In late August Thompson Speedway general manager Jonathan Hoenig told drivers at the track that they would likely see a reduced scheduled for oval track racing in 2014 at the facility.
A Norwich Bulletin story Thursday reports that, according to Hoenig, there will be six to eight oval track events at the facility in 2014 and that track operators have no intention of running more than six events a year on the oval after 2014.
Hoenig could not be reached for comment on Thursday. The 2013 schedule at the track saw 16 events scheduled. That number included two multi-day events at the start and end of the season. Thompson management is expected to release the 2014 schedule the weekend of their season ending event, the World Series, Oct. 18-20.
NASCAR does have a sanctioning program in place now that allows competitors to earn NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points while competing at a track that holds as few as six events per season. It’s unclear what shape the schedule will take. The original 2013 schedule had Thompson in place in to host three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events and three Valenti Modified Racing Series events. Both divisions are part of the season ending World Series weekend coming up next month.
Thompson Speedway management is in the midst of a major overhaul of the facility that will see the opening of a new road course on the grounds that will be operational in 2014.
—- Follow RaceDayCT at Facebook
—- Follow RaceDayCT on Twitter