2014 Waterford Blastoff winner
Thompson, CT- The Sunoco Modifieds reclaim center stage at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) for
their 20/20 Sprint event on Whelen Night, Wednesday, July 30th.
The unique format will feature a three segment race for the Sunoco Modifieds, with the lowest overall point total
taking the victory. The first segment will be lined up from the results of the qualifiers, and will be 20 laps in
distance. The second segment will be a complete inversion of lead lap cars setting the field, and will also consist of
20 laps. The third and final segment will be lined up by fastest lap times from the first segment, but will only be a
10 lap sprint for the win. “This format was used for the Late Models, and was a huge success,” states TSMP
General Manager, Josh Vanada.
Ryan Preece enters the event as the point leader, fresh off a pair of victories May 29th. The Berlin, CT pilot
placed third at the Icebreaker, and has since notched two victories. Preece holds a two point lead over Keith
Rocco. Rocco has held every position on the podium in 2014 at TSMP, including a victory at the Icebreaker in
April, keeping him on Preece’s back bumper in the standings. Woody Pitkat looks to close the gap between himself
and Preece, sitting just 8 points back entering the July 30th event. Danny Cates and Todd Ceravolo sit fourth and
The Late Models will also be on hand as they will battle for 25 laps. Glen Boss will look to pad his point lead, as
the Danielson, CT enjoys a 42-point advantage over John Lowinski-Loh after three events. Boss, who is a six-time
champion in the division, has already picked up two victories on the season. Marc Curtis, Jr. sits 52 points behind
Boss in third place in the standings, with defending champion Rick Gentes in fourth, and Nick Ladyga fifth.
Scott Sundeen leads the Limited Sportsman into Whelen Night, with a 20-point advantage over three-time race
winner in 2014, Shawn Monahan. Sundeen’s consistency has kept him at the top of the pack, with two second
place finishes paired with two fourth place finishes. For Monahan, it’s been feast or famine. Monahan won both
events on opening weekend at the Icebreaker, only to suffer a mechanical failure as his No. 51 machine part-way
through the event on May 15th. Ryan Waterman sits third in the point standings, 30 points behind Sundeen.
Steve Kenneway enters the event fourth, 32 points behind Sundeen, while William Wall finds himself in fifth.
The Mini Stock championship is the tightest division heading into Wednesday’s event, as the top six drivers are
separated by just 20 points. Steve Michalski started the season red-hot, picking up a win at Saturday’s event at
the Icebreaker, and a second on Sunday’s event, but has cooled off as of late, finishing the last two events outside
the top 5. Michalski holds a slim 2 point advantage over Jeff Moffat, who has finished consistently in the top 7 in
each of the four events. A pair of Viens hold the third and fourth place spots, with Michael in third, just 4 marks
behind, and Mike D. in fourth. Leo Defevers sits fifth, 14 points behind the top dog, while Chad Baxter – who sits
sixth in the standings - looks to make it three in a row.
The Vintage Outlaws, who have become a semi-regular division at TSMP, will do battle for 15 laps.
Whelen Engineering will be on hand, and raffling off two Whelen dash lights (one blue and one amber) for any First
responders, EMS, Tow truck and snow plow operators. The theme for Whelen night is a Mid-Summer Beach Bash,
so sport your favorite and loudest Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses. There will also be a Frozen T-Shirt Contest,
games, music and more for Whelen Night.
Qualifying begins at 5PM on Wednesday, July 30th for Whelen Night at TSMP, with the first feature scheduled for 5:
45PM. Pit gates open at 2:30, grandstands open and practice begins at 3:30. Adult ticket prices are $18, Juniors
(age 6-14) are just $5, and children 5 and under are free. Paddock fees are $30.
For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, like us on
Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @ThompsonSpdwy.
