Saturday, May 27, 2017

NASCAR Saturday Night & Wall of Fame Inductions May 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Seekonk Speedway

Posted by Wayne G. Barber  Photos from Wayne G. Barber Collection
# 30 Fred Astle

#80 Mike Cavalarro

Nascar Saturday Night racing from Seekonk Speedway!!! Phil’s Propane Sport Trucks Triple Crown, Pro Stock, Late Models, Sportsman and also Wall of Fame Inductions!!!

See you there !

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Champions Night on the Race Chatter

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
Mike Mitchell 2009 Seekonk Speedway Street Stock Champion and ROTY 2016 and 1st Granite State Pro Stock Series Winner on Long Island
Thank You Champions !  John Zych Jr.  NEMA Champion 2013,2015,2016, 201?

Thank You, United States short track race fans for the 74 Quality E-Mails and for making this past Monday's broadcast the largest in the six year history of the Race Chatter. I promise to keep up what I am doing on bringing you the Real Racers in this Greatest Sport in our Great Free Country, Wayne

Thank You, also for the many E-Mails on Thanking me for getting young Hot Shoe, Max Zachem on the airways (First of many SK Mod Wins)and the young man was Magic on our guest hot-line!

Sorry Ladies, his taken !

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chase Dowling Spanks the SK Modified field at Stafford Speedway

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Dan Avery took the early lead with Todd Owen, D.J. Burnham, Glen Reen, and Rowan Pennink behind him.  The caution came out with 3 laps complete as Owen and Burnham spun into the turn 1 wall.
Reen took the lead on the outside of Avery and Cam McDermott was right with Reen and he was now side by side with Avery for second with Pennink in fourth and Tony Membrino, Jr. was up to fifth.  McDermott took second on lap-6but Avery came right back and retook the spot on lap-7 as Pennink was looking to get by both cars in fourth.  Avery settled into second with Pennink taking third from McDermott on lap-8 as Reen continued to lead the race. 
Avery made a move to the inside of Reen to move to the front on lap-9 and he brought Pennink with him to drop Reen back to third.  Chase Dowling moved to the outside of Reen on lap-10 and he took over third and then he moved side by side with Pennink for second with Avery still out front.  Keioth Rocco was making his way through traffic towards the front as he was up to fifth when the caution came out with 12 laps complete for a spin by Eric Berndt in turn 2.
Avery and Dowling were side by side for the lead back under green with Dowling getting clear on lap-14.  Avery now had Pennink to his outside in a fight for second with Rocco in fourth and Reen was fifth.  Dylan Izzo and Berndt spun on the frontstretch to bring the caution back out with 16 laps complete.
Dowling took the lead back under green with Pennink moving up to second.  Avery moved into third with Rocco in fourth and Reen in fifth.  Pennink made a move to the inside of Dowling in turn 4 on lap-19 to take over the lead but that move was negated by the caution flag for spins in turns 1+2 by Membrino and Berndt.
Pennink was able to keep pace with Dowling in the outside groove on the restart before slotting back into second just in front of Rocco.  Avery was fourth with Reen and McDermott side by side for fifth.  The caution came back out with 21 laps complete for a spin coming out of turn 4 by Berndt, Tyler Hines, and Robert Goulet.
The caution came right back out on the restart as there was a multicar incident at the entrance of turn 3 involving the cars of Jeff Baral, Tom Bolles, Izzo, Tom Abele, Jr., Hines, and Goulet.
Dowling took the lead on the restart with Rocco alongside Pennink for second with Reen and Avery side by side for fourth.  Rocco got clear to second on lap-23 with Pennink, Reen, and now Ted Christopher lined up single file behind Dowling, who was still out front.
Christopher got by Reen to move into third on lap-29 as Dowling, Rocco, and Pennink were starting to stretch their advantage over the field out.  That advantage was erased by a spin in turn 4 by Mike Christopher, Jr. that brought the caution out. 
Dowling took the lead back under green with Rocco slotting into second and Pennink into third.  Ted Christopher was fourth and Reen was fifth when the caution came back out for spins in turn 4 by Mike Christopher, Jr. and Goulet.
Dowling and Rocco were side by side for the lead again with Christopher moving into third.  As the field hit turn 3, Pennink and Christopher touched with Christopher’s car getting shot up the track into the path of Matt Galko, who hit the wall to bring the caution back out.
Dowling took the lead with Christopher getting by Rocco to move into second.  Pennink and Ronnie Williams were side by side for fourth with Reen right behind them in sixth.  With 5 laps to go, Dowling, Christopher, Rocco, Pennink and Williams were lined up single file.  Christopher was working over Dowling while Pennink was looking high and low for a way to get around Rocco. 
Dowling led Christopher to the checkered flag to pick up his second win in three races in 2017.  Rocco finished third with Pennink and Williams rounding out the top-5.


