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Preece Sweeps Twin Sunoco Modified Features at Thompson

(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park gave local kids a little pre back-to-school action on Wednesday, August 24th with the venue’s Pepsi Back To School Night featuring twin 25-lap features for the Sunoco Modified division as well as Thompson’s three other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions as the championship season begins to draw to a close.

With this being the third to last race of the season at Thompson, drivers came ready to fight for every inch of real estate on the track over the course of the evening with the highlight events being the twin 25-lap features of the Sunoco Modified Series that opened and closed the night in epic fashion.

With Keith Rocco in complete control of the series points lead at Thompson and having a dominant year, series regulars were looking to take away some of Rocco’s thunder and stake their claim on a bit of real estate with two opportunities for a win on the night. Rocco ran well in both events and maintained his points lead, but the one driver he needed to beat the most was the one who would claim victory not once, but twice, as Ryan Preece, second in points, swept the duel races and took a small chunk out of Rocco’s sizable lead with two events remaining on the schedule at the Big T.

Preece worked his way to the front methodically in the first race, taking the lead ten laps in and never looking back, but took a much more aggressive approach in the second race of the night battling Rocco for the lead in the late stages and eventually using a crossover move to take the top spot with only five laps to go, completing an impressive sweep over his rival, Rocco, who finished runner-up in both events.

The wins were the third and fourth on the season for Preece, second to Keith Rocco’s six victories to date in 2016, and gave Preece a boost of excitement and confidence as the season approaches its conclusion.

“I could really move the car around (in the second race),” said Preece who didn’t change tires between the events, running all fifty laps on the same set. “It was a little free, but the amount of forward drive the car had was phenomenal. It really handled. That’s what you want in a racecar.”

Preece added that the battles between himself and Rocco were entertaining to say the least and that he had to be patient, especially in the second feature, to make the right moves at the right time.

“I was kind of sitting there. You could tell I was watching where (Rocco was making moves) and how he was doing it,” said Preece. “Once the opportunity arose and I followed Keith through it was pretty much a cat and mouse game down the straightaways, making those inside and outside moves, and when the time came I got a run off of two and we made it happen.”

Following the first Sunoco Modified feature of the night, Wayne Burroughs continued his potential championship drive in 2016 with a strong run once again in the night’s 15-lap Mini Stock feature. Burroughs started the day by extending his championship lead to sixteen-points after finding success in the heat races while his closest competition, reigning champion Dave Trudeau, had issues and retired early from the pre-race qualifying feature.

Trudeau would face more issues in the main feature for the Mini Stocks, retiring early once again due to mechanical issues, while Burroughs would win the race in dramatic fashion in a last turn pass on veteran Brad Caddick. Burroughs bumped Caddick coming out of turn four coming to the checkered flag and further solidified his position at the top of the standings, and clinched him the championship in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Triple Crown.

“The car was definitely handling better than Brad (Caddick’s) I think,” said Burroughs. “We’ve got the same motor so being on the bottom he had a little more down the shoot than I did running off the outside. I knew where I could beat him and knew where I couldn’t and we finally got it down.” Burroughs said that he was unaware of the issues Trudeau was having during the event, learning the full extent of his excellent points day after he drove into victory lane.

In the Xtramart Limited Sportsman Series the two best drivers in the series this season put on quite a show as Ryan Waterman and Scott Sundeen, first and second in points respectively, battled it out for the win in the closing laps. Sundeen entered the event with a fourteen point deficit to Waterman and took advantage of a strong car and a few cautions to open up a sizable lead in the second half of the feature, taking the checkered flag for the first time in 2016 and a small bite out of Waterman’s points lead. Waterman held on for a second place finish.

“I started the race loose and the car started to come to me half way through I just didn’t want it to get tight and it didn’t. It was actually still a little loose. This is the first win for this car. This is brand new this year and I’ve pretty much struggled with it all year, but made it to victory lane this week,” a proud Sundeen said in victory. Sundeen also claimed the O’Reilly Auto Parts Triple Crown title in the Limited Sportsman Series as his closest competitor in that battle, Corey Hutchings, retired early after being involved in a mid-race incident with pole sitter Corey Fanning.

