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What is WALL Motorsports ?
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WALL Motorsports is a race team that in 2016 will campaign a Late Model at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, CT and in the new for 2016 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Southern New England Tripleheader Series.

After twelve seasons in a variety of quarter-midgets, microsprints, and NEMA Midgets, WIlliam slid behind the wheel of the #21 Limited Sportsman at Thompson in 2010, 2011, and 2014. 2015 saw William step up to the #4 Late Model and earn Rookie of the Year.

With a ten event schedule for 2016, Thompson offers unique, high-visibility exposure. The speedway prides itself as the original Super Speedway of the northeast, having opened on May 26, 1940 as a 5/8 mile oval, a huge track for the time. Located in the northeast corner of Connecticut, it is only moments away from a triangle of major marketing areas: Worcester, Hartford, and the Norwich/New London area.

Thompson's season opening Icebreaker and season closing World Series are big three day events with full grandstands and major exposure. Team sponsors may connect with the fans with commercial displays in the speedway midway. Thompson offers its promotional partners the opportunity to air pre-approved commercial advertisement spots during the race program.

The ACT Southern New England Tripleheader Series will feature a special $7,500 point fund for local weekly teams which participate in all three long distance events:

Sat., May 21 - New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl - NLW Tripleheader 100

Sat., July 16 - Seekonk (MA) Speedway - Seekonk Tripleheader 150

Sat., Oct. 15 - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
- World Series Tripleheader 75
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2016 WALL MOTORSPORTS MARKETING PROPOSAL PDF
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Wednesday, August, 10th, 2016
1st Place Finish
William in the Late Model Points lead with 383 points
over #70 Richard Gentes with 372.

Wednesday, July, 27th, 2016
3rd Place Finish
21st Place Finish
After a heat win, retired at lap 86 in a caution filled event.

Saturday, July, 9th, 2016
7th Place Finish
William in the Late Model Points lead with 284 points
over #70 Richard Gentes with 274.

Wednesday, June, 15th, 2016
6th Place Finish
After a start deep in the field by the handicapping procedure.

Wednesday, June, 1st, 2016
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Wall Continues Strong Start to 2016
with Late Model 20/20 Victory
William in the Late Model Points lead with 203 points
over #70 Richard Gentes with 176.
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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Website Race Story - Thompson celebrated a night dedicated to veterans and members of the U.S. Military on Wednesday, June 1st with the track's Whelen Military Night featuring the 3rd Annual Late Model 20/20 Sprint. Going into the night four drivers were seeking the hat trick as they sought to win the first three races of the season at Thompson in their respective series. A few found success, while others surrendered their undefeated record as new faces found their way to victory lane.

The highlight event of the night was the Late Model 20/20 race, a three-segment race featuring two twenty-lap features, set by inverted points standing and inverted results from segment one respectively, and a final ten-lap segment. The first two races payed out championship points and track wins and the final race payed out a $1,000 prize and a guaranteed starting position in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) event later this season at the World Series.

Larry Gelinas was able to play spoiler to William Wall's push for a third consecutive points win in the series after winning segment one, but Wall held on to finish second before the field was reset, which forced the two drivers to work their way back to the front in segment two to try and defend their strong starts in the feature. For the second segment both drivers would make their way through traffic to race for the lead, but it was Wall who came out on top for his third win in four races while Gelinas suffered a mechanical error sending him hard into the turn one wall. Gelinas walked away from the incident while Wall celebrated in victory lane before segment three.

"I got a real great start. Luckily I was able to wiggle my way through and I was able to get in front of some of these other guys. I was just really lucky off the start is all I can say. Everything fell right where I wanted it to," said Wall. "All the late race restarts gave me a run for my money. I can't thank this team enough."

Wall's quest to take the overall win and claim the $1,000 prize and guaranteed entry in the ACT event was not an easy one as he battled from green flag to checkered flag with Rick Gentes to take the victory in the final ten-lap sprint to the finish. Gentes stayed on Wall's quarter panel the entire final segment and nearly spun out trying to finally complete the pass out of turn four on the final lap. In the end Gentes had to settle for second place while Wall found himself in victory lane celebrating another successful night at Thompson Speedway

"That was probably the hardest ten laps I've ever had to drive in a Late Model," an exhausted William Wall said after the race. "(Gentes) is one of the best. He's been around Late Models for so long so racing against him, that's it right there. That's the guy you have to beat. Going side by side with him and rubbing paint was fun."

Wall said he has been pleasantly surprised by his strong start to his sophomore season in the Late Model series and added that he is looking forward to taking part in the ACT series event during the World Series in the fall.
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LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 1 FINISH: 1. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME); 2. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 3. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 4. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 5. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 6. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 7. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 8. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 9. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 10. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 11. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 12. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 13. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 14. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 15. Ernie LaRose (Moosup, CT)

LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 2 FINISH: 1. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 2. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 3. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 4. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 5. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 6. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 7. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 8. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 9. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 10. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME) 11. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 12. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 13. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 14. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA)

LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 3 FINISH: 1. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 2. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 3. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 4. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 5. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 6. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 7. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 8. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 9. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 10. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA)
24th for Willian in the ACT 100 at
New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Contact with a spinning car in the qualifier damaged the #4's radiator.
Repairs were completed but only after the consi was over. Starting from the back William was passed by the leader on lap 49. ACT rules require all cars a lap down pull off the track at lap 50.

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ACT LATE MODEL SO. NEW ENGLAND
TRIPLE HEADER TO WATERFORD
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) returns to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS) this Saturday night for the first time since 2010. The opening of the first round of three races for the newly created ACT Southern New England ACT affiliate Late Model tracks will take place for ACT touring teams and the weekly Late Model teams from New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this Saturday night, May 21. The three track alliance was put together after last season to help support the ACT fender type divisions that have been introduced to over a dozen tracks throughout the Northeast over the past decade.

