KEVIN IANNARELLI LOOKS FOR STRONG RUN WITH MODIFIED RACING SERIES AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Jamie Webber Photography

SHIRLEY, Mass. — Set for his third racing action of the season, Kevin Iannarelli and the entire No. 27 team will roll into Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for Tour-Type Modified racing this Saturday, June 19. Iannarelli will drive the No. 27 iRacing.com, Lucas Oil, Access Realty, PFC, VTANG machine in competition around one of the toughest tracks in the region.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, located in Scarborough, Maine, is a third-mile, flat, asphalt track that hosts weekly racing action through the summer. On Saturday, the rumbling of Modifieds will return with the Modified Racing Series for the only visit of the year for the tour. 

“Beech Ridge is similar to Oxford, I’ve run it with the Pro 4 Modified before and also with the Modified, this will be interesting with a 75-lap format,” Iannarelli said. “The surface is similar to Lee USA Speedway, where you have to be sure to conserve your tires for the end of the race. We will be looking for a top-five finish.”

In his first two starts of the year, Iannarelli competed with the Tri Track Open Modified Series at Star Speedway on May 22, qualifying for the race against stout competition and coming home with a 17th place finish. Iannarelli returned to racing in the first race of the year for the Modified Racing Series at Monadnock Speedway on June 5, but didn’t have the run he was looking for after pitting early, and not making it back out before the green flag.

“We struggled a bit at Star — trying out a bit of new stuff in the setup — it just didn’t work out for us,” he said. “I think we would have had a good top-five car at Monadnock. My travel schedule with work is going to start kicking in again, so we will be focusing on the Modified Racing Series. Looking for strong finishes and just taking it race-by-race.”

Without sponsorship from iRacing.com, Lucas Oil, PFC Brakes, JR Motorsports, VTANG, Access Realty, and others, including his friends and family, Kevin would not be able to compete on the track. For his career, Iannarelli is an Associate Producer at iRacing.com.

Saturday’s schedule at Beech Ridge includes practice from 11:45-12:15 p.m., with a second and final round from 3-3:15 p.m. Modified Racing Series heat races will go green at 4 p.m.and the Welcome To The Beech 75-lap feature is slated for 7:45. Tickets will be available at the track for fans who would like to watch Kevin wheel his car to the front of the field.

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Rocco Scores Twice at Nutmeg State 75

Tagg, Fanning, Charette, and Michalski Earn Visits to Winner’s Circle

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

Thompson, CT — Berlin, CT’s Keith Rocco picked up the 58th and 59th wins of his career at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 16. Rocco capped the night with a thrilling victory in the Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea for the Outlaw Open Modified Series, outdueling Ronnie Williams and NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Preece over the final laps. He also triumphed in the Sunoco Modified feature, earning him a total of $6,500 in prize money on the night.

Woburn, MA’s Anthony Nocella earned the pole in the Outlaw Open Modified feature and led the first seven laps before Chelmsford, MA’s Jonathan McKennedy took over the point. The multi-time Modified Racing Series and International Supermodified Association paced the field through two yellow flags, fending off a herd that included Rocco, Preece, Nocella, Williams, and Mike Christopher Jr.

On a lap-29 restart following Rob Richardi Jr.’s spin, Williams shot from fourth to second on the outside and kept McKennedy in his sights as the field strung out. When Nocella looped it in turn four to bring out the final caution with 50 laps complete, the game was afoot. Most of the field came in at that point to put on two fresh tires and make adjustments for the final shootout.

Rocco was the first car out of the pits and restarted fourth behind Dave Sapienza, Andrew Krause, and Max Zachem, who had all pitted during earlier cautions. McKennedy, meanwhile, had a slow stop and was relegated to ninth for the green flag. Sapienza led lap 51, but Rocco and Preece quickly wiggled their way to the front, sweeping underneath Sapienza entering turn one.

Williams and Matt Swanson weren’t far behind as they settled into third and fourth. The top-three eventually broke away, running inches apart at speeds well over 100mph. Preece took a peek to Rocco’s inside on several occasions, knowing that Williams was hot on his tail should he slip up.

With three circuits left, Preece finally made his bid, diving inside Rocco on the front straightaway. However, the many-time Thompson Speedway champion kept his Modified wound up on the high side and staved off the charge. Williams took advantage of Preece’s lost momentum and roared into the second spot. There was time for Williams to mount one charge for the lead off turn two on the final lap, but Rocco parried that move as well to score the victory and the $5,000 winner’s purse.

Tolland, CT’s Williams and Berlin, CT’s Preece got the second- and third-place trophies. Swanson, Chris Pasteryak, MicKennedy, Christopher, Sapienza, Nocella, and Zachem rounded out the top-10.

