THOMPSON, CT. The month of July is filled with special events and attractions at the Thompson International Speedway. As in past years, each Thursday night in July will offer up something of interest to racing fans of all kinds.
Antique race car enthusiasts will love Thursday, July 5 when the midway will come alive with a display of antique race cars. Cars from yesteryear will be on hand as will people who can share the history behind each of the cars. These great classic race cars will not be limited to a static display. They will see track time in the form of both heat races and a feature event.
July 12th will be very special night as Thompson plays host to the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super late Models. This annual appearance of these super-fast race cars will culminate in a 75-lap main event for the PASS Tour. Former Sprint Cup Champion, Rusty Wallace, will also be on hand to meet and greet race fans with many fans getting the opportunity to receive an autograph from the 2013 inductee to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wallace, a spokesman for California Paint’s Storm System, will be making his first- ever appearance at Thompson. The evening will also include Thompson’s “Super 6” NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.
The following week, July 19th, will mark the third appearance of the year for Thompson’s Super Late Models. These cars will return for a 50-lap main event filled with thrills, spills and wheel-to-wheel competition from some of the best drivers in the northeast. Derek Ramstrom claimed the victory on Icebreaker weekend and it was Jim Banfield who took the checkers on June 21st. Drivers Mike O’Sullivan, Ramstrom, Larry Gelinas, George Bessette and others will have scores to settle when they return on July 19th.
The month of July wraps up on a high note when the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to Thompson on Thursday, July 26th. This extremely popular series has two July races before ending the month at Thompson. The competition is as hot as the battle for the series’ points race. Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, Mike Holdridge, Louie Mechalides, Norm Wrenn and Les Hinkley are in a tight points battle and the Thompson’s 75-lap race might play a key role in setting the stage for the eventual series championship.
It will be an exciting and action-packed month of racing action at Thompson. Exact schedules for each of these races may be found on the Thompson web site. www.thompsonspeedway.com Fans may also call the track office for specific information.
Sources: Russ Dowd/Thompson International Speedway PR