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Rocco, Coury, Puleo, Durand, & Hydar Score NAPA Auto Parts Opening Night Victories At Stafford Motor Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—After a 2-month delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Stafford Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing with NAPA Auto Parts Opening Night on Friday, June 26.  126 cars lined the paddock area with Keith Rocco in the SK Modified® feature, Wayne Coury, Jr. in the Late Model feature, Jonathan Puleo in the SK Light feature, Andrew Durand in the Limited Late Model feature, and Travis Hydar in the Street Stock feature all becoming the first drivers to reach NAPA Victory Lane in 2020 at Stafford. 

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Ronnie Williams and Todd Owen went side by side for the lead at the green with Williams getting clear on lap-2.  Michael Christopher, Jr. was third in the early laps with Cory DiMatteo moving into fourth and Keith Rocco was fifth. 

Owen made a move to the inside of Williams in turn 3 to take the lead on lap-4.   Christopher followed him through to take second before the caution came out with 4 laps complete for Teddy Hodgdon and Dan Wesson, who both went through the frontstretch infield with Wesson coming to a stop.

Owen powered his way back to the lead on the restart with Williams in second.  Rocco was up to third with Christopher fourth and Woody Pitkat fifth.  Williams made a move to the inside of Owen for the lead on lap-8 and he was able to complete the pass on lap-9 and take over the lead.  Rocco followed him by Owen to take second and Christopher took third, dropping Owen back to fourth.  Matt Vassar and Tyler Hines spun in turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 9 laps complete.

Williams was the leader back under green with Owen and Rocco side by side for second.  Pitkat was fourth in line with Christopher fifth and Andrew Molleur in sixth.  The caution came back out with 12 laps complete for a spin in turn 4 by DiMatteo.  Bryan Narducci spun in turn 2 to bring the caution back out before a lap could be completed.

Owen took the lead on the restart with Rocco right behind him in second.  Williams was third in line with Molleur in fourth and Pitkat back to fifth.  Stephen Kopcik was applying heavy pressure to Pitkat for fifth but Pitkat was able to hold him off.  Up front, Rocco was all over Owen’s back bumper looking high and low for a way to take over the lead.  Owen was able to keep Rocco behind him.  Rocco continued to look high and low for a way around Owen until the caution flew with 19 laps complete for a spin on the backstretch by Michael Gervais, Jr.

Rocco got right back to applying heavy pressure to Owen’s back bumper on the restart as they fought for the lead but Owen was once again able to keep Rocco behind him.  Williams was third with Kopcik up to fourth and Pitkat in fifth.  Rocco was finally able to make a pass stick on lap-24 as he went by Owen in turns 1+2 to take over the race lead.  David Arute spun coming out of turn 2 to bring the caution out with 27 laps complete.

Rocco took the lead on the restart while Williams got around Owen to take second but the caution came back out with 28 laps complete for a multi-car accident on the backstretch involving the cars of Glen Reen, Tony Membrino, Jr., Tyler Leary, Teddy Hodgdon, Molleur, and Troy Talman.  The restart saw Tom Bolles get into the turn 3 wall, which collected several other cars that brought the caution right back out.

The restart saw Owen go from third to first with Rocco falling back to second.  Pitkat was up to third with Kopcik fourth and Williams fifth.  Rocco was immediately back to applying heavy pressure to Owen, looking high and low for a way to get back to the front of the pack.  Rocco made his move in turn 3 on lap-34 to get back to the front.  Pitkat was still third behind Owen with Kopcik and Williams continuing to make up the top-5 cars. 

Kopcik made a move to the inside of Pitkat on lap-38 to move into third.  Williams followed Kopcik by Pitkat to take fourth and drop Pitkat back to fifth.  Rocco pulled away from Owen at the front to take down the first SK Modified® win of 2020.  Kopcik finished third with Williams and Pitkat rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tom Fearn took the lead at the green with Paul Arute right behind him in second.  Tyler Leary and Ryan Fearn were side by side for third place with Adam Gray riding in fifth place.  Fearn took third from Leary on lap-2 and the top-5 were now single file with Tom Fearn showing the way.

Fearn was starting to pull away from Arute, Ryan Fearn, Leary, Gray, and the rest of the field.  Darrell Keane took fifth from Gray on lap-8 while the top-4 cars remained unchanged.  With 10 laps complete, Tom Fearn had opened up a nearly half straightaway lead over the field but his car dropped off the pace on lap-12 and he limped back to pit road and pulled behind the wall with Arute now the race leader.  The caution came out with 12 laps complete to slow the field.

