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THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK ANNOUNCES 2019 SCHEDULE CHANGES ON TAP WITH 10-RACE SLATE PLANNED

By Kyle Souza for Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON, Conn. – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has revealed a 10-race schedule for the 2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series (NWAAS) season. Three added events to the oval schedule for the newest campaign are sure to give fans added excitement and opportunity at the Connecticut oval.

Terry Eames, Thompson’s newly appointed General Manager, put together the 10-race slate as the oval looks to spark further growth for the Whelen All American Series and give fans as many chances as possible to be at the track.

The 2019 calendar includes various touring divisions from across New England, staple special event dates including the Icebreaker and Sunoco World Series and standalone dates reserved for the stars of Thompson’s local classes to showcase their talent to dedicated fans.

Speaking of local divisions, Thompson is also proud to announce the addition of the Lite Modifieds to the NWAAS slate on a weekly basis. The Lite Modifieds will slide to Division III, dropping the Limited Sportsman to Division IV and the Mini Stocks to Division V. The Sunoco Modifieds will return as Division I and the Late Models are back as the Division II class.

All five classes of Thompson’s drivers will have the chance to earn NWAAS points towards both a track championship and the national titles in their respective divisions.

“We had a lot of questions about where we were going with the oval schedule for the 2019 season,” Eames said. “I concentrated a lot on the competitors, asking them for their input about what number of events would make them feel comfortable about committing to racing at Thompson regularly. Ten races seemed to fit for everyone well.”

After a March 23 Test & Tune for drivers to make sure they have all of the bolts tight, the season kicks-off in style April 6-7 with the 45th annual Icebreaker. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headlines the weekend with what will be their third race of the 2019 season — while Justin Bonsignore — who swept all four tour races at Thompson last season, looks to continue his streak. The NWAAS divisions will also begin their season with qualifying and feature action across the two days.

The first NWAAS standalone event of the season is slated for Sunday, May 19, with the Limited Sportsman division taking center stage for their annual long distance event. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Lite Modifieds and Mini Stocks will join the card and all active military and veterans with ID will be admitted free.

The Thompson 125 night for the Whelen Modified Tour moves up one week this season and the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Lite Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks will join NASCAR’s modified stars for racing to kick-off the summer months. The rain date for this event is Thursday, June 6.

For the third straight year, NASCAR’s upcoming talent of the K&N Pro Series East return to Connecticut on Saturday, June 15 for a 100-lap event. New this year, the ACT Tour, one of the top Late Model touring divisions in Canada and the United States, will run for 75 laps that night. The Whelen All American Series divisions are also on tap for what is sure to be an action packed night of racing.

The middle of the summer will give Thompson’s fans a chance to see the stars and cars of the Whelen All American Series by themselves on the track. On June 30, July 21 and August 4, the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Lite Modifieds and Mini Stocks will take center stage as their championship battles heat up on Sunday afternoons.

“While connecting with the competitors about the schedule, I ran into a lot of people who asked if I had thought about bringing the Lite Modifieds in on a weekly basis,” Eames mentioned. “I’m fond of the Lite Modifieds because there are a lot of success stories for upcoming talent in a place where we can showcase the youth in Connecticut racing. Drivers have been known to perfect their talent in this division, and now, someone can run a multiple-track Lite Modified program and build points towards the NASCAR standings.”

In the middle of August, Budweiser returns as the primary sponsor of the 30th annual Bud “King of Beers” 150 for the Whelen Modified Tour, their third of four appearances. The NEMA Midgets will hit the high-banks as well, along with the NWAAS classes.

With great success in its past, the Sunoco Modified 20/20 sprint returns for three segments on For the Fans Day at the track on Sunday, September 8. The modified standouts will share the track with their fellow NWAAS divisions.

And, as Thompson does each season, the racing concludes with a three-day spectacular as part of the 57th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. The 2019 event will run from Friday, October 11, through Sunday, October 13, and will cumulate with the crowning of various champions from across New England, and the crowning of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series champions.

Fans can see the entire schedule that includes pricing breakdown for each event in the grandstands and pit area on www.thompsonspeedway.com, and are encouraged to follow the track on social media for the latest updates throughout the offseason.

QUICK VIEW: 2019 Thompson Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 23: Test & Tune (All Safe Race Cars Welcome)

April 5: Icebreaker Test & Tune (Cars on track 2-5pm)

April 6-7: 45th annual Icebreaker weekend (Rain date April 13-14)

May 19: Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Active Military & Veterans

June 5: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson 125 + NWAAS

June 14: K&N Pro Series East & NWAAS Test & Tune

June 15: NASCAR K&N Pro East 100 & ACT Tour 75 + NWAAS

June 30: NWAAS Racing

July 21: NWAAS Racing

August 4: NWAAS Racing

August 14: NASCAR Modified Tour Bud “King of Beers” 150 + NEMA & NWAAS

September 8: Sunoco Mod 20/20 & For The Fans Night

October 11-13: 57th annual Sunoco World Series (Rain Date: October 18-20)

SHAWN MONAHAN WINS SECOND STRAIGHT THOMPSON LIMITED SPORTSMAN TITLE

WINS FOUR RACES EN ROUTE TO CROWN

 BY KYLE SOUZA, FOR THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

 THOMPSON, Conn. – Things can change quickly in racing.

