Thompson Notes: Gentes Clinches Late Model Title; Hutchings Gets 100th Win

New Thompson Speedway LogoTHOMPSON – It wasn’t the sort of dramatic drive to a title that Rick Gentes wanted, but it worked all the same for the Woonsocket, R.I. driver Sunday at the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway.

Gentes rallied from an early wreck to finish eighth in the 25-lap Late Model feature Sunday at Thompson to clinch his sixth Late Model division title at the track.

“I never really won one this way,” Gentes said. “It’s not the way we wanted to do it, but we were able to stay on the lead lap. My crew did a great job to keep me on the lead lap. This one is for them. Not the way we wanted to win it. We wanted to win the race and the championship but we’ll take what we got.”

Charlies Rose of Tiverton, R.I. won the feature. Larry Gelinas of Buxton, Me. was second and Mark Curtis of Worcester, Mass. third.

Three days of racing at Thompson closed with Corey Hutchings of Salem winning the 14th feature of the weekend, the 20-lap Limited Sportsman race.

It was the 100th career feature victory among numerous divisions at multiple tracks for Hutchings.

“I’ve got 100 things to smile about,” Hutchings said.

Randy Cabral won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association season finale, in the process clinching his fifth championship in the division.

Chris Perley of Rowley, Mass. won the 50-lap International SuperModified Association feature.

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