Thompson, CT -- The list of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
drivers submitting entries for the 2006 ICEBREAKER at Thompson Speedway
reads like a who’s who in the most popular racing division in the entire
northeast. The list includes the best of the best. This lineup of racing
talent can only lead to an extremely exciting season opener for race
fans when the flag drops on the 150 lap ICEBREAKER feature event this
Sunday, April 9th.
Whelen Modified Tour defending champion, Tony Hirschman,
leads the impressive list of driving talent signed up to compete in the
ICEBREAKER. Six-time champion, Mike Stefanik, Rick
Fuller, Ted and Mike Christopher, and Ed Flemke, Jr, will be joined by
one of the most successful drivers in the history of modified racing,
Todd Szegedy, with national sponsorship from Wisk and
Snuggle, returns to the Modified Tour battles. He will lead the charge
of young guns that have been so impressive in this extremely competitive
division. Young Zach Sylvester, who came within inches of winning last
year’s ICEBREAKER, will be looking to gain that win this year since it
was snatched from him in the last lap of the 05 running of the
ICEBREAKER by Ted Christopher. Matt Hirschman is following in his
father’s foot steps and showed his talents in last year’s World Series
of Speedway Racing at Thompson. Jimmy Blewett, Eric Berndt, Chris
Pasteryak and James Civali are only a few of the extremely talented
young drives who will challenge the veterans in the 150-lap ICEBREAKER.
In all, some forty three drives have filed entries a
week before the race and more are expected. The 2006 ICEBREAKER could
easily be one of the most competitive events of the year. Race teams
will put forth their very best efforts to jump start a successful racing
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars will qualify for
the ICEBREAKER this coming Saturday, April 8th and then have
24 hours to make the final preparations for the Sunday, April 9th
race. Excitement surrounds this traditional season-opening event, but
this year it seems that the excitement level is at an all-time high.
Following two open practice sessions at Thompson
International Speedway, race teams representing the NASCAR Dodge Weekly
Series are also ready to go. The final preparations are in full swing
for race teams in these six divisions that will also play a major role
in the racing excitement that has become the hallmark of Thompson’s
Sunoco Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Late
Models, Thompson Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks make up
the highly competitive, six-division NASCAR Dodge weekly Series.
Race fans will once again find that the ICEBREAKER is
not only a major NASCAR racing event, but is also one auto racing’s
social highlights of the year. The Thompson Speedway complex provides
the perfect gathering place at the Raceway Restaurant and Lounge, better
known to racers as the ‘Club House,” The “Club House” will be open all
weekend serving breakfast and dinner. A special ICEBREAKER menu will
highlight the entertainment on Saturday night in what has become as much
of a tradition for fans as the race event itself.
Gates to the grand old speedway will open for pit
entrance at 8 AM on both Saturday and Sunday with the giant grandstands
opening at 9:30 AM on both days.
Qualifying is slated to start at 1:15 PM on Saturday and
will be followed by feature races for both the Sunoco Modified and Late
Model divisions. Sunday’s “Super Seven” races will start at 12 Noon.
For more information on the exact schedule for the 2006
ICEBREAKER, fans may check the Thompson Web site at
They may also call the speedway office for information or tickets at