Ryan Preece Files Entry For Thompson Outlaw Modified Icebreaker 125

Ryan Preece (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The mantra for Ryan Preece in 2021 has been that if there’s a Tour Type Modified race happening that he can feasibly get to he’ll be there.

And the Berlin native and former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion is living up to his stated intentions.

In February Preece told RaceDayCT he hoped to be on the entry list for the Thompson Outlaw Modified Icebreaker 125 on April 11.

“Once I check the schedule to make sure it’s all going to work,” Preece said of running the event back in February.

Apparently it all worked with the schedule.

A busy racing week for Preece will get even busier when he returns home Sunday to compete in the Thompson Outlaw Modified Icebreaker 125 at Thompson Speedway. Preece filed his entry for the event over the weekend.

Sunday’s $10,000 to win Tour Type Modified race at Thompson marks the first of six Thompson Outlaw events being promoted at the track this year by American-Canadian Tour operator Cris Michaud and Pro All Stars Series operator Tom Mayberry.

“It’s really cool,” Preece said. “I think it’s awesome what Thompson is doing, having these open shows, and paying $10,000 to win is great. We need more of these [events] in Modified racing. Being home in Connecticut, I’ve been racing locally for a long time. Going to Thompson, it’s nice to see people you’ve been around for years and it’s great being with those who support you.”

Preece runs full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series for JTG Daugherty Racing. He will compete in Saturday’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Cup Series race under the lights at Martinsville Speedway before heading to Thompson.

If all goes right with scheduling, Sunday’s event at Thompson will mark Preece’s third Tour Type Modified event in nine days. He won Saturday’s Southern Modified Auto Racing Teams event at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. He is also on the entry list for Thursday’s Whelen Modified Tour season opening event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

“It’s because I like to try and win, and I obviously have Eddie and Connie Partridge as car owners that allow us to do it,” Preece said. “You have these cars because you want to go race them and hopefully win the money. We want to go compete. We aren’t going to just let them sit on jack stands.”

“I think we have a good chance [to win Sunday] There are a bunch of different motor combinations and drivers, but we have strong race cars. We have the best you could ask for.”

Sunday’s Icebreaker event will be 125 green flag laps, with cautions not counting unlike previous Icebreaker 150-lap events.

“I think you just have to be aware of how the race is playing out with the strategy and just be there at the end of it,” Preece said.

Thompson Speedway opens its 82nd season with the annual Icebreaker on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. Ten local and regional series go green at the two-day racing festival. 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. Post time is 1:15pm.

Saturday’s six-division card is highlighted by the Thompson 75 for the PASS North Super Late Models beginning at 1:00pm. 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 for all Icebreaker divisions.

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.

Speed51.TV is also offering a live pay-per-view broadcast for both days of the Icebreaker. PPV passes are $29.99 for Saturday-only, $34.99 for Sunday-only, and $54.99 for both days. Sign up now at https://www.speed51.tv/products/ppv-2021-icebreaker-weekend-pass-at-thompson.

[This story includes portions from a press release from the American-Canadian Tour]


  1. key words are ……125 GREEN FLAG LAPS !!!!!! nothing worse than a caution filled event watching cars
    ride around single file under yellow as the laps click away … Green flag laps are the BEST !!!! Ryan will also add interest to the Icebreaker !!! Thompson Lives !!! thank you ACT & Pass for saving the High Banks

  2. I knew it!!!

  3. Fast Eddie says

    Yeah, yeah… what Suitcase said!!! The worst is when cautions late in the race affect the race outcome by eating up potential racing laps. Green flag laps only, don’t count the caution laps, let the track crew take what time they need to get the track clean & safe, and let the racers RACE for it!

  4. He has to be the favorite to win it.

  5. Anyone else getting excited. I agree counting caution laps sucks. Especially when a simple spin causes race laps to be subtracted from the total. The car gets going on its own and for some reason 4 laps roll off waiting for the pits to open close and realign the field. Nothing more frustrating for a fan in the stands.

  6. wmass01013 says

    Actually i think its wide open this yr with Martinsville, Lancaster 3 Riverhead, Beech Ridge, 2 Oswego, Richmond, WITH new tracks and No Thompson i think Coby, Silk, McKennedy, Lutz and maybe a surprise or 2, ADD Santos and his chance to win any race he enters and i think it will be Fun to see who ends up Champion!!!!!!!!!!

  7. It is different this year. The loss of Thompson once viewed as a hit to the prestige of the tour does make it a little less predictable taking away a track the champ excels at.
    The 51 team just put the finishing touches on a brand new car that you can bet has a brand new engine. They have the best of everything, an owner that spares no expense and they have the best people. Hope springs eternal but in the end it’s like New Smyrna. In the long run you have to go with team that has every conceivable advantage going in.. For one race anything can happen. For the season Ken Massa and the 51 have no peer.

  8. What wmass01013 said.

    It’s gonna be all about who misses the setup at these tracks they don’t run at often.

  9. solsticeson says

    Bring Max McGlaughlin up too, Get him a ride.

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