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FRIDAY RACING WASHED OUT AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK’S SUNOCO WORLD SERIES

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

THOMPSON, Conn. — Persistent rain in the area forced Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park officials to postpone Friday night racing action at the 57th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. 

With the postponement, Saturday’s schedule has been updated – with all the feature racing originally scheduled for Friday pushed back one day. Practice will begin at 8 a.m., with qualifying and feature racing set to roll through the day. 

For a full updated schedule, click this link, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com and the event schedule tab. 

Fans should keep up with Thompson’s social media throughout the day on Saturday for the latest updates, and also visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.  

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK 2019
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR
EVENT SCHEDULE
UPDATED 7:10 PM 10/11/2019
10/11/2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019


6:30 AM PIT TICKETS SALES BEGIN
6:30 AM 5:00 PM NWMT CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:00 AM NWMT HAULERS ENTER
7:00 AM SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS MEETING (CLASSROOM)
7:15 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
7:45 AM NWMT CREW CHIEF MEETING (CLASSROOM)
TO FOLLOW NWMT RANDOM DRAW
8:00 AM 5:30 PM NWMT GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM 9:30 AM FINAL ROTATING PRACTICE
8:15 AM NWMT INSPECTION BEGINS
8:15 AM NWMT TIRE IMPOUND OPENS
9:00 AM NWMT ROOKIE DRIVERS / SPOTTERS MEETING (CLASSROOM)
9:35 AM 9:55 AM GSPSS QUALIFYING
10:00 AM 10:30 AM ISMA FINAL PRACTICE
10:35 AM NEMST QUALIFYING RACE(S) (8 LAPS EACH)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LATE MODEL QUALIFYING RACE(S) (8 LAPS EACH)
11:10 AM NWMT DEADLINE TO DESIGNATE TIRES
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK QUALIFYING RACE(S) (6 LAPS EACH)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SK LIGHT QUALIFYING RACE(S) (8 LAPS EACH)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LATE MODEL RACE (25 LAPS)
11:45 AM NWMT RELEASE CHANGE TIRES FROM IMPOUND
12:00 PM 1:20 PM NWMT FINAL PRACTICE
1:20 PM NWMT RELEASE QUALIFYING TIRES FROM IMPOUND
1:25 PM 2:15 PM ACT FINAL PRACTICE
1:30 PM NWMT DEADLINE TO RETURN CHANGE TIRES TO IMPOUND
TO FOLLOW ERTS TRUCKS QUALIFYING RACE(S) (5 LAPS EACH)
1:45 PM NWMT QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
TO FOLLOW NEMA QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ISMA QUALIFYING RACES (12 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ACT QUALIFYING RACES (10 LAPS)
4:00 PM NWMT QUALIFYING (GROUP) (IMPOUND TIRES)
TO FOLLOW NWMT RETURN QUALIFYING TIRES TO IMPOUND
4:00 PM 4:30 PM VMRS AUTOGRAPH SESSION (MIDWAY)
TO FOLLOW NEMA LITE QUALIFYING RACES (6 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW PRE-RACE CEREMONIES
TO FOLLOW GSPSS RACE (50 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK RACE (15 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SK LIGHT RACE (20 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMA RACE (25 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW PRO-4 MODIFIED RACE (22 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ACT RACE (75 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW VMRS RACE (50 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ERTS RACE (35 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMST RACE (20 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW STAR RACE (15 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW OVM OPEN VINTAGE MODS RACE (15 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW STREET STOCK SHOWDOWN SERIES RACE (20 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NHSTRA LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN


THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK 2019
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR
EVENT SCHEDULE
UPDATED 7:10 PM 10/11/2019
10/11/2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019


9:00 AM 2:00 PM NWMT CREDENTIALS OPEN
10:00 AM NWMT GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NWMT TIRE IMPOUND OPENS
11:00 AM NWMT DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (CLASSROOM)
TO FOLLOW RWJM CHAPEL SERVICE
11:15 AM 11:45 AM LITTLE T EXHIBITION
11:15 AM NWAAS DRIVER MEETING (IF NECESSARY)
11:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
12:00 PM 12:30 PM ISMA START ENGINES
12:35 PM PRE-RACE CEREMONIES
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED RACE (30 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN RACE (20 LAPS)
1:00 PM NWMT RELEASE QUALIFYING TIRES FROM IMPOUND
1:30 PM NWMT RACE INSPECTION BEGINS
2:15 PM 2:45 PM NWMT DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION (Behind Turn 1 Side of Grandstands)
TO FOLLOW ISMA RACE (50 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMA LITE RACE (20 LAPS)
START OF ISMA RACE NWMT RELEASE QUALIFYING TIRES FROM IMPOUND
3:30 PM (APPROX) NWMT RACE (150 LAPS / 93.75 MILES)

