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    Preece Sweeps Twin Sunoco Modified Features at Thompson

    (THOMPSON, CT) - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park gave local kids a little pre back-to-school action on
    Wednesday, August 24th with the venue’s Pepsi Back To School Night featuring twin 25-lap features for the Sunoco
    Modified division as well as Thompson's three other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions as the
    championship season begins to draw to a close.
    With this being the third to last race of the season at Thompson, drivers came ready to fight for every inch of real
    estate on the track over the course of the evening with the highlight events being the twin 25-lap features of the
    Sunoco Modified Series that opened and closed the night in epic fashion.
    With Keith Rocco in complete control of the series points lead at Thompson and having a dominant year, series
    regulars were looking to take away some of Rocco’s thunder and stake their claim on a bit of real estate with two
    opportunities for a win on the night. Rocco ran well in both events and maintained his points lead, but the one
    driver he needed to beat the most was the one who would claim victory not once, but twice, as Ryan Preece,
    second in points, swept the duel races and took a small chunk out of Rocco’s sizable lead with two events
    remaining on the schedule at the Big T.

    Preece worked his way to the front methodically in the first race, taking the lead ten laps in and never looking
    back, but took a much more aggressive approach in the second race of the night battling Rocco for the lead in the
    late stages and eventually using a crossover move to take the top spot with only five laps to go, completing an
    impressive sweep over his rival, Rocco, who finished runner-up in both events.
    The wins were the third and fourth on the season for Preece, second to Keith Rocco’s six victories to date in 2016,
    and gave Preece a boost of excitement and confidence as the season approaches its conclusion.
    “I could really move the car around (in the second race),” said Preece who didn’t change tires between the events,
    running all fifty laps on the same set. “It was a little free, but the amount of forward drive the car had was
    phenomenal. It really handled. That’s what you want in a racecar.”
    Preece added that the battles between himself and Rocco were entertaining to say the least and that he had to be
    patient, especially in the second feature, to make the right moves at the right time.
    “I was kind of sitting there. You could tell I was watching where (Rocco was making moves) and how he was doing
    it,” said Preece. “Once the opportunity arose and I followed Keith through it was pretty much a cat and mouse
    game down the straightaways, making those inside and outside moves, and when the time came I got a run off of
    two and we made it happen.”
    Following the first Sunoco Modified feature of the night, Wayne Burroughs continued his potential championship
    drive in 2016 with a strong run once again in the night’s 15-lap Mini Stock feature. Burroughs started the day by
    extending his championship lead to sixteen-points after finding success in the heat races while his closest
    competition, reigning champion Dave Trudeau, had issues and retired early from the pre-race qualifying feature.  
    Trudeau would face more issues in the main feature for the Mini Stocks, retiring early once again due to
    mechanical issues, while Burroughs would win the race in dramatic fashion in a last turn pass on veteran Brad
    Caddick. Burroughs bumped Caddick coming out of turn four coming to the checkered flag and further solidified his
    position at the top of the standings, and clinched him the championship in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Triple Crown.
    “The car was definitely handling better than Brad (Caddick’s) I think,” said Burroughs. “We’ve got the same motor
    so being on the bottom he had a little more down the shoot than I did running off the outside. I knew where I could
    beat him and knew where I couldn’t and we finally got it down.” Burroughs said that he was unaware of the issues
    Trudeau was having during the event, learning the full extent of his excellent points day after he drove into victory
    lane.
    In the Xtramart Limited Sportsman Series the two best drivers in the series this season put on quite a show as
    Ryan Waterman and Scott Sundeen, first and second in points respectively, battled it out for the win in the closing
    laps. Sundeen entered the event with a fourteen point deficit to Waterman and took advantage of a strong car and
    a few cautions to open up a sizable lead in the second half of the feature, taking the checkered flag for the first
    time in 2016 and a small bite out of Waterman’s points lead. Waterman held on for a second place finish.
    “I started the race loose and the car started to come to me half way through I just didn’t want it to get tight and it
    didn’t. It was actually still a little loose. This is the first win for this car. This is brand new this year and I’ve pretty
    much struggled with it all year, but made it to victory lane this week,” a proud Sundeen said in victory. Sundeen
    also claimed the O’Reilly Auto Parts Triple Crown title in the Limited Sportsman Series as his closest competitor in
    that battle, Corey Hutchings, retired early after being involved in a mid-race incident with pole sitter Corey
    Fanning.
    In the Late Models It was a long time coming for defending champion Brian Tagg but the series regular finally
    found his way back to victory lane at Thompson with his first win of 2016 in the series’ 25-lap feature. Tagg faced
    tough competition from points leader William Wall and Marc Curtis to complete his long awaited return to his
    winning ways. The reigning series titleholder was ecstatic as he climbed out of his car to greet family, teammates
    and friends.
    “I know coming through the back straightaway I got hit in the right rear and it felt like it changed the handling of
    the car,” Tagg said in victory lane. “I guess it was good. It all came together. We’ve been running into every bad
    break we could this year and we had a great year last year but it’s been a lot of fun racing down here.” The win
    capped off a busy day for Tagg who spent the morning in Loudon, New Hampshire qualifying for the American
    Canadian Tour event before making the trip back down to Thompson for the night’s event.
    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park closes out its summer stretch on September 7th with it’s last Wednesday
    feature of the season and penultimate racing event of 2016. The Way Back Wednesday race lineup will feature the
    Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks along with appearances by the NEAR and STAR
    series and the Vintage Outlaws.

