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Speedbowl Champion Dick Dunn Passes

Dick Dunn , one of the Modified stars at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, passed away. The Middletown, CT driver won four consecutive championships from 1972-75. Dunn was part of the 50 Favorite Drivers class on July 29, 2000.

The No. 3 car was synonymous with car owner Peg Gaudreau. The car was named ‘Buddah’s Bullet’ in deference to her husband Al Gaudreau. Dunn was the last member of the combination. Al passed away in 2013. Peg battled ALS before her passing last year.

Dunn won 47 races at New London-Waterford. His 40 in the Modifieds rank fourth in the division, tied with Hall of Famer Bill Slater. His best season came in 1973 with nine wins. He led the division with 15 consecutive winning seasons from 1964-78. He had early success in 1959-60 with seven Bomber division wins.

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Sherwin-Williams Renews as the ‘Official Paint of NASCAR’

FORTUNE 500 Company Leverages Multi-Faceted Official Partnership to Continue Driving Business On and Off the Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 23, 2015) — NASCAR® and Sherwin-Williams, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and paint supplies, announced a three-year extension to their Official Partnership. The newly signed extension will designate Sherwin-Williams as the “Official Paint of NASCAR” through 2017.

Sherwin-Williams, a FORTUNE 500 company, will continue to leverage its designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property at its more than 4,000 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers – many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport.

“Our continued partnership with Sherwin-Williams is another example of FORTUNE 500 brands successfully using NASCAR as an integral part of their marketing mix,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president, Partnership Marketing. “Sherwin-Williams’ integrated approach using our intellectual property, both at track and at retail has proven highly effective. We look forward to expanding the Sherwin-Williams relationship across its multiple business divisions. ”

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Names Corey LaJoie as Driver

Corey LaJoie Will Pilot the No. 15 15-40 Connection Chevrolet in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (March 20, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports is excited to announce Corey LaJoie as the driver of the No. 15 15-40 Connection modified Chevrolet. LaJoie and the team will run seven races in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) this season.

LaJoie has plenty of experience in multiple racing series, including previous runs in the NWMT and Sprint Cup. He has made additional starts in NASCAR’s XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. LaJoie also competed in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East where he racked up five wins, 17 Top-5 and 20 Top-10 finishes.

“Corey is a talented race car driver that has been involved in other areas of our organization as well,” said team owner Rob Fuller.  “He took the time to attend the Race Season Kick Off Party and met some of the team at 15-40 Connection, before Todd made his announcement, and it means a lot to me personally when a driver really shows interest in what we have going on internally and takes the time to support our cause.”

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Todd Szegedy and Bob Garbarino Unite for 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Bob Garbarino announced today that Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield will drive his No. 4 Mystic Missile on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2015.

“I think he’s hungry and ready to get back at it,” Garbarino said. “I think in general his fans like him and I don’t think I’ve got any worries putting him in the car. He’s qualified. He doesn’t tear cars up very often at least what I see. I think he’s just a good fit for us so that’s what we’re doing.”

Szegedy ran part-time on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2014 after parting ways with the Mike Smeriglio III owned team after the 2013 season. Szegedy had been driving for Smeriglio from the start of the 2006 season and had 10 of his 18 career series victories with the team.

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Whelen Modified Anniversary Logo Unveiled

New Official Mark will Commemorate 30th Anniversary in 2015

nwmt_30th_4c_0DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR formally unveiled today a commemorative 30th anniversary season logo for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The new logo will become the official mark of the tour for the 2015 season.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 30th anniversary logo will be used in all facets related to the tour in 2015. The specially-designed logo consists of the tour’s unique base design with the famed modified car with the addition of a footer block that reads “30th Anniversary.”


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Stafford Speedway NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Driver Stats

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler is the longest continuously running race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule.  The race was first run in 1972 and it has served as the kick-off race for each season of racing at the Connecticut half-mile since then.  With the race heading towards its 44th annual edition on April 24-26, here is a look at some stats and figures for not only the race itself, but for active modified drivers that will or could possibly be part of the starting grid on Sunday, April 26th.

In the race’s 43 year history, there have been 23 different winners with only 10 of those being repeat winners.  Since 1980, the driver who has started on pole position has gone on to win the race only twice with Ted Christopher winning in 2003 and Bobby Santos, III winning in 2013.  Now here is a look at driver statistics compiled during “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” in alphabetical order.

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Wildermuth Joins YankeeRacer Team

WayneWWe are proud to announce the latest addition to Wayne Wildermuth will be writing a column for us. Spotter Bites will provide information on races from his perspective.

‘Muffy’ has been involved in racing throughout his life. His father Stan raced at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. He has worked on crews for more than three decades. During the races, he is often found in the spotter’s stand providing the necessary insight for a driver. He has worked with a number of drivers including Ted Christopher, ‘Leadfoot’ Larry Barnett, Chase Dowling, Matt Hirschman, Cam McDermott, Todd Szegedy, and Max Zachem.

“Happy to be a part of the team,” Wildermuth said. “I look forward to writing articles that provide insight into the life of a spotter, showing what we go through throughout a season.”

The New London, CT resident  attends many races annually. He owns Liberty Hill Home Inspections, whose decal often adorns local cars.

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NWMT: Nocella to Compete for Sunoco ROY

Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA will move to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in the KLM Motorsports No. 64. 