Prior to his Outlaw Open Modified victory, Rocco remained perfect in the Sunoco Modifieds under the ACT/PASS sanction. Rocco started seventh in the 30-lap feature and quickly carved his way to the front, taking the lead on lap four. Troy Talman and Danny Cates were able to grab the lead back from Rocco on restarts, but Rocco swiped it back a lap later both times.

Wolcott, CT’s Mike Christopher Jr. eventually moved into the second spot and caught Rocco with 10 laps to go. Christopher stalked the multi-time Thompson Speedway champion until trying an inside move entering turn three with four laps remaining. But the challenger wiggled and lost two car lengths instead. Christopher was unable to recover enough for another attempt at the lead, coming across the finish line in Rocco’s shadow.

Chaplin, CT’s Cates finished third while Dartmouth, MA’s Derek Gluchacki took fourth in his first Sunoco Modified start. John Lowinski-Loh, Joe Allegro Jr., Chase Cook, Christian Turrisi, Talman, and Paul LaPlante were fifth through 10th.

Rocco’s two victories tied him with Larry Barnett for fourth on the all-time Thompson Speedway wins list. He now trails only the late Ted Christopher, Rick Gentes, and Fred DeSarro.

Oxford, MA’s Brian Tagg went pole-to-pole to win the 25-lap Late Model feature. Tagg quickly disposed of outside polesitter Matthew Lowinski-Loh at the drop of the green. As the leader steadily pulled away, a scrum broke out behind him as Ryan Morgan, Mark Jenison, Woody Pitkat, Tom Carey III, and others jockeyed for position.

New Salem, MA’s Carey, the most recent ACT Late Model Tour winner, caught Franklin, CT’s Morgan for the second spot just past halfway. The duo battled side-by-side for seven laps with neither giving an inch, which was exactly what the crowd and Tagg wanted to see. Carey finally cleared Morgan with four circuits remaining but didn’t have to time to catch Tagg as the popular veteran scored the victory.

Morgan took third followed by Pitkat and Lowinski-Loh. Rick Gentes, Nick Johnson, Charles Bailey III, Jenison, and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. were positions 6-10.

Mapleville, RI’s Corey Fanning marched through the Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsmen field to win their 20-lap feature. Fanning started eighth and followed Ryan Waterman and Larry Barnett early on. As they got closer to the front, Fanning asserted himself, eventually grabbing the lead from Waterman with eight circuits remaining.

Fanning was able to build a lead as Waterman, Brent Gleason, and Barnett sliced and diced for the runner-up spot. Gleason eventually grabbed it from Waterman and was gaining on Fanning in the closing laps. But he ran out of time, and Fanning — whose girlfriend is expecting a baby at any moment — rolled to the victory.

Barnett followed Gleason around Waterman to get third. Scott Sundeen, Nicholas Hovey, polesitter Troy Waterman, Jeffrey VanPelt, Charles Stott III, and Doug Benoit completed the top-10.

Woodstock, CT’s Paul “Buddy” Charette held off Anthony Bello and John O’Sullivan III for his first SK Light Modified victory at Thompson Speedway. Charette initially grabbed the lead from polesitter O’Sullivan on lap 6 of the 20-lap feature. Just one lap later, Steve Kenneway slammed head-on into the turn 2 wall to bring out the race’s third caution.

Charette chose the outside groove for the restart only to have Icebreaker winner Bello muscle past him entering turn one. Undaunted, the former Late Model competitor kept hounding Bello until the fourth and final caution on lap 12 for a spin by Albert Ouellette and Josh Carey. On the final restart, Charette returned the favor, using the inside line to beat Bello to turn one. He then kept his rivals at bay for the final eight circuits.

Bello took second with O’Sullivan third. Oullette and Cary rebounded to complete the top-five.

Brooklyn, CT’s Steve Michalski won a hard-fought Mini Stock feature. Michalski started second in the 15-lap feature but got a great jump at the start inside polesitter Russell Barboza.

Mansfield, CT’s Dave Trudeau followed Michalski around Barboza and dogged him for the entire race. Coming to the checkered flag, Trudeau was finally able to get inside Michalski off turn four. But Michalski was faster in the drag race to the line, taking the victory by just 0.093 seconds. East Haddam, CT’s Eric Bourgeois completed the podium followed by Barboza and Evan Bourgeois.

The Thompson Speedway oval is back in action Wednesday, July 7 at 6:00pm with the Sam Adams Wicked Hazy IPA Spirit of 76. The Outlaw Open Modifieds chase another $5,000 top price in a belated Independence Day celebration. They’re joined by the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, and Mini Stocks.

General admission is $30 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. and under. Speed51.TV will also have a live pay-per-view broadcast for those who can’t make it to the track. Sign up at www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-outlaw-open-modified-series-at-thompson.

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 visitwww.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK — Thompson, CT

NUTMEG STATE 75 PRESENTED BY TWISTED TEA

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

OUTLAW OPEN MODIFIED SERIES

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps 

1. ( 7 ) Keith Rocco ( 57 ) Berlin, CT , 75 Laps

2. ( 9 ) Ronnie Williams ( 25 ) Tolland, CT , 75 Laps

3. ( 3 ) Ryan Preece ( 6NY ) Berlin, CT , 75 Laps

4. ( 4 ) Matt Swanson ( 3 ) Harvard, MA , 75 Laps

5. ( 13 ) Chris Pasteryak ( 75 ) Moosup, CT , 75 Laps

6. ( 6 ) Jonathan McKennedy ( 79 ) Chelmsford, MA , 75 Laps

7. ( 10 ) Mike Christopher Jr. ( 7NY ) Wolcott, CT , 75 Laps

8. ( 2 ) David Sapienza ( 36 ) Riverhead, NY , 75 Laps

9. ( 1 ) Anthony Nocella ( 92 ) Woburn, MA , 75 Laps

10. ( 5 ) Max Zachem ( 18 ) Oakdale, CT , 75 Laps

11. ( 14 ) Andrew Krause ( 24 ) Holmdel, NJ , 75 Laps

12. ( 12 ) Rob Richardi Jr. ( 12MA ) Taunton, MA , 75 Laps

13. ( 16 ) Shawn Monahan ( 55CT ) Waterford, CT , 75 Laps

14. ( 8 ) Anthony Flannery ( 25CT ) East Hampton, CT , 75 Laps

15. ( 11 ) Josh Zentek ( 81X ) East Haven, CT , 8 Laps

16. ( 15 ) Brett Meservey ( 45 ) Brewster, MA , 6 Laps

DNS ( 17 ) Brian Weber ( 76 ) Mooresville, NC

Lap Leaders: Anthony Nocella, 1-7; Jonathan McKennedy, 8-50; Dave Sapienza, 51; Keith Rocco, 52-75. (3 lead changes among 4 drivers)

Time of Race: 38 minutes, 35 seconds   Margin of Victory: 0.159 seconds 

Cautions: 4 (laps 4, 23, 29, 50) 

Heat Winners: Jonathan McKennedy, Keith Rocco

SUNOCO MODIFIEDS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Keith Rocco ( 57 ) Berlin , CT

2. Mike Christopher Jr. ( 82 ) Wolcott , CT

3. Danny Cates ( 2 ) Chaplin , CT

4. Derek Gluchacki ( 88 ) Dartmouth , MA

5. John Lowinski-Loh ( 33 ) Thompson , CT

6. Joe Allegro Jr. ( 08 ) Vernon , RI

7. Chase Cook ( 8 ) Norwich , CT

8. Christian Turrisi ( 76 ) Clinton , CT

9. Troy Talman ( 3 ) Oxford , MA

10. Paul LaPlante ( 02 ) N. Scituate , RI

11. Jonathan Puleo ( 7 ) Branford , CT

12. Richard Williams ( 59 ) East Hampton , CT

13. Jason Sundeen ( 26 ) Douglas , MA

14. Darin Renihan ( 44 ) Woodbury , CT

LATE MODELS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. ( 1 ) Brian Tagg ( 9MA ) Oxford , MA

2. ( 8 ) Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) Warwick , MA

3. ( 7 ) Ryan Morgan ( 31CT ) North Franklin , CT

4. ( 6 ) Woody Pitkat ( 91CT ) Bellingham , MA

5. ( 4 ) Matthew Lowinski-Loh ( 17 ) Milford , MA

6. ( 5 ) Rick Gentes ( 70 ) Harrisville , RI

7. ( 3 ) Nicholas Johnson ( 6 ) Rehoboth , MA

8. ( 9 ) Charles H. Bailey III ( 94CT ) Lisbon , CT

9. ( 2 ) Mark Jenison ( 22RI ) Warwick , RI

10. ( 11 ) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00 ) Candia , NH

11. ( 10 ) Mike Benevides ( 50RI ) Westerly , RI

12. ( 12 ) R.J. Marcotte ( 81CT ) Millville , MA

13. ( 14 ) Paul Heard ( 32 ) Lisbon , CT

14. ( 13 ) Charles H. Bailey IV ( 4CT ) Lisbon , CT

VANDI AUTO SUPPLY LIMITED SPORTSMEN

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Corey Fanning ( 47 ) Mapleville , RI

