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September 7th, 2017
The northeastern midget association visited Monadnock Speedway for the first time this past Saturday for the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial. The race celebrates long time NEMA supporter and charter club member, Mike Scrivani Sr. Owner of Mike’s Truck Stop, Scrivani and son Mike Jr. Fielded cars for the likes of Dave Humphrey, Nokie Fornoro and Geoff Bodine over the years.
In the NEMA feature, Seth Carlson making his first start for Bertrand Motorsports, bested teammate Randy Cabral to take down the victory. In the Lites, it was Cabral beating a hard charging Jim Chambers for the victory in his family’s #35.
When the NEMA feature took the green, Paul Scally and Doug Cleveland took the field to the green. Third place starter Seth Carlson blasted underneath the duo headed into turn one on the first corner. The caution flew though as Randy Cabral made contact with Paul Scally and Cabral would stop inches short of the turn three fence.
When the green flew, Carlson quickly set a torrid pace as he bolted away from Cleveland, who was having one of his best runs of the season. Jim Chambers was making a run to the front, but contact with another car and a quick trip through the infield grass saw Chambers at the back of the field before the halfway point.
A restart for Bethany Stoehr on lap fifteen bunched up the field, and Cabral made quick work getting to second from the rear and Chambers was marching forward as well. Another caution bunched up the field again, but each time Carlson would pull away from Cabral on the restarts.
Carlson would go on to dominate the final circuits and was followed across the line by Cabral, Chambers, Avery Stoehr, Ryan Bigelow, Cleveland, Bethany Stoehr, Matt O’Brien, Paul Scally and John Zych.
“I really need to thank Tim Bertrand and Gene Feigel for putting together this deal,” said Carlson. “This car was just so good tonight, it was fun to drive and it’s been a long time since I’ve been in victory lane. Also thanks to the Scrivani family for putting together this great event,” he said.
In the Lites race, NJ’s Richie Coy led the way in the early stages of the event, putting on his most impressive run of the season. The second generation Coy, of the famous Coy Racing family looked to be running away with the race until a lap twelve caution.
On the restart, Randy Cabral in his family quad 4 #35,
Drag raced Coy down the front stretch and into the lead. Further back, Danny Cugini, Jim Chambers, and Jake Stergios were all slicing their way through the field. Chambers would get by Cugini on the bottom for second with four laps remaining.
At the front of the field it was Cabral, but Chambers, who was closing would run out of time to catch Cabral. Chambers would finish second followed by Cugini, Stergios, Coy, Locke, Anthony Payne, Ben Mikitarian, Jim Cataldo, and Paul Scally.
“I’m just so happy to get a win for my Dad. He worked so hard on this car. The car is twenty years old and the motor over thirty, and it’s so great to get it done with all his hard work,” said Cabral.
August 31st, 2017
Ben Mikitarian fended off fellow competitor Jake Stergios in an epic battle that raged down to the final lap, in a three wide battle, that saw Mikitarian crossing the line first. It was the third straight race at the New London Waterford Speedbowl that has come down to the winner being decided on the final lap. It was Mikitarian’s second career, and also second win of the season, the first of which came at Star Speedway earlier this season.
The evening started with Mikitarian and five time NEMA champion, Randy Cabral, taking down heat race wins. Ryan Locke, who finished second to Cabral, turned in the fastest lap of the heat events at 13.96 seconds. Mikitarian and points leader, Jim Chambers, were also in the sub 14 second bracket, particularly fast times for the Speedbowl.
When the green flag flew in the feature, Chris Vose and Dennis O’Brien brought the field to green. O’Brien quickly jumped out into the lead, but further back, sixth place starter Ben Mikitarian in the New England Truck Solutions #9, was using the outside line to move to the front. By lap two, Mikitarian was second, and by lap three, he used the outside line in turn three to get by O’Brien.
As the laps wound down, battles were happening throughout what would end up being a green to checkered feature. Paul Scally, Dan Cugini and points leader Chambers were all battling for a spot on the podium, while Ryan Locke was moving through the field toward the top five, fighting a loose race car.
At the front, Stergios began to close the gap, as Mikitarian approached lapped traffic. With five to go, Stergios looked low on Mikitarian, but Mikitarian got a clean run off of the corner to maintain the lead. With two to go, the duo approached a group of lapped cars, and by the front stretch, Mikitarian went high, and Stergios low, splitting Richie Coy, in a three wide battle. Mikitarian would maintain the momentum and come out on top, beating Stergios back to the line. Paul Scally would finish third, followed by Dan Cugini, Jim Chambers, Ryan Locke, Randy Cabral, John Zych, Jim Cataldo and Richie Coy.
“The high side was working really good for me, and the car was perfect up there. I knew we had to get to the front quickly, as a number of the fast guys were starting behind me. As we got into lapped traffic, Jake poked it in under me a couple of times, and I had to really pour it all on. When we approached the lap car on the final lap, I just drove it in as hard as I could and we held on for the win,” said Mikitarian. “I really need to thank my Mom and Dad for all they do for me, and also New England Truck Solutions,” he said.
“My car was coming in good at the end, and I got a couple of good runs there at the end on Ben. He was getting through lapped traffic really well, and I knew I had to do something. I made it three wide, but Ben had the momentum and came out on top. Great job to him and his team,” said Stergios.
NEMA and the NEMA Lites pick back up this Saturday at the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial at Monadnock Speedway.
June 18th, 2016
Wiscasset, ME The Wiscasset Speedway & Ames True Value Hardware of Wiscasset put together a blockbuster evening for NEMA this past Saturday night, with packed stands, and fans eagerly awaiting the return of the Northeastern Midget Association Winged Warriors. At the end of the night, a very happy John Zych Jr. and Ryan Bigelow took down NEMA & NEMA Lite wins, respectively.
The evening for NEMA started with time trials, to set the stage for a “two segment” 30 lap feature. John Zych Jr. blazed the trails in time trials setting quick time over Danny Cugini, with a blistering 13.040 second run.
In the first segment, by virtue of an invert, Bethany Stoehr and Randy Cabral would bring the field to green. Cabral and Stoehr would battle side by side for the first few laps of the feature, with Cabral coming out at the point. Cabral would begin to stretch his lead out over the field, and was never seriously challenged during the first segment of the feature event.
In the second segment, Avery Stoehr would take the lead early. Stoehr looked very strong, until his night changed entirely when his left side wing panel would come undone and eventually wind up off the race track. Fighting an ill handling race car, Stoehr would begin to fade, when last week’s winner Seth Carlson then challenged for the lead. Unfortunately, Carlson’s night would also come to an end after a brief lead, with a broken steering arm, sending him off the banking of the race track. When the race resumed, John Zych Jr. blasted into the lead, and was hotly pursued for a couple of laps by Danny Cugini. Cugini’s night would come to an end with a power steering issue – and Zych was never seriously challenged after that point. Randy Cabral would finish second, followed by Avery Stoehr, Jim > Chambers and Paul Scally.
“I liked the different format and the chance to go out and qualify. It was a few laps longer than we usually run so I knew we would have to save the tires for the final segment if we were to have any chance. We were fortunate that the car was perfect for both qualifying and the race. Sometime you have nights where you hit everything perfectly and Saturday was one of those nights. Wiscassett is a great track for NEMA. The fans and staff are excellent so I hoped they enjoyed the show as much as all of us,” said Zych.
In the Lites feature, Ryan Bigelow and Paul Scally brought the field to green. Bigelow quickly blasted out into the lead with his SMG Motoring Ecotec. Bigelow has been historically fast at Wiscasset, running at the point for nearly the entire NEMA feature back in 2014. Bigelow would quickly stretch out his lead, while further back behind him, PJ Stergios and Danny Cugini were fighting their way through the field. Bigelow was never seriously challenged enroute to victory, over Stergios, Cugini, Jim Chambers, Anthony Payne, Randy Cabral, John Zych Jr., Meg Cugini, Ben Mikitarian, and Paul Scally.
“The car was absolutely awesome. My brother, Paul, made some adjustments just before practice, and the car couldn’t have driven better. I need to thank my whole family for their support, and SMG Motoring for the power. Also – thanks to Wiscasset, it is one of my favorite tracks and the fans are just great!,” exclaimed a happy Bigelow.
NEMA picks its schedule up this Saturday at Monadnock for the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial.
June 18th, 2016
This Saturday evening NEMA brings its extreme action to Monadnock Speedway for the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial, remembering the long time NEMA stalwart and father of long time NEMA President and supporter, Mike Scrivani Jr. The night will feature a 30 lap feature for the NEMA feature and 30 laps for the Lites. Last year, a classic battle went down between Joey Payne Jr. and John Zych Jr., leading up to one of the best finishes of the year.
When Saturday rolls around, all eyes will be at the top of the points standings, with Avery Stoehr, Randy Cabral and John Zych Jr. all locked into a tight battle for the top spot in the NEMA series. Similarly, in the Lites, Danny Cugini, Jim Chambers and Randy Cabral are all locked in a tight battle for the top spot. Known as a “driver’s track” – Drew Fornoro holds the all time win record at the NH quarter mile. During the late 80s when NEMA frequented the ¼-mile oval, Fornoro, in the Gene Angelillo machine, dominated with wins at the speedway during the 1982-1986 seasons. He also won during the final two seasons that the Club visited the Speedway with triumphs in 1996 and 1997. Other winners at Monadnock in the modern era include Mike Seymour, Russ Stoehr, Greg Stoehr, Cabral and Payne. All of that said, the real reason for Saturday night’s race is to celebrate a legend – Iron Mike Scrivani.
