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Tommy Thompson

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Prior to 2006, Tommy Thompson had written extensively for maritime and labor union publications. But for the first time, he is able to write about his true love of auto racing, thanks to the folks at Frontstretch.

Tommy’s passion for racing dates back to his earliest childhood memories of both hanging around and later working in his father’s Northern California race shop. The Thompson family, depending on the family fortunes at any given time, raced many different classes of cars, including Figure-8s, claimers, hobby stocks, late model stocks, sprints, and midgets. Much like his father, Tommy has, in between raising and educating 3 children, participated in local racing along the Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi gulf coast as a driver, builder, and car owner in various classes including sportsman, late model, dirt, and I.M.C.A. modified racing.

Though professional demands have not made it possible to always be an active participant in racing, it has afforded to Tommy the advantage of observing local racing in many different geographical locations throughout the United States. It’s a rare weekend that Tommy isn’t in attendance at some track, somewhere. Equally at home at either mega-venues such as Talladega or a dilapidated ¼ mile dirt track in the rural south, Tommy enjoys watching the competition and commenting on the drivers, crews, promoters, and fans that contribute to the enjoyment of the sport.

When You Can See Tommy’s Frontstretch Columns:
Ten Points To Ponder: Mondays (Website)
Thompson In Turn 5 : Wednesdays (Website)

Q & A With Tommy Thompson:

What Is Your Favorite Movie? : Raging Bull

What Is Your Favorite Racing Memory? : Jeremy Mayfield’s last lap “bump-and-run” pass of the legendary Dale Earnhardt at the June 2000 rain delayed Pocono race.

Who Is Your Favorite Athlete? : Walter Payton. Payton was not only a gifted and dedicated athlete on the field, but an inspiration to those in need of a role model off the field, as well.

What Do You Want To Accomplish In 2008? : Transition into retirement and start my new life as a full-time motorsports writer and traveler.

What Is Your Favorite TV Show(s)? : Jim Cramer’s “Mad Money.”

What Is Your Favorite Hobby? : Traveling the great US of A.

Tommy’s Favorite Non-Racing Sites He Recommends

The Motley Fool
America’s Union Movement, homepage for the AFL-CIO
National Park Service homepage

