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Icebreaker Weekend Starts 83rd Thompson Season with Shattering Success

Alan Ward Photo

Thompson, CT — The annual Icebreaker weekend Saturday opener was nothing short of a shattering success for Thompson Speedway and co-promoters Tom Mayberry with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and Cris Michaud with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). Growth in both the Sunoco Modified and Mini Stock divisions showcased a strong faith local drivers have in this combined venture between Michaud and Mayberry while the racing itself provided racefans with some much-needed entertainment after another New England winter. The visiting PASS Super Late Models, EXIT Realty Pro Trucks and NEMA Lites also wowed the crowd with defensive driving and plenty of highspeed thrills, with a few spills along the way.

Starting off feature racing action was the first event for the Sunoco Modifieds in 2022. The 30-lap sprint proved coming off Thompson’s Turn 2 straight and true is no easy feat with all four cautions resulting from spins coming off the East corner of the track. Newton, Connecticut’s Stephen Kopcik kept the lead from the initial green before Jon Puleo threw his No.7 to the bottom coming out of Turn 2. Puleo would lose the lead with another slide job move from Kopick when Stafford Speedway super star Todd Owen started pressuring the duo at the halfway point.

The final caution on lap 26 bunched up the field, leaving Kopick with a rearview mirror full of Owen and fellow standout Mike Christopher, Jr. With Christopher in second, Kopick drove on the defense as the two swapped lanes again and again in the final five laps. Coming down to the checkered flag, Christopher threw one last, desperate shot to the bottom of Turn 4 undernieth Kopick, but it was too little, too late. Stephen Kopick would claim the Sunoco Modified’s Icebreaker victory with Wolcott’s Christopher in second and Somers’ Owen in third.

The NEMA Lites brought their usual lightning speed to the Thompson Icebreaker weekend with their 25-lap feature going green-to-checkered in under nine minutes. Danielson, Connecticut’s Todd Bertrand took the gold with his No.48 while a pair of Massachusetts drivers swept the rest of the podium. Medway’s Jake Trainor took second and Kyle Valeiri from Monument Beach earned third.

The only thing in DJ Shaw’s windshield this afternoon was redemption. Last year’s PASS Icebreaker 75 proved elusive for Shaw who had to settle for 6th following Derek Griffith’s dominance of the 2021 event. Content with following pole-sitter Johnny Clark through the opening stages, Shaw laid in wait for the first 40 laps until Clark’s handling faded away, the No.54 coming out of Turn 4 nearly sidewise on multiple occasions. On lap 47, Nova Scotia’s Austin MacDonald, a major threat for the lead throughout his preliminary heat and the feature, slammed hard into the Turn 1 retaining wall before coming to a rest against the wall in Turn 2.  

On the restart, Shaw launched like a rocket, with Clark and Jake Johnson in tow. While these three took off, the remaining top-ten cars cruised around the 5/8-mile under a blanket before veteran drivers Joey Polewarczyk and Eddie MacDonald left the party. In the remaining laps, Shaw, Johnson and MacDonald made their own lane to the finish while Polewarczyk and fellow New Hampshire driver Gabe Brown mixed it up in the final two laps with Brown on top for fourth and Polewarczyk capping the top-five.  

The Thompson Mini Stocks rolled out onto the track seventeen-strong compared to just eleven during last year’s Icebreaker weekend. The first caution flag flew on lap 6 with the strong-running No.31 of Tommy Silva took a dive into the frontstretch grass, just barely missing the inside retaining wall. By then, 2021 champion Jarred Roy had already taken the lead, and kept it through to the end of their first 20-lap feature of 2022. Charles Canfield would take second with Kevin Moore, recovering strong from a missed-shift restart, to finish third.

To round out the day, the EXIT Realty New England Pro Trucks launched their 2022 season with plenty of action. Early into the 35-lap feature, three trucks came together coming off the fourth corner with Tyler Chapman having to take his No.81 truck behind the wall. Following several peaceful laps, Andy Pellagrini drove off Turn 4 with a little too much throttle, spinning him backwards into the frontstretch grass and into the inside pit wall. After twenty feet of scraping atop the concrete wall, Pellagrini come to rest on top with his drivers-side tires free-floating. After the crowd received another lesson in the infamous Thompson Double Hook, Gerard Giordano, Jr. once again took the Pro Truck Icebreaker victory with Duane Knoll and Connor Souza rounding out the podium.

