UPCOMING RACES:

2011


Race Results and Stories:

November 27 - Turkey Derby - Modified - 14

After Eric was spun out for what seemed to be the 100th time, he came in and the heim was broke off the panhard bar. Rather than rejoin the field 2 laps down the team decided to pack up and start getting ready for the 2011 season.


JIMMY "SHOWTIME" BLEWETT WINS THE TURKEY DERBY XXXVII
Showtime Says “All Bets Off” to Win at Wall Stadium
by Denise DuPont

Thirty tour type modified race teams came to Wall Stadium ready to compete for a spot in the thirty-seventh Turkey Derby race at Wall Stadium. Once again there was a full weekend of racing scheduled as pits were filled to capacity. With cold temperatures and a constant wind surrounding the track, officials made the call to start all tour type modified cars that qualified. So when the green flag flew marking the start of the traditional Thanksgiving event, thirty drivers charged forward to find that one winning spot.

The Turkey Derby race started as usual. Racers with home track advantages dominated the track and were ready to take home the top spots. It was a long, hard 150 lap race especially with caution laps not being counted. Once again the end of the race dealt another a twist of fate was dealt to the then race leader, Tommy Farrell. With only eleven laps to go, cars ran out of gas and stopped on the track to bring out a last caution. Until then Farrell had proven he had the car to beat as he was able to pit and come back through the field to take the race lead.

When the green flag flew before Farrell knew what was happening, Jimmy Blewett had the lead and Matt Hirschman had second. Farrell had to settle for third. “I do not know if Tomaino pitted for fuel or whatever happened there,” said Jimmy Blewett about the caution. “I think that if we went all the way through with the green, the #08 might have had it. Matt, the #08 (Tommy Farrell) and #99 (Jamie Tomaino) were really strong.”

The race took over two hours and was caution laden. At the end, even the winner was tired. “150 laps and double file the whole time is kind of a long time (Cautions not counting). I was not really so much concerned about the cautions, but my track position was what I was concerned about.” And with those words Blewett showed his Showtime colors. “We got the flat with Matt there. I was a little un-happy with that. If he was going to win that race, he was going to have to pay me. Meaning he was going to have to work hard for it.”

So the battle between Jimmy Blewett and Matt Hirschman raged again in Blewett’s eyes at the Turkey Derby. “Matt and I have had a past. He is not too happy with me but I will take a win any way that I can get it. After I got that flat tire all bets were off. So if he really wanted to win he was going to have to take me out of that race.” And yes, once again this year fans both cheered and booed Blewett on his victory.

Second place finisher Matt Hirschman led the race from lap 20 until Lap 113 when the caution was brought out for Blewett’s flat tire. During that caution Hirschman made his pit stop. Hirschman had waited late in the race to pit which was a different team strategy. “I made the mistake before here of giving up the lead or a top running position, within the top three and regretted it. So this time I said that we are going to stay out. The car was good. I knew that we were going to have to pit but the run was nice and clean up front. I led a lot of laps today. So we decided to stay out a little later and it ended out working out.”

So after a strong SK win Hirschman came in second in the tour mod race. Was he disappointed? “It is always nice to celebrate the win. You could have asked for a better day in racing to have won both of them. I am not down at all because we were on this weekend. We had excellent cars. Not to pat myself on the back but my driving and decision making were right on. I am really proud of the whole team including myself on the whole weekend. We were all right on. I have been fast here many times. I have finished second here many times. And now I have another one.”

Tommy Farrell ran with the leaders all race. He pitted at what seemed was the right time and went forward through the field to pass for the lead on lap 120. But then when he had a six car length lead over the field and was charging for the win, a caution came out. On the restart his car was no match for the fresh tires of prior Wall track champion, Jimmy Blewett. “We pitted a little earlier than the leaders (Jimmy Blewett and Matt Hirschman). We wore the right rear out a little faster so they had a little bit more at the end for us. If the caution did not come out we would have checked out ahead of them. But the caution came out and we ended up third.”

“This was a long tough race. There were a lot of cautions and a lot of wrecking. We were just really trying to save everything and to keep the four wheels on it. And that is hard to do sometime. You will see if you at the back of this thing (#08 car). We ended up in a couple of skirmishes there and got a flat and pitted and changed that and came back out. We pitted later on and got two right tires. We got back through the field and drove to the lead. But then we just got eaten up by two of the better cars at that point.”

We all wondered what was going on in Farrell’s mind as he sat in third watching Blewett and Hirschman going back and forth racing hard for the win. And knowing Blewett and Hirschman have a history on the track. “I was hoping that they were going to clean each other out,” said Farrell. “I think that Matty is a little too clean and knew that he would not do it but I knew if they got in the wrong situation there then I had a chance. If Matty was in the lead, I think that Jimmy was destined to win this. He wanted it real bad so he was going to do whatever it took. That is how your win races and that is what it takes in the last ten laps to do it. So that is why he is in victory lane.”

2009 Turkey Derby winner, Rowan Pennink parked his car on lap 113 after pitting several times. He briefly led the race and for a while looked like a repeated winner. “We had a real good car from the start. We got up to the front and we were kind of just taking it easy to burn some laps down. It was a long race and no cautions counted. So we were just cruising waiting to pit and we ended up blowing a power steering line. We went back out there without the power steering and it was just too hard. There was just too much oil on the windshield to see where I was going so rather than wrecking in the race, we pulled off and that was the night.”

Modified Racing Series front runner Les Hinckley had another roller coaster day of racing. “It was a challenging day out there. We kind of got behind the eight ball with time trials.” Les said about the start of his race day. “We drew so bad all year on the Modified Racing Series in the back. And then we come here and draw the pole for time trials which is the last thing we wanted. Then we went out and did not time well. Coming up through the field there were beating and banging. It was a crazy race. I have a pretty sore neck.”

Watching the race, it appeared every time Hinckley got up in the top five, Lady Luck would jump out and deal him a blow sending him back to the pits and the rear of the field. “We got to the front and we were looking pretty good after we pitted. With the stickers after we pitted cold, I was on the bottom of the race track and spun the tires on the restart and I lost spots. I thought I was going to be racing Kenny Wolley on the restart. I looked up and I was in tenth and Kenny was in second after we restarted with him. So I thought that we were in pretty good shape. Had things gone different we realistically could have won this race. But it just did not go our way. That is why it is called racing and not winning I guess.”

Well race fans, we have placed another Thanksgiving weekend and Open Tour Type Modified Turkey Derby event in the history books. And as Jimmy Blewett put it best when he summarized his 2008 Turkey Derby win over Matt Hirschman: “For Every Super Hero like Matt (Hirschman) there is a Villain like me.” So yes race fans the Showtime lives on!


By Walt Stubbs

For all of you who thought I moved, got put in jail, or as Lenny Sammons commented on Saturday, “ I was ready to ask Earl for you date of birth to look for your obituary,” I will only say that I’m back. After taking a year off due to too many things to recall in this space, this past weekend gave me an opportunity to watch a race live for the first time in over a year. What better place to re acquaint yourself than to go back to the place where it all started for me over 40 years ago when my folks dragged me to the stands between the fourth turn and the flag stand while I watched the Hoffman’s, Hearne’s, Kremer’s, and Siscone’s do battle every Saturday Night.

Some added incentive was the fact that the track had once again closed in early September under the leadership of Jim Morton. With uncertainty of what would happen to the track, two families got together one day and decided to lease the track to continue the tradition of the year ending Turkey Derby, a race started in 1974 by the original owners of the track, the Nicols. The two families weren’t your typical families mind you. Both had been around in one way or another for the past 36 Turkey Derby’s. So when the Blewetts and Lings got together in the early fall and decided to take a crack at promoting the race, it was all systems go. In order to make something this big work in such a short period of time, took a lot of resources, manpower, and devotion. Having both families involved took care of all that. Many who were working at the track this past weekend, from Jessie (O’Rourke) Blewett at the track sign in, to Donny Ling working security, were there to not only lend a hand, but to make the weekend a success.

Of course, promoting a race and getting a full house to the track is only part of what can make a successful weekend. Having good racing is the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, Saturday’s main events, the Wall Modified 100 lapper and the open competition Modified 150 lapper did not give us the icing for the cake. Matt Hirschman dominated the Wall Modified event, leading from start to finish. His dominance, however, wasn’t the problem. The cautions were. It was worse in the main 150 lapper. They say cautions breed cautions. After running a relatively smooth first 30 laps, the remaining 120 laps took as long, or felt as long as it would have taken me to drive from New Jersey to New Hampshire. The brisk temperatures and wind didn’t help either. Going into the race, I had two concerns. The first had to do with the race format for both the 100 and 150 lap features. Much like last year, it was decided to count only green flag laps. While this concept sounds all well and good, it just doesn’t work at Wall. It never has and never will. Wall is too small of a track with too many race cars. Giving drivers opportunities to take chances that they otherwise might not take for fear of having to pit and lose a lap all goes out the window. Instead, you have drivers spinning out, crashing, pitting and coming back out without losing a lap. To me, there should be a penalty for this versus none at all. Starting at the back of the back just doesn’t cut it as it gives another opportunity. Possibly losing a lap while you attempt to pit would seem to be the way to go. It also set up many delays during the caution period, as officials had to stop the field on more than one occasion to get the right line up on the track. While these delays might help the coffee and hot chocolate sales, it doesn’t leave a good taste in the fans mouths, no matter how good the coffee or hot chocolate is. The other concern had to do with people’s perception of Jimmy Blewett and if he would get any favoritism over other drivers based on his family ties to one of the families and driving for the other promoter. To Blewett’s credit, he did not drive the Ling Racing entry in the Wall Modifieds. (Pete Brittain took over the reins) However, Blewett was in the Blewett Racing #76 for the 150 lap feature, a feature he wound up winning but not without controversy. Matt Hirschman was looking for a clean sweep of the weekend. Both were battling towards the end of the race, with Blewett coming out the winner. A few in the pits and grandstands thought that Blewett should have been penalized for some of his actions on the track, much like what happened to Keith Rocco in the Wall feature. However, the victory stood and Blewett was not going to apologize. Nor should he. That is up to the officials and if the fans should boo anybody, it should be them if they felt an injustice. It’s unfortunate, however, that many felt leaving the track that Blewett got some favoritism. Sometimes perception is not reality and sometimes perception is reality. It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.

TURKEY LEFTOVERS: Is it me, or was the Dirt/Asphalt Series so 1990’s? Well, it was back this weekend with the Dirt modifieds putting arguably one of the better shows of the weekend on the high banks. I have to admit, they looked kind of cool sliding around the track three wide. Management definitely hit a home run with the running of the event. If you weren’t at the track by 11:00 you were bused over from the airport as parking was completely full at the track. It was good seeing a lot of familiar faces, including the Lenny and Donna Boyd, the Ferrante’s, Eyres, and all of the rest. Usually, I will take in the action either from the pit area or the tower. This year I decided to take in the action from turn four with all the spotters, along with my usual designated driver Scooter Flores and the entertaining Richie Evans Jr. Needless to say, it was an interesting perspective. As for the future of Wall, it appears there a few interested parties in taking over the lease for next year. It will definitely make for an interesting winter. One note on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. As most of your know, the Tour released its schedule for 2011 and the tour will be making its first trip to Canada. While the idea sounds great, I’m kind of thinking many teams and fans will be caught up for a while in dealing with customs crossing over the border on Labor Day Weekend, don’t you? And finally, This Week’s Quote of The Week comes from AARN editor Lenny Sammons on seeing me in the pits, “I was going to have Earl write your obituary.” All comments and views can reach me at 2 Constitution Court Unit 501 Hoboken, N.J. 07030.


1 76 Jimmy Blewett 150 33:27.233 12.520 110 95.751
2 60 Matt Hirschman 150 33:27.954 0.721 12.472 150 96.119
3 08 Tommy Farrell 150 33:30.595 3.362 12.508 121 95.843
4 54 Shaun Carrig 150 33:30.780 3.547 12.681 104 94.535
5 95M John Markovic 150 33:31.046 3.813 12.717 47 94.267
6 14 Ken Wolley Jr. 150 33:31.275 4.042 12.549 29 95.529
7 06 Les Hinckley 150 33:31.718 4.485 12.647 68 94.789
8 66 Ryan Truex 150 33:33.360 6.127 12.519 10 95.758
9 53 Brian DeFebo 150 33:37.912 10.679 12.634 45 94.887
10 11 Billy Weichert 149 33:32.792 --1 Lap-- 12.573 33 95.347
11 99 Jamie Tomaino 148 33:35.456 --2 Laps-- 12.608 110 95.082
12 659 Danny Bohn 147 33:31.527 --3 Laps-- 12.630 44 94.917
13 03 Patrick Emerling 144 32:04.839 --6 Laps-- 12.620 25 94.992
14 93 Rowan Pennink 105 23:41.527 --45 Laps-- 12.517 9 95.774
15 00 Kevin Flockart 97 21:41.178 --53 Laps-- 12.638 44 94.857
16 98 Eric Rudolph 94 21:16.089 --56 Laps-- 12.653 41 94.744
17 X3 Tony Ferrante 93 20:57.837 --57 Laps-- 12.734 92 94.142
18 27 Andy Walko 86 19:24.082 --64 Laps-- 12.644 28 94.812
19 22 Pete Brittain 56 12:52.034 --94 Laps-- 12.729 45 94.179
20 71 Keith Rocco 55 12:34.186 --95 Laps-- 12.662 28 94.677
21 11 Tim Arre 55 12:34.943 0.757 12.632 29 94.902
22 98 Rich Kuiken Jr. 41 9:27.474 --109 Laps-- 12.682 28 94.528
23 84 John Forlin 34 7:57.733 --116 Laps-- 12.653 25 94.744
24 9 Eric Beers 32 7:12.101 --118 Laps-- 12.650 31 94.767
25 11 Anthony Sesley 31 6:47.124 --119 Laps-- 12.519 29 95.758
26 03 Ken Darch 30 6:47.047 --120 Laps-- 12.736 27 94.127
27 1T Chris Ammon 30 6:51.244 4.197 12.916 27 92.815
28 15A Danny Sammons 18 4:07.835 --132 Laps-- 12.803 15 93.634
29 19 Rob Ormsbee 18 4:14.988 7.153 12.725 17 94.208
30 51 Justin Bonsignore 9 2:08.398 --141 Laps-- 12.912 7 92.84



November 6 - North South Shootout - Modified - 4

MATT HIRSCHMAN WINS THIRD NORTH-SOUTH SHOOTOUT;
CONCORD SPEEDWAY AND RACE TEAMS SURVIVE UNBELIEVABLE DAY
by Denise DuPont

The eighth annual Tour Type Modified 2010 North-South Shootout ended up being a long, tough race for everyone involved. There were eleven cautions and two red flags during the race. And in the end haulers container a lot of damaged race cars, but luckily no one was hurt. The track itself also endured a lot of damage throughout the day. During the SK modified race, Steven Reed road the outside wall on the backstretch and nearly left the track. This incident tore down approximately 40 feet of catch fence. Then water barrels that lined the entry to pit road were rearranged when Jimmy Zacharias hit them head on sending water spewing in the air and on to the track. Then to top off the day’s event, the front stretch gate was bent in half during a crash in the CRA race. Matt Hirschman survived all in the end for his third victory in the prestigious event. This win returned the trophy to the north and ended the two-year southern domination of Burt Myers. “We did everything right all day,” said Hirschman as he summarized his day. “I mean the car was good, pit strategy I think was good, and pit stop was good - first out.” Hirschman started third and ran with the top five cars during most of the 125 lap race. There was a brief hiccup for him though on lap 89. He was running second behind leader James Civali when the two made contact. Then third-place Ryan Preece sent all three spinning. Ted Christopher who was running in fourth inherited the lead. “I was behind Civali and I was not sure if he had pitted yet at that point. I asked my guys and they never gave me an answer. I was not sure how to race him or how aggressive to be. And I was not aggressive enough. And it almost cost me, no it did cost me. I got into him (Civali) with my right front. I got off of him and we straightened out. It seemed like he slowed or stopped in front of me and then I hit him and Preece hammered me from behind and that was what caused the wreck. I am not sure if he did not have it collected yet. I really do not know. It was my fault because I should have been more aggressive. Anybody else would have done it to me. If the hole was there they would have filled it.” And yes, TC took the opportunity to charge forward and fill the leader’s space. “The whole race I was just being smart and at some point there I had to go. I probably should have gone. After that I thought I took it (the #60 car) out of it.” Hirschman contemplated. “Obviously that big wreck was a gift. It put us back in it. We still had to earn it. I never gave up. My guys fixed the car and we came back and won it. It worked out in the end but it could have been a lot smoother ride. But I can work on that.” Hirschman’s crew fixed his car which allowed him to rejoin the field and get back in the lead in less than 20 laps. On lap 113 he took the lead from George Brunnhoelzl, III. Hirschman then went on for the win. Pole sitter, Chuck Hossfeld led the field at the race start and then switched strategies holding back a little bit to let the hard chargers fight one another for the lead. Taking a more conservative approach allowed Hossfeld to escape major damage and rebound back to finish second. “I think that we had a great race. We had some highs and lows. We started out trying just to ride so that we could have a good finish. I should not say ride because we were racing hard. I was not aware of many laps were left and there was a crash in front of me and we bent the car up. These guys fix the car. They are about the best team around. They were the reason that we were able to come back around and finish second. They really saved the day, I am really proud of them.” George Brunnhoelzl,III started nineteenth, dodge all the major mayhem on the track and even inherited the lead after the major caution on lap 89 took out then leader Ted Christopher. But bad luck was waiting in the wings for Brunnhoelzl.. With only two laps to go, his right front went flat. He held on but Hossfeld passed him on the last lap. Brunnhoelzl had to settle for third spot in the end. “It was a good race and we had a really good car. Right there at the end again I got a right front flat. That is two years in a row that I got a right front flat. I had a really great car and I hung on for third. It was too bad that that (flat) happened because I had a chance at the win. Hopefully we will come back next year.” Eric Beers went to the top of the charts during the mods last practice. When it came to race time though, the car was not ready for the endurance race that was to follow. A good pitting plan helped the team get back on track. “We had a couple of issues there in the beginning and we had to pit a couple of times to straighten the car out. We kept adjusting and adjusting trying to get it better. We ended up finding that the left rear had a slow leak. It (the car) kept getting tighter and tighter until we got that fixed. We finally took our tires late. Then we got up there in ninth and the big wreck with Ted cleaned out our new tires.” So even though Beers was not involved in the big wreck, evasive moves to avoid the caution impacted his tires. “So I had to put practice rubber on in the end and we drove it all the way from the back all the way up to third. Then we lost a spot to Chuck (Hossfeld) at the end because I could not hang on to it any more. Hats off to the crew, they did an awesome job. I mean all the calls of when to pit and when not to pit, they did a great job. Spotter, crew and everybody did a great job. The team that I had down here is probably the best that I have had down here in a while. They did a great job and everybody worked hard together.”
Tour regular, Ron Silk started the race thirteenth after his qualifying was not up to par and heat races were cancelled. He managed to run up in the front and survive all the wrecks and round off the top five in the end. “We were really, really loose and we did not wreck and had a fifth place finish so I suppose that it good. We just missed it a little bit. The guys did a good job all weekend. It was fun. Now we will get ready for New Smyrna.” Modified Racing Series driver Les Hinckley had a tough qualifying day on Friday. “The car just did not stick the way he needed it to for qualifying.” On Saturday morning the team managed to get the car within the top fifteen in practice. During the race Hinckley managed stayed out of trouble until he got caught up in the big wreck on lap 89. The #06 team recovered from the accident quickly though and went forward to finish the race with an eighth. “It was a tough race,” said Hinckley as he brushed dirt from his brow. “We did not start the race good. But we were definitely better than we were yesterday. We made a bunch of changes this morning and just kept adjusting on it during the race. It just seemed like there were a lot of cautions that helped us. It was pretty rough up front from what I gather. We ended up getting caught up in one of them around lap 90 or what ever it was. It twisted the spindles up on the car pretty good. But the guys were able to adjust it and get the toe straighten back out to where it was manageable. When then came back and did the best we could.” And doing the best they could they did. Hinckley was able to come back from the back of the pack to finish the race in eighth. Hinckley received the John Blewett, III Hard Charger Award for his race performance. Hinckley was both surprised and ecstatic to receive the prestigious award. “Every race car driver likes to pass race cars. Winning it in John’s honor is important to me. I did not know John really at all. But I knew of him certainly and I know a lot of people that knew him well. He was a good guy. I do know Jimmy. I am proud to win the award it will be a special trophy.” But the race was not as kind to race favorites Burt Myers and Ted Christopher. Myers was eliminated as a major race player after he was involved in a couple of cautions and then had an ignition wire came off. On lap 89, Christopher was leading the race when he made contact with second place runner, Rowan Pennink. The contact sent Christopher spinning into the turn one wall causing a melee that eventually included seven cars. Pennink was sent to the rear of the field for causing the crash.
Earlier in the afternoon, the SK Mod race was won by 2010 National Champion Keith Rocco.


Notes from the Eight Annual John Blewett, III Memorial North-South Shootout

The top Five Drivers thoughts on the caution laden race:

Matt Hirschman
“It (Concord Speedway) is a tough place. It is really, really fast. And there are spots on the track that get narrow. When you get guys with different strategies there is a big difference between fresh tires and old tires. Then you have a pretty big gap here with experience guys and some un-experienced, even styles of racing. The Whelen guys, some of them race differently then others. Sometimes that mix does not blend together. Even in my case I have not run the tour (Whelen) and I have not raced with Civali, Silk and some of those guys. It is a little bit different then how some of us race in the ROC. It is not that it is a bad ting. It is just that you have to race a little bit differently. When you mix all those guys together that might be part of the problem.”

Chuck Hossfeld
“The problem is that that is the way that modified racing is now. The bottom line is that there is only one lap that pays money and everyone races like it is the last lap. And that causes cautions. It is unfortunate because it does not need to happen. They should let the race pan out and know how many laps are left and run when you have to.”

George Brunnhoelzl III
“There were a lot of cautions. It is one of those races that it is good hard racing. So you are going to have some, but some of it was unnecessary obviously. It was good for the fans.”

Eric Beers
“It was tough. We never started the race that early in the daylight. That sun was brutal over there (Coming out of front stretch into turn one). That could have had something to do with it., The track temperature being a little bit warmer than normal. It sounds weird in November to have the track warmer than normal, but normally we are starting the race now (5 PM) when it is kind of damp out. I think that caused all of the cautions.”

Ron Silk
“I thought that we were running the BAHA 1000 out there – the race that would not end. It is a pretty hard track to pass at so when ever anyone gets an opportunity and get they get a wheel under somebody, they have to take advantage of it. If you get out of the groove a little bit with all the marbles and stuff, you are going to get into the fence.”
“Everyone was just racing hard. The more yellows that you have, the more that everyone gets bunched up and the more wrecks that you are going to have. If we could have gotten a couple of good, decent length runs in there we would have been better off. But it was fun.”

Les Hinckley
“It just seemed like the guys were very aggressive at points in the race when it did not seem necessary. I do not know what started it all. I did not see too many of them happen. But from what I understood from what the guys were telling me and from a couple of the officials I spoke to, there was not a whole lot of patience in the front. I do not know who the players were. These types of events sometimes breed that type of activity. It is what it is. It just seemed like a rough race.” The Tour Type Modifieds started their race earlier than they ever had this year. Usually the cars roll out to take the checkers when the sun has just fallen below the horizon. Did the sun impact their vision and was it a factor in the race?

Chuck Hossfeld
“It was nice that they started it (the race) early because it is going to be so cold tonight. The fans would not enjoy themselves so it was a smart move to do it for everybody. “

George Brunnhoelzl III
“Starting the race earlier affected it a little bit. Because you are going from the sunlight into the dark and you have the sun in your eyes. And secondly the track conditions change dramatically.”

Ron Silk
“I was going to put my clear shield on at the beginning of the race and I looked up and the sun was still pretty in the sky. So I had my dark shield on and the sun did not really bother me, but when it went down for the last 10 laps I could not see.”

Les Hinckley
“The visibility into turn one was bad until you got into the apex where it was OK. Turn one was tough, but I was not as bad as it was at Seekonk (MRS October 10th race) a couple of weeks ago.”
“This was one of those races where you could still see the car but you were going so fast. It was to the point that you were off the brakes and thinking about getting back to the throttle. You pretty much had an idea that you were going to be OK but it was tough during one point during the race. I will deal with that a whole lot better than starting the race at this time of the night. Normally we start the race at this time of night. And you do not get out of here until late and it gets cold. So that scenario is a whole lot better. There were some factors that played into it with the car count. There were no consi races. But if they could look into that and maybe get the day pushed up into the day a little bit, that would be a better event.


