MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY has two long-distance touring series races on tap Saturday night. One with fenders — one without.
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be in action for its annual tribute to one of its founders in the John Boy Hoyt Memorial 150. Also on the schedule, after moving from its original date to create a power-packed doubleheader, is the Valenti Modified Series.
The Valenti Modified date change avoids some overlap with the Tri-Track Modified Series event set for Saturday, Aug. 24, at Oxford Plains Speedway on the eve of the Oxford 250. The Tri-Track Modified race event is a part of a twinbill of its own. It’s paired with an American Canadian Tour Late Model 100.
This season has further evidenced a pattern that began emerging a while back where long-distance “special” events — involving a variety of sanctioning organizations — attract competitive fields and decent fan support. That is a good thing because attendance and car counts for weekly racing at numerous tracks in the region have been –- to be polite –- thin.
Last weekend, White Mountain, which has had its share of good special events including two recent Late Model biggies back-to-back and some Flying Tiger Series 75-lappers, tried its hand at a Modified Open event called the Bullring Bash.
Modified racing at White Mountain might work out nicely if they persist, but only 12 cars started the inaugural 100, which was presented by RaceChoice.com. Oh well — you have to start somewhere. Race winner Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Mass., earned $3,500. Granite Stater Mike Willis was the runner-up. Western New Yorker Andy Jankowiak finished third.
The Granite State Pro Stocks were to have raced recently at Waterford Speedbowl, but the Connecticut oval hasn’t managed to open the gates all season. Joey Polewarczyk Jr. remains the most recent GSPSS winner, having bested title contenders Devin O’Connell and Joey Doiron in the Gate City 100 a few weeks back.
Waterford’s woes will likely doom the scheduled Super Modified Atlantic Charter (SMAC) race booked for this Saturday night. The 350 Supers were just at Speedway 51 and reports are that things went very well –- especially for Witkum Racing hotshots Dave Helliwell and Westford, Mass., teenager Jeffrey Battle. They ran first-second ahead of Billy Osborne, Mike Collins and Sparky MacIver. Battle, by the way, is the same talented up-and-comer who just finished fourth in the ISMA Supermodified Ollie Silva Memorial 75 before a big crowd at Lee USA.
Jon McKennedy, driving the Harrington Paving/Vinal Excavating No.21, got his third career Ollie Silva 75 win. The 2017 ISMA champion retook the lead from eventual runner-up Kyle Edwards in lapped traffic about 25 laps in and won handily. New England Hall of Famer Russ Wood was third, followed by Battle and Dan Bowes.
By this column’s deadline on Wednesday, McKennedy will be qualifying the Baldwin Racing Ultra Wheel 7NY Modified at Thompson Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Bud “King of Beers” 150.
It’s Back to School/Fan Appreciation Night at “The Place to Race,” Star Speedway. Kids race car rides begin at 5 p.m. Last Saturday, Tyler Chase of Sandown outdueled point leader Andrew Harmon of Farmington in the $500-to-win Brickyard Companies Mini Stock 50.
The Pro All Star Series “Road to the Oxford 250” at Oxford Plains – a 150-lapper – was won by Nick Sweet of Barre, Vt. Sweet has won a lot of big races in the Northeast, but this was his first at Oxford in a Super Late Model. Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, Maine –- a two-time PASS winner at Oxford this season –- finished second with Ben Rowe third, Eddie MacDonald fourth and Scott Dixon fifth. The race was a tune-up for the 46th Annual 250 on Aug. 25 and 39 cars took the green.
At Bear Ridge, when apparent Sabil & Sons Sportsman Modified winner Mike Ryan didn’t pass tech inspection, Richie Simmons wound up with his second win in a row. Todd Buchwold and Kevin Chaffee comprised the podium finish. NASCAR Hall of Famer Ken Schrader was in attendance and strapped into a USAC Dirt Midget, but was sidelined in the feature with a fuel pump failure. Will Hull of East Montpelier, Vt., scored win number five in the Midget main.
Devil’s Bowl in West Haven, Vt., (a half-mile clay paper clip and New England’s most picturesque race track) was the site of the $10,000-to-win “Battle of the Bowl” Small Block-Big Block challenge and the race attracted several DIRT Modified stars including “Superman” Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., Stewart Friesen, Brett Hearn, Tim Fuller, Kenny Tremont Jr. and Marc Johnson. Sheppard qualified on the pole with a big block and was never closely challenged. Friesen, in a small block because he failed to qualify with his heavier, bigger motor ride, finished second. Hearn, Rocky Warner and Fuller, all in small blocks were third, fourth, fifth. Bobby Varin, driving a big block, was sixth.
On Track This Weekend
Thunder Road (Vt.): Thursday, 7 p.m.
Lee USA: Friday, 7 p.m.
Rumtown: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Monadnock: Saturday, 5 p.m.
Star Speedway: Saturday, 5 p.m.
Speedway 51: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Bear Ridge (Vt.): Saturday, 6 p.m.
White Mountain: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Hudson: Sunday, 5 p.m.
Oxford Plains: Sunday, 5 p.m.