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    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Details for the 2018 Icebreaker
    Jenny Tyrrell-Hoenig <jen@thompsonspeedway.com>
    Tue 2/13, 1:18 PM
    Jenny Tyrrell-Hoenig (jen@thompsonspeedway.com)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Details for the 2018 Icebreaker
    Season opener set for April 6-8


    Thompson, CT (February 13th, 2018) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) revealed details about The
    Icebreaker, which will feature eleven divisions in the 44th running of this great tradition.  

    “For the past 43 years, the Icebreaker has marked the beginning of the stock car racing season in New England. This year’
    s rendition has even more excitement with the addition of the Valenti Modified Racing Series, giving race fans an
    additional 50 laps of wheel-to-wheel excitement. We look forward to welcoming our loyal fans and racers back to
    Thompson to begin our 78th season.” explained Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  

    The 2018 season of racing kicks off Friday, April 6, with a Test & Tune day. On April 7-8, the New England stock car
    racing season will open with eleven divisions on the Icebreaker card, which is headlined by The NASCAR Whelen Modified
    Tour.  

    The Saturday program will be compromised of practice and qualifying for ten of the eleven divisions. In addition, feature
    races for the NEMA Lites, Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge Race, Exit Realty 375 Sportsman Challenge, and Lite Modified
    Race will all be held. Some added excitement will take place on Saturday as The Valenti Modified Racing Series will open
    their season with a 50-lap affair.

    The highly-anticipated Fan Appreciation Party and Champion’s Banner Raising will start off the Sunday schedule followed
    by the NWAAS Sunoco Modified Race, Pass Race, NWAASS Limited Sportsman Race, NWAAS late Modified Race and the
    NWAAS Mini Stock Race. The afternoon will culminate with the 150-lap championship race for the NASCAR Whelen
    Modified Tour.  

    Feature Races:

    NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150)
    Sunoco Modified (30)
    Late Model (25)
    Limited Sportsman (20)
    Mini Stock (15)
    Pro All Star Series (100)
    NEMA Lites (20)
    Exit Realty 375 Sportsman Challenge (35)
    Lite Modified (20)
    Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge (20)
    Valenti Modified Racing Series (50)


    “One of the things that makes the Icebreaker special is that it is filled with expectation. Everyone comes in with brand
    new cars, optimistic about their results. Fans come, after a long winter, ready to cheer their favorite drivers on to
    victory. As part of our commitment to engaging with our fans, the Icebreaker affords them the opportunity to see the
    stars and cars up close and personal at our Banner Raising Ceremony and Fan Appreciation Party on Sunday morning. We
    look forward to welcoming everyone on track to kick off the stock car racing season in New England.” General Manager,
    Josh Vanada said.

    Tickets for the Icebreaker will be available at the event.
    Camping continues to grow year over year and registration will open on February 16th. You can make your reservations
    online here: www.thompsonspeedway.com/reservations
    Inclement Weather date: Friday April 13th – Sunday April 15th
    For more information on The Icebreaker and for a full calendar of events, please visit thompsonspeedway.com.
    Jenny Hoenig
    Director of Marketing
    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

    (914) 447-0673
    Jen@Thompsonspeedway.com
    www.ThompsonSpeedway.com

    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Reveals 2018 Schedule
    Season Opening Icebreaker set for April 6-8

    Thompson, CT (November 20, 2017) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) revealed it’s 2018 NASCAR Whelen
    All-American Series racing schedule, comprised of seven diverse and unique events.
    Thompson will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races, supported by
    the Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified
    Division will race in three events, but not under the NWAAS sanction.
    “In the past several seasons, our four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions have experienced great growth, not
    only in the quantity, but in quality of the field. We are proud to showcase them as the core of our NASCAR program,”
    explained Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.
    The Northeast’s premier touring series are all on the docket for 2018, including four stops by NASCAR’s oldest division
    The Whelen Modified Tour. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return for the second annual Thompson Throwback in
    mid-July. Additionally, after several strong fields at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, the Valenti Modified
    Racing Series will now open their 2018 season at the Icebreaker. The Pro All-Star Series, American-Canadian Tour,
    International Supermodified Association, and Northeastern Midget Association will all return to America’s first-paved
    oval.   
    “We’re glad to welcome a diverse group of sanctioning bodies and touring series back to Thompson in 2018. Their
    presence at our venue enhances our racing program, providing a variety for our fans.  They complement our NASCAR
    Whelen All-American Series and add prestige to our major events,” Vanada concluded.  
    The 2018 season of racing kicks off Friday, April 6, with a Test & Tune day. On April 7-8, the New England stock car
    racing season will open with eleven divisions on the Icebreaker card, which is headlined by The NASCAR Whelen Modified
    Tour. Some added excitement will take place on Saturday, April 7, as The Valenti Modified Racing Series will open their
    season with a 50-lap affair. The highly-anticipated Fan Appreciation Party and Champion’s Banner Raising will be held on
    Sunday morning, April 8.

    Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8: 44th Annual Icebreaker

    Sunday, May 20: Third Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Military Night, Presented by Pepsi

    Wednesday, June 13: Fourth Annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson 125

    Friday, July 13: Thompson Throwback Test & Tune

    Saturday, July 14: Second Annual NASCAR Thompson Throwback 100

    Wednesday, August 8: 29th Annual Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150   


    Sunday, September 9: Third Annual For the Fans Event; 5th Annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint


    Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14: 56th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing

    For a full calendar of events, please visit thompsonspeedway.com. Season passes will go on sale on Black Friday, also on
    ThompsonSpeedway.com
         
    Coby claims historic title in Thompson World Series shootout

       The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing Presented by King Cadillac GMC came to a close at Thompson Speedway
    Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 15 capping off another successful year of on-track action at the raceway known to
    many as the Big-T. Seven divisions made for a busy final day of the three-day showcase of the finest racers in New
    England and beyond with the main event of the evening being the crowning of the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
    series champion to help close out the night.
       The Whelen Modified Tour’s Sunoco World Series 150 proved to be a historic one with three different drivers earning
    honors as for the first time in series history. The race saw a different race winner, tour champion, and owner’s champion
    crowned as Timmy Solomito scored a World Series win while Doug Coby secured a fifth Whelen Modified Series crown
    and Ryan Preece earned Ed Partridge and TS Motorsports the owner’s title.
       Coming into the weekend Doug Coby had history in his sights with a slim 10-point lead over Justin Bonsignore. Six
    drivers had a mathematic shot at the title, but Coby was seeking his fourth straight championship, and fifth overall, after
    a year of ups and down that saw him only reach victory lane one time. Coby survived two close calls to finish in the top
    five, securing the crown that puts him in exclusive company with Richie Evans and Jerry Cook as the only drivers to win
    four consecutive titles in the series. Coby is the first to do so in the modern era dating back to 1985.
       “We have no quit. It took all we had to do to take care of business,” said Coby after clinching the championship. “What
    a tight season it was – This one’s a little different. It’s a split car and owner championship and the #6 car (of TS
    Motorsports) had a phenomenal season. They were on point every single race. This is our fifth title with some of these
    guys. This one we got the points lead with two races to go. It’s just a different feeling and it’s an amazing job. Our team
    just digs deep every time they have to.”
       For the first time in series history the owner’s title went to a team that wasn’t hosting the championship driver at the
    end of the year. Ed Partridge and TS Motorsports was presented with the owner’s trophy thanks to the efforts of Ryan
    Preece, who forwent a full season of driving for the driver’s title to focus on advancing his career in select NASCAR
    Xfinity Series events over the course of the season. Preece said he was proud to help bring Partridge a title and end the
    season on a high note.
       “We had a really solid year and we won a lot of races. When we didn’t win we were consistent. We were really fast and
    that’s all you can hope for. I have to thank Ed and Connie (Partridge) for letting me drive this car and work on this car,”
    Preece said as he celebrated with the Partridges after the race.
       Finally the race winner was Timmy Solomito, who is no stranger to victory lane at the Big-T. Solomito came into the
    event knowing he had to win the race and get some help from others in the field to take down Doug Coby for the drivers
    championship and while he didn’t win the overall title he made a statement with a pass for the win on the final restart.
    Solomito not only won the event in the closing laps, he did so in a backup car after damaging his primary in a practice
    incident. Solomito said he was excited to bring his team one more trophy to close out 2017 strong.
       “It just goes to show you how great these guys are. We qualified eighth with no laps on the car and put it in victory
    lane today. There was a lot of determination after what happened in practice. It was pretty unfortunate, but I’m really
    happy for everybody on board,” Solomito said in victory lane.
    Before all that, the first champion of the day was crowned in the Sunoco Modified division as Keith Rocco came into the
    event with a 12-point lead over Todd Owen. Rocco, seeking his second straight title in the division to add to his already
    impressive resume at Thompson, didn’t have the dominant year he enjoyed in 2016 but still rode consistency into the final
    race of the season with two victories and five top five finishes prior to Sunday’s finale.
       Rocco looked to not only win the title, but the race as well after making it a three-wide battle for the top spot thirteen
    laps into the event and taking the lead. However, Rocco’s title hope almost took a major hit in the closing laps of the
    race when Chase Dowling got into Keith Rocco on a restart, allowing Rocco’s rival for the title Todd Owen to take the
    lead. Owen went on to claim his third win of the season, but Rocco recovered to a third place finish, which was enough
    to secure him the division championship.  Rocco had a few choice words for Dowling after the event. “There’s a reason I’
    ve got more championships than that kid does wins,” Rocco said of Chase Dowling. “(These championships) keep getting
    harder and harder and with about two laps to go we had to put our game faces on.”
       While he didn’t win the championship, Todd Owen did get a pretty decent consolation prize with a World Series victory
    in the Sunoco Modifieds. Owen said he knew he had to win if he was going to contend for the title and his team did what
    it had to do. “Hats off to Keith Rocco for winning the championship. We knew we had to do one thing, and that was to
    win. We knew anything could happen,” Owen said in victory lane. “It’s been an incredible year here at Thompson. I’m just
    happy (to win the race).”

    NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED SERIES SUNOCO WORLD SERIES 150 TOP-10 FINISH: 1. Timmy Solomito; 2. Chase Dowling;
    3. Ron Silk; 4. Rowan Pennink; 5. Doug Coby; 6. Andrew Krause; 7. Woody Pitkat; 8. Dave Sapienza; 9. Jamie Tomaino; 10.
    Justin Bonsignore

    SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 2. Chase Dowling (Roxbury, CT); 3. Keith Rocco (Berin,
    CT); 4. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 5. Timmy Jordan (Brooklyn, CT); 6. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 7. Kyle Elwood
    (Riverhead, NY); 8. Bert Marvin (Colchester, CT); 9. John Studley Framingham, MA); 10. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT)


    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two former NASCAR modified champion drivers will be back in Whelen Modified Tour
    competition in 2018.
    In an announcement made by champion car owner Eddie Harvey on Friday morning, Burt Myers and Brian Loftin will team
    with Harvey to compete in a partial schedule next season, planning to run 8-10 races. Both drivers are former champions
    of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour and Harvey was a multiple-time championship car owner on the Southern Tour as
    well.
    "It's pretty neat having two Southern Modified Tour champions come on board to our team," Harvey said. "Being that we
    had two in the past with George Brunnhoelzl III and Andy Seuss, it's neat to keep champions in the stable."
    Myers was the final champion of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2016, posting three victories and nine top five
    finishes in 11 races. He also won the series title in 2010 while winning two races. He had 19 career victories on the
    Southern Tour and 30 pole awards in 12 years of competition. Myers competed with Harvey in the season-finale at
    Thompson this year, qualifying seventh and finishing 13th -- that is where the deal first started.
    "All the stars lined up, it's just about a perfect pairing," Harvey said of his deal with Myers. "We just started kicking
    ideas around on lap two at Thompson. When we were loading up to leave Thompson, it was just about what we needed to
    do to make this permanent. Burt has a committment to his sponsors to run at Bowman Gray weekly every year but we
    are going to run the Tour races before Bowman Gray opens and we are going to run the races after Bowman Gray
    concludes. It all depends on how the schedule looks, we will be running some races next year. We plan to run around 10
    races."
    Loftin is a former champion of the Southern Tour, winning the crown in 2008 after scoring four victories that season. In
    86 career Southern Tour starts, Loftin scored 12 wins, 40 top fives and 53 top 10s in 10 years of competition. He was also
    able to post 11 Coors Light Pole awards behind the wheel. His most recent NASCAR modified victory came in 2012 at
    Caraway Speedway in a race where he defeated L.W. Miller.
    "Brian is a good friend of ours, he is a cousin of one of the key people on my race team," Harvey said. "Everyone knows
    Brian went through an unfortunate time with the loss of his wife several years back and he had to step away for a while.
    But this an opportunity for him to get back in a race car. All the stars lined up for this."



























     




























                                           
                                                                                  
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    The offseason buzz has been lively emanating from Stafford Motor Speedway, where the staff weekly churns out promotional press releases on
    drivers and teams while offering a seemingly endless stream of social media postings promoting events for the 2018 season.

    At Thompson Speedway updated 2018 rules packages for three divisions have been published publicly along with pages touting purse structures,
    registration forms and full schedule details for the upcoming season.

    Thompson Speedway officials announced their 2018 schedule on Nov. 20. Stafford Speedway officials released their 2018 schedule on Nov. 21.

    From the New London-Waterford Speedbowl there are no press releases or social media postings rolling out of late promoting events for 2018. There are
    no published rules offered to teams to get a jumpstart on preparation for the 2018 racing season.

    And most notably, there has been no announced schedule for a 2018 season at the track.

    Former racer and Legends team owner George Whitney leased the Speedbowl from track owner Bruce Bemer in 2017 and also served as the track’s
    general manager for the 2017 season.

    Since the Speedbowl ended its 2017 racing season on Oct. 22 there have been two public announcements by track management regarding racing at the
    facility in 2018.

    On Nov. 11 it was announced that the track would open for the 2018 season with a Blastoff event May 5-6. In that announcement it was stated: “The
    complete 2018 Racing Schedule should be completed and ready for release within the next few weeks.” Two months later there is still no schedule.

    On Nov. 23 Whitney’s management group announced that Whitney would once again lease the facility in 2018.

    In the Nov. 23 announcement Whitney was quoted as saying: “The remainder of the schedule will be announced shortly. We have a lot of exciting events
    planned and I think fans are going to be pleased with what we have in store for them. It shows that we are committed to bringing the fans a great
    program every week. We are feeling very positive that 2018 is going to be an outstanding year at the Speedbowl.”

    It was also announced on Nov. 23 that construction to replace the main grandstand at the facility would begin “after the first of the year.” Originally,
    numerous teams at the track had been told by some in management during the closing weeks of the 2017 season that demolition of the main grandstand
    was scheduled to begin on Oct. 30.

    Since the track’s announcement on Nov. 23 there has been silence from Speedbowl management concerning anything relating to racing at the track in
    2018. Since late November the Speedbowl’s Facebook page has been populated with promotion of the track’s holiday toy drive, promotion of the annual
    track banquet, promotion of sales of Speedbowl gift cards and various holiday greetings. What has not been mentioned at all since late November –
    through social media or on the track’s website – is anything relating to events at the track in 2018 or word of any type of full schedule for the upcoming
    season.



    On Dec. 1 the American Canadian Tour announced its 2018 schedule, which included a return date in Waterford for the upcoming season after a year
    away from the track. Though the Speedbowl has not made any public announcement through any channels of social media, their website or through press
    release concerning the return of the American Canadian Tour to the track.

    The Valenti Modified Racing Series announced its 2018 schedule on Nov. 19, announcing three events at the Speedbowl for the 2018 season. But
    Speedbowl management has only publicly announced the Valenti Modified Racing Series as part of its opening weekend Blastoff event. There has been no
    mention publicly by Speedbowl management concerning the other two events at the track that were announced by the series.

    Neither Bemer nor Whitney was available for comment Wednesday.

    In the last five days, three sources with connections to Bemer have said that the track owner has expressed to them recently that he currently does not
    have a lease agreement with Whitney for the 2018 season at the Speedbowl.

    Wednesday Frank Hoagland, the head of the building department in the town of Waterford, said town officials have not received any plans or permit
    requests regarding demolition of the current grandstand or construction of a new grandstand.

    “We haven’t heard anything,” Hoagland said Wednesday. “… We’ve had no conversations of late.”

    All indicators are – despite the announcement made by Whitney’s management group on Nov. 23 – no new grandstand will be ready at the track prior to a
    May 5 opening of the facility.

