Pro All Stars Series point leader D.J. Shaw has done everything he’s needed to do this season, except for one thing – win a race. Sunday afternoon at Thompson Speedway, however, he managed to check that box as well, winning the Super Late Model feature at the 58th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing.
The reigning PASS North champion had to fight for it, though, as Thompson favorite Eddie MacDonald put up a strong fight in the early part of the race. After Shaw led the first 28 laps of the race, MacDonald pounced and took over the lead as the two battled slower traffic on lap 29.
A restart with 32 laps to go gave Shaw the opportunity he needed to reclaim the lead. Restarting from the outside, Shaw powered out front and never looked back to score his first PASS North victory of the season.
“It feels really good to come back here,” Shaw said after the race. “I was excited for this one, and I guess that’s why. It’s one of my favorite tracks, and to be able to finally get the goose egg out of the win column this year.
“I was trying to ride early there, and then I was letting him pressure me on the bottom. He got me in lapped traffic there, and I just didn’t have enough to get back to him. But on the restart, I fell right in the preferred groove, and I was able to get away and never looked back.”
The man he left behind, MacDonald, was still able to finish second, but did not quite have what he needed to take the fight to Shaw in the second half.
“The car was pretty good the first half of the race. That yellow came out and D.J. had a really strong restart and was able to take off. Wish we could have been in Victory Lane, but just missed it a little bit this year.”
Another Connecticut favorite, Ray Christian III, carved through the field from a 13th starting spot to finish third, but said he used up too much of his car trying to get to the front.
Derek Ramstrom had a competitive car all afternoon, finishing fourth after never running outside the top five. 2020 Oxford 250 winner Johnny Clark ended the day in fifth, gaining four spots throughout the race.
Ben Rowe, Cory Casagrande, Gabe Brown, Brandon Barker, and Kate Re completed the top 10.
The series returns to Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine next weekend, October 17-18, for a pair of races to end the 2020 campaign.
A full broadcast replay of Sunday’s Sunoco World Series at Thompson can be viewed now on Speed51.TV.
-Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 / Rick Ibsen