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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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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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Blewett Set to Return Part-Time in 2015

Icebreaker, Spring Sizzler Planned For Tour Return

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a year’s absence, five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race winner Jimmy Blewett is planning to return to the tour with a partial schedule in 2015.

“I’m going to run the Icebreaker and the Spring Sizzler, and a few races here and there throughout the season,” Blewett said. “I’m not going to be able to make it full-time, but I’ll be there when I can get there.”

Blewett, from Howell, New Jersey, has posted five wins and 36 top 10s in 105 career Whelen Modified Tour starts. He last competed in 2013 when he made six appearances.

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Call Before You Dig Returns as Title Sponsor Of August Whelen Modified Tour Event At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Call Before You Dig has returned as the title sponsor of the track’s August 7th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event.  The 2015 Call Before You Dig 150 will mark the second consecutive season that CBYD has served as the title sponsor of the NWMT race at Stafford.

“We were all very pleased with our sponsorship of the race this season,” said Derek Brown, Vice President of Damage Prevention and Education for Call Before You Dig.  “This race works out great for us to be able to not only promote Call Before You Dig, but our 811 nationwide number and our www.cbyd.com website as well.  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race brings the biggest crowds, so it’s an ideal race for us to sponsor in order to reach the largest audience.  That fact combined with the close proximity of the race date to August 11 is the perfect combination for CBYD.  August 11th is National 811 Day, which we use to remind everyone that it’s the law and you must call 811 before undertaking any type of project that involves digging underground.”

Last year’s Call Before You Dig 150 saw hometown driver Woody Pitkat score his very first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in a dominating drive that saw him lead 111 of the race’s 150 laps to beat Ronnie Silk to the checkered flag by over 3 seconds.

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44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler To Kick Off 2015 Season at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag waves for the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 25 & 26, 2015, NAPA Auto Parts will be geared up for their second season with Stafford Motor Speedway.  NAPA Auto Parts became the Elite Corporate Sponsor and the title sponsor of the track’s marquee events, the NAPA Spring Sizzler, the NAPA Fall Final, and the uniquely formatted NAPA SK 5k, prior to the start of the 2014 season.  All three races will return to the Stafford Speedway schedule in 2015, along with the fan friendly NAPA Pit Parties.

“We’re excited to be part of another season at Stafford Motor Speedway,” said Mike Wheeler, Connecticut District Operation Manager for NAPA.  “Not only are the race fans our customers, but a lot of the teams do business with NAPA for their auto parts, so Stafford Speedway is a great place for us to be and to reach out to the fans and the teams.  We looked at 2014 as a developmental season and now we are gearing up for an even bigger and better 2015.”

“We are fortunate to be associated with NAPA Auto Parts and are proud to have them as the Official Auto Parts of Stafford Motor Speedway,” explained Mark Arute, Stafford Speedway President/COO.  “NAPA is an industry leader thanks to their professionalism and quality customer service, those are two traits that we always strive to achieve here at Stafford.  Our three NAPA sponsored events this past season were all extremely positive events and we’re looking forward to promoting these events and getting the NAPA brand name out to our fan base and our teams.  We’re proud to have the opportunity to carry the NAPA Auto Parts name as part of the Stafford Motor Speedway family.”

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Stafford Motor Speedway Announces 2015 Racing Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has released its 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event schedule. The 2015 schedule will consist of 145 feature events and 23 race dates, kicking off with the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 24-26, and concluding with the 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend on October 3-4. New for 2015 the U.S. Legend Cars will be a weekly division running every Friday night, bringing the total weekly division count to 6.

“We are really excited to announce our 2015 schedule, it looks a lot like the 2014 schedule with the addition of weekly racing for the legends,” explained Mark Arute, Stafford’s President/COO. “The focus of 2015 will be to strengthen our weekly program and focus on our drivers and fans. The last few years we have launched events that have had great reception like the NAPA SK 5k and BFF night. We have a renewed focus to develop events like these and make sure they have lasting effects on weekly racing at Stafford. Anytime you can post $26,000 in purse money or have an event that gets new faces to the track it’s a win for Stafford, the fans, and the drivers.”