"We are all looking forward to this triple-header series in Connecticut and Massachusetts. It has been in the planning process for a few years, and ACT is pleased to see the interest and growth of our full body kind of racing in the region. The talent level has improved dramatically over the years at our affiliate tracks, and of course, there will be the important 'home track advantage'. The 100 laps at the Speedbowl should be a great event at one of the best tracks in the East for competitive Late Model racing," said Tom Curley, President of ACT.

A solid contingent of local Late Model teams from the Speedbowl, Seekonk, and Thompson, including among others, Keith Rocco, Larry Gelinas, Brian Tagg, Jeff Smith, and
William Wall are all likely to compete in the first of the three ACT Triple Header events.

Post time is 5:15. The price for admission is $32 adults, $28 members of the military, teens 13-16 years old are $5, and under children 12 are free.

Wednesday, May, 18th, 2016
William Wall charges through an action-packed race to
earn his 2nd WIN in the Late Model division this season.
Thompson Speedway Race Report - The Late Model Series closed out the May 18th race night and while he didn't have much for the leaders in the early parts of the race, William Wall managed to complete the sweep of repeat winners for the night by winning his second consecutive race to start off the season. This made every winner of the night a repeat winner in their respective divisions, following their victories in the season-opening Icebreaker weekend. Wall said seeing three repeat winners before him certainly helped him approach his own event with a heightened confidence level, but it took a few properly timed cautions to help him get the job done.

"My whole team had real good momentum after the little break that we had between races. I just can't say enough about this whole team. I wouldn't be here without them. Like I say to everybody that comes to these races, it's not just having a good car or good crew. The cautions need to fall in your favor and tonight they did," Wall said. Wall took the lead after the final restart, which saw issues for the second and third place drivers and allowed Wall to move into position to make a late race charge for the win.

Sunday, April. 10th, 2016
Will Takes The WIN!!
RACE
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Saturday. October. 17th, 2015
8th in the ACT WORLD SERIES 100
 
ACT Awards Final Stars of 2015 for Thompson World Series

The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three non-podium teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour and select ACT-sanctioned events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason is used to decide the award recipients. The Three Stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a future ACT event.

ACT made its first visit to Connecticut's Thompson Speedway in 23 years - and the inaugural trip under the ACT Late Model Tour banner - this past Saturday, October 17 for its 2015 season finale as part of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by XtraMart. A field of 35 cars participated in qualifying with 33 starting the World Series 100, and the event saw numerous twists and turns. Rowley, MA's Eddie MacDonald and Waterford, CT's Dillon Moltz both appeared to have the race in hand at various stages. But the engine in MacDonald's Hancock Electric Chevy expired with 25 laps remaining, and an incident on a lap-92 restart eliminated Moltz along with Joey Polewarczyk Jr. - taking "Joey Pole's" slim championship hopes with them.

The mantle was thus passed to Williston, VT's Brian Hoar, who easily held off the field for an emotional 42nd career ACT victory in what turned out to be his final race. Behind him, Dover, NH's Wayne Helliwell Jr. did exactly what he needed to do to clinch his third ACT Late Model Tour Championship. But there were numerous stories to follow throughout the field, with ACT newcomers and established racers alike fighting for points and pride to close out 2015.

One American Racer Star of the Race is:

William Wall, Shewsbury, MA - #4MA - William Wall made the jump to ACT-type Late Models in 2015 after a 15-year racing career which has included Microsprints, NEMA Midgets, and the Thompson Limited Sportsmen. Wall finished a respectable 7th in points in weekly Thompson competition and made his ACT debut on Saturday. He made an impression right away in the Wall Trucking Chevy, driving from fifth to second in his heat and earning the 6th starting spot in the main event.

Wall then drove a quiet but stellar feature, remaining on the lead lap through a long green-flag run while holding his own against drivers such as newly-crowned ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. and top-5 point driver Brandon Atkins. After avoiding a pair of late incidents, Wall took home an 8th-place finish - the highest of any Thompson regular. The #4MA team receives a Star Award for a strong ACT debut which showed they'll be ones to watch in future Late Model competition.

 
Photos by
Norm Marx
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World Series - Friday, October 17th, 2015 - Thompson (TSMP)

20th place after being eliminated on lap one. We had a fast car and qualified well. On lap one going into turn one another competitor had trouble slowing, hitting the #4 and causing damage to the left rear wheel and a suspension part. We worked late into the night back at the shop repairing the car for the Saturday ACT race.

Thompson Late Model Final 2015 Points Standings - 7th
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"Pepsi Night" - 2nd Place Finish -
August 26th, 2015 - Thompson (TSMP)

Thompson Late Model Points Standings - 5th


Photos by
E.J. O'Rourke
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"The BUD 150" - 3rd Place Finish -
August 12th, 2015 - Thompson (TSMP)
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"Whelen Night" - 7th Place Finish - July 29th, 2015 - Thompson (TSMP)

"20/20 Sprint" - 7th Place Finish -
July 8th, 2015 - Thompson (TSMP)

The second annual Dunkin' Donuts Late Model 20/20 event, a series of three segments, two 20-lap and one 10-lap feature,
to decide an overall winner on the night. Each of the first two segments also served as separate points paying events.

Segment 1:  6th      Segment 2:  5th      Segment 3:  5th
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"Mr. Rooter Feature" - 6th Place Finish - June 10th, 2015 - Thompson (TSMP)


"The Icebreaker" - 9th Place Finish
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April 11th - 12th, 2015
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Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park
William in the #21 Limited Sportsman in 2011 William Wall
William in the #5 NEMA Midget in 2010 Aaron in the #55 NEMA Midget in 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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