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Ronnie Williams came on late to spoil a great shot by Boehler Racing’s Matt Swanson on lap 81. Williams had started twelfth and edged his way through the
crowd. Swanson, meanwhile, had spoiled Ron Silk’s bid for another win in the event, by stealing the lead midway through the race, which Silk had led since lap
15. Williams collected the big check and Tommy Barrett sneaked past Swanson for second three laps after Williams had gotten by. Five laps later, the finish was
Williams, Barrett and Swanson for the podium. Matt Hirschman grabbed fourth and Todd Patnode rounded out the top five.
Woody Pitkat and Todd Kochenash led the field down to the green flag. Swanson was outside Anthony Sesely in row two while Silk and Patnode backed them up.
Pitkat and Kochenash were door-to-door out of the box and Pitkat gained an edge. Kochenash grabbed second with Sesely third. Swanson was fourth with Silk at
his back. Sesely attempted to get under Kochenash but was held off. Silk then ducked under Sesely into third and ran to Kochenash’s bumper. Ten laps in, it was
four cars at the front running bumper-to-bumper: Pitkat, Kochenash, Silk and Sesely. Silk then ducked under Kochenash into second. The field, running single file,
filled most of the third-mile oval.
Silk got by Pitkat for the lead on lap fifteen but the latter pursued relentlessly. The field settled in for some hard running, nose-to-tail in many places. Andrew
Charron became the first lapped car on lap 29 and four more loomed ahead. Silk and Pitkat motored through them.
Geoff Rollins brought out the first caution on lap 31 coming loose in turn two and running into the grass at mid-track.
Silk and Pitkat lined up and Silk nosed into the lead on the green. Pitkat settled in with Sesely behind him followed by Patnode. Rob Murphy had been working on
Patnode and broke into fourth on lap 34. Hirschman now put in an appearance in the top five by getting past Patnode, as well as Keith Rocco.
Silk went to work and had a four-car lead on lap 40. Behind him, Pitkat was three up on Sesely and it was another three back to Hirschman who had moved
Murphy back. Rocco had also passed Murphy, who followed with Swanson surging up behind him. Swanson took his position on lap 42 with an underneath move.
Carl Medeiros then slide off the front stretch to the infield bringing a lap 43 restart. He retired to the pits.
The grid still featured Silk, Pitkat and Sesely as the top three, but Hirschman sat on Sesely’s shoulder. Rocco and Swanson made up Row 3. Russ Hersey and
Murphy backed them up. It was door-to-door out of the box with Silk again taking the lead coming out of turn two. But Charron spun, bringing a second restart.
This time, Silk grabbed the front immediately.
Hirschman got under Sesely into third and began working on Pitkat. In the meantime, Swanson moved into fifth on lap 46. He looked under Sesely but the latter
slammed the door.
The fi eld ran single-file through the race’s midpoint. Sesely, Swanson and Rocco followed the leaders, chased by Russ Hersey and Rob Murphy.
Caution flew on lap 53 with Kirk Alexander and Dana DiMatteo against the wall. Alexander pulled away, but DiMatteo was off on the hook. Alexander made
another lap but then ended his evening. Many cars ran to the pits for tires and adjustments. The entire top 40 made the move and this elevated Swanson to the
On the restart, Rob Murphy accompanied him to the front row. Rocco and Kochenash were the second tier, ahead of Calvin Carroll and Brian Robie. Out of the
box. Swanson took a nose on Murphy. They ran a lap side-by-side before Swanson grabbed the lead the next time through turn two. Murphy dropped in ahead of
Kochenash and Andy Jankowiak as the field again was quickly single file.
Over the next eight laps, Swanson generated a four-car advantage over Murphy and Kochenash. But now Williams was on his way up and got under Sesely and
into fifth place. Barrett was now on Carroll’s bumper and looking to grab sixth place. He got by with thrity laps to go.
At the three-quarters point, Swanson was still up on Murphy. Kochenash was third, ahead of Jankowiak but Murphy was shortening the distance as was
Kochenash, who went by Murphy into second.
But Silk, running deep in the pack after the tire stop, suddenly spun and caution flew.
Williams was in the top five, now, and went past Murphy. Another lap and he was past Kochenash into second.
With 20 laps remaining, Swanson was nursing a four-car lead on him. But Silk, running deep in the pack after the tire stop, suddenly spun and caution flew.