3 13 13 Ted Christopher J&R Pre-Cast/Cape Cod Aggregates Chevrolet 110 42 1 Running
4 6 7 Ryan Newman Menards/Wix Filters Chevrolet 110 40 Running
5 2 16 Ryan Preece East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford 110 40 1 Running
6 8 51 Justin Bonsignore chem3.com Chevrolet 110 38 Running
7 4 22 Tommy Barrett, Jr. * Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet 110 37 Running
8 18 70 Andy Seuss Rockingham Boat Chevrolet 110 36 Running
9 1 6 Ron Silk TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet 110 37 2 Running
10 10 12 Chuck Hossfeld Robert B. Our Co./Cape Cod Agrgts. Chevrolet 110 34 Running
11 5 75 Timmy Solomito * Eastport Feeds/Alex Anderson Inc. Chevrolet 110 33 Running
12 25 52 Matt Hirschman Furnace & Duct Supply/Seekonk GP Chevrolet 110 32 Running
13 24 3 Jimmy Zacharias * Cape Cod Copper/Central States Chevrolet 110 31 Running
14 23 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy's Repair/N.A. Contractors Chevrolet 110 30 Running
15 26 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 110 29 Running
16 28 38 Dave Salzarulo * Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 107 28 Running
17 22 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 102 27 Accident
18 19 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Racing Dodge 101 26 Accident
19 12 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet 97 25 Accident
20 16 7 Patrick Emerling Emerling Chevrolet Inc. Chevrolet 94 24 Accident
21 29 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac 93 23 Running
22 3 15 Todd Szegedy 15-40 Connection Chevrolet 89 23 1 Engine
23 20 8 Glen Reen Reflex Energy/Baja Construction Chevrolet 88 21 Accident
24 17 21 JR Bertuccio Gershow Recycling/Hagerman Systems Chevrolet 81 20 Accident
25 15 88 Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Restaurant 69 19 Engine
26 27 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Ford 67 18 Engine
27 21 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors Chevrolet 56 17 Transmission
28 11 79 Spencer Davis * Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac 53 16 Running
29 30 1 Melissa Fifield * Allstate Insurance Chevrolet 24 15 Handling
30 9 1 Mike Stefanik Cady's Tavern Chevrolet
STAFFORD SPRINGS CT --- The 4th annual Lincoln Tech VMRS 80 lap feature looked like Keith Rocco would
cruise to victory early on in the race, as he came from his second row starting position and took control on lap five,
passing points leader and defending champion Rowan Pennink.
The Meridan, CT driver pulled out to a comfortable lead while behind him racing action was heating up as Pennink,
Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, and a host of others were bumping and grinding on each other, trying to gain any
On lap 15 Szegedy got loose on the backstretch and found himself at the rear of the field by the time he regained
control. That moved Christopher into third and on the next lap T. C. side slammed Pennink taking over second-
place. By the 20 lap mark Tommy Barrett Jr. was picking off competitors one at a time, moving into the third spot,
then set his sights on leader Rocco and second-place Christopher.
For the next 30 laps, Rocco set a blistering pace trying to run away from the pack, but a lap 50 yellow changed
everything. On the restart Barrett saw his chance to lead but got sideways in turn one, then Christopher took
advantage and came away with the lead on lap 52. It was the only lap TC would lead as Rocco took control again
on lap 53.
Barrett got back to a full head of steam, and out dueled Rocco taking command for the next two circuits. Woody
Pitkat, making his first start of the year in the car vacated by Tom Carey Jr, looked very comfortable on his home
track as he joined the action at the front and outraced Barrett to lead one lap, but Tommy roared back leading until
lap 59 when Rocco once again took command of the race and let the others fight for second place.
At the finish line Rocco beat Barrett by 0.365 seconds to record his second win of the year. Justin Bonsignore
turned in another outstanding performance to bring the Art Barry mount home in third. Pitkat and Szegedy would
round out the top five.
