Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Honors Champions at Mohegan Sun

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park celebrated the 2015 oval track season this weekend at Mohegan Sun at its annual award ceremony honoring four division champions in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Woody Pitkat celebrated his 2nd Sunoco Modified title, while Scott Sundeen was honored as a 4-time Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman champion. Late Model driver Brian Tagg and Mini Stock competitor Dave Trudeau each took home their first career championship.

For Pitkat, it was his first season driving for car owner Stan Mertz in the Sunoco Modified division and the combination found immediate success. The duo placed in the top-10 in every race this season including five 2nd place finishes. Pitkat won the Modified title in 2006 in his first full-time season in the division to compliment his 2002 Late Model crown. It is the first championship for Mertz as a car owner at Thompson Speedway.

Late Model driver Brian Tagg saw his childhood dreams come true when he accepted the championship trophy before a large group of supporters. Tagg grew up attending races at Thompson Speedway with his dad, a former Sunoco Modified champion, who won the championship in the Speedway’s 50th anniversary season. This year’s Late Model triumph came in as the 75th season was celebrated. 2015 was Tagg’s rookie season in the division.

Scott Sundeen defended his 2014 championship from one year ago to earn his 4th title in his 14th season competing in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division. Each of his championships were won while driving the same race car, which was proudly on display Saturday night at Mohegan Sun. With the banquet complete, that chassis will be retired as a champion after winning two races in 2015.

Sundeen will be back next season to attempt his 3rd straight championship.

Dave Trudeau has been a long time competitor at Thompson Speedway, but 2015 was his first taste of the champion’s champagne after earning the Mini Stock title. Trudeau was a factor all season by finishing 2nd in 3 of the first 4 races. His two victories came in the month of August only to pad his point lead heading into the Sunoco World Series where he captured the crown.

Special awards were presented to the Rookie of the Year including Sunoco Modified driver, Ryan Morgan who finished 5th in the final standings on the strength of 4 top-5 finishes in 2015.  William Wall led laps and registered two podium finishes to earn Late Model Rookie of the Year honors. Xtra Mart Limited sportsman driver Josh Wood was the Rookie of the Year in his division with 4 Top-5 finishes and 5 Top-10s. Robert ‘Bob’ Ducharme earned the honor in the Mini Stock Division by earning 2 Top-10 finishes. Each rookie driver was measured by his performance both on and off the racetrack.

In 2015, Thompson Speedway introduced the new Triple Crown Series in the Mini Stock and Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman Division. The Series became a race within a race as points counted for both the track championship and the Triple Crown. In the Mini Stocks, the Triple Crown races were held on June 10th, July 29th, and August 26th and Eric Bourgeois was honored as the first Triple Crown winner. Xtra Mart Limited sportsman driver Corey Hutchings won two of the three Triple Crown races that were held on June 10th, July 8th, and August 12th to earn the award in his division.

The John Hoenig Memorial Award, which recognizes one individual for their hard work and dedication to the Speedway, was presented to Olivia Bouchard.

Bouchard was born into racing and grew up around racetracks along the east coast. She has spent countless hours working tirelessly at Thompson Speedway in many different capacities. She has been responsible for speedway marketing, NASCAR licensing, the redesign of speedway awards, coordination of autograph sessions and many behind the scenes tasks. She has shown unmatched devotion to Thompson Speedway and its competitors. Bouchard was presented with the prestigious award that is given in her great-grandfathers name as part of Thompson Speedway’s Awards Celebration.

As a final conclusion to the Awards Banquet, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park management announced that 2016’s schedule would expand to include ten NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races. The complete schedule will be released at 7PM E.T. on December 8th, through a live broadcast with Victory Lane Radio. Tune in at

Danny Johnson Closes 2015 Dirt-Track Season With Accord Speedway December ‘Gobbler’ Victory

ACCORD, NY – On an historic day for New York state dirt-track racing, Danny Johnson brought down the curtain on the 2015 outdoor season at Accord Speedway.

For the first time in 27 years, a Northeast dirt-track event was held in December as the Ulster County facility hosted the rain-postponed ‘Gobbler’ special. Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., guided Chris Gennarelli’s No. 27J to victory in a down-to-the-wire 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified feature before a packed grandstand on an unseasonably warm Saturday.

