2014 Waterford Blastoff winner
Randy Cabral is a one man thrill show. He didn’t disappoint the fans at Oswego Speedway on Sunday night with his
demonstration of driving skills and speed on the way to his fifth win of the season.
Cabral of Kingston, MA tracked down Mendon, MA driver John Zych and passed him on the final turn to win the 25 lap
NEMA midget feature, part of the Race Of Champions Weekend at Oswego. The midgets had waited over 24 hours to
run their event, after being rained out on Saturday. They ran an abbreviated program without heats and only one round
Zych himself had reeled in early leader Michael Barnes of Mexico, NY and wrestled the lead away on lap 15. Barnes had
been the leader since the drop of the green flag and had opened a sizeable lead on a track he is very familiar with.
Zych was clicking off laps in the mid 16’s and turned in the fastest lap of the race at nearly 137 miles per hour. Once in
the lead, he set sail and was looking for his second win of the season. He was held up momentarily while attempting to
put Bethany Stoehr of Bridgewater, MA down a lap. The car got loose when he went high to pass and lost a lot of ground
to now second place runner Cabral. Cabral was able to almost pull up along side Zych.
Once Zych cleared the lapped car, he again opened up by 6 lengths. But on the white flag lap he encountered traffic
again, this time a group of 3 cars running together just in front of him. Hesitating only a split second to decide how to
handle them was all Cabral needed to charge underneath in turn 3. They raced side by side out of 4 and Cabral beat him
to the line by one-tenth of a second.
To show how hard he raced all 25 laps, Zych appeared to lose an engine on the cool down lap, dropping heavy fluid on
the track in a cloud of steam and smoke. He was forced to stop the car in turn two and missed the post-race podium
celebration on the frontstretch.
Barnes finished third, followed by veteran driver Doug Cleveland of Sudbury, MA, who recorded his best finish of the
year. Last year’s Oswego winner Seth Carlson of Brimfield, MA, Raynham’s Paul Scally, Lakeville’s Avery Stoehr and
Pennsylvania’s Ian Cummens followed as the rest of the cars on the lead lap.
The race went caution free and took just over 7 minutes to complete.
The win pads Cabral’s point lead in his quest to win a fifth NEMA championship. Two races remain on the schedule.
Brothers Scott and Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton, CT were the dominate cars in the NEMA Lites portion of the night.
They raced into first and second spot early and stayed there to the end, even after a late race restart.
The only caution was on lap 17 when Danny Cugini of Marshfield, MA slowed on the track and was unable to make it back
to the infield pit area. Even with the caution and single file restart the race was over in less than 9 minutes.
There was a great battle for third between Matt Swanson of Acton, MA and double-duty driver Randy Cabral. Cabral
challenged on the inside and the outside, even using lapped traffic as a pic, but young Swanson held him off. Canada’s
Logan Rayvals came on strong from the back in the late stages, but could only advance to fifth. NJ drivers Ryan
Krachun, Calvin Carroll and Anthony Payne finished sixth, seventh and eighth, with Deefield NH’s Dennis O’Brien and
Marshfield’s Megan Cugini rounding out the top 10.
Krachun remains the point leader leaving Oswego, with one more event for the NEMA Lites in 2014.
The next race on the NEMA schedule is Waterford on the weekend of October 4 and 5. That’s the last one for the Lites.
The midgets wrap up their season on October 18 and 19 at Thompson’s World Series weekend.
With the season ending NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend fast approaching at Stafford Motor Speedway, the races for
track championships are heading into the homestretch phase. Whether drivers are racing for the championship, fifth,
tenth, or some other position in the standings, they all will be looking to accumulate as many points as they can in the final
3 races of the season.
The best championship race at Stafford continues to be in the track’s premier SK Modified® division. Ryan Preece
currently leads Ted Christopher by 18 points, or 9 positions on the track heading into the final 3 races of the season.
