THOMPSON’S ICEBREAKER IS ON
countdown to the 2011 Icebreaker at The Thompson
International Speedway is well underway by
competitors and New England race fans. The weekend
of April 9th & 10th is coming fast and everyone is
ready for a brand new racing season to get started.
This year’s Icebreaker will feature eight racing
divisions topped by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Thompson’s own “Super 6” NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series divisions along with the visiting Sunoco Lite
Modifieds will fill the two-day event at southern
New England’s largest and fastest oval race track.
The race for divisional championships begins on day
one of the season and Bobby Santos III, the 2010 WMT
title holder, will be on hand to begin his defense
of that crown. The race for the WMT title begins at
Thompson and is usually decided at the final race of
the “Tour’s” season which is also held at Thompson.
This highly competitive division of open wheel race
cars is a favorite of New England race fans and
Thompson’s Icebreaker gives those fans their first
look at what many feel will be one of the most
competitive WMT seasons ever.
Defense of the WMT championship is but one of many
that will begin at the Icebreaker. Ted Christopher,
who claimed the title in Thompson’s Sunoco Modified
division in 2010, is expected to put up a tough
defense of his title in the track’s premier NASCAR
division. Derek Ramstrom will look to make it three
championships in a row in the Super Later Models and
R.J. Marcotte will try to repeat in the Thompson
Modified ranks. Rick Gentes, the 2010 Late Model
champ, will once again face stiff competition as
will Limited Sportsman title holder, Larry Barnett
and Mini Stock champion, Chuck Rogers.
Race teams work long and hard during the winter
months to prepare for a strong showing in the
season’s first event. Many teams will be introducing
brand new race cars while others will depend on
completely rebuilt machines that served them well in
Icebreaker weekend is two full days of on-track
activity. Practice and qualifying will take up much
of the Saturday schedule. However, the Sunoco
Modifieds and Sunoco Lite Modifieds will round out
the day with the first two feature events of the
year. Sunday’s action will include all of Thompson’s
“Super 6” NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
divisions and the much anticipated WMT 150-lap race.
The entire weekend’s schedule is available on the
Thompson web site.
Tickets for the Icebreaker are also available for
advance purchase. Fans may call the track office to
order their tickets ahead of time. 860-923-2280.
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson