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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returning to Thompson Next August 17th

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is returning to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Oval track promoters the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) announced today they have reached an agreement with NASCAR to host the Thompson 150 on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

It will be the 149th time the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has visited Thompson Speedway and the first since the 2020 Sunoco World Series 150, which was won by Craig Lutz. More details about the Thompson 150, along with the rest of the 2022 Thompson Speedway oval track schedule, will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

“We’re glad to have this in place for next year,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “We know a lot of fans have been clamoring for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to come back to Thompson. After talking to NASCAR over the past couple weeks, we finally were able to put something together that made sense for everyone involved. The Thompson 150 will be a huge midsummer event on our schedule, and we hope to announce the rest of our 2022 plans soon.”

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.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.

For general Thompson Speedway inquiries, 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.


THOMPSON, Conn. — In the return of the historic Thompson 300, Doug Coby drove the No. 10 Mayhew Tools entry to a strong sixth-place finish at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 10. Coby started the race in fourth spot and took the lead early, setting the pace from laps 1-12, before Jon McKennedy took control. 

Although Coby wouldn’t lead any more laps in the $20,000 to win race, the six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion rolled to second in the final laps, but fell back on a late restart and had to settle for sixth. It was the first start of the season at Thompson for the Doug Coby Racing team. 

“I wish we had a better car at the end to go and race them,” Coby said. “The first couple of sets of tires, we were getting loose quickly. It’s just such a hard race with figuring out when to stay out and wondering if you’re going to get the caution you need if you do. That was the problem for us — we didn’t want to use up all of our new tires early because we were sliding around, but we lost a lap because our car wasn’t good at that point. It’s just the name of the game in that type of race. I wish we had more at the end. The name of the game was having better tires than the guys you were around.”

Doug Coby will return to the track one final time in 2021 at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 23, with the Haunted Hundred presented by the Tri Track Open Modified Series. For more information on that event visit SeekonkSpeedway.com.

For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

About Mayhew Tools

Founded in 1856, Mayhew Tools is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States, growing their extensive professional grade, American made product line to include pry bars, pneumatics, cable ties, and more. In 2020, the company extended their product line to include a complete line of dual drive and socket bits and sets. Serving the Industrial, Automotive, Hardware, and Construction industries, Mayhew’s premium hand tools are sold globally through an extensive distributor network. For more information, contact Mayhew Tools at 800.872.0037 or visit Mayhew.com.

About Doug Coby

Racing for more than 25 years, Doug Coby is a six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and one of the top short-track drivers to come from the state of Connecticut. Coby is a two-time champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, where he built his resume competing in the Late Models, Pro Stocks and SK Modifieds. Coby won his first tour championship in 2012, and followed it up by scoring four straight titles between 2014-2017, and another in 2019. In 2020, Coby opened his own team — Doug Coby Racing — scoring his first win as owner/driver. In 2021, Coby won the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event at Stafford Motor Speedway, besting top drivers from across a variety of racing disciplines, including Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves.

Rocco Plays His Cards Right for Thompson 300 Win

Puleo, Stergios, and Charette Among Winners at Final Day of Sunoco World Series

Thompson, CT — Berlin, CT’s Keith Rocco played a winning hand worth more than $20,000 by making a late charge to win the Thompson 300 on Sunday, October 10 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Rocco bounced back from a spin to take the lead from Jon McKennedy with 18 laps remaining in the event’s first edition since 2005 as part of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.

It was the final twist in an event that saw drama from the drop of the green. With 15 lead changes among eight drivers and compelling stories throughout the field, it was a fitting return for the legendary Modified event.

McKennedy was the dominant car in the first stage, leading 84 of the first 100 laps before the race’s third caution for a Ronnie Williams spin. Mike Christopher Jr. took the lead on the restart just before a turn-two pile-up that put Dave Sapienza, Williams, Andy Jankowiak, and Noah Korner out of the running while wounding several others.

Things settled down in the middle stage as teams plotted their pit stops and tried to plan the best strategy around the caution flags. McKennedy dropped back near halfway with a loose spoiler, which allowed Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore, and Anthony Nocella to take turns at the front. After making repairs during a pit stop, McKennedy worked his way back to the front, snatching the lead from Nocella with just over 100 laps to go.

Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Bonsignore outgunned McKennedy to regain the point after Eric Goodale hit the turn four wall on lap 217. McKennedy then took it back following caution number 12 on lap 248 and started to pull away.

But with 28 laps to go, Rocco — who had been noticeably off the pace during the most recent green flag run — looped his #57 in turn four. Rocco turned the misstep into an opportunity by ducking onto pit road during the ensuing yellow for fresh tires along with Chris Pasteryak, Andrew Krause, Tommy Barrett, and Paul “Buddy” Charette — who had just gotten back on the lead lap after being three laps down at one point.

