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Archive for October, 2008

TSS Fall Challenge a huge success

Friday, October 31st, 2008

CLAREMONT N.H. Racing at Twin State Speedway could not have gone smoother despite some rain on Saturday the postponed some features to Sunday. The New England Outdoor Furnaces Fall Challenge brought out the best of the best, while benefiting the Victory Junction Gang with Ricky’s Race for Kids.


The True Value Modifieds came out in force for the 100-lap event Sunday, putting on a memorable show that truly honored the memory of Ricky Miller. Matt Hirschman came through the victor after putting on a whale of a show. Hirschman started mid-pack, which meant some serious driving was needed to make headway into contention. The young gun wasted no time, going straight to the outside line and eating up the competition until coming alongside Jon McKennedy in the 73. The two battled for 9 laps before Hirschman decided it was best to take a spot in the line to save his tires for second half of the race.
Hirschman made more headway as spins brought out several restarts, allowing him to eat up a couple more cars and put himself into a spot to chase Dwight Jarvis, who had led the race comfortably for 60 laps at that time.


The two battle ferociously for the lead until a restart finally saw Hirschman take the lead, but the war wasn’t over. Jarvis set up the pass several times but couldn’t find the space to fit his pace. A final caution flag ended his chances at retaking the lead and he settled for second. Kirk Alexander finished third.


Twin State Speedway honored long-time racer Roger Raymond with a plaque before the race. The 100-lap feature was Raymond’s last of a storied 53-year-long racing career that started at the Thrasher Road speedplant.


Pro Stock action Saturday proved eventful but there was little movement in the top three. Russ Hersey started on the pole with Bryon baker lined up outside and that’s where they finished as well. Jeff Zuidema made some moves from his start in seventh to take third away from Brandon Ovitt.


The Pepsi Modifieds feature went to Chris Riendeau after a lengthy battle with Nate Kehoe who finished second. Dana Smith took third and put the finishing touch on his 2008 championship season. Chris Bergeron is two-for-two at Twin State Speedway, winning both races he has competed in. Bergeron fought through the pack and took the lead from Guy Caron in the closing laps of the race. Mark Hayward finished third. Todd Davis took home the championship title, beating out Dennis Stange.


Chris Wilk looked to have the Super Streets feature wrapped up, but Scott Zilinski had other plans, taking the lead with just a few laps left in the race. Edward Brehio III finished third in the race. Wilk took home the 2008 Super Streets championship.


The All-Star Trucks put on a show with Andy Lindeman taking home the checkered flag, far from his first at the speedway. Chris Austill took second and Derek Chriss filled out the podium. Ed Laquire Jr. went wire-to-wire in the Strictly Stocks followed by Ben Bushey in second. Jerrad Ledger took third.


The Sportsman race went to Jeff Murray in a final lap pass of Craig Smith for the lead. Dylan Bodreau took third.


Bobby Santos made short work of the NEMA midgets race, flying around the track and taking the checkered flag.


Twin State Speedway would like to thank all the fans and racers for a fantastic end to the season. Estimates on the funds raised for Ricky’s Race for Kids puts the number in the $15,000 region, a wonderful success.

Santos III Rules at Twin State

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Claremont, NH – Showing off his “traffic game” to perfection, Bobby Santos III won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Twin State Speedway’s Open Wheel Sunday. It was the last show of the season for NEMA.

Starting sixth, Santos drove the family #98 past early leader Mike Horn on lap four. Adam Cantor (Cantor 7ny), who had followed Santos to the front, assumed second less than a lap latter. The top two remained unchanged to the checkered, two thirds of the race run in traffic.

It was the fifth win for Santos who clinched a runner-up spot (behind Tim Bertrand) for his dad in the car owner standings.

Nokie Fornoro (Jarret 4), 2008 champion Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) and Joe Payne Jr., the latter in the #75 campaigned in the past by Lou Cicconi Jr., completed the top five.

There were three restarts including two over the final four laps. Payne got by William Wall on a lap 21 restart and then had to defend it two laps latter. Wall (Wall 5) held on for a hard-earned sixth.

It was NEMA’s 18 race.

Halloween Spooktacular This Friday at Ocala

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Ocala Speedway will be a very scary place on Halloween night as the late models go topless for $3000 to the winner and a Halloween Spooktacular Special Event! In addition to the lidless late models, fans will see action from the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks, the Mini Stocks, and the Gladiators. And the kids will be invited down to the frontstretch for a special “safe” trick-or-treat event with all of the racers and their race cars, plus there will be a kid’s costume contest!


Racing the Late Model cars without tops is not a new idea, but it is new to Ocala Speedway and will afford the fans a chance to see the drivers wheeling their cars through the turns and down the frontstretch. By removing the roofs of these race cars the drivers are exposed in full view of the grandstands, and fans will be impressed with watching the effort and skill that goes into handing these powerful racing machines on the clay.


