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New London-Waterford Added To Tour Slate

Conn. Oval Also Set for Whelen All-American Series Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today that New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s 65th season of auto racing will now include a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on Saturday, May 30.

The Whelen Modified Tour has visited the .375-mile oval 20 times since 1985, including each of the previous three seasons. Bobby Santos is the defending race winner at the Speedbowl.

The addition of the Mr. Rooter 161 on May 30 will give the tour 15 points events in 2015.

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NASCAR Announces Nominees for 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class, Landmark Award

Evernham, Hyde, Kulwicki, Martin and McGriff Added to Ballot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 20, 2015) — Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners and drivers. Their roles and responsibilities may have differed, but they all have one trait in common – each made an everlasting mark on NASCAR history. 

NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.  Included among the list are five first-time nominees – legends all – who exceled in various disciplines, at various levels.

Among them are three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Ray Evernham; 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Harry Hyde; 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki; winner of a combined 96 NASCAR national series races, Mark Martin; and 1986 NASCAR west series champion Hershel McGriff. For a full list of nominees, please see below.

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Goodale Bound for New Smyrna

Eric Goodale of Riverhead, NY will enter at least three nights of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. His brother Kevin may enter three races, while the car will be there for the duration.

“We’re going down there with the intention of trying out a bunch of new things, hopefully being able to gain some speed this year,” Goodale said. “The last couple of years we’ve been there, it’s been very beneficial to us during the season. We’ve been able to try some things that we wouldn’t have the time to normally in the course of a day at the racetrack with the tour schedule, so it’s nice to go down there pick everybody’s brain about what they want to do and find some things that work, and some things that don’t work, and then you don’t have to waste your time with them during the season.”

Goodale will be focusing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with his father Edgar’s No. 58 Troyer. The Goodie Motorsports crew will return along with the support of the family business, Riverhead Building Supply.

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Boardwalk Hall Wrap-up

Atlantic City, NJ — Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY took down the win in the 40 lap TQ Midget feature at Boardwalk Hall Saturday night. Ryan Flores of Davidson, NC came in second with Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ third, Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY fourth and Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY rounding out the top five.

Emerling led the field to the green. Rudolph took the lead from Emerling on lap 27. Rudolph led the final 13 laps to take down the win. Rudolph won the TQ Midget championship for the overall indoor series. Rudolph and Flores were tied, but with Rudolph having a win at Trenton last month. “Three or four years ago, we were able to win this race and the championship all in one year,” Rudolph said. “Last couple of years we have been coming and we have been fast, but luck has not been on our side. This year things fell into place to get the championship and the win tonight. It’s real special.”

The cautions did not help Rudolph as he felt he was gaining on Emerling for the lead. “I was gaining on him (Emerling),”Rudolph said. “Then the yellow came out. I was stuck in second and third for a while. I was kind of getting a little impatient. I was able to set him (Emerling) up and make a move on him for the lead. I had to deal with him on the outside on restarts. He hung right in there. I don’t know what happened to him at the end. I thought we were going to finish 1-2.”

The TQ Midget that Rudolph won with on Saturday night has been sold.

[Jan. 30 Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz
[Jan. 31 Photo Gallery] by Matt Wiernasz

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Hall of Fame Inducts Five Iconic Wheelmen

Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly, White Officially Enshrined

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five legendary drivers with distinct styles and contributions to NASCAR were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Those who added their names to the list of now 30 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees, included: Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White.

The group makes up the Hall’s sixth class in its history.

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NWMT: Szegedy Returning to RFM

2003 Champion Back Part-Time

Former champion Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Szegedy said his ideal schedule would be a full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride.

“I’ve talked to Rob once,” Szegedy said. “The plan is just to run a few races with the car still. He just can’t dedicate the time to running a full schedule, so as of right now we’re just going to run a partial schedule. … That’s all I have. I don’t really anything else lined up.”

