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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.

[Photo Gallery] by Ed Martin

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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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TSI Harley-Davidson to Sponsor Stafford Speedway NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race for 9th Consecutive Season

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that TSI Harley-Davidson of Ellington, CT will be the title sponsor of the track’s 125-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event for the ninth consecutive season.  This year’s edition of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 will take the green flag on Friday, June 3rd.

“We’re happy to be partnered with Stafford Speedway once again for a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event,” said Harry Levesque, Owner of TSI Harley-Davidson.  “NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events always draw the biggest crowds to Stafford and sponsoring the race is a great way for us to be able to showcase the latest line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  Our display allows us to interact directly with the fans to tell them all about our Harley-Davidson bikes and our Jumpstart, which allows fans to actually sit on the bike, give it some throttle and go through the gears, is a one of a kind experience and we really enjoy interacting with all the race fans.”

 “TSI Harley Davidson is all about tradition which we enjoy being associated with,” said Mark Arute, President/COO of Stafford.  “TSI Harley-Davidson has been one of the strongest supporters of auto racing at Stafford Speedway, from sponsoring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event to supporting local drivers and interacting with the fans on the midway.  We are proud to partner with TSI Harley Davidson and look forward to another exciting season.” 

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Rowan Pennink Seeking First NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Win with the Boehler Family #3

Stafford Springs, CT — For Rowan Pennink, the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway has been a race that has seemingly been within arms’ length from Pennink taking the checkered flag.  Pennink has made 8 career starts in “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” recording an impressive 4 top-5 and 6 top-10 finishes.  Pennink’s best finish in the Sizzler was a second place effort back in 2011 and he had another podium finish with a 3rd place effort in 2014, both with his family owned #93.  When the green flag drops on this year’s 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler, Pennink will be with a new team and behind the wheel of one of the most famous rides on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the #3 “Ole Blue” Boehler Racing Enterprises Modified, with sponsorship from Cape Cod Copper and Bridgewater-Raynham Overhead Door.

“It’s really cool and I’m really happy about the opportunity to be driving the #3 Boehler car,” said Pennink.  “I can’t wait to get behind the wheel, the Sizzler is one of the biggest races of the year on the Tour and I’m looking forward to the race and hopefully we can get a good finish and put on a good show for all the fans.  We’ve been so close so many times at Stafford, it would be nice to get that one extra spot and be able to put the #3 into victory lane.  I know it’s been a while since the #3 car had a win and between that and me getting my first tour win at Stafford, it would be really cool.”

Pennink has driven his family owned car on the Tour since 2007 but it was a phone call from Michael Boehler at the conclusion of the 2015 season that got the ball rolling on bringing the two together for the 2016 season.
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Lutz, Swanson to Step Up on Whelen Tour

Will Take on Full Schedule, Run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After testing the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour waters as part-time participants year ago, drivers Craig Lutz and Matt Swanson are ready to step up to full-time competition and contend for the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

Lutz, of Miller Place, New York, made his first Whelen Modified Tour appearance in 2014 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl where he has competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified division in recent seasons. Last year the 21-year-old, who works as a carpenter on Long Island, made four Whelen Modified Tour starts.

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“I’m really looking forward to it,” Lutz said. “I’m excited for the experience of going to tracks I haven’t been to and getting some seat time there. Hopefully we’ll be able to make a competitive run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year.”

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NASCAR Announces Nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017, Landmark Award

Hornaday, Roush, Rudd, Squier, Wilson Added To Ballot; Guthrie Joins Landmark List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 24, 2016) — Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners, drivers and the most recognizable voice in motorsports. The talents, eras, and levels may differ, but all share a common thread. They shaped NASCAR, and on Wednesday, they were recognized as nominees for the highest honor the sport bestows – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all legends who made excellence a habit through their various contributions to the sport.

Among them are record-holding four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr.; the man with the most car owner wins in NASCAR national series history with 322, Jack Roush; former all-time consecutive starts leader Ricky Rudd; legendary motorsports broadcasting pioneer Ken Squier; and three-time premier series champion engine builder and three-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Waddell Wilson. For a full list of nominees, please see below.

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Rob Summers Looking Forward to NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Speedway in Return to Full-Time Status on NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Stafford Springs, CT — When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour comes to Stafford for the 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler, one driver who will be looking forward to the race is Rob Summers.  The 2016 season will mark a return to full-time NWMT competition for Summers, who hasn’t run a Tour race since the 2013 season. Summers has recorded 4 of his 7 career pole positions and 3 of his 14 career top-5 finishes have come at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“Stafford is a track that I seem to have a niche at,” said Summers.  “Everything seems to really go good for me at Stafford and I’m hoping that we can do something decent for the Sizzler.  I haven’t been to Stafford in a couple of years so it’ll be nice to just be able to go back and get out on the track and go racing.”

