TRAGEDY STRIKES AT
EDDIE FLEMKE WINS RAIN-SHORTENED WMT 150;
BEFORE RAINS, O'SULLIVAN, GLEASON, BOSS & FIELDS
WEEKLY SERIES WINS
Spirits were darkened during what should have been the celebratory start
of racing season at Thompson International Speedway. Shane Hammond, age
27, of Halifax, MA, succumbed to injuries sustained on lap four of the
Northeastern Midget Association feature event. The thoughts and prayers
of the entire racing community are with Hammond’s family.
A formal statement will be forthcoming from Thompson Speedway
management. (See below)
The traditional Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway
culminated with feature events for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and
the NASCAR All-American Series Weekly Racing Series. A cold rain settled
into the speedway shortly after the halfway marker of the scheduled 150
lap event for the Modifieds causing NASCAR to shorten the event at lap
92. Eddie Flemke, Jr. was declared the winner. Chuck Hossfeld of
Buffalo, NY, made a strong return to the Mystic Missile to finish
second. Bobby Grigas III of Marshfield, MA, had a career best finish to
come home third.
The second half of the Icebreaker Twin bill for the Late
Models and the Sunoco Modifieds was postponed due to rain. Before the
rains came, Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, checkered the Pro Stocks
while Jesse Gleason of Lisbon, CT, scored the victory in the Limited
Sportsman division. Danny Fields of Deep River, CT was tops in the Mini
Stocks and Glenn Boss of Danielson, CT took top TIS Modifieds honors.
The Northeastern Midget Association collectively agreed to cancel their
Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, started his Pro Stock
title defense with a win at the Icebreaker. Norm Wrenn took the lead
early; edging out to a sizable lead before O’Sullivan began to cut into
the lead. The margin was erased when the first caution of the event flew
on lap #10 when Dennis Maxfield made hard contact with the outside wall.
On the ensuing restart, O’Sullivan was able to get the edge
and take the lead from Wrenn. Jay Macedonio was making tracks toward the
front when the caution flew again for a spin by Jeff Connors. A second
attempt at a restart found Adam Norton against the outside wall. While
Wrenn chased leader O’Sullivan under green, it was getting busy for
third between Fred Astle, Jr., Dave Darling, Jay Macedonio, and a
hard-charging Jeff Zuidema. Astle was fending off the challenges of
In the closing laps, Darling in his continued pursuit drifted
high in the turn four in an attempt at Astle. The move opened the door
for Macedonio and Zuidema. Astle was able to maintain second and Darling
was able to retain his position. Macedonio meanwhile lost ground giving
up the spot to Zuidema.
They would make the final run to the checkers in that order.
O’Sullivan was the winner followed by Wrenn, Astle, Darling and Zuidema.
Jesse Gleason of Lisbon, CT, wired the field to score the
coveted Icebreaker victory in the Limited Sportsman division. Gleason
had his hands full with veteran competitor Larry Barnett to earn the
win. For much of the event the lead was hotly contested by the duo.
Barnett closed in on several occasions but could not muster up a pass on
Gleason. In the end, Gleason took the checkers over Barnett. Scott
Sundeen joined the veterans on the podium. Ed Puleo and Scott Cook
completed the top five.
Track position was the key during the day and Glenn Boss took
full advantage. Boss jumped out to the early lead and went on throughout
the event to stretch his lead. The man on the move was Kurt Vigeant, who
after getting out of shape earlier in the event, fought his way back
through the field. Boss went on to lead every lap en route to his
feature victory on Icebreaker Sunday for the TIS Modified division.
Vigeant put on a show coming back to finish second. RJ Marcotte, Shane
Michalski, and Anderson Oliveira.
A championship Mini Stocker Danny Fields of Deep River, CT,
invaded Thompson to score the victory in the opener for Mini Stock
division. By virtue of his heat race win on Saturday, front row starter
Fields jumped out to the early lead. Fields would never be headed during
the green to checker 15-lap main event. Defending champion Mike Romano
finished second. Rick Blanchard, Steve Michalski, and Eric Bourgeois
rounded out the top five.
The make-up dates for the Sunoco Modified and Late Model
divisions will be announced on
www.thompsonspeedway.com in the coming days. Racing action
returns to Thompson Speedway for the opening Thursday Night Thompson
Thunder on May 22, 2008.
A complete race report for the Whelen Modified Tour is
available online at
Pro Stock Feature Finish (Top Ten): 1. Mike
O’Sullivan, Springfield, MA; 2. Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH; 3. Fred Astle,
Jr., Westport, MA; 4. Dave Darling, Seekonk, MA; 5. Jeff Zuidema, N.
Brookfield, MA; 6. Jay Macedonio, Somerset, MA; 7. Mike Brightman,
Acushnet, MA; 8. George Bessette, Danbury, CT; 9. Todd Owen, Somers, CT;
10. Buzz Eriksen, Jr., Baldwin, NY.
Limited Sportsman Feature Finish (Top Ten): 1.
Jesse Gleason, Lisbon, CT; 2. Larry Barnett, Ledyard, CT; 3. Scott
Sundeen, Douglas, MA; 4. Ed Puleo, Brandford, CT; 5. Scott Cook,
Uncasville, CT; 6. Joe Arena, Kensington, CT; 7. Randy Jurcik, Chaplin,
CT; 8. Jay Sundeen, Douglas, MA; 9. Gerald Sebigny, Brooklyn, CT; 10.
Paul Palen, Pelham, NH.
TIS Modifieds Feature Finish (Top Ten): 1.
Glenn Boss, Danielson, CT; 2. Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA; 3. RJ Marcotte,
Millville, MA; 4. Shane Michalski, Woodstock, CT; 5. Anderson, Oliveira,
Raynham, MA; 6. Cam McDermott, Scituate, RI; 7. Richie Ferreira,
Raynham, MA; 8. John Studley, Framingham, MA; 9. Brian Tagg, Oxford, MA;
10. Bart Ramos, Sterling, CT.
Mini Stock Feature Finish (Top Ten): 1. Danny
Fields, Deep River, CT; 2. Mike Romano, Pascoag, RI; 3. Rick Blanchard,
Pascoag, RI; 4. Steve Michalski, Dayville, CT; 5. Eric Bourgeois, East
Haddam, CT; 6. Ron Rixham, Jefferson, MA; 7. Roger Ducharme, Foster, RI;
8. Jason Paquette, Norwich, CT; 9. Scott Jassaume, Danielson, CT; 10.
Robert O’Connell, Wrentham, MA.