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Thompson 300 Returning As Part of Six-Race Slate at Thompson in 2021

PHOTO: Tom Morris/My Race News / STORY: Press Release

Thompson, CT — The high banks of Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will roar once again in 2021. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) have announced a six-event schedule for the coming season that features the new Thompson Outlaw Open Modified Series. 

The Outlaw Open Series consists of half a dozen high-paying events for Tour-type Modifieds that are expected to attract the top teams in the region. The series begins at the 46th annual Thompson Icebreaker from Friday, April 9 to Sunday, April 11. A 150-lap, $10,000-to-win Outlaw Open Series event will highlight the weekend card. 

The stakes get even higher at the season-ending 59th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10. ACT and PASS have organized the return of the historic Thompson 300, which was last contested in 2005. A $20,000 minimum prize has been posted for the winner of the 300-lap showdown. 

In addition, ACT and PASS are selling $50 lap sponsorships for the Thompson 300. All laps that are sold will award the full $50 to the leader of that lap. This means a driver could earn up to $35,000 that weekend. 

Four other events are scheduled in-between the Icebreaker and World Series. The additional race dates are Wednesday, June 16; Wednesday, July 7; Wednesday, August 11; and Wednesday, September 8. These dates were chosen to minimize conflict with other tracks and series in the region, allowing teams and fans to attend as many events as they wish. 

The Outlaw Open Series features at the Wednesday events will pay at least $5,000-to-win and potentially more. Furthermore, drivers and teams that attempt to qualify for all six events will be eligible for potential provisional starting spots at the Thompson 300. 

“We think the Outlaw Open Modified Series is going to be huge for teams and fans,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “The open-event model for the Modifieds has gotten a lot of traction in recent years, and we got to see it first-hand at the most recent World Series. We’re especially excited for the return of the Thompsonxf 300. Somebody will be walking away with at least $20,000 that weekend, and it’s going to take the intensity to a whole other level.” 

Thompson Speedway’s local divisions will also be part of all six events, including the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsmen/Street Stocks, SK Light Modifieds, and Mini Stocks. Although details are still being finalized, ACT and PASS officials hope to organize special events for the local divisions throughout the summer, giving each class a chance in the spotlight. 

A variety of touring series and open shows will also be part of the Icebreaker and World Series weekends. More information regarding all events will be announced over the coming weeks. 

“The most important part of all of this is that Thompson oval track racing will continue,” PASS owner Tom Mayberry said. “We were very satisfied with how the Thompson 150 and World Series went in 2020, and those events showed the appetite is still there for racing in eastern Connecticut. With those events to build on, we think the excitement for Thompson Speedway is going to be even bigger in 2021. 

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour. 

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarseries.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. 

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

Christopher Jr., Pitkat Book Big Paydays on Sunoco World Series Saturday

Thompson, CT — Wolcott, CT’s Mike Christopher Jr. and Stafford, CT’s Woody Pitkat took it to the bank with a pair of big victories at the 58th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Saturday, October 10. Christopher passed Chase Dowling with 10 laps remaining to win the $5,000 top prize in the Budweiser Modified Open 75 while Pitkat copped a $4,800 total winner’s purse for dominating the ACT-type Late Model Open at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

It was the first career victory in a Tour-type Modified for Christopher, whose late uncle Ted is the all-time winningest driver at Thompson Speedway. Christopher and his Tommy Baldwin Jr.–owned team combined a fast car with a well-played midrace strategy to come on strong and top the 31-car field on a busy Saturday at the Sunoco World Series.

Bethlehem, NH’s Dowling earned the pole under the American-Canadian Tour “plus-minus” system by passing five cars in his heat race. The young lion set the early pace, easily driving away after a pair of early cautions. But Christopher was coming on strong behind him, moving under Joey Cipriano for the second spot on lap 23 and catching Dowling a few circuits later.

The duo remained nose-to-tail until the third yellow at lap 35 for Glen Steger’s turn-four spin. Most of the lead lap cars elected to pit during the caution to pit for fresh right-side tires. Christopher’s team went one step further, switching the left-side tires and giving up track position in exchange for a better-handling race car.

Dowling restarted fourth behind the three cars that did not pit and tore past all of them within a lap of going back to green. Two more cautions shortly thereafter — one when Todd Owen’s engine expired on lap 42, and another when Josh Zentek spun out on lap 51 — helped Christopher’s charge back through the field.