Summers will make his return to NWMT racing behind the wheel of the Mike Murphy owned #64 Complete Construction / Fast Track Electric / Hughes Motors Chevrolet that was formerly piloted by Ron Yuhas, Jr. and Anthony Nocella.  The two parties go back 10 years together while racing at Waterford and they struck up a deal around Christmas for Summers to take the keys of the #64.

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LFR Chassis Continues Major Expansion in 2016

Chassis Company Adds New Ownership, Five New Employees, and 6,500 Square Feet

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 1, 2016) – After a successful 2015, LFR Chassis is excited to announce the continued expansion of the company. To kick off 2016, LFR Chassis’ Late Model Division Director Jeff Fultz and Competition Director Tony Eury Jr. will join founder Rob Fuller in ownership of the organization. Additionally, the LFR Chassis team will welcome five new team members and an accumulation of 6,500 square feet to the North Carolina facility.

“I have been fortunate enough to experience success at about every level there is in this industry, but this is the proudest moment of my career to date,” said Fuller. “Two years ago I sat down with a couple good friends and we thought it would be fun to take all our experience and spin it into state-of-the-art short track cars and go win a couple races. Now with over 50 wins, a NASCAR championship, 85 cars sold, and more than 20 on backorder, we realize we have built a solid organization. I felt strongly about letting Jeff and Tony know how much their hard work and dedication meant to me and the company. We had a company meeting last week and sitting in front of 28 employees, talking about where the company was headed, it really hit me what LFR has become. With all the sacrifices my family and I have had to make to this point it was an emotional time for sure.”

Jeff Fultz and Tony Eury Jr. have both been with the company since 2014, helping create the Driver Development Group and develop the level of competition LFR Chassis is known for today. The pair now each have an equity stake in the organization and look forward to continuing to help it grow and succeed in the future.

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Catalano Debuts Tonight

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY is making his TQ Midget debut this weekend at Boardwalk Hall. He is driving for the Brainards. Catalano hopes to compete at Trenton next month.

“They’re definitely quick,” Catalano said. “They’re fun. They’re different compared to the Modifieds, for sure.”

Catalano will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut this season. He hopes to attempt five races ahead of a potential full season in 2017. His schedule includes Oswego (NY) Speedway, and one race at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

“We’ve been talking about it for a while and having that race up there. That kind of pushed the situation a little bit and kind of I guess set us off that way and so it’s going to get us hooked. Hopefully, we can make the best of it.”

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Russell Dowd, the Voice of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, to Retire in 2016

THOMPSON, CT – Russ Dowd, the Voice of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) for over thirty years, has announced his retirement. Dowd, a resident of Woodstock, CT, has spent some 46 years behind a microphone.

Dowd has been a familiar part of the Thompson landscape most of his life. He first raced go-karts on the old Thompson ¼ mile oval and then raced NASCAR Modified cars until 1980. Shortly thereafter, Thompson’s race director, the late Bill Slater convinced Dowd to join Rich Bonneau in the announcer’s booth at Thompson. He then went on to announce at tracks up and down the east coast including thirteen years at the Stafford Motor Speedway. He also worked at The New London – Waterford Speedbowl, Westboro Speedway, Riverside Park Speedway, Pocono and many more but he always considered Thompson to be home.

“For nearly four decades, Russ’ voice has boomed over our PA,” recalled TSMP General Manager, Josh Vanada. He’s become synonymous with the character of our facility, and our presentation has been, in large part, his. We will certainly miss him, and all the contributions that he has made over his accomplished career. We wish to express our sincere gratitude for his dedicated service, attention to detail, and his deep care and concern for Thompson’s best interest. Thank you, Russ, and congratulations!, Vanada concluded”

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Rowan Pennink Solidifies Busy 2016 Season

Rowan Pennink will be competing for as many as four different race teams in 2016, in his quest for several different modified championships this upcoming season.

The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania driver will kick of the season in two new rides for 2016. Rowan will be taking over the driving duties for one the most legendary teams in modified racing, the Boehler Racing Enterprises-Ole’ Blue #3. Rowan will compete full-time in 2016 on NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park at the annual Icebreaker event in April. Also occurring at Thompson Speedway, Rowan will return to full-time Sunoco Modified competition in the seat of another car rich in tradition, the Dickie Ceravolo owned #16 machine for 2016.

In addition to his new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson Sunoco Modified teams, Pennink will return to two of his most familiar rides in 2016 as well. Rowan and his #99 Hitchcock Pool Water team will look to defend their 2015 Stafford Speedway SK Modified championship by returning full-time to Stafford in 2016. Rowan will also return to Gary Casella’s, Roscoe Racing #25, for a full slate of Tri-Track Open Modified Series events, as well as a limited number of Valenti Modified Racing Series dates with the team that earned the 2013 series championship.

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