Johnson earned $5,695 for his efforts at the co-promotion involving speedway promoters Gary and Donna Palmer and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC.

“I always look forward to racing here at Accord,” said a smiling Johnson afterward. “If it was closer, I’d be here more often. Thanks to the promoters for giving us a chance to race for this kind of money so late in the year. It feels good going into the winter.

“I can never remember racing this late in New York.”

Johnson was a heat-race winner earlier in the afternoon and started from second in the main via a redraw of top qualifiers. At the start, he outgunned first-time Accord participant Tyler Siri to assume the lead.

The first 11 laps of the main spun off caution-free with Johnson approaching lapped traffic as the yellow lights flickered on.

On the ensuing restart, Siri – a regular on the New York circuit at Black Rock and Five Mile Point speedways – swept past Johnson to put his No. 5* into the top spot.

Following the race’s second caution on the 20th lap, a heated green-flag stretch of 23 laps ensued with Siri leading Johnson and an impressive Billy Van Inwegen, at the controls of Dieter Schmidt’s familiar yellow Lincoln Auto Body No. 5. With the leaders catching the back of the field and time winding down, the lead trio at times spread out three wide with Siri running the outside, Johnson the middle and Van Inwegen the extreme inside.

On lap 43, the race’s complexion changed dramatically. A scramble on the backstretch resulted in Siri spinning at the entrance of turn three.

Johnson then reclaimed the lead over Van Inwegen. A tangle on the restart drew an immediate yellow. When starter Jeff Merkel unfurled the green, Van Inwegen edged ahead of Johnson entering turn one. Johnson, however, surged back ahead in turn two.

Johnson fended off Van Inwegen over the final seven laps to take the checkered and draw a buzz from the large crowd.

Van Inwegen, of Sparrowbush, N.Y., finished an impressive second, turning around his streak of late-season bad luck since joining forces with iconic north Jersey owner Schmidt.

In his final ride for car owner Dave Zubikowski, Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., earned a podium finish. Strunk methodically worked the inside lane from his eighth starting position to finish third.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., secured fourth position on the final lap with an outside pass of Tyler Dippel. Bachetti had started sixth, dropped back early and rallied in the final laps. Wallkill, N.Y., teen Dippel completed the front five.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Jerry Higbie Jr. of Newburgh, N.Y.; a steady Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., who started ninth; 14th-starter Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y.; original ‘Gobbler’ winner Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y.; and 24th-starter Chris Shultz of Pawling, N.Y., who earned the $300 Hard Charger Award sponsored by Economy Movers.

Heat winners, receiving $50 each from Craig Decker Forest Products, were Van Inwegen, Johnson, Bachetti and Perrego. Dan Humes (Canaan, Conn.) and Chuck McKee (Middletown, N.Y.) split the consolations.

Capital District star Tim Hartman Jr. of Niskayuna, N.Y., invaded and drove to victory in the 25-lap Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman main. Hartman earned $1,650 for his efforts: $1,500 from the posted purse and $150 from United Pump & Tank as the first Crate 602 engine across the line.

Hartman felt heavy pressure negotiating traffic in the final laps from Tyler Johnston, who finished a half car-length back in second. Third-generation driver Allison Ricci drove a consistent race to finish third, with 12-year-old rookie Leo Fotopoulos fourth and Randy Green, another third-generation driver, completing the front five.

A 10th-place starting position couldn’t keep Ray Tarantino of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., from earning a $1,000 payday in the Ron Wright Memorial 20-lap Street Stock/Pure Stock headliner. Tarantino, whose car was damaged in a heat-race incident, emerged unscathed in Victory Lane following a rough-and-tumble feature. Kyle Welsh, Jim Maher, Chris Kanuk and Bruce Gordon completed the front five.

Young Matt Shultz of Pawling, N.Y., son of Modified driver Chris Shultz, won the 20-lap Slingshot main event worth $425. Shultz, running the outside lane, maintained his momentum – and the lead – to best Alan Kober at the checkered. Kober was the runner-up, followed by Alan Selemba, Hunter Lapp and Dale Kober. Chris Kurtz had crossed the checkered first but was disqualified for losing a muffler during the event per Speedway Entertainment rules.

