New Salem’s Tom Carey, III scores first win in Late Models at Thompson


New Salem’s Tom Carey, III scored his first win in the 25 lap Late Model race on Sunday afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

For Carey, III, he will tell you its been a long three years for him to get to victory lane. Seven drivers heading into the race on Sunday were 24 points out of the lead. Carey, III was second in points 15 behind point leader Nick Johnson.  

Johnson was involved in three separate incidents. Carey, III made his way into the top 5 and by lap 7 was in the second position. On a single file restart, Carey, III took the lead. Johnson made his way into the top 5 with eight laps to go in the event. Carey, III was able to go on to win the 25 lap Late Model race. 

In victory lane, he was joined by his family and crew. His daughter Taylor ran up to give a big congratulations.  

Carey, III talked about his win to 22News.

“All day long the last time we were here. We had the fastest car. We’ve just been really fast. We’ve hit on a little good package here. Its like lightning in a bottle and we’re gonna use it as long as it there,” said Carey, III.

Carey, III is not worried about the points. The points will fall where they fall.

“You’re a race car driver. You go out there and anybody that’s in front of you. You pass em. That’s your goal as a race car driver and if you can pass them all to the front and win it then your probably gonna end up with the championship,” said Carey, III.

Shawn Monahan won the 20 lap Limited Sportsman race. Wayne Burroughs, Jr won the 15 lap Mini Stock race. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will close out the 2018 season on the oval with the 2018 Sunoco World Series of Racing that will happen on Friday-Sunday October 12-14. Fans will get to see a total of 17 divisions that weekend including the 150 lap season finale of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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