Proprietor of the legendary “Mike’s Truck Stop” in Wrentham, MA, Scrivani’s car-owning career began in the 1930s with the Big Cars and it included a successful run with the Modifieds in the late 1960s and early 70s, but Midgets, were clearly his first love. Jerry Russo drove the Scrivani car in NEMA’s first race at Seekonk Speedway on Memorial Day of 1953. The first of many wins for the Scrivani team came in 1956 at West Peabody with Russo aboard. Butch Walsh and Nokie Fornoro won NEMA championships in Scrivani cars and are part of an extended list of drivers to have won in Scrivani equipment in both NEMA and ARDC. The group includes Dave Humphrey, Ray Burke, Dick Brown, Leigh Earnshaw, Hank Williams, Al Pillion, Billy Eldridge, Al Herman, Gene Bergin, Bert Brooks and Johnny Coy Sr. In catching up with Iron Mike’s son, NEMA stalwart – Mike Scrivani Jr., ironically he said “Monadnock was like our nemesis, so its ironic that we have the Memorial race there now. I actually don’t think we ever won a race there to tell you the truth.”
“I remember one night, Nokie (Fornoro) was in our car and Johnny Evans was in (Carl) Kibbe’s car. Nokie and Johnny got together, and then the (stuff) just hit the fan after that, I think the whole race fell apart at that point,” he went on to say. No doubt, the stories will continue to be written when NEMA returns to Monadnock this coming Saturday night.
June 16th, 2016
This Saturday evening NEMA brings its extreme action to Monadnock Speedway for the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial, remembering the long time NEMA stalwart and father of long time NEMA President and supporter, Mike Scrivani Jr. The night will feature a 30 lap feature for the NEMA feature and 30 laps for the Lites. Last year, a classic battle went down between Joey Payne Jr. and John Zych Jr., leading up to one of the best finishes of the year.
When Saturday rolls around, all eyes will be at the top of the points standings, with Avery Stoehr, Randy Cabral and John Zych Jr. all locked into a tight battle for the top spot in the NEMA series. Similarly, in the Lites, Danny Cugini, Jim Chambers and Randy Cabral are all locked in a tight battle for the top spot.
Known as a “driver’s track” – Drew Fornoro holds the all time win record at the NH quarter mile. During the late 80s when NEMA frequented the ¼-mile oval, Fornoro, in the Gene Angelillo machine, dominated with wins at the speedway during the 1982-1986 seasons. He also won during the final two seasons that the Club visited the Speedway with triumphs in 1996 and 1997. Other winners at Monadnock in the modern era include Mike Seymour, Russ Stoehr, Greg Stoehr, Cabral and Payne.
All of that said, the real reason for Saturday night’s race is to celebrate a legend – Iron Mike Scrivani.
Proprietor of the legendary “Mike’s Truck Stop” in Wrentham, MA, Scrivani’s car-owning career began in the 1930s with the Big Cars and it included a successful run with the Modifieds in the late 1960s and early 70s, but Midgets, were clearly his first love.
Jerry Russo drove the Scrivani car in NEMA’s first race at Seekonk Speedway on Memorial Day of 1953. The first of many wins for the Scrivani team came in 1956 at West Peabody with Russo aboard.
Butch Walsh and Nokie Fornoro won NEMA championships in Scrivani cars and are part of an extended list of drivers to have won in Scrivani equipment in both NEMA and ARDC. The group includes Dave Humphrey, Ray Burke, Dick Brown, Leigh Earnshaw, Hank Williams, Al Pillion, Billy Eldridge, Al Herman, Gene Bergin, Bert Brooks and Johnny Coy Sr.
In catching up with Iron Mike’s son, NEMA stalwart – Mike Scrivani Jr., ironically he said “Monadnock was like our nemesis, so its ironic that we have the Memorial race there now. I actually don’t think we ever won a race there to tell you the truth.” “I remember one night, Nokie (Fornoro) was in our car and Johnny Evans was in (Carl) Kibbe’s car. Nokie and Johnny got together, and then the (stuff) just hit the fan after that, I think the whole race fell apart at that point,” he went on to say.
No doubt, the stories will continue to be written when NEMA returns to Monadnock this coming Saturday night.
March 7th, 2013
We are still buried in snow here in New Hampshire, however, as the days grow warmer and we gather a bit more day light each day – the racing community is starting to stir from its long winters’ nap! To start of our racing season here in New Hampshire, please join us at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 30th for their annual Open House. Visit www.nhms.com for details.
Monadnock Speedway will begin its 2013 season on Saturday, April 13, 2013 with registration for the competitors and our annual Test & Tune from noon to 5:00 PM. Saturday, April 20th is Spring Dash 2013 featuring the Valenti Modified 100 lap main event, plus Mini Stocks, Super Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Young Guns, Lightning Stocks and Thunder Stocks – a jammed packed night of racing to kick of the 2013 season! Visit us on the web at www.monadnockspeedway.com
May 6th, 2010
WINCHESTER, NH – With a large opening night crowd on hand, Ascutney, VT., racing veteran Dwight Jarvis scored his first win of the season Saturday night capturing the Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 for modified race cars at Monadnock Speedway.
Jarvis’ victory was his fifth career win with the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by BobValentiAutoMall.Com, and his third score at the Winchester, NH., oval. Jarvis is ranked fourth on the all-time win list for the MRS.
Starting 17th in a 24 car field, Jarvis methodically worked his way through the lineup, taking the top spot on lap 76. It was a hard fought victory for the popular driver who chased early race leader, Jim Boniface, Winchester, NH., for several laps before making the pass. Boniface led the race for 68 circuits.
2009 Koszela Speed Rookie of the Year, Jacob Dore, of Sanford, ME., made a late race charge to finish second. He fought off Boniface and Rowan Pennink,Huntington Valley, PA., often side by side, for several laps, to nail down the runner-up spot. Boniface settled for third, Rowan Pennink, finished fourth, with Sean Bodreau., Claremont, NH., finishing fifth.
Pennink, who started 24th in the field, was involved in a lap 36 skirmish that forced him to start last again. He too made a late race charge that led to his fourth place finish.
Kenny Barry, Preston, CT., from his pole starting position led the first four laps of the 100 lap green flag event. Boniface took control on lap six and fronted the field until a hard charging Les Hinckley, Windors Locks, CT., took over on lap 35.Hinckley was forced to the sidelines with an electrical problem the following lap. Boniface took command at that point and led the race until lap 75. Jarvis made a patented “dive bomb” type move on Boniface to go on and take the victory.
32 race teams entered the event, the third of 19 races for the popular touring series. 12 of the original 24 starters finished the race on the lead lap.
Qualifying races were won by Barry, Boniface, and Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT. Steven Masse, Bellingham, MA., and Eddy Spiers, Beacon Falls, CT., captured the last chance to qualify consolation races.
The next scheduled race for MRS is the resumption of the East versus West Showdown, Friday night May 21, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta NY. Rain and sleet forced that race to be postponed last month.
August 27th, 2009
Brockton, MA – “How could I not do it?” answered Drew Fornoro when the opportunity came to drive in the Northeastern Midget Association’s Marilyn Passion Race at Saturday night, Sept. 5 at Monadnock Speedway. “There is just no way.”
Shaking off two years of inactivity, NEMA’s all-time winningest driver will be in the Seymour 29 in the $11,000-plus 25-lap race that memorializes long-time NEMA owner and official Marilyn Angelillo.
It is, Fornoro says, the first time two of Midget’s greatest names will join forces. “I know I’ve never driven for the Seymour family and I’m pretty sure my brother (Nokie) hasn’t either. It’s ironic because it was always a dream ride.” It still is. The car won the Boston Louie this year with Jeff Abold aboard. “But I was always in a pretty good spot,” continues Fornoro, now an assistant
football coach at Pope John High School in Sparta, NJ. He and the Angelillos were one of the premier Midget teams in the nation. All but six of Fornoro’s 85 NEMA triumphs came in Angelillo equipment. Over a quarter century they combined for 20
“Marilyn was the backbone of the whole thing,” says Fornoro. “She could read me like a book. We went through a lot together. She could read a lot of people. That’s what made her so special.” Fornoro, who last drove at Thompson two years ago, returns to a track where he had remarkable success. He had 11 wins at Monadnock. “You know, I wasn’t sure I would be back,” he says, “so I told my brother the secret to the place. Maybe I made a mistake.” Nokie Fornoro has won four times at Monadnock including one this year.
Modified ace Ted Christopher will be on hand driving the Bertrand 74. Randy Cabral,in the Bertrand 47, will be also be looking for a second Monadnock win this year. Drew Fornoro will see some familiar faces including current Angelillo driver Russ Stoehr and his brother Greg. Other contenders include Jeff Horn, Adam Cantor, Erica Santos and a group of youngsters including John Zych Jr., William Wall, Abby Martino and Rookie of the Year candidate Chris DeRitis.
The Marilyn’s Passion Race offers heat prizes and hard charger money. There is a dividend for the first female finisher.
The top three finishers in the 20-lap Lites feature will divvy up $600.
May 27th, 2009
Winchester, NH – Powering into the lead on a lap 17 restart, defending champion Randy Cabral won the 2009 Northeastern Midget Association season opener Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway. Coming from the ninth starting spot, Cabral passed
William Wall, the only other leader, and won going away.
Cabral, in the Bertrand #47, was sitting third when Wall (Wall #5) and Russ Stoehr (Angelillo 45), battling for the lead, tangled coming out of two, Stoehr winding up in the wall. The incident, which Cabral called “a racing accident” was “the turning point” of the race.
Sitting second when the green flew, Cabral, who scored his second straight season-opening win, pulled away heading down the backstretch. Two circuits later Cabral turned a 12.301, the fastest lap of the race.
Mike Keeler (Seamon #63) passed Aaron Wall (Wall 55s) for second on lap 19 and finished .713 of a second behind. He was later disqualified for a wing angle violation giving second to Aaron Wall. William Wall wound up third followed by Adam Cantor and John Zych Jr.
It was the 22nd career win for Cabral but the first at Monadnock for him and for car owner Tim Bertrand. “It’s a good feeling getting that monkey off our backs,” said Cabral.
