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Solomito, Others Look to Conquer the Thompson 125

IMG_0163(THOMPSON, CT) – Timmy Solomito will look to regain momentum heading into the fifth race of the Whelen Modified Tour schedule after winning the season opener at the 5/8 mile oval. Solomito led 43 laps en route to his first career victory, snapping a 4-race win streak at the track held by Doug Coby.

After his victory, Solomito finished 4th at the Spring Sizzler. He had arguably the fastest car on track at Waterford when he crashed out late in the race after showing great strength in fighting back from adversity multiple times. Last Friday at Stafford, he met a similar fate while advancing positions in the late stages to record a second DNF. Now sitting 7th in series standings, Solomito intends to turn his fortune around with a trip back to the site of his lone career win.

“There are three things I like about Thompson,” said Solomito. “I can drive the car hard, be aggressive, and run in the outside lane. Each of those suits my driving style. I’ve always had good runs at Thompson; from my first start there to running two Sunoco Modified races at the World Series, that racetrack is really good to us. I’m confident my team is going to give me a car I can win with.”

Justin Bonsignore’s team has had some bad luck as well, but they IMG_0042have been able to recover most of the time. The biggest thing hurting their team is poor qualifying efforts. Last time out they their showed resilience after losing a lap on pit road when, during a routine pit stop, his jackman was knocked off balance, throwing the entire stop out of sync. He rallied back to finish 5th heading into a track where he has won three times.

“It’s just a matter of not giving up,” said Bonsignore. “I was pretty frustrated on the radio (at Stafford), but Crew Chief Billy (Michaels) did a good job a keeping everyone calm and focused. It helps coming off a good finish with a little momentum and going to a track I like. We race well there and are usually in the Top-5 battling for a win in the late stages. This race is shorter with 125 laps so more strategy comes into play.”

IMG_9899-2Jimmy Blewett is coming off two consecutive podium finishes including a runner-up at the last event. Now with four races into his stint driving Bob Garbarino’s Starrett backed Mystic Missile, Blewett is in position to finally conquer Thompson. He has finished 2nd at the track on two occasions, but still lacks a trophy at the track that has eluded him throughout his career.

Coming off a win during the last event at Stafford, Doug Coby is IMG_8497 (2)once again riding momentum coming into one of his best tracks on the circuit. The speed he had during 2015 wasn’t there during the Icebreaker, but you can still expect the 5-time Thompson and defending race winner to be strong Wednesday night. Crew Chief, Phil Moran, said after the event that he knew exactly what the issue was and plans to have it rectified before Wednesday night.

IMG_7917 (2)Returning to the competition is Ryan Preece. Preece was second in the season opener after leading a race-high 91 laps.

A quick look at the point standings and you’ll find Donny Lia in the 3rd position. Lia has 3 Thompson wins in 40 starts and until the last event where he finished 3rd, the team has struggled to find speed this season. The last time Lia went to victory lane was in 2013, so the two-time series champion is hungry to get back into the winner’s circle. IMG_7945 (2)

The Thompson 125 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15. Qualifying heats for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions begins at 5pm, with pre-race ceremonies to follow at 6pm. Joining the racing card will be the NEMA Lite division. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

Joseph Fernandes and Michael Jaworecki Photos

Evergreen Raceway and Penn’s Peak Radio Geared Up for Remainder of 2016 Season

St. Johns, PA (June 9, 2016)- Evergreen Raceway is proud to announce its latest marketing partnership with Penn’s Peak Radio and Penn’s Peak, the Lehigh Valley & Pocono Mountains Premier Entertainment Venue.

Located in Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak Radio is a renowned resort community and destination nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Penn’s Peak Radio is an Internet radio station broadcasting live 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Its heard world-wide online and throughout Northeastern and east central Pennsylvania via Blue Ridge Communications Cable..

Launched in the summer of 2005 by one of the largest privately owned communications and entertainment companies in the Northeast, Penn’s Peak Radio set out to be the ultimate music station. Penn’s Peak Radio’s play list is composed of the biggest hits from the hot country charts plus a healthy dose of the best of country classics and most memorable classic rock songs from the 60’s through the 80’s. All of those elements give their audience the best, most-unique mix of music anywhere. Add to that mix: a distinctive air-staff, listener requests and phone calls, trivia and giveaways – and you wind up with the most fun you’ve ever had listening to the radio!

“There is so much value for both sides with this agreement and everyone is very excited about it. Look for some great news from both entities within the next few weeks”, noted Evergreen Co-Promoter Gene Ostrowski.

“Nearly everyone in the area has been out to Penn’s Peak and personally, I can’t think of anyone that has nothing but good to say about such an awesome venue. Penn’s Peak Radio has been on existence for over ten years and they continue to grow, both within and with their fan base. We’re looking forward to mixing some short racing into music and radio, vice-versa. It’s destined to be a terrific relationship.”

