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Thompson Speedway exhibiting at The Racer’s Expo

(THOMPSON, CT) – The Racer’s Expo, an annual motor sports trade show, returns on February 3rd and 4th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. This year, under the management of OTB Promotions, the show features some new seminars and world class exhibitors. Over 45 vendors are registered for the expo for 2017. TSMP will once again be showcasing the facility and experiences offered at the expo. Exotic Driving Events, American Muscle Experience and Fiat 500 Rally will be highlighted.

The TSMP booth will boast a great giveaways such as a 2 lap experience driving a Corvette Z06 on the 1.7 mile road course through the American Muscle Experience. It will also include a give away for a 3 lap experience driving one of the Exotic Driving Experience’s cars through an autocross set up. Choose from a Ferrari 458 Italia, Nissan GT-R and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570. 

A pair of tickets to the 2017 Icebreaker are also up for grabs in the giveaway. Show hours on February 3 are 4pm-9pm and on February 4 are 9am-4:30pm. Tickets are $5 per person with kids 12 and under free.

For more information on The Racer’s Expo please visit www.theracersexpo.com. For more information on TSMP please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

Woody Pitkat to run double duty at TSMP in 2017

The 2017 season is shaping up to be a busy one for Woody Pitkat. Already committed to a new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride with Goodie Motorsports, and returning to his Stan Mertz owned No. 6 Sunoco Modified at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Pitkat will also be driving Jeff Hartwel’s No. 91 Late Model entry.  Returning to the Late Model Division is a homecoming for Pitkat, whose roots are in a full-fendered race car.

Pitkat raced against Hartwell at Stafford Motor Speedway previously, and the two developed a mutual respect for each other. One of Hartwell’s crew members had always pushed him to explore the option of having Pitkat drive one of his cars. Hartwell finally took his advice and made the call just recently. Pitkat was surprised as he originally thought he was joking. He talked details over and went to take a look at the car where an agreement was ultimately made. While Pitkat looks forward to being back behind the wheel of a full-fendered car he also looks to deepen his relationship with the Hartwell Motorsports team by being present at the team’s shop.  

“It’s tough to do when there are other commitments and priorities. But with his shop being so close to Thompson and close to me I can make an effort to be there and get involved. The more time we spend together the better it will get. That’s how we’ll build this,” the 2015 Sunoco Modified Champion explained.

They seem to have a playful foundation to start.

“Jeff and I actually have the same birthday. I don’t know how it worked out but his daughter has the same birthday, too. Instead of saying hi or bye to each other when around the track we say ‘Happy Birthday!’”.

This type of collegial and fun-loving relationship is how Pitkat approaches motorsports. It’s more than racing to him.   Since signing onto drive the No. 6 Sunoco Modified for Stan Mertz, Pitkat delivered the veteran car own the elusive championship he’s sought for so long.  More than that, though, Pitkat befriended Mertz.  In fact, Mertz was one of the first to offer Pitkat and his wife, Erica, congratulations on the birth of their new son.  

“When it comes down to it he really didn’t have to do that. But that just goes to show you the type of guy that Stan is. It meant a lot to me and my wife,” described Pitkat.

The veteran driver has got a full slate for 2017, but everyone understands the priorities.

“I really want to thank Stan and Jeff for understanding the priority is the (NASCAR Whelen Modified) Tour car, then Sunoco Modified and then the Late Model. They both understand the priorities and this is the biggest reason why I can do all of this. They back me 100%.”

Pitkat will be behind the wheel of all three entries, beginning at the 43rd running of the Icebreaker, on April 1-2.  For more information, please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, or connect with us on social media.

Tommy Baldwin Returns to His Roots; Will Run Partial NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule with Donny Lia

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (January 11, 2017) – Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced today their plans to compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) with driver Donny Lia in 2017. Returning to his roots, Tommy Baldwin will bring back the iconic No. 7NY.

The car number has a rich history in the NASCAR touring series and the local tracks on Long Island, New York, amassing a combined total 54 wins with the late “Tiger” Tom Baldwin, Sr.
Lia, a two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion (2007 and 2009) and Long Island native, brings a wealth of experience to the team. With a career dating back to 2001, Lia raced Baldwin on the Tour.
“Tom and I quickly became friends early in my racing career, I was able to learn a lot from him,” said Lia. To now drive for Tommy in the 7NY that his father ran means a lot to me. I just can’t thank him enough for this opportunity.”

Baldwin and Lia have crossed paths before with Baldwin serving as the crew chief for Lia’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 2008.

“There are things I have taken from that one race with Tommy years ago that I have brought with me throughout my career,” Lia commented.  “Knowing how much I learned from only one race with Tommy makes me that much more excited for the upcoming season.”
The program brings Baldwin back to his childhood and sparks great memories along the way.
“This (modifieds) was my introduction to racing,” said Baldwin. “As a kid it’s really all that I knew. Watching and then ultimately working with my dad not only taught me the technical side, but gave me a competitive spirit. He always said ‘there is no replacement for winning.’
There’s no surprise that TBR will field a 600-horsepower open-wheel modified. It has always been part of his plan.
“When I moved to North Carolina, I took my roots with me,” he said. “I knew that at some point, at some level, I would be back involved with modifieds. I stay in contact with and follow the series regularly. It’s always been an important part of my life and now I will have the opportunity to enjoy great memories and create new ones. With a great driver like Donny behind the wheel, the 7NY team is excited for our first race.”
Lia summed up the announcement with similar sentiments.
“I am very honored that Tommy wants to go racing with me in his car,” said Lia. “This is a deal that I feel completes my career. It has come full circle. I get to be racing a modified that Tommy owns, with the 7NY on it. I can say, out of all the cool stuff I have had the opportunity to do throughout my career, this is right at the top of the list.”
Baldwin and Lia are scheduled to compete at the following races:
3/18 Myrtle Beach Speedway
4/30 Stafford Motor Speedway
6/14 Thompson Speedway
7/14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Race of Champions
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
8/4 Stafford Motor Speedway
8/9 Thompson Speedway
9/2 Oswego Speedway
9/16 Riverhead Raceway
9/23 New Hampshire Motor Speedway