Portland Road Course up Next for Thompson Motorsports

The Portland Layout is Site of Best Road Course Finish for Veteran Idaho Driver

JEROME, IDAHO (August 23, 2012)- Brett Thompson, driver of the #61 Thompson Motorsports/RTTI Chevrolet in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series has grown to enjoy road course racing and the 1.967-mile flat layout of Portland(OR) International Raceway is a place he really likes. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will make its fifth series visit to the Rose City circuit for the Napa Auto Parts Salute to the Troops “125″ on Sunday afternoon.

The event is the fourth of four road course races on the the 2012 schedule for the 59-year old series and the site of Thompson’s best career road course run. Thompson finished fourth at Portland back in 2009 and is banking on the same kind of success this weekend.

“I really like road course racing,” Thompson said. “It is tough no matter how you look at it. I think you just have to run your own race and not over drive the car. If you can stay on track the entire race you will have a good finish. The Portland track is really fast and flat but really technical at the same time.”

The Portland event is one the Thompson Team looks forward to as it is a place the family really enjoys. “The facility is fantastic,” Thompson offered. “It is like a park with so much to do. The family loves it there camping in the infield.”

In two previous starts at Portland, Thompson has posted top ten finishes in both races but knows the field will feature a competitive field of drivers. Thompson is one of only a few active drivers with more than 100 career series starts and hopes his experience will pay dividends at Portland. “This series is as tough as it has ever been,” Thompson offered. “We just plan to run our own race and stick with our pit strategy and hopefully we will be where we need to be in the end.”

The 63-lap race has had late cautions the past two years putting fuel mileage at the forefront. “You definitely do not want to run short on fuel,” Thompson said. “You need track position late in the race as passing areas are at a premium so you need to pit early and stay out of trouble.”

Thompson has started 116 NKNPS races in his career with one win, one Coors Light pole award, 23 top five and 63 top ten performances. His best road course finish is fourth and he has three top ten performance in eleven road course starts.

Also driving for Thompson Motorsports this weekend is 15-year Hannah Newhouse who will attempt to rebound from last weekend’s double main events and get herself back into the championship hunt in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho. Newhouse currently sits third in the standings 27-points out of the lead. Through 17 races this season, Newhouse has scored five victories, 13 top five and 17 top ten finishes along with seven quick qualifying awards.

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