Photos by Norm Marx
Photos by
Jay Fernandez
1) 9 - Anthony Nocella - 50 Laps
2) 97 - Matt Swanson - 50
3) 11 - Ben Seitz - 50
4) 41 - Russ Wood - 49
5) 29 - Bobby Chartier - 49
6) 5 - Rob Summers - 48
7) 51 - Dave Dugan - 48
8) 45 - Derek Ramstrom - 16
9) 2 - Eric Emhoff - 2
Nocella the Supermodied Winner,
Summers the NESS 2022 Champion

The New England Supermodified Series (NESS) also took on the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on 10/29. The all-new-for-2022 NESS Series has been slowly growing over the year, and for a late fall race in Connecticut, the nine-car field roaring around the Speedbowl was as entertaining as ever.

After pacing two out of the three practices, Anthony Nocella looked to be the favorite in the Howie Lane owned #9 car. Nocella easily won heat one posting a lap time a half second faster than his nearest competitor. While second place point man Russ Wood won heat number two after a tight battle with former NLWS supermodified winner Ben Seitz.

Russ Wood entered the day just 16 points behind Rob Summers in the yearlong points battle but gained 3 points in the heat racing action. Rob Summers end of the year struggles continued as he finished in the 6th place position two laps down. However, that was enough to secure the Championship.

Anthony Nocella was able to take off on a torrid pace in the feature, leading every lap of the event from green to checkered to pick up his first career Big Block Supermodified victory in a dominating fashion. Nocella lapped every car except Ben Seitz #11 in third place and teammate and NESS Thompson World Series winner Matthew Swanson #97 in second place.

With the win, Nocella is the third driver to win their first NESS supermodified race this season and the sixth different driver to visit victory lane in 7 races in 2022. Parity is not something normally seen in supermodified racing, but things are starting to look up for the new NESS tour.

SATURDAY, OCT. 8th, 2022
Photos by
Norm Marx
1) 97 - Matt Swanson - 30 Laps
2) 11 - Ben Seitz - 30
3) 41 - Russ Wood - 30
4) 51 - Dave Duggan - 29
5) 5 - Rob Summers - 17
6) 45 - Derek Ramstrom - 7
Matt Swanson Scores NESS Win
The New England Supermodified Series held their penultimate event as part of the 60th Sunoco World Series presented by Budweiser led to point by Thunder Road winner Ben Seitz and Massachusetts standout Matt Swanson. After five side-by-side laps, Swanson took the commanding lead over Seitz and Rob Summers and never looked back. Matt Swanson would take down his first Supermodified win in only his second start followed by Ben Seitz and Russ Wood after mechanical issues took out Summers and Derek Ranstrom.
Photos by
Norm Marx
1) 11 - Ben Seitz - 50 Laps
2) 5 - Rob Summers - 50
3) 97 - Matt Swanson - 50
4) 41 - Russ Wood - 50
5) 51 - Dave Dugan - 50
6) 77 - Nick Sweet - 50
7) 25 - Dan Bowles - 22
8) 01 - Dan Connors - 22
9) 29 - Bobby Chartier - 3
Ben Seitz for the Win in the NESS #11
The New England Supermodifed Series NESS) invaded the town of Barre, VT for the second time in the tracks storied history. NESS brought 1000 horsepower, wide tired, winged machines to do battle on the quarter mile track at sub 10 second lap times.

Defending winner Jon McKennedy being unable to attend the event left an opening for a new winner to arise. One of those hopefuls was Nick Sweet one of the most successful drivers in Thunder Road history who was hoping to win in his first start in the #77 Supermodified.

However, the more likely contenderfor the win was the #25 of Dan Bowes which fastest in all three practices and was able to pick up the win in the first of two heat races. Ben Seitz in the #11 picked up heat win number 2. Bowes and Seitz would lead the 9-car field to green.

Dan Bowes mashed the pedal to the floor and jumped out to a half track lead in no time. Seitz and NESS points leader Rob Summers #5 battled for the second position. Dan Bowes quickly found his way into lap traffic. Bowes made quick work of Nick Sweets #77 car but had more trouble with the #01 of Dan Connors.

Just before halfway in the 50 lap main event as Bowes was attempting to pass to the outside of Connors to put him a lap down the two cars made contact. The left front of Bowes went over the top of the right rear tire of the #01 car causing the #25 car to catch a little air. The incident sent the number #25 machine careening into the backstretch wall, ripping off the top wing, right side suspension and some of the track safety lights. Bowes was uninjured, but his winning dreams were destroyed.

