Category Archives: Weekly Paved Track Racing

Noah Korner Carries Four Race Win Streak into Thompson Summer Road Race Series

STONINGTON, CT – Noah Korner came into the 2016 Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series’ season hoping to eventually challenge 2015 World Champion Shaun Buffington for race wins.   At the conclusion of the first race, he not only contended, but was in victory lane. Since then, Korner went on to win three additional races.  Now, the current track record holder heads into round three of the MSD Legends Series looking to keep his win streak alive in the Summer Series opener this Sunday, June 5, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Jordan O’Brien, who will enter Sunday’s race with a new engine, currently sits second in the point standings, trailing Korner by 25 markers. O’Brien began the season with a pole and two second place finishes at the Icebreaker, Road Race Style. During the Open Wheel Weekend, he registered a third and fourth place finish, respectively.

Shaun Buffington is also expected to enter the race.  The Pro Class driver is third in the hunt for the inaugural MSD Legends Series title, 18 tallies behind O’Brien. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster for Buffington so far as he has fought an ill-handling race car and overcame an engine failure on opening weekend to register two podium finishes on Open Wheel Weekend. Buffington won the inaugural Legend event on Thompson’s newly renovated 1/7-mile road course in 2015.

For more information about this weekend’s event, please visit the event page on www.thompsonspeedway.com.  You also can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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Oswego Speedway’s Spring Championship to ‘6-Pack the Back’ on June 11

OSWEGO, NY (June 2, 2016) – After a week off from competition, Oswego Speedway will be back at it on Saturday, June 11 for the Spring Championship presented by C’s Beverage Center and Century 21 Galloway Realty featuring the first ever ‘6-Pack the Back’ promotion.
For the first time in several years, Oswego Speedway will allow six pack size coolers to be brought into the Speedway’s rear grandstand only on June 11.  Food and beverage will be permitted inside coolers, including beer.
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One cooler per individual allowed, with no glass containers.

Anyone who leaves the confines of the Speedway’s rear grandstand will not be allowed re-entry with a cooler.
All seating in the rear grandstand will be general admission seating on June 11, set at $20.  There will be concession stands open in the rear grandstand also.
Fans with 2016 season passes will be able to use those passes for the rear grandstand.
Anyone purchasing a Price Chopper Ticket to Go for June 11 that wishes to sit in the rear grandstand will have to pay $5 to enter.
Coolers and outside food & beverage will not be permitted in the front grandstand.  General admission seating in the front grandstand will be set at $15.

After three weeks of competition in Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified division there have been three different winners.
Michael Barnes, Kody Graham, and Dave Danzer have all raced to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane this season, but after three full weeks they all still chase seven time champion Otto Sitterly.
With three top five finishes to start the season Sitterly holds a nine point edge on the Syrell Racing No. 68 of Barnes, as the schedule moves toward the month of June.

The only other driver besides Sitterly to have finished in the top five in each event this season is the TK2 Motorsports No. 5 of Tim Devendorf, who has jumped to the best start of his career.  Devendorf rides third in the standings just five points out of the runner-up position and 14-points behind championship leader, Sitterly.
Brandon Bellinger and Dave Gruel currently round out the top five in the championship with Michael Muldoon, Danzer, Graham, Jeff Abold, and Aric Iosue the top ten.
The Pathfinder Bank SBS side of the standings is extremely tight with the first seven competitors all within 21-points of each other.
After scoring the opening night win of the season Mike Bond still holds the lead with Dave Cliff trailing by only one point.  Kreig Heroth sits third just four points behind with Anthony Losurdo in fourth only five markers back.
Mike Bruce rounds out the top five with Camden Proud, Jack Patrick, Dalton Doyle, Barry Kingsley, and Scott Shafer the top ten runners.
Pit gates will open on Saturday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 4:30 p.m. with the start of hot laps.

The night’s first heat race will go green at 6:30 p.m.
Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016, including the rear grandstand this weekend, with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.
For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

2016 ‘6-Pack the Back’ Night Regulations:

– Six pack size coolers permitted in the rear grandstand ONLY
– Food & beverage permitted inside coolers, including beer
– No glass containers allowed
– One cooler per individual allowed
– Minors not permitted to carry in a cooler containing beer
– No re-entry with a cooler
– $20 general admission to sit in rear grandstand
– 2016 season passes can be used for rear grandstand seating
– Price Chopper Tickets to Go participants must pay $5 to sit in rear grandstand
– Any six pack size cooler permitted.  Does not have to be an Oswego Speedway cooler

Wall Continues Strong Start to 2016 with Late Model 20/20 Victory

 Photo : Clarus Studios

(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Parked celebrated a night dedicated to veterans and members of the U.S. Military on Wednesday, June 1st with the track’s Whelen Military Night featuring the 3rd Annual Late Model 20/20 Sprint. Going into the night four drivers were seeking the hat trick as they sought to win the first three races of the season at Thompson in their respective series. A few found success, while others surrendered their undefeated record as new faces found their way to victory lane.

The highlight event of the night was the Late Model 20/20 race, a three-segment race featuring two twenty-lap features, set by inverted points standing and inverted results from segment one respectively, and a final ten-lap segment. The first two races payed out championship points and track wins and the final race payed out a $1,000 prize and a guaranteed starting position in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) event later this season at the World Series.

