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Ben Rowe breaks dry spell at Oxford Plains Speedway in PASS Super Late Models, Bobby Therrien tops ACT Late Models

 

Oxford, Maine — Ben Rowe of Turner edged DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire by a razor-thin margin of .023-seconds in a wild, and wildly-competitive, Speedway Homes 150 for Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway.

“I’ve got to thank (new crew chief) Mickey Green for coming on board,” Rowe said in victory lane, greeted by a decidedly mixed reaction from a very vocal crowd after the race.  “I haven’t had a top ten finish here in about five years – it was in the paper – and Mickey and his guys got us back on the right track, and my spotter (Steve Tapley) did a great job today.”

Rowe started 27th, and had methodically worked his way into third position behind Bryan Kruczek of Newmarket, New Hampshire and Dan McKeage of Gorham after McKeage had led almost the entire race to that point.  Rowe found an opening under Kruczek as they headed into turn one on a restart, and contact between the two as Kruczek tried to close the hole saw him bounce into McKeage, who was forced three-wide to the outside, costing him several positions.

Kruczek, who had led briefly earlier in the race only to be taken out of the spot by a competitor who was penalized for the move, was unable to complete the race, while McKeage clearly deserved a far better fate than his eventual tenth-place finish.

Rowe, a four-time PASS North Super Late Model champion, nearly lost the race in the same fashion that he gained the race lead on a green-white-checkered finish when he went wide to fend off the challenge of Farmingdale’s Johnny Clark, who nearly won the race after starting from 33rd on the pre-race grid.  That move opened the door for 2014 series titlist Shaw to charge up on Rowe’s inside, nearly stealing the checkered flag.

Rowe, Shaw and Clark were next chased across the stripe by Colchester, Vermont’s Brent Dragon, who raced up front throughout the 150-lap test to earn a fourth-place finish in the Shaw 49, with 24th-place starter, and reigning series champion Mike Rowe of Turner rounding out the top five in his new ride, a team car to his son’s winning Richard Moody Racing, Hancock Lumber-sponsored car.

Mike Hopkins of Hermon, Adam Polvinen of Auburn, Glen Luce of Turner, Dave Farrington, Jr. of Jay and McKeage rounded out the top ten.  Shaw, McKeage, Dragon and Matt Matheson of Oromocto, New Brunswick won Super Late Model heat races.  Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, New Hampshire and Joey Doiron of Berwick took the last-chance consolation race qualifiers.

Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, Vermont cruised to a comfortable victory in the Husqvarna 100 presented by Dave’s Small Engines for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models.  Therrien started sixth, and had to get by reigning ACT Late Model Tour champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, New Hampshire to claim a race lead that he would not relinquish.

Steuben’s JR “Rockin” Robinson posted a career-high runner-up finish, holding off multi-time HP Hood Oxford 250 champion Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts through the closing laps and a couple of late-race restarts.  MacDonald crossed the line in third position.  Helliwell ended up with a fourth-place finish.  Scott Dragon of Milton, Vermont filled out the top five.

Ryan Robbins of Dixfield, the 2015 OPS Mods champion, turned back the challenges of the touring series invaders in the 40-lap PASS Modified main event.  Robbins grabbed the lead from popular Westbrook racer Matty Sanborn, who was soon sidelined by mechanical woes.

Multi-time PASS Mods champion Andy Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire challenged Robbins in the late stages of the race, finishing second.  Robbins and Shaw were joined on the podium by North Waterboro veteran Billy Dixon, who prevailed in a three-car battle for the spot, ahead of Evan Armington of Lovell and New Gloucester’s Ben Tinker.  Sanborn and Robbins won the heat races.

Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield was triumphant in the 25-lap Legends Cars main event.  The winner’s semi-teammate, 13-year-old Austin Teras of Windham, led much of the race before settling for runner-up honors.  Jarrett Butcher of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia nailed down a third-place finish in front of Buckfield’s Chris Burgess and Peter Craig of Poland.  Teras and Burgess won heat races.

Drivers from seven different states and five Canadian Provinces participated in the giant, opening day racing program.

