Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pitkat Goes Wire To Wire For World Series Win

Photos by Simply the Best, Crystal Snape

Re-Cap Story by James Snape

Starting on the outside pole certainly didn't hurt his effort as defending MRS champion Woody Pitkat of Sturbridge, Ma. over powered pole sitter Joe Doucette of Framingham,Ma. and led all fifty laps to record his first VMRS victory of the year.

   "This win is for the team, coming into this year we had high hopes after our championship last year". He said, "The car was good all weekend, I've got to thank Kevin Stewart for letting us borrow a motor because we were having trouble with ours. I tried to get out front and pace our self and try to save. The cautions towards the end started to hurt me. I knew I was going to have my hands full and on that last restart, it was just two guys going as hard as they can to win the race. With two laps to go your doing what ever you can to win, unfortunately Steve (Masse) got up in the marbles, it sucked him in, that's the nature of the track here. All and all its a good night for us. I cant thank these guys enough for working so hard and sticking with me."

   While Pitkat seemed to be in complete control, behind him the usual cast of characters gave the race fans plenty of action. Richard Savary of Canton,Ma and Keith Rocco of Berlin,Ct raced each other hard, swapping the runner up position until Savary raced past Rocco and set his sights on race leader Pitkat. But Rocco had other plans and on lap sixteen Rocco drilled Savary's #99 in turn three taking him out of contention for the win. That incident also collected Dylan Kopec of Palmer,Ma and David Schneider of Northport,NY.

   When racing resumed Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford,Ma Steve Masse of Belingham,Ma and Anthony Nocella of Woburn,Ma became the next combatants for a shot at the win. Masse, running a limited schedule, charged into second place and glued himself to Pitkat's rear bumper looking for the opportunity to out run the leader. With five laps to go that opportunity would come when caution came for a minor spin by Sam Rameau of Westminster,Ma.

   When the green flew Pitkat and Masse ran door to door into turn one where the two slid up the track and Masse made contact with the wall as Pitkat roared away followed by McKennedy who took advantage of Masse's misfortune. McKennedy closed the gap between himself and Pitkat but came up 0.089 seconds short.

   Nocella turned in his usual outstanding performance coming from the fifth row, protecting his equipment and finishing third on the podium. "It was kind of interesting there. We were good in practice and the heat and we made adjustments we thought we needed. We got stuck on the bottom the first 3 or 4 restarts, that didnt help. I kept getting stuck behind guys and loosing spots but kept working our way forward getting to third and tried to run down the leaders. Yellow came out and I got stuck on the bottom again which hurt, then I got run up the track but came back to third. Running fifty laps here, we had to run hard which was good for the fans" Nocella commented.

   Dave Ethridge of Portland,Ct. and Geoff Gernhard of Bozrah,Ct. rounded out the top five. Sixth thru tenth were Ronnie Williams, Jeffrey Gallup, Chris Pasteryak, Matt Mead, Troy Talman.
Track-Thompson Speedway- Thompson,Ct.
Race-Sunoco World Series Presented By Xtra Mart- VMRS 50 Laps
Margin of Victory-0.089
Best Lap Time- 18.785
Best Speed-119.776
Best Lap By-#57 - Keith Rocco
Lap Leader- 1-50- #52-Woody Pitkat
Cautions-6-Laps 7,8,16,38,44,44

1     52 Woody Pitkat
2     29 Jon Mckennedy
3     92 Anthony Nocella
4     34 Dave Ethridge
5     11 Geoff Gernhard
6     79 Ronnie Willams
7     4 Jeffrey Gallop
8     15ct Chris Pasteryak
9     77 Matt Mead
10   3ma Troy Talman
11   33 Rob Richardi 
12   16 Colbey Fournier
13   55 Joe Doucette
14   M6 Dylan Kopec
15   117 Donnie Lashua
16   57 Keith Rocco
17   99 Richard Savary
18   93 George Sherman
19   22 Roy Seidell Jr
20   16ct Eric Berndt
21   45 Dan Meservey Jr
22   13 Steve Masse
23   04 Brandon Dion
24   6 Samuel Rameau
25   31 Anthony Flannery
26   38ct Nick Ladyga
27   19 Dave Schneider
28   25 Rowan Pennink
29   15nh TJ Bleau
30   50 Carl Medieros Jr
31   76 Dennis Perry
32   38 Mike Willis Jr

Next Event- Lee USA Speedway, Oct. 23
Story by James Snape
Photos by Simply the Best, Crystal Snape

Sunday, October 16, 2016

ISMA: Dave Shullick Jr. repeats at the World Series. Ohio claims another Championship ?

