Brett Thompson Back in Action at Brainerd Roadcourse

Rookie Hannah Newhouse Continues Solid Start in RMCS with Consecutive Top Fives

JEROME, IDAHO (May 23, 2013)- Brett Thompson, driver of the #61 RTTI Chevrolet in theNASCAR K&N Pro Series, is back in action this weekend for the first of three roadcourse events in 2013. The race also marks the first of three races for the series on a Midwest swing.

Thompson is currently fifth in the current standings after top ten finishes in the first two event of the season. Last year at Brainerd, Thompson finished 13th after a cut tire late in the race dropped him out of the top five. In 13 previous roadcourse races, the Idaho native has scored three top ten and one top five finish with a best finish of fourth at Portland in 2009.

“Road racing is certainly tough but I really like the challenge,” Thompson said. “Brainerd is a challenging track and our focus is about just running our own race, staying out of trouble and be among the leaders late.”

This year the format has changed to a one-day show which means that teams and drivers have little time to make adjustments. “The one-day format is really better for all of us saving some money,” Thompson said. “Will (Harris) does a great job with our setups and leading the team. We are excited and ready for the race.”

After Brainerd the teams will travel to Iowa Speedway June 7, then on to an inaugural event at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO two days later on June 9. “This is a really tough swing for the teams,” Thompson added. “Three different types of race tracks utilizing three different types of cars. This will certainly be a big test for all of us.”

Hannah Newhouse who drives for the Thompson Motorsports team in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series scored consecutive top five finishes to start the campaign. Last Saturday night the 16-year old rookie finished fifth and maintains fifth place in the point standings while tied for the rookie point lead.

“I am having a blast driving in the RMCS this year,” Newhouse said. “I am learning so much. The races are longer and the format inverting the field forces you to have to race hard every lap. The whole team has really helped me adjust and get better behind the wheel.”

The next race for Newhouse will be a 100-lap RMCS event Friday, June 14 at Magic Valley Speedway part of the big Southern Idaho 200 weekend.

Brett Thompson career NASCAR Stats

  • One win, one pole, 23 top fives, 66 top 10s in 120 career series starts
  • 13 series starts on road courses
  • One top five, three top 10s on road courses
  • Best finish on a road course of fourth at Portland in 2009
  • Finished 13th last year at Brainerd

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West At Brainerd

  • This marks the second series event at Brainerd International Raceway, following last year’s inaugural visit.
  • The track – located 5.2 miles north of State Route 210 on State Route 371 – is a multipurpose facility, with a road course and a quarter-mile drag strip.

Brainerd Data
Race: #3 of 15 (5/25/13)
Track Layout: 2.5-mile road course
Race Length: 50 laps (125 miles)

Records
1-lap Qualifying: None (Qualifying cancelled in 2012 due to weather)
150-lap Race: Michael Self, 1 hour 32 minutes 48 seconds, 80.819 mph, May 26, 2012

FAST FACTS
The Race: This event is the third of 15 events on the 2013 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

The Procedure: The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through NASCAR road racing style (group) qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 50 laps (125 miles).

The Track: Brainerd International Raceway is a 2.5-mile, 13-turn road course.

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