In the Late Models It was a long time coming for defending champion Brian Tagg but the series regular finally found his way back to victory lane at Thompson with his first win of 2016 in the series’ 25-lap feature. Tagg faced tough competition from points leader William Wall and Marc Curtis to complete his long awaited return to his winning ways. The reigning series titleholder was ecstatic as he climbed out of his car to greet family, teammates and friends.

“I know coming through the back straightaway I got hit in the right rear and it felt like it changed the handling of the car,” Tagg said in victory lane. “I guess it was good. It all came together. We’ve been running into every bad break we could this year and we had a great year last year but it’s been a lot of fun racing down here.” The win capped off a busy day for Tagg who spent the morning in Loudon, New Hampshire qualifying for the American Canadian Tour event before making the trip back down to Thompson for the night’s event.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park closes out its summer stretch on September 7th with it’s last Wednesday feature of the season and penultimate racing event of 2016. The Way Back Wednesday race lineup will feature the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks along with appearances by the NEAR and STAR series and the Vintage Outlaws.

SUNOCO MODIFIEDS FEATURE #1 FINISH: 1. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 4. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT); 5. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 6. Rowan Pennink (New Egypt, New Jersey); 7. Jason Sundeen (Douglas, MA); 8. Adam Norton (Palmer, MA); 9. Jeff Gallup (Agawam, MA); 10. Matt Gallo (Berlin, CT); 11. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 12. Kyle Trainor (Marlboro, MA); 13. Eddie LeClerc (Taunton, MA); 14. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA); 15. Kyle Cafro (North Windham, CT); 16. John Catania (Agawam, MA)

SUNOCO MODIFIEDS FEATURE #2 FINISH: 1. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. Rowan Pennink (New Egypt, New Jersey); 4. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT); 5. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 6. Matt Gallo (Berlin, CT); 7. Jason Sundeen (Douglas, MA); 8. Jeff Gallup (Agawam, MA); 9. Adam Norton (Palmer, MA); 10. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 11. Kyle Trainor (Marlboro, MA); 12. Eddie LeClerc (Taunton, MA); 13. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 14. Kyle Cafro (North Windham, CT); 15. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA);

MINI STOCK FINISH: 1. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 2. Brad Caddick (Wyoming, RI); 3. Roger Ducharme (Foster, RI); 4. Eric Bourgeois (East Haaddam, CT); 5. Christopher Viens (Putnam, CT); 6. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 7. Ed Field (Deep River, CT); 8. . Scott Bellisle (Wauregan, CT); 9. Nick Matera (Warwick, RI); 10. Keith Ballou (Pascoag, RI); 11. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); DQ: Nathan Taylor (Brooklyn, CT)

XTRAMART LIMITED SPORTSMAN SERIES FINISH: 1. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 2. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 3. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 4. Al Stone (Durham, CT); 5. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 6. Jack Aquilina (Oakdale, CT); 7. Jesse Gleason (Lisbon, CT); 8. Joshua Wood (Palmer, MA); 9. Troy Waterman (Killingly, CT); 10. Mike Palin (Dudley, MA); 11. Phil Jacques (Dudley, MA); 12. Tommy Shea (New London, CT); 13. Hank Stott (Medway, MA); 14. John Carpenter (North Grosvenordale, CT); 15. Dan Coutu (Canterbury, CT); 16. Nick Anderson (Oxford, CT); 17. Ed Correia (Raynhyam, MA); 18. Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT); 19. Randy Waterman (Danielson, CT); DQ: Corey Fanning (Maple Valley, Rhode Island);

LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 2. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 3. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 4. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 5. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 6. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 7. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 8. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 9. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA)

Anytime Realty Front and Center at Thompson Speedway for 2016 and 2017

A familiar staple at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will display new colors thanks to a new partnership with Anytime Realty who has signed on as the Official Scoreboard Partner of the track. The scoreboard, prominently displayed in the center of the infield of the 5/8-mile oval, will now display the purple and white Anytime Realty logo for the remainder of the 2016 and the 2017 seasons.

