Archive for October 16th, 2010

Santos Earns WMT Pole at Thompson; Viens, Richardi, Jr., Stone, Cipriano, Dumicich, Sullivan, Kendell, O’Sullivan & Gentes World Series Saturday

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.

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Morris Comes Up Big Again

Follows up Martinsville win by edging Pulliam for SoBo victory

South Boston, VA — Philip Morris continued his postseason roll Saturday.

The three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion fended off Lee Pulliam in a two-lap dash to the finish to win the Late Model 300 Presented By Danville Toyota at South Boston Speedway.

It is the second big race win for Morris following the conclusion of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. Morris, who finished seventh in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Top 500 standings, won the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

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Santos Begins Championship Weekend with Pole

Fourth Pole of the Year for Points Leader

Thompson, CT — Bobby Santos took a big step toward earning his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title as he captured the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday for the season finale Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson International Speedway.

Santos, from nearby Franklin, Mass., laid down a fast lap of 18.709 seconds (120.263 mph) in Saturday’s qualifying session to earn his fourth pole of the season. He set the Whelen Modified Tour qualifying record in the season-opener at Thompson for his first pole and went on to win the race.

Ted Christopher, the two-time defending winner of the World Series, qualified second with a fast lap of 18.846 (119.389). Eric Berndt was third on the board at 18.885 (119.142).

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NOTEBOOK: When Finishing Strong, Drivers Put Emphasis On Where They Start

Thompson, CT — Four drivers enter the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing in contention for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, and all four of them turned in stellar qualifying efforts on Saturday as the first step toward finding success on Sunday.

Points leader Bobby Santos, Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk and Ted Christopher were all among the five fastest of the 37 cars in time trials at Thompson International Speedway on Saturday. Santos was the only driver to top the 120-mph barrier on a day when only six cars in the field found times lower than 19 seconds.

“It’s an exciting way to end the year here,” said Santos, who has four wins in his first full season on the Tour. “Hopefully we can have one more good run tomorrow.”

Key to a good finish, he said, is where he starts.

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