|Next !! Seekonk July TSMP July 14th
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its second annual King Cadillac GMC Throwback 100 featuring the K&N Pro
Series East on Saturday, July 14 showcasing the young up-and-coming drivers of NASCAR. The theme of the night was
racing history with a showcase of vintage cars and K&N drivers featuring classic paint schemes as they took to the track
hoping to write their name in the history books as a NASCAR winner.
The evening started with qualifying which saw record breaking speeds by the K&N Pro Series drivers. Points leader Tyler
Ankrum looked to score his second win of the season and started the day with his first pole breaking the track record
with a time of 19.882. However, Ankrum’s time was disallowed after he failed tech following qualifying putting Spencer
Davis, driving a #13 car paying tribute to the late Ted Christopher, on point.
The first 75 laps of the race were relatively smooth sailing for Davis who secured a comfortable lead early and dominated
the first 50 laps before Ruben Garcia, Jr. presented Davis with his first true battle of the evening. Meanwhile Tyler
Ankrum worked his was through the field moving into the top three by lap 63 where he began to put the pressure on Davis
and Garcia. After the only caution of the race a few laps later a restart changed everything for the frontrunners as Davis
managed to lead up to lap 75 but was finally passed by Dillon Bassett while Ankrum once again found himself in a
precarious position after spinning his tires on the restart.
Bassett opened up a decent lead in the ensuing final laps of the event, but Ankrum would not be denied using the top line
to power his way past Bassett with six laps to go and charge to his second victory of the season, winning the event from
“It was a little frustrating being sent to the back like that for something that was so minor. Our skew was off a few
thousandths of an inch. We had an awesome racecar regardless. We flew through the field. Halfway through I was in the
top five and I thought to myself ‘there’s no stopping us’,” Ankrum said after visiting Victory Lane. “Overall an awesome
night. There’s not too many times you can come from the back like that and win. I’m super excited about it. Second win
of the year. Hopefully that will extend our points lead by a lot.” Dillon Bassett, Tyler Dippel, Spencer Davis and Chase
Cabre rounded out the top five.
Earlier in the evening the Limited Sportsman division turned into a battle of championship contenders in a 20-lap feature,
but it didn’t start that way. After rookie Kyle Gero started up front and led the opening laps the fight for the lead became
a battle of veterans as Jesse Gleason and Ryan Waterman tangled for the top spot. A caution that waved eleven laps in
set up a restart that would alter the complexion of the race as Gleason and Waterman restarted on the front row and
fought hard through the first half of a lap before getting into each other in turn three and wrecking, stacking up the field
and essentially ending any opportunity for either driver to win.
The wreck opened the door for Shawn Monahan and Chris Meyer who inherited the top two spots creating a nine-lap
shootout for the victory. Despite getting caught behind a slow car in lap traffic in the final turn of the final lap Monahan
held on and defeated his closest rival for the title. The win was Monahan’s second of the season as he looks to win his
second consecutive division title. After the race Monahan admitted he didn’t have the best car on the track but called the
battle between himself and Meyer in the closing laps an exciting and nerve wracking one from the driver’s seat.
“I don’t think I had the car to beat tonight. I just wanted to keep it clean and get a good finish, but it got real funny
looking down the back straightaway and what do you know,” Monahan said. The race winner offered some insight into the
current relationship he has with second-place Chris Meyer after the two endured a rivalry in years past. “Chris Meyer and
I have quite the history, but that history has turned in a positive direction over the past couple of years. We’re getting
older. We respect each other. He had a real fast car. He was closing in there at the end and I was nervous, but I’ll take it.
You can’t take a win for granted these days.” After the race Meyer took a moment to congratulate Monahan with a soft
tap to the bumper on the backstretch that Monahan called an “exchange of love”.
The Sunoco Modified division closed the night with a 30-lap feature as Keith Rocco looked to remain perfect on the
season and score his fourth consecutive win in the division at Thompson. It didn’t take long for Rocco to find himself
where he is most comfortable as he had the lead in hand by lap five. Rocco led until halfway when things got interesting
as Ryan Preece was able to work his way to the front and put pressure on the defending champion. A pair of cautions with
11 laps to go set the battle up to be an epic showdown in the closing laps of the night.
