Thompson Makes 100th Career NASCAR K&N Pro Series Start Memorable

Brett Thompson’s Return to Series Nets Fifth Place Performance

JEROME, IDAHO (February 25, 2011) Brett Thompson, driver of the RTTI/Jerome Truck Center Chevrolet, returned to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series where he has spent much of the last decade carving out a place in series history. His return to action at Phoenix (AZ) International Raceway in the 3 Amigos Organic Blanco “100″ Thursday evening netting him a fifth place finish in his 100th career series start.

Thompson qualified his Jerome Truck Center Chevrolet in the 17th position in the 36-car field. Thompson’s game plan was to take it easy and just ride around until about 30-laps to go then get after it. But like most game plans; they often change once the action begins.

Thompson used the early laps to let the field spread out and he quickly found his rhythm. The action during the first 30 laps was slowed twice for two separate incidents allowing the field to bunch back up. During the second caution period on lap 28 while running in the 11th position, Thompson pitted for fuel but opted to not take on tires figuring he would have an opportunity later in the event.

Thompson restarted in the 18th position and quickly asserted his RTTI Chevrolet into the fray and moved to within sight of the top ten when the next caution flew on lap 38. While riding around under caution, Jim Inglebright moved alongside Thompson and signaled that he had a left front tire going down. Thompson quickly pitted and changed both left side tires and then returned the following lap to change right side tires.

The move set Thompson up with the freshest tires of any of the front runners, but he would have his work cut out for himself as he was mired back in the 20th position. Over the next ten laps, Thompson quickly dispatched several cars and moved into the ninth position on lap 58.

By lap 65, Thompson had managed to make one more pass but found the going a bit more challenging as the entire top ten were racing side-by side nearly every lap.

At lap 71, Thompson had moved into the fifth position, exactly where he wanted to be to close out the race. Over the closing laps he got as high as third but a final caution on lap 90 would set up a seven lap dash to the finish after the field took the green flag on lap 93.

Thompson. Jonathon Gomez, Ty Dillon, and Derek Thorn were all chasing race leader Greg Pursley and on the final restart, Thorn missed a shift allowing Gomez to sneak to the inside and stacking up Thompson and Dillon behind. They all sorted out their machines and over the final three laps the trio wrestled for positions with Thompson crossing the finish line in fifth.

“We are really happy with the finish,” Thompson said. “We have always had good cars here at Phoenix but miserable luck during the race. We did not have the speed in qualifying but we knew we had a car that could race really well. Charlie Wilson (crew chief) and all the guys did an awesome job on the pit stops and with the setup. This finish pumped us all up!”

The turning point in the race for Thompson was getting a hand from Inglebright. “Jim is a great competitor and when he let us know the tire was going down we were able to duck down pit road without having to make another lap,” Thompson explained. “That made the difference. Since we were already at the tail of the lead lap we opted to come back down and change right side tires giving us one the fastest cars late in the race.”

“We rolled the car into the hauler just like we unloaded it; without a scratch. We are all thrilled with the finish and cannot wait until All American.”

The next event for the Thompson Motorsports team is Saturday, April 16 at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA. Thompson did not compete in the two races at All American last season but had finishes of 15th and 6th in 2009.

Brett Thompson has started 100 races in NKNPS scoring one win, one pole award, 21 top five and 57 top ten performances. Thompson’s best Phoenix finish in his 16 previous starts are a pair of fourth place finishes (04, 08). His fifth place finish Thursday positions him perfectly for a title run in 2011.

Phoenix International Raceway
February 24, 2011
NASCAR K&N Pro Series
1-Mile Superspeedway
100 Laps/100 Miles – Purse: $130,413

FP SP Car Driver Hometown Laps Points
1 2 26 Greg Pursley Parker, Arizona 100 190
2 8 22 Jonathon Gomez Twin Falls, Idaho 100 175
3 5 44 Derek Thorn Bakersfield, California 100 165
4 3 31 Ty Dillon Lewisville, North Carolina 100 165
5 17 61 Brett Thompson Jerome, Idaho 100 155
6 15 1 Jim Inglebright Fairfield, California 100 150
7 4 35 Andrew Ranger Roxton Pond, Quebec, Canada 100 146
8 16 16 Moses Smith Chandler, Arizona 100 142
9 6 17 David Mayhew Atascadero, California 100 143
10 23 12 DJ Kennington St Thomas, Ontaro, Canada 100 134
11 18 98 Chad Boat Phoenix, Arizona 100 130
12 13 6 Luis Martinez Jr Baldwin Park, California 100 127
13 19 2 Daryl Harr St. Albert, Alberta, Canada 100 124
14 25 20 Eric Holmes Escalon, California 100 121
15 9 21 Mike Self Salt Lake City, Utah 100 118
16 24 13 Todd Souza Watsonville, California 100 115
17 12 77 Andrew Myers Huntington Beach, California 100 112
18 22 51 Carlos Vieira Atwater, California 100 109
19 27 37 Robbie Brand Barstow, California 100 106
20 26 5 Thomas Martin Auburn, California 100 103
21 32 88 Jamie Dick Albuquerque, New Mexico 100 100
22 33 18 Billy Kann Tempe, Arizona 100 97
23 20 38 Troy Ermish Fremont, California 100 94
24 35 71 Carl Harr St. Albert, Alberta, Canada 100 91
25 10 99 Travis Pastrana Annapolis, Maryland 97 88
26 36 55 Jack Sellers Sacramento, California 94 85
27 29 23 Spencer Gallagher Las Vegas, Nevada 89 82
28 34 07 Greg Rayl Roseville, California 89 79
29 31 15 Justin Funkhouser Paradise, California 83 76
30 14 65 Stan Silva Jr Castroville, California 77 73
31 7 86 Daniel Suarez Monterrey, Mexico 65 70
32 28 7 Alex Kennedy Aztec, New Mexico 64 67
33 1 39 Brennan Newberry Bakersfield, California 64 69
34 30 3 Wes Banks Modesto, California 55 61
35 21 14 Travis Milburn Eagle, Idaho 33 58
36 11 42 Taylor Cuzick Tolleson, Arizona 24 55
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