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.
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.
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.
The Silver Bullet is complete. It is so sick and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of it this weekend! Swipe left to see how incredible of a job Wendy Huffman at Visual Innovations did replicating the original scheme driven by Sterling Marlin. #NASCAR #KNEast #Throwback100 pic.twitter.com/sj9mtHb4zS
— Anthony Alfredo (@anthonyfalfredo) July 11, 2018
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.
“Racing should be hard-nosed and competitive. Beating, banging and rubbing tires is what people want to see.” -Tommy Ellis pic.twitter.com/CZUdzjmT3e
— Ryan Vargas (@The_Rhino23) July 11, 2018
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).
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.
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.
— Hunt-Sellers Racing (@Team_HSR18) July 10, 2018
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.
Since everyone else posted pictures, we figured we’d do a little better for our tribute. Only the best for the King . This scheme means a lot to everyone on our team and glad to fly the famous 13 in memory of my childhood hero TC! @NASCARHomeTrack @ThompsonSpdwy @knfilters pic.twitter.com/zN0QTGSfdY
— Spencer Davis (@SpencerDavis_29) July 9, 2018
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.
— Visconti Motorsports (@VMS_74) July 6, 2018
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.