By Kyle Souza for Thompson Speedway
THOMPSON, Conn. – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has revealed a 10-race schedule for the 2019 NASCAR
Whelen All American Series (NWAAS) season. Three added events to the oval schedule for the newest campaign are sure
to give fans added excitement and opportunity at the Connecticut oval.
Terry Eames, Thompson’s newly appointed General Manager, put together the 10-race slate as the oval looks to spark
further growth for the Whelen All American Series and give fans as many chances as possible to be at the track.
The 2019 calendar includes various touring divisions from across New England, staple special event dates including the
Icebreaker and Sunoco World Series and standalone dates reserved for the stars of Thompson’s local classes to
showcase their talent to dedicated fans.
Speaking of local divisions, Thompson is also proud to announce the addition of the Lite Modifieds to the NWAAS slate
on a weekly basis. The Lite Modifieds will slide to Division III, dropping the Limited Sportsman to Division IV and the
Mini Stocks to Division V. The Sunoco Modifieds will return as Division I and the Late Models are back as the Division II
All five classes of Thompson’s drivers will have the chance to earn NWAAS points towards both a track championship
and the national titles in their respective divisions.
“We had a lot of questions about where we were going with the oval schedule for the 2019 season,” Eames said. “I
concentrated a lot on the competitors, asking them for their input about what number of events would make them feel
comfortable about committing to racing at Thompson regularly. Ten races seemed to fit for everyone well.”
After a March 23 Test & Tune for drivers to make sure they have all of the bolts tight, the season kicks-off in style April
6-7 with the 45th annual Icebreaker. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headlines the weekend with what will be their
third race of the 2019 season -- while Justin Bonsignore -- who swept all four tour races at Thompson last season, looks
to continue his streak. The NWAAS divisions will also begin their season with qualifying and feature action across the
The first NWAAS standalone event of the season is slated for Sunday, May 19, with the Limited Sportsman division
taking center stage for their annual long distance event. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Lite Modifieds and Mini
Stocks will join the card and all active military and veterans with ID will be admitted free.
The Thompson 125 night for the Whelen Modified Tour moves up one week this season and the Sunoco Modifieds, Late
Models, Lite Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks will join NASCAR’s modified stars for racing to kick-off the
summer months. The rain date for this event is Thursday, June 6.
For the third straight year, NASCAR’s upcoming talent of the K&N Pro Series East return to Connecticut on Saturday,
June 15 for a 100-lap event. New this year, the ACT Tour, one of the top Late Model touring divisions in Canada and the
United States, will run for 75 laps that night. The Whelen All American Series divisions are also on tap for what is sure
to be an action packed night of racing.
The middle of the summer will give Thompson’s fans a chance to see the stars and cars of the Whelen All American
Series by themselves on the track. On June 30, July 21 and August 4, the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited
Sportsman, Lite Modifieds and Mini Stocks will take center stage as their championship battles heat up on Sunday
“While connecting with the competitors about the schedule, I ran into a lot of people who asked if I had thought about
bringing the Lite Modifieds in on a weekly basis,” Eames mentioned. “I’m fond of the Lite Modifieds because there are a
lot of success stories for upcoming talent in a place where we can showcase the youth in Connecticut racing. Drivers
have been known to perfect their talent in this division, and now, someone can run a multiple-track Lite Modified
program and build points towards the NASCAR standings.”
In the middle of August, Budweiser returns as the primary sponsor of the 30th annual Bud “King of Beers” 150 for the
Whelen Modified Tour, their third of four appearances. The NEMA Midgets will hit the high-banks as well, along with the
With great success in its past, the Sunoco Modified 20/20 sprint returns for three segments on For the Fans Day at the
track on Sunday, September 8. The modified standouts will share the track with their fellow NWAAS divisions.
And, as Thompson does each season, the racing concludes with a three-day spectacular as part of the 57th annual
Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. The 2019 event will run from Friday, October 11, through Sunday, October 13,
and will cumulate with the crowning of various champions from across New England, and the crowning of Thompson’s
NASCAR Whelen All American Series champions.
Fans can see the entire schedule that includes pricing breakdown for each event in the grandstands and pit area on
www.thompsonspeedway.com, and are encouraged to follow the track on social media for the latest updates throughout
QUICK VIEW: 2019 Thompson Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 23: Test & Tune (All Safe Race Cars Welcome)
April 5: Icebreaker Test & Tune (Cars on track 2-5pm)
April 6-7: 45th annual Icebreaker weekend (Rain date April 13-14)
May 19: Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Active Military & Veterans
June 5: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson 125 + NWAAS
June 14: K&N Pro Series East & NWAAS Test & Tune
June 15: NASCAR K&N Pro East 100 & ACT Tour 75 + NWAAS
June 30: NWAAS Racing
July 21: NWAAS Racing
August 4: NWAAS Racing
August 14: NASCAR Modified Tour Bud “King of Beers” 150 + NEMA & NWAAS
September 8: Sunoco Mod 20/20 & For The Fans Night
October 11-13: 57th annual Sunoco World Series (Rain Date: October 18-20)
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
“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.”