Arute took the lead on the restart but Ryan Fearn was applying heavy pressure.  The field was only able to complete one lap before a pileup in turn 1 occurred involving Kevin Gambacorta, Duane Provost, Al Saunders, Rick Lanagan, Jordan Hadley, and Trace Beyer to bring the caution back out with 13 laps complete.

Ryan Fearn powered his way into the lead on the outside of Arute as the race went back to green.  Arute slid back to sixth in line as Gray took second, Leary third, Keane fourth, and Wayne Coury, Jr. fifth.  Keane spun in the middle of turns 3+4 to bring the caution back out with 15 laps complete.

Gray did to Ryan Fearn what Fearn did to Arute on the previous restart and he took the lead in the outside lane.  Coury was up to third behind Fearn and Arute with Leary fourth and Arute fifth.  Fearn made a move to the inside of Gray in turn 1 on lap-17 and got loose and spun, collecting Gray in the spin and bringing the caution flag back out with 17 laps complete.   Coury was now the race leader with Leary on his outside and Arute and Jim Mavlouganes lined up behind him for the restart.

Coury took the lead with Leary holding off a stiff challenge from Michael Bennett for second.  Bennett slotted into third with Michael Wray up to fourth and Jim Mavlouganes up to fifth.  Keane was back up to sixth after his earlier spin and Arute was seventh in line. 

Bennett got around Leary to take second on lap-23 and he took the lead from Coury on lap-24, but before the lap could be completed, Gambacorta spun in the middle of turns 1+2 to bring the caution back out and put Coury back up front for the restart.

Coury took the lead back under green but the caution came back after one lap had been completed as Mavlouganes’ car came to a stop in turn 4.

Coury took the lead on the restart with Bennett taking second.  Arute was up to third with Saunders fourth and Gray in fifth.  Bennett was almost glued to Coury’s back bumper as they completed lap-28.  Coury held off a determined Bennett to take down the first Late Model win of the 2020 season.  Arute finished third with Saunders and Gray rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature, Rit Dulac spun on the start in turn 2 to bring the caution out before a lap could be completed.  Robert Bloxsom, III and Joey Ferrigno ran the first lap side by side for the lead before Bloxsom got clear on lap-2.  Chris Matthews and Jonathan Puleo were side by side for third with Brian Sullivan in fifth.  Matthews got the better of the duel with Puleo to take third on lap-3 as Bloxsom continued to hold the lead. 

Puleo was looking to get back around Matthews for third, but Matthews was able to fend off his challenge on lap-5.  Puleo made the move stick on lap-6 and he took third with Sullivan moving into fourth as Matthews slid back to sixth, just behind Amanda West in fifth.  Bloxsom was still leading Ferrigno when Cassandra Cole spun on the frontstretch infield to bring the caution out with 11 laps complete. 

Bloxsom took the lead on the restart with Puleo pulling alongside Ferrigno for second but only one lap was completed before a multi-car incident on the backstretch brought the caution back out with 12 laps complete.

Puleo went side by side with Bloxsom for the lead on the restart with Puleo taking the lead  on lap-14.  Sullivan was third behind Puleo and Bloxsom with Alexander Pearl up to fourth and Joey Ferrigno was back to fifth.  Peter Bennett went around Ferrigno on lap16 to move into fifth and Bert Ouellette followed him by as Ferrigno slipped back to seventh place.

Bloxsom made one last ditch effort on the final lap, getting to the inside of Puleo in turn 3 but Puleo powered his way off turn 4 on the outside and he held off Bloxsom and Sullivan for not only the first SK Light win of the 2020 season, but his first career win at Stafford.  Pearl finished fourth and Bennett rounded out the top-5.

In the 15-lap Limited Late Model feature, Matt Clement powered into the early lead from pole position with Jeremy Lavoie and Andrew Durand side by side for second.  Lavoie took second on lap-2 with Gary Patnode up to fourth and Alexandra Fearn sitting in fifth.  Devon Jencik was shown the black flag for leaking fluid from his car.

Durand made a strong move to the inside of Lavoie on lap-5 to move into second.  Just behind the Durand-Lavoie battle, Fearn was making a move to the inside of Patnode for fourth place and she took the place at the line as the field completed lap-6.