When the sixth and final yellow came out on lap 53 for a multi-car tangle in turn four, Christopher was up to third. He disposed of Keith Rocco on the restart when Rocco had trouble getting back to speed, then set his sights on Dowling. With the pair approaching slower traffic and lap 65 going on the scoreboard, Christopher made his move, diving inside Dowling for the lead entering turn one. The earlier strategy then truly paid dividends as Christopher pulled away from an increasingly loose Dowling to pocket the $5,000 payday.

Dowling settled for second with Rocco completing the podium. Cipriano ran strong all night to take fourth. Matt Swanson inherited the fifth spot after Andy Shaw was disqualified for an illegal carburetor. Dave Ethridge, Trevor Bleau, Eric Goodale, Brett Meservey, and Max Zachem rounded out the top-10.

In the 50-lap Late Model Open feature, Pitkat started on the pole after posting a “+4” in qualifying. The many-time Thompson Speedway winner darted away early as Ryan Lineham, Nicholas Johnson, Jake Johnson, Derek Gluchacki, and others duked it out behind him.

Salem, MA’s Tom Carey III soon cut through the pack from his eighth starting position and was closing on Pitkat when the only caution flew on lap 19 for Jimmy Renfrew Jr.’s stalled machine. Carey glued himself to Pitkat’s bumper following the restart and seemed poised to make a run. As the laps wound down, though, Carey started to fade a bit. Pitkat, meanwhile, remained strong and crept away in the Jeff Hartwell­­–owned Ford. Pitkat’s wire-to-wire win netted him the $2,000 base purse plus another $2,800 in lap leader money.

Carey ended up second with Jake Johnson third. Gluchacki fended off Matthew Lowinsk-Loh at the finish line for fourth. Ryan Morgan, Mark Jenison, Lineham, Michael Mitchell, and Travis Jurcik also earned top-10 finishes.

Windham, ME’s Bobby Timmons III also earned a four-figure payday in the 350 Small Block Supermodified Open. Timmons first grabbed the lead from Rich Eaton on lap two of the 30-lap feature. Auburn, NH’s Mike Netishen then entered the picture, and after dueling side-by-side with Simmons for several circuits, Netishen secured the point on lap seven.

Timmons wasn’t done, though, and stayed in lockstep with Netishen. Just after getting the halfway signal, Timmons dove below Netishen entering turn three to take the lead back. The veteran Maine racer than motored off into the night for the win and a $2,000 cash prize. Netishen finished second followed by Stephen Duphily, Michael Bruce, and Eaton.

Mendon, MA’s John Zych Jr. was the fastest NEMA Midget of them all as he took the 25-lap Sunoco World Series feature. Zych started fifth and grabbed the lead from Mike Horn just before a lap-eight caution for fluid on the race track.

Kingston, MA’s Randy Cabral moved into second on the restart and started to put the pressure on. However, during the second caution on lap 11 for Andy Lunt’s spin, Cabral suddenly shut down and went pit-side.

Roxbury, CT’s Chase Dowling then passed Todd Bertrand for second after the green lights came back on. Dowling tried to catch Zych as the duo pulled away from the pack, but could never mount a serious charge as Zych earned the win.

Bertrand held off Avery Stohr for third. Ben Seitz, Horn, Jake Trainor, Doug Cleveland, Richie Coy, and Paul Scally completed the top-10 finishers.

Antrim, NH’s Desmond Skillings took home all the marbles in the North East Mini Stock Tour main event. Skillings, one of several drivers in championship contention entering the 20-lap NEMST season finale, started on the front row and went back-and-forth early with multit-tim Emerson Cayer.

Three cautions in the first two laps slowed the early going — the third of which eliminated title contender Cody Leblanc when he spun in turn three and got nailed head-on. Skillings finally took control from Cayer on the third restart and then held off a last-lap bid from Oxford, MA’s Nick Anderson for the victory. Matt Sonnhalter, Cayer, Mike Viens, Jake Rheaume, Roger Ducharme, Kevin Cormier, Dave Trudeau Sr., and Gordon Farnhum finished third through 10th.

By winning the race, Skillings also came from behind to win the championship. Erin Aiken, who entered the night as the point leader, could do no better than 11th in the rundown. The bonus point Skillings received for the win gave him the title by that margin.

