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Fred Borden Passes Away

NEAR Hall of Famer was 90

Fred Borden passed away on September 17, 2017.

Borden of Waltham, Massachusetts began his racing career at West Peabody, with at least two wins in 1950. He drove Sal Pinetta’s Jalopy to at least seven wins in 1952 at Medford Bowl, including an AARA record of four in a row.

Borden has an estimated 81 wins at Brookline, Medford, Norwood, West Peabody, and Westboro from 1950 to 1967. He also raced at Beech Ridge, Bryar, Hudson, Lonsdale, Pinecrest, Pines, Thompson, and Thunder Road. He won driving for Rick Falconi, Sal Pinetta, John Harty/the Harty brothers (in a one race deal) and Andy Smith.

He also competed at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl.

“It was quite a racing career,” Borden said. Borden is the winningest driver at his favorite track, Westboro. “It was close by and we won more races there than anywhere.”

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Champion Christopher Passes Away

Connecticut Driver Involved In Plane Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR champion Ted Christopher passed away Saturday after being involved in a plane crash in Connecticut. He was 59.

Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-Amercian Series national title and a touring series championship. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut’s historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of both.
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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Bristol

Preece Enters “Thunder Valley” Looking To Continue Hot Streak

bushs_150DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Over the last six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, no one has been able to post better results than Ryan Preece. The Berlin, Connecticut, driver has four wins, a runner-up and a fourth and it has allowed him to claw his way right back into the fight for the championship. Even though he missed a race at Virginia’s Langley Speedway in May to get married, Preece sits only 19 points from the points lead with seven championship races left on the 2017 schedule.

His recent run of success in NASCAR also included his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway on July 29. As Preece enters the third Whelen Modified Tour race in 12 days, he is hoping to continue his recent success on the tricky high-banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. In his career at “Thunder Valley,” Preece has six top 10 finishes in seven starts, including a victory in the rain-shortened race in 2015. 

Series points leader Timmy Solomito enters the race with a 10-point advantage on Rowan Pennink, but if he wants to maintain the top spot, he will need to come away from Bristol in one piece. His best career finish at the track is eighth, but last season, he was involved in a wreck and finished 26 laps down in 18th. He joins Preece as the only multiple-time winners so far this season on the Tour. 

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Korner Continues Hot Streak in MSD Legends Series

THOMPSON, CT – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park held it’s second of three Summer Road Race Series events on Sunday, July 23. Noah Korner won his fourth consecutive Midstate site Development Legends Series race, while Chris Barry picked up the overall and Small Bore wins in the Sports Car Group. Glenn Kurkjian took top honors in the Big Bore portion of the event.

Noah Korner and point leader, Teddy Hodgdon, led the field to the green flag. On the race start, Jordan O’Brien darted from the eleventh starting position to fourth by the exit of turn three. O’Brien would continue to advance positions until he was stalking Korner. Looking inside and outside, O’Brien was finally able to get by Korner on the seventh circuit. Korner would eventually reclaim the lead on lap nine, leading the final three laps in route to victory.  O’Brien finished second with Teddy Hodgdon capturing the final podium position.

Korner, Bob Weymouth, and Hodgdon were the recipients of the New England Racing Fuel contingency, good for five gallons of spec fuel.

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Top 5 Effort for Bock

Brendon Bock charged from 18th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday to recorded his first top five of the season. Bock was mad because qualifying was canceled. His car was first and third in the two scuff sessions run prior to the Eastern Propane and Oil 100.

Bock was battling a loose car in the center and off the corners. Changes at halfway made the car better and allowed the Franklin Square, NY driver to return to the top five.

Bock was following the battle for the lead in the closing laps. Contact between Doug Coby and Ryan Newman brought out the caution with two laps remaining.