Also located in Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak is a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue that can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers. The must see facility boasts a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, concert bar/concession area and a full service restaurant and bar aptly named Roadies. Complete with a broad open-air deck for summertime revelry, Penn’s Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a commanding, picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian mountains. Penn’s Peak should be your choice for a wedding, banquet or special event and treat your guests to an event truly “Above the Rest”.

Geographically convenient to residents of major population zones in Hazleton, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and New York City, Penn’s Peak is an ideal location for any event.  It is located only four miles from Exit 74 of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

You can check out the official Penn’s Peak website and all of their upcoming shows at www.pennspeak.com. As always, 24/7, you can listen to Penn’s Peak Radio live by visiting www.pennspeakradio.com and don’t forget to download their mobile app and give them a like on Facebook.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.

Speedbowl Twin 20 Lap Ltd. Sportsman Feature

 

WATERFORD — One of the biggest movies in 1975 was “Once Is Not Enough,” a film starring such big names as Kirk Douglas and George Hamilton.

More than 40 years later, the Limited Sportsmen drivers at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl will be using the same philosophy when it comes to racing. One 20-lap feature simply will not be enough.

The drivers will be competing in two Twin 20-lap features Saturday night, a sharp contrast to a regular Saturday night show in which they race one 25-lap feature.

“I don’t mind it,” said Jack Aquilina, the driver of the Engines by Andy, Broadbrook Plumbing and Heating Limited Sportsman. “The key is getting through that first race so you can make it to the second.”

Chris Meyer, currently third in the point standings, agrees.

“You don’t want to have any damage to the wheels, or the suspension, that you would have to fix,” said Meyer, the driver of the 7-Eleven, Treat’s Pools and Spas Limited Sportsman. “And you don’t want to burn up your tires in that first race.”

Meyer said he plans on spending the time between the races making his car better.

“But if you bang it up, you’re not adjusting, you’re fixing,” Meyer said. “I don’t want that to happen.”

Aquilina says he’ll race the first 20-laps hard, but carefully.

“You want to be aggressive, but you also don’t want to make any moves that will jeopardize your equipment,” Aquilina said “You just have to keep a cool head, especially in the first 20 laps.”

Aquilina said even with the twin feature format, it is no time to get overly physical.

“You have to remember you’re going to be racing against the same guys the following week,” Aquilina said. “You have to show a little common respect.”

Meyer said he’s going to have the same plan for the first 20-lap race that he always does.

“I’ll just take what they give me,” Meyer said. “If the outside is open, I’ll go there. If not, I’ll go inside. And if I’m in the Top 3 late in the race, I’ll drive as hard as I can. Then I’ll worry about the second race.”

Meyer said he likes the Twin 20-lap format.

“It’s a good opportunity for the teams to show they have what it takes,” Meyer said. “Your team is going to be twice as important as it usually is because your crew has to set up the car to go two races.”

Meyer, who is looking for his first win of 2016, said there actually is three races to be concerned about.

“The heat race is also very important,” Meyer said. “We haven’t been qualifying well lately, and that’s affected our starting position. So we want to win our heat race, and then try to win both features.”

Meyer said it’s happened before. A few years ago Meyer finished second and third, but both races were won by Al Stone, a two-time winner this season who leads in the points.

“This year I want to be like Al Stone,” Meyer said.

The Limited Sportsman features will open and close Saturday’s program. In between, five other divisions will be in action, making for a breath-taking night of motorsports.

A week ago, Keith Rocco became the first SK Modified driver to become a repeat winner. He’ll be looking for his third win of the season in Saturday’s 35-lap feature. The five-time SK champ is second in the Speedbowl standings, four points behind leader Dennis Perry.

Three-time champ Bruce Thomas will be trying to make it three wins in a row when he competes in the 30-lap Sunoco Late Model feature. Thomas is one-point in front of defending champ Jason Palmer in the Speedbowl standings.

Five-time Mini Stock champ Ken Cassidy has the point lead by six points over Dave Trudeau, but has yet to win a race.  He’ll try to rectify that situation Saturday when he competes in the 25-lap feature.

Dana DiMatteo will be putting his Saturday night undefeated streak on the line when he gets ready for the 25-lap The Joie of Seating Legends race.

In addition, the Mr. Rooter Race Trucks will be making their second trip to the Speedbowl. Bert Ouellette has won the first two truck races of the season.

Saturday also is the first Town Night of the season. Anyone living in a town that begins with the initials A-through-M will receive free admission to the grandstand with valid ID for proof or residency.

Qualifying will get under way at 5:30 p.m. and the features start at 7 p.m.