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Riverhead 200 Photos

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: NHMS

Bonsignore Confident In Contending For NHMS Checkers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contender Justin Bonsignore will look to make the most of lost opportunities by taking advantage of those that could be ahead of him this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Just four tallies behind points leader Doug Coby with the season winding down, Bonsignore lost a valuable opportunity to make a push for the lead when last week’s event at Riverhead Raceway was cancelled due to rain. Bonsignore possessed a decided statistical advantage on Coby at the Long Island bullring – his home track where he posted his first Whelen Modified Tour win and raced to a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title just three years ago.

But at the tight quarter-mile where a good day can go bad quickly, Bonsignore is taking a glass-half-full approach to the cancellation.

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Whelen Modified Tour Rained Out At Riverhead

Riverhead 200 Cancelled; Tour Returns To Action Sept. 20 At New Hampshire

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Due to inclement weather Saturday at Riverhead Raceway, the Riverhead 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race has been cancelled.

Rain moved over the track during afternoon practice and persisted into the evening, forcing the cancellation of the event by NASCAR and track officials.

Due to local regulations that prohibit Riverhead Raceway from running events after the month of September, no make-up date is available to reschedule the Riverhead 200. The Whelen Modified Tour has scheduled events the next two weekends to close out the month.

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Doug Coby Hoping to Continue Stafford Speedway Success in 42nd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend Sept. 27-28

Stafford Springs, CT — For the past two seasons on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece have been the two main protagonists in the chase for the championship with Coby beating Preece by 11 points in 2012 and Preece beating Coby last year by a 32 point margin.  Fast forward to the 2014 season and Coby is once again in the thick of the NWMT championship race, only this time around his main rival is Justin Bonsignore.

When it comes to Whelen Modified Tour racing at Stafford, Coby would seem to have a slight upper hand on Bonsignore.  In the three Stafford races this season, Coby has finishes of second and fourth to go along with a victory in the June TSI Harley-Davidson 125 for an average finish of 2.3 while Bonsignore has recorded finishes of fifth, second, and eighth for an average finish of 5.0.  While Bonsignore’s average finish of 5.0 is hardly something to sneeze at, it doesn’t quite match the 2.3 average of Coby, which is way Coby says he prefers to be right where he is in the driver’s seat in the championship race.

“I think I’d rather be leading the points at any time during the season than be chasing,” said Coby.  “When you’re chasing points, it can get a bit frustrating when you have good finishes and the guy that you’re chasing is also having good runs kind of like I did last year when I was chasing Ryan [Preece].  Both Justin and myself have been getting good finishes so I don’t think there’s a lot of pressure on either of us.  The last time out at Stafford we were just a little bit off with the car and we finished fourth, so that’s definitely a good feeling to have knowing the car was a little off and we still managed to finish fourth.  We know why the car was a little off so for the Fall Final we’ll make changes to the car that we wish we had made before the feature in August and we feel pretty confident we’ll have another good car.  Stafford is a track where if you’re fast in time trials, you’re usually going to have a fast car in the race where at Riverhead, you might not have a car that will last for 200 laps and at New Hampshire your car might not be that good in the draft and you can slide backwards.  I think that Stafford has proven to be my strongest track on the Tour the last couple of years and I’m hoping that it stays that way.”

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Whelen Modified Stat Advance: Riverhead

Analyzing The Riverhead 200 At Riverhead Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to action with the Riverhead 200 on Saturday at Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

Riverhead 200 Setup:
• Championship points leader Doug Coby is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 10 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events this year. A winner of 10 races at four different tracks during his career, Coby will vie for his first Riverhead Raceway victory this week.

• Defending Riverhead 200 victor Ryan Preece has four wins and has averaged a podium finish across his nine career starts at the Long Island bullring.
• The first 10 events this year have featured three first-time winners, including Eric Goodale’s June triumph at Riverhead. A fourth first-timer would be the most the Whelen Modified Tour has seen since there were five in 2002.

