Event Schedule Announced for 47th TSMP Icebreaker

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Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) have announced the schedule of events and ticketing information for the 47th Icebreaker at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10 and 11. The 10-division card is highlighted by the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 for the Thompson Outlaw Open Modified Series plus other top local and regional classes.

In a shift from previous years, all 10 of the divisions competing on Icebreaker weekend will have a “one-day” format. Six divisions have their qualifying and features on Saturday, April 10 with the Icebreaker 125 and remaining divisions set for Sunday, April 11. While teams may attend the Friday Test N’ Tune and other practice opportunities during the weekend, they can also practice, qualify, and race in a single day if they choose.

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, Sunoco Modifieds, 8-Cylinder Street Stock Open, NEMA Lite Midgets, and Mini Stocks will qualify and race on Saturday, April 10. The Outlaw Open Modified Series, Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, and SK Light Modifieds are slated for Sunday, April 11. Separate general admission tickets will be sold for each day.

Post time is 1:00pm for Saturday’s card and 1:15pm on Sunday. The optional Test N’ Tune on Friday, April 9 goes from 11:00am to 5:00pm. All local and state health and safety mandates will be in effect throughout the weekend.

“We think this schedule format is in everyone’s best interests,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “The one-day race format accommodates teams have other things going on in their lives and simply aren’t able to make it to the track for an entire weekend. Fans also won’t have to buy a ticket for both days if they can only attend one of them. It gives people more flexibility so they can enjoy as much racing as they want.”

“This format is a significant money-saver for teams,” PASS president Tom Mayberry added. “With qualifying and features on the same day, that’s one fewer night of hotels and other expenses that traveling teams have to pay for. Those costs can add up fast, and we don’t want teams to burn through a big chunk of their budget at the first race. It sets them up so they can potentially go to more races throughout the year.”

Adult admission for the Icebreaker is $30 on Saturday and $35 on Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under are $10 both days. Grandstand attendance is currently limited to 25% of capacity per the latest Connecticut state guidelines. ACT and PASS are monitoring the guidelines for any potential updates before race weekend. Advance ticket sales will begin within the next week. Visit www.thompsonspeedway.com/reservations to reserve a camping spot.

With more than a month remaining before the Icebreaker 125, the entry list is already full of the top names in tour-type Modified racing. It’s shaping up as a big-time start to the six-event series that includes the return of the Thompson 300 on October 9-10.

Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions Doug Coby, Bobby Santos III, and Ronnie Silk have officially committed to chase the $10,000 top prize. So have former Modified Racing Series champions Jon McKennedy, Anthony Nocella, and Chris Pasteryak. Other notable drivers on the entry list include Keith Rocco, Eric Goodale, Richard Savary, and Ronnie Williams.

The PASS Super Late Models headline the Saturday program with a 75-lap main event. PASS has been a part of every Icebreaker since 2016. This year’s event is the opener of both the PASS North and Northern Series championships. The NEMA Lite Midgets and EXIT Realty Pro Trucks are returning for another Icebreaker while the $1,000-to-win Street Stock Open was recently added after a wildly successful outing at the most recent World Series of Speedway Racing.

ACT and PASS officials have also added bonus laps for many of the local divisions. The Late Models will run a 40-lap feature on Sunday while the Sunoco Modifieds go 30 laps on Saturday. Both the Limited Sportsmen and SK Light Modifieds have 25-lap Sunday features with the 4-cylinder Mini Stocks slated for 20 laps as part of the Saturday card. The Late Model feature is the first event in the ACT New England Late Model Challenge Cup, a region-wide series for weekly teams at eligible tracks.

The Icebreaker 125 and Thompson 300 entry forms, along with the rules for the Outlaw Open Modified Series, are available at www.acttour.com/outlaw-open-modifieds. The early-entry deadlines for the Icebreaker is March 15. Information about the local division and Open Street Stock rules is online at www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway.

Thompson Speedway opens its 82nd season of oval track racing with the 47th Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. The 10-division card includes the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 for the Thompson Outlaw Open Modified Series, the PASS Super Late Models, and eight other divisions. An optional Test N’ Tune practice day is slated for Friday, April 9 with all Icebreaker divisions welcome. Grandstand attendance is limited to 25% of capacity.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.  You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

For general Thompson Speedway inquires and camping reservations, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Host COVID-19 Vaccine Super Site, March 6-8

New Hampshire’s first Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be administered this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NHMS is the fifth Speedway Motorsports venue to serve as a mass vaccination site.