When the race resumed, Rocco and Charette both went into overdrive. Rocco was already up to fourth when Nocella’s car shut down six laps later for another caution, and after slicing to the second spot on the restart, he went after McKennedy. The multi-time Modified Racing Series champion parried Rocco’s first pass attempt with a crossover move, but Rocco made it work the second time to take the lead on lap 282.

McKennedy settled into second with Silk, Doug Coby, and Charette on his tail as they all tried to figure out their final move. But as the field got the 10-to-go signal, McKennedy’s car shut down, eliminating him from contention. Rocco easily got the break on the final restart and pulled away to claim the victory and the $20,000-plus prize.

Charette made a bold move inside Silk the final time through turn three to claim an unlikely second-place finish and a large prize of his own. Nocella rebounded to take fourth. Matt Swanson, Coby, Andrew Krause, Barrett, Pasteryak, and Bonsignore rounded out the top-10.

Branford, CT’s Jonathan Puleo capped his first year in the Sunoco Modifieds by holding off Saturday’s Triple Crown Series winner Todd Owen for an upset victory. Puleo grabbed the lead from Troy Talman on lap 6 of the 30-lap feature with Keith Rocco following his tire tracks to second. But instead of Rocco making a move on the youngster, it was Puleo pulling away as Rocco fell into the clutches of Owen.

Joe Allegro Jr. and Adam Gada did a tandem spin out of turn four on lap 19 to bring out the first caution, and after rain sprinkles caused a brief delay, the field re-racked for a restart. Ronnie Williams shot around the outside of Owen at the green flag and pulled alongside Rocco in turn three. But coming out of turn four, the two got together, and Williams rode the frontstretch wall to the start-finish line. Rocco’s car was also torn up with both forced out of the event.

Puleo and Owen lined up door to door on the new restart, and Puleo again got the advantage. Owens pressured him the rest of the event and took one last peek inside the final corner but could not stop Puleo from getting his first Sunoco Modified victory.

The second-place finish for Owen gave him the Triple Crown Series championship. Despite ending the race in the garage, Rocco won the season-long title, which is his ninth Thompson Speedway track championship and fifth in a row. Troy Talman came home third in the feature followed by Andrew Molleur, Mike Christopher Jr., John Lowinski-Loh, Joe Allegro Jr., Chase Cook, Tyler Barry, and Teddy Hodgdon.

Candia, NH’s P.J. Stergios took a dominating victory in the 25-lap NEMA Lites feature. Stergios moved to the front early and faced some initial pressure from Randy Cabral, who had won the NEMA Midget and Pro 4 Modified features the night before. But his bid for a weekend trifecta was denied as Stergios marched off and left him behind in a caution-free race.

The best battle was a fracas for fourth between Jake Trainor, Richie Morocco, Richie Coy, and Jim Santa Maria. Plainville, MA’s Morocco eventually broke out of the tussle and stole third from Kyle Valeri with two laps left for good measure. Valeri ended up fourth with Trainor, Coy, Santa Maria, Mikey Pernisiglio, Dylan Coutu, and Joey Bailey the balance of the top-10.

Woodstock, CT’s Paul “Buddy” Charette preceded his Cinderella Thompson 300 run by grabbing his third win of the year in a wild 25-lap SK Light Modified feature while Newtown, CT’s Anthony Bello secured the championship. Following an opening-lap incident that saw Tyler Chapman smack the backstretch wall, Charette made a three-wide move on the restart to snatch the lead. Bello followed him through and eventually muscled past Charette for the lead on the 15th circuit.

Charette tried to counter a lap later, and when the two bumped entering turn one, Tyler Barry shot under both. A trio of lap 21 crashes then mixed up the field more than a blender as top runners Jonathan Puleo, Nathan Pytho, Steve Kenneway, and Jason Chapman were among those suffering misfortune.

On the third incident, where Albert Ouellette was sent to the inside wall, Barry also suffered a flat tire that forced him out of the event. That handed the lead back to Charette, who held off a charging Bello and Josh Carey over the final four-lap sprint. Puleo recovered to take fourth with top-10 finishes also going to Meghan Fuller, Mike Mitchell, George Bessette Jr., Amanda West, Jason Chapman, and Daltin McCarthy.

Dave Trudeau and Jared Roy maneuvered through a similarly chaotic 20-lap Mini Stock feature to claim the race win and the championship, respectively. Trudeau and Steven Michalski headed an 11-car lead pack early before Michalski and Roy bumped racing for the second spot. That sent Roy spinning out of turn four with eight laps complete and put both drivers to the rear of the field.

