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We Crown Champions at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, 14 Division Champions to be exact

Inside look at who is in contention for these divisions!
The most anticipated event of the year is upon us. The award-winning 55th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by King Cadillac GMC will be here in only hours! 18 Divisions will be taking on the 5/8 mile high banked oval competing for the greatest treasure of them all. 14 of those divisions will also be crowning their 2017 champions after. These drivers have been neck and neck all season keeping that championship dream close. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Thompson Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series, American Canadian Tour, Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association, Northeastern Midget Association Lites, New England Pro 4 Modifieds, Mr Rooter Pro Truck Series, Northeast Mini Stock Tour, The Street Stock Showdown Series, and International Supermodified Association, will all be crowning a division champion this year. Let’s break down each division on who is in contention for the title!
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has a total of 5 drivers who are in points contention for the championship: Doug Coby (563 Points), Justin Bonsignore (553 Points), Timmy Solomito (551 Points), Ryan Preece (544 Points), and Eric Goodale (538 Points).
NASCAR Whelen All American Series has a total of 12 drivers who are in points contention for the championship in their respected divisions. For the Sunoco Modified Division: Keith Rocco (314 Points), Todd Owen (302 Points) and Ryan Preece (294 Points). For the Late Model Divison: Ray Parent (286 Points), William Wall (257 Points) and Woody Pitkat (231 Points). For the Limited Sportsman Division: Shawn Monahan (300 Points), Scott Sundeen (271 Points) and Brent Gleason (252 Points). Finally for the Mini Stock Division: Wayne Burroughs Jr. (307 Points), Eric Bourgeois (282 Points) and Jacob Perry (249 Points).

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Nocella Team Championship – 50 Lap Shootout Highlights VMRS Thompson Finale

Canaan, N.H. – Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park provides the stage, and the Valenti Modified Racing Series the final curtain, as the 2017 season comes to a close at this weekend’s 55th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Oct 13,14 & 15.  The VMRS wraps up it’s 14th year of operation with a strong field of race teams entered and Woburn, Massachusetts based modified team Nocella Racing, and driver Anthony Nocella, officially becoming the series eighth different champion.

The final race will settle close finishes where series veterans and newcomers have been battling all season.  Long-time racer Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, mired in second place in the standings is now only 11-points ahead of Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, who very quietly put some strong finishes together to sneak into third and finding himself in a battle for second in the finale.

Rookie of the Year candidate, Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, is only three points behind Willis and 14-points behind Lashua. 15-year old Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, Colby Fournier, of Berkley, MA, and Matt Mead, of Richmond, NH, are also close in the standings.

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Thompson Sunoco World Series Up Next

Two Races Left in 2017 for GSPSS

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will roll into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday afternoon for race 11 of the 2017 season. The Sunoco World Series 60 lap main event is the second-to-last race of the season for the New England based Pro Stock touring series.

Heading to Thompson, Mike O’Sullivan holds a 14-point lead in the championship standings as he seeks another title on the series. The Springfield, Mass. driver hasn’t won yet this season, but his runs inside the top five during the year have placed him at the front of the pack among those regulars.

Behind O’Sullivan, Scott MacMichael sits second, just 14 points back in his Rookie of the Year campaign. MacMichael will obviously lock up the Rookie title, but will also be looking to pull off a championship in just his first season driving Pro Stocks. The former Late Model competitor has taken the jump to Pro Stocks extremely well.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Thompson

Coby Has Five Challengers As He Chases Fifth Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour enters Sunday’s Sunoco World Series 150 with six drivers in mathematical contention to capture the 2017 driver’s championship. Entering as the points leader, four-time champion Doug Coby has the chance to add to his already impressive resume by capturing a fifth career title.

Coby has five career Thompson wins, including the 2015 Sunoco World Series, where he celebrated the victory and the championship all in one. A fourth straight title and fifth overall would make Coby the only driver in the modern era to capture four straight titles. Only Jerry Cook (4, 1974-77) and Richie Evans (8, 1978-85) have accomplished that feat in NASCAR Modified history.

Behind Coby, Justin Bonsignore’s impressive summer stretch places him just 10 points back heading for the finale. Although Bonsignore has never won the title before, Thompson has been of his best tracks. He has five career wins on the high-banks and is the defending winner of the Sunoco World Series 150.

Timmy Solomito enters the finale 12 points back, with four wins on the season. Ryan Preece is 19 points behind, even though he missed two races. Eric Goodale is 25 points back and Rowan Pennink is 33 off the lead. Although Pennink and Goodale still have a mathematical shot at the title, they are going to need some luck to leapfrog to the front.

Below is a statistical look at the six drivers still in contention for the title, including their 2017 overall and Thompson statistics and their career on the 0.625-mile Connecticut oval.