At Riverhead Raceway:
History
• Opened in 1951 as a dirt track and converted to asphalt in 1955.

• Held its first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on July 10, 1985 during the NWMT’s first season. The inaugural race was won by Jimmy Spencer.
• Has held 54 NWMT races all-time, fourth-most among all venues.
• Is one of two tracks to play host to the NWMT in each of its now 30 seasons of competition, along with Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

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Preece on G+: ‘We Can Turn It Around’

Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT participated in a Google+ hangout earlier this evening. Preece had a 21 point lead at this time a year ago with three wins and eight top fives in ten starts. The driver of the East West Marine No. 16 has four races left to earn a victory (Riverhead Saturday, New Hampshire, Stafford and Thompson).

Preece said his favorite tracks are Bristol, Riverhead and Monadnock. “I really like every racetrack, but Bristol and Riverhead are definitely two of the ones that stand out to me.”

Riverhead is among his best tracks with four wins and eight top fives and nine top 10s  in nine starts. Preece has an average finish of 3.2. Preece has three victories in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this season at Riverhead as well.

“There are four of I would say my better tracks and Stafford’s been a little rough to us this year,” Preece said. “But I think we can turn it around and there’s four races, so that’s four opportunities to win. We’re going to see what we can do and see if we can turn this season around.”

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Hill Suspended from NASCAR for Rules Violation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2014) — David Hill, a car owner in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Code of Conduct.
On Saturday, Aug. 30, Hill violated Sections 7-5 (NASCAR’s Code of Conduct) and 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2014 NASCAR Rule Book.

“Following the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on Aug. 30, David Hill made a post on social media that included remarks that we will not tolerate,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. “We fully expect our entire industry to adhere to the Code of Conduct that is explicitly spelled out in the NASCAR Rule Book.”

Hill may apply for reinstatement following the completion of mandated sensitivity training and an additional review by NASCAR.

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Barrett Powers to Bristol Victory

Rookie Takes Whelen Modified Checkers In Bush’s Beans 150

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. out-muscled veterans Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore with a dozen laps to go and drove on to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Barrett, from Millis, Massachusetts, was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos – who had been the dominant cars of the night – on Lap 139. The 19-year-old held on to the lead in his No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet through one final restart on Lap 146 for the milestone first victory.

“The car was real good on the bottom, so I just drove it in and it stuck,” Barrett said. “I got by Justin and drove under Bobby. We were driving away and didn’t want to see that last caution, but I got a good restart and just drove away again.”

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Three Times As Nice For Bonsignore

Survives Late Cautions For Third Win Of Season

THOMPSON, Conn. (Aug. 14, 2014) – Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good and sometimes a driver can be both.

Justin Bonsignore was just that as he was able to miss the late accidents that collected some of the lead pack cars and hold off a strong challenge by Matt Hirschman on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Budweiser King of Beers 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

“They got aggressive on the last few restarts, but I’ve lost a few races here the same way, so sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to win the race,” Bonsignore said of the rough-and-tumble conclusion to the event.

It was the second consecutive Whelen Modified Tour win for the Holtsville, New York native at Thompson and his third of the season. Bonsignore became the first driver to win back-to-back races at Thompson since Ted Christopher scored four consecutive wins at the track from 2010-11.

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NASCAR Formalizes On-Track Incident Procedure for Competitors

Rule Enhances Sport’s Ongoing Safety Efforts

Daytona Beach, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2014) — In its continued efforts to evolve the safety of its sport, NASCAR announced Friday that it will add a rule that addresses on-track incidents as part of its race procedures. The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.

Section 9-16 On-Track Incident Procedure

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

  • Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
  • Do not loosen , disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
  • At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

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Three Times As Nice For Bonsignore

Survives Late Cautions For Third Win Of Season

THOMPSON, Conn. (Aug. 14, 2014) – Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good and sometimes a driver can be both.

