Mr. Rooter Backing SK Modifieds’ Return to North-South Shootout

SK Modified Teams to Compete for $5,000 Winner’s Price November 7

September 11, 2015

North South Shootout

(Concord, North Carolina) – A tradition is returning to Concord Speedway this November when the ground-pounding Modifieds hit the North Carolina tri-oval in the North-South Shootout for the first time since 2011.

Another tradition that was a staple of North-South Shootouts of old at Concord, the SK Modified division, will be returning as well. Thanks to the support from Mr. Rooter and its Connecticut-based franchise owner Vin Beedle, the SK’s will join their big-brother Tour-Type Modifieds for a $5,000-to-win North-South Shootout feature on November 7.

Beedle, who owns an SK Modified piloted by former NASCAR National Champion Keith Rocco as well as other cars for racers that compete at tracks in Connecticut and beyond, has pledged his support to ensure the return of the SK Modifieds to the most prolific late-season open Modified event of them all.

“Keith loves that track and he loves that race,” said Beedle. “But he heard the SK portion of the race maybe wasn’t going to happen due to the lack of sponsorship availability. I was looking for an opportunity to put the Mr. Rooter name out there. While it may not necessarily benefit me directly because I’m located in Connecticut, there are local distributors and if they see it, I hope they grab on to it and continue the support for years to come.”

SK Modifieds, which are the premiere race division at tracks such as Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, competed as part of the North-South Shootout from 2006 to 2013 between its original home at Concord and onto its more recent location, Caraway Speedway. This year, with the event back at Concord, drivers from New England and beyond will be out to add their names to an impressive Shootout SK winners’ list that includes Modified standouts Ted Christopher, Matt Hirschman, Woody Pitkat and Ron Silk.

“The SK Modifieds are extremely popular back in New England and there have been racers wanting to come down to this year’s Shootout now that it’s back at Concord. Thanks to Vin Beedle and Mr. Rooter, we’re able to make that race happen with a big $5,000-to-win payday,” said North-South Shootout promoter Darren Hackett. “We’ve already heard a lot of buzz from the Tour-Type Modified teams about the return of the race to its roots at Concord, but now the SK Modified teams can make their plans to compete in this prestigious event once again as well.”

Mr Rooter

SK Modifieds provide the same open-wheel, nerf bar-to-nerf bar action of the North-South Shootout’s headline division, the Tour-Type Modifieds. It’s that excitement that led Beedle to add his support to the SK portion of the event.

“The sound and the ground-pounding just makes SK Modified racing some of the best in the country,” added Beedle. “I have multiple SK’s in the field that I own with a lot of drivers. It’s what I support, but I support a lot of forms of racing, from Trucks to fendered cars. But there’s just something about Modifieds; the sound, the racing, the closeness, the speed – you just can’t beat it.

“While I’ve never been to a North-South Shootout before, the (Rocco) team tells me I’m going to have a blast and it’s one race that you’re going to remember long after the event.”

The Mr. Rooter SK Modified event will be a part of the 13th Annual North-South Shootout at Concord, North Carolina’s Concord Speedway November 5-7. Entry forms for the SK Modified event, as well as the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, are currently available by visiting

Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.

For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit


wallstadium_239129296wallstadium_239129296WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ With a forecast predicting heavy rain and thunderstorms for Saturday (Sept. 12) evening Wall Stadium Speedway officials have announced that the scheduled auto racing events have been cancelled. The rainout is the first that the third mile paved oval has suffered since June 20.

When action resumes this Saturday night (Sept. 19) a gigantic card of events is on tap in addition to the scheduled “Fan Appreciation Night” festivities. The centerpiece of the evening will be an on-track party where fans are invited to walk down on the speedway to check out the racecars and take photos with and get autographs from all the drivers in competition.

The Downs Ford Modifieds will lead the racing action in a 40-lap main event while the Snap-on Sportsman cars, the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models, the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars, the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stocks, the O’Shea’s Auto Repairs Factory Stocks and the ATQMRA TQ Midgets will all see action.

