Press Release from Super DIRTcar Series
Photo By: Mark Brown
MALTA, NY (SEPT. 24, 2022) – Matt Sheppard reminded fans and competitors why he is the eight-time and defending Super DIRTcar champion by claiming his first Series win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Saturday night.
Starting from 15th –after missing the redraw – Sheppard stayed out of the purview of onlookers for the first half of the Feature. While the focus was on the frontrunners, he gradually made his way up the field taking over 10th place by the halfway point.
With 17 laps left in the 100-lap matchup, things became interesting. Adam Pierson, who had led every lap besides the first up until that point, unexpectedly left the track with mechanical issues. Anthony Perrego moved into the top spot and was then tasked with holding off the advances of Billy Decker and Jeremy Pitts. As he held his focus there, Sheppard took every bit advantage of the extra time offered in the race’s duration to continue putting pressure on his competitors.
With 10 laps to go, the Waterloo, NY driver had made his way into fourth. But with some smooth maneuvering of his machine, he passed Jeremy Pitts and then soon after Billy Decker for the lead, crossing the finish line in first five laps later. It happened so quickly, it even surprised Sheppard himself.
“So, when we had the last caution on Lap 35 give or take, I was still 11th,” Sheppard said. “Adam Pierson was leading, and I know how good Adam runs here and I know Decker was running second. I got by Decker at the end there and I thought to myself we might have got second or third here. Finally, I looked over at the Jumbotron and saw my number on the top and I was like, what?! When they announced it on the one way, I actually believed it then, I guess.”
Second place finisher Decker battled for his runner-up position every step of the way. After starting on the pole, he dropped to third place where he battled to catch Perrego and Pierson. When Pierson left the track, he moved up and momentarily held the lead. But a hard charging Sheppard proved to be too much to handle as he was passed with five laps remaining.
“It got a little hairy over there,” Decker said. “I got facing down the backstretch there. I got a little aggressive getting into three there. I thought I could hook the cushion. Under that caution, it got a little slimy up there. This JSR team has been working really hard. We’ve been sneaking up on this a little bit. Not quite fast enough. The year is closing in. It was pretty close tonight, just not good enough.”
Anthony Perrego finished third, Marc Johnson finished fourth, and Jeremy Pitts finished fifth.
The contention offered the winner $10,000 and a guaranteed starting spot at the 50th Running of NAPA Super DIRT Week. Due to Sheppard having already secured a position at the prestigious race, the spot was then granted to the runner-up.
AROUND THE TURN: The Super DIRTcar Series will travel to Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY for the 50th Running of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Oct. 3-9.
Feature (100 Laps)
- 9S-Matt Sheppard; 2. 91-Billy Decker; 3. 4-Anthony Perrego; 4. 3J-Marc Johnson; 5. 27-Jeremy Pitts; 6. 21A-Peter Britten; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos; 8. 83X-Tim Sears Jr; 9. 99L-Larry Wight; 10. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 11. 8H-Max McLaughlin; 12. 35-Mike Mahaney; 13. 2L-Jack Lehner; 14. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr; 15. 34-Kevin Root; 16. 19-Tim Fuller; 17. 88-Mat Williamson; 18. 2RJ-Ronnie Johnson; 19. 21C-Brian Calabrese; 20. 14-CG Morey; 21. 37-Paul St Sauveur; 22. 87-Neil Stratton; 23. 17-Marcus Dinkins; 24. (DNF) 215-Adam Pierson; 25. (DNF) 12S-Darren Smith; 26. (DNF) 44-Stewart Friesen
Richie Crane scores first DIRTcar Pro Stock Series victory at Albany-Saratoga Speedway
MALTA, NY (SEPT. 24, 2022) – Richie Crane bested a stout field of DIRTcar Pro Stock drivers to claim his first Series win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway during the Malta Massive Weekend Saturday night.
Crane mastered the bottom line around the 3/8-mile track to hold off recent Series winner Nick Stone and claim the victory in the 30-lap event – the sixth Series race of the 2022 season.
“I knew I had a good group behind me,” Crane said. “They’re tough to beat. But I knew I had a good race car. I knew I had to get a good restart, these guys behind me are really good. I beat the best tonight.
“I’m lucky this is my home track, so to have these fans here, I can’t say enough.”
Behind Crane was Stone in second, Rob Yetman in third, Jason Casey in fourth and Josh Coonradt rounded out the top-five.
DIRTcar Pro-Stock Feature (30 Laps): 1. 69-Rich Crane; 2. 8N-Nick Stone; 3. 7-Rob Yetman; 4. 324-Jason Casey; 5. 00X-Josh Coonradt; 6. 33-Zach Seyerlein; 7. 2H-Luke Horning; 8. 9-Shane Henderson; 9. 715-Jason Morrison; 10. 15X-Tyler Bushey; 11. 51-Jason Meltz; 12. 72-Bruno Richard; 13. 28D-Phillip Defiglio; 14. 75-Gary Silkey; 15. 322-Jay Casey; 16. 1X-Justin White; 17. 02-Michael Baker; 18. 56-Jay Fitzgerald; 19. 55-Dave Stckles; 20. 4M-Jordan Modiano; 21. 17-Nick Hilt; 22. 14J-Johnny Rivers; 23. 09J-Shawn Perez; 24. 110-Devon Camenga; 25. (DNF) 25-Chad Jeseo; 26. (DNF) 7D-Chucky Dumblewski; 27. (DNF) 28-Jaxson Ryan; 28. (DNF) 25Y-Kenneth Griffin
Ronnie Silk Wins NAPA Fall Final Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series Feature at Stafford; DiMatteo Wins RaceChoice.com B-Main
Press Release from Stafford Speedway
Photo By: Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series to the track $15,000 to win NAPA Fall Final. With 51 cars on hand to qualify for 32 starting positions, there was also a 20-lap RaceChoice.com B-Main feature which allowed the winner to choose from either a $1,000 payday or to join the starting field for the 80-lap main event. Cory DiMatteo won the race and he chose to join the 80-lap race and start in the 33rd and final starting position.
The NAPA Fall Final took the green flag with Ryan Preece and Ronnie Williams on the front row and Preece took the lead at the green with Williams in second. Dana DiMatteo was third in line followed by Max Zachem, Michael Christopher, Jr., and Woody Pitkat. Williams went to the outside of Preece on lap-3 to move into the lead while Zachem took third from DiMatteo. Pitkat also got by DiMatteo to move into fourth and drop DiMatteo back to fifth, just in front of Christopher.
Woody Pitkat was starting to charge towards the front as he moved into third on lap-10 and his move brought Christopher up to fourth and Ronnie Silk up to fifth as Zachem slid from third back to sixth while Preece and Williams were still out front. The caution flew with 16 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Kyle Bonsignore.
Back under green Preece took the lead with Pitkat right on his back bumper. Pitkat took the lead from Preece on lap-17 while Williams was third in line and he was followed by Christopher and Silk. Preece came back to the inside of Pitkat on lap-20 and he was able to retake the lead. The order remained the same until lap-31 when Silk went by Williams to take over third place. Preece and Williams were still the two leaders with Christopher still in fifth. Matt Galko was sixth, followed by Craig Lutz, Zachem, Andrew Molleur, and Keith Rocco.
At the halfway point of the race, Preece was still in command but Pitkat had worked his way into second with Silk third and Christopher fourth as Williams slid back to fifth in line. With 20 laps to go, it was still Preece, Pitkat, Silk, Christopher, and Williams at the front of the field. The caution came out with 63 laps complete for a spin coming out of turn 2 by Buddy Charette. Under the caution, the entire lead lap came to pit road for 2 tires and adjustments. Preece won the race off pit road and he was followed by Williams, Lutz, Silk, Jake Johnson, Matt Hirschman, Matt Galko, Andrew Molleur, and Rocco.
Preece took the lead on the restart with Silk moving up to second. Williams was third with Pitkat and Lutz lined up behind him. Going into turn 3, Pitkat and Williams touched with both cars spinning into the turn 3 wall with Flannery spinning to avoid hitting Pitkat and Williams to bring the caution and red flags out with 64 laps complete.
Preece took the lead on the restart with Silk in second. Lutz was third in line with Johnson fourth and Rocco fifth. Silk was all over Preece’s back bumper and he took the lead from Preece on lap-67 with a pass in turn 4. Just as Silk was glued to Preece’s back bumper Preece was now all over the back bumper of Silk and he nearly took the lead on lap-69 but couldn’t complete the pass. Silk fended off several more challenges but the caution came out with 73 laps complete for a spin in turn 3 by Flannery.
On the restart going into turn 3, Preece got turned around which brought the caution back out. This put Johnson alongside Silk for the restart with Lutz and Rocco on row 2.
Silk charged into the lead back under green with Lutz and Johnson side by side for second. The caution came back out with 74 laps complete for a spin on the backstretch by George Bessette, Jr.
Silk took the lead on the restart with Johnson taking second. Galko moved up to third with Matt Swanson taking fourth and Lutz slid back to fifth with Rocco in sixth. Silk led Johnson to the checkered flag to win the NAPA Fall Final. Galko finished third with Swanson and Lutz rounding out the top-5.
