JEROME, IDAHO (March 6, 2012)- Brett Thompson driver of the #61 RTTI Chevrolet left Phoenix Int’l Raceway this past weekend with a battered race car, a broken motor, and a 12th place finish in the season opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
“It was definitely not the way we wanted to start out the season but it is what it is,” offered Thompson.
The race was only slated for 50-laps placing pressure on teams to qualify towards the front. Thompson qualified 20th on the grid and had moved his way through the field in a race that ended up being a sprint with few caution laps.
Richa and Jane award
The Thompson Motorsports team was honored with the Spencer Clark Foundation Award. Rich and Jane Thompson pictured.
But when the caution did fly late in the race, it bunched all the cars back together two-by-two for the restart with less than 20-laps to go. One of the cars up front missed a shift on the restart which stacked the entire field up as cars ran into each other.
Thompson sustained front end damage to his RTTI Chevrolet closing off the radiator opening. The race stayed green and Thompson held a top ten position until the last lap when his engine started to fail and he limped across the finish line in the 12th position as his engine expired.
“We ran OK and finished,” Thompson said. “There is not much you can do when they stack up at the restart since we are all bunched tightly together. It is disappointing to lose an engine in the first race but the team did an excellent job all weekend and we feel we are ready for the rest of the season.”
The rest of the season, Thompson will split time in the #61 with driver Braeden Havens who will make his debut with the team on April 14 when the series visit Lake Havasu for the first time.
While at Phoenix, the Thompson Motorsports team was honored with the Spencer Clark Foundation Award honoring the driver/team that best exemplifies charity and contribution to the sport and community.
The Thompson will be sponsoring the 8th annual Race to Safety go-kart charity event at NAZZKART in Twin Falls, ID Saturday March 13 promoting Safe Kids.
Safe Kids Magic Valley
Safe Kids Magic Valley is dedicated to working in our community to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death in children aged 14 and under. Through education, prevention, and fun events for families, Safe Kids promotes safety in the car, on the bike, in the water, on the street, and anywhere kids may be at risk.
Safe Kids offer certified child passenger safety instruction, car seats and booster seats, snow helmets, multi-sport helmets, gun locks, bike helmets, loaner car seats, loaner special needs car seats, loaner videos and educational materials, and free resources and referrals for anyone needing prevention information.
Located at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Safe Kids serves all eight counties of south central Idaho plus northern Nevada (Elko-Jackpot areas).
About Thompson Motorsports
Thompson Motorsports is a premier racing organization based in Jerome, Idaho providing complete race car preparation and fabrication supporting the local grassroots racer and experienced professional driver. TMS prepares and fields race vehicles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, Intermountain Pro Truck Series, and entries at local area short tracks. TMS has corporate partnerships with Rich Thompson Trucking Inc. (RTTI), Jerome Truck Service Inc., Eibach Springs, Schroeder Torsion Bars, United Oil, Speedbear Fasteners, and Hagerman Valley Spring Water. In his twelve year NASCAR K&N Pro Series career, Thompson has started 113 NKNPS races since 2000 scoring one win, one Coors Light Pole Award, 23 top five and 63 top ten performances. His best points finish was fifth in 2009. For all the latest news and information about Brett Thompson and Thompson Motorsports, log onto www.brettthompsonracing.com or NASCAR Hometracks. For all the latest west coast racing action, log onto www.racingwest.com.
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