Archive for October, 2000

Cravenho Wins the Battle, Marquis the War; Perley, Payne, Godin, Berndt, Jenison, and Bronczyk Sunday Victors at the World Series

Thompson, CT — When all was said and done at the 27th Annual Thompson International Speedway Xtra Mart World Series, Jerry Marquis & Mario Fiore had a Modified crown and Tommy Cravenho a series victory. Mark Jenison had the Strictly Stock trophy and Roger Godin, the Pro Stock laurels. Open wheel winners were Joey Payne, Jr. in the NEMA Midgets, Chris Perley in the ISMA Super Modifieds, and Eric Berndt in the Sunoco Modifieds.

Lap 63 saw some tense moments in the Featherlite Modified Series event when Mike Ewanitsko and Tony Hirschman crashed leading the pack, collecting Marquis, Ruggiero, Fuller among others. Ewanitsko suffered a broken arm in the incident. The championship contending crews went to work and got their driver back into the frey. Marquis’ Teddy Bear Pools #44 was none the worse for wear as he methodically picked his way to the front. Front-end suspension damage slowed Ruggiero’s charge, ending his bid for his first Modified Series title. When the checkers flew it was Cravenho taking a narrow victory over the Cretty cars of Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher. Wearing the crown was Jerry Marquis and veteran car owner Mario Fiore.

Better days for auto racing could not have been had for the 27th Annual Thompson International Speedway Xtra-Mart World Series of Auto Racing.

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Ewanitsko Sits on the Pole; Brown, Parker, Plemons, Lemay, Savary, Brennan, and Ethier Get World Series Victories

Thompson, CT: The open wheel warriors put on a tremendous show, under perfect conditions, on the second day of the Xtra-Mart World Series of Auto Racing at Thompson International Speedway. The Featherlite Modified Series kicked off the day’s events with 61 cars taking time. Setting fast time and redrawing the pole was Mike Ewanitsko in the Art Barry owned #21. Stellar performances were given by Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH and former Thompson Sunoco Modified Champion Todd Ceravolo of Groton, CT who will start second and third respectively. Each of the Championship contenders turned in solid qualifying runs. Marquis will take the green in sixth, Ruggiero in ninth, and Fuller in fourteenth. Twenty-eight cars will vie for two starting positions in Sunday’s Featherlite Modified Series main event on Sunday in the 25-lap Non-Qualifiers race. The Last Chance race is set to go green at noon.

The North Eastern Midget Association made their return to the Connecticut oval with Don Adams and Mark Buonomo scoring heat race victories.

International Supermodified Association chauffeurs John Payne, Bobby Timmons, and Brad Lichty found the fast way around the 5/8th mile to earn victories in the ISMA Supermodified heats. “Liquid” Lou Cicconi earned a feature event nod with the victory in the Super consi.

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