Both Preece and Christopher have taken turns leading the points standings this season and Preece is trying to win a
second SK Modified® championship while Christopher is looking to extend his record number of championships at
Stafford from 8 to 9. Preece won the first 3 races of the season while Christopher’s consistency allowed him to take over
the points lead midway through the year. But Preece has come back strong, posting podium finishes in 5 of the last 6
races to build his current margin to Christopher up to 18 points.
For the past two seasons on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece have been the two main
protagonists in the chase for the championship with Coby beating Preece by 11 points in 2012 and Preece beating Coby
last year by a 32 point margin. Fast forward to the 2014 season and Coby is once again in the thick of the NWMT
championship race, only this time around his main rival is Justin Bonsignore.
Waterford Speedbowl 9/20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results
Waterford, CT (September 20, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action after two weeks of wet weather halted its
scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing programs. First time winners for the year were the order of the
night as three of the six events saw new faces in the winner’s circle. Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill led the way, picking
up the SK Modified® victory in dramatic fashion. Anthony Ryan Jr. of Danbury and Pete Zaikarite of Niantic won the
Valenti Auto Mall Late Model and Mini Stock races respectively, joining Monahan as first time winners on the year. Other
victories went to Al Stone III of Durham in the Street Stocks, Paul Buzel of Trumbull in the SK Light Modifieds, and Mike
Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in an extra-distance INEX Legend Cars race.
Monahan came out on top of a wild SK Modified® race where no less than three competitors had a shot to win over two
green-white-checkered flag attempts to complete the race. Monahan battled his brother Shawn and three-time track
champion Keith Rocco over a thrilling, rough and tumble final nine laps.
The 35-lap race began with Joe Gada and Monahan on the front row. It didn’t take long for sparks to fly, as Ed Puleo
checked up on the back chute as the field worked lap-2 triggering a multi-car incident behind. The contact sent Rocco
over Rob Janovic’s car before spinning in turn three, also collecting Bert Marvin, Brent Sweet and Tommy Vigh Jr. to bring
out the first caution flag of the race. Rocco returned after pitting for repairs.
Monahan led while Gada battled Puleo for second for several laps. Gada used the outside lane to make a bid for the
lead on lap-22, just as rookie competitor Paul Kusheba drove inside Puleo to move into third position. Monahan fought
off Gada’s challenge and Kusheba capitalized, taking second when Gada found himself out of the racing groove in turn
four. A spin at the back of the field with 23 laps completed created another yellow flag, setting up a series of four restarts
which brought the race to lap-26. Kusheba was a victim of one botched restart attempt, getting spun from contention to
lift Shawn Monahan and Rocco into the top three, staging the slugfest to the finish at the front.
The top three of Diego Monahan, Shawn Monahan and Rocco traded blows the rest of the way with Diego Monahan
holding the lead throughout. Rocco made his way past Shawn Monahan into second on lap-28 only to see Monahan fire
back and reclaim the position a lap later. Shawn hounded Diego for the next three laps, trying to make an outside run
with Rocco tucked closely behind before a yellow flag on lap-33 set up the first attempt to finish the race.
After the restart Rocco made a charge from third coming to the white flag, however a spin behind the leaders saw the
yellow flag fly again to keep the race from ending. Rocco got inside Diego Monahan and contact between the two down
the frontstretch sent Rocco spinning into turn one, collecting Craig Lutz and Tim Jordan in a grinding wreck. Because the
incident happened after the caution flag and before another lap was scored complete, the running order for the restart
kept both Monahan brothers on the front row with Rocco third.
The field restarted cleanly and was able to finish the two lap sprint to the checkered flag. Diego Monahan fended off an
outside bid by his brother over the final lap, going on to the win, his first since August of 2013. Rocco got past Shawn
Monahan out of the final corner to finish second, and Shawn Monahan ended up third. Gada was fourth, and Ted
Christopher completed the top-five.
