Pennink Tops Christopher at Thompson MRS Event

Thompson CT — Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA., passed race leader Bobby Santos III, Franklin, MA., on lap 56 to go on and win the 75-lap modified feature race at the Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, CT Thursday night. The race was sanctioned by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by BobValentiAutomall.com. The win was Pennink’s second this season and his third career victory.

Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI. jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag leading 30 of the first 31 laps. Santos took command leading laps 32 thru 55 when he was passed by a hard charging Pennink. Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT., became a factor applying late race pressure to Pennink before settling for second. Santos III was third followed by Eric Goodale, Wading River, NY., with Les Hinckley III, Windsor Locks, CT., finishing fifth.

Sixth thru tenth was Steve Masse Bellingham, MA., Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., Ken Barry, Preston, CT., Jeff Malave, Manchester, CT., Jimmy Kuhn, Bridgewater, MA.

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#25 -Rowan Pennink

The race was slowed by eight cautions and took 50:49 to complete. 21 of 31 starters finished on the lead lap, 36 race teams entered the event.

The next event for the Modified Racing Series is Saturday September 4th at the Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT.


Unofficial Order of Finish:

Finish, Start, Driver, Hometown, Laps
1, 7, Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA, 75, Running
2, 12, Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT, 75, Running
3, 5, Bobby Santos III, Franklin, MA, 75, Running
4, 1, Eric Goodale, Wading River, NY, 75, Running
5, 21, Les Hinckley III, Windsor Locks, CT, 75, Running
6, 20, Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA, 75, Running
7, 28, Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT, 75, Running
8, 8, Ken Barry, Preston, CT, 75, Running
9, 16, Jeff Malave, Manchester, CT, 75, Running
10, 14, Jimmy Kuhn Jr., Bridgewater, MA, 75, Running
11, 4, Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH, 75, Running
12, 6, Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, VT, 75, Running
13, 9, Geoff Gernhard, Salem, CT, 75, Running
14, 17, Dave Ethridge, Portland, CT, 75, Running
15, 27, Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, NH, 75, Running
16, 25, Joe Doucette, Framingham, MA, 75, Running
17, 23, Kevin Iannarelli, Maynard, MA, 75, Running
18, 11, Max Zachem, Preston, CT, 75, Running
19, 3, Richard Savary, Canton, MA, 75, Running
20, 15, Byron Chew, Inlet, NY, 75, Running
21, 31, John Cleary, Madison, CT, 75, Running
22, 18, Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA, 68, Accident
23, 22, Bobby Drown, Mildale, CT, 59, Accident
24, 13, Jon McKennedy, E. Chelmsford, MA, 59, Accident
25, 2, Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI, 47, Mechanical
26, 29, Shelly Perry, Westerly, RI, 31, Handling
27, 19, Don Fowler, Clinton, CT, 31, Suspension
28, 10, Keith Rocco, Wallingford, CT, 28, Ignition
29, 24, Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME, 2, Accident
30, 26, Butch Perry, Ashway, RI, 2, Handling
31, 30, Eddy Spiers, Beacon Falls, CT, 2, Suspension

DNQ: Dwight Jarvis, Jack Bateman, Ron Silk, Louie Mechalides

Date: August 26, 2010
Event: Thompson International Speedway 100 (15 of 19)
Venue: Thompson, CT
Distance: 75 Laps
Time of Race: 50:29
Margin of Victory: 0.146
Best Lap Time: 19.061, 118.042 MPH Mike Stefanik
Cautions: 8 (Laps 2, 31, 32, 47, 53, 53, 59, 67)