Sunoco World Series Notes: Ryan Waterman Tops Limited Sportsman Feature

Ryan Waterman celebrates victory in the NEMA Lites feature Sunday at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

THOMPSON – Success in the Limited Sportsman division at Thompson Speedway has come plenty the last few years for Ryan Waterman. 

But missing from the statistical highlights for the Danielson driver was a victory in the division on Sunoco World Series weekend. 

Sunday Waterman checked off the accomplishment he’s been seeking in dominating fashion. 

Waterman went unchallenged for most of the event at the front to cruise to victory in the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature Sunday at Thompson. 

“It’s pretty nice because I had won everything I wanted to win at Thompson besides a World Series,” Waterman said. “I’ve come close a couple years. I finally got the job done. … It wasn’t as easiest as you think. But this car was on rails. It was my dad’s setup. I can’t complain.

“I was expecting a little more cautions and some more action than that, but I’ll take it any way I can get it.” 

Brandon Plemons of Uncasville was second and Zack Robinson of Putnam third. 

The victory completed a season sweep of events at Thompson for Waterman, who also won the division’s feature in the only other event at the track in 2020 on Sept. 3. 

“It’s awesome,” Waterman said. “There’s no place like Thompson. Hopefully we can get some more races next year.” 

Randy Cabral celebrates victory in the NEMA Lites feature Sunday at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Randy Cabral of Kingston, Mass. held off the the last lap challenge of PJ Stergois to win the 25-lap NEMA Lites feature. 

“Hat’s off to [Stergois], that kid is a class act,” Cabral said. “We race wheel-to-wheel all the time. He had every chance of sliding up into me and banging me out of the way and taking that win and the kid didn’t do it.” 

Stergois, of Candia, N.H. was second and Richie Coy of Haskell, N.J. third. 

DJ Shaw celebrates victory in the Pro All Stars Series feature Sunday at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

DJ Shaw of Center Conway, N.H. topped the field in the 75-lap Pro All Stars Series feature. 

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. was second and Ray Christian III of Uncasville third. 

John O’Sullivan celebrates victory in the SK Light Modified feature Sunday at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

John O’Sullivan of Salem took the lead from Paul Charette on a lap 19 restart and held on to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature. 

“My spotter Brandon [Wilkinson], he’s the best,” O’Sullivan said. “He talked me through that whole [pass for the lead] telling me what I had to do. We had to use up [Charette] a little bit, but we had to do what we had to do. We had to get to this win. My car owner Brian [Donova], his health is not great. He’s not here with us today.” 

Charette, of Woodstock, ended up second and Shawn Thibeault of Plainville was third. 

Glenn Korner Jr. went by Derek Debbis for the lead on lap three restart, but on lap five contact from Debbis sent Korner into the backstretch wall. Debbis was penalized to the rear of the field.

Debbis rallied back, but on lap 19 Tyler Chapman and Debbis wrecked in a battle for third place. It was on the ensuring restart that O’Sullivan was able to overtake Charette for the win.

SAMUEL ADAMS LIMITED SPORTSMEN
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Ryan Waterman ( 24 ) Danielson , CT
2. Brandon Plemons ( 39 ) Uncasville , CT
3. Zachary Robinson ( 89 ) Putnam , CT
4. Troy Waterman ( 75 ) Danielson , CT
5. Lawrence Barnett ( 73 ) Moosup , CT
6. Al Stone III ( 52 ) Durham , CT
7. Nikolas Hovey ( 16 ) Chaplin , CT
8. Charles (Hank) Stott ( 10 ) Medway , MA
9. Kevin Mason ( 37 ) West Warwick , RI
10. Walter Hovey ( 16CT ) Chaplin , CT
11. Kristopher Kay ( 8 ) Dudley , MA
12. Doug Benoit ( 2 ) Swansea , MA
13. Dominic Abbatiello ( 20 ) North Branford , CT
14. Jeremy Washburn ( 78 ) Willimantic , CT
15. Tom Shea ( 45 ) Somers , CT
16. Aaron Piemons ( 67 ) Uncasville , CT
17. Mitch Bombard ( 10CT ) Willimantic , CT
18. Jon Porter ( 38 ) East Lyme , CT
19. Jason Finkbein ( 46X ) Columbia , CT
20. Michael Malbaurn ( 64 ) Moosup , CT
21. Corey Fanning ( 47 ) Mapleville , RI
22. Jeff Van Pelt ( 13 ) Johnston , RI
23. John Carpenter ( 46 ) North Grosvenordale , CT
DNS Nicholas Anderson ( 00 ) Oxford , MA
DNS Ryan Bell ( 11X ) Acworth , NH

