Seuss Wins Thompson True Value Mod Event
After Two Rainouts, The Show Goes On
TVMRS PR Report
Andy Seuss of Hampstead, N.H. drove to his first True Value Modified Racing Series win of the season in the Town Fair Tire 75 at Thompson International Speedway. It was the fourth career series victory for Seuss who passed Stephen Masse of Bellingham, Mass. on lap 52 and held off repeated challenges from Masse, Rowan Pennink and eventual runner-up Richard Savary over the final laps.
“That race was pretty wild,” said Seuss. “There was a lot of side by side racing. It's really easy to race here side by side. This is a big win for us at Thompson. ”
Rowan Pennink led the first 35 laps of the event as Seuss worked his way up from the sixth starting position. On a lap 35 restart, Pennink was penalized for jumping the start and placed to the rear. Seuss inherited the lead but lost it on the next restart as Masse was able to power his way past Seuss to the front.
Seuss and Masse waged a spirited duel for the lead. Seuss grabbed the top spot on lap 52 and nine laps later the pair raced side by side down the backstretch with Masse spinning just before the entrance to Turn 3.
On the restart Pennink, who had worked his way back to second, made his bid for the lead and pressured Seuss until he ran out of fuel on lap 68.
Seuss held off Richard Savary on the final restart and led the final 6 laps to claim the victory. Seuss ran out of fuel moments after the race ended.
Series point leader Jon McKennedy retired from the event on lap 35 after an incident in Turn 2. McKennedy now leads the series unofficially with 425 points. Rob Goodenough gained the most ground on McKennedy and now sits unofficially second in the standings with 408 points. Pennink, who entered the event second in the standings, missed a golden opportunity to gain on the leader and now sits third with 399 points.
The next event for New England's premier modified racing series is at Twin State Speedway on Oct 4.
Unofficial results of the True Value Modified Racing Series Town Fair Tire 75 at Thompson International Speedway.
FinishSTARTCAR #DRIVERHOMETOWN 1670Andy SeussHampstead, NH 2221Richard SavaryCanton, MA 4320Ted ChristopherPlainville, CT 51815Chris PasteryakJewett City, CT 693Jeff MalaveManchester, CT 7151Rob GoodenoughSwanzey, NH 81276Shelly PerryWesterly, RI 9119Peter JarvisAscutney, VT 102417Jack BatemanCanaan, NH 111618Eddy SpiersBeacon Falls, CT 12255Jacob DoreSanford, ME 1336Jimmy BlewettCalverton, NY 143196Butch PerryAshway, RI 15125Rowin PenninkHuntingdon Valley, PA 163055Joe DoucetteFramingham, MA 17513Stephen MasseBellingham, MA 182627Kevin IannarelliMaynard, MA 19766Mike StefanikCoventry, RI 201020Doug CobyMilford, CT 21220Mike HoldridgeMadison, CT 221416Ken BarryPreston, CT 232154Dave EtheridgePortland, CT 24198Kurt VigeantOxford, MA 25873Jon McKennedyChelmsford, MA 26176Les HinckleyWindsor Locks, CT 27469Jimmy DolanBethel, CT 282314Anthony SeselyMatawan, NJ 291919Kelly McDougallNorthfield, CT 3011Ken HortonGuilford, CT 312937Jeff ZuidemaN. Brookfield, MA 322723Mike Douglas, Jr.Auburn, NH
10 Caution Periods
Lap Leaders: Rowan Pennink 1-25
Stephen Masse 36-51
Andy Seuss 52-75
Andy Seuss' winning #70 Modified. (Rick Ibsen Photo)
Rowan Pennink (#25) and Stephen Masse (#13) both saw their shots at winning go south at Thompson. (Rick Ibsen Photo)
After two rainouts, there was still a large crowd at Thompson. (Jim Dupont Photo)
Andy Seuss and his team stand in victory lane at Thompson. (Jim Dupont Photo)