With 10 laps complete Clement was still in front with Durand right behind him in second.  Lavoie was starting to fade backwards from the lead duo  with Fearn in fourth and Patnode fifth.  Clement slipped up the track in turn 1 on lap-12 and Durand took full advantage of the slip to get to Clement’s inside and take over the race lead. 

Durand led Clement to the checkered flag to pick up his first Stafford win since August 2010, a span of nearly 10 full years.  Lavoie finished third with Fearn and Patnode rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature, Meghan Fuller charged into the early race lead with Chris Meyer in second.  Al Stone, III was third with Ryan Waterman fourth and Travis Hydar in fifth.  The caution came out with 2 laps complete for Jason Futoma who spun in the middle of turns 1+2 and had nose damage on the #22 car. 

Fuller took the lead on the restart but she was overtaken by Meyer on lap-4.  With Fuller stuck in the outside land, she slipped all the way back to eighth place as Waterman was now second, Stone third, Hydar fourth, Moose Douton fifth, Zack Robinson sixth, and Adrien Paradis, III seventh.

Up front the action was heating up as Waterman and Meyer swapped the lead back and forth between them with Waterman taking the lead on lap-9.  Jason Lafayette spun on the backstretch to bring the caution out with 10 laps complete.

Waterman took the lead back under green with Meyer slotting into second right behind him.  Robinson took third from Hydar on lap-12 with Douton holding down fifth.  Waterman’s car got loose in turn 4 and he spun in front of the field to bring the caution back out with 12 laps complete.  The field avoided hitting Waterman as he did a 360 and rejoined at the rear of the field.

Meyer took the lead on the restart with Hydar holding off a 3-wide duel with Paradis and Robinson to take second.  Paradis and Robinson were side by side for third with Paradis emerging in third on lap-14.  Douton was still running fifth.  The caution came back out with 15 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Paradis. 

Meyer held off a challenge from Robinson and Hydar on the restart but the caution came right back out one lap later as Stone got into the frontstretch wall and came to a stop just past the start/finish line.

Meyer powered into the lead on the restart while Douton was up to second before he got loose in turn 4 and fell back several spots.  Waterman was charging his way back through the field when the caution came out with 18 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Larry Barnett. 

Lafayette nearly went 3-wide on the restart but fell back into line behind Meyer and Robinson.  On the final lap Paradis and Waterman got together and hit the backstretch wall.  The race stayed green to the finish and in turn 4 Robinson made contact with Meyer with Meyer spinning and Robinson taking the checkered flag.  Robinson was penalized by NASCAR Officials for the contact with Meyer, making Hydar the winner.  Meyer finished second with Douton, John Orsini, and David Macha, Sr. rounding out the top-5.

For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

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SK MODIFIED® (40)

1) Keith Rocco, Berlin

2) Todd Owen, Somers

3) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown

4) Ronnie Williams, Tolland

5) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs

6) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA

7) David Arute, Stafford Springs

8) Matt Vassar, Plantsville

9) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott

10) Joey Ternullo, Jr., Middletown

11) Tony Membrino, Jr., Wolcott

12) Bryan Narducci, Colchester

13) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury

14) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

15) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA

16) Jonathan Smith, Trumbull

17) Jeff Malave, Manchester

18) Anthony Flannery, East Hampton

19) Chase Dowling, Roxbury

20) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott

21) Tom Bolles, Ellington

22) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

23) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA

24) John Catania, Agawam, MA

25) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington

26) Tyler Hines, North Haven

27) Dan Wesson, Monson, MA

LATE MODEL (30)

1) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield

2) Michael Bennett, Willington

3) Paul Arute, Northridge, MA

4) Al Saunders, Stafford

5) Adam Gray, Granby, Ma

6) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, Ma

7) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma

8) Rick Lanagan, Broad Brook

9) Darrell Keane, Enfield

10) Michael Wray, Northford

11) R.J. Surdell, Willington

12) Duane Provost, Palmer, MA

13) Jim Mavlouganes, Bethany

14) Marc Curtis, Brookfield, Ma

15) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin

16) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington

17) Trace Beyer, Stratton, VT

18) Cliff Saunders, Stafford

19) Jordan Hadley, Waterford

20) John Blake, North Haven

21) Gary Theriault, Enfield

22) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

SK LIGHT (20)

