Saving Grace: Wayne Burroughs Jr. Hangs On For Mini Stock Win At Thompson Speedway

Wayne Burroughs Jr. celebrates victory in the Mini Stock feature Saturday at Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON – A straight line cruise to victory lane ended up proving sideways dramatic Saturday at Thompson Speedway for Wayne Burroughs Jr.

Burroughs, of Oakdale, used an epic save on a green-white-checkered restart to hold on for victory in the 15-lap Mini Stock feature Saturday at Thompson.

It was the second victory in four events this year for Burroughs, the division’s defending champion.

Nate Taylor of Wauregan was second and Eric Bourgeois of East Haddam third.

Last year Burroughs finished on the podium in every event on the way to his first title at the track and that trend has continued this year. Besides his two victories he has a second place and a third place.

“This car is awesome here,” Burroughs said. “We’ve been real consistent here since we’ve been here. Last year we never finished out of the top-three once. That’s what it takes. … You’ve just got to be on top of your game and be consistent every week.”

But with less than two laps remaining it looked like Burroughs’ podium streak was destined to end in a wreck.

Burroughs had checked out from the field, but on the final lap the caution flew to set up the green-white-checkered finish.

On the restart Burroughs chose to take the outside line, leaving him susceptible to second place running Bourgeois washing up. And in turn four contact on the inside from Bourgeois got Burroughs sideways and wiggling wildly onto the backstretch.

Somehow Burroughs wrangled the car in as Bourgeois backed out to let him save it. Taylor took advantage of the slowing Bourgeois, moving to second past Burroughs.

“He got me good,” Burroughs said. “I was real crossed up. I didn’t think we were getting out of that. I knew it wasn’t intentional when he backed out and let me collect it. I thought we were going in the infield hard and fast. That’s the chance you take when you start on the outside. It’s the faster groove, but you know that guy is going to wash up into you. I just didn’t want to see that caution with half a lap to go.”


  1. Great race, and win. I’m most impressed this season with The kid Nate Taylor. Always there, always consistent. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Can’t wait to see him grow and get the checker! Kids got natural talent… matter of time.

  2. Mini fan says

    20 is the car to beat. 34 can be a car to do it .87 has done it. 21 could get it done. 97 beats himself. 26 & 24 had speed don’t know where they went.16 showing some speed. 44 needs better finishes . 2 good car had some bad luck. 97ct good car just stop overdriveing it.

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