1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
2) Ted Christopher, Plainville
3) Keith Rocco, Berlin
4) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa
5) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
6) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
7) Cam McDermott, Canterbury
8) Todd Owen, Somers
9) Dan Avery, Somers
10) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
11) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
12) Dylan Izzo, Monroe
13) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin
14) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
15) Tom Abele, Norwich
16) Jeff Baral, Southington
17) Ed Spiers, Beacon Falls
18) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
19) Mike Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
20) Matt Galko, Meriden
21) Robert Goulet, Plainville
22) Tyler Hines, North Haven
23) Tom Bolles, Ellington
24) Carlos Gray, East Hartford
25) Tommy Membrino, Jr., Prospect
26) John Catania, Agawam, Ma
27) D.J. Burnham, East Hartford

Thursday, May 18, 2017

GSPSS Heads to Long Island

Posted by Wayne G. Barber  
Photo by Simply the Best, Crystal Snape
    Race Two of 2017 Set For Riverhead Raceway

WALPOLE, N.H. – Coming off a rain-shortened season-opening event at Lee USA Speedway back on April 30, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is set to return to action this Saturday night, this time in New York. The quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway will play host to the series for a 100-lap feature event that will pay $2,000 to the driver that rolls into Victory Lane.

The event will showcase the top GSPSS talent up against some of the Riverhead Late Model weekly competitors.

Last season, GSPSS drivers headed south to Riverhead in July and completed the inspection process along with a few rounds of practice, but then Mother Nature took control of the night. The race was cancelled and was not rescheduled, meaning this season’s stop will be the inaugural 100-lap event for the series at the bullring.

In the 2017 season-opener at Lee, Jeremy Davis took his No. 09 into Victory Lane, defeating Bryan Kruczek and Joe Squeglia in the final laps of the rain-shortened event. Coming into Riverhead, Davis holds a scant points advantage in the series point standings.

PLACE: Riverhead Raceway
DATE: Saturday May 20
TIME: 6 p.m.
TRACK: ¼ mile slightly banked asphalt oval
TRACK TWITTER: @RiverheadRacewa
GSPSS Contact: Mike Parks,

Defending series champion Barry Gray of Belchertown, Mass. struggled in the opening event at Lee and was involved in a crash that forced him to a finish outside the top 20. Gray has his work cut out for him in the points, but will be going forward with Riverhead just looking to get back on track.

Riverhead Late Model regulars that are expected to compete include Jarrod Hayes, Roger Oxee and Chris Turbush. The list includes Turbush, who scored five wins in the Riverhead Late Model class last season. With the weekly competitors running the track on a consistent basis, they may have an upper hand when it comes to the longer distance feature event because they already know the setup it will take to run up front.

Granite State Pro Stock Series regulars that are expected to be competing include championship hopefuls Nick Lascuola, Devin O’Connell, Cory Casagrande and Mike Mitchell, among others.

“We are heading from the largest track on our schedule with the test day at NHMS all the way to the quarter-mile bullring of Riverhead,” series president Mike Parks said. “Last year, before the rains came, the teams were just starting to get used to the confines of the speedway.”

