SILVA TOPS SPORT FOURS

Ken Silva dominated the Sport Four division at the Venditti Memorial, taking over at the green and leading the entire distance to the finish.  The division champ can add another to the five wins he had already claimed this season. Ed Gould powered around the field from his last place start to gain runnerup honors. Silva and Keith Anderson car faced off at the front of the field with East Taunton’s Dave Westgate and Robert Henry of Cranston Behind him.  Vincent Arrenegado and Christopher Bissell of Coventry were the third row with Gould starting scratch. At the start, Silva went to the front while Westgate dived underneath, coming out in second.  Anderson got loose and Arrenegado almost wrecked, falling to third and Anderson to fourth.  Meanwhile, Gould was coming up fast. Westgate spun coming off turn 4, up near the wall, and Gould, coming around high, barely made it between Silva and the wall, but came out unscathed.  The restart on lap 3 had Arrenegado outside Silva.  Westgate restarted from the rear as an accident car. Silva was able to jump away from Arrenegado, as Gould quickly came up from fourth on the grid into second.  Keith Anderson got up into Westgate, and the latter spun and back to the wall, but did not make hard contact. This time, Gould started outside Silva at the front with Arrenegado and Bissell on the second row.  Westgate was at the rear again. Silva again nabbed the lead with Gould second.  Arrenegado followed and Westgate jumped to third.  Gould was working high trying to generate a pass, but Silva began pulling away. By lap 7 the two leaders led the pack by a...

KUHN COMES BACK TO WIN SYRA 750

Ashley Kuhn of Plymouth, MA survived a crash fest that grounded half her competitors, then hung tough after falling to the back of the field of 3 cars remaining to come from behind, then win going away in SYRA 750 action at the DAV. Somerset’s Dave Hutchins, Jr. led off from the pole with Kaitlyn Donovan of Waterford, CT on his outside. Fairhaven, MA driver Adam Swift and Nate Bubello of Holliston, MA were the second row, with Jacob Swift of Fairhaven and Kuhn behind them. Coming off the start, Hutchins spun in the second turn and went to the rear of the field. Donovan had Adam Swift on the outside got the start and went to the lead.  Bubello went underneath and created a three-wide situation with Donavan and Swift above him.  Bubello gained the lead in turn four, while Hutchins was coming around the whole field.  Adam Swift tapped Hutchins and he spun, with the entire field scattering to avoid.  Donovan did well, navigating through a cavorting group of mini cup cars to emerge unscathed.  She moved into the lead over Jacob Swift.  Adam spun in turn 4 and then Jacob was around a half lap later, on the backstretch.  Both left for the pits.  Only Adam was able to return.  On the restart, Donovan and Kuhn led Bubello and Swift out of the box.  Donovan grabbed the lead, and Kuhn settled into second. With Donovan moving away, Swift began to attempt an underneath pass on Kuhn in lap 3.  They diced it up for two laps with Swift going to second.  Bubello began falling back and went to the pits on the next lap. Into lap 8, Donovan led...

LASCUOLA ADDS DAV TO SYRA 600 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nick Lascuola from Brockton led all but 4 laps of the 25-lap SYRA 600 race, giving him the Venditti Memorial trophy to add to his divisional championship.  He finished with a whopping 7-second lead over runnerup Jason Enos II of Assonet, MA.  Branden Dion of Taunton was third.   Rounding out the field were Chase Belcher of West Wareham, MA, Shelby Donovan, Waterford, CT, Curtis Rolando, Newport, RI, Christine Cavallaro, Seekonk, Willy Sanchez, Providence, Tylar Nailor, Marstons Mills, MA, David Lougee, Taunton, MA,  Kieran Carpenter and Tyler Boudreau. Tylar Nailor and Chase Belcher started the front row; they battled out of the green for position.  On turn two, Kiera Carpenter spun in turn two, but she was able to gather it in and the race proceeded.  Coming out of 4, Nailor got sideways.  Cars scrambled and Rolando and Sanchez were tagged in the melee.  Without a lap complete, the field came back for a restart.  Belcher and Lascuola led off at the front with Rolando and Branden Dion behind them. Belcher went to the lead, but Carpenter spun between turns 1 and 2.  Cars scattered around her, but Shelby Donovan struck a glancing blow on Carpenter’s driver’s side.  The car was pushed to the pits and ended its night. On the ensuing restart, Belcher and Lascuola again battled.  Coming to the stripe, Belcher got loose and Lascuola moved ahead to lead lap one.  Dion settled on Belcher’s bumper wile Enos went under Dion to take third.  As they battled door-to-door, Belcher and Lascuola exchanged the lead until lap 7, when Dion lost power at the end of the backstretch, bringing out the caution. On the restart, Lascuola went to the lead as Belcher fell...