Don Parsons, broker and owner of Anytime Realty, has been a strong supporter and benefactor of racing in Southern New England motorsports for the past several years, partnering with racetracks and drivers alike. He owns the #98 Pro Stock driven by Rey Lovelace, and is a sponsor of the #2 Pro Stock driven by Tom Scully Jr, the #9 Pure Stock driven by Amy Arsenualt, the #17 ACT Late Model driven by Ray Parent, as well as the Anytime Realty 150 Whelen Modified Tour race in September.

Parsons is enthusiastic for the new relationship. “I’m very excited about the new partnership with TSMP. I have been coming here since I was a kid to watch my dad race and it’s a cool feeling to see the company I started be associated with such an amazing facility.”

Parsons also commented on the support of the racing community and the impact it has had on his business. “My goal this year was to become the go-to real estate company for all racers and race fans and I am starting to see results which is great. I’ve been living by the motto always try to support those who support you and the racing community has been great.”

The TSMP scoreboard will debut its updated look at this Wednesday’s Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150. The gates will open at 3:30pm, the qualifying races will kick off at 5:00pm and the pre-race ceremonies will begin at 6:00pm. For a complete event schedule or for more information about Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, visitwww.thompsonspeedway.com.

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Bonsignore makes up ground with Bud 150 victory

(THOMPSON, CT) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour made its third trip to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, August 10th for a Thompson tradition, the 27th annual Budweiser “King of Beers” 150. With only twenty points separating the top two drivers in the series, reigning champion and points leader Doug Coby looked to regain his composure and momentum following a poor finish at Stafford.

After dominating at Thompson last year, Coby, the reigning champion of the Bud 150, sought to recapture that success after placing 4th and 10th in the first two events in Thompson for 2016. He started off strong by winning another pole at the Big T and leading the way for the first 54 laps before a caution brought the field to the pits. Coby dropped several spots during the stop, but wasted no time reclaiming a lead he wouldn’t hold for very long.

Justin Bonsignore took advantage of a great pit stop under the first caution of the event to give Coby a run for his money and in the end he was able to secure not only the lead, but also an impressive win despite the best efforts of some of the series’ best talents to take the top spot away and a huge points day that put him in the hunt for the championship title.

It was Bonsignore’s fourth win at Thompson, the ninth of his career in the series and his first of the season putting him back in the winners circle for the first time in a while. In his own words, Bonsignore saw the win as the end to a losing streak that has gone on far to long.

“I haven’t won since Riverhead or won anywhere but Riverhead since last year. It was weighing on me. I hadn’t won in a really long time,” said Bonsignore after the race. “We had a really good car – We qualified good and stayed up there and we were just kind of riding. We had a good pit stop. We were the first car out with three tires.  I could see Coby was really tight to start that second run and I wanted to put pressure on him.”

Coby settled for second while Bobby Santos, Woody Pitkat and Ryan Preece rounded out the top ten. Bonsignore entered the race with a twenty point deficit to Coby for the championship and left with a fifteen point deficit, but most of all momentum. The atmosphere after the win was one of optimism and pride as Bonsignore has realistically become a threat for the title.

“We want to be the guy that can beat (Coby),” Bonsignore said. “His team is the best every week and to beat them tonight is huge for us. They are the best right now and we’re trying hard to catch them and beat them.”

In other racing news, the Sunoco Modifieds took to the track twice as the series held its regularly scheduled event for the day and a makeup race that was rained out on July 9th. Points leader Keith Rocco looked to continue his domination of the series this season after seeing his win streak broken in late July. In the first race he would not be able to regain his winning ways but came home a strong third as Woody Pitkat, the reigning champions of the series, claimed his first win of the season, fighting off strong runs from Rocco and Ryan Preece to find his way back to victory lane.

