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June 15th Thompson 125 NASCAR WMT Entry List

Car/Driver Hometown       Team                                Owner    Crew Chief

1 Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H. Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet Kenneth Fifield Kenneth Fifield
2 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const Chevrolet Mike Smeriglio III Phillip Moran
3 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet Jan Boehler Greg Fournier
4 Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J. Starrett Dodge Robert Garbarino PJ Fearns
6 Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn. T.S. Haulers, Inc./Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet Constance Partridge Jeff Preece
7 Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y. Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet Jennifer Emerling Jan Leaty
8 Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y. Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet Mark Sypher Don Barker
9 Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn. S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet Robert Katon Jr. Mark Dowling
16 Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford Eric Sanderson Stanley Szaban
18 Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y. Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet Robert Pollifrone Desmond Gorman
20 Max Zachem, Preston, Conn. Lu-Mac’s Package Store/VWS Chevrolet Ken Zachem Shaun Ruszczyk
24 Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J. * Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet Cliff Krause John Cooke
26 Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet Sean McDonald Sean McDonald
29 Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y. Pro System Brakes/L.I. Performance Chevrolet George Bock Glenn Dixon
33 Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn. Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet Wade Cole Richard Rodenbaugh
36 Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y. Frankie’s Towing Chevrolet Judy Thilburg Tommy Grasso
38 Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet Linda Rodenbaugh Robert Bourne
44 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Steve Lamay
46 Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. Riverhaed Bldg Supply Chevrolet Russell Goodale Doug Ogiejko
51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. M3 Technology Chevrolet Ken Massa William Michael
56 Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y. * Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet Renee Lutz Eric Lutz
58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. GAF Roofing/ Chevrolet Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard
59 Nick Salva, Prospect, Conn. * Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet Ed Bennett, III Bob Buffington
64 Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn. HTE/Fast Track Elect/Complete Const. Chevrolet Mike Murphy Stephen Dodge
75 Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Eastport Feeds Chevrolet Wayne Anderson Aaron Clifford
82 Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn. Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet Danny Watts Jr. William Loecher
85 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Stuart’s Automotive/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet Kevin Stuart Gregory Felton
89 Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass. * Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet John Swanson Ken Barry
99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet Brittany Tomaino George Ratajczak

Solomito, Others Look to Conquer the Thompson 125

IMG_0163(THOMPSON, CT) – Timmy Solomito will look to regain momentum heading into the fifth race of the Whelen Modified Tour schedule after winning the season opener at the 5/8 mile oval. Solomito led 43 laps en route to his first career victory, snapping a 4-race win streak at the track held by Doug Coby.

After his victory, Solomito finished 4th at the Spring Sizzler. He had arguably the fastest car on track at Waterford when he crashed out late in the race after showing great strength in fighting back from adversity multiple times. Last Friday at Stafford, he met a similar fate while advancing positions in the late stages to record a second DNF. Now sitting 7th in series standings, Solomito intends to turn his fortune around with a trip back to the site of his lone career win.

“There are three things I like about Thompson,” said Solomito. “I can drive the car hard, be aggressive, and run in the outside lane. Each of those suits my driving style. I’ve always had good runs at Thompson; from my first start there to running two Sunoco Modified races at the World Series, that racetrack is really good to us. I’m confident my team is going to give me a car I can win with.”

Justin Bonsignore’s team has had some bad luck as well, but they IMG_0042have been able to recover most of the time. The biggest thing hurting their team is poor qualifying efforts. Last time out they their showed resilience after losing a lap on pit road when, during a routine pit stop, his jackman was knocked off balance, throwing the entire stop out of sync. He rallied back to finish 5th heading into a track where he has won three times.

“It’s just a matter of not giving up,” said Bonsignore. “I was pretty frustrated on the radio (at Stafford), but Crew Chief Billy (Michaels) did a good job a keeping everyone calm and focused. It helps coming off a good finish with a little momentum and going to a track I like. We race well there and are usually in the Top-5 battling for a win in the late stages. This race is shorter with 125 laps so more strategy comes into play.”

