Thompson Icebreaker 125 Entry List For Outlaw Open Modifieds Continues To Grow


(Press Release from American-Canadian Tour)


Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is just over three weeks away from opening the 2021 Northeast Auto Racing season with the annual Icebreaker. The headlining $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 on Sunday, April 11 continues to draw buzz and big names as the entry list grows leading up to the event.

Nearly 30 Tour-type Modified teams have registered for the debut of the Outlaw Open Modified Series. Even more are expected by the time the first green flag falls for qualifying. The list includes former track and series champions, many multi-time winners, and rising stars looking to start the season with a bang.

To no one’s surprise, a huge contingent of racers from the “Modified Country” of Southern New England have entered. Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions Doug Coby of Milford, CT; Bobby Santos III of Franklin, MA; and Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, CT are among the biggest names preparing for the season-opener.

Other touring series champions on the entry list are Chelmsford, MA’s Jon McKennedy; Moosup, CT’s Chris Pasteryak; and Woborn, MA’s Anthony Nocella. Although NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Preece has not officially entered the Icebreaker, he has publicly expressed his interest in competing.

Plenty of weekly Modified warriors are also ready for the long-distance challenge. They include Berlin, CT’s Keith Rocco, a seven-time Thompson Speedway champion, and Tolland, CT’s Ronnie Williams, a two-time SK Modified champion at Stafford Motor Speedway. With 125 green-flag laps on the card, many factors will play into who ultimately takes home the big check.

“I think you’re going to see a lot of different strategies in this type of race,” Williams said. “I think a lot of guys will be pushing hard in the early laps of the race. It’s the start of a new season, and a lot of guys haven’t raced yet. I’m expecting a strong run out there. The No. 25 with Gary Casella always runs well at Thompson.”

“You just have to play your cards right with all of the pit strategy and 125 laps that are all green flag laps,” Rocco added. “Fuel is probably going to play a role in it for this one, too. There are a lot of aspects that are going to be part of trying to win the race. We always do really well in the open shows, from the SK Modifieds to the Tour Modifieds. Hopefully, we’ll come out of the box strong to start the season.”

However, the hunger for victory isn’t just limited to Connecticut and Massachusetts. Racers from six different Northeast states already entered the Icebreaker 125, giving the event a regional flavor that speaks to its appeal among the Modified ranks.

New Hampshire racers Andy Shaw (Center Conway) and Trevor Bleau (Troy) live in an area typically dominated by Late Model­­­-type cars. However, they’re ready to make Modifieds the Granite State headliner for at least one day. Riverhead, NY’s Eric Goodale is one of several drivers who are expected to do double-duty with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway. Goodale’s fellow Long Islander Artie Peterson III is also representing the Empire State.

Anthony Sesely is making the trip to Thompson from Port Monmouth, NJ. Earl Paules has an even long drive from Palmerton, PA. Patrick Emerling has the current “long haul” award, though, with a 432-mile journey each way from Orchard Park, NY to drive Ted Anderson’s #1CT.

The Icebreaker 125 is the first event in the new Outlaw Open Modified Series. A quartet of $5,000-to-win Wednesday events are scheduled for June 16, July 7, August 11, and September 15. The season concludes with the return of the Thompson 300, a $20,000-to-win event on October 9 and 10 as part of the annual World Series of Speedway Racing.

Drivers can still register for the Icebreaker 125. Outlaw Open Modified Series entry forms and rules are available at www.acttour.com/outlaw-open-modifieds. General event Information can be found at www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway.

Thompson Speedway opens its 82nd season with the annual Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. A total of 10 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. 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. An optional Test N’ Tune practice day is slated for Friday, April 9 with all Icebreaker divisions welcome.

Adult general admission is $30 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under are $10 each day. Advance tickets are available at https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ. Grandstand attendance is limited to 50% of capacity per Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines. Pit passes will be sold at the track.

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Comments

  1. Well this is exciting isn’t it as anticipation grows for the new season. But we don’t even have to wait that long for the regional opener because it’s happening March 27th at Wall Stadium with the long delayed Turkey Derby. Can’t travel to Wall, no problem stream it on Dirt Track Digest for $32.
    Also sad news in connection with the Turkey Derby.
    Jimmy Showtime Blewett Facebook page:
    “Showtime6676 I just want to let everyone know that I will not be racing turkey derby this year. My family and now I have tested positive for the China virus. Please keep us in your prayers we are all hanging in there and appreciate everyone close to us who have reached out. I want to thank my team for all the hard work leading up to this weekend I also want to thank @seric_mauriello for stepping up and filling in for me.Good luck to everyone we will see you all again in a few weeks.”

