Todd Owen itching for another win after his first this season
THOMPSON, CT – With three races remaining at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, racers are urging to start making moves to reach those top spots in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. Currently for the Sunoco Modified Division Ryan Preece leads the pack following Keith Rocco in second, Todd Owen in third and John Studley in fourth.
Thompson Late Model Point Leader Ray Parent Expected to Enter Thompson Throwback
THOMPSON, CT – Current Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Late Model Division Championship Leader, Ray Parent, has announced his intentions to enter Saturday’s Busch North Throwback 100, in the No. 32 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car. Parent has already driven the No. 98 Course Legend Late Model to two wins during the 2017 season, and is looking forward to making his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series start in the No. 32 Anytime Realty Chevrolet.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” the Tiverton driver exclaimed. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed about doing, and now it’s turning into a reality. I was so excited to be able to run Thompson full time in the Late Model, and now to have this opportunity is awesome. I can’t begin to thank Don Parsons, DPR Racing, and Anytime Realty enough for bringing me on board this season.”
Ernie Irvan to Appear In Connecticut for Inaugural Busch North Throwback at Thompson
THOMPSON, CT – 1991 Daytona 500 Champion, Ernie Irvan, is planning several appearances in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, in conjunction with the Inaugural Busch North Throwback at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Irvan’s son, Jared, announced last week that he would be driving for Martin-McClure Racing, in the No. 4 Kodak car, identical to what his father drove in a Busch North/South combination event at Waltkins Glen International. Together, the father-son duo will be making several appearances in the week leading up to the race.
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By: Dick Casey
When the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East announced the race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 8 would be named the Busch North Throwback 100, Eddie MacDonald’s first thought was to honor the driver who meant so much to the series and a young impressionable driver. K&N series official’s encouraged current teams to adopt a former Busch North team’s paint scheme. Both Eddie Mac and team owner Rob Grimm quickly decided to wrap the Grimm Construction Chevy in the Aubuchon Hardware paint scheme made famous by their legendary driver, Andy Santerre.
“This is very special that we are able to do this to honor one of the truly great drivers anywhere,” said Eddie Mac while preparing the car for the Thompson race. “I have always looked up to Andy as a driver and as a person. What made him so great just wasn’t just his incredible driving ability but the way he treated everyone. Andy would go out of his way to help anyone even though he was competing against that driver. He wanted everyone to do well and knew that made the series stronger. If there was one driver to emulate, it was Andy.”
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.”