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Whelen Modified Tours Stat Advance: Bristol

Analyzing the Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway

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

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

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Whelen Modified Tours News & Notes: Bristol

Combination Event Highlights Modified Racing at Unique Facility

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

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

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

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Tony Eury Jr. to Make Modified Crew Chief Debut

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

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

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

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

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PIT BOX: Modifieds Thunder Into Bristol

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

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

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

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

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Thompson

Championship Hunt Takes on New Look at the Halfway Mark

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

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

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

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Whelen Modified Tour Rolls into Thompson Wednesday Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moves Into 7th All-Time On NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win List

LOUDON, N.H. (July 16, 2016) — By any measure, Doug Coby has compiled quite a decorated career. But the three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion is far from done piling up the accomplishments.

The 36-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, added to his length resume Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Coby drove the No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet to win in New England 100.

Coby led the final six laps and crossed the finish line .037 seconds ahead of Donny Lia.

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M3 Continues to Grow

New Home for M3 Racing

M3 Technology is proud to announce the opening of its new Franklin, Connecticut location. The new location will allow improved service and support options for customer based in Connecticut and the rest of New England, and serve as a model for the establishment of Forward Stocking Locations at key points of use.

The new location will also serve as the headquarters for M3 Racing and serve as the primary support facility for the team and its equipment. Centrally located near several of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s host tracks, the new facility contains a custom-designed shop to house M3 Racing.

In addition to the new facility, M3 Technology maintains its 27,000 Square Foot operational headquarters in Bellport, NY with satellite sales offices in Cornwall, NY, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. In addition, the organization maintains service and support personnel throughout the country and around the world.

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Solomito, Others Look to Conquer the Thompson 125

THOMPSON, CT — Timmy Solomito will look to regain momentum heading into the fifth race of the Whelen Modified Tour schedule after winning the season opener at the 5/8 mile oval. Solomito led 43 laps en route to his first career victory, snapping a 4-race win streak at the track held by Doug Coby.

After his victory, Solomito finished 4th at the Spring Sizzler. He had arguably the fastest car on track at Waterford when he crashed out late in the race after showing great strength in fighting back from adversity multiple times. Last Friday at Stafford, he met a similar fate while advancing positions in the late stages to record a second DNF. Now sitting 7th in series standings, Solomito intends to turn his fortune around with a trip back to the site of his lone career win.

“There are three things I like about Thompson,” said Solomito. “I can drive the car hard, be aggressive, and run in the outside lane. Each of those suits my driving style. I’ve always had good runs at Thompson; from my first start there to running two Sunoco Modified races at the World Series, that racetrack is really good to us. I’m confident my team is going to give me a car I can win with.”
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Coby Pulls Away from Field at Stafford

Dominates For 19th Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Victory

STAFFORD, Conn. (June 4, 2016) — Doug Coby continued his mastery of his home track Friday night.

The 36-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, won his third straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Stafford Motor Speedway, the track where the three-time tour champion spent his early years racing, with yet another dominating effort. Coby led 129 of the 130 laps — pulling away on a green-white-checkered finish to claim the 26th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125.

“Right now, our team is firing on all cylinders,” said Coby. “Everybody’s got to do their job, including me. And we did. That’s why we won.”

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The TIS Harley-Davidson 125 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2016) — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to headline Stafford Motor Speedway’s 26th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125 weekend. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the famed Connecticut oval in advance of Friday’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125:

TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Setup:

  • Doug Coby will look to become the first driver to record three wins in a row at Stafford on two different occasions. He’s already joined Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher as the only driver to record at least three wins in a row at the track.
  • Christopher, the active NWMT wins leader at Stafford with 12, with Bobby Santos second with nine and Coby third with eight wins at the track.
  • Coby won the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 in April at Stafford from the pole for his fourth win at the famed half-mile oval.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

Three Winners In Three Races Shake Up Standings 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2016) – Doug Coby dominated Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Until Timmy Solomito put an end to that.

The three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was able to return to Victory Lane at Stafford Motor Speedway, but Ron Silk made it three winners in three races the last time out at New London-Waterford Speedway.

So when the Whelen Modified Tour returns to Stafford Friday night for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125, Coby will be among one of the favorites. After all, he has two wins and a runner-up finish in the last three Stafford tour races. But the Milford, Connecticut, driver will have plenty of challengers.

