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Bonsignore Wins O’Reilly 200 at Monadnock Speedway

IMG_4916WINCHESTER, NH — Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, New York won his second straight O’Reilly 200 and his fifth career win on the Monadnock high banks Saturday night when he made a lap 175 pass on leader Ryan Preece, then ran off to an almost four second lead.

IMG_4931Earlier in the day Bonsignore also set fast time for the Coors Light Pole Award, but could only watch Preece drive away with the lead at the four lap mark. The race surprisingly went caution free, allowing Preece to build a half track lead at one point. By the 100 lap mark only six cars were running on the lead lap while the field ran in a single line formation. By lap 160 Preece’s East West Marine sponsored #16 started to fade and Bonsignore steadily gained ground until lap 175, when the M3 Technologies # 51 motored by, to become the final leader of the 200 lap grind. Eric Goodale started and finished in the third spot. Rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. was fourth and current points leader Doug Coby fifth.

IMG_49336th-Matt Hirschman, 7th-Patrick Emerling, 8th-Ted Christopher, 9th-Ron Silk, 10th-Yuhas Jr., 11th-Santos, 12th-Reen, 13th-Solomito*, 14th-Heagy, 15th McDonald, 16th- Salzarulo, 17th- Seuss, 18th- Lia, 19th- Tomaino, 20th- Pitkat, 21st- Cole, 22nd- Zacharias*, 23rd- Fifield.

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Bonsignore Makes His Move Pay Off

Late Pass Produces NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win At Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. (July 19, 2014) – Justin Bonsignore made the late pass pay off as he drove to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the O’Reilly 200 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night.

Bonsignore powered underneath Ryan Preece on Lap 175 en route to the win. Preece had started second and led all but one lap to that point.

It was the fifth career win for the Holtsville, New York, driver and second straight at Monadnock. It was also his second of 2014, as he opened the season with a win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in April.

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QUALIFYING: Bonsignore Remains Hot

NY Driver Scores Whelen Modified Pole At Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. – Justin Bonsignore backed up his fast time in practice earlier in the afternoon and won the Coors Light Pole for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday.

Bonsignore posted a fast lap of 12.593 seconds (71.468 mph) around the high-banked quarter-mile.

It was the fourth career pole award for the Holtsville, N.Y. driver and his first one at Monadnock. Bonsignore won this race last season at Monadnock starting from the second position and he will attempt to become the first repeat winner at the track in nine previous events for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Stafford Aug. 8 for Call Before You Dig 811 150

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the third of four visits during the 2014 season on August 8 for the Call Before You Dig 811 150.  When the NWMT teams take to the track, two of the favorites have to be Bobby Santos, III and Doug Coby.

Santos and Coby have combined to win 11 of the last 18 NWMT races at Stafford dating back to the 2010 NAPA Spring Sizzler.  Santos has won the Sizzler 3 times, the NAPA Fall Final twice, and the May race once, leaving him winless in the August event.  Coby has won the Sizzler once, the May race twice, and the August race twice.  Coby is also the defending champion of the Call Before You Dig 811 150, taking the checkered flag ahead of Donny Lia last year.

In addition to his 6 race victories at Stafford since 2010, Santos has also been the man to beat in qualifying.  Santos has 6 pole positions at Stafford since 2010 and he was a former track record holder at Stafford, becoming the first driver to break the 100mph barrier at Stafford for an average lap speed.  Santos’ track record time has since been bested by Ryan Preece in 2012 but Santos has established himself as a Stafford master in the previous 4 and a half seasons worth of NWMT races at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

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Santos Saves Best for Last at New Hampshire

Claims Thrilling NASCAR Whelen Modified Win With Final Lap Pass

LOUDON, N.H. (July 12, 2014) — Bobby Santos entered the Sunoco 100 looking for a little extra magic to change his fortunes at the “Magic Mile.” He waited until the final lap, but he got it.

In a race that featured multiple lead changes on nearly every lap – a record 35 official lead changes – the Franklin, Mass., driver made just one pass for the lead and led just one lap Saturday. Santos drove his No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet by Ted Christopher in Turn 4 of the last lap en route to winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

VIDEO: POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BOBBY SANTOS

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Newman Posts All-Star Performance at New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Veteran Claims Whelen All-Star Shootout

LOUDON, N.H. (July 11, 2014) — Twice before, Ryan Newman drove the venerable 7NY Modified to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver did it again Friday. This time, the win came in the non-points inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout. The latest victory came with the familiar frantic swapping of the lead synonymous with the open-wheeled cars on the 1.058-mile.

Newman lost the lead to Justin Bonsignore into Turn 1 of the white-flag lap, but got it back in Turn 3 and won the drag-race to the checkered flag.

