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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Catalano Debuts Tonight

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY is making his TQ Midget debut this weekend at Boardwalk Hall. He is driving for the Brainards. Catalano hopes to compete at Trenton next month.

“They’re definitely quick,” Catalano said. “They’re fun. They’re different compared to the Modifieds, for sure.”

Catalano will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut this season. He hopes to attempt five races ahead of a potential full season in 2017. His schedule includes Oswego (NY) Speedway, and one race at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

“We’ve been talking about it for a while and having that race up there. That kind of pushed the situation a little bit and kind of I guess set us off that way and so it’s going to get us hooked. Hopefully, we can make the best of it.”

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ROCMT: 2015 Schedule Announced

The 2015 Race of Champions Modified Tour schedule was announced today by the series.

Sunday, April 19th – Lancaster National Speedway
Sunday, May 3rd – Chemung Speedrome
Saturday, May 9th- Oswego Speedway
Sunday, May 24th- Shangri La II Motor Speedway
Friday, June 5th – Spencer Speedway
Thursday, June 25th- Lancaster National Speedway
Saturday, July 11th – Holland Speedway
Friday, July 24th – Spencer Speedway
Saturday, August 8th – Chemung Speedrome
Saturday, August 15th – Lancaster National Speedway
Friday, September 4th – Oswego Speedway
Saturday, September 19th – Oswego Speedway
Sunday, September 27th – Lancaster National Speedway
Sunday, October 4th – Shangri La II Motor Speedway

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2014 ROC Modified Asphalt Modifid Tour Schedule Released

Date Site Location Lap
Sun. May 4th Chemung Speedrome Chemung, NY 75
Sat. May 10th Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 75
Sun. May 18th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Sat. May 24th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 75
Fri. June 6th Spencer Speedway Rochester, NY 75
Sat. July 5th Holland Speedway Holland, NY 100
Sun. July 27th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Fri. Aug. 29th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 100
Sat. Sept. 6th Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 14th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 200*
Sun. Sept. 21st Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 29th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 100

(Two additional dates likely to be added but could not be confirmed for release of this schedule).

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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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NEAR Introduces “Class Of 2013” At 16th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

South Windsor, CT — On Sunday November 10, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT., the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region.

Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.

Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.

Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro, Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime car owner Ron Berndt.

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Pulliam Continues Historic Short-Track Run

Joins Elite Company With 2nd Whelen All-American Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lee Pulliam is now an iconic champion in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.

He won NASCAR’s national championship of weekly short track auto racing for a second consecutive year in 2013. Pulliam becomes just the third driver in the series’ 32 years to win the national championship more than once and to win consecutive titles.

Pulliam, 25, of Semora, N.C., scored the maximum of 810 points available this season. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series has had various points systems since it began in 1982, and Pulliam is just the fourth to win the title with a “perfect record.”

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ROC Asphalt Modified Tour Readies for 20th Season

Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Readies for 20th Anniversary Season in 2013

BINGHAMTON, NY — The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour will approach a milestone 20th Anniversary season in 2013. The tour will once again see an ambitious schedule taking place with the majority of the dates in place for the upcoming season. The Annual Race of Champions Banquet will take place on Saturday, March 2nd and will honor Matt Hirschman as the Champion for an impressive fifth time. George Kent is the all-time series champion leader with six titles.

The 2013 version of the RoC Asphalt Modified Tour will see at least eleven races with ten confirmed dates locked in at this time. The traditional Chemung Speedrome event has been moved to the spring opener on Sunday, May 5th. The 125 lap event is always one of the most exciting on the series and a great way to get the New York State swing underway. The Shangri-La II Speedway will once again play host to three events on the concrete 5/8th mile oval with the first taking place on Sunday, May 19th. The other two dates have been set for Sunday, July 28th and the tour finale Fall Brawl on Sunday, September 29th.

Oswego Speedway returns to hosting three RoC events again in 2013. The traditional Memorial Day Weekend Richie Evans Memorial will take place on Saturday, May 25th. The mid-summer 63rd running of the Sunoco Race of Champions will take place at the “Steel Palace” on Saturday, July 20th. The RoC Mods will return to the International Classic Weekend on Friday, August 30th in what is always a must see weekend.

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NEAR Presents “Class of 2012” At 15th Annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

East Windsor, CT — On Sunday January 29, The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 15th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Inductions. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended event held at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Receiving induction honors this year were drivers Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, and Roland Lapierre Sr., owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operator Irene Venditti.

Though not present due to prior commitments, longtime Northern media personality Dave Moody was the recipient of the prestigious “Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award.” Veteran auto racing journalist and Hall of Fame Member Pete Zanardi received the Danny Pardi Memorial Award for his many contributions to NEAR over the years.

