BUILDS AT THOMPSON
the snow and ice begins to disappear; the
anticipation of a brand new racing season at
Thompson International Speedway has begun to build
with track officials, competitors and fans alike.
The warmer temperatures and the heavy rains have
worked wonders on the deep snow left from the
seemingly endless series of storms this past winter.
With the first of two open practice session slated
for Saturday, March 26th, and the second set for
April 2nd, track officials and optimistic and are
working very hard to get the facility ready for race
action. There is much work to do since the fierce
winter left the track buried under three to four
feet of hard packed ice and snow. Yet the recent
warm days and work by track personnel seems to be
paying off very nicely. Everyone has high hopes that
the opening events will be able to go off as
scheduled. Open practice times for both days are
scheduled from 11 AM until 6 PM.
The open practice sessions on March 26th and April
2nd, are very important to competitors as they get
ready for the season-opening Icebreaker event on the
weekend of April 9th & 10th, 2011. This year’s
Icebreaker will feature eight different racing
divisions with the headliner being the season’s
first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. The WMT will
be joined by Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American
“Super 6” divisions along with the popular Sunoco
The Thompson Icebreaker is one of the biggest and
most anticipated events on the New England auto
racing calendar. The Icebreaker ushers in a new
racing season every year and with that comes new
race cars, new race teams and a host of exciting
changes in every racing division.
The traditional Icebreaker is a two-day racing
spectacular topped off by a 150-lap main event for
the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Practice and
qualifying make up much of the Saturday schedule.
However, Saturday feature events are held for the
Sunoco Lite Modifieds and the first of two features
for the Sunoco Modifieds. These two races are a big
part of the Saturday schedule. When racing is not
the focus on Icebreaker weekend, the Raceway
Restaurant and Lounge is where the action is both
Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner and great
social activities. The facility is also open for an
all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on both Saturday
and Sunday mornings.
The Sunoco Modifieds return for their second main
event on Sunday along with the Super Late Models,
Thompson Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman,
Mini Stock and, of course, the NASCAR Whelen
Tickets for the 2011 Icebreaker are available in
advance by calling the Thompson Speedway track
office. 860-923-2280. Tickets for this event are
good for both Saturday and Sunday.
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson