, nine days remain before the season opener at the Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday; April 1.. Two weeks later on the 15th the Thompson Speedway presents their annual IceBreaker, which will be the official beginning of the 2007 Whelen Modified Tour Series. Two weeks after that it’s the annual Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway. The Waterford Speedbowl comes alive when pre season warm-ups begin this coming Saturday on the 24th.. Doug Coby, from Milford, CT who recently lost his Whelen Modified Tour Series ride is an early entry for the Waterford opener along with Bert Marvin, Ted Christopher, Dennis Gada, Tom Fox and Frank Ruocco. MORE>>

03-13-07: Now that Speedweeks in Florida is history it is time to look foreword to the season openers in the northeast. As of this Friday, March 16, sixteen days remain before the season opener at the Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday; April 1.. Two weeks later on the 15th the Thompson Speedway presents their annual IceBreaker, which will be the official beginning of the 2007 Whelen Modified Tour Series. Two weeks after that it’s the annual Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway. The Waterford Speedbowl comes alive when pre season warm-ups begin a week from this coming Saturday on the 24th. MORE>>

03-07-07: Now that Speedweeks in Florida is history it is time to look foreword to the season openers in the northeast. As of this Friday, March 9, twenty-three days remain before the season opener at the Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday; April 1.Two weeks later on the 15th the Thompson Speedway presents their annual IceBreaker, which will be the official beginning of the 2007 Whelen Modified Tour Series. Two weeks after that it’s the annual Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway. All eyes were on the first annual Speedway Expo at the Better Living Center at the Big “E” in West Springfield , Mass. , last weekend. The show, which replaced RaceaRama featured just about every speedway and series in the northeast along with many top NASCAR stars and personalities. Based on numerous reports Speedway Expo was a rousing success. It was gratifying to see that a large contingent of drivers were on hand representing the NASCAR Busch East and Whelen Modified Tour Series. MORE>>

02-27-07: Now that Speedweeks in Florida is history it is time to look foreword to the season openers in the northeast. As of this Friday, March 2, thirty days remain before the season opener at the Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday; April 1.Two weeks later on the 15th the Thompson Speedway presents their annual IceBreaker, which will be the official beginning of the 2007 Whelen Modified Tour Series. Two weeks after that it’s the annual Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway. All eyes will be on the first annual Speedway Expo at the Better Living Center at the Big “E” in West Springfield, Mass. The show will feature just about every speedway and series in the northeast along with many top NASCAR stars and personalities. MORE>>

02-06-07: The countdown to racing in Florida has reached the finish line. This Friday night it’s the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as the men that live by the Grace of God and 600 horsepower, the unlimited open wheeled Modifieds get it on for the 41st annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. The New Smyrna Speedway, a half-mile high banked speedway will host nine nights of racing beginning on February 9. NASCAR Tour type Modifieds, SK type Modifieds along with Florida-IMSA Modifieds and numerous late model divisions will be in competition. MORE>>

01-30-07: The countdown to racing in Florida continues. As of this Friday, February 2 only 1 week remains before the engines start in New Smyrna, Fla. for the 41st annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. The New Smyrna Speedway, a half mile high banked speedway will host nine nights of racing beginning on February 9. NASCAR Tour type Modifieds, SK type Modifieds along with Florida-IMSA Modifieds and numerous late model divisions will be in competition. It looks like John Blewett III will be driving the Joe Brady No.00. It’s also a good bet that James Civali will be in the Brady back-up car for the last three or four nights. There is a lot of bad blood between Blewett and Ted Christopher as the two finished up the 2006 Whelen Modified Tour Series season with a vicious wreck at Thompson. MORE>>

01-23-07: The countdown to racing in Florida continues. As of this Friday, January 19 only 14days remain before the engines start in New Smyrna, Fla. for the 41st annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. The New Smyrna Speedway, a half mile high banked speedway will host nine nights of racing beginning on February 9. NASCAR Tour type Modifieds, SK type Modifieds along with Florida-IMSA Modifieds and numerous late model divisions will be in competition. Modified division Race Director Richard Brooks advises that 14 Tour-type Modifieds and 6 SK Modifieds pre-entered. MORE>>

01-16-07: The countdown to racing in Florida continues. As of this Friday, January 19 only 21days remain before the engines start in New Smyrna, Fla. for the 41st annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. The New Smyrna Speedway, a half mile high banked speedway will host nine nights of racing beginning on February 9. NASCAR Tour type Modifieds, SK type Modifieds along with Florida-IMSA Modifieds and numerous late model divisions will be in competition. Work continues on the speedway-paving project. All bumps have been ground down. New Smyrna was fast before. Once the new surface is complete the half-mile oval will be the fastest of its kind. Ted Christopher will be driving the Ed Whelen No.36 Modified as well as a Super Late Model in the Florida series. MORE>>

01-09-07: The countdown continues. As of this Friday, January 12 only 28 days remain before the engines start in New Smyrna, Fla. for the 41st annual World Series of Asphalt Racing. The New Smyrna Speedway, a half mile high banked speedway will host nine nights of racing beginning on February 9. NASCAR Tour type Modifieds, SK type Modifieds along with Florida-IMSA Modifieds and numerous late model divisions will be in competition. Coming up this Saturday night, January 13, is the annual awards banquet for the Waterford Speedbowl. The gathering, which begins with a cash bar at 6 PM , will honor 2006 champions Dennis Gada (SK-Modifieds), Tim Jordan (Late Models), Dwayne Dorr (Sportsman), Danny Field (Mini Stock) and Mark Bakaj (Legends). The top-15 in all divisions will be recognized. MORE>>

