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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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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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LFR Chassis Expands Operations To Benefit Northeast Racers

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 29, 2015) – With the start of 2016 only a few days away, LFR Chassis is proud to extend its current operations in the Northeast with a new facility as well as the addition of long-time crew chief Jimmy Fuller to the staff.

LFR Chassis owner Rob Fuller has partnered with Bob Charland to open a 6,500 square foot facility in Stafford, Conn. that will sell and service LFR Chassis. This opportunity builds upon what Eddie Flemke and his team has done to service LFR teams in the Northeast.

“We have big plans to help service our customers in the Northeast and this is phase 1 in a 3-phase process,” said Fuller. “Eddie Flemke has been instrumental in servicing the LFR teams in the Northeast and will continue to do so. We had six (6) modifieds and one Super Late Model north of Pennsylvania last year. In 2016, we will have 10 modifieds and eight (8) Supers so to expect Eddie to be able to handle this all on his own was not feasible.”

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Seekonk Speedway Announces Dates for 2016 schedule

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce its 2016 schedule. The schedule will feature 21 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events beginning with Opening Day on May 1st. NWAAS events will follow on every Saturday through September 24 except for July 2nd for the mid-season break. Seekonk NWAAS divisions Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks will all be battling their way to get into Everett’s Auto Parts Victory lane in 2016.

Opening Weekend will feature the final test and tune session on Saturday, April 30 as well as the 6th annual Classic Car Show & Go featuring many of the best classic show cars around and drags on the track. The season officially opens on Sunday, May 1st with Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks all beginning their drive for the championship.

Saturday Nights at Seekonk will also feature appearances from the following regional Touring series: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (Sept 10), American-Canadian Tour (July 16), Valenti Modified Racing Series (June 4) New England Antique Racers ( Aug 13), Senior Tour Auto Racers ( July 9). Gates will open at 4 pm with the racing program starting at 6 pm. Ticket prices will remain unchanged at $14 for adults for regular NWAAS Saturdays with kids under 12 free.

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Seekonk Speedway announces 2016 Race & Event Schedule

Speedway announces an action-packed schedule for 2016 featuring the best of weekly and touring series

finalSEEKONK,MA (December 18, 2015) — Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce its 2016 schedule. The schedule will feature 21 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events beginning with Opening Day on May 1st. NWAAS events will follow on every Saturday through September 24 except for July 2nd for the mid-season break. Seekonk NWAAS divisions Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks will all be battling their way to get into Everett’s Auto Parts Victory lane in 2016.

Opening Weekend will feature the final test and tune session on Saturday, April 30 as well as the 6th annual Classic Car Show & Go featuring many of the best classic show cars around and drags on the track. The season officially opens on Sunday, May 1st with Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks all beginning their drive for the championship.

Saturday Nights at Seekonk will also feature appearances from the following regional Touring series: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (Sept 10), American-Canadian Tour (July 16), Valenti Modified Racing Series (June 4) New England Antique Racers ( Aug 13), Senior Tour Auto Racers ( July 9). Gates will open at 4 pm with the racing program starting at 6 pm. Ticket prices will remain unchanged at $14 for adults for regular NWAAS Saturdays with kids under 12 free.

The Fast Friday Racing series will feature 16 events beginning on June 3rd and running through September 23rd with a night off on July 1st for a mid-season break. Fast Friday series consist of weekly racing featuring Nick’s Pitstop Legend Series, Pure Stocks, Sport Fours and the Seekonk Youth Racing Association (SYRA). The Nicks Pitstop Legend series will open their season on Saturday, May 21st with a $500 to win race and will also have a Regional Qualifier on Saturday, July 16th. The Sport Four division will once again open their season on May 29th on the Memorial Day Thrill Show. Gates for Friday night races will open at 5 pm with racing starting at 7 pm. Ticket prices will remain unchanged for 2016 at $7 for adults and kids under 12 free.

The Phil’s propane Triple Crown returns for 2016 featuring three extra distance double points races for each of Seekonk’s nine weekly divisions. Teams compete in the first race and follow a “chase” format as they drive towards the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Championship.

