With racing now complete for 2009 its
time to look foreword to 2010. As of
this Friday, January 8 it will be four
weeks before the drop of the green for
opening night of the annual
World Series of Speed at the
New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna
Beach, Florida and the official
beginning of the NASCAR season at the
Daytona International Speedway.
Thompson International Speedway
has released its 2010 race schedule. In
what has to be considered a bold move,
Speedway owner Don Hoenig will bring
back the tour type Modifieds and
incorporate them into the Thursday Night
Thunder programs on June 3rd, July 1st,
August 5th and September 2nd. The Tour
type Modifieds will run 35 lap sprints
which were popular during what was
considered the Golden Era of Modified
Racing in New England, 1965 through
1985. It is hoped that
Whelen Modified Tour teams
support this endeavor.
The 2010 racing schedule opens the New
England racing season with the
traditional Icebreaker on the weekend of
April 10th and 11th. The season will
close with the
traditional World Series of
Speedway Racing slated for the 15th
through the 17th of October. As
previously announced, the NACAR Whelen
Modified Tour Series will be part of the
IceBreaker, The World Series plus will
make a Thursday night appearance on
August 12. The popular Thursday Night
Thompson Thunder series will get
underway on May 20th and will run
through September 16th.
Two stops for the Modified Racing Series
(formerly the True Value Series), June
17th and August 26th, will make for some
exciting changes from previous years.
The PASS Super Late Models will make a
return appearance on July 22nd as well.
Four new and exciting events have been
added to traditional fan favorites thus
creating one of the most talked about
racing schedules in all of New England.
Competitors are reminded that it’s time
to renew their car numbers for next
year. As in previous years, any racer
who secured track points with a
registered car number in 2009 has until
January 15, 2010 to renew that number.
If the car number is not renewed by the
deadline, it will then be assigned to
the first person requesting that number.
Thompson Speedway does not charge
competitors to register a
race car. However, if a car
number is assigned but not used by the
end of June 2010, that number will then
become available to another competitor.
Race teams are reminded that Thompson
will accept requests for one and two
digit numbers only. Letters or symbols
of any kind will not be accepted as part
of the car’s official number.
TV land this weeks viewing on the
Speed Channel begins on Tuesday
at noon with the
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
North Carolina Education Lottery 200
that was run at the Lowes Motor Speedway
in Charlotte, NC on May 15. On Wednesday
viewing begins at 3:00am with the Sept
26 NASCAR Camping World Touring Series
West Toyota/Copart 150 that was run at
the All American Speedway in Roseville,
CA. Following at 4:00am is the August 19
NASCAR Whelen Modified Series UNOH
Perfect Storm 150 that was run at the
Bristol Motor Speedway. At noon
Speed presents the May 16th NASCAR
Sprint Cup Sprint All-Star Race
that was run at the Lowes Motor Speedway
in Charlotte, NC. Thursday’s action
starts at 2:30am with the Sept 19th
NASCAR Whelen Modified Series New
Hampshire 100 that was run at the
New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At
noon its back to Charlotte for the May
Coca-Cola 600 that was run at the
Lowes Motor Speedway. The only
race viewing on Friday will be the May
NASCAR Sprint Cup Autism Speaks 400
that was run at Dover, DE. The only
action on Saturday will be two Lucas Oil
Dirt Late Model events, which will air
between 2:00 and 4:00pm on the Speed
The Speed Report will wrap up the
week at 7:00pm on Sunday night.
A new racing series program on the
History Channel has its debut on Sunday
night, Jan 10th at 10:00pm. Titled
“Madhouse”, the program follows the
racing and rivalries at the
Bowman Gray Stadium in
On the Speedway Stock Market Scene last
week two of the three speedway stocks
ended the week on a positive note.
Speedway Motorsports went up 0.13 to
17.62 and Dover Motorsports went up 0.09
The International Speedway Corporation
dropped 0.51 to 28.45. NASCAR Cup
sponsor Sprint dropped 0.07 to 3.66. For
the year Sprint did quite well as they
started the year at 1.80. NASCAR fuel
supplier Sun Oil went up 0.27 to 26.10.
For the year they dropped 17.65. Tire
supplier Goodyeardropped 0.48 to 14.10.
Goodyear had a super year as they gained
8.23, almost triple of their Jan 1 start
of 5.87. All three car makers were down
for the week. Ford dropped 0.13 to 10.00
General Motors dropped 0.02 to
0.47 and Toyota dropped 0.75 to 84 16.
Ford started the year at 2.23 and in 52
weeks, gained 7.77. GM started the year
at 3.64 and finished up at 0.47. Toyota
had a huge gain of 18.72 for the year.
Last week they dropped 0.75 to 84.16.
Race team sponsors had an off week at
years end. Dupont went up 0.25 to 33.67
while Coca-Cola dropped 0.93 to 54.02.
Target Department Stored dropped 0.28 to
48.37 and Aarons Rentals dropped 1.08 to
27.73. In the home improvement sector,
Home Depot dropped 0.24 to 28.93 and
Lowes dropped 0.26 to 23.39.
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