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DON HOENIG’S 48TH ANNUAL FLEA MARKET & SWAP MEET THIS WEEKEND AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

THOMPSON, Conn. — Back in 1971, family favorite Willy Wonka The Chocolate Factory was released as a movie. In that same year, Don Hoenig’s original flea market and swap meet took place at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut. 

The event has grown to the largest automotive Swap Meet in the entire Northeast, where race teams, fans and more come together for three straight days. The 48th annual Flea Market and Swap Meet returns to Thompson this weekend, November 1-3, and is a can’t miss event. 

You can find race cars for sale, tools, tires, and even vendors that will have something completely outside of racing – like a winter jacket or pair of shoes. The event is truly a one-of-a-kind for anyone in the Northeast to head into the cold winter months with a perfect purchase. Race teams could assemble most of a car by selecting different parts from different vendors, while race fans might even be able to purchase a throwback t-shirt. 

“The Swap Meet is one of the most important events we have at Thompson each year,” Terry Eames, the General Manager of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, said. “We are looking forward to welcoming vendors and fans from across the Northeast for a full weekend.” 

Any vendors who wish to attend the Swap Meet should plan for spots that are 30 feet long by 15 feet wide. Vendors may elect to setup on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a charge of $25 extra per space, which will allot vendors the opportunity to get preferred choice on parking. On Saturday and Sunday, spaces vendor registration opens at 5 a.m., and is in a first-come, first-serve format. 

Vendor passes for Saturday and Sunday only are $75, while those who show on Friday will pay a total of $100 for three days. 

Anyone coming to the event as a fan can enter for a general admission price of $12 per day, meaning it will cost just $36 for a total of three days. If fans show up for just one day, they will only be charged the $12 price. Any kids 12 and under are free. 

General admission is open from 10-8 p.m. on Friday, 7-5 p.m. on Saturday and 7-5 p.m. on Sunday.  

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

William Wall Captures Second Late Model Title To Kick Off 57th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing

THOMPSON , Conn. — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted a busy day of racing on Saturday, Oct. 12 to kick off the 57th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, after Mother Nature rained out the first night of on-track action Friday. With a combined twenty divisions set to race over 48 hours, the Sunoco World Series promised plenty of highlights to close the season.

The day started with the championship race for the Thompson Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division, with a 25-lap feature deciding a three-way battle for the title. Leading the way coming into the weekend was Woody Pitkat — whose late season charge, including three wins in three months — helped him build a six-point advantage over 2016 champion William Wall and a 20-point lead over division newcomer Derek Gluchacki.

The feature proved to be quite stressful for the championship contenders with 30 cars on track. While Gluchacki ran up front most of the race to challenge for his first win, Wall and Pitkat found themselves mired back in traffic hoping to earn solid finishes. Unfortunately, Pitkat was unable to escape unscathed during a restart five laps into the race as he was collected in a multi-car incident in turn three ending his race early — leaving Wall and Gluchacki to decide the title. Gluchacki did everything he could, taking the lead and leading the most laps on route to his first win. However, a sixth-place finish was all Wall needed to secure his second title.

“Once I saw (Pitkat crash) and he was parked for the afternoon I knew I had to get a top ten if Derek Gluchacki won it,” Wall said. “I remember my first championship in 2016 I had a little bit more of a cushion and coming into this one behind the eight-ball meant I really had to work for it.”

The Late Model drivers of the American Canadian Tour took to the track later in the evening for the final race of their season. Rich Dubeau held an 81-point lead over second place Jimmy Hebert in a season that saw Dubeau score a series-high eight top fives and perfect string of top tens in the first nine events as well as two wins — tied for most on the season. While Dubeau couldn’t make it a perfect season of top ten finishes, ending the day in twelfth, he did secure his first championship in an ACT career that has been all about building to the next step of success one year at a time.

“I’m just the driver. This is a total team effort. There’s no way I could go out and win a championship on my own. It takes a complete team,” said Dubeau. “It’s been progression. We were in tenth place in the points standings our first year. We went to seventh place, fifth place, then fourth and now we’re here. It doesn’t even seem real.”

As for the race win, that went to Jonathan Bouvrette, who benefitted from a lap-one incident that impacted all of the top five starters. Their bad luck was Bouvrette’s gain as he survived the caution filled race to drive to a dominant win, his first ever in the American Canadian Tour.

