THOMPSON SPEEDWAY BACK IN ACTION WITH 5th ANNUAL SUNOCO MODIFIED 20/20 SPRINT ON SUNDAY
By KYLE SOUZA
THOMPSON, CT – After nearly one month off, NASCAR Whelen All American Series engines will come to life again on Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
The 3rd annual For the Fans event and the 5th annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 sprint will headline the afternoon of racing that is scheduled to get underway with qualifying at 1:30 p.m.
With their annual 20/20 sprint, the Sunoco Modifieds will compete in two, 20-lap races, followed by one, 10-lap sprint at the end of the afternoon. Entering the day of racing, only one driver has been able to knock Keith Rocco off the top this season, but things could change on Sunday. With shorter distances involved, it will be difficult for Rocco to work his way to the front in each segment, but he will be looking for the overall victory as the driver to post the best score across the three races.
Drivers will be awarded points for each race, and the competitor that has the best total at the end of the three events will be declared the overall winner for the day. In this sprint event last year, Todd Owen scored the victory as the overall winner, while Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco were victorious in the 20-lap sprint races. The victory was the final at Thompson for Christopher in his storied career.
A full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American divisions are on hand, with the Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Late Models also set to compete in qualifying and feature action.
With just two races remaining in the Limited Sportsman points battle, Shawn Monahan leads, while Nick Johnson is trying to hold off a pack of drivers in the Late Model title chase. Eric Bourgeois finds himself at the top of the Mini Stock standings.
Also, Sunday will see the return of Thompson Speedway’s “Family Fun Zone” which will include a bounce house, giant Connect-4, corn hole games and much more!
Heat racing on Sunday will begin with the Late Models at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks. Since they are running a special event, the Sunoco Modifieds will not run heat races, but will begin with their first 20-lap segment. The second segment is also scheduled for 20 laps, with the final set for just 10 green flag circuits.
Fans can enter the grandstands at a price of just $12, with seniors and veteran/active military members entering at $10. As always, kids ages 12 and under are FREE to the grandstands. For those fans looking to enter the pit area and see the stars and cars of Thompson up close, the fee is $30.
More information on the event can be found via www.thompsonspeedway.com on the event page, or following the track on social media.