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Rocco, Leary, Narducci, Provost, & Bessette Score Lincoln Tech VRMS 80 Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, August 30th with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the Lincoln Tech VMRS 80.  Keith Rocco was a winner for the second consecutive week in the SK Modified® feature, Tyler Leary won for the first time in nearly 2 years in the Late Model feature, Bryan Narducci scored his second consecutive and eighth overall feature win of the 2019 season in the SK Light feature, Duane Provost secured his second win of 2019 in the Limited Late Model feature, and George Bessette, Jr. took down his second consecutive and fourth overall win of 2019 in the Street Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Troy Talman took the early lead with Joey Cipriano applying heavy pressure in second.  Tyler Hines was third with Cory DiMatteo fourth and Glen Reen fifth.  Hines got into the back of Cipriano on lap-5 with Cipriano recovering in 14th place.  Talman still held the lead with Hines now in second, DiMatteo third, Reen fourth and Andrew Molleur fifth. 

Todd Owen got around Molleur for fifth on lap-7 with Michael Gervais, Jr. in sixth.  Gervais took fifth from Owen on lap-10 and Hines was given the black flag for making contact with Cipriano.  This put DiMatteo into second with Reen third, Keith Rocco fourth and Gervais fifth as Talman was still in the lead on lap-14.  Reen got around DiMatteo to take over second on lap-15 but DiMatteo came right back and nearly retook the spot on lap-17.  DiMatteo continued to look high and low for a way around Reen while Rocco and Gervais were closing in and Talman was still in the lead.  DiMatteo made a pass stick on lap-20 to move back into second and drop Reen to third. 

With DiMatteo now in second, he was slowly starting to eat into Talman’s lead with Reen and Rocco right behind him.  Ronnie Williams and Owen were waging a thrilling side by side duel for sixth place with Williams taking sixth on lap-26.

With 10 laps to go, DiMatteo had closed the gap to Talman and was right on his back bumper.  Rocco and Reen weren’t far behind in third and fourth and DiMatteo took the lead from Talman on lap-32 with a pass coming out of turn 2.  DiMatteo’s pass for the lead allowed Rocco and Reen to close right up to the back bumper of Talman and Rocco took second on lap-33 with Reen taking third as Talman fell back to fourth. 

Rocco took to the outside lane and ran side by side with DiMatteo for lap-36 before falling back into line.  Rocco again went to the outside of DiMatteo on lap-38 and the two were virtually even at the line.  The three leaders touched going down the backstretch with DiMatteo spinning and Reen hitting the wall to bring the caution out with 38 laps complete.  Rocco brushed against the wall as he had white stripes all around his right side tires but he stayed on track in the lead for the restart.  Williams was now second for the restart with Gervais and Talman in the second row.

Rocco took the lead with Williams right behind him in second.  Williams couldn’t get close enough to Rocco on the final lap to make a move as Rocco took down his second consecutive win and fifth overall of the 2019 season.  Gervais finished third with Owen and Talman rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, Tyler Leary took the lead at the drop of the green with Richard Ciriello in second.  Michael Bennett held off Al Saunders for third with Michael Wray and Cliff Saunders side by side for fifth place.  Tom Fearn and Ryan Fearn were slicing their way through traffic in the early going and with Wray taking third on lap-4, Tom Fearn took fourth from Bennett and Ryan Fearn took fifth on lap-5 as Bennett slid back to sixth in line. 

Wray got by Ciriello to move into second on lap-6 and his move opened the door for Tom Fearn, Ryan Fearn, Al Saunders, Kevin Gambacorta, Wray, and Bennett to all get by Ciriello as he fell back to outside the top-10.  Leary had built up a large lead of almost a full straightaway over Wray and Tom Fearn.