The Wall/Stoehr incident came on the second attempt to restart after the second caution. Stoehr had taken second from pole sitter Zych on a lap two restart. Cabral needed seven laps to move from ninth to third where he was “content,” believing he “had nothing for the leaders.”
But he also “had a feeling something was going to happen. I dropped back a little but I knew I had enough to catch back up if I had to. Still, catching up and passing are two different things.”
“Randy just had a lot more steam,” said William Wall who grabbed the immediate lead from pole sitter Zych. He beat a restart challenge from Zych on lap two and admitted to thinking “I might get a victory if there isn’t another restart.”
Cantor, forced to pit with a flat tire after a see ond lap incident with Jeff Horn, had an impressive run. Following Zych were Nokie Fornoro, Horn, Greg Stoehr, all in the lead lap. Doug Cleveland and Andy Shlatz came from deep in the starting field to claim ninth and 10th.
Russ Stoher and Keeler were the heat winners.
NEMA returns to action on Friday night June 26 at Lee USA Speedway.
May 4th, 2009
BROCKTON, MA: Don’t ask Northeastern Midget Association competitor Erica Santos about championships. Heading into NEMA’s 2009 opener May 23 at Monadnock Speedway, the 26-year old has only one thing in mind.
“I really want to win races,” says Santos who plans a full season in Ed Breault’s No. 44. “I don’t care about points. One of the reasons is I don’t want to be known as a driver who won only one race.” She scored a much-publicized win at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2006, becoming the club’s first (and still only) female winner.
Erica and brother Bobby III are part of one of New England’s premier racing families. Although Santos’ father and brother will be racing elsewhere they will be “involved in setting up” the Breault car. Erica actually followed her brother into NEMA and has been a contender since joining Breault in ’06.
Breault, a one-time competitor, says getting another win for Santos is “high priority.”
About to begin her 19th year as a racer, the one-time quarter midget competitor says last season was “a little disappointing.” The team started strong and then ran into some mechanical woes late in the season. Santos and Breault wound up sixth in driver
and owner standings respectively. She had three podium finishes (including a second at Waterford) and eight top fives (including one at Monadnock).
Santos, a registered nurse, is among NEMA’s top headliners, sharing billing with the likes of defending champion Randy Cabral and veterans Nokie Fornoro, Greg Stoehr, Adam Cantor and Doug Cleveland and youngsters John Zych Jr. and Jeff Abold. Russ Stoehr, who returns to the Gene Angelillo #45, is her pick as the driver to beat.
Stafford and Waterford are her favorite tracks. “There’s lots of room at Waterford and lots of passing,” she says. Monadnock has been tough but she’s been gaining on it and says the last run there was her best yet.
“NEMA gets tougher and more competitive every year because there is so much good equipment around,” says Santos.
Santos is also driving an SK-Light on Friday nights at Stafford this season.
NEMA NUGGETS: How times flies! There have been 27 NEMA races since Erica Santos won at Stafford on July 10, 2007…Last year’s championship car – the Bertrand #47- continues a trend. The last even-number to win the NEMA owner championship was the #26 of Bruce and Ann Beane (driven by Russ Stoher) way back in 1997. Before that it was the Tapply #8 driven by Mike Seymour in 1994. Tapply won again in ’95 but with the No. 1. Since 1998, the Angelillo #45 won seven titles and the Valeri #17
three…More on Linda and Doug Cleveland: Their first date was a World of Outlaws event at Lebanon Valley. Doug also remembers telling his future wife that if she wanted to meet any of his NEMA buddies at the track she’d have to do it herself because he would be too busy. She’s done a great job.
April 22nd, 2009
Canaan, NH. – Hard to believe that five years have already gone by since series founder Jack Bateman rolled into Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH; with race teams in tow for the debut of his True Value Modified Racing Series. The Canaan, NH racer will again lead his New England based touring division back to the famed quarter mile speedway as the TVMRS kicks off it’s sixth season Saturday night April 25, with the traditional running of the “Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100.”
The season opener always brings lots of new cars, new drivers, new challenges, and lots of optimism. They’ll be plenty of that for the 2009 season. Bateman has scheduled 16 races at speedways throughout New England.
The Monadnock lid-lifter always draws well and interest in the season opener is high. Expected entries include three-time champion, Kirk Alexander, W.Swanzey, NH; with the most series wins (31) to his credit. Alexander has 14 victories at his
“home track” and has to be considered an early favorite. Windsor Locks, CT; veteran Les Hinckley, with 3 career Monadnock wins, and 2006 champion Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT; with two series wins there, always run well at Monadnock..
Throw into the mix W.Swanzey veteran Rob Goodenough, whose first modified win came at Monadnock, and Todd Patnode, returning to the tour after a year layoff, and it will make for a crowd pleaser. Will it be a “homie” or an outsider in victory lane?
Mike Douglas Jr, Auburn, NH; 2008 Rookie Of The Year Kenny White, Weare,NH; Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT; former Monadnock winner, Sean Bodreau, Claremont, NH; veteran Jimmy Kuhn, W.Bridgewater, MA; Rowan Pennink, Huntington Valley, PA; and 2008 Most Improved driver Shelly Perry, Westerly, RI; are all expected entries.
24 cars will start the main event with starting positions determined by qualifying heats.
Heat races begin at 6 PM. Monadnock Speedway is located on Rte 10, Winchester, NH
Monadnock Notes: Alexander is the defending champion of the “Spring Dash 100.” Saturday’s race will be the 25th TVMRS race at Monadnock. Previous Monadnock winners include: Alexander, (14) Hinckley (3) D.Jarvis (2) Peter Daniels, Sean Bodreau,Jim Boniface, Andy Seuss, and Goodenough (1 each) Jon McKennedy has registered and is considered a strong candidate for a championship run. Modified greats Mike Stefanik and Ken Bouchard have shown an interest in competing in selected events again this season.
April 12th, 2009
Brockton, MA -Doug Cleveland, about to start his 34th season as a Northeastern Midget Association competitor, is “one of the old school guys.” He is currently making ready for NEMA’s 57th season opener May 23 at Monadnock Speedway.
“If there is a race we’ll try to make it,” continues Sudbury, MA resident Cleveland, part of a two-car team that includes brother Brian. “We’re aiming for the opener and see what happens after that.”
Doug and wife Linda, his partner since 1987, are the very heartbeat of NEMA. Linda, involved as a scorer since 1993, won the Wen Kelley Memorial Award last year. Cleveland has won almost all of NEMA’s awards including the Ray Roberts (last year)
and Johnny Thomson (1999) trophies.
Ironically, 1987 was also the year Cleveland became an owner/driver. He currently campaigns a self-built car powered by a Mopar engine.
The 51-year old wound up 10th in driver points last summer. A realist, he proudly sees himself as one of the guys “who would collect bottles and cans to buy a tire” and defines “a good night” as “when the car rolls on the trailer and I don’t have to
spend a lot of money fixing it.”
He’s been at it since jumping into a car owned by his late father Jim and uncle Paul. His car continues to carry the family number – 87 – and a tribute to his dad and cousin Mark, the latter driving the car when Doug took other rides. “It is absolutely important for us to do that,” he says. “Without it, the young guys wouldn’t have a clue of the club’s history. Truth is, they wouldn’t be there if wasn’t for guys like them.”
His single win came in Jimmy O’Brien’s car in Quebec (Sanair) in 1977. “They can’t take that away,” he says. “Neither of us had any money but we pulled it off one night. We beat Bob Cicconi.” He drove for a number of owners including Ed Czyzewski and Carl Kibbe before going on his own.
The Clevelands travel with a truck and motor home and gas is a big part of the yearly expenses that approaches $9,000. It has to be a “close to the vest” operation. He does not crash a lot, something he credits to experience more than economics. “I’ve been doing is so long, I don’t stick my nose where it shouldn’t be,” he says. Still, he insists, “once the helmet goes on I don’t think about anything but driving” and he still impresses himself with “wow moves.”
He is an unabashed cheerleader for NEMA, especially the willingness to help each other. “It is more so than other divisions,” says Cleveland, who received engine help from Circle Performance Machine’s John Andruk last year. “It’s been like that for as long as I can remember.”
Monadnock is the first of 17 races at eight different tracks on the ’09 schedule.
March 28th, 2009
Brockton, MA – Randy Cabral will be after a second straight season-opening win when the Northeastern Midget Association 2009 campaign begins Saturday night, May 23 at Monadnock Speedway. Amazingly, two-straight season-opening wins has been done only seven times in NEMA’s 57 years, Ben Seitz the last to do it in 2004-05.
Others to accomplish it were Bill Eldridge (1954-55), Dutch Schaefer (1959-60), Walt Gale (1966-67), Johnny Coy (1970-71), Armond Holley (1976-77) and Drew Fornoro (1982-83). Fornoro’s six opening wins top the list followed by Schaefer (4), Eldridge (4). Jeff Horn has three.
Monadnock is one of seven tracks on NEMA’s 17-stop agenda. Lee USA, Thompson, Stafford, Seekonk, Waterford, Twin State (Claremont) and Canaan are also on the schedule. The NEMA Lites will make 13 stops.
NEMA again will feature a mix of youth and veterans. The return of Russ Stoehr in Gene Angelillo’s #45 means that three of NEMA’s all-time top-10 winners will be in action this summer.
Stoehr, with 39 victories, sits fourth, three behind Nokie Fornoro. The top-two – Drew Fornoro (85) and Dave Humphrey (72) – are far out in front of the field. Defending champion Randy Cabral is tied for 10th (with Lee Smith) with 21 victories. Ahead of Cabral are Johnny Mann (29), Bobby Seymour (23), Bill Eldridge (23) and Joe Csiki (22).
