Shawn Monahan Lands In Ed Puleo’s Limited Sportsman Mr. Rooter Ride Full-Time At Thompson

Shawn Monahan celebrates his second Limited Sportsman victory in as many days at Thompson Speedway Sunday (Photo: Thompson Speedway)

Shawn Monahan celebrates his second Limited Sportsman victory in as many days at Thompson Speedway Sunday (Photo: Thompson Speedway)

A pair of Icebreaker weekend victories at Thompson Speedway helped Shawn Monahan turn a loaner into a keeper.

Monahan won both Limited Sportsman events at Thompson Speedway over the weekend in a car borrowed from Ed Puleo.

On Monday evening Monahan confirmed that the owners of the car dubbed “Bella” – Puleo and Vin Beedle – have asked him to drive it full-time this year at Thompson.

In 2011 Puleo got wrecked in a heat race during the opening weekend at the Waterford Speedbowl. Monahan let him borrow his car to get through the weekend. Puleo went on to win the track championship that year.

Last week, with work piling up at his business – Critical Signs – and concern he wouldn’t have his own car ready for Thompson, Monahan got a call from Puleo.

“Ed called me up and said ‘If you want to take my car out for opening weekend go ahead,” Monahan said. “I said ‘That’s funny’ and kind of blew it off. ‘I called him up a couple hours and he said ‘I’m not going back on my word, you did it for me I’m going to do it for you.’ I told him that was wicked cool and I would take him up on his offer. He took my motor, he installed the motor for me and he basically got the car ready for me.”

After Monahan won Saturday’s “segment race” Limited Sportsman event at Thompson, Puleo went on to win his first SK Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl, and he also won the Street Stock feature at Waterford.

“The good karma was in effect,” Monahan said. “He got the win in the [SK] Modified and in a Street Stock Saturday night at Waterford. It was just an unbelievable weekend for both of us.

“Sunday afternoon, with the success we had, Ed and Vinny pulled me aside and asked me how I’d feel about driving “Bella” for the rest of the year. Obviously I was honored. Even though I could do the work to get my own car together, that’s just an awesome combination there and I just look forward to running with those guys.”

Monahan holds a four point lead over Scott Sundeen, who finished second to him in both events over the weekend at Thompson. The division will compete six more times this season at Thompson.

In addition to running the Limited Sportsman at Thompson, Monahan said he will run on a part-time basis in his own SK Modified at the Waterford Speedbowl.

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