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By Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
Westbury NY,- Before the season started there were many questions , would Doug Coby garner another champion, would Ryan Preece in a shortened schedule still help Ed Partridge win another owners championship, who would take the next step and challenge Doug Coby for a championship, who would have breakout season?
The last 6 month have answered many of those questions. Doug Coby was unseated as champion by a scorching hot Justin Bonsignore. Ryan Preece had his highs and lows and during the season but only won twice. Chase Dowling had a breakout year showcasing his talent race after race even garnering his first win in the Musket 250 at New Hampshire.
The season started in March at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, Jon McKennedy in the Tommy Baldwin Racing #7 started off 2018 strong with a win at Myrtle Beach then at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was in the running for a second win then everything would change. Jon ran out of gas late in the race under caution, Justin Bonsignore took the race lead then went on to win his first of 7 races and his first NASCAR WMT championship.
While the 2018 championship will be anti climatic the World Series weekend will not. 36 cars have entered and with most points positions settled and several top teams hungry for wins it will be an all out battle for the first place prize.
Sunoco 150 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park who to watch:
Justin Bonsignore: Just because he has won the championship doesn’t mean he will not be shooting for win number 8. I asked Justin if this week would be any different than others. ” It will be a little different, we can race as hard and be aggressive with our strategy without worries of it backfiring or costing us a lot of points.”
Ryan Preece: This season Ryan has seen the highs in a part time schedule in the Ed Partridge TS Hauler #6 with wins at Stafford and Langley and the lows, a big crash on the last lap in the Musket 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But this year was about showcasing his talent in the NASCAR Xfinity series and getting to the top of our sport. Ryan signed on to race the #47 Monster Energy NASCAR Series in 2019. With a full time commitment in the #47 car this could be one of the last times he comes back to run the NASCAR WMT, Ryan is always a threat at Thompson and with a rebuilt car after Oswego will be a favorite this weekend.
Chase Dowling: Take away a couple of bad finishes Chase would be entering the final weekend with a chance for a championship. With the announcement that his team will only run part time next year a win at Thompson would show other team owners that Chase belongs on the tour full time.
Timmy Solomito- Timmy although in 4th in points has had a frustrating year with a zero in the win column. He has shown improvement in the second half of the season but taking the gas can with him after a pit stop in the Musket 250 and a disappointing 9th place at Stafford have slowed that momentum. The Starrett Tools #16 Ford will be loaded for bear. Timmy’s only comment about the race “1 race to go nothing to lose! Go out and win!!”
Doug Coby: Doug was in the running for the win late in the going at both New Hampshire and Stafford and came away empty. This is the first year since 2013 that Doug will not take the Champions trophy home from Thompson. Doug and the team will be ready.
Bobby Santos III: While running a part time schedule he won the July New Hampshire race but other than a 5th place finish and 9th place at Thompson his best finish was an 11th at Stafford. After a 22nd place finish at NH and a 23rd at the Fall final Bobby will be hungry for a good finish.
Craig Lutz: Since finishing 8th at Thompson in August Craig has finished out of the top 10 in every race until a chassis change to LFR prior to Stafford garnered a 2nd place finish. Craig would defiantly like to finish 1 position higher this weekend.
Matthew Swanson: Matt is one of the up and coming young drivers on the tour. Matt moved into the historic Ole Blue #3 when Rowan Pennink retired prior to the King of Beers 150 at Thompson garnering a second place finish their first time on the track. Matthew’s last 2 races ended up in the wall and disappointing finishes. To put the Starrett / Mosquito Free / USNE #3 in victory lane would offset those late season troubles.
Burt Myers: His northern swing opened some eyes this year in the Ed Harvey owned Doug Dunleavy sponsored car. Burt is a multi time Bowman Gray Stadium champion and normally stays close to his North Carolina home to race. This year Burt showed he can race with the best at New Hampshire and Stafford. Can he get his first Thompson win?
Dave Sapienza: A strong run at the Fall final in his new LFR chassis bodes well for a good race at Thompson.
Kyle Bonsignore: 2 in a row?
Eric Goodale: He is due.
Ronnie Williams: He won the pole at the Icebreaker so he can run fast at Thompson. He won the pole and was gunning for the win when he go together with race winner Justin Bonsignore on the last lap;
Ron Silk: Ron and the team have found late season speed and should be a threat.
Woody Pitkat: This has been a disappointing season but Woody might also be due.
Notes: This will be the last race for GM Josh Vanada. Josh has overseen the Speedway through many changes but what remains the same is the fall World Series weekend still sends the season into the winter with a bang.
Sam Rameau has announced he has purchased the Dave Sapienza Troyer modified and will compete in the Sunoco 150.
Missing from the race:
Max Zachem unfortunately has withdrawn from the event.