“I thought I had the World Series won last year and we had a late caution. We had a late caution again today and I saw that Keith (Rocco) was coming. I think the caution helped me because I was actually getting loose,” Pitkat said after his win. “It gave the tires an opportunity to cool off a bit and then I lost my spotter. I pushed the radio and there was nothing so I just looked ahead and drove as hard as I could.”

The second event did see Rocco return to form as he fought his way to the lead over the course of the first half of the 30-lap event, going toe to toe with Ryan Preece in the process and holding off a hard charging Rowan Pennink, who led a good portion of the event, and Pitkat to return to victory lane and continue his charge towards a Sunoco Modified title.

“It’s tough when everyone is nose to nose. It’s hard to pass,” said Rocco in victory lane. “It looked like Preece spun himself out and it worked to our advantage – I have to thank the fans for sticking around and watching the race. I hope we made it fun for them.”

Despite a spin while battling for the lead Preece finished third and shared some choice words with Rocco after the event as the two had engaged in an intense battle over the course of the race. Pitkat held on for a great night in the Sunoco Modified Series with a second place finish while Jeff Gallup and Mike Benevides rounded out the top five.

The XtraMart Limited Sportsman Series also saw good, competitive racing as several drivers made a hard push for a victory. Jesse Gleason held the early lead but it was Corey Hutchings and Josh Wood who created the most fireworks in the 20-lap feature. The two drivers raced side by side for several laps, even trading a bit of paint at one point, and endured several restarts as they battled for the top spot. While Hutchings led at the halfway point, Josh Wood led across the finish line and took home his third win of the season at the Big T, spoiling Hutchings’ push for his second win of the season.

“This car was really fast. I have to thank the crew. They work diligently week after week to put this car back together especially after a couple races ago when I hit the wall,” Wood said in victory lane. “To be back in victory lane is great. I just drive the car, the crew works on it and without them I wouldn’t be here.”

Points leader Ryan Waterman held on for a third place finish while Brent Gleason and Phil Jacques rounded out the top five.

The Late Models saw a comeback victory by a familiar name as William Wall continued his strong 2016 season. Wall claimed his fourth victory of the year at Thompson after having to work his way to the front in the 25-lap feature. Matt Lowinski-Loh, Rick Gentes and Brian Tagg traded positions within the top three for much of the event, but Wall took advantage of a good car and a late race caution to take the lead and, eventually, the win. Wall extended his points lead over Gentes, who recovered from a mid-race spin to finish third. “It all worked out in my favor,” said Wall in victory lane about a very eventful race. “I just can’t thank everyone enough.”

In the Mini Stocks it turned out to be a battle of the 24’s as Joe Baxter and Brad Caddick fought it out in the closing laps for a win in the division. Despite starting in the rear of the field, Baxter worked his way to the front in methodical fashion to claim a win in the mini stock division. Baxter was later disqualified, giving the win to Wayne Burroughs, Jr.

Reigning champions Dave Trudeau suffered another scare as he continues his push for his second consecutive series title. Close calls seem to be a trend for Trudeau lately as he barely missed a first lap multi-car incident. The defending champ held on for a fifth place finish but it still was not enough to make up ground on points leader Wayne Burrough, Jr. who entered the event with a five-point lead.

The NEMA Midgets also held a 25-lap feature where Dan Cugini hoped to continue his success at Thompson in 2016 in midget competition. Cugini would settle for a fifth place finish however as John Zych took home another win on the year and secured the points lead in the process. Prior to the NEMA event drivers performed a parade lap with the pole position left temporarily vacant in honor of Bryan Clauson who lost his life in a crash racing in the Belleville Nationals in Kansas over the weekend.

Racing action returns to Thompson on August 24th for the track’s annual Pepsi Back To School Night. The evening will feature many of the tracks traditional racing series as well as twin 25-lap Sunoco Modified races as the highlight events of the night.