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Burton Takes the Checkered Flag in Inaugural Busch North Throwback 100 at Thompson

Despite a few rain delays over the course of the day, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division’s return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park could not be dampened by Mother Nature as the division made it’s first appearance at the Big-T since 2009 in style. The brightest future stars of NASCAR took to the historic track for the first annual Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8 with several drivers sporting paint schemes honoring the best of the best of the series’ past as they honoring the history of motorsports in New England.

The field consisted of numerous series regulars and a few drivers familiar with Thompson Speedway looking to make their own mark by using their experience on the historic oval to their advantage. The day started with a new track record as Chase Purdy topped Martin Truex, Jr’s previous record of 20.200 with a lap time of 20.197 in group qualifying, nabbing Purdy his third consecutive pole. Purdy would lead the first few laps of the night’s main event, but eventually found himself under attack by Todd Gilliland, son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland, who started on the outside pole and had a dominant car for much of the event.

Despite Gilliland’s dominance however, the last 25 laps saw another generational driver rise to the top and find his way to victory lane. Harrison Burton, son of NASCAR staple Jeff Burton, was able to wrestle the lead away in the final quarter of the event after racing side-by-side with Gilliland for nearly five laps before finally completing a pass and never looking back. The win was Burton’s fourth of the season, and fourth in the last six races, building on his points lead as he continues to make his mark on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division.

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Purdy Sets Track Record at Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — Chase Purdy of Meridian, MS claimed his third consecutive 21 Means 21 Pole Award Saturday afternoon at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Purdy drove his Bama Buggies/Textron Offroad Toyota No. 17 to a new track record of 20.197 seconds/111.403 MPH.

“This place is awesome,” Purdy said of the 5/8 mile oval.

“We had a setback earlier today. We wrecked our primary car we roll out the backup and we got the pole with it so that’s amazing. Hats off to all of David Gilliland Racing and my guys for scrambling to get that car ready and to go and Textron Off Road and Buggies. Those guys are the real deal and I’d do anything for ’em. They’d do anything for me and it’s just a great combination and we really make it work and I think its showing right now.”

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Thompson Late Model Point Leader Ray Parent Expected to Enter Thompson Throwback

THOMPSON, CT – Current Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Late Model Division Championship Leader, Ray Parent, has announced his intentions to enter Saturday’s Busch North Throwback 100, in the No. 32 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car. Parent has already driven the No. 98 Course Legend Late Model to two wins during the 2017 season, and is looking forward to making his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series start in the No. 32 Anytime Realty Chevrolet.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” the Tiverton driver exclaimed. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed about doing, and now it’s turning into a reality. I was so excited to be able to run Thompson full time in the Late Model, and now to have this opportunity is awesome. I can’t begin to thank Don Parsons, DPR Racing, and Anytime Realty enough for bringing me on board this season.”

Parent teamed up with Parsons midway through last season at Seekonk Speedway, and decided to make a run at a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Championship over the winter. This, though, is only the beginning of the plans that the two parties have made for each other. 

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Thompson Point Battles Taking Shape Heading into Busch North Throwback

THOMPSON, CT – With four races remaining at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, point battles across each of the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions are starting to take shape. Tensions will surely start to rise and strategies will start to be formed, heading into the next event, the Inaugural Busch North Throwback 100, on Saturday, July 8.

The Sunoco Modified Division point battle is currently closest. 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion, Keith Rocco, trails former NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver, Ryan Preece, by only two points. With only four races remaining, and over 20 entrants expected at each of those events, the margin for error is small. Rocco knows this, but has more than ample faith in his team. It’s halfway through the season and his confidence refuses to falter. “Don’t worry about the points,” he said calmly, “You got to race to win, and the rest comes with it.“

