Limited Sportsman Take Center Stage at Thompson Wednesday Night

May 16, 2016 (THOMPSON, Conn) The XtraMart Limited Sportsman competitors will take center stage Wednesday night as racing action returns to Thompson Speedway’s 5/8-mile oval. Competitors in the full body division will double down to run 40 laps presented by Circuit One Events, which is twice the usual distance.


Josh Wood comes into the race after finding victory in the season opening Icebreaker, doing so in dominating fashion and is expected to be strong again for event number two. Even though he is one of the younger competitors in the class he is still considered a favorite and speaks with a veteran’s perspective.

“You need to go easier on the tires for the first 20 laps or so to save them (for the end) and be patient,” says Wood.

Parity is one word used to describe the XtraMart Limited Sportsman division, consisting of several teams with equal chance to get to victory lane. Corey Hutchings has finally gotten the monkey off his back by getting through the Icebreaker unscathed, but the question remains to be answered if he can keep the momentum rolling into the heart of the season. Regardless he still comes in as the championship favorite based on past success; that is at least until another competitor can prove otherwise.

Then there is Larry Barnett who is more determined than ever to rise to the top of the class. “I have been preparing for weeks for this race,” said the multi-time champion. “I’m more than ready for this event.”

The XtraMart Limited Sportsman race is just one of the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions that will be on hand Wednesday night. The nightcap for the racing card will feature a rematch of Keith Rocco and Jeff Rocco in the 25-lap late model feature. The twin brothers tangled after a fierce battle for the lead the last time out, destroying both machines. The impact was so ferocious that it peeled the roof straight off Keith Rocco’s No. 88.

Jeff Rocco has since partnered with Don Barker, former Whelen Modified Tour championship car owner and current crew chief for Donny Lia, to acquire the assets of Eric Grant’s Late Model team. Rocco now enters the event as an owner-driver wheeling the same equipment he competed with during the Icebreaker.

The Sunoco Modified division sees Keith Rocco leading the standings with defending champion Woody Pitkat off to a slow start. Pitkat finished 17th in the first race after completing just 6 laps. It was his worst finish since joining the Stan Mertz owned team at the start of 2015.

While Pitkat looks to rebound, both Ronnie Williams and Adam Norton look to build upon top-5 finishes. Williams finished 3rd in his first outing in the Sunoco Modified at Thompson showing he is a quick learner. Williams does have multiple wins in this type of Modified at other speedways, although he is running regularly at Thompson for the first time this year.

Norton is a familiar face around the speedway and is looking for a breakout victory to solidify his name among the contenders. He showed good race pace during the bright sunshine of Icebreaker weekend and now he’ll look to dial it in for the night setup.

The first feature scheduled to roll onto the racetrack Wednesday evening will be the Mini Stock division. Dave Trudeau comes as the only defending champion to start his title defense in victory lane. All eyes point to him to be the favorite once again, but he will face a new challenger in Wayne Burroughs. In the opener, Burroughs was involved in a lap one incident and drove from the back to 3rd in just 14 laps.

The XtraMart Limited Sportsman Long Distance event, presented by Circuit One Events takes place on Wednesday, May 18. Grandstands will open at 4:30PM, qualifying is at 6:30 PM and feature races will follow.

For more information about Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park events or to order tickets, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

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LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY PLAYS PIVOTAL ROLE IN DECIDING SERIES CROWN

-Queen City Clash First of Four Events to be Held at Western New York Speedplant-

Lancaster, N.Y. – (May 16, 2016) – The Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco makes stop one of four this Saturday (May 21) at Lancaster National Speedway for the running of the Queen City Clash “75”. The half-mile will play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of the 2016 Series Championship as the only track with four dates on the Series schedule.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., who is a veteran and past champion with the Race of Champions Series, started his career and developed his craft at Lancaster National Speedway.

“It’s a demanding place, that is very fun to drive,” explained Hossfeld. “You definitely have to manage yourself and your equipment to be successful at Lancaster and with four races there, it’s critical that we roll out of the box strong. Good finishes at Lancaster are a must if you want to have a chance at the championship.”

Bryan Sherwood of Owego, N.Y., comes to Lancaster fourth in points after a fourth place finish at Oswego. Sherwood knows that another solid performance will help build on the positive start he and his team have had to the season.

“We have been consistent and we are very happy with our first two races,” stated Sherwood. “We’ve been building a new car that we haven’t finished yet, so we’ve been running my Dad’s (Lee Sherwood) old car and it has served us very well. It handles and drives well. I know that with a little luck and patience we can have another good finish at Lancaster and keep the momentum going. I’m looking forward to Saturday, it’s going to be an exciting night.”

Pit gates open at 2:00 pm with the front gates opening at 3:30 pm. Racing begins at 5:30 pm. For more information you can visit the Lancaster National Speedway website at http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ or the Race of Champions website at www.rocmodifiedseries.com where the Competition Format for the event is posted.

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DAVE ANTOS & BEN GREGOR AMONG MAY MELTDOWN ENDURO WINNERS AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

Riverhead, NY May 15th.

