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UNOH Battle at the Beach Cancelled

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 26, 2014) – “The UNOH Battle at the Beach provided NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow an excellent opportunity to participate at The World Center of Racing, but it isn’t feasible to continue the event given the progress with the DAYTONA Rising project. Fortunately, nearby New Smyrna Speedway is excited to bring the K&N Pro Series East back for the season opener again this year in addition to its week-long slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action; NASCAR fans will still have plenty of opportunities to see exciting short-track action in the Daytona area again this February.”

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Tommy Barrett Jr. to Test at Daytona with Carter 2 Motorsports

Asheboro, N.C. (November 14, 2014) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race winner and competitor, Tommy Barrett Jr., has signed to test with Carter 2 Motorsports.

“We are really excited to have Tommy (Barrett Jr.) testing with us,” said Roger Carter of Barrett Jr. “He knows how to wheel a race car and we hope he can join us for a few races this year.”

The Millis, Massachusetts native has quite an impressive racing resume in 2014. Barrett Jr. ranks second on Stafford Speedway’s all-time SK Light Modified wins list with 14 and has earned six wins in just 35 career starts on the Valenti Modified Racing Series. In addition to his accomplishments at Stafford Speedway, he has made 15 starts in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, recording one win, three Top-5’s, 6 Top 10’s, and one pole award.

His lone win came at the most prestigious race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Barrett Jr. was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos – who had been the dominant cars of the night – on Lap 139. The 19-year-old held on to the lead in his No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet through one final restart on Lap 146 for the milestone first victory.

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Preece to Make Nationwide Start at Homestead

Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will be absent from Thompson’s championship banquet Saturday, but he has a great reason. Preece will be driving the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The NASCAR Next driver will be in his third NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Preece made his debut last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His second start at New Hampshire last July was his career best finish (fourteenth).

Preece won his second Thompson Sunoco Modified title with a 2.625 average finish in eight races. Preece recorded three victories in the No. 31 Falmouth Ready Mix car.

“It felt good,” Preece said. “I’m happy for Albert and Cathy (Moniz, car owners) because of everything they do for me and it feels good to get them another win and another championship because they work so hard and they want it so bad, so I’m really happy for them.”

A transition year for the 74-year-old facility, Thompson added a 1.7 mile road course. A nine date oval schedule was the fewest races since 1965, where track records are incomplete. The season finale World Series held points races for the weekly divisions for the first time in recent memory.

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Eye on Riverhead: November 2014

NASCAR WMT Visits Riverhead Twice in 2015

Great news to start off our first off season Eye On Riverhead comes from promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty who disclosed today that the 2015 Opening Weekend at Riverhead Raceway Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd. Of course it will be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock cars kicking off their season on Saturday May 2nd while the Enduro season will go green the next afternoon May 3rd. The two pre-season practice days will take place on Saturday April 18th and again the following week April 25th.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will once again make two visits with the first race set for the tradition last Saturday in June that being June 27th in 2015. The second WMT event will unfold a tad earlier this year as the Saturday August 29th has been tabbed as the date for the second 200-lapper for the popular series. The entire 2015 schedule is still in the works as Barbara Cromarty works her magic and will be released in the weeks to come.

A quick reminder that your truly will be once again hosting the Long Island Automotive Swap Shop on Sunday December 7th in the pit area of the track. It’s time to clean out the garage and turn all that stuff you been tripping over into cold hard cash. Robert Clock will be on hand once again with his huge photo album collection for those who like to take a look back to the golden era of racing. Last year was indeed a very successful Swap Shop and from all indications this year will be bigger and better. The biggest item moved last year was when Gary Fritz Sr. bought Chris Young’s enclosed ramp truck. Don’t miss out on either selling or buying this year. It is just $20 per vendor spot and a $5 general admission, so come on out!

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Fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race to be Added to the 2015 Schedule

Thompson Speedway Motorpsorts Park will be expanding their relationship with the Whelen Modified Tour next season, as they add a fourth race to the schedule in June 2015. They will once again hold the opening and championship events for the series, as well as their Budweiser 150 race in August.

