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Parent wins shootout for Late Model crown to kick of World Series weekend at Thompson!

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is wrapping up in 2017 season this weekend with tie award winning annual three-day event, the 55th World Series of Speedway Racing. With 18 divisions and numerous champions set to be crowned over the weekend, the action began on Friday, October 13 with five feature events and the crowning of the first champion of the weekend named in Thompson’s late model division.

Coming into the event the late models featured a two-man battle as reigning track champion William Wall sought to dethrone the surprise success story of 2017, Ray Parent, from the top spot on the final day of the season. The two drivers brought different strategies to the table as their close points battled heated up. Parent, who only needed to finish twelfth to clinch the title, embraced a more conservative approach while Wall was more aggressive, virtually needing to win and get help from others in the field to finish the season on top.

The evening started off strong for Wall who won his heat and gained four points on Parent in the process. Wall continued his aggressive approach in the main event to come home third, but Ray Parent’s conservative strategy prevailed as he secured a ninth place finish and completed a Cinderella story season that he thought would never come.

“This is my first championship (of any kind) since 1996,” Parent said after the race. “It’s awesome. I’m happy for my guys – To say you’re a NASCAR champion is something you dream of when you’re a kid. I know it’s late models at Thompson, but it’s exciting and what a good group of late model drivers Thompson had this year.” Parent’s season included two victories, starting with a season-opening victory on Ice Breaker weekend, and four additional top ten finishes on route to his first late model title at Thompson. Wall’s finish was good enough to guarantee him the runner-up spot in the final points standing.

Meanwhile division regular Matt Lowinski-Loh capped off his season with a statement win in the 25-lap late model feature. It was Lowinski-Loh’s second victory of the season and one he was proud to cross off his bucket list. “It’s World Series Weekend. It’s the biggest race around hear,” Lowinski-Loh said. “I can’t thank my team enough and all the sponsors – It’s a dream come true. I always wanted to win this race. We’re going to go through the car and replace all the worn parts and hopefully come out even stronger next year and go for a championship.”

The longest event of the first night of World Series weekend was the 60-lap feature of the Granite State Pro Stock series, a new addition to the Friday night lineup of the annual event. The penultimate race of the series’ 2017 season saw quite a bit of drama as several title contenders found themselves in trouble early on after a series of on-track incidents before the halfway point of the event. Barry Gray, who came in third in points, found himself retired from the race only 15 laps in while the other three drivers at the top of the points standings, Nick Lascuola, Mike O’Sullivan, and Scott MacMichael, were involved in a lap 18 crash on the front stretch causing different degrees of damage to their respective vehicles. Lascuola was unable to continue while O’Sullivan and MacMichael continued to set themselves up as the top contenders to the championship at the season ending event in Waterford.

Meanwhile it was a familiar face out front as Derek Ramstrom held off Derek Griffith for the feature win in a dominating performance throughout the second half of the feature. Ramstrom and Griffith fought tooth and nail for the lead early on in the event with Ramstrom taking the lead for good just past the halfway point and storming his way to the win. A former track division winner at the Big-T, Ranstrom cherished his return to a victory lane he has visited so many times before.“I love this place. I miss racing hear weekly. I wish they’d bring it back. Every time we come here we’re a top three car no matter what. I have to give credit to my crew. I grew up right at the Little-T speedway and I’ve been watching people race here all my life. I love this place,” Ranstrom said after his win. “It was extremely close there in the beginning. I was just trying to be patient. I mean 60 laps here is kind of long. It doesn’t sound long, but it is at this place. I maintained a steady pace and at the right time I closed the door and never looked back.”

Closing out the night were the Lite Modifieds in a 20-lap feature that saw a competitive field of drivers each looking for one more win on the 2017 season. It was a new face, Bryan Narducci, who started up front and finished up front in dominating fashion leading every lap of the event on route to a victory. The young up-and-comer, a regular at Stafford Speedway, made his first start at the Big-T, leaving a mark with a dominant win to add to his growing resume on the local racing circuit.

“The car was pretty good during the day and I had to figure out the track. It was my first time racing here, but we finally figured it out. We were good in the heat race. We didn’t make any changes and it was real good for the feature,” Narducci said in victory lane.

The night also included looks at racings past and future. The Senior Tour Auto Racers held a pair of exhibition events over the course of the night showcasing antique and replica sportsmen and modified cars of racings past while drivers of the Extreme Racing Experience took to the track for their own exhibition event earlier in the day.