Finish/Car No./Name/Laps
1. 60 Matt Hirschman 125
2. 59 Chuck Hossfeld 125
3. 28 George Brunnhoelzl 125
4. 76EB Eric Beers 125
5. 6 Ronnie Silk 125
6. 8 Tommy Farrell 125
7. 93 Rowan Pennink 125
8. 6 Les Hinckley 125
9. 4 Jason Myers 125
10. 58 Eric Goodale 124
11. 3 Patrick Emerling 124
12. 54 Shaun Carrig 124
13. 11 Zach Brewer 122
14. 51 Justin Bonsignore 121
15. 76JB Jimmy Blewett 119
16. 34 Josh Nichols 118
17. 3 Daren Scherer 116
18. 0 John Sarppraicone 116
19. 1 Burt Myers 109
20. 79 Jim Civali 89
21. 40P Ryan Preece 89
22. 36 Ted Christopher 89
23. 99 Jamie Tomaino 89
24. 69 Junior Miller 88
25. 98 Erick Rudolph 79
26. 40F Frank Fleming 78
27. 71 Jimmy Zacharias 61
28. 31 Gene Pack 58
29. 8 Earl Paules 6
30. 25 TJ Zacharias 6
31. 19 Corey Lajoie 0



Oct 16-17 - Thompson Speedway - 7

Bobby Santos came home sixth to put the finishing touches on his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship Sunday, while Ted Christopher continued his mastery of Thompson International Speedway. Christopher became the first driver in Whelen Modified Tour history to earn three straight victories in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, the traditional season-ending event. For Santos, the Whelen Modified Tour title came in his first full-time season competing in the division. He gave car owner Bob Garbarino his third championship in four years. Garbarino, an owner in the division since 1961, did not win a championship until driver Donny Lia won it in 2007 and 2009. When Lia left the No. 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge in February to run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it opened the door for the 25-year-old from Franklin, Mass. Santos proceeded to recorded four wins and four Coors Light Pole Awards during his title campaign and Thompson's finale was his 11th top-10 finish during the 14-race season. Santos entered the event with a 37-point lead over Stefanik, and was able to keep the nine-time NASCAR champion in his sights throughout the race. Stefanik finished fourth behind Christopher, Ryan Preece and Doug Coby. Santos finished 27 points ahead of Stefanik in the final standings, and 78 ahead of Christopher. Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top five in points. Silk was also fifth in Sunday’s race and led an event-high 45 laps. The World Series was Christopher's second win in three Tour races at the track this year, his fifth in the last seven events there and his 11th overall at the .625-mile speedway. Eric Beers finished seventh in Sunday's race, followed by Eric Goodale, Rowan Pennink and James Civali. Burt Myers, who wrapped up the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified championship Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, finished 14th.

The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing will air on VERSUS on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Sunoco World Series Unofficial Results
Sunday At Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn.
Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 79.300 mph, $7,000.
2. (28) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $4,450.
3. (18) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $2,900.
4. (4) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 150, $2,700.
5. (6) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $2,378.
6. (1) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 150, $3,400.
7. (11) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $2,100.
8. (17) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $2,200.
9. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $1,750.
10. (9) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 150, $1,650.
11. (29) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $2,525.
12. (2) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,200.
13. (21) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,675.
14. (14) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150, $1,150.
15. (8) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,525.
16. (24) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $1,475.
17. (27) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150, $1,450.
18. (25) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 150, $1,025.
19. (13) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,500.
20. (15) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 150, $1,475.
21. (20) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $950.
22. (19) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,350.
23. (16) Richard Savary, Canton, Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $950.
24. (22) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,350.
25. (31) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 147, $1,350.
26. (10) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 112, engine, $1,350.
27. (30) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 108, suspension, $1,350.
28. (32) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 75, suspension, $950.
29. (26) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 69, brakes, $1,350.
30. (12) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 65, oil leak, $1,350.
31. (7) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 60, accident, $1,350.
32. (23) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 27, suspension, $950.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 10 minutes 56 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.321 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B. Santos (120.263 mph, 18.709 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 45 laps.
Lead Changes: 8 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: E. Berndt 1-34; T. Christopher 35-37; E. Berndt 38; T. Christopher 39-53; E. Berndt 54-62; T. Christopher 63-76; R. Silk 77-121; D. Coby 122-146; T. Christopher 147-150.

Standings: 1. B. Santos, 2180; 2. M. Stefanik, 2153; 3. T. Christopher, 2102; 4. R. Silk, 2096; 5. T. Szegedy, 1957; 6. R. Preece, 1933; 7. E. Goodale, 1784; 8. E. Rudolph, 1753; 9. E. Beers, 1752; 10. C. Hossfeld, 1704.

October 2-3 - Stafford Speedway - NASCAR- 9

Bobby Santos was able to pass Ryan Preece on the final restart with six laps to go and held on to win the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway. Santos, who entered the race with a slim seven-point lead over Mike Stefanik in the points standings, survived the caution-filled final 50 laps to pick up his fourth win of the season and first since a win at Martinsville Speedway in June.Santos’ winning move was made on the eighth and final restart of the day when he got past race leader Preece entering Turn 1 on Lap 144.Ron Silk led a race-high 92 laps finished as the runner-up with Erick Rudolph in third. Rowan Pennink, Stefanik, Preece, Glen Reen, Ted Christopher, Eric Beers and Ken Heagy rounded out the top 10. The final 50 laps of the race featured six cautions with one red flag shown after a multi-car accident on Lap 140 forced the track to make repairs to the guardrail setting up the final sprint to the checkered flag. With one race remaining on the schedule, Santos will carry a 37-point lead on Stefanik in the season standings to Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Oct. 17. Santos won the season-opener at Thompson in April.
Silk is up to third in points – 99 tallies behind Santos – with his eighth top-five finish in the last nine races. Christopher slipped to fourth and is 113 back.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour - CARQUEST Fall Final Unofficial Results
Sunday At Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn.
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (10) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 150 laps, 61.927 mph, $7,600.
2. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $3,300.
3. (9) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $2,900.
4. (6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $3,200.
5. (8) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 150, $2,400.
6. (4) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $2,200.
7. (22) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $1,600.
8. (13) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $2,000.
9. (1) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $1,850.
10. (28) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 150, $2,000.
11. (17) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 150, $1,650.
12. (14) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $1,818.
13. (24) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $1,500.
14. (19) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 149, $1,475.
15. (29) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 148, $1,450.
16. (16) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148, $1,410.
17. (26) Dale Quarterley, Westfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 147, $1,385.
18. (12) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145, $1,460.
19. (27) Tom Rogers, Jr., Patchogue, N.Y., Chevrolet, 144, $935.
20. (15) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 140, accident, $1,310.
21. (5) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 140, accident, $880.
22. (21) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 140, accident, $1,250.
23. (25) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 139, accident, $1,525.
24. (2) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 139, accident, $1,225.
25. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 139, rear end, $1,225.
26. (23) Joe Hartmann, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 139, accident, $825.
27. (11) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 120, accident, $825.
28. (18) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 108, accident, $1,225.
29. (7) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 108, accident, $1,825.
30. (20) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 108, accident, $1,225.
31. (31) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 52, chassis, $1,225.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 12 minutes 40 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.861 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Bonsignore * (98.066 mph, 18.355 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 45 laps.
Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: E. Beers 1-2; R. Silk 3-94; E. Beers 95-103; R. Preece 104-106; E. Rudolph 107-117; R. Preece 118-131; E. Rudolph 132-137; R. Preece 138-143; B. Santos 144-150.

Standings: 1. B. Santos, 2030; 2. M. Stefanik, 1993; 3. R. Silk, 1931; 4. T. Christopher, 1917; 5. T. Szegedy, 1854; 6. R. Preece, 1763; 7. E. Rudolph, 1647; 8. E. Goodale, 1642; 9. E. Beers, 1606; 10. C. Hossfeld, 1580

Oct 2 - Mahoning - Poker- dnq

It was time for drivers to lay their cards on the table and show what they got in Hand 5 of the 7 Card Stud Poker Series at Mahoning Valley Speedway and once again it was Matt Hirschman who was holding an Ace as he was victorious in the $3000-to-win 100-lap contest, his third straight, fourth of the year and fifth in his last seven starts. Although Hirschman would wind up with three Aces in the tournament, it wasn’t enough to be part of the top three poker hands. John Markovic took the lion’s share of the $5000 pot as his full house, Queens over 10’s, was good enough for the $2500 first place take. Brian DeFebo and Earl Paules, also full house holders, took second and third and pocketed $1500 and $1000 respectively. Saturday night’s races marked the season finale for 2010 and John Bennett emerged as the Modified point champion for the third straight year. Hirschman, who drives the Bob Horn owned #50, has been nothing short of dominant throughout the year in the century run races at Mahoning. In his previous wins there were few who could keep pace with him but no so this time around. With a season high field of 30 Modifieds Hirschman would have his work cut out for him and indeed that was just the case. An inversion of the top 12 in time trails, with Anthony Sesely setting fast time at 9.923-seconds, would see Hirschman line up sixth for the start. Brian DeFebo led the first few laps before Rick Kirkendall took control and was being hounded by Bennett. By lap 20 Hirschman entered into the mix. Bennett was in a tight point fight with Don Wagner, coming into the night with a five point edge so he was looking for nothing less than a win in order to secure the crown and by lap 32 he, as well as Hirschman, finally worked past the very impressive running Kirkendall. Bennett and Hirschman then began a torrid dogfight with Mahoning’s Kingpin doing everything possible to fend off the track’s new 100-lapper Kingpin. A strong run was also being turned in by James Pritcard who was back at the track for the first time in three months. He was hanging right with the leaders.Hirschman was able to take advantage of a lap 60 restart to overtake Bennett and Pritchard as well tagged along into second. At most times by this juncture into a 100 lap Mahoning grind Hirschman was making huge gains on the pack. This time it wasn’t happening. Pritcard continued to make numerous attempts as he was pulling alongside the leader’s outside. While those two dueled a hard fought shuffle with others moving into the top five was developing. Bennett and Kirkendall where still going at. All eyes were also on the drive being turned in by Paules. After several pits stops he hit on the right setup and was on a mission, passing cars at random. Over the final 15 laps he was up to third and working feverously to get past Pritchard. It wasn’t until two laps to go that he managed that and he wasn’t done yet. He zeroed in on Hirschman and was making every effort to go for the win. The last lap was a fan pleasing dogfight with Hirschman just narrowly holding on for the verdict. “What a season we had here. It was a year ago this weekend that we won our first race here. It took five or six years and several cars and car owners but it’s rolling now. This car has been awesome here all year,” said Hirschman who drives for Connecticut’s Bob Horn. In a year’s time he won five 100 lap features and over $16,000. “They’re getting tougher and tougher. This is three in a row and each has gotten harder. We weren’t that good in the end. I knew a car was coming on the outside off the last corner, I could hear it, and I had a good feeling it was Earl (Paules). “He had a chance to pit during the race to make his car better. We really could have used a pit stop because we needed a little bit of an adjustment.” Many felt had the race gone one more lap Paules could have very well changed the outcome. “The stagger just closed up on near the end and we may have tightened up too much but we did alright,” said Paules. “He (Hirschman) was a little off tonight and I saw him get a little bit tight. But he’s a good guy and we raced together all year long and I’m happy that he won.” Pritcard took a very respectable third with Tyler Haydt and Markovic completed the top five. Bennett’s sixth place was good enough to earn him the track championship.


1.Matt Hirschman 2.Earl Paules 3.James Pritchard 4.Tyler Haydt 5.John Markovic 6.John Bennett 7.Rick Kirkendall 8.Joe Mooney 9.Chris Hamilton 10.Rich Kuiken Jr. 11.Lou Strohl 12.Don Wagner 13.Shaun Carrig 14.Ed Brunnhoelzl 15.Terry Markovic 16.CJ Jones 17.Matt Higgins 18.Brian DeFebo 19.Jarred Nace 20.Lonnie Behler 21.Troy Bollinger 22.Rick Reichenbach 23.Chip Santee 24.Rob Schultz 25.Anthony Sesely

Did not qualify: Ed Heim, Andy Szapacs, Keith Mullineaux, Billy Weichert, Eric Beers



Sept 25 - The RoC - Oswego Speedway - 6

HIRSCHMAN WINS FOURTH SUNOCO ROC MODIFIED 200.

BY STEVEN PETTY...

OSWEGO, NY…The wait for Sunday proved to be what Tony Hirschman needed as the Northampton, PA pilot raised the Al Gerber trophy above his head for the fourth time in his career as he won the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 at the Steel Palace. It was a winning day for the entire Hirschman family as Matt, who finished third was crowned Champion for the third consecutive season. The Sunoco Race of Champions 200 took the green on Saturday night with Friday night’s All Star 30 Winner “Pistol” Pete Brittian and defending RoC 200 winner Billy Putney on the front row for the start of the 60th running of the RoC 200 and it was Brittian getting the early advantage with his front row starting spot. Third place starter Erick Rudolph and fifth place starter Chuck Hossfeld used the inside to their advantage as it was the inside freight train getting ahead of the outside early on in the race. The first yellow of the night flew on lap two as Zack Shove spun his machine around on the back straightaway. The lap six restart saw Brittian continue to lead but the yellow flag would reappear when Tommy Cloce, Wilbur Hebing, Mike Speeney and JR Swansborough came together right in front of the fans on the front stretch. A lengthy cleanup happened and racing resumed on lap 13 with Brittian leading the Ransomville connection of Erick Rudolph and Chuck Hossfeld, Billy Putney and three time RoC 200 winner Tony Hirschman rounds out the top five. Another yellow occurred on lap 18 for an incident involving Zack Shove and Mike Speeney. The lap 23 restart saw Pete Brittian continue to show the way but only for two more circuits around the Steel Palace as “the Wonder Kid” Erick Rudolph took command of the field driving the Original Pizza Logs, Brigham Concrete Primetime Motorsports entry. Brittian continued to fall through the field after that as it was Rudolph, Hossfeld, Eric Beers, Tony Hirschman and Brittian rounding out the top five with an 1/8th of the race completed. What was the longest green flag run of the race came to a conclusion on lap 40 when Brittain lost control of his Ling Trucking ride in turn two. Matt Hirschman was sent tail for his part in the incident with Brittian. The fifth yellow of the night happened on lap 47 as Mike Stefanik looped it in turn one with Terry Cheetham, Zack Shove and Bobby Santos all spinning trying to avoid the multi-time NASCAR National Champion. After a false start on lap 52, the front running cars of race leader Erick Rudolph and the “Hot Shoe” Chuck Hossfeld went to the attention of their crew as did the “Piranha” TJ Potrzebowski and “Speedy” Mike Leaty. With Rudolph and Hossfeld went pit side, which handed the lead over to Eric Beers. Beers got his 76 machine up front at the head of the class and led on lap 60. Lap 60 was a special lap as drivers running in positions 2-11 each received a $600 bonus from TJ/Waite Toyota in honor of the 60th Sunoco Race of Champions. The top eleven that crossed the line was Beers, Hirschman, Stefanik, Putney, Ricky Kluth, Daren Scherer, Ryan Preece, Rusty Smith, Patrick Emerling, Tony Hanbury and Zane Zeiner. Mother Nature made a brief appearance as a lake effect rain shower came in off the lake and race officials had the drivers come down pit road. With the wet weather falling, officials called off the remainder of the show and they would continue the race Sunday morning. Under sunny skies and cool temperatures, the Race of Champions DART Asphalt Modified Tour would return to the 5/8ths oval for the completion of the 60th RoC 200. The last 137 laps was led to the green flag by three time winner Tony Hirschman and Rick Kluth with Hirschman getting to turn one first off of the single file restart. The elder Hirschman was able to pull away ever so slightly from the Kluth machine and was able to pick up the $1000 bonus for leading lap 68 in memory of former Race of Champions promoter Alex Friesen. Kluth was second followed by Daren Scherer, Ryan Preece and Rusty Smith completing the top five. A lap 71 spin by Jim Storace brought out the yellow and Billy Putney and Eric Beers were two of the cars that went down pit road. Tony Hirschman continued to show the way off of the lap 75 restart and there were no changes to the top five. Lap 84 saw Ryan Preece get around Kluth to take over the runner up spot and he began his charge to reel in the race leader Hirschman. Just five laps later, Preece used the lap car of Andy Walko as a pick and drove right underneath Tony Hirschman and took over the lead. Cars that went down pit road included Erick Rudolph, Daren Scherer, Ricky Kluth, Terry Cheetham, Daryl Lewis Jr., Tony Hanbury, Andy Walko and Jim Storace. The lap 95 restart saw Preece leading the way with Hirschman, Smith, Patrick Emerling and Jan Leaty running in the top five. The top two pulled away from the field and as they came across the line for the 100th time, Ryan Preece would show the way with Tony Hirschman Emerling, Smith, Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Jan Leaty, Earl Paules, Bobby Santos and Erick Rudolph rounding out the top 10.
A yellow on lap 101 for a collision between defending RoC 200 winner Billy Putney and Pete Brittian in turn four. Also involved was TJ Potrzebowski. Restart on lap 105 with Preece continuing to show the way around the Steel Palace with Tony Hirschman right on his rear nerve bar. 18 year old Patrick Emerling was running in third and on lap 108, Tony Hirschman retook the lead back from Preece while Chuck Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman battling for fourth. The yellow flag would fly once more over the Oswego Speedway for Earl Paules on lap 112. That caution would see Ryan Preece make his mandatory pit stop and he changed tires and was down and away and back on to the historic track located on the shores of Lake Ontario. The lap 116 restart saw the Hirschman family running first and fourth while Western New York modified stars Patrick Emerling and Chuck Hossfeld was running second and third. Another yellow for a stopped Tony Hanbury on lap 121 saw Billy Putney, Mike Speeney, Pete Brittian, Earl Paules, Tony Hanbury and Ryan Preece all come down pit road and saw repairs and changes made on their machines. On the restart, Tony Hirschman continued to show the field the fast way to get around the Steel Palace as Emerling, Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman running second, third and fourth respectively and lap 129 was when Erick Rudolph able to get around Jan “the Man” Leaty as “the Wonder Kid” got back into the top five. Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman were able to get around Emerling to take over the second and third spots as Emerling dropped back to fourth. The caution would be displayed one more time as Jan Leaty spun in turn four. Daryl Lewis into the foam, Brittian, Storace, Reaume, and Santos were all involved on lap 132. Race leader Tony Hirschman led the competitors down pit road. Also making the hard left turn on the inner loop included Emerling, Jan Leaty, and Eric Beers. The lap 141 restart saw Chuck Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman leading the way to the green flag with “the Hot Shoe” leading Matt Hirschman and Erick Rudolph. Daren Scherer and Ricky Kluth worked their way back up through the field as they were running in positions four and five. Matt Hirschman looked on the bottom of Hossfeld but was unable to get around the Jerry Gradl Motors sponsored ride out of Ransomville, NY. The two leaders were able to pull away from the rest of the field as back in the pack, Tony Hirschman was able to work his way back through the field as he was in position number five lap 157 from Ricky Kluth. Four laps later, the elder Hirschman was up to fourth and the yellow would fly one more time for a slowing TJ Potrzebowski. The latest yellow brought the field back to life for a 35 lap shootout to decide who was going to get the Silver Bowl for winning the Race of Champions. The restart saw Matt Hirschman give race leader Hossfeld “a taste of the chrome horn” while dad Tony went right under his son for second on lap 168. Tony was a man on a mission as he proved to be the fastest car on the track but was unable to get around Hossfeld. Rudolph tried to get around Matt Hirschman for third but lost the fourth spot as well to Daren Scherer. On lap 175, Tony Hirschman was able to finally get around “the Hot Shoe” to regain the lead just before Patrick Emerling and Pete Brittian came together out of turn two, putting an end to both of their days. The lap 181 restart saw Tony able to pull away from Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman while the younger Hirschman had some company behind him with Daren Scherer, Rudolph, Eric Beers and Ricky Kluth all right there putting pressure on Matt Hirschman. Back up front, Tony Hirschman pulled away from Hossfeld and had a sizeable lead for the last few laps. However, Jim Storace lost control of his 47 machine in between turns three and four setting up a green, white checkered finish to decide the winner of the 60th running of the Race of Champions 200. Tony Hirschman led the final two laps and he picked up the Al Gerber trophy for the fourth time in his historic career. Hossfeld, Matt, Scherer, Rudolph rounding out the top five.

OFFICIAL FINISH: SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS 200: TONY HIRSCHMAN, Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Daren Scherer, Erick Rudolph, Eric Beers, Ricky Kluth, Terry Cheetham, Billy Putney, Ryan Preece, Jan Leaty, Doug Reaume, Jim Storace, Bobby Santos, Rusty Smith, Tony Hanbury, TJ Potrzebowski, Pete Brittian, Patrick Emerling, Mike Speeney, Daryl Lewis Jr., Andy Walko, Earl Paules, Mike Stefanik, Zane Zeiner, Karl Hehr, Bryan Chew, Zack Shove, Tommy Farrell, Mike Leaty, Dave Wollaber, Kyle Ebersole, Wilbur Hebing, JR Swansborough, Tommy Cloce



Sept 18 - New Hampshire Speedway- 18
Ryan Newman completed a sweep of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday with a dominating win in the F.W. Webb 100. It was the third Modified win of the season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, who also picked up the victory at Bristol.
Driving the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards Chevrolet for NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion, Newman led a race-high 45 laps but had his two-second lead erased by a late wreck between Bobby Santos and Ryan Preece. That set up a green-white-checkered finish which saw Newman briefly lose the lead to Doug Coby before he made the final pass for the lead on Lap 102. Jimmy Blewett provided one last challenge before settling for second, followed by Mike Stefanik, Coby and Ron Silk.Stefanik's finish, combined with the misfortune of several of the championship points contenders, bunched up the points lead with two races remaining. Stefanik moved to with two points of leader Bobby Santos. Santos, who was sidelined by the incident with Preece as they battled for a top-five spot, finished 19th.Ted Christopher was involved in an early wreck and finished 30th to drop to third in points. He is 65 out of the lead. Silk moved up a spot to fourth, within 89 points of Santos. The race featured 16 lead changes among six drivers.

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

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 102 laps, 80.853 mph, $15,765.
2. (12) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 102, $11,265.
3. (6) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 102, $8,765.
4. (35) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 102, $7,015.
5. (10) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 102, $4,765.
6. (34) Dale Quarterley, Westfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 102, $4,015.
7. (7) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102, $3,915.
8. (8) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102, $3,865.
9. (29) Joe Hartmann, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102, $3,065.
10. (26) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102, $4,215.
11. (16) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102, $3,115.
12. (28) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 102, $2,615.
13. (22) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102, $2,915.
14. (30) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 102, $2,890.
15. (31) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102, $2,765.
16. (32) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 101, $2,740.
17. (13) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 97, $2,715.
18. (33) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 97, $2,790.
19. (4) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 96, accident, $3,365.
20. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 96, accident, $2,608.
21. (18) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 96, accident, $2,090.
22. (24) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 96, accident, $2,465.
23. (19) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 96, $2,392.
24. (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 94, $2,390.
25. (9) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 83, engine, $2,365.
26. (5) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 74, $2,265.
27. (20) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 56, $2,365.
28. (21) Richard Savary, Canton, Mass., Chevrolet, 38, accident, $1,865.
29. (15) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 38, accident, $2,265.
30. (14) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 37, accident, $2,365.
31. (27) Mike Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Dodge, 37, accident, $1,865.
32. (25) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 37, accident, $2,265.
33. (11) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 32, accident, $1,865.
34. (17) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 32, accident, $1,865.
35. (23) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 6, accident, $2,265.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 20 minutes 5 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.086 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Newman (129.300 mph, 29.457 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 28 laps.
Lead Changes: 16 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Szegedy 1; R. Preece 2; T. Szegedy 3-9; R. Preece 10-11; T. Szegedy 12-13; R. Preece 14-15; T. Szegedy 16-19; R. Preece 20-24; T. Szegedy 25-26; R. Preece 27-42; E. Rudolph 43-46; R. Silk 47-48; E. Rudolph 49-55; R. Silk 56; R. Newman 57-99; D. Coby 100; R. Newman 101-102.


In overtime, a green, white, checker finish, Ryan Newman of South Bend, IN held off the field crossing the line for the checkers in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, making it a sweep for the Kevin Manion owned, Aggressive Hydraulics, Menard’s sponsored modified. Three NWMT starts and three wins for Newman who dominated the second half of the race leading a total of 45 laps including and especially the last one. Following across for second was Jimmy Blewett in the Ling Trucking/Atlantic Sprinkler sponsored machine with Mike Stefanik third, Doug Coby and Ron Silk the top five. A comfortable two second lead with ten to go, Newman saw that evaporate when the caution flew with 10 to go. Starting on the outside, Newman pulled away on the restart only to be reigned in for a melee in turn three involving Bobby Santos, Ryan Preece and Glen Reen bringing out the red flag now less than five to go, setting up the green, white, checker shootout. When the green waved, Doug Coby of Milford, CT in the T.S. Haulers modified who started dead last after engine issues on qualifying day, gave Newman a run for the money on the final restart sailing past the Cup driver. Newman answered and came back making the final move of the day, sealing the deal. “I was way looser than I had been,” said Newman, “on the last run I had punctured a right rear tire and it was leaking down, by the time I got back to the checkered flag it was almost flat. Another lap and we would have really had our hands full.” “On that start, our car was pretty loose and we were trying to hold our position,” said Newman about the start of his day. While Newman brought the field to green, it was Todd Szegedy and Ryan Preece who stole the show as the duo swapped the lead lap after lap as Newman slipped to third, then fifth. Szegedy had trouble after the pit stop, his day finding the Wisk/Snuggle Ford deep in the finish at 24th while Preece was involved in the last incident finished 20th. “We had a great race car today, I’ve got to thank Aggressive Hydraulics, Menards, ECR Engines, Bono and all the guys, they did an excellent job. This is the first time we’ve been pretty close coming off of the trailer to what we needed to be coming into the race. We finally have some notes under our belt and I think that made a difference.” “These are Cup guys,” said Newman about his 7 team, “don’t get me wrong, but they’re a bunch of modified racers that came from up here. I’m just proud to be part of the team and it was a great race car the entire weekend.” “Every time out we get better and better, today was just perfect,” said car owner Kevin Manion. “We had a fresh ECR engine and we’ve had a few races with Ryan now and we’re getting more comfortable.” Manion, like Newman, credits several on his team including well known modified names from the north, Gary Putnam, Russell Simpson as well as Sammy Gonzales and members of the 1 Cup team for the effort they put into making the 7 successful. “Three for three, that’s amazing.” Aggressive Hydraulics owner Paul Johnson was also on hand to see the show. Running a part time schedule, Blewett of Howell, NJ started the day 12th, lingering in and out of the top ten, the number 14 with Morgantini power under the hood, used pit strategy to gain valuable position, coming in with the leaders just before the half-way mark. “My car was snug just like Mike’s in the beginning of the race. The track seems to be loose when we start off because of the different rubber so we figured the car would come around which it did. All’s we wanted to do was gain a couple of positions on our pit stop which we did, we took two tires, no adjustments, came back out and played tic, tac, toe up to the front. We owe this to all the hard work and dedication these guys put into this whole effort. “I really tried early on to lead a lap because I wanted the five extra points,“ said Stefanik. “It was really hard to clear two cars, the 2 car could pass the 3 car then the 3 car passed the 2 car, but it was very hard to go by two cars at once, clear both of them in the same corner so we never did get to lead a lap. The car was a little free, we made a few adjustments on the stop and it went to the other side, not way over, but over enough that I wished we had left it alone.” On the final restart, Stefanik in fifth, gained two spots, those positions enough to bring the Diversified Metals/R.B Enterprises sponsored modified to within two points of the overall lead. While it was announced in the media center that Stefanik was the new points leader, after the dust settled, the Coventry, RI driver is ever so close. “I was looking around me to see how this whole thing was going to shake out,“ said Stefanik about the overtime shootout. “With two laps to go you just don’t know whose going to get a good restart so I just threw all the cards on the table and played whatever came my way. Jimmy had a strong car and got underneath the 12 car which allowed me to gain some position on the bottom. I just went into the last restart with an open mind and we got some breaks. On the previous restart, we didn’t catch any breaks and we backed up from third to fifth.” “The 4 car and the 36 car have been really stellar all year,,” continued Stefanik. “Both cars have visited victory lane (more than once), we’re still looking for that first win. We really picked our program up, our team has been extremely dedicated, we’re making small adjustments, the car has been really good. We had a great race at Bristol and now here at Loudon, we’re showing that we’re back in the game. We still want that win, we’re still going for it.”

Sept 16-17 - New Hampshire Speedway

Its been a tough day for Eric Beers. The Modified veteran blew his engine after only 19 laps of practice today. While Beers' car is loaded on the hauler and finished for the weekend, Eric is not going home. He'll get to race on Saturday, wheeling the backup car for the Boehler #3 team (Ryan Preece). "Its a car I'm familiar with," said Beers. "Its the same car I drove when I raced with their team a few years ago." Beers will not attempt to qualify today and will start in the rear. He'll practice the car in the Saturday morning session. "I've got a long way to go," laughed Beers. "I'm gonna come from the back!"


Sept 11 - Mahoning - Poker Series - 14

Tough night for the DeLnage Racing Team as Eric Spun on Lap 3 and was hit square in the right rear tire which pretty much put the team behind the eight ball all night. If however the tow was not knocked out as bad as it was Eric would not have gone a lap done and might have had a chance for a top 7 finish. To even finish 14th is a testament to the crew at Mahoning on this night that simultaneously were working on all four corners of the car during the multiple pit stops made during the 100 laps.

(LEHIGHTON, PA 9-11-10) It seemed for a while that Northampton’s Matt Hirschman could never come up with a win at Mahoning Valley Speedway, a track that is just a 30-minite drive from his home. Despite being always fast, victory continually eluded him for a variety of reasons. But after picking up his career first Mahoning win at the end of 2009 it now seems that he can’t lose as for the fourth time in his last six starts Hirschman drove to a 100-lap, $3000 win. In Saturday night’s Hand 4 of the 7 Card Stud Poker Series, Hirschman, once again behind the wheel of the Bob Horn owned #50, was unstoppable in much the same manner as he was in last month’s Poker Series race. Starting ninth, he powered his way to the front on lap 36 and in a repeat performance of his August 14 win he was virtually unchallenged after gaining the lead. “This car has been hooked up and we really have it figured out here. I have to thank Bob Horn for bringing it. We haven’t really discussed it much but we had a plan and that was to come back just the way we were last time and just basically beat ourselves rather than someone else beat us because we had something that worked and we stuck with it,” said Hirschman. All of his Mahoning wins have come in 100 lap races. The field was set by time trials with point leader Don Wagner (9.773) and John Bennett (9.774) laying down the top two times. An inversion of the top 12 put Joe Mooney and CJ Jones on the front row. At the outset both showed the way over a quality pack of cars with Mooney setting the pace. Both he and Jones looked good too as they remained in control over the first quarter of the race. All the while Hirschman was storming through the field and by lap 23 he had motored into second. From there he made Mooney aware of his presence as he trailed him closely until lap 36 when he made his move into the lead. For the rest of the race it became evident that no one was able to hang with Hirschman especially under extended green flag runs when he pulled far enough ahead of any on comers. “We got one more shot to do it again in October and I think the way things are going we can win again,” added Hirschman. Tyler Haydt turned in a solid effort with his second place finish but admitted there was no catching the leader.“He (Hirschman) was on top of it tonight and he’s the guy to beat right now in these 100-lappers. He was head and shoulders above the rest of us,” said Haydt has been a runner-up in his last two starts.John Markovic, Lonnie Behler and Bennett completed the top five. For Markovic it was his third time taking that spot in a Poker Series race giving him three queens heading into the final 100 lapper on October 2. However, Brian DeFebo and Earl Paules have the top hands with a full house after their respective finishes of eighth and ninth. With Bennett’s fifth place coupled with Wagner’s 11th, there is just one point between the pair with two races remaining.

Modified Feature Finish, 100 Laps: 1.Matt Hirschman 2.Tyler Haydt 3.John Markovic 4.Lonnie Behler 5.John Bennett 6.Bobby Jones 7.Pete Brittain 8.Brian DeFebo 9.Earl Paules 10.Rob Shultz 11.Don Wagner 12.CJ Jones 13.Chip Santee 14.Eric Beers 15.Matt Higgins 16.Terry Markovic 17.Joe Mooney 18.Lou Strohl 19.Chris Hamilton 20.Anthony Sesely 21.Jarrd Nace 22.Roger Coss 23.Rick Reichenbach



Sept 4 - Mahoning Speedway - Poker Series - 35 laps

When Eric Beers of Northampton is not running on the NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour he makes it a point to race at his home track Mahoning Valley Speedway where he is expected to be contending for a win and for the most part that is usually the case. This year, despite leading more laps than anyone, victory had eluded him although he has been close. Three of his starts have been runner-ups.
That’s all behind him now as he finally took a win and not in one of the famous Mahoning 100-lappers either but a regular 35-lap feature. That chance, which he does exceeding well in, will come this Saturday, September 11 when he looks to better his cards in Hand 4 of the 7 Card Stud Poker Series 100. Beers started ninth and grabbed the lead from a strong running Joe Mooney on lap 11 and then held off the late race efforts of Tyler Haydt in securing his first feature verdict of 2010. “I almost forgot where Victory Lane was,” stated Beers. “We had a pretty good race car. The crew guys did a great job preparing it and I got to drive it and got it to the front pretty quick before the tires wore out.” Never one to waste time, Beers was making his way through in a hurry, getting to third by lap eight, second the next time by and finally first place two laps after that. For the outset it was Terry Markovic and Jarred Nace on the front row with Markovic holding the opening lap lead. On lap two Nace disposed of him and two laps after that Mooney had command. Once taking the lead Beers was able to pull away from the pack. Second place was being contested amongst Mooney and Haydt. It took until lap 21 before Haydt was able to lock into the position. He then got a much needed caution on lap 28 which enabled him to step up and challenge Beers. There were a few valiant efforts in doing so but in the end there was no denying Beers. “He’s (Haydt) good to race with. A good clean racer just like most everyone is here,” said Beers who has now tied George Wambold for second on the all-time Modified winner list. “These guys here have really stepped up their game. You have guys running here every week and they are fast so you can’t mess around. You got to go to the front here as quick as you can. I just love coming here.” Lonnie Behler, Don Wagner and Mooney rounded out the top five. Beers’ win also guaranteed him a starting spot for the Race of Champions All Star feature on September 24

1.Eric Beers 2.Tyler Haydt 3.Lonnie Behler 4.Don Wagner 5.Joe Mooney 6.Chip Santee 7.John Bennett 8.Lou Strohl 9.Pete Brittain 10.Brian Romig 11.Jarrd Nace 12.Matt Higgins 13.Stacey Brown 14.Johnny Udes 15.Rick Reichenbach 16.Chris Hamilton 17.Harry Schaefer 18.Rob Schultz 19.Rick Kirkendall 20.Troy Bollinger 21.Terry Markovic



Aug 28 - Mahoning Speedway - make up Poker Race 4th - Regular Show: 2nd

One week was worth the wait for Wharton, New Jersey’s Don Wagner as he not only won the special Poker Series race but assumed the division point lead as well.
With 13 laps competed in the August 21, 35-lap 7 Card Stud Poker Series race at Mahoning Valley Speedway, John Bennett and Wagner where running one-two. Unfortunately rain put a halt to the action at the point and the event was resumed this past Saturday night. When the race got back underway Bennett was again ahead of Wagner but never by much as the pair, who came into the night tied for first in points, ran virtually side-by-side. Six laps after the restart Wagner, running the outside, went by Bennett for the lead and ultimately the win. “I love racing side-by-side with Johnny (Bennett). We’ve done it like that for a long time and he always runs you clean. We got it tonight and it felt good because we had been fighting some motor issues the past few weeks,” said Wagner, now a two-time winner. In moving to the point lead Wagner is the first driver in the past two-and-one-half seasons to unseat Bennett from the top of the standings during the regular season. “He is the king and unless you beat the best what do you have the gauge it against,” added Wagner.Chip Santee, Eric Beers and Lou Strohl completed the top five. “Donny is a good competitor. Our car was a little down tonight and we weren’t able to keep it down were we wanted to be. He was able to get around the outside and it’s good to see him win,” said Bennett.

In the regular Modified feature it was an all out barnburner as Santee picked up his second win of the season by the narrowest of margins over Beers, Wagner and Bennett. Off the track, Santee and Beers are the best of friends. Once strapped inside their race cars they become fierce competitors and that was evident over the final laps as Beers came within inches of winning. Santee took the top place from Troy Bollinger on a lap eight restart and by lap 12 it became a four car confrontation with Bennett, Wagner and Beers all over the backside of the leader. The foursome where amazing in the way they raced under a blanket. As Santee led Wagner and Bennett traded off second with Beers watching intently from fourth. With ten laps to go Wagner somehow got second to himself while Beers checked into third over Bennett. Still as close as could be, Beers passed Wagner four laps from the finish and then tried to keep that rhythm going on Santee. On the final lap Beers made an all out effort but fell short by a scant .086-second. “I mentioned earlier that the car was way off. My guys went to work on it and the guy (Beers) that finished second had been giving me a couple good pointers the last few weeks. He’s a great friend and competitor,” said Santee. “I seen Donny there and Johnny there and didn’t know Eric was part of it too. Usually when I get in the lead I take it easy but tonight there was no choice but to run as hard as I could to hold off those guys. “There’s one thing I have to say, Eric how does it feel to be looking at my back panel for once coming across the line.” This was third runner-up for Beers who uncharacteristically has yet to reach Victory Lane this season despite leading the most laps of anyone this season“He (Santee) had been running a good line. We were all running in a tight bunch out there, the top four of us. I had to use a lapped car to get past Bennett and we snuck under Donny. I pulled up on Chip and tried as best I can to get him. On the last lap coming to the checkered I pointed it towards the flagman and held it flat out hoping I could get him. He did a great job and we’ll come back and get him next time,” said Beers.


Holdover Modified Feature Finish From 8/21, 35 Laps: 1. Don Wagner 2.John Bennett 3.Chip Santee 4.Eric Beers 5.Lou Strohl 6.Joe Mooney 7.Troy Bollinger 8.Matt Higgins 9.Earl Paules 10.Brian DeFebo 11.Ed Heim, Jr. 12.Terry Markovic 13.Rick Reichenbach 14.Tommy Flanagan 15.Andy Szapacs 16.Jarred Nace 17.Keith Mullineaux 18.Rob Shultz 19.Kevin Graver, Jr. 20.Lonnie Behler DNQ: Matt Clemens

Modified Feature Finish, 35 Laps: 1.Santee 2.Beers 3.Wagner 4.Bennett 5.Behler 6.Lou Strohl 7.Brian Romig 8.Flanagan 9.Higgins 10.Reichenbach 11.Stacey Brown 12.DeFebo 13.Mooney 14.Nace 15.Mullineux 16.Heim 17.Szapacs 18.Bollinger 19.Terry Markovic 20.Clemens


Aug 21- Mahoning Speedway -- Need to run 22 more laps

Modified running order after 13 laps: 1.John Bennett 2.Don Wagner 3.Troy Bollinger 4.Chip Santee 5.Joe Mooney 6.Bobby Jones 7.Eric Beers 8.Lou Strohl 9.Lou Strohl 10.Earl Paules 11.John Markovic 12.Rob Shultz 13.Jarred Nace 14.Kevin Graver, Jr. 15.Matt Higgins 16.Terry Markovic 17.Tom Flanagan 18.Keith Mullineaux 19.Ed Heim, Jr. 20.Andy Szapacs 21.Lonnie Behler DNS: Matt Clemens



Aug 18 - Bristol Speedway - NASCAR - 14

NEWMAN WINS UNOH PERFECT STORM 150 AT BRISTOL
Second NASCAR Modified Win In As Many Starts In 2010

Ryan Newman continued his winning ways in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with a victory in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver held off a late charge from seven-time tour champion Mike Stefanik over the closing laps to secure his second win of the season. Newman also won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway driving the Modified owned by Kevin Manion, crew chief for Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray.
James Civali was the top NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in the annual combination race in third place overall. The event is the annual combination race between the two Modified tours and drivers received points for their finish in respective to other drivers in the same Tour.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Bobby Santos and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top five
Newman powered by Civali and Ted Christopher in one swoop in traffic on Lap 128, and chased down Stefanik three laps later. Stefanik pulled alongside Newman twice in the final five laps but was unable to complete the pass. Rookie Justin Bonsignore, who won his first career Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, finished sixth, followed by Dale Quarterley, Eric Goodale, Ryan Preece and Erick Rudolph. The race was slowed just three times by yellow flags, including the competition caution at the halfway point. Christopher led 80 of the first 125 laps before encountering engine trouble and pulling off the track suddenly on Lap 140 while running third. He finished 26th, nine laps down, and lost the points lead to Santos. Santos now leads Christopher by 32 and Stefanik by 61. L.W. Miller also lost the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points lead because of mechanical issues. He finished 39 laps down in 29th overall. Civali leads Miller by five and Andy Seuss by 32...

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-NASACR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Unofficial Results
Wednesday At Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.
Lap length: 0.533 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 101.025 mph, $10,400.
2. (7) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 150, $4,800.
3. (5) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 150, $3,950.
4. (3) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 150, $3,900.
5. (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 150, $3,050.
6. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $4,200.
7. (18) Dale Quarterley, Westfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $3,200.
8. (10) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $2,500.
9. (8) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $2,200.
10. (11) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $2,000.
11. (25) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150, $1,300.
12. (14) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,700.
13. (28) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,400.
14. (21) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 149, $1,500.
15. (9) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 149, $1,500.
16. (13) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $1,000.
17. (24) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, N.C., Ford, 148, $1,000.
18. (23) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 148, $1,000.
19. (29) John Smith, Mount Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 147, $1,300.
20. (19) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 146, $1,400.
21. (36) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 146, $1,400.
22. (35) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 145, $1,400.
23. (12) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Dodge, 144, $1,000.
24. (26) Bryan Dauzat, Midland, N.C., Chevrolet, 143, $1,000.
25. (27) Gene Pack, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Chevrolet, 143, $1,000.
26. (6) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 141, engine, $1,500.
27. (22) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 138, rocker arm, $1,400.
28. (20) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 130, $1,400.
29. (17) L.W. Miller, Dushore, Pa., Pontiac, 111, engine, $1,000.
30. (16) Tim Brown, Cana, Va., Chevrolet, 108, fuel pump, $1,000.
31. (34) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 94, electrical, $1,400.
32. (15) Zach Brewer, Winstom-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 62, brakes, $1,000.
33. (32) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 42, engine, $1,500.
34. (33) Greg Butcher, Mocksville, N.C., Chevrolet, 36, suspension, $1,100.
35. (30) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 28, engine, $1,400.
36. (31) Brandon Hire, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 12, accident, $1,000.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 47 minutes 29 seconds
Margin of Victory: .322 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Bonsignore * (129.343 mph, 14.835 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 15 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Szegedy 1-26; T. Christopher 27-62; T. Szegedy 63-65; T. Christopher 66-91; M. Stefanik 92-107; T. Christopher 108-125; M. Stefanik 126-130; R. Newman 131-150.


by Polly Reid

It was overload. From flag to flag the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour UNOH Perfect Storm 150 was fast, changing, non-stop bumper to bumper action and when the dust settled, it was Ryan Newman from South Bend, IN claiming the victory in the Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion owned modified. Seven time NWMT Champion Mike Stefanik finished second with James Civali, the first NASCAR Southern Modified Tour driver to cross the line in third, Bobby Santos, Todd Szegedy the top five. “The first 75 laps we maintained until that break. Bono and those guys did a good job making adjustments and getting another set of tires on,” said Newman. “I want to thank Bono and our sponsors Menards and Aggressive Hydraulics for the opportunity. We come here to win but it’s a lot of fun. These guys have had a heck of a year and I’m glad to be part of it.” The first half, Newman lingered in the fourth to sixth place position. On the restart after the competition yellow, Newman seemed to repeat the effort, the key words being ‘seemed to repeat.’ A comfortable fourth at the 127 mark, it was like a flip switched and one circuit later Newman launched past James Civali and Teddy Christopher suddenly tucking into second place, his focus centered on one more spot, getting past the stout Diversified Metals, R.B. Enterprises sponsored modified, Stefanik behind the wheel. “I tried to manage my tires a little bit,” explained Newman about his sudden surge. “I wasn’t as quick as those guys in the first 75 laps. Then I got a really good run off of turn four and got passed two of them. I had a good run on the outside of Stefanik there and set sail. I didn’t really expect it to come as easy as it did but I looked up and it was like 19 to go and I was like fourth or fifth. Everything came together at the right time.” With confidence and conviction, Newman saw his opportunity to take the lead as he moved to the outside of Stefanik. Side by side, a lap car came into the mix and Newman, using the lap car as a pick, finished off the pass to take the lead with 19 to go. Stefanik stayed with Newman, the pair running nose to tail and while Stefanik made several attempts to gain the lead back, timing of lap traffic continued to foil completion. “If we could have had the luck of catching lap traffic right, we could have had something for the 7 car,” said Stefanik who mentioned he used the lap traffic to his advantage once to keep Newman behind him. “I’m really proud of my team,” said Stefanik. “We’re contenders.” While all eyes seem to focus on Christopher and Santos, Stefanik is more than into the mix for the championship title only 61 points out of first. There is a determination not to mention momentum that the Eric Sanderson owned team has that is going to bring this down to the wire. Newman described the closing circuits, Stefanik filling his rear view mirror. “He pulled underneath me a couple of times especially in 3 and 4, I was a little loose getting into three more than one. He was really good rolling through the center. Honestly, I didn’t know who was in the 16 but he raced me clean then I realized after it was Stefanik. He could have come up and nerfed me a couple of times in turn four but he left me plenty of room and raced me clean, that was a lot of fun. I really have a lot of fun racing with these guys in the Whelen Modified Tour, their hard nosed racers and I really appreciate that.” The best seat in the house had to have been NSWMT driver Civali, the Meriden, CT driver who was fastest in both practice sessions and started fifth in the Hill Enterprises, Coors Light, LeBleu Water modified. A battle back and forth with Todd Szegedy was another whole show in itself as the pair finally settled with less than 25 to go, Civali edging out the UNOH, Wisk, Snuggle sponsored Szegedy for the eventual podium spot. “Our car was real good, it was a battle at the end, everybody was good,” said Civali. “We were real good but the two guys who finished in front of me were a little better. The 4 car finished right behind me, I think he was a little better than me but we held our own. A big improvement over last year. We really needed this for the points, it was a good run for us.” Civali leaves Bristol with a five point lead over L.W. Miller who suffered terminal motor problems. Szegedy in the Mike Smeriglio owned Ford dominated the opening laps setting a torrid pace but a slight brush with the outside wall at some point suddenly turned the complexion of the race around as the Ridgefield, CT driver worked to hold onto a top five. Szegedy in fourth, had his hands full with Bobby Santos and relented the position with just over 15 to go, Szegedy crossing fifth. Coming up short, Ted Christopher led on three separate occasions, a top contender until engine problems brought the Al-Lee Installations to pit row with 10 to go. Clearly disappointed, the finish sets Christopher back to 2nd in points, 32 behind Santos with three events left on the schedule. Santos struggled in the first segment with brake issues, or more the point, lack of brakes. But after the five minute competition yellow, Santos in the Mystic Missile Dodge returned and starting ninth, used the caution free run to work his way forward. “It feels good to have an awesome run,” said Santos. “We found the outside in the second half of the race, the car was awesome.” There was a lot of ‘first time’ in Justin Bonsignore’s vocabulary this week who crossed the line a solid 6th place. It was the first time he came to Bristol, the first time he raced the car and now, it is the first time he won a pole. Bonsignore set a 14.835 second qualifying lap topping the field in time earning the Coors Light Pole. “It is a car we bought from Brain Loftin, the first time we ran it was at Riverhead just to shake it down. Our first time in it really, had no flaws in it, everything’s working good and we have a new motor.” “I knew we had a good car, I didn’t think we had a pole car. We picked up a little bit from practice, I figured we back in up and be a top ten. The guys gave me a really good car and they told me not to lift, so I didn’t lift.”With qualifying rained out a year ago, Bonsignore in the M3 Technology modified owned by Ken Massa with crew chief Aaron Clifford, now holds the track record for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at the half mile Bristol high banks. “It’s pretty cool,” said Bonsignore about the track record. “Anywhere it’s cool, but at Bristol? We’ve had some good cars, but nothing to show for it. Finally we have something to hang up in the shop. It’s a real morale booster. Next, we just need to seal the deal.” Two cars did not qualify and think they would certainly have added to the action if they made the field. Gary Fountain from Clermont, FL pulled together a team to attempt his first NSWMT start and while Fountain adjusted well to the high banks, he was a tick off in time and was not able to qualify. Andy Petree took a break from his ESPN announce booth duties teaming up with car owner Brody Jones. Lap times showed improvement form the first to second practices, but unfortunately it was not quite enough to make the field. The University of Northwestern Ohio returned to not only sponsor the NWMT event at Bristol, they came to work it. UNOH brought several students for some ‘on the job’ training. UNOH students were on hand to help out Todd Szegedy with four of them actually going over the wall during the competition yellow. And it did not end there, six UNOH students went over the wall during the NASCAR Camping World Series Truck race helping out on the pit stops for #12 Truck driver Mario Gosslin.
A final note, Newman mentioned in his post race interview what will always be on our minds. It was August 19, 2004 that we lost ‘Tiger’ Tom Baldwin. The 7 car will always be a welcome sight in victory lane




Aug 14- Mahoning Speedway - POKER Series 100 laps- 2

It was a great night of racing at Mhoning. Eric started out the night setting fast time which meant he started the race in the 12th position. For the first 40 laps you could see the #9 was the fastest car on the track. Passing cars on the inside and the outside it did not matter as Eric made his way to the front taking what the race was giving him. The race changed on when Eric was on the outside of Lou Strohl passing him for the lead when Lou got loose out of four and push high hitting the #9. Smoke flew but Eric kept the car straight and went ontot he lead. But we couldnt see was that the hit knocked the tow out so now the car was not the same. Following a restrat Eric on the inside and hirstman on the outside battled side by side for several laps until Hirstman took the lead and then went onto a victory. But the #9 team should be proud of the work they did this week getting the car ready and knowing they had the fastest car in the field on this night.


