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NASCAR to Celebrate Weekly & Touring Champions in Charlotte

Convention Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame To Host Two Nights Of Awards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2015) – NASCAR champions from across North America and from Europe will gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, in December to be honored for their accomplishments in the 2015 season.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards, which recognizes the top short-track drivers in the United States and Canada, will be on Friday, Dec. 11. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards will be Saturday, Dec. 12.

Both awards events will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center. It is the sixth year that the venues will host the celebration of the top drivers in NASCAR’s weekly and touring series.

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Southern Modified Stat Advance: So. Boston

Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to South Boston Speedway for the final time this season for Saturday’s South Boston 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

South Boston 150 Setup:
• Andy Seuss is the only two-time winner in NWSMT competition at South Boston Speedway after winning the first race held there in 2009 and in April of 2014.
• Kyle Ebersole, George Brunnhoelzl III and Ryan Preece are the only other previous race winners at South Boston currently entered in this weekend’s race.
• NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Eric Goodale, who scored a win in the NWSMT season opener at Caraway, joins Preece for this race.

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Whelen Southern Modified Notes: S. Boston

Close Battle For Championship Highlights Second Race At Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 season for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is shaping up to be one for the record books.

Jason Myers holds the record for the most starts in the history of the tour having started 130 of the 131 races held under NASCAR sanctioning, but the one item he wants to collect to complete his resume:  a NWSMT  championship.

Myers leads defending champion Andy Seuss and his older brother, Burt, by just one point (308-307) heading into the South Boston 150 on Saturday and when you add Kyle Ebersole and George Brunnhoelzl III in the equation, it makes for high anticipation in the ninth race on this year’s schedule 11-event schedule.

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PIT BOX: Trophy To Be Claimed In Canada

Canadian Tire, Whelen All-American Titles To Be Decided This Weekend; Close Battle Continues In Southern Modifieds

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will hold its annual Pinty’s 250 season finale this weekend at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ontario. Scott Steckly leads Jason Hathaway by nine points (403-394) as he goes after his fourth series championship. Andrew Ranger is tied with Hathaway as he goes after his third championship. Hathaway, who scored his first road course win in the season’s penultimate event for the series at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, is contending for his first title.

• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will make its second stop of the season at South Boston Speedway for the South Boston 150 on Saturday. The tour is experiencing one of its closest points battles in its 11-year history as Jason Myers leads defending champion Andy Seuss and his older brother, Burt, by just one-point (308-307). Kyle Ebersole is fourth at 303 and four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III is back in the hunt, nine points behind the lead, after his win in the series’ most recent race.

• Two-time national champion Lee Pulliam has been in overdrive chasing a third title. The Semora, North Carolina, won three more times over the weekend. In the last three weeks, he has won eight of 11 asphalt Late Model races at five different tracks over three states. Unofficially, Pulliam holds a 700-681 lead over Oklahoma’s Thomas Tillison Jr. heading into the final weekend for races to count toward NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points.

ON TRACK

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1
Race: Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway, Fraserville, Ont.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. ET
Telecast: TSN – Saturday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m. / RDS2 – Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Twitter: #Pintys250, #NCATS, @KDSpeedway
RACE CENTRAL LIVE | CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS

Time Event
8:30 a.m. Garage Opens
8:45 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
9:30 a.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting
11-11:30 a.m. First Practice
12-12:45 p.m. Final Practice
2:15 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
3:15 p.m. Qualifying
3:50 p.m. Driver Autograph Session
5 p.m. Pinty’s 250

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR

Race: South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 P.M. ET (Approximately)
Telecast: NBCSN – Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 P.M. ET
Twitter: #SoBo150, #NWSMT, @SoBoSpeedway57

RACE CENTRAL LIVE

Time Event
9:30 a.m. Haulers Enter
10:30 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
10:45 a.m. Garage Opens
12:30 p.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting
1:30-1:55 p.m. First Practice
2:25-3 p.m. Final Practice
4:30 p.m. Qualifying
5:30 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
6 p.m. Driver Autograph Session (On track)
8 p.m. (Approx.) South Boston 150

