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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is a 5/8 mile paved oval and a 1.7 mile road course located northeast of 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: 2015-03-16

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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 permanent road circuit used 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

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

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

oval@thompsonspeedway.com
roadcourse@thompsonspeedway.com

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

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The 1951 road course used the 1/2 mile oval (still present and operating) and a 1/4 mile paved oval which no longer exists. The 1/4 mile shared the front straight of the 1/2 mile oval and otherwise was in the infield. The 1951 road course did not use the front straight; it traveled counter clockwise on the outer oval, turned acutely onto the inner oval avoiding the front straight, and then acutely back onto the outer oval.

The "Old Thompson Raceway" used a course which resembles the modern course and in some cases uses the same pavement. There were two versions. The pit straight is similar to the modern course; cars would continue west to the two "golf course turns" which today are part of the access road. After the golf course turns, the track continued straight, crossing the modern track and continuing straight through what is now the garage area. It then joined the oval slightly south of the current join, and left the oval at approximately the same place as the modern track. The first version then turned right crossing through the modern B Paddock to join the pit straight. The second version continued, using trackage that is the same as the modern course to join the pit straight.

The "New Thompson Raceway", used from the mid 60s through the 70s, did not use the ovals at all, and used a segment that extended onto the Weaver property to the south. This map shows that raceway:

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