Thompson Set to Rebound at Iowa

Brett Thompson Excited to Return To Iowa Speedway With Eye on Victory Lane

By Derrick Shannon (Motorsports Examiner)

JEROME, IDAHO (May 18, 2010) Brett Thompson and his Thompson Motorsports team are one of only four NASCAR K&N Pro Series West teams that have competed in the previous three Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 East/West Challenge events at Iowa Speedway. This time out Thompson is solely focused on winning as he will only compete in a handful of NKNPS events this season.

Thompson had a difficult event at Phoenix where the team lost four racecars over the event weekend. His two primary cars and his second team with driver Taylor Barton lost two cars. Since Phoenix, the team has been working non-stop and has just completed work and final chassis set up on both team’s cars before they left the shop on their way to Iowa today. “It has been a tough month but the team and all the guys at the shop have done an incredible job,” Thompson said.

Even though work at the shop has kept the entire operation working at an incredible pace, Thompson and the team have taken time to race within the region where he has two consecutive third place finishes in the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. “I love the West series but I needed to focus on the building the team for the long term so I cut back my schedule,” Thompson said. “But I still love racing for points and the RMCS fit perfectly into our schedule this year.”

“It didn’t look like we were going to be able to make Iowa after Phoenix but the team has worked hard and got us prepared for this weekend,” Thompson offered. “I really like Iowa. It is a fantastic facility and one of the most fun tracks to drive. I know we have a really good car for the race but I also know that there are going to be a lot of really good cars there.”

In two races last season at Iowa, Thompson finished 7th in this event and 9th in the September race. “When we planned our schedule for this season we picked tracks we really liked and felt that we could win at,” Thompson said. “Iowa is a great place to race at and a win would make our year.”

Thompson Motorsports is a premier motorsports organization based in Jerome, Idaho providing complete race car preparation and fabrication supporting the local grassroots racer and experienced professional driver. TMS fields cars in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, Intermountain Pro Truck Series, and entries at local area short tracks.  TMS has corporate partnerships with Rich Thompson Trucking Inc. (RTTI), United Oil, VaCom Technologies, Windmill Inn and Suites, and Speedbear. For all the latest news and information about Brett Thompson and Thompson Motorsports, log onto www.brettthompsonracing.com. For all the latest west coast racing action, log onto www.racingwest.com.

FAST FACTS
The Race: Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200
The Place: Iowa Speedway
The Date: Sunday, May 23
The Time: 3 p.m. CT
TV Schedule: SPEED, May 27, 6 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .875-mile paved oval
Race Purse: $183,706
2009 Winner: Kyle Busch (Overall/East); David Mayhew (West)
2009 Polesitter: Kyle Busch (Overall/East); David Mayhew (West)
Event Schedule: Saturday: Practice 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday:, 8:45– 9:15 a.m., Qualifying noon

Race Notes
The race … The Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 is the annual NASCAR K&N Pro  Series East-West combination race. It is the only race in which the East and West compete for championship points in the same event. It is the third race on the 2010 for both the East and West.
The procedure … The starting field is 44 cars, including provisionals. The first 38 cars will qualify through time trials. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 200 laps (175 miles).
The track … Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile speedway with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees banking in the Backstretch and 10 degrees banking in the Frontstretch.
The records … Qualifying: Kyle Busch, May 17, 2009, 135.484 mph, 23.250 sec.; Race: Kyle Busch, May 17, 2009, 100.800 mph, 1 hour 44 minutes 10 seconds.
No repeats … Three East-West combination races at Iowa have resulted in three different race winners and three different pole winners.

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