Swanson pulled away, but after five hard laps, Brian Robie’s motor died on the front stretch and they lined up again.
Kochenash and Murphy backed up Swanson and Williams, while Barrett was restarting fifth. Patnode and Hirschman rounded out the top ten for the green. They
ran door-to-door as Kochenash looked underneath but was rebuffed. Swanson edged into the lead with Williams all over his bumper. He looked underneath and
went. As they battled, and the count clicked down to ten to go, caution flew once more, and for the last time.
Swanson and Williams lined up. Swanson nosed out, then took the lead, but Williams dropped under and came on hard. They were door-to-door and then Williams
grabbed the front on the backstretch. Swanson attempted to drop under, but the door was closed. Barrett moved in behind them with Kochenash now third.
Hirschman was barging into fifth.
Barrett got under Swanson and into second with four laps to go. Kochenash was trying to fend of Hirschmann, but the latter prevailed to move into fourth sending
Carroll back to fifth. As the leaders streaked toward the finish, Patnode and Pitkat pushed forward into fifth and sixth to complete the race.
Seventh on the evening went to Kochenash, followed by Carroll, Silk, John Kievman, Murphy and Sesely.
Epping, NH (July 27, 2019): Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, used pit strategy and veteran moves to win the SBM 125 at Star Speedway for the Tri-Track Open Modified
Series (TTOMS) on Saturday night. The victory was hard-fought over runner-up Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT, and was determined coming to the checkers. It
was the second Modified win in the state of New Hampshire in seven days for Silk. The win was also redemption of sorts for Silk who has endured terrible luck in
recent TTOMS competition.
Matt Swanson of Acton, MA, turned in another strong performance to complete the podium. Early leader Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, finished fourth over
Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY. Richard Savary of Canton, MA, Cam McDermott of Canterbury, CT, Brad Babb of Windham, ME, Woody Pitkat of Bellingham,
MA, and Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH, completed the top-ten.
After qualifying through the consolation event and starting deep in the pack, Silk methodically worked his way through the field and by lap 35 he was solidly in
the top ten. He took advantage of a lap 47 caution to come to pit road for service. During a lap 71 caution, Silk was one of only three cars to remain on the
track; giving him the point when the track went back to green. The strategy worked to perfection for Silk who went on to hold off challenges from Hirschman and
finally Williams to score the popular victory.
By virtue of the redraw following heat race qualifying, Hirschman led the 27- car field to green for the start of the SBM 125. Hirschman jumped out to the lead
with Pitkat following in line in second with Hersey and Swanson in tow. Over the opening laps a brewing battle for third between Hersey and Swanson was
stalled by the first caution of the event on lap 6; involving Josh Cantera of Sanford, ME, and Jon Kievman of Deerfield Beach, FL.
Hirschman was able to retain the lead on the restart ahead of Pitkat and Hersey. From the outside groove Swanson gave up a position to Savary. On lap 11,
Savary took third from Hersey. Deeper in the pack, rows of side-by-side racing saw Babb and Jacob Dore of Sanford, ME, McDermott and Anthony Sesely of
Matawan, NJ, and Anthony Nocella of Berlin, MA and Andy J vying for position.
Fluid on the race track necessitated a caution on lap 19. Under yellow, Dore, Andy Shaw of Center Conway, NH and Nocella pitted. Back under racing conditions,
it continued to be Hirschman over Pitkat and Savary. A bobble from the outside groove on the restart saw Hersey losing several spots.
The third caution flew on lap 20 for a spin my Carl Medeiros, Jr. of Westport, MA. It was much of the same for Hirschman with Pitkat, Savary, and Swanson. Dana
DiMatteo of Farmington, CT, joined the top five once back under green. Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH, joined the fray using the outside groove to get by
Babb. Williams was also on the move and into the top ten. The action outside of the top ten continued to be spirited with McDermott, Jankowiak, Sesely and Silk.
The front duo was beginning to breakaway from the field once again. Savary took chase followed by DiMatteo and Swanson. Alexander and Williams had joined
the battle for the top-five before the #92 of Nocella slowed on the speedway to bring out the fourth caution on lap 35.
Behind the lead trio, the lap 35 restart saw some movement with the lead pack as Swanson and Williams gained positions. During the stretch of green flag
racing, Silk got around Barrett, Hersey and Galko. He immediately went to work on Babb; taking the position on lap 43. He continued his charge to the front with
a bold pass on Alexander for seventh.