NWSMT South Boston 9/19/15 Schedule
Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Time Event
9 a.m. Registration Opens
9:30 a.m. Haulers Enter
10:30 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 p.m. Rookie/Spotter Meeting
1:30-1:55 p.m. First Practice
2:25-3 p.m. Final Practice
4:30 p.m. Qualifying
5:30 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
6 p.m. Driver Autograph Session (On Track)
8 p.m. (Approx.) South Boston 150
* – Schedule Subject To Change

NWSMT South Boston 9/5/15 Entry List
Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Series:
Whelen Southern Modified Tour
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
1 Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C. Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auc. Ford Kim Myers Matt Cromer
4 Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C. Adams Towing & Recovery Ford Gary Myers Mike Queen
5 Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa. Ebersole Excavating Ford Bob Ebersole Bob Ebersole
11 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H. Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet Eddie Harvey Eddie Harvey
14 Trey Hutchens, III, Winston-Salem, N.C. * All Star Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet Bobby Hutchens, Jr. Bobby Hutchens
15 Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla. GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet Grady Jeffreys, Jr. Grady Jeffreys Jr.
22 Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y. Snap-On Tools Chevrolet Kyle Bonsignore Bill Bonsignore
28 George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y. Dunleavy Trk and Trailer Repair/Comp. Tech. Chevrolet George Brunnhoelzl, Jr. George Brunnhoelzl Jr.
40 Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, N.C. Autos By Nelson/Lewisville Mtrs/Wm Smith Trk. Chev. Gina Fleming Chris Fleming
43 David Calabrese, Toms River, N.J. Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet Michael Calabrese Bobby Foley
65 Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J. Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet Eddie Bohn Eddie Bohn
74 Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C. Elijah’s Entourage Chevrolet Kevin Hughes Bobby Measmer Sr.
77 Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn. Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Teddy Musgrave Jr.
79 Jame Civali, Meriden, Conn. Coors Light/Hillbilly Racing Pontiac Susan Hill David Hill
99 A.J. Winstead, Bon Air, Va. VCE Technologies Chevrolet Susanne Winstead Reginald Winstead
* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

Sources: Tim Southers, NASCAR

Brunnhoelzl Finishes What He Started

Whelen Southern Mod Champ Wins From Pole At Langley

HAMPTON, Va. — George Brunnhoelzl III has led more laps at Langley Speedway than anybody on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. But that hasn’t always translated into victories.

Saturday night, Brunnhoelzl closed the deal.

The four-time tour champion from Long Island won the Coors Light Pole Award and cruised to the win in the Bayport Credit Union 150 presented by Budweiser. Brunnhoelzl’s No. 28 Composite Tech/Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer/Oval Speed Chevrolet finished .387 seconds ahead of Kyle Ebersole, who edged Andy Seuss for the runner-up spot.

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QUALIFYING: Brunnhoezl Wins Pole at Langley

Four-Time Champ Scores Second Straight Pole At Track

HAMPTON, Va. – George Brunnhoelzl III once again proved why he’s often the driver to beat in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at any event. Brunnhoelzl won his 25th career Coors Light Pole Award during qualifying for the Bayport Credit Union 150 presented by Budweiser at Langley Speedway.

Brunnhoelzl piloted his No. 28 Dunleavy Truck and Traler Repair/Comp. Tech Chevrolet around the .396-mile track at 15.100 seconds (94.411 mph) to lead the 14-car field.

Andy Seuss followed closely in his No. 11 Northeast Racecars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet with a fast time of 15.180 (93.913), with current points leader Jason Myers third (15.241/93.537).

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PRACTICE: Fleming Paces Field At Langley

Veteran Leads Afternoon Practice Session

HAMPTON, Va. – On a NASCAR throwback weekend Frank Fleming provided his own version of the celebration in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Saturday in Virginia.

The veteran competitor who has over 50 modified wins in his career, led the field during practice for the Bayport Credit Union 150 presented by Budweiser at Langley Speedway.

Fleming, from Mt. Airy, North Carolina, drove his No. 40 AutosbyNelson.com/Lewsiville Motors/William Smith Trucking Chevrolet to a fast lap of 15.180 seconds (94.862 mph) during the one-hour session.

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Patience Pays Off for Preece

Wins Delayed, Rain-Shortened NASCAR Whelen Modified Race At Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2015) – Ryan Preece positioned himself in the right place at the right time, and took home the Bush’s Beans 150 trophy Wednesday in the annual combination race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

On a night that saw rain pause, and ultimately shorten the Bush’s Beans 150, Preece grabbed the lead on Lap 75 just before the midway break and held the position during a subsequent caution on Lap 96. As rain and severe thunderstorms loomed during track clean-up, NASCAR officials threw the yellow-checkered flag on Lap 103, sending Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet to Victory Lane.