“It’s a monster track. This is a really cool place. It’s a pleasure for me to win my first ACT race here,” Bouverette said. “I was behind the wreck. It was a very fast car. That’s why we got the win today.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series took to the track for a 50-lap feature, their penultimate race of the 2019 season. Joey Doiron entered the event with a 55-point advantage over Ray Christian, III as he sought to wrap up a championship after finishing runner-up last season. Christian looked to be in perfect position to score maximum points on the day, leading more than half the race, however, after battling with Eddie McDonald for over ten laps and two restarts, Christian finally conceded the top spot 37 laps into the race allowing McDonald to drive away to the win.

“(Ray Christian) was really quick. I was worried about him all day, but my guys did a great job,” MacDonald said. “I’ve always loved coming to Thompson so to get another win here is awesome.”

The Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out their 2019 with Mike Willis Jr. entering the 50-lap World Series feature holding a 54-point advantage over Thompson Speedway regular Ronnie Williams for a championship. Williams let his experience at Thompson shine, starting up front and staying there for the duration of the race earning a dominant victory, his third of the year.

“After finishing second in the spring this means a lot,” Williams said in Victory Lane referencing his second-place finish in the Thompson Icebreaker at the start of the year. “We had a fast race car all weekend. I’m confident in these guys and I think we showed in the end how much speed this car has.”

Mike Willis, Jr. didn’t have the race he wanted after finishing outside the top twenty thanks to damage obtained from an on-track incident, but he was still able to hold on for the championship, his first in the Valenti Modified Racing Series. “The car was the best car I ever had here but then I got dive bombed and the car wasn’t handling good after that,” Willis said. “I thought we were going to get (the title) last year and it didn’t go our way. It was important for me to get this championship in a touring series.”

The 2019 Thompson SK Light Modified® champion Bryan Narducci earned his seventh win of a dominant season on a last lap pass of Albert Ouelette. Narducci locked up the title in September after securing a 64-point lead over Wayne Burroughs, Jr. for the championship.

The Northeastern Midget Association finished their 2019 season with the annual Shane Hammond Memorial Race, where Avery Stoehr followed in his father Russ Stoehr’s footsteps to become a NEMA Champion for the first time while Ben Seitz took home the feature win. Finally, the Pro-4 Modifieds finished off the night capping off their 50th season with a 22-lap feature won by Rob Riccardi.

LATE MODEL FINISH TOP-10: 1. Derek Gluchacki (Dartmouth, MA); 2. Tom Carey, III (Warwick, RI); 3. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 4. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA); 5. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 6. William Wall (Millbury, MA); 7. Tony Macrino (Waterford, CT); 8. Alexandre Tardif (Notre Dame des Pins, QC); 9. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 10. Ryan Linehan (Hope Valley, RI)

ACT LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Jonathan Bouvrette (Blainville, QC); 2. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, MA); 3. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 4. Ryan Kuhn (E. Bridgewater, MA); 5. Dylan Payea (Milton, VT); 6. Derek Glychaki (Dartmouth, MA); 7. John Donahue (Graniteville, CT); 8. Michael Mitchell (Cumberland, RI); 9. Ryan Morgan (North Franklin, CT); 10. Bryan Kruczek (Newmarket, NH)

VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES FINISH TOP-7: 1. Ronnie Williams (Ellington, CT); 2. Chase Dowling (Roxbury, CT); 3. Craig Lutz (Miller Place, NY); 4. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 5. Joey Cipriano (Waterbury, CT); 6. Donnie Lashua (Canaan, NH); 7. Cameron Sontag (Sterling, MA)

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES FINISH TOP-10: 1. Eddie MacDonald (Rowley, MA); 2. Ray Christian, III (Uncasville, CT); 3. Cory Casagrande (Stafford Springs, CT); 4. Ryan Kuhn (East Bridgewater, MA); 5. Reid Lanpher (Manchester, ME); 6. Jimmy Renfrow, Jr. (Candia, NH); 7. Josh King (Vernon, VT); 8. Devin O’Connell (Madison, CT); 9. Joey Doiron (Berwick, ME); 10. Tommy O’Sullivan (Springfield, MA)

SK LIGHT MODIFIED® FINISH:  1. Bryan Narducci (Colchester, CT); 2. Albert Ouellette (Ellington, CT); 3. Alexander Pearl (Salem, CT); 4. Brian Sullivan (Tolland, CT); 5. Kyle Ellwood; 6. Noah Korner (Bloomfield, CT); 7. Jon Puleo (Branford, CT); 8. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 9. Teddy Hodgdon (Danbury, CT); 10. Robert Bloxsom, III (Stratford, CT) 

MacDonald a winner again at Thompson’s World Series

The Granite State Pro Stock Series held a fifty lap event at Thompson Speedway this weekend, and to no one’s surprise it was “The Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald taking home the win. Macdonald is always a favorite at the 5/8 mile oval proved why once again.

