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Seekonk Speedway Releases Dates for 2017 Season

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the dates for its 72nd season of racing. We will be releasing the full schedule including all of our Phils Propane Triple Crown features plus several other bonus races in early December. The full schedule will also include our favorite fan attractions such as the Propane Plus Auto Graph series, On Track Pit Parties, Fans on Parade and much much more! We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and we look forward to getting our full schedule released in early December!

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Stafford Speedway Releases 2017 Event Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT — With just over 5 months until the 2017 season kicks off at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, Stafford Speedway is proud to announce the 22 event 2017 schedule.

“We are excited about the 2017 season, we have our marquee events and have added 4 new shows to the schedule,” explained Stafford COO/GM Mark Arute.  “Stafford’s key focus remains to have a strong weekly program for the fans and race teams, we believe that is the backbone of short track racing.”

The 2017 race season will begin at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend, April 29th & 30th.  Doug Coby, the 2016 Whelen Modified Tour Champion, will look to defend his crown in the Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.  The two-day event is highlighted by the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party where fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers prior to racing on Sunday.

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Goodie Motorsports Hires Pitkat

Woody Pitkat will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in 2017 driving for Goodie Motorsports. The team runs a Robert Yates spec engine and SPAFCO Chassis.

“Jeffrey (Goodale) called me asked what my plans for next year,” Pitkat said. “(He) said he couldn’t commit 100 percent next year so was wondering if I was interested in driving the car full season for him.”

The Stafford Springs, CT native ran a partial schedule fo Kevin Stuart this year with 1 top five and 7 top 10s in 13 starts.

“(It) means a lot, tough to find full-time tour team these days so to get a great opportunity like this to give a great team an opportunity to win races and hopefully contend for a championship one year. It’s just an honor and I’m so grateful to Jeff and the Goodies team picked me to drive for them.”

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Coby Marches to Fourth Championship

Third Straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Crown; Bonsignore Wins At Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2016) – It took 10 seasons, bouncing between full and part-time rides, for Doug Coby to get his second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

Since then, though, the Milford, Connecticut, driver has compiled a resume that puts him among the elite Modified drivers of all-time.

Coby drove his No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in Sunday’s Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to cap off his fourth career championship. He finished 12 points ahead of race winner Justin Bonsignore to claim the trophy.

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Coby Makes History, Wraps Up Third Consecutive Whelen Modified Title in Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park saved the best for last in 2016, crowning several champions on the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtra Mart including a champion in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Defending series champion Doug Coby looked to earn his third consecutive title and fourth in the last five seasons after extending his points lead on Justin Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito with a victory at Stafford Motor Speedway on October 9th. Coby came into the race with a 20-point advantage over Bonsignore and a 48-point lead over Solomito and only needed to finish 16th or better to lock up the championship.

Coby started off the race on the right foot, qualifying for the outside pole next to Solomito who led the first portion of the event with Coby hot on his trail. Things changed around lap-73 however when a caution brought the cars to pit road where Justin Bonsignore made up ground and Coby lost ground setting up a battle between Solomito and Bonsignore for the second half of the event. While Coby kept his eye on the prize for a title, his closest rivals for the championship battled it out for one last win of the season. Bonsignore finally took the lead with twenty laps remaining and would hold on to win his fourth race of 2016 while Coby worked his way to a sixth place finish and a third consecutive title, a series record in the modern era which dates back to 1985.

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Swanson Collects Sunoco Rookie Award

High School Student Tops Impressive Field To Win Honor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Swanson is unique among his high school peers.

While the other student-athletes at his school participate in a multitude of sports, Swanson is the only one who is a full-time race car driver. And Swanson has excelled in his first season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. So much so that he’s clinched the tour’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors with a race remaining.

The Acton, Massachusetts, teenager finished fourth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September and eighth at the NAPA Fall Final at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway to pull away from Craig Lutz and secure the honor for first-year competitors.

Heading into the season finale this Sunday at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Swanson has won 12 Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors in the first 16 events.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2016) — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour makes its fourth and final stop of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, for the season-ending Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart on Sunday, October 16. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected race participants.

