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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.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Pay Out Over $600,000 in Purses in 2016

Over the course of it’s 10-event season, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) will pay out over $600,000 in prize money – a $100,000 increase from 2015. Over $220,000 of those funds will go directly to its own six divisions.

The Sunoco Modified division will have more than $12,000 in purse money on the line for their big event, the 3rd annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint on Wednesday, July 27. This event will see the winner walk home with $2,000, and pay out $1,500 and $1,000 to 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The race will pay $325 for 10th and $200 to start. The first two points races of the night will be 20 laps, but it’s the final 10-lap race which will determine the purse payout, making for an exciting finish to the segment-race event.  Over the course of the 10-event season, Sunoco Modified teams will be the beneficiary of nearly $100,000 in prize money, before contingencies.

The Late Model division’s main event of the season will be their own 20/20 Sprint event on Wednesday, June 1. This segment-race format will be run the same way, with the winner taking home $1,000 at the end of the night, as well as a guaranteed starter position for the American-Canadian Tour race at the World Series. The drivers in 2nd and 3rd place will take home $700 and $575, respectively, and the total purse for the night will be $7,675.  Late Model drivers will fight for nearly $60,000 over the course of their 2016 campaign.

The big night to win for the Limited Sportsman division will be the Limited Sportsman Long Distance race on Wednesday, May 18. The winner of this 40-lap feature will take home $750, with 2nd and 3rd taking $500 and $350, respectively. The total purse for this event will be $4,255.  This is part of over $30,000 in prize money for TSMP;s Division 3 drivers.

The Mini Stock division will have the opportunity to take home a little extra at their special 25-lap feature on For the Fans Night, on Saturday, July 9th. This event will see the purse raised to $300 for the winner, $225 for 2nd and $200 for 3rd, for a total purse of over $2,000, part of the $15,000-plus to be paid to Mini Stock teams.

TSMP’s non-NASCAR divisions, the Trucks and Lite Modifieds, will also have their own purses for their 20-lap events. The Trucks will receive an evenly-distributed purse of $2,615 and the Lite Modifieds will receive $2,590 in awards.

In addition to the event purses, a healthy contingency program will be announced in the weeks leading up to the season-opening, Icebreaker.  At the season-ending awards banquet, over $25,000 will be paid out in point fund money for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Triple Crown Series.

With more races and more prize money on the line, this promises to be a strong season for car counts at the famed 5/8-mile historic oval. For more information about the 2016 season, visit our website http://www.thompsonspeedway.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube for the most up-to-date information about our events.

INEX Legends to return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for Road Course Series

(THOMPSON, CT) – When the Legends debuted for the first time on the 1.7 mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) last May, it was regarded by many as one of the best races of the season on the road course track. OTB Promotions has partnered with TSMP to bring the Legends back for a full-season series in 2016. Midstate Site Development (MSD) will sponsor the eleven-race championship campaign, spanning from April through October. The series will award both INEX and TSMP points, and begins with a National Qualifier on April 29. A total purse of over $15,000 will be paid out through the season, and there will be a separate point fund of $3,250 paid out to the top 10 by OTB at the end of the season.

The INEX Legend cars are 5/8-scale fiberglass full-fendered versions of the famed NASCAR Modifieds driven by legendary drivers such as Fireball Roberts, Buck Baker, Curtis Turner, Speedy Thompson and Banjo Matthews. They give drivers a fun and affordable “spec” class of racing for anyone to participate in.

The MSD INEX Legend series hosted at TSMP will kick off the season at the 2nd annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style on April 29. They will also participate in the Open Wheel Weekend on May 20, the Thompson Summer Road Race Series on June 5, July 10 and August 7, and will finish off with a race on October 9.

Glenn Korner, owner of Midstate Site Development, is “looking forward to partnering with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to bring a road course series to Connecticut for the US Legend cars.” Midstate Motor Sports drivers, Glenn and Noah Korner have raced legend cars on the road course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Virginia International Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and the inaugural Legend car race at TSMP.

For more information about the MSD INEX Legend series, visit our website http://thompsonspeedway.com/thompson-summer-road-race-series. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube for the most up-to-date information about our events.


About Midstate Site Development

Midstate Site Development is a family owned construction company located in Bloomfield, CT. They specialize in school construction, heavy highway and utility infrastructure projects. http://www.msdct.com/

 

About OTB Promotions

OTB is an acronym describing our philosophy: outside the box. We are actively working on creating new, refreshing events and formats, that revive the great fun in motorsports for both participants and spectators. Nothing is too far outside the box. http://www.otbpromos.net