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Big Night for BFR Chassis Cars at Thompson Speedway

Rick Gentes Wins Late Model Championship, Tom Carey, Jr. Wins Late Model Feature and Scott Sundeen Takes Checkers in Limited Sportsmen

Thompson Speedway crowns champions

Rocco wins Sunoco Modified title on tiebreaker

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Woody Pitkat needed a little help from Kerry Malone and didn't get it.

Pitkat captured the win in the Sunoco Modified race Thursday night in the season finale of the Thursday Night Thunder series at Thompson Speedway.

But finishing right behind Pitkat was Keith Rocco and that’s all the driver of the No. 88 car had to do to capture the season points title.

Rocco and Pitkat finished tied with 452 points apiece, but Rocco was awarded the title by the first tiebreaker — number of wins.

“What really won us this championship was a couple of weeks ago,” Rocco said in Victory Lane. “A lapped car blew up, me and Ryan (Preece) both went into the fence and my team hustled to get me back out there.
“We’re not a team that brings spare parts and tools into the infield, we bring two spare tires, a jack and an impact gun. Guys out there were sportsman enough to loan us the parts to fix it and my team got us back out there and that sixth-place finish really saved us.”

Pitkat needed to have Malone, who finished just six points behind in the points race, to slip in between him and Rocco, but the 79 car couldn’t get there.

“We tied so I didn’t I come up short,” Pitkat said with a laugh in Victory Lane. “My mindset, coming into the week, was that it would be nice to be tied, so all I had to do was beat Keith...but congratulations to him.”


Mini Stocks

Eric Bourgeois came into the season thinking it was going to be his last in the No. 33 car.

Owner Bruce Stevens had told the veteran driver that “he was all done at the end of the year and was going to get rid of everything,” according to Bourgeois.

Bourgeois was going to get the car that he drove earlier in the year from Stevens while the No. 33 was going to be sold.

“A couple of weeks ago, he said, ‘I’m going to put one together for next year,’ ” Bourgeois said with a smile. “We will be back in the 33 car. As far as I know.”

A points championship can do that for a race team.

Bourgeois picked up his first points championship as a driver since 2004 and doubled his pleasure with a win in the final points race of the season. Despite it being just the ninth race of the season, the first exclamation out of Bourgeois’ mouth in Victory Lane, “What a long year.”


“When you’re running for points, you’re up in the lead and you’re battling, every race is long,” Bourgeois said. “I had a long day (Thursday). I didn’t sleep the last two nights, it’s been rough.”

Bourgeois came into the night just six points up on Chad Baxter, but the win guaranteed him the title. Baxter finished in third behind Dave Trudeau. 


Limited Sportsman

Steve Kenneway had the inside track to the points championship with a 12-point lead coming into the final points race of the season.

But a flat right-front tire on the fourth lap of the 20-lap feature almost scuttled those hopes.

Fortunately for Kenneway, as the tire was going down, the caution flag came out. He went into the pits and changed the tire.

“I don’t know if (his crew) was trying to scare me or what, but they put me back out there and it wasn’t the right tire on,” Kenneway said.

The 55 car spun out during the caution period, but was allowed to go back into the pits.

“Second time was the charm,” he said with a nervous laugh.

With the right tire on, Kenneway fought his way back to sixth place and took home his first title by only four points over Jason Chicolas who finished second to Scott Sundeen in the race.

“I saw Kenneway coming back out and I was hoping me passing Jay wasn’t going to matter even though I consider Jay a team car, I wasn’t just going to let him win the race,” Sundeen said.


Lite Modifieds

Cam McDermott had no worries. All he had to do was take the green flag. He had a 24-point lead coming into the 20-lap race, and only eight cars were in the field.

McDermott took his time and cruised to a fourth-place finish to capture his second-straight points championship.

Glenn Griswold, who had to go out and buy a new car after seeing his first No. 79 wrecked earlier this year at Waterford Speedbowl, captured his first checkered flag of the season at Thompson.


Northeast Mini Stocks

It was Toby Wells first visit to Thompson, but probably not his last. The Dublin, N.H. driver finally made it to the oval, and as he has in Waterford and Seekonk, went back north with a victory.

“I was scared to death when I practiced,” Wells said. “We’re not used to going this fast. I’ve raced quarter-mile tracks my whole life. But the corners are real similar to the quarter-mile tracks and you just have wait till you get to the other end of the straightaways.”


The Late Model race ended too late for this edition.