Iowa Speedway: 05/23/2010, the Race in Pictures

By R. A. Fariello

Photography by Gina Graham Fariello

This annual NASCAR Grand National Race is a combination event including both the East and West, “K&N Pro” Divisions. The Thompson Motorsports cars of Brett Thompson #61, and the #60 of Taylor Barton, competed in the event. A pictorial presentation follows below.

A red-winged blackbird, a symbol of Springtime in the Midwest, appears to be greeting the NASCAR Teams to the Iowa Speedway
Entering the Iowa Speedway; it is a very scenic race track!

TMS has a long history of racing at the Iowa Speedway. Above, Meghann {the Track Photographer for “IS”} stands with an office photograph she captured; it shows the TMS #61 car carrying a #81 on its door – a change in identifier from several years ago.
The 1st practice was scheduled for Saturday Afternoon. The #61 car is shown entering “Iowa 3” at nearly 160 mph. The ‘set’ of the car was very good but the front spring rates would still need further adjusting to better seal the front valence against the track.
The #61 and #60 Cars were garaged side by side.
Side by side garages allow easy access, and interaction, between the two teams
Following Saturday’s practice session Brett debriefs with the #61 Crew Chief, Charlie Wilson
Team meetings take place following the first day of practice
On race day, the cars line up to Qualify
The photographer gets a chance to photograph the entire “” team.
The #61 car is pushed along the Qualifying Line
Taylor Barton, in the #60 car, waits for the Official to wave him off on his qualifying run
Taylor Barton at the driver autograph session.
The competition at “FullTiltPoker.NET” will be more intense than the #60 Pit Sign indicates!
The competition at “FullTiltPoker.NET” will be more intense than the #60 Pit Sign indicates!

Driver Introductions: Brett Thompson #61
#60, Taylor Barton
44 cars started the race; this group includes the #60
Pre-race lineup: #61
The TMS #60 and #61 under acceleration off turn #2
#60 entering Turn #3
The #61 RTTI Impala had suffered suspension damage during Qualifying. A cut tire, and a bump in the track, was the culprit. Afterward, the car had to be adjusted to run a high line on the track – it was a fast car up high. Above, Brett passes the very good #40 Mohegan Sun “East Car”. However, two blown tires, occurring later in the race, ruined the day for the TMS #61.
Entering “Iowa-1”: 3 wide at 160 mph!
With the race over, fans collect their own version of souvenirs. Taylor Barton finished 10th in the “West’, and remains 7th in Season Points. Due to the misfortune of 2 blown tires, and a damaged suspension, the #61 car finished the race 4 laps down.
The #61 and #60 Haulers line up for a morning departure, and, a 1,300 mile trek back to Idaho
Iowa is a scenic landscape of windmills, corn fields, rolling hills, grain elevators, and a one room schoolhouse (pictured above).
The Midwest is America’s breadbasket: grain has to be stored somewhere while in transit to those breadbaskets!
The TMS Team departs the Iowa Speedway: two haulers and one motor home make up the ‘I-80 West’ Caravan to Idaho!

It would not be an easy trip. From sunny skies and 95 degree temperatures at Newton Iowa, I-80 West would be closed by tornados at Lincoln, Nebraska and then by a blizzard near Laramie, Wyoming.

It is all part of Racing in a NASCAR Touring Series!

The Infineon Raceway, at Sonoma CA, is next race for TMS.


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