Scott Michalski and Tim Taylor got past Trudeau on the restart as Steven Michalski and Roy tried to race their way out of the back. Taylor swiped the lead from Scott Michalski at halfway as they left the pack behind. But when Scott tried to retake the point with three laps to go, he lost the handle in turn four and spun to bring out the caution. Taylor and new runner-up Charles Canfield then tangled in turn two on the restart as the field scrambled around them.

With that one-two punch, Trudeau suddenly found himself back in the lead — and he didn’t let it slip away this time. After Russell Barboza lost power on the second lap-17 restart, Trudeau beat out Rick “The Rocket” Laflesh and Steve Michalski on a green-white-checkered finish for the victory. Roy took fourth to lock up the championship. John Bavolacco, Nadine Coates, Dylan Decoster, William Schoeler, Jeffrey Martin Jr., and Kyler Davis completed the top-10.

The 2021 oval track season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is now complete, More information about the 2022 season will be released over the coming weeks. Please visit www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway or www.thompsonspeedway.com for updates.

The American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Star Series crown their 2021 champions at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00pm. A trio of “Haunted Hundred” main events are on the card today with the Tri-Track Open Modified championship event joining the fendered divisions. $30 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. A live pay-per-view will be available on Speed51.TV.

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.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.

For general Thompson Speedway inquiries, 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.








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

1. ( 8 ) Keith Rocco ( 57 ) Berlin, CT , 300 Laps

2. ( 21 ) Paul “Buddy” Charette ( 28 ) Woodstock, CT , 300 Laps

3. ( 12 ) Ron Silk ( 16CT ) Norwalk, CT , 300 Laps

4. ( 5 ) Anthony Nocella ( 92 ) Berlin, MA , 300 Laps

5. ( 7 ) Matt Swanson ( 3 ) Harvard, MA , 300 Laps

6. ( 4 ) Doug Coby ( 10 ) Marion, CT , 300 Laps

7. ( 14 ) Andrew Krause ( 24 ) East Brunswick, NJ , 300 Laps

8. ( 9 ) Tommy Barrett ( 4NH ) Millis, MA , 300 Laps

9. ( 1 ) Chris Pasteryak ( 75CT ) Moosup, CT , 300 Laps

10. ( 10 ) Justin Bonsignore ( 51 ) Holtsville, NY , 300 Laps

11. ( 6 ) Jonathan McKennedy ( 79 ) Chelmsford, MA , 291 Laps

12. ( 23 ) Andrew Molleur ( 35 ) Shelton, CT , 223 Laps

13. ( 11 ) Eric Goodale ( 58 ) Riverhead, NY , 216 Laps

14. ( 2 ) Craig Lutz ( 06 ) Miller Place, NY , 216 Laps

15. ( 22 ) John Montesanto ( 23 ) North Branford, CT , 213 Laps

16. ( 13 ) Mike Christopher Jr. ( 7NY ) Wolcott, CT , 211 Laps

17. ( 16 ) Nick Anglace ( 4X ) Seymour, CT , 185 Laps

18. ( 20 ) Anthony Sesely ( 44 ) Port Monmouth, NJ , 163 Laps

19. ( 17 ) Patrick Emerling ( 1 ) Holland, NY , 163 Laps

20. ( 24 ) Josh Zentek ( 81 ) East Haven, CT , 141 Laps

21. ( 18 ) Andy Jankowiak ( 59 ) Tonawanda, NY , 101 Laps

22. ( 15 ) David Sapienza ( 36 ) Riverhead, NY , 101 Laps

23. ( 19 ) Noah Korner ( 31 ) Avon, CT , 101 Laps

24. ( 25 ) Ronnie Williams ( 25 ) Tolland, CT , 100 Laps

25. ( 3 ) Chase Dowling ( 9CT ) Bethlehem, CT , 91 Laps

Lap Leaders: Chris Pasteryak, 0; Doug Coby, 1-12; Jon McKennedy, 13-58; Ron Silk, 59-70; McKennedy, 71-100; Mike Christopher, 101-102; Silk, 103; Anthony Nocella, 104-113; McKennedy, 114-151; Silk, 152-174; Justin Bonsignore, 175-182; Nocella, 183-198; McKennedy, 199-217; Bonsignore, 218-248; McKennedy, 249-282; Keith Rocco, 283-300. (15 lead changes among 8 drivers)

Time of Race: 2 hours, 47 minutes, 48 seconds   Margin of Victory: 1.625 seconds 

Cautions: 15 (laps 58, 76, 100, 101, 118, 163, 171, 209, 217, 236, 239, 248, 272, 278, 291) 

Heat Winners: Chase Dowling, Jon McKennedy, Matt Swanson


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Jonathan Puleo ( 7 ) Branford , CT