In 2017, Shawn Monahan was a master of consistency at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the Limited Sportsman division. That consistency, matched with his furious drive to be successful, ended with a championship without the luxury of visiting Victory Lane.

But this year, he found a way to change that quickly. Monahan rolled to Victory Lane in four of seven NASCAR Whelen All American Series Limited Sportsman races and captured his second straight championship driving the No. 55 Critical Signs machine.

His final advantage in the championship chase stands at 49 points, nearly one race ahead of Chris Meyer.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the team and more blessed to be where I am today,” Monahan said.

In the season-finale, the 20-lap Sunoco World Series Limited Sportsman feature, Monahan entered the final turn inside the top five when the leaders made contact, and two of them went sliding up the track. Third-place Brent Gleason charged to the bottom and made it three-wide across the line in a thrilling finish that saw Corey Fanning take the victory.

Monahan, on the safe side, finished fourth with the car in one piece and hoisted another championship trophy.

“If you had asked me at the beginning of the season, I would’ve said that it’s impossible because of the talent this division has,” Monahan was quoted saying prior to the finale. “The different between myself and the rest of the competitors is simply that I have been in the right place, at the right time.”

Being in the right place at the right time helped him celebrate, but he wasn’t going out on the track to ride around. Monahan was seeking to win his fifth race of the season, and take home a Sunoco trophy that many wanted as part of the Sunoco World Series Weekend. He wasn’t going to just ride in an attempt to clinch.

“I like winning races. I really wanted to win the Sunoco trophy today. Sometimes I don’t know what is better, wheeling the car, or having one of the best seats in the house,” Monahan said.

With two championships in a row now under his belt, Monahan has etched his name into history at the Thompson Speedway.

“There were a few close calls today,” he said at the World Series. “Everyone said my point lead was extremely comfortable, and it was, but when you started 28 cars, you could be the victim early on and it could get ugly.”

Monahan adds his name to the talented list of Limited Sportsman champions on the .625-mile oval in a division where competition is extremely difficult. A total of 39 different drivers turned at least one lap during the season in the class, and Monahan was the only driver to finish inside the top five in all seven races.

Monahan will be officially crowned the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Limited Sportsman champion at the Awards Banquet & Celebration, with a date to be announced in the near future.

NICK JOHNSON CLINCHES FIRST THOMPSON LATE MODEL TITLE

EDGES TOM CAREY III FOR WHELEN ALL AMERICAN SERIES CROWN

 BY KYLE SOUZA, FOR THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

 THOMPSON, Conn. – When you look at the final NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model point standings at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, you see four drivers who captured a checkered flag. In fact, those four drivers were the only competitors to celebrate in Victory Lane this season in a division that saw 29 drivers take the green flag at least once.

But, at the top of those standings, the eventual champion of the 2018 season had a zero in the win column. Nick Johnson, a native of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, is celebrating his first Thompson championship in the No. 6, even though he didn’t visit Victory Lane. Johnson finished in the top five in all seven races, including a fifth-place in the season-finale, which helped him seal the crown.

Johnson was the only driver to score top five finishes in every event, and also the only driver to finish inside the top-10 in all seven races. He defeated Tom Carey III by just a mere three points in the closest battle across all four of the Whelen All American Series divisions at Thompson.

“Not at all,” Johnson said when asked if he thought he could win the title at the beginning of the season. “My immediate thought was I just wanted to come and win. We didn’t even think we were going to run a full-time schedule but one thing leads to another, and here we are.”

Entering the finale, Johnson knew he wasn’t going to win the title by just comfortably riding around the .625-mile oval. He started deep in the back, and watched Tom Carey III, his closest challenger, pull away from him. Carey got all the way to the front, and finished third, just inches behind Buddy Charette for that spot.

Even though he finished in front of Johnson on the track, it wasn’t enough to get the title.

“Honestly, going into the season, the goal was really to win races. We didn’t achieve that goal, but it ended up leading to the championship,” Johnson said. “Once we ended up leading the championship standings, it was going to be hard to back away from it. We decided to just run with it and see what we could do.”

In the end, after seven months, Johnson’s decision turned out to be the right one. While he defeated Carey but just three, Mark Jenison, who won the final race of the season, ended just 13 points out after doing everything he could.

William Wall was fourth, 15 back, while Ryan Morgan, who won a season-high three races, rounded out the top five.

“Those few laps, I was just watching the yellow car (Carey) and making sure I stayed with it,” Johnson said. “There were a few times where I had no where to go, and I was fast enough to pass, but it’s not really a track you can run three-wide. I just had to have patience, wait, and when the opportunity presented itself, I took it. I was pretty surprised to be honest.”

Johnson will be officially crowned champion at the 2018 Banquet & Awards Celebration, with a date to be announced at a later date.