There are also extra distance races in the Late Models in memoriam of Michael Marfeo Jr on July 9th and Crab Manchester on August 13th. The Pro Stocks feature another extra distance race sponsored by the friends and family of Brad Scott (75 laps) on June 18th.

Wednesday, June 29th is the date set for this years $10,000 to win 100 Lap Open Wheel Modified madness race in conjunction with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. The NEMA Midgets will be on hand for the annual Boston Louie. The NEMA Lites will fill out the program. This is the 13th year for this event that regularly attracts the top modified drivers from the North East with car counts averaging between 44-48 modified. This event will also feature a $5000 B Main Modified event.

The US Pro Stock/ Super Late Model National Championship will make its debut race this season on Tuesday, July 12th presented by Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment (rain dates on July 13&14). This 200 lap race also features a $10,000 first place prize and is sure to attract the upper echelon of Pro Stock and Super Late Model teams from all over the country. Support divisions for this event TBA.

Propane Plus of Rehoboth MA will once again be sponsoring the Autograph Series for NWAAS Divisions on July 23rd for the Street Stocks, July 30th for the Pro Stocks, August 6th for the Sport Trucks and August 13th for the Late Models. The Speedway will once again feature two Pit Parties on June 11th & September 3rd with the annual Fans on Parade being held on August 20th.

The Spectator Drag Series is returning for its sophomore season with 12 events with 6 Sunday races, 5 Saturday races and 1 Friday night show. The Spectator Drags are a points championship series featuring street legal cars racing head to head on one lap drag races using an elimination format to determine the winner on a nightly basis. The Spectator series will run 5/1, 5/14, 5/29, 6/18, 7/2, 7/15, 7/23, 8/7, 8/27, 9/4, 9/17 & 10/8.

The Venditti Family Fall Classic will be held on September 30th & October 1st with rain dates on October 14th & 15th(Friday & Saturday). This annual event will feature all nine Seekonk divisions (Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sport Trucks, Legends, Pure Stocks, Sport 4’s and SYRA) headlined by a $5000 to win Open Pro Stock race won in 2015 by local favorite David Darling.

The Speedway will feature their widely popular Thrill Shows plus several off-track events. These immensely popular shows consist of car & truck enduros races and drags, spectator drags, figure 8 races, powder puff races and special features such as monster trucks, motorcycle stunt drivers, and ground pounding fireworks. Please check out www.seekonkspeedway.com for up to date schedules and event info. Each thrill show will now host an all female “Powder Puff” race, this race has traditionally been held at select shows but has grown in popularity to warrant an addition to the line up at every thrill show. This year’s Monster Truck event will feature Moster Truck Ride-A-longs pre-show from 2-5.
– Memorial Day Thrill Show Sunday, May 29
Independence Day Thrill Show Saturday, July 2nd
Monster Truck Meltdown Sunday, August 7th
Labor Day Thrill Show Sunday, September 4th
Pumpkin Smash Spooktacular Saturday, October 8th

There are two Automotive Swap Meets scheduled for 2016 as well as our weekly Flea market that runs every Sunday from April till November from 6 am till 2 pm. The Auto Swap meet dates are April 30th & October 29-30.

In addition to racing events, the Speedway will also host three outdoor races. The Color Me Rad 5k will be May 21st ( www.colormerad.com for ticket info), Insane Inflatable 5k on August 6th ( www.insaneinflateable5k.com ) and a Krazy Kids Inflatable Run for ages 3-11 on June 11th.

Please refer to www.seekonkspeedway.com for up to date info on schedule changes and select sponsored night announcements.

Sources: SeekonkSpeedway.com

Stafford Motor Speedway Announces 2016 Racing Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway is pleased to announce the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule. The 2016 schedule will consist of 133 feature events spread over 22 race dates, kicking off with the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 22-24, and culminating with the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend on October 1-2. Stafford’s SK Modifieds®, Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and DARE Stocks will be joined by the U.S. Legend Cars on 14 of the 22 race dates. New for the 2016 season will be a pair of races for the Wild Thing Karts that race at Stafford on Monday nights. The Senior Champs division will hit the track on Friday, July 1 and the Junior Outlaw division will race on July 22.

