NERF'ers Corner by Robert Echo

Missing Drivers and Versatile S.J. Evonsion

– FRIDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 1978 –

Missing Drivers and Versatile S.J. Evonsion

You’ll find this weeks column a little less filled with controversy for sure. Let’s say that it will be from the lighter side.

Never the less, the “NASCAR-Radical Racer” battle will continue at Riverside Park Speedway this Saturday night and I’m sure we’ll hit on the controversy again as more details arise and I’m sure they will.

While on the subject of Riverside, how’d you like the field of cars they had last week? What do you mean, “What field”? They had a total of 26 cars sign into the pits for the night including one that made it to the track just before the feature. Don Desrocher blew his engine in warm ups and motor problems befell Ronny Wyckoff. That left 23 Mods to fill a 24 car field until the late arrivals made the scene. How long will fans put up with racing programs that are short on cars? The only good side of last weeks program was that some cars that are never able to qualify, fell into starting positions.

Ray Miller and many other notable names were absent at Stafford that Friday in 1978. Why? Dunno! Howie Hodge photo.
Ray Miller and many other regulars were absent at Stafford that Friday in 1978. Why? Dunno! Howie Hodge photo.

How about only 30 cars for the July 26th All Star show at Stafford Motor Speedway? Just enough to fill the starting grid. Thompson Speedway had some 51 Modifieds the week before. The question is, why do the cars continue to stay away from Stafford? The track hasn’t got the Black Plague, only the Red Menace. Come on back guys, we need ya! The field of cars was again small last Friday night. Some of the regulars missing were Dick Caso, Ray Miller, Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Moose Hewitt, Mike Murphy, Dick Traynor, Ron Rocco, Gene Bergin, Tom Sylvester, Leo Cleary, and Billy Knight.

Ron Bouchard's M&H Tires No. 7 had troubles at Stafford, but not to fear, S.J. Evonsion and his car owners were there and gave him the seat to the No. 91 Mustang bodied Modified. Howie Hodge photo.
Ron Bouchard’s M&H Tires No. 7 had troubles at Stafford, but not to fear, S.J. Evonsion and his car owners were there and gave him the seat to the No. 91 Mustang bodied Modified. Howie Hodge photo.

The M&H Tire Vega got engine sickness last Friday night at Stafford. Could it be because it was without it’s snazzy white sidewalls? We know it doesn’t make ol No. 7 go any faster, but it’s nice to see some color put in the sport besides red!

Could it be that the driver of the Big Red Machine has cleaned up his driving act over the last few weeks? Was that really G.B. Who was passing out red lollipops at Stafford last week? Seymour, ya still got Jared’s vote.

Watch for the new edition of the “Modifieds of the Monthcalendar this week. It will have a centerfold of No. 1 and No. 6 or is that No. 6 and No. 1? The Winston 100 will tell us who’s who.

You always hear about the front runners, the stars so to speak. Well, here’s a switcharoo for you. We want to give some ink to some of the lesser known who are going good. At Stafford let’s mention Dave Monaco, Corky Cookman, W.J. Grez, Ronny Rocco and Jeb Balise in the Limited Sportsman. At Riverside the praise goes to W.J. Grez, Jim Whipple, Dick Taylor and Frank Minch. Tony Papale, Jerry Dostie and Jack Hamilton are to be cited at Thompson.

This is for Deborah Johnson of West Haven. You are definitely right and I’m sure you’d like to know that many of the drivers feel the same way.

S.J. Evonsion in the Connolly-Hosmer No. 28 Chevette bodied Modified, seen here at Stafford in 1980. Howie Hodge photo.
S.J. Evonsion in the Connolly-Hosmer No. 28 Chevette bodied Modified, seen here at Stafford in 1980. Howie Hodge photo.

This years most versatile driver has to be S.J. Evonsion who wheels the Bolles, Telasandro, and Checci No. 91 Mustang at Stafford and the Connolly-Hosmer No. 28 Chevette at Riverside. He also straps into the Jim Fournier No. 47 Vega to run Thompson. Super job in three different cars. The personable Evonsion gave up his ride last week at Stafford to Ronny Bouchard. To the owners of the No. 91 and Evonsion, I say you should be commended. The only bad side of the whole thing was that the car got severly damaged in a six car pile up in the third turn.

The Ronny Bouchard Fan Club is set up on Fan Club Alley at Stafford on Fridays, Seekonk on Saturdays and Sundays at Thompson. See Barbara or Diane of write the fan club (address withheld). They have t-shirts, jackets, bumper stickers, pencils, pads, and pictures for sale. Membership is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Here are some short quotes on the new tire rule for the 1979 season from the men who drive the cars..

Tony Papale; “Middle guys will run new tires every week.”
Richie Evans; “I’ll quit racing.”
Ken Bouchard; “It’ll be the same guys running up front.”
Jerry Cook; “I really don’t know yet.”
Jon Potter; “Where will I get used tires?”
Brian Ross & Marty Radewick; “It sucks.”
Stan Greger; “It’ll help the little guy.”
Bob Polverari; “Should make it more competitive.”
Ed Flemke; “Promoters should test them first.”

What do you think? Let us know by dropping us a line to NERF’ers Corner c/o NESS.

Until next time, “Keep on Trackin’.”

–  In  Memory  of  Rollie  Jacobs  –

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