By Dino " The Voice" Oberto
No one will argue the fact that the Modified Poker Series concept at Mahoning Valley Speedway has been a huge success, especially Matt Hirschman, who scored his third 100 lap win in the last five races. In the process he has also raked in a nice amount of cash to the tune of $10,000, including $3000 for winning Saturday’s race. This was Hand 3 of the 7 Card Stud Modified Poker Series and Hirschman authored one of the most dominating race wins at the track in some time. After shuffling the lead with Eric Beers after a lap 50 restart, Hirschman went ahead for good on lap 53 and then proceeded to head out into a zone all his own. With no cautions over the final 50 tours, Hirschman easily had his way with the pack. Weaving inside and out and passing cars at will, he pulled away to a commanding 5 second win over Beers and early leader Lou Strohl. Rob Shultz and John Markovic completed the top five. “I just had a perfect race car. We passed Eric Beers to win and lapped Earl Paules (last week’s poker winner) here at Mahoning, unbelievable,” said Hirschman, who drove the Bob Horn #50. “We finally had won a race here at the end of last season and ended all that nonsense that we can’t win here. Three (wins) out of the last five here, that’s awesome. This was a good crowd that came out to support the races tonight and the management here does these 100 lappers that are wildly popular. The Poker Series is definitely been a good thing.” After an inversion of the top 12 in time trials, Lou Strohl and Tyler Haydt had the front row for the start. Beers was the top qualifier with a lap of 9.745 with Anthony Sesely second quick at 9.757. When the race began Strohl was in control. Haydt, CJ Jones and Don Wagner all had a stint at second spot but it was Beers and 15th starting Hirschman who were doing the most frontward movement. Both powered to second and third respectively and made matters tough on Strohl. Beers was running alongside Strohl and aiming for the lead and was just about to do so until a caution waved on lap 49. On the restart Strohl and Beers ran neck-and-neck. As they were exiting turn four and with Beers on the topside, Strohl got his right front into the side of Beers and went spinning. With a throng of oncoming traffic several cars got collected. For the restart it was now Beers and Hirschman, who both hail from Mud Lane in Northampton, at the front and as expected from these two stars, they put on a thrilling duel for the lead. They went back and forth with the lead until Hirschman went to the front for keeps on lap 53. He then dazzled the crowd with his stellar performance the rest of the way. “I want to document everything because I never had a car that worked as good as this. The car was just so perfect. Usually I’m out of breath at the end of a race here because I’m fighting the car. I was still running as hard as I could because I figured Eric Beers was going to be sticking his nose in there with those lapped cars out there,” said Hirschman. “I gave it everything it had and it had a lot tonight. I want to thank Bob Horn from Connecticut for bringing it here.” Hirschman drew the Ace of Clubs as the suite for the night. For Beers it marked the third time this year that he has led a 100 lapper but fell short at the end. He does, however, have a pair of Kings heading into next week’s 35-lap wild card race. “He (Hirschman) had a real good car tonight. I thought that we may have had the better car there for a little while but then Louie (Strohl) and I got together and it knocked my toe-in some but hats off to Matt and his guys, they had their act together. We’ll get more races coming up here and try next time,” said Beers. Strohl’s third was his best effort to date, which came after storming back through the pack after pitting on lap 49. Likewise with Shultz who checked in the pits at midway and once again made a late race charge
into the top five. Markovic has finished in the top five in each poker race this year.

Modified Feature Finish, 100 Laps: 1.Matt Hirschman 2.Eric Beers 3.Lou Strohl 4.Rob Shultz 5.John Markovic 6.Lonnie Behler 7.Anthony Sesely 8.Matt Higgins 9.Don Wagner 10.Brian DeFebo 11.Earl Paules 12.John Bennett 13.Bobby Jones 14.Tyler Haydt 15.Troy Bollinger 16.Chip Santee 17.Jarred Nace 18.Joe Mooney 19.Terry Markovic 20.CJ Jones



Aug 12 - Thompson Speedway - NASCAR - 11

For most of the night Ted Christopher made it look easy. Almost too easy.\
Christopher paced the field from the start and only relinquished the lead twice during the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Thursday at Thompson International Speedway to record his 37th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. It was Christopher’s 10th Whelen Modified Tour win at Thompson, and his fourth in the Tour’s last six races at the .625-mile oval. The Plainville, Conn., driver led 141 of the 156 laps.Christopher was clearly the class of the field building leads by as much as four seconds before losing his advantage after the fourth and final caution flag of the race flew on Lap 149 after Erick Rudolph’s problems set up the final sprint to the finish.Bobby Santos took the lead after Christopher pitted under caution on Lap 95, however, it only took Christopher 10 laps to get back in front after the restart on Lap 101. Santos finished the race in third place.Following Santos across the line Thursday night was Rowan Pennink and Mike Stefanik in the top five. Todd Szegedy, Chuck Hossfeld, Doug Coby, Eric Goodale and Glen Reen rounded out the top 10.With the win, Christopher took the championship points lead from Santos, who had led through the first nine races. Christopher’s three wins and six top-fives have forged a 14-point lead over Santos with Mike Stefanik in third, 85 tallies back. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action when it joins the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in the only combination event of the season next Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m., for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Budweiser King of Beers 150 Unofficial Results
Thursday At Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn.
Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 156 laps, 94.228 mph, $7,900.
2. (5) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 156, $3,400.
3. (3) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 156, $3,500.
4. (4) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 156, $3,100.
5. (8) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 156, $2,300.
6. (10) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 156, $2,050.
7. (6) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 156, $1,850.
8. (13) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 156, $1,325.
9. (16) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 156, $1,900.
10. (22) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 156, $1,900.
11. (12) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 156, $1,625.
12. (20) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 156, $1,488.
13. (23) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 156, $1,475.
14. (25) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 156, $1,750.
15. (14) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155, accident, $1,436.
16. (18) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 155, accident, $1,400.
17. (15) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154, $1,375.
18. (26) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 151, $1,350.
19. (29) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 151, $1,325.
20. (19) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 151, $1,300.
21. (17) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, accident, $1,375.
22. (11) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 146, $1,350.
23. (28) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 142, $1,225.
24. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126, electrical, $1,300.
25. (24) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 106, engine, $1,190.
26. (21) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 105, electrical, $750.
27. (27) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 39, drive shaft, $1,150.
28. (9) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 3, accident, $750.
29. (7) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 1, accident, $1,150.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 2 minutes 5 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.228 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T. Christopher (120.812 mph, 18.624 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 20 laps.
Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Christopher 1-96; B. Santos 97-110; T. Christopher 111-153; R. Silk 154; T. Christopher 155-156.

Standings: 1. T. Christopher, 1583; 2. B. Santos, 1569; 3. M. Stefanik, 1498; 4. R. Silk, 1467; 5. T. Szegedy, 1463; 6. R. Preece, 1358; 7. E. Rudolph, 1246; 8. E. Beers, 1227; 9. E. Goodale, 1227; 10. R. Pennink, 1195.


LAP 156 (9:55 p.m.) -- CHECKERED FLAG: Christopher holds off Silk for the Budweiser King of Beers 150 checkered flag. It is Christopher's 37th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win, his 10th at Thompson International Speedway overall, and his fourth at in the last six races at the track.
LAP 155 -- Christopher regains the lead on the backstrech.
LAP 154 -- GREEN FLAG: Silk nips Christopher at the line.
LAP 149 -- CAUTION NO. 4: Erick Rudolph broke on the frontstretch with Christopher leading Silk by more than four seconds.
LAP 145 -- Christopher, Silk, Santos, Pennink, Szegedy, Stefanik.
LAP 140 -- Christopher has a lead of more than three seconds with 10 laps remaining.
LAP 137 -- Top 10: Christopher. Santos, Silk, Szegedy, Pennink, Stefanik, Coby, Reen, Hossfeld and Goodale.
LAP 134 -- Christopher's lead is now 2.5-seconds over Santos.
LAP 130 -- Heagy is out of the race. Reason: Engine.
LAP 128 -- Christopher is now half a straightaway ahead of Santos, Szegedy, Silk and Pennink.
LAP 125 -- Best race on the track right now is for fifth, where Pennink just passed Stefanik.
LAP 121 -- Doug Coby has rallied up to the eighth spot. Woody Pikat out of race now with engine woes.
LAP 120 -- Christopher's lead is .7 seconds over Santos.
LAP 117 -- Top five has strung out. Christopher leads Santos, Szegedy, Stefanik and Silk.
LAP 114 -- Just three laps after taking the lead, Christopher has opened a six-car length led over Santos.
LAP 112 -- Ken Heagy heads to pit road.
LAP 111 -- Christopher powers by Santos for lead on bottom side of Turn 2.
LAp 108 -- Christopher second.
LAP 107 -- Even contact in traffic doesn't slow Christopher. He's third and pressuring Szeedy for second... Bonsignore, Pitkat slow on backstretch and both head to pit road.
LAP 104 -- Christopher charges all the way back to fifth. Fresh tires really helping. Pennink up to 8th.
LAP 102 -- Christopher drops from fifth to ninth after contact with Jimmy Blewett in Turn 4.
LAP 101 -- GREEN FLAG -- Santos takes outside pole for restart, by choice. He drives clear of Szegedy off Turn 2.
LAP 97 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Santos leads Szegedy, Coby, Reen, Rudolph, Blewett, Civali and Christopher. Pennink loses lots of ground on pit road and will restart in 12th.
LAP 96 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Jamie Tomaino gets free pass under this caution. Christopher wins rce off pit road between cars that made stops.
LAP 95 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Christopher, Pennink, Silk, Bonsignore, Hossfeld, Stefanik among those who head to pit road.
LAP 94 -- CAUTION 3 -- Preece stopped on backstretch. He was running fourth.
LAP 90 -- Top 5: Christopher, Pennink, Santos, Preece, Silk.
LAP 89 -- Preece drives under Szegedy, Silk and now sits fourth.
LAP 87 -- Tomaino, Brunnhoelzl, Dupuis have all gone down a lap on this run since the restart.
LAP 84 -- Christopher has stretched the lead over Pennink to half a straightaway. Then it's a long way back to Silk -- another full straightaway -- in third.
LAP 81 -- Preece gets the sixth spot. Might be fastest car on the track.
LAP 77 -- Preece putting serious heat on Bonsignore for sixth.
LAP 75 -- HALFWAY -- Top 15: Christopher, Pennink, Silk, Szegedy, Santos, Bonsignore, Preece, Stefanik, Hossfeld, Reen, Coby, Rudolph, Goodale, Civali and Flemke.
LAP 70 -- Cars are pretty well strung out. Cars that didn't pit clearly in 'ride' mode.
LAP 68 -- Good battle for eighth between Preece and Stefanik.LAP 65 -- Ed Flemke Jr. in 11th. Good run going for the No. 10.
LAP 62 -- Pennink not losing any ground to Christopher up front. They're 2.5-seconds ahead of Silk, with Pennink just a couple of car lengths behind Christopher.
LAP 59 -- Szegedy up to fourth now and closing quickly on Silk for third. That pit stop obviously did the No. 2 car some good.
LAP 55 -- Christopher leads Pennink, Silk, Bonsignore, Szegedy, Stefanik, Santos, Hossfeld, Flemke and Goodale.
LAP 52 -- Silk coming to life after the restart. He's third and moving up on leaders. Meanwhile, Szegedy has cracked the top-five.
LAP 50 -- Eric Goodale wiggles off Turn 2, cars stack up behind him. Everybody keeps it straight.
LAP 48 -- Johnny Bush officially out. Reason: Driveshaft.
LAP 47 -- Pennink, Silk move past Bonsignore to take second and third behind Christopher, who gets away cleanly on restart.
LAP 46 -- GREEN FLAG -- Stefanik restarts in seventh -- first car that pitted.
LAP 43 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Preece, Tomaino make second pit stops.
LAP 42 -- UNDER CAUTION -- No free pass. Bush would have been the eligible car. Preece, Santos, Szegedy, Flemke, Rudolph, Pitkat, Beers, Brunnhoelzl, Pallai, Dupuis, Blewett, Reen, Coby, Civali, Tomaino all head to pit road. Top five stayed out -- Christopher, Bonsignore, Pennink, Hossfeld and Silk.
LAP 41 -- CAUTION 2 -- Johnny Bush barely rolling down frontstretch.
LAP 38 -- Christopher's lead up to 2.2 seconds over Bonsignore, as Bonsignore, Pennink and Hossfeld stack up trying to work around lapped car of Bush.
LAP 34 -- Christopher starting lap cars. McDonald, Cole, Bush all going a lap down.
LAP 30 -- Doug Coby up to seventh after starting 13th, dogging Santos for sixth. Side Note: The Santos family owns the car driven by Coby.
LAP 26 -- Ron Silk around Santos for fifth.
LAP25 -- Christopher in cruise control. He's got a full second lead over Bonsignore. No changes in top five runners, with Pennink, Hossfeld and Santos rounding out the top-5.
LAP 20 -- Kevin Goodale officially retires from race due to damage from Lap 2 incident.
LAP 19 -- Stefanik having trouble keeping car down in the turns. Ryan Preece just nosed under him off Turn 2 to try and take eighth place away.
LAP 16 -- Christopher strong at the front of the field. He's opened up five-car length lead over Bonsignore, Pennink.
LAP 13 -- Top 12 cars stretch out single file in early going. Ed Flemke Jr. started 18th and is already up to 13th.
LAP 11 -- Berndt officially out of race.
LAP 10 -- Outside line moving, Santos into top-5 around Stefanik.
LAP 8 -- GREEN FLAG -- Christopher holds lead, as Pennink peeks under Bonsignore for second.
LAP 6 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Christopher, Bonsignore, Pennink, Hossfeld, Stefanik, Santos, Szegedy, Silk, Beers and Coby the top-10 as we go back to green.
LAP 3 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Kevin Goodale takes damaged car behind the wall. Wade Cole also visits pit road, as Eric Berndt's car is towed off the track.
LAP 2 -- CAUTION 1 -- Eric Berndt part of a chain reaction wreck off Turn 2. Stopped against wall. Christopher leads Bonsignore, Pennink, Hossfeld and Stefanik.
8:53 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG -- As fireworks thunder over the backstretch, Ted Christopher leads the field off the top side of Turn 2 on Lap 1.




August 7 - Mahoning Speedway - 35 lap Poker - 5

Earl Paules “Aces” the Field at Mahoning Valley Speedway
(LEHIGHTON, PA 8-7-10) Earl Paules picked up another Ace card Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway and now heads into next week’s Hand 3 of the 7 Card Stud Modified 100 Poker Series as the top hand holder with a pair of Aces. Saturday’s race was one of two additional 35-lappers that have been added to this year’s Poker Series.
For Paules, who hails from Palmerton, it marked his second straight Mahoning win in as many starts as he most recently won a 100 lapper on July 24. He drove from 15th starting spot and into the lead with three laps remaining which took an all-out effort to do so too as he had to fight past Lonnie Behler for the win. Joe Mooney led the 20-car starting field to the green and jumped into the early lead. Second starting Behler then moved to the front on lap three and by lap eight was being confronted by Don Wagner. At times Behler looked to be the car to beat as he pulled ahead with a decent gap over Wagner. But, after a restart on lap 19, Wagner got busy. He passed Behler on lap 20, however, the favor was returned two laps later. Behler was only ahead by inches as the pair ran two-wide with third running Tyler Haydt right on their heels.With eight laps to go the caution was out for Lou Strohl. The restart took several tries. On one of the call backs Wagner had caught Behler sleeping and another saw Haydt power down to the inside for a brief peek at the lead. When the race finally did resume Behler was on his toes as he kept his car at the front. Wagner got caught in a mesh of on comers and slipped back a few spots. Haydt was now second and Paules had weaved his way to third. With five to go Paules got past Haydt and then turned up the pressure on Behler. He made his race wining pass by going to the inside off turn four. Just as the lap was being completed a nasty front stretch crash unfolded. Collected in the melee where Haydt and point leader John Bennett. Both had to be towed from the scene.Over the final three tours Paules stayed steady. “That was really rough out there tonight. No one was giving anyone anything that’s for sure. We had to work for everything we got tonight,” said Paules who now has a dozen Mahoning wins. “There was a lot of hard racing out there but it was all clean. Behler, second on Mahoning’s all-time win list with 40 victories, is still looking for that elusive first win with a Modified. In the last two seasons has come close with five runner-ups and four thirds. “It wasn’t that bad. The biggest difference is that (Paules) is a $20,000 car and this (his) is a $5000 car,” said Behler. Bobby Jones came in third while Wagner and Eric Beers rounded out the top five. With the misfortune of Bennett, Wagner has closed the gap in the standings to just six.

Modified Feature Finish, 35 Laps: 1.Earl Paules 2.Lonnie Behler 3.Bobby Jones 4.Don Wagner 5.Eric Beers 6.Rob Shultz 7.Brian Romig 8.Brian DeFebo 9.Tom Flanagan 10.Jarred Nace 11.Rick Reichenbach 12.John Bennett 13.Tyler Haydt 14.Matt Higgins 15.Troy Bollinger 16.Stacey Brown 17.Lou Strohl 18.Joe Mooney 19.Anthony Sesely 20.Chip Santee DNQ: Andy Szapacs

August 6 - Stafford Speedway - NASCAR - 6

Todd Szegedy ended the longest Victory Lane drought of his career Friday night when he won the Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.Szegedy, who had been winless since September 2008 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, took the lead from Mike Stefanik on Lap 100 en route to his 14th career win. It was the third triumph at Stafford for Szegedy, who led a race-high 54 laps.For Szegedy, the 2003 Whelen Modified Tour champion who has been a consistent front-runner and winner throughout his career, the drought put a lot of weight on his shoulders. His previous longest winless streak was 17 races between his first and second career wins in 2002-03. “It gives you motivation, when you lose so much,” Szegedy said in Victory Lane. “When you lose, it’s horrible. So winning – this is awesome.” After disappointing finishes in the previous two races, Szegedy’s No. 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford team had slipped from second to fifth in the standings.
“It’s going to give us momentum to catch back up in points,” Szegedy said. “It’s going to be really hard, but we know we have to maintain top-five finishes to have a shot in the points.” Stefanik finished as the race runner-up - the best finish of his season - and his best result at Stafford since he won the 2008 Fall Final. He led 33 laps Friday.“I haven’t had a car this good here in a long time,” Stefanik said. “We had a car to stay up front and lead laps. I started to get that ‘feel-good feeling’ for a little while there until reality set in. Todd turned it up and got by us on the outside and drove away.” Ron Silk, who earned his first Stafford Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, crossed the line third for his fourth-straight podium finish and fifth-consecutive top-five erall. “We’ve finished third the last four races,” Silk said. “I want to win one pretty soon, but if we keep finishing third, we’ll get one.” Erick Rudolph and Ted Christopher rounded out the top five while Eric Beers, Eric Goodale, Bobby Grigas III, Chuck Hossfeld and George Brunnhoelzl III completed the top 10. Goodale tied his previous career-best finish, set last week at Riverhead Raceway. Points leader Bobby Santos suffered a blown motor that brought out a red-flag for cleanup on Lap 100 that resulted in a 23rd-place finish. As a result, the 67-point advantage he brought into the race on Christopher was chopped to just six, the tightest at any point this year. Stefanik remained third in the standings, now 56 tallies out of first, while Szegedy moved up to fourth.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Town Fair Tire 150 Unofficial Results
Friday At Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn.
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (5) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 150 laps, 65.950 mph, $7,600.
2. (4) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 150, $3,700.
3. (6) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $3,800.
4. (2) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $2,800.
5. (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $2,400.
6. (16) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $1,950.
7. (21) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $2,800.
8. (1) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $1,750.
9. (8) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,700.
10. (10) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,650.
11. (15) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,925.
12. (9) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,600.
13. (26) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,525.
14. (23) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 150, $1,100.
15. (22) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $1,075.
16. (17) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 149, $1,550.
17. (13) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 148, $1,025.
18. (25) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146, $1,400.
19. (30) Michael Speeney, Newtown, Pa., Chevrolet, 146, $975.
20. (28) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146, $1,325.
21. (24) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 142, $1,400.
22. (19) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 138, $1,275.
23. (14) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 100, $1,950.
24. (27) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 99, $1,225.
25. (11) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 89, $1,318.
26. (20) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 88, $800.
27. (12) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 64, $1,200.
28. (18) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 47, $1,200.
29. (7) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 43, $1,300.
30. (29) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 16, $1,200.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 8 minutes 14 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.967 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Silk (98.382 mph, 18.296 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 39 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: E. Rudolph 1-50; D. Coby 51-55; R. Silk 56-63; M. Stefanik 64-95; T. Szegedy 96-108; M. Stefanik 109; T. Szegedy 110-150.