At the head of the field, Pitkat looked to be getting racy for the lead when the fifth caution flew for a spin by Vigeant on lap 47. Andy Shaw was penalized for his
involvement. Silk pitted under the caution.
On the lap 47 restart, Hirschman continued to show the way over Pitkat and Savary. Williams capitalized on the restart to move into fourth. He dove low on
Savary on lap 52 and was able to make the pass stick. Once again, the lead duo was getting some breathing room over now third-running Williams. Savary was
still in striking distance while Swanson ran alone in fifth.
The top-ten at halfway were Hirschman, Pitkat, Williams, Savary, Swanson, DiMatteo, Alexander, Galko, Sesely, and Babb. Silk was mired deep in traffic.
Hirschman was enjoying his largest lead of the night when the sixth caution flew on lap 71 for a multi-car incident in turn one. Under the caution, the entire field
headed to the paddock area for service, except for Silk and Jankowiak, each who had short-pitted, and lucky dog recipient Donny Hartzel of Hunlock Creek, NJ.
For the safety of the competitors, the lap 71 yellow served as a competition caution and a cold pit situation. Teams coming off pit road maintained their
positions behind the cars that stayed out. The ensuing restart found Silk and Jankowiak on the front row ahead of Hirschman and Pitkat.
Hirschman darted to the inside; taking over second from Jankowiak. Williams was able to take a spot from Pitkat as well. The top-six ran nose to tail with Silk
showing the way over Hirschman. Williams took over third from Jankowiak on lap 79. The lead pack continued to run in close quarters as the laps began to wind
At lap 90, Silk was able to gain some breathing room over Hirschman. Williams was getting some pressure from Jankowiak while Pitkat had his hands full with
Swanson. Sparks were flying for position just outside the top ten with Alexander, Galko and Cam McDermott as cars stacked up behind DiMatteo. Alexander got
the short end of the action losing several positions.
Swanson got underneath Pitkat on lap 98. Despite lapped traffic, Silk was able to maintain his lead. Ten laps later, the lapped traffic nearly played a factor when
Calvin Carrol of Andover, NJ, spun in close proximity to the leader, who was bearing down on a pack of cars, to bring out the seventh caution.
The lap 108 restart allowed Hirschman to get alongside Silk. The move opened the door for Williams on the bottom groove. He was able to make the pass and
mover into second. Williams was right on the back bumper of Silk. Matt Swanson was similarly working on Hirschman.
A large pile-up of cars deep in the field in turn four brought out the eighth and final caution on lap 114; setting up an 11-lap shootout to determine the winner
with some very racy cars up front. On this restart, Silk had to contend with Williams to his outside. Silk got a great restart and darted out to the lead. Williams
got in line in second.
On lap 117, Williams poked in nose underneath Silk but could not make the pass. Swanson got by Hirschman to take third. Some ‘bump and run’ between the lead
duo allowed Swanson to join the battle for the win. In the end, it would be a two-horse race to the checkers. Over the final laps, Williams tried high and low; to
no avail. On the final lap coming to the checkers, Williams dove to the inside of Silk. With the crowd on their feet, the two made contact. But Silk was able to
keep it going in the right direction to score the victory.
Tri-Track Open Modified Series, SBM 125, Star Speedway, July 27, 2019 Finish: 1. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT; 2. Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT; 3. Matt Swanson,
Acton, MA; 4. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 5. Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY; 6. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 7. Cam McDermott, Canterbury, CT; 8. Brad
Babb, Windham, ME; 9. Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA; 10. Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH; 11. Anthony Sesely, Matawan, NJ; 12. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH; 13. Calvin
Carroll, Andover, NJ; 14. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 15. Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT; 16. Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME; 17. Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 18. Tommy
Barrett, Millis, MA; 19. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 20. Dana DiMatteo, Farmington, CT; 21. Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH; 22. Donny Hartzell, Hunlock
Creek, NJ; 23. Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA; 24. Anthony Nocella, Berlin, MA; 25. Carl Medeiros, Jr., Westport, MA; 26. Jon Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL; 27. Josh
Cantara, Sanford, MA. DNQ: Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA; Andrew Charron, E. Greenwich, RI; Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA; Kreig Heroth, Fort Plain, NY; George
Sherman, Framingham, MA.
