Thompson, CT — A packed grandstand watched as Jerry Marquis won the Budweiser Kickoff 2000 Featherlite Modified Series event that highlighted an action-packed night of racing action. Roger Godin made it two-in-a-row in the Weekly Racing Series Pro Stocks, while Bert Marvin put an end to Ted Christopher’s winning streak in the Sunoco Modifieds. Jeff Zuidema put his lucky green #37 Late Model into victory lane; Rich Barry returned to Thompson glory in the Mini Stocks; Ryan Stone led green-to-checker to record the Strictly Stock win. George Savary continues to show the way in the Pro-Four Modified division.
Les Hinckley III and Phil Rondeau brought the full field of Weekly Racing Series Pro Stocks to the green and by lap four multiple feature winner, George Bessette, had moved into the fight. Michael Rivard went for a spin causing the caution to wave at lap four. On the ensuing restart Bessette lost control putting his car into the turn two wall. A five-car freight train headed by Roger Godin developed when green flag racing resumed. The top five had stretched out with Godin taking a full straightaway lead. The best battle on the track was between Ken Kohler and Dick Houlihan for fifth spot. At the checkers it was Godin in for a convincing win.
It took the Sunoco Modifieds some time to record the first two laps of their event. Attrition for those laps claimed the cars of Joe Phinney, Dave McElroy, and Ted Christopher for mechanical failure. Pole sitter John Sneade was also a victim during those laps although he was able to continue. When things settled down Bert Marvin had moved to the point. The top four cars ran nose-to-tail, lap after lap, with Bert Marvin closely pursued by Todd Ceravolo, Scott Quinn, and Tom Tagg. These four cars would make contact on several occasions as the vied for the win. Tom Tagg had his best run of the season going when contact with Scott Quinn caused him to lose several positions with only two laps to go. Marvin withstood pressure, contact, and more pressure from Todd Ceravolo to hold on for the win, bringing an end to Ted Christopher’s unbeaten streak.