Tom Fearn took second from Wray on lap-9 and Ryan Fearn followed him through to take third and drop Wray back to fourth in line.  At the halfway point of the race, Leary still held nearly a full straightway lead over Tom and Ryan Fearn with Wray fourth and Gambacorta fifth in line.  Al Saunders was sixth followed by Wayne Coury, Jr., Cliff Saunders, Bennett, and Dave Wray.  Bennett’s car began to drop off the pace on lap-19 and he brought his car to pit road on lap-20 where his team went under the hood. 

With 5 laps to go, Leary was still out front by a wide margin with Tom and Ryan Fearn still in second and third.  Gambacorta was fourth in line with Coury up to fifth.  Leary led the field to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the 2019 season in dominating fashion.  Tom Fearn finished second with Ryan Fearn, Gambacorta, and Coury rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Joey Ferrigno took the lead at the green and he led the first lap before Chris Matthews went to the front on lap-2.  Teddy Hodgdon followed Matthews by Ferrigno to move into second with Amanda West taking third, Alexander Pearl fourth, and Mark Bakaj fifth as Ferrigno slid back to sixth in line.  The caution came out with 3 laps complete for a multicar incident in turn 2 that involved the cars of Ed Chicoski, Glenn Bartkowski, and Sami Anderson.

Matthews and Hodgdon were side by side for the lead back under green with Pearl in third.  West and Bob Charland were side by side for fourth.  Hodgdon got clear to the lead on lap-6 with Matthews and Pearl now side by side for second while West and Charland were still side by side for fourth place.  Pearl took second from Matthews with Charland getting the better of the duel with West for fourth.  The caution came back out for debris on the frontstretch with 10 laps complete.

Hodgdon and Pearl were side by side for the lead but the caution came back out with 11 laps compete as Norm Sears, Robert Bloxsom, III, Glenn Griswold, and Ethan Durocher all spun on the frontstretch.

Matthews and Hodgdon were side by side for the lead with Narducci and Pearl side by side for third on the restart before Narducci went 3-wide with Hodgdon and Matthews before backing out and settling back in to second alongside Matthews as Hodgdon got clear to the lead. 

Narducci made a move to the inside of Hodgdon on lap-15 to take over the lad.  Hodgdon spun on lap-16 going down the backstretch and rejoined at the rear of the field as the race stayed green.  Matthews was now second with Pearl third, Charland fourth and Wesley Prucker fifth as Narducci started to stretch out his lead.  Narducci led the field to the checkered flag to pick up his eighth win of the 2019 season.  Matthews finished second with Pearl, Charland, and Prucker rounding out the top-5.

In the 15-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Gary Patnode led the first lap before giving way to Duane Provost, who took the lead on lap-2.  Jeremy Lavoie pulled alongside Provost on lap-4 for the lead and the two cars ran side by side for two laps before the caution came out with 5 laps complete as Alexandra Fearn slid into the turn 4 wall with a flat right front tire.

Lavoie and Provost resumed their side by side duel for the lead on the restart with Patnode in third.  Matt Clement was fourth and Devon Jencik was fifth in line.  Lavoie got clear to the lead on lap-8 with Patnode now side by side with Provost for second place with Clement right behind them.  The caution came out with 8 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Kevin Crosby.

Lavoie took the lead on the restart with Provost slotting into second.  Clement took third with Patnode fourth and Dave Gargaro, Jr. up to fifth.  Provost made a move to the inside of Provost on lap-12 and he took the lead on lap-13.  Clement was right behind Lavoie in third to form a 3-car train for the lead.  Provost led Lavoie and Clement to the checkered flag to pick up his second win of the 2019 season.  Patnode finished fourth with Gargaro rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature event, Marvin Minkler led the first lap before Tyler Trott went to the lead on lap-2.  Zack Robinson took second with Meghan Fuller third, George Bessette, Jr. fourth, and Adrien Paradis, III fifth as Minkler fell all the way back to ninth place. 

Bessette made a move to the inside of Fuller on lap-6 and he was able to complete the pass on lap-7.  Bessette then took the lead from Trott on lap-12 before the caution came out for a spin by Fuller in turn 3 that collected the car of Paradis. 

