6:24
That concludes our Trackside Now coverage from Thompson International Speedway.  Congratulations to both Ted Christopher on his fourth Whelen Modified Tour win of the 2010 season and Bobby Santos III on his first WMT Championship.

We will have all kinds of cool stuff from Thompson, as well as more from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship event at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Thursday, this week on Speed51.com.  Plus, we’ll have all kinds of talk about the two races on Speed 51 Radio this Tuesday night from 6-8pm ET on RaceTalkRadio.com.  You won’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks for joining us.  Good night! 

6:20
Bobby Santos won his first-ever championship in any kind of major racing series with his WMT title. (Jim DuPont Photo)
6:19
Ted Christopher took victory number-four of the 2010 season. (51 Photo)
6:17
Unofficial Finishing Order – World Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

1. Ted Christopher
2. Ryan Preece
3. Doug Coby
4. Mike Stefanik
5. Ron Silk
6. Bobby Santos, III
7. Eric Beers
8. Eric Goodale
9. Rowan Pennink
10. James Civali
11. Richie Pallai, Jr.
12. Eric Berndt
13. Chuck Hossfeld
14. Burt Myers
15. Eddie Flemke, Jr.
16. Glen Reen
17. Jamie Tomaino
18. Ken Heagy
19. Erick Rudolph
20. Todd Szegedy
21. Ron Yuhas, Jr.
22. Justin Bonsignore
23. Richard Savary
24. Renee Dupuis
25. Gary McDonald
26. George Brunnhoelzl, III
27. Wade Cole
28. Jake Marosz
29. Glenn Tyler
30. Woody Pitkat
31. Jimmy Blewett
32. Rob Summers 

6:12
We’re back from the pits and will have the full field rundown posted shortly. We have gathered enough material to bring you plenty of stories, photos, videos and Leftovers later this week. 
5:10
We are now going down to the pit area to talk to the drivers in today’s race. We’ll be back at the keyboard with full results as soon as we get back and those are released by NASCAR. 
5:08
This is Bobby Santos, III’s first career championship in short track racing. 
5:07
Bobby Santos, III – “This is awesome. This team is great. They gave me an awesome racecar at the Icebreaker and from there on. They’ve proven in the last few years that the Mystic Missile is the car to beat on the NASCAR Tour.” 
5:06
Comment From doc 

Great coverage as allways Speed.51 

5:06
There were 286 cars in the pits this weekend. For the breakdown by division and tour, check out Saturday’s Trackside Now page on Speed51.com
5:06
Comment From nick 

how many cars were in the pits this weekend? 

5:05
Bobby Santos, III had shifter problems late in the race and that is why he dropped back on the last few restarts. 
5:04
Ted Christopher has over 70 career victories at Thompson. 
5:04
Comment From Jeff Germanton, N.C. 

Thanks for the coverage as always!!!!! 

5:03
Ted Christopher said in victory lane that he thinks that Doug Coby might have been having a motor problem late in the race, which helped him make the pass for the lead. 
5:03
Ted Christopher in victory lane – “I drove that thing as hard as I could from lap one until the end. That was a fun run. I hope it was a good show for everybody.” 
5:01
We will post full results as soon as they are processed and released from NASCAR. 
5:01
Comment From go burt 

where did the southern champ finnish ? 

5:00
That is the final feature race of World Series weekend at Thompson – where everything from Outlaw Mini Stocks to winged Supermodifieds raced. 
5:00
Comment From G peters 

great coverage as always 

5:00
Comment From N Platte, Neb. 

Congrats to the 4 – THANKS 

4:59
Comment From Norwood Arena Fan 

Thank You Speed 51 For great coverage tell Bob Dillner Norwood Arena Fan says hi And Thanks 

4:59
Comment From BOBBY IN N.C. 

GREAT JOB . LOOKS LIKE A GOOD RACE. 

