Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint Returns This Wednesday

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
After the past rain out, can Rocco make it 5 in a row at Thompson ?

(THOMPSON, CT) - Oval track action returns to Thompson Speedway on Wednesday night for the 3rd Annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint. It’s all part of “For the Drivers Night” featuring free admission for all drivers. 

Sunoco Modifieds

The two prior Sunoco 20/20 Sprint races have been won under very different circumstances. Ryan Preece, a regular at the speedway won the inaugural event in 2014, while Eric Berndt in a second Ceravolo modified captured victory in his first race of the season last year in dominating fashion.

The event is comprised of two 20-lap features that both count for championship points. The final 10-lap Sprint to the finish provides the excitement of one last dash for the dollars. That was put on display earlier this season during the Late Model 20/20 Sprint when William Wall and Rick Gentes put on a 10-lap battle for the ages. 

Winning the 20/20 Sprint is no easy task. Instead of the usual challenge of winning one event on a given day teams must compile three strong finishes, usually win one of the races, and not have any mistakes over the course of the three segments. It’s a tall order for anyone in the field. 

“To be honest, with the Sunoco Modified it is not like a Tour car where the car will transition throughout a run,” said Preece. “This year it might be a little different running a softer tire because we do see some transition through a run. Some people get tight, some people get loose and it might work out to my favor if you have run the same tire in all three (races). My car seems to get better and better the longer into a run and it seems like others might be fading a little.” 

Woody Pitkat, the defending track champion said, “You’ve got to see where you start, but you obviously try to win every race. You definitely got to use your head more and probably not take some chances that you would take if there was just one race, to keep it safe and run all three.”

Wednesday night might just be the best opportunity all year for anyone to catch Keith Rocco. Rocco has gone undefeated in the four events held so far, but with three races on one night, history shows that more than one car will visit victory lane. In the five events using this format including both the Late Model and Sunoco Modified divisions, no single car has swept all three segments. Rocco is hoping to changes the course of history on Wednesday night.

Late Models

Rick Gentes put a brand new motor in his car prior to the last event and the power plant seemed to make a world of difference. There was no question Gentes had the fastest car on the property during the main event on July 9, earning a dominant victory. The win added to a long list of victories for Gentes, but snapped a winless streak that saw him shut out of victory lane since September of 2014.  

Gentes’ most recent success is enough to make anyone in the field nervous. William Wall who seemed untouchable to start the season now has a white and red number 70 looming larger in the rear view mirror. Wall has two consecutive finishes outside the top five after making three trips to victory lane early in the year. Only 10 points separate the two at the top at the mid-point of the season. 

Larry Gelinas who has one feature win to his credit sits third, but did have to switch cars after destroying their primary Thompson car earlier in the year. The team has certainly faced adversity this year and are still in the hunt with five races remaining.
Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman

Like Gentes in the Late Models, Corey Hutchings has found his stride midway through the summer, cruising to victory during the last event after a slow start to the season. It broke a streak of first time winners in the division and for the first time saw a veteran of the division make a triumphant return back to victory lane. 

Even with 4 different winners this season, Ryan Waterman leads the championship chase by 11 markers and is yet to win, but has finished 2nd on three occasions and outside the top-5 only once in five events. Waterman has become the picture of consistency all season and has been able to harness his aggressive style into good finishes week in and week out. Waterman will be back on track attempting to get back to victory lane for the first time since June of last year.

Mini Stocks

After winning three straight events to start the season, defending champion Dave Trudeau relinquished the point lead for the first time after a last place finish at the most recent event. He now trails in the standings by 9 points behind Wayne Burroughs, Jr. Burroughs has one victory so far and has finished no worse than 3rd all season setting up what could be the most exciting Mini Stock championship battle we have seen in years. 

Ed Field and Brad Caddick, who won the last event that was held, could still have a shot by continuing to have solid finishes and with a little help if bad luck were to strike Burroughs or Trudeau.