With weather for Sunday looking far less than favorable, the decision was made Saturday to postpone Sunday’s Icebreaker 125 schedule to Saturday, April 9th. This coming Saturday the rescheduled $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 will roll alongside the Thompson ACT-type Late Models, SK Lite Modifieds and Limited Sportsman. Pits will open at 9:00am with practice to follow. Racing set to begin at 1:00pm.  Specific times and other information will be released this week. Combo General Admission tickets will be honored for Saturday’s rescheduled event, as will pit passes. You must keep and show your pit passes on Saturday to be honored. Any questions can be made to the ACT office email and phone.

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 inquiries, 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.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – Thompson, CT

Thompson Icebreaker

Saturday, April 2, 2022


PASS Super Late Models (75 Laps)

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. (4), DJ Shaw (60), Ctr. Conway NH, 75

2. (10), Jake Johnson (15MA), Rehoboth MA, 75

3. (8), Eddie MacDonald (17MA), Rowley MA, 75

4. (7), Gabe Brown (50), Ctr. Conway NH, 75

5. (22), Joey Polewarczyk (4NH), Hudson NH, 75

6. (12), Ryan Kuhn (72), East Bridgewater MA, 75

7. (1), Johnny Clark (54), Hallowell ME, 75

8. (5), Cory Casagrande (7CT), Stafford Springs CT, 75

9. (14), Ben Rowe (4), Turner ME, 75

10. (2), Garrett Hall (94), Scarborough ME, 75

11. (3), Dave Farrington (23), Jay ME,75

12. (13), Brandon Barker (88), Windham ME, 75

13. (16), Jake Matheson (52M), Hillsboro NH, 75

14. (11), Derek Gluchaki (48), Dartmouth MA, 75

15. (9), Tyler Tomassi (76RI), West Greenwich RI, 75

16. (15), Joshua King (21), Vernon VT, 75

17. (17), Michael Scorzelli (18), Feura Bush NY, 75

18. (18), Dan Winter (81), Deerfield ME, 74

19. (21), Mike Mayberry (45), Naples ME, 74

20. (19), Brandon Turbush (06), Manorville NY, 71

21. (6), Austin MacDonald, Pictou NS, 47

22. (20), Austin Teras (29), Grey ME,

23. DNS JP Josiasse (24J), Ennismore, ONT

Sunoco Modifieds (30 Laps)

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Stephen Kopcik (179), Newton CT

2. Mike Christopher, Jr. (82), Wolcott CT

3. Todd Owen (81), Somers CT

4. Troy Talman (3), Oxford MA

5. Jon Puleo (7), Branford CT

6. Keith Rocco (57), Berlin CT

7. Danny Cates (46), Chaplin CT

8. Tyler Berry (18), Griswold CT

9. RJ Marcotte (5) Millville MA

10. Bill Anderson (89), Wolcott CT

11. Cody Rose (62), Worcester MA

12. Mark Bakaj (27), Lebanon CT

13. Adam Gada (27A), Bozrah CT

14. Jason Sundeen (26), Douglas MA

15. Paul LaPlante (02), Scituate RI

16. John Lowinksi-Low (33), Thompson CT

17. DNS Corey Berry (39), Moosup CT

18. DNS Ronnie Williams (50), Tolland CT

NEMA Lites (25 Laps)

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Todd Bertrand (48) Danielson CT

2. Jake Trainor (29), Medway MA

3. Kyle Valeiri (17), Monument Beach MA

4. Dylan Coutu (53), Griswold CT

5. Avery Stoehr (10), Lakeville MA

6. Paul Scally (30), Paul Scally MA

7. Joey Bailey (21) Manhattan NY

8. Eric Bacon (26) Brimfield MA

9. Brayden Egan (59), Ashford CT

10. Tiana Kibbe (94), Fairfield CT

11. Chris Vose (3), Gloversville NY

12. Dan Cugini (51) Marshfield MA

Mini Stocks (20 Laps)

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Jarred Roy (1CT), Moosup CT

2. Charles Canfield (25), East Haven CT

3. Kevin Moore (82), Moosup CT

4. Chris Garside (83), Groton CT

5. Dave Trudeau (97), Marshfield CT

6. John Bavolacco (42), Stratford CT

7. Rick LaFlesh (9CT), Griswold CT

8. Tommy Silva (31), Gales Ferry CT

9. Sam Mesick (2), Norwich CT

10. Kyle Wing (7), Marshfield CT

11. Bill Schoeler (84), Warwick RI

12. Steve Michalski (44), Brooklyn CT

13. Nadine Coates (40), Newport NH

14. Ray Herman (91), Baltic CT

15. Jeff Martin (8), Barre VT

16. Chris Ivory (94X), Oakdale, CT

17. Brad Caddick (18) Wyoming RI

EXIT Realty Pro Truck Feature (35 Laps)

