Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its second weekend of oval action on Sunday, May 21 with the second
annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night where veterans were welcomed to the race for free in
celebration of their service, Armed Forces Day, and the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The drivers of the Limited Sportsman series took center with the highlight event of the evening, a 30-lap long distance
race with 30 cars making up the field of competitors in the biggest race the series hold all season at the Big-T. The race
was a popular new addition to the calendar in 2016, extending the normal 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature an extra ten
laps. The 2017 event saw its share of drama as Ryan Waterman proved to be the car to beat, leading for much of the first
half of the event. However, the extra distance paid off for Brent Gleason who took the lead around halfway and never
looked back, surviving numerous cautions and a hard charge from Waterman to take the win but was later disqualified
after post race inspection.
The Mr. Rooter Protruck series made it’s second appearance of the season at Thompson Speedway and started off the
night’ action with a 22-truck field for a 35-lap feature. Frank Dumicich, Jr. came into the event hoping to continue his
success at the track after taking the win in the Icebreaker in April. However it was a different name who found himself in
victory lane as Roger Turbush survived numerous cautions and a competitive field to claim a win.
Pole sitter Dumicich, Jr was involved in a crash right at the drop of the green flag that stacked the field and sent his #42
truck into the outside wall. Turbush, who started second on the inside line, avoided the incident and never looked back on
his way to victory lane. Turbush said that he didn’t have the best truck in practice or in qualifying, but credited his
brother for making the changes needed to make his #88 truck a competitive winning machine.
“I pulled a good lap in the qualifying session, but I fell off like there was no tomorrow. My brother made huge changes. We
didn’t know how it was going to go. We put two percent of wedge in. it was so loose and it got worse and worse in the
qualifying session, but in the main event it was on the money,” Turbush said. “I love it here (at Thompson). This is my
favorite track. Any chance I can get to race here I want to be here. When they added this show I was excited because I
couldn’t make the Icebreaker so this was my opportunity to get here and race.”
The Sunoco Modifieds held their second race of the season at Thompson and it was a pair of familiar names up front
battling for the checkered flag as Keith Rocco out-dueled Ryan Preece for the win after Preece took the victory in the
Icebreaker when Rocco settled for a runner-up finish.
The duo had to survive numerous multi-car wrecks that resulted in two red flag periods before racing to the finish in the
30-lap feature. Despite Preece’s best efforts, Rocco claimed a dominant win in his hunt for a second consecutive title.
“It’s always nice to start fresh and start a new season with Ryan. We do have a lot of respect for each other, but at the
same time we both have a passion to win and sometimes it gets out of control,” Keith Rocco said in victory lane. “He ran
me clean and I appreciate that.”Ryan Preece congratulated his friendly rival after the event and said he just didn’t have
enough to hunt down Rocco. “(Rocco’s) car was pretty fast. We’re just going to have to work a little harder next time,”
Preece said, also weighing in on the numerous cautions that slowed the pace of the race at times. “When you have three
guys up there that don’t normally run up there, I don’t know if they get nervous or not, but something always ends up
happening. Unfortunately there were two big wrecks. You’re going to have incidents.”
In the mini stock 15-lap feature Wayne Burroughs continued right where he left off in 2017, taking the checkered flag
after a hard fought battle with newcomer Jacob Perry, who made only his second start in Thompson. Perry held the lead
for much of the event while Burroughs worked his way through the field from a sixth place starting position before
challenging for the lead on numerous restarts. It took a lap nine restart for Burroughs to take the lead for good, passing
Perry and setting the pace to the finish.
“We had it figured out today. Every restart I was beating (Perry) by a little bit and had enough to clear him going into one
that last time. I slid up in front of him just enough. I knew he could have got me, but we have a lot of respect for each
other,” Burroughs told reporters after the race.
