Garrett Hall wins PASS Super Late Model race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

(Joseph Fernandes photo)

First-ever touring series victory for young racer from Scarborough, Maine

Thompson, Connecticut — Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Maine nailed down his first-ever Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model victory in the 75-lap season opener for the PASS North Tour, also offering National Championship points, Sunday afternoon at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Hall, driving his Quinn’s Insulation car, numbered 94, outgunned early race leader Trevor Sanborn of East Parsonsfield, Maine midway through the race to claim the top spot after an extended, spirited battle.  He then held off a determined challenge from Hudson, New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith, aboard the LCM Racing 12, to post the win.

Hall, a 21-year-old competitor who prior to this season spent almost his entire racing career on relatively-flat, third-mile ovals in his home state, credited a February trip to Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway with helping himself and the team to dial the car in on New England’s biggest and fastest oval short track.

“We would have never been able to do this without that trip to New Smyrna, even though we didn’t run well there,” Hall said in victory lane after thanking his crew, family and sponsors.

Griffith made things interesting in the late stages of the race for a while, dueling with both the eventual winner, as well as third-place finisher Dave Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, Connecticut in the Garbo Lobster-sponsored 8.

Early race leader Sanborn dominated the first half of the event aboard the Cushman Competition Ford, crossing the finish line in fourth position.  Multi-time PASS North Super Late Model champion Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine rounded out the top five.  Rowe unofficially took over the PASS Super Late Model National Championship points lead on the strength of that finish.

Mike Hopkins of Hermon, Maine kept things tight at the top of the rankings, finishing sixth at Thompson after entering the race tied for second spot with Rowe in the National rankings.  Larry Gelinas of Buxton, Maine battled for the early race lead, and ended up in seventh position under the checkered flag.

Berwick, Maine’s Joey Doiron battled to an eighth-place finish in a car borrowed from Dale Shaw Race cars, with 2015 Oxford 250 winner Glen Luce of Turner, Maine and Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts rounding out the top ten.  Ramstrom had entered the race as the PASS National Championship Series points leader.

Saturday afternoon heat race victories were posted by Sanborn, Gelinas and Hall.

The Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Models are in action this Sunday, April 17, at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine in a doubleheader racing program also featuring the ACT Late Model Tour, presented by Speedway Homes, Dave’s Smaal Engines and Husqvarna.  Post time is 2:00 p.m.  For more information visit proallstarsseries.com, oxfordplains.com or call (207) 539-8865.

Results from the Icebreaker 75 Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model National Championship and North Series race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Sunday, April 10, 2016 (showing finishing position, car number driver’s name, driver’s hometown):

1 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough ME; 2 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson NH; 3 8 David Garbo, Jr. Stonington CT; 4 4 29 Trevor Sanborn, East Parsonsfield ME; 5 4 Ben Rowe, Turner ME; 6 15 Mike Hopkins, Hermon ME; 7 37 Larry Gelinas, Buxton ME; 8 68 Joey Doiron, Berwick ME; 9 7 Glen Luce, Turner ME; 10 35 Derek Ramstrom, West Boylston MA; 11 80 Donald TheetgeBoischatel QC; 12 8 Angelo Belsito, Auburn MA; 13 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway NH; 14 09 Jeremy Davis, Tamworth NH; 15 15 George Bessette, Oxford MA; 16 1 Cory Casagrande, Stafford Springs CT; 17 82 John-Michael Shenette, Thompson CT; 18 16 Travis Stearns, Auburn ME; 19 59 Reid Lanpher, Manchester ME; 20 54 Johnny Clark, Farmingdale ME; 21 00 Bryan Kruczek, Newmarket NH; 22 46 Jake Vanada, Berkley MA; 23 2 Matt Matheson, French Lake NB; 24 42 Eric St.Gelais, Saint-Aime-des-Lacs, QC; 25 24 Mike Rowe, Turner ME; DNS 7 Travis Benjamin, Morrill ME.

Timmy Solomito Brings the Icebreaker 150 Trophy To Long Island For His First WMT Win.