Pitkat, Wall Look For Second Career Late Model Titles; Gluchacki Looks To Spoil Their Party
By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
THOMPSON, Conn. -- The battle at the top of the Late Model division is going right down to the wire at Thompson
Speedway Motorsports Park.
Woody Pitkat leads the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship standings by just five points over
William Wall, with Derek Gluchacki third, 20 points out. Behind them, Mark Jenison and Matthew Lowinski-Loh are
fourth and fifth, respectively, but would need the top three to have a major stumble in order to be in contention.
Pitkat and Wall are former champions of the division – with Pitkat earning his crown back in 2002, while Wall is recent
title holder – picking up his crown in 2016. Gluchacki, who is a newcomer to the Thompson division, is in the middle of
his first championship chase, and hoping to steal the show.
These three drivers are set to battle it out at the 57th annual Sunoco World Series, October 11-13, where the Late
Models will take center stage on Friday night, opening the weekend with their championship 25-lap feature.
Thompson competitors earn 50 points for winning a feature race, while each position down through the field earns two
less, meaning second earns 48, third receives 46, etc. In heat races, the winner earns five points, with a one-point drop
throughout the top five, with fifth earning just one.
For Pitkat, the season has been filled with success since July. He’s finished fourth or better in the last five races and
has three wins across the stretch. “The start of the year, this is the goal (to be in position to win the title). I do feel
like we had more speed than we ever had when the year started, but we definitely struggled, and one night that the
Whelen Modified Tour was there, we struggled really bad,” Pitkat said. “Everyone took more of a look over everything
and had a little bit of a different mindset throughout the rest of the year.”
That change in mindset seems to be working for the Stafford, Connecticut, native and his Hartwell Motorsports team.
They enter the World Series in position to get the job done. For Pitkat, he is hoping it will be the first time since 2002
that he hoists a TSMP Late Model title. He was able to win the Sunoco Modified crown in 2006 and 2016 -- so he is
looking for his fourth overall Thompson title.
Until TSMP media spoke with him, he wasn’t even exactly sure of how many points he was ahead, showing he is relaxed
heading into the finale.
“I’m not going to change anything I have done the whole year,” Pitkat said. “I’m going to the World Series to do the
same thing. I knew we were leading the points, but I didn’t know exactly how it was until you just told me. Whatever
happens in the heats, I want to know what position we are in going into the race, then see how the race goes. We’ve
seemed to be close every race.”
Wall enters the final 25-lap feature of the season looking to gain on some lost momentum. He opened the season with
three finishes inside the top two, including a victory on June 5. But, since then, he’s finished outside the top five twice,
including a 10th place effort last time on the track, which allowed Pitkat to sneak by into the lead.
“I’m feeling confident about it, I’m going to go into this race like I do every other race, just go out there and try to
finish well,” Wall said. “Racing is a lot of luck, as well as being prepared. We will be as prepared as we can be, and just
let the cards fall where they do.”
Last time out, his 10th place effort in the feature, coupled with his 11th place heat race finish, cost him some points he
will need to make up.
“The heat race was a big deal for me the last race, just have to try and keep my nose clean, I don’t want to be overly
aggressive,” Wall said. “Back when Woody won his title, they had different motors, and it’s a big deal to go to these
motors. I think we are close to even. I’m excited to see what the outcome is going to be.”
Wall, as a former winner at Little T Speedway, and former Thompson Late Model champion, is just hoping he can hold
the trophy again.
“The first title definitely opened a couple of doors for me,” Wall said. “I got a couple of rides in a Pro Stock off it. I’m
hoping that if I win this, it opens a few doors for me in the future. I would love to win this one. I'm just going to go out
there and put my best foot forward and see what happens.”
Gluchacki, who has a racing background in the Legends Cars, has busted onto the scene this year, finishing inside the
top 10 in all the races, and inside the top five on five different occasions. He’s 20 points back but hopes to still have a
“No, not at all,” Gluchacki said when asked if he thought he would be in this position. “We struggled at the Icebreaker,
and we didn’t know what to expect. We figured it out somewhat in the middle of the year. But we didn’t realize there
was heat race points until about three races in. At the World Series, the heat race is going to be important for me to
make up as much as I can before going into the feature.”
Much like his two other competitors, Gluchacki is approaching the weekend with business as usual.
