THOMPSON, CT.------Ted Christopher won
the battle but Bobby Santos won the war.
In one of the more entertaining races
of the entire 2010 season, Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT powered by Doug
Coby with three laps to win the season ending World Series of Racing at the
Thompson International Speedway.
It appeared the Coby, the best driver
on the modified tour not to have a full time ride, looked to have the
victory in hand, but a couple of late races cautions, slowed the field and
allowed TC to pull alongside on each restart.
All the while Bobby Santos did just he
needed to do as he pitted on lap 47 and then kept Mike Stefanik in his
vision to capture his first ever championship of any kind and he gave
longtime modified car owner his second straight title and his third title in
the last four years.
RUMOR SEASON ALREADY?
The 2010 racing hadnít even taken the
checkered flag and already, they are rumors of driver changes for the 2011
season are in full rumor mode.
But one driver who will remain in the
same seat is that of James Civali. Civali, who finished third in the
southern modified tour, will return to the seat of Roger and Sandy Hill
owned, Coors Lights sponsored Pontiac.
That is about the only constant as the
calendar turns the page in 11 weeks. Some major changes are in store if the
rumors pan out. It should be to be an interesting off season.
REDRAW NEEDS TO GO
The NASCAR redraw to set the starting
lineup following time trials needs to go. The policy of having the pole
award winner pilling a pill of 6, 8, or 10 to determine how many drivers
will then redraw for their starting position.
It is unfair and out of touch with
every other form of NASCAR racing especially now, that NASCAR is awarding
points for leading a lap and leading the most laps.
A good example was in the southern
modified tour season finale at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, when Andy Seuss
set the fast time and then drew the pill to have 10 cars redraw and he
He then was caught up in an accident
and ended his day and championship hopes as he entered the race just a
handful of points behind Civali.
If, as NASCAR says, they want all their
series to be the same, itís time to drop this unfair practice.
SEASON ENDER GOOD OR BAD
The World Series of Racing at the
Thompson International Speedway always brings a mixed reaction to both fans
When racing fans and teams begin to
arrive on Friday, for Don Hoenigís season ending spectacular, they know that
for the most part, that racing season in the northeast is done for another
year and for the teams, it is one last chance at glory before the snow flies
for the winter.
If you had a great spring and summer,
you are sad to see the year come to an end while if you struggled, you canít
wait for the checkered flag to fall.
The season for the most part produced
good racing but the tour struggled in 2010 because of the economy. Tracks
were hurting for fans, fans stayed away and like any business, it easier to
keep a current customer than to try and win them. Fans found other things to
do. As far as the teams go, the lack of sponsorship hurt everyone as the
gravy train ride that NASCAR was enjoying in the late 90ís and early 2000 is
The struggles are going to be around
for a few more years. Hopefully, weekly and regional racing wonít be overly
TOUR HEADING TO CANADA
Speaking of lowering costs or at least
containing cost, the memo on the economy must not have arrived in Daytona as
it is rumored that the tour is heading to Canada for at least one race in
Now we all know that NASCAR is hurting
to find tracks for the modified tour to race on and while former tracks that
they competed on such as Watkins Glen and Richmond arenít part of the
schedule the past few years sending them to Canada is just plain STUPID.
As one car owner told me, ďThis going
to Canada isnít a rumor. And to make it worse yet, the track is located
north of Michigan.Ē He continued, ďPeople canít afford to race in the United
States and now were crossing the border.Ē
To make it worse, this long time car
owner said, the winners share is going to be around what a tour Race at
Stafford would pay. I know I said this is the new improved version of me but
this idea is shear lunacy.
Is NASCAR going to help pay the cost of
every member getting a passport?
In a time when we are asking our
elected officials to use common sense, NASCAR continues to defy logic.
CLOSING THE DOOR AFTER THE HORSE IS
I attended the NASCAR Whelen modified
tour drivers meeting for the first time this year and I was shocked at some
of the talk being given by NASCAR tour official, Brian Vance. Vance,
according to most on the tour, is a very approachable official but he told
the drivers, heading into the last race that NASCAR officials arenít going
to tolerate drivers not lining up properly after a caution restart. Now I am
all for speeding up the races but why wait until the last race of the season
to let the drivers know that you are going to enforce the rules and
SONNY RICHARDS AWARD
Bob Garbarino, the legendary
championship car owner added another impressive award to his name when he
was given the Sonny Richards Memorial Award for the person who is deserving
of his hard work in the modified tour.
Richards was a longtime media member
who worked for Speedway Scene and was the unofficial Good Will ambassador of
the modified tour always taking the time to stop by and chat with all of the
car owners, drivers and crew.
in 2001 one but this award keeps his memory alive and Garbarino is certainly
a worthy recipient of the award.