Thompson, CT — Jason Chicolas added his name to this season’s win column in the Limited Sportsman division during Thompson Thursday Night Thunder. Other winners in NASCAR Whelen All American Series action included Keith Rocco in the Sunoco Modified division, Tommy O’Sullivan in the Late Models, and Mike O’Sullivan in a special 50-lap Super Late Model race. Jay Sundeen won an exciting contest with John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. that resulted in both drivers coming across the finish line sideways in the Thompson Modified feature. Cam McDermott and Dave Trudeau were winners in their divisions.
Keith Rocco earned his second victory of the season after taking the lead from Kerry Malone on a restart at lap five. Malone took the early lead with Rocco and Dennis Perry on his bumper. Malone had just pulled away when the first caution of the night flew for Perry, who lost the right front on his machine. Malone and Rocco brought the field back to green on the restart with Rocco taking the lead out of turn one. Malone, Ryan Preece, and Ted Christopher rounded out the top-four as they all pulled away from the rest of the field. On lap eight, Preece dove to the bottom groove heading into turn one and drove by Malone, who was left to fend with the challenges of Christopher. Preece set his sights on Rocco, who had pulled ahead to a comfortable five-car length lead as Christopher drove by Malone for the third spot. Rocco greeted lapped traffic at the halfway mark with Preece closing up some of Rocco’s lead, but it was still all Rocco up front. The race went caution-free as Rocco drove to the checkers unchallenged.
Tommy O’Sullivan continued his dominance of the Late Model division by earning his seventh season victory and his fourth straight in as many weeks. John Falconi was challenged at the start by Randy Tucker as they started a side-by-side battle that lasted the entire first lap. Falconi came out on top heading into turn one with Tommy O’Sullivan taking up real estate on the outside groove to challenge Tucker for the second spot. The two fought door-to-door with O’Sullivan taking the position by a nose at the line. Mike Scorzelli got into the mix when he passed Tucker for the third spot on lap five in turn two. Tucker spun in turn four bringing out the first caution of the night. On the restart, Falconi jumped ahead of O’Sullivan, but O’Sullivan fought back on the outside line and reclaimed the lead by a nose. O’Sullivan continued to get pressure from Falconi on the inside, but the intimidation wasn’t slowing him down. On lap nine, the two started banging doors, but they continued to race for the lead with Falconi taking over the top spot at the completion of lap 12. Once out front, Falconi was able to get some breathing room and settled comfortably in the lead. As Falconi approached a lapped car on lap 16 in turn four, O’Sullivan closed in and dove to the inside to make a challenge. Falconi held his ground, but O’Sullivan got the momentum to get up alongside the No. 10 machine and reclaim the lead as they completed 18 laps. Meanwhile, Damon Tinio passed Mike Scorzelli for the third position and was reeling in the top two cars. O’Sullivan held off Falconi at the finish with Tinio rounding out the top three.
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