Thompson, CT — Andy Seuss of Hampstead, N.H. drove to his first True Value Modified Racing Series win of the season in the Town Fair Tire 75 at Thompson International Speedway. It was the fourth career series victory for Seuss who passed Stephen Masse of Bellingham, Mass. on lap 52 and held off repeated challenges from Masse, Rowan Pennink and eventual runner-up Richard Savary over the final laps.
“That race was a pretty wild,” said Seuss. “There was a lot of side by side racing. It’s really easy to race here side by side. This is a big win for us at Thompson. ”
Rowan Pennink led the first 35 laps of the event as Seuss worked his way up from the sixth starting position. On a lap 35 restart, Pennink was penalized for jumping the start and placed to the rear. Seuss inherited the lead but lost it on the next restart as Masse was able to power his way past Seuss to the front.
Seuss and Masse waged a spirited duel for the lead. Seuss grabbed the top spot on lap 52 and nine laps later the pair raced side by side down the backstretch with Masse spinning just before the entrance to Turn 3.
On the restart Pennink, who had worked his way back to second, made his bid for the lead and pressured Seuss until he ran out of fuel on lap 68.
Seuss held off Richard Savary on the final restart and led the final 6 laps to claim the victory. Seuss ran out of fuel moments after the race ended.
Series point leader Jon McKennedy retired from the event on lap 35 after an incident in Turn 2. McKennedy now leads the series unofficially with 425 points. Rob Goodenough gained the most ground on McKennedy and now sits unofficially second in the standings with 408 points. Pennink, who entered the event second in the standings, missed a golden opportunity to gain on the leader and now sits third with 399 points.
The next event for New England’s premier modified racing series is at Twin State Speedway on Oct 4.
Unofficial results of the True Value Modified Racing Series Town Fair Tire 75 at Thompson International Speedway.
|1||6||70||Andy Seuss||Hampstead, NH|
|2||2||21||Richard Savary||Canton, MA|
|3||13||29||Todd Owen||Somers, CT|
|4||32||0||Ted Christopher||Plainville, CT|
|5||18||15||Chris Pasteryak||Jewett City, CT|
|6||9||3||Jeff Malave||Manchester, CT|
|7||15||1||Rob Goodenough||Swanzey, NH|
|8||12||76||Shelly Perry||Westerly, RI|
|9||11||9||Peter Jarvis||Ascutney, VT|
|10||24||17||Jack Bateman||Canaan, NH|
|11||16||18||Eddy Spiers||Beacon Falls, CT|
|12||25||5||Jacob Dore||Sanford, ME|
|13||3||6||Jimmy Blewett||Calverton, NY|
|14||31||96||Butch Perry||Ashway, RI|
|15||1||25||Rowin Pennink||Huntingdon Valley, PA|
|16||30||55||Joe Doucette||Framingham, MA|
|17||5||13||Stephen Masse||Bellingham, MA|
|18||26||27||Kevin Iannarelli||Maynard, MA|
|19||7||66||Mike Stefanik||Coventry, RI|
|20||10||20||Doug Coby||Milford, CT|
|21||22||0||Mike Holdridge||Madison, CT|
|22||14||16||Ken Barry||Preston, CT|
|23||21||54||Dave Etheridge||Portland, CT|
|24||19||8||Kurt Vigeant||Oxford, MA|
|25||8||73||Jon McKennedy||Chelmsford, MA|
|26||17||6||Les Hinckley||Windsor Locks, CT|
|27||4||69||Jimmy Dolan||Bethel, CT|
|28||23||14||Anthony Sesely||Matawan, NJ|
|29||19||19||Kelly McDougall||Northfield, CT|
|30||1||1||Ken Horton||Guilford, CT|
|31||29||37||Jeff Zuidema||N. Brookfield, MA|
|32||27||23||Mike Douglas, Jr.||Auburn, NH|
10 Caution Periods
Lap Leaders: Rowan Pennink 1-25, Stephen Masse 36-51, Andy Seuss 52-75.
Sources: Mark Mockovak/True Value Modified Racing Series PR