Thompson Icebreaker To Be Broadcast On Speed51.TV



(Press Release from American-Canadian Tour)


Network Agrees to Pay-Per-View Deal for All Six Thompson Oval Events in 2021

Fans of Northeast auto racing now have another way to enjoy the lid-lifter on 2021 season. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT), Pro All Star Series (PASS), and Speed51.TV have announced a live pay-per-view broadcast for the annual Icebreaker at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10 and 11.

Both days of the auto racing festival will be available in full via the live broadcast. Fans around the world can enjoy 10 divisions of heart-pounding action. This includes the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 on Sunday for the new Outlaw Open Modified Series, a 75-lap Saturday showdown for the PASS Super Late Models, and all of Thompson Speedway’s local divisions.

Tickets for the pay-per-view live stream are $30 for Saturday-only, $35 for Sunday-only, or $55 for a two-day pass. The sign-up link will be available later this week at www.speed51.tv. Post time is 1:00pm on Saturday, April 10 and 1:15pm on Sunday, April 11.

The Icebreaker broadcast is part of a multi-year agreement between PASS and Speed51.TV. As part of the deal, all six Thompson Speedway oval track events will be aired live on the network. This includes four Wednesday shows featuring $5,000-to-win Outlaw Open Modified Series shows as well as the return of the Thompson 300 at the World Series of Speedway Racing. Pay-per-view details for each event will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

“We’re excited that fans around the world can now watch every lap of Thompson Speedway oval action in 2021,” PASS President Tom Mayberry said. “The Icebreaker and the World Series are two of the most revered auto racing events in North America. The Wednesday Summer series is sure to enthrall fans, too. Thanks to Speed51.TV, even fans who can’t get to the track or don’t yet feel safe in crowds can still enjoy some fantastic racing.”

Speed51.TV is one of the leading broadcasters of North American short track auto racing events. They offer pay-per-view, live streaming, and on-demand viewing options for well over 100 events annually. Fans can also enjoy thousands of hours of race highlights, recaps, and interviews. Speed51.TV is available online along with most mobile and smart TV platforms. To learn more about Speed51.TV or create an account, visit www.speed51.tv.

Thompson Speedway opens its 82nd season with the annual Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. Ten of the region’s top divisions will compete across two days of racing. Sunday’s card features the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 for the Outlaw Open Modified Series with qualifying going green at 1:15pm. There’s also a 40-lap ACT-type Late Model shootout plus the Limited Sportsman and SK Light Modifieds.

Saturday’s six-division card is highlighted by the season-opening Thompson 75 for the PASS North Super Late Models. They’re joined by the Sunoco Modifieds, NEMA LITES Midgets, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge, Mini Stocks, and an 8-Cylinder Street Stock Open with a 1:00pm post time. An optional Test N’ Tune practice day is slated for Friday, April 9 with all Icebreaker divisions welcome.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.acttour.com.  You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact [email protected] or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

For general Thompson Speedway inquiries and camping reservations, call (860) 923-2280, email [email protected], or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

Comments

  1. Excellent News!!! Now i can watch the Martinsville race LIVE ,,, Then watch The Ice Breaker on Speed51 while heading South… Awesome how technology has changed Racing Forever !! I have been going to the Ice Breaker since the beginning … This is now a GREAT OPTION for US ALL… I watch Stafford in my Lazy-Boy on Fridays. Then bring Suitcase to Seekonk on Saturdays learning new soft spring big bar expensive shocks package… Set ups are always changing that is the ONE Constant in Racing … The Technology has changed how we watch and in the pits more than anyone thought possible…

  2. The Atomic Punk says

    Icebreaker without the Mod Tour really isn’t the Icebreaker.

  3. The times are a changing. The modified tour priced themselves out of a lot of tracks during the pandemic. Their inability to adjust to the current conditions forced promoters to look at alternatives. Maybe next year if the pandemic is under better control and crowd restrictions are a thing of the past the tour will have a resurgence in NE but for now be happy these tracks are open and running tour type mods.