Keeping the focus on family affordable pricing, the schedule includes many discount event nights, like the popular BFF night, Girls Night Out, Facebook Friday, Back 2 SK®ool Blitz, Military Appreciation Night and First Responder Night. For the 26th consecutive season, the month of May is Youth Organization Month. All children 14 and under are admitted FREE when wearing a youth organization Team shirt or Uniform.

NAPA Auto Parts, the Elite Corporate Sponsor and official auto parts of Stafford Speedway will offer discount coupons for Friday night events and free kids tickets. Coupons will be available by visiting a participating NAPA stores. NAPA also offers discount event tickets to the NAPA Spring Sizzler, NAPA SK 5k, and the NAPA Fall Final.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Set to Return to Oswego’s International Classic Weekend

OSWEGO, NY (December 11, 2015) – After a near thirty year absence from the steel confines of Oswego Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its long-awaited return to the ‘Steel Palace’ on Saturday, September 3 joining the 60th annual Budweiser International Classic Weekend lineup at the Port City oval.

Since 1957, Oswego’s International Classic has featured the best of the best in Supermodified racing, and over the years the Labor Day weekend spectacular has grown to include a plethora of open-wheel stars and divisions to join the weekend leading up to the International Classic 200 finale on Sunday afternoon.

However, it has been since September 2, 1989 that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has graced the fast 5/8 mile.

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Byron & Eggleston Battle for Bragging Rights

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The racing was all in fun, but a race car driver is always a race car driver and it was never more evident in a pair of races held during the seventh annual Champions Karting Challenge Thursday.

William Byron was nudged out of the lead in the final lap by Chris Eggleston in the Media & Champions Race at GoPro Motorplex, and the NASCAR Next driver returned the favor in the Champions Race. For the second year in a row, the seven NASCAR touring series champions and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion competed at the popular road course in a pair of races.

For Byron it was sweet revenge – all in fun – of course, to pick up the win over Eggleston in a battle between NASCAR K&N Pro Series champions.

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Phil Moran

Third Tour Title For Modified Veteran

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Three decades into his career as a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crew member, Phil Moran is far from stuck in his ways.

A chassis is considered one of, if not the, most important ingredient in the recipe of a modified car. Coming off of a championship season no less, Moran led the charge for Mike Smeriglio III Racing to change their chassis.

“It was a calculated risk,” Moran said. “I have known Rob Fuller from LFR Chassis for a long, long time. In 2014, we worked together when I would work on his car.”

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER: Mike Smeriglio III

Back-To-Back Titles For Affable Team Owner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After multiple near misses, Mike Smeriglio III gathered his first title as car owner in 2014, his ninth season fielding an entry for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. It felt so good, he couldn’t let it go.

“You don’t really know what it’s like to be a champion until you come down to Charlotte and celebrate and see your car in the NASCAR Hall of Fame with the championship trophy,” Smeriglio said. “That’s unbelievable. You can’t anticipate that until it actually happens, and when it does, it’s almost a double-edged sword. You got here, but now you want to continue to be here.

“Now that I’ve felt that, I don’t want to lose that feeling.”

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Expands NASCAR Racing Schedule in 2016

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), the famed 5/8-mile oval in Northeast Connecticut, announced the expansion of its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule to 10 events in 2016. The announcement was greeted with excitement by many teams and drivers who are looking forward to competing in more races at the historic speedway. The schedule is highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) events, the return of the Triple Crown Championship for the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions, and the inaugural Fan and Driver appreciation month.

“We’re excited to release another creative oval schedule,” stated Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP. “We’re proud to showcase our talented drivers in three additional events.  It’s a privilege for us to honor both our fans and drivers with their own special events in July. It’s the least we can do with their great support throughout our 75-year history.  It will be an exciting year with traditional favorites and some new, exciting formats.”

This will be the 30th season that the track operates under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) banner, offering Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock competitors the benefits of NASCAR membership, awards, as well as state and national championship competition.

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CHAMPION PROFILE: Doug Coby

Joins Elite Company With Third Modified Tour Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the three-act structure of storytelling, the segments include the setup, confrontation, and resolution. Doug Coby’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career fits quite well with this mold, and he’s providing plenty of resolution in his third act.