The 20-lap RaceChoice.com B-Main feature took the green with Cory DiMatteo streaking into the lead with polesitter Joey Cipriano slotting into second. Ryan Doucette was third in line with Tyler Barry fourth and Devin O’Connell in fifth. O’Connell took fourth from Barry on lap-7 while Burt Myers took fifth from Barry on lap-8. Barry would slide back to eighth place as J.B. Fortin took sixth and Anthony Nocella seventh while DiMatteo continued to lead the race with Cipriano and Doucette giving chase.
DiMatteo led Cipriano to the checkered flag to win the RaceChoice.com Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series B-Main feature. DiMatteo had a choice of taking either $1,000 for the win or he could elect to forgo the $1,000 and transfer into the 80-lap main event Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series feature event. DiMatteo chose the race option so he became the 33rd and final car in the starting lineup for the 80-lap main event.
For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
MONACO MODIFIED TRI-TRACK SERIES (80)
1) Ronnie Silk, Norwalk, CT
2) Jake Johnson, Rehoboth, MA
3) Matt Galko, Meriden, CT
4) Matt Swanson, Acton, MA
5) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY
6) Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT
7) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA
8) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA
9) Andrew Molleur, Shelton, CT
10) Eric Goodale, Calverton, NY
11) Sam Rameau, Westminster, MA
12) Max Zachem, Oakdale, CT
13) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, NY
14) Chris Pasteryak, Moosup, CT
15) Anthony Bello, Newtown, CT
16) Tommy Barrett, Jr., Millis, MA
17) Cory DiMatteo, Farminton, CT
18) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, CT
19) Anthony Sesely, Matawan, NJ
20) Chuck Hossfeld, Lockport, NY
21) Anthony Flannery, East Hampton, CT
22) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
23) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury, CT
24) Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH
25) Buddy Charette, Woodstock, CT
26) Dana DiMatteo, Farmington, CT
27) Ryan Preece, Kannapolis, NC
28) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT
29) Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA
30) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury, CT
31) Michael Christopher, Jr., Bolton, CT
32) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown, CT
33) Todd Owen, Somers, CT
RACECHOICE.COM MONACO MODIFIEFD TRI-TRACK SERIES B-MAIN (20)
1) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington, CT
2) Joey Cipriano, Waterbury, CT
3) Devin O’Connell, Madison, CT
4) Ryan Doucette, Framingham, MA
5) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, NC
6) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA
7) J.B. Fortin, Holtsville, NY
8) Austin Bessette, Somers, CT
9) Tyler Barry, Griswold, CT
10) Kirk Alexander, West Swanzey, NH
11) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, MA
12) Robert Bloxsom, III, Branford, CT
Press Release from Stafford Speedway
Photo By: Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final headlined by the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series with the SK Modifieds®, SK Lights, and Vintage All-Stars also in feature action. Anthony Bello was victorious for the second time during his rookie SK Modified® season, Steven Chapman dominated the 20-lap SK Light Invitational, and Tony Ferrante, Jr. won the Vintage All-Stars race. Todd Owen finished 5th in the SK Modified® feature, which was good enough to clinch his second consecutive SK Modified® track championship.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Michael Gervais, Jr. took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Michael Christopher, Jr. quickly taking second. Tyler Leary was third in the early running with Keith Roccofourth and Ronnie Williams and Anthony Bello side by side for fifth place. Christopher took the lead from Gervais on lap-3 while Rocco took third from Leary. Bello followed him by Leary to take fourth place on lap-5 with Leary now in a wheel to wheel duel with Williams for fifth place. Just behind them, Cory DiMatteo and Todd Owen were side by side for seventh and Bryan Narducci and David Arute were side by side for ninth. Jimmy Broderick hit the turn 1 wall to bring the yellow and red flags out with 7 laps complete.
On the restart, Christopher’s car lost its air cleaner with the debris on the track bringing the caution right back out. Christopher had to come to pit road to reattach the air cleaner, which handed the race lead back to Gervais with Rocco beside him for the restart while Christopher rejoined the field at the rear.
Rocco took the lead from Gervais on the restart while both Bello and Williams went by Gervais to take second and third. Cory DiMatteo came to a stop in turn 2, which brought the caution flag back out with 8 laps complete.
Rocco and Williams went wheel to wheel for the lead on the restart with Bello nearly going 3-wide but falling back into third. Rocco got clear of Williams on lap-10 while Bello took second from Williams on lap-11. Owen followed Bello by Williams to take third and drop Williams back to fourth just before the caution came back out with 11 laps complete for a spin in the middle of turns 3+4 by Dylan Kopec that collected the cars of Anthony Flannery and Curt Brainard. R.J. Marcotte was sent to the rear of the field by Stafford officials for making contact with Kopec.
Back under green, Rocco took the lead with Bello glued to his back bumper in second. Owen got by Williams to take third with Narducci and Williams side by side for fourth place. Bello made a strong move in turn 3 to take the lead from Rocco on lap-13 just before Marcotte spun in turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 13 laps complete.
Bello took the lead on the restart with Rocco taking a look for the lead before slotting back into second behind Bello. Owen and Narducci were wheel to wheel for third with David Arute in fifth, just in front of Williams in sixth. Teddy Hodgon spun on the backstretch and Troy Talman’s car came to a stop in turn 3 to bring the caution back out with 16 laps complete.
Back under green, Bello took the lead with Rocco in second. Owen and Narducci were once again wheel to wheel for third with Arute in fifth and Gervais in sixth. Owen took third from Narducci on lap-19 and Narducci slid back to fifth as he got loose in turn 2 and allowed Arute to take fourth. The caution came back out with 19 laps complete as Curt Brainard got into the frontstretch wall and collected Mikey Flynn, Marcotte, and several other cars.
Bello took the lead on the restart with Owen getting to the inside of Rocco in a duel for second. Narducci was fourth behind Rocco and Owen with Arute in fifth. Tyler Leary appeared to lose an engine in turn 2 as Hodgdon spun to bring the caution back out with 21 laps complete.
Bello took the lead back under green with Rocco now getting to the inside of Owen in a fight for second. They touched coming off turn 4 on lap-22 and got out of shape but both cars were abel to save their cars with Owen maintaining second while Rocco slid back to fifth as Owen went to second, Christopher to third after his earlier mishap, and Narducci fourth. Christopher made a move to the inside of Owen on lap-26 to take over second while Rocco got clear from Arute in the fight for fifth place. Rocco got around Narducci to take over fourth on lap-30 and Arute nearly took fifth from Narducci, but he fell back into line behind Narducci as Bello continued to hold the lead with Christopher in second and Owen in third.
Rocco took third from Owen on lap-37 and that move allowed Narducci to pull alongside Owen in a fight for fourth place. Christopher couldn’t get close enough to Bello to make a bid for the lead as he took down his second win of his rookie season. Rocco finished third with Narducci fourth and Owen rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Steven Chapman took the lead at the green while Todd Clark spun but was able to get going and the race stayed green. Nick Anglace was second behind Steven Chapman with Tony Membrino, Jr. third, Jason Chapman fourth, and Ron Midford, Jr. in fifth.
Membrino took second from Anglace and Midford got around Anglace to move into third place on lap-9 with Anglace slotting into fourth, just in front of Jason Chapman while Steven Chapman was comfortably out front.
Steven Chapman cruised to a wire to wire victory with Midford, Anglace, Jason Chapman, and Membrino rounding out the top-5.
In the 15-lap Vintage All-Stars feature event, Tony Ferrante, Jr. led the field to the green and he took the early lead with Paul Suprenant, Ben Levangie, Boots Jasinski and Tom Pickerel lined up behind him. Levangie took second place from Suprenant on lap-2 and Jasinski got around Suprenant on lap-3 to move into third and drop Suprenant back to fourth with Pickerel still running in fifth place as Ferrante continued to hold the lead.
Levangie couldn’t get close enough to Ferrante to make a bid for the lead as Ferrante led from start to finish to take the victory. Jasinski finished third with Suprenant and Gagner rounding out the top-5.
For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
SK MODIFIED® (40)
1) Anthony Bello, Newtown
2) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
3) Keith Rocco, Berlin
4) Bryan Narducci, Colchester
5) Todd Owen, Somers
6) David Arute, Stafford Springs
7) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott
8) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
9) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington
10) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury
11) Tyler Hines, North Haven
12) Noah Korner, Avon
13) Dylan Kopec, East Longmeadow, MA
14) Curt Brainard, Canton
15) John Montesanto, North Branford
16) Nick Halkowicz, Shelton
17) Tyler Jones, New Milford
18) John Sandberg, South Windsor
19) Rich Neri, Waterbury
20) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA
21) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA
22) R.J. Marcotte, Millville, MA
23) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA
24) Anthony Flannery, East Hampton
25) Jimmy Broderick, Brookfield
SK LIGHT MODIFIED INVITATIONAL (20)
1) Steven Chapman, Ellington
2) Ron Midford, Jr., Ellington
3) Nick Anglace, Seymour
4) Jason Chapman, Ellington
5) Tony Membrino, Jr., Wolcott
6) Frank L’Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield
7) Evan Bourgeois, East Haddam
8) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook
9) Bob Charland, Stafford
10) Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin
11) Casey Vogt, Windsor Locks
12) Matt Scappini, Litchfield
13) Brandon Michael, Granville, MA
14) Brandon Hunt, East Windsor
15) Stephen Kalogiannis, New Hartford
16) Chris Bagnall, Norfolk
17) Norm Sears, Coventry
18) Andy Marchese, Tolland
19) Anthony Forino, Waterbury
20) Rich Vasseur, Ellington
21) Todd Clark, Bristol
22) David Webb, Nashville, TN
23) Dylan Liseo, Windsor
24) Zach Aszklar, Newtown
25) Ethan Durocher, Canterbury
VINTAGE MODIFIED ALL-STARS (15)
1) Tony Ferrante, Jr., New Hyde Park, NY
2) Ben Levangie, Carver, MA
3) Boots Jasinski, Flanders, NY
4) Paul Suprenant, Springfield, MA
5) Wade Gagner, East Longmeadow, MA
6) Tom Pickerel, West Babylon, NY
7) Mark Miller, Hauppauge, NY
8) Alex Kitzen, Campbell Hall, NY
9) John Jalbert, Gardner, MA
Rufrano, Fearn, Chapman, Cormier, & Hydar Score September 23 Weekly Racing Feature Wins at Stafford; Gray and Hydar Clinch Championships
Press Release from Stafford Speedway
Photo By: Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted Weekly Racing action on Friday, September 23 with all 5 of its divisions in feature action. Marcello Rufrano used a last lap pass on Troy Talman to claim his second SK Modified® win of the 2022 season, Tom Fearn notched his 5th Late Model win of the season, Tyler Chapman took down his third SK Light win of the season, Kevin Cormier scored the second win of his rookie Limited Late Model campaign, and Travis Hydar locked up his fifth Street Stock win of the season. Hydar’s victory allowed him to clinch the Street Stock championship a week early while Adam Gray’s third place finish in the Late Model feature was good enough to clinch his fourth career Stafford Late Model championship. Gray and Hydar will be honored next Friday night, September 30th as Stafford’s other track champions will be decided during NAPA Championship Night.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Michael Gervais, Jr. took the lead at the green but he only led the first lap as Troy Talman moved to the point on lap-2. David Arute was third in line behind Talman and Gervais with Tyler Hines in fourth and Anthony Bello in fifth. The caution flew with 5 laps complete for Anthony Flannery, who came to a stop in turn 3 after sparks flew from under his car with several other cars also involved.
Talman took the lead on the restart with Arute and Gervais wheel to wheel for second and Bello and Hines wheel to wheel for fourth. Behind Talman, there was a total of five rows of cars all jockeying for position. Arute got clear from Gervais on lap-9 to take over second but the caution flew with 9 laps complete as John Montesanto spun on the frontstretch.
On the restart, R.J. Marcotte got into the frontstretch wall to bring the caution flag right back out. Talman took the lead on the next restart with Arute nearly taking the lead from Talman before slotting back into second. Gervais was still third with Hines fourth and Marcello Rufrano up to fifth. Dylan Kopec spun in the middle of turns 3+4 which collected the car of Teddy Hodgdon and brought the caution back out with 12 laps complete.
The restart saw Tyler Jones and Montesanto spun through the frontstretch grass to bring the yellow flag right back out. Talman took the lead back under green with Arute right behind him in second. Hines worked his way up to third with Bryan Narducci taking fourth and Rufrano fifth. Gervais slid back to seventh as Cory DiMatteo took sixth.
Narducci took third from Hines on lap-17 and Rufrano followed him by to take fourth and drop Hines from third back to fifth. Jon Puleo spun on the backstretch to bring the caution back out with 18 laps complete.
Talman took the lead on the restart while Narducci got to the inside of Arute and took over second. Rufrano followed Narducci by Arute on lap-20 to move into third and drop Arute back to fourth with Hines and DiMatteo wheel to wheel for fifth place. DiMatteo took the spot on lap-21 while Hines slid back to seventh place as Todd Owen moved into sixth.
Narducci was now applying heavy pressure to Talman’s back bumper with Rufrano right behind Narducci in a 3-car train for the lead. Rufrano got around Narducci on lap-26 to move into second as Talman continued to lead. Rufrano took the lead from Talman on lap-30 just before the caution flag came out for a spin by Rich Neri in turn 2.
Rufrano took the lead back under green with Talman, Narducci, DiMatteo, and Owen lined up behind him but the caution came back out with 32 laps complete for a multi-car incident on the frontstretch as Puleo spun and collected several others.
Talman streaked his way by Rufrano on the restart to take over the lead with Arute third, DiMatteo fourth, and Narducci fifth. Narducci took fourth from DiMatteo on lap-36 while Rufrano was all over the back bumper of Talman looking for the lead. Rufrano made a move to the inside of Talman as the leaders took the white flag. Rufrano was able to complete the pass in turns 3+4 and he led Talman to the checkered flag to pick up his second win of the 2022 season. Arute finished third with Narducci and Owen rounding out the top-5.
In the 30-lap Late Model feature, Michael Bennett took the lead at the drop of the green from polesitter Paul Varricchio, Jr. with John Blake third behind Varricchio, Darrell Keane fourth, and Wayne Coury, Jr. fifth. Kevin Gambacorta spun in turn 2 to bring the caution flag out with 3 laps complete.
Bennett resumed his place at the front of the field on the restart while Coury worked his way into second with Tom Fearn following him up to third and Andrew Durand taking fourth. Blake fell back to fifth in line and he continued to slide backwards as Tom Butler took fifth and Adam Gray sixth on lap-8 to drop Blake back to seventh in line. Fearn was starting to apply heavy pressure to Coury for second but Coury was able to fend off his challenges as Bennett started to ever so slowly stretch out his lead. Fearn was finally able to make the pass on Coury and take second place on lap-14. Butler spun in turn 2 to bring the caution flag back out with 16 laps complete.
Bennett and Fearn were wheel to wheel for the lead on the restart and just as they came around to complete lap-16, Coury went 3-wide with the two leaders but the caution came out for Gambacorta, who spun coming out of turn 4.
Fearn took the lead on the restart with Coury streaking his way into second. Gray took third with Bennett falling back into a side by side battle with Durand for fourth place. Durand took fourth on lap-19 to drop Bennett back to fifth as Coury was applying heavy pressure to Fearn for the race lead.
Bennett got back by Durand on lap-26 to move into fourth while Coury was still trying to find a way to get past Fearn for the race lead. Fearn led Coury to the checkered flag to pick up his fifth win of the 2022 season. Gray finished third, which was enough for him to clinch the 2022 Late Model championship, his fourth career Stafford championship. Bennett finished fourth with Keane rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap SK Light feature, Amanda West took the lead at the green with Bob Charland quickly taking second place. Ron Midford, Jr. settled into third with Tyler Alkas fourth and Meghan Fuller in fifth. Jason Chapman took fifth from Fuller on lap-4 while Charland was looking for a way to get around West and take over the lead.
At the halfway point of the race, West was still in command with Charland right behind her in second. Jason Chapman and Midford were wheel to wheel for third with George Bessette, Jr. up to fifth. West spun coming out of turn 4 on lap-11 to bring the caution out. Bob Charland was sent to the rear of the field by Stafford officials for making contact with West. This put Jason Chapman alongside Midford for the restart.
Jason Chapman took the lead on the restart with his brother Tyler Chapman moving up to second. Chris Bagnall spun coming out of turn 2 but was able to continue and the race stayed green. Midford was third followed by Tyler Barry and George Bessette, Jr. but the caution came back out with 12 laps complete for a spin by Brady Parolo in turn 2.
Tyler Chapman took the lead on the restart with Jason Chapman falling back to second. Barry was third with Midford fourth and Bessette and Alkas wheel to wheel for fifth. The caution came back out with 15 laps complete as Charlie McDougall spun coming out of turn 4 which collected the car of Hailey Desaulniers.
Tyler Chapman again took the lead on the restart with Barry coming up to second. Jason Chapman was third in line followed by Midford and Bessette. Bessette took fourth from Midford on lap-19 but it was all Tyler Chapman at the front as he comfortably beat Barry to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2022 season. Jason Chapman finished third with Bessette and Midford rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Jay Clement and Ari Jencik led the field to the green flag but coming out of turn 2, the cars of Jencik and Matt Clement got together and spun, which collected the car of Damian Palardy and brought the caution flag out before the first lap could be completed.
Jay Clement took the lead on the restart with Kevin Cormier quickly working his way into second. Alexandra Fearn was third in line with Matt Scappini in fourth and Jeremy Lavoie in fifth place. Cormier took the lead from Clement on lap-2 and Fearn followed him by to take second and drop Clement back to third. Lavoie got by Scappini to move into fourth and now he was looking to take third from Clement, which he did on lap-6.
At the halfway point of the race, Cormier was still in command followed by Fearn, Lavoie, Scappini, and Jay Clement. Rich Hammann was sixth in line with Matt Clement, John Orsini, Dana Wray, and Trinity Provost rounding out the top-10.
Cormier stretched out his lead and he led Fearn to the checkered flag to pick up his second win of his rookie 2022 season. Lavoie finished third with Scappini and Hammann rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Street Stock feature, Bill Cote and Marvin Minkler led the field to the green flag with Cote taking the early lead. Tyler Trott quickly moved past Minkler to take second with Minkler falling back to third. Behind Minkler, the action was nearly 3-wide with Jason Lafayette moving into fourth with Travis Hydar taking fifth and Bert Ouellette sixth. A multi-car spin broke out in turn 1 to bring the caution out with 3 laps complete but all cars involved were able to continue on and rejoined the field at the rear.
Trott took the lead back under green with Hydar climbing his way into second. Cindy Stirk spun on the backstretch but was able to continue and the race stayed green but the caution did come out with 4 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Bill Cote that collected the car of David Macha, Jr.
Hydar took the lead from Trott on the restart with Minkler and Ouellette going door to door for third and Lafayette and Johnny Walker going door to door for fifth. Ouellette got the better of the duel with Minkler to take third on lap-6 and Lafayette won his duel with Walker to take fifth as Hydar continued to lead Trott. Jason Finkbein spun coming out of turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 9 laps complete.
Hydar took the lead back under green with Ouellette taking second. Ryan Waterman moved into third with Trott falling back to fourth with Adrien Paradis, III up to fifth. Paradis worked his way to the inside of Trott on lap-11 but the caution flew for a spin on the frontstretch by John D’Elia.
Hydar took the lead on the restart with Ouellette right beind him in second. Waterman was still third with Trott and Paradis still lined up behind him. Brandon Warren was sixth followed by Walker, Pat Grady, Finkbein, and Sam Calvo. Trott made a move to the inside of Waterman on lap-15 but he wasn’t able to complete the pass as Waterman maintained third. Hydar led Ouellette to the checkered flag to pick up his fifth win of the 2022 season and in the process clinch the 2022 Street Stock championship. Waterman was able to hold Trott off all the way to the checkered flag for third with Paradis rounding out the top-5.
For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
SK MODIFIED® (40)
1) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven
2) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA
3) David Arute, Stafford Springs
4) Bryan Narducci, Colchester
5) Todd Owen, Somers
6) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington
7) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury
8) Anthony Bello, Newtown
9) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA
10) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
11) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, Ma
12) Noah Korner, Avon
13) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott
14) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
15) Curt Brainard, Canton
16) John Sandberg, South Windsor
17) Tyler Hines, North Haven
18) Nick Halkowicz, Shelton
19) Rich Neri, Waterbury
20) Marc Burke, Enfield
21) Jon Puleo, Branford
22) John Montesanto, North Branford
23) Andrew Molleur, Shelton
24) Dylan Kopec, East Longmeadow, MA
25) Tyler Jones, New Milford
26) Keith Rocco, Berlin
27) R.J. Marcotte, Millville, MA
28) Anthony Flannery, East Hampton
29) Jimmy Broderick, Brookfield
LATE MODEL (30)
1) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA
2) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield
3) Adam Gray, Granby, MA
4) Michael Bennett, Willington
5) Darrell Keane, Enfield
6) Andrew Durand, Chicopee, MA
7) Michael Wray, Durham
8) Andrew Molleur, Shelton
9) Paul Arute, Northbridge, MA
10) Tom Butler, Stafford Springs
11) Wayne Coury, Sr., Milford
12) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin
13) Adon Burrell, Barkhamsted
14) Dave Wray, Durham
15) Mike Mordino, Southington
16) Duane Provost, Palmer, MA
17) Duane Noll, Monroe
18) Joshua White, Ellington
19) John Blake, North Haven
20) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington
21) Scott Bouley, Deland, FL
SK LIGHT MODIFIED (20)
1) Tyler Chapman, Ellington
2) Tyler Barry, Griswold
3) Jason Chapman, Ellington
4) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury
5) Ron Midford, Jr., Ellington
6) Tyler Alkas, Berlin
7) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA
8) Alexander Pearl, Salem
9) Nick Anglace, Seymour
10) Derek Debbis, Oakdale
11) Chris Matthews, Stafford
12) Brandon Michael, Granville, MA
13) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
14) Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin
15) Brandon Hunt, East Windsor
16) Rich Vasseur, Ellington
17) Frank L’Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield
18) Casey Vogt, Windsor Locks
19) Bob Charland, Stafford
20) Amanda West, Colchester
21) Evan Bourgeois, East Haddam
22) Norm Sears, Coventry
23) Zach Aszklar, Newtown
24) Chris Bagnall, Norfolk
25) Anthony Forino, Waterbury
26) Todd Clark, Bristol
27) Dylan Liseo, Windsor
28) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester
29) Brady Parolo, West Sprinfield, MA
30) Tony Membrino, Jr., Wolcott
31) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA
32) Hailey Desaulniers, Windham
33) David Webb, Nashville, TN
34) Charles Mcdougall, Wallingford
LIMITED LATE MODEL (20)
1) Kevin Cormier, Agawam, MA
2) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA
3) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks
4) Matt Scappini, Litchfield
5) Rich Hammann, Tolland
6) Jay Clement, Wethersfield
7) Matt Clement, Wethersfield
8) John Orsini, Morris
9) Dana Wray, Durham
10) Trinity Provost, Holland, MA
11) Gary Patnode, New Hartford
12) Ari Jencik, Canton
13) Devon Jencik, Canton
14) Damian Palardy, Willington
STREET STOCK (20)
1) Travis Hydar, Woodbury
2) Bert Ouellette, Ellington
3) Ryan Waterman, Danielson
4) Tyler Trott, East Hartford
5) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville
6) Johnny Walker, Agawam, MA
7) Jason Finkbein, Manchester
8) Brandon Warren, Chicopee, MA
9) Sam Calvo, East Berlin
10) Marvin Minkler, Stamford
11) Pat Grady, Berlin
12) Kyle Johnson, Manchester
13) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen
14) Rob Sears, Stafford Springs
15) Cindy Stirk, Naugatuck
16) Jeff Asselin, Granby, MA
17) John D’Elia, Greenwich
18) John Johnson, Prospect
19) Jason Lafayette, Somers
20) Bill Cote, Belchertown, MA
21) Bobby Stirk, III, Naugatuck
22) David Macha, Jr., Columbia
23) Travis Downey, Barkhamsted
Press Release from Stafford Speedway
Photo By: Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—When the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series comes to Stafford Motor Speedway this Saturday, September 24, there will be a robust field of 50 cars trying to qualify for the 80-lap, $15,000 to win feature event. Among the 50 entrants is a wealth of driving talent.
21 of the 50 entries, or nearly half the field, has won either a touring series or weekly racing series championship. Matt Hirschman has a total of 13 modified championships, with 7 ROC Modified and 6 Tri-Track titles. Hirschman currently leads Chase Dowling by 10 points this season as he chases his seventh Tri-Track championship. Other multiple championship winners in the field include Burt Myers, who is a 2-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion and 11-time Bowman Gray Stadium modified champion, Chris Pasteryak with 2 Modified Racing Series championships, Matt Galko with 2 SK Light track titles at Stafford, Michael Christopher, Jr., with 2 Legend Cars championships, Chuck Hossfeld with 4 ROC Modified championships, Ryan Preece, who is a Whelen Modified Tour champion as well as an SK Modified® champion at Stafford, Keith Rocco, who has won multiple championships at Stafford, Thompson, and Waterford, Ronnie Williams with 2 SK Modified® championships at Stafford, Kirk Alexander with 3 Modified Racing Series titles, and Woody Pitkat with an SK Modified® championship as well as multiple Late Model championships at Stafford.
The championship winning driver list continues on with names such as Whelen Modified Tour champions Todd Szegedy, and Ronnie Silk, SK Modified® champion Todd Owen, SK Light champions Cory DiMatteo, Teddy Hodgdon, and Stephen Kopcik, and Legend Cars champions Noah Korner, Devin O’Connell, and Dana DiMatteo, and Matt Swanson, who was a modified track champion at Star Speedway at age 14.
36 of the 50 drivers entered into the NAPA Fall Final have won at least one race at Stafford during their careers, ranging from Tour modifieds to Legend Cars. Woody Pitkat and Keith Rocco are second and third on Stafford’s all-time win list, trailing only Ted Christopher. Pitkat has 81 Stafford wins, including 3 open modified wins in a row this season, while Rocco’s 2 SK Modified® wins brings his career Stafford win total up to 78 wins. Ryan Preece is also in the top-10 of the Stafford win list, tied with Richie Evans for 10th place with 37 career wins.
