MacMicheal celebrates in Victory
Lane (By Gary Dutton) -
Dave Striebel put a string of
first half season near misses behind him Saturday, July 26, at
Monadnock Speedway, storming to victory in the Super Stock feature.
Striebel was one of three drivers earning his first victory lap of
the summer Saturday at the high banked quarter mile. Scott
MacMichael scored his second victory of the season, topping the
action packed Sportsman Modified main event; while both Lightning
Stock pilot CJ Johnson and Young Gun Matt Kimball plus Striebel were
first time 2014 winners.
With the speedway's Whelen
All-American Series racers doing extra distance battle in the second
of two 2014 Triple Crown Series events, Mini Stock hot shoe Chris
McTaggart earned his third victory in as many weeks; and Thunder
Stock strongman Marshall Usher scored his third win of the season.
Dave Berghman dominated the Pro 4 feature to win his second race of
the year at Monadnock in the visiting Modified division. Ed Gilman
topped the Classic Lites feature race.
Steve Fifield, from row two, led
the first eight laps of the Sportsman Modified feature. Rookie
Trevor Bleau was glued to Fifield's bumper until lap six, when
Bleau's strong bid ended abruptly in a front chute spin. Scott
MacMichael took second from JT Cloutier on lap eight, powered past
Fifield to take the lead a lap later, and immediately began pulling
away from the pack. Todd Patnode moved up to second on lap 21 but
MacMichael had a 20-length lead on the five time winner and was
showing no signs of letting up. Patnode got the break he needed on
lap 24, when the caution waved for a sinlge car spin of Rzewnicki,
bringing Patnode alongside MacMichael on the restart. MacMichael,
though, was undaunted, holding Patnode in his shadow the rest of the
way to score his second win of the summer. With Patnode helping his
divisional points lead with the runner-up finish, Keith Carzello,
Adam Norton and Bill Kimball rounded out the top five.
Tyler Lescord led the first four
laps of the Super Stock main, with Dave Striebel then taking control
on the back chute and running out the final 25 laps from the best
seat in the house to score his first win of the season. Geoff
Rollins powered into second on lap six, with Tom Carey firing from
the back after an opening-lap spin, charging quickly through the
field. Carey reeled Rollins in on lap 16, and the two would go door
to door and wheel to wheel in the battle for second until the
checkers waved. With Striebel earning the victory lap, Carey was
second, Rollins third, Lescord fourth, and Alyssa Rivera fifth.
Carey was penalized to the third spot for rough riding.
DJ Lazelle suffered the heartbreak
of the night in the Mini Stock feature. Leading the first 27 laps of
the fast paced event, with veteran strongman Chris McTaggart all
over him, Lazelle saw his bid for a career first win fall by the
wayside when his engine went sour with two laps to go. McTaggart
took full advantage of the break afforded him by Lazelle's
misfortune, darting off to his third win in as many weeks. Rookie
Cameron Sontag was strong in second; points leader Mike Stebbins
came home third; with Lazelle and Eric Pomasko rounding out the top
Pat Houle led lap one of the
Lightning Stock main, with CJ Johnson then blasting past him and
immediately checking out on the rest of the field. Johnson would
take the checkers a half-lap ahead of runner-up Chris Davis. Houle,
Tim O'Shea, and Hillary Renaud completed the top five. Coming up
just shy of posting his first win of the season a week earlier.
Young Gun Matt Kimball didn't let
this one get away. The second generation racer held the point from
green to checkers, leading Dylan Morse and Mike McGoldrick Jr.
across the stripe. Michelle Leh was fourth on the night, and Chris
Buffone came home fifth.
Jason Barden set the pace for the
first nine laps of the Thunder Stock feature, with Marshall Usher
then taking charge, and Dave Greenslit following close behind.
Usher would hold Greenslit in his shadow the final 16 laps to score
his third win of the summer. Barden completed his strong night's
work in third, Henry Martin was fourth, and Tyler Janovsky took the
checkers in fifth.
Dave Berghman romped to victory in
the Pro 4 Modified main. Dan Meservey Jr. made a lap-corner pass to
swipe second from Derek Robbie. Tom Royer guided the first Pro 4
Lite racer under the checkers.
Ed Gilman won the Classic Lites
feature. CJ McLaughlin was second, and Paul Colson third.
Mid-Week Wednesday Practice - Monadnck
Speedway will be holding Wednesday
practice sessions starting on May 14th. The fee for practice is $50
per car and $20 pit fee for each driver and crewmembers. The
hours will be from 2pm - 7pm.
