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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. 

test & Tune, Icebreaker postponed at Thompson Speedway motorsports park

By: Kyle Souza/Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON, Conn. — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and how it will affect our 2020 schedule. Due to Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s newest Executive Order and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggestions, Thompson Speedway will not hold the scheduled NASCAR Test & Tune originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21.   

Also due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 46th annual Liquid Death Icebreaker will not be completed in its regularly scheduled date of April 3rd-5th. After conversations with NASCAR and all stakeholders involved, Thompson Speedway is planning to announce a postponement date for the Icebreaker in a matter of just a few days. Competitors should note that there will be a practice day attached to the rescheduled Icebreaker, and any drivers who signed up for the March 21 test will be given top priority for a practice date that is to be determined.  

Thompson Speedway wishes to stress that we have not canceled any events on our 2020 schedule, however, some of which have been postponed, for the time being. We will work closely with all partners to come up with a necessary solution and hope to reschedule all events for a later date.  

The health of our valued race teams, fans, staff and customers is paramount during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have cleaned the property thoroughly to do our part to stop the spread of the virus and will continue to do so in the future.  

Effective immediately, our staff will work from home to whatever extent they can. Therefore, customers are asked to work with the track in understanding that phones might not be answered as rapidly as usual. To connect with Thompson staff, you may also email info@thompsonspeedway.com with any requests or concerns.  

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will continue to provide updates as they become available. 



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. 


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