Other Stafford winners on the entry list include Craig Lutz, Andrew Molleur, Tommy Barrett, Jr., Chris Pasteryak, Matt Galko, Kyle Bonsignore, Michael Christopher, Jr., Chase Dowling, Cory DiMatteo, Todd Szegedy, David Arute, Ronnie Silk, Anthony Bello, Tyler Barry, Richard Savary, Mikey Flynn, Chuck Hossfeld, Noah Korner, Austin Bessette, George Bessette, Jr., Devin O’Connell, Ronnie Williams, Joey Cipriano, Robert Bloxsom, III, Teddy Hodgdon, Eric Goodale, Matt Hirschman, Dana DiMatteo, Matt Gallo, Todd Owen, Matt Swanson, Anthony Nocella, and Stephen Kopcik.
Drivers who will be in search of their first Stafford victory include Burt Myers, J.B. Fortin, Les Hinckley, Jr., Sam Rameau, Jake Johnson, Anthony Sesely, Max Zachem, Anthony Flannery, Brian Robie, Buddy Charette, Dave Salzarulo, Carl Medeiros, Jr., Ryan Doucette, and Kirk Alexander.
With 50 cars on hand attempting to make the starting field, the race to qualify should make for an interesting afternoon while the 80-lap race itself has all the promise of being one of the best races of the 2022 season.
The NAPA Fall Final is set for Saturday, September 24 and tickets are available now online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates. Tickets for the NAPA Fall Final are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission, $10.00 for children ages 6-14, children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult, and reserved seating is priced at $35.00 for all ages. Pit passes are $45.00 with a valid 2022 Stafford Competition License and $50.00 without a Stafford license. If you are unable to attend the event, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway.
For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.
N. Woodstock, NH- White Mountain Motorsports Park closes out it’s 30th season of stock car racing in North Woodstock, New Hampshire this Saturday night, September 24th. The absolutely jam-packed evening is headlined by the $5,000 to win R&R Race Parts NH Street Stock Open 100 plus final championship rounds for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis and Wayne’s Market Dwarf Cars. Alongside the four championship presentations will be the non-point Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Division and a visit from the New England Dwarf Car Series with a special 5:00pm Post Time on Saturday!
For the second consecutive year, the $5,000 to win R&R Race Parts NH Street Stock Open is coming to White Mountain Motorsports Park. In 2021, over 40 V-8 Street Stocks from across New England made the trip down Route 3 for their chance at the $5,000 prize. With the Open Rules available through the R&R Open Street Stock Series, Street Stock-type teams from across the Northeast are able to compete with minor adjustments with tires available for all comers. Can someone steal away the top prize from defending champion Jimmy Renfrew Jr., be there Saturday to find out!
The 2022 King of the Mountain Foley Oil & Propane Late Model track championship comes down to the final 50 lap feature of the season. Eight-time champion Quinny Welch is looking to take down a record ninth championship on Saturday with his 54-point lead over fellow White Mountain master Stacy Cahoon. Cahoon narrowly edges hot-shoe Jesse Switser by one point. Welch is not quite out of the woods yet with heat, semi-feature and feature event points up for grabs, a driver can take home 70 points with the Hat Trick of winning all three.
Oxford, Massachusetts’ driver Nick Anderson leads the inaugural championship standings for the Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models over Newfield, New Hampshire’s Ken Marrier. Anderson’s 46-point lead is also not a guarantee for the 2022 track championship with 60-points per event up for grabs in the Mini Late Models. Although this will be the final point-counting event this season, the Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models have been invited to Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road on September 30th for a $1,000 to win, 50 lap feature alongside the Pro All Stars Series on Friday of Milk Bowl weekend.
The Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis feature just nine points separating summer-long point leader Chris Moulton and current runner-up Tyler Thompson. Both have been dominant and consistent forces in the four-cylinder ranks with each digging deep for their first White Mountain Motorsports Park track championships. While the championship-defining 25 lapper on Saturday ends their White Mountain season, the Strictly Minis have also been invited to Vermont’s Thunder Road for a two segment Mini Milk Bowl as part of Booth Bros./Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day on Saturday, October 1st.
Multi-time Wayne’s Market Dwarf Car champion Jason Wyman leads Jeff Ainsworth and Dave Gyger by over 50 points rolling into their championship event while fans get triple the Dwarf Car action on Saturday. The New England Dwarf Car Series make their White Mountain debut with twin 25-lap feature events after last weekend’s weather postponement forced their schedule change to championship night.
Last, but far from least, the Dad’s 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Division also takes their final White Mountain Motorsports Park green flag before making their second annual trip to Thunder Road for their own Mini Milk Bowl on Saturday, October 1st.
White Mountain Motorsports Park wraps up the 2022 season Saturday, September 24th with the $5,000 to win R&R Race Parts NH Street Stock Open 100. Also on the docket is the championship final rounds for the Foley Oil & Propane Late Models, Ammonoosuc Asphalt Mini Late Models, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis and Wayne’s Market Dwarf Cars all crown the 2022 champions. The Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Division and rescheduled New England Dwarf Car Series will be joining the fray to complete an action-packed, seven division night of Thunder in the Mountains! Special Post Time starts racing action off at 5:00pm with General Admission set at $15 for adults and $5 for Kids aged 12-6 with a Family Four Pack available for $30.
For more information, contact the White Mountain Motorsports Park offices at (802) 244-6963, email@example.com, or visit www.whitemountainmotorsports.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at @WhiteMtnMotorsports
Column By: Terrill Covey
Photo By: Terrill Covey
Jeff Abold and Jeffrey Battle have had plenty of success at Star Speedway, and on Saturday night of Star Classic weekend, both men added to their legacies. Abold picked up his second Bob Webber Sr. Memorial 125 win in the ISMA Supermodifieds, while Battle picked up his fourth Dennis McKennedy Memorial 350 Supermodified victory.
On a night when winged open-wheel cars took center stage, the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) big block supermodifieds and Star’s weekly 350 Supermodifieds were joined by the Northeast Midget Association (NEMA) Midgets and NEMA Lites, as well as the NELCAR Legends Series. Abold and Battle were joined as winners by Avery Stoehr (NEMA Midgets), Ben Mikitarian (NEMA Lites) and Trevor Krouse (NELCAR Legends).
The ISMA drivers were ready to leave a mark early, laying down blistering laps during time trials. Each of the top four qualifiers broke the track record, with Otto Sitterly’s 10.747 second lap setting the new standard.
The Bob Webber Sr. 125 started fast for Otto Sitterly, who jumped ahead from the outside pole early on. Russ Wood, who started on the pole after the redraw, and cruised around in second place early on, spun and had a small fire on his right rear wheel on lap 34, bringing out the races second caution. That bought Dan Bowes, who cut his racing teeth at Lee and Star Speedways alongside Sitterly for the restart, and Bowes took advantage, looking shot out of a cannon as he drove around Sitterly to the lead. Abold followed him through, and the two started to pull away from the rest of the field. Abold stalked Bowes for 25 laps, before making his move, and on lap 60 Abold took over the top spot.
“We worked on race set up all day long,” Abold said. “We were trying to be fast – ended up second fast time (in time trials). We broke the track record actually, only to have it broke again a minute later.”
After a second place finish in 2020, Abold was not satisfied. He and his team came back to Star Speedway and tested to try to figure out how they could improve. Although Abold didn’t compete in the race last year, he came back with a vengeance on Saturday.
“We actually came here and tested after the last time we raced here. We weren’t satisfied with second after that one. We came in, made those changes from everything we learned a couple years ago, and it all worked,” he said. “It’s so satisfying when you get to that point, and the changes you want to make in the offseason, you’ve been thinking about it for two years, and you come out and the car responds to it.”
Abold said the Bob Webber Sr. Memorial at Star Classic is one of the three cornerstones of the ISMA season, and to pick up multiple wins is very special for himself and his team.
“This means everything,” he said. “These triple crown races have been my goal. I’m lacking the Sandusky Hi-Miler to make it an official career long triple crown. I won the Oswego Classic and now this one twice. There’s something so special to get multiple wins in these races. It proves it wasn’t just a fluke. It’s a testament to the team, my family, and everything they do.”
For Bowes, who grew up just a few miles from Star Speedway, it was a special day because it was his best finish in the event. Although he was happy with his performance, he said he wished he could have picked up the win close to home.
“It was really good to come home,” he said. “I live three miles down the street basically, so this is definitely my home track. I love this place. We had a really good test here a week ago and came with a game plan today and came with a game plan here today. We didn’t stray from it at all.”
The second place run was a nice boon for Bowes and his team, as the past few years have been a struggle for him.
“I don’t know what it was, the past three or so years, we really struggled,” Bowes said. “Last year ended really bad. We had a bad crash here in practice, then spent all winter fixing the car. Then we started this year off with a poor run in Oswego, then blew an engine in the next race (at Thunder Road) in practice. We swapped that engine out for another one and blew that engine. We spent all summer trying to iron out those problems. So it was really good to come home. My favorite race is the Star Classic. We’ve got to do one spot better, but this is nice.”
Ben Seitz came home third in the race in his Ed Shea owned No. 11, and he appeared to be the fastest car on the track in the late going. He was catching up to Bowes late, but ran out of time to get around him.