Scott Sundeen finds himself in a familiar position in the Limited Sportsman Division – atop the leaderboard. The four-time Champion has never been worried about the points, only the results. “Right now, I’m not worried about the points” he said, “Anything can happen and I’m there to win”. With no previous intentions of racing for a full season, driver of the No.55, Shawn Monahan, now finds himself in second place, only four l[‘=;p[]\markers behind Sundeen. Monahan has a lot of trophies on his mantle, but none for a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Championship. “I’ve given away a lot of championships in my past” he explained, “but that was due to immaturity.” The Waterford, CT-native is focused on earning his first title, a story which he hopes to be able to tell his son one day. “The best thing thing is to talk to your children about it later” he said, envisioning an older version of himself in the grandstands with his family.
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Purdy to Honor New England Racing Legend Shaw in NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100

MOORESVILLE, NC (Jun. 21, 2017) – David Gilliland Racing and Chase Purdy released today a throwback paint scheme the No. 17 team will run in July’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Thompson Speedway Park in Connecticut. A throwback to the 1994 season, the scheme mimics the one made famous by New England racing legend Dale Shaw who won the series title that year in a Pontiac owned by Quint Boisvert.

The Shaw family has been a mainstay in New England racing circles for decades, most notably in the late model ranks and a strong run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, formerly known by a handful of names including the NASCAR Busch North Series when Shaw won his title in 1994. Until Austin Dillon replicated the feat in the NASCAR Xfinity Series a few years ago, it was the only time in NASCAR history a division champion won the title without visiting victory lane during the championship year.

With 19 wins over his series career, Shaw campaigned as a frequent tour competitor until 2005 when his son, D.J. Shaw, began showing an interest in a racing career of his own. Today, D.J. continues to race a super late model built and maintained in the family business’ shop, aptly named Dale Shaw Race Cars.

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Preece Rockets To Thompson Victory

Rolls to Second NASCAR Whelen Modified Win After Late Pit Stop

THOMPSON, Conn. (June 14, 2017) – Ryan Preece’s pit stop strategy pushed him back in the field. But the Berlin, Connecticut, driver wasted no time in driving to the front en route to Wednesday night’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the Thompson 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The win was the second of the season for Preece and 17th of his career.

Preece pitted with many of his lead challengers on lap 70. The No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet was forced to restart outside the top 10 behind a number of cars including Rowan Pennink and Bobby Santos, who pitted earlier. A late charge through the field by Preece culminated with a move to the inside of Pennink for the lead with just 18 laps to go.

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Nick Salva Eager to Put Experience to Practice at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, fourth placeCT – The NASCAR All-American Series Sunoco Modified Division is ready for their third race of the 2017 season at Thomspon Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 14. Former Champions Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece each have one win to their credit on the young season.  Nick Salva, who is competing in his first full season in the Division, has been studying the moves of these veteran drivers, as he seeks to find the fastest way around the 5/8-mile oval.

Known for it’s high straightaway speeds and unique corners, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has a steep learning curve that Salva is confident he can master over time.  He made strides to that end during the last event: the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance, presented by Pepsi. Salva had an opportunity to follow the division’s last three champions around the high-banked oval.

Salva described the experience: “It was a great race behind Woody, Ryan, and Keith. I learned a lot about those drivers just being behind them and can strategize better for the next race. I have a great car that is fast and lately have been running good, so I am looking forward to this next race.”

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Eric Goodale Focused on Race Wins Entering Thompson 125

THOMPSON, CT – NASCAR’s oldest division, the Whelen Modified Tour, is set to return to America’s original paved oval, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, for the third running of the Thompson 125 on Wednesday, June 14. Unlike any other race on the schedule, this race is only 125-laps, creating an element of pit strategy that doesn’t exist in some of the longer races. This is something that veteran driver, Eric Goodale, is well aware of. 

The driver of the No. 58 GAF Construction Chevrolet explained, “[I’ll] just be a little more aggressive due to it being 125 laps, instead of 150. Qualify well and maintain track position and try to not makeup opportunities lost early and compete early.”

Goodale, who currently is third in the championship point standings, hasn’t finished outside of the top five since a disappointing 18th place finish to start the season at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The New York native is giving chase to fellow Long Islander, Timmy Solomito, and Rowan Pennink, who won the 43rd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson.  These two drivers are not the only ones to watch, however, according to Goodale. 

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Todd Bertrand Set to Defend Icebreaker Victory at Thompson 125, presented by Whelen

THOMPSON, CT – One of the highlights of Icebreaker 2017 was the photo finish between NEMA Lites drivers Todd Bertrand and Dan Cugini. The two battled wing-to-wing in the waning laps of the 20-lap affair, but it was Bertrand by the length of a bumper.  The 0.038-second margin of victory was the closest recorded in a NEMA Lites race at Thompson.

Bertrand recalls the sequence of events that day, which resulted in his first visit to Critical Signs victory lane, “The car was a little loose, meaning that I wouldn’t have as much traction on the track. I fixed that problem with using the heat tires for the featured race which really helped me out big time. I knew I had a fast car and if I got in front of Danny early than I would have a huge chance of winning. I got past him early and knew I was faster than everyone on the track so that gave me more leverage at winning. Near the end on the final three laps, my car started to become loose and that gave Danny a huge advantage, due to me loosing traction; but I held my ground and stayed on the inside of him to lead me to a Thompson victory. I have never won a race at Thompson before so winning this race meant a lot to me.”

The car that Bertrand drove to victory has quite the story behind it. The CT-native explains, “This was the first time back in the No. 45 since running it last year in the World Series. We first acquired this car back when I started running in the NEMA Lites then sold it to a close friend of mine. Me and my team reacquired this car and wanted to use it for rental rides and I personally wanted to use it for racing at big tracks such as Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. This car had some problems in the winter due to a 15-year-old motor, which we fixed with a brand new motor. These replacements to this car had a tremendous impact on my winning the Icebreaker.”

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Redemption for Bonsignore at Riverhead in NEMA’s IGA Cantor Memorial; J. Chambers Dominates Lites

Justin Bonsignore left Riverhead Raceway in 2016 feeling dejected and with a number of bumps & bruises, as he was potentially laps away from winning his first Northeastern Midget Association race in his first start, as leader Jim Chambers encountered a flat right front tire.  Instead, Bonsignore found his Bertrand Motorsports #74 destroyed against the outside wall, after hopping Chambers’ right rear tire.  On Saturday evening, in the 2nd Annual Allan Cantor Memorial, sponsored by the Reichert Group/IGA, it was again Bonsignore and Chambers putting on the show.  Chambers dominated the NEMA Lite race earlier in the evening, and after an epic battle in the NEMA feature, Bonsignore scored his first ever NEMA win. 

In the Lites feature, reigning Champion, Jim Chambers, would blast his way to the front in the early stages of the race.  Chambers, running lap times of 11.8 seconds, as fast as some of the NEMA competitors – would pull to nearly a half track lead over Chad Labastie, and Danny Cugini, by the halfway point. 

A red flag at the halfway point, for a big wreck involving Paul Scally, Ryan Bigelow, and Ryan Locke, bunched up the field once the race got underway again.  All of the drivers walked away from the wreck without injuries.  Cugini, looking strong, would take second from Labastie when the green flag flew again, but could not muster up a run on Chambers. 

Chambers would stretch out his lead again in the late stages of the race, to go on and take down his first win at Riverhead Raceway. Cugini would finish second followed by Chad Labastie, PJ Stergios, Ryan Locke, Christopher Vose, John Zych, Nikki Carol, Jim Cataldo and Randy Cabral.
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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Recognize the Sacrifices of Men and Women in Uniform

This Sunday, May 21, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is hosting its second NASCAR race of the season: the Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series will battle it out on the 5/8-mile oval to determine who will walk away with the winner’s spoils, which include a handsome purse, complimented by contingencies, a cube of Pepsi, and some handsome hardware. 

