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                ERIC BOURGEOIS LOOKS TO SEAL MINI STOCK TITLE AT WORLD SERIES

    BY KYLE SOUZA FOR THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

    THOMPSON, Conn. – With just seven races on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship schedule this
    season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, all drivers knew consistency would matter most if they wanted to
    contend for the title.
    In the Mini Stock division, Eric Bourgeois has been a master of consistency. The East Haddam, Connecticut, driver has
    finished inside the top five in all six races and is currently the only driver to have accomplished the feat out of the 18
    that have been on the 0.625-mile oval in competition.
    Bourgeois, who is a two-time Mini Stock champion (2004 and 2013), is looking to seal his third crown as part of the
    56th annual Sunoco World Series. He holds a 37-point advantage over Jared Roy heading for the finale, and based on car
    counts in the division this season, he will only need to take the green flag to win the big prize.
    “There are a lot of good competitors. To be able to win in that division in just 15 laps is pretty impressive,” Bourgeois
    said. “In the second race of the season, it was kind of a gimme, because Wayne (Burroughs) wasn’t there, and if he had
    made all of the races, it might be a different scenario. But I’ve just been trying to be consistent all year. That’s the big
    thing.”
    That consistency has built him a large lead in the championship standings headed into the finale, while Burroughs, who
    missed one event, is fourth and 39 points back.  Jared Roy is second, 37 back, while Dave Trudeau is third, 38 out.
    For Bourgeois, this season has been more about getting his son up to speed on the track than it has been about his own
    car. Evan, who has driven race cars since a young age, is contending for Rookie of the Year in the Thompson Mini Stock
    division.
    “I’ve been trying to work with him, so I haven’t done much on my car except go out and race with a little bit of fine
    tuning,” Bourgeois said. “Everything has just seemed to fall for me. You can have good luck, or bad luck. It’s been a
    lucky year.”
    With Bourgeois getting set to clinch another title, he isn’t exactly sure what next year is going to bring for him behind
    the wheel. Could this be the end of his career? It’s possible. He won’t know until the winter passes.

    “It’s a lot of fun,” he said about racing side-by-side with his son Evan on the track. “I know that I only have a few years
    left of driving myself, but I’m trying to get him set up so he can be the driver and I can be the crew chief. Our goal is to
    get out there and have fun, hopefully bump and bang fenders for a win -- that would be my dream. He definitely still has
    some learning to do, but that was the goal for the year.”

    And with a 37-point lead heading for the season-finale, Bourgeois isn’t changing his mindset any when the division hits
    the track for their 15-lap feature on Saturday night, October 13.

    “Hopefully we are there at the end,” he said. “I’m going there to win.”

    Bourgeois and the rest of the Mini Stock competitors will qualify on Friday night as part an evening that will be
    headlined by the 50 lap Granite State Pro Stock Series event. Saturday, they will join a full slate of qualifying and
    feature action to crown the champion.
    The 56th annual Sunoco World Series kicks-off on Friday, October 12, as some of the 17 divisions get their racing
    underway on the high-banks. The total of 17 different divisions will compete in feature racing with action spread across
    three days.
    Sunday, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crowns their champion as part of the Sunoco World Series 150. All four of
    Thompson’s Whelen All-American Series divisions will be in action throughout the weekend along with many New
    England touring series classes.
    As always, both the breakfast buffet ($11.95 plus tax) and the prime rib dinner buffet ($22.50 plus tax) will be available
    for fans in the clubhouse.
    A paddock pass for the weekend is $75, and is good for all three days. Fans can enter the grandstands with a general
    admission ticket for the entire weekend at $55, while seniors (65+), veterans and active duty military members can
    enter at $50. Kids 12 years of age and under are free.
    Fans can visit www.thompsonspeedway.com for the full event schedule, parking map and camping options for the
    weekend. As always, follow the track on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.



