Thompson Notes: Buddy Charette Tops SK Light Modifieds; Brian Tagg Dominates In Late Models

Buddy Charette celebrates victory in the SK Light Modified feature Wednesday at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

THOMPSON – On May 15 journeyman local racer Buddy Charette picked up his first career victory in a Modified type car in winning an SK Light Modified feature at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. 

Wednesday at Thompson Charette, of Woodstock, kept that momentum rolling. 

Charette used a lap 14 restart to go by Anthony Bello for the lead and never trailed again on the way to victory in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Wednesday at Thompson. 

It was the first SK Light Modified victory at Thompson for Charette. 

Bello, of Newtown, was second and John O’Sullivan of Salem third. 

“We’ve had a good car here,” Charette said. “This was really the first time we didn’t have something happen or we didn’t get taken out. I was probably being a little too aggressive at times because we had a better car than they did for sure. I just wanted it. We’ve lost a bunch here with a really good car and I had to do that for all the guys that put in all the time and effort.”

Brian Tagg celebrates victory in the Late Model feature Wednesday at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

Brian Tagg of Oxford, Mass. led every lap on the way to victory in the 25-lap Late Model feature.

“Winning from the pole, when you’re sitting in the car it can’t go by any slower,” Tagg said. “I was just hitting my marks. The car was done over by Bob Fill. He did a great job. I can’t say enough about him. He got us on the right track. We struggled at the Icebreaker, 14th place. Not good at the Icebreaker. We don’t want to come here and run 14th place. Great show, great run and just very happy to be here.”

Tom Carey III of Orange, Mass. was second and Ryan Morgan of Mystic third.

Corey Fanning of Mapleville, R.I. won the 20-lap Limited Sportsman and celebrated with a wild smoke show in turn four. 

“It’s just been a long week,” Fanning said. “A long few weeks. Health issues with the family. I told everybody I was going to sit this one out and everybody pushed and pushed and pushed. I spent the last 48 hours in the hospital with my girlfriend. Having a baby any minute now. I’ll cap the day off like that.” 

Brent Gleason of Lisbon was second and Larry Barnette of Moosup third. 

Steve Michalski of Brooklyn topped the field in the 15-lap Mini Stock feature. Dave Trudea of Mansfield was second and Eric Bourgeois of East Haddam third. 


  1. Congrats Buddy, you guys put on a great show. One of the lights, don’t remember the # took a viscous shot in the turn 2 wall. Glad he was able to walk away.

  2. 🌈🦄2020 says

    That was Kenneway, head on in the turn. It was really good to see him walk away. No info from the announcers about it. They were talking like it was a light hit.

  3. 🌈🦄2020,
    1. Announcers don’t typically give “info” on any wreck when they don’t actually have info on the condition of those involved.
    2. At no point did I hear any of the announcers say anything that inferred they were acting like it wasn’t a big hit or they weren’t concerned.

  4. Seems like the Chevy’s are dominating the late model division at Thompson right now.

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