Championship weekend at Thompson Speedway
is always loaded with excitement. Over 400 cars filed
the pits for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. For
the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series 16 competitors were on hand
Time trials were sponsored by Exit Realty's Beatrice Associates of Middleton Ma. Long Island's Mark Stewart set fast time at 22.928 seconds. The time was disallowed due to a procedural infraction however notice was served that the 18x was lightening fast. Jim Boyle was awarded the pole and the $250 dollars that went with it for his lap of 22.942 seconds. Corey Coates time trialed in third but also had his time disallowed due to a technical infraction. Second place and the $100 dollar prize that went with it was awarded to the 00 team of Tom Walkowiak. The run was pretty impressive for it was the first time Walkowiak had ever seen the Thompson Speedway. The third time trial spot was awarded to Tony Naglieri and his 03 team. Chase drivers were not included in time trials.
An unexpected story for the race was the weather. As the night wore on, a fog settled over the speedway. The visibility declined rapidly. The ProTruck Series race had to be rescheduled to Sunday.
The 35 lap feature event was lined up and on-track directly after the Whelen Modified Tour event. Jim Boyle's 2 ct led the field to green. The 00 of Long Island's Tom Walkowiak lined up outside. Tom Metcalf lined up third.. Frank Dumicich Sr. lined up fourth. The Chase drivers were all at the back of the field. Coates and Stewart lined up just in front of them.
Boyle jumped out into the lead with Walkowiak directly behind. Boyles truck was dominant, and paced with ease. The action was deep in the field. The truck to watch early was Dumicich. He moved from 9th to 5th in four laps. Meanwhile his other chase competitors were stacked in a fierce battle with Mark Stewart. Stewarts's 18 x made circuit after circuit on the outside while Lindeman's 3 tried to pass low. The 81ny of Corey Coates and the 15jr of Giordano were stacked up waiting for things to sort out. Eventually Coates and Giordano would get through. Lindeman did not get by until the later stages.
Up front Boyle was checked out. Allen Coates chased Boyle but was in need of a yellow to catch the leader. The laps were winding down. One truck that was slowing was the 42ny of Frank Dumicich Jr. The 42 was not handling as it had earlier. Coates and Giordano were closing.
Coates and Dumicich ran side by side for a lap. The side by side racing allowed the 15jr. of Giordano to close. The laps were winding down and Giordano clearly had a much faster truck. The white was unfurled by starter George DeCoster.
Leader Jim Boyle finished his cruise to the win. He was able to get out front early. The track that he felt "owed him one" had paid off the debt. Jim Boyle and the 2ct team were officially the winners of the ProTruck race at this year's Sunoco World Series. Allen Coates never was able to mount a challenge to Boyle. He had to settle for second. Allen's son Corey was hoping for a caution he held on for third.
It was the battle for the Championship that all eyes were
on. Dumicich handling had gone away. Giordano Jr. turned the
15jr. low and worked inside the left rear of the 42. There
was contact. Dumicich made an amazing save and kept the 42
on track and heading for the start finish line.
Corey Coates Scores
The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks
headed to the Waterford Speedbowl with a lot on the line
Saturday evening. Playoff berths were at stake.
A wild card battle needed to be settled. There was also a 35
feature event to win.
The two teams that had the most on the line were the 2ct of Jim Boyle and the 97 of Dave Koenig. If Boyle could pull off the win, he would qualify for one of the four Chase Berths and Josh Stringer would fall back to the Wild Card position. If the 2ct team could not find victory lane, Koenig would be the Wild Card entry and Boyle would be out.
Pole position qualifying would be the first indicator of who had speed. Andy Lindeman set a blistering lap of 16.522 seconds to grab the pole position. Gerard Giordano Jr. was fast as usual and earned the second starting spot. Jim Boyle qualified third while Koenig, his competition for the wild card would have to start way back in eight.
There was an awesome pit party after qualifying. All of the divisions that race at the Speedbowl arranged their race cars on the track. Fans were allowed on track where they had a full hour to mingle with the drivers and crews. Most teams brought treats and drivers had their autograph cards ready. The track was soon cleared and it was race time.
Lindeman lead the field to green. The 3 truck of Lindeman got a great run down the main straight and led easily Most the field settled into line. The 9 of Keith Scalia slowed in between turns 3 and 4 causing the first yellow flag of the evening on lap 7. No cleanup was needed. The field was assembled quickly and back underway on lap 9.
Two trucks were noticeably fast. The 99 of Allen Coates was working his way up from his 7th starting spot while up front Allen's son Corey, in the 81ny was hounding Lindeman. Entering turn 3, Corey nosed under Lindeman. andy tried to turn down and shut the door but it was too late. Corey held his ground and took over the top spot on lap 14. Gerard Giordano Jr. was able to work his way by on lap 17. Meanwhile the senior Coates in the Donleavy 99 was still charging from mid pack.
On lap 18, with a plume of smoke, the 68 of Jeff Karns grenaded his motor. Simultaneously the 15jr was losing a rear end. The field was gathered first under yellow and then under red as the wrecker crew set onto the task of cleaning oil and rear end fluid off o the track surface. There is no better crew than at the Waterford Speedbowl. The track was declared fit for competition and we were back underway.
On the restart, young Coates was able to vault back out front. The elder Coates, in the 99 found a way to move into the runner up spot, but never mounted a serious challenge. Lindeman held on for third. Dangerous Dave Koenig secured his wild card position by working his way to 4th, Duane Noll, in the extended cab Silverado rounded out the top 5. It was another one- two finish for the Coates family in Victory Lane. This time Corey held the spoils of victory For complete results click here: SpeedBowl Results.
The Waterford finish set the stage for the Chase. The series will head to Thompson Speedway to settle the battle for the 2017 Championship as part f the Sunoco World Series.
The Chase has a simple format. The "Wild Card" entry will start last on the field. To be Champion, he must win the race. Otherwise he returns to the points standings for his final yearly standing. If Koenig does not win, then the other four Chase berth holders will fight amongst themselves for the Championship. Whatever way they finish is exactly how they end up in the points. They will start in the back and work their way through the field.
The favorite is clearly Andy Lindeman. He is looking to repeat , and has been lightening fast all year. The 3 looks glued to the track when it runs. He leads everyone as the #1 Seed. Nothing would thrill Lindeman more than an eight Championship
The #2 seed is Gerard Giordano Jr. He finished second both times the series visited Thompson this season. He won at Stafford Speedway's NAPA Fall Final. What might have appeared to be bad luck may have been good as the rear end of the 15jr blew up at the Speed Bowl Saturday night. Better there than the Championship race for sure.
Frank Dumicich Jr. heads to Thompson with confidence. He has been fast at both Thompson races this season. If he had a weak spot, it is that he wears a black hat. The Championship standings are determined by where the Chase teams finish in relationship to each other. Traffic could get between the 42 and the 3. It's no secret that many have had their feathers ruffled by the younger Dumicich. Never the less, the 42 looks like a strong Challenger to win it all at the World Series.
The 4th seed is Josh Stringer. The 2015 Rookie of the Year has a win and has run strong for the entire season. He'll have his work cut out for him chasing down his teammate Lindeman.
Many have expressed concerns for starting the fast guys to the back of the field. Competition director Marshall Hurley is not. "Most tracks handicap and do that weekly. Other than Koenig, these teams do not have to win to be Champion. They will be keeping an eye on each other. The last thing they want is to be put to the rear and have ProTrucks between them and the lead chase truck.
