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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is a 5/8 mile paved oval near Thompson, Connecticut. The long dormant road course has been brought back into service for the 2014 season. There is also a 1/10th mile high banked oval for 1/4 Midgets called "Little T Speedway".

Last Updated: 2014-03-02

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Elevation: 430 feet Latitude: 41.981091 Longitude: -71.82636 GPS: N 41 58.8654, W 71 49.581 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)

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Historical Note

Thompson was the site of the first use of a permanent road circuit by the SCCA. A road course which used the larger and smaller ovals was used in 1951. The "Old Thompson Raceway" road course was introduced in 1952. I am still trying to sort out dates of operation for the various road course configurations; the dates in the following paragraph are from America's Speedways, and do not exactly match the dates given in Ghost Tracks.

The 5/8 mile paved oval opened on May 26th, 1940, operating through October 19th, 1941. It reopened after WWII on October 14th, 1945. There may have been a 1/2 mile dirt oval on the site in 1939. A 1/4 mile paved oval operated from 1949 to about 1965. A 1.56 mile paved road course operated from 1952 through October 8th, 1956. A 2 mile paved road course operated from May 26th, 1957 through 1967. A 1.7 mile paved road course operated from 1967 to around 1978. A 1/4 mile paved dragstrip operated in 1958 and 1959. 1.5 and 1.7 mile paved road course configurations entered service in 2014.

Thompson is still owned by the Hoenig family, descendants of the track's builder, John Hoenig.

The track has also been operated as New Thompson Speedways, Thompson Raceway and Thompson International Speedway.

References

Alan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 185. Order from National Speedway Directory

Pete Hylton, Ghost Tracks: A Historic Look At America's Lost Road Racing Tracks. Benton, Kentucky: Legacy Ink, 2007 , ISBN 978-0-9796976-1-6 , pp. 37-41. Order from publisher

Track Office

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
2 East Thompson Road
Thompson, CT 06277

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
P.O. Box 278
Thompson, CT 06277

860-923-2280
860-923-2398 (fax)

Track Maps and Imagery

This Google Maps Link shows the 1951 "road course" which used the larger and smaller ovals.

This Google Maps Link shows the "Old Thompson Raceway", the second and third courses used beginning in 1952.

This map shows the 2.0 mile "New Thompson Raceway", used from the mid 60s through the 70s.

This Google Maps Link shows my best guess as to the location of the "New Thompson Raceway" course. I am not fully convinced of the accuracy of the maps available to me.

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The track is on East Thompson Road a short distance southwest of the marked location on the map.

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