Brooks Survives Tough One at Thompson



The Sportsman Street Stock Series headed up to Thompson, Connecticut to visit one of the tougher tracks on the schedule, Thompson Speedway. This track has always been a hit or a miss for this series and tonight would be one of those misses. The one-grooved track would see the 27 car field all fighting for the same line on the track which would send the pace car out onto the track a number of times on the night.

Ty Majeski led the field to the green and would jump out to the early lead. The race started off pretty decent with a short run at the beginning, but after the first caution flew, cautions would breed cautions on the remaining restarts. Both James Poleske and Parker Traves ran up in the top 5 early in the run but would find trouble on a couple of the restarts which dropped them back. A couple of other drivers would each have their turn running near the front as well, but with no inside groove and not much room to race, the top 5 would shuffle all night long.

One driver that was working his way up through the field, was Justin Brooks. He had qualified in the 2nd spot but elected to start at the rear of the field, but by lap 20, he was already up into the top 5. At the front of the field though, Majeski looked to have things in control until a lap 39 restart which put Sam Clark up next to the leader on the restart. As they took off, Clark would get a small jump and as they went into the corner they would make contact. Clark would move ahead but slipped up and as the two drivers went into the next corner they would make contact once again. This time Majeski would cut down to the bottom and the two would get together one more time on the front stretch but this time the contact would be too much as they both ended up into the wall. Through that whole thing, Brooks was able to sneak by and grab the lead as the caution came out.

Brooks now looked to have things in control and he would have to hold off a couple of attempts from Matt Rolfe and Brian Tedeschi on the restarts, but we was able to get the jump each time. The final restart happened with just 1 lap to go setting up a one lap shootout. Brooks jumped to the lead, received some slight contact in the corner but managed to keep it straight. Tedeschi would make slight contact with Brooks coming out of turn 2 which ultimately sent Tedeschi down into the infield by himself, while everyone else was able to keep their cars going.

Brooks was able to continue on, and he came around to pick up his 2nd Street Stock win of the season. Poleske would work his way back up to the 2nd spot by the end of the race, with Majeski also recovering to a 3rd place finish. Rolfe would run in the top 5 all race long and eventually brought it home in 4th, just beating out Kenny Lindsley out of turn 4 on the last lap who finished 5th. With Rolfe’s 4th place finish, he extended his points lead to 36 points over Tedeschi in 2nd.

  1. Justin Brooks
  2. James Poleske
  3. Ty Majeski
  4. Matt Rolfe
  5. Kenny Lindsley
  6. Mike Belanger
  7. Dale Owen
  8. Brandon Wilkonson
  9. JayJay Day
  10. Travis Warling
  11. Clay Snider
  12. Jacob Beauchesne
  13. Scott Hutchison
  14. Robey Shuck
  15. Brian Tedeschi
  16. Daniel Vining
  17. Ken Belanger
  18. James Linkiewicz
  19. Daniel Haaser
  20. Jacob Linkiewicz
  21. Sam Clark
  22. Scott Dunlap
  23. Parker Traves
  24. Jason Miller
  25. Stephen Denmark
  26. Tim Bills
  27. Ronald Kirk

Next week the series heads to the Stafford Motor Speedway for a 75 lap event.

For the full results and standings, click HERE.