The trucks will have special orange highlights on the rear spoilers and over the windshield identifying that they are Chase competitors. Clearly this has the makings to be the highlight race of the weekend. Less than a week away, the Championship will be decided at Thompson's 55th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. For tickets or additional information call 860-934-2280 or visit the website at www.thompsonspeedway.com
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Giordano Jr. Wins Shirley Lindeman Memorial
The Mr. Rooter Truck Series
headed to Stafford Speedway Saturday to be part of one of
the premier racing events in New England, the NAPA Auto
Parts Fall Final. This year was especially important .
The racing community had lost a legend. The communities
affection for this man could be felt driving through town.
The 13 flag was displayed at the ice cream stand. This Fall
Final was all about Ted Christopher and the retiring of the 13. Each ProTruck carried the number. Every
racer wanted to be part of this event.
Some weather delayed practice as a front moved through. Due to remarkable efforts to get things underway by the Speedway staff, ProTrucks were on track and practicing shortly after noon. The field was remarkably even. The radar gun had five trucks at 100 mph entering turn one. Judging by the radar gun, record times were expected in qualifying.
Andy Lindeman didn't disappoint. He placed the number 3 Stringer Racing Silverado on the pole position with a lap of 21.944 seconds. Jim Boyle, in the 2ct was 2 tenths of a second off Lindeman's pace. The 15jr. of Giordano timed in 3rd fastest. Dangerous Dave Koenig and Josh Stringer rounded out the top five.
It was not long before the field was gridded and ready for 25 laps of green flag action. On the drop of the green the 15jr. of Giordano tried to get his nose under Lindeman but Andy was having none of it and took over the top spot. Giordano settled down and moved under outside pole sitter Boyle to take over the runner up spot. The two leaders pulled away. The early battle was now for third. Coming out of turn two on lap two, Boyle's Silverado seemed to get loose. Koenig tagged Boyle from behind knocking him into the 42 of Frank Dumicich. Dumicich battles for control. The 42 was sideways. It was the save of the year as Frank battled down the back stretch, and through turns 3 and 4 sideways but did not spin. The field continued under green.
Lindeman led lap 4 but was slowing. The right front wheel was tucked awkwardly into the fender well. The 3 moved high through turns one and two to get out of the way of the field. Giordano took over the top spot. Lindeman continued on to the backstretch and eventually spun. Mechanical failure had taken the fastest ProTruck out of competition for the evening as the first caution flew.
For the restart up front it was Giordano with Josh Stringer on the outside. Koenig and Boyle made up row 2. Frank Dumicich and Canestrari followed in row 3. While battling for third entering turn 1 Boyle and Dumicich got together. The contact knocked the 42 high. The 28 took advantage of Dumicich's loss of momentum and moved by. Coming out of turn 4 Alex Canestrari tried to follow. Canestrari's 318 slid up into the back of the 42 sending both trucks spinning to the infield. Both trucks were placed n the rear of the field.
Giordano led the field again to green on lap 7. This time Dangerous Dave was on the outside. Jim Boyle in the 2ct was now 3rd. Both of the leaders ran side by side until coming out of turn 4, where the 15 of Giordano reasserted himself as the leader. Koenig settled into 2nd. Boyle followed along in 3rd. Frank Dumicich Sr. was now 4th. Josh Stinger rounded out the top 5.
The race progressed through the mid stages with the top 3 evenly matched. Josh Stringer was now in control of the 4th spot. Frank Dumicich Jr. Had worked his way trough the field Alex Canestrari spun the 318 and the field was under caution. This set up a restart on lap 16.
Flagman George DeCoster unfurled the green for the front row of Giordano and Koenig. The top 5 completed lap 16 tightly bunched. As they headed into turn one, the 2 of Boyle and the 97 Koenig made contact. Koenig spun however Boyle suffered the worst of the contact. His flat right front ended his chances for the win.
On the lap 17 restart it was a new player up front. Josh Stringer challenged Giordano this time. The two headed down the back stretch with Stringer three quarters of a truck ahead. At the line it was Stringer but Giordano was not done. The next lap was virtually a dead heat at the line. With 5 to go it was still Stringer. Dumicich was now the puppet master. He put the bumper to Giordano, pushing him down the back stretch and back into the lead by a bumper.
Giordano chased his truck a bit going into 3. Stringer made room. This allowed Dumicich to cross back under creating a 3 wide drag race coming to the line with 4 to go. Giordano widely backed out entering turn one. Dumicich took control of the race coming out of turn 2. Giordano and Stringer were back side by side again as they headed down the back stretch. At the line this time it was Giordano and Dumicich side by side. The battle went on to the back stretch. This time around it was the 15 of Giordano out front. Now Stringer and Dumicich were side by side. One more time around and the leaders finally sorted out. Giordano held on for the win. Josh Stringer followed in second. Dumicich would say later that he just made his move to early. He had to be satisfied with third. Koenig fought his way back to fourth. Frank Dumicich Sr. rounded out the top five.
The race had many playoff implications. The win
insures that Gerard Giordano Jr. has locked his position in
the Chase race at Thompson's World Series. Josh
Stringer will be in the Chase race as the wild Card or in
one of the Chase berths. All eyes will be on Jim
Boyle. The task is simple for Jim . Win the race at
Waterford next Saturday evening, and the 2ct team would be
in the final Chase spot. The 29 team would then be the
Wild Card entry. If Boyle does not win, the 29 is in a Chase
berth an the 97 of Dave Koenig will be awarded the Wild Card
The Shirley Lindeman Memorial
It is hard to believe that the leaves are turning and the 2017 The Mr. Rooter Truck Series season is up to the last few points paying events. There is not a more important event than the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Speedway September 30th. The Shirley Lindeman Memorial Race honors Shirley Lindeman. Expect many of the Mr. Rooter ProTruck competitors to carry remembrances as teams honor a friend, mother and fan of all ProTruck competitors.
The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks moved to a "Chase" format last
season. Andy Lindeman is the defending Champion. As we
head into next weekend's event, Andy has the 3 team at the top of
the standings with 3 wins. He won last week. He won the Spring event
at Stafford. He
is the favorite Saturday night. This season Andy has the
Stringer Racing Silverado locked in to a Chase Berth. For obvious
reasons there is not a race this season that the 7 time Champion
would enjoy racing more.
The wild card was added due to the 2016 performance of Gerard Giordano. Giordano's record over the last 2 seasons is amazing with 14 podium appearances in 20 events. Last season he won the finale at the SpeedBowl, and finished second in season points. He just did not have a Chase Berth. The rules were changed. This season the highest points position driver without a Chase Berth earns a Wild Card Berth. The Wild Card would have to repeat Giordano's accomplishment and win the Thompson event to be the Champion. The 15jr. is not locked into a Chase Berth as we enter Stafford. he is certainly a threat for the win.
Another truck to watch is the 42 of Frank
Dumicich Jr. His performance in the opener
at Thompson was amazing. Dumicich, like Lineman is
locked into the Chase. Dumicich runs well at
Stafford, and was reeling in eventual winner Lindeman at
the end of the Spring event when the final caution flew.
He can't wait to get back to the Thompson Speedway to
race for the Championship. Still a Stafford Fall
Final win is the order of business first. Expect
the 42 to be up front.
