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Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Seekonk, Mass. (September 9, 2019): Whether it is racing excitement, sentiment or cold hard cash, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) always has something extra for fans and competitors alike. Saturday night, September 14 at Monadnock Speedway will be no different. With extra incentives built into an already robust purse, the stout field of Modified competitors will pull out all the stops in pursuit of victory; ramping up the racing action for fans of the series, open-modified racing and Monadnock Speedway.

The winner of the Ron Bouchard’s Auto Store Challenge Cup will be decided on Saturday night. When the checkers fall on Round #2 of the Challenge, the driver with the best overall finish including Round #1 at Claremont Speedway, held earlier this year, will receive the coveted Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores Challenge Cup trophy and $500 bonus courtesy of James Osterhoudt.

With the support of Ron Bouchard’s Auto Stores, the Bouchard and Miller Families and Kathy Maffei-Thompson, competitors will receive a minimum of $1,100 to take the green flag for the Monadnock 100. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Don Miller and the Miller Family, all Tri-Track Open Modified Series drivers in competition on Saturday night will receive complimentary admission in honor of the late Ricky Miller.

The stacked field of competitors is expected to reach over 30 including the most recent Series winners Matt Hirschman, Ronnie Williams and Ron Silk. Other drivers to watch during the Monadnock 100 include Chase Dowling, Matthew Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley, Tommy Barrett and Richard Savary. Some other notables include a relative newcomer to the Series Austin Kochenash, who showed promise earlier this season, and former SK Modified Champion Rob Janovic, making his first start of 2019. The trio of hometown favorites – Kirk Alexander, Russ Hersey, and Todd Patnode- cannot be counted out.

Pre-race ceremonies on Saturday evening will include a tribute to the late Carl and Treva Merrill. This dynamic duo indelibly changed the face of New England racing.  Carl, an honored Army Air Corps veteran, who, for over 60 years, served in various capacities from flagman to chief steward to race director at several speedways in the Northeast including Thompson and Monadnock Speedways as well as the now defunct Westboro Speedway. He had no greater role than that which he served at Norwood Arena. With his guiding presence in the late 60s and early 70s, Norwood was one of the nation’s best of its time.

Treva was an integral part in Carl’s racing career even taking an active part in the operations of the Speedways from selling tickets to running the souvenir concessions and even selling 50/50 tickets. She was as stalwart supporter of her husband of over 60 years. Carl and Treva passed away in January and May of 2013, respectively.

Paula Bouchard will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event.

Practice gets starts at 2pm. Qualifying for all divisions gets underway at 5pm including 15-lap qualifying heat races for the Modifieds. There is a Sunday rain date for the event. 

Adult general admission for a full racing card that also included Young Guns, Pure Stocks, Late Models, and Sportsman Modifieds is $30. Senior (65+) general admission is $20. General admission tickets for kids ages 11-18 are $10 and kids 10 and under are admitted free. Pit entry is $40.

For more information visit the Tri-Track Open Modified Series at and Monadnock Speedway at

Entry List -Tri-Track Open Modified Series -Monadnock 100

Saturday, Sept 14 Monadnock Speedway
00 – Chase Dowling
02 – Geoff Rollins
04 – Joey Jarvis
04 – Dylan Izzo
3 – Matthew Swanson
3 – Matt Galko
6 – Woody Pitkat
6 – Benjamin Byrne
7 – Andrew Charron
8 – Cam McDermott
12 – Rob Richardi
13 – Cameron Sontag
15 – TJ Bleau
16 – Colbey Fournier
21 – Les Hinckley
24 – Todd Patnode
25 – Brian Robie
25 – Calvin Carroll
25 – Ronnie Williams
27 – Anthony Sesely
35 – Jacob Perry
43 – Tommy Barrett
50S – Ron Silk
50 – Carl Medeiros Jr.
51- Rob Janovic
60 – Matt Hirschman
66 – Austin Kochenash
74 – Manny Dias
76 – Kirk Alexander
82 – Mike Holdridge
88 – Russ Hersey
93 – George Sherman
99 – Richard Savary
176 – Dana Dimatteo


By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

THOMPSON, Conn. — With just 32 days remaining until the drop of the green flag on the 57th annual Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, track officials have released 20 different divisions that will compete during the weekend.  