 

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At the beginning of the Icebreaker 150 it looked like Ryan Preece would return home to Connecticut as a big winner. Ryan dominated the first half of the race only losing the lead on a pit stop after the first caution of the race. On this day it was another driver that would garner the spotlight with a dominance of the late race, Long Islander Timmy Solomito.

At the drop of the green Xfinity regular Ryan Preece jumped to the lead over 2015 series champion Doug Coby. Quickly he rest of the 27 car field dropped in behind Ryan into a single car formation. Doug Coby was followed by Donny Lia who settled into 3rd then Chase Dowling and Ron Silk.

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Ryan Preece in the #6 TS Haulers Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet (Joseph Fernandes Photo)

Cars doing well early, Ryan Peece who was strong from the drop of the green,  Doug Coby following in second and Jimmy Blewett who looked good in his first race in the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile. Cars struggling early Jeff Goodale, Brendon Bock, Craig Lutz  Troy Talman, Andrew Krause, and Melissa Fifield all who went a lap down before lap 40.

Surprisingly  Bobby Santos III who did not did not qualify well also found no speed in the car early and rode around in or around  17th place eventually going a lap down.

As the race passed lap 50 Ryan Preece continued to dominate hold onto a 1/2 straightaway lead over  Doug Coby who was the  same distance over Donny Lia and Ron Silk. Ryan continued to lap the track and cars at a furious pace. At lap 67 only 14 cars remained on the lead lap with Max Zachem the last lead lap car and Ryan was closing on him fast.

Half way the Ryan Preece express continued to roll, the only question now is when teams would attempt to pit? Would they wait for a cation or try to pit under the green?

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Justin Bonsignore in the #51 M3 Technologies Chevrolet Joseph Fernandes photo)

On lap 78 when Max Zachem went a lap down, 13 cars are now on the lead lap.

Lap 80 the race has its first caution when the #46 #4 and #07 came together between turn 3 and 4. Max Zachem was the lucky dog for being the 1st car one lap down.

With quick pit work Justin Bonsignore’s team got him out ahead of the  of Ryan Preece, Timmy Solomito had a good pit stop and came out 4th. On this restart it would be the #51,#6,#2, #16 and #8. Justin picked the outside lane for the restart.

The race would go green again lap 92 with Justin Bonsignore of taking the lead. at this point only 1 car was behind the wall was Melissa Fifield.

Lap 94 the  Timmy Solomito took the  lead for the first time followed by  Justin Bonsignore.

The second caution would fly 1 lap later when the Jimmy Blewett spun, this gave a lucky dog to the of Bobby Santos.

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Timmy Solomito in the #16 Diversified Metals NASCAR WMT modified being pushed to victory lane after running out of gas. (Michael Jaworecki photo)

Timmy Solomito continued to lead with heavy pressure from Ryan Preece until lap 110 when Ryan reclaimed the top spot followed by Bonsignore, Coby and Donny Lia.

Lap 117 Solomito back to the lead with a power move in turn 4 and immediately started to pull away.  Behind them a furious battle between Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Doug Coby was letting the Timmy Solomito pull away. Ryan would close up a bit in 3 and 4 but Timmy would pull way off of turn 2 and down the back stretch. Lap traffic looked like it may bunch up the top 2 cars but Timmy caught them at the right time and continued to extend his lead never looking back to win his first NASCAR Whelen modified tour event.

Up next for the NASCAR WMT, the Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway April 23rd and 24th.

 

 

Icebreaker 150 Final Results

Finish Start Car#                 Driver                                      Team                                     Laps Points Bonus Points