    SUNOCO MODIFIEDS FEATURE #1 FINISH: 1. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. Ronnie
    Williams (Tolland, CT); 4. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT); 5. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 6. Rowan Pennink (New
    Egypt, New Jersey); 7. Jason Sundeen (Douglas, MA); 8. Adam Norton (Palmer, MA); 9. Jeff Gallup (Agawam, MA);
    10. Matt Gallo (Berlin, CT); 11. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 12. Kyle Trainor (Marlboro, MA); 13. Eddie LeClerc
    (Taunton, MA); 14. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA); 15. Kyle Cafro (North Windham, CT); 16. John Catania (Agawam,
    MA)

    SUNOCO MODIFIEDS FEATURE #2 FINISH: 1. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. Rowan
    Pennink (New Egypt, New Jersey); 4. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT); 5. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 6. Matt Gallo
    (Berlin, CT); 7. Jason Sundeen (Douglas, MA); 8. Jeff Gallup (Agawam, MA); 9. Adam Norton (Palmer, MA); 10.
    Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 11. Kyle Trainor (Marlboro, MA); 12. Eddie LeClerc (Taunton, MA); 13. John Studley
    (Framingham, MA); 14. Kyle Cafro (North Windham, CT); 15. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA);
         
    DOUG COBY BANKS $10,000 AT SEEKONK OPEN WHEEL WEDNESDAY
    Doug Coby now has three $10,000 checks signed by Action Track of the East in his career.
    Coming into Wednesday June 29, Coby had scored the victory at the annual Open Wheel Wednesday modified event
    in 2011 and 2013.
    Coby grabbed his third trophy from Seekonk Speedway by winning round one of 2016 for the NorthEast Race Cars
    and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series Wednesday evening, behind the wheel of his No. 2 Dunleavy Truck and
    Trailer Repair, LFR Chassis mount.
    “I wasn’t even planning on getting out front, I was going to just ride fifth for a lot of the race then those guys gave
    me the room,” Coby said following his victory.
    “Whether I’m going to win or not in the end, I wanted to be in the lead and be in control, I’ve always said that about
    these open shows. It’s easy for guys to roll up to your bumper here at Seekonk but when they go to pass you they
    just slide the rear end.”
    Coby was slated to go off seventh based on where he finished in his qualifying heat race, but during the redraw on
    the track prior to the green, he drew a fourth behind the wheel of his No. 2.
    He worked inside the top-five for much of the early portion of the race, riding fifth while drivers in front of him
    tangled for the lead. He started making his move on lap 30 when he slid by Jon McKennedy to fourth. Then, Coby
    made a move to the bottom, three-wide and quickly jumped to second.
    He wheeled his No. 2 to the advantage over the rest of the field on a lap 40 restart and never looked back for the
    remaining of the event. He held off challenges from McKennedy, Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk in the final stages
    and captured his first career win on the Tri Track Open Modified Series.
    “This is huge LFR Chassis and all of my team,” Coby said. “It was up in the air what car I was going to come with.
    This is a great series, Dick Williams, James Schaefer and these guys put a lot of time and money into these shows.”
    Silk, who started outside the top-10 behind the wheel of his No. 50, quickly worked this way through the field and
    was inside the top-five by the time the field hit the halfway point. He was all over the back bumper of Coby in the
    final laps, but couldn’t find the way around to the big payday.