“We’re ecstatic,” TSMP General Manager, Josh Vanada said. “The Modified Tour is a great division for us. We love having them here. We’ve got a rich history. We’ve held the championship race here for the last 15 of 16 seasons and 21 times out of 30 since the tour started. We’re glad to have some one local like [Chester based] Whelen behind the company. It’s a great Connecticut partnership for us to hold four races here.”

TSMP will be confirming the rest of their 2015 schedule by December 1st.

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New Ride for Timmy Solomito

‘The Natural’ in Flamingo Motorsports Car for 2015

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY will drive the No. 16 Modified for Eric Sanderson on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour next season. The rumor mill has been churning since Ryan Preece announced his departure from Flamingo Motorsports on October 20, one day after winning the Sunoco World Series. One year removed from winning a championship, Preece is moving to Eddie Partridge’s No. 6 TS Haulers Motorsports car.

Solomito did not have anything set going into the season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He expected to return to Anderson’s No. 75 car or at least run part time.

Flamingo Motorsports Crew Chief Sly Szaban asked Solomito’s car owner Wayne Anderson within days of the season finale about their plans for 2015. Szaban expressed interest in Solomito driving for Flamingo Motorsports. Anderson, the 1994 series champion, was supportive of the 22-year-old driver’s opportunity.

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Solomito Headed to Flamingo

Top Whelen Modified Rookie To Join No. 16 Team

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year Timmy Solomito announced today that he has reached an agreement to drive with Flamingo Motorsports for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

Solomito, from Islip, New York, has been tabbed by team owner Eric Sanderson to replace Ryan Preece in the Massachusetts-based No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports Ford. Preece departed last week to join TS Haulers Racing.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Solomito said. “The 16 team seems real organized. They have a lot of experience on the tour and that’s really going to be beneficial. I’m excited to work with the guys, they seem like really nice people.

“[This] was kind of unexpected. I’m sure they had plenty of inquiries about the opening. I feel fortunate for the opportunity and I’m excited to start another chapter on the tour. Hopefully we can have some good runs next year and do really well.”
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Preece Changing Tour Rides

2013 Whelen Modified Champ Headed To TS Haulers Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Preece announced today that he is leaving Flamingo Motorsports to join TS Haulers Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

The move for Preece ends a three-year stint with the Massachusetts-based Flamingo Motorsports No. 16 team that saw the pairing capture the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour title and finish as the championship runner-up in 2012 and 2014.

“We had a really good run and we hit on a lot of great things with the 16,” Preece said. “We finished second in points twice and we won a championship. I have nothing but great things to say about that team and about how hard everybody worked.”

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Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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Coby Drives Way Back to the Top

Second Whelen Modified Title In Three Years; Preece Wins Finale

THOMPSON, Conn. — It was the worst finish of the season for Doug Coby. But in the end, it didn’t matter, as the Milford, Connecticut driver lifted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour trophy for the second time in three seasons Sunday.

The 35-year-old finished 17th and two laps down in the season finale Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The race was won by defending tour champion Ryan Preece.

It was Coby and the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance/Fox Shocks Chevrolet team, though, who earned the big trophy on the strength of an outstanding season that included a win and nine top fives in 13 races. Coby, who finished second in points to Preece last year, kicked off 2014 with a win in the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway.

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Ramstrom Set for Doubleheader at Thompson

Derek Ramstrom has a big day ahead of him this afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will make his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut and make his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

“Wicked exciting, we’re starting fourth in the Granite State Pro Stock Series behind Dillon Moltz,” Ramstrom said. “Just going to ride for a while see what happens, 50 lap event. Hopefully we can seal the deal in that and starting 18th in the Whelen Mod Tour just going to be patient and see how it pans out. We’re a little down on horsepower (spec engine), so it kind of effects us here at Thompson, but we should be alright.”

Entering the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Ramstrom has scored recent victories in Super Late Model competition. He won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300-lap race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME. Just two weeks ago at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, he recovered from a pair of spins to collect the $5,000 100-lap D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

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Thompson Adds NASCAR WMT Race

General Manager Josh Vanada announced at the drivers meeting this morning that Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will host four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in 2015. The 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale will run this afternoon, the the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. The season opening Icebreaker runs in April.