Tight point races in all stock car divisions are all up for grabs with the final night of regular season races then set for September 26.

With the “On-Track Party” up first, the evening will see grandstand seating opening at 4:30 p.m. with qualifying beginning at 5:30 p.m. and main event racing will follow.

Saturday will also be special as Wall Stadium joins Legend Cars driver Mitchell Dowd in a shoe drive to support the “In Ian’s Boots” charity. Both fans and competitors are asked to clean out their shoe rooms and closets of lightly worn or new shoes and boots of any kind including men’s, women’s and children’s. Sports shoes are also accepted. Shoes and boots will be collected in the pit area and the grandstand midway. More information on the charity and the distribution of these boots and shoes to the needy is available at

Weekly stock car racing and championship points awarding events will conclude on September 26. The “Spooky Spectacular” is then set for Saturday October 24 and the annual “Turkey Derby” will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by visiting The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is


UnknownRiverhead, NY Sept. 12th.

Former Blunderbust champion Scott Maliszewski of Deer Park burned the midnight oil to get his potent racer back in shape for action at Riverhead Raceway Saturday evening and the effort paid off as Scott was declared the winner of the race when rain halted the 20-lap main event after 16-laps. Jimmy “The Kid” White Jr. of Southampton triumphed in the 40-lap Grand Enduro.

Early in the going of the Blunderbust event Bill Wegmann Sr. and his grandson Derek went toe to toe for the race lead over the first six laps of the tilt with Jimmy White Jr. in the mix as well. Lap 7 saw Scott Maliszewski throw his hat in the ring taking second from Derek on lap 7 and setting his sights on the “Racing Grandpa” Lap 10 Scott ducked under Bill Wegmann down the back stretch to take the lead. Jessica Cohan looped her car in turn two on lap 16 and during that caution flag period rain started to fall and the race was deemed official with Scott Maliszewski in his Thomas J. Stock Attorney At Law Chevy notching his 17th career win. Bill Wegmann Sr., 70 of North Bellmore was runner-up in the Crackerjack Auto Stores Olds with Jack Handley Jr. of Medford third in the Relle Electric entry.

Jamie Meyer making her first Grand Enduro start of 2015 led the first six laps of the 40-lap main event before Ed Brown Jr. took the lead on lap 7. Brown would lead up until the 7th circuit when she was passed by Ed Brown Jr. off turn two. Brown would then proceed to lead up until the 12th lap when Dave Antos moved out front. Antos was seeking his second win in six days but on lap 26 in lapped traffic Jimmy White Jr. ended those hopes when he took the lead with an inside pass off turn four. Once out front White would keep the Busy Bee Pest Control Chevy in the lead until the checker flag waved. Dave Antos of Lindenhurst was runner-up in the CR Customs Chevy with Greg Zaleski of Jamesport third in the Peconic Sign entry.

Once the rain moved in on lap 16 of the Blunderbust feature it would not leave Riverhead Raceway halting the remainder of the program. This Saturday night September 19th will see the final NASCAR Whelen All American Series program under Barbara & Jim Cromarty presented with some 225 laps in feature event racing set for Champion’s Night. A special twilight start time of 4:30 for feature event racing will get a very busy evening and night underway.

For further information please visit or call 631-842-RACE.

Blunderbusts: 1. Scott Maliszewski 2. Bill Wegmann Sr. 3. Jack Handley Jr. 4. Jim Laird Jr. 5. Derek Wegmann 6. Tommy Walkowiak 7. Tom Pickerell 8. Ed Mistretta 9. Tom Sullivan 10. Tim Mulqueen 11. Tom Puccia 12. Joe Warren Jr. 13. Jimmy White Jr. 14. Jessica Cohan 15. Ryan Zukowski

Grand Enduro (top five) 1. Jimmy White Jr. 2. Dave Antos 3. Greg Zaleski 4. Jeff Otto Jr. 5. Erick Zegel

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