This WMMS print ad by David Helton is from 1978 when Thompson Drag Raceway turned twenty years old.
The careers of a number of drag racing legends were launched from Thompson, including T.V. Tommy Ivo and Big Daddy Don Garlits.
The Thompson Drag Raceway spots were part of the weekend WMMS summer soundtrack. You couldn’t miss hearing them.
The relationship between WMMS and Thompson occurred during a rough time for the track. The seventies gas crisis led to a decline of performance cars and the track struggled to stay in business.
But survive it did and this year Thompson Drag Raceway is celebrating it’s fiftieth.