SATURDAY, OCT. 8th, 2022
Photos by
Norm Marx
Photos by
Sharon Perry
1) 94 - Garrett Hall - 75 Laps
2) 27nh - Wayne Helliwell Jr. - 75
3) 60 - DJ Shaw - 75
4) 15ma - Jake Johnson - 75
5) 17ma - Eddie MacDonald - 75
6) 50 - Gabe Brown - 75
7) 7ct - Cory Casagrande - 75
8) 72 - Ryan Kuhn - 75
9) 18s - Mike Scorzelli  - 75
10) 4nh - Joey Polewarczyk Jr. - 74
11) 21 - Josh King - 74
12) 81 - Dan Winter - 74
13) 60m - Mike Mayberry - 73
14) 7n - Isaac Bevin - 60
DNS - 36 - Dave Silvia
Homerun for Hall at World Series
The Pro All Stars Series and The New England Supermodified Series took to the 5/8 mile of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 8th for the 60th annual World Series weekend. This was the first event for the New England Supermodified Series at Thompson in their Inaugural season while the Pro All Star Series has become a staple at the track for two events a year. PASS and NESS joined a host of other divisions on the weekend, but Supermodifieds and Super Late Models always are headliners.

To start the Pro All Stars Series action Garrett Hall #94 and Jake "The Jet" Johnson #15ma each picked up heat race victories and notched themselves front row starting positions for the feature. Garrett Hall being a former PASS Thompson Winner and Johnson finishing runner up at Thompson earlier in the season at the Ice Breaker made the front row competition very stout even though both drivers were winless up to this point in the 2022 season. The top points contenders on the year Ryan Kuhn #72, Gabe Brown #50, Eddie MacDonald #17ma, and DJ Shaw #60 would all have to work forward from the back half of the field due to PASS handicapping procedures.

Jake Johnsons #15ma Lynn's Propane car jetted to the lead on lap 1 but Hall fought back on the bottom side and regained the lead on lap 2. As Hall started to pull away Wayne Helliwell was on the move. Just five laps in the #27 E Keys for Cars Machine had worked all the way up from 7th to the second position. Just 4 laps later Helliwell flew up the inside of Hall and took the lead just 9 laps into the 75 lap main event. After losing the lead Hall seemed to slow his pace a little and Jake Johnson stole the second spot away quickly.

Another car on the move was 5 time PASS North Champion DJ Shaw. After starting 11th Shaw had already worked his way up to the 4th spot, setting his eyes on Hall for the 3rd spot just 20 laps in. Connecticut native Corey Casagrande #7ct was holding steady in his 5th place starting position with the top three drivers in points just behind him. MacDonald, Brown and Kuhn were running 6th,7th and 8th respectively. As the field crossed the stripe at halfway Helliwell, Johnson, Hall and Shaw could fit under a blanket.

Helliwell's car seemed to start to fade a bit while Scarborough, Maine native Garrett Hall started to turn up the wick. Hall was able to overtake Johnson for the second position and would soon be challenging for the lead. Hall was able to use the inside line to power up the inside and put his Norms Used Cars #94 to the lead with just 24 laps remaining.

DJ Shaw was one of the fastest cars on the track but after battling with Jake Johnson for a dozen laps had allowed Helliwell and Hall to take off and open a sizeable advantage. Hall was able to hold on for his first PASS win since 2019 over Helliwell. DJ Shaw came home third while Jake Johnson and Eddie MacDonald rounded out the top five in the green to checkered event.

An even keeled Garrett Hall explained the early race struggles in his victory lane interview. "We worked really hard getting this car back together after the (Oxford) 250. Can't thank the guys enough. At the beginning of the run, we were just a little too free. I tried putting some front brake in it but then I tried entering the corner a little bit lower and washing up in the center and that made a big difference. That's where I picked up all my speed." This was Garrett's first win in a Dale Shaw Racecar and competitor and chassis builder DJ Shaw seemed to believe it could be the first of many.

The Pro All Stars Series will be back in action Saturday, October 15th in their second to last event of the season. Oxford Plains Speedway will play host to the event with over 30 cars on the entry list. Oxford Plains Speedway always has big car counts and with the Championship points battle still up for grabs, a strong run at Oxford will be imperative for Gabe Brown, Ryan Kuhn and Eddie MacDonald as they chase their first PASS North title. DJ Shaw is no stranger to the stage at the end of the year awards banquets, and his quest for a 6th appearance on the stage is still a strong possibility with a little luck.


Lap Leaders: Jake Johnson 15ma (Lap 1;) Garrett Hall 94 (Laps 2- 8, 51-75); Helliwell #27 (Laps 9-50)

Most Laps Led: Helliwell #27 - 41 Laps (9-50)

Cautions: 0

Hard Charger: DJ Shaw #60 - 11th to 3rd (8 Spots)

Hard Luck: Isaac Bevin #7b - 4th to 14th (10 Spots)

Fastest Lap of the Race: Wayne Helliwell #27 - 20.133 (Lap 8)

Total Time of Event: 25:35.198
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
New England Supermodified Series point leader Rob Summers picked up another heat race win in his #5 Hoosier Tire East entry. The new 572 spec motor was able to be competitive once again even on the biggest horsepower track on the schedule.

In the feature, however, Ben Seitz was able to take the lead on the initial start from the outside pole. Seitz in Vic Miller's legendary #11 was able to lead the first 11 laps before Modified ace Matt Swanson #97 was able to find the outside lane in coming off turn four coming to complete lap 12. Swanson was able to complete the pass after wheel-to-wheel action for a lap.

It would be smooth sailing for Swanson as Matt was able to lead the last 19 laps and pick up the feature win in the 30 Lap NESS main event. An exuberant Swanson addressed the crowd "I got my start 14 years ago just over the hill here at little T Speedway for this to be my first win at Thompson in a Super, the baddest fastest race cars that come to this place. It's unbelievable"

Swanson picked up the victory in just his second ever supermodified start over second place finisher Ben Seitz and third place runner Russ Wood #41.

The NESS supers have one more event left on their schedule for the inaugural season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, October 29th along with the PASS SLMs and the ACT Late Models.


Series Contact:  Tommy Mayberry - (207) 693-6497


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