Thompson, CT — The Sunoco Modified and Strictly Stock championships went down to the wire with Curt Brainard and Tim Taylor claiming their respective championships on Tri-Fifty Night at Thompson International Speedway. Roger Godin had previously clinched the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Championship to record his second title in as many years. Late Model champion Lonnie Mecteau, Mini Stock champion Chris Gagnon, and Pro Four Modified ace George Savary had also secured the titles previously.
Feature winners on the evening included Jim McCallum of Fall River, MA who brought home the Pro Stock checkers; while Jerry Young, Jr. in the Late Models, Bill McNeil in the Strictly Stocks, and Dennis Coates each scored their second feature wins of the season. Scott Quinn brought his Sunoco Modified in for his second straight feature victory
Veteran Jim McCallum led green to checker to record his first Pro Stock victory of the 2000 season. McCallum jumped out to the lead with Steve Ribbe, Jeff Zuidema, Phil Rondeau, and 2000 champ Roger Godin in pursuit. The championship already decided the chase was on for the runner-up position between Steve Ribbe and Dick Houlihan. Ribbe had his hands full battling Rondeau, while Houlihan, in a borrowed car after crashing hard last week, was working his way through the pack. At the halfway point McCallum and Ribbe, running nose-to-tail had started to distance themselves from the pack. The car on the move at the time was Eddy Carroll. Jeff Zuidema, who had been battling for the fourth position, lost power and was forced to retire from the event with only 11 laps remaining.