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Meghan Fuller Off To Strong Start in Title Quest at Thompson

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

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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. 

For more information on Thompson Speedway, fans are encouraged to visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Rain Forces Rescheduling of Thompson NWAAS Racing

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park had planned to host its fifth weekend of oval racing action on June 30 with a showcase of the track’s five divisions. However, Mother Nature was the big winner of the afternoon forcing the rescheduling of the event to Labor Day weekend.

The speedway was able to get practice completed before heavy rain impacted the track and lightning in the area forced fans to take shelter. A stoppage in the weather allowed track drying to begin with plans to begin feature racing as soon as possible. Track officials canceled heat racing with the hopes of completing racing action in a timely manner, but the weather persisted, and another series of showers soaked the track. Track officials called the race just after 4:15 p.m. telling fans their wristbands would serve as credit towards any forthcoming race in 2019 at the speedway.

Lock City Drift, which served as a companion event to the oval track racing, was able to complete the second event in their 2019 Street Series schedule on the Clubhouse Circuit.

The oval race was rescheduled to Sunday, September 1. Thompson Speedway’s next oval track event will take place on Sunday, July 28 again featuring the track’s five NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions.

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THOMPSON SPEEDWAY BACK IN ACTION WITH NWAAS & LOCK CITY DRIFT THIS SUNDAY

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, Conn. — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s successful month of June will conclude in style on Sunday.

All five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will compete, joined by Lock City Drift, with their second round of the Street Series planned.

Fans can watch the slip and sliding of drifting action, along with the high-speed competition of open-wheel modifieds and full-fendered race cars, all for just $18.

With Lock City Drift preparing for the Street Series, fans can expect another large crowd of entrants, with some newcomers joining the roster. For those not familiar, the Street Series puts drivers on the edge of control, with some restrictions to the cars to keep them inside the rules. These events are judged, and there are multiple rounds before a winner is decided.

“With a bunch of new entrants, we are excited to see who will take the win in round two of the Street Series, and who can take the lead in the points standings,” Michael Lynch, Director of Lock City Drift, said.

Headlining the Whelen All-American Series competition is the Division I Sunoco Modifieds, with their fifth race of the season. Approaching the halfway point in the championship battle, defending champion Keith Rocco is well on his way to battling for the title again. Rocco leads the standings by 24 points on the heels of top-five finishes in all races so far. 

Four different drivers have been to Victory Lane. Rocco won the opener, while Ronnie Williams, Ryan Preece and Mike Christopher Jr. have followed with their own victories. Troy Talman, Todd Owen and Woody Pitkat all have strong runs early, but have yet to visit the winner’s circle. 

After competing with the American Canadian Tour on June 15, the Late Models are back in NWAAS action with their fourth race of the season Sunday. With three different winners in their first three races, consistency has mattered the most for any driver who wants to be towards the top of the standings.

William Wall has three top-five finishes, and is the only driver to accomplish that feat, therefore, he leads the standings by 19 points over Mark Jension. Derek Gluchacki is third, 26 points back, while Ryan Morgan and Woody Pitkat round out the top five. Wall, Morgan and Tom Carey III are the three winners. The Late Model division features a mix of veterans and rising young talent.

Bryan Narducci has been unbeatable in the SK Light Modified® division, winning the first four races. Dating back to last season, Narducci has been victorious in eight consecutive events for the division, showing himself as the dominant car. Although he’s opened up a 46-point advantage in the standings, the field isn’t giving in. Cornelius Flynn and Albert Ouellette are the two drivers in the division other than Narducci who have top-10 finishes in all four events. But, if they want to beat Narducci to the checkered flag, they will need to find just a bit more speed under the hood.

With the top seven drivers separated by just 18 points, the Limited Sportsman division continues to prove to be one of the most competitive Thompson offers. Only Ryan Morgan, who is fourth in the standings, has been able to finish inside the top 10 in each event. At the top, it’s Icebreaker winner and former champion Ryan Waterman showing the way.

Meghan Fuller is second, just seven from the lead, while Zachary Robinson, Morgan and Brent Gleason round out the top five. Defending division champion Shawn Monahan, who does have two wins, is sixth because of a finish of 22nd on June 5. Kyle Gero is seventh, looking to close the gap. In the first four, Monahan has two wins, while Waterman and Gleason have also carried the checkered.

Thompson’s Mini Stock division also has a tight championship battle. Scott Michalski leads by one point over Jared Roy, while Steve Michalski is just four points out. With four races down, the only other driver to win is Charles Canfield, who took the checkered the last time on the track. Evan Bourgeois, the son of reigning Mini Stock champion Eric Bourgeois, is fourth, just 16 points back.

Admission to the grandstands is just $18 for adults, while seniors (65+), and active military and veterans are just $16. Kids age 12 and under are free. If fans would like to get a behind the scenes look at Thompson’s stars and cars, they can do that for $35 in the paddock area with a pit wristband. If any children are walking into the pit area, they will be charged the same full price of $35.

Grandstands open at 12:30 p.m., just in time to watch Lock City Drift begin their practice and qualifying action, and the practice sessions for the five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes. Heat racing for NWAAS cars begins at 2:30 p.m., while feature racing will follow at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, fans can visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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