Icebreaker Just Around the Corner
Thompson, CT — The long New England winter is loosing its grip on the region and race fans are ready for the annual renewal of high-speed excitement. It all begins each year with the ICEBREAKER race event at the Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, CT. This year’s ICEBREAKER will be held April 5th & 6th.
An especially harsh winter in the region has made race fans hungry for the return of their favorite sport and Thompson will present a full weekend of high speed spills and thrills. The annual season opener will feature eight different divisions of race cars in a two-day extravaganza.
The ICEBREAKER is much more than a major racing event. It has become a weekend for race fans to renew old friendships, make new friends and enjoy the full- service atmosphere that has made this race something very special to thousands of fans.
The action on the ultra-fast race track is the focal point of the ICEBREAKER. But, the social scene also plays a major role in the event’s popularity.
The Thompson International Speedway complex features the Raceway Restaurant and Lounge, a championship golf course, putting greens and driving range. Hundreds or race fans converge upon the speedway complex each spring in their campers and simply move in for the weekend. Most don’t even leave the grounds of the complex since just about any need they might have can be found at the track or at the clubhouse. Thompson offers up a complete menu for the weekend including incredible high-speed racing action, great food at the track and the restaurant and plenty of liquid refreshment in the Raceway Lounge.
Breakfast is offered both Saturday and Sunday mornings with a great dinner and dance Saturday night at the Raceway Restaurant. The Lounge is the main attraction for ‘bench racing’ on both Saturday and Sunday nights. All of this is convenient and within easy walking distance of the free camping area.
While the ICEBREAKER is a big social gathering, it is all based on a major racing event. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour tops the eight divisions of racing competition that will be ICEBREAKER 08. The mighty NEMA Midgets will open their 56th consecutive season at the ICEBREAKER and these two exciting divisions will be joined by Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series “Super Six”. The “Super Six” consists of the fan favorite Sunoco Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Late Models, Thompson Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks.
All divisions will practice and qualify on Saturday. Once qualifying is complete, the Sunoco Modified and Thompson’s Late Model divisions will roll out onto the track for their first of two feature races on ICEBREAKER weekend. Once the Saturday program has been completed, all attention will move to the “clubhouse” for a fun-filled night of food and drink.
Sunday’s activity begins with breakfast served between 7 and 11 AM. The track’s huge grandstand will open at 9:30 AM and the first on-track activity will begin at 12 Noon. Fans will be treated to eight feature event races in a very fast-paced race program.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 is slated for a mid-afternoon start and will be preceded by a very special pre-race program that will honor three of the NASCAR Modified division’s past champions.
Those wishing to avoid the long ticket lines on Sunday are urged to purchase their tickets ahead of time by calling the Thompson International Speedway track office. 860-923-2280. Those looking for a complete schedule of events for the ICEBREAKER weekend will it on the track’s web page at www.thompsonspeedway.com.
Sources: Russ Dowd/Thompson Int’l Speedway PR