| KEITH ROCCO ADDS ANOTHER SUNOCO MODIFIED TITLE TO HIS RESUME
DEFEATS TODD OWEN IN FINAL THOMPSON STANDINGS
BY KYLE SOUZA, FOR THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK
THOMPSON, Conn. – For the seventh time in his Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park career, Keith Rocco is celebrating
a championship in the Sunoco Modified division.
The Berlin, Connecticut, driver captured the 2018 championship by 18 points over Todd Owen on the strength of four
feature wins in seven championship events.
Rocco finished inside the top five in all but one race, the finale, where he was caught up in a wreck that actually
happened under caution in the midst of the Sunoco World Series 30-lap feature. Luckily for the veteran, he didn’t need the
points to hold the trophy again.
“We got run over when the yellow was out from behind, but thankfully we just had to start the race to lock this up,” Rocco
said. “It would have been pretty stressful if that wasn’t the case.”
The title pushes him into second all-time in NASCAR Whelen All American Series track championships, with a total of 16.
Rocco has seven at Thompson, three at Stafford Motor Speedway and six at New London-Waterford Speedbowl – all tracks
in the “Nutmeg State.”
He only trails Joe Kosiski, who has 17 titles, for the most all-time. The championship marks his third straight in Thompson’
s Sunoco Modified division. He has been driving for Mark Payne behind the wheel of the No. 57 in the Division I class.
“We just surrounded ourselves with great people,” Rocco said. “The past 10 years we have collected a lot of
championships. To have that many over the years, I just can’t thank all my guys enough and everyone that has helped me
Over years of competing on the .625-mile oval, Rocco has always seemed to have the speed he needed to win races, and
win a lot of them.
“We’ve had really good success here,” he said. “Ever since the first time I drove a modified here I feel in love with the
place, the high-banks, the speed and the racing.”
By winning the season-finale, Todd Owen finished second in the championship standings, 18 points from the top. Kyle
James was third, 37 back, while Troy Talman was fourth and Marcello Rufrano, a Rookie of the Year contender, rounded
out the top five.
The battle at the top of the Sunoco Modified standings wasn’t much of a race through the summer, with Rocco pulling
away. He indicated after the race he would be back next season to compete again.
“It’s so fun,” Rocco said. “We didn’t struggle today, but we didn’t have the speed we wanted. It just makes us word harder
and come back stronger next year.”
Rocco will be officially crowned champion, along with the other four NASCAR Whelen All American Series title holders, at
the 2018 Awards Banquet and Celebration, with a date to be announced soon.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park concluded the 56th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing weekend on Sunday,
Oct. 14 crowning three track division champions and the ISMA Supermodified champion as well as hosting the weekend’s
main event, the final race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series Toru season.
Coming into Tour race Justin Bonsignore had already clinched the title, the first time that feat has been accomplished
since Donny Lia earned the title prior to the end of the 2007 season. That said Bonsignore still had something to fight for
at Thompson having won the first three races for the tour at the Big-T in 2018 looking to accomplish the “Thompson Grand
Slam” and win all four events at the track in the same season.
Bonsignore started strong in third but it was Ryan Preece who led the event early on. The 2013 tour champion raced in
potentially his final Whelen Modified Series race after being promoted to the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series for the
2019. Preece started second and led most of the first 81 laps until a caution slowed the field and brought the leaders to
the pits. A miscue forced Preece down pit road a second time while Bonsignore inheriting the lead on the restart.
Bonsignore never looked back capping off an impressive season and surviving several more restarts to lead the field all
the way to the finish earning the “Thompson Grand Slam” on World Series weekend with victories in all four Thompson
races on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule in 2018. Bonsignore spoke about his accomplishments after the race.
“You can’t even script this. I just owe it to the pit crew again. That’s two out of four this year where they literally won us
the race,” Bonsignore said. “I can’t think of a better way to end the season. We said all week we were going to race hard
and be aggressive with our strategy and everything played out perfectly.”