    “Doug did a good job of protecting the bottom like you have to do to win the race,” Silk said. “I could roll the top
    and get to his right rear, but I was just that much tight that I couldn’t hold him down and get by. It was good hard
    racing in the front all night and really clean.”
    Rowan Pennink drove the Gary Casella owned No. 25 to a third place run and he was followed across the line by
    Les Hinckley, who piloted a Wayne Darling No. 52. Rounding out the top-five was Matt “Money” Hirschman.
    The NorthEast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series gets back on track at Star Speedway for the
    SBM coming up on July 30.


    MATT HIRSCHMAN CASHES IN ON TRI-TRACK SBM 125 GOLD at STAR SPEEDWAY

    EPPING, NH- Matt Hirschman took a liking to NH's Star Speedway the first time he raced there, and on Saturday
    night he won his third major event SBM 125 Modified Open in five races, this time worth $10,400 plus
    contingencies as the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series visited the quarter-mile oval in
    southern New Hampshire.
    Hirschman, who hauled in from Northampton, PA., to race, pitted on lap 54 for a new right rear tire and worked his
    way to the front of the 27-car field, passing Jon McKennedy (Chelmsford, MA.) on lap 100 for the lead. He then held
    off a late charge from Les Hinckley (Windson Locks, CT.), including a restart with two laps remaining to claim the
    top prize in front of an enthusiastic and near capacity crowd.
    "This was an example of what kind of show that the Modifieds can put on when you have drivers that race that way
    and show each other respect," Hirschman stated. "It comes at a time where I really needed a win. A BIG win.
    "I hated that this race didn't happen last year. I'm glad that it's back and with a great crowd tonight, and another
    solid car count I would think we will be back again."
    McKennedy led the first 100 laps after drawing the pole in a top ten redraw, collecting a significant portion of the
    bonus money paid out in the process. But he elected to not pit for a tire, and in the end it cost him. Les Hinckley
    passed McKennedy on lap 115 for second place, earning the Woody's Auto Hard Charger Award" and his third
    consecutive second place finish in the SBM.
    Richard Savary, while attempting to pass McKennedy for a podium third place finish on lap 124, made contact and
    McKennedy spun, with Savary being sent to the rear. This opened the door for Maine driver Josh Cantara to take
    third from Ron Silk on the ensuing restart, where Hirschman outraced Hinckley to the line for the big win.
    Silk and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top five finishers of a race run off in rapid fashion, with no major
    incidents and few caution periods. The next Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series event
    takes place at Ct's New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Thursday, August 25 for another event paying the winner
    $10,000 as part of a purse again expected to exceed $60,000.

    Official Tri-Track SBM 125 V Finish: (Final payoff totals including bonuses TBA) 1. MATT HIRSCHMAN, 2. Les
    Hinckley, 3. Josh Cantara, 4. Ron Silk, 5. Justin Bonsignore, 6. Andy Jankowiak, 7. Rowan Pennink, 8. Max Zachem,
    9. Tommy Barrett, 10. Jon Kievman, 11. Kirk Alexander, 12. Chris Pasteryak, 13. Anthony Nocella, 14. Rob Richardi
    Jr., 15. Jon McKennedy, 16. Mike Holdridge, 17. Russ Hersey, 18. Troy Talman, 19. Richard Savary, 20. Joe
    Doucette, 21. Andy Seuss, 22. Eric Berndt, 23. Carl Medieros Jr., 24. Jeff Gallup, 25. Mike Douglas Jr., 26. Dwight
    Jarvis, 27. Kurt Vigeant.
        
