No. 1 Late Model Team Penalized for Rules Violations at Icebreaker

thompson speedwayTHOMPSON, CT: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) announced today the No. 1 team that competes in the Late Model Division has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed April 6 at the Icebreaker, presented by Town Fair Tire.

The No. 1 car was found to be in violation of the ACT Late Model Crate Engine package (flywheel and external balancing).

Keith Rocco, driver, of the No. 1 car, has been disqualified from his finishing position and will receive no purse money.

Rocco And Monahan Open Season With Multiple IceBreaker Wins

Justin Bonsignore NWMT Winner

Thompson, Conn: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opened the season in grand style with Keith Rocco of Berlin, Conn. earning two NASCAR Whelen All American Series wins in one day in both the Sunoco Modified and Late Model divisions. Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y. took the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win over Woody Pitkat. Shawn Monahan of Waterford, Conn. earned his second in as many days in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division while Steve Dickey, Jr. of Londonderry, N.H. checkered the Monster Mini Stocks. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, Mass. won the Granite State Pro Stock Series 50-lap affair and Vintage Outlaw checkers flew for Joe Baxter of Pascoag, R.I.
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Griffith earns his stripes at Thompson and comes away with an 8th place finish

Derek Griffith(Thompson, CT) – The learning curve at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for young racer Derek Griffith was a short one as the Hudson, New Hampshire native made his first ever trip to the Northeastern Connecticut race track and came away with an impressive eighth-place finish

Participating in the 40th Annual Ice Breaker Saturday qualifying heat races, Derek get into a little incident during his race, which resulted in some bent up suspension parts and with less than a day to complete the repairs, the No. 12 Motorcycles of Manchester/LCM Racing/Tyngsboro Motors Toyota Camry crew had quite a bit of work to do.
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O’Sullivan Continues to Shine at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with Win at Icebreaker

O'Sullivan Thompson Victory LaneThompson, CT- Mike O’Sullivan fends off Larry Gelinas and Jeff Connors to pick up his third win in the Granite State Pro Stock Series.

Wayne Helliwell, JR pulled away from Keith Caruso and looked strong to begin the race. Defending race winner George Bessette had picked up a couple of spots before falling off the pace on the back stretch with a terminal issue. O’Sullivan, Gelinas, and Connors sat single file in pursuit of Helliwell, who was amongst the fastest cars all weekend. Home track hero Tommy O’Sullivan battled bad luck all weekend long, suffering a failed plug wire a day after his motor let go during practice, taking him out of contention on lap 16. Helliwell’s day would turn sour as the two-time defending ACT champion blew a right front tire in turn 1 and came to rest on the top of turn 3, bringing out the first caution of the day.

On the restart, Mike O’Sullivan jumped to the lead leaving Connors and Gelinas to try and hunt the Springfield, MA driver down. A great battle ensued behind him, as Dillon Moltz and Brad Babb swapped the fourth position multiple times, while Matt Frahm watched from the sixth spot. The outside pole sitter Keith Caruso and Ron Smith made contact in the middle of turns 3 and 4, bringing out the second caution of the day.

O’Sullivan would hold the lead on the restart as Jeff Connors had a handful of race car, and veteran Gelinas took advantage and grabbed the second spot in the closing laps. Neither driver could reel in O’Sullivan, however, as the Flamingo Motorsports Chevrolet cruised to the line for the victory. O’Sullivan now has a pair of second place finishes to go along with today’s win in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at the track he considers home. O’Sullivan commented about the day, “Flawless race car from top to bottom. I knew I could race Jeff on the short run, but he was a little better on the longer run. When the second caution came out, I knew if I could hustle out front for the first few laps and cut the distance in half before he started to catch me, I knew I’d be alright.”
Larry Gelinas ended his double-duty weekend with a second place finish in the Icebreaker. Gelinas was involved in a caution earlier in the day in the Late Model division, a weekly division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. “I tried to save a bit throughout the race and hope for some cautions and see what happened,” Gelinas stated. “A top three finish is pretty good because we are a low-buck team, so I’m happy with second.”

