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SAVE THE PURSE & THOMPSON SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCE LATE MODEL MID-SUMMER CHALLENGE FOR 2020

THREE RACES TO PAYING $2,000 TO THE WINNER SET FOR DIVISION II CLASS

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

THOMPSON, Conn. — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Save The Purse jointly announced on Thursday that competitors in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model division will have three, 50-lap feature races in 2020 as part of a new Late Model Mid-Summer Challenge.

A group of competitors joined together over the offseason to form Save The Purse, a group that has come up with additional purse money through sponsors and have put it towards these special events. The group is run by recognized racing crew member Brad Martel. 

Each of the three events will pay $2,000 to the winner, $1,000 for second and $750 for third. A full purse will be distributed to the top 25 competitors. The races will take place as part of the three standalone NASCAR Weekly Racing Series events scheduled for June 3, July 8 and August 5. 

Thompson Speedway is committed to the future of oval track racing and in 2020 has planned a six-race NASCAR schedule. With the addition of a night of double features for all five NASCAR divisions, competitors will have the chance to run seven feature races. 

These Late Model special events are going to be a must-watch for all race fans. 

“Watching a group of racers come together and come up with funds to increase the purse is something special, and we are happy to work with them,” Terry Eames, the General Manager of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, said. “We’re looking forward to watching competitors race for this extra purse money while running some extra laps. Fans won’t want to miss these special events.”  

“We were determined to come up with the best possible solution to increase the purse value at Thompson in 2020,” Brad Martel, the Director of Save The Purse, said. “We’re looking forward to watching a competitive division competed in double their normal distance for some extra cash.” 

Sponsors included in the Mid-Summer Classic will be announced later. As part of these special night events, the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Sunoco Modifieds, SK Light Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks will join the action. 

Thompson Speedway also runs in the Late Model program under American Canadian Tour rules, and in 2020, will also be part of the New England Late Model Challenge Cup. Thompson is one of five tracks in the program – one that will have all scheduled weekly Late Model events eligible to receive points towards winning the Cup. ACT will take the 10 best finishes for each registered driver across all five tracks and count it towards the drivers totals, with a special points system in place based on a driver’s feature finishes and event car counts, with bonus points for wins and cars passed. With the three events paying additional purse, these could be races that drivers across New England elect to attend to earn crucial points.  

With COVID-19 sweeping through the United States, Thompson officials have been forced to update the 2020 schedule. Currently, the 46th annual Icebreaker presented by Liquid Death is tentatively scheduled for May 15-16. A full schedule of postponed events will be released later.

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, visit thompsonpeedway.com and follow the track on social media. 

DRIFTING, DRAG RACING COMBINING FOR FRIDAY NIGHT FUN AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK IN 2020

LOCK CITY DRIFT, NEW ENGLAND STREET OUTLAW SERIES (NESOS) TO COMPETE UNDER THE LIGHTS 

THOMPSON, Conn. — Through partnerships with Lock City Drift and the New England Street Outlaw Series, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is pleased to announce Friday night Drift & Drags under the lights for seven events in 2020.  

The combination of the two series will give fans a chance to spend their Friday night watching the slipping, sliding and smoking of drift cars and the raw speed of drag machines going 250 feet down the stretch. Beginning in April, and ending in October, race fans can catch both in the same night for just $15 admission. 

Last year, Lock City Drift introduced competitive drifting to Thompson race fans on select NASCAR oval event race days, but this year, they are proud to be part of a drag racing night with their grassroots division. Grassroots drifting is more of a beginner class, where drivers of any skill level and with any car meeting the rulebook can compete. Drivers in the grassroots class are separated by skill level, giving everyone an equal playing field to showcase their talent. 

The NESOS gives race fans and enthusiasts the chance to hit the strip since it’s more of a spectator drag racing event. The division was formed to allow competitors to drive their own street vehicles, drag vehicles or bikes and quads in their safe environment for competition. In 2020, drivers will have the chance to compete in the Outlaw, Street or Bike divisions and chase a championship. Outside of these divisions, the NESOS will also hold additional special events. NESOS action at Thompson will allow for easier entry, longer Test & Tune time, longer elimination times and eliminations that are run under the lights. 

