Thompson Motorsports in Action at Two Tracks This Weekend

Veteran NASCAR West Driver Brett Thompson Tackles Stockton; Rookie Hannah Newhouse Set for Magic Valley

JEROME, IDAHO (May 1, 2013)- Brett Thompson, driver of the #61 RTTI Chevrolet in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, returns to full-time competition in the series this season after a partial schedule in 2012. This weekend, he and the TMS team are set to tackle the tough and tricky quarter-mile layout of Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway in the G-Oil “150″.

Stockton has been one of Thompson’s better tracks statistically over the years with two top five and five top ten finishes in five career starts at the historic oval.

“Sometimes short tracks get a bad rap,” offered Thompson. “While I would prefer to race on the speedways, we have always done really well at Stockton. It should be a fun race.”

Thompson will debut a brand new chassis at Stockton, completed only three days ago. “We are excited about are chances,” Thompson continued. “The last couple of seasons we got a little behind some of the other teams. This new car is really good. We shook the car down this week and I really like how the car rotates in the corner and how it responds to the throttle. ”

Thompson is one of the series veterans who is focused on a championship run this season. “We have been at this a long time,” Thompson said. “The schedule is really tough this season with all the travel, but we have built and prepared new cars and feel that we will contend all season. Stockton will be a good measure for our team and a win would go a long way.”

While half the TMS team is at the Stockton, the other half will be with 16-year old Hannah Newhouse as she makes her second career start in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series this weekend at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Newhouse cut her teeth at MVS and is stepping up this season to run full-time in the RMCS as an A-1 Heating rookie-of-the-year competitor. In her first outing in the series last season, she posted a 6th place performance and will step into the familiar #61 TMS machine.

“These cars have so much more power than a truck or Late Model so I am learning a lot of finesse with the throttle,” Newhouse said. “I grew up watching my dad run this series and to now be racing full-time in the RMCS is really exciting. The whole Thompson team have been so supportive of my racing career and I am really excited to drive a first-class car for a first-class team.”

Newhouse will also compete full-time in the ASA Intermountain Truck Series this season. She is currently second in the point standings after a top three performance in the opening round.

Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet) Career NKNPS Stats
* One win, one pole, 23 top fives, 65 top 10s in 119 career series starts
* 40 starts on tracks under a half-mile, five at Stockton
* Seven top fives 23 top 10s on tracks under a half-mile
* Two top fives, five top 10s at Stockton
* Best finish of third on tracks under a half-mile

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West At Stockton (Provided by NASCAR Media)
* Stockton 99 Speedway has hosted 22 series races. The series visited the historic quarter-mile oval 13 times between 1966 and 1983 and eight times between 2002 and 2006. The series returned to Stockton in 2012.
* Stockton 99 Speedway was built in 1947. At the end of the 2006 season, the track closed and the land was slated for development. But the transaction was never completed and the track re-opened in 2009 under the operation of Carol and Tony Noceti.
* The 22 series races at Stockton featured 13 different winners. The late Jack McCoy leads the list with five wins. Other multiple winners include 2007 series champion Mike David, with three wins; and Dick Bown, Jim Bown and Austin Cameron, with two wins each.
* Fifteen different drivers won Coors Light Pole Awards at Stockton. Jack McCoy also leads that list with five poles. Others with more than one pole award at Stockton include Jim Bown, Mike Duncan and Scott Lynch – each with two poles.
* Mike David registered six top-five and eight top-10 finishes at Stockton, the most there for each category in the modern era of series (1971-present). He also led 404 laps, the most in series competition at Stockton in the modern era of the series.
* Jack Sellers has the most series starts at Stockton. He is the only driver to compete in all nine series events there since 2002.
* Six of the nine races at Stockton since 2002 were extended for a green-white-checkered finish.
* Eight of the 18 series races at Stockton in the modern era were won from the pole position. Jack McCoy came from the furthest back to win in the modern era, starting seventh in 1971.
* One hundred sixty-seven different drivers raced at Stockton in the modern era of the series.

FAST FACTS
The Race: This race is the second of 15 events on the 2013 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

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 (37.5 miles).

The Track: Stockton 99 Speedway is a .25-mile paved oval with blended banking of up to 14 degrees in Turn 1 and Turn 2 and up to 17 degrees in Turn 3 and Turn 4.

Records: Qualifying: Dylan Kwasniewski, May 5, 2012, 13.735 seconds, 65.526 mph; Race: Dick Bown, May 13, 1972, 56.250 mph, 40 minutes. (150 laps)

History: The series has visited Stockton 99 Speedway 22 times, with the first event held in 1966.

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