On Monday night, “Showtime” Jimmy Blewett announced on his Facebook page that he would be racing for a championship in the Sunoco Modified division at Connecticut’s historic Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Blewett said the partnership came about as a result of a conversation that he had with car owner John Jensen at Thompson in October, a few weeks after the untimely passing of Modified legend Ted Christopher who was driving for Jensen in 2017.
“When I went to the last race at Thompson last year we talked about what’s going on and I talked to him about Teddy and the loss of Teddy and stuff like that,” explained Blewett. “He said to me when we were done talking ‘I’ll be in touch with you. I’ll talk to you soon.’ I wasn’t sure what that meant but he ended up calling me over the winter and asked what my plans were for this year. John reached out to me to take over where Ted left off. That’s something special for me, personally.”
Blewett said the plan is to start his season off in February with Jensen in Florida at New Smyrna Speedway for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing to get ready for the Thompson schedule.
“He asked me if I was capable of going to Florida with them. I said yes. We talked about racing Thompson and I told him I could do Thompson weekly because the schedule is short. It really doesn’t conflict with any of my other schedules. We said we’d go to Florida and use Florida as a test session to get everybody acclimated for the season.”
The Howell, New Jersey native will be piloting the traditional No. 79 for Jensen with Billy “Bear” Collichio calling the shots as the team’s crew chief at all seven Sunoco Modified events at the 5/8-mile oval.
Blewett has run on a “weekly” basis at Thompson before, most recently in 2009 according to 51’s TheThirdTurn.com, scoring at least 10 wins.
The three-time Wall Stadium Speedway (NJ) track champion said that a potential track championship at Thompson Speedway would be very special for him.
“I’ve always loved Thompson. I love Stafford. I love going to Connecticut and racing. I feel the best of the best are in that area. We have some good drivers in New Jersey but on a weekly basis I feel the stiffest competition you have to travel to get to. With Keith Rocco there, Rowan Pennink, Ryan Preece, the list goes on, you probably have 10 guys that can win on any given night. For me to go there and go up against those guys and be lucky enough to beat them would definitely be special.”
The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway will begin on February 9th. The Tour-type Modifieds will hit the track for their first of five races on February 12th. Speed51.com will have live Trackside Now coverage of the entire World Series.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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