“Just have to go into it as another weekend. The goal is to be up there and contend for a win,” Gluchacki said. “We
know that it’s going to be a wild race. Anything can happen, and we just have to do our best to stay out of trouble and
be up front.”
For Pitkat, winning the Late Model crown would mean a lot to him, but also his team. They have lost a few close friends
and loved ones over the last few years.
“It’d be more gratifying because of where I started,” Pitkat said. “When I started, I was racing against Jeff Hartwell,
who is now my car owner. It just goes to show how long we have been around this sport. Being able to start my career
racing against Jeff, and now the two of us being able to get together, it’s cool. I want to win it more for him.”
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park officials are preparing for the 57th annual Sunoco World Series, scheduled for
October 11-13. The event begins on Friday, with practice sessions running throughout the afternoon, and qualifying heat
racing set to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. Feature racing on Friday includes the Granite State Pro Stock Series,
Late Models, Open Vintage Modifieds, and Senior Tour Auto Racers.
Saturday, action begins early with practice at 9 a.m., while qualifying racing begins at 2:30 p.m. There are 10 different
feature races planned for Saturday. On Sunday, action begins at 1 p.m., with the season-finale for Thompson’s Sunoco
Modified division. The NEMA Lites, ISMA Supermodifieds and TSMP Limited Sportsman will also join the headliner of
Sunday, the Sunoco World Series 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Admission to the paddock area for the entire three days is $75, with grandstand general admission set at $55. Any
seniors (65+), veterans and active military will have general admission tickets priced at $50, while kids 12 and under
are free in general admission.
Fans should keep an eye out for information regarding the annual breakfast buffet and dinner buffet over the next few
For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, fans should visit the track on the web, www.
Schedule Announced For 57th Annual Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
THOMPSON, Conn. -- With just under one month until the 57th annual Sunoco World Series takes the green flag at
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, officials have released the schedule for the prestigious event, which is
scheduled for October 11-13.
Over the course of three days, twenty different divisions will compete on the Connecticut high-banks, including the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.
The schedule begins on Friday, when paddock areas open at 9 a.m., and a full day of racing kicks-off the weekend with
practice beginning at 11 a.m. Practice sessions will roll right through until 4:30 p.m., when NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour haulers will enter the pit area, and racing will get underway with a time trial session for the Granite State Pro
Qualifying and feature races for the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Whelen All-American Series Late Models, Open
Vintage Modifieds, Senior Tour Auto Racer Modifieds and Senior Tour Auto Racer Sportsman will all take place on
Qualifying for the SK Light Modifieds®, Valenti Modified Racing Series, Street Stock Showdown Series and North East
Mini Stock Tour will also occur on Friday, but their feature events will be held on Saturday. The final feature of the
night on Friday will be the 50-lap main event for the Granite State Pro Stocks, their penultimate race of the season.
Saturday begins with rotating practice at 8:55 a.m., followed by practice sessions for the Whelen Modified Tour and
American Canadian Tour Late Models. Qualifying races will take the green at 1:30 p.m. with the NEMA Midgets, ISMA
Supermodifieds, Sunoco Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, ACT, NHSTRA Late Model Sportsman, Exit Realty Truck Series
and NEMA Lites.
As part of the annual Saturday night that is stacked with feature racing, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini
Stocks will decide their title battle, while the SK Light Modifieds®, NEMA Midgets, ACT Tour, Valenti Modifieds,
NHSTRA Late Model Sportsman, Exit Realty Trucks, North East Mini Stock Tour and Street Stock Showdown Series will
all run main events.
Sunday, the annual hayrides for race fans will begin at 10 a.m., leaving every 20 minutes, while pre-race ceremonies
will begin with a quick warmup session for the ISMA Supermodifieds at 12 p.m. The run of show on Sunday includes
feature races for the Sunoco Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, ISMA Supermodifieds, NEMA Lites and the season finale for
the Whelen Modified Tour -- the Sunoco World Series 150.
Race fans can find the full weekend schedule by visit thompsonspeedway.com. A three-day pit pass for the weekend is
$75, while a three-day general admission ticket is $55. Any seniors (65+), active military and veterans can enter general
admission for $50. Kids 12 and under are free in the grandstands but do have to pay full price in the pit area. There are
no one-day tickets for the Sunoco World Series.
Fans should keep in mind that more information regarding the annual breakfast buffet and dinner buffet is coming soon.