“We want to make sure the fans and the drivers know that we are committed to them and are committed to weekly short track racing”, said Dave Arute, Stafford’s Assistant General Manager. “Stafford’s drivers are some of the best in the country and we want to continue to provide the platform for the unbelievable racing we saw in 2014. We are excited for 2015 and hope the fans and the drivers are as well.”

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Lia Teams With Sypher For 2015

Two-Time NWMT Champ To Drive No. 8 TCS Racing Chevrolet

LONG ISLAND – Donny Lia and Mark Sypher have joined forces to run the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) in the No. 8 Chevrolet.

Lia, the 2007 and 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, is looking forward to this new opportunity. In late October, it was announced that the two-time champion would be parting ways with Mystic Missile Racing, which he had raced for since 2007.

“I’m really excited about this new challenge,” said Lia. “I want to thank Mark for his interest in partnering with me and for the opportunity to drive his cars. We’re really creating a new team from the ground up and it’s exciting to have this fresh start.”

Sypher, who has been a NWMT team owner for nine years, is excited about the opportunity to combine resources with Lia and build a championship contending team in 2015.

“Joining forces with Donny is going to put us in a great position for 2015,” said Sypher. “I do want to note that I wish Glen Reen the best in his next opportunity. He’s a hard working individual and did a great job with what we had. This decision primarily is based on combining resources with Donny to create a better race team and contend for a championship this year.”

Lia, who has 17 wins in the touring series, will pilot a LFR Chassis in 2015.

“I really think we’ll have a championship winning team right out of the gate,” continued Lia. “We’ve got good cars, good motors and some good people. I’ll have a few guys coming back from my #18 days, which I’m really excited about. There’s no reason why we couldn’t compete for wins right away.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opens up with the Icebreaker race at Thompson Speedway on April 10-12.

Sources: TCS Racing PR

Coby Delivers On Title Expectations

Second For Driver Secures Long-Awaited First For Team

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – “Patience is a virtue.” “Good things come to those who wait.” “Great works are performed not be strength but by perseverance.”

Pick your favorite quote about fortitude. Chances are, it will apply to Doug Coby, the driver whose enduring patience has resulted in two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships in the last three years.

CHAMPION CAR OWNER: MIKE SMERIGLIO III  |  CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: PHIL MORAN

In an age where rising stock car racers emerge seemingly younger by the year, Coby didn’t get a shot in a championship-caliber ride until age 32. It was an opportunity, at one point, he thought may never come.

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER: Mike Smeriglio III

Gets Long-Awaited First Tour Title

NASCAR is a passion-driven sport. Passsion from the competitors, from the team personnel, and especially from the fans. Few bring more passion than newly-minted NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion car owner Mike Smeriglio III.

CHAMPION DRIVER: DOUG COBY  |  CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: PHIL MORAN

One of the best brand ambassadors in the Whelen Modified Tour garage, Smeriglio’s effervescent demeanor and willingness to help out in any way he can buoys his team as well as the entire tour contingent. It’s not uncommon for Smeriglio to loan a back-up car to a competing team that encountered issues and was in danger of not being able to participate in a race, or to give an opportunity for a younger driver to race a second team entry.

“The people in the garage, the officials, the track owners; it’s my second family,” Smeriglio said. “You treat those the way you want to be treated back. I’ve always been given a lot of respect in this series, and because of that it’s my way of giving back.”

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Phil Moran

Second Tour Title For Modified Veteran

Long considered one of the elite crew chiefs on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the case for that exclusive status was significantly bolstered in 2014 when Phil Moran added a second tour title to his résumé.

A second championship, which came with a different driver and car owner, and in a different era of Whelen Modified Tour competition.

CHAMPION DRIVER: DOUG COBY  |  CHAMPION CAR OWNER: MIKE SMERIGLIO III

Originally from Preston, Connecticut, Moran got his start in NASCAR modified racing in 1985 with car owner Art Barry and driver Greg Sacks. He’s attained varied experience along the way, including his first Whelen Modified Tour title in 2003 with driver Todd Szegedy and car owner Don Barker. Continue reading ‘CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Phil Moran’

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Innovative 2015 Short Track Schedule

Thompson, CT – Officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) – the famed 5/8-mile speedway in Connecticut’s quiet corner – released a creative and innovative seven (7) event schedule today, featuring twelve different touring series and sanctioning bodies, and boasting over $500,000 in posted awards. Two weekend events, and a five event Wednesday summer series – with four rain dates – make up the calendar. The schedule is highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) events, two new Triple Crown Series, and significant enhancements to the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.