This event will be a one-day race, with practice, qualifying and feature racing all happening on Saturday in the midst of the Riverhead weekly program. The NASCAR Tour-Type weekly Modifieds will be in competition on Saturday night and some of the stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are expected to join the racing.

Qualifying races will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the National Anthem and beginning of the program slated for 6 p.m.

For more information on the event, fans are encouraged to visit and Fans are also encouraged to follow the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Facebook and Twitter. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Strong Field for Stafford Speedway Valenti Modified Series Race

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

May 16, 2017

Strong Field Expected For 4th
Annual VMRS 80 At Stafford
Canaan, NH. - When the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into Connecticut’s
Stafford Motor Speedway Friday night, May 19, 30-race teams have indicated
they are preparing to compete in the 2017 season opener for New England’s
premier modified touring division at the famed half-mile speedway.
The fourth annual ‘VMRS 80’ is the first of two races scheduled at Stafford this
Last years winner, Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, will be shooting
for his second consecutive win in the spring race. He will wheel the Gary Casella
# 25 Roscoe Racing Chevrolet. The Pennink/Casella combo scored the 2013
VMRS championship. They have 10-series victories to their credit.
Today’s so-called youth movement in modified racing will include Rob Richardi
of Taunton, MA, Troy Talman, of Oxford, MA, Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills,
MA, Dave Schneider, of Northport, NY, \and Ronnie Williams, of Tolland, Ct. All
are expected entries.
2016 series winners Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, Anthony Nocella, of
Woburn, MA, and Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT, are entered.
Veterans Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, George Sherman of Framingham, MA,
Keith Rocco, of Berlin, CT, and Windsor Locks, CT’s, Les Hinckley have
indicated they will compete.
Hinckley does not have a lot of seat time at Stafford. He drove in three pro-stock
events in the 90’s and three VMRS races prior to 2013. He will wheel his familiar
#06 car. The second-generation driver is ranked third on the series all-time win
list, behind Kirk Alexander and Jon McKennedy.
Friday night’s race will be the VMRS 18
appearance at Stafford.
Qualifying heat races begin at 6:15 PM. An autograph session featuring VMRS
drivers is also planned.
### Source: John Spence Press Release

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Solomito Muscles Way to Langley Victory

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Timmy Solomito celebrates in victory lane after winning the 2017 City of Hampton 150 at Langley Speedway.

