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2018 Schedule Announced For NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Season Opener Returns To Myrtle Beach; New Hampshire Extra-Distance Event On Tap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take the green flag on the 2018 season at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway in March, and the schedule will feature 16 championship points races at nine different venues.

The champion will once again be crowned at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 56th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The calendar spotlight’s some of the northeast’s iconic short tracks, includes three fast southern venues and features the longest distance race in tour history as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes center stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September for a 250-lap showdown.

“Year in and year out, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour puts on some of the most exciting and pulse-pounding action in racing, and we are looking forward to the 2018 season,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “We’ve made some tweaks in the dates to alleviate some of the schedule congestion and better help teams work through the season. In 2017, we saw six drivers enter the final race of the season with a shot at the title, and we’re eager to watch that high level of competition continuing next season.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts has been moved from August to June 2. The date change means the tour will only have one instance where it will race three weeks in a row, and will have at least a weekend off between races on 10 different occasions.

Last year, the tour began its new unified era with the season opener at Myrtle Beach. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958, and will once again host the opener on Saturday, March 17.

Earlier this summer, NASCAR and New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced the tour will be the headliner on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of a special event that will also include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

The NASCAR Whelen Modifeid Tour will also visit New Hampshire in July with a championship points race as well as the annual invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout. The tour will also be part of the national series weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

After Myrtle Beach, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to New England for two of the staple weekends of the early racing season: The 44rd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson and the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

The tour will make four stops at Thompson, and three at Stafford.

The tour schedule also features two races at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway, a bullring known for their high-intensity, close-quarters Modified action, as well as return trips to New York’s Oswego Speedway and Virgina’s Langley Speedway in Hampton.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour television broadcast schedule on NBCSN will be announced at a later date.

2018 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
17-Mar Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8-Apr Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
29-Apr Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
2-June Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass.
13-June Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
23-June Langley Speedway Hampton, Va.
7-July Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
20-July New Hampshire Motor Speedway* Loudon, N.H.
21-July New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
3-Aug Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
8-Aug Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
15-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn.
1-Sep Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y..
8-Sep Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
22-Sep New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
30-Sep Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
14-Oct Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.

*non-points, special events

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

62nd Budweiser International Classic Weekend to Include ISMA Supernationals on Saturday, September 1

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews.

OSWEGO, NY (November 20, 2017) – For the 24th consecutive season, Saturday of Budweiser International Classic Weekend at Oswego Speedway is set to include the always entertaining winged warriors of the International Supermodified Association on September 1.

While a second division for Classic Saturday 2018 is still to be announced, it is confirmed that Friday will once again include ‘Pole Day’ time trials for Supermodifieds and Small Block Supers while Sunday, September 2 will see the Budweiser International Classic 200 for the non-wing Supermodifieds plus the Bud Light Classic 75 for the SBS.

“We are looking forward to again having the ISMA Supernationals as part of our schedule for the 62nd running of Classic Weekend,” said speedway public relations director Camden Proud. “ISMA has become a very important part of our longstanding Classic tradition for the past 20 years and that is something we hope to continue for many seasons to come.”

All of ISMA’s biggest stars including 2017 champion Jon McKennedy, runner-up Tim Jedrzejek, teammates Trent Stephens and Moe Lilje and front runners Dan Bowes, Mike McVetta, Mark Sammut, Mike Lichty, Chris Perley, Dave Shullick Jr, Michael Muldoon, Dave McKnight, Mike Ordway Jr, Dave Danzer, Kyle Edwards, Tim Snyder, and more are expected to be in attendance this September for what is the only winged Supermodified event on Oswego’s 2018 schedule thus far.

The first ‘ISMA Supernationals’ 60 was contested back in the 1994 season, when one Bentley Warren went to victory lane to add to his illustrious list of checkered flags on Classic Weekend. Since then, there have been twelve different winners in the prestigious 60-lap contest including Lichty, Jedrzejek, and Shullick who have dominated the event in the past five seasons. Oswego’s all-time winged Super winner Perley has also won the Supernationals an impressive five times.

ISMA’s schedule for its 42nd season of competition, revealed over the weekend, will include 12 unique feature events in 2018, including its first trips to the Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire on May 19, as well as Jukasa Motor Speedway (formerly Cayuga) in Ontario on Saturday, July 14.

The tour will also have a return stop at Lancaster Speedway, just 2 hours from Oswego, on Saturday, June 2 with the speedway off that week to work in conjunction with the ISMA show.

Other familiar venues on the schedule include Delaware Speedway on June 1, Lee USA Speedway on August 10, New London Waterford Speedbowl on August 11, Delaware again on August 18, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the World Series of Racing on October 13 and 14.

Sandusky Speedway’s Hy-Miler and Star Speedway’s ‘Classic,’ the two other events in Supermodified racing’s Triple Crown, will once again take place on their regular dates of July 28 and September 8, respectively.

The 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will commence from Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2 of 2018.

Oswego Speedway’s full 2018 schedule has been posted online at OswegoSpeedway.com. Pricing, times and season ticket information will all be revealed in the coming weeks as well as rule books for the Supermodifieds and SBS.