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Results from the April 17, 2016 stock car racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway; Oxford, Maine, showing finishing order, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:

Speedway Homes 150 for Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models (150 laps, unofficial) 1 4 Ben Rowe, Turner; 2 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 3 54 Johnny Clark, Farmingdale; 4 49 Brent Dragon, Colchester, VT; 5 24 Mike Rowe, Turner; 6 15 Mike Hopkins, Hermon; 7 73 Adam Polvinen, Auburn; 8 7 Glen Luce, Turner; 9 23 Dave Farrington, Jr., Jay; 10 40 Dan McKeage, Gorham; 11 94 Shawn Martin, Turner; 12 37 Larry Gelinas, Bxuton; 13 96 Wyatt Alexander, Ellsworth; 14 73 Joey Doiron, Berwick; 15 41 Tracy Gordon, Strong; 16 48 Bobby Timmons, Windham; 17 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough; 18 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 19 2 Matt Matheson, Oromocto, NB; 20 44 Don Colpritt, Jr., Scarborough; 21 22 Scott Farington; 22 7 Travis Benjamin, Morrill; 23 00 Bryan Kruczek, Newmarket, NH; 24 2 Nick Cusack, Scarborough; 25 20 Michael Landry; Oakland; 26 42 Corey Bubar, Windham; 27 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield; 28 75 Gary Smith, Bangor; 29 84 Scott Mulkern, Falmouth; 30 53 Cole Butcher, Dartmouth, NS; 31 21 David Oliver, Standish; 32 1x Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT; 33 36 Scott Robbins, Dixfield; 34 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 35 09 Jeremy dDavis, Tamowrth, NH;

Husqvarna 100 presented by Dave’s Small Engines of Oxford and Cumberland American-Canadian Tour Late Model (100 laps, unofficial) 1 5 Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT; 2 28 Rowland Robinson, Jr., Steuben; 3 17 Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA; 4 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH; 5 16 Scott Dragon, Milton, VT; 6 58 Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT; 7 78 Quinny Welch, Lancaster, NH; 8 93 Raymond Christian, Norwich, CT; 9 15 Brad Babb, Windham; 10 4 Brandon Atkins, AuSable Forks, NY; 11 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 12 5 Dillon Moltz, Waterford, CT; 13 9 Emily Packard, East Montpelier, VT; 14 9 Kyle Welch, Newport, NH; 15 1 Corey Mason, Groveton, NH; 16 30 Rich Dubeau, Lebanon, NH; 17 12 Bobby Pelland, Cranston, RI; 18 49 Matt Anderson, Franklin, NH; 19 37 Scott Payea, Milton, VT; 20 04 Shawn Swallow, Stark, NH; 21 11 Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, QC; 22 19 Dany Trepanier, St.Edouard, QC; 23 54 Mike Ziter, Barre, VT; 24 22 Mark Jenison, Warwick, RI; 25 21 Oren Remick, Warner, NH; 26 61 Ryan Olsen, North Haverhill, NH; 27 10 Bryan Mason, Stark, NH; 28 82 Mark Hudson, Norton, MA; 29 1 Devin O’Connell, Madison, CT; 30 41 Jonathan Bouvrette, Blainville, QC; 31 13 Boomer Morris, Barre, VT; 32 0 Miles Chipman, Nottingham, NH; 33 23 Dave Farington, Jr., Jay.

PASS Mods (40 laps, unofficial) 1 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield; 2 0 Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 3 33 Billy Dixon, North Waterboro; 4 9 Evan Armington, Lovell; 5 19 Ben Tinker, New Gloucester; 6 05 Ron Henry, New Gloucester; 7 21 Mike Carignan, Lebanon; 8 60 Dana Reed, Shapleigh; 9 25 Bruce Helmuth, Wales; 10 6 Tommy Ricker, Poland; 11 64 Matty Sanborn, Westbrook; 12 66 Tony Ricci, Westbrook; 13 4 Nik Coates, Turner.