It’s a win-win situation for all sides, but especially the race fans. 

“Combining drifting and drag racing together is going to create quite the night of action for a race fan in the area,” Terry Eames, the General Manager of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, said. “Fans are not going to want to miss these special events under the lights. We’re looking forward to kicking it off next month.” 

The drifting will continue to take place in the portion of the road course located behind the frontstretch grandstands, while the drag racing has been moved from the previous backstretch to the frontstretch to allow more viewing for fans from the grandstands and increased opportunity to access pit road and staging. Those fans looking to get involved with Lock City Drift can visit them on the web at LockCityDrift.com, where you can find a full list of tech requirements for each of their divisions. Lock City will introduce their New England Top Drift, a division started for drivers who are planning to move to the Pro-Am Series, as part of the May event. They have established social media accounts on both Facebook and Instagram where fans can also learn more. 

“It’s definitely exciting,” Michael Lynch, the Director of Lock City Drift, said. “I’m really interested to see the 250’ drags, and I like how this is more of the arrive and drive style for them. I think it’s going to be cool for fans to be at the track on a Friday night with different types of motorsports going on under the lights.” 

Those interested in becoming a part of the NESOS action should visit them at nestreetoutlaws.com and on Facebook. Anyone wishing to compete can do it for just $45 per event, which includes special events and shootouts. 

“We are really excited about our 2020 drag racing season for the fans and the racers,” Mark Caise, the Promoter of NESOS, said. “Our more successful drag racing events have worked well when we combine it with another automotive element like a car cruise or large car show. To have the opportunity to work with the popular Lock City Drift in 2020 on these Friday night Drift and Drags events just makes this a great concept for competitors and fans alike.” 

“The support from Thompson has been above and beyond for us to make this a fantastic experience for drag racers and fans,” Caise continued. “They are allowing us to move the 250’ racing track to the frontstretch, where fans will have better seating and viewing from both sides. Racers will stage closer to the action on the oval pit road, racers can even park their trailers on the oval infield to be closer to their cars, they will have concession stands open for fans, run eliminations under the lights for racers and so much more. It’s going to be a great experience for everyone and that’s very important to us.” 

As part of these Friday night Drift & Drags, concessions will be open for race fans. Fans looking to attend these seven events can do it for just $15 admission, which will gain you access to both at one price. 

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, visit ThompsonSpeedway.com, and follow the track on social media. 

DRIFT & DRAG 2020 EVENTS AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY: 

  • Friday, April 24th 
  • Friday, May 15th 
  • Friday, June 5th 
  • Friday, July 24th 
  • Friday, August 14th 
  • Friday, September 4th 
  • Friday, October 30th 

Thompson Speedway MOVING FORWARD WITH MARCH 21 TEST & TUNE

BY: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

PHOTO: Thompson Speedway/Clarus Studios

Good Morning Competitors:


We are going to go forward with the NASCAR Test & Tune slated for next Saturday, March 21, with a new format, because of the Executive Order signed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, banning gatherings of more than 250 people. We will run this event with under 250 people, split up into two different practice runs, in the same day. We will have a Test Session A and Test Session B. 


TEST SESSION A:

Pit Gates Open: 730am

Practice Runs: 9am-1pm

Pits Empty By: 130pm


TEST SESSION B:

Pit Gates Open: 130pm

Practice Begins: 2-6pm

Pits Empty: 615pm

In order to sign up for the Test & Tune, please visit the reservations tab of our track website at http://www.thompsonspeedway.com/reservations. 


Please note that you can have FIVE team members per car signed up, INCLUDING the driver. Each team member is $25 per person. Please note that the five team members will include anyone you wish to bring with the car. You will not be allowed more than five. All pit admission must be arranged via the link above, there will be no pit ticket sales on the day of the event.


Once each race team has completed sign-up, please wait for Thompson officials to contact you in order to assign you a testing session. Please note that a valid email address must be used when signing up for the test session. That is the only way officials will be able to contact you.


Any safe race car is welcome for this event.