Thompson Notes: Ryan Waterman Tops Limited Sportsman; Derek Gluchaki Wins In Late Model

Ryan Waterman celebrates victory in the Limited Sportsman feature Wednesday at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Editor’s Note: Following the night’s races it was announced by event management that Limited Sportsman winner Ryan Waterman, second place Scott Sundeen and fourth place finisher Zack Robinson were all disqualified for failing post race inspection for undisclosed reasons. Jason Chicolas was declared the winner of the Limited Sportsman event.

THOMPSON – Ryan Waterman defended the challenges of Scott Sundeen and Jason Chicolas over multiple restarts over the second half of the event to win the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature Wednesday at Thompson Speedway.

It was the first victory of the season for Waterman, of Danielson.

“I wasn’t too excited to see [the caution flags],” Waterman said. “The car was starting to get a little loose. … I was holding on for all I had.”

Sundeen, of Douglas, Mass, was second and Chicolas, of Sutton, Mass., third.

Derek Gluchacki of North Dartmouth, Mass. won the 30-lap Late Model feature.

Ryan Morgan of North Franklin was second and Matt Lowinski-Loh of Milford, Mass. third.

Nathan Pytko of Oxford, Mass. won the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.

Steven Chapman of Ellington was second and John O’Sullivan of Salem third.

Dave Trudeau of Mansfield won the 15-lap Mini Stock feature.

Kevin Moore of Moosup was second and Jared Roy of Sterling third.


  1. I’m guilty as well for thinking this was a low energy event. Wednesday is tough in the first place but expenses this year end up being the proverbial straw. Not so fast we’re not looking hard enough.
    I’m no late model fan but that race was hard fought and young star Gluchacki earned every bit of the win. Seeing Fuller’s SK Light 02 with space to race instead of getting knocked around in the Stafford bumper car events was nice to see. The 179 SK fought hard but ended up cruising to a win over two SK institutions at Thompson and no one predicted that. And what a beautiful car the 179 is and more so in the winners circle. Owen and Rocco trying their best to be upbeat but you could see they did not see the 179 doing what it did.
    Please don’t tell me there are any complaints on the Limited Sportsman. Those guys always put on a great show at Thompson. Old man Lead Foot Larry Barnett may not have podium-ed but he sure made some waves as the guy that named him Lead Foot, Russ Dowd watched from the stands. Funny his name recently mentioned in the forum and there he was. Cool beans.
    Normally competitive Brent Gleason a bust in this race and why is that important? Mainly because he spent literally days re-fitting his Ford 9 inch rear, squaring it up to get it just right which turned out not be productive time spent but that misses the point. That show of his is visual proof of what all racers know. The endless hours of work in the shop, the majority of it all by yourself, with no guarantees any of it will pay off.
    The 7ny, Preece in his pizza-mobile, Pitkat, Williams, Pasteryak and Rocco mixing it up in numerous restarts toward the end of their feature how is that not great entertainment. The 7ny clearly the class of the field but all those other cars in a real scrum with the upper hand changing every restart. Woody’s pirouette in traffic and not only avoids damage but salvages and P8. Then there was Swanson. Now back in the family car and he was a factor the entire race tell me that wasn’t a surprise. Preece with the whiff in his pit. I was riveted watching him chip away to get back to see how unhappy he’d be on the podium and he was every bit of that. Was that the $20,000 Super Late Model engine they talked about at Stafford cause if it is we’re gonna being hearing more about it.
    Come to think of it maybe the event wasn’t low energy maybe we fans were. Expecting door buster car counts and packed stands like a weekend show or the iconic MMTTS Wednesday show at Seekonk. Maybe that’s unfair. The teams delivered, the racing was first rate and if anyone is disappointed I’m thinking that’s on us.

  2. Stuart A Fearn says

    i heard the three limited sportsman guys were all disqualified for illegal shocks. Have no more info other than that right now.

  3. Amos Eaton says

    We know that you have empirically become an expert on illegal parts Stuart… 🤣

  4. Capt. Mike Qbvious says


    The official press release on the ACT website says the 1st, 2nd, and 4th place Limited Sportsmen finishers were disqualified, with Jason Chicolas officially getting the win. It doesn’t say why they were all disqualified.

  5. Stuart A Fearn says

    honestly I looked up the definition of empirically to make sure I use it correctly, that is; by means of observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic. So, yes I have empirical knowledge on the subject of both illegal parts and being bounced for said parts as well.
    I can honestly say we do make every effort to stay within the rules because we do plan on being in tech every single week and it would be stupid to show up knowing you will be bounced if the tech is your “secret weapon” part.

  6. Stuart A Fearn says

    I understand the press release does not say why, I gained some inside knowledge through dependable sources close to the situation and passed that onto the readers as an inside iggy for their reading pleasure.

  7. Capt. Mike Qbvious says

    My mistake, Stuart, I should paid more attention before posting. All good here.

  8. punch drunk loving limiteds says

    LOL a third of a scarce field disqualified for illegal shocks…. again its over know when to quit

  9. Hillary 2024 says

    The street stocks were the only “local” division that showed up. 20 of them. The rest averaged 11 cars which was pathetic.

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