IN EXCITING LAST LAP PASS
Preece Sweeps Sunoco
Mod Action At Thompson
Barrett of Millis, Mass. used an exciting last lap
pass to take the win in the Valenti Modified Racing
Series 75-lap feature at Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park. Winners in NASCAR Whelen All
American Series action included a sweep by Ryan
Preece of Berlin, Conn. in the Sunoco Modified
division, Glenn Boss of Danielson, Conn. in the Late
Models, Shawn Monahan of Waterford, Conn. in the
Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division, and Chad
Baxter in the Monster Mini Stocks. Scott Quinn
checkered the Vintage Outlaw feature event.
Barrett patiently awaited the right moment to make a
pass on Todd Szegedy for the win in the King
Cadillac GMC 75 Valenti Modified Racing Series
feature Thursday night. Barrett becomes the fourth
different winner this season.
“That played out exactly how we wanted it,” said
Barrett. “I got by Keith and before you knew it, it
was the last lap. It was time to make a move. I got
up on the wheel and did what I had to do.”
Szegedy took the early lead, but was slowed down
when a caution came out on the second circuit.
Szegedy and Christopher battled it out into turn one
on the restart, but it was Szegedy back out front
coming out of turn two. Keith Rocco rounded out the
Szegedy and Christopher pulled away by almost two
seconds over the rest of the field by lap 15 as the
field strung out single file around the entire
5/8th’s mile length. Rocco worked on closing up some
of that distance and was within 15 car lengths by
lap 35. Szegedy began to work his way through lapped
traffic with Christopher right on his bumper, and
despite the pressure, never faltered. On lap 48,
only 12 cars were on the lead lap. By lap 55, Rocco
was within a car length of Christopher.
A caution flew at lap 66 after Eric Goodale hit the
turn one wall.
Szegedy held off Christopher on the restart as Rocco
moved into second place and relegated Christopher
back to the fourth spot. Tommy Barrett, Jr. took
over third. On lap 68, Barrett drove underneath
Rocco for the second position. Rocco checked up
allowing for Christopher to make contact and send
Szegedy drove out front once again on the restart
with Barrett close behind. Rowan Pennink passed
Christopher for third. Szegedy began to pull away
but Barrett attached himself to Szegedy’s rear
bumper. On lap 74, Barrett went underneath Szegedy
in turn one and drove by for the lead and eventual
The Sunoco Modified division kicked off their night
with the remaining 17 laps of a feature held over
from May 15 with Ryan Preece in victory lane. Preece
held off Keith Rocco on a late-race restart for the
Woody Pitkat, Rocco, and Preece made up the
top-three when the race was postponed two weeks ago.
When the green dropped, however, it was Keith Rocco
out front before caution slowed the pace at lap 14.
Rocco, Pitkat and Preece ran nose-to-tail when
racing resumed and pulled away by five car lengths
over the fourth place car of Danny Cates. Kerry
Malone rounded out the top-five as he led a pack of
five cars a half a straightaway behind Cates.
A long green flag run ensued with Pitkat making his
move on lap 25. He dove underneath Rocco in turn two
and the duo ran side-by-side for half-a-lap before
Rocco reclaimed the lead. Preece took over second.
On lap 27, Pitkat went around Preece on the outside
to try and take over second, but caution came out
when a car spun on the backstretch.
On the restart, Preece was able to muscle his way by
Rocco to take over the lead, but the battle wasn’t
finished yet. Rocco was looking for a way around
Preece when caution came out and tightened the two
up once again.
After a false start, the racing resumed with Preece
out front by an inch at the line. The two continued
their side-by-side battle before a wreck on the
backstretch brought out the caution and allowed
Preece to take the checkers under yellow flag
In the regularly scheduled 30-lap Sunoco Modified
feature, Preece once again proved to be the man to
beat as he held off Pitkat on a late-race restart
for his second straight win.
Kerry Malone took the early lead with Tyler Chadwick
and Matt Gallo rounding out the top-three. The man
on the move, however, was Preece who made it into
the second position by lap nine – just before a
caution slowed the pace.
Preece drove straight to the front when racing
resumed with Malone fighting off the challenges of
Woody Pitkat. On lap 14, Pitkat dove underneath
Malone heading into turn three and took over the
second spot. Meanwhile, Preece pulled ahead to a
ten-car length lead. Rocco, however, was coming
through the pack and up to fourth at lap 20.
