THOMPSON – Corey Barry promised Tony Membrino Jr. some fun in the SK Light Modified feature Saturday at Thompson Speedway.
Barry kept that promise.
Membrino, of Berlin, held off a hard charge from Barry in the final corner to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature at Thompson Saturday.
Barry, of Plainfield, was second. Vin Anglace of Ansonia third.
Through the final corner Barry got under Membrino and made contact coming off the corner to the frontstretch. Membrino wrangled in a sideways sliding car to hold off Barry at the checkered.
“If you saw the heat race it was pretty competitive,” Membrino said. “He threw a dive bomb move going into turn three on the last lap and got into the side of me and I was able to hang on for the win in the qualifier. We were parked near each other and he walked over to me and he was all smiles and said ‘That was fun, it will be a fun race.’ Of course it will. But I didn’t think it was going to be that fun.
“I didn’t think I was going to have to try not getting spun out. But I mean, maybe this is some leftovers from when him and I were side-by-side for a win at [the New London-Waterford Speedbowl] not to long ago. … I hope we understand each other now.”
It was the second win in as many SK Light Modified events at Thompson this year for Membrino. And the victory carried some extra pride for Membrino and his family owned team. Membrino was involved in a wreck Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway and his crew spent the overnight moonlighting in the shop to get ready for Thompson.
“We were at Raceworks [Chassis] until three o’clock in the morning,” Membrino said. “[Raceworks Chassis owner Ed Flemke Jr.] worked his butt off, my dad, all the guys came that came to the track with us basically came to the shop with us and they worked tireless through the night.
“My brother dropped the ladies off and he made a McDonald’s run and brought like ten McDouble’s and ten McChickens and it was just one of those nights that we haven’t had in a long time. Everything that happened today is a testament to them and we still had to work through it today. I’m just so thankful. It’s unreal how fortunate I am to have such good people around me. They’re the reason I’m here today.”
Brad Caddick of Wyoming, R.I. won the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Wayne Burroughs Jr. of Oakdale was second and Ed Field of Deep River third. With the first 12 laps completed, the race was delayed about two hours because of rain and subsequent track drying efforts.
Corey Hutchings of Salem won the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Al Stone III of Durham was second and Scott Sundeen of Sutton, Mass. third.
Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, R.I. won the 25-lap Late Model feature. Marc Curtis of Brookfield, Mass. was second and Tom Carey III of Orange, Mass. third.
Jared Soucy of Marlboro, Mass. won the 25-lap North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Glen Thomas of Groton was second and Nick Maniatis of Hookset, N.H. third.
The 35-lap SK Modified feature scheduled for the evenings card was postponed because of the showers and will be made up at a later date.