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NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR RACE AT South Boston POSTPONED

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By: Kyle Souza

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at South Boston Speedway, has been postponed, NASCAR announced on Friday afternoon.

The event was slated to open the 2020 season for NASCAR’s oldest touring series. The postponement is the next step NASCAR is taking in response to the coronavirus outbreak across the United States.

Earlier in the afternoon, NASCAR announced they had postponed events slated to take place at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead Miami Speedway over the next two weeks.

Officials did not immediately announce a new date for South Boston. On Thursday, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a ban of gatherings with more than 250 people, which may play a role in the second and third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (April 4-5) and Stafford Motor Speedway (April 25-26). Specifics are unclear at this time.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park released the following statement on Thursday regarding the Governor’s order:

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is aware of Connecticut Governor Lamont’s Executive order which bans gatherings of more than 250 people and will abide by it. Today’s announcement will obviously impact some of our 2020 schedule and we will have more information about the affected events as soon as it is available. The safety of our fans and racers is paramount in this situation, and we will continue to work with health officials going forward. Thank you for your understanding.

MyRaceNews will have more on the situation as it develops in the coming days.

STATEMENT FROM THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK:

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is aware of Connecticut Governor Lamont’s Executive order which bans gatherings of more than 250 people and will abide by it.

Today’s announcement will obviously impact some of our 2020 schedule and we will have more information about the affected events as soon as it is available. The safety of our fans and racers is paramount in this situation, and we will continue to work with health officials going forward.

Thank you for your understanding.

TEN DIVISION LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR 46TH ANNUAL LIQUID DEATH ICEBREAKER WEEKEND

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PRACTICE FRIDAY; RACING SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 4-5 INCLUDES NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR 

THOMPSON, Conn. — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park announced on Wednesday that 10 divisions will compete in the 46th annual Liquid Death Icebreaker weekend, April 3-5. The event begins with a Test & Tune practice on Friday, followed by two days of action to begin the New England racing season. 

The event also marks the official beginning of Thompson’s 80th year celebration. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns for the 35th consecutive season and headlines the weekend with the Death To Plastic 150 presented by Liquid Death on Sunday. Justin Bonsignore took three of the four races at TSMP last season, and has won seven of the last eight, while names like Craig Lutz, Ron Silk and Woody Pitkat will be looking to take him off the top. Defending tour champion Doug Coby is opening a new race team and will compete as both the owner and driver, as the Milford, Connecticut, native has six Thompson wins to his credit, including the Bud 150 last year. 

Thompson’s five NASCAR Weekly Racing Series divisions will begin their championship quest, as the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, SK Light Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks open with qualifying and feature racing. Each weekly series division will run a night of 20/20 racing in 2020 – with double 20-lap features planned, beginning with the Late Models at the Icebreaker. The Late Models will run one feature on Saturday and one Sunday.

In 2020, Mini Stock events will be 20 laps in distance, up five laps from last year.

 The Modified Racing Series returns for another year of Icebreaker competition for a 50-lap feature on Saturday night. The winged warriors of the NEMA Lites will be in town for their own feature. The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge (35 laps) and EXIT Realty 375 Pro Sportsman (35 laps) will both qualify and race as part of the Saturday program. 

The full schedule for Icebreaker weekend will be released once completed. Drivers in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series are encouraged to fill-out the driver registration form, located in the competitor info section of the website, prior to arriving for the Icebreaker.  

New for 2020, minors will be allowed in the paddock area for just $15 per event once necessary parental waivers have been signed.  

Pit admission for Friday is just $20, while a paddock pass for Saturday-Sunday is $60. Anyone wishing to enter just the grandstands for Saturday-Sunday can purchase a general admission ticket at $55, with seniors, veterans and active military $50. Kids 12 and under are free in the grandstand general admission. 

Liquid Death, the sponsor of the 46th annual Icebreaker, puts water, the healthiest beverage on earth, into aluminum cans, the most sustainable container on earth. With a mission to get more people to drink water, they are creating one of the first sustainable alternatives to plastic bottled water.  

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, visit thompsonspeedway.com and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.