THOMPSON, Conn. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished 16th in the PASS North Series PASS 100 at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Conn., on Thursday, July 21. Sommerville was racing in third place in the early going when the two leaders got together in front of him, giving him nowhere to go. He retired after completing just 26 laps. The series gets a short turnaround when it heads to Oxford Plains Speedway for the Brackett Mechanical 150 on Saturday, July 23.
WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Seth Holbrook, Turner, Maine
TEAM MANAGER: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
WHAT: PASS North Series PASS 100
WHERE: Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn. (.625-mile oval)
LAPS LED: 0 times for 0 laps
PASS North Series
LAST RACE: July 12, Bastille 200, Lee USA Speedway, Lee, N.H. (4th)
NEXT RACE: July 23, Brackett Mechanical 150, Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
LONNIE, WHAT HAPPENED IN FRONT OF YOU?
“(Derek Ramstrom) was under (Mike Rowe), who pinched him down. They spun each other, and I got caught right up into it. I was a couple car lengths back, but not back far enough that I could have gotten on the brakes and gotten underneath them.”
HOW WAS THE CAR BEFORE THAT?
“It was good. We drove around with the 26 and the 17 and all those guys under green. We were actually underneat (Ramstrom) at one point, but we decided to back off and just ride behind them and let them battle it out. We wanted to see if they got worse, instead of using our stuff up, to see if we could pass them at the end of the race.
“I think we had a Top-3 car, for sure. It's just frustrating to know, once again, we had a good car but nothing to show for it.”
IT MUST BE NICE TO HAVE A QUICK TURNAROUND TO PUT THIS RACE BEHIND YOU?
“It is. It's nice to come back (to Oxford). We've got the exact same car we won with at Beech Ridge (on July 9), so hopefully it will run just like it did there.”
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