Bonsignore joins the elite company of Steve Park, Mike Stefanik and Doug Coby as the only drivers in the current era to
win all of Thompson’s tour races in the same year. He said adding to that legacy was an important accomplishment to cap
off a championship season. “I know what we’ve been accomplishing, but we can’t take that for granted,” Bonsignore said.
“It’s huge. It’s important. Those are two of the biggest names of the past and one is current right now. It’s elite company
and I’m just really proud of it.”
Jon McKennedy, Ron Silk, Ryan Preece and Burt Myers rounded out the top five in the final race of the Whelen Modified
The Thompson Sunoco Modifed division title went to Keith Rocco for the third year in a row after a season that included
four wins. Unfortunately, Rocco was unable to finish the race after an incident on lap 16. Up front the race for the lead
was competitive all the way through with several drivers trading the lead over the course of 30 laps. The battle came
down to Todd Owen and Ryan Preece in the final six laps as a caution set up a wild finish with Owen coming out on top.
Owen’s victory was his third of the World Series weekend, two as a driver and one as a car owner, completing what he
called a “dream weekend”.
“That was a fun race. (Preece) was definitely a gentleman out there. It was a lot of fun,” Owen said about the closing
laps. “We’re a hungry bunch. We work hard on our cars and it was awesome – You couldn’t ask for a better script, being
around great people and great equipment you get the results that you need.”
While he couldn’t finish the race, Sunoco Modified champion Keith Rocco still found solace in being able to celebrate his
third consecutive title in seven years. “We’ve had really good success here. Ever since the first time I drove a modified
here I fell in love with the place, the high banks and the speeds,” Rocco said. “It’s still fun. We didn’t have the speed we
wanted today but that makes us want to work harder and come back stronger next year.”
Thompson’s Limited Sportsman division saw a repeat champion in Shawn Monahan who won the title in a very different
manner than in 2017 when he claimed the championship in a winless season. In 2018 Monahan scored four victories and
placed in the top five in every event clinching the title over Chris Meyers and Larry Barnett. Monahan said he was proud of
his team and their effort all season helping him remain the man to beat in Thompson’s Limited Sportsmen cars. “I really
wanted to be (out front) but in hindsight I think it was good to be in fourth place at that point. It’s been a blessing this
year. A lot of guys have helped me out,” Moahan said in victory lane.
The race win went to Corey Fanning who had to survive several restarts and defend against Ryan Waterman in the final
lap of the race which ended in a three-wide battle across the finish line between Fanning, Waterman and Brent Gleason
with Fanning taking the final division victory of the 2018 season in a photo finish.
“That was probably one of the wildest finishes I’ve been in and I’ve been in a few wild ones this year. It’s awesome to
come out on top,” Fanning said. “When (Waterman) got to the door I said I’m just going to hang here as long as we can.
Luckily the start-finish line was in the right spot for me.”
The Mini Stocks started off the afternoon with Eric Bourgeois seeking his third division title at Thompson. Bourgeois had
been a model of consistency with six top five in as many races on the year and two wins. The final race would be his only
finish outside the top ten as he came home sixth. Defending champion Wayne Burroughs, Jr., who was eliminated from the
title chase after missing a race in the spring, went on to win the race for his fifth win of the season.
“This is about as big as it gets. This is awesome. Easily one of my best wins here,” Burroughs said. “I want to
congratulate Eric Bourgeois on a good season. After we missed a race we won five in a row. That’s about all we could do.
He didn’t have that one mistake we needed so congrats to those guys. Five wins and second in point, I’ll take that.”