Pos., Driver, Car #

1. Gerard Giordano, Jr. (15)

2. Duane Knoll (2)

3. Connor Souza (38)

4. Nathan Smith (55)

5. Devin Deshaies (66)

6. Dave Koenig (97)

7. Andy Lindeman (3)

8. Jim Boyle (02)

9. Todd Taylor (47)

10. Clark Brooks (21)

11. Andrew Morin (10)

12. Mike Cavallaro (80)

13. Randy Burr (32)

14. Emma Monahan (78)

15. Gee Perry (85)

16. Joe Arena (1)

17. Ryan Perry (83)

18. Chris Taylor (5)

19. Kyle Gero (19)

20. Andy Pellagrini (6x)

21. Roger Hunt (48)

22. Ron Hunt (82)

23. Tyler Chapman (81)

ACT and PASS Unveil Thompson Oval Track Schedule for 2022

Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME
— The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) have finalized the 2022 oval track schedule for Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The sanctioning bodies will again put on six events for the 83rd season of racing at the historic 5/8-mile oval.

The season begins the first weekend of April with the annual Icebreaker. Friday, April 1 is an open practice day for Icebreaker divisions. Saturday, April 2 is Icebreaker Day 1 headlined by a 75-lap National Championship feature for the PASS Super Late Models. The Outlaw Open Modified Series returns Sunday, April 3 for the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 as part of Icebreaker Day 2.

All five of Thompson Speedway’s local divisions — the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, SK Light Modifieds, and Mini Stocks — are also part of the Icebreaker. Additional divisions and the full schedule of events for each day will be announced at a later date.

The local divisions will also be part of each Wednesday night “Summer Series” event. The summer racing series begins Wednesday, June 15 at 6:00pm with the Nutmeg State 75 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series, which will pay a minimum of $5,000 to win. The same line-up is on tap for the Midsummer 75 on Wednesday, July 13.

As previously announced, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) makes its return to Thompson Speedway on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00pm for the Thompson 150. It’s the first NASCAR Modified visit to Thompson since the 2020 World Series. The Outlaw Open Modifieds will get that night off. They return for the Tripoint Showdown 75 on Wednesday, September 14 to wrap up the Summer Series.

The season concludes with the 60th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing from Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9. A 75-lap showdown for the Modified Racing Series and Round 1 of the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown Series headline the Friday card. Saturday features the World Series 150 for the Whelen Modified Tour, twin 75-lap features for the ACT Late Model Tour and PASS Super Late Models, and the second round of the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown.

Sunday, October 9 is the $20,000-to-win Sunoco Thompson 300 for the Outlaw Open Modifieds along with the Sunoco Modified Triple Crown finale. Drivers and teams who attempt to qualify for all Outlaw Open Modified Series events will be eligible for potential provisional starting positions at the Thompson 300.

The rest of the local divisions are crowning their 2022 champions throughout the World Series weekend. Other World Series divisions and touring series will be added during the season.

Officials are finalizing the 2022 local division rules and hope to release them soon along with the Icebreaker entry forms. Please check www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway and www.thompsonspeedway.com for further updates.

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 inquiries, 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.

2022 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Schedule of Events


— Fri Apr 1 12:00pm Icebreaker Practice Day

1 Sat Apr 2 1:00pm Icebreaker Day 1 – PASS Super Late Models

Sun Apr 3 1:00pm Icebreaker Day 2 — Icebreaker 125, $10,000-to-win

2 Wed Jun 15 6:00pm Nutmeg State 75

3 Wed Jul 13 6:00pm Midsummer 75

4 Wed Aug 17 6:00pm Thompson 150 — NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

5 Wed Sep 14 6:00pm Tripoint Showdown 75

6 Fri Oct 7 5:30pm Sunoco World Series Day 1 — Modified Racing Series

Sat Oct 8 2:00pm Sunoco World Series Day 2 — NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Sun Oct 9 12:30pm Sunoco World Series Day 3 — Thompson 300, $20,000-to-win

Schedule Subject to Change

Haunted Hundred To Showcase Best of Modifieds, Late Models & Pro Stocks

Championship Battles on the Line in Three New England Touring Divisions at Seekonk

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

SEEKONK, Mass. — On Saturday, October 23, Seekonk Speedway roars back to life for the final time in 2021 with the return of the Haunted Hundred. The Saturday afternoon special, which begins at 1 p.m., will showcase the top stars from the Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Late Models from across New England with the Tri Track Open Modified Series, Pro All Star Series and American-Canadian Tour. 