  4. Fast Eddie says

    I’m sure when the tracks can go back to full capacity the WMT will be a more viable option for them. However, I would bet the Open Mod events will be successful, so NASCAR will have to “sharpen their pencils” to come up with a price matrix that will work for the tracks.

  5. I don’t recall Wilson looking to next year as a time when tracks all of a sudden seek to take on NASCAR events. What he did say is the road course races are something that they are always interested in as well as a big premier event like the Musket but nothing specific they are looking at now. He indicated all they want to do is get their footing this year, assess where they are at the end of the year and make plans accordingly.
    If you’re saying a couple tracks may be added OK sure. If you’re saying that the skies will open up and all the non pandemic challenges that NASCAR faces will disappear and tracks flock to them I don’t see that at all. In fact I see them struggling to keep Stafford on board, Thompson still a goner and even Seekonk considering leaving the NASCAR sanction depending on how TV and the opens shake out this year pandemic or not.

  6. With streaming and food/delivery delivery services, Doug hasn’t been outside in 22 months. This keeps up, he’ll never see the light of day again.

  7. Thompson made a YUGE mistake by not repaving the oval. That oval, modernized and resurfaced, would have made it the center of the Modified racing universe.

    Huge mistake by not restoring it. Huge mistake.

  8. Goodfella, I agree, Don H. Sr…… wanted to do it , but the younger generation went with the road course ….Huge Mistake…. The surface is still safe to race on with some crack repairs… The Pavement Equipment was on site laying down beautiful new asphalt … Why not repave the Oval at the same time??? money saved would have been Huge..??? Thompson newly paved would have been the “center of the Universe ” Wow what a lost Opportunity ….. The rest is History as they say ..Hopefully these new Men can return The High Banks Glory Days !!! Bringing back the 300 and Outlaw Modified Opens is BRILLIANT !!!!! Everything they have done so far has been Great as far as I can see…..

  9. WeldingWonders says

    “ hate me because I’m beautiful and smarter than you.

    STARRING DAREAL(SUPER-cilious) GOODFELLA

    THE 2021 DAREALGOODFELLA INSULT COUNTER DAY 90

    164 Hey Doug, instead of annoying all the engine builders
    165 you (Doug) don’t have a chance at understanding what little you know
    166. I’m laughing all the way.(at Doug)
    167 you tell me (Doug)… are you an idiot?
    168 Doug also posted the following from an alleged email from Rob Fuller:
    169 What’s your point? But then, you (Doug) are pointless.
    170 Doug is carrying on a conversation about things he has no clue about.
    171 he (Doug) is tripped up with his own idiocy.
    172 How many times did you (Doug) repeat the second grade?
    173 Coby went from idiot to zero (or maybe it was zero to idiot) in no time
    174 I do not do FB… it is a cesspool of humanoids.
    175 Doug hasn’t been outside in 22 months. This keeps up, he’ll never see the light of day again.

    TOTAL INSULTS IN 2021 THROUGH DAY 90……………………………175

    NEW TRAUNCH OF INSULTS SINCE DAY 84…………………………..12

    2021 INSULT COUNT PER DAY THROUGH DAY 90 …………………..1.94

    PROJECTED INSULT TOTAL FOR 2021 BASED ON 1.94/DAY…………708

  10. Hey Welding, thanks for rebroadcasting.

    Thanks for the free rent.

  11. 🌈🦄2020 says

    Thompson doesn’t have any money to repave the track 😂

  12. Just Me - The Original says

    $300,000 – $350,000 to repave the track and pit road. How long would it take to recoup the investment?

