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Griffith Dominates at Icebreaker to Remain Perfect on PASS Season

Thompson, CT ­— Hudson, NH’s Derek Griffith went wire-to-wire to capture the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Thompson 75 at the annual Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10. Griffith grabbed the lead in the first corner and was on a rail from there, claiming victory in the headliner for the afternoon session of the 82nd Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park season opener.

Griffith’s win kept the young star perfect on the PASS Super Late Model season. He captured both PASS National Easter Bunny 150 events at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway the previous weekend. Now Griffith also has a win in the PASS North championship opener.

It took less than 500 feet for Griffith to get to the front at Thompson. He started second after winning the second qualifying heat, and when polesitter Ben Rowe had trouble coming up to speed, Griffith and several others shot past.

The only thing that could slow Griffith was the race’s lone caution on lap 3 when Garrett Hall tagged the backstretch wall. When the field went green again, Griffith put the hammer down. Rowley, MA’s Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald gave chase as best he could, and could narrow the gap some in traffic, but Griffith restored his margin every time they got clear.

Even as multiple other drivers had strong runs go sour in the unseasonable warm weather, Griffith never wavered. He ultimately put more than half the field a lap down and cruised to an impressive win.

“I love it here,” Griffith said after the race. “I tell people all the time about how cool the Icebreaker is and how big of a weekend it is. You know we travel everywhere and not everybody understands how big of a weekend it is — and not just for PASS…so to come get another (win) here is pretty cool. It’s definitely one to mark off.”

MacDonald finished second with Center Conway, NH’s Gabe Brown a comfortable third. Rowe recovered from his early troubles and held off Rowland Robinson Jr. for fourth. Reigning PASS North champion D.J. Shaw, Johnny Clark, Corey Casagrande, Mike Scorzelli, and Dan Winter rounded out the top-10.

Berlin, CT’s Keith Rocco came out on top of a barnburner to win the Sunoco Modified season opener. Rocco started fourth in the 30-lap main event and took the lead from Oxford, MA’s Troy Talman on a lap-9 restart after Christian Turissi’s spin.

Wolcott, CT’s Mike Christopher moved into the runner-up spot following the second caution on lap 13. Rocco and Christopher pulled away from the field nose-to-tail for several laps, but with seven to go, the real battle began. Christopher dove inside Rocco entering turn 3, the first of what would be six passes in as many laps. Rocco, however, kept putting his Modified out front at the start/finish line where it counted.

As the duo got the two-to-go signal, Christopher finally had the lead by a nose at the line and cleared Rocco entered turn one. Rocco went back underneath him in the third turn, and the two banged nerf bars. Christopher slid up the track, allowing Rocco to get away for another victory in his dominating Thompson Speedway career.

Talman and Todd Owen also got past Christopher thanks to the late contact, finishing second and third in the final rundown. Christopher had to settle for fourth. Danny Cates, Jonathan Puleo, John Lowinski-Loh, Richard Williams, Jason Sundeen, and Paul LaPlante completed the top-10.

Franklin, MA’s Bobby Santos III kicked off his Icebreaker weekend with a victory in the 25-lap NEMA LITES Midgets feature. Santos started seventh in the Matt and Bob Seymour-owned #1, and after a slow start, began him march to the front. He inherited the second spot on lap 13 when Dan Cugini’s Midget shut down, then caught leader Jim Santa Maria with eight laps to go.

One lap later, Santos drove beneath Santa Maria on the front stretch and cleared him entering turn 1. It was no contest from there as Santos sailed to the victory.

Santa Maria came in second followed by Jake Trainor. Kyle Valeri, Richie Coy, Paul Scally, Christopher Vose, Tiana Kibbe, Matt Seavy, and Cugini finched fourth through 10th.

Plymouth, MA Paul Newcomb ended a frenetic two days on a high note by winning the 25-lap Street Stock Open feature. Newcomb started fourth and found an opening early, muscling beneath polesitter Ryan Waterman in turn four to take the lead after two laps.

Candia, NH’s Jimmy Renfrew Jr. was the only driver who could even come close to hanging with Newcomb on the ensuing green-flag run. Renfrew got a shot on a restart with eight laps to go after Zachary Mead’s spin. But the #00 got loose exiting turn four the following lap. Renfrew eventually slid back to fourth as Newcomb marched to the victory.