Rocco was able to hold the lead off the restart, but Preece would not let Rocco drive away staying glued to his back
bumper and making several attempts to pass on the inside. Preece finally completed the pass out of turn four on lap 23
and fought off a rebuttal from Rocco to carry that momentum to his first win of the year in the division and prevent Rocco’
s perfect season in the Sunoco Modifieds.
“It was a race that’s for sure,” Preece said. “I’m really proud of how good of a car we had on the long run. I feel like after
ten laps we were really good so I’m just super proud of how good this car is right now.”
In the Late Model division is was a dominating victory by Ryan Morgan who started the 25-lap feature strong and finished
over five seconds ahead of William Wall to claim his second win of the season. Morgan was a contender for the Late
Model title in 2017, winning a race before an injury sidelined his chances at a title. The event was also bittersweet as it
was the final run for defending champion Ray Parent who sold his #98 car and is moving his talents to the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour. Current points leader Nick Johnson finished in sixth making him the only driver in the division to
score top five finishes in all five features of 2018 despite not having a win.
The Lite Modifieds took center stage for a 20-lap feature where Bryan Narducci took home the trophy, his second in two
nights of short track racing. Narducci is a perfect three for three in his races at Thompson and he did it all after a
diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Finally, in the Mini Stocks Wayne Burroughs showed dominance by claiming his second win of
the season. The reigning champion is out of the running for a title after missing one of the two races in June. Points
leader Eric Bourgeois finished second. The night also included a showcase of the modifieds of yesterday in a 15-lap
vintage modified feature that helped kick off the festivities early on.
The Whelen Modified Tour returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the third time in 2018 on Wednesday,
August 8 with the 29th Annual Bud “King of Beers” 150. The yearly mid-summer staple will feature the stars of the
Whelen Modified Tour with points leader Justin Bonsignore looking for this third victory of the year at the Big-T as well as
the NEMA Midgets and Thompson’s four track divisions with drivers looking to capture every point they can as the season
KING CADILLAC GMC THROWBACK 100 FINISH: 1. Tyler Ankrum; 2. Dillon Bassett; 3. Tyler Dippel; 4. Spencer Davis; 5.
Chase Cabre; 6. Anthony Alfredo; 7. Brandon McReynolds; 8. Chase Dowling; 9. Ruben Garcia, Jr.; 10. Ryan Vargas; 11.
Tristan Van Wieringen; 12. Ronnie Bassett, Jr.; 13. Colin Garrett
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 2. Chris Meyer (North Franklin, CT); 3. Larry
Barnett (Moosup, CT); 4. Kyle Gero (Baltic, CT); 5. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 6 Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 7. Jenn
Van Pelt (Pawtucket, RI); 8. John Carpenter (N. Grosvenordale, CT); 9. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 10. Ed Correia
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Ryan Preece (Broad Brook, CT); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. Woody Pitkat
(Sturbridge, MA); 4. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 7. Marcello
Rufrano (North Haven, CT); 8. Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT); 9. Kyle James (Ashaway, RI); 10. Kyler Cafro (Chaplin, CT)
MINI STOCKS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Wayne Burroughs (Oakdale, CT); 2. Eric Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 3. Dave Trudeau
(Mansfield, CT); 4. Jared Roy (Sterling, CT); 5. Dave Trudeau, Jr. (Mansfield, CT); 6. Chris Taylor; 7. Steve Michalski
(Brooklyn, CT); 8. Tommy Silva (Gales Ferry, CT); 9. Evan Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 10. Nick Matera
LATE MODELS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Ryan Morgan (Gales Ferry, CT); 2. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 3. Mark Jenison
(Warwick, RI); 4. Tom Carey, III (New Salem, MA); 5. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 6. Ray Parent (Tiverton, RI); 7. Paul
Charette (Woodstock, CT); 8. Glenn Boss (Danielson, CT); 9. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 10. Randy Tucker (Millis, MA)
LITE MODIFIEDS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Bryan Narducci (Colchester, CT); 2. Wesley Prucker (Stafford, CT); 3. Jon Puleo
(Branford, CT); 4. Chris Viens (Putnam, CT); 5. Glenn Komer (Bloomfield, CT); 6. Keith Caruso (Millbury, MA); 7. Teddy
Hodgdon (Danbury, CT); 8. John O’Sullivan (Salem, CT); 9. Glenn Griswold (Vernon, CT); 10. Calvin Therrien
at the track in 2018 with the Thompson 125. Coming into the fifth race of the season for the tour Justin Bonsignore was
riding a hot streak winning two of the first four races including the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson in April and looked to pad
his points lead with another Thompson victory.
