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June 05. 2014 12:03AM

Tom Herzig's Trackside: Shaw extends win streak at White Mountain


Whelen Modified driver Ryan Preece, right, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Gappens announce a new race at Loudon, the Whelen All-Star Shootout, during a press conference at NHMS in Loudon on Wednesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)


On Track This Weekend

Thunder Road (Vt.): Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Lee USA: Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Stafford (Conn.): Friday, 6 p.m.

Bear Ridge (Vt.): Saturday, 6 p.m.

Monadnock: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Seekonk (Mass.): Saturday, 6 p.m.

Star Speedway: Saturday, 6 p.m.

White Mountain: Saturday, 5 p.m.

Legion Speedway: Sunday, 3 p.m.

Hudson Speedway: Sunday, 4 p.m.

Twin State: Sunday, 4 p.m.

DJ SHAW led the final 40 laps in the PASS 150 at White Mountain Saturday for his third win in a row at the wheel of the Subway/Precision JLM No. 60. Three straight wins in this era of thin weekly fields at regional short tracks is one thing, but a trifecta while competing in full field touring series events is noteworthy.

Shaw started 11th in the White Mountain race, which had three distinct parts: a long green run, followed by a flurry of cautions that began when race leader Joey Polewarczyk Jr. ran afoul of lapped traffic, and then another 50 laps of green. Shaw gained the lead with about 40 laps left and kept it.

“It’s been a unique time on the schedule where we’ve had three races in a row on similar quarter-mile tracks,” Shaw said. “We’ve had the car going good and we haven’t had to change much of anything race to race.”

This weekend, the Shaw team — with father and chassis builder Dale as the crew chief and Dave Weir as the spotter — heads off to Speedway 660, a one-third mile in Geary, New Brunswick, a little south of Fredericton.

“We’ve had speed there before without anything to show for it,” Shaw said. “It’s a two-groove track with steep dirt banks instead of walls.”

 

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Former Lee Late Model champion J.R. Baril of Haverhill, Mass., drove to his first-ever PASS Modified win Saturday at Oxford Plains. Meanwhile, Dick Therrien, former track manager at the now defunct Canaan Fair Speedways and Riverside Speedway, is beating the drum about a large field building for the Oxford 250 in July.

 

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Tommy Barrett of Millis, Mass., won the Valenti Modified Series 75-lap event at Thompson last week with a last-lap pass of point leader Todd Szegedy. Defending VMS Modified champion Rowan Pennink followed Barrett through for second. Ted Christopher wound up third.

The Valenti Modified Series is at Seekonk on Saturday night.

 

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Matt Frahm of Salem won the Granite State Pro Stock Series race at Monadnock under less than ideal conditions. Think dewy outside grove and fog.

“It’s not that it was unsafe,” GSPSS director and competitor Mike Parks said. “The fog was lifted by the cars, but the low line was the place to be. Yellows breed yellows and everybody was bottom-feeding."

 

The race changed when Barry Grey got put to the rear for jumping a restart and soon Frahm’s Lambert Roofing/WDW Machine No. 14 was in charge. Larry Gelinas was a competitive second with Corey Robert of Canaan third and Parks fourth.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series’ next event is the Gate City 100 at Hudson Sunday June 15, the day after the SBM 125 Modified Open at Star Speedway.

 

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The American Canadian Tour is at Riverside Speedway Saturday. Post time is 6 p.m. Polewarczyk Jr. and Jimmy Hebert are 1-2 in the ACT standings after three events.

 

 

Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt., took the lead on lap eight and won the 25-lap USAC Dirt Midget Association feature at Bear Ridge. It was Pierson’s second win of the season in the Ford Focus 4-cylinder-powered No. 76M for owner Frank Manafort. Pierson drives a family entry in the Sportsman Modified division and he has four top-fives in four starts.

 

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Monadnock offers double Sportsman Modified features this Saturday, having lost one to fog last week. Jon Fultz of North Billerica, Mass., won the Northeast Classic Lites feature after trading paint with Shaun Waites and the wall on the last lap. Chris Lawrence of Winchester dominated the Young Guns feature to secure his first win.

The Senior Tour Auto Racers (S.T.A.R.) are at Monadnock Saturday. They’ll be at Lee USA on June 20. Lee races this Friday with a 7:15 pm post. Twenty years ago at the Seacoast oval, the NASCAR Modified Tour came to Lee and Jamie Tomaino carried the checkers.

 

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The present-day NASCAR Whelen Modifed Tour has a make-up 125-lap event scheduled for tomorrow night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Tom Herzig’s column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email him at tomherzig@hotmail.com.


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