For the Drivers Night takes place on Wednesday, July 27 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park headlined by the Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint. General admission tickets are available for $20, veterans, seniors, and active military are $18, and kids 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Winchester, NH – This past weekend, Monadnock Speeway hosted the Dunleavy Truck & Repair 200 featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour where Timmy Solomito celebrated his first victory at the high banked ¼ mile.
Mother nature forced the event to become a two-day show as storms moved into the area after three of the Monadnock Speedway divisions were completed. The decision was made NASCAR and speedway management to run the NASCAR Whelen Modified event along with the remainder of the speedway’s divisions on Sunday afternoon.
In the Saturday night action for the Young Guns Shelby Avery took the victory leading the field from green to checkers.  Alex Barden and Mariah Stebbins attempted in the first few laps to catch the leader with Stebbins making the pass on Barden for second.   Jaret Curtis cruised into third by lap five.  The top three continued to lead the way with Devin Guy and Chloe Wright moving into the top five.  At the checkers, it was Avery for her second win followed by Stebbins, Curtis, Guy and Wright.
The Lightning Stocks rolled on next as Justin Littlewood brought the field to the green. Kris Kristolaitis and Tim Paquette battled early for the second spot with Kristolaitis taking it over.  By lap eight, the quick moving Pat Houle took over the top spot leaving another battle for second between Littlewood and Kristolaitis. The unbeatable Houle took the checkers followed by Kristolaitis, Littlewood, Paquette and Eric Silvernale.
The last division of the night to come onto the track before the storms moved in were the Mini Stocks with Mike McGoldrick and Eric Pomasko on the front row. At the green, Pomasko took over the lead. By lap three, Pomasko fell back to third as Matt Kimball moved into the top spot followed by Solomon Brow.  Kimball and Brow battled for the top spot as Julia Raymond moved in third putting the pressure on. On lap twenty, Pomasko pulled off the track giving McKnight fourth. With the wave of the checkers it was Kimball taking down the win followed by Brow, Raymond, McKnight and Ethan Marsh.
At the end of the Mini Stock event, the rain came into forcing the remainder of the event to be completed on Sunday where the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour led off the afternoon event of racing with Timmy Solomito leading every lap of 200 lap feature.   Rowan Pennick put the pressure on Solomito late in the event but was denied and had to settle for second place followed Jimmy Blewett, Eric Goodale and Justin Bonsignore.
After the completion of the 200 laps of the NASCAR Whelen Modifieds, the speedway’s Super Stock division took to a very slick track due to the heavy rubber and afternoon heat.  The first few laps were tough on the competitors with several caution coming out for spins.  By lap 10 the competitors settled in as Robert Hagar led the way.  Joel Monahan ran second waiting for the opportunity to take the lead. On lap fifteen, Monahan made the pass leaving Hagar in a battle with Dennis Stange for third place.  A side by side run for fourth between Tyler Leary and Cole Littlewwod developed with both switching position for several laps.   Monahan began to pull away from the Hagar and Stange creating a ¼ of a track lead on the rest of the field. At the end, it was Monahan claiming the victory followed by Hagar, Stange, Littlewood and Leary.
Jason Barden led the Sportsman Modifieds out on to the track for their thirty lap event.  On the first lap, Leclair who started second took over the lead as Barden fell back to sixth place.  Ben Byrne and Keith Carzello fought for second.  By lap five, Carzello took over the lead as Cameron Sontag held off Trevor Bleau for second.  On lap eight, a caution came out for Nathan Johnson and John Byrne. On the restart, Bleau took over second as Leclair put the pressure on Sontag for third.  On lap eighteen, Carzello and Bleau made contact with both going around collecting Cameron Sontag ending his race for the day.  Leclair led the field to the restart for a shoot-out.  Leclair began to feel Geoff Rollins on his back bumper as Kim Rivet and Bill Kimball fought for third. Leclair looking for his first win of the season could not hold Rollins off and at the checkers it was Rollins followed by Rivet, Leclair, Kimball and Ben Byrne.
The final feature of the afternoon were the Thunder Stocks as Scott Vien led the field followed by Dan Comeau and Richard Vincent.  The top three ran bumper to bumper as Vincent looked for every opportunity to get by Comeau.  On lap nine the caution came out as Vincent made contact with Comeau.  On the restart, Vien continued to lead as Jason Kozacka and Ed Lofland inherited second and third. Lofland made the pass on Kozacka for second and was on the move to catch Vien.  Craig Chaffee moved into the third position.  At the completion of the feature, Vein took the checkers followed Lofland, Chaffee, Kozacka and James Nowakowski.
This Saturday, July 30th, Monadnock Speedway will be back in action hosting a Christmas In July event featuring North East Street Stock Tour plus the  speedway's weekly divisions. Race time is at 6pm.
Sportsman Modified Finish: Geoff Rollins, Kim rivet, Eric Leclair, Bill Kimball, Ben Byrne, Keith carzello, Casey Ouellette, Mike Chamberlain, Jason Barden, Trevor Bleau, Cameron Sontag, Brain Robie, John Byrne, Nathan Johnson
Super Stock Finish: Joel Monahan, Robert Hagar, Dennis Stange, Cole Littlewood, Tyler Leary, Craig Smith, Scott Beck, Mark McClay, Chris Curtis, Tyler Lescord, Allen Griffin, Nancy Muni, Stuart Wheelen
Mini Stocks Finish: Matt Kimball, Solomon Brow, Julia Raymond, Kevin McKnight, Ethan marsh, Mike McGoldrick, Bill Lambert, Eric Pomasko
Thunder Stock Finish: Scott Vien, Ed lofland, Craig Chaffee, Jason Kozacka, James Nowakowski, Paul Smith, Brad zahensky, Richard Vincent, Dan Comeau
Lightning Stocks Finish: Pat Houle, Kris Kristolaitis, Justin Littlewood, Tim Paquette, Eric Silvernale, Hillary Reanud, Eric Starkweather
Young Guns Finish: Shelby Avery, Mariah Stebbins, Jaret Curtis, Devin Guy, Chloe Wright, Kevin Pittsinger, Colby Lambert, Cale Skillings, Alex Barden, Chase Curtis  

