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09/17/06

Whelen Volunteer Fire Department 150 / Speedbowl Notes

    Sunday's Whelen Volunteer Fire Department 150 will be the 12th Whelen Modified Tour event since Waterford Speedbowl returned to the NASCAR fold in 2000. The Speedbowl, however, is a charter member of the Tour, running four races between 1985 and 1987.
    Four of the WMT Whelen Volunteer Fire Department 150 entries, including 2005 winner Chris Pasteryak, have been victorious in the SK-Modified 100 segment of the
Town Fair Tire Finale. Ron Yuhas Jr., a WMT rookie, won three straight (1999-01) Finales. Eric Berndt ('98) and Dennis Charette ('04) were also winners.
    WMT entry Joe McKennedy owns the fastest lap ever recorded at the Speedbowl. Electronic scoring caught McKennedy at 12.2 seconds in an International Supermodified Association (ISMA) heat in 2005.
    Jerry Marquis has four straight top-four WMT Speedbowl finishes. Marquis had a first (Aug. 27) and a fourth last year. He had a fourth and a second in 2004.
Marquis has a total of six top fives including a win in 2000 and a third in 2003.
    Ed Flemke, a one-time SK-Modified regular, also has two Speedbowl WMT victories. Flemke, who calls the Speedbowl "bare knuckle racing," has seven Tour top-fives at the Speedbowl, trailing Mike Stefanik by one in that category.
    Entered drivers who hope to join Marquis and Flemke in the two-win bracket include Reggie Ruggiero ('01), Ted Christopher ('02), Rick Fuller ('03), Chuck Hossfeld ('03) and Donny Lia ('05). Christopher and Fuller are both one-time Speedbowl champions.
    Hossfeld holds the single lap record at the Speedbowl, turning a 13.63 lap in 2003.
THE HOME FOLKS
    Joe Godbout III won the Mini Stock feature the last time the WMT was at Waterford. His father won on a Tour date in 2001.
    Allen Coates (Late Models) and Richard Brooks (Mini Stock) are big fans of the Modified Tour. Each has won three times over the past two years on Tour dates. In 2004, they each won on both of the Tour visits. Dennis Gada (SK), Mark St.Hilaire (Late Models), Norm Root Jr. (Sportsman) and Danny Field (Mini) each have two Tour date wins.

Source:  Peter Zanardi/Waterford Speedbowl PR
Posted:  September 17, 2006

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