All three divisions will crown their champions during the special event in three 100-lap races.

In the Tri Track Open Modified Series title battle, Matt Hirschman leads by 27 points and will essentially just need to take the green flag in the 100-lap race to clinch a record sixth series title. Hirschman’s title would be his second consecutive and sixth in the eight-year history of Tri Track. The only two drivers to defeat him in the points standings were Jon McKennedy (2014) and Ronnie Williams (2019). This year, Hirschman has two wins — living up to his “Big Money” nickname by winning over $17,000 at Star Speedway in the SBM Classic, and the $10,000 check at Seekonk in August as part of the annual Open Wheel Wednesday. He hopes to bookend his season with a third win and a title coronation at the Action Track of the East.

Although chances are slim, runner-up Chase Dowling is also mathematically eligible to win the championship. Dowling will be honored just prior to the drop of the green flag for heat races as the winner of the Call 811 Before You Dig Modified (CBYD) Challenge, which has earned him a $8,111 check courtesy of the team at CBYD. The challenge combined the six Tri Track events with the four Stafford Motor Speedway Open Modified races, and Dowling earned enough points to clinch the crown one race early.

Some of the best Modified talent in the region will join Hirschman and Dowling looking for the $6,000 check in the Haunted Hundred Tri Track feature. Three-time and reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore, six-time NASCAR champion Doug Coby, Matt Swanson, Ron Silk, Les Hinckley, Chris Pasteryak, Woody Pitkat, Anthony Sesely, Anthony Nocella and more are expected. 

Tri Track will also debut a new system for the lineups in qualifying heat races at Seekonk. 

Tri Track will eliminate the blind draw that drivers have been doing to set the lineup — and instead will base qualifying starting spots off a final scuff session that will occur on race day. In between practice and heat races, all cars will be required to go over the scales in the reserve order of practice speeds, with the slowest cars first. Teams will be grouped by practice speed and sent out on the track during the scuff session in groups of five. They will then be part of a four-lap green flag session, with the fastest individual lap time from the four-lap session for each car determining the heat race lineup. Once the lineups are set, the top-four from each heat will be inverted to make the starting grid. For the feature, Tri Track will re-draw a number of cars from zero through 12 through a spin of a wheel in front of race fans between consi and feature racing.

Joining the mighty Modifieds are the stars of the American-Canadian Tour and Pro All Star Series. In the ACT title chase, Ben Rowe and D.J. Shaw are caught in the middle of a stranglehold looking to decide the champion between the two of them. Rowe leads Shaw by just one point entering Seekonk, a place where both of them have plenty of experience in Pro All Star Series Pro Stocks. They will be two of many drivers doing double-duty during the day, as both Rowe and Shaw look to sweep the top-10 in all 10 ACT events this year. Former Seekonk Speedway Late Model champion Ryan Kuhn will also be doing double-duty.

They will be chased by some of Seekonk’s best weekly Late Model drivers who will look to defend the home turf. Champion Vinnie Arrenegado Jr., Chase Belcher, Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Josh Hedges, Richie Murray and more will look to defeat invaders like Tom Carey, Thompson Speedway World Series winner Derek Gluchacki, Jimmy Hebert and more. 

On the PASS Pro Stock front, the series invades the third-mile for the third time this year. Drivers are already familiar with the tricky third-mile, but if the first two races are any indication, we could be looking at a third winner in three races. Johnny Clark dominated the inaugural Bay State Classic in July, winning a $10,000 prize, while last month, DJ Shaw passed Seekonk champions Dave Darling and Tom Scully Jr. to score the victory. All four of those drivers will be joined by PASS invaders like Kate Re, Eddie MacDonald and former Seekonk Legends Cars champion Jake Matheson. Seekonk’s own Pro Stock stars like Darling, Scully, Ryan Vanasse and Dylan Estrella will look to defeat them all. Derek Griffith leads the PASS National point standings heading to Oxford Plains Speedway this weekend, while Johnny Clark has run away with another PASS North title this year. Clark is also leading the PASS North New England standings, while Griffith appears to be running away with the PASS national crown.

An optional Friday practice will take place on Friday, October 22, from 12-5 p.m. Pit gates will open at 10 a.m. for teams and overnight hauler parking will be allowed. Camping is not allowed at Seekonk Speedway. On Saturday, pits open at 8 a.m., grandstands open at 11 a.m., and the drop of the green flag for heat racing begins at 1 p.m. 

Race day tickets are available in advance at seekonktickets.net or will also be available at the track on the day of the race. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12, with those five and under free in the grandstands. 

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 more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media.