Story By: KYLE SOUZA / THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK – THOMPSON, CT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have announced partnerships with Sunoco and Twisted Tea to present the 59th World Series of Speedway Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
The three-day auto racing festival is scheduled for Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10 and is highlighted by the return of the $20,000-to-win Thompson 300.
The Thompson World Series extravaganza will once again be known as the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. Sunoco has been the sponsor of the World Series for the last decade-plus and returns to present the three-day series. As part of the agreement, the 300-lap Outlaw Open Modified Series feature will be known as the Sunoco Thompson 300.
Additionally, the Thompson 300 has now been switched to a one-day format. All qualifying races and the main event will be on Sunday, October 10. Optional practice sessions are slated for Friday and Saturday with a session on Sunday prior to qualifying. Officials decided the one-day format would be in the best interests of teams and fans, giving them more options about how to approach the race weekend.
Meanwhile, the Twisted Tea brand of hard iced tea — via its parent Boston Beer Company and their longtime partner Hartford Distributing — will present the Saturday portion of the motorsport festival. Twisted Tea World Series Saturday includes a National Championship event for the PASS Super Late Models and an ACT Late Model Tour event. The deal is an extension of the partnership with Boston Beer Company and Hartford Distributing to present the Wednesday night events at Thompson Speedway in 2021.
“We’re glad to continue working with both Sunoco and Twisted Tea,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “They got onboard with our vision for Thompson Speedway very early in the process. All of us have been happy with the results so far, which made continuing these partnerships for the World Series an easy decision. We’re looking forward to the event and to the rest of the season at Thompson.”
The full Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing division line-up will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check the ACT, PASS, and Thompson Speedway websites for further updates.
Sunoco LP is the USA’s largest motor fuel distributor. They are headquartered in Dallas, Texas and deliver fuel to more than 7,300 branded gas stations throughout the country. Sunoco is the exclusive fuel supplier of numerous state travel plazas in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Sunoco Race Fuels is also the official fuel of numerous motorsports sanctioning bodies, including ACT, PASS, and their sanctioned tracks.
Twisted Tea is the original malt-brewed hard iced tea. It was launched in 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio on the premise that it should have the same taste and refreshment as real brewed iced tea — but with a twist. Twisted Tea is owned by the Boston Beer Company, which also owns Samuel Adams beer, Angry Orchard hard cider, Truly hard seltzer, and other nationally-known adult beverage brands. Boston Beer Company was founded in 1984 and is the fourth-largest brewery in the United States.
Thompson Speedway action returns with the Truly Hard Lemonade Midsummer 75 on Wednesday, August 11 at 6:00pm. The Outlaw Open Modified Series will go 75 laps for a $5,000 top prize. The card also includes the Late Models, Vandi Auto Supply Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, Mini Stocks, and a $1,000-to-win Street Stock Open. Admission is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12.