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.
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.
Buffone Bags Four-Figure Prize to Open Sunoco World Series
Thompson, CT — Belchertown, MA’s Christopher Buffone was both good and lucky on his way to the $1,000 win in the Street Stock Open at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday, October 9. Buffone inherited the lead with less than two laps remaining in the 25-lap feature and took the victory on the first night of the 58th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
The youngster had surrendered the lead to Pascoag, RI’s Chad Baxter on the 17th circuit. With laps winding down, it seemed Buffone could only watch Baxter drive off into the night. However, as the field entered turn one after getting the two-to-go signal, Baxter’s engine went up in a cloud of smoke. His loss was Buffone’s gain as the latter sped to a thrilling victory in his first-ever start at Thompson Speedway.
Rocco, Fearn, Puleo, Fearn & L’Etoile Score October 9 NAPA Auto Parts Championship Night Wins at Stafford; Gray, Sullivan, Durand, & Robinson Clinch Track Titles
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted its final Friday night race program of the 2020 season with NAPA Auto Parts Championship Night on October 9. Taking down feature wins on the night were Keith Rocco in the SK Modified® feature, Ryan Fearn in the Late Model feature, Jonathan Puleo in the SK Light feature, Alexandra Fearn in the Limited Late Model feature, and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. in the Street Stock feature. With NAPA Championship Night serving as the final night to earn track championship points in 2020, Adam Gray clinched his third career Late Model crown at Stafford, Brian Sullivan clinched the SK Light championship, Andrew Durand scored his second career Limited Late Model title at Stafford, and Zack Robinson went back to back by securing the Street Stock championship. Keith Rocco had already clinched his fourth career Stafford SK Modified® title last week.
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.
(Stafford Springs, CT)—This Friday night, October 9, will see Stafford Speedway crown its 2020 track champions with NAPA Auto Parts Championship Night. Although Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team have already clinched the SK Modified® title for 2020, there are still four track champions to be determined this Friday night.
Starting in the Late Model division, 2-time Late Model champion Adam Gray and the #97 Meadows Motor Cars team currently leads former Late Model champion Michael Bennett and the #31 Aubuchon Hardware team by 36 points and Al Saunders and the #40 American Sleeve Bearing team by 38 points. All Gray needs to do in order to wrap up his third career track championship is to finish somewhere in the top-19 this Friday night. The task is much taller for Bennett and Saunders to claim the title. Bennett will have to finish at least 19 positions in front of Gray as well as finishing anywhere in front of Saunders in order to win the championship. Saunders needs to finish at least 20 positions in front of Gray and at least 18 positions in front of Bennett to win.
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.
Tremont Ends Dry Spell in Devil’s Bowl Open Comp Season Finale
Greene survives to win 96-car Enduro
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Kenny Tremont Jr. waited until the last minute, but the all-time leading winner at Devil’s Bowl Speedway returned to victory lane for the first time in 2020 at the season’s final event, winning in style with a dominant performance in the “Foliage Fun Run” Open Competition event on Sunday, October 4. The busy, jam-packed program also saw 11 other drivers win including Cody Greene, who topped a wild, 96-car, 100-lap Enduro.
Tremont topped a 17-car field in the “run-what-ya-brung” open competition show for the Pepsi Sportsman Modified division. The 10-time champion’s car ran without a roof, with a small wing on the nose, and a four-foot-tall Lexan sideboard sail panel on the left side of his car, and it was virtually glued to the track every lap it ran.
3-Way Battle for Stafford’s Limited Late Model Crown Offers Tightest Championship Race of 2020 Season
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Heading into the final race of the 2020 season at Stafford Speedway, Andrew Durand, Alexandra Fearn, and Jeremy Lavoie are locked in the tightest championship race out of Stafford’s five weekly divisions. After 13 races, Durand, who has won more than half of the races this season with 7 victories, leads Fearn by 2 points, or 1 position on the track, and Lavoie by 10 points, or 5 positions on the track.
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.