New England Racers Ready to Break the Ice at Thompson

It is the moment that race fans in New England wait for each and every year, Icebreaker Weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, the start of an entire season of racing across the region’s proud race tracks.

 

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The major story for Icebreaker 2021 is that of change at Thompson, with the Pro All Stars Series and American-Canadian Tour promoting the Icebreaker and the five subsequent oval events to be held throughout 2021 at ‘The Big T.’ It is a change that has brought about much excitement from both local favorites and touring stars from throughout the Northeast.

 

While Tour-type Modifieds will continue to headline the Icebreaker, the new Outlaw Open Modifieds under jurisdiction PASS & ACT will be the new banner. This title brings a $10,000 winner’s prize to the table for whoever can best their competitors after the 125-lap race, where only green flag laps will count towards the race distance.

 

A $10,000 prize will be on the line for the winner of the Tour-type Modified portion of the Icebreaker, which will feature 125 green flag laps.

 

A still-growing entry list of close to 30 Modifieds is already poised to take up the challenge on Sunday. The likes of veteran drivers like Doug Coby, Bobby Santos, Eric Goodale, Jon McKennedy, Ron Silk and Keith Rocco will take on young guns such as Ronnie Williams, Matt Swanson, Craig Lutz, Patrick Emerling, Anthony Nocella, and Mike Christopher Jr.

 

Also expected to attend will be NASCAR Cup Series driver and Modified standout Ryan Preece who will look to make the trip to Thompson after competing at Martinsville Speedway on Thursday and Saturday.

 

While the Open Outlaw Modifieds are the lead act for Sunday, April 11; it will be the Super Late Models of the Pro All Stars Series who will have the spotlight on Saturday, April 10. The 75-lap event will lead off the chase the prestigious PASS North Championship.

 

A $10,000 prize will be on the line for the winner of the Tour-type Modified portion of the Icebreaker, which will feature 125 green flag laps.

 

This growing list of entries already includes many of the region’s heavyweights including five-time and defending PASS North champion D.J. Shaw, four-time champion Ben Rowe, six-timer and defending Oxford 250 winner Johnny Clark, local favorite Eddie MacDonald, and 2018 PASS National champion hot off a weekend sweep at Hickory Motor Speedway: Derek Griffith.

 

Joining the schedule for the weekend will be the Sunoco Modifieds, NEMA Lites, EXIT Realty Pro Trucks, Mini Stocks, and Street Stocks who will compete with PASS on Saturday. While on Sunday on the docket with the Open Modifieds will be the SK Light Modifieds, Limited Sportsmen, and ACT-type Late Models.

 

Tickets for Icebreaker 2021 are still available, but for those unable to join the festivities, you can watch both Saturday and Sunday live on Speed51.TV, which will be the home for all six Thompson Speedway events in 2021.

 

-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo credit: Speed51

New England Racers Ready to Break the Ice at Thompson