World Series Notes: Doug Curry Rallies To Win Thompson Mini Stock Championship

Doug Curry celebrates winning the Thompson Speedway Mini Stock championship at the Sunoco World Series Sunday (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

THOMPSON – Thompson Speedway Mini Stock driver Doug Curry prides himself for having a never give up attitude on the track. 

Sunday at Thompson, Curry, of Norwich proved just how deeply that philosophy drives him. 

Curry came into Sunday’s Mini Stock season finale one point behind Scott Michalski in the division standings, with Steve Michalski in third, three points off the lead. 

But it looked like Curry’s championship hopes were scrapped away three laps into the divisions 15-lap feature. 

Or so it seemed. 

Curry got pushed off the track with a flat tire and car that wouldn’t start. He got his tire changed, got the car to start again, went back out on the track in 25th place and began the rally. 

That fight back to the front took Curry to a second place finish in and the track championship. 

Scott Michalski had his own issues ended up sixth. Steve Michalsk was fourth. Curry ended up seven points ahead of both Scott Michalski and Steve Michalski in the final standings. 

“I got slammed on the right front and cut the tire down,” Curry said.  “At the same time we cut the tire down the car shut off. I don’t know what happened there, I couldn’t get it fired on the track. So we had a flat tire and we had a car that wouldn’t start. So they had to push me into the pits. They changed the tire and I tried to fire it up and it fired up. 

“At that point I’m like, ‘Holy crap’ I roll back out and I’m 25th and we’ve got like 12 laps to go. I say it all the time. You can never give up. Until the checkered flag falls you’ve got to keep digging. You can never count yourself out. Luckily it worked out. We were able to pick them out and get to the front. It looked like Scott [Michalski] had some misfortune. You never want to win it that way, but at the end of the day, we had some misfortune too. We took what we had, the cards were dealt.” 

Tommy Silva celebrates victory in the Mini Stock feature at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Sunday (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Tommy Silva of Gales Ferry won the feature. Charles Canfield of East Haven was third. 

Randy Cabral of Plymouth, Mass. won the 20-lap Shane Hammond Memorial NEMA Lite feature. 

Anthony Marvuglio of Bridgewater, Mass. was second and P.J. Stergois of Candia, N.H. third. 

Gerard Giordano Jr. of Freeport, N.Y. won the 35-lap Exit Realty Truck Series feature. Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, N.Y. was second and Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck third. 

Matthew Kimball of Bennington, N.H. won the 20-lap North East Mini Stock Tour feature.

Devin Guy of Dublin, N.H. was second and Mike Viens of Seekonk, Mass. third.

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