Thanks to a rainout last week, this will be the first chance for fans to see if Keith Briggs can get back to his winning ways in the Mini Stock division. Briggs has replaced the power plant in his car and will be looking to recover from the upset he suffered at the hands of Paul Combast a couple of weeks ago. If Briggs continues to falter it will open the door for Combast to cut into Briggs’ points lead in the division and tighten the race to the championship.


The Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks have provided some of the most exciting and competitive racing at Ocala Speedway in 2008, and that should continue this Friday as the point race winds down. James Sealey has used consistency as his road to the front of the points battle, while Harold Erickson and Terry Dunbar give chase behind him. Look for a full field of these pure stock machines to muscle their way to a spectacular finish on Friday night.


And the Gladiator division will again hit the clay with Guy Bacelo Jr leading the way in the points. Paul Hahn is just over 100 points back and looking to close the gap, followed by a hard charging Brian Chisholm in the third spot.


Kids always feature prominently at Ocala Speedway, and that is especially true at Halloween. The kids costume contest is a Ocala tradition, as is trick-or-treating during intermission. The racers will line their machines up on the Ocala Speedway frontstretch and the kids will be able to go car to car to get candy and surprises.


This will be a Special Event Night with the pit gate opening at 2PM Friday afternoon. The grandstand gate will open at 5PM and hot laps should begin by 7PM. Heat races begin at 8PM followed by the kids events and feature racing. For more information, contact Ocala speedway at 352-622-9400 or visit!

by BJ Cavin

Foster Clinches Championship With Lakeport Classic Win

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Yes, that Modified is flying.Lakeport CA, – Last weekend, the Lakeport Speedway hosted the 19th annual KXBX October Classic featuring 104 race cars in seven classes. Time trials were held Friday and Saturday, trophy dashes and heat races Saturday, and the main events Sunday.

Engine failures and oil leaks plagued the track Friday. Drivers were strategizing whether it was better to qualify late Friday when cooler temperatures made the track faster but all of that grease sweep created slick spots, or early Saturday with a cleaner track but warmer temperatures.

 The racing Saturday and Sunday was exciting enough, but there were also some unexpected thrills. The #5 Bomber of Anthony McCoy wound up sideways in turn two causing the #8 of the 2008 Bomber Champion Roman Rose, with nowhere to go, to T-Bone him. The impact was so severe that McCoy’s helmet was forced off his head (loose chin-strap), cannoned through his window net, and deflected straight up 40 feet into the air. During the Mini-Stock main event, the #16 of Jay Learn got tossed in a turn one tangle and wound up sitting sideways on the driver side door.

The most amazing incident was during a Modified heat race. The #28 of Rick Tommila dodged outside one spinning car in turn four only to be pinched against the frontstretch wall by another. The hit launched his car into the air, over the wall, and into the catch fence. As his car fell back onto the wall, he was hit again in the rear, spinning his car off the wall and back onto the track.

Fortunately, through all of this, modern car and track safety equipment and personnel kept anyone from being hurt. Both Rose and Tommila, along with their crews, families, and friends, did a herculean job repairing their cars and both were back racing Sunday.

B.C.R.A. Midgets

The B.C.R.A. Midget fast time of 11.744s was set by Nick Foster Jr. from San Jose. The 40-lap main event started with a field of 12 cars and was led by Scott Nail and Dan Gundo. David Prickett took the lead from the second row for eight laps until his car stalled out. Nail took over the lead but found himself hounded by Foster for 13 laps. Foster gained the lead in lap 21 and held Nail off to the end. This win clinched the 2008 B.C.R.A. Midget overall Championship for Foster.

Pro-4 Modifieds

The Pro-4 Modified fast time of 12.886s was set by Andy Leuzinger. 13 cars took the green for the 40-lap main event led by Jake Tillman and Jarom Lewis. Tillman took the lead unchallenged for seven laps as the field shuffled behind. In lap eight, Leuzinger started a five lap challenge, but both were passed in lap 12 by Ken Gifford. Tillman fell back, but Leuzinger kept up the pressure. They dueled for the lead for 18 laps until Leuzinger took the lead with four laps to go and kept it to the checkers.

Airport Auto Brokers Late Models

The Late Model fast time of 12.235s was set by Mike Doss from Upper Lake. Jeremy Hopkins and Mike Lovell led the 20 car field to the start of the 50-lap main event. Hopkins ran strong in the lead for 14 laps until he was passed by Lovell. Hopkins pressed him hard for 16 laps, but then started to lose power until he was forced to pit in lap 33 during a yellow. Lovell, from Redwood Valley, kept the lead to claim the win.


Thomas Wright from Kelseyville had almost everything right this weekend, only losing the trophy dash to Steve Taylor. He set the Modified fast time of 12.435s. Corey James and Wright led the 15 car field to the start of the 60-lap main event. From the green, it was only a question of who was chasing Wright. James for five laps, Rick Rose for 27, and Sean Sweeney to the finish.