IMG_9899-2Jimmy Blewett is coming off two consecutive podium finishes including a runner-up at the last event. Now with four races into his stint driving Bob Garbarino’s Starrett backed Mystic Missile, Blewett is in position to finally conquer Thompson. He has finished 2nd at the track on two occasions, but still lacks a trophy at the track that has eluded him throughout his career.

Coming off a win during the last event at Stafford, Doug Coby is IMG_8497 (2)once again riding momentum coming into one of his best tracks on the circuit. The speed he had during 2015 wasn’t there during the Icebreaker, but you can still expect the 5-time Thompson and defending race winner to be strong Wednesday night. Crew Chief, Phil Moran, said after the event that he knew exactly what the issue was and plans to have it rectified before Wednesday night.

IMG_7917 (2)Returning to the competition is Ryan Preece. Preece was second in the season opener after leading a race-high 91 laps.

A quick look at the point standings and you’ll find Donny Lia in the 3rd position. Lia has 3 Thompson wins in 40 starts and until the last event where he finished 3rd, the team has struggled to find speed this season. The last time Lia went to victory lane was in 2013, so the two-time series champion is hungry to get back into the winner’s circle. IMG_7945 (2)

The Thompson 125 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15. Qualifying heats for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions begins at 5pm, with pre-race ceremonies to follow at 6pm. Joining the racing card will be the NEMA Lite division. For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Joseph Fernandes and Michael Jaworecki Photos

Coby Pulls Away From Field At Stafford

Dominates For 19th Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Victory

 STAFFORD, Conn. (June 4, 2016) — Doug Coby continued his mastery of his home track Friday night.

The 36-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, won his third straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Stafford Motor Speedway, the track where the three-time tour champion spent his early years racing, with yet another dominating effort. Coby led 129 of the 130 laps — pulling away on a green-white-checkered finish to claim the 26th Annual TSI Harley Davidson 125.

“Right now, our team is firing on all cylinders,” said Coby. “Everybody’s got to do their job, including me. And we did. That’s why we won.”

Jimmy Blewett scored his second straight podium with a runner-up finish, while Donny Lia, Eric Goodale and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top five.

The win was the 19th of Coby’s career in 175 starts, tying him with Jerry Marquis and Todd Szegedy for eighth all-time on the Whelen Modified Tour. Coby has won five of the tour’s last seven races, dating back to last year. It’s a streak that covers the last three events at Stafford.

Dating back to his win in the NAPA Fall Final last October, Coby’s No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet has led 367 of the last 375 laps on the half-mile.

“Not to screw up our car by making too many changes,” said Coby of what his team has learned in order to keep winning at Stafford. “We were great at the Fall Final and that was the first time we ran the car here. And we tweak it during practice, and we tweak before the race. The guys know, night race, what’s going to happen. Obviously I know this race track. They know this race track.

“The goal right now is not screw it up. It’s fast. It’s going to be a contender every time we come here.”

Only a pair of late cautions were able to slow Coby. The final came on Lap 123 and set up an overtime finish. Coby, however, was able to get away from the pack and roll to Victory Lane.

“I left the door open a couple times,” said Coby, “but the car just had great forward bite off Turn 2. I think that was the difference for us.”

Rowan Pennink, who won the tracks’ NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I feature earlier in the night, finished sixth. Ron Silk, Bobby Santos, Brendon Bock and Max Zachem completed the top 10.

Championship contender Timmy Solomito was caught up in a late race incident that dropped him from second to seventh in points. Coby stretched his lead to 24 over Bonsignore and 28 over Donny Lia. Just 10 points separate Lia from an eighth-place tie between Blewett and Bock.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is back on track on Wednesday, June 15, at Thompson (Connecticut) Speedway Motorsports Park.