Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Todd Stone Takes the Checkers at White Mountain!

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Woodstock, NH - Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT. took the checkers at the White Mountain 100 on Saturday night. In practice and the scuff sessions, veteran to the track, DJ Shaw of Center Conway, NH posted the fastest times. Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH who has run well in the ACT Series posted some of the fastest times as well. 

The feature saw Helliwell Jr. on the poll, and Luke Hinkley of Claremont, NH started on the outside to start the race. The early part of the race saw Helliwell take an early lead for the first twenty laps of the race. Eventually Shaw would take the lead and hold it until lap 40 when the caution flew. Shaw and Hinkley made contact on the backstretch sending the 31NH car up the pit road in a wild ride with the car ending up on thp of the pit wall, ending his night early.

On the restart Stone took the lead followed by Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA. Shaw managed to fix his car and make his way back up the field, by lap 50 he was back in the top five. Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA the 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series also managed to stay in the top five.

In the ensuing laps O’Sullivan stayed close to Stone, however Helliwell was close behind, and passed O’Sullivan on lap 81 taking second. Helliwell made several bids to take the lead from Stone unsuccessfully as they crossed the finish line.   

Saturday, August 12th The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be racing at Monadnock Speedway, in Winchester, NH for the Monadnock 100. For more information, follow The Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook or at www.gspss.net 

Unofficial Finish
1          1X Todd Stone       
2          08 Mike O’Sullivan
3          60 DJ Shaw
4          29 Barry Gray
5          7 Cory Casagrande
6          39 Nick Lascuola
7          96 Wyatt Alexander
8          01 Sammy Gooden
9          1VT Jeremy Davis
10        7oz Grant Aither
11        40 Mike Mitchell
12        4 Tommy O’Sullivan
13        72 Scott MacMichael
14        10 Jimmy Zullo
15        23 Glenn Martel
16        1NH Luke Hinkley
17        43 Devin O’Connell
18        93 Ryan Green
19        27 Wayne Helliwell *

* Disqualified to Unapproved Changes in a Pit Stop

Contingency Winner
Car #
AR Bodies (Hard Luck)
31NH Luke Hinkley
O'Reilly Auto Parts (3rd Place)
60 DJ Shaw
O'Reilly Auto Parts (Last Car on the Lead Lap) 
39 Nick Lascuola
Five Star Bodies 5th Place
7 Cory Casagrande
Sunoco Heat Winner
29 Barry Gray
Sunoco Heat Winner
60 DJ Shaw
VDL Fuel 4th Place
29 Barry Gray
Race Parts NH Hard Charger
7 Cory Casagrande

Track: White Mountain Motorsports Park .25 mile Woodstock, NH
Race- White Mountain 100
Time of Race- 58:09.9
Best Lap Time- 12.285
Best Lap By- DJ Shaw
Cautions- (11) 21, 38, 40, 43, 45
Margin of Victory- 0.353
Lap Leaders- (3) Wayne Helliwell 20, DJ Shaw 20, Todd Stone 60

Monday, July 24, 2017

Race Chatter Line-Up Tonight

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

 News, Driver Changes, Standings , Gossip and Driver Interviews too !

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Tonight, for a third visit will be Big Money ! not Matt Hirschman,  Derek Griffith $10,000 pay day again !

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2nd Race, Valenti News !

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Photo by Simply the Best, Crystal Snape

 Reversing the field for the second 50 put Troy Talman of Oxford MA on the pole and clean air was all that he needed to go from green to checkered. Like Meservey Jr. it was his first tour type modified win. It was no easy run for the 22 year old as 6 caution flag periods gave other drivers the chance to knock off the leader.
   Dennis Perry of Pawcatuck CT tried his best to take over the top spot but a lap 15 scramble sent him pit side while it eliminated George Sherman of Framingham MA and Andy Shaw of Center Conway NH.  Second charger for the runner up spot was Matt Mead of Richmond NH with the 88 of Russ Hersey and the 12 in tow. Another caution included several cars, and destroyed the 88. Restart was the 3 and the 77 on the front line and then Rob Richardi Jr. of Taunton, MA took over the 2nd spot. Donnie Lashua also gave it a try by racing to the back bumper of Talman, but wasn't able to pull off the pass. An impressive drive by Geoff Gernhard of Bozrah, CT, who took over the runner up spot from Lashua with 9 laps to go, could only close to within 1.7 seconds of Talman at the finish line.
   Carl Medieros Jr. of Westport,MA. who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday 7/24 came from the 21st starting position and nipped Lashua for the third spot. Fifth thru tenth were Jeff Gallup, Anthony Ricci, Matt Mead, Rob Richardi Jr., Dennis Perry and Jeff Rocco.
   Carl Medieros Jr. was the hard charger of the event picking up 20 positions.

