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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.

Late Race Pass Pays Off For Brunnhoelzl

Collects First So. Modified Tour Victory of 2016 At Concord

CONCORD, N.C. – Late race heroics paid off for George Brunnhoelzl III at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway.

The 33-year-old North Babylon, New York, native joined the battle for first place with 12 laps remaining and passed Ted Christopher with three laps to go to collect his first win of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season and his 26th career tour win.

Saturday at the half-mile oval saw more passing in in the first 37 laps than the tour’s last visit to the track combined.

Brunnhoelzl settled for mid-pack for most of the race until late in the race when he turned on the pressure and took the lead from Christopher off of Turn 3.

Christopher settled for second followed by Burt Myers, defending champion Andy Seuss and Jason Myers.

While Bobby Measmer Jr., JR Bertuccio, Kyle Bonsignore, Gary Putnam and Danny Bohn rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR XFINITY Series driver, Ryan Preece, led the first 63 laps before falling to eighth with 58 laps to go. The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion ultimately finished 12th.

Burt Myers maintains his lead in the standings by six points over Brunnhoelzl (90-84) followed by Seuss in third with 81.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be back in action on April 9 with the South Boston 150 at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Spring Explosion 150 Results


At Concord Speedway

Concord, NC

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (4) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 85.823 mph.
  2. (8) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (2) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.
  4. (7) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (1) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.
  6. (13) Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (11) JR Bertuccio, Centereach, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (14) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (10) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (5) Danny Bohn, Freehold, NJ, Chevrolet, 149.
  11. (12) Trey Hutchens, III, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 149.
  12. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
  13. (9) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, FL, Chevrolet, 148.
  14. (17) Richie Pallai Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Pontiac, 148.
  15. (15) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 140, accident.
  16. (6) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 93, engine.
  17. (16) Austin Pickens, Orlando, Fla., Chevrolet, 22, oil leak.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 52 minutes 26 seconds

Margin of Victory: .474 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: J.Myers (115.875 mph, 15.534 seconds)

Caution Flags: 4 for 21 laps.

Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Myers 1-18; R. Preece 19-62; B. Myers 63-83; R. Preece 84-89; A. Seuss 90-95; T. Christopher 96-132; B. Myers 133-137; T. Christopher 138-147; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 148-150.

Standings: 1. B. Myers, 90; 2. G. Brunnhoelzl,III, 84; 3. A. Seuss, 81; 4. B. Measmer,Jr., 80; 5. J. Myers