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Nov 6-7 - North SOuth Shootout - Modified


The South rose again at the 7th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout on Saturday night as Burt Myers of Walnut Cove, NC, successfully defended his North-South Shootout championship. It was the second straight victory for Myers in Shootout Modified competition at the annual event. By virtue of his victory Myers earned $13,080 in prize money and contingencies.
Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, made history with his victory in the SK-Type Modified event on Saturday. Hirschman, a previous Tour Modified victor, became the first driver to win in both the Tour-Type and SK-Type Modifieds. Just days after losing his son in a tragic accident, Jeff Fultz of Troutman, NC, bested a talent-laden field of Super Late Models to score the WearCrete North-South Shootout victory. Dave Steele of Tampa, FL was victorious in the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association (TBARA) Sprint car debut at the Shootout. A pair of NJ natives combined to take the Vintage action at the Shootout. Pete Brittain of Oakhurst, NJ, and Anthony Colosimo of Red Bank, NJ were winners in Vintage Modified and Vintage Sportsman divisions respectively. With his victory on Saturday night, Burt Myers became the second driver to score back-to-back Shootout Tour-Type Modified victories. He now joins the late John Blewett III and Matt Hirschman as two-time winners of the event. Myers took the lead from Matt Hirschman on lap eight and would never be headed. Quick work by his pit crew during a mandatory pit stop at lap 70 had Myers in position to win the event. Myers dominated the competition by leading 118 of the 125 lap race.
An incident on lap four that began with contact between the leaders, pole sitter Chuck Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman, caused a chain reaction that collected a number of cars including contenders Hossfeld and Les Hinckley. George Brunnhoelzl III, Eric Beers, Bobby Grigas, and Ted Christopher were among others involved. On the restart Myers sat second. It only took a handful of laps before taking the lead. Over the later portion of the event Myers was chased by Rowan Pennink but never really challenged. Newly crowned Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Brunnhoelzl was on the move; looking to be a serious contender for the win. His progress was halted when a flat tire sent him to pit road. Brunnhoelzl put on a show working his way back toward the front. Doug Coby recovered from an early race incident to run inside the top three. Myers went on to score a popular win in front of a solid and clearly Southern skewed crowd. Pennink continued his strong 2009 season with a runner-up finish. The hard-charging Coby earned a podium finish in third. Matt Hirschman and Jamie Tomaino completed the top five.
A total of 44 Modifieds attempted to qualify for the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout. Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, a two-time Shootout Modified winner, jumped aboard the Bob Horn #58 SK-Modified to make history. Hirschman came out on top of a highly competitive main event to win the SK-Type Modified 50-lapper; becoming the first driver to double up in Shootout competition.
In the SK-Type Modifieds it was a duel of the double-duty drivers. Pole sitter Ryan Preece, driving the #99 usually piloted by Woody Pitkat, and Hirschman duked it out for the lead for much of the race with Ronnie Silk in tow. The two went wheel-to-wheel lap after lap as first Silk and then Coby lurked. A classic dual for the win was thwarted when Preece went spinning on lap 42. The spin left Hirschman on his own as he went on to score the victory. The strong Shootout performance by Doug Coby started with a runner-up finish in the SK-Type Modified main event.
Ted Christopher had problems with his #00 early in the race forcing him down pit road. After restarting deep in the pack, Christopher methodically picked his way through the field and to a third-place finish. Steven Reed, who was presented with the Racing Electronics SK Bonus as the highest finishing SK only driver, came home in fourth. Silk faded in the closing laps to finish in the fifth position.
The Super Late Models are not a rare sight at Concord Speedway but the 7th Annual North-South Shootout provided some variety to the full-fendered division. The WearCrete Diamond Concrete Polishing 125 saw some new faces as the CRA Super Series hosted race teams from as far away as Canada, California, Michigan and Tennessee and from as close by as Charlotte, NC, to take part in the event. Local and sentimental favorite Jeff Fultz of Troutman, NC, proved to be the class of the field as he took the lead on lap 53 and never looked back.
A crowd of crew members, fans, and well-wishers greeted Fultz at the start finished line after he took down the victory. The well-deserved and much need victory was capped off by a series of impressive burnouts. Fultz was racing with a heavy heart after an automobile accident claimed the life of his son only days prior.
ohn VanDoorn chased Fultz to the checkers. Early leader and Fultz teammate Cassius Clark also posted a podium finish. Hometown driver Preston Peltier of Concord, NC, finished fourth. Showing a talent beyond his years, 13-year old Chase Elliott used poise and patience to complete the top-five . Brian Ickler, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports had a disappointing performance to finish 19.

7th Annual John Blewett III Memorial Town & Country Ford North-South Shootout ™
presented by Cabarrus County Visitors Bureau & Capital Bank

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: 1. #1 Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, NC; 2. #93 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Station , PA ; 3. #19 Doug Coby, Milford , CT ; 4. #60 Matt Hirschman, Northampton , PA ; 5. #99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell , NJ ; 6. #28 George Brunnhoelzl III , Mooresville , NC ; 7. #58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, NY; 8. #36 Jimmy Zacharias, Candor, NY; 9. #66 Pete Brittain, Oakhurst , NJ ; 10. #11 Anthony Sesely, Matawan , NJ ; 11. #25 Zane Zeiner, Bath, PA; 12. #12 Keith Rocco, Wallingford, CT; 13. #88 Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs, CT; 14. #3s Daren Scherer, Binghamton, NY; 15. #659 Danny Bohn, Huntersville , NC ; 16. #42 Dave Pecko, Vandling , PA ; 17. #31 Gene Pack, Myrtle Beach , SC ; 18. #21K George Kent, Elmira, NY; 19. #44K Rick Kluth, Brockport , NY ; 20. #40P Ryan Preece, Kensington , CT ; 21. #45B Eric Beers, N. Hampton , PA ; 22. #3M Jeff Malave, S. Windsor, CT; 23. #4 Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, NC; 24. #6 Josh Nichols, Cleveland, NC; 25. #00 Ted Christopher, Plainville , CT ; 26. #47 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH; 27. #2 JR Bertuccio, Statesville, NC; 28. #40F Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, NC; 29. #8 Earl Paules, Palmerton, PA; 30. #22 Chuck Hossfeld, Lockport , NY ; 31. #06 Les Hinckley , Windsor Locks, CT; 32. #09 Bobby Grigas III , Marshfield, MA; 33. #79 James Civali, Meriden, CT

Nov 6-7 - North SOuth Shootout

Results of the 50-lap North-South Shootout SK Modified feature

1. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa.
2. Doug Coby, Milford
3. Ted Christopher, Plainville
4. Steve Reed, Freehold, N.J.
5. Ron Silk, Norwalk
6. Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
7. Rick Kluth, Brockport, N.Y.
8. Keith Rocco, Wallingford
9. Ron Yuhas Jr., Groton
10. Shawn Carrig, Little Falls, N.J.
11. Woody Pitkat, Stafford
12. Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa.
13. Ryan Preece, Berlin
14. Gerry Gradl Jr., N/A
15. T.J. Zacharias, Candor, N.Y.
16. Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y.
17. Dan Kurzejewski, Mansfield, Pa.
18. Gary Young Jr., Burlington, N.C.
19. Kerry Malone, Needham, Mass.
20. Craig Dolphin, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
21. Anthoney Sesely, Matawan, N.J.
22. Mike Speeny, Newtown, Pa.
23. Jimmy Zacharias, Candor, N.Y.

Oct 31 - Mahoning Speedway - posponed due to rain

Oct 25 - Thompson Speedway - NASCAR - 18

Tiger Report:
The Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT hosted the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Season Finalewith the running of the Xtra-Mart World Series 150. Eric Beers and the Berkley Auto Racing team entered the event hoping to finish out what has been a roller coaster season on a high note. Once again Mother Nature had something to say as Saturday's events were cancelled due to rain. The starting line-up would be based on the 2009 point standings which would put the # 46 in the 8th starting position.

On Sunday there would be a brief 30 minute practice session for the teams to prepare for the 150 lap race around the 5/8 mile oval. During the session Eric radioed to the crew that there was a miss in the engine and that it was breaking up going down the straight-aways. The team and engine builder Jim Mickel of Performance Technology worked to diagnose the problem by checking the rocker arms, changing spark plugs, spark plug wires, and the distributor cap. With no more scheduled practice they hoped that they were able to correct the problem.

When the green flag flew, Eric made his way into the top- 5 on lap 6. He reported that the cars' handling was tight on entry into the corner and that it skated the nose up the track. He also radioed that the motor was running fine. When racing resumed, the tight condition worsened and he would slip back to the 10th spot. A lap 43 caution was a much needed opportunity to pit. Eric informed the crew that there was something wrong with the left front tire as it was shaking. With a tire rule allowing for only three tires to be changed (unless there is something wrong with one) during the race the decision was made to put on right side tires, a left front tire, and 2 rounds of wedge into the car. Upon inspection of the left front tire, NASCAR Officials determined that there was something wrong with it and did not count it as one of the three that were allowed. Restarting in the 14th position Eric would slip back to 18th spot. Another yellow, this time on lap 82, would find the yellow # 46 back on pit road for more adjustments. Reporting that the car was tight thru the turns but having no forward bite, Eric once again brought the car to the crew's attention at a lap 101 caution, this time they would put on a fresh left rear tire. Unfortunately, one lap after taking the green, contact from another car would cut down the left rear tire and send Eric sliding into the infield. He would be able to limp the car back to pit road for a left rear, the crew also had to re-attach the nerf bar to the rear bumper to NASCAR's satisfaction. Unbelievably, they made the repairs without losing a lap, by pitting numerous times. Over the remaining laps, Eric would stay clear of anymore trouble and would finish out the 2009 season with an 18th place finish. Although it was not the finish that they had wanted, it was good enough to hold onto the 8th place in the point standings.

At this time, Car Owner Bob Katon Jr. would like to thank driver Eric Beers for all of his efforts throughout the year. The crew who volunteer so much of their time working on the car and traveling to all of the races. They are Crew Chief Donald "Duck" Adams, Jim "Tiger" Lumi, Mike Irvine, Chris "Frosty" Faust, Kevin Jasper, Brian Rapoza, Ashley Katon, Spotter Joe Skotnicki, and the wives, girlfriends and families that allow them to do this. We would also like to thank former Crew Chief Dave Phillips who is still recovering from injury for all of his advice. Throughout the season we have had numerous people help out both at the shop and at the track, Joe Soares, Peter Desplaines, Peter Jasper, Glenn Eberwine, Earl Edwards, Kevin Crowley, Brian Brady, Jen Lesniak (for making the teams lodging arrangements), and of course webmaster David Kerper. Thanks also go out to drivers Ryan Preece and Ronnie Silk for getting behind the wheel of the # 46.

And last but certainly not least, the people who make this possible. Our marketing partners and sponsors. Sam Lorusso Sr. and Jr., Paul Lorusso, David Peterson Jr. and everyone at Cape Cod Aggregates. Bob Katon Sr., Judy Katon, Rosie Labonte and everyone at J & R Pre-Cast. Longtime partner Joe Viveiros and everyone at Viveiros Insurance. Our engine builders Jim Mickel from Performance Technology and Randy Miranda at Precision Racing Engines. Associate sponsors include New England Racing Fuel Sunoco, 'Q' Oil, Pro Shocks, Pro Systems Brakes, Koszela Speed, Jones Racing Products, QuarterMaster, The Joie of Seating, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, and Troyer Race Cars.

The next event takes place on Saturday November 14 with the inaugural Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala being held at the Concord Convention Center in Concord, NC. where Eric and Team Owner Bob Katon will receive their 8th place trophy and pick up the Coca Cola Move of the Race Award

Second Championship In Three Years For Long Island Driver

Donny Lia led the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in victories in 2009, but in the end, it was a fourth-place finish in the season finale Sunday in the World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart that was enough to give the Jericho, N.Y., native his second Tour championship in the last three years.
Defending Tour champion Ted Christopher won the race by 1.187-seconds over Ryan Preece, but Lia’s finish was enough to give him the title by 16 points over Preece. It was the closest championship finish since 1996.
Christopher took the lead for the final time from Lia on Lap 132 and led the rest of the way. However, he was mathematically eliminated from championship contention when the field took the green flag Sunday afternoon. Christopher finished third, 89 points behind Lia.
In the 25th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Lia joined Mike Stefanik (seven), Tony Hirschman Jr. (five) and Jimmy Spencer (two) as the only drivers to win the championship more than once. In addition, he gave car owner Bob Garbarino his second championship in three seasons. Garbarino had fielded the No. 4 “Mystic Missile” in Modified competition since 1961 for some of the biggest names in the division’s history without winning one until Lia broke through in 2007. Lia left in 2008 to run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before returning to the seat this season. He won four times in 2009, with victories at Tour staples Thompson, Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as well as the inaugural visit to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Doug Coby finished third in Sunday’s race, followed in the top 10 by Lia, Rowan Pennink, Chris Pasteryak, Erick Rudolph, Kevin Goodale, Ron Silk and Woody Pitkat. Christopher led twice for 93 laps, while Lia led twice for 57 laps. Lia started on the pole after rain washed out Coors Light Pole Award qualifying Saturday.
As a touring series champion, Lia earned a protected starting position in the prestigious NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown to be held on Jan. 29-30 at California ’s Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. The seventh running of the event, which is run in NASCAR Camping World Series cars, brings together the top racers from across North America for the “Daytona 500 of short-track racing.”

Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Ct.
1. (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150 laps, 71.641 mph, $8,150.
2. (2) Ryan Preece, Berlin , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $3,700.
3. (21) Doug Coby, Milford , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $3,650.
4. (1) Donny Lia, Jericho , N.Y. , Dodge, 150, $2,700.
5. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley , Pa. , Chevrolet, 150, $2,378.
6. (7) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $2,200.
7. (16) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 150, $2,000.
8. (20) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,900.
9. (26) Ron Silk, Norwalk , Conn . , Ford, 150, $1,350.
10. (10) Woody Pitkat, Stafford , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $1,750.
11. (27) Rob Summers, Vernon , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $1,225.
12. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,900.
13. (9) Zach Sylvester, Lebanon , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $1,675.
14. (11) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $1,550.
15 (17) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,525.
16. (15) Glen Reen, Wilbraham , Mass. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,675.
17. (28) Richard Savary, Canton , Mass. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,050.
18. (8) Eric Beers, Northampton , Pa. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,525.
19. (25) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury , Conn . , Chevrolet, 147, $1,400.
20. (6) Mike Stefanik, Coventry , R.I. , Pontiac , 140, $1,475.
21. (24) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 138, $1,350.
22. (18) Ken Heagy, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 138, $1,350.
23. (14) Jamie Tomaino, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 129, $1,350.
24. (22) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 124, accident, $1,350.
25. (12) James Civali, Meriden , Conn . , Pontiac , 110, transmission, $1,350.
26. (23) Jake Marosz, Middletown , Conn . , Chevrolet, 104, accident, $1,350.
27. (29) Bobby Santos, Franklin , Mass. , Chevrolet, 101, accident, $950.
28. (19) Wade Cole, Riverton , Conn . , Chevrolet, 96, drive shaft, $1,350.
29. (4) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield , Conn . , Ford, 19, accident, $1,450.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 18 minutes 31 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.187 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: F.Set Per Rule Book
Caution Flags: 8 for 47 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Lia 1-10; T. Christopher 11-84; D. Lia 85-131; T. Christopher 132-150.
Standings: 1. D. Lia, 2020; 2. R. Preece, 2004; 3. T. Christopher, 1931; 4. R. Pennink, 1867; 5. T. Szegedy, 1823; 6. C. Pasteryak, 1691; 7. M. Stefanik, 1650; 8. E. Beers, 1645; 9. W. Pitkat, 1621; 10. E. Flemke,Jr., 1602.

Oct 25 - Thompson Speedway - SK - 26
Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, CT, bested a 29-car field of Sunoco Modifieds to score the World Series victory. Silk came out on top after a heated battle with Ted Christopher. Rowan Pennink was the early leader; however, under a caution necessitated when Tyler Chadwick went up in smoke, the leader had to be pushed to pit road with mechanical failure. Silk inherited the lead and set sail. Tim Sullivan and Bert Marvin battled for the second spot a distance behind Silk. Christopher, who had been involved in an incident earlier in the event, was on the march and back into the top-ten with 10 laps in the books. During the long green flag run the second position was being hotly contested between Sullivan and Marvin. The battle for fourth spot was heating up between Danny Cates, Kerry Malone and Timmy Solomito. The battle hit a boiling point when Malone went spinning into the infield to bring out the caution. Cates ducked down pit road under the caution as well.
Once back to green at halfway, Silk was able to maintain his lead. But the man on the move was Christopher; who ran in third. On a lap 15 restart Teddy bolted by Sullivan to take over the second spot. A single lap later, Christopher was the new leader. Silk drifted up into Christopher in turn one. The contact sent both cars sliding. hristopher gathered it up to retain his lead. Silk lost a position to Sullivan. A hard wreck involving Eric LeClair brought out the caution on lap 17. On the ensuing restart, Silk was able to get back around Sullivan to take over second. Silk then did the cross-over move on Christopher to take the lead back once again. The two swapped grooves and the top spot several times before Silk settled into the lead on lap 20. The battle allowed Marvin to join the battle for the top spot. Woody Pitkat recovered from an earlier incident to run fifth. The front duo was able to pull a few car lengths ahead of Marvin making it a two-car race for the win. Christopher was stuck to the back bumper of Silk as the laps wound down. Over the final two laps, Silk; however, was able to get away from Christopher. Silk ran under the checkers for the victory a car-length ahead of Christopher. Marvin settled for the third over Sullivan and Pitkat.



Oct 11 - Sundance Speedway - King of the Mountain - 23

Earl Paules Cashes in at Sundance with Huge King of the Mountain Win
By: Gene Ostrowski
St. Johns, PA- For the first time in ten seasons of racing during Sundance Vacations Speedway’s “King of the Mountain” annual showdown a repeat winner was born. Palmerton’s Earl Paules pitted for fresh rubber on lap 100 and took the race lead with 32 laps remaining to cash in with the $5000 payday to win the prestigious event. Mike Nichols inherited the race lead on lap 16 and never looked back as he rolled to his first Street Stock victory at the speedway and Robert Fink scored his first season-ending event in the FWD main. Capping off a championship season, Scott Hubler took the INEX Legends top honors. Eric Beers set the quickest time of the afternoon during time trials and the fastest fifteen Modified time trailers were locked in for the 150-lap main event. Matt Hirschman drew the pole position when the top ten fastest drivers redrew for starting positions. Hirschman led the opening lap at the drop of the green over Zane Zeiner, John Fortin, Justin Gumley and Larry Fisher. Drivers began to settle into position and make a run before the competition yellow on lap 75 for fuel. Prior to the mandatory yellow, Gumley overtook Hirschman for the race lead on lap 57. Hirschman regained the lead when Gumley pitted for tires during a lap 61 yellow flag. Earl Paules had worked his way into the second spot, just ahead of Zeiner and Anthony Sesely. It didn’t take long for Paules to jump to the outside and overtake Hirschman on lap 67. Following pit stops by several drivers at the halfway mark, Paules led over Pete Brittain, Brian DeFebo, Jimmy Zacharias and Justin Bonsignore, who started back in twenty-first. With the green flag back out and without pitting for fresh tires as of yet, Paules held the point, but Fortin became the new race leader on lap 89. The first of three yellow flags flew when Paules lost grip and spun in turn four. Paules headed pit side for service and was forced to restart from the tail of the field. The second lap 100 yellow waved when Bobby Jones, Hirschman, Beers and DeFebo spun in turn one. Beers suffered the worst damage from contact with the fence, which forced him to retire from the event. Fortin remained out front with Andy Walko glued to his bumper, followed by Zeiner, Rusty Smith and Nick Pecko. Paules wasted no time and made a strong run back toward the front and was scored in the fourth spot on lap 111. Paules worked over Walko to take the second spot and then challenged Fortin for the lead on lap 118. With Paules in command, Fortin ran second, followed by Bonsignore, Zeiner and Hirschman. Bonsignore overtook the second spot with ten laps remaining and ran out of time if he had anything for Paules. Paules drove off to the $5000 payday over Bonsignore, Fortin, Zeiner and Hirschman. The win also earned Paules a guaranteed starting spot in the years Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium and also a guaranteed starting spot in the seasons North/South Shootout in Concord, NC. Kyle Ebersole finished seventh in the event, which was good enough to take the track points

Modifieds (150-Laps) 1. EARL PAULES 2. Justin Bonsignore 3. John Fortin 4. Zane Zeiner 5. Matt Hirschman 6. Jim Zacharias 7. Kyle Ebersole 8. Rusty Smith 9. Brian Defebo 10. Larry Fisher 11. Nick Pecko 12. Russ Frantz 13. Todd Baer 14. Andy Walko 15. Bobby Jones 16. Lewis Hallock 17.Daren Scherer 18. David Schneider 19. Brian Romig 20. Anthony Sesely 21. Barry Callavini 22.Eric Beers 23. Pete Brittain 24. Harry Buchman 25. Rob McCormick 26. Justin Gumley 27. Tommy Flanagan 28. Marissa Niederauer DNQ: Matt Higgins, Ken Vogel, Jr., Dave Sapienza, Lenny Fischer, Billy Weichert, Ken Darch, Adam Horwith

The Berkley Auto Racing team has added this weekends D.A.V. Memorial Fall Classic to its 2009 racing schedule. The Cape Cod Aggregates, J & R Pre-Cast, Viveiros Insurance # 46 will take part in the True Value Modified Series 100 lap event at the Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA. With driver Eric Beers already committed to run at the Sundance Vacations Speedway in St. John's, PA this weekend. Car Owner Bob Katon Jr. has tabbed 18 year old Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT to be behind the wheel of the teams' Chevrolet

Oct 4 - Stafford Speedway

Carquest Fall Final 150

by Polly Reid
And then there were two.
26 points separate first and second place as the race for the title comes down to essentially two competitors, Donny Lia and Ryan Preece. In two weeks at the season finale at Thompson, it will be the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile team or the Jan Boehler Davidson Co/Reynold’s Auto Wrecking team claiming the coveted crown. Coming to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Carquest Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway, it was a four - way battle that included Ted Christopher and Todd Szegedy. But when the checkers fell, it was Lia of Jericho, NY who made his move taking the lead for the final time on lap 115, held off a hard charging Doug Coby in the closing circuits to claim the win, Lia emerging the new points leader. Meanwhile, Preece of Berlin, CT taking the green deep in the field starting 20th, stayed out of trouble to cross the line a strong third, his finish stout enough to keep him within an arms length of his first championship. Christopher and Szegedy encountered bad luck, Christopher’s day ending behind the wall after an early race incident resulting in heavy damage and a 31st place finish while trouble found Szegedy later in the feature. Szegedy was able to finish, but took a big hit in points when he crossed the line 20th. Both remain mathematically in the mix but Christopher trails the leader by 109 points, Szegedy 113. “I just want this deal to be over,” said Lia. “Like in ‘07 we won the championship, I think we had some better luck than this year. This year, we’ve had moments of bad luck and we’ve been able to overcome them, make up for it and be here now at the end, leading the points. We have a shot at winning the championship. That’s just all the hard work these guys have put into this deal, it’s unreal.” “My team has worked so hard to get me in the position to where I am now,” said Preece about closing in on a championship title. “My crew is behind me 100 percent, they want me to win that race, they don’t want me to finish fifth if say he’s (Lia) is running 11th. They want me to get that win, bring that trophy home. Every race you want to get every dollar you can and first pays the most. It’s all luck right now. Racing is 100 percent luck. I know I want to win that championship, but I’m not going to lay over and not have something go my way, I’m going to make it happen.” “I’m real happy that the 3 car is where they are and that we’re both going for the championship,” said Lia. “He’s a good kid, he’s got a great future ahead of him, what is he 18? He could come out of Thompson winning a championship. Hopefully we can hang on and win it but if they do, that’s pretty cool. The 3 car and the 4 car as far as the Modified Tour history goes, they’ve been around forever, so for me, whether I was driving the car or not, I think it’s pretty cool these two cars are going for it.” Knocking on the door of Lia in the closing circuits, Doug Coby of Milford, CT brought his Major Motion Trans./Family Auto Chevrolet across the line for 2nd. “I’m really happy for my car owners George and Lisa (Bierce, Jr.) We’re just a part time team here and we did good today. We’ve got a bunch of new guys and I really want to thank them, Kevin, Jimbo, JR all those guys, Scottie, Kevin and I want to thank my other guys who are usually here but not today, Rickie, Rusty, Bubba, Weskee, Kurt, Jeff - it’s a great feeling to be here. We had a great car at the end, it was a great race for us today.” Coby was able to recruit the sudden idle Kevin Crowley to crew chief the 19, other members of the 09 joining for the event. Coby had one more shot at the checkered flag when the feature came down to a green, white, checkered finish. “I got hand it to the 19,” said Lia. “Those guys run a part time deal there, they did a good job, they were right there, congratulations to him.” “It was just a great race today, the guys did an awesome job with the car and I didn’t want to throw it away at the end for them,” said Lia about the extended finish. “I hung in there, got what we could, ran a smart race.” Summing up about being the new points leader Lia added, “That’s what we’re going for. Wins are going to get that job done right now. We’re going to Thompson, do the best we can and hopefully win another race. Keep doing what we’re doing and move forward.” His 15th career win, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Carquest Fall Final was Lia’s third win at Stafford Motor Speedway. The script for the 2009 season goes to final print October 17th and 18th at Thompson International Speedway where the champion will be crowned. Like this last weekend at Stafford, you just never know what or how it’s going to happen until the checker flag waves. But we all know, that’s racing.

Tiger Report: For the second straight weekend rain was forecasted for Saturday. With Eric scheduled to run two races at his home track, the Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, PA on Saturday, driver Ronnie Silk was on hand to practice and qualify the car for the B.A.R. team. Morning practice would be delayed due to rain and shortly before 1 p.m. the cars would hit the track. After his first practice, Ronnie radioed to the crew that the car needed a little more forward bite and that it could turn just a little better but other than that it drove pretty good. The practice session would end after 15 minutes as rain would move back into the area and wash out the days activities.

On Sunday morning the sun was a very welcome sight. A one hour practice was scheduled for 10 a.m. and for the second week in a row Eric and the crew had a tight handling racecar. Throughout the hour they worked changing springs and suspension angles but by the end of the session the changes really didn't help and the # 46 was 21st fastest of the 32 cars on hand. Before qualifying the crew made some more changes to the car hoping that it would make the car handle better. The 25th car to take time, Eric posted a fast lap of 18.876 sec. for a speed of 98.114 mph which would place him in the 21st starting spot.

When the race began, it did not take very long to know that the car was not handling well and was "awful loose" as he would slip back to the 24th spot. A caution on lap 17 allowed the # 46 to duck into the pits for a stagger and sway bar adjustment to tighten up the car. When the green flag came back out it was evident that the adjustments helped as he would gain 9 spots over 9 laps. Another caution on lap 35, found the B.A.R. entry once again on pit road to tighten up the car even more, this time with a wedge adjustment. Returning to the track in the 23rd position, Eric would move up to 20th within 3 laps. When the yellow flew once again on lap 53, a third pit stop would be made, this time for right side tires and another wedge adjustment. The crew would rip off a lightning fast stop and the # 46 would gain 4 spots on pit road. Over the next 50 laps, Eric would radio that the car had good bite off the corners and was not loose and that it may have been a bad right rear tire. By lap 108, he had worked his way up to the 9th position, taking over 8th on lap 122 and the 7th spot just 3 laps later. When the checkered flag flew that is where the # 46 would finish. With just the Xtra-Mart World Series 150 at the Thompson Speedway on Sunday October 18 remaining, Eric currently sits in 8th in the point standings, just 5 points behind Chris Pasteryak in 7th and 11 points behind Mike Stefanik in 6th

Frosty File: "It was a rather calm and fun day at Stafford for the second to last Race of the NASCAR Tour Season. The car was ok in practice and time trials but alot of other cars were rather neutral during the day. During the race Eric brought the 46 car in the pits on 4 different occasions. First for an air adjustment, 2nd for a sway bar adjustment, 3rd for a wedge and air adjustment and then on the 4th stop in order to gain some track post ion we took right side tires only. Team had a good stop and Mike even beat Kevin on the gun today. From there it was all Eric who did a nice job to be in the right place at the right time, race when he needed to and be conservative when needed."

2007 Champ Has 26-Point Lead Heading To Season Finale
Donny Lia took destiny into his own hands Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway as he captured the CARQUEST Fall Final checkered flag and left with the championship points lead with one race left on the schedule. Lia, who entered the day just one tally back of leader Ted Christopher, took the race lead for the final time on Lap 115 and held on through a green-white-checker finish for his fourth win of the season. As a result of his win, and an accident that relegated Christopher to a 31st place finish, Lia will take a 26-point lead to the season finale in two weeks at Thompson ( Conn . ) International Speedway.
It marked the 15th career win for Lia, and his third at Stafford . Lia also earned the 15th Coors Light Pole Award of his career earlier in the day. Lia’s primary competition in the season finale will be Ryan Preece, who crossed the line third on Sunday to stay within striking distance. Now in his third full season, this will be his first shot at the Whelen Modified Tour crown. Doug Coby was the race runner-up on Sunday. Following Preece across the line were James Civali, Chris Pasteryak, Rowan Pennink, Eric Beers, Mike Stefanik, Reggie Ruggiero and Erick Rudolph.
Christopher slipped to third in the standings and is now 109 behind Lia. Todd Szegedy, fourth in points entering Sunday, remained in the same position with a 20th place finish and is now 113 out of first. The 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will conclude with the World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart on Sunday, Oct. 18 at Thompson.

