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The New brand of Hot Dogs at Martinsville are passing the Test !Congratulations to everyone who raced or won in 2014."Thank You' to the Race Fans for supporting the Race Chatter Nation and short tracks on the East Coast. 300,000 views and counting and we now have 3,500 Facebook Friends. Doug Coby 2014 Whelen Champion will switch from the Troyer chassis in 2015 to the LFR brand. Seekonk Speedway welcomes Taylor Therrien to the sales staff. and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park adds 4th Whelen Tour race in 2015. New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Twin State live for another racing season in 2015. New England Street Stock Tour will debut in 2015 and the Mr.Rooter New England Truck Series grew by leaps and bounds. We will try to give a pair of racing tickets every Monday night broadcast for the season.

Monday, April 27, 2015

NWMT SMS1 Woody Pitkat winner


STAFFORD, Conn. -- Woody Pitkat completed a picture perfect homecoming Sunday afternoon.
The 35-year-old Stafford, Connecticut, driver powered to the victory in the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200, the traditional season-opening event for Stafford Motor Speedway. In the process, the driver of the No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet became the first hometown driver to win the prestigious NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event.
It was Pitkat's third career tour win. He scored his first career win last year in the August event at Stafford before following it up with a win a month later at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“To have a car that’s that good – and it’s been that good since I’ve been with these guys – it’s just unreal," Pitkat said. "I never thought at 16 years old racing a DARE Stock that one day I’d come here and win a tour race, especially the Spring Sizzler with how big it is.”
Sunday, Pitkat led the last 40 laps after muscling his way past Todd Szegedy through the bottom of Turn 3. It was the last of 11 lead changes.
Szegedy held onto the runner-up spot, followed by Ryan Preece. Preece won the Coors Light Pole Award in Saturday's qualifying, just edging Pitkat for the top spot. Preece led four times for a race-high 69 laps, while Pitkat led 49.
Eric Goodale and Donny Lia were fourth and fifth, respectively, in Sunday's race.
"I would say that Woody just won the race of his life," said Szegedy. "To win at his home track, to win the Spring Sizzler, that has to be amazing. He's mastered this track and he's come a long way."
Doug Coby, Rowan Pennink, Patrick Emerling, Jamie Tomaino and Sunoco Rookie of the Race Brandon Bock rounded out the top 10.
Pitkat assumed the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points lead for the first time in his career, three points ahead of Coby and seven over Preece. Szegedy and Goodale are both 12 points behind Pitkat.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track Saturday, May 30 with the Mr. Rooter 161 at Connecticut's New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stafford Sizzler Day One Results Sat April 25

Burnham, Saunders, Dembek, DiMatteo, & Turbush Score NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Saturday Feature Victories At Stafford

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
(Stafford Springs, CT)---Stafford Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing in 2015 with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, and Legend Cars divisions as well as the Mr. Rooter Truck Series as part of the Saturday NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend festivities.  D.J. Burnham took the checkered flag in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Al Saunders was the winner of the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Dan Dembek won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, Cory DiMatteo won the 20-lap Legend Cars feature, and Roger Turbush won the 20-lap Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature.
In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, several cars got out of shape mid-pack and Pete Lopuch ended up spinning in turn 1 to bring the caution out. 
DJ Burnham took the lead on the start with Bob Charland side by side Vinny Anglace for second.  Anglace got out of shape on lap-2 in the outside groove and he slid back to sixth as Nick Salva took third, Geoff Boisjolie took fourth, and Joey Ferrigno moved up to fifth.  Daniel Wesson and Aaron Goff spun in turns 3+4 to bring the caution out with 1 lap complete.
Burnham took the lead back under green with shuffling going on behind him.  Salva briefly moved into second before Ferrigno took second.  Salva came back strong and got back by Ferrigno before the action was slowed with 87 laps complete for Peyton Henry, who got into the turn 4 wall to bring the caution out.
Burnham again took the lead on the restart with Ferrigno moving by Salva to take over second.  Glenn Griswold was up to fourth with Anglace running in fifth.  Mark Alkas spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 13 laps complete.
Burnham took the lead back under green with Salva, Ferrigno, and Griswold behind him.  Shayne Prucker took a wild ride down the backstretch and barrel rolled several times before coming to a stop at the entrance of turn 3 to bring the yellow and red flags out.