Coby’s first two acts have been well-chronicled at this point, but to briefly review:

Act 1, The Setup – The Milford, Connecticut, native debuted on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2002 and competed full-time from 2003-07. He became established as a regular in the garage.

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2015 CHAMPION PROFILE: Doug Coby

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the three-act structure of storytelling, the segments include the setup, confrontation and resolution. Doug Coby’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career fits quite well with this mold, and he’s providing plenty of resolution in his third act.

Coby’s first two acts have been well-chronicled at this point, but to briefly review:

Act 1, The Setup – The Milford, Connecticut, native debuted on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2002 and competed full-time from 2003-07. He became established as a regular in the garage.

Act 2, The Confrontation – From 2008-10 he was without a full-time car, with various opportunities here and there, but nothing stable. His future on the tour, and his place in it, was in question.

Act 3, The Resolution, is where we’ll pick up the story. This act is still very much a work-in-progress for the 36-year-old. The story is not yet complete, but lose ends are getting tied up.

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NWMT back at Seekonk Speedway for 2016

SEEKONK, Mass. – Dec. 8, 2015 – – For the first time since 2005, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Seekonk Speedway in 2016, with a Saturday event on Sept. 10, under the lights.

The ground pounders will hit the one-third mile oval for a 150 lap event dead in the middle of the intense final stretch of the season. The ownership at Seekonk is proud of how their 2016 schedule is shaping up featuring the best racing that New England has to offer combining great weekly series with top notch touring series. Seekonk Speedway is excited to bring back NASCAR’s premier modified touring series.

The tour will be joined by three of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions that compete at Seekonk each week. Though the Division I Pro Stocks will have the evening off, the Division II Late Models will compete, joined by the Division III Street Stocks and Division IV Sports Trucks.

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2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns in 2016

SEEKONK, Mass. – Dec. 8, 2015 – – For the first time since 2005, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Seekonk Speedway in 2016, with a Saturday event on Sept. 10, under the lights.Unknown

The groundpounders will hit the one-third mile oval for a 150 lap event dead in the middle of the intense final stretch of the season. The ownership at Seekonk is proud of how their 2016 schedule is shaping up featuring the best racing that New England has to offer combining great weekly series with top notch touring series. Seekonk Speedway is excited to bring back NASCAR’s premier modified touring series.

The tour will be joined by three of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions that compete at Seekonk each week. Though the Division I Pro Stocks will have the evening off, the Division II Late Models will compete, joined by the Division III Street Stocks and Division IV Sports Trucks.

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2016 Season Kicks off with 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway and NAPA Auto Parts will usher in the 2016 season with the 45th running of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 22-24.  NAPA Auto Parts is the Elite Corporate Sponsor of Stafford Speedway and title sponsor of the track’s marquee events, NAPA Spring Sizzler, NAPA Fall Final and the uniquely formatted NAPA SK 5k. 

“We are proud to be associated with NAPA Auto Parts,” explained Mark Arute, Stafford Speedway President/COO.  “We are fortunate to have a partner that enthusiastically participates at the speedway.  Their activation of their sponsorship program has been a great asset and their interaction with the fans and competitors has brought a level of excitement to the events and NAPA is gearing up for an even bigger and better 2016.”

Last year’s NAPA Spring Sizzler saw Woody Pitkat become the first hometown driver in the race’s 44-year history to win “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” while the NAPA Fall Final saw Doug Coby take the checkered flag on his way to three consecutive wins to close out the 2015 season and propel him to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.  The Spring Sizzler was also a precursor in the race for Stafford’s track championships.  Rowan Pennink, Michael Bennett, and Al Saunders were all victorious in their feature events during the Sizzler weekend and went on to claim the track championships in the SK Modified®, Late Model, and Limited Late Model divisions.  This year’s Spring Sizzler will have a special 45-lap SK Modified® feature event as an homage to the race’s 45th year of existence.