Expect a full competitive field as the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series honors the memory of Shirley Lindeman at this year's NAPA Fall Final.
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Some days you'll never
forget. This past Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl was one of those days. There was
a ProTruck race that demonstrated how far the series has
come going green to checkers without caution. The race saw
the first ever converted street stock- extended cab truck
created and raced by Duane Noll. The race had the debut of
another new driver, Dan Butler, and a masterful
performance from our Champion, Andy Lindeman both in
qualifying and as he led all the laps enroute to winning the race.
Those stories and others should be the headline, but
somewhere in the middle of the afternoon, cell phones were
chiming and and unbelievable news set teams buzzing. Soon tears
were flowing. The news was so terrible that track workers
were challenged to complete the evening.
If you are even a casual fan of racing, you understand what Dale Earnhardt meant to NASCAR. In New England our Dale E is TC. As we go forward September 16, 2017 will always be known as day the racing world lost Ted Christopher. The similarities in these two men are unreal. They were both champions with a style that may ruffle some feathers. They both were undeniably legendary racers. They were both mentors. You'll read of the countless racing accomplishments of Ted Christopher over the next few weeks. What is most important is that the best part of Ted Christopher, even if you consider all of those records and accomplishments was how Ted Christopher lived once he unstrapped the seat belts.
In the grand scheme of racing, the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series is regional. As it struggled to grow, Ted Christopher came to help. " He drove my truck, but it had to have a 13 on it so I lettered it up." said General manager Vinny Beedle. It was a thrill for the series drivers to race him. It was a thrill for the fans to watch. "He had a big smile on his face. He said, "This is fun." "
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Exit Realty's Beatrice
Associates Raises Stakes
Exit Realty's Beatrice
Associates of Middleton Mass has just made pole qualifying on
Championship weekend more interesting. Anytime there is more on the
line, the battle for the top prize heats up. Race fans
with the phone app Race Monitor, or those that follow along on
the Thompson Speedway scoreboard can get qualifying times live as
the Mr. Rooter ProTrucks fight for hundredths of a second that may
mean the pole position to them.
How can race fans monitor like the teams do? To follow time trials live on
a cell phone all fans have to do is download the Race Monitor app. Click
and Hold the
Thompson World Series race listing. Click follow.
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Saturday Night, September 2 was Military
Night at the Waterford SpeedBowl. The Mr. Rooter ProTruck
Series was honored to be part of this special event. 19
trucks were onsite ready to battle for 35 laps.
Time trials are done in the form of group qualifying. Corey Coates, in the 81 McGuire's Silverado turned a blistering lap of 16.455 seconds to claim is second pole position in as many weeks. The time is a ProTruck track record. Danny Anderson, in the 50 Ford F-150 turned a lap 0.031 seconds slower and had to settle for second.
There was a threat of weather prompting officials at the speedway to move the show right along. It wasn't long until the field as lined up and ready to take the green. Lined up behind Coates and Anderson was the 2ct of Jim Boyle. Dave Koenig was staged outside of him. In the fifth starting spot was the 15jr. of Gerard Giordano Jr. Last weeks winner, Allen Coates started in 6th.
At the drop of the green Corey Coates pulled the 81 out front. The 50 of Anderson dropped into second. There was a light trail of sparks under the nose of the 81. The yellow flew on lap 8 for a spin by Al Stone III. The field was slowed and Corey was able to take the 81 into the pits for repairs.
Anderson inherited the top spot for the lap 15 restart. Allen Coates was now lined up on the outside. The field was shown green. The 99 of Coates darted into the lead however officials did not like the jump Coates got on the leader. The field was slowed and brought around for another attempt.
Anderson and Coates motored on side by side this time. Anderson was able to clear Coates as the pair headed into turn three . They settled in for some green flag racing while Jim Boyle and Gerard Giordano Jr. had a heated battle for 3rd. The 15jr finally worked by Boyle on lap 17. Back in the pack Frank Dumicich Jr. battled and banged with the number 318 of Alex Canestrari . Dumicich Jr. was having an off night, bouncing off many in the field. He eventually ended up spinning after contact with the number 3 of Series defending Champion Andy Lindeman. The incident brought out the final caution on lap 32.
The field was set for a green-white-checkered finish. Anderson and Coates pulled away even on the start. Coates powered around the outside and held a slight lead as the duo headed down the back stretch. Entering turn 3 Anderson was able to carve his #50 Ford right to the bottom and owned the top spot with one to go. He cruised from there to the checkers for the win. Coates and Giordano battled side by side the entire last lap, with Coates prevailing. Duane Noll, Josh Stringer and Dave Koenig rounded out the top five.
The Mr. Rooter Truck Series returns to the Waterford Speedbowl September 16th to finish a trio of SpeedBowl events. Get your tickets as the ProTrucks drivers battle into the chase by calling 860-442-7223 or visiting the web site at www.speedbowlct.com .
Results : 1st #50 Danny Anderson, 2nd: #99 Allen Coates, 3rd: #15jr Gerard Giordano Jr., 4th: #2ct Duane Noll, 5th: 29 Josh Stringer, 6th: #97 Dave Koenig , 7th: #2ct Jim Boyle , 8th: #68 Jeff Karns 9th: #21ct Todd Taylor 10th: #318 Alex Canestrari
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The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series visited the Waterford Speedbowl for the second of 3 in a row at the famed Connecticut oval. August is for Autographs so race fans were able to meet the ProTruck drivers on this Saturday night.
On track action heated up right away in qualifying. The teams participate in group qualifying and at the SpeedBowl the fans can follow the action live on the back stretch scoreboard. Teams use an early session to earn their way into two groups. The Fast 8 then headed to the track for one more session to set the line-up and the father son battle was on. Corey Coates in the Dangerous Dave's Racing 81 edged out his dad by 16 thousandths of a second , to earn the top starting spot..
Corey led right from the start. The Dunleavy's 99 settled into second by the end of lap one. A cluster of 9 trucks followed led by a side by side battle between multi-feature winner Duane Noll and Long Island's Gerard Giordano Jr. The pair battled side by side for the first 7 circuits until Giordano was finally able to clear Noll. Josh Stringer, in the Charlie's Water Wagon 29 was right there to hound Noll in fifth. Jim Boyle and Andy Lindeman were nose to tail battling for the 6th spot.
Up front the father son battle on. The truck series competitors have two types of chassis to consider. This battle between father and son. It was also a battle between the A/B Chassis which is a chassis that ProTruck fans would consider the classic basic option, and the C chassis, which is a design originated at Riverhead NY. If that was not enough it was also a battle between Dodge and Chevrolet. Need more. It was a family feud. There was even a side bet. Mom had her money on her son Corey while Cassandra Coates, who also drives in the series part time, put her money on dad. One thing was certain. Corey was not letting his dad under. He had the bottom shut Allen had no other choice then to move to the outside setting up one of the greatest side by side battles in the history of the series. They rubbed and scraped, and exchanged the led lap after lap. At one point sparks flew off of the 99 as it was pinned against the backstretch wall. It seemed like an eternity to complete. After the 7 lap skirmish it was Allen Coates with the lead, and son Corey in second. SpeedBowl truck Division points leader and defending champion Duane Noll followed along in third. Gerard Giordano Jr. was fourth. Josh Stringer and Jim Boyle battled for fifth. The race went green until with 2 to go, the yellow flew for the 21ct of Todd Taylor. This set up one final restart to decide it all.