Szegedy is open to additional rides in the SK Modifieds or the Valenti Modified Racing Series, but is fine with his current plans.

“If you talked to me ten years ago and I’m sitting here not on a full-time ride, I would be stressing about it and I’m really not. I think if it’s meant to be, I’ll be racing. If not, then there’s a lot to life other than racing too. There’s a lot of other things I like to do.”

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Spencer Davis to Pilot Hillbilly Modified

Hillbilly Racing Owner David Hill said Monday that Spencer Davis will return to the Coors 21 Means 21 No. 79. The team will pursue a full slate between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The schedule includes a pair of doubleheader weekends at Langley (VA) and Thompson (CT) in April, and Hickory (NC) and Stafford (CT) in October. Hill plans to have a hauler at both venues and would use another driver to qualify the car at the Whelen Modified Tour races.

Hill estimates a lofty goal of a schedule of races in the “mid 30s.” They will run a partial schedule in the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series. The team is working to run the Tri-Track Open Modified Series as well. Davis will return to Lee USA for the Bullring Bash 100. “We’re trying to put plans in place to do the other two (at Monadnock and Seekonk),” Hill said.

The team has a brand new car from NorthEast Race Cars and Brad Lafontaine. Although Troyer has some new designs for 2015, Hill did not purchase one.

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No Joke: Weatherly Earns NASCAR’s Highest Honor

Brief Yet Prolific Career Lands ‘Clown Prince of Racing’ In Hall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 23, 2015) – Joe Weatherly’s time in NASCAR’s premier series was short, just two fulltime seasons.

But what an impact the Norfolk, Virginia, native had on NASCAR racing in those brief, 24 months.

Weatherly, previously a winner of American Motorcyclist Association and NASCAR modified titles, claimed back-to-back premier series championships in 1962-63. He posted 25 victories in 229 starts before his untimely death in January 1964 at Riverside (California) International Raceway.

“He would have been as good as any that’s been along,” said one of Weatherly’s early car owners, the late, fellow Virginian Junie Donlavey. “He had quick reflexes and good equipment. He was just a natural born driver.

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LFR Chassis Partners with Race Works Chassis for Northeast  Distribution & Customer Service

Fuller, Flemke and Ruggiero Take Modifieds to The Next Level 

LFR Chassis logoMOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 23, 2015) – LFR Chassis has announced a partnership with Race Works Chassis, owned by Ed Flemke Jr. and Reggie Ruggiero, to distribute and service modified chassis in the Northeast.

Flemke and Ruggiero are legendary drivers in the modified series, combining to race for over 50 years and winning 61 tour races and countless other track championships and wins between the two of them. They partnered and opened Race Works, Inc. in 1989 to build modified chassis for top-level racers.

“I hope this move shows the current LFR customers our commitment to customer service,” said Rob Fuller.  “When I started this company I really held my cards close to my chest. After really looking into what Eddie and Reggie have done in the past, their quality of work is at the level that we expect for our customers and their reputation in this industry is impeccable.  When I placed my cards out on the table to show them to Eddie he was immediately interested and that meant a lot to me and really shed a light on what we have accomplished in such a short period of time as a company.”

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Ingersoll Rand Expands Relationship With Racing Community, Becomes ‘Official Power Tools of NASCAR’

Multi-Faceted Agreement Makes Company an Official Partner of IMSA /Contingency Sponsor in NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 22, 2015) — NASCAR® and Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in reliable and innovative power tools, today announced a multi-year partnership designating Ingersoll Rand as the “Official Power Tools of NASCAR.” An innovator in tool technology, Ingersoll Rand products have been a staple in NASCAR garages for more than 50 years.

The multi-faceted agreement also designates Ingersoll Rand as an Official Partner of the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) and as a contingency sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. 

