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Former Whelen Modified Tour driver Renee Dupuis, returns to home track, Thompson Speedway

(THOMPSON, CT) – A familiar name returned to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 9 in the Sunoco Modified division. Renee Dupuis was back behind the wheel on the track she calls home for the first time in five years, in the #90 car, owned by Ed Bennett. She has run with Ed Bennett and his team for years, last racing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the very same chassis that she raced at Thompson less than two weeks ago. Although disappointed that the race was postponed due to weather, the team is looking forward to finishing up the last half of the season strong.

In her years racing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Dupuis broke records for women, and made a name for herself, in one of the top NASCAR touring divisions in the country. She is still the highest qualifying and finishing female driver in the 30+ year series (both North and South Modified Tours) history. She has also made an effort to work with young women drivers and help them excel in motorsports, working with Lyn St. James’ Women in the Winner’s Circle program.

Dupuis has always had racing in her blood, with her father giving up his own successful career racing at Stafford Motor Speedway, to help Renee and her brother, Jason, pursue their own racing efforts. Her brother still supports her as crew chief for her car and she credits her success to some advice he gave her when she was first starting out. “Who cares if you’re a girl? If you want to do this, get involved.” Since then, she has dedicated herself to learning everything there is to working on the car, from adjusting the shocks and springs, to fabricating parts.

Like many drivers at Thompson, Dupuis started off racing a Quarter Midget at the Little T when she was 5. Although she admits she probably wouldn’t have been into racing without her parents introducing her to it, racing quickly grew into a lifelong passion for her. Dupuis continued racing at the Little T until she was 14, and then moved into the Pro 4 Modifieds at Riverside Park Speedway following her family’s passion for open-wheel cars. Prior to their closing, Renee became the first and only female in Riverside’s 51-year history to record a NASCAR Modified feature event victory.

Dupuis hopes that racing in the Sunoco Modified division at Thompson Speedway, will help provide a positive role model for other young women who are looking to race. “If women are racing, I want to see them do well. To show that they have what it takes to be out there.” As the only woman racing this season on the oval at Thompson, and the first since 2014 to compete in Thompson’s premier open-wheel division, Dupuis is out to prove that she and her team have what it takes to do well.

Renee Dupuis will be racing the #90 Ed Bennett Properties/Space Filters car next at the 3rd Annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint on Wednesday, July 27 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The Late Models, Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman, Mini Stock and Lite Modified divisions will also be competing at next Wednesday’s event. Gates open at 4:30 PM and qualifying races will begin at 6:30 PM.

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Special Awards Program Announced for Final MSD Legends Series Event

Trophies and Monetary Prizes Added

STONINGTON, CT – Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series’ sponsor, Glenn Korner, loves unique contingency programs. He’s decided to put one more together for the final round of the Series on Sunday, August 7.

The highest finishing drivers in INEX’s Golden Masters, Masters, Pro, and Semi-Pro/Young Lion will each receive their own trophy. In addition, the top finishing drivers in each class will receive a $100 bonus courtesy of Midstate Site Development.

These additional awards and bonuses add to a unique set of awards presented by J & J Racing and 860 Motorsports earlier in the season.  To date over $10,000 in prize money and awards have been distributed over the course of the four events.

The next event for the MSD Legends Series is the final point counting event of the season on Sunday, August 7. For more information on the MSD Legends Series visit www.thompsonspeedway.com or www.otbpromos.net.   Also, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Midstate Site Development

Midstate Site Development is a leader in heavy highway as well as commercial and industrial construction.   MSD has a reputation of success in both small and large scale projects, ranging from $23,000 to $4,134,000.  They specialize not only in planning but in properly and safely executing those plans to satisfy their customers’ needs.

Noah Korner Sweeps Double INEX Points Events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

 THOMPSON, CT – Entering round four of the Midstate Site Development Legends Series (MSDLS), Noah Korner knew he would have formidable competition in Jordan O’Brien. What he didn’t know, however, is that he would also have to compete against American-Canadian Tour driver, Devin O’Connell. At the end of the day, Korner held off their challenges not once, but twice into a sweep of both feature events.

O’Connell qualified his No. 43 entry on the pole and led the 14 car field to green. He paced the first two circuits before O’Brien took over the top spot.  He would lead the next two laps with O’Connell and Korner swapping the second position back and forth. Just prior to the halfway, Korner powered past his two contenders in route to his fifth win of the season.  O’Connell came home second, followed by O’Brien, Teddy Hodgdon, and Glenn Korner.

Noah Korner (Semi-Pro), Devin O’Connell (Pro), Patrick Dillon (Masters), and Jack Walker (Young Lion) – the highest finishing drivers in each of INEX’s classes – were the recipients of five gallons of 93 octane race fuel from New England Racing Fuel.  A special bonus program offered by J & J Racing paid any driver who was competing on Thompson’s newly renovated road course for the first time. The highest finishing first timers in the Masters, Pro, and Young Lion/Semi-Pro each received a $160 bonus. The winners were, Darren Gallant, Jeff Rocco, and Rachel Forte. Jeff Rocco also received a $20 bonus for qualifying in the highest positon of all new comers.

Devin O’Connell proved that his pole qualifying effort in the first race was no fluke, as he once again recorded the fastest lap time in the second qualifying session. This time, however, it was Noah Korner to his outside.  The two drivers were challenged throughout the race by Jordan O’Brien.  The three drivers battled aggressively for the entire 12 laps.  It looked like O’Connell was going to play spoiler, as he led the first 11 laps. It was Korner, however, who led the most important one. O’Connell registered another second, with Jordan O’Brien, Teddy Hodgdon, and Patrick Dillon rounding the top five.

The New England Racing Fuel contingency recipients for race two were O’Connell (Pro), Noah Korner (Semi-Pro), Jack Walker (Young Lion), and Patrick Dillon (Masters).

The next event for the Midstate Site Development Legends Series is Sunday, August 7, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  This will be the final championship event

For full results and updated point standings visit www.otbpromos.net.