Matt Hirschman who won at Oswego but has elected to stay close to home and not race at Thompson this weekend
Saturday: Garage Opens: 10 a.m., Practice: 11:15-12 p.m., Final Practice: 12:30-1:15 p.m., Group Qualifying: 4 p.m.
Sunday: Garage Opens: 10 a.m., Driver Autograph Session: 2:15 p.m., Sunoco World Series 150: 3:30 p.m.
Sunoco 150 Entry List
|1||01||Melissa Fifield||Kenneth Fifield||Chevrolet||Kenneth Fifield||Truck Stop Northeast|
|2||1||Burt Myers||Eddie Harvey||Chevrolet||TBA||Dunleavy Truck and Trailer|
|3||2||Doug Coby||Mike Smeriglio III||Chevrolet||Phil Moran||Mayhew Tools|
|4||3||Matt Swanson||Jan Boehler||Chevrolet||Greg Fournier||Starrett / Cape Cod Copper|
|5||04||Cory Osland||Brian Midgett Sr.||Ford||TBA||Keith Grimes Excavating|
|6||6||Ryan Preece||Ed Partridge||Chevrolet||Jeff Preece||TS Haulers|
|7||7||Jon McKennedy||Tommy Baldwin||Chevrolet||Tommy Baldwin||Accell Construction|
|8||07||Patrick Emerling||Jennifer Emerling||Chevrolet||Jan Leaty||Buffalo Auto Auction|
|9||14||Blake Barney||Richard Barney||Chevrolet||Robert Barney||Atlantic Sprinkler|
|10||15||Chase Dowling||Rob Fuller||Chevrolet||Steven Kopcik||15-40 Connection / S&S Paving|
|11||16||Timmy Solomito||Eric Sanderson||Ford||Stanley Szaban||Starrett|
|12||18||Ken Heagy||Robert Pollifrone||Ford||Desmond Gorman||Buoy One Seafood|
|13||20||Max Zachem||Ken Zachem||Chevrolet||Timothy Armbruster||Lu-Mac?s / Spafco|
|14||21||Ronnie Williams||Joseph Bertuccio||Chevrolet||Michael Bologna||Empower Financial|
|15||22||Kyle Bonsignore||Kyle Bonsignore||Chevrolet||Bobby Foley||Chalew Performance|
|16||23||Joe DeGracia||Paul DeGracia||Chevrolet||Paul DeGracia||PJ DeGracia Contracting|
|17||24||Andrew Krause||Diane Krause||Toyota||John Cooke||Supreme Mfg|
|18||25||Calvin Carroll||Joe Carroll||Chevrolet||Joe Carroll||Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty|
|19||26||Gary McDonald||Sean McDonald||Chevrolet||Gary McDonald||Lakeland Landscaping Supply / TRC Electric|
|20||33||Wade Cole||Wade Cole||Chevrolet||Richard Rodenbaugh||Performance Engines / Kendal Oil|
|21||36||Dave Sapienza||Judy Thilberg||Chevrolet||Tommy Grasso||DSR Racing|
|22||38||Dave Salzarulo||Richard Rodenbaugh||Chevrolet||Robert Bourne||Performance Engines / Kendal Oil|
|23||44||Bobby Santos III||Sully Tinio||Chevrolet||Bob Santos||Tinio Corp|
|24||46||Craig Lutz||Russell Goodale||Chevrolet||Douglas Ogiejko||Riverhead Building Supply|
|25||51||Justin Bonsignore||Kenneth Massa||Chevrolet||Ryan Stone||Phoenix Communications Inc.|
|26||54||Tommy Catalano||Amy Catalano||Chevrolet||Dave Catalano||Catalano Motorsports|
|27||58||Eric Goodale||Edgar Goodale||Chevrolet||Jason Shephard||GAF Roofing|
|28||64||Rob Summers||Mike Murphy||Chevrolet||Steve Lemay||Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical|
|29||66||Shawn Solomito||Jerry Solomito||Chevrolet||TBA||Elders Service / Finish Grade Excavating|
|30||75||Chris Pasteryak||Charles Pasteryak||Chevrolet||Nick Walsh||Dawley’s Collision & Custom|
|31||76||Jimmy Blewett||John Blewett Sr.||Chevrolet||Rob Ormsbee||Starrett|
|32||77||Gary Putnam||Mike Curb||Chevrolet||Teddy Musgrave Jr.||Curb Records|
|33||78||Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.||Steven Sutcliffe||Chevrolet||Steven Sutcliffe||Last Minute Racing|
|34||82||Woody Pitkat||Pamela Hulse||Chevrolet||Jarod Zeltmann||Horton Ave. Materials|
|35||85||Ron Silk||Kevin Stuart||Chevrolet||Kenny Stuart||Stuart Automotive|
|36||92||Anthony Nocella||Anthony Nocella||Chevrolet||Jesse Vasconcellos||Nocella Paving|