WATCH LIVE: Outlaw Open Modifieds at Thompson
Of those expected to attend, two Connecticut drivers will have a shot to double-up at ‘The Big T’ in the Open Modifieds on the season. Keith Rocco is attempting to show the same performance he had in June, while Ronnie Williams is looking to go back-to-back following his win in August.
That same win is the only one that Williams and Gary Casella owned Roscoe Racing have combined for to date in 2021. But, they have always been in the mix for nearly every race they have entered, including the two races at Thompson previous to their August win.
We’re always fast with Gary’s 25, those guys bring me a great racecar every single time. It’s just about being in the right position in the end, and having the car to beat at the end. It’s been about tweaking with adjustments on the pitstops, we wouldn’t adjust enough or maybe we’d go too far. Last time, we weren’t good at the beginning of the race, but Gary made some great changes on the pitstop. – Ronnie Williams
With tire changes being a part of the strategy for the Thompson Open Outlaw races, fast pit stops mixed with smart adjustments have been critical for all race teams throughout the year at the Northeast Connecticut oval.
Throughout the season, Williams has split his time in Tour-type Modified racing between the No. 25 team and the No. 50 Adam Skowyra owned team. The 50 camp has put a particular focus on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, where live pitstops are key at many races. For Williams, he has also had the benefit of their experience at Thompson while wheeling the red 25.
“Nice thing about the Skowyra 50 team and the Casella 25 team being close is that we bring in some of the 50 guys. The 50 guys practice their pitstops a lot, they just blend right with the guys from Gary’s team that are going over the wall. The 50 team has been amazing with pit stops, like we saw down in Richmond, and it carries over to being great on Wednesday nights.”
The over-the-wall support has helped Williams to shine this summer at Thompson, where the competition has been intense throughout each event, with top talented drivers making up making up the majority of more compact fields.
“Quality over quantity for these Thompson races right now. You got the top guys that have been racing at Thompson a long time showing up. I know we got some guys coming Wednesday to get ready for the 300. We’re in a good spot against all of them, we just need to execute like we have normally been doing.”
Wednesday’s Tripoint Showdown will also be the penultimate oval event at Thompson for the season, with the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing closing things out October 8-10. The weekend will also feature the return of the highly anticipated Thompson 300, which will be run as a one day event on Sunday, October 10.
Some teams are using not only this Wednesday, but all the Wednesday events this season to get ready for the $20,000-to-win race. Williams however is one driver not tying the two together.
“I worry about things one week at a time. It’s just going to be a long race, big thing is going to be the car holding up for all 300 laps. That’s a long time for us and that’s the kind of battle you got to win in the shop.”
Speed51.TV will go live for the Tripoint Showdown presented by Twisted Tea at 6pm ET this Wednesday, September 15.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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