DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2003) -- With three weeks remaining in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series New England Region championship contest, the field of contenders is shaping up as the series' final weekend of racing approaches. Meme DeSantis, of...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2003) -- With three weeks remaining in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series New England Region championship contest, the field of contenders is shaping up as the series' final weekend of racing approaches. Meme DeSantis, of Temple, Pa., leads the regional standings for the second consecutive week with a record of five wins and 11 top-five finishes at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa.
Veteran Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl driver Dennis Gada, of Salem, Conn., is closing in on DeSantis' lead. Gada, a four-time track champion and two-time regional runner-up, has stepped up his performance in recent weeks and will use Waterford's last three racing events -- Sept. 6, 13 and 20 -- to make a run for the title. Since Aug. 16, Gada has recorded a win and three top-five finishes in his last four starts and improved from 13th to second in the regional standings.
Another driver making his way towards to top of is Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, Vt. Jarvis, who competes at Claremont (N.H.) Speedway, moved up to third in the New England Region standings after his fourth victory last weekend. Claremont is also the home track of 2002 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national champion Peter Daniels, of Lebanon, N.H. Daniels has been out of the headlines for most of this season, however, as Jarvis continues to be the top driver at Claremont. Daniels' follow-up season to his national title-winning campaign has produced six wins and 10 top-five finishes in 15 starts -- a fine record for many weekly rracers but a far cry from Daniels' incredible 14-win performance last season.