THIS WEEKEND AT THOMPSON
season-opening Icebreaker race will be run this
weekend, April 14th & 15th, at the Thompson
International speedway. Thompson’s Icebreaker, a
two-day event and the most anticipated race of the
year, will feature seven different NASCAR racing
divisions topped by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Joining the WMT will be Thompson’s “Super 6” NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series divisions. The “Super 6”
includes the Sunoco Modified, Super Late Models,
Thompson Modifieds, Late Models, Xtra Mart Limited
Sportsman and the Monster Mini Stocks.
For fans and competitors alike, Thompson’s
Icebreaker is much more than a special race weekend.
The Icebreaker is a renewal of the competitive
spirit, friendships, and rivalries that have been
hibernating since the track’s World Series event
The best race drivers in the northeast make the trip
to Thompson every year for the Icebreaker. Defending
WMT champion, Ron Silk, will lead a banner field of
Modified Tour drivers as they open their season with
a 150-lap feature event. Keith Rocco, Thompson’s
Sunoco Modified title holder, will top the list in
his division as will Super Late Model champ, Larry
Gelinas. Others who will be defending their
championship crowns will be “Cam” McDermott
(Thompson Modifieds), Tom O’Sullivan (Late Models)
and Danny Field (Mini Stocks). Thompson’s Limited
Sportsman will, at season’s end, crown a brand new
champion since the 2011 title holder, Moose Douton,
has moved up to compete in the track’s Sunoco
Modified division. Like every season opener, there
will be new race teams, new cars and new excitement.
Gates to Thompson’s grandstands will open at 11 AM
on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Racers, on
Saturday, will have practice time afforded them from
11 AM until 3:15 PM. Once practice is over, the WMT
will line up for qualifying time trials for their
150-lap main event scheduled for 3:15 PM on Sunday.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will
follow time trials with heat races to determine
starting positions for their Sunday feature events.
Sunday racing is slated to get underway at 12:30 PM.
Thompson’s Icebreaker is a huge social event as
well. The track’s huge parking lot will play host to
weekend campers who move in for all of the
activities that are part of this racing tradition.
Much of the social activity is centered around
Thompson’s Clubhouse. The famous Raceway Restaurant
and Lounge will play host all weekend long and will
feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on
Saturday and Sunday mornings along with a great
dinner and party
Saturday night. The beautiful Raceway Golf Course,
which is open for the season, will attract large
numbers as will the driving range.
For race fans, the Icebreaker is a “must see” event.
In many ways, the Icebreaker sets the stage for the
entire 2012 racing season. For race teams, a good
finish in the first race of the year instills pride,
confidence and can give them an advantage for the
long racing season ahead.
Full Icebreaker weekend details may be found on the
Thompson Web site
www.thompsonspeedway.com. Tickets are
available by calling the track office at
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson International Speedway