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Santos Returns To Victory Lane At Thompson

Wins Thompson 125 With Last-Lap Pass

 Thompson, Conn. (June 15, 2016) — It had been long enough since Bobby Santos had been to Victory Lane that he was wondering whether he would ever get back.

It only took one lap Wednesday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park to erase all that.

IMG_4427Santos drove the No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet by Max Zachem on the white-flag lap to win the Thompson 125. It was the only lap Santos led on a night where he pitted multiple times early in the event due to a tire issue.

“There was a lot of doubting ourselves,” Santos said. “We all know we can win. We won as this team before. We just need a little momentum and we can start winning races again.”

Santos hadn’t been to Victory Lane since July 12, 2014, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was a 25-race slump for the 2010 tour champion.

Zachem settled for second after coming within one lap of his first career tour win. The 23-year-old from Preston, Connecticut, was making his 23rd career start and led a race-high 43 laps.

Rookie Matt Swanson finished third, followed by Patrick Emerling and Jeff Goodale.

IMG_4407 (2)Zachem and Swanson were among a group of drivers who pitted early in the race. Leaders Ryan Preece, Doug Coby, Timmy Solomito and Justin Bonsignore stayed out until a Lap 77 caution. Santos came down with those four, but because he didn’t take tires, he was first off pit road and restarted 12th.

From there, Santos was the first one to make it to the front of the field.

IMG_4304 (2)Preece, who is running NASCAR XFINITY Series full-time this season, came back to finish sixth. Rowan Pennink, Brendon Bock, Jimmy Blewett and Ken Heagy rounded out the top 10. Coby, who earlier in the day won his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season, wound up 11th.

With his finish outside the top 10, Coby saw his points lead cut to 19 over Zachem after five races. Pennink is third, 10 behind Coby but three ahead of Donny Lia and four in front of Justin Bonsignore. Santos moved up to sixth in points, just four behind Bonsignore.

The Thompson 125 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, June 22 at 5 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on Saturday, June 25 at Riverhead (New York) Raceway.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Thompson 125 Results


At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (7) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 125 laps, 71.986 mph.
  2. (18) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  3. (16) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 125.
  4. (11) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 125.
  5. (14) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  6. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  7. (20) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 125.
  8. (8) Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  9. (12) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Dodge, 125.
  10. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  11. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  12. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  13. (25) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  14. (6) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Chevrolet, 125.
  15. (2) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 125.
  16. (4) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124, accident.
  17. (23) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 124, accident.
  18. (24) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 122.
  19. (28) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 119.
  20. (9) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 111, accident.
  21. (10) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 110, accident.
  22. (15) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 97, handling.
  23. (21) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 93, accident.
  24. (27) Nick Salva, Prospect, Conn., Chevrolet, 92, accident.
  25. (17) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 61, accident.
  26. (22) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 35, suspension.
  27. (19) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 31, accident.
  28. (29) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 14, mechanical.
  29. (5) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 3, clutch.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 5 minutes 7 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.330 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (119.281 mph, 18.863 seconds)

Caution Flags: 9 for 40 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-6; T. Solomito 7-41; R. Preece 42-79; J. Bonsignore 80; M. Zachem 81-115; M. Swanson 116; M. Zachem 117-124; B. Santos 125.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 206; 2. M. Zachem, 187; 3. R. Pennink, 177; 4. D. Lia, 174; 5. J. Bonsignore, 173; 6. B. Santos, 169; 7. M. Swanson, 168; 8. B. Bock, 168; 9. T. Solomito, 167; 10. J. Blewett, 167.