Eric Bourgeois celebrated his title with burnouts and donuts on the front stretch confirming that his third title in the
division would be his last as he turns over the family legacy to his son Evan. “I’ll be back running a show here or there just
to help out my kid, but points wise I’m going to concentrate on (Evan) from here on out so this is my last full-time
season,” Bourgeois said. “My crew works hard all the time – They make sure we’re a hundred percent. It’s a good way to
The ISMA Supermodifieds raced 50 laps in their season finale at Thompson with the league’s points race coming down to
the wire between Dan Bowes and Kyle Edwards both seeking their first ISMA wins at the track. Bowes was able to hold
off Edwards by a slim two points to take his first ISMA Supermodified title. “This is amazing,” Bowes said after the race.
“Two points. I guess it doesn’t matter if it’s two or a hundred. The fact is we got it so it’s awesome.” Ben Seitz dominated
the race up front to claim his first ISMA Supermodified win of the season.
Finally, the NEMA Lites also held a 20-lap feature, the second half of the duel Shane Hammond Memorial race events on
World Series weekend following Sunday’s NEMA Midget race. The penultimate race of the season saw Danny Cugini
looking to extend his points lead in his bid to repeat as champion. Jim Chambers took home the feature win, his third of
the season while Cugini extended his points advantage on Randy Carbal with a top five finish.
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED SERIES FINALE FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Justin Bonsignore; 2. Jon McKennedy; 3. Ron Silk; 4.
Ryan Preece; 5. Burt Myers; 6. Doug Coby; 7. Matt Swanson; 8. Bobby Santos, III; 9. Chris Pasteryak; 10. Eric Goodale
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 2. Ryan Preece (Broad Brook, CT); 3. Andrew Molleur
(Shelton, CT); 4. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 5. Kyle James (Ashaway, R.I.); 6. Adam Gada (Bozrah, CT); 7. Kyler Cafro
(Chaplin, CT); 8. Jacob Perry; 9. Michael Gervais; 10. Jimmy Blewett (Howell, N.J.)
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, R.I.)) 2. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 3. Brent
Gleason (Griswold, CT); 4. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 5. Meghan Fuller (Auburn, MA); 6. Jesse Gleason (Lisbon, CT);
7. Chris Meyer (North Franklin, CT); 8. Kyle Gero (Baltic, CT); 9. Brandon Plemmons; 10. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA)
MINI STOCKS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 2. Chris Taylor (East Lyme, CT); 3. Steve Michalski
(Brooklyn, CT); 4. Mark Panaroni; 5. Dave Trudeau, Jr. (Mansfield, CT); 6. Eric Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 7. Jared Roy
(Sterling, CT); 8. Andrew Krzeminski (Haddem, CT); 9. Alex Christiansen; 10. Keith Ballou (Pascoag, R.I.)
NEMA LITE SHANE HAMMOND MEMORIAL FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Jim Chambers (Atkinson, NH); 2. Todd Bertrand (Danielson,
CT); 3. Avery Stoehr (Lakeville, MA); 4. Kyle Valeir (Monument Beach, ME); 5. Dan Cugini (Marshfield, MA); 6. Matt Janisch
(Nazareht, PA); 7. Jeffrey Battle; 8. Christopher Vose (Gloverville, NY); 9. Ryan Locke (Raymond, NH); 10. Seth Carlson
ISMA SUPERMODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Ben Seitz (Bourne, MA); 2. Kyle Edwards (Bartlett, TN); 3. Michael Barnes (Mexico,
NY); 4. Dan Bowes (Epping, NH); 5. Tyler Thompson (Fulton, NY): 6. Jim Pallier; 7. Timmy Jedrzejek (Independence, OH); 8.
Mike McVetta (Wellington, OH); 9. Jamie Timmons (North Andover, MA); 10. Dave Duggan (Milford, NH)
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park kicked off the 2018 Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing weekend on Friday,
Oct. 12, the biggest racing weekend in New England crowning champions in all of Thompson’s local racing divisions and
the Whelen Modified Series Tour. The first night of racing served as a warmup for the action still to come with the
crowning of Thompson Late Model Champion and the penultimate race of the 2018 Granite State Pro Stock Series season
as the highlights of the evening.
