FOR APRIL 14 & 15
season opening Icebreaker at the Thompson
International Speedway is just around the corner.
The winter has quickly turned to feelings of spring
and with that comes the start of a brand new racing
season. Thompson’s Icebreaker is the most
anticipated race of the year and will be held the
weekend of April 14th and 15th.
This two-day racing spectacular will feature the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson’s NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series divisions at the largest
and fastest track in southern New England.
The race for championship honors starts at the
Icebreaker and drivers in each of the divisions
featured will be on hand to kick off the season-long
search for a championship title. Race teams work
long and hard during the winter months to prepare
for a strong showing at the year’s first event. Some
teams will introduce brand new race cars for the
2012 campaign while others will rely on completely
rebuilt cars that served them well last year. New
race teams and new drivers are joined by veterans of
the sport to create a new and exciting atmosphere.
Ron Silk, the 2011 WMT champion, is expected to kick
off his title defense on Icebreaker weekend. Keith
Rocco, the reigning champ, will return to the Sunoco
Modified division in search of his fourth title. He
will be behind the wheel of Andrew Johnson’s # 4
which was driven last year by former WMT champion,
Rick Fuller. Rocco will once again face stiff
competition from Ted Christopher, Woody Pitkat,
Danny Cates and many more. Super Late Model title
holder, Larry Gelinas, will lead that division’s
competitors and Tommy O’Sullivan will defend his
2012 crown. Last year’s Limited Sportsman champion,
“Moose” Douton will move up to the Sunoco Modified
division while Cam McDermott will defend his
Thompson Modified title as will the Monster Mini
Stock champ, Danny Field.
The Paddock area will open at 10 AM on Saturday,
April 14th and practice will begin shortly after the
grandstands open at 11 AM. Practice will continue
until mid afternoon. Time trials for the WMT are
slated for a 3:30 PM start and will be followed by
qualifying races for all NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series divisions. The Paddock will open at 10 AM on
Sunday, April 15th with grandstands opening an hour
later. The first feature event of Icebreaker weekend
will come shortly after 12 Noon.
Thompson’s Icebreaker is much more than a race
weekend. It is the annual renewal of friendships
within the sport for fans and competitors alike.
There is no better place for this to happen than at
Thompson. The huge parking area makes for an ideal
spot for campers to enjoy themselves for the weekend
and Thompson’s Raceway Restaurant and Lounge is the
perfect location for social activities including
food, drinks, dancing and much more.
Tickets for the Icebreaker are available at the
Thompson Speedway track office. Fans are urged to
get their tickets early so that they can avoid the
long lines on Icebreaker weekend. All major credit
cards are accepted and fans may contact the Thompson
office at 860-923-2280. The complete Icebreaker
weekend schedule is available on Thompson’s web page
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson International Speedway