After having to wait two weeks to get the May Meltdown Enduro program in at Riverhead Raceway Sunday afternoon was a blustery and cool day at the track with veteran drivers Dave Antos of Lindenhurst and Ben Gregor of Bridgehampton among the seven feature event winners. Antos topped the 50-lap Grand Enduro after a race long battle with Brian McCormack of Holbrook with Gregor declared the winner of the Truck Enduro.

Former Blunderbust driver Rhett Fogg led the first lap of the Grand contest but he was passed on lap 2 by his son Logan for the top spot. Logan led until the 4th lap when Dave Antos, a two time champion in the class moved by to take the lead from the second generation driver. Once out front Antos quickly felt the heat from Brian McCormack who for the remainder of the race stayed glued to the rear bumper of the leader. With about three laps to go Brian went for broke ducking under Dave entering the first turn but he’d have to back off when Antos shut the door. From there Dave Antos drive off to victory in his G&R Performance Chevy with Brian McCormack a close second in the Big Mack’s Towing entry. Jimmy “The Kid” White Jr. of Southampton was third in the Busy Bee Pest Control Chevy.

The 50-lap Truck Enduro featured some close racing as well with contact late in the race determining the outcome. Former champion Don Nelson Jr. quickly put his Abner Tree Service Chevy out front when the race went green and was chased by Richard Galante who ran second up until the 31st lap. At that time Rob “The Racer” McCormick entered the mix passing Galante for second and then quickly setting his sights on leader Nelson. McCormick would eventually catch Nelson for the lead and make several bids for the top spot, one of which was too close as he got into the back of Don sending him into a spin. McCormick would take the checker flag first but for his part in Don’s spin was sent to last on the lead lap. Ben Gregor who made his way to second on lap 46 was awarded the win in his Gregor Well Drilling S-10 pick-up. Richard Galante of East Patchogue was the runner-up in his sponsored wanted machine with Don Nelson of Rocky Point recovering for third place money.

After trying to score his first career 8-Cylinder Enduro win since 2007 Justin Ferreri of Hicksville finally grabbed the brass right in the May Meltdown 75-lap main event. Several drivers led the race early on including Ferreri who led the first five circuits. Mike D’Orta, Sean Fitzpatrick and Brian Halsey all took a turn up front before Ferreri reclaimed the lead for good on lap 32 when Halsey was sent spinning by a lapped car. Once out front Justin Ferreri would not be denied that first career trip to victory lane in his Lakewood Used Auto Parts machine. Veteran Mike Sorrentino of Lindenhurst was runner-up, he too backed by Lakewood Used Auto Parts with Dave Verbeek of Seaford third in the Empire entry.

The 60-lap 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro was also a barn burned with Steve “The Pitbull” Trimboli of Freeport turning a late race pass into victory. Young talent Brandon Esposito wasted little time taking the early race lead when the green flag waved and built himself a comfortable lead right up until the closing laps of the race. Tested tough veteran Steve Trimboli made his was through the field and with just a few laps to go worked his way by Esposito for the lead, a lead he never surrender in his Pitbull Motors racer. Brandon Esposito of Farmingville was second in his Gene’s 112 Car Care machine with 2015 champion Paul Wojcik of Centereach placing third.

The Gut & Go class were awarded a second race to go along with their scheduled contest as they produced the higher car count in the pits area for the day. In the 60-lap opener Peter Verwys of E. Stroudsburg, Pa. took home the win dominating the second portion of the race in his VFR Racing entry. Mike Biddlecomb of Selden and Brandon Petricek of Shoreham were second and third.

In the 25-lap nightcap for the Gut & Go class Brandon Esposito took the lead of the race right at the drop of the green and never looked back completing his very successful day in victory.

The Mini 8 Enduro run on the famed Figure Eight course was a hard fought race that once again involved Brandon Esposito. In this contest Esposito and “Cheesebox” Michael Rommeney of Bohemia were the two main combatants with Brandon holding the lead for most of the race. Rommeney was all over the back bumper of the leader looking for a way by. With just over a lap to go Michael found and opening and drove past Esposito for the win. Gary Fritz Jr. of Mastic Beach was third.

Grand Enduro (top five) 1. Dave Antos 2. Brian McCormack 3. Jimmy White Jr. 4. Glenn Simonin 5. Anthony Pizzo

Truck Enduro (top five) 1. Ben Gregor 2. Richard Galante 3. Don Nelson Jr. 4. RJ Gage 5. Matt Triola

8-Cylinder Enduro (top five) 1. Justin Ferreri 2. Michael Sorrentino 3. David Verbeek 4. Pat Collins 5. Tom Talbolt

4/6-Cylinder Cars (top five) 1. Steve Trimboli 2. Brandon Esposito 3. Paul Wojcik 4. Ed Fontana 5. Joe Warren Jr.

1st Gut & Go Enduro (top five) 1. Peter Verwys 2. Mike Biddlecomb 3. Brandon Petricek 4. Jarrod Hayes 5. William Quinn

Mini 8 Enduro (top five) 1. Michael Rommeney  2. Brandon Esposito 3. Gary Fritz Jr. 4. George Astacio 5. John Kraft

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