DRIVER STARTS WINS POLES LAPS LED AVG. FIN. TSMP 2017 AVG. FIN. TSMP CAREER AVG. FIN.
Doug Coby 15 1 2 622 7.5 12.3 10.7
Justin Bonsignore 15 0 0 3 7.3 11.3 11.9
Timmy Solomito 15 4 3 408 8.7 4.6 8.8
Ryan Preece 13 5 1 471 4.4 10 10.1
Eric Goodale 15 1 0 34 8.5 3.6 12.5
Rowan Pennink 15 1 1 179 9.2 3.3 11.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the driver’s championship is still plenty up for grabs, the owner’s championship chase is nearly all but wrapped up. Car owner Ed Partridge has put three different drivers behind the wheel this season: George Brunnhoelzl III, Jon McKennedy, and Preece. Even though Preece missed two races, the car still has received points and sits 40 points ahead going for the finale. Nearly all Preece needs to do is start the race on Sunday and the No. 6 and Partridge will win the owner’s title.

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Race: Sunoco World Series 150
Place: Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park
When: Sunday, October 15
2016 Winner: Justin Bonsignore
2016 Polesitter: Timmy Solomito
Event Schedule: Saturday Oct. 14: Practice: 11:15-12 p.m., 12:30-1:15 p.m., Qualifying: 3:15 p.m. Sunday Oct. 15: Sunoco World Series 150: 3:30 p.m.
Track Twitter: @ThompsonSpdwy
Event Hashtag: #SunocoWorldSeries
Track Contact: Taylor Therrien, (860)-923-2280taylor@thompsonspeedway.com
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386)-547-2469jchristley@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:

The Race: Sunday’s season-finale is the 16th and final points championship race of the 2017 season for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. This will be the fourth and final appearance of the season on the high-banks of Thompson.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 30 cars will qualify through the group qualifying process with the remaining six spots being awarded through the provisional process. The race is schedule for 150 laps covering 93.75 miles.

The Track:  The 0.625-mile banked asphalt oval opened back in 1940 as the only asphalt track in the country. The track has held 137 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in its history – the most of any facility on the current schedule.

Race Winners: There have been 35 different tour drivers that have rolled into Thompson’s Victory Lane. Mike Stefanik leads all drivers with 15 career wins on the high-banks. Doug Coby, Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Santos III each have five wins and lead all active drivers.

Pole Winners: There are 47 drivers who have a Coors Light Pole Award at Thompson. Doug Coby leads all active drivers with five poles at Thompson.

Sunoco World Series 150 Notes:

Carroll Chasing Sunoco Rookie Honors: Entering the last race of the 2017 season, the battles for the driver’s and owner’s championship is not the only points title that will be locked up on Sunday. Andover, New Jersey, native Calvin Carroll has competed in all 15 races so far this season and has a best finish of 13th at Langley in the points events. Carroll finished on the podium in the non-points special at Charlotte last Friday night. The 17-year-old driver is hoping to lock up the Sunoco Rookie of the Year chase. Walter Sutcliffe Jr. enters the race trailing him, in second.

Blewett Back; Cugini Debuts: Sunday’s Sunoco World Series 150 will bring Jimmy Blewett back to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition for just the second time this season. The Howell, New Jersey, driver finished 24th after crashing out of the Icebreaker in April, but has six wins in his 122 career Whelen Modified Tour starts. The last of those came at Stafford in August of 2016. On the other end of the spectrum, Dan Cugini will make his debut on Sunday driving the No. 20 in place of Max Zachem, who continues to recover from an injury. Cugini has competed on the NEMA Midgets in New England and been successful for many years.

Myers & Harvey Return: Two former NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champions return to competition on the same team at Thompson. Former championship driver Burt Myers has teamed with owner Eddie Harvey to make a run at the victory in the Sunoco World Series 150. Myers has just two career Thompson starts and he finished 14th in both of those races. However, the Walnet Cove, North Carolina, driver has 19 career Whelen Southern Mod Tour wins to his credit as well as two championships. In April, Harvey put Andy Seuss behind the wheel at the Icebreaker, but Seuss finished 17th after being involved in a wreck.

Goodale Brings Momentum: Eric Goodale is rolling into the season-finale with some momentum off his victory in the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford two weeks ago. Even though Goodale has never won a race at Thompson, the Riverhead, New York, driver has inside the top eight in all three races at the 0.625-mile oval so far this year. Goodale has shown speed all season and finished inside the top 10 in the last four series events.

Long Shot For Pennink: Even though Rowan Pennink enters Sunday’s race with a mathematical shot at the championship, it’s a long shot that he will end up the champion. However, that doesn’t mean the 2017 season wasn’t a success. Pennink returned Boehler Racing to Victory Lane in the Icebreaker at Thompson as they celebrate their 60th season of competition. Pennink has 11 top 10s in 15 races with an average finish of 9.2. He captured his first career pole in August on the high-banks of Thompson.

HOME TRACKS: Rocco Leads SK Modified Field

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will also include their NASCAR Whelen All American Series championship battles on Sunday afternoon. In the Division I SK Modifieds, Keith Rocco enters with a 12 point lead over Todd Owen. Ryan Preece enters third, 20 points back. In the Division II Late Models, Ray Parent enters the Sunoco World Series up by 29 points over William Wall.

