THOMPSON – Dave Trudeau was hoping to begin defense of his 2015 Mini Stock championship at Thompson strong.
Though he never expected it to be quite so perfect.
Trudeau, of Mansfield, won the 15-lap Mini Stock feature Wednesday at Thompson Speedway. Trudeau also won the season opening event at the track on April 10.
“It’s like a dream so far,” Trudeau said. “Usually I’m always up front, but it’s usually mid-season before my car really comes to life. The hot days of summer my car is usually really strong.
“I’m confident We always have a good car. I don’t want to get cocky and say we’ve got a real good piece here. I’m just trying to be consistent and keep my cool and go forward and hopefully get a top five every week.”
Wayne Burroughs Jr. of Oakdale was second and Scott Michalski of Killingly third.
Burroughs went by Michalski for the lead on lap 10 with Trudeau moving to second behind him.
On lap 12 Trudeau got under Burroughs and took over the top spot coming off turn two. Burroughs hung with Trudeau over the closing circuits. Trudea was able to fend off a Burroughs challenges off the final corner for victory.
“He had a fast car,” Trudeau said. “We kept tweaking ours all day long and made it better. It’s not perfect, but it never is.”
The “regular season” night of racing at Thompson proved to be a carbon copy of Icebreaker weekend.
Josh Wood and William Wall joined Trudeau and SK Modified feature winner Keith Rocco in keeping 2-for-2 streaks alive in 2016.
Wood, of Palmer, Mass., backed up his victory in the season opening Limited Sportsman feature by winning Thursday’s 40-lap extended distance event for the division. The race was double the usual distance for the division.
Ryan Waterman of Danielson was second and Corey Hutchings of Salem third.
Wood went by Brent Gleason for the lead on lap 16 and never trailed again.
Wall, of Shrewsbury, Mass., got by Tom Carey III for the lead on a green-white-checkered restart and won the 25-lap Late Model feature. Wall got his first career Late Model victory on April 10.
Carey, of Orange, Mass., held on for second and Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, Mass. third.