Day two for the World Series of Speedway Racing promises to be an even busier action packed day with eight different divisions set to take center stage. The Valenti Modified Racing series, the Northeastern Midget Association, the American Canadian Tour, the Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series, the New England Pro 4 Modifieds, Street Stocks and the North East Mini Stock Tour will all be featured over the course of the afternoon and evening while a track champion will be crowed in the Mini Stocks where Wayne Burroughs, Jr. looks to repeat as champions of the division at the Big-T.

LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 2. Walt Sutcliffe (East Haven, CT); 3. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 4. Glenn Boss (Danielson, CT); 5. Ernie LaRose (Moosup, CT); 6. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 7. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 8. Buddy Charette (Woodstock, CT); 9. Ray Parent (Tiverton, RI); 10. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI)

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Derek Ramstrom (Worcester, MA); 2. Derek Griffith (Hudson, NH); 3. Tommy O’Sullivan (Springfield, MA); 4. Brad Babb; 5. Michael Scorzelli (Feura Bush, NY); 6. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 7. Jake Vanada; 8. Scott MacMichael (Newbury, NH); 9. Kyle Casagrande (Stafford Springs, CT); 10. Kyle Soper

LITE MODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Bryan Narducci (Colchester, CT); 2. Brett Gonyaw (Vernon, CT); 3. Corey Dimatteo (Farmington, CT); 4. Glenn Griswold (Vernon, CT); 5. Ben Byrne; 6. Wesley Prucker (Stafford, CT); 7. Daniel Wesson (Monson, MA); 8. Chris Correll (Old Lyme, CT); 9. Andrew Les (Boston, MA); 10. Rick Williams (East Hampston, CT)

Writter: Jason Bleau

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews (Icebreaker 2017)

 

Nocella Team Championship – 50 Lap Shootout Highlights VMRS Thompson Finale

Canaan, N.H. – Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park provides the stage, and the Valenti Modified Racing Series the final curtain, as the 2017 season comes to a close at this weekend’s 55th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Oct 13,14 & 15.  The VMRS wraps up it’s 14th year of operation with a strong field of race teams entered and Woburn, Massachusetts based modified team Nocella Racing, and driver Anthony Nocella, officially becoming the series eighth different champion.

The final race will settle close finishes where series veterans and newcomers have been battling all season.  Long-time racer Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, mired in second place in the standings is now only 11-points ahead of Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, who very quietly put some strong finishes together to sneak into third and finding himself in a battle for second in the finale.

Rookie of the Year candidate, Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, is only three points behind Willis and 14-points behind Lashua. 15-year old Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, Colby Fournier, of Berkley, MA, and Matt Mead, of Richmond, NH, are also close in the standings.

The list of entries on Wednesday featured 31-cars that indicated they plan to compete at Thompson. A blend of veterans and today’s young star’s make up the raceday roster.

Former series champions, Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, and Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, will compete. Recent Fall Final winner at Stafford Motor Speedway, Eric Goodale, of Riverhead, NY will drive for owner Todd Ceravolo, Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, Keith Rocco, of Berlin, MA, and 19-time VMRS winner, Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, will wheel a car for owner Ted Anderson.

Chase Dowling, of Roxbury, CT, will drive the famed Brady 00 car, Matt Galko, of Meriden, CT, and Blake Barney, of Jackson, NJ, will also compete.

Qualifying on Friday begins at 5:00 PM.  An autograph session with VMRS competitors is scheduled at 4:00 PM on Saturday, with feature races beginning at 5:00 PM Saturday.

The VMRS is scheduled third in the running order (feature) .

 

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK 2017 SUNOCO WORLD SERIES OF SPEEDWAY RACING SCHEDULE PRESENTED BY KING CADILLAC GMC

Friday, October 13, 2017

8:00 AM 5:00 PM NWMT REGISTRATION
8:00 AM 8:00 PM GUEST REGISTRATION OPEN
8:00 AM PIT TICKET SALES BEGIN
8:30 AM EOD PRO SHOP OPEN
9:00 AM HAULERS ENTER
9:00 AM NWAAS DRIVER REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM 12:55 PM ROTATING PRACTICE
(NWAAS, LITE MOD, MRPTS, NEMST, STREET STOCK, PRO 4, STAR, ERE)
12:00 PM 3:00 PM NWAAS CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTOS (GARAGE)
1:00 PM 1:25 PM GSPSS PRACTICE
1:30 PM 1:55 PM VMRS PRACTICE
2:00 PM GRANDSTANDS & MIDDLE GATE OPEN
2:00 PM 2:25 PM GSPSS FINAL PRACTICE
2:30 PM 2:55 PM VMRS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM 3:55 PM ROTATING PRACTICE

