RPW Exclusive: Thompson World Series Sunoco Modified Race Crowns a Winner and a Champion

Story By: BRITTANY NUTILE – THOMPSON, CT – Todd Owen won the Sunoco Modified race on World Series weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. This is Todd Owen’s second win as a driver this weekend winning this and the MRS race last night. He also had a win as an owner with Bryan Narducci winning the Lite modified race on Friday night. Todd started the race seventh and it didn’t take long to get up to the front.

With 14 laps to go Owen got the advantage. Ryan Preece and Owen had a very good battle racing hard and clean all the way to the end of the race.

“That was a fun race, I knew Ryan was hungry to get a win but we are a hungry bunch as well. The car was awesome. It was a dream weekend, got two wins as a driver and one as an owner, couldn’t write a better script”. Todd Owen said in an interview after the race.

Keith Rocco has won the 2018 Sunoco Modified Championship at Thompson Speedway. This is Rocco’s third championship in a row and seventh overall at Thompson. Rocco was running towards the front throughout the beginning of the race then a caution flew for a car that got into the wall in turn two. Meanwhile, in turn three there was a big pileup with many cars and one of them happened to be Keith Rocco.

After this he had too much damage to continue the race.

“We’ve had really good success here, ever since the first time I drove a modified here I fell in love with the place, with the high banks, the speeds and the racing,” Rocco said after the race.

Rocco will be back full time next year in the Sunoco Modified ranks eager to get another championship.

Adam Gada in the 17CT started the race on the pole and finished the race in sixth position. Marcello Rufrano in the 68 and Kyle James in the 16 were battling for the lead for many laps.

There were a few cautions that took out people in the point standings. In the first few laps there was a caution and eventually red flag for a car that hit hard into the turn two wall. Then the next caution was out for the 3 car of Troy Tallman and the No. 02 who, went over the left front tire of the Tallman’s car and that led to the end of Tallman’s day.