Tom Herzig's Trackside: Cannan race offers $5,000 for first-place finisher
The race pays $5,000 to win. You could buy 250 shares of Speedway Motorsports Inc. (TRK) with that. Fifth-place finisher gets $1,000. Promoter Dick Therrien and his Riverside Speedway counterpart, Dan Fournier, have agreed on a deal where Saturday's winner qualifies for Riverside's Fall Brawl 150 in October.
"I'm extremely excited about this year's event," Therrien says. "We are looking for probably our biggest car count that we have seen thus far in the event. I am also excited about partnering up with Riverside Speedway as this is a real added incentive for the Subway race. Part of the reason for the excitement is that the American Canadian Tour will be racing here on Saturday, June 15, and many teams will use the Subway event as a tune up for the Tour race."
One of the odds-on favorites to scoop the Canaan cash is Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover who's coming off a crowd-on-its-feet photo finish win over Brian Hoar in ACT's Spring Green 113 at Devil's Bowl Speedway. "It was an old-fashioned dogfight," Helliwell Jr. said. "It was like the side-by-side racing we had at Airborne for the championship. We were good after the first practice. The car was good on restarts, which helped."
Helliwell Jr. and the EKeys4Cars No. 27 team want to run the Série ACT in Quebec this season and he decided to opt out of the Witkum Brothers Small Block Supermodified ride at Lee USA. Enter Tommy Tombarello Jr., who drove the car to a second-place finish Friday, trailing only 2012 Rookie of the Year Ryan Gath of Tewksbury, Mass.
Grant Aither of Exeter was the Lee USA Late Model Sportsman winner ahead of runner-up rookie Niko Maniatis of Hooksett and Alby Ovitt.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is at Monadnock Saturday for the Town Fair Tire/Whitcomb 175. Stafford Spring Sizzler winner and Franklin, Mass. native Bobby Santos III will be flying in from Indianapolis to drive the Curb Racing No.44 for owner Sully Tinio.
Santos resides in Indiana and races in the USAC Silver Crown Series as well as USAC Mopar Midgets on pavement. He won a Midget race at New Smyrna in February. He won the last two races on the 2012 Whelen Tour, giving him three wins in his last four Whelen Modified starts. He hasn't had a lot of success at Monadnock, but his grandfather Bob Santos did. The elder Santos won eight straight at the "Mad Dog" at one point back in the days of Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Bugs Stevens and Geoff Bodine and Monadnock offered a bounty to end his streak.
Defending Modified track champion Randy Howe of Lebanon goes for two in a row on the dirt at Canaan Friday. Adam Pierson had last Friday's opener in hand, reportedly, before contact with a lapped car knocked him out. Pierson carried the checkers at Bear Ridge the next night.
Todd Annarummo of Swansea, Mass., was the EKeys4Cars Modified feature winner on opening night at Star Speedway. Mike Douglas Jr. of Auburn and Chris Ianelli finished 2-3. This Saturday's race card, considered the real "Season Opener" by promoter Bobby Webber Jr., offers six divisions.
DJ Shaw of Center Conway won the Southern Maine 150 Pro All-Star Series event at Beech Ridge Speedway. Shaw started 19th and took the lead from runner-up Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, for the win. Ageless Mike Rowe of Turner, Maine, finished third.
Chris Perley of Rowley, Mass., won the ISMA winged Supermodified opener at Oswego Speedway in the Vic Miller No. 11. "Liquid Lou" Cicconi used a late restart to get the better of Canadian Mark Sammut for second. Ray Graham of Fulton, N.Y., was fourth.
Chad Turck of Pittsfield was the opening night Modified winner at Legion Speedway. Luke Greenwood of Hudson won the 600cc Mini Sprint feature.
Jeremy Davis of Tamworth took the Granite State Pro Stock Series race at Canaan.
Tom Herzig's Trackside column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.