STAFFORD SPRINGS CT- Friday Night at Stafford Motor Speedway, the first of three Open 80 events were held of the 2019 season. Drivers from the VMRS, and the Whelen Tour were in attendance.
Three heat races would set the feature lineup with a unique “plus, minus” system, to set the field for the 80 lap event. Matt Galko, Cam McDermott, and Eric Goodale would end up being victorious in heat race events. As the feature got rolling, it was clear the SK drivers came to play, as Todd Owen and Keith Rocco got out to a good start a Rocco would start up front P4 and Owen started P2.
Rocco would quickly make his move on Todd Owen who jumped out front, and take a commanding lead over the field. A caution around halfway would be the clear indicator for most to come in and take their 2 tires, except for Andrew Molleur, who decided to play wild card. Needless to say, the gamble would not turn out good for the young shoe, and his team as the race would go green from there on, and Keith Rocco would win the first Open 80 of the season. Todd Owen, and Matt Galko, all SK regulars would star the podium.
In the SK Modified Feature, only one caution would slow the field, as Ronnie Williams would start and finish up front in the 40 lap event doing what he does best. Joey Cipriano, and Nick Salva would round out the top 3, all graduates at one point of the SK Light division at Stafford. Salva looking like the Salva of old and having a great run.
In the SK Light 40 lap Dunleavy special, heavy hitters early on were taken out of the event, including Bryan Narducci, Alexander Pearl, and Mikey Flynn who has been on a tear as of late. Teddy Hodgdon would control the race through the midway portion putting on a show, but a late couple of cautions would test everyone's abilities and mental strength. Lap cars would get in Hodgdon's way and ultimately cause a yellow. Hodgdon would continue forward and just make it through the incident past the caution cars. On the last restart, Hodgdon would try to clear Mark Bakaj down in turn 1, and that let Noah Korner into the mix, from 3rd. Korner would battle with Hodgdon for the remaining two laps, and down into turn 3, Korner made a divebomb move that not even he thought would stick. However, it did, and with minimal contact, Noah Korner would win the Dunleavey’s 40 lap SK Light event. Hodgon, and Puleo rounded the podium.
WEST LEBANON, NY- This past weekend we were able to make the much overdue trip north to the home of the high banks, the valley of speed, Lebanon Valley Speedway. Along for the ride was also Mr. Modified Fan, David Cymbala for not only his first ever trip to the Valley but also his first ever dirt race too. With the potential for rain later in the night The Valley did a great job of moving the show along the best they could as always to get all feature racing in but the 4-Cylinders. It was a great afternoon for racing even with the threat of rain in the evening. Everyone seemed to be having fun and enjoying the Valley with the friendly and laid back feel. In the first Pure Stock feature Ed Hatch would take the win with Jeff Kreutziger taking home the win in the second.
The Pro Stock feature race would leave Jason Meltz as the winner on the night followed by Nick Arnold and Jason Casey in third. Both the small blocks and the big block modifieds were on hand Saturday night. For the 24 lap small block feature Andy Bachetti would win with Brett Haas and Jason Herrington both finishing on the podium behind him. In the Country Waste & Whorles Food Modified feature Kenny Tremont Jr. would finish with a convincing win over Rob Pitcher in second and Andy Bachetti in third. There is nothing like checking out the Big Block Modifieds and Lebanon Valley with its $11 stands, $24 pits and the best home cooked food at any race track is a great place to see some dirt action. There is a reason why the pits and stands are filled every week!
As the Big Block feature pulled off the track, skipping a traditional victory lane in an attempt to get the 4-Cylinder race in the skies opened right up and it would end the night with a down pour. It was unfortunate as there was a strong field of cars that had turned out to compete in the race. The track really did their best but in the end was forced to postpone the last race of the night to a later date.
CLAREMONT, NH-The Claremont Motorsports Park hosted round one of the 2019 Tri-Track Series last Sunday afternoon. The stands, and the pits were packed with fans and crews as the Ron Bouchard 100 would get underway. It was a perfect day at the scenic track to take in some racing. For the Tri-Track, the field would be split into 4 heat races and then 2 consolation events, and the remaining cars would have to load up and go home. In the heat events, Matt Hirschman, Calvin Carroll, Anthony Sesley, and Matthew Swanson would take the wins. Winning the heat would award them the take home of 200 bucks, and a spot in the 100 lap event. If drivers did not finish in the top 5 of any of those heat races they were left to run one of two 15 lap consolation events. Colbey Fournier and Dana Smith would be victorious in those heats to set the field for the Ron Bouchard Memorial 100. The heat races were good shows and looked as the feature should be as well if it followed suite.
The field went green for the 100 lap event, Mike Willis would start 3rd, and end up in the lead off of turn 2. Willis and Silk would battle for the first handful of laps until Silk was able to get by Willis and take the lead. From there Silk, Willis, and Todd Patnode would ride the top 3 until around halfway when a yellow would come out. All but Willis, Jankowiak, and Sesley would pit, giving Willis the lead. Willis would take the lead as Sesley and Hirschman would follow, until another yellow, which ended the night for Silk, Patnode, Kirk Alexander with Sam Rameu being sent to the rear named the as the cause of the caution and this incident would slow the field and race.
Willis would pit, Sesley and Hirschman would be left on the front row. Matt Hirschman would then take a commanding lead a few laps later, and never look back for the first win of the TTOMS season for the #60 Pee-dee Motorsports team. Les Hinckley and Ronnie Williams in the #25 would round out the podium. As always a fun time at the very affordable and hospitable Claremont Motorsports Park was had by many.
This weekend Stafford and Claremont both are running regular Friday night shows. The tour is at Seekonk Saturday and then again at Thompson Wednesday. But you will probably find us back for more dirt fun at Lebanon Valley Speedway Saturday for some great friendly affordable fun. One can never get enough Big Blocks and Saturday is The MAYNARD FORRETTE $2500 To Win Big Block Modified Memorial Event. Along with all their weekly divisions including Small Block Modifieds plus Sportsmen Modifieds. So come on out to the Valley of Speed Saturday for some great fun, food and racing all for $11.00!