The Stoehr brothers will be racing against each other again for the first time in five years. Russ and Greg, in the Circle Performance Machine-powered #29, are second only to the Fornoro boys when it comes to brother combinations. They have 47 wins with the Seymours – Bobby and Mike – in third with 41.
Cabral’s eight victories in 17 races last year is tied for eighth on the list of “most dominating seasons” in NEMA history. Cabral’s winning percentage in the Bertrand family 47 was a lusty .444.
First place belongs to Joe Csiki who “batted” .645 in 1963, winning 11 of 17 shows including a record six straight. Two .500 efforts – Dick Brown (five-of-10 in ’61) and Drew Fornoro (eight-for-16 in ’83) are tied for second. Nokie Fornoro’s .478 (10-of-21 for Mike Scrivani in ’81) is fourth. A trio – Johnny Mann’s five-for-11 in ’74, Dave Humphrey’s 7-for-15 in ’68 and Drew Fornoro’s 7-for-15 in ’89 share fifth with a .450 mark.
Cabral shares eighth with Bobby White who won eight of 15 starts back in 1979. NEMA’s other “. 400 hitters” are Russ Stoehr (6-for-14, .428) in ’97 and Drew Fornoro (eight-for-19, .421) in ’82.
Cabral takes a streak of nine straight years (2000-’08) with at least one victory into the ’09 season. That ties him with Drew Fornoro (1982-1990) in that category behind Humphrey’s 14 (1966-1980) and Russ Stoehr’s 10 (1993-2002).
Nokie Fornoro has won NEMA features on 14 different tracks, the leader among active drivers. Russ Stoehr has won on 12. The all-time leader is Dave Humphrey with 20, one better than Drew Fornoro.
February 8th, 2009
The Northeastern Midget Association heads into its 58th season with a 17-race campaign that includes several “traditional” stops. NEMA, which dates back to 1953, is one of the oldest Midget sanctioning bodies in the country.
The winged wonders will open the 2009 campaign on Saturday night, May 23 at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway, one of three stops for the New Hampshire quarter-mile. The agenda also includes traditional venues Thompson and Stafford Speedways and Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway and Lee USA Speedway in the Granite State.
Twin State Speedway and Canaan Fair Speedway are on the schedule as well. It will be NEMA’s first visit to the third-mile Canaan since 2002. Lee and Canaan share the Sept. 18-19 (Friday-Saturday) weekend.
“We believe we have a solid, well-spaced schedule considering the economy,” said NEMA President Mike Scrivani Jr. “These are good Midget tracks. Guys know what they’re doing.
NEMA will share dates with the International Supermodified Association (ISMA), True Value Modified Series (TVMS) and American Canadian Tour (ACT) over the season.
The NEMA Lites division returns for its second campaign with a 13-race schedule that begins Friday night, June 5 at Seekonk.
The busy schedule includes Stafford’s Carquest Extreme Tuesday (July 7), Seekonk’s Boston Louie (Aug. 8), Waterford’s Wings & Wheels (Aug. 15), Twin State’s Open Wheel Sunday (Oct. 4), Seekonk’s DAV (Oct. 11-12) and Thompson’s World Series (Oct.
The NEMA Lites, coming off a very successful inaugural effort, faces a schedule made up of third and quarter miles. NEMA expects as many as a half dozen new teams will join the Lites this season.
Lee’s season-ending October fest (Oct. 24-25) remains tentative for both NEMA and the Lites.
2009 NEMA SCHEDULE
May 23– Monadnock Speedway;
June 26 – Lee USA Speedway;
July 2 – Thompson Speedway;
July 7 – Stafford Motor Speedway (Carquest Extreme Tuesday);
July 15 – Seekonk Speedway (rain date July 22);
July 25 – Waterford Speedbowl;
July 31 – Twin State Speedway;
Aug. 1 – Monadnock Speedway;
Aug. 8 – Seekonk Speedway (Boston Louie);
Aug. 15 – Waterford Speedbowl (Wings and Wheels);
Sept. 5 – Monadnock Speedway;
Sept. 18 – Lee USA Speedway;
Sept.. 19 – Canaan Speedway;
Oct. 4 – Twin State Speedway;
Oct. 10-11– Seekonk (DAV);
Oct. 17-18 –Thompson (World Series);
Oct. 24-25 (tentative) Lee USA Speedway Octoberfest).
June 5 – Seekonk Speedway;
June 19 – Seekonk Speedway;
June 26 – Lee USA Speedway;
July 10 – Seekonk Speedway;
July 31 – Twin State Speedway;
Aug. 8 – Seekonk Speedway (Boston Louie);
Aug. 28 – Seekonk Speedway;
Sept. 4 – Seekonk Speedway
Sept. 12 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway;
Sept. 18 – Lee USA Speedway;
Sept. 19 – Canaan Speedway;
Oct. 4 – Twin State Speedway;
Oct. 11-12 –Seekonk Speedway (DAV);
Oct. 24-25 (tentative) Lee USA.
February 6th, 2009
Wolcott, CT – Joey Payne Jr. is out of Gene Angelillo’s #45 Northeastern Midget Association car. Russ Stoehr, one of the club’s all-time winners, is back in.
“It is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” says New Jersey resident Payne who won 15 races and a championship (2003) over the past five year’s in Angelillo equipment. “I’ve known Gene almost my whole life. He’s like family but NEMA’s midweek shows have presented me with a very difficult economic situation. It is the right decision for me.”
Bay Stater Stoehr, who won three straight (2000-2002) championships and nine features with Angelillo, will be back in the #45 when NEMA opens its 57th season Saturday night, May 23 at Monadnock Speedway.
Payne, who will be driving the Pat Strong #99 Supermodified at Oswego this year, pointed out his two sons, both racers, and daughter, a softball standout, “deserve more of my time as well.” He does hope to grab a Midget ride now and again.
“I hate to lose Joey but I completely understand his situation,” says Angelillo, NEMA’s all-time winner with over 100 features. “It is a matter of priorities for him. We’ll miss him.”
Payne was aboard in Angelillo’s 100th win at Thompson on Oct. 15, 2000. Stoehr, in a second Angelillo car, was second.
Stoehr’s last victory – July 4th, 2002 at Thompson (his 39th NEMA win) – came in Angelillo’s car. He all but left the driver’s seat at the end of that year and over the past couple of years has been listed as the crew chief of brother Greg Stoehr’s car.
“Having Russ back is exciting,” continued Angelillo. “He clearly is one of NEMA’s best as both a driver and mechanic. We’ve had a lot of success together and we’ve looking forward to more.”
September 2nd, 2008
Stoehr, spending most of the late stages in traffic, had a two-car
length lead on Jeremy Frankoski (Bertrand 47b) at the checkered with Ryan Preece (Santos 98s) a close third. Twenty-four laps of green-flag racing resulted in battles, often three-wide, for position almost all the way back.
The only caution showed with one full lap complete when Stoehr and Nokie Fornoro (Jarret 4) made contact in turns three and four. Fornoro and Lou Cicconi, subbing for Joey Payne Jr. in the Angelillo #45, both spun and were sent to the rear.
Stoehr lined up outside pole sitter William Wall on the restart. On the green
Stoehr, who had the fastest lap of the night in his qualifying heat (11.77 seconds), beat Wall into the corner and opened a sizable lead.
Meanwhile, Frankoski, who favored the outside, and Preece, using the inside, began their moves from mid-pack. Frankoski claimed runner-up honors over the determined Preece on the final lap.
William Wall and Adam Cantor completed the top five while Cicconi had an impressive run coming from last to sixth.
Point leader Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) fought a slow leak in the right rear tire after hitting the wall early and finished eighth. With neither Payne nor Santos racing, he gained further distance in the drivers point standings. Preece’s finish, however, did allow Bob Santos Jr. to gain slightly on Tim Bertrand in the owners rankings.
NEMA’s busy schedule continues with a Friday night Aug. 12 date at Lee USA Speedway. The NEMA Lites will be at Lee as well.
April 30th, 2008
Pole sitter Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., set a torrid pace holding off the constant challenges of 2007 Rookie of the Year, Peter Jarvis, Acutney,VT., Jarvis stayed within striking distance of Pasteryak with Bryan Shumway, Belchertown, MA., last years winner, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT., and 2006 champion Dwight Jarvis,Ascutney, in hot pursuit.
By lap 20, Danbury CT’s Ed Dachenhausen worked his way into fifth and ran strong until a late race mishap would force him to the sidelines. The race pace was fast early on with the first of six caution flags not displayed until lap 38 for a Chris Wenzel spin. The Holyoke, MA. veteran was able to rejoin the race which stayed under green until lap 54 when a David Pinkham, Buxton, ME, and Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA spin drew the caution.
On the restart, Peter Jarvis vaulted into the top spot and held it until lap 66 when Goodnough powered by. At this point, Alexander was fast making his move to the front and by the lap 70 marker, the three-time champion was in third and quickly closing in on Jarvis.
Lap 73 saw Alexander pass Jarvis setting up a great battle with Goodnough for the top spot. A caution period slowed the pace on lap 85 resulting in Alexander motoring by Goodenough on the restart lap. The two former Monadnock pro-stock standouts raced hard and clean often side by side bringing the crowd to it’s feet several times. When the checkers dropped on the 100th circuit, Alexander’s margin of victory was a car length and a half over Goodenough.
Goodenough, Pinkham, Dwight Jarvis, Peter Jarvis, Hinckley, Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT., Pasteryak, Dale Evonsion, E.Hartland, CT., and Rookie of the Year contender Kenny White.Jr, Weare, NH., rounded out the top ten.
Qualifying heats were won by Pasteryak, Shumway, and Peter Jarvis.
The next stop for the TVMRS will be Saturday May 3, at the Waterford CT Speedbowl with heat races starting at 4:30 PM.
August 30th, 2007
The race program had earlier been forced to stop as a fast moving thunderstorm passed through resulting in a 1 hour 40 minute delay as track personnel scrambled to dry off the high banked quarter mile facility .
