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Langley to Host NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series in 2017

Newly Re-opened Virginia Track Adds NASCAR K&N Pro East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2017) – Bill Mullis made the big news announcement Friday: He had purchased Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, and the historic track will re-open in 2017 to racing.

Sunday afternoon, Mullis continued the good news for racers and race fans. He announced the .4-mile oval will host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season. In addition, the track will return to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with its weekly racing program.

“It’s been a long process,” said Mullis. “But I grew up racing at Langley and know the value of the track to the community, so it’s been a very worthwhile process. Once we got the paperwork finalized for the sale, we worked very quickly with NASCAR to assure our fans and drivers that we remain committed to bringing NASCAR racing back to Hampton in a big way.”

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Safety-Kleen Sponsors NASCAR Whelen Modified Opener

Myrtle Beach Speedway to Kick Off Season with Performance Plus 150

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 7, 2017) – The 2017 season for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will kick off in a big way with its March 18 event at Myrtle Beach Speedway, as the legacy of NASCAR’s top Modified drivers racing up and down the Atlantic coast continues at the historic venue.

Adding to the significance of the event, the track announced today that Safety-Kleen will be the entitlement sponsor for the kickoff. The race event, which will also feature NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, will be the Performance Plus 300 presented by Safety-Kleen.

Safety-Kleen has been an official partner of NASCAR since 2004. The Richardson, Texas-based Safety-Kleen is owned by Norwell, Massachusetts-based Clean Harbors, Inc., and is the Official Environmental Services Supplier of NASCAR.

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New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Leo Cleary Passes

Word arrived from Florida today that 1999 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee Leo Cleary has passed away at age-88.

Upon hearing of the news, award-winning Hall of Fame auto racing journalist Pete Zanardi stated the following; “Leo, from Massachusetts, was truly one of New England’s short track pioneers with a career stretching all the way back to the days of early tracks such as Dracut, Groveland, Topsfield, West Peabody, Medford Bowl, Norwood Arena, and Westboro. He raced and won all over the region, and was always in high-demand with the best teams. His era included some of the greatest names in the history of modified racing.”

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. The entire NEAR family extends its sincere condolences to Leo’s family & many friends.

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Seekonk Mourns the Loss of Legendary Driver Leo Cleary

SEEKONK, Mass. — The entire New England racing community lost another icon on Tuesday morning. Leo “The Lion” Cleary, who is a New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and a Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame member, passed away at the age of 88.

In his over 40 years time in racing, Cleary won multiple races and championships at various different tracks in New England. He started his career at Seekonk in 1955 and it continued all the way through the late 1980s, when he won his final championships at the third-mile oval.

Cleary scored the Pro Stock championship in 1986, then was able to capture the title in the Mini Modifieds division a year later in 1987. Not only was Cleary was a four-time champion (also won a title in 1972 & 1979) at Seekonk, but he won a total of 14 championships in his racing career in New England, according to the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame website.

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Krause Making Gains Indoors

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Andrew Krause of Holmdel, NJ won his B-Main to earn a starting spot into the Gambler’s Classic.

Krause admittedly had “quite a bit of work” since finishing 17th in Allentown, PA last month.

The asphalt Modified driver is adjusting to the tight confines of historic Boardwalk Hall.

“This is nothing like anything you could really get any experience from other than just coming here and turning some laps. The way the car handles, the way you have to drive the car, the racing attitude that other drivers have. It’s just a whole different world.”

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Woody Pitkat to Run Double Duty at TSMP in 2017

The 2017 season is shaping up to be a busy one for Woody Pitkat. Already committed to a new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride with Goodie Motorsports, and returning to his Stan Mertz owned No. 6 Sunoco Modified at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Pitkat will also be driving Jeff Hartwell’s No. 91 Late Model entry.  Returning to the Late Model Division is a homecoming for Pitkat, whose roots are in a full-fendered race car.