The Late Models have been the most competitive division all season at Thompson Speedway both in terms of points and
the variety of winners. Four different drivers entered the season finale with wins to their credit but one without a victory
was Nicholas Johnson who used consistency to open a slim seven-point lead on Tom Carey, III coming into the final race
of the year. Carey entered the race with momentum having won the September feature event at the Big-T. Mathematically
four drivers had a chance at the title in the final race with a mere nineteen points separating fourth from Johnson in the
In the end though it was a battle between Carey and Johnson with Johnson starting the 25-lap feature from ninth position
while Tom Carey, III, worked his way into the top five in the early going. Carey was in the top three by lap ten engaging in
a hard-fought side-by-side battle with Paul Charette for the second position which would continue throughout the rest of
the event. Meanwhile Mark Jenison opened up a sizable lead out front looking for his second win of the season. With ten
laps remaining Johnson worked his way into the top five as Carey continued his pursuit for the runner-up spot. Carey was
unable to complete the pass despite taking the battle to the line while Johnson finished fifth completing a season of
perfect top five finishes and winning the division championship in the Late Models. Mark Jenison took advantage of the
hard racing behind him to charge to the race win.
With a season built on consistency Nicholas Johnson said he didn’t expect to be in the running for a title, but he was more
than happy to celebrate once the checkered flag waved. “I really can’t believe it. I never thought I’d be running for a
championship,” Johnson said in victory lane. “We just kind of fell into it this year and did what we could every race. We
ended up on top and just never gave up. It’s unreal. To be able to race at a track where your family raced at and do well, it
means a lot.”
In victory lane Mark Jenison celebrated ending his season on a high note taking the same “Support the Troops” scheme he
won with during Thompson’s For the Veterans weekend to victory lane. “It’s a tough day and good racing,” Jenison said. “I
want to thank our troops and veterans. They do so much for us and they don’t get much reward, but they get it tonight
from all of us.”
The Granite State Pro Stocks took to the track later in the evening with a 50-lap feature and the second-to-last race of the
season for the New England touring series. With a 20-point lead in hand Connecticut native Davin O’Connell looked to
continue his momentum after a win and a top five in the last two races allowed him to erase a 22-pt deficit with Joey
Doiron close behind.
As fate would have it both championship frontrunners experienced their share of turmoil over the course of the race. O’
Connell’s bad luck came first as the points leader was involved in a multicar incident on the seventh lap sending him to pit
road for repairs. It looked like this opened the door Joey Doiron to have a big points day but on the twelfth lap of the race
Doiron’s car experienced a tire failure where the left rear wheel came off of the car, ending his day and effectively ending
his chance to win the Granite State Pro Stocks title. O’Connell recovered to finish eleventh while Doiron was scored
finishing sixteenth. O’Connell still takes a significant points lead heading to the final race of the season at Waterford.
As for the race win it was all Eddie MacDonald who dominated the event to score his first win of the season in the Granite
State Pro Stocks. MacDonald will race again at Thompson on Saturday evening in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late
Model feature and said getting an early win has helped prepare him for the next challenge ahead. “The guys gave me such
a good car – It’s great to be able to come down here and get a win,” MacDonald said after the race. “I’m just happy that
the car was fast today. It was good to get out there, get a few laps on the track and hopefully tomorrow night it will be
just as good.”
The Lite Modifieds held a 20-lap feature that saw the battle for the win become a family affair with cousins Bryan
Narducci and Alexander Pearl duking it out in the front row for much of the event. Narducci was able to hold off Pearl and
get the jump on a restart with two laps to go to take the checkered flag for his third win of 2018 at Thompson and repeat
as a World Series weekend winner after claiming victory in 2017 which was his first race in the Lite’s at the Big-T.
Narducci, who has persevered through cerebral palsy to become a rising star on the local racing circuit, was named the
Whelen All-American Series Division III national champion last month.