1 4 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Dodge 153 180 $7,600 Running
2 3 19 Doug Coby Major Motion Trans./Family Auto Ctr. Chevrolet 153 170 3,200 Running
3 20 3 Ryan Preece Davidson Co./Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chev. 153 165 2,900 Running
4 16 79 James Civali Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac 153 160 2,600 Running
5 14 52 Chris Pasteryak Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet 153 155 2,400 Running
6 24 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanic Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 153 150 2,750 Running
7 21 46 Eric Beers Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 153 146 2,100 Running
8 15 16 Mike Stefanik Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeod Pontiac 153 142 2,000 Running
9 19 14 Reggie Ruggiero Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 153 138 1,750 Running
10 13 59 Erick Rudolph Original Pizza Logs/Prime Tyme Chevrolet 153 134 1,650 Running
11 26 58 Eric Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 153 130 2,600 Running
12 22 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 153 127 1,518 Running
13 17 10 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard Autos/Kleer Trimboards Chev. 153 124 1,500 Running
14 18 0 Tim Arre Cliff Nelson/Earle's Asphalt Chevrolet 153 121 1,075 Running
15 27 8 Glenn Tyler Sypher Const./Financial Fed. Credit Chevrolet 153 118 1,450 Running
16 8 28 Woody Pitkat TSI Harley-Davidson/Ramar-Hall Chevrolet 153 115 1,510 Running
17 2 39 Richie Pallai, Jr. Bosch Spark Plugs Chevrolet 153 112 985 Running
18 31 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Chevrolet 152 109 1,360 Running
19 28 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 152 106 1,335 Running
20 10 2 Todd Szegedy Wisk/Snuggle Ford 149 103 1,410 Running
21 11 99 Jamie Tomaino Ideal Racing Chevrolet 148 100 1,280 Running
22 6 17 Glen Reen MotoStar/Reen Ortho./Pep Boys Chevrolet 147 97 1,450 Out of Gas
23 29 68 Johnny Bush J.B. Stone Setters/Mehner Racing Chevrolet 140 94 1,225 Running
24 30 9 Jake Marosz Middlesex Auto Center Chevrolet 130 91 1,225 Running
25 1 54 Eric Berndt North End Auto Parts Chevrolet 129 88 825 Engine
26 9 12 Keith Rocco TS Haulers/Hoosier Tire of Calverton Chevrolet 124 85 1,325 Accident
27 23 1 Rob Summers Frasco Fuel Chevrolet 108 82 825 Accident
28 12 05 Joe Hartmann Charlie's Quality Collision Chevrolet 106 79 825 Engine
29 7 50 Kevin Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 94 76 1,225 nerf bar
30 25 75 Carl Pasteryak Dawley's Auto Center/Sunoco Pontiac 76 73 825 Accident
31 5 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 61 70 1,925 Accident
32 32 90 Renee Dupuis UIG/SFI Chevrolet 61 67 825 Vibration
Fastest Qualifier: Donny Lia, Time: 18.579 Seconds, Speed: 96.884 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 14 mins, 4 secs Average Speed: 61.971 mph Margin of Victory: 0.273 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 17-20; 24-26; 35-37; 53-58; 77-81; 93-96; 98-100; 108-113; 125-129; 148-150. 10 for 42 laps.
Lap Leaders: Eric Berndt 1-27, Donny Lia 28-56, James Civali 57-58, Joe Hartmann 59-64, James Civali 65-82, Donny Lia 83-113, Ryan Preece 114, Donny Lia 115-153.
Total Laps Led: Donny Lia 99, Eric Berndt 27, James Civali 20, Joe Hartmann 6, Ryan Preece 1. 7 changes involving 5 drivers.
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Eric Goodale *, 58 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Donny Lia, 4 Mystic Missile Dodge
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Rowan Pennink, 93 Monk Mechanic Hand Cleaner Chevrolet
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Eric Goodale *, 58 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
WHELEN WINNER OF THE RACE AWARD: Donny Lia, 4 Mystic Missile Dodge

Oct 3 - Mahoning Speedway - Win and 3rd

Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman take all the Mahoning Cash Back to Mud Lane

(LEHIGHTON, PA 10-3-09) The stock on Mud Lane in Northampton took a spike Saturday evening thanks to neighbors Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman who each picked up $3000 from winning Hands Three and Four of the Modified 100 Poker Series at Mahoning Valley Speedway. For Beers, who drives for DeLange Racing, it was his second 100 lap win this season and the sixth such time that he has scored a Mahoning century mark run as well as the 26th Modified win at the Lehighton ¼-mile which he still calls his ‘home track.’ Hirschman meanwhile has been trying for years to get a win at the close-to-home speedway. Victory here has always eluded the talented Modified star which is one of the very few tracks that he had yet to conquer.Hand Three of the Poker Series was a continuation from July 25 when after 37 laps the event was postponed due to rain. When the remaining 63 circuits got back underway track point leader John Bennett was the leader over Chip Santee, Beers, Rick Reichenbach and Earl Paulus. Beers moved right behind Bennett and immediately went to work on trying to pass him. Bennett, however, was proving why he is the current Kingpin of Mahoning as would not give Beers any chance to overtake him.The two waged a classic battle as lap after lap Beers would try every type of maneuver to get by but Bennett continued to hold his ground. With 20 laps to go Beers started to look to the inside of Bennett and three laps later he finally had enough power to drive by for the lead. Once in front he stayed smooth and steady.“I’ll tell you what, he (Bennett) was fast. I was just riding him from the get-go and had a tough time getting him. We put on a heck of a show running side-by-side. He kind of slipped up a little bit in (turn) two and I saw my opening there. I got down in the corner and we never touched. It was just a fun race,” said Beers. “I never want to settle for second in any race I’m in. I was just trying to set him up so I could get a good groove to pass him, try to find his weaknesses, pick a spot and get by quick.”Over the final laps Bennett began to slip back as Lonnie Behler, Hirschman and Santee finished ahead of him at the checkered flag. Time trials were held in setting the grid for the second 100-lapper with Hirschman setting fast time at 9.786 seconds. A redraw of the top 12 was then held and Hirschman had some luck go his way when he pulled the pole.Getting the pole was one thing but leading was a whole other issue as Hirschman had a race long bumper full of cars in pursuant of him. While he defended his line there was the likes of Beers and John Markovic on his tail. The two past Mahoning champs went back and forth with one another while making repeated tries at the leader.That was the tone for most of the race too. Hirschman leading while intense side-by-side action was going on behind him. When Beers and Markovic weren’t on his trail it was Zane Zeiner and Bennett who were putting the pressure on. Zeiner looked as though he was about to make a pass several times but somehow Hirschman found the needed muscle to stay ahead. With ten laps to go Markovic and Beers returned to their runner-up battle but could not make the needed effort to advance any further as Hirschman piloted his J & J Motorsports #59 to the long awaited Mahoning win. “It’s about time. It feels great to get that monkey off my back here. It shouldn’t have taken this long and I don’t know why it did. When I had a great car something always seem to happen and there where nights I didn’t have such a good car and left here disappointed,” said Hirschman. “We had some of the best to deal with. Eric (Beers) has been really dominant here and Johnny (Markovic) has won here so many times and Zane (Zeiner) was coming on real strong at the end and I knew we just had to pick it up to keep them behind me. “I really have to thank my niece Amelia. She drew the pole for me and tomorrow is her second birthday.” This marked the first time that a Hirschman was back in Victory Lane at Mahoning in a regular division race since Matt’s dad, multiple NASCAR Modified champion Tony, won in a Late Model back in 1976. “I’ve definitely taken my ribbing from lack of success here from everybody so I’m glad to finally get a win here. It’s a relief to get one so close to home,” said Hirschman. “Finally. I bust on him all the time that he can’t win here at Mahoning but can everywhere else and he finally got one here,” added dad Tony Hirschman. Markovic was second after an outstanding run. Beers came home a close third with Zeiner and Santee rounding out the top five.

Modified Feature Finish, 100 Laps: 1.Matt Hirschman 2.John Markovic 3.Eric Beers 4.Zane Zeiner 5.Chip Santee 6.John Bennett 7.James Pritchard 8.Brian DeFebo 9.Lou Strohl 10.Matt Wentz 11.Anthony Sesely 12.Earl Paulus 13.Jarred Nace 14.Mike Sweeney 15.Lonnie Behler 16.Andy Szapacs 17.Stacey Brown 18.Matt Higgins 19.Rick Reichenbach 20.Don Wagner 21.Austin Kochenash 22.Ryan Russo Did not qualify: Todd Baer, Billy Swartz, Bill Teel

Modified Feature Finish, (7/25) 100 Laps: 1.Beers 2.Behler 3.Hirschman 4.Santee 5.Bennett 6.DeFebo 7.Reichenbach 8.Baer 9.Pritchard 10.Wagner 11.Szapacs 12.Paulus 13.Higgins 14.Strohl 15.Russo 16.Tom Flanagan


The month of September is always important to Modified racers in the Northeast. Two of the biggest events of the year are annually on the schedule; the Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway and the US Open at Dunn Tire Raceway Park. At DeLange Racing hopes were high for a pair of high-quality finishes, but unfortunately unexpected problems with the #45 Modified sidetracked our plans to meet in Victory Lane. But the team is using the disappointment to drive them to a strong rebound in the remaining battles we have planned.

After taking this week off, Eric Beers and the crew will be on the road traveling to his home state of Pennsylvania three times in October. On October 3 we will be at one of our favorite tracks, Mahoning Valley Speedway, to complete the remaining laps in Hand Three of the Modified 100 Poker Tournament that was interrupted by rain on July 25. Also on that date Hand Four will be played out. The following Sunday it's another trip south down Interstate 81 to Sundance Vacations Speedway in St. John's, Pennsylvania, for the 10th Annual King of the Mountain 100-lap race. Then the month will end with a final journey to Lehighton in the Keystone State for the final Poker Hand to crown the champion.

"Obviously we were disappointed with how things turned out at both Oswego and Dunn Tire Raceway Park," states Dave DeLange. "But these were mechanical failures that were beyond our control. Our crew does an outstanding job preparing a car capable of winning at each race, but you can't predict when a part is going to fail. No one on this team is going to give up as long as we're still racing. We still have four weekends left on our 2009 schedule and we're fully capable of winning each race."

The driver is in full agreement with the words of his car owner. "We've still got a lot of racing left on our 2009 calendar," says Eric. "I'm not ready to stop yet. I've only won one race this year. My goal coming into the season was to win at least five races and we've still got about seven left on our schedule, so I can still accomplish my goal. I intend to make that happen."

Sep 27 -Martinsville Speedway- 23

Tiger Report: On Saturday September 26th, Eric Beers and the Berkley Auto Racing Team headed to the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA for the running of the Whelen Made in America 300. This would be the second of two combination events for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours. The race would be 200 laps around the half-mile oval with a Limited Late Model event also on the schedule. With heavy rain forecasted for Saturday the teams arrived at the track to a light mist. Throughout the morning there would be periods of without any precipitation. With the track dry the morning practice session began. But, before the B.A.R. # 46 would hit the track, the skies opened up again. With no end in sight, NASCAR officials were forced to cancel the days activities and schedule everything to take place on Sunday.

On Sunday morning the rain had moved out of the area and at 9 a.m. a one hour practice session was held. Eric and the crew would have their hands full as they battled with a very tight handling race car. Throughout the session they would change shocks, springs, front end and rear suspension angles trying to make the car handle better. By the time practice had ended, the # 46 would be shown as the 16th fastest of the 43 cars. Eric would be the 14th car to make a qualifying attempt, he would turn a fast lap of 19.236 sec. for an average speed of 97.318 mph, which would be good enough for the 13th starting position.

When the green flag waved the Cape Cod Aggregates, J & R Pre-Cast, Viveiros Insurance Chevrolet would run within the top-15. Eric radioed to the crew that the cars' handling was tight on entry thru the center and a little free off the corners. A caution on lap 77 would find the # 46 headed to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment to help the car off the corners. He would restart from the 18th position eventually making his way back into the top-15 by lap 111. On lap 163, while trying stop for an accident in front of him contact would be made with another car. The result would be a broken inner heim joint on the right front tie-rod. Bringing the car down pit road to the attention of the crew, they would work to replace the tie-rod. Returning to the race on lap 187, 25 laps down, Eric would run the remaining 12 laps and would gain 4 spots in the final finishing order and end up with a 23rd place finish.

Race Report

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - As the most successful competitor in the 25 years of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, there are few milestones that Mike Stefanik has yet to attain. On Sunday in the Made In America Whelen 300 at Martinsville Speedway, Stefanik crossed two more off the list. Stefanik wrestled the lead away from Todd Szegedy on Lap 180 and kept it through two late restarts to earn the 70th victory of his illustrious career in the combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours. A seven-time Whelen Modified Tour champion, and the winningest driver in Tour history, Stefanik also notched his fifth career win at the 0.526-mile oval on Sunday, a Tour record at the historic facility. With the victory, Stefanik became the eighth driver in NASCAR history to reach the 70-win plateau in a series, and the first driver to do it outside of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Following Stefanik and Szegedy in the top 10 were Ryan Preece, pole winner Ron Silk, Burt Myers, Kevin Goodale, George Brunnhoelzl III, Donny Lia, Eric Goodale and Jamie Tomaino. By virtue of being the highest-finishing car from the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in the race, Myers earned a victory for that Tour. Ted Christopher, the Whelen Modified Tour points leader coming into the race, suffered mid-race engine troubles and settled for a 30th-place finish, 67 laps down. His finish, combined with Lia’s eight-place effort, closed Lia to within just one point of the championship lead with two races remaining in the season. Preece is just 12 back of Christopher, and Szegedy is fourth, 37 points out of first. Brunnhoelzl increased his lead in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour standings to 140 points over Andy Seuss, who finished 21st on Sunday, 20 laps off the pace. Two races also remain in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s 2009 campaign. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour runs its second-to-last race Sunday, Oct. 4 with the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, while the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour holds its penultimate race with the Lighting Fast 150 at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., on Friday, Oct. 2.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTSFin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points Total Award Status

1 6 16 Mike Stefanik Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeon Pontiac 200 180 $9,534 Running
2 19 2 Todd Szegedy Wisk/Snuggle Ford 200 170 6,284 Running
3 8 3 Ryan Preece Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Roby's Chevrolet 200 165 4,534 Running
4 4 12 Ron Silk TS Haulers Chevrolet 200 160 5,634 Running
5 3 1 Burt Myers Capital Bank/JRC Investments Ford 200 S180 3,250 Running
6 12 50 Kevin Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 200 155 2,611 Running
7 9 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III Oval Speed/Fibrwrap/PT Ford 200 S170 2,150 Running
8 5 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Dodge 200 150 2,634 Running
9 18 58 Eric Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 199 146 2,734 Running
10 23 99 Jamie Tomaino Ideal Racing Chevrolet 198 142 2,409 Running
11 22 40 Frank Fleming Nelson Automotive Family/Jerry Hunt Auto 197 S165 2,200 Running
12 15 10 Ed Flemke, Jr Ron Bouchard Autos/Kleer Trimboards 197 138 2,284 Running
13 11 79 James Civali Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac 196 134 2,259 Running
14 31 9 Jake Marosz Middlesex Auto Center Chevrolet 189 130 2,784 Running
15 10 52 Chris Pasteryak Sunoco Fuels/Dawleys Collision Chevrolet 186 127 3,777 Running
16 2 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanic Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 185 124 2,209 Running
17 17 6 Jason Myers Capital Bank/Moorefield & Trantham Ford 185 S160 1,650 Accident
18 33 68 Johnny Bush J.B. Stone Setters/Mehner Racing Chevrolet 182 121 2,059 Accident
19 40 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Chevrolet 182 118 2,034 Running
20 25 88 Woody Pitkat Ramar-Hall/TSI Harley-Davidson Chevrolet 181 115 2,109 Ignition
21 16 47 Andy Seuss Advance Auto Parts/Q Racing Oil/Auto Tech 180 S155 1,550 Accident
22 28 17 Glen Reen Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys/Motostar 180 112 2,134 Running
23 13 46 Eric Beers Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 175 109 2,009 Accident
24 24 25 John Smith Tutterow Surveying/Rick's Home Improvement 172 S150 1,450 Accident
25 20 44 Jonathan Brown Don&Dee Stone/Kook's Custom Headers 172 S146 1,425 Accident
26 30 1 Jay Foley R&R Cars/B&B Trucking/Foley Machine 161 S142 1,400 Steering
27 21 2 Buddy Emory RCS Construction Chevrolet 160 S138 1,375 Engine
28 27 13 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 138 106 1,784 Running
29 1 23 Brian Loftin L&R Transmissions/QMF Metal Chevrolet 138 S134 1,700 Brakes
30 14 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 133 103 2,484 Running
31 29 8 Glenn Tyler Sypher Const./Financial Fed. Credit Chevrolet 133 100 1,784 Running
32 35 48 Brad Robbins Tri-City Trading Chevrolet 129 S130 1,350 Running
33 38 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 124 97 1,784 Running
34 26 31 Gene Pack Comtech Solutions/Wings-N-Things Chevrolet 78 S127 1,350 Accident
35 34 97 Bryan Dauzat O.B. Builders Chevrolet 33 S124 1,350 Accident
36 7 59 Erick Rudolph Ed Bennett Properties, Inc. Chevrolet 33 94 1,784 Accident
37 37 22 J R Bertuccio Gershow Recycling Chevrolet 29 S121 1,350 Accident
38 32 18 Zach Brewer Tarheel Wood Floors/Tom Johnson Chevrolet 27 S118 1,350 Accident
39 39 21 Thomas Neal Hunter Motorsports/Affordable Septic Chevrolet 27 S115 1,350 Accident
40 36 0 Greg Butcher Triad Mulch & Stone Chevrolet 27 S112 1,350 Accident
41 42 41 Tim Brown Mystic Missile Dodge 7 91 1,350 Steering
42 43 7 Jeremy Stoltz Hillbilly Racing Pontiac 7 88 1,350 Handling
43 41 9 Jamie Tomaino Cleanup Supply Chevrolet 2 S109 1,350 Steering

Fastest Qualifier: Ron Silk, Time: 18.994 Seconds, Speed: 99.695 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 32 mins, 42 secs Average Speed: 68.091 mph Margin of Victory: .197 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 2-5; 10-14; 15-21; 28-32; 34-41; 77-82; 163-172; 174-179; 182-184; 186-191. 10 for 60 laps. Lap Leaders: Brian Loftin 1-3, Rowan Pennink 4-80, Chris Pasteryak 81-165, Todd Szegedy 166-179, Mike Stefanik 180-200. Total Laps Led: Chris Pasteryak 85, Rowan Pennink 77, Mike Stefanik 21, Todd Szegedy 14, Brian Loftin 3. 4 changes involving 5 drivers.


CLARENCE'S STEAK HOUSE MID-RACE LEADER: Chris Pasteryak, 52 Sunoco Fuels/Dawleys Collision Chevrolet
NWMT COCA COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Todd Szegedy, 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford
NWMT COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Ron Silk, 12 TS Haulers Chevrolet
NWMT FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Jake Marosz, 9 Middlesex Auto Center Chevrolet
NWMT SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Eric Goodale *, 58 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
NWMT WHELEN ENGINEERING WINNER OF THE RACE AWARD: Mike Stefanik, 16 Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeon Pontiac
NWSMT COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Brian Loftin, 23 L&R Transmissions/QMF Metal Chevrolet
NWSMT FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Frank Fleming, 40 Nelson Automotive Family/Jerry Hunt Auto Pontiac
SPARKS OIL/SUNOCO POLE AWARD: Ron Silk, 12 TS Haulers Chevrolet
NWMT Top 10 Driver Points: 1. Christopher, 1681; 2. Lia, 1680; 3. Preece, 1669; 4. Szegedy, 1644; 5. Pennink, 1562; 6. Stefanik, 1405; 7. Beers, 1390; 8. Pasteryak, 1386; 9. Pitkat, 1372; 10. Flemke, 1357.

Sept 20 - Dunn Tire - US OPEN - 12

RoC Modifieds: Hirschman Wins US Open and RoC Title

The Western New York racing finale, Dunn Tire Raceway Park’s US Open, attracted the best of the best competition in the north east United States to the historic facility this past weekend. Matt Hirschman won an exciting Modified feature event and also captured the overall Race of Champions Modified Tour Points Championship. The headline event of the weekend was the final scheduled event – the Race of Champions Modified 100 lap feature. Tom McGrath redrew the pole position and was joined on the outside row by Earl Paules. Jim Storace, Rusty Smith, Sege Fidanza, and Jan Leaty followed the front row to the green flag. McGrath’s lead was short lived as Paules dove under him and took the lead on lap one. A quick yellow flag on lap six produced a double file restart and Paules once again took the lead. The field quickly settled in single file as the top six cars of Paules, Fidanza, McGrath, J. Leaty, Matt Hirschman, and Smith ran nose to tail. On lap 12 Fidanza made the move for the lead, going under Paules in turn three and coming out as the race leader. A yellow flag on lap 20 saw the first round of pit stops for the optional right rear tire. Most of the leaders stayed out and when the race went green again Fidanza led Paules, McGrath, and J. Leaty. By lap 25 Hirschman had moved up to second while J. Leaty ran third. Hirschman began looking high and low on Fidanza, looking for any way around the leader. Hirschman’s opportunity came on lap 27 as he powered under Fidanza coming out of turn four and took the lead. The field once again settled in single file until the yellow flag appeared once again on lap 38. The pits were a busy place as J. Leaty, and a number of other top ten cars pitted. The top four of Hirschman, Fidanza, McGrath, and Smith stayed out and at halfway ran in positions one through four. Just at the halfway point the yellow caution flag was displayed and the pits were re-opened. Hirschman, Fidanza, Smith, and Mike Leaty – who had been running fifth – all ducked into the pits. The single file restart now had McGrath leading the pack while TJ Potrzebowski, Jim Storace, and Erick Rudolph followed. McGrath held his lead but the cars with fresher tires were on the move up through the field. By lap 70 Hirschman was back up to fifth. A late race yellow on lap 74 saw McGrath give up the lead and head pitside, handing the lead over to Potrzebowski. On lap 77 J. Leaty took advantage of his fresher tires and passed Potrzebowski for the lead. Hirschman followed and the battle for the lead soon began. Hirschman was all over J. Leaty and on lap 94 was able to capitalize on lap traffic, taking the lead away from Leaty. After clearing Leaty and lap traffic, Hirschman took off and built a considerable lead as the race wound down. Hirschman crossed the finish line first and was followed by Jan Leaty and TJ Potrzebowski. The race marked the first time that a father son duo has won the Modified US Open event, with Matt’s father Tony winning one of the very first US Open Modified events. The Modified race was also significant in that it was the last race for veteran driver Sege Fidanza. Fidanza has decided to retire after an illustrious career that includes ten Lancaster Modified Championships.

Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Series Offiicial Results
Dunn Tire Raceway Park

1. Matt Hirschman
2. Jan Leaty
3. T.J. Potrzebowski
4. Erick Rudolph
5. Sege Fidanza
6. Rusty Smith
7. Tom McGrath
8. Karl Hehr
9. Jeff Hamman
10. Dave Wollaber
11. Bob Reis
12. Eric Beers
13. Mike Leaty
14. Billy Putney
15. Mark Tychoniewicz
16. Jim Storace
17. Billy Burd
18. Rick Kluth
19. Earl Paules
20. Daryl Lewis, Jr.
21. Doug Reaume
22. Jimmy Zacharias
23. Tom Wiest
24. Daren Scherer
25. Terry Zacharias

Sept 19 - New Hampshire - NASCAR - 24

Tiger report
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH was the 10th stop on the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. Practice and qualifying for the New Hampshire 100 took place last Thursday with the race scheduled for Saturday afternoon. After a slow start to the season, Eric Beers and the Berkley Auto Racing team looked to continue their late season surge. During the hour and a half practice session the team knew that they had a good set-up as only minor adjustments were made to the car. At the end of the practice the # 46 was shown as the third fastest of the 40 cars in attendance. When it came time to qualify, Eric would be the 32nd car to take to the track, he would turn a fast lap of 29.822 seconds around the 1.058 mile oval which would be good for the fourth starting position.

Saturday morning had the cars on track for a final 20 minute practice, as was the case on Thursday, the Cape Cod Aggregates, J & R Pre-Cast, Viveiros Insurance entry was near the top of the charts as the # 46 was shown as the second fastest car during the session. At 12:45 p.m. the command to start engines was given and when the green flag flew Eric quickly moved into 2nd on lap 1 before taking the lead on lap 2. Unlike other tracks, drafting plays a big part in the racing at New Hampshire for the modifieds and as a result lead changes take place quite often. Over the course of the first 17 laps, Eric led a total of 14 of them. At this point the # 46 would get shuffled back to the 6th spot eventually falling to 8th. Also, the cars handling began to free up to the point where it became very loose and on lap 34 coming off of the fourth turn Eric would spin out. He would hit the pit road commitment cone but narrowly avoid hitting the end of the pit road wall. Bringing the car down pit road, the crew worked quickly changing all four tires, adding fuel, removing a spring rubber out of the right rear, and removing the cone from under the right front of the car. Restarting from the 32nd position, the # 46 would slowly work its way back towards the front, entering the top-15 on lap 69. Throughout the run thru the pack, Eric radioed that the car was getting better but that it was still a tick loose from the middle of the corner off. On lap 78, he would move into the 11th spot but would fall back to 16th after getting freight trained by a group of cars. On lap 84, a wreck would take place right in front of him and while trying to avoid it, Eric would be run over by the # 50 of Kevin Goodale. The contact would break the heim joint on the left front tie-rod. Bringing the car to pit road the crew went to work to replace the damaged parts. Eric would lose two laps while repairs were being made. Returning for the final 13 laps, the # 46 would cross the finish line in the 24th position.

Fourth Career Win, First at New Hampshire

Ron Silk passed Reggie Ruggiero on the backstretch of the last lap and held on through Turns 3 and 4 to earn the victory in the New Hampshire 100 Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was Silk’s fourth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win and his first at the ‘Magic Mile’ - traditionally one of the most prestigious events on the schedule. Silk, of Norwalk, Conn., swapped the lead with Ruggiero three times and ran bumper-to-bumper in the last 10 laps, with Silk surviving the battle. “My car sucked up in the draft really good,” Silk said. “I think if I would have passed him on the frontstretch then he would have passed me back down the backstretch, so I just waited until I could make the move last. “He [Ruggiero] moved down to protect the bottom a little bit, but I got in there and he gave me the room,” Silk said. “It was good racing on the last lap.” Ruggiero settled for a fourth-place finish after getting shuffled three spots on the last lap. Donny Lia crossed the line second followed by pole winner Ryan Preece and Mike Stefanik finished fifth. Lia entered the race third in points but his car caught fire during practice on Thursday and he was not able to qualify. After starting at the rear on Saturday with a provisional, Lia was involved in an early accident and went down three laps. He was the beneficiary during three subsequent cautions, and rocketed toward the front for a runner-up finish. “After the first wreck, we just didn’t know [if it was going to be a lost day], but we were able to continue on,” Lia said. “And then we had that problem down in [Turns] 1 and 2, and we were pretty bad after that. We broke the upper control arm, bent both spindles and a couple wheels and ripped some bars off of it.” Lia’s effort moved him up to second, 48 points behind Ted Christopher with three races remaining. Christopher finished seventh. “There was a lot of luck involved, and a lot of heart from my guys,” Lia said. “I’ve got to hand it to my guys, they never give up.” Rowan Pennink, Christopher, Ryan Newman, Erick Rudolph and Chuck Hossfeld rounded out the top 10. It was the best NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finish for Newman, who is a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor, in his fourth start.
“I’ve always said that this is the best racing that’s here all weekend, and I’m just honored to be a part of it,” Newman said. “There are a lot of great drivers in this series and they were a lot of fun today.” Todd Szegedy was involved in an accident on Lap 84 and settled for 29th, which ended his streak of top-10 finishes at 13 and dropped him from second to fourth in the championship standings. The race featured 17 lead changes among eight drivers, and was slowed by 11 cautions. Ruggiero - a part-time competitor - was one of the eight to lead a lap, marking the first race he had run up front in two years. No driver led more than 18 laps in the race.
The 11th race of the 2009 season will take place Sunday, Sept. 27 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway . The Made In America Whelen 300 will be the second and final combination race of the year with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-New Hampshire 100
Unofficial Results
Saturday At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Lap length: 1.058 miles

1. (2) Ron Silk, Norwalk , Conn . , Chevrolet, 100 laps, 74.058 mph, $15,165.
2. (34) Donny Lia, Jericho , N.Y. , Dodge, 100, $12,515.
3. (1) Ryan Preece , Berlin , Conn . , Chevrolet, 100, $9,365.
4. (21) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, Conn . , Chevrolet, 100, $6,265.
5. (10) Mike Stefanik, Coventry , R.I. , Pontiac , 100, $5,215.
6. (16) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley , Pa. , Chevrolet, 100, $4,115.
7. (14) Ted Christopher, Plainville , Conn . , Chevrolet, 100, $4,615.
8. (25) Ryan Newman, South Bend , Ind . , Chevrolet, 100, $3,165.
9. (8) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 100, $3,465.
10. (23) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 100, $2,915.
11. (5) Doug Coby, Milford , Conn . , Chevrolet, 100, $3,115.
12. (18) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , Conn . , Chevrolet, 100, $3,115.
13. (11) James Civali, Meriden , Conn . , Pontiac , 100, $2,915.
14. (17) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury , Conn . , Chevrolet, 100, $2,490.
15. (12) Rob Summers, Vernon , Conn . , Chevrolet, 100, $2,365.
16. (32) Joe Hartmann, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 100, $2,340.
17. (37) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $3,015.
18. (29) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 100, $2,690.
19. (24) Anthony Sesely, Matawan , N.J. , Chevrolet, 100, $2,265.
20. (15) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $2,508.
21. (31) Ken Heagy, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 100, $2,490.
22. (33) Wade Cole, Riverton , Conn . , Chevrolet, 100, $2,465.
23. (39) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 100, $1,992.
24. (4) Eric Beers, Northampton , Pa. , Chevrolet, 98, $2,390.
25. (38) Jake Marosz, Middletown , Conn . , Chevrolet, 94, $2,265.
26. (30) Woody Pitkat, Stafford , Conn . , Chevrolet, 91, accident, $2,365.
27. (26) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 91, accident, $2,265.
28. (40) Mike Christopher, Plainville , Conn . , Dodge, 85, suspension, $1,865.
29. (6) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield , Conn . , Ford, 84, accident, $2,365.
30. (35) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington , Conn . , Chevrolet, 83, accident, $2,365.
31. (7) Glen Reen, Wilbraham , Mass. , Chevrolet, 81, $2,465.
32. (36) Jamie Tomaino, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 78, engine, $2,265.
33. (3) Keith Rocco, Wallingford , Conn . , Chevrolet, 78, $2,365.
34. (19) Rob Fuller, Boylston , Mass. , Ford, 75, radiator, $1,865.
35. (22) Jonathan McKennedy, Chelmsford , Mass. , Chevrolet, 75, tie rod, $2,265.
36. (27) Richard Savary, Canton , Mass. , Chevrolet, 26, accident, $1,865.
37. (13) Bobby Santos, Franklin , Mass. , Chevrolet, 26, accident, $1,865.
38. (20) Tim Arre, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 12, rear end, $1,865.
39. (28) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley , Mass. , Chevrolet, 4, accident, $1,865.
40. (9) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield , Mass. , Chevrolet, 0, dns, $2,265.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 25 minutes 43 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.324 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Preece (127.962 mph, 29.765 seconds)
Caution Flags: 11 for 51 laps.
Lead Changes: 17 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Silk 1; E. Beers 2; R. Silk 3; E. Beers 4-10; R. Silk 11; E. Beers 12-17; R. Silk 18-23; T. Szegedy 24-40; J. Civali 41-46; R. Pennink 47-54; R. Ruggiero 55-65; R. Pennink 66-74; R. Newman 75-82; E. Rudolph 83-87; R. Ruggiero 88; R. Silk 89-96; R. Ruggiero 97-99; R. Silk 100.