BETHEL, NY – This past Saturday night, it looked as though Blair Culhane was on top of the world, having swept the twin 25-lap features for the BMS Modified class at Bethel Motor Speedway. That all changed when Culhane was disqualified in post-race tech for a carburetor infraction, handing the second segment and overall win to John Cote.
Cote had set fast time in qualifying, beating Culhane by a mere 0.01 seconds. He led the first half of the first segment race before Culhane got by, bringing Skip LaPolt to second just one lap later. LaPolt crossed the line second in the first segment, but was awarded the win following Culhane’s disqualification.
Rookie Joe DeGracia led the first six laps of the second segment race before Culhane once again put himself out front. This time, Cote was second to the stripe, but was awarded his first win of the 2016 season after tech.
For the fifth time in 2016, Rick Mill found himself in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the 358/Sportsman feature event. Dan Dulin took off from the pole and led the first half of the race, with Kyle Redner close behind. The pair tangled after approaching lapped traffic shortly after the halfway point of the event, handing the lead to Mill. Mill held off rookie Paul Martin to collect the win. Dulin came back to finish third.
Defending Legends Pro/Masters champion Joseph Graf took the lead from Stephen Hershey on lap four of the Legends feature and drove on to collect his second win of the 2016 season. Graf had set fastest time in qualifying, but redrew the third starting spot, and wasted no time getting to the top spot. Hershey ran third until lap eight, when he was overtaken by LegendStock 2015 winner Teddy Hodgdon. Hodgdon had his hands full trying to hold off Hershey and then Chris Rogers. On the final lap, however, Richie Coy grabbed second, and Hodgdon crossed the line third.
Tyler Dachenhausen came back from an early-race incident to take down the Bandolero win. Dachenhausen started on the outside pole, alongside Sean Verwys. Dachenhausen got out to the early lead, but he and Verwys made contact on lap two, forcing both cars to the rear after the caution came out. Eugene Drew inherited the lead as a result, but Dachenhausen quickly made his way back through the field to reclaim the top spot just past the halfway point. Drew was second, and Mike Roth finished third.
Isabella Macchia started on the pole and led every lap of the Beginner Bandolero feature to claim victory. Katie Verwys was second, and Nick Archiere was third.
It was nothing short of a perfect night for defending Pro Stock champion Kenny Atkins, who claimed victory in both the division’s holdover race and the night’s regular feature. Mac Crawson – the division’s 2015 Rookie of the Year – started on the pole, with Jim Helt to his outside. Atkins looked on from third on the start. Crawson got the lead at the drop of the green and began to build a sizeable lead as Atkins came to second. It appeared as though Crawson had finally shaken the monkey that has been on his back all season, but that all changed on lap 13, when mechanical issues struck once again and Crawson quickly fell backwards. Atkins came to the point and drove on to the win over Helt and Larry O’Donnell. Crawson and Helt again found themselves on the front row for the start of the night’s regular feature, but this time Helt got the advantage, and Atkins quickly came to second. Atkins and Helt battled for the lead in the early laps, with Atkins taking over the top spot on lap eight. Helt spent the remainder of the race holding off Ed Butler, as Atkins picked up the win over Helt and Butler.
Kyle Welsch came from the eighth starting spot to claim his third win of the season in the Street Stock class. Arthur McArthur and Patty Falkena sat on the front row for the start, but 2015 Rookie of the Year Walt Henry came from third to put his car out front on the initial lap. McArthur battled briefly with rookie Joe Smith for the second spot, but Welsch put an end to that when he took over second on lap six. Just two laps later, Welsch made his way past Henry for the lead. Once out front, Welsch was unstoppable, as he claimed the win over Henry and Smith.
For the second week in a row, Brian Bauernfeind took down the win in the 4 Cylinder Advanced division. Bauernfeind started the event fourth, in the row behind Gary Miller and Jerry Kingeter. By the time the initial lap was complete, Bauernfeind had worked his way into the lead. Mike Travis wasted no time getting to second, which he did just one lap after the green. In what has become a familiar sight for fans so far this season, Bauernfeind, Travis, and Tim Curry made up the top three spots. The trio of drivers finished in that order, as Bauerfeind took the checkers over Travis and Curry.
Kayla Curry swept the night’s action in the 4 Cylinder Novice class, taking down wins in the holdover event and the night’s regular race. Curry started eighth in the holdover event, which was led by Dan Houghtaling and Nick Curry before she put her car out front on lap six. Felicia Reichenbaugh held the second spot briefly before James Shields laid claim to the position. The race went green to checkered with no cautions to slow the action, and K. Curry claimed victory over Shields and Reichenbaugh. Curry started fourth in the nightcap event, and took the lead from Keith Unger with just two laps in the books. Reichenbaugh and Vinny DeGraw each held second before Gene Helms grabbed the spot. The event was cut short after Shields blew a motor, dumping oil around the track as the night’s curfew approached. Curry was declared the winner over Helms and DeGraw.
This coming Saturday, June 18th, the Pro Stocks and Street Stocks will both have the week off as Bethel Motor Speedway presents the TQ Spectacular, headlined by the ATQMRA Midgets and Vintage division of the ATQMRA. Joining them on the schedule are the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Both the BMS Modified and Legends divisions are slated to complete their holdover races from May, as well as their regular scheduled races for the evening.
Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $8, and children age five and under are admitted free of charge. More information – including a complete 2016 schedule – can be obtained online at, or by calling (845) 319-7908, Tuesday through Friday from 9 am until 6 pm.
BMS MODIFIED TWIN 25 SEGMENT 1 FINISH (25 laps): 1. Skip LaPolt (Swan Lake, NY), 2. John Cote, 3. Joe DeGracia, 4. Rob Rafferty. DQ – Blair Culhane.
BMS MODIFIED TWIN 25 SEGMENT 2 FINISH (25 laps): 1. John Cote (New Milford, CT), 2. Joe DeGracia, 3. Skip LaPolt. DNS – Rob Rafferty. DQ – Blair Culhane.
358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY), 2. Paul Martin, 3. Dan Dulin, 4. Kyle Redner, 5. Matt Curry, 6. Mike Dutka.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (P, Mahwah, NJ)), 2. Richie Coy (M), 3. Teddy Hodgdon (SP), 4. Chris Rogers (P), 5. Drew Bottge (SP), 6. Stephen Hershey (P), 7. Mikey Policastro (SP), 8. Gillian Kirkpatrick (SP), 9. Jerry Macchia (YL), 10. Rob Rafferty (P), 11. Eugene Drew (P), 12. Matt Maring (P).
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Tyler Dachenhausen (O, Danbury, CT), 2. Eugene Drew (O), 3. Mike Roth (B), 4. Jeff Darrah (O), 5. Sean Verwys (O), 6. Conner Piasecki (O), 7. Joey Aungst (B), 8. Ryan Macartney (B).
BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Isabella Macchia (B, Pawling, NY), 2. Katie Verwys (B), 3. Nick Archiere (B), 4. Teddy Cranmer (B).
PRO STOCK HOLDOVER FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Jim Helt, 3. Larry O’Donnell, 4. Mac Crawson.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Jim Helt, 3. Ed Butler, 4. Larry O’Donnell, 5. Glenn Richard, 6. Vinny Stanton Jr., 7. Mac Crawson.
STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kyle Welsch (Narrowsburg, NY), 2. Walt Henry, 3. Joe Smith, 4. Arthur McArthur, 5. Gary VanOrden, 6. Patty Falkena, 7. Billy Porter, 8. Jessica Ricci, 9. Brent Shaddock, 10. Amber VanOrden.
4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Brian Bauernfeind (North Branch, NY), 2. Mikey Travis, 3. Tim Curry, 4. Gary Miller, 5. Jerry Kingeter, 6. William VanAken, 7. George VanAken.
4 CYLINDER NOVICE HOLDOVER FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kayla Curry (Neversink, NY), 2. James Shields, 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 4. Travis Cogswell, 5. Rich Smith, 6. Vinny DeGraw, 7. Nick Curry, 8. Keith Unger, 9. Nicole Nelson, 10. Marisol Torrens, 11. Dan Houghtaling, 12. John Houghtaling, 13. Jessey Torrens. DNS – John Bankich.
4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (12 laps): 1. Kayla Curry (Neversink, NY), 2. Gene Helms, 3. Vinny DeGraw, 4. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 5. Travis Cogswell, 6. Keith Unger, 7. Nick Curry, 8. Rich Smith, 9. Nicole Nelson, 10. Eddie Jones Jr. 11. Marisol Torrens, 12. John Houghtaling, 13. James Shields, 14. Daniel VanAken, 15. Dan Houghtaling. DNS – Jessey Torrens.