     TROY TALMAN LOOKS TO GRAB FIRST WIN AT SUNOCO WORLD SERIES
    BY KYLE SOUZA, FOR THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

    THOMPSON, Conn. – With just one race remaining in the 2018 Sunoco Modified championship chase, Keith Rocco has a
    48-point lead and will likely seal the championship by starting the season finale at the 56thannual Sunoco World
    Series.  
    But right behind Rocco, Troy Talman has put together a consistent season filled with top five finishes. Talman, a native
    of Oxford, Massachusetts, has finished inside the top five in all but one race this season with a best finish of third as
    part of Icebreaker weekend.  
    “We’ve been really consistent, we could do a little bit better, we haven’t found Victory Lane quiet yet, but I’m happy,”
    Talman said. “With the races spread out, it takes a little bit to dial the car in. We won a race last year but this year we
    haven’t quite been up to snuff to contend for a win.”
    But, the last time on the track as part of For The Fans Night on Sunday September 10, Talman found speed under the
    hood of his No. 3, something he hopes he can keep with him going to the finale.  
    “Last race, we went with the package we raced last year, and we had good speed. The race was a little bit spread out
    because there were not many cautions. I’m pretty happy with the way we have been running. Ending up second in
    points right now is definitely pretty good. Racing against the top guys in the Sunoco Modifieds is a challenge.”
    He’s been working inside the Keith Rocco Racing stable, and has used Keith’s assistance to his advantage for various
    aspects of racing, including the setup with the car.  
    “It’s helped a lot, there isn’t anyone better to partner with in the Sunoco Modifieds in the last decade, Keith has all of
    his stuff together,” Talman said. “He offers good advice and I’m not afraid to ask him anything. It’s really good for me
    to be able to jump into a car that is top notch. It’s been a good experience.”
    Over the years, Talman watched his uncle compete on the Thompson high-banks, and now has the opportunity to take
    his own talents to the 0.625-mile oval.  
    “It’s always been a personal favorite track of mine growing up, I watched a ton of races there as a fan, and I’ve
    watched plenty of in-car cameras. It has really exciting racing and you really have to be aggressive to pass there which
    is something I enjoy. The speed, the banking, it’s just different.”
    With just one race left on the schedule, Talman is definitely excited to head back to Thompson for the 56thannual
    Sunoco World Series. The Sunoco Modifieds will practice on Friday, qualify on Saturday and run their 30-lap feature
    right at the start of the day on championship Sunday.  
    “It’s a weekend I mark on the calendar and look forward to every year, it’s always jammed packed and full of events,”
    Talman said. “It’s always nice to race in front of a packed crowd at Thompson and it really gets you going. It’s a neat
    experience to cap the year off.”
    “I’d love to finish the year in Victory Lane. I think it’s looking up for us because we definitely found something the last
    time out. I think we will have a good handling car and we will have to make the right adjustments for Sunday.”
    The 56thannual Sunoco World Series will take place from Friday October 12 through Sunday October 14. Over the
    course of the weekend, 17 different divisions will compete in feature racing, spread out across the three days.  
    The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will conclude their 2018 campaign with the fourth appearance on the high-banks
    this season, wrapping the weekend on Sunday.  
    As always, both the breakfast buffet ($11.95 plus tax) and the prime rib dinner buffet ($22.50 plus tax) will be available
    for fans in the clubhouse.
    A paddock pass for the weekend is $75, and is good for all three days. Fans can enter the grandstands with a general
    admission ticket for the entire weekend at $55, while seniors (65+), veterans and active duty military members can
    enter at $50. Kids 12 years of age and under are free.
    Fans can visit www.thompsonspeedway.comfor the full event schedule, parking map and camping options for the
    weekend. As always, follow the track on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.  