Sunoco World Series 150 Race Setup: 
This marks the fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in 2016 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The track has held 133 Whelen Modified Tour races, the most of any track in series history. Three-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby can clinch a fourth series title by finishing 16th or better after winning the most recent event at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Thompson

Coby Eyes Fourth Championship Entering Season Finale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 11, 2016) Doug Coby, still just 37 years old, is building a Modified racing resume that could rival anybody’s in history when his career is complete.

Coby, of Milford, Connecticut, owns a 20-point lead atop the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings as the tour rolls into the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, on Sunday. Coby, who has won three of the last four Whelen Modified Tour championships, has five wins this season to lead the division.

A finish of 16th or better on Sunday, regardless of what any other driver does, would hand Coby a fourth championship and put him just one behind Tony Hirschman’s five for second on the all-time list and over halfway to the division’s all-time winningest driver Mike Stefanik’s seven career titles.

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Coby Continues Stafford Roll

Fifth Whelen Modified Win Extends Championship Lead

STAFFORD, Conn. (Oct. 9, 2016) – Doug Coby is the modern day dominator of Stafford Motor Speedway. Nothing that happened Sunday changed that fact.

Despite a delay of a week, and nearly seven more hours during a rain-drenched Sunday, Coby still reigns supreme with a victory in the NAPA Fall Final 150.

Coby rolled to his 10th career victory at the historic half-mile – now trailing only Ted Christopher’s 12 – and extended his lead in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings to 20 points with one race to go.

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Doug Coby Looking to Maintain Winning Ways at Stafford Speedway in NAPA Fall Final 150

Stafford Springs, CT — When it comes to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Stafford Speedway, Doug Coby and the #2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair team have proven they are the team to beat over the past several seasons.  Since 2012, Coby and the #2 team have won 8 of the 19 NWMT races at Stafford and they have also collected 4 pole positions at Stafford in that time frame.  Coby won the NAPA Spring Sizzler in April and the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 in June at Stafford and appeared to be heading to a dominating victory in the August Stafford 150 before his car ran out of fuel with 6 laps to go.  This background has Coby feeling confident ahead of this weekend’s, October 8 & 9, NAPA Fall Final feature as he enters the race as the NWMT points leader by a 13 point margin over Justin Bonsignore with only 2 races left to determine the 2016 champion.

“Ultimately it’s going to be business as usual for us because there’s been some things happen to us that we just can’t control,” said Coby.  “We should have won the last race at Stafford but we had a slight miscalculation on the fuel load and we ran out of gas.  We’ve been really strong at Stafford the past few races but obviously, there’s no given about anything and we’re approaching it like any other race.  I’m pretty confident we’ll have a car that will contend for the win but there are a handful of other teams that have stepped up their game.  The ideal thing would be for the other teams to step their games up to get by Justin but not catch us.  We’re confident in the things we can control and hopeful for the things that we can’t control.”

Coby has been in the thick of the NWMT title chase for the past four seasons, winning the championship in 2012, 2014, and 2015.  His championship effort last season was the result of taking pole position and the checkered flag in each of the final 3 NWMT races.  Coby’s chief rival Justin Bonsignore won the most recent NWMT race at Loudon and his only finish outside the top-3 in the last 7 races was the Bristol race where a crash left him in 22nd place.  Coby knows that Bonsignore could be in the midst of pulling off the identical feat of winning the last 3 races but he would prefer to be right where he is at the top of the standings rather than chasing like Bonsignore is.

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Fans Invited to Take Part in the Festivities at the 54 Annual Sunoco World Series

THOMPSON, CT — Although eighteen thrilling divisions of racing are sure to keep fans busy at the upcoming Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will also be offering a variety of activities to entertain fans throughout the three-day event, October 14-16.

On Friday afternoon, fans are invited to come cheer on their favorite team as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour haulers line-up to parade into the track. The parade will leave from the Kmart on Route 44 in Putnam, CT at 3:30PM on Friday, travel north on Route 21 to Route 193, and will come through the center of Thompson to arrive at the track around 3:45PM.

A lull in activity on Sunday morning will also be the perfect time for fans of all ages to jump on the TSMP Hay Ride for a tour around the paddock area. Hay Rides will be offered to fans from 10:00 AM until 11:15 AM, leaving every 20 minutes from the main ticket booth. The Hay Rides will provide a tour around the paddock area and road course and will be hosted by a few special guest drivers.

