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FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO PARTNERS WITH THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK THROUGH THE 2021 SEASON

he Northeast’s Ultimate Resort Destination Becomes the Premier Partner of  

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park  

MASHANTUCKET, CT (August 14, 2019) – Foxwoods® Resort Casino announced today its new three-year partnership with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, home of the first purpose-built road course and first asphalt high-banked oval in America.  Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park also boasts NASCAR racing on a 5/8 mile Oval, a 1.7 mile Road Course, a first class Golf Club, a Clubhouse restaurant with a banquet and catering facility, an exclusive Drivers Club, and an Exotic Car Driving Experience. 

“We’re pleased to partner with Thompson and the racing community as whole. We are all excited with this relationship here at Foxwoods, as this will be a great addition to our partnership catalogue that will only enhance the customer experience,” said Roy Colebut-Ingram, Director of Sponsorships and Partnerships for Foxwoods Resort Casino. 

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park fans will have the opportunity to take advantage of Foxwoods promotions and special offers throughout the racing season including a Circuit One Luxury Driving Experience held at Foxwoods Resort Casino. 

“All of us here at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park are excited for this new partnership. Foxwoods Resort Casino is an outstanding organization within close proximity of our facility and we look forward to working together on some great offerings and future experiences for all of our loyal customers,” stated Jonathan Hoenig, CEO, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  “Customers looking for new and exciting experiences will benefit greatly for what each of our properties have to offer.”  

PIT BOX: Justin Bonsignore Looks For Seven Straight at Thompson

BY KYLE SOUZA NASCAR.COM AUGUST 12, 2019

Photo:Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

In what has become a staple on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for many years, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will host another mid-week special on Wednesday night.

The 30th annual Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150 will mark the 11th race of the 16 in the championship points schedule, and will see one driver look to continue his historic streak at the .625-mile Connecticut oval.


Justin Bonsignore and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park have been the perfect pairing.

In 35 career starts, Bonsignore has 11 victories — a number that leads all active drivers. He’s been to Victory Lane in the last six races at the track — the only driver in series history to accomplish the feat. In fact, Bonsignore is also the only driver to win five straight. In his six wins, he has started in either the first or second row — showing track position will matter on Wednesday night.

The defending tour champion will need to start rolling up the wins if he wants to get back in the title hunt – he’s currently third, 42 points out.

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If anyone is going to knock him off the top at Thompson, Doug Coby, Ron Silk and Craig Lutz come to mind as some of the favorites. Coby leads the championship point standings by 24 over Silk, who has back-to-back wins in Whelen Modified Tour action at New Hampshire and Stafford. Lutz, who earned his fifth top five of the season at Stafford Motor Speedway, was the dominant car during the Thompson 125 in June.

The driver of the No. 46 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet led 73 laps, but was forced to settle for third after Bonsignore and Coby made their way by him.

Eric Goodale, who enters the race fifth in the championship standings, has finished inside the top six in both of his latest starts at Thompson. Jon McKennedy, who’s only run six races driving for Tommy Baldwin in the historic No. 7NY this season, is coming off his second straight top-five finish, and will look for his first Thompson win.

The Wednesday night showdown will also include Thompson’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and the NEMA Midgets. In NEMA competition, sprint car star Sammy Swindell will compete.

RACE FACTS

RACEBUD ‘KING OF BEERS’ 150
PLACEThompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut
DATEWednesday, August 14
TIME7:45 p.m. ET
TELEVISIONNBCSN, Wednesday, August 21, 6 p.m. — FansChoice.TV (Live Broadcast)
TRACK LAYOUT.625-mile paved asphalt oval
2018 WINNERJustin Bonsignore
2018 POLEJustin Bonsignore
EVENT SCHEDULEWednesday: Garage Open: 1:45 p.m., Final Practice: 3:55-4:55 p.m., Driver Autograph Session: 6 p.m., Group Qualifying: 7 p.m.,  Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150: 7:45 p.m.
TWITTER@ThompsonSpdwy, @NASCARHomeTrack
HASHTAG#Bud150, #NWMT

RACE CENTER | ENTRY LIST

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: 

The starting field for the Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150 is limited to 36 starters, including provisional positions. The first 30 drivers will secure starting positions through the qualifying process. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.

