The return of the historic Thompson 300 drawing the biggest names in the Sunoco World Series


(US-Canadian Tour Press Release)

The first season of the Outlaw Open Modified Series will end on a high note next weekend at 59e Annual Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park October 8-10. The historic Thompson 300 returns with a minimum of $ 20,000 at stake for the winner and a total posted purse booming of over $ 100,000.

The Modified will be the headliner for a complete map of 17 racing divisions. While teams can train on Friday and Saturday, drivers will only have Sunday for qualifying and main races, making it an intense one-day show with everything on the line.

Returning from historic racing for the first time since 2005, many of New England’s best changed names head to Thompson in search of fame. They include a mix of drivers from the Tour-Type Modified ranks in New England including the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Tri Track Open Modified Series, the Modified Racing Series and additional competitors that focus on the Outlaw Open Modified events of Thompson.

Names like Mike Stefanik, Ted Christopher, Jerry Marquis and Tony Hirschman all won the prestigious race, showing that this event brings top talent to the front of the field. Officials from the US-Canada Tour and Pro All Star Series have rented the Thompson Oval Track this year and will continue to do so next year. One of their main goals at the start of the season was to bring the race back to 300 laps, giving fans and competitors the chance to be a part of this spectacular event.

Names like six-time NASCAR champion Doug Coby, three-time and current NASCAR champion Justin Bonsignore, Ron Silk, Eric Goodale, Jon McKennedy, Dave Sapienza, Chris Pasteryak and others plan to compete for the grand prize. Coby, who has yet to go to Thompson this year, knows it will be a challenge for his Doug Coby Racing team. He has competed in the Thompson 300 several times before and was in contention to win the 2005 edition until a late wreck knocked him out.

“It’s going to be interesting because we don’t use the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rules and when we raced it that day we had other races to look back on and see how it went at the end of the day. in previous years, ”Coby said. . “We had a gauge on the best time to take tires, fuel, etc… and that has changed a lot. There are many different sets of engines and many different fuel needs for everyone. “

Like many others on the pitch, the most important thing for Coby will be to get to the end of the race in one piece and compete in the final laps. The six-time Whelen Modified Tour champion and multiple-time winner on the high banks of Thompson is no stranger to longer races that include an element of strategy.

“This is one of those races where you have to sit down for the first 150 or 200 laps and get in the best position to make the best pit appeal towards the end,” said Coby. “With the different packages, it will depend on where the warnings fall. If the last 120 laps go green, it would favor someone who can keep their tires on the car longer. If someone has new tires at the end, that will definitely make it interesting. I almost won it a year when we pulled up late and Ted Christopher stopped before us. I was charging through the field and probably would have had it in the end, but I ended up in the wall. You really want to try to be the car that advances in the last 30 laps.

The first four Outlaw Open Modified Series races of the season were hotly contested, and the three drivers who made it to Victory Lane all plan to attend the 300. During the Icebreaker 125, Ron Silk won an award. $ 10,000 in April, his only start to the season so far. Silk will return to Thompson for the 300 behind the wheel of the No.16 Haydt-Yannone Racing in the hope of hitting the jackpot. In June, at Nutmeg State 75, Keith Rocco rushed forward to claim the impressive victory, fending off Ronnie Williams and NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece in the final laps.

Since then, Williams has been the star of the series. He drove the # 25 prepared by Gary Casella in the lead in the last two races, winning the Sam Adams Wicked Hazy IPA Spirit of 76 in August and the Twisted Tea Tripoint Showdown 75 in September. Williams will be one of the best contenders for the Thompson 300, driving the same familiar red and yellow driveway.

Additional entries include Goodale, McKennedy, Sapienza, Pasteryak, and Matt Swanson, all of whom have supported the Outlaw Open Modified series from the start. Other names like Patrick Emerling, Tommy Barrett, Anthony Bello, Noah Korner, Max Zachem and others are also expected.

Teams will qualify through qualifying races after a blind draw, and the US-Canadian circuit’s plus / minus system will be used to line up the main race. A B-main will occur if necessary. Teams will be allowed to change 12 tires during the race, plus the four they start the race with, meaning it is a 16 tire race.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park presents the 59e Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing from Friday October 8 to Sunday October 10. The weekend is marked by the Sunoco Thompson 300 at $ 20,000 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series. The 17 division program also includes the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown Series, ACT Late Model Tour, PASS Super Late Models, NEMA Midgets and Lites, all local divisions, and much more.

Advance ticket sales are now online at Three-day general admission to the Sunoco World Series is $ 75 for adults, $ 20 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Fans can also purchase one-day tickets or a two-day ticket from Saturday to Sunday. The three days of racing will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on Speed51.TV.

Three-day and one-day passes are available. These can only be purchased on the track on race days. Campsites can be reserved by visiting

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