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.