On Tap: The Big One, World Series Time At Thompson International Speedway

It’s the one that annually trumpets the local racing in Connecticut out with a bang.

Ok, so maybe not exactly this year, the Waterford Speedbowl will makeup a rained out Finale Weekend final day on Oct. 27. But still, it doesn’t take away from the luster of the big one at Thompson.

It’s the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson and for anybody who is anybody in local racing it’s the one they don’t miss.

It’s an event legendary for the massive amount of racing on the track, and the variety of extracurricular activity off the track, as the Thompson Speedway parking lot gets taken over by campers and turned into one massive racing party for the weekend.

Sixteen divisions of feature events are on tap over two days at Thompson, highlighted by the season finale and championship deciding event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Friday – Sunday

What: Whelen Modified Tour UNOH Showdown

Where: Thompson International Speedway


Friday: Practice for numerous divisions beginning at noon. Qualifying for Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Modifieds Limited Sportsman, New England Series, Thompson Modifieds, Outlaw Mini Stocks, Outlaw Late Models and Outlaw Strictly Stocks beginning at 5 p.m.

Saturday: Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour, ISMA Super Modifieds NEMA Midgets, Valenti Modified Racing Series, SK Modifieds and Super Late Models, beginning at 2:15 p.m.; Features (5:45 p.m.): 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series, 25-lap Late Model, 20-lap Mini Stock, 20-lap SK Light Modified, 20-lap Limited Sportsman, 20-lap Thompson Modified, 20-lap Pro Four Modified, 20-lap New England Truck Series, and Outlaw Mini Stocks, Outlaw Strictly Stocks and Outlaw Late Models.

Sunday: All features, beginning at 1:15 p.m. 150-lap Whelen Modified Tour, 30-lap SK Modified, 50-lap ISMA SuperModified, 30-lap NEMA Midget and 30-lap Super Late Models.

Info: For more information check the Thompson Speedway website.


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  1. so late models don't have heats?

  2. Shawn Courchesne says

    The schedule posted on the Thompson Speedway website does not list heat races for the Late Model division.

  3. Late Models get 10 cars. Heats of 5 are boring. All Thompson Divisions should have no heats. Just like a normal day at the track. If someone is racing in any division, they are lucky to get heats, and it's forced. If you are going to be there with a car, plan on practice with no heats. Learn what you can, drive it in deep, and let it roll. All the higher powered divisions like the outside lane. Pass low if your car has the right set-up. Otherwise, plan on staying in 2nd, 4th, or 6th and passing on the restarts(if there are any). Don't let anyone shove you up to the wall. And if you want to pass on the inside, plan on driving into the side of someone to complete a pass unless your car has the handling and straight-away handling. If you plan on racing a Outlaw division, then all bets are off. The outlaws tend to be insane, and aren't used to racing on a track that big with banking to such a degree. Fun watch for the fans though…

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