    THOMPSON, Conn. – After three long years, Tom Carey III finally found himself in Victory Lane on Sunday in the Late
    Model division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
    Carey, who drives the No. 5 Brookside Equipment Sales Late Model, was able to make a pass and lead the final half of
    the race en route to his victory. Even though he did hold a checkered flag prior to Sunday in a Sunoco World Series
    feature event, Carey didn’t pass technical inspection that day.
    “It’s huge, it’s a big relief,” Carey said. “We’ve been coming (to Thompson) three years and I always feel like we have
    the car that can definitely win the race, and probably should win, but I just can’t get all of the pieces to fit together. I’
    m over the top right now. I’m at a loss for words.”
    In the six feature events this season, Carey has four finishes inside the top-five, including his win. After a strong
    second-place effort in the Bud “King of Beers” night in August, Carey didn’t make many adjustments – if any – before he
    returned for Sunday’s For the Fans Night.
    That decision seems to have been the right one.
    “Last time we had a really good car and I got shuffled to the back, but I said we would basically leave it alone,” Carey
    said. “With us racing in the daylight, I was just trying to have patience. Everyone was really wild out there. It was just
    a matter of biting my time; I knew I had the car to win. It’s about keeping your head in the game, plugging away and
    not going for it all in one corner.”
    Now, with the victory finally in the rear-view mirror, Carey is turning his head to the 56th Annual Sunoco World Series
    October 12-14. In the 25-lap feature as part of the Friday night program, Carey will have the opportunity to compete for
    the championship in the Late Models. He will enter that finale just four points back of Nick Johnson in the battle for
    the crown.
    Will he race any differently knowing he is running for the title?
    “It doesn’t change it at all,” Carey said of his mindset going into the next race. “I’m going to go out there and do what I
    know how to do. It seems to me that when people start points racing, they make simple mistakes. As a race car driver,
    the mentality needs to be to go out there and every car in front of you, you need to pass.”
    All in all, Carey is just happy to finally hold that checkered flag.
    “I just can’t thank my guys enough,” Carey said. “All of the crew, they always work their tails off. And I have to thank
    Brookside Equipment sales for always believing in me.”
    Carey and the rest of the Late Model division drivers have one race left on the schedule – the 56th annual World Series
    weekend. Entering the event, Nick Johnson leads Carey by just four points, with William Wall third, 15 points out. Mark
    Jenison, who picked up a win earlier this season, is 19 markers back.
    The Limited Sportsman, Sunoco Modifieds and Mini Stocks will also decide their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
    titles as part of the season-finale. The weekend includes a total of 19 different divisions, including the NASCAR Whelen
    Modified Tour, Valenti Modfied Racing Series and American Canadian Tour.
    For more information, including the event schedule and parking map for the weekend, fans are encouraged to visit
    www.thompsonspeedway.com.  As always, following the track on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will give fans the
    latest updates.
    Todd Owens Scores Second Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint Victory In Tiebreaker
    Once a year Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park honors the fans with a special afternoon of racing purely dedicated
    to the local divisions with drivers looking to squeeze every point they can out of their day prior to the season-ending
    World Series weekend in October. That tradition continued on Sunday, Sept. 9 with the Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint
    and For the Fans Night featuring all four of Thompson’s track divisions with the Sunoco Modified drivers taking part in
    the annual 20/20 sprint featuring two points paying races and a third segment to decide and overall winner.
    The Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint was, in fact, the biggest show of the afternoon as the stars of the division took to the
    track for three races including a final ten-lap sprint to determine the overall winner of the event. While the first two 20-
    lap features awarded championship points all three also awarded separate points based on finishing position with the
    driver accruing the least amount of those points wining the overall 20/20 Sprint title.
    The first segment put drivers in an inverted order based on championship points with the lowest driver in points
    starting on the pole and the driver on top of the standings starting in last. Points leader Keith Rocco quickly moved his
    way into the top five in the opening laps of the first segment while Marcello Rufrano, Kyle James and Joey Gada held
    down the top three for the first half of the segment with Woody Pitkat and Rocco in tow. Pitkat would work his way up
    to second by lap 16 but couldn’t find enough to get past Marcello Rufrano who took the first segment easily. The win
    was Rufrano’s first career victory in the Sunoco Modified which had the young driver speechless in victory lane.
    “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was six years old,” Rufrano said. “Now I’m part of the record books. You can’t
    explain the feeling I have right now. I’ve got to sleep tonight and take this all in. We’ve been working so hard this year
    trying to get to where we are right now.”
    The second segment inverted the finishing order of lead lap cars from segment one and quickly saw one of the best in
