HEAD TO THOMPSON
WITH WMT CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES
2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship will
once again be decided at the Sunoco World Series of
Speedway Racing at the Thompson International
Speedway. Going into the final event, three drivers
are still very much in the hunt for the title with
only 18 points separating all three.
Doug Coby has lead the points chase much of the
season but goes into the final event of the year at
Thompson with an advantage of only 17 points over
Ryan Preece. Only 1 point behind Preece is the
defending WMT champion, Ron Silk. Anyone of these
three could emerge with the 2012 WMT crown following
a tough 150-lap race on Sunday, October 14th.
All three of the title contenders have had mixed
results this year at Thompson. In the three WMT
races run at the CT oval this season, the
Icebreaker, Budweiser 150 and UNOH Showdown-Town
Fair Tire 75, Coby scored finishes of 8th, 3rd and
13th. Preece managed finishes of 16th, 17th, 3rd and
Silk picked up a 1st, 2nd, and 18th. With the points
race so close, the pressure will be on all three
race teams to run their best race of the season.
Donny Lia won the Bud 150 and Justin Bonsignore
claimed the UNOH Showdown –Town Fair Tire 75-lap
event. The UNOH Showdown, a non-points race, was won
by Ted Christopher. Other drivers who have had
successful runs at Thompson this year include Mike
Stefanik, Rowan Pennink, Bobby Santos and Todd
Szegedy. All of these drivers are potential winners
of the Sunoco World Series 150.
The sixteen-division, three-day race event,
co-sponsored by Town Fair Tire and Xtra Mart, will
see the WMT teams qualify through time trials on
Saturday, October 13th, in preparation for their
main event scheduled for the next afternoon.
Friday, October 12th, with have practice sessions
for much of the afternoon. Qualifying will get
underway at 5 PM for those divisions that will
compete in Feature events on Saturday. Those
divisions with feature event races on the Sunday
schedule will qualify on Saturday. The one exception
to this will be the Valenti Modified Racing Series.
This division will qualify and race on Saturday.
Grandstands open at 12 Noon on Friday, and at 9 AM
on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway
Racing presented by Town Fair Tire and Xtra Mart are
available from the Thompson Speedway track office.
Fans may call 860-923-2280 to secure tickets and
avoid the inevitable lines that form for this event.
All major credit cards are accepted. The complete
schedule of events is posted on the Thompson web
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson International Speedway