NEW ENGLAND RACE FANS
READY FOR FUN-FILLED WEEKEND
The long New England winter is loosing its grip on the region and race
fans are ready for the annual renewal of high-speed excitement. It all
begins each year with the ICEBREAKER race event at the
International Speedway in Thompson, CT. This year’s ICEBREAKER will be
April 5th & 6th.
An especially harsh winter in the region has made race fans
hungry for the return of their favorite sport and Thompson will present
a full weekend of high speed spills and thrills. The annual season
opener will feature eight different divisions of race cars in a two-day
The ICEBREAKER is much more than a major racing event. It has
become a weekend for race fans to renew old friendships, make new
friends and enjoy the full-
Service atmosphere that has made this race something very
special to thousands of fans.
The action on the ultra-fast race track is the focal point of
the ICEBREAKER. But, the social scene also plays a major role in the
The Thompson International Speedway complex features the
Raceway Restaurant and Lounge, a championship golf course, putting
greens and driving range. Hundreds or race fans converge upon the
speedway complex each spring in their campers and simply move in for the
weekend. Most don’t even leave the grounds of the complex since just
about any need they might have can be found at the track or at the
clubhouse. Thompson offers up a complete menu for the weekend including
incredible high-speed racing action, great food at the track and the
restaurant and plenty of liquid refreshment in the Raceway Lounge.
Breakfast is offered both Saturday and Sunday mornings with a
great dinner and dance Saturday night at the Raceway Restaurant. The
Lounge is the main attraction for ‘bench racing’ on both Saturday and
Sunday nights. All of this is convenient and within easy walking
distance of the free camping area.
While the ICEBREAKER is a big social gathering, it is all based on a
major racing event. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour tops the eight
divisions of racing competition that will be ICEBREAKER 08. The mighty
NEMA Midgets will open their 56th consecutive season at the ICEBREAKER
and these two exciting divisions will be joined by Thompson’s NASCAR
Whelen All American Series “Super Six”. The “Super Six” consists of the
fan favorite Sunoco Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Late Models, Thompson
Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks.
All divisions will practice and qualify on Saturday. Once
qualifying is complete, the Sunoco Modified and Thompson’s Late Model
divisions will roll out onto the track for their first of two feature
races on ICEBREAKER weekend. Once the Saturday program has been
completed, all attention will move to the “clubhouse” for a fun-filled
night of food and drink.
Sunday’s activity begins with breakfast served between 7 and
11 AM. The track’s huge grandstand will open at 9:30 AM and the first
on-track activity will begin at 12 Noon. Fans will be treated to eight
feature event races in a very fast-paced race program.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 is slated for a
mid-afternoon start and will be preceded by a very special pre-race
program that will honor three of the NASCAR Modified division’s past
Those wishing to avoid the long ticket lines on Sunday are
urged to purchase their tickets ahead of time by calling the Thompson
International Speedway track office. 860-923-2280. Those looking for a
complete schedule of events for the ICEBREAKER weekend will it on the
track’s web page at