Pitkat reeled in Preece to a car length by lap 22
and the duo ran a full straightaway ahead of the
rest of the field. They seemed unstoppable until a
caution tightened the two up for a three-lap dash to
On the restart, Preece came out ahead of Pitkat and
Rocco, but a multi-car crash involving Dennis Perry,
who hit the inside wall head-on, and Andrew
Dzenkowski. Andrew Charron was also involved.
Preece and Pitkat went into turn one dead even with
Preece getting the credit for the lead at the line.
Preece held the lead by a nose as they took the
white flag, but Pitkat did not have enough to mount
a successful challenge. Preece took the checkers
Glenn Boss extended his early season point lead with
a victory in the 25-lap Late Model feature. Art
Moran III and Jim Banfield battled door-to-door for
the lead at the start of the race, but it was
Banfield who came out in front coming out of turn
three. Glenn Boss settled into third on the second
lap before a wreck on the front stretch brought out
the caution. Marc Curtis, Jr. took the lead on the
restart followed by Jeff Smith, Boss and Gentes.
The top four ran nose-to-tail for several laps as
they strung out single file. On lap 17, however,
Gentes dropped to the bottom groove for a challenge
on Boss for the third spot. His efforts had to wait,
nevertheless, when caution flew for a spun car in
Marc Curtis, Jr. took the lead once again on the
restart with heavy pressure from Smith. The two ran
door-to-door for an entire circuit before Gentes
made it three-wide on the backstretch. On the front
stretch, Smith made contact with Gentes spinning him
around to face traffic backwards and bringing out
the caution at lap 21.
Smith took over the lead when racing resumed with
Boss in second, but caution came out for a wreck in
turn three and they would have to do it all over
again. Back under green, Boss drove to the lead
using the outside groove while Marc Curtis, Jr.,
Smith, and Nick Ladyga took it three-wide for the
second spot. The trio drove door-to-door for a full
lap before Ladyga grabbed the spot. Boss pulled
ahead to a five car length advantage and soared to
the checkered flag.
Shawn Monahan took the victory in the Xtra Mart
Limited Sportsman 20-lap feature in convincing
fashion. Monahan took the lead on a restart and
never looked back.
Tommy Shea took the lead at the drop of the green
flag as parts of the field went four-wide coming out
of turns one and two. The battle for second was no
different as a three-wide battle emerged with Dwayne
Dorr and George Baldwin rounded out the top three. A
caution slowed the pace with Shea driving back out
front on the restart, but trouble in turn three sent
one car bouncing off multiple cars in the field
before coming to a stop.
On the restart, Scott Sundeen drove by Shea for the
lead and pulled ahead by five car lengths over the
rest of the field. Shea shifted his attention to
holding off Chris Douton for the second position for
a couple of laps, but succumbed to his pressure by
lap five. Corey Hutchings moved into third.
Douton reeled in Sundeen before caution came out and
tightened the whole field back up for a restart at
lap nine. Sundeen and Douton raced door-to-door for
almost an entire lap, but Douton spun on the front
stretch and brought out the caution.
Sundeen and Shawn Monahan battled it out for the
lead with Sundeen take it in turns one and two and
Monahan clearing him to take over the lead heading
into turn three. Once out front, Monahan was able to
pull away as Jason Chicolas maneuvered by Sundeen
for the second spot. Steve Kenneway took over third.
On lap 15, Kenneway was pressuring Chicolas when
Chicolas got loose and allowed for Kenneway to take
over the second position. Chicolas saved it and held
on to third. Monahan continued to dominate out
Kenneway closed the gap between himself and Monahan,
but Monahan had too much of an advantage and soared
on to the checkered flag.
Chad Baxter drove to a convincing victory in the
Monster Mini Stock 20-lap feature after holding off
a hard-charging Mike Viens in a late-race restart.
Jim Helger took the early lead as Steve Michalski
and Baxter battled it out for second spot. Baxter
took the position on lap three before making a run
on Helger for the lead heading into turn one of lap
four. Baxter pulled out to a commanding ten car
length advantage before caution reeled him back in
at lap six.
Baxter drove right back out front when racing
resumed as a three-wide battle emerged for the
second position. When all the dust had settled, it
was Helger and Nick Anderson in second and third
Baxter could not be slowed down despite another
caution period, but the top three would shuffle
around on the restart. Anderson took over second and
Viens moved into third. Viens was on the move,
however, and maneuvered his way by Anderson on lap
12 to take over second. Viens started to reel in
Baxter, who had pulled away to a five car length
advantage, and was within a car length by lap 15.