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 (Brimfield, MA)
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)
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
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
Matt Hirschman and Ron Silk came into the Tri Track Open Modified Series’ season-ender dead even for the points lead. The hundred-lap Haunted
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.
14-RACE SCHEDULE INCLUDES RETURNS TO SPEEDWAY 51 & SEEKONK
WALPOLE, N.H. – Returns to two bullrings and an event that will produce the highest purse in the history of the Granite State Pro Stock Series are among
the headlines of the 2019 schedule for the New Hampshire based Super Late Model touring division.
The schedule begins at Claremont Speedway on Friday, May 3, and ends with the crowning of the series champion back at the New London Waterford
Speedbowl in Connecticut in October. The series will visit nine different tracks and three different states across the 14-race slate.
“Fourteen events has always been the number we have shot for when producing our schedule,” series president Mike Parks said. “We had the chance for a
couple more dates, but this is the most we have ever scheduled and we want to make sure our teams will be able to compete at the highest level.”
After a test and tune on April 27, teams will open the season on the tight confines of Claremont Speedway in New Hampshire on Friday, May 3 with a 100-
lap feature event. Just two weeks later, drivers will move just across the state to visit Lee USA Speedway as part of a combination event with the newly
formed Steel Sportsman Series in their inaugural event. The first of three dates at Lee is slated for May 18 and 19.
A busy month of May concludes at New London Waterford Speedbowl, where the season will once again experiment with three, 35-lap feature races in one
night. The event was a success in 2017, with three different drivers carrying the checkered flag during the night.
June begins with the return to Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire for the first time in two years. “Speedway 51 in New Hampshire is a fast quarter-
mile that our teams will feel right at home on,” Parks said.
With the rest of the month off, the Independence Day celebration gets underway right back at Lee USA Speedway on Friday, July 4. The series will
celebrate the holiday under the lights of the .375-mile New Hampshire oval with the fifth race of the season.
A Sunday afternoon stop is slated for Hudson International Speedway on July 14 – a track where eventual 2018 champion Devin O’Connell visited Victory
Lane last season.
The series returns to the New London Waterford Speedbowl for the second time on Saturday, August 3, before returning to the high-banks of Monadnock
Speedway for the annual JBH 100 on August 10 or 17. That date is the only one left on the schedule that is yet to be nailed down, but teams can expect
that to be solidified in the near future.
The marquee event for the 2019 schedule is going to be on Sunday, September 1, where the Granite State Pro Stock Series will return to Claremont
Speedway on Labor Day weekend for the Rocky Ridge 150.
“This is definitely our premiere event for 2019, the Rocky Ridge 150 presented by Springfield Buick GMC at Claremont,” Parks continued. “The event will
pay $5,000 to the winner, and will have the largest purse to date for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. We are excited to watch drivers fight for the added
As the final stages of the championship battle begin to take shape, Star Speedway returns to the schedule on Classic weekend. The Friday, September 6,
date is slated for 100 laps, and will help to kick-off another Classic weekend in style.
Teams will have a few weeks off after Star, but the battle heats up in a big way with the return to Massachusetts and Seekonk Speedway on September 27
and 28. For the first time, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will headline the D.A.V. Fall Classic for a 100-lap Seekonk thriller that will put Seekonk’s local
stars up against touring series invaders. In the only previous appearance, a local champion picked up the trophy.
“Returning to Seekonk for their annual D.A.V. Fall Classic is going to be great for our series,” Parks said. “Seekonk is a premiere race facility in the
Northeast and we are proud to have been able to put this event together with them. We are looking forward to returning.”
October includes the final three races of the season – one of them in New Hampshire and the other two at staple Connecticut racing ovals. All of the final
three events will come on the tracks marquee weekends.
The final stop at Lee USA Speedway comes on Sunday, October 6, as part of their Octoberfest, followed by a return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports
Park for the Sunoco World Series on Friday, October 11, and a 50-lap event. The champion is crowned at the Speedbowl as part of their Championship
Chiller weekend on Saturday, October 19.
Teams and fans can follow the series on social media for the latest updates throughout the offseason, while also visiting www.gspss.net.
2019 GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES SCHEDULE
April 27th Claremont Speedway Test & Tune
May 3rd Claremont Speedway 100 Laps
May 18th & 19th Lee USA Laps TBA
May 25th New London Waterford Speedbowl Triple 35s
June 15th Speedway 51 100 Laps
July 4th Lee USA 100 Laps
July 14th Hudson Int’l Speedway 100 Laps
Aug 3rd New London Waterford Speedbowl 100 laps
Aug 10th or 17th Monadnock Speedway JBH 100
Sept 1st Claremont Speedway 150 Laps
Sept 6th Star Speedway 100 Laps
Sept 27th & 28th Seekonk Speedway DAV Fall Classic 100 Laps
Oct 6th Lee USA Octoberfest 100 Laps
Oct 11th Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 50 Laps
Oct 19th New London Waterford Speedbowl 100 Laps