Waterman finished second with Kyle Gero third. Joe Kohler, Wayne Coury, Bobby Segar Jr., Devin McConologue, Justin Travis, and Nick Hovey also earned top-10 finishes.

Freeport, NY’s Gerard Giordano Jr. won a photo finish over Warwick, RI’s Ryan Vanasse in the 35-lap EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge feature. Vanasse had pulled away in the middle stages of the event, but Giordano had the better long-run truck and ran him down with seven laps to go. The fourth and final caution came out soon after, setting up a four-lap dash to the finish.

Vanasse initially cleared Giordano on the restart. With two laps to go, though, Giordano ducked back inside. Entered turn for the final time, the duo touched and got sideways. After gathering it up, they banged doors again coming to the line. It was Giordano, the former series champion, edging Vanasse by 0.015 seconds for the win.

Waterford, CT’s Emma Monahan had a strong run for third. Duane Noll, Connor Souza, Joe Arena, Andy Lindeman, Todd Taylor, Joseph Coates, and Randy Coates opened their season with top-10 finishes.

Sterling, CT’s Jared Roy continued his domination of the Thompson Mini Stocks with a victory in their 15-lap feature. Roy came from seventh on the starting grid to run down Steven Michalski at the halfway mark. After ducking inside Michalski as the leaders completed lap nine, Roy completed the pass entering turn one a circuit later.

Coming out of turn four the next time around, Michalski broke loose and spun to bring out the race’s only caution. Roy had a rear-view mirror full of Gales Ferry, CT’s Thomas Silva over the final four laps, but held on for the victory. Dave Trudeau, Douglas Curry, and Charles Canfield completed the top-five.

The annual Thompson Icebreaker concludes with the April 10 evening session later today. The nightcap includes the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series plus the ACT-type Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, and SK Light Modifieds. The event was originally planned for Sunday before being moved to Saturday night due to a poor weather forecast.

General admission is $35 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. A live pay-per-view is also available on Speed51.TV for $29.99.

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 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.

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

THOMPSON ICEBREAKER — AFTERNOON SESSION

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

PASS SUPER LATE MODELS

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

1. ( 2 ) Derek Griffith ( 12G ) Hudson, NH , 75 Laps

2. ( 3 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) Rowley, MA , 75 Laps

3. ( 4 ) Gabe Brown ( 47 ) Ctr. Conway, NH , 75 Laps

4. ( 1 ) Ben Rowe ( 4 ) Turner, ME , 75 Laps

5. ( 8 ) Rowland Robinson Jr. ( 20 ) Steuben, ME , 75 Laps

6. ( 6 ) D.J. Shaw ( 60 ) Ctr. Conway, NH , 75 Laps

7. ( 5 ) Johnny Clark ( 54 ) Hallowell, ME , 75 Laps

8. ( 14 ) Cory Casagrande ( 7CT ) Stafford Springs, CT , 75 Laps

9. ( 12 ) Mike Scorzelli ( 18 ) Feura Bush, NY , 75 Laps

10. ( 19 ) Dan Winter ( 81 ) Deerfield, NH , 74 Laps

11. ( 16 ) Shane Clark ( 21 ) Wintersport, ME , 74 Laps

12. ( 17 ) Jake Matheson ( 52 ) Hillsboro, NH , 74 Laps

13. ( 18 ) Anthony Constantino ( 14C ) Turner, ME , 74 Laps

14. ( 9 ) Keith Rocco ( 48 ) Berlin, CT , 74 Laps

15. ( 20 ) Kate Re ( 10 ) Harrison, ME , 74 Laps

16. ( 21 ) Brandon Turbush ( 17X ) Manorville, NY , 71 Laps

17. ( 15 ) Kevin Folan ( 17 ) N. Attleboro, MA , 68 Laps

18. ( 7 ) Brandon Barker ( 88 ) Windham, ME , 62 Laps

19. ( 11 ) Devin O’Connell ( 43 ) Madison, CT , 42 Laps

20. ( 10 ) Jake Johnson ( 15MA ) Rehoboth, MA , 31 Laps

21. ( 13 ) Garrett Hall ( 94 ) Scarborough, ME , 2 Laps

SUNOCO MODIFIEDS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Keith Rocco ( 57 ) Berlin , CT