    the business take the lead early as Todd Owen quickly worked his way to the front where he remained for the first half
    of the race with Kyle James on his tail in second and Keith Rocco settled in third. James closed Owen’s lead to around
    a car length with five laps. James made one final push in the final corner of the final lap using a lapped car as a pick
    but Owen managed to score the victory by a nose. After the two points paying races Keith Rocco takes a comfortable
    lead into the World Series weekend in October. The reigning champ is looking to win his third division title in a row.
    When the accrued points for the 20/20 shootout were tallied the final 10-lap segment saw Kyle James as the man to
    beat for the overall crown with five points while Marcello Rufrano entered the final segment with seven points and
    Keith Rocco and Todd Owen had an accumulated eight points. The driver with the lowest points total accrued after the
    final segment was to be crowned the 20/20 Sprint champion. Todd Owens and Keith Rocco started the race up front
    based on their speeds from segment one while Kyle James settled in fourth for the opening laps. Those positions put
    Owen and James in a tie for least points accrued and they stayed that way through the final lap. Since the two drivers
    were tied at the end of the race Todd Owen was awarded the overall victory for the second year in a row for finishing
    higher that Kyle James in segment three.
    “Two years in a row we won this and I’m just happy for all my guys. They are my family. They are my crew. They gave
    up their whole weekends to be with me and that’s something special. It’s hard to find guys as committed as the ones I
    have with me here,” Owen said in victory lane.
    The Late Models started off the afternoon’s lineup of main events as one of the closest points races of 2018 with only
    eight positions separating Nicholas Johnson and Tom Carey III for the championship. It was a tale of two races for the
    points leaders as Johnson was involved in two separate incidents only four laps into the race, including a crash on a
    restart that also collected Woody Pitkat who was third in points coming into the race. Carey on the other hand spent
    much of the race in the top five and managed to wrestle his way to second place seven laps into the event before
    another caution slowed action on the track. Yet another caution flag waved soon after when contact between William
    Wall and Walt Sutcliffe in a battle for the top three created a multi-car incident resulting in a red flag and Sutcliffe
    approaching Wall’s stationary car to confront Wall face to face. The wreck was also the third incident involving
    Nicholas Johnson who spun to successfully avoid damage from the incident.
    After two more cautions race control changed the restarts to single file allowing Tom Carrey III to take the lead while
    Nickolas Johnson worked his way through the field into the top five with eight laps to go. Carey went on to dominate
    the second half of the race scoring his first Late Model win at Thompson. Nicholas Johnson completed his comeback
    performance with a fifth-place finish making him perfect in top five finishes for 2018 in the division going into the final
    event. Carey celebrated the win in style with his family in victory lane and called it a long time coming.
    “It’s been a long three years. I feel like we should have won here a couple of times, but we just never seem to be able
    to punch the ticket – I knew we had a good piece today and I said if that door isn’t going to open I’m going to kick it
    in,” Carey said in victory lane. With the title now within his grasp and only mere positions separating him and Johnson
    Carey said his team never races for points and they don’t plan to change that approach when they return for the World
    Series next month. “I’m going to go out there and do what I normally do,” said Carey. “It seems to be when people start
    points racing you start making silly mistakes. If Nick wins the championship than he deserves it and if I win the
    championship than I deserve it.”
    The mini stocks took to the track for a 15-lap feature which saw plenty of action up front as the early laps saw two
    father and son duos, Eric and Evan Bourgeois and Dave and DJ Trudeau, battle it out for the top spot. However another
    familiar name eventually worked his way into the mix as Wayne Burroughs took the lead eight laps into the event. A
    late race caution saw Chris Taylor’s car ride the front stretch wall and nearly flip over eventually landing on all four
    tires bringing out a quick red flag. Another quick caution later and Wayne Burroughs once again held the lead battling
    points leader Eric Bourgeois to the wire. Burroughs held on to score his fourth win of the 2018 season in the Mini
    Stocks. Despite having more wins that Bourgeois, Burroughs is out of the running for the title after missing a make up
    race over the summer leaving Bourgeois comfortably ahead of Jared Roy and Dave Trudeau in his quest for a title at the
    season finale.
    Finally, in the Limited Sportsman it was business as usual for Shawn Monahan who all but wrapped up his second
    consecutive championship in the division with his fourth win of the season after earning the title winless in 2017.
    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will close out the 2018 season next month with the 56th Annual Sunoco World
    Series of Speedway Racing. Considered the crown jewel of the speedway the World Series will see numerous
    champions crowned including the new titleholders of Thompson’s four track divisions and the crowning of the 2018
    NASCAR Whelen Modified Series Tour champion as Justin Bonsignore looks to cap off an incredible season with a title
    and possible season sweep at the Big T. The three-day weekend begins on Friday Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 14.


    SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT FINAL FINISH TOP 10: 1. Todd Owen (Somers, CT) 9 pts; 2. Kyle James (Ashaway, RI)
    9 pts; 3. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT) 10 pts; 4. Marcello Rufrano (Northhaven, CT) 15 pts; 5. Kyler Cafro (Chaplin, CT) 17
    pts; 6. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA) 17 pts; 7. Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT) 18 pts; 8. Adam Gada (Bozrah, CT) 23 pts; 9.
    Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA) 24 pts; 10. John Studley (Framingham, MA) 27

    SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SEGMENT ONE TOP 10: 1. Marcello Rufrano (Northvane, CT); 2. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge,
    MA); 3. Kyle James (Ashaway, RI); 4. Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT); 5. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 6. Troy Talman (Oxford,
    MA); 7. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 8. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 9. Adam Gada (Bozrah, CT); 10. Kyler Cagro
    (Chaplin, CT)

    SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SEGMENT TWO TOP 10: 1. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 2. Kyle James (Ashaway, RI); 3. Keith
    Rocco (Berlin, CT); 4. Kyler Cagro (Chaplin, CT); 5. Marcello Rufrano (Northvane, CT); 6. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 7.
    Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT); 8. Adam Gada (Bozrah, CT); 9. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 10. Robert Palmer Lisbon,
    CT)

    SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT (SEGMENT 3) TOP 10: 1. Todd Owen; 2. Keith Rocco; 3. Kyler Cafro; 4. Kyle James; 5.
    Troy Talman; 6. Adam Gada; 7. Joe Gada; 8. Woody Pitkat; 9. Marcello Rufrano; 10. John Studley
































     



















                                           










            
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    OPEN WHEEL WED., SEEKONK SPEEDWAY, TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES
    SILK SCORES 10K IN SEEKONK TTOMS VICTORY

    Seekonk, MA: (June 27, 2018): The traditional Open Wheel Wednesday, unofficially turned Tri-Track Tuesday, saw Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, claim the
    victory in Tri-Track Open Modified (TTOMS) Series competition and a cool $10,000 on the eve of Independence Day. The event, which began on Wednesday
    June 27, was halted after only 22 laps due to rain. Less than a week later, Silk was the class of the field scoring a popular victory aboard the Bob Horn
    owned #50. Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, came home second. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT, in relief of Rowan Pennink, who could not return for
    the conclusion of the race, finished third.

    Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, recovered from a three-lap deficit to finish fourth. Home track favorite, Todd Annarummo, from Swansea, MA, completed the
    top five.

    After two races of the four-race Tri-Track Series schedule, defending Series champion Matt Hirschman leads the point standings by a mere two points
    over Silk. The next race for the TTOMS is Saturday, July 28 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH.

    Richard Savary led every lap of a caution-filled start to Open Wheel Wednesday before a persistent rain claimed the race at 9:25pm. With a dismal
    weather forecast for the original rain date of Thursday, track officials set July 3 for the resumption of the race. While nearly a week later when racing
    resumed, it was much of the same in the early going for Savary.