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Touring & Weekly Awards Events Announced

NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Gathering Of Champions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal for the sport’s greatest.

Annually, the North Carolina landmark is also the aim of drivers throughout the NASCAR weekly & touring series, as the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center will host the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will be Friday, Dec. 12, while the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 13.

“These awards shows celebrate and honor our champions in NASCAR’s weekly racing program and our touring series – two foundational areas of the sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “These two events highlight the hard work, dedication and achievements throughout NASCAR, and I’m excited that fans from around the world can share in the experience through our digital platforms.”

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Cole Powell Returns at NHMS

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Cole Powell of Mount Brydges, Ontario will make his first appearance at one of his favorite tracks this weekend. Powell will enter the Whelen All-Star Shootout on July 11 and the Sunoco 100 on July 12 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bristol, the September New Hampshire race and possibly the World Series at Thompson will be on his limited schedule.

Powell will continue to race his Late Model in the 100 lap races at Delaware Speedway, five minutes from home. “I have a big family and friends that like to come watch, which is cool,” Powell said.

Powell wants to get a win soon. “(I) was really close last Friday, finishing runner-up, coming from the back of the field twice after getting a flat,” Powell said. “… A top three in the mods would be awesome considering all the hard work my dad and I have been doing on the cars.”

Powell may also enter a CRA Super Late Model race in the United States, but is not sure what track.

Powell finished sixteenth in the standings last season. Powell is returning with the same crew as last year; he feels that the team will run better during his sophomore season.

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: NHMS

Whelen All-Star Shootout Launches Weekend Of Racing

Saturday’s Sunoco 100 will be the 60th all-time Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire. The marriage between the northeast-based tour and New England’s largest racing facility began on Sept. 2, 1990 in what was just the third NASCAR event held at the 1.058-mile oval. Mike McLaughlin was the first Whelen Modified Tour driver to reach Victory Lane in Loudon, and this Friday – nearly 24 years later – there will be another “first.”

The Whelen All-Star Shootout was first revealed in December as an addition to the July race weekend event schedule. With the idea of taking the unique type of racing that is produced by the Whelen Modifieds at the “Magic Mile” and creating a special sprint race to showcase it, the non-points shootout was born. Tour entitlement sponsor Whelen then added its support to the event.

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NWMT: Hossfeld in Our #21 for New Hampshire

3-time NHMS Winner to Run WASS & NH 100

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, NY will make his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hossfeld will drive the #21 car for Our Motorsports in the Whelen All-Star Shootout on July 11 and the New Hampshire 100 on July 12.

Chris Our of Harwich, MA fields a full-time entry for Tommy Barrett Jr. of Millis, MA. The addition of Hossfeld adds the driver with the second best average finish at Loudon among active drivers, a 10.4 in 16 starts.

“I know he’s some excited to drive Brad’s (Lafontaine) car and the way we do it and how fast we are,” Our said. “He can’t wait to get in it.”

“Chuck (Hossfeld) always wanted to last year,” Our said. “When we were contemplating doing something different, Chuck really wanted to come with me too. I like Chuck. He’s a very good guy, a very good driver and he wasn’t running much on the tour this year so we called him up and said ‘Hey do you want to drive the shootout and the other race?’ and he said he’d love to.

“He’s coming up with a couple of his guys to help and his spotter and we’re going to put a package together, go for it.”


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Goodale Gets First Win at Home

Long Island Driver Scores Whelen Modified Victory At Riverhead

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — It was happy homecoming for Eric Goodale.

The 28-year-old from Riverhead scored his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win Saturday night in the Hoosier Tire 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

Goodale powered the No. 58 GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet past Ted Christopher shortly after a Lap 170 restart and led the final 25 laps en route to the victory.

Goodale’s previous best finish in 77 starts was second at Riverhead last June. He also finished runner-up in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway.

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QUALIFYING: Beatty Takes Top Spot

Earns First Whelen Modified Coors Light Pole At Riverhead

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — John Beatty Jr. earned his first Coors Light Pole Award Saturday in just his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

The 38-year-old from Merrick, New York, posted a lap of 11.959 seconds (75.257 mph) around the quarter-mile in qualifying for Saturday night’s Hoosier Tire 200.

Beatty ran the Whelen Modified Tour race twice at Riverhead last year, qualifying in the top five both times, and finished third at his home track in the June race.

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PRACTICE: Preece Heating Up at Riverhead

Tops Hoosier Tire 200 Practice Session

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Ryan Preece led the way in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Hoosier Tire 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

Preece toured the .25-mile oval on New York’s Long Island with a fast lap of 11.982 seconds (75.113 mph), recorded late in the 90-minute afternoon session.

Winner of three consecutive Modified Tour wins at Riverhead, Preece will look for his fourth consecutive and fifth out of nine career starts this evening. He has an average finish of 3.1 at the track.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Riverhead

Analyzing The Hoosier Tire 200 At Riverhead Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to action with the Hoosier Tire 200 on Saturday at Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

Hoosier Tire 200 Setup:
• Season points leader Justin Bonsignore earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at Riverhead Raceway in 2011, the same season he also captured the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title.
• Ryan Preece has won four of his eight career NWMT starts at Riverhead, including the last three races in a row. The defending tour titlist will look at the Hoosier Tire 200 as an opportunity to gain his first win of 2014.
• In addition to Bonsignore, Donny Lia and Rowan Pennink also earned their first career victories at Riverhead. Lia is tied with Preece for the most wins among active drivers at the quarter-mile with four.

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Riverhead

Top Rookie Solomito Right At Home At Riverhead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Timmy Solomito hopes that returning home to New York’s Riverhead Raceway for Saturday’s Hoosier Tire 200 will be the perfect opportunity to capture his first tour checkered flag.

Solomito, a 22-year-old from Islip, grew up racing at the famed Long Island bullring. Although he’s a true rookie at most all of the venues the Whelen Modified Tour visits, Solomito was asked if his experience at Riverhead will prove to be an equalizer this week.

“Without a doubt,” Solomito said. “Having so many laps there – I’ve been racing go-karts since I was eight there and stock cars since I was 16 – so I have a lot of laps there, which definitely helps me I feel.

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Santos Drives to the Victory

Passes Lia To Claim Whelen Modified Tour Win At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos followed Donny Lia for much of the first half of Saturday night’s race. But Santos wasn’t content to finish second.

So Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, wrestled the lead away and went on to claim the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.

It was Santos’ second win of the season and 12th of his career. It was his first tour win at Waterford, the fourth different track he’s registered a victory at during his Whelen Modified Tour tenure.

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QUALIFYING: Lia Adds to Pole Collection

Nineteenth Career Coors Light Pole Is First At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. – A two-time champion with double-digit wins and poles in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career, Donny Lia has accomplished most things out there. He knocked one missing item off of the list Saturday with his first Coors Light Pole Award at Waterford Speedbowl.

Lia is a veteran of nine previous Whelen Modified Tour races at Waterford, where he’s captured two checkered flags, but he had yet to grab a pole at the .375-mile oval. That ended Saturday when the Jericho, New York, native posted a fast lap of 13.869 seconds (97.339 mph) during Mr. Rooter 161 qualifying for his 19th career pole.

Lia will be joined on the front row for tonight’s Mr. Rooter 161 by Bobby Santos. Santos’ lap of 14.003 (96.408) stood until the very end when Lia, the last car to take time, knocked him off the provisional pole.

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PRACTICE: Santos Tops Waterford Charts

Fastest In Mr. Rooter 161 Prep Session

WATERFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos remains the class of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field when it comes to practices as he led his fourth session in a row in preparation for tonight’s Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.

Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, posted a fast lap of 13.950 seconds (96.744 mph) in the 75-minute practice Saturday afternoon at the .375-mile oval. Santos also led all three practice sessions in the twice-delayed previous race for the Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Second on the speed chart Saturday was Woody Pitkat at 13.971 (96.629) followed by Donny Lia in third at 13.991 (96.491).

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Stafford Speedway Champions For Charities Driver Spotlight: Ron Silk & Rowan Pennink

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway is hosting a field of accomplished current and former open wheel championship winning drivers for this year’s 4th annual Champions for Charities event, which will take place on Friday, June 27th.  This week, the spotlight is on both Ron Silk, the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, and Rowan Pennink, the 2013 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion.  Silk is racing for the Alzheimer’s Association, and Pennink is racing for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a non-profit organization that works to help enhance care and support for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  The organization is the largest contributor of funds to Alzheimer’s research, and since 1980 has been the leader in charitable contributions in order to find a cure for this terrible disease.

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 182-room, not-for-profit children’s hospital.  Connecticut Children’s is now only one of two free-standing children’s hospitals in New England – the only in the state.  The hospital functions with 2,200 employees and a medical staff of 1,100, running entirely on the funds donated by generous contributors.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Waterford

Analyzing The Mr. Rooter 161 At Waterford Speedbowl

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Connecticut shoreline oval Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday for the Mr. Rooter 161. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

Mr. Rooter 161 Setup:
• Ryan Preece is the defending winner of the Mr. Rooter 161. Preece went on to capture the season title following his 2013 Waterford Speedbowl victory, as did Doug Coby in 2012.