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Doug Coby Looking for Repeat of Sizzler®® Performance in TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was last at Stafford Speedway in April for the NAPA Spring Sizzler®, the weekend was dominated by Doug Coby and the #2 Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair team.  The Mike Smeriglio owned team backed up a Saturday pole run with a dominating Sizzler® victory, leading 193 of 200 laps on Sunday.  When the Tour returns to Stafford on June 3rd for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125, Coby is hoping to have a car that as good as the Sizzler® car.

“The Sizzler® was comparable to some of the best cars I’ve ever had,” said Coby.  “There’s been a couple of races at Stafford, even when I was driving the 52 car that have been that good but it’s rare.  I don’t know if the car would have come from like 15th to win the Sizzler®, but it was really good to be out front.  We don’t necessarily show up with the fastest car right out of the box.  I think we were like fourth and seventh in the two Sizzler® practices.  We worked at the car all day and when the car is a little off, I have enough laps at Stafford to know exactly what I want in each corner at Stafford and we tweak on the car.  The only worry is if we end up making the car slower with some of our adjustments.  We’ll take things one step at a time depending on how our practice session goes.”

Whether Coby and the #2 team can replicate the dominance they displayed during the NAPA Spring Sizzler® is yet to be determined, but the car that the team will be bringing to Stafford has an impeccable pedigree.

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New England Cycle Center 161 Recap

WATERFORD – Ron Silk powered past polesitter Eric Goodale one-third of the way through the New England Cycle Center 161 Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and never looked back.

Silk, of Norwalk, held off the field down the stretch to record his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. It was his first at the Speedbowl, and it came in just his third race with new car owner Danny Watts Jr. and the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet team.

Max Zachem, of Preston, crossed the stripe second for his best career finish. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. joined him on the podium in third. Jeff Goodale of Riverhead, N.Y. and Rob Summers of Manchester rounded out the top five while Brendon Bock, Matt Swanson, Doug Coby, Donny Lia and Jamie Tomaino completed the top 10.

Saturday also marked career-best finishes for Goodale and Bock while Tomaino extended his Whelen Modified Tour record for career starts to 600 in the event.

[Photo Gallery] by Ed Martin

[Photo Gallery] by Donald Silberman

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Silk Scores Waterford Win

Tenth Career Whelen Modified Tour Triumph

WATERFORD, Conn. (May 14, 2016) – Ron Silk powered past polesitter Eric Goodale one-third of the way through the New England Cycle Center 161 Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and never looked back.

Silk, of Norwalk, Connecticut, held off the field down the stretch to record his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. It was his first at the Speedbowl, and it came in just his third race with new car owner Danny Watts Jr. and the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet team.

Max Zachem, of nearby Preston, Connecticut, crossed the stripe second for his best career finish. Jimmy Blewett joined him on the podium in third.

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Waterford

Pennink, BRE Off To Fast Start

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s early, but the pairing of Rowan Pennink and Boehler Racing Enterprises is providing positive returns.

Pennink left behind his family’s team in the offseason for an opportunity to drive the iconic No. 3 modified for BRE. Through two races the new venture appears to have rejuvenated both.

Following a ninth-place finish in their maiden voyage together at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to open the season, Pennink piloted “Ole Blue” to a third-place finish last time out in the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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Coby Dominates in First Win of Season

Defending Tour Champion Cruises to Third NAPA Spring Sizzler Win

STAFFORD, Conn. (April 24, 2016) – Doug Coby didn’t win the season-opener a couple of weeks ago, but he made everyone aware Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway he’s still the driver to beat to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Coby started from the pole and led a race-high 193 laps to win the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 for his 18th career win overall and third in the 45th annual spring event at the historic speedway located in Stafford, Connecticut.

The two-time defending tour champion pulled ahead at the start of the race and quickly built leads by as much as three seconds in the first half of the event. While Justin Bonsignore, Jamie Tomaino, and Ted Christopher were each credited with laps led, Coby left little doubt through the afternoon he had the winning car.

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Dreams Come True for Solomito

First Career Whelen Modified Tour Win Comes At Icebreaker

THOMPSON, Conn. (April 10, 2016) – Timmy Solomito’s dreams came true Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old from Islip, New York, ran away with the 42nd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to secure his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. Solomito powered past former champion and current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Preece to lead the final 34 laps of the Icebreaker 150 en route to the checkered flag.

“I never thought this day would come,” Solomito said. “You lie in bed thinking about things like this. This is a dream come true.”

