NEW ENGLAND’S BIGGEST RACING WEEKEND
The World Series of Speedway Racing, the biggest auto racing event
of its kind in the northeast, will be held at the Thompson
International Speedway October 17, 18 & 19, 2008. There is nothing
quite like this massive three-day racing spectacular that hosts
hundreds of race cars and thousands of race fans.
Fourteen different racing divisions will make up this year’s
XTRAMART World Series. It is the largest and most diversified racing
weekend held anywhere in the country.
The huge Thompson pit area is filled to capacity with race cars and
race trucks. The lineup includes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour,
ISMA Super Modifieds, NEMA Midgets, Pro 4 Modifieds, Thompson’s
“Super Six” NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions, ARTS
trucks, and three different “outlaw” divisions. Many of the touring
divisions will crown their champions on World Series weekend.
The competition area is filled with race cars and the parking area
is filled with campers. Race fans from all up and down the east
coast and two Canadian Provinces make the annual pilgrimage to
Thompson for this once-a-year, three-day racing extravaganza.
The 35th annual XTRAMART World Series of Speedway racing is a full
weekend of racing, parties, golf, dinners at the Thompson Club
House, short trips to nearby attractions and more. For many, the
World Series is the starting point for their annual fall foliage
venture. Those arriving early usually make short trips to nearby
shopping malls, the two world famous casinos that are only a few
miles south of the tack or they simply enjoy the beauty of the
countryside in Connecticut’s “Quite Corner.”
Racing is the number one item on the agenda, but the World Series
is also famous as one of the greatest party weekends at any race
track. Friendships are renewed and new friendships are made among
the thousands of race fans that gather for this annual event. Race
fans will be pleased to learn that ticket prices have not changed
since last year’s event and that camping is still free for those
with self contained units.
Race cars that practice and qualify on Friday will race in their
feature events on Saturday evening. The racers who practice and
qualify on Saturday afternoon will have their big races on Sunday.
The entire schedule of events, locations for nearby lodging and much
more may be found on the Thompson web site,
Fans wishing to purchase tickets in advance may do so by calling
the Thompson International Speedway track office at 860-923-2280.