Less than 10% of the American adult population serves in the military.  The contributions of the few, though make a great impact for many. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park recognizes the sacrifices of men and women in uniform this Sunday by offering free general admission to active duty and retired members of the armed forces.  During pre-race ceremonies, Thompson will also be honoring the men and women who serve in all branches of the military.  Pepsi has supported these efforts, by naming Samantha Thompson, who is preparing to begin Navy boot camp, as the event’s honorary starter.  A Reason to Ride, which is a philanthropic organization supporting veterans, will also be set up on the grandstands to raise awareness for their event. Please also visit areasontoride.org to learn more.

As far as on-track action goes, there will be six divisions in competition, including the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes, the Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series and the Lite Modifieds. Ryan Preece, lead Keith Rocco and Rowan Pennink into the 30-lap Sunoco Modified feature. Icebreaker 2017 Champion, Ray Parent, sits one point behind Ryan Morgan, in the Late Model standings. Jesse Gleason, who won the Limited Sportsman race at Icebreaker 2017, is being chased by four-time Champion, Scott Sundeen, and newcomer, Chris Meyer in that division. 2015 Mini Stock Champion, Dave Trudeau, is back in championship form as he is tied with Eric Bourgeois for the top-points-position in the Mini Stock ranks. Frank Dumicich, Jr. leads all Mr. Rooter ProTruck Series contenders, as the winner of the Series’ last event here during Icebreaker 2017.

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Doug Post Returning to Historic Oval Invitational

A self-described “gear-head”, Doug Post has been a car enthusiast since he was 10 years old.  In fact, he devoted his career to working at several different Ford dealerships.  His work happened to coincide with his passion, as he served as a crew member for Ray Brown.  A trailblazer in the sport locally, Brown was the second United Stock Car Racing Club Champion at the Riverside Park Speedway racing in New York. As an interesting piece of history, Brown competed in one of the cars that Post currently owns.

Later in life, Post decided he wanted to get behind the wheel, and acquired a Sprint Car from Smith Speed Shop in Eaton, Ohio.  Post’s Sprint Car is beautifully prepared, red in color with a chrome cage over the driver’s cockpit, and badged with a black.  While never winning in the United States Auto Club (USAC), the car was driven by Joe Saldana, whose son currently competes in the World of Outlaws, and Rich Vogler, who was a USAC Midget Champion.

Doug Post is a big supporter of the Historic Oval Invitational, an original member of the group that met with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park management to recreate the event.  Post explains, “I like being there. It’s a great facility and I was involved in the discussions the first year about the vintage event. All in all, it is a great event and I love putting my car out on the track and seeing all the other vintage cars out there, too.” Continue reading ‘Doug Post Returning to Historic Oval Invitational’

Korner Brothers Take Top Two Spots in Second Round of MSD Legends Series

THOMPSON, CT – Sunday, the Midstate Site Development Legends Series contested their second race of the 2017 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The demanding 1.7-mile course challenged the 13 drivers in attendance, but in the end, it was Noah Korner, the Series’ defending Champion, who used his experience to best the field. 

It appeared that no one was going to be able to beat Jordan O’Brien who recorded the fastest time in practice and qualifying.  Engine issues, however, forced the Maine driver to retire from the race after leading the first three circuits.  Noah Korner, who was securely riding in second, inherited the lead, and never looked back, pacing the final eight laps.   

The battle was on, however, for the second position between Korner’s brother, Glenn, and Danbury, CT-native, Teddy Hodgdon. The two Semi-Pro drivers swapped the position back and forth four times, before Glenn made an aggressive move on the final lap, beating Hodgdon back to the stripe.

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Marty Van Druten to Field Two Entires at the Historic Oval Invitational

The Historic Oval Invitational, which will be held at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on May 19 – 20, is a celebration of the golden years of stock car racing and classic American Muscle. Featuring race cars like Midgets, Sprints, Super Modifieds, Champ Cars, Vintage Outlaws, and Stock Cars, each of the seven preceding decades of the track’s history will be represented. Among the entries is en State Vintage Stock Car Club (GSVSCC) Member, Mary Van Druten. The New Jersey-native will be fielding two cars, including the No. 6 1978 Maynard Troyer Modified and the No. 17 1981 Black Stock Car, which was Built by Troyer and Jimmy Susi.

