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Mike Christopher Jr. Pockets $5,000 Prize in Nutmeg State 75 Presented by Twisted Tea at Thompson

Gluchacki, Chicolas, Trudeau, Pytko & Kopcik Also Score Wednesday Night Wins

Story by Souza Media

PHOTOS: Tom Morris Racing Photography

THOMPSON, Conn. – For the second time in as many starts at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the 2022 Outlaw Open Modified Series season, Mike Christopher Jr. was in Victory Lane Wednesday at the Connecticut oval. Christopher rocketed to the lead with 58 laps complete in the Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea and held off multiple challengers on multiple restarts to win the $5,000 prize.

Christopher continued a dominating stretch for Tommy Baldwin Racing, where the team has been to Victory Lane in three straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, and now both Outlaw Open Modified Series events at Thompson. Christopher held off two of the top names in Modified racing at Thompson in the last decade – Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece – to capture the win. He also won $10,000 at the Icebreaker 125 at Thompson in April. 

“Tommy has it hooked up right now,” Christopher said in Victory Lane. “The Tour wins and now the Open wins. Two in a row here at Thompson, it feels really good and it’s really cool. I had to go through some restarts there, but the car was really good. That last yellow we had tightened up the car a little too much, but we were still able to put it in Victory Lane.”

Christopher passed early race leader Preece for the top spot on lap 36 and led until the caution on lap 49, when multiple of the lead challengers pitted. Christopher was the first of the drivers with new Hoosier racing rubber to get to the front and he was able to take full advantage – driving by Matt Swanson to the lead with 17 laps to go. 

A flurry of late cautions slowed the race, which allowed Rocco and Preece to pass onto the podium. Matt Swanson finished fourth, while Chris Pasteryak followed in fifth. Ronnie Williams was sixth, followed by Matt Galko, Woody Pitkat, Colbey Fournier and Spencer Davis.

In support division action, Derek Gluchacki made it two-for-two in the Thompson Late Models, dominating the second half of their 25-lap event and rolling to another win. Early in the race, Gluchacki had to fend-off the challenges of Rick Gentes, while Gentes spun racing for the lead on lap seven. Then, Gluchacki had to hold off Matthew Lowinski-Loh, and Ryan Morgan, on two different restarts, to come out on top. At the checkered flag, Morgan would place second, with Lowinski-Loh rebounding from a wreck in the first race of the season to finish third. Woody Pitkat and Brian Tagg, two former track champions, finished the top-five. 

The Sunoco Modified feature went to Stephen Kopcik, as the Connecticut native also made it two-for-two to open the Thompson season. Kopcik, Todd Owen and Keith Rocco thrilled fans in a three-car battle for the lead during the middle of the race, but it was Kopcik gapping out his challengers over the final stretch of the 30-lap event. Owen would finish second, with nine-time track champion Rocco in third. Troy Talman and Danny Cates finished the top-five.

It looked like Steven Chapman was going to make it a second straight in the SK Light Modifieds, but Nathan Pytko wasn’t going to be denied. Pytko rolled to the top spot right from the drop of the green and had to hold off Chapman for the entire 25-lap distance. Holding him off was no easy task – as Chapman crossed under the white flag essentially glued to the back bumper for the lead. In the final corner, Chapman mounted a charge to the inside, but missed the victory by .059 seconds at the line, finishing second to Pytko. John O’Sullivan, who missed practice and heat race laps due to mechanical failures, charged through the field to finish third.

Dave Trudeau was a winner in the Mini Stocks, coming out on top of their 15-lap feature over Kevin Moore. With Trudeau’s victory, the Mini Stocks now have three different winners in three races, with Moore finishing second by just .224 seconds. Chris Ivory tried the back bumper of Trudeau’s ride for much of the race, but slipped in the final laps and finished fourth. Defending Mini Stock champion Jared Roy slid by Ivory on the final lap to finish third.

Jason Chicolas went to Thompson’s Limited Sportsman Victory Lane after finishing third on the track, but becoming the first driver to pass post-race inspection. Original winner Ryan Waterman, second-place Scott Sundeen and fourth-place Zach Robinson all fell victim to post-race inspection. The official top-five finish at the end of the race was Chicolas, Larry Barnett, Corey Fanning, Aaron Plemons and Nick Hovey.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will return to action on Wednesday, July 13 for the Midsummer 75 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, SK Light Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks will also be part of the racing action, which will begin at 6 p.m. More information on the event will be available closer to race day.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.  You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

For general Thompson Speedway inquiries and camping reservations, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

Outlaw Open Modified Series To Headline Mid-Week Racing Action at Thompson Speedway This Wednesday

Story by Souza Media

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

THOMPSON, Conn. – For the first time since April, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will roar back to life on Wednesday night for a mid-week special on June 15. Headlined by the $5,000 to win Outlaw Open Modified Series Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea, the night includes six divisions of racing, with some of the top drivers from across the region headed back to Connecticut. 

In the Icebreaker 125, Mike Christopher Jr. opened a tear with Tommy Baldwin Racing, dominating the final stages to take the win. Since then, Baldwin Racing has been on fire – winning two straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in the month of May with Doug Coby, and Christopher, behind the wheel. Wednesday, they look for the $5,000 prize against some stiff competition.