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12-19-06: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series schedule for 2007 came together and was released last Thursday, December 14. Sixteen events highlight the schedule which will bring qualifying heats into some of the venues. The 2007 season will open with the Thompson Speedway Icebreaker on Sunday, April 15. Thompson will also close out the season with the World Series on Sunday, October 14. Other Whelen Modified Tour Series dates will be on Thursday, June 21, Thursday August 16 and Sunday, September 9. The Modified tour will visit the Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 29 for the Spring Sizzler plus Friday, May 25, Friday, August 10 and Sunday, September 30 for the Fall Final. The Whelen Modified Tour Series will play a vital part on Nextel Cup weekends at the New Hampshire Int. Speedway in Loudon , NH . Both dates, June 30 and September 15 will be on Saturdays. MORE>>

12-12-06: The 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series schedule for 2007 continues to come together. Mike Stefanik will be the guest of honor this coming Saturday night, Dec. 16, at the 2006 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series banquet at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville Ct. In 16 events Stefanik scored an incredible 15 top tens which included 1 win and ten top fives. Stefanik’s season winning totals amounted to $53,800. A total of 73 different drivers entered into competition. Although winless, Eddie Flemke Jr was consistent as he recorded 12 top tens which included six top fives. Flemke’s season total was $43,675. Ted Christopher, the guy that everybody loves to hate, finished third. MORE>>

12-05-06: The 2007 Whelen Modified Tour Series schedule for 2007 continues to come together. Word comes from Riverhead Raceway PR Director Bob Finan that Barbara and Jim Cromarty, track owners, have announced that the Whelen Modified Tour will return to Riverhead Raceway in 2007. The date will be August 4th, which is the traditional weekend that Riverhead has hosted the Tour. It’s great to hear of the addition of Riverhead to the schedule. NASCAR needs to take into consideration that most drivers, car owners and crew members are gainfully employed and are limited to their time off away from their regular jobs.The season ending Whelen Modified Tour awards banquet is coming up on December 16th and hopefully the entire schedule will be announced at that time. MORE>>

11-28-06: The Thanksgiving weekend officially wrapped up the 2006 Modified Racing season. The traditional Turkey Derby was run at the Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey and the Mason-Dixon Meltdown at the South Boston Speedway in Virginia. Wall drew 32 Modifieds while South Boston drew 24. At the New Jersey oval Jimmy Blewett and Steve Reed split the Wall Township Speedway Turkey Derby XXXIII twin 100-lap modified mains on Saturday night. Blewett, took the lead from Donnie Lia with five laps to go and held off Les Hinckley's last-lap pass by 1.527 sec. to win the open modified main. Blewett came from 13th starting spot to shadow front row starter Ken Wooley, Jr., and inherited the lead when the pair banged wheels on lap 71, breaking the latter's steering rack. Hinckley, Lia, John Blewett III and Rowan Pinnick rounded out the top five of 12 finishers. MORE>>

11-21-06: First of all, a Happy Thanksgiving to all. There will be a little bit of unfinished business this weekend in the form of the Turkey Derby at the Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey and the Mason-Dixon Meltdown at the South Boston Speedway in Virginia. Both events will feature Modified Tour type and SK type racing. At Wall Township, the Tour Type Modified purse has an additional $1,000.00 bonus for the winner with a $250.00 halfway bonus as well. The winner of this race will now take home $5,000.00. The Wall/SK/B Modified feature winner will take home an additional $500.00 for the win and this race boasts a $250.00 halfway bonus. Other monies available to the racers include a $500.00 pole award, lap money and a $250.00 hard charger award.The Tour-Type Modified portion of the “Mason-Dixon Meltdown” features a 250-lap main event on Saturday, November 25th. The PASS South Super Late Models also have a 250-lap event that day and both premier divisions will be racing for a $12,500 paycheck for the winner, plus lap money and other bonuses. MORE>>

