Barton 11th in NASCAR Debut for Thompson Motorsports

Las Vegas Rookie Learning the Ropes in NASCAR K&N Pro Series

By Derrick Shannon (Motorsports Examiner)


JEROME, IDAHO (March 31, 2010) Being a rookie is never easy and 26-year old Taylor Barton of Las Vegas, Nevada is learning the ropes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West where he will compete in at least five races for Thompson Motorsports. The first test for this rookie was to qualify for and complete all the laps in the Toyota/Napa Challenge 150-lap event at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA. Test number one; pass.
Barton qualified 19th after grazing the wall on his second qualifying lap. “I just let the car drift too high,” Barton said. “The Thompson Motorsports team repaired the damage and gave me a great car for the race.”
Barton’s main focus for the race was to complete all the laps and compete well in order to receive approval from NASCAR to compete in the next event at Phoenix April 8. Barton did his part learning the ropes from the veteran drivers in the series and finished a respectable 11th in the final running order. “I really learned a lot and the experience was great,” Barton offered. “For our first race in the car I am really happy about the result. We put this deal together just before the season and have not had any time to test so this finish feels real good.”
Barton’s next rookie test will come on Thursday, April 8 as the series heads to the one-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway for a 100-lap sundown showdown. “I am really looking forward to Phoenix and I know the Thompson team will have a really good car for the event.”
Thompson Motorsports is owned by Rich Thompson and managed by NASCAR West standout Brett Thompson. The team has nine full-time employees preparing race cars and trucks for seven different drivers competing in four different racing series. “We are excited to get the racing season underway and we are off to a good start as continue to build our organization,” Thompson stated.
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), 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 For complete coverage of racing on the West coast, log onto
~Distributed by Thompson Motorsports Public Relations
~Photo Credit: Gina Fariello
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