“A lot of effort went into taking a fresh look at the schedule, and providing the best events we could for our race teams and fans. We have some traditional fan favorites that will return, and we have made some valuable additions to complement that core. We are very proud of the finished product and are excited to announce our 2015 schedule of short track events,” Josh Vanada, TSMP General Manager, remarked.

For the 29th season, the track will operate under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner, offering Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock competitors the benefits of NASCAR membership, awards, as well as state and national championship competition.

Schedule Announcement on Victory Lane Radio

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Wall: Blewett Looks to Add Another Win

Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ is returning to Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway Saturday with a victory in mind. The last area Modified race of the season will be the 41st edition of the Turkey Derby. Blewett will drive the Woody’s Roadside Tavern No. 7NY for the 150 lap Tour Modified race and the B&B Paving No. 18 in the 100 lap Wall Modified race.

As a multi-time winner of the event, Blewett knows people expect him to win the event. “We go there every year and we shoot to win,” Blewett said. “That’s the only reason we go.” Blewett understands how ending the year with a strong performance boosts morale.

“You only get to run it once a year, so it means a lot. … This is a race that I wait all year for every year and I want to go there to win every year and every year I prepare to go there to win. Sometimes I feel like I over prepare, but it’s just a prestigious race.”

Blewett believes he has an advantage in knowing his home track. He noted that drivers like Matt Hirschman, Ryan Preece and Les Hinckley have added to the depth of the field. “You get guys there that race week in and week out could be a threat anytime they race there. …You’ve seen that the last three or four years. This year you have Ronnie Silk, Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat is going to make the trip. You’re going to have a lot of outsiders come down here. You’ve got Matt Hirschman who’s been good there every year and been fast every year, whose won a couple of times already.”

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2015 NBC NASCAR Promo

UNOH Battle at the Beach Cancelled

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 26, 2014) – “The UNOH Battle at the Beach provided NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow an excellent opportunity to participate at The World Center of Racing, but it isn’t feasible to continue the event given the progress with the DAYTONA Rising project. Fortunately, nearby New Smyrna Speedway is excited to bring the K&N Pro Series East back for the season opener again this year in addition to its week-long slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action; NASCAR fans will still have plenty of opportunities to see exciting short-track action in the Daytona area again this February.”

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Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed

Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2014 are:
• Ben Rhodes (Louisville, Ky.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville, N.C.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
• J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ayr, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
• Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
• Freddy Nordstrom (London), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Andy Seuss (Hampstead, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

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Tommy Barrett Jr. to Test at Daytona with Carter 2 Motorsports

Asheboro, N.C. (November 14, 2014) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race winner and competitor, Tommy Barrett Jr., has signed to test with Carter 2 Motorsports.

“We are really excited to have Tommy (Barrett Jr.) testing with us,” said Roger Carter of Barrett Jr. “He knows how to wheel a race car and we hope he can join us for a few races this year.”

The Millis, Massachusetts native has quite an impressive racing resume in 2014. Barrett Jr. ranks second on Stafford Speedway’s all-time SK Light Modified wins list with 14 and has earned six wins in just 35 career starts on the Valenti Modified Racing Series. In addition to his accomplishments at Stafford Speedway, he has made 15 starts in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, recording one win, three Top-5’s, 6 Top 10’s, and one pole award.

His lone win came at the most prestigious race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Barrett Jr. was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos – who had been the dominant cars of the night – on Lap 139. The 19-year-old held on to the lead in his No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet through one final restart on Lap 146 for the milestone first victory.

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Preece to Make Nationwide Start at Homestead

Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT will be absent from Thompson’s championship banquet Saturday, but he has a great reason. Preece will be driving the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The NASCAR Next driver will be in his third NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Preece made his debut last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His second start at New Hampshire last July was his career best finish (fourteenth).

Preece won his second Thompson Sunoco Modified title with a 2.625 average finish in eight races. Preece recorded three victories in the No. 31 Falmouth Ready Mix car.

