Brett Thompson of Jerome, Idaho is searching for his first touring series championship and with only three races left on the 2010 CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series schedule, that championship could be a reality. Thompson sits third in the championship standings heading into the 125-lap NAPA Auto Parts sponsored event at Rocky Mountain Raceways this Saturday night.
Thompson has been stellar in his first season on the popular Late Model Tour. With only two finishes outside the top ten, Thompson is looking to close out the season like he started. The race this weekend will be the longest race of the season at 125-laps so tire conservation will be critical. “I believe tire management will be critical this weekend,” Thompson said. “With the two tire rule the series uses, you need to save your stuff. We have been really good at RMR so far this season and maybe the longer race will play into our hand.”
The top three in the point standings are separated by only 26-points so the margin for error is razor thin. “There are some really good drivers in this series,” Thompson said. “Both John (Newhouse) and Steve (Jones) want the championship as bad as I do so I am sure it is going to be a great race and come down to luck.”
Thompson has one win and five top three finishes in his inaugural season in the RMCS. The series inverts up to the top 20-cars from qualifying putting the fast qualifiers at the rear of the field. The series awards passing points based on original starting position which can boost a driver’s event point total substantially. “If we can qualify fast and finish up front the points will take care of themselves,” Thompson said. “We have been good so far this season but we are going to have to be great the rest of the way.”
The 3/8-mile banked oval layout of RMR is a favorite of the competitors and fans alike. “RMR is a great racing facility,” Thompson said. “The corners are wide and there is plenty of room for passing. I was not used to the invert when we started the season but I have grown to like it. The fans see a great race and as a driver you have to work for a good finish.”
Thompson Motorsports is a premier motorsports organization based in Jerome, Idaho providing complete race car preparation and fabrication supporting the local grassroots racer and experienced professional driver. TMS fields cars in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, Intermountain Pro Truck Series, and entries at local area short tracks. TMS has corporate partnerships with Rich Thompson Trucking Inc. (RTTI), Ron’s Rear Ends, United Oil, VaCom Technologies, Windmill Inn and Suites, and Speedbear. For all the latest news and information about Brett Thompson and Thompson Motorsports, log onto www.brettthompsonracing.com. For all the latest west coast racing action, log onto www.racingwest.com and follow the RMCS at www.rmcsracing.com.
~DJS Sports Marketing photo credit. Thompson’s RTTI Dodge at RMR 2010.