Column By: PHIL SMITH / RPW – WESTERLY, RI – On the Connecticut shoreline at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Todd Owen was the SK Modified winner over Kyle James, Rob Janovic, Andrew Molleur and Timmy Jordan.
In other action at the Speedbowl, Jonathan Puleo wracked up his second consecutive victory and sixth victory overall in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature. Anthony Flannery took his third consecutive win and sixth victory overall in the 30-lap Late Model feature. Shawn Monahan won the 30-lap Sportsman feature. In the Mini Stocks, Charles Canfield made it nine out of 16 starts in the 25-lap and Randy Cabral swept both the 25-lap NEMA and 25-lap NEMA Lites features.
Rain wreaked havoc at the Octoberfest event at the Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire. Woody Pitkat was declared the winner of the Valenti Modified Racing segment. Mike Willis was second with Kirk Alexander, third. Rounding out the top six were Richard Savory, Brian Robie and Jacob Perry. Brandon Barker was the PASS Super Late Model winner.
Norm Wrenn and his staff made a valiant effort to complete the program before Mother Nature won out.
In Super Dirt competition at the Oswego Speedway in upstate New York, Fulton Speedway champion Larry Wight came from third to first in two laps to take the lead with 20 laps to go and held off multi-time 200 winner Stewart Friesen for the win.
Jimmy Phelps looked to be the race winner, but he chose to stay out and not pit which eventually was his downfall. Phelps led until 20 laps to go, fell back to second when Wight passed him and then ran out of gas with four laps to go.
The Seekonk Speedway ran their D.Anthony Venditti Memorial on Saturday night Wayne Helliwell Jr won the 150 lap Pro Stock contest. Jake Johnson was the Late Model winner
The 56th annual Sunoco World Series at the Thompson Motorsports Park Speedway takes center stage this weekend with the Whelen Modifieds, Sunoco (SK) Modifieds, Super Late Models, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Midgets and everything in between which are scheduled to compete throughout the three-day weekend. Fans can enter the paddock area for $75, which is one price for all three days. Any fans that wish to enter the grandstands can do so with a general admission ticket at $55, while seniors (65+), veterans and active duty military members can enter at a price of $50. As always, any children under the age of 12 are free.
The Tour type Modifieds return to the Richmond (VA) return for the first time in quite a while next week on the 20th, as they will be part of the Commonwealth Classic with a 75 lap main event. The Classic carries a purse of $155,650. Also on the bill of fare are the PASS Super Late Models, 100 laps, Late Model Stocks 75 laps, Limited Late Models, 50 laps and Street Stocks, 40 laps.
On a sad note, Peter Caron, son of Janice Boehler and step son of the late Len Boehler passed away last week. Peter and Michael Boehler grew up along side of their dad’s famous Ole Blu.
On the speedway stock market scene this week, two of the three speedway stocks ended the week on the negative side. Dover Entertainment went up 0.03 to 2.18 while the International Speedway Corporation dropped 7.19 to 36.81 and Speedway Motorsports dropped1.03 to 16.82. International Speedway stock fell 16.5% after the company announced its fiscal third-quarter financial results. The motor speedway specialist said that revenue jumped more than 20% from the year-earlier quarter, leading to operating income that was almost five times higher than in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. However, a big part of the rise came from a calendar shift in when key NASCAR races were held at the company’s Chicagoland Speedway. Moreover, guidance for the remainder of the year was less optimistic than what those following the stock had projected. NASCAR cup sponsor Monster Beverage dropped 2.09 to 56.10 and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear dropped 1.28 to 22.11 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) went up 0.10 to 22.36. Two of the three car manufacturers were down for the week. Toyota dropped 2.85 to 121.50 and Ford dropped 0.13 to 9.12 while General Motors went up 0.45 to 34.12. In the home improvement sector, Home Depot dropped 10.77 to 196.38 and Lowes dropped 5.08 to 109.74. The NASCAR big teams sponsors stocks also took a hit last week. McDonalds dropped 0.72 to 166.72, Coca-Cola dropped 17.72 to 164.31, Target dropped 3.79 to 84.52, Dow/Dupont dropped 1.12 to 63.19, Fedex dropped 4.73 to 236.06 and Black and Decker Stanley Works dropped 3.72 to 142.72.
On the tube this week:
Wednesday, October 10
3:00 AM, NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBC Sports Net
Thursday, October 11
5:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN
6:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FS1
Friday, October 12
10:00 AM, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Talladega practice, FOX Sports 2
11:00 AM, Classic NASCAR – 1998 Daytona 500, FS2
11:30 AM, NCWTS Talladega final practice, FS2
Saturday, October 13
9:00 AM, NCWTS Talladega qualifying, FS2
10:30 AM, NASCAR the Decades – the 1990s, NBCSN
11:00 AM, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Talladega final practice, NBCSN
12:30 PM, NCWTS Pre Race, FOX
1:00 PM, NCWTS Talladega race, FOX
4:30 PM, MENCS Talladega qualifying, NBCSN
6:30 PM, Racing Roots – Bubba Wallace, NBCSN
Sunday, October 14
8:30AM, MENCS Talladega final practice re-air, NBCSN
9:00 PM, NCWTS Talladega race re-air, FS1
10:00 AM, MENCS Talladega qualifying re-air, NBCSN
11:00 AM, NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
12:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN
1:00 PM, MENCS Countdown to Green, NBCSN
2:00 PM, MENCS Talladega race, NBC
6:00 PM, MENCS Post Race, NBCSN
6:30 PM, NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN
Monday, October 15
12:00 AM, NCWTS Talladega race re-air, FS2
5:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN