THOMPSON, CT (Oct. 7, 2015) There’s a saying in racing that you have to lose one before you can win one. 2009 was Brian Tagg’s sophomore season in what was the Thompson Modified division where he was in the middle of the championship chase. Inexperience resulted in him falling short then, but now he holds a 7-point edge over Keith Rocco in the late model division with one race remaining. It will all be settled on Friday night during the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP).
Tagg grew up going to the races watching his dad Tom Tagg race before getting behind the wheel himself. The first car Brian raced was a powerful Sunoco Modified before making the transition to Thompson Modifieds in 2008. After 5 years in the division the team decided to take a year off and then redirected their efforts to focus on the American-Canadian (ACT) in 2014.
He completed a partial scheduled skipping only the races run in Canada. For Tagg, the experience he gained has made the difference in his rookie season competing in a late model at Thompson.
“When we went to Thompson for the Icebreaker, it made it a little easier because you have more room to race compared some tracks on the ACT circuit,” said Tagg. “I matured as a driver and knowing that if I start 20th I could still work my way to the front.”
Early in the year Tagg was lined up for a restart when the car in front of him missed a shift forcing him to lose several positions. His ACT experience allowed him to maintain his cool, be smart, and methodically work through the field. He hasn’t finished worse than 8th all season and that was during his late model debut at the Icebreaker. The rest of the finishes have been Top-5 performances including one victory.
The entire team grew through the experience as they learned the tendencies of a late model stock car for the first time. His dad spends 4 hours of meticulous preparation in advance of each race tweaking the setup.
Tagg has one of the most loyal group of supporters in attendance every time he races. Known as the “Taggettes,” or “Tagg Heads” depending on who you ask, a regular group of 15-20 fans position themselves on the turn 4 side of the start finish line in the main grandstand for every race. For the season finale, that number is expected to increase.
“I used to let the cheering section get to me a lot; I would let the pressure get to me,” Tagg said. “I don’t know if its me getting older, but I know they will support me no matter what happens and now I can keep the pressure off myself.”
Regardless of the outcome in the championship, a season will be celebrated with a feast at the Tagg camper in the parking lot. They just hope the championship trophy accepts their invitation to the party.
(THOMPSON, CT) – Although fifteen thrilling divisions of racing are sure to keep fans busy at the upcoming Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtramart, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will also be offering a variety of activities to entertain fans throughout the three day event, October 16-18
As the Sunoco World Series marks the culmination of the 30th season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and the 75th anniversary for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), several special fan activities have been lined up. On Friday afternoon, fans are invited to come cheer on their favorite team as the Whelen Modified Tour haulers line up to parade into the track. The parade will leave from the Kmart on Route 44 in Putnam, CT at 3:30PM on Friday, travel north on I-395, and will come through the center of Thompson to arrive at the track at 3:45PM.
A lull in activity on Sunday morning will also be the perfect time for fans of all ages to jump on the TSMP Hay Ride for a tour around the paddock area. The Hay Ride will leave at 10:30AM from the main ticket booth, and will be hosted by a few special guest drivers.
Chris and Presto Pete, New England’s ONLY Two-Man Kid’s Magic Show, will be set up on the Midway on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing their high-energy performances and children’s games. The show will take place on the Midway at 2PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Fans are also encourage to stop by the midway for Driver Autograph sessions. The International Supermodified drivers will be holding an autograph session on Saturday at 3:30PM, and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers will sign autographs at 2:15PM on Sunday, before their final race.
The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtramart, will take place Friday
through Sunday, October 16-18, 2015
with feature races taking place all three days. For more information about the event or Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com
or call 860-923-2280
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) is inviting all Thompson, CT residents to the Sports Car Club of America race on October 9 & 10, with free admission.
The John Stim Memorial and NERRC Championship Finale will take place Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 and will feature a wide variety of sports cars, open wheel cars, vintage race cars, and GT cars racing on the 1.7 mile road course at TSMP. With two full days of racing action, this event will see close to 100 cars take to the track. Admission to the race also includes access to the pit area for spectators of all ages, giving fans an up close look at the race cars participating in the event.
Tickets are also available for non-Thompson residents, and can be purchased at the gate on Friday or Saturday for $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Seniors, US Military or Veterans, or $5.00 for Juniors. As always, kids 5 and under are free. Thompson residents must show valid ID or proof of residence in order to receive free admission.
For more information about the John Stim Memorial at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, click here (link is external).