Nate Taylor managed to claim a second place finish while Jacob Perry held on for a third place result. Steve Michalski
took a fourth place finish and Icebreaker winner Dave Trudeau bounced back from an early race spin to round out the top
The night closed out with a 25-lap Late Model feature and a 20-lap Lire Modified feature. Veteran Rick Gentes added to
his record victory count at Thompson on the Late Models, fending off a last lap charge from William Wall and Ray Parent
for the win, while Josh Galvin claimed his first Lite Modified victory at Thompson after coming out of a one-year
retirement from the series
Up next for Thompson Speedway, the Whelen Modified Tour makes its second appearance at the track in 2017 with the
Thompson 125 on Wednesday, June 14. The event will also feature the third races of the season for the Sunoco Modifieds,
Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks and a 20-lap feature for the NEMA Lites.
LIMITED SPORTSMAN LONG DISTANCE 30-LAP FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 2. Chris Meyer
(North Franklin, CT); 3. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 4. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 5. Kevin Mason (West Warwick,
RI); 6. Jesse Gleason (Lisbon, CT); 7. Kevin Bowe (Smithfield, RI); 8. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 9. Al Stone (Durham, CT)
MR. ROOTER PRO TRUCK SERIES FINISH TOP-10: 1. Roger Turbush; 2. Gerard Giordano, Jr.; 3. Allen Coates; 4. Jordan
Churchill; 5. Andy Lindamin; 6. Caleb Cashman; 7. Jeff Kearns; 8. Frank Dumicich, Sr.; 9. Shayne Young; 10. Rick Ashlaw
MINI STOCK FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 2. Nate Taylor (Brooklyn, CT); 3. Jacob Perry
(Pawcatuck, CT); 4. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 5. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 6. Charles Canfield (East Haven, CT);
7. Andrew Krzeminski (Haddam, CT); 8. Larry Loomis, Jr. (Moosup, CT); 9. Tommy Silva (Groton, CT); 10. Mike Anzalone
SUNOCO MODIFIEDS FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 3. Woody Pitkat
(Sturbridge, MA); 4. Nick Salva (Prospect, CT); 5. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 6. Troy Tilman (Oxford, MA); 7. John
Studley (Framingham, MA); 8. Matt Gailo (Kesington, CT); 9. Danny Cates (Chaplin, CT); 10. Paul Buzel (Trumbell, CT)
LATE MODEL FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Rick Gentes (Burriville, RI); 2. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 3. Ray Parent (Tiverton,
RI); 4. Ryan Morgan (Pawcatuck, CT); 5. Ray Christian, III (Uncasville, CT); 6. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 7. Ernie
LaRose (Moosup, CT); 8. Tom Abele (Norwich, CT); 9. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 10. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA)
The newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour took center stage during day two of Icebreaker weekend at Thompson
Speedway Motorsports Park with the Icebreaker 150 capping of the tracks annual opening weekend on Sunday, April 9.
Thompson served as the second stop of the Whelen Modified Tour season and after finding early success in Myrtle Beach,
reigning Icebreaking winner Timmy Solomito looked to continue his strong early run in the 2017 campaign with a possible
win at the Big-T. While Solomito got off to a good start on the day, capturing the pole for the 150-lap feature, it was
another driver who shined with a dominating performance as Rowan Pennink took the checkered flag in theweekend’s
The win didn’t come easy for Pennink, despite a dominating performance during the mid-portion of the race and leading
the most laps. Pennink, who started fourth, wrestled the lead away from Timmy Solomito after an early caution and
opened up a significant lead, but had to recover following a late race pit stop that put him in seventh after a caution with
28 laps to go. Pennink made a daring three-wide pass for the lead against Bobby Santos, but lost the top spot when a
caution came out before he could complete the pass. When the green flag finally came back out Pennink left it all on the
track, passing Santos for good and taking the checkered flag, his second at Thompson and his first since the World Series
in October of 2013.
It was a special win for both Pennink and his team, BRE Racing whose legendary “Ole Blue” #3 car is a fan favorite on the
Whelen Modified Series Tour. Pennink ended not only his own personal win drought, but also a lengthy drought for the
BRE Racing team who is celebrating 60 years of racing for “Ole Blue” in 2017. After his win Pennink said it was certainly
a special victory for everyone involved.
“It’s unbelievable for this #3 team,” Pennink said. “This team has been dying real hard for a win and they’ve been working
hard in the shop. I’m glad we could get it done for them here. A lot of team effort went into getting this win. It’s been a
while for me too, but I finally got one and hopefully we have some more coming.”