Posted by Wayne G. Barber & Photos by Wayne G. Barber

The International SuperModified Association  crowned a champion at Thompson at the Sunoco World Series. Providing some of the fastest racing of the weekend, the ISMA series drivers took to the track for a 50-lap feature where Mike Lichty hoped to put the finishing touches on a championship run. Looking to chase down the title himself, defending champion Dave Shullick, Jr. put on an impressive performance, staring from the front and doing everything he could to wrestle the points lead away from Lichty.
Shullick had a little help after Lichty experienced mechanical issues in the middle of the race, forcing him to retire and surrender the title to Shullick who not only repeated as series champion, but as winner of the Sunoco World Series ISMA race at Thompson Speedway with a dominant flag-to-flag run.  
This race car was not from this planet and I think if the race would have been coast to coast, Shullick would have lapped the field. His discipline on hitting his marks were textbook. He blew me away last year in this race and I did not think it could possible be repeated, so much for that assumption. He told me in an exclusive interview that his regular crew chief could not attend so he did double duty. I wish this series would run more events closer to me to enjoy. Plain English, this division was worth the price of admission. No flagging to pull over to slower cars in the field to let the leaders pass, you have to race them for every position. We will try our best to schedule Dave as a guest on the Race Chatter to discuss this great touring series. Dave Shullick Jr.is now seventh in the series with 20 career victories and back to back championships. Can he make it three ? I am not going to place against him at Mohegan Sun to find out.
  “This car has been amazing all weekend,” Shullick said after his win. “We just tried to be calm with it and not make a mistake. We figured it would be good at the end and it was – Hats off to Mike (Lichty) and the tough battle they gave us all year.”


1. Dave Shullick, Jr. (North Ridgeville, OH); 2. Mike Ordway, Jr. (Windham, ME); 3. Mark Sammut (London, ON); 4. Ben Sietz (Bourne, MA); 5. Mike McVetta (Wellington, OH); 6. Timmy Jedrejzek (Independence, OH); 7. Chris Perley (Rowley, MA); 8. Mike Netishen (Auburn, NH); 9. Allison Cumens (Glenmoore, PA); 10. Joey Payne (Madera, CA)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bobby Therrien Bookends ACT Season with Last-Lap Pass for Win, Nick Sweet Claims First Tour Championship in Thompson Finale

Barre, VT's Nick Sweet (front left) celebrates his first ACT championship with son Isaac (front right) and his crew. (T.J. Ingerson/VTMotorMag.com photo)>>
Posted by Wayne G. Barber
Hinesburg, VT's Bobby Therrien (center) celebrates his second ACT win of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park's Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. (T.J. Ingerson/VTMotorMag.com photo)>>
Thompson, CT – Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien used a last-lap pass of Dillon Moltz to score his second with of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart on Saturday, October 15, while Nick Sweet captured his first American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship with a fifth-place finish in the season finale.

Moltz and Therrien had both gotten around long-time leader Scott Payea with less than 10 laps remaining in the 75-lap event following a lengthy battle. Therrien first poked his nose underneath Moltz with just two laps to go, but the Waterford, CT driver was able to fend off the initial challenge.

As the two exited turn two for the final time, Therrien again looked underneath Moltz. The two then made slight contact as they entered turn three, and Moltz slid up the track just enough for Therrien to scoot by for the win, giving him a bookend on the year after previously triumphing in the season-opener at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Meanwhile, Sweet entered the feature needing a fifth-place finish to assure him of the championship. The Barre, VT veteran worked his way up from the 12th starting position to assume fifth just past the halfway spot, and held off numerous challenges from Eddie MacDonald to remain there the rest of the event. Payea’s late slide to third in the final rundown unofficially gave Sweet the title by 10 points.

Moltz started on the pole after earning a “plus-7” in his qualifying heat and led the first 23 laps. After a series of cautions in the early going, including a five-car tangle in turn one on a lap-23 restart, Payea was able to get the jump on Moltz to take over the point.

Payea, who entered the race 23 points behind Sweet, set sail in an effort to lead the most laps and maximize his point total. But Moltz and Therrien both reeled him back in on the long green flag run, setting up a three car tango for the victory.

Although Payea was able to reestablish a lead when Therrien challenged Moltz for second, his car eventually went away, and Moltz was able to slip inside him with eight laps to go. Therrien followed him through two laps later, setting up the thrilling finish.

