Thompson CT - Heading into the running of the Naturally Fresh 200 at Thompson International Speedway on Sunday, May 6, driver Bobby Gegetaskas and his "dream team" are sure they're going to be heavy hitters in the inaugural season of the USAR ...
Thompson CT - Heading into the running of the Naturally Fresh 200 at Thompson International Speedway on Sunday, May 6, driver Bobby Gegetaskas and his "dream team" are sure they're going to be heavy hitters in the inaugural season of the USAR Hooters ProCup Series northern division. Gegetaskas calls the track's 5/8s high-banked asphalt oval the "smoothest that I've ever raced on."
"There are two grooves of racing for competitors to run against one another. This is a great track, famous for its long green flag runs," continued the driver of the #12 Aaron's Sales & Lease Chevrolet. "It will be one of the most competitive races we'll probably have for this season."
Gegetaskas, who has raced Thompson International in his modified, a Busch Grand National North car and has also tested the track in his USAR Hooters ProCup car, is looking for qualifying times to be "at least a half second quicker than the Busch North cars."
The "dream team" is coming off an impressive 18th-place finish - despite a minor black flag incident and the loss of power steering at the start of the 200-lap race at Jennerstown Speedway on April 23.
"I cannot believe all that this dream team has done. I mean we had terrible luck during practice," he noted, pointing to set-up problems and a loose oil line. "I'm pumped and the team is definitely pumped. I look for a great year running here in the ProCup Northern Series for the rest of this year, barring any really bad luck."
Another northern division driver with experience at the track is Glenn Sullivan. Sullivan has quite a bit of experience on the Connecticut track, although he said this will be a new experience for everyone.
"This race will be a level playing field for everybody," said Sullivan. "Thompson has been repaved and is extremely smooth and fast. The track has two grooves and actually, with the new pavement, the groove has moved down a little. It should be a great race for the drivers and the fans."
Sullivan also added that the speedway has the luxury of having one of the best track promoters in the business.
"Ben Dodge is great at promoting racing in the northeast," said Sullivan. "He makes you feel like you are racing the biggest race of the year."
Sullivan will be driving his Solera Color Lenses Chevrolet this weekend and looks to improve on his first race finish at Jennerstown.
"I have a lot of track time at Thompson," said Sullivan. "I have raced modified and Busch North races at the track. The Hooters ProCup Series drivers will really enjoy the track and I think the fans will enjoy seeing these cars at this beautiful track."
See Gegetskas, Sullivan and many more Hooters ProCup Series drivers this weekend. The race, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will be the only one to see the green flag drop on a Sunday. Qualifying will begin Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., followed by local practice.
Grandstands open Saturday at 9 a.m. Practice for the USAR Hooters ProCup Northern Series will be held between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Drivers will compete for the Sunoco Pole Award starting at 3:30 p.m., followed by local heat races. Front gates swing open Sunday at 9 a.m.; an autograph session is set to kick off at 12:30 p.m., with the race starting an hour later, followed by Thompson International Speedway's late model, limited sportsman and Sunoco modified division races.
Entries Received for Thompson International Speedway As Of 4/21/01
Number Car # Division Driver Hometown Make
1. 0 N Richard Hampton Seymour, IN Chevy
2. 2 N Chad Beahr Mechanicsville, VA Ford
3. 5 N Dave Houpt Friedens, PA Chevy
4. 6 N Danny Abold Liverpool, NY Chevy
5. 9 N Jeremiah Kuntz Mahaffey, PA Chevy
6. 10 N Dale Delozier Lorton, VA Chevy
7. 11 N Tim Bainey, Jr. Osceola Mills, PA Ford
8. 12 N Bobby Gegetskas Windson Locks, CT Chevy
9. 14 N Charlie Ford Charles City, VA Chevy
10. 15 N Bill Plemons Locust Grove, GA Ford
11. 16 N Mike Herman, Jr. Kannapolis, NC Ford
12. 18 N Brendt Matzel Fayetteville, NY Chevy
13. 19 N Philip A. Rondeau Baltic, CT Pontiac
14. 22 N Russell Hersey, Jr. Swanzey, NH Chevy
15. 27 N Kyle Shoemaker Belvidere, NJ Ford
16. 28 N Regan Smith Mooresville, NC Chevy
17. 34 N Glenn Sullivan Westbury, NY Chevy
18. 42 N Brian Vickers Thomasville, NC Chevy
19. 49 N Todd Hoddick Lancaster, NY Pontiac
20. 73 N Jeff Agnew Floyd, VA Chevy
21. 75 N Bart Hartman Zanesville, OH Chevy
22. 83 N Lonnie Rush Pickerington, OH Chevy
23. 93 N B.J. Underdown Williamsport, PA Chevy
24. 94 N Jack Helget Franklinville, NJ Chevy
25. 01 N Mardy Lindley Taylors, SC Ford
26. 06 N Neil Cox Loris, SC Chevy