The senior Coates opted for the inside line. Behind Allen was the 15jr. of Gerard Giordano. Outside of Giordano was Noll. Stringer and Boyle made up the fifth and sixth spots. Allen led into turn one but Corey battled back as the duo headed down the back stretch. They were side by side into 3. Out of 4 was less controlled as both trucks were sideways crossing the start finish line. Allen led. Back in the pack Koenig lost control and crashed on the front stretch. The caution flew while the trucks were on their final lap ending the race.
For this round the family bragging rights went to Allen. The fans had witnessed one of the best father son battles, if not the best anyone will ever see. The good news is they will be back at it again this Saturday evening for Military Night in the same trucks and fans should expect more of the same great action. Get your tickets as the ProTrucks drivers battle into the chase by calling 860-442-7223 or visiting the web site at www.speedbowlct.com
Danny Anderson wins the
Stringer Takes Controversial Win
WATERFORD, CT (August 5, 2017)
It was race number one with the merger of the Mr Rooter Pro
Truck Series and the NLWS Trucks. Two groups of qualifying
started the night off for Mr Rooter Pro Truck Series, group one
had nine trucks battling for starting spots eleven on back. The
second group would produce the pole through position ten. Once
the dust cleared it was the #42 Truck of Frank Dumicich Jr on
When the green waved it was Dumicich Jr shooting out front with Duane Noll and Joshua Stringer in tow. The trio would battle until the caution waved as a couple truck in the rear got tangled up. The restart got the fans up as both Dumicich Jr and Noll got their trucks sideways allowing Stringer to move his #29 Truck into second.
The caution would wave slowing down the pace as Jordan Churchill and Frank Dumicich Sr got together on the frontstretch, ending Dumicich Sr night in his #5 Truck.
The restart with twelve laps to go had Dumicich Jr grabbing the lead with Stringer right on his rear bumper. Stringer tried the inside and was able to make it stick but the caution once again waved for the #1 Truck of Brian Norman slapping the back stretch wall.
The restart got a little dicey as Noll was able to get to the inside and make it three wide. The three trucks swapped positions numerous occasions until the fourth and final yellow flag waved after a hard hit into the turn three wall by Jordan Churchill. Churchill was shakene up and the race was red flagged, setting up a Green/Checkered shoot out.
The restart featured Dumicich Jr and Stringer on the front row. The green waved and Drumicich Jr grabbed the lead and moved up and left the inside groove open for Stringer and Noll. The trio entered turn three and Stringer shot to the inside in his #29 Truck. The two trucks would lean on each other with both trucks banging and neither driver giving the other an inch.
The checkered flag would wave as Dumicich Jr crossing the line first with Stringer all but glued to Dumicich Jr truck. Noll let off and finished third. It was uncertain who won the race for a few minutes as the trucks came back around and stopped on the frontstretch. The race win was awarded to Stringer in the #29, who actually crossed the line second. The decision was made that Dumicich Jr was penalized one spot for aggressive driving on the last lap. The decision gave Stringer his 2nd win at The Speedbowl along with the $1,000 winners purse. Dumicich Jr showed his displeasure in victory lane with a tap to the rear of the Stringer machine.
The Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series continues on August 19th at the Riverhead Raceway with the running of the 2nd annual Riverhead Nationals.
Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series (35-lap) Unofficial Results: #29 Joshua Stringer, #42 Frank Dumicich Jr, 2VT Duane Noll, #99 Corey Coates, #21CT Yodd Taylor, #15JR Gerard Giordano Jr, #2 Jim Boyle, #28CT Rick Ashlaw, #81 Dave Koening, #3 Andy Linderman, #19 Dale Owen, #47 Shayne Young, #199 Eric Finkbein, #25 Jordan Churchill, #318 Alex Canestrari, #1 Brian Norman, #98 Allen Coates, #5 Frank Dumicich Sr, #68 Jeff Karns
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Best Wishes from Victory Lane!
The Mr. Rooter Truck Series visited Hudson
Speedway. There were plenty of stories but none were
bigger than sending of Caleb Cashman to Military Service.
Pictured above from left to right are 18x Caleb Cashman, 97 Dave
Koenig, #3 Andy Lindeman, #15jr. Gerard Giordano Jr. and #42
Frank Dumicich Jr.
Quick Results: 1st : #3 Andy Lindeman, 2nd:: #15jr Gerard Giordano Jr., 3rd: #42Fank Dumicich Jr.,
4th: #97 Dave Koenig Jr., 5th: #199 Bert Ouellette, 6th: #5 Frank Dumicich Sr.
7th: #28 Rick Ashlaw, 8th: #19 Dale Owen, 9th: #2ct Jim Boyle, 10th: #29 Joshua Stringer
11th: #18x Caleb Cashman, 12th: #2vt Duane Noll
Mr. Rooter ProTrucks and
SpeedBowl Trucks Merge
The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series race at Seekonk Speedway
was one of the most successful truck races in series history.
Key factors that contributed to making the race exciting were
competitive trucks and plenty of them. A mere two years ago, the
series had dwindled down to just a handful of trucks.
Saturday's field started twenty.
Competition director Marshall Hurley has made it clear that anything under 20 trucks is unacceptable. With that theory in mind, the series has merged their efforts with the Waterford SpeedBowl's efforts to ensure full fields for the remainder of 2017. The remaining Waterford Speedbowl truck events will now run under the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series banner.
The change in schedules resulted from conversations between Hurley and the Speedbowl's General Manager George Whitney. Speedbowl Trucks and Mr. Rooter ProTrucks have similar rules. They are close enough that competitors run both series with no significant changes to the race truck. Most SpeedBowl competitors have already run with the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series this season. By merging the two series at the Speedbowl, the goal is to produce 20 truck fields.
For those wishing to compete for SpeedBowl points, the eligible trucks will be awarded points based on the position of Speedbowl trucks in relation to each other. Mr. Rooter Truck Series points will be awarded throughout the field. The SpeedBowl races will count to qualify teams for the Chase. Speedbowl races are not mandatory.
" Merging efforts is important to ensure quality truck racing " said Hurley. "It will be taxing on the teams, but I am sure they understand that unifying our efforts will ultimately benefit all of our ProTruck teams."
The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series competes Sunday at Hudson Speedway for the Armed Forces 100, and then returns to action August 5th for the first dual race at the SpeedBowl.
The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series traveled to Seekonk
Speedway for their first appearance ever in Massachusetts
Saturday night. The series format of group qualifying and
55 lap events made for interesting developments early.
The trucks were out first for a warm up. Two trucks had issues. The 82 of Tony Lafo had a fluid leak and the 25 of Jordan Churchill suffered a failed rear end. For Lafo the cure was easy. Not so for the 25 of Churchill. Luckily the 28 team of Rick Ashlaw was in a position to come to the rescue. They were able to lend a his spare rear end enabling the 25 truck to compete.
Qualifying starts early in ProTruck events. Certain warm-ups are designated as qualifying sessions. Times from these session set the top 10. On this evening, the 3 of Andy Lindeman had a mechanical issue. He was unable to turn a fast lap. On the other hand, in a truck built by Lindeman, was Alex Canestrari. His super sharp looking number 318 Silverado set the fast time at 14.615. Jim Boyle qualified 13 hundredths behind him The 15jr of Gerard Giordano rounded out the top 3. Josh Stringers 29 qualified 4th. Duane Noll was 5th. Corey Coates, Frank Dumicich Jr, Tony Lafo, Eric Finkbein Jr, and Caleb Cashman rounded out the top 10. These drivers were deemed Seekonk's Fast 10.