 “Ingersoll Rand has been rooted in racing for decades and this renewed relationship celebrates the tireless work of pit crew mechanics and passionate race fans across all levels of racing,” said John Evans, president of power tools at Ingersoll Rand. “We know how important tool performance is in racing – if your tools perform, your vehicle performs. We are now putting high-performance Ingersoll Rand tools into the hands of the best auto technicians in the world while engaging fans who have a passion for cars.” 

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New NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Combination Ready for NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway

2015-STAFFORD-TRACK-LOGO (1)Stafford Springs, CT — When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour descends upon Stafford Motor Speedway on April 25-26 for the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, there will be a new driver/owner combination in the field.  Riverhead native Tom Rogers, Jr. has teamed up with car owner Bill Darrow for what they hope can turn into a full-time effort on the Tour for the 2015 season.

“I was looking for some extra help because it takes a lot of guys to run a tour car and Tommy has a few crew guys and he’s also local right here in Riverhead,” said car owner Darrow.  “We got a car from Flamingo and we have a Bruneau motor so I think we should be pretty good.  It’s a race by race deal and we’d like to run all the races but we’ll see what happens.”

“I’m always looking to get out and race on the Tour,” said Rogers.  “I had a couple of other deals that I was working on but between Billy and Mike Curtis, they asked me if I wanted to drive his car.  Billy was looking for some crew help and I’m bringing about 80% of my crew from my #9 family car with me so this deal works out for everyone.  I tested the car for Billy at Riverhead so Ronnie Silk could run it down at the Turkey Derby.  It’s a new team but I think we’ll be competitive right off the bat.  I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t be competitive.  We have some good equipment, my team is experienced on the Tour, Billy has Tour experience, and I was competitive when I had my own team.  We need some sponsorship and we’re working on securing some sponsorship.”

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Ellwood to Split Time on NWMT, Riverhead

Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead, NY will enter several NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races this season. He plans four races at Thompson (Icebreaker and World Series) and both races at his home track, Riverhead (NY) Raceway. Ellwood is looking for more races if financing is available, especially the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.

“That’s going to be the biggest part this year is running these couple of tour races that we’re going to run and finding enough people do to it,” Ellwood said. “It all depends on how funding goes, and how our team is, and how Jeff’s (Goodale) doing. … on how the cards fall, and how the first couple weeks at Riverhead go.”

Ellwood made his initial foray into the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last year at Riverhead in June and the World Series at Thompson.

“It was a great experience. I got to learn a lot, a lot of seat time and you get to learn a lot about the car too in the longer races.”

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Ted Times Two: VMRS Mod Champion Justin Bonsignore to Drive Ted Christopher Backup Car; “NAPA Know How” Weekend Entries Continue to Grow

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 21, 2015) — With eight TQ Midget Indoor Race victories registered in Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP), Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., is far and away the most prolific winner.

Christopher’s driving talents are matched by his engineering skills; his car is a custom built machine with numerous unique design attributes.

At this year’s NAPA KNOW HOW Racing Weekend inside Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, there will be two ‘Christopher Mobiles in action, one for ‘TC’ and a second for Holtsville, Long Island, N.Y, competitor Justin Bonsignore.

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Pennink’s New CD

New Campaign includes VMRS, Stafford Events

Changes are underway  for Rowan Pennink’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour program. Pennink will be driving a Chassis Dynamics car with help from some familiar people. Mike Paquette’s chassis will be housed at the Hitchcock’s race shop with Crew Chief Jimmy Fuller. Pennink owns the engines.

“We’re going to be running the tour with a kind of new team deal,” Pennink said. “It will be a little bit different than last year.”

“It’s been awhile since anyone reputable has been in a CD car and really put a good effort into it. So with a couple of new chassis builders being out there, we’re going to try something a little different here, and give it a shot. I think it’s going to be pretty good.”

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Anderson Stays with Solomitos for 2015

Will Continue Tour Competition With Shawn Solomito

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Wayne Anderson will transition from one brother to another as Shawn Solomito will take over behind the wheel of the No. 75 Chevrolet for the 2015 season.

