Race fans and race teams can find pertinent information about this weekend’s Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) in 51’s Fast Facts below. 

 

Date: April 7 – April 9

 

Track: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (5/8-mile paved oval)

 

Location: 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06227

 

Sanction: NASCAR / Pro All Stars Series

 

Purse: NWMT (Not Posted) / PASS ($19,575)

 

Distance: 150 laps / 75 laps

 

Tickets: General Admission ($48 – Saturday & Sunday), Seniors (65+), Veterans & Active Duty ($46 – Saturday & Sunday), Kids 12 & Under (Free).

 

Pits: $55 – Saturday and Sunday, $15 – Friday

 

Live coverage: Speed51.com will have live Trackside Now coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour throughout the weekend. Fans can find PASS North updates within that Trackside Now coverage on Saturday and in our Speed Central coverage on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

Websites: www.thompsonspeedway.com, www.nascarhometracks.com, www.proallstarsseries.com.

 

Track phone: 860-923-2280

 

NWMT Notes: For the first time since the 2001 season, the Icebreaker will not serve as the season-opening event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.  The Tour kicked off the season two weeks ago at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina, but for many drivers the Icebreaker is the event that signifies the start of the racing season. Timmy Solomito sits atop the championship standings after his win at Myrtle Beach.  Three-time defending champion Doug Coby will be looking to bounce back after a rough outing in South Carolina. Justin Bonsignore, who came on strong at the end of the 2016 season, will be looking to make it three wins in a row at Thompson behind the wheel of a brand new race car.  Jimmy Blewett, Chase Dowling and Bobby Santos will be among the drivers making their first start of the season. Thirty-nine year old racer Brad Vanhouten, a regular at Riverhead Raceway in New York, will be making his NWMT debut.

 

Last Year’s NWMT Winner: Timmy Solomito

 

PASS Notes: One year ago, a pair of young Super Late Model drivers put on a show for the fans in “Modified Country.” Eventual winner Garrett Hall and runner-up Derek Griffith battled side-by-side for much of the race while battling for the top spot.  Both drivers will return in 2017 looking to kick off the 2017 PASS North season with a win. One driver to keep an eye on, and one of the few drivers in the field with a win at Thompson is Derek Ramstrom.  Despite only winning one PASS race since 2013, Ramstrom has a pair of PASS wins at Thompson (2009 and 2012) on his resume. Defending PASS North champion DJ Shaw will be looking to kick off his title defense in style on Sunday, while others including Travis Benjamin, Glen Luce, Johnny Clark, Ben Rowe and Joey Doiron hope to show why they’re going to be title contenders in 2017.

 

Last Year’s PASS Winner: Garrett Hall  

 

NWMT Icebreaker Winners:

2016 – Timmy Solomito

2015 – Doug Coby

2014 – Justin Bonsignore

2013 – Mike Stefanik

2012 – Ron Silk

2011 – Ted Christopher

2010 – Bobby Santos, III

2009 – Ted Christopher

2008 – Ed Flemke, Jr.

2007 – James Civali

2006 – Mike Stefanik

2005 – Ted Christopher

2004 – Ted Christopher

2003 – Chuck Hossfeld

2002 – Jerry Marquis

2001 – Rick Fuller

2000 – Not Run

1999 – Mike Ewanitsko

1998 – Mike Stefanik

1997 – Rick Fuller

1996 – Steve Park

1995 – Tommy Cravenho, Jr.

1994 – Charlie Pasteryak

1993 – Jeff Fuller

1992 – Jeff Fuller

1991 – Rick Fuller

1990 – Tony Hirschman

1989 – Mike McLaughlin

1988 – Mike Ewantisko

1987 – Jimmy Spencer

1986 – Charlie Jarzombek

1985 – Richie Evans

1984 – Not Run

1983 – Greg Sacks

1982 – Richie Evans

 

NWMT Entry List (As of 3/29/17):

Car # Driver
01 Melissa Fifield
2 Doug Coby
3 Rowan Pennink
6 Ryan Preece
07 Patrick Emerling
9 Brad Vanhouten
11 Andy Seuss
15 Chase Dowling
16 Timmy Solomito
17 Kyle Ellwood
20 Max Zachem
23 Troy Talman
24 Andrew Krause
26 Gary McDonald
29 Brendon Bock
33 Wade Cole
36 Dave Sapienza
38 Gary Byington
39 Calvin Carroll
44 Bobby Santos
46 Woody Pitkat
51 Justin Bonsignore
56 Craig Lutz
58 Eric Goodale
64 Rob Summers
75 Shawn Solomito
76 Jimmy Blewett
78 Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.
82 Ron Silk
85 Todd Szegedy
89 Matt Swanson
97 Bryan Dauzat

 

PASS Entry List (As of 3/28/17): 

Car # Driver
1x Todd Stone
4 Ben Rowe
7 Travis Benjamin
7 Dave Farrington, Jr.
7L Glen Luce
8 Travis Fisher
12 Derek Griffith
28 Greg Nanigian
35 Derek Ramstrom
54 Johnny Clark
60 DJ Shaw
73 Joey Doiron
94 Garrett Hall
97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
99 Sarah Cornett-Ching

 

Icebreaker Event Schedule:

Friday, April 7

12:00 p.m. – Haulers Enter & Pits Open

1:00 p.m. – Rotating Practice (All Divisions Except NWMT & PASS)

 

Saturday, April 8

8:00 a.m. – Pits Open

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Tech Opens for Super Late Models

9:30 a.m. – Rotating Practice

10:30 a.m. – Grandstands Open

10:35 – 11:05 a.m. – PASS Practice

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. – Final Rotating Practice

12:15 – 12:45 p.m – PASS Final Practice

 

12:45 p.m. – Qualifying Races

– Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series (8 laps)

– NEMA Lite (8 laps)

– Street Stock (8 laps)

– Lite Modified (8 laps)

– Sunoco Modified (8 laps)

– PASS Super Late Models (10 laps)

– Limited Sportsman (8 laps)

– Late Models (8 laps)

– Mini Stocks (6 laps)

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Practice #1

To Follow: Vintage Outlaw Race (15 laps)

4:10 – 4:55 p.m. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Final Practice

5:00 p.m. (approx.) – Race of Champion (12 laps)

– Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series Feature (35 laps)

– NEMA Lite Feature (20 laps)

– Thompson Street Stock Open Feature(20 laps)

– Lite Modified Feature (20 laps)

 

Sunday, April 9

8:30 a.m. – Pits Open

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Fan Appreciation Party

12:15 p.m. – Pre-race Ceremonies

12:30 p.m. – Sunoco Modified Feature (30 laps)

To Follow: PASS Super Late Model Feature (75 laps)

To Follow: Limited Sportsman Feature (20 laps)

To Follow: Late Model Feature (25 laps)

2:45 p.m. (approx.) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying

To Follow: Mini Stock Feature (15 laps)

3:45 p.m. (approx.) – NWMT Icebreaker 150

 

-Featured photo credit: Rick Ibsen/Speed51.com

Fast Facts: 43rd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson (CT)