Chris DeRitis with a
19th after fan is smashed off the radiator
Stefanik Gives Home State Fans Reason To Cheer With Coffee Cup Victory
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mike Stefanik gave
Rhode Island race fans bragging rights on Saturday night as the
51-year-old from Coventry, R.I., claimed the 40-lap TQ-Midget Coffee Cup
main event at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Stefanik, 51, a seven-time NASCAR Modified Tour champion and two-time
Camping World East champion, was the only Ocean State entry in the field
of more than 40 cars that tackled the indoor concrete oval.
“This is incredible,” Stefanik said. “This win is so sweet. When I
looked over the entry list and saw guys like Billy Pauch, Lou Cicconi
Jr., Davey Hamilton, Ted Christopher, Frank Fischer entered to race, it
got me all pumped up.”
Stefanik never raced a TQ-Midget indoors until last March, when the
indoor series debuted at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
“Seeing those fans cheer for me over the final laps meant a lot,”
Stefanik said. “They were my home state fans, and it means a lot to me
keep this Dunkin’ Donuts trophy in Rhode Island.”
Mike Lichty of Innerkip, Ont, who won Friday night’s 30-lap main event,
finished second, while Frank Fischer of Flemington, N.J., was third,
Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa. was fourth and Paul Lotier Jr. of Lebanon,
Pa. was fifth.
It appeared early in the main event that Stefanik wouldn’t be around at
the end of the 40-lap race. He started eighth but was involved in a
multi-car crash on lap seven.
Stefanik returned from the incident and was up to ninth when a second
incident on lap 20 sent him to the rear of the field.
Then, Stefanik found the outside groove to his liking.
Over the next few circuits, Stefanik used the outside line, a groove
used by no other driver, and stayed out of trouble as he inched his way
forward and took the lead on lap 27 from Lichty.
“I was hoping to go 2-for-2,” Lichty said. “However, I popped a brake
line and couldn’t keep the car locked on the bottom.”
Jeff Kot was sixth, followed by Mike Tidaback, Glenn Heverin, Steve
Craig and Ryan Smith. Indy 500 veteran Davey Hamilton finished 12th in
Heat races went to Billy Pauch, Lou Cicconi Jr., Ian Cumens and Tim
Buckwalter. Paul Lotier Jr. and Davey Hamilton won the consolation
Ryan Kendall of East Greenbush, N.Y., passed Justin Bonsignore with a
lap left in the 25-lap Champ Kart main to score the victory.
Bonsignore, who ran out of gas, finished second, while Bryan Shields,
Eric Zeh and Chris Daley completed the top five positions.
Bonsignore, Daley and Nick Hadden won the heats, while Tammy Smith and
Michael Pares Jr. won the consolation races.
TQ Midget Feature
Finish, 40 Laps: 1. Mike Stefanik; 2. Mike Lichty;
3. Frank Fischer; 4. Matt Janisch; 5. Paul Lotier Jr; 6. Jeff Kot;
7. Mike Tidaback; 8. Glenn Heverin; 9. Steve Craig; 10. Ryan Smith;
11. Dan Dunigan Jr; 12. Davey Hamilton; 13. Joey Payne; 14. Billy Pauch;
15. Mike Iles; 16. Timex Morgan; 17. Tim Buckwalter; 18. Christopher
Allen; 19. Chris DeRitis; 20. Ian Cumens; 21. Frank Polimeda;
22. Lou Cicconi Jr.; 23. Ted Christopher; 24. James Michael Friesen.
Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Ryan Kendall; 2. Justin Bonsignore;
3. Bryan Shields; 4. Eric Zeh; 5. Chris Daley; 6. Gavin Soraghan; 7.
Tammy Smith; 8. Michael Pares Jr; 9. Evan Beaulieu;
10. Randy Brundage; 11. Adam Dion; 12. Clinton Mills; 13. Jay Dimond;
14. Todd Root; 15. Nick Hadden; 16. John Hillman; 17. Glen Brehio;
18. Ron Midford Jr.; 19. Greg Simmons; 20. Rob Murray;
21. Andrew Swisher; 22. Chris Martel; 23. Adam Gage; 24. George Bark Jr.
Lichty Scores Impressive Coffee Cup Victory At Dunkin’ Donuts Center
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mike Lichty was hoping
this would come one day.