Distance: 80- Laps
1 68 Keith Rocco
2 9 Tommy Barrett Jr
3 21 Justin Bonsignore
4 42 Woody Pitkat
5 85 Todd Szegedy
6 5CT Chris Pasteryak
7 25 Rowan Pennink
8 20CT Max Zachem
9 58 Eric Goodale
10 53 Norm Wrenn
11 66 Dylan Kopec
12 45 Dan Meservey Jr
13 17 Donnie Lashua
14 38 Mike Willis Jr
15 52 Chris Bakaj
16 34 Dave Etheridge
17 50 Carl Medieros Jr
18 99 Richard Savary
19 00 Ted Christopher
20 32 Tom Abele Jr
21 31 Ryan Preece
22 57 Jeff Rocco
23 22 Roy Seidel! Jr
Lap Leaders -- 1-4 (Pennink) 5-51 (K.Rocco) 52 (Christopher)
53 (K.Rocco) 54-55 (Barrett) 56 (Pitkat) 57-59 (Barrett) 60-80 (K.Rocco)
|NASCAR Race Number 3
Unofficial Race Results For The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 - 06/06/2014
Stafford Motor Speedway - Stafford, Conn. - 0.5-mile banked paved oval
Total Race Length 104 K - 130L - 65 M
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 2 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy's Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet 130 48 5 Running
2 9 51 Justin Bonsignore chem3.com Chevrolet 130 42 Running
3 1 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet 130 42 1 Running
4 6 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 130 40 Running
5 10 88 Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chev./TSI Harley-Davidson Chevrolet 130 39 Running
6 4 6 Ron Silk TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet 130 38 Running
7 5 07 Patrick Emerling Emerling Chev./Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet 130 37 Running
8 17 13 Ted Christopher J&R Pre-Cast/Cape Cod Aggregates Chevrolet 130 36 Running
9 13 16 Ryan Preece East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford 130 35 Running
10 15 8 Glen Reen Reflex Energy/Baja Construction Chevrolet 130 34 Running
11 3 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet 130 33 Running
12 12 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. Fast Track Electric/Scorpion Const Chevrolet 130 32 Running
13 11 75 Timmy Solomito * Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet 130 31 Running
14 16 52 Matt Hirschman Furnace & Duct/Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet 129 30 Running
15 8 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Racing Dodge 129 29 Running
16 21 89 Shawn Solomito * Cystic Fibrosis Fdn./Acme Sanitary Chevrolet 127 28 Running
17 18 38 Dave Salzarulo * Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 126 27 Running
18 23 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac 124 26 Running
19 22 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 123 25 Running
20 7 22 Tommy Barrett, Jr. * Canto Paving/Ferguson/Waterworks Chevrolet 112 24 Accident
21 19 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy's Repair/N.A. Contractors Chevrolet 112 23 Accident
22 24 01 Melissa Fifield * Allstate Insurance/Easter Boats Chevrolet 108 22 Running
23 20 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Ford 101 21 Steering
24 14 48 Keith Rocco Wheelers Auto/Mr. Rooter Chevrolet 81 20 Engine
Fastest Qualifier: Bobby Santos, Time: 18.327 Seconds, Speed: 98.216 mph
Failed to Qualify: (1) Richie Pallai, Jr. (#39).
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 53 mins, 6 secs Average Speed: 73.446 mph Margin of Victory: 0.394 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 104-111 (Cars #4, 18 accident (Turn 1) ); 113-117 (Cars #22, 99 accident (Turn 3) (Red Flag 3 mins.) [none]); 122-127 (Car #52
spinout (Turn 4) ). 3 for 19 laps.
(6) Todd Szegedy (7) Pasteryak (8) Gernhard (9) Willis (10) Kay
(11) Mead (12) Savary (13) Jarvis (14) Kopec (15) Houlihan (16) Pennink (17) Medeiros
(18) Pearl (19) Nocella (20) Holdridge (21) Smith (22) Abele (23) Richardi (24) Meservey
Barrett Wins On Last Lap Pass At Thompson
Thompson, CT. -- 19-year old Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, cashed in on a lap 66 caution flag, moved to second on the restart, then passed race leader, Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT, on
the final lap to win the Valenti Modified Racing Series 75-lap feature race Thursday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut.
Barrett’s victory was his seventh series win and his first series victory at Thompson. Barrett becomes the fourth different winner in as many races this season.
Barrett, piloting the # 9 Victory Lane Bar and Grill modified, started outside front row and fell back several positions.
“We tend to lay back but I wanted to stay up front and not let those guys (leaders) get to far away from me. It was just the way we wanted it. Top ten, top five. At the end we got the caution I
needed and got a good restart.,” Barrett explained in victory lane. “ They told me on the radio we were faster than those guys up front. “I got up on the wheel and did what I had to do”
Barrett’s victory is his seventh series win and his first series victory
Reigning champion Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA., started 19th and finished a strong second at the end.
“We started a little further back than we like too. A race going green like that a long time and everyone spread out we tried to take it easy and save our stuff. At some point you gotta go when
the laps are counting down. We had a slight vibration, the 9 (Barrett) and 85 (Szegedy) were wicked fast so I’m happy with a second.”
Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, chased Szegedy from the start of the race and finished a strong third.
Richard Savary, of Canton, MA., and Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT., rounded out the top five.
Szegedy, Tom Carey Jr, Anthony Nocella, Jeff Malave, and Chris Pasteryak, finished sixth through tenth.
26 cars started the race with 10 cars finishing on the lead lap.