  13. Years ago they had a chance to reassess their future and the oval was in play. They did their analysis and decided the future was not in what was popular in the last century. Road racing was their future and all indications are that it’s been a success. E racing was mentioned in another thread and even that is on the table for the road course at some point in the future.
    One wonders why the topic of repaving even comes up. Is it the annual Icebreaker hubris of optimism or fear of the inevitable. Thompson isn’t promoting any events at Thompson. Michaud and Mayberry are and all indications are it’s strictly year to year at best. Hope springs eternal but few would bet money on an oval repaving or even an Icebreaker or World Series in 5 years. On the other hand the black sheep track of Connecticut, the Speedbowl is very likely to be racing in 5 years the current ownership notwithstanding. Were I to have a few Broad Brook Brewery grogs and a flight of fancy I could easily imagine people like these guys Michaud and Mayberry purchasing the NLWS and holding the Icebreaker and World Series as part of their annual schedule as Thompson divorces itself from the circle track forever.

  14. 🌈🦄2020 says

    $55 for a two day pass. As much as I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would pay that kind of money to watch something on TV at home, at least they’re offering a weekend deal or discount. Now if only the track would offer the same type of deal to the loyal fans that are going to be at the track. Is that too much to ask?

  15. 🌈🦄2020 bloviated:

    “$55 for a two day pass. As much as I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would pay that kind of money to watch something on TV at home, at least they’re offering a weekend deal or discount. Now if only the track would offer the same type of deal to the loyal fans that are going to be at the track. Is that too much to ask?”

    You people, humanoids, or whatever you are, crack me up 😆!!!!!!!

    You complain about the need to support tracks and racing, telling people to go to the track, spend money, yadayadayada, support the tracks or they are going to go away, new tracks aren’t being built, blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. Then you whine like 🌈🦄2020 about spending a few bucks. Tell other people to go spend their money while you have your wallet clamped shut in a vise. Idiots, one and all.

    Hey 🌈🦄2020, if you don’t spend the money, the tracks are all going to close and it will be all your fault.

    There’s a pandemic going on, you idiot. These are very different conditions and circumstances. Recent polls and surveys show that more and more people are finally getting it, that is, they are now leery about going out into large public gatherings, exactly what the doctors and scientists have been advising for over a year. The current 4th wave surge going on is a result of idiots defying that advice, and people just getting too complacent. Something like 20 states currently have alarmingly high rates of increase. France is going into lockdown for April. Statistically, 1 in 588 Americans has died due to this pandemic. And there is 1 case for every 11 people. BTW, that’s a *KNOWN* and confirmed case. So when you are at the track, and there’s about 5,000 people there, 8 or 9 of those people could die from COVID. You okay with that? Feeling lucky? You really believe that will never happen to you? The 566,000 Americans that have died so far might have thought the same.

    Here in the USA, corporate America has brainwashed the work force to not take time off, be tough, and work through illnesses. People are ridiculed for taking sick time. Well, this is not a disease to mess with, yet people are being cavalier about it, thinking they are tougher than the virus 🦠, but all they are really doing is helping to spread the virus 🦠.

    Please, don’t be stupid.

    Please, don’t be an idiot.

    😷😷😷😷😷😷😷

    And yes, please continue to mock me for being COVID aware and careful, I appreciate it. I do feel sorry for you.

  16. $55 for icebreaker weekend vs $150 for an annual Flo subscription and which includes all Stafford events…hmm tough choice.

  17. WeldingWonders says

    SNIPETS FROM THE SUPERCILEOUS

    STARRING DAREAL ( That doesn’t sound like me) GOODFELLA

    SNIPET OFFERING NUMBER 4:

    March 16, 2020 at 9:12 am
    Since this virus first showed up on USA soil (January 21, 2020), we minimized exposure to the public. We didn’t wait. No movies, restaurants, changed errands to times when stores were usually less occupied, etc. (EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF THOMPSON SPEEDWAY) We started social distancing a long time ago, before it was even announced. (EXCEPT AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY) When the first cases showed up in WA, it was only a matter of time before it spread, and in a week, almost every state had cases. That’s fast.

    😷😷😷 darealgoodfella 😷😷😷 says
    April 1, 2021 at 10:50 am

    And yes, please continue to mock me for being COVID aware and careful,

    (EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF THOMPSON)

  18. 🌈🦄2020 says

    Jesus Christ Dafella. You’re completely deranged. I complain about a ticket price and you go off on a rampage like a wild animal. Smoke some weed or something would ya.

