Thompson Speedway Celebrates 2013 Season With Banquet Friday

The champions and events of the 2013 racing season at Thompson Speedway were celebrated by track officials, competitors and teams at the track’s annual banquet Friday in Thompson.

Keith Rocco was one of five champions celebrated at Friday's Thompson Speedway banquet

Keith Rocco was one of five champions celebrated at Friday’s Thompson Speedway banquet

Champions in fives divisions took center stage at the banquet.

Keith Rocco of Wallingford has been a champion multiple times at the track, but Friday he celebrated his first championship in the dual role of car owner and driver in the SK Modified division.

“This championship was different because it was my first as a car owner,” Rocco said in a release from the track. “Without the people behind me – this team, the people who show up every Thursday – this championship wouldn’t be possible. It was a short season, but we made sure we had fun. We laughed, we joked. The people on my team are just awesome and they make this sport fun.”

Also honored for winning championships were Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, R.I. (Late Model), Cam McDermott of Scituate, R.I. (SK Light Modified), Steve Kenneway of Lowell, Mass. (Limited Sportsman) and Eric Bourgeois of East Haddam (Mini Stock).

Other honorees included Mini Stock driver Mike Veins and Late Model driver Marc Curtis Jr. being presented with the Chief Starter’s Award, recognizing sportsmanship in all divisions.

In the SK Modified division, Jason Sundeen was recognized as the most improved driver and Paul Newcomb Jr. as the Rookie of the Year. The Late Model division most improved driver award was presented to Curtis and the Rookie of the Year title in the division was collected by John Lowinski-Loh Jr. In the SK Light Modified division Joe Boivin was named most improved driver and Bob Vojtila was awarded the Rookie of the Year award.

Kevin Mason was named most improved driver in the Limited Sportsman division and Travis Jurcik won the Rookie of the Year title. Nate Taylor won the most improved award in the Mini Stock division and Anthony Comforti took the Rookie of the Year award.

The evening’s festivities closed with the presentation fo the John Hoenig Award, recognizing an individual for their hard work and dedication to the speedway. The award was presented Friday to Richard “Mouse” Morrill, who has worked for 47 years at the track in various positions. Morrill now directs the facilities on-track crew during events.

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