A pivotal figure during the formative years of the sport and truly one of the regions earliest stars, Moe Gherzi came to stock cars following a brief fling with midget racing during the busy post-war era. Gherzi won for some of the best teams in the early days of the sport while displaying a flashy style which became his trademark. Nicknamed “Moneybags” owed to a knack of winning many big-dollar events, he tasted success at virtually all of the regions tracks. He later served as the longtime Racing Director at Connecticut’s Plainville Stadium. Accepting for her late father from presenter Dave Dykes was Ms. Alma Michaud.

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‘Rapid Roman’ Richie Evans Rode Orange Chariot Into History

New York Star Won Nine NASCAR Modified Series Titles In Hall Of Fame Career

Daytona Beach, FL — Richard Ernest “Richie” Evans certainly was the face of NASCAR – and modified racing – in the northeast, winning an estimated 475 times in approximately 1,300 starts. It equates to a win in every three starts (a 36.5% clip), something unheard of in modern racing at any level.

Evans will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, one of five members of the Hall’s third class comprised of the New York native, legendary crew chief Dale Inman, team owner Glen Wood and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. He is the first of 15 inductees without a connection to NASCAR’s premier series.

The 2012 enshrinement ceremony kicks off NASCAR Acceleration 2012 weekend, which includes the NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint, where fans can interact with the sport’s legends and current stars in person, get autographs and catch a sneak peek at the upcoming season. Fans can go to for more information.

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Measure of the Man

Equal parts talent, lifestyle and legend earn Evans his Hall call

Every Christmas Day, no matter how cold or how much snow was on the ground, Richie Evans would drive his race car over to The Rusty Nail, the Rome, N.Y., bar that also sponsored his famous orange and black No. 61, to celebrate the holiday. For Evans was never far from his roots.

This week, short-track fans up and down the East Coast were celebrating the announcement that Evans would be one of five people inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Evans made his name with eye-popping statistics from his career in a Modified.

But Evans cemented his legend a long time ago with the stories that surrounded his career.

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Evans Inducted To NASCAR Hall

2012 class includes Yarborough, Wood, Inman, Waltrip

1981 - Richie Evans at Stafford

1981 - Richie Evans at Stafford

Members of the 55-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2012. The announcement was made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

The class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which included a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.COM. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

As was the case for the first two classes of the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, the results of this year’s voting were competitive. Yarborough led with 85 percent of the vote, followed by Waltrip (82%), Inman (78%), Evans (50%) and Wood (44%).

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Repaving Project Starts at Spencer Speedway

Williamson, NY — The 55 year old Spencer Speedway is preparing to accept a new coat of asphalt. It has not been since 1964 that the track has been repaved. With the help of the All County Construction crew milling machines have begun ripping up the historic half mile oval.

“We are pretty much keeping the same configuration, “stated track owner John White. “Not only will All County Construction be working the oval, but the drag strip also up to the concrete launching pad”

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Record-breaking Win For Rudolph

Youngest winner in Whelen Modified Tour history

Williamson, NY — Erick Rudolph was just looking to finish a race. What he wound up with was a history-making victory. Rudolph’s first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win Sunday in the Spencer Speedway 155 made him the youngest winner in tour history.

At 17 years, 6 months, 3 days, the Ransomville, N.Y., driver eclipsed the mark set by Ryan Preece last year. Preece was 17 years, 10 months, 25 days when he won at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

After failing to finish each of the first four races of the season, Rudolph led the final 48 laps Sunday and withstood a furious charge from Todd Szegedy on the final lap to claim the victory. On the last lap, Szegedy got by Chuck Hossfeld for second and had the nose of his car nearly up to Rudolph’s front tire as they crossed the finish line. The scheduled 125-lap event was extended to 131 by a green-white-checkered finish.

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HEATS: Christopher, Szegedy win

Williamson, NY — Ted Christopher and Todd Szegedy will start on the front row after winning their respective heat races for the Spencer Speedway 155 Sunday.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start is slated to take the green at approxiamely 3 p.m.

Christopher, the points leader, pulled away from a brief challenge by Donny Lia on the green flag of the first 15-lap heat race and led the rest of the way en route to the victory. Mike Stefanik finished second, followed by Woody Pitkat, Lia and Ron Silk.

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PRACTICE: Rudolph Tops Mods

Williamson, NY — Erick Rudolph had the fastest practice time Sunday as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour prepared for the Spencer Speedway 155.