Brad Babb was a distant fourth behind the lead trio, followed by Sweet. MacDonald, Alex Labbe, Devin O’Connell, Raymond Christian III, and Rick Gentes rounded out the top-10. O’Connell unofficially claimed the 2016 ACT Tour Rookie of the Year title by two points over Ryan Olsen, who finished 12th. Moltz captured the 2016 ACT New Champions title.

The event concludes the 2016 season for the American-Canadian Tour. The 2016 Banquet of Champions date and the 2017 ACT schedule will be announced in the coming months.
Source: ACT Media Press Release

Pos   Start Pos   Driver   Car #     Hometown   Laps
  1. ( 8 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 75 Laps
  2. ( 1 ) Dillon Moltz ( 5CT ) , Waterford, CT , 75 Laps
  3. ( 5 ) Scott Payea ( 37VT ) , Milton, VT , 75 Laps
  4. ( 3 ) Brad Babb ( 15NH ) , Windham, ME , 75 Laps
  5. ( 12 ) Nick Sweet ( 40VT ) , Barre, VT , 75 Laps
  6. ( 14 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) , Rowley, MA , 75 Laps
  7. ( 6 ) Alex Labbe ( 48QC ) , St-Albert, QC , 75 Laps
  8. ( 4 ) #Devin O'Connell ( 1VT ) , Madison, CT , 75 Laps
  9. ( 11 ) Raymond Christian lll ( 93CT ) , Norwich, CT , 75 Laps
  10. ( 9 ) Rick Gentes ( 70RI ) , Burrville, RI , 75 Laps
  11. ( 23 ) Rowland Robinson, Jr. ( 28ME ) , Steuben, ME , 75 Laps
  12. ( 10 ) #Ryan Olsen ( 61NH ) , N. Haverhill, NH , 75 Laps
  13. ( 7 ) Ryan Morgan ( 31CT ) , Pawcatuck, CT , 75 Laps
  14. ( 13 ) Mike Ziter ( 54VT ) , Barre, VT , 75 Laps
  15. ( 24 ) Brian Tagg ( 9MA ) , Oxford, MA , 75 Laps
  16. ( 29 ) John Lowinski-Loh ( 7MA ) , Milleville, MA , 75 Laps
  17. ( 16 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Lebanon, NH , 75 Laps
  18. ( 15 ) Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 75 Laps
  19. ( 21 ) Walter J. Hammond ( 97ME ) , Canaan, NH , 75 Laps
  20. ( 27 ) Matthew Lowinski ( 17NC ) , Milford, MA , 74 Laps
  21. ( 19 ) #Mark Jenison ( 22RI ) , Warwick, RI , 74 Laps
  22. ( 28 ) Ray Parent ( 17RI ) , Tiverton, RI , 74 Laps
  23. ( 31 ) James Linardy ( 77MA ) , Somerville, MA , 74 Laps
  24. ( 2 ) Walter Sutcliffe ( 78CT ) , East Haven, CT , 74 Laps
  25. ( 20 ) Jean-Pierre Ouimet ( 59QC ) , Terrebonne, QC , 74 Laps
  26. ( 22 ) Corey Fanning ( 11CT ) , Mapleville, RI , 74 Laps
  27. ( 18 ) Larry Gelinas ( 91CT ) , Buxton, ME , 74 Laps
  28. ( 30 ) C.J. McLaughlin ( 49NH ) , Framingham, NH , 74 Laps
  29. ( 26 ) Josh King ( 21VT ) , Vernon, VT , 73 Laps
  30. ( 25 ) Mark Hudson ( 82MA ) , Norton, MA , 34 Laps
  31. ( 17 ) William Wall ( 4MA ), Shrewsbury, MA, 23 Laps
Lap Leaders: Dillon Moltz, 1-23; Scott Payea, 24-67; Moltz, 68-74; Bobby Therrien, 75. (3 lead changes among 3 drivers)                                                                       
Time of Race: 46:10                                                    Margin of Victory: 0.122 seconds      
Cautions: 4 (laps 5, 22, 23, 23)                                                                      
Heat Winners: Nick Sweet, Devin O'Connell, Bobby Therrien

