Archive for August 24th, 2008

Blewett Dominates Sunoco Mod 50; Bessette Gets Pro Stock Checkers

Gentes, Sundeen, Oliveira, & Michalski Score Wins at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ, comes up big when big races are on the line at Thompson International Speedway. Blewett took the lead in the early going of the Sunoco Modified 50-lapper; going on to score a dominating win. Earlier in the season, Blewett swept twin events for the Sunoco Modifieds. The victory earned Blewett a guaranteed starting spot SK-Type Modified event of the 6th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout scheduled for November 7&8, 2008. Blewett is the defending champion of the event.

George Bessette of Danbury, CT, also took a commanding victory in the Pro Stock division during Thursday Night Thompson Thunder. Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, made it two in a row in the Late Models. Scott Sundeen of Douglas, MA, took top honors in the Limited Sportsman feature. Scott Michalski of South Killingly, CT scored a victory in Mini Stocks while Leo Oliveira of Raynham, MA, triumphed in the TIS Modifieds.
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Fred Astle Flies to fifth win, capturing the ‘Miller Gold Cup Classic’

Lenny Guy and John Hanafin notch first career wins while Ryan Lineham repeats in the Street Stocks.

Seekonk, MA — Fred Astle of Westport MA picked up his fifth win of the season, and added a slight cushion in the championship chase, with his win in the Miller Gold Cup Classic 75 lap main event Saturday night. Fred started on the inside of the fifth row, and using the outside lane, charged into the top five by lap eight. Matt Hudon of Acushnet took the early lead from Scituate’s Steve O’Brien on the opening laps, and started to put some distance between he and the rest of the field. Scott Dion moved into second by lap eight, as he went around the Autopart International Chevy of O’Brien, and started to put pressure on the Honey Dew Donuts Chevy of Hudon. Behind O’Brien at this point were Tom Scully Sr, Fred Astle, Mike Brightman and Dave Darling, as they settled in.

Steve O’Brien got crossed up coming off of turn two on lap seven, and caused Sr Scully to back off slightly. When this happened, Astle and Brightman shot to the outside and picked up a couple of positions each. While they were battling for positions, Tom Scully Jr was working his way through the grid toward the front of the field. Scott Dion was moving his Douglas A King Builders Chevy to the inside lane and picked up the lead on lap 21. Astle had caught the lead duo at this time, and followed Dion into second. Hudon started to lose the handles on the T & J Frye Trucking Chevy, and started to backslide. Dave Darling had worked his way up on the outside and moved the Johnson Landscaping Dodge into the top five. Astle wasn’t going to ride in second for very long, moving the Wood Frame Structures Chevy to the outside of Dion to battle for the lead.

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Fred Astle Captures Seekonk Miller 75 Gold Cup

Ryan Lineham Adds Second Win of Season; First for Hanafin & Guy

Seekonk, MA — Two-time Pro Stock champion Fred Astle, Jr. added his third win in extra-distance ARC action with a $2,000 victory in tonight’s Miller Gold Cup 75-lap special.  The Westport, MA native and track points leader beat last week’s feature winner and defending champion David Darling to the finish line.  It was Astle’s fifth win of the 2008 season in the #30 Wood Frame Structures Chevrolet.

Eighteen Pro Stocks heeded the call for the 75-lap Miller Gold Cup at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night.  Steve O’Brien and Matt Hudon battled hard in the initial circuits.  Matt Hudon took the lead via the high groove, just as Scott Dion flirted with three-wide down the frontstretch.  Dion and Fred Astle, Jr., also used the outside lane to advance to the second spot ahead of O’Brien’s 95.9 WATD machine.  Mike Brightman and David Darling were also both on the move.
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Shawn Monahan Triumphs In Speedbowl SK Modifieds

Waterford, CT — Shawn Monahan prevailed in the 35-lap SK Modified feature on Saturday evening at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Other feature winners were Bruce Thomas Jr. (Late Model), Brandon Plemons (Sportsman), Ken Cassidy Jr. (Mini Stock), Michael Gervais Jr. (Legends), and Scott Gregory (AllStar Race Trucks).

In an ultra-fast 35-lap SK Modified feature, it was hometown driver Shawn Monahan grabbing his first feature of the season. Taking the lead immediately from the pole position, he was tested only once during the events singular restart occurring when multi-feature winner Keith Rocco spun with 9-laps remaining. Handily resisting the challenges of Jeff Paul and defending champion Rob Janovic Jr. in the closing laps, Monahan cruised-home by a car-length over Paul, Janovic, Dennis Gada, and Matt Gallo.
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