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The American Muscle Experience Comes to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

(THOMPSON, CT) – A brand new muscle car driving experience is coming to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this spring. The American Muscle Experience gives car enthusiasts the opportunity to get behind the wheel of either a 2015 Corvette Z06 or a Camaro 454 SS, while getting professional driving coaching from a personal instructor. Both cars will be sure to thrill with over 600 horsepower available at the squeeze of the throttle pedal.

The Autocross experience offers a taste of performance driving on a closed course with cones. This course maximizes safety while still offering the thrill of being able to open up these powerful machines.

The next step up is the Road Course Experience. The 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park offers the perfect mix of straightaways and turns to feel the impressive acceleration and handling of these cars. The 3000’ front straight will give drivers plenty of space to get up to speed, while the hairpin and other turns will show the amazing braking and cornering capabilities of these powerful machines.

The American Muscle Experience also offers a ride-a-long package with a professionally trained driver, for those that don’t want to get behind the wheel but still want to experience the thrill of being on track.

The American Muscle Experience will be at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on May 20-21, May 27-28 and August 27. For a complete list of dates and locations, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com/american-muscle-experience or call 888-314-6965.

Veterans Return to Thompson Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman Division

Not much has changed in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and for anyone who follows the division closely, that’s a good thing. Last season, two of the all-time best in class Scott Sundeen and Larry Barnett battled for the championship right down to the final event. Sundeen came out the victor earning his 3rd title in 4 seasons.

When you listen to the drivers tell it, each will say that the competition in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division is at an all-time high. Any mistake throughout the 10 race season puts any team quickly behind, but that’s why they all keep coming back. For these drivers the fierce competition motivates them to success.

Many point to Corey Hutchings as the one to beat who has been dominant the last two years winning 8 times, which is half of the 16 races contested. For Hutchings, the key for him is getting out of the upcoming Icebreaker weekend unscathed. In the last two Icebreakers, a wreck and a flat tire ruined what could have been solid finishes in the season opener, forcing the team to play catch-up all season.

“The Icebreaker has been my Achilles heel,” reflected Hutchens. “This year with having an expanded 10-race schedule you can maybe overcome a bad finish, but with a 7 race schedule it is difficult to overcome.”

The Archillies heel for four-time champion Larry Barnett has been keeping his equipment under him all season. Unfortunately for him, bad luck has already struck last year’s championship runner-up. During the open test held Easter weekend, Barnett’s engine expired forcing him to send it back to the engine builder just 11 days before the season begins.

Barnett openly says that he wasn’t prepared going into 2015. He waited to the last minute to get his car ready and said, “I just didn’t work hard enough to beat these guys last season.” That has changed in 2016.

“I had the most fun last year that I’ve had in a long time racing,” said Barnett who came up a mere 8 points or 4 on track positions from winning the title. “We’ve worked a lot harder this offseason because not winning a race and coming close to the championship proved to light a fire under me.”

For Sundeen, he expected to retire his championship winning car from a year ago and run it on the Northeast Street Stock Tour. However, his new Thompson ride isn’t finished yet making the 36 team a mystery heading into the season. Nobody, including Sundeen himself, knows what to expect or which car in his stable he will be driving.

Enter some of the other players who could make an impact on the division. Frank L’Etoile Jr. returns for his second season after registering two third place efforts in 2015.

“I feel more comfortable in the car, more conformable around each driver as I’ve learn their tendencies,” said L’Etoile defending Stafford Speedway Dare Stock Champion. “It makes it a little easier this year because I have more confidence.”

Another driver beaming with confidence is Josh Wood. He just needs a good dose of consistency. Last season, Wood earned a season best runner-up finish at the Sunoco World Series totaling 4 top-5s and 1 top-10 on the year. His other finishes were all 15th or worse.

“Last year was a learning experience and I am very comfortable in the car,” said Wood. “I think I need to be aggressive, but not too aggressive. Drive smart and not get myself into dumb situations and I know can pretty competitive.”

Jesse Gleason won in July last season and is in the process of starting a new business. 2016 will be his last for the foreseeable future as he transitions into a new phase of his career. Gleason has two goals with the first being a track championship and the other seeing his brother Brent Gleason get to victory lane for the first time. Brent is still seeking his first Thompson victory with a runner-up finish being his best effort to date.

The Icebreaker kicks off the season on the weekend of April 9-10. An additional practice day is scheduled for Friday, April 8. For more information on Thompson Speedway news and events, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

Krause Set to Go Tour Racing

Wall Stadium Regular Steps Up to Whelen Modified Tour

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
March 25, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Looking to take his racing career to the next level, Andrew Krause will join the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and compete for the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

Krause, of Holmdel, New Jersey, comes to the Whelen Modified Tour following a rising racing career at Wall Stadium. In 2016 he and the No. 24 Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet team will take to the road for the first time.

“I think it will be an awesome experience to go see some new tracks and have some new experiences,” Krause said. “I thought this was where we needed to go.”

WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR ROSTER

The 25-year-old originally got his start in racing in entry-level modifieds at the venerable New Jersey oval. After running some small block and big block dirt modifieds, he’s competed in the Wall/SK modified division in recent years.

“It’s the natural progression of things,” Krause said. “We’ve got pretty comfortable running our car at Wall. We started there in the entry level and moved up, and now we’re ready to progress to the tour level.”

Krause’s father, Cliff, owns the No. 24 Chevrolet and veteran Whelen Modified Tour team owner Ralph Solhem will serve as the crew chief. The team has one of Buzz Chew Racing’s former cars with a Troyer TA-2 chassis and spec engine.

“I’m excited for the experience,” Krause said. “We have all of the right stuff going for us. We have a proven car, we have Ralph with all of his experience and we have good and dedicated crew. I think all of the elements are there for us to put together some good performances.”

Krause is the third driver to-date to declare intentions to run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year along with Craig Lutz and Matt Swanson.

“We kind of have our sights on it,” Krause said. “We’ll have that in the back of our minds. We really don’t have experience at any of these tracks so we’ll just be trying to put down some solid finishes and gain as much experience as we can.”

Krause will get his first laps at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the No. 24 this Saturday during the track’s open test session.

The 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 10 at Thompson. For 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend event and ticket information, please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.