Behind the scenes: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in photos
By Brandon White | Monday, August 15, 2022
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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is the brainchild of John Hoenig, who built both a short track and road course in 1940 after a hurricane had devastated the region two years earlier.
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Once known as the Indianapolis of the East, Thompson was the first asphalt-paved oval track in the United States and has attracted numerous divisions over its seven-decade history.
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The NASCAR Cup Series and ARCA Menards Series East have both run at Thompson, but one of the track's main attractions has been the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, hosting nearly 150 races for the series since the inaugural season in 1985.
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In the early days of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Thompson would be featured on the calendar as many as five times. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans formally kickstarted this tradition by winning the first four races at the track in 1985, with George Kent Jr. being the one preventing him from obtaining a clean sweep.
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Among the drivers who have won at least one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson include Jimmy Spencer, Steve Park, Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece and Mike Stefanik, the latter of whom has 15 Modified victories at the track to his name.
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Justin Bonsignore leads all active NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers in wins at Thompson with 12.