4:59
This is the first time that a driver, in this case Ted Christopher, has won three straight World Series Modified Tour races. 
4:58
The unofficial top ten are Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Doug Coby, Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk, Bobby Santos, Eric Beers, Eric Goodale, Rowan Pennink and James Civali. 
4:57
Unofficially, Bobby Santos, III is the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. 
4:57
Ted Christopher wins! 
4:57
White flag. 
4:57
Mike Stefanik has slipped to fourth. 
4:56
Ryan Preece is now second. 
4:56
Ted Christopher is now pulling away again. 
4:56
We are at lap 147 of 150. 
4:56
Ted Christopher slid past Doug Coby into the lead. 
4:56
Mike Stefanik runs third, Ryan Preece is fourth. 
4:56
Doug Coby still leads Ted Christopher with five laps to go. 
4:55
Bobby Santos, III is now back to sixth. 
4:55
McDonald has kept going without a caution beind needed. 
4:55
No caution yet. 
4:55
Gary McDonald has spun on the frontstretch by himself again. 
4:55
Mike Stefanik is now up to third. 
4:54
There is a logjam further back in the top five. Bobby Santos has slipped back several spots. 
4:54
Restart – Lap 140. Doug Coby leads into turn one. 
4:54
As long as Bobby Santos, III finishes in the top five, he will win the championship no matter what any other driver does. Right now, he is fifth. 
4:53
Ron Yuhas, Jr. is back on pit road. 
4:52
The top five remain unchanged from the last restart. 
4:52
The caution has come out on lap 138 after McDonald attempted to back onto the track from the infield. 
4:51
Gary McDonald has spun by himself on the frontstretch. 
4:51
RESTART Lap 135:  Coby and Christopher drag race into one, but Coby slides up in front of Christopher to stay in the lead. 
4:50
Coby chooses the inside groove on the restart with Christopher on his outside.
4:50
The restart will come on lap 135 with 15 laps remaining.
4:48
Running order:  Coby leads Christopher, Silk, Stefanik and Santos in the top-five.  Beers, Preece, Goodale, Hossfeld and Pennink are in the top-10.  Civali, Flemke, Pallai, Berndt and Myers are 11-15.  Savary, Dupuis, Reen, Tomaino and Heagy are 16-20.
4:48
Erick Rudolph, Justin Bonsignore, Todd Szegedy and Ron Yuhas are all pitting under caution. 
4:46
Caution is out on lap 129. 
4:46
Todd Szegedy has spun in turn two. 
4:45
George Brunnhoelzl, III has been pushed behind pit wall. 
4:45
25 to go:  Coby leads Christopher, Silk, Stefanik, Santos, Beers, Preece, Goodale, Hofeld, Pennink, Civali, Szegedy 
4:45
Doug Coby now has a half-straightaway lead. 
4:44
Coby has now opened up a six-carlength lead on the battle of Silk and Christopher for second. 
4:44
Ron Silk got crossed up loose coming out of turn four, but kept going straight without losing a spot. 
4:44
Lap 121:  It looks like a double-file restart on the track.  Coby to the lead on the inside of Silk, with Christopher on the inside of Stefanik for third.
4:43
George Brunnhoelzl, III is still on pit road. There hasn’t been much action on the #46 car either. 
4:43
Lap 120:  Coby to second on the inside of Stefanik in turn three and wants the lead from Silk
4:43
So far, Bobby Santos, III has been able to hold Eric Beers back for the fifth spot. But it is close. 
4:43
Lap 119:  It’s a four-car battle for the lead.  Silk has a mirror full of Stefanik, Coby and Christopher 
4:42
Eric Beers is looking under Bobby Santos for fifth. 
4:42
We are currently at lap 117. 
4:42
Doug Coby is now gaining ground on the top two. 
4:41
Doug Coby has just pulled away slightly in third over Ted Christopher. 
4:41
Ted Christopher and Doug Coby are fighting hard, and physically, for the third spot. 
4:41
Lap 113:  George Brunnhoelzl III to pit road. 
4:41
Lap 111:  Doug Coby just nudged Christopher from the third spot.
4:40
Lap 110:  Silk has opened up an eight carlength lead on Stefanik.  Christopher runs third, 10 carlengths behind Stefanik.  Coby is gaining on Christopher for third, with Santos, Szegedy, Goodale and Beers battling behind them. 
4:40
Doug Coby is now up to fourth. 
4:40
Doug Coby just made an aggressive, but successful, move under Bobby Santos, III to take fifth going into turn three. 
4:39
Bobby Santos, III is up to fifth again as Eric Goodale falls through the top ten. 
4:39
As they run, Santos would be the champion by 17 points over Stefanik.
4:39
Ted Christopher is now up to fourth. 
4:38
Doug Coby and Eric Beers just made contact in a battle for the seventh position. 
4:37
Lap 100, 50 laps to go:  Silk leads Stefanik, Szegedy, Goodale, Santos, Christopher, Rudolph, Beers and Coby.  11-20 are Pennink, Berndt, Brunnhoelzl, Pallai, Preece, Flemke, Myers, Savary, Civali and Yuhas 
4:36
The entire field is now single file. 
4:36
Ron Silk and Mike Stefanik have put quite a bit of distance on third place. 
4:35
Christopher has taken seventh on lap 96 from Eric Beers.
4:35
Ted Christopher is using the bottom to work his way back through the top ten. 
4:34
The leaders are single file with Ron Silk out front. 
4:33
We are now at lap 90. 
4:33
Bobby Santos, III is now up to fifth. 
4:33
Ron Silk is building a decent lead. 
4:33
Mike Stefanik has nosed back into second. 
4:33
Todd Szegedy has pulled to the outside to take second place. 
4:32
GREEN FLAG – Ron Silk leads Mike Stefanik into turn one. 
4:32
The lights are off on the pace car. We will restart at lap 87. 
4:31
James Civali has also pitted. 
4:31
Glen Reen is now on pit road as well. 
4:31
Jamie Tomaino had to pit twice as he got blocked out of his pit stall on his first attempt. 
4:31
Christopher, Bonsignore, Duuis, Preece, Coby, Pennink, Flemke is how they came off pit road. 
4:30
The current running order is Ron Silk, Mike Stefanik, Chuck Hossfeld, Todd Szegedy, Erick Rudolph, Eric Goodale, Eric Beers, Bobby Santos, Richard Savary, George Brunnhoelzl, III, Richie Pallai, Eric Berndt and Burt Myers. 
4:30
Pit stops: Christopher, Coby, Pennink, Preece and Flemke all pit.  Three-tires for Christopher (right sides and left rear) 
4:28
James Civali has driven away. 
4:28
YELLOW FLAG:  Lap 81
4:28
James Civali has spun on the fronstretch. The caution is out. 
4:27
We are now working lap 80. 
4:27
Ted Christopher tried to dive under Ron Silk for the lead going into turn three, but his lane was blocked by the lapped car of Jake Marosz. 
4:26
Ron Silk has driven under Ted Christopher in turn three to take the lead. 
4:26
Ron Silk and Ted Christopher have made contact. TC got sideways, but kept the top spot. 