The field completed one lap before Jeff Fialkovich and Vinny Anglace got together on the backstretch to bring the caution out.  Burnham again took the lead on a restart but the field didn’t make it through turn 1 as Ferrigno climbed up and over the left rear of Salva’s car, which collected Griswold and sent all 3 cars into the turn 1 wall and brought the caution out.

The field completed one lap before Jeff Fialkovich and Vinny Anglace got together on the backstretch to bring the caution out.  Burnham again took the lead on a restart but the field didn’t make it through turn 1 as Ferrigno climbed up and over the left rear of Salva’s car, which collected Griswold and sent all 3 cars into the turn 1 wall and brought the caution out.

Burnham again took the lead back under green with Matt Swanson moving into second.  Charland took third, with Steve Kopcik and Boisjolie making up the top-5.  Kopcik made a move under Charland to move up to fourth on lap-18 as Burnham was stretching out his lead over Swanson.  Burnham led Swanson back to the checkered flag to pick up his first victory in the SK Lights.  Kopcik finished third, with Charland and Boisjolie rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, the Saunders twins Albert and Cliff led the field to the green but the caution came out right away as David Comeau, Jeremy Lavoie, and R.J. Surdell spun into the turn 1 wall.

The field completed one lap before Paul Arute brought the caution out with a spin in turn 1.  The next restart saw Cliff Saunders spin as the field came to the green but he got moving and the race stayed under green flag conditions with Al Saunders leading Duane Provost, Andrew Hayes, Austin Bessette, and Justin Bren. 

Saunders began to stretch out his lead with 5 laps complete while Hayes and Provost were dueling side by side for second.  Bessette was fourth with David Arute moving past Bren to take over fifth place.  Arute continued to move towards the front as he moved by Provost for fourth while Hayes and Bessette were now second and third behind Al Saunders.

With 5 laps to go, Al Saunders was still in command with a half straightaway lead over Hayes and Bessette.  David Arute was still fourth, just in front of Bren.  Saunders led the field back to the checkered flag to score a dominating victory.  Hayes finished second, with Bessette, Arute, and Bren rounding out the top-5.

In the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, Dan Dembek quickly moved to the lead from the outside pole at the start of the race with Tyler Trott moving up to second.  Alexandra Fearn slotted into third, with Trace Beyer and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. making up the early top-5.  David Macha, Sr. started on pole but slid back to sixth in line.

L’Etoile got around Beyer to move into fourth on lap-5 while Dembek began to stretch out his lead over Trott and Fearn.  The caution came out with 6 laps complete as Zack Robinson came to a stop at the exit of turn 2.

Dembek took the lead back under green with Trott behind him in second.  L’Etoile moved up to third with Fearn fourth and Beyer in fifth.  With three laps to go, L’Etoile made a move around Trott to move up to second.  L’Etoile’s move opened the door for Fearn to follow L’Etoile past, dropping Trott from second back to fourth.  But Dembek was the dominant car of the race and he led L’Etoile to the checkered flag.  Fearn finished third, with Beyer and Trott rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Legend Cars feature, Joey Ternullo, Jr. took the lead from the pole with Noah Korner slotting into second.  Cory DiMatteo moved into third, with Teddy Hodgdon just in front of Dana DiMatteo.  The caution came out with 2 laps complete for Connor Holderbach, who got out of shape in turn 2.

Ternullo again got a great restart and powered into the lead but Devin O’Connell spun to bring the caution right back out.  Ternullo took the lead back under green but on lap-4 Cory DiMatteo moved under Ternullo in turn 4 to take over the race lead.  Dana DiMatteo followed suit as he got by Ternullo on lap-7 to move into second and Jordan LaMothe also got by Ternullo to drop him from second back to fourth.  Hodgdon was the fifth place car, just in front of Korner, Mikey Flynn, and O’Connell.

Ternullo continued to slide backwards as Hodgdon worked his way by to take over fourth and Korner moved into fifth to drop Ternullo back to sixth place.  Jerry Macchia spun to bring the caution out with 11 laps complete.  Korner spun on the restart to bring the caution back out before a lap could be completed.

LaMothe made a strong move on the restart to take the lead from Cory DiMatteo but several cars behind them spun to bring the caution out and the move was negated as DiMatteo went back to the lead for the restart.

