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03-30-2007, 12:25 PM

THOMPSON, CT. The snow is gone and the track is ready. That’s the word from the Thompson International Speedway. With all systems “go”, the historic speedway will open its gates at 10 AM this coming Saturday, March 31st, for the first of two open practice sessions leading up to the season-opening ICEBREAKER.

Each year, Thompson International Speedway schedules two open practice sessions that are open to any and all safe racecars. Each car will be inspected and then will have from 12 Noon until 6 PM for track time. Practice sessions will be run in a “round robin” format by racing division for the entire six hour period. The main grandstands will not be open. Everyone attending must sign into the pit area for these practice sessions and must be at least 16 years of age.

The second open practice date is scheduled for Saturday, April 7th with the format being the same as March 31st. These two open practice sessions provide race teams with an opportunity to fine tune their racecars prior to the ICEBREAKER which is slated for the weekend of April 14th & 15th.

Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions regardless of the type of racecar that they own. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars, Busch East cars, along with virtually any type of racecar are all welcome as long as they pass a safety inspection. Thompson’s 2007 General & Safety rules will be used to determine safety standards. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the 2007 General & Safety Rules may do so by visiting the Thompson Speedway web site and clicking on “rules” on the left side of the track’s home page. Anyone unable to access the web page may call the Thompson International Speedway to request a copy of these rules along with rules for any of Thompson’s six NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions.

This opportunity to fine tune racecars provides an advantage for race teams planning to compete in the ICEBREAKER or any other event on the Thomson 2007 schedule. Practice time on a race day is very limited. Therefore, a full day of track time can become invaluable to race teams wanting to get a good start on the racing season.

Thompson’s ICEBREAKER is a two-day racing event that brings out thousands of winter weary fans looking to be part of the opening of a brand new racing season. The excitement starts with the running of the Daytona 500 and builds almost daily in anticipation of Thompson’s opening day.

For more information on the ICEBREAKER, ticket sales or any of the 2007 activities at Thompson International Speedway, fans are urged to visit the track web site at www.thompsonspeedway.com Fans may also call the speedway office at 860-923-2280.