4:25
Ron Silk is looking under Ted Christopher again for the lead. 
4:25
Mike Stefanik now wants fourth and has it from Doug Coby on lap 72.  Coby is fifth with Preexe sixth.  
4:25
Glenn Tyler returned to the track, but is now pitting under green again. 
4:25
Chuck Hossfeld was hammering hard on the rear bumper of Todd Szegedy for seventh. 
4:24
Lap 70:  Silk to second with a dive-bomb move around Pennink in turn three.
4:24
The current top three (Christopher, Pennink and Silk) all run regularly in the Sunoco Modified division here at Thompson. 
4:24
Silk to the bottom of Pennink in turn three of lap 69, but could not make it stick. 
4:23
Doug Coby is on a mission on the inside groove as he tried to get by Pennink, but in the process lost third to Ron Silk. 
4:23
Glenn Tyler is slow on the track. He is now pulling down pit road under green. 
4:23
GREEN FLAG Lap 66:  Leader Ted Christopher chose the inside groove with Pennink on his outside.  They drag-raced into one before Christopher took the lead back. 
4:23
Woody Pitkat’s King Racing team have made repairs and he is headed back onto the track, many laps down. 
4:22
Just outside the top ten currently are Eric Beers, Chuck Hossfeld, Richard Savary, Eric Goodale, Justin Bonsginore, Jamie Tomaino and George Brunnhoelzl, III. 
4:21
Sixth through tenth currently are Ron Silk, Erick Rudolph, Ryan Preece, Bobby Santos and Todd Szegedy. 
4:21
Civali, Reen, Heagy, Yuhas and Dupuis also take to pit road.  
4:20
Ted Christopher is staying out on the track and will lead over Rowan Pennink, Eddie Flemke, Doug Coby and Mike Stefanik. 
4:20
Eric Berndt is pitting from second under caution.  So is Burt Myers.
4:18
YELLOW FLAG Lap 60:  Jimmy Blewett has smacked the turn one wall.
4:18
Eric Goodale just dive-bombed Justin Bonsignore going into turn three. Thse two have been racing hard and could be a future caution is they keeping driving this hard. 
4:18
Berndt and Christopher have a six-carlength lead on Pennink, who sees a wild battle between Flemke, Coby, Stefanik and Silk in his rear-view.
4:17
Justin Bonsignore and Eric Goodale have also made contact a few times while battling outside the top 15. 
4:17
Lap 55:  Berndt leads Christopher, Pennink, Flemke, Coby, Myers, Rudolph, Stefanik, Silk, Blewett, Preece and Santos.
4:17
Deep in the field, Glen Reen and Ron Yuhas banged wheels battling for a spot outside the top 15. 
4:16
Lap 53:  Berndt gets under Christopher and runs him into the top groove once again to take the lead.
4:16
Mike Stefanik is already back into the top ten after his pit stop. 
4:15
GREEN FLAG:  Lap 51 – Christopher got a strong jump on the high groove and clears Berndt into one.  Pennink runs third with Flemke fourth.  
4:15
Glen Reen got off pit road just in time for the green flag. 
4:14
Glen Reen is back on pit road. 
4:14
Christopher will choose the outside groove on the restart, with Berndt on the inside.  
4:14
Gary McDonald is the lucky dog and will make up a lap. 
4:14
Right side-tire changes for the pitting cars.  Off pit road:  Stefanik, Silk, Santos, Savary, Szegedy, Beers, Tomaino, Hossfeld 
4:13
Sixth through tenth are currently Jimmy Blewett, Ryan Preece, Burt Myers, Erick Rudolph and Renee Dupuis. 
4:13
The top five will now be Ted Christopher, Eric Berndt, Rowan Pennink, Eddie Flemke and Doug Coby 
4:13
Pit Stops:  Stefanik, Silk, Santos, Szegedy, Beers, Brunnhoelzl and more are on pit road.  Christopher remained on the track.
4:12
Woody Pitkat is now going behind the wall. 
4:11
YELLOW FLAG Lap 46:  Glenn Tyler has spun in turn three.  He hit the outside wall, but drove away. 
4:11
The rear end of Pitkat’s #28 is being jacked up and the team, as well as a NASCAR Official, are looking at it. 
4:11
Lap 45:  Stefanik put a nose underneath Christopher off turn four, but TC slammed the door.
4:11
Woody Pitkat is pitting under green. 
4:10
Eric Beers and Todd Szegedy are now battling hard for the tenth spot. 
4:10
Christopher and Stefanik run one-two, with Silk now about six carlengths behind them in third.  Berndt has gotten by Pennink for fourth, while Santos runs sixth. 
4:10
There is some slight smoke coming from the rear of Woody Pitkat’s #28. 
4:10
The slide job by Christopher cost Berndt a few spots, dropping him to fifth.  Stefanik now fills up the leader’s rear-view mirror.
4:09
Doug Coby just got turned sideways by Eric Beers in a battle for tenth. Both cars kept going without further incident. 
4:08
Berndt is fighting babck and jumps inside Christopher, running him almost into the wall in turn two to take the lead back.  The very next lap, Christopher pulled the same move on Berndt to take the lead.
4:08
Wade Cole is still on pit road. 
4:08
Ron Yuhas also pitted under caution and got out just before the green flag. 
4:08
GREEN FLAG Lap 35:  Berndt chose the outside groove, but Christopher slid up in front of him between the first and second turns to lead. 
4:07
Just outside the top 15 currently are Goodale, Pallai, Bonsignore and Tomaino. 
4:06
Rob Summers has retired from the race with suspension issues.
4:06
Glen Reen, Glenn Tyler, James Civali and Ken Heagy have pitted. 
4:06
11th-15th are Myers, Beers, Preece, Coby and Hossfeld. 
4:06
Top-10 as they run:  Berndt, Christopher, Santos, Stefanik, Pennink, Silk, Blewett, Flemke, Brunnhoelzl and Szegedy. 
4:05
Renee Dupuis also drove away. 
4:05
YELLOW FLAG:  Lap 31.  Gary McDonald and Renee Dupuis have spun in turn three.  McDonald slapped the wall, but has moved onto pit road. 
4:04
Wade Cole had come back onto the track, but has pitted under green again. 
4:04
James Civali has lost several positions.  He has fallen back from the top-10 to 18th spot.  
4:03
The top-three run nose-to-tail up front, while fourth-place Stefanik is about three carlengths behind them.  
4:02
Lap 25:  Berndt leads Christopher, Santos, Stefanik, Pennink, Silk, Flemke, Blewett, Brunnhoelzl, Szegedy and Myers. 
4:02
Christopher has moved by Santos into second and stalks Berndt. 
4:01
GREEN FLAG:  Berndt gets a good jump and has Santos cleared for the lead.
4:00
All four of the title contenders run in the top-five. 
3:59
The restart has been scrubbed off…one more lap until the restart. 
3:59
The WMT features double-file restarts in which the leader can choose the inside or the outside groove.  Santos will start on the inside, with Berndt on the outside.
3:59
One lap to green.  We will go back to green at lap 19 
3:58
Preece shows in 18th position. 
3:58
Comment From Jeff 