LaMothe didn’t get as good of a restart, but he was able to settle into second behind Cory DiMatto with O’Connell recovered from his earlier spin in third.  O’Connell and Ternullo then spun in turn 1 to bring the caution out with 13 laps complete.
Cory DiMatteo took the lead back under green with Korner now back up second.  Flynn was third with Hodgdon and Dana DiMatteo making up the top-5.  Ryan DeCandia brought the next caution out with 14 laps complete with a spin in turn 4.

Several more caution periods slowed the action to set up a restart with 5 laps to go.  Cory DiMatteo took the lead with Hodgon moving into second.  The caution came back out one lap later for a multi-car spin in turn 1.  After another spin on a restart, the race was given the red/checkered flags, making Cory DiMatteo the winner.  Hodgdon was second, with O’Connell, Dana DiMatteo, and Kyle Rogers rounding out the top-5

In the 20-lap Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature, Tyler Chapman and Ted Christopher spent the first lap side by side for the lead before Christopher made a crossover move on lap-2 to move to the front.  Roger Turbush also got by Chapman to move into second before Cassie Coates spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 2 laps complete.

Christopher took the lead on the restart with Turbush and Chapman side by side for second.  Turbush took the spot and he closed right on the back bumper of Christopher.  Frank Dumicich, Jr. took over third with Bert Ouellette and Chapman making up the top-5.  Josh Stringer came to a stop on the backstretch to bring the caution out with 6 laps complete.

Christopher and Turbush were side by side for the lead back under green with Turbush hanging right with Christopher.  The two trucks went high in turn 2 one lap agter the restart, which allowed Dumicich to make a bold three-wide move and take over the lead.  But his lead was short lived as the very next lap saw Turbush take over the lead.  Christopher continued in third, with Ouellette and Andy Lindeman making up the top-5 at the halfway point of the race.

Christopher ran behind Dumicich until lap-13 when he was able to make a pass in turn 2 to move up to second.  Turbush was still in the lead with nearly a half straightaway margin.  Turbush looked like he was on cruise control but that all changed when Mike Burr spun in turn 2 to set up a green white checkered finish.

Turbush took the lead on the restart while Christopher and Dumicich were locked in a side by side duel for second.  Christopher drifted up the track in turn 3 and fell back several spots as Turbush took the checkered flag.  Dumicich came home in second, with Ouellette, Lindeman, and Christopher rounding out the top-5.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com
Sk Lights Finish
.1) D.J. Burnham, East Hartford
2) Matt Swanson, Acton, Ma
3) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
4) Bob Charland, Stafford
5) Geoff Boisjolie, East Hampton, Ma
6) Wesley Prucker, Stafford
7) Paul French, Andover
8) Pete Lopuch, West Redding
9) Mark Alkas, Berlin
10) Nick Salva, Prospect
11) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
12) Glenn Griswold, Vernon
13) Vincent Anglace, Ansonia
14) Jeff Fialkovich, Shelton
15) Shayne Prucker, Stafford Springs
16) Tony Santangelo, Middlefield
17) Rit Dulac, Plantsville
18) Kyle Trayner, Marlborough, Ma
19) Dan Wesson, Monson, Ma
20) Todd Douillard, Palmer, Ma
21) Tony Membrino, Jr., Plantsville
22) Payton Henry, Willington

23) Aaron Goff, Stafford Springs

24) Kyle Jette, New Milford

25) Jay Goff, Stafford Springs

26) Carlos Gray, Manchester
 
 

LIMITED LATE MODEL (20)

1) Al Saunders, Stafford
2) Andrew Hayes, Charlton, Ma
3) Austin Bessette, Stafford Springs
4) David Arute, Tolland
5) Duane Provost, Indian Orchard, Ma
6) Justin Bren, Palmer, Ma
7) Kelsey Rottino, Willimantic
8) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester
9) Paul Arute, Tolland
10) David Comeau, Palmer, Ma
11) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks
12) Cliff Saunders, Stafford
13) R.J. Surdell, Manchester
14) Matt Clement, Wethersfield

15) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford

DARE STOCK (15)

1) Dan Dembek, Hampden, Ma

2) Frank L'Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield

3) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma

4) Trace Beyer, West Dover, Vt
5) Tyler Trott, East Hartford
6) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington
7) David Macha, Sr., Columbia
8) Doug Phelps, Jr., New Salem, Ma
9) Bryan Granger, Keene, Nh
10) Dan Kennedy, Tewksbury, Nj
11) Zack Robinson, Putnam
12) Paul Bourdon, Jr., Jewett City
13) Robbie Sears, Stafford Springs
 LEGEND CARS (20)
1) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington
2) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury
3) Devin O'Connell, Madison
4) Dana DiMatteo, Farmington
5) Kyle Rogers, Waterbury
6) Joey Ternullo, Jr., Middletown
7) Mike Hopkins, Springfield, Ma
8) Curt Snow, West Warren, Ma
             9) Ryan DeCandia, Chaplin
10) Caterina LaBella, Plainville
11) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, Ma
12) Noah Korner, Canton
13) Chris Fuller, Boylston, Ma
14) Connor Holderbach, Wolcott
15) Jerry Macchia, Pawling, Ny
16) Jordan LaMothe, Woodstock
17) Brett Crowther, Belchertown, Ma
18) Andrew Molleur, Shelton
 MR. ROOTER TRUCK SERIES (20)
1) Roger Turbush
2) Frank Dumicich, Jr.
3) Bert Ouellette
4) Andy Lindeman
5) Ted Christopher
6) Frank Dumicich, Sr.
7) Pete Cayer
8) D.J. McGouran
9) Tyler Chapman
10) #78
11) Trevor Dyer
12) Michael Barr
13) Erin Sollomitto
14) Josh Stringer
 











Saturday, April 25, 2015

Richmond Race is Postponed till Sunday at 1:00pm

Race postponed to Sunday: Due to persistent rain, the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway has been postponed until 1:00pm/et Sunday.(4-25-2015)
  • Race Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is now scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, April 27 at 10:00am/et on FS1;
    Monday, April 27 at 1:00pm/et on FS2
  • Sliced Bread on the Pole but 60% chance of Rain ?

    Logano wins Richmond pole: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with speed of 127.071mph for his 3rd pole of 2015, 1st at Richmond and 11th of his career.
    #11-Hamlin is on the outside pole followed by #41-Busch, #47-Allmendinger, #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray, and #18-Ragan.
    Missing the race were: #26-Burton, #62-Gaughan.

    Rain will be an issue again this weekend: The Richmond area forecast looks rainy for Saturday afternoon and evening into Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, there is an 80% chance of rain Saturday and a 60% chance on Sunday, until around 2:00pm/et. After that, the weather clears up. According to @NASCAR_WXMAN and his forecast at SB Nation, "I hate to say it, but it looks like the NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night is going to be a washout. All of the forecast data I use is saying the same thing. Rain arriving between 1 and 3:00pm/etT and continuing through the afternoon and evening. By 9:00pm/et, the rain starts to break up some but not enough to get a full or even half a race complete. Professionally speaking, I would be very surprised if we see any racing Saturday night. With all the forecast data basically saying the same thing, the odds of racing Saturday night look to be less than 10 percent.

    "Start time moved up: Due to rain at the track, NASCAR has moved up the scheduled start of tonight's race to 7:50pm/et. The rest of the pre-race ceremonies will also start 10 minutes earlier than originally scheduled. However, the forecast still doesn't look good to get racing in tonight.(4-25-2015)

    Ryan Preece on the Pole for Spring Sizzler Tomorrow

    16Ryan Preece17.960
    288Woody Pitkat18.047
    393Rowan Pennink18.049
    48Donny Lia18.110
    551Justin Bonsignore18.126
    613Ted Christopher18.133
    744Bobby Santos18.156
    816Timmy Solomito18.159
    94Todd Szegedy18.190
    1022Keith Rocco18.224
    112Doug Coby18.230
    1207Patrick Emerling18.282
    133Troy Talman18.299
    1463Tom Rogers Jr.18.318
    1558Eric Goodale18.329
    1631Steve Masse18.346
    179Chase Dowling18.348
    1829Brandon Bock18.416
    1914Max Zachem18.421
    2017Kyle Ellwood18.486
    2164Anthony Nocella18.508
    2246Jeff Goodale18.548
    2318Ken Heagy18.550
    2499Jamie Tomaino18.594
      
    2536David Sapienza    18.646
    2679Spencer Davis18.676
    2775Shawn Solomito18.753
    2819Brandon Oltra18.764
    2937Dave Salzarulo18.789
    3077Gary Putnam18.869
    3126Gary McDonald19.265
    3233Johnny Bush19.364
    3301Melissa Fifield20.430

