(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.
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OSWEGO, NY (February 22, 2016) – For the first time, Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super division will be the featured programming on Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV, as the 24th annual Bud Light SBS Classic will hit the airwaves on Thursday, March 3 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.
The Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super division debuted at Oswego in 1992 and has served as the Novelis Supermodified support division ever since, graduating several top drivers to the heralded Supermodified platform.
Listed among those graduates are the Speedway’s most recent Supermodified champions in Otto Sitterly and Bob Bond as well as well as title contenders Dave Danzer, Michael Barnes, Dave Gruel, and more.
With 400+ horsepower, 10 inch Hoosier Racing Tires, along with lightweight and agile handling capabilities, the Pathfinder Bank SBS are now reaching speeds in excess of 120mph on the average, making them one of the fastest and most exciting open-wheel racing divisions in the country – built solely for Oswego Speedway.
The Bud Light SBS Classic is a 75-lap main event, the smaller brother of the famed Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, pitting Oswego’s best SBS racers against one another for the right to be called a Classic champion.
The SBS Classic broadcast will feature the two greatest drivers in the history of the division in Mike Bond and Russ Brown, who each spent time in the Supermodified division, as well as championship combatants Andrew Schartner, Dalton Doyle, Anthony Losurdo, Jack Patrick, Dave Cliff, and Kreig Heroth.
The broadcast will be led in the analyst’s booth by motorsports broadcasting veterans Ralph Sheheen and Derek Pernesiglio.
Oswego Speedway’s weekly infield announcer Keith Zehr will handle all post-ace interviews.
The Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers will see more airtime in 2016 as a part of the Speedway’s overall schedule with Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.
“The Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super division has been a staple of the Speedway for nearly 25 years, and has created a tremendous feeder system for our prized Supermodified division,” said Oswego Speedway PR Director, Dan Kapuscinski. “This division would be a headliner at any other facility and we are proud to have these teams, cars, and drivers as a part of our weekly schedule at the ‘Steel Palace.’ We were elated to see that SPEED SPORT has taken notice of this division, and looks to include these cars and drivers into their broadcast lineup for 2016.”
MAVTV features all things in American Real Motorsports including ASCS Sprint Car Racing, ATV Pro MX, and The Dave Despain Show.
Oswego Speedway – SUZUKI PRESENTS SPEED SPORT on MAVTV
Thursday 3/3 4:00pm & 7:00pm ET/PT – Oswego Speedway’s 24th annual Bud Light SBS Classic 75 for the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers