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Rette Jones Racing; Tyler Dippel eyes another strong finish at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, Conn. – On the heels of a solid seventh place finish this past weekend at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) driver Tyler Dippel heads to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park looking for another strong run in Saturday night’s Busch North Throwback 100. 

Over the past six weeks or so, Rette Jones Racing co-owner Mark Rette and his Mooresville, N.C.-based team have worked hard on their No. 30 Rette Jones Racing Ford Fusions looking to put sophomore driver Dippel back in the headlines entering the second half of the K&N East season. 

The hard work showed signs of life at Memphis (Tenn.) International Speedway and the team’s performance last weekend at the half-mile in Marne, Mich. was easily another indicator that their hard work is paying off and bursting back onto the radar screen as a viable race contender. 

From an open-test session at Berlin Raceway last Friday, where the Rette Jones Racing turned some of the fastest laps of the day, the speed carried over on race day. The NASCAR Next alumnus qualified second, led 15 laps, but the Wallkill, New York native slipped out of the groove late and slid through the running order. 

With little time to recover, Dippel had to settle for his second top-10 finish of the year and his best performance since a fifth place at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway in April. 

“I’m really happy with our finish at Berlin, despite our finish,” said Dippel who will be backed by D and A Concrete Contractor at Thompson. “The team worked really hard and it showed. We had speed from the moment we unloaded and it maintained throughout the race. 

“Berlin was really hard on tires. You had to use the same tires for the entire race and that proved to be a challenge for everyone, including us. Unfortunately, we just found ourselves on the wrong end of the stick late in the race and had little time to recover. I think it’s fair to say we’re back on track.”

For the fifth consecutive race, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will visit a new race track in 2017. 

Saturday’s Busch North Throwback 100 will be held at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The track was built out of the aftermath of a devastating hurricane in the late 1930s. It opened in 1940 and is the oldest asphalt race track in the United States. 

Dubbed “The Indianapolis of the East” at the time of its incarnation, the .625-mile banked speedway has played host to early Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races. 

“It’s been a while since the NASCAR K&N East cars have competed at Thompson, but I’m looking forward to the challenge this weekend,” added Dippel. “For us, we have a good baseline setup where we feel comfortable with and hope to take that setup and fine tune. 

“Mark (Rette) is determined to get us to Victory Lane. He’s not afraid to try things and if I don’t feel comfortable with, he’ll try something else that not only makes me more comfortable behind the wheel but quicker on the race track too. 

“The good thing this weekend at Thompson is everyone is pretty much on the same playing field and we’ll work hard to be the best at the end when it counts.”

Rette says Dippel is on the verge of returning to Victory Lane. 

“Tyler did an amazing job in Berlin last weekend,” Rette said. “We had a really good car, just some bad luck at the end of the race that hurt our finish. Our team, however, is resilient and we’re going to be fine. Tyler is amped to go to Thompson and so are we.” 

While the track is hosting a throwback style theme for competitors this weekend at Thompson, Rette and Dippel decided to stay front and center with their tradition colors since their primary partner D and A Concrete Contractor is based nearby. 

“The throwback theme is neat, but D&A Concrete has done so much for my racing career that we decided it was in the best interest of them to keep our car looking the same,” offered Dippel. 

“They plan to bring a good crowd to the race on Saturday night to support us. I hope it pays off with a win.” 

Through seven races this season, Dippel sits ninth in the championship standings, 79 points behind leader Harrison Burton. 

In 21 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, Dippel, 17, has earned one victory (Mobile Speedway, 2016), achieved two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The teenager has also 139 laps led in event competition. 

The Busch North Throwback 100 (100 laps / 62.5 miles) is the eighth of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Sat., July 8 from 2:45 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice has been etched in from 4:15 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 6:00 p.m. The race will take the green flag just after 8:15 p.m. The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network with an air date on Thurs., July 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

Meet Tyler: Dippel will meet and greet race fans during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East autograph session on Sat., July 8 at 7:15 p.m. on the frontstretch at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. 

Contest Galore: Dippel’s team Rette Jones Racing will launch social media contests over the summer to give away NASCAR K&N Pro Series East garage passes to join Dippel and the team on the sidelines. 

“Like” the Tyler Dippel Racing and Rette Jones Racing’s page on Facebook to find out more and spread the message for multiple chances to win in 2017.

Stay Social With Tyler: For more information on Tyler Dippel, please check out TylerDippel.com, his Facebook page (Tyler Dippel Racing) or on Instagram @tylerdippel.

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About Rette Jones Racing:

Headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, Rette Jones Racing (RJR) was founded in 2015 with the intent of building a successful racing operation built around the fundamentals of hard work and a never give up attitude. Owned by racers Terry Jones and Mark, RJR will field one full-time entry in 2017 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Tyler Dippel, while also fielding a partial entry in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

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