THOMPSON SPEEDWAY HOSTS NASCAR WHELEN
The NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour will return to the Thompson International Speedway on
Thursday, June 21st for the Charter Cable, Internet, Telephone 150. This
will be the second of five Whelen Modified tour events to be featured at
the historic Connecticut oval.
Leading the “Tour” line up will be current points leader
Jimmy Blewett. Blewett is but one of the exciting crop of young drivers
who have captured the top spots and the imaginations of race fans in the
first four “Tour” events of the young 2007 season. The invasion of the
“young guns” has created a frenzy among Whelen Modified Tour fans.
NASCAR’s oldest division has traditionally been lead by crafty veterans
and not up-and- coming young drivers. However, the incredible talent
displayed by this young crop of drivers has had a profound impact on the
interest of both race fans and the media. As a result, the Thompson race
on June 21st is expected to bring out NASCAR Modified fans from far and
wide to witness this possible changing of the guard.
While many have been predicting this change, the veteran
drivers are not about to pack it in. Not one has demonstrated concern
for the over 40 crowd. In fact, most long-time Modified experts express
confidence that the many years of experience will provide the veterans
with a winning hand before the season reaches the mid way point.
Defending Champion, Mike Stefanik’s season got off to a rough
start when he was forced out of the season-opening Thompson ICEBREAKER
with mechanical problems. Mechanical ills also played a role the efforts
of Ed Flemke, Ted Christopher and Jerry Marquis. Other long-time NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour drivers that did not fare well at Thompson were
victims of on-track accidents. They included names like Rick Fuller,
Reggie Ruggiero, and Tony Hirschman.
As a result of the season’s early results, fans can expect to see the
veterans looking for a strong run when the green flag drops on the
Charter Cable, Internet and Telephone 150. Grandstands will open at 2 PM
and Whelen Modified Tour Time Trials will be held at 5:45 PM. The
150-lap main event or the “Tour” is slated to roll off at 8:30 PM.
Joining the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be Thompson’s
NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions in feature only appearances.
All six of these divisions will be part of the special night of
competition at Thompson.
Tickets for this June racing thriller are available for
advance purchase from the speedway office. (860)-923-2280. The complete
schedule for the day’s events may be found on the Thompson web site at
International Speedway PR
June 13, 2007