LOUDON, N.H. – In a continuing effort to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in conjunction with the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, will host New Hampshire’s first mass vaccination clinic this Saturday through Monday, March 6-8. The state hopes to administer over 10,000 Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines to eligible New Hampshire residents during the three-day clinic.

“We have been working closely with the State of New Hampshire to take the next step in putting the COVID-19 pandemic in the rearview,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Hosting this vaccine super site falls right in line with our drive to help our community, and we’re proud that we’re able to use our awesome speedway property to achieve that.”

Appointments are required to receive a vaccination, and the state will proactively reach out to individuals with later first-dose appointments in April and offer them the opportunity to move up their appointment to this weekend. Vaccinations for eligible individuals will be distributed at NHMS from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 6 through Monday, March 8.

Those who have an appointment are encouraged to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time for check-in and screening. After receiving the vaccine, each patient will proceed to an observation area where medical staff will closely monitor for any potential reaction. The entire process will take place without people leaving their cars.

Hundreds of volunteers from hospitals, first responder agencies, police, fire, EMS, regional public health networks and community emergency response teams throughout New Hampshire will spend their personal time this weekend to help vaccinate community members.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway becomes the fifth facility operated by parent company Speedway Motorsports to serve as a mass vaccination site. To date, more than 91,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to eligible recipients at Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBristol Motor SpeedwayCharlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

“We are always more than willing to utilize our facilities to support a need in the community,” said Marcus Smith, president and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports. “Hosting mass vaccination clinics at our venues is crucial in the race to beat this pandemic, and this weekend, thousands of New Hampshire residents will cross that finish line.”

Eligible individuals should visit NH.gov/COVID19 for more information about upcoming vaccination opportunities and all the latest on COVID-19.


Written by Chris Moore

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MILLSBORO, DE – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco heads to the ‘Keystone State’ for a weekend of racing Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21.

The Central Pennsylvania “two-step” will send the STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central into full swing before the calendar flips to April after a kickoff at Del.’s Georgetown Speedway March 12-13.

First up: the STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman head to Selinsgrove Speedway for the ‘Icebreaker’ in Selinsgrove, Pa., on Saturday. The event will be the first in STSS history at the famed half-mile speedway and the return of the Modifieds for the first time since 2013 at the Snyder County facility.

Selinsgrove will become the 24th different facility to host the STSS when the green flag drops on March 20th in an exciting kickoff to the speedway’s 75th anniversary.

The STSS Modifieds will go 40 laps for $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green with a purse totaling more than $25,570. The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will join the card going 25 laps for a $1,500 winner’s share and $100 to take the green.

On Sunday, the STSS Modifieds travel to neighboring Port Royal Speedway for another 40-lap, $5,000-to-win event in Central Pennsylvania. The event will mark the fourth consecutive year the STSS Modifieds have competed at the Juniata County half-mile ‘Speed Palace.’

The Zimmer’s Service Center ULMS Super Late Models join the STSS Modifieds for a $4,000-to-win event in a fan-pleasing Sunday afternoon program.

The ‘Spring Speed Showcase 40’ will be the first of two events for the STSS at Port Royal Speedway, as the second running of the ‘Speed Showcase 200’ will be held paying $50,000 to win in October.

Both events of the weekend will carry STSS South Region points for the Modifieds and the Selinsgrove event will carry STSS Belmont’s Garage South Region points for the Crate 602 Sportsman.

Special awards, bonuses and contingency certificates will be awarded at each event in typical STSS fashion to make the events more lucrative for competitors.

Selinsgrove Speedway is a half-mile, banked oval located at the intersection of Routes 11 & 15 and Route 35 in Central Pennsylvania. The GPS address is 47 Sand Hill Road Selinsgrove, PA. Visit www.selinsgrovespeedway.com or call the speedway office at 570.374.2266 for further information.

Complete Selinsgrove ‘Icebreaker’ race info has been posted on the series website: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/IcebreakerGeneralInformationSheet.pdf

Port Royal Speedway, a state-of-the-art half-mile speedway on the Juniata County Fairgrounds, is located at 308 West 8th Street Port Royal, PA 17082. To learn more, visit www.portroyalspeedway.com or portspeedway@gmail.com.

The Port Royal ‘Speed Showcase’ info sheet is now live on the STSS website: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SpringSpeedShowcaseGeneralInformationSheet.pdf

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

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