HAMPTON, Va. – Timmy Solomito muscled his way past Doug Coby with seven laps to go to score the victory in Saturday night’s City of Hampton 150 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway – his second victory of the season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Coby had dominated much of the event, leading all but six laps, but Solomito closed in on him in the closing stages of the 150 lap race at the .396-mile oval in Hampton, Virginia. When Solomito finally got to Coby’s rear bumper, he began to press the issue, looking to the inside and the outside and repeatedly giving shots to Coby.  With seven laps to go, and the third and fourth place cars of Max Zachem and Eric Goodale joining the battle for the win, Solomito executed the bump-and-run, which resulted in Coby spinning.
Solomito then survived a restart with two laps to go and survived overtime to clinch the win.
“I hate to race that way,” Solomito said. “We had a really fast car tonight. I pressed him and tried to get him to slip up. He slipped up a few times. I showed my nose a couple times. I have a lot of respect for Doug but he’s trying to win a race and I’m trying to win a race. Unfortunately, tight quarters, you’re racing on a small track, I hate to win races that way but it happens, contact happens.
“Unfortunately, it’s racing. It is a contact sport here and there and sometimes things happen. We didn’t want that to happen but it’s hard racing. Two guys going for the same piece of real estate for the win. If I could go back, would I have done anything different? Probably not. Everybody’s here to win.”
The win at Langley marks Solomito’s second of the season. Earlier this year, he won the Whelen Modified season opener at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway and backed it up with a second-place finish at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Despite an 11th place finish at Stafford, the strong start to the season has Solomito thinking big picture.
“We just have to keep it rolling and keep running strong and having good finishes,” Solomito remarked. “At the end of the day, every position counts.  You have to play your cards right and be there at the end. You just have to finish every race.  It’s not always about winning as many races as you can, it’s about finishing up front and running well.”
Doug Coby, who led 134 laps, ended up being relegated to a 15th place finish after the contact with Solomito.
“Timmy made his car faster, and we were just a tick tighter,” Coby said. “We still had a fast race car, a controllable race car. It was a good race, that’s what the fans deserve to see. They don’t want to see somebody walk away by a straightaway.”
As Solomito closed in, Coby said he expected the race to come down to paint trading.
“I was expecting the bumper shots, the crossovers and stuff,” Coby explained. “No matter what he was trying to do, if I don’t give up the bottom, he can’t get by me. That’s short track racing. You’ve got the outside to go around, you’ve got the way bottom to go around.  If I’ve got a fast car and I’m on the bottom, find another way around.”
Eric Goodale finished in second, his best result of the season. Kyle Bonsignore finished third while Max Zachem and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top-five.
Rob Summers, Rowan Pennink, Danny Bohn, Kyle Ebersole and Matt Swanson completed the top 10.
Solomito took over the points lead with his victory, leading by nine points over Rowan Pennink following the race at Langley Speedway.  Eric Goodale sits third in points while Justin Bonsignore and Max Zachem sit fourth and fifth.
The next race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be held at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on June 14th.Source: Andy Marquis, Press Release
1316Timmy SolomitoStarrett Tools Ford156474Running
 2258Eric GoodaleGAF Roofing Chevrolet15642 Running
 31322Kyle BonsignoreSnap-On Tools Chevrolet15641 Running
 41020Max ZachemMPZ Motorsports/Lu-Macs Chevrolet15640 Running
 5951Justin BonsignorePhoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet15639 Running
 6464Rob SummersHoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors156391Running
 753Rowan PenninkCape Cod Copper Chevrolet15637 Running
 8640Danny BohnDunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/Will I Am South15636 Running
 9185Kyle EbersoleEbersole Excavating Chevrolet15635 Running
 101789Matt SwansonStarrett Tools Ford15634 Running
 111529Brendon BockMeadow Brook Collision Chevrolet15633 Running
 121456Craig LutzLutz Motorsports Chevrolet15632 Running
 132139Calvin Carroll *Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet15631 Running
 14736Dave SapienzaSapienza Enterprise Chevrolet15630 Running
 1512Doug CobyMayhew Tools Chevrolet156312Running
 161246Woody PitkatRiverhead Building Supply Chevrolet15628 Running
 172077Gary PutnamCurb Records Chevrolet15627 Running
 1886George Brunnhoelzl IIIT.S. Haulers Chevrolet15626 Running
 192333Wade ColePerf. Engines/Kendall Oil Ford15425 Running
 202578Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *Last Minute Racing Chevrolet12324 Handling
 212401Melissa FifieldEastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet11923 Engine
 221611Andy SeussLFR Chassis Chevrolet10922 Accident
 231982Spencer DavisHorton Avenue Materials Chevrolet8821 Distributor
 241185Todd SzegedyMontanari Fuel/Stuarts Auto/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet5120 Accident
 252272Lauren Edgerton *Precision Powder Coating Chevrolet4319 Handling
Estimated Weekend Attendance:0
Fastest Qualifier:   Doug Coby, Time: 15.495 Seconds, Speed: 92.004 mph
Failed to Qualify:
Time of Race:    1 hrs., 16 mins, 30 secs                                Average Speed: 48.452 mph               Margin of Victory:  0.806 Seconds
Caution Flags:  Laps 15-20; 49-54; 57-59; 79-83; 96-102; 110-114; 122-125; 145-147; 149-153.  9 for 44 laps.
Lap Leaders:   Doug Coby 1-54, Timmy Solomito 55, Doug Coby 56-99, Rob Summers 100-107, Doug Coby 108-143, Timmy Solomito 144-156.
Total Laps Led:   Doug Coby 134, Timmy Solomito 14, Rob Summers 8.  5 changes involving 3 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points:   Timmy Solomito 170, Rowan Pennink 161, Eric Goodale 148, Justin Bonsignore 147, Max Zachem 143, Matt Swanson 134,
                                   Woody Pitkat 132, Rob Summers 131, Doug Coby 119, Dave Sapienza 117

