"We are going there to win the race" according to Thompson Motorsports Crew Chief Rob Dixon when asked about Saturday's NASCAR Grand National Division West Series race at Irwindale Speedway.
Brett Thompson and Thompson Motorsports fresh from their first NASCAR Grand National Division West Series win last Sunday in the October Classic StarNursery 150 at Mesa Marin Speedway are heading to Irwindale with a mission. They need to win and lead the most laps to crack the top-15 point standings and qualify for the NASCAR Toyota All-star Showdown. They are currently in 16th place, just 87 points out of 15th place after missing three races on this year's schedule.
The team has been on a roll lately, qualifying in the Top-10 and finishing in the Top-5. The team hit on a setup back at Douglas County National Speedway where their Top-5 finishes began. According to Crew Chief Rob Dixon they have stayed with the same car and setup combination, improving it each time out. According to Dixon his crew has been picking up the effort and Brett Thompson has been driving the wheels off the car. Dixon also credited their consistency and the momentum the team has been building over the last 4 races.
At Mesa Marin, Thompson qualified the Rich Thompson Trucking/Windmill Inns Chevy Monte Carlo third in his best qualifying effort since a pole at Rocky Mountain Raceway in 2001. Early in the race Thompson was patient, slipping to fifth as the leaders took off but moved up the racetrack and ran a higher and higher groove. Thompson fell in behind the leaders in the high groove although his car would stick in the low groove. At lap 90 Thompson began his charge to the front using the low groove on the racetrack passing the third place car. Next Thompson set his sights on second place, running several laps side by side before completing the pass for second on lap 130. The leader had led every lap of the race to that point and benefited from the hard racing behind him, opening up a comfortable lead. But Thompson hunted him down by lap 133 and completed the pass on lap 138 in some incredibly close racing as the leaders worked their way through lapped traffic.
After the race Thompson thanked his Dad, team owner Rich Thompson, for the opportunity and for sticking with him. Thompson also thanked primary sponsor Rich Thompson Trucking and associate sponsors Windmill Inns of America and Richardson Cap Co.
Rich Thompson said his crew did an awesome job and it was a well-deserved win for the team after a lot of hard work.
The win capped a busy weekend for the team at the October Classic.
Thompson qualified 11th and finished 4th in the WEST COAST PRO TRUCK Division Friday night. On Saturday, Thompson qualified 17th for the Ford Motorcraft Parts 150 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race at Mesa Marin Raceway. Mechanical difficulties ended that run on lap 66.
Thompson Motorsports is based in Jerome ID and prepares racecars out of a 12,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility completed in February 2004.
Thompson Motorsports prepares Rich Thompson Trucking Chevy Monte Carlos for Brett Thompson for the NASCAR Grand National Division West Series, NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southwest Series and Northwest Series in addition to preparing cars for customers for regional and local racing series.
Rich Thompson Trucking Inc. (RTTI) has been serving the agricultural community of Southern Idaho for over 20 years. Specializing in the transportation of bulk dairy products, RTTI hauls from farms and plants throughout the United States.
Windmill Inns & Suites of Arizona and Oregon is celebrating 20 years of excellence in hospitality. When your travels take you to Oregon or Arizona visit a Windmill Inn & Suites location. Experience the TRUE meaning of hospitality!
Richardson Cap Co. is a manufacturer and distributor of high quality on-field and on-track team caps and as well as casual and recreational headwear. Visit them on the web at RichardsonCap.com.