Ryan made an impressive charge, wiring the field to checker the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. He was
never seriously challenged and survived just one yellow flag that slowed the race on lap-3. Bruce Thomas Jr. spun after
contact from Jason Palmer, collecting Chris Garside as well as point leader Keith Rocco. When racing resumed, Vin
Esposito eventually moved to second position and chased Ryan over the second half of the race but was unable to close
in to make a serious bid for the win. Rocco rebounded from the early incident to finish third as he closed in on another
Stone won his fourth Street Stock race of the year with an impressive run in the night’s 25-lap race. He started the race
seventh and was second on lap-9, moving up under green flag racing. Ed Gertsch Jr. showed the way early and Stone
was cutting into his cushion out front when the first yellow flag of the race came out on lap-16. Stone bided his time,
darting inside of Gertsch on lap-18 before taking over for good on lap-19. A final caution flag came on lap-21, giving
Gertsch a final chance at Stone. Stone held back the challenges to claim the win. Moose Douton got past Gertsch in the
closing laps to take second and Gertsch finished third. Stone’s win, coupled with a rough race for championship leader
Josh Galvin, enabled him to keep his title hopes alive. Stone is second to Galvin in the standings.
Buzel was the benefactor of a late race scuffle at the front of the field in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, picking up
his second consecutive win in the process. Buzel was third and running with the lead cars of Larry Goss and Randy
Churchill Jr. as their battle for the race lead heated up in the final five circuits. Churchill tried to make an outside pass on
Goss in turn two on lap-23. Goss bobbled and when he gathered his car up the track, Churchill was forced into the wall to
bring out the yellow flag and end his strong run. Buzel lined up outside of Goss for the ensuing restart, raced Goss even
to the white flag and was able to narrowly edge ahead through the third and fourth corner to nip Goss by a bumper in a
photo finish. Goss ended up second and point leader Corey Barry was third.
Zaikarite picked up his first Saturday night victory in the night’s 25-lap Mini Stock feature. The former Wild ‘n Wacky
Wednesday champion led the way throughout and pulled ahead to the win. Ray Christian and Doug Curry finished
second and third, respectively.
Christopher checkered the night’s special 50-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, winning for the 24th overall time of the year
to extend his record number of wins in one season for the division. The win gave Christopher an automatic starting berth
in the sanctioning bodies Asphalt Nationals event, held October 16-18 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He
took the lead inside of Dana Dimatteo on the tenth lap, leading comfortably through the final caution flag, which came on
lap-40. He bested Dimatteo on the restart, going on to win. Dimatteo finished second and Joey Ternullo was third.
Just one Saturday night event remains before the track’s big Finale Weekend October 4-6. Next Saturday, a seven
division program sees the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds, Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street
Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds in action. They are joined by the INEX Legend Cars and an appearance by
the Mini Cup competitors.
Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 9/20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (35-laps): 1. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 2. Keith Rocco, Berlin;
3. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 4. Joe Gada, Salem; 5. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 6. Todd Patnode, Richmond, NH; 7.
John Montesanto, North Branford; 8. Brent Sweet, Monroe; 9. Dennis Perry, Ashaway, RI; 10. Adam Gada, Bozrah; 11.
Jeff Gallup, Agawam, MA; 12. Ed Puleo, Branford; 13. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 14. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 15.
Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 16. Zach Aszklar, Wallingford; 17. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe; 18. Tommy Silva, Waterford; 19.
Brad Caddick, Wyoming, RI; 20. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 21. Dominic Cupuano Jr., East Haven; 22. Tom Pinson,
Colchester; 23. Robert Goulet, hometown unavailable; 24. Bert Mavin, Colchester; 25. Tommy Vigh Jr., Ottisville, NY
Bonsignore Grabs Airborne Checkers For First VMRS Win
Plattsburgh, New York. – It took a visit to his native state to capture his first ever VMRS race. Justin Bonsignore did exactly
that winning Sunday afternoon’s Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Airborne 100’ at Plattsburgh, New York’s, Airborne
Bonsignore, Holtsville, New York, started 3rd in a 17-car lineup, and dropped to fourth in the early going.
Polesitter Max Zachem, of Preston, Connecticut, set the pace early leading the first 31-laps before turning the top position
over to Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, Connecticut, who became the class of the field.
