Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Location 205 East Thompson Road
Thompson, Connecticut 06277
Time zone UTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Owner Donald and D.R. Hoenig
Operator Donald and D.R. Hoenig
Broke ground September 21, 1938
Opened May 26, 1940
Former names Thompson International Speedway (1940 - 1977)
Major events NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
International Supermodified Association
Northeastern Midget Association
Surface Asphalt
Length 5/8 mi (1 km)
Turns 4
Road Course
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.7 mi (2.7 km)
Turns 11

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), formerly Thompson International Speedway, is a motorsports park in Thompson, Connecticut, featuring a 58-mile (1.0 km) paved oval racetrack and a 1.7-mile (2.7 km) road racing course. Once known as the "Indianapolis of the East", it was the first asphalt-paved racing oval track in the United States and is now under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner. Each year Thompson hosts one of the great fall variety events "The World Series of Auto Racing" highlighted by the International Supermodified Association and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. This event frequently draws over 350 race cars in 16 separate divisions over three days.


An East Series car at Thompson in 2009

Following cleanup from the hurricane of 1938, John Hoenig built a combined 58-mile (1.0 km) paved oval and 1.7-mile (2.7 km) road racing course on his farmland in the northeast corner of Connecticut.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Thompson's Sunday night program was a who's who of modified greats such as Carl "Bugs" Stevens, Fred DeSarro, Fred Schulz, Ron Bouchard, Ed Flemke, Leo Cleary, Smoky Boutwell, and Geoff Bodine. During this period the track hosted memorable special events which drew legendary Southern drivers like Ray Hendrick in the famous "Fireball" #11 to battle the locals. Other surprise stars included Long Island's Fred Harbach and Rene Charland from Massachusetts.

In the late 1970s, the track drew 55 winged Super Modifieds to their World Series race. By owner's choice, all 55 started. During the energy crisis during the 1970s Thompson hosted a unique division called the "Open Competitive" division which merged the Super Modifieds with the Modifieds. Later, Thompson tried a lower cost stock-cylinder-head modified division which chased away some of the tracks regulars. Until the 1980s the track had a unique barrier outside turns 1-2 and 3-4 made of dirt fill.

The track has endured some tragic moments which have claimed the lives of David Peterson (1977), Tony Willman, DeSarro, Harry Kourafus Jr., Dick Dixon, Corky Cookman, Tom Baldwin, Sr., John Blewett III, and most recently Shane Hammond (April 6, 2008). DeSarro's death prompted a memorial fund-raiser which drew the largest crowd to date and the Northeast's best drivers in an open competition Modified race with no purse. Both Evans and Bodine mounted their cars with wings. Baldwin and Blewett died while competing in the same race on the tour, three years apart.


Hoenig's son Donald and grandson D.R. continue to operate the family-owned facility. As of June 1, 2013 the Hoenig family began work to reconstruct the 1.7 mile road course with and accompanying paddock and staging areas, and the website reflected the renaming of the facility to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The newly-rebuilt road course celebrated its "soft opening" with the New England Region of SCCA on the weekend of June 6–8, 2014.[1] Thompson is creating a private club model for individual use of the road course, the website ( notes that "The Club" will be limited to 200 members.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park continues to run NASCAR-sanctioned races on the oval track, in conjunction with the road course.

In August 2015, the track hosted its first event for the 24 Hours of LeMons series.[2] It will host again in 2018.[3]

In June 2017, the park hosted two rounds of the 2017 Global RallyCross Championship using a combination of the road course and a dirt track. [4]

Use in simulations / games[edit]

The current layout appears in the online racing simulation iRacing where it is laser scanned for millimeter accuracy.

Notable race results[edit]

Atlantic Championship Series[edit]

Year Race winner Team Car Engine
2014 Canada Daniel Burkett K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016.a Mazda-Cosworth MZR
United States Ethan Ringel One Formula Racing Swift 016.a Mazda-Cosworth MZR

F2000 Championship Series[edit]

Year Race winner Team Car Engine
2014 United States Skylar Robinson Eric Langbein Racing Citation Ford Zetec
United States Skylar Robinson Eric Langbein Racing Citation Ford Zetec

F1600 Championship Series[edit]

Year Race winner Team Car Engine
2014 United States Evan Mehan Chastain Motorsports Mygale SJ13 Honda Fit
United States Sam Chastain Chastain Motorsports Mygale SJ13 Honda Fit


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Coordinates: 41°58′54″N 71°49′30″W / 41.9817°N 71.8250°W / 41.9817; -71.8250