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Stafford Speedway 2016 Season Passes Offer Big Savings

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has 2016 Season Tickets available at big savings to the race teams and fans.  All season ticket packages remain the same price for the fourth consecutive year.  Plan ahead and enjoy an early buy discount on Season Paddock, Reserved, General Admission, and Kids Club passes by purchasing before December 15th.  Season ticket package prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.

Stafford Speedway’s Season Paddock Passes offer the greatest deal of savings when compared to buying a ticket at the pit gate each week.  In 2015, race teams saved over $400 per season pass.  With the early buy discount price of $399 before Dec. 15, Season Paddock Passes offer a savings of over 50%.  Season Paddock Passes are also the most versatile season pass, offering access to Stafford’s Paddock Area as well as general admission seating in the main grandstand area.  The Season Paddock Pass increases to $449 afterDec. 15 and $499 after March 16, 2016.  Season Paddock Passes also come with an option to upgrade the pass to include a reserved seat in the main grandstand in addition to paddock access.  The reserved seat upgrade price is $50.00 for all three price levels.

Stafford Speedway’s General Admission season tickets are priced at $299 if purchased before Dec. 15 a savings of over 40% versus purchasing a ticket each week at the main gate.  After Dec. 15, the price increases to $329 and after March 16, 2016, the price increases to $359.  General Admission tickets offer a seat anywhere in the main grandstand that isn’t designated for reserved seating.

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BRE Tabs Pennink for 2016 Campaign

Long-Standing Team Returns To Full-Time Competition

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The famed Boehler Racing Enterprises No. 3 will return to full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition in 2016 by teaming with driver Rowan Pennink.

BRE, which has won three NASCAR Modified Division national titles and three Whelen Modified Tour crowns across nearly 60 years of operation, has competed on a part-time basis the last two seasons. The pairing with Pennink will produce a full-time effort.

“I’m excited to be back racing on the tour in 2016 and it’s an honor to be able to race in a car like the No. 3 with all of the history behind it,” Pennink said. “Hopefully we’ll have a good season and I’ll end up driving for them for a while.”

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NASCAR Names Miller as Senior Vice President of Competition

Veteran Team Executive to Guide Day-to-Day Management of Competition Efforts across All Sanctioned Racing Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Scott Miller has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Competition, responsible for managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR’s wide portfolio of racing.

Miller will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, and work closely with Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn. All three are based at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.

Miller most recently served as Executive Vice President of Competition at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). There he was responsible for managing all areas of competition. During his four-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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Tinio Racing and Eddie Harvey Will Run LFR Chassis in 2016

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 18, 2015) – Tinio Racing and Eddie Harvey, two championship NASCAR Modified teams, are set to switch to LFR Chassis for the 2016 racing season. The two teams, who have previously found success on the track, are looking to take their programs to the next level with LFR Chassis.

“Having top championship caliber teams such as Tinio and Eddie Harvey coming on board for 2016 is a huge compliment to our company and all we have going on,” said Rob Fuller, President of LFR Chassis. “We have really raised the bar on the engineering and design, as well as the customer service side of this division. These guys have been racing with the same equipment and basic designs for some time now, and when they took the time to look at what we have developed and the technical data they will have access to, along with the open tests we provide, I really believe the switch makes sense to them. They are not buying a car, they are buying into a company and its concept.”

Tinio Racing, owned by Sully Tinio and family, has been on the modified racing season for a while now and are planning to go into their third full-time year. The team won multiple races from 2012 to 2014, but 2015 saw the team go winless, prompting them to make a change during the off-season that will get them back into Victory Lane.
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Championship NASCAR Modified Teams Make the Switch to LFR Chassis 

Tinio Racing and Eddie Harvey Will Run LFR Chassis in 2016
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 18, 2015) – Tinio Racing and Eddie Harvey, two championship NASCAR Modified teams, are set to switch to LFR Chassis for the 2016 racing season. The two teams, who have previously found success on the track, are looking to take their programs to the next level with LFR Chassis.

“Having top championship caliber teams such as Tinio and Eddie Harvey coming on board for 2016 is a huge compliment to our company and all we have going on,” said Rob Fuller, President of LFR Chassis. “We have really raised the bar on the engineering and design, as well as the customer service side of this division. These guys have been racing with the same equipment and basic designs for some time now, and when they took the time to look at what we have developed and the technical data they will have access to, along with the open tests we provide, I really believe the switch makes sense to them. They are not buying a car, they are buying into a company and its concept.”