   The Granite State Pro Stock Series was one of many divisions to compete at the World Series of Stock Car Auto Racing at Thompson Speedway in Thompson CT. Unfortunately the story of the weekend was weather, as all competition was washed out on Friday making for a jam packed Saturday.

   One practice session was held on Friday and the fastest pro stock to take time was Ray Christian III. Christian, the previous weeks third place finisher, loves the larger, faster race tracks so his trip to the top of the charts was no surprise.

   On Saturday, a crowded pit area, two days’ worth of racing and a weather delay to start the day lead to a crowded schedule and the cancelation of all qualifying rounds for the GSPSS. As a result, the fifty lap feature was lined up per the rule book putting point leader Joey Doiron on the pole with his nearest competitor, Christian, to his outside.

   At the drop of the green, Christian got by Doiron using the heavily favored outside line and set sail. Through a couple of caution periods for minor spins, Christian was able to get the jump on the restarts and get out to as much as a twenty plus car length lead.

   The final caution fell at about the two thirds mark of the race and lined Christian up beside MacDonald. When the green came out it looked as though Christian’s car was just a little better than MacDonalds. As the two fought side by side for the lead, Macdonalds car got loose on several occasions and forced the Rawley MA driver to lift out of the throttle and settle in behind Christian.

   After regrouping for a couple of laps, MacDonald mounted another charge to the inside of the track and pull out in front. From there to the checkers it was all MacDonald as he opened up a lead of a few car lengths and picked up his second win with the GSPSS at the World Series.

   Cory Casagrande has run well at every race he has attended in 2019 and Thompson was no different. The Stafford Springs CT driver loves racing in his home state and ran a solid race finishing third after starting mid pack.

   Second Generation driver Ryan Kuhn had a busy weekend as he ran with two series. Kuhn battled hard all evening long and wound up with a fourth place finish to show for his efforts.

   Reid Lanpher and his family team made the trek down from Manchester ME and sat through the long weekend to test their metal against the GSPSS regulars. Due to this being the teams second start and lining up by owners points, Lanpher started deep in the field. By the end of fifty laps he had fought forward to a top five finish.

   Jimmy Renfrew Jr would wind up finishing sixth despite a turn three spin off the bumper of eventual eighth place finisher Devin O’Connell. Vermont driver Josh King would split the two youngsters in seventh Position.

   Rounding out the top ten would be point leader Joey Doiron and Tommy O’Sullivan making his first start of 2019. Doiron goes into the last race of the year at Claremont Motorsports Park with a comfortable, but not insurmountable lead in the championship hunt.

   Next up for the series is the fall challenge at Claremont Motorsports Park on Thrasher Rd in Claremont NH. The traveling pro stocks will hold their event on the Sunday of this two day show, with the Crazy Horse Racing race for the pole taking to the track at 2pm. Heat races and several features will follow, highlighted by the GSPSS championship race.

   For more information go to www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Granite State Pro Stock Series contingency awards:

ARB Hard Luck Award: None, will be drawn at Claremont

O’Reilly Auto Parts last car on the lead lap: $75.00 17 Kevin Folan

O’Reilly Auto Parts 7th place finisher :  $ 75.00 21 Josh King

American Racer N.E Hard Charger: 17 Eddie MacDonald

Sunoco Heat Race Winners : None

VDL 5th Place: $100.00 59 Reid Lanpher

Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time: none

Thompson Speedway World Series Official Finish

1- 17 Eddie MacDonald

2- 93ct Ray Christian III

3- 7 Cory Casagrande

4- 72 Ryan Kuhn

5- Reid Lanpher

6- 00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr

7- 21 Josh King

8- 43 Devin O’Connell

9- 73 Joey Doiron

10- 16 Tommy O’Sullivan

11- 18 Jeff Fagan

12- 4o Mike Mitchell

13- 39 Nick Lascuola

14- 17 Kevin Folan