Pennink said he was a little surprised how dominant his car was over the course of the race. He complimented his team
for giving him the equipment he needed to get the job done and bring the #3 back to victory lane. “I knew we had a good
car after practice, but the way the thing got out front there and we got ourselves a comfortable lead we ran the pace we
needed to run and when they put new tires on it was one of the best cars I’ve ever driven in my life in the final laps,” said
Pennink. “Hats off to all the guys on this team. They put their heart and souls into this car and I couldn’t have done it
without a great group of guys like them.”
With a second place finish, defending Icebreaker winner Timmy Solomito continued to show strength at the Big-T and
said even though his team didn’t win it all, a runner-up finish felt like a win. “We had a really good car all day. We were a
little bit late getting new tires, but we were able to come back through the field and we were strong all day. For a pole
win for today and a second place it’s pretty good,” said Solomito. Max Zachem, Bobby Santos, and Patrick Emerling
rounded out the top five in the final race results for the race behind Pennink and Solomito.
Defending Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby failed to finish the Icebreaker 150 after a wreck at the drop of the
green flag caused heavy damage to Coby’s car. After several cars made contact in turn one a domino effect eventually
sent Coby into the backstretch wall, ending his day prematurely and leaving the 2015 Icebreaker winner frustrated.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s lap one of the Icebreaker and the caution is out. I heard from my spotter ‘caution is out, hand up’, that’
s three or four seconds at least after the caution is out and I’m slowing down and got hooked into the fence. I’m really
disappointed for my team. We had a winning car today and the thing’s junk,” Coby said after the wreck. The finish
continued a slow start for Coby’s championship defense in 2017 after a 13th place finish at Myrtle Beach.
The Whelen Modified Tour was not the only division to provide some fireworks on the track throughout the second day of
Icebreaker weekend. The Late Models provided possibly the most dramatic finish of the afternoon as reigning champion
William Wall raced side by side with challenger Raymond Christian, III for most of the 25-lap feature.
The two drivers were challenged by veteran Rick Gentes and survived numerous restarts and a red flag before another
caution slowed the pace in the closing laps. After getting a jump on the final restart, Wall held on to the lead until turn
two of the final lap when Christian was able to drive up to Wall’s back bumper, diving into turn three in an attempt to
take the lead. Wall and Christian would make contact in turn four, collecting Gentes in the process and allowing Ray
Parent to become the surprise winner of the race.
Parent was as shocked as everyone else that he was able to cross the finish line first and said that he may not have had
the best car on the track, but luck was on his side for the Icebreaker.
“I’ve won a lot of races, but I’ve never won a race that way,” said Parent. “I didn’t have enough steam to pass those guys,
but the car was handling pretty good - This is short track racing at it’s best. I’m glad to be on the receiving end of this
The Sunoco Modified series started off the second afternoon of Icebreaker activity at Thompson with Ryan Preece
outracing the competition to take his first checkered flag of 2017 at Thompson in a 30-lap feature. Preece had to survive
several restarts over the course of the race, fighting off the likes of defending champion Keith Rocco and Rowan Pennink
in the closing laps to secure the victory. Rocco and Pennink held on for second and third place respectively.
Preece said the win is a good start for his championship hopes, but he acknowledged that if he wants to hoist the trophy
at the end of the season it will take consistency and a respect for the competition.
“I think towards August last year we really found our stride. We got the car to work a little better and it’s carried over to
this year. I’m not saying that we’re going to go out and win every race, but I feel like we definitely have a car that can
contend. The competition is getting a lot harder up here,” said Preece.
The Pro All Stars Series also took to the track with their own 75-lap feature where restarts proved to be a difference
maker for the eventual winner, Eddie MacDonald. MacDonald managed to capture the victory after losing and regaining
the lead during subsequent restarts early on in the event and took the lead for good on lap 19, holding off hard charging
series rookie Eddie Fatscher. MacDonald said he learned from his mistakes early in the feature to conquer the late race
restarts and take his first checkered flag of the season at Thompson.
“That was incredible. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to victory lane here in Thompson,” MacDonald said in victory
lane. “I wanted to stay out front as much as I could. I screwed up a little bit on that first restart and wanted to make
sure that didn’t happen again. I just can’t thank my guys enough.”