by Polly Reid

This one was not going to be the one to get away. After a side by side battle with Mike Stefanik on the final restart, Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT left no margin for error taking the lead for good in the last 40 circuits pulling away from the pack to score his first win of the season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, collecting the checkers in Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. “The car was phenomenal,” said Szegedy about his Wisk, Snuggle sponsored Ford. “I don’t know if I had the absolute best car, but I was one of the better cars that got to the front the quickest and being out front I was able to run my own line, race my own race and that makes a big difference.” A testament to the Mike Smeriglio owned team lead by co-crew chiefs Don Barker and Lloyd Agor, Szegedy knew he didn‘t have the fastest car after practice, but it was solid. “It amazed me that I could get to the throttle and the front end didn’t push, didn’t get loose, it just stuck, boy it’s rare to have something that good. The conditions were perfect, we hit the nail on the head.” While all was going well for Szegedy, nothing was going to be left to chance as Szegedy put as much real estate as possible between himself and Stefanik. “I’ve lost a race here with a guy on my tail. I wanted to get away as far as I could, get around these lap cars because you never know what’s going to happen.” It may have been 2003, but still fresh in his mind, Szegedy lost a race to Jerry Marquis at the line because of a lap car. “I wasn’t going to let that happen again. I had the car, pulled away, I wanted to have plenty of cushion in case something happened.” His 14th career NWMT win, the 2.967 margin of victory was indeed a cushion. Crossing for second, Mike Stefanik appeared to have the car to beat earlier after taking the lead from Ron Silk before the half way mark. Hospitality night for the Sanderson/McCloud group, they saw a great show as their driver powered on the outside for the lead from Silk on a restart, the duo side by side with Stefanik taking the edge out of turn four. Dueling next with Szegedy, Stefanik fought the battle and while he edged into the lead once over Szegedy, Szegedy turned up the wick and didn’t look back.“It was great for Flamingo Motorsports to have a good night,” said Stefanik. “I enjoyed running up front and staying up front. We had a great pit stop, those guys are awesome, they practice a lot and it shows. I have to thank everyone involved in this 16 car. It’s a pleasure to drive when it drives like that.” Stefanik, who led a total of 32 circuits, pulled the Eric Sanderson owned, Diversified Metals, R.B. Enterprises machine to within 56 points of current leader Bobby Santos. “This car, it was a privilege to stay up front, run with the big boys. I’m proud of my team, proud of the pit stop, proud of all the hard work they do.” Setting a solid time trial lap, Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT nailed his third career pole, his first at his home track. Silk followed up his fast time crossing the line for a third place finish for car owner Ed Partridge. “I was pretty happy with my car. Me and Mike Stefanik had about the exact same speed car, Todd’s was a little better than both of ours. We had a third place car and that’s where we finished tonight, you can’t complain about that,” said Silk about his T.S. Haulers, Calverton Tree Farm ride. Taking on 2 tires during the pit stop to up their track position, Silk indeed was the first car back out. “We’ve finished third the last four races, we want to win one pretty quick but if we keep finishing third we’ll get one.” The opportunity might come this Thursday at Thompson. “I’ve won four Tour races and three of them were there. I’m looking forward to getting back there. We’re on a good run here, we just have to keep the momentum going. I want to thank all my guys for the work they did.” After dominating the first fifty laps, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY brought the Mohawk N.E., Original Pizza Logs ride across the stripe fourth with Ted Christopher following in fifth. The Town Fair Tire 150 turned into a long night for point leader Bobby Santos. Taking the green flag fourteenth, Santos had navigated the Mystic Missile well into the top ten by the half way mark. Less than 15 laps later, Santos in seventh got caught up in a multi car tangle and while Santos continued, the damage became terminal. Santos was forced to pull behind the wall with fifty circuits remaining on the board. The 23rd place finish combined with Christopher’s fifth, closed the numbers in a hurry, Santos now carrying a 6 point advantage heading to Thompson on Thursday. Making his fifth start of the season in his third different ride of 2010, Doug Coby of Milford, CT continues to stay very active in the NWMT scene, this night bringing the Santos Motorsports, LI Mod Maniac Chevrolet across the line for a top 20 finish. In his first NWMT start of the year, Bobby Grigas, III in the Furnace & Duct Supply number 52 pulled off a qualifying lap good enough to get in the redraw. Pulling the number 1 spot, the Marshfield, MA driver led the 30 car field to green. Crossing the line 8th, Grigas was more than pleased with the night. “I’m excited,” said Grigas post race. “The car is one piece, it was fun. All in all a good night. I have to thank everyone on this team

LAP 150 (10:59 p.m) -- CHECKERED FLAG: Todd Szegedy has won the Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. It ends the longest drought of his career - 27 races - between wins. He is followed across the line by Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk, Erick Rudolph, Ted Christopher, Eric Beers, Eric Goodale, Bobby Grigas, Chuck Hossfeld and George Brunnhoelzl III. Points leader Bobby Santos finished 23rd, 50 laps down. COMPLETE RESULTS
LAP 149 -- WHITE FLAG: Szegedy in position for the victory.
LAP 145 -- Szegedy has more than a two second lead on Stefanik with five to go.
LAP 140 -- Ten to go. All Todd Szegedy. Good battle for second still between Stefanik, Sil and Rudolph.
LAP 138 -- Clear sailing for Szegedy. No imminent lapped traffic, either.
LAP 135 -- Fifteen laps to go. Szegedy is motoring, opening up an eight car-length lead now over Stefanik. Looks poised to snap nearly two-year winless drought on Whelen Modified Tour.
LAP 131 -- No changes up front, as Szegedy has extended lead to two car lengths again over Stefanik. Top-6 have checked out.
LAP 129 -- Points leader Bobby Santos is behind the wall, 28 laps down.
LAP 125 -- Szegedy, Stefanik, Silk, Rudolph, Christopher, Beers, Goodale, Grigas, Pallai, Hossfeld in Top-10.
LAP 118 -- Top-7 have checked out from rest of field. Szegedy leading comfortably, while battle between Stefanik and Silk has allowed Christopher to close up behind Rudolph with Beers in tow.
LAP 114 -- Szegedy opens up a two car-length lead over Stefanik, who now has hands full with Silk.
LAP 111 -- Szegedy, Stefanik, Silk and Rudolph line up and start to distance themselves fro Christopher in fifth.
LAP109 -- Szegedy rallies back on inside to lead by half a car length.
LAP 108 -- GREEN FLAG -- Szegedy and Stefanik door-to-door down the backstretch. Stefanik leads by a nose.
LAP 106 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Heading back racing in one lap.
LAP104 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Hossfeld, Flemke, Preece, Grigas among those heading for work in the pits.
LAP 103 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Ryan Preece on pit road in the No. 3. He had some trouble getting going again after the red flag period it appears.
LAP 101 -- UNDER CAUTION -- After 11-minute red flag period here in Town Fair Tire 150, cars are rolling again.
LAP 100 -- UNDER RED -- Top 15: Szegedy, Stefanik, Silk, Rudolph, Beers; Christopher, Goodale, Preece, Grigas, Reen; Pallai, Santos, Hossfeld, Beers, Dupuis. There are 17 cars the lead lap.
Cleanup of incident now stretches around 3/4 of the track. Speedy dry is down from the start/finish line all the way around the top groove of the race track to the pit road entrance on the low side of Turn 3. Red flag is five minutes old as of now.
LAP 100 -- RED FLAG -- Fluid from one of the accident cars stretches from start/finish line clear through to top of Turns 1 and 2.
LAP 100 -- CAUTION 6 -- Santos spins again. Fluid covering Turn 1.
LAP 100 -- Szegedy, Stefanik, Silk, Rudolph, Beers; Christopher, Goodale, Preece, Grigas and Reen the Top-10.
LAP 98 -- GREEN FLAG -- NEW LEADER -- Good restart for Szegedy in outside. Carries momentum off Turn 2 -- noses ahead of Stefanik to lead.
LAP 97 -- UNDER CAUTION -- One-to-go signal given again.
LAP 95 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Restart waved off.
LAP 94 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Field given one-to-go signal with 56 laps remaining.
LAP 92 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Santos and Hossfeld among those headed to pit road. Appears to be very little damage to Santos' car. He makes a short stay in pits before heading back out on the track.
LAP 90 -- CAUTION 5 -- Points leader Bobby Santos among those spinning in Turn 1. Justin Bonsignore also involved.
LAP 89 -- GREEN FLAG -- Todd Szegedy great run off outside of Turn 2 to challenge Mike Stefanik. Can't complete pass.
LAP 88 -- UNDER CAUTION -- One to go signal given.
LAP 85 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Replays seem to indicate that Coby may have had some help from Flemke in first spin on Lap 80; vice versa on Lap 82. Coby to be held by NASCAR for one lap penalty for rough driving.
LA 83 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Stefanik, Szegedy, Silk, Beers and Rudolph the Top-5. No free pass this caution.
LAP 82 -- CAUTION 4 -- Coby not so lucky in Turn 2. Gets together with Flemke.
LAP 80 -- Coby spins to infield in Turn 3. Green stays out.
LAP 75 -- HALFWAY -- Stefanik, Szegedy, Silk, Beers, Rudolph; Christopher, Flemke, Santos, Coby, Grigas; Preece, Reen, Blewett, Hossfeld and Goodale the Top-15.
LAP 73 -- GREEN FLAG -- Szegedy under Silk for second behind Stefanik.
LAP 70 -- UNDER CAUTION -- A few cars at the back of the pack take opportunity to pit. Nobody running inside Top-20. Stefanik, Silk, Szegedy, Beers, Coby the top-5. Renee Dupis the free pass car.
LAP 69 -- CAUTION 3 -- Wade Cole, Michael Speeney in separate incidents.
LAP 68 -- Stefanik holds car-length lead over Silk. Szegedy beginning to show strength.
LAP 66 -- Eric Berndt off the pace, heads to pit road under caution.
LAP 64 -- GREEN FLAG -- Stefanik makes run off Turn 2 on outside to nose ahead of Silk for lead.
LAP 62 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Field given one-to-go signal.
LAP 61 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Speeney was able to drive away from incident on his own. No other pit road takers besides Berndt and Pallai. 21 of 30 starters on lead lap.
LAP 60 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Silk leads Stefanik, Coby, Beers and Rudolph. Berndt and Pallai hit pit road. Ken Heagy the free pass recipient under this caution.
LAP 59 -- CAUTION -- Speeney backs into Turn 1 wall.
LAP 57 -- GREEN FLAG --Silk takes lead from Coby, putting that fresh rubber to good use.
LAP 55 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Running order heading to restart: Coby, Silk, Beers, Stefanik, Flemke, Rudolph, Szegedy, Tyler, Christopher and Berndt. One to go sign given.
LAP 52 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Richie Pallai Jr. is the free pass car under this caution. Doug Coby is the race leader after electing not to stop in the No. 92. Then Silk, who pitted for tires, is second. Cleanup work continues between Turns 1 and 2.
LAP 50 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Ron Silk wins the race off pit road over Beers, Stefanik, Flemke and early race leader Rudolph.
LAP 49 -- UNDER CAUTION -- Leaders all hit pit road -- in fact everybody but Heagy, Pallai, Coby, Dupuis, McDonald and Speeney make stops for tires.
LAP 48 -- CAUTION -- Jamie Tomaino and Woody Pitkat together between Turns 1 and 2 to bring out the caution.
LAP 46 -- The hood is off Pennink's car as the crew goes to work. Still plenty of smoke from that car, even as it's stopped in its pit stall.
LAP 43 -- Pennink gives up seventh position and heads to pit road with heavy smoke pouring from rear of the No. 93.
LAP 39 -- Points leader Bobby Santos sits 11th after starting 14th. Still green to this point in the race.
LAP 35 -- Top 6 have cleared lapped traffic. Rudolph, Stefanik, Szegedy, Christopher, Silk and Hossfeld all separated by between 6-8 car lengths.
LAP 32 -- Silk gets into back of Grigas as they battle for fifth in lapped traffic after Grigas gets loose off Turn 2.
LAP 28 -- In lapped traffic, Stefanik has now closed to within a few car lengths of leader Rudolph.
LAP 23 -- Jake Marosz black-flagged in the No. 38 for being unable to maintain minimum speed.
LAP 22 -- Rudolph still with half-straightaway lead over Stefanik, but starting to close on heavy lapped traffic.
LAP 20 -- Top 15: Rudolph, Stefanik, Grigas, Szegedy, Christopher, Silk, Hossfeld, Pennink, Flemke, Coby, Santos, Berndt, Beers, Preece and Bonsignore.
LAP 14 -- Still green as top-10 starts to string out early in Town Fair Tire 150.
LAP 10 -- Rudolph has built nearly a half-straightaway lead over Stefanik. Jake Marosz off the pace and down a lap early, now headed to pit road.
LAP 8 -- First side-by-side battle for position is for 21st and 22nd between Glen Reen and Jamie Tomaino.
LAP 3 -- Top 10 string out single-file. Rudolph, Stefanik, Grigas, Szegedy and Christopher the top-5.
9:39 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG -- Erick Rudolph leads first lap and Mike Stefanik follows him into second.



July 31 - Riverhead Raceway- NASCAR - 6
Rowan Pennink held off Ryan Preece in a late-race duel to claim the checkered flag in the Riverhead 200 and his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday night. The 24-year-old Huntingdon Valley, Pa., driver was making his 51st career start. He took the lead from Riverhead resident Kevin Goodale with 40 laps to go and weathered restarts on two ensuing cautions to bring home the win.Preece, who suffered a mid-race spin, came back through the field to finish second. He was followed in the top five by Ron Silk, Mike Stefanik and George Brunnhoelzl III. Brunnhoelzl, another Long Island native and the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, earned his first Coors Light Pole Award in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour earlier in the day.
Eric Beers, Eric Goodale, Jamie Tomaino, points leader Bobby Santos and Erick Rudolph rounded out the top 10.
Brunnhoelzl led a race-high 57 laps. Kevin Goodale led 51 circuits, his first laps led since June 2008, but suffered a late-race spin and finished one lap down in 15th.With another top-10 finish, Santos was able to grow his lead in the season standings to 67 points on Ted Christopher, who finished the race 12th.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Riverhead 200 Unofficial Results
Saturday At Riverhead Raceway, Riverhead, N.Y.
Lap length: 0.25 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (9) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 175 laps, 44.605 mph, $3,300.
2. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 175, $2,700.
3. (6) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 175, $1,800.
4. (12) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 175, $1,600.
5. (1) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 175, $2,100.
6. (10) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 175, $1,400.
7. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 175, $1,450.
8. (20) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 175, $1,200.
9. (15) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 175, $1,775.
10.(8) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 175, $1,150.
11. (22) Dave Brigati, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 175, $925.
12. (7) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 175, $1,000.
13. (28) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 175, $1,650.
14. (26) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 175, $850.
15. (5) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 174, $600.
16. (24) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 173, $775.
17. (2) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 173, $1,025.
18. (14) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 170, $700.
19. (18) Tony Ferrante, Jr., New Hyde Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 170, $475.
20. (23) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 169, $425.
21. (21) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 163, $600.
22. (16) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 129, $550.
23. (25) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124, $527.
24. (17) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 118, $500.
25. (27) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 81, $500.
26. (11) Chuck Steuer, Bohemia, N.Y., Chevrolet, 71, $300.
27. (19) Frank Vigliarolo, Jr., Mt. Sinai, N.Y., Chevrolet, 20, $300.
28. (4) Howie Brode, East Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 7, $300.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 58 minutes 51 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.346 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: G.Brunnhoelzl, III (76.181 mph, 11.814 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 68 laps.
Lead Changes: 9 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Bonsignore 1-25; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 26; J. Bonsignore 27-28; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 29-80; K. Goodale 81-89; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 90-91; K. Goodale 92; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 93-94; K. Goodale 95-135; R. Pennink 136-175.

9:34 p.m., Lap 175 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Rowan Pennink wins the Riverhead 200. It is his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. Ryan Preece is the runner-up and he is followed in the top 10 by Ron Silk, Mike Stefanik, George Brunnhoelzl III, Eric Beers, Eric Goodale, Jamie Tomaino, Bobby Santos and Erick Rudolph. RESULTS
Lap 174 -- WHITE FLAG: Pennink by a nose.
Lap 171 -- GREEN FLAG: Pennink got a big jump on the inside.
Lap 168 -- Pennink leads Preece, Silk, Stefanik and Beers under caution.
Lap 166 -- CAUTION NO. 9: K.Goodale spins.
Lap 160 -- Pennink leads Preece by 0.3 seconds with Silk a second and a half back in third.
Lap 150 -- Leaders are: Pennink, Preece, Silk, K.Goodale, Stefanik, Beers, Brunnhoelzl, Tomaino, E.Goodale and Rudolph.
Lap 143 -- GREEN FLAG: Pennink holds off K.Goodale at the line.
Lap 137 -- CAUTION NO. 8
Lap 136 -- Pennink has taken the lead from K.Gooda.e
Lap 127 -- Leaders are: K.Goodale, Pennink, Silk, Preece, Beers, Stefanik, Tomaino, Brunnhoelzl, Brigati and E.Goodale. Bonsignore has fallen off the pace.
Lap 125 -- GREEN FLAG: K.Goodale maintains lead on Pennink at the line.
Lap 119 -- CAUTION NO. 7: Civali in the wall in Turn 3, drives off to the pits.
Lap 115 -- K.Goodale leads Pennink by 0.2 seconds while Silk is another full second back of Pennink in third.
Lap 100 -- Brunnhoelzl is going backwards, now in sixth. K.Goodale, Pennink, Silk, Bonsignore and Preece lead.
Lap 95 -- K.Goodale and Pennink both get past Brunnhoelzl to lead.
Lap 93 -- GREEN FLAG: Brunnhoelzl takes back the lead on the outside, which now seems to be the preferred line.
Lap 90 -- Race leaders under caution are: K.Goodale, Brunnhoelzl, Pennink, Silk, Beers, Stefanik, Preece, Bonsignore, Rudolph, E.Goodale.
Lap 85 -- CAUTION NO. 6: Dupuis into the infield.
Lap 81 -- GREEN FLAG: K.Goodale blows past Brunnhoelzl on the outside row, takes the lead.
Lap 75 -- RED FLAG LIFTED, YELLOW DISPLAYED.
Lap 75 -- Leaders are scored under caution as: Brunnhoelzl, K.Goodale, Silk, Pennink, Beers, Bonsignore, Christopher, Stefanik, Preece and E.Goodale.
Lap 75 -- RED FLAG: Traffic on track stopped for clean-up. Steuer's car will go off on the hook.
Lap 73 -- CAUTION NO. 5: Multi-car spin.
Lap 70 -- K. Goodale around Silk for second place.
Lap 66 -- GREEN FLAG: Brunnhoelzl holds off Silk from the inside row.
Lap 58 -- CAUTION NO. 4: Santos and Flemke spin, but drive off.
Lap 55 -- No change in leaderboard. Leaders are starting to navigate lap traffic.
Lap 50 -- Brunnhoelzl has stretched it out to a two second lead.
Lap 45 -- Top 10 is: Brunnhoelzl, Silk, K.Goodale, Bonsignore, Pennink, Christopher, Beers, Rudolph, Stefanik and Flemke.
Lap 35 -- Bonsignore shuffled to fourth as Silk and K.Goodale get by.
Lap 31 -- GREEN FLAG: Brunnhoelzl maintains the lead on the inside.
Lap 26 -- CAUTION NO. 3: Car spin.
Lap 25 -- GREEN FLAG: Brunnhoelzl beat Bonsignore to the line on the outside.
Lap 20 -- Running order under caution: Bonsignore, Brunnhoelzl, Silk, K.Goodale, Christopher, Pennink, Rudolph, Beers, E.Goodale.
Lap 20 -- Multiple cars pitting. Szegedy drove off without a left front tire.
Lap 15 -- CAUTION NO. 2: Multi-car accident in Turn 2. All cars drive off.
Lap 12 -- GREEN FLAG: Bonsignore nips Brunnhoelzl.
Lap 7 -- Running order, under caution is: Bonsignore, Brunnhoelzl, Silk, K. Goodale, Rudolph. Brode has front end damage and has come off the track.
Lap 2 -- CAUTION NO. 1: Preece and Brode scrape the wall in Turn 3.
Lap 1 -- Bonsignore leads the first lap.
8:32 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG: George Brunnhoelzl III and Justin Bonsignore lead the field to the start line for the Riverhead 200.
8:30 p.m. -- Pace laps are underway.


July 24 - Mahoning 100 Poker Series - 4

By Dino Oberto

(LEHIGHTON, PA 7-24-10) Poker is a game of risk, chance and luck when it comes to winning. Just ask Chip Santee who, in the blink of an eye, saw his shot at the $3000 Poker Series jackpot in the Hand 2 Seven Card Stud Modified 100 slip through his fingers after the lapped car of Tommy Flanagan got in his path while leading and he was forced to back down to avoid a possible rear end collision with just under 30 laps to go. Earl Paules was the lucky card holder when all was said and done as the Palmerton hot-shoe was positioned to the outside of Santee and Flanagan and had the clear lane to take the lead and score the popular win over Anthony Sesely, John Markovic, Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman. Santee had been leading from lap 28 and although Paules was mounting a respectable challenge, it appeared be his race to lose. On lap 71 a caution was out for Flanagan had spun. He then ducked into the pits and as he was returning to rejoin the race the field was charging out of turn four to get the green. Flanagan came out in front of Santee and Paules Santee suddenly found his inside lane blocked and Paules was able to take advantage and move to the front. Santee was never able to regain his spot and even spun at one point while trying. “Chip (Santee) got a little short end of the deal when the 87 (Flanagan) came out of the pits but what can you do. You have to take advantage with things like that. I felt bad for him but I needed to get the lead right then because our car was tight and Chip was strong,” said Paules who notched his third 100 lap Mahoning win and 11th overall in a Modified. Time trials locked in the top 12 with Rich Kuilkem, Jr. setting fast time with a 9.880-second lap. For his efforts he received a $100 cash bonus. The field was inverted for the start with Matt Higgins and CJ Jones on the front row. When the race began Higgins led and was holding off Santee and Paules who were in a dogfight for second. Higgins was impressive in the way he led as both Santee and Paules tried several times but could not get past. Santee finally got a good run on lap 25 as he was able to dip underneath Higgins and finish off the pass on lap 28. Two laps later Paules was in second and it was then a heated battle with him and Santee. Lonnie Behler was running a strong fourth over proverbial favorite Beers. Beers got around Behler at lap 57 and then tucked in behind the top two. Sesely joined the front fray on lap 67.
Although Paules was making valid bids to get the lead, Santee was clearly better. He was finally starting to put distance between them until the ill-fated lap 71 caution arrived. It was indeed an unfortunate situation for Santee with the gaffe of Flanagan. “He was good and I was just trying to save my car,” noted Paules. After taking the lead Paules had to hold back Beers who tried on several restarts to overtake him and then Sesely who tried repeatedly near the closing laps but came up just short at the finish. The race took just over 30-minutes to complete. “I love that. There’s a great bunch of guys here and when these 100 lappers are held its good racing,” said Paules who drew an Ace of Spades as the suit for Hand 2. Since his first start on June 26 which he won, Sesely continued on his trend of being a front runner with his runner-up finish and has been a crowd pleaser with his ability of coming through traffic. “I’m just having so much fun here and be able race the way these guys do and run door-handle-to-door handle,” said Sesely. Markovic stormed from 15th to third and in doing so has the lead poker hand with a pair of Queens heading into the next 100-lap race on August 14. He was also third in Hand 1 on June 12. “It was a great night. Earl and Anthony did a great job and it’s always fun to come back to Mahoning,” said the former five time champion Markovic. “Doug (Hoffman, track promoter) has got a good thing going here. Everyone races fair, hard and clean.”

