THOMPSON, CT — A full field of NASCAR Whelen Modified race cars is expected for the UNOH Showdown this weekend at Thompson International Speedway. NASCAR has confirmed that 46 entries have been filed to date with more expected before Saturday. Upwards of 25 race teams from the south are expected to make the trip north to compete at the track that has hosted more NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races than any other track in the country. Fans will have their last chance to see this many Modifieds assembled in New England all year.
The UNOH Showdown is a unique race event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified northern and southern tours. Each Tour will compete in its own 75-lap race for NASCAR points. The northern group will compete in the Town Fair Tire 75 and the southern contingent in the Green Pointe Energy 75. Upon completion of these two races, the best of the two Tours will be combined and lined up for a 50-lap, no holds barred scramble in the $50,000.00 UNOH Showdown with the winner collecting more than $15,000.00.
The Showdown concept was introduced last year at Thompson and became an instant hit. Fans loved the idea and so did the competitors. The racing proved to be extremely competitive in both divisions and, at day’s end, everyone agreed that the event had been better than anyone had anticipated.
The southern Tour will arrive with drivers like Burt and Jason Myers, George Brunnhoelzl, III, J.R. Bertuccio, Andy Seuss, Matt Hirschman and many more. Ron Silk, Mike Stefanik, Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece and last year’s big winner, Doug Coby, are only a few of the Northern Modified stars that will try to defend their home turf.
This two-day race event will feature practice and qualifying time trials for both Tours on Saturday along with qualifying races for Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. The LKQ/Keystone Lite Modifieds and the Thompson Modifieds will compete in their feature races on Saturday as well.
Sunday will begin with a Fan Appreciation Party on the race track at 10 AM with the first race of the day scheduled for a 12:30 PM start. Fans are urged to arrive early to meet and greet their favorite racers form all of the competing divisions. Pictures and autographs will be the order of the day during the Fan Appreciation Party.
The Thompson Club House will be the center of all social activity for this special racing weekend. Breakfast will be available from 7 AM to 11 AM on both Saturday and Sunday mornings with great dinners on Friday and Saturday as well.
Grandstands will open at 10 AM on Saturday morning and at 9:30 AM on Sunday. The full schedule of events is available at www.thompsonspeedway.com.
Sources: Russ Dowd/Thompson Internatonal Speedway PR