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08/02/2013


THOMPSONíS BUD 150 LOOMS LARGE FOR PREECE AND COBY

The Budweiser 150 at the Thompson Speedway this Thursday will prove to be an extremely important race for both current series point leader Ryan Preece and WMT defending champion Doug Coby. A mere 25 points separate the two in their battle for the 2013 championship crown.

Preece has been the dominant force on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year with three consecutive wins and not a single finish outside the top 5 except for the ďTourísĒ last outing at Stafford. In the closing laps of there, Preece spun and wound up finishing 16th. Coby, on the other hand, has won two of the last three events and has closed the point gap considerably. Rowan Pennink sits 39 points away from the leader with Mike Stefanik down by 56 and Ted Christopher off the pace by 58 points. With the Tour now into the second half of its season, each race gains more and more importance.
The Bud 150 is the most popular event of the summer at Thompson and the trackís faithful have been waiting since Aprilís Icebreaker for the another Tour thriller. The Icebreaker was won by Mike Stefanik.

Thompsonís incredible NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will join the WMT for this mid-week racing spectacle. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Lite Modifieds, Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman and Monster Mini Stocks will add superb competition and excitement to the nightís racing program.

Track and NASCAR points for these drivers are equally important to their final standings for the season. The Sunoco Modifieds have displayed tremendous competition on the speedway and on the point charts. The top five drivers are in an amazing tussle for the point lead which is currently held by Keith Rocco. Rick Gentes hold a slim lead over Glenn Boss in the Late Models with Cam McDermott on top in the Lite Modifieds. Larry Barnett sits atop the point charts in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division with Eric Bourgeios leading the Monster Mini Stocks.

The night will also feature world famous Drifter Vaughn Gittin, JR. He will be on hand to meet and greet fans, sign autographs and do some of his spectacular drifting on the speedway during the evening. His RTR drift team, sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, will be a huge addition to this already star-studded night and a lucky fan will be given the chance to take a Drifting ride with Gittin, JR.

Tickets for the Bud 150 are available from the Thompson track office. Call 860-923-2280. All major credit cards are accepted. Grandstands will open at 2:30 PM with qualifying set for 5:30 PM. The first feature event of the evening is slated for an approximate 6:15 start. Full schedule details and much more are available on the Thompson web site. www.thompsonspeedway.com. Click on NASCAR Racing at the top of the front page or go directly to www.thompsonspeedwayoval.com. Follow us on both Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson International Speedway
Posted: August 9, 2013

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