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Red Bull GRC Unveils Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Layout

Red Bull Global Rallycross has unveiled the course layout for next weekend’s series debut at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. At nine turns and .895 miles, the Red Bull GRC New England course is the first in series history to incorporate elements of both an oval and permanent road course contained within the facility, with drivers leaving the .625-mile oval to take on a piece of the 1.7-mile road course.

Racing clockwise, drivers will start from the oval pit lane and charge into Turn 1, making a hard right turn to enter the oval. A right-left combination will take them onto an extended dirt section, featuring the series’ signature 70-foot jump and a long dirt straightaway, before the back-and-forth Turns 4 and 5. Another long dirt section takes drivers out of the oval, through the gradual Turn 6, and ends at Turn 7.

From here, drivers have two options: the main course, which includes a tight right-hand corner between two short paved straightaways, or the Joker Lap, a significant shortcut that should allow drivers to pass multiple cars at once. The two lanes reunite for the left-hand Turn 9, which re-enters the oval and brings drivers past the finish line at full speed for another lap.

Red Bull Global Rallycross New England tickets are on sale now at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Red Bull GRC New England, Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season, will take place on June 3-4, with dual Supercar broadcasts airing on June 3 and 4 at 5PM ET on NBC.

Ryan Waterman awarded the win at The Limited Sportsman Long Distance Race after post race inspection.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its second weekend of oval action on Sunday, May 21 with the second annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night where veterans were welcomed to the race for free in celebration of their service, Armed Forces Day, and the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The drivers of the Limited Sportsman series took center with the highlight event of the evening, a 30-lap long distance race with 30 cars making up the field of competitors in the biggest race the series hold all season at the Big-T. The race was a popular new addition to the calendar in 2016, extending the normal 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature an extra ten laps. The 2017 event saw its share of drama as Ryan Waterman proved to be the car to beat, leading for much of the first half of the event. However, the extra distance paid off for Brent Gleason who took the lead around halfway and never looked back, surviving numerous cautions and a hard charge from Waterman to take the win but was later disqualified after post race inspection.

The Mr. Rooter Protruck series made it’s second appearance of the season at Thompson Speedway and started off the night’ action with a 22-truck field for a 35-lap feature. Frank Dumicich, Jr. came into the event hoping to continue his success at the track after taking the win in the Icebreaker in April. However it was a different name who found himself in victory lane as Roger Turbush survived numerous cautions and a competitive field to claim a win.

Pole sitter Dumicich, Jr was involved in a crash right at the drop of the green flag that stacked the field and sent his #42 truck into the outside wall. Turbush, who started second on the inside line, avoided the incident and never looked back on his way to victory lane. Turbush said that he didn’t have the best truck in practice or in qualifying, but credited his brother for making the changes needed to make his #88 truck a competitive winning machine.

“I pulled a good lap in the qualifying session, but I fell off like there was no tomorrow. My brother made huge changes. We didn’t know how it was going to go. We put two percent of wedge in. it was so loose and it got worse and worse in the qualifying session, but in the main event it was on the money,” Turbush said. “I love it here (at Thompson). This is my favorite track. Any chance I can get to race here I want to be here. When they added this show I was excited because I couldn’t make the Icebreaker so this was my opportunity to get here and race.”

The Sunoco Modifieds held their second race of the season at Thompson and it was a pair of familiar names up front battling for the checkered flag as Keith Rocco out-dueled Ryan Preece for the win after Preece took the victory in the Icebreaker when Rocco settled for a runner-up finish.

The duo had to survive numerous multi-car wrecks that resulted in two red flag periods before racing to the finish in the 30-lap feature. Despite Preece’s best efforts, Rocco claimed a dominant win in his hunt for a second consecutive title.

“It’s always nice to start fresh and start a new season with Ryan. We do have a lot of respect for each other, but at the same time we both have a passion to win and sometimes it gets out of control,” Keith Rocco said in victory lane. “He ran me clean and I appreciate that.”

Ryan Preece congratulated his friendly rival after the event and said he just didn’t have enough to hunt down Rocco. “(Rocco’s) car was pretty fast. We’re just going to have to work a little harder next time,” Preece said, also weighing in on the numerous cautions that slowed the pace of the race at times. “When you have three guys up there that don’t normally run up there, I don’t know if they get nervous or not, but something always ends up happening. Unfortunately there were two big wrecks. You’re going to have incidents.”

In the mini stock 15-lap feature Wayne Burroughs continued right where he left off in 2017, taking the checkered flag after a hard fought battle with newcomer Jacob Perry, who made only his second start in Thompson. Perry held the lead for much of the event while Burroughs worked his way through the field from a sixth place starting position before challenging for the lead on numerous restarts. It took a lap nine restart for Burroughs to take the lead for good, passing Perry and setting the pace to the finish.

“We had it figured out today. Every restart I was beating (Perry) by a little bit and had enough to clear him going into one that last time. I slid up in front of him just enough. I knew he could have got me, but we have a lot of respect for each other,” Burroughs told reporters after the race.

Nate Taylor managed to claim a second place finish while Jacob Perry held on for a third place result. Steve Michalski took a fourth place finish and Icebreaker winner Dave Trudeau bounced back from an early race spin to round out the top five.

The night closed out with a 25-lap Late Model feature and a 20-lap Lire Modified feature. Veteran Rick Gentes added to his record victory count at Thompson on the Late Models, fending off a last lap charge from William Wall and Ray Parent for the win, while Josh Galvin claimed his first Lite Modified victory at Thompson after coming out of a one-year retirement from the series

Up next for Thompson Speedway, the Whelen Modified Tour makes its second appearance at the track in 2017 with the Thompson 125 on Wednesday, June 14. The event will also feature the third races of the season for the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks and a 20-lap feature for the NEMA Lites.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Recognize the Sacrifices of Men and Women in Uniform.

Free General Admission Offered to Active Duty Military & Veterans

This Sunday, May 21, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is hosting its second NASCAR race of the season: the Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series will battle it out on the 5/8-mile oval to determine who will walk away with the winner’s spoils, which include a handsome purse, complimented by contingencies, a cube of Pepsi, and some handsome hardware.

Less than 10% of the American adult population serves in the military.  The contributions of the few, though make a great impact for many. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park recognizes the sacrifices of men and women in uniform this Sunday by offering free general admission to active duty and retired members of the armed forces.  During pre-race ceremonies, Thompson will also be honoring the men and women who serve in all branches of the military.  Pepsi has supported these efforts, by naming Samantha Thompson, who is preparing to begin Navy boot camp, as the event’s honorary starter.  A Reason to Ride, which is a philanthropic organization supporting veterans, will also be set up on the grandstands to raise awareness for their event. Please also visit areasontoride.org to learn more.

As far as on-track action goes, there will be six divisions in competition, including the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes, the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series and the Lite Modifieds. Ryan Preece, lead Keith Rocco and Rowan Pennink into the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature. Icebreaker 2017 Champion, Ray Parent, sits one point behind Ryan Morgan, in the Late Model standings. Jesse Gleason, who won the Limited Sportsman race at Icebreaker 2017, is being chased by four-time Champion, Scott Sundeen, and newcomer, Chris Meyer in that division. 2015 Mini Stock Champion, Dave Trudeau, is back in championship form as he is tied with Eric Bourgeois for the top-points-position in the Mini Stock ranks. Frank Dumicich, Jr. leads all Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series contenders, as the winner of the Series’ last event here during Icebreaker 2017.

All this exciting race is offered for only $12 General Admission. Active Military and Veterans are being honored with complementary general admission, but can upgrade to a pit pass for only $18. Kids, 12 and under, are free in both the pits and the grandstands. Pit gates will open at 10a. On track activity begins at 12:15p and racing commences at 1:30p. For more information, please visit thompsonspeedway.com.