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NWMT: Rob Fuller Motorsports Adds Chase Dowling

Rob Fuller Motorsports of Shrewsbury, MA brings a new driver for next season. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT joins the team with 4 top fives and 15 top 10s in 32 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts. He was the youngest Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner when he ran in 2015. Fuller and Dowling spoke at the World Series last year regarding 2017.

“Rob was one of the first people that approached me about driving a racecar for him,” Dowling said. “…I just want to win races and Rob Fuller’s going to give me the opportunity to provide me a car where I can be up front.”

Rob Fuller of Boylston, MA sees positives in his new driver. The No. 15 car is the house car for LFR Chassis, which won the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships with Doug Coby. The adjustments on the car are different and Fuller wants a driver to provide the best feedback.

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Danny Bohn Set for Doubleheader

Danny Bohn of Freehold, NJ has a doubleheader weekend in front of him after the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) season opener was postponed. Saturday is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway and Sunday the SMRS runs at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC.

Bohn has never been to Myrtle Beach. He has heard of the need to “be conservative” to save tires. His only experience of the track came from the online broadcast last month. Bohn believes his seat time on dirt tracks will help make him a contender.

Bohn plans to run the SMRS full time after the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour ended last year. He also plans to run a partial NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for Fleming Family Racing. It may include a couple of northern races and all of the southern races at Myrtle Beach, Langley, Bristol and a non-points event at Charlotte.

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Bowman Gray Set for Special Night

Historic Track Commemorates 1,000 NASCAR-Sanctioned Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There’s a 1000th time for everything. 

At least that’s what they say at “the Madhouse.” 

Widely-known as one of stock car racing’s most legendary venues, Bowman Gray Stadium got its nickname for a 1950’s qualifying format known as the “Mad Scramble.” And now, more than 65 years later, the track will hold its 1000th NASCAR-sanctioned event on Saturday, Aug. 15. Continue reading ‘Bowman Gray Set for Special Night’

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 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 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 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 199 At Bowman Gray Stadium
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 1 for the 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 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 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


• 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 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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Bowman Gray 05/09 Photos

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Opening Night Madness at The Madhouse

Winston-Salem, NC — 17,000 eager fans awaited the week-long rain-delayed Opening Night. Last week Modified drivers qualified, but only positions 1-10 were locked into their spot. From eleventh on back, drivers could re-qualify if they wanted to. Ronnie Clifton turned the fastest of all the drivers who re-qualified which put him in the eleventh position. It was a chilly night once 8 o’clock rolled around, but not one seat was left empty. As the announcer finished up pre-race ceremonies, 17,000 fans rose to their feet as the National Anthem came to a start.

The first race of the night was a Sportsman race which saw Michael Adams lead them to the green flag. With a field of only 14 cars the race would go green all 40 laps. Zack Ore cleared Adams going into Turn 1 and never looked back. John Holleman, after working over Adams for many laps, finally managed to get around him, but by this time Ore had a straightaway lead and no lapped traffic ahead of him. Strong contenders Derek Stoltz, Taylor Branch struggled throughout the race to move up from their starting positions. Zack Ore went on to lead all 40 laps and win the race. Second place belonged to Holleman, Adams third, Clifton fourth and Taylor Branch fifth.

The main event, The Hayes Jewelers 200, was up next. Jason Myers and Tim Brown led the field of 20 plus Modifieds to the green flag. Early on Jason put about a straightaway on the field as Tim Brown ran second and had a train of cars behind him. The second half of the race was nothing short of a wreck fest. Burt Myers managed to grab the lead on a restart from brother Jason, and Tim Brown actually slipped outside of the top 10. Michael Clifton went for a ride on the frontstretch guardrail and managed to walk away with what I heard from sources as minor injuries. 8 time Hayes Jewelers 200 winner Junior Miller was up to seventh, but contact from Brian Loftin ended his good night. Miller gathered it up, but the leaders were right behind him. Miller managed to stay in front of the leaders for about 40 laps until he finally gave way. During a string of a few late race cautions, Tim Brown worked his way all the way back up to third. There was one constant throughout this race, and that was the continuous threat of Brandon Ward. Brandon never fell below fourth and breathed down the neck of the leaders for 200 laps. I wanted to give him a plug because of how great of a person he is, and how much he does with what opportunities he’s given. Burt Myers went on to win, his third Hayes 200 win of the last 4. Jason Myers placed second, Brandon Ward third, Tim Brown fourth, and Chris Fleming fifth.