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NWMT Thompson 10/15/17 Schedule
Whelen Modified Tour
DAY TIME EVENT
Saturday, October 14 8:00 a.m. Garage Opens.
11:15 a.m. to Noon Practice.
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Final Practice.
3:15 p.m. Qualifying.
5:00 p.m. Garage Closes.
Sunday, October 15 10:00 a.m. Garage Opens.
11:00 a.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting.
12:35 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies.
2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Driver Autograph Session. (Behind Grandstands)
3:30 p.m. SUNOCO WORLD SERIES 150
All times local; subject to change

NWMT Thompson 10/15/17 Entry List
Whelen Modified Tour
Series:
Whelen Modified Tour
PRINTABLE FORMAT (PDF)

CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
0 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H. Brady Bunch Racing/Copeland Toyota & Chevy Chevrolet Brian Brady Scott Anderson
1 Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H. Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet Kenneth Fifield Glen Billings
2 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Const. Chevrolet Mike Smeriglio III Phil Moran
3 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Cape Cod Copper/JDL/USNE Chevrolet Jan Boehler Greg Fournier
6 Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn. TS Hauler/Hoosier Tire of Calverton Chevrolet Ed Partridge Jeff Preece
11 Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C. Dunleavy Truck & Repairs/LFR/Citrusafe Chevrolet Eddie Harvey Eddie Harvey
14 Cory Oslund, East Hampton, N.Y.* Keith Grimes Excavating Chevrolet Brian Midgett TBA
15 Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn. 15-40 Connection Chevrolet Rob Fuller Steve Garrepy
16 Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Starrett Tools Ford Eric Sanderson Stanley Szaban
18 Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y. Buoyone Chevrolet Greg Gorman Greg Gorman
20 Danny Cugini,Marshfield, Mass.* Anytime Rental/Lu-Macs Chevrolet Ken Zachem Max Zachem
21 Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn. * Gershow Recycling Chevrolet Joseph Bertuccio Stash Butova
24 Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J. Supreme MFG Co. Chevrolet Clifford Krause John Cooke
26 Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Lakeland Landscaping Supply/TRC Electric Chevrolet Sean McDonald Gary McDonald
33 Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn. Performance Engines/Kendal Oil Ford Wade Cole Richard Rodenbaugh
36 Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y. Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet Judy Thilberg Tommy Grasso
38 Manuel Dias, South Attleboro, Mass.* Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet Linda Rodenbaugh Robert Bourne
39 Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J.* Power With Prestige/Cruising With Betty Chevrolet Joe Carroll Geary Rinehimer
44 Bobby Santos III, Franklin, Mass. Sully Tinio/Olivas Market Chevrolet Sully Tinio Bob Santos
46 Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y.. Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet Russell Goodale Doug Ogiejko
48 Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y.* Eastport Feeds Chevrolet Wayne Anderson Tom Soper
51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet Kenneth Massa William Michael
58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. GAF Roofing Chevrolet Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard
63 Austin Pickens, Orlando, Fla.* West Orange Nurseries Chevrolet Steve Pickens Rob Fuller
64 Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn. Hoosier Tire East/Fastrock Electric/Hughes Motors Chevrolet Mike Murphy Ron Yuhas Jr.
76 Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J. Jimmy Blewett Inc./Starrett Tools Chevrolet John Blewett Sr. Rob Ormsbee
77 Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn. Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Theodore Musgrave Jr.
78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn.* Last Minute Racing Chevrolet Steven Sutcliffe Kevin Anderson
82 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Horton Ave. Materials Chevrolet Danny Watts Jr. Aaron Clifford
85 Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn. Stuarts Automotive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet Robert Katon Kenny Stuart
89 Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass. Starrett Tools Ford John Swanson John Swanson
92 Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass. Nocella Paving/Airgas Ford Anthony Nocella Jason Decambra
99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet Cheryl Tomaino Trey Tomaino
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate

Pitkat Wins Touch ACT Invitational at NHMS

LOUDON, NH – Woody Pitkat drove the Summit Ice No. 07MA to victory in a rough and ragged ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday.

The race was called with 18 of 50 scheduled laps completed as daylight waned. Two false restarts attempting to complete lap 19, with Pitkat and runner-up Jimmy Hebert on the front row, sealed the deal.

Multiple accidents and long clean-up and line-up times prolonged the race for nearly two hours.

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Fred Borden Passes Away

NEAR Hall of Famer was 90

Fred Borden passed away on September 17, 2017.

Borden of Waltham, Massachusetts began his racing career at West Peabody, with at least two wins in 1950. He drove Sal Pinetta’s Jalopy to at least seven wins in 1952 at Medford Bowl, including an AARA record of four in a row.

Borden has an estimated 81 wins at Brookline, Medford, Norwood, West Peabody, and Westboro from 1950 to 1967. He also raced at Beech Ridge, Bryar, Hudson, Lonsdale, Pinecrest, Pines, Thompson, and Thunder Road. He won driving for Rick Falconi, Sal Pinetta, John Harty/the Harty brothers (in a one race deal) and Andy Smith.

He also competed at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl.

“It was quite a racing career,” Borden said. Borden is the winningest driver at his favorite track, Westboro. “It was close by and we won more races there than anywhere.”