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2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tickets On Sale Now

Pricing Options for Fans Start at $45

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2016) – Beginning today, tickets for the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are available to the public. Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons will be honored during this year’s ceremony set for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Induction ticket prices range from $45 for general seats to $350 for the Exclusive Driver Dinner Package (plus tax and applicable service fees).

Drivers, celebrities and legends of the sport will take the stage during this premier celebration that will honor the eighth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. And it’s an intriguing class filled with a mix of legends who both built the sport and ushered it into the massive popularity it enjoys today.

Richard Childress continues to make history. He was the first to win owner championships in all three of NASCAR’s national series. He captured six premier series titles with Dale Earnhardt, and looks for a seventh in 2016 with driver – and grandson – Austin Dillon, who just advanced to the Round of 12 in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Rick Hendrick built the team that has scored a record 11 NASCAR premier series championships, as well as a record 14 national series owner titles. Hendrick also looks to add to those totals, as he has two drivers who have advanced to the Chase’s Round of 12 – Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott.

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Rain Forecast Postpones Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final to October 8th & 9th

Stafford Springs, CT — With a forecast calling for rain throughout the entire weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that it has postponed its NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend that was scheduled from its originally schedule dates of October 1st and 2nd to October 8th and 9th. 

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend will carry over the same schedule with the Stafford Paddock Area opening at 10:00amon Friday, October 7th with Whelen All-American Series teams able to park their trailers from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Saturday, October 8th will see the paddock area open at8:00am with practice for all divisions running from 10:00am-2:15pm.  Qualifying will start at 2:30pm with feature events for the SK Lights, Ltd. Late Models, DARE Stocks,  Mr. Rooter Trucks, and TQ Midgets getting started at approximately4:30pm.  Spectator gates will open at 10:00am. 

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NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Postponed

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Event at Stafford Moved to Oct. 8-9

STAFFORD, Conn. (Sept. 30, 2016) – Due to the forecast for heavy rain and high winds throughout the weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway and NASCAR have postponed the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 originally scheduled for this weekend.

The new race date for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is now slated forSunday, Oct. 9, with practice and qualifying scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8. A updated race weekend schedule will be released at a later time.

The NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final is the penultimate event on the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar. Three-time tour champion Doug Coby enters the race with a 13-point lead over Justin Bonsignore.

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NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 Postponed

Whelen Modified Race At Stafford Rescheduled for Oct. 9

STAFFORD, Conn. – Due to the forecast for heavy rain and high winds throughout the weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway and NASCAR have postponed the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 originally scheduled for this weekend.

The new race date for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is now slated for Sunday, Oct. 9, with practice and qualifying scheduled for Saturday, October 8. An updated race weekend schedule will be released at a later time.

The NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final is the penultimate event on the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar. Three-time tour champion Doug Coby enters the race with a 13-point lead over Justin Bonsignore,

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Stat Advance: New Hampshire

Analyzing the FW Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2016) —  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, for the second of two events at the track this season. Below is a look at Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 and some of the selected race participants.

F.W. Webb 100 Race Setup:

Always among the most popular stops on the annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule, New Hampshire Motor Speedway begins the three-race stretch run to the championship. Three-time champion Doug Coby of Milford, Connecticut, holds a 20-point advantage over Holtsville, New York’s Justin Bonsignore atop the point standings after 14 races this season, while Timmy Solomito of Islip, New York, remains within striking distance, just 16 points behind Bonsignore.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: New Hampshire

Top Three in Championship Standings Peaking During Stretch Run

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2016) — Separated by just 36 points at the top, the top three drivers in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings are putting on a show as the season roars through its stretch run into the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, this weekend.

In each of the last two races on the schedule, Doug Coby, Justin Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito have occupied all three of the podium spots at the checkered flag. Coby and Solomito have four wins apiece this season — including Coby’s win at Oswego Speedway and Solomito’s win at Seekonk Speedway in the two most recent races — with Bonsignore sandwiched between the two of them. Coby, of Milford, Connecticut, leads Bonsignore by 20 points and Solomito by 37.

Coby, Bonsignore, and Solomito finished 1-2-3 at Oswego, and then the trio finished 3-2-1, respectively, at Seekonk. In the race at Riverhead, prior to the stop at Oswego, Bonsignore and Solomito finished first and second.