          
    Masse Rockets To $10K Tri Track Open Mod Win at the Speedbowl
    August 25, 2016|
    Kyle Sousa       
    Steve Masse captured his first career NorthEast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series checkered
    flag on Thursday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, rocketing into victory lane behind the wheel of his No. 13
    and collecting the big prize of $10,000.  
    The Bellingham, Massachusetts driver started in fifth position, but was a threat all night long. He pitted early and
    took a fresh tire, then drove through the entire field and eventually drove around race leader Richard Savary on a
    lap 88 restart in order to take down his first ever series win.
    “I wasn’t sure what was going to happen there at the end,” Masse said. “The heat cycles killed (Richard) Savary’s
    tires and I was able to get around him. I got a good restart and was able to stay to the outside of him going into
    turn one — which is important here at Waterford. It all worked out in my favor.”
    Masse had decided he was going to step away from the sport at the start of 2016 and spend time with family and
    friends, but things changed quickly when June came around. Masse felt that urge to go back onto the track and he
    elected to return to the Speedbowl on Thursday chasing the glory and the big bucks.  
    “This is only the third race of the year so it feels really good,” Masse said. “Earlier (this year) I just didn’t feel like
    racing and I didn’t feel like competing. The fire all of a sudden came back and here I am.”  
    Richard Savary and Mike Holdridge brought the field of 27 modifieds to the green flag Thursday and Savary took
    command early. Behind him, Masse made early ground from his fifth place starting spot to second and the two
    drove away from their challengers — brining Rowan Pennink along with them.  
    The first caution of the event flew on lap 35, when Tommy Barrett spun his No. 44 at the end of the frontstretch
    and quickly left the scene without damage.  During the yellow, many drivers took advantage of the stoppage and
    went down pit road — including Masse and Pennink — who gave up top-three runs to make adjustments.
    A second caution on lap 35 also slowed the action when Les Hinckley got into the outside wall in turn four, then
    another yellow flew on lap 49 when Andy Jankowiak spun in turn one. Geoff Gernhard spun on the backstretch on
    lap 52, drawing a fourth caution of the event while those on the track took advantage and came down pit road.
    Among those pitting under the caution included Jeff Rocco and Calvin Carroll.  
    At the lap 52 green, Savary had a tough challenge from Woody Pitkat, who worked the outside and took over the
    advantage at lap 53.  Just as Pitkat got the lead, Dylan Kopec and Carl Mederios Jr. got together and crashed,
    allowing Pitkat to hold the bottom for the restart on lap 54. Pitkat held the advantage over Savary until lap 60,
    when Savary took back command with a bottom line move off turn two.
    A pileup in turn one drew a caution on lap 61, then before long Eric Berndt spun from the top-10 down the
    frontstretch on lap 66.  Cautions also stopped the race on lap 77 and then on lap 88 twice, but the crucial point of
    the race came on the restart on lap 88.
    Savary, — who had been leading much of the race — was on the bottom for the restart but didn’t get the start he
    needed to hold the advantage. Masse cleared him from the outside and Savary was left chasing him in the final
    laps, trying everything he could to get back to the bumper.   
    “We took the strategy of staying out and not pitting at all because we started on the pole,” Savary said. “It was
    good racing. We weren’t going to give up the track position it was going to be too hard to come from the back. It
    just came down to a few yellows and Steve having a better tire than us.”
    Sitting third at the conclusion of the 100 lap event was Pitkat, who said post-race that he thought he had
    something for the top-two if the car didn’t tighten up in the final laps.
    Pitkat did lead a few laps in the second half of the race, but ultimately, third was the position of finish for the
    Stebbins Racing driver.
    “I led for a little while there,” Pitkat said. “We just got a little bit tight there in the center in the last 40 laps and it
    just never went away. I tried to do whatever I could to get it to rotate through the center. I’m just happy for my
    guys. It’s a good momentum builder for us.”
    Matt “Money” Hirschman finished fourth and Ted Christopher came on strong late to round out the top-five. Six
    through ten was Justin Bonsignore, Tommy Barrett, Eric Goodale, Dennis Perry and Rowan Pennink.  
    The NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to action right back at the Speedbowl on Oct. 23
    as part of the Bemer’s Big Show weekend, the final race of the 2016 season. Lap sponsorships are available
    immediately and can be purchased by contacting the series on Facebook or by email.
          
    UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series; August 25, 2016:

    Steve Masse, Richard Savary, Woody Pitkat, Matt Hirschman, Ted Christopher, Justin Bonsignore, Tommy Barrett,
    Eric Goodale, Dennis Perry, Rowan Pennink, Ron Silk, Andy Jankowiak, Dwight Jarvis, Shawn Thibeault, Mike
    Holdridge, Dylan Kopec, Geoffrey Genhard, Chris Pasteryak, Jeff Rocco, Calvin Carroll, Roger Coss, Jeff Gallup,
    Eric Berndt, Todd Annarummo, Troy Talman, Carl Mederios Jr., Les Hinckley
             
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    WATERFORD -- Keith Rocco has enjoyed many amazing accomplishments during his 12-year career at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. His
    accomplishments on Saturday, however, may be at the top of the list.
    Rocco won all three races in which he was entered -- two Late Model features and a 35-lap SK Modified feature -- to highlight Saturday's eight-division
    program at the Speedbowl.
    There were two national qualifying races for the U.S. Legends cars. Eddie Fatscher of Eastport N.Y. was the winner in the completion of the first 50-lap
    feature, which was suspended by rain Thursday after 17 laps. Austin Green of Concord, N.C. dominated the second 50-lap feature.
    Jordan Hadley of Waterford won the 25-lap Mini-Stock feature. There were two Limited Sportsman features. It took Monte Gibbs just 11 laps to go from
    14th to first en route to a win in the opener. Then Chris Meyer survived a three-wide battle against Al Stone and Gibbs to win the second feature.
    Most of the rave reviews, however, went to Rocco. In the first Late Model race, he tracked down early leader Anthony Flannery midway through the race
    for his fifth win of the season.
    He didn't wait long for win No. 6, but he needed to pull off the closest finish of the night to make it happen. He squeezed underneath Jason Palmer with
    three laps to go, and then was able to beat him by a centimeter at the finish line.
    "That was a lot of fun," Rocco said. "My car was actually better on the outside and so was his, so I was at a disadvantage. But I was able to pull it out.
    That was just great racing."
    Luck was in Rocco's favor in the SK feature. He was running fifth on lap 9 when the four cars in front of him, driven by Bo Gunning, Todd Owen, Tom Abele
    and Justin Gaydosh, got together in turn 4. Rocco was able to avoid contact and getther lead at the same time.
    "I just was in the right place at the right time," Rocco said. "I was lucky I didn't get caught up in the accident. Once I got into the lead, I was able to pull
    away."
    Dennis Perry moved into second, but didn't have enough firepower to derail Rocco. Ted Christopher came from 11th starting position to finish third.
    In the Legend opener, Fatscher took advantage of the mishaps of Green, who had a big lead, but spun out in the second turn with 17 laps to go.
    Green  left no margin for error in the nightcap as he led for 47 of the 50 laps.
    Jordan Hadley lost the lead with eight laps to go against Charles Canfield, but was able to get it back one lap later for the victory.
    Gibbs notched his third win of the season in the opener, and was in a position to track down Meyer in the nightcap. Meyer, however, was able to pull away
    on a restart with three laps to go.
    Racing continues at the Speedbowl Saturday with time trials for all divisions and twin 30-laps.
    50-Lap Legend (8.11.16 Rainout): 1. Edward Fatscher, East Northport, NY; 2. Noah Korner , Canton;           3. Dana Dimatteo,  Farmington; 4. Kevin Nowak,
    Medford , NY; 5. Kyle Beattie, Locust, NC; 6. Alex Mccollum, Phillipsburg, NJ; 7. Austin Green, Concord , NC; 8. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 9. Carl
    Blandina,   Milford; 10. Rachel Forte, Douglas , MA.