Standings: 1. T. Christopher, 1578; 2. D. Lia, 1530; 3. R. Preece, 1504; 4. T. Szegedy, 1474; 5. R. Pennink, 1438; 6. E. Beers, 1281; 7. C. Pasteryak, 1259; 8. W. Pitkat, 1257; 9. M. Stefanik, 1225; 10. E. Flemke,Jr., 1219

Sept 13 - Oswego Speedway THE ROC - 18

Oswego, NY… The 59th Sunoco Race of Champions came to a conclusion Sunday evening at the Oswego Speedway with a majority of those in attendance leaving with a smile on their face. That smile was brought to the faces of many as one of the good people in this sport of auto racing captured the most prestigious event of the year.
East Aurora, NY driver Billy Putney won his first Sunoco Race of Champions 200 as he inherited the lead during a yellow flag period on lap 127 when the last few cars that hadn’t pitted did so at this time. Putney then led the final 72 laps holding off the constant challenges of first JR Kent and then Earl Paules to claim the $10,000 feature win. Paules who won the TJ Toyota / Waite Toyota Modified All – Star race the night before ended up second with defending race winner Tony Hirschman coming home in third. Ted Christopher brought a Zacharias Racing entry home in fourth and Jan Leaty ended up in fifth. At this race a few years ago Danny Cascioli found himself being towed out of the Oswego Speedway for unsportsmanlike actions during the Super Stock feature. This year Cascioli behaved himself to win the French’s Auto Parts sponsored 75 lap feature. Cascioli took the lead on a lap nine restart and survived numerous restarts to claim the win. Chris Daughtery was second with Chip Wannamaker in third, his teammate Lorin Arthofer, III was fourth and Dylan Terry ended up fifth.Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman brought the 34 car starting field to green with Beers getting the lead over Chuck Hossfeld, Hirschman, Erick Rudolph, and Tony Hirschman.With the sun starting to set every time there was a double file restart whoever was on the outside of the front row would lose that spot to the third place starting car. From the start of the race until lap 32 Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman did the exchanging of second on three spate occasions.
Defending race winner Tony Hirschman snookered young Rudolph on a lap 24 restart to get fourth. But Rudolph showed Tony who was boss as he retook fourth one lap later, finally Tony got fourth for good after a lap 32 restart.With a mandatory pit stop needing to take place after lap 50 a yellow on lap 54 saw a flurry of pit activity which included JR Kent, Billy Putney, Mike Leaty, and Rick Kluth among the ten cars that pitted at this time. On the restart Matt Hirschman got the jump on Beers to get the lead but it was short lived as Beers returned the favor two laps later. Hossfeld got past Matt for second on lap 61 and the top five stayed the same until lap 79 when another yellow would come out.This time Hossfeld, Jan Leaty, Tony Hirschman, Rudolph, Earl Paules, Rowan Pennink were among 15 cars that pitted. Beers held the lead with Matt Hirschman in second, Ted Christopher in third, Tommy Farrell, III in fourth, and Andy Walko in fifth. These five cars at this point were the only ones not to make their mandatory pit stop. Matt Hirschman finally got the lead on lap 88 and just after he took over a huge pileup in turn one brought out the red flag. Many cars that had just pitted were involved and were lucky that they had good brakes and didn’t receive too much damage.The top five would remain the same until lap 98 when Christopher got past Beers for second but Eric returned the favor seven laps later. JR Kent who was the first in line of cars who pitted moved into fifth on lap 106. The winning pass of the race took place on lap 110 as Billy Putney made a bold outside turns one and two pass of Kent to go from sixth to fourth. Five laps later Putney moved into third with Kent in fourth and Earl Paules now taking fifth.A yellow on lap 126 saw the pits open for pit stops on lap 127 and at this time the five remaining cars pitted for their mandatory stop. Beers suffered mechanical problems which forced him to pit on the next lap and ended up losing two laps making repairs.
When the race returned to green flag conditions Putney held the lead over Kent who was doing his best to hold off Paules, Tony Hirschman, and James Civali who had pitted four times earlier to get his problems figured out. After being run all over the track Paules muscled his way past Kent for second on lap 134 and set his sights on Putney who had built up a comfortable lead. Tony Hirschman was next to muscle his way past Kent to take third on lap 143. With fifty laps to go Putney was still in command followed by Paules and Tony Hirschman. Hossfeld moved into fifth on lap 154 and into fourth seven laps later.Christopher took fifth on lap 176 and set his sights on the front as he battled with Hossfeld for fourth.
The final yellow of the event came out with six laps to go as Hossfeld spun in turn four. The final five laps were anti climatic as Putney held some strength in reserve for the end of the race as he claimed the popular win. Qualifying for the 35 car field saw Hossfeld set quick time in time trials with a lap of 17.481. The heat races were won by Jim Storace, Dave Wollaber, and Sege Fidanza.
NOTES; The quickly running weekend came to a grinding halt Sunday morning as a no percent chance of rain became lake effect showers that delayed the racing program nearly three hours. RoC would like to thank the racers, track safety crew, and parking lot packers for helping in drying the track. Wilbur Hebing who was slated to start seventh in the feature scratched after hot laps due to motor issues. In the Modifieds the top five times redrew for the first five starting spots in the feature while times six, seven, and eight were placed in positions ten, eleven, and twelve for the feature. Todd Geist was in the second Earl Paules entry.


FINISH; Billy Putney, Earl Paules, Tony Hirschman, Ted Christopher, Jan Leaty, JR Kent, Rusty Smith, James Civali, Rowan Pennink, Andy Walko, Kyle Ebersole, TJ Potrzebowski, Jim Storace, Rick Kluth, Doug Reaume, Mike Leaty, Chuck Hossfeld, Eric Beers, Tom McGrath, Matt Hirschman, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Erick Rudolph, Tommy Farrell, III, Chris Risdale, Daren Scherer, Sege Fidanza, Tommy Cloce, Jimmy Zacharias, Dave Wollaber, Pete Brittain, Chris Zacharias, Mark Tychoniewicz, Rick Zacharias, Ron Smith.
DNS; Wilbur Hebing.
LAP LEADERS; Beers ( 1 – 58 ) M. Hirschman ( 59 – 60 ), Beers ( 61 – 87 ), M. Hirschman ( 88 – 127 ) Putney ( 128 – 200 ).
LAP MONEY WON; Beers - $7,443, Putney - $4,200, M. Hirschman - $3,000.
HOOSIER RACING TIRE HARD LUCK AWARD; Brittain ( 7th to 30th ).

Sept 5 - Oswego Speedway - RoC - 11


In all forms of sport when the big events are on the line there is a very good chance that a veteran in this sport will be in contention for the big win. After going through a winless season until mid August veteran Jan Leaty showed on Saturday night at the Oswego Speedway that he is back in the hunt for a feature win every time he races. After winning the RoC event back on August 14th at Spencer in a dominating fashion. Saturday night Jan made it look just as easy as he won the Parts Plus sponsored 100 lap feature by following the rules of the race, getting a great pit stop, and having an outstanding running racing machine. Jan who started fourth dropped back to sixth on lap 53 as the leading pack of cars entered heavy lap traffic. While in heavy lap traffic an accident took place involving three of the five cars in front of him. During this yellow flag period several drivers pitted during a closed pit and when the pits were opened the two drivers in front of Jan passed the 25 mile per hour pace vehicle in the pits. After all of this the field was brought the red to sort out the running order and Jan found himself in fourth. When the race resumed on lap 57 Jan made quick work of the cars in front of him as he moved up to the outside groove to take third on lap 62. Jan then passed Wilbur Hebing for second on lap 68 and one lap later Jan motored around leader Dave Wollaber exiting turn four to grab the lead he would never give up. Hebing challenged for the lead a couple of times and when that happened turned up the wick and made his lead even bigger. Chasing the top two across the stripe was Rowan Pennink, Rusty Smith, and TJ Potrzebowski. “ We had a crappy start in the heat and made the most of that and then started fourth in the main “ said the $3,500 victor. “ The car was pretty decent all night but after the pit stop the other guys were just in my way that is how good the car was. “ Jan spoke about his great crew and the confusion that took place around the lap 54 pit stop. “ A couple of guys made the mistake of pitting when they weren’t suppose to pit and a couple of guys made the mistake of passing the pace vehicle on pit road when we could pit. I just don’t understand how they can do that kind of stuff and expect it to work. But my crew they’re the best as I came into the pits fourth and they got me out first of the cars who pitted and that was the difference. “
“ It’s hard to make that mistake of pitting at the wrong time “ said Jan. “ I don’t know if they don’t have their one way radio hooked up right or their spotter is not listening to race control. But there is no excuse not to follow race procedures as they haven’t changed over the years here. “ Jan turned his attention to the pit stop and the new right rear tire that was put on. “ The car was slowly going away as we had that long green run at the beginning. At first the car was tight then it went to neutral and then it went to loose. There is always that consideration to hang out there and not pit, but I said to the crew during the green that we would have to pit. We pitted and put the same stuff back on the car with the same sized tire and the car was mint. “ “ We were missing a little piece earlier in the year “ said Jan when talking about his early in the season struggles. “ Changing the cam before the Spencer race was the final piece in the puzzle and now we’re running like we should be running. You need the whole combination to be working properly to be successful and when one piece is off or missing; you’re not going to be up front and winning like we are now. “ Jan finally spoke about the gaggle of lap traffic in front of the leaders on lap 53 which saw him drop back, but he avoided the wreck that happened one lap later. “ What I was trying to do was plan out ahead of me all the time. Other words don’t put yourself in a position where you have no way out. I was trying to keep lanes open all the time to have a way out just in case I needed to. That wreck in turn two that a couple of guys in front of me got into and I didn’t because they didn’t have a way to get out of it and I did a have way out. “ Wilbur Hebing who ended up second which saw him receive the All – Star Race birth next week has had a rough year to date. “ All year we’ve struggled with stuff breaking or missing the setup “ said Wilbur. To get back on track Wilbur talked to two veteran drivers that got him back on track. “ During the week I talked with Jan and he helped me with some stuff. We were fast in practice tonight and after that I went over to talk to Tony Hirschman and he gave me some tips and they lasted the whole race. “
“ I finally had some breaks go my way, a little luck, and the tires lasted ( he didn’t pit ). I couldn’t be happier “ summed up Wilbur. First time on the RoC Series this year Rowan Pennink was on hand to tune up for this week’s Sunoco RoC. “ We had a couple of small carburetor problems earlier in the day but we got the figured out “ said Rowan. “ I was pretty happy with the car as it was good right out of the trailer; we’ll make a couple of changes to make it faster for next week. “
Qualifying heats for the 27 car field saw heat wins go to Pennink, Matt Hirschman, and Eric Beers.

STEEL PALACE NOTES: Accomplished asphalt racing veteran Davey Hamilton drove the Horwith Freightliner number 9 as a teammate to Eric Beers. Davey in his first time in a Modified had a rough night as he spun into the infield pit road during the heat race and got tangled up in the lap 54 accident. Todd Geist ran the second Earl Paules entry on this night. Paules had a terrible evening with numerous carb problems. No driver had a tougher night than Billy Putney. Putney broke the driveline in hot laps and in the first lap of the heat was bumped into the back stretch wall doing considerable damage. In the feature Billy was about to pit during the closed pit, backed up and stayed on the track gaining 15 positions. Billy then raced his way into third and was challenging for second when the right front hub broke ending his long and frustrating evening. Marilyn and Don Toal have raised $15,643 in lap money for this week’s 59th Sunoco Race of Champions Modified event. With his seventh place finish Matt Hirschman claimed the Regular Season Point Title by ten over Rusty Smith.


FINISH; Jan Leaty, Wilbur Hebing, Rowan Pennink, Rusty Smith, TJ Potrzebowski, Pete Brittain, Matt Hirschman, Erick Rudolph, Daren Scherer, Tommy Farrell, III, Eric Beers, Jim Storace, Mike Leaty, Dave Wollaber, Mark Tychoniewicz, Kyle Ebersole, Doug Reaume, Tom Kinsella, Billy Putney, Jeff Hamman, Chuck Hossfeld, Davey Hamilton, Earl Paules, Rick Kluth, Todd Geist, Tom Wiest, Ron Smith.
LAP LEADERS; Ru. Smith ( 1 – 10 ) Rudolph ( 11 – 53 ), Ru. Smith ( 54 ), Wollaber ( 55 – 68 ), J. Leaty ( 69 – 100 )

Sept 3 - Thompson Speedway - NASCAR - 6

by Polly Reid
He made it look easy. Set fast time, redraw ninth on the grid, get the lead for the final time with ten to go and win the race. But oh my, my, my, it was so not easy. “I’m glad to be here in victory lane, we’re having a good time,” said Donny Lia following his determined win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Budweiser 150 presented by the New England Dodge Dealers at Thompson International Speedway. That may have been an understatement from the Jericho, NY driver whose night nearly ended after a heated side by side battle with Ted Christopher just after the 100 lap mark that found Lia up against the turn 2 wall bringing out the 6th caution of the night. Rewind to the restart on lap 98. Lia leading the way to the green with Eric Berndt on the outside, it was Ted Christopher third, Rowan Pennink and Todd Szegedy the top five. Christopher moved low for second, Szegedy followed moving into top three, Lia, Christopher and Szegedy pulled from the pack. Coming down the backstretch, Christopher again low, pulled up side by side with Lia, Christopher becoming the need leader on lap 104. Lia battled back, the two once again side by side, with Lia on the outside when coming down the front stretch heading into one, contact slid Lia up towards the turn two outside wall. It didn’t look good but Lia, after doing a self assessment, noting that it was the front bumper that kissed the wall, he drove away and eventually lined up in the back of the field. “I knew we were OK. I knew I didn’t hit a wheel on the wall or anything like that so I figured we’d be alright,” said Lia about his decision not to pit. “And I didn’t want to give up anymore track position than I had to. There were still a couple of cars behind us.” “I don’t blame him totally,” said Lia about the contact with Christopher who admitted he ‘may have’ pinched the corner. “It was just hard racing. I was on a mission, seeing red.” “He turned down on me,” stated Christopher afterwards in matter of fact manner who added smiling, “There was a good race going on there.” There were still 22 cars on the track. Lia lined up way deep in the field. While watching Szegedy take over the lead from Christopher following the lap 114 restart, Lia, in just 10 circuits was passing Bobby Grigas for fifth. It looked like that might be where Lia would stay, in fifth, as the laps ticked down, the field stringing out. Until that is, the yellow flew with 19 to go for a two car tangle. A tough break for Szegedy who was close to bringing home his first win of the season, a lucky one for Lia whose Bob Garbarino owned Mystic Missile Dodge, while stout, was not gaining enough ground to catch and pass the top two, the caution was exactly what he needed. Christopher and Lia used the high groove to move past Szegedy on the restart, the crowd was suddenly electric watching in anticipation. With 10 to go, in turn three, Lia dove low and came out of the move the new and final leader. “I knew we could come back,” said Lia. “We were able to get through them it’s so hard to do that because there is so many factors out of your control. Somebody could have wrecked in front of me, all you can do is just go as hard as you can, I knew that we could win the race and that’s what I was going to do.” Christopher in the Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet on Lia’s bumper finished second, Szegedy third. The concern for Christopher was not Lia as he explained what his real challenge of the day was. “We had issues all day we had some mechanical stuff that was wrong on our car to start with earlier, then some other stuff then the thing caught on fire, the fan switch caught on fire. During the caution, we came in and pitted I was fine so when I’m leaving, I leave my fans off and let them cool, so we were leaving and I turned my fan on and (Christopher with hands animated and waving) poof ! Smoke is billowing so I turned everything off it was like holy cow. I turned on the oil fan and that one didn’t cause any fire so I’m not on the radiator fan I’m on the oil fan. So now we take off and go and I’m on the backstretch and the MSD shuts off. I flipped to the other MSD and that was good. Then when the red came out I was like I hope this thing starts again. It did, it was alright,” Christopher adding, “Second sucks for us but we’ll be ready for Loudon and the rest of the races.” Clearly under the weather, Szegedy was smooth and steady as he worked his Wisk/Snuggle Ford to the front from his 14th starting position. However the Ridgefield, CT driver did not need that final caution that closed the field.“I didn’t expect to get that far up. Obviously I want to go and win every time but I dealt with the circumstances I had. I didn’t have the best car but I thought I had a top three car and definitely a top five. Once I got in the lead I was surprised how I could hold him (Christopher) off. I had good forward coming off but those guys were a little bit better in the center. I could hold them off but on the last restart, I was on the inside, I was tinging off of Teddy’s nerf bar, I had that wheel cranked all the way to the left, there was nothing I could do here, so I stepped on the throttle and hoped that I can get in behind Teddy and that’s what I did.” “We’re real happy, we’re running good every week, the guys are working hard,” said Szegedy about his Mike Smeriglio Racing crew. “I was down under the weather today, I drank a Red Bull and it helped. We’re nipping on it; we just can’t quite finish it off. We’re going to get it here at some point. Top 5’s matter the unfortunate thing is the guy we need to finish in front of finished in front of us. We’ll get it, we’re there every week.” Szegedy was asked what it was like to be right behind Christopher and Lia, referring to their recent history. “Don my spotter says watch out, those two have been feuding the last couple of weeks and don’t get caught up in there mess and I almost did. I kind of expected it to happen and luckily I got out of the way. But you want to know something? They’re driving their heart out, every lap. To make passes, the cars are so equal you have to bang nerf bars. I don’t blame them for driving as hard as they do. If I knew I could go forward I’d probably drive just as hard too.” Four races remain on the 2009 schedule as everyone continues to chase Christopher for the title. Ryan Preece lost a spot falling to fourth overall after a power steering pump issue dropped him to an 18th place finish. The top five, Christopher, Szegedy, Lia, Preece and Pennink cannot afford a ‘bad’ finish, not unless they all have one. Each lap counts. Quote of the week from Ted Christopher. “To win the championship, sometimes you have to finish second.”


For the second race in a row and the third time this year Donny Lia earned a trip to Victory Lane with his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour triumph Thursday night in the Budweiser 150 presented by New England Dodge Dealers at Thompson International Speedway. Following a win last time out at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 19, Lia once again had a dominant car at Thompson. The Jericho , N.Y. , native led three-different times Thursday night for 49 laps and got past Ted Christopher for the final time on Lap 140 after an intense back-and-fourth battle to earn his third win of the season. Lia, the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, also won this year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of the next race on the schedule. Thursday’s win was the 14th of his career overall, and his second at Thompson. Earlier in the day he also earned his 14th career Coors Light Pole Award. Christopher, who led a race-high 50 laps, settled for a second-place finish and extended his season points lead to 34 on Todd Szegedy, who crossed the line third Thursday night. Rowan Pennink and Keith Rocco rounded out the top five. Eric Beers, Eric Berndt, Bobby Grigas III, Glen Reen and Erick Rudolph brought home the top 10. With the win, Lia moved past Ryan Preece in the season standings and is now 72 points behind Christopher. Preece led eight laps early in the race Thursday, but suffered two spins and had to settle for 18th place.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will hold its 10th race of the 2009 campaign at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn.
Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (9) Donny Lia, Jericho , N.Y. , Dodge, 150 laps, 78.966 mph, $7,900.
2. (1) Ted Christopher, Plainville , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $4,000.
3. (14) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield , Conn . , Ford, 150, $2,900.
4. (13) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley , Pa. , Chevrolet, 150, $2,600.
5. (11) Keith Rocco, Wallingford , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $2,300.
6. (27) Eric Beers, Northampton , Pa. , Chevrolet, 150, $2,800.
7. (12) Eric Berndt, Cromwell , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $1,450.
8. (21) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield , Mass. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,725.
9. (5) Glen Reen, Wilbraham , Mass. , Chevrolet, 150, $2,350.
10. (8) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,550.
11. (7) Richard Savary, Canton , Mass. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,525.
12. (20) Jamie Tomaino, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,488.
13. (17) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $1,575.
14. (3) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,450.
15. (18) Andy Seuss, Hampstead , N.H. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,036.
16. (28) Joe Hartmann, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 150, $1,000.
17. (10) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington , Conn . , Chevrolet, 150, $1,475.
18. (4) Ryan Preece, Berlin , Conn . , Chevrolet, 149, $1,450.
19. (32) Ken Heagy, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 147, $1,325.
20. (29) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 132, accident, $1,600.
21. (22) Woody Pitkat, Stafford , Conn . , Chevrolet, 132, $1,375.
22. (31) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 124, $850.
23. (30) Jake Marosz, Middletown , Conn . , Chevrolet, 120, $1,225.
24. (23) Tony Ferrante, Jr., New Hyde Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 107, accident, $800.
25. (26) James Civali, Meriden , Conn . , Pontiac, 107, carburetor, $1,190.
26. (16) Tim Arre, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 98, suspension, $750.
27. (19) Rob Summers, Vernon , Conn . , Chevrolet, 92, accident, $750.
28. (6) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury , Conn . , Chevrolet, 92, accident, $750.
29. (15) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 92, accident, $1,150.
30. (24) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 91, accident, $1,150.
31. (25) Doug Coby, Milford , Conn . , Chevrolet, 77, clutch, $1,150.
32. (2) Mike Stefanik, Coventry , R.I. , Pontiac , 32, accident, $1,150.
33. (33) Wade Cole, Riverton , Conn . , Chevrolet, 26, axle, $1,150.

Fastest Qualifier: Donny Lia, Time: 18.774 Seconds, Speed: 119.847 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 11 mins, 14 secs Average Speed: 78.966 mph Margin of Victory: 0.573 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 24-28; 33-36; 70-75; 88-91; 93-97; 107-112; 132-136. 7 for 35 laps.

Lap Leaders: Ted Christopher 1-29, Ryan Preece 30-37, Ted Christopher 38-47, Donny Lia 48-73, Eric Berndt 74-91, Donny Lia 92-103, Ted Christopher 104-111, Todd Szegedy 112, Todd Szegedy 113, Todd Szegedy 114-136, Ted Christopher 137-139, Donny Lia 140-150.
Total Laps Led: Ted Christopher 50, Donny Lia 49, Todd Szegedy 25, Eric Berndt 18, Ryan Preece 8. 11 changes involving 5 drivers.

Standings: 1. T. Christopher, 1432; 2. T. Szegedy, 1398; 3. D. Lia, 1360; 4. R. Preece, 1339; 5. R. Pennink, 1288; 6. E. Beers, 1190; 7. W. Pitkat, 1172; 8. E. Flemke,Jr., 1146; 9. C. Pasteryak, 1132; 10. M. Stefanik, 1070

Lap 150 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Lia wins the Budweiser 150 presented by New England Dodge Dealers.
Lap 149 -- White flag is displayed for Lia as he leads Christopher by 0.423 seconds at the line.
Lap 145 -- Christopher continues in second with Szegedy third, Pennink fourth and Rocco fifth.
Lap 143 -- Lia leads Christopher by 0.135 seconds at the line.
Lap 140 -- Lia once again rockets under Christopher entering Turn 3 and regains the lead.
Lap 138 -- Lia also gets past Szegedy on the restart lap and runs second to Christopher.
Lap 137 -- GREEN FLAG: Christopher beats Szegedy to the line.
Lap 135 -- Flemke to the tail end for pitting too soon. Preece will get the free pass.
Lap 134 -- Running order is: Szegedy, Christopher, Pennink, Lia, Grigas, Rocco, Berndt, Beers, Tomaino, and Reen with Savary just outside the top 10.
Lap 132 -- CAUTION NO. 7: Flemke and Eric Goodale into the wall in Turn 2. Flemke drives off while Goodale's cars will need a wrecker.
Lap 130 -- The top three have temporarily settled in as Lia continues to march toward them.
Lap 126 -- Lia is underneath Grigas in Turns 3 and 4 for fourth place.
Lap 124 -- Lia is now up to fifth as Szegedy, Christopher and Pennink have separated from the pack.
Lap 120 -- Christopher continues to tap Szegedy's bumper as they battle for the lead.
Lap 116 -- Grigas is up to fourth with Pennink in third, two car lenghts back of Szegedy and Christopher.
Lap 114 -- Szegedy gets past Christopher in Turn 2 just after the restart.
Lap 113 -- GREEN FLAG: Christopher nips Szegedy at the line.
Lap 112 -- Hartmann gets the free pass. Tyler to the tail end for pitting too soon.
Lap 110 -- Race leaders are: Christopher, Szegedy, Pennink, Rocco, Grigas, Eric Goodale, Beers, Berndt and Rudolph. Lia rejoined the field 16th.
Lap 108 -- CAUTION NO. 6: Christopher and Lia make contact coming out of Turn 1 and Lia spins, narrowly misses the wall, and is able to drive off.
Lap 107 -- Lia rockets under Christopher entering Turn 3. Christopher attempts a cross-over, but Lia holds the lead at the line.
Lap 104 -- Christopher gets under Lia in the turns and beats Lia to the line for a lead change.
Lap 100 -- Christopher closes in on Lia while Szegedy is tight in third.
Lap 98 -- GREEN FLAG: Lia bests Christopher to the line.
Lap 96 -- Running order is: Lia, Christopher, Ferrante, Berndt, Seuss, Szegedy, Grigas, Rocco and Beers.
Lap 95 -- The cars are rolling. Joe Hartmann will receive the free pass. Berndt has come to pit road and Christopher is now up to second.
9:41 p.m. -- Red flag has been pulled and the yellow is displayed.
9:30 p.m. -- RED FLAG for track clean-up. Lia is scored as the race leader followed by Berndt, Christopher, Pennink and Szegedy.
Lap 93 -- CAUTION NO. 5: Multi-car accident on the backstretch. Civali, Savary, Pitkat, Kevin Goodale, Johnny Bush, Dupuis and Summers are involved.
Lap 92 -- GREEN FLAG: Lia beats Berndt to the line.
Lap 90 -- No change in the top 10 in the running order other than Civali is up to eight with Pitkat ninth and Grigas 10th.
Lap 89 -- CAUTION NO. 4: Preece spins on the backstretch and into the infield.
Lap 85 -- Berndt is holding strong with Lia a car-lenght back.
Lap 80 -- Leaders are: Berndt, Lia, Pennink, Christopher, Szegedy, Reen, Dupuis, Rob Summers, Woody Pitkat, Bobby Grigas III.
Lap 78 -- Lia is all the way back up to second.
Lap 76 -- GREEN FLAG: Berndt beats Pasteryak to the line.
Lap 75 -- Berndt is scored as the leader with Chris Pasteryak in second.
Lap 73 -- All of the leaders except for Eric Berndt are now on pit road.
Lap 71 -- CAUTION NO. 3: Ryan Preece spins coming out of Turn 4.
Lap 68 -- Lia and Pennink begin weaving through lap traffic with Berndt half a straight-away behind in third.
Lap 65 -- Christopher continues to fall back as Reen and Szegedy get past.
Lap 56 -- Berndt gets past Christopher entering Turn 1 for third.
Lap 55 -- Race leaders are: Lia, Pennink, Christopher, Berndt, Reen, Szegedy, Dupuis, Kevin Goodale, Rudolph and James Civali.
Lap 52 -- Lia is stretching out the lead as Pennink is now around Christopher for second.
Lap 47 -- After appearing to get held up behind Christopher for a handful of laps, Lia shoots past Christopher entering Turn 3 for the lead.
Lap 43 -- Pennink is around Preece for third while Lia keeps pressure on Christopher for the lead. Reen is up to fifth follwed by Berndt as Preece is going backwards.
Lap 41 -- Lia is around Preece and on Christopher's bumper.
Lap 38 -- Christopher gets past Preece on the backstretch with Lia now challenging for second.
Lap 37 -- GREEN FLAG: Preece beats Christopher to the line.
Lap 35 -- Race leaders are: Preece, Christopher, Pennink, Lia, Tyler, Reen, Rudolph, Eric Berndt, Szegedy and Dupuis. Jake Marosz gets the free pass. Seven cars come to pit road for tires.
Lap 33 -- CAUTION NO. 2: Pennink gets pinched between Stefanik and Lia on the backstretch and Stefanik gets spun into the infield and makes contact with the wall.
Lap 30 -- Following the re-start, Preece gets past Christopher on the backstretch to take the lead.
Lap 29 -- GREEN FLAG: Christopher just nips Preece at the line.
Lap 25 -- Top 10 is: Christopher, Preece, Tyler, Stefanik, Lia, Pennink, Savary, Dupuis, Erick Rudolph and Todd Szegedy. Rocco leads a contingent of mid-pack cars to pit road.
Lap 24 -- CAUTION NO. 1: Wade Cole spins on the frontstretch.
Lap 20 -- Top 10 remains unchanged except for Lia has swapped with Savary.
Lap 17 -- Lia gets under Savary coming out of Turn 1 to move into the top five.
Lap 10 -- Top 10 is: Christopher, Preece, Tyler, Mike Stefanik, Richard Savary, Donny Lia, Keith Rocco, Rowan Pennink, Glen Reen and Renee Dupuis.
Lap 7 -- Preece looks under Christopher in Turns 2 and 3, but Christopher holds.
Lap 5 -- Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece have pulled slightly away from the field as Glenn Tyler runs in third.
8:48 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG: The Budweiser 150 is underway as Ted Christopher leads the 33-car field to the line.