Early on in the night’s main event it looked like former title holders would dominate the Thompson 125 with Ryan Preece
and reigning champion Doug Coby each seeking victory in a fast-paced event. Coby led nearly a hundred laps from start to
finish with lap traffic making for an intense bumper-to-bumper battle as Preece sought any advantage to take the top
spot. However, everything changed for both leaders when a caution came out on lap 91 and sent drivers to pit road and
suddenly the two frontrunners found themselves at a major disadvantage.
Under caution the entire field hit pit road with Justin Bonsignore taking the lead for the first time all day. When the green
flag waved on lap 98 Bonsignore never looked back and quickly set the pace for the last 25 laps holding off a hard
charging Rowan Pennink to secure his second consecutive win, his third of the season and his second win of the year at
Thompson. Pennink, Coby, Preece and Dave Sapienza rounded out the top five.
“We fired off really good and I could see Doug (Coby) was tight so I wanted to get the lead and grab some points there,”
Bonsignore said in victory lane. “Our car faded a little bit. We were just a little too free to run that pace and we knew if
we got to the pitstop and put the option tire on we’d be in good shape. The guys won it on pit road tonight.”
With three wins in his pocket and the points lead after going winless in 2017 Bonsignore added that he and his team don’t
plan to let success go to their head. They know the season still has a long way to go before a champion is crowned.
“This is an unbelievable start. We’re not taking it for granted,” Bonsignore said. “It’s still only race five, but we’re just
enjoying it and living in the moment right now. Racing can humble you quick. I learned that last year and I said that at the
Icebreaker. We’re just going to keep our heads down. We’ve got a lot of momentum. Confidence is sky high. Everybody is
working well together. It’s a great time to be running a modified.”
A theme for the rest of the night seemed to be champion success as reigning and former title holders took nearly every
other victory over the course of the evening. The Sunoco Modifieds began the action with a 30-lap feature that pitted two
of the best against each other with Ryan Preece and Keith Rocco seeking glory in the third race of the season for the
division at Thompson. Preece had the advantage of starting up front and led the first ten laps before Rocco worked his
way to the lead. Preece would not be denied however, putting his bumper to Rocco’s until the caution waved with ten
laps remaining setting up a sprint to the finish between two of the most iconic names on the local racing circuit.
The final ten laps were more of the same with Rocco leading and Preece utilizing every trick in his arsenal to try and take
the win. Preece made one final move on lap 29 but was unable to seal the deal as Rocco performed the hat trick winning
all three Sunoco Modified events of the season so far at the Big-T.
“I figured (Preece) had something for us. They’ve got a good car and they just built that thing. It’s just so hard to pass
here without touching anybody. We had a really good car tonight and after we got by him I figured it would be hard for
him to get back by us, but he did pressure us through the rest of the race,” Rocco said of his battle with Preece. He also
commented on his threepeat to begin the season at Thompson. “It’s awesome. We had four straight at Stafford and we
got three straight here so hopefully we can keep the momentum alive.”
The Mini Stock division featured its own battle of heavyweights that saw three of the most dominating drivers on the
track in recent years fight for victory. Eric Bourgeois, who had won both previous races in 2018, 2015 champion Dave
Trudeau and two-time reigning champion Wayne Burroughs went back and forth for the top three positions for much of the
event but the battle eventually came down to Trudeau and Burroughs for the top spot which was settled on a restart
halfway through the event. With only seven laps remaining Burroughs and Bourgeois restarted side by side and remained
that way for a solid lap until Burroughs was able to wrestle the lead away and hold on for his first victory of 2018.
Burroughs all but sacrificed the championship a week earlier when he was unable to race in the Military Night event on
June 7 due to a prior commitment, but he called the win a satisfying consolation prize.
“We were a little bit bummed we got knocked out of the points race, but from here on out it’s just trying to come here
and win some trophies,” Burroughs said in victory lane. “We did that tonight and we didn’t put a scratch on the car. It was
fun racing and we got the job done.”
The trend of champions continued into the NEMA Lite 25-lap feature with a very familiar face taking home the trophy.
