GEOFF BODINE TO RETURN AS GRAND MARSHALL FOR THE 65TH SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS 200

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BODINE A NATURAL FIT FOR CHEMUNG SPEEDROME EVENT.

BINGHAMTON, NY…Two-time Sunoco Race of Champions winner Geoff Bodine will be returning to the place he grew up as the Grand Marshall of the 65th Sunoco Race of Champions 200 this Sunday, October 4th.  For the first time the Chemung Speedrome will host the storied event, a race track originally built by the Bodine family and later re-built and opened by Bob Stapleton.

Bodine, a two time winner of the Sunoco Race of Champions will be returning to his roots for the 65th edition of the RoC.  His victories in the 1972 RoC at Trenton Speedway and the 1978 edition at Pocono solidified his standing as one of the greatest open wheel Modified drivers of all time.  His victory in the 1986 Daytona 500 came as no surprise to the northern race fans that saw him in action behind the wheel.  Bodine also had three International Race of Champions victories which pitted the best names in the world auto racing scene during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

“I’m looking forward to returning home for the RoC weekend,” said Bodine.  He added, “It will be great to be part of the first ever RoC 200 being hosted at Chemung.”  Race of Champions Director Andrew Harpell commented, “Geoff has provided our race fans with some amazing drives during his career and we are thrilled to have him returning for the weekend.”  He added, “This clearly has special meaning to him and his family with their connection and contributions to Modified racing.”

In July Race of Champions Director Andrew Harpell announced the change of venue from the long time host Oswego Speedway to the Chemung Speedrome.  After 20 plus years Harpell will conclude his involvement with the event this October as western, New York auto racing industry leader Joe Skotnicki has purchased the rights to the event. The sale will become official in January.  Harpell commented on the venue change, “We wanted to bring the event to the loyal fans of the southern tier region of New York and the Chemung Speedrome was a great fit.  We cannot wait to put on the 65th RoC this Sunday.”  He added, “So many great teams and fans have come out of our region to support the race over the years.  This is my personal way of saying thanks by hosting the event in this area.

The Sunoco Race of Champions Weekend will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Chemung Speedrome in Chemung, New York.  On Friday there will be no racing activities but there will be a Chicken BBQ presented by Phil’s Chicken House famous BBQ.  Driver registration and pre-event ticket sales will continue on Friday at the Chemung Speedrome offices.

On Saturday the Race of Champions Sportsman 125 lap feature event will take center stage highlighting many of the weekly Chemung stars in competition.  Teams from all over the northeast will be on hand for that event.  The biggest INEX Legends Car event in the northeast will also be on the Saturday evening card.  Their 30 lap event will see one of the richest purse payouts in the entire northeast for the teams in competition.  Chris Zacharias has posted bonus money for the “Shirley Shootout” B-Main event that will see every non-qualifying Legend Car driver receiving some cash for their attempt to make the show.  Teams from six different states have shown interest in the Legend Showdown at the Drome presented by PA Notary Services.

Also on Saturday the Bandolero division will be in competition along with a Four Cylinder Open.  Area businessman Jerry Sinsabugh has raised over $700 in bonus money and gift certificates for all of the young competitor’s in the Bandolero division.  This will be an outstanding event for both of those classes as well.  Racing on Saturday will get underway at 6 p.m.

On Sunday the Chemung Speedrome will become the focus of all eyes in northeast auto racing as the 65th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will take center stage.  The 200 lap event will pay a minimum of $10,000 to win with a driver able to walk away with well over $15,000 with additional posted bonus lap money.  The Race of Champions is the second longest consecutively run auto racing event in the United States.  Second only to the Indy 500.  The Super Stocks and Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders will be part of the Sunday action with racing set to begin at 2:15 p.m.

The Race of Champions offices can be contacted at 607-775-5555 or by emailing the office at rocpavement@aol.com.  Tickets can be purchased by phoning the speedway offices and using your major credit card.  A full weekend schedule and pricing can be found at www.raceofchampionsweekend.com.  Kids 5 and younger will be admitted FREE of charge both days!

