Thompson Continues Rookie SLM Season at Golden Sands

This 2021 season has been a year of firsts for Grant Thompson, whether it be his first time in a particular type of car or his first time at a new track.  This Monday will be the sixth new track for Thompson this year when he heads to Golden Sands Speedway for the penultimate TUNDRA Super Late Model Series race of the season.


The 1/3rd mile in Central Wisconsin is one of the more unique tracks in the state with its bowl-shaped appearance, and has been a more popular spot on the TUNDRA schedule year after year.  While he has yet to race at Plover, car owner and four-time series champion Casey Johnson has finished in the top-five in each of the last two TUNDRA races there.


“I’ve watched a few videos on it, it looks like a very fun track.  I’ve never been there before but I know some people who have and I’ve talked to them about it,” Thompson told Speed51.’s “The Bullring.”  “It’s a real wide racetracks, it’s a smaller racetrack.  It doesn’t have a wall around it, it looks like a whole lot of fun.”


After running just about week at Five Flags Speedway and other tracks throughout the south, Thompson’s 2021 racing schedule has been scaled back in terms of quantity.  However, it has included his first foray into both Super Late Models and Late Model Stock Cars while having strong showings.


He finished second in his Super Late Model debut in the TUNDRA opener at Wisconsin International Raceway, and followed it up with an eighth at Marshfield Motor Speedway.  He sits fourth in the series standings as the highest rookie with two races to go, 44 points back and still with a shot at the series title.


“We’re in a TUNDRA Super Late Model this year and we did a bunch in the Truck and Pro Late Model last year.  This year we’re not racing as much, we’ve only had about 10 or 11 races this year but I can definitely say we’ve done really well in them.  It’s just been a different experience for me because I’m used to racing every week or every other week and this year it’s been once a month or twice a month.


“It’s different this year because besides trying to get funding and get sponsorships, this year’s different because we keep going up through the ranks and each year becomes more expensive.  We were limited on what we were able to race and I can definitely say we’ve made the best of it.”


While at just 15 years old, Thompson has now been racing against some of short track racing’s top drivers for the better part of three years now.  And while this season hasn’t seen him on track as much as he has been in recent years, he feels like it has been just as important when it comes to him moving up the ladder.


“I’ve been racing since I was six years old and now I’m 15 racing against guys like Stephen Nasse and Bubba Pollard, those big names and it means a lot to me.  You really have to try hard to make it in the racing world and I feel so blessed because I’ve had major opportunities to race with people like that.  The TUNDRA series and the last few races I’ve been in I’ve learned a lot from the guys I’ve been racing against.  It’s a really big deal, you don’t see many 15 year olds racing against Super Late Model guys.  You’ve got to earn their trust and earn their respect, I know it’s a big deal.”


“Monday’s TUNDRA Super Late Model Series race at Golden Sands Speedway will be broadcasted live on Speed51.TV.  Click here to watch it live.


-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51/Mojo Photos

Thompson Continues Rookie SLM Season at Golden Sands