Eddie MacDonald Victorious in ACT Season Final Race at Thompson
Winning the final race of the season is always the sweetest and Eddie MacDonald did just that with a dominant performance in the American Canadian Tour’s 75 lap feature at Thompson Motor Sports Park Sunoco World Series of Racing Saturday night. The victory was especially sweet after a disappointing 11th place finish in the Pro Stock feature on Friday night.
Saturday’s ACT Late Model practice was reduced to one half hour due to morning rain but the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy ran in the top three and posted a +3 rating in the heat. Eddie Mac started fifth then raced to a second place finish to receive the fifth starting position for the season finale on the fast, high-banked 5/8th of a mile oval. (more…)
Scott Payea secures ACT championship at Thompson
Day two of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park proved to be a busy one as a slew of new champions were named in both touring and track divisions as the biggest weekend in New England racing continued. Six different races were held over the course of the afternoon, each resulting in a champion being named for their specific series or division as a packed crowd turned out to enjoy and afternoon of non-stop on track action at the Big-T.
The American Canadian Tour served as the night’s main event crowning a champion with a two-man battle established coming into the evening’s season finale race. The tour’s 75-lap feature began with a tribute to series founder Tom Curley in a touching pre-race ceremony featuring a playing of “Donny Boy” on bagpipes. Curley passed away at the age of 73 earlier this year and before the green flag flew ACT drivers presented a series of four-wide tribute laps in honor of the man who helped establish their series back in 1986.
MacDonald wins at Thompson, Payea reigns
American Canadian Tour
Elusive 1st ACT Championship for Payea
Thompson, Ct. – Eddie MacDonald took control of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) 75-lap season finale at Thompson Speedway Saturday and sped off to a dominant win.
Four spots back, Scott Payea nailed down the 2017 ACT championship in the Harrison Redi-Mix No. 37. With his eighth top-five finish in nine races.
photo by Norm Marx
Oxford, ME — Curtis Gerry of Waterboro nailed down his second PASS Super Late Model win this season at Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday afternoon, while his closest on-track rival, Travis Benjamin of Belfast, riding a runner-up finish to nail down his second career PASS North championship.
Gerry, who added his name to the lists of Legends by winning the 44th Annual Oxford 250 back in August, had the best season of his career hot on the heels of what was previously his best year ever in 2016.
The Saco House of Pizza 7 and Gerry methodically cruised into contention from 12th starting position as Ben Rowe, Tracy Gordon, Dave Farrington and Joey Doiron took turns setting the race pace, with Brandon Barker also a notable early factor.
Parent wins shootout for Late Model crown to kick of World Series weekend at Thompson!
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is wrapping up in 2017 season this weekend with tie award winning annual three-day event, the 55th World Series of Speedway Racing. With 18 divisions and numerous champions set to be crowned over the weekend, the action began on Friday, October 13 with five feature events and the crowning of the first champion of the weekend named in Thompson’s late model division.
Coming into the event the late models featured a two-man battle as reigning track champion William Wall sought to dethrone the surprise success story of 2017, Ray Parent, from the top spot on the final day of the season. The two drivers brought different strategies to the table as their close points battled heated up. Parent, who only needed to finish twelfth to clinch the title, embraced a more conservative approach while Wall was more aggressive, virtually needing to win and get help from others in the field to finish the season on top. (more…)
RAMSTROM DOMINATES SECOND HALF AT THOMPSON
TAKES FIRST WIN OF SEASON WHILE POINTS CONTENDERS CRASH
THOMPSON, Conn. – In just his first start of the season on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Derek Ramstrom proved to be the dominant driver in Friday’s 60-lap feature at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
After winning his heat race, Ramstrom had to start eighth because of an invert, but he didn’t let that stop his run to the checkered flag. The driver of the No. 35 quickly worked his way to the front of the pack and took the lead for the final time on a lap 31 restart. The race went from there to the checkered under green flag conditions and Ramstrom was never challenged.
Glen Reen Wins Stafford Late Model Track Championship
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Rewind to the 2016 season when Glen Reen teamed up with car owner Rob Russell to drive his #31 LifeCare Family Chiropractic Late Model at Stafford. They had one goal, to win a championship. That goal was quickly snuffed out when a blown engine in only the third race of the season sidelined them for much of the year. The #31 team was able to come back for the final 6 races of the season and scored a late 2016 season win to lay a foundation for the 2017 season. (more…)
Keith Rocco Captures Third Career SK Modified® Championship at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—With the dust settled on the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team are the SK Modified® track champions. For Rocco, the championship is his third SK Modified® crown at Stafford, putting him alongside Geoff Bodine, Mike Christopher, Bo Gunning, Bugsy Stevens, Bob Potter, and Ted Christopher as the only drivers in Stafford’s history with three or more modified championships.
Rocco’s 2017 season was a season of consistency paired with clutch performances when he needed them the most. Rocco scored top-9 finishes in each of the first 10 races of the 2017 season and he was the SK Modified® points leader from late June through mid August. Despite his run of consistent finishes, Rocco was struggling to find NAPA Victory Lane. (more…)
Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard was found to have an illegally altered tire following the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials announced today that Jason Woodard has been disqualified from his apparent victory in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl held as part of the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.
As part of post-race technical inspection following the two-segment event, tire samples were taken from Woodard’s car and sent to an independent laboratory for further evaluation. Lab testing revealed that Woodard’s tire had been illegally altered.
Champions Crowned on Super Saturday!!
By Ryan Lawliss
Winchester, NH: The cars and stars of Monadnock Speedway took to the high banks for the last time in the 2017 season. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Track Champions were presented with their championship flags and given an opportunity to address the crowd (Sportsman Modified Champion Todd Patnode, Super Stock Champion Joel Monahan, Mini Stock Champion Alex Pearl, Thunder Stock Champion Jason Kozacka and Lightning Stock Champion Hillary Renaud). All five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division plus the young gun division would be in competition. Fans would also be treated to the spectator race and the Go Kart Race of Champions. This week’s winners were: Chris Phelps (Young Guns), John Fultz (Lightening Stocks), Alexander Pearl (Mini Stocks), Todd Patnode (Sportsman Modifieds), Ed Lofland (Thunder Stocks), and Cole Littlewood (Super Stocks). The spectator race was won by Lightening Stock driver Leon Keniston in his Chevy Pickup. Keniston had an amazing celebration as he did a victory lap in reverse before he climbed on his roof to celebrate with the fans! (more…)