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Hurricane Irene caused a great deal of grief all over the East Coast last week and continues to do so as the storm travels north towards Canada. As a result of the storm, race tracks up and down the East Coast were forced to postpone or cancel events.
However, one event that wasn’t postponed was the aptly named UNOH Perfect Storm 150 for asphalt modifieds at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. So, who won this annual battle of pavement pounders in Thunder Valley? Here is a hint, he is fast like a rocket…
HELLO NEWMAN, AGAIN!: Ryan Newman has been making a habit of winning in a NASCAR modified. He continued that habit last Wednesday when he drove to his second-straight victory at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway during the UNOH Perfect Storm 150.
The annual combo race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour belonged to Newman from the outset. He started fourth but drove his way by polesitter Bobby Santos III for the lead on lap one.
He led the first 86 laps before giving way to Todd Szegedy on lap 87. Szegedy and James Civali led briefly before Newman retook the lead on lap 128 en route to his fourth series victory. The triumph was, as Newman said, a bit of vindication for the team, which had been disqualified after winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.
Justin Bonsignore, who won the pole at Bristol in 2010, finished second. Szegedy, Civali and Patrick Emerling completed the top five. NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Frank Fleming finished eighth and was credited with a victory as the highest finishing Southern Modified regular. It was the first Southern Modified victory of Fleming’s career.
TAKE A BOW, BOWMAN: Youngster Alex Bowman has been cutting his teeth this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and has been doing a reasonable good job. Driving for X Team Racing, Bowman is fifth in the series standings and is looking like a serious threat to win by the end of the season.
On Friday he took his racing skills on the road to Madison International Raceway in Wisconsin where, much to the surprise of many, he out dueled the best the ARCA Racing Series has to offer to earn his first ARCA victory in his first series start.
Bowman, driving the No. 55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, inherited the lead led when Tim George, Jr. pitted for fresh tires on lap 161. The youngster survived multiple challenges from his teammate and polesitter Clint King and a challenge from Chris Buescher during the final restart on lap 198 to pick up the victory.
Bowman became the third driver this year to earn his first ARCA victory in his first ARCA start, joining road-racing expert Andrew Ranger and fellow Venturini Motorsports driver Brennan Poole.
Buescher finished second Friday night ahead of King, Ty Dillon and Tom Hessert III.
ASPHALT TIDBITS: Hurricane Irene put the proverbial kibosh on a number of short-track events up and down the East Coast. Not only did several tracks cancel their weekly events, several touring events were affected as well.
Included in those cancellations were the American-Canadian Tour/Serie ACT Castrol late-model Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside in Quebec Saturday and the Pro All Stars Series North super-late-model event at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park Sunday. Both races were rescheduled for Sept. 11.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Connecticut’s Thompson International Speedway Thursday was also rained out, but that event has not yet been rescheduled.
- NASCAR revealed last week that the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, held annually in January at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in California, will not be scheduled in January 2012.
At this point NASCAR has not confirmed that the event is canceled; it simply won’t be scheduled for January at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. There is still a chance the race could take place elsewhere in 2012, though there is no word on any potential venues.
A number of NASCAR’s best have visited victory lane in the event, including two-time winners Joey Logano and Matt Kobyluck. Other winners are David Gilliland, Jason Bowles, Austin Cameron and Mike Johnson.
Other winners this weekend were…
Andy Suess (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina)
Valenti Modified Racing Series at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut on Thursday. No reschedule date announced.
American-Canadian Tour/Serie ACT Castrol late models at Circuit Riverside in Quebec on Saturday. Rescheduled for Sept. 11.
Pro All Stars Series North super late models at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire on Sunday. Rescheduled for Sept. 11.
Jegs/CRA All-Star Tour for crate late models at Owosso Speedway in Michigan (Sept. 3)
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Langley Speedway in Virginia (Sept. 3)
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Spokane County Raceway in Washington (Sept. 3)
Pro All Stars Series South super late models at Ace Speedway in North Carolina (Sept. 3)
UARA-STARS Late Model Series at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Virginia (Sept. 3)
American-Canadian Tour late models at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Vermont (Sept. 4)
ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour late models at Norway Speedway in Wisconsin (Sept. 4)
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Canada (Sept. 4)
ARCA Racing Series at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois (Sept. 5)
CRA Super Series super late models at Winchester Speedway in Indiana (Sept. 5)
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina (Sept. 5)