Justin Bonsignore was just that as he was able to miss the late accidents that collected some of the lead pack cars and hold off a strong challenge by Matt Hirschman on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

It was the second consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win for the Holtsville, New York native at Thompson and his third of the season. Doug Coby followed Hirschman in third with Ryan Preece and Ron Silk completing the top five.

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Thompson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Wednesday’s Budweiser King of Beers 150 will be yet another milestone marker on the historical timeline of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Thompson, which played host to the inaugural Whelen Modified Tour event on March 21, 1985, will welcome the mighty mods for the 125th time on Wednesday. The relationship between tour and track is so deep that the event total of 125 is more than double that of any other facility except fellow Nutmeg State oval Stafford Motor Speedway, which has held 113.

The Budweiser King of Beers 150 will be the Whelen Modified Tour’s first trip to Thompson since the 2014 season-opener in April when Justin Bonsignore powered to Victory Lane. The tour champion will also be crowned at the .625-mile oval for the 15th time in the last 16 years with the season-finale World Series 150 on Oct. 19.

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Pitkat Powers to First Modied Tour Win

Whelen Tour Veteran Scores Victory At Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. – After winning 71 times at Stafford Motor Speedway in weekly competition, there was never any doubt that Woody Pitkat knew his way around his home track. Now Pitkat can finally add the elusive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win to his résumé.

The veteran driver from Stafford dominated the Call Before You Dig 811 150 and beat Ron Silk to the line by over three seconds to pick up his first career win in his 86th tour start.

“You can’t get any more special than winning at your home track,” Pitkat said. “It’s just a dream come true to finally be able to get that win, get it here with the [track owners] Arutes, it’s great to be able to do it here.”

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QUALIFYING: Santos Scores Another Pole

Eighth Career Whelen Mod Pole At Stafford, 15th Overall

STAFFORD, Conn. – Two night races and two Coors Light Pole Awards for Bobby Santos in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action this summer at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, posted a fast lap of 18.433 seconds (97.651 mph) to secure the pole position for tonight’s Call Before You Dig 811 150. It marked his 15th career pole in Whelen Modified Tour competition; eight have now come at Stafford, including two in a row. He was also the top tour qualifier at the historic half-mile in June.

Santos’ No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet will be joined on the front row by the No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet driven by Woody Pitkat, who posted a fast lap of 18.435 (97.640) to qualify second. Donny Lia, who led afternoon practice, qualified third at 18.458 (97.519).

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Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The Call Before You Dig 811 150 At Stafford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The second half of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the Call Before You Dig 811 150 on Friday, Aug. 8 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

Call Before You Dig 811 150 Setup:
• Season points leader Doug Coby and third-place Bobby Santos have combined to win 11 of the last 17 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at Stafford Motor Speedway, including the first two this season. Coby is the two-time defending winner of the Call Before You Dig 811 150.
• A two-time race winner this year, Justin Bonsignore has closed to within just four points of championship leader Coby. Bonsignore ran second to Coby in the tour’s last visit to Stafford in June.
• Halfway through the season and consistent contenders Ted Christopher, Donny Lia, Ryan Preece and Ron Silk are still looking for their first victories. All have won before at Stafford.

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

Points Leader Coby Looks For Three-In-A-Row In August At SMS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The second half of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule is set to commence with Friday’s Call Before You Dig 811 150 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway, and with two-time defending race winner Doug Coby in the championship lead.

Coby, from Milford, Connecticut, brings a slim four-point advantage in the standings on Justin Bonsignore into the week, but Stafford has been a place of immense success for the 2012 titlist. Not only did Coby win the tour’s most-recent visit to the historic half-mile in June, but he’s been victorious five times there since the beginning of his 2012 title run.

Two of those triumphs have come in the last two editions of the Call Before You Dig 811 150. He won in 2012 without pitting and led the final two-thirds of the race last year to repeat.

June’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125 was the first of Coby’s Stafford wins earned with Mike Smeriglio III Racing. The pairing, together for the first time in 2014, has found significant success in their first half year together. Following a win in the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway in February, Coby has driven the No. 2 Chevrolet to an average finish of fourth through the first seven regular season events.

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Barrett Carries Momentum into Bowman Gray

Team owner Chris Our of Harwich, MA said he “can’t wait” for Saturday night. Rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA will make his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour start at Bowman Gray Stadium. The Strutmasters.com 199 is the annual series appearance at the historic Winston-Salem, NC oval.

“Brad and I were going down anyway to watch and meet some of his customers,” Our said. “Then Tommy wins at Seekonk, so I said let’s run Saturday. Brad’s like I’m in. Let’s do it. So here we are.”

Barrett was seventh in his first race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and finished fourth at Monadnock. Last Wednesday, Barrett took home the $10,000 Open Wheel Wednesday race at Seekonk Speedway.

“The momentum is huge,” Barrett said. “From such a bad start to a top 10 at Loudon then a top five at Monadnock and now the 10k to win at Seekonk, things are starting to look up and hopefully we can start clicking off some wins in the 22 car.”

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Bobby Santos, III Looks to Continue Strong Runs at Stafford Speedway in Aug. 8 Call Before You Dig 811 Whelen Mod Tour 150

Stafford Springs, CT — As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour prepares to take the green flag next Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway for the 24th Annual Call Before You Dig 811 150, Bobby Santos, III will be looking to continue his mastery of the Connecticut half-mile facility.  Santos has recorded 6 of his 14 career NWMT wins at Stafford and he has also won 7 of his 14 career NWMT pole positions at Stafford.  Santos’ NWMT results have all come in the last 18 NWMT races held at Stafford since the 2010 NAPA Spring Sizzler.  But Santos’ Stafford success isn’t limited to just the Whelen Modified Tour.  He has also recorded 2 NEMA Midget wins and he won the $50,000 bonus at Stafford in August 2006 when he won both the Midget and PRA Big Car Series events in the same night.

“Stafford is a track that I’m familiar with and it’s a place that I’ve gone to my whole life growing up,” said Santos.  “It’s a track that I want to be successful at and my teams have given me really good cars at Stafford, which is the most important thing.  I think the track fits my driving style, I like the flatter tracks and Stafford is definitely a track that I enjoy going to.”

Santos comes to Stafford sitting third in an ultra-tight championship race.  Doug Coby currently leads the NWMT standings by 4 points over Justin Bonsignore, 8 points over Santos, 13 points over Ted Christopher, and 33 points over Ryan Preece.  Santos is the NWMT leader in wins during the 2014 season with three, but with finishes of 10th and 11th mixed around his win at Loudon and with such a tight championship race, having Stafford next on the schedule puts a smile on Santos’ face.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Woody Pitkat Looking to Get 2014 Season Back on Positive Track at Stafford in Call Before You Dig 811 150

Stafford Springs, CT — The Call Before You Dig 811 150 that is scheduled for August 8th at Stafford Motor Speedway will kick off the second half of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.  As the second half of the 2014 NWMT season gets started, one driver who will be looking to change their fortunes around is Woody Pitkat, driver of the #88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet. 

Pitkat and the #88 team began the 2014 season with a strong effort, winning the pole for the season opening race and scoring top-7 finishes in each of the first four races of the year.  After the Waterford race in June, Pitkat was fourth in the points standings and only 8 points behind Justin Bonsignore, who was the points leader at that stage of the season.  Since that time, Pitkat has recorded three consecutive finishes of 20th or worse, which have dropped him from fourth down to tenth place in the standings, 58 points behind Doug Coby.  If there is one track where Pitkat can turn his fortunes around, it would be Stafford, which is his home track.

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Bonsignore Wins O’Reilly 200 at Monadnock Speedway

IMG_4916WINCHESTER, NH — Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, New York won his second straight O’Reilly 200 and his fifth career win on the Monadnock high banks Saturday night when he made a lap 175 pass on leader Ryan Preece, then ran off to an almost four second lead.