For the past five years, the Innerkip, Ontario, driver has been chasing
an indoor auto racing victory.
On Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., Lichty,
22, got his wish as he claimed a wild 30-lap TQ-Midget main event that
saw him and the rest of the feature field wrestle through numerous
“I’ve been hoping for this day for a long time,” Lichty said. “(Car
owner) Larry Turnbull has given me a top car, but we haven’t got the
right breaks over the years.
“We’ve finished in the top five many times. We’ve had second, third and
fourth place finishes indoors, but we’ve never been able to get a win.”
Lichty topped indoor expert Lou Cicconi Jr. of Aston, while Matt Janisch
of Nazareth, Pa., Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn., and Paul Lotier
Jr. of Lebanon, Pa. completed the top five spots.
Lichty fought off several bids for the lead from Christopher and Cicconi.
Cicconi passed the former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion for the
runner-up spot for good on lap 26. Christopher had steering issues after
contact with the wall late in the race.
Lichty had problems of his own.
“My throttle was sticking,” he said. “I was really concerned, because
you’re going so quick here, and it doesn’t take much to land in the
Mike Osite finished sixth, while Mike Tidaback, Christopher Allen, Billy
Pauch and James Michael Friesen completed the top 10 spots. Multi-time
Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton finished 19th, while NASCAR
driver David Reutimann finished 26th.
Heat race wins went to Christopher, Cicconi, Frank Fischer of
Flemington, N.J., and Tim Buckwalter of Douglasville, Pa. Tim Proctor of
Hamilton, N.J. and Davey Hamilton of Jamestown, Ind., won the
Christopher set fast time with a lap of 8.0733 seconds.
Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y., won the 25-lap Champ Kart main
over Nick Hadden of Binghamton, N.Y., two-time Dunkin’ Donuts Center
winner Chris Daley of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., Gavin Soraghan of
Harwinton, Conn., and Tammy Smith of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.
Dailey, Soraghan and Bonsignore won heat races, while Michael Sullivan
of Somerset, Mass., and Adam Gage of Plainfield, N.H., won the
consolation races. Eric Zeh of Selden, N.Y., had fast time with a lap of
A complete program of heat races and feature events for TQ-Midgets and
Champ Karts is scheduled for Saturday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Race time is 7 p.m.
TQ Midget Feature
Finish, 30 Laps: 1. Mike Lichty; 2. Lou Cicconi Jr;
3. Matt Janisch; 4. Ted Christopher; 5. Paul Lotier Jr; 6. Mike Osite;
7. Mike Tidabach; 8. Christopher Allen; 9. Billy Pauch; 10. James Michael
Friesen; 11. Ian Cumens; 12. Tim Buckwalter; 13. Danny Shirey;
Fischer; 15. Russ Bailey; 16. Tim Proctor; 17. Jimmy Carpenter; 18.
Glenn Heverin; 19. Davey Hamilton; 20. Christopher Haskell;
21. Matt Roselli; 22. Mike Iles; 23. Anthony Sesely; 24. Mike Stefanik;
25. Jeff Kot; 26. David Reutimann.
Feature Finish, 25 Laps: 1. Justin Bonsignore; 2. Nick Hadden; 3.
Chris Daley; 4. Gavin Soraghan; 5. Tammy Smith; 6. Ron Midford Jr.;
Adam Dion; 8. John Hillman; 9. Evan Beaulieu; 10. Chris Martel;
11. Glen Brehio; 12. Greg Simmons; 13. Eric Zeh; 14. Todd Root;
15. Dale Friedly;
16. Jay Dimond; 17. Ryan Kendall; 18. George Bark Jr;
Sullivan; 20. Adam Gage; 21. Andrew Swisher;
22. Clinton Mills; 23. Rob
Murray; 24. Mike Perry.
Did Not Start: Andrew Holewiak.