Pitkat raced against Hartwell at Stafford Motor Speedway previously, and the two developed a mutual respect for each other. One of Hartwell’s crew members had always pushed him to explore the option of having Pitkat drive one of his cars. Hartwell finally took his advice and made the call just recently. Pitkat was surprised as he originally thought he was joking. He talked details over and went to take a look at the car where an agreement was ultimately made. While Pitkat looks forward to being back behind the wheel of a full-fendered car he also looks to deepen his relationship with the Hartwell Motorsports team by being present at the team’s shop.

“It’s tough to do when there are other commitments and priorities. But with his shop being so close to Thompson and close to me I can make an effort to be there and get involved. The more time we spend together the better it will get. That’s how we’ll build this,” the 2015 Sunoco Modified Champion explained.

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NASCAR Star Ryan Preece Seeks to Reverse Bad Three Quarter Midget Indoor Racing Luck in Atlantic City’s Gamblers Classic this Weekend, January 27-28

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 24, 2017 . . . NASCAR driving talent Ryan Preece will be heading to Atlantic City this week on a mission. After being fast in practice the last three years for the NAPA Know How race weekend held inside famous Boardwalk Hall, Preece has had problems that have kept him from the starting line-up of the Gambler’s Classic. This year, the Berlin, Conn. driver who competed full-time on NASCAR’s Xfinity series in 2016, hopes to not only be part of the 24 car starting field but win the 15th running of the race.

Preece will be among more than 80 drivers competing in TQ Midgets this weekend, Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th.

“I’ve never had any luck at Atlantic City with the Three Quarter Midgets (TQs),” Preece said. “I’m looking to turn it around this year.”

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Lia to Drive TBR 7NY on NWMT

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (January 11, 2017) – Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced today their plans to compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) with driver Donny Lia in 2017. Returning to his roots, Tommy Baldwin will bring back the iconic No. 7NY as seen below.

The car number has a rich history in the NASCAR touring series and the local tracks on Long Island, New York, amassing a combined total 54 wins with the late “Tiger” Tom Baldwin, Sr.

Lia, a two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion (2007 and 2009) and Long Island native, brings a wealth of experience to the team. With a career dating back to 2001, Lia raced Baldwin on the Tour.

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Chase Dowling Announced as Driver of #15 NWMT Car in 2017

15-40 Connection to Continue Partnership with Rob Fuller for Fourth Year

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (January 11, 2017) – Rob Fuller has announced that 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) Rookie of the Year Chase Dowling has signed on to pilot the No. 15 Chevrolet in select races in 2017 for the team.

“I have been watching Chase out of the corner of my eye for the past couple seasons and I’ve been extremely impressed with what I’ve seen,” said Rob Fuller. “Having worked with the young drivers at the LFR driver development group I believe this would be a great match for us both. This is a high-profile ride and will be a great opportunity for him as well. I think he will also be a great advocate for 15-40 Connection, which is a huge part of this race team. I am highly confident we will continue to be a threat at every race we attend with Chase behind the wheel.”

“LFR will continue to develop and evolve in the NASCAR Modified division,” continued Fuller. “We will shift our focus to customer support and service while staying on top of the cars and accessories we design and distribute.”

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Ted Christopher to Drive for Keith Rocco Racing at Thompson

Two of the Connecticut’s most successful drivers will be joining forces for the upcoming season at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT will drive for Keith Rocco Racing in the Sunoco Modifieds. Both drivers hold 5 track titles at the 77-year-old facility operated by the Hoenig family.

“I worked with Ted (Christopher) for a long time back before I started my racing career and he made a joke towards me at Waterford one week,” Rocco said. “He said ‘Before I retire, I’m gonna drive for you,’ so (Ronnie) Williams had other plans this year and I called Ted up and I said here’s your opportunity and we sat down and came up with a plan and that’s what it is.”

Rocco was a crew member on Christopher’s team from 2001 to c.2004-05. Christopher recorded 14 wins at Thompson in 2001 and claimed the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

“To jump on a team and be involved and to learn a little bit and win as much as we did, it was awesome. What else would anybody ask for that just joined a team other than winning races and contend for a national championship?”

