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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Details for the 2018 Icebreaker

Season opener set for April 6-8

Thompson, CT (February 13th, 2018) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) revealed details about The Icebreaker, which will feature eleven divisions in the 44th running of this great tradition.

  “For the past 43 years, the Icebreaker has marked the beginning of the stock car racing season in New England. This year’s rendition has even more excitement with the addition of the Valenti Modified Racing Series, giving race fans an additional 50 laps of wheel-to-wheel excitement. We look forward to welcoming our loyal fans and racers back to Thompson to begin our 78th season.” explained Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.

The 2018 season of racing kicks off Friday, April 6, with a Test & Tune day. On April 7-8, the New England stock car racing season will open with eleven divisions on the Icebreaker card, which is headlined by The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The Saturday program will be compromised of practice and qualifying for ten of the eleven divisions. In addition, feature races for the NEMA Lites, Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge Race, Exit Realty 375 Sportsman Challenge, and Lite Modified Race will all be held. Some added excitement will take place on Saturday as The Valenti Modified Racing Series will open their season with a 50-lap affair.

The highly-anticipated Fan Appreciation Party and Champion’s Banner Raising will start off the Sunday schedule followed by the NWAAS Sunoco Modified Race, Pass Race, NWAASS Limited Sportsman Race, NWAAS late Modified Race and the NWAAS Mini Stock Race. The afternoon will culminate with the 150-lap championship race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. 

Feature Races:

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150)
Sunoco Modified (30)
Late Model (25)
Limited Sportsman (20)
Mini Stock (15)
Pro All Star Series (100)
NEMA Lites (20)
Exit Realty 375 Sportsman Challenge (35)
Lite Modified (20)
Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge (20)
Valenti Modified Racing Series (50)

“One of the things that makes the Icebreaker special is that it is filled with expectation. Everyone comes in with brand new cars, optimistic about their results. Fans come, after a long winter, ready to cheer their favorite drivers on to victory. As part of our commitment to engaging with our fans, the Icebreaker affords them the opportunity to see the stars and cars up close and personal at our Banner Raising Ceremony and Fan Appreciation Party on Sunday morning. We look forward to welcoming everyone on track to kick off the stock car racing season in New England.” General Manager, Josh Vanada said.

Tickets for the Icebreaker will be available at the event.

Camping continues to grow year over year and registration will open on February 16th. You can make your reservations online here: www.thompsonspeedway.com/reservations

Inclement Weather date: Friday April 13th – Sunday April 15th

For more information on The Icebreaker and for a full calendar of events, please visit thompsonspeedway.com.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Reveals 2018 Schedule

Season Opening Icebreaker set for April 6-8

Thompson, CT (November 20, 2017) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) revealed it’s 2018 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing schedule, comprised of seven diverse and unique events.

Thompson will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races, supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in three events, but not under the NWAAS sanction.

“In the past several seasons, our four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions have experienced great growth, not only in the quantity, but in quality of the field. We are proud to showcase them as the core of our NASCAR program,” explained Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.

The Northeast’s premier touring series are all on the docket for 2018, including four stops by NASCAR’s oldest division – The Whelen Modified Tour. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return for the second annual Thompson Throwback in mid-July. Additionally, after several strong fields at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, the Valenti Modified Racing Series will now open their 2018 season at the Icebreaker. The Pro All-Star Series, American-Canadian Tour, International Supermodified Association, and Northeastern Midget Association will all return to America’s first-paved oval.

“We’re glad to welcome a diverse group of sanctioning bodies and touring series back to Thompson in 2018. Their presence at our venue enhances our racing program, providing a variety for our fans.  They complement our NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and add prestige to our major events,” Vanada concluded.

The 2018 season of racing kicks off Friday, April 6, with a Test & Tune day. On April 7-8, the New England stock car racing season will open with eleven divisions on the Icebreaker card, which is headlined by The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Some added excitement will take place on Saturday, April 7, as The Valenti Modified Racing Series will open their season with a 50-lap affair. The highly-anticipated Fan Appreciation Party and Champion’s Banner Raising will be held on Sunday morning, April 8.

Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 8: 44th Annual Icebreaker

Sunday, May 20: Third Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, Presented by Pepsi

Wednesday, June 13: Fourth Annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson 125

FridayJuly 13: Thompson Throwback Test & Tune

Saturday, July 14: Second Annual NASCAR Thompson Throwback 100

WednesdayAugust 8: 29th Annual Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150

SundaySeptember 9: Third Annual For the Fans Event; 5th Annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14: 56th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing

For a full calendar of events, please visit thompsonspeedway.com. Season passes will go on sale on Black Friday, also on ThompsonSpeedway.com

Coby Adds To His Legacy With Fifth Title

Edges Thompson Winner Solomito For NASCAR Whelen Modified Crown

THOMPSON, Conn. — Back in April, Doug Coby walked away from a wrecked race car without even completing one lap in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Six months later, Coby capped the season at Thompson by completing an unthinkable comeback to win his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Sunday’s fifth-place finish in the Sunoco World Series 150 was enough to completely erase his disastrous start to the season and wrap up his fourth straight title.

The Milford, Conn. driver becomes the first driver since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour began in 1984 to accomplish the feat and only the third in the history of NASCAR modifieds, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evans and Jerry Cook.

“We just kind of tugged away this year,” Coby said. “We won one race in 2014 when we won the championship and we only won once this year. We were just so consistent.”

Timmy Solomito, who entered the race third in the championship standings and one of six drivers still in contention for the crown, used a pass with just two laps remaining to capture the victory the race that was pushed to 155 laps because of a late caution.

The victory was the fifth of the season for the Islip, New York, driver but it wasn’t enough to get him the title.

Coby finished with 604 points, six ahead of Solomito. Justin Bonsignore finished third, 10 points back of Solomito, while Rowan Pennink and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five in the championship standings.

Coby was determined to control his own destiny. The points leader entering the finale, he started on the front row with polesitter Chase Dowling and immediately jumped to the front to lead the first 82 laps to clinch the bonus points for most laps led.

After his first pit stop, he restarted outside the top 10 and wasn’t able to get all the way back to the front. But it didn’t matter. A late charge was enough to hand him the championship behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet.

“We were good all year and we were kind of under the radar. This was a different championship because we to crawl all summer because we had to get back in it,” Coby said. “We had to chip away this year. The common denominator in all of these titles was a team that never quit.”

Dowling finished second — crossing the finish line .043 seconds behind Solomito — while Ron Silk was third and Pennink fourth.

Andrew Krause finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Dave Sapienza, Jamie Tomaino and Bonsignore.

Ryan Preece finished 26th in the race and fell to sixth in points. However, he was able to wrap up the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner’s championship for Ed Partridge. Preece missed two races — one for his wedding and one to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway — and combined with George Brunnhoelzl III and Jon McKennedy to win the title for Partridge’s No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet team.

Coby and Partridge will be honored as champion of the unified Whelen Modified Tour as part of the champions celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina in December.

RACE RESULTS | FINAL POINT STANDINGS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Sunoco World Series 150 Results

Sunday

At Thompson International Speedway

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 155 laps, 65.309 mph.

2. (1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

3. (10) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

4. (6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 155.

5. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

6. (19) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

7. (21) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

8. (18) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

9. (33) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

10. (14) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 155.

11. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

12. (4) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

13. (7) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 155.

14. (23) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 155.

15. (27) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

16. (16) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

17. (13) Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga., Chevrolet, 155.

18. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 155.

19. (9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 154.

20. (5) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154.

21. (25) Danny Cugini, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 147, accident.

22. (35) Cory Oslund, East Hampton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 143, accident.

23. (34) Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 138, handling.

24. (15) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, accident.

25. (12) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 131, accident.

26. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 117.

27. (32) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 113, handling.

28. (24) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 80, accident.

29. (11) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 52, ignition.

30. (31) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 19, clutch.

31. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 9, accident.

32. (20) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

33. (22) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

34. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

35. (28) John Baker, Selden, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 29 minutes 0 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.043 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: C.Dowling (118.477 mph, 18.991 seconds)

Caution Flags: 12 for 57 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-82; C. Lutz 83-107; R. Silk 108-144; J. Bonsignore 145; R. Silk

146-153; T. Solomito 154-155.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 604; 2. T. Solomito, 598; 3. J. Bonsignore, 588; 4. R. Pennink,

570; 5. E. Goodale, 566; 6. R. Preece, 562; 7. D. Sapienza, 511; 8. M. Swanson, 484; 9.

R. Summers, 474; 10. C. Lutz, 429.