IMG_4931Earlier in the day Bonsignore also set fast time for the Coors Light Pole Award, but could only watch Preece drive away with the lead at the four lap mark. The race surprisingly went caution free, allowing Preece to build a half track lead at one point. By the 100 lap mark only six cars were running on the lead lap while the field ran in a single line formation. By lap 160 Preece’s East West Marine sponsored #16 started to fade and Bonsignore steadily gained ground until lap 175, when the M3 Technologies # 51 motored by, to become the final leader of the 200 lap grind. Eric Goodale started and finished in the third spot. Rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. was fourth and current points leader Doug Coby fifth.

IMG_49336th-Matt Hirschman, 7th-Patrick Emerling, 8th-Ted Christopher, 9th-Ron Silk, 10th-Yuhas Jr., 11th-Santos, 12th-Reen, 13th-Solomito*, 14th-Heagy, 15th McDonald, 16th- Salzarulo, 17th- Seuss, 18th- Lia, 19th- Tomaino, 20th- Pitkat, 21st- Cole, 22nd- Zacharias*, 23rd- Fifield.

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Bonsignore Makes His Move Pay Off

Late Pass Produces NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win At Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. (July 19, 2014) – Justin Bonsignore made the late pass pay off as he drove to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the O’Reilly 200 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night.

Bonsignore powered underneath Ryan Preece on Lap 175 en route to the win. Preece had started second and led all but one lap to that point.

It was the fifth career win for the Holtsville, New York, driver and second straight at Monadnock. It was also his second of 2014, as he opened the season with a win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in April.

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QUALIFYING: Bonsignore Remains Hot

NY Driver Scores Whelen Modified Pole At Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. – Justin Bonsignore backed up his fast time in practice earlier in the afternoon and won the Coors Light Pole for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Monadnock Speedway Saturday.

Bonsignore posted a fast lap of 12.593 seconds (71.468 mph) around the high-banked quarter-mile.

It was the fourth career pole award for the Holtsville, N.Y. driver and his first one at Monadnock. Bonsignore won this race last season at Monadnock starting from the second position and he will attempt to become the first repeat winner at the track in nine previous events for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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PRACTICE: Bonsignore Sets Pace

Defending race winner looks to repeat at Monadnock

WINCHESTER, N.H. – As the defending race winner of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, Justin Bonsignore continues to find the fast way around Monadnock Speedway.

The Long Island driver posted the fastest lap around the quarter-mile, high-banked, asphalt oval in practice Saturday afternoon — just barely. Bonsignore’s No. 51 chem3.com Chevrolet led the way with at 12.556 seconds (71.679 mph) to edge out Matt Hirschman (12.563/71.639) by just three one-thousandths of a second.

Bonsignore will attempt to become the first repeat winner at the track in nine previous events for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Stafford Aug. 8 for Call Before You Dig 811 150

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the third of four visits during the 2014 season on August 8 for the Call Before You Dig 811 150.  When the NWMT teams take to the track, two of the favorites have to be Bobby Santos, III and Doug Coby.

Santos and Coby have combined to win 11 of the last 18 NWMT races at Stafford dating back to the 2010 NAPA Spring Sizzler.  Santos has won the Sizzler 3 times, the NAPA Fall Final twice, and the May race once, leaving him winless in the August event.  Coby has won the Sizzler once, the May race twice, and the August race twice.  Coby is also the defending champion of the Call Before You Dig 811 150, taking the checkered flag ahead of Donny Lia last year.

In addition to his 6 race victories at Stafford since 2010, Santos has also been the man to beat in qualifying.  Santos has 6 pole positions at Stafford since 2010 and he was a former track record holder at Stafford, becoming the first driver to break the 100mph barrier at Stafford for an average lap speed.  Santos’ track record time has since been bested by Ryan Preece in 2012 but Santos has established himself as a Stafford master in the previous 4 and a half seasons worth of NWMT races at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Monadnock

Analyzing The O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 At Monadnock Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will reach the midway point with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 on Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in rural Winchester, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

Monadnock Race Setup:
• All nine previous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Monadnock Speedway have been won by different drivers.