INEX Legends Cars (25 laps, unofficial) 1 129 Trevor Sanborn, East Parsonsfield; 2 29 Austin Teras, Windham; 3 53 Jarrett Butcher, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; 4 47 Chris Burgess, Buckfield; 5 4 Peter Craig, Poland; 6 48 Waylon Farrell, St. Johns, Newfoundland; 7 27 Roger Edgecomb, Hiram; 8 17 Jake Johnson, Rehoboth, MA; 9 3 Justin Stacey, Hiram; 10 7 Kayla King, Buxton; 11 21 Mike Humphrey, Cornish; 12 80 Dylan Varney, Windham; 13 18 Parker Varney, Windham.

 

SYLVESTER, DREW, AND MACCHIA PICK UP FIRST 2016 INEX WINS AT BETHEL

BETHEL, NY – It was an open practice day for many of the cars that filled the pit area at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday, but INEX drivers were given the opportunity to take part in some preseason competition. When the checkered flags fell, Jim Sylvester, Eugene Storm Drew, and Isabella Macchia all grabbed wins.
Jim Sylvester was of top of his game all day long, setting the fastest time in all three practice sessions early in the day. By the luck of the draw, Sylvester started the feature from the fourth starting spot. Richie Coy – the 2014 Bethel Legends Pro/Masters champion started on the pole, alongside former three-time Bethel Legends champion Paul Dodorico. Before a single lap was in the books, Bethel newcomer Kurt Krieger attempted a daring pass to the inside of Coy and Dodorico, making it three wide. Caution flew as Dodorico ended up being turned around and had to restart at the end of the field. Sylvester made quick work of Coy when the race restarted, taking the lead on lap one. Once out front, Sylvester never looked back, and he drove on to collect the win over Coy. Gillian Kirkpatrick was credited with third place following post-race technical inspection.
Patience was key for Bandolero competitor Eugene Storm Drew, who led only the final lap of the race on his way to the win. Drew was the benefactor following a last-lap incident that involved both the leader and second-place car at the time. Fans knew before the race even began that it would be a close one, as the four quickest cars in the third round of practice were separated by less than a tenth of a second. Sean Verwy’s, Bethel’s 2015 Most Improved Driver, drew the pole and started the race with Jeff Darrah to his outside. Verwys immediately shot out front and led every lap as Darrah, Drew, and then Teddy Bowen gave chase. After the white flag flew, Bowen made contact with the left rear of Verwys’ car, sending Verwys around and resulting in both drivers having to restart at the rear of the field. Drew inherited the lead as a result, and was able to hold off Darrah and Tyler Dachenhausen for the win.
Isabella Macchia was undoubtedly happy with how her 2016 season got started, as her Beginner Bandolero win was the first of her short career in the division so far. Macchia began racing in the class towards the end of the 2015 season. She came from the third starting spot to claim the victory. Katie Verwys started on the pole, alongside Nick Archiere. Verwys got out to the early lead, but Macchia moved up quickly and claimed the top spot with two laps in the books. At the halfway point, Teddy Cranmer took over the second position and even challenged for the lead on a restart, but Verwys fought back and reclaimed the spot on the final lap of the race. Time ran out for Verwys to challenge Macchia for the lead, as Macchia crossed the line ahead of Verwys and Cranmer.
Every weekly division at the track was represented in the preseason practice, which was well-attended as many drivers took advantage of the opportunity to “shake down” their cars prior to Les Quick Memorial Opening Night, which is slated for this coming Saturday, April 23. The schedule is jam-packed with excitement, including the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing action set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is $8, and pit admission is $25 for BMS members and $30 for non-members.
More information, including a complete 2016 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling the track office at (845) 319-7908 Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jim Sylvester (Massapequa Park, NY), 2. Richie Coy, 3. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 4. Kurt Krieger, 5. Patrick Gallagher, 6. Paul Dodorico, 7. Chris Rogers, 8. Jerry Macchia, 9. Stephen Hershey. DQ – Drew Bottge, Alexandria Smith.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Eugene Storm Drew (Oakland, NJ), 2. Jeff Darrah, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Sean Verwys, 5. Conner Piasecki, 6. Ryan Macartney, 7. Joey Aungst, 8. Mike Roth. DQ – Teddy Bowen.
BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Isabella Macchia (Pawling, NY), 2. Katie Verwys, 3. Nick Archiere, 4. Teddy Cranmer, 5. Anthony Bello.

