Adam Norton Off to Strong Start in Thompson’s Sunoco Modified Division

Adam Norton Off to Strong Start in Thompson’s Sunoco Modified Division

adamnorton-hs(THOMPSON, CT) – Sunoco Modified driver Adam Norton saw early season success in Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s (TSMP) top-tier division, after a fourth place finish at the Icebreaker opening weekend in April. A veteran driver from Palmer, MA, Norton has been racing for 24 years, and has multiple championships to his name in dirt bikes, go karts, and Pro Four Modifieds. Although the Sunoco Modified division include big names this season such as Keith Rocco, Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece and Rowan Pennink, Adam Norton will be looking to make his mark in the highly competitive open-wheel division.
Adam Norton started racing at the age of 7 in hill climbing dirt bikes. At the age of 11, he moved into four wheels, racing go karts for the next 6 years. Once he turned 18, he started his open-wheel career in the Pro Four Modified division, and although occasionally racing Pro Stocks, Mini Sprints, Legend Cars, and the Modified Racing Series tour, has always returned to the Modified divisions. He first moved into the SK Modified (Sunoco Modified) ranks in 2001, in which he’s competed at Thompson the last several years.
During the off season, Norton and his team put in a lot of work to make the No. 1M car competitive. “I just spent lots of time going through the car and my notes seeing what I could do to make the car better,” said Norton. “Towards the end of last season we changed motor builders to RAD Auto Machine and over the winter sent the car down to Chassis Dynamics to have two new clips put on it. My goals for the season are to be a consistent top 5 runner every race. We are definitely shooting for a win and hoping to shake off the bad luck from last season.”
Norton attributes much of his racing career success to the support of his parents, as well as his wife, Anne. “I’ve also been lucky to have had lots of great help throughout the years from various crew members, amazing sponsors and car owners.”  In addition to welcoming back LaFleur Cordwood, Barnes Enterprises, American Harley Davidson, Dennis’s Auto, and Custom Pallets as sponsors, the team also had Webster First Federal Credit Union and Hubies Tavern jump on board for the 2016 season.
Adam Norton will be racing at Thompson next at the Limited Sportsman Long Distance event, presented by Circuit One Events on Wednesday, May 18. Grandstands will open at 4:30PM, qualifying is at 6:30 PM and feature races will follow. To follow Adam Norton, visit the Adam Norton Racing Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AdamNortonRacing.
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Four First Time Icebreaker, Road Race Style Champions Crowned at Thompson

Four First Time Icebreaker, Road Race Style Champions Crowned at Thompson

 

THOMPSON, CT – Thirty-seven entrants participated in the Icebreaker, Road Race Style at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) this weekend. Those entries were divided up into four different groups, and in the end there were four first time Icebreaker, Road Race Style Champions.

Jeff Swann was fast from the time that he unloaded his Spec Racer Ford. Swann started from the pole position in Group One and never relinquished the lead throughout the 25-minute race. The Black Swann Racing driver bested defending Icebreaker, Road Race Style Champion Ken Payson, who finished in the runner up position. Sixteen year old, Evan Karl, finished in the final podium position. The New York-native just got his license a week ago.

Dave Woodle, who was piloting the T1 Corvette throughout the weekend, also had a dominant performance in Group Two.  Woodle led the way throughout practice and qualifying.  His only scare of the weekend came during final practice on Saturday morning when his No. 89 went spinning at full speed on Thompson’s long front straight. The veteran driver was able to use his skills – and a little self-admitted luck – to keep his entry off the Armco, before completing his 360 degree spin and continuing on. When it came race time, though, it was all a distant memory as Woodle beat Dan “The Man” Preston and rookie driver, Adam Strelczuk to the start-finish line.

The closest race of the weekend was among three Miatas in Group Three. Evan Karl, who was double dipping – racing in Group 1 & 3 – battled with John Raudat and Rob Sturgis throughout the 25-minute race. Sturgis put his No. 16 entry out front early, leading the first seven circuits. Raudat beat Sturgis to the line on lap eight, but Sturgis quickly fought back and edged Raudat on lap nine.  Sturgis’ lead was short-lived, however, as he overdrove turn one and ending up spinning, relinquishing the lead back to Raudat.  Evan Karl, meanwhile, was buying his time, patiently waiting for his chance to capitalize on opportunity.   The SCCA Divisional Champion followed Raudat for the next five laps before darting his way to the top of the leader board. Raudat and a hard-charging Rob Stubrgis would stalk Karl over the closing laps, but to no avail.  In the end, it was Karl who was victorious over Raudat in a very close finish.  Sturgis crossed the line third.