1 13 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford 150 47 4 Running
2 2 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet 150 44 2 Running
3 10 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 150 42 1 Running
4 1 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Const. Chevrolet 150 40 Running
5 5 82 Ron Silk Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet 150 39 Running
6 3 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet 150 38 Running
7 6 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet 150 37 Running
8 9 4 Jimmy Blewett Starrett Dodge 150 36 Running
9 8 3 Rowan Pennink Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet 150 35 Running
10 7 85 Woody Pitkat Stuart’s Automotive/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet 150 34 Running
11 4 9 Chase Dowling S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet 150 33 Running
12 16 20 Max Zachem Lu-Mac’s Package Store/VWS Chevrolet 150 32 Running
13 19 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet 150 31 Running
14 15 7 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet 149 30 Running
15 18 89 Matt Swanson * Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet 149 29 Running
16 11 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Alex Anderson Inc. Chevrolet 149 28 Running
17 24 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 149 27 Running
18 17 64 Rob Summers HTE/Fast Track Elect/Complete Const. Chevrolet 148 26 Running
19 14 36 Dave Sapienza Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet 148 25 Running
20 12 29 Brendon Bock Pro System Brakes/L.I. Performance Chevrolet 147 24 Running
21 23 24 Andrew Krause * Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 147 23 Running
22 26 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet 144 22 Running
23 22 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 144 21 Running
24 20 46 Jeff Goodale Riverhaed Bldg Supply Chevrolet 141 20 Running
25 25 38 Troy Talman NAPA Auto Parts of Ayer/DCU Chevrolet 140 19 Handling
26 21 56 Craig Lutz * Lutz Motorsports/Moroso Chevrolet 125 18 Electrical
27 27 1 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet 50 17 Handling

 

 

Doug Coby Starts his Title Defense by Taking the Pole At Thompson

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The weather was cold but Doug Coby started the season hot by taking the pole for Sundays Icebreaker 150. He had to wait a while to get his turn to qualify but when he did Doug made it count.

Doug driving the Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Construction #2 went out next to last and knocked Xfinity regular and former WMT champion #6 Ryan Preece off the pole to set up a front row of Doug Coby and Ryan Preece.

In his post race press conference Doug said that he felt it was an advantage going late and the results showed. When asked about the record of 6 wins in a row he spoke about how he doesn’t look what happened before only this race. But with that said he hopes to get out of Thompson with a win on Sunday and he is just happy to win races. With a win on Saturday Doug would be the first tour driver to win 5 races in a row at Thompson.

Some good qualifying runs today for several cars who cracked hte top 10. #8 Donny Lia qualified 3rd, #82 Ron Silk back on the tour full time took the 5th spot, #58 Eric Goodale a strong 6th place, Woody Pitkat in the #85  a new team on the tour in 2016 was 7th. Two teams that have been around the Whelen modified tour a long the #3 of Rowan Pennink and the #4 of Jimmy Blewett qualified 8th and 9th.

The Icebreaker 150 goes green at an estimated 3:30 on Sunday.

1 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Const. 18.641 120.702
2 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/Riverhead Raceway 18.666 120.540
3 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl 18.742 120.051
4 9 Chase Dowling S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair 18.806 119.643
5 82 Ron Silk Horton Avenue Materials 18.808 119.630
6 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights 18.809 119.624
7 85 Woody Pitkat Stuart’s Autmotive/Dunleavy’s Repair 18.817 119.573
8 3 Rowan Pennink Cape Cod Copper/B-R Overhead Door 18.837 119.446
9 4 Jimmy Blewett Starrett 18.857 119.319
10 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology 18.872 119.224
11 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. 18.876 119.199
12 29 Brendon Bock Pro System Brakes/L.I. Performance 18.895 119.079
13 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises 18.900 119.048
14 36 David Sapienza Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country 18.902 119.035
15 07 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction 18.944 118.771
16 20 Max Zachem LuMacs Package Store/VWS 18.952 118.721
17 64 Rob Summers HTE/Fast Track Elect/Complete Const. 18.992 118.471
18 89 Matt Swanson* Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing 19.018 118.309
19 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records 19.022 118.284
20 46 Jeff Goodale Riverhead Building Supply 19.030 118.234
21 56 Craig Lutz* Lutz Motorsports/Moroso 19.272 116.750
22 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil 19.289 116.647
23 24 Andrew Krause* Supreme Manufacturiing 19.374 116.135
24 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler 19.441 115.735
25 38 Troy Talman NAPA Auto Parts of Ayer/DCU 19.530 115.207
26 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscaping Supply/TRC Electric 19.675 114.358
27 01 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil 20.794 108.204

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