How is Ryan Preece doing coming from the back ? 

3:58
George Brunnhoelzl III required a push-start to get refired after the red flag. 
3:57
Engines have re-fired and we’re back under yellow.  Rudolph has been sent to pit road.
3:55
Now, the officials have stopped and gathered around Erick Rudolph’s #98.  
3:55
NASCAR Officials are going from car-to-car as the field is stopped ont he backstretch, trying to find out which car has been leaking the oil.
3:54
Comment From ISMA FAN 

thank you speed 51 great coverage 

3:53
We wouldn’t miss that race for the world. 
3:53
Comment From kevin 

is speed51 covering the North South Shootout? 

3:53
Eric Berndt shows the way early. (51 Photo)
3:52
Santos and Berndt lead the field to green. (51 Photo)
3:52
The red flag is now out for fluid on the track. 
3:51
The cars come to green at Thompson. (51 Photo)
3:51
Bobby Santos, III has reported that his car is just a little bit tight so far. 
3:50
Restart order will be Berndt, Santos, Stefanik, Christopher, Silk, Pennink, Blewett, Flemke, Civali, Brunnohelzl, Beers, Szegedy, Rudolph and Myers 
3:49
Richard Savary, Glen Reen and Woody Pitkat all took to pit road under caution 
3:46
Wade Cole spun into the turn three wall and appears to have made light contact. He has driven away and behind the wall. 
3:46
The caution is out at lap eight for a spin by Wade Cole in turn three. 
3:45
At lap eight, Bobby Santos has closed to within one car length of the lead. 
3:45
The top five remains unchanged. Rowan Pennink is running sixth and is followed by Jimmy Blewett, Eddie Flemke, James Civali and George Brunnhoelzl, III. 
3:44
Eric Berndt currently has a three car length lead over Bobby Santos, III. 
3:44
We are now up to lap three and so far the race has been clean and green. 
3:43
Ted Christopher and Ron Silk are fourth and fifth. 
3:43
Bobby Santos, III and Mike Stefanik are running second and third. 
3:43
Eric Berndt leads lap one. 
3:43
Eric Berndt leads into turn one. 
3:43
Green flag. 
3:42
The pace car is off. 
3:41
No cars will be going to the back of the field today. It appears that all of the drivers made it to the drivers’ meeting and autograph session as they were supposed to. 
3:40
Comment From Jeff from Germannton ,N.C 

Thanks for the coverage and Good luck to Burt Myers and Mike Stefanick 

3:39
The engines have fired and pace laps are about to begin. 
3:39
Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon, wife of WWE Wrestling founder Vince McMahon, is campaigning to the crowd before giving the command to fire engines. 
3:36
Driver intros are just about done.  
3:34
SUNOCO WORLD SERIES NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR STARTING LINEUP
(Shown with qualifying speeds: Top-six qualifiers re-drew for starting position)
1 Bobby Santos III 18.709
2 Eric Berndt 18.885
3 Ted Christopher 18.846
4 Mike Stefanik 18.981
5 Rowan Pennink 18.997
6 Ron Silk 18.994
7 Jimmy Blewett
8 Ed Flemke, Jr. 19.017
9 James Civali 19.021
10 George Brunnhoelzl III 19.033
11 Woody Pitkat 19.041
12 Eric Beers 19.041
13 Erick Rudolph 19.051
14 Burt Myers 19.051
15 Todd Szegedy 19.063
16 Richard Savary 19.073
17 Eric Goodale 19.074
18 Doug Coby 19.084
19 Justin Bonsignore 19.091
20 Ron Yuhas, Jr. 19.097
21 Chuck Hossfeld 19.106
22 Renee Dupuis 19.106
23 Rob Summers 19.125
24 Glen Reen 19.132
25 Ken Heagy 19.163
26 Glenn Tyler 19.181
27 Jamie Tomaino 19.212
28 Ryan Preece 19.287 (provisional)
29 Richie Pallai, Jr. 19.396 (provisional)
30 Wade Cole 19.323 (provisional)
31 Gary McDonald 19.713 (provisional)
32 Jake Marosz 19.621 (provisional)
3:33
Ryan Preece fought “Ole Blue” in qualifying and will have to start from 28th today. (51 Photo)
3:33
A few drivers are celebrating milestones today at Thompson. Wade Cole will be making his 250th career NASCAR Modified Tour start while Doug Coby, a young pup by comparison, is making his 100th career start. 
3:33
Comment From Winston Salem NC 

Burt Myers wins and Mike Stefanik takes the championship 

3:30
Jamie Tomaino gives a wave before firing engines. (51 Photo)
3:29
Comment From Concord, NC 

Would love to see the title come back to the South 

3:29
Comment From Guest 

go burt myers 

3:29
Comment From ISMA FAN 

Christopher wins the race Santos is Champ 

3:23
The WMT cars are lined up on the frontstretch.  Driver introductions will be done with the drivers strapped into their cars.  We’re just a few minutes away from the start of today’s 150-lapper.
3:18
Comment From Norwood Arena Fan 

Bobby Santos is My Pick GOOOO BOBBY 

3:17
Comment From N Platte, Neb. 

The 16 

3:16
Who do you think will win today’s World Series season finale here at Thompson?  How about the 2010 Championship?  Let us know via the “Comments” section at the bottom of the Trackside Now window.
3:15
Comment From rusticrick 

I’m too old and cold to be there !!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the GREAT JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

3:11
DRIVER Points Wins T5 T10 DNF Laps Led Races Led At TIS
Bobby Santos 2,030 4 9 10 2 217 9 1st, 3rd
Mike Stefanik 1,993 0 9 11 0 60 4 3rd, 5th
Ron Silk 1,931 0 8 9 2 110 7 8th, 2nd
Ted Christopher 1,917 3 7 8 2 367 7 4th, 1st
3:10
Just 37 points separate 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point leader Bobby Santos from second-place Mike Stefanik going into this weekend’s season finale. Santos won the WMT season opener at Thompson in April.

In the previous two seasons, the driver with the lead coming into the World Series has held on to the point lead and became the champion.

Santos will start on the pole, while Christopher, Stefanik and Silk will start third, fourth and sixth, respectively. 

3:09
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event is next. 
3:08
Comment From BOBBY 

THANK YOU . YOU HAVE THE BEST COVERAGE. AND MOST UP TO DATE. WITH THE RACE. 