11-14-06: It looks like the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series has gone by the wayside as NASCAR and Whelen Engineering have announced a multi-year agreement for Whelen to become the new title sponsor of NASCAR’s weekly racing program. The series will be re-named the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2007. Whelen also has been title sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour since 2005. Whelen has also sponsored many race cars and racing events over the years. The Connecticut-based Company is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and public emergency lighting and warning systems. Its products have widespread applications in NASCAR, including warning lights, caution lights, safety vehicles, pit road light displays, pace vehicles and many other areas. All Whelen products are made in the U.S.A. The 2007 season will be the 26th year for this grassroots, local racing program, which was founded in 1982.
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11-07-06: The Waterford Speedbowl closed out their 2006 racing season with an event they called Double Down. Dennis Gada, who earlier this season won his sixth championship, added to his resume on Saturday by winning both ends of the Modified segment of the season-ending Double Down Shoot Out. The two 25-lap victories brought Gada’s SK Modified career win total to 50. Dwayne Dorr, the 2006 Sportsman champ, set a record with his 11th victory in the first 15 lap Sportsman feature. Dorr, who finished fourth behind second feature winner Richard Staskowski in the second feature was also the overall winner. Corey Hutchings, Jeff Miller, Joe Godbout, Ken Cassidy Jr. were also winners as the concept proved a success. MORE>>
10-31-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was originally scheduled for last Saturday but because of impending rain, the event was rescheduled for Sunday against the Waterford Speedbowl Double Down event. As predicted, high winds close to 50mph and heavy rain, close to two inches in spots, blanketed the entire New England – Long Island area on Saturday. Race teams and fans coming from Long Island were forced to drive around through New York City when the ferry terminal on Orient Point, Long Island became submerged after 6-10 foot waves from Gardners Bay crashed ashore. The Waterford Speedbowl fell victim to a flooded parking lot and track after it rained for over seven hours on Saturday. The Double Down Showdown has been postponed to this coming Saturday, November 4. MORE>>
10-24-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will try to close out the 2006 season this Saturday at the Stafford Motor Speedway. Mike Stefanik needs only to start the Fall Final to become the 2006 series champion. Stefanik, who will start seventh, goes into the event with a 148-point lead over Ted Christopher. Eddie Flemke, who will start third, is third in points but is behind the leader. Defending series champion Tony Hirschman is fourth followed by James Civali. Rounding out the top ten are Todd Szegedy, Jerry Marquis, Donny Lia, Zach Sylvester and Eric Beers. MORE>>
10-17-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Thompson Speedway last weekend for the annual World Series. Tony Hirschman set fast time in qualifying. It was the fourth Bud Pole Award of the season for Hirschman, the defending series champion, and also locked up the season long 2006 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Bud Pole Award Championship. Hirschman toured the 5/8 mile oval in 18.697 seconds for an average speed of 120.340 mph. Ron Yuhas of Groton, Conn. was second fastest with a speed of 120.077 mph. Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn. qualified third with a speed of 120.045 mph. Defending race winner Jerry Marquis was fourth fastest and Waterford winner Donny Lia rounded out the Top-5. MORE>>
10-10-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Waterford Speedbowl last weekend. There were 32 cars on hand for the 30 available starting spots. Jerry Marquis was the Busch Pole sitter as he turned the 1/3 mile oval in 13.618 seconds. Marquis drew fifth after the re-draw. The event was run on a very cold track due to the fact that the backstretch track lighting failed to come on due to the fact that an underground cable had broken. Engines were started at 8:15 following a 90 minute delay. Eddie Flemke started on the pole and jumped out to an early lead. Mike Stefanik started on the outside but faded almost immediately. Ron Yuhas Jr. was an early contender as he ran side by side with Flemke for many laps. Donny Lia, who took the lead from Flemke on lap 128 also ran side by side with Flemke before he was able to execute the winning pass. MORE>>
10-03-06: he NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend. Thirty-eight cars were on hand hoping to qualify for the 150 lap Fall Final. Todd Szegedy took the Busch Pole with a time of 18.091-second lap around the half mile oval. Donny Lia was second fastest with a time of 18.190 seconds. Rounding out the top five were Tony Hirschman, Ted Christopher and Chuck Hossfeld. In the redraw for starting positions Szegedy drew the pole with Hirschman drawing the outside pole. Heavy monsoon type rain forced NASCAR and the Arute family to postpone the Fall Final to Saturday, October 28. MORE>>
09-26-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Waterford Speedbowl last weekend. On and off rain on Saturday plus fog and rain on Sunday forced NASCAR and the Waterford Speedbowl management to announce the cancellation of the event. The Town Fair Tire Finale, including Sunday’s Whelan Modified Tour Volunteer Fire Department 150 has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8. The Tour event will run on Sunday, Oct.8. In addition to the Speedbowl’s regular five divisions– the SK-Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman and Mini Stocks - and the Wild n’ Wacky Wednesday cast – the X-Modifieds, X-Cars, Super-X Cars – the AllStar Race Trucks and Allison Legacy Cars will be back. The Double Down Shoot Out has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct.29 and will include, in addition to twin features for the SKs, Late Models, Sportsman and Mini Stocks and the Northeastern Midget Association. MORE>>
09-18-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the New Hampshire International Speedway last weekend for a 100-mile event that was run on Friday. Forty-one cars were on hand for time trials. Showers forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying and set the starting field based on car owner point standings. Mike Stefanik was given the pole starting position. Earlier before the rains came a practice session gave a preview of things to come. Todd Szegedy was the fastest as he toured the 1-mile oval to the tune of 128.398 MPH. Second fastest at 128.363 MPH was Tony Hirschman. Rounding out the top five by speed were Donny Lia, Eddie Flemke Jr. and Mike Stefanik. MORE>>