    Multiple sources have indicated that there has been contact by track officials with an engineering company – that formerly had been contracted under
    previous ownership – in the hopes of making enough repairs to the existing grandstand structure to possibly satisfy town inspectors to allow for another
    year of use.

    Asked on Nov. 29, 2017 if there was an agreement that the town would not allow the track to open in 2018 with the current grandstand standing
    Hoagland said: “We had conversations to that effect.”

    Hoagland had said in November of the grandstand: “We’ve been nursing them along for probably a decade or better. They’ve done a lot of structural
    repairs to them, but we’re kind of coming to the end of the line with it.”

    When asked Wednesday if continuing to make repairs is something the town has examined or discussed with ownership or track management recently
    Hoagland said: “It’s nothing we’ve discussed.”

    When asked how he would feel about more repairs being done to the grandstand to operate with it in place for the 2018 season Hoagland said: “I’m not
    really on board with that.”

    In a recent Facebook posting concerning the status of construction for 2018 at the track Speedbowl race director Chris Forster offered a vague response.

    Forster said: “From someone who knows. It is all coming together. More info very soon.”

       (Press Release from North East Mini Stock Tour)

    Woody Pitkat celebrates in victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after winning the Valenti Modified Racing Series event at the inaugural New
    England Short Track Showdown in July

    A New England race is taking the step from being an upstart event to a long-term tradition as motorsports promoter Bob Guptill has announced that the
    New England Short Track Showdown will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June 2018. The second running of the event will take place on
    Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.

    All four racing tours that took part in the inaugural Showdown on July 1st of this year will return in 2018.



    The New England Short Track Showdown is an event made up of four races that feature the cornerstone types of cars in New England asphalt short track
    racing. Tour-type Modifieds compete with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Pro Stocks/Super Late Models compete with the Granite State Pro Stock
    Tour, Street Stocks compete with the Street Stock Showdown Series and Mini Stocks compete with the North East Mini Stock Tour.

    Guptill, a former race car driver from Maine, is also the promoter of the North East Mini Stock Tour and Street Stock Showdown Series. After the first
    Showdown proved to be a creative success, Guptill knew right away that he wanted to make the race a long-term endeavor.

    “We had a lot of support from competitors and the racing community for the first Showdown,” said Guptill. “We had four strong races and four very
    deserving winners celebrating in one afternoon. As a promoter, I learned a lot from that first race and found ways to make it even better in the future.
    Between those lessons and having a few extra months to plan the next one, I know that we are going to make this show bigger and better for 2018. The
    short track racers of New England deserve their time in the spotlight on a big stage and this race is all about giving them that opportunity. We hope to
    make this race one of the can’t miss races of the year for a long time to come.”

    Sponsorship and marketing packages for the New England Short Track Showdown are available to companies of all sizes and can be tailored to you’re
    the needs and budget of your company. For more information, please contact Bob Guptill at 207-577-2681.

    For more information on the New England Short Track Showdown, please visit NorthEastMiniStockTour.com.



        Special Sale Prices for June Event at New Hampshire  Motor Speedway Will Only Last Until Christmas

    Are you looking for a last-minute gift for the New England racer in your life?  Does your race team need another expense to write off before the end of
    the year?  Are you just looking for a good deal?

    If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may want to get a jump start on the 2018 racing season by buying discounted tickets and/or pit
    passes for the second annual New England Short Track Showdown, which will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June 2018.  This event will
    take place on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.

    Tickets for the event go on sale starting today and a sizable discount is available for those who order their tickets and pit passes online before
    Christmas.

    The link to the ticket sales can be found here: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1137528&store=12170 or by visiting
    NorthEastMiniStockTour.com or on the New England Short Track Showdown Facebook page.

    The New England Short Track Showdown is an event made up of four races that feature the cornerstone types of cars in New England asphalt short track
    racing.  Tour-type Modifieds compete with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Pro Stocks/Super Late Models compete with the Granite State Pro Stock
    Tour, Street Stocks compete with the Street Stock Showdown Series and Mini Stocks compete with the North East Mini Stock Tour.

    Sponsorship and marketing packages for the New England Short Track Showdown are also available to companies of all sizes and can be tailored to you’
    re the needs and budget of your company.  For more information, please contact Bob Guptill at 207-577-2681.

    For more information on the New England Short Track Showdown, please visit NorthEastMiniStockTour.co










































































































































      




        
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