The tracks management announced that the TVMRS would return on Sept 22 but after further discussion with race teams and series race director Todd Rook, it was decided to call the race an official event. Rook said, “We knew there were more storm cells in the area and we knew we were not going to get back out there to run off 8 laps to make it to halfway,y the official lap to call it over. It was a series decision to call it official, not the race tracks. Many of our competitors expressed additional expenses to come back, plus we have a mid week show at Seekonk, a trip to Waterford, and a two day event at Thompson coming up, you have to consider all that, a lot plays into it. If any of those tracks end up using that date (Sept 22) as a rain date it makes it an even bigger problem.” Rook stressed, “We apologize to our fans for any inconvenience or disappointment, it was a tough decision.” Additional downpours happened shortly after 11:00 PM. Lighting continued to flash around the speedway. The town’s curfew also came into play.
The 100 lap “Fenton Family 100” saw 25 modified racers on hand for 24 starting positions. All cars started the event with the lone sidelined competitor, Dale Evonsion, E.Harland, CT; out of the program with a broken oil line suffered in pre race practice.
Connecticut racers Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, and Mike Holdridge, Madison, brought the field to green with Pasteryak, Todd Patnode, Swanzey, NH; Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, Holdridge and point leader Kirk Alexander, Swanzey, leading the first circuit. At lap 10 Pasteryak was setting a torrid pace with Goodenough now in pursuit of the leader. Alexander moved to third, Patnode fourth, and Holdridge fifth. The top five would be the same at lap 20. Russ Hersey dropped out of the race at that point. Hersey was one of the fastest cars in pre race practice.
The first yellow flag flew on lap 24 for Mike Douglas, Auburn NH; who spun in front of the leaders. Series officials returned the leader to the top spot as it was felt that several cars did not adhere to the passing flag and when Douglas spun, he came together with the leader. It was later learned that Douglas spun out from fluid leaked from a radiator cap that had fallen off his racer.
Lap 27 saw the races first lead change as Goodenough passed Pasteryak to take the top spot and a fast closing Les Hinckley moving into fifth spot from a 24th starting position. Hinckley was passing cars at will on the outside. The race was slowed by the second yellow flag on lap 39 for Tom Abele.Jr. who spun. The lap 30 tally saw Alexander, now in second, Hinckley third, Pasteryak, and Holdridge making up the top five.
Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT; the series defending champion, moved by Pasteryak into fifth spot. Two laps later, Jarvis spun in turn four, went to the pit area, and the skies opened up forcing a stoppage and an eventual determination to call the race official.
At the finish, Goodenough bested Hinckley, Alexander, Holdridge, and Pasteryak, followed by Jon McKennedy, Vinnie Annarummo, Jim Boniface, Ed Dachenhausen and Jimmy Kuhn.Jr. sixth through tenth.
The win by Goodenough was his first with the TVMRS and makes him a guaranteed starter for the North-South Shootout in Concord,NC; Nov 2, 3.
Heat races were won by Pasteryak, Holdridge, and Patnode with Peter Jarvis winning the 12 lap consolation race
Next event for the TVMRS will be the “Town Fair 100” Saturday night Sept 1 at Waterford, CT. Heat races begin at 3:45 PM. Features at 6 PM.
July 9th, 2007
Monadnock alumnus Rob Goodenough, W.Swanzey, NH; and Bryan Shumway, Belchertown, MA: brought the field to green with Shumway leading the opening lap but yielding the top spot to Goodenough on the next go around. Goodenough would fast become the class of the field as he held down the top spot until lap ninety one when he was passed by a hard charging Alexander.
The first ten laps saw Goodenough, Shumway, Sean Bodreau,Claremont, NH; Todd Patnode, W.Swanzey,NH; and Peter Jarvis,Ascutney,VT; making up the top five.
The first caution flag flew on lap thirteen for Mike Douglas, Auburn, NH. The race immediately went back to green. By lap twenty, Patnode had moved to third, P.Jarvis fourth, and Bodreau was fifth. Four laps later Patnode moved by Shumway to second. Meanwhile Goodenough opend up a five car length lead over the second place car.
At the Black Mountain Painting lap fifty mark, Goodenough, Patnode, Shumway,Alexander, and P.Jarvis made up the top five. Lap fifty two saw Alexander pass Shumway Twenty four of the original twenty six starters were still in the race that would stay green until lap 65 when Ted Christopher, Plainville,CT; and Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks,CT; came together.
A series of caution flags would slow when Mike Holdridge,Madison, CT; spun on the restart, a lap later Holdridge and Jimmy Dolan, Bethel,CT; were involved in a turn two incident, followed by a Bill Goodrow, Pembroke,MA; spin on lap 66, and then a Christopher and Andy Seuss,Hampstead,NH; tangle. Shumway would make contact with the front stretch wall on the restart lap triggering a first turn pileup that knocked Jack Bateman,Canaan,NH; and Tony Ricci, Westbrook, ME; from the event.
Peter Jarvis,who ran a strong race throughout, moved to third on lap 68 and eventually would pass Alexander for second.
Lap 75 saw defending champion Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, make one of his late race charges and crack the top five as he pulled up behind Patnode.
Ten laps later. Alexander took back the second spot, D.Jarvis went by Patnode on lap 87, and with ten laps remaining, Goodenough, Alexander, P.Jarvis, D.Jarvis, and Patnode were leading the way.
Alexander passed Goodenough for the lead on lap 91 to go on to victory. Goodenough settled for second, Dwight Jarvis third, Peter Jarvis fourth, and Patnode fifth.
In victory lane Alexander said, “The car was running good tonight. Robbie was running good, he looked like he was getting loose and I knew if I could get a run, get up on the outside of him, and not give him the whole line, I could get him on the straightaway.”
The win by Alexander was his second of the season, his eleventh career win at Monadnock on the TVMRS tour, his 22nd career win in tour competition and it bolstered his lead in the point standings.
Heat winners were Goodenough, Shumway, and Bodreau, while Louie Mechalides, Tygnsboro, MA; nabbed the 15 lap consi.
The TVMRS returns to action Friday night July 13 at the Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH. for the “Mid Summer Modified Shootout”. Heat races at 7:15 PM.
May 20th, 2007
The winner of this Saturday’s race will be an automatic qualifier. The TVMRS races at Waterford, CT; in June, Lee, NH; and Oxford, ME; in July, Scarborough, ME; and Canaan, NH; in August, will also serve as qualifying rounds for the special two day event scheduled for Sept 8, 9.at the historic Connecticut speedway.
The May 26 race will be the third consecutive season the Route 10 oval has ushered in the Memorial Day holiday weekend with the traveling modified series. Last years event was won by defending tour champion Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney,VT ; with two time champion Kirk Alexander, W.Swanzey, NH ; taking down the honors in 2005. Heading into Monadnock, Alexander is the early point leader.
Just three weeks ago 38 race teams from throughout the northeast converged on the high banked quarter mile speedway forcing tour officials to debut a first ever “B” feature race to fill out the 26 car starting field. Another strong field of entries is expected for this weekend’s event.
In addition to Jarvis and Alexander, expected racers include recent winner Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; NH racers Jack Bateman, Canaan, Sean Bodreau, Claremont, W.Swanzey’s Todd Patnode and Rob Goodenough, Andy Seuss, Hampstead; Bay Staters Gary Casella, Saugus, Chris Wenzel, Holyoke, Vinnie Annarummo, Swansea, Jimmy Kuhn, W. Bridgewater, Long Island, NY; hot shoes Johnny Bush, David Roys, Tony Anello, Vermonter Peter Jarvis, Ascutney, and CT standouts Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, and Dave Berube, Bristol.
Qualifying races get the green flag at 6 PM Saturday night. TVMRS heat races are 12 laps in distance. The 20 lap “B” Feature will also serve as a last chance race. On May 5, an 18 car lineup battled for the last 6 positions to gain entry into the 100 lap feature race much to the delight of the crowd.
The Monadnock race Saturday kicks off a stretch of five weeks of modified racing action for the fourth year series. The month of June will find the TVMRS making stops at Canaan, NH; Waterford, CT; Lee, NH; and Seekonk, MA; before taking a one week break prior to a very busy summer stretch. The series will make it’s first ever visit to the Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, ME; July 21, as part of their famed “Oxford 250” weekend.
A record 70 race teams have registered to compete with the TVMRS to date.
For additional information log on to www.modifiedracingseries.com
May 7th, 2007
“The Bond Auto Parts 100” was a hotly contested battle in front a large crowd that braved cold temperatures and gusty wind chills. The event had been postponed twice by rain. It was the second time Hinckley has won the first race at Monadnock. He did so in 2005
38 cars from throughout the northeast traveled to the Granite State oval to contest in three 12 lap qualifying races and a new twist added to the TVMRS program, a 20 lap “B” feature to give race teams that did not qualify in heat race action a chance to race for a separate purse and gain entry in the 100 lap main event. Six positions were added to the 26 car field from that race.
Peter Jarvis, Acutney, VT., and Louie Mechalides, Tygnsboro, MA., brought the field to green with Jarvis jumping into the top spot and leading the opening five laps until the first caution flag was displayed for a spinning car on the start of lap 6. On the restart, Hinckley, who started in fourth position, took the lead from Jarvis and would hold it until lap 52 giving him the Black Mountain Painting ½ way award, Jarvis, who won his heat race earlier, would stay right behind the race leader and wheel his Wally Albro owned, Cheever Tire Service sponsored, race car to it’s best run on the TVMRS. The former Claremont late model champ impressed, and would take the lead back on lap 53 only to turn it back over to Hinckley on the 56th go around.
Hinckley would continue to set a hot pace despite several caution flags that slowed the race including a stoppage on the 63rd circuit for second year driver Bryan Shumway,Belchertown,MA., who was involved in a 1st turn skirmish that resulted in a hand injury.