    Denny Hamlin Scores Toyota's 100TH Xfinity Victory

    Richmond XFINITY Race Fast Facts: Denny Hamlin(i) won the 28th Annual ToyotaCare 250, his 12th victory in 147 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Hamlin's victory was the 100th win for Toyota in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
    Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Regan Smith (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ty Dillon leads the point standings by 8 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-24-2015)
  • XFINITY Driver standings following Richmond:
    1) #3-Ty Dillon, 293
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 285, -8
    3) #60-Chris Buescher, 282, -11
    4) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 268, -25
    5) #7-Regan Smith, 252, -41
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 244, -49
    7) #1-Elliott Sadler, 244, -49
    8) #2-Brian Scott, 243, -50
    9) #16-Ryan Reed, 243, -50
    10) #18-Daniel Suarez, 240, -53

  • Granite State Pro Stocks Race #2 Claremont, N.H.

    Claremont, NH -               Derek Griffith picked up his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series victory in dominating fashion as Claremont Speedway opened up a new chapter.

     

    Griffith, of Hudson, NH became a quick study in his first visit to the tricky quarter-mile oval. His first laps around the speedway were some of the fastest he would turn all night, and the quickest of the 13 cars that arrived. He also led second round practice as well.

     

    Two rounds of qualifying saw Jeremy Davis pick up the first round over Tom O’Sullivan and Cory Robert. Larry Gelinas and Bryon Baker rounded out the top five.

     

    Griffith picked up the Sunoco Checkers in the second round, besting Mike O’Sullivan, Barry Gray, Mike Parks and Guy Caron.

     


    As the green dropped on the field, in what was the longest race in series history, Davis and Griffith battled side by side for the opening lap. Griffith was able to get the better of Jeremy, and took off from the field. By lap 20, the pair had pulled away by over half a straightaway over Mike and Tom O’Sullivan and Cory Robert.

    The first caution dropped on lap 31, when Larry Gelinas spun in the second turn. This was the first of the two yellows that came out.

     
    On the restart, Griffith missed a shift, giving Davis the lead. The pair raced single file while Griffith regained his rhythm, and at lap 40, the Hudson native moved past, and into the lead once again.
     
    By lap 50, Griffith and Davis once again pulled away, with Barry Gray, Josh King and Mike O’Sullivan the top five.
    The final caution came out on lap 54, when Zig Geno and Cory Robert got together and spun in the second turn.
     
    This restart was kinder to the leader, and Griffith took off and started to pull away from the pack once again. While it was kinder to the leaders, several cars got together in the second turn, including both O’Sullivan brother and Mike Parks. While everyone kept moving, and no caution was thrown, it jumbled up the field.
     
    The final 71 laps ran without incident. Parks and Mike O’Sullivan started their march back through the field, moving their way into the top five by the end of the race. Jeremy Davis saw his tires go away, dropping him out of the top five.
     
    With less than 50 laps to go, Barry Gray started closing on the leader, and had closed the lead to about 5 car lengths, but that is as close as he would get. As they worked through the lapped traffic, Griffith continued his dominance, and by the checkered flag, he has a one and a half second advantage.
     

    Gray wound up second, with Parks, Mike O’Sullivan and Larry Gelinas rounding out the top five.

    The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the high banks of Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 23.  For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net.
     
    Claremont 125 Results
    4/24/15
     
    Pos (Start)           Driver                                   Hometown
    1. (2)                      Derek Griffith                    Hudson, NH
    2. (6)                      Barry Gray                           Belchertown, MA
    3. (8)                      Mike Parks                          Walpole, NH
    4. (4)                      Mike O’Sullivan                                Springfield, MA
    5. (7)                      Larry Gelinas                      Buxton, ME        
    6. (1)                      Jeremy Davis                     Tamworth, NH
    7. (12)                   Josh King                             Vernon, VT
    8. (3)                      Tommy O’Sullivan           Wilbraham, MA
    9. (13)                   Zig Geno                              Canterbury, NH
    10. (5)                   Cory Robert                        Canaan, NH
    11. (9)                   Bryon Baker                       Claremont, NH
    12. (10)                 Guy Caron                           Goshen, NH
    13. (11)                 Graylin Bonner                 Canaan, NH