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Brett Thompson Ready for Road Course Event in the Rose City
Brett Thompson likes his chances on Sunday in the NAPA Auto Parts Salute to the Troops "125" at Portland (OR) International Raceway as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series returns to action.
The event is the fourth of four road course races on the the 2012 schedule for the 59-year old series and the site of Thompson's best career road course run. Thompson finished fourth at Portland back in 2009 and is banking on the same kind of success this weekend.
"I really like road course racing," Thompson said. "It is tough no matter how you look at it. I think you just have to run your own race and not over drive the car. If you can stay on track the entire race you will have a good finish. The Portland track is really fast and flat but really technical at the same time."
The Portland event is one the Thompson Team looks forward to as it is a place the family really enjoys. "The facility is fantastic," Thompson offered. "It is like a park with so much to do. The family loves it there camping in the infield."
In two previous starts at Portland, Thompson has posted top ten finishes in both races but knows the field will feature a competitive field of drivers. Thompson is one of only a few active drivers with more than 100 career series starts and hopes his experience will pay dividends at Portland. "This series is as tough as it has ever been," Thompson offered. "We just plan to run our own race and stick with our pit strategy and hopefully we will be where we need to be in the end."
The 63-lap race has had late cautions the past two years putting fuel mileage at the forefront. "You definitely do not want to run short on fuel," Thompson said. "You need track position late in the race as passing areas are at a premium so you need to pit early and stay out of trouble."
Thompson has started 116 NKNPS races in his career with one win, one Coors Light pole award, 23 top five and 63 top ten performances. His best road course finish is fourth and he has three top ten performance in eleven road course starts.
Also driving for Thompson Motorsports this weekend is 15-year Hannah Newhouse who will attempt to rebound from last weekend's double main events and get herself back into the championship hunt in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho. Newhouse currently sits third in the standings 27-points out of the lead. Through 17 races this season, Newhouse has scored five victories, 13 top five and 17 top ten finishes along with seven quick qualifying awards.
About Thompson Motorsports
Thompson Motorsports is a first-class racing organization based in Jerome, Idaho providing complete race car preparation and fabrication supporting the local grassroots racer and experienced professional driver. TMS prepares and fields race vehicles 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), Jerome Truck Service Inc., Eibach Springs, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Mothers Polishes and Waxes, Schroeder Torsion Bars, United Oil, Speedbear Fasteners, and Hagerman Valley Spring Water. For all the latest news and information about Brett Thompson and Thompson Motorsports, log onto www.brettthompsonracing.com or NASCAR Hometracks. For all the latest west coast racing action, log onto www.racingwest.com.