WHELEN MODIFIED SERIES BUDWEISER “KING OF BEERS” 150 TOP-10 (UNOFFICIAL): 1. Justin Bonsignore (Holtsville, NY); 2. Doug Coby (Milford, CT); 3. Bobby Santos (Franklin, MA); 4. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT); 5. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 6. Max Zachem (Preston, CT); 7. Ron Silk (Norwalk, CT); 8. Donny Lia (Jericho, NY); 9. Shawn Solomito (Islip, NY); 10. Jeff Goodale (Riverhead, NY)

SONOCO MODIFIEDS FEATURE #1 FINISH: 1. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT)  2. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 3. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 4. Rowan Pennink (New Egypt, New Jersey); 5. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 6. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 7. Jason Sundeen (Douglas, MA) 8. Jeff Gallup (Agawam, MA); 9. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 10. Mike Benevides (Westerly, RI); 11. Kyle Trainor (Marlboro, MA); 12. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA); 13. Adam Norton (Palmer, MA); 14. Kyle Cafro (North Windham, CT); 15. Andrew Charron (East Greenwich, RI); 16. John Catania (Agawam, MA)

SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE #2 FINISH: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT) ; 3. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 4. Jeff Gallup (Agawam, MA); 5. Mike Benevides (Westerly, RI); 6. Rowan Pennink (New Egypt, New Jersey); 7. Kyle Trainor (Marlboro, MA); 8. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 9. John Catania (Agawam, MA); 10. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA); 11. Andrew Charron (East Greenwich, RI); 12. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 13. Kyle Cafro (North Windham, CT); 14. Jason Sundeen (Douglas, MA); DNS – John Studley (Framingham, MA); Adam Norton (Palmer, MA)

NEMA FEATURE FINISH: 1. John Zych (Mendon, MA); 2. Seth Carlson (Brimfield, MA); 3. Jim Chambers (Atkinson, NH); 4. Avery Stoehr (Lakeville, MA); 5. Dan Cugini (Marshfield, MA); 6. Randy Cabral (Kingston, MA); 7. Bobby Santos (Franklin, MA); 8. Paul Scally (Raynham, MA); 9. Todd Bertrand (Danielson, CT); 10. Pete Pernisiglio (Lake Grove, NY); 11. Bethany Stoehr (Bridgewater, MA); 12. Jim Santa Maria (Burlington, CT); 13. Kevin Parks

LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 2. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 3. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 4. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 5. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME); 6. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 7. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 8. Scott Serydyniski (West Greenwich, RI); 9. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 10. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA)

XTRAMART LIMITED SPORTSMAN SERIES FINISH: 1. Joshua Wood (Palmer, MA); 2. Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT); 3. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 4. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 5. Phil Jacques (Dudley, MA); 6. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 7. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 8. Troy Waterman (Killingly, CT); 9. Ed Puleo (Branford, CT); 10. Tommy Shea (New London, CT); 11. Corey Fanning (Maple Valley, Rhode Island); 12. Jesse Gleason (Lisbon, CT); 13. Randy Waterman (Danielson, CT); 14. Nick Anderson (Oxford, CT); 15. Hank Stott (Medway, MA); 16. John Carpenter (North Grosvenordale, CT); 17. Ed Correia (Raynhyam, MA)

MINI STOCK FINISH:  1. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 2. Brad Caddick (Wyoming, RI); 3. Eric Bourgeois (East Haaddam, CT); 4. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 5. Ed Field (Deep River, CT); 6. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 7. Nathan Taylor (Brooklyn, CT); 8. Nick Matera Warwick, RI); 9. Mitch Bombard (Willimantic, CT); 10. Keith Ballou (Pascoag, RI); 11. Dave Trudeau, Jr. (Mansfield, CT); 12. Christopher Viens (Putnam, CT); 13. Roger Ducharme (Foster, RI); 14. Scott Bellisle (Wauregan, CT); 15. Mike Anderson (Oxford, MA) DQ Joe Baxter (Pascoag, RI)