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Stafford Speedway Hosting 2016 Legend Cars Asphalt Nationals Qualifier As Part of NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — When the checkered flag is displayed to the Legend Cars field at Stafford Speedway’s season-ending NAPA Fall Final Weekend on Sat., Oct. 1st, it will not only bring to an end the third full season of Legend Cars competition, but it will punch a direct ticket to the 2016 Legend Cars Nationals for the lucky feature winner.

The 2016 Legend Cars Asphalt Nationals will be held at Waterford Speedbowl on October 6-8.  The 3-day Legend Cars extravaganza will give competitors a final chance to accumulate points for the 2016 season to determine their final position in the INEX National Point Standings.  Stafford Speedway is represented in the national standings by Dana DiMatteo in 3rd place and Joe Graf, Jr. in 17th place in the Pro division with Noah Korner leading the Semi-Pro division and Teddy Hodgdon is 12th in the Semi-Pro standings.  Korner also is the national point leader in the Road Course standings with his brother Glenn in second and Hodgdon in 7th place.

The 2016 season has been a tug of war between Noah Korner and Teddy Hodgdon.  The two drivers have traded places in NAPA Victory Lane this season with Korner taking down 5 wins to Hodgdon’s 3 wins.  Dana DiMatteo has a single feature victory at Stafford this season but the race for the championship has been a neck and neck duel between Korner and Hodgdon with Hodgdon trailing Korner by only 8 points.  Korner has already punched his ticket for the Legend Cars nationals but he will be trying to win the NAPA Fall Final feature in order to wrap up what would be his third Connecticut track championship of the 2017 season in the Legend Cars ranks.

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Saturday Night Recap from Sept. 10

Saturday Night Recap From Sept. 10:

Saturday, the long awaited return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Seekonk took place and the fans came out in full force.

The grandstands were packed and so was the pit area, and the racing on the track lived up to the moment. In the end, it was Islip, New York driver Timmy Solomito celebrating in Everett’s Auto Parts victory lane. Solomito started sixth, but quickly got to the front of the field and ran in second spot for much of the 150 lap distance. He was chasing defending NWMT champion Doug Coby, who fought hard to try and hold him off, but couldn’t do it by the end.

Solomito used a crossover on lap 114, where he dove to the inside of Coby down the frontstretch and basically shoved him up the track in order to slide by. He was able to come around in the final laps and hold on for the win, his fourth of the season on the NWMT. Solomito has come into his own this season, winning three of the four races on short tracks. He won at Riverhead and Monadnock and now added his name to the list at Seekonk as the winner of the AnytimeRealty.com 150. Congrats to Timmy and the whole No. 16 team on a job well done.

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Solomito Makes Move When It Counts

Late Pass at Seekonk Earns Him Fourth Whelen Modified Victory

SEEKONK, Massachusetts — When it was go-time, Timmy Solomito didn’t hesitate.

The Islip, New York, driver muscled his way past Doug Coby on Lap 114 and then held off the three-time champion as well as championship contender Justin Bonsignore to win Saturday night’s AnytimeRealty.com 150 at Seekonk Speedway.

It was Solomito’s fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season.


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Coby Takes Coors Light Pole Award at Seekonk

Three-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby of Milford, CT captured his eighth pole of the season in qualifying for tonight’s AnytimeRealty.com 150 at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. Coby’s most recent visit here saw him sweep the Tri-Track Open Modified Series NEMA Midgets in June. Coby set fast time of 12.179 seconds around the .333-mile oval for an average speed of 97.545 MPH.

“We’re obviously really happy to start up front. We were a little uncertain what we had , weren’t really happy with the mock time trial run at all and these tour tires are a lot harder than the open show tires. So it’s kind of throwing everybody for a curveball, I think. We just keep adjusting on the car and even made more adjustments for time trials just to throw something at it so we’re obviously really happy that winning the pole aside the car handled really well in the two laps which it didn’t on the mock run so were really ecstatic for that and think that now with our regular feature adjustments well have a good car for 150 laps.

