Many people would say Christopher “Chris” Thurston was destined to race. Chris was born, raised and still lives in the Clayton NY area, which is a popular tourist destination in Northern NY, along the beautiful St. Lawrence River and the scenic Thousand Islands. Chris is the proud father of a daughter, Aubrey who is 10 years old. His grandparents owned and operated the Can-Am Speedway in LaFargeville NY for over 20 years and Chris’s dad competed at many of the local dirt tracks for nearly 30 years. He literally grew up in a play pen, weekends at the race track.
Chris is currently employed as the Assistant Manager at a local hotel and is also going to school to get his degree in Hotel-Restaurant Management.
Chris began racing go-karts at the age of 10 and before moving on to the IMCA Modified division, had racked up numerous feature wins and track championships. Chris’s first few years in the IMCA Modified class were challenging, to say the least. While competitive, it wasn’t until his 4th season that he picked up his first feature win. After that, the wins came a little easier and in 2008 Chris grabbed the track championship at Can-Am. In 2011, it was time to make the move to the DIRT Sportsman division. In only his fourth night out in a Sportsman car, Chris was involved in a hard crash, destroying the car. While Chris missed a couple of weeks while the family came up with the financing to put another car together, he came back strong and traveled the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series. At the annual DIRTcar banquet, Chris was honored with the Rookie of the Year award. The following year Chris competed weekly and traveled to many of the GRIT Racing Series events around New York State. The GRIT Series officials awarded Chris The Excellence in Racing award at their annual banquet.
Chris continues to compete in the Sportsman division both locally and doing a little travelling when ever time permits. Chris picked up his 1st Sportsman feature win in 2016 and hopefully, like with the IMCA Modified, the wins will come a little easier and more frequent. Chris and his family are grateful for all the help they have received over the years and couldn’t continue to compete without the help and support of all of the great sponsors and friends that continue to help out.
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- HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CHRIS THURSTONRACING AND THE THURSTON FAMILY
- RJW ENTERPRISES GENERAL CONTRACTORS RETURNS AS MAJOR SPONSOR IN 2017 WORK CONTINUES, AS WE PREPARE FOR OPENING DAY
Chris Thurston Racing and the Thurston family would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and we look forward to 2017. With the new year upon us and 2016 in the past, we are gearing up for what we hope will be a successful and enjoyable 2017 racing season. It’s time to get busy and get things ready for opening day, which is less than four months away. With the help of Jesse Camidge, at Jesse’s Race Gear Service and Fabrication, we have built some things for the shop to hopefully keep us a little more organized while the chassis is tore apart and prepped for reassembly. The car is currently at Jesse’s shop where we have built new bumpers and side bars, all new body mounts, moved the fuel cell and are currently working on mounting a new body and replacing some of the damaged interior tin. Once we are finished, we will get the car home and disassemble the entire chassis, check it for cracks, clean it up and get it ready to be put back together. The rear end will be sent out to be freshened and have the center spool replaced, our good steering box will be repaired from the accident back in June that injured Chris’s hands and the transmission will get a much needed rebuild before they go back in the car. This past season was one of ups and downs. Chris picked up his first Sportsman win at Can-Am, had some solid runs during 2016, but also suffered his first ever injury in a race car that kept him out of the seat for a number of weeks. Chris has had some medical problems he has been dealing with lately, but hopefully the doctors will have him fixed up and ready to go when the season gets started in early April. We have high hopes for 2017, with the help of great friends and supporters, we have been able to put together the best equipment we have ever had, since getting into the Sportsman division and hope to carry some late season momentum into the new season. With things still up in the air as to what is going on at Can-Am, no announcements have been made regarding their plans, we will go ahead and get a tentative schedule together as soon as the track schedules begin to be put together for the local Speedways. If Can-Am opens, we will make as many shows there as possible, along with some of the many special events we can make it to within a couple hours drive of home. We would like to thank all of those that continued to be there for us in 2016, most which have been with us for many years, RJW Enterprises General Contractors, The Holiday Inn Express and Suites of the 1000 Islands, NorthCountry Custom, Patchen Painting, Jiffy Dumpster Roll Off Containers, Fastlube of Watertown/Service Pro, Number One Speed, Jesse’s Race Gear Service and Fabrication, D&S Garage, Zero 3 Motorsports, The Dream Factory of Rochester and Grandma and Grandpa Thurston. We hope everyone had a great Holiday season, stay warm this winter and we look forward to seeing you this spring.
Chris said “we can’t thank Rick and RJW enough for continuing to support our racing efforts. Thanks to Rick’s support, we can continue to make our pregame stronger each year.”
The car is now back home and we will begin to disassemble the entire chassis this week.
We need to thank Jesse Camidge at Jesse’s Race Gear Service and Fabrication for all his help. Jesse put in many hours over the past month building us new bumpers and side bars, a new tire cart and scale cart for the garage, along with mounting a new body, built by Zach Aubertine at Zero 3 Motorsports, and fabricating some new interior tin.
The car looks great and we can’t wait to get things tore apart, cleaned up and ready to go back together. The first thing on the long list of things do, will be to clean up the frame and check every weld and bracket for any cracks or signs of stress.
While we wait to get the rear end back from being rebuilt, we will run new brake lines, rebuild the master cylinders and get things inside the drivers compartment back in place. Once that is complete, we will start on the front end assembly. Plans are for a new front axle and things will be freshened with new bushings, bearings, heim joints and anything else that looks like it should be replaced. We will also be rewiring the entire car making things neater and hopefully easier to find a problem if one ever occurs. This will keep us busy for a while but there’s no time to waste, opening day is right around the corner.
Track schedules are starting to come out and it looks like it could be a busy season for those that can travel. There has still been no information released about whether Can-Am plans on opening this season, so as of now, we are not planning any weekly racing, we will start looking at many of the special events and put our efforts into some traveling this season.
We are also happy to say that many of our good friends and supporters will be back with us in 2017. We are very grateful for their support, which comes in many different forms. Getting through each season would be very difficult without their help and support. We will be updating our list of additional supporters, joining RJW, in the next couple of weeks as we get closer to getting the body lettered up. We hope everyone enjoys the rest of the winter season as we all look forward to the 2017 racing season.