Anderson, the 1994 Whelen Modified Tour titlist, rejoined the tour full-time as an owner last year with driver Timmy Solomito, who captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. The younger Solomito moved to Flamingo Racing this offseason, which left Anderson with a vacancy.

Anderson decided to stick with a familiar situation moving forward. Like Anderson, the Solomito family hails from Long Island (Islip) and calls Riverhead Raceway their home track. Shawn is an accomplished short-track racer in his own right, and was available, so it was an easy transition for Anderson.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) to Display the Brand New Mike Smeriglio III Racing Team NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Car at the 2015 New England International Auto Show

TSMP will be exhibiting from January 15 – 19 at the New England International Auto Show, located at the Boston Convention Center

THOMPSON, CT (Thursday, January 15, 2015) — For the first time, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) will be at the New England International Auto Show in Boston, MA on January 15 – 19, 2015. On display in the TSMP booth will be the Mike Smeriglio, III – owned No. 2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair/A&J Romano Construction/HEX Performance Chevrolet driven by two-time, and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, Doug Coby. The particular car that is on display is a newly built LFR Chassis which Crew Chief, Phil Moran, has prepared for the team’s title defense.

In addition to getting a close up view of one of New England’s most beloved race cars, attendees will also have the opportunity to win an exotic car driving experience, courtesy of Circuit One, or a family four-pack of tickets to the 2015 Icebreaker, by stopping by the TSMP booth.

Show attendees are also encouraged to stop by over the weekend for driver autograph sessions and the Racing Experience Photo Booth. On Saturday, Woody Pitkat, driver of the No. 88 Buzz Chew/Elbow East Chevrolet NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car. Pitkat, who also campaigns a Sunoco Modified at TSMP, will be signing autographs from 1PM until 2PM. In 2014, he one two of the three Coors Light Pole Awards, during NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races. There will also be a photo booth on Saturday from 5-7 PM, and Sunday from 4-6 PM, where show attendees can dress up like a driver and strike a pose alongside a real race car.

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Team BCR Signs Development Driver Cole Powell for Daytona Race

(Mooresville, NC – January 14, 2015) Canadian driver, Cole Powell has signed with Team BCR Racing and Development Team to drive the #88 Tricar Ford Fusion at Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200.

Before making his Daytona debut in 2014, Powell was named the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Rookie of the Year; the first Canadian to win this title. Powell made his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Daytona debut in 2014, where he ran in the top-10 during both practices, however was involved in a multi-car incident early in the race.

To finish off his 2014 season, Powell competed in various events in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series with a second place finish at the Famous Bowman Grey Stadium. He also raced at Delaware Speedway in a Pro Late Model, collecting 1 win and three 2nd place finishes.
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History for Sale: Fiore Memorabilia Available

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You can own a part of local racing history this weekend at  Autoparts Swap ‘n Sell in W. Springfield, MA. NEAR Hall of Famer and former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship owner Mario Fiore will be selling memorabilia from his famed No. 44 cars at $100 a door, $100 a rear panel & $50 a quarter panel. Fiore fielded Modifieds from the 1970s to 2001. The Springfield native won track championships at Monadnock, Riverside Park, and Stafford.

10917593_777841138918644_1872632975_n“(I am) completely out of the garage business,” Fiore said. “Don’t have room or want them in my downtown Springfield offices. Sorta a change of directions, while moving forward.”

10872629_777841142251977_1626210922_nThe collection covers from 1990 (Magnum Oil car) to 1999 (Gulf Oil car). Reggie Ruggiero, Rick Fuller, Mike Stefanik, Kerry Malone, Mike Ewanitsko, Jerry Marquis, Ricky Miller, Tommy Cravenho, Jr., Mike Christopher, and John Blewett III drove for Fiore in those years.