• The points leader at the midway point has gone on to win the championship in each of the previous four seasons. Doug Coby brings a two-point edge on Bobby Santos to Monadnock.
• Santos has won three of six races so far this year. He hasn’t raced at Monadnock since 2011.
• This will be Coby’s 150th career start. He has been the runner-up the last two years at Monadnock.
• Ted Christopher has finished on the podium in each of the previous three races. The 2010 Monadnock winner is looking to end the second-longest winless drought of his career.

At Monadnock Speedway:
History
• Monadnock Speedway opened Aug. 13, 1971.

• Monadnock has played host to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour nine times previously from 1986-90 and 2010-13.
• A member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Monadnock sanctions five divisions in its weekly program, headlined by the sportsman modifieds.

Notebook
• Ken Bouchard won the inaugural NWMT race at Monadnock on May 18, 1986. Bouchard also earned the first two poles at the track.

• Active competitors Justin Bonsignore (2013), Ted Christopher (2010), Ryan Preece (2012) and Jamie Tomaino (1990) have earned wins at the track.
• Tomaino and Mike Stefanik are the only two drivers to compete in all nine previous tour events at Monadnock.
• Ryan Preece was the youngest Monadnock race winner at 21 years, six months, 17 days, set in 2012.
• In 2010, Christopher became the oldest Monadnock winner at 52 years, one month, 12 days.
• Monadnock has been won twice in wire-to-wire fashion, in 2011 by Szegedy and in 2012 by Preece. Both races were 175 laps.

Monadnock Speedway Data
Race:  #7 of 14

Track Layout:  .25-mile asphalt oval
Race Length:  200 laps (50 miles)
Banking/Turns 1 & 2:  18 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4:  16 degrees

Stat Pack
O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Trackside Report

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Pole Winner:  Eric Goodale

2013 Race Winner:  Ryan Preece
Qualifying Record:  Ryan Preece (12.313 seconds, 73.082 mph – 5/12/12)

Active Category Leaders at Monadnock:
Wins
1. Four drivers with … 1

Poles
1. Two drivers with … 1

Top Fives
1. Jamie Tomaino … 4

2. Justin Bonsignore … 3
    Ron Silk … 3

Top 10s
1. Justin Bonsignore … 4

    Ron Silk … 4
    Jamie Tomaino … 4

Laps Led
1. Justin Bonsignore … 184

2. Ryan Preece … 175
3. Ted Christopher … 41

Laps Completed
1. Jamie Tomaino … 867

2. Justin Bonsignore … 729
    Ted Christopher … 729

Starts
1. Jamie Tomaino … 9

2. Six drivers with … 4

Selected Driver Highlights:
Note: Bullring defined as tracks measuring between .25-.375 miles

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 chem3.com Chevrolet)
• Has four wins, three poles and 38 top 10s in 66 career starts.

• Won the 2014 opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Has top-five finishes in the first five of six races this year and ranks fourth in points.
• Has two wins, 11 top fives and an average finish of sixth in 15 career bullring starts.
• Has a win (2013), three top fives and an average finish of fourth in four career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts at Monadnock Speedway.

Ted Christopher (No. 13 J&R Pre-Cast/Cape Cod Aggregates Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWMT champion has 42 wins, 24 poles and 187 top 10s in 341 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.

• Is looking to end a 35-race winless drought. It’s his longest such streak since the start of his career when his first win came in his 94th race.
• Has top 10s in all six races this year with his new team, including podiums the last three times out.
• Has five wins, 41 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 71 career bullring races.
• Has a win (2010) and an average finish of 7.5 in four NWMT starts at Monadnock.

Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet)
• The 2012 NWMT champion has 10 wins, four poles and 72 top 10s in 149 career starts.