Past articles by Tommy Thompson

November 2009
11/18: Robby Gordon's Sponsorship Woes Signal The End Of The "Real" Owner / Driver
11/12: Jimmie Johnson's Garage Leadership Misinterpreted By The Media [19]
October 2009
10/29: Griese's Comments Uncalled For, But Situation Handled Well By All Involved [11]
10/22: Martin / Montoya: The Closest Martin Has Come To An On-Track Feud [12]
10/15: The Hall of Fame Votes Are In - And The Committee Got It (Just About) Right [20]
10/08: Talladega's New Catchfence A Needed Improvement Despite The Spin [5]
10/01: Juan Pablo Has Arrived, But Championship Hopes Are Underpowered [1]
September 2009
09/24: Time For Mayfield To Fix Self - Forget NASCAR [28]
09/17: Kyle Misses The Chase? Fair Enough [6]
09/10: Is NASCAR Ready For The Fire And Flesh That Danica Would Bring? [11]
09/03: Critics Have it Wrong In Wendell Scott Hall of Fame Debate [15]
August 2009
08/27: Chase to the Sprint Cup Championship: NASCAR's Stimulus Package [14]
08/20: Joey Logano: No One Is Better Than Joe Gibbs At Picking A Winner [3]
08/13: Rainy Days Mean Racing On Mondays… Not Rain Tires [6]
08/06: There's Just Something About Monday Races At Pocono [1]
July 2009
07/30: Conspiracy Theories: Nobody's Fault But NASCAR's [9]
07/23: So Far, Mark Martin's Season Is Not Mark Martin-like [4]
07/09: Blocking: It's Just Racing! [11]
07/02: Double-File Restarts Are A Big Hit - Now Let The Kids In For Free [5]
June 2009
06/25: Believe It: A Generic Race Engine Will Come To NASCAR [14]
06/18: NASCAR: A Tough Decision For Danica [8]
06/11: Kyle Busch: Back On Track To 200 Wins? [10]
06/04: Mayfield Hearing Delayed: And The Whole Mess Could Have Been Avoided [20]
May 2009
05/28: Time For NASCAR To Re-think The Re-starts [2]
05/21: The Jury Is Still Out On Scott Speed, A.J. Allmendinger Swap [4]
05/14: Time Is Ticking For Tony Jr. [16]
05/07: One More Season With Mark Martin Is A Good Thing [12]
April 2009
04/30: Kurt Busch: Welcome Back [2]
04/23: Ratings May Have Been Down, But PIR Left Little To Complain About [7]
04/16: Jeff Gordon: A Legend Amongst Us [13]
04/09: Old Controversies: The No. 8 and Aric Almirola Are Shelved [3]
04/02: Potential Loss Of GM And Dodge Will Force NASCAR To Make Difficult Decisions [15]
March 2009
03/12: Bruton Smith: Dissin' On South Florida, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and President Obama [8]
03/04: No Need For Jeff Gordon To Toot His Own Horn [7]
February 2009
02/26: Harvick Came Close To Catching "The Turtle" -- And Should Be Commended For It [1]
02/18: Fontana: Lacks One Thing That Darlington Has [4]
02/05: Good Racing... A Cure For The Economic Blues [4]
November 2008
11/19: NASCAR Stars Weigh In, For Better Or Worse, On Big Three Bailout Debate [38]
11/17: Ten Points To Ponder After ... Homestead-Miami [14]
11/12: Jamie McMurray: Predictions Of His Demise Were Premature [10]
11/10: Ten Points To Ponder After ... Phoenix
11/05: Blame Slumping Attendance On The Economy And Oh, Yeah ... Jimmie Johnson [8]
11/03: Ten Points To Ponder After ... Texas [6]
October 2008
10/29: Jack Roush's Ideas To Revamp Chase Aside, Let's Give Fans A Break [6]
10/27: Ten Points to Ponder ... After Atlanta [3]
10/22: Racing And Politics: Not A Good Mix [24]
10/20: Ten Points To Ponder After ... Martinsville [7]
10/15: As News From Detroit Worsens, Changes For NASCAR Are Inevitable [4]
10/13: Ten Points to Ponder ... After Charlotte [9]
10/08: Robby Gordon: Continuing To Defy Conventional Wisdom [8]
10/06: Ten Points To Ponder After ... Talladega [5]
10/01: Menard's Departure To Yates Leaves DEI In Need Of Help [15]
September 2008
09/29: Ten Points To Ponder After ... Kansas [5]
09/24: The Critics Have Been Silent ... At Least, Until Kansas [8]
09/22: Ten Points To Ponder After ... Dover [9]
09/17: Hornaday's Testosterone Use: The Story That Should Have Never Been Told [9]
09/15: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Loudon [12]
09/10: Tony Stewart: Rude, Crude, And One Of The Best [5]
09/08: Ten Points To Ponder...After Richmond [7]
09/03: Richmond: A “Must-See” Event [4]
09/01: Ten Points To Ponder...After The Pepsi 500 [7]
August 2008
08/27: Edwards And Busch... Like Mayfield And Earnhardt [8]