The two-time-series champion opened a sizeable lead from lap-32 through lap –79 when Bonsignore moved to the front
following a caution flag for Tommy Barrett.
Barrett, of Millis, Massachusetts, was off the pace prior to the caution, and a visit to the pit area followed for the 19-year
When the race resumed. Bonsignore was in command with Barrett working his way to the front. Barrett moved to third on
lap-89, second two laps later, and then caught up to Bonsignore.
The closing laps brought back memories of the last race at Airborne in 2010, a two-car battle to the finish. Bonsignore
fought off every attempt Barrett made to take the victory but it was the New York driver’s day to shine, and remain a
serious contender for the series championship.
Bonsignore became the 10th different winner in 14 races this season.
“We’ve been close a lot and to finally get a win especially in the 21 car means a lot,” said Bonsignore. A lot of great
people have won in this car. A lot I grew up watching and idolized as a kid so it’s awesome to put my name on the list that
have won for Art Barry and Kenny.”
Bonsignore’s thoughts on a fast closing Barrett for the win.
“When you see him right in front of you and almost a lap down you know his game plan. He’s hoping for a caution. He got
it and I’ll leave it at that.” “We were fighting no power steering, no radio’s and with 10 to go, we don’t know if the battery or
alternator was starting to die, that’s why I had to drive a little aggressively. All in all we’ll take it. It should be a good points
day.” Bonsignore concluded.
For Barrett, it was another late push to the front adding to another dramatic finish.
“We started 13th and kind of rode around there for a little bit. I just didn’t want to wear the tires too much we were already
free. As the race went on we didn’t get any cautions and the car started getting looser and looser and I couldn’t hold onto
it anymore. We came in on lap-79 and the guys made some great adjustments. The car had tremendous forward bite
after that. I had a lot for Justin.. got to the outside a few times..but just wasn’t letting us have it,” Barrett said.
Third place finisher Pasteryak, only 35 points back in the point standings, ran a solid race for another podium finish “I just
missed the stagger a little bit and it showed. It was really good early but from lap 50 on I was just trying to drive it as
straight as I could. It was pretty good but just not good enough.”
Zachem was solid again with a fourth place finish, with Matt Mead, of Richmond, New Hampshire, finishing an impressive
fifth, his first ever race at the New York oval.
Sixth through tenth; Rowan Pennink, Mike Willis Jr, Carl Medeiros Jr, Norm Wrenn, and Dan Meservey Jr.
Three caution flags were displayed on laps 31,79,and 82
The race was completed in 37 minutes, 57 seconds.
14 of the 17 starters finished on the lead lap
Heats winners; Pennink & Pasteryak
Next Event; Waterford (CT Speedbowl -- October 4 & 5
Airborne Park Speedway
September 7, 2014
Race # 14
Margin of Victory: Unavailable (Transponder Failure)
Best Speed: 111.691 (Bakaj)
Best Lap Time: 16.077 (Bakaj)
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 20CT - 1 thru 31; 5CT - 32 thru 79; 21 - 80 thru 100
Cautions: Laps- 31, 79, and 82
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Bonsignore (2) Barrett (3) Pasteryak
(4) Zachem (5) Mead (6) Pennink (7) Willis (8) Medeiros (9) Wrenn (10) Meservey (11) Lashua (12) Savary (13) Bakaj
(14) Holdridge (15) Cyr (16) Kopec (17) Malave
Stafford Springs, CT. – 19-year old Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, used a daring three-wide pass on a lap-57 restart, to go on and win the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned 80-lap race Friday night
at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT.
The win was Barrett’s third series victory at Stafford and his second win this season. He won at Thompson, CT, May 29th
Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, NY, led the field to green from his pole starting position and topped the 24-car lineup over the first five circuits.
Fast closing Keith Rocco, of Berlin, CT, started fifth, and promptly chased down the leader to take the lead for two laps starting a race long flip flop of the lead with Bonsignore.
