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Thompson wins heat, lands fourth in oswego's grand prix 75 supermodified event

Dan Kapuscinski Motorsports Promotions - OSWEGO, NY (July 2, 2018)– Oswego Speedway Supermodified rookie, Tyler Thompson, continues to turn heads
at the Steel Palace, as the 16-year old Fulton, NY driver flew to his first career Supermodified top five finish on Saturday night, battling wheel to wheel with veterans of the sport to come home in the fourth position.

Thompson’s evening started in exciting fashion with a front row starting spot in his qualifyingheat race alongside Indy 500 veteran, Joe Gosek.

At the drop of the green, Thompson found the top spot and would hold it for the entire 12-lap qualifying distance besting Dave Danzer, Otto Sitterly and Gosek for his first Oswego Speedway checkered flag.

A winning effort in his heat race meant that Thompson would start on the outside pole position for the 75-lap Grand Prix, alongside Brandon Bellinger’s No. 02.

Thompson settled into the second position early on and would eventually give way to rivals Sitterly and Dave Shullick Jr., finding himself in a comfortable fourth position on the Speedway.

With Shullick and Sitterly battling Bellinger out front, Thompson held his own just inside the top five and kept the leaders within striking distance.  Before long, the idea of a potential top five finish became a true possibility, as the laps continued to tick away.

When the checkered flag fell over Shullick to end the 75-lap Grand Prix, Bellinger would stay second as Thompson gave a last-ditch effort to squeeze by Sitterly for third.  Thompson would fall a mere .001-seconds short of a podium finish, but still thrilled the fans in the stands with his first top five finish, landing in fourth.

Thompson’s effort keeps him ninth in the Novelis Supermodified Driver’s Championship with a 180-point lead in the race for Rookie of the Year as he has now finished in the top ten in three events this season.

“I have to thank all of our sponsors, including tonight’s fuel sponsor Rupert’s Party Rentals, and my team for giving me such a great race car,” said Thompson.  “It was fast and stable all night long.  We can’t wait to get back at it next weekend.”

Thompson book ended his career best Oswego run with DIRTcar Sportsman events at Brewerton Speedway on Friday and Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday.

Finishes of 11th at Brewerton and 16th at Utica-Rome, against stout fields, would finish another busy weekend for the No. 98T team.

This week, Thompson takes on Weedsport Speedway’s Sportsman Classic on Tuesday, July 3 in Central Region DIRTcar Sportsman Series action before traveling to Can-Am Speedway on Wednesday, July 4 for another Sportsman Series tilt.

The coming weekend will see return trips to Brewerton on July 6, Oswego on July 7 and Utica-Rome on July 8.

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Teenager Tyler Thompson Impresses in Indoor TQ Midget Debut at Allentown

Dan Kapuscinski Motorsports Promotions - OSWEGO, NY (January 8, 2018) – Teenage up and comer Tyler Thompson had never driven a TQ Midget before arriving at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Friday, January, 5. By the end of the weekend, Thompson earned the right to battle wheel to wheel with some of the biggest names in short track racing as a part of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship fueled by VP Racing Fuels. 

A New York State karting champion and a regular on the northeast’s DIRTcar Sportsman circuit, Thompson quickly adapted to the close quarters concrete action which is accustom to indoor TQ racing, walking away with ease in the Saturday night B-Main over Steve Kemery and Andy Jankowiak to earn a starting spot in the weekend’s $2,000 win, 40-lap finale.Starting deep in the A-Main, Thompson appeared certain for a top then finish in his TQ debut, but the Fulton, NY driver was sidelined due to overheating issues with his Team Tapout Racing No.

98T machine, settling for a 17th place finish. “I can’t thank everyone enough for their support and efforts,” said Thompson. “This was a big undertaking to bring the car down to Allentown and go up against the best with no experience in this type of racing. The crew worked very hard, we learned the entire time, and by the end of the weekend we were certainly competitive. I’m thrilled to have qualified for the A-Main and look forward to getting to Atlantic City at the end of the month to keep the momentum going.”

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