The Mini-Stock fast time of 13.526s was set by Matt Beardsley from Antelope. The 13 car field was led to the start of the 50-lap main event by Beardsley and Jimmy Silva. Beardsley took the lead followed by Silva, Robert Schmidt, and Dale Bulmer. Bulmer made his way to second in lap 15, and four laps later is when Jay Learn wound up on his side in turn one. Beardsley took off with the lead on the restart, but things went wrong with his car, and he was forced to retire in lap 23. Bulmer now had the lead but was being chased by the pick-em-up truck of Jason Shaha, and Kevin Barba. Bulmer, from Roseville, held them off through a couple more yellows to the finish.

Street Stocks

The Street Stock fast time of 13.401s was set by Jason Poppert from Rio Linda. However, the rest was all Casey Cavender from Roseville. The eight car field was led to the start of the 50 lap main event by Cavender and Ray Mood. Cavender took and kept the lead with no intention of letting it go, but Poppert had other ideas. He caught up to, pressed, and finally gained the lead from Cavender in lap 24. Cavender rallied, dueled, and finally reclaimed the lead in lap 31, keeping it to the finish.


It was almost all Dylan Rose from Lakeport all weekend, only losing the trophy dash to George Abella. He set the Bomber fast time of 14.084s. D. Rose and Eric Bocksberger led the 19 car pack to the 50 lap main event green flag. It was torturous yellow for the infield crew as nine flags had to be thrown for cars that blew, leaked, crashed, and threw infield dirt and rocks onto the track, all of which had to be cleaned up. Through it all, Dylan Rose led, and 2008 Bomber Champion Roman Rose chased but never caught.

Curtis Clauson

Lakeport Speedway
P.O. Box 1411
Lakeport, CA 95453

Peacock Dominates for 2nd Win at Eastbay

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008 – Close to 100 racers were on hand at Eastbay Raceway Park this past Saturday for another round of racing at “the Clay by the Bay.” The Street Stocks were the 1st on the track for their heat races and the fans were treated to tremendous 3 wide action all around the track. Randy Tyler started on the pole and led the majority of the race, but fell off the pace as the laps wound down. Picking up the pace was the 00B machine of Buck Skinner who has been unbeatable the past several weeks with a total of 6 wins throughout the season. Danny Hill, who had 5 wins
himself had started back in the 12th spot worked his way through the field and took the lead on the final lap as the field worked off turn 2. Hill picked up his 6th win of the year while Skinner finished 2nd. Randy Tyler, points leader Donnie Reed and David Roberts finished 3rd, 4th and 5th. Randy Tyler and Randy Linke were winners of their heat races.

The Outlaw 4’s featured non-stop action from the drop of the green flag. Matt Haynes started in the 11th position, but systematically worked his way through the field and past Shane Burrows for his 1st win of the 2008 season. Burrows held on to his championship points lead with his 2nd place finish and Steven Hohlbaugh finished 3rd, his 4th top 5 of the year. Haynes also picked up the win in his heat race while Burrows the win in heat race #2.

Limited Late Model action was limited in name only as two and three wide racing was prevalent all around the track. The battle finally wound down to the two top drivers in the championship points race, Tim Gay and Forrest Gough. Gay had accumulated 6 wins in the 2008 racing season, but still followed Gough in the points race by merely 4 points, while Gough had yet to win a feature event yet at the “Clay by the Bay.” Gay was able to hold on for another hard fought victory with Gough just behind. John Bradley crossed the finish line 3rd. Gough and Gay were both winners in each of their heat races as well.

Late Model action, always intense at Eastbay, was even more extreme as the racing season began to wind down for the year. Josh Peacock and his team knew they could get the job done after picking up their 1st win earlier in the year. Peacock dominated the feature event, holding off veterans like David Schmauss, Roger Crouse, Bobby Alexander Sr, and more for his 2nd win of the year. Phillip Cobb finished 2nd after winning his heat race earlier in the evening while Steve Miller rounded out the top 3. David Schmauss won heat race #1 and Steve Miller was the winner of heat race #2.

The 4 Cylinder Bombers put on another awesome show while the 07 of Wayne Kissam took advantage of his front row starting spot. Kissam held off all challenges to take the win. Frank Miller in the 13 moved through the field to a second place finish with Kyle Kruse rushing from 14th to a hard fought 3rd place finish. Coming home in 4th was 69x of Jim Baker, and 5th was the 7m of Roberto Morfin from way back in the 15th starting spot. Kyle Kruse was Heat #1 winner, Kyle Eash in the 17x took Heat #2, while 7m Roberto Morfin took the win in heat 3.

East Bay Raceway Park will fire up again next Saturday November 1, with ASA sanctioned racing action, which includes the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) 360 Sprints, Limited Sprints, Street Stocks and Out Law 4’s. The ASCS Sprints will be on hand for the full race program with a special interview at intermission. Racing starts @ 6:30 pm. For more information go to