By: Kyle Souza / Photo: Tom Morris/My Race News
NASCAR announced on Thursday that they will hold two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2020. The first will be held on Wednesday, September 2, and the second will be the World Series weekend on October 9-11.
The agreement with the track stems from an agreement the track made with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) & Pro All Star Series (PASS). The two racing organizations, that run races throughout New England with Late Models and Super Late Models, will promote the events. These will be the first events held at the .625-mile oval track since the COVID pandemic started.
A joint press release from the organizations says they will release further details surrounding the races including division lineups and prices next week. Per the state of Connecticut, events will be forced to run at 25 percent capacity and advanced ticket sales will be available. The group will also hold an open practice on Wednesday, August 19.
The track was originally scheduled to hold three Whelen Modified Tour events as part of the Icebreaker in April, Bud 150 in August and World Series in October, but all three were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally, Econn Motorsports was taking over operations of the oval track. However, PASS and ACT officials have now worked out an agreement to promote these two events.
“We’re excited about this opportunity,” Chris Michaud, owner of the ACT Tour, said in the release. “The ACT Tour was part of the World Series the last five years, and we were always impressed with the facility and with the racing there. We’re looking forward to working with the local teams and touring series that have made Thompson their home and putting on a great show for the fans.”
“It’s a remarkable race track,” Tom Mayberry of the Pro All Star Series added. “I spent a lot of nights on the backstretch with Don Hoenig watching the Modifieds and the local divisions. You can practically feel the history every time you’re there. Being part of the Icebreaker for three years was one of the biggest stages PASS has ever raced on. We’re glad to continue contributing to the legacy of such an important speedway.”
It’s unclear whether Thompson’s weekly divisions (SK Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds) will be part of the program. My Race News will have more on the situation as it develops.