• Is the season points leader by two tallies on Bobby Santos. Won the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway in February and has podiums in four of the six regular season races, including a win at Stafford Motor Speedway in June.
• Has a win (Waterford Speedbowl, 2012), 13 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 32 career bullring starts.
• Has finishes of 11th (2011) and second (2012 and 2013) in three previous Monadnock starts.

Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet)
• Has a win, a pole and 30 top 10s in 79 career NWMT starts.

• Inherited the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 77 races, when Ed Flemke Jr. did not run the 2014 opener.
• Ranks ninth in points after six events. His first career victory was earned in June at Riverhead Raceway.
• Has that Riverhead win, six top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 14 career bullring races.
• Has a pole (2013), an average finish of 19th and a best result of 15th (2010) in four Monadnock NWMT races.

Matt Hirschman (No. 52 B.C. Brennenstuhl/L.I. Mod Maniac Chevrolet)
• Has two wins, three poles and 42 top 10s in 83 career NWMT starts.

• Ranks 10th in points with three top 10s, highlighted by a third-place effort at Riverhead.
• Has a win (Chemung Speedrome, 2008), seven top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 16 career bullring starts.
• Finished third in his only previous NWMT start at Monadnock in 2011.

Donny Lia (No. 4 Mystic Missile Racing Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 19 poles and 74 top 10s in 147 career starts.

• Ranks 12th in points with a pair of top 10s and a best result of second at Waterford.
• Has six wins, four poles, 19 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 40 career bullring races.
• Has finishes of sixth (2012) and 15th (2013) in his only two previous Monadnock starts.

Woody Pitkat (No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet)
• Has a pole and 38 top 10s in 84 career starts. Best career finish is second, recorded three times: August 2011 Loudon, 2012 Stafford Fall Final and 2014 Thompson Icebreaker.

• Ranks seventh in points this year with four top 10s and a best result of second in the season opener.
• Has five top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 10 career bullring events.
• Has finishes of 14th (2010) and ninth (2013) in his only two previous Monadnock starts.

Ryan Preece (No. 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford)
• The 2013 NWMT champion has nine wins, 12 poles, 25 podiums, 44 top fives and 59 top 10s in 101 career starts.

• Ranks sixth in points with five top 10s and a best result of fourth at Riverhead.
• Has six wins, three poles, 12 top fives and an average finish of seventh in 18 career bullring starts.
• Won from the pole at Monadnock in 2012. Also finished 23rd there in 2010, and fifth in 2013.

Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet)
• The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 14 poles and 48 top 10s in 86 career starts.

• Ranks second in points with a tour-high three wins (Stafford Spring Sizzler, Waterford, July Loudon) in six races.
• Has a win (Waterford, 2013), seven top 10s and an average finish of 12.5 in 11 career bullring starts.
• Has finishes of fifth (2010) and 15th (2011) in his only two previous Monadnock starts.

Andy Seuss (No. 70 Rockingham Boat Chevrolet)
• Has seven top 10s in 31 career NWMT starts.

• Has an average finish of 12th and a best result of seventh (2013) in three previous NWMT Monadnock starts.
• Primarily competes in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour where he is the current season points leader. Has 18 wins, 11 poles and 65 top 10s in 85 career NWSMT starts.

Ron Silk (No. 6 TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet)
• The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, nine poles and 77 top 10s in 131 career starts.

• Earned the NWAAS modified division title in the New Smyrna Speedway World Series in February.
• Ranks fifth in points with five top 10s in six outings, highlighted by a sixth-place finish at Stafford in June.
• Has 14 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 23 career bullring starts.
• Has an average finish of 4.5 and a best result of third (2010) in four previous Monadnock races.

Timmy Solomito (No. 75 Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet)
• Has a pole and five top 10s in 13 career starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013.