2. Troy Talman ( 3 ) Oxford , MA

3. Todd Owen ( 81 ) Somers , CT

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

5. Danny Cates ( 2 ) Chaplin , CT

6. Jonathan Puleo ( 7 ) Branford , CT

7. John Lowinski-Loh ( 33 ) Thompson , CT

8. Richard Williams ( 59 ) 0 , 0

9. Jason Sundeen ( 26 ) Douglas , MA

10. Paul LaPlante ( 02 ) N. Scituate , RI

11. Darin Renihan ( 44 ) 0 , 0

12. Max Zachem ( 27 ) Preston , CT

13. Christian Turrisi ( 76 ) Clinton , CT

14. Joe Allegro Jr. ( 08 ) Vernon , RI

15. Dylan Izzo ( 11X ) Monroe , CT

NEMA LITES MIDGETS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Bobby Santos III ( 1 ) Franklin, MA

2. Jim Santa Maria ( 97 ) Burlington, CT

3. Jake Trainor ( 29 ) Medway, MA

4. Kyle Valeri ( 17 ) Monument Beach, MA

5. Richie Coy ( 19 ) Haskell, NJ

6. Paul Scally ( 30 ) Raynham, MA

7. Christopher Vose ( 3 ) Gloversville, NY

8. Tiana Kibbe ( 94 ) Fairfield, CT

9. Matt Seavey ( 16 ) Pittsfield, NH

10. Dan Cugini ( 51 ) Philadelphia, PA

11. Anthony Payne ( 44 ) Fairlawn, NJ

12. Kevin Park ( 2 ) Foxboro, MA

13. Mikey Pernisiglio ( 28 ) Ronkonkoma, NY

14. Brayden Egan ( 59 ) Asford, CT

15. Joe Bailey ( 21 ) Monroe, NJ

16. Dylan Coutu ( 53 ) Griswold, CT

17. Randy Cabral ( 35 ) Plymouth, MA

STREET STOCK OPEN

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Paul Newcomb ( 7 ) Plymouth, MA

2. Ryan Waterman ( 75 ) Danielson, CT

3. Kyle Gero ( 19CT ) Baltic, CT

4. Jimmy Renfrew Jr. ( 00 ) Candia, NH

5. Joe Kohler ( 43 ) Scituate, RI

6. Wayne Coury ( 17CT ) Milford, CT

7. Bobby Seger Jr. ( 17 ) Hermon, ME

8. Devon McConologue ( 18 ) West Newfield, ME

9. Justin Travis ( 45 ) North Smithfield, CT

10. Nickolas Hovey ( 16 ) Chaplin, CT

11. Jon Porter ( 38 ) East Lyme, CT

12. Michael Malbaurn ( 64 ) Moosup, CT

13. Zachary Mead ( 25 ) Putnam, CT

14. Kristopher Kay ( 8 ) Dudley, MA

15. Vinny Panglinan ( 53 ) Warwick, RI

16. Jeremy Washburn ( 78 ) Willimantic, CT

17. Tom Shea ( 45B ) Somers, CT

18. Christopher Buffone ( 2 ) Belchertown, MA

19. Randall Waterman Jr. ( 57 ) Danielson, CT

20. Aaron Plemons ( 67 ) Uncasville, CT

21. Paul Williams ( 13 ) Stoughton, MA

DNS Jim Silvia ( 116 ) Middletown, RI

DNS Corey Fanning ( 47 ) Mapleville, RI

EXIT REALTY PRO TRUCK CHALLENGE

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Gerard Giordano Jr. ( 15 ) Freeport, NY

