Audio/Story by RaceChaser Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photo courtesy Austin Thompson – December 30, 2013 –
When it comes to young racers with tremendous potential for stardom, it doesn’t get much better than 17-year-old Austin Thompson. The Asheboro, N.C. area racer has been known mostly to followers of the INEX Legends division and even that group knew Austin mostly as a Caraway Speedway regular whose greatest successes came on his home turf.
Austin recently shed the Legends cars in favor of a newly, ahem, modified version of a NASCAR Modified at Caraway. This class originally was designed as a 603 Crate Motor class and that’s why the youngster and his family thought it would be an affordable way to give the upcoming wheelman an initiation into the full-size cars.
Austin’s confidence at Caraway shined through right away as he found victory lane almost immediately and turned some heads until the rule book was loosened a few notches and the built motors were allowed in. Austin wasn’t happy with the changes and the team decided to step back and take another look at where they wanted to go.
The 2009 Troyer Modified is now for sale.
Kyle Beattie Racing had been providing setup help for Austin in the Legends cars and Austin had the chance to climb aboard one of the team’s Pro Series Late Models. The chemistry was instantaneous. A strong outing in 2012 led to another chance on Thanksgiving Weekend of this year at Southern National Motorsports Park.
Austin won the event in definitive fashion.
RaceChaser Senior Editor Tom Baker talked with Austin recently about his budding young career and his goals for the coming season.
Check out the audio below!