34 teams attempted to qualify. Heats winners were Keith Rocco, Ryan Preece, Barrett, with consolation races going to Max Zachem, and Chris Pasteryak.
The series returns to Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, Saturday June 7.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Time of Race: 40:13:709
Margin of 1.206
Best Speed: 119.218 (Szegedy)
Best Lap Time: 18.873
Lead Changes: 1
Lap Leaders: Szegedy (1-74) Barrett (75)
Cautions: Laps- 1,66,68
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Barrett (2) Pennink
(3) Christopher (4) Savary (5) Etheridge (6) Szegedy
(7) Carey Jr. (8) Nocella (9) Malave (10) Chris Pasteryak
(11) Schneider (12) Zachem (13) Jeff Rocco (14) Willis Jr.
(15) Kopec (16) Meservey Jr. (17) Owen (18) Abele Jr.
(19) Masse (20) Keith Rocco (21) Goodale (22) Bonsignore
(23) Holdridge (24) Preece (25) Seidell Jr (26) Charlie Pasteryak
Seekonk, MA. – Second generation driver Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, took the lead on lap 45 and was never headed winning Sunday’s 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event at
Savary, who grew up watching his father George Savary compete successfully at the famed race track, started 3rd in a 23 car field. The victory is Richard’s second VMRS win. He joins both
Keith Rocco and Rowan Pennink as race winners this season.
Savary piloting a brand new mount praised his new ride for the 2014 campaign. “This is a new chassis we got from Brad Lafontaine over the winter. We put our running gear in it and the first
two races at Waterford and Monadnock the car was super fast. We got into some situations and were not able to show the speed. Today we were able to show the speed.”
Justin Bonsignore, of West Islip, NY, started 9th, and finished second again after nabbing the runner-up spot last week at Monadnock.“We had a good car. Picked them off one by one. We
were a little too neutral. We probably should have been a little tighter to start the race which might have helped us to get through traffic but it hurt us at the end when we couldn’t go get the
Anthony Nocella. of Woburn, MA, finished a solid third holding off a persistent Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA., in the late stages of the race. Nocella, who took the green flag from the 8th
starting position, was pleased with the podium finish. “ It was a good car. I thought we had a fast car in the first couple of races. We had a couple of problems We had to strip the car right
down to the frame after Monadnock. So it was a solid run. Thought we had a little more but we got loose at the end. All in all it was a good run.”
Masse and Todd Annarummo, of Swansea, Ma, rounded out the top five.
Sixth through tenth were, Jeff Rocco, Pennink, Chris Pasteryak, Max Zachem, and Todd Szegedy.
13 of the 23 cars that started the race finished on the lead lap.
Another fast race was scored at Seekonk by the VMRS at 29 minutes, 16 seconds to complete the 100-laps. Only three caution flags were displayed. The race went non-stop to lap 100 after
the third and final caution flag on lap 34.
RIVERHEAD, NY- The Tri-Track Open Modified Series, with the help of the Connecticut based Dunleavy's Truck and Trailer Repair and Doug Dunleavy have just
finalized a deal to help encourage teams from afar to compete in the biggest Modified Open events of the year.
For each event, beginning with the May 11, "Bullring Bash Powered by Sunoco" at NH's Lee USA Speedway, the three race teams traveling the furthest distance to race
will share a total of $1,000 regardless of their results on raceday.
"I asked Jim Schaefer, who has worked so hard to make these events a success how I can help, Dunleavy said. "He suggested that we help out the teams traveling the
furthest. We don't want teams to get discouraged by travel expenses, because these three races are going to be worth the trip."
The car being hauled the most miles- not the driver- as determined by Google Maps, will be paid $500 by Dunleavy's. The second furthest traveled car will be worth
$300, and the third longest distance will pay $200 on top of the guaranteed purse money available to every team who attempts to qualify for the May 11 race at Lee.
This bonus will also apply to the other two Tri-Track events. The fifth running of the SBM 125 at NH's Star Speedway on Saturday, June 14 which already has a
guaranteed purse of more than $41,000 and growing. The July 23 Seekonk 100, on "Open Wheel Wednesday" will close out the three race spectacular, paying out an
additional $10,000 point fund, sponsored by Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists of Quincy, Mass.
This added bonus from Dunleavy's brings the expected payoff for the Sunday, May 11 "Bullring Bash Powered by Sunoco" to roughly $45,000. This brand new major
event, made possible by 'The Racing Guys' group, is set up to pay every entrant a minimum of $300 to non-qualifiers and $1,000 to qualified cars.
