New England Region notes 2003-09-10

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.

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