    With the rain delay and the event tire rule, teams could pit during pace laps before the race officially went green. Hirschman, who would have lined up
    second for the restart, was among those to head pitside.

    When the event officially went green again, Savary took the point with Rocco and Silk duking it out for second. Silk was able to take the spot away on lap
    23. He immediately went to work on Savary for the lead. Dowling was making moves early; coming from scratch in the field.

    The first caution of the night flew on lap 31 for a stalled Ricky Collins. Hersey received the free pass. Hirschman, who was making little progress from
    deep in the field, pitted once again under the caution. Dowling also headed to the pits.

    Silk got alongside Savary on the outside groove on the ensuing restart. The two went wheel-to-wheel for several laps before Silk settled back in line in
    second. After a single lap, he dove low behind Savary and was able to steal the lead way on lap 35.  Silk was the new leader over Savary, Rocco, Woody
    Pitkat and Tommy Barrett in the top five.

    During the green flag run, Silk was able to get a bit of breathing room over Savary. Annarummo and Sammy Rameau were making headway taking
    positions away from Barrett.

    Silk had nearly a straightaway advantage over Savary as the halfway point of the event approached. Rocco ran in third followed by Pitkat, Annarummo,
    Rameau, Jon McKennedy, Barrett, Matt Galko and Dan Meservey, Jr. inside the top ten at crossed flags.

    The event’s ninth (second of the night) caution flew on lap 57 for a single-car spin by Dana DiMatteo. A number of contenders pitted during the caution
    period including Silk and Savary. Hersey once again received the free pass to join the remainder of the lead laps car for the ensuing restart.

    Pitkat, who had earlier taken a position from Rocco, inherited the lead for the restart. Rocco had his hands full with Annarummo and McKennedy.
    Annarummo took advantage of the bottom groove to battle his way into second. He immediately put pressure on Pitkat for the lead and was able to take
    over the top spot on lap 63.

    Rocco ran a few cars-lengths back as McKennedy struggled in the outside grove. After quick pit work and a fast race car, Silk was already back in the top-
    five by lap 65.

    Dowling continued his march to the front; taking second from Pitkat, who continued to backslide falling to fourth. Rocco faded to seventh. Early leader
    Savary would spend much of the second half of the race in an out of the pits.

    The third caution of the night came out for a spin by Meservey. For the lap 70 restart, Annarummo was lined up against Dowling. Silk was third beside
    McKennedy. Derek Ramstrom, Barrett, Hirschman, Colbey Fournier, Rameau and DiMatteo made up the remainder of the top -ten running order when the
    race went back to green.

    Annarummo was able to retain his lead with Silk taking second from Dowling on lap 71. By lap 72, Silk once again was the leader; relegating Annarummo
    back to second. With Silk at the point, Dowling and Annarummo ran nose to tail. A torrid battle for fourth position involved Ramstrom, McKennedy and
    Hirschman.

    On lap 78, Hirschman got the better of the battle to move into fourth. His charge forward was stalled for a spin by Galko. Fournier was also involved. Silk
    got a strong restart at lap 79, handily taking back the lead. Hirschman got underneath Annarummo and into third on lap 80.

    Silk could not shake Dowling. Hersey, with a strong recovery, was on the outside grove chipping away at the top ten. McKennedy got underneath
    Ramstrom; taking Hershey along for the ride. Hersey quickly got by McKennedy to join the top-five.

    With 10 to go, Silk had a several car-lengths lead over Dowling, who held a similar lead over Hirschman. A distance back was Annarummo. Hersey was
    able to take fourth from Annarummo on lap 94.

    Hirschman was getting racy with Dowling with five laps to go. He tried the low groove to no avail, then the high-side in his effort to get by Dowling for
    second. This enabled Silk to stretch his advantage. Hersey was also running down the battle for second. Hirschman able to get by Dowling in the closing
    laps.

    Out front it was all Silk who cruised under the checkered flag for the win; becoming the tenth different driver to win the 10K payday of Open Wheel
    Wednesday. Hirschman settled for second over Dowling, Hersey, and Annarummo inside the top five. Rameau, McKennedy, Pitkat, Savary and DiMatteo
    made up the top ten.