3:07
Unofficially, Russ Wood won the 2010 ISMA Supermodified championship. It will be the seventh one of his career. 
3:06
Rob Summers placed second, Jeff Locke finished third and Russ Wood finished fourth. 
3:06
Chris Perley has won the ISMA Supermodified feature. 
3:06
The lapped car of Eddie Witkum, Jr. got in the way of Rob Summers and he lost a lot of ground. 
3:05
Rob Summers has almost caught Chris Perley with two laps to go. 
3:05
Craig Rayvals is having his car pushed into the infield. His day is done. 
3:04
Rob Summers is actually catching leader Chris Perley. There are four laps to go. 
3:04
Rob Summers has passed Russ Wood for second and is pulling away. 
3:03
Chris Perley has a lead of nearly a full straightaway. 
3:03
With nine laps to go, teammates Russ Wood and Rob Summers are racing each other hard for second place. 
3:02
Comment From North Platte, NE 

LOVE YOUR MOD COVERAGE 

3:01
Restart – Chris Perley still leads. 
2:58
The caution is out at lap 33 for the slow car of Dave Duggan. 
2:57
Chris Perley still leads teammates Russ Wood and Rob Summers. 
2:56
We are now at lap 30 of 50 in the ISMA Supermodified feature. 
2:54
Chris Perley is pulling away from Russ Wood. 
2:54
Restart – Chris Perley still leads. 
2:52
Ted Christopher’s car has now been pushed behind the pit wall. 
2:51
With the caution, we do not think that Ted Christopher has lost a lap yet. His team is looking over the #61 car on pit road. 
2:50
The caution is out for the stopped car of Mark Sammut. We are at lap 22. 
2:50
Ted Christopher is off the pace and pulling into the pits. 
2:49
We are now at lap 20. 
2:49
Ted Christopher has dropped back through the field. 
2:48
Chris Perley has now taken the lead. 
2:47
Restart – Russ Wood continues to lead. 
2:47
We are stuck at lap 14 of 50 in the ISMA Supermodified feature. 
2:47
Currently, Russ Wood leads Jeff Locke, Ted Christopher, Chris Perley and Rob Summers. 
2:46
Eddie Whitkum, Jr. is being towed back to pit road while the other cars were pushed away. 
2:44
Joey Scanlon, Eddie Whitkum and Pat Lavery were involved in that incident. 
2:42
Caution – Incident in turn three. 
2:42
Restart – Russ Wood leads. 
2:41
The car involved in that spin was the #50 of David Gruel. 
2:39
Danny Lane is coming down pit road under caution. 
2:38
The caution is out for a spin in turn three. We have reverted back to lap 14. 
2:38
Russ Wood continues to lead at lap 15. 
2:38
Chris Perley is now working Ted Christopher for the third position. 
2:37
Ted Christopher is two-for-two in his ISMA Supermodified racing career having won both previous races that he entered here and at Berlin Raceway (MI). 
2:36
We are now at lap 10. 
2:36
Rick Wentworth has pulled down pit road. 
2:36
Ted Christopher is now up to third. 
2:35
Bobby Haynes, Jr. is off the pace with his #44 Super. 
2:35
Russ Wood has taken the elad at lap five. 
2:35
Restart – Jeff Locke continues to lead. 
2:34
ISMA Supers in front of the picturesque fall foliage in the Northeast corner of Connecticut. (51 Photo)
2:33
The start of the ISMA Supermodified feature. (51 Photo)
2:33
Bob Magner’s car is being towed back to the infield pit area with heavy front suspension damage. 
2:32
This will likely be a lengthy caution period. 
2:32
A total of five wreckers are working to clean up the carnage in turn one. 
2:31
It appears that all of the drivers involved are okay. 
2:31
Bob Magner is also involved. 
2:31
Ben Seitz is one of the three drivers involved in the wreck. 
2:30
The caution is out for on lap four for a multi-car wreck in turn one. 
2:30
Jeff Locke is a New Hampshire native who moved up to the ISMA tour from small-block Supermodifieds. He is also a former crew member for the old #60 NASCAR Cup Series team owned by Joe Bessey. 
2:29
Russ Wood is now up to second. 
2:29
Jeff Locke maintained his lead on the restart. 
2:28
Jeff Locke currently leads Dave Duggan. 
2:27
The caution has come out on lap two for a spin by Eric Emhoff in turn four. 
2:27
The Supermodified event will be 50 laps in length. 
2:27
Jeff Locke is the early leader of the Supermodified race. 
2:26
Over 20 big-block Supermodifieds have taken the green flag and are thundering around Thompson. 
2:26
Canadian Craig Rayvals is starting on the pole for the ISMA Supermodified race. 
2:25
Pace laps are now underway for the ISMA Supermodifieds. 
2:24
Comment From Guest 

Place looks great 

2:22
Here is the finish of the NEMA Midget feature:

1. Randy Cabral
2. Cole Carter
3. Russ Stoehr
4. Adam Cantor
5. Greg Stoehr
6. Jim Miller
7. Mike Horn
8. John Zych, Jr.
9. Erica Santos
10. Anthony Marvuglio
11. Lee Bundy
12. Keith Bothelo
13. Larson Fornoro
14. Paul Luggelle
15. Paul Scally
16. Chris Deritis
17. Brian Cleveland 

2:21
The frontstretch grandstand crowd looking towards turn one. (51 Photo)
2:21
Today’s crowd looking back towards turn four. (51 Photo)
2:15
The ISMA Supermodifieds are lining up on the backstretch.  They do not have starters, so they each have to get push-started before we can get rolling.
2:10
Today’s event will be shown on the Versus network this Wednesday night at 8pm ET. 
2:10
Comment From Dave C 

Is this race part of the Versus package to be televised? 

2:09
Comment From Norwood Arena Fan 

WTG Russ Stoehr 2010 NEMA CHAMPION 

2:07
Comment From Fred 

Enjoying your great coverage from the home of Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem, NC 

2:02
Russ Stoehr is the 2010 NEMA Midget champion. 
2:00
There are several tours here today, but the True Value Modified Racing Series is not one of them. They are in action up at New Hampshire’s Twin State Speedway. 
1:59
Comment From Guest 

look for cov. on true value tour 

1:58
The top five finishers of the NEMA Midget race were Randy Cabral, Cole Carter, Russ Stoehr, Adam Cantor and Greg Stoehr. 
1:57
Randy Cabral has won the NEMA Midget feature. 
1:57
The “real” #7NY of Adam Cantor has just passed the fill-in #7NY/#3M of Jim Miller for fourth place. 
1:56
Randy Cabral still leads. 
1:56
We are now at lap 20 of 25 in the NEMA Midget feature. 
1:55
Comment From Keith 

As far as Southern tour… Drivers were told preface that top 2 would have engines and shocks taken. Nothing to do with who was involved. 