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Goodale to Make NWMT Debut at Icebreaker

Jeff Goodale of Riverhead, NY will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at the Icebreaker April 10-12 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. A 21-year-old first cousin of Eric and Kevin Goodale, he plans to enter both Riverhead races and the World Series at Thompson. He is open to adding races, but “it depends on how we do during those races.”

A full-time Riverhead Raceway effort will be his focus once again. The team fields a two car effort with Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead. Ellwood will also race the same NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Riverhead weekly events in the No. 17x. He believes his experience at Riverhead will help him find success at “a tough track, an aggressive track.”

“Our goal is to just finish and get the experience. My crew chief seems to think that we’re going to do pretty well. He’s given me a whole bunch of confidence, but the main goal is just to finish.… As far as Riverhead is concerned, we want to get a few wins and hopefully at the end of the season we’re on top. But take it weekend by weekend and finish and try to be up front is really the goal.”

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Bock Moving to NASCAR WMT

Legend Car Grad to Compete in Modifieds and Super LM

Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY will pursue a limited NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule driving the No. 29 car. Bock will be trading the No. 33 that came with his Legend Car for the one his father used. He plans to enter five races at Riverhead Raceway (1), Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (2 each).

“Modifieds have always been around me,” Bock said. “I’m very close to those, all my guys knows those well. It just makes sense to run a Modified for us.”

An expanded schedule is dependent on sponsorship. Bock wants to add Bristol after attending last year’s race. ” I really want to try Bristol, but I don’t know how that might shape out in the future. I went to watch it last year, I just loved it so much.”

Bock will enter selected NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Riverhead. He will use the events for additional seat time at the quarter mile oval. Bock enjoys the fact that he will be able to continue to race with some of his friends who are moving up to the Modifieds.

“The Modifieds are so special. They’re so sick, they’re so powerful and they look so badass. It’s just hard to find something that compares to them on the big asphalt tracks.”

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Steve Masse NWMT Hopeful

Steve Masse would like to move up to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with his own car. The Bellingham, MA driver is seeking sponsorship to be able to add races to his schedule. Masse made his debut in 2012 at Stafford Motor Speedway driving the Boehler No. 3.

A former Sunoco Modified regular at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Masse  has competed on the Valenti Modified Racing Series since 2008. Despite running part-time, he has recorded nine wins at: Beech Ridge, Lee USA, Stafford, Thunder Road, Waterford. The No. 13 El Gee Restaurant Equipment car won at Seekonk and the Thompson World Series last year. Masse was second to Keith Rocco in laps led with 213, according to NERaceStats.com. Masse also competed in the  Tri-Track Open Modified Series events.

Masse said he would continue with the VMRS if he cannot find the necessary sponsorship.

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LFR Driver Development Group Announced

Fuller, Eury Jr., Fultz & Stone Lead Coaching Team

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 2, 2015) – Today, LFR Chassis has announced the formation of the LFR Driver Development Group, a company that will provide professional and experienced coaching with state of the art race cars for developing drivers in all late model and modified divisions nationwide.

The company’s goal is to provide top-level racing experience and equipment to drivers looking to progress through the motorsports ranks. LFR Chassis has quickly made a mark in the short track racing industry by providing top-notch equipment along with a racing staff that is unparalleled in the industry.

Four racing veterans will lead the group: Rob Fuller, Tony Eury Jr., Jeff Fultz and Ryan Stone. From Daytona International Speedway to Hickory Motor Speedway, these racing veterans have collectively won more than three dozen championships and over 700 victories at the highest level of motorsports, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to new drivers.

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Bonsignore Adds Sunoco Modifieds to 2015 Plans

Fresh off Stafford Motor Speedway’s announcement that Justin Bonsignore would compete in the SK Modifieds®, Bosignore will continue his relationship with SPAFCO and Hall of Famer Art Barry next season in the No. 21 car for the the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sunoco Modified races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The Holtsville, NY driver will continue driving the No. 51 M3 Technology car on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Bonsignore, the reigning Valenti Modified Racing Series champion, will replace defending his VMRS title with a focus on SK Modifieds next season. Bonsignore won three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races last year for Ken Massa, including two of the three events at Thompson. Bonsignore captured the VMRS crown with one win, 12 top fives, and 13 top tens in 17 races.