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Champion Christopher Passes Away

Connecticut Driver Involved In Plane Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR champion Ted Christopher passed away Saturday after being involved in a plane crash in Connecticut. He was 59.

Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-Amercian Series national title and a touring series championship. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut’s historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of both.
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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Bristol

Preece Enters “Thunder Valley” Looking To Continue Hot Streak

bushs_150DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Over the last six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, no one has been able to post better results than Ryan Preece. The Berlin, Connecticut, driver has four wins, a runner-up and a fourth and it has allowed him to claw his way right back into the fight for the championship. Even though he missed a race at Virginia’s Langley Speedway in May to get married, Preece sits only 19 points from the points lead with seven championship races left on the 2017 schedule.

His recent run of success in NASCAR also included his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway on July 29. As Preece enters the third Whelen Modified Tour race in 12 days, he is hoping to continue his recent success on the tricky high-banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. In his career at “Thunder Valley,” Preece has six top 10 finishes in seven starts, including a victory in the rain-shortened race in 2015. 

Series points leader Timmy Solomito enters the race with a 10-point advantage on Rowan Pennink, but if he wants to maintain the top spot, he will need to come away from Bristol in one piece. His best career finish at the track is eighth, but last season, he was involved in a wreck and finished 26 laps down in 18th. He joins Preece as the only multiple-time winners so far this season on the Tour. 

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Korner Continues Hot Streak in MSD Legends Series

THOMPSON, CT – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park held it’s second of three Summer Road Race Series events on Sunday, July 23. Noah Korner won his fourth consecutive Midstate site Development Legends Series race, while Chris Barry picked up the overall and Small Bore wins in the Sports Car Group. Glenn Kurkjian took top honors in the Big Bore portion of the event.

Noah Korner and point leader, Teddy Hodgdon, led the field to the green flag. On the race start, Jordan O’Brien darted from the eleventh starting position to fourth by the exit of turn three. O’Brien would continue to advance positions until he was stalking Korner. Looking inside and outside, O’Brien was finally able to get by Korner on the seventh circuit. Korner would eventually reclaim the lead on lap nine, leading the final three laps in route to victory.  O’Brien finished second with Teddy Hodgdon capturing the final podium position.

Korner, Bob Weymouth, and Hodgdon were the recipients of the New England Racing Fuel contingency, good for five gallons of spec fuel.

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Top 5 Effort for Bock

Brendon Bock charged from 18th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday to recorded his first top five of the season. Bock was mad because qualifying was canceled. His car was first and third in the two scuff sessions run prior to the Eastern Propane and Oil 100.

Bock was battling a loose car in the center and off the corners. Changes at halfway made the car better and allowed the Franklin Square, NY driver to return to the top five.

Bock was following the battle for the lead in the closing laps. Contact between Doug Coby and Ryan Newman brought out the caution with two laps remaining.

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Burton Takes the Checkered Flag in Inaugural Busch North Throwback 100 at Thompson

Despite a few rain delays over the course of the day, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division’s return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park could not be dampened by Mother Nature as the division made it’s first appearance at the Big-T since 2009 in style. The brightest future stars of NASCAR took to the historic track for the first annual Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8 with several drivers sporting paint schemes honoring the best of the best of the series’ past as they honoring the history of motorsports in New England.

The field consisted of numerous series regulars and a few drivers familiar with Thompson Speedway looking to make their own mark by using their experience on the historic oval to their advantage. The day started with a new track record as Chase Purdy topped Martin Truex, Jr’s previous record of 20.200 with a lap time of 20.197 in group qualifying, nabbing Purdy his third consecutive pole. Purdy would lead the first few laps of the night’s main event, but eventually found himself under attack by Todd Gilliland, son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland, who started on the outside pole and had a dominant car for much of the event.

Despite Gilliland’s dominance however, the last 25 laps saw another generational driver rise to the top and find his way to victory lane. Harrison Burton, son of NASCAR staple Jeff Burton, was able to wrestle the lead away in the final quarter of the event after racing side-by-side with Gilliland for nearly five laps before finally completing a pass and never looking back. The win was Burton’s fourth of the season, and fourth in the last six races, building on his points lead as he continues to make his mark on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division.

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Purdy Sets Track Record at Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — Chase Purdy of Meridian, MS claimed his third consecutive 21 Means 21 Pole Award Saturday afternoon at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Purdy drove his Bama Buggies/Textron Offroad Toyota No. 17 to a new track record of 20.197 seconds/111.403 MPH.

“This place is awesome,” Purdy said of the 5/8 mile oval.

“We had a setback earlier today. We wrecked our primary car we roll out the backup and we got the pole with it so that’s amazing. Hats off to all of David Gilliland Racing and my guys for scrambling to get that car ready and to go and Textron Off Road and Buggies. Those guys are the real deal and I’d do anything for ’em. They’d do anything for me and it’s just a great combination and we really make it work and I think its showing right now.”