After a brief intermission, it was time for the teams to go out in the final qualifying sessions that set the line-up. Andy Lindeman's 3 was lightening fast. He set the fast time of the day at 14.502 seconds. Because Lindeman did not make the fast 10 earlier, his fast time only moved him to 11th.
Next up it was the "Fast 10". Josh Stringer set down a blistering lap of 14.419, which put the Charlie's Water Wagon Silverado on the pole. Boyle took his best shot and turned a lap of 14.427. That time was good enough to put the 2ct on the outside of the front row. Canestrari, Dumicich and Corey Coates rounded out the top five.
The ProTruck field was the first feature of an action packed night of racing at Seekonk Speedway. Driver introduction were first and then pole sitter Josh Stringer led the field to green. Stringer got a great jump and looked unbeatable early on. Boyle settled into second. The 318 of Canestrari and the 42 of Dumicich swapped some paint battling for third. Alex eventually got into the side of Dumicich knocking the 42 sideways. He lifted to allow Frank to gather it up. This allowed the 15jr. of Giordano to move into the top 5.
Lap 14 saw the 28 spin to the inside of turn 3. The ProTrucks were under caution.
The line-up for the restart had Boyle's 2ct outside of Stringer again. Dumicich lined up 3rd. The 15jr was 4th. Tony Lafo had the 82 settled into 5th. Stringer took the green on lap 21. Dumicich took advantage of his inside restart position and moved his 42 to second place. He then nosed his Silverado under the 29 entering turn 3, and took the top spot on lap 23. Stringer crossed over entering turn 1, and grabbed the inside position back. He was able to wrestle the top spot back on the very next circuit. Tony Lafo moved his number 82 Ford F150 into 3rd right on Dumicich's bumper. Duane Noll's 2vt followed in 4th. Gerard Giordano Jr, in the 15jr rounded out the top 5. Dumicich was able to nose back under Stringer's 29 on lap 27. One lap later it was Stringer back under. The battle had fans on their feet and only was interrupted when Gerard Giordano Jr. made an error in judgment. He cut under the 2 of Noll as Noll moved down to challenge the leaders. The two made contact. Noll spun to the infield and the yellow flew on lap 31.
The lap 34 restart was one of the most controversial moments in the event. As the leaders moved down the back stretch, Dumicich moved the 29 up high. He turned right , slamming Stringer's Silverado in the left front fender. The move gained him extra track space low. When reviewed by officials it was clear they felt Dumicich got away with one during this restart. The move was the only dark moment in a great run thus far for the 42.
Dumicich went on to lead. The contact on the restart seemed to hurt the 29 as Stringer faded. Some new faces were now making their presence known up front. Jim Boyle was back challenging Dumicich. Dave Koenig's 97 joined. he was up to third.
The two drivers that had brought out the last caution, Giordano and Noll were carving their way back through the pack quite easily when Noll made an error and make contact with Andy Lindeman. The contact sent the 3 to the infield. The yellow flew. That was the end of Noll's night.
On the restart it was still Dumicich up front. Boyle hounded the leader and with the benefit of some contact slipped into the top spot with just 3 laps left. Dumicich was quick to return the favor. The 42 charged right back, dove back to the inside of Boyle, and wrestled back the top spot. Three laps later it was checkers for the 42ny team. The win was Dumicich's second for 2017 and all but locks the 42 team into the Chase Race at Thompson's World Series in the fall. Dave Koenig managed to work his way to second. Jordan Churchill crossed the line in third. Giordano Jr. and Jim Boyle rounded out the top five.
Dumicich led 28 laps, just besting Stringer by 2 circuits to earn a championship point for most laps led. The win places the 42 at the top of the standings. The win also comes with a cool check for $1000. Post race Dumicich would say " That track was fun. and the fans were great! I have never had that many people stand up and applaud after a race win. It was definitely a nice feeling.
The series heads to the famed Hudson Speedway for a 100 lap slug fest Sunday July 30th for the Armed Forces 100. The event has special meaning as Caleb Cashman, driver of the 18x will be going off to the service after the event. He ships out August first. For advance tickets call the speedway office at 603-882-7293
Results : 1st 42ny Frank Dumicich Jr., 2nd: 97 Dave Koenig 3rd: 15jr Gerard Giordano Jr., 4th: Jim Boyle
5th: 99 Corey Coates, 6th: 98 Allen Coates, 7th: 29 Josh Stringer , 8th: 82 Tony Lafo
9th: 25 Jordan Churchill 10th: Andy Lindeman
For complete results click here.
Devil's Bowl Retaliations
Place Teams on Probation
The race weekend at Devil's Bowl was
one of the best in the history of ProTruck racing in New England
but did not escape controversy. Teams had a special
payout that was inclusive of both the pavement and dirt events,
so any penalties would span over both events.
The crux of the matter was a move by the 2 of Duane Noll. Early in Saturday's event, the 42 of Frank Dumicich pulled along side of Noll's deuce. Noll should have given the 42 ample racing room. He opted to simply turn down left, damaging the 42. The style of racing is not appreciated at Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series. He was warned and both trucks continued.
In hind site, as race director, I could have done a better job by moving the 2 behind the 42 when Duane did not give the lane to Frank.", said competition and race director Marshall Hurley. "Had I handled that incident better, the retaliations are unlikely. I won't make the same mistake again. "
on this website courtesy of Passing Bird Photography.
The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series completed the second half of Fast & Dirty weekend at Devil's Bowl on the dirt. For all the drivers with the exception of series Champion Andy Lindeman, this event on dirt was a career first. The show moves quickly at Devil's Bowl for there is lots of racing entertainment in a short time. The fact is the action never quits.
Teams participated in 2 short practices. The times were used to set the field of the two qualifying events. Andy Lindeman looked unbeatable as he won his qualifying race. Jim Boyle looked just as strong in his.
The track was resurfaced for feature race competition and by 8:30 the Mr. Rooter ProTrucks were staged for the first dirt race in series history. Lined up behind the front row of Lindeman and Boyle gridded third was the 97 of Dave Koenig. The 199 of Eric Finkbein Jr. was ready in 4th. Gerard Giordano Jr. rounded out the top five.
After a few pace laps the ProTruck were charging into turn one. Andy Lindeman led the opening laps. The 3 bolted out to a straight away lead, when mechanical woes hit the 3. Lindeman was not to be a factor.
Behind Lindeman, the 2 of Boyle and the 97 of Koenig were at war. Inside , outside, and door to door the two drag raced down the main straight and slid through the corners. The lead swapped between the two until Boyle was able to sneak clear low. Koenig's number 97 Silverado seemed to be losing grip. A suspension failure eventually contributed to spin on the main straight. Koenig would not finish the event.
The surprise of the night was the 199 of Eric Finkbein . The team made the trip with no intention of running on the dirt. The team was talked into making a few laps and just taking it easy. The problem was the helmet. Once you strap one on a race drivers head their outlook changes. The 199 made it's way to the front, and battled Boyle for the lead on the final restarts. The 199 team settled for second and surely were contenders for the win.