“Car started off a little slow,” Seitz said. “I knew the car was going to come to me though, so I was just patient at the beginning and the second half tried to get after it.
“This is good,” he added. “This is the third race in the car. Every time I’m in it, I’m getting a little bit more comfortable.”
The battle within the battle on Friday night was for the 2022 ISMA championship, as Otto Sitterly narrowly edged out Mike Ordway Jr by just two points for the championship.
In the 350 Supermodified Dennis McKennedy Memorial 50-lap feature, Brad Babb set fast time in time trials and backed that up by drawing the 1-pill in the redraw. Babb charged to an early lead, trailed by Bobby Timmons III through the first 21 laps of the race. On lap 22, however, Babb’s car shut down coming off turn two and he had to retire to the pits, handing the lead over to Timmons.
On lap 30 Battle got inside Timmons through lapped traffic and took over the lead. He never looked back, cruising to the win. Timmons and Eddie Witkum Jr rounded out the podium, while PJ Stergios, Ben Tinker, Dave Helliwell, Ryan Battle, Chase Locke, Justin Harris and Bill Helliwell made up the rest of the top 10.
“It was definitely tough starting back in fifth,” Battle said. “The top ten all time trialed close together, within a tenth of a second. I was glad to be able to work up through the traffic. This is two in a row and I think it’s our fourth Star Classic.”
Battle said winning on the biggest weekend of the year for 350 Supermodifieds allowed him to reflect on the exceptional success he has had in recent years.
“I’m very thankful to be involved in racing, nevermind actually driving,” he said. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity I am in right now. I grew up with my grandfather, and for him to witness me winning these races with him involved… without him I would never be in this. To me, my family is everything and I can’t put a price tag on these memories with my family.”
Timmons said he knew early on that it would be tough to win, when his car got loose early in the race, but the second place finish is better than he is used to on Star Classic weekend.
“We had a good car,” Timmons said. “Just too free in traffic, and I knew it. Before Brad Babb broke we were too free. We inherited the lead but I knew it wasn’t going to be enough. I got real free and Jeffrey stuck it in there and got by. But I’m happy to finish second. This race has snake bit us a lot. I think we’ve started five Star Classics with the 350 and I think I’ve only finished two or three of them without crashing, so I’m happy with second.”
In the NEMA Midget race, Avery Stoehr started a few rows deep in the field, but he made short work of the field, charging through to the lead mid-race, then holding off his teammate Randy Cabral for the win. Jim Chambers, Paul Scally and Mike Horn rounded out the top five.
For the NEMA Midgets, Mikitarian started on the front row and ran away with it. PJ Stergios, who pulled double duty with in the NEMA Lite and 350 Supermodified, came home third, while Dylan Coutu and Kyle Valeri rounded out the top five.
The NELCAR Legends also crowned a champion. Devin Deshaies came into the night with six points in hand over Trevor Krouse, but Deshaies would face challenge after challenge throughout the day while Krouse methodically worked his way to the front of the field. Despite going to the back of the field three times for different reasons, Deshaies came home sixth, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Krouse, who took the championship with a walk-off win. Ethan Avellar and Brendan LaBelle rounded out the podium.
ISMA Bob Webber Sr. Memorial results
1. Jeff Abold
2. Dan Bowes
3. Ben Seitz
4. Otto Sitterly
5. Bobby Chartier
6. Dave Danzer
7. Mike Ordway Jr
8. Dave Duggan
9. Rich Ried
10. Dan Connors
11. Mark Sammut
12. Anthony Nocella
13. Russ Wood
14. Bobby Timmons
15. Eric Lewis
16. Tyler Thompson
17. Moe Lilje
18. Jake Smith
Dennis McKennedy Memorial 350 Supermodified results
1. Jeffrey Battle
2. Bobby Timmons
3. Eddie Witkum Jr.
4. PJ Stergios
5. Ben Tinker
6. Dave Helliwell
7. Ryan Battle
8. Chase Locke
9. Justin Harris
10. Bill Helliwell
11. David Cliff
12. Mike Spurling
13. Tommy Tombarello
14. Nick Pappadeas
15. James Capps III
16. Jim Storace
17. Mike Netishen
18. Mike Murphy
19. Brad Babb
20. Justin Belfiore
Star Classic weekend at Star Speedway in Epping, NH rolled on for day three on Sunday with the Modified Racing Series in town for their 100 lap event to headline the weekend’s third and final day.
Woody Pitkat took down the win in the rain-shortened MRS 100 after charging to the lead early as inclement weather approached. Pitkat had a mirror full of Kirk Alexander, but the rains came before Alexander could make a move, and Anthony Nocella placed third.
Despite the fact that the rain postponed the Street Stock feature to next weekend, there was still plenty of racing to go around on Sunday, as Chase Curtis survived a rough and tumble late model feature to secure a win over Charlie Rose and George Maroun, Justin Harris ran away with the Dwarf Car invitational, and Devin Deshaies picked up his second Exit Realty Pro Truck Series win in a week in southeastern New Hampshire.
With grey clouds descending upon Star Speedway, the Modified Racing Series got off to a slow start with cautions on each of the first two laps. The lap one caution took out championsip hopeful Anthony Bello, ending his day. Donnie Lashua who entered the day tied with Alexander for the points lead, crashed hard on lap one of his heat race and had to retire for the day.
Pitkat had moved from fourth to second on the initial start, following Kevin Ianarelli around the outside to the front of the field, and when caution flew again on lap two, he started outside Ianarelli, and shot out to the lead on the restart.
Alexander got around Ianarelli for second on lap 12 and set his sights on Pitkat. Meanwhile, Anthony Nocella started his charge toward the front from the next to last row after a difficult heat race. Nocella patiently and steadily moved through the pack, but when the rains came on lap 60 he ran out of time to catch the frontrunners.
Pitkat said he was trying to get out front quickly not only because of the potential for weather, but also because he wanted to set his own pace.
“It was kind of both,” he said. “Usually when you have new tires you want to pass as many as you can and get out ahead so that late in the race if you start to loosen up you can try to hold your position instead of trying to pass people. I probably went harder than I needed to in the heat race, but it worked out because I got a good starting spot, then I wanted to get out front and set my own pace.”
He added that it was nice to get back to Star Speedway, a track that he loves, and have success on one of the biggest weekends of the year at the track. Pitkat finished second at the SBM 125 back in July, and he was happy to pick up one more spot on Sunday.
“Definitely feels good,” he said. “I’ve been close here with the modified. The Webber family, I feel like I have a really good relationship with them. I like to support Bobby (Webber Jr.) and his family. The MRS – one of my first open wheel modified championships was with the Modified Racing Series in 2015, so I like to support them when I can. And we had an open weekend, so I figured I’d come up here and play, and I’m glad I did.”
Alexander had a good day in the points chase, but he said he wished he could have been just a little bit better.
“We knew the rain was coming,” Alexander said. “I’m glad I had a chance at Woody, but he was really, really strong. The car is pretty good. It was fun. It’s fun racing with Woody. I knew (Anthony) Nocella was going to be there. It was really good racing. I like racing with those guys.”
Nocella may have been the most disappointed driver when the skies opened up, as he had moved from his 14th starting position all the way up to third, and was trying to reel in the top two when the rain came. He said afterwards, however, that he wasn’t sure if it would have made a difference if they had gone the scheduled 100 laps.
“We had a pretty good car all day,” Nocellaa said. “Up to a point we were trying to get there before the rain. We got behind in the heat and had to start back a ways. We had a pretty good car and maybe a shot if it went the full distance, but who knows? We were happy with it though. It went pretty good.”
The Dwarf Car Mountainside 25 race on Sunday came together quickly when track announcer turned promotor Tyler Morse reached out to see if there would be interest in the race. Morse and Justin Harris were able to rally 13 competitors to the track, and find some sponsorship money for the race, and Harris ended up cashing in with the win over Duane Skofield and Cody Hodgdon.
“This was good,” Harris said. “WE’ve got to thank Tyler Morse, really. He came up to me Thursday when we were testing the Supermodified here and he says,’ ‘Hey, you want to have a dwarf race on Saturday?’ and we were able to pull it together and have a good race.”
Harris said he had been fighting gremlins in his dwarf car all season, so to come out on classic weekend and earn a win was a big boost.
“This felt good for us,” he said. “The last four weeks we hadn’t finished a race, so it felt good to not only finish a race, but win it.”
Tom Harwood and Chris Sullivan rounded out the top five in the Dwarf car race.
Devin Deshaies started outside pole in the Exit Realty Pro Truck Series race, and he quickly jumped into the lead. He and Connor Souza wrestled for the top spot early, but Deshaies pulled away for the win. Souza held on for second just as he had done the week prior at Lee USA Speedway, and Jim Boyle placed third. Andrew Morin and Lucas Leone rounded out the top five.