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Whelen Modified Tours Stat Advance: Bristol

Analyzing the Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour head into a midweek combination event with the Bush’s Beans 150 on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

Bush’s Beans 150 Race Setup:
This marks the only stop of the season for both the Whelen Modified Tour and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Bristol Motor Speedway, and it is also the only combination race of 2016 for the two series. The track has held seven previous Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour combination races, with only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman posting multiple overall wins. On the Whelen Modified Tour, three-time champion Doug Coby, of Milford, Connecticut, holds a 15-point lead over Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, New York after 10 of 17 races, while three-time 2016 race winner Burt Myers of Walnut Cove, North Carolina, leads Andy Seuss and George Brunnhoelzl III in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour standings.

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Whelen Modified Tours News & Notes: Bristol

Combination Event Highlights Modified Racing at Unique Facility

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 10, 2016) – Bristol Motor Speedway remains one of the most unique tracks in NASCAR and just as the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series teams and fans look forward to the scheduled stops at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, so, too, do those in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ranks.

Adding, even more, intrigue to the Bush’s Beans 150 on Wednesday night at Bristol is the fact it’s the annual combination race, which will pit both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour teams against each other.

The midweek race on the high-banked half mile is something of a wild card on the schedule, just as restrictor plate races are for the national series. Drivers like Frank Fleming and J.R. Bertuccio have joined alongside names like Ryan Newman, Mike Stefanik and Ryan Preece to win Modified races at Bristol.

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Tony Eury Jr. to Make Modified Crew Chief Debut

Todd Szegedy Will Pilot No. 15 15-40 Connection Modified At “The Last Great Colosseum”

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 15, 2016) – LFR Chassis will be back in action in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) at Bristol Motor Speedway, as Todd Szegedy and Rob Fuller Motorsports team up for the Bush’s Beans 150. The team is thrilled to announce that veteran NASCAR crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., will make his NWMT crew chief debut this week.

Although this will mark Tony Eury Jr.’s first race as a NWMT crew chief, Eury has an impressive resume as a NASCAR crew chief and looks forward to broadening his list of accomplishments with Rob Fuller Motorsports in Bristol.

“After getting to know Todd, I am excited to be his crew chief in Bristol,” said Eury. “I think we have a legitimate shot to win, and we’re going to have some fun with it as well. I’ve paid attention to how the track is from past modified races, and I think working on super late models every week can be applied to working on the modified car as well. We are going in with a game plan, but I might bring a few ideas to the table that we can try and see what happens!”

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PIT BOX: Modifieds Thunder Into Bristol

Mid-Week Whelen Combo Event Set; Pinty’s Heads To Riverside

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR Whelen Modified tours make their eighth stop at Thunder Valley Wednesday, as the annual mid-week clash between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour takes center stage at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman is the only driver to win twice at “The World’s Fastest Half Mile,” and it’s an opportunity for a big championship impact for several drivers. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Doug Coby returns to the track where he exited early last year after just two laps. Coby followed up that misfortune with runner-up finish and three wins to claim his third tour title. Justin Bonsignore cut Coby’s lead to 15 with his win Wednesday at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Burt Myers is also coming off a win in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and carries a 17-point edge on defending tour champion Andy Seuss.

• With four races remaning in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship run, the series returns to oval racing Saturday. The Bumper To Bumper 300 marks the series farthest eastern race, at Riverside International Speedway, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Andrew Ranger pushed his points lead to Josten’s Rookie of the Year candidate Cayden Lapcevich. Ranger has a win (2009) and three top fives at the third-mile oval that’s banking is based on Bristol. Lapcevich will be making his debut at Riverside, and has a win, two seconds and a third on ovals this year. DJ Kennington (two wins, six top fives in nine starts) and Mark Dilley (one win, seven top fives in nine starts) have had the most success at the track.

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Thompson

Championship Hunt Takes on New Look at the Halfway Mark

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Nine races down. Eight races to go. And finally, at least as far as everybody not named Doug Coby is concerned, the door to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship has cracked open just a bit as the tour heads into the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut on Wednesday night.

A fuel pump issue in the late stages of Friday night’s Stafford 150 robbed Coby of what would have been a third victory this season at the track, a certain stranglehold atop the standings and momentum heading into the 2016 stretch run. Justin Bonsignore leapt two spots in the standings to second following Stafford, just 20 points behind Coby. Bonsignore has three career wins at Thompson.