2. Ryan Vanasse ( 31 ) Warwick, RI

3. Emma Monahan ( 78 ) Waterford, CT

4. Duane Noll ( 2 ) Trumbull, CT

5. Connor Souza ( 38 ) East Providence, RI

6. Joe Arena ( 01 ) Wethersfield, CT

7. Andy Lindeman ( 3 ) Poestenkill, NY

8. Todd Taylor ( 47 ) Stonington, CT

9. Joseph Coates ( 91 ) Ledyard, CT

10. Randy Burr ( 32 ) Middleboro, MA

11. Jim Boyle ( 02 ) East Windsor, CT

12. Nathan Smith ( 55 ) 0

13. Joe Liscawitz ( 4 ) 0

14. Dave Koenig ( 97 ) Oceanside, NY

15. Brandon Hunt ( 84 ) East Windsor, CT

16. Robert Busch Jr. ( 17 ) 0

17. Devon Jencik ( 23 ) Canton, CT

18. Allen Coates ( 90 ) Ledyard, CT

19. Jason Ferreira ( 24 ) Lowell, MA

20. Andrew Morin ( 10 ) Old Saybrook, CT

21. Ariana (Ari) Jencik ( 33 ) Canton, CT

22. Brad Caddick ( 48 ) Wyoming, RI

23. Chris Taylor ( 5 ) 0

24. Lucas Leone ( 1 ) Southington, CT

25. Dylan  Cabral ( 19 ) Richmond, RI

THOMPSON MINI STOCKS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Jared  Roy ( 1 ) Sterling , CT

2. Thomas Silva ( 31 ) Gales Ferry , CT

3. Dave Trudeau ( 97 ) Mansfield , CT

4. Douglas Curry ( 2 ) Bosrah , CT

5. Charles Canfield ( 25 ) East Haven , CT

6. Steven H. Michalski ( 44 ) Brooklyn , CT

7. Russell Barboza ( 4 ) Plainfield , CT

8. Kevin  Moore ( 04 ) Moosup , CT

9. Scott Quinn ( 20RI ) Harrisville , RI

10. Nadine Coates ( 40 ) Newport , NH

11. Raymond Herman Sr. ( 91 ) Baltic , CT

Thompson Speedway Roars Back To Life With Icebreaker Practice Session

Story Courtesy of Souza Media

THOMPSON, Conn. — More than 125 cars visited the grounds of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday for a practice session ahead of the season-opening Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10. A mix of drivers from 10 different divisions turned out to tune their rides in for what will be a busy Saturday to open the season at Thompson.

Due to weather, the original Sunday program will be run on Saturday night, following a full day of planned Saturday action. Tickets will be available for purchase at the track.

As the Outlaw Open Modified Series began final preparation for the Icebreaker 125 — which is worth $10,000 to the winner — a handful of cars were at Thompson on Friday for practice. Posting the fastest timed lap of the day, and leading most of the practice rounds was Tolland, Connecticut, native Ronnie Williams. Driving for Gary Casella, Williams posted a fast time of 18.428 seconds around the .625-mile oval. The two-time Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified champion will be a threat on Saturday evening. Names like Anthony Nocella, Bobby Santos III and multiple-time track champion and winner Keith Rocco also found their way near the top of the speed charts on Friday.

Set to open the Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, the Late Model field, which approached 20 for a practice day, included a fast lap by Derek Gluchacki, driving the No. 03 All Phases Renovations machine. Gluchacki, the 2020 American-Canadian Tour Rookie of the Year, has one previous Thompson win, at the Sunoco World Series in 2019. He was joined near the top by Tom Carey III, Woody Pitkat, who swept both races at Thompson last year, and longtime competitors Mark Jension and Rick Gentes.

The stars of the Pro All Star Series, with a field over 20 expected, practiced with Derek Griffith posting the fastest lap of the day. Griffith is coming off an impressive performance in Hickory, North Carolina, where he swept a weekend of PASS competition at Hickory Motor Speedway last weekend. Rising star Jake Johnson and former PASS champions Johnny Clark and Ben Rowe also showed speed under the hood. 

Ryan Waterman, who won both Limited Sportsman events at Thompson last year, comfortably posted the fastest lap of the day for the division. He will be joined by a stout list of competitors, many of which will double-dip and compete in the $1,000 to win, 8-Cylinder Open Street Stock feature. Names to watch in the Open race include Christopher Buffone, who won the event at the World Series in 2020.

Thompson’s own Sunoco Modifieds roared back to life with names like Danny Cates, Keith Rocco, Todd Owen and Troy Talman showing the way inside the top-five. In the SK Light Modifieds, Nathan Pytko, Steven Chapman, John O’Sullivan and Wayne Burroughs Jr were among some of the fastest in the field.