“It felt good,” Preece said. “I’m happy for Albert and Cathy (Moniz, car owners) because of everything they do for me and it feels good to get them another win and another championship because they work so hard and they want it so bad, so I’m really happy for them.”

A transition year for the 74-year-old facility, Thompson added a 1.7 mile road course. A nine date oval schedule was the fewest races since 1965, where track records are incomplete. The season finale World Series held points races for the weekly divisions for the first time in recent memory.

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Eye on Riverhead: November 2014

NASCAR WMT Visits Riverhead Twice in 2015

Great news to start off our first off season Eye On Riverhead comes from promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty who disclosed today that the 2015 Opening Weekend at Riverhead Raceway Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd. Of course it will be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock cars kicking off their season on Saturday May 2nd while the Enduro season will go green the next afternoon May 3rd. The two pre-season practice days will take place on Saturday April 18th and again the following week April 25th.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will once again make two visits with the first race set for the tradition last Saturday in June that being June 27th in 2015. The second WMT event will unfold a tad earlier this year as the Saturday August 29th has been tabbed as the date for the second 200-lapper for the popular series. The entire 2015 schedule is still in the works as Barbara Cromarty works her magic and will be released in the weeks to come.

A quick reminder that your truly will be once again hosting the Long Island Automotive Swap Shop on Sunday December 7th in the pit area of the track. It’s time to clean out the garage and turn all that stuff you been tripping over into cold hard cash. Robert Clock will be on hand once again with his huge photo album collection for those who like to take a look back to the golden era of racing. Last year was indeed a very successful Swap Shop and from all indications this year will be bigger and better. The biggest item moved last year was when Gary Fritz Sr. bought Chris Young’s enclosed ramp truck. Don’t miss out on either selling or buying this year. It is just $20 per vendor spot and a $5 general admission, so come on out!

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Fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race to be Added to the 2015 Schedule

Thompson Speedway Motorpsorts Park will be expanding their relationship with the Whelen Modified Tour next season, as they add a fourth race to the schedule in June 2015. They will once again hold the opening and championship events for the series, as well as their Budweiser 150 race in August.

“We’re ecstatic,” TSMP General Manager, Josh Vanada said. “The Modified Tour is a great division for us. We love having them here. We’ve got a rich history. We’ve held the championship race here for the last 15 of 16 seasons and 21 times out of 30 since the tour started. We’re glad to have some one local like [Chester based] Whelen behind the company. It’s a great Connecticut partnership for us to hold four races here.”

TSMP will be confirming the rest of their 2015 schedule by December 1st.

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New Ride for Timmy Solomito

‘The Natural’ in Flamingo Motorsports Car for 2015

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY will drive the No. 16 Modified for Eric Sanderson on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour next season. The rumor mill has been churning since Ryan Preece announced his departure from Flamingo Motorsports on October 20, one day after winning the Sunoco World Series. One year removed from winning a championship, Preece is moving to Eddie Partridge’s No. 6 TS Haulers Motorsports car.

Solomito did not have anything set going into the season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He expected to return to Anderson’s No. 75 car or at least run part time.

Flamingo Motorsports Crew Chief Sly Szaban asked Solomito’s car owner Wayne Anderson within days of the season finale about their plans for 2015. Szaban expressed interest in Solomito driving for Flamingo Motorsports. Anderson, the 1994 series champion, was supportive of the 22-year-old driver’s opportunity.

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Solomito Headed to Flamingo

Top Whelen Modified Rookie To Join No. 16 Team

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year Timmy Solomito announced today that he has reached an agreement to drive with Flamingo Motorsports for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

Solomito, from Islip, New York, has been tabbed by team owner Eric Sanderson to replace Ryan Preece in the Massachusetts-based No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports Ford. Preece departed last week to join TS Haulers Racing.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Solomito said. “The 16 team seems real organized. They have a lot of experience on the tour and that’s really going to be beneficial. I’m excited to work with the guys, they seem like really nice people.