This practice session is open to all competitors (including touring
and competitors from other tracks). The minimum to hold a practice
session will be ten teams, therefore teams will have to
pre-register. To pre-register and to ensure we have ten teams
registered to cover the cost of the practice session, competitors
will need to pay the $50 practice fee by Noon on the Tuesday prior
to the Wednesday practice session. The fee can be paid on the race
day event prior to the Wednesday session or competitors can call the
office on Mondays (1pm-3pm) and on Tuesdays (10am-Noon) to pay by
credit card. The practice fee is non-refundable. Pit admission fee
will be collected on the day of the practice session.
Figure 8 Racing...The
management of Monadnock Speedway is researching the idea of bringing
a fan favorite of Figure 8 Racing to the 1/4 track. The
division would most likely be V6 type of vehicle, totally stock with
the exception of adding safety features to the car. The vehicle
would also be only one make/model allowed to compete with. The
management would like to hear from all individuals who would be
interested in competing in Figure 8 racing. If you are interested,
please email the speedway at
Rain Cancellations: The
speedway will do their best to make a decision around 10am on the day
of an event regarding cancellations due to weather. If the forecast is
for 30%-50% of scattered showers, the management may hold off in
making a decision until Noon on regular events to allow further
research in the hourly forecast and radar. The management looks at
various weather outlets along with advisement from local airports. The goal in making a
decision early is to ensure that competitors do not waste time and travel
costs if the weather looks like it will not cooperate. If the
forecast looks "iffy", the speedway recommends calling the office
after 10am (for forecasts over 50% of showers/rain) or at Noon (for a
forecast at 30%-50% for showers/rain). Race teams and fans can also
sign up on rainedout.com to receive a text message or go to the
speedway's facebook page. Please note: the webpage may be delayed up
to a 1/2 hour in
the update due to the dial up connection (we are working with Comcast
to receive high speed so we can have quicker updates). To cancel an
event is never an easy decision (unless their is no doubt it will
rain). The owners request everyone to understand there are many
factors in canceling an event including air temperatures and the
timing of the predicted showers as it can affect the safety of the
racers due a cool damp track surface along with the financial
aspects for both the competitors and the track.
Special notice to
competitors who are in divisions that is mandatory to have a AMB/MYLAPS
transponder...The transponder technician requests that all
transponders be charged and mounted during the practice sessions.
Last year we had issues with competitors not putting their
transponders in for practice and then having problems with the
transponder during the heats/features. If the competitor has
the transponder in and working during practice we will know if there
are any issues with the transponder prior to the heats/features.
Competitors who do not follow this simple request to have a working
transponder mounted in during practice will first get a warning. The
second time the competitor will start in the rear of the field for
the heats, the third time the competitor will start last in the
feature. If after the third time a competitor has not followed the
request, the competitor will not be scored for that event! We
appreciate your cooperation this will ensure that the scoring is
properly done through the AMB system. THE TRANSPONDERS ARE
MANDATORY FOR SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS, SUPER STOCKS & MINI STOCKS. IF
YOU NEED TO PURCHASE OR LEASE ONE GO TO MYLAPS.COM, THE SPEEDWAY
DOES NOT SELL THEM.
Monadnock Speedway and
Town Fair Tires have partnered up to offer the Young Gun competitors
a discount for the new Young Gun tire. The speedway management has
decided, with guidance from Town Fair Tire, on a tire that is very
comparable to the Bridgestone Fuzions which were the original track
tire when the division started and was favored by the Young Gun
teams. The Sumitomo Doral 195/60 HR14 and 195/65 HR15 is the
official track tire for the Young Guns and will only be the tire
allowed (competitors who have old Cooper Starfires from 2013
that are still in good condition may use them up to the May 31, 2014
event). The Sumitomo Doral tire is available at all Town Fair Tire
locations at a discounted price of $65 each. When purchasing tires,
tell the associate that they are discounted under Young Guns for the
discounted price. PLEASE NOTE: THE YOUNG GUN TIRE
PROGRAM WILL BE ACTIVATED ON TUESDAY (APRIL 1ST) AT ALL TOWN FAIR
TIRE LOCATIONS. MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY AND TOWN FAIR TIRE APOLOGIZE FOR
ANY INCONVENIENCE REGARDING THE ACTIVATION PROCESS OF THIS NEW