The 5/8 mile oval in northeastern Connecticut has hosted the most races in series history, including the inaugural race in 1985.

While the series visited up to five times in some seasons, the track has not hosted four events since 2012. The traditional dates are in April, August, September and October. 

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Revised Schedule for Sunoco World Series

Revised schedule for Sunday’s events at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Due to yesterday’s delays, below is an updated schedule of today’s events.

12:00pm – 12:20pm: ISMA Hot Laps
12:25pm – 12:45pm: NEMA Hot Laps
12:45pm: Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:00pm: Late Model Race (25 laps)
To follow: Granite State Pro Stock Series Race (50 laps)
To follow: NEMA Race (25 laps)
To follow: Sunoco Modified Race(30 laps)
To follow: ISMA Race (50 laps)
4:15pm NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150 laps)
To follow: New England Truck Series (19 laps)
To follow: XtraMart Limited Sportsman (20 laps)

Sources: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson Battles through Rain Delays to Get Complete Six Races on World Series Weekend

Pitkat Earns NWMT Pole; Masse Claims VMRS Win

Thompson, Conn.: Woody Pitkat won his second career pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour by setting fast time in a rain-delayed qualifying Saturday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series of Auto Racing. Steve Masse collected a convincing win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series while Toby Wells won the North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Phil Lausier won in the Pro Four Modified race while NASCAR Whelen All American Series victories went to Wayne Coury, Jr., Nick Anderson and George Rego.

Rain postponed qualifying procedures initially for two hours, but it got underway just after 5 p.m. with eleven cars taking time. A heavy rain cell delayed the conclusion until 7:30 p.m. when the rest of the field was able to complete qualifying laps. Pitkat put down a lap of 119.579 mph for the pole, which was his second this season and second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Steve Masse started on the pole and led every lap of the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Masse put the car together last minute, and all his efforts paid off with his second win of the 2014 season. Justin Bonsignore wrapped up the championship.

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Pitkat Secures Second Thompson Pole

On Point For Sunday’s Whelen Modified Tour Season Finale

THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 18, 2014) – Woody Pitkat’s breakout campaign continues in the season finale as he secured the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Without a pole or a race win in his first seven years on the tour, Pitkat now has two of both after Saturday’s top qualifying effort. The Stafford, Connecticut, native posted a fast lap of 18.816 seconds (119.579 mph) to make it 2-for-3 in qualifying at Thompson this year. He also earned the pole for the season-opening Icebreaker on April 6.

Ryan Preece qualified second at 18.846 (119.389) followed by rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. at 18.893 (119.092). Championship leader Doug Coby was fourth-fastest at 18.984 (118.521).

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QUALIFYING: Pitkat Secures Thompson Pole

On Point For Sunday’s Whelen Modified Tour Season Finale

THOMPSON, Conn. – Woody Pitkat’s breakout campaign continues in the season finale as he secured the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Without a pole or a race win in his first seven years on the tour, Pitkat now has two of both after Saturday’s top qualifying effort. The Stafford, Connecticut, native posted a fast lap of 18.816 seconds (119.579 mph) to make it 2-for-3 in qualifying at Thompson this year. He also earned the pole for the season-opening Icebreaker on April 6.

Ryan Preece qualified second at 18.846 (119.389) followed by rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. at 18.893 (119.092). Championship leader Doug Coby was fourth-fastest at 18.984 (118.521).

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NWMT: Solomito Named Rookie of the Year

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY enters the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale this weekend with the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in hand. The 22-year-old Islip, NY driver started the year with plans for a partial schedule, but changed them to pursue a full season. Solomito clinched the award after the Fall Final at Stafford, with two top fives and three top 10s in 12 races. 

“It’s always a good feeling,” Solomito said. “You can kind of only win that one time, so really looking forward to the weekend. I think we’re going to have a pretty good piece here really excited see what practice brings to us and hopefully we can put together a good car for tomorrow.”

Solmotio is not driving the family car he used to record a pair of top 10s at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this season. Solomito will use the car with the spec engine that debuted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

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PRACTICE: Pitkat Leads at Thompson

Fastest In Rain-Altered Sunoco World Series 150 Session

THOMPSON, Conn. – Woody Pitkat paced the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field in a practice session twice delayed by rain Saturday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in advance of the season finale Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart.

