Rain and Racecars Don't Mix Well in Thompson TVMRS Appearance by Denise DuPont
Seuss Leads When the Showers Hit, But He Might Not Be Back
The second annual Thompson Modified Mania race for the True Value Modified Racing Series began with dark skies and a threat of rain loaming over the track. There’s no telling how the race will end yet though. We’ll have to wait nearly two weeks for that
Rain and racecars didn't mix too well at Thompson. (Bob Ogrodnik Photo)
Chris Pasteryak began the race from the pole with Andy Seuss on his outside. The two young guns fought for the lead when the green flag flew. When Pasteryak got a little squirrelly on the track going into turn one, Seuss took advantage of the situation and jumped to the lead.
Seuss quickly established a several car lengths lead which came to a sudden halt on lap two when rain came down on the asphalt. The yellow flag was thrown and cars continued around the track at a slow pace.
As the rain grew steadier the cars were sent to pit road and covered. Track crews tried to recover the track but there were puddles and small rivers everywhere.
Rain started heavy at Thompson about 4:00 PM and all racing activities for the day were terminated. The race has been tentatively re-scheduled to Saturday September 22nd. An evening race is planned at the current time.
The Seuss team worked some late nights this week to address their ill handling car and it showed during the few opening laps at Thompson.
“This is unfortunate for all my guys because there was a lot of effort that went into making this weekend. Thursday morning we still did not have an engine and our car was cut in half,” said Seuss. “It is just hats off to these guys to getting here and to give me such a good car. I think that I showed it in the heat race, in practice and then again in the feature. We had been taking it easy because it was raining out to get the lead. But it is what it is.”
Andy Seuss won his heat race on Saturday and rocketed to the lead on Sunday. But will he be back for the remainder of the event? (Jim DuPont Photo)
The abrupt pause in the race is a big disappointment for the team, which probably won’t be back for the remainder of the race despite being the race leader. There are more important things than racing to take care of on the make-up date, with Seuss’ older brother and crew member Steve Seuss, Jr. having his wedding on the same evening.
“It is unfortunate at this time that we’re not going to be able to make the make-up,” said Seuss. “But we definitely left our mark here.”
Thompson was very bittersweet for Andy and the #70 Stuart's Automotive sponsored race team.
“We made our mark. I cannot thank these guys or my sponsors enough for sticking with us. The year has been a little bit of a disappointment so far for unfortunate incidents and bad luck. I think that we turned around this week and the only bad luck we had this weekend was the rain. We will put it in the trailer and get ready for Loudon.”
Race awards were given to the six Sunoco Modified guaranteed starters, who were drivers who won or placed highest in a series of qualifying races, prior to the Thompson race activity for the afternoon. The six tracks represented and qualifying winners were: Monadnock (Kirk Alexander), Lee (Less Hinckley), Oxford Plains (Dwight Jarvis), Beech Ridge (Mike Holdridge), Canaan (Jon McKennedy) and Seekonk (Vinnie Annarummo).
Update - It turns out that Seuss will be able to race afte rall. On Monday, Thompson International Speedway officials released this statement and date change:
The completion of the Sunoco Modified Mania Program has been set for Sunday, September 23rd. Rain forced track officials to look for a date that was compatible for all concerned. Following lengthy discussions the day after the rain out, the new race day was set to be the afternoon of Sunday, September 23rd.
Four of the six-divisions in competition for Sunoco Modified Mania were able to complete their events. But, shortly after the True Value Modifieds hit the track, the skies opened, the rains came and everything was brought to a stop. That left the True Value Modifieds and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ducking for cover and looking for a date to complete their portion of the Sunoco Modified Mania program.
Grandstands will open at 11:30 AM on Sunday, September 23rd. Racecars from these two divisions will be allowed to practice until 2 PM. The True Value Modified feature event will pick up with two laps complete at 2:15 PM and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will run their entire 150-lap main event at about 3:30 PM.
Race fans are urged to hold on to their tickets or pit passes. Both will be honored as rain checks on the 23rd. However, anyone who was not able to attend the original event will be able to purchase a ticket to watch these two exciting touring divisions at a huge discount. Adult tickets will be priced at only $25.00 and any youngsters age 14 and under will be admitted absolutely free. It’s a great family entertainment value and tickets will be available on race day.
The entire day’s schedule may be found on the Thompson Speedway web page which is www.thompsonspeedway.com Anyone seeking additional information may contact the Thompson International Speedway track office at 860-923-2280.