Archive for April 9th, 2011

Santos Record-Setting WMT Qualifying Effort at Thompson; Ceravolo Makes Triumphant Return; Cipriano Score Saturday Icebreaker Win

Thompson, CT — The 2011 season officially got underway at Thompson International Speedway with day number one of the traditional Icebreaker. In qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour, Bobby Santos III of Franklin, MA, posted a record-setting lap of 18.237 ET to win the Coors Light Pole with a new track record. In feature racing action, Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry, CT, returned to regular weekly racing at Thompson Speedway to score the victory in the Sunoco Modifieds. In Sunoco Lite action, Joey Cipriano of Waterbury, CT, scored a commanding win.

After a one-season hiatus from the Thompson Speedway, Todd Ceravolo came “home” to Thompson in fine fashion winning the first of two Sunoco Modified feature events scheduled for Icebreaker Weekend. At the drop of the green flag, it was a side-by-side battle for the top spot between Woody Pitkat and Keith Rocco. Rocco bobbled entering turn two opening allowing Pitkat to establish himself as the leader. Rocco fell back to the fourth spot. Christopher ran in second followed by Ceravolo.

Pitkat enjoyed a car length advantage over Christopher. Rocco was getting racy with Ceravolo as Ryan Preece, aboard his new ride the #31, joined the mix. John Catania was having a strong run in sixth.

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Notebook: He’s in the Right Frame of Mind

Santos’ mental preparation makes difference during qualifying

Thompson,CT — Walk through any garage area and you’ll find more than a handful of drivers who don’t consider themselves good qualifiers. They don’t like putting all their eggs in one two-lap basket, and they’re far more comfortable driving a car over long stretches after settling into a groove.

But if you want to win pole positions at the NASCAR reginal and national levels, you’ve got to be able to time trial well.

Bobby Santos doesn’t seem to have any issues with that whatsoever. For the second consecutive year, Santos set the Thompson International Speedway track record to win the pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season-opening Icebreaker. He turned a lap of 18.237 seconds (123.376 mph) Saturday to break the record he set a year ago by almost two full tenths of a second.

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Santos Off to Record Start

Breaks own track mark in qualifying for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener

Thompson, CT — Defending champion Bobby Santos shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the Franklin, Mass., driver is getting faster.

Santos broke his own track record in qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s Icebreaker, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener at Thompson International Speedway. Santos posted a lap of 18.237 seconds (123.376 mph) around the .625-mile oval for his fifth career Coors Light Pole Award.

Santos also posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s practice for the Icebreaker. He is the defending race winner, too.

He was not the only one to get off to a fast start – the top four qualifiers eclipsed Santos’ previous record lap set last year at 18.418 (122.418). Ted Christopher qualified second at 18.374 (122.456), followed by Justin Bonsignore at 18.386 (122.376) and Ryan Preece at 18.399 (122.289).

Todd Szegedy rounded out the top five.

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Practice: No Change at the Top

Santos picks up where he left off in 2010

Thompson, CT — Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Bobby Santos is up to his old ways already, and it’s just the first practice session of the 2011 season.

Santos laid down a fast lap of 18.407 seconds (122.236 mph) during Saturday’s 90-minute practice session at Thompson International Speedway in advance of Sunday’s season-opening Icebreaker.

A year ago, Santos was fastest all weekend as he led in practice, earned the Coors Light Pole Award and won the 150-lap race. He set the track record in qualifying last year at 18.418 (122.163), and was faster than that in today’s practice.

Rowan Pennink finished second on the practice charts at 18.440 (122.017) while Ted Christopher – winner of five of the last seven races at Thompson – was third at 18.517 (121.510).

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