For further updates on Oswego Speedway, you can FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway. Fans can also LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

BUD LIGHT WINGED SUPERNATIONALS CHAMPIONS (1994-2017):

1994 – Bentley Warren

1995 – Chris Perley

1996 – Chris Perley

1997 – Chris Perley

1998 – Joey Payne

1999 – Gary Albritain

2000 – Dave McKnight

2001 – Dave McKnight

2002 – Tim Jedrzejek

2003 – Greg Furlong

2004 – Bobby Santos III

2005 – Nokie Fonoro

2006 – Bentley Warren

2007 – Dave Shullick Jr.

2008 – Chris Perley

2009 – Tim Jedrzejek

2010 – Ben Seitz

2011 – Chris Perley

2012 – Tim Jedrzejek

2013 – Mike Lichty

2014 – Dave Shullick Jr.

2015 – Tim Jedrzejek

2016 – Dave Shullick Jr.

2017 – Mike Lichty

Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series PR: Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Returning in 2018

OSWEGO, NY (November 20, 2017) – After a successful debut this past September, the Lighthouse Lanes Small Block Supermodified Touring Series will return to action in Central New York for 2018 under continued leadership from series president and founder Mike Bruce along with promoter and media director Camden Proud.

Founded in March 2017 and derived from the idea to bring back the feel of the now defunct Northeast Organized Racer’s Association to Oswego Speedway’s Small Block Supermodified class, the tour made a successful debut with its first annual ‘Fall Brawl 50’ event at the Evans Mills Speedway this past September. Over 20 race cars showed up for the series’ inaugural event which was won by Oswego Speedway’s 2017 Pathfinder Bank SBS champ Dave Cliff.

After an impressive start, the series is set to return in 2018 with continued support from Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. Bruce has been busy over the past several weeks communicating with track owners regarding the 2018 schedule, while Proud has created a new website for the tour, LighthouseLanesSBSSeries.com.

“We are very excited about what lies ahead for the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series for the 2018 season,” Bruce said. “Throughout the past several weeks, we’ve been communicating with the Evans Mills, Spencer and Adirondack Speedways to book events. When the tracks are ready to go, our tour schedule will be announced as well.”

Roughly five events are planned for the series in 2018, including two pre-Oswego races to tentatively be held at Evans Mills at the beginning of May. With Evans Mills making the notable switch to Friday night racing last month, this will also mark the first time the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series has run under the lights.

“A few weeks ago Evans Mills Speedway announced their switch to Friday nights for the 2018 season,” mentioned Proud. “With two events planned preseason along with the second annual Fall Brawl 50 tentatively set for mid-September, our series will see at least three events under the lights in 2018.”

Also being explored as part of the schedule are a mid-June event at the Spencer Speedway in Williamson along with an additional September show at the Adirondack Speedway located in Castorland, N.Y.

Frequent updates regarding series meetings, fundraising, purse and tow money, and of course the finalization of the 2018 schedule will all be made available at the new series website; LighthouseLanesSBSSeries.com.

“As a new organization it is important that we take advantage of the opportunities in front of us on the social media side,” Proud added. “Oswego Speedway has given us the green light to cross-promote between the tour and the track, which of course is the only weekly facility for these race cars. We are also the only Small Block Supermodified Touring Series of this kind in the country. Promoting our brand and having an active presence in the media is vital to our success. We ask that everyone refers to our online outlets for the latest updates.”

Series headlining sponsor Lighthouse Lanes was constructed in 2003 to provide Oswego, NY with a new home for bowling and entertainment. The project was spearheaded by Bob Hoefer and Nick Sereno and after some searching, the pair found the perfect home for their new plan on Jim Shampine Drive adjacent to the Oswego Speedway. With the help of experienced manager Dana Hollister, Lighthouse Lanes has become one of the premier bowling locations in the Central New York area hosting functions such as cosmic bowling, leagues, birthday and holiday parties, plus Chicken BBQ fundraisers for a wide variety of organizations including the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series. Also part of Lighthouse Lanes is the Hall of Fame Lounge and bar, a full-sized game room, meeting areas, and the bowling alley’s concession stand and restaurant which features it’s popular homemade chicken wings and sheet pizzas.

At least one fundraiser is planned for the series this offseason once again to be held at Lighthouse Lanes, with further details and information to be announced in the coming weeks on series social media.

Several drivers have already expressed interest in the 2018 Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Tour including Bruce, Cliff, Tim and Chris Proud, Haynes / Pratt Racing, Jack Patrick, Missile Motorsports, Cameron Rowe, Rob Pullen, Barry Kingsley, Vern LaFave, Josh Sokolic, and many more.

Those intending to receive updates from the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series updates may visit online at LighthouseLanesSBSSeries.com. You can also LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/LighthouseLanesSBS or FOLLOW on Twitter @LHLSBSupers.

2018 Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Overview:

May – Evans Mills Speedway (2 events)

June – Spencer Speedway (1 event)

September – Evans Mills / Adirondack Speedway (1 event each)