Twin 50s @ Lee 7.22.2016

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
   The second 50 was an inverted start with George Sherman and Carl
Medeiros Jr. pacing the field to starter Tim Bennett's green flag.
Medeiros wasted no time blasting to the lead with Chris Pasteryak of
Jewitt City,Ct. slicing through the field from the third row and ran
in Medeiros tire tracks until his pass for the lead on lap 20 with
McKennedy following in hot pursuit. The two ran nose to tail trying to
break away from the potent pack behind them.

  The dog fight for third was now between Anthony Nocella, Matt Mead,
David Schneider, Richard Savary and Todd Patnode, but the hot
performer of the race had to be Jeffrey Gallup of Agawam,Ma who
started 16th and over powered competitors racing into third place by
lap 22.

  With the laps winding down and Pasteryak and McKennedy pulling
away, Nocella slipped by Gallup to finish third. Gallup and Savary
finished fourth and fifth respectivly. Sixth thru tenth were David
Schneider, Matt Mead, Todd Patnode, Rob Richardi Jr. and Russ Hersey.

  McKennedy's bid for a clean sweep and the $500.00 bonus came up
0.349 seconds short.

Race #2
Track-Lee USA Speedway, Lee N.H. 0.375 mi.
Event #9
Margin of Victory-0.349
Best Lap-15.208
Best Speed-88.769
Best Lap By-92 - Anthony Nocella
Cautions-(2)- Lap-2,4


1-15ct-Chris Pasteryak
2-29--Jon McKennedy
3-92--Anthony Nocella
4--4--Jeffrey Gallup
5-99--Richard Savary
6-19--David Schneider
7-77--Matt Mead
8-24--Todd Patnode
9-33--Rob Richardi Jr
10-88-Russ Hersey
11-52-Todd Szegedy
12--6--Samuel Rameau
13-50-Carl Medieros Jr.
14-17-Dylan Rock
15-93-George Sherman
16-16-Colbey Fournier
17-38-Mike Willis Jr.
18-04-Branden Dion
19-27-Kevin Iannarelli
20-11-Geoff Gernhard
21-117-Donnie Lashua
22-80-Dick Houlihan
        Next Event---August 6th    New London Waterford Speedbowl,
Story by Jim Snape
photos by Simply the Best, Crystal Snape

Twin 50s @ Lee 7.22.2016

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

   As lighting and thunder put on a light show in the New Hampshire
skies, Jon Mckennedy of East Chelmsford, MA put on his own lighting
and thunder show on the fast 3/8 mile Lee USA speedway Fri. 7/22.

  This was McKennedy's 4th victory for 2016 and his 19th career
victory with the Modified Racing Series. Starting from row two,
McKennedy's Exit Reality sponsored #29 ran in third stalking race
leader Mike Willis Jr. of Grantham, NH and second place Todd Patnode
of Richmond, NH. A lap 31 caution flag gave McKennedy the opportunity
he needed to race by Patnode on the restart with an inside move to
place him second. By lap 37 McKennedy tracked down a fading Willis and
drove by to take down the first 50 lap feature.

  Todd Patnode driving the Patnode Oil sponsored #24 turned in
another stellar performance finishing in the runner up spot with
Richard Savary of Canton, Ma., an infrequent visitor to the series,
running his always impressive style came from midpack to put the E
Keys For Cars sponsored #99 in third.

  Willis Jr. hung on for fourth and Anthony Nocella of Woburn,Ma was
fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were David Schneider, Geoff Gernhard,
Donnie Lashua, Todd Szegedy with Rob Richardi Jr becoming the hard
charger of the race picking up 9 positions to finish 10th.

  Heat winners were #4, Jeffery Gallup #38, Mike Willis Jr. #50, Carl
Medeiros Jr.
  Two cautions slowed the action, both came on lap 31.
Order of Finish.

1---29---Jon McKennedy
2---24---Todd Patnode
3---99---Richard Savary
4---38---Mike Willis Jr.
5---92---Anthony Nocella
6---19---David Schneider
7---11---Geoff Gernhard
8---117-Donnie Lashua
9---52---Todd Szegedy
10-33---Rob Richardi Jr.
11-15ct.Chris Pasteryak
12-04---Branden Dion
13-77---Matt Mead
14-50---Carl Medeiros Jr.
15-93---George Sherman
16--4----Jeffrey Gallup
17-88---Russ Hersey
18--6---Samuel Rameau
19-17--Dylan Rock
20-16--Colbey Fournier
21-27-Kevin Iannarelli
22-80-Dick Houlihan

Story by Jim Snape

Photos by Simply the Best, Crystal Snape

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Monadnock Speedway Whelen Modified Results July 24-2016

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
Photo from Wayne G. Barber Collection

Solomito led wire to wire today !

Timmy Solomito #16 and Doug Coby #2 now have 3 wins each in 2016

Next up Stafford Speedway August 5, 2016

116Timmy SolomitoDiversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises200
23Rowan PenninkCape Cod Copper/Canto Paving0.955200
34Jimmy BlewettStarrett1.773200
458Eric GoodaleGAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights5.225200
551Justin BonsignorePhoenix Communications Inc.5.587200
62Doug CobyDunleavy's Repair/A&J Romano5.829200
720Max ZachemLuMacs Package Store/VWS1 Lap199
885Woody PitkatStuart's Autmotive/Dunleavy's1 Lap199
964Rob SummersHTE/Dell Elect./Complete Const.1 Lap199
108Donny LiaSypher Construction/Bardahl1 Lap199
1129Brendon BockPro System Brakes/L.I. Performance2 Laps198
1289Matt Swanson*Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing2 Laps198
1356Craig Lutz*Lutz Mtspts./Morose Competition Eng.2 Laps198
1436David SapienzaFrankie's Towing/Wine Country3 Laps197
1599Jamie TomainoDunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler3 Laps197
169Chase DowlingS&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy's Repair3 Laps197
1782Ron SilkHorton Avenue Materials4 Laps196
1833Wade ColePerformance Engines/Kendall Oil5 Laps195
1926Gary McDonaldLakeland Landscaping/TRC Electric8 Laps192
2044Bobby SantosTinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records33 Laps167
2146Jeff GoodaleRiverhead Building Supply100 Laps100
2201Melissa FifieldEastern Propane & Oil148 Laps52
2375Shawn SolomitoEastport Feeds156 Laps44
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender
Source: NASCAR Home Tracks Media Press Release

Monadnock Today !

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Due to the weather, track drying time and the fog that will be coming, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Officials and Monadnock Speedway have postponed the Dunleavy Truck &Trailer Repair 200 featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to tomorrow, Sunday at 2pm. The running order will be the NWMT 200, Super Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds and Thunder Stocks. Pit Gate will open at 10 am. One round of practice for the speedway divisions at 1pm. Main gate opens at Noon.

"Showdown in the Mountains" Postponed to Sunday

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

N. Woodstock, NH – The “Showdown in the Mountains” doubleheader for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) at N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park has been postponed to Sunday, July 24 due to ongoing rain. Post time for the rescheduled event is 3:00pm, with the pits opening at 10:00am and the front gates at 12:00 noon.

The event will feature twin 150-lap events for the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS North Series, along with White Mountain’s Tiger Sportsmen, Dwarf, and Kid’s Truck divisions. Thirty-two ACT Late Models were in the pits for the ninth event of the 13-race schedule, including ACT point leader Nick Sweet, White Mountain point leader Quinny Welch, and defending ACT Champion and event winner Wayne Helliwell, Jr.

For more information contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com or www.whitemountainmotorsports.com.