THOMPSON READIES FOR
NEW AND EXCITING WEEKLY RACING
a successful season-opening Icebreaker, Thompson officials are very
optimistic about the regular weekly racing calendar for this season. Mother
Nature pulled out all the stops and provided exceptional weather for the
two-day event. As a result, fans flocked to the famed oval for the track’s
opening event and witnessed a truly great weekend of racing.
“We have an exciting schedule of events for 2010 with several new additions
to previous year’s race schedules. A good start like we had at the
Icebreaker makes us very optimistic about our Thursday night weekly events
that begin on May 20th,” said track owner, Don Hoenig.
Thompson has added four Tour-Type Modified events to its line up this year.
These will be open competition with qualifying heats and 40-lap feature
races. Fans and competitors alike have expressed great enthusiasm for these
races as they will, for many, bring back the type of racing that many grew
up with prior to “Touring” formats and longer races begun back in the mid
1980s. These races will inspire a “dash for the cash” style of racing with
every lap being important as the drivers scramble for position in such a
short distance event. These “Shoot out” races are scheduled on the Thursday
nights of June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th and September 2nd.
In addition, the Modified Racing Series (formerly the True Value Modifieds)
will race at Thompson on June 17th and August 26th and the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour will return on August 12th and October 16th and 17th. Add to
that the annual Memorial Day weekend Eve of Destruction and the year-ending
All Automotive Flea Market and it becomes apparent that 2010 will be an
action packed year of excitement. The entire race schedule is available on
the track’s web page. www.thompsonspeedway.com
The speedway will offer competitors two more opportunities to ready their
race cars for the opening of the new season’s Thursday Night Thompson
Thunder (TNTT) series. Like the series itself, these open practice sessions
will be held on Thursdays in May. The dates will be May 6th and May 13th.
These open practice sessions will be the final chance that race teams will
have to get their cars race ready before the TNTT series begins.
Like earlier sessions, the May 6th and 13th dates will offer track time to
any safe race car. Many competitors take full advantage of these dates to
fine tune their equipment or to simply test new ideas prior to an actual
race night. New drivers and newly formed teams find this time to be
invaluable in developing or honing the skills of the race team and the
driver. The on-track time will run from 11 AM until 6 PM on both days. The
Thompson grandstands will not be open for these dates.
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson Intl. Speedway