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42nd Annual Icebreaker Headlined by Whelen Modified Tour


IMG_4221_2728DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 5, 2016) – The ceremonial opening weekend of NASCAR racing in New England is fast approaching, and fans across the globe will be able to catch the action live.

NASCAR and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park announced today that will stream Sunday’s short-track action from the 42nd Annual Icebreaker, headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s season-opening Icebreaker 150.

The webcast will begin on Sunday with pre-race ceremonies at 12:15 p.m. The on-track action is set to commence with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sunoco Modified division’s 30-lap feature at 12:35 p.m. The Icebreaker 150 will conclude the program with green flag at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The famed northeast Connecticut oval will open its 76th season with 12 divisions in competition across Saturday and Sunday. For more event and ticket information, please visit


PIT BOX: Everybody Is Chasing Coby

Three-Time Whelen Modified Champ Opens Title Defense
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
April 4, 2016

IMG_8749 (2)• Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is set to host the season-opening NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event for the 15th consecutive season. The .625-mile Connecticut oval has become Doug Coby’s personal playground, and the two-time defending tour titlist has a number of historical opportunities lined up for Sunday’s Icebreaker 150. Following a season sweep at Thompson a year ago, Coby can become the first driver in 32 years of tour competition to win five consecutive races there. He’s also looking to become the first driver in 19 years to win four straight overall races.


Race: Icebreaker 150 at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park
Date: Sunday, April 10, 3:30 p.m. ET (approx.)
Twitter: #Icebreaker2016, @ThompsonSpdwy, #NWMT


Friday 12-7 p.m. NWAAS Hauler Parking
1 p.m. NWAAS Practice
5 p.m. NWMT Optional Hauler Parking
Saturday 6:30 a.m. NWMT Remaining Hauler Parking
7 a.m. NWMT Garage Opens
9:45-11:15 a.m. NWAAS Practice
12-12:45 p.m. NWMT Practice
1:25-2:10 p.m. NWMT Final Practice
Following NWAAS Qualifying Races
4 p.m. NWMT Coors Light Pole Qualifying
Sunday 9 a.m. NWMT Garage Opens
10 a.m. NWMT Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
11 a.m.-12 p.m. NWMT/NWAAS Driver Autograph Session (on track)
12 p.m. NWAAS Drivers Meeting (Victory Lane)
12:15 p.m. NWMT Pre-Race Ceremonies
12:35 p.m. NWAAS Feature Races
3:30 p.m. (approx.) NWMT Icebreaker 150

* Times are local and subject to change.

Silly Season Drivers Settle In

New Pairings Set With Whelen Modified Tour Ready To Roll

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
April 1, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Each off season brings change to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and a handful of familiar names are gearing up for the coming 2016 season with different teams.

When the 32nd season of Whelen Modified Tour competition stars next weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, one-fifth of the drivers in the starting lineup will be with different teams. Chase Dowling, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy have all changed rides from 2015 to 2016 while Rob Summers will rejoin the tour for the first time since 2010.

And announced Wednesday, Jimmy Blewett is also back following a two-year absence.


IMG_0794 (2)Dowling, who earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 with Tomaino Motorsports, has joined Berkley Auto Racing for the coming season. The Roxbury, Connecticut, native, now 18, recorded eight top 10s in 15 races as a rookie. He’ll continue to race the No. 9 with his new team, owned by Bob Katon.

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania’s Pennink has moved on from his own team and into the seat of the famed “Ole Blue” No. 3 of Boehler Racing Enterprises for a full-time run in 2016. He recorded two wins and 58 top 10s in 124 starts across nine seasons in the No. 93.

A championship contender in 2015 with Buzz Chew Racing, Pitkat landed on his feet with Kevin Stuart Motorsports for the coming season after the Chew team decided to switch to dirt racing closer to its upstate New York home base. A nine-year Whelen Modified Tour veteran from Stafford, IMG_3906_4200Connecticut, Pitkat recorded all three of his wins and each of his four poles in the two previous seasons with Chew. The Stuart team will be new to the tour this season, and current plans are to compete in 11 of the 17 events on the schedule.

The 2011 Whelen Modified Tour titlist, Silk made seven starts last year including five with Rob Fuller Motorsports. This year he will take over for driver/owner Danny Watts Jr. in the No. 82. A nine-time winner on the tour, Silk already drove the Watts 82 to Victory Lane once this year when he won the tour-type modified opener at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. The team currently plans to run the full slate of events.

In this game of musical chairs, Szegedy is the only driver to land in a seat he previously occupied. After a full season in the Mystic Missile Racing No. 4 last year, the 2003 tour champ wanted to reduce his schedule in 2016, and he will do just that with a return to Rob Fuller Motorsports. Szegedy, with 19 wins in 202 career races, posted an average finish of 15th in five starts in the RFM No. 15 two years ago.

Summers’ case is different from the previously mentioned drivers. Aside from a spot start in 2013, the Manchester, Connecticut, driver hasn’t competed on the Whelen Modified Tour since 2010. His last full-time season was 2006. He will return to a full slate in 2016, however, as he joined KLM Motorsports to drive the No. 64. Summers has 27 top 10s in 132 career tour races.

TIMG_8471he vacancy left by Szegedy in the “Mystic Missile” No. 4 was the last piece of the puzzle put into place this offseason. Blewett was considering returning to the tour with his own No. 76 with which he last competed in 2013. Instead he landed a big opportunity with a team that has won three tour titles since 2007. The Howell, New Jersey, native has five wins and 36 top 10s in 105 starts since 2001.

The 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 10 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. For 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend ticket and event information, please click HERE.