2. Todd Owen ( 81 ) Somers , CT

3. Troy Talman ( 3 ) Oxford , MA

4. Andrew Molleur ( 35 ) Shelton , CT

5. Mike Christopher Jr. ( 82 ) Wolcott , CT

6. John Lowinski-Loh ( 33 ) Thompson , CT

7. Joe Allegro Jr. ( 08 ) Vernon , RI

8. Chase Cook ( 8 ) Norwich , CT

9. Tyler Barry ( 18 ) Griswold , CT

10. Teddy Hodgdon ( 55 ) Danbury , RI

11. Brett Meservey Jr. ( 67 ) Brewster , MA

12. Adam Gada ( 27A ) Bozrah , CT

13. Danny Cates ( 2 ) Chaplin , CT

14. Paul LaPlante ( 02 ) N. Scituate , RI

15. Keith  Rocco ( 57 ) Berlin , CT

16. Ronnie Williams ( 50 ) Tolland , CT

17. Cody Rose ( 62 ) Worcester , MA


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. P.J. Stergios ( 11 ) Candia, NH

2. Randy Cabral ( 35 ) Kingston, MA

3. Richie Morrocco ( 10 ) Plainville, MA

4. Kyle Valeri ( 17 ) Monument Beach, MA

5. Jake Trainor ( 29 ) Medway, MA

6. Richie Coy ( 19 ) Haskell, NJ

7. Jim Santa Maria ( 97 ) Burlington, CT

8. Mikey Pernisiglio ( 28 ) Ronkonkoma, NY

9. Dylan Coutu ( 53 ) Griswold, CT

10. Joey Bailey ( 21 ) Monroe, NJ

11. Tiana Kibbe ( 94 ) Fairfield, CT

12. Brayden Egan ( 59 ) Ashford, CT

13. Kevin Merryfield ( 5 ) Rochester, NH

14. Eric Bacon ( 26 ) Brimfield, MA

15. Christopher Vose ( 3 ) Gloversville, NY

16. Joey Payne ( 44 ) Fairlawn, NJ


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Paul Charette ( 28 ) Woodstock , CT

2. Anthony Bello ( 2 ) Newtown , CT

3. Josh Carey ( 69 ) Belchertown , MA

4. Jonathan Puleo ( 56 ) Branford , CT

5. Meghan Fuller ( 02 ) Auburn , MA

6. Michael Mitchell ( 40 ) Cumberland , RI

7. George Bessette, Jr ( 39 ) Danbury , CT

8. Amanda West ( 15X ) Colchester , CT

9. Jason Chapman ( 44CT ) Ellington , CT

10. Daltin McCarthy ( 84 ) Oxford , MA

11. Nathan G.  Pytho ( 24 ) Oxford , MA

12. Anthony Fornio ( 52 ) Waterbury , CT

13. John O’Sullivan III ( 15 ) Norwich , CT

14. Tyler Barry ( 18 ) Griswold , CT

15. Ethan Durocher ( 6 ) Canterbury , CT

16. Albert Ouellette ( 151 ) Ellington , CT

17. Evan Bourgeois ( 78 ) East Haddam , CT

18. Steve Kenneway ( 26 ) Lowell , MA

19. Paul French ( 37 ) Andover , CT

20. Daniel Gamache Jr. ( 88 ) North Smithfield , RI

21. Glenn Korner ( 27 ) Bloomfield , CT

22. Tyler Chapman ( 41 ) Ellington , CT

23. Cole Kugler ( 07K ) Bradford , CT

24. Robert Charland ( 1 ) Stafford Springs , CT


Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Dave Trudeau ( 97 ) Mansfield , CT

2. Rick “The Rocket” Laflesh ( 14 ) Griswold , CT

3. Steven H. Michalski ( 44 ) Brooklyn , CT

4. Jared Roy ( 1CT ) Sterling , CT

5. John Bavolacco ( 42 ) Stratford , CT

6. Nadine Coates ( 40 ) Newport , NH

7. Dylan Decoster ( 18 ) New London , CT

8. William J. Schoeler ( 84 ) Warwick , RI

9. Jeffrey Martin Jr. ( 8 ) Barre , VT

10. Kyler Davis ( 68 ) Berlin , VT

11. Raymond Herman Sr. ( 91 ) Baltic , CT

12. Russell Barboza ( 4 ) Plainfield , CT

13. Tim Taylor ( 81 ) Wauregan , CT

14. Scott Michalski ( 51 ) Danielson , CT

15. Charles Canfield ( 25 ) East Haven , CT

16. Nathan Taylor ( 92 ) Brooklyn , CT

17. Kevin  Moore ( 04 ) Moosup , CT

18. Thomas Silva ( 31 ) Gales Ferry , CT