Brett Thompson 8th at All American Speedway: The Race in Pictures

By R. A. Fariello | Photography by Gina Graham Fariello

Short tracks produce great racing for the fans but also a multitude of racing accidents for the owners and drivers. Racing at AAS is no exception. The TMS #61 Impala SS was damaged early in the race but, with a great effort by the driver, it finished a respectable 8th. Borrowing phraseology from the Las Vegas gaming vernacular, for Brett Thompson it can be said that the AAS race was “Eight – the Hard Way.”

Unlike weather earlier in the week, Race Day morning was clear and warm

At the request of the Officials, Brett Thompson addresses the Rookie Drivers at the NASCAR Hauler

By 10:30 AM, the cars are mostly ready for pre-practice technical inspection

NASCAR inspects the carburetor and throttle bores; afterward the high flow Holly is remounted

Joey Mancari is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Director. His balance of concern for the Race Teams, combined with his dedication to NASCAR’s Rules and Intentions, make him an effective and well liked Director. Joey is also assisting the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour as one of the interim Series Directors: he is, obviously, a highly valued manager.

The #61 Impala SS is ready for practice

The cars line up for Track entry; one caution, Roseville is an old fashioned ‘beat & bang’ short track!

Jane Thompson records practice times. Here she sits with two very well known, expert, Engine Builders: Lee Schwartz (R) and Bill Maropulos (C)

Brett and Rich Thompson relax in the shade between the Haulers. Joining them is Ken Clapp, one of the giants of NASCAR from its very early years. Ken has a personality, and list of friends, that matches his status within the sport. Ken is pictured handing out ‘flyers’ for one of his favorite causes: The annual “West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame” Dinner. (7.1.2011 @ Irwindale CA)

Other people associated with the sport use umbrellas, rather than shade, for relief in the 86 degree heat.

Brett Thompson prepares for Qualifying

The #61 qualified well, but not quite as good as expected: it was 10th out of 28 cars

The car is positioned for Driver Introductions and pre-race Ceremonies

Brett Thompson receives an award at the pre-race Ceremonies

The #61 begins the race in 10th position (top)

Initially, the car was quick and Brett Thompson began moving forward on the outside line

An early restart, following a caution period, spelled disaster for the #61. On the restart, Brett was hit from behind by a competitor and a friend … who also had been hit from behind – and pushed into the #61

Both the #61 and #22 cars were badly damaged through no fault of their own, and, no longer was either capable of victory. Brett would have to start from the back, drive hard, and gain all the points possible.

Surprisingly, the now damaged #61 car was steady if not as fast as it was at the start of the race. With a laudable effort, Brett was able to work his way through most of the pack and finish in 8th place.

Following the race, there was not a single undamaged panel on the car. To some extent, this is an expectation in short track racing.

By salvaging an 8th place finish the TMS Team was able to move into 3rd place season points, and just a few points out of 2nd.
The next NASCAR K&N Pro Race is at the excellent Miller Motorsports Park facility in Tooele UT (4.30).
At TMS we hope to gain valuable season points at that road race facility.

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