After working his way through the field in the opening laps Dan Cugini was able to add yet another Thompson win in his
record after charging to the lead following a caution on lap 11. Cugini moved past early leader Anthony Payne when
racing action resumed and earned his first victory of the season in his attempt to repeat as series champion.
“It’s always nice to get a win especially when we’ve run a few races where we were so close. This one just worked in our
favor. This is my favorite track by far. People say that about everything, but this is the track I always love coming to,”
Cugini said after his win.
The Limited Sportsman saw yet another champion who proved to be the class of the field as Ryan Waterman followed up
his victory in the Limited Sportsman Long Distance race a week earlier with a dominating run in the 20-lap feature. The
2016 division champion has looked strong early in the season and made a statement by opening up a lead on veterans
Scott Sundeen and Corey Fanning, both drivers he outraced to take the title two years ago, in the first 15 laps of the race.
Things got dramatic in the closing laps as Waterman survived a late race caution and fended off a hard charge from 2017
division champion Shawn Monahan in the final turn to take the win, his second in a row at Thompson.
“I pretty much had my mind set to be in cruise control and try not to slip up. It seemed to work pretty good,” Waterman
said. “Shawn (Monahan) is a hard racer. He gets every little bit out of his car, but I don’t think he had quite the car I had.”
The night ended with a 25-lap Late Model feature where Mark Jenison scored the victory after early leaders Matt
Lowinski-Loh, Rick Gentes and William Wall were involved in a wreck out of turn four after going three wide through the
corner. Jenison took the lead on the restart sand notched his first Thompson victory since 2007 in a car dedicated to
veterans of the military.
The evening also included a powerful tribute to a member of the racing community. Prerace ceremonies featured a
special dedication to AJ Vogel, a NASCAR official who passed away earlier in the week. Vogel’s family was presented a
special checkered flag in his memory while one final radio transmission to Vogel was broadcast over the loudspeaker
prior to the national anthem.
Racing action returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in a month’s time on Saturday, July 14 with the second
annual Thompson Throwback 100 featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. NASCAR’s rising young stars will take to
the track looking for victory as the Big-T celebrates the history of New England racing in style. The evening will also
include the fourth feature events of the season for local racing divisions as drivers look to take one step closer to a title.
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR THOMPSON 125 TOP-10: 1. Justin Bonsignore; 2. Rowan Pennink; 3. Doug Coby; 4.
Ryan Preece; 5. Dave Sapienza; 6. Timmy Solomiro; 7. Craig Lutz; 8. Rob Summers; 9. Chase Dowling; 10. Matt Swanson
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ryan Preece (Broad Brook, CT); 3. Todd Owen
(Somers, CT); 4. Steve Masse (Bellingham, MA); 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Marcello Rufrano (Northaven, CT); 7. Bert
Marvin (Colchester, CT); 8. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 9. Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT); 10. Kyler Cafro (Chaplin, CT)
MINI STOCKS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 2. Eric Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 3. David
Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 4. Jared Roy (Sterling, CT); 5. Evan Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 6. Tommy Silva (Gales Ferry,
CT); 7. Dave Trudeau, Jr. (Mansfield, CT); 8. Chris Taylor (East Lyme, CT); 9. Keith Ballou (Pascoag, RI); 10. Mike Anzalone
NEMA LIGHTS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Dan Cugini (Marshfield, MA); 2. #6; 3. Anthony Payne (Fairlawn, NJ); 4. Meg Cugini
(Marshfield, MA); 5. Ben Mikitarian (Northborough, MA); 6. Alan Chambers (Atkinson, NH); 7. Richie Coy (Haskell, NJ); 8.
Jim Catald0 (Sterling, MA); 9. John Zych (Mendon, MA); 10. Randy Cabral (Plymouth, MA)
LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 2. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 3. Scott
Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 4. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 5. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 6. Chris Meyer (North Franklin,
CT); 7. Jesse Gleason (Lisbon, CT); 8. Steve Kennaway (Lowell, MA); 9. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 10. Mike Malbum
LATE MODEL FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Mark Janison (Warwick, RI); 2. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 3. Tom Carey, III (New
Salem, MA); 4. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 5. Glenn Boss (Danielson, CT); 6. Chad Baxter (Pascoag, RI); 7. William Wall
(Shrewsbury, MA); 8. Randy Tucker (Millis, MA); 9. Walt Sutcliffe (East Haven, CT); 10. Mike Benevides (Westerly, RI)
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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
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
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.