   Talman said, "At the beginning I just tried to save my tires, if I got too far ahead my spotter was great with information. It's a good car. This place really chews up the tires and its really all about discipline, you can get on the gas and go fast for a few laps but your car will be junk after that. So you have to have throttle control to keep your tires underneath you, anytime the car gets away from you you're chewing up the right rear. We also didn't have a lot of gear here, I only turned like 6500 RPMs. This is my first race here, it's definitely a cool track. I can't wait to get to Beech Ridge (Speedway, Scarborough, ME) with the M.R.S."

Second 50 Lap
Margin of Victory--1.723 seconds
Best Lap Time--15.181
Best lap By--#93-George Sherman
Cautions--6--laps-(15-15-15- 35-43-44)
Lap Leader--1--#3-Talman-(1-50)

Unofficial Finish
1---3-Troy Talman
2---11-Geoff Gernhard
3---50-Carl Medieros Jr.
4---17-Donnie Lashua
5---4-Jeff Gallup
6---20-Anthony Ricci
7---77-Matt Mead
8---12MA-Rob Richardi Jr.
9---76-Dennis Perry
10--85-Jeff Rocco
11--55-Joe Doucette
12--47-Dylan Rock
13--83-Mike Willis Jr.
14--16-Colbey Fournier
15--22-Roy Seidell Jr.
16--27-Derek Robbie
17--66NH-Andy Shaw
18--88-Russ Hersey
19--92-Anthony Nocella
20--45-Dan Meservey Jr.
21--6-Sammy Rameau
22--81-Josh Cantara
23--93-George Sherman

Next Event--Aug. 12 2017--New London Waterford Speedbowl. Waterford,CT.

by James Snape
photos by Crystal Snape

Valenti News !

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
Photo by Simply the Best, Crystal Snape

Lee USA Speedway, Lee NH

   When twin 50s are on tap at the Lee USA speedway, exciting things can happen and Friday 7/21 was no exception to the rule.
   In the first 50, seventeen year old Dylan Rock of Enfield NH and Modified Racing Series points leader Anthony Nocella of Woburn MA led the 23 starters to the green flag while Dan Meservey Jr of Brewster MA sponsored by 123 Gas, began his run from the third row.
Young Rock driving like a veteran out-dragged Nocella for the lead and made it look like it could be his first tour type modified win.
   Rock's teammate Donnie Lashua of Canaan NH took over second place early in the event and chased Rock for the next 35 laps until eventual race winner Meservey Jr took over second place on lap 37, then set his sights on Rock. A yellow flag on lap 45 set up a 5 lap duel for the victory. Meservey Jr. held on to the outside groove and on lap 47 slipped into the lead while Lashua and Nocella battled for third. With two laps to go Lashua would win that fight and follow teammate Rock across the finish line giving the Jack Bateman owned cars a second and third place finish.
Nocella and Jeff Gallup were 4th and 5th respectively. Rounding out the top ten were Josh Cantara, Russ Hersey, Anthony Ricci, Sam Rameau and Matt Mead.
   Anthony Ricci was the hard charger of the event driving from 20th to 7th.