    30-Lap Late Model (7.30.16 Rainout): 1. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 2. Anthony Flannery , East Hampton; 3. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 4. Ray Christian III, Uncasville;
    5. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 6. Nicholas Sowa, Middletown; 7. Matthew Carlson, Griswold; 8. Christopher Garside, Waterford; 9. James Banfield,   South
    Glastonbury; 10. Cornelius Flynn, Hampden, MA.
    25-Lap Ltd. Sportsman (7.30.16 Rainout): 1. Montgomery Gibbs, Killingworth; 2. Christopher Meyer,   Norwich; 3. Charles Beal, Ledyard; 4. Jon Porter, East
    Lyme; 5. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, MA; 6. Dwayne Dorr, Ledyard; 7. Adrien Paradis III, Plainville; 8. Al Stone III, Durham; 9. Josh Galvin; 10. Shawn
    Gaedeke   Southington.
    25-Lap Mini Stock:  1. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 2. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 3. Sean Caron, East Hampton; 4. Kenneth Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 5. Wayne
    Burroughs Jr. , Oakdale; 6. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck; 7. Brian Norman, Clinton ; 8. Dale Sherman, Charlestown , RI.;  9. Ian Brew, Wood River, RI; 10. Nick
    Pappacoda, North Branford.
    35-lap SK Modified: 1. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 2. Dennis Perry, Pawcatuck; 3. Ted Christopher, Plainville;      4. Joe Gada, Uncasville; 5.Tyler Chadwick,
    Ledyard; 6. Robert Janovic Jr., Waterford; 7. Kyle James, Ashaway , RI; 8. Paul Buzel, Trumbell; 9. James Monahan, Quaker Hill; 10. Matt Galko, Meridan.

    50-Lap Legend: 1. Austin Green, Concord , NC; 2. Dana Dimatteo , Farmington; 3. Stevie Johns Jr.   Mooresville , NC; 4. Edward Fatscher, East Northport,
    NY; 5. Noah Korner, Canton; 6. Kevin Nowak   Medford , NY; 7. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 8. Kyle Beattie, Locust, NC; 9. John O Sullivan, Salem; 10.  
    Michael Christopher Jr, Wolcott.

    Limited Sportsman No. 2: 1. Chris Meyer, Norwich;2. Monte Gibbs, Killingworth; 3. Al Stone, Durham; 4. Charles Beal, Ledyard; 5. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 6.
    Corey Coates, Ledyard; 7. Ed Gertsch, East Haven; 8. Josh Galvin, Waterford; 9. Dwayne Dorr, Ledyard; 10. Adrien Paradis III, Plainville.

    Late Model: 1. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 2. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 3. Jeff Smith, Ledyard; 4. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 5. Ray Christian, Uncasville; 6.
    Matthew Carlson, Griswold; 7. Mikey Flynn, Hampden, Mass.; 8. Nick Sowa, Middletown; 9. Chris Garside, Waterford; 10. Richard Duranti, Waterford,