Bessette took the lead on the restart with Robinson right on his back bumper in second.  Paradis was third in line with Travis Hydar taking fourth from Trott on lap-15.  Nicole Chambrello spun on the frontstretch to bring the caution back out with 15 laps complete.

Bessette took the lead back under green with Robinson still glued to his back bumper in second.  Hydar took third from Paradis on lap-18 with Trott and Fuller side by side for fifth.  Fuller took fifth on lap-19 but no one could catch Bessette as he took down his second consecutive and fourth overall feature win of the 2019 season.  Robinson finished second with Hydar, Paradis, and Fuller 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) Ronnie Williams, Tolland

3) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott

4) Todd Owen, Somers

5) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA

6) David Arute, Stafford Springs

7) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin

8) Joey Cipriano, Waterbury

9) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott

10) Todd Patnode, Swanzey, NH

11) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

12) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

13) Ed Spiers, Beacon Falls

14) Tyler Hines, North Haven

15) John Catania, Agawam, MA

16) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA

17) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington

18) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA

19) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown

20) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven

21) Dan Avery, Somers

LATE MODEL (30)

1) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

2) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

3) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

4) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington

5) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield

6) Michael Wray, Northford

7) Cliff Saunders, Stafford

8) Al Saunders, Stafford

9) Paul Arute, Northridge, MA

10) Dave Wray, Durham

11) Andy Marchese, Tolland

12) Richard Ciriello, Reading, MA

13) Greg DeMone, Ludlow, MA

14) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin

15) Scott Bouley, Thomaston

16) Michael Bennett, Willington

17) Gary Theriault, Enfield

SK LIGHT MODIFIED (20)

1) Bryan Narducci, Colchester

2) Chris Matthews, Stafford

3) Alexander Pearl, Salem

4) Bob Charland, Stafford

5) Wesley Prucker, Stafford

6) Noah Korner, Canton

7) Steven Chapman, Ellington

8) Brian Sullivan, South Windsor

9) Jonathan Puleo, Branford

10) Nick Anglace, Oxford

11) Andrew Les, New York, NY

12) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury

13) Norm Sears, Andover

14) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA

15) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford

16) Rit Dulac, Plantsville

17) Todd Clark, Bristol

18) Amanda West, Colchester

19) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford

20) Glenn Griswold, Vernon

21) Ethan Durocher, Canterbury

22) Paul French, Andover

23) Ed Chicoski, New Hartford

24) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon

25) Sami Anderson, Wolcott

26) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester

LIMITED LATE MODEL (15)

1) Duane Provost, Palmer, MA

2) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks

3) Matt Clement, Wethersfield

4) Gary Patnode, Barkhamsted

5) David Gargaro Jr., Cranston, RI

6) Devon Jencik, Canton

7) Kevin Crosby, Coventry

8) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

STREET STOCK (20)

1) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury

2) Zack Robinson, Putnam

3) Travis Hydar, Woodbury

4) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville

5) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA

6) Tyler Trott, East Hartford

7) Marvin Minkler, Stamford

8) Dave Secore, Jr., Union

9) Bobby Stirk, III, Naugatuck

10) George Yuska, S. Glastonbury

11) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen

12) Paul Bourdon, Jr., Jewett City

13) Chris Ciriello, Beacon Falls

14) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington

Statement from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Regarding Penalty Report

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After an extensive appeal process, a decision regarding penalties, fines and disqualifications stemming a recent Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park penalty report has been overturned. 
Originally, Sunoco Modified driver Todd Owen and SK Light Modified driver Bryan Narducci had been penalized following results of a laboratory test regarding tire samples taken on Sunday, August 4. However, after the appeal, through Thompson Speedway’s determination, no evidence was found that the drivers intentionally treated the tires as prohibited in Thompson rules. Therefore, Narducci has been credited with the victory in the Sunday, August 4 SK Light Modified feature, and Owen has been credited with his third-place finish in the Sunoco Modified feature.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park officials will reconsider this section of the rulebook — which will allow officials to further define the process in the future.