   Meservey Jr. commented, "I haven't raced here in a long time, probably 20 years, and everybody kept saying take it easy on the car. For the first half of the race I just stayed in sight of the leaders and not slide the car what-so-ever and we kept getting better and better and everybody kept falling off more and more. The car was really good on restarts on cold tires and I knew we had a chance. The kid in the 47 (Rock) was good, but I knew if I could get on the outside of him I could hold him down, cause he needed that whole track. Once you get pinched down you really chew those tires up. It was really good for us to get my first ever modified win, I'm happy." Source: Jim Snape

Track-Lee USA Speedway 0.375 Miles
Time of Race-18:19.900
Margin of Victory-0.314
Best Lap Time-15.133
Best Lap by-#88-Russ Hersey
Cautions-2-laps 33-45
Lap Leaders-2- #47,Rock-(1-46)--#45,Meservey Jr.-(47-50)

Unofficial Finish
1---45-Dan Meservey Jr.
2---47-Dylan Rock
3---17-Donnie Lashua
4---92-Anthony Nocella
5---4-Jeff Gallup
6---81-Josh Cantata
7---88-Russ Hersey
8---20-Anthony Ricci
9---6-Sammy Rameau
10--77-Matt Mead
11--93-George Sherman
12--16-Colbey Fournier
13--12MA-Rob Richardi Jr.
14--85-Jeff Rocco
15--83-Mike Willis Jr.
16--76-Dennis Perry
17--66NH-Andy Shaw
18--27-Derek Robbie
19--55-Joe Doucette
20--3-Troy Talman
21--50-Carl Medieros Jr.
22--11-Geoff Gernhard
23--22-Roy Seidell Jr.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ted Christopher makes it three wins in 8 starts at Stafford Speedway in 2017

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Michael Gervais, Jr. took the lead at the green with Dan Avery in second.  Glen Reen was third with Cam McDermott and Stephen Kopcik side by side for fourth place.  Reen nearly got sideways on lap-6 but he gathered his car up and nearly made a 3-wide move for third.  He settled back into line in fifth behind McDermott and Kopcik as Gervais and Avery continued to set the pace out front.  Rowan Pennink took a hard hit into the turn 3 wall to bring the caution and red flags out with 8 laps complete. Over aggressive driving put Christopher to the rear.
Gervais took the lead back under green with McDermott moving into second.  Avery settled into third after a duel with Mike Christopher, Jr. with Kopcik in fifth.  McDermott was applying heavy pressure to Gervais for the lead and nearly made a pass in turn 4 on lap-13 but Gervais was able to hold him off.  Christopher, Jr. was also working Avery over for third and he went to the outside groove to try to make the pass.  Gervais and McDermott touched in turns 1+2 with Gervais spinning in turn 2 to bring the caution out.  One lap earlier, Chase Dowling’s car dropped off the pace and he limped to pit road.  McDermott was black flagged for overaggressive driving, which put Christopher, Jr. out front for the restart.
Christopher led on the restart, but he was quickly overtaken by Todd Owen.  Owen’s move opened the door for Keith Rocco and Ted Christopher to also get past Christopher, Jr. to drop him from the lead back to fourth.  Avery was running fifth with 22 laps complete.  Gervais spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out with 24 laps complete.
Owen took the lead on the restart with Ted Christopher getting around Rocco to move into second.  Avery was fourth with Mike Christopher, Jr. on his outside in fifth.  Christopher took the lead from Owen on lap-28 and then the caution came out for spin in turn 1 by Reen.
Owen ran side by side with Christopher for a lap before he settled back into second.  Rocco was third with Mike Christopher, Jr. fourth and Josh Wood and Avery were side by side for fifth place.  Owen was looking high and low for a way to get back around Christopher for the lead, but Christopher was able to fend off his challenges.  Wood and Brendon Bock touched and spun in turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 33 laps complete.
Christopher took the lead on the restart with Owen immediately slotting into second behind him.  Rocco was third with Avery and Christopher, Jr. side by side for fourth place.  Owen again was looking high and low on Christopher for the lead but John Catania and Tommy Membrino, Jr. got into the turn 3 wall to bring the caution back out with 35 laps complete.
On the restart, Tom Abele, Jr. and Tony Membrino, Jr. came together and spun on the front stretch to bring the caution right back out.  Catania also got into the front stretch wall and Kopcik got into the turn 2 wall.
Christopher again took the lead back under green with Owen all over his back bumper.  Rocco was third with Avery and Christopher, Jr. side by side for fourth with Ronnie Williams in sixth.  Owen and Christopher touched wheels going into turn 1 on lap-38 with Christopher maintaining the lead.  Owen made one last ditch effort on the outside coming to the checkered flag but Christopher was able to beat him to the checkered flag in a wild finish.  Rocco finished third with Avery and Christopher, Jr. rounding out the top-5.
For Christopher at Stafford Speedway in his Hall Of Fame career so far, 106 SK Mod victories and 128 total victories and counting.


