STAFFORD CT- Stafford Motor Speedway held their ladies night and track walk event last Friday night while the Whelen tour was up north at New Hampshire Motor Speedway holding their All Star event for the Whelen Modified Tour drivers. On Friday night George Bessett Jr was able to take home the win in the Street Stock division. For the Limited Late Models it was Duane Provost and in the Late Models Glen Reen was able to take down the win on the week.
In the SK Lights it was Mark Bakaj taking down the win followed by Wesley Prucker and Bryan Narducci. The points battle in the division now has Narducci 20 points over Rufrano and George Nocera Jr 66 points back. This past week was race number 13 out of 22 scheduled. In the SK division, the now familiar name of Ronnie William yet again brought the number 50 team to victory lane. He was followed by Eric Berndt and Micheal Gervais to round out the podium. The points early in the season looked as if Keith Rocco was going to run away with a championship. Now that the season has developed a bit things are started to shake out to favor Ronnie WIlliams. Rocco really has not done much since the first few races but staying fairly consistent in the top ten. Williams now leads by the points by 48 over Rocco and Matt Galko is currently 102 back from Williams. There is still a lot of racing to come and the points may take another change still but currently Williams is running very strong.
LOUDON NH- Up in New Hampshire the Whelen Modified Tour ran their All Star Shootout on Friday afternoon. The field is always talented and gives these drivers a chance to show their skills in a shootout stye race. At the end of the 35 lap event Justin Bonsignore was able to take the win. The Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 on Saturday would be a showcase of the racing that modified fans love and go to NHMS to see. In the 100 lap event there was a total of 20 different lead changes held between 9 different drivers. There is no modified racing like the modified racing at Loudon.
For a better part of the race the winner did not even seem to be a contender. It would not be till late in the race that Bobby Santos would take the lead as this is par for course at Loudnon for santos. On lap 95 Santos and Newman would battle it out for the lead with Dowling close behind. This race was 100 laps long and it came down to lap 100. Chase Dowling and Bobby Santos III would drag race down the front stretch to the checkered flags where Santos would end up grabbing the win after running Dowling all the way down to the inside wall. The two drove hard and clean to a side by side drag race finish that every fan and driver is loves to see.
This race may not have finished how Dowling had hoped for but he did come home with a race car in one piece and he had a solid points day. When looking at the bigger picture and how the points are shaking out it would be hard to say it wasn't a pretty good day for the hot shoe Dowling. At the end of the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 Justin Bonsignore leads the points over Dowling by 32 and Timmy Solomito sits 66 points back to Bonsignore after Saturday. The next tour race is coming up on August 3rd at Stafford Motor Speedway for the Starrett Tools 150.
WATERFORD CT- The New-London Waterford Speedbowl ran it’s Saturday night show this past Saturday and the fans were treated to a great show all around in all of the Speedbowl Divisions. To start off the night the late models had their 1st race of the twin features. It was a race between Ryan Morgan, Jason Palmer, and Anthony Flannery, a classic battle that has been seen many times this season already. Morgan, who has blasted onto the Connecticut racing scene as of late would run side by side with Jason Palmer, for just about the entire race. The two, even with the late race yellows, would put on one heck of a show. The outside line would prevail as Jason Palmer would take down the win, with Morgan and Flannery in tow. By far the best fender race in CT so far.
The NLWS trucks took the track for their feature and proved to be a good show with an improved car count. It would be Duane Noll taking down the win, with Jeff Karns and Todd Taylor on the podium. It would be a sweep for the 2VT as Noll would go on to win the heat and feature on Saturday. The Street Stocks showed that Shawn Gaedake is a force to be reckoned with. Gaedake would have to come through traffic, but the new 30-lap features for the Street Stocks gave him time to methodically race his way up front. Once Gadake got to the lead it was game over and left Jordan Hadley and Adrien Paradis to settle for podium spots. The #9 is on fire this year. The Mini Stocks took to the track for their 25 lap race, and the 2017 champion, Charles Canfield would come out victorious. However, it was not for a very valiant effort from fellow competitor Doug Curry, who would end up in the runner-up spot. Rounding out the top 5 would be Andrew Krzeminski, Nicholas Pappacoda, and Ian Brew.
