Thompson, CT — The 37th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing officially got underway on Saturday Night at Thompson International Speedway. Rain on Friday set the stage for an action packed night of racing for World Series Saturday. A grand total of nine feature events hit the Speedway. Mini Stockers Mike Viens of Seekonk, MA, was the first to take the checkers to open feature event festivities. Rob Richardi, Jr. of N. Easton, MA, was tops in the Pro-Four Modifieds.
Al Stone of New Haven, CT led every lap en route to the victory in the Limited Sportsman feature event. Joey Cipriano of Waterbury, CT bested the field in the SK Lights. Frank Dumicich, Jr. of East Quoque, NY, was victorious in New England Truck Series. Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, cruised to the checkers in the TIS Modifieds and Joe Kendell of Winchenden, MA, took the victory in a hotly contested Outlaw Mini Stock feature event. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, proved to be the man to beat in the Outlaw Street Stocks and Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, scored the Outlaw Late Model victory in the nightcapper.
Mike Viens of Seekonk, MA, took the lead in a hotly contested Mini Stock main event to score the victory in the first feature event of the 37th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing. The early going in the Mini Stock main event featured a fierce four-car battle for the top spot including Lloyd Anderson, Chuck Rogers, Mike Gorgievksi, and Chad Baxter. After swapping the lead Baxter finally asserted himself as the leader. Baxter appeared to suffer mechanical woes on lap eight relinquishing the lead to Rogers.