JIMMY BLEWETT SCORES FIRST CAREER VICTORY AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – (Sept 2, 2006) It was a wild – and rather long – evening of racing action Saturday night in the Made in America Whelen 300 at Martinsville Speedway. When all was said and done, it was all well worth the wait for race winner Jimmy Blewett who picked up what he said was the biggest victory of his young career.

As a matter of fact, wild might be a rather calm word to describe what took place under the lights at the famed Martinsville short track.

“This was definitely a long night,” Blewett said. “To be able to win at a place like Martinsville Speedway is awesome and it's the biggest win of my career. I've got to hand it to the guys on this team because they gave me a good car as soon as we unloaded. We made all our adjustments at the halfway point and we picked up some positions which made it a little easier. We simply put ourselves in a position to win and that's what we did.”

Blewett scored the victory when another rain shower hit the Martinsville area just after midnight and the race was called official at that point. Rounding out the top-five behind Blewett were Ted Christopher, James Civali, Todd Szegedy and Doug Colby.

Saturday night's race was a ‘combination' event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. In the combination format, drivers are credited with an official placement relative to the other drivers in their “home” series.

It was a race that was once again dominated by the Whelen Modified Tour drivers who swept the top eight spots while Tim Brown led the Whelen Southern Modified Tour competitors with his ninth-place finish.

The race was started almost two hours late after a rain shower hit the Martinsville area just before the start of the 50-lap ‘last chance' race. The event was further delayed just after the start for a wild multi-car wreck coming off the fourth turn involving or slowing a majority of the field as the track was essentially blocked.

The race was placed under a temporary red flag while the cars of potential race winners such as Jamie Tomaino, Tony Hirschman, L.W. Miller, Chuck Hossfield and Junior Miller were taken to the garage.

Mike Stefanik had the race's most dominant car in the early stages before Blewett nudged him out the way to take the lead.

“I got into Mike and that's really not the way I wanted to win this race,” Blewett explained. “I know if there was a hole open he would taken advantage of it like I did.”

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action next Saturday night, Sept. 9 at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. while the NASCAR Whelen Tour gets back underway next Sunday, Sept. 10 at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Conn.


Finish of Saturday's $127,953.00 Made In America Whelen 300 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Martinsville Speedway with driver's starting position in parentheses, hometown, make and model of car, laps completed, winner's average speed, reason out (if any) and prize money.

1. (9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell N.J. , Chevrolet, 200, 50.016 mph, $7,700

2. (15) Ted Christopher, Plainville Conn. , Chevrolet, 200, $4,300

3. (21) James Civali, Meriden Conn. , Chevrolet, 200, $4,300

4. (5) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield Conn. , Ford, 200, $3,400

5. (25) Doug Coby, Milford Conn. , Pontiac , 200, $3,000

6. (11) Ron Yuhas, Groton Conn. , Chevrolet, 200, $2,300

7. (24) Matt Hirschman, Northampton Pa. , Dodge, 200, $2,550

8. (29) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead N.Y. , Chevrolet, 200, $1,800

9. (12) Tim Brown, Cana Va. , Chevrolet, 200, $1,750

10. (38) Gene Pack, N. Myrtle Beach S.C. , Chevrolet, 200, $2,200

11. (31) Michael Clifton, Walkertown N.C. , Chevrolet, 200, $1,650

12. (1) Eddie Flemke, Southington Conn. , Chevrolet, 200, $2,400

13. (17) Burt Myers, Walnut Grove N.C. , Chevrolet, 200, $1,575

14. (4) Mike Stefanik, Coventry R.I. , Chevrolet, 200, $5,300

15. (10) Zach Sylvester, Lebanon Conn. , Chevrolet, 200, $2,225

16. (3) Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook Conn. , Dodge, 200, $2,300

