The 2015 season will mark the 75th anniversary of Thompson Speedway Motorsports
Park, so it is fitting that it would also see the return of historic racing on the 5/8
mile oval, for the first time since 2012. The Historic Oval nvitational will be a two-
day event held on Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, 2015.
The races are open to any race cars built before 2000, and will include Midgets,
Sprints, TQ Midgets, Super Modifieds, Champ Cars, Vintage Outlaws, Stock Cars and
The event will also feature a Hot Rod & Classic Car Show on Saturday morning from
10AM until 2PM. The cost to display a car is $10, which includes grandstand
admission for the event.
Spectator prices, entry fees and more information can be found on our website at
www.thompsonspeedway.com, or by phone at 860-923-2280. Be sure to follow us on
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NO. STONINGTON, Conn. – Founded by long-time road racer, Lou Gingerella, and
experienced motorsports professional, Josh Vanada, OTB Promotions has announced
that they will host an event on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s (CT) road
course, featuring three of the region’s grassroots stock car divisions. Drivers from
the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST), North East Street Stock Tour (NESST), and
New England Truck Series (NETS) will join drivers from Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park’s (TSMP) Mini Stock Division for this historic event on Friday,
September 11 and Saturday, September 12.
“Given the rich history of road racing and stock car tradition at Thompson, it made
sense to Lou and I to put this event together. We’re excited to showcase some of the
Northeast’s finest grassroots stock car touring series, as well as our own Mini Stock
Division” said Vanada, the Executive Vice President of OTB Promotions, and current
TSMP General Manager.
The two-day event will mark the first competitive activity for stock cars on TSMP’s
road course since its $5 million renovation, which was completed in 2014. The
format for the two day event will be a practice day on Friday, followed by a final
practice, qualifying and feature races on Saturday.
While it will be their first event on TSMP’s road course, NEMST has been competing
on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s road course since 2012. The Tour’s founder
and promoter, Bob Guptill, believes that this foundation will be a bonus for fans.
“We are excited to offer our drivers the experience of a brand new event on a brand
new track. Building on our current road course events, this is sure to put on an
amazing show for drivers and fans,” he predicted. The NEMST road race always
boasts strong car counts, and given the 30+ car turnout at Thompson’s Sunoco World
Series of Speedway Racing last October, another robust entry list is likely.
In their inaugural season, NESST, features the ever-popular and ultra-competitive
street stock race cars. Co-Series Director, Nick Ray, is enthusiastic about this stop
on the Tour’s schedule. “We are very excited to have this extraordinary opportunity
to showcase our street stock on the famed TSMP road course. Our competitors will
be ready to put on a great show that will not soon be forgotten. We also would like
to send a huge ‘thank you’ to Josh and his team for making this possible,” the rookie
director remarked. In addition to bringing their own touring cars, the division’s rules
package will also allow drivers from TSMP’s Limited Sportsman Division to compete
in the ground-breaking event.
New England’s only regional truck division, NETS, competed at six different facilities
in 2014, but none of them were road courses. Actually, the event will mark the first
road course event NETS has contested in their history. Series Director, Lorraine
Pard, says she and her race teams have had their eye on TSMP’s 11-turn road course
since the facility’s renovations were announced. “As soon as Thompson was
planning this prestigious road course, I wanted to bring the trucks to the challenge
of this style of racing. This past season, teams would ask if trucks could race this
course. Our 2015 schedule will be released with a road course date at Thompson. I’
m pleased to announce this race to my teams.” With increasing interest in the truck
division in the past 18 months, a deep and talented field can be expected.
Any Mini Stock conforming to TSMP’s Divisional rules will also be welcome to
participate in a separate race.
Gingerella, President of OTB Promotions, believes that the innovative format is a
great entry level event for grassroots teams. “We believe that this is going to be a
fantastic event! Being a road racer, it will be great to give some of the grassroots
touring series the opportunity to experience, and enjoy, a different style of racing.
That’s what we are about at OTB – creativity, innovation, and fun.”
More information regarding the event, and OTB promotions will be available
February 2, on OTB’s website, otbpromos.net.
famed 5/8-mile speedway in Connecticut’s quiet corner – released a creative and
innovative seven (7) event schedule today, featuring twelve different touring series
and sanctioning bodies, and boasting over $500,000 in posted awards. Two weekend
events, and a five event Wednesday summer series – with four rain dates – make up
the calendar. The schedule is highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
(NWMT) events, two new Triple Crown Series, and significant enhancements to the
Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
“A lot of effort went into taking a fresh look at the schedule, and providing the best
events we could for our race teams and fans. We have some traditional fan favorites
that will return, and we have made some valuable additions to complement that
core. We are very proud of the finished product and are excited to announce our
2015 schedule of short track events,” Josh Vanada, TSMP General Manager,
For the 29th season, the track will operate under the NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series banner, offering Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini
Stock competitors the benefits of NASCAR membership, awards, as well as state
and national championship competition.
The season will begin with the 41st running of the Icebreaker on Friday, April 10
through Sunday, April 12. Modified fans will be in for a treat, as not only will the first
race for the NWMT be part of the program, but TSMP’s own Sunoco Modifieds will be
featured in a 75-lap main event to kick off the facility’s 75th anniversary
celebration. In addition to the full-fendered Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini
Stocks, and Granite State Pro Stock Series, the winged NEMA Lite cars will make
their maiden voyage to the historic Connecticut oval. The Vintage Outlaws and New
England Truck Series will also be part of the action. Fans will have the opportunity
to meet the stars and cars of all nine divisions on Sunday morning at the Fan
A new addition to the schedule, which was announced in October, is the addition of
another NWMT race. Scheduled for June 10, this 125-lap event will mark the first
time since 2012 that the Tour will make four stops at TSMP. The Mini Stock and
Limited Sportsman Divisions will be on stage for the summer series opener, also, as
they compete in the first race of their Triple Crown Series. New in 2015, both the
Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions will participate in three events in which
their finishing positions will earn them both TSMP championship points and Triple
Crown Series points. The Triple Crown will pay their own point fund and award the
top three. The Sunoco Modified, Late Model, and Vintage Outlaws will all be part of
an action-packed night of stock car racing, too.