Modified Feature Finish, 100 Laps: 1.Earl Paules 2.Anthiny Sesely 3.John Markovic 4.Eric Beers 5.Mat Hirschman 6.Rob Shultz 7.Bobby Jones 8.Brian DeFebo 9.Chip Santee 10.Matt Higgins 11.CJ Jones 12.Terry Markovic 13.Scott Adams 14.John Bennett 15.Barry Callavini 16.Tommy Flanagan 17.Lonnie Behler 18.Tyler Haydt 19.Rich Kuilkem, Jr. 20.Don Wagner 21.Jimmy Zacharias 22.Lou Strohl 23.Joe Mooney DNQ: Jarred Nace


July 17 - Monadnock Speedway - NASCAR -10

by Polly Reid
Monadnock Speedway fans packed the house Saturday night welcoming the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the fast, high banked quarter mile speedway in Winchester. And in the end, the fans were not disappointed when the victory hinged on a green, white checkered finish between the two dominate drivers of the night, Ted Christopher and Erick Rudolph. Rudolph, who set fast time earning his first career NWMT pole earlier in the evening brought the 26 car field to green quickly establishing that his Al Heinke owned, Mohawk N.E./Original Pizza Logs sponsored Chevrolet was indeed the car to beat. The one up to the task was Christopher, the Plainville, CT driver had surged to the lead passing Rudolph after a restart just past the 150 mark and stayed strong and steady, holding off a tenacious Rudolph to capture the win, his second of the season for the Eddie Whelan owned, Al-Lee Installations sponsored Chevrolet. Ron Silk crossed for third with Eric Berndt and Bobby Santos the top five. “I’ve always had some fast cars here but never able to finish the deal,” said Christopher in victory lane. “I really have to thank Erick Rudolph for really running me clean, it was a good race with him, he’s definitely a talented young individual, he has a future in the modifieds. We’re gaining each week on it. We go to Riverhead in a couple of weeks and I really love that place too.”
“I haven’t run a lot here, but never been able to get a good handle on it. And not that tonight we had a great handle on it, just enough to win because Erick was definitely there. The restarts were tough,” admitted Christopher who lost the lead to Rudolph after a lap 108 restart. “Right on the bottom, there’s a bump right when you shift that really gets your car upset, it was a really hard angle on the bottom compared to the top side, it was sometimes better to be on the outside, but the last one, I wasn’t going to let that one get away, not with a green, white, checker.” The victory marks Christopher’s 36th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win bumping the 20008 Tour champion to 3rd on the all-time win list not to mention a boost in points, Christopher moving up a spot to second. “Every restart, it was who was going to be the quickest through one and two and be the guy into three,” explained Rudolph on the restarts. “It feels good to have a good finish. Just to get a top five finish and hopefully gain some momentum, we have some tracks coming up that we’re good at, we’re looking forward to those.” After collecting his first career pole, Rudolph was focused on the main event, but remained cautious. “Lately we’ve been doing real good in qualifying, not so good in the races, we’ve been having some mechanical issues. Hopefully we’ve got them figured out for tonight and get a strong finish.” Patience and persistent has been rewarded, the effort and hard work has finally paid off tonight. On a side note, when the Tour last visited Monadnock, Rudolph wasn’t born yet. However, that night, June 10, 1990, when Jamie Tomaino took the win in the NASCAR Winston Modified Tour Whitcomb 150, Charlie Rudolph, dad and current crew chief of the 98, finished seventh. Rudolph led twice for 138 laps of the 179 while Christopher led twice for 41 including the most important, the final circuit. “We started 16th, I’m real happy with third,” said Silk. “I’m disappointed I messed up in time trails, we had a really good car all day and I blew it in time. By the time I got to third, I had used up so much of my car to get there, I didn’t have anything left. It would have been nice to have at least raced a little bit with Erick and Teddy but I didn’t have anything for them.” While most of the field settled into single file racing at times, Silk did not. The Norwalk, CT driver was determined to move forward. “I got up into the outside lane on restarts, there was a lot of grip up there and I could carry a lot of momentum. Once the field singled out, I could drive onto the outside and beat them off.” A consistent night for George Brunnhoelzl, III of West Babylon, NY, his first time to Monadnock Speedway was a success crossing the line 6th. “We had a real good night. We had a long run car and on the one long run, we were able to pick up a few cars, but after the restarts, it would take 5, 7 laps to get going again. If we had a couple more laps at the end we could have gotten more but it was a good run. After the year we’ve been having, we’ll take a 6th place and hopefully roll a little momentum to another little track I like,” Brunnhoelzl said referring to the next race on the schedule, Riverhead. The 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, Brunnhoelzl is happy to have the opportunity to run the full Whelen Modified Tour this year in the Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast ride for car owner Robert Katon, Jr. “I’ve always wanted to run the Tour up here. My dad did, I grew up watching everybody run up here, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” The season was looking like a ‘pick and choose’ for Brunnhoelzl until a friend introduced him to Katon. A deal followed, “and it’s working out great. Hopefully we can turn this around now for the season.” The Monadnock 200 is now in the books, the 175 lap feature extended to 179 circuits was free of any serious incidents. The majority of cautions waved for cars with mechanical issues including title contenders Todd Szegedy and Ryan Preece who suffered uncharacteristic breakdowns resulting in dismal finishes for each. Meanwhile point leader Bobby Santos held on to cross the line a respectable fifth and will travel to Riverhead with a 56 point advantage over Christopher. Monadnock happens to be my home track and I’ve seen in years past a lot of modifieds run there but never the Tour, so this race was more than a little special to me. I can’t help but recognize the effort put out by the management to make the night a success. Here’s hoping it was enough of a success for a return visit much, much sooner than the next twenty. Ted Christopher celebrated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's return to the high banks of Monadnock Speedway with his 36th career victory Saturday.The win moved Christopher, the 2008 Tour champion, into sole possession of third place on the career win list. It's Christopher's second win of the season, allowing him to move past Tony Hirschman. The Plainville, Conn., driver now trails only Mike Stefanik (70 wins) and Reggie Ruggiero (44).
The Whelen Modified Tour was making its first race at the quarter-mile oval since 1990.Erick Rudolph, who won his first career 21 Means 21 pole award presented by Coors Light earlier in the day, led the first 95 laps before Christopher moved to the front. The two battled each other for the lead until Christopher moved out front for the final time on Lap 152. He held off Rudolph on a green-white-checkered finish. The scheduled 175-lap race was extended to 179 laps by a late caution. Christopher led twice for 41 laps, while Rudolph led twice for 138 laps.
Ron Silk followed Rudolph in third, with Eric Berndt fourth and points leader Bobby Santos fifth. George Brunnhoelzl III, James Civali, Glen Reen, Justin Bonsignore and Eric Beers completed the top 10.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Monadnock 200 Unofficial Results
Saturday At Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, N.H.
Lap length: 0.25 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 179 laps, 42.937 mph, $3,300.
2. (1) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $2,700.
3. (16) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 179, $2,550.
4. (3) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 179, $1,400.
5. (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 179, $1,500.
6. (7) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $1,400.
7. (14) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 179, $1,250.
8. (15) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 179, $1,000.
9. (10) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $1,475.
10. (18) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 179, $1,750.
11. (6) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 179, $1,125.
12. (22) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 136, $1,000.
13. (9) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 179, $900.
14. (17) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 179, $850.
15. (8) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $1,000.
16. (23) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $775.
17. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $525.
18. (11) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 178, $700.
19. (20) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 174, $675.
20. (19) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 173, $625.
21. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155, $600.
22. (13) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 155, $550.
23. (5) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 136, $527.
24. (21) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 105, water leak, $300.
25. (12) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 84, suspension, $500.
26. (25) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 4, accident, $300.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.144 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: E.Rudolph (72.446 mph, 12.423 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 65 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: E. Rudolph 1-94; T. Christopher 95-108; E. Rudolph 109-152; T. Christopher 153-179.

Lap By Lap: Monadnock 200

CHECKERED FLAG: Ted Christopher earns 36th career Whelen Modified Tour victory, giving him sole possession of third-place on the all-time list. Erick Rudolph second, and Ronnie Silk third. Eric Berndt and points leader Bobby Santos round out the top-five. George Brunnhoelzl III, James Civali, Glen Reen, Justin Bonsignore and Eric Beers complete the top-10.
Lap 178 -- G-W-C GREEN FLAG -- Christopher leads into turn one on bottom. Rudolph settles in for second.
Lap 172 -- Under caution. The top-10 coming up to G-W-C are Christopher, Rudolph, Silk, Berndt, Santos, Brunnhoelzl, Civali, Reen, Bonsignore and Beers.
Lap 168 -- CAUTION 8 -- Wade Cole in outside wall in turn three. Likely to have a green-white-checkered finish.
Lap 165 -- Ten laps remaining. Silk won't have enough time to catch Christopher, Rudolph at front of field if race continues to go green the rest of the way.
Lap 158 -- Christopher and Rudolph pulling away at front. Ron Silk has gotten back around Eric Berndt for third. Bobby Santos holding fifth.
Lap 152 -- GREEN FLAG -- NEW LEADER -- Lightning flashes over backstretch. Christopher takes lead into turn three.
Lap 146 -- CAUTION 7 -- Flemke, Hossfeld both drive right down pit road.
Lap 142 -- GREEN FLAG -- Rudolph easily away from Christopher again.
Lap 135 -- Under caution with 40 laps remaining. Rudolph, Christopher, Silk, Santos, Berndt, Stefanik, Brunnhoelzl, Civali, Reen and Flemke the top-10 as they run. Twenty-three of 26 starters still on track.
Lap 133 -- CAUTION 6 -- Big pileup in turn three, right in front of leaders. Rudolph and Christopher have to check up big time to avoid.
Lap 132 -- Rudolph continues to lead Christopher by a car length.
Lap 125 -- 50 laps remaining. Rudolph holding Christopher off. Silk has taken over third, with Santos and Berndt rounding out the top-five.
Lap 118 -- Rudolph and Christopher with straightaway lead over third place Santos.
Lap 110 -- GREEN FLAG -- NEW LEADER -- Christopher loose off turn four on restart. Rudolph retakes lead as they head into turn one. Clear by two car lengths.
Lap 100 -- Under caution. 75 laps remaining. Christopher ahead of Rudolph, Santos, Berndt and Silk.
Lap 98 -- CAUTION 5 -- A couple of cars spinning in turn three. Bush and Dupuis involved.
Lap 95 -- GREEN FLAG -- NEW LEADER -- Christopher clears Rudolph for lead into turn three.
Lap 88 -- Still under caution. Running order has Rudolph, Christopher, Santos, Berndt, Silk, Brunnhoelzl, Stefanik, Civali, Flemke and Reen as the top-10.
Lap 84 -- CAUTION 4 -- Todd Szegedy spins alone on the top of turn four.
Lap 80 -- No changes to top-five. Christopher is still riding behind Rudolph as leaders in considerable lapped traffic.
Lap 70 -- Rudolph has led every lap. Christopher inching closer to his rear bumper. Santos third, Berndt fourth and Silk riding in the fifth spot.
Lap 62 -- Ronnie Silk making the biggest moves. He's already up into top-5.
Lap 56 -- Field starting to string out. No changes to top-5. A car length at least separates each position in top-10.
Lap 50 -- Top 10: Rudolph, Christopher, Santos, Berndt, Stefanik, Silk, Brunnhoelzl, Civali, Flemke and Hossfeld.
Lap 45 -- GREEN FLAG -- Again, Rudolph leads drag race into turn one. Christopher looks outside unsuccessfully into turn three.
Lap 42 -- Several cars return from pits, including Bonsignore, Tomaino and Bush. Preece still hasn't returned after leaving prior to green flag.
Lap 38 -- CAUTION 3 -- Richie Pallai Jr. stalled on frontstretch.
Lap 37 -- GREEN FLAG -- Rudolph and Christopher pull away from leaders.
Lap 33 -- Still under caution. Rudolph leading with Christopher, Santos, Berndt and Stefanik behind him.
Lap 30 -- CAUTION 2 -- Eric Goodale spins on frontstretch as he exits turn four.
Lap 25 -- Rudolph, Christopher, Santos, Berndt, Stefanik, Brunnhoelzl, Pennink, Hossfeld, Flemke, Goodale the top-10.
Lap 19 -- Jamie Tomaino, the last driver to win a WMT race at Monadnock (1990) is off the pace.
Lap 15 -- Christopher has moved by Santos for second. Rudolph, Christopher have two car lengths on Santos in third.
Lap 13 -- GREEN FLAG -- Rudolph leads field into turn one. Santos challenges into turn three.
Lap 10 -- Still under caution. Rudolph leads Santos, Christopher, Berndt and Stefanik.
Lap 5 -- CAUTION 1 -- Chain reaction, cars checking up between turns three and four. Jake Marosz stopped int turn four.
8:58 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG -- Erick Rudolph leads lap 1 by a few car lengths.
8:57 p.m. -- Green flag waved off with Ryan Preece stalled on backstretch. Back underway on his own, but headed down pit road.
8:53 p.m. -- Engines have been fired on frontstretch at Monadnock Speedway. Up next: 175 laps for the Whelen Modified Tour.
8:47 p.m. -- Driver introductions underway here at Monadnock Speedway. A couple of minutes from the green flag.
CHECKERED FLAG: Woody Pitkat has won the 25-lap qualifying race to earn starting position No. 17. He is followed by Eric Beers and Wade Cole.
Lap 20 -- Pitkat and Beers have pulled away with Cole now in third.
Lap 15 -- No change in leaders.
Lap 10 -- Pitkat stretching lead on Beers with Dupuis, Cole and Bush trailing.
Lap 5 -- Pitkat, Dupuis, Beers, Cole, Pallai.
Lap 2 -- Pitkat goes around Dupuis for the lead with Beers in third.
7:26 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG: Dupuis leads at the line.
7:24 p.m. -- Qualifying race set to take green. Lineup is: Dupuis, Cole, Pitkat, Beers, Pallai, Tomaino, Bush, Knoll, Marosz, McDonald.
7:18 p.m. -- The Monadnock Mini-Stock features has just completed. After Victory Lane, the Whelen Modified Tour 25-lap qualifying race will get underway.
6:36 p.m. -- Top-16 qualifiers are locked into the Monadnock 200. The remaining 10 will compete in the 25-lap qualifying race later this evening. The 16 drivers already qualified (in order)are: Erick Rudolph, Bobby Santos, Eric Berndt, Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece/Mike Stefanik, Eric Beers, Eric Goodale, Rowan Pennink, Justin Bonsignore/Chuck Hossfeld, Todd Szegedy, Ed Flemke Jr., James Civali, Glen Reen and Ron Silk.
6:29 p.m. -- Erick Rudolph takes first career Coors Light Pole Award here at Monadnock Speedway. He's followed in top-5 by Bobby Santos, Eric Berndt, Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece. There is no re-draw for starting position in the Monadnock 200.
6:24 p.m. -- Bobby Santos followed Berndt with a potential pole-qualifying lap and is now atop the board.
6:23 p.m. -- With six cars left to take time, Eric Berndt just bumped Christopher off the provisional pole.
6:18p.m. -- Ted Christopher, the 15th car out, just moved to the top of the board.
6:12 p.m. -- After 10 cars, Brunnhoelzl remains on the provisional pole.
6:07 p.m. -- After five cars, George Brunnhoelzl III is atop the board.
6 p.m. -- Qualifying is now underway. Chuck Hossfeld will be the first car out. Cars will have four laps - a warm-up, two hot and one cool-down lap. Skies are partly sunny.
4:35 p.m. -- The sun has returned to the track.
4:24 p.m. -- A spot shower moved in over the track and the last six minutes of practice were called off. Civali finished as the fastest car with a quick lap of 12.542 seconds (71.759 mph). Berndt, Pennink, Silk and Preece rounded out the top five.
4:15 p.m. -- With 15 minutes left in final practice, Berndt still paces the field. Rowan Pennink and Ron Silk are just behind him on the speed chart.
4:05 p.m. -- Preece coasted into the infield and needed a push off the track.
4 p.m. -- Twenty-five cars have practiced and Berndt is atop the board followed by Civali and Preece. Some cloud cover has moved in over the speedway.
3:50 p.m. -- Caution out for spin by Danny Knoll Jr. No contact made.
3:45 p.m. -- Final practice is underway.
1:45 p.m. -- First practice is complete. Christopher ended up with the fastest car lap at 12.633 seconds (71.242 mph). James Civali, Mike Stefanik, Todd Szegedy and Berndt were the five fastest cars. PRACTICE RESULTS
1:25 p.m. -- Ted Christopher, Berndt at Preece are the three fastest as 22 cars have participated.
1:15 p.m. -- Twenty cars have been on the track so far. Woody Pitkat, Eric Berndt and Ryan Preece have recorded the three fastest times.
1 p.m. -- First practice is underway.
11:30 a.m. -- There are 26 cars unloaded for tonight's race. Glenn Tyler and Ken Heagy have withdrawn. The drivers meeting is complete and the first on-track activity will be first practice starting at 1 p.m.

July 3- Lime Rock Speedway - NASCAR - 25

Something broke in the motor

LIME ROCK, CT------It was wine and cheese fans move over, the beer drinking, hot dog eating fans of NASCAR took over the Lime Rock Park for the day and what they saw was a historic first and not a bad race as the Whelen modified tour made their first ever stop at the historic road course located in the northwest corner of Connecticut. When the schedule was released it was circled on many in the modified communities calendar and while the tour supplied just 25 cars, it proved to be an entertaining event that was dominated by Todd Szegedy but won by road racing specialist , Dale Quarterley as he pass Todd with just four laps remaining.It also proved to be a good days for the points chasers as points leader, Bobby Santos III suffered his first DNF of the season as he hand grenaded a motor towards the end of the race, bringing out the final caution with fewer than 10 laps remaining. While it did close up the points somewhat, Santos did manage to record a 17th place finish while T.C., Ted Christopher managed a fifth place tally after running second most of the race, at times swapping the spot with Mike Stefanik. The road course of Lime Rock, which usually host the exotic looking cars of the BMW’s, Lexus and Porsche, this time it was the open wheeled modifieds and the fendered series cars of the NASCAR K and N Series and the crowd responded as thousands of people brought their portable chairs and found their favorite place to sit or to roam the grounds and get a different perspective of the world famous track. For those who have never been to the 1.5 mile road course, there are no stands so the fans are allowed to sit wherever. There are several hills to catch a glimpse of the road course but like most road courses, no place to watch the entire race. Some fans prefer the infield watching them enter the first turn at the end of the long straight-away and make their way through the first set of turns while many like sitting on the outside of the track and watching the pit action, long straight and winding turns. But it was definitely a NASCAR day as most fans were garnished wearing NASCAR garb and swilling beer and while this was an expensive day for Lime Rock Park track owner, Skip Barber, with the two purses, the crowd was certainly a good starting point for what could become a huge crowd in future years but NASCAR, everyone agrees needs to schedule another road course for next year and in the future to cut down on the cost to the modified teams. While the modified tour has only driven at Watkins Glen, in the past, there is the new road course in New Jersey and according to a NASCAR rep, a road course in Canada, right on the border of the two countries. This reporter was surprised by the lack of cars but according to most teams, they felt it was right because of the cost of switching the car over to turn both left and right. One veteran modified crew chief told me that it cost several thousand dollars to convert the usually left turning cars only into something that is respectable on the twisting and turning road course. While the roar of the start of a modified race is usually ear screaming, you definitely knew the 600 horse powered machines were taking the green at Lime Rock as the engine sound reverberated throughout the mountains surrounding the track. All in all, it was a successful debut for the NASCAR Whelen modified tour cars and it added another first time winner to the long list of race winners on the tour.

SOME NAYSAYERS

While many thought the mods put on a good race for the first time, one former NASCAR employee that was based in Daytona said it was just too much money for many of the teams and thus the lack of cars and he blamed his former employees for putting the cars out of their element. “It’s just too much money. From the time you get done switching the A frame over, the air cleaner, move suspension around it’s a very expensive deal for these teams.”
He did acknowledge that another road course in the future would allow the teams to either build a road racing car or to split up the cost of the Transmission and other parts over the cost of two or three road course events.
But while he softened somewhat on the cars at Lime Rock, he said the race at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. could be terrible for the tour. “$2,600 to win. You’re going to get the point chasers and that’s about it figuring that they would have less cars than the 25 that showed up at Lime Rock and he is convinced that the Daytona brass feels what they are doing with the tour will work with these patch work small purse tracks but added they aren’t dealing in the real world.
The teams just can’t afford to lose money each and every race he added.

K & N SERIES HURTING TOO

While the modifieds were paired with their K & N East series cousins, it gave me the chance to see some old modified friends now living down south and working on the developmental series. Two of them are Clyde McLeod, who at one time was general manager of Sherwood Racing that propelled Mike McLaughlin to the modified title and Mike Greci, a onetime modified car owner as both work for Michael Waltrip racing series driver, Ryan Truex, brother of Cup driver Martin. Both said they hardly know anyone connected with the modified tour, other than the standouts like Mike Stefanik, a driver that Greci won two Busch North titles with and Ted Christopher and Ed Flemke, Jr.

1. (6) Dale Quarterly, Westfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 66 laps, 65.335 mph, $6,900.
2. (1) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 66, $4,100.
3. (8) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 66, $3,000.
4. (7) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 66, $2,500.
5. (2) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 66, $2,450.
6. (4) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 66, $3,000.
7. (9) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 66, $2,200.
8. (18) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 66, $2,100.
9. (21) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 66, $2,750.
10. (22) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 66, $1,900.
11. (13) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 66, $1,900.
12. (23) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 66, $1,700.
13. (19) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 66, $1,600.
14. (17) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 65, $1,540.
15. (24) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 63, $1,525.
16. (3) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 63, $1,490.
17. (10) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 62, engine, $1,575.
18. (14) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 61, $1,640.
19. (25) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 53, accident, $1,440.
20. (16) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 46, $1,440.
21. (11) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 41, engine, $1,840.
22. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 28, $1,440.
23. (12) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 23, engine, $1,540.
24. (15) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 20, engine, $1,440.
25. (20) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 20, engine, $1,540.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 30 minutes 55 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.784 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Szegedy (101.697 mph, 53.009 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Szegedy 1-62; D. Quarterly 63-66.



June 26 - New Hampshire Speedway - NASCAR- 10

Ryan Newman passed Ted Christopher in Turn 3 of the final lap and held off New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s winningest driver to earn his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday afternoon.
Newman, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular, made his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start for car owner and 2010 Daytona 500 winning crew chief Kevin Manion. Newman and Christopher put on a memorable show in the closing laps of the New England 100. They came to the white flag side by side, and after Christopher nosed into the lead on the backstretch, Newman used the outside to make the winning pass.Newman's margin of victory was .125 seconds. Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award in Thursday's qualifying. He led three times Saturday for 28 laps.Christopher, who led six times for a race-high 40 laps, has 10 career wins at New Hampshire - five in the Modifieds and five in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Newman's best finish in a Modified prior to this weekend was eighth in Sept. of 2009. Ryan Preece followed across the line in third to tie his previous career-best finish in Loudon, while points leader Bobby Santos came home fourth. Ron Silk rounded out the top five. Ed Flemke Jr. was sixth, followed by James Civali, Doug Coby, Woody Pitkat and Eric Beers. There were 15 official lead changes between six drivers, although as typical for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire, there were often multiple swaps for the lead in single laps. Despite a season-low finish, Santos distanced himself in the season standings on Saturday. He now has 900 points through five races while Christopher moved into second with 771. Todd Szegedy is third with 758, while Mike Stefanik fell from second to fourth with 728. Both Szegedy and Stefanik were involved in separate incidents; Szegedy finished 15th, while Stefanik was 27th and 38 laps down.

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. (1) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 100 laps, 84.509 mph, $15,800.
2. (8) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $11,800.
3. (12) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $8,800
4. (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 100, $7,400.
5. (7) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $4,800.
6. (17) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $4,050.
7. (11) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 100, $3,950.
8. (6) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $3,200.
9. (27) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $4,250.
10. (23) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 100, $3,350.
11. (22) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $3,350.
12. (15) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $3,450.
13. (16) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $2,950.
14. (29) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $3,025.
15. (3) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 100, $2,900.
16. (26) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $3,375.
17. (28) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 100, $2,350.
18. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 100, $2,725.
19. (34) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $2,700.
20. (35) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $2,543.
21. (31) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $2,125.
22. (32) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 99, $2,500.
23. (19) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 83, $2,375.
24. (25) L.W. Miller, Dushore, Pa., Pontiac, 83, $1,947.
25. (18) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 83, $2,300.
26. (30) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 74, $2,200.
27. (13) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 62, $2,300.
28. (4) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 58, $2,300.
29. (21) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 49, accident, $2,200.
30. (10) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Ford, 46, $2,300.
31. (5) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 37, engine, $1,800.
32. (36) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 37, overheating, $1,800.
33 (33) Joe Hartmann, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 13, engine, $1,800.
34. (20) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 3, $1,800.
35. (9) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Ford, 2, accident, $1,800.0.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 15 minutes 7 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.125 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Newman (128.402 mph, 29.663 seconds)
Did Not Start: Richard Savary, Mike Christopher
Caution Flags: 7 for 26 laps.Lead Changes: 15 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Newman 1-8; T. Christopher 9-40; E. Goodale 41-44; D. Coby 45; B. Santos 46-58; T. Christopher 59-60; D. Coby 61-64; T. Christopher 65; B. Santos 66; T. Christopher 67; B. Santos 68-69; T. Christopher 70-72; R. Silk 73-79; R. Newman 80-98; T. Christopher 99; R. Newman 100.