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Thompson Late Model Point Leader Ray Parent Expected to Enter Thompson Throwback

THOMPSON, CT – Current Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Late Model Division Championship Leader, Ray Parent, has announced his intentions to enter Saturday’s Busch North Throwback 100, in the No. 32 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car. Parent has already driven the No. 98 Course Legend Late Model to two wins during the 2017 season, and is looking forward to making his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series start in the No. 32 Anytime Realty Chevrolet.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” the Tiverton driver exclaimed. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed about doing, and now it’s turning into a reality. I was so excited to be able to run Thompson full time in the Late Model, and now to have this opportunity is awesome. I can’t begin to thank Don Parsons, DPR Racing, and Anytime Realty enough for bringing me on board this season.”

Parent teamed up with Parsons midway through last season at Seekonk Speedway, and decided to make a run at a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Championship over the winter. This, though, is only the beginning of the plans that the two parties have made for each other. 

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Thompson Point Battles Taking Shape Heading into Busch North Throwback

THOMPSON, CT – With four races remaining at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, point battles across each of the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions are starting to take shape. Tensions will surely start to rise and strategies will start to be formed, heading into the next event, the Inaugural Busch North Throwback 100, on Saturday, July 8.

The Sunoco Modified Division point battle is currently closest. 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion, Keith Rocco, trails former NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver, Ryan Preece, by only two points. With only four races remaining, and over 20 entrants expected at each of those events, the margin for error is small. Rocco knows this, but has more than ample faith in his team. It’s halfway through the season and his confidence refuses to falter. “Don’t worry about the points,” he said calmly, “You got to race to win, and the rest comes with it.“

Scott Sundeen finds himself in a familiar position in the Limited Sportsman Division – atop the leaderboard. The four-time Champion has never been worried about the points, only the results. “Right now, I’m not worried about the points” he said, “Anything can happen and I’m there to win”. With no previous intentions of racing for a full season, driver of the No.55, Shawn Monahan, now finds himself in second place, only four l[‘=;p[]\markers behind Sundeen. Monahan has a lot of trophies on his mantle, but none for a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Championship. “I’ve given away a lot of championships in my past” he explained, “but that was due to immaturity.” The Waterford, CT-native is focused on earning his first title, a story which he hopes to be able to tell his son one day. “The best thing thing is to talk to your children about it later” he said, envisioning an older version of himself in the grandstands with his family.
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Purdy to Honor New England Racing Legend Shaw in NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100

MOORESVILLE, NC (Jun. 21, 2017) – David Gilliland Racing and Chase Purdy released today a throwback paint scheme the No. 17 team will run in July’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Thompson Speedway Park in Connecticut. A throwback to the 1994 season, the scheme mimics the one made famous by New England racing legend Dale Shaw who won the series title that year in a Pontiac owned by Quint Boisvert.

The Shaw family has been a mainstay in New England racing circles for decades, most notably in the late model ranks and a strong run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, formerly known by a handful of names including the NASCAR Busch North Series when Shaw won his title in 1994. Until Austin Dillon replicated the feat in the NASCAR Xfinity Series a few years ago, it was the only time in NASCAR history a division champion won the title without visiting victory lane during the championship year.

With 19 wins over his series career, Shaw campaigned as a frequent tour competitor until 2005 when his son, D.J. Shaw, began showing an interest in a racing career of his own. Today, D.J. continues to race a super late model built and maintained in the family business’ shop, aptly named Dale Shaw Race Cars.

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Preece Rockets To Thompson Victory

Rolls to Second NASCAR Whelen Modified Win After Late Pit Stop

THOMPSON, Conn. (June 14, 2017) – Ryan Preece’s pit stop strategy pushed him back in the field. But the Berlin, Connecticut, driver wasted no time in driving to the front en route to Wednesday night’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the Thompson 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The win was the second of the season for Preece and 17th of his career.

Preece pitted with many of his lead challengers on lap 70. The No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet was forced to restart outside the top 10 behind a number of cars including Rowan Pennink and Bobby Santos, who pitted earlier. A late charge through the field by Preece culminated with a move to the inside of Pennink for the lead with just 18 laps to go.

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Nick Salva Eager to Put Experience to Practice at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, fourth placeCT – The NASCAR All-American Series Sunoco Modified Division is ready for their third race of the 2017 season at Thomspon Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 14. Former Champions Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece each have one win to their credit on the young season.  Nick Salva, who is competing in his first full season in the Division, has been studying the moves of these veteran drivers, as he seeks to find the fastest way around the 5/8-mile oval.

Known for it’s high straightaway speeds and unique corners, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has a steep learning curve that Salva is confident he can master over time.  He made strides to that end during the last event: the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance, presented by Pepsi. Salva had an opportunity to follow the division’s last three champions around the high-banked oval.

Salva described the experience: “It was a great race behind Woody, Ryan, and Keith. I learned a lot about those drivers just being behind them and can strategize better for the next race. I have a great car that is fast and lately have been running good, so I am looking forward to this next race.”

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Eric Goodale Focused on Race Wins Entering Thompson 125

THOMPSON, CT – NASCAR’s oldest division, the Whelen Modified Tour, is set to return to America’s original paved oval, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, for the third running of the Thompson 125 on Wednesday, June 14. Unlike any other race on the schedule, this race is only 125-laps, creating an element of pit strategy that doesn’t exist in some of the longer races. This is something that veteran driver, Eric Goodale, is well aware of. 