With a new race on tap without the dominate #25 car, Ben Seitz #11 set his sights on Victory Lane. Seitz turned his fastest lap of the race immediately following the restart. His lap of 10.1 was almost two full tenths slower than Bowes quick lap, but it was enough to pull away from Rob Summers quickly. Summers would fall in behind into second. Matt Swanson #97 making his first Super Modified appearance at Thunder Road ran third.

While the sparks flew from the underneath of the cars, Quarry Hill rumbled louder than ever. Seitz was able to take home the Sunoco checkered flag with Summers and Swanson rounding out the top 3. Summers second place finish will help him extend his double-digit point lead over Russ Wood and David Duggan in the year long point standings with just two events remaining.

The New England Supermodifieds will be back in action at Thompson Saturday October 8th taking part of day two of the World Series Weekend.

NESS Heat race Winners- Dan Bowes #25, Ben Seitz #11
1) 77 - Derek Griffith - 50 Laps
2) 11 - Ben Seitz  - 50
3) 41 - Russ Wood  - 50
4) 5 - Rob Summers  - 50
5) 25 - Dan Bowes - 50
6) 97 - Anthony Nocella  - 50
7) 51 - Dave Duggan  - 25
The New England Super Modified Series also graced Oxford Plains Speedway with their presence where Derek Griffith piloted the Allegresso Airlines/ All Star Towing #77 owned by Ken White Sr. to Victory. Derek had never raced a big block supermodified in his life. The #77 sustained significant damage in the first practice after an incident with a push truck that required a tow back to the pits. The team worked hard got the car repaired, and although the practice laps were limited, Derek won both the heat and the feature going wire to wire in both events. Ben Sietz, Russ Wood, Rob Summers and Dan Bowes would round out the top five.
WEDS., AUGUST 24th, 2022
  Photos by
John DaDalt &
Norm Marx 
NESS at SEEKONK - 75 Laps
Official Results - 8/24/22
1) 79 - Jon McKennedy
2) 11 Ben Seitz

3) 5 - Rob Summers
4) 25 - Dan Bowes
5) 51 - David Duggan
6) 77 - Jim Storace
7) 41 - Russ Wood

8) 97 - Anthony Nocella
9) 29 - Bobby Chartier

DNS - 44 - Ken Schrader
DNS - 9 - Matt Swanson
FRIDAY, JULY 15th, 2022
NESS at WMMP - 50 Laps
Official Results - 6/10/22
1) 5 Rob Summers
2) 97 Ben Seitz
3) 11 Michael Barnes
4) 41 Russ Wood
5) 51 David Dugan
Summer Scores WMMP NESS Win
The New England Supermodified Series (NESS) also made their White Mountain Motorsports Park debut on Friday 7/15. Taking the green for their 50-lap main event, pole sitter David Dugan held strong until Rob Summers beat him into turn three and made a daring pass on the inside to take the lead on lap 9. From there Summers never looked back and with the lead his times around the high banked quarter mile shrunk from 10.6-second laps to 10.4-second laps. Soon after, Ben Seitz began to close in on the leader but ultimately was unable to pass the #5 of Summers. After a green-to-checkered run lasting just 9 minutes and 7 seconds, Rob Summers took the checkers followed by Seitz and Michael Barnes for third.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10th, 2022
Photo: Alan Ward/Thunder Road
Jon McKennedy Wins Inaugural NESS Event
The debut of the New England Supermodified Series brought the fastest speeds of any car to ever grace Thunder Road. In all, eight of these winged behemoths launched into action but not one of them had anything for Jon McKennedy.

McKennedy led from the beginning, facing his only major challenge by the open-wheel ace Russ Wood who threateningly stalked the Silver #79 throughout the event. Unfortunately for Wood, his 'lay-back-and-wait' strategy went up in smoke with a blown motor on lap-65.

At the restart, it was no contest and McKennedy drove away, posting a fast lap of 9.73-seconds on the quarter-mile. Anthony Nocella and Rob Summers joined him in victory lane with second and third, respectively.
NESS at Thunder Road - 75 Laps
Official Results - 6/10/22
1) 79 - Jon McKennedy
2) 97 - Anthony Nocella
3) 5 - Rob Summers
4) 11 - Michael Barnes
5) 41 - Russ Wood
6) 77 - Mike Collins
7) 51 - David Duggan
8) 25 - Dan Bowes


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