WATCH LIVE: August 11 at Thompson
Thompson’s Late Model class has seen plenty of intense competition over the years, with a corps of drivers from across Southern New England often squaring off. One such driver has been Tom Carey III, the latest generation of another known racing family in the region.
After winning in April on Icebreaker weekend, Carey was unable to make it two-for-two in the June event which was won by Brian Tagg, with the July rainout making him all the more eager to get back to victory lane this coming Wednesday night in the 25-lap Late Model feature.
“Mother Nature sure didn’t help us out with the last one, but it’s always good to get back to Thompson, especially after last year. It’s such an awesome racetrack with a lot of history, technically more than any other in New England to say the least. There’s nothing like it. It’s a crown jewel on the whole East Coast, if not the country. It’s great to see ACT and PASS step up to try and keep the oval rolling,” Carey told Speed51.
Splitting time between running Thompson’s half-dozen events along with the full American-Canadian Tour schedule, Carey has been busy retooling one of his Late Models to fit ‘The Big T’ better, so as to free up his primary car for ACT competition.
“We’re trying to get our backup car squared away because I’m dedicating it as my Thompson car now. We were able to practice with it before the rain came in on the last time, we had decent speed but we definitely needed to make it better to try and win the show. So, we made some adjustments and we’ll make a few more tonight to get it in the box and ready to go.”
With stalwart opponents such as Brian Tagg, Matt Lowinski-Loh, Ryan Morgan, Mark Jenison, Nick Johnson, and even Woody Pitkat, the parity among the Late Model field at Thompson is already high. That’s not even counting the cars and the track.
“It’s a tough track for Late Models with the horsepower package and everything we have, it makes it tough to pass, and it makes it tough to be dominant. It’s a lot of fun, we enjoy it, and I’ve always enjoyed it, even when my dad ran Busch North. I’ve been blessed to win there and hopefully we can win some more.”
Carey III has also gotten a big monkey off of his back in 2021, when he took down his first career win on the American-Canadian Tour back in June at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire. The New Salem, Massachusetts driver now sits second in the ACT standings, one point behind D.J. Shaw. But, with the next ACT round at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine on the Night Before the Oxford 250 at the end of August, Carey is all in for Thompson this Wednesday.
“That was big, winning in ACT is something a lot of people never get a chance to accomplish. It was awesome, we’ve had some good speed on the Tour lately while being persistent, fighting hard, and ending up with good finishes the past few races. We’re trying to keep the momentum going. Sprinkle the Thompson stuff, it’s been a pretty good year.”
Recently, ACT announced that the penultimate round of the 2021 ACT Late Model Championship will now take place at Thompson on Saturday, October 9 during the Sunoco World Series, replacing the Autodrome Chaudiere which was called off due to U.S. – Canadian border uncertainty.
It is an announcement that Carey has welcomed with open arms.
“It was great to hear that announcement. I had a feeling we were going to go there. Thompson I feel more comfortable with all the recent racing there. It’s a welcome surprise, I can’t wait for World Series this fall.”
See pay-per-view broadcast of this week’s Truly Lemonade Hard Seltzer Midsummer 75 featuring the Open Outlaw Modified Series, ACT-type Late Models, Open Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, SK Light Modifieds, and Mini Stocks live on Speed51.TV; Wednesday at 6pm ET.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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