Thompson Speedway 1103

Thompson Speedway

John Hoenig decided on a new venture when the great hurricane of 1938 caused the devastation of his farm in Connecticut.

Official Name
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Country
United States
Location
Thompson, Connecticut
Co-ordinates
41.981849, -71.825497
Latest Race
First Race

John Hoenig decided on a new venture when the great hurricane of 1938 caused the devastation of his farm in Connecticut. Rather than reconstruct as before, he built a high-banked oval that was the first such track to be paved in asphalt when it opened on 26 May 1940. Three top division NASCAR races have been held at Thompson Speedway with a different lap distance listed on each occasion: 0.5-miles in 1951, 0.625 in 1969 and its actual distance 0.542 miles in 1970. The SCCA organised road races on the roads south of the speedway from 1957 and today’s permanent road course opened in the late-1960s.

Circuit

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Type

Paved oval

Length

0.542 (Miles)

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Circuit remeasured

Type

Paved oval

Length

0.625 (Miles)

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Circuit remeasured

Type

Paved oval

Length

0.5 (Miles)

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Oval originally listed as 0.5 miles

Road Course

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.7 (Miles)

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New road course built incorporating the straights of the oval

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2 (Miles)

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Original road course

Latest Races

3,223

Championships

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18,271

Results

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16,678

Drivers

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9,983

Teams

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875

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