The SK Light Modifieds showed Johnny “P” Lightning Puleo in the Race Choice #57 taking down another win, number 4 to be exact on the year. Despite a clean race besides a yellow around halfway when Steven Chapman would turn Brett Gonyaw around in turns 1 and 2, causing both drivers to go to the rear of the field. Puleo would battle hard, but clean with Keith Caruso. Caruso, a new driver to the bowl but definitely no slouch thus far. Caruso would finish a strong second with Johnny O’Sullivan 3rd.
The SK Modifieds would take the track for their 40 lap feature and Kyle James and Todd Owen, the only two drivers to win a race this year would put on another classic hard battle. James would walk the dog until a caution late in the going, allowing the tires to cool. “The car was off after the caution, and Owen had the better car,” said James. Owen would hound James for the rest of the race, but James, no stranger to fighting for a win at the Bowl would come out on top, with Owen, and Galko in tow. Andrew Molleur who ran 3rd all race until a late race restart would end up 4th, and Rob Janovic, 5th.
The Legends Division showed a familiar car and driver in the victory circle. Peter Bennett would dominate the race, once he took the lead to win yet another race this season at the Bowl. Scott Limkemann, and Kyle Rogers were the top 3. The 2nd Late Model feature of the night, along with a pileup that would take race #1 winner, Jason Palmer out of the race and many others. In the end after some yellows it showed Ryan Morgan taking down the win over the teammates of Anthony Flannery and Dave Ethridge.
This weekend there will be lots of racing action taking place. Stafford Motor Speedway will be holding their regular weekly racing as well as Claremont Speedway up in NH on Friday. After a week off for the mid-season break Claremont is ready to get back in action.
On Saturday, as the usual, there are lots of places you can venture to see a great show. Seekonk will be having a great night of racing including a kids trike race and the Late Model drivers are scheduled for an autograph session. For a full schedule and more information click HERE to get to Seekonk's webpage.
The New London Waterford Speedbowl will be hosting their Nostalgia night & Classic Car Cruise. This Saturday's racing will feature 9 races including S.T.A.R and NEAR divisions. On the race ticket are the NEMA lites, CT Pro 4 Mods, S.T.A.R. Sportsman, SK Lites, Sportsman, SK Modifieds, Mini Stocks, S.T.A.R. Modifieds, NEAR. It should be a great night of racing at only $18 to get in the grandstands. For more information click HERE.
Also, this Saturday is the Tri-Track open modified series at Star Speedway for the famed SBM 125. A strong field is expected as always with Tri-Track with this being the third race of the season over 30 competitors are expected to show.STAR is a great little race track in Epping NH, the mods always put on a show here as well as there weekly divisions really give you your moneys worth!
So far this season the favorite of Matt Hirshman last years champ has not been able to find his way into victory lane after winning all the TR-Track races the year before, coming off last season where it seemed that was the only place he could be found. It should be an epic battle and an awesome race to the end with drivers coming such as Hirshman, Barrett, Nocella, Pennink, Pitkat, NH wheelman Patnode, Silk who is coming off a win at the last TTOM event at Seekonk among many more big names. Not to leave out the many talented young guns like Rameau, Carroll, Robie.
Pits will be open at 9 with the rotating practice starting at 10. Final TTOM practice will be from 2:30 - 3:00 with the local division heats starting at 4:30. Tri-Track heats are scheduled for 5:30 with the main event of the SBM 125 VII scheduled to start at approx 8 PM. Do not miss this one! For a full schedule and more information you can click HERE to get to Star Speedway's webpage. BW & MT