Thompson Motorsports Team in Action Tonight

NASCAR Newbie Hannah Newhouse Hits Local Series; Braeden Havens Steps up Program

JEROME, IDAHO (April 14, 2012)- Tonight,Hannah Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho will make her NASCAR Whelen All American Series debut at the Magic Valley Speedway. The 15-year old high school freshman is your typical teenager who hangs out with friends, participates in cheerleading, is focused on school, and oh yes, she drives a stock car on Saturday nights.

“I am so excited I cannot wait for the race tonight,” Newhouse offered. “We have been working towards this day for several months and for this day to finally be here is incredible.”

Newhouse will drive a new Chevrolet Camaro built, prepped, and maintained by Thompson Motorsports in Jerome. Hannah’s father John (the 2007 Rocky Mountain Challenge Series champion), and his RMCS crew chief Brian helm will handle the race day duties. “We have a set up that works at Magic Valley”, offered Brett Thompson. “So they pretty much just need to go out and have fun.”

Have fun, and keep the car in one piece is Hannah’s mission tonight. “I know I have a lot to learn in these cars but we tested really well and I feel really good behind the wheel,” Newhouse said. “I just want to finish every lap, keep the car in good condition, earn some respect and have a good finish.”

The Newhouse’ know the collaboration with Thompson Motorsports will produce big dividends. “They are a first-class organization,” stated John Newhouse. “We just need to take advantage of this opportunity and see what Hannah can do.”

For Hannah’s part, she is focused and has specific goals for this season. “With the generosity of the Thompson’s and the support of my family, I am hoping we can win a championship,” Newhouse said. “If we can win races and a championship, then maybe we can position ourselves for others to take notice and advance my racing career.”

Racing close to home means fans in the stands. “A lot of my friends will be out at the track and hopefully we can attract new fans,” Newhouse said. “There are not many girls my age doing this. This season is definitely going to be one to watch.”

Follow Hannah Newhouse all season long on her website

18-year old Braeden Havens will make his debut with Thompson Motorsports tonight at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu, AZ driving the familiar #61 car that Brett Thompson has driven for the past twelve years. The Spokane, WA native will make his second career NASCAR K&N Series start at the quarter-mile flat oval in a race that is expected to draw more than 25-cars to the inaugural series race at the facility.

Havens is the 2011 INSSA Late Model champion and finished 11th in his series debut last season in Spokane. Havens will compete in seven short track races for the Thompson team this season.

“This is one of the team’s newer chassis with all new parts around it,” Havens said. “It is a car Brett raced last year successfully at the short tracks so it is well-prepared and ready to rock. The team has worked very hard over the winter to give me good race cars and with Brett coming to all the races to help with pointers and set-up it will be huge for our season-long goal of running in the front and building towards solid finishes.”

For more on Braeden Havens read the feature story in his hometown newspaper or check out his website at

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