A Good Showing in Woodburn
We had a good weekend at Woodburn Dragstrip which was probably our best showing ever. Had the car running good even in the heat. The conditions were drastically different on Sunday and we made the right calls until the final where we spun the tires hard at 60'. Thanks to my crew Danette Thompson Chuck Rarrick Ronn Boehlke William Fox Penny Atkinson and Jay Jason Quealy for a great job. Also thanks to the NHRA div 6 team and the staff at Woodburn Dragstrip for getting the race finished after electrical and weather obstacles. Now off for a little exploration in Alaska. See y'all at Seattle for the next Rodeo.
Clint Thompson Wins NHRA Lucas Oil Regional Event in Denver
(Morrison CO) Clint Thompson of Klamath Falls, Oregon ran a string of 5.78 ET's to win the CARSTAR Auto Body Thunder on the Mountain Top Alcohol Funny Car title at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.
Thompson qualified in the number 2 position with a 5.77 at 248 MPH. This set up a first round meeting with no. 7 qualifier Lance Van Hauen. At the hit, Van Hauen got out of the box first but Thompson flew by him taking the win with a 5.78 at 247 MPH to Van Hauen's 6.03.
In the semi-finals, Thompson took on Steve Griboski. Both drivers were a little late getting off the starting line but it was Griboski with the slight advantage. It would be a close race to the finish as Thompson took the stripe with another impressive 5.78 at 249 to Griboski’s respectable 5.97 at 241 MPH.
The final round would prove to be a classic as Thompson faced Annie Whiteley. As the lights came down, Thompson was off the starting line first with an 0.070 to Whiteley’s 0.087. From there it was a beautiful side by side race to the finish with Thompson crossing the stripe first with just a five foot lead. Thompson recorded yet another 5.78 at 248 MPH to Whiteley’s identical 5.78 at 248 MPH. This was a race clearly won at the starting line and Team Thompson’s first big win of the season.
Thompson Has Quickest Pass at Opener
Team Thompson participated in the Season Opener event in Woodburn, Oregon. The good news was that the weather man had Saturday's forecast completely wrong and the sun did shine after some morning clouds. Clint took full advantage of it and had the best pass on Saturday as he ran a blistering 5.70 on Woodburn's all concrete track.
On Sunday, the weatherman had it right and it rained most of the day. The bad weather gave the team an early start on a long tow to Topeka where they are racing at this weekend's NHRA Kansas Nationals
Clint Thompson Makes it to Final Four at Vegas SummitRacing.com Nationals
(Las Vegas) Clint Thompson and the Team Thompson Top Alcohol Funny Car team had a good outing in Las Vegas although they came up a little bit short of winning the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.
Clint qualified eighth with a 5.63 at 258 MPH and was scheduled to fight it out with long time California racer Mark Woznichak in round one. At the hit, Clint was out of the box first and needed every advantage he could muster as "Woz" was right with him. At the stripe it was Clint by just a heartbeat as he recored a 5.64 at 256 MPH to Woznichak’s close 5.69 at 258 MPH.
In the second round, it was a match up between Clint and John Lombardo, son of nitro funny car legend “Little John“ Lombardo. As the lights came down Lombardo got a slight advantage out of the hole, but Clint was able to quickly get by him and was able to maintain the lead all the way to the finish line to record a 5.66 at 256 MPH win over Lombardo’s 5.79 at 257 MPH.
In the semis, Clint faced Nick Januik. Januik got the starting line advantage and Clint was never able to close the gap. Clint was off by a little more then a tenth at the other end as something let go in Clint’s car which put him off pace. Januik got the win light with a 5.62 at 257 MPH over Clint's 5.73 at 241 MPH.
It was a bitter sweet end to a four race road trip as Team Thompson went to the final four but had high hopes to hit the jack pot in Vegas. The team now heads back to their home base in Klamath Falls, Oregon since racing in the Southwest from the begining of February through this past weekend.
Team Thompson Qualifies on Vegas Pole
(Las Vegas) Clint Thompson qualified on the pole at the Las Vegas Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional. This was especially gratifying considering there were sixteen top alcohol funny car qualifying for an eight car field. A lot of notable teams didn’t even make the cut. Clint stopped the clock with a dazzling 5.61 at 256 MPH blast.
In round one, Clint raced Steve Gasparrelli whom everyone knows is a contender that can’t be taken lightly. Gasparrelli qualified eighth with a 5.69. At the hit, Clint was out of the gate first with a substantial starting line advantage and gained momentum all the was to the finish line. Gasparrelli made it interesting but it was all Clint Thompson at both ends of the track. Clint rang up another 5.61 at 257 MPH to down Gasparrelli’s 5.67 at 256 MPH.
In the semi finals, Clint took on another familiar opponent, Doug Gordon. As the lights came down it was once again Clint out of the box first but then he began to blaze the tires as he lost traction. Gordon was able to grab the lead and take the stripe but destroyed the engine in the process.
The good news is that Team Thompson will have another good shot at a win next week when the team return for the Summit Racing NHRA Nationals.
Clint Thompson Takes on Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
(Chandler AZ) Clint Thompson had an up and down weekend in Phoenix at the newly christened Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Clint was on the pole after the first two rounds of qualifying Friday at the Lucas Oil Regional with a 5.63 at 253 MPH. But after the dust settled and the rain began to fall on Saturday night, Clint had moved down to the 4th spot on the ladder keeping lane choice for Sundays eliminations.
With the overnight rainfall, eliminations would be anything put predictable and ripe with upsets. In round one, Clint took on Colorado’s Terry Ruckman who qualified fifth with a 5.65 at 257 MPH so it looked to be a competitive race. But at the hit Clint smoked the tires and Ruckman sailed on to round two with a 5.66.
Next stop for Thompson Racing will be back to back races at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a Lucas Oil regional race March 21- 23 followed by the Nationals March 27-30.
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