Promptly, during those Victory Lane ceremonies, the deluge ensued.

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QUALIFYING: Record Run for Pitkat

Thunders To Bristol Modified Pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. – “Thunder Valley” is one of multiple nicknames that Bristol Motor Speedway carries. Wednesday the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours provided plenty of thunder in Coors Light Pole qualifying.

Woody Pitkat led a charge of 10 cars who qualified under the previous track mark for the division. A fast lap of 14.654 seconds (130.940 mph) earned the Stafford, Connecticut, native his fourth career Whelen Modified Tour pole and topped Donny Lia’s previous record set in 2009 at 14.806 (129.596).

The first three of Pitkat’s Coors Light Poles all came at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

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Timmy Solomito Set for Bristol Return

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY has top 10 finishes in 46% of his 30 starts. The sophomore driver is seventh in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points with one top five and six top tens. He has 4 finishes outside the top 10 in his first season with Flamingo Motorsports. Since the DNF at Monadnock, Solomito had top tens at Stafford and Thompson.

“We’re not really setting the world on fire yet, but just still kind of learning each other, and learning the tracks pretty much,” Solomito said. “It’s been a long road, but little by little I feel like we’re getting there, and we’re getting the cars a little better each time, and I’m getting a little better each time with my experience level. So there’s a good 15-20 cars that can win on any given race, and I feel like we’ve been in that stretch. We just gotta kind of tie it all together.”

“Our points aren’t too bad for considering we had a few pretty bad races. We had Monadnock we got knocked out of. We struggled the first race at Thompson with some issues with tires, and whatnot, and then at Waterford we ended up getting taken out there with a lapped car. But (if) we didn’t have those three bad finishes, I think we’d be in the top five right now in points, but it’s all a part of racing … you move on and go to the next race. We try and run as strong as possible.”

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Santos, Coby Pace Field in Bristol Practices

Under Track Record In Final Rain-Shortened Session

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Intermittent rain showers might have limited the amount of practice time for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Southern Modified drivers Wednesday afternoon – but it didn’t slow many of them down.

Bobby Santos led a group of 10 drivers who were below the tour’s track record during final practice for the Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Santos paced the field with a fast lap of 14.625 seconds (131.200 mph) during the rain-shortened final session, as all top-10 spots were taken by Whelen Modified Tour regulars.

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Whelen Modified Statistical Advance: Bristol

Analyzing The Bush’s Beans 150 At Bristol Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours will head to Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway for Wednesday’s seventh annual Bush’s Beans 150 combination race. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tours and selected drivers at the track:

EVENT INFORMATION

Bush’s Beans 150 Setup:
• After 10 of 15 events, the top three in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings are separated by just eight points entering Bristol Motor Speedway. Woody Pitkat leads Ryan Preece by one and defending titlist Doug Coby by eight.

• With six of 11 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events complete, the top four in the standings are also separated by single digits. Burt Myers leads his brother, Jason, by four while Kyle Ebersole and JR Bertuccio are tied for third, nine points behind.
• The NWMT No. 22 Our Racing Chevrolet has won Bristol the last two years: with Mike Stefanik in 2013 and Tommy Barrett Jr. in 2014. This year Ted Christopher is behind the wheel.
• NWMT drivers have won each of the 13 all-time, points-paying combination races with the NWSMT, including the previous six at Bristol.
• Two-time NWSMT Bristol winner George Brunnhoelzl III is set to make his 100th career start in this event.
• NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman is the only driver to reach Victory Lane twice at Bristol in a modified. He won the event in back-to-back seasons in 2010-11.

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Civali in Hillbilly 79 Again for Bristol

James Civali of Meriden, CT will attempt to make Wednesday night’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway. Civali’s last race was substituting for Spencer Davis at Riverhead last month and he will be back in Susan Hill’s Hillbilly Racing / Coors Light No. 79. Civali will run in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour as the team is higher in owners points (11th compared to 23rd). Teammate Joe Ryan Osborne will be in the No. 19 car.

Civali’s deal for Bristol came together last winter with the team planning to run two cars.

