Thompson Notes: Dave Trudeau Hot In Mini Stock; Jeff Rocco Streaking In Late Model

Dave Trudeau celebrates victory in the Mini Stock feature Wednesday at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Thompson Speedway)

Dave Trudeau celebrates victory in the Mini Stock feature Wednesday at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Thompson Speedway)

THOMPSON – Let the stress begin for Dave Trudeau.

Trudeau kept up his heated roll in the Mini Stock division Wednesday at Thompson Speedway by winning his second consecutive event in the 15-lap feature for the division.

And so begins the wait for the Mansfield driver.

Unofficially, Trudeau will go into the final event of the season at the Sunoco World Series of Racing Oct 16-18 holding a 31-point lead over Scott Michalski in the chase for the championship.

“It’s going to drive me crazy,” Trudeau said. “It’s going to drive my wife crazy because I already drive her crazy enough. I’m just very anal about everything.”

Joe Baxter of Pascoag, R.I. was second in Wednesday’s feature and Doug Curry of Groton third. Michalski was fourth.

“The car’s been real fast,” Trudeau said. “Leading the points, it just plays with your mind so much. Trying to stay focused. Every weird noise in the car you hear, you’re like ‘Oh something is falling off.’ But we’re good, we’ve got one more race to go.

“This car is my baby. It handles so nice. And lady luck is with us right now.”

On July 8 Jeff Rocco got his first career feature victory at Thompson Speedway.

Now it seems the Wallingford driver doesn’t want to let anybody else back to victory lane at the track.

Rocco held off William Wall to score his third consecutive victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature.

It was the fourth feature victory overall for Rocco, who also was the overall winner of the track’s 20/20 Sprint Late Model event on July 8.

“Sometimes you’ve got to have luck on your side too and we’ve had a lot of that lately,” Rocco said. “I’ve just been in the right place at the right time on the racetrack and we always come out on top somehow.”

Wall, of Shrewsbury, Mass., was second and Brian Tagg of Oxford, Mass. third.

Scott Sundeen rallied from an early wreck to win the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature.

Larry Barnett of Moosup was second and Mike Malbaurn of Sterling third.


  1. Good job Jeff !

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