Seven lead changes between the two leaders over the first 56-laps ended when Barrett made what proved to be the race winning move
“ I really didn’t think I had much of a car to get by Keith and Justin. I thought I could have maybe caught them. Getting under them was a different thing,” said Barrett. “On that last restart I got a good start
behind Keith and he washed up the track a little bit. I stuck my nose in there. The car stuck on the bottom and we just pulled away after that. The car was really good tonight. Can’t thank the guys enough.”
Rocco hung on to finish second. “ The car was awesome the whole race even after Barrett got by me. I really didn’t have many complaints about the car. It was still pretty good and I still had a lot of tire
under me. He was fast at the end,” Rocco explained.
Bonsignore nailed another podium finish,“ We had a good car on the long runs. We were making a move to go for the lead with Keith and the yellow came out. The restart the (9) just came on strong and
he was definitely the class of the field at the end of the night,” stated Bonsignore.
Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, finished fourth with Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, rounding out the top five.
Chris Pasteryak, Richard Savary, Norm Wrenn, Mike Holdridge, and Eric Goodale finished sixth through tenth.
Four caution flags were displayed over the 80-lap run. The race was completed in 46 minutes. 13 cars finished on the lead lap.
Heat wins went to Rocco, Pennink, and Max Zachem.
Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY, will host the VMRS Saturday, Sept 6.
Stafford Motor Speedway
August 29, 2014
Race # 13
Margin of Victory: 1.360
Best Speed: 96.051 (Rocco)
Best Lap Time: 18.740 (Rocco
Lead Changes: 8
Lap Leaders: 1-5 (Bonsignore) 6,7 (Rocco) 8 (Bonsignore)
9-21 (Rocco) 22 (Bonsignore) 23-49 (Rocco) 50 (Bonsignore)
51-56 (Rocco) 57-80 (Barrett)
Cautions: Laps- 50,50,50,57
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Barrett (2) Rocco (3) Bonsignore (4) Pennink (5) Pitkat (6) Chris Pasteryak (7) Savary (8) Wrenn (9) Holdridge (10 Goodale (11) Medeiros (12) Lashua (13) Meservey (14)
Galko (15) Bakaj (16) Seidell (17) Zachem (18) Christopher (19) Kopec (20) Charlie Pasteryak (21) Willis (22) Malave (23) Preece (24) Masse
Seekonk, MA. – It took four years for Nashua, New Hampshire driver Norm Wrenn to find victory lane with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, but the wait came to an end Saturday night, when ‘Stormin’
Norman stormed off the fourth turn to the checkered flag to capture the ‘Seekonk 100’ in front of a cheering crowd at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA.
Wrenn started 11th in a 20-car field and gradually worked his way to the top five settling into 3rd at lap-51. Wrenn then engaged in a battle with Max Zachem, of Preston, CT, point leader Justin
Bonsignore, of Holtsville, NY, race leader Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, and a fast closing Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, the series reigning champion.
A series of late race caution flags on laps 80, 81, and 88 made for intense race restarts and a flurry of contact
resulting in Pennink, Bonsignore, and Wrenn making great saves preventing spinouts or crashes to remain in contention.
The lead changed hands 10 times with Savary leading lap 98, Bonsignore lap 99, and Wrenn the all-important lap 100.
Wrenn was running fourth entering the third turn on the final lap. With Savary, Bonsignore, and Pennink slowed by contact, Wrenn darted to the bottom of turn four and drag raced Pennink to the finish by
a margin of 0.055 ahead of Pennink.
An emotional and teary-eyed Wrenn spoke to the crowd in victory lane. “We have won championships in the Pro Stocks, three championships in the Pro-Four’s, this is an elite division and I have always
wanted to run up front. To win is awesome. My crew has been with me since day one racing street stocks at Star Speedway in 1990. I’m getting old. I’m glad I could pull one off before I retire.”
When asked what went through the his mind as the finish was nearing, Wrenn explained, “ I was watching what was happening up front. Coming up through the field I let a couple of cars go by because of
And for the final turn. “Oh My God I’m going to pull this off,” Wrenn said smiling.