    Several cars withdrew from the event and did not return for the resumption of the race including Jon Kievman, Steve Masse, Anthony Nocella, Les
    Hinckley and Mike Holdridge, several of which had misfortune on the original night of racing action. Ryan Preece, who had a previous commitment with
    Joe Gibbs Racing to run the Nationwide Series event in Daytona, was unable to return.

    During qualifying on Wednesday, heat race victories went to Rocco, Mike Willis, Jr., Hirschman and Pennink. Preece and Carl Medeiros took down
    consolation event wins. A total of 39 cars attempted to qualify.

    Next up for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series in the SBM 125 at Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday, July 28. For more information visit
    tritrackmods.com or starspeedwaynh.com.

    Tri-Track Open Modified Series, Seekonk Speedway, Open Wheel Wednesday, June 27/July 3 Official Finishing Order: 1. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT; 2. Matt
    Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 3. Chase Dowling, Roxbury, CT; 4. Russ Hersey, N Swanzey, NH; 5.Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA; 6. Sammy Rameau,
    Westminster, MA; 7. Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA; 8. Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs, CT; 9. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 10. Dana DiMatteo,
    Farmington, CT; 11. Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT; 12. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 13. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 14. Ron Frees, Brick Township, NJ; 15. Mike
    Willis, Jr., Grantham, NH; 16. Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA; 17. Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 18. Dan Meservey, Jr., West Chatham, MA; 19.  Rob
    Murphy, Rochester, MA; 20. Carl Medeiros, Westport, MA; 21. Ricky Collins, Williams Grove, PA; 22. Ryan Preece, Berlin, CT; 23. Jon Kievman, Deerfield
    Beach, FL; 24. Steve Masse Bellingham, MA;25. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA; 26. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 27. Mike Holdrid


              Swindell to Return to NEMA for Bertrand at Seekonk
    One of the most recognized names in American motorsports, Sammy Swindell, will make a pair of Northeastern Midget Association starts for Tim
    Bertrand/Bertrand Motorsports on Wednesday June 27th at Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday/Boston Louie Memorial.  Swindell is a three-time World of
    Outlaws Champion & Five-time Chili Bowl champion.

    Swindell will join a five car Bertrand Motorsports NEMA operation for the two races, with five time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby
    joining Swindell & teammates Todd Bertrand, Randy Cabral and Avery Stoehr at Seekonk.

    ‘I’m incredibly excited to be able to put together another deal with Sammy for 2018,’ said team owner, Tim Bertrand. ‘We had a great time racing together
    over the last couple of years and getting to know each other, and the entire team is looking forward to having him and Amy back to the Northeast,” said
    Bertrand.
    Swindell was successful in his debut two seasons ago with the team, running second fastest in qualifying, advanced from seventh to third in his heat and
    from fifth to fourth in the feature, against NEMA’s best. Along the way he went wheel-to-wheel with teammates Randy Cabral, Todd Bertrand and held off
    a charge from two time and defending Champion John Zych.
    “The guys did a good job the last time I came out; the car never missed a beat and never had any problems. It’s nice to be able to just come in and drive
    something like that. The car was good all night, but towards the end of the feature it started getting way tight due to a malfunction with the bleeders,”
    Swindell told AARN reporter Mark McKeon.
    “I’m excited to be able to get back out and drive for Tim and his team.  We’ve gotten to know each other well over the last couple of years and even
    teamed up successfully for the Chili Bowl last winter.  A lot of the learning curve is behind us, and we should be able to get right to it off the bat this
    year,” said Swindell.
    Car owner Bertrand was ecstatic after the last time Swindell sat in the seat, in addition to Swindell’s fourth place finish, saw team cars driven by Randy
    Cabral and Todd Bertrand finish first and third respectively. “It was a great night for the team and for NEMA, and Sammy is welcome to come out any
    time he’d like,” Bertrand said.



















































































      




        
    Seekonk speedway tri-track,open wheel, winner Ron Silk