1) Jonathan Puleo, Branford

2) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford

3) Brian Sullivan, Tolland

4) Alexander Pearl, Salem

5) Peter Bennett, Cromwell

6) Bert Ouellette, Ellington

7) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, NY

8) Amanda West, Colchester

9) Steven Chapman, Ellington

10) Andrew Les, Palmer, MA

11) Chris Matthews, Stafford

12) Wesley Prucker, Stafford

13) Norm Sears, Andover

14) Rit Dulac, Plantsville

15) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford

16) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook

17) Sami Anderson, Wolcott

18) Todd Douillard, Palmer, MA

19) Nathan Pytko, Douglas, MA

20) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester

21) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA

22) Noah Korner, Canton

23) Zack Aszklar, Newtown

24) Bob Charland, Stafford

25) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon

26) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury

27) Charles McDougall, Derby

LIMITED LATE MODEL (15)

1) Andrew Durand, Chicopee, MA

2) Matt Clement, Wethersfield

3) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks

4) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

5) Gary Patnode, New Hartford

6) Rich Hammann, Tolland

7) Lucas Leone, Southington

8) Steven Martel, Barkhamsted

9) Jay Clement, Wethersfield

10) Devon Jencik, Canton

STREET STOCK (20)

1) Travis Hydar, Woodbury

2) Chris Meyer, North Franklin

3) Chris Douton, Waterford

4) John Orsini, Morris

5) David Macha, Sr., Columbia

6) George Yuska, S. Glastonbury

7) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen

8) Daltin McCarthy, Oxford, MA

9) Kyle Johnson, Manchester

10) Bill Staves, Windsor Locks

11) Jason Lafayette, Somers

12) Larry Barnett, Moosup

13) Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin

14) Zack Robinson, Putnam

15) Ryan Waterman, Killingly

16) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville

17) Al Stone, III, Durham

18) Brandon Michael, Granville, MA

19) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA

20) Marvin Minkler, Stamford

21) Jason Futoma, Avon

Trio of Wild Thing Kart Graduates Vying for Stafford SK Light Track Title

Tom Morris/Myracenews photos

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The race for Stafford Speedway’s 2019 SK Light championship will come down to three drivers, all graduates and former champions in the Wild Thing Kart Series, which races at Stafford on Monday nights.  Through 18 races, rookie driver Steven Chapman, the 2014 Tiger A and 2016 Jr. Outlaw champion, leads Teddy Hodgdon, the 2011 Tiger A champion, by 4 points with Alexander Pearl, the 2014 Jr. Outlaw champion, 20 points behind in third place.  In addition to Chapman, Hodgdon, and Pearl, Bryan Narducci the 2016 Sr. Outlaw Champion is fourth with Wesley Prucker rounding out the top 5.  Rookie driver, Jonathan Puleo sits in the 6th position making 5 former Wild Thing Kart drivers in the top-6 of the points standings.

“It’s really cool that guys like myself, Teddy, Alexander, Bryan, JP, and Mikey Flynn, have all come from karts and it shows how great of an organization that Wade Gagner has with Wild Thing Karts,” said Chapman.

“It shows how good the Wild Thing Karts program is and if you have the right people behind you and the right talent, you can go far in this sport,” said Hodgdon.  “It really shows right now with five of the top-6 guys in points all being Wild Thing Kart graduates.  It’s pretty cool that the guys I grew up racing with has culminated with us now all racing for the SK light championship.”

“We’ve all been racing against each other since we were young,” said Pearl.  “It shows that the kart program helps prepare drivers to transfer over to the big track at Stafford.  It’s pretty awesome.”

Chapman has yet to post a victory during his rookie campaign, but he his #14 Chapman Apartment Homes car has finished all but 1 race this season in the top-10.  The SK Light championship was won in 2008 by Joe Allegro, Jr. and in 2009 by Michael Gervais, Jr. without winning a race but Chapman would like to capture his first SK Light victory as well as the championship.

“It’s amazing that we’re doing as well as we have this season,” said Chapman.  “We still haven’t gotten the win that we want yet but we’re putting new tires on the car this week so hopefully we can get a win to help us pull away from those guys in the championship race.  This year has been amazing, I would have never thought that we would be in the hunt for a championship this season.  The rainout helped us a little bit because that’s one less race where something could go wrong.  We’d like to be a little more out in front than we are right now but we’re focused on finishing in front of Teddy and Alexander in these last 2 races and winning the championship.”

Hodgdon and the #55 Montanari Fuel team got out front in the points standings early in the season and have been the pacesetters for the majority of the year.  Several finishes outside the top-10 eliminated Hodgdon’s comfortable cushion that he enjoyed earlier in the year but he is focused on putting his #55 car back at the top of the standings.

