Phoenix, AZ (April 25, 2001) - Ross Thompson will looking to regain his early season momentum this weekend when the NASCAR Winston West Series joins the Busch and Winston Cup Series at the California Speedway in Fontana. Ross Thompson will be driving the Roush powered # 92 Ford Taurus for Triton Motorsports and is focused on a top finish on the 2-mile Super Speedway at one of NASCAR's premiere events.
Ross Thompson has had to overcome the early season struggles associated with the formation of his new race team less than three weeks before the season opener at Phoenix. To add to the difficulty factor, the loss of the team's crew chief and crew members after a front row start and a strong top ten run at the Series second event at Las Vegas followed by two more short track races at Tucson and Mesa Marin in the following two weeks back to back could have been disastrous. However, with some luck and a new crew chief in Jim Korneman, Ross Thompson was running at the front at Tucson the very next weekend finishing a strong sixth, his best finish of the season and heading to Mesa Marin eight in the Winston West Series Points.
As the team was focused on hastily developing the chemistry, timing and poise necessary to compete at the front in this highly competitive Winston West Series, some unfortunate pit miscues at Mesa Marin made it necessary for Ross Thompson to move from the rear of the field to the top ten on more than one occasion. This made for an exciting race for a time but ultimately found Ross Thompson making contact with the turn 2 wall while making a move for fifth place with plenty of time left to challenge for a win. The untimely contact took Ross Thompson out of the race and dropped him back a few positions in the points, but it didn't deter the accomplishments of the team in fighting hard to survive and stay strong over the course of three short track slugfests in three weeks, the toughest part of the series by all accounts.
After a much-needed five-week break in the Winston West Schedule, this weekend's fifth event of the Winston West Series travels to Fontana, California for a high speed, ultra competitive race. Ross Thompson and crew chief Jim Korneman have finally had the time to develop the communication and chemistry that can and will make this team a front runner for the rest of the season.
Ross Thompson is excited to be back at the California Speedway in a Winston West car for the second time, the first being in 1999 where he finished tenth in his first ever event at a Super Speedway. With a knowledge of the speedway, a renewed enthusiasm towards climbing back into the race for the 2001 Winston West Series Championship and a focus to put himself and his team in the winner's circle make Ross Thompson in his # 92 Roush powered Ford Taurus one to watch this weekend at the California Speedway in Fontana, California.