“I think that was our eighth win of the year and we’re four for four at Thompson. There’s something about this place that I
just love,” Narducci said after the win. “I just want to thank everyone on the crew and all the sponsors that made this
possible. It’s nice to cap the season off on a high note.”
The evening concluded with the Vintage Modifieds representing the history of local racing on the Big-T. The Senior Tour
Auto Racers also capped off the night showcasing legendary modified and sportsman vehicles from racing’s past.
World Series weekend continues on Saturday with a loaded schedule of events throughout the afternoon. Racing begins
with the NEMA Midgets and ACT Late Models before moving to the Valenti Modifieds, Pro 4 Modifieds, Exit Realty Pro
Trucks, North East Mini Stock Tour, the Street Stock Showdown and the crowning of the Thompson Mini Stock Division
LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Mark Jenison (Warwick, R.I.); 2. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 3. Tom Carey,
III (New Salem, MA); 4. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 5. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 6. Ryan Kuhn; 7. Ryan Morgan
(Gales Ferry, CT); 8. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA); 9. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 10. Chad Baxter (Pascoag, R.I.)
LITE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1, Bryan Narducci; 2. Alexander Pearl; 3. Mark Bakaj; 4. Chris Viens; 5. Brett
Gonyaw; 6. Wesley Prucker; 7. John O’Sullivan; 8. Cassandra Cole; 9. Ed Chicoski; 10. Jason Hanson
GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK FINISH TOP-10: 1. Eddie MacDonald; 2. Todd Stone; 3. Tommy O’Sullivan; 4. Ray Christian,
III; 5. Mike O’Sullivan; 6. Brad Babb; 7. Dave Farrington, Jr.; 8. Scott MacMichael; 9. Jimmy Renfrew, Jr; 10. Josh
In 2017, Shawn Monahan was a master of consistency at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the Limited Sportsman
division. That consistency, matched with his furious drive to be successful, ended with a championship without the luxury
of visiting Victory Lane.
But this year, he found a way to change that quickly. Monahan rolled to Victory Lane in four of seven NASCAR Whelen All
American Series Limited Sportsman races and captured his second straight championship driving the No. 55 Critical Signs
His final advantage in the championship chase stands at 49 points, nearly one race ahead of Chris Meyer.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the team and more blessed to be where I am today,” Monahan said.
In the season-finale, the 20-lap Sunoco World Series Limited Sportsman feature, Monahan entered the final turn inside the
top five when the leaders made contact, and two of them went sliding up the track. Third-place Brent Gleason charged to
the bottom and made it three-wide across the line in a thrilling finish that saw Corey Fanning take the victory.
Monahan, on the safe side, finished fourth with the car in one piece and hoisted another championship trophy.
“If you had asked me at the beginning of the season, I would’ve said that it’s impossible because of the talent this division
has,” Monahan was quoted saying prior to the finale. “The different between myself and the rest of the competitors is
simply that I have been in the right place, at the right time.”
Being in the right place at the right time helped him celebrate, but he wasn’t going out on the track to ride around.
Monahan was seeking to win his fifth race of the season, and take home a Sunoco trophy that many wanted as part of the
Sunoco World Series Weekend. He wasn’t going to just ride in an attempt to clinch.
“I like winning races. I really wanted to win the Sunoco trophy today. Sometimes I don’t know what is better, wheeling
the car, or having one of the best seats in the house,” Monahan said.
With two championships in a row now under his belt, Monahan has etched his name into history at the Thompson
“There were a few close calls today,” he said at the World Series. “Everyone said my point lead was extremely
comfortable, and it was, but when you started 28 cars, you could be the victim early on and it could get ugly.”
Monahan adds his name to the talented list of Limited Sportsman champions on the .625-mile oval in a division where
competition is extremely difficult. A total of 39 different drivers turned at least one lap during the season in the class, and
Monahan was the only driver to finish inside the top five in all seven races.