Bonsignore finished a strong third, with Savary fourth, and veteran Rob Goodenough, of Swanzey, NH, making his first start of the season, fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Zachem, Carl Medeiros, Rob Richardi Jr, Dylan Kopec, and Mike Willis Jr.
9 caution flags slowed the race for a race time of 56 minutes and 04 seconds. 13 of the 20 starters finished on the lead lap.
Tom Abele Jr, Pennink, and Zachem won heat races.
The VMRS returns to New Hampshire this Saturday night August 23, at Monadnock Speedway, for the running of the ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100.
August 16, 2014
Race # 11
Time: 50:04: 521
Margin of 0.055
Best Speed: 97.416 (Annarummo)
Best Lap Time: 12.306 (Annarummo)
Lead Changes: 10
Lap Leaders: 1-6 (Zachem) 7-50 (Annarummo) 51 (Zachem) 52 (Savary) 53-57 (Zachem) 58-60 (Savary) 61 (Zachem) 62-98 (Savary) 99 (Bonsignore 100 (Wrenn)
Cautions: Laps- 2, 5, 12, 50, 53, 60, 80, 81, 88
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Wrenn (2) Pennink (3) Bonsignore (4) Savary (5) Goodenough (6) Zachem (7) Medeiros (8) Richardi, (9) Kopec (10) Willis (11) Meservey (12) Abele (13) Bakaj (14)
Annarummo (15) Pasteryak (16) Vanasse (17) Lashua (18) Fournier (19) Houlihan (20) Hurley
Winchester, NH. – It didn’t have the dramatic finish like last weeks race at Seekonk, but it had the same result, a large vocal crowd greeting the race winner, this time fan favorite 41-year veteran Dwight
Jarvis, when he exited his race car. Jarvis had just won the annual Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ and the Monadnock Speedway crowd let him know they liked
what they saw.
Jarvis, of Ascutney, Vermont, started 22nd in a 25-car field, worked his way to the front like he’s done many times. Maintaining tire usage, staying out of trouble, and passing cars when he felt it was time to
go, Jarvis moved to third bringing the crowd alive and stayed there until a lap-71 restart when he slipped by Woody Pitkat to settle into second.
With heavy fog rolling in over the speedway, Jarvis used a lapped car to his advantage to pass Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, on lap 93 to win his eighth career VMRS race. It was the sixth
series win at Monadnock
Jarvis post race disclosed it was not an easy journey to victory lane. In fact it was old school. Vintage Dwight Jarvis.
“We didn’t start out to good. The battery was dead. The radio’s didn’t work right from lap one. Once in awhile I could hear Mike (Crew Chief Michael Weld) I could tell he was still trying to talk to me but this
is awesome. I love winning this race and of course you all know I love this track. I don’t know how many more times I’ll be going around this but we enjoyed it tonight.”
With fog and staying in front the focus, Jarvis didn’t see the 10-laps to go sign from the flag stand. “ I just put it down to move forward.”
Pennink, the reigning series champion, finished runner up. “We had a good car. It went away on me at the end. I got a little bit free and Dwight got by me.”
Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, finished third, after coming back from a crash two weeks ago at Waterford, CT. “ It’s certainly a better finish than we had at Waterford. We a had a good car there and it put
us behind to have to fix it. Took last week off to come here to be the best we could. We started off a little bit tight figuring it would come around and it just never did.”
Max Zachem, of Preston, CT, pressured Pitkat to the finish and placed fourth, with Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, fifth.
Sixth through tenth were, Kirk Alexander, who led the first 69-laps, Richard Savary, Russ Hersey, Jean Paul Cyr, and Rob Goodenough.
Eight caution flags were displayed over the 100-laps, two on false restarts. The race was completed in 57 minutes. 14 cars finished on the lead lap.
Pennink, Dylan Kopec, and Matt Mead won heat races.
Stafford Speedway, Friday night, August 29, is the next stop for the VMRS.