The new bonus is only open to race teams who send in their entry blanks prior to the early entry deadline, which is May 4 for Lee. A number of early entries have
already been received, as the event now only two weeks from Sunday.
Heading the list of those already entered are two former winners at Lee in previous Valenti Modified Racing Series events at the three-eights mile oval. Both Les
Hinckley and Chris Pasteryak are pre-registered, and either could leave Lee on May 11 with more than $7,000 in their pocket from a race win, including bonus lap money.
Max Zachem is also entered. He too has found success at Lee, earning finishes in the top three previously, and it would be no surprise if he is able to find the fastest
way around Lee as well. Drivers from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, such as Ryan Preece and Justin Bonsignore will be among those entered, as will Race of
Champions stars Matt Hirschman and Andy Jankowiak and many, many more.
With a one tire change being allowed during the 100-lap race, and a field of quality drivers not seen in years at Lee, almost any one of the drivers who qualify through
the four competitive heat races will have a shot at the $5,000 plus bonuses first place payday.
Sunday, May 11 is the date, and because the available date falls on Mothers Day, ALL MOTHERS will be given a $5 discount off the $25 general admission price for
this event. The Small Block Supermodifieds, Hobby Stocks and Classic Lites will also run feature events.
For more information log onto the track web site at: www.leeusaspeedway.com, www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com or check out the Tri Track Open Series Facebook
Pennink Repeats As Spring Dash Winner At Monadnock
Winchester N.H. – With a large crowd braving bitter cold temperatures looking on, reigning Series Champion Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA., made it back to back wins when he
won the “Spring Dash 100” Valenti Modified Racing Series event Saturday night, April 19, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.
The victory was Pennink’s 10th career VMRS win and his third at the Monadnock oval.
Pennink started on the pole in a 25-car field driving a brand new mount for car owners Gary and Kim Casella, of Saugus, MA.
Pennink led the first five laps before turning over the lead to Justin Bonsignore, of W. Islip, NY., who fast became the class of the field. Bonsignore, driving for noted car owner/fabricator Art
Barry would lead the event until the halfway mark.
The second half of the race is when things got interesting setting the stage for a great finish that left fans buzzing.
Pennink reclaimed the lead on lap 51 and help it to lap 67. Bonsignore snatched it back for laps 68 and 69. Pennink took the lead back for the final time on lap 70 and held to the finish.
The racing behind the leader in the late stages was intense. Bonsignore and Steve Masse, of Bellingham, MA., staged a torrid duel often side by side with Masse winning out and slipping into
second on lap 83.
Bonsignore gave chase for 10 laps when he pulled up alongside Masse and made the pass on lap 93 to secure the runner-up position.
Masse settled for third, Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT, after a late race charge, finished an impressive fourth, with Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT. fifth.
Pennink in victory lane stated, “It was a great race. Justin and Steve ran a really hard race. They pressed me really hard.”
The winner’s new car was strong all day in only it’s second outing. “Gary, Bob, all the guys did a good job putting this car together to get it ready for Waterford. They did an amazing job here
today and I can’t thank them enough.”
Sixth through tenth were; Dwight Jarvis, Matt Mead, Dylan Kopec, Max Zachem, and Mike Willis Jr.
The race, slowed by eight caution flags, was completed in 54 minutes, 15 seconds.
Heat winners were; Szegedy, Willis, and Pennink.
Next event is Sunday, May 4.
Race No. 2 of 17- Monadnock Speedway
Entrants: 26 (25 starters)
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 54:15:583
Best Lap Time: 12.775 (Holdridge)
Lead Changes: 4 (2 drivers)
Lap Leaders: Pennink (1-5) Bonsignore (6-50) Pennink (51-67)
Bonsignore (68-69) Pennink (70-100
Cautions: 8 Laps 1,12,26,26,34,53,58,83
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Pennink, (2) Bonsignore, (3) Masse, (4) Pasteryak, (5) Szegedy, (6) Jarvis, (7) Mead (8) Kopec (9) Zachem (10) Willis, (11) Owen (12) Douglas (13) Rocco (14)
Bakaj (15) Savary (16) Wrenn (17) Schneider (18) Richardi (19) Smith (20) Alexander (21) Nocella (22) Carey (23) Holdridge (24) Seidell (25) Cyr.
|Steve Masse VMRS Seekonk