Icebreaker Notes: Bobby Santos III Tops NEMA Lites At Thompson; Anthony Bello Wins SK Light Mods

Bobby Santos III celebrates victory in the NEMA Lites feature Saturday at Icebreaker 2021 at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

THOMPSON – Bobby Santos III topped the field in the 25-lap NEMA Lites feature Saturday at Icebreaker 2021 at Thompson Speedway. 

“That was fun,” Santos said. “Just have to thank the Seymour family for the opportunity. We’re doing a little racing in the Midwest with them and just treating us here to get warmed up for a couple big races this summer.” 

Jim Santa Maria was second and Jake Trainor third. 

Anthony Bello (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Anthony Bello got by George Bessette Jr. for the lead through the final corner to win the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature. 

It was the first victory at Thompson for Bello. 

“We had huge momentum coming off from [the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing in February at New Smryna (Fla.) Speedway]. Just to win the Icebreaker here is amazing. 

Bessette held on for second and Bert Oulette was third. 

Tom Carey (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Tom Carey won the 40-lap Late Model feature. 

“I’m lucky enough to have two of these [Icebreaker wins] now,” Carey said. “It’s huge man it’s always been a staple to kick off the racing season in New England and I’m just honored to do it at a historic track like a Thompson, a track that I really love, always have since I was a little kid. Now I just have to get a World Series [win].

Ryan Morgan was second and Derek Gluchaki third. 

Paul Newcomb (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Paul Newcomb rolled to victory in the 25-lap Open Street Stock feature. 

It was the first career victory at Thompson for Newcomb. 

Ryan Waterman was second and Kyle Gero third. 

Gerard Giordano (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Gerard Giordano edged Ryan Vanasse in a side-by-side banging battle to the checkered to win the 35-lap Exit Realty Pro Truck Feature. 

Emma Monahan was third. 

Jared Roy (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

Jared Roy was victorious in the 15-lap Mini Stock feature. 

Tommy Silva was second and Dave Trudeau third.


  1. Wingman21 says

    Congrats to the regular sk mod driver at waterford for winning a lite race. Why not run a sk like you normally do?

  2. Wingman are you serious? The kid is like 15 years old. It’s called getting seat time in whatever some one offers you to drive. What’s the matter did his teenage butt beat your driver and now you’re mad cause he made a good last lap pass on a rookie in the division? Maybe racing isn’t for you if you feel the need to call out a teenager for winning in a man’s racing division.

  3. Actually the 39 wasn’t my driver. I do not have a driver in the race. I have been a long time fan of all CT tracks and have watched both drivers come up through the divisions. I also remember watching young Bello last year at Waterford and could not understand how someone in the premier division at Waterford would choose to race in a lower division at Thompson other than to pad his stats. There is no comparison of racing a SK at waterford to racing a lite at Thompson. Seat time in a lesser division at a much different track, in my opinion, does nothing than pad the drivers stats. If he wanted seat time against drivers he would be racing against at waterford Ina SK, wouldn’t he race with those drivers at Thompson?

  4. wmass01013 says

    SO Wingman, by your logic, Kyle Busch should never enter a XFINITY OR TRUCK race? Ryan Preece or Ryan Newman should never enter a WMT or Open Mod show, and My god Bobby Labonte should Not even be allowed inside the Track at A SMART race????????

  5. So good to have Bobby Santos III back in the neighborhood.

  6. Bobby Santos does it again…. SHOWS UP AND WINS !!!!! More talent than half of current CUP Drivers!!!

  7. Santos was driving it so deep into 3 and 4, it was incredible to watch. He was all the way sideways sliding like it was a dirt track and using the wing to hold him, was just incredible.

    That truck race was awesome, always have fun watching the trucks race. Really looking forward to seeing them at Loudon.

  8. 🌈🦄2020 says

    Better get used to it wingman. Bello is racing the lite at Stafford this year also. Last year Puleo raced a sk lite at Stafford and an sk at Waterford. It’s not unusual.

  9. 🌈🦄2020 says

    And then there’s Santos who whooped em in a nema lite. You just gonna gloss over that?

  10. Fast Eddie says

    What more can you say about bobby santos? Jumps in a nema light for the first time in a while . Doesn’t just win, he put on a driving clinic! As rob said, driving it like a dirts track car through the corners. Amazing run! Top notch driver in a top notch car!

  11. Fast eddie I agree that Bobby Santos is a exceptional wheel man that can drive many different types of race cars but it definitely helps to jump into one of if not the best car in the field. That car was practiced and set up by the best in the business.

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