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Solomito Claims First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory in Thompson Icebreaker

Thompson, CT — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its 131st Whelen Modified Tour Event on Sunday, April 10th capping off an action packed weekend in the 2016 Icebreaker and kicking off the tour’s season schedule with a first-time winner in victory lane.

Timmy Solomito was crowned the champion of the Icebreaker 150 after benefiting from a great pit stop that helped him earn the lead in the second half of the event and hold off series veterans Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and defending champion Doug Coby to claim his first win in the series in his 36th start.

“I’ve been coming to Thompson many years watching races. It’s always been a dream of mine to turn right onto that stretch and turn into Victory Lane. To do it in such a great car with the 16 team really means a lot,” said Solomito. “I got my start with Wayne Anderson on the tour and it’s catapulted me to where I am now. I just can’t thank everybody who believed in me and has been behind me this whole time enough.”

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Bobby Santos, III Looking to Get Back to Winning Ways in 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Between the 2010 and 2014 seasons on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Bobby Santos, III was the driver to beat when it came to racing at Stafford Speedway.  In the 20 NWMT races held during that time period, Santos won 6 times, including 3 NAPA Spring Sizzlers® and he won 9 pole positions.  Enter the 2015 season and Santos and the #44 Tinio Corporation / Curb Records team saw their performance fall off at the Connecticut half-mile facility with a best finish of 5th.  With the green flag in the 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® right around the corner, Santos is excited about returning to Stafford and looking to get back to his winning form behind the wheel of the #44 Tinio Corp. / Curb Records Chevrolet.

“We didn’t run as good as we wanted to last year, but all the guys on the team have done their homework and hopefully we’ve got all the pieces we need to get back to running how we feel that we should be running,” said Santos.  “Hopefully we’re headed in the right direction.  I think some other guys did their homework and got better while we weren’t as good as we needed to be.  I’m excited we have all the same guys back on the team because after having a tough year we all still like each other and we want to work together.  We’ve won races together in the past and there’s no reason why we can’t continue to win races together.  Stafford has been good track for me in the past and I expect it to continue to be a good track for me.”

Santos has exhibited his mastery of Stafford while driving for two different teams.  His run of good fortune began in 2010-2011 with Bob Garbarino’s #4 team and then continued his winning ways with the #44 Tinio team.  Santos has won 3 of the last 5 NAPA Spring Sizzlers (2011, 2013, 2014) and he has a new chassis to work with as he chases his fourth career Sizzler® victory.

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ICYMI & DYK: Home Tracks Happenings

Updates From Whelen Mods, K&N And Pinty’s Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up recent news items from across the NASCAR Home Tracks landscape. Did you know? …

Air Titan 2, Part II:  Last fall Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park became the first NASCAR Home Track to enlist the help of an Air Titan 2 when it had one on hand for the Sunoco World Series. The track has once again assured attendees that it will do all it can to get the scheduled events completed in a timely manner by bringing the track-drying technology back for this weekend’s Icebreaker.

Virginia Homecoming:  Newly-hired NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour director Jimmie Walker returns to his home state this weekend for the South Boston 150. Walker grew up near South Boston and most recently worked at Virginia’s Langley Speedway before starting with the tour in February.

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Timmy Solomito Looking for Strong Start to 2016 in NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After completing his second full season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition and his first with the #16 R.B. Enterprises/Diversified Metals team, Islip, NY native Timmy Solomito is looking forward to returning to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler®. Solomito twice matched his career best finish of third at Stafford last year and as much as he is looking forward to coming back to the Connecticut half mile, he says that wasn’t always the case.

“We’re really excited to come to the Sizzler® this year,” said Solomito. “We feel like we have a really good package for Stafford and our best runs of 2015 with two third place finishes were at Stafford, which were also my best ever finishes there. It really boosted my confidence and I’m hoping that we can squeeze out a win or have a good run. If you had asked me about a win at Stafford a couple of years ago, I would have told you no way, but last season changed my whole outlook. I feel like we could snag a win at Stafford and help carry some momentum throughout the entire 2016 season. Our goal for this year is to run strong, be competitive, and put on a good show for all the race fans.”

A win for Solomito would be his first on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. As he and the #16 team prepare for the 2016 season, they have a full season’s worth of experience together to build on as well as a new chassis and fresh engine to attack the field with.