Harwich, MA’s Doug Meservey Jr. and Brewster, MA’s Brett Meservey made it a family affair in a Pro 4 Modified barnburner. Doug Meservey Jr. blasted beneath Cody Rose entering turn three to grab the lead on lap 3 of the 22-lap Harry Kourafas Jr. Memorial. Easton, MA’s Rob Richardi was right behind him with Doug’s cousin Brett joining the fray a few circuits later.

The trio went neck-and-neck the rest of the way with both Richardi and Brett Meservey making multiple attempts inside Doug. Neither could make it stick and Meservey Jr. survived the battle to take the victory. Richardi was third with Randy Cabral and Doug Meservey St. completing the top-five.

Warwick, RI’s Ryan Vanasse picked up his second win of the year in the 35-lap Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge feature. Vanasse was running third behind Randy Burr and “Dangerous” Dave Koenig with laps winding down when Koenig’s engine went up in flames on the backstretch.

The resulting yellow set up a five-lap dash to the checkered flag. Vanasse got the jump outside Burr on the restart, and although Burr hung tough, Vanasse eventually cleared him and beat the multi-time winner to the finish by a few car lengths.

Point leader and defending champion Gerard Giordano Jr. finished third after a last-lap scramble. Connor Souza, Emma Monahan, Brandon Plemons, Lucas Leone, Jim Boyle, Jason Ferreira, and Rick Ashlaw completed the top-10.

Seven other divisions held qualifying as part of Saturday’s program, including the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Six-time champion Doug Coby of Milford, CT earned the pole for Sunday’s Sunoco World Series 150, putting down a fast time of 19.233 seconds as the last car out in time trials. Orchard Park, NY’s Patrick Emerling will line up second on Sunday with current point leader Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY slated to start third.

The 58th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park concludes on Sunday, October 11. The ISMA Supermodifieds start the action at 12:15pm while the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crowns its 2020 champion in the Sunoco World Series 150 beginning at approximately 4:00pm. In between are feature events for the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models, Sunoco Modifieds, Samuel Adams Limited Sportsmen, Truly Hard Seltzer NEMA Lites, and Twisted Tea SK Light Modifieds.

General admission tickets and pit passes will be available at the gate. For those who can’t make it to the track, Speed51.TV is offering a live pay-per-view broadcast of all divisions except the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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

For camping information and general Thompson Speedway inquires, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.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.

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK — Thompson, CT

SUNOCO WORLD SERIES OF SPEEDWAY RACING — DAY 2

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

BUDWEISER MODIFIED OPEN

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 4 ) Mike Christopher Jr. ( 7NY ) Wolcott, CT , 75 Laps