08/25: Ten Points to Ponder... After Bristol "2" [8]
08/20: Jeff Gordon And Others Still Figuring Out How To Approach The Chase [3]
08/18: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Michigan [12]
08/13: No "Mind Games" Intended Towards Kyle Busch – Just The Truth [5]
08/11: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Watkins Glen [1]
08/06: Bring On The Road Courses - And The "Ringers" Too! [2]
08/04: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Pocono [2]
July 2008
07/30: Kyle Petty's Time To Step Down: It's Not Personal, It's About Performance [7]
07/28: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Indianapolis [2]
07/23: NASCAR Is Positioned To Survive Without The Big Three [5]
07/21: Ten Points To Ponder ... After The Off Week [9]
07/14: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Chicagoland [8]
07/09: Getting Over Kyle Busch: You May Hate Him, But He Sure Can Drive A Race Car [14]
07/07: Ten Points To Ponder... After The Coke Zero 400 [2]
07/02: A NASCAR Fan With A True Passion: Mourning The Loss Of Bob "The Ford Guy" Whitehead [8]
June 2008
06/30: Ten Points To Ponder ... After New Hampshire [14]
06/25: Jeff Burton : Flying Under The Radar [4]
06/23: Ten Points to Ponder ... After Infineon [9]
06/18: Junior's Win Gave NASCAR What It Needed: Putting The Focus Back On Racing [6]
06/16: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Michigan [20]
06/13: Driven To The Past: 1967 - A Father's Day Special [3]
06/11: The Future Of DEI -- And Why Mark Martin Is The Answer [13]
06/09: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Pocono [11]
06/04: Jamie McMurray: Unfulfilled Expectations [4]
06/02: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Dover [16]
May 2008
05/28: Kyle vs. Junior : Junior Is Still The Better Deal [75]
05/26: Ten Points To Ponder ... After The Coca-Cola 600 [3]
05/21: The Sprint All-Star Challenge: A Dud! [3]
05/19: Ten Points To Ponder ... After The All-Star Challenge [3]
05/14: Richard Childress: Rightfully - A Hall Of Famer [3]
05/12: Ten Points To Ponder...After Darlington [22]
05/07: Darlington Fans: "Too Tough To Surrender" [3]
05/05: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Richmond [7]
April 2008
04/30: Richmond: The Best Of The Rest! [1]
04/28: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Talladega [12]
04/23: A Successful Female NASCAR Driver Would Be… Oprah-Like [2]
04/21: Ten Points to Ponder ... After Mexico [2]
04/16: Random Drug Testing: Harvick, Earnhardt, Stewart And Granny…Form A Line Over Here! [6]
04/14: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Phoenix [6]
04/09: The Verdict Is In: NASCAR Scores Big With The CoT [8]
04/07: Ten Points to Ponder ... After Texas [3]
04/02: Robby Gordon: Just Being Robby [14]
March 2008
03/31: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Martinsville [9]
03/26: Open Wheel Reunification: A Lesson For NASCAR, Too! [9]
03/24: Ten Points To Ponder … During The Easter Break [2]
03/19: Driver's Union: Probably Not A Good Idea [5]
03/17: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Bristol [5]
03/12: Five Good NASCAR Role Models [3]
03/10: Ten Points To Ponder ... After Atlanta [5]
03/05: Edwards' Penalty: The Decision Should Be Simple [12]
03/02: Ten Points To Ponder … After Las Vegas [5]
February 2008
02/28: Tim Richmond: Truimph, Tragedy and Betrayal [16]
02/26: Kyle Busch: So Much…And So Soon
02/25: Ten Points To Ponder ... After the Auto Club 500 [1]
02/21: Cotton Owens: Quite a Driver...Too [3]
02/20: Newman Flies Under the Radar En Route To Returning As Cup Contender [1]
02/18: Ten Points To Ponder … After the Daytona 500 [13]
02/12: With Help From Joe Gibbs Racing…Toyota Has Arrived
02/10: Ten Points To Ponder…After the Bud Shootout [6]
02/06: Rule Changes And Missed Opportunities [5]
January 2008
01/23: The Best Of The Frontstretch : Robby Gordon One-Ups Himself
01/22: The Best Of The Frontstretch : Bobby Ginn : The Gambler Rolled "Snake Eyes"
01/16: There Will Be Only One Junior To Blame [9]
November 2007
11/13: Johnny Benson Didn't Get The Memo [22]
11/07: Bruton Smith Intent On "Shafting" New England Race Fans [14]
October 2007
10/30: Billionaire Bruton Smith Bluffs City Council Into Submission [4]