With three races remaining in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season, Narducci leads the SK Light Modified point standings by 65 points and Owen is third, 45 points out of the lead in the Sunoco Modifieds. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park returns to NASCAR action on Sunday, September 1.

NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES HEAT UP WITH SUNDAY SPECIAL AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

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THOMPSON, Conn. — With just three races remaining in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season, championship battles will heat up on Sunday when Thompson Speedway returns to action with another Sunday showdown. As part of a full card of racing, Lock City Drift will compete in The Clubhouse Circuit Showdown, and kids will have a chance to win prize packs, giveaways and more as part of Back to School Night at TSMP. A full bouncy house will be setup on the midway along with plenty of other games and activities to enjoy on top of the racing. 

Three of Thompson’s five championship races have tight battles right at the top. In the Limited Sportsman division, Shawn Monahan is looking for his third straight title, and picking up three checkered flags has earned him his spot at the top of the standings in 2019.  

Monahan leads by just a mere eight points over Kyle Gero, who doesn’t have any victories, but has been consistent enough to stay in the fight. Meghan Fuller, who is just 20 points back, is looking to follow in the footsteps of her successful family name by earning her first title this year. Ryan Morgan (27 points back) and Brent Gleason (32 points back) complete the top five. With heat races awarding drivers points, and the large car count in this division, it’s truly anyone’s championship to win. 

The Mini Stock championship battle has two Michalski names at the top, but another driver closing in. Scott Michalski earned his first and only victory of the season as part of the Thompson 125 in June and leads by eight points over Steve Michalski. In seven feature races, these two are the only drivers to score top 10 finishes in each event. However, Doug Curry, who has been to Victory Lane in two of the last three races, is just 19 points back, looking for his first Thompson title.  

In search of his second Late Model championship, William Wall leads by 13 over Woody Pitkat, who’s been to the winner’s circle in two of the last three races. Wall has been consistent, finishing inside the top five in all but one of the Late Model races so far. Pitkat, driving for Hartwell Motorsports, is no stranger to winning success, but seems to have found a bit more over the last few races. Both drivers are former champions of the division and are going to go down to the wire battling for the 2019 crown. Ryan Morgan is third, just 22 back, while Derek Gluchacki is fourth, 28 points out. These two drivers will be right in contention if one of the top two slip. 

For the last three years, and seven times overall, Keith Rocco has been the king of Thompson Speedway’s Sunoco Modified division. And with just three races left, he leads by nearly one-race distance over the rest of the pack, 44 points, in search of another crown. Rocco has three victories in seven events and is the only driver in the field to score more than one win. Woody Pitkat is second, while Todd Owen sits third, 45 back. A total of 39 different Sunoco Modified drivers have already been on the track this season. 

Bryan Narducci’s path towards his first SK Light Modified® title isn’t going to be easy down the stretch. Albert Ouellette is second, and former Mini Stock champion Wayne Burroughs Jr. is third, quickly finding the speed under the hood of his No. 32. This could be one of Thompson’s more competitive championship battles when the final race of the season begins at the Sunoco World Series in October.  

Pit areas open for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions at 10:30 a.m., with practice scheduled to take the first green flag at 12:30 p.m. Lock City Drift will also begin their practice and qualifying action at 12:30 p.m.  

NASCAR heat races begin at 2:30 p.m., with feature racing to follow at approximately 4:30 p.m. Fans can enter the grandstands for just $18, a ticket that will give access to both the NASCAR racing and Lock City Drift. Those seniors (65+), veterans and active military can enter the grandstands for $16. As always, children 12 and under are free in general admission.  

Anyone who wishes to purchase a pit pass can do so for $35, but fans should note that any children that enter the pit area must pay full price. 

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, fans are encouraged to visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.