“With the travel friendly schedule that Thompson has for 2015, we are going to attempt to try and run all 7 of their shows as well with the SK team, easy decision with the extra money, extra distance, and cool format races that Josh Vanada, Scott Tapley and everyone at TMSP put together. Lots of traveling and lots of racing, just need this winter to hurry up, hoping to have some more good news in a few weeks!”

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Justin Bonsignore to Run Stafford SK Modifieds® in 2015 with Art Barry as Car Owner

Stafford Springs, CT — As number registrations continue to file in and the Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rosters begin to take shape, the track’s premier SK Modified® division has just added another NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver for the 2015 season.  Reigning Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Justin Bonsignore will join the SK Modified® ranks behind the wheel of Art Barry’s #21 car and will race for the championship

“We’re going to try it every week,” said Barry.  “We’ve won 2 championships in the MRS and the plan is to start out, see what we can do, and see if we can find a sponsor along the way.  Justin wants to race at Stafford, I think the seat time will help him in other series at Stafford and it will be nice for me to come back home and race.”

“This is awesome, especially to be able to do it with Art and Ken Barry,” said Bonsignore.  “I’ve gotten to know them really well the last couple years and we have had a lot of success in the MRS series.  I think we were all looking to do something different this year, I’ve been wanting an SK deal at Stafford for a long time and it’s definitely a track that I’m looking to get some more seat time at.  The competition at Stafford is second to none, it’s like a tour race every Friday night, and we’re glad that we’re going to be part of it.  We’d like to be able to contend for the championship and I think we’ll be a really good team.  Weekly racing is a little different from Tour racing with the amount of tires and the handicapping system, so it’ll definitely be a challenge.  Stafford has the most competitive field in the Northeast but we’re hoping we can be in contention every week and hopefully win a couple of races.  I don’t see why we can’t be a contender.  I’m really excited, I want to get the season started already.  I like working with Art and Kenny and I think we’re going to have a good time.”

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Barrett to Test ARCA Car at Daytona

Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA will test Friday and Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Barrett will drive for Carter 2 Motorsports during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards test. Barrett is thankful his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Chris Our contacted Roger Carter to setup the deal. Barrett and Our “decided that it would be a good opportunity, even if we don’t race, but just to get approved and just have some fun,” Barrett said.

Daytona’s 2.5 mile tri-oval is completely different from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the largest track Barrett has driven. He has prepared by watching video and driving some iRacing. “I’m just hoping to go there and kind of feel it out and hopefully it comes to me pretty quick.”

While Barrett does not plan to race in February, Barrett wants to get approval for superspeedways. He is looking at driving in additional series, including ARCA. When asked about the status of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride, Barrett said, “Nothing’s done till it’s set in stone.”

“We’re just going to go down and try to get some experience in this Roger Carter Racing ARCA car, have some fun. … It’s definitely something that we’re looking to go to. Obviously it’s a step up, and it’s a fendered car and it’s Daytona. So hopefully I can go there and do well and get approved, and then we can take it from there and see what the next step is.”

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Dowling Set for Rookie Campaign

JT Motorsports announced today that they will field a second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car next season. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT will drive the No. 9 as a teammate to former champion Jamie Tomaino. The team will use a new 2014 Troyer with Billy the Kid power. Tomaino will be working on the car full-time in New Jersey. The combination will pair a rookie with one of the series most experienced drivers. The 17-year-old worked on Tomaino’s pit crew last year.

“Most of my 57 SK Modified® crew is going to come over and help work on the tour car,” Dowling said. “…My guys are going to be more track help.”

Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair and S&S Asphalt Paving are the primary sponsors. Spectro Performance Oils, All About You Home Care Services, John Carrigan Heating and Air Conditioning, Family Electric, Billy the Kid, Arbitell Convenience Stores, and Dough Broker will also be supporting the effort.

Doug Dunleavy will also sponsor defending champion Doug Coby, Jamie Tomaino, Tom Abele on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and SK and SK Light Modifieds at Stafford. S&S Asphalt Paving has been with Dowling since he was seven racing Go Karts. This is Dowling’s third year with Dunleavy. “It’s awesome to see that he’s given back to us and this guy that loves racing puts money into it and wants to see people do good. … He’s just good guy to be around, and I couldn’t be happier I met him three years ago at his shop.”

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NHMS: Regional Series to Help Celebrate 25th Anniv.

An important and popular part of the racing menu during both NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and American-Canadian Tour late models will return in 2015 to help celebrate the Magic Mile’s 25th anniversary season with a total of five races.

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series serving as anchor events on July 19 and Sept. 27, and with the other two major national touring series – featuring the July 18 XFINITY Series (formerly Nationwide), and Sept. 26 Camping World Truck Series dates – already locked in place, NASCAR released the schedules for the immensely-popular Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East. The “mighty mods” will first race at the Magic Mile on July 16 with the second annual running of the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout, joining the K&N Pro Series East as part of that Friday’s doubleheader. It will also race on Saturday, July 16 and then again on Saturday, Sept. 26 with 100-lap national championship points races. The K&N Pro Series East race will be 70 laps as the grand finale of pole day in July.

Fixtures at the speedway since its opening in 1990, the Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East have produced some of the most entertaining races in NASCAR history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The two regional tours have combined for 48 different winners spanning 168 races, logging more than 16,000 miles (15,000-plus laps).
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Whelen Modified 2015 Schedules Announced

Tour Calendars Feature Two New Dates, Five Companion Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today its 2015 schedules for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

The 30th anniversary season of the Whelen Modified Tour will feature 14 points races and an all-star event across six distinguished facilities while the Whelen Southern Modified Tour campaign will include 11 championship events at seven popular southeastern short tracks.

The 2015 schedules feature a new event for each tour. Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will once again welcome the Whelen Modified Tour for an early summer event on June 10 under the lights while the Whelen Southern Modified Tour will make its first visit in four years to North Carolina’s famed Hickory Motor Speedway on Oct. 3.
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NASCAR Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlist

Top Performers Of 2014 Celebrated At NASCAR Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 13, 2014) — The culmination and coronation of a season-long – and career-defining – road to NASCAR glory came Saturday night for seven drivers.

Abraham Calderón summed it up the best on stage at the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions.

“This championship was a dream a few years ago,” said the 26-year-old Monterrey, Mexico driver as he accepted the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series title. “It was really hard. But now that it’s real, it’s way better than I could ever imagine.”

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Moran Enjoying Second Title, Looking Forward to 2015

Phil Moran of Naugatuck, CT has spent his life in racing. For Moran, the second championship is “a little more special,” Moran said. “…This is our team as far as me concerned I’m the team manager, truck driver, the whole nine yards.”

11 years ago, Moran won his first championship with Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT driving for Don Barker. The team had a lot of technical support from Chassis Dynamics.

Moran did not get to celebrate as much as he wanted at Thompson since he had to drive the transporter. Besides getting ready for the World Series, he has been busy building new cars for next season and NASCAR’s commitments as the championship team. He expects it to hit him during the celebration in Charlotte Saturday. The NASCAR Night of Champions honors the regional touring series. He especially wants to bring the championship trophy back to the shop.

It is first championship for Mike Smeriglio, III, owner of the Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance No. 2 on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Driver Doug Coby of Milford, CT claimed his second title in the last three years.

“It was a well thought out move when we did it last year and it worked out for the good. It was a really good year.”

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