3:40 PM NWMT HAULERS PARADE THROUGH PUTNAM
4:00 PM 4:50 PM ISMA PRACTICE
5:00 PM NWAAS LATE MODEL QUALIFYING
TO FOLLOW LITE MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACE(S) (8 LAPS) (IF NECESSARY)
TO FOLLOW GSPSS QUALIFYING RACE(S) (10 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK QUALIFYING RACES (6 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW VMRS QUALIFYING RACES (10 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW STREET STOCK QUALIFYING RACE(S) (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMST QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW GSPSS CONSOLATION RACE (IF NECESSARY) (10 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW VMRS CONSOLATION RACE (IF NECESSARY) (12 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LATE MODEL RACE (25 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ERE RACE (12 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW GSPSS RACE (60 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW STAR MODIFIED RACE (12 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW STAR SPORTSMAN RACE (12 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW LITE MODIFIED RACE (20 LAPS)

8:30 PM ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME

Saturday, October 14, 2017

6:30 AM PIT TICKETS SALES BEGIN
6:30 AM 5:30 PM NWMT REGISTRATION OPEN
6:30 AM 9:30 PM GUEST REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM HAULERS ENTER
7:00 AM 11:00 AM BREAKFAST BUFFET (RACEWAY)
7:00 AM EOD PRO SHOP OPEN
8:55 AM 10:15 AM FINAL ROTATING PRACTICE
(NEMA, NEMA LITE, NWAAS, MRPTS, PRO 4, NEMST, STREET STOCK)
9:30 AM GRANDSTANDS & MIDDLE GATE OPEN
10:20 AM 11:05 AM ISMA FINAL PRACTICE
11:15 AM 12:00 PM NWMT PRACTICE
12:05 PM 12:25 PM BREAK
12:30 PM 1:15 PM NWMT FINAL PRACTICE
1:20 PM 2:20 PM ACT FINAL PRACTICE

TO FOLLOW NEMA QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ISMA QUALIFYING RACES (12 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING (8 LAPS)
3:15 PM NWMT QUALIFYING (2 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ACT QUALIFYING RACES (10 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMA LITE QUALIFYING RACES (6 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW PRO 4 QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ISMA CONSOLATION RACE (10 LAPS) (IF NECESSARY)
TO FOLLOW ACT CONSOLATION RACE (IF NECESSARY)
4:00 PM 4:30 PM VMRS AUTOGRAPH SESSION (MIDWAY)
5:00 PM 11:00 PM DINNER BUFFET (RACEWAY)
TO FOLLOW PRE-RACE CEREMONIES
TO FOLLOW NEMA RACE (25 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ACT RACE (75 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW VMRS RACE (50 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK RACE (15 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW MRPTS RACE (35 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW PRO 4 RACE (22 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMST RACE (20 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW STREET STOCK RACE (20 LAPS)

10:00 PM ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME

Sunday, October 15, 2017

7:00 AM 11:00 AM BREAKFAST BUFFET (RACEWAY)
8:30 AM 5:00 PM GUEST REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00 AM 2:00 PM NWMT REGISTRATION OPEN
9:30 AM EOD PRO SHOP OPEN
10:00 AM PIT, GRANDSTANDS & MIDDLE GATE OPEN
TO FOLLOW RWJM CHAPEL SERVICE

12:00 PM 12:30 PM ISMA FIRE ENGINES
12:35 PM PRE-RACE CEREMONIES
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED RACE (30 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN RACE (20 LAPS)
2:15 PM 2:45 PM NWMT DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION

TO FOLLOW NEMA LITE RACE (20 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ISMA RACE (50 LAPS)
3:30 PM (APPROX) NWMT SUNOCO WORLD SERIES 150

5:15 PM ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME

Monday, October 16, 2017
2:00 PM CAMPERS MUST BE REMOVED FROM PROPERTY