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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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Bowman Gray Season Preview

As some of you may recall about two years ago, I wrote a pretty controversial “preseason prediction” article. It stirred the pot a little bit, but mainly it had me thinking of what I should come up with this season. As we all anticipate with each passing day the 2015 Bowman Gray season, I can’t help but to look back at 2014 just a little.

Some of the events that happened were unbelievable, to say the least. The “Myers and Miller” feud is still as strong as ever, and Tim Brown finally stood up for what he believed wasn’t right. We had a brand new champion in our premiere division, Danny Bohn in Puddin Swisher’s famous #53 car. Who would’ve predicted that at the beginning? Not I. I’m looking forward to this year’s season more so than I have in the past, with the development of new engines and chassis combinations, like LFR.

The Sportsman season finale was one of the biggest clusters I had ever witnessed with all the “he said she said” going on, until finally Taylor Branch was crowned champion. New faces showed up, but so did old ones. And those faces we all know took their experience and ran with it. Guys like Derek, Ryan, and others consistently ran up front week in and week out. I’ve heard many rumors of drivers moving up to this division, so it should be a great year.

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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 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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Championship Hunt Drives Sanders

Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Update

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — AJ Sanders has been around racing long enough that he knows exactly what is at stake.

With just under two months remaining in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season, Sanders is hoping to turn his early-season success into a NASCAR national title.

“I’d love to win the NASCAR championship,” said the 46-year-old from Mocksville, North Carolina. “It’s a big goal. I’m going to try everything I can to win this championship.”

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Rhodes Rolls to Bowman Gray Victory Lane

Gains Third NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ben Rhodes turned in a dominating victory in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 Saturday night in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action at historic Bowman Gray Stadium.

Rhodes, a NASCAR Next driver from Louisville, Kentucky, nearly became the first driver in four all-time races at The Stadium to win from the pole, but as it was he led all but one of the 152 circuits to emerge with his third victory of the season and extend his lead in the K&N Pro Series East championship standings.

Rhodes’ triumph was not without challenges, however. He had to keep his No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet out in front through 12 caution restarts on the tight quarter-mile for the hard-earned win.

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QUALIFYING: Record Run For Rhodes

Set Series’ Track Record In Bowman Gray Time Trials

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ben Rhodes took down his fourth 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing in seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events this season in qualifying for tonight’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium.

In his first appearance at the legendary quarter-mile, Rhodes posted a fast lap of 14.382 seconds (62.578 mph) to earn the all-important pole position. The Louisville, Kentucky native’s lap bested the series’ previous track record of 14.471 (62.193) established by Brett Moffitt a year ago.

Rhodes’ qualifying effort backed up his performance earlier in the day at The Stadium when he also paced the K&N Pro Series East field in the practice session. He entered the day with two wins on the season and the championship points lead.

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PRACTICE: Rhodes On Top at Stadium

K&N Pro Series East Points Leader Looks For Third Win

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ben Rhodes topped the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East speed chart on Saturday in NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 practice at Bowman Gray Stadium.

After competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event Friday night at Dover International Speedway, the 17-year-old driver out of Louisville, Kentucky has his sight set on a third K&N Pro Series East victory of the season. The points leader made his way around the tight quarter-mile track in 14.551 seconds for an average speed of 61.851 mph.