When the race resumed Hinckley was the top dog but with the series defending champion and the two time champion in hot pursuit.
Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, cut a tire at the half way mark and with a fresh right rear tire on his new mount, he started to make his way to the front with Alexander doing the same. The W.Swanzey,NH., driver took the point and lead laps 85 to 87 with Hinckley taking it back for good on lap 88. A lap 99 spin involving Stafford Springs,CT., hot shoe Woody Pitkat brought out the eighth caution period. The TVMRS race procedure is to finish the race under green with a green, white, checkered flag finish, the race ended on lap 101.
Dwight Jarvis finished in the runner up position with Alexander settling for the third spot, Mechalides checkered fourth with Jimmy Kuhn, W.Bridgewater, MA., fifth. Peter Jarvis was credited with a sixth place finish with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ace Ted Christopher, Plainville,CT., seventh, Dale Evosion, E.Harland,CT, eighth, Saugus, MA., veteran Gary Casella ninth and Ken Vogel Jr, Ronkonkama,LI, NY., a solid tenth.
11th through 26th were; Todd Patnode, Andy Seuss, Karl Fredrickson, Todd Owen, Mike Holdridge, Pitkat, Shumway, David Roys, Dan Douville, Chris Wenzel, Dave Berube, Kevin Konopka, Tom Abele, Jimmy Dolan, Tony Ricci, and Mike Douglas Jr.
Heat race winners were P. Jarvis, Mechalides, and Hinckley while Holyoke, MA., veteran won the first ever “B” main. 18 cars started the event.
April 28th, 2007
The race has been rescheduled to Saturday May 5 at 6 PM
August 30th, 2006
Ed Dachenhausen darted into the lead at the drop of the green flag with Jimmy Kuhn and point leader Dwight Jarvis in hot pursuit until the first of nine caution flags flew on lap 3 for a spinning rookie Bryan Shumway. Following a caution flag on lap 5 for Andy Seuss, when the race resumed, Kuhn passed Dachenhausen to take the top spot and set a torrid pace for the next 60 laps fighting off the challenges of Dachenhausen, Jarvis, and Jim Boniface. Yellow flags slowed that pace on the lap 19 when Seuss, Tom Abele Jr, and Ken Vogel Jr,were involved in a fourth turn skirmish and not again until lap 61 for a Tony Anello spin, a Ryan Preece spin on lap 63,and again on lap 64 when David Roys struck a backstretch safety barrier. When the race resumed, Kuhn held the top spot for one more lap as a fast approaching Boniface, in the Whitcomb Pacing # 27, moved into the lead on lap 66 with Kuhn, a fast Alexander, Jarvis, and Rob Goodenough in tow.
Alexander worked his way by Kuhn on lap 71 and proceeded to reel in the race leader Boniface only to find the pace slowed by three more caution flags for spinning cars on laps 78, 82, and 88.
The stage was set for a 12 lap dash to the checkers and the fans got what they came for as Boniface was pressured lap after lap by Alexander often pulling along side the race leader but not able to finish the deal as Boniface was trying to nail down his second win in front of the hometown crowd.
With the leaders racing down the backstretch on lap 99, and with flagman John Spence Jr, waving the checkered flag high in the air, Alexander darted to the inside of Boniface in the third turn, took the top spot, roared off the fourth turn as Spence waved the checkered flag over the leaders and the defending champ notched his third win of the season in the final appearance by the touring division at the Granite State oval for the 2006 season.
In victory lane Alexander told the cheering crowd, “We had a fast car, we were going good, if he had held his line on that restart and not pushed me up we would have had no troubles but I’ll tell ya, I never made any contact coming off of two.” As for the pass for the win Alexander said, “He was protecting the high grooves, we had some good racing there, there had to be one winner, one loser, I came here to win and he came here to win, we came here to race, it was a good show for the fans,” Alexander told the cheering crowd. The race was a Thompson qualifier for the 75 lap race for the TVMRS on Sept 9 & 10 and Alexander has been waiting for date for a long time. “Ya know there were races we wanted to win, that race at Seekonk a few weeks ago, this one here tonight, the last of the year at Monadnock, the Thompson race, and the one in November.” referring to the North-South Shootout in Concord,NC. Alexander said the cloudy weather was tough to figure the right setup but his crew did the job to put the “Super Beast” back in victory lane.
Boniface ran a strong race and really was strong in the later stages of the 100 lap event.
“We had a good run, the tires were starting to go away toward the end, we were getting a little loose, we should have won the race,” Boniface told the crowd. He added, we had a fast car and it would go wherever I wanted to put it, Kirk made a bonsai move there in three going down into the grass, maybe I’ll do it to him next week, who knows, I’m disappointed.” said the 20 year veteran.
Third place finisher and early race leader Jimmy Kuhn was pleased with his finish. Kuhn told the crowd, “We’re happy with this, first time for this car, this is the old car, we took it out, we’re very happy with it, we just didn’t tighten it up enough for the feature, we loosened up, we were good early, we just couldn’t make it to the end but we’re still happy with it, we’ll take it and go on to Canaan and Thompson.”
Jarvis was credited with fourth, Goodenough fifth, Les Hinckley sixth, Mechalides seventh, Gary Casella, eigth, Jimmy Dolan ninth, and Dachenhausen tenth.
In a pre race meeting with drivers, tour founder and president Jack Bateman addressed the competitors with regards to the “Modified Mania” event at Thompson, CT Sept 9 & 10. Bateman advised, that as is customary with the TVMRS, qualifying will be done through heat races, thirty two cars will start the event that pays $3500 to win and $500 to start the race, drivers that do not qualify for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event will be allowed to qualify for the TVMRS race. In addition to Alexander, three additional drivers were declared qualifiers as their positions were drawn in a post race drawing. Jarvis, Kuhn, and Evonsion are those drivers that will join Alexander as automatic qualifiers.
Monadnock Speedway 100 laps
Sunoco Hard Charger: Tom Abele Jr 21st-13th
Black Mountain Painting Halfway Bonus: Kuhn
Koszela Speed: 5th – Goodenough 15th – Preece
Sherwood Wheels: Jarvis
Race Time: 1:01:32
Lap Leaders: Dachenhausen 1-4, Kuhn 5-65, Boniface 66-99, Alexander 100
Next Event: Canaan Fair Speedway Sept 1 6:00 PM
July 31st, 2006
The race, the fourth of five events for the traveling series at the western NH speedway, was declared unofficial pending an inspection of engine heads on the first and third place finishers. That inspection was conducted on Monday and the series issued the following brief statement:
“True Value Modified Racing Series officials announced Monday night that their inspection of engine components from the first and third place finishers of the “Kayem Hot Dog 100,” Saturday night July 29 at the Monadnock Speedway, found the cylinder head from car # 27 driven by Jim Boniface to be illegal, resulting in the forfeit of points earned, and money won, from the 100 lap race. In addition, the cylinder head from # 01 of Rob Goodenough was found to be legal following the inspection.”
As a result of the DQ, Andy Seuss, who drove the Manchester Urology Associates, Rockingham Boat # 70 to a second place finish Saturday night, will be awarded the win. He becomes the 7th different winner in 2006. All finishers from Saturday’s event will be moved up one position.
Twenty four modified’s responded to the drop of the green flag with GMH rookie contender Bobby Grigas III, and veteran Monadnock racer Rob Goodenough bringing the field to the start. Grigas, in the Triple G Scaffolding # 09 jumped into an early lead until he was passed by Ed Dachenhausen, in the P&C Excavating # 48, who took control of the point from lap 4 until lap 17. Goodenough, in the Hawshaw Lumber # 01, wrestled away the top spot after contact with Dachenhausen that forced the Connecticut driver to the pit area. Dachenhausen, came back to finish 12th. Goodenough set the pace for the next 6 laps with Andy Seuss, fresh off a third place finish at the Seekonk Speedway last Wednesday, in hot pursuit. The young charger, who started fifth on the grid in the Rockingham Boat # 70, floated into the lead on lap 25 and held onto it until the 82nd go around. Boniface, who this week changed his car number to his customary # 27, was fast approaching the leaders and on lap 75 worked his way by Goodenough after going several laps side by side to secure the second spot. With his sights on Seuss, Boniface reeled in the # 70, went wheel to wheel with the leader, and passed him on lap 83 to over the top spot in front of another large Monadnock crowd.
Goodenough, who sits fifth in the point standings, will be credited with a second, Grigas third, and Les Hinckley, who started 19th and passed the most cars to capture the Sunoco Hard Charger award, finished fourth with Dale Evonsion now a fifth place finisher. Sixth through tenth were, Louie Mechalides, Gary Casella, Jimmy Kuhn, point leader Dwight Jarvis,and veteran Harry Wheeler tenth.
The race was marred by a 10 car pileup on lap 26 that brought out the red flag and caused race ending damage to several of the cars involved. Forced to the sidelines were, recent Lee and Seekonk winner Kirk Alexander who was sandwiched between Chris Wenzel and the concrete wall resulting in severe damage done to both cars. Other racers involved in the crash that were done for the night included Jack Bateman, rookie Bryan Shumway, Les Mardanes, Jimmy Dolan, Sean Bodreau, and GMH Transportation rookie contender, Karl Fredrickson. Jarvis was involved in the pileup but did a tremendous job to avoid colliding with Hinckley and both were able to continue.
26 cars were on hand to qualify for the 24 starting spots in the Kayem Hot Dog 100. Heat races were won by Hinckley, Goodenough, and Bateman while Bruce Batchelder, in the Leon Holmes Excavating # 77, copped the 15 lap consolation race.
The True Value Modified Racing Series competes in three New England states in the month of August. On Saturday Aug 5, the tour heads to the famed Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarboro, ME, Star Speedway, Epping, NH. Aug 12, Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA. Aug 19, and returns to Monadnock Speedway for the final time in 2006 on Saturday Aug 26.