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Pallai Returns to Modified Competition

Richie Pallai, Jr. of Yorktown Heights, NY will compete in Tour-Type Modifieds this season for New Jersey native Phil Stefanelli. Pallai will drive Stefanelli’s home-built car at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway’s IceBreaker February 12 and the World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. The home-built car will also compete in the Southern Modified Racing Series.

Stefanelli will also field a new Fury racecar for Pallai in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach March 18 and possibly the May 13 event. Pallai may enter additional races up north. Pallai expects to run 10-12 races, including 3 nights of Speedweeks at New Smyrna.

“Me personally selfishly I’d like to run Loudon again,” Pallai said. “I love Loudon and deep down inside if I can run one more race anywhere I’d like to race Stafford just ’cause that’s my home and I do miss running Stafford.”

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Stafford Motor Speedway 2017 Season Kicks off with 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 29-30

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will kick off its 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season on April 28-30 with the 46thAnnual running of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”  The 2017 season will mark the 59th consecutive season of NASCAR racing at the half-mile and the 4th season of NAPA Auto Parts serving as the Elite Corporate Sponsor of Stafford Motor Speedway.  NAPA Auto Parts will also serve as the title sponsor of Stafford’s NAPA SK 5k on July 7 as well as the season-ending NAPA Fall Final Weekend on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

“We’re proud to once again be partnered with NAPA Auto Parts and we are looking forward to another exciting season together,” said Mark Arute, Stafford Speedway President/COO.  “NAPA has been an outstanding group to have associated with the three premier events on our 2017 schedule.  NAPA has cultivated a unique connection with our race fans during the first three seasons of our partnership.  Together NAPA and team Stafford have raised over $15,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund through the annual Track Walk and sale of NAPA swag throughout the past two seasons. We’re looking forward to another big contribution to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund with NAPA at the conclusion of the 2017 season.”

Last year’s NAPA Spring Sizzler saw former Stafford Speedway track champion Doug Coby join Richie Evans, Maynard Troyer, Rick Fuller, and Bobby Santos, III as three-time Sizzler winners.  Coby will make a bid for the history books at the 46th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler as he attempts to join Mike Stefanik as a 4-time Sizzler winner.  A 4th NAPA Spring Sizzler win would put Coby just 2 wins behind Ted Christopher as the winningest driver in Sizzler history.  Coby dominated Stafford this past season notching a win at the NAPA Fall Final on his pursuit to his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.  In similar style, Rowan Pennink driver of the #99 SK Modified® and Tony Membrino, Jr. driver of the #44 SK Light were both victorious at the NAPA Spring Sizzler and they went on to win championships in their respective divisions.  Last year’s NAPA SK 5k saw Ted Christopher extend his record number of feature wins at Stafford to 125 with a victory that was worth an $11,175 payday for the Plainville driver.

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Stafford Speedway’s 2017 Early Buy Season Tickets Offer Big Savings

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway 2017 season ticket packages are now available. Time is running out to take advantage of the early buy discount on Paddock, General Admission, Kids Fast Pass, and Reserved Seat passes.  All season ticket packages offer great overall savings compared to purchasing day of event tickets for each of the 22 scheduled race events.  Season pass savings are the biggest if purchased before the December 15thearly buy deadline.

The 2017 Season Paddock Pass is available for $420 if purchased on or before December 15th and offers a 50% savings compared to purchasing a day of show ticket for each event.  After December 15th, the Paddock Pass prices increase to $470.  During the 2016 race teams that utilized the Season Paddock Pass saved over $335.  Season Paddock Passes allow access to the paddock area as well as the general admission seating grandstands and are available with reserved seat upgrade for an additional $50.

General Admission Season Tickets are priced at $300 for the 2017 season if purchased on or before December 15th, a savings of 45%.  After the Early Buy discount ends December 15th, General Admission Season ticket prices increase to $320.  An alternative to General Admission seating is Reserved Seat Season Ticket.  If purchased on or before December 15thReserved Season tickets are priced at $350, a savings of 40%.  After December 15th, the Reserved Seat Season Ticket increases to $380.  The Kids Fast Pass option for kids age 6 to 14 is priced at $60 before December 15th, a 46% savings.  After December 15th, the Kids Fast Pass increases to $65.  All season ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.

