Category Archives: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

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

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.

For more information about the Vintage Motorsports Festival or Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, please visitwww.thompsonspeedway.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube to stay up to date on the latest news and updates.

Joe Arena Dominates Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine

Defending Champ Picks Up Where He Left Off

 STONINGTON, CT – Just two months ago Joe Arena (Bristol, CT) was crowned the inaugural North East Street Stock Tour Champion at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Raceway Restaurant (CT). This weekend he began his title defense with a dominating win on the historic 5/8-mile oval, leading all 20 laps in the Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine.

Arena and 2015 NESST Rookie of the Year, Jim Boyle (Waterford, CT) led the seventeen-car field to the green.  Arena jumped out to an early lead in his No. 74 Hen House BBW/Traditional Mortgage/Dalena Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo, while 2016 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Limited Sportsman Champion, Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA), and series newcomer, Jim Sylvia (Middletown, RI) began marching their way through the field.   The two veteran drivers would end up finishing sixth and ninth, respectively.  Sundeen received the $50 bonus from RAD Auto Machine for advancing the most positions (11) during the event.

Arena’s lead was erased twice by caution flags, one coming on lap 10 and the other on lap 13. Once racing resumed, Arena withstood challenges from Thompson veterans, Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT), and Steve Kenneway (Lowell, MA), but was able to hold both off.

“I was pretty calm about that first restart, but then the second one I thought about Steve Kenneway, he’s a tough competitor like me. I want to thank Corey (Hutchings) for giving me a little push there of two on the restart. That really bolted us to the front there,” the veteran driver went on to say.

Arena began his title defense with his second NESST win. The first came last year at Speedway 51.  By virtue of his position at the halfway mark, Arena also received the Dur-A-Flex halfway bonus, as well as a $200 certificate from Coastline Fire Protection for his race win.

Kyle Casagrande, who won his heat race, was involved in a mid-race skirmish, and lost the most positions during the event, receiving both the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Unlucky Dog Award as well as a $50 bonus from RAD Auto Machine.

For full results for the Icebreaker, presented by RAD Auto Machine, visit www.nestreetstocktour.com.  Also, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The next NESST event will take place May 6 at Claremont Speedway (NH).