Eddie Fatscher held on to second place at the finish line and said he walked away with a satisfying effort after the
conclusion of the race. “We made a few runs to beat (MacDonald), but he just had a better car,” Fatscher said. “We saved
a little bit there in the beginning and middle of the race. He messed up a little bit I think and we got one run to get after
him, but we couldn’t get it.”
The remaining winners of the day were Jesse Gleason, who claimed a dominating victory in the XtraMart Limited
Sportsman Series 20-lap feature, and 2015 champion Dave Trudeau who held off Eric Bourgeois to claim his first victory
of the year in Thompson’s Mini Stocks division. Next up for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is the Limited
Sportsman Long Distance event on Sunday, May 21. The day will include a 30-lap XtraMart Limited Sportsman race as
well as features for the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Mini Stocks, and Lite Modifieds. Active military members will be
admitted for free as a thank you by the track for their service.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Top-10: 1. Rowan Pennink (Huntingdon Valley, PA); 2. Timmy Solomito (Islip, NY); 3. Max
Zachem (Preston, CT) 4. Bobby Santos (Franklin, MA); 5. Patrick Emerling (Orchard Park NY); 6. Eric Goodale (Riverhead,
NY); 7. Matt Swanson (Acton, MA); 8. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT); 9. Justin Bonsignore (Holtsville, NY); 10. Todd Szegedy
SUNOCO MODIFIED SERIES TOP-10: 1. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. Rowan Pennink (New
Egypt, NJ); 4. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 5. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 6. Danny Cates (Chaplin, CT); 7. Adam
Norton (Palmer, MA); 8. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 9. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 10. Nick Salva (Prospect, CT)
PRO ALL STARS SERIES TOP-10: 1. Eddie MacDonald (Rowley, MA); 2. Eddie Fatscher (Long Island, NY); 3. DJ Shaw
(Center Conway, NH); 4. Derek Ramstrom (Worcester, MA); 5. Derek Griffith (Hudson, NH); 6. Garrett Hall (Scarborough,
ME); 7. Johnny Clark (Hallowell, ME); 8. Joey Polewarczyk (Hudson, NH); 9. Dave Farrigton, Jr. (Jay, ME); 10. Ben Rowe
Limited Sportsman Top-10: 1. Jesse Gleason (Lisbon, CT); 2. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 3. Chris Meyer (North Franklin,
CT); 4. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 5. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 6. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 7. Larry
Barnett (Moosup, CT); 8. Phil Jacques (Dudley, MA); 9. Troy Waterman (Danielson, CT); 10. Mike Palin (Dudley, MA)
Late Model Top-10 (unofficial): 1. Ray Parent (Tiverton, RI); 2. Ryan Morgan (Pawcatuck, CT); 3. Mark Jenison (Warwick,
RI); 4. Brandon Dion (Taunton, MA); 5. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 6. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 7. Wait Sutcliffe
(East Haven, CT); 8. John Lowinski-Loh (Millville, MA); 9. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 10. Rick Gentes (Burriville, RI)
MINI STOCKS TOP-10: 1. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT) 2. Eric Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 3. Wayne Burroughs, Jr.
(Oakdale, CT); 4. Jeff Moffat, Sr. (Danielson, CT); 5. Roger Ducharme (Foster, RI); 6. Larry Loomis, Jr. (Moosup, CT); 7.
Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 8. Ian Brew (Woodriver Junction, RI); 9. Mike Anzalone; 10. Nick Matera (Warwick, RI)
traditional four-race schedule is a combination of mid-week and weekend shows that kicks-off at Seekonk Speedway in
Seekonk, Ma. followed by a stop at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. and culminates with a pair of races at the New London
Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.
“The schedule was a strong one to begin with,” said Wayne Darling, managing partner. “The goal simply was to ccontinue
doing what works. The partnerships that we enjoy with these three race track is, in large part, why this format has been
successful in the past.”
The TTOMS season will commence on June 28 at Seekonk Speedway with the running of Open Wheel Wednesday. This
popular event has attracted the biggest names in racing including the newly crowned NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
champion Doug Coby, who was last year’s winner of the event. It was his third Open Wheel Wednesday victory.
