Tyler Thompson Set For Asphalt Modified Debut

Tyler Thompson Set
Tyler Thompson. (Rick Nelson photo)

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Tyler Thompson will make his pavement modified debut with Keith Rocco Racing during Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s World Series of Speedway Racing, Oct. 11-13.

Thompson will compete in the Sunoco Modified division at the World Series, behind the wheel of the same machine that gave NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner Max McLaughlin his first modified start with Keith Rocco Racing.

Rocco is a seven-time Sunoco Modified champion at Thompson Speedway and currently leads the division’s point standings in 2019, with four wins on the season.

“This is another fantastic opportunity to continue to try new things,” said Thompson. “We have had on our eyes on modifieds in the past, and this opportunity to race for Keith (Rocco) at Thompson is one we could not pass up. It will be fun to pull double duty on one of the biggest asphalt racing weekends in the country.”

Thompson will also compete in the ISMA supermodified portion of the weekend, driving the Jason Simmons Racing No. 98 supermodified.

Just weeks ago, Thompson won his first winged supermodified main event in the Midwest Supermodified Series Fall Brawl at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indiana.

This recent partnership comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Thompson will also compete in the 34th annual Chili Bowl Nationals, driving for Seymour Racing in January.

Thompson, who recently turned 18 years old, is the youngest champion in the history of Oswego Speedway’s Budweiser Int’l Classic 200 for supermodifieds. He most recently qualified for the $53,000 to win Fonda 200 in dirt modified competition.