10/23: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. And DEI: Just Going Through The Motions [46]
10/16: Martinsville : Stop The Bumping! [10]
10/09: Move Over, Jimmie…Let's Let Gordon Get One For The Thumb [6]
10/02: NASCAR Is Ripe For Scandal [12]
September 2007
09/25: The Key (or lack thereof) To Winning The Chase: "Big Picture" This! [3]
09/18: Clint Bowyer: An All-American Story...And Just What NASCAR Needs [4]
09/11: Give Credit to Sprint / Nextel In AT&T Sponsorship Resolution [13]
09/04: Toyota: Banking On Some Old Fashioned American Ingenuity ... From Joe Gibbs [13]
August 2007
08/28: Harvick Needs to Mind His P's and Q's [19]
08/21: Michigan: The Fans Should Be The Big Story [1]
08/21: Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Michigan
08/14: Denny Hamlin: Not Necessarily The Third Wheel Now At Joe Gibbs Racing [6]
08/07: Robby Gordon One-Ups Himself [10]
July 2007
07/31: Teresa Earnhardt: Still Making All The Right Moves [22]
07/26: The Problem With the Buschwackers Is…There Needs To Be More Of Them! [10]
07/25: Bobby Ginn : The Gambler Rolled "Snake Eyes" [6]
07/17: Driver Shopping? Try Clint Bowyer On For Size
07/10: Tony Stewart: No Excuse For Bad Behavior [28]
07/04: Kyle Busch Still Has Some Growing To Do [10]
June 2007
06/26: No Harm, No Foul In Hamlin / Almirola Controversy [7]
06/19: Juan Pablo Montoya: Not NASCAR's Answer To Diversity [4]
06/12: "Big" Tommy…A NASCAR Father's Day Story [1]
06/05: Junior Sets The Record Straight…Meaning Vindication For Teresa [20]
May 2007
05/29: NASCAR Sucks! Studying The Concept Of NASCAR Bashing...And Why I Won't Do It [10]
05/22: Court Decision Good For AT&T…Maybe Not For Racing [8]
05/15: No "Free Rides" For NASCAR Owners [1]
05/08: Talladega Revisited: Blame NASCAR … Not The Earnhardt Nation [10]
05/01: Gordon Is Treating Fans To History In The Making [4]
April 2007
04/24: For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Might Doesn't Make Him Right [39]
04/17: Mark Martin : Not Doing Well At Retiring [4]
04/10: NASCAR: Indy Car Racing's Savior?
04/03: A Sad State of Affairs : The Continuing Demise of Local Racetracks [5]
March 2007
03/27: Progressive Banking For Bristol…Why Not? [2]
03/20: Michael Waltrip: Sitting Pretty...In The End, That Is [10]
03/13: Robby Gordon: NASCAR's "Lone Wolf" [35]
03/06: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
February 2007
02/27: Dale Jarrett is the Golden Ticket for Owner and Manufacturer
02/20: Follow the Rules! [7]
02/13: Speedweeks : The End of Winter
02/06: Burton Once Again A Victim of Corporate Insanity [7]
January 2007
01/30: A Season Of Inconsistency and Frustration [2]
01/23: NASCAR Announces Chase Changes While Fan Opinions Fall On Deaf Ears [7]
01/16: Benny Parsons : A Champion
01/16: Best of Tommy Thompson : All Is Well Over At Richard Childress Racing
01/09: Best of Turn 5 : It's Junior, Not Senior
01/02: Best of Turn 5 : The Chase...No Changes Needed
December 2006
12/26: Best of Turn 5 : NASCAR Should Not Protect Mediocrity [1]
12/13: Best Of Turn 5 : Misguided Loyalties
12/05: NASCAR Could Learn From The Snowball Derby [4]
November 2006
11/21: A Well Deserved Championship [1]
11/17: Wondering ... Wandering : Part III [6]
11/16: Wondering ... Wandering : Part II [3]
11/14: Homestead…Championship Possibilities Abound
11/14: Wondering...Wandering : Part I [3]
11/07: The Chase : No Changes Needed [4]
October 2006
10/31: NASCAR Should Not Protect Mediocrity [6]
10/24: An Indomitable Spirit Prevails At Hendrick Motorsports [7]
10/17: Misguided Loyalties [5]
10/10: Mark Martin Finds Part-Time Work Away From Roush...And It's OK [7]
10/03: Diversity : The Road To NASCAR's Future Growth [5]
September 2006
09/26: Tony Stewart : In Unfamiliar Territory [9]
09/19: Kevin Grubb Tests NASCAR's Drug Policy [4]
09/12: Mark Martin : Time To Change The Legacy [9]
09/05: Matt Kenseth : Hiding In Plain Sight [7]
August 2006
08/29: Bristol : A Pleasant Surprise [5]
08/22: It's Junior, Not Senior [30]
08/15: All Is Well Over At Richard Childress Racing [6]
08/08: Thanks For The Chase, Mr. France [11]
08/01: Robert Yates Racing : A Sinking Ship? [6]
July 2006
07/25: Consequences For NASCAR Rich & Poor Not the Same [8]
07/18: The Juan Pablo Epidemic [18]