The driver of the No. 58 GAF Construction Chevrolet explained, “[I’ll] just be a little more aggressive due to it being 125 laps, instead of 150. Qualify well and maintain track position and try to not makeup opportunities lost early and compete early.”

Goodale, who currently is third in the championship point standings, hasn’t finished outside of the top five since a disappointing 18th place finish to start the season at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The New York native is giving chase to fellow Long Islander, Timmy Solomito, and Rowan Pennink, who won the 43rd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson.  These two drivers are not the only ones to watch, however, according to Goodale. 

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Todd Bertrand Set to Defend Icebreaker Victory at Thompson 125, presented by Whelen

THOMPSON, CT – One of the highlights of Icebreaker 2017 was the photo finish between NEMA Lites drivers Todd Bertrand and Dan Cugini. The two battled wing-to-wing in the waning laps of the 20-lap affair, but it was Bertrand by the length of a bumper.  The 0.038-second margin of victory was the closest recorded in a NEMA Lites race at Thompson.

Bertrand recalls the sequence of events that day, which resulted in his first visit to Critical Signs victory lane, “The car was a little loose, meaning that I wouldn’t have as much traction on the track. I fixed that problem with using the heat tires for the featured race which really helped me out big time. I knew I had a fast car and if I got in front of Danny early than I would have a huge chance of winning. I got past him early and knew I was faster than everyone on the track so that gave me more leverage at winning. Near the end on the final three laps, my car started to become loose and that gave Danny a huge advantage, due to me loosing traction; but I held my ground and stayed on the inside of him to lead me to a Thompson victory. I have never won a race at Thompson before so winning this race meant a lot to me.”

The car that Bertrand drove to victory has quite the story behind it. The CT-native explains, “This was the first time back in the No. 45 since running it last year in the World Series. We first acquired this car back when I started running in the NEMA Lites then sold it to a close friend of mine. Me and my team reacquired this car and wanted to use it for rental rides and I personally wanted to use it for racing at big tracks such as Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. This car had some problems in the winter due to a 15-year-old motor, which we fixed with a brand new motor. These replacements to this car had a tremendous impact on my winning the Icebreaker.”

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Redemption for Bonsignore at Riverhead in NEMA’s IGA Cantor Memorial; J. Chambers Dominates Lites

Justin Bonsignore left Riverhead Raceway in 2016 feeling dejected and with a number of bumps & bruises, as he was potentially laps away from winning his first Northeastern Midget Association race in his first start, as leader Jim Chambers encountered a flat right front tire.  Instead, Bonsignore found his Bertrand Motorsports #74 destroyed against the outside wall, after hopping Chambers’ right rear tire.  On Saturday evening, in the 2nd Annual Allan Cantor Memorial, sponsored by the Reichert Group/IGA, it was again Bonsignore and Chambers putting on the show.  Chambers dominated the NEMA Lite race earlier in the evening, and after an epic battle in the NEMA feature, Bonsignore scored his first ever NEMA win. 

In the Lites feature, reigning Champion, Jim Chambers, would blast his way to the front in the early stages of the race.  Chambers, running lap times of 11.8 seconds, as fast as some of the NEMA competitors – would pull to nearly a half track lead over Chad Labastie, and Danny Cugini, by the halfway point. 

A red flag at the halfway point, for a big wreck involving Paul Scally, Ryan Bigelow, and Ryan Locke, bunched up the field once the race got underway again.  All of the drivers walked away from the wreck without injuries.  Cugini, looking strong, would take second from Labastie when the green flag flew again, but could not muster up a run on Chambers. 

Chambers would stretch out his lead again in the late stages of the race, to go on and take down his first win at Riverhead Raceway. Cugini would finish second followed by Chad Labastie, PJ Stergios, Ryan Locke, Christopher Vose, John Zych, Nikki Carol, Jim Cataldo and Randy Cabral.
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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Recognize the Sacrifices of Men and Women in Uniform

This Sunday, May 21, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is hosting its second NASCAR race of the season: the Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series will battle it out on the 5/8-mile oval to determine who will walk away with the winner’s spoils, which include a handsome purse, complimented by contingencies, a cube of Pepsi, and some handsome hardware. 

Less than 10% of the American adult population serves in the military.  The contributions of the few, though make a great impact for many. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park recognizes the sacrifices of men and women in uniform this Sunday by offering free general admission to active duty and retired members of the armed forces.  During pre-race ceremonies, Thompson will also be honoring the men and women who serve in all branches of the military.  Pepsi has supported these efforts, by naming Samantha Thompson, who is preparing to begin Navy boot camp, as the event’s honorary starter.  A Reason to Ride, which is a philanthropic organization supporting veterans, will also be set up on the grandstands to raise awareness for their event. Please also visit areasontoride.org to learn more.