Monahan will be officially crowned the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Limited Sportsman champion at the
Awards Banquet & Celebration, with a date to be announced in the near future.
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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
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
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
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
Hundred, also Seekonk Speedway’s final racing event for 2018 would settle it once and for all, and as TTOMS’ announcer told the crowd: “This is it.
No tie-breakers. They’re tied. Whoever comes in ahead of the other wins it.”
Patnode held onto fifth as the leaders ran hot and hard in chase mode. It wasn’t until Les Hinckley got by Anthony Nocella to work on Patnode and finally
slipped underneath and into fifth on lap 14.
Rocco was leading Dowling by four lengths and Pasteryak was third. DiMatteo was six cars back of Pasteryak with Hinckley on the hunt behind
him. Rocco pushed his lead to seven cars just before Hinckley went under and into fourth. Pasteryak then ducked under Dowling and Hinckley followed
him through. It was then that Fournier spun with multiple cars pitting for adjustments.
Rocco sprinted away from Dowling on the restart, but two laps later, caution waved again. Rocco bolted back to the lead but this time, Hinckley
slipped under Dowling into second. Matt
They relined and Rocco was looking at Hinckley on his shoulder and Pasteryak in his rear-view mirror with DiMatteo alongside. Keith zoomed
away and Pasteryak got under Hinckley, who decided to battle for the spot. He nosed ahead in turn two, grabbed second in turn four and fastened onto
Silk was up to twelfth, now. On the restart, Dowling ran ahead and Hirschman followed under Hinckley. He looked under the leader but was denied.
Swanson got under Rocco looking for fourth just before another caution. This put Dowling and Hirschman side-by-side at the front with Hinckley and
Rocco behind them, just ahead of Swanson and Selsey. Dowling squirted ahead by Hirschman let it loose and charged ahead out of turn two. Cowling
dropped in ahead of Rocco with Hinckley fourth ahead of Swanson, who ducked underneath Keith to steal fourth.
get the lap 71 taken care of, and another spin called for a lap 72 caution. Hirschman now had Swanson on the outside with Dowling and the returning
Pasteryak behind him. Selsey and Nocella were row three – and Silk lurked low on the grid behind them.
Hirschman reclaimed the lead and Swanson dropped into second. Dowling was under Pasteryak. But Silk was coming: he got under Pasteryak into
fourth on lap 77 and climbed onto
Dowling’s bumper, then deprived him of third. In the midst of battle, Hirschman gained a five car lead over Swanson, who led Silk by ten lengths. Selsey
and Dowling followed. But with fifteen laps to go, the leads collapsed when Fournier spun. Now Silk was restarting behind Hirschman in row two.
Swanson and Selsey were the outside cars.
Hirschman escaped Swanson in turn two and Silk drove under him into second as the leader took a five-car lead. Swanson followed Silk. Before
much could happen, another caution halted things on lap 88. Now Hirschman and Silk – tied for the championship in points, restarted side-by-side with 12
circuits (4 miles) remaining. After a false start, the brawled it out and it took Hirschman until turn four to grab the lead. He led by two cars into lap 90 as
Pasteryak, Swanson and Dowling chased Silk. With five to go, Hirschman was five up on Silk and things looked inevitable, but Pasteryak and Swanson
tangled; Pasteryak made a save but Swanson sailed into the infield grass and a restart with two to go was on the table. Hirschman and Silk lined up again.
Hirschman pulled away once more and Pasteryak looked under Silk, but Ron shut the door. Under the white flag, Hirschman pulled a two-car lead
and they ran in order to the checkers with Hirschman taking all the marbles: the Haunted Hundred and the Tri-Track Championship. Silk claimed second
with Pasteryak third. Dowling and Selsey rounded out the top five. Sixth went to Hinckley, followed by Rob ie, Nocella, Patnode, Rocco and DiMatteo.