IRL and Supermodifed Veteran Davey Hamilton to drive the Beers Motorsports owned #9 Modified at Oswego for the RoC Tour Race during Classic Weekend

Headed into the crucial autumn months of the 2009 racing season, two vital components have been added to the DeLange Racing roster. Veteran racer Davey Hamilton will drive the Beers Motorsports #9 Modified at Oswego Speedway in Saturday's Race of Champions Modified Tour 100, part of the 53rd Annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend. Added to that, skilled crew chief Kevin Crowley will join the team for several late season races. Hamilton is best known as a Supermodified driver with extensive experience on the Oswego five-eighths mile oval. He has also competed on the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series, with three top-ten finishes in the famed Indianapolis 500 including a fourth place finish in 1998. Hamilton will be working with a talented crew put together by Beers for Sunday's event. His vast experience in open-wheeled racecars will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team with several important races coming up on the DeLange schedule. Crowley is a veteran crew chief in the Modified ranks, having worked with several leading drivers including Donny Lia. Beers has worked with Crowley on several occasions, so there is a natural chemistry that will bolster the team's chances in the "big" shows such as the 59th Annual Sunoco Race of Champions at Oswego in mid-September and the North-South Shootout to be held at Concord (NC) Speedway in early November. Team owner Dave DeLange feels these additions will give his team the boost needed to end the team's 2009 schedule on a crest. "We're moving into the beginning of the 'second season' and we feel these added extras are critical to a strong finish. A driver with the talent and experience that Davey Hamilton brings with him will provide us with the knowledge we need to move up to the highest level. I've known Kevin Crowley for years and always admired his efforts. He has worked with Eric in the past with success and I expect that background will make them a tough team to beat. I'm excited to race to the checkered flag to end the year."

August 29 - Chemung - NASCAR - Rain

Due to a forecast for heavy rain Friday and Saturday, NASCAR and Chemung Speedrome officials have decided to postpone Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Chemung 120. A makeup date for the event will be announced at a later date. With this postponement, up next for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the Budweiser 150 at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 3. The second of three trips for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Thompson was originally scheduled for Aug. 13, but was moved because of weather

August 22 - Mahoning
- Rain

August 19 - Bristol - NASCAR - 14th

Tiger Report
The eighth stop on the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule took the teams' to "Thunder Valley" and the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN, for the inaugural running of the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile". With almost 5 hours of practice scheduled between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning there was plenty of opportunity for Eric and the Berkley Auto Racing team to get reacquainted with the track that they had tested at back in June. Shortly before the cars were to hit the track, rain showers moved thru the area, delaying practice by almost an hour. When practice began at around 8:15 p.m. the Cape Cod Aggregates, J & R Pre-Cast, Viveiros Insurance # 46 waited a bit for some rubber to be put down before heading out. Throughout the session the crew made changes to help tighten up a loose handling car. Some of the changes made were closing up the stagger, adding spring rubbers, adding wedge, and changing some suspension angles. By the time the practice was over, Eric had posted the 7th fastest lap of the 40 cars, and the changes made for a better handling racecar. Always trying to improve the crew and Eric decided to make more changes for the morning practice session. When the garage opened at 6:30 a.m. the crew went to work making changes to the car. Some of the changes made were a stiffer right front spring, adding spring rubbers to the left front, reducing the rebound of the left rear shock and resquaring the rear end. When practice began at 8 a.m. it was quite obvious that the changes made the cars' handling worse as Eric radioed that he was on edge loose all the way thru the turns. The crew bolted on fresher tires to see if that was part of the problem but that change made the situation worse. With one final session beginning at 11 a.m. the decision was made to change the car back to the set-up that it had in it at the end of the session on Tuesday night. When the final practice was completed at noon, the feeling was that the car would be okay for qualifying. The qualifying draw would find the # 46 the 12th car in line to make a qualifying attempt. However, Mother Nature would have something to say once again as after 5 drivers made their qualifying runs the skies would open up again. After about an hour the sun would come back out, but as a result qualifying would be cancelled and the field would be set by points. With this race a combination event between the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours, the front row would be made up of the current point leader from the north starting on the pole and the leader from the south on the outside pole. The second row would have drivers currently in second in points in both divisions and so on and so forth throughout the starting grid. With Eric currently in the 8th place in points he would start inside the 8th row in 15th position. The 150 lap race would be run in 2 75 lap segments with a 5 minute break at halfway. At this break the crew were allowed to refuel, change tires, and make any adjustments that they would under a regular pit stop. When the green flag flew it would be out for only one lap as a multi-car crash occurred on the backstretch. When racing resumed on lap 10, Eric would settle in and would steadily make his way to the front, breaking in to the top-10 on lap 32. The race would remain under green until a single car accident on lap 74, since lap 75 would be run under yellow, the cars would be brought to pit road for the halfway break. The crew would go to work refueling the car and changing all four tires. The set of tires put on had less stagger to help tighten up the cars' handling. When the race resumed the # 46 would slip back to the 12th position, a caution on lap 89 for a minor spin found Eric radioing to the crew that the car was actually looser on this set of tires. Once the green flag waved it would stay out until a caution flag on lap 132 for rain by this time Eric had fallen back to the 14th spot. The crew discussed the possibility of pitting for adjustments but the decision was made to stay out and maintain track position since there was so few laps remaining. The green flag flew for the final time on lap 138, and over the final 12 laps with a loose racecar, Eric was able to hold on and bring the car home in the 14th position. After the race and after checking out the tires, the crew felt that they may have ended up with a bad set, as they reacted unlike any of the other sets that had been on the car.

Bristol Motor Speedway
by Walt Stubbs

I call it the WOW factor. Some might use other terminology such as Holy Cow or Holy S…. However you want to term it, the best way to describe it is that reaction you have when you see something for the first time that is so enormous, so big, so powerful, that the first words out of your mouth are WOW. As someone who has been fortunate to travel across this great country of ours; they’re a few places I have seen where the WOW factor has come into my vocabulary. They include the Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, Sears Tower, Golden Gate Bridge and a Space Shuttle launch. On the sports front, you have places like the Big House, Cameron Indoor, Touchdown Jesus, Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. In auto racing, you have tracks like Indianapolis, Daytona, and Bristol. The first time I went to Bristol back in 1999, I had that WOW experience. Upon arriving at Bristol this past Tuesday evening and making my way thru the tunnel and entering the infield pit area to watch the NASCAR modifieds practice; I had the WOW experience once again, even more so than in 1999. Just seeing the modifieds on the high banked cement brought chills; and that was with the stands empty. I can’t imagine, then, what it was like for the 42 modified drivers who were hauling ass around the track. For most of them, the experience was intense, or as Ed Flemke described the experience, “You always drive intense, this was beyond intense.” Much of that had to do with the speeds and reaction time the driver’s experienced as the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour made a historic visit to the high banks of Bristol. With that, there was also concern of how the division would fare on the high banks. When some teams went down to Bristol to test in March and then early June, some voiced concern that there would be little passing on the tight banks. Others were concerned about the speed differential between the fastest cars and those in the back of the field. NASCAR made a decision after the March test to not use a restrictor plate with the hope that it would create more passing. This, though, could do nothing about the drastic difference in speed. The other concern in the garage area was if the race would be a caution marred event. After practice Tuesday night, Ted Christopher still had concerns. “It’s so intense and fast that if the driver in front of you is slower than you are, he’s going to have to show some respect and move over. “
With qualifying washed out on Wednesday afternoon, the only thing to do was race. With 40 cars entered (Tom McCann Jr withdrew after Wednesday morning practice), and 38 cars scheduled to start, NASCAR and the track wisely decided to have all 40 start the race. Of course, that probably was due in part that the last two driver’s in the field, based on points, were Cup stars Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne. Not having them in the field would have probably upset a few who paid to watch them race. As for the race itself, the 150 lap race was not the wreck fest some expected. And while it wasn’t the best race, it did have its moments. After the first caution on the second lap, which took out Matt Hirschman, Newman, and Buddy Emory, the race ran green until lap 75. Up to that point, it didn’t look like Christopher was going to be denied, as he followed up with the fastest times in practice to the race itself. However, after the mandatory five minute period to change tires was complete, Christopher was not the same while Donny Lia made his presence felt. Making his way by Todd Szegedy for second, Lia ran down Christopher, getting underneath Christopher on lap 107. Once out front, it looked like nothing would hold Lia back. However, a late caution and subsequent restart almost did Lia in. NASCAR penalized Lia for jumping the restart and Lia, was ordered to let Christopher take the lead from him. Fortunately for Lia, there was enough laps left in the race for him to overtake Christopher once again and collect an emotional win. “I got a little nervous there and we had to let him back by,” said Lia. “It just got me a little more amped up to get back around him. It would have been pretty bad to give the race away like that. The guys work too hard, Bob Garbarino puts too much into this for that to happen. Lately I have been making mistakes and I’ll be the first one to admit it. So today was real good for me, a little bit of redemption to make up on some prior mistakes that I feel I’ve made this year. Hopefully, it can continue and we can win some more races.” Some might have assumed that some of Lia’s redemption or extra incentive could have been in part that the Truck Series and its drivers and owners, were on hand watching the event. Lia, who ran the Truck Series last year and won a race at Mansfield, lost his ride and found no other offers during the off season before rejoining the modifieds and car owner Bob Garbarino. Lia, though, stated there wasn’t any extra incentive. “I guess it should be because everybody was around watching but you just try hard, no matter who is watching. No one could be watching, I wouldn’t care. The win last year in the Truck Series was my biggest win but this win might mean more to me than that because it was the first race for the modifieds at Bristol and we had so many people watching us and so many eyes on us. I just hope it was a good race to watch and I’m even more happy that we won.” For Christopher, there was definite disappointment in his voice over his second place finish. And who can blame him? TC had the fastest car in test runs and during Tuesday night’s practice. Most in the garage area had him as the favorite, even more so when he got to start the race on the pole due to qualifying being rained out and the field starting according to points. Christopher was true to form, dominating the first 75 laps but it all changed after the mandatory pit stop. “The second set of tires closed up the stagger, which is what we wanted it to do but I never would have thought it would have gotten that tight up off. A couple of times I thought I was going to knock the wall down coming off. What are you going to do,” asked Christopher to nobody in particular. Christopher, though, wished Lia’s mistake would have come a couple laps later than it did. “I wish that would have happened with five to go because I would have waited for one to go to pass him and then blocked him all over the place,” quipped Christopher.Another driver who was disappointed with his finish was Szegedy, who wound up sixth in the final tally after running second for most of the race. “I expected a good clean race. I didn’t expect to maneuver as good as we were able to but that was the unknown. Our car was awesome but we just lost the motor. It’s amazing we lost the motor and still finished sixth. If we had the horsepower, we would have been right there with Donny and Teddy. The motor was lazy after the first few laps and then after the halfway break the cylinder actually dropped. I’m disappointed we haven’t gotten a win yet. We need to get some wins.” While George Brunnhoelzl III is a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Series, the name is still synonymous with many from the Northeast. His father, George Brunnhoelzl Jr, was one of the great drivers on Long Island and who won the Race of Champions at Pocono back in 1987. Brunnhoelzl III also made a name for himself running at Riverhead. Racing the Southern Tour this year, he is the points leader. Running with the northerners at Bristol gave him a chance to show his stuff. He didn’t disappoint as he wound up fourth. “It’s great to run with these guys. I grew up up there. I know most of these guys, my Dad raced against a lot of them. It’s definitely fun to get a chance to race against different people. Any time you can bring more drivers together, getting the best of the north and best of the south, it makes you a better driver so it makes it a lot of fun. Everybody put a lot of emphasis on this race and it was a Super Bowl for us. I wish we could have had the longer run at the end of the race versus how it was during the first half of the race. If we had the longer run at the end, we would have had something for Donny I think,” said Brunnhoelzl. BRISTOL NOTES: As you could expect, many faces were on hand to take in the first modified race at Bristol since the early 1960’s. Eddie Bohn, Geoff and Brett Bodine, Tim Connolly, Jeff Fuller, Wayne Anderson, and Tom Baldwin Jr were among some of the names on hand. Baldwin was actually Kasey Kahne’s crew chief. It actually looked like a Long Island contingent in the pit area. One of the biggest surprises was seeing another former Islander, Tom McCann on hand with his son Tom Jr. Upon arriving at the track Tuesday evening I saw the red number 51 on pit road with the name Tom McCann Jr. Not knowing if it was the same family originally from Long Island, my assumption was correct when I saw the familiar lit cigar coming out of McCann’s mouth. McCann, who moved to Florida shortly after retiring in 1997, moved to Mooresville North Carolina four years ago. (It should be noted McCann won his last race at Riverhead in 97 only to be disqualified, never to race again) His son raced Late Models in both Florida and North Carolina but had not raced in a year. McCann Jr. though wanted to get back into a modified. As he put it, “I always wanted to get back into a modified so around four months ago we decided to get back into modified racing.” After purchasing the modified, he and his Dad put the car together in eight days and was completed just in time for the race at Bristol. Unfortunately for McCann, after practice on Wednesday he decided to withdraw because he was not yet comfortable driving the modified. As McCann admitted afterward, it was an adjustment getting used to driving the modified versus a Late Model. Despite his disappointment, McCann is looking forward to competing in some more Southern Tour Races, starting at Caraway. You might even see the McCann’s at a familiar haunt, Wall Stadium, for the October race… Ryan Preece came into Bristol on a hot streak, winning the last two races. Preece was once again impressive, finishing third. “The car was better than even I thought it was going to be because we got a lot of green laps under our belt. It was like a roller coaster; you didn’t want to get off,” said Preece of his experience. “We may not have been the fastest in practice but usually come race time, we are right there.” It was good to see Tim Connolly taking in the race with his son Shane. It’s hard to believe but Shane is now graduated from Cornell and it’s Connolly’s son who is pushing his Dad to get back behind the wheel. As Connolly said, “It’s definitely tempting but once you get back in, you’re in.” Will be interesting to see if we see Connolly racing some where next year. Another good run was put in by Rowan Pennink, who wound up seventh. “We were just biding our time during the first half of the race, taking our time. In the second half, the stagger snuck up on us so we were a little tight and struggled a little bit. Other than that, I’m happy to come out of here with a top ten car ,” said Pennink. Pennink, like many of the drivers on hand, feel that if the modifieds return to Bristol, the racing will be better based on many being more comfortable with the track and speeds. Well, the Tour heads from Bristol to Chemung. Talk about a difference in speed and WOW factor. And as we headed on the Pennsy Turnpike and passing the Levittown exit, we wonder whatever happened to Doug Craig. And finally, This Week’s Quote of The Week comes from NASCAR official Jerry Cook, when asked if NASCAR had a plan should it rain. “We have a plan but we haven’t decided what it is yet.”

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Donny Lia overcame a late-race miscue to capture the inaugural UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday night. Lia led 40 of the final 43 laps en route to his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season. He jumped a restart on lap 138 and briefly lost the lead to Ted Christopher when race officials ordered him to give his advantage back. However, Lia drove back by Christopher three laps later to take the lead for good. Lia, who won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June, beat Christopher to the line by 3.126 seconds in the first event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile.” Ryan Preece finished third while George Brunnhoelzl III was the top finishing NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in the combination race. Woody Pitkat rounded out the top five. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour proved once again to be strong in the combination race format, which sees both Tours compete for one purse, but receive points based on their finish against other drivers on their tour. Including Lia and Christopher, eight of the top 10 cars across the line were from the Whelen Modified Tour. Brunnhoelzl will be credited with first-place points and a win for the Whelen Southern Modified Tour standings. The rest of the top 10 consisted of Todd Szegedy, Rowan Pennink, Ed Flemke Jr., Burt Myers and Erick Rudolph. It appeared to be Christopher’s race to win the majority of the race. Fastest in the first two practice sessions, the defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion led the first 107 circuits. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman finished 28th and 37th, respectively. Newman was caught in an accident on the second lap of the race and Kahne retired on Lap 100 with engine failure. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will next race Saturday, Aug, 29 at Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified will also return to the track Saturday, Aug. 29 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTSFin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points Total Award Status

1 7 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Dodge 150 180 $9,500 Running
2 1 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 150 170 5,100 Running
3 5 3 Ryan Preece Reynolds Auto Wrecking Chevrolet 150 165 3,500 Running
4 2 28 George Brunnhoelzl, III Oval Speed/Fibrwrap/PT Ford 150 S180 2,500 Running
5 13 88 Woody Pitkat Ramar-Hall/TSI Harley-Davidson Chevrolet 150 160 3,000 Running
6 3 2 Todd Szegedy UNOH/Wisk/Snuggle Ford 150 155 2,500 Running
7 9 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanic Hand/N.E. Race Fuels 150 150 2,250 Running
8 17 10 Ed Flemke, Jr Ron Bouchard Autos/Kleer Trimboards 150 146 2,000 Running
9 12 1 Burt Myers Capital Bank/JRC Investments Ford 150 S170 1,650 Running
10 21 59 Erick Rudolph Original Pizza Logs/Prime Tyme Chevrolet 150 142 1,664 Running
11 4 47 Andy Seuss Advance Auto Parts/Q Racing Oil/Stuart Auto 150 S165 1,000 Running
12 30 58 Eric Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 150 138 1,400 Running
13 10 38 L W Miller John Baker Plumbing & Heating/Sink Tower 150 S160 975 Running
14 15 46 Eric Beers Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 150 134 1,750 Running
15 31 09 Bobby Grigas, III Triple-G Scaffold Services Chevrolet 150 130 1,875 Running
16 23 52 Chris Pasteryak Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet 150 127 1,300 Running
17 22 99 Jamie Tomaino Ideal Racing Chevrolet 148 124 1,275 Running
18 28 14 Bobby Hutchens, Jr Team Texas Driving School Chevrolet 147 S155 850 Running
19 6 23 Brian Loftin L&R Transmissions/QMF Metal Chevrolet 147 S150 825 Running
20 37 21 Richard Savary Alloy Wheel Repair/Pine Hill Service Chevrolet 147 121 1,950 Running
21 8 40 Frank Fleming Nelson Ford/Pro Health Center Ford 146 S146 800 Running
22 36 68 Johnny Bush J.B. Stone Setters/Mehner Racing Chevrolet 146 118 1,200 Running
23 18 25 John Smith Tutterow Surveying/Rick's Home Chevrolet 146 S142 800 Running
24 24 44 Rich Kuiken, Jr Flowmasters Testing & Balancing Chevrolet 145 S138 800 Running
25 19 16 Michael Stefanik Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeon Pontiac 123 115 1,300 Engine
26 32 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 108 112 1,200 Clutch
27 14 6 Jason Myers Capital Bank/Moorefield & Trantham Ford 103 S134 800 Engine
28 39 98 Kasey Kahne Mowhawk Northeast/N.E. Race Fuels Chevrolet 100 109 800 Engine
29 16 31 Gene Pack Comtech Solutions/Wings-N-Things Chevrolet 88 S130 800 Accident
30 26 97 Bryan Dauzat O.B. Builders/Intrafitt Chevrolet 85 S127 800 Accident
31 11 12 Jimmy Blewett TS Haulers/Blewett Recycling Chevrolet 74 106 1,250 Vibration
32 27 17 Glen Reen Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys Chevrolet 73 103 1,650 Accident
33 25 79 Ronnie Silk Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac 39 100 1,150 Engine
34 33 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 37 97 1,150 Overheating
35 29 8 Glenn Tyler Sypher Const./Financial Fed. Credit Chevrolet 24 94 1,150 Engine
36 35 9 Jake Marosz Middlesex Auto Center Chevrolet 20 91 1,150 Engine
37 38 7 Ryan Newman Aggressive Hydraulics Chevrolet 1 88 1,150 Accident
38 20 02 Buddy Emory RCS Construction/Ship On Site Chevrolet 1 S124 750 Accident
39 34 50 Matt Hirschman RBS Corp./DMC Auto Exchange Chevrolet 1 85 1,150 Accident
40 40 91 James Civali Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac 1 82 750 Accident

Fastest Qualifier: None, Qualifying Rained Out
Failed to Qualify: None
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 3 mins, 18 secs Average Speed: 75.782 mph Margin of Victory: 3.126 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 2-13 (Multi-car accident in Turn 3); 74-79 (Car #17 spins on backstretch); 88-96 (Car #31 spin in Turn 2); 131-137 (Rain). 4 for 3
laps.Lap Leaders: Ted Christopher 1-107, Donny Lia 108-139, Ted Christopher 140-142, Donny Lia 143-150.
Total Laps Led: Ted Christopher 110, Donnyy Lia 40. 3 changes involving 2 drivers.

NWMT COCA COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Richard Savary, 21 Alloy Wheel Repair/Pine Hill Service Chevrolet
NWMT MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Bobby Grigas, III, 09 Triple-G Scaffold Services Chevrolet
NWMT ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Glen Reen, 17 Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys Chevrolet
NWSMT MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Eric Beers, 46 Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
NWSMT MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Burt Myers, 1 Capital Bank/JRC Investments Ford

by Polly Reid

Donnie Lia from Jericho, NY rallied to pass Ted Christopher for the lead with 7 laps remaining, pulling away from the field in the closing circuits to claim the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour UNOH Perfect Storm at Bristol Motor Speedway. “We had a great car all day long, I can’t thank my guys enough,“ said Lia about his Bob Garbarino owned Mystic Missile. “For me, it was a matter of not making any mistakes because we had such a great race car. I didn’t want to give it away which I almost managed to do. But we were able to get back around Teddy and get the win. Awesome day, couldn’t be any happier. I really have to thank everyone here at the racetrack, everyone involved with putting this on for us. I just hope we put on a good show for everybody.” It could have been the one that got away for Donnie Lia who recovered from a restart penalty. After jumping the final restart with about a dozen laps to go, Lia dropped back to second. Lia was not to be denied and stormed back, passing Christopher and pulled away from the pack crossing the finish line for the checkers with a 3.126 second lead over Christopher. “I jumped the restart there so it got me more amped up to get back around because it would have been pretty bad to give away a race like that. My guys work too hard, Bob Garbarino puts too much into this, they give me everything we need to go out and run good. I make mistakes, I’ll be the first to admit it so this was kind of a redemption. Hopefully we can continue, move forward and win some more races.” “I won a Truck race last year and that was probably the biggest for me but this means more to me. The first race at Bristol for the modifieds and we had so many people watching, so many eyes on us that I hope it was a good race and I’m happy that we won, that was just the icing on the cake right there. Again, I have to thank the track and the University of Northwestern Ohio and Whelen Engineering, it is a great Series to race in.” Christopher dominated the first half, untouchable in the first 75 laps but when the checkers flew, Christopher crossed for second. Reporting being a little loose when coming in for the mandatory 10 minute pit stop, after new tires and adjustments, Christopher led the field back to green. “We closed up stagger like we wanted to do” Christopher said about his Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet, “but I never would have thought we would have gotten that tight up off. I thought I was going to knock the wall down.” Christopher hoped it was a good show for the fans. “I thought it was going to be ugly in the beginning because they had that first wreck like on lap 2 and I was like this is going to take forever and ever but then it went long to the half way. I thought it was pretty good. I don’t think this was bad at all and I think it could be even better again. Unfortunately it turned out to be a good race where I got passed, but hey, what are you going to do? It was a good points day. I hope they invite us back.” After back to back wins, Ryan Preece finds himself back on the podium taking down a strong third. “Fun, Superman ride,” said Preece about running at Bristol. “If it was a 155 lap race we might have been able to get Teddy but getting third, it’s a lot better than I thought. I was trying to survive Bristol like everyone said and we did survive, a good points day. My car, even in practice we were better on the long the run.” During the break, the crew made some adjustments. “We put a round of wedge in it, tightened up the car a little bit. My crew they do an awesome job on making the right adjustments every week and the motor we have, Performance Technology that Reynolds Auto Wrecking gave us was great, I have to thank them and everybody who helps support us.” I want to come back now. I wasn’t going to say anything until after the race. Now, I want to come back.” “It was a real good run for us,” said George Brunnhoelzl, III who finished fourth. “Fortunately we started from the outside front row. We struggled a little bit on the restarts, our car took a couple of laps to come in but once it came in I could run with just about anybody. The guys worked real hard on the car, we had a lot of practice, made a lot of changes. It was good race car, it was fun, it’s always fun to run at Bristol, it was a pretty good race other than some of the lap traffic, but for the most part it went very smoothly. It was a good show for the fans and hopefully they’ll have us back next year.”
Sponsored by UNOH, Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT was the biggest threat to Christopher in the first segment with his UNOH, Wisk/Snuggle Ford, the pair running nose to tail through the long green run. “I expected a good clean race. I didn’t expect to be able to maneuver as good as we were able to, that was the unknown.“ Szegedy said a cylinder dropped at about the half way mark, but knew shortly after the opening circuits, the motor was ‘lazy’. “Our car was awesome, we just lost the motor. It’s amazing we lost the motor and still finished sixth.” When running side by side with Christopher, Szegedy said, “I would have went right around him on the outside, I went in wide open and never lifted going on the outside and I shoved the nose that was just enough for him to get up around me again. But we were suffering before that. We were hurting on restarts, the motor was slowly starting to go. I can’t believe it didn’t blow up.” Szegedy continued, “I’m happy with a top ten, disappointed we haven’t had a win yet. We need to get some wins.” “First time coming here, we just wanted to come out with a good finish,” said Erick Rudolph who started the day 21st and ended with a 10th place. “I’m real happy with it, real proud of the guys, they deserve this as much as anyone they worked hard. Rudolph, from Ransomville, NY in the Original Pizza Logs/Prime Tyme Chevrolet like many others, hopes the modifieds return to Bristol.
What you didn’t see on TV;
Mike Stefanik in the Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeon Pontiac started 19th and methodically worked his way through the field up to fifth by lap 115. One of the fastest cars in the early practice session, Stefanik without a doubt was on track to make a run for the leaders when his motor blew, his ride done for the night. The disappointment was more than evident from Stefanik when he climbed out of the car, once again robbed of a top finish by something not in his control.
Watching from the stands, 9 time NWMT winner Tim Connolly was on hand to see the NASCAR Whelen Modifieds take to the high banks of Bristol for the first time. Connolly admits to getting the itch to get behind the wheel again. While no news to report at this time, stay tuned on that one.


Coming off a successful weekend, Eric Beers and the DeLange Racing Team are eager to return to Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, PA next Saturday night, August 22. The remaining 67 laps of the Third Hand of the Modified 100 Poker Series followed by the full 100 laps in Hand Four. They hope to expand on the momentum built by successful runs in back-to-back New York events at Spencer Speedway in Williamson and Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster, where Eric drove the #45 Horwith Trucking Modified to a fifth place finish in a Race of Champions Modified Tour 100-lapper on Friday night followed by a runner-up finish in the 50-lap Modified feature at his adopted home track on Saturday. Now the focus turns south to Mahoning Valley Speedway on Saturday night, August 22. The night will begin with the remaining 67 laps in the Third Hand of the Modified 100 Poker Series, to be followed by a full program of racing highlighted by the Fourth Hand of Poker. Eric is anxious to rake in the pot from two winning deals and move a giant step closer to the overall championship and the laurels that go with it to be decided with Hand Five on October 3. Team owner Dave DeLange expresses the feeling of the entire team with his sentiments. “I’m looking forward to Mahoning next weekend. We have two big races in one night to focus on – the completion of the one that rained out on July 18 and the full 100-lapper that was already scheduled. This Poker Tournament is a great idea. I’ve come to love that track and I’m looking forward to getting back to one of my favorite places to race next weekend. And to taking one more step to the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow to be awarded on October 3.” It’s time to shuffle up and deck!

August 15 - Dunn Tire - Regular
Show - 2nd

The 600 horsepower Modifieds were the up next for a 50 lap main event, the last race of the evening. Wilbur Hebing and Eric Beers led the field to green and the two ran side by side for half a lap until Beers took command of the lead. Tom McGrath soon joined the party up front after passing Dave Wollaber for third and the top three of Beers, Hebing, and McGrath ran nose to tail. Sege Fidanza was also on the move with a strong car as he made his way up to fourth, catching the leaders who had built somewhat of a lead on the rest of the field. A yellow flag for debris on lap 14 saw Hebing head pitside for the night with mechanical issues, lining up Beers, McGrath, Fidanza, Wollaber, and Erick Rudolph to take the green flag. Beers once again got a good start although McGrath and Fidanza hung with him. At the halfway point of the feature the top three had built a sizable lead over Rudolph and Wollaber. As the laps clicked off it looked as though no one had enough to challenge Beers for the lead. However, with under 20 laps to go Fidanza showed his hand, revealing a tire management strategy. With McGrath also showing that he saved some tires for the end of the race, the top three bunched up once again, running nose to tail with just twelve laps remaining. Fidanza took advantage of a small bobble by McGrath as he come out of turn four and slotted himself into the second running position. Although Beers was able to gain some breathing room while Fidanza and McGrath traded spots, it was short lived as Fidanza was to Beers bumper by lap 41. Fidanza made his move just two laps later as he powered to the outside of Beers in turn three and took the lead.

