Thompson Scores Fifth Top Three Finish in RMCS Action

Brett Thompson Third for Third Time This Season; Moves to Within Six Points of Lead

JEROME, IDAHO (July 21, 2010) Brett Thompson of Jerome, Idaho continues his roll in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series finishing third at Rocky Mountain Raceways this past Saturday night. The finish vaulted Thompson to within six point’s over the overall lead in his quest for his first series title.

Thompson has five top three finishes this season with his only blemish coming at RMR back in May where he finished 15th. Thompson’s third place performance was the third time this season he finished in spot number three.

Beginning the season, Thompson knew he could excel in the series known for its 20-car inverts, close racing action, and rules package that creates parity among the competitors. His stats so far this season have proven he is a winner and championship contender. “We felt from the beginning we would be good,” Thompson said. “This series is really tough and has a lot of guys who are excellent racers. There are no easy races and with the rules package and tire allotment, each race is as much about strategy as it is driving. So far we have been pretty good.”

Thompson qualified third quick putting him 12th on the starting grid after the invert. “Even though we qualified really well, we have to get better,” Thompson said. “The difference in the standings comes down to qualifying. Steve Jones has been better and that is where we need to improve.”

Thompson quickly started his march forward over the first several laps and by the mid-way point of the 75-lap race he had moved into the top five. Over the second half of the race he made several attempts at the lead as he battled nose to nose with Eric Rhead and Steve Jones for the top spot.

With less than ten laps to go he moved inside Jones but the two made slight contact and that was just enough to slow his progress. Thompson settled back into the third position and brought his RTTI Dodge home in the third position.

“In most cases you would be happy with third place,” Thompson said. “We were better than that, just not at the end. The finish helped us move closer to the top spot and that is the name of the game. We have been really consistent and if we continue doing what we are doing then it is going to be a great battle right down to the end for the championship.”

“What’s fun about this series is the racing,” Thompson said. “While starting at the back in some series’ would be impossible, the RMCS provides a format that works. It is always exciting on track and I am sure the fans see a great race. Winning the championship is our goal but it is not going to be easy. Steve Jones and John Newhouse are very good drivers and have great teams. We just need to focus on qualifying and running like we have been doing.”

Next up for the Thompson Motorsports team is the Idaho “200″ weekend at Stateline Stadium Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho. The 100-lap race on Saturday night July 31 will be the third time the series has competed at the 1/4-mile paved oval and will mark the first visit for Thompson to the North Idaho oval. “I hear it is a great event and I am really looking forward it,” Thompson said.

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