“[This] was kind of unexpected. I’m sure they had plenty of inquiries about the opening. I feel fortunate for the opportunity and I’m excited to start another chapter on the tour. Hopefully we can have some good runs next year and do really well.”
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Preece Changing Tour Rides

2013 Whelen Modified Champ Headed To TS Haulers Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Preece announced today that he is leaving Flamingo Motorsports to join TS Haulers Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

The move for Preece ends a three-year stint with the Massachusetts-based Flamingo Motorsports No. 16 team that saw the pairing capture the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour title and finish as the championship runner-up in 2012 and 2014.

“We had a really good run and we hit on a lot of great things with the 16,” Preece said. “We finished second in points twice and we won a championship. I have nothing but great things to say about that team and about how hard everybody worked.”

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Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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Ryan Preece Collects 11th Career NWMT Victory at Thompson

Pitkat and Ramstrom Pick Up World Series Wins

Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.

Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.

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Coby Drives Way Back to the Top

Second Whelen Modified Title In Three Years; Preece Wins Finale

THOMPSON, Conn. — It was the worst finish of the season for Doug Coby. But in the end, it didn’t matter, as the Milford, Connecticut driver lifted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour trophy for the second time in three seasons Sunday.

The 35-year-old finished 17th and two laps down in the season finale Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The race was won by defending tour champion Ryan Preece.

It was Coby and the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance/Fox Shocks Chevrolet team, though, who earned the big trophy on the strength of an outstanding season that included a win and nine top fives in 13 races. Coby, who finished second in points to Preece last year, kicked off 2014 with a win in the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway.

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Ramstrom Set for Doubleheader at Thompson

Derek Ramstrom has a big day ahead of him this afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will make his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut and make his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

“Wicked exciting, we’re starting fourth in the Granite State Pro Stock Series behind Dillon Moltz,” Ramstrom said. “Just going to ride for a while see what happens, 50 lap event. Hopefully we can seal the deal in that and starting 18th in the Whelen Mod Tour just going to be patient and see how it pans out. We’re a little down on horsepower (spec engine), so it kind of effects us here at Thompson, but we should be alright.”

Entering the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Ramstrom has scored recent victories in Super Late Model competition. He won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300-lap race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME. Just two weeks ago at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, he recovered from a pair of spins to collect the $5,000 100-lap D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

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Thompson Adds NASCAR WMT Race

General Manager Josh Vanada announced at the drivers meeting this morning that Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will host four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in 2015. The 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale will run this afternoon, the the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. The season opening Icebreaker runs in April.

The 5/8 mile oval in northeastern Connecticut has hosted the most races in series history, including the inaugural race in 1985.

While the series visited up to five times in some seasons, the track has not hosted four events since 2012. The traditional dates are in April, August, September and October. 

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Revised Schedule for Sunoco World Series

Revised schedule for Sunday’s events at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Due to yesterday’s delays, below is an updated schedule of today’s events.

12:00pm – 12:20pm: ISMA Hot Laps
12:25pm – 12:45pm: NEMA Hot Laps
12:45pm: Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:00pm: Late Model Race (25 laps)
To follow: Granite State Pro Stock Series Race (50 laps)
To follow: NEMA Race (25 laps)
To follow: Sunoco Modified Race(30 laps)
To follow: ISMA Race (50 laps)
4:15pm NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (150 laps)
To follow: New England Truck Series (19 laps)
To follow: XtraMart Limited Sportsman (20 laps)

Sources: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson Battles through Rain Delays to Get Complete Six Races on World Series Weekend

Pitkat Earns NWMT Pole; Masse Claims VMRS Win

Thompson, Conn.: Woody Pitkat won his second career pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour by setting fast time in a rain-delayed qualifying Saturday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series of Auto Racing. Steve Masse collected a convincing win in the Valenti Modified Racing Series while Toby Wells won the North East Mini Stock Tour feature. Phil Lausier won in the Pro Four Modified race while NASCAR Whelen All American Series victories went to Wayne Coury, Jr., Nick Anderson and George Rego.

Rain postponed qualifying procedures initially for two hours, but it got underway just after 5 p.m. with eleven cars taking time. A heavy rain cell delayed the conclusion until 7:30 p.m. when the rest of the field was able to complete qualifying laps. Pitkat put down a lap of 119.579 mph for the pole, which was his second this season and second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Steve Masse started on the pole and led every lap of the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Masse put the car together last minute, and all his efforts paid off with his second win of the 2014 season. Justin Bonsignore wrapped up the championship.

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