THOMPSON, CT. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature division, the Sunoco Modifieds, face their biggest challenge of the season this week at the Thompson International Speedway. Twin 30-lap feature events are on the schedule for these extra fast, open wheel race cars.
With valuable points awarded in each of the two feature races, current track points leader, Ryan Preece, will look to extend his eight points advantage over Ted Christopher. Kerry Malone, Shawn Thibeault and John Catania are also in the points hunt as the track approaches the half way mark in this year’s race season.
Preece has visited victory lane three times this year with Christopher just one win behind. Keith Rocco and Woody Pitkat have also scored 2012 wins in this very competitive division. Drivers like Kerry Malone, John Catania and rookie Shawn Thibeault have also shown that they have race cars more than capable of claiming a win.
In addition to the exciting twin 30-lap features for the Sunoco Modifieds, fans will enjoy a midway display of Antique race cars along with some old time on-track activity from the antique racers on hand. It will be a trip down memory lane for many and a wonderful way for youngsters to learn a little about the history of stock car racing in New England.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models, LKQ/Keystone Lites, Thompson Modifieds, Xtra/Mart Limited Sportsman and Monster Minis will also be a big part of this Thursday’s race program. These divisions provide fans with great racing action every Thursday night.
Thompson’s July 12th program is one that has race fans very excited. The annual appearance of the Pro All Star Series Super Late Models is at the top of the marquee. Also receiving premier billing is the appearance of the 1989 Sprint Cup Champion, Rusty Wallace. Wallace, a spokesman for California Paints Storm System, will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs for some lucky fans.
For more details on these and other events at Thompson, fans are urged to check the track’s web page. www.thompsonspeedway.com.
Sources: Russ Dowd/Thompson International Speedway PR