Friday, November 30, 2012

CUP: Earnhardt Jr. Most Popular For 10th Time

CUP: Earnhardt Jr. Most Popular For 10th Time

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CUP: Keselowski Is New Face Of NASCAR

CUP: Keselowski Is New Face Of NASCAR

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Brett Thompson Teams with Braeden Havens for Final NASCAR West Event of the Season

JEROME, IDAHO (November 8, 2012)- Phoenix International Raceway has always held great
Brett Thompson
Brett Thompson
mystique and prestige among race car drivers from the Western United States. It is the track that all drivers want to win at but few have mastered the layout over the years. Yet, each year they return in hopes of etching their names in the history books. This weekend, Thompson Motorsports and drivers Brett Thompson and Braeden Havens will close out a successful season for the team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Phoenix in the Casino Arizona "50" on the one-mile paved oval.

Brett Thompson of Jerome, Idaho returns to his familiar #61 RTTI Chevrolet for the event having split time in the seat with Havens this season. Thompson has made 18 starts at Phoenix since 2001 yet his finishes do not reflect how good he has been there. Thompson has three top five and six top ten performances in those 18 starts and knows that the race this weekend will be an all out sprint.

"I have a great team, great crew, and great equipment," Thompson offered. "Phoenix is a track that you can do all the right things but there are a lot of things out of your control. The action happens fast and sometimes you are just part of it."

What Thompson can do to help control the outcome is qualify up front. Since the race is only 50-laps, there will be precious little time to get to the front during the race. "Qualifying is always key in this series and with so few laps it will make all the difference in this race," Thompson offered.

"Plus the track is so much faster with the new pavement and layout; you need to start up front if you hope to have a solid finish."

Guiding Thompson's effort this season is long-time Thompson Motorsports employee Will Harris. Harris has been promoted to crew chief this season and has helped moved the needle for the team. "Will has been awesome all season," Thompson said. "He knows our team and knows our cars from the bottom up. He has really proven himself in the capacity and we would all like to close 2012 with a race winning effort."

Thompson has started 117 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races scoring one win, one pole award, 23 top five and 63 top ten performances. A win at Phoenix would be the prize he has long wanted. "A win at Phoenix would be great and if we are in position at the end we are going to give it everything we have."

Braeden havens
Braeden Havens in the #60 Western Rail Chevrolet this weekend at Phoenix.
Driving a team car to Thompson will be 18-year old Braeden Havens from Spokane, WA. Havens has made seven starts for the Thompson team in 2012 with three top ten performances. His finishes along with Brett's has kept the team in the top ten of the owner's point's heading into the 2013 season and that will pay dividends for the team next year.

While Havens has a best career finish of seventh this season he knows that there were several top three finishes that could have been. "Even with the limited runs I have had this season, I still have a chance to finish in the top-3 in rookie point this year with a good run in Phoenix. I am four points back (of the top-3 position) so we'll just do our best and let the cards fall where they may and see what we can do to have a good run," Havens said.

The race at Phoenix will be the youngster's first start on a "big" track though he has been to the track several times. "I have gone to the last four races at Phoenix International Raceway (with the Thompson team) so (Brett) has given me a lot of advice at those races regarding the racing line and how far you can drive the car (into the corners). I look forward to working with him this weekend and getting a good finish."

Having a team that has experience in setting up a race car for Phoenix, especially since its repaving in 2011, is a bonus, he added.

"As a driver you trust your crew to set up the car for whatever track you go to. My teammate has been to Phoenix many times with good runs so our crew will have this Western Rail Inc. Chevrolet ready for the weekend."

The Casino Arizona 50 will be televised live on SPEED.

RACE: Casino Arizona 50
PLACE: Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 10
TIME: 5 p.m. MT
RADIO: NASCAR Home Tracks Radio presented by Speed51 live on
TRACK LAYOUT: 1-mile paved oval
2011 WINNER: Ryan Blaney
2011 POLESITTER: Greg Pursley
EVENT SCHEDULE: Thursday: Practice 4:35-5:25 p.m. Friday: Final Practice 9-9:50 a.m. Saturday: Qualifying 8:30 a.m.
TRACK PR CONTACT: Dave Lockett (623) 463-5400
TWITTER: @Phoenixraceway
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Kevin W. Green (661) 392-8543 Twitter: @KevinW_Green

The Race: This event marks the final event of the 15-race schedule for the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. It is the second of two series visits to PIR this year. The series kicked off its season at PIR in March.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 50 laps.

