MODIFIED TOUR FINISHES UP MARATHON RUN
AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK FOR THE MR. ROOTER 125
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) teams have been
working hard the last couple weeks getting ready for
a marathon run of races at all three of
Connecticut’s short tracks. The Mr. Rooter 125 on
Wednesday, June 10 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports
Park (TSMP) will mark the last of the three races
held within a 12-day span. With three different
drivers winning the first four races of the season,
the battle for the championship is already off to an
Ryan Preece currently holds the top position, after
winning the last two NWMT races at Waterford
New-London Speedbowl and Stafford Motor Speedway.
Woody Pitkat, who has also scored a win this season,
is next in the standings and is looking for his
first NWMT championship after a breakout season in
2014. Last year’s champion, and winner of the first
NWMT race of the season at TSMP, Doug Coby will look
to climb to the top of the standings with another
win at the Mr. Rooter 125.
TSMP’s four NASCAR All-American Series (NWAAS)
divisions will also compete on Wednesday evening.
The Sunoco Modified division will run a 30-lap race,
where Icebreaker winner and last year’s Thompson
champion, Ryan Preece, will look to once again hold
off Keith Rocco to the checkered flag.. Both Preece
and Rocco will also be pulling double duty in the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 125-lap feature, which
will be Rocco’s first at TSMP in the #22 Canto
Paving / Milton Caterpillar car.
In the Late Model division, Marc Curtis currently
stands in the lead after a decisive victory at the
Icebreaker in April. Last year’s Late Model
champion, Rick Gentes made a charge for the front,
but was unable to get past Curtis in the first race
of the season.
The Xtramart Limited Sportsman division will run the
first race in the Triple Crown Series. This
mini-series will consist of three events, in which
the drivers will earn both TSMP championship points
and Triple Crown Series points. The Triple Crown
will pay their own point fund and award the top
three drivers. Last year’s Champion, Scott Sundeen
stands just one point ahead of Christopher Douton
going into the Mr. Rooter 125. Although winning the
2014 championship through consistent driving, car
issues kept Sundeen from claiming a win last season.
After spending the winter with his team diagnosing
the problem, Sundeen was finally able to claim a
victory at the Icebreaker and looks forward to a
The Monster Mini Stocks will also run their first
Triple Crown race. Scott Michalski enters the Mr.
Rooter 125 well in the lead, after two victories at
the Icebreaker – one claimed at post-race inspection
after Eric Bourgeois was disqualified.
The Vintage Outlaw Modifieds will round out the
on-track activities for the evening with a 15-lap
feature for their third race of the season at TSMP.
The gates for the Mr. Rooter 125 will open at 3 PM
on Wednesday, June 10, and feature races will begin
at 6 PM. For more information about the Mr. Rooter
125, or about TSMP, please visit our website –
www.thompsonspeedway.com, or connect with us
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Scott Running /
June 8, 2015