1) Ted Christopher, Plainville (3)
2) Todd Owen, Somers (1)
3) Keith Rocco, Berlin
4) Dan Avery, Somers
5) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
6) Ronnie Williams, Tolland (1)
7) Tyler Hines, North Haven
8) Matt Galko, Meriden (1)
9) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
10) Cam McDermott, Canterbury
11) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
12) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
13) Tom Abele, Jr., Norwich
14) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin
15) John Catania, Agawam, Ma
16) Tommy Membrino, Jr., Prospect
17) Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, Ny
18) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
19) Tom Bolles, Ellington
20) Chase Dowling, Roxbury (2)
21) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa

Friday, July 21, 2017

Eldora Dirt Provides Cody Coughlin With Career Best NASCAR Finish

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

 Cody Coughlin hit the dirt at Eldora Speedway in his home state of Ohio on Wednesday night for the second race on dirt in his career. He walked out of the legendary half-mile oval with a career-best finish. After starting 27th, Coughlin finished in the 11th position, one better than his previous career-best finish of 12th at Texas Motor Speedway in June 2016 and at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year.
"I don't know what we found for the 150-lap feature, but it worked," said Coughlin. "I never would have thought that my career best finish would come at a dirt race, but I'm very happy about that. These two days were tough, but running through the field like that was a lot of fun."

"Plus this is Tony Stewart's track; I've always admired him and what he has done.  We had a chance to catch up and I told him how cool it was to race on the dirt at his place."
The Delaware, Ohio native's time at Eldora Speedway got off to a rough start during practice on Tuesday night. Coughlin spun around and hit the wall in turn three. His ThorSport Racing crew worked hard to fix the JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra for final practice.
The No. 13 machine looked good as new for Wednesday's race. Coughlin finished second in Wednesday's Last Chance Qualifier race to secure the 27th starting position.
When the green flag waved on the 150-lap feature Coughlin went right to the bottom of the track and started to head to the front of the field. Coughlin was up to 11th by the end of the first stage of 40 laps.
At the end of the night, Coughlin found himself in the 11th position, the best finishing position of his young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career.
"I am so thankful for the hard work that all of my guys put in to get this truck fixed yesterday night in practice, and for everything they did today to help me out. We're closing in on our first top 10 finish and once we get that one I think a lot more will come.  I'm so thankful that Duke and Rhonda Thorson let me race their trucks. I have a lot of fun working with this whole group."
Coughlin will be back in action on Saturday, July 29 at Pocono Raceway (PA) for the Overton's 150

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sportsman Open Results Seekonk Speedway 7-19-17 $1,000 to win

Posted by Wayne G. Barber Photo by Wayne G. Barber

Green to Checkers, no cautions.30 Laps $1,000 to win, no points.

110Chad Baxter3008:02.41400:15.09880.000
276John Hanafin3008:03.59800:01.18400:15.342160.000
370Paul Lallier3008:05.25000:02.83600:15.378120.000
498Ryan Flood3008:06.46100:04.04700:15.40450.000
553Vinny Pangelinan3008:06.68000:04.26600:15.395100.000
611Corey Fanning3008:07.07200:04.65800:15.411120.000
747Dick Benoit3008:07.62600:05.21200:15.392140.000
832Jesse Melberg3008:10.15300:07.73900:15.527160.000
956Thomas Adams3008:10.85100:08.43700:15.488240.000
1096Sparky Arsenault3008:11.47400:09.06000:15.447100.000
1145Justin Travis3008:12.88400:10.47000:15.59560.000
1251Brenden Nutter3008:16.95600:14.54200:15.62890.000
1319Ryan Lineham3008:17.38200:14.96800:15.730290.000
147Ray Negley2908:04.92100:02.65200:15.678100.000
1577Gill Bradstreet2908:05.26200:02.99300:15.66450.000
169Dane Saritelli2908:13.94700:11.67800:15.932220.000
173Joe Kohler2908:02.2691 Lap00:15.714120.000
1813Paul Williams2106:03.9939 Laps00:15.64890.000