Sege Fidanza, Eric Beers, Erick Rudolph, Tom McGrath, Dave Wollaber, Karl Hehr, Bob Reis, Billy Putney, Mark Tychoniewicz, Bobby Holmes, Jeff Hamman, Sean O’Neill, Tom Weist, Wilbur Hebing

August 14 - Spencer - RoC
- 5th
It’s a fact that when the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour races at the Spencer Speedway there is a pretty good chance that a Leaty will be in victory lane at the end of the night.
Back in June at the first race held at the track this year Mike Leaty stole the spotlight from his dad Jan as he raced to the feature win. On Friday night Jan paid his son and 22 other competitors back big time with some lucky draws which led to him dominating the 100 lap feature on this night. Jan drew outside pole for his heat which he won and pulled the pole for the feature. In the feature Jan led the first 50 laps before the entire field with the exception of Tommy Cloce and Pete Brittain all pitted. Jan came out third on the track after the pit stop and regained the lead on lap 59 with an outside turn four pass of Brittain. Jan basically put it on cruise control form that point but he was challenged over the final 23 laps by T J Potrzebowski for the $3,000 win. Defending RoC champion Matt Hirschman finished third with Rusty Smith in fourth and Eric Beers in fifth. Jan Leaty and Eric Beers brought the 24 car field down to green with Jan out dragging Eric to get the lead they were followed by Mike Leaty, TJ Potrzebowski, and Earl Paules. With all drivers knowing that they would have to pit to get a new right rear tire sometime during the race, many drivers focused on lagging behind the field. With only one caution period taking place in the first 47 laps some drivers decided at that point it was time to start moving to the front. Mike Leaty and Potrzebowski drove around the Beers machine to take second and third respectively on lap 48. Just after this took place the yellow lights came on and everyone knew pit stops were going to happen. With caution laps counting pit lane opened up just after the halfway point as 23 of the 24 competitors brought their cars down pit road. Pete Brittain who hung around at the back of the pack did a drive through and picked up 15 positions. Tommy Cloce who did not pit assumed the lead followed by Brittain, Jan Leaty, Mike Leaty and Beers. When the race resumed under green on lap 53 Cloce on used tires pushed up the track in turn one and this allowed Brittain and Jan Leaty to get by. Cloce was dropped back to fifth on the next lap as Mike Leaty and Beers both got by. Up front Brittain was trying his best on used tires to hold off Jan Leaty for the lead. Entering turn three on lap 58 Jan jumped to the outside groove to pull even with Brittain and exiting turn four the Brittain car wiggled and this gave Jan the lead. The wiggle by Brittain caused the final caution period of the race as when he corrected he nearly spun out the car out. This caused the rest of the field on new tires to bottle up and the resulting contact saw Mike Leaty slam into the turn four outside wall on the driver’s side door. Mike emerged from his wrecked race car uninjured as the foam blocks that are placed at this point in front of the wall did their job. The strong runs of Tim McMullen and Chuck Hossfeld also ended at this point as they were also involved. When the race resumed on lap 64 Jan Leaty held the lead over Beers, Wilbur Hebing, Potrzebowski, and Billy Putney. Defending RoC Champion Matt Hirschman started to make his presence felt as he moved into fifth on lap 67. With Potrzebowski battling Hebing for third and Hirschman closing in on this battle TJ pulled off two successive turn two inside passes to keep Hirschman at bay. The first pass by Potrzebowski occurred on lap 73 as he moved into third. After Hirschman moved into fourth on lap 75 followed by Rusty Smith who took fifth from Hebing a three car battle for third now turned into a four car battle for second as the trio caught Beers. Potrzebowski then pulled off his second consecutive inside turn two pass on lap 77 as he took second from Beers. It took Hirschman three additional laps to make the pass of Beers and one lap later Smith took fourth. With the race staying under green flag conditions Leaty and Potrzebowski opened up a huge advantage over Hirschman as these two veteran drivers were going to decide who was going to win the race. Even as the top two cars raced in heavy lap traffic over the final ten laps Hirschman still didn’t have enough time to track down the leading duo. At the checkers Jan Leaty in for the popular home town win over Potrzebowski, Hirschman, Smith, and Beers who held off Rick Kluth at the line for fifth. Qualifying for the 24 car field saw heat wins go to Jan Leaty, Mike Leaty, and Putney.
SPENCER SPOTLIGHTS; A second pace vehicle was used to keep pit road speed at 25 mph during pit stops. Many drivers before the feature expressed concerns over this but in the end the move worked wonders as pit lane was a much safer place for all pit crews and officials. The truck which hauls the cars of Eric Beers and Chip Santee broke down in Clarks Summit, Pa. and after a new truck was summoned both cars arrived at the track after hot laps. Don Stevens was wheeling the second Rick Kluth owned car. For the first time in a long time both John Markovic and Matt Clemens missed the show.

FINISH; Jan Leaty, T J Potrzebowski, Matt Hirschman, Rusty Smith, Eric Beers, Rick Kluth, Billy Putney, Earl Paules, Daren Scherer, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Jim Storace, Tommy Cloce, Pete Brittain, Chip Santee, Mark Tychoniewicz, Wilbur Hebing, Kyle Ebersole, Mike Leaty, Chuck Hossfeld, Jeff Hamman, Tim McMullen, Doug Reaume, Tom Wiest, Don Stevens.
LAP LEADERS; J. Leaty (1 - 50), Cloce (51 - 53), Brittain (54 - 58), J. Leaty (59 - 100).

August 13 - Thompson - NASCAR
- ppd to Sept 3

The Bud 150 presented by the New England Dodge Dealers scheduled for last night was postponed due to rain until Thursday September 3. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN this coming Wednesday August 19 for the inaugural running of the UNOH Perfect Storm 150. This race will be televised on a same-day tape delay beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Remember to tune in or set you vcr's, dvr's, ti-vo's or other recording device's to watch Eric and the rest of the drivers make history.


Due to persistent precipitation at the track, and more in the forecast, NASCAR officials and Thompson International Speedway have decided to postpone tonight’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Budweiser 150 presented by New England Dodge Dealers until Thursday, Sept. 3. The rescheduled Budweiser 150 will be the second of three trips for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Thompson in 2009, and is now slated to be the 10th event on the Tour’s 14-race schedule. With this postponement, up next for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the UNOH Perfect Storm at Bristol on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 150-lap race – at ‘The World’s Fastest Half Mile” in Tennessee - will be televised on SPEED on a 45-minute tape delay starting at 7 p.m. ET

Aug 7 - Stafford Speedway - NASCAR
TOUR - 4

On Friday August 7, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headed to the Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT for the 19th Annual Town Fair Tire 150. This race was the mid-point of the 2009 racing season. For Eric Beers and the Berkley Auto Racing team, they were hoping to carry the momentum they had, coming off of their best run of the season last week at Riverhead.
Throughout the afternoon practice, the crew worked to make the car’s handling the best that it could be. During the hour and a half session, they made wedge adjustments, changed sway bars, added spring rubbers, and changed springs. By the time the practice ended the # 46 was shown as the 16th fastest of the 32 cars on hand. With the cars being impounded after qualifying, the car would time trial with a full load of fuel and in race trim. For the first time this season, the team had a late qualifying draw, as Eric was the 28th car to make his qualifying attempt. He would turn the half-mile oval in a time of 18.590 sec. which would be good enough for the 10th fastest time. When the green flag dropped Eric would run the first 60 laps within the top-10. A caution on lap 60 found him bringing the car down pit road to the attention of the crew. Radioing that the cars' handling was too loose the crew elected to change right side tires and make a wedge adjustment. The # 46 would gain one spot on pit road, but since some cars elected not to come in, it would restart in the 10th position. On the restart the # 19 of Doug Coby would not come up to speed and Eric would slip back to the 12th spot. He would move back into the top-10 on lap 81. A yellow on lap 87 would find some of the leaders head to pit road and the # 46 would move up to the 7th position. Eric would radio that the car was a little tighter and it was better than before. On lap 94, Eric would move into the top-5 and on lap 100 he would take over the 4th spot. Over the remaining 50 laps, he would battle with the # 52 of Chris Pasteryak for the 3rd spot . On more than one occasion he would pull alongside but was never able to complete the pass and would finish in the 4th position. This finish would vault Eric up to the 8th place in the point standings after 7 races.

by Polly Reid
You could say the month of August has been a winner so far for Ryan Preece who has scored two wins in less than one week. The Berlin, CT driver made the winning pass following a restart on lap 104, powering past Ted Christopher on the outside nabbing the front spot and never looked back bringing his Davidson Company, Reynold’s Auto Wrecking Chevrolet home for the checkers in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“The month of August seems to be a real good month for me and hopefully my luck will stay like this because who knows, I could be wrecking next week for all I know so I’m living in the moment. Things are real great right now.”
Preece qualified second and redrew the fourth starting spot with Christopher drawing the pole. With less than ten laps on the board, Preece was up into second, shadowing Christopher. The second caution of the night waved on lap 60 bringing a host of cars down pit row including Preece. Christopher elected not to pit.
“We put two tires on. We pretty much planned it, we said if the caution comes out between lap 50 and 70, we were going to come in. If it didn’t come out before then, we wouldn’t come in. We ended up with a solid finish because of it.”
Restarting fifth, Preece quickly moved into fourth and as the cautions came and the laps ticked off, Preece was in a solid second when on the lap 104 restart, a window opened for Preece.
“Teddy spun the tires on the restart, I got up front, a little bumping and banging but that’s racing; it was clear sailing from there.”
Lap traffic was not an issue for the leaders during the long green runs. “I can’t give anybody any crap because they all moved over for me, they were all gentlemen and I have to thank everybody for doing that because you don’t know how nervous the leader gets going around lap traffic. Teddy’s coming, I have to get through these guys before Teddy gets me, I have to thank everybody for moving over.”
“The whole race Scotty was telling me to keep your jets cool, keep the tires on it for the last 50 laps and we did,” add Preece. “We had a stout car there at the end, it had big forward bite, we were getting out of the corner really nice so I knew Teddy would not be able to get us and we ended up with the win.”
This trip to victory lane was a special one for Preece, the 18 year old remembers watching his dad and grandfather and dad racing at Stafford when he was growing up. “This is great. I’ve always wanted to win here and I finally got it.”
Christopher, fighting the flu needed fluids post race and was able to speak later. “First car that didn’t pit. We talked about not pitting, when we tested this car last week at Thompson, it was so good on a bunch of cycles. Brad was timing guys here and nobody was really moving up I guess from the back and track position is somewhat key here. You take a chance,” said Christopher.
“I knew on the restarts I would be vulnerable when someone puts on tires, that’s where the other guy is always better. Even though it is only two, it just gave them that much better forward bite off the corners. Your tires are just not as good and that’s were he got me.”
Crew chief Brad LaFontaine was the spokesperson this night giving insight into the car and his no pitting strategy. “We took over the points lead but the big thing is, this is a brand new car. Teddy didn’t feel well, so we didn’t pit. We came up a little short, we ended up second and the first thing out of everybody’s mouth is why didn’t we pit? Whose call was that? I make all the calls, it was my call, Teddy was sick and I don’t think he could have got back through traffic with him the way he was. Overall, the night turned out excellent. I hope he goes home and gets some rest.”
“This is a brand new car, never raced before,” LaFontaine continued. “We’re real happy with the way it ran. Considering we didn’t pit for tires, the times didn’t drop off at all until right there at the end we lost a tenth and a half but I think that was Teddy. He was choking driving down the straight-aways, his eyes were watering, he didn’t belong in the car. We got Rescue over there to take a look at him, he was sick yesterday at Thompson and today he couldn’t talk but he’s a tough guy. This is what he does, he races, sick or not.” LaFontaine added there was a story about bees and bingo that may have helped inspire Christopher
“We’re going to run this car at Bristol, we’re pretty pumped up about it after running the race without pitting and still being as stout as it was, I think we have a good car here now.” .
Chris Pasteryak took his Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet to the green flag fourteenth and when the dust settled, the Lisbon, CT driver equaled his best Tour finish crossing the line third.
“Everyone is just so close that it is really hard to work somebody over to make the pass. We ran good, it was a good night, finished third, no complaints, no scratches on the car, we’ll pick it up and go to Thompson.”
“This is the second time I finished third here at Stafford. It’s always good to have a fun night. We’re so far behind in the points that we’re just messing around with the stuff, coming to the racetrack trying to learn for the next year and have some fun while we’re doing it.” Smiling, pleased with the night, Pasteryak continued, “The long greens helped us since especially after the pit stop we were way too tight on the restarts. It was all I could do to hold (Eric) Beers off.”
Fastest in practice, Eric Berndt followed up his practice time earning his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pole setting fast time in qualifying turning a 18.422 second lap (97.709). “The car was real good, we were happy with it right off the truck, hopefully it can stay that way for time trials,” said Berndt prior to his run.
After his run, Berndt was pleased to say the least. “It’s like a first feature win, it hasn’t set in yet. A solid top ten finish would be great. We run competitive, we have to get a few finishes under out belt. We’ve had some strong cars the last couple of races up here we just haven’t been able to capitalize on that. Hopefully everything works out when we come into the pits, stuff like that, but you never know, anything can happen in racing.” Berndt crossed the line 15th finishing the Town Fair Tire 150 and while maybe not the finish he envisioned, the team has more to build on as they continue their part time runs on the Tour.
Dale Wolbrink was on hand Friday night representing the North South shootout that will run at Concord Speedway in Concord, NC November 5th-7th. Wolbrink was on hand to present to the winning 3 car, a certificate that guarantees car owner Jan Boehler a starting spot in the North South Shootout.
That’s it for this weekend. Next Thursday August 13th the Tour meets again at the Thompson International Speedway. News and notes can reach me at reidp50@yahoo.com.

11:06 p.m. -- CHECKERED FLAG: Ryan Preece wins the Town Fair Tire 150. It is his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory, second in a row, and first at Stafford Motor Speedway. Ted Christopher finished second and Chris Pasteryak came home third.
Lap 149 -- Ryan Preece takes the white flag.
Lap 144 -- The interval between first and second is now over a second. Chris Pasteryak is 3.4 seconds back.
Lap 140 -- Ryan Preece has been able to forge a 0.836 lead on Ted Christopher with 10 laps remaining.
Lap 133 -- Just outside the top 10 are: Jimmy Blewett, Glenn Tyler, Ed Flemke Jr., Tim Arre and Eric Berndt. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 129 -- Behind third place Chris Pasteryak is: Eric Beers, Rowan Pennink, Erick Rudolph, Woody Pitkat, Todd Szegedy, Donny Lia and Jamie Tomaino.
Lap 124 -- Ted Christopher remains in the rearview of Ryan Preece as they start to navigate lap traffic.
Lap 120 -- Chris Pasteryak is running 1.5 seconds behind Ryan Preece and Ted Christopher in third.
Lap 117 -- Todd Szegedy, who rejoined the field at the tail end of the lead lap after pitting, is back in the top 10.
Lap 114 -- Ted Christopher nearly turns Ryan Preece in Turn 4, but Preece holds on.
Lap 110 -- As the battle for the lead heats up, Chris Pasteryak is up to third with Eric Beers close behind in fourth.
Lap 106 -- Ted Christopher is hot on Ryan Preece's tail in Turn 4, with some bumper contact.
Lap 105 -- Tede Christopher tries to get under Ryan Preece in Turns 3 and 4, but holds position at the line.
Lap 104 -- GREEN FLAG: Ryan Preece gets Ted Christopher on the restart.
Lap 102 -- Leaders are scored as: Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Jimmy Blewett, Chris Pasteryak, Erick Rudolph, Rowan Pennink, Jamie Tomaino, Woody Pitkat and Donny Lia.
10:48 p.m. -- Red flag is lifted. Wade Cole will receive the free pass.
10:46 p.m. -- RED FLAG for track clean-up.
Lap 100 -- CAUTION NO. 5: Doug Coby loses control coming out of Turn 2 on the restart and spins into the wall on the backstretch.
Lap 99 -- GREEN FLAG: Ryan Preece beats Ted Christopher to the line.
Lap 97 -- Danny Knoll Jr. will be the free pass car. Todd Szegedy makes a quick stop on pit road.
LAP 95 -- CAUTION NO. 4: Johnny Bush, Andy Seuss and Kevin Goodale tangle in Turn 1 on the restart. Ron Silk is stalled on the backstretch.
Lap 94 -- GREEN FLAG: Ted Christopher beats Ryan Preece to the line.
Lap 92 -- Leaders currently scored are: Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Jimmy Blewett, Ron Silk, Doug Coby, Chris Pasteryak, Eric Beers, Erick Rudolph, Rowan Pennink and Jamie Tomaino.
Lap 90 -- Ted Chistopher stays out as the rest of the leaders pit that did not pit on the previous caution. Ryan Preece and Jimmy Blewett have moved up to second and third, respectively.
Lap 88 -- CAUTION NO. 3: Ken Heagy, Jimmy Blewett, Kevin Goodale and others spin in Turn 4. Tim Arre is the free pass car. He did not receive the free pass last time when he chose to pit.
Lap 84 -- Ron Silk is battling Jimmy Blewett for fifth place as the top four cars are pulling away.
Lap 80 -- Ted Christopher leads Todd Szegedy by 0.315 seconds at the line. Twenty cars remain on the lead lap.
Lap 75 -- At the midway point, top 10 is: Ted Christopher, Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik, Ryan Preece, Jimmy Blewett, Ron Silk, Donny Lia, Doug Coby, Chris Pasteryak and Glenn Tyler.
Lap 69 -- Ryan Preece has already moved up to fourth and is challenging Mike Stefanik for third.
Lap 66 -- GREEN FLAG: Ted Christopher beats Todd Szegedy to the line.
Lap 65 -- One to go at the line. Leaders are now: Ted Christopher, Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik, Glenn Tyler, Eric Goodale, Ryan Preece, Donny Lia, Doug Cobg, Jimmy Blewett and Eric Beers.
Lap 63 -- Rowan Pennink, who had stayed out with Ted Christopher, now comes to pit road. Todd Szegedy now moves up to second place, followed by Mike Stefanik.
Lap 62 -- Ryan Preece leads a host of drivers to pit road. Leader Ted Christopher stays out.
Lap 61 -- CAUTION NO. 2: Reggie Ruggiero is spun on the backstretck. Tim Arre will be the free pass car.
Lap 50 -- Running order is: Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Rowan Pennink, Doug Coby, Donny Lia, Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik, Jimmy Blewett, Eric Beers and Ron Silk. Eric Berndt and Kevin Goodale sit just outside the top 10.
Lap 45 -- Ted Christopher leads Ryan Preece at the line by 0.191 seconds. Rowan Pennink is 0.907 seconds behind Christopher in third.
Lap 42 -- Ron Silk is in the top 10 as Eric Berndt slips back.
Lap 40 -- Leaders Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece distance themselves from the field.
Lap 36 -- The leaders begin to navigate heavy lap traffic.
Lap 32 -- With no changes to in the leaders, Ron Silk, Kevin Goodale and Woody Pitkat are just outside the top 10.
Lap 28 -- Positions 3-5 is the best battle on the track at the moment between Rowan Pennink, Doug Coby and Donny Lia.
Lap 25 -- Ryan Preece has closed to within 0.125 seconds of leader Ted Christopher.
Lap 20 -- Running order is: Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Rowan Pennink, Doug Coby, Donny Lia, Eric Berndt, Todd Szegedy, Eric Beers, Mike Stefanik, Jimmy Blewett.
Lap 18 -- The leaders have caught the rear of the field.
Lap 15 -- Donny Lia challenges Doug Coby for fourth with a bump in Turn 4.
Lap 10 -- Ted Christopher has a 0.333-second lead on Ryan Preece at the line as the top three cars begin to pull away.
Lap 7 -- Ryan Preece gets by Rowan Pennink for second as Doug Coby works on Pennink.
Lap 6 -- GREEN FLAG: Ted Christopher nips Rowan Pennink at the line.
Lap 5 -- One to go at the line. The top five is: Ted Christopher, Rowan Pennink, Ryan Preece, Donny Lia and Doug Coby.
Lap 2 -- CAUTION NO. 1: Bobby Grigas III is off the track on the backstretch.

Unofficial finish
Finish NAME CAR #
1 Ryan Preece 3
2 Ted Christopher 36
3 Chris Pasteryak 52
4 Eric Beers 46
5 Rowan Pennick 93
6 Erick Rudolph 59
7 Donny Lia 4
8 Jimmy Blewett 12
9 Woody Pitkat 28
10 Todd Szegedy 2
11 Jamie Tomaino 99
12 Glenn Tyler 8
13 Eddie Flemke Jr. 10
14 Tim Arre 0
15 Eric Goodale 58
16 Eric Berndt 54
17 Danny Knoll 15
18 Richard Savary 21
19 Wade Cole 33
20 Reggie Ruggiero 14
21 Andy Seuss 70
22 Gary McDonald 26
23 Johnny Bush 68
24 Renee Dupuis 90
25 Ken Heagy 18
26 Glen Reen 17
27 Kevin Goodale 50
28 Doug Coby 19
29 Mike Stefanik 16
30 Ron Silk 79
31 Jake Marosz 9
32 Bobby Grigas, III 09

Aug 2 - Chemung Speedway - RoC
- Postponed due to rain - not being rescheduled

Aug 1 - Riverhead Speedway - NASCAR

August 1st saw the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headed to the Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, Long Island, New York for the 6th event of the 2009 season. For driver Eric Beers and the Cape Cod Aggregates, J&R Pre-Cast, Viveiros Insurance sponsored Berkley Auto Racing team it would be a pivotal race as they try to turn around what has been a tough season to date. This race would consist of time trials with the fastest 16 cars transferring to the 150 lap main event, followed by a 25 lap qualifying race with the top-7 finishers transferring. The remaining 5 starting spots, would be provisional starting spots, given to the 5 highest non-qualified cars in the point standings.
During the hour long afternoon practice session, the team worked to correct a loose handling racecar. By the end of the session, the # 46 would be shown as the 3rd fastest of the 32 cars in attendance. However, Eric felt that more adjustments were needed to make the car handle better while in traffic. Also, the crew detected an oil leak and a water leak, both of which needed to be repaired before qualifying. Once again, luck was not on the teams’ side, as the qualifying draw would have Eric the first car to time trial. Turning a fast lap of 12.341 sec. for an average speed of 72.879 mph around the quarter mile oval would put the # 46 in the 24th position and into the qualifying race. Starting in the 8th position, Eric had his hands full the entire race as the car was extremely loose. At the end of the 25 lap race, he would finish in the 8th spot, just missing qualifying by one spot. The crew would realize that the ill handling car was the result of a left rear tire that had a slow leak and was not holding the proper amount of air pressure. A provisional starting spot would have the # 46 starting the main event from the 26th position.
When the green flag flew, it did not stay out for long as a big wreck occurred on lap 1. Eric would sustain minor damage to the front bumper as he took evasive action to avoid being involved. Luckily, the damage was not enough to warrant a trip to pit road. When the race resumed, he would restart in the 18th position. By lap 46 he had made his way to just outside the top-10, running in the 11th spot. A restart on lap 81, would find Eric make his way into the top-10. Moving up to the 7th position just 2 laps later. On lap 112, he would take over the 6th position. Over the remaining laps he would battle with the # 17 of Glen Reen and the # 51 of Justin Bonsignore for a top-5 position, but was never able to make the pass. At the end he would cross the line in the 6th spot, the teams’ best finish of the 2009 season. Eric would receive the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award (for advancing the most positions during the race) and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award (for advancing the most positions from the previous race). The finish moves Eric up 2 spots in the point standings to the 11th position after 6 races. This finish will hopefully bring the team good luck and the momentum they’ve been seeking heading into the rest of the season

Preece Dominates At Riverhead
Led wire-to-wire for second career win

August 1, 2009

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Ryan Preece dominated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action Saturday at Riverhead Raceway and earned his second career win in the Riverhead 175. Preece (No. 3 Mizzy Construction/Reynold’s Auto Wrecking Chevrolet), who earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light during afternoon qualifying, led from start-to-finish in Saturday night’s main for his first win of the season, and his first at Riverhead. Preece, who had previously won at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in 2008, held off Ted Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installation Chevrolet), Howie Brode (No. 96 Freightliner Chevrolet) and Dave Brigati (No. 98 Integra Shocks Chevrolet) on a number of restarts on the quarter-mile track for the win.
Brigati came home second followed by Brode, Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Freightliner Chevrolet) and Glen Reen (No. 17 Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys Chevrolet). It was a new career-best finish for Reen.
Eric Beers, Jamie Tomaino, Todd Szegedy, Chris Pasteryak and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top 10 finishers. Christopher, who ran neck-and-neck with Preece early on, made contact with the wall on Lap 83 and was forced out of the race. Consequently, he lost the points lead to Szegedy for the first time this year with an unofficial finish of 20th. Szegedy now leads Christopher by 22 points heading into the seventh race of the season.

1 1 3 Ryan Preece Mizzy Const./Reynold's Auto Wrecking 150 180 $5,300 Running
2 9 98 Dave Brigati Integra Shocks Chevrolet 150 170 1,900 Running
3 3 96 Howie Brode Freightliner Chevrolet 150 165 1,600 Running
4 11 51 Justin Bonsignore Freightliner Chevrolet 150 160 1,400 Running
5 22 17 Glen Reen Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys Chevrolet 150 155 2,250 Running
6 26 46 Eric Beers Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 150 150 2,150 Running
7 27 99 Jamie Tomaino Ideal Racing Chevrolet 150 146 1,250 Running
8 24 2 Todd Szegedy Wisk/Snuggle Ford 150 142 1,200 Running
9 8 52 Chris Pasteryak Dawley's Auto Center/Sunoco Chevrolet 150 138 1,175 Running
10 25 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanic Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 150 134 1,150 Running
11 5 20 Bill Park Smithtown Nissan Chevrolet 150 130 925 Running
12 6 12 Jimmy Blewett T.S. Haulers Chevrolet 150 127 1,000 Running
13 15 50 Kevin Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 150 124 900 Running
14 23 8 Glenn Tyler Sypher Const./Financial Fed. Credit Chevrolet 150 121 850 Running
15 21 28 Woody Pitkat Ramar-Hall/TSI Harley-Davidson Chevrolet 150 118 800 Running
16 12 10 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard Autos/Kleer Trimboards 149 115 775 Running
17 18 58 Eric Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 149 112 1,025 Running
18 28 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 144 109 700 Running
19 16 16 Mike Stefanik Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeod Pontiac 117 106 675 Radiator
20 2 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 83 103 1,225 Suspension
21 17 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 79 100 600 Running
22 20 19 Doug Coby Northeastern Office Equipment Chevrolet 79 97 550 Running
23 19 09 Bobby Grigas, III Triple-G Scaffold Services Chevrolet 74 94 527 Running
24 10 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Dodge 73 91 500 Engine
25 4 11 Chuck Steuer Northeastern Office Equipment Chevrolet 47 88 300 Spindle
26 7 84 John Fortin SGS Stone Works Chevrolet 38 85 300 Overheating
27 14 79 Ron Silk Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac 20 82 500 Engine
28 13 14 Frank Vigarolio, Jr. Gershow Recycling Dodge 2 79 300 Front End

Qualifying Heat Winner: Ken Heagy, 18 Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet
Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 12.001 Seconds, Speed: 74.994 mph
Failed to Qualify: (4) Johnny Bush (#68), Erick Rudolph (#59), Gary McDonald (#26), Jake Marosz (#9).
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 52 mins, 49 secs Average Speed: 42.600 mph Margin of Victory: 0.872 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 2-8; 36-43; 46-53; 75-81; 84-89; 114-120; 124-128. 7 for 48 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-150.

What is the secret to succeeding at Riverhead Raceway?