The Track: PIR is a one-mile superspeedway with 10 to 11 degrees banking between Turns 1 and 2; 10 to 11 degrees banking at the apex of the dog-leg; and 8 to 9 degrees banking in Turn 4. This will be the 30th stand-alone Phoenix race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
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Thompson Motorsports is a premier 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 or NASCAR Hometracks.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

ASA Racing Announces an Incredible and Unique Program for Short Track Racing‏

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Thursday, November 1, 2012) – ASA Racing has announced a new benefit effective today. The “ASA Advantage Benefit Plan” is a new feature for ASA Members to purchase affordable health and life insurance plans for themselves, their family and for their workers if they own a small business. ASA Members will be able to purchase health and life plans at a group rate rather than an individual rate.

“When we started our ASA membership program, our goal was to find unique and valuable benefits for those who are dedicated to grass roots short track racing and for our ASA members,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “We have been constantly enhancing our membership program with what we feel our members need today while at the track and away from the track. This is a first of a kind product in short track racing overall and we are excited to provide this great opportunity today. Everyone is looking for affordable insurance and this will be a great place to find the specific plan they are looking for.”

The ASA Advantage Benefits Plan is a partnership with AmWINS Group Benefits, a provider of association insurance for association members.

The ASA Racing/AmWINS Group Benefits partnership was set up with the help of Jeff Ladd at Sports Insurance Specialists in Fort Wayne, IN. Sports Insurance Specialists is also the provider for ASA Racing, ASA Member Tracks and sanctioned series. “We brought our idea to Jeff and he and his staff jumped right on developing this program for us,” Huth said. “This continues to be a great partnership with SIS, and we are now able to work together, creating plans for our tracks, series, and members both at the track and away from the track. Together we are working on programs to protect those who enjoy and support short track racing like we do.”

"Working with ASA Racing is especially good since our products offer excellent coverage and affordability for ASA members," stated Ladd, president of Sports Insurance Specialists. "We understand the motorsports industry inside and out, and we recognize the need for strong benefits that can offset the risks involved with the sport. We worked hard with ASA to develop a program that not only provides greater support, but also greater peace of mind. That's exactly what SIS is all about."

“AmWINS understands Associations like ASA and their need to provide quality benefit programs for our members,” Huth explained. “They have a relationship with more than 200 leading insurance carriers and benefit manufacturers, enabling them to provide ASA members a broad access of benefit solutions.”

The ASA Advantage Benefits Plans offers options in:
Health Insurance
Term Life Insurance
Simplified Issue
Dental Plan (not available in all states)
Prescription Plan
Pet Insurance
Small Business

ASA Members can start looking today by visiting: or

As a leading third party administrator, AmWINS Group Benefits has gained an exceptional reputation through its proficiency in designing, implementing, and administering cost saving and innovative benefit solutions.

“What makes ASA Racing unique as a sanctioning body is that we are not simply focused on what we can do for our members at the track, but what we can do for them away from the track,” Huth said. “But, this is not just for the members themselves. They can find plans for their families and if they are a small business owner, find affordable plans for their employees. We feel this program continues to show our dedication to grass roots short track racing.”

Huth also stated that with the variety of insurance carriers that AmWINS works with, a member should be able to find an affordable plan that is best suited for them, their family and employees.

ASA Racing also has sanctioning opportunities for short tracks and series all across the United States. Please contact the ASA office at (386) 258-2221 for more information today.

To learn more about the ASA Member Tracks and Sanctioned Series in your area, please visit Follow ASA Racing on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ASARacing.

You can also look for the nearest ASA Member Track, get the weekend schedule, ASA Series information right on your smartphone by downloading the ASA Racing App for the iPhone and Android phones for free. Just search for ASA Racing on iTunes and the Android Market and get the app today for FREE!

The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program sanctions dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For more information call (386) 258-2221, or send an email to The latest news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA can be found by visiting

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