09-12-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was part of what was called Modified Mania last weekend at the Thompson Speedway. Modified Mania replaced what was the Thompson 300. The 150 lap Whelen Modified event carried a posted purse of $86,753. A somewhat slim field of 39 cars was on hand to qualify for the 36 starting spots up for grabs. Donny Lia, who has somewhat of a bland season, took the Busch Pole as he toured the 5/8-mile oval in 18.793 seconds. Tony Hirschman Jr. was second fastest with a run of 18.798 seconds. The re-draw for starting positions saw Ron Silk draw the pole with Matt Hirschman drawing the outside pole. Tony Ferrente Jr., Tony Hirschman and Eric Beers drew positions three through five. Rounding out the top ten starting spots were Ron Yuhas Jr., Mike Stefanik, Reggie Ruggiero, Lia and Jerry Marquis. MORE>>
09-05-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headed into the eye of Hurricane Ernesto as the competitors traveled to the Martinsville Speedway last Thursday and Friday. For the most part much of the storm headed north by late Friday allowing qualifying to take place. There were 49 Modifieds on hand and when all was said and done Mike Stefanik took the Busch Pole as he toured the .525 mile speedway in 18.833 seconds which was to the tune of 100.547 MPH. Todd Szegedy was second fastest with a speed of 99.974 MPH. MORE>>
08-29-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads for the sunny south this weekend. The Martinsville Speedway will turn on the lights for this Saturday nights event. The month of September will be a busy one for NASCAR’s oldest racing division. Following the Martinsville event the Modifieds head for the Thompson Speedway on Sept 10 where they will be a vital part of “Modified Mania” with a 150 lap feature. Five days later, on Friday, September 15, the Modifieds will run a 100 mile event at the New Hampshire Int Speedway. Rounding out the month will be a Sunday, Sept 24th visit to the Waterford Speedbowl. MORE>>
08-22-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Thompson International Speedway last Thursday night for the New England Dodge Dealers/Budweiser 150. Ted Christopher, who started 20th ended up an unpopular winner as he was given the Bronx Cheer in victory lane. Christopher, who along with John Blewett III staged a torrid side by side duel for the lead from lap 131 to lap 140. Christopher had just exited turn two when he made contact with Blewett, sending him into the wall. Christopher said he didn’t mean for it to happen, Blewett and the almost capacity crowd felt different as they voiced their disapproval. MORE>>
08-15-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night. Somewhere up in the heavens the late Jack Arute had an ear to ear smile. His track was packed with fans, the pits were jammed with Modifieds and the New England Dodge Dealers 150 was one of the best Modified races in many moons. James Civali, who has nothing but the highest respect for the elder Arute, took the win after battling side by side and nose to tail with Reggie Ruggiero. MORE>>
08-08-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island last Saturday night. Forty-one Modifieds including 11 Riverhead regulars were on hand to try and grab one of the 28 starting spots that were available for the 200-lap contest. Ted Christopher was the top qualifier as he toured the ¼ mile oval in 12.027 seconds. Second fastest was Riverhead regular Ken Heagy. MORE>>
08-01-06: Last week was a busy one for competitors and fans in the southern New England region. The weekend started off on Wednesday when the True Value Modified Racing Series paid a visit to the Seekonk Speedway. The event, Modified Madness, carried a purse of $31,000 and was sponsored by Viveiros Insurance. Forty-two competitors from nine states attempted to qualify for the 26-car event at the 1/3-mile Bay State oval, which drew the largest crowd of the season at the track, which has been in continuous operation since 1946. MORE>>
07-25-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour made its first of two stops at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night. A total of 35 teams were signed in the pit area preparing for practice before the event was canceled shortly after noon. No rain date has been posted as yet. August 26 is the next open weekend. The Next event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is this coming Saturday, July 29 at the Holland Speedway in western New York. MORE>>
07-17-06: A few years ago Terry Eames called a press conference at the Groton Inn and Suites. Members of the media and NASCAR Officials were in attendance. He announced that he was taking control of the Waterford Speedbowl. Many who knew him in the local business community felt that he would drain the business dry, then drop it like a hot potato. He proclaimed, “I’m in it for the long haul, I’m not going anywhere”. MORE>>
07-11-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finally got to run the rained out Memorial Day Weekend, Connecticut Classic 150. John Blewett III has chosen not to chase tour points as he had indicated that he would like to annex the Wall Township Track Championship to his racing career. Blewett had no race conflictions on the Fourth of July as he traveled to Stafford Springs with his family owned Modified and earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series win of 2006. His win came at the expense of his brother Jimmy whom he passed for the lead with 15 laps to go in the 150-lap event. Donnie Lia finished third with Zach Sylvester and Mike Stefanik rounding out the top five. John Blewett stopped for tires while the field was under caution on lap 65, Jimmy did not stop. MORE>>
07-04-06: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to the Thompson Speedway last Thursday where they shared top billing with NASCAR’s Busch East Series (formerly Busch North Series). Forty four Modifieds were on hand on a humid and sultry night. Jimmy Blewett was the Busch Pole sitter. The re-draw for starting positions saw James Civali pick the pole with Eric Beers picking the outside pole. MORE>>
06-27-06: The Thompson Speedway managed to beat out the weather as they put round two of Thursday night Thunder in the history books. Jimmy Blewett put the Eddie Partridge No. 12 at the top of the heap as he took the win in the Sunoco (SK) Modified division. Bert Marvin showed a lot of strength and actually led during the mid portion of the event before he was sidelined with a broken wheel hub. Marvin indicated that the broken hub was a result of Blewett driving into him. Jeff Malave finished second with Tom Cravenho, third. Opening night winner Keith Rocco was taken out after a grinding crash with Ted Christopher. Christopher was driving for John Jensen. MORE>>