By: Polly Reid
Ryan Preece answered that question before the green flag even waved in the Riverhead 175.
“Start out front, have a real good car and not get loose,” said Preece who stayed cool on a hot summer night, survived several restarts, edged out Ted Christopher on a couple of side by side runs, successfully worked lap traffic not to mention kept at bay a host of Riverhead regulars breathing down his neck to bring his Mizzy Construction, Reynold’s Auto Wrecking Chevrolet home to victory lane.
Earlier in the day, Preece set fast time in qualifying, earning his third career pole.
“The car was hooked up,” Preece said about his 12.001 second qualifying lap. “The crew gave me a real good car, it is probably the best car I’ve had in time trials all year.” The Berlin, CT driver continued, “We’ve been coming along this past year, things have been going real well so hopefully we’ll be there at the end for the championship.”
A second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win for Preece, the trip to victory lane culminated a near perfect day for the 18 year old driver who now sits third in the point standings.
“It was a great day. It’s unbelievable especially here. I have a good record here but you come here every year and you’re wondering is it going to be a good day or a bad day?” Preece continued, “Things can turn around on you so fast. Things just happened to fall my way tonight and I was very fortunate. I know God was looking out for me on all of those restarts. This is just great; it’s the best feeling in the world right now.”
Preece worked at making it look easy staying in the lead, but he had a plan. “Once I felt I had a good padded lead about two car lengths, they would just say two car lengths, I’d half throttle down the straight away, lift, have good rolling speed through the corners so they couldn’t get me, they’d only catch me on the straight away. You have to get out of the corner in order to pass here, I figured just keep up that momentum, don’t spin the tires, keep them for the end and that’s where I started to walk away from them.”
“We happened to have everything fall into the right place tonight.” Indeed they did.
If you are not familiar with this name on the Tour you might be soon. Dave Brigati of Calverton, NY was the top finishing Riverhead regular who worked his way forward after starting 9th finishing a convincing second. Brigati in his Integra Shocks sponsored Chevrolet made his move passing Brode late in the going to finish in the second spot, his first ever Tour race. “We conserved tires for a while; we sat back for about the first 80 laps. Then we started going about lap 115 and everything fell into place,” said Brigati who ran the 77 lap race a few weeks ago at Riverhead. “We finished in the top three that night, got fast time and did the same thing, sat back, saved the right rear, and came through at the end. That proved to work here tonight. That really set the tone for this race for me. Keep it in one piece, keep all corners on it and have a right rear left on it and wow, did it work.” Brigati is currently leading the points in the tightly contested Riverhead Modified division and while that is where his efforts are focused for the 2009 season, he also has other plans in the making. A former late model racer, Brigati started with modifieds about three years ago at Riverhead. “Things could change now; we’re going to start doing some Tour stuff.” Working to build a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team, Brigati could very well be showing up on a NWMT driver roster before the season ends. Finishing a strong third, Howie Brode is quick to say the key to succeeding at Riverhead is “get a good starting spot and keep all the wheels pointing in the right direction.” The East Islip, NY driver did just that qualifying third and while running second for a time, Brode in his Freightliner Chevrolet took home a top three finish, a great night for a driver who has run only a couple of times this season at the quarter mile banked oval. Brode’s favorite thing about Riverhead? Not a surprise Brode says, “I run pretty good here.” Mission accomplished. New points leader: The Wisk Snuggle Ford of Todd Szegedy could not have had a more eventful day, a rather Six Flags rollercoaster kind of a ride. Struggling in qualifying, Szegedy ended up in the 25-lap qualifying race. Taking a provisional and starting 24th on the grid, the early long green run found the Ridgefield driver at one point down a lap. Eventually Szegedy would benefit from a free pass only to have to pit a short time later. However, when the checkers finally waved, Szegedy got off the rollercoaster posting his best ever Riverhead finish, 8th place, high enough to put him at the top of the Tour points, 22 over defending champion Ted Christopher. An eleven time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner at Riverhead, Mike Ewanitsko was on hand Saturday night to watch the Riverhead 175. You could pretty much put your money on Ewanitsko to take it all when the Tour came to Riverhead- Ewanitsko not only captured 11 Tour wins, he was also an 8 time Riverhead pole winner. Sixth on the all time Tour list with a career 28 victories, continuous health issues may have slowed the former Tour standout but a stellar attitude abounds. Keep Mike in your prayers as he continues his fight for restored health, Mike saying he “misses everybody.” Judging by the warm and hearty greetings from drivers and crew members that saw Mike, everyone has missed him too. Thank you to all for your patience with the Live Updates. Denise DuPont will be back at the helm this weekend at Stafford. So if you can’t be there in person, tune into Denise’s Live Updates on The Chrome Horn for the latest and greatest. If you are at Stafford, I’ll see you there. News and notes can reach me at reidp50@yahoo.com.


The DeLange Racing team was geared up for the Third Hand of the Modified 100 Poker Series at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pennsylvania last Saturday night. Driver Eric Beers has a long history of success at the fast quarter-mile oval and was looking to repeat his success in Hand One on April 18 when he played the winning hand to take home the jackpot. In time trials the Northampton, Pennsylvania native was eighth fastest and then drew the same position in the starting line-up. At the drop of the green flag he began to race his way forward and was running fourth when thunderstorms reached the track during a lap 37 caution. The downpour refused to subside and the race had to be postponed until August 22. That night will also raise the ante as Hand Four will follow the remaining 63 laps of the third game of Poker. This coming Sunday afternoon the racing moves to the Southern Tier of New York. Chemung Speedrome in Chemung, New York will host the Second Annual Chemung 150, the fifth qualifier on the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour schedule and the first of four Championship races on the RoC schedule. The DeLange team is anxious to visit one of their favorite tracks and return to the winners circle at Bob Stapleton’s unique three-eighths mile oval.
Chemung Speedrome is one of my favorite tracks and Eric knows it very well,” says team owner Dave DeLange. “Our recent motor problems were behind us and we were running strongly at Mahoning Valley before the torrential downpours wiped out the remainder of the night’s racing. But we’ve regained some momentum that we will carry into Chemung. I’m looking for a very competitive race by our team that will get us back on target to achieve our primary goal for the 2009 season, the Race of Champions Tour championship. It should also give us energy as we move toward September and make a serious run at our first Race of Champions 200 victory. I can’t wait to get started and it will begin Sunday night.”
Let’s go racing!

July 25 - Mahoning Speedway - 100 laps
- running 4th when ppd with 37 laps in

(LEHIGHTON, PA 7-25-09) 37-laps into the Hand Three Modified 100 Poker Series race at Mahoning Valley Speedway, rains hit the area and put an abrupt halt the event as well as all remaining features. The race will be restarted on August 22 when the Hand Four Poker Series event takes place. The remaining 63 laps will be run and a complete program of time trials, heats and 100-lap feature, along with all other tracks classes. The night began with Matt Hirschman turning the fastest lap in time trials at 9.843-seconds. A redraw of the top 12 in time trials then took place and for the outset of the feature James Pritchard, Jr., and Tom Flanagan shared the front row. At the drop of Dick Brown’s race commencing green Flanagan shot past Pritchard for the opening lap lead.
He firmly held the spot while a host of others shuffled their way through the pack. Pritchard kept pace with Flanagan while Earl Paules and Lou Strohl had a side-by-side duel for third. Paules surged by Strohl and then got past Pritchard by lap 15 and immediately began his pursuit on Flanagan. Ninth starting John Bennett had emerged into the top five by lap 13 and was having a hard fought battle with Chip Santee. At 30 laps Flanagan and Paules where still a close one-two while Santee, his teammate Eric Beers and Bennett diced it out for third. Two laps later a caution waved for Pritchard who spun in turn four. Under the yellow Paules made an unscheduled pit stop which then elevated Lonnie Behler into the top five. On the restart Bennett, who was lined up on the outside of Flanagan, rocketed past and took over the lead. Behind him the shuffling was still going on amongst the rest of the pack including Santee, Flanagan and Beers who all exchanged spots. Rick Reichenbach also raced his way to the front five. On lap 37 the caution was back out after Keith Mellars spun in turn three. As others avoided him, not so lucky were Brian DeFebo and Paules who got collected in the incident. Paules again had to dive into the pits, this time to change a left rear tire. While under the yellow the weather then took a change for the worse as the rains came and although after about an hour of waiting things out, it was too far gone to try and save the track, thus putting a halt to the rest of the program. As it stands the race will pick up with 63-laps to go on August 22 with Bennett leading over Santee, Flanagan, Beers and Reichenbach

July 18 - Lancaster Speedway - RoC - 6


Last Saturday night was a bitter disappointment for Eric Beers and DeLange Racing. Competing at Dunn Tire Raceway Park last Saturday night in the fifth event on the 2009 Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour schedule, the team felt that their familiarity with the half-mile oval would give them the advantage needed to end up in Victory Lane at night’s end. Add to that the expertise offered by Bob Mueller of Troyer Race Cars for the night and it seemed a likely result. But a motor problem disrupted their plans and they took the checkered flag in sixth place. Although it was a top-ten finish, it was hard to swallow for a team that had their sights set on winning. When the team got back home they found the problem.

“Toward the end our heat race the motor was flat and it just got worse and worse in the feature,” explains Eric. “I felt like by the checkered flag we were down at least 30 horsepower. The chassis setup we ran that Bob Mueller gave us helped us out some, but because we didn’t have any horsepower. We finished sixth and that was like a win for us. But when we got home and looked at the engine we found a broken valve spring that left us running on seven cylinders. It was just a freak incident that is now fixed and we should be back to normal when we return to the track.”

That return will come this Saturday night as Mahoning Valley Speedway deals Hand Three of the Modified 100 Poker Series. The #45 DeLange Modified sponsored by Horwith Freightliner won the First Hand back in April and looks to duplicate that feat when they return to the unique quarter-mile oval. Team owner Dave DeLange is eagerly looking ahead to his return.

“I’m really looking forward to racing at Mahoning Valley,” DeLange admits. “It has already turned into one of my two or three favorite tracks. They always put on a good show and the competitors give the crowd some fantastic racing. We’re hungry to lay down the winning hand for the second time in three shuffles. It’s going to be fun.”

Cut the deck and dole out the cards – it’s time to ante up!


The feature event of the evening rounded out the nights events – the Race of Champions Modified Tour 75 lap event. Twenty-six cars were slated to start the feature, with the top twelve starters having redrawn after the qualifying heats. Mike Leaty started from the pole position and was joined on the front row by TJ Potrzebowski. With the drop of the green, Leaty and Potrzebowski raced side by side into turns one and two, with Leaty emerging at the leader by the time the field made a full circuit around the speedway. The field settled in for a long green flag run as Leaty paced the field. Leaty began opening up a lead on Potrzebowski while Eric Beers, Earl Paules, Jim Storace, Chuck Hossfeld, and Tom McGrath were strung out behind him. Lap 26 saw the first yellow flag of the night as Wilbur Hebing spun in turn one. The caution period saw literally half the field pit for a fresh right rear tire. Mike Leaty emerged back out on the track first, beating the other 12 cars that had pitted. Up front however, Potrzebowski had opted to stay on track and had inherited the race lead. Paules, Storace, and Matt Hirschman followed in second, third, and fourth. The field looked a little bit more restless as they approached the halfway point of the race and teams prepared for their second half race strategy. However, before the race could reach the halfway point, a large backstretch crash on lap 33 changed the complexion of the race for some competitors. Involved in the crash were McGrath, Erick Rudolph, Dave Wollaber, Billy Putney, and numerous other teams. After a lengthy clean-up the race resumed with a single file restart with Potrzebowski, Paules, Hossfeld, Jimmy Zacharias, Sege Fidanza, Jan Leaty, and Rusty Smith leading the way. At the halfway point, Potrzebowski, Paules, and Hossfeld had started to separate from the rest of the pack, while the teams that had taken tires on lap 26 had started to move up through the pack. Hossfeld ran in third while Jan Leaty took control of third, Mike Leaty followed in fourth, and Rusty Smith ran fifth. A brief yellow flag on lap 43 saw the rest of the competitors who had not pitted for a tire head pitside. At this point in the race the only car that hadn’t pitted was the leader Potrzebowski. On older tires than the rest of the field Potrzebowski had quite a task ahead of him to stay in the lead. Hossfeld began applying heavy pressure to the leader but was unable to complete the pass as Potrzebowski hung onto the top spot. Behind the top two, a battle for position was being waged by Jan Leaty, Mike Leaty, and Rusty Smith. As Mike Leaty looked for a way around his father, Smith was all over the younger Leaty for position. Smith managed to get by Mike Leaty on lap 55 and set his sights towards the front of the pack. Just three laps later Smith passed Jan Leaty and now ran third, with just Hossfeld and Potrzebowski ahead of him. With just under ten laps to go in the feature, Smith passed Hossfeld for second and was challenging for the lead when the yellow flag came out on lap 69 for Rick Kluth who had struck the backstretch wall. After a lengthy yellow flag cleanup period, the race was restarted with a single file lineup. Potrzebowski, Smith, Hossfeld, Jan Leaty, and Mike Leaty lead the field to the green, but temporarily as another yellow flag appeared on lap 69. The ensuing restart turned out to be the last of the night though. Just one lap later, on lap 70, Smith dove under Potrzebowski and took command of the race. Hossfed and Jan Leaty quickly did the same, relegating Potrzebowski back to fourth. With just two laps to go, Smith had checked out on the field and went on to capture his first ever win at Dunn Tire Raceway Park.

RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED TOUR FEATURE FINISH (7/18/09): RUSTY SMITH, Chuck Hossfeld, Jan Leaty, TJ Potrzebowski, Mike Leaty, Eric Beers, Earl Paules, Daren Scherer, Matt Hirschman, Jimmy Zacharias, John Markovic, Jim Storace, Mark Tychoniewicz, Jeff Hamman, Daryl Lewis Jr., Rick Kluth, Billy Putney, Sege Fidanza, Doug Reaume, Karl Hehr, Erick Rudolph, Tom McGrath, Dave Wollaber, Wilbur Hebing, Ricky Knapp
Heat Winners: J. Leaty, M. Leaty, Paules


On a night that felt more like October than July, Rusty Smith survived a wild race to capture the Race of Champions DART Asphalt Modified Tour 75 on Saturday night at Dunn Tire Raceway Park . It was his first career win at the Lancaster oval. “It ended up being a good night for us,” smiled the jubilant winner after the race. “We were just taking it easy today and sometimes when you do that you get lucky and things turn out right. We drew an awful spot when we got here and that gave us the idea to drive around a little bit to see how things were going to play out. We were just biding our time. We had a pretty good idea of when everybody would pit and we were going to pit when they did, which obviously worked in our favor. On the restarts guy were tip-toeing into the corners and I was just driving it in on the outside and it was sticking out there. For some reason guys were running right on the bottom on the restarts and then moving to the outside after about ten laps. I just stuck with the groove we raced in every lap and that’s how we were able to pick them off.
“I don’t have a lot of experience at this track. I’ve haven’t been here in two years and probably only raced here seven times in all, without much success. But this is a newer car with a big engine in it. We run mostly small tracks where you don’t need a $40-50,000 engine. Last year we made the decision to put a lot of money into a big engine and it paid off tonight. “I think we have some momentum going for us now. If we had pitted in the last race at Spencer I think we had a chance to win that race too but we don’t run up there very often and we didn’t know the right strategy. We had a big lead and thought if we just took it easy we would win but that backfired on us. “We’re coming up on a busy stretch of races in the next few weeks and we’re on building up a hot streak. We came off a dominant tenth place finish at Spencer then we finished third last week at Wyoming County , and now we knocked them down here tonight. We’re pretty excited and can’t wait to get to the next race.” After the redraw for starting positions in the feature, second generation racer and polesitter Mike Leaty of Williamson , New York grabbed the early lead in a side-by-side battle with T.J. Potrzebowski. Eric Beers settled into third ahead of Earl Paules and Jim Storace to round out the top-five. A caution on lap 26 for a spin by Bill Hebing sent several cars to the pits for tires. T.J. Potrzebowski took over the lead followed by Earl Paules, Jim Storace and Matt Hirschman. A major backstretch pileup involving Tom McGrath Erick Rudolph, Dave Wollaber, Billy Putney and several others brought out the next caution on lap 33. When the race resumed Potrzebowski continued to lead Paules and Hossfeld with Jimmy Zacharias and Sege Fidanza moving into the lead group. By the halfway point in the race were opening up a margin over the other cars as the teams with fresher tires from their lap 26 pit stop moving toward the front. Hossfeld was now second followed by Jan Leaty, Mike Leaty and Smith. A brief caution on the 43rd circuit saw the rest of the cars headed to pit road for a fresh tire, with only Potrzebowski choosing to remain on the track. His worn tires were slowing his pace and Hossfeld was making a run at the lead. But Potrzebowski clung tight to the top spot. Behind the two leaders, Jan was being pushed hard by his son for third with Smith looking for an opening. The junior Leaty fell back a position on lap 55 as Smith was on the move. Three laps later the father suffered the same fate as his son and Smith took over third and focused on the leaders. Hossfeld began to fall off the pace as Smith moved into the runner-up position and began to close in on Potrzebowski. The leader had his hands full until Rick Kluth slammed into the backstretch wall on the 69th circuit. After a long cleanup the green was briefly waved but caution was back out before a lap could be completed. This was the final caution of the race. It took Smith just one more lap to blast into the lead. His move to the inside opened a lane for Hossfeld and Jan Leaty who took advantage, dropping the former leader to fourth. Smith was the dominant figure over the remaining laps and took the checkered flag first, then headed to Victory Lane . Hossfeld held onto second ahead of Jan Leaty, Potrzebowski and Mike Leaty. Hossfeld gave his team credit for his second place finish. ““The way I see tonight’s race is that T.J. Potrzebowski was so fast. I tried to run with him and it was just too fast and I probably ran my car too hard too early and suffered the consequences. Otherwise I think my team was the class of the field. I talked to Rusty Smith and he said he pitted when we did and I think he was further back and not running his car hard. I figured we would outlast him and we didn’t. But we ended up second. I think I have the best team and my Hutter motor probably one of the best I’ve ever had. I just think Rusty was too fast for us tonight. “Kenny Troyer joined our team a few weeks ago as the crew chief and he’s been doing a very good job. My car has been really on the mark. The rest of the team has been working hard to keep up with our schedule. We ran Sunday at Spencer in the NASCAR Tour race, then Wednesday at Seekonk in an open race, and now back here with the RoC Tour tonight. That’s a lot of work to keep up for guys will full-time jobs and I’m proud of all that. I feel like I’ve got the most professional guys with me for guys that aren’t doing this professionally. With them and the support we get from Jerry Gradl Motors we’re as good as we can be.”
“That wasn’t a lot of fun out there tonight,” admitted the senior Leaty. “It seemed like a marathon, really. There was a half-hour in the car before we even got on the race track, and then the race turned out to be a little bit if a battle for survival. My car was good and our strategy was about right, but we got beat by a couple of guys (Rusty Smith and Chuck Hossfeld) that were running well, too. Congratulations to Rusty and his team for their win. They’re a great bunch of guys and they were on fire at the end of the race. We couldn’t do anything with them. We might have been a little better than Chuck at the end but he had the spot and wasn’t going to give it up. My son Mike was up there behind me and sniffing me around a bit and I thought he would stick right with me to the end, but I guess that T.J. (Potrzebowski) cut in front of him so he lost one position to end up fifth. All in all, third was a good night for us and a good night for the Leaty family with a pair of top-five finishes. Best of all, both cars are in one piece.”

by Jim Blacroch
Prior to Saturday night’s 75-lap DART Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Rusty Smith of Oxford, N.Y., made a dramatic drive from the rear of the field to pass T.J. Potrzebowski with just a couple of laps remaining to capture the 75-lap go at the Dunn Raceway Park speed plant near the city of Buffalo. It was Smith’s second with the RoC Tour. His first came at Wyoming County a couple of seasons ago. The fashion in which Smith was able to accomplish the victory was incredible. Smith put on a fresh right rear tire and drove past some of the best competition the series has to offer to score the victory including Jan and Mike Leaty, Chuck Hossfeld and ultimately Potrezbowski in the closing laps to stand in victory lane. “The track was good tonight and we just made the right decision on when to pit and the car was great,” offered Smith from victory lane. “We’ve been running stronger and this just shows that we’ve been doing our homework to compete with the guys on this Tour. Tonight feels great and we’ll take it.” Cool, windy and cloudy conditions greeted the 25 teams in attendance, which provided tough conditions for the fans in attendance, but with little to no rain in the forecast the event forged on. Mike Leaty drew the pole flanked by Potrzebowski. Potrzebowski turned out to be the dominant car in the event leading the majority of the way.
Several cars pitted just prior to lap 25 for there one tire and began to try and race their way back into contention while Potrzebowski was on cruise control at the front of the field. A major incident occurred on lap 33 when Ricky Kluth was forced into a three wide situation exiting turn two as some chaos began collecting Erick Rudolph, Tom McGrath, Billy Putney, Darryl Lewis, Jr., Dave Wollaber and Mark Tychonewicz. The accident was wild looking and ended the night for Rudolph, McGrath and Hehr. Once racing resumed, things to settle down a bit, with Earl Paules making his way into contention in second and Chuck Hossfeld working his way up to third. Hossfeld was able to move into second once Paules headed pitside and begin his bid for the top spot. Potrzebowski was able to keep Hossfeld at bay for much of the second half of the race. Smith’s drive to the front began as he entered the top-five just past the lap 40 mark, but it really wasn’t until there was about 10-to-go that Smith truly flexed his muscle. A late caution only delayed the inevitable as with just three to go Smith pounced and never looked back. “We were able to take it easy tonight and sometimes that works out for you,” stated Smith following the event, who started 17th. “We didn’t have a good draw and we just rode around and that ended up being to our advantage tonight.” Smith continued on his limited experience at the Lancaster oval. “I don’t have a lot of experience here. It’s been nearly two years since I’ve been here and I’ve only probably raced here six or seven times. I know it isn’t much, but this is a new car with a much better engine in it and it showed tonight. The tracks that we typically run, you really don’t need this kind of horsepower, but we knew if we were going to follow the series that we would so we committed to making that investment and the results were definitely there tonight. We should have had a similar result at Spencer but we just didn’t have the strategy right and it bit us.” “We feel like we have some momentum going,” smiled Smith. “We ran well at Spencer, finished tenth, which should have been better and then we backed that up with a third at Wyoming. We’re pretty excited and can’t wait to get to the next race.” Hossfeld finished second, with Jan Leaty third and Potrzebowski fourth. Mike Leaty rounded out the top-five finishers. Both Leaty’s won heat races with Jimmy Zacharias being awarded the third heat race victory when Potrzebowski was penalized for jumping two positions at the start. The next event for the DART Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour is the first championship event at the Chemung Speedrome on Sunday, August 2nd with a 150 lap event.
Chuck ‘The Hotshoe’ Hossfeld ran strong at Lancaster. Strong enough to look like he was going to run away with the victory at times, but in the end he had to settle for second.
"We missed by just a little tonight, but it’s been a marathon for us,” Hossfeld began. “We ran last Sunday at Spencer in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour show and finished third, which I’m very proud of. Seekonk on Wednesday and we didn’t get the results we necessarily wanted, but then we’re right back here tonight. That’s a challenge for a team that doesn’t have anyone full-time and I have to thank all of my guys for their dedication. The results really showed how much effort they are willing to put in. I’m very proud and happy for them. Sure, I wish we could have gotten them a win, but we’ll take it.”
Hossfeld has had some changes within his team.
“Kenny Troyer joined us as the crew chief a few weeks back and that’s working out great,” smiled Hossfeld. “He knows the cars and we seem to communicate well and it’s been good. We’re just going to keep moving forward with our program from here.” Hossfeld’s intention is to run a schedule that works around his work and personal schedule. “We have some tough stretches scheduled,” offered Hossfeld. “This was one of them and we didn’t miss a beat. We’ll take next weekend off and regroup and then we’ll go from there.”
Father and son – Jan and Mike Leaty ran together for much of the event at Lancaster.
Jan looked like he was up to his old tricks and was going to make it back to victory lane using tire management and a solid pit strategy, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“First, hats off to Rusty and all of his guys, they are a great bunch,” offered Leaty. “Our game plan was pretty close, but we got beat out by a couple of guys (Rusty and Chuck). Rusty was tough at the end of the race and we just didn’t have as much as him. The good news is that both cars are straight and are going in the trailer.”
Mike Leaty was a little more disappointed.
“I should be happy with a top-five, but I’m not, because I feel like I took a car capable of winning and finished fifth with it,” the younger Leaty related. “In the end, I could have got by TJ, but there was no point in wrecking for fourth, so we’ll take fifth. I just wanted a little better result tonight, but things are going good, so we can’t complain too much.”
At the driver’s meeting Andrew Harpell announced the formation of an All-Star 30-lap shootout event as a part of the Race of Champions weekend. The event will take place on Saturday before the 200. It will be a 30-lap event. Here are the details from the official Race of Champions release:

BINGHAMTON, NY…The excitement is building for the 59th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend at Oswego Speedway September 11th, 12th and 13th. A new format will include the first running of the T.J. Toyota/Waite Toyota Modified All-Star 30 lap special on Saturday of the weekend.
The T.J. Toyota/Waite Toyota Modified All-Star 30 lap special will pit sixteen of the northeast’s top Modified chauffeurs in a wheel to wheel battle that could determine the top five starting spot in Sunday’s Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200. The drivers in the All-Star Event will be comprised of all the RoC Dart Asphalt Modified Tour feature winners in 2009 along with RoC Qualifier winners at different facilities in the northeast.
Jimmy Blewett won the first Modified All-Star Event qualifier back on Saturday, May 9th at the Wall Stadium Speedway. An impressive list of drivers has already been assembled to this point with a number of Modified All-Star Qualifiers still remaining. Joining Blewett with Modified All-Star spots are: Ted Christopher, Chuck Hossfeld, Earl Paules, Mike Leaty, Matt Hirschman, Chris Pasteryak, Rusty Smith and Defending Sunoco Race of Champions 200 winner Tony Hirschman.
The 30 lap Modified All-Star event will see the winner earning $2,000 along with the opportunity draw a pill that could determine the Sunday Modified 200 starting grid. Three pills will be available to the top five finishers of the All-Star event. The top five drivers will be guaranteed in the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200, should the top five drivers decide as a group to draw one of the three pills they could start either – 1st through 5th, 6th through 10th or 11th -15th on Sunday. Should they opt not to draw a pill they would then be a part of the standard qualifying procedure on Sunday. If the top five drivers draw a pill they are locked in those starting spots that are drawn.
The entire Modified All-Star field will receive at least $200 to take the green and a free Hoosier Racing Tire for their participation. The winner will earn $2,000 with second place paying $1,000 in the 30 lapper.
After the Saturday racing program fans and drivers are invited to take part in a Saturday night pit party that will include live music and live racing on a big screen television for those in attendance.

- Noticeably absent was Pete Brittain. Brittain has competed in each event so far this season.
- Ricky Kluth took a hard shot in the feature. It was good to see him okay following the crash, but some serious repair was required for his 2Qwik machine.
- 25 cars towed to Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster where the series champion will be crowned in September at the annual season ending US Open.

July 15 - Seekonk Speedway- 10K to win
- 22

On Wednesday, the team headed to Seekonk for the 5th Annual Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 to win Modified Madness race. This being a non-sanctioned open competition style race, qualifying would be three 12 lap heat races with drivers drawing for starting positions. Eric would draw the 8th starting spot in heat race # 1, by the time the checkers flew he had moved up to the 6th spot, which would earn him the 16th starting spot for the 100 green flag lap main event. When the green flag flew the # 46 would settle in for the long race. By lap 30, Eric would be shown in the 12th position, reporting to the crew that the car was loose handling. A caution on lap 44, allowed him to bring the car in to the attention of the crew, who would make a wedge adjustment and a put on a fresh right rear tire. Restarting in 16th, Eric quickly worked his way up to 12th, when on lap 60 the #22 of Chuck Hossfeld would get sideways between turns 3 and 4 and would hit Eric in the left rear, spinning him around and backwards hard into the wall. Eric would be okay, but the car would be done for the night resulting in a 22nd place finish.

By Denise Dupont:
The fifth annual Seekonk Open Wheel Wednesday Modified Madness event was won by Chris Pasteryak in his fourth attempt. Pasteryak challenged modified great Mike Stefanik for the lead after a late race caution shrunk Stefanik’s advantage. Stefanik’s car was definitely tuned in for the outside groove and could not hold off Pasteryak’s outside advances on the lap 85 re-start. “It felt really good. I have watched Mike Stefanik win races. To drive around him at Seekonk, I just never thought that I would be doing that.”
Pasteryak just drove the car and it brought him where he needed to be at the end of the night, winner’s circle, every driver’s dream. “I did not really consciously make an effort to save the tires,” said Pasteryak reflecting on the race. “The car just was getting better and better as the race went on. Normally it gets worst and worst. It just got better and better. I was almost laughing to myself the whole time. It was funny because I could not believe it. I kept waiting for something to go wrong.”Pasteryak started his late race charge on lap 80 and almost saw it come to an abrupt end as a car stopped just before turn three and the leaders. “I just could not believe it when Spencer just stopped there coming out of two. (On lap eighty-seven Ken Spencer, III, stopped just before turn three with his car unable to re-fire. This brought out one of the last late race cautions.) I thought that we were all done then. I knew I had really been squeezing on it especially to get around Stefanik and then trying to get myself some room to get away from him.”Pasteryak’s mind raced on during the caution reevaluating his strategy and plan. “I was wondering if I should have waited that last little bit. Jon and Jimmy were there. They are the masters of being patient. You can just see it. Where do they run the best at? Lee. There I just go out and burn this thing up and they just save it and they are better at the end. They got a one at the end and we were able to get some ground on them. Had there been another major caution, I do not know if I could have held them off or not.”Jon McKennedy followed Pasteryak up though the pack to the front and across the finish line for second. “We had a good car. It was a little bit too tight. We started ninth and the car was a little bit too tight at the end.”After couple of weeks of tough luck in the True Value Modified Racing Series, Jon McKennedy has managed to maintain a ten point lead over Rob Goodenough. The #73 team brought their car to Modified Madness hoping for a victory but they had a great run and McKennedy showed why he is currently the point leader in the TVMRS. The last two weeks our luck was tough, but tonight it was not bad. I had a chance to get under him (Chris Pasteryak), but I had nothing for him. The car was actually better up on the outside. Down on the inside I was just too tight. I needed the whole track to really run the car.”It appeared that the outside groove was the place to be during the Modified Madness show at Seekonk. “If I were to have to pick a groove, the outside was where the car was more comfortable. The last fifteen laps I knew it was going to be a close race. Coming in second is not bad. “Congratulations to Chris. He ran an awesome race. He did a great job at the end.” McKennedy said after passing inspection. “The car is in one piece and we can go on to Oxford with a really good car and I am looking forward to it.” Continuing on his roll of good finishes, Jimmy Kuhn, Jr. made it three for three as he brought the #72 car in for a podium finish during Modified Madness at Seekonk. “It was awesome and almost unbelievable. That is the kind of car that contended out there for the win three times in a row. I could not ask for anything more than that.” As some leaders prayed for no cautions, other wished there was at least one more out there. “I needed another re-start to get under Jon. Jon was protecting the bottom and I needed to get down on the bottom. So if they had another re-start I figured I could get under him.”