Timmy Solomito Now a Winner at Every Level

The Solomito family has been a part of racing on Long Island for  decades. The latest generation of Solomito racers, brothers Jerry, Shawn and Timmy have been regulars at the Riverhead Raceway for years. They have raced Legends, Chargers and Modifieds  at the 1/4 mile oval at the end of Long Island all with great support from family and friends.

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A win in the INEX Legends feature at Riverhead.

Timmy  has always been a fan favorite at Riverhead,  many seasons ago he acquired the nickname “The Natural” as a smooth driver when he ran his legends. The nickname stuck as he won races in the Legends, Chargers and Modifieds  in family owned cars and driving for people like Wayne Anderson and the legendary red #15 modified.

Several years ago Timmy got a chance to see what modified racing was like at the highest levels. Ed Whelan who owned Ted Christopher’s tour modified gave Timmy a chance to drive the teams second car. A solid run at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was only spoiled by a broken

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Timmy in the #66 Charger

oil line. That day Timmy showed the racing world he could wheel a race car at the bullrings and the larger, faster tracks.

Last weekend  Timmy Solomito won the biggest race of his career with the season opening NASCAR WMT Icebreaker 150 the  Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Timmy’s power move past Ryan Preece to take the lead for good late in the race cemented his first NASCAR WMT win.

Timmy has joined the long list of Long Island drivers that have ventured off the island and a shorter list that have won races at Thompson.  Drivers like  Charlie Jarzombek, Mike Ewanitsko, Steve Park and Greg Sacks left Long Island and found great success in the modifieds and beyond. A win at Thompson means you can compete with and beat the big boys.

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Getting ready to shake down the #1 Charlie Jarzombek Vega at Riverhead.

Charlie Jarzombek was an Icebreaker winner  30 years ago and now Timmy can claim that same title . Ironically several times Timmy has been asked to drive the  legendary #1 Vega restored by Charlies bother Rickey.  Amazingly with little track time in the cars  Timmy was always able to turn laps that would put him in the field of today’s race cars. One year he was turning times not far off the fastest modifieds racing that night made even more impressive by the fact that brake fluid was leaking into the cockpit making it tough to keep his feet on the petals.

When Sundays Icebreaker 150  started the front row of the race consisted  Xfinty regular Ryan Preece and last years champion Doug Coby, both heavy favorites to win that day. Timmy started  further back n 13th place and had to work his way forward. As he said we picked them off one by one then a great pit stop late in the race helped put Timmy near the front and put him in a position for the win.

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Timmy being pushed, out of fuel to victory lane after his Icebreaker win.

After the race Timmy spoke to the media on what it was like to win the Icebreaker. In typical  fashion Timmy humbly thanked the  team owner, crew, sponsors and every person who helped put him into a position to win. Last year was not the year they had hoped for but he never felt his job was in jeopardy. He credited a talk with Mike Stefanik during the week that helped him on his restarts which he admitted was not his strong point.

When asked what it meant to him to join the great Long Island drivers who have won races at Thompson Timmy said it was huge, everyone knows where it is on the  map. You always want to race and win at Thompson, plus to win your first one there is incredible.

One of the most amazing parts of Sundays victory was the fact Timmy’s car started sputtering right after he crossed the finish line. By the time he got to the back stretch the engine shut off and he was out of gas. On the radio he kept telling his crew “I think I’m out of gas”. One more lap or one more caution and the outcome of the race might have been much different. Timmy’s  comment about running out of fuel after the race “Someone must have been watching over us today.”

I got to share a golf cart ride back to the pits long after  all he interviews were over and it was time to go home. It was pretty clear that his win was something he dreamed about a long time and the smile on his face was not going away any time soon. His last comment to me as we rode behind the empty grandstands back to pits the was I hope they give me the day off on Monday but it was back to work on Monday morning.

Timmy will try and back up the season opening win at next weekends Spring Sizzler at The Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs Ct.