Monadnock Speedway Winchester, NH.
Kayem Hot Dog 100 July 29, 2006
Race Leaders: Grigas: 1-3, Dachenhausen: 4-17, Goodenough: 18-24,
Seuss: 25-82, Boniface: 83-100
Black Mountain Painting ½ way award: Seuss
Koszela Speed Award: 5th- Evonsion 15th -Bush
Sherwood Wheels: Hinckley
Caution Flags: Lap 15,23,81,95
Red Flag: Lap 26
Race Time: 53 minutes 53 seconds
Next event: Saturday Aug 5, 2006 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarboro, Maine, 1/3 mi. paved oval. Tel # 207-885-0111
July 3rd, 2006
Boniface fought off everything thrown his way from ten caution periods, challenges from Chris Wenzel early on, Jack Bateman midway the race, and then constant pressure from Dwight Jarvis who was within striking distance over the last 40 laps to go on to score the popular win in front of the hometown crowd. Boniface, a truck driver by trade, is no stranger to victory lane. For 20 seasons he raced pro stocks in New England with many victories coming at the Monadnock facility.
The win by Boniface was his first this season and his third career win with the TVMRS tour. His two previous wins came in 2004 at Lee and Star Speedways. He also becomes the fifth different winner in as many races in 2006. In victory lane the victorious Boniface told the standing room only crowd, “I’d like to thank my car owners, the crew, sponsors, my wife, my son Kyle, my daughter Sheena, this is great, winning in a modified at Monadnock, Wow!” With Jarvis in the hunt and with third place finisher Kirk Alexander in tow, Boniface knew he had his hands full right to the checkers. “I knew Dwight was back there, I had to keep it low through the turns or he would have had me, I kept it on the bottom and I figured if he was going to go by me he’d have to do it on the outside, I was a little nervous, I knew he was back there, but Dwight runs ya good, he run’s ya clean.”
For Jarvis it was a blanket finish at the end with the hard charging veteran pressing Boniface to the finish. Said Jarvis, “The car tightened up on the restart at the end, we’d go a few laps and it would loosen up a little, Jim was going real good, would have liked it stay green longer, I think I would have had a better shot at him but that’s the way it goes, he was going good, he deserves it, I knew Kirk was behind me, a clean driver, I knew we weren’t going to have any problems.
Alexander finished in a strong third and had the best seat in the house, watching the Boniface/Jarvis show in front of him. In victory lane the defending champion talked about an ill handling car that made it difficult to reel in the leaders, “we didn’t bend her up tonight, she got a little loose, but we’ll take it, a lot better than the last time we were here, we just keep making progress, we were fighting a tight car in the heats, it was a tough track to get a hold of tonight, a great crowd here, I hope they had a great race to watch.”
Ed Dachenhausen finished fourth with veteran Jack Bateman rounding out the top five. Six through tenth were Jimmy Kuhn Jr., Andy Seuss, Rob Goodenough, GMH Transportation Rookie of the Year contender, Jon McKennedy, and veteran NY racer, Johnny Bush.
Qualifying heats were won by Boniface, David Roys, and Wenzel, while newcomer Bryan Shumway bested an 11 car field to win the 15 lap consolation race to qualify for his first TVMRS race.
It was a night of firsts on July 1 with veteran Outlaw Pro Stock driver Russ Hersey competing in his first tour race as did Elmer Wing, a former Seekonk Speedway street stock driver. The first ever female driver to compete with the third year tour attempted to qualify at the Monadnock event. 20 year old Marisa Niederauer, Plainedge,N.Y., a regular competitor at Mountain Speedway, St Johns, PA made the trip to Monadnock but failed to make the race after a heat race mishap. Niederauer stated, “The modifieds were not on the schedule at Mountain this weekend so we decided to come up and check this out.” She was the recipient of the Hard Charger award at the PA track for 2005.
The next event for the True Value Modified Series is Friday night July 7 at the 3/8 mi. Lee USA Speedway, Rte 125 Lee, N.H. Race time is 6:45 PM. Gates open at 3 P.M.
Race # 7
Race Time: 1 hr. 6 minutes
Race Leaders: Boniface Lap 1-100
Black Mountain ½ way leader Lap 50: Boniface
Sherwood Wheel Award: Dachenhausen
Koszela Speed: 5th Bateman 15th Roys
Sunoco Hard Charger:
Next Race: Friday July 7, 2006
Lee USA Speedway, Rte 125 Lee, N.H.
Event: All Star 100
Race Time: 6:45 PM
May 29th, 2006
At the drop of the green flag, 36 year veteran Jack Bateman, Canaan, NH, jumped into the lead and led the first 31 laps until yielding the top spot to Jimmy Kuhn Jr. The W. Bridgewater, MA, driver was the Black Mountain Painting ½ way award recipient leading the 50th go around and holding the top spot until the 70th circuit when Jarvis, who raced side by side with Kuhn for several laps, bolted into the lead to go on to record the win.
Jarvis became the focus of fans attention as he made another one of his patented late race charges when “it was time to go” said the veteran. That driving style, on the outside lap after lap, was a crowd pleaser with fans voicing their approval with a loud cheer as the winner was interviewed in victory lane. Jarvis, recipient this past winter of the first ever 7-11 Award for professionalism on and off the speedway, heads to the next stop on the tour, the Seekonk Speedway, atop the point standings.
Kuhn was strong all night as he captured his qualifying heat race and appeared to be enroute to his first TVMRS victory. He settled for the runner-up spot while Monadnock veteran Rob Goodenough, W. Swanzey, NH, finished in a solid third. “Phil Goodell and my crew gave me a good car tonight.” said Goodenough in victory lane. After overcoming engine woes, the 01 team had a respectable and popular third place finish. Bateman, who was a strong runner all night, was fourth, with Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, fifth. Sixth through tenth were, Ed Dachenhausen, David Roys, Jon McKennedy, Kirk Alexander and Kevin Konopka.
The race was dramatically slowed by 12 cautions with many of those coming between laps 30 and 35 forcing tour officials to restart the race in single file formation. Qualifying heats were nabbed by Goodenough, Bateman and Kuhn while McKennedy notched the 15 lap last chance consi run.
Next stop on the TVMRS tour will be the Seekonk Spedway, Seekonk MA, on Saturday night June 3rd. Seekonk locals Vinnie Annarumo and Kenny Spencer are expected to compete in the tours first appearance of the season at the Route 6 oval. Race time is 6pm.
Monadnock Speedway Summary
33 cars entered
24 starters, 15 finishers
Race Leaders: Bateman (1-31) Kuhn (32-70) Jarvis (71-100)
Race Time: 1 hour 3 mins
Black Mountain Painting ½ way: Kuhn
Koszela Speed: Seuss (5th) Fredrickson (15th)
Sherwood Wheels: Bateman (4th)
April 17th, 2006
First night starting lineups were drawn to establish starting positions in qualifying heat races. Alexander finished second in his qualifier putting him outside second row for the start of the race. When flagman John Spence Jr. turned the 24 car field loose for the first race of the year, pole sitter Sean Bodreau lead the first two laps only to develop a clutch problem and a quick exit for the Claremont, NH, driver.
Danbury, CT, racer Ed Dachenhausen inherited the lead with fellow Connecticut driver and last years winner, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, in hot pursuit for the top spot. Dachenhausen set a torrid pace till reeled in and passed by Alexander on lap 45. The driver of the car dubbed “Super Beast” claimed the halfway contingency at lap 50 from sponsor Black Mountain Painting and never looked back holding the front position to the checkered flag to notch his first win of the season. “The car was hooked up like it usually is, the guys busted their butt today, the car was totally awesome, the throttle was hanging up a little bit on the restart there even when I would get full throttle it would catch for a second. I pushed up into Andy’s line and luckily I cleared him. Before that I couldn’t go full tilt all the time it got to where I was worried about it. Andy was coming and I was peddling her as fast as she’d go, he was there, he’s gonna be tough this year.” Alexander said in victory lane.
Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, who started sixth on the grid, was smooth and ran strong to finish a solid second, “That’s what’s great about this series” he said in victory lane, “I was sandwiched between two of the great modified drivers on this series. The car was on tonight and I can’t thank my crew enough, we were up late again last night to get ready for tonight, the setup was there at the end”.
The race was slowed by four caution periods, the first on lap 61 when Jack Bateman spun from contact with another car. Bateman had a good run going as he and fellow veteran Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT, were hooked up in a great battle as they hunted down the leaders. Jarvis was sympathetic toward Bateman in victory lane after his solid third place finish. “The car was going real good tonight, we had one little mishap, the lapped cars checked up and I bumped Jack a little bit, nothing intentional and I hope he understands that.” the 33 year veteran said. Jarvis thanked his sponsors, the fans, and Monadnock Speedway, “I love this place” he said.
Dachenhausen checkered in fourth spot while Monadnock veteran, Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, NH, with a borrowed engine came on strong in the later stages of the race to finish in fifth.
Race 1: Bodreau
Race 2: Hinckley
Race 3: Dachenhausen
Consolation: Les Mardanes
100 laps 4 cautions
33 cars 24 starters
Race Time 44:36
3 lead changes
Lap 1-2 -Bodreau
Lap 3-45- Dachenhausen
Lap 45 to 100- Alexander
Black Mountain Painting ½ way leader: Kirk Alexander
Koszela Speed 5th and 15th place finisher: Rob Goodenough, Jimmy Dolan
Sherwood Wheels 4th place finisher: Ed Dachenhausen
Sunoco Hard Charger Award: Dale Evonsion (12 position gain)
Photo credit: Michelle Lavigne
April 14th, 2006
We will feature the True Value Modified series in a 100 lap main event. We welcome new competitors in all of our NASCAR divisions that include the Outlaw Pros, Late Models, Strictly Stock and the Mini Stocks. The night will be capped off with both of our Enduro divisions in 50 laps of fun and excitement. Spring Dash 2006 starts with th singing of The National Anthem promptly at 6 PM followed by the green flag to start an exciting and full night of racing action. Pit gates open at 12:00 noon, and the main gate will open at 3:00 PM.