All five of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes will run their final races of the season, with five champions to be crowned. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds® will thunder around the Connecticut oval in action. 

There are also 15 different touring series divisions that will invade for the weekend, headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. As part of a tradition, Whelen Modified Tour teams will head for Thompson to decide their championship battle, with the championship celebration to follow the Sunoco World Series 150. 

Joining the Whelen Modified Tour on Sunday, the ISMA Supermodified division will run their own 50-lap feature, crowning their champion at one fastest tracks in the entire New England region. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites are also two winged divisions that will compete during the Sunoco World Series weekend.

The American Canadian Tour returns to Thompson for a 75-lap feature on Saturday night, deciding their champion under the bright lights of World Series weekend, while the Valenti Modified Racing Series will join them as a Saturday headliner, with a 50-lap feature of their own. Thompson’s Late Models will compete on Friday night, giving drivers the chance to also compete in Saturday’s ACT main event. 

Headlining Friday night, the Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to Thompson for another season, bringing Pro Stocks back to the high-banks of TSMP in the thick of their title battle. The Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge, North East Mini Stock Tour, NHSTRA Late Model Sportsman, Pro 4 Modifieds, Street Stock Showdown Series, Open Vintage Modifieds, STAR Modifieds and STAR Sportsman wrap the full list of 20 classes.  

Over the next week, Thompson officials will release the full schedule for Sunoco World Series weekend. However, for reference, practice will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, with qualifying at 4 p.m., followed by feature racing. Practice begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, with qualifying at 2 p.m., and features to follow. On Sunday, feature racing will begin at 1 p.m., with the Whelen Modified Tour concluding the day of racing. 

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, visit, and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


Riverhead, NY Sept. 7thBy Bob Finan
It was night for milestones Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in town for the Miller Lite 200 and when it was all said and done Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville became the first driver to win four straight WMT races in the 64 WMT events contested at the demanding quarter mile facility. The hard fought victory was Justin’s 5th of the 2019 campaign and the 25th of his WMT driving career as well his 15th Riverhead Raceway triumph.

Craig Lutz of Miller Place by virtue of winning the Mayhew Tools Pole Award brought the 30 car field to the green but it wouldn’t be long before the race was slowed on lap 3 for Gary McDonald who was making his first WMT start of 2019 suffering right front suspension damage coming to a rest in turn four. When the race resumed to start the 9th lap Justin Bonsignore was scored second by Lutz quickly rallied to the inside to reclaim the lead. Lutz seeking his first career WMT win would lead until the 32nd lap where he’d be passed by track regular Tom Rogers Jr. steering the Danny Watts Racing owned Chevy. During Rogers stint in the lead the race would go for it’s longest extended green flag run with Rogers at times opening a three four car length lead on Timmy Solomito who was now second while at other time Timmy closed up on Rogers rear spoiler. During this run many including the track announcers wondered aloud if Tommy was using up too much of his car in the middle portion of the race.

The first caution in 84 laps would wave on lap 116 when Chris Pasteryak and Rob Summers came together with this yellow flag to be the first of six that would wave during the final half of the Miller Lite 200. On the ensuing restart on lap 125 Rogers spun his tires slightly off turn for with Solomito made a run to the outside to lead the 125th circuit but Rogers would muscle his way back to the lead on lap 126. Rogers and Solomito tussled again on a lap 136 restart with Rogers staying out front. A tangle between Rob Summers and Chris Young drew another caution flag period on lap 138 setting up another restart and this time Solomito took the race lead from Rogers when the race resumed on lap 146. Moments later Justin Bonsignore also made his way by Rogers to come to second.

With some 54 laps remaining in the 200 Solomito and his Flamingo Motorsports team were hoping to take home their first win of 2019 giving them some momentum going into the final three WMT races of the season. However Bonsignore had as per usual strong Ken Massa Motorsports machine under him as he tracked down his former go kart rival. Geting to Solomito was one thing, passing him under green could very well have been another thing for Bonsignore. As the laps clicked off Timmy was hoping not to see the caution flag however those hopes were dashed on lap 184 when Rob Summer, who had a rough night of it and Wade Cole came together in turn two.