Caution once again slowed the pace at lap 16.
On the restart, Baxter continued his dominance on
the outside lane and drove straight to the lead.
Viens and Garrett Denton rounded out the top three.
Eric Bourgeois followed closely behind in fourth.
Baxter dominated in the final laps and drove to the
Scott Quinn picked up the Vintage Outlaw Modified
feature win after taking the lead on lap four. Quinn
held off Art Chartier on the final lap to take the
Bill Cummins took the early lead and pulled ahead by
ten car lengths over the rest of the field. The
battle for second heated up at lap two when Quinn
chose the bottom groove to maneuver his way around
Art Chartier. Quinn’s progression continued,
however, when he dove underneath Cummins to take the
lead heading into turn one.
Chartier moved by Cummins to take over the second
position and set his sights on Quinn, who was
relentless in his pace. On the final lap, Chartier
crossed the line just a car length behind Quinn, but
his night ended quickly after hitting the outside
retaining wall in turn two following a battle for
the lead. Quinn, despite the race going into a
caution period, took the checkered flag.
VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES FEATURE FINISH
(TOP-10): 1. Tommy Barrett, Jr., Millis, MA; 2.
Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA; 3. Ted
Christopher, Plainville, CT; 4. Richard Savary,
Canton, MA; 5. Dave Etheridge, Portland, CT; 6. Todd
Szegedy, Ridgefield, CT; 7. Tom Carey, Jr., Wendell
Depot, MA; 8. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA; 9. Jeff
Malave, Manchester, CT; 10. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon,
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (TOP-10) FROM MAY
15: 1. Ryan Preece, N. Falmouth, MA; 2. Keith
Rocco Berlin, CT; 3. Danny Cates, Chaplin, CT; 4.
Todd Ceravolo, Gales Ferry, CT; 5. Woody Pitkat,
Sturbridge, MA; 6. Matt Gallo, Berlin, CT; 7. Keith
McDermott, Scituate, RI; 8. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard,
CT; 9. Troy Talman, Oxford, MA; 10. Kerry Malone,
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (TOP-10): 1.
Ryan Preece, N. Falmouth, MA; 2. Woody Pitkat,
Sturbridge, MA; 3. Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT; 4. Danny
Cates, Chaplin, CT; 5. Kerry Malone, Needham, MA; 6.
Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard, CT; 7. Troy Talman, Oxford,
MA; 8. Matt Gallo, Berlin, CT; 9. Cam McDermott,
Scituate, RI; 10. Andrew Major, Brookfield, MA.
LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH (TOP-10): 1. Glenn
Boss, Danielson, CT; 2. Nick Ladyga, Voluntown, CT;
3. Marc Curtis, Jr., Worcester, MA; 4. John
Lowinski-Loh, Milford, MA; 5. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme,
CT; 6. Chad LaBastie, Uxbridge, MA; 7. Jared Materas,
W. Springfield, MA; 8. Robert O’Connell, Wrentham,
MA; 9. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, ME; 10. Randy Tucker,
VINTAGE OUTLAW MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH
(TOP-THREE): 1. Scott Quinn, N. Smithfield, RI;
2. Art Chartier, Douglas, MA; 3. Joe Baxter,
MONSTER MINI STOCK FEATURE FINISH (TOP-10):
1. Chad Baxter, Pascoag, RI; 2. Mike Viens, Seekonk,
MA; 3. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 4. Eric
Bourgeois, E. Haddam, CT; 5. Nick Anderson, Oxford,
MA; 6. Jeff Moffat, Smithfield, RI; 7. Leo DeFevers,
Moosup, CT; 8. Steve Michalski, Brooklyn, CT; 9.
Mike D. Viens, Putnam, CT; 10. Nick Matera, Warwick,
XTRA MART LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH
(TOP-10): 1. Shawn Monahan, Waterford, CT; 2.
Steve Kenneway, Lowell, MA; 3. Scott Sundeen,
Sutton, MA; 4. Ryan Waterman, Danielson, CT; 5.
William Wall, Shrewsbury, MA; 6. Mark Jenison,
Warwick, RI; 7. Tommy Shea, Sr., New London, CT; 8.
Dwayne Dorr, Ledyard, CT; 9. Chris Myer, North
Franklin, CT; 10. Scott Young, Willimantic, CT.
Source: Theresa Condict / Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
May 29, 2014