Connors’ return behind the wheel after a few year hiatus was a successful one with his third place finish. Connors remarked, “Cautions hurt us. If we didn’t have the cautions, I was good reeling him in and I was just waiting. Unfortunately, the car tightened up on me that last caution.” Connors will be sharing the Cassagrande Builders Chevrolet with youngster Cory Cassagrande, and the duo look to make their next appearance at Hudson Speedway on June 15th.

Brad Babb would win the battle for the fourth spot, with Dillon Moltz taking fifth. Matt Frahm, Barry Gray, Derek Griffith, Cory Robert, and Keith Caruso completed the top ten. Moltz and Babb won their respective heat races on Saturday.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to action at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH on May 24th for their fifth race at the facility.

Icebreaker Results
4/6/14
POS Car Driver Hometown
1- 08 Mike O’Sullivan Springfield, MA
2- 37ME Larry Gelinas Buxton, ME
3- 51 Jeff Connors Ellington, CT
4- 4 Brad Babb Windham, ME
5- 5 Dillon Moltz Waterbury, CT
6- 14 Matt Frahm Hampstead, NH
7- 29 Barry Gray Belchertown, MA
8- 12 Derek Griffith Hudson, NH
9- 71NH Cory Robert Canaan, NH
10- 2 Keith Caruso Milbury, MA
11- 28MA Greg Nanigian Braintree, MA
12- 48 Ryan Lineham Coventry, RI
13- 92 Billy Brady Marston Mills, MA
14- 95 Ron Smith Oakham, MA
15- 71 Carl Eriksson Deep River, CT
16- 66 Mike Parks Walpole, NH
17- 27NH Wayne Helliwell, JR Dover, NH
18- 16 Tommy O’Sullivan Wilbraham, MA
19- 87 Eric Sands Farmington, NH
20- 15 George Bessette Danbury, CT

CONTINGENCY AWARDS Winner
Sunoco Race Fuels (Heat Win) Dillon Moltz, Brad Babb
MacLellan Metal Finishing Dillon Moltz, Brad Babb
AR Bodies (Hard Luck) Wayne Helliwell, JR
Sherwood Wheels (10th place finisher) Keith Caruso
Bond Auto Parts (Last car on lead lap) Billy Brady
RB Performance (4th place finisher) Brad Babb
RB Performance (7th place finisher) Barry Gray
5 Star Stock Car Bodies (5th place finisher) Dillon Moltz
Crazy Ed’s Powersports (Hard Charger) Derek Griffith
Draco Springs Award (Most positions gained) Derek Griffith
Racer’s Depot (Random drawing) Jeff Connors

Rocco And Monahan Open Season With Multiple IceBreaker Wins

thompsonJustin Bonsignore NWMT Winner

Thompson, Conn: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opened the season in grand style with Keith Rocco of Berlin, Conn. earning two NASCAR Whelen All American Series wins in one day in both the Sunoco Modified and Late Model divisions. Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y. took the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win over Woody Pitkat. Shawn Monahan of Waterford, Conn. earned his second in as many days in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division while Steve Dickey, Jr. of Londonderry, N.H. checkered the Monster Mini Stocks. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, Mass. won the Granite State Pro Stock Series 50-lap affair and Vintage Outlaw checkers flew for Joe Baxter of Pascoag, R.I.
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Rocco And Monahan Open Season With Multiple IceBreaker Wins

thompsonJustin Bonsignore NWMT Winner

Thompson, Conn: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opened the season in grand style with Keith Rocco of Berlin, Conn. earning two NASCAR Whelen All American Series wins in one day in both the Sunoco Modified and Late Model divisions. Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y. took the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win over Woody Pitkat. Shawn Monahan of Waterford, Conn. earned his second in as many days in the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman division while Steve Dickey, Jr. of Londonderry, N.H. checkered the Monster Mini Stocks. Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, Mass. won the Granite State Pro Stock Series 50-lap affair and Vintage Outlaw checkers flew for Joe Baxter of Pascoag, R.I.
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Roger Turbush wins NETS Icebreaker at Thompson

Roger Turbush wins NETS Icebreaker at ThompsonRoger Turbush of Riverhead NY won the first event of the 2014 New England Truck Series Season at Thompson Speedway Raceway Park. Turbush defeated series champion Duane Noll by less than half a truck length en route to victory. Five time champion Andy Lindeman was third.