Still smiling from ear to ear, Kuhn expressed his satisfaction with his third place finish with the open modified show. “I cannot ask for anything better than this. The car as been great and it showed at the end of every race. We won Lee and then this race here at Seekonk. We have shown what we have been capable of. We have been right there in the run. You cannot ask for anything more than that. It is just awesome.”Modified veteran driver Mike Stefanik could just feel the prize money in his hand as he piloted around the cement palace in the lead on lap eighty-three. He was in command. Then just as he was counting the $10,000 booty, a caution came out and stole the money from him. “We saved a little bit when the #43 was leading the race. Then when we got the opportunity to the outside I figured we would try to clear him. My car was better up high then it was on the bottom. Fortunately for us the #43 car got a little loose and but we had nothing left. I got it (the car) by him and I thought that we were not in bad shape. We were driving away from the #52 car (Chris Pasteryak) and then the caution came out. I did not like starting on the bottom. The car was not that good on the bottom as it was on the outside.”Last year’s winner Matt Hirschman returned to Seekonk Speedway for a run at making it two in a row. But his car was just short of making the grade. “It was not from a lack of effort. We just missed it (the setup) by a little bit and abused the tires trying to keep the lead and make Kirk work hard to get the lead. We both used up a lot at the beginning. We just did not have enough at the end. I almost passed Stefanik to get the lead. If I got in front of him at that point, I could have stayed in front of him for the lead.” In the end Hirschman rounded off the top five as he took the checkered flagWhen all was said and done, race teams went home from Seekonk with their notes, lessons learned and strategies ready to plan for 2010 and a return to Seekonk for the Open Wheel Wednesday race and prize money.

Seekonk Race Notes:

Chris Pasteryak

Rumor has from a very valid source that Chris Pasteryak did not have a race to go to on Saturday June 20th so he escaped to Cape Cod and tied the knot. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Chris Pasteryak.

Mike Stefanik

Driving the #66 car once again at Seekonk the team gave it his all for the win. “The guys did a great job with the car.”

Drivers and fans alike all enjoyed this year’s Open Modified Show at Seekonk. There was more racing, lead changes and just good wholesome racing then everyone has seen in a while. Stefanik was one of the many divers that went home smiling as he left his favorite playground adventure.

“I had a lot of fun and I think that it was a great race for the fans. There were four or five cars under a blanket rubbing and just doing good racing. I had fun. Yes, I would have liked to have won but everybody that comes here wants to win. I have to admit I was really thinking about the win when we were leading and there were seventeen laps to go. But I was not counting my chickens. I just thought that it would have been nice if this could happen. I was kind of surprised that we were in the position that we were in. I do not come to any race with over whelming confidence. When it does start to look like it is going to happen, then it does get a little exciting. But reality set in and we ended up finishing fourth.”

Matt Hirschman

Last year’s Modified Madness winner tried to make it two in a row. But even though he tasted the money and victory, it was not his either in the end. “ I did not know if we would have won, but (we believe) we would have stayed in front of him (Stefanik). I just used the stuff up but when you have $10,000 winner’s purse, you use everything that you got and then you have nothing left. We missed it by a little bit. Not by a lot but if we come back again we will just try next year and we should be right there again. I ran this car here two years ago and it was close but not quite there. We will just learn from it and we will have a better shot next year. “

Kirk Alexander

TVMRS veteran driver and 2006 Seekonk Open Modified show winner Kirk Alexander led his fair share of the race hoping for repeat. But in the end the #43 A Team had to settle for a tenth place finish.“We just had the wrong setup. We missed the setup a little bit. It (the car) should have been a little bit tighter. I knew it too, but we did what we could. We came in and changed the right rear but the left rear was burned right off. Once they were worn it (the car) went from good to bad. We will get them the next time I guess. “

Jimmy Kuhn. Jr.

Finishing third and still on high. TVMRS Lee USA Speedway win was Jimmy Kuhn, Jr.’s first ever TVMRS win. Kuhn’s thoughts after a third straight great run in the #72 modified:

“I cannot even put it in to words. It was just awesome. In the past we have had a lot of seconds and thirds. We will just not able to get it (a win). Finally being able to get it, it is just a big deal. These things just do not come easy. There are a lot of good competitors here. These guys are some of the best that are here. To beat them is a big thing.”
Chris Pasteryak Wins $10K Open Wheel Wednesday Modified Madness;
Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, CT won Wednesday night’s $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday 100-lap Open Competition Modified race over Jon McKennedy and Jimmy Kuhn. The 28-year-old reigning True Value Modified Racing Series champion took Wayne Darling’s Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet to victory lane for the second year in a row (Matt Hirschman won last year’s event). Mike Stefanik and Matt Hirschman rounded out the top-5.

Modified Madness 100
Pos. No. Name Hometown Laps
1 52 Chris Pasteryak Jewett City, CT 100
2 73 Jon McKennedy Chelmsford, MA 100
3 72 Jimmy Kuhn Jr Bridgewater, MA 100
4 66 Mike Stefanik Coventry, RI 100
5 60 Matt Hirschman Northampton, PA 100
6 82 Dave Berghman Seekonk, MA 100
7 70 Andy Seuss Hempstead, NH 100
8 3 Ryan Preece Berlin, CT 100
9 3J Jeff Malave Manchester, CT 100
10 43 Kirk Alexander West Swanzey, NH 100
11 80 Rowan Pennick Huntingdon Valley, PA 100
12 29 Kenny Horton Guilford, CT 100
13 09 Bobby Grigas III Marshfield, MA 100
14 58 Eric Goodale Riverhead, NY 100
15 0 Tim Arre Tom’s River, NJ 100
16 x6 Eric LeClerc East Hampton, Ct 100
17 11x Rob Summers Manchester, CT 100
18 12J Jimmy Blewett Howell, NJ 91
19 67 Ken Spencer III Taunton, MA 82
20 11 Vinny Annarummo Swansea, MA 70
21 22 Chuck Hossfeld Ransomville, NY 59
22 46 Eric Beers Northampton, PA 59
23 12 Todd Annarummo Swansea, MA 49
24 00 Ted Christopher Plainville, CT 17
25 21 Richard Savary Canton, MA 8

July 11 - Spencer Speedway- NASCAR -19

This past Saturday driver Eric Beers and the Berkley Auto Racing team headed to the Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY for what was to be the start of a busy 5 day span that would conclude at the Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Mother Nature would turn it into a busy 4 day span, as severe thunderstorms would hit the area during the afternoon, forcing NASCAR and Spencer Speedway officials to postpone the evening’s events until Sunday afternoon.
Sunday brought bright sunshine to the upstate New York half-mile track. For this event, qualifying would be in the form of twin 15 lap heat races to determine the starting line-up. The heat race line-up would be based on current point standings. As a result Eric would start 6th in the second heat. When the green flag flew, Eric quickly moved into 5th spot on the first lap and into 4th by lap 2. He would remain there over the final 13 laps. This would place the # 46 in the 8th starting position for the 125 lap main event. When the race began, Eric would settle the Cape Cod Aggregates, J&R Pre-Cast, Viveiros Insurance sponsored entry in the 8th position. On lap 20, he radioed to the crew that the car needed more forward bite and that they would need to remove the right rear spring rubber, he also said that a wedge adjustment would be necessary to help the car’s loose handling. A caution on lap 56 would find the # 46 head to pit road. On the pit stop the crew would make the adjustments along with changing the right rear tire (only one tire was allowed to be changed during this race for no reason). With very few teams electing to pit at this time, Eric would restart in the 17th spot. On lap 77, after reporting that the handling still was not much better, the # 46 would once again head to pit road for adjustments to help tighten up the handling. Restarting in 15th it would not be long before bad luck would once again strike, when on lap 87 smoke would start coming from under the hood. After being black flagged, Eric brought the car to the attention of the crew, who would find and replace a broken oil line. Losing 10 laps on pit road, Eric would run the remaining laps and bring the car home with a 19th place finish. This would drop the # 46 to the 13th place in the point standings after 5 of 14 races

Becomes Youngest Winner in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour History

Erick Rudolph was just looking to finish a race. What he wound up with was a history-making victory. Rudolph’s first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win Sunday in the Spencer Speedway 155 made him the youngest winner in tour history.
At 17 years, 6 months, 3 days, the Ransomville, N.Y., driver eclipsed the mark set by Ryan Preece last year. Preece was 17 years, 10 months, 25 days when he won at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway .
After failing to finish each of the first four races of the season, Rudolph led the final 48 laps Sunday and withstood a furious charge from Todd Szegedy on the final lap to claim the victory. On the last lap, Szegedy got by Chuck Hossfeld for second and had the nose of his car nearly up to Rudolph’s front tire as they crossed the finish line. The scheduled 125-lap event was extended to 131 by a green-white-checkered finish.
Hossfeld followed on Rudolph’s bumper for third. Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece rounded out the top five.
Donny Lia, Mike Stefanik, Eric Goodale, Ron Silk and points leader Ted Christopher completed the top 10.
Earlier in the day, Szegedy and Christopher won the two 15-lap heat races that set the feature lineup. Rudolph, who was fastest in practice, finished 12th out of 14 cars in his heat.
Szegedy led a race-high 60 laps before being forced to pit for a flat tire on lap 80. He was able to cut Christopher’s point lead to 17.

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (23) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 131 laps, 54.952 mph, $5,000.
2. (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield , Conn. , Ford, 131, $2,200.
3. (17) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 131, $1,700.
4. (12) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley , Pa. , Chevrolet, 131, $1,650.
5. (6) Ryan Preece, Berlin , Conn. , Chevrolet, 131, $1,550.
6. (7) Donny Lia, Jericho , N.Y. , Dodge, 131, $1,450.
7. (3) Mike Stefanik, Coventry , R.I. , Pontiac , 131, $1,350.
8. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 131, $1,600.
9. (9) Ron Silk, Norwalk , Conn. , Pontiac , 131, $1,250.
10. (1) Ted Christopher, Plainville , Conn. , Chevrolet, 131, $1,800.
11. (11) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield , Mass. , Chevrolet, 131, $1,150.
12. (21) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 131, $1,025.
13. (5) Woody Pitkat, Stafford , Conn. , Chevrolet, 131, $925.
14. (15) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , Conn. , Chevrolet, 131, $875.
15. (22) Buck Catalano, Ontario , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 131, $830.
16. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma , N.Y. , Pontiac , 130, $600.
17. (14) Glen Reen, Wilbraham , Mass. , Chevrolet, 122, radiator, $975.
18. (16) Ken Heagy, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 122, $725.
19. (8) Eric Beers, Northampton , Pa. , Chevrolet, 121, $700.
20. (10) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington , Conn. , Chevrolet, 118, $700.
21. (20) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 110, $500.
22. (4) Jimmy Blewett, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 110, suspension, $700.
23. (18) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 96, rear end, $500.
24. (24) Wade Cole, Riverton , Conn. , Chevrolet, 59, suspension, $700.
25. (19) Doug Coby, Milford , Conn. , Chevrolet, 27, suspension, $700.
26. (25) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury , Conn. , Chevrolet, 8, transmission, $500.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 11 minutes 31 seconds
Margin of Victory: .054 secondsFastest Qualifier: C. Pasteryak ( mph, 999999 seconds)Caution Flags: 12 for 55 laps.
Lead Changes: 10 among 4 drivers.Lap Leaders: T. Szegedy 1-6; T. Christopher 7; T. Szegedy 8-23; T. Christopher 24-40; T. Szegedy 41-48; T. Christopher 49; T. Szegedy 50-60; T. Christopher 61; T. Szegedy 62-80; R. Preece 81-83; E. Rudolph 84-131.
Standings: 1. T. Christopher, 819; 2. T. Szegedy, 802; 3. D. Lia, 763; 4. M. Stefanik, 706; 5. R. Preece, 705; 6. R. Pennink, 689; 7. R. Silk, 686; 8. J. Blewett, 664; 9. W. Pitkat, 656; 10. E. Flemke,Jr., 649

July 10 - Wyoming Speedway- RoC - 3


Eric Beers and the DeLange Racing team recovered from a disappointing eighth place finish at Spencer Speedway on June 19 to post a solid effort in the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour 75 last Friday night, July 10, at Wyoming County International Speedway. In a wreck-filled race that saw only eight of 21 starters still running at the checkered flag, Beers steered the DeLange Racing #45 through the carnage on the Perry, New York one-third mile oval and took the checkered flag in fourth place. The finish boosted Beers into fourth in the RoC Tour point standings after three of nine scheduled events.
“I guess the good thing is we survived the battle tonight with the car in one piece,” explained team owner Dave DeLange after the WCIS event. “We scored a good finish due to Eric’s driving skills. He managed to avoid trouble on a night where there was plenty of it to go around and ended up in the top-five. We can’t be disappointed with that at all. And now it’s on to our home track.”
The Race of Champions Tour moves to Dunn Tire Park Speedway in Lancaster, New York on Saturday night, July 18, for a 75-lap feature. Beers currently stands third in the point standings after three of nine scheduled races, just 32 behind the leader. Beers is looking forward to a home cooked meal with the winner’s trophy as the main dish on the menu.
“At Wyoming County we definitely had a car capable of winning,” he says. “When you have that and you don’t make it to Victory Lane it just makes you even hungrier for success. The team is excited to get back to the familiar surroundings of DTRP. We always seem to run well at home. The last time we competed there we were leading before rain showers ended the racing program too early. Hopefully the weather will be more cooperative when we return.”
As the saying goes, there is no place like home.

For Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Penn., the 2009 season has been anything but memorable. He's had some success, but not as much as he's used to with wins at New Smyrna and Orange County Speedway. This past Friday night, Hirschman began to turn things around with a win at one of the tracks where he first found success on the DART Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour, the Wyoming County International Speedway in Perry, N.Y., otherwise known as 'The Bullring'. In front of a packed house, Hirschman raced to victory in is qualifying race and then paced himself, conserved his tires, took the lead from Tony Hanbury with just eight laps remaining and went to a popular victory in an event that was marred by several cautions in the closing laps.“We had a good car tonight and I was able to conserve enough early to have enough to close things out at the end, but Earl (Paules) gave us a run for the money,” offered Hirschman following the event. “I won here the first time in 2005 by pitting, then there was the year where Earl and I went at it tooth and nail and I passed him twice, but the caution kept coming out, so it was almost as if this place owed me a win. We'll take it tonight, we needed this one.” Rusty Smith and Pete Brittain led the field to the green, with Hirschman starting fourth and Paules starting ninth respectively. Paules worked his way past Brittain on lap 35 and looked like he would dominate to the checkered flag running a higher groove then any of the competition. “Our car was so good,” said Paules after the race. “But when the right rear goes here, it just goes.”

Paules ultimately lost the lead to Tony Hanbury, but Hanbury's lead was short lived as Hirschman set his sights on the point.“I didn't know if I was going to pit and I think my Dad and my crew were a bit frustrated with me, but I honestly didn't know,” recalled Hirschman following the race. “There is a lot going in the racecar in situations like that. I know my Dad realizes that and sometimes it happens so quickly you drive right by the pit opening trying to figure out what to do, but the car still felt good. They definitely wanted me to come in. They even talked about it before the race. If I had known, I think I could have saved them a little running back and forth because I definitely would have told them, but I didn't really know seeing that I've had success at that track by pitting and by not pitting.”Up until lap 67, things seemed to remain on an even keel, but there were five restarts during those final seven laps, four of which came without a single lap added to the count on the scoreboard. Crashes involved several contenders including Tony Hanbury, Billy Putney, plus a spin by Eric Beers after he and Paules pitted kept the field tight and gave Paules the opportunity to slice past Rusty Smith and Pete Brittain and take one last shot at Hirschman with just a couple of laps remaining.“It got a little crazy and it gave Earl a chance to get back to us,” reflected Hirschman. “But I really didn't know he got down below me because it happened so fast. I watched what everyone did all night and we made the right call. All of the crashes gave those guys the opportunity to get there. Earl had a great car, but he made a mistake.”Paules admitted what Hirschman analyzed. “I definitely had the fastest car tonight,” he beamed. “But, I messed up. I got down there too low and spun, but I didn't want to get into Matt because he doesn't run me that way. The cautions fell the right way, the car was great. We just didn't end up in victory lane. It's a tough pill to swallow today, but one that we have to.”Pete Brittain ended up finishing second, Rusty Smith third, Eric Beers fourth and Daren Scherer fifth. Beers, Brittain and Hirschman won the qualifying races.


- It's been quite sometime since we've been to Wyoming for a night race and it was a treat. A bit of throwback with a great crowd on a Summer Friday night. The track had to be happy with the turnout of fans as this is the first time in the last three years that the Friday night date was not affected by the weather.

- Billy Putney took a hard driver's side shot in his Troyer mount late in the race. The East Aurora, N.Y., driver was okay after the crash, but just as NASCAR has stepped up, so has the Race of Champions and the competitors in following suite with the safety developments that have been uncovered and presented in the last several years. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for Putney's machine as it needed much work.

- 23 cars towed to the Wyoming County New York oval, which was the perfect car count for the facility and track. It proved to be an exciting race.
- Spencer RoC winner Mike Leaty had a tough night as he pounded the wall off of turn four. The US Army Troyer car was in need of some work. Leaty was still able to smile following the event.“Yeah, we had some trouble tonight,” stated Leaty. “We'll just go to work and get it fixed and go from there.”- The double-file restarts coupled with the one tire pit strategy has truly made for some excellent racing in the DART Race of Champions asphalt Tour up to this point. Five different leaders in a 75-lap race on a 1/3-mile with plenty of passing and dicing throughout the field is plenty exciting. If you haven't get out and catch one of the races. This Saturday the DART Asphalt Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour heads to Dunn Tire Raceway Park for a rescheduled event.



1.) Matt Hirschman|
2.) Pete Brittain
3.) Rusty Smith
4.) Eric Beers
5.) Daren Scherer
6.) Earl Paules
7.) Rick Kluth
8.) John Markovic
9.) Mike Leaty
10.) Billy Putney
11.) Eric Kocher
12.) Kyle Ebersole
13.) T. J. Potrzebowski
14.) Brian DeFebo
15.) Tony Hanbury
16.) Chip Santee
17.) Jim Storace
18.) Tom Wiest
19.) Doug Reaume
20.) Mark Tychoniewicz
21.) Jan Leaty
22.) Daryl Lewis, Jr.
23.) Matt Clemend

Lap Leaders; Smith ( 1 ), Brittain ( 2 - 35 ), Paules ( 36 - 63 ), Hanbury ( 64 - 67 ), Hirschman ( 68 - 75 ).Gater Racing News Driver Bonus Drawing $500; Beers.Dart Machinery Set of Heads $1,500value; Putney.Hoosier Racing Tire Hard Charger Award; Scherer ( 16th to 5th ).Hoosier Racing Tire Hard Luck Award; J. Leaty ( 5th to 21st )



He has won races before using the same strategy and on Friday night at the Wyoming County International Speedway defending RoC Dart Asphalt Modified Tour champion Matt Hirschman showed just how good he is saving his tires. The Northampton, Pa. driver was the only one not to pit for a fresh right rear and he saved his tires just enough to hold off all challengers to win the 75 lap feature.

Matt who started fourth took the lead on a lap 67 restart from Tony Hanbury and then had to survive a wild scenario that took place over the final eight laps. Matt was able to withstand five restarts in the final eight laps to capture his first win on the tour this year. Early race leader Pete Brittain ended up second with Rusty Smith nipping Eric Beers at the line for third. Daren Scherer made several pit stops, kept the wheels on his car and ended up fifth in a fine point racing effort on this night.

“I’ve been in the running to win here every year since I won here in 2005 “ said the smiling race winner in post race technical inspection. “ That year (2005) I pitted to come up through and win and I have pitted to almost win here (2006) and I have not pitted (2007) and not finished in the top three. I’ve done it both ways, tonight there was no set plan on whether I was going to pit or not going to pit.“

Matt and his hard working crew didn’t agree on his strategy on this night. “They would run down to the pit each time a yellow would come out, thinking I was coming in for a tire change. But I decided to stay out and they didn’t agree with me on that strategy as they were all getting a workout running back and forth to the pit. But I feed them good so I think they’ll survive.“

Matt really didn’t start to make any move towards the front until lap 60 as he hung around the top seven all feature long until that point. “I didn’t mind the good cars racing in front of me like they were“ said Matt. “There was a couple of guys behind me that were coming and I didn’t want to fall back anymore in the field so I said that is it, it’s time to go to the front and that is what I did. I kept myself right there with Eric, Earl, and Tony (Hanbury) and I wasn’t going to fall back any further back in the field I decided at that point. If I did fall further back then I would have had to pit at that point. I was watching the laps and I knew at what point I had to go, my guys weren’t so sure of that tonight. But I’m pretty good on when I know it is the time to go to the front and tonight I played my cards right.“

Matt spoke on what goes into his thinking pattern on whether to pit or not. “I was kind of paying attention to what a few did during the race. When Jan ( Leaty ) pitted early and the next yellow a lot of the other guys pitted and then after that they were in wrecks. I started to feel at that point that I made the right decision to stay out and then I figured to stay out and go with it. It was definitely the right call and then it seemed we couldn’t get past lap 69 with all of the crashes. That put Earl (Paules) right on my back bumper and I don’t know what happened to him after that.“

“This place owed me a win and I think I got it back tonight “ said Matt. “Back in 06 I passed Earl twice and each time the yellow came out and I had to go back to second. That was the year the track was coming apart and there was no outside to use.“

Second place finisher Pete Brittain nearly pulled off the spin and return to win scenario but fell one spot short on this night. “We did spin and got spun and then got in a tangle up there in one and two and that really didn’t hurt anything“ said Pete.

“The car was awesome for the racing tonight as we worked all afternoon during practice trying to get bite into the car“ said Pete. “We practiced all day on old tires and got good bite out of the car finally. Mattie (Hirschman) is a master at saving his tires and when I got to him I was out of tires, I didn’t have anything for him.“

“Yes I’m disappointed with a third “ said Rusty Smith. “I had a faster car and got ran all over the place early in the race by Pete (Brittain) and then Pete ran me all over the place at the end when I had a faster car. But at least Pete is consistent as he ran Eric (Beers) all over the place on the last lap and that enabled me to inch by Eric at the line for third.“

Qualifying for the 23 car field saw heat wins go to Beers, Brittain, and Hirschman.


Date: July 7, 2009
For Immediate Release


The next few weeks are a crucial period for Eric Beers and the DeLange Racing team. Their primary focus for this season is to win the 2009 Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour championship. After three of nine listed events on this year's RoC schedule, the team is fifth in the title standings, just 15 points behind the leader. With three races scheduled in the next four weeks, this will be a vital phase in reaching their target.
The first test will come at Wyoming County International Speedway in Perry, New York on Friday, July 10. That is followed the next weekend on July 18 with a contest at Dunn Tire Raceway Park, considered by our team to be their "home" track. The final Race of Champions Tour battle to close out this important period on the calendar will come just two weeks later at Chemung Speedrome in the Southern Tier of New York.
"These are important races coming up," says team owner Dave DeLange. "We're in a good position to win the RoC championship this year, and that is our principal goal. These next three races will go a long way toward determining our destiny."
Between the events at Dunn Tire and Chemung will be the third of six hands to be dealt in the 2009 Modified 100 Poker Series at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. The DeLange team won the first hand on April 18 and was leading the second hand on June 6 when a mechanical failure forced them to fold their cards. They return to Mahoning on July 25 with a new deck to shuffle and deal.
"We had a motor problem in the last race at Mahoning while we were leading,"
explains DeLange. "We had just moved into that position when a five dollar internal part failed inside the engine, just a freak incident. That has all been repaired and completely tested by our motor builder, Scott Ritter of RPM Racing Engines, and he assures us the deck will be stacked in our favor once again. All we need to do is play our cards right to win the pot."
The next four weeks will help to shape how our 2009 season will turn out. We're fully prepared for success. It's time to go racing!

June 27 - New Hampshire - NASCAR - 16

Tiger's Report:
On Thursday June 25th, driver Eric Beers and the Berkley Auto Racing # 46 team headed to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. This would be the first of two visits in 2009 by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at the track during its NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends. Thursday?s schedule included practice and qualifying in preparation for Saturday?s New England 100. Having had strong runs in last years NHMS races, the team had high hopes entering the event. During the early afternoon practice session it became evident that the chassis set-up was on the mark, as only minor adjustments were needed to give Eric the feel that he was looking for. By the time that the hour and a half session was completed, the # 46 was shown as the fastest of the 39 cars in attendance with a fast lap of 29.537 sec. and an average speed of 128.950 mph around the 1.058 mile track. At 5 p.m. qualifying began, the qualifying draw would have Eric the 16th car to take time. A later draw at NHMS usually is preferred, as the track has a history of getting faster later in the qualifying session. Eric would turn a time of 30.349 sec. for an average speed of 125.500 mph which at the time was the 3rd fastest lap. But, as in the past, the track got quicker and when qualifying was completed; the # 46 would wind up with the 15th starting position. However, Eric and the team still felt confident that they had a very good race car for Saturday?s race.Saturday morning brought about the final practice session. Unlike qualifying practice, where drivers try to be by themselves on the track, during this session many drivers will run their cars together in the draft. With drafting so important at New Hampshire, this gives drivers and teams the opportunity to see how their car reacts and handles in this situation. By the time that the 40 minute session was over and after some minor spoiler and stagger adjustments, Eric felt that the car would be good for the race and was shown as the 7th fastest car.When the green flag flew, it would not stay out for long, as the # 36 of point leader Ted Christopher would spin in the third and fourth turns. As the field tried to make it through, the # 90 of Renee Dupuis spun right in front of Eric. With no place to go, the # 46 would bounce off the fourth turn wall. Bringing the car down pit road, the crew would go to work changing right side tires and topping off the fuel. With the caution still out, several more trips down pit road would be made to adjust the toe, all while remaining on the lead lap. When the race went back to green, Eric would restart from the 33rd position, the green would remain out over the next 57 laps and Eric would make his way through the field back up to the 12th spot when the yellow came out on lap 64. It would be at this point that most of the cars including the # 46 headed to pit road. The crew would put on four tires, add fuel, and adjust the spoiler up (for added down force). With some cars electing to remain on the track, Eric would restart from the 16th position. On the restart a big wreck occurred, fortunately Eric would make it through unscathed. After a lengthy clean-up the green came back out on lap 79, but another wreck in turn 4 would once again bring the caution out. Once again Eric avoided any contact, however the car stalled and sat idle on the track. Needing to get a wrecker to push the car before going a lap down unfortunately did not happen. It was not until the # 3 of Ryan Preece got behind and used his car to push Eric that the car started. Now being shown in the 17th position 1 lap down, the team?s only hope would be for another quick caution to receive the ?Lucky Dog? free pass. This allows for the first car 1 lap down to be placed at the tail end of the lead lap. However, it is only available until there are 10 laps remaining in the race. When the green flew on lap 86, the crew had their fingers crossed hoping for a yellow, but luck would not be on their side today. Then on lap 94, 4 laps too late, the caution came out. When the green flew for the final time for a green-white-checker finish, Eric would once again have to avoid a big crash, this time coming off of turn 4 on the final lap. The final rundown showed the Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast/Viveiros Insurance Chevy in the 16th finishing spot. As always, Eric and the entire Berkley Auto Racing team wish to thank all of our sponsors for their support

The New England 100 ended with a wild scramble on the last turn of the last lap that wiped out two of the leaders and provided Donny Lia his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Points leader Ted Christopher led at the white flag, with Lia, Todd Szegedy and Ron Silk jockeying for position. Lia dove inside of Christopher as he headed into Turn 3. Moments after Lia took the lead, Szegedy swept underneath both to the front of the line. As they came out of the final turn heading to the checkered flag, all four bounced off each other, with Christopher collecting Szegedy into the wall as Lia slipped by to grab the win.
Ed Flemke Jr. wound up second, followed by Silk and Rowan Pennink. Christopher managed to gather the car enough to get it across the line and salvage a fifth.
it was the 12th career win for Lia, whose previous victory at New Hampshire came in 2007 en route to his tour championship.
The race had 16 official lead changes among eight drivers, with many more changes for the front position at a track with a reputation for Daytona-style drafting and passing for the NASCAR Whelen Modified cars. Szegedy led a race-high 53 laps.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman led 13 laps and swapped the lead back-and-forth with Szegedy in the early going before he spun on lap 64 and exited the race. The other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver in the race, Kasey Kahne, was involved in a Lap 72 accident. Kahne finished 31st and Newman 34th.
Doug Coby, Richard Savary, Szegedy, Woody Pitkat, and Glenn Tyler rounded out the top 10. Christopher was able to extend his points lead to 53 over Szegedy, while Lia moved to third place, 72 behind Christopher.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will next race Saturday, July 11 at Spencer Speedway in Williamson , N.Y.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-New England 100
Unofficial Results
Saturday At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

Lap length: 1.058 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Donny Lia, Jericho , N.Y. , Dodge, 100 laps, 75.095 mph, $15,700.
2. (8) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $11,800.
3. (14) Ron Silk, Norwalk , Conn. , Pontiac , 100, $9,350.
4. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley , Pa. , Chevrolet, 100, $6,700.
5. (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $5,400.
6. (1) Doug Coby, Milford , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $4,650.
7. (26) Richard Savary, Canton , Mass. , Chevrolet, 100, $3,550.
8. (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield , Conn. , Ford, 100, $3,700.
9. (19) Woody Pitkat, Stafford , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $3,600.
10. (29) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 100, $3,350.
11. (10) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield , Mass. , Chevrolet, 100, $3,150.
12. (22) Rob Summers, Vernon , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $2,650.
13. (34) Ken Heagy, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 100, $3,700.
14. (16) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, Conn. , Ford, 100, $2,925.
15. (35) Wade Cole, Riverton , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $2,800.
16. (15) Eric Beers, Northampton , Pa. , Chevrolet, 99, $2,875.
17. (23) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 99, $3,050.
18. (9) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 99, $2,725.
19. (21) Glen Reen, Wilbraham , Mass. , Chevrolet, 98, $2,900.
20. (32) Tom Abele, Jr., Norwich , Conn. , Chevrolet, 98, $2,543.
21. (30) Andy Seuss, Hampstead , N.H. , Chevrolet, 98, $2,525.
22. (33) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 98, $2,100.
23. (13) Mike Stefanik, Coventry , R.I. , Pontiac , 97, $2,475.
24. (7) Ryan Preece, Berlin , Conn. , Chevrolet, 96, $2,474.
25. (24) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , Conn. , Chevrolet, 96, $2,300.
26. (27) Jamie Tomaino, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 96, $2,300.
27. (37) Jake Marosz, Middletown , Conn. , Chevrolet, 91, $1,800.
28. (18) Jimmy Blewett, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 80, $2,300.
29. (31) Tim Arre, Toms River , N.J., Chevrolet, 80, $1,800.
30. (20) Anthony Sesely, Matawan , N.J. , Chevrolet, 72, accident, $1,800.
31. (17) Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw , Wash. , Chevrolet, 72, accident, $1,800.
32. (25) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 71, accident, $1,800.
33. (12) Rob Fuller, Boylston , Mass. , Ford, 66, accident, $1,800.
34. (6) Ryan Newman, South Bend , Ind. , Chevrolet, 64, accident, $1,800.
35. (28) Jonathan McKennedy, Chelmsford , Mass. , Chevrolet, 57, accident, $1,800.
36. (11) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury , Conn. , Chevrolet, 20, engine, $1,800.
37. (36) Tommy Farrell, III, Neptune , N.J. , Chevrolet, 3, brakes, $2,200.
38. (38) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 1, accident, $1,800.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 24 minutes 32 seconds
Margin of Victory: .306 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D. Coby (126.947 mph, 30.003 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 28 laps.
Lead Changes: 16 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Szegedy 1-12; R. Newman 13-22; T. Szegedy 23-51; R. Newman 52-54; T. Szegedy 55-66; A. Seuss 67-79; E. Goodale 80; R. Silk 81; E. Flemke Jr. 82-86; D. Lia 87-89; T. Christopher 90; D. Lia 91; R. Silk 92; T. Christopher 93-94; R. Silk 95-97; T. Christopher 98-99; D. Lia 100..

