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TIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES ENTERING SUNOCO WORLD SERIES

BY KYLE SOUZA, FOR THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

THOMPSON, Conn. –As the 56thannual Sunoco World Series gets ready to take the green flag this Friday, multiple of the 17 divisions planning to race have a tight championship battle entering the weekend.

Off a rain-shortened race at Lee USA Speedway last weekend, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will make a stop at Thompson with just two races left in their championship points schedule. And as he looks for his first series championship, Devin O’Connell leads the standings by 20 points over Joey Doiron entering the 60-lap feature on Friday night.

With two wins this season, O’Connell has been among the cars to beat at every track, while Doiron, who has consistently been a threat all season, will look to close the gap. Cory Casagrande, who doesn’t plan on attending Friday’s race, is third, 68 points back, meaning the top two are going to decide the title going forward. Friday’s 60-lap feature will include some of the top Super Late Model talent in New England as the championship battles heats up.

In the Valenti Modified Racing Series, one of Thompson’s own is going for the title. Woody Pitkat, who runs as a regular in Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series, leads the points by 15 over Mike Willis Jr. Pitkat, who has already competed in two different cars this season, will run another one on Saturday night. As Speed51.com reported on Wednesday afternoon, Pitkat will drive for veteran Todd Patnode in the 50-lap World Series feature, which is the final race of the season for the Valenti crowd.

Willis, who has been consistent all season, scored a win in the Tri Track Open Modified Series event at Claremont Speedway earlier, which helped propel him to success in the VMRS division. With Anthony Nocella third, 47 points out, it will be a two-horse race to decide the champion.

Set for a 75-lap feature Saturday night, the American Canadian Tour comes to Connecticut with their own battle. Scott Payea leads by 26 on Eddie MacDonald, while Jimmy Hebert is third, 40 points back.

In the International Supermodified Association (ISMA), Tony Bowes enters the weekend just 16 points up on Doug Edwards. With Sunday’s 50-lap ISMA feature set to decide the champion, the fight will go right down to the final laps for one of the most coveted titles in Supermodified racing.

With just one race left on their schedule, the North East Mini Stock Tour also has a close battle at the top of their championship race as well.

The NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, Pro 4 Modifieds, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge and Street Stock Showdown Series also come into the weekend in the midst of title battles.

In Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions, the battle at the top has all but been decided. Keith Rocco leads Troy Talman by 48 in the Sunoco Modifieds, while Eric Bourgeois leads by 37 in the Mini Stocks. Nick Johnson, in search of his first Late Model championship, leads by four over Tom Carey III, with William Wall 15 back and Mark Jenison 19 out. In his quest for a second straight title in the Limited Sportsman, Shawn Monahan leads by 43 entering the finale.

The 56thannual Sunoco World Series gets underway on Friday, when cars take to the track for the first time with practice beginning at 11 a.m. with the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Friday’s events include the finale for the Whelen All American Series Late Models, along with the 50-lap GSPSS feature. The Lite Modifieds, Open Vintage Modifieds and STAR will also compete Friday.

Saturday morning gets underway early and will end with eight different races before the day is out. After the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour completes practice and qualifying, the NEMA Midgets, American Canadian Tour and Valenti Modified Racing Series drivers will be among the first to compete in Saturday feature racing, along with the Mini Stocks. The Pro 4 Modifieds, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, North East Mini Stock Tour and Street Stock Showdown add to the list.

Sunday, in the finale of the weekend, the Sunoco Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, NEMA Lites, ISMA Supermodifieds and the Whelen Modified Tour will run their feature events.

Over the course of three days, the annual breakfast buffet and prime rib dinner will be available in the clubhouse, another part of the weekend fans won’t want to miss. Thompson’s concession stands will also be open for the entire weekend.

After all that, if fans aren’t quite ready to leave, campers are allowed to stay on property until 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

Fans can enter the paddock area for $75, which is one price for all three days. Any fans that wish to enter the grandstands can do so with a general admission ticket at $55, while seniors (65+), veterans and active duty military members can enter at a price of $50. As always, any children under the age of 12 are free.

Camping is also available for the weekend. Fans can catch-up with the latest World Series information by visiting www.thompsonspeedway.com, where you can find the full schedule. Follow the track on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES HEADS TO THE WORLD SERIES

Rolling into the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday, October 12th the Granite State Pro Stock Series feature will be 50 laps and is the second to last race of the 2018 season.

Coming back to his home state for the final two races of the season, Devin O’Connell of Madison, CT is in the points lead by 20 over Joey Doiron of Berwick, ME. O’Connell will certainly be working towards a better finish then 14th at last seasons event as the series championship is within his grasp with stout competition close behind.

Nipping on the heels of third place in points is Ray Christian III of Groton, CT just 37 points behind. Christian III has experience in a pro stock and a late model at the .625 oval you have to respect the place like it’s NHMS” Christian III said. “As soon as you get comfortable, bad things can happen.”

The defending champion of this event in 2017 is making his return to the World Series. Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA is coming back home. “I really love this place and I miss racing here weekly” Ramstrom said. “I grew up right over at Little T Speedway, and have been watching people race here a long time.”

The race is a one day show and is scheduled for 50 laps, with traditional draw for heat placement. Gates open at 9:00am. Post time for heat races is approximately 5:00pm.

Drivers pre-entered:

#00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

#21 Josh King

#73 Joey Doiron

#08 Mike O’Sullivan

#43 Devin O’Connell

#72 Guy Caron

#93ct Ray Christian III

#18 Mike Scorzelli

#29 Barry Gray

#42 Brad Babb

#37 Larry Gelinas

#24 Scott MacMichael

#35 Derek Ramstrom

#52 David Darling

#15 George Bessette

#23 Dave Farrington Jr

#16 Tommy O’Sullivan

#1x Todd Stone

#28 Greg Nanigian

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Pitkat and Rain Win Valenti Modified Racing Series Event At Lee

Lee, NH. – The Valenti Modified Racing Series traveled to Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, this past weekend for that tracks Oktoberfest weekend. The series has been part of the annual event since 2005.  26-race teams entered the race.

Mother nature was at it again.  A cold mist forced a three and a half hour rain delay, schedule changes, shortened races, and more mist, and a fast closing already extended curfew finished off the 2018 Oktoberfest weekend.

The original plan of twin 50-lap races was reduced to 40-laps with three other divisions scheduled also set to compete in agreed upon lower race distances.

Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, joined with long-time racer-car owner Stan Mertz, started outside front row, and led the field through 5-caution periods to lap-19 when the race was slowed by a three car crash including series point leader Sammy Rameau.

Series officials chose to count laps under caution stopping at lap-30. The heavy mist intensified and the race program was declared over.

Pitkat was credited with the win with Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, second, Kirk Alexander, Swanzey, NH, Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, fourth, and Brian Robie fifth.

Jacob Perry, Chase Dowling, Jeffrey Gallup, Dylan Izzo, and Tony Ricci rounded out the top ten.

Josh Cantara, of Alfred, ME, Pitkat, and Alexander, were heat winners.

Reigning champion Anthony Nocella was sidelined by engine problems during practice.

Modified Racing Series announced Tuesday evening the 6MA Racing Team has been penalized for actions that took place at Lee USA Speedway, Sunday, Oct 7, 2018. Issued penalties will be listed on the series website

The series wraps up it’s 2018 season this weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, CT.