“It’s been really great to be in a position to fight for a championship every week this season,” said Hodgdon.  “I have a great group of guys behind me who bring their best effort every week to make sure this car can succeed.  We’re taking it race by race right now and trying to get the best possible finishes we can in the last 2 races and whatever happens happens.  Halfway through the season we had a pretty big gap and since then we’ve had some unfortunate incidents that mostly weren’t our fault, but that’s how racing plays out sometimes.  We have 2 races left and as long as we can come out on top, we’ll be happy.”

Pearl and the #7 Darling Auto Parts team scored 2 wins in the first 6 races of the season to establish themselves as a championship contender.  Pearl also had 2 finishes of 20th or worse in those first 6 races of the season and he has slowly been climbing his way out of the hole those finishes left him in.  Pearl has to make up 20 points or 10 more positions on the track to catch Chapman. 

“This year has been a big improvement from last year, so that’s been good,” said Pearl.  “We got a couple wins early in the season but we’ve had a couple bad finishes which put us behind.  We’ve been finishing up front and trying to finish in front of the two guys in front of us so we’ll see how the last 2 races go.  We’re going to have the same mentality for the last 2 races that we’ve had all year long, which is to try to win them both.  20 points is only 10 spots on the track and with how competitive the SK Light division is that deficit can be made up at any time.”

The race for the SK Light championship continues this Friday, September 13 as part of First Responder Night at Stafford.  All first responders with proper I.D. will get a general admission ticket for only $10.  Regular tickets are priced at $20 for Adult General Admission, $5 for kids 6-14 and kids 5 & under are free.  Reserved seating is $23 for all ages. 

The SK Light champion will be determined at the season ending NAPA Fall Final on September 28-29.  Tickets for the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission tickets, $10.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $45.00 for all ages. All NAPA Fall Final tickets are good for admission on both Saturday and Sunday.  Discount tickets for the NAPA Fall Final Weekend are available at your local participating NAPA Auto Parts Store.  The NAPA tickets include general admission for both days along with a lunch buffet on Sunday, all for only $38 per person.  For a list of participating NAPA Stores, please click the PARTICIPATING NAPA STORES link found at the top of the www.staffordspeedway.com homepage.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. 

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

Pitkat Earns Second Two-Win Weekend of 2019 at Thompson

Noah Watts/Myracenews photos

THOMPSON, Conn. — The stars of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions took center stage on Labor Day Sunday, September 1, a makeup day after the original event was rained out in early summer. With only three races left in the championship battles, competitors in each division were seeking every advantage they could get as time runs out on the season.

Woody Pitkat had a big afternoon — earning two wins on the same day for the second time this year at Thompson, continuing his late-summer surge in his push for the Late Model and Sunoco Modified titles. In the Late Model division, former champion William Wall held a 13-point advantage over Pitkat coming into the weekend’s 25-lap feature, but Pitkat carried momentum having won two of the last three races. Wall took an early lead before a late-race caution allowed Pitkat to take the top spot. 

It looked like Pitkat was well on his way to another win before another caution set up a two-lap sprint to the finish. Ryan Morgan, who sat third in points coming into the afternoon, wrestled away the lead from Pitkat with an aggressive move that left Pitkat frustrated after the checkered flag waved.

While Morgan was initially named the winner, his car was disqualified post-race after he refused inspection. That handed Pitkat his third win of the season, putting him within ten points of William Wall for the championship lead. The penalty also eliminated Morgan from the points battle — meaning the championship will likely be decided between Pitkat and Wall. 

Pitkat was given the opportunity to speak in victory lane at the end of all of the feature events where he thanked his sponsors. “I can’t thank these guys enough. I felt like I pretty much had that race won and got used up there for the win. Some people want to race like that, but that’s not how I race. I’m glad we were able to get the win,” said Pitkat.

Pitkat also scored a dominating win in the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature, but his chances of earning that title are slim going into the final two events. Keith Rocco came in with a sizable 44-point advantage over Pitkat, and despite a dominating run, Pitkat left with a still-sizable 40-point deficit. Pitkat was proud that he was able to celebrate a victory with his family, having not yet learned he was the Late Model winner as well.

“I just wanted to win so bad,” Pitkat said. “I was really mad (about the Late Model finish) and wanted to win and when I get mad for some reason it makes me race a little harder. I just wanted to win one today really bad. My family is here, and they don’t get to come out every time. It’s nice to win when they’re here.”