2. ( 1 ) Chase Dowling ( 00 ) Bethlehem, NH , 75 Laps

3. ( 9 ) Keith Rocco ( 57 ) Berlin, CT , 75 Laps

4. ( 6 ) Joey Cipriano ( 1 ) Plymouth, CT , 75 Laps

5. ( 12 ) Matt Swanson ( 3 ) Harvard, MA , 75 Laps

6. ( 16 ) Dave Ethridge ( 34 ) Portland, CT , 75 Laps

7. ( 29 ) Trevor Bleau ( 44NH ) Troy, NH , 75 Laps

8. ( 15 ) Eric Goodale ( 58 ) Riverhead, NY , 75 Laps

9. ( 11 ) Brett Meservey ( 79 ) Brewster, MA , 75 Laps

10. ( 7 ) Max Zachem ( 23CT ) Oakdale, CT , 75 Laps

11. ( 5 ) Troy Talman ( 44 ) Oxford, MA , 75 Laps

12. ( 23 ) Craig Lutz ( 46 ) Miller Place, NY , 75 Laps

13. ( 2 ) Brett Gonyaw ( 87 ) Vernon, CT , 75 Laps

14. ( 10 ) Dan Meservey ( 45 ) Brewster, MA , 74 Laps

15. ( 3 ) Tommy Barrett ( 9 ) Millis, MA , 74 Laps

16. ( 30 ) Joe Doucette ( 93 ) Framingham, MA , 74 Laps

17. ( 21 ) Carl Medieros Jr. ( 50 ) Westport, MA , 74 Laps

18. ( 19 ) Glen Steger ( 48 ) Copiague, NY , 74 Laps

19. ( 18 ) Jim Gavek ( 21 ) Effort, PA , 74 Laps

20. ( 27 ) Christopher Jensen ( 179 ) Wolcott, CT , 73 Laps

21. ( 14 ) Anthony Flannery ( 25CT ) East Hampton, CT , 55 Laps

22. ( 17 ) Ryan Doucette ( 55 ) Framingham, MA , 53 Laps

23. ( 24 ) Josh Zentek ( 81X ) East Haven, CT , 51 Laps

24. ( 31 ) Todd Owen ( 81 ) Somers, CT , 42 Laps

25. ( 26 ) Andrew Molluer ( 35 ) Shelton, CT , 35 Laps

26. ( 22 ) Chase Cook ( 27 ) Norwich, CT , 8 Laps

27. ( 25 ) Rob Richardi Jr. ( 12MA ) Taunton, MA , 4 Laps

28. ( 13 ) Richard Savary ( 99 ) Holbrook, MA , 3 Laps

29. ( 8 ) Ronnie Williams ( 25 ) Tolland, CT , 2 Laps

DSQ ( 20 ) Andy Shaw ( 66 ) Center Conway, NH , 0 Laps

DNS ( 28 ) Dylan Izzo ( 04CT ) Monroe, CT , 0 Laps

Lap Leaders:  Chase Dowling, 1-65; Mike Christopher Jr., 66-75. (1 lead changes among 2 drivers)

Time of Race: 54 minutes, 20 seconds   Margin of Victory: 1.903 seconds 

Cautions: 6 (laps 3, 15, 35, 42, 51, 53) 

Heat Winners: Tommy Barrett, Ronnie Williams, Keith Rocco

ACT-TYPE LATE MODEL OPEN

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 1 ) Woody Pitkat ( 91CT ) Bellingham , MA , 50 Laps

2. ( 8 ) Tom Carey III ( 5 ) Salem , MA , 50 Laps

3. ( 6 ) Jake Johnson ( 15MA ) Rehoboth , MA , 50 Laps

4. ( 3 ) Derek Gluchacki ( 03 ) No. Dartmouth , MA , 50 Laps

5. ( 7 ) Matthew Lowinski-Loh ( 17 ) Milford , MA  , 50 Laps

6. ( 11 ) Ryan Morgan ( 31CT ) North Franklin , CT , 50 Laps

7. ( 5 ) Mark D. Jenison ( 22RI ) Warwick , RI , 50 Laps

8. ( 2 ) Ryan Lineham ( 10 ) Hope Valley , RI , 50 Laps

9. ( 12 ) Michael Mitchell ( 40 ) Cumberland , RI , 50 Laps

10. ( 15 ) Travis Jurcik ( 33 ) Moosup , CT , 50 Laps

11. ( 19 ) Rick Gentes ( 70 ) Harrisville , RI , 50 Laps

12. ( 14 ) Michael Linddquist ( 71 ) Sandy Hook , CT , 50 Laps

13. ( 4 ) Nicholas Johnson ( 6 ) Rehoboth , MA , 50 Laps

14. ( 21 ) Michael Benevides ( 50RI ) Westerly , RI , 50 Laps

15. ( 20 ) Paul Lallier ( 70X ) Warwick , RI , 49 Laps

16. ( 18 ) Dennis Dumas ( 15 ) Raymond , NH , 49 Laps

17. ( 16 ) Jason Larivee Jr. ( 70RI ) West Greenwich , RI , 48 Laps

18. ( 10 ) Alby Ovitt ( 35NH ) Somersworth , NH , 29 Laps

19. ( 13 ) Kevin Bowe ( 28 ) Smithfield , RI , 22 Laps

20. ( 9 ) Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00NH ) Candia , NH , 17 Laps

DNS Brian Tagg ( 9MA ) Oxford , MA

350 SUPERMODIFIED OPEN

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Bobby Timmons III ( 13 ) Windham, ME

2. Mike Netishen ( 47 ) Auburn, NH

3. Stephen Duphily ( 11 ) Plainstow, NH

4. Michael Bruce ( 22 ) Oswego, NY

5. Rich Eaton ( 4 ) Seabrook, NH

6. Brad Babb ( 41 ) Windham, ME

7. Cameron Rowe ( 77 ) Sterling, NY

NEMA MIDGETS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. John Zych Jr. ( 9 ) Mendon, MA

