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Sunoco & Twisted Tea to Present Thompson World Series Action

Thompson 300 Now to Be One-Day Show on October 10

Waterbury, VT & Naples, ME — American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have announced partnerships with Sunoco and Twisted Tea to present the 59th World Series of Speedway Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The three-day auto racing festival is scheduled for Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10 and is highlighted by the return of the $20,000-to-win Thompson 300.

The Thompson World Series extravaganza will once again be known as the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. Sunoco has been the sponsor of the World Series for the last decade-plus and returns to present the three-day series. As part of the agreement, the 300-lap Outlaw Open Modified Series feature will be known as the Sunoco Thompson 300.

Additionally, the Thompson 300 has now been switched to a one-day format. All qualifying races and the main event will be on Sunday, October 10. Optional practice sessions are slated for Friday and Saturday with a session on Sunday prior to qualifying. Officials decided the one-day format would be in the best interests of teams and fans, giving them more options about how to approach the race weekend.

Meanwhile, the Twisted Tea brand of hard iced tea — via its parent Boston Beer Company and their longtime partner Hartford Distributing — will present the Saturday portion of the motorsport festival. Twisted Tea World Series Saturday includes a National Championship event for the PASS Super Late Models and an ACT Late Model Tour event. The deal is an extension of the partnership with Boston Beer Company and Hartford Distributing to present the Wednesday night events at Thompson Speedway in 2021.

“We’re glad to continue working with both Sunoco and Twisted Tea,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “They got onboard with our vision for Thompson Speedway very early in the process. All of us have been happy with the results so far, which made continuing these partnerships for the World Series an easy decision. We’re looking forward to the event and to the rest of the season at Thompson.” 

The full Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing division line-up will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check the ACT, PASS, and Thompson Speedway websites for further updates.

Sunoco LP is the USA’s largest motor fuel distributor. They are headquartered in Dallas, Texas and deliver fuel to more than 7,300 branded gas stations throughout the country. Sunoco is the exclusive fuel supplier of numerous state travel plazas in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Sunoco Race Fuels is also the official fuel of numerous motorsports sanctioning bodies, including ACT, PASS, and their sanctioned tracks.

Twisted Tea is the original malt-brewed hard iced tea. It was launched in 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio on the premise that it should have the same taste and refreshment as real brewed iced tea — but with a twist. Twisted Tea is owned by the Boston Beer Company, which also owns Samuel Adams beer, Angry Orchard hard cider, Truly hard seltzer, and other nationally-known adult beverage brands. Boston Beer Company was founded in 1984 and is the fourth-largest brewery in the United States.

Thompson Speedway action returns with the Truly Hard Lemonade Midsummer 75 on Wednesday, August 11 at 6:00pm. The Outlaw Open Modified Series will go 75 laps for a $5,000 top prize. The card also includes the Late Models, Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, Mini Stocks, and a $1,000-to-win Street Stock Open. Admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. A live pay-per-view will be available on Speed51.TV.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.
For general Thompson Speedway inquiries, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

Thompson Spirit of 76 Cancelled Following Severe Thunderstorm

Tickets and Pit Passes to be Honored at August 11 Event

Daniel Holben Photo

Thompson, CT — A severe rainstorm shortly after qualifying began forced the cancellation of the Samuel Adams Wicked Hazy IPA Spirit of 76 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, July 7. The event will not be rescheduled due to a lack of open dates.

For much of the day, it appeared the worst of the thunderstorm would split around the Thompson, CT area and allow for racing. However, the storm closed back together and began pelting the track during the second heat race. Hard rain continued for nearly 45 minutes, leaving significant standing water on the racing surface. Officials determined the track could not be dried in time to complete the program at a reasonable hour, leading to the cancellation.