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to have the Tri-Track series back again for the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday
featuring the $10,000 to win main modified event,” said Ed St. Germain, director of business development for Seekonk
Speedway. “We look forward to working with the organizers and helping the series grow in years to come.”
The second race on the schedule is the SBM VI at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 29. This two-groove bullring has been
the site of many great Modified battles. With championship drivers like Jon McKennedy calling Star Speedway home, the
competition is always fierce.
“Since its inception the SBM event has been an important race to us here at Star Speedway,” said owner and promoter
Bobby Webber, Jr. “We are happy that we were able to keep it going strong through the affiliation with the Tri-Track Open
Modified Series over the last few years. My family and I are proud to work with a group that, like us, believes in the
grassroots of racing.”
in TSMP’s season opener, headlined by Thompson’s 135th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. The Race of Champions
has been added to this year’s event, featuring our four NWAAS champions. They will face off in equally prepared cars from
The Racing School. Bragging rights are on the line to determine who the champion of the champions will be. The highly-
anticipated Fan Appreciation Party and Champion’s Banner Raising will be held on the last day of the event.
Sunday, May 21: 2nd Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night
Wednesday, June 14: 3rd Annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 125
Friday, July 7-8: Inaugural NASCAR Busch North Throwback
Wednesday, August 9: 28th Annual Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150
Seekonk Speedway set to welcome the new Modified Touring Series
to the schedule in 2017.
Seekonk Speedway and The Modified Touring Series are proud to announce that a date has been schedule for the new
Open Wheel touring series based out of New Hampshire. The Modified Touring Series will be joining the storied history of
the Venditti family owned Seekonk Speedway for the 2017 season on June 10th.
“We are excited to be joining the Venditti family in their 70+ year family tradition of racing at Seekonk Speedway on June
10 of 2017. Seekonk Speedway has a standard of excellence in New England for short track racing that we, at the
Modified Touring Series, are honored to be a part of in 2017 and hopefully many years to come.”- Gary Knight (MTS)
The Modified Touring Series “MTS” is committed to bringing a program to race tracks in the North East that is
entertaining for the fans as well as having a program that is not only enjoyable but beneficial to the teams that support
Seekonk becomes the fourth date released in a proposed 12 race inaugural schedule. The Modified Touring Series season
kicks off at Monadnock Speedway on April 29th.
“We are hoping to see some great modified racing from the new tour. We are excited as a track to help promote a new
series and continue to be a part of the growth of short track racing in New England.” states Ed St Germain, Director of
Business Development at Seekonk. “ This will be our first open wheel show of the season followed by Open Wheel
Wednesday on June 28th and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour later in the season.”
“The Modified Touring Series has some innovative new ideas that we look forward to being a part of for years to come “
says David Alburn, Competition Director at Seekonk Speedway “ the Speedway looks forward to being there at the start
of something that has the potential to be great”.
Seekonk Speedway is a 1/3 mile paved oval NASCAR sanctioned track featuring weekly racing on Friday & Saturday nights
featuring Pro Stocks, ACT Late Models, Street Stocks, Sport Trucks, INEX Legends, Sport Fours, Pure Stocks & INEX
The Seekonk Speedway races from the first Sunday in May till Columbus Day weekend every year.
D. Anthony Venditti, “The Godfather of New England Auto Racing,” began construction of Seekonk Speedway in 1945. On
May 30, 1946, the gates were opened for the first time. D. Anthony owned, operated, and promoted the Speedway until his
death in 1991. Anthony received the promoter of the year award in 1978. His wife Irene continued till her passing in 2014,
her son Francis, and grandson David continue the tradition of operating the speedway. Know as the “Action track of the
East” Seekonk Speedway has been family owned, operated, and promoted for over 70 consecutive years.
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Nick Johnson, driver of the No. 6 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, is busy preparing his car for
the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi, scheduled for May 21.
Since beginning his driving career, he has been a student. He started his racing career at the age of 15, driving in the Pure Stock Division at Seekonk
“It was a great division that taught me a lot and brought me to where I am now,” the Rehoboth, MA-native explained.
