Thompson, CT — Ted Christopher, Tommy O’Sullivan, and Jay Sundeen dominated their divisions in Thompson International Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder by leading every lap of their features to claim the first TNTT victory of the season. Ed Puleo and Jim Helger were also feature winners.
Ted Christopher held off a hard-charging Keith Rocco in the 30-lap SK Modified feature. John Catania and Shawn Thibeault brought the field back to green after an accident that collected Woody Pitkat and Andrew Charron stopped the action before the first lap was complete. Thibeault claimed the lead on the outside on the restart after running-side-by-side almost the entire first circuit, but it was Ted Christopher who officially led the lap after a turn four bid. Ryan Preece was coming up quick and moved into the second spot coming off turn two of lap three and used the inside lane to get alongside Christopher on lap four. Keith Rocco and Todd Ceravolo got in line behind Christopher and relegated Preece to the fourth spot. The four cars ran bumper to bumper until lap 10 when Preece took the outside groove to challenge Ceravolo for third. Preece fell back into line by lap 11 as Rocco looked for a way around Christopher. The action remained tight at the halfway mark with Christopher, Rocco, Ceravolo, and Preece still hooked at the bumpers. Rocco looked high and low for a way around Christopher, but the 13 machine held steady. The four cars began to lap the field by the 25th circuit as they set a torrid pace that could not be matched. At lap 28, Ceravolo shook things up by going low under Rocco for a battle that allowed Christopher to get some breathing room and take the checkered flag unchallenged.
Tommy O’Sullivan led every lap en route to a Late Model victory. John Falconi drove to the front at the drop of the green with Tommy O’Sullivan in tow. Falconi held a three-carlength advantage for the first five laps, but O’Sullivan closed in to challenge on the inside at lap six. Falconi shut the door, but had his hands full, and at lap nine, O’Sullivan took the same inside groove to drive by for the lead. Marc Palmisano and Mike Scorzelli battled for third with Scorzelli’s bottom lane proving faster. Scorzelli then advanced by Falconi for the second spot and set his sights on the leader, who was a full second ahead. O’Sullivan never let his guard down and never fell off his pace, but instead extended his distance over the rest of the field even through lapped traffic. Scorzelli finished second with Marc Palmisano rounding out the top-three.