Miller Motorsports Park: The Race in Photos

Photojournalism: R. A. Fariello | Photography by Gina Graham Fariello

The 12th race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro season took place on 13 September at the impressive Miller Motorsports Park facility. “Miller” is located in the scenic Tooele Valley, about 4 miles west of the town of Tooele UT and roughly 35 miles SW of Salt Lake City.

The track itself is a very expansive road course. In fact, the facility can actually run 2 independent, 2 plus mile, road races – at the same time! On this weekend the NASCAR K&N race was one of many races held as a 3 day event. Thus, the NASCAR K&N cars shared the track with a multitude of divisional races that were part of the SCCA and Pirelli Challenge championship sports car races.

Thompson Motorsports brought their constantly improved road racing “Blu.Lng/ RTTI” #61 Chevrolet to the race. Road Racing is a relatively new discipline for both Brett Thompson and Thompson Motorsports. However, continuing mechanical improvements coupled with on track testing, has resulted in a constant improvement in the overall TMS team performance.

At the Miller race this improvement was clearly on display. Brett Thompson was very competitive in this event as the #61 was among the lead cars for the entire race, and, it eventually crossed the finish line in very solid 6th place.

Looking East: It is a scenic view for fans entering Miller Motorsports Park.

As a fan enters MMP {above} this is the view looking to the West. On the left of the buildings and garages is the track itself. Approximately 15 miles to the right is the southern shores of the Great Salt Lake.

Perhaps this’ fan’ is a mascot for HAWK Motorsports Products … or it may have come to Miller just for a” free lunch”!

As is a normal protocol for NASCAR events, the cars are unloaded per a strict time schedule.

The cars are then required to go through pre-practice NASCAR Tech.

The #61 car passes NASCAR Tech and is pushed back to its pit area.

Good people all: Following ‘Tech’ the Officials find time for a short respite.

Center rear: Credentials for hundreds!! It is a busy day for Officials Celeste and Carolyn as they issue NASCAR Credentials to the Teams and their guests.

Jane Thompson assists as Jed – a business associate and friend {from Blu.Lng} – is credentialed as a TMS guest.

The #61 car was 7th ‘quick’ during the morning practice session.

Prior to Qualifying, another visit to Tech is required.

The #61 qualified a solid 7th.

Following the Qualifying session the car is impounded. Here Jake and Willie cover the windows for protection from the sunlight and afternoon heat.

With a few hours left before the race, there was ample time to relax and to greet Rich Thompson Trucking’s esteemed and valued business associates from both “Blu.Lng” and the DFA.

Brett’s son Tyler … it won’t be long before he too is a race car driver!

Jake is a TMS mechanic and an expert welder. His latest 2 wheeled creation was good for transportation around the expansive MMP pits. And YES … this bike breaks the bicycle design “norms” into little pieces!!!

Race time approaches and the cars are lined up for the start.

The green flag is waved and the race begins!

Brett Thompson, #61, accelerating out of the turn called “Release”.

This section of the track is known as “The Attitudes”. As the race comes down to the last few laps, the #61 car can be seen in 6th place.

This is the position Brett Thompson would take at the Checkered Flag.

6th was a satisfying result and one that served as a reflection of the hard work by the TMS team in a continuing effort to improve their road race performance.

Brett Thompson and the TMS Team will compete next at Phoenix International Raceway {PIR} on 11.6.2014

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