Thompson, CT — An unseasonably cold night set the stage from some heated racing action on Thursday Night at Thompson Speedway. Danny Cates of Chaplin, CT, battled back from adversity to score the victory in the Sunoco Modifieds. Larry Gelinas of Buxton, ME, dominated in Super Late Models to score his fourth victory of the 2010 season. Spirits were riding high as Mike Scorzelli of Malta, NY, and Chad Baxter of Pascoag, RI, scored career firsts in the Late Models and Mini Stocks respectively. Joe Coates of Eastford, CT, was tops in the Limited Sportsman division while Brian Tagg of Oxford, CT, wired the field for the TIS Modified victory.
An early race incident could not slow down Danny Cates of Chaplin, CT, who bested a stout field of Sunoco Modifieds to score his second win of the season. Wayne Arute brought the field to green but the action was short-lived as contact between the fourth-running Tim Sullivan and outside pole sitter Rowan Pennink on the opening lap got Pennink crossed up in front of the field before the start finish line. As cars scattered a number of cars were collected in the incident including Arute, Ted Christopher, Cates, Dave Salzarulo, Andrew Dzenkowski, and Mark Oberg.
Pennink was able to maintain his momentum during the incident and with a complete restart, led the field to the second attempt at the green flag. Pennink was able to lead the opening lap but the car veered toward the wall in turn one. With Pennink off the pace, the new leader was Silk. Christopher’s bad night continued when his car suffered extensive damage being involved in an incident with John Catania.
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