2. Chase Dowling ( 47 ) Roxbury, CT

3. Todd Bertrand ( 48 ) Danielson, CT

4. Avery Stoehr ( 39 ) Lakeville, MA

5. Ben Seitz ( 17 ) Bourne, MA

6. Mike Horn ( A1 ) Ashland, MA

7. Jake Trainor ( 8 ) Medway, MA

8. Doug Cleveland ( 87 ) Sudbury, MA

9. Richie Coy ( 19 ) Ringwood, NJ

10. Paul Scally ( 30 ) Raynham, MA

11. Matthew Merry ( 69 ) Kingston, MA

12. Randy Cabral ( 74 ) Kingston, MA

13. Andy Lunt ( 18 ) Marion, MA

14. Jim Santa Maria ( 97 ) Burlington, CT

15. Lanson Fornoro ( 50 ) Brockton, MA

16. Joey Bailey ( 21 ) Monroe, NJ

17. Anthony Payne ( 35 ) Fair Lawn, NJ

NORTH EAST MINI STOCK TOUR

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Desmond Skillings ( 90 ) Antrim, NH

2. Nick Anderson ( 55 ) Oxford, MA

3. Matt Sonnhalter ( 33VT ) East Thetford, VT

4. Emerson Cayer ( 88 ) Contoocook, NH

5. Mike Viens ( 85 ) Seekonk, MA

6. Jake Rheaume ( 18 ) Rochester, NH

7. Roger Ducharme ( 34 ) Foster, RI

8. Kevin Cormier ( 14Z ) Agawam, MA

9. Dave Trudeau Sr. ( 0 ) Mansfield, CT

10. Gordon Farnum ( 46 )

11. Erin Aiken ( 33NH ) Claremont, NH

12. Dave Trudeau Jr. ( 97 ) Mansfield, CT

13. Justin Faford ( 04 ) Westminster, MA

14. Steve Barrett ( 54 ) Norwich, CT

15. Tim Paquette ( 93 ) Bennington, NH

16. Pat Houle ( 57X ) Vernon, VT

17. Ray Baltic ( 91 )

18. Jared Roy ( 81CT ) Sterling, CT

19. Eric Banks ( 5 )

20. Nadine Coates ( 40 ) Newport, NH

21. Cody Leblanc ( 7NH ) Berlin, NH

22. Louis Maher ( 69 ) Spencer, MA

23. Richard Fournier ( 20 ) Warwick, MA

24. Chris Taylor ( 5X ) East Lyme, CT

25. Dylan DeCoster ( 18X ) Waterford, CT

PRO 4 MODIFIEDS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Doug Meservey Jr. ( 67 ) Harwich, MA

2. Brett Meservey ( 5 ) Brewster, MA

3. Rob Richardi ( 00 ) Easton, MA

4. Randy Cabral ( 0 ) Kingston, MA

5. Doug Meservey Sr. ( 67A ) Harwich, MA

6. Cody Rose ( 62L ) Worcester, MA

7. Ryan McPartland ( 95L ) Northfield, VT

8. Ben Ashford ( 24 ) Randolph, VT

9. Al Rieser ( 37L ) Brimfield, MA

10. Mark Charette ( 68L ) Wolcott, CT

11. Craig Phillips ( 66L ) Oakham, MA

12. Rick Cail ( 7L )

13. Julian Gorman ( 9VT ) Randolph, VT

14. Douglas Vinor ( 55L ) Harrison, MI

EXIT REALTY PRO TRUCK CHALLENGE

Pos., Driver, Car #

1. Ryan Vanasse ( 31 )

2. Randy Burr ( 32 )

3. Gerard Giordano Jr . ( 15JR )

4. Connor Souza ( 38 )

5. Emma Monahan ( 78 )

6. Brandon Plemons ( 8 )

7. Lucas Leone ( 1NE )

8. Jim Boyle ( 2CT )

9. Jason Ferreira ( 24 )

10. Rick Ashlaw ( 28 )

11. Ronald Langdon ( 81 )

12. Jim Thompson ( 87 )

13. Andrew Morin ( 10 )

14. Ariana Jencik ( 71A )

15. Dave Koenig ( 97 )

16. Nicholas Cashman ( 18X )

17. Devon Jencik ( 71 )

Buffone Bags Four-Figure Prize to Open Sunoco World Series

Photo: Matthew Wiernasz/WWLP22 News

Thompson, CT — Belchertown, MA’s Christopher Buffone was both good and lucky on his way to the $1,000 win in the Street Stock Open at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday, October 9. Buffone inherited the lead with less than two laps remaining in the 25-lap feature and took the victory on the first night of the 58th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.