2. Brent Gleason ( 01 ) Griswold , CT

3. Lawrence P. Barnett ( 73 ) Moosup , CT

4. Ryan Waterman ( 75 ) Danielson , CT

5. Scott Sundeen ( 36 ) Sutton , MA

6. Nicholas Hovey ( 16 ) Chaplin , CT

7. Troy Waterman ( 7 ) Danielson , CT

8. Jeffery VanPelt ( 13 ) Johnston , RI

9. Charles H. Stott III ( 10 ) Medway , MA

10. Doug Benoit ( 12 ) Swansea , MA

11. Kevin Mason ( 37 ) West Warwick , RI

12. Tommy Shea ( 45 ) Somers , CT

13. Edward  Flanagan, Jr ( 5 ) Warwick , RI

14. Kristopher Kay ( 8 ) Dudley , MA

15. Aaron Plemons ( 91 ) Uncasville , CT

SK LIGHT MODIFIEDS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Paul Charette ( 28 ) Woodstock , CT

2. Anthony Bello ( 2 ) Newtown , CT

3. John O’Sullivan III ( 15 ) Norwich , CT

4. Albert Ouellette ( 151 ) Ellington , CT

5. Josh Carey ( 69 ) Belchertown , MA

6. Jason Paquette ( 94 ) Baltic , CT

7. Michael Mitchell ( 40 ) Cumberland , RI

8. Peter Lopuch ( 71 ) Redding , CT

9. Daniel Gamache Jr. ( 88 ) North Smithfield , RI

10. Nathan G.  Pytho ( 24 ) Oxford , MA

11. Steve Kenneway ( 26 ) Lowell , MA

12. Paul French ( 37 ) Andover , CT

MINI STOCKS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Steven H. Michalski ( 44 ) Brooklyn , CT

2. Dave Trudeau ( 97 ) Mansfield , CT

3. Eric Bourgeois ( 87 ) East Haddam , CT

4. Russell Barboza ( 4 ) Plainfield , CT

5. Evan Bourgeois ( 78 ) East Haddam , CT

6. Jared Roy ( 81 ) Sterling , CT

7. Nathan Taylor ( 92 ) Brooklyn , CT

WALL STADIUM HONORS DADS WITH CONE RACES SATURDAY NIGHT

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Six Wall Stadium Speedway stock car racing divisions will be in action when the third mile high banked paved oval honors dads with a special discount grandstand admission price this Father’s Day Weekend Saturday night (June 19). Grandstand seating will open at 4:00 p.m. with qualifying slated for 5:00 p.m. and the first main event planned for 7:00 p.m. All Six divisions will compete in “Cone Races” on this special Saturday night.

In a “cone race” a traffic cone is placed on the backstretch at the one-to-go sign for a restart. Any driver can choose to go inside the cone or outside the cone. If the first four drivers choose the inside, for example, the fifth place driver can choose the outside and move up to the front row. Does a driver take the preferred inside groove and restart further back on the inside, or does he or she choose the shorter line of cars on the outside and hope he or she can make it stick? That’s the issue each driver will face on each restart.

The headlining Modifieds are set for a 40-lap main event with defending champ Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Jackson’s Steven Reed, Brick’s Dom Fattaruso, Farmingdale’s Tommy Martino, Jr. and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River all expected to compete in the series.

The Sportsman title chase is tight with Jackson’s Jarret DiGiantomasso defending his crown with top runners Neil Rutt III of Edison, Jake Nelke of Manahawkin and Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson also expected to see Sportsman action.

Two-time Factory Stock champion Elliot Wohl of Beachwood will lead the full-fendered cars into competition, while former champs Scott Riggleman of Manchester and Brian O’Shea of Neptune City are also expected to see action.

The race for the title in the Fast 4 division promises to be tight with defending champion Ryan Maher of Neptune City fighting off a field of talented competitors. The Legend Cars will also offer strong title competition as Peter Bruno of Little Silver is expected to see action. Howie Conk of Freehold and Bayville’s Mike Tillett, both former champs, are expected to lead the Limited Late Model feature race. All five support divisions will battle in 25-lappers.

On Saturday, the pit area will open at 1:00 p.m. while practice sessions will begin at 2:30 P.M. The Father’s Day Feast at the refreshment stands will include homemade hearty food specials. Father’s day themed drawings will be held at the Welcome Center and midway vendors will be selling men’s skincare products and cigars.

The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through early October, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. The post-season Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby” is also being planned.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

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