Riverhead, NY June 9th.

The newly configured and ultra competitive Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series will take center stage at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night June 18th as they’ll compete in a 50-lap main event. Also sharing the spotlight will be the annual Eastern Long Island Racing Go Kart Expo featuring a on track exhibition for the ELIR racers that will join five other feature events.
The new rules package for the 2016 Late Model season has provided some exciting on track results to date with for four time Charger champion Chris Turbush of Wading River and tested tough veteran “Jumping” Jack Orlando of Calverton taking early season wins. Aside from Turbush other Charger division converts have enjoyed early season success in their new division with David Roys of Coram, Eric Zeh of Selden and “Radiant” Ray Minieri of Bay Shore sitting in the top ten in points as of press time. However the Late Model veterans are expected to have something to say about who wins the 50-lapper Saturday night as well the season long championship with defending LM champion Jeremy McDermott of Riverhead leading the charge. Roger Oxee of Peconic the all time leading LM winner along with Chris Lescenski of Riverhead, former two time champion Kevin Metzger of Massapequa. Shawn Patrick of Brightwaters and another former champ Mike Bologna of Melville will all be out for the win June 18th. Time trial qualifying will set the field for the LM 50.

The NASCAR Modifieds will run a 40-lap feature event and will be joined by the Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and the Legend Race Cars who will run a 30-lapper with time trial qualifying. The Blunderbusts and Super Pro Trucks will race 20-lap races with a Truck Enduro rounding out the card.

During the course of the evening the ELIR go kart teams will take to the track to showcase their form of racing and skill set. The ELIR on track display will be an exhibition only but watching the various classes get around the historic quarter miler is fun for both fans and participants alike.

Feature event racing will start at 7:00 pm Saturday June 18th at Riverhead Raceway. For our entire 2016 race schedule, rules or entry blanks please visit or phone 631-842-RACE Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.