Gerard Giordano turned in another podium finish. Last year's Rookie of the Year ran up front all night. The 15jr has been constantly in position to win and is emerging as a driver that has a great shot at the title this year.
Frank Dumicich jr. charged from the back to finish 4th. Frank Sr. rounded out the top 5.
The series heads for another first as the ProTrucks will race 55 laps at Seekonk Speedway on July 22nd. For tickets and additional information call 508-336-9959 or visit www.seekonkspeedway.com
Unofficial finish: 1st: #2ct Jim Boyle, 2nd: #199 Eric Finkbein, 3rd: #15jr Gerard Giordano jr., 4th: #42 Frank Dumicich jr.
5th: #5 Frank Dumicich sr. , 6th: #29 Josh Stringer , 7th: 28ct Rick Ashlaw , 8th: #97 Dave Koenig
9th: #87 Jim Thompson , 10th: #3 Andy Lindeman
Lap leaders : 1-6 Andy
Lindeman 7-8 Jim Boyle 9 Dave
Koenig 10-11 Jim Boyle 12
on this website courtesy of Passing Bird Photography.
The Mr. Rooter Truck Series headed to Devil's
Bowl Speedway in Vt. for the first half of a double header of
racing that slates the ProTrucks for 55 laps on the smooth half
mile, and 30 on dirt. The fast 55 was threatened by rain
as storms delayed the start. The awesome crew at Devil's Bowl
had the track ready for racing in record time. Racing went on
with a slight delay.
ProTruck racing uses group qualifying for most events, and when the session was over it was the 2 of Duane Noll at the top of the leader board. This was Duane's first pole position by time with the series. Rounding out the front row was the 15jr. Row two was a family affair as Frank Dumicich Jr. qualified 3rd. Frank Sr. placed the 5 in the fourth spot. Series Champion Andy Lindeman rounded out the top 5.
The field rolled over to the front stretch for driver introductions when the first major story of the night developed. Andy Lindeman was a favorite to win the event however the 3 quit running unexpectedly as it rolled over to the intros. Lindeman's 3 was pushed to pit row, and after a few courtesy laps, the field was formed and the green flag flew.
The first big move of the night came early. The 29 of Josh Stringer went 3 wide low down the back stretch. The Charlie's Water Wagon Silverado used the daring move to go from 8th to 4th by the completion of lap one.
Up front the 42 of Dumicich was hounding Noll. The 42 ducked low on the front stretch . Noll turned hard down . There was contact between the leaders resulting in some damage to the 42. The damage slowed Dumicich Jr. He would run well but did not have the speed demonstrated earlier. Noll was warned about the incident.
Andy Lindeman returned to the track on lap 13. The 3 had suffered a battery failure. The crew did a great job to switch it in record time enabling the champ to finish 11th and score some valuable points.
The next challenger was the 15jr of Giordano. The 2016 Rookie of the Year hounded Noll. He looked high , low and in between but could not find room as the 2vt cut through lap traffic and turned perfect laps out front.
Late race officials were concerned that the smoking Ford F-150 of Tony Lafo may be leaking. Noll did not want to see a caution as a few contenders were tuning their fastest laps of the day late. Lafo was black flagged. The 82 crews battled rear end problems all weekend. They changed out rear gears and despite the valiant effort had to settle for 12th.
Despite some gear oil on the track, Noll clicked off precise error free laps . The race went green to checkers caution free.
Lindeman actually had fast time of the race, followed by teammate Stinger, but neither would get a shot at Vermont's own ProTruck driver Duane Noll as the race went caution free.
For Noll it was his first Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series win of the year. An awesome fireworks display helped Noll celebrate his win.
The excitement continues today at 6pm when the ProTrucks move on to the dirt track. Noll was fast in a special practice session some weeks ago. He is certainly a threat to win two this weekend. Other favorites include Jim Boyle, who races anything anywhere and practiced earlier this month and Andy Lindeman who has run dirt in the past. Join us if you can at Devil''s Bowl Speedway for the Dirty 30!
For tickets or more information on Fast & Dirty weekend go to
www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com or call 802-265-2112.
1st: 2vt Duane Noll, 2nd: 15jr Gerard Giordano, 3rd:
#42 Frank Dumicich Jr., 4th: #29 Josh Stringer
on this website courtesy of Passing Bird Photography.
The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks Series teams are busy preparing for Devil's Bowl Speedway's Fast & Dirty weekend, July 8th and 9th. Part of that preparation included a visit this week by competition director Marshall Hurley, and some veteran drivers. It was certainly a worthwhile trip.
Racing is all about people. You won't find a family that loves racing more than Brunos. Track owner Mike used to race, and was in instructor for the Richard Petty Driving Experience. He and his wife Alayne run the track side by side. "We are here to have fun." said Alayne as she signed in competitors. "If it wasn't fun anymore, we would do something else." No truer words could be spoken. Everyone there, from the drivers, and fans, to Mike himself seem to be having a great time.
Rick Ashlaw was the first competitor there. He traveled to Vermont early Sunday and put his number 28 Snap-on Tools Ford F-150 on display for the evening. Rick talked with the fans all night as they flocked to one of the sharpest looking ProTrucks on tour. He also kept a watchful eye on the track.
"The surface changes rapidly, all night. It is surprising how fast." said Ashlaw.
The good news is Intermission is long. Soon as practice and qualifying ends, Mike Bruno himself heads out and re-grooms the track for the feature events. The show itself moves right along. Sunday evening's racing wrapped up by 9:30. When it was done, Mike was back out to re-groom the race surface. If you watch him you'll see this is one of the hardest working track owners in racing. Bruno never stopped moving all night. He hopped from grader to packer to 4 wheeler and back and never quit what he calls "Living the dream". He worked late into the night ensuring the track surface was ready for ProTruck practice in the morning.
Mr. Rooter ProTruck practice was Monday. Six Mr. Rooter ProTruck teams were in line by 8am. Unfortunately the day started with rain. Most in attendance doubted practice would get in, but the sun did reappear, and track owner Mike Bruno was back on the paper clip dirt track preparing the surface by 9. The delay gave time for the teams to groove tires.
Both Duane and Glen Noll had their trucks there. " Dirt racing is on my bucket list." explained Duane. Glenn was also there just for the experience. He will be in Ireland on race day. He was glad to see brother Duane's #2 Silverado seemed fastest around the top .
On the other hand, Andy Lindeman had reason to prepare. If the 3 team pulls off a win, Andy is almost assured a chase spot. He was the first on track and looked right at home on the tight turns. Expect a strong effort from Stringer Racing
Then there is Jim Boyle. He has raced the high banks of Bristol, Thompson and now the dirt. The fact is Jim Boyle races anytime and anywhere . You get 100% with every lap. Armed with a 360 degree camera, this team is all about having a great time and sharing the experience with everyone that will join in When the day was over it was clear that the 2ct of Boyle will be a factor come race day.
Competition director Marshall Hurley had a list of goals to get through.. First and foremost, the teams had to decide on rules. "Teams are very limited to what they can change from Saturday's pavement event to Sunday's dirt race." said Hurley.
A supplemental rule section was added and has been posted here on the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series site to cover the event. Some specialty rules include eliminating gear ratios changes, requiring the use of the same shocks and springs to be used in both events, and limiting teams to use used tires for the dirt race. To get post season cash, this is a required event. The series is mandating that teams participate, so a special effort is being made to keep the playing field even.