All general admission ticket wristbands, pit pass wristbands, and entry fees will be honored at the Truly Hard Lemonade Midsummer 75 on Wednesday, August 11, which features a $5,000-to-win event for the Outlaw Open Modified Series. The full event schedule will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

For general Thompson Speedway inquiries, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

Tour-Type Modified Stars Return to Thompson on Wednesday Chasing $5,000 Check

Preece, Swanson, Rocco, & More Going After Big Money in Spirit of 76

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Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME — Some of the top Modified talent in the Northeast region will head back to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, July 7, when the oval returns to racing headlined by the $5,000-to-win Sam Adams Wicked Hazy IPA Spirit of 76.


NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece, veteran multi-time Thompson champion and reigned Outlaw Open Modified Series winner Keith Rocco, two-time Modified Racing Series Champion Chris Pasteryak, Dave Sapienza, Ronnie Williams, Craig Lutz and others are expected to all be contenders for the big prize in the 76-lap special as the track continues the celebration just a few days after Independence Day.

One of the top drivers heading to the high banks is Acton, MA rising star Matt Swanson. In the first two Outlaw Open Modified Series events of the year, Swanson finished seventh at the Icebreaker 125 and fourth last time out in the Nutmeg State 75. Improving on those two finishes will be important for the driver that competes for the historic Boehler Racing team driving the famed Ole Blue No. 3 machine.

“It’s obviously just going to take being there at the end and being able to put the whole package together like it does for every race for us,” Swanson said. “We’ve been bringing solid race cars to the track all year. We just can’t seem to shake the bad luck streak. That’s been the story of our year so far — bad luck just keeps striking us. We just have to keep working to try and get everything going well and hopefully there will be one time soon that nothing will go wrong and we will be there for the win.”

Strategy will be the name of the game in the 76-lap race, with teams allowed to swap one tire for a fresh piece of Hoosier rubber at any time. Some drivers will attempt to make their stop early, some will wait until later, and some may not even pit at all. In the end, the differing strategies across the board are another thing to keep the fans engaged.

“It throws a little bit of a different strategy into it being a shorter race in general, you can go out there and go all out the whole time,” Swanson said. “It’s been a change of pace for me; some of these races, you ride around half of the race and save your stuff for the end. What everyone at Thompson has been doing — it allows you to just race it out. You don’t have to worry about saving anything.”

Also on the card will be the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds and a special 8-Cylinder Open Street Stock feature worth $1,000 to win. All of Thompson’s local divisions have been impressive to start the season. With four races left in their championship battles, the action should continue to heat up on Wednesday.

The Late Models return for another 25-lap, $1,200 to win special, with Tom Carey III and Brian Tagg already holding the checkered flag so far this year. The Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsman also had two different winners in their first two events, with “Leadfoot” Larry Barnett and Corey Fanning taking down victories.

Barnett will be one of many Limited Sportsman drivers expected to do double-duty by competing in both the 20-lap Vandi Auto Supply feature and the 25-lap, $1,000-to-win Open Street Stock race. Paul Newcomb, who won the Icebreaker Open Street Stock event, is entered again and one of the early favorites to get away with the check.

While the Mini Stocks were originally eliminated from the card of racing, the group of drivers and teams banded together and will have a healthy field of cars for the fans on Wednesday. Steve Michalski was the big winner when they hit the high banks on June 16, while at the Icebreaker, Jared Roy won, continuing his streak of success dating back to the 2020 season.

Don’t forget that the rumble of the SK Light Modifieds also returns to the 0.625-mile oval. The division is coming off two thrilling finishes to open their season. At the Icebreaker, Anthony Bello edged George Bessette Jr. by a mere few inches. Last time out, Paul “Buddy” Charrette held off a late charge from Bello for the win as the two swapped the lead on multiple restarts throughout the race.

Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park get the green flag this Wednesday, July 7 at 6:00pm with the Samuel Adams Wicked Hazy IPA Spirit of 76. The $5,000-to-win shootout features the best Tour-type Modified racers in the Northeast. They’re joined by the local Late Models, Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, and Mini Stocks plus an 8-cylinder Street Stock Open.

General admission is $30 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. and under. Speed51.TV will also have a live pay-per-view broadcast for those who can’t make it to the track. Sign up at https://www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-outlaw-open-modifieds-at-thompson-july-7.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

For general Thompson Speedway inquiries, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.