 

REED WINS WALL STADIUM MODIFIED TITLE; HOPKINSON GRABS FEATURE WIN

wallstadium_239129296WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Overcoming both a wrist injury early in the season and being involved in a wreck in the Saturday’s final 40-lap main event to finish sixth Jackson’s Steven Reed raced to his first ever Downs Ford Modified stock car driving championship at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. Derek Hopkinson of Toms River bounced back from three major wrecks during the campaign to win the Saturday night series finale.

Holmdel’s Andrew Krause led the initial 27 laps of the contest, fighting off several challenges early, before spinning from the lead when his car and Hopkinson’s touched exiting the second turn. Hopkinson then raced to the win over Eric Mauriello and Jimmy Blewett, both of Howell, early challenger Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y. and Brick’s Ron Frees.

Reed held the point lead going into the event with former champ Chas Okerson and Mauriello in contention. All three had a shot at the title during the contest but each had their own on-track problems. Reed’s turning point came on lap 22 when he was involved in a tangle exiting turn two. Reed’s crew performed quick right front suspension damage repair so that he could return to the track and advance to sixth for the title.

“I’ve always raced to win and let the points take care of themselves,” Reed said. “This one is for my sponsors, crew and especially my mom and dad. The crew did a great job fixing this thing and my mom and dad put their hearts into the car.”

After losing the point lead in the next to the last race of the point series Andrew Krause returned to win the driving title in the Snap-on Sportsman division finishing second to race winner Larry Thompson of Parlin. Defending champ Kevin Davison of Howell went into the contest with the point lead but was involved in an early race accident. That left title contenders Krause and Shanon Mongeau of Jackson to battle for second on the track and for first for the season.

This one boiled over with a late race caution when the duo touched in turn one with Mongeau spinning as the result. That clinched Krause’s first ever driving crown. Trevor Alspach of Willingboro claimed third in the race followed by Howell’s Chris Lane and Mongeau. Davison returned after repairs to finish ninth.

25 year veteran driver Joe Mongeau of Brick fought a stumbling motor due to a carburetor issue to finish seventh and win his first ever driving title in the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Jerry Stanzione of Keansburg led this one for 20-laps before former champ Scott Riggleman of Manchester took the lead and raced the final 5-laps to the win. Stanzione, Brick’s Rich Mongeau, Whitey Miller of Jamesburg and title contender Joey Helberg of Union completed the top five.

The race for the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Car title came down to the race for the lead in the 25-lap main events. Contenders Brian Spencer of Edison and Howell’s Robert French wrestled for the lead for much of the race before French motored to the front for good on lap 19 to claim his first ever crown. Pennsylvania’s Mitchell Dowd slipped into second late in the race while Spencer settled for third. Whiting’s Casey Robicheau and Nick Van Wickle wrapped up the top five.

An emotional Anthony Crimaldi of Port Monmouth celebrated his first ever Elite Maintenance Limited Late Model driving title after finishing sixth in the 25-lapper. Two-time and defending champ Brian Doyle of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. won the race while Jackson’s Howie Conk, early leader Bill Vanderveen of Beachwood, Wall’s Cole Ormsbee and Mike Tillett completed the top five.

Brick’s Ronnie Mullen clinched the Green Monster Insulation 4 Cylinder Stock driving title by finishing second to Lavallette’s Christian LaCicero in the 25-lap main event. Brick’s Mike Bilello, contender TJ Graves of Wall and Brick’s Robert Sutphin were third through fifth. Mullen also won a Legend Cars race for drivers over age 40.

With the 2015 Saturday night season complete the shore speedway now focuses on post-season events. An automotive flea market is set for Saturday, October 10, before the speedway hosts the annual “Spooky Spectacular” stock car race program on Saturday afternoon, October 24. Spectator seating opens at noon with qualifying and main events to follow.