Johnson, who first made the big jump up to the Late Model Division at Seekonk, ran just about half the nine races contested at Thomspon Speedway
Motorsports Park in 2016. In spite of that, he finished just outside of the top 10 in the 11th position. He opened his 2017 season at the Icebreaker with a
fifth place finish, darting through the melee that ensued during the race’s final lap.
Johnson was happy with the results: “The Icebreaker was a pretty successful weekend for us, as a team and as a driver. We were able to learn some
things to hopefully be better for the next race. The car came home in one piece and we got a good finish so I was happy with the results.”
Johnson enters the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance, presented by Pepsi, with a modest goal.
“For the next race I am looking forward to getting more experience since I didn't get to run all the races at Thompson last year,” the Rehoboth, MA-native
This fits in with his goal for the 2017 season, which is “to try to make as many races as my schedule allows. My brother and I both race in the Late Models
at Seekonk, also. I just want to be competitive and get some good finishes for the season.”
Johnson is one of 20 Late Models expected to participate in the 25-lap race on Sunday, May 21. The Late Model Division will be joined by the Mr. Rooter
ProTruck Series, Sunoco Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Lite Modifieds and the Limited Sportsman. A true race fan, Johnson is looking forward to the extra
distance race for the full-bodied production cars.
“The Limited Sportsman has always been a very competitive division, so I'm sure they will put on a show for the fans in the upcoming race.”
The Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi will take the green on Sunday, May 21. Pits open at 10am,
grandstands at 12pm, and racing begins at 1:30pm. For more information visit thompsonspeedway.com.
After a long offseason filled with preparation, Seekonk Speedway is set to open their 72nd season of racing on Sunday May 7. The NASCAR Whelen All
American Series Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman and Sports Trucks classes will compete in qualifying and feature racing to start the action-packed
2017 schedule. Although the season is a long one, many drivers will be hoping to start the season with a solid run to collect crucial points.
In the Pro Stocks, Tom Scully Jr. will look to begin his quest at a second straight division championship, but it won’t be an easy task. Last year, Scully
captured multiple victories in route to the title and likely will need to do the same thing to capture another. Some of his top challengers include former
champions David Darling and Fred Astle, who both look to return to the top of the division this year. Names like Rick Martin, Ryan Lineham, Mike
Brightman, Angelo Belsito, Kyle and Kevin Casper and many others are also prepared to challenge for wins.
In the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models, two-time division champion Dylan Estrella leads the list of favorites coming into the season. Estrella has
dominated the division that last few years, winning a handful of times and being a master of consistency in route to the two straight titles. He will return
behind the wheel of his Everett’s Auto Parts No. 46, but he has some young talent hoping to hunt him down. Former Nick’s Pit Stop Legends competitor
Ryan Kuhn will make a Rookie of the Year run this season and is expected to challenge Estrella for the title come October. Ray Parent, who is a former
Late Model winner at Seekonk, is also planning a full-time schedule in the Anytime Realty No. 98. Other names ready to contend include Jake Johnson,
Vinny Arrenegado and former champion Gerry DeGaspere Jr.
The Sportsman division has a new name and plenty of returning veterans to try to knock defending champion Scott Bruneau off the top. Last season,
Bruneau was a master of consistent finishes and also picked up a few wins in route to his title, but he has a laundry list of names that will attempt to
defeat him this time around. Paul and his son Tyler Lallier will be back for another go, along with names like Corey Fanning, Tommy Adams, Vinny
Pangelinan and Ryan Flood are set to return in hopes of capturing feature wins, along with many others. The Sportsman class provides some of the top
racing in the New England region, with plenty of three-wide action on a weekly basis.
Mike Cavallaro enters another Seekonk Sports Trucks season hoping to capture another championship. He already will go down as one of the best drivers
in the history of the division, but another championship would only add to his list of accolades. After coming up just one spot short last year, Chase
Belcher is back in his No. 81 Everett’s Auto Parts machine looking to make a move to the top of the class. Mike Duarte and Josh Hedges lead the list of
drivers that are hoping to challenge those two.
Seekonk will open the 72nd season of action on Sunday, May 7 with a post time of 2 p.m. Before the green flag flies, the two nominees for the 2017 Wall of
Fame class will be announced trackside. On Saturday May 6, teams will have one more chance to prepare their cars for racing with a practice run.
