Wings and Wheels 2017 Recap
-Rob Janovic Jr Takes First SK Win Of 2017-
WAERFORD, CT (8/12/17): Waterford, CT driver Rob Janovic Jr grabbed his first win of the 2017 season in the 35-lap SK Modified portion of Wings and Wheels. Janovic Jr started outside pole and had to fight a ill handling car as well as fend off a hard charging Kyle James to take down his first dual checkered flags of the year. “The car wasn’t good at all tonight, I had to make sure I hit all of my marks. The last lap we got together it was more of me backing into him than him tapping me,” explained Janovic after the event. Rounding out the top five were Kyle James, Keith Rocco, Todd Owen and Matthew Galko. Heat wins went to Todd Owen and Keith Rocco. In post heat inspection Owen’s #81x was found to have issues with his frame height and had to start at the rear of the field for the feature. (more…)
Eddie Mac has the knack at Beech Ridge
SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Eddie MacDonald passed American Canadian Tour (ACT) point leader Scott Payea for the lead on lap 41 and went on to win the Coastal 100 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Saturday.
MacDonald was shadowed by Payea the rest of the way as race stayed under green from start to finish. His winning margin of three car-lengths was the farthest MacDonald ever got from Payea, who was attempting to break his own record of four consecutive ACT Late Model wins.
Josh King Victory Lane (Troy bregy Photo)
Winchester, NH- Josh King of Vernon, Vermont took his first Granite State Pro Stock Series win at the JBH 100 on Saturday night. Points leader Mike O’Sullivan of Sprigfield, MA looked like he would be a threat posting the fastest times in practice. He also ran well in his heat finishing second behind his brother Tommy O’Sullivan of Wilbraham, MA.
As dark skies and lightning loomed west of the track, King started on the poll in the Feature and Jeremy Harclerode of Newmarket, NH started on the outside. The early part of the race saw King take the lead early with Scott MacMichael of New London, NH and Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA close behind.
Garrett Hall holds off rookie Gabe Brown for Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Model win
Oxford, Maine – Garrett Hall of Scarborough prevailed in a thrilling, 50-lap main event topping the stock car racing program Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway, becoming the 12th different driver to score a victory in the ultra-competitive Super Late Model division this season in Budweiser Championship Series competition.
Hall led just about the entire race, but it was no easy romp to victory lane, and the winner had to turn back several stout challenges from rookie Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire to earn the top step on the podium. Brown, who will turn 15-years-old next month, got alongside Hall several times and finished the race in second position in just his third stock car race after posting an impressive record in kart racing.
Rookie Payea Dominates Devil’s Bowl Speedway for First Win
Forrest takes Mini Stock special; Germain gets first Super Stock victory
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Dylan Payea may be a rookie Late Model stock car driver, but he certainly did not drive like one on Saturday, August 12, as he dominated for the first win of his career at The Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Payea trounced the field on Heritage Family Credit Union “Member Night” to highlight an event that also saw R.J. Germain and Roo Forrest score meaningful victories.
Payea, of Henniker, N.H., led the 50-lap Driven Transport Late Model Series race from the drop of the green flag and stretched out to a nearly quarter-track advantage before the race’s lone yellow flag flew for debris with 37 laps complete. Robert Bryant Jr. mounted a serious challenge on the outside lane at the restart, and even crept ahead to lead lap 39, but Payea fended him off and sped away to collect the win. (more…)
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Returning to Dirt Racing Full-Time in 2018
Asphalt era closing with Late Model 100 on September 2; ACT event cancelled
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is going back to its roots: Full-time dirt track racing will return in 2018. After eight years with an asphalt half-mile, with the last four years running with both asphalt and dirt layouts, the Rutland County facility will have an all-new half-mile dirt surface for its 52nd season.
The changeover marks the third period in the speedway’s history that dirt racing will be held on a half-mile surface; the track was similar in its first four seasons from 1967 to 1970 and again from 1975 through 2009. Asphalt racing has been held on the half-mile oval twice, from 1971 through 1974, and most recently from 2010 to the present. A 3/10-mile dirt track was built in the infield of the half-mile in 2014 and has operated simultaneously with the asphalt track since then. (more…)
Christopher, Reen, Rufrano, Narducci, Walker, & Buffone Score August 11 CBYD Night Feature Wins at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Wild Thing Karts Senior Outlaws joining Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions as part of CBYD 811 Night. Before the racing hit the track, Stafford Speedway honored the five winners of the CBYD 811 Challenge with each driver winning an $811 bonus from CBYD. The five winners were Chase Dowling, Michael Bennett, Bryan Narducci, Robert Bloxsom, III, and George Bessette, Jr. Taking down feature wins on the night were Ted Christopher in the SK Modified® feature, Glen Reen in the Late Model feature, Marcello Rufrano in the SK Light feature, Bryan Narducci in the Limited Late Model feature, Johnny Walker in the DARE Stock feature, and Christopher Buffone in the special Wild Thing Karts Senior Outlaws feature. (more…)
Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard earned his fourth Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger victory of the season in the 75-lap Myers Container Service Triple Crown event. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – Craftsbury Common’s Mike Martin & Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard were the big winners on Thursday, August 10 in the Myers Container Service Triple Crown finale for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers. Woodard took his fourth Tiger victory of the season while Martin captured the first championship of the 2017 Thunder Road season as part of Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night.
Martin entered the 75-lap event with a 20-point lead over Woodard following qualifying. But Woodard slashed his way through the field from his 13th starting position, roaring around the outside of Grand Isle’s Joe Steffen on lap 32 and holding off Hinesburg Bobby Therrien on a pair of subsequent restarts. Meanwhile, Martin found himself mired in traffic with an ill-handling car, sinking as low as 12th on the track.
Stephen Kopcik Puts Struggles of 2017 Behind Him to Win First SK Modified® Feature at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—For 19-year old Newtown native Stephen Kopcik, the 2017 SK Modified® season at Stafford Speedway has been filled with struggles and trying times. But his season fortunes took a 180 degree turn for the better this past Friday night, August 4th, at the Connecticut half-mile as Kopcik scored his first career SK Modified® feature victory. The win also doubled as Kopcik’s first top-5 finish of the season. The driver of the #31 Hocon Industrial Gas Chevrolet credits his chassis builder, Mike Paquette, for the uptick in performance. (more…)