Sam Tompkins looks to Memphis but thoughts elsewhere Millington, Tenn. - - Sam Tompkins, from Atlanta, driver of the Tompkins Motorsports Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck, said the tragic events in New York and Washington served as a wake up call to...
Sam Tompkins looks to Memphis but thoughts elsewhere
Millington, Tenn. - - Sam Tompkins, from Atlanta, driver of the Tompkins Motorsports Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck, said the tragic events in New York and Washington served as a wake up call to him.
"I served 20 years in the Army and never felt that anything like what happen to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last week could happen on American soil, said Tompkins, on the eve of the AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park. "I guess I, like many Americans, was lulled into feeling more secure than we are. It was a definite wake up call.
"From a mental side it is hard to forget the tragedy that just occurred and thinking about how much more of this terrorist stuff can we expect here in the United States. But now, no matter how difficult, I must turn my attention to racing. It may be my last race this year and with the demise of the class will probably be my last race in Pro Stock Truck. Therefore, we want to do well in Memphis.
"I had wanted to do some testing this week but felt it more important for the future of AWO to attend a United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta fund raising meeting on Tuesday. Therefore, we will start qualifying with the same setup that we left Indy with and try to improve our position here at this race."
Tompkins is the founder and CEO of ANOTHER WAY OUT, INC. (AWO), an intervention and mentoring program, His purpose in establishing AWO was to provide help and create alternatives for "at-risk" youth. Tompkins, through the AWO mentoring program, wants to introduce young people to a variety of career options. Another way the fifty-year-old-plus community leader accomplishes this goal is to get youth intricately involved in his personal passion for drag racing as an exciting alternative to negative behavior. AWO is supported with monetary donations from United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, corporate support from major companies including Advance Auto Parts and General Motors, individual donations, and community fund raising events.
"This weekend we must concentrate on racing but our thoughts will be with all Americans as we try to cope with what just transpired in our country. Please give to the charity of your choice, as your heart and as your position in life allows, to help the victims, their families, the rescue workers and all involved with the clean up and rebuilding of our great country," concluded Tompkins, as he turned toward making his last Pro Stock Truck appearance his best. -TM-