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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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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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