The “Awards Dinner” will then be enjoyed on Sunday, November 1, 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 visitingwallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

 

MODIFIED FEATURE – 40 Laps – 1. DEREK HOPKINSON, TOMS RIVER, 2. Eric Mauriello, 3. Jimmy Blewett, 4. Ken Matlach, 5. Ron Frees, 6. Steven Reed, 7. Trevor Alspach, 8. Jason Treat, 9. Chas Okerson, 10. Shanon Mongeau, 11. Renee Dupuis, 12. Keith Mulleneaux, 13. Kevin Davison, 14. Andrew Krause, 15. Jonathan Mandato, 16. Adam LaCicero, 17. Justin Gumley, 18. Shawna Ingraham, 19. Jason Hearne, 20. Zack Alspach

CHAMPION: STEVEN REED, JACKSON

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. LARRY THOMPSON, PARLIN, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Trevor Alspach, 4. Chris Lane, 5. Shanon Mongeau, 6. Robby Walton, 7. Scott Brannick, 8. Rob Silver, 9. Kevin Davison, 10. Matt Langbein, 11. Ricky Collins, 12. Jarret DeGiantomasso, 13. Eric Lane, 14. Kenny Van Wickle, 15. Tyler Truex, 16. Chris Owsik, 17. Tim Stephan, 18. Dave Bailey, 19. Joe King, Jr.

CHAMPION: ANDREW KRAUSE, HOLMDEL

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. SCOTT RIGGLEMAN, MANCHESTER, 2. Jerry Stanzione, 3. Rich Mongeau, 4. Whitey Miller, 5. Joey Helberg, 6. Bob Haberstick, 7. Joe Mongeau, 8. Tim O’Shea, 9. Tiffany Olejnik, 10. Richie Byrne, 11. Marty Van Druten, 12. Gerry Koenig, 13. John Bowers, 14. Darren Cox, 15. Rick Patterson, 16. Tom Rajkowski, 17. Josh Matthews, 18. Tony Bartone, 19. Matt Badessa, 20. Bill Bruer, 21. Scott Maher, 22. Bill Stockert, 23. Ronnie Mullen

CHAMPION, JOE MONGEAU, BRICK

LEGEND CARS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ROBERT FRENCH, HOWELL, 2. Mitchell Dowd, 3. Brian Spencer, 4. Casey Robicheau, 5. Nick Van Wickle, 6. Malcolm Campbell, 7. Peter Bruno, 8. Art Marrero, 9. Steven Woytysiak, 10. Roger Nickerson, 11. James Van Wickle, 12. Matt Marzano, 13. Beth MacFarlane, 14. Raven Schrantz, 15. Chris Gall, 16. Lowbed Johnson

CHAMPION: ROBERT FRENCH, HOWELL

4 CYLINDER STOCKS FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. CHRISTIAN LACICERO, LAVALLETTE, 2. Ronnie Mullen, 3. Mike Bilello, 4. TJ Graves, 5. Robert Sutphin, 6. Fred Cannock, 7. Darren Burdge, 8. Todd Pilla, 9. Mike Lavery, 10. JC Duvall, 11. Darianne, McLaren, 12. Jason Lane, 13. James Rudd

CHAMPION: RONNIE MULLEN, BRICK

LIMITED LATE MODEL FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. BRIAN DOYLE, RONKONKOMA, NY, 2. Howie Conk, 3. Bill Vanderveen, 4. Cole Ormsbee, 5. Mike Tillett, 6. Anthony Crimaldi, 7. John Parker, 8. Michelle Moorman, 9. Jim Moorman, 10. JR Nixon

CHAMPION: ANTHONY CRIMALDI, PORT MONMOUTH

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series results 9/26

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September 26th brought the final points race of the 2015 season at the New London- Waterford Speedbowl.

The first division to take the track was the Bandoleros, these cars would usually run on a Thursday night. The 12 lap feature went green flag the entire race.  Andrew Morin Jr. held the lead until the double checkered flags. Anthony Marvin was second, Nicholas Hovey was third.

