It has been two months since Northeast short track teams broke the ice on the 2021 racing season on the oval at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. This Wednesday night it is finally time for Round 2 at ‘The Big T’ with the first of four mid-week shows featuring six divisions of racing.
Leading the charge is the new Outlaw Open Modified Series, which will contest 75-lap feature events each worth $5,000-to-win on each of the four the midweek shows at Thompson.
WATCH LIVE: Outlaw Open Modifieds at Thompson
This week’s Nutmeg State 75 presented by Twisted Tea sees Ron Silk entering as one of the biggest threats to win. Silk and the No. 16 Tyler Haydt team came back from early race trouble to take the checkers and $10,000 after 125 laps on Icebreaker weekend back in April.
Since then, there have been drivers from all across the Northeast that have shown their strength. After destroying his Modified on Icebreaker weekend, Jon McKennedy and the No. 79 Lepine family team bounced back, winning with a fresh new Modified in Tri-Track Open Modified Series competition at Star Speedway in May. McKennedy and the 79 camp are also fresh off another ISMA Supermodified win at Seekonk Speedway one week ago.
Michael Christopher Jr. and Tommy Baldwin Racing celebrated their first win of 2021 in May at Stafford Motor Speedway, following their first ever win together at Thompson last October. Christopher has also been adding SK Modified wins at Stafford, including an All-Star win last Saturday afternoon.
Also winning at his home track last Saturday was Andrew Krause down at Wall Stadium, winning the track’s prestigious Garden State Classic, and making the New Jersey driver four-for-four in 2021 on the Jersey Shore.
There are also a slew of drivers who have been so close to winning in 2021, but have just missed the target so far. This includes of Matt Swanson and the Bohler Racing No. 3, Ronnie Williams and Roscoe Racing No. 25, Chris Pasteryak and his family’s No. 75, as well as Keith Rocco and the Paine brothers No. 57.
Plus of course there’s the return of Ryan Preece to Thompson with the Eddie and Connie Partridge No. 6. The NASCAR Cup Series driver has two Modified wins already in 2021 at New Smyrna Speedway and South Boston Speedway. Preece is looking for his first win in his home state of Connecticut this year.
Along with the Outlaw Open Modified Series, the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, SK Light Modifieds, Limited Sportsmen, and Mini Stocks will all be ready to roll and continue their championship chases.
Can’t make it to Connecticut’s Quiet Corner for all the racing action, we’ll have all the night’s racing live on Speed51.TV this Wednesday night June 16.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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