Saturday’s event closed out the 2015 season for BD Motorsports Media LLC. The ’16 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region opener takes place Saturday, March 12 at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del. Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., opens the North Region on Saturday, April 2.

For updated information, visit the BD Motorsports Media LLC website at, follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or visit the Short Track Super Series page on Facebook. Contact Brett Deyo by phone by 845.728.2781 during business hours.

Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at

‘GOBBLER’ LEFTOVERS: A sun-splashed pit area was filled with 112 race cars on Saturday: 35 Modifieds, 31 Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman, 24 Slingshots and 22 Street Stocks. A large crowd took in the historic event….

Despite daytime racing, Accord Speedway’s Gary Palmer provided a smooth and racy surface with no track work required following the start of racing….

A festive atmosphere included a Christmas tree, speedway employee Tim Adams dressed as Santa Claus, holiday music on the PA system, “Santa’s Little Helpers” in the pace truck and more. Ashley Cootware performed live renditions of the Canadian and USA national anthems….

Misfortune sidelined three Modified contenders before the feature: Mike Mahaney with a stuck valve in the engine of Jim Shear’s No. 77X, Brian Malcolm with a broken balancer on the engine of his No. 119 and L.J. Lombardo with a distributor failure….

A number of contributing sponsors boosted winner’s shares including Upstate Auto (Modified and Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman), Oakland Valley (N.Y.) Dirt Track (Slingshot) and Affordable Home Improvement, “Pop” Wright, Bulldog Concrete and Schmidt’s Wholesale (Street Stock/Pure Stock)….


Modified Feature Finish (50 Laps): DANNY JOHNSON ($5,695), Billy Van Inwegen, Jeff Strunk, Andy Bachetti, Tyler Dippel, Jerry Higbie Jr., Mike Ricci, Danny Tyler, Anthony Perrego, Chris Shultz, Jeff Heotzler, Jimmy Wells, Robbie Green, Bob McGannon, Dan Humes, Kurt Hundeland, Dom Roselli, Chuck McKee, Tyler Siri, Rich Eurich, Danny Creeden, Corey Lowitt, Jeremy Markle, Scott Ferrier, Dave Hinsch.

Did Not Qualify: John Ferrier, Mike Mahaney, Brian Malcolm, Ryan Darcy, Bob Hentschel, Mark Pullen, Chris Ostrowsky, Brad Rothaupt, L.J. Lombardo, Eric Engstrom.

‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money ($1,250 Cash, $150 VP Certificates) Breakdown: Tyler Siri ($425); Danny Johnson ($145); Jeff Strunk ($145); Andy Bachetti ($145); Tyler Dippel ($145); Billy Van Inwegen ($125 and $50 VP Certificate); Jerry Higbie Jr. ($120 and $50 VP certificate) & Mike Ricci ($50 VP Certificate)

Accord Speedway Top Regular Bonus ($100 From Tim Adams): Mike Ricci (seventh)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire): Danny Tyler (eighth)
Behrent’s Bonuses ($100 Gift Cards): Billy Van Inwegen (second) & Jerry Higbie Jr. (sixth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonus ($100 Certificate): Danny Johnson (winner)
Craig Decker Forest Products Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Each): Billy Van Inwegen, Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti & Anthony Perrego
Dirt Track Digest Hard Luck Award ($100): Brian Malcolm (DNQ)
DMJ Racing Photos Top Orange County Regular ($50): Billy Van Inwegen (second)
Economy Movers Hard Charger Award ($300): Chris Shultz (24th to 10th)
Lebanon Valley Top Regular Award ($50 Cash, $50 DMC Racing Certificate): Andy Bachetti (fourth)
SDS Photography Top Hig Fab Chassis Bonus ($30): Jeff Strunk (third)
United Pump & Tank Halfway Leader Bonus ($300): Tyler Siri
Vahlco Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Tyler Dippel (fifth)

Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): TIM HARTMAN JR. ($1,650), Tyler Johnston, Allison Ricci, Leo Fotopoulos, Randy Green, Brian Krummel, Tyler Boniface, Dan Morgiewicz, Bobby Knipe, Kenny Hinsch, Greg McCloskey, Mike Traver, Collin DuBois, Rich Ricci III, Jeremy Pitts, Phil Goetschius Jr., Ken Ferrier, Adam McAuliffe, John Aumick, Stacey Jackson, Chris Stevens, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Brandon Grosso, Danny Cross.