As far as on-track action goes, there will be six divisions in competition, including the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes, the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series and the Lite Modifieds. Ryan Preece, lead Keith Rocco and Rowan Pennink into the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature. Icebreaker 2017 Champion, Ray Parent, sits one point behind Ryan Morgan, in the Late Model standings. Jesse Gleason, who won the Limited Sportsman race at Icebreaker 2017, is being chased by four-time Champion, Scott Sundeen, and newcomer, Chris Meyer in that division. 2015 Mini Stock Champion, Dave Trudeau, is back in championship form as he is tied with Eric Bourgeois for the top-points-position in the Mini Stock ranks. Frank Dumicich, Jr. leads all Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series contenders, as the winner of the Series’ last event here during Icebreaker 2017.

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Doug Post Returning to Historic Oval Invitational

A self-described “gear-head”, Doug Post has been a car enthusiast since he was 10 years old.  In fact, he devoted his career to working at several different Ford dealerships.  His work happened to coincide with his passion, as he served as a crew member for Ray Brown.  A trailblazer in the sport locally, Brown was the second United Stock Car Racing Club Champion at the Riverside Park Speedway racing in New York. As an interesting piece of history, Brown competed in one of the cars that Post currently owns.

Later in life, Post decided he wanted to get behind the wheel, and acquired a Sprint Car from Smith Speed Shop in Eaton, Ohio.  Post’s Sprint Car is beautifully prepared, red in color with a chrome cage over the driver’s cockpit, and badged with a black.  While never winning in the United States Auto Club (USAC), the car was driven by Joe Saldana, whose son currently competes in the World of Outlaws, and Rich Vogler, who was a USAC Midget Champion.

Doug Post is a big supporter of the Historic Oval Invitational, an original member of the group that met with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park management to recreate the event.  Post explains, “I like being there. It’s a great facility and I was involved in the discussions the first year about the vintage event. All in all, it is a great event and I love putting my car out on the track and seeing all the other vintage cars out there, too.” Continue reading ‘Doug Post Returning to Historic Oval Invitational’

Korner Brothers Take Top Two Spots in Second Round of MSD Legends Series

THOMPSON, CT – Sunday, the Midstate Site Development Legends Series contested their second race of the 2017 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The demanding 1.7-mile course challenged the 13 drivers in attendance, but in the end, it was Noah Korner, the Series’ defending Champion, who used his experience to best the field. 

It appeared that no one was going to be able to beat Jordan O’Brien who recorded the fastest time in practice and qualifying.  Engine issues, however, forced the Maine driver to retire from the race after leading the first three circuits.  Noah Korner, who was securely riding in second, inherited the lead, and never looked back, pacing the final eight laps.   

The battle was on, however, for the second position between Korner’s brother, Glenn, and Danbury, CT-native, Teddy Hodgdon. The two Semi-Pro drivers swapped the position back and forth four times, before Glenn made an aggressive move on the final lap, beating Hodgdon back to the stripe.

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Marty Van Druten to Field Two Entires at the Historic Oval Invitational

The Historic Oval Invitational, which will be held at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on May 19 – 20, is a celebration of the golden years of stock car racing and classic American Muscle. Featuring race cars like Midgets, Sprints, Super Modifieds, Champ Cars, Vintage Outlaws, and Stock Cars, each of the seven preceding decades of the track’s history will be represented. Among the entries is en State Vintage Stock Car Club (GSVSCC) Member, Mary Van Druten. The New Jersey-native will be fielding two cars, including the No. 6 1978 Maynard Troyer Modified and the No. 17 1981 Black Stock Car, which was Built by Troyer and Jimmy Susi.

For many of the participants, continuing to race these cars is their way of honoring the giants of our sport, and ensuring their stories continue to be told. This is certainly true for Van Druten. One of his cars was the first that Maynard Troyer ever manufactured. The legendary Modiifed chassis builder, bearing the late Maynard’s name, still produces some of the most competitive asphalt Modifieds that can be found in the Sunoco Modified and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fields. Not originally a driver, Van Druten has a long history as an avid fan and crew member at Wall Stadium. The 6’7″ drive explains, “ I acquired them after working for the crew of Gilhan at Wall Stadium for over 20 years. I have been to plenty of races and have not personally raced but It was a sight to see some of these cars in action.”

Historic race cars on a historic track. Those are two of the things that draw Van Druten to the Historic Oval Invitational. He brings the cars that are storied in Modified racing to a facility that is nationally-recognized as the first paved oval in the United States. Dating back to May 26, 1940, some of the most iconic drivers in American Motorsports have competed at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, including Jeff Gordon, Mario Andretti, Tony Stewart, and NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evens and Jerry Cook. Van Druten explains, “I am looking forward and excited for this event. The track is beautiful, the people are great, and its a great place to relax outside of work. Its going to be fun running these cars on the race track with a lot of history.”
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Gleason Leading the Pack After Icebreaker Win

Leads Long List of Drivers into Special Event for Limited Sportsman

THOMPSON, CT – Three weeks ago, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opened its season with the 43rd running of the Icebreaker. All four of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were in close competition. Ryan Preece best the Sunoco Modified competition in their 30-lap race. In a thrilling finish, William Wall and Ray Christian, III made contact in the final corner of the final lap, opening the door for Ray Parent to score a Late Model win. Dave Trudeau stayed out of trouble in the Mini Stock Division, and has an Icebreaker Championship to show for it. Jesse Gleason, who proved to be the class of the field in the Limited Sportsman.

