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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. 

Mark Alkas Seeing Dream Come to Fruition as Car Owner at Stafford Speedway

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—For just about any driver, the goal is to go racing for wins and championships.  Mark Alkas, owner/driver of the #89 Accu-Lift, Inc. SK Light at Stafford, had a different goal in mind when he began racing in 2015.  With only some minor go kart experience on his racing resume before he jumped into the SK Light division, Alkas had a plan to start a team and go racing in order to learn as much as he could about his car so that he could one day turn the car over to his son Tyler and become an owner/crew chief.

“My whole thought was to be able to learn the car because my son is racing Bandoleros right now,” said Alkas.  “He’s 13 now and he’ll be 14 next year and the whole purpose was to build this up for him.  I had never raced anything before I got into the SK Lights.  I’m good friends with George and Tyler Hines and I got my first SK Light car from them.  They helped me out with the car before I sold it and got a SPAFCO car from Ken Barry.  Ken has been a big help and anytime I need something I can call him up and he’ll tell me to try this or do that.  I can’t say enough good things about Ken and SPAFCO and we have a fast car.  My whole thing was to learn as much as I could about the car because I don’t have a big sponsorship behind me or anyone helping me out.  During the week, it’s basically myself working on the car and my son and my father help me out when they can at the shop and at the track.”

After his rookie season in 2015, Alkas has driven a partial schedule from 2016-2019 with a total of 5 top-10 finishes in 57 starts.  The performance of the #89 car was taken to a new level on August 9 as an opportunity arose for Mark Bakaj, who has driven the #76 RH2Way Radios car owned by Gino DiFilippo for the last 2 seasons, to get behind the wheel.  In their first race together, Bakaj piloted the #89 to victory after a thrilling duel with Jonathan Puleo.

“Paul French called me about Mark not having the funds to continue in the 76 car and he asked me what I thought about putting Mark in the car,” said Alkas.  “Winning that race was a good feeling and it was satisfying.  I knew the car was capable of winning and I’m glad because it showed everyone that the car is a winning car.  I feel like the car is a top-3 or top-5 car and Mark’s talents as a driver made the car that much better.  With myself driving, it was never about me as the driver, it was about learning the car enough to where I could turn the car over to someone like Mark or my son and be able to give them a winning car to work with.  It was all about being able to build something bigger than me and I’d rather see my son or someone else like Mark have success driving the car.”

Barring any major catastrophe on the track, Bakaj will finish out the 2019 season behind the wheel of the #89 car and then Alkas will figure out what his plans are for the 2020 season.  With the team’s first win now under their belt, the plan for Alkas is to try to procure some sponsorship that would possibly allow the team to field two cars next season.

“Mark will be in the car for the rest of the season as long as we have no major wrecks and we can keep the car on the track money-wise,” said Alkas.  “My main goal will be to find some sponsorship over the winter to possibly add a second car to our stable where we could have Mark drive for us again if that’s something he would want to do and then have a second car as a backup car that my son would eventually take over.  Right now I have Alkas Motorsports, which is the couple guys I have helping me out, Accu-Lift, Inc. is my Dad’s business, and SPAFCO, so some sponsorship would be huge for us.  I have never really gone out and looked for sponsors because when I was driving, I wasn’t really pushing the car and it’s hard to get someone to come on board and buy into what I was trying to do.  Now I can sit down with someone and explain to them that a driver like Mark is able to get good results.”

Bakaj will go for his second win in the #89 car this Friday night, August 23 as part of the Back 2 SKool Blitz / Maybury Night program.  Stafford’s five weekly divisions along with the Tiger Cubs division of Wild Thing Karts will all be in feature action this Friday as well as 2 kid’s big wheel races.  There will also be bounce houses, games and prizes on the midway, bike raffles, and local team mascots on hand.  All kids 14 & under are admitted free for the Back 2 SKool Blitz program while Adult General Admission Tickets are $20 and Reserved Seating is $23 for all ages.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self contained Recreational Vehicles. 

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