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Dean Thompson

The number 8 was a beautiful car!


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Deano with Eddie Wirth


Deano winning $125


Deano with Bruce Bromme Jr by Owen Richards


Deano with Tony Simon


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Deano with Tony Simon and Lealand McSpadden


Dean with Jimmy Sills


Bruce Jr with Bubby Jones and Dean Thompson


Deano with Bubby Jones and Lealand McSpaddon

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Dean portrait by Ellen Ellis.


Dean was a winner from the beginning.


He drove "the Little Red SUcker" at Ascot to 105 victories.


It was a fast racecar.


He drove the turns like a straightaway.


With Bruce Jr (left) and Gary Tanaka, he was in the winners circle.


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Deano in Little red sucker # 2


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Deano with Bruce Sr


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Deano with Spencer, Atherton and Noffsinger


Deano in the third row at El Centro


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Deano on the corner


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Deano racing Lealand McSpadden


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Deano and Bubby on the podium


Deano on the podium with Lealand McSpadden and Steve Kinser


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Deano and Chuck Gurney


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The Dean and Bubby show was amazing


Deaan with Bob Hogle, Jimmy Oskie and Billy Wilkerson


Dean with trophy girl and announcer Bruce Flanders


Dean with a trophy back in the day


Dean with Bruce SR and Jr


Dean getting congratulated


Dean with Jimmy Oskie and Rick Goudy


Dean being interviewed after a big win


Deano with the trophy girls


Dean after another win with JC Agajanian


Dean wins again


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# 2 with Deano vrs Lealand


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# 1 against Jimmy Oskie

Dean Thompson passed away on October 7th, 2003 during heart surgery. He was too young, but this is how life plays out. He was only 53 years old and spent most of his life around racing being a part of the sport he helped to build. He is one of the true icons of sprint car racing and was recognized everywhere he went. He made “The Little Red Sucker” a household name.

He drove for Bruce Bromme SR and JR for many years. His 103 CRA victories is still the all time best, and will probably stand forever. He was CRA Champion three times, and still holds many other records from his stellar career. He was the fast qualifier 106 times, won 53 trophy dashes, and was the rookie of the year in 1972.

Dean helped many along the way, and his most recent protégé, Jason Leffler (R.I.P.), went on to make him proud in USAC and now NASCAR before he lost his life racing. Dean tried a comeback, and perhaps suffered his worst crash in his career at Santa Maria. That convinced him to stay retired, but he stayed close to SCRA racing. Dean was known as one of the hardest drivers going into the turns at Ascot. The Dean & Bubby show, (his unreal battles with hall of famer Bubby Jones) is legendary. When people remember Ascot, they remember Deano in that ”Little Red Sucker” knocking them down a notch. He was Mr Ascot.

As boys, Dean and Bruce Jr shared a little quarter midget as their first racing experience. They both learned something: Dean that He could drive very well and Jr that he didn't want to drive a racecar. Junior wanted to work on em' and this his many years of crew chief superemecy over the field until he passed away.

I still remember Bruce Sr telling stories about Deano, especially the ones about his start in racing, and wish we had those down on paper somewhere. I will always remember Deano in that red car, and will forever hold him in my heart as one of the best of all time. He was a true legend at Ascot Raceway, the place he ruled for years. And now he is gone, but not forgotten. Rest in peace Deano, you will be missed.

Updated 9/20/17