1:55
Comment From Dave C 

Having been to many of them, now living down south…it is awesome to be able to “be there”…thanks 

1:54
Randy Cabral is now back into the lead. 
1:53
Cole Carter has taken the lead on the restart. 
1:53
Comment From chris 

Thanks for such great coverage.. 

1:53
Currently, Randy Cabral leads Cole Carter, Jim Miller and point leader Russ Stoehr under caution at lap 12. 
1:53
Comment From Guest 

Thanks from WSMT land. Hope to be in New England next year for World series of Racing, thanks for the great coverage! 

1:52
The real Adam Cantor is in sixth position.
1:52
Another correction – even though the third place car is numbered #7NY on its wing, it is not actually the #7NY. It is the #3M of Jim Miller. After Miller’s wing was damaged yesterday in practice, the team borrowed another wing from Cantor’s team. 
1:49
Adam Cantor is now up to second place. 
1:49
Randy Cabral is pulling away from the field at lap four. 
1:48
Randy Cabral is now leading. 
1:48
The green flag is back out and Paul Scally leads. 
1:47
A slight correction – the #25 Midget is owned by Russ Stoehr, but he’s not the driver. The NEMA Roster that we are working off of lists the car owner, but not all of the drivers and we weren’t used to that layout. 
1:46
Brian Cleveland’s car is being towed off the track by two wreckers. 
1:44
All drivers are okay. 
1:44
Adam Cantor and Russ Stoehr were among those involved in the wreck. 
1:43
On the first lap of the NEMA feature, there was a multi-car wreck in turn four. 
1:42
The NEMA feature will be 30 laps in length. 
1:42
The green flag is out for the NEMA Midget feature. 
1:41
Results are always unofficial until Tuesdays following a race, as per NASCAR rules.  But, NASCAR PR did not use the term “unofficial” in describing Burt Myers as its champion in any of their press releases after the Charlotte event, so we are of the belief that all is well in WSMT land.

Myers’ and second-place finishing Tim Brown both had their engines and shocks taken back to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, NC for further dyno testing after the race.  That does not infer that there was necessarily an issue, just that further research on the performance numbers on those parts. 

1:41
Comment From Guest 

Has anything became official on the southern tour championship ? 

1:37
We also caught up with David Hill, crew chief of James Civali’s #79 Coors Light-sponsored car.  Hill mentioned that he was so focused on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship event last Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that he accidentally forgot to put in rear-end grease on the team’s Thompson car.  Civali only got six laps of practice Saturday because of the issues.
Hill said that he and his driver are confident that they have a strong car for the feature. 
1:34
We caught up with WMT title contender Ted Christopher in the pit area a little bit ago.  His strategy today?  As he joked to one of his crew members, “I’m going to go like hell by lap two or I’ll be pitting by lap three.”
1:33
The field of WMT cars lined up on the back pit access road for the 150-lap feature later in the day. (51 Photo)
1:32
The NEMA Midget feature is up next. 
1:32
The full-fendered action from the World Series is complete with the Late Model and Super Late Model races already in the record books.

But, for you full-fendered racing fans who also want to check out some Super Late Model action today, stick around for the rest of the World Series action and click here for Speed51.com’s live Trackside Now coverage of the historic Winchester 400 from Winchester Speedway (IN).  That race will also be broadcast on RaceTalkRadio.com as a Speed 51 Radio presentation later today. 

1:31
The #12 Sunoco Modified that Ron Silk just won with is currently for sale by owner Eddie Partidge, as the TS Hauler team considers just focusing on their NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour program for the 2011 season. 
1:31
Ron Silk – “We found something here in the last weekly race and they car drove great this weekend since we unloaded it. Hopefully, we’ll try and do the same thing in the Tour race later on.” 
1:30
The top nine finishers of the Sunoco Modified race Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, Keith Rocco, Danny Cates, Tim Sullivan, Tim Solomito, Rowan Pennink and Andy Gasper. 
1:28
Ron Silk has won the Sunoco Modified feature. 
1:27
Keith Rocco has passed Danny Cates for fourth. 
1:27
The top five are now single file with two laps to go. 
1:27
Ryan Preece is now up to third. 
1:27
Ryan Preece is all over Danny Cates for third. 
1:26
Restart – Ron Silk maintains his lead. 
1:26
Right now, Ron Silk leads Ted Christopher, Danny Cates, Ryan Preece, Keith Rocco, Tim Sullivan, Tim Solomito, Andy Gasper and Glenn Griswold. 
1:24
Comment From Tony 

Go Preece! 

1:24
Comment From Tim S 

T C is a BAD man 

1:24
We are now under caution at lap 25 for a spin by David Mc Iiroy on the backstretch. 
1:23
Ted Christopher is now running second. 
1:23
Keith Rocco and Rowan Pennink have made contact with each other while battling for the fifth position. Both have kept going. 
1:22
Comment From Guest 

go silk 

1:22
Bill Boudreau, Jr. has gone a lap down. 
1:21
We are now at lap 20 and Ron Silk still leads. 
1:21
Ted Christopher is applying heavy pressure to Danny Cates for second place. 
1:18
We are now at lap 11 of the 30-lap Sunoco Modified race. 
1:18
Rick Shawn started fifth, but has been black flagged and is pulling down pit road with his #8 Modified. 
1:17
Shelly Perry has pulled her #76 onto pit road. 
1:17
Ron Silk is now into the lead for the Sunoco Modified feature. 
1:16
True, but with a few minor changes the same car can be run at all three tracks. 
1:16
Comment From Ben 

The Thompson Sunoco Modifieds are slightly different from a Stafford or Waterford SK, mainly different engine, clutch, and tire rules. 