Pitkat, from Stafford, Connecticut, posted a fast lap of 18.705 seconds (120.289 mph) to lead the 36-car field. He earned the Coors Light Pole Award in the first race of the year in April at Thompson, and will go for a second today at 5 p.m.

Ryan Preece finished second on the speed chart at 18.766 (119.898) followed by Donny Lia at 18.855 (119.332). Matt Hirschman, Timmy Solomito, Justin Bonsignore, Ted Christopher, Tommy Barrett Jr. and Patrick Emerling rounded out the top 10. Season points leader Doug Coby was 11th.

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Preece Follows Family Path to Top

NASCAR Next Driver Aims To Make Step Up To National Series

Ryan Preece has racing in his blood.

His family has been involved in auto racing his entire life. It started with his grandfather Bob Judkins, who owned modified cars in Connecticut, and was a crew chief for those cars racing throughout the Northeast.

“It’s always been a family thing,” Preece said. “My father started racing in his twenties, and I’ve been racing since I’ve been able to walk.” He has two older brothers Shaun and Matt, who are both very supportive of his racing prowess. “My Mom Jodi is also very supportive, and my family always goes to all my races.”

Preece, 23, who hails from Berlin, Conn., is one of NASCAR’s up-and-coming young drivers. Last year, Preece became the first modified driver to be select to the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the rising stars in the sport. Since its inception in 2011, the NASCAR Next program has served to elevate the profiles of drivers such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney among the a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

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Zachem Back in NWMT Ride for Thompson Sunoco World Series

Max Zachem of Preston, CT will make his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend. The team decided to make their car legal for the Sunoco World Series  following a “disagreement with (Valenti Modified Racing Series) management,” Zachem said. “Lots of hard work was put in and we are really looking forward to it.”

Zachem has improved this season in the Valenti Modified Racing Series with four top fives and 10 top 10s in 14 starts.

“I improved being 150 percent hands on from the tires, to the setup, to setting my own valve lash in the motor,” Zachem said. “But I also have a race team I trust and they let me be more of the driver at the racetrack. Let’s me be more relaxed and focused. I also got an opportunity to drive Stan Mertz’s #6 SK and seat time is key too.”

Zachem, who picked up the Sunoco Modified ride in late August, will also be racing in Sunday’s feature. He confirmed his return in 2015 as well.

Zachem’s goals are to “win races and be upfront, no matter where or what car I’m in,” Zachem said.

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‘A Dream Come True’ for Talman

Oxford Driver to Make NASCAR WMT Debut

Sunoco Modified regular Troy Talman of Oxford, MA will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park  this weekend. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity and I have to thank friends, family, Mike Boehler, my sponsors DCU, B&G Toys and Trains, and NAPA of Ayer  for the opportunity and I’m not going to let ‘em down,” Talman said.

Talman said the ride was available after a part-time Valenti Modified Racing Series deal did not materialize.

“I think it all came about a couple of weeks ago actually,” Talman said. “Me, my dad and Mike (Boehler) were kind of talking and just put the deal together I guess. … It should be a really good experience. (The) car’s good, motor’s good.”

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing The Sunoco World Series 150 At Thompson Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will conclude its 2014 season and crown a champion on Sunday at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

Sunoco World Series 150 Setup:
• Doug Coby brings a 28-point advantage on Ted Christopher into the season finale. Coby would secure his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title with a finish of 24th or better while Christopher would need at least a podium and a subpar finish for Coby to have a shot at what would be his second crown. Either Coby or Christopher will become just the fifth multi-time champion in the 30 years of NWMT competition.

• Justin Bonsignore has won the first two races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this year. Another trip to Victory Lane this week would make him just the third driver in NWMT history to sweep a season at Thompson, joining Steve Park in 1996 and Mike Stefanik in 1998.
• The Sunoco World Series 150 entry list included 37 entries at the beginning of the week. That is the highest total for a stand-alone race since 2010 when the Thompson Icebreaker had 37 and the summer race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway had 36.

