Gada takes over New England Region championship lead Bonney wins fifth, moves up to third DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2003) -- Dennis Gada, of Salem, Conn., took over the top spot in this week's NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series New England...
Gada takes over New England Region championship lead
Bonney wins fifth, moves up to third
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2003) -- Dennis Gada, of Salem, Conn., took over the top spot in this week's NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series New England Region standings after collecting his sixth win at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl last weekend. Gada, a two-time regional runner-up, leads the standings for the first time this season, displacing Grandview Speedway driver Meme DeSantis, of Temple, Pa., at the top of the leaderboard.
Gada will be put to the true test this weekend, when Waterford Speedbowl's SK Modified division competes in twin feature events this Saturday night. Two good finishes could solidify Gada's lead heading into the final week of competition, but two poor results could spoil his regional championship hopes.
Elsewhere in the New England Region, Scott Bonney, of North Chelmsford, Mass., advanced one position, to third, after recording his fifth feature win last weekend at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway. Claremont (N.H.) Speedway competitor Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, Vt., had been in close contention for the regional championship but dropped to fourth place in this week's New England Region standings. Rick Houlihan, of Bridgewater, Mass., had been mired in 10th place in the regional standings for several weeks, but moved up two positions, to eighth, after recording his eighth top-five finish at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway last weekend.
<pre> THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 ...
Driver Home Track Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 CPI Change* 1. Dennis Gada Waterford Speedbowl 15 6 11 13 .7610 +1 2. Meme DeSantis Grandview Speedway 18 5 11 14 .7222 -1 3. Scott Bonney Lee USA Speedway 17 5 14 17 .7000 +1 4. Dwight Jarvis Claremont Speedway 16 4 14 16 .6975 -1 5. Eric Berndt Thompson Int'l. Speedway 16 3 10 15 .6919 - - 6. Bobby Babb Jr. Beech Ridge Motor Speedway 18 1 12 16 .6428 - - 7. John Fortin Riverhead Raceway 14 2 9 14 .6336 - - 8. Rick Houlihan Seekonk Speedway 14 0 8 12 .5843 +2 9. Jeffrey Crowley Star Speedway 12 3 8 10 .5758 -1 10. Kerry Malone Stafford Motor Speedway 18 0 5 11 .5694 -1
*Editor's Note: The +/- numbers in the "change" column indicate a driver's movement in the regional standings, versus their position during the previous week. The dash marks indicate that a driver has maintained their position in the standings.