17. (6) Donny Lia, Jericho N.Y. , Chevrolet, 199, $2,275

18. (42) Jay Foley, Stuart Va., Chevrolet, 197, $1,450

19. (37) Anthony Sesley, Matawan N.J. , Chevrolet, 196, $2,125

20. (43) Jimmy Storace, Kingston N.H. , Chevrolet, 196, $1,400

21. (40) Wade Cole, Riverton Conn. , Chevrolet, 196, $1,375

22. (34) Jamie Tomaino, Jr., Howell N.J. , Chevrolet, 195, $1,350

23. (23) Richard Houlihan, Bridgewater Mass. , Chevrolet, 194, $2,025

24. (16) Danny Sammons, Trenton N.J. , Chevrolet, 189, $1,700

25. (13) L.W. Miller, Dushore Pa. , Pontiac, 188, $1,275

26. (39) Frank Fleming, Mt Airy N.C., Pontiac , 173, Engine, $1,225

27. (2) Tony Hirschman, Northampton Pa. , Chevrolet, 169, $2,600

28. (27) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove N.C. , Chevrolet, 164, $1,200

29. (30) Ronnie Silk, Norwalk Conn. , Chevrolet, 159, $1,600

30. (28) Bobby Hutchens, Lexington N.C. , Chevrolet, 149, Clutch, $1,200

31. (22) Chuck Hossfeld, Buffalo N.Y. , Pontiac , 145, Clutch, $2,000

32. (33) Brian Loftin, Lexington N.C. , Chevrolet, 100, Shocks, $1,200

33. (20) Ken Barry, Griswold Conn. , Chevrolet, 93, Engine, $1,900

34. (14) Jamie Tomaino, Howell N.J. , Chevrolet, 82, $1,900

35. (35) Brian King, Gibsonville N.C. , Chevrolet, 50, Accident, $1,200

36. (41) Kevin Powell, Winston Salem N.C. , Ford, 23, Engine, $1,200

37. (36) Mike Andrews, Ridge N.Y. , Chevrolet, 23, Suspension, $1,200

38. (8) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill Conn. , Chevrolet, 15, Accident, $1,900

39. (26) Junior Miller, Pine Hall N.C. , Dodge, 15, Radiator, $1,200

40. (19) Steve Whitt, Forked River N.J. , Dodge, 14, Clutch, $1,600

41. (7) Eric Beers, Northampton Pa. , Chevrolet, 12, Accident, $2,000

42. (32) Robbie Summers, Vernon Conn. , Pontiac , 12, Accident, $1,900

43. (18) Richard Savary, Canton Mass. , Chevrolet, 4, Accident, $1,200

 

 

Failed to Qualify: (6) Brian Pack (#81), Jon McKennedy * (#73), Brandon Hire (#44), Randy Butner (#5), Ken Heagy * (#38), Jake Marosz (#9)

Time of Race:2 hrs., 6 mins, 12 secs Average Speed: 50.016 mph Margin of Victory:Under Caution

BUD POLE AWARD: Mike Stefanik, 16 Diversified Metals Chevrolet

FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER: James Civali *, 28 Ramar Hall/Haydt Excavating Chevrolet

POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Gene Pack, 31 Bath Fitter Chevrolet

ROOKIE OF THE RACE: James Civali Ramar Hall/Haydt Excavating Chevrolet

Caution Flags: Laps 3-12; 13-23; 45-49; 51-56; 96-102; 123-140; 147-155; 166-172; 176-181; 194-200. 10 for 86 laps.

Lap Leaders: Eddie Flemke 1-11, Jerry Marquis 12-32, Mike Stefanik 33-95, Jerry Marquis 96-98, Mike Stefanik 99-101, Zach Sylvester 102, Mike Stefanik 103-139, Zach Sylvester 140, Mike Stefanik 141-154, Zach Sylvester 155, Mike Stefanik 156-171, Jimmy Blewett 172, Mike Stefanik 173-181, Jimmy Blewett 182-200.

Total Laps Led: Mike Stefanik 142, Jerry Marquis 24, Jimmy Blewett 20, Eddie Flemke 11, Zach Sylvester 3. 13 changes involving 5 drivers.

For More Information, Contact: Jason Mitchell, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour jmitchell@nascar.com or Mark Mockovak, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour mmockovak@nascar.com

 

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