Thompson, CT — The weekend that every race fan in the northeast looks forward to is this weekend at the Thompson International Speedway. The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Town Fair Tire and Xtra Mart kicks off this coming Friday and runs through Sunday.
Sixteen different divisions of race cars and trucks will converge on the historic speedway to draw down the curtain on the 2012 racing season. The World Series of Speedway Racing is three days of non-stop activity on the race track and hours of fun and social activities for the fans. The entire weekend is a huge race and party weekend as fans say good bye to another year of auto racing.
The race track is the center of activity with hundreds of race cars and trucks and many race teams with hopes of capturing a championship in their respective divisions. The most talked about championship battle surrounds the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Three drivers are positioned to capture the 2012 title during the last race of the year for the most popular NASCAR touring division in the northeast. Doug Coby, Ryan Preece and Ron Silk are in a very tight point battle for the crown. Coby holds a 17- point advantage over Preece while Silk is only 18 points behind the leader. One of these three will end their weekend as the new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. Race fans will also be treated to an autograph session with the drivers of the WMT on Sunday afternoon.
Other championships on the line include the ISMA Super modified title and the NEMA Midget championship. The Valenti Modified Racing Series still has one more race event on their 2012 schedule but the Thompson race will play a key role in determining the eventual winner of that all-important division’s 2012 standard bearer. Other champions will be crowned in the New England Truck Series and the Pro 4 Modifieds.
Race teams that practice and qualify on Friday will race in their feature events on Saturday. Those qualifying on Saturday will compete in their main events on Sunday. The only exception to that is the Valenti Modified Racing Series. This division will qualify and race on Saturday.
Hundreds of fans make Thompson their home for the weekend as campers of all sizes and descriptions fill every available area set aside for camping. The track does, however, require that all units be self-contained. Every year fans kick off the racing season with a celebration at Thompson’s Icebreaker weekend and they close out the season with another celebration at the World Series. The Thompson Club House is open for the weekend serving great food and drink including a huge breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday morning and dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. Fans who find time to break away from the on-track action can enjoy a round or two on Thompson’s championship 18-hole golf course.
Grandstand open at 12 Noon on Friday and at 9 AM on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the Sunoco World Series presented by Town Fair Tire and Xtra Mart are available in advance from the Thompson track office. (860)-923-2280. All major credit cards are accepted The entire weekend’s racing schedule along with interesting articles about this racing spectacle are available at www.thompsonspeedway.com
Sources: Russ Dowd/Thompson International Speedway PR