06-20-06: The Thompson Speedway grandstands can normally hold close to 16,000 fans when filled to capacity. Last Thursday night they looked to be about half full. Not bad considering it was a mid week event. The speedway management team headed by Ben Dodge and Russ Dowd pride themselves in running a fast, efficient race program. The final checkered flag of the night was waved at 9:20pm. Taking victories were Keith Rocco in the Sunoco Modifieds, George “Mad Dog” Bessette in the Pro Stocks, Rick Gentes in the Late Models, Ed Puleo in the Limited Sportsman, Shelly Perry in the Mini Stocks and Roger Larsen in the Thompson Modifieds. MORE>>
06-13-06: It looks like the proposed domed speedway in Plainfield, CT is a dead issue as town zoning commissioners voted 4-1 late last week to eliminate a controversial one-year-old development district that incorporated 822 acres east of Interstate 395 near exits 87 and 88. The commission voted unanimously to also repeal the supporting zoning regulations that enabled the district to be established. The decision became effective last Saturday. MORE>>
06-06-06: Like Tom Deery before him, former NASCAR vice president Don Hawk has had his legs cut off at the knees and has been thrown to the wolves. Hawks’s e-mail box at the sanctioning body has been closed and his name has been removed from his office door. Last winter Hawk promised to under promise and over deliver, maybe that’s why he is gone. Deery, a member of a respected race track owning family from the mid west has landed on his feet and is now part of the top management of DIRT Motorsports. Maybe he has a spot open for Hawk. Hopefully Hawk will re-appear somewhere in the world of auto racing as long as he doesn’t tangle with Tony Soprano and ends up sleeping with the fishes somewhere off the Jersey coast, never to be seen again. MORE>>
05-30-06: In what turned out to be a big surprise, NASCAR’s Director of Regional Racing Development Don Hawk resigned his position with the sanctioning body last week. During Hawk’s tenure the Modified division has prospered to the point where they are NASCAR’s top regional touring division. Despite sitting in the front office in Daytona Hawk was always available to give guidance and answer questions. He was held back only by those above him. A spokesperson for NASCAR stated that he wanted to pursue personal options. Larry Mattingly of the Jennerstown Speedway in Pa stated that anyone who works within inner sanctum does not have an easy time of it as he has to try to keep the competitors happy as well as his employer, NASCAR. Mattingly was told that "major" things were in the works but did not elaborate. MORE>>
05-23-06: The Stafford Motor Speedway hosts their second of four Whelen Modified Tour Series events this Friday, May 26. Tickets for the 16th annual Connecticut Classic 150 are available and on sale now at the Stafford Motor Speedway box office. Tickets are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission, $5.00 for children 6-14, and children 5 & under are free. Reserved seating is available for $32.00. Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking with overnight parking available. The race is also part of Youth Organization Month at SMS, which means that any child age 6-14 wearing a youth organization team shirt or uniform gets free general admission when accompanied by an adult. The Whelen Modified Tour Series is at the end of a three week break which has afforded car owners plenty of time to freshen up their equipment. MORE>>
05-16-06: Ted Christopher sits in an all too familiar spot as he currently is the SK Modified point leader at Stafford. After two events Christopher holds an eight point lead over Frank Ruocco. Christopher, who has two top fives including a win, has 96 points. Ruocco, winless so far, has two top fives. Eric Berndt sits in third spot with Todd Owen and Woody Pitkat rounding out the top five. Pitkat, who has two wins in the Late Models, holds an eight point edge on Ryan Posocco. MORE>>
05-09-06: The Stafford Motor Speedway began their regular Friday night schedule last week. In the 40-lap SK Modified feature, Jeff Baral, took the lead from Kurt Lenahan on lap-4, and from there he held off the charge of Willie Hardie to take the checkered flag. The race went green from lap-5 to 40, and Baral and Hardie slowly pulled away from the field to wage a two-car battle for the win. Ted Christopher finished third, with Eric Berndt and Frank Ruocco rounding out the top-5. In the 30-lap Late Model feature, Woody Pitkat and Ryan Posocco took turns swapping the lead over the final two laps of the race with Pitkat emerging as the winner. MORE>>
05-02-06: All roads led to Jack Arute’s Stafford Motor Speedway this past weekend for the 35th annual Spring Sizzler. The weather was sunny and breezy, a big difference from the original Sizzler in 1972 when it was cold and dismal. Forty-eight NASCAR Whelen Modifieds were on hand for qualifying. Donny Lia. set fast time in qualifying to earn his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Bud Pole Award of the season. Lia circled the ½ mile Stafford Motor Speedway in 18.600 seconds for an average speed of 96.774. It was the 9th career Bud Pole Award for Lia and his second consecutive for the Sizzler. Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Tony Hirschman was second fastest with a speed of 96.753 mph in the Kamco Supply Chevrolet. MORE>>
04-25-06: All roads lead to Jack Arute’s Stafford Motor Speedway this weekend for the 35th annual Spring Sizzler. The Sizzler, originally an 80 lap open competition event, was the brainchild of Bruce Cohen, Dick Berggren and Lew Boyd. The event has evolved into a Whelen Modified Tour Series event. This year’s event will consist of qualifying and features for NEMA Midgets (30 laps), SK Modifieds (40 laps), Late Models (30 laps), SK Lights (20 laps), Limited Late Models (20 laps), Dare Stocks (15 laps) and the Whelen Modifieds (200 laps). Tickets are priced at $35 for adult General Admission, $5 for kids 6-14 and paddock $48. Tickets are good for both days. MORE>>
04-18-06: Diego Monahan became the first driver to win in all four NASCAR Waterford Speedbowl divisions – Mini Stock, Sportsman, Late Model and SK Modifieds last Saturday night. Monahan passed his brother Shawn with only three laps to go and held on to win Saturday night’s SK-Modified feature. Monahan followed his brother, the only other leader, for 27 laps before making the outside move. Chris Pasteryak finished third and was followed by Don Fowler and Ron Yuhas Jr. Rookie sensation Jeffrey Paul finished sixth. Other Saturday night winners at the shoreline oval were Late Models: Joe Perry, Sportsmen: Dwayne Dorr and Mini Stocks: Richard Brooks. MORE>>
04-11-06: The Thompson Speedway opened for the season last weekend with IceBreaker ’06. This year’s IceBreaker carried a race purse of. $89,573, an $11,600 increase over last year. Heavy rain forced NASCAR Officials to reschedule qualifying for Icebreaker 2006 at Thompson International Speedway last Saturday. Qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener re-scheduled for high noon on Sunday. A total of 46 Whelen Modified Tour teams were on hand at Thompson including a bumper crop of 13 rookie drivers. MORE>>