For many of the participants, continuing to race these cars is their way of honoring the giants of our sport, and ensuring their stories continue to be told. This is certainly true for Van Druten. One of his cars was the first that Maynard Troyer ever manufactured. The legendary Modiifed chassis builder, bearing the late Maynard’s name, still produces some of the most competitive asphalt Modifieds that can be found in the Sunoco Modified and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fields. Not originally a driver, Van Druten has a long history as an avid fan and crew member at Wall Stadium. The 6’7″ drive explains, “ I acquired them after working for the crew of Gilhan at Wall Stadium for over 20 years. I have been to plenty of races and have not personally raced but It was a sight to see some of these cars in action.”

Historic race cars on a historic track. Those are two of the things that draw Van Druten to the Historic Oval Invitational. He brings the cars that are storied in Modified racing to a facility that is nationally-recognized as the first paved oval in the United States. Dating back to May 26, 1940, some of the most iconic drivers in American Motorsports have competed at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, including Jeff Gordon, Mario Andretti, Tony Stewart, and NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evens and Jerry Cook. Van Druten explains, “I am looking forward and excited for this event. The track is beautiful, the people are great, and its a great place to relax outside of work. Its going to be fun running these cars on the race track with a lot of history.”
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Gleason Leading the Pack After Icebreaker Win

Leads Long List of Drivers into Special Event for Limited Sportsman

THOMPSON, CT – Three weeks ago, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opened its season with the 43rd running of the Icebreaker. All four of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series were in close competition. Ryan Preece best the Sunoco Modified competition in their 30-lap race. In a thrilling finish, William Wall and Ray Christian, III made contact in the final corner of the final lap, opening the door for Ray Parent to score a Late Model win. Dave Trudeau stayed out of trouble in the Mini Stock Division, and has an Icebreaker Championship to show for it. Jesse Gleason, who proved to be the class of the field in the Limited Sportsman.

Gleason explained it as a “dream weekend.” He went on to say, “I wasn’t expecting it because of problems with the car last year. Nothing went wrong with the car and I raced perfectly. It felt great winning!”

With one win under his belt in 2017, now the veteran driver turns his attention to the marquee event for his Division: the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, presented by Pepsi. Gleason and his family are hard at work, preparing both the car and themselves for the May 21 event.

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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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Payson & Galuardi to Defend Icebreaker, Road Race Style Championships

2015 & 2016 Champions Returning to Season-Opening Sports Car Race

THOMPSON, CT – Going into its third season, the Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style (IBRRS) will be coming to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) tomorrow, April 22. As part of this event, two defending champions are entered, who will be putting their past success to the test against some familiar faces and some new competition.

Payson was the 2015 Icebreaker, Road Race Style STL Class Champion, picking up the win in his No. 95 Hoosier Racing Tire/MAZDA/Rigoli.com- sponsored Miata during the inaugural event in 2015. When asked about his victory, Payson said, “It was a good race – a lot of fun.  I was surprised because I was out there having a good time and then all of a sudden I got a huge trophy. Nobody said anything, so it was unexpected but enjoyable.”

This year, Payson will be racing in the T4 Class (Touring 4 SCCA) in the same car. When asked about his strategy and adjustments for this year, he responded “A little luck and conditioning. I have been racing for over 48 years. Being a former SCCA National Champion and a Pro champion, I have a good idea what to do with a lot of races under my belt. The car is a good car for the track and recently we put in new shocks so we will see what happens and make adjustments if things go wrong.”

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First Paint Schemes Unveiled for Busch North Throwback at Thompson

Rev Racing Remembers Two Historic Moments

THOMPSON, CT – With the unveiling of their 2017 short track schedule in December, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Officials announced the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The event will be a celebration of the series’ New England roots and the rich history of the division with the Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8.

