Thompson Motorsports Develops Young Racing Talent

Braeden Havens Learning The Ropes While Hannah Newhouse Holds Her Own

JEROME, IDAHO (May 9, 2012)- 18-year old Braeden Havens , driver of the #61 NASCAR K&N Pro

Series machine, learned that tight quarter racing and full-size stock cars don’t always mix. And while his run this past Saturday was impressive, he and the team left Stockton 99 Speedway disappointed.

Havens qualified ninth at a track where starting positions are a premium and throughout the 150-lap race he held his own making his way up to the fifth position in the closing laps of the race.

What was jubilation quickly turned to frustration when lapped traffic changed his outcome. While making a pass on slower cars, one of those lapped cars got into Havens dropping him from the running order causing him to pit to replace a flat tire.

Havens rebounded to finish 13th at the tail of the lead lap. “Braeden is a heck of good young driver,” stated Brett Thompson, team manager. “He listens and learns quickly and knows how to close. He was right there in the top five when it counted but it did not end like we wanted. We are really impressed with what he has been able to do behind the wheel and look forward to better results as the season goes on.”

For 15-year old Hannah Newhouse, her racing odyssey continues in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Magic Valley Speedway outside Twin Falls, Idaho. Newhouse’ maturity behind the wheel is remarkable considering her lack of experience in full-size stock cars. This past Saturday she brought her ESPN The Fan/Coca Cola sponsored Chevrolet Camaro home in the third position after the 40-lap feature event.

The result was her second consecutive third place performance after winning the season opening race. The NWAAS will contest 21-races over 17 race dates at Magic Valley Speedway and the consistency that Newhouse has shown early will keep her in the championship hunt all season.

Thompson remarked on her intelligence behind the wheel. “Hannah knows how to race,” Thompson said. “She does not let others run her rough. She knows how to hold her own and get the most out of the car. It is a long season and she will only get better and you can be certain you will see her in victory lane a lot this season.”

While the youngsters in the Thompson Motorsports stables are growing in their roles, Brett Thompson is focused and will lead the NASCAR K&N Pro Series team for the next two consecutive weekends. The team heads to Iowa Speedway for the annual East/West Shootout on May 19th, then the team heads for an inaugural event in Brainerd, MN May 26. The teams then travel back to the west with an event June 2 at The Bullring at LVMS in Las Vegas, NV where Havens will jump back in the driver’s seat.

“This is a tough stretch but we need to move up in the owners points,” Thompson said. “I love racing at Iowa as it is one of the finest tracks in the country.”

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