“That was something he always wanted to do and me and David have always been friends,” Civali said. “He likes it when I drive his cars, so it’s going to be good.”

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Fanatics Introduces New Line Of NASCAR Home Tracks Apparel

Touring & Weekly Series Gear Now Available

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2015) – A new line of NASCAR Home Tracks apparel is available for fans to purchase on the NASCAR.com Superstore powered by Fanatics.

In partnering with Fanatics, the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, this marks the first time that officially licensed items are available under one banner for each of NASCAR’s regional touring and weekly series.

Through the NASCAR.com Superstore powered by Fanatics, fans can now purchase both men’s and women’s t-shirts and sweatshirts in multiple colors. Items are available for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Bristol

Christopher Looks For Bucket List VictoryDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – You’d be hard-pressed to come up with the name of a driver more deserving of a turn of good luck at Bristol Motor Speedway than Ted Christopher.

In the previous six editions of the annual combination race between NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tours at Bristol Motor Speedway, no driver has found more speed with nothing to show for it than the Plainville, Connecticut, veteran.

Christopher finished second to Donny Lia in 2009’s inaugural event after leading a race-high 110 circuits, then had to settle for an 18th-place result in 2010 when he again led the most laps – 80 – but suffered a late-race engine failure. Christopher did not participate in the 2011 race, but came back in 2012 to lead 46 more laps before getting wrecked out on Lap 105. Despite missing the 2011 race, he is still the event’s laps led leader with 236, which is 107 more than two-time Bristol winner Ryan Newman.
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Bohn Back In Bowman Gray Victory Lane

Second-Straight Whelen Southern Mod Triumph At The Stadium

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The first names that come to mind when referring to modified racing at Bowman Gray Stadium are usually Brown, Miller and Myers. Danny Bohn is doing his best to get in the conversation.

Bohn, from Freehold, New Jersey, captured the checkered flag in the Strutmasters.com 199 Saturday night in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action. It was his second win in a row in the event.

Bohn also earned the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at the Bowman Gray quarter-mile in 2014 out of the weekly modified division – a division won so many times by Tim Brown, Junior Miller and Burt Myers.

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QUALIFYING: Preece Stays Hot At Stadium

Wins Second Career Southern Modified Pole At Bowman Gray

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ryan Preece looks like the driver to beat at Bowman Gray Stadium for tonight’s Strutmasters.com 199.

After leading the field in practice, the Berlin, Connecticut, driver went out and won his ninth career Coors Light Pole in just 13 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour appearances with a fast lap of 13.202 seconds (68.171 mph). It was his second career pole at the famed quarter-mile track.

Defending race winner Danny Bohn (13.212/68.120) was second with George Brunnhoelzl III finishing out the qualifying podium (13.224/68.058). Andy Seuss and John Smith completed the top five.

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PRACTICE: Preece Ready for Record

Former Champion Leads Field In Session At Bowman Gray

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ryan Preece has said he loves coming south to race at Bowman Gray Stadium and he proved that by leading the way in practice at Bowman Gray Stadium for the Strutmasters.com 199.

The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has already won once this season in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour – at South Boston Speedway – and he’s off to a good start for win No. 2 as he led the field with a fast lap of 13.191 seconds (68.228 mph) in the 45-minute session.

Preece’s fast lap approached the track qualifying record time of 13.186 seconds, set by Tim Brown in 2008. Today’s Coors Light Pole qualifying is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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Whelen So. Mod. Stat Advance: Bowman Gray

Analyzing The Strutmasters.com 199 At Bowman Gray Stadium
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 1 for the Strutmasters.com 199. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the tour and selected drivers at Bowman Gray, as well as some other statistical trends:Strutmasters.com 199 Setup:
• For the first time in the 11-year history of the tour, brothers Jason and Burt Myers enter this event first and second in the points standings.
• Danny Bohn scored his first Bowman Gray touring series win when the tour visited on the historic flat quarter-mile track in last year.
• Burt (2005, 2007) and Jason Myers (2006) accounted for the first three NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour wins at Bowman Gray, but haven’t won there since.
• In 2013, Ryan Preece, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion that season, came down and scored his first win in the Southern Tour. Preece is scheduled to compete this week and will joined by fellow NWMT competitor Eric Goodale, who won the NWSMT opener at Caraway Speedway in March.
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Whelen So. Mod News & Notes: Bowman Gray

Myers Brothers Come Home In Battle At The Top Of Standings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There have been a lot of memorable moments throughout the 11-year history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium will provide another when Burt and Jason Myers take the green flag.