The Limited Sportsman division has featured one of the most dramatic points battles all season at Thompson and that trend continued over Labor Day weekend with Shawn Monahan, who overcame a slow start to the season including a last-place finish in early June, looking to build on his eight-point lead over Kyle Gero. 

The 20-lap feature proved to be disastrous for Monahan, who found himself involved in a three-car accident eleven laps in after fighting for the lead with Scott Sundeen and Ryan Morgan. It would not be the only spin of the night for Monahan, who was relegated to a 16th place finish, while his closest competitors for the title, Kyle Gero and Megan Fuller, each earned top-five finishes. Gero now carries a 16 points advantage over Fuller with two races remaining while Monahan finds himself 17 points behind in his journey for a third consecutive title.

Meanwhile, Ryan Waterman scored his second Limited Sportsman win of 2019 in a brand new car. Waterman, who is well out of the points battle, said the race was a good opportunity for his team to test out the new equipment in preparation for next season. He added that just because the title is out of reach doesn’t mean he will let off the gas in the final events of 2019.

“It was a blast today. I needed this after the last couple of weeks,” Waterman said. “This was kind of a shakedown to try some new stuff, so we didn’t have to mess with our primary car. We learned some more information for the other car too. I want to finish races and just be smart and patient. This race took a lot of patience to get to the front.”

The Mini Stock division continued the tightest points battle at Thompson, as Scott Michalski held a scant eight-point advantage over Steve Michalski coming into the 15-lap feature. Curry, who had won two of the last three events dating back to July, battled for the lead for much of the race and two laps remaining he made his move underneath leader Charles Canfield but was unable to complete the pass. 

Canfield earned his second victory of the season at Thompson.

“It was definitely fun racing with Doug. With two or three laps to go, I knew he was there, and I saw him have a run. I got a little nervous, but I just had to drive a little harder. He’s got a really good car and a really good crew. It was tough holding him off,” Canfield said.

By virtue of his runner-up finish, Doug Curry cut his points deficit down to only seven points and Steve Michalski pulled within only a single point from Scott Michalski who failed to crack the top five.

Finally, the SK Light Modified® title has been all but secured by Bryan Narducci, who came into the Labor Day weekend 20-lap feature with five wins and a 65-point edge on Albert Ouellette. Narducci continued his domination, controlling the bulk of the race and earning his sixth win of the season at Thompson.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park jumps right back into the racing action on Sunday, September 8 with the penultimate races of the 2019 schedule, the Sunoco Modified 20/20 and For the Fans event. 

LIMITED SPORTMAN FINISH TOP-10: 1. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 2. Jordan Hadley (Oakdale, CT); 3. Kyle Gero (Baltic, CT); 4. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 5. Meghan Fuller (Auburn, MA); 6. Al Stone (Durham, CT); 7. Jason Chicolas (Sutton, MA); 8. Steve Kenneway; 9. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 10. Randy Waterman, Sr. (Danielson, CT) 

MINI STOCK FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Charles Canfield (East Haven, CT); 2. Doug Curry (Norwich, CT); 3. Dave Trudeau, Sr. (Mansfield, CT); 4. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 5. Russ Barboza (Griswold, CT); 6. Al Stone, III (Durham, CT); 7. Scott Michalski (Danielson, CT); 8. Andrew Krzeminski; 9. Ian Brew (Woodriver Junction, RI); 10. Bill Sylvia

LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, CT); 2. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 3. William Wall (Millbury, MA); 4. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 5. Derek Gluchacki (Dartmouth, MA); 6. Tony Macrino (Waterford, CT); 7. Mike Nenevides (Westerly, RI); 8. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 9. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 10. Buddy Charette (Woodstock, CT)

SUNOCO MODIFIED FINISH TOP-10: 1. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, MA); 2. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 3. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 4. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Todd Patnode; 7. Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT); 8. Corey Barry (Brooklyn, CT); 9. Paul LaPlante (Scituate, RI); 10. Justin Albernaz (Rehoboth, MA)

SK LIGHT MODIFIED® FINISH: 1. Bryan Narducci (Colchester, CT); 2. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 3. Bert Ouellette (Ellington, CT); 4. Anthony Marvin (Colchester, CT); 5. Nathan Pytko (Oxford, MA); 6. John O’Sullivan (Salem, CT); 7. Matt Janisch; 8. Todd Taylor (Stonington, CT)