June 12 Mahoning Speedway Poker- 2

As Eric staes below - Bobby Jones had the better car on this night. Eric fought a very very loose car for most of the night. The crew of Glenn, Terri, Sluggo and Howie did a great job bringing home a 2nd place finish

This past Saturday night the personable Jones furthered his endeavors with a rousing victory in one of the infamous 100-lap Modified races to his resume. Jones, who started ninth in the 21-car field, did something that is tough to do in these Mahoning century runs, he passed Eric Beers for the lead and in doing so went on to notch his biggest career win in the Hand One 7 Card Stud 100. The Walnutport ace collected $3000 for his effort. “I can’t believe this. This year just started out bad, I thought it was anyway and I was close to maybe thinking about taking a break and instead here we are winning again. We won last week (Sundance) and again tonight. This is good,” said Jones. “I haven’t won and been in Victory Circle for a while and tonight we earned it because I’m tired.” It was the first time Jones had won at Mahoning since July 9, 2005. After an inversion of the top 12 in time trials, Tommy Flanagan and Lonnie Behler brought the field to Dick Brown’s race commencing green. Flanagan led the opening circuit and on the next go-around it was Behler showing the way. Third starting Beers drove to the outside lane and went by Flanagan and then Behler for the lead with five laps in. The first 23 circuits were clicked off in a fast pace as Beers was very strong and pulling away from the pack. Moments before he was attempting to go past the first of the back-markers, the first of six cautions waved. On the restart Beers had Behler, Flanagan, Earl Paules and John Markovic sharing the top five. On the restart Behler faded back and Flanagan assumed second. Flanagan then kept within reach of Beers, never allowing pulling away as he did in the opening green flag stretch. Jones emerged into the front five at the same time and ten laps later was fourth behind Markovic. As Beers remained in command over Flanagan, Jones jumped to third a lap shy of the midway point which also saw a caution period.
On the restart he lined up behind Beers and followed his tire path to second and then went side-by-side. What would turn out to be the final caution on lap 56 for a solo spin by Rick Reichenbach, Jones simply outgunned Beers for the lead at the restart. The rest of the way all Beers could do was watch as he never mounted a challenge. Jones went on to a .739-second margin of victory.
“I thought he (Beers) was just riding it and then on that restart (lap 56) I told myself I had to go for it. I knew the car was really good on the outside. That first 100-lapper (April 17), we where a lapped car and I vowed to come back tonight and redeem myself but this is beyond what I expected,” said Jones who then pulled the Ace of Diamonds for the suite for the opening poker hand. Beers, Markovic, Flanagan and Brian DeFebo rounded out the top five with Chip Santee, Rick Kirkendall, Don Wagner, Paulus and Rob Shultz completing the top 10. “We had the second best car here tonight,” bottom lined Beers. “Bobby (Jones) was definitely better than us. He had a good restart there. We ran side-by-side, I gave him his lane and he gave me mine and he ended up just driving around me. Hats off to him and his guys they did a heck of a job.” “I’d like to congratulate Bobby. He was spot on, drove the wheels off the car, ran everybody clean and that’s Mahoning Valley,” added Markovic. As the top qualifier in time trials, Wagner, 9.855-second 91.324 mph, was awarded a wheel courtesy of Bair's Wheel Repair of New Ringgold.


Modified Feature Finish, 100 Laps: 1.Bobby Jones 2.Eric Beers 3.John Markovic 4.Tom Flanagan 5.Brian DeFebo 6.Chip Santee 7.Rick Kirkendall 8.Don Wagner 9.Earl Paules 10.Rob Shultz 11.Matt Hirschman 12.Lou Strohl 13.Rick Reichenbach 14.Jarred Nace 15.Lonnie Behler 16.John Bennett 17.Zane Zeiner 18.Tyaler Haydt 19.Andy Szapacs 20.Scott Adams 21.Matt Wentz Did not start: Matt Higgins, Terry Markovic



June 6 - Martinsville Speedway - NASCAR - 7

The DeLange Team rebounds to a top ten finish

The 76 DeLange Racing Modified Team went to Martinsville and had a strong weekend. The weekend at the historic Speedway in Virginia started off right by Eric being 2nd fastest in both practice sessions and followed it up with a 9th place qualifying run and a 3rd place starting position.

To cap off qualifying day the team took a road trip to the home of the Madhouse TV show, Bowman Gray Stadium. The guys are still talking about what a great atmosphere the racing that this venue provides. They also enjoyed spending a rare night watching races from the grandstands (and not having to work on the car) and now have a new appreciation on the passion of the fans that their performance on the track provides.

Race Day started off very hot (Temperature) with a two hour autograph session. The bright orange 76 was definitely an attraction as the lines never died down until the end of the session. On the track the day started out good as Eric ran the beginning of the race conservatively and up near the front with the leader, (“Just riding making sure I had plenty of room in front of me and saving our brakes for a good run at the end”, Eric stated

When it came time for the pit stops, the plan was to take gas first and then come in for tires (as per the rules for the race to pit separately). The 76 came into the pits for gas, went around and came in for tires. When they went to lift the right side up the jack hick upped for just a spilt second which threw off the timing for the stop. Adding to that, pit road speed is 35mph while on the track yellow flag speed is 35 mph. Thus causing the 76 to go down a lap in 22nd spot.

When racing resumed the car was good and Eric passed a bunch of cars to get in a position to be the lucky dog (because there sure was enough cautions, 18 for 119 laps). In hindsight, coming out where Eric did might have actually turned out to be the best strategy of the day because where Eric would have came out, is where the majority of the accidents and smashing was taking place.

Eric worked his way up to the fourth position towards the end but the car ended up getting just a tick tight AND more importantly ended up being on the outside for every restart which is not where you want to be at Martinsville.

Good 7th place finish – Car worked Good and is in one piece heading to Mahoning for the opening Hand of the 2010 Poker Series.

SANTOS KEEPS ROLLING WITH MARTINSVILLE WIN
Three Triumphs In Four 2010 Races

Bobby Santos' dream season continued Sunday at Martinsville Speedway as he captured the checkered flag in the Made In America Whelen 200. Santos pulled away from the field on a green-white-checkered finish to claim his third win in four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races to start the 2010 season. Rookie Justin Bonsignore had a career-best second-place finish, followed by Todd Szegedy. Mike Stefanik, the defending race winner, settled for fourth. Stefanik, who won the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday, lined up on the outside of the front row on the final restart but was shuffled back on the final two laps. Burt Myers finished fifth. James Civali, Eric Beers, Woody Pitkat, Richie Pallai Jr. and Wade Cole rounded out the top 10. The 24-year-old Santos, from Franklin, Mass., entered the season with one career win in 28 Tour starts and had never run a full season. Late in the offseason, he was picked to replace defending champion Donny Lia in the No. 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge when Lia departed to run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Santos has responded with three Coors Light Pole Awards and three wins. Santos finished second in the race he did not win, and has forged an 89-point lead in the standings on Stefanik. Ron Silk appeared to have a car to challenge Santos. However, he pulled out of the lead under caution on Lap 174 and ran out of gas on pit lane. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track Saturday, June 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

NASCAR WMT - Made In America Whelen 200 Unofficial Results
Sunday At Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Lap length: 0.526 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 204 laps, 52.917 mph, $7,000.
2. (16) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 204, $3,800.
3. (10) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 204, $3,000.
4. (9) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 204, $4,100.
5. (23) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 204, $1,950.
6. (28) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 204, $2,900.
7. (3) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 204, $2,200.
8. (31) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 204, $4,350.
9. (24) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 204, $2,000.
10. (29) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 204, $1,900.
11. (20) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 204, $1,400.
12. (1) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, N.C., Ford, 204, $1,300.
13. (30) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 204, $1,200.
14. (35) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 200, $1,100.
15. (8) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 198, fuel pump, $1,575.
16. (6) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 197, $1,550.
17. (17) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 190, clutch, $1,425.
18. (2) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 189, $1,500.
19. (33) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 173, $1,400.
20. (5) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 171, accident, $1,400.
21. (27) L.W. Miller, Dushore, Pa., Pontiac, 162, power steering, $1,000.
22. (15) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 161, accident, $1,400.
23. (14) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 161, accident, $1,400.
24. (21) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 160, accident, $1,600.
25. (11) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 142, transmission, $1,400.
26. (19) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 132, $1,400.
27. (12) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126, accident, $1,500.
28. (36) Bryan Dauzat, Midland, N.C., Chevrolet, 108, accident, $1,000.
29. (7) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 106, $1,400.
30. (26) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 100, accident, $1,500.
31. (18) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Ford, 91, suspension, $1,000.
32. (13) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 72, engine, $1,500.
33. (25) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 47, oil leak, $1,000.
34. (34) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 43, power steering, $1,000.
35. (37) Jonny Kievman, Deerfield Beach, Fla., Chevrolet, 33, accident, $1,000.
36. (32) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 29, accident, $400.
37. (22) Zach Brewer, Winstom-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 27, fuel pump, $0.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours 1 minute 40 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.207 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: M.Stefanik (99.386 mph, 19.053 seconds)
Caution Flags: 18 for 119 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Christopher 1-37; R. Preece 38-85; T. Christopher 86-91; W. Pitkat 92-136; B. Santos 137-144; R. Silk 145-174; B. Santos 175-204.



May 28 - Stafford Speedway - NASCAR- 28

The team will look to rebound from a 28th place finish at Stafford. The car was good - maybe just a little tight but they were moving forward and passing cars until a restart on lap 42 when the left frof the 76 car bumped another car snapping Eric around grazing the wall and bending up the left front suspension

Bobby Santos edged Jimmy Blewett in a dramatic two-lap dash to the finish to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday. Santos and Blewett battled back-and-forth throughout the late stages of the event, which was extended with two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish due to late-race cautions. After Santos jumped the final restart on lap 135, he was ordered to let Blewett pull even at the line. Blewett nipped Santos as they took the white flag, but Santos was able to battle back to capture his second win of the season and the third of his career. They were followed by Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece and Rob Summers in third through fifth. Completing the top 10 were Eric Berndt, Mike Stefanik, Erick Rudolph, George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss. Santos won his third pole in three attempts during qualifying earlier in the day and following the redraw started the race on the outside of the front row. Eric Berndt was successful in battling Santos for the early lead and paced the field for the majority of the race. Berndt had extended his lead to 2.5 seconds by lap 90, but he lost the top spot when he faltered on a lap 108 restart - giving the lead to Chuck Hossfeld. When Hossfeld was spun by Blewett a few laps later, however, Santos took advantage to gain the lead.
Santos then had to contend with Blewett through the final stages of the race. Santos, from Franklin, Mass., also captured the season opener at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on April 11. Friday’s win was the third of his career and propelled him to a 64-point lead in the standings.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Unofficial Results
Friday At Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn.

Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 137 laps, 67.377 mph, $6,600.
2. (10) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 137, $2,900.
3. (13) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 137, $2,500.
4. (12) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 137, $2,000.
5. (8) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 137, $2,050.
6. (4) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 137, $1,800.
7. (14) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 137, $1,850.
8. (25) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, $2,050.
9. (5) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, $1,750.
10. (22) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 137, $1,200.
11. (7) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, $1,450.
12. (9) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 137, $1,600.
13. (1) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 137, $1,575.
14. (27) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 137, $1,450.
15 (3) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, $1,425.
16 (6) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, $1,000.
17. (28) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 137, $1,375.
18. (26) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 134, $1,350.
19. (30) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 133, $1,325.
20. (29) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 133, $1,300.
21. (11) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 131, $1,250.
22. (20) Tim Arre, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 129, $800.
23. (19) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 129, $1,250.
24. (17) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 128, $1,150.
25. (23) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 128, $1,350.
26. (18) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 128, $1,250.
27. (21) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 127, $1,150.
28. (15) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 120, $750.
29. (24) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 118, $1,200.
30. (16) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 80, $1,185.
31. (31) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 22, handling, $1,080.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 1 minute 0 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.166 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Santos (99.502 mph, 18.09 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 35 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Santos 1; E. Berndt 2-4; B. Santos 5-10; E. Berndt 11-108; C. Hossfeld 109-110; B. Santos 111-137.


By Polly Reid:
‘Instant Classic’ when something is so good you want to see it again and again would be the best way to describe Bobby Santos edge of your seat win over Jimmy Blewett in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway. The Franklin, Mass. driver survived two green-white checker restarts, going a dozen laps past the posted distance, finally besting Blewett for the victory, his second of the young season. Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece and Robbie Summers rounded out the top five. “It was awesome,“ said Santos in victory lane. “I got to thank Bob Garbarino, Bob Mueller and the whole team, they did an unbelievable job, they gave me a great car. Jimmy taught me a lot those last couple of laps, he took me to school, I got a freebie tonight.” Had the race ended after the first or even the second green white checker attempt, it may have been Blewett in the headline. In the closing circuits, Blewett dove low into one getting under Santos to emerge with a slight lead out of two just as the caution flag waved, Santos remaining the leader. Blewett repeated what appeared to be the exact move, again it worked. Again however, Blewett would be denied as yet another yellow came out, Santos remaining on the point. The race now 10 laps over the advertised distance, Santos accelerated too early for the NASCAR officials liking and word was quickly relayed from the Tower, Santos must let Blewett run even with him. “It all happened so fast, I knew I jumped early,“ confessed Santos. “It was a mistake. It all happened so fast, you don’t really think, you just do it.” Santos immediately complied as the white flag waved for the final circuit. But Santos would not be denied, holding his line low, Santos was back up to speed loosing minimal momentum. Side by side, Blewett and Santos rounded the final turn and at the line it was the 24 year old in the Garbarino Mystic Missile Dodge taking the win. “Bobby’s a good driver and my hat’s off to the 4 team they did an excellent job tonight,” said Blewett. “But I have to take my hat off to my guys, this is two races here where we’ve been up front and a contender.” Blewett, genuinely pleased with his finish continued, “Maybe it wasn’t my day. I feel you got to earn the win. I guess I have to earn it a little more.” The Howell, NJ driver hopes the next time he gets behind the wheel of the Ling Trucking, Atlantic Sprinkler sponsored, Barney owned Chevrolet, that he parks it victory lane.
On the move was Ridgefield, CT driver Todd Szegedy who had a front seat view of the action unfolding in front of his UNOH, Wisk, Snuggle Ford. Taking the green 13th, Szegedy held his ground and after running as high as second, brought the Mike Smeriglio owned machine across the line for third. “Usually we burn up the right rear. This time we actually burnt the right front up. Very rare but to me that’s a good sign because we’ve done something good. We’ve changed the characteristic of the car,” explained Szegedy about searching for the perfect setup. “ Now we can go back the other way and hopefully that works.” Santos set fast time earlier in the day taking his third pole and now his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season. “It’s just a sign of what a good team I’m driving for. They’re the defending championship team and they’re proving it right now. I’m like one of the crew members, filling an empty seat on the team. They’re prepared, I’m just happy that I can step in and do a good job for them, try to keep the team going.” Santos, who scored a win last week in Iowa in a USAC midget was hours away from catching a flight to Indy for the ‘night before the 500’ midget race in the same car he took the checkers with one week ago. While the end of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 was challenged with yellows in the closing laps, it was long green runs that ruled the first three-quarters of the event with Eric Berndt leading the way pulling away from the field. A caution just past the century mark closed the field up and it was Chuck Hossfeld in the Ed Bennett Chevrolet passing Berndt for the lead on the restart. Unfortunately Hossfeld would become the next caution when running out of real estate was tapped from behind, the Ransomville, NY driver taking an unwanted spin into the infield. Hossfeld recovered to cross the line fifteenth while Berndt, clearly a force to be reckoned with in the early going, brought his North End Auto Parts Chevrolet home sixth. If there were a story in a story, it would be Robbie Summers of Vernon, CT who remained consistent and patient throughout the evening bringing home a fifth place finish for the Frasco Fuel Oil, Merrill Electric Chevrolet. “Finally we had a little bit of luck come our way,” said Summers. “The car was awesome right off the trailer.” A testament to the motto ‘never give up’, Summers will be the first to tell you they’ve had “some of the weirdest things happen” to them including battery problems at the Sizzler resulting in a dismal finish. “I’m happy for Bill (Frasco) and Guy (Ronzoni), I’m happy for the whole team.” Running a part time schedule, Summers last top five came in 2008. “We had a solid race day. Hopefully we can keep on going.” With momentum on their side, Summers next race will most likely be New Hampshire 100 on June 26th.


LAP BY LAP RESULTS

CHECKERED FLAG: Bobby Santos has won the TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Santos got past Jimmy Blewett on the white flag lap for his second win of the season and third of his career. Blewett finished second, followed by Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece, Rob Summers, Eric Berndt, Mike Stefanik, Erick Rudolph, George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss.

Lap 136 -- After Blewett nipped Santos at the line, Santos moved back past Blewett on the white flag lap.
Lap 135 -- GREEN FLAG: Santos jumps the restart. He is ordered to let Blewett pull even by the line or face a penalty.
Lap 134 -- Reen to the tail end for speeding on pit road.
Lap 132 -- Running order under caution is: Santos, Blewett, Szegedy, Summers, Berndt, Preece, Stefanik, Brunnhoelzl, Rudolph, Bonsignore.
Lap 129 -- CAUTION NO. 7: Multi-car spin on the backstretch. Kevin Goodale will need a hook. Bush is the free pass car.
Lap 128 -- GREEN FLAG: Santos nips Blewett at the line.
Lap 126 -- Green-white-checker attempt upcoming. First two rows will be Santos-Blewett, Szegedy-Summers.
Lap 124 -- CAUTION NO. 6: Tyler was stalled on the backstretch on the restart lap. Christopher then spun on the backstretch after the caution came out. Bush is free pass car.
Lap 123 -- GREEN FLAG: Santos led at the line.
Lap 122 -- Race leaders under caution: Santos, Blewett, Szegedy, Summers, Preece, Berndt, Stefanik, Brunnhoelzl, Silk, Rudolph.
Lap 119 -- CAUTION NO. 5: Multi-car accident in Turns 3 and 4 collects Pennink and Hossfeld among others. Everyone is able to drive off by Flemke. Tyler is the free pass car.
Lap 117 -- Blewett past Szegedy for second, now challenges Santos.
Lap 116 -- GREEN FLAG: Santos leads Szegedy at the line.
Lap 114 -- Runner order under caution is: Santos, Szegedy, Berndt, Blewett, Summers, Brunnhoelzl, Preece, Stefanik, Bonsignore, Rudolph. Hossfeld scored in 22nd.
Lap 111 - CAUTION NO. 4: Leader Hossfeld is spun coming out of Turn 4 by Blewett. All cars drive off. Reen is the free pass car.
Lap 108 -- GREEN FLAG/LEAD CHANGE: Berndt has trouble on the restart at Hossfeld takes the lead.
Lap 107 -- Berndt will be joined in the front row on the restart by Hossfeld with less that 20 laps remaining. Berndt's best career finish is seventh while Hossfeld has seven career wins.
Lap 104 -- Christopher, Silk, Pennink among a small group of cars to pit road.
Lap 103 -- CAUTION NO. 3: Flemke makes contact with Pennink in Turn 4. Both drive off and will fall to the rear. Pallai is the free pass car.
Lap 100 -- Lap traffic has slowed Berndt. Hossfeld has closed the gap to just half a second.
Lap 96 -- Szegedy still on the move, now past Silk for sixth place.
Lap 95 -- The top five in the running order are spread out while Silk leads a long pack of tight cars from sixth on back.
Lap 90 -- Berndt now leads Hossfeld by 2.5 seconds. The rest of the top 10 is: Santos, Blewett, Summers, Silk, Szegedy, Bonsignore, Christopher, Brunnhoelzl.
Lap 85 -- Szegedy is another car on the move, now past Christopher and up to eighth.
Lap 83 -- As the leaders work around lap traffic, Blewett has got past Summers for fourth with Silk now back in sixth.
Lap 80 -- Berndt leads second place Hossfeld by more than three seconds at the line with Hossfeld creating a gap between himself and third place Santos.
Lap 75 -- Berndt has caught the tail of the field. Race leaders are: Berndt, Hossfeld, Santos, Silk, Summers, Blewett, Bonsignore, Christopher, Szegedy, Brunnhoelzl.
Lap 73 -- Berndt leads Hossfeld by 2.422 seconds at the line.
Lap 70 -- Both Hossfeld and Santos have not got past Silk.
Lap 68 -- Preece, the highest-running car that has already pitted, is currently running 12th.
Lap 65 -- As Hossfeld continues to challenge Silk for second, Berndt is again running away from the field, this time leading by 1.48 seconds at the line.
Lap 60 -- Race leaders are: Berndt, Silk, Hossfeld, Santos, Summers, Blewett, Bonsignore, Christopher, Szegedy, Brunnhoelzl.
Lap 58 -- Beers has been black flagged for not maintaining minimum speed.
Lap 56 -- The top five start to pull away in a single line with Blewett leading the next pack.
Lap 54 -- Hossfeld has a head of steam and looks for second on Silk.
Lap 50 -- Silk and Hossfeld get under Santos between Turns 3 and 4 and shuffle Santos to fourth with Summers in fifth.
Lap 48 -- GREEN FLAG: Berndt leads Santos at the line.
Lap 45 -- Race leaders are: Berndt, Santos, Silk, Hossfeld, Summers, Pallai, Blewett, Bonsignore, Brunnhoelzl and Christopher with Rudolph, Szegedy and Preece just outside the top 10.
Lap 42 -- CAUTION NO. 2: Beers into the wall in Turn 1. He has driven off. Cole is the free pass car.
Lap 40 -- GREEN FLAG: Berndt leads Santos at the line.
Lap 37 -- As the race leaders stay out, Preece, Stefanik, Pitkat, Pennink, Pastyak among cars that come to pit road.
Lap 35 -- CAUTION NO. 1: Civali into the wall in Turn 2. He is able to drive off with what appears to be minimal damage. Bush will be the free pass car.
Lap 34 -- Berndt is blistering the field and just led Santos by 1.710 seconds at the line.
Lap 30 -- Berndt is closing in on lap traffice while Hossfeld has moved up to challenge Santos for second.
Lap 28 -- Marosz had returned to the track, but has now gone behind the wall.
Lap 27 -- Blewett, Stefanik and Szegedy the cars running just outside the top 10.
Lap 25 -- No battles for position among leaders currently as field is starting to string out.
Lap 20 -- Running order is: Berndt, Santos, Hossfeld, Silk, Pallai, Summers, Brunnhoelzl, Bonsignore, Christopher, Preece.
Lap 18 -- Berndt has moved out to a 0.610-second lead on Santos at the line.
Lap 16 -- Jake Marosz black flagged and brought to pit road for not meeting minimum speed.
Lap 11 -- LEAD CHANGE: Berndt passes Santos to take a clear lead.
Lap 10 -- Race leaders are: Santos, Berndt, Hossfeld, Silk, Pallai, Summers, Brunnhoelzl, Bonsignore, Christopher, Preece.
Lap 7 -- The field starts to settle in single file with Santos and Berndt breaking away.
Lap 4 - LEAD CHANGE: Santos back to the front.
Lap 3 -- LEAD CHANGE: Berndt edges Santos at the line.
Lap 1 -- Bobby Santos leads Eric Bernt by a nose at the line.
10:01 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG: The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 is underway.
9:56 p.m. -- The start command has been given. The cars are rolling off the grid behind five Harley's on TSI Harley-Davidson night at the speedway.
9:46 p.m. -- Whelen Modified Tour intros are in progress. When the cars take to the track, Wade Cole and Glen Reen will fall to the rear for changes after qualifying.



May 1 - Stafford Speedway - NASCAR - 27

Eric was running his race as it was 200 laps - Car was good running in 7th about halfway through the race when the water temps starting going up and down - so finally the team decided to park the DeLange 76 before any real damage occurs without know ing the source of the problem


Ted Christopher won the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST for the third year in a row, and the fifth time overall, on Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway. Christopher, from Plainville, Conn., took the lead from Jimmy Blewett on lap 146 and then held on through a green-white-checker finish to earn his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at Stafford. The event concluded with a multi-car accident on the frontstretch after the leaders had taken the white flag, which made the race official, and secured Christopher his fifth Whelen Modified Tour win in the Spring Sizzler. His five wins in the event are now a record as he entered the day tied with Mike Stefanik at four.
Christopher was followed across the line by Coors Light Pole Award winner Bobby Santos and Stefanik. Santos led the first 54 laps of the race before he was spun by lap traffic. Rowan Pennink, Todd Szegedy, James Civali, Chuck Hossfeld, Eric Berndt, Erick Rudolph and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top 10 finishers in the race, which featured 10 lead changes among nine drivers.

Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (9) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 200 laps, 69.700 mph, $8,000.
2. (1) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 200, $5,100.
3. (18) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 200, $3,500.
4. (10) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 200, $3,000.
5. (12) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 200, $2,700.
6. (22) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 200, $3,050.
7. (19) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200, $2,800.
8. (6) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 200, $2,000.
9. (8) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200, $1,400.
10. (16) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200, $1,600.
11. (15) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200, $1,200.
12. (25) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 200, $1,575.
13. (27) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200, $1,550.
14. (21) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200, $1,479.
15. (4) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 200, $1,450.
16. (13) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 199, $1,540.
17. (28) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196, $1,625.
18. (26) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 194, $1,375.
19. (20) Joe Hartmann, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 190, $950.
20. (32) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 190, $1,325.
21. (31) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 187, $1,200.
22. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 183, brake line, $875.
23. (14) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 181, $1,350.
24. (24) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 171, $1,325.
25. (29) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 155, $1,200.
26. (17) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 140, transmission, $800.
27. (11) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 137, mechanical, $800.
28. (3) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 137, accident, $1,200.
29. (7) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 91, $1,300.
30. (5) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 84, ignition, $1,300.
31. (30) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 57, suspension, $1,200.
32. (23) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 11, ignition, $1,200.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 26 minutes 5 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.708 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Santos (100.195 mph, 17.965 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 42 laps.
Lead Changes: 10 among 9 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Santos 1-54; R. Silk 55-61; D. Coby 62-121; T. Christopher 122; J. Tomaino 123-125; E. Rudolph 126; J. Tomaino 127-128; R. Preece 129; M. Stefanik 130-136; J. Blewett 137-145; T. Christopher 146-200.

