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Schedule Announced for 58th World Series at Thompson Speedway

Advance Ticket Sales to Begin Tuesday, September 15

Thompson, CT — Track and series officials have announced the schedule of events for the 58th World Series of Speedway Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The annual auto racing festival once again has three days of racing from Friday, October 9 to Sunday, October 11 with 18 divisions on the program.

The action kicks off Friday, October 9 with rotating practice beginning 11:00am. All World Series divisions except the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are allowed to participate. A five-division Friday night card goes green at 5:00pm that includes the Thompson Mini Stocks, an 8-cylinder Street Stock Open, the Senior Tour Auto Racers Modifeds and Late Models, and an Open Vintage Modified feature.

Saturday, October 10 will be the busiest day of racing at the World Series. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has practice and qualifying for their annual World Series 150. Twelve other divisions have heat races that afternoon beginning at approximately 2:00pm. Following NASCAR Modified time trials are main events for the Tour-type Modified Open, ACT-type Late Model Open, 350 Supermodifieds, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series, North East Mini Stock Tour, NEMA Midgets, and Pro 4 Modifieds.

The festival wraps up Sunday, October 11. The first green flag flies at 12:30pm when the Sunoco Modified feature rolls onto the track. Main events for the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, NEMA Lites, and SK Light Modifieds are also on Sunday. The World Series concludes with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150-lap event.

Advance tickets for the 58th World Series of Speedway Racing go on sale Tuesday, September 15 at https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ. A three-day general admission pass is $55 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and under. Grandstand attendance is limited to 25% of capacity per state requirements. Pit admission is $75 per person for a three-day pass.

Division rules, purses, and entry forms that have not yet been released will be announced soon. Visit www.thompsonspeedway.com or www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway for regular updates and to review the track’s health and safety guidelines.

For more information about the World Series of Speedway Racing schedule, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway or www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For camping information and general Thompson Speedway inquires, call (860) 923-2280 or email oval@thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

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.

Santos Outduels Bonsignore to Win Thrilling Back-and-Forth Musket 200 Presented by Whelen at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Wayne Helliwell Jr. wins the ACT 75; Shaun Buffington wins the Granite State Legends Cars Road Course Series and Oval Series events during the third annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

Tom Morris / Myracenews photos

LOUDON, N.H. – A wild finish featuring a mind-blowing 20 lead changes in the last 20 laps, Bobby Santos III found a way to keep points leader Justin Bonsignore in his rearview mirror for the last few turns to earn a hard-fought checkered flag at the Musket 200 presented by Whelen Saturday afternoon during the third annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend, earning his sixth win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Wayne Helliwell Jr. won the ACT 75 while Shaun Buffington won both Granite State Legends Cars events.

Santos hung back in the pack until lap 167 when he slingshot around a trio of frontrunners going into turn three and pulled a similar move a few turns later to take the lead, setting up a thrilling string of lead changes with Bonsignore. The two traded the lead 20 times over 20 laps; Bonsignore dominating turn three and Santos showing how to pass going into turn one. Over and over they traded places, with Ron Silk briefly nudging his way into second, with four laps remaining.  Bonsignore took the spot back, but not before Santos took advantage and drove just far enough away from the other leaders to keep from being caught before the checkered flag waved.

“Unbelievable finish. I love this track, love these cars, this is the best field in the country and drivers love racing here at New Hampshire because it is really fun and we are all so close in speed,” said Santos after celebrating in victory lane. “This place has been good to me.”

Bonsignore, Silk, Anthony Nocella and Craig Lutz rounded out the top five.

Santos was presented with an engraved musket that was made in Rochester, N.H., traditional Revolutionary War-era tricorn hat and a trophy that, taking on its New England roots, is a replica of the Minuteman statue in Concord, Mass., weighing 30 pounds and measuring 32 inches tall.  This was his second musket trophy in three years.

A late race caution was about the only way the field could close any ground on Wayne Helliwell Jr., who powered his way to an easy finish in the ACT 75. Helliwell took the lead in the early stages and dominated.