Frank Dumicich Jr. took the green flag from the pole and stretched his front row starting position to an early lead until Duane Noll was able to catch him and make a move alongside in lap 7. The two then ran side by side for the next ten circuits, trading the lead multiple times across the stripe. They would continue racing door to door until Corey Coates’ engine expired with three laps remaining, causing the caution to wave.
On the restart, Chris Turbush stormed past Noll into second place, but made contact with leader Dumicich, Jr. off turn two. The contact sent Dumicich, Jr spinning into the inside wall, and resulted in an aggressive driving penalty for Chris Turbush. Noll inherited the lead with Roger Turbush alongside. On the final restart, Roger Turbush pulled away and was able to hold off a last lap charges from both Noll and Lindeman. Jason Lafayette was fourth and Frank Dumicich Sr. fifth.
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Field Set for Granite State Pro Stock Series at Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

thompsonThompson, CT- Dillon Moltz and Brad Babb took the checkers in their respective heat races at the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP).

Greg Nanigian and Moltz kicked off the season for the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) as they brought the field to green in the first heat, where the RB Performance Chevrolet of Moltz jumped to the lead. The field checked up when Ron Smith spun coming off turn 4, letting Moltz go uncontested until Mike Parks brought out the caution with a spin off the same corner. Moltz had a new dancing partner with Larry Gelinas at his door on the restart, but the result was still the same as Moltz lead start to finish to record the youngster’s first checkered flag in the series. After qualifying, Moltz added “The car is real good. We’re only going to make a small adjustment for Sunday, but overall the race went well.” Gelinas would hold off a hard charging Mike O’Sullivan, who started dead last on the field to finish third. Two-time defending ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, JR, who was fastest in second practice took the fourth spot, while last year’s Icebreaker winner George Bessette settled into fifth.
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Derek Griffith Sets Goal for Ice Breaker Podium Finish

Derek Griffith PhotoThompson, CT –17 year-old racer Derek Griffith is hoping to make his Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park debut a memorable one.

The Hudson, NH native arrived at the historic 5/8th mile oval with a new car and renewed aspirations to starting off the 2014 season in the same fashion, as the youngster started off the 2012 season. At that time, the 15 year-old Griffith streaked out an impressive second place finish in the season opening race, held at Mondanock Speedway and continued on for a season ending top-10 points standing.
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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Kicks Off 74th Season with Icebreaker, presented by Town Fair Tire

thompsonThompson, CT- The Icebreaker, presented by Town Fair Tire, will mark the beginning of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s 74th season of operation. The 2014 running of the event will mark the 40th time it has been held. The traditional season-opening event will feature nine divisions, headlined by the first championship race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT).

Defending NWMT Champion, Ryan Preece, will begin his title defense behind the wheel of the Eric Sanderson-owned No. 16, but it won’t be without some stiff competition. Doug Coby headlines an impressive list of drivers who will be behind the wheel of another car this season. Coby teamed up with Mike Smeriglio, III to drive the Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair Chevrolet. Another driver on the move this year was nine-time NASCAR regional touring series champion, and defending Icebreaker race winner, Mike Stefanik. The Coventry, RI-native has teamed up with car owner Ed Marceau to drive the No. 1 entry. Tommy Barrett, a standout on the Valenti Modified Racing Series, replaced Stefanik in Chris Our’s No. 22 Chevrolet. The young driver will look to make his third start on the NWMT. Defending TSMP Sunoco Modified Champion, Keith Rocco, has entered the No. 48 car, which he will be driving for John Rufrano.
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