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Sneak Preview of the 2016 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Season at Frank Maratta Auto Show & Race-A-Rama

(THOMPSON, CT) – 2016 is shaping up to be another one for the history books as Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) has a jam-packed schedule of over 20 races between the 5/8-mile oval and 1.7-mile road course. Fans and racers alike will get a sneak peek at what’s in store when they visit TSMP’s booth at this weekend’s Frank Maratta’s Auto Show & Race-A-Rama, scheduled for February 26-28 at the Big E in West Springfield.

TSMP will have race cars from several different divisions at its booth this year. The Stan Mertz – owned Just Get Dirty Apparel Company / Morningside Lawn & Landscape No. 6 Sunoco Modified, piloted by last year’s champion, Woody Pitkat, will be on display. They will be looking to repeat their successful season this year in TSMP’s highly competitive Division I.

Also on display will be Frank L’Etoile Jr.’s #88 car that he will be competing in TSMP’s Limited Sportsman division, as well as the new North East Street Stock Tour (NESST). The NE Street Stock Tour will begin their season at TSMP with the 42nd Annual Icebreaker on April 8-10, and end it at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on October 14-16.

From the road course, will be an INEX Legend car belonging to Glenn Korner. The Legend cars will be racing for points and purse money in their own championship series on the road course this season, consisting of 11 races total. Their races will be held in conjunction with the new Thompson Summer Road Race Series, which will also include small bore and big bore classes.

The Racing School will be bringing one of their fully-prepped Spec Miata race cars. These cars are identical to those that race in SCCA’s popular Spec Miata division, which will be competing on the road course at TSMP in July and October. The Racing School offers half-day driving schools and lapping sessions with these cars on the 1.7-mile road course. Information about these cars, how to get behind the wheel of one, and more will be available in TSMP’s booth.

Be sure to stop by our booth this weekend for a chance to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming event or a TSMP sticker, and to find out more information about our upcoming 2016 season.  You can also visit us on the web at www.thompsonspeedway.com or give us a call at (860) 923-2280.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Gears Up for the 42nd Annual Icebreaker in April

(THOMPSON, CT) – The 42nd Annual Icebreaker, one of the most highly anticipated racing events in New England, will take place on April 8-10, featuring the first championship race of the season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT). The Icebreaker this year has been expanded to twelve divisions of racing, and will once again include the popular Fan Appreciation party on the track on Sunday morning before the second day of races begin.

The Icebreaker will start off with a practice day on Friday, April 8. The pit area will open for haulers to start coming in at noon, and rotating practice sessions will begin at 1PM for all divisions except for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). Tickets for Friday cost $15 per person for pit access. Haulers will be able to come in until 7PM on Friday to park for the weekend.

Saturday’s on-track activity will begin at 9:45 AM with practice for PASS and NWMT competitors. The pits open at 8:00 AM and the grandstands open at 9:30 AM. Qualifying races will begin in the afternoon at 2:30 for all divisions, ending with time trials for the NWMT cars at 4:00 PM. Feature races will begin immediately after, starting with the Vintage Outlaws division who will be racing their first of three events at TSMP this season. Also returning to the Icebreaker will be the Lite Modified division, NEMA Lites, Lite Modifieds, and Trucks. Newcomers to the Icebreaker this year include the Pro All Stars Series (PASS), for their first return to the 5/8-mile oval since 2010, and the start-up stock car series, the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST). The NESST is open to any of TSMP’s Limited Sportsman cars, giving drivers the opportunity to compete twice on Icebreaker weekend.

Sunday’s events will start off with the return of the Fan Appreciation party on track. Fans will once again be invited to the Icebreaker Fan Appreciation party on the track Sunday morning for the opportunity to meet the stars and cars and enjoy some live entertainment. The morning’s activities will include a Champion Banner Raising Ceremony at 10:30 AM followed by a live concert by American Idol contestant, Timmy Brown.

The racing action will begin on Sunday afternoon at 12:35 PM starting off with the TSMP’s premier NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) division, the Sunoco Modifieds. Also on tap will the TSMP’s other three NWAAS divisions – the Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock. The Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions will both be competing in their first race of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Triple Crown Championship, which earns competitors separate points in the three-race series in addition to TSMP points. PASS will be putting on an exciting 75-lap race, and the afternoon will finish up with the feature event, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150-lap race at 3:30PM.

Tickets will go on sale for the 42nd Annual Icebreaker on Tuesday, February 23rd and camping reservations will go on sale on March 1st. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com/event-tickets or call our office at (860) 923-2280. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube for the most up to date information about events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Becomes Official Partner of Triple Crown Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

O'ReoilyThompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) is pleased to announced O’Reilly Auto Parts as the official sponsor of the Triple Crown Championship for the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) divisions. The Triple Crown Championship debuted in 2015 as a mini-series for these two divisions that consists of three events. Competitors’ finishing positions in these events earns them both TSMP championship points and Triple Crown Series points. The Triple Crown will pay its own point fund and award the top three.

This year’s events include the Icebreaker on April 8-10, For the Fans Night on July 9, and the Sunoco Modified Twin 25’s race on August 24. The Triple Crown Champions will be crowned at the Annual Awards Banquet in December, along with the regular TSMP division champions.

About O’Reilly Auto Parts
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the Company operates over 4,500 stores.