Thompson Notes: Matt Swanson Wins In Second SuperModified Start At Sunoco World Series

Matt Swanson celebrates victory in the New England SuperModified Series feature Saturday at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

THOMPSON – Last week Modified racing veteran Matt Swanson got his first try at racing in a Big Block SuperModified. 

A week later Swanson was celebrating his first career victory in a Big Block SuperModified. 

Swanson, of Acton, Mass., cruised to victory in the 30-lap New England SuperModified Series feature Saturday at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway. 

It was the first career victory on the .625-mile Thompson oval for Swanson. 

“To get my first win at Thompson, in a [SuperModified], the baddest fast race cars that come to this place, it’s unbelievable. … I can’t believe we just won in a [SuperModified] in my second [SuperModified] start. 

Swanson began his racing career competing in Quarter Midgets at the Little T Speedway on the ground of Thompson Speedway.

“I finally got the win at Thompson,” Swanson said. “It’s the place I started racing in 2008 at the Little T. And it’s been however many years and I still hadn’t gotten a win on the big track. So to get the win in such a cool car – I definitely want to win in the Modified here – … to do it in a [SuperModified] is just unbelievable.” 

Ben Seitz of Bourne, Mass. was second and Russ Wood of Pelham, N.H. was third. 

Swanson made his first legend SuperModified team owner Howie Lane last week at Thunder Road International Speedbowl. In a week’s time Swanson went from running the immensely powerful ride at the quarter-mile Thunder Road bullring to the high banks at Thompson turning laps around 130 mph. 

“When I went out in it the first time for practice today I was just like ‘Whoa, this is something.’” Swanson said. “It took me pretty much all three rounds of practice to get used to it. Even in the heat race I still kind of struggled being around cars with what the car was doing when you had dirty air on it.

“Howie and the guys made great adjustments before the race and the car was perfect. I could go wherever I wanted. I got past Rob [Summers] on the bottom, I got past [Ben Seitz] on the top. The car would go wherever I wanted it to. From there, when I was in clean air it just came to life.” 

Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Me. drove away from Wayne Helliwell Jr. over the final 20 laps to win the 75-lap Pro All-Stars Series feature. 

Helliwell, of Dover, N.H., was second and D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, N.H. third. The race went caution free. 

Tom Carey III of Orange, Mass. scored victory in the 75-lap American-Canadian Tour feature. 

Derek Gluchacki of North Dartmouth, Mass. was second and Alexendre Tardif of Quebec, Canada third. 

Dave Trudeau of Mansfield won the 20-lap Mini Stock feature. Jared Roy of Moosup was second and John Bavolacco of Stratford third. Kevin Moore Moosup was fifth and clinched the 2022 Thompson Mini Stock championship. 

Brett Meservey of Brewster, Mass. won the 22-lap Harry Kourafas Memorial Pro-4 Modified feature. Rob Richardi of Easton, Mass. was second and Doug Meservey Jr. of Dennisport, Mass. was third.

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