By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Tom Morris Myracenews Photo
THOMPSON, Conn. — Meghan Fuller is seeking her first career Limited Sportsman victory at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this season.
The Auburn, Massachusetts, driver was the Rookie of the Year in the division back in 2017 and finished ninth in the championship standings last year. In her first four starts of 2019, Fuller has three top-fives, and is inching closer to capturing her first checkered flag. She’s shown the speed to get the job done.
“The car has been a lot better this year, we made some big changes and the car has felt great. We’ve been doing well and have been able to get some good finishes,” Fuller said. “The competition at Thompson is definitely pretty tough because there are a bunch of great drivers to race against. It’s definitely a challenge.”
A victory isn’t the only thing Fuller is chasing. She also has her eyes set on the division championship at Thompson, the Street Stock championship at Stafford Motor Speedway, and two national crowns.
As of the national standings on July 8, Fuller was third in the division V chase with her 10 starts at Stafford, and she is leading the UNOH Youth Achievement Award standings, which combines her starts at Thompson and Stafford.
“It’s definitely pretty amazing to be that high up there in the Division V national points,” Fuller said. “It’s in the back of my mind during the race, but I just try to run my own race and take my time getting through the field. I had talked to a few friends that race at different tracks and they aren’t as high up in the UNOH points, and they thought it was amazing that I was able to be that high up.”
With her strong runs early at Thompson, Fuller is second in the track standings, just points behind Zachary Robinson.
“If I’m being honest, I wasn’t even paying attention to the points at Thompson because I had struggled a little bit the last few years,” Fuller said. “My dad told me that I was second and I thought he was joking, but when I checked, he was right. It’s cool that I am that high in the points. Now that the car feels good, I’m in a good position.”
Fuller runs the full schedules at both Thompson and Stafford. With Stafford running each week on Friday, and Thompson running 10 events this season, up from seven last year, it’s been busy for the entire race team. They are running two separate cars at each track, but still must make sure everything is prepared for battle.
“I’m used to racing every Friday at Stafford, and I’m consistent over there, but with the breaks in the schedule at Thompson, you have to go back out there and get back to where you were and it can be a bit of a shock getting back out there and remembering everything I had done before to do well,” Fuller said. “It’s definitely a little bit challenging.”
Even though all four of the championships are on her mind, Fuller is hoping July 28 marks her first Limited Sportsman win at Thompson.
“I definitely hope so, I really want to get a win this year,” Fuller said. “I’ve been waiting for three years to get a win at Thompson. My dad and my uncle have been working hard on the car to get it to be fast and I feel like they are doing an amazing job with it. We’re definitely right there.”
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park returns to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Sunday, July 28, with all five divisions scheduled to compete. Lock City Drift will also compete in the third round of their Street Series.
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