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NASCAR Announces 2017 Schedule for Unified Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2016) – From South Carolina to Connecticut, the 2017 schedule announced today for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will test the best Modified drivers over 17 points races and two special events at some of East Coast’s most historic venues.

The new era will kick off on Saturday, March 18, with the season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958. The champion will be crowned at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 55th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The schedule includes 17 championship points races across seven states, including companion events with NASCAR’s national series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and September, and Bristol Motor Speedway in August. The summer weekend at New Hampshire will also be highlighted by the invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout, and the fall will feature a non-points special event on the quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule

Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval.  The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”

The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.

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Seekonk Speedway Releases Dates for 2017 Season

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the dates for its 72nd season of racing. We will be releasing the full schedule including all of our Phils Propane Triple Crown features plus several other bonus races in early December. The full schedule will also include our favorite fan attractions such as the Propane Plus Auto Graph series, On Track Pit Parties, Fans on Parade and much much more! We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and we look forward to getting our full schedule released in early December!

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Stafford Speedway Releases 2017 Event Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT — With just over 5 months until the 2017 season kicks off at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, Stafford Speedway is proud to announce the 22 event 2017 schedule.

“We are excited about the 2017 season, we have our marquee events and have added 4 new shows to the schedule,” explained Stafford COO/GM Mark Arute.  “Stafford’s key focus remains to have a strong weekly program for the fans and race teams, we believe that is the backbone of short track racing.”

The 2017 race season will begin at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend, April 29th & 30th.  Doug Coby, the 2016 Whelen Modified Tour Champion, will look to defend his crown in the Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.  The two-day event is highlighted by the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party where fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers prior to racing on Sunday.

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Goodie Motorsports Hires Pitkat

Woody Pitkat will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in 2017 driving for Goodie Motorsports. The team runs a Robert Yates spec engine and SPAFCO Chassis.

“Jeffrey (Goodale) called me asked what my plans for next year,” Pitkat said. “(He) said he couldn’t commit 100 percent next year so was wondering if I was interested in driving the car full season for him.”

The Stafford Springs, CT native ran a partial schedule fo Kevin Stuart this year with 1 top five and 7 top 10s in 13 starts.

“(It) means a lot, tough to find full-time tour team these days so to get a great opportunity like this to give a great team an opportunity to win races and hopefully contend for a championship one year. It’s just an honor and I’m so grateful to Jeff and the Goodies team picked me to drive for them.”

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Coby Marches to Fourth Championship

Third Straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Crown; Bonsignore Wins At Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2016) – It took 10 seasons, bouncing between full and part-time rides, for Doug Coby to get his second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

Since then, though, the Milford, Connecticut, driver has compiled a resume that puts him among the elite Modified drivers of all-time.

Coby drove his No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in Sunday’s Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to cap off his fourth career championship. He finished 12 points ahead of race winner Justin Bonsignore to claim the trophy.

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Coby Makes History, Wraps Up Third Consecutive Whelen Modified Title in Thompson

THOMPSON, CT — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park saved the best for last in 2016, crowning several champions on the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtra Mart including a champion in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Defending series champion Doug Coby looked to earn his third consecutive title and fourth in the last five seasons after extending his points lead on Justin Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito with a victory at Stafford Motor Speedway on October 9th. Coby came into the race with a 20-point advantage over Bonsignore and a 48-point lead over Solomito and only needed to finish 16th or better to lock up the championship.

Coby started off the race on the right foot, qualifying for the outside pole next to Solomito who led the first portion of the event with Coby hot on his trail. Things changed around lap-73 however when a caution brought the cars to pit road where Justin Bonsignore made up ground and Coby lost ground setting up a battle between Solomito and Bonsignore for the second half of the event. While Coby kept his eye on the prize for a title, his closest rivals for the championship battled it out for one last win of the season. Bonsignore finally took the lead with twenty laps remaining and would hold on to win his fourth race of 2016 while Coby worked his way to a sixth place finish and a third consecutive title, a series record in the modern era which dates back to 1985.