Roger Turbush
Roger Turbush

The next division to race was the New England Truck series. Roger Turbush took the lead to start the 25 lap feature. The first caution of the event came out with 23 laps remaining in the race. Bert Ouellette took the lead on the restart. With only 20 laps remaining in the event Rodger Turbush took the lead back. The second and final yellow came out with 15 laps remaining in the race. Rodger Turbush held the lead until the double checkered and ended up winning the race. Bert Ouellette was second, and Ed Puleo was 3rd

The third division to take the track was the Limited Sportsman. Monte Gibbs was the person to lead the pack to the start of the 25 lap  feature. Gibbs held the lead until the yellow flew with 7 laps remaining and at that point Al Stone III took the lead. Stone III was the winner of the event, Monte Gibbs was second, and Brandon Plemmons was 3rd. Al Stone III becomes the 2015 Limited Sportsman champion.

The fourth division to run their 30 lap event was the late models. Ray Christian III took the lead on the start of the race. Jim Banfield took the lead only a few laps later and held that lead until the half way mark. Jason Palmer took the lead with 15 laps remaining in the race. The first caution came out with 15 laps remaining in the event and the second caution was thrown on the restart. Bruce Thomas Jr. took the lead with 11 laps remaining in the event and held that lead to the double checkers. Bruce Thomas Jr., was the winner of the event, Jason Palmer was second, and Jeff Smith was 3rd. It was determined one week ago that Jason Palmer would be the 2015 SK Modified champion

The fifth feature of the night was the SK light modifieds for their 25 lap feature. Larry Goss lead the field to the start of the feature. Paul Buzel took the lead away from Goss only 1 lap into the race. There was a series of cautions and Buzel held the lead through those cautions. It was with 3 laps remaining in the event that Josh Galvin took the lead away from Buzel. Galvin held the lead until the double checkers were thrown. Paul Buzel was second and Al Stone III was 3rd. It was determined at the end of the feature that Paul Buzel was the 2015 SK Light Modified Champion.

The sixth feature of the night was the mini stocks for their final 25 lap feature of the 2015 season. Brad Caddick was the driver to lead the field to the green flag. The first caution was thrown on the second lap of the feature and the second yellow came out on the restart. Wayne Burroughs Jr. took the lead on the restart and held the lead until the last few laps when Sean Caron took the lead. Sean Caron was able to hold the lead until the double checkers. Wayne Burroughs Jr. was second and Kenny Cassidy Jr. was 3rd. It was determined at the end of the feature that Wayne Burroughs Jr. was the 2015 Mini Stocks champion.

The seventh feature of the night was the legends cars for their final 25 lap feature of the 2015 season. Cory Dimatteo took the green flag with the field following. Dana Dimatteo took the lead away and held the lead until the double checkered. Dana Dimatteo won the feature, Cory Dimatteo was second, and Johhny O’ Sullivan was 3rd.

The eighth and final event of the regular season was the 35 lap SK Modified feature. Zach Slyvester took the green flag and held that lead through all of the 3 cautions. Diego Monahan took the lead with 33 laps remaining in the event. Two laps later Keith Rocco took the lead away and held that lead until the final double checkers of the season. Keith Rocco was the winner of the event, Ted Christopher was second, and Joey Gada was 3rd.

 

New England Truck Series

  1. Rodger Turbush
  2. Bert Ouellette
  3. Ed Puleo
  4. Frank Dumicich Jr.
  5. Frank Dumicich Sr.
  6. Cassie Coates
  7. Pete Cayer
  8. Josh Stringer

9       Mark Stewart

 

Limited Sportsman:

  1. Al Stone III, Durham CT
  2. Monte Gibbs, Killingworth CT
  3. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville CT
  4. Ed Gertsch Jr., East Haven CT
  5. Allen Coates Sr., Ledyard CT
  6. Glenn Colvin, Clinton CT
  7. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook CT
  8. Charles Beal, Ledyard CT
  9. Brandon Fisher, Plainfield CT
  10. Corey Coates, Ledyard CT
  11. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale CT
  12. Tommy Silvia, Groton CT
  13. Tim Morse, Southbury CT
  14. Jason Chicolas, Sutton MA
  15. Joe Plonski, Worcester MA
  16. Thomas Shea, New London CT
  17. Jon Porter, East Lyme CT
  18. John Blake, North Haven CT
  19. Armand Cote Jr., Rocky Hill CT
  20. Walter Hovey Jr., Chaplin CT

