THOMPSON CT: On Wednesday night under the threat of rain Thompson did a nice job moving the show along and getting all the features in before the rain showed up. The Tour was in town for the Bud 150 along with Sunoco Modifieds, NEMA, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Late Models. With all this racing we walked out of the gate, all features completed around 9:30. Hats off to Thompson for running a smooth show like the normally do.
To kick off the night the Sunoco Modifieds put on a show as always but the big attention grabber was the battle at the front of the field for first between Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece. It was a battle to the end but Rocco was able to come out victorious. In the NEMA for their 25 lap feature, Todd Bertrand had a strong car and finished P1 on the night. He was followed by Jim Chambers and Cole Carter.
Limited Sportsman speak for themselves at Thompson as of late. There are always some crazy rubbing and strong driving that keeps this division interesting. Aside from the mods we always look forward to this feature race and Wednesday did not disappoint! On a disappointing note out of this race, Phil Jacques who had been in a bad wreck at Icebreaker had finally got his car race ready only to end up in another wreck ending his night and possibly season as the car was very badly damaged. A talented young Meg fuller drove a great first half and lead many lpas in a fast car. Latter on Shawn Monahan would get into her as she would go sideways and lose spots. Her night was ended before the checkers flew as she was involved in the same wreck that took out Jacques.
The race was good straight through but the last few laps had fans on the edge of their seat. The battle at the front between Ryan Waterman, Shawn Monahan and Scott Sundeen up there too was Zachary Robinson was one for the books. All three drivers did not want to give an inch and it looked as if it was Waterman's race going into three but by the time they came out of four to head for the checkers Monahan had managed to catch Waterman. There was some full car body contact on his way by and Monahan ended up sideway's after getting into it with Waterman coming across the line. Monahan to take the win Robinson for third. It was a crazy finish but one that the fans will not soon forget as they were all on their feet, this is what they come to see.
Tour Qualifying was held before the Sportsman event and the race was run just after knowing that the threat of rain was coming we were glad to see them run mid-show to ensure they could get the race in. Justin Bonsignore had a strong night again as he grabbed the pole in qualifying and ran strong the whole race.
The first 89 laps went all green flag action, leading to having a small number of cars on the lead lap when the first caution of the night flew. Most everyone came in for tires but Doug Coby who opted to stay out and lead a few laps till Bonsignore was able to catch him, pass him and remain in the lead from lap 96 till the end where he picked up his fifth win on the season bumping his points lead over Chase Dowling up to 58.
Matt Swanson finished in P2 diving Ole Blue #3. Swanson looked like a well-seasoned driver out there fighting for position and didn't get shaken a bit when he got shuffled back in the field in a late-race incident that sent him in the marbles. He recovered and picked off the drivers one by one till he got up to second and that would be where he finished his night on well earned and fought P2 as Starrett helped Swanson secure this fill-in ride for their driver. It was a great job driving and the crew is no stranger to knowing how to find success. Swanson was given the opportunity to drive as Rowan Pennink could not make it. Congratulations goes out to Rowan as he was welcoming their new baby girl into the world.
The rundown for the top ten finishers on the night are as follows: Justin Bonsignore, Matt Swanson, Doug Coby, Chase Dowling, Bobby Santos, Woody Pitkat, Andrew Krause, Craig Lutz, Chris Pasteryak, Timmy Solomito. $ of the top 5 cars were LFR Chassies as it was a great night for #TeamLFR. The story on the points battle coming out of Thompson's Bud 150 is as follows: Bonsignore; Dowling (-58); T. Solomito (-78); Lutz (-93); Coby (-99) The next race for the tour is at Bristol TN this coming Thursday, August 16th.
In the Mini Stocks Wayne Burroughs Jr would be victorious on the night followed by Dave Trudeau and Bourgeois. To finish out the night the Late Models also put on an awesome show. The top four finishes pulled away from the field and battled it out hard for a bit but in the end, the story would be for P1 and P2 with Ryan Morgan and Tom Carey III leaving it all on the track till the end. Behind Carey was Woody Pitkat for third on the night.
FRIDAY NIGHT racing in the Northeast see's Stafford Motor Speedway to get in their 16th race on the season. Claremont Speedway will be in action this Friday as well. If you are in the mood for some dirt racing you can always head north to Albany-Saratoga to catch their weekly show too.
WATERFORD CT- WINGS N WHEELS: This Saturday is a show that many look forward to the whole season, us included. If you would ask 10 people what there top 5 races of the year were most would always includ "Wings and Wheels" On the race schedule for the weekend is as follows: ISMA Big Block Super modifieds, Valenti Modified Racing Series NEMA, NEMA Lites, SK Lites Modifieds, Quarter Midgets, SK modifieds,. All open wheel action this weekend! Jon Mckeneddy will be pulling double duty both in a ISMA Super Mod and a MRS Mod with Tommy Baldwin Racing!! Chase Dowling will be running this weekend at the Bowl as well.
The Valenti Modified Series will be running their 8th race of the season. Coming into the event the top five in points are Anthony Nocella #92 (324); Mike Willis Jr #83 (280); Sammy Rameau #6MA (276); Woody Pitkat #52 (261); Donny Lashua #17 (212). After the rainout last weekend, the teams are more than ready to get back to the track for this 100 lap event. There is a strong field expected around 30 for this weekend besides the point leaders include Max Zachem, Jon McKennedy with Tommy Baldwin, Mike Holdridge, Chase Dowling, Andrew Molleur, Keith Rocco, Dereck Robbie, Jacob Perry, Savary, Etheridge. Waterford drivers Anthony Flannery, Dylan Izzo in the Dipisa 13 and many more. The 650 hp tour type mods always put on a show ant the Speedbowl as both its usable grooves provide for some great racing in any division but especially mods.
Watching the 900 plus hp winged Super mods go around the 3/8 mile track turning roughly 12.5- 13 second laps is a site! At night they make a water/vapor trail off the wings its wild to see only 1850 pounds with 900 horsepower methanol fuel-injected big block engines that are direct drive power to almost two feet wide right rear tires with wings ironically helping to keep the cars planted to the track! All the division set for the night of open wheel madness put on great shows as does Waterford's own SK and SK Light modifieds!
The racing is scheduled to start at 4:45 with heats and features at 6:15 with the running order as follows: Sk Lites, NEMA Lites, VMRS Consi (if needed), NEMA, SK Mods, ATQMRA, NEMA, ISMA, VMRS. We know the weather is all the talk as it seems like Saturdays cannot get a break from it this season. The rain date for this event is Sunday. For more information and any changes or updates to scheduling Follow us on Facebook at Mod Squad Racing Media check the New London Waterford Speedbowl site HERE and check their Facebook for updates as well. To keep up to date with race updates and results follow us at MOD SQUAD LIVE FEED.
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