August 23, 2014
Race # 12
Time: 57:16: 024
Margin of Victory: 1.286
Best Speed: 70.522 (Jarvis)
Best Lap Time: 12.762 (Jarvis)
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-69 (Alexander) 70-93 (Pennink) 94-100 (Jarvis)
Cautions: Laps- 10,11,13,13,22,65,71,71
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Jarvis, (2) Pennink (3) Pitkat (4) Zachem (5) Pasteryak (6) Alexander (7) Savary (8) Hersey (9) Cyr (10) Goodenough (11) Kopec (12) Willis (13) Medeiros (14) Douglas (15)
Bakaj (16) Wrenn (17) Seidell (18) Dana Smith (19) Etheridge (20) Mead (21) Bonsignore (22) Richardi (23) Hinckley (24) Lashua (25) Thompson
Granite State Pro Stock Series Added to Star Classic
Walpole, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has added an eleventh race to their 2014 schedule, after accepting an invitation to join the Star Classic Super Modified event held at Star
Speedway, September 6th.
The GSPSS will join the International Super Modified Association (ISMA), Strictly Stocks, Outlaws, and Roadrunners divisions at the Star Classic for 100 green flag laps. The 48th annual Star Classic is a
highlight on the International Super Modified Association schedule, as the 150 lap event has seen such historical drivers as Russ Wood, Bentley Warren, and Chris Perley .
“When Bob Webber extended the invitation to the Granite State Pro Stock Series, it was a no-brainer for us,” says GSPSS president Mike Parks. “The Star Classic is a premier stop on the ISMA schedule.
To add the GSPSS to this event is a homerun for us and for Star Speedway. It will give us a chance to put our product in front of ISMA fans, and a chance for our fans to see their product. The Webber
family have always been a stout supporter of our series since it’s inception, and we would like to offer the same support to them.”
The Star Classic will be held on September 6th at Star Speedway in Epping, NH. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, contact Mike Parks at email@example.com , or visit www.gspss.
net. To learn more about the International Super Modified Association, visit www.ismasupers.com.
Waterford Speedbowl 8/16 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results
Waterford, CT (August 16, 2014) – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing
returned to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday evening with a six-division
racing card on track. Hometown driver Rob Janovic Jr. claimed the night’s
SK Modified® victory, his first of the year. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton
took his third Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature win, Josh Galvin of
Franklin won for the tenth time in the Street Stocks, and Ken Cassidy Jr.
of Lisbon took his sixth Mini Stock win of the year. Brendon Bock of
Franklin Square, NY won his first ever Speedbowl feature in the evening’s
INEX Legend Cars race and Allen Coates of Ledyard recorded another win in
the New England Truck Series at his home track.
Janovic picked up his first win of the season in SK Modified® action,
taking the checkered flag for the first time since June of 2013. The
35-lap race was slowed by several caution flags, but Janovic was near the
front of the field throughout. He started fourth and was patient as a
Shawn Monahan-Ed Puleo battle for the lead broke out ahead of him after
the pair started the race on the front row. The two raced side-by-side
with Monahan holding a slight advantage until the first caution on lap-4
when Jeff Gallup and Keith Rocco spun in turns one and two on lap-4.
Monahan got away from Puleo on the restart and Puleo went spinning out of
turn two. The field missed becoming collected and it put Janovic to
Monahan’s outside for the ensuing restart. Janovic tucked in behind
Monahan and the two pulled ahead to a five car advantage over third place
Diego Monahan. That enabled Janovic space to go to work on the leader,
darting outside Monahan on lap-10. The two raced wheel to wheel for two
laps with Janovic inching his way ahead of Monahan before claiming sole
possession of the lead on lap-12. Moments later, something under the hood
of Ted Christopher let go down the back chute as he was mired in a tight
pack of cars just outside the top-five. A lengthy delay ensued as cleanup
crews tended to an oil down in the third turn.
Janovic restarted cleanly, pulling ahead over each of four additional
restarts the rest of the way. He could not be derailed and powered to
victory. Keith Rocco used a late race surge to take second, passing Tim
Jordan for the spot on the final lap. Jordan was third and Diego Monahan
was fourth, with Craig Lutz fifth.