LAP BY LAP
CHECKERED FLAG: Ted Christopher has won the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST for the third year in a row, and the fifth time overall. Christopher is followed across the line by Bobby Santos, Mike Stefanik, Rowan Pennink, Todd Szegedy, James Civali, Chuck Hossfeld, Eric Berndt, Erick Rudolph and Justin Bonsignore. RESUTLS
Lap 200-- CAUTION NO. 9: Multi-car accident on the frontstretch. Race is official as leaders had taken the white flag.
Lap 198 -- GREEN FLAG: Blewett leads Christopher at the line.
Lap 196 -- CAUTION NO. 8: Joe Hartmann is stalled on the backstretch.
Lap 193 -- Only battle at the moment among leaders is Santos working on Blewett for second. Christopher is checking out.
Lap 190 -- Christpher leads Blewett by .324 seconds with Santos challenging Blewett.
Lap 188 -- GREEN FLAG: Christopher just nips Blewett at the line.
Lap 185 -- Running order is: Christopher, Blewett, Santos, Stefanik, Pennink, Civali, Pasteryak, Szegedy, Hossfeld, Bonsignore and Berndt.
5:32 p.m. -- The cars are rolling again.
5:29 p.m. -- RED FLAG: The field brought to a halt for cleanup.
Lap 182 -- CAUTION NO. 7: Coby spins betweens Turns 1 and 2. Pallai gets the free pass.
Lap 175 -- Christopher leads Blewett by 1.173 seconds at the line. Blewett followed by Santos, Stefanik, Pennink, Coby, Civali, Pasteryak, Szegedy, Hossfeld.
Lap 169 -- Christopher leads as Santos challenges Blewett for second with Stefanik four car lenghts back in fourth.
Lap 167 -- GREEN FLAG: Christopher edges Blewett at the line.
Lap 161 -- CAUTION NO. 6: Kevin Goodale spins in Turn 3 after contact with Coby. Richie Pallai Jr. gets the free pass.
Lap 160 -- GREEN FLAG: Christopher leads at the line.
Lap 159 -- Under caution Christopher leads Santos, Blewett, Stefanik, Civali and Kevin Goodale.
Lap 158 -- With Tyler, there will be 16 cars remaining on the lead lap.
Lap 155 -- CAUTION NO. 5: Eric Goodale spins in Turn 4. Glenn Tyler is free pass car.
Lap 150 -- With 50 laps remaining, leaders are: Christopher, Santos, Blewett, Stefanik, Civali, Kevin Goodale, Pennink, Hossfeld, Coby and Pitkat.
Lap 146 -- Christopher takes the lead from Blewett on the backstretch as Santos follows.
Lap 145 -- Christopher all over Blewett for the lead.
Lap 142 -- Christopher gets under Santos between Turns 3 and 4 for second place.
Lap 141 -- GREEN FLAG: Blewett nips Santos at the line.
Lap 138 -- Blewett had taken the lead on Lap 137. Preece rear-ended Stefanik as Stefanik got washed up the track when Blewett and Santos went for the lead underneath going through Turn 3. Preece is behind the wall with heavy front end damage.
Lap 137 -- CAUTION NO. 4: Preece into the wall exiting Turn 3. Flemke gets free pass.
Lap 134 -- Blewett by Preece for second, now challenging Stefanik.
Lap 133 -- GREEN FLAG: Stefanik holds off Preece at the line.
Lap 132 -- Leaders are scored as: Stefanik, Preece, Blewett, Rudolph and Santos.
Lap 128 -- CAUTION NO. 3: Tomaino is spun by Stefanik between Turns 3 and 4. No free pass. Stefanik is scored as the race leader.
Lap 128 -- Beers has fallen off the pace.
Lap 126 -- GREEN FLAG: Rudolph edges Tomaino at the line.
Lap 122 -- Majority of leaders come to pit road. Tomaino is scored as the race leader.
Lap 120 -- CAUTION NO. 2: Ed Flemke Jr. spins in Turn 4.
Lap 117 -- Coby leads Blewett by 1.8 seconds. Ken Heagy is out (suspension).
Lap 100 -- At the halfway point, leaders are: Coby, Blewett, Christopher, Berndt, Tomaino, Stefanik, Beers, Preece, Santos and Pennink.
Lap 91 -- Coby leads Blewett by 1.3 seconds as Blewett creates a little room ahead of third place Christopher.
Lap 85 -- Leaders are: Coby, Blewett, Christopher, Berndt, Tomaino, Stefanik, Beers, Preece, Pennink and Santos is up to 10th. Berndt is reported clear for smoke.
Lp 78 -- Berndt, running fourth, is being watched for smoke.
Lap 76 -- Coby leads Blewett by a full second at the line with Christopher challenging Blewett.
Lap 74 -- Silk and Brunnhoelzl back on the track.
Lap 72 -- Silk has a reported leak, has fallen off the pace, and now comes to pit road. Blewett up to second with Christopher on his bumper in third.
Lap 70 -- Coby leads Silk by .3 seconds at the line.
Lap 65 -- Coby leads Silk, Blewett, Berndt, Christopher, Tomaino, Stefanik, Beers, Preece and Pennink.
Lap 63 -- Brunnhoelzl to pit road with a reported leak.
Lap 62 -- GREEN FLAG: Coby beats Silk to the line.
Lap 59 -- Race leaders are currently: Silk, Coby, Berndt, Blewett, Tomaino, Christopher, Beers, Brunnhoelzl, Stefanik. Santos will restart 14th.
Lap 57 -- Half of the field pits, including Santos, but majority of leaders stay out.
Lap 55 -- CAUTION NO. 1: Lap car Johnny Bush nips leader Santos as Santos is passing him in Turn 3. No free pass. Silk inherits the lead and Santos blends in 22nd.
Lap 50 -- One-quarter of the way through, Santos leads Silk, Coby, Berndt, Blewett, Tomaino, Rudolph, Pennink, Christopher and Stefanik. Eric Beers, Preece and George Brunnhoelzl III just outside the top 10.
Lap 45 -- With cars circling the entire track, Santos leads Silk by 1.8 seconds at the line.
Lap 40 -- Race leaders are: Santos, Silk, Coby, Berndt, Blewett, Tomaino, Rudolph, Pennink, Christopher, Stefanik. Summers is out of the race (ignition).
Lap 35 -- Santos and leaders have caught the tail end of lead-lap cars.
Lap 25 -- Santos leads Silk by 1.4 seconds while Berndt, Coby and Blewett are comfortable in 3-5.
Lap 20 -- No change among leaders. Other notables: Mike Stefanik runs 10th, Ryan Preece 12th, James Civali 14th.
Lap 15 -- Santos leads Silk by a second and a half as the leaders start to spread out.
Lap 13 -- Rob Summers has gone behind the wall.
Lap 10 -- Running order is: Santos, Silk, Blewett, Berndt, Coby, Jamie Tomaino, Erick Rudolph, Rowan Pennink, Ted Christopher.
Lap 7 -- Santos has stretched his lead to more than a second on second place Jimmy Blewett. Silk and Berndt follow.
Lap 3 -- Santos already has a .659-second lead on second place Doug Coby.
4:13 p.m., GREEN FLAG: Bobby Santos leads 32 cars to the start of the 200-lap Spring Sizzler.

April 24-25 Stafford Speedway - NASCAR - Time 11

Due to rain in the area on Sunday, and more forecasted throughout the day, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s race at Stafford Motor Speedway has been postponed to Saturday, May 1.

Without skipping a beat, Bobby Santos collected his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award of the season inrecord fashion at Stafford Motor Speedway in qualifying for the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST. Santos, coming off a win from the pole in the 2010 season opening event at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, set the tone for the day by posting the fastest lap in Saturday morning s practice session and followed that up with a lap time of 17.965 seconds for an average speed of 100.195 mph which established a track record. He bested the previous record of 18.009 set by Matt Hirschman at the 2007 Spring Sizzler. Rowan Pennink tied Hirschman s old record at 18.009 (99.950) to post the second-fastest time in qualifying.
Eric Rudolph recorded the third-quickest time at 18.075 (99.585) followed by 2009 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III with a time of 18.100 (99.448). Rounding out the top-five qualifiers was Ron Silk, who logged a time of 18.108 seconds (99.404). Keeping with the trend, Santos also drew the No. 1 starting position in the post-qualifying redraw just like he did at Thompson. He will be joined in the front row by Doug Coby, who qualified 10th. The second row for Sunday s 200-lap feature will consist of Jamie Tomaino and Jimmy Blewett.

April 17 Mahoning Speedway - 12

By Dino Oberto

(LEHIGHTON, PA 4-17-10) In what has become the norm in 100-lap Modified races at Mahoning Valley Speedway, it was another wild and exciting showdown with the outcome being played out right down to the final laps. With two laps to go Eric Beers was not only eyeing the $3000 first place money but he also was in a position to take home the lion’s share of the poker series tournament, an additional $2500. This event was the holdover finale of the 2009 Modified Poker Series that had been postponed due to inclement weather. As has been the case in most every extra distance Mahoning races, this one was a true barnburner.From lap 50 to lap 98 Eric Beers and Earl Paules staged a fierce dogfight for the lead but in the end it was 18th place starter Matt Hirschman who parked in Victory Lane. Beers tangled with lapped traffic and Paules had to back down in order to avoid being part of it.Running a close third at the time was Hirschman who was able to drive around the encounter and score the popular win.“Not bad for a borrowed ride. The car we normally race here got wrecked a couple of weeks ago. This car is from Connecticut and owned by Bob Moore and he towed it all the way out here by himself just to give me a ride tonight and I appreciate all he’s done for me and I can’t thank him enough,” said Hirschman who won an additional $1000 for placing third in the Poker Series. It was also the second straight 100-lapper that the Northampton star had scored at the paved ¼-mile.“The guys did a great job. We made a bunch of pit stops just to fine tune on it and we made it right and made it count.” Time trials locked the top 12 into the grid with Beers setting fast time at 9.756-seconds and New Jersey’s Anthony Sesely second quick at 9.786. An inversion then saw Bobby Jones and Chip Santee on the front row and with the drop of Dick Brown’s race commencing green Jones shot into the lead with Paules in chase. Paules had his car working very well from the high groove although Jones did a nice job of holding him at bay. Meanwhile John Markovic, Zane Zeiner and defending track champion John Bennett had a very close battle going on behind the front duel. By lap 29 Zeiner had broke free and reeled in the top two. On lap 32 he was able to dip down inside of Jones and take over the lead. One lap later Paules and Bennett got together and had to restart from the rear. An impressive run by Sesely was being turned in as well as the former D/A Mod champ ran second. Kory Rabenold was also in the top five at this time. As expected Beers was also making his presence felt as he cracked the top five on lap 34. Driving the DeLange Racing #76, Beers was his usual hard charging self to the front as he disposed of Jones and Rabenold and then did the same to Sesely by lap 39. He was now hunting down Zeiner and as the 44th tour was going into the books, Beers used his rhythm off turn four from the outside to sail into the lead.By midrace Paules had worked back to second and began his clash with Beers. For the next 48 laps it was nip tuck and side-by-side. All the while there wasn’t much noticed paid to Hirschman who was mired back in 10th spot after several pit stops.Thanks to some savvy driving Hirschman was able to pick his way through a very stout pack of cars and with ten laps remaining found himself riding behind the leaders.Traffic was everywhere which played a key role in the conclusion of the race. As the two to go signal was given Beers and Paules where near even and approaching lapped cars. In the path of Beers was Rabenold who was busy negotiating back markers himself. Racing room was sparse and as Beers and Paules came roaring up on Rabenold contact ensued. Beers got the worst of it as he collided into the back of Rabenold. Paules just slipped by but it was Hirschman who avoided all the action and vaulted into to the lead. With two laps remaining he was able to fend off Paules and notch his second straight 100-lapper. Don wager had a great race and registered third while Markovic and Rick Reichenbach completed the top five.“That was some great racing there. Earl (Paules) had a real good car to be able to fight like that on the outside and all I could do is really watch and keep close there in case something happened,” said Hirschman. “Eric (Beers) is usually dominant here for the most part and normally no one would have that opportunity but he just wasn’t as good. Earl was real good or even a little better and I felt I was just as good. Eric had him (Paules) choked down there just enough to keep us all in there and then even Donny (Wagner) showed up there in the end.“But that’s Mahoning Valley and I’m just glad that I can now be a part of it instead of always being back in sixth or so watching it.”
Paules was indeed one of the fastest cars all night and despite coming up one spot short, he did get double second place money as he also earned the runner-up hand in the Poker Series worth an additional $1500. “Well, it all started in the beginning. Bobby (Jones) had a really good car and I was just pacing myself there in second and I was bidding my time. We definitely had the best car out there tonight but you can’t complain about second here at Mahoning Valley,” said Paules. With his eighth place tally Brian DeFebo won the Poker Series Tournament and $2500. His winning hand was three sevens.


Modified Feature Finish, 100 Laps: 1.Matt Hirschman 2.Earl Paules 3.Don Wagner 4.John Markovic 5.Rick Reichenbach 6.John Bennett 7.Stacy Brown 8.Brian DeFebo 9.Tony Hanbury 10.Rich Kuiken, Jr. 11.Zane Zeiner 12.Eric Beers 13.Kory Rabenold 14.Bobby Jones 15.Lonnie Behler 16.Chip Santee 17.Matt Higgins 18.Andy Szapacs 19.Anthony Sesely 20.James Pritchard, Jr. 21.Jimmy Zacharias

Did not qualify: Bill Teel, Rob Shultz

April 10-11 Thompson Speedway - NASCAR - 10

Notes of Interest from the Race weekend:

1- Car was good - lacked a little power
2 - Worked on shaking down the car in practice (1st time out)
3 - Crew ripped off a pit stop that saw Eric come in 14th and out 5th
4- Everybody cant wait to get back to the next race

Bobby Santos completed a dominating weekend in his first race with his new team. Santos was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award with a track record, and then led the most laps in the 150-lap Icebreaker to kick off the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Thompson International Speedway. “We had a great race right from the beginning,” Santos said. “Right out of the box the car was good, and the guys gave me an awesome pit stop.”Santos, from Franklin, Mass., led the first 60 laps of the season-opener from the pole and pitted along with the race leaders under caution on Lap 61. Ted Christopher, the defending winner of the Icebreaker, was the only car of the lead-lap group that stayed out, and he assumed the lead. Christopher, Mike Stefanik and Ryan Preece held the lead before Santos regained it on Lap 120 and drove to his second career Whelen Modified Tour victory.“After the pit stop it got a little tough,” Santos said. “Those guys were racing hard for the lead. It was just a lot of fun racing with Mike Stefanik, Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece. We had an awesome shootout for the win, and I couldn’t be happier to beat them.” In the offseason, Santos took over the ride in the No. 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge after 2009 champion Donny Lia departed for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Santos had run part-time on the Tour since 2004, with 29 previous starts and one win - at Thompson in the fall of 2007. Santos’ winning effort on Sunday was preceded by a stellar performance on Saturday as the 24-year-old broke Eric Beers’ previous track qualifying record. In the 110 all-time Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson, his lap of 18.418 seconds (122.163 mph) now stands as the fastest on record.Preece led 18 laps in the race and finished second. The 19-year-old from Berlin, Conn., has finished in the top four in three of his last four starts at Thompson, but is still looking for his first win at the .625-mile speedway. “We had a real good car,” Preece said. “We had to start 10th and work our way up, but my crew gives me a great car everywhere I go, and this is one of the best cars I’ve ever had at Thompson. I’m really happy to start off the 2010 season on a good note.”Santos and Preece were followed by Stefanik, Christopher and Todd Szegedy in the top five. Stefanik and Christopher led 32 and nine laps, respectively. In addition to winning last year’s Icebreaker, Christopher was also winner of the 2009 season finale at Thompson, and he has led laps in the Tour’s last eight races at the track.Rowan Pennink, Chris Pasteryak, Ron Silk, Eric Goodale and Eric Beers rounded out the top 10. NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour standout Burt Myers finished 14th in his debut at Thompson and last year’s Southern Tour champion, George Brunnhoelzl III, was 16th in the first race since his move to the northern circuit. Santos took home the Whelen Winner of the Race Award and earned the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award based on his improvement from the last race of 2009. Woody Pitkat’s 12th-place finish earned the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award and Richie Pallai Jr. was the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award winner. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will next race in the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 25. For ticket information, please visit Stafford’s official Web site www.staffordmotorspeedway.com.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour - Icebreaker Unofficial Results
Sunday At Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn.
Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 150 laps, 83.976 mph, $8,800.
2. (6) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $3,400.
3. (4) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 150, $2,850.
4. (8) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $2,575.
5. (11) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 150, $2,275.
6. (9) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $2,075.
7. (2) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,975.
8. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,875.
9. (22) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,825.
10. (21) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 150, $1,175.
11. (10) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,550.
12. (30) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $2,395.
13. (18) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,535.
14. (5) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150, $1,130.
15. (15) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150, $1,465.
16. (13) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150, $1,850.
17. (17) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Ford, 150, $1,030.
18. (36) Joe Hartmann, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $975.
19. (29) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $950.
20. (25) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $1,325.
21. (28) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, $900.
22. (34) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 147, $1,250.
23. (32) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 147, $1,225.
24. (37) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146, $800.
25. (35) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 142, $1,190.
26. (16) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 124, $1,180.
27. (27) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 110, $770.
28. (23) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, accident, $760.
29. (12) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 96, accident, $1,150.
30. (14) Richard Savary, Canton, Mass., Chevrolet, 66, overheating, $750.
31. (19) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 61, suspension, $1,150.
32. (31) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 58, suspension, $1,150.
33. (24) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 56, accident, $1,150.
34. (20) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 54, engine, $1,150.
35. (33) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 37, engine, $1,150.
36. (26) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 11, overheating, $750.
37. (7) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 2, clutch, $750.

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Bobby Santos, Time: 18.418 Seconds, Speed: 122.163 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 6 mins, 59 secs
Average Speed: 83.976 mph
Margin of Victory: .266 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 57-63 (Cars #59 and #38 spin backstretch); 66-68 (Car #98 spin Turn 2); 85-89 (Debris in Turn 3); 91-94 (Cars #90 and #39 spin Turn 2); 96-100 (Car #79 into Turn 2 wall); 103-106 (Cars #26 and #6 spin Turn 2); 115-118 (Car #8 spin Turn 4). 7 for 32 laps.
Lap Leaders: Bobby Santos 1-60, Ted Christopher 61-69, Mike Stefanik 70-101, Ryan Preece 102-119, Bobby Santos 120-150.
Total Laps Led: Bobby Santos 91, Mike Stefanik 32, Ryan Preece 18, Ted Christopher 9. 4 changes involving 4 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Woody Pitkat, 28 Ramar-Hall Chevrolet
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Bobby Santos, 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Bobby Santos, 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Richie Pallai Jr., 39 Bosch Spark Plugs Chevrolet
WHELEN WINNER OF THE RACE AWARD: Bobby Santos, 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge
Top 10 Driver Points: Bobby Santos 190, Ryan Preece 175, Mike Stefanik 170, Ted Christopher 165, Todd Szegedy 155, Rowan Pennink 150, Chris Pasteryak 146, Ron Silk 142, Eric Goodale 138, Eric Beers 134
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Points: Richie Pallai Jr. 10, Justin Bonsignore 9

The #76 NASCAR Modified Team is coming together for the 2010 season

Northampton, PA. . . Over the past several years, many of the world’s top Bands have reunited for successful Tours. The 2010 “Band” of crew members for the DeLange / Blewett Racing team is shaping up to match some of the of the most renowned reunions. Leading the “Group” is Eric’s Long time crew chief, Kevin Crowley from Billerica, MA. “What I like about Kevin as a crew chief is that he can set up a fast race car and he is a great leader. He distributes the tasks among the crew to take advantage of each of their unique strengths. Kevin and all of guys on the crew have been together a long time and have won some big races together and with this team I think we have a chance for some more.” explained Eric Beers.
Before the cars get to the track they must be put together as stated in by our NASCAR rulebook and just about race ready. The DeLange car will be prepared by former Pennsylvania Modified Standout Bob “Heavy” Scherer while Blewett Car will be readied by the “Jersey Gang” under the watch eye of Grandpa Blewett.
“We have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with many our new team members.” noted team owner Dave and Laura DeLange “Most important to Laura and I is Eric’s confidence in and comfort with our crew so he is completely focused on driving, and I also like that fact we all have one goal in common, we are doing this because we want to WIN.”
While the saying “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”, means that you need to bring a good car to the track – a lot happens during race day and during the race. This is why having a capable crew often makes the difference between winning and not winning. At the track the cars will be under the watchful eye of Mike Irvine, of Worcester, MA. Mike has a long history in Modified racing ,including being part of several championship crews and has been mentored by several current NASCAR Sprint Cup Crew Chiefs. The race day crew and over the wall gang is an impressive group of diverse personalities and talent. “The Brothers”, from Norwalk, CT, Jimbo and JR, often referred to in the NASACAR Modified garage as the fastest tire changers who will now be reunited with Eric Beers, who they last worked with the night they won the “Richie Evans Memorial 100” at New Smyrna Speedway in 2008. The following crew members will be responsible for many of the race day duties as well as going over the wall: Glenn Eberwine (Team Hauler Driver, Gas Man), “Little” Reggie (Tire Carrier), Chris “Frosty” Faust (Jack man), Ken “Sluggo” Galusha (Mechanic), Howard “Howie” Lerch (All Purpose), Joe Skotnicki (Spotter). The team is still working on adding a few more members to give some flexibility when the heart of the schedule gets busy.
Jimmy Blewett talks about new crew members for the Blewett NASCAR Modified: “I’ve known most of these guys for a long time. Each of them has the same goal of winning and a passion for Modified racing. I know when our car gets to the track it is in great hands and we have a chance to meet up with Eric in Victory Lane.”


ERIC BEERS RUNNING FOR THE 2010 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Northampton, PA. . . How many race fans know that Modifieds are NASCAR’s oldest division of racing? For the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Eric Beers, Northampton PA, is being given one the best opportunities to win the NASCAR championship with two of Modified racing’s long time supporters.

Dave and Laura DeLange of Lockport NY and John “Grandpa” Blewett, Howell NJ are going split the 2010 season as car owners with Eric as the pilot of the NASCAR Modified.

“I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to enter into this joint venture with the Blewett Family.” exclaimed Dave DeLange “The Blewett’s are a storied family in racing and by joining forces, Eric will have top notch equipment. Laura and I are ecstatic to be part of this venture which gives Eric an opportunity to excel at a level that matches his experience and talent.”

The 2010 NASCAR Tour season will see Eric in the Blewett owned Modified for the two events at New Hampshire, the three at Thompson and the one race at Riverhead. Eric will wheel the DeLange Modified at Stafford (4 times), Martinsville, Lime Rock, Monadock, and Bristol.

“Funny, how things work out.” Eric Beers explained. “The DeLange’s wanted to run some tour races but not the entire season. We were still figuring out what we wanted to do when Jimmy (Blewett) called. He asked what I was doing in 2010 and said Grandpa (John Blewett) wants to run 4 races on the tour. We met and talked some more and came up with what I feel is the perfect deal. I have known the Blewett’s since our Flemington days and from day one, we have had a relationship where we treat each other like family. Lot’s of details to figure out yet but I can’t wait for the season to start.”

While Jimmy Blewett will be competing during the 2010 Season in the famed Dick Barney prepared #14 on the NASCAR Tour, it feels natural to have Eric Beers as a quasi teammate/driver. “If there is anyone on the tour that I respect and would want as my driver, it’s Eric. He has been a friend of the family since we battled at Flemington and then John and Eric went on the NASCAR tour right around the same time. Eric is one of the few racers that I can call a friend on and off the track. Grandpa wanted to run at least four races to keep the number 76, which we just got (from Tom Bolles) and Eric’s name kept coming to the top and we could not believe an owner didn’t sign him up already. After talking to Eric and how highly he spoke of the DeLange’s our family feels we have a perfect match. They share our passion for Modifieds and better yet, WINNING. Between us and the DeLange’s, Eric is going to have the best equipment under him and we feel there is no reason for him not to be a contender every week.”



 

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