The No. 05 entry for Nicholas Galuardi appeared to be unstoppable throughout the weekend.   He paced both the qualifying and feature races, in route to his first Icebreaker, Road Race Style win. The second generation racer finished ahead of Thompson resident, Watler Popiak, and Tyler Reynolds

Noah Korner swept both Midstate Site Development Legends Series races on Friday, and Nick Maniatis defended his 2015 North East Mini Stock Tour road course win on Saturday.

For full results, please visit MyLaps and search for 2nd Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style. For more information about the event, please visit www.otbpromos.net.

 

Noah Korner Sweeps Midstate Site Development Legends Series Races at Thompson

Noah Korner Sweeps Midstate Site Development Legends Series Races at Thompson

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 STONINGTON, CT – “We were coming out here expecting to be in the top three. The win was possible and I’m just so glad we got it. We deserve it,” an excited Noah Korner stated in Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series victory lane.

The Central Connecticut State University student may have sold himself a little short coming into the event.  By the time he loaded his trailer on Friday evening, Korner was the owner of the track qualifying record and two race wins.

Jordan O’Brien led the field to green with Korner to his outside. O’Brien paced the first three laps around the 1.7-mile circuit before Korner used the draft to take over the lead.  The Midstate Motorsports driver went on to lead the final nine laps in route to his first victory of 2016 and a national qualifier spot.

“Well, this track has an outstanding draft. I was just trying to draft him on that one lap to gain some distance,” Korner explained. “But then on…lap three I thought I could get around him and I just tried for it and went for it and pulled away. It was a great race.”

2015 World Champion, Shawn Buffington, finished third. Giulio Borlenghi, a Brazilian exchange student, crossed the line fourth, while the race winner’s brother and teammate, Glenn, rounded out the top five.

Noah Korner (Semi-Pro), Jordan O’Brien (Pro), Patrick Dillon (Masters), and Jack Walker (Young Lion) – the highest finishing drivers in each of INEX’s classes – were the recipients of five gallons of 93 octane race fuel from New England Racing Fuel.

In the second race, the roles were reserved with Noah Korner on the inside, and Jordan O’Brien to his outside. Korner set the track qualifying record, previously held by O’Brien, with a time of 1:20.826.  On the race start, Korner retained the lead. Both Shawn Buffington and O’Brien were stalking Korner over the opening laps. O’Brien was able to get by the race leader on lap two, but quickly relinquished the lead back to Korner on the next circuit. Buffington, who was running second consistently, retired from the race on lap four after his engine expired. Despite frantic efforts by O’Brien, the Maine driver still came up one-half second short.

Korner was quick to praise his family and crew following the Semi-Pro driver’s second win of the afternoon.  “I’d like to thank my Dad, Midstate Site Development, 860 Motorsports, Jags Palmer, JJ, Rich Keator, my brother, Andrew Quealy, and everyone who comes out here.”

Guilio Borlenghi, Glenn Korner, and Alan Eastman finished in positions three through five.

The New England Racing Fuel contingency recipients for race two were Jordan O’Brien (Pro), Noah Korner (Semi-Pro), Jack Walker (Young Lion), and Alan Eastman (Master).

The next event for the Midstate Site Development Legends Series is Friday, May 20, featuring two INEX and MSD Series points races.

For full results and updated point standings visit www.otbpromos.net.

Nick Maniatis Ready to Defend Thompson Road Course Win

Nick Maniatis Ready to Defend Thompson Road Course Win

New Hampshire Native Leads Strong Field to Icebreaker, Road Race Style

Nick ManiatisSTONINGTON, CT – The North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) made their first visit to the newly-renovated road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in September last year. Fourteen cars participated in the inaugural event with southern New Hampshire-native Nick Maniatis besting the field.  Maniatis posted the fastest qualifying time, and then went on to lead everyone to  the checkered flag in the 12-lap main event. Fast forward seven months, and he now leads an anticipated entry list of 25 drivers to the historic 1.7-mile facility for this weekend’s Icebreaker, Road Race Style.

“The track is fast. It is smooth with lots of grip,” the driver of the No. 63 Here we Grow Learning Center Nissan explained.  He continued, “There is a lot of variation, a long straightaway, then you have to down shift and brake hard.”

Maniatis comes into Icebreaker, Road Race Style second in the NEMST championship point standings. He finished second last week’s season-opener at Lee USA Speedway – the same track where he began his racing career 10 years ago.  Though it’s early in the season, Maniatis is already making progress toward his 2016 goal.

“We are going to run a full season, as long as we are in contention for the Championship,” The Hoosket, NH-driver declared.