Larry Gelinas was able to play spoiler to William Wall’s push for a third consecutive points win in the series after winning segment one, but Wall held on to finish second before the field was reset, which forced the two drivers to work their way back to the front in segment two to try and defend their strong starts in the feature. For the second segment both drivers would make their way through traffic to race for the lead, but it was Wall who came out on top for his third win in four races while Gelinas suffered a mechanical error sending him hard into the turn one wall. Gelinas walked away from the incident while Wall celebrated in victory lane before segment three.

“I got a real great start. Luckily I was able to wiggle my way through and I was able to get in front of some of these other guys. I was just really lucky off the start is all I can say. Everything fell right where I wanted it to,” said Wall. “All the late race restarts gave me a run for my money. I can’t thank this team enough.”

Wall’s quest to take the overall win and claim the $1,000 prize and guaranteed entry in the ACT event was not an easy one as he battled from green flag to checkered flag with Rick Gentes to take the victory in the final ten-lap sprint to the finish. Gentes stayed on Wall’s quarter panel the entire final segment and nearly spun out trying to finally complete the pass out of turn four on the final lap. In the end Gentes had to settle for second place while Wall found himself in victory lane celebrating another successful night at Thompson Speedway

“That was probably the hardest ten laps I’ve ever had to drive in a Late Model,” an exhausted William Wall said after the race. “(Gentes) is one of the best. He’s been around Late Models for so long so racing against him, that’s it right there. That’s the guy you have to beat. Going side by side with him and rubbing paint was fun.”

Wall said he has been pleasantly surprised by his strong start to his sophomore season in the Late Model series and added that he is looking forward to taking part in the ACT series event during the World Series in the fall.

The Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman Series started off the night and saw a first time winner roll into victory lane as Phil Jacques led every lap on route to not only his first Thompson victory, but his first ever completed event on the track after several past attempts ended in less-than-stellar outings. Jacques faced a hard fought battle from Ryan Waterman on his way to the checkered flag, but said he had a great car and a lot of confidence in his team to help him get to the end in front. “I knew if I hit my marks (Waterman) wouldn’t get to me. I’ve got more motor than him. He handles a little better than me and he was getting into the corner better. I knew if I hit my marks I’d be good,” Jacques said in Victory Lane. “It’s the first time I’ve finished a race (at Thompson). I had a heck of a time. We’ve been battling one thing after another, broken parts, rookie mistakes on my part, but we finally got the monkey off our back.”

Josh Wood, who won the first two races of the season at Thompson, was unable to make it three in a row but did manage to work his way up to third before the end of the night after starting outside the top ten, continuing a strong start to his season.

The Mini Stock feature saw the champion in victory lane once again with Dave Trudeau taking the checkered flag for the third consecutive race, becoming one of two drivers to complete the hat trick and remain undefeated after three races of the season at the Big-T. Trudeau was humbled in victory lane to be able to celebrate such a great start to his season as he works towards defending his 2015 title. “It’s great. It’s like a dream and I haven’t woken up. It’s fantasyland. I never start the season this good. I’m usually top five so this is my record,” Trudeau said. “We’re going to try (for four wins in a row) and see what happens.”

The final race of the season saw another driver accomplish the hat trick as Keith Rocco defended his unbeaten streak in 2016 with a strong performance and dominant win during the 30-lap Sunoco Modified Series event. Rocco had to fight off a strong run by series regular Ryan Preece, but in the end Rocco would not be denied another victory. “I’m finding what it’s like to have fun again I guess. We didn’t cut any corners when we put this car together,” Rocco said after his win. “We’ve got all the pieces of the puzzle in line right now and everything’s going smooth.”

Thompson Speedway returns to action on June 15th as the venue welcomes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the Thompson Modified 125. The night will also feature the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks and the return of the NEMA Lites in addition to the second of four Whelen Modified Tour events at the track in 2016.

XTRA MART LIMITED SPORTSMAN FINISH: 1. Phil Jacques (Dudley, MA); 2. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 3. Joshua Wood (Palmer, MA); 4. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 5.Tommy Shea (New London, CT); 6. Frank L’Etoile, Jr. (Wethersfield, CT); 7. Ed Puleo (Branford, CT); 8. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 9. Al Stone (Durham, CT); 10. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 11. Dennis Blais (Norwich, CT); 12. Troy Waterman (Killingly ,CT); 13. James Bendiak Hopkinton, MA); 14. Hank Stott (Medway, MA); 15. John Carpenter North Grosvenordale, CT); 16. Ed Correia, Jr. (Raynhyam, MA); 17. Dan Coutu (Canterbury, CT); 18. Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT)

LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 1 FINISH: 1. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME); 2. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 3. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 4. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 5. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 6. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 7. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 8. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 9. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 10. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 11. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 12. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 13. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 14. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 15. Ernie LaRose (Moosup, CT)

LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 2 FINISH: 1. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 2. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 3. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA);  4. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 5. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 6. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 7. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 8. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 9. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 10. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME) 11. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 12. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 13. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 14. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA)

LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 3 FINISH: 1. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 2. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 3. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 4. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 5. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 6. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 7. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 8. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 9. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 10. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA)

MINI STOCK FINISH: 1. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 2. Eric Bourgeois (East Haaddam, CT); 3. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 4. Brad Caddick (Wyoming, RI); 5. Scott Michalski South Killing,y CT); 6. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 7. Doug Curry Groton, CT); 8. William Schoeler Warwick, RI); 9. Nick Matera Warwick, RI); 10. Roger Ducharme (Foster, RI); 11. Ed Field (Deep River, CT); 12. Jordan Hadley Quaker, Hill, CT); 13. Christopher Viens (Putnam, CT); 14. Keith Ballou Pascoag, RI); 15. Nick Anderson (Oxford, MA)

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