Rudolph’s No. 59 Original Pizza Logs/Prime Tyme Chevrolet circled the flat half-mile in 19.752 seconds for an average speed of 91.130.

Chuck Hossfeld was second quick at 19.784 (90.983), and Donny Lia was third at 19.786 (90.973). Rowan Pennink and points leader Ted Christopher rounded out the top five.

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Weather Postpones Spencer Speedway 155 Until Sunday

Williamson, NY — Following constant rain throughout Saturday morning, NASCAR and Spencer Speedway officials have postponed the Spencer Speedway 155 to Sunday.

The lineup for the two heat races, to be run Sunday, will be set per the rule book. The heat races are scheduled to start at 2 p.m., with the 125-lap main event slated to take the green at approximately 3 p.m.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Spencer Speedway 155

Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its first trip of 2009 to the Empire State for the Spencer Speedway 155 on Saturday, July 11 in Williamson, N.Y.

At Spencer Speedway:

• Spencer Speedway originally opened in 1955.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Spencer was held on July 4, 1985 during the Tour’s inaugural season.
• Spencer has held five NWMT races all-time.

• George Kent won the inaugural NWMT race at Spencer in 1985.
• The five NWMT races at Spencer have produced five different winners.
• Although there have been only five NWMT events at Spencer, two drivers have earned multiple pole awards.
• Matt Hirschman took the checkered flag in the 2008 event and Williamson native Jan Leaty earned the Coors Light Pole Award … Leaty also captured the 1987 pole.
• Of the expected entrants for the 2009 edition, none have reached Victory Lane in an NWMT race at Spencer.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes – Spencer

Whelen Modifieds Return To Northern New York

For the second year in a row, and just the sixth time overall, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Spencer Speedway on Saturday, July 11 in Williamson, N.Y., for the Spencer Speedway 155.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour first ran at Spencer in the Tour’s inaugural season of 1985, a race won by George Kent. Matt Hirschman reached Victory Lane at Spencer last year in the first race at the flat half-mile oval in more than a decade.

Hirschman will not be in Williamson on Saturday to defend his race win, but last year’s runner-up – Ron Silk – looks forward to returning in 2009.
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Hirschman Earns First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory at Spencer

Hirschman Takes Mason Farms 100 Checkered Flag

Williamson, NY — Matt Hirschman reached Victory Lane for the first time in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career Saturday night at Spencer Speedway when he led 79 laps and won the Mason Farms 100.

Hirschman, who won the second of two 25-lap heat races earlier in the evening, led four times throughout the 100-lap main and was the car to beat all night. After Mike Stefanik had moved through the field and took the lead on lap 89, the veteran was caught up in an accident coming out of Turn 3 and Hirschman took back a lead that he would never relinquish.
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Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Western New York

For the first time since 1994, and for just the fifth time overall, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will bring its show to Spencer Speedway for the Mason Farms 100 on Saturday, July 12 in Williamson, N.Y.

In its inaugural year of 1985, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visited Spencer, a half-mile flat asphalt oval, for the first time. The western New York venue also held Modified races in 1986, 1987 and 1994.
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Whelen Modified Tour to Visit Spencer on July 12

Williamson, NY — For many New York based race fans, they have been out of touch with the Whelen Modified Tour, which started officially in 1983. This series based in New England would only visited upstate New York once or twice a summer. The Modifieds are NASCAR’s oldest division, dating back to 1948 sanctioning. The driver with the most points from Tour races won the NASCAR national modified title.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour started as a replacement to a list of NASCAR Modified Championship Events, a practice which started in the late 70’s. Drivers would earn points towards the national title by competing at any races on the list.
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Rudolph Gears Up for Return to the Whelen Modified Tour

A major objective in 2008 for the DeLange Racing team and their talented teenage driver, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, was to test themselves against the NASCAR Modified Tour teams. They began the season chasing that goal, with a trip to Caraway Speedway in North Carolina followed by a visit to Thompson Speedway in Connecticut. They followed that up with two trips to famed Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut, and scored their first Modified top-ten finish on May 23rd. After that race, they headed back home as the racing season was ready to open in Western New York.

They focused their racing at the speedway in Lancaster, under new management  and renamed Dunn Tire Raceway Park. On Opening Day in early May Rudolph drove the #45 Original Pizza Logs/PrimeTyme Motorsports/Brigham Concrete Modified to a solid third place finish. He embellished that with a victory in the #45 SST Sportsman, the first of three consecutive wins at DTRP in that car. On June 20 the DeLange team headed east to Spencer Speedway in Williamson and drove the #45 Original Pizza Logs/PrimeTyme Motorsports/Brigham Concrete SST to a dominant 75-lap feature victory.

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