PASS SUPER LATE MODELS
Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
1. ( 2 ) D.J. Shaw ( 60 ) Center Conway, NH , 75 Laps
2. ( 4 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) Rowley, MA , 75 Laps
3. ( 17 ) Ray Christian III ( 93CT ) Uncasville, CT , 75 Laps
4. ( 3 ) Derek Ramstrom ( 35 ) Worcester, MA , 75 Laps
5. ( 12 ) Johnny Clark ( 54 ) Hallowell, ME , 75 Laps
6. ( 11 ) Ben Rowe ( 4 ) Turner, ME , 75 Laps
7. ( 19 ) Corey Casagrande ( 7CT ) Stafford Springs, CT , 75 Laps
8. ( 10 ) Gabe Brown ( 47B ) Center Conway, NH , 75 Laps
9. ( 1 ) Brandon Barker ( 88 ) Windham, ME , 75 Laps
10. ( 5 ) Kate Re ( 10 ) Lovell, ME , 75 Laps
11. ( 9 ) Kelly Moore ( 47 ) Scarborough, ME , 75 Laps
12. ( 14 ) Travis Benjamin ( 7 ) Belfast, ME , 75 Laps
13. ( 13 ) John Lowinski-Loh ( 18L ) Thompson, CT , 75 Laps
14. ( 7 ) Nick Lascuola ( 39 ) Abington, MA , 75 Laps
15. ( 8 ) Ben Ashline ( 99 ) Pittson, ME , 75 Laps
16. ( 6 ) Mike Scorzelli ( 18 ) Feura Bush, NY , 74 Laps
17. ( 18 ) Daryl Stampfl ( 1 ) Norwood, MA , 72 Laps
18. ( 16 ) Mike Mitchell ( 40RI ) Cumberland, RI , 65 Laps
19. ( 15 ) Anthony Consantino ( 14C ) Auburn, ME , 33 Laps
20. ( 20 ) Mark Jenison ( 22RI ) Warwick, RI , 20 Laps
21. ( 21 ) Scott McDaniel ( 14 ) Livermore, ME , 5 Laps
DNS Brandon Terbush ( 21NY ) Manorville, NY
Lap Leaders: Brandon Barker, pole; D.J. Shaw, 1-28; Eddie MacDonald, 29-42; Shaw, 43-75. (3 lead changes among 3 drivers)
Time of Race: 33 minutes, 7 seconds   Margin of Victory: 2.836 seconds 
Cautions: 2 (laps 42, 42) 
Heat Winners: Brandon Barker, D.J. Shaw

TWISTED TEA SK LIGHT MODIFIEDS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. John O'Sullivan ( 15 ) Norwich , CT
2. Paul Charette ( 28 ) Woodstock , CT
3. Shawn Thibeault ( 56 ) Southington , CT
4. Nathan Pytko ( 24 ) Oxford , MA
5. Ethan Durocher ( 6 ) Canterbury , CT
6. Nick Anglace ( 10 ) Naugatuck , CT
7. Michael McCarthy ( 2 ) Oxford , MA
8. Tyler Chapman ( 41 ) Ellington , CT
9. Derek Debbis ( 56X ) Oakdale , CT
10. Glenn Korner ( 27 ) Bloomfield , CT
11. Steven  Chapman ( 44 ) Ellington , CT
12. Anthony Forino ( 25 ) Waterbury , CT
13. Brian Sullivan ( 11 ) Tolland , CT
14. Paul LaPlante ( 99 ) No. Scituate , RI
15. Paul Pytko ( 84 ) Oxford , MA

TRULY NEMA LITES
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Randy Cabral ( 1 ) Kingston, MA
2. P.J. Stergios ( 11 ) Candia, NH
3. Richie Coy ( 19 ) Haskell, NJ
4. Jim Santa Maria ( 97 ) Burlington, CT
5. Avery Stoehr ( 35 ) Assonet, MA
6. Chase Locke ( 88 ) Chester, NH
7. Joe Bailey ( 21 ) Monroe, NH
8. Kyle Valeri ( 17 ) Monument Beach, MA
9. Jake Trainor ( 8 ) Medway, MA
10. Anthony Payne ( 16 ) Fairlawn, NH
11. Tiana Kibbe ( 94 ) Fairfield, CT
12. Drew Eldridge ( 55 ) No. Chelmsford, MA
13. Lanson Fornoro ( 2 ) Reeders, PA

Comments

  1. Nice job Ryan…agreed…look forward to more races at Thompson for 2021..!!

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