Monadnock Speedway is celebrating 35 Years of Competitive Racing Action! The Track is a 1/4 mile high banked oval (16 degrees & 18 degrees of banking). The facility is sanctioned by NASCAR where the competitors compete every Saturday Night (April – September) to achieve one goal…the championship. The division include NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series Outlaw Pros, Late Models, Strictly Stocks and Mini Stocks. Plus…Full Size & 4-cylinder Enduros. The speedway will host a variety of tours including…True Value Modified racing series, American race Trucks, Pro 4 Modifieds and Jimmy Fund Racers.
Monadnock Speedway is proud to offer the most competitive racing facility in Southern New Hampshire, a friendly family atmosphere and clean facility with great food. Camping is permitted, please call the speedway for more information.
April 9th, 2006
New and old teams alike shared the stage with practice sessions throughout the afternoon as temperatures struggled to get out of the 30’s under cloudy skies. Wind chills created a temperature reading of 32 degrees in nearby Keene at 4:00 PM.
Drivers spoke all afternoon about the lack of “bite” due to the extremely cold temperatures and lack of racing rubber but did welcome the opportunity to practice and prepare for next Saturdays first race. Some were pleased with how things played out while some were not because of mechanical problems. Noticeably disappointed was local favorite Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, NH, as his Hamshaw Lumber # 01 suffered engine problems and he was forced to look at alternative plans for next weekend. “We’ll be here said Goodenough, we’ll have something for power, we just have to get it back to the shop and he what’s going on.” Earlier in the afternoon Goodenough disclosed he plans to run the full schedule this season.
Defending Champion Kirk Alexander, W.Swanzey, NH, and crew spent the afternoon repairing the front end of his racer after a bout with the concrete wall in front of the pit grandstand. Both he and Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney,Vt., got into oil from Les Mardanes # 11 car with Jarvis taking a wild ride and Alexander going into the wall that was surrounded by old racing tires that absorbed the hit. “Broken spindle, lower strut arm and tie rod” said Alexander but we’ll be ready. The #43 was back on the track for the next practice session and was Jarvis with no damage to the # 28.
Bethel Ct’s Jimmy Dolan brought two cars for the practice session. One for the Monadnock shows and the other for all other stops on the tour.
Marc-Andre Cliché, in a former Lyle Patterson owned, Kirby Monteith driven modified, made the six hour jaunt from their home base in Quebec City, Quebec. Cliché looked right at home in his first ever run at Monadnock.
Westbrook, Me racer Tony Ricci, a winner two years ago at the Lee Oktoberfest weekend was on hand and looked good for his first Monadnock modified voyage.. Ricci says he wants to hit as many shows this year as possible. He’ll have to pick and choose those dates as he keeps a busy schedule taking care of the racers of PASS driver Scott Mulkern and also is a crew chief for L.W. Miller on the Hooters Cup series which requires considerable travel.
For Dwight Jarvis, it is business as usual for the Vermont fan favorite. When the driver of the Crown Point Builders, Black Mountain Painting, Osgood Welding modified takes the green flag from starter John Spence Jr. next weekend, it will be Dwight’s 33rd season behind the wheel of a racecar.
Tom Abele Jr., second year driver of car # 32 out of Connecticut has an interesting sponsor for the 06 season. The team is doing cross promotion with another sport. The Connecticut Defenders, a Double AA minor league baseball team in Norwich, a farm club for the San Francisco Giants, adorns the rear quarter panels on the Abele car. Abele and his racer will be doing an appearance June 2 when the Defenders play host to the Portland Sea Dogs, the Boston Red Sox Eastern League affiliate. Incidentally, the Abele team has tickets available for upcoming games. Ticket sales help their sponsorship cause.
Second generation driver Richard Savary, Canton, Ma. a twenty year veteran, hopes to compete in at least 10 events on the tour this year. “This being our first year with the tour we wanted to try it out and compete in at least half of the schedule” said Savary, winner of three Sunoco modified races at Thompson last season. Savary, a construction worker by trade, is a former regular on the Pro Four modified circuit.
If you ever want to know who is quick in practice, ask the guys on the flagstand. Starter John Spence Jr, and tour official Jeff Lavigne worked the stand Saturday and according to Spence, “from the flagstand you can not only see who is quick off the corner, you can tell by the sound of the car (engine) as it passes only a few feet under your feet”. So who looked and sounded quick Saturday? Spence says, “Dave Berube and Les Hinckley sounded and looked fast off four to me.”
Hinckley, the defending opening night winner, debuted a brand new Chuck Montville GTO modified. Hinckley will focus on the tour in 2006 as he has sold his pro stock during the off season.
Sean Bodreau, Claremont, N.H., the 2004 Most Popular Driver award recipient, debuted his sharp looking racer but fought handling problems all afternoon. Bodreau is returning to the tour coming off an injury shortened season.
Also jumping on the opportunity to practice Saturday were 2005 Rookie of the Year Luke Royea, New.Hampton,N.H., with a new looking paint scheme, Danbury, Ct’s Ed Dachenhausen, the former Chemung.N.Y. champion. Jimmy Kuhn, W.Bridgewater, Ma, who had a strong 2005 showing on the TVMRS, 2nd year driver Mike Douglas Jr, Pembroke, N.H.,
in a renumbered car changing to # 23,the number his father carried on his race cars throughout his career. Douglas Sr. is a former ISMA super modified owner/driver whose career dates back to the 70’s. John Tebbett’s, a long time ISMA and NEMA official is giving the Douglas team a hand in the pit area. Jack Bateman, Canaan,N.H., rookie Bobby Grigas, Marshfield, Ma., Les Mardanes, Claremont,N.H., and Dale Evonsion, E.Harland,Ct., and 2005 Most Popular Driver award winner Andy Seuss all on hand to ready for Saturday April 15 at 6:00 PM.
Red Sox Nation is not the only group of fans wondering if “Rocket Roger” will retire or continue his career. The same can be said by Modified Nation, will their “Rocket Roger” retire or continue? Roger Clemens has left the baseball world to wonder this week but Roger Raymond disclosed Saturday night, “I’m done,”.The long time veteran, who started his career 50 years ago, said it was time. He had been pondering the decision since the end of last season. “I was very fortunate that my family liked racing.” He added, “Chris made it all happen” referring to his son’s involvement. The 65 year old Raymond who won Most Popular Driver awards five times at Claremont, (Twin State) seven times at Monadnock, is a two time track champion at Claremont and Monadnock ,and a five time Sportsmanship award winner at Monadnock. Raymond says the bright orange # 62 is for sale, “who knows you might see me at Monadnock before the season is over if I don’t sell it but as hard as it is, I’m done.” Those five sportsmanship awards speak for themselves, Roger Raymond was a solid, very good racer, and a good guy to have around. The sport loses another good one. True Value tour officials and competitors wish Roger the best.
March 21st, 2006
Come and check out the Extreme Machines from Monadnock Speedway, Twin State Speedway, Sugar Hill Speedway, Winchester Speedpark, The True Value Modified Racing Series, Classic Cars, Monster Truck display and rides* and more! Show times Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturday 10am – 9pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Southern NH’s First Annual Motorsports Madness will be held at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, NH. Adult Admission is $10 ($2 discount coupons available at Select Tire Warehouse locations) Children (12 and under) FREE.
*Monster Truck Rides are not included in price of admission.
April 12th, 2005
“I’m just thinking of the opening day at Monadnock,” said Seuss. “When people ask me what are my goals, they are all about the next race. I want to go out and drive really fast racecars. I want to do the best job that I can every time out.”
Last weekend, Seuss brought his One Stop Toy Shop #70 car to Monadnock for an open TVMRS test session. He was happy with the results of the day.
“The test went really well,” said Seuss. “We were happy that we adapted to the new tires pretty quick. We haven’t checked our notes, but we think that we turned our fastest times ever there.”
Seuss is also happy with where his team stands going into opening day.
“We’re pretty confident going into the race,” said Seuss. “In practice, the tires didn’t give up and the car was real fast and adjustable. We could make it tight or make it loose and I could put it anywhere on the track.”
Success won’t be easy, though. The TVMRS races are known for attracting a talented group of open-wheeled racers from Northern New England and with an off weekend for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, you never know who else might show up to race.
“It’s going to be tough and there will be a lot of good cars there,” said Seuss. “Hopefully we will get a good draw because for the first week, we all draw for position in our heat race. We’re pretty excited, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s racing, so anything can happen.”
Monadnock is a tight quarter-mile oval and it’s not an easy track to adapt to.
“Monadnock is a very tough track,” said Seuss. “It’s a driving track and not a finesse track. It’s about tossing the car around. The turns are so different there. One and two are high-banked hairpins. Three and four are flat and kind of laid out. There is no set-up trick there, you just have to drive the wheels off the car.”
Last year, Seuss did drive the wheels off his car in one of the Monadnock races, but the final result on that day just wasn’t to be.
“We had one race at Monadnock all but wrapped up. I started 12th and in 10 laps, I was up to the top five. I was passing the guy who ended up second and we were catching the leader when he cut down on me and cut my right front, I just slammed into the wall.”
Still, Seuss managed to impress in that race despite his finishing position.
“Everyone knew that we weren’t fooling around,” said Seuss. “Now that we’ve got the bugs worked out of this car, I’m confident that we can come out of the box and run well.”
The 100-lap True Value Modified Series race at Monadnock is scheduled to be a part of their Saturday night racing program on April 16th. The racing card is scheduled to start at 6:00pm.
For more information on Andy Seuss, please contact Mike Twist at (207) 590-1786 and be sure to watch for the launch of www.andyseuss.com coming soon.