Did Not Qualify: Rob Lanfear, Jeramy Doerr, John Miller, Chris Murray, Adam Gage, Milton Mann, Dillon Steuer.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire): Tyler Boniface (seventh)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonus ($100 Certificate):
Tim Hartman Jr. (winner)
Fonda Fan Top Fonda Regular Bonus ($50):
Adam McAuliffe (18th)
United Pump & Tank Crate 602 Bonuses:
Tim Hartman Jr. ($150), Tyler Johnston ($125) & Allison Ricci ($125)

Street Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): RAY TARANTINO ($1,000), Kyle Welsh, Jim Maher, Chris Kanuk, Bruce Gordon, Joe Narok, Steve Williams, Ryan Brockner, Matt Larrivee, Bob Sleight, Josh Towner, Travis Brockner, Joel Murns, Buck Mills, Walt Henry, Chuck Culbertson, Mike Stebbins, Gary Ronk, Mike DuBois Jr., Curtis Ayers, Tim Southard.

Did Not Start: Jeramy Doerr

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire): Steve Williams (seventh)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonus ($100 Certificate):
Ray Tarantino (winner)
Par 5 Landscaping Hard Charger Award ($75):
Joe Narok (20h to sixth)

Slingshot Feature Finish (20 Laps): MATT SHULTZ ($425), Alan Kober, Alan Selemba, Hunter Lapp, Dale Kober, Cole Stangle, Josh Marcus, Billy Van Inwegen Sr., Corey Cormier, Justin Mills, Hunter Smith, Jared Miller, Josh Kendall, Joseph Smith, B.K. Rizzo, Ryan Neiger, Samantha Miller, Ryan McCarthy, Dylan Steuer, Cole Hentschel, Don Boonstra, Erin Paulison.

Disqualified: Chris Kurtz

Did Not Start: Kyle Zwart

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonus ($100 Certificate): Matt Shultz (winner)
Hollywood Towing Hard Charger Award ($100): Justin Mills (22nd to 10th)
Jaden Abel Matos Award ($25): Matt Shultz (winner)
JAS Motorsports Bonus ($25): Dale Kober (fifth)
Jay’s Pool Service Top-Finishing Junior ($50): Hunter Lapp (fourth)
Jay’s Pool Service Last-Place Finisher ($50): Erin Paulison (22nd)


Elma, New York (December 4, 2015) – Tickets to the 66th annual Race of Champions are now available by contacting the Oswego Speedway at 315.342.0646 (phone); 315.343.3829 (fax) or (e-mail), the pricing structure is as follows;


Thursday Open Practice (9/15)                                   Friday RoC Sportsman (9/16)              Saturday RoC (9/17)       

Adult GA                                                                               Free                                                                                       $25                                                                 $40

Reserved                                                                             Free                                                                                       $30                                                                 $45

Senior                                                                                   Free                                                                                       G/A $23 – Reserved $28                        G/A $38 – Reserved $43

Presale                                                                                 Free                                                                                       G/A $20 – Reserved $25                        G/A $35 – Reserved $40

Pit Pass                                                                                 $20 Member $25 Non-Member                                 $30 Member $40 Non-Member         $50 Member $60 Non-Member

Camping weekend                                                           $50 for the entire weekend

Friday / Saturday                                                                                                                                                             2-Day Pass G/A – $60

                                                                                                                                                                                                2-Day Reserved – $70

                                                                                                                                                                                                3 Day Pit Pass Non-Member – $110   3 Day Pit Pass Member – $90

Group and Tower/Suite Pass Programs are Available, please contact (716) 880.0110 for details.

An FAQ to assist competitors and fans and provide more information will be forthcoming and details will be made available in the coming months on the Race of Champions website.



For more information, contact:

Race of Champions Media at

Twitter @RoCModSeries

From weekly short track racing to NASCAR Cup racing