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Mecteau Grabs First As Godin, Stone, and Gagnon Continue Their Winning Ways

Thompson, CT; The Smith Boilers Triple, a 75-lapper for the Late Models, highlighted a night of racing action at Thompson International Speedway and when the checkered flag fell it was Lonnie Mecteau of Plainfield, CT taking down the win. Pro Stock winner Roger Godin of Spencer, MA and Strictly Stock winner Ryan Stone of Branford, CT both scored consecutive wins, while Chris Gagnon of Moosup, CT made a return visit to victory lane in the Mini Stocks.

Late Model point leader Lonnie Mecteau extended his lead by working his way through traffic and keeping his nose clean to take the down the victory in the Smith Boilers 75. Attrition played a major role in the outcome of the 75-lap event. Early leader Bruce Adams of Dayville, CT got heavy pressure from Scott Bronczyk of N. Grosvenordale, CT until he got loose going into turn two and made hard contact with the wall. On the restart a torrid battle developed behind Adams between George Greco, Jeff Plakias, and Gerry Young. Contact between the three on lap 36 sent Plakias into the backstretch wall and Young to the back of the pack.

On the ensuing restart at lap 43 Adams lost the handle and spun at the start-finish line collecting a number of strong cars including Dennis Botticello and Charles Bailey III, handing the lead to George Greco. His stint at the front of the pack was short-lived as Lonnie Mecteau took the lead. An extended green flag run saw the top-five run nose to tail. A caution on lap 71 for debris set-up a two lap shoot out to the finish. Mecteau, anxious to make his first trip to victory lane this season, jumped starter Tony Leckey’s flag bringing out the caution. Another shot at the green saw a picture perfect restart and a win for Mecteau. “Once I got the lead I radioed my crew,” said Mecteau, “and told them that the car just keeps getting better and better.” And so, too, does the season as Lonnie Mecteau extends his point lead.

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