Turn 5 Archive
March 2009
03/26: Clint Bowyer: Still Flying Under The Radar [3]
03/19: Bristol: You Can Bet On It Being As Good As Ever [3]
February 2009
02/13: Michael Waltrip: Due Respect [9]
November 2007
11/15: Turn 5 - The Fat Lady's Humming...At Least! [1]
11/08: Turn 5: It's More A Matter of Who is Winning! [1]
11/01: Turn 5 - Cooter County Ethanol: A Fitting Solution For NASCAR! [1]
October 2007
10/25: Turn 5 - Drivin' Scared: Time For Some Tae Bo?
10/18: Turn 5: What I meant to say was...
10/11: Turn 5: Talla-Booooring! [2]
10/04: What's Next For NASCAR...Race-A-Mania?
September 2007
09/27: Turn 5: Updating the "8" [1]
09/20: NASCAR: Foreign Vehicles and Complicated Mathamatics [1]
09/13: Turn 5: The Chase and the "Junior Rule" [7]
09/06: Turn 5: Phil Departs DEI; Pride Intact!
August 2007
08/30: More Important Than The No. 8? [1]
08/23: Turn 5 - A Longshot Candidate For DEI Holds Out Hope
08/16: Turn 5: Who Will Be the "Odd Man" out at DEI
08/09: Time to Free the 8! [6]
08/02: Turn 5: An Army of Two?
July 2007
07/26: Turn 5: Call Me Intimidator [2]
07/25: Best of Turn 5 - Raggin' On Junior
07/25: Best of Turn 5 - DEI's New Driver In Training
07/23: Best of Turn 5 - Charming D.E.I.
07/22: Best of Turn 5 - Turning The Other Cheek
07/21: Best Of Turn 5 - Them NASCAR Boys And Their Magic Rule Book Changer
07/20: Best of Turn 5 - Phil Can't Find The Rule Book, Either
07/19: Best of Turn 5: Phil Chases His Dream
07/12: Raggin' on Junior
07/05: Sabotaging Kyle's Job Search [2]
June 2007
06/30: Turn 5: "DEI's New Driver In Training Program" [1]
06/21: Turn 5 - All Hell Breaks Loose In Cooter County [3]
06/14: Turn 5 - D.E.I. Negotiations Progressing Smoothly
06/07: Turn 5 - Phil lays out the man charm
May 2007
05/31: Turn 5 - Mystery owner in secret negotiations with Dale Jr and Budweiser?
05/24: Turn 5 Cartoon : What Pork Chop And Tony Eury, Jr. Have In Common
05/17: Turn 5 - Dale Jr.'s Contract Gets In The Way
05/10: Turn 5 - Phil Needs a Backup
05/03: Turn 5 - An Odd Way To Celebrate A Win [1]
April 2007
04/26: Turn 5
04/19: Turn 5 - Phil plans the Filler Garage Mahal
04/13: Turn 5 - Act Like You've Been There
04/05: Turn 5 : It's Got Four Wheels! What More Do You Want?
March 2007
03/29: Turn 5: Is Toyota THAT Desperate?
03/22: Turn 5 - Does Texican count as Diversity Mr France?
03/15: Turn 5 - I'm Phil Filler and I Want to be Your Driver!
03/08: Turn 5 - Mandatory UNretirement?
03/01: Turn 5 - Dale Jr Done? Say it Ain't So Sugar!
February 2007
02/22: Turn 5 - Them NASCAR Boys and Their Magic Rule Changer [1]
02/15: Turn 5 - Phil Can't Find the Rule Book Either [3]
02/11: Turn 5 - Phil Chases His Dream [3]
02/07: Turn 5 Cartoon Debut [1]