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Swanson Collects Sunoco Rookie Award

High School Student Tops Impressive Field To Win Honor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Swanson is unique among his high school peers.

While the other student-athletes at his school participate in a multitude of sports, Swanson is the only one who is a full-time race car driver. And Swanson has excelled in his first season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. So much so that he’s clinched the tour’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors with a race remaining.

The Acton, Massachusetts, teenager finished fourth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September and eighth at the NAPA Fall Final at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway to pull away from Craig Lutz and secure the honor for first-year competitors.

Heading into the season finale this Sunday at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Swanson has won 12 Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors in the first 16 events.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2016) — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour makes its fourth and final stop of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, for the season-ending Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart on Sunday, October 16. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected race participants.

Sunoco World Series 150 Race Setup: 
This marks the fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in 2016 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The track has held 133 Whelen Modified Tour races, the most of any track in series history. Three-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby can clinch a fourth series title by finishing 16th or better after winning the most recent event at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Thompson

Coby Eyes Fourth Championship Entering Season Finale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 11, 2016) Doug Coby, still just 37 years old, is building a Modified racing resume that could rival anybody’s in history when his career is complete.

Coby, of Milford, Connecticut, owns a 20-point lead atop the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings as the tour rolls into the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, on Sunday. Coby, who has won three of the last four Whelen Modified Tour championships, has five wins this season to lead the division.

A finish of 16th or better on Sunday, regardless of what any other driver does, would hand Coby a fourth championship and put him just one behind Tony Hirschman’s five for second on the all-time list and over halfway to the division’s all-time winningest driver Mike Stefanik’s seven career titles.

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Coby Continues Stafford Roll

Fifth Whelen Modified Win Extends Championship Lead

STAFFORD, Conn. (Oct. 9, 2016) – Doug Coby is the modern day dominator of Stafford Motor Speedway. Nothing that happened Sunday changed that fact.

Despite a delay of a week, and nearly seven more hours during a rain-drenched Sunday, Coby still reigns supreme with a victory in the NAPA Fall Final 150.

Coby rolled to his 10th career victory at the historic half-mile – now trailing only Ted Christopher’s 12 – and extended his lead in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings to 20 points with one race to go.

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Doug Coby Looking to Maintain Winning Ways at Stafford Speedway in NAPA Fall Final 150

Stafford Springs, CT — When it comes to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Stafford Speedway, Doug Coby and the #2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair team have proven they are the team to beat over the past several seasons.  Since 2012, Coby and the #2 team have won 8 of the 19 NWMT races at Stafford and they have also collected 4 pole positions at Stafford in that time frame.  Coby won the NAPA Spring Sizzler in April and the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 in June at Stafford and appeared to be heading to a dominating victory in the August Stafford 150 before his car ran out of fuel with 6 laps to go.  This background has Coby feeling confident ahead of this weekend’s, October 8 & 9, NAPA Fall Final feature as he enters the race as the NWMT points leader by a 13 point margin over Justin Bonsignore with only 2 races left to determine the 2016 champion.

“Ultimately it’s going to be business as usual for us because there’s been some things happen to us that we just can’t control,” said Coby.  “We should have won the last race at Stafford but we had a slight miscalculation on the fuel load and we ran out of gas.  We’ve been really strong at Stafford the past few races but obviously, there’s no given about anything and we’re approaching it like any other race.  I’m pretty confident we’ll have a car that will contend for the win but there are a handful of other teams that have stepped up their game.  The ideal thing would be for the other teams to step their games up to get by Justin but not catch us.  We’re confident in the things we can control and hopeful for the things that we can’t control.”

Coby has been in the thick of the NWMT title chase for the past four seasons, winning the championship in 2012, 2014, and 2015.  His championship effort last season was the result of taking pole position and the checkered flag in each of the final 3 NWMT races.  Coby’s chief rival Justin Bonsignore won the most recent NWMT race at Loudon and his only finish outside the top-3 in the last 7 races was the Bristol race where a crash left him in 22nd place.  Coby knows that Bonsignore could be in the midst of pulling off the identical feat of winning the last 3 races but he would prefer to be right where he is at the top of the standings rather than chasing like Bonsignore is.