    A couple hundred folks weighing in with best wishes so far as well there should be. Blewett is synonymous with Wall Stadium and the Turkey Derby and a battle with Hirschman had a very high probability of bringing the fans to their feet. Blewett is also a very important spokesman for Northeast modified racing and most times puts his best foot forward when asked to express his thoughts in interviews the last time being New Smyrna the night of the Blewett Memorial race. All the more disappointing that such an important representative of modified racing at a time of crises in his family would take a cheap shot at the Asian American community by referring to the virus as the China virus. It’s front page news now that Asian Americans of all ancestries are fearful of going out in public on their own lest they be sucker punched by some coward the somehow conflates the cause of a pandemic to Asian Americans. It’s no secret China virus is a handle that perpetuates that anger.
    Best wishes to all the Blewetts for a mild case of Covid19 and speedy recovery. They’re young and should pull through fine all things considered. While in isolation Mr. Blewett will hopefully give some thought to avoiding living up to the backward stereotype of a regional racer. Including the negative image of perpetuating a handle that is a call to action for some unthinking people that in a moment of rage take their anger out on the innocent. As well as instantly turning off Asian Americans that may consider attending a race at their local track but reconsider should they come upon comments like that.

  2. Pretty decent roster, I’m intrigued.

    JBon?

    Hirschman?

  3. JBon only doing the 300. My guess is Hirshman will be at Martinsville with the PeeDee team. He hasn’t committed to anything at Thompson. A lot of these guys only doing the Icebreaker and 300. Makes me wonder what the Wednesday shows will look like.

  4. JD, you are boycotting Thompson. Why are you even enter the discussion? Why worry?

  5. Just Woke Up says

    Unfortunate news about Jimmy Blewett, hoping for a full and swift recovery for him and his family. Concerning the troubling China remark, although Jimmy is a great driver,we have to realize that not everyone is as woke as you and I are, Doug

  6. “Woke” , I had to look up the slang meaning and am still not clear it has so many interpretations depending on who is trying to needle who.
    “You and I” would be inappropriate. If you have such a low opinion of Blewett that’s your problem. I have a very high opinion of him and believe he understands completely the implication of the meaning of words and catch phrases he choses to include in his posts.
    Should he read what was written here I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a person so well regarded by so many to set an example for all of us with a more noble intent.
    Get well soon Jimmy Blewett and family.

  7. Jimmy Blewett is a great driver?

    Please read the facts: https://www.racing-reference.info/driver/Jimmy_Blewett

    In summary: NWMT: 17 yrs, 140 race, 6 wins, 31 T5, 55 T10, 3 poles, Running at Finish in 99 of 140 races, finished on the lead lap 80 out of 140 races.

    Best ranking was 6th driving for the v4, a great car.

    That’s not a record of a great driver.

    He might do well at his home track in their local series, but outside of that little world, he’s insignificant.

  8. That “woke” reference got me to thinking. Not so much now but around the election I spent a good deal of time in the Newsmax forum. Catch words and labels are huge there. I’ve been called a lib, radical lib, communist, socialist, Marxist. Not a fan of labels nor catch words and phrases like woke, fellow travelers, references to living rent free in ones head, triggered, congrats, living in moms basement, what meds are you on, Saul Alinsky, George Soros etc. I appreciate the black communities slang but find in tacky when introduced out of the blue in a main stream thought. To me it’s all short hand for lazy people that don’t want to go to the trouble of expressing a full thought. I prefer good solid thought expression devoid of campy crutch phrases like Mr. Courchesne’s writings as an example. Simple, straightforward and not trying too hard to be cool or pander to a particular group by dropping word bombs along the way. Word bombs that inevitably stop any sincere discussion at the instant they are introduced.
    I also don’t get why it’s so hard to refrain from referring to Covid19 as the China virus or Trump pandemic. Trump pandemic is offensive to many, inaccurate and completely unproductive in my view. Asian American’s have said that China virus just exacerbates the hard feelings toward the Asian American community and have asked people to stop doing it.
    So why is it so hard to steer clear of either. The pandemic is what it is at this point, Trump is not the president so why. If Americans including those with Japanese, Chinese, Korean ancestry that are multi generational American citizens that had nothing to do with the origins of Covid19 are under threat and asking for a favor why is it so hard to show them a little respect?
    I’m 100% certain Jimmy Blewett does not wish nor condone any attack on any Asian American and in fact if he saw it he would try to do something about it. Pretty sure of that anyway. So why is it unreasonable to ask someone you admire to dial back something that has more potential to perpetuate harm then stop it.
    Congratulation to Jimmy Blewett and the 51 team for a resounding Turkey Derby victory. As he said just the right medicine.

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