JOEY CIPRIANO LOOKS FOR HOME TRACK PAYDAY IN TRI TRACK DEBUT AT STAFFORD

JOEY CIPRIANO LOOKS FOR HOME TRACK PAYDAY IN TRI TRACK DEBUT AT STAFFORD 

BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA 

SEEKONK, Mass. — When the Tri Track Open Modified Series rolls into Stafford Motor Speedway for the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81 on October 24, there will be multiple drivers in the field that have some home-track advantage. Stafford has a stout list of weekly competitors as part of their NASCAR weekly series, and most have built their foundation off the SK Light Modified and SK Modified divisions at the half-mile. 

Some have made it to the highest level of Modified racing, with names like Doug Coby, Keith Rocco, Chase Dowling, Ronnie Williams and more already making their mark. The late Ted Christopher, who won 131 times at Stafford, is one of the greatest Modified drivers to ever compete behind the wheel and he cut his teeth at Stafford.  

The Tri Track Open Modified Series debut at Stafford will include a $10,000 winning prize, with more than $49,500 in posted awards for a starting field that will pay $1,000 to take the green. The home-track invaders will be some of more than 45 cars expected to attend. 

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Lutz Takes Sunoco World Series Win as Bonsignore Secures Modified Title

Lutz Takes Sunoco World Series Win as Bonsignore Secures Modified Title

Thompson, CT — Miller Place, NY’s Craig Lutz ended the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season on the highest of highs with his second win of the year at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 11. Lutz swiped the lead from Jon McKennedy with seven laps remaining and hung on to win the 150-lap event at the 58th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing as Holtsville, NY’s Justin Bonsignore secured his second series championship.

The 26-year-old Lutz earned his fourth career Whelen Modified Tour win and first at the historic Thompson Speedway. For the 32-year-old Bonsignore, the title was the capstone on a 2020 season where he finished no worse than fifth at any event.

Six-time champion Doug Coby, who was the only driver who could catch Bonsignore entering the Sunoco World Series, started on the pole and led the first 30 laps. Chelmsford, MA’s McKennedy then surged ahead of him entering turn three and paced the field unto the fourth caution flag at lap 73 for Dave Sapienza’s spin.

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Christopher Jr., Pitkat Book Big Paydays on Sunoco World Series Saturday

Christopher Jr., Pitkat Book Big Paydays on Sunoco World Series Saturday

Thompson, CT — Wolcott, CT’s Mike Christopher Jr. and Stafford, CT’s Woody Pitkat took it to the bank with a pair of big victories at the 58th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Saturday, October 10. Christopher passed Chase Dowling with 10 laps remaining to win the $5,000 top prize in the Budweiser Modified Open 75 while Pitkat copped a $4,800 total winner’s purse for dominating the ACT-type Late Model Open at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

It was the first career victory in a Tour-type Modified for Christopher, whose late uncle Ted is the all-time winningest driver at Thompson Speedway. Christopher and his Tommy Baldwin Jr.–owned team combined a fast car with a well-played midrace strategy to come on strong and top the 31-car field on a busy Saturday at the Sunoco World Series.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Title on the Line at Sunoco World Series

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Title on the Line at Sunoco World Series

Thompson, CT — The 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship will be decided this Sunday, October 11 with the Sunoco World Series 150 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The final race of the 58th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing will tie a bow on the tour’s 36th season with two modern greats battling for the title.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule took several unexpected turns this year due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Several venues had to be dropped while new ones were added in a constant shuffle. Despite it all, the season draws to a close with two familiar sights: a trip to Thompson for the Sunoco World Series, and Justin Bonsignore and Doug Coby in the hunt for a championship.

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Local Divisions Returning to Thompson for 58th Annual Sunoco World Series

Local Divisions Returning to Thompson for 58th Annual Sunoco World Series

Thompson, CT — Some of New England’s top weekly competitors will arrive at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park looking to chase more than $16,000 in purses as part of the 58th annual Sunoco World Series on October 9-11.

The Sunoco Modifieds, Twisted Tea SK Light Modifieds, Sam Adams Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks will all hit the high-banks for their second races of the season. Although it looked like divisions might remain dark for the season, a new agreement with the American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Star Series leasing the track in the summer allowed these divisions to return and chase a lucrative payout to close the oval season at Thompson.

The World Series is well-known as the top short-track racing weekend in the New England region, and with 19 divisions set to compete again this year, fans won’t want to miss the action over three days in Connecticut.

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Griffith Repeats as GSPSS Oktoberfest Champion

Griffith Repeats as GSPSS Oktoberfest Champion

Sunday October fourth, the Granite State Pro Stock Series made its annual trek to Russ Conway’s Oktoberfest at Lee USA Speedway and for the second year in a row Derek Griffith bested all comers.

Under a picture perfect sky the teams of the GSPSS assembled at one of the traditional events in New England to contest a 100 lap affair. Practice was smooth for most and all looked to be well until it was time for The Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge. Due to a tight schedule and a short turn around from practice, time trials were canceled and heat races were lined up based on final practice speeds.

Heat number one was won by Dylan Estrella who was making his first start of the season. He beat Rusty Poland to the line and would redraw pill number one and start the main event on the pole.

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