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Fans Invited to Take Part in the Festivities at the 54 Annual Sunoco World Series

THOMPSON, CT — Although eighteen thrilling divisions of racing are sure to keep fans busy at the upcoming Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will also be offering a variety of activities to entertain fans throughout the three-day event, October 14-16.

On Friday afternoon, fans are invited to come cheer on their favorite team as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour haulers line-up to parade into the track. The parade will leave from the Kmart on Route 44 in Putnam, CT at 3:30PM on Friday, travel north on Route 21 to Route 193, and will come through the center of Thompson to arrive at the track around 3:45PM.

A lull in activity on Sunday morning will also be the perfect time for fans of all ages to jump on the TSMP Hay Ride for a tour around the paddock area. Hay Rides will be offered to fans from 10:00 AM until 11:15 AM, leaving every 20 minutes from the main ticket booth. The Hay Rides will provide a tour around the paddock area and road course and will be hosted by a few special guest drivers.

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2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tickets On Sale Now

Pricing Options for Fans Start at $45

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2016) – Beginning today, tickets for the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are available to the public. Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons will be honored during this year’s ceremony set for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Induction ticket prices range from $45 for general seats to $350 for the Exclusive Driver Dinner Package (plus tax and applicable service fees).

Drivers, celebrities and legends of the sport will take the stage during this premier celebration that will honor the eighth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. And it’s an intriguing class filled with a mix of legends who both built the sport and ushered it into the massive popularity it enjoys today.

Richard Childress continues to make history. He was the first to win owner championships in all three of NASCAR’s national series. He captured six premier series titles with Dale Earnhardt, and looks for a seventh in 2016 with driver – and grandson – Austin Dillon, who just advanced to the Round of 12 in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Rick Hendrick built the team that has scored a record 11 NASCAR premier series championships, as well as a record 14 national series owner titles. Hendrick also looks to add to those totals, as he has two drivers who have advanced to the Chase’s Round of 12 – Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott.

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Rain Forecast Postpones Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final to October 8th & 9th

Stafford Springs, CT — With a forecast calling for rain throughout the entire weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that it has postponed its NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend that was scheduled from its originally schedule dates of October 1st and 2nd to October 8th and 9th. 

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend will carry over the same schedule with the Stafford Paddock Area opening at 10:00amon Friday, October 7th with Whelen All-American Series teams able to park their trailers from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Saturday, October 8th will see the paddock area open at8:00am with practice for all divisions running from 10:00am-2:15pm.  Qualifying will start at 2:30pm with feature events for the SK Lights, Ltd. Late Models, DARE Stocks,  Mr. Rooter Trucks, and TQ Midgets getting started at approximately4:30pm.  Spectator gates will open at 10:00am. 

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NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Postponed

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Event at Stafford Moved to Oct. 8-9

STAFFORD, Conn. (Sept. 30, 2016) – Due to the forecast for heavy rain and high winds throughout the weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway and NASCAR have postponed the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 originally scheduled for this weekend.

The new race date for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is now slated forSunday, Oct. 9, with practice and qualifying scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8. A updated race weekend schedule will be released at a later time.

The NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final is the penultimate event on the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar. Three-time tour champion Doug Coby enters the race with a 13-point lead over Justin Bonsignore.

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NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 Postponed

Whelen Modified Race At Stafford Rescheduled for Oct. 9

STAFFORD, Conn. – Due to the forecast for heavy rain and high winds throughout the weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway and NASCAR have postponed the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 originally scheduled for this weekend.

The new race date for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is now slated for Sunday, Oct. 9, with practice and qualifying scheduled for Saturday, October 8. An updated race weekend schedule will be released at a later time.

The NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final is the penultimate event on the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar. Three-time tour champion Doug Coby enters the race with a 13-point lead over Justin Bonsignore,

Continue reading ‘NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 Postponed’




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