Former NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Preece, a former Thompson track champion, also leads the entry list heading into the 75-lap event. Preece is a proven winner at Thompson, and with a new car that only has one race under its belt, Preece is going to look to shake the bugs out and get to the front of the pack. 

Woody Pitkat, driving for Doug Dunleavy, is coming off a victory at Stafford Motor Speedway last Friday night and has decided to look to carry that momentum into Thompson. Pitkat is no stranger to Thompson’s high-banks, as a former track champion, and multiple-time Late Model winner over the last few years. On top of his efforts to chase the Modified check, Pitkat will also return to the wheel of the No. 91 Hartwell Motorsports Late Model.

Names like Chris Pasteryak, multiple-time track champion and standout Keith Rocco, Max Zachem, Ronnie Williams and others are also expected to battle for the win in a race fans will not want to miss.

On top of the Outlaw Open Modified Series, Thompson’s five local divisions will also return to racing for their second events of the season. 

At the Icebreaker, Stephen Kopcik opened the Sunoco Modified season in Victory Lane, besting Christopher Jr. over the final laps in their 30-lap feature. This time, those two drivers will have to contend with Keith Rocco. As a nine-time Thompson champion, Rocco struggled some at the Icebreaker but will be looking to turn it around and get back to Victory Lane. The Berlin, Connecticut, native will have additional challengers like Todd Owen, Troy Talman and others on his bumper.

Derek Gluchacki’s Late Model success across New England this season started back at the Icebreaker, when the rising star won the feature in his No. 03. Since then, he’s carried the checkered flag and put together strong runs at a variety of tracks. He will have to contend with names like Brian Tagg and Nick Johnson, who joined him on the podium at the Icebreaker. Look out for Rick Gentes, Mark Jenison, Ryan Morgan and others to also be at the front of the pack.

The Mini Stocks are the only local division to have two races in this season, with defending champion Jared Roy and Kevin Moore splitting victories. Moore leads Roy by eight in the early point standings, with Tommy Silva and Dave Trudeau close behind. The 15-lap Mini Stock feature always produces a tight battle around the Thompson high-banks and Wednesday will be no different.

Stephen Chapman captured his first Thompson win at the Icebreaker in the SK Light Modifieds and will look to make it a second straight win this week. Chapman bested names like George Bessette Jr., Tyler Chapman, John O’Sullivan and Ethan Durocher. The SK Light Modifieds produce some of the top Modified action in the New England region, especially at Thompson, where the youth of Modified racing is showcased before competitors make their anticipated move up the racing ladder.

In the Limited Sportsman, Corey Fanning, Aaron Plemons and Larry Barnett put together quite the first race of the season, with Fanning coming out on top. In race two, names like Brent Gleason, Zach Robinson and others will look to accomplish the tough task of joining them at the front of the field. 

The pit area will open at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, with rotating practice starting at 4 p.m. The drop of the green flag for heat races is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the Outlaw Open Modified Series Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea set as the headliner of the night. 

Tickets for race night are available in advance by visiting https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ. Tickets in general admission are $30 for adults, with children 6-12 set for $10 and ages five and under free. Tickets will also be available at the track on race day. Pit passes for the event are $45 for adults, with ages 12 and under just $25. All pit passes will be sold at the track.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.  You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
For general Thompson Speedway inquiries and camping reservations, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

Boston Beer Company Renews Agreement for Two Wednesday Night Shows at TSMP

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

Barre, VT and Naples, ME — Officials from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced today that they have renewed their partnership with the Boston Beer Company for a third consecutive year at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway. Boston Beer, through its popular Twisted Tea brand, will serve as the headline sponsor for a pair of Wednesday Night Specials slated for June 15th and July 13th. 

Both events include a $5,000-to-win Outlaw Open Modified Series showdown along with a full card for all five local Thompson divisions. The first Wednesday night event on June 15th will now be known as the Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea. Racing continues with the third event of 2022 on Wednesday, July 13th when the six-division line-up roars back to life at the Twisted Tea Midsummer 75. 

The agreement continues a partnership that began in 2020. Boston Beer Company sponsored three divisions at the 58th World Series of Speedway Racing, continuing as a summer series partner in 2021, setting the stage for this year’s multi-race deal. As part of the agreement, Boston Beer Company products will be sold in the Thompson Speedway concession area for fans of legal drinking age.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Boston Beer Company,” PASS President Tom Mayberry said. “Our fans have told us how much they enjoy watching some great racing while responsibly enjoying Boston Beer Company products on a warm summer night.” 

Boston Beer Company of Boston, MA is the fourth-largest brewery in the United States. Jim Koch founded the brewery in 1984 with Samuel Adams Boston Lager as its initial offering. The Vienna lager has remained the company’s flagship beverage to this today. The Samuel Adams line now includes more than a dozen year-round brews along with popular seasonal offerings such as Cold Snap, Summer Ale, Octoberfest and Winter Lager.

In addition to expanding its Samuel Adams line-up, Boston Beer Company has added several other nationally-known brands, including Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea, Truly Hard Seltzer, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, and Dogfish Head Craft Beer & Spirits. Learn more about the company and its products at www.bostonbeer.com.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opens its summer racing season on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00pm. The Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea will feature the region’s top open-wheel racers for the $5,000-to-win prize as part of the Outlaw Open Modified Series. The Sunoco Modifieds, ACT-type Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, and Mini Stocks join them on the card.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.  You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

For general Thompson Speedway inquiries, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.