• The Sunoco Rookie of the Race in four of the first six 2014 events, he ranks eighth in the overall standings with a best result of fourth in the Thompson opener.
• Has two top fives and an average finish of 13th in four NWMT bullring starts.
• This will be his first appearance at Monadnock.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the 30th for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

• The 2014 schedule features 14 races at seven different tracks across four states.
• The competition season opened with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. Ryan Preece was the polesitter and Doug Coby took the checkered flag.
• Justin Bonsignore passed first-time pole winner Woody Pitkat with nine laps to go to win the points season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 6.
• Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. captured his first pole and Bobby Santos earned his sixth Stafford Motor Speedway victory on April 27.
• After two rainouts, the third race of the season finally got in the books on June 6 when Doug Coby took the checkered flag at Stafford. Santos earned the pole on the original May 23 race date.
• The first bullring race of the year saw a battle between polesitter Donny Lia and Bobby Santos on June 21 at Waterford Speedbowl, and Santos eventually won out for his 12th career victory.
• Eric Goodale earned his first career win and John Beatty Jr. his first pole on June 28 at Riverhead Raceway.
• Ron Silk earned his first pole of 2014 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12 and Santos made a last-lap pass to record his first Loudon victory. Ryan Newman won the non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout the day before.
• Following this week’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, the NWMT will return to action with the Call Before Dig 811 150 on Friday, Aug. 8 at Stafford.

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

Santos Saves Best for Last at New Hampshire

Claims Thrilling NASCAR Whelen Modified Win With Final Lap Pass

LOUDON, N.H. (July 12, 2014) — Bobby Santos entered the Sunoco 100 looking for a little extra magic to change his fortunes at the “Magic Mile.” He waited until the final lap, but he got it.

In a race that featured multiple lead changes on nearly every lap – a record 35 official lead changes – the Franklin, Mass., driver made just one pass for the lead and led just one lap Saturday. Santos drove his No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet by Ted Christopher in Turn 4 of the last lap en route to winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

VIDEO: POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BOBBY SANTOS

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Newman Posts All-Star Performance at New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Veteran Claims Whelen All-Star Shootout

LOUDON, N.H. (July 11, 2014) — Twice before, Ryan Newman drove the venerable 7NY Modified to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver did it again Friday. This time, the win came in the non-points inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout. The latest victory came with the familiar frantic swapping of the lead synonymous with the open-wheeled cars on the 1.058-mile.

Newman lost the lead to Justin Bonsignore into Turn 1 of the white-flag lap, but got it back in Turn 3 and won the drag-race to the checkered flag.

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Touring & Weekly Awards Events Announced

NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Gathering Of Champions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  — The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the ultimate goal for the sport’s greatest.

Annually, the North Carolina landmark is also the aim of drivers throughout the NASCAR weekly & touring series, as the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center will host the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will be Friday, Dec. 12, while the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 13.

“These awards shows celebrate and honor our champions in NASCAR’s weekly racing program and our touring series – two foundational areas of the sport,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “These two events highlight the hard work, dedication and achievements throughout NASCAR, and I’m excited that fans from around the world can share in the experience through our digital platforms.”

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Cole Powell Returns at NHMS

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Cole Powell of Mount Brydges, Ontario will make his first appearance at one of his favorite tracks this weekend. Powell will enter the Whelen All-Star Shootout on July 11 and the Sunoco 100 on July 12 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bristol, the September New Hampshire race and possibly the World Series at Thompson will be on his limited schedule.

Powell will continue to race his Late Model in the 100 lap races at Delaware Speedway, five minutes from home. “I have a big family and friends that like to come watch, which is cool,” Powell said.

Powell wants to get a win soon. “(I) was really close last Friday, finishing runner-up, coming from the back of the field twice after getting a flat,” Powell said. “… A top three in the mods would be awesome considering all the hard work my dad and I have been doing on the cars.”

Powell may also enter a CRA Super Late Model race in the United States, but is not sure what track.

Powell finished sixteenth in the standings last season. Powell is returning with the same crew as last year; he feels that the team will run better during his sophomore season.

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