The Late Model race saw its share of cautions throughout the field, but a late race calamity took out two of the top three cars. Chase Curtis kept his nose clean all day, however, and moved his way to the lead, then held his own against the top two men in the points standings to earn the win. Point leader Charlie Rose was second and second place points man George Maroun placed third. Jarret Curtis and Jimmy Connor rounded out the top 5.
“A lot of it is just about getting lucky on restarts,” Chase Curtis said. “I got lucky a couple times and that helped a lot. I’ve got crew around me that gave me a decent car and I kept the nose clean enough. I got out front when I needed to get out front and held on.”
Alby Ovitt took over the lead on lap 12 of the race, but after a restart on lap 38, he and Chase Curtis battled door to door for a lap before another caution came out just one lap later. On that in between lap, however, Curtis had a nose ahead of Ovitt, and although the two battled door to door briefly, when Ovitt tried to get back to the bottom of the track he and third place runner Luke LeBrun got together, then Robby Gordon Douglass piled into both of them, destroying all 3 cars and ending what had been a promising day for both drivers in heart break.
Modified Racing Series finishing order.
1. Woody Pitkat
2. Kirk Alexander
3. Anthony Nocella
4. Matt Swanson
5. Jacob Perry
6. Mike Collins
7. Joey Jarvis
8. David Arute
9. Rusty Poland
10. Tony Ricci
11. Brett Meservey
12. Ryan Doucette
13. Frank L’Etoile Jr,
14. Chase Cook
15. Kevin Iannarelli
16. Ryan Roof
17. Andy Shaw
18. Derek Robbie
19. Kurt Vigent
20. Matt Kimball
21. Andrew Martell
22. Anthony Bello
Press Release from Monadnock Speedway
Photo By: Emily Miller
WINCHESTER, N.H. – Both Todd Patnode and Tyler Leary celebrated Modified championships Saturday at Monadnock Speedway, with Patnode’s 100-lap Whitcomb 5 Race Series champion, and Leary, seventh on the day, securing the 2022 Monadnock Speedway track championship.
Punctuating his first Street Stock championship with his fourth feature win of the summer, Tim Wenzel earned the crown vacated just a year ago by his brother, Nate Wenzel, this season’s Monadnock Modified Rookie of The Year.
Justin Littlewood did what he had to do Saturday to win the speedway’s Late Model Sportsman championship, while Gordon Farnum, who’d clinched his title a week earlier, roared to his 12th Mini Stock victory of the summer, that after 11 victories a year ago.
Youthful speedster JD Stockwell, still a year too young to hold a driver’s license, soared to victory in the final Pure Stock feature of the season and, with that win, wrapped up the 2022 track championship. It was the Bay State teen’s fifth win of the season on the high banks.
With Modified ace Ben Byrne unable to participate in Saturday’s 100-lap season finale, all Leary had to do was take the green to wrap up his first career Modified championship. But before that could be celebrated, there were 100 laps of Whitcomb 5 Series racing to be completed.
Former track champ Brian Robie set fast time in qualifying for the 17-car Modified main event, but it was Patnode, victorious way back on May 1 in the 125-lap five-event series opener here, that dominated Saturday’s action with his second Whitcomb 5 victory of the summer.
Alyssa Rivera supplied much of the early pressure and Matt Kimball, potent as always, leaned all over Patnode in the later laps before his tires went away. Robie, strong all day, finished at Patnode’s bumper in second, with Sam Rameau, second back on May 1, third on the day.
Justin Littlewood entered Saturday’s Late Model Sportsman season finale just two points ahead of his brother Cole in the title chase. With Ryan Bell winning his first feature of the season, and Ryan Currier second, the younger Littlewood did all he had to, finishing three spots better than his brother, to secure his first LMS championship.
Tim Wenzel needed only a decent finish to wrap up his first career Street Stock title. Instead, he finished in championship form, passing Kenny Thompson for the lead and the victory Saturday to earn the title won by his brother a summer ago.
While Thompson gave up the lead, he never gave up the fight, powering to second Saturday, with one-armed Hillary Renaud, victorious the last two times out, coming home third.
Piloting a brand new ride Saturday, Mini Stock Gordon Farnum again dominated his feature event, winning his ninth consecutive – and 12th overall – main event. Cameron Sontag, a one-time winner himself this season, was strong in second, with 2021 track champion Louie Maher, piloting Farnum’s 11-win championship car, third on the day.
JD Stockwell and four-time track champ Chris Davis entered Saturday’s season finale only two points apart. Fate was not on the 51-year-young defending track champ’s side though, as mid-race issues dropped him to tenth on the day, as the 15-year-old Stockwell, recovered from his own mid-race wobble to win both Saturday’s 25-lap feature and the 2022 Monadnock Pure Stock championship.
Having her own day to remember, Young Gun graduate Teagan Edson finished just behind Stockwell in a career-best second, with steady Jimmy Zellman third.
Lebanon, Maine youngster Traver Michaud won his second Young Gun feature of the summer Saturday. Owen Zilinski was second, and Addison Brooks third. Aaliyah Tacy’s bid for three wins in a row fell by the wayside in a heat race wreck, with Emma Blake topping that qualifying race for her first.
A field of five Spectator Race street-legal entries squared – or, in this case – ovaled off in a five-lap feature. Mini Stocker Chris Sontag, in his Subaru, edged A+ Towing ace Kenny Howe and his Mopar for top bragging rights.
In the final event of Monadnock Speedway’s racing season, a field of 34 cars went to battle in the 62-lap NHSTRA King of The Hill Linda Zuverino Memorial Enduro. Unofficially, Matt Gauffin repeated his win of May 1 here, with Drake Nelson again second. Dickie Houle, aboard the 62 entry, came home third.
MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY SEPTEMBER 17 TOP PERFORMERS
NHSTRA MODIFIED 100-lap Whitcomb 5 Series Championship Race: Todd Patnode, Brian Robie, Sam Rameau, Aaron Fellows, Matt Kimball, Nate Wenzel, Tyler Leary, Cory Plummer, Alexander Pearl, Jason Bonnett.
STREET STOCK: Tim Wenzel, Kenny Thompson, Hillary Renaud, Keith Johnson, Chris Lindquist, Brandon Gray, Nate Nunez, Tyler Janovsky, Kayleigh Eastman, Mike Robinson.
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: Ryan Bell, Ryan Currier, Justin Littlewood, Kevin Vaudrien, Craig Smith, Cole Littlewood, Steve Bly, Camdyn Curtis, Phil Meany, Nancy Muni Ruot.
MINI STOCK: Gordon Farnum, Cameron Sontag, Louie Maher, Kevin Clayton, Chris Sontag, Pat Houle, Kevin McKnight, Ricky Whipple, Tim Griffith, Deion Russell.
PURE STOCK: JD Stockwell, Teagan Edson, Jimmy Zelllman, Jim Rhodes, Ron Burgess Jr., Zach Richardson, Eddie Petruskevicius, Dominick Stafford, Billy Graham, Chris Davis.
YOUNG GUN: Traver Michaud, Owen Zilinski, Addison Brooks, Jaylan Harris, Emma Blake, Markus O’Neil, Hunter Duquette.
Unofficial KING OF THE HILL LINDA ZUVERINO 62-LAP ENDURO: Top three of 34 entrants: Matt Gauffin, Drake Nelson, Dick Houle.
Press Release from the American Canadian Tour
Photo By: John Raper
N.Woodstock, NH— Even after the certainty of weather caused a massive schedule change from a two-day weekend down to a Saturday Spectacular, the 44th Fall Foliage 200 was by all counts a huge success as touring series point battles continue and a new White Mountain Motorsports Park champion stood in victory lane. Thirty-two American-Canadian Tour teams entered the White Mountain pit area in search of the $5,000 prize with the Fall Foliage 200 itself proving to be quite the match race between some of the greatest wheelmen in the current era of the American-Canadian Tour.
Setting up the evening’s big dance, defending Fall Foliage 200 champion Jimmy Hebert, Tom Carey III and Joey Doiron took down heat race wins in the first round of qualifying. 2009 American-Canadian Tour Rookie of the Year, Doiron, rented the Renfrew Motorsports entry in his first ACT start in over a decade. New Hampshire standout Jamie Swallow Jr. and White Mountain hot-shoe Kasey Beattie took down the Consolation rounds to set the field.
Courtesy of his +5 in Heat Two, White Mountain rookie point leader Bryan Wall Jr. earned the pole starting position utilizing the ACT Plus/Minus handicap system. In a similar nod to the White Mountain competition, current King of the Mountain track champion point leader Quinny Welch started outside the youngster to complete the front row with his own +3 earned in Heat One.
Trouble started early as an accordion effect under the starting green flag bunched up the middle of the field calling out the first caution. Beattie would end a solid day of Tour racing with steering issues and defending winner Hebert would park the 58VT with an unhinged sway bar.
On the restart Welch would overtake ACT rookie point chaser Cody LeBlanc with former Quebec Champion Alex Labbe stalking in third. As Welch began to stretch his early lead, Tom Carey III and Patrick Laperle found themselves driving into top-5 contention until the second caution flag flew on lap 13 for the spinning Shawn Swallow machine on the backstretch. Welch would choose the outside of LeBlanc for the restart and pulled away with the lead once again.
