Brett Thompson scored his second consecutive top-5 finish of the year at Phoenix. Thompson drove the Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a fourth place finish after qualifying seventh at the NAPA 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Thompson pitted early to take on fuel and adjust the car on lap 34.
Thompson came out of the pits in 15th but drove through the field to 6th place when the caution flag came out on lap 92. Thompson's pit crew changed right side tires only and got him out in the lead. Thompson was able to hold the lead for 7 laps but got passed by eventual winner Scott Lynch, 2nd place Scott Gaylord and 3rd place Johnny Borneman all of whom had taken on four tires. Thompson was able to hold off David Gilliland for fourth place.
"The crew did an awesome job on our pit stops and gave me a good car to run 4th" Thompson commented after the race.
Thompson gained ground in the battle for a spot in the top-15 season points standings and an invitation to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Thompson is only 121 points out of 15th place with three races to go. The team has been making up ground all season after missing one race at Mesa Marin Raceway and two races at Stockton 99 Speedway.
Thompson Motorsports finished 9th in 2003 NASCAR Grand National West season points and easily qualified for the 1st annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Thompson finished 13th in last years Showdown.
The series returns to Colorado National Speedway this weekend for the first time since 2001. Thompson has not raced there before but is confident because of Crew Chief Rob Dixon's experience there and "we always run good on short tracks if we can stay out of trouble" according to Thompson.
Thompson Motorsports was also pleased to score another Top-5 finish with local representatives from associate sponsor Windmill Inns present at the race and in the pits.