To mark the occasion, NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams are encouraged to wrap their cars in former series paint schemes of pionee

ring drivers like Joey Kourafas, Jamie Aube, Andy Santerre and others.

Rev Racing announced today two of the paint schemes that will be featured.

The first will be the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship winning car of Kyle Larson, current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader.
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Teddy Hodgdon Ready for MSD Legends Series Opener

Semi-Pro Legend Drier Ready for Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style

THOMPSON, CT –Two years ago, the US Legends Cars made their debut on the 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The wheel-to-wheel competition stunned onlookers, and soon the scaled 1930’s coupes and sedans had a new home. The Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style, scheduled for Saturday, April 22, will serve as the season-opening event for the Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series. INEX Semi-Pro driver, Teddy Hodgdon, looks forward to beginning his championship chase at the event.

Sixteen year-old driver, Teddy Hodgdon and his father and car owner, Ted Hodgdon, owner of the No. 28 Replica 1934 Ford Coupe Legend Car has a good idea of what it takes to be successful on the technical 1.7-mile road course. The driver of the No. 28 explains, “There is not a lot of road courses around the New England Area besides New Hampshire. To have another Road Course close to my location is awesome. The TSMP Road Course is perfect for these cars on the straight away and room for these cars to race, making it interesting.”

Teddy Hodgdon has a history of great success in the Semi Pro Legends Division. He won two National Qualifier events at Bethel Motor Speedway in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Teddy also has won 8 races and placed 8th out of more than 300 drivers in the national rankings, despite missing races, including the 2016 Icebreaker, Road Race Style. Continue reading ‘Teddy Hodgdon Ready for MSD Legends Series Opener’

Jordan O’Brien Ready for Icebreaker, Road Race Style at Thompson

Season Opener Begins Driver’s Championship Pursuit

THOMPSON, CT –The 3rd Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style, an event promoted and managed by OTB Promotions, Inc., is the first opportunity for drivers to engage in wheel-to-wheel sports car competition following the New England winter.  Scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), the event provides over an hour of track time at a very affordable entry fee – as low as $250.  Veteran Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series driver Jordan O’Brien sees the value the event offers, and looks forward to putting both his skills and car to the test on Thompson’s technical 1.7-mile road course.

O’Brien, driver, and owner of the No. 140 1934 Chevrolet Coupe US Legends Car, has a good idea of what he likes about the TSMP road course. O’Brien Said “ It’s a new track, better than how it was back in the day.  There are no real cracks to the road and its predictable so drivers can focus on improving their lines each time out on the track. There is enough space on the track, meaning that there will be more intense battles making the races more exciting…”

The young driver has one goal this year and that is to win as many races as possible. As he achieves this, O’Brien knows that it will help to further his racing career.  The Maine native is “using Legend Cars to take a step to promote myself as a driver, showing my skills so I can move up the ranks and hopefully take the US and sportscar racing series to a whole new level.”

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Thompson NEMA Lite ICEBREAKER to Bertrand

While riding on a right rear Hoosier tire that was first used in 2016, Todd Bertrand in his Bertrand Motorsports #45, dominated the 20 lapper Saturday. The New England air was cold, but the competition was hot as three wide racing was the order of the day.

Over 20 cars stuffed the pits to kick off NEMA’s long anticipated 65th consecutive racing season. The qualifiers were won by Paul Scally (30), and Chad LaBastie (14).

As veteran starter Craig Merriman threw the green for the feature, pole sitter Chris Vosey led the field to the first turn. Three wide racing started immediately but the P.J. Stergios (57), machine spun in turn one on the second lap to bring out the yellow flag.
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Eddie MacDonald Wins PASS Icebreaker at Thompson

Eddie MacDonald powered to victory in the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) opener at Thompson Motorsports Park’s Icebreaker on Sunday. As a result of winning the second qualifying heat on Saturday, Eddie Mac started the 75 lap feature from the outside pole position in the EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates/Grimm Racing Chevy and quickly established his dominance.

