Daytona 500 last NASCAR race for Mark Thompson

By Dominic Aragon

February 20, 2018

Another competitor in NASCAR’s season opener is calling it quits.

Mark Thompson’s start in the 2018 Daytona 500 will be his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, The Racing Experts have learned.

Thompson competed in the No. 66 Ford for MBM Motorsports, finishing 22nd, four laps down. His previous best in a Cup Series race was 39th-place finish on two occasions.

“I’m 66 years old, I was in car 66 at the Daytona 500, how can you beat that,” Thompson said.

Thompson is retiring from all forms of racing, but will continue to work with his company, Phoenix Air.

The Georgia native competed in a total of three races in NASCAR’s top series.

Thompson made his MENCS debut in 1992 at Pocono Raceway, running a total of eight laps en route to a 39th-place finish for team owner Henley Gray.

Thompson returned to the Cup Series last season at Talladega Superspeedway, competing for Premium Motorsports in the October race. He crashed out of the race after 25 laps, finishing 39th.

Included on his racing resume, Thompson won twice on the ARCA Racing Series circuit in 1997, posting a third place in driver’s standings that season.


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