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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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QUALIFING: Solomito On Point at Icebreaker

Second Straight Coors Light Pole at Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. – After taking the checkered flag in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener last month in South Carolina, Timmy Solomito has brought his momentum north.

Solomito, of Islip, New York, posted a fast lap of 18.868 seconds (119.250 mph) Sunday afternoon around the .625-mile Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to win the Coors Light Pole Award for the Icebreaker 150.

Solomito was also the polesitter for the 2016 Whelen Modified Tour season finale at Thompson. Today’s pole was the fourth of his career overall.

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Waterman Leads List of Winners on Icebreaker Saturday at Thompson

The ice is breaking and racing is back at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The 43rd Annual Icebreaker got underway on Saturday with six feature races at the historic motorsports facility.

The Lite Modifieds, Street Stocks, NEMA Lites, Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series and Vintage Outlaws all ran feature races on Saturday, and for the first time a “Race of Champions” event was held featuring all four Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park track champions from 2016 in equally-prepared race cars.

The Vintage Outlaws was the first feature of the day. Jim Lowrey walked away with the win repeating his success from the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing in 2016.
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PRACTICE: Dowling Fast at Thompson

2015 Sunoco ROY Tops Chart for Whelen Modified’s Icebreaker

THOMPSON, Conn. – While making his first appearance of the 2017 season on Saturday, Chase Dowling was the fastest overall in practice for Sunday’s Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Although Dowling was 15th fastest in the first session, he rocketed to the top of the charts in the final practice with a time of 18.769 seconds (119.879 mph) behind the wheel of his No. 15 15-40 Connection Chevrolet.

Four-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby — who has five career Thompson victories – was second fastest overall with a fastest lap of 18.844 (119.401). Coby was the second fastest car in final practice, and was quickest in the opening round.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Opens 77th Season with Icebreaker Test Day

THOMPSON, CT — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) opened it’s 2017 season with the test day for the 43rd running of the Icebreaker. 100 cars participated in the optional practice, including the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, plus the Lite Modifieds, Vintage Outlaws, and Thompson Open Street Stocks.

Of the cars recording times today, several defending champions and some newcomers topped the speed charts. Rowan Pennink and Glenn Griswold led the way in the Sunoco Modified and Lite Modified Divisions, respectively. Scott Sundeen, and Joe Arena showed the way around the 5/8-mile in their Limited Sportsman and Thompson Open Street Stock racecars, while defending Mini Stock Champion, Wayne Burroughs, Jr., was the fastest in his Division. Newcomer Ray Christian, III, laid down the fastest Late Model lap and Frank Dumicich, Jr. was quickest in the Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series.

The day concluded with practice for the Race of Champions – a unique 12-lap match race that will face the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champions off against each other in equally prepared cars from The Racing School. Defending Sunoco Modified Champion, Keith Rocco, will be driving the No. 21.  William Wall – defending Late Model titlist – will be behind the wheel of the No. 29. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. will be representing the Mini Stock Division in the No. 19, and Ryan Waterman – the top point-getter for the Limited Sportsman – will be driving the No. 09.
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Cornett-Ching Set to Make Icebreaker Debut at Thompson Speedway

April 5, 2017, Denver NC – The opening race of the Pro All-Star Series North was set to take place last weekend, but instead the race track was blasted with 8″ of snow. Appropriately named, the annual Icebreaker race was rescheduled for this weekend at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut. Race 101 will field a car for Sarah to compete in the National Championship race this Sunday.

The team had to change a few things about their car to meet the rules for the Icebreaker said Sarah.

“We had to change around the exhaust and run it out underneath the car instead of out the side along with installing a muffler. The track also mandates a 2 barrel carburetor instead of the 4 barrel we usually use.”

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Thompson 04/02/2017 Gallery

Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its first practice session of the season on Sunday. Icebreaker 2017 was postponed to this weekend, April 7-9.

[Photos] by Nicholas Teto

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PASS North Stars Ready for Thaw to Begin at Thompson’s Icebreaker

NAPLES, ME (April 5) – After a long winter break, one that got extended a week due to nearly a foot of snow, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model drivers from across New England and Canada are ready to tackle Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend for the first race of 2017. 

In addition to being the first action of the season for New England’s top short trackers, The 43rd Annual Icebreaker also serves as part of the PASS National Championship Series.  Following the first two events held in the south at Dillon in February and Orange County in March, 4-Time PASS National Champion, Ben Rowe, finds himself out in front of the standings, but one driver believes Thompson could be his chance to cut into that advantage.  Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarcyzk currently sits sixth in the PASS National Championship and feels optimistic for his opportunity at The Icebreaker.

“It’s exciting, I’ve never raced a Super Late Model there before,” said Polewarcyzk, returning to the seat of the family-owned Pole’s Automotive Ford #97 this weekend.  “It’s fast, there’s a lot of history there, and I’m excited to run one of these Super Late Models there.  It should be a lot of fun and it’s always good to get the season going.”

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New Perspective for Solomito at Icebreaker

Defending Winner Already has ’17 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Heading to Thompson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 5, 2017) — Weather may have delayed the Icebreaker a week, but it hasn’t slowed Timmy Solomito’s momentum.