With the 78NH out front by eight-car-lengths, LeBlanc also began to pull away from the Canadian side-by-side battle between Labbe and Laperle for third. Caution number three would come on lap 25 after Derek Gluchacki made contact with D.J. Shaw on the backstretch, sending Shaw and polesitter Wall into the turn three grass. All three would find themselves in the back of the pack on the restart. Welch would get the short jump on LeBlanc once more until the caution on lap 27 for the spinning Peyton Lanphear and Matt Anderson machines in turn three.
On the restart Welch kept the lead over LeBlanc until Laperle and Joey Doiron got under the 7NH to take over the second spot. The first long green flag run saw Welch take another commanding lead followed by Laperle, Doiron, LeBlanc and Carey. The field would come back together with the lap 71 caution for the flat right front of Randy Potter, coming to a stop high in turn two. Both Peyton Lanphear and Derek Gluchacki ended their day early through mechanical faults under the hood.
The first restart between Laperle and Welch saw Welch pull ‘Le Grande Laperle’ and hold onto the lead until a lap 83 caution for the spinning Dylan Bilodeau in turn two. The restart would again be short-lived with the Keegan Lamson machine making contact with top ACT rookie Alexendre Tardif on lap 86.
The third dogfight restart between Laperle and Welch again saw Welch power up on the outside groove to keep the lead. The longest green flag stretch of the race commenced with Welch taking another commanding lead over Laperle, Doiron and Carey. After pitting on an earlier caution for tires, D.J. Shaw came into the top-5 picture with fifty laps to go and got the gift of a closed-up restart with the spinning Alex Labbe and Jaden Perry on lap 158.
Welch again pulled Laperle but only by a nose as they returned to the line with Shaw and Doiron stalking their every move in third and fourth. The Big One happened on lap 161 as contact sent the 36NH of Erick Sands hard into the turn three tire barrier with a pileup collecting multiple drivers, including Doiron, Raphael Lessard and Scott Dragon. The biggest development of the race also occurred when under pace laps Quinny Welch ran out of fuel, forcing him to give up the lead as he was pushed pit side.
It was now Laperle versus Shaw. Laperle chose the outside for the restart and pulled away from Shaw. Over the next 39 laps, Shaw would try the inside of Laperle multiple times but just didn’t have quite enough bite on the bottom of the Canadian. All the while Tom Carey III sat in third, the catbird seat, waiting for any bobble from the leaders ahead of him to make a move.
Under the white flag, Laperle found himself in a jam as he came up on the last lead lap car of Dylan Bilodeau with Shaw still just inches behind him. Coming out of turn two Bilodeau slowed, slowing Laperle and allowing Shaw to dive underneath as they motored into turn three. Contact between the two had Laperle completely sidewise on the front bumper of Shaw as Tom Carey and Bryan Wall jumped to the rumble strips to ramrod around the leaders. Miraculously, Laperle began to right his machine, catching the right rear of Carey and spinning him backwards across the line as Laperle edged Shaw at the line by 0.023 seconds.
Patrick Laperle took down his first American-Canadian Tour win since 2018, he is the third Quebec racer to hold the ACT checkered flag in 2022 and claimed his fifth Fall Foliage 200 victory. D.J. Shaw took down his fifth podium finish of the year with second and young Bryan Wall Jr. is keeping the family legacy alive taking third place honors in just his third American-Canadian Tour start.
The American-Canadian Tour stars and cars return home to Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road for the epic 60th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. The $100,000 Vermont Milk Bowl is a non-point race for the ACT stars with 100%ers attending to maintain their status and point fund for the season. $12,000 is guaranteed to the winner with pole awards, $1,000 to win Triple-50 Heat Races, special bonuses in place and $100-per-lap money up for grabs. Not to mention the immortality of having the winners name carved in granite and the unique ability to kiss a true Vermont beauty – one lucky Jersey dairy cow! The Vermont Milk Bowl is a three-day extravaganza starting Friday, September 30th with a Pro All Stars Series invasion, Milk Bowl Qualifying day on Saturday, October 1st and the three-segment event in its entirety on Sunday, October 2nd.
The next points race for the American-Canadian Tour is set for Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway as part of the 60th Sunoco World Series presented by Budweiser. Headlining the Saturday, October 8 portion of the three-day weekend alongside the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models and the $10,000 to win Outlaw Open Modified Sunoco 100. More information on the first leg of the three race Southern New England swing will be released in the near future.
For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.
White Mountain Motorsports Park – N. Woodstock, NH
Fall Foliage Saturday Spectacular
Saturday, September 17, 2022
American-Canadian Tour Race #10 – 44th Fall Foliage 200
- 91QC Patrick Laperle St-Denis, QC
- 04VT D.J. Shaw Center Conway, NH
- 77NH #Bryan Wall Jr. E. Kingston, NH
- 68NH Tanner Woodard Waterbury Ctr., VT
- 5MA Tom Carey III New Salem, MA
- 04NH Shawn Swallow Groveton, NH
- 00NH Joey Doiron Berwick, ME
- 21QC Alexandre Tardif Notre Dame des Pins, QC
- 7NH #Cody Leblanc Berlin, NH
- 78NH Quinten Welch Groveton, NH
- 0VT Scott Dragon Milton, VT
- 27NH #Cam Huntress Rochester, NH
- 36NH Erick Sands Derry, NH
- 0NH Dylan Bilodeau Fremont, NH
- 61NH Ryan Olsen N. Haverhill, NH
- 92VT Jaden Perry Hardwick, VT
- 02NH Randy Potter Groveton, NH
- 21VT Reilly Lanphear Waterbury, VT
- 12NH Jeffrey Labrecque Jr. Strafford, NH
- 67MA Chase Curtis Rutland, MA
- 4NH #Jamie Swallow Jr. Stark, NH
- 48QC Raphael Lessard Quebec City, QC
- 55VT #Keegan Lamson Berlin, VT
- 36QC Alex Labbe St-Albert, QC
- 32NH Jeff Marshall Littleton, NH
- 27KY Isaac Bevin Louisville, KY
- 49NH Matt Anderson Franklin, NH
- 03MA Derek Gluchacki North Dartmouth, MA
- 22VT Peyton Lanphear Waterbury, VT
- 1ME Mike Bailey S. Barre, VT
- 58VT Jimmy Hebert Williamstown, VT
- 45NH Kasey Beattie St. Johnsbury, VT
Story By: Matthew Wiernasz
Photo By: Jim Dupont/Race Day CT
THOMPSON, CT- Ryan Preece won the Tripoint Showdown 75 Outlaw Open Modified race on Wednesday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as he held off Ronnie Williams to win the event.
” Obviously 75 laps no one was changing tires. You didn’t want to burn your stuff up. It was a lot of passing back and fourth. Right around lap 25-30 or 40 was going to be track position when everyone’s stuff starts to wear out a little bit. I wanted to be the one that they were chasing. We had a really good car.” Preece Said
Ronnie Williams finished in second.
” He (Preece) just got away from us a little bit too far. Had the battle with (Tommy) Barrett for a while with an ill-handling race car. Just not what we wanted. Kind of the same thing we had in practice. Now we know for the next time. We had a solid race. We were catching him there at the end. Maybe five more laps. He was loosening up pretty big.” Williams Said
Mike Christopher, Jr finished in third.
” It was alright. Just didn’t have the car tonight. I was free in and then big tight center but once I got to the bottom. The free in went away but I was tight in the center. Just couldn’t get through it. Just want to say thanks to ACT for putting this on and the fans coming out to support.” Christopher, Jr Said
Derek Gluchacki and Ryan Morgan had a great battle for the lead in the 25 lap Late Model race. Both drivers made contact as the swap the lead many times in the final half of the race. Morgan would edge out Gluchacki for the victory by .150 seconds. Matt Lowinski-Loh finished in third. Brian Tagg finished in fourth and Jordan Hadley rounded out the top five.
Kevin Moore won the 15 lap Mini Stock race as he took the lead from Steve Michalski with three laps to go to. Michalski finished in second and Ryan Pomposelli finished in third
There were two 20 lap Limited Sportsmen features as Zach Robinson won the first one and Corey Fanning won the second one.
Steven Chapman held off Corey Caddick in the final laps of the 20 lap SK Lights race. Meghan Fuller earned her best career finish at the 5/8 mile oval as she finished in third.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will be back in action for the 60th annual Sunoco World Series of Racing presented by Budweiser that will take place on Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9 that will feature the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Sunoco 100 Outlaw Open Modified Series race where the winner will go home with $10,000. The Modified Racing Series will make a return after a small hiatus. The American Canadian Tour Late Models and the Pro All Star Series Super Late Models will be apart of the weekend.
Some drivers during the weekend will race in more than one race. Mike Christopher, Jr is planning on racing in the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown with his team that weekend along with the Modified Racing Series event on Friday and the Outlaw Open Modified race on Saturday and maybe the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Sunday for Tommy Baldwin Racing.
A full division line up and a weekend schedule will be announced at a later date.