Shawn Monahan Wins In Limited Sportsman At Thompson, Second Consecutive Title Nearly Locked

Shawn Monahan celebrates victory in the Limited Sportsman feature Sunday at Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON – Last year at Thompson Speedway Shawn Monahan played the points racer game to perfection in the Limited Sportsman division.

Despite not winning an event, Monahan cruised to the division’s championship.

In 2018 Monahan changed the game when it came to grabbing wins, but kept up the same tenacity in chasing a title.

Monahan went to Thompson Speedway Sunday thinking about the big picture of the championship chase and at the end of the day was celebrating another day at the track of grabbing the biggest amount of points available.

Monahan won for the fourth time in six events this year in the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature Sunday at Thompson Speedway.

“My goal really wasn’t to win that race today, it was to keep my nose clean,” Monahan said. “But you’ve got to drive hard regardless because sometimes if you’re too careful or too patient it will bite you.

“… At the end of the day, I’m glad to be back. Back where I used to be at Thompson Speedway a few years when I ran the [No. 55] in [2003]. I won like eight features that year.”

Larry Barnett of Moosup was second and Chris Meyer of Norwich third.

Monahan will take an essentially insurmountable 43-point lead to the final event of the season at the Sunoco World Series of Racing on Oct. 14.

“I felt over my whole racing career, I’ve thrown championships away by making a lot of dumb moves,” Monahan said. “With the maturity that I’ve had over the past couple years, it’s showing on the race track. I hit the brakes every once in a while when I didn’t used to do that. That equals wins if you play your cards right.”

Monahan passed Meghan Fuller for the lead on a lap six restart and never trailed again.

“I wanted to make sure I was extra good to Fuller because she had some hard feelings I guess after the last run,” Monahan said. “But man I’m fortunate, I’m blessed, the car was going good. The exhaust broke with about a seven or eight [laps] to go, and I was just hoping it didn’t start dragging on the track or something. The stars aligned again.”

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  1. Hillary 2028 says:

    Lot of wrecked race cars yesterday, especially in the LM division. Robinson took out Sundeen but not sure why. The 36 is usually the cleanest driver out there. For the fans day didn’t impress me much. At least it was only 12 bucks.

  2. Monahan should try his luck against the boys at Star….they are a tough bunch

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