Tinio Racing, owned by Sully Tinio and family, has been on the modified racing season for a while now and are planning to go into their third full-time year. The team won multiple races from 2012 to 2014, but 2015 saw the team go winless, prompting them to make a change during the off-season that will get them back into Victory Lane.

“The move to LFR Chassis really happened for a number of reasons,” said Lawney Tinio, Team Manager. “One was just seeing Coby and the No. 2 team run so well last season. We were also looking for someone who was looking to work with our race team and LFR was making a great push for us. Then after some further research and a trip to the shop to see what technology they had, the switch became a no-brainer. We’re really looking for this change to help bring us back to being a top contending team and pick up a couple of wins and possibly a championship next year.”

Tinio Racing’s driver Bobby Santos, the 2010 NWMT Champion, has worked with the team since 2012. Having collected eight victories with Tinio Racing and piloted an LFR Chassis twice before, Santos feels confident about the upcoming switch.

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Doug Coby Secures LFR Chassis’ First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Manufacturer Championship

2015 Marks Coby’s Debut Year Racing LFR Chassis Modified

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 20, 2015) – With a victory at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s (NWMT) final race at Thompson Speedway this past weekend, Doug Coby, driving for Mike Smeriglio Racing, not only earned his third championship in the past four years but also secured LFR Chassis its first series championship in the company’s first full season of modified racing. 2015 was Coby’s first year running an LFR Chassis modified, during which he secured seven wins, earned six poles and led 830 laps in 15 points races.

“We knew going into this season that it was all eyes on this team,” said Rob Fuller, President of LFR Chassis. “Doug, Phil and Mike really stepped up. These guys had faith in the LFR brand from the minute I discussed the idea with Phil two years ago, and it paid off for us both. We had a lot of doubters in the beginning to say the least, but in the end we all persevered and I already can’t wait for next season. I am discussing the 2016 season with a couple of the larger teams already and I can’t wait to grow the brand in the offseason.”

After switching to LFR Chassis during the off-season, Coby, a Milford, Conn. native, dominated the 2015 NWMT season, securing back-to-back championships in the series. During the year, Coby swept the four Thompson Speedway races and secured three additional wins at Monadnock Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway. He also earned six pole awards and led 830 laps ­– 36 percent of all laps ran in the 2015 season.
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Our Motorsports Ceases Operations

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (OCTOBER 19, 2015) – Our Motorsports has announced today that it will cease operations effective immediately.

“My involvement in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour over the past four seasons has been a wonderful experience,” said team owner Chris Our. “I have been very fortunate to have developed new friendships and business associates that have made this a special time in my life.”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my drivers, past and present, and crew members who worked countless hours to help make our program a success. To all our sponsors who have helped us over the years, we thank you for your support. Lastly, to Brad Lafontaine and Northeast Race Cars, we couldn’t have made it without you.”

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Coby Enters History Books With Repeat NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Title

The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Series concluded its most competitive championship battle to date at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 18th to close out the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing weekend presented by XtraMart. The Sunoco World Series 150 began with the tightest championship battle in series history with three drivers within four points of winning the title and even a little early snowfall for spice right before the green flag waved.
Doug Coby and Ryan Preece entered the season finale event in a tie for the championship and Woody Pitkat sat only four points out of the lead with at least a third place finish in the points mathematically secured. Coby won the pole for the event while Pitkat and Preece started in the top five to make for a tight battle throughout the race as each sought an edge in the championship battle.
While Coby and Preece had relatively calm runs in the 150-lap feature, Pitkat had an up and down fight for his first Whelen Modified Series title throughout the event enduring an early crash, a penalty by NASCAR and issues on pit road to finish fifth. Preece ran in the top ten all race long and finished seventh after his car fell off late in the event, but it was Doug Coby who secured his second consecutive series championship and the race win after making a pass on runner-up Justin Bonsignore with five laps to go.

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Coby Celebrates Championship

Veteran Sweeps At Thompson To Win Third Whelen Title

THOMPSON, Conn. – The season finale for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour featured three drivers in contention for the championship in the Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

It was unfortunate that two of those competitors had to go up against Doug Coby.  

Coby dominated the event in his No. 2 Dunleavy’s/HEX/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet, and despite having to just finish second to Justin Bonsignore to clinch the title, made a daring pass on Lap 145 to sweep all four races this season at the track and win his third tour championship.

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Coby Takes Thompson Pole For Mod Finale

Co-Points Leader Lines Up First For Sunoco World Series 150

THOMPSON, Conn. – Doug Coby has the inside track, in more ways than one, as he looks to defend his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in Sunday’s Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Coby, who is tied with Ryan Preece for the championship lead, took home the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday at Thompson and will start from the front row in Sunday’s season finale. A lap of 18.566 seconds (121.189 mph) secured Coby his 10th career pole and sixth of 2015. It’s also his third in the last three events.

He’ll have the early advantage in track position among his fellow title contenders, albeit slim. Woody Pitkat, just four tallies behind Coby and Preece, qualified third and will line up right behind Coby on the grid. Preece will start fifth.

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PRACTICE: Coby Fast Again

Three-Time Thompson Winner Tops Practice

THOMPSON, Conn. – For a driver that has led 80-percent of the laps contested en route to victories in each of the three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this year, it’s no surprise Doug Coby is once again fast at the Connecticut oval.

Coby posted a fast lap of 18.705 seconds (120.289 mph) to lead the 33 Sunoco World Series 150 entries in Saturday’s 90-minute practice session. The Milford, Connecticut, native will attempt on Sunday to become just the third driver in 31 years of Whelen Modified Tour racing to record a season sweep at Thompson following dominant victories in April, June and August.

In the bigger picture, Coby also enters the season finale tied atop the championships standings with Ryan Preece while Woody Pitkat is just four points behind. Pitkat finished second on the speed chart Saturday at 18.715 (120.224) and Preece was sixth at 18.775 (119.840).

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Historic Weekend on Tap for Pitkat

A 3.9 average finish in 31 races has put Woody Pitkat on the verge of multiple championships. He enters this weekend’s Sunoco World Series at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park as the points leader in two series and four points out of another.

“(It would) be pretty amazing,” Pitkat said.

Saturday night is the 50-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series finale. Pitkat leads former champion Chris Pasteryak by 7 points. He has two wins at Stafford, six top fives and ten top tens in 10 starts driving the No. 42 SPAFCO for Peter Kulessa.

Pitkat missed the race at Oxford Plains August 29 to run the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead.

“It just goes to show you anything can happen. Chris (Pasteryak) had a few bad races (at the) start of (the) year and thought he was out of it, won some races and put himself right back in contention. We(‘ve) been consistent and had a great run at Lee and got us the lead back.”

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing The Sunoco World Series 150 At Thompson Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will draw the 2015 season to a close and crown a champion with the Sunoco World Series 150 on Sunday at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

TRACKSIDE REPORT – STAT PACK (PDF)  |  EVENT INFORMATION  |  CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS CHART

Sunoco World Series 150 Setup:
• Doug Coby and Ryan Preece enter the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale tied atop the championship standings while Woody Pitkat ranks third, just four points back. Coby will vie for his third title (2012, `14) and Preece his second (2013) while Pitkat is in search of his first.
• Coby has won the first three events this year at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Only two drivers have swept a season at Thompson (Steve Park-1996, Mike Stefanik-1998). Coby has four career points wins at the track.
• Coby has led 340 of 425 (80%) laps contested this year at Thompson.
• Preece is the defending winner of the Sunoco World Series 150, his only previous victory at the track. Pitkat has captured two of the last six Thompson poles, but has yet to win there.
• Three drivers entered for the Sunoco World Series 150 have previously won the traditional season finale event: Ted Christopher (4), Preece (1) and Bobby Santos (2).
• Christopher is the only driver in NWMT history to clinch the title by winning the season finale, which he did in the 2008 Thompson World Series. Mike Stefanik won the season finale in his 1991 and `97 championship campaigns, but he had already clinched the title prior to the final race.

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