The second annual Late Model 20/20 Sprint will take place on Wednesday night, July
8. The popular format from the inaugural event will once again be used in 2015. An
added bonus for the race winner, besides the handsome purse, will be a guaranteed
starting position in the ACT Championship 100 at the Sunoco World Series of
Speedway Racing in October. The second Triple Crown race for the Limited
Sportsman, as well as the Mini Stocks and ground-pounding Sunoco Modifieds will all
be in competition, as well.
Slated for Wednesday, July 29, the Sunoco Modifieds will once again compete in a
20/20 Sprint. As with the Late Models, the same format from 2014 will be used, but
with a new twist. Following the completion of the second segment, the overall
leader will be given the opportunity to take advantage of a bounty, by forfeiting
his/her starting position and starting in the rear for a cash prize, should he or she
emerge the overall winner following the 10-lap sprint. As part of this must-see
event, the Mini Stocks will compete in their second Triple Crown race, and the
Vintage Outlaws will make their third of four stops to the Big T. Late Models and
Limited Sportsman will also do battle in championship point races.
One of TSMP’s favorite summer traditions, a 150-lap NWMT race, will once again be
back on the docket for August 12. An added bonus this year will be the addition of
the Northeastern Midget Association for a 25-lap race, which is guaranteed to
feature at least two NWMT drivers in the field. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models,
Mini Stocks, and the final Limited Sportsman Triple Crown race fill out a very robust
night of racing.
The last event of the five-race summer series will feature a double points
opportunity for the Sunoco Modifieds. Twin 25-lap main events will be contested for
TSMP’s top-tier division. The Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Vintage Outlaws, and
the final Triple Crown race for the Mini Stock division will be part of a Back-to-
School Bash night, giving families one more opportunity to hit the race track before
Dubbed one of the nation’s finest short track events – the Sunoco World Series of
Speedway Racing – will be even finer in 2015. TSMP’s final event will showcase
fifteen divisions that will compete over the course of three days. Culminating with
the final NWMT event of the season on Sunday afternoon, NASCAR’s oldest touring
division will be supported by some of the region’s most popular touring series: the
International Supermodified Association, Valenti Modified Racing Series, and
Northeastern Midget Association. The addition of the 100-lap championship race for
the American-Canadian Tour on Saturday will feature New England’s most talented
full-fendered drivers, and adds to an already star-studded lineup of events. TSMP’s
own Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock divisions will
be joined by the New England Truck Series, North East Mini Stock Tour, New
England Pro 4 Modifieds, and Lite Modifieds – who will be back after a one-year
hiatus. The North East Street Stock Tour will end their inaugural season by crowing
their first champion on Saturday night. The NEMA Lites, too, will be competing in
their first World Series event, hosting their final points race on Sunday afternoon.
When all is said and done, nearly 600 laps of feature competition will be contested,
and fourteen new champions will have been born.
“It’s hard to talk about ways to improve an event like the World Series, but I know
we’ve accomplished that. The addition of the American-Canadian Tour, coupled with
some of the other invitations we extended will make for some extremely
competitive racing across three full days. Fans and competitors alike have a lot to
look forward to – not only at the World Series – but throughout 2015,” Vanada
For more information about the 2015 schedule, or about Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park, please visitwww.thompsonspeedway.com. You may also be
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Waterbury, VT –Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) in Connecticut
and the American Canadian Tour (ACT), based in Waterbury, VT have agreed that the
2015 ACT Championship Late Model stock car season will crown the ACT Champion
at the famed Thompson World Series event on Saturday, October 17, 2015. ACT will
join over 15 other divisions at TSMP in a year-end celebration for both fendered and
open wheeled race cars.
Vice President and General Manager of ACT, Darla Hartt said, “We are delighted that
Thompson has invited ACT to the dance! NASCAR Modifieds, Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park’s own Modifed and Late Model divisions, the Valenti Modified
Racing Series, Mini Stocks, really, just about every kind of asphalt stock car division
in New England is at Thompson’s World Series. We are excited to show fans at TSMP
an ACT Late Model 100 lap championship race.”
The event is expected to draw teams and fans from all six New England states, New
York and the Province of Quebec. The entry calls for thirty (30) starters. The super-
fast 5/8ths mile oval at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park should fit the style of
the ACT Late Model teams. The ACT Quebec Series races primarily on half-mile
tracks, and US ACT teams have had lots of “long track” experience with numerous
events at the Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY and the Devil’s Bowl Speedway
half-mile in West Haven, VT. The ACT annual visit to the New Hampshire Motor
Speedway during the NASCAR Cup weekend in September has proven to be very
competitive and exciting racing for fans. The local weekly Late Model teams that
use the ACT rules at TSMP, Waterford and Seekonk are expected to join the ACT
"I'm a huge believer in the ACT program, and I'd like to thank Tom Curley for
working with us to bring an American-Canadian Tour race to Thompson in 2015. We
are honored to crown their 2015 Champion as part of our World Series. There are
few organizations that could raise the caliber of this event, but ACT is chief among
them. Their Tour offers some of the finest fendered racing that this region - and the
country - has to offer, and we look forward to having many of the Northeast’s finest
Late Model racers back at Thompson for the first time in nearly 23 years," said Josh
Vanada, General Manager of the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.