For more information, please visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.Composed by Kyle Souza
THOMPSON, CT - Three weeks ago, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opened its season with the 43rd running of the Icebreaker. All four of the
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were in close competition. Ryan Preece best the Sunoco Modified competition in their 30-lap race. In a thrilling
finish, William Wall and Ray Christian, III made contact in the final corner of the final lap, opening the door for Ray Parent to score a Late Model win. Dave
Trudeau stayed out of trouble in the Mini Stock Division, and has an Icebreaker Championship to show for it. Jesse Gleason, who proved to be the class of
the field in the Limited Sportsman.
Gleason explained it as a “dream weekend.” He went on to say, “I wasn't expecting it because of problems with the car last year. Nothing went wrong
with the car and I raced perfectly. It felt great winning!”
With one win under his belt in 2017, now the veteran driver turns his attention to the marquee event for his Division: the Second Annual Limited Sportsman
Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi. Gleason and his family are hard at work, preparing both the car and themselves for the May 21 event.
“After the race the car needed to be fixed a little bit and then I went to have surgery on my right ankle and hopefully that is healed up by the next race,”
The Lisbon-native noted. Once those repairs are complete, and Gleason is healed, he’s got a simple strategy for the 30-lap race “Cram in every drop of gas
and change [one power piece] so the car is more lightweight. Finally, eat as many hot dogs and cheeseburgers as possible.”
He’ll put this plan to the test against some of the fiercest competition in the northeast. When asked who he’d watching out for, Gleason responded with
four names. “ [Ryan] Waterman knows how to hold the front and race to win. Next is Scott Sundeen, who has beaten me a majority of the time. In the
past, he has won it overall with me coming in second. Next is Larry Barnett who is making a comeback, and, finally, my brother, Brett Gleason, who is a
great racer and has a great car.”
Gleason leads these drivers, and many others into the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi, on Sunday,
May 21, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Mini Stock, Lite Modified, and Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series will all be
in action, too. General admission tickers are only $12, with kids (12 and under) being free. For tickets, or for more information, visit thomspsonspeedway.
First Paint Schemes Unveiled for Busch North Throwback at Thompson
Rev Racing Remembers Two Historic Moments
THOMPSON, CT – With the unveiling of their 2017 short track schedule in December, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Officials announced
the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The event will be a celebration of the series’ New England roots and the rich history of the division with
the Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8.
To mark the occasion, NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams are encouraged to wrap their cars in former series paint schemes of pioneering drivers like Joey
Kourafas, Jamie Aube, Andy Santerre and others.
Rev Racing announced today two of the paint schemes that will be featured.
The first will be the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship winning car of Kyle Larson, current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader.
The No. 6 Toyota will be piloted by Mexico City’s Ruben Garcia Jr. Larson is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver to win a touring series
championship as well as the first of the program’s graduates to win a race at NASCAR’s highest level.
The second paint scheme will remember the first Mexico-born driver to win a race: Ruben Pardo.
Pardo drove to a road course win at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park in 2006. Collin Cabre will proudly display Pardo’s colors, with a slightly different number
– the 2 as opposed to Pardo’s No. 12.
Each throwback paint scheme will feature the current driver’s name over the driver-side door, and the name of the driver the car is celebrating over the
opposite side door.
Garcia Jr., Cabre, and the entire Rev Racing team will join other stars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on
Saturday, July 8 for the Busch North Throwback 100.
Thompson has held 27 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races, dating back to the series’ second season in 1988 when Bobby Dragon drove the No. 71 D.G.
Roberston Buick to Victory Lane. Over the years, drivers such as Ricky Craven, Ken Bouchard, Mike McLaughlin, Santerre, Mike Stefanik, Martin Truex Jr.,
Eddie MacDonald, Matt Kobyluck, Trevor Bayne and Ryan Truex have won at the historic Connecticut oval.
For keep up to date with all of the latest throwback paint schemes for the Busch North Throwback 100, featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East please
visit thompsonspeedway.com or follow them on social media.
| TSMP Sunoco mod winner Keith Rocco 5-21-17