  19. Real Christians, real Americans, real patriots and real race fans. There just always has to be some kind of dividing mark between the righteous and those that don’t cut the mustard.
    Here’s the deal. For all of us sitting in our basements, laying back in our barkaloungers with our pizza stained sweatshirts and perpetual beer at the ready the point is to get money from us. We weren’t going to the race anyway for any number of reasons. Work, family obligations, too lazy, too old or too drunk makes no difference. You got a camper good for you most don’t. 6 hours travel over a couple days maybe at some adventurous point in the past but now no thanks.
    No TV we watch reruns of Hee Haw and you don’t get more money. Figure our a way to televise the race and you get money you never were going to get.
    If the “real fans” look down at us that’s fine. You can bet Speed51 and the M&M promoters want to get as many of us as they can including basement dwellers drunk or sober.
    I’m in real fan or not.

  20. 🌈🦄2020, do you not pay attention?

    Folks are saying that we all must do all we can to support the tracks before they all close up and become shopping malls. Relentless haranguing from that perspective.

    And then there are folks that relentlessly complain about the price of tickets 🎫, concessions, parking, camping, blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. 😕 😑 😒

    And then there’s Doug that does a lengthy analysis to show the 32¢ advantage of a season ticket, taking rainout risks into account.

    Doug was a strong advocate to support the NSWSB so the owner would be wealthier, thinking that would result in higher compensation amounts for the victims. How’s that working out? 🤣🤣😝😝🤡🤡

    You don’t want all the tracks to close up and become shopping malls, do you? Then do your part and get out there and spend your money 💰 on tickets, concessions, souvenirs, and more concessions. And buy fresh masks. 😷

    When the tracks close up, it will be your fault for complaining about ticket prices. You are scaring people away and making them not go to the tracks. It’s your negativity that is closing the tracks.

  21. Doug, I thought the righteous weren’t cutting the mustard. That’s why they always feign that disingenuous righteous indignation.

  22. Capt. Mike Qbvious says

    The Atomic Punk,

    To be somewhat cavalier, there was an Icebreaker for anywhere from 11-14 years (depending on what records you believe) before the Whelen Modified Tour as we know it even existed. I guess we’ll see how the Icebreaker fares now without the Tour — and the times are definitely different now than they were in the 1970s and early 1980s — but history says it’s possible for the event to succeed.

  23. That fee for Flo is the best money ever spent for a racing fan. The number of Dirt sprint car and late model races during the summer is impressive. Now they are adding some Dirt modifieds and some pavement racing with Stafford and Thunder road. You can not go wrong. Last summer in the height of the pandemic they had nights where they had coverage from 4 or more tracks. You also get some college and ECHL hockey coverage during the offseason. Honestly well worth the money. I was skeptical last year. Now I am pretty sure they have customer for life. It looks like I will be doing the virtual Ice breaker this year. Happy the option is there this year. I havent been able to secure a vaccine yet and havent gotten the camper on the road didnt request any time. I hope the Thompson promoters get a good percentage of the PPV monies. Enjoy the races, just a week away. I cant wait. stay safe

  24. Wish I cared about dirt but don’t. An entire season of Stafford and perhaps becoming a fan of Thunder Road without one dirt view is still a can’t miss value.
    It does have drawbacks. If you want to see an event at Stafford it’s ponderous getting and canceling a one month subscription as opposed to the PPV formula last year. The one and done easy availability that’s convenient is important to get those interested in sampling the racing but not sure it’s for them week in and week out..
    The lower cost and increased content surely means they are shooting for far more subscriptions then last year. Man I hope they get it cause this is freakin great. M&M committing to televising all their Thompson events is a winner as well instead of wait and see. Tri Track needs to think about firming up their plans. Televised events before was a gee gosh I’m glad they’re showing the race kind of thing where cost was secondary. Now planning and budgeting your racing selections is becoming a thing.

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