NWMT Thompson 10/16/16 Qualifying

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

116Timmy SolomitoDiversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises18.643120.689
22Doug CobyDunleavy's Repair/A&J Romano18.720120.192
385Woody PitkatStuarts Automotive18.756119.962
464Rob SummersHTE/Dell Electric/Complete Const.18.771119.866
558Eric GoodaleGAF Roofing/RBSCorp.18.773119.853
675Shawn SolomitoEastport Feeds18.780119.808
751Justin BonsignorePhoenix Communications, Inc.18.800119.681
83Rowan PenninkCape Cod Copper/Canto Paving18.813119.598
944Bobby SantosTinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records18.828119.503
104Jimmy BlewettStarrett/Mayhew18.833119.471
116Jon McKennedyT.S. Haulers, Inc/Riverhead Raceway Inc.18.848119.376
128Donny LiaSypher Construction/Bardahl18.851119.357
1382Ron SilkHorton Avenue Materials18.855119.332
149Chase DowlingS&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy's18.869119.243
1536David SapienzaFrankie's Towing/Wine Country18.918118.934
1656Craig Lutz*Lutz Motorsports18.945118.765
1789Matt Swanson*Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing19.038118.185
1817Kyle EllwoodEastside Building19.053118.092
1920Max ZachemLu-Mac's Package Store/VWS19.064118.023
2046Jeff GoodaleRiverhead Building Supply19.139117.561
2199Jamie TomainoDunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler19.196117.212
2233Wade ColePerformance Engines/Kendall Oil19.401115.973
2339Calvin CarrollPower with Prestige19.739113.988
2478Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.*Last Minute Racing19.854113.327
2501Melissa FifieldEastern Propane & Oil19.907113.026
2626Gary McDonaldLakeland Landscaping/TRC Electric19.932112.884
2738Gary Byington*Perf Engines/Kendall Oil20.583109.314
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate

William Wall secures title as Rick Gentes wins Late Model race

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Photo Credit: Clarus Studios

The Speedway crowned its first of four track champions set to be named over the course of World Series weekend on Friday with the first night of racing capped off by a 25-lap Late Model feature.  William Wall looked to complete his impressive 2016 campaign with a title after starting off the year strong with his first series win in the Thompson season opening Icebreaker weekend. Wall tallied four wins overall this year leading into the World Series, but still held a scant 14-point lead on series regular Rick Gentes who only had one win coming into the series finale. Gentes drove a strong and consistent season however, never finishing outside the top-6 and scoring eight top-5 finishes.
Wall started off strong, winning his heat race and securing more points for some added cushion entering the 25-lap feature event, but Gentes would not make it easy for the young star as the two stayed within reach of each other throughout the bulk of the race. Gentes and Wall held steady in positions two and three respectively for over half of the event, surviving several early cautions in the process, and while their battle raged for a title it was Tom Carey, III who ran away with the lead. Carey hung on to finish first, however his car would be disqualified in post race inspection for illegal fuel leaving Gentes as the winner of the race. However, it was not enough to give the series veteran a title. William Wall finished fourth in the event, more than good enough to secure his first title in the Late Models at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
“I kept (Gentes) in my front windshield the whole time being conservative, but at the same time aggressive it was a really hard thing to do tonight. This whole Wall Motorsports team did such a good job all year. I can’t thank them enough,” Wall said following his championship win. “We never said we were fast enough. We always went that extra mile to get a little bit more and a little bit more. You have to keep up with these guys (in the Late Models). They’re the best.”
LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 2. Ray Christian, Jr. (Uncasville, CT); 3. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 4. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 5. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME); 6. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 7. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 8. Scott Serydynski (West Greenwich, RI); 9. John Lowinski-Loh (Backstone, MA); 10. Jeff Smith (Old Lyme, CT); 11. Christopher Garside (Waterford, CT); 12. Randy Tucker (Millis, MA); 13. Crystal Serydynski (West Greenwich, RI); 14. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 15. Ryan Morgan (Mystic, CT); 16. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 17. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 18. Louis Romiza (East Falmouth, MA); 19. Stuart Wheeldan; 20. Jeremy Lillie; 21. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 22. Nick Uhrig; DQ: Tom Carey, III Source: by Jason Bleau

Friday, October 14, 2016


Posted by Wayne G. Barber


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 Laps

International Super Modified Association (50)
American Canadian Tour (75)
Valenti Modified Racing Series (50)
Trucks (20)
Northeastern Midget Association (25)
NEMA Lites (20)
North East Mini Stock Tour (20)
North East Street Stock Tour (20)
Pro 4 Modifieds (22)
Lite Modified (20)
Vintage Outlaws (15)
STAR (15)
NEAR (15)

4 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions:
  • Sunoco Modified (30)
  • Late Model (25)
  • XtraMart Ltd. Sportsman (20)
  • Mini Stock (15)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

4 Track Championships to be decided at World Series

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

(THOMPSON, CT) - With one race remaining on the 2016 racing calendar at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, four track championships remain undecided. Competing amidst 18 divisions over three days as part of the largest short track event in the Northeast, four will etch their names into the Thompson Speedway record books.