NASCAR group qualifying is in place for this event. Qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s fastest single lap speed from the official practice session. The number of groups for qualifying will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 30th. Adjustment or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete, the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. Vehicles will proceed immediately to impound after making a qualifying attempt. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying/inspection. Vehicles must qualify on race set up.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.

Justin Bonsignore Aiming For Seven Straight NWMT Wins at Thompson

Justin Bonsignore Aiming For Seven Straight NWMT Wins at Thompson 

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (Tom Morris/Myracenews photo)

THOMPSON, Conn. — When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park next week, Justin Bonsignore will be aiming to add to his historic streak. 

Bonsignore, a Holtsville, New York, native, has won six consecutive Whelen Modified Tour races at the Connecticut oval. He swept all four series events at Thompson last year en route to his first career title and won both the Icebreaker and the Thompson 125 so far this season. He’s the only driver to accomplish the feat in the 144-race Whelen Modified Tour history of the track and has done it all driving for Ken Massa.

All eyes have now turned towards the Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150 next Wednesday, August 14.  

“We anticipate every time that we go to the track we will have a shot at it, but we also know that the streak isn’t going to last forever,” Bonsignore said. “I’m confident enough in my team to say that we can win the race when we get there, no matter how many in a row we have.” 

Prior to Bonsignore, multiple former Whelen Modified Tour champions had won four races in a row at Thompson, including Doug Coby, who swept all four races in 2015 en route to his title. Bonsignore has won the last six races from starting positions of fourth or better and has led 280 laps over the stretch. He might not have led all the laps or been the dominant car in all races, but he’s found his way to Victory Lane one way or another, which is a credit to him and his team. The average car count over the span is over 28 cars per event. 

“Every time we go there, it’s in the back of your head how unbelievable it is and you wonder how much longer it will go,” Bonsignore said. “On one hand, I am prepared for it to end, but at the same time, I think we will be bummed when it does happen. Especially if we lose it and finish second in the race. When you sit back and look at it 10 years from now, you’ll be able to appreciate what you did.” 

Entering Thompson, although he’s won two races at the high-banked oval this season, he also was able to hold the checkered flag at Riverhead Raceway, his home track, in July. But with two DNF’s early in the season, the defending series champion has a 42-point hole in the title chase. Coby, a five-time series champion and Thompson winner himself, leads by 24 over Ron Silk, another former champion and Thompson winner. The three veterans look to be the favorites to contend for the title down the stretch. 

“Those are two guys that are two of the best right now and we right there with them,” Bonsignore said. “I’m still confident in what we are going to bring to the track, especially because we brought something totally different the last time, even though we had won five in a row. I go into Thompson with my head held high and a lot of confidence.” 

With Ryan Stone on the pit box, Bonsignore knows he will have a strong car to drive to give himself a chance to keep the streak going. The Bud 150 provides fans a chance to watch pit strategy play out, as drivers can take four tires during the event whenever they wish.  

“Ryan is always tinkering with setups, trying to evolve to the next setup,” Bonsignore said. “We’re trying to make our own gains. But the strategy is tough to even sit back and talk about, because one caution at a weird time can throw everything for a loop. We might go in with a game plan, but if you don’t get the cautions when you planned, you just adjust. This is a big event. It’s right up there as a marquee event and has been around for many years. We’ve been fortunate enough to win it a few times.” 

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park returns to action on Wednesday, August 14, when the Whelen Modified Tour invades for the Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150. All five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will also be in competition, along with the NEMA Midgets, where veteran sprint car star Sammy Swindell will compete. 

If needed, the inclement weather date for this event is Thursday, August 15.  

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