STAFFORD, CT: Last Friday night Stafford Motor Speedway was in action with their regular weekly show with 5 NASCAR divisions on hand. In the Street Stock division there was a crazy wreck that would take Nicole Chambrello, Travis Hydar and George Bessette Jr out of the action. Chambrello and Hydar had been banging and went high in turn three, Bessette tried to avoid by going high. When he went high he got pinched and had no where to go. In turn he hit Chambrello just right to end with her car rolling over. As a result of this incident Hydar was suspended for an event and placed on probation for three events there after. At the end of the night the winner of the Street Stocks would be Brandon Michael followed by the rookie Meghan Fuller and Chris Bagnall.
In the Limited Late Model Feature Ryan Fearn would take down the win on the night. He was followed by R.J. Surdell and Gary Patnode. This would mark Fearns third win in 2018. In the Late Model feature we would hear the familiar name of Tom Fearn as he would win his six consecutive win on the season. In second was Gambacorta and third over the line would be Tyler Leary. At the end of the race the GM of Stafford placed a bounty out for Tom Fearn in the amount of $500.
In the SK Light feature a fast Marcello Rufrano would find himself in victory lane again. He was followed by Mark Bakai and Geoff Nooney. In the SK feature it would be almost a caution free event. After an early caution the cars got a long run in the feature that allowed Joey Cipriano to get out front and stay out front. He was too far ahead for Christopher to chase him down without a cation or more laps. Had a caution come out Cipriano may have had his hands full as Christoper had a stout car again this week. The top five after the 40 lap feature would be Cipriano, Christopher, Kopcik, Reen and Williams.
Once again rain would not let the Waterford Speedbowl run this past Saturday, but we will have more on this coming weeks big SK mod races both at Stafford with $5k to win and over $4k to win at the Bowl and lots of lap and bonus money on top of the $17K total SK Purse Saturday at the Bowl. Follow us to see more about these shows this week.
LOUDON, NH: The New England Short Track Showdown was in action this weekend at Loudon, NH. The North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) the Street Stock Showdown Series (SSSS) the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) and the Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) were all on hand to give drivers a chance to live out their dream on what many would call “Short Track Daytona.” Everyone knows there’s nothing like modifieds at NHMS, but every other division put on an amazing show headed down to the wire in every division.
To start, the NEMST, a 4 cylinder division took the track for their feature. Joe Kendall, a past champion and multi-time winner in just about everything at Monadnock Speedway, and Devin Guy, would battle it out. IIn the end Maniatis would be come a factor as he ended up taking over the lead from Kendall and winning the feature. Both drivers would congratulate each other in victory lane on a job well done and a great show. Third place was Devin Guy.
The GSPSS took the track and it was Ray Christian bringing the field to green. Christian looked strong until the 17MA of Eddie “Mac” would get the top spot. It seemed with the lap 25 break, everyone would be saving their equipment, as MacDonald would hold a half-straightaway lead, with Griffith, and Lanphear in tow. Lap 25 came around and during the controlled pit stop teams would change tires, and make adjustments. This would bunch the field back up and it was Derek Griffith on the restarts showing he would not give up easily. Griffith would drive on the outside of Eddie Mac, many times, on many restarts but just couldn't get it to stick. While this happened, Reid Lanphear just watched and stayed in line, and saved his equipment. With 5 to go, Lanphear would start his drive to the front. He would get to the 17 of MacDonald with 4 to go and try 3 times until the white flag. Lanphear was as close as he ever was into one, and threw it on the outside, made it stick and was clear for the lead into turn 3. Both drivers sent it in, but Lanphear had the drive off and would take the win leading only 1 lap, but the lap that mattered most. Lanphear won the feature followed by MacDonald and Griffith.
The Street Stock Showdown early on was plagued with cautions for the first 17 laps. Race control, knowing weather was coming decided next caution at lap 17 would end the race for the day. With 25+ cars taking the green, 4 lanes were used, and sometimes the game of inches closed faster than it should have. Cautions bred cautions, but it was awesome and hard racing. Albert Ovitt lead all the way from lap 6 and in a yellow-checkered race situation as there were too many cautions and weather coming it was Albert Ovitt who won the race. He was followed by Corey Hutchings taking P2, with Kyle Hewins in third.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series made the 5th stop of the season at Loudon and it was Anthony Nocella and Ron Silk taking the “W” in the heats. Early on and for much of the race, it was a 3 car break away for Pitkat, Silk, and Nocella. All race, the three would swap the lead, in NHMS style, sliding into the corners, a game of inches, clearing by centimeters. Drafting down the straightaways led some underdogs into contention. One of those, being Derek Robbie who ran in the top 10 all race, he would end up 9th on the day. Late in the race, there would be a caution with 16 to go, and it would stack the field up once more. Again, the cream would rise to the top, with Pitkat, Nocella, and Silk pulling away from the field. The nerf bars were in full force, at the end of the race with Silk showing he wanted the win more than anyone. Pitkat would break with 4 laps left, coming over the radio saying; “I got no power.” Silk and Nocella were the last of the top 3 breakaway and Silk and him would make contact sending Nocella up to the marbles. Silk would pull away and take down the win in the 50 lap feature. “I love racing at this race track and I thank all you guys for putting this on.” Richard Savary and Les Hinckley were the top 3.
Seekonk MA- Wednesday is once again the famed "Open Wheel Wednesday" $10,000 to win Tri-Track 100 lap event at Seekonk Speedway In MA. Joined by NEMA and NEMA Light Midgets. This is always one of the best mod races of the year. It looks to be a perfect summer day for over 40 mods entered to make the main show, with at least one maybe two mini feature for those that do not qualify for the big dance. With names like Preece, Barrett, McKennedy, Pennink, Pitkat, Jankowiack, Hirschman, Ki Rocco, Nocella, Holdridge to name a few. Last Tri-Track race winner from the Claremont race, Mike Willis will be on hand to try and tame the 1/3 of a mile wide banked bull ring. As well as this past weekends NE Short Track Showdown MRS winner Ron Silk. Stands open at 4. You do not want to miss this one! For more info click HERE. BW #ModOn #ShortTrackNation