One project that did not go as planned, but still shows great promise for the future is the race broadcast program. The internet service was not strong enough to support a telecast for this event. Expect live broadcasts in the near future.
Dave Koenig had an in-car camera for dirt practice. Again the lack of internet service so far north ended his efforts for live coverage. " I wish it had worked. I had the mount installed. It is a blast out there." Dangerous Dave clearly had the 97 working on the bottom, top and in between.
One thing is for sure. Fast & Dirty weekend at Devil's Bowl is shaping up to be the most entertaining show of the year. For tickets or more information on Fast & Dirty weekend go to www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com or call (802) 265-3112.
Time to Drive Dirty!
The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks
will make New England Short Track Touring series history again
July 11th. The ProTruck Series was the first New England
Touring Series to use a playoff "Chase " style to decide
their champion. The Series was first to use a chassis dyno
to guarantee competitors all have the same horsepower. The
ProTrucks are first to use an open time trial session to set
their line-up for most events. The Series is also the first to
provide fans with a "Spotters
Guide" for their phones so they can tell who drives which
truck. So what is next? The Mr. Rooter ProTrucks
will be the first touring series to run a double header race
weekend that features an event on asphalt, and then an event on
The first racer to notice the novelty of trucks racing on dirt was Tony Stewart. Eldora is the site of some of the most exciting racing of the summer drawing huge crowds as the NASCAR Camping World Series takes to dirt each season. "I have seen the racing first hand. The competitors like how they drive, and the fans love the racing. Truck racing on dirt is awesome." says Marshall Hurley, the series director of competition. " The fans are going to love it!"
A lot of factors had to come together to put together what is expected to be the best racing event of the 2017 season. First and foremost is the track. Devil's Bowl has a smooth, super fast half mile paved oval. The track layout is similar to Stafford, and we already know every truck series Stafford event has been a nail biter. To the inside of the oval, Devil's Bowl has a dirt track. The unique design is the most important factor in putting together such an entertaining event.
The ProTruck Series stars will line up for the "Fast 55" on the asphalt half mile Saturday July 8th. Andy Lindeman was able to win the pole and lead all the laps in the Fane Trucking number 3 at Stafford earlier this season. Teammate Josh Stringer, in the Charlie's Water Wagon 29 fought his way through late restarts and finished second in the same event. That performance sets The Stringer Racing team as the team to beat for the asphalt portion of the weekend at Devil's Bowl.
Trucks will be impounded after Saturday's asphalt event. Limited changes predetermined by a test session will be allowed between races. The idea is to keep expenses down while setting the ProTrucks up for the dirt. Then it is time to get dirty.
Sunday the Mr. Rooter ProTrucks will finish out the weekend with the first ever competition in the slop. Heat races will set the line-up for "The Dirty 30" at Devil's Bowl Speedway, Vermont.
Interest in the event has been nationwide. Drivers from as far away as Texas have tried to rent trucks. When a favorite is considered, the name Lindeman is again at the top of the list. Andy has experience on the dirt, and of course is the reigning Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series champion.
The field has a few others that might steal a win. Willy Auchmoody was involved with Halmar racing when they ran the dirt truck race at Eldora. He is a known dirt racer. Willy will be in Dangerous Dave's 81ny. Rick Ashlaw in the 28 has dirt track experience. The Iron Man, Trevor Dyer also has experience running dirt and may have the Orange Crush 70 slinging some stones. With a little luck Erin Dumicich could sneak away with a victory.
Want a sneak preview of the trucks on dirt? Devil's Bowl has the series scheduled to practice Monday, June 19th from 9qm to 1pm.. Look right here for updates. Rumors are the series is working on some limited live coverage of practice as teams prepare for the most exciting weekend of racing in series history.
Photo Credit: #16 of Halmar
International Chevrolet driven by Stewart Freisen at Eldora.
Track photo by Justin St.
Louis , Devil's Bowl Staff
The Champ is Back!
The Mr. Rooter ProTruck
Series returned to Thompson Speedway for a special night of
racing honoring and recognizing the sacrifices of men and women
in uniform. The event, presented by Pepsi had a great crowd on a
beautiful sun filled day. Active duty and veterans were able to
attend free of charge.
Race fans know the sport is all about the story lines, which much like a book, unfold before the event and carry through long past the checkers. The early story line for Sunday's event featured Erin Solomito, and the entire 95 team. Erin's race at Stafford was cut short by a wreck that she had no control over. Her number 95 Dodge left with the aid of two wreckers. It was doubtful she would make Thompson at all.
Derek Beatrice, a long time supporter of racers throughout New
England, owns Exit Realty in Middleton Mass. His franchise
honors those in uniform by giving a 25% commission rebate for
military, police, nurses, EMT and paramedics. Doctors,
teachers and coaches are also included . Derek got in
contact with Erin, and sponsored the 95 to be part of this great
event. It still had to get there. Husband Jerry, and
the entire Dumicich family worked night and day and when the
first qualifying session went out, Erin was in the top ten.
on this website courtesy of Passing Bird Photography.
New Qualifying Format Debuts
When race fans see a touring series come to
their local race track, the only novelty is usually the race
vehicle. The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series does not use a
cookie cutter to shape their race format. The ProTrucks are
certainly exciting to watch, but there are other twists, and
qualifying is about to get more interesting.
Southern racing for many years lined up their race fields by time trials. One car time trialing at a time isn't always thrilling. In the North East, heat racing has often been utilized to qualify. The problem is qualifying races some times have crashes, and the drivers that the fans came to see could be eliminated from the actual race. Things are about to change. The new Mr. Rooter ProTrucks qualifying format blends the two.
"Today everyone has a phone. We wanted a format that fans could follow along with on their phone. " said competition director Marshall Hurley. The suggested app to use is Race Monitor. Most of our tracks use transponders to time. Fans can download the app and watch live timing.
"Our qualifying is based on fast times in practice. Each practice also doubles as a qualifying session. For Thompson's Military Night we have tweaked the format to make things more exciting to watch"
Teams need to come off the truck ready to race. Race times from the first and second practice/qualifying sessions will be used to divide the field into two groups. The top 10 times from early sessions will qualify for group 1. The group 2 qualifiers will run a final qualifying session. The times from that session will set the line up from 11th back. The group 1 teams will compete in their final session for the pole, and also to line-up the top 10.
" It is exciting for you will see those top 10 teams, and on your phone you have real time scoring." says Hurley. "This is how I keep up. I enjoy it. I think the fans will too." The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series is working on plans to add the real time scoring to the web site for those fans that do not have the app.
The new qualifying format will be in use at Thompson Speedway Sunday May 21st. For tickets to the Limited Sportsman Long Distance and Military Night call 860-934-2280 or visit the website at www.thompsonspeedway.com #LimitedSportsmanLongDistance #LSLD2017
Lindeman, Stringer Racing
For the second year in a row, the Mr. Rooter
ProTruck Series was part of Stafford Speedway's NAPA Auto
Sizzler, and just like last year, this year's race carried a
wealth of story lines.
The ProTruck Series reorganized in the spring of 2016. Last year's Sizzler was the first event for the new series management. 2016 saw record growth. This year the popularity of the Series was apparent as 22 beautifully prepared Mr. Rooter ProTrucks lined up to take the green flag.