Sunoco Modified
Having a historic season is Keith Rocco who at one point looked as though he would sweep the entire Sunoco Modified schedule. Rocco came out this season firing on all eight cylinders and has a comfortable 23-point lead over his closest foe, NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Ryan Preece. 

“The consistency we have had this season has been unreal,” said Rocco.  “It all comes down to preparation, good equipment, and the people you have around you. What we have accomplished this year is impressive. I don’t really look at it now, but when we are sitting around the winter wishing we were racing, I’ll look at it then.”

Rocco’s worst finish of the year so far was a fourth place effort. The top-5 positions pay points in the qualifying heats in all divisions with the winner receiving five points, second earns four points and so on through the top-5. In order for Rocco to win the crown, assuming he earns no points whatsoever in qualifying, he needs to finish 10th or better regardless of what Preece does.

What makes Rocco’s run truly remarkable is that he has teamed with former car owner the Pane Brothers for the first time in five seasons. The last time the two groups partnered resulted in a 2011 Thompson championship and a title at the Waterford Speedbowl the same year.

Late Model
The Late Model division has seen a new challenger rise to the top of the division in his second year, driver William Wall. Wall started driving quarter midgets at Thompson’s Little T as a kid before moving to the high banked 5/8 mile oval. After advancing through the ranks he landed in the Late Models earning his first win in the season opening Icebreaker. Like Rocco, Wall didn’t stop there and continued to rattle off the wins, most of them with late race surges to the front of the pack. 

Wall won 3 of the first 4 events this season and picked up his fourth “W” during the Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150. Quietly lurking in the shadows all season has been veteran Rick Gentes. Gentes has only one win this season, but has come on strong at the end of the year to close the championship battle to only 14 points. Wall controls his own destiny with a finish of 5th or better in the main event. Qualifying points could give Wall an even greater advantage, but the clear advantage in the experience category belongs to Gentes. Gentes knows how to win championships, while Wall will try to secure his first in a race where he finished 20th a year ago.

“I am going to do what we have done all year which is to have fun and what happens, happens,” said Wall. “I can’t complain with the year we have had this year.”

Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman
The Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman will see the tightest point battle among all the weekly divisions. Ryan Waterman holds a slight 10-point lead over defending and 4-time track champion Scott Sundeen. The two have finished directly in front of one another just about all season long. 

If there is any momentum to be had, it might belong to Sundeen who won the last race contested. Sundeen started the season with a brand new car that took him some time to get used to. 

Waterman has been shut out of from victory lane this season, but has gained his point advantage through the qualifying heats. Waterman has 8 more qualifying points than Sundeen. To win the title, Waterman would need to finish no worse than 3rd if he scored no points in the heat races. 
Mini StocksEarly in the season the Mini Stock title chase looked to be a repeat performance for defending champion Dave Trudeau. After winning the first three events, Trudeau ran into a string of bad luck however. The downward spiral started when he was battling for the win with Brad Caddick on the final lap during which Wayne Burroughs made a three-wide move on the final lap to earn his Thompson first victory. 

From there Trudeau had engine problems, transmission issues and gremlins seemed to plague him every race. Although Trudeau returned to victory lane again at the end of July, Burroughs had already firmly planted his stake in the ground as the one to beat in the division.

Burroughs has a total of three wins this season, including victories in the last two races. It’s been an impressive performance for the driver who hadn’t turned a lap at Thompson in over 10 years prior to this season. He holds a 36-point advantage over Trudeau meaning a 16th or better would seal the deal on the 2016 crown. 

“We are going to approach it as we have all year and get to where it is safe, out front,” said Burroughs. “This is our first full season here and to run as competitively as we have it would be a huge accomplishment for this team to win the championship.”

The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtra Mart begins on Friday, October 14 and continues through Sunday, October 16 featuring 18 divisions of cars. A three-day spectator ticket is just $55, seniors, veterans and active military are $53, kids 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.ThompsonSpeedway.com.