“This thing was unbelievable! We got a second set of tires on it, and it was lights out,” explained Dover, N.H.’s Helliwell, who spoke to fans from victory lane. “I have never had a car that could turn so well and get on the throttle so fast again, everything worked out our way today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”

Jimmy Hebert, Bryan Kruczek, Tom Carey and DJ Shaw rounded out the top five.

Buffington took the Road Course Series win Friday evening after the Granite State Legends Cars raced on the 0.95-mile modified road course. Teammates Jack Walker (second) and Darren Gallant (third) landed next to him on the podium.

Saturday morning saw Buffington at the top of the podium again for the Oval Series race on the 0.25-mile mini oval in turns one and two of “The Magic Mile” with Walker earning another second place finish and Bob Weymouth third. Although this was the championship race for the Oval Series, the points are currently tied, so a tie-breaker will be issued in the coming days to determine who will be named the 2020 Oval Series champion.

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Stafford Speedway Hosting 3rd Annual TC 13 Shootout in Memory of Ted Christopher This Friday

(Stafford Springs, CT)—For the 3rd consecutive season, Stafford Motor Speedway will pay tribute to one of its greatest champions with the TC 13 Shootout in memory of Ted Christopher this Friday night, September 11.  Christopher made the number 13 famous at Stafford, taking that car number to 109 SK Modified® wins and 9 track championships.  This Friday night will see the number 13 back in the spotlight with the top-13 finishers from the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event transferring into the TC 13 Shootout, a 13-lap race that will pay the winner $1,313 thanks to contributions from event partners Justin & Tabitha Manafort, Greg and Venetta Narducci of the Florida Connection, Big Haus USA Racing Products, Gaston Racing Enterprises, LifeCare Family Chiropractic with Dr. Sean Noel, the Tri-Track Modified Series, John and Maina Rufrano with Wheelers Auto, and anonymous donors.  Glen Reen won the Inaugural TC 13 Shootout in 2018 and Keith Rocco won last year’s TC 13 Shootout.

“We’re excited to host the 3rd Annual TC 13 Shootout,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute.  “We can’t thank those who have supported the purse enough, without their support the event is not possible. Between this event and the amazing work Quinn Christopher did this season with the Ted Christopher Safety initiative Teddy’s legacy lives on.”

Christopher ranks as one of, if not the greatest, champions in the long and storied history of Stafford Motor Speedway.  Christopher made his Stafford debut in 1983 driving in the SK Modified® division and although it took him several seasons before he scored his first win in 1986, once he got his first win he continued winning at an amazing rate through the 2017 season.  Christopher scored at least 1 SK Modified® feature victory every year from 1986 through 2014, which was a 29 year winning streak.  Christopher’s 131 career Stafford wins are a track record with his 131 wins spread out over 6 different divisions.  Christopher won races in the SK Modified®, ProStock, Whelen Modified Tour, Valenti Modified Racing Series, Busch North Series, and Pro All-Stars Series.  

Christopher’s 9 SK Modified® track championships are also a Stafford record and those 9 championships were spread out over 4 decades of racing (1987, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014). Christopher was the 2001 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion and he won the 2008 Whelen Modified Tour championship driving the #36 car for Eddie Whelan.  Christopher recorded 12 of his 42 career Whelen Modified Tour wins at Stafford, including the final WMT win of his career at the 2011 NAPA Fall Final.  

“Teddy is missed everyday,” continued Arute. “When we came up with this event we were looking to develop a race that we could hold each year in his honor. The race has really taken a life of its own and serves as a great memorial for TC. He’s an important part of Stafford’s history and will never be forgotten.” 

This Friday night, September 11, the TC 13 SK Modified® Shootout and regularly scheduled 40-lap SK Modified® feature will be paired with Stafford’s Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks for a full night of NASCAR Weekly Racing.  Tickets are priced at $20.00 for adult general admission, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Paddock passes are $40 and all tickets for this event are available for purchase now at www.staffordspeedway.com.  Don’t wait, most events have sold out.  If tickets are sold the day of the event the price increases $5 at the gates.

Any fans who can’t make the race in person can watch a live stream of the entire evening starting at 6pm with qualifying heats all the way through the final feature event of the night on www.staffordspeedway.tv for only $20.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.