 

Late Models:

  1. Bruce Thomas Jr.,
  2. Jason Palmer, Berlin CT
  3. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme CT
  4. Ray Christian III, Groton CT
  5. Chris Garside, Waterford CT
  6. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton CT
  7. Walter Sutcliffe, East Haven CT
  8. Charlie Rose, Tiverton RI
  9. Richard Duranti, Quaker Hill CT
  10. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook CT
  11. Scott Rotherforth, Glastonbury CT
  12. James Banfield, South Glastonbury CT
  13. Brandon Warren, Chicopee MA
  14. Matthew Carlson, Griswold CT
  15. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden CT
  16. Al King, Webster MA

 

SK Light Modifieds:

  1. Josh Galvin, Oakdale CT
  2. Paul Buzel, Trumbull CT
  3. Al Stone III, Durham CT
  4. Paul French, Andover CT
  5. Victoria Bergenty, Plainville CT
  6. Calvin Therrien, Vernon CT
  7. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck CT
  8. David Arute, Tolland CT
  9. Rick Williams, Haddam CT
  10. Nock Salva, Prospect CT
  11. Nick Riso, Wallingford CT
  12. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon CT
  13. Tony Membrino, Berlin CT
  14. Andrew Molleur, Shelton CT
  15. Vinny Anglace, Ansonia CT
  16. Carlos Gray, East Hartford CT
  17. Alan Benincaso, Trumbull CT
  18. Joe Ferrigno, East Hartford CT
  19. Larry Goss, North Windham CT
  20. Corey Barry, Plainfield CT

 

Mini Stocks:

  1. Sean Caron, East Hampton CT
  2. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale CT
  3. Kenny Cassidy Jr., Lisbon CT
  4. Brad Caddick, Wyoming RI
  5. Charles Canfield, East Haven CT
  6. Christopher Ivory, Oakdale CT
  7. Mark Panaroni, Ivoryton CT
  8. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford CT
  9. Dale Sherman, Charlestown RI
  10. Corey Caddick, Shannon RI
  11. Matt Guertin, Plantsville CT
  12. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill CT
  13. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield CT
  14. Larry Loomis Jr., Moosup CT
  15. Nathan Taylor, Preston CT
  16. David Sylvia, Preston CT
  17. Ian Brew, Wood River Jct RI
  18. Doug Curry, Groton CT
  19. Andrew Krixeminski, Haddam CT
  20. Ray Christian III, Groton CT

 

Legends Cars:

  1. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington CT
  2. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington CT
  3. John O’ Sullivan, Salem CT
  4. Mikey Flynn, Hampden MA
  5. Scott Limkemann, Oakdale CT
  6. Joey Ternullo, Middletown CT
  7. Michael Blaskey, Bethany CT
  8. Kyle Rodgers, Waterbury CT
  9. Caterina LaBella, Plainville CT
  10. Timothy DePizzol, North Franklin CT

11   Andrew Molleur, Shelton CT’

  1. Joshua Zentek, East Haven CT
  2. Cassandra Cole,
  3. Brandon Remson, Norwalk CT
  4. David Lespinasse, Milford CT

 

SK Modifieds:

  1. Keith Rocco, Berlin CT
  2. Ted Christopher, Plainville CT
  3. Joey Gada, Salem CT
  4. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill CT
  5. Zach Sylvester, Lebanon CT
  6. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard CT
  7. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield CT
  8. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe CT
  9. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford CT
  10. Anthony Ryan Jr., Ridgefield CT
  11. Ryan Morgan, Mystic CT
  12. James Larsen, East Hartford CT
  13. John Montesanto, North Branford CT
  14. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford CT
  15. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry CT
  16. Jeff Fialkovich, Shelton CT
  17. Paul Buzel, Trumbull CT
  18. Michael Benevides, Westerly RI
  19. Dylan Izzo, Monroe CT
  20. Ed Puleo, Branford CT
  21. Tom Pinson, Colchester CT
  22. Dominic Capuano Jr., East Haven CT
  23. Adam Gada, Bozrah CT

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