Jimmy Blewett’s surprising win at Stafford moved him up to fourth, 35 points behind Coby. Just ahead of him in the standings, Timmy Solomito’s excellent breakthrough season has him in title contention, too, with three wins this season — including one in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson to kick off the season.

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Whelen Modified Tour Rolls into Thompson Wednesday Night

THOMPSON, CT — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday night for the 27th Annual Bug ‘King of Beers’ 150. The event is traditionally the most action-packed event of the Thompson Speedway calendar and it marks the tours’ third stop to the 5/8-mile oval this season.

This year has seen a string of first time winners in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly competition at Thompson and the Whelen Modified Tour has seen some of that as well. Timmy Solomito’s Icebreaker win was his first and led to a string of 3 wins this season. Max Zachem used strategy and was on his way to victory number one during the 125-lap race in June, only to get passed on the final circuit to come home second.

“When it happens it will happen,” said Zachem who has successfully runs an independent team on a shoestring budget. “Thompson is one of my favorite tracks; I grew up racing at the Little T. We just go for broke and aim for a Top-10 every week as the only way we can keep up with (Doug Coby) and (Solomito). Maybe the golden horseshoe will leave the (Coby) car soon.”
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Blewett Grabs Improbable Victory At Stafford

Takes Advantage of Leader’s Woes To Claim NASCAR Whelen Modified Win

STAFFORD, Conn. (Aug. 5, 2016) – It was one of the most improbable of victories Friday night, but that didn’t make it any less sweet for Jimmy Blewett.

The 35-year-old from Howell, New Jersey, took advantage of fuel issues by NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points leader Doug Coby and Bobby Santos in the closing laps to drive away with the 26th annual Stafford 150.

“You’ve got to put yourself in position,” said Blewett, who has collected four top three finishes in nine races in the No. 4 Starrett/Mayhew Dodge. “We worked all race long to be in position to be there, in the end, to have a shot.”

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Tight Points Battles Leading into the Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150 at Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON, CT — The 27th annual Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150 on Wednesday, August 10, is one of the highlights of the summer at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns for their third time this season to the 5/8-mile oval. They will be joined by TSMP’s four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, and the Northeast Midget Association’s “winged warriors”. As the series enter the second half of their season, the chase for the championship is heating up in these six divisions.

TSMP’s top-tier division, the Sunoco Modifieds, has seen Keith Rocco dominate victory lane in the first half of the season. Although Rocco has the lead by 25 points, Xfinity Series Driver, Ryan Preece, is still in contention as the championship battle heats up. Sunoco Modified Rookie, Ronnie Williams, has been another strong challenger against his car owner, Keith Rocco, having consistently finished in the top 5. Williams, who also competes at Stafford Speedway in an SK Modified, has been a quick learner at Thompson. According to Williams, “Thompson is a totally different track. The hardest thing for me to get used to is passing here, which I’m finally starting to get a handle on. We also use a much different chassis and engine from what I run at Stafford, so that’s taken some getting used to as well. Having top 5 finishes is good, but we’d still like to get a win this season.”

In the Late Model division, William Wall’s strong points lead has started to dwindle as six-time champion Rick Gentes closes in. Will started off the season strong with wins in the first three events, pulling a sizeable lead over his competition, however Rick Gentes has shown he still has what it takes to stay up front the last few events with several top five finishes and a win on July 9. Wall isn’t worried however, “I just take it one race at a time. I find when I get wrapped up in the points battle is when I start to make mistakes. I’m just out there to have fun and to try to get some good consistent finishes up front. The time we spent in the garage definitely showed earlier this season. It’s been a lot of hard work all around, and our sponsors haven’t just helped financially but also stop in and help at the track.”
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NASCAR Touring & Weekly Champions Will Celebrate In Charlotte

Returns to Convention Center, NASCAR Hall For Two Nights of Awards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2016) – NASCAR champions from across the globe will return to Charlotte, North Carolina, in December to celebrate their 2016 season.

For the seventh consecutive year, the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center will play host to the awards shows which honor the top drivers in NASCAR’s weekly and touring series.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards, which celebrates the top short-track drivers in the United States and Canada, will be on Friday, Dec. 9. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards takes place the following evening, Saturday, Dec. 10.
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