“(I) want to thank Mike Murphy and Ron both for offering me the ride and having the confidence in me,” Nocella said. “So hopefully we’ll run good with them and it’s definitely a big opportunity for me. … It’s something that we can go out and have some good strong runs and get top tens and fives and hopefully better than that. Maybe get the Rookie of the Year, which would be a big deal.”

“I was pretty excited when I got the call to be able to go and try to run that. Pretty tough competition I’d say and I was excited that they thought that I’d be able to do it and giving me the opportunity. … Mike Murphy there and Ron both seem pretty excited and I thought it was a real great opportunity to be able to go out try to run.”

Mike Murphy’s car has been driven by Ron Yuhas, Jr. recently. He was injured last September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Yuhas posted on Facebook that he is still recovering from his injuries and thankful for the support. The Groton, CT driver has raced for Murphy since 2011 in the Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors car.

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Mr. Rooter Named Title Sponsor of June NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

mrrooter1252Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchisee, Vin Beedle, announced today that the Connecticut-based company will be the entitlement sponsor of the 125-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) slated for Wednesday night, June 10. Beedle and his company are long-time supporters of auto racing in New England, sponsoring the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series, as well as fielding a truck in the division in 2015. The drivers of the Truck will include NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champions, and Thompson’s own Sunoco Modified driver, Keith Rocco, as well as Limited Sportsman – and SK Modified – driver Ed Puleo.

“With the Mr. Rooter 125 we are expanding our support beyond where we originally started. This will be our first time partnering with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, which I’m especially excited about,” Beedle said. “I appreciate being able to support the drivers, fans and crews at Thompson and am looking forward to a great event.”

The Mr. Rooter 125 will be held on June 10, 2015 and will feature the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Thompson’s four NASCAR Whelen All-American series divisions, as well as the Vintage Outlaws. This marks the first time since 2012 that the track has hosted four NWMT events. The Mini Stock division will compete in a 20-lap feature, which will kick off the start of their Triple Crown Series. It will also be the first Triple Crown race for the Limited Sportsman.

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Ryan Preece Looking to Carry Positive Momentum with New Team into Stafford Speedway for 44thAnnual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — Any time there is a new driver/team combination, questions can arise for a driver as did I switch to the right team and for owners they can wonder if they have the right driver in the seat of their car.  For Ryan Preece and the Ed and Connie Partridge owned T.S. Haulers, Inc. team, they put any doubts to rest with a dominating performance during SpeedWeeks at New Smyrna, winning 4 of the 6 Tour Type Modified feature events, including the prestigious Richie Evans 100.  With SpeedWeeks now in the rearview mirror, Preece will look to carry the momentum from his week in Florida over to the start of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season and the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 24-26.

“I think I had high expectations and I’m sure Eddie did too,” said Preece.  “We hoped that we could run that well but to have a week like we did, you just don’t get that all the time.  Eddie and Connie [Partridge] give Tommy [Grasso] and I and the entire T.S. Haulers team everything we need to win races.  Hopefully this is something that we can carry over to the Tour and run well and win some races this year.  It seems that we’ve done pretty well so far with the North/South Shootout and Speed Weeks.  We’re heading down to Caraway for the Southern Tour opener and we’re hoping we can carry that performance over to the tour this season.  Right now we could just swap some springs and change some weights around and we’d be ready to go.  It seems like the car has a really good balance and a really good starting baseline for when we go to Stafford, so I think we should be pretty good.”

When it comes to racing at Stafford, Preece is certainly no stranger to NAPA Victory Lane.  He has won 22 SK Modified® feature events since 2010 and on the Whelen Modified Tour, he has one victory in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125, one win in the Call Before You Dig 150, and one win in the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final.  Out of the four NWMT races that Stafford hosts, the only race that Preece has yet to win is the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler.  In 7 career Sizzler starts, Preece has recorded 3 top-5 finishes and he has led a total of 175 laps with a best finish of second in 2012.  Preece’s grandfather Bob Judkins nearly won the very first Sizzler in 1972 and he won the 1973 edition of The Greatest Race in the History of Spring with Ed Flemke, Sr. behind the wheel and Preece would like to add a Sizzler victory to his resume.

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New London-Waterford Added To Tour Slate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Goodale Bound for New Smyrna

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

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

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

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Boardwalk Hall Wrap-up

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

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

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

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

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

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Hall of Fame Inducts Five Iconic Wheelmen

Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly, White Officially Enshrined

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

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

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

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NWMT: Szegedy Returning to RFM

2003 Champion Back Part-Time

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

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

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

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

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Spencer Davis to Pilot Hillbilly Modified

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

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

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

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No Joke: Weatherly Earns NASCAR’s Highest Honor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fuller, Flemke and Ruggiero Take Modifieds to The Next Level 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ellwood to Split Time on NWMT, Riverhead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pennink’s New CD

New Campaign includes VMRS, Stafford Events

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

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

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

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Anderson Stays with Solomitos for 2015

Will Continue Tour Competition With Shawn Solomito

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Team BCR Signs Development Driver Cole Powell for Daytona Race

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Goodale to Make NWMT Debut at Icebreaker

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

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

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

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Bock Moving to NASCAR WMT

Legend Car Grad to Compete in Modifieds and Super LM

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

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

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

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

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

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