1:16
Bert Marvin is also off the pace, but continues lapping the track. 
1:15
Rick D’Abate is off the pace and coasted back to pit road on the first lap of the Sunoco Modified feature. 
1:15
Danny Cates has led the first lap of the Sunoco Modified feature. 
1:15
There have been 20 Sunoco Modifieds that have answered the call for the green flag. 
1:14
Ryan Preece and Rowan Pennink will start on the second row. 
1:14
Danny Cates and Ron Silk will start on the front row for the Sunoco Modified feature. 
1:13
What is known as a Sunoco Modified at Thompson is also known as an SK Modified at Stafford Motor Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl – although the same car can be run at all three tracks. This type of Modified was born at Stafford and the track has trademarked the name. 
1:12
Hot laps for the Sunoco Modifieds are now underway prior to their 30-lap feature. 
1:11
There is a little bit of a delay between features today as teams need to push their pit boxes in and out of the infield pit road area before and after their features. All haulers are parked outside the track at Thompson. 
1:10
Comment From Norwood Arena Fan 

Go Erica Santos Win the NEMA midget Feature 

1:08
The Sunoco Modifieds are now headed out onto the track for their 30-lap feature event. 
1:07
Comment From Norwood Arena Fan 

Go Bobby Santos Win the NASCAR Modified Championship 

1:07
Tommy O’Sullivan has won the Late Model feature over Ryan Posocco and Woody Pitkat. 
1:01
We are now at lap 10 of the Late Model feature with no changes up front. 
1:01
John Falconi has pulled down pit road while Rob O’Connell has gone down a lap. 
12:59
Tommy O’Sullivan and Ryan Posocco have pulled away from the field. Woody Pitkat is a half straightaway back in third place. 
12:58
Woody Pitkat is currently third in the LM feature. 
12:58
Ryan Posocco currently runs in second place. 
12:58
Tommy O’Sullivan has taken the early lead in the Late Model race. 
12:57
Paul Lallier has got back onto the track just as the green flag came out. Rick Gentes is having his car hooked to the back of a wrecker on pit road. 
12:57
Paul Lallier has also pulled down pit road during pace laps for the Late Models. 
12:55
Hot laps are now underway for the Late Models to get some heat in their tires before their 25-lap feature. 
12:54
Thank you for that update! 
12:54
Comment From Ben 

Jarrod Hayes is in the #09 SLM. 

12:54
Rick Gentes has now pulled down pit road and a race official is slowly looking over the right side of his car. 
12:53
During pace laps for the Late Model feature, Rick Gentes was black-flagged. We do not know a reason for that as there does not appear to be any leakage from his #70 Late Model. 
12:47
Next up will be the Late Model feature, which is scheduled to be 25 laps in length. 
12:46
The top ten finishers of the Super Late Model feature were Rick Fuller, Larry Gelinas, Derek Ramstrom, Jim Banfield, Mike O’Sullivan, Norm Wrenn, Mike Brightman, George Bassette, Greg Nanigian and the driver of the #09 SLM (whose name we do not know). 
12:44
With two laps to go, Rick Fuller leads Larry Gelinas and Derek Ramstrom. 
12:43
With three laps to go, the leaders are all single file. 
12:42
The leaders are now single file again at lap 23. 
12:40
Derek Ramstrom has closed up to the rear bumper of second-place driver Larry Gelinas. 
12:38
George “Mad Dog” Bessette has spun his #15 SLM in turn one to bring out the caution on lap 17. 
12:36
Larry Gelinas is also a well-known name to short track fans. He has won the Oxford 250 and also has competed in PASS North, ACT and what is now known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ranks. 
12:35
Rick Fuller still leads Jim Banifield, Derek Ramstrom, Larry Gelinas and Mike O’Sullivan. 
12:35
The top four cars are all single file at lap eight of the SLM feature. 
12:34
Rey Lovelace has parked his SLM on pit road after being involved in an incident deep in the field on the initial start of the SLM feature. 
12:34
Rick Fuller maintained his lead on the latest restart. 
12:34
Third-place runner Derek Ramstrom is a name familar to short track racing fans nationwide. Ramstrom has won the last two SLM track championship at Thompson and competes part-time on the PASS North, and occasionally PASS South, tours as well. Ramstrom has also run a number of NASCAR East Series events and won a PASS Outlaw LM champion in his career – and he is still just a teenager. 
12:32
Rick Fuller currently leads Jim Banifield and Derek Ramstrom in the SLM feature under caution at lap four. 
12:31
Steve Desmarais has spun his #6 into the turn three wall on lap four of the SLM feature. Desmarais has driven away with left side body damage to his car. 
12:30
The Super Late Models are now on track for their feature. There was a caution on the first attempt at a start after a few cars deep in the field tangled. The second attempt was cleaner as former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Rick Fuller has maintained the lead. 
12:22
It looks like the feature races are rolling off early today. Racing was scheduled to start at 1:30pm, but the Super Late Model feature are now rolling out onto the track. 
12:20
Historic Modified events such as the World Series at Thompson bring out many long-time Modified fans, including this fan of the late, legendary Charlie Jarzombek. (51 Photo)
12:19
The NEMA Midgets are now exiting the track surface. 
12:19
The parking lots are also filling up here at Thompson. Campers are all over the speedway grounds and a secondary parking lot for cars and trucks has been put into use on the grounds of the adjacent Raceway Golf Course as well. 
12:18
Even though actual feature races aren’t starting for another hour, the stands are filling in very nicely – in fact, seats along most of the frontstretch are already filled up. Fans paid $50 for a weekend admission ticket to attend the World Series. 
12:16
One driver who has gone on from his Modified roots to win races in all three of NASCAR’s “major” tours in here as a spectator this weekend. Long Island native Steve Park flew up to New England yesterday to take in the weekend of racing action and has been visiting with old friends in the pit area. 
12:15
Fans who may be running late to come to Thompson today, you will have a chance to meet and great the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers during an autograph session at 2pm on the midway behind the main grandstands. 
12:14
NEMA Midgets are now being push started to have a little bit of warm-up time on the track today. 
12:14
Erick Rudolph, driver of the #98 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour entry, keep busy racing on the dirt last weekend when the WMT had a bye week on their schedule. Rudolph competed in the Super Dirt Week Mr. DIRTcar Series 358-Modified event Brewerton Speedway (NY) in the HBR No. 98H dirt modified. He started 25th and worked his way up to the 12th position. He was involved in an incident that relegated him to a 22nd-place finish. 
12:13
The Northeastern Midget Association champions will be crowned at Thompson Speedway’s World Series. Russ Stoehr and the Dumo’s Desire team take a 50-point edge on Randy Cabral and Bertrand Motorsports into the scheduled 25-lap feature that will bring NEMA’s 58th season to a close.