When the green flag waved, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer drove to the lead exiting turn two from pole sitter D.J. Shaw on the first lap holding the lead until a lap 10 caution. On the restart, Eddie Mac spun the tires giving Shaw the lead until the next caution on lap 20 when the Dave Lemieux Chevy regained the lead with Eddie Mac saying, “I made a mistake on the previous restart, so I made an adjustment on the next one and I was able to get lead back. The car was really fast and once I had the lead I was able to use the power down the straights and the car handled great in the turns.”

Eddie Mac passed only twice in the 75 lap twenty-two car field and both passes were over Shaw. From lap twenty on, the only serious contender was Eddie Fatscher, the fourteen-year-old from Long Island, New York with Eddie Mac saying, “Our car was really strong and the #51 gave us all we could handle. The kid drove a great race but I had enough power thanks to our engine builder Paul Rinaldi to hold off any challenges from him. The car got a little loose at the end but I guess everyone else did too. “
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Pennink Puts Ole Blue Back into Victory Lane

First Points Win for Iconic Whelen Modified Team Since 2009

THOMPSON, Conn. (April 9, 2017) – Rowan Pennink outdueled Bobby Santos on a restart with three laps to go and drove on to victory in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Sunday marked the third career victory for Pennink, and first since the 2013 season, which also came at Thompson. It was also the first points race victory for the famed “Ole Blue” No. 3 Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet since 2009. The Boehler Racing team, which has six NASCAR Modified championships, is celebrating its 60th season.

Coors Light Polesitter Timmy Solomito rallied in the closing laps to finish second and Max Zachem crossed the line third. Santos, who was leading the race on the Lap 147 restart, settled for fourth with Patrick Emerling fifth.
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Pennink Brings “Ole Blue” Back to Victory Lane with Thompson Win

The newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour took center stage during day two of Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with the Icebreaker 150 capping of the tracks annual opening weekend on Sunday, April 9.

Thompson served as the second stop of the Whelen Modified Tour season and after finding early success in Myrtle Beach, reigning Icebreaking winner Timmy Solomito looked to continue his strong early run in the 2017 campaign with a possible win at the Big-T. While Solomito got off to a good start on the day, capturing the pole for the 150-lap feature, it was another driver who shined with a dominating performance as Rowan Pennink took the checkered flag in the weekend’s main event.

The win didn’t come easy for Pennink, despite a dominating performance during the mid-portion of the race and leading the most laps. Pennink, who started fourth, wrestled the lead away from Timmy Solomito after an early caution and opened up a significant lead, but had to recover following a late race pit stop that put him in seventh after a caution with 28 laps to go. Pennink made a daring three-wide pass for the lead against Bobby Santos, but lost the top spot when a caution came out before he could complete the pass. When the green flag finally came back out Pennink left it all on the track, passing Santos for good and taking the checkered flag, his second at Thompson and his first since the World Series in October of 2013.
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Eddie Macdonald Prevails in Pro All Stars Series Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, CT – Eddie MacDonald, New England’s full-bodied “outlaw” race driving star, nailed down his second career Pro All Stars Series victory Sunday afternoon, outrunning 14-year-old PASS newcomer Eddie Fatscher of East Northport, New York in the 75-lap Icebreaker for Super Late Models at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

MacDonald earned a front row starting spot with a heat race win on Saturday and swapped the race lead early in the event with two-time and defending PASS North Super Late Model champion DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire.  Soon Fatscher, the 2016 INEX Legends Cars Young Guns National Champion, made his presence felt, duking it out with MacDonald’s Exit Realty-sponsored 17, owned by Dave Lemieux, and the Precision JLM 60 of reigning series champion Shaw.

Late in the race MacDonald seemed to have things under control, though Fatscher raced close behind.  Shaw managed to prevail in a late-race battle for the final podium position versus multi-time Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Super Late Model champion Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts.

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