The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series and Mini Stock drivers also ran practice laps on Friday. The stars of the NEMA Lites will be heading to Thompson for the race day on Saturday to wrap the 10 division card.

Thompson Speedway opens its 82nd season with the annual Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10. Two separate cards of thrilling action are planned. The Saturday afternoon card begins at 12:00pm with the PASS Super Late Models, Sunoco Modifieds, NEMA LITES Midgets, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, Mini Stocks, and an 8-Cylinder Street Stock Open.

At 5:30pm on Saturday night, the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series takes center stage. There’s also a 40-lap Late Model shootout plus the Limited Sportsman and SK Light Modifieds.  An optional Test N’ Tune practice day is slated for Friday, April 9.

Adult general admission is $30 for Saturday afternoon and $35 for Saturday night. Kids ages 12 and under are $10 for each program. Advance tickets are available at https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ. Grandstand attendance is limited to 50% of capacity per Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines. Pit passes will be sold at the track.

Speed51.TV is also offering a live pay-per-view broadcast for both days of the Icebreaker. PPV passes are $29.99 for Saturday after, $34.99 for Saturday night, and $54.99 for the full program. Sign up now at https://www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-2021-icebreaker-weekend-pass-at-thompson.

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 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.

Thompson Icebreaker Sunday Moved to Saturday Night Due to Forecast

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

Waterbury, VT & Naples, ME — The Sunday program of the annual Icebreaker at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 10 at approximately 5:30pm. American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials made the decision due to an inclement weather forecast for Sunday, April 11. The Saturday night forecast is far more favorable with clear skies highs in the low-60s.

Both days of the Icebreaker will now be run on Saturday. The post time for the original Saturday card has been moved up to 12:00pm. The PASS Super Late Models, Sunoco Modifieds, NEMA LITES Midgets, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, Street Stock Open, and Mini Stocks will run their shows as originally planned.

The Saturday afternoon program is expected to conclude at approximately 4:00pm. At this time, officials will clear both the stands and the pits. All fans will exit to the parking lot. Drivers and crew members with multi-day pit wristbands will go to the track infield.

Once the stands and pits are clear, those who have Sunday tickets and pit passes may re-enter for the Saturday night event. This card includes the Icebreaker 125 for the Outlaw Open Modifieds along with the Thompson Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, and SK Light Modifieds.

General admission for the Saturday afternoon card is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Saturday night is $35 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Grandstand tickets and pit passes will be available at the gate.

The Friday Test N’ Tune has also been extended until 6:30pm. This will help replace the lost practice time from moving the Sunday event. The complete revised schedule of events has been posted at www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway, www.proallstarsseries.com, and www.thompsonspeedway.com.

“This is what made the most sense based on the weather forecast and other circumstances,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “A lot of teams and fans who traveled a long way for the Icebreaker are already at the track. This will save them the hours of driving and travel costs needed to finish the show on another weekend. It’s also the fairest solution given that many people who already bought Sunday tickets might not be able to come back at another time.”

“The Saturday night forecast looks really good for racing,” Michaud said. ”We think it’s going to be a lot of fun watching the country’s top Tour-type Modified racers go at it for $10,000 under the lights at Thompson Speedway.”

Thompson Speedway opens its 82nd season with the annual Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10. 

Two separate cards of thrilling action are planned. The Saturday afternoon card begins at 12:00pm with the PASS Super Late Models, Sunoco Modifieds, NEMA LITES Midgets, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, Mini Stocks, and an 8-Cylinder Street Stock Open.

At 5:30pm on Saturday night, the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series takes center stage. There’s also a 40-lap Late Model shootout plus the Limited Sportsman and SK Light Modifieds.  An optional Test N’ Tune practice day is slated for Friday, April 9.

Adult general admission is $30 for Saturday afternoon and $35 for Saturday night. Kids ages 12 and under are $10 for each program. Advance tickets are available at https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ. Grandstand attendance is limited to 50% of capacity per Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines. Pit passes will be sold at the track.

Speed51.TV is also offering a live pay-per-view broadcast for both days of the Icebreaker. PPV passes are $29.99 for Saturday after, $34.99 for Saturday night, and $54.99 for the full program. Sign up now at https://www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-2021-icebreaker-weekend-pass-at-thompson.

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 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.