Both Cabral and Stoehr know their way around the ultra quick five-eighths oval. Cabral has eight Thompson wins including three World Series and a one earlier this year. His and owner Tim Bertrand’s 2008 and 2009 titles were secured at the World Series.

Second earlier this season, Stoehr has written much NEMA/World Series history, his battle with brother Greg in 1990 and with teammate Joey Payne Jr. in 2000 now folklore. He has won three times at Thompson including the ’94 World Series. 

12:12
SUNOCO WORLD SERIES NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR STARTING LINEUP
(Shown with qualifying speeds: Top-six qualifiers re-drew for starting position)
1 Bobby Santos III 18.709
2 Eric Berndt 18.885
3 Ted Christopher 18.846
4 Mike Stefanik 18.981
5 Rowan Pennink 18.997
6 Ron Silk 18.994
7 Jimmy Blewett
8 Ed Flemke, Jr. 19.017
9 James Civali 19.021
10 George Brunnhoelzl III 19.033
11 Woody Pitkat 19.041
12 Eric Beers 19.041
13 Erick Rudolph 19.051
14 Burt Myers 19.051
15 Todd Szegedy 19.063
16 Richard Savary 19.073
17 Eric Goodale 19.074
18 Doug Coby 19.084
19 Justin Bonsignore 19.091
20 Ron Yuhas, Jr. 19.097
21 Chuck Hossfeld 19.106
22 Renee Dupuis 19.106
23 Rob Summers 19.125
24 Glen Reen 19.132
25 Ken Heagy 19.163
26 Glenn Tyler 19.181
27 Jamie Tomaino 19.212
28 Ryan Preece 19.287 (provisional)
29 Richie Pallai, Jr. 19.396 (provisional)
30 Wade Cole 19.323 (provisional)
31 Gary McDonald 19.713 (provisional)
32 Jake Marosz 19.621 (provisional)
12:11
Saturday at Thompson, Bobby Santos, III, the Whelen Modified Tour point leader, set fast time for today’s WMT 150-lap event.  To his luck, he also re-drew the #1 pill and will start first.

The top-six qualifiers, Santos, Ted Christopher, Eric Berndt, Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk and Rowan Pennink, re-drew for their starting spots. 

12:09
2010 NASCAR Whelen Sothern Modified Tour Champion Burt Myers will start 14th today here at Thompson. His t-shirt tent has been a busy place here in the TIS pit area this morning.
12:07
As the ISMA Supermodifeds take hot laps around the 5/8-mile Thompson oval, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship winning car and its driver, Keith Rocco, are set up in the infield with a flock of cameras surrounding it filming a NASCAR Home Tracks television commercial.

Ironically, while Rocco won the National Championship driving here at Thompson, as well as at Stafford and Waterford in Connecticut on a weekly basis, Rocco is filming the commercial with his #88 Stafford car here at Thompson. 

12:04
SUNDAY SCHEDULE

8:00 – Pit Gate Opens
9:00 – Grandstands Open
12:00 – RACING STARTS
(fire engines for Super Modifieds)
(fire engines for NEMA Midgets)

FEATURES:
Super Late Models
Late Models
Sunoco Modifieds
NEMA Midgets
ISMA Supers
3:00-3:30 WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR 150 LAP FEATURE
5:45 Est. Time Over

12:03
The rumble of race engines can now be heard over Thompson as the Supermodifieds are being pushed off for pace laps to their brief practice session. 
12:02
Comment From Guest 

should be getting loud there any second… 

12:01
Comment From Guest 

looking forward to spending the afternoon at Thompson, the only way I can…thanks fo the coverage 

12:01
Point leader and pole winner Bobby Santos’ team gets their car ready for battle on a beautiful Fall morning at Thompson. (51 Photo)
12:00
There were several feature races held last night as part of World Series weekend.
The 37th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing officially got underway on Saturday Night at Thompson International Speedway. Rain on Friday set the stage for an action packed night of racing for World Series Saturday. A grand total of nine feature events hit the Speedway. Mini Stockers Mike Viens of Seekonk, MA, was the first to take the checkers to open feature event festivities. Rob Richardi, Jr. of N. Easton, MA, was tops in the Pro-Four Modifieds.

Al Stone of New Haven, CT led every lap en route to the victory in the Limited Sportsman feature event. Joey Cipriano of Waterbury, CT bested the field in the SK Lights. Frank Dumicich, Jr. of East Quoque, NY, was victorious in New England Truck Series. Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, cruised to the checkers in the TIS Modifieds and Joe Kendell of Winchenden, MA, took the victory in a hotly contested Outlaw Mini Stock feature event. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, proved to be the man to beat in the Outlaw Street Stocks and Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, scored the Outlaw Late Model victory in the nightcapper.

11:56
The Canadian and American National Anthems have been sung and engines will fire for the first time today here in moments. 
11:54
During pre-race ceremonies, the 2010 Sonny Richards Memorial award for contributions to the sport of Modified racing, was presented to car owner Bob Garbarino.
11:49
The Supermodifieds and their push vehicles are now lining up on the backstretch, getting ready for hot laps to start at Noon sharp. 
11:48
It is bright and sunny here today at Thompson with hardly a cloud in the sky. It is a little warmer today, with temps in the mid 60’s predicted, and a lot less windy as well. 
11:47
While no race engines on the “big” racecars can be fired until Noon today, there has already been a little on-track activity on the grounds of Thompson International Speedway. The Briggs and Stratton engine of a lone Quarter Midget sounded over the racing surface of the “Little T” quarter midget track located just off turn four of the big track. 
11:42
Good Sunday morning to everyone from Thompson Internatiional Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut. Today, a champion will be crowned in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Trackside Now: World Series of Speedway Racing – Thompson Speedway (CT) – 10/17/10