June 19 - Spencer Speedway - RoC Tour


Eric Beers and the DeLange Racing team travelled to Spencer Speedway in Williamson, New York, last Friday night to compete in the second event on the 2009 Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour schedule. The 75-lap race produced a solid field of Modifieds to the famed half-mile oval, including all of the RoC Tour stars. Eric battled hard all night and came away with a very respectable eighth place finish despite some unforeseen obstacles along the way. The first barrier came at the end of the first qualifying heat, which saw Beers take the checkered flag first to earn an entry into the 12-car redraw for feature starting positions. After he returned to his pit area RoC officials tested the cars for a working scanner by asking the drivers to wave when they heard the request on pit road. Several cars failed to pass the exam and were penalized, including DeLange Racing #45. This relegated Eric to the thirteenth starting position for the feature. Problems for the team did not end there. Beers was biding his time in the early laps and saving his tires, planning a charge to the front later in the race when the leaders began to fall off the pace on worn rubber. Unfortunately he never got to test his gameplan. By lap 50 his strategy was playing out as his car was still strong while the leaders were gradually slowing. The DeLange machine was closing in on the top-five when Eric made contact with another Modified. That caused a small leak in the right front tire and under each caution thereafter it was slowly losing air. The handling of the #45 gradually went away in the remaining laps and at the checkered flag he rolled across the finish line in eighth place. Despite the disappointment of losing the chance to compete with the leaders, team owner Dave DeLange saw many positives to take back to Lockport. "Aside from the frustration of the wave rule debacle, we did very well tonight. The car was too tight during the feature, so an eighth place finish was as good as we could expect. You can credit Eric's skill as a driver for that. We had a super pit stop when we changed the right rear tire. The crew was responsible for that. We just didn't have a winning car tonight. We had a slow leak in the right front tire so on every caution it would go soft and then when the tire heated back up after a few laps of racing the pressure grew back. Eric got everything he could out of the car. One thing we did take home with us when we left was what we need to do to be better when we return here for the next RoC show on August 14. All in all, Spencer put on a well run show tonight. We'll learn from our mistakes."


The pre race hype had everyone talking about if you wanted to win at Spencer Speedway on Friday night you had to beat a Leaty. Most people were referring to Jan who has won many big races at the flat half mile oval. But on Friday night Jan’s son Mike took a page out of his dad’s race strategy notebook to win the 75 lap Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour sanctioned event. Mike pitted along with a host of others on lap 35, a great pit stop by his crew placed Mike at the head of the cars who had pitted. Then racing back up through the field Mike was passed by a high flying and rim riding Chuck Hossfeld who put on an outside groove passing exhibition that hasn’t been seen in quite some time at Spencer. Mike stuck right on the back bumper of Hossfeld until they caught leader Rusty Smith. Smith who hadn’t pitted for tires was getting looser each lap he circled the track held off Mike and Chuck who were racing side by side trying to get the lead from laps 44 to 56. Coming out of turn two the pivotal point of the race took place as Mike got under Chuck and passed him going into turn three for second. Just as this happened leader Smith nearly spun his car out due to worn tires entering turn three. Mike pounced on the mistake to grab the lead exiting turn four to complete lap 57. Hossfeld tried every clean racing move in his artillery over the final 18 laps to try and grab the lead. But each time Mike Leaty held him off to win the very popular $2,800 victory at his home track. Erick Rudolph who started 17th came on strong at the end to finish third with defending RoC Champion Matt Hirschman surviving three pit stops to race his way back to fourth and early race leader Jim Storace finished in fifth. “ I didn’t know that I was pitting when I went into turn three on lap 35 “ said the smiling winner. “ I saw two or three cars in front of me duck into the pits and I knew that there was a good chance that all of the guys behind me were going to pit because they saw the first two or three guys pit. So I said this was the time to pit if we were going to pit and I cranked it into the pits at the last second. “ After the pit stops Mike had an excellent side by side battle with Chuck Hossfeld for position. “ Its fun racing with the guys that are accomplished and respect each other “ said Mike. “ We touched here and there, hopefully it was a good show for the fans and it ( contact ) never went over the top to the point of where we would wreck. It was a good hard race between us and we figured who got to the front first between me and Chuck would win because Rusty was on old tires when we got to him. I didn’t think Chuck was going to race around me if I got out front first and vice versa if he got out front first. Luckily we got to the front first. “ Mike recalled the pivotal moment of the race on lap 56 when he went from third to first in a matter of a quarter of a track. “ Rusty was doing all he could to stay in the lead, he wasn’t giving an extra inch and that was his job not to give an extra inch. I tried the outside to get by him and Chuck slipped by me ( lap 50 ) to get second and I thought I was in trouble then. Then Chuck tried the outside and I filled the hole on him and at the same time getting into three Rusty got a little sideways and I was lucky enough to get under him. Chucky at the same time got right behind me and gave me shot which in turn gave me a good run coming out of four with the lead. It felt like I picked up an additional 50 horsepower with that bump in the back bumper, but that’s all right I’ll take it. “
The win was also a historical one as it was the first RoC Tour win with a RoC DART Spec head motor that Mike Leaty has now used for the last year and a half. “ I won a weekly race last year here at Spencer with this DART motor “ recalled Mike who started tenth in the feature. “ But this is the first RoC win with this RoC motor and I have nothing but high praises for it. This is a big win for this motor as I honestly didn’t think this motor would run this well at Spencer Speedway. The thing has good horsepower numbers compared to the aluminum heads but it doesn’t have the torque numbers that those motors have and you need torque at Spencer. If I have $20,000 in this engine, I’m lucky as that is a lot of money but I can take a new $400 carburetor out of the box and put it on this motor and go racing. With an aluminum headed motor the carburetor will cost you $3,500 and I don’t see any difference except cost between the two right now. I’m glad that I’m the only RoC Tour regular that has one and I would like to see it stay that way. Andy is really building something here with this motor package and it is good for the long term health of our sport. “
Nineteenth place starting Chuck Hossfeld put on the show all evening long as Chuck was the only driver to consistently race in the outside groove all race long. “ I’m disappointed for my crew and I’m disappointed for me because we had such a good car “ said Chuck. “ It’s a shame to be second, I like to think I ran Mike clean and everyone else who I raced with tonight, I raced them clean too. Maybe in the long run that cost me a spot and maybe cost me a win. “
“ It’s so flat here obviously it’s harder on the car and harder on the tires “ said Chuck when talking about his running of the outside groove all evening long. “ We had a great car and I attest that to Kenny who had a good setup under the car. It was flying, I was really happy with it and I would have loved to won it. But at least the fans can go home and say they saw a great race tonight and that is the most important thing. “
The final restart on lap 69 was the race as Mike got a large advantage over Chuck when the green came out. The difference was indeed the race as it took Chuck several laps to catch up with Mike and by that time the race was over with.
Chuck explained what happened on that final restart. “ I don’t know if Mike was shifting but I hit him and my car popped out of gear. I thought I was going to drop back to tenth as I couldn’t get it back in, that was a costly mistake as it gave Mike some breathing room. “
Erick Rudolph who started 17th ended up third with a car that was good on the long runs. “ We passed a lot of cars tonight as our car was really good on the long runs. The caution with six to go hurt us as after we went back to green it took us four to five laps to get back going all race long. “
Qualifying for the 35 car field saw heat wins go to Pete Brittain. Mike Leaty, Daren Scherer, and Billy Putney while Chris Whitenight won the B Main.

NOTES; All heat race finishes with the exception of heat two saw the official finishing orders changed due to rule infractions by several drivers, which involved an improperly working one way radio. Drivers were told one month ago at Oswego that starting with this race penalties were going to be handed out. George Kent was running the Matt Kurzejewski driven car as Matt was unable to make the show due to a graduation. Chip Santee was driving the Adam Horwith owned car as a team mate to Eric Beers. Chris Zacharias blew the clutch in his car during the first hot lap session. He got the clutch repaired but was unable to get the transmission installed in time for the B Main. Chris didn’t remain idle during the feature as he became the announcer for the Modified feature. Mark Tychoniewicz and Jimmy Zacharias both crashed hard into the homestretch wall during the heat race. Jimmy’s car had severe damage and he drove the car that his brother T. J. was driving in the heat race, Jimmy did qualify for the feature through the B main. Mark meanwhile rebuilt his entire front end with help from the Rick Kluth and Tom Wiest teams to transfer to the feature from the B Main. However during the feature Mark got the front end wiped out again after a multi car homestretch accident. Several drivers including Matt Hirschman, T. J. Potrzebowski, and a strong running Kyle Ebersole all made contact with the homestretch wall during the feature. The next RoC race at Spencer is a 100 lap Championship Series event on Friday August 14th.


FINISH; Mike Leaty, Chuck Hossfeld, Erick Rudolph, Matt Hirschman, Jim Storace, Billy Putney, Jan Leaty, Eric Beers, Earl Paules, Rusty Smith, Jimmy Zacharias, Pete Brittain, Doug Reaume, Daren Scherer, Tim McMullen, Brian DeFebo, Danny Knoll, Jr., T. J. Potrzebowski, Rick Kluth, George Kent, Mark Tychoniewicz, John Markovic, Kyle Ebersole, Wilbur Hebing, Chris Whitenight, David Silvernail.
DNQ’S; Matt Clemens, Jeff Hamman, Tom Wiest, Chip Santee, Terry Zacharias, T. J. Zacharias, Ron Smith, Tommy Cloce, Chris Zacharias.
LAP LEADERS; Ru. Smith ( 1 ), Storace ( 2 – 24 ) Ru. Smith ( 25 – 56 ), M. Leaty ( 57 – 75 ).
HOOSIER RACING TIRE HARD LUCK AWARD; Ebersole ( 5th to 23rd ).

NEXT RoC EVENT; Friday July 10th – Wyoming County International Raceway.

Source: JR's Motorsports Media / RoC Dart Asphalt Modified Tour

June 6 - Mahoning Speedway - 100 Lap

Earl Paules Pockets Big Winnings in Hand

For Earl Paules, he struck major money during Saturday night’s Hand Two Modified 100 Poker Series race at Mahoning Valley Speedway.And we’re talking major.Paules received a nice $3,000 posted by the track for the extra-distance race, but a car sponsor doubled the earnings meaning the Palmerton, Pa., racer collected $6,000. All total it was the biggest payday and driver ever earned at the track.It was his first win of the season at the track. His only other visit to Mahoning Valley Speedway, which came in the first leg of the Poker Series, produced a second place finish.Paules has 10 career Modified wins at Mahoning Valley Speedway. He last 100-lap win came in 2007.“Amazing,” Paules said after his victory. “That race was absolutely amazing.”Amazing is an understatement. The lead was exchanged nine times over a span of 100 circuits. Don Wagner, the pole-sitter led at the start of the race and maintained the top spot through lap 10 when Jon Bennett took over the lead.However, Bennett’s top position was short lived as Wagner regained the lead in turn two on lap 11.The caution flag unfurled on lap 20, which allowed Matt Hirschman to put his car alongside Wagner on the restart.Hirschman had his car stick on the outside and he was scored the race leader on lap 21, but Wagner stayed steadfast and he regained the spot on the 22nd tour.Bennett, the points leader, passed Hirschman for the second position on lap 32 and he worked by Wagner for the lead spot on the frontstretch on lap 39.For all intents and purposes, it appeared as the race was all for Bennett.However, Eric Beers, who won the first Poker Series race, jumped from third to first on a lap 52 restart and led lap 53, but Beers developed mechanical problems and went to the pit area under a caution on the same tour. The culprit was a broken cam. Beers’ misfortune fell back into Bennett’s hands, while Paules became a player in the race when he moved into second and challenged the race leader on lap 68.And the event took another crazy turn on a lap 77 restart as Bennett spun his tires and slid through the turns, which gave Brian DeFebo an opportunity to move from third to first on the backstretch.Paules was left with confusion as he had to leave off the throttle or risk causing a caution by tagging into Bennett.“I saw Jon (Bennett) get loose,” Paules said. “He kept getting loose and I couldn’t make the run as I was afraid he was going to spin out.”DeFebo led until lap 88 when Paules snagged the lead spot and led the remaining 12 laps despite consistent pressure from John Markovic.Bennett’s night was finished despite the fact that he fell back to fifth at one point in the race.In fact, Bennett charged back to finish in the runner-up spot at the line, while Kory Rabenold was third, Markovic was fourth and Chip Santee, who was involved in a few scrapes settled for fifth.Hirschman was sixth, Wagner was seventh, DeFebo was eighth, Tom Flannigan was ninth and Andy Szapacs was 10th.Rabenold posted the fast lap with a tour of 9.839 seconds. Santee and Flanagan won heats, while Rick Kirkendall won the consolation race.

Modified Feature Finish, 100 Laps: 1. Earl Paules; 2. Jon Bennett; 3. Kory Rabenold; 4. John Markovic; 5. Chip Santee; 6. Matt Hirschman; 7. Don Wagner; 8. Brian DeFebo; 9. Tom Flanagan; 10. Andy Szapacs; 11. Ryan Russo; 12. Mike Quinn; 13. James Pritchard Jr.; 14. Jarred Nace; 15. Rick Kirkendall; 16. Lonnie Behler; 17. Paul Skodacek; 18. Don Holland; 19. Eric Beers; 20. Tom Cattrel; 21. Stacey Brown; 22. Lou Strohl.

May 31 - Lancaster Speedway - Reg Show

May 24 - Lancaster Speedway - RoC •
May 23 - Oswego Speedway - RoC Tour


After running in Pennsylvania in their first two races together, Eric Beers and DeLange Racing finally headed "home" to New York last weekend. On Saturday they raced in the Modified portion of the Port City 150 program at famed Oswego Speedway, the Richie Evans Memorial, which was the 2009 season opener for the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour. Beers had to qualify for the Evans 75 through the consolation race, earning the 21st position on the feature starting grid. The DeLange #45 quickly climbed to just outside the top ten before pitting for a right rear tire.
After that Eric drove to the front and battled with the leaders, clashing in the closing laps with veteran Jan Leaty before he ran out of time and finished fourth. "We had to qualify for the feature through the consi and won that," explained Beers after the race, "and that gave us some momentum for the feature. We gained ten positions in the first third of the race but I knew we had used up our right rear tire so we pitted for a new one on lap 28. That really perked up the car and we drove up into the top-five. In the closing laps we battled for third with Jan Leaty and we were faster than he was, but he used his experience to hold us off and we ran out of time to finish fourth. I think we had a better car than our finish showed but we had to race from the back of the field twice so a top-five outcome was a real accomplishment." On Sunday the team headed home to Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster for the opening race of the season at DTRP. Beers drove the DeLange Modified to a second place finish in his heat race and then drew the seventh starting position for the 50-lap feature. Eric battled the competition and also a brake problem with his racecar, but managed to climb into the top-five and edged out multi-time track champion Sege Fidanza for fourth on the final lap. "We fought a problem with the brakes all race and did the best we could,"
recalled Beers later. "I think we would have finished further up if the car was right, but it was still good to beat out a track legend like Sege Fidanza on the final lap. We learned a lot today that will help us when we return here next Saturday." Team owner Dave DeLange was pleased with his team's performance over the weekend. "We had a good car at Oswego. Starting toward the back twice was a big hurdle but we cleared it and climbed to the front. We battled with Jan Leaty for third in the final laps and we were better than him, at least a top-three car, but it's always tough to pass a veteran like Jan in the closing laps. Then on Sunday at DTRP we fought a brake problem and still managed to finish fourth. It could have been better, but it was still a good weekend all things considered. And we learned a lot that will help us at DTRP next weekend."

May 22 - Stafford Speedway - NASCAR TOUR
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. Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) had won the first two races of the season, and earned his third-consecutive Coors Light Pole Award earlier on Friday, but Blewett (No. 12 TS Haulers/Snake Pit Enterprises Chevrolet) started on the front row on the redraw and led flag-to-flag for his fifth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.
Blewett survived six restarts during the race, including a green-white-checker finish, but would not be denied his second career win at the Connecticut half-mile. Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford) ran up front the majority of the race with Blewett, and tried once to go around on the outside late in the race, but Blewett never relinquished the lead. Szegedy settled for a third place finish when Christopher got past him on the white flag lap. Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero rounded out the top five finishers in the 100-lap event. Chris Pasteryak, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece brought home the top 10. The fourth race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule will take pace at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The New England 100 is set for Saturday, June 27 in Loudon , N.H.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-TSI Harley-Davidson Classic
Unofficial Results
Friday At Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn.

Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Jimmy Blewett, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 101 laps, 62.410 mph, $4,900.
2. (4) Ted Christopher, Plainville , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $3,700.
3. (11) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield , Conn. , Ford, 101, $2,050.
4. (12) Mike Stefanik, Coventry , R.I. , Pontiac , 101, $2,000.
5. (18) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, Conn. , Ford, 101, $2,400.
6. (8) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,400.
7. (7) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley , Pa. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,750.
8. (22) Woody Pitkat, Stafford , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,600.
9. (9) Doug Coby, Milford , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,600.
10. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,500.
11. (16) Eric Beers, Northampton , Pa. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,475.
12. (10) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,350.
13. (15) Glen Reen, Wilbraham , Mass. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,525.
14. (25) Jamie Tomaino, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 101, $2,050.
15. (5) Donny Lia, Jericho , N.Y. , Dodge, 101, $1,375.
16. (24) Andy Seuss, Hampstead , N.H. , Chevrolet, 101, $850.
17. (19) Rob Summers, Vernon , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,225.
18. (27) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,200.
19. (30) Tom Abele, Jr., Norwich , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,175.
20. (13) Eric Berndt, Cromwell , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $1,150.
21. (28) Wade Cole, Riverton , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $1,125.
22. (29) Ken Heagy, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 90, $650.
23. (17) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 87, $800.
24. (14) Ron Silk, Norwalk , Conn. , Pontiac , 68, $1,000.
25. (23) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield , Mass. , Chevrolet, 56, $900.
26. (31) Jake Marosz, Middletown , Conn. , Chevrolet, 55, $500.
27. (26) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 41, $900.
28. (2) Richard Savary, Canton , Mass. , Chevrolet, 25, suspension, $900.
29. (6) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 25, suspension, $1,000.
30. (20) Tommy Farrell, III, Neptune , N.J. , Chevrolet, 0, accident, $500.
31. (21) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury , Conn. , Chevrolet, 0, dns, $900.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 48 minutes 33 seconds Margin of Victory: 1.123 seconds Fastest Qualifier: T.Christopher (99.530 mph, 18.085 seconds) Caution Flags: 6 for 27 laps. Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Blewett 1-101.

May 16 - Lancaster Speedway - Reg Show

May 9 - Mountain Speedway - PA ASPHALT SERIES 100 laps


Eric Beers and the DeLange Racing team headed back to Pennsylvania last Saturday night for their second race of the year. Once again it was a track very familiar to the driver and his crew - Sundance Vacations Speedway in Saint Johns. The former Evergreen and Mountain Speedway is under new management in 2009, hence the name change, but for our driver and crew it was the same old comfortable feeling you get when you visit an old friend. Beers and the crew used their track knowledge gained over the years and extensive preparation to be ready when they arrived at the track. After a few adjustments learned from practice the #45 DeLange Racing Modified went out for the heat race and finished third, qualifying them for the 100-lap feature. Starting seventh in the race, Eric put his experience to work as he lurked in the top-five until pitting at the two-thirds mark. After some quick adjustments by the crew he returned to the track in eleventh and climbed to second at the finish, shadowing defending track champion Rusty Smith to the checkered flag. "To come here and get a second place finish against Rusty, who runs here regularly and was the Modified track champion last year, isn't too bad," explained Beers after the race. "I would have really liked to beat him tonight. We chose to pit later than he did and we ran out of time before we could catch him. I still believe our pit strategy was perfect, but the right rear tire ended up growing a lot more than we needed after we went back out on the track and we had a half-inch too much stagger at the end of the race. We were just too loose to give Rusty a battle tonight." Team owner Dave DeLange saw positives after the race. "I'm pleased with our effort tonight. Obviously I don't want to run second but for the way our car was at the end I think we got the best finish we could out of it. In the last ten laps the car looked really, really loose but Eric did a great job holding on and making the best he could out of a tough situation. Second place is nothing to be ashamed of." This week the DeLange Racing team finally returns home with their new driver for Opening Night at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster. This will mark the New York debut for Beers in the #45 Horwith Freightliner Modified and he is anxious to meet the challenge. "I can't wait for the season opener at Dunn Tire Raceway Park next week," proclaims Eric. "We've had a good start to the year with a first and a second. I've run good at DTRP in the past, won races there, and I hope this car works as well as others I've driven there in the past. I don't have any doubts; I've got a great car owner, a great crew, and a great team on my side. I can't wait to see what happens this Saturday night." Please join us at the track this Saturday night and be sure to stop by and say hello after the races. It's going to be a fun 2009 season and we'll celebrate it together.

Pit Strategy Helps Guide Rusty Smith To $3500 Sundance Victory

By Gene Ostrowski
May 9, 2009

Rusty Smith of Oxford, NY pitted for tires halfway through Saturday’s 100-lap modified event at Sundance Vacations Speedway and then made his way to the front to claim the $3500 prize over Eric Beers. Jerry Hildebrand bested the field of late models to score the victory and Mike Moyer, Jr. visited victory lane for the third consecutive time, as did Chris Deritis in the TQ Midgets. The top six modifieds qualifiers redrew for starting positions, which put Billy Weichert on the pole for the 100-lap Modified main event, which was presented by Global Risk Management and D&B Towing. Matt Hirschman started second and quickly took the race lead over Weichert, Jimmy Zacharias, Rusty Smith and Brian DeFebo. A quick lap five yellow flag was thrown when Nick Pecko received a right front flat tire. Green flag racing resumed and within two laps, Smith powered into the second spot. Fan favorite, Eric Beers, cracked the top five and then drove by Weichert to take fourth on lap nine.
Several of the top running drivers pitted for tires under yellow flag conditions early on, including Kyle Ebersole on lap 31 and both DeFebo and Smith stopped in for service on lap 47. Hirschman continued to lead at that point in time over Beers, Weichert, Todd Baer and Larry Fisher.
Smith rejoined the field after pitting and wasted no time driving toward the front. On lap 59 he overtook Baer for fourth and began to pressure Weichert for third.
Beers gave up his second place running position when he hit the pits during a lap 67 yellow flag. The change of events moved Smith into second behind Hirschman. Baer moved into third with Ebersole and Fisher in the top five. Green flag racing resumed and Smith battled with Hirschman for the lead, which he finally gained with 29 laps remaining. DeFebo worked through traffic and overtook Hirschman for second a couple of circuits later and Beers and Ebersole rejoined the mix for the win. The caution flew again, this time with 22 laps remaining and Hirschman headed pit side for rubber. Smith continued to lead after the restart as Beers moved into second. It appeared that Beers might have had something for the race leader during the closing laps, but the Northampton, PA native had to settle with a second place effort. Ebersole finished third, followed by Hirschman and DeFebo. “I think that if Eric (Beers) would have come closer that I had something for him. “It’s ironic, I was just telling the guys on the radio with fifteen to go that I was preparing my victory lane speech and then I looked in the mirror and seen him (Beers) coming and thought that I better concentrate on what I’m doing”, said Smith of Beers’ late race surge into second. “We came in here today with a game plan to pit around lap 50 and put two rights (tires) on and the caution came out on lap 47, that’s when it was time to go”, said Smith when he spoke of his race winning pit strategy. The win is Smith’s 16th of his career at the speedway. Matt Hirschman, Kyle Ebersole and Brian DeFebo were heat race winners.

Modifieds (100-laps) 1. RUSTY SMITH 2. Eric Beers 3. Kyle Ebersole 4. Matt Hirshman 5. Brian Defebo 6. Jim Zacharias 7. Bobby Jones 8. Todd Baer 9. Larry Fisher 10. Billy Weichert 11. Nick Pecko 12. Lewis Hallock 13. David Schneider 14. Adam Horwith 15. Harry Buchman 16. Barry Callavini 17.Allan Creveling 18. Jerry Woody

April 25-26 - Stafford Speedway - NASCAR TOUR - 15

Ted Christopher, the dominant car for the first half of Sunday’s 200-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, survived a cut tire and an accident in the second 100 to earn his second trip in a row to Victory Lane in the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Christopher, of Plainville, Conn., piloted the No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet from mid-pack with 70 laps to go to earn his 33rd career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. The Coors Light Pole Award winner on Saturday, Christopher led 82 of the first 100 laps and appeared early to be the dominant car for the second week in a row. While under caution, Christopher had to come to pit road on Lap 121 with a cut tire and surrendered the lead on to Mike Stefanik. After rejoining the field, seven laps later he was skidding through the grass on the backstretch after getting caught up in an accident and a second-consecutive victory seemed unlikely.All that didn’t deter the defending series champion from returning to Victory Lane, however, as he quickly moved up through the field and finally got by Todd Szegedy on Lap 182. The result was his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Spring Sizzler win and his ninth career tour triumph at the Connecticut half mileSzegedy (No. 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford) finished as the runner-up and led three-different times for 33 laps in the race. Ryan Preece (No. 3 Mizzy Construction/Logan Steel Chevrolet) posted a third-place finish while Stefanik (No. 16 Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeod Pontiac) and Chris Pasteryak (No. 52 Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet) rounded out the top five. The rest of the top 10 finishers on Sunday included Donny Lia, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk, Jimmy Blewett and Ed Flemke Jr.

1 3 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 200 180 $9,200 Running

2 6 2 Todd Szegedy Wisk/Snuggle Ford 200 170 4,500 Running

3 1 3 Ryan Preece Mizzy Const./Logan Steel Chevrolet 200 165 3,500 Running

4 2 16 Mike Stefanik Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeod Pontiac 200 160 3,000 Running

5 7 52 Chris Pasteryak Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet 200 155 2,750 Running

6 8 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Dodge 200 150 2,400 Running

7 16 28 Woody Pitkat Ramar-Hall Chevrolet 200 146 2,200 Running

8 15 79 Ron Silk Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac 200 142 2,100 Running

9 10 12 Jimmy Blewett TS Haulers/Blewett Recycling Chevrolet 200 138 1,900 Running

10 20 10 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard Autos/Kleer Trimboards 200 134 1,700 Running

11 29 58 Eric Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 200 130 2,650 Running

12 24 99 Jamie Tomaino Ideal Racing Chevrolet 200 127 1,575 Running

13 4 54 Eric Berndt North End Auto Parts Chevrolet 200 124 1,150 Running

14 33 50 Kevin Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 200 121 1,079 Running

15 25 09 Bobby Grigas, III Triple-G Scaffold Services Chevrolet 200 118 1,450 Running

16 17 46 Eric Beers Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 200 115 1,540 Running

17 28 8 Glenn Tyler Sypher Const./Financial Fed. Credit Chevrolet 200 112 1,425 Running

18 11 17 Glen Reen Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys Chevrolet 200 109 1,575 Running

19 21 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 200 106 950 Running

20 27 08 Tommy Farrell, III * TheraFizz Energy Chevrolet 200 103 925 Running

21 12 60 Matt Hirschman Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 200 100 900 Running

22 30 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 198 97 1,275 Running

23 9 75 Carl Pasteryak Dawley's Auto Center/Sunoco Pontiac 197 94 850 Running

24 22 21 Richard Savary Pine Hill Service/Spafco Chevrolet 195 91 1,225 Running

25 32 9 Jake Marosz Middlesex Auto Center Chevrolet 193 88 1,200 Running

26 5 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 176 85 1,300 Accident

27 26 05 Joe Hartmann Charlie's Quality Collision Chevrolet 164 82 1,200 Engine

28 13 19 Doug Coby Major Motion Trans./Family Auto Ctr. Chevrolet 160 79 800 Engine

29 18 1 Rob Summers Frasco Fuel/Hook & Ladder Chevrolet 103 76 1,200 Overheating

30 14 59 Erick Rudolph Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet 38 73 1,300 Suspension

31 31 32 Tom Abele, Jr. Crystal Auto Body/RH2 Radios Chevrolet 31 70 1,200 Suspension

32 23 90 Renee Dupuis UIG/SFI Chevrolet 22 67 1,200 Accident

33 19 14 Reggie Ruggiero Atlantic Sprinkler Ford 2 64 1,200 Accident

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 40 minutes 59 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.120 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Christopher (99.