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Pitkat Prepares for World Series Weekend

Pitkat Confirms 2015 Plans, Seeking Return to Victory Lane

Former track champion Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT will have a busy weekend ahead at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will compete in three races of the Sunoco World Series, including the No. 42 in Saturday night’s 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Sunday will find him in the No. 00 Jimmy Paige Sunoco Modified, and the No. 88 for Buzz Chew in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Pitkat confirmed that he will return to the No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East car for 2015 . He opened the season with his first pole at Thompson’s Icebreaker. Pitkat was victorious in front of his hometown crowd when he won the Call Before You Dig 811 150 at Stafford in August for his first victory. He added the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month as well.

The weekly divisions at Thompson will have points races during the October classic. This has not been the case in recent seasons, along with the seven event schedule for the 5/8 mile oval in northeast Connecticut. Pitkat is 11th in the standings entering the season finale.

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TS Haulers Racing Parting Ways with Silk

2011 Whelen Mod Champs To Split After Thompson World Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – TS Haulers Racing owner Ed Partridge announced today that the team will part ways with driver Ron Silk following the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Partridge and Silk were victorious in their first race together in 2009 in a spot start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and joined forces full-time starting in 2010. The pairing captured the Whelen Modified Tour championship together in 2011.

“The 2011 title is one the best memories of my racing career, and Ron has been a great driver for us these last few years, but the time has come for us to try something different,” Partridge said. “I’m very thankful for what Ron has done for us, and I wish him all the best in the future.”
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Dowling to Make VMRS Debut at Waterford

Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT will make his Valenti Modified Racing Series debut at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl Sunday. Dowling will drive the Phoenix Soil/American Lamp Recycling No. 2X for Bobby Judkins in the headline Finale Weekend 100 lap event.

“Bobby Judkins and his son bought the car (from NEAR Hall of Famer Bob Judkins) recently, just so he could put it back on the track for his dad.”

Dowling said that Bobby attended races at Stafford Motor Speedway to watch his nephew Ryan Preece. Judkins asked him to drive the car and “he just kept following through and eventually he said let’s give it a try and we went testing.” Dowling said the tests two weeks ago “went really well.”

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Solomito Secures Mod Tour Rookie Honors

Long Islander Is 2014 Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Award Winner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Not many rookie race car drivers already have a nickname, let alone two, but Timmy Solomito has done his best to live up to both.

The moniker applied depends on which side of Long Island Sound you’re on. On the south side at New York’s Riverhead Raceway, you’ll hear Timmy “The Natural” Solomito, a tag that was coined by former street stock driver Frankie Cole and carried on by track publicist and announcer Bob Finan. On the north side at the three Connecticut short tracks, longtime announcer and wordsmith Matt Buckler refers to the 22-year-old driver as Timmy “The Torpedo” Solomito.

It turns out each are applicable. Solomito has taken to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in such a natural and quick fashion that he’s clinched the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award with one race left on the schedule.
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Preece Gets Back to Victory Lane

Stafford Fall Final Win First Of Season For Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Champ

STAFFORD, Conn. (Sept. 28, 2014) – Ryan Preece broke through Sunday after a season-long absence from Victory Lane, and collected his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory by holding off Ted Christopher at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Preece, the defending tour champion, had to weather a final challenge by Christopher after a late caution set up a final restart with two laps remaining. Christopher had an early advantage but Preece was able to power back by for the victory. Preece led a race-high 79 laps in recording his first win since Sept. 14 last year at New York’s Riverhead Raceway.

Christopher settled for second. Earlier in the day, Christopher collected his 13th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship overall and ninth in Stafford’s SK Modified Division in a race also won by Preece.

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Santos Captures Stafford Fall Final Pole

Third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Pole In A Row At Connecticut Oval

STAFFORD, Conn. (Sept. 27, 2014) – Bobby Santos is such a dominant qualifier at Stafford Motor Speedway that the procedure has nearly become a formality.

Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, posted a fast lap of 18.506 seconds (97.266 mph) Saturday to capture the Coors Light Pole Award for the sixth time in the last eight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at the historic Connecticut half-mile oval.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 qualifying effort secured Santos his 16th career Coors Light Pole Award in tour competition overall, and was his ninth at Stafford, including the last three races in a row there.

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