Thompson Motorsports Has Two Car Tandem for All American

TMS Drivers Hannah Newhouse and Braeden Havens Back in Action at the NAPA “150″

JEROME, IDAHO (October 11, 2012)- 15-year old Hannah Newhouse has had a dream racing season by all accounts. After an impressive run in her NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut at New Mexico two weeks ago where she finished sixth, Rich Thompson is giving her another opportunity to showcase her talents behind the wheel of the #60 Thompson Motorsports/Car Store Chevrolet this weekend at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA.

“No one really thought we would be that competitive in New Mexico,” Newhosue said. “My crew chief Lonnie Rush just told me to take it easy and just log laps. That strategy really helped me get comfortable and by the middle of the race I had fresher tires then the leaders and I was able to race my way back into the top ten.”

The wide mostly flat half-mile layout at NAPA Speedway allowed for a smooth transition into the heavier cars for the second generation driver but the tight and tricky 1/3-mile layout at All American is a whole different animal.

“I know the race will be a lot different in that we are probably going to go fender to fender with a lot more action at All American,” Newhouse said. “I am looking forward to it. I just so happy that the Thompson’s have given me this opportunity.”

The next challenge for Newhouse after the All American event will be a trip to NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity combine October 16-18 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA where her skills and ability will be tested in a whole new way.

17 participants were selected from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Newhouse is the youngest participant at only 15-years of age but she is also one that has had the most success behind the wheel this season after an impressive rookie campaign at Magic Valley Speedway where she scored six victories and seven fast time awards in the track’s Late Model division.

The 2013 Rev Racing team will be selected from among the 2012 Rev Racing drivers and this years Combine participants.

In a team car to Newhouse is Braeden Havens from Spokane, WA. Havens will make his seventh start for the Thompson team this season and is looking for a highlight in his rookie campaign with a top five finish Saturday night. In his last race two weeks ago in New Mexico, Havens had one of the fastest cars in the race and challenged for the lead several times only to be gifted with the chrome horn a couple of times. He battled back to finish seventh for his best career effort but knows that he had a car that could have won.

“We were super-fast in the (New Mexico) race could have been top-3 if I didn’t get hit from behind twice within five laps,” Havens said. “That was very frustrating, but with the help of my

spotter keeping me calm and crew chief giving me advice on what to do with the car we salvaged a good finish,” he continued.

Heading to All-American Speedway, a track Havens has run in the past, will keep the team’s focus moving forward.

“I plan on going to Roseville with the same attitude I had at New Mexico and that was to win, not care about what any other team is doing and to focus on getting a good finish.”

“Thompson Motorsports has a very good short track program. I have tweaked my driving style to fit driving these cars so I know how they act and react to certain situations. Sometimes you have to throw these cars around on the track and have it (the car) do what I want it to do like the veterans can.”

All-American Speedway was to be Havens final start of 2012 for Thompson Motorsports but the strong runs this season have opened some doors for another turn behind the wheel next month.

“I am proud to announce Thompson Motorsports has chosen to pick me up to run the Phoenix race as a teammate to Brett (Thompson). I am honored they have this faith in me and even happier my sponsors are giving me the opportunity to race the season finale on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West,” Havens said.

The Phoenix race will be his first start on a track larger than a half-mile.

Race: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150
Place: All American Speedway, Roseville, Calif.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 13
Time: 8:35 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: SPEED, Oct. 18, 3 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .333-mile paved oval
2011 Winner: Jacob Gomes
2011 Polesitter: Eric Holmes
Event Schedule: Saturday: Practice 12:30-1:15 p.m., 2:15-3 p.m., Qualifying 5:30 p.m.
Track PR Contact: Denise Decoque (916) 676-0010
Twitter: @AAFClassic
Event Hashtag: #NAPA150
NASCAR IMC Contact: Kevin W. Green (661) 392-8543

The Race: This event is the 14th of 15 events on the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. It is the only visit by the series to Roseville this season.

The Procedure: The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (50 miles).

The Track: All American Speedway is a .333-mile paved oval with eight degrees banking in Turns 1 and 2. Turns 3 and 4 have progressive banking, beginning at 10 degrees and graduating to 14 degrees. The track hosted five NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events between 1977 and 1982, when it was a quarter-mile oval and eight races since it was renovated prior to the 2008 season.

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