Chuck Hossfeld Has the busiest Retirement Plan In Racing

By Michael Jaworecki Photo: Tom Morris

Westbury NY (October 10th 2019): On August 2nd 2019 the racing world was buzzing when Modified driver Chuck Hossfeld announced his retirement on social media. After he made the announcement he realized he should have said was he was retiring from driving his own equipment. All of it has been sold, the cars, the motors everything but the passion to race and win has not been retired.

Funny thing is what he called retirement was short lived and it has opened door to several rides that will keep Chuck busy for the balance of the year and maybe beyond. He was at Evergreen Raceway last weekend, he will be at Thompson Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series this weekend and he has upcoming races at Caraway and the North South Shootout at Hickory in November.

With Chuck entered in the upcoming season ending NASCAR WMT Sunoco 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park I thought I would check in and see how his “retirement” was going.

This weekend Chuck will be back in the Gershow Motorsports #21 LFR car that he has driven subbing for the injured Jimmy Blewett since Oswego.

When I caught up with Chuck as he was heading to the Sunoco World Series at Thompson by way of Oswego for NAPA Super Dirt week. Chuck and his girlfriend Sharilyn, his constant companion at the races.

We spoke of how since August how so many opportunities to race have come about. Mainly with Joe Bertuccio and the #21 Gershow Motorsports team. They have been a strong combination from day one and take away the pit road penalty might have been in the hunt for the win in that first race at Oswego.

Chuck really likes racing with the NASCAR WMT and with the #21 it has taken him to tracks he normally he would not get to race at. After Oswego he visited Riverhead Raceway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Stafford Speedway, doing well at all three.

I asked Chuck how he ended up with the ride after Jimmy Blewett broke his foot in a shop accident. ” That was Jimmy telling Joe Bertuccio the team owner to call. I was bit nervous but once I met car owner Joe Bertuccio and the team that changed.”

Chuck told me that it has been such a great time with the Gershow team. The entire team has made it fun and pretty easy. When he had to travel all night to Stafford after racing at Lake Erie Speedway running the the Race of Champions night before they had Amy Catalano qualify the car and without practice and qualifying he ended the day in 4th place.

Chuck gave so much credit to all the people on and around the team “Starting with Rob Fuller who has been a great help with the LFR car to crew chief Mike Bologna , spotter Brian Crammer or Pockets” , Tim Lento who spotted at Riverhead and the rest of the crew Shawn Okula, Honda Rob and Brian Brooks. Having JR Bertuccio as a teammate has been great too. When he was out of the New Hampshire race he pitched to help on my car .”

In our conversation I asked him about his favorite racing memory. With Chucks long and successful career I thought he would have to think about it for a bit. I was wrong, about that. “A good friend Ray Maciever had passed away and his wife had asked me to spread his ashes on the track at Lancaster Speedway. ” Chuck did that before a running of the US Open and then proceeded to go out and win that race. As a benefit for Ray he had also donated a autographed helmet that was being raffled off. He was determined to win back that helmet and bought so many tickets he did. Chuck still has that hemet in the shop and is a prized possession.

Chuck will be at Thompson this weekend to take a few more “retirement” laps but after speaking to him about his career and future plans I don’t think we won’t miss him very much as he will be around racing for a long time. It won’t be in the familiar Jerry Gradl Motors #22 but it will be in another Modified, as he told me “I will entertain offers”.

ISMA To Conclude 2019 Season with Annual Trip to Thompson’s World Series

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

OSWEGO, NY (October 8, 2019) – The International Supermodified Association will conclude its 2019 season with the organization’s annual trip to the ‘World Series’ of Racing at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut this Saturday and Sunday. 

Supermodified teams will first compete in Saturday’s heat races, before all attention turns to Sunday’s 50-lap finale which will decide the ISMA championship between defending champ Kyle Edwards and 2012 champion, Mike Lichty. 

Lichty will be coming from Ontario and Edwards from Tennessee to partake in the final big block Super event of 2019. Only fifty four points separate them. The duo will be joined by regulars Mike Ordway Jr, Dan Bowes, Jon McKennedy, Ben Seitz, Mark Sammut, and Nick Capelli.