04-05-06:
The Waterford Speedbowl opened for the season last weekend with The Nationals. The two day event hosted feature events for SK Modifieds (150 laps), Late Models (50 laps), Sportsman (30 laps), Mini-Stocks (30 laps), and NEMA Midgets (25 laps) plus Allison Legacy and American Race Trucks. All features were run on Sunday. Don’t believe what you read in the papers is what track owner Terry Eames alluded to at a drivers meeting last Saturday. He said the entire 2006 season will be run as scheduled.  MORE>>
03-28-06: The Waterford Speedbowl opens with their Nationals this weekend. The two day event will host feature events for SK Modifieds (150 laps), Late Models (50 laps), Sportsman (30 laps), Mini-Stocks (30 laps), and NEMA Midgets (25 laps). All features will be run on Sunday with a 1:00pm starting time. All qualifying will be held on Saturday. Tickets are for both days and are priced at $30.00 for adults, Youths (6-14) $5.00 and pit passes with a NASCAR license is $40.00. MORE>>
03-21-06: As of this Friday, March 24, Its only a week until the Waterford Speedbowl opens with their Nationals and two weeks until the Thompson Speedway goes green with IceBreaker ’06. In three weeks it will be the Spring Sizzler at Stafford. Despite the many stories of doom and gloom Waterford Speedbowl general manager Bill Roth and Public Relations director Pete Zanardi have a positive attitude going into the start of the 56th consecutive season for the shoreline oval. It is sincerely hoped that Roth and Zanardi can keep the Speedbowl’s head above water. MORE>>
03-14-06: It's only two weeks until the Waterford Speedbowl opens with their Nationals and three weeks until the Thompson Speedway goes green with IceBreaker ’06. In five weeks it will be the Spring Sizzler at Stafford. The hills of northeastern Connecticut come alive a week from this coming Saturday when the Thompson Speedway holds its first of two pre-season test sessions on March 25. A second session will be held the following Saturday, April 1. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series teams who did not race in Florida will be on hand to shake their equipment down. The Waterford Speedbowl, which is about to begin its 56th season will also hold a pre-season test session on March 25. MORE>>
03-07-06: With Speedweeks in Florida now history its time to look ahead to spring in the northeast. Not to push the season but as of this weekend its only three weeks until the Waterford Speedbowl opens with their Nationals and four weeks until the Thompson Speedway goes green with IceBreaker ’06. In six weeks it will be the Spring Sizzler at Stafford. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the high 50’s to low 60’s this coming weekend. With a little bit of luck when Waterford opens on April 2 we will have all the cold and snow behind us. MORE>>
02-28-06: With Speedweeks in Florida now history, fans and competitors are returning to the northeast to prepare for the upcoming season which isn’t too far off. The main focal point of this upcoming weekend will be the annual Racearama, which runs Friday, 3/3 to Sun, 3/5. Show organizer Val LeSieur has moved the show that had previously been at the Big E in West Springfield to the Dana-Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Just about every track and racing organization will be represented at the 26th annual event. MORE>>
02-21-06: World Series Modified Racing action at the New Smyrna Speedway continued on Monday, February 13. Once the sun went down it was like being at home in New England as the temperatures dipped below freezing in central Florida. Donny Lia and Chuck Hossfeld started on the front row and ran nose to tail the entire distance of the event. MORE>>
02-14-06: Speed Weeks in Florida shifted into high gear last Friday night as the Annual World Series at the New Smyrna Beach high banked half mile Speedway got the green. A good field of Modifieds, 24, were on hand for the opening night 25 lap feature. Upstate New Yorker Chuck Hossfeld, who will be driving the Hills Enterprises No.79 on the Whelen Modified Tour Series this year, started on the pole and led every lap to take the opening night win. MORE>>
02-07-06: Speed Weeks in Florida shifts into high gear this Friday night as the 40th Annual World Series at the New Smyrna Beach high banked half mile Speedway gets the green for nine consecutive nights of wide open competition. Tour Type Modifieds and SK type Modifieds are just part of the nightly schedule that also includes Super Late Models, Late Models, Florida/IMSA Modifieds, Mini Stocks and winged Sprints. MORE>>
01-31-06: The New Smyrna World Series will get the green flag on Friday night, February 10. DIRT Motorsports will also have a presence in Florida as the popular Advance Auto Parts Florida Modified Tour at Volusia Speedway begins Feb. 15 with a 30-lap feature headlining the program. Open-wheel action continues at the recently refurbished Barberville half-mile oval with 30-lap feature events on Thursday and Friday before a big $5,000-to-win 50-lapper brings the curtain down Sat., Feb. 18.  MORE>>
01-17-06: Despite the fact that winter has descended upon us, race fans and competitors are thinking positive and are looking foreword to 2006. As of this Friday, January 17, three weeks remain until Speed Weeks start in Florida. The New Smyrna World Series will get the green flag on Friday night, February 10. Action at Daytona Beach for the Nextel Cup division shifts into high gear on Saturday, February 11. Nextel Cup, Busch Series, Craftsman Truck and Rolex 24 Hour cars will be holding practice sessions during the month. MORE>>
01-10-06: Even though winter has settled in there is still a lot going on. This coming weekend, January 13-15 will see Motorsports 2006 in Fort Washington, PA. Also this week will be the annual Waterford Speedbowl Banquet at the Groton Inn and Suites in Groton, C. Coming up on January 21 & 22 is the annual Ben Dodge Swap and Sell on January 22 & 22 at the Better Living Center on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. The Thompson Speedway will hold their annual awards banquets on January 27-28 and on January 29 is the Ninth annual NEAR Hall of Fame induction’s at the LeRenissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT. Tickets for the NEAR HOF are $40 each and can be secured by contacting Dan Pardi at 860-569-1299 or e-mail at dannypardi@aol.com. MORE>>
01-03-06: Despite the fact that winter has descended upon us, race fans and competitors are thinking positive and are looking foreword to 2006. As of this Friday, January 6, five weeks remain until Speed Weeks start in Florida. The New Smyrna World Series will get the green flag on Friday night, February 10. Action at Daytona Beach for the Nextel Cup division shifts into high gear on Saturday, February 11. Nextel Cup, Busch Series, Craftsman Truck and Rolex 24 Hour cars will be holding practice sessions during the month. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona takes on a new interest this year, as Ted Christopher will be in the field. Christopher will take part in a three-day practice session coming up this weekend.  MORE>>