Gleason explained it as a “dream weekend.” He went on to say, “I wasn’t expecting it because of problems with the car last year. Nothing went wrong with the car and I raced perfectly. It felt great winning!”

With one win under his belt in 2017, now the veteran driver turns his attention to the marquee event for his Division: the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi. Gleason and his family are hard at work, preparing both the car and themselves for the May 21 event.

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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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Payson & Galuardi to Defend Icebreaker, Road Race Style Championships

2015 & 2016 Champions Returning to Season-Opening Sports Car Race

THOMPSON, CT – Going into its third season, the Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style (IBRRS) will be coming to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) tomorrow, April 22. As part of this event, two defending champions are entered, who will be putting their past success to the test against some familiar faces and some new competition.

Payson was the 2015 Icebreaker, Road Race Style STL Class Champion, picking up the win in his No. 95 Hoosier Racing Tire/MAZDA/Rigoli.com- sponsored Miata during the inaugural event in 2015. When asked about his victory, Payson said, “It was a good race – a lot of fun.  I was surprised because I was out there having a good time and then all of a sudden I got a huge trophy. Nobody said anything, so it was unexpected but enjoyable.”

This year, Payson will be racing in the T4 Class (Touring 4 SCCA) in the same car. When asked about his strategy and adjustments for this year, he responded “A little luck and conditioning. I have been racing for over 48 years. Being a former SCCA National Champion and a Pro champion, I have a good idea what to do with a lot of races under my belt. The car is a good car for the track and recently we put in new shocks so we will see what happens and make adjustments if things go wrong.”

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First Paint Schemes Unveiled for Busch North Throwback at Thompson

Rev Racing Remembers Two Historic Moments

THOMPSON, CT – With the unveiling of their 2017 short track schedule in December, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Officials announced the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The event will be a celebration of the series’ New England roots and the rich history of the division with the Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8.

To mark the occasion, NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams are encouraged to wrap their cars in former series paint schemes of pionee

ring drivers like Joey Kourafas, Jamie Aube, Andy Santerre and others.

Rev Racing announced today two of the paint schemes that will be featured.

The first will be the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship winning car of Kyle Larson, current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader.
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Teddy Hodgdon Ready for MSD Legends Series Opener

Semi-Pro Legend Drier Ready for Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style

THOMPSON, CT –Two years ago, the US Legends Cars made their debut on the 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The wheel-to-wheel competition stunned onlookers, and soon the scaled 1930’s coupes and sedans had a new home. The Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style, scheduled for Saturday, April 22, will serve as the season-opening event for the Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series. INEX Semi-Pro driver, Teddy Hodgdon, looks forward to beginning his championship chase at the event.

Sixteen year-old driver, Teddy Hodgdon and his father and car owner, Ted Hodgdon, owner of the No. 28 Replica 1934 Ford Coupe Legend Car has a good idea of what it takes to be successful on the technical 1.7-mile road course. The driver of the No. 28 explains, “There is not a lot of road courses around the New England Area besides New Hampshire. To have another Road Course close to my location is awesome. The TSMP Road Course is perfect for these cars on the straight away and room for these cars to race, making it interesting.”

Teddy Hodgdon has a history of great success in the Semi Pro Legends Division. He won two National Qualifier events at Bethel Motor Speedway in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Teddy also has won 8 races and placed 8th out of more than 300 drivers in the national rankings, despite missing races, including the 2016 Icebreaker, Road Race Style. Continue reading ‘Teddy Hodgdon Ready for MSD Legends Series Opener’

Jordan O’Brien Ready for Icebreaker, Road Race Style at Thompson

Season Opener Begins Driver’s Championship Pursuit

THOMPSON, CT –The 3rd Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style, an event promoted and managed by OTB Promotions, Inc., is the first opportunity for drivers to engage in wheel-to-wheel sports car competition following the New England winter.  Scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), the event provides over an hour of track time at a very affordable entry fee – as low as $250.  Veteran Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series driver Jordan O’Brien sees the value the event offers, and looks forward to putting both his skills and car to the test on Thompson’s technical 1.7-mile road course.

O’Brien, driver, and owner of the No. 140 1934 Chevrolet Coupe US Legends Car, has a good idea of what he likes about the TSMP road course. O’Brien Said “ It’s a new track, better than how it was back in the day.  There are no real cracks to the road and its predictable so drivers can focus on improving their lines each time out on the track. There is enough space on the track, meaning that there will be more intense battles making the races more exciting…”

The young driver has one goal this year and that is to win as many races as possible. As he achieves this, O’Brien knows that it will help to further his racing career.  The Maine native is “using Legend Cars to take a step to promote myself as a driver, showing my skills so I can move up the ranks and hopefully take the US and sportscar racing series to a whole new level.”

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