Nick Salva Eager to Put Experience to Practice at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
THOMPSON,CT – The NASCAR All-American Series Sunoco Modified Division is ready for their third race of the 2017 season at Thomspon Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 14. Former Champions Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece each have one win to their credit on the young season. Nick Salva, who is competing in his first full season in the Division, has been studying the moves of these veteran drivers, as he seeks to find the fastest way around the 5/8-mile oval.
Known for it’s high straightaway speeds and unique corners, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has a steep learning curve that Salva is confident he can master over time. He made strides to that end during the last event: the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance, presented by Pepsi. Salva had an opportunity to follow the division’s last three champions around the high-banked oval.
Eric Goodale Focused on Race Wins Entering Thompson 125
THOMPSON, CT – NASCAR’s oldest division, the Whelen Modified Tour, is set to return to America’s original paved oval, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, for the third running of the Thompson 125 on Wednesday, June 14. Unlike any other race on the schedule, this race is only 125-laps, creating an element of pit strategy that doesn’t exist in some of the longer races. This is something that veteran driver, Eric Goodale, is well aware of.
The driver of the No. 58 GAF Construction Chevrolet explained, “[I’ll] just be a little more aggressive due to it being 125 laps, instead of 150. Qualify well and maintain track position and try to not make up opportunities lost early and compete early.”
Korner, Tonelli, and Saia Score Summer Road Race Series Wins at Thompson
THOMPSON, CT – The second season of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Summer Road Race Series season kicked off on June 11 with competition for the Small Bore, Big Bore, and the two INEX points events for the Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series.
Jordan O’Brien, the Icebreaker Road Race Series Champion, laid down the fastest lap in qualifying for the first MSD Legends, despite having mechanical challenges during the session. He led the field to green, along with Noah Korner, who traveled all the way from Lake Erie Speedway to participate in the event. Korner darted out to the early lead, continuing his domination around Thompson’s 1.7-mile circuit. O’Brien would continue to look inside the driver of the No. 31, but to no avail. Teddy Hodgdon had another consistent finish, rounding out the podium with Bob Weymouth and Jack Walker rounding out the top five.
Todd Bertrand Set to Defend Icebreaker Victory at Thompson 125, presented by Whelen
THOMPSON, CT – One of the highlights of Icebreaker 2017 was the photo finish between NEMA Lites drivers Todd Bertrand and Dan Cugini. The two battled wing-to-wing in the waning laps of the 20-lap affair, but it was Bertrand by the length of a bumper. The 0.038 second margin of victory was the closest recorded in a NEMA Lites race at Thompson.
Bertrand recalls the sequence of events that day, which resulted in his first visit to Critical Signs victory lane, “The car was a little loose, meaning that I wouldn’t have as much traction on the track. I fixed that problem with using the heat tires for the featured race which really helped me out big time. I knew I had a fast car and if I got in front of Danny early than I would have a huge chance of winning. I got past him early and knew I was faster than everyone on the track so that gave me more leverage at winning. Near the end on the final three laps my car started to become loose and that gave Danny a huge advantage, due to me loosing traction; but I held my ground and stayed on the inside of him to lead me to a Thompson victory. I have never won a race at Thompson before so winning this race meant a lot to me.”
Nick Johnson Ready for Second Late Model Event of Season at Thompson Speedway
2nd Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, Presented by Pepsi Up Next
Nick Johnson, driver of the No. 6 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, is busy preparing his car for the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi, scheduled for May 21.
Since beginning his driving career, he has been a student. He started his racing career at the age of 15, driving in the Pure Stock Division at Seekonk Speedway.
Doug Post Returning to Historic Oval Invitational
A self-described “gear-head”, Doug Post has been a car enthusiast since he was 10 years old. In fact, he devoted his career to working at several different Ford dealerships. His work happened to coincide with his passion, as he served a a crew member for Ray Brown. A trailblazer in the sport locally, Brown was the second United Stock Car Racing Club Champion at the Riverside Park Speedway racing In New York. As an interesting piece of history, Brown competed in one of the cars that Post currently owns.