Thompson, CT — Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT, dodged a bullet in the opening laps of the Sunoco Modified feature event and then looked like he was shot out of a cannon to score a dominating win at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday night. Larry Barnett of Moosup, CT, reached a milestone on Thursday night; scoring his 50th Limited Sportsman feature win at Thompson in dominating fashion. Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, scored his sixth Super Late Model feature win of the season while Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, scored his fifth in Late Model action.
It was a long time coming for John Studley of Framingham, MA, who also reached a racing milestone; scoring his career first victory in the TIS Modifieds. Dwayne Dorr of Ledyard, CT, made it two straight in Mini Stock competition. In the visiting New England Trucks Series, Andy Linderman of Poestenkill, NY, proved why he is the point leader with his impressive victory at Thompson on Thursday night.
Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT, was flawless in the Sunoco Modified main event to score the victory. Tim Sullivan brought the field to green to start an action-packed 30-lapper for the Sunoco Modifieds. The complexion of the Sunoco Modified main event changed drastically with a lap one incident. The #44 of Dave Salzarulo slowed coming out of turn two. In the chain reaction, several cars were collected including point leader Ted Christopher, Rowan Pennink, Bert Marvin, Ricky Shawn and Carl Oberg. Christopher was able to make repairs to his car to rejoin the field.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Among Stafford Motor Speedway’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, the Limited Late Model division sports the tightest points race. Dan Flannery leads defending track champion Andrew Durand by a scant 6-point margin heading into this Friday night’s twin 20-lap Limited Late Model feature events.
After a disappointing 13th place showing in the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, Flannery took the points lead for the first time following the May 28th race and he has led the points standings every week since. Flannery was able to build up a nice lead in the standings with 10 consecutive top-5 finishes, but finishes of 12th, 10th, and 8th in three of his last four starts has allowed Durand to cut the difference down to the current 6-point margin heading into this Friday night’s doubleheader event, where twice the amount of points are up for grabs and the slightest bobble can shake up the points standings with only 5 weeks of racing remaining.
“I’ve never run 2 races in the same night before,” said Flannery. “We’re not really worried about running the two races, but you can lose twice the amount of points if you have a bad night versus one bad race. We don’t plan on changing anything, we’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year long and show up with the expectation of winning the race. I’d like to say that we’re going to be a little more cautious in the first race, but things never seem to work out for us when we try to be cautious. We’ve had some mechanical issues the past couple of weeks, we’ve lost two transmissions and the rear end. We had to borrow a car one night when we lost the tranny and the rear end, so we’re happy to still be leading the points.”
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Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has hosted modified racing since 1959 with races on dirt and asphalt including all different types of modifieds such as Whelen Modified Tour cars, ISMA Supermodifieds, Pro-4 Modifieds, SK Modifieds, and SK Light Modifieds. On Friday, September 10th, a new chapter will be written in the SMS Modified history book with the Inaugural Shark Cycle 100 for the Modified Racing Series.
Formerly the True Value Modified Series, the series has grown from a 14-race schedule in its first season in 2004 to its current 19-race schedule with over 70 cars registered to race during the 2010 season. The 2010 Modified Racing Series season has seen exceptional parity on the track with 10 different winners in 12 races. Only Les Hinckley and Steven Masse have managed to win more than one race thusfar during the 2010 season and fans can expect to see a great battle for the checkred flag in the Shark Cycle 100 at Stafford with a mix of series veterans and outsiders alike, with some of the “outsiders” having much more experience at Stafford than the regulars.
“I would say we have an advantage because we know the track a lot better,” said Jeff Malave, who will bring his #3 Davidson Co. / TSI Harley-Davidson sponsored car to the race. “I can’t wait for the race, I love racing with these guys. They always seem to have clean races and I love racing at Stafford, so to bring the M.R.S. there will be a double positive for me. The combination of Stafford and the M.R.S. is perfect.”
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