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ted Christopher is still the # One at Stafford Speedway

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Tyler Hines led the field to the green but Glen Reen quickly took the lead on the first lap with Rowan Pennink slotting into second.  Mike Christopher, Jr. was third with Ted Christopher and Hines side by side for fourth.  Pennink made a move to the inside of Reen in turn 3 on lap-4 to take over the race lead. 
Ted Christopher worked his way past Reen to move into second on lap-9 and he took the lead from Pennink.  Reen tried to follow him by Pennink and they touched wheels with Pennink and Reen spinning in turn 4 to bring the caution out.  Christopher was now the race leader with Tom Abele, Jr. in second, Mike Christopher, Jr. third, Hines fourth, Keith Rocco fifth, and Ronnie Williams sixth for the restart.
Ted Christopher took the lead with Abele slotting into second.  Mike Christopher, Jr. was third with Rocco and Hines behind him.  Christopher, Jr. quickly worked his way to the inside of Abele to take over second on lap-11 and they ran side by side with Rocco right on their bumpers as they were all giving chase to Ted Christopher.  A multicar incident involving Stephen Kopcik, Tom Bolles, Tony Membrino, Jr., John Catania, and Bobby Grigas just coming out of turn 2 brought the caution out with 13 laps complete.
Hines brushed the wall on the restart and John Catania spun to bring the caution right back out.  The next restart saw Abele take to the outside groove to take over the lead.  Christopher and Rocco were side by side for second witih Christopher, Jr., in fourth, just in front of Williams.  Christopher went back to the lead on lap-16 and now Rocco was looking to get by Abele for second.  Rocco worked him over and he made the pass on lap-19 with Williams following him by on lap-20 to drop Abele back to fourth.  Cam McDermott was up to fifth with Christopher, Jr., Michael Gervais, Jr., Matt Galko, Todd Owen, and Dylan Izzo rounding out the top-10.
Rocco was starting to work Christopher over for the lead as he was looking high and low for a way to make a pass for the lead on lap-26.  Rocco nearly had a pass made on lap-30 but Christopher was able to shut the door on the move.  Williams was still in third with Abele and McDermott making up the top-5.  Rocco was still looking high and low for a way around Christopher but he was still behind with 5 laps to go. 
Rocco  was finally able to make a move and he took the lead with a move in turn 3 on lap-37.  Christopher wasn’t going away quietly as he was all over Rocco’s bumper.  The cars took the white flag locked together.  Rocco led down the backstretch and into turn 3.  Christopher made a power move in turn 3 to get alongside Rocco and he took the lead by a nose coming off turn 4 and he led Rocco to the line to take the win. 


1) Ted Christopher, Plainville ,Track Record  104 SK career win
2) Keith Rocco, Berlin  43 SK career wins
3) Ronnie Williams, Tolland 7 SK career wins
4) Tom Abele, Jr., Norwich
5) Cam McDermott, Canterbury
6) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
7) Mike Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
8) Matt Galko, Meriden
9) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
10) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa 18 SK career wins
11) Dylan Izzo, Monroe
12) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
13) Dan Avery, Somers
14) Todd Owen, Somers
15) Joey Cipriano, III, Waterbury
16) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
17) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin
18) John Catania, Agawam, Ma
19) Tyler Hines, North Haven
20) Jeff Baral, Southington
21) D.J. Burnham, East Hartford
22) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
23) Tom Bolles, Ellington
24) Bo Gunning, Southbury  47 SK career wins
25) Eric Berndt, Cromwell 17 SK career wins