A pair of two car teams will be on hand, with Lane Racing fielding rides for multi-time winner Tim Jedrzejek and rookie sensation Jeff Battle. Chris Perley will also make his return to Thompson, while Michael Barnes will be piloting a second Vic Miller entry. 

2019 Oswego Budweiser International Classic 200 champion Tyler Thompson, who finished fifth in the World Series one year ago, will be in the field searching for ISMA win number one. The 17-year old grabbed his first winged Super victory at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indy last month. 

Joining Edwards from the midwest are two drivers that frequent the Midwest Supermodified Series; Rich Reid and AJ Leseicki. The New England contingent will be strong as well with additional support from Jamie Timmons, Bobby Chartier, and Dave Duggan. 

Three other drivers that competed on Classic Weekend at Oswego; Danny Connors Jr. Dave McKnight, and Joey Payne, have also confirmed plans to race at Thompson. This weekend’s event will mark Payne’s first ISMA appearance in several years. 

A full schedule of events as well as ticket pricing for Thompson’s World Series is available at ThompsonSpeedway.com. Racing will start at 1:30pm on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday, which also features a 150-lap event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. 

To keep up with the latest news and information from the ISMA Supermodifieds, you can visit ISMA online at ISMASupers.com. Fans can also FOLLOW on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @ISMASupers or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ISMASupers.

About the International Supermodified Association: ISMA was founded in 1974 by multi-time Oswego Speedway champions Jim Shampine and Nolan Swift to ensure the future and longevity of Supermodified racing. Powered by their earth shaking 900 horsepower engines, the winged Supermodified is one of the fastest short track race cars in the world capable of reaching speeds up to 160mph. Through 45 seasons of operation, ISMA continues to be one of the most popular, well recognized touring series in short track racing. The organization has eleven events scheduled at nine different facilities this season that include stops in New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Connecticut, and Ontario.

All-Time ISMA Winners at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park: 

April 4, 1976 – Don MacLaren (50) 

October 17, 1976 – John McLaren (Twin 75’s) 

April 3, 1977 – Bentley Warren (50) 

October 15, 1977 – Jim Shampine (Twin 75’s) 

April 1, 1978 – Jim Cheney (30) 

October 15, 1978 – Chuck Ciprich (100) 

April 1, 1979 – Eddie Bellinger Jr. (35) 

October 15, 1979 – Denny Wheeler (100) 

April 6, 1980 – Bentley Warren (35) 

October 13, 1980 – Eddie Bellinger Jr. (50) 

October 18, 1981 – Jamie Moore (50) 

October 17, 1982 – Doug Heveron (75) 

October 15, 1983 – Doug Heveron (40) 

October 14, 1984 – Gary Allbritain (40) 

October 19, 1985 – Steve Gioia Jr. (50) 

October 19, 1986 – Paul Richardson (50) 

May 31, 1987 – Eddie Bellinger Jr. (50) 

October 18, 1987 – Mike Ordway (50) 

May 1, 1988 – Bentley Warren (50) 

October 16, 1988 – Doug Heveron (50) 

October 15, 1989 – Larry Record (50) 

October 13, 1990 – Eddie Bellinger Jr. (50) 

October 20, 1991 – Bentley Warren (50) 

October 25, 1992 – Pat Abold (50) 

April 25, 1993 – Bentley Warren (40) 

October 17, 1993 – Russ Wood (50) 

October 16, 1994 – Mike Ordway Jr. (50) 

October 15, 1995 – Russ Wood (50) 

October 20, 1996 – Randy Ritskes (50) 

October 19, 1997 – Russ Wood (50) 

October 11, 1998 – Randy Sweet (50) 

October 10, 1999 – Ted Christopher (50) 

October 15, 2000 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 21, 2001 – Russ Wood (50) 

October 27, 2002 – Russ Wood (50) 

October 25, 2003 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 17, 2004 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 30, 2005 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 15, 2006 – Nokie Fornoro (50) 

October 14, 2007 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 19, 2008 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 18, 2009 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 17, 2010 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 16, 2011 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 14, 2012 – Rob Summers (50) 

October 20, 2013 – Ben Seitz (50) 

October 18, 2014 – Chris Perley (50) 

October 18, 2015 – Dave Shullick Jr. (50) 

October 20, 2016 – Dave Shullick Jr. (50) 

October 15, 2017 – Dave Shullick Jr. (50) 

October 14, 2018 – Ben Seitz (50)