Cameron Hayley was second with a time of 14.558 seconds (61.822 mph) followed by Daniel Suárez in third at 14.579 seconds (61.733 mph). Nick Drake and Sergio Peña completed to top five drivers in the 90-minute session at 14.624 seconds (61.543 mph) and 14.637 seconds (61.488 mph), respectively.
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From the Monster Mile to the Madhouse

Four K&N Pro Series East Drivers Pulling Double Duty

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It will be a busy weekend full of adjustments for four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitors.

Gray Gaulding, Brandon Jones, Brennan Newberry and Ben Rhodes will participate in the Lucas Oil 200 on Friday, May 30 in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action at Dover (Del.) International Speedway before making their way to Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the K&N Pro Series East’s NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 on Saturday.

To tame the “Monster Mile,” the four will need to get their trucks dialed in for the 24-degree banking in the turns of the concrete oval. Then, less than 20 hours later, they’ll be behind the wheel of their familiar K&N Pro Series machines trying to find the right setup for the flat quarter-mile at “The Madhouse.”
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PIT STOP: Stock Cars in the Madhouse

Weekend Info – Touring & Weekly Schedules, Links & Notes


• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday, May 31. The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will be the fourth series event at “The Stadium,” which hosted 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1958-71. NASCAR Next drivers and alumni won the first three visits to the .25-mile asphalt oval, a trend that is likely to continue with six members of the current class and three alumni entered in Saturday’s event.

• The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its second attempt at the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway when it heads to the half-mile asphalt oval on Friday, May 30. Rain washed out the tour’s first attempt last Friday, but not before Bobby Santos captured the pole award in qualifying, his fourth in the last six qualifying attempts at Stafford. The veteran driver won this race during his 2010 championship season. Friday night’s event will be the second of four at Stafford this season, and the first of two under the lights.

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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Bowman Gray

Analyzing The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its annual visit to historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday, May 31 for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Bowman Gray, as well as some other statistical trends:

Bowman Gray Race Setup
• None of the nine drivers on the entry list with K&N Pro Series East experience at Bowman Gray have led a lap at the quarter-mile track. The best finish of those nine was fourth last season by Kenzie Ruston.
• A dozen of the entered drivers will be making their first series appearance at the track.
• Winning the pole position for the NASCAR Hall of Fame has not been a good sign with an average finish of 13.3 in three series events. The best finish for a pole sitter was the fifth-place showing by Kyle Larson in 2012.

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K&N East News & Notes: Bowman Gray

Rookie Bassett Settling In With Each Passing Day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Knowledge is power.

For NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ronnie Bassett Jr., the confidence level rises on a daily basis as he and his team learns more and more about the cars and tracks that make up the series.

“It’s been really different. Everything that I’ve ever learned in a late model, I can throw out the window,” said Bassett. “It’s like the other side of the coin and starting brand new.”

The learning curve, while steep, has been managed by the Bassett bunch. In six starts this season they have scored top-five finishes at Greenville and Richmond. Add in another two top 10s and that’s good enough for ninth in the championship standings.
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Myers Holds on Against Brown at Bowman Gray

Winston-Salem, NC — It was a clash of the titans on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium as Burt Myers tussled with Tim Brown for victory in the Hayes Jewelers 200 for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series.

Myers, a resident of Walnut Cove, qualified on the pole with Rural Hall’s Tim Brown starting on the outside front row. Myers shot out into the lead as the green flag waved and held on for 35 laps and two double-file restarts.

But on the third double-file restart, Brown slammed the gas and powered ahead of Myers to steal away the lead heading into turn one. Brown then turned his efforts towards nursing his tires – but Myers had other ideas.

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VIDEO: Watch 2013 NASCAR Awards Shows

Replays of Whelen All-American Awards & Night Of Champions

Watch complete multilingual video coverage from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Both events took place in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Dec. 13-14, 2013.

The videos include Red Carpet driver interviews in addition to the full awards programs.


NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards: ENGLISH | SPANISH | FRENCH

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Cole Powell to Test ARCA Car at Daytona

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Cole Powell of Mount Brydges, Ontario will test at Daytona International Speedway this week in advance of his ARCA Racing Series debut on February 15, 2014.

“(It) just happened though connections with people knowing people and we were guided towards Empire,” Powell said.

Empire Racing is based in Mooresville, NC and owned by John Corr. The car will be either #8 or #48. There are no additional ARCA races are planned at this time. Powell could not provide specifics regarding a potential ride in the NASCAR Nationwide or Camping World Truck Series.

“I’m really excited to get to the track this week for the test and finally get to feel what it’s like to drive Daytona Speedway,” Powell said. “It’s going to be a dream come true.”

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2014 K&N East Schedule Announced

Florida Swing Kicks Off 16-Race Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season kicks off with a Florida doubleheader and covers a combination of historic short tracks, NASCAR national series combination events and a pair of road courses.

The East portion of NASCAR’s top step on its developmental ladder will cover 16 events and culminate with the finale at the “Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway.

New additions to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule include the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – followed by the return to Daytona International Speedway for the UNOH Battle At The Beach – as well as running the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.

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2014 Southern Modified Schedule Announced

Fifteen Race Schedule Covers Seven Traditional Tracks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule has a pair of special non-points events on the slate this season to go along with its traditional calendar and some notable additions.

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s 10th season of competition will see 15 championship points events scattered throughout the tour’s familiar southeastern footprint. Added to the season-opening non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway is another special event folded into the June Whelen Modified Tour visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Also new this year is second dates added to Virginia short tracks – Langley Speedway and South Boston Speedway.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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NOTEBOOK: An Emotional Trip for Preece

NASCAR Next Driver Makes Up For Lost Time At Madhouse

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – It took Ryan Preece 12 hours to get as far away from the disappointment of a 16th-place finish Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway. It took him just over an hour to erase that bitter memory entirely.

Preece, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point leader, led every single lap from the pole Saturday night to win the Kevin Powell Motorsports 199 at Bowman Gray Stadium for his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory. The member of the 2013 NASCAR Next class became just the second driver in history from the state of Connecticut to win at the historic quarter-mile, joining the late Ed Flemke Sr. in the record books.

“I don’t think anybody here in the stands knows how much this means to me, to my family,” Preece said, holding back tears in Victory Lane.

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Saturday Night Updates

NASCAR WSMT: Ryan Preece won the Kevin Powell Motorsports 199 at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC over Burt Myers, Cole Powell, Danny Bohn, and Tim Brown. John Smith, Jeremy Gerstner, Luke Fleming, Gary Putnam, and Andy Seuss rounded out the top-10. This is Preece’s first career NASCAR WSMT win.

NEMA: John Zych, Jr. of Mendon, MA won the 25-lap NEMA Midget race by 1.7 seconds over Ian Cumens, Seth Carlson, Russ Stoehr and Randy Cabral completed the top-5. Anthony Marvuglio, Bethany Stoehr, Joey Payne, Phil DiMario and Paul Scally rounded out the top-10. This was the first NEMA race at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY since 1971 (Jerry Wall).

NEMA Lites: In the companion 25-lap feature at Airborne, Ian Cumens claimed the win over Brandon Igo, Logan Rayvals, Danny Cugini and Carl Medeiros.  Avery Stoehr, Meg Cugini, Anthony Payne, Kenney Johnson and Richie Morrocco rounded out the top-10. This was the inaugural NEMA Lites race at Airborne.

VMRS at Beech Ridge: Steven Masse of Bellingham, MA won the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature over Anthony Nocella and Chris Pasteryak. The race was run in 31 minutes with one caution.

Waterford: Diego Monahan won the SK Modified feature over Keith Rocco, Todd Ceravolo, Ted Christopher, and Joe Gada. Robert Janovic Jr., Jeffrey Gallup, Craig Lutz, Ed Puleo, Kyle James rounded out the top-10.

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