UHRIG TAKES PURE STOCKS FROM GREEN TO CHECKERs

Pure Stock champion for 2010, Nick Uhrig of Warwick, RI, leapt off the pole and led the field from start to finish.  Jamie Salley of Taunton, MA, gave chase from the outside pole to the checkers, but could not overhaul the champ on his way to the DAV win.  Ed Flanagan Jr. from Warwick finished third.  Rounding out the top ten were Mark Boisvert, Uxbridge, Ma, Amy Arsenault, Concord, NC, Earl Curtin III West Warwick, RI, Bill Chouinard Swansea, MA, Randy Moretti West Warwick, Doug Benoit, Swansea, MA, and Kent Hopkins, East Taunton, MA. Uhrig went to the lead off the green with Salley on his shoulder, battling.  Flanagan tried to get underneath, but Salley kept it side-by-side with Uhrig and Flanagan fell back.  Bill Chouinard followed with Moretti and Curtin behind. On lap 6, with Salley clinging to Uhrig’s back bumper, Joe Carpenter had the rim fly off his car in turn 2 and over the wall, putting the 51 car into a spin.  He went off on the hook and was gone for the duration. On the restart, Uhrig and Salley again were door-to-door at the front and they battled at the green.  Uhrig claimed the lead in turn 4.  Flanagan briefly held second, but Salley would not yield and reclaimed the spot.  Brendan Lord spun to the grass on lap 12, As Uhrig again grabbed the front on the backstretch after the restart, Moretti looped between turns 1 and 2, but wasn’t hit and he kept it going.  Then Benoit spun, causing Vinny Pangelinan and Jamie Burch to collide.  The lap13restart had Uhrig and Salley followed by Flanagan and Arsenault.  Boisvert and Chouinard made up row 3. Uhrig...

BOTELHO NABS NEMA CROWN AT DAV

Attleboro driver Keith Botelho came back to the sport and midget racing after a long layoff, in a veteran car with a veteran motor and a veteran crew.  The combination spelled victory for him as he took the lead away from John Zych, Jr. on lap 9 and lead the remaining 16 laps to the finish.  “I was expecting somebody to come by me,” said Botelho of the surprising ease of his victory.   “I knew Cicconi was back there and I was waiting for him or somebody else to come rolling by.”  Nobody could do it, and Botelho found himself in Victory Lane at race’s end. Greg Stoehr from Bridgewater, MA, took second and Zych finished third.  Rounding out the top 10 were:  Chris Leonard of Pelham, NH., Chris Deritis of Philadelphia, Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA, Chris Abold of Pennellville, NY, Cicconi of Ashton, PA, Jim Miller of Weymouth, MA, and Russ Stoehr of Bridgewater.  Russ Stoehr and Randy Cabral had come into the event with Cabral trailing the points leader by 22 points and Cabral had high hopes of gaining on Stoehr. But lap 4 trouble with a flat left front tire sidelined him from the race, dropping him to 21stoverall with just one event remaining in the NEMA season:  the World Series at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut next weekend. Zych, from Liverpool, NY, leapt off the pole and led the first nine circuits on the 63-year-old racetrack, designed originally for midget racing. Zych had a firm handle on the early stages of the race, running away from the field after the lap 4 restart for Cabral’s flat.  With Botelho on his outside shoulder, he wasted no time...