Follow the track on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest Sunoco World Series updates
leading up to the weekend.
THOMPSON, Conn. -- Even though there is still one NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race remaining on the schedule
at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this season, one championship battle has already been decided.
Bryan Narducci clinched the SK Light Modified® championship for 2019 on Sunday, September 8, becoming the first
champion at the Connecticut oval for this season. Narducci also earned the right to be named the first-ever champion of
the SK Light Modified division® in Thompson’s history, as the division just started running for points this year.
“It means a lot to be the first SK Light Modified® champion at Thompson. Just to add my name to the record books of
all the champions at Thompson is amazing,” Narducci said. “Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco, Ryan Preece, who is now a
Cup Series driver... just to add my name to that list, I could never even imagine putting my name anywhere in the same
list as them.”
“Sid DiMaggio put up a photo on Facebook from 2003 when I was three-years-old at the New London-Waterford
Speedbowl, I was hanging on the fence waiting for Ted to come out for driver introductions,” he added. “My dad and I
would go to Thompson every Thursday night, and we’d go to watch Ted. If he didn’t go, we didn’t go most of the time.
Just to be able to put my name in the record books anywhere near his is a huge accomplishment for me. No one was as
good as him, and no one will be as good as him.”
For Narducci, the partnership with Todd Owen, and his drive to compete at a high-level, has elevated him to
championship glory. The Colchester, Connecticut, driver has already earned himself quite the list of accolades in his
racing career, even though he is still at a young age. Last year, he won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Division III National championship.
Between Thompson and Stafford Motor Speedway, Narducci has won 14 different races this season, including six of
nine at Thompson.
“Everyone always says races are won at the shop, and I can attest to that 100 percent,” Narducci said. “Every week, we
go back to the shop and scale the car, check the toe, drop it on the scales, check the heights... and maintain the car.
When we get to the track, I’m confident the car is going to be fast and there isn’t going to be something wrong with it.
We worked really hard in the shop to accomplish our goal of winning races and a championship, and this year we were
able to do both.”
For now, Narducci’s goals for the remainder of the season still include what he hopes will be plenty of winning. He’s
fourth in Stafford’s championship battle, hoping to close the gap in their final two races. He also leads the NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series Division III National Championship battle with just about a week remaining, and it looks
like he is well on his way to two straight.
“It’s pretty amazing, when we won last year, it was really cool to be able to go down to Charlotte and be honored on the
stage,” he said. “Hopefully we can finish well and close it out and make it back to back Division III championships.”
His major goal related to Thompson in the final month of the season? Capture the victory in the SK Light Modified®
division as part of the 57th annual running of the Sunoco World Series for the second straight year.
“Hopefully we can close it out at the World Series. It was satisfying to win the title, but I would have liked to have
finished on Sunday just to give me more satisfaction, if we would have won both the race and the title, it would have
been better,” Narducci said. “But we just have to go out at the World Series and try to win another one.”
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park returns to competition for the 57th annual Sunoco World Series, where 20
different divisions will compete in racing over the course of three days from October 11-13. The full schedule for the
weekend will be available soon.
For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, fans are encouraged to visit www.thompsonspeedway.
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& Monahan Also Score NWAAS Victories on For The Fans Night
of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season on Sunday, September 8. A full day of racing, which also included
Lock City Drift’s Street Series, was part of the sixth annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 sprint and the fourth annual For the
Fans Night at TSMP.
The highlight of the day was Sunoco 20/20 sprint — which featured two, 20-lap points-paying feature races and a 10-lap
shootout to decide the overall winner of the day. In addition to championship points in the first two races, drivers also
received points to help determine the overall victor in the final sprint. The driver that earned the best finishes
combined between the three races would be the handed the big trophy.
Ronnie Williams dominated the first race, earning his second feature win of the season, while in the second segment,
Keith Rocco and Woody Pitkat duked it out for the win in the closing laps, but after a caution tightened the field,
Williams took the lead away from both title contenders to take segment two. That meant Williams only needed to place
in the top five in the final 10-lap sprint to take the overall win. Rocco spoiled Williams’ attempt at sweeping all three
segments by winning the 10-lap sprint, but a fourth-place finish was enough to earn Williams the overall victory for the
“These guys gave me an awesome car and I just can’t thank them enough. We’re getting closer and closer to having a
perfect car here. The last couple of races I think we’ve really figured it out,” Williams said in victory lane. “I just
wanted to make sure we got a top five to make sure we got the win and we did it.”