For the first time in the history of the tour the brothers, who have competed in the NWSMT since its inception in 2005, will enter the Sturtmasters.com 199 first and second in the point standings.

Younger brother Jason, who holds the record for most starts and consecutive starts in the history of the tour, leads Burt by two points heading to their home track.

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PIT BOX: Iowa Combo, Part II

Big Ticket Week Also Includes Bowman Gray, Trois-Rivieres

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West will reconvene for the second and final combination race of the year at Iowa Speedway this Friday. The West’s Brandon McReynolds came out on top in a race-long battle waged with polesitter William Byron from the East for his first career NASCAR victory in this year’s first edition back in May. Byron has won two of the last three East races and brings a sizeable points lead to Iowa while Chris Eggleston leads Noah Gragson by a single tally in the West standings. The race name – the Thanks Kenny 150 – is a tribute to Kenny Wallace, who will make his record 547th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series start on Saturday at Iowa.
• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Bowman Gray Stadium this week where hometown favorites and brothers Jason and Burt Myers enter the weekend first and second in the standings. Both drivers have won in previous seasons at Bowman Gray and will look to remain atop the standings this weekend. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Eric Goodale and Ryan Preece also plan on making the trip south for the race.
• One of the marquee dates on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 calendar is on tap for this weekend as the series headlines the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres with the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours. The annual street course event in downtown Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, was won last year by hometown favorite and eventual series champion L.P. Dumoulin. Scott Steckly brings the points lead into the event and last week’s winner, Andrew Ranger, is a four-time victor at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
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PIT BOX: Iowa Combo, Part II

Big Ticket Week Also Includes Bowman Gray, Trois-Rivieres

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West will reconvene for the second and final combination race of the year at Iowa Speedway this Friday. The West’s Brandon McReynolds came out on top in a race-long battle waged with polesitter William Byron from the East for his first career NASCAR victory in this year’s first edition back in May. Byron has won two of the last three East races and brings a sizeable points lead to Iowa while Chris Eggleston leads Noah Gragson by a single tally in the West standings. The race name – the Thanks Kenny 150 – is a tribute to Kenny Wallace, who will make his record 547th and final NASCAR XFINITY Series start on Saturday at Iowa.
• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Bowman Gray Stadium this week where hometown favorites and brothers Jason and Burt Myers enter the weekend first and second in the standings. Both drivers have won in previous seasons at Bowman Gray and will look to remain atop the standings this weekend. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers Eric Goodale and Ryan Preece also plan on making the trip south for the race.
• One of the marquee dates on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 calendar is on tap for this weekend as the series headlines the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres with the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours. The annual street course event in downtown Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, was won last year by hometown favorite and eventual series champion L.P. Dumoulin. Scott Steckly brings the points lead into the event and last week’s winner, Andrew Ranger, is a four-time victor at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.

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Davis to Make K&N East Debut

Will Drive For NTS At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While most 16-year-olds across the country will be planning pool parties or putting off their summer reading requirements this weekend, Spencer Davis will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut for NTS Motorsports at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Don’t let the rookie stripes fool you, though. Davis has been racking up wins and warranting praise for his performance behind the wheel of everything from go-karts to modifieds and late models since the age of six – experience he will lean on to calm any first time jitters he faces this weekend.

“We’ve had tons of experience in lower categories of racing,” said Davis. “So knowing that I can get it done is definitely a real big deal, because that’s always the thing about a driver: he never needs to start doubting himself and thinking about if he can run good. I know I can jump into any other car and run real good.”
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2 Brunnhoelzls at Riverhead Opening Day

IMG_8917Bill Park stepped out of the driver’s seat of his always beautiful No. 20 NASCAR Modified, he has filled that seat with several talented drivers. Park will have a trio of drivers this year. Last year’s regular driver Ryan Preece will be back for 8 races and Ron Silk will be in the car for about 5 races plus the 2 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races.

A familiar face will drive the car on opening night at Riverhead (NY) Raceway. Former Long Islander George Brunnhoelzl, III will venture north from North Carolina to pilot the East West Marine/Elite Towing and Transport/Meade’s Welding & Fabricating car. He will be returning to Riverhead for the first time since 2011, when he drove a NASCAR WMT race.

