The Chrome Horn News



   The 35th annual edition of the XTRAMART World Series of Speedway Racing will, once again, bring out the very best race teams for an incredible three-day, fourteen division race weekend. The event, the biggest of its kind found anywhere in the country, will be held at the Thompson International Speedway the weekend of October 17-19, 2008.
   The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will share the top billing with the incredible winged Super Modifieds of ISMA. The mighty Midgets of NEMA will also play a major role when they take to the high banks at Thompson. In all, fourteen different divisions of race cars and trucks will participate in this annual racing extravaganza that attracts literally hundreds of competitors and thousands of race fans.
   The run for the title of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will more than likely come down to the last race of the season which is the World Series. The points battle is very close with Ted Christopher leading the count and looking for his first championship ring. However, Matt Hirschman, also looking for his first title and Todd Szegedy seeking his second crown, are both very much in the race to clinch the top spot. The outcome of the 150-lap race for the WMT at Thompson will determine the winner in that championship drive.
   Chris Perley has been the driver to beat in the ISMA Super Modifieds. However, when these cars come to Thompson and they bolt on the wings, almost anything is possible. Perley will face stiff competition from Russ Wood, Mick Lichty, Jeff Holbrook and many more drivers who strap themselves into these rocket ships on wheels. The most famous of the Super drivers, Bentley Warren, is also expected to make another run at Thompson.
   NEMA points leader, Randy Cabral, will lead his exciting division into the World Series. Cabral was victorious on his last visit to Thompson in July and will be out to sweep NEMA’s schedule at “The Big T” this year. It won’t be easy for the Plymouth, MA driver as he will face very tough competition from veteran Joey Payne, the super-talented Bobby Santos III and wonderful mix of young and talented drivers and a host of true veterans of Midget racing battles.
   Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series will be in full force for this huge season-ending weekend. Sunoco Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Thompson Modifieds and Mini Stocks will be the official representatives of the Thompson Speedway. The newly crowned champions in each of these divisions will be out to prove that they can carry their new titles beyond the regular season and into the 2009 racing season.
   Each year fans love the three Outlaw divisions and the ARTS Truck Series. These divisions are exciting to watch and have become fan favorites over the years. The race teams in these four divisions travel from far and wide to participate on the biggest track on which they race all year long. The competition, in a word, is fierce.
   Race fans have already begun to move in and set up their campers for this huge race weekend-party weekend at Thompson. It’s the grand finale of the racing season and attendance has become a must for fans that will face another long, harsh New England winter.
   Tickets, good for all three days, are available by calling the Thompson track office. The complete schedule and up to the minute news on the XTRAMART World Series is available on the Thompson web site.


Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson International Speedway PR
Posted:  October 6, 2008

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