• Preece and Donny Lia lead all active drivers in bullring victories with six apiece. Lia has two triumphs at Waterford.
• Coby is the season points leader after three events with podium finishes in each outing. Justin Bonsignore is just four points back with an average finish on the podium.
• Three drivers are slated to attempt their NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in this event: Spencer Davis, Craig Lutz and Derek Ramstrom.
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Gateway Winner Returns to Waterford, Santos in Darling’s Ride at Seekonk

Bobby Santos, III of Franklin, MA is excited for the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl on June 21. Santos won his first NEMA Midget race, the 2002 Boston Louie Memorial, at Waterford. He would reel off three of the next six races there through 2004. “I’ve had a lot of success there with the Midgets and I’d like to go down there and try to get a win if we can,” Santos said.

The multi-groove 3/8 mile oval opened as a dirt oval in 1951 and was paved after three races. The track has been a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member since 2000.

“It’s a fun race track,” Santos said. “You can run on the outside. You can run the bottom. You get side-by-side in a race. That’s the big thing. Right now at a lot of race tracks the cars are so close in speed you kind of just gotta slam it in there and make the passes that way, where a place like Waterford you can get side-by-side and race each other hard without too much bumping and banging, just have a good clean race. It was definitely a well-designed race track. Hopefully things work out where it’s around for a long time because a lot of guys enjoy going there.”

Points leader Doug Coby opened the season with three podiums and won the most recent race at Stafford Motor Speedway two weeks ago. Icebreaker winner Justin Bonsignore and Woody Pitkat also have opened the season with top five finishes. Pitkat is only nine points away from the lead. Santos, the Spring Sizzler winner, is fourth with one win, two top fives and two top 10s.

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Waterford

Coby v. Preece, Part III

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to Waterford Speedbowl in 2012, both editions of the Mr. Rooter 161 at the Connecticut shoreline oval have come down to Doug Coby versus Ryan Preece in green-white-checkered flag finishes. Odds are the storyline will persist this Saturday.

Two years ago Coby was the class of the field, but he had to fend off Preece in the final restart to secure his first Waterford tour win.

“Knock the 16 [Preece] in the door, and hang on for a few laps,” Coby said immediately after his winning move in the 2012 event. “The outside was the place to be on the restarts, he was getting great runs. I knew I had to take away the entry for him and kind of stay on the bottom up off and change his entry for him and kind of change his line a little bit.”

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Christopher & Katon Solid in 2014

NWMT Teams Test in Advance of Mr. Rooter 161

WATERFORD, CT (June 12, 2014) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Doug Coby, Woody Pitkat, Ted Christopher, Eric Goodale, and defending champion and race winner Ryan Preece practiced at Waterford Speedbowl today in advance of the Mr. Rooter 161 on June 21.

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT is fifth in points with three top 10s, his best start in three years. Christopher won two of the first five races in 2011 and never finished worse than seventh in Eddie Whelan’s #36.

“Not bad,” Christopher said. “You just gotta keep working at it and this was a good test and I’m looking forward to coming to Waterford like I said next week and then we go to Riverhead and then we’ve got a pretty good surprise for Loudon, so we’ll see how that works out.”

Christopher can record four consecutive top 10s for the first time since the fall of 2011: Thompson (4), Lime Rock (5), New Hampshire (4), and Stafford (1). The 2013 Mr. Rooter 161 ended Christopher’s Waterford top-10 streak at four, which included a pair of podiums.

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Mr. Rooter 161 at Speedbowl next for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Annual Richie Evans tribute race June 21

mrrooter161-nodateWaterford, CT (June 12, 2014) – The next stop for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be Saturday, June 21when Waterford Speedbowl hosts the Mr. Rooter 161. The event is one of the most anticipated of the year on both the tour and Speedbowl schedules, going 161-laps in distance at the three-eighths mile oval in a tribute to the late Richie Evans. The previous two editions of the event have produced some of the more exciting finishes in recent memory on the tour.

Doug Coby carries momentum to the Connecticut shoreline for the Mr. Rooter 161. The 2012 series champion and 161 race winner is fresh off a dominant performance at the tour’s last race at Stafford Motor Speedway on June 6. In 2012, Coby fended off a late race bid from Ryan Preece over a green-white-checkered finish, proving to be a pivotal point in his championship run that season. Last year, Coby turned in another strong run but it was Preece that used a green-white-checkered finish to take the win away in another thrilling conclusion between the two.  While all eyes may be on a rubber-match Coby and Preece, several others will be looking to use a Speedbowl triumph to vault them to a title run. A star-studded field of cars is expected to generate an action packed edition of the 161 once again. The event and its unusual lap count pays homage to the memory of nine-time NASCAR Modified champion Richie Evans, whose car was infamously numbered “61”. One of NASCAR’s greatest racers of all-time, Evans was among the first inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. Race fans are encouraged to “remember Richie” at the event with stories and memorabilia.

