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Thompson To Have Air Titan For World Series

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park announced today that it will have an Air Titan 2.0 on hand for this weekend’s Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart, which will be headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale championship event.

The famed Connecticut oval, celebrating its 75th Anniversary, has gone the extra mile to make sure that the Sunoco World Series goes off without a hitch for fans planning to attend the annual three-day event by securing the services of the cutting-edge track-drying technology.

The Air Titan 2.0 was first introduced at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway in March 2014. Operated out of the bed of a Toyota Tundra, the Air Titan 2.0 more than triples the blade capacity of the original version and delivers 2.6 times more air volume at a speed of 568 mph, while raising the air temperature by 70 degrees over ambient. With the combination of water removal and accelerated evaporation, the ultimate goal is to reduce track-drying time by 80 percent.

The Air Titan 2.0 has been utilized at NASCAR national series events since its introduction, including the Whelen Modified Tour race this year at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway, but Thompson will be the first NASCAR Home Track to have one of the units in place for a race weekend.

Hauler Parade
For the first time in many years, the Whelen Modified Tour will have a hauler parade as it sets the stage for the championship event. Thompson has organized the truck and trailer procession for Friday afternoon and fans are encouraged to come and cheer on their favorite team. The haulers will depart from K-Mart on Route 44 in Putnam, Connecticut, at 3:30 p.m., travel north on I-395 and come through the center of Thompson to arrive at the track at 3:45 p.m.

Where To Watch
The Whelen Modified Tour’s Sunoco World Series 150 will be televised by NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series features and select touring series events will be streamed live from Thompson Saturday evening at FansChoice.tv, as will Sunday afternoon’s slate prior to the Sunoco World Series 150.

More Information
The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtra Mart, will take place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 16-18. Click HERE for event and ticket information, and HERE for the Whelen Modified Tour schedule and entry list.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 10/18/15 Entry List

CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
01 Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H. Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet Kenneth Fifield Kenneth Fifield
2 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet Mike Smeriglio, III Phil Moran
3 Driver TBA Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet Jan Boehler Greg Fournier
4 Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn. Montanari Fuel Dodge Robert Garbarino Ryan Spaulding
6 Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn. TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet Ed Partridge Tom Grasso
07 Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y. Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet Jennifer Emerling Jan Leaty
8 Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y. Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet Mark Sypher Dan Laferriere
9 Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn. * S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet Cheryl Tomaino Mark Dowling
11 John Beatty, Jr., Merrick, N.Y. * Metal Tec/Meadowview Collision Chevrolet William Deakin Glenn Dixon
13 James Civali, Meriden, Conn. Cape Cod Aggregates/Seekonk GP Chevrolet Robert Katon, Jr. Bob Fill
14 Max Zachem, Preston, Conn. * Trowbridge Transport/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet Ken Zachem Shawn Ruszczyk
15 Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn. 15-40 Connection/LFR Chassis Chevrolet Rob Fuller Ryan Stone
16 Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford Eric Sanderson Sly Szaban
17 Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y. * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet John Ellwood, Jr. Rico Mariani
18 Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y. Buoy One Seafood/East End Statuary Chevrolet Robert Pollifrone Greg Gorman
22 Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn. Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet Christopher Our Brad Lafontaine
26 Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Chevrolet Sean McDonald Chad McDonald
31 Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass. * SMR Racing Chevrolet Pete Masse Josh Steeves
33 Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn. Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet Wade Cole Rick Rodenbaugh
35 Derek Ramstrom, West Boylston, Mass. * Matthew’s Truck Svc./Seekonk GP Chevrolet Wayne Darling Rick Ramstrom
36 Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y. * Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet Jarod Zeltmann Jarod Zeltmann
38 Driver TBD Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet Linda Rodenbaugh Jake Marosz
41 Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y. * Elsasser Race Engines Chevrolet Tom Soper Tom Soper
44 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Steve Lemay
46 Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. * Riverhead Building Supply/SpeedworldFX Chevrolet Russell Goodale Doug Ogiejko
51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. M3 Technology Chevrolet Ken Massa Bill Michael
56 Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y. * Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet Renee Lutz Jason Sechrist
57 Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn. M&M Stone Creations Chevrolet Mark Pane TBD
58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard
64 Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass. * Nocella Reclamation/Fast Track Chevrolet Mike Murphy Steve Dodge
75 Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet Wayne Anderson Jerry Solomito
79 Troy Talman, Oxford, Mass. * Hill Enterprises/Coors 21 Means 21 Chevrolet Susan Hill David Hill
82 Danny Watts, Jr., Riverhead, N.Y. Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet Pamla Hulse Buddy Loecher
88 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet Buzz Chew Ron Ste-Marie
89 Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass. * Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet John Swanson Ken Barry
99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet Brittany Tomaino George Ratajczak

Four Track Champions Will be Crowned at Sunoco World Series

75 Logo FINALThe Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtramart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is the biggest short track event in the northeast. As a result, winning the event is prestigious to say the least. In each of the 4 weekly divisions it is likely a win this weekend will equate to a track championship.

Xtramart Limited Sportsman

The closest battle is in the Xtramart Limited Sportsman division where two of the best in speedway history are separated by only 2 points or 1 position on the race track. Scott Sundeen is a 3-time track champion and he holds the upper hand over 57-time feature event winner Larry Barnett. If Sundeen wins the title, the two will be tied for the most championships in the division with 4 apiece.

