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Thompson Speedway




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Over the years, Thompson Int'l Speedway has attracted some of racing’s biggest names and has been home to many of today’s racing stars. One of the first to leave the Thompson “nest” to test the waters in the major leagues of the sport was Pete Hamilton. He established himself very quickly by winning the Daytona 500 while driving for Petty Enterprises. Geoffrey Bodine and Greg Sacks became Daytona champions after several years of plying their trade at Thompson. Ron Bouchard gained national prominence with a 500 mile victory at Talladega and both Ron and his brother Ken became NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rookies of the Year. Steve Park, Brett and Todd Bodine, Jimmy Spencer, Mike McLaughlin and others have gained national prominence following successful years at this famed Connecticut speedway. Recently in 2012 the famed Richie Evans, who still to this day is soothing of legend at Thompson, was inducted into the NASCAR hall of fame. In 2001, the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion, Ted Chirstopher, gained his title from Thompson. More recently rising talent such as the NASCAR Sprint Cup star Joey Logano cut his teeth early on at Thompson’s “Little T” Quarter Midget Facility. Thompson’s multiple speedways, road course configurations and supports facilities have given birth to many of this country’s famed and influential motorsports players. It has always been a place that talented driver have been given their first chance to show that they have what it takes to make it as a motorsports professional.

During the 1947 year of motorsports operation, the facility also developed the Raceway Golf Club and Restaurant that hosts large race banquets, weddings, and parties and outings of all types. In addition it houses the famous raceway bar and lounge that accommodate both racers after a night on the track or a foursome coming in after playing 18 holes. It is a unique dynamic to sit in the one of the seats of the lounge and imagine all of the greats who have passed through after a race as you look over the historic facility.

Thompson Speedway is continuing that tradition as it moves into its 4th generation and 74th year of operation as a motorsports facility and destination. The Hoenig family, which has owned Thompson Speedway from the beginning, is committed to taking the facility to the next level with the redevelopment project underway and slated for completion in 2014.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will offer a world class motorsports experience combining its 5/8 mile high banked oval, Quarter Midget facility and newly paved multiple configuration 1.7 mile Road Course, Autocross and Skid Pad testing area--encouraging the next generation of rising motorsports talent to get their start here at America’s First in Racing facility.

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