Mr. Rooter 161 advance ticket sales are available online at Speedbowl.com along with the detailed event schedule and more information. Adult grandstand admission for the event is $38.00 and youth age 6 through 14 will be admitted for $10.00. Kids age five and under will be admitted free, and the Speedbowl offers acres of free parking.

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Mod Teams Take Different Approach to Break

Bohn Races Weekly At BGS, Brunnhoelzl Has Surgery

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour gets closer to resuming its schedule with the Daggett Schuler Attorneys At Law 150 on July 4 at Caraway Speedway, a number of different approaches have been employed by drivers during the three-month idle stretch.

Since its inaugural season of 2005, the Whelen Southern Modified Tour annually has had an unofficial “spring break” from May-July. The schedule respite came about via a symbiotic relationship with Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina which has a large number of tour competitors participating in its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified division. The collaboration helps keep the competition strong for both.

When the 2014 Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule was laid out, there were to be six points races before the break, the annual Independence Day event at Caraway, then eight dates to close out the summer and fall. Mother Nature then added to the off time with early-season rainouts that ultimately lengthened the idle period from April 12 to July 4.

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On The Hook with Tommy Barrett Jr.

OTH- Tommy, what’s your age, birthday and hometown?
T.B.- I’m 19 years old, birthday is April 29, 1995 and hometown is Millis, Mass.

OTH- Occupation?
T,B,- Construction worker / race car driver.

OTH- How did you get started in racing and at what age?
T.B.- My father raced with and was good friends with Bobby Santos and Bobby Santos Jr. so when I was 5 my dad put me in a 1/4 midget at the little T.

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Whelen Modified Crew Chief Penalized

Rules Infraction By No. 75 Team At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jerry Solomito, the crew chief for the No. 75 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, has been penalized for rules violations committed during practice June 6 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The infraction is a P3 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 20D-2.3 (Improperly attached weight. Added weight must be securely bolted to the frame rail with a minimum of two (2), 3/8 inch diameter high quality bolts and painted white with the car number or team identification permanently legible on it.) of the 2014 rule book. As a result, Solomito has been fined $500 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid. The infraction was discovered during the practice session.

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Worth the Wait at Stafford for Coby

Outlasts Whelen Modified Field For 10th Career Victory

STAFFORD, Conn. — It took a little longer, but Doug Coby finally took the checkered flag for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action.

The race was postponed twice by rain and then Coby, piloting the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet, had to outlast Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Santos in a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 130 laps.

It is Coby’s 10th career win and sixth at the historic Connecticut half-mile. He took the lead Friday on Lap 7. Santos edged Coby at the line on the final restart but Coby powered back into the lead en route to winning for the fifth time in the last 10 races at Stafford.
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Barrett Back Home Again at Stafford

Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA enters the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 looking to return to his prior success at Stafford Motor Speedway. Tonight’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race has been postponed twice since May 23. Barrett was among the fastest in practice and qualified seventh; Spring Sizzler winner Bobby Santos, III will lead the field to the green.

Barrett won his first pole for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, leading eight laps before finishing 11th. The 19-year-old rookie replaced seven time champion Mike Stefanik in the Robert B. Our Co./Canto & Sons Paving #22 for Our Racing. This is Barrett’s second full season since 2009.

Stafford is a familiar track for Barrett, who won 14 SK Light Modified races in 2010-11. He is the only driver to record multiple VMRS wins at the historic half-mile. He made his NASCAR WMT debut  and won his first pole in only his fourth start.

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PRACTICE: Santos Still Tops at Stafford

Remains The Car To Beat For Tonight’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125

STAFFORD, Conn. – Neither Mother Nature or Father Time can slow down Bobby Santos in preparation for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Santos had the fastest car in practice and qualifying on the original race date of May 23, and remained fastest in the second try at getting the event in on May 30. Both nights ended in rainouts before the Whelen Modified Tour hit the track, but in tonight’s third attempt little has changed on the track as Santos once again led the way.

Behind the wheel of the No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet, Santos paced the field with a fast lap of 18.271 seconds (98.517 mph) during the 30 minute session Friday evening at the historic half mile. Following three practices led and a Coors Light Pole since May 23, Santos will attempt to gain his seventh Whelen Modified Tour Stafford victory later tonight.

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