Perley King Again At Thompson
THOMPSON, Conn. — Chris Perley continued his domination of the International Supermodified Ass’n World Series of Speedway Racing feature at Thompson Int’l Speedway Sunday by scoring his eighth victory in the last 11 years in the event.
Jeff Locke wrestled the lead away from Dave Duggan early in the event and led until Russ Wood took the lead just after a lap-five restart. While Wood led Perley was locked in a battle for third with Ted Christopher.
A crash involving Joey Scanlon and Eddie Witkum, Jr. on lap 15 slowed the field. On the restart Perley passed Christopher down the backstretch, moving around second-place Locke moments later.
On lap 17 Perley made his move for the lead, passing Wood in the same place he passed Christopher. He led comfortably until a caution flagon lap 34 for Duggan, but he was able to pull away on the restart to score his fifth victory in eight starts this year.
“I’ve had such a blast here. Every time we unload this thing it’s just a bullet,” Perley said. “Thompson lets it breath and boy you just can’t slow it down. I’d like to run 300 laps here. It’s just so much fun out there. Everybody raced good today.”
Rob Summers was second at the five-eighths-mile asphalt oval ahead of Locke in third. Wood finished fourth, which was enough to give him his first series title after his championship rival Mike Lichty had early problems and finished 13th. Otto Sitterly completed the top five.