This weekend’s Icebreaker, Road Race Style may have significant championship implications. Many view the road course events on the NEMST schedule as a championship defining moment.  The skills required to master the tricky 11-turn course may make the difference at the head table at the 2016 NEMST Awards Banquet.

The Icebreaker, Road Race Style begins on Friday, April 29 with Qualifying Day, presented by DWW Motorsports. The US Legends cars will join three sports car classes, and an open wheel group for practice, qualifying, and races for the Legends.  Saturday is Race Day, presented by Fast Track Concesssions.  The card includes practice, qualifying and feature racing for the North East Mini Stock Tour.  In addition, races for the small and big bore groups, as well as the open wheel class will be contested.

For more information about the event, please visit the event page on www.thompsonspeedway.com.  You also can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

For more information about OTB Promotions, please visit www.otbpromos.net, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Korner Brothers Lead INEX Legends into National Qualifier at Thompson

Korner Brothers Lead INEX Legends into National Qualifier at Thompson

Icebreaker, Road Race Style First Pair of Points Events at Thompson in 2016

STONINGTON, CT – When the US Legends cars made their debut on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s (TSMP) 1.7-mile road course last May, the race was reviewed by many as the best to be held on the newly renovated circuit. The immediate success prompted OTB Promotions, Inc. to begin work on a full season series for 2016.  The result is a five-event, 10-race championship sponsored by Midstate Site Development (MSD), a Connecticut-based construction company.  The first of those five events is part of the Icebreaker, Road Race Style, scheduled for Friday, April 29.

Inaugural Formula Lites Qualifying of the Open Wheel Weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Inaugural Formula Lites Qualifying of the Open Wheel Weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Noah and Glenn Korner, who both raced in the inaugural event in 2015, are enthusiastic about returning to Thompson.

“I really love that road course.  It’s unique because of how much flow it has to it,” Noah explained.  Glenn, a chemical engineering major at UCONN, expanded on that, “The track is smooth. It has lots of grip and a wide groove, which helps me hone my skills.”

Throughout the winter, the Korner brothers and their Midstate Motorsports team have been traveling throughout the country in search of opportunities to gain seat time. Their travels have taken them to North Carolina, Florida, and even Texas.  The brothers are hopeful that they’ve gained a lot of experience and can use that to achieve their goals in the MSD Legends Series.

“I’m looking to beat my times from 2015,” Noah, a construction management major at Central Connecticut State University, remarked.  “By the end of the season, I am hoping for some race wins, to be able to race with Buffington and those guys.”

Glenn is looking for a “podium finish by season’s end.” On the larger scale, the eldest Korner is “trying to get a top five in the World Finals.”

The Korner brothers will be joined by 2015 INEX Connecticut State Road Course Champions, Shaun Buffington and Tom Gray, at the Icebreaker, Road Race Style. Optional practice for MSD Legends teams will take place Thursday afternoon, with practice, two qualifying sessions, and racing all happening on Friday.

For more information about the event, please visit the event page on www.thompsonspeedway.com.  You also can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

For more information about OTB Promotions, please visit www.otbpromos.net, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Lyn St. James to be honored as Guest Speaker at 3rd Annual Vintage Motorsports Festival at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Lyn St. James to be honored as Guest Speaker at 3rd Annual Vintage Motorsports Festival at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Lynn St James(THOMPSON, CT) – The 3rd Annual Vintage Motorsports Festival will bring vintage sports car and formula racing back to the quiet corner of Connecticut on June 23-25, 2016. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is proud to announce former IndyCar driver and Daytona 24 Hour winner, Lyn St. James, as this year’s Honored Guest. As part of her visit to the historic track, St. James will present as the guest speaker at the Drivers’ Dinner on Friday evening, and will also be holding a book signing.

Lyn St. James raced professionally for decades, and has an impressive number of achievements under her belt, including being the first woman to win Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, two victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and one victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring. She has also competed in some of the largest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and 24 Hours of Nürburgring.  “I’m excited to see Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  I enjoy seeing the cars and meeting the people who race vintage race cars.  It’s a way to not only honor the past, but to grow the sport.  I’ve been doing some vintage racing myself and just love it,” said St. James.

Outside of her own racing career, St. James has made her name through motivational speaking, and her support of young women in racing. In 2003, she founded the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation, and the Women’s Sports Foundation Project Podium Grant, which provides aspiring young women racers with support, both on and off the track.

The Vintage Motorsports Festival welcomes drivers from the Vintage Sports Car Club of America and Vintage Racer Group, and features a diverse range of race cars from the early 20th century through the muscle cars of the seventies. The event will feature a practice day on Thursday followed by two full days of racing on the historic 1.7 mile road course.

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