THOMPSON, Conn. — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park returns to action on Wednesday evening, with their third oval track race of the season. Headlining the night will be the third annual Thompson 125 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, their fifth race of the season and second on the 0.625-mile high-banks for NASCAR’s oldest touring series.
Although the tour will be on the track Wednesday night, the Thompson NASCAR Whelen All American Series classes will all compete in regular qualifying and feature racing for the third time this season. With just seven oval track races on the schedule, points have been and will continue to be at a premium at every single event.
Heading into Wednesday’s event, the Sunoco Modified point standings are deadlocked at the top. Ryan Preece scored the victory in the season-opening 30 lap Icebreaker feature back in April, while Keith Rocco visited Victory Lane in the second race of the season on May 21. The two drivers are tied on the top of the standings heading into Wednesday’s event. Trailing those two drivers is former champion Woody Pitkat, who sits 14 points from the top. Nick Salva and John Studley round out the top five.
In the Thompson Late Models, Ray Parent scored the victory at the Icebreaker while it was veteran Rick Gentes capturing the victory in the second race of the season in May. Parent comes into the 25 lap feature tomorrow night holding a scant one-point advantage in the standings over Ryan Morgan. Gentes sits third, just nine points back even though he finished 10th in the season-opening feature at the Icebreaker. Mark Jenison and defending division champion William Wall round out the top five.
The Limited Sportsman title chase currently has Scott Sundeen holding a two point advantage over Ryan Waterman, with just Jesse Gleason sitting just five points back in third place. Gleason won the opener, while Waterman won the last time out on the track in May. Sundeen has been consistent, finishing inside the top three in both of the races so far this season. Rounding out the top five is Shawn Monahan and Larry Barnett.
In the Mini Stock class, Wayne Burroughs Jr. holds a five point advantage over Nathan Taylor and Dave Trudeau, who are tied for second spot. In the two races this season, Trudeau and Burroughs Jr. have visited Victory Lane in the class.
Wednesday’s third annual Thompson 125 starts with practice sessions at 2:30 p.m., followed by qualifying heat racing at 5 p.m. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will qualify at 7 p.m., with the Thompson 125 slated for just after 8 p.m. Fans can see the full event schedule by clicking here.
For more information, fans can visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Kyle Souza is a Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer. Souza also works for Area Auto Racing News, based in Trenton, N.J. and is a freelance reporter for NASCAR Home Tracks, covering the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
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