The championship chase could come down to what happens during qualifying on Saturday with such a slim margin between the two. Points are awarded to the top-5 finishers of the heat races. 5 points go to the winner, 4 points to second, and so on through the top-5 meaning the point lead could change hands on Saturday before the green flies for the feature on Sunday afternoon.

Barnett has been absent from victory lane all season, which is a rarity in his career. Sundeen won the 2nd of 2 features on Icebreaker weekend and tallied a win in the most recent event contested. In that race, he was involved in an early incident on track that forced him to come from the back before driving to victory lane.

“I’m sure it will be fun,” said Sundeen. “It’s always a rough race and if it’s anything like last year it is going to be a war out there. I’m not worried about Larry; Whatever happens, happens.”

For Barnett it hasn’t been an easy season mechanically. For one reason or another, mostly voluntary, the engine has been out of his car 6 times and there have been 7 events to date. His season started with a borrowed engine, before he could put his power plant under the hood. Then it was problems with the valves and the camshaft that resulted in starting the process all over again. This weekend Barnett comes in with an entirely new drivetrain that has been untested.

When asked about racing Sundeen for the title, Barnett said “He’s rougher than what some people think and way cleaner than what other people think. He’s not going to give you an inch. We can race pretty cleanly near each other and not give up any extra space.”

Sunoco Modifieds

Woody Pitkat, Keith Rocco, and Ryan Preece are household names not only in modified country, but nationwide for their success at the Connecticut short tracks. It’s no surprise that the Sunoco Modified championship comes down to three of them.

Pitkat has a 14-point advantage over Rocco and 18 tallies over defending champ Preece. Preece has a division high 4 wins this season yet Rocco has momentum on his side coming off two straight victories in the previous two events. Pitkat is still winless so far.

At the end of the 2014 season, Pitkat was left without a ride when his car owner decided not to field an entry at the track. In January, Stan Mertz announced he would turn the reigns of his fledgling Sunoco Modified team over to Pitkat. The move marked a significant step for the racing operation after spending several years in the Pro-4 Modified ranks before dabbling in the more powerful Sunoco Modifieds with Mertz and Max Zachem behind the wheel.  Although the two have yet to visit victory lane at the Big T, the pair have collected 4 runner-up finishes and have had luck on their side.

Mertz’s team is a small team that doesn’t garner the attention as other teams do. They don’t use the same engine builder as most teams, instead they really on power from Norm Perry. Perry works tirelessly on the cars and is a key component to the team’s success.

As for Mertz, he’s been a fan of Pitkat for years. “When I brought Woody on board I knew we would be right in the hunt,” said Mertz. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined my team would be in position to win the championship heading into the World Series.”

Moving up to the Sunoco Modified division has been an eye opener for Mertz, but the little team that could might just be the Cinderella story of 2015.

Pitkat will be chasing 3 modified titles this weekend all in prestigious divisions. Headlined by his quest to become a first time Whelen Modified Tour Champion, he also holds the point lead in the Valenti Modified Racing Series standings.

Each of the title contenders is in the midst of more than one title bout this weekend. Preece is tied for the lead in the Whelen Modified title chase as Rocco is in the running to capture the Late Model title.

Late Model

Rocco trails Brian Tagg by only 7 points with one race remaining. Tagg is no stranger to Thompson after running five seasons in the Thompson Modified division, but this is his rookie season in a late model. Although Rocco has 4 Sunoco Modified crowns at Thompson, this will be his first Late Model championship should he come out on top.

“Rocco has the advantage for being there before, but circumstances dictate everything,” said Tagg. “My attitude is the same. Just get out there and keep going. Keep your head down and focus on us.”

Tagg’s first and only Late Model win came in the second segment of the Dunkin’ Donuts Late Model 20/20 Sprint. Rocco has not gone to victory lane in 2015, but his twin brother Jeff has won 4 of the last 5 events.

“I’ve been there before and I know where I need to be,” said Rocco. “I don’t have to worry about cracking under pressure. In both divisions we are in the same position so I need to go out win the heat race and win the feature and hope the other guys have trouble.”

With full late model fields each week, Jeff Rocco and Rick Gentes both still have an outside chance at the title sitting 29 markers out of the lead. William Wall is 5th trailing by 36 points.

Mini Stock

The mini stock title hunt has come down to a two horse race with Dave Trudeau up 30 points over Scott Michalski. Trudeau is peaking at the right time by capturing victories in the last two events. Michalski on the other hand won 3 of the first 4 races this season including a sweep of two feature events on Icebreaker weekend.

Trudeau brought a brand new car to the track at the start last season, but he elected to park it this year to run “old faithful,” his older but more trusted ride in 2015. That decision along with a move to put Engines by Andy motors under the hood has created the perfect combination.

“I’m trying not to think about it,” said Trudeau. “Everyone has been telling me to keep focused and concentrate. I’m not very patient; I’m aggressive, but if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be.”

Should Trudeau win the championship, it will be the first of his career.

Three days of racing action begins for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtramart on Friday, Oct. 16th and concludes on Sunday, Oct 18th. For more information including the event schedule visitwww.thompsonspeedway.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@thompsonspdwy) and Youtube for the latest news and updates.