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Archive for October, 2016

Speedbowl Season is at a close

Monday, October 31st, 2016

WATERFORD – The New London-Waterford Speedbowl closed out its 2016 racing season with 14-feature racing card Sunday as part of the Bemers Big Show that began last weekend. Saturday’s events were leftover from a rained out session on Oct. 22 at the track. The day was highlighest with championships being awarded in four of the track’s regular weekly divisions.

Champions crowned in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions were Keith Rocco (Late Model), Tony Membrino Jr. (SK Light Modified), Al Stone III (Limited Sportsman) and Wayne Burroughs Jr. (Mini Stock).
Rocco, of Wallingford, got his seventh win of the season. Jason Palmer of Berlin was second and Ray Christian III of Uncasville third. Christian went to the lead on the first lap just before the first caution flew after one lap was completed.

On the ensuing restart Rocco moved to second place behind Christian. The caution flew with 28 laps remaining and on the next restart it was Rocco using the outside lane to go by Christian and take over the lead. The caution flew with 13 laps remaining with Rocco leading Christian in second and Palmer in third. On the next restart it was Palmer getting by Christian for second. With three laps left the caution flew once again. On the restart it was Palmer staying to Rocco’s outside. Palmer led by inches as the two took the white flag, but the caution came back out for the spinning car of Glen Thomas.

On the first attempt at a green-white-checkered it was Rocco moving back to the lead, but once again after the white flag the caution flew again for a spinning car. On the final attempt to finish it was Rocco holding off the charges of Palmer to score the victory. Stone, of Durham, finished seventh in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature to capture his second consecutive title in the division and fourth overall.

Chris Meyer of Norwich won the event and finished second in the standings. Monte Gibbs of Killingworth was second and Charles Beal of Ledyard was third. Meyer went by Gibbs for the lead with five laps remaining. Membrino, of Berlin, went out in style for the season clinching his first track championship with a victory in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.

It was the seventh victory in 14 starts at the Speedbowl this year for Membrino. Brett Gonyaw of Vernon was second in the feature and Paul French of Andover third. French took the field to green and pulled away quickly.

Membrino moved to second place on lap 18 and began chipping away at French’s big lead. With 13 laps remaining Membrino was all over French. Caution flew with laps remaining to bunch up the field. On the ensuing restart Membrino used the outside lane to go by French for the lead off of turn four. Gonyaw followed to second place but couldn’t find a line to unseat Membrino from the top spot over the closing laps.

Burroughs, of Oakdale, clinched his second consecutive Mini Stock championship at the track with a fifth place finish in the division’s 25-lap feature. Marc Panaroni of Ivoryton won the event. Charles Canfield of East Haven was second and Jordan Hadley of Waterford third.

Panoroni went to the lead early and never let it go. With five laps remaining Canfield got to within a car length of Panaroni, but there wasn’t enough time left to challenge for the top spot.

Gerard Giordano Jr. took the lead on a restart with five laps remaining and won the 35-lap Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series feature.

Andy Lindeman finished second and won the series title. Dave Koening was third.

Todd Taylor won the 25-lap Speedbowl Truck feature. Teddy Hodgon won the 25-lap Legends feature. Charles Prinze swept both 20-lap Bandalero features. Ray Reed won the first 20-lap Super X-Car feature. Keith Scalia won the second 20-lap Super X-Car feature. Dave Gargaro won the first X-Car feature.

King of the Cage at Atchison County Raceway

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Coming on to the track first for the season finally of King of the Cage the stock cars would start eighteen strong. Using heat race win momentum and pole starting spot #0 Tony Hardisty would hold of all challengers to the win and on to the crown. Anthony Robertson #82M and Dale Eaton #63 would start near the back and finish at the line with mere inches separating the two. Robertson would place second and Eaton settling for third. Coming from a B feature win Brad Derry #37D would use mid race cautions to his advantage and place a solid fourth. Jim Powell Jr #20P would use consistency around the track to complete the top five. Other heat race winners were Daniel King #24K and Marvin Griffth Jr #75M.

Concluding the night the B-Mods would tackle the Cage with twenty strong and great racing action throughout the field. Heat race winner Austin Charles #81 would appear to be the top car only to fade with five laps remaining. Heat race winner Ryan Phillips #69 would use poise and patience to claim the checkers first. Doug Keller #7 was the hard charger of the feature placing second with a three wide battle at the line. Charles would recover to place third and with Truman Asher #73 would place fourth. Rounding out the top five would be the B feature winner Jake Socko #14. Other heat race winners were Shadren Turner #17T, Tim Eaton #211, Corey Meyers #15. Other B feature winner was Chris Dishong #7s.

Speedbowl Heading for Season Overtime

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

WATERFORD — The 2016 season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl is heading into overtime. Because of the rainy weather that short-circuited last weekend’s action at the season-ending Bemer’s Big Show, one more day is needed to crown the season champions in eight regular-season divisions.

Decision day will take place Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Ten divisions, including the touring New England Truck Series, will be squaring off in the final season showdown. Three weekly divisions — the X-cars, the Coastline Fire Protection Super X and the Micro Blue Bandoleros, will be running two features. Running their final features of the season will be the Sunoco Late Models, the Limited Sportsman, the Mini Stocks, the Joie of Seating Legends, the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights and the Waterford Speedbowl Trucks.

Much of the drama at the Bemer’s Big Show surrounds the Saturday U.S. Legends division. Dana Dimatteo of Farmington heads into the final race with a 17-point lead in the standings. After last week’s rainout, however, Dimatteo said he would be unable to attend this week’s competition because of a prior commitment.

If Dimatteo is a no-show Saturday, it will leave the Legends championship wide open. Kyle Rogers is in second place, but has just a four-point cushion over Andrew Molleur, who is in third. Michael Rutkowski is only five points behind Rogers. Scott Limkemann, who won the mid-season title, is also a factor, only 10 points behind Rogers. In the Limited Sportsman division, Al Stone will try to make Speedbowl history by winning his fourth championship. He leads Chris Meyer by 17 points and needs to finish 16th or better in Saturday’s 25-lap feature to wrap up the title.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Stone said. “We’ve had some great finishes, but Chris Meyer has really come on strong. His consistency in finishing up front has made it difficult. But we enjoy the competition.” Meyer has had 10 Top 3 finishes in a row to put the heat on Stone. “He’s doing what he has to do,” Stone said, “and we just have to keep doing what we’ve done all season. We just need to finish, and unless something crazy happens, we should be alright.”

Stone says winning a fourth title would be special. “It would be like putting another candle on the cake,” Stone said. “No one had won three titles until we did it last year. It would be nice to be the first to win four.”

Ministock driver Wayne Burroughs, meanwhile, is trying to win two in a row. He comes into Saturday’s final 25-lap feature with a 21-point lead over five-time champ Ken Cassidy Jr. That means Burroughs needs to finish 20th or better to put a padlock on the championship. Charles Canfield is the only other driver mathematically alive for the title.

Tony Membrino Jr. approaches the SK Light finale with a 14-point lead over Corey Barry. He needs a 14th place finish or better to lock out Barry and put the title on ice.

The tightest race of all exists in the Bandoleros. Charles Prinz leads by one point over Tyler Berry, two points over defending champ Nick Hovey and three points over Nick Oloski. Only the first race Saturday will be a points race.

In the Speedbowl Trucks, Duane Noll has a 12-point edge over Josh Stringer, meaning Noll can clinch the title by finishing 12th or better. Ray Reed is close to wrapping up his second Super X car title. He has a 56-point lead over Bill Reiman with two races left.

In the X car battle, defending champ Dave Gargaro owns a nine-point lead over Chris Thomas with two races remaining.

The New England Truck Series will also crown a champ Saturday, using a chase for the championship format. Four drivers are eligible for the title — Bert Ouellette, Dan Turbush, Dave Koening and Andy Lindeman. The highest finisher among those drivers in the 25-lap feature will be the season champion.

Keith Rocco enters the Late Model feature with a 31-point lead over Anthony Flannery and is assured of the title. Last week he captured the SK Modified title, giving him 10 championships in his Speedbowl career.

Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for youths 13-16. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free. Tickets, pit passes and wrist bands purchased last weekend can be used this weekend.

2016 Finale at I-35 Speedway this Saturday Night!!!!

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

As the 2016 racing season at I-35 Speedway comes to an end, the best of the best in the dirt track racing world will take to the 3/8th mile track. USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, Chargers, E-Modifieds, Pure Stocks & Sport Compacts all for your racing enjoyment. Feel the thunder as the earth shattering Modifieds do battle trying to collect those valuable USRA points. Make your plans now so you won’t miss one heart pounding second of great racing action!

During intermission kids will be treated to a money grab on the front straight away as we litter the track with Cash for Kids. Intermission will also see the top 3 in Power Wheels receive trophies from Querry Brothers Racing.

Let’s don’t forget the “Showdown of the Shacks” as Kayce & Tammy battle for tips going to their favorite charity. Whoever collects the most in tips has to combine with the other shack. Kayce’s charity is the Wounded Warrior Project with Tammy’s charity being St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The winner also gets to pour a bucket of ice water on Daniel Harris! Everyone please honor our Emergency Medical Personnel by supporting the theme night and wearing your shirts, hats and/or clothes to honor these hero’s both past and present.

Outstanding racing, best concessions anywhere, Beer shack serving up your favorite brews, Crazy Carl Kaster with your souvenirs, sweet sweet funnel cakes, Bar & Grill, programs, 50/50 tickets sales and great family fun!

The I-35 Speedway Awards Banquet will be held at the A.V. Spillman Center in Jamesport, MO 64648, 308 S. Broadway on 11/12/2016. Tickets for the Banquet can be purchased for $25 at the front office which includes Social Hour from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Dinner from 5:30 to around 7:00 pm, with the Awards Presentation starting at 7:30 pm. After the awards, will be DJ music and dancing the night away. There will be Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Cash Bar and fun for all! Make your plans now to attend!!!

See everyone at I-35 Speedway this Saturday night where there is always more “Dirt Tracking at its Best”!!!

Charles Davis Jr Sprints to Hank Arnold Memorial Win

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Racing past Brian Hosford on lap twenty-three, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned last Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” win at Canyon Speedway Park. The $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory marked Davis’ first triumph of the season and the fourteenth series win of his career. Hard Charger “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Hosford, and “The Bull” Tye Mihocko followed Davis to the checkered flags.

Instead of the usual passing point format, the “Hank Arnold Memorial” featured a traditional time trials program and Charles Davis Jr. qualified second out of fifteen racers. Unfortunately, a power outage caused a long delay and cancelled the night’s heat races. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Charles Davis Jr. won his second “Arnold Memorial” from fifth with his first triumph coming at Manzanita in 2003. Heading to Casa Grande, “Chargin” Charles is second in points with twelve heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from seventh. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin was seventh quick in time trials. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner is third in points with six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) had a solid night with a third place finish at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex qualified fourth overall. To date, the two-time “Hank Arnold Memorial” winner is seventh in the standings with six feature wins, six heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 119 feature laps led in 2016.

After leading the first twenty-two laps, Brian Hosford (Gilbert, Arizona) scored fourth at the checkered flags. Driving Bernie Weber’s #22B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford was sixth fast in time trials. At press time, the veteran driver is currently ninth in the point chase with two heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led on the season.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) claimed fifth in the Canyon Speedway Park main event. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Mihocko qualified fifth overall at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” The young driver sits fifth in the point standings with one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and fifteen top-10 finishes in the campaign.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) set a brand new track record and out-qualified the fifteen car field. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson scored seventh at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” The three-time champion left Canyon with a 96-point lead on the strength of eleven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-five top-10 finishes, and 260 feature laps led on the year.

This Saturday, October 29th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the “Halloween Havoc” will also showcase Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. In honor of the event, drivers will have Halloween candy for young race fans. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.