The youngster had surrendered the lead to Pascoag, RI’s Chad Baxter on the 17th circuit. With laps winding down, it seemed Buffone could only watch Baxter drive off into the night. However, as the field entered turn one after getting the two-to-go signal, Baxter’s engine went up in a cloud of smoke. His loss was Buffone’s gain as the latter sped to a thrilling victory in his first-ever start at Thompson Speedway.

Incredibly, it was the third time one of Buffone’s challengers had been waylaid by mechanical troubles. Buffone earned the pole by charging from 12th to 4th in his qualifying race, netting him a +8 under the “plus-minus” system. After leading the first seven laps, Buffone gave way to Candia, NH’s Jimmy Renfrew Jr., who came from seventh on the grid to sweep underneath him.

Coming out of turn two on the 10th lap, though, Renfrew’s car shut down, handing the lead back to Buffone. A caution then came out for an unrelated incident involving Ed Flanagan Jr.’s stalled car. Renfrew’s teammate Alby Ovitt, a many-time 8-cylinder Street Stock winner, lined up alongside Buffone for the restart. But Ovitt shut down as well after the green, taking another contender out of the running.

After trading some paint on the next restart, Buffone led a five car breakaway with Baxter, Corey Hutchings, Devon McConologue, and Kyle Gero. Baxter made his move on the 17th circuit, sticking his nose out front and then clearing Buffone a lap later. The final yellow flew with five laps to go when Flanagan again stalled his automobile. Baxter easily handled Buffone when the green flag flew, but his engine could not go the distance, letting Buffone snatch the win.

Hutchings grabbed second followed by McConologue and Gero. Christopher Smith, Corey Fanning, Shawn Monahan, Jon Porter, Paul Williams, and Don Perry completed the top-10. 

Like Buffone, Sterling, CT’s Jared Roy also made the most of some good fortune to get the win in the Thompson Mini Stock feature. Roy took the green flag in fourth for the 20-lap main event. Entering turn two on the first lap, though, polesitter Dave Trudeau drifted high and looped it. Second- and third-place starters Tommy Silva and Steve Michalski made hard contact trying to avoid him, sidelining both for the night.

As a result, Roy suddenly found himself in the lead. He darted away from the pack once, then did so again following another yellow on lap nine for Jeff Mazzella’s spin. Trudeau tore back through the field and tried to chase down Roy in the closing laps. He could get no closer than three car lengths, though, as Roy capped the season with a victory.

Trudeau finished second. Chris Taylor came in third while Dave Trudeau Jr. topped a dogfight with Russell Barboza for the fourth spot.

Ben Levangie of Plymouth, MA went wire-to-wire to win the 15-lap Vintage Modified Open feature. Hauppauge, NY’s Mark Miller moved up to second early and was gaining on Levangie at the halfway mark.

However, as the field came down the backstretch for the ninth time, Miller’s engine expired and set him to the pits. It was smooth sailing from there for Levangie as he won by half a straightaway over Unionville, CT’s Gary Byington. Bobby Gegetskas completed the podium.

Rick MacDowell of Sheffield, MA held off a snarling pack of Senior Tour Auto Racers Late Models to win the 15-lap feature. MacDowell got the jump over Nassau, NY’s Robert Keefner following the race’s only caution at lap five when Bob Seward shut down in turn three. He then led a multi-way battle down the stretch with five cars under a blanket at the front.

Housatonic, MA’s Joseph Keefner chased MacDowell over the final laps, but could not do anything with him and crossed the finish line in second right on MacDowell’s bumper. Bob Guyon, Joe Henderson, and Gary Moore rounded out the top-five.

Alan Zemla made the trip from Windham, ME worth the drive with a victory in the Senior Tour Auto Racers Modifieds. Zemla went nose to nose with Higganum, CT’s Skip Swiantek throughout the 20-lap event as the top six ran door-to-door and bumper-to-bumper.

Swiantek poked a wheel out from entering turn three multiple times, but Zemla came back each time, beating him the checkered flag by a few feet. Thomas Trempe edged Gregg Massini for third with Darryl Dutch taking fifth.

The 58th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing continues Saturday, October 10 at 2:15pm. Fourteen divisions will be in action at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with the Budweiser Modified Open 75 and ACT-type Late Model Open 50 highlighting the card. Features are also scheduled for the 350 Small Block Supermodifieds, Exit Realty Pro Truck Series, North East Mini Stock Tour, NEMA Midgets, and Pro 4 Modifieds. Seven other divisions have qualifying for Sunday’s action, including the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and ISMA Supermodifieds.

General admission tickets and pit passes will be available at the gate. For those who can’t make it to the track, Speed51.TV is offering a live pay-per-view broadcast of all divisions except the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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

For camping information and general Thompson Speedway inquires, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.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.

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK — Thompson, CT

SUNOCO WORLD SERIES OF SPEEDWAY RACING — DAY 1

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

8-CYLINDER STREET STOCK OPEN

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Christopher Buffone ( 2X ) Belchertown, MA

2. Corey Hutchings ( 36CT ) Salem, CT

3. Devon McConologue ( 18 ) West Newfield, ME

4. Kyle Gero ( 19CT ) Baltic, CT

5. Christopher Smith ( 1) Buxton, ME

6. Corey Fanning ( 88 ) Mapleville, RI

7. Shawn Monahan ( 55 ) Waterford, CT

8. Jon Porter ( 38 ) East Lyme, CT

9. Paul Williams ( 13 ) Stoughton, MA

10. Don Perry ( 69 ) Warwick, RI

11. Andrew Morin ( 30 ) Nashua, NH

12. Aaron Plemons ( 67 ) Uncasville, CT

13. John Berchem ( 49 ) West Greenwich, RI

14. Chad Baxter ( 0 ) Pascoag, RI

15. Kristopher Kay ( 8 ) Dudley, MA

16. Mitch Bombard ( 10CT ) Willimantic, CT

17. Dominic Abbatiello ( 20 ) North Branford, CT

18. Jeremy Washburn ( 78 ) Willimantic, CT

19. Justin Travis ( 45 ) North Smithfield, RI

20. Ed Flanagan Jr. ( 5 ) Warwick, RI

21. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00X ) Candia, NH

22. Alby Ovitt ( 35 ) Candia, NH

23. Ryan Bell ( 11X ) Acworth, NH

24. John Carpenter ( 46 ) North Grosvenordale, CT

DNS Nate Nunez ( 15X ) Westfield, MA

DNS Nick Anderson ( 00 ) Oxford, MA

DNS Andy Lindeman ( 2 ) Poestenkill, NY

THOMPSON MINI STOCKS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Jared Roy ( 81CT ) Sterling, CT

2. Dave Trudeau ( 0 ) Mansfield, CT

3. Chris Taylor ( 5 ) East Lyme, CT

4. Dave Trudeau Jr. ( 97 ) Mansfield, CT

5. Russell Barboza ( 4 ) Plainfield, CT

6. Richard Fournier ( 20 ) Warwick, MA

7. Raymond Herman Sr. ( 91 ) Groton, CT

8. Dylan DeCoster ( 18 ) Waterford, CT

9. Jeff Mazzella ( 94X ) Oakdale, CT

10. Tommy Silva ( 31 ) Gales Ferry, CT

11. Steve Michalski ( 44 ) Brooklyn, CT

DNS Jim Schenking ( 15 ) Waterford, CT

VINTAGE MODIFIED OPEN

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Ben Levangie ( 00 ) , Plymouth, MA

2. Gary Byington ( 30 ) , Unionville, CT

3. Bobby Gegetskas ( 41 ) , Windsor, CT

4. Paul Jacques ( 8 ) , Dayville, CT

5. Mark Miller ( 79 ) , Hauppauge, NY

STAR LATE MODELS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Rick MacDowell ( 76M ) Sheffield, MA

2. Joseph Keefner ( 76K ) Housatonic, MA

3. Bob Guyon ( 38 ) Manchester, ME

4. Joe Henderson ( 10 ) Templeton, MA

5. Gary Moore ( 7X ) Londonderry, NH

6. Tom Maciag ( 19 ) New Brittian, CT

7. Les Brown ( 91 ) Parsonsfield, ME

8. Robert Keefner ( 827 ) Nassau, NY

9. Bob Seward ( 69 ) Great Barrington, MA

STAR MODIFIEDS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Alan Zemla ( 43 ) Windham, ME

2. Skip Swiantek ( 70 ) Higganum, CT

3. Thomas Trempe ( 7X ) Jaffrey, NH

4. Gregg Massini ( 19 ) Sheffield, MA

5. Darryl Dutch ( 6 ) Greenville, RI

6. James Allen ( 44 ) Westminster, MA

7. Curt Snow ( 110 ) West Warren, MA

8. Art Merchant ( 64 ) Barre, MA