Two teams put forth monumental efforts to make the
Sizzler. The 199 of Eric Finkbein, and the 2ct of Jim Boyle were
all but destroyed at Thompson Speedway's Ice Breaker. Both
teams stripped their trucks down to bare frames. Their ProTrucks
were then hauled to a frame machine where they were reset to
factory specs. Then each team completely reassembled their
race vehicles and practiced on
The 35 lap race had it's share of drama. The most serious
incident took place early. Erin
Dumicich sat out last season to have her first child. The
Sizzler marked her return. She looked awesome in
practice and qualifying. Erin earned the 8th spot on the grid.
return was short lived. Erin was forced into the
backstretch wall on lap 8. The number 95 Sea Level
Construction Dodge hit hard and was sliding to a stop when the
81 Silverado of Willy Auchmoody slammed hard into the right
rear. Both drivers were fine. Both vehicles suffered heavy
damage and were done for the evening.
on this website courtesy of Passing Bird Photography.
Thompson Speedway / Mr.
Rooter ProTruck Series Special Announcement
After a strong showing at the season-opening Icebreaker,
officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and the Mr.
Rooter ProTruck Series jointly announced that the regional
touring series will be added to the Limited Sportsman Long
Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi, on Sunday, May
21. This will be the second of three stops for the Trucks at
Thompson, with the final championship event taking place at the
Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
2015 ProTruck Champion Roger Turbush was quick to let series officials know the 88 team would be making the trip to the special event. Roger's truck qualified on the pole, but prior commitments necessitated handing the ride over to Chris Turbush in April "I am thankful that Thompson Speedway added the trucks to the show. I am excited to get the chance to race here after having to miss the Ice Breaker."
The other half of the front row at the Ice Breaker was Allen Coates in the #99 Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer Repair Dodge. " I have some unfinished business there. " said Coates when he was told of the announcement. The 99 Dodge was crashed out on lap 2 after contact with the 88 truck with brother Chris Turbush driving. " We had a truck capable of winning. No one likes to be raced like that. The truck is almost back together. It would be nice to make up for that day with a win."|
The series is off to the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Speedway next. Check the web site often for we will have there will be much more coverage after this weekend of the Mr. Rooter Truck Series special appearance at the Thompson Speedway in May.
For tickets to the Limited Sportsman Long Distance and Military Night call 860-934-2280 or visit the website at www.thompsonspeedway.com #LimitedSportsmanLongDistance #LSLD2017
on this website courtesy of Passing Bird Photography.
The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series returned to the Thompson Speedway Saturday for the 43rd Annual IceBreaker. 18 trucks were in the paddock for the long awaited debut of a new aero package, new paint schemes, new drivers, and a new race format. Heat races have been replaced by group qualifying. The fastest time from any practice/qualifying session is utilized to set the line-up. Essentially pole qualifying got underway the second the ProTrucks hit the track.
One of the more colorful drivers to make their first appearance was Junior Turcetti. Unfortunately the Brazilian driver's number 28ma Silverado derailed his efforts when his engine went up in smoke early. Frank Dumicich Sr.'s number 5 was another ProTruck that suffered engine failure. The 5's motor was new, therefore the team did not travel with their spare. His race weekend was over.
A driver that had things going his way early was the 88, Chris Turbush. His lap of 22.670 in session 1 was good enough to hold onto the pole. Allen Coates put the Donleavy #99 on the outside pole in the same session. Gerard Giordano Jr . qualified the 15jr. third with a lap of 22.727. The top three qualifiers were separated by less than one half of a tenth of a second. Rounding out the top 5 in qualifying were Frank Dumicich Jr.. and Josh Stringer. Other notables were reigning series champion Andy Lindeman stating from 8th and Dave Koenig rolling off 13th.
The field lined up under partly cloudy skies. Te green flag flew. Turbush and Coates barreled off into turn 1. Coates used momentum gained running high in the corner and pulled ahead as the pair powered down the back stretch. Into turn three the 88 squeezed up. Coates made room and had the lead as they motored by the flag stand. The duo charged into turn one. Turbush slid the 88 into the side of the Donleavy 99. The contact knocked Coates into the turn 2 wall ending his day. Turbush was sent to the rear of the field amongst a chorus of cheers from the crowd.
The restart was a battle between the 15jr of Giordano and the 42 of Frank Dumicich Jr. Side by side they battled up front . Turbush put on a charge from the back. he had a winning truck. The question was if he had the skills to work traffic cleanly. Officials warned the team for their driver t drive clean. Could he compete with out further contact?
After 2 laps of green the field was under caution from Rick Ashlaw's spin . Rick's #28 has a bright paint scheme that fans love, and you certainly can't miss. Certainly the bright paint scheme may have contributed to his his surviving the incident without damage for he spun in the middle of traffic with no contact.
Dumicich had lane choice for the next restart. He moved outside. The two leaders put on another display of professional racing with entertaining side by side action . Turbush was also putting on a show of his own as he charged from the back. Having a great run was the 199 of Eric Finkbein. The upstart team constantly improved throughout 2016. Over the winter their ProTruck was completely reworked. The 199 seemed to be stronger lap by lap as Eric marched forward . Turbush caught Finkbein and challenged side by side. Eric, using the top groove could hold off Chris on the low line. Unfortunately Turbush tuned right, slamming the 199 into the front stretch wall. Race officials disqualified the 88. The crowd cheered as the black flag flew. It was obvious that the overaggressive and careless style was not received well by fans.
On the ensuing restart the 42 was able to maintain his lead. Laps clicked off and the race was winding down. It was looking like Dumicich, in his immaculately prepared Silverado was on cruise control when the 25 of Jordan Churchill spun. Jordan was in his first Mr. Rooter ProTruck series event. The spin was a mild set back for his run throughout practice, qualifying and to this point in the race had been flawless. The 25 was undamaged and the field was soon set for the restart.
The 42 had a tougher time holding off the 15jr. this time. Dumicich would say post race, "He got next to be but a quick caution flag helped to fix the problem." The yellow was caused when a suspension component of Dave Koenig's 97 failed. The right front collapsed. Koenig's 97 slammed into Jim Boyle. The hit destroyed Boyles #2 . Boyle had put together a fine run, and was running in 6th place at the time of the incident.
The multiple restarts created some challenges for the 29 of Josh Stringer. His battles with the 2 of Duane Noll resulted in a few warnings from race control to Noll. On the restarts Noll would take 3rd back, but Stringer was not to be outdone. He scratched his 29 back into the 3rd position again and again.
Dumicich survived all the restarts and cruised the rest of the way to the win. For racers in New England, having a victory at Thompson Speedway is a rewarding accomplishment. Ice Breaker weekend victories are even more rewarding. This victory lane had even another level of special. In victory lane was the Dumicich family. On the car, a thanks to Mom and Dad. Franks niece and daughter were soon in his arms as the cameras clicked away. A few moments later, the whole family joined on the photo. The Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series could not have a better representative in victory lane. Frank Dumicich Jr. is a tough competitor, a smart racer, and a family man. That combination is tough to beat.
The series is off to Stafford Speedway for the Spring Sizzler next. A full field of ProTrucks is expected to be on hand. This is the 46th running of the Napa Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. For more information or to order tickets for the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
Capitol Pole position : 88 Chris Turbush 22.680 seconds
Lap leaders : (1) 99 Allen Coates, (2-5) 15jr. Gerard Giordano, (6-35) 42 Frank Dumicich Jr.
For complete results go to the schedule and click on the winner's number.