12-27-05: Despite the fact that winter is about to descend upon us race fans and competitors are thinking positive and are looking foreword to 2006. As of this Friday, December 30, six weeks remain until Speed Weeks start in Florida. The New Smyrna World Series will get the green flag on Friday night, February 10. Action at Daytona Beach for the Nextel Cup division shifts into high gear on Saturday, February 11. MORE>>
12-20-05: Despite the fact that winter is about to descend upon us race fans and competitors are thinking positive and are looking foreword to 2006. As of this Friday, December 23, seven weeks remain until Speed Weeks start in Florida. The New Smyrna World Series will get the green flag on Friday night, February 10. Action at Daytona Beach for the Nextel Cup division shifts into high gear on Saturday, February 11. New Smyrna Modified Tour director Richard Brooks says that entries have been coming in and the way things look the SK Modifieds will more than likely have their own feature rather than having to run with the Tour Type Modifieds. MORE>>
12-13-05: Despite the fact that winter is about to descend upon us race fans and competitors are thinking positive and are looking foreword to 2006. As of this Friday, December 16, eight weeks remain until Speed Weeks start in Florida. The New Smyrna World Series will get the green flag on Friday night, February 10. Action at Daytona Beach for the Nextel Cup division shifts into high gear on Saturday, February 11 MORE>>
12-06-05: Despite the fact that winter is about to descend upon us race fans and competitors are thinking positive and are looking foreword to 2006. As of this Friday, December 9, nine weeks remain until Speed Weeks start in Florida. The New Smyrna World Series will get the green flag on Friday night, February 10. Action at Daytona Beach for the Nextel Cup division shifts into high gear on Saturday, February 11. MORE>>
11-29-05: The Wall Township Speedway on the New Jersey shore closed out the northeast racing season with the running of the 32nd annual Turkey Derby. The Turkey Derby was actually a 3-race affair of 50 lappers. Local runner Rich Mongeau took the overall win. His main rivals were the Blewett brothers, John III and Jimmy. Both had mechanical problems in the final event. Mongeau won the first 50 lapper, finished fourth in the second one and eighth in the nightcap. The Race of Champions Modifieds, similar to the NASCAR Tour type, ran a 100 lapper of their own. MORE>>
11-22-05: For all of you, a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving! Once we get through all the food there is one more race to complete for the 2005 season in the Northeast. The Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby at the Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey has become a tradition with it being a season closer. Starting back in the early 1970’s, the Turkey Derby has provided one last shot for both fans and competitors to get that one last fix of racing in before old man winter sets in. MORE>>
11-15-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series is now silent until the engines fire in the spring of 2006. Without a doubt Tony Hirschman is at the top of his game as he never gave up in his quest to repeat as the series champion. It looks like long time Whelen Modified Tour Series competitor and former champion Jamie Tomaino may be relocating from his native New Jersey to North Carolina. Tomaino, who is the senior member of the tour, will more than likely compete on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2006. Tomaino finished 11th in the 2005 Mod Tour standings. In 17 events he scored nine top tens including only two top five’s. MORE>>
11-08-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series is finally completed. Congratulations to Tony Hirschman and his team for a job well done. The next order of business will be the annual awards banquet at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on December 16. Don Hawk and his staff are currently working on the 2006 schedule, which they hope to announce at that time. It is also hoped that Hawk can solidify some television exposure for the division. MORE>>
11-01-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series was at the Thompson Speedway last weekend for the previously postponed World Series. They were joined by the Busch North Series. The big news on Saturday morning was that it wasn’t raining. Temperatures were in the low 30’s but it didn’t seem to hold anyone back as 40 Whelen Modifieds, 40 Sunoco SK type Modifieds and 35 Busch North cars helped jam the already bulging pit area. MORE>>
10-25-05: When is it going to end? Maybe its over and we just don't know it. The 2005 racing season in the Northeast, that is. Recent week-long and weekend rain storms have silenced just about all the racing since October 2 when the Stafford Motor Speedway ran their Fall Final and the Seekonk Speedway ran their D.Anthony Venditti Memorial. Since then it’s been raining, big time! One thing is for sure, the upcoming swap meet - flea market at the Thompson Speedway, scheduled for November 5-6, will go on as planned, no matter what! MORE>>
10-18-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series was at the Thompson Speedway last weekend for the annual World Series. The track opened on Friday in order to allow competitors entrance to the pit area. There was also supposed to be a practice session to the non-touring divisions but rain put a damper on that. It looked promising until last Friday night when a knock out punch in the form of five more inches of rain was delivered. With the speedway under water, the Thompson Speedway management and NASCAR had no choice but to postpone the event to this coming weekend, October 21-23. The rescheduling created a conflict with the Waterford Speedbowl who had already rescheduled their season ending Fall Finale. MORE>>
10-11-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series was supposed to be at the Thompson Speedway last Saturday for the Twin 100's that were rescheduled from June 12. Heavy rains moved into Connecticut during early afternoon on Friday and along with a forecast of rain all day Saturday, postponed the event to Sunday. By mid day on Saturday it became a moot point as over four inches of rain dumped on the Thompson area and the forecast was extended to have continuing rain through mid week. MORE>>
10-04-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series made its final stop of the year at Stafford last weekend for the annual Fall Final. There were 43 Modifieds on hand for the 150 lapper that carried a purse of $80,328. Taking the top spot in time trials was Donny Lia who turned the half-mile oval in 18.469 seconds. Second fastest was Tony Hirschman who was a tick slower at 18.524 seconds. MORE>>
9-27-05: 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. MORE>>

