Thompson Chosen As A KDDP Semi-Finalist


Grant Thompson is a semifinalist for this year's Kulwicki Driver Development Program class. (Dishaw Photography)

CONCORD, N.C. – Race Face Brand Development driver Grant Thompson has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2024 class of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program.

Thompson is one of the 15 semifinalists who will interview from Feb. 27-29 for the opportunity to be chosen as one of seven finalists that will battle for the esteemed Kulwicki Cup.

Drivers selected as KDDP finalists receive an operational stipend of $7,777, with the Kulwicki Cup champion receiving an award of seven times that amount – $54,439.

Thompson is an 18-year-old from Mobile, Ala., who picked up his biggest career accomplishment to date when he won the Pro Truck portion of the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., in December of 2020.

He plans to run select pro late model races at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway, Five Flags, and his home track of Mobile (Ala.) Int’l Speedway throughout the year, as well as limited schedules in the zMAX CARS Pro Late Model Tour and zMAX CARS Pro Late Model Tour West.

“This is really cool for me. I’ve been watching the program and how it has played out for years, and I have friends who have won it and have been a part of it,” noted Thompson. “It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of and it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to make it this far this year. I’m not sure that I would have been ready to do it the past few years, just because I haven’t been racing as much, but I have more of an understanding now of what it means to be a part of the KDDP and what Alan Kulwicki did as a driver that allowed him to reach the level that he was at.

“Alan’s drive, determination and persistence is what the program is all about. Those were some of the values he stood for during his career,” Thompson added. “I’m excited to be a part of the program and let people know what it stands for, and we’re looking forward to seeing how far it goes.”

This is Thompson’s first time reaching the semi-final stage of the KDDP selection process.

Past Kulwicki Cup champions include Ty Majeski (2015), Alex Prunty (2016), Cody Haskins (2017), Brett Yackey (2018), Jeremy Doss (2019), Luke Fenhaus (2021), Dylan Zampa (2022) and Max Cookson (2023).

For more information, visit or KDDP media partner Racing America.

About Race Face Brand Development

Race Face Brand Development is a full-service branding and development program servicing young racecar drivers between the ages of 5 and 25, who have dreams and goals of reaching the top levels in racing. The Race Face team has more than six decades of combined experience and successes in driver coaching, media, marketing, and branding.

The company is located in New Port Richey, Fla., with representatives in the Charlotte, N.C., market. For more information, visit

About the Kulwicki Driver Development Program

The Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) was established in 2014 by the family of late NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame member Alan Kulwicki for the purpose of helping worthy drivers toward reaching their dreams while at the same time keeping Alan’s memory and legacy alive.

The KDDP provides drivers with financial assistance, along with support in publicity, marketing, sponsorship development, industry networking and relationship building.

Based in Concord, N.C., the KDDP is a non-profit organization with the mission of playing a significant role in developing the next era of America’s short-track racers while educating new generations about the life, passion and values of the 1992 NASCAR Cup Series champion.

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