Thomas rebounded from a hard crash the last time the Valenti Auto Mall
Late Model division raced, back on August 2. He took the victory in
Saturday’s 30-lap race, dominating much of it. Thomas took the lead
outside of Chris Garside on the opening lap and never waivered. He got
two good restarts over the second half of the race to keep his lead. The
first came after a spin by Art Moran III, and Thomas got the jump over
Jason Palmer. Ryan Morgan made an infrequent appearance at the track in
2014 and looked strong, snaring third from Keith Rocco on the restart on
the outside. Morgan then used the bottom of the track to get by Palmer
after the final caution on lap-25. Thomas would not be denied, but Morgan
finished runner-up with a solid outing. Palmer was third.
Galvin continued his roll in the Street Stock division by landing another
win, his tenth of the year. He started the 25-lap feature in eleventh
position and drove the inside lane through early race traffic. By lap-6
Galvin was already in a battle for fourth position. On lap-10, he moved
to third in advance of a yellow flag on lap-12. He lined up directly
behind Lloyd Anderson, who controlled the early laps before the caution
erased his advantage. Following the restart, Anderson washed up the track
out of turn four allowing Galvin to pull to his inside and into the lead
on lap-13. Galvin cruised from there. He finished off the win and moved
within one victory of the division’s single-season record of eleven, set
by Dwayne Dorr in 2006. A pair of former champions, Al Stone III and Ed
Gertsch Jr., finished in second and third.
Cassidy took his sixth checkered flag of the year in the 25-lap Mini Stock
feature in his quest for a sixth track championship. He was ahead of a
big wreck on the second lap the eliminated multiple cars from the race.
Trouble began when Nick Pappacoda slid off the fourth corner, clipping Ray
Christian and sending his car up into heavy traffic. Several cars piled
in with Dave Sylvia, Charles Canfield, and Jeff Lee all taking bruising
blows. After a long cleanup, Cassidy moved to second position before
taking the lead outside Joe Liskiewicz after a lap-7 restart, the last of
the race. Liskiewicz stayed with Cassidy for a few laps, but eventually
Cassidy pulled away. Liskiewicz finished second and point leader Garrett
Denton was third.
Bock recorded his first ever victory at the Speedbowl in the night’s
25-lap INEX Legend Cars race. It was not, however, without some drama.
Bock, the Riverhead (NY) Raceway division champion in 2013, was entrenched
in a battle for the lead midway through the race when he tangled with Joey
Ternullo. The two cars touched exiting turn two on lap-15, spinning down
the back chute. The incident collected Mike Christopher Jr., the
winningest driver in the division this season and point leader, who was in
third position. Two additional incidents aided Bock’s efforts to get
back to the front. He took second position on lap-20 and two laps later,
was inside Dana Dimatteo for the lead. He completed the pass and the
final three laps were run cleanly to the checkered flag. Keith Rocco was
second and Ternullo came back to finish third.
Coates used a daring three-wide maneuver on the bottom of the track to
take the lead five laps in to the 25-lap New England Truck Series feature.
Coates, one of the Speedbowl’s all-time winningest drivers, took
advantage of his home track experience to stay in command the rest of the
way. Coates’ son Corey was second and Glenn Noll was third.
Next Saturday, the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division is in the NASCAR
Whelen All-American series spotlight with a special 50-lap feature. They
are joined by the SK Modifieds®, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, SK Light
Modifieds and INEX Legend Cars.
Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 8/16 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (35-laps): 1. Rob Janovic
Jr., Waterford; 2. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 3. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 4.
Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 5. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 6. Paul
Kusheba IV, Monroe; 7. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 8. Joe Gada, Salem; 9.
Ed Puleo, Branford; 10. Jeff Gallup, Agawam, MA; 11. Wendell Dailey,
Gales Ferry; 12. Brent Sweet, Monroe; 13. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr.,
Milford; 14. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 15. Nick Salva, Prospect; 16.
Tom Pinson, Colchester; DNS – Nichole Morgillo, Southington; DNS – Jeff