The excitement is building for the Thursday, June 19th NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) 75 lap main event. Fans and competitors
alike are looking forward to this short distance, sprint type race
with great anticipation.
It has been 23 years since a race of this nature has been run by the
Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson. The New England Dodge Dealers and
Charter Cable, Internet and Telephone jumped at the chance to
sponsor this unique event.
The race will be 75 green flag laps and will require race teams to
prepare their cars for an all-out assault of hard charging
competition from start to finish. This race format is throwback to
what has been called the “golden era.” of NASCAR Modified racing.
“The idea of bringing back a short distance, flat out race event
for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is something we have been
considering for some time. We continually look to bring something
new and exciting to our fans. After much discussion with NASCAR, the
idea of such a race has become a reality,” said track owner and
promoter, Don Hoenig. “Many Whelen Modified Tour fans have
enthusiastically recalled the exciting days of the hard charging,
short distance WMT feature races. We hope that this race of 75 green
flag laps will excite both new and long-time Whelen Modified Tour
fans,” the veteran promoter concluded.
Ed Flemke, winner of the 2008 ICEBREAKER at Thompson says that he is
excited about the potential of this 75-lap event. “I’m looking
forward to it, said Flemke. It has the potential to be exciting and
if it brings excitement and new interest to the fans, then I am all
for it,” he concluded.
A full field of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars is expected to
attempt to qualify for the thirty six car starting field on
Thursday, June 19th. Qualifying will be by time trials which will
begin at 6 PM. The Whelen Modified Tour will be joined by Thompson’s
“super six” NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions in feature
event only racing.
Grandstands will open at 2 PM and practice will run until 5:45 PM.
The 75-lap Whelen Modified Tour race is slated to get underway at
about 8:15 PM. Grandstand tickets are available in advance by
calling the Thompson International Speedway track office
(860)-923-2280. Complete details of the day’s activities are
available on the Thompson web page