I talked to George Monday about coming back to Riverhead, coming back to Long Island to drive for Bill Park and his season in general.

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NBC Sports Adds Evernham, Sheheen for Whelen Modified Coverage

Legendary Crew Chief Teams with Veteran Motorsports Broadcaster for All 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. — April 15, 2015 — NBC Sports today welcomed three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham and seasoned broadcaster Ralph Sheheen to its growing lineup of motorsports experts. Evernham and Sheheen will handle coverage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN. The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary season for the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR-sanctioned race on the beach and road course at Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948. Evernham, who began his remarkable career in motorsports working on short track race cars at age 15, will first team with Sheheen to cover the 41st running of the Icebreaker from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Conn., airing on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 a.m. ET (late Friday night). The complete NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour telecast schedule on NBCSN is listed below.

“We’re are thrilled to continue our 2015 NASCAR Touring Series with the knowledge and experience of Ray Evernham and Ralph Sheheen behind the microphone,” said Behnke. “This is a win for all race fans and the enthusiastic followers of the Whelen Modified Tours.”

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Sherwin-Williams Renews as the ‘Official Paint of NASCAR’

FORTUNE 500 Company Leverages Multi-Faceted Official Partnership to Continue Driving Business On and Off the Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 23, 2015) — NASCAR® and Sherwin-Williams, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and paint supplies, announced a three-year extension to their Official Partnership. The newly signed extension will designate Sherwin-Williams as the “Official Paint of NASCAR” through 2017.

Sherwin-Williams, a FORTUNE 500 company, will continue to leverage its designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property at its more than 4,000 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers – many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport.

“Our continued partnership with Sherwin-Williams is another example of FORTUNE 500 brands successfully using NASCAR as an integral part of their marketing mix,” said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president, Partnership Marketing. “Sherwin-Williams’ integrated approach using our intellectual property, both at track and at retail has proven highly effective. We look forward to expanding the Sherwin-Williams relationship across its multiple business divisions. ”

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Whelen Southern Modified Opener Postponed

Spring Classic 150 at Caraway Moved to Sunday

SOPHIA, N.C. – Due to the forecast for rain throughout the day on Saturday, NASCAR and Caraway Speedway has postponed the Spring Classic 150 one day. The season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will now be held on Sunday at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET

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Whelen So. Modified Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Spring Classic 150 At Caraway Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season gets underway this Saturday night at Caraway Speedway with the Spring Classic 150, the first of three scheduled visits to the track for the tour this year. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at Caraway:

Spring Classic 150 Setup:
• Andy Seuss begins defense of his 2014 championship at a track where he has enjoyed a lot of success as two of his three wins from last season came there, and in those two wins he won both from the pole and led all 150 laps.

• Four-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III owns the track record for most tour wins at Caraway with 11. Seuss is second with 10.
• Seuss and Brunnhoelzl have combined to win 13 of the last 18 tour races at Caraway, and 21 of 31 since 2008.
• Burt Myers joins Brunnhoelzl and Seuss as drivers who won at Caraway in 2014 that are scheduled to compete this weekend.

At Caraway Speedway:
Track History
• Caraway Speedway is celebrating its 50th season of competition this year. The .455-mile oval opened in 1966 as a dirt track and was paved in 1972.\

• Caraway held three NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-83, won by Dale Earnhardt, Jack Ingram and Butch Lindley.
• Caraway has featured weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing each year since 1986.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway Speedway was held on March 26, 2005 and was won by Ted Christopher.

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News & Notes: Caraway

Seuss Ready To Defend Whelen Southern Modified Title

Seuss will begin his title defense this Saturday with the season-opening Spring Classic 150 at Caraway Speedway. The usual cast of competition will include four-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III, JR Bertuccio and Burt Myers, among others.

“I am excited to get back to racing and racing for wins,” Seuss said. “At the end of last year we were watching the points and now with a new season, we can get back going for the wins. Point racing was just different for me.”

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Hall of Fame Inducts Five Iconic Wheelmen

Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly, White Officially Enshrined

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five legendary drivers with distinct styles and contributions to NASCAR were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Those who added their names to the list of now 30 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees, included: Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White.

The group makes up the Hall’s sixth class in its history.

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