9-20-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH last Friday afternoon. It was good to see Mike Ewanitsko back in competition after a long time being on the sick list. Ewanitsko tested at Thompson on September 13 and appeared to be as sharp and fast as ever. There were 40 cars on hand including backups. MORE>>

9-13-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was at the Thompson Speedway last weekend for the Annual Thompson 300. With the announcement that the 300 would return to its original format came applause from fans and competitors alike. Thirty-seven Modifieds were on hand for time trials on Saturday. Tony Hirschman, who trailed Ted Christopher by 21 points going into the event, earned his seventh Bud Pole of the year. Hirschman was in a class by himself as he toured the 5/8 mile oval in 18.962 seconds for a speed of 118.658 mph. Second fastest was Zach Sylvester who went 118.141 mph. Donnie Lia, Mike Stefanik and John Blewett III rounded out the top five. Hirschman drew eighth on the draw for starting positions while Carl Pasteryak drew the pole. MORE>>
9-06-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series was at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia last Saturday night. With gasoline approaching the $3.50 per gallon mark there were not too many race fans heading south from New England. NASCAR Auto Racing, second only in popularity to the NFL, could take it on the chin in the upcoming months. A good percentage of fans travel with campers that get 5-7 miles per gallon. This alone will keep people home. There is nothing that NASCAR or the promoters can do as our congressmen and our President have chosen to take no action to stop the insane increases. MORE>>
8-30-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series visited the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night for the Big Y World Class Markets 150. Tony Hirschman led the 30 cars on hand as he took the Bud Pole award. Hirschman drew seventh for the initial start and was a possible threat until he found himself collected in a lap 65 multi-car tangle. MORE>>
8-23-05: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series visited the Thompson Speedway last Thursday night in what had to be considered a perfect night of racing. A good crowd, 8-9,000, a good field of cars, 37 Modifieds and good weather were the orders of the day. The hot topic of conversation is the ever increasing cost of fuel. Gasoline and Diesel fuel are now priced in the $2.60 per gallon range. Heating oil is expected to go through the roof this winter. Race fans are forced to pay more as are competitors. A survey in the pit area showed that car owners are all but paying the ultimate price. Roger and Sandra Hill own Hillbilly Racing based in Westfield, North Carolina. MORE>>
8-16-05: Racing in New England got an early start last week as the Stafford Motor Speedway ran Full Fendered Wednesday highlighted by the NASCAR Busch North Series. Second generation driver Ryan Moore gambled with a tire change and walked off a winner. Ted Christopher gambled that his tires would last. He lost and had to settle for third place at the finish. Christopher led from lap 77 to 122 until giving way to Moore. Brian Hoar took over second spot late in the race. A good representative field of 28 cars was on hand. Andy Santerre and Mike Olsen rounded out the top five. Craig Collins took the Late Model win. MORE>>
8-09-05: Denise Barry Dion passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 3. Denise was the sister and spotter of Modified driver Ken Barry (21), daughter to car owner Art and Deborah Barry and wife to Wayne Dion, Pro Stock driver. Denise, 45, was swimming when she began experiencing sudden abdominal pain and was then rushed to the hospital, put on life support, and by early evening, had passed away.  MORE>>