        
    At Lebanon Valley Saturday, there was no rain in the forecast.  That was great news as a number of invading teams were on-site at the track to take part
    in the Battle on the Banks.  Fans at the track were treated to five classes of excellent racing.
    In the Modifieds, Brian Berger earned the pole by virtue of winning his heat race.  On the start, he was able to outdistance Guy Sheldon to turn 1 and
    opened up a small gap.  Matt Pupello was able to follow past into second.
    With his recent troubles, Brett Hearn started in sixth.  On the start, Hearn was able to get up to fourth but could not get past Rob Pitcher, much like on
    Jul. 23.
    Pupello was able to maintain second until he got into the wall in turn 2 on lap 11.  That brought out the race’s only caution and closed the field back up.  
    Pupello was able to continue and finished 16th.
    On the restart, Berger pulled out to a decent lead while Hearn was able to get past Pitcher for second.  Unfortunately, Pitcher was unable to take
    advantage of his good car as he slowed on lap 19 and had to settle for a 21st-place finish.
    Hearn was able to run down Berger in the final laps and seemed to be faster on the outside of turns 1 and 2.  The two drivers were side-by-side for the
    lead at the white flag, but Berger was able to get a better run off the corner and hold off the points leader to take his first win of the year.
    Berger was quite surprised afterwards.  “I have to admit, with [Hearn] starting so close, I didn’t think I was going to be able to hold him off,” Berger said.  
    “With five to go, I started to believe I could do it.  With two to go, [Hearn] hit me, so I knew he was there.  I did everything I could to keep him behind me
    and we did it.”
    Behind Berger and Hearn was Keith Flach in third. Tyler Dippel, fresh from a seventh-place finish at Watkins Glen in the Bully Hill Vineyards 100 Friday,
    finished fourth, while Andy Bachetti was fifth.
    In the Small Block Modifieds, Brett Hearn started from the pole in the third and final week of his evaluation of Scott Hamlin’s small block modified.  On
    this night, Hearn liked what he felt.
    On the start, Hearn literally drove off into the sunset.  Ricky Davis, who showed improved pace thanks to a new fuel pump, was able to get past Chad
    Pierce on the start to take second and ran his own race.
    Further back, Kenny Tremont, Jr. slowly moved up the order from the seventh starting spot.  By lap 16, Tremont was fourth and running down Pierce and
    Davis.
    By the end of the race, Tremont had the fastest car on track.  He was able to get past Davis for second with a little more than two laps to go, but he
    could do nothing with Hearn as he took the win.
    Behind Hearn and Tremont was Davis in third.  
    After the race, Davis stated that he was faster than Hearn for a couple of laps, then Hearn would pull away.  Regardless, he was very happy with his run.
    Pierce finished fourth, while Tyler Dippel was fifth.  J.R. Heffner had engine problems during the evening and was unable to race in the feature.
     
          
    Andy’s Speed Shop/Bulldog Concrete Modified Feature Results (30 laps): 1) Brian Berger, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Keith Flach, 4) Tyler Dippel, 5) Andy Bachetti,
    6) Eddie Marshall, 7) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 8) Steve Hough, 9) Kyle Hoffman, 10) Kyle Sheldon, 11) J.R. Heffner, 12) Elmo Reckner, 13) Chad Jeseo, 14)
    Kolby Schroder, 15) Kyle Armstrong, 16) Matt Pupello, 17) Mike Keeler, 18) Mike King, 19) Ken McGuire, 20) Paul Gilardi, 21) Rob Pitcher, 22) Denny
    Soltis, 23) Guy Sheldon, 24) Dave McFeeters, 25) John Ruchel, 26) Olden Dwyer

    Small Block Modified Feature Results (24 laps): 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 3) Ricky Davis, 4) Chad Pierce, 5) Tyler Dippel, 6) Frank Harper, 7)
    Ray Hall, Jr., 8) Olden Dwyer, 9) Frank Hoard, III, 10) Brett Haas, 11) Peter Carlotto, 12) Brian Sandstedt, 13) Ryan Darcy, 14) Steve Hough, 15) Alan
    Houghtaling, 16) Ryan Charland, 17) Art Collins, 18) Kim LaVoy, 19) Jason Herrington, 20) Michael Sabia.  DNS: J.R. Heffner, Joey Scarborough, Kenny
    Aanonsen, Jr.
Doug Coby Open Wheel Wed
Matt Hirschman SBM 125
Steve Masse Tri Track open winner