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DARLING WINS DON DIONNE MEMORIAL FOR PRO STOCKS

Dave Darling came on in the latter stages, once again, to win the Don Dionne Memorial Race for Pro Stocks after working his way up from tenth with ten laps remaining.  Darling engaged Dick Houlihan in a crowd-pleasing duel for the previous nine laps.  Houlihan had charged up from sixth to take over the lead from Kevin Folan on lap sixteen.  Folan had led since the outset.  Houlihan led eleven laps with Mike Brightman coming up to second to challenge him on lap 16.  But four laps later, Darling was knocking and moved Brightman back to third on lap 20.  Brightman continued in that spot through lap thirty-one, when Vanasse came by enroute to second. Houlihan continued as leader until Darling got under him on lap 29.  But the wily Houlihan had seen the move coming and immediately crossed under and tried to scoot below Darling to recapture the lead.  But Darling was equally perceptive and saw Houli coming and held him off.  It was a tour-de-force show by two of the Speedway’s most knowledgeable drivers. And in two of the division’s oldest Pro Stocks.  Both vehicles shepherded by the sport’s top builders:  Ronnie Pond on the Darling vehicle and Len Ellis, Jr. on Houlihan’s ride.  (When Pond and Ellis had combined their efforts back in the ‘90s, it had led to a championship for Ellis as driver.) The...

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CURTIN OUTLASTS FORTIN FOR PURE STOCK WIN

Earl Curtin III stormed through the field from his seventh place start to take the lead of the Pure Stock feature on lap 3, then spent the rest of the race holding off the man he’d eased out of the position – Joseph Fortin.  There was plenty of action to behold as the race went green for the entire 25 laps and battles raged three wide in the pack behind the lead pair.  It wasn’t until lap 22 that Curtin was able to grab a single carlength’s lead for breathing space, as Fortin bothered his back bumper the entire distance, intent on getting back to the front.  Jesse Melberg, last week’s winner, made another of his pantented charges toward the front, climbing from eighth through a madly swirling field of competitors to finally wrest third from Amy Arsenault.  Ed Flanagan followed across for fifth, locked onto Arsenault’s bumper. Keri-Lyn Manfredo leapt of the outside pole past Daniel Johnson to nab the lead at the outset and Fortin went by him into second.  Crossing the stripe after the first lap, Johnson had Arsenault, Curtin and Robidoux chasing him down.  As the field swirled, Curtin moved in behind Manfredo on lap two, then went to the outside for the pass. After a brief door-to-door, and Fortin ran underneath for second.  Manfredo went into a spin in turn four, only to be...

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WISIALKO WINS DOGFIGHT FOR LEGENDS WIN

Al Wisialko snagged his second Legends win on the season, coming out of wildfire restart which saw him, Nick Lascuola and Chris Robbins swirling around each other for the lead.  Lascuola and Robbins were dueling for the lead and left the door open downunder.  Wisialko spotted opportunity and took it, diving through the gap to the front.  Lascuola took it up a notch and they ran wheel-to-wheel for a bit as Robbins closed to Wisialko’s bumper, making a three-car beehive of activity. They crossed under the white flag with Wisialko a half-car ahead of Lascuoloa and the trio rocketed once more around the oval, none giving any ground.  At the checkers, Wisialko had a .089-second win over Lascuola and .251 over Robbins. John O’Sullivan and Andrew Carpenter rounded out the top five. Though he lost the battle, Lascuola won the war:  his second place points will put him over the top into the championship with one regular season race remaining. Robbins blasted off the outside pole like a missile with Andrew Carpenter on his bumper.  O’Sullivan had third going into the second circuit; Matthew Carpenter, Wisialko and Jesse Melberg (the current Pure Stock champion, trying out a Legends ride) followed. Wisialko got around Matthew for fifth and Lascuola was putting on one of his patented charges to the front, sweeping into seventh.  He was on Wisialko’s tail in fifth...

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SOUSA HOLDS OFF MIRANDA FOR SPORT FOUR WIN

Lenny Sousa eased polesitter Kim Bickford out of second on lap our, then stubbornly pursued Gil Bradstreet for the lead through lap 13.  He knew he was in a brawl when his mirror showed Miranda, Shawn DeMello, Michael Glad and Gil Bradstreet bumper-to-bumper behind him.  Miranda elected to go wide around him and now DeMello closed on Lenny’s bumper.  The hacksaw came out as Miranda would run ahead on the backstretch, but Sousa would get it back through turns three and four.  Finally, Sousa once more pushed past and Miranda fell back, allowing Glad into second.  Miranda settled into third, ahead of Demello and Henry Lavallee.  Bradstreet was now sixth, just ahead of David Westgate. The final three laps to the checkers ran in order with Sousa just three tenths of a second ahead of Glad. At the start, Kim Bickford led off with Micholas Mattera on her shoulder.  She ran to the front as Bradstreet ran under Mattera into second. But Westgate, DeMello and Miranda were in a firefight and they got together just past the start-finish line, bringing out the caution.  Miranda immediately ran to the pits for repairs with a good deal of damage. The lap one restart had Bickford and Bradstreet leading off with Bob Henry and Mattera in the second row.  Bickord went ahead out of turn two.  In the pack, Glen Leduc spun,...

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ROLANDO BACK IN VICTORY LANE

Curtis Rolando returned to his winning ways but still had to hold of a sprinting Taylor Bowser as the field in SYRA 750’s pared itself down to three cars by the finish.  Still, it was hold-your-breath competition as Bowser, relegated to the rear of the field by a lap-one caution, sprinted out of the pit chute as the rest of the field took the green and began to chase down the leaders.  She was able to close up to the sprinting Rolando but could not get past before the checkers, finishing just .858 back.  Last week’s winner, David Lougee finished third. Bowser juped for the lead from her spot low on the second row, as polesitter Ashley Kuhn let an opening.  Lougee followed on her bumper and coming down the frontstretch they went four wide into turn one for the second circuit.  But even in mini-cups, four-wides seldom hold on the old bullring, and The Fates chose Lougee to spin to the infield, taking out Shelby Donovan and Bowser.  Rolando cut and dodged to make a fantastic avoidance to the conflict. Donovan and Kuhn retreated to the pits; Bowser was hand-pushed up the pit ramp.  Kuhn was able to return for the restart while Donovan was lost for the remainder of the feature. Rolando now had the pole with Christine Cavallaro on his shoulder.  Lougee and Kuhn were behind...

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DAV Fall Classic with Pro Stock Open 150

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Haunted Hundred – Tri Track Modifieds

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DAV Fast Friday

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The Haunted Hundred – Tri Track Modifieds

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