BIG NIGHT FOR
COMPETITORS AND FANS
Night Thompson Thunder will be filled with action
and tension this Thursday night at the Thompson
Speedway. The action will come from the exciting
eight-division program and the tension will be on
the shoulders of the competitors in Thompsonís five
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and the
three visiting Touring divisions that will make up
Thursday nightís lineup will feature the Valenti
Modified Racing Series in a 75-lap main event. The
first appearance of the VMRS came on May 19th. The
rains came early and forced a cancellation for the
night. Little did anyone know that in three
subsequent attempts to present the VMRS, Mother
Nature would step in each time to act as a spoiler.
Only seven races remain on the VMRS calendar for the
2013 season and Rowan Pennink and Tommy Barrett, JR.
top the point chase. Close behind are Richard
Savary, Louie Mechalides and Chris Pasteryak.
Thompsonís race could play a major role in
determining the winner of the 2013 VMRS crown.
The New England Truck Series has also fallen victim
of rains at Thompson and they will try for the third
time to run their race event. Duane Noll holds the
top spot in the points with rookie Tony Lafo close
behind. Glen Noll sits third in the standings with
Pete Cayer in fourth spot.
The third Touring Series may the one that guarantees
good weather. The Outlaw Antique Modifieds have had
two successful events at Thompson this year and are
being counted on to bring a near-perfect night for
Joining these three Tours will be all five of
Thompsonís NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
divisions. Each of these competitors will feel the
pressure of the points battles that have produced
incredibly close numbers as the regular season draws
to an end.
With only two more Thursday night races on the
schedule, the battles for division championships is
boiling down to a typical Thompson fight for a top
five finish. In the Sunoco Modified division, Woody
Pitkat holds a four point advantage over Kerry
Malone and Keith Rocco; both of whom are tied for
second. Todd Ceravolo is only eighteen points off
the leader and Dennis Perry trails Ceravolo by a
mere eight markers. Defending champion Ryan Preece
sits sixth in the standings only two points behind
Late Model competitor Glenn Boss has a two point
bulge over Rick Gentes going into the final two
events. John Lowinski-Loh is twenty four behind the
leader and is followed by Marc Curtis and Damon
Tinio. Gentes is second on Thompsonís all-time win
list with some 71 wins and Boss is 4th on the list
with 56 visits to victory lane.
The Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division has Steve
Kenneway out in front by a margin of eight points
over Jason Chicolas. Bill McNeil and Larry Barnett
are in a tie for third and defending champ Scott
Sundeen in fifth place in the standings.
The Lite Modified division has defending champ Cam
McDermott looking to claim another title. He leads
John Studley by twenty points and is over eighty
points ahead of third place Dylan Menditto, Glenn
Griswold and Joseph Boivin. The margin that Monster
Mini Stock former champ Eric Bourgeois has over
defending champ Chad Baxter is only twelve points
while Baxterís advantage over his brother Joe is
only six points. Joe Baxter is in a tie with another
former champ Mike Viens with Dave Trudeau only two
markers behind them.
Thursday nightís race program will get underway with
qualifying races for the VMRS and the N.E. Trucks.
Those events get underway at 5:30 PM and once
completed the eight feature event races will
commence. The full nightís schedule is available at
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson International Speedway