Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (iRacing)
Hoenig opened Thompson Speedway on May 26, 1940 for a race featuring what are now called sprint cars. Dizzy Vance won the track’s debut event for car owner Louis D’Amore before an overflow crowd… and motor racing fans have been flocking to the northeast corner of Connecticut ever since.Following World War II, Thompson became a hotbed of stock car racing. In 1951, the newly-organized National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing (aka NASCAR) staged a Grand National race at Thompson won by Neil Cole. While NASCAR would return on a number of occasions with legends like David Pearson and Bobby Issac visiting victory lane, Thompson’s weekly racing series became the springboard for many of stock racing’s biggest stars and continues to be a major draw for New England’s racing fans.