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Preece Ready to Win NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford Speedway from the Back of the Pack

Stafford Springs, CT — Still in search of his first career NAPA Spring Sizzler® victory, 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece will face an uphill battle in this year’s edition of “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring”. Preece has taken over the driving duties of the #01 Uptick Vineyards Chevrolet for Johnny Davis Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the full 2016 season. Due to those commitments, he will be unable to qualify the #6 T.S. Haulers, Inc. car for the Sizzler®, meaning he will have to start the 200-lap race from the rear of the field. But Preece says he’s not worried about his situation.

“I won’t be at the track on Saturday, but I’ll definitely be there Sunday,” said Preece. “Right now Todd Szegedy is scheduled to practice and qualify the car for me, we just have to make sure he doesn’t have any other commitments that weekend. As good as it is to start out front, I like passing cars and working my way forward. Hopefully we’ll have a car that is capable of doing that and obviously, Eddie and Connie Partridge give us the equipment that we need to do that. I’m hoping that by lap 150 we can be up front and battling for the win.”

While Preece is no stranger to Stafford having raced SK Modifieds® since the 2010 season, he will be in a new car for this year’s Sizzler®. Preece will also have to acclimate himself back to the Whelen Modified Tour car, which is 2,645 pounds with open wheels versus the 3,400 pound full fendered Xfinity Series machine.

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Art Barry to Retire

Hall of Famer Art Barry confirmed to YankeeRacer.com his retirement at the end of the season.

“That’s it for me,” Barry said. “I’m gonna call it quits after this year. I’m planning on running, I don’t know, eight or 10 races this year and then I’m gonna call it quits and give it to my grandson. I’d like to, but the money’s getting so tight and can’t get any help really to do things. I think there’s a time for everything.”

Barry’s schedule will include the five NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series races: Monadnock Speedway June 11, Seekonk Speedway June 29, Star Speedway July 30, and New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl on August 25 and October 23.

He is also considering some Valenti Modified Racing Series events.

“I’d like to run a few here or there maybe Stafford or Thompson something. … I’m planning on running a couple of those. I’ve done very well at Monadnock and I kind of would like to go back there this year and Seekonk is another one I’d like to probably catch if I could.”

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New Crew Chief to Lead Lia, Sypher Team

Donny Lia of Jericho, NY will have a new crew chief and crew members this season. 2003 champion Don Barker has joined the team as Lia’s crew chief. Barker worked with Mystic Missile Racing last year as Todd Szegedy’s crew chief.

“We have a crew chief change, which is the biggest change you can make,” Lia said. “So we have a little bit of learning to do about each other and then the guys working together too ’cause we have some personnel changes just the crew guys. So it’s just one of them deals it’s gonna take a little time to get rolling, but today was a good day to start. … Our main goal right now is to just get started good and then see where it takes us from there.”

The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was optimistic after testing at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park Saturday afternoon.

“(Don Barker) brings a different perspective so to speak on the whole deal, being just an older veteran, has a lot of experience, and more of a father figure almost type that maybe the team needed. Somebody to lean on a little bit so just a different aspect, different way of doing things and today was good hopefully it’s a sign of moving along.“

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Announces Todd Szegedy as 2016 Driver

Szegedy to Compete in Select 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Races

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (March 17, 2016) – Rob Fuller Motorsports (RFM) is proud to announce the return of Todd Szegedy to its driver lineup for 2016.  Szegedy will pilot the 15-40 Connection Modified for select NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) races this season.

Szegedy, a 19-time winner, and 2003 NWMT Champion, raced for RFM in 2014 and is excited to return this season for a number of reasons.

“For me it was a combination of a few things – I want the freedom not be locked into a full season schedule,” said Szegedy. “Also, this is an awesome opportunity to race at tracks that I really enjoy running at and I’ll be in top notch equipment with LFR Chassis. We can go there with the opportunity to win every race we enter. That combination was appealing to me.”
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Anytime Realty to Sponsor Seekonk NWMT Race

Get ready for some ground pounding modified action at the AnytimeRealty.com 150 on September 10! You’re invited to the AnytimeRealty.com 150 September 10th @ Seekonk Speedway

Seekonk Speedway is proud to announce a primary sponsor for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150, slated for Sept. 10. The AnytimeRealty.com 150.

Anytime Realty, owned by Don Parsons, will sponsor the 150 lap feature that will showcase top modified talent from across New England as the drivers chase the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. Names like Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore will battle it out side-by-side for the chance to call themselves a winner at the ‘Cement Palace’.

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