When the race went back to green on lap 189 Bonsignore gained the run he needed on the outside to take the race lead with Solomito now moved back to second but the race was quickly slowed on lap 192 when Tom Rogers Jr. rode over the left rear of Ron Silk in the corner giving Silk a left rear flat. Both drivers were in the top five when the incident occurred. That gave Solomito a crack at trying to reclaim the lead on the ensuing restart however when the race resumed on lap 196 Bonsignore stayed out front making Solomito uncomfortable to his outside. As the old adage goes cautions breed cautions and such was the case in the closing laps of the Miller Lite 200 as a four car crash involving Blake Barney, Chris Young, Ron Silk and Michael Rutkoski set up an overtime finish.
Solomito, a 20 time career winner at Riverhead Raceway would have one more shot at scoring his 4th career WMT win at his home track in OT. When the race went back green Bonsignore again ran hard into the corner while Solomito peddled as hard as he could to the outside. In the end Justin Bonsignore and his Phoenix Communications Inc. team would bask in the spoils of victory lane, Justin’s 8th career WMT win at Riverhead moving him to just three behind all time leader Mike Ewanitsko. “Ryan Stone and my guys just give me an amazing car wherever we go but especially here at Riverhead” Justin boasted in victory lane afterwards. As to the late race restarts and how the leader has to race when starting on the inside Bonsignore was very honest with his thoughts, “it’s just a product of how they treat the outside groove here, the only line of defense the car has on the inside is to make the guy alongside of you as uncomfortable as you can. It’s not the way anyone wants to race but you have little choice”.

Timmy Solomito of Islip was runner-up in his Sanderson & MacLeod Inc. Ford and afterwards to a degree he echoed Bonsignore’s remarks, “it’s just how it goes here at Riverhead, they treat the outside but not the inside, I was sent way up the hill but it’s just a product of how it goes here”.

Craig Luz of Miller Place crossed the line third in the Riverhead Building Supply Chevy and admitted afterwards, ” I was kinda hoping the leaders would get together in those final few corners, heck one time I had the car turned so far left I punched myself in the leg”.

Kyle Soper of Manorville was the highest finishing Riverhead Raceway regular as the defending track champion drove the Eastport Feeds Chevy to a fourth place finish after starting tenth. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park completed the top five in his Sahlen’s Chevrolet.
Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville was sixth while JB Fortin of Holtsville, JR Bertuccio of Centereach, Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead and John Beatty Jr., of Merrick rounded out the top ten. Afterwards Rogers who led 113 laps disclosed why he chose to run as hard as he did in the middle portion of the race, ” with my car I was better off having those guys chase me rather than me chasing them. Heck we only got two laps of practice as we had a crank trigger go bad, the car will roll into the truck so it was a good night” Rogers surmised.
The 8th place showing for JR Bertuccio impressed many on hand, JR drove a second Gershow Motorsports entry as a teammate to Chuck Hossfeld and after receiving a free pass scored the top ten finish in his first race since 2016, “not too bad, I wasn’t totally comfortable in the car but for my first race in awhile I’ll take it”. JR noted afterwards.

John Beatty Jr. who nearly won the July WMT race didn’t have the race he was hopeful for right from qualifying although ran in the top ten most of the race until some late race shuffling dropped him to 10th. “I got shoved in the wall at the end, run the entire race with little to no contact and them boom” Beatty deadpanned.

Riverhead Raceway regulars Chris Young of Calverton (17th), Michael Rutkoski (21st) and Roger Turbush (25th) were all at one time or another involved in incidents slowing their efforts.
Miller Lite 200: 1. Justin Bonsignore 2. Timmy Solomito 3. Craig Lutz 4. Kyle Soper 5. Patrick Emerling 6. Chuck Hossfeld 7. JB Fortin 8. JR Bertuccio 9. Tom Rogers Jr. 10. John Beatty Jr. 11. Matt Swanson 12. Tommy Catalano 13. Eric Goodale 14. Tommy Catalano 15. Doug Coby 16. Ron Silk 17. Chris Young 18. Wade Cole 19. Rob Summers 20. Blake Barney 21. Michael Rutkoski 22. Chris Pasteryak 23. Dave Sapienza 24. Calvin Carroll 25. Roger Turbush 26. Dave Salzarulo 27. Ken Heagy 28. Sam Rameau 29. Melissa Fiffield 30. Gary McDonald