The Late Models started off the afternoon with a 25-lap feature and two drivers in the running for the title — William
Wall and Woody Pitkat. With only fourteen points separating the two coming into the race, Wall looked to continue his
perfect streak of top-ten finishes in 2019 while Pitkat sought to maintain a late season surge that has seen him win
three of the last four races. Pitkat took and early advantage into the main after Wall retired early from his heat race,
allowing Pitkat to cut the points deficit in half after earning points for his third-place finish in his own heat race.
Wall continued to struggle in the feature, finishing tenth after surviving a near disastrous wreck with sixteen laps to go.
Pitkat finished fourth, securing a five-point lead over Wall in the points heading into the season finale. Meanwhile, Mark
Jenison dominated en route to his first win of the season.
“When you’re that much faster it’s not because you’re the greatest driver in the world, it’s because you hit the right
setup and we did. We had great bite off the turn. I could drive it anywhere I wanted. Fortunately, the other guys couldn’
t,” Jenison said.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 RACE RESULTS:
SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT SEGMENT ONE TOP-10: 1. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 2. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA);
3. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 4. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, MA); 5. Danny Cates; 6. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 7. Corey
Barry (Brooklyn, CT); 8. Tyler Leary; 9. Adam Gada (Bozrah, CT); 10. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT)
SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT SEGMENT TWO TOP-10: 1. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 2. Woody Pitkat
(Bellingham, MA); 3. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 4. Danny Cates; 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Todd Owen (Somers, CT);
7. Corey Barry (Brooklyn, CT); 8. Todd Patnode (Swanzey, NH); 9. Justin Albernaz (Rehoboth, MA); 10. Adam Gada
SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT SEGMENT THREE TOP 10: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham,
MA); 3. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 4. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 5. Danny Cates; 6. Todd Patnode (Swanzey, NH); 7.
Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 8. Corey Barry (Brooklyn, CT); 9. Tyler Leary; 10. Adam Gada (Bozrah, CT)
THOMPSON, Conn. — The stars of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
divisions took center stage on Labor Day Sunday, September 1, a makeup day after the original event was rained out in
early summer. With only three races left in the championship battles, competitors in each division were seeking every
advantage they could get as time runs out on the season.
Woody Pitkat had a big afternoon — earning two wins on the same day for the second time this year at Thompson,
continuing his late-summer surge in his push for the Late Model and Sunoco Modified titles. In the Late Model division,
former champion William Wall held a 13-point advantage over Pitkat coming into the weekend’s 25-lap feature, but
Pitkat carried momentum having won two of the last three races. Wall took an early lead before a late-race caution
allowed Pitkat to take the top spot.
It looked like Pitkat was well on his way to another win before another caution set up a two-lap sprint to the finish.
Ryan Morgan, who sat third in points coming into the afternoon, wrestled away the lead from Pitkat with an aggressive
move that left Pitkat frustrated after the checkered flag waved.
While Morgan was initially named the winner, his car was disqualified post-race after he refused inspection. That
handed Pitkat his third win of the season, putting him within ten points of William Wall for the championship lead. The
penalty also eliminated Morgan from the points battle -- meaning the championship will likely be decided between
Pitkat and Wall.
Pitkat was given the opportunity to speak in victory lane at the end of all of the feature events where he thanked his
sponsors. “I can’t thank these guys enough. I felt like I pretty much had that race won and got used up there for the
win. Some people want to race like that, but that’s not how I race. I’m glad we were able to get the win,” said Pitkat.
Pitkat also scored a dominating win in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature, but his chances of earning that title are slim
going into the final two events. Keith Rocco came in with a sizable 44-point advantage over Pitkat, and despite a
dominating run, Pitkat left with a still-sizable 40-point deficit. Pitkat was proud that he was able to celebrate a victory
with his family, having not yet learned he was the Late Model winner as well.
“I just wanted to win so bad,” Pitkat said. “I was really mad (about the Late Model finish) and wanted to win and when I
get mad for some reason it makes me race a little harder. I just wanted to win one today really bad. My family is here,
and they don’t get to come out every time. It’s nice to win when they’re here.”
LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, CT); 2. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 3. William
Wall (Millbury, MA); 4. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 5. Derek Gluchacki (Dartmouth, MA); 6. Tony Macrino (Waterford,
CT); 7. Mike Nenevides (Westerly, RI); 8. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 9. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 10. Buddy Charette
SUNOCO MODIFIED FINISH TOP-10: 1. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, MA); 2. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 3. Keith Rocco
(Berlin, CT); 4. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Todd Patnode; 7. Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT);
8. Corey Barry (Brooklyn, CT); 9. Paul LaPlante (Scituate, RI); 10. Justin Albernaz (Rehoboth, MA)
THOMPSON, Conn. -- The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour took center stage at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on
Wednesday, August 14 for the third time in 2019 with the 30th running of the Budweiser King of Beers 150. Coming into
the race three drivers were considered the ones to watch. Points leader Doug Coby looked to extend his perfect streak
of top ten finishes on the season, second place Ron Silk sought his third consecutive series victory, and third place
defending champion Justin Bonsignore was looking for his seventh consecutive win at Thompson.
Coby earned the early edge by grabbing the pole in group qualifying earlier in the evening, but Bonsignore made sure to
keep the five-time champion in his sights, staying within striking distance of Coby through the first half of the race. A
caution on lap 83 brought the field to pit road where Jon McKennedy exited first and Justin Bonsignore beat Doug Coby
back to the track giving him his best shot at the lead all night.
A poor restart for McKennedy allowed Bonsignore to storm to the lead with 90-laps to go, but an impressive power
move by Craig Lutz saw Bonsignore fall back to second where Doug Coby was waiting to pounce. While Bonsignore and
Coby battled it out for the runner-up spot with 50-laps to go, Lutz opened a .422 second lead seeking his first Whelen
Modified Tour victory. A pair of cautions forced Lutz to fend off both Bonsignore and Coby, but a hard charging Bobby
Santos III proved too much for Lutz, who was forced to relinquish the lead on lap 128 leaving Lutz, Bonsignore and Coby
hoping for one more shot at the win.
WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR 30TH ANNUAL BUD 150 FINISH TOP-10: 1. Doug Coby; 2. Justin Bonsignore; 3. Craig Lutz; 4.
Jon McKennedy; 5. Timmy Solomito; 6. Jimmy Blewett; 7. Andrew Krause; 8. Patrick Emerling; 9. Matt Swanson; 10.
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 3. Woody
Pitkat (Bellingham, MA); 4. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Noah Korner; 7. Corey Barry
(Brooklyn, CT); 8. Kyle James (Westerly, RI); 9. Adam Gada; 10. Danny Cates
By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
THOMPSON, Conn. – Last Saturday was a special day for the Christopher family.
Mike Christopher Jr. climbed from his car victorious in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature at Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park, picking up his first career win at the .625-mile oval. The win meant a lot to Christopher and his
father, Mike Christopher Sr., especially because of the hard work they had been putting in to get to that point.
But, there was also a feeling of accomplishment for the rising Modified star that he had been aiming for since day one.
He added to the list of Christopher drivers who had taken the checkered flag in a modified race at Thompson, and more
importantly, he did it while standing right in front of a painted set of initials and numbers in Victory Lane.
The ground reads: “TC 99”.
Mike’s uncle, Ted Christopher, a multiple-time TSMP champion, was killed in a plane crash en route to a NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead Raceway in 2017. He scored 99 career wins at Thompson, including one just
days before his passing. While holding the checkered flag, Mike felt like that number moved to 100.
“It was kind of my goal since I saw the TC 99 in Victory Lane. I thought it would have been cool to win and dedicate it
to him and say that he got 100,” Mike Christopher Jr. said. “To be in Victory Lane with it there, it was a surreal feeling.
With my dad all excited, he was even talking to the reporters. Everyone wanted to even hear what he had to say. That
was my goal. Mission accomplished.”
SUNOCO MODIFIEDS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Mike Christopher, Jr. (Wolcott, CT); 2. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 3. Todd
Owen (Somers, CT); 4. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 5. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 6. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, MA); 7.
Kyle James (Westerly, RI); 8. Adam Gada (Bozrah, CT); 9. Corey Barry (Brooklyn, CT); 10. Paul LaPlante (Situate, RI)
|Open Wheel, Tri-Track ,Tour Mod, winner Ronnie Williams 2019
Ron (silky smouth) Silk