Heading to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, he has firmly positioned himself as the driver to beat Sunday. The Islip, N.Y. driver captured the victory in the season-opening race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 18 and is heading to Thompson as the defending Icebreaker winner.

Last year, he wheeled the No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports entry into Victory Lane for his first career series win. The victory began what was a breakout season for the 25-year-old driver, including four checkered flags.

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Cornett-Ching Set for PASS North Debut at Thompson

Sarah Cornett-Ching of Summerland, BC will make her PASS North Super Late Model debut at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park next weekend.

“I’ve been watching lots of videos on YouTube and trying to do some studying up,” Cornett-Ching said. “So, I hopefully have kind of a good idea before we get there. … It’s definitely gonna be a new experience but I’m really excited. That place looks wicked fun.”

She will visit Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine ahead of the Oxford 250.

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Bourgeois Ready for Mini Stock Title Run

THOMPSON, CT – For nearly 25 years, Eric Bourgeois has been on the local motorsports scene. Beginning in 1994, behind the wheel of a go-kart, the veteran driver has recorded 20 wins and earned two titles at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, one in 2004 and the second nine years later in 2013. Bourgeois finished his 2016 season with a win at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, and hopes to carry that momentum into his home track’s Icebreaker on April 7-9.

2016 “ was not one of the best years. We had motor problems, then got wrecked in the first race followed by getting wrecked in the practice of the second race. The only good thing about last year was winning the World Series, and placing 4th overall. Hopefully, that win can carry over into the 2017 season,” the driver of the No. 87 Mini Stock explained.

Bourgeois has worked all winter to get ready for the 2017 season, preparing two cars for the seven race championship campaign. “We are absolutely prepared for the Icebreaker. Both of the cars are ready to go. We just got the valves done in the primary car, also the backup car was finished last Thursday for the Test and Tune, which didn’t happen, but that’s alright.”

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Ellwood Hopes to Sustain Momentum

Kyle Ellwood rallied from a cut tire on the first lap of the Performance Plus 150 to finish 15th. The inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway was his third top 15 finish.

“It was a fun place to drive on and you really had to be able to figure out your limits there rather quick because if you didn’t you burned your car up,” Ellwood said. “So, it took a lot of thought. It wasn’t just to go out there and hammer down. So, my thoughts on the whole race was it was pretty good.”

The Riverhead, NY driver felt confident in his car even though he was off the lead lap. Seven cars were eliminated in a pair of late restarts.

“In the middle of the race, I picked off as many cars as I could. I damn near felt like we passed probably 20 cars out there. I seen a lot of cars but at the end, I just let ’em all have at it. I didn’t want to tear our car up since we want to have a good opportunity going into this Thompson show.”

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Thompson’s Icebreaker Postponed until April 7-9

THOMPSON, CT – With a deteriorating forecast and declining temperatures, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Officials have postponed the 43rd running of the Icebreaker to Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9.  The schedule for the weekend will remain the same, only backed up by one week.

Camper drop off will be closed until Thursday, April 6, at 5 pm.  Camping units that are already on the property may remain on site through the week, however, no one will be permitted to stay in them until the night of the 6th.  Anyone who missed the deadline to purchase an advanced camping spot will have another opportunity, as online camping reservations will reopen on thompsonspeedway.com.

Fans will also have the ability to purchase advanced tickets online through Wednesday, April 5, as well.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing The Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway 

http://hometracks.nascar.com/files/ib-2017-logo_0.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2017) — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, on Sunday afternoon. Below is a statistical look at the Icebreaker 150, including selected driver notes:

Icebreaker 150 Setup:

  • This marks the first of four appearances for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson this season.
    • The track has held 134 Whelen Modified Tour races, the most of any track in series history.
    • Timmy Solomito returns to Thompson as the defending winner of the Icebreaker 150 and the current points leader following his win in the season-opening event at Myrtle Beach Speedway. 

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Icebreaker Update

We are aware of the weekend’s forecast and know everyone is wondering if the schedule will be adjusted because of it. As of today, all events are taking place as scheduled. We will be monitoring the weather closely and will be releasing a weather statement tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

Any changes to the schedule for this weekend’s events will be communicated on our Facebook page as well as our website. If you have any questions that are not answered there, please call us at: 860-923-2280. We hope to see you all this weekend!

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Cleary and Hodge to be Honored at Thompson’s Icebreaker

THOMPSON, CT – This January, within four days the Northeast Modified racing community lost two pioneers.  Photographer, Howie Hodge, and Modified legend, Leo “The Lion” Cleary, both passed away. At this weekend’s Icebreaker, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Officials have announced that they will honor the memory of both men, inviting their families’ as honored guests. 

Howie Hodge, who has been a photographer on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, as well as other NASCAR regional touring series, has also frequented the infields of short tracks throughout the country, but most consistently in his home state of Connecticut. For nearly 50 years, Howie shared his passion for motorsports photography with his wife, Mary.  The two were married for 53 years, and spent 50 of those years providing the motorsports community with many memories, memorializing – through photo – some of the sport’s iconic events and moments. 

Mary, along with her son, Kevin, will be on hand to honor Howie’s late memory during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, April 2. Also, Kevin Hodge will act as the Honorary Starter for the 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. 

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