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The popular throwback event for the K&N Pro East returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Saturday. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

Thompson Paint Schemes Run Gamut For Throwback Race

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is set to host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the second annual King Cadillac GMC Throwback 100 on Saturday.

In order of driver points standings, here are the throwback paint schemes that have been released to date.

Championship Standings

Anthony Alfredo: Sterling Marlin

With a unique story behind this scheme, Anthony Alfredo will honor Sterling Marlin in the Silver Bullet No. 40. His team – MDM Motorsports, operates out of the same shop that was once used to field Sterling Marlins NASCAR Cup Series cars, including the silver bullet.

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The NASCAR Next driver is racing in his home state of Connecticut this weekend while making his debut at Thompson. Alfredo currently sits fourth in the series standings. He earned his first career victory earlier this season at South Boston.


Ryan Vargas: Tommy Ellis

The next three drivers belong to Rev Racing and the Drive for Diversity program. Vargas, who is fifth in series points, will be looking for his first career top-five at Thompson. The 17-year-old is honoring “Terrible” Tommy Ellis. The nickname was earned due to his hard-nosed and old-school style of racing. Vargas will be looking to adapt some of that as he looks for a good finish this weekend.

 

 

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Ruben Garcia Jr. will look to return the Pardo paint scheme to victory lane.

Ruben Garcia Jr.: Ruben Pardo

Ruben Garcia Jr found K&N Pro Series Victory Lane for the first time in his career earlier this season at Memphis. He will honor the first Mexican driver to win in NASCAR, Ruben Pardo, who won on the road course at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park in 2006.

With his win earlier this year, Garcia became the fourth Mexican-born driver to win in NASCAR. He followed in the footsteps of Pardo (2006), Rogelio Lopez (2007) and Daniel Suarez (2014).

 

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Chase Cabre is honoring Geoff Bodine at Thompson. (Graphic courtesy of Rev Racing)

Chase Cabre: Geoff Bodine

Chase Cabre, who currently sits eighth in the standings, will pay tribute to the 1986 Daytona 500 champion, Geoff Bodine. This is another one of the throwback schemes with a special story behind it.

Legendary racing fabricator, Robert Gee, was the original designer of this paint scheme that is commonly known as Emma. Roberts son, Jimmy, has worked as a fabricator at Rev Racing for the last seven years and was given the opportunity to put together a car with his family name on it.

Cabre also designed all three throwback schemes for Rev Racing.

 

Related: Rev Racing Unveils Paint Schemes for the Throwback 100

 

Colin Garrett: Russ Wheeler

With a tribute to the 1990 racing movie, Days of Thunder, Colin Garrett will race with the colors of character, Russ Wheeler.

The K&N Pro Series rookie has run five races in 2018 with a best finish of third at South Boston.

Spencer Davis: Ted Christopher

With what might be the fan favourite come Saturday night, Spencer Davis will honor the late Ted Christopher.

Davis, who occasionally races with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour where Christopher became a NASCAR legend, says he grew up idolizing him. The black and silver colors will return to Thompson with hopes make the trip to Victory Lane once again.

Brandon McReynolds: Cookie Visconti

If you have to pick a driver that may play spoiler on Saturday night, Brandon McReynolds is your guy.

McReynolds has run three races in 2018, with a best finish of third at Bristol Motor Speedway. A crash in the first of two races at South Boston kept him out of the second event, so look for McReynolds to be on the hunt of redemption this weekend.

McReynolds will be driving for car owner, John Visconti, who’s father, Cookie, ran this scheme in the 1980’s.

Throwback 100 Notes 

  • NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Chase Dowling will make his second career K&N Pro Series East start on Saturday, driving for Ted Marsh. Dowling is currently second in the Whelen Modified Tour point standings, and was the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year. In his only prior K&N Pro East start, driving for Marsh in 2016, Dowling finished inside the top 10 at Dover. The 20-year-old has 14 career modified starts at Thompson, and has a best finish of second.
  • Thompson will begin a four-week stretch of racing for the K&N Pro Series East, with four different challenges. Following the Connecticut short-track will be the high-speed New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the combination race with the K&N Pro West at Iowa Speedway, and the road course of Watkins Glenn International are on tap.
  • Saturday night will feature a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-Americn Series racing at Thompson. Seven divisions are set to compete headlined by the track’s Divsion I Sunoco Modifieds. Keith Rocco, who has won all three races this esason, holds a 22-point lead over Troy Talman and 30 over Stephen Masse. Also on the card will be: late models, limited sportsman, mini stock, open vintage modified, lite modifieds and, of course, the K&N Pro Series.