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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 2015 Success Builds Momentum

  • Car Counts Up an Average of Five Per Event
  • TV Viewership Increased 41-Percent


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2016) – Buoyed by the intense on-track competition and an ascending television and online following, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is riding high into the 2016 season.

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When Doug Coby emerged from the closest championship battle in 31 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition last fall at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, it punctuated one of the most prosperous seasons in the tour’s history. The 2015 success stories are already bearing fruit for 2016.

Upstate New York’s Oswego Speedway and Southeastern Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will welcome the Whelen Modified Tour back to their markets for the first time in decades. Likewise, a host of drivers have expressed or announced intent to either join or rejoin tour competition, while others are looking to increase their frequency of participation from 2015.

Here’s a look back at the 2015 competition, sponsorship and consumption highlights:


  • Coby, Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat entered the season finale separated by just four points in the closest championship competition since the Whelen Modified Tour was born in 1985.
  • The championship was tight from start to finish. The only time the margin between first and second place reached double figures was on the final day of the season.
  • The final championship margin of 11 points for Coby over Preece was tied for the third-closest in tour history. Coby also edged Preece by 11 in 2012.
  • Coby became just the third driver in Whelen Modified Tour history to earn three career titles.
  • With championship podium finishes in each of the past four seasons, Preece parlayed his Whelen Modified Tour success to a full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series ride for 2016.
  • The 15 championship events featured an average car count of 31.2, up from 26.5 in 2014. It was the highest average since 31.6 in 2010.
  • Those 15 events featured an average of 6.5 lead changes, the second-highest mark this decade.

Contingency Sponsorship

  • Hoosier Tire, the official tire supplier of the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours, increased their commitment by adding three new contingency awards per race that did not exist in previous seasons.
  • Between the Hoosier Tire Lap Leader Award, Hoosier Tire Fastest Lap Award and Hoosier Tire Most Improved Driver Award, 13 different drivers earned 45 of the new awards.
  • With 11 different contingency awards up for grabs each race, a total of 165 were handed out during the campaign.

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  • In NBCSN’s first season as the official television partner of NASCAR’s regional touring series, the network televised a combined 14 events between the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours in 2015.
  • The 14 telecasts provided triple the exposure of the open wheel divisions from 2014.
  • The expanded coverage resulted in a 41-percent increase in unique viewers over the previous season.

Online Presence

  • NASCAR’s regional touring and weekly series’ official website,, earned a 10-percent increase in unique visitors and an eight-percent bump in page views in 2015 compared to the previous season.
  • Modified fans once again showed that they’re among the best consumers of news in the sport as the Whelen Modified Tour’s home page was the most viewed series page in 2015 on
  • Outside of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing from New Smyrna Speedway in February, the Whelen Modified Tour also produced the three most followed events during the remainder of the year from the site’s Race Central Live coverage.

NASCAR unveiled the 2016 schedule in mid-December. With the addition of Oswego and Seekonk, the slate features 17 points events, the most dates since 2005. The Whelen Modified Tour campaign will begin on April 10 at Thompson as the headlining event of the 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend

Roger Coss Adds His Name to The Growing Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Entry List.

New Jerseys Roger Coss started racing go-carts at age of 8 so at the age of 28 he is already a 20 veteran of racing. He started racing modifieds at Wall stadium in 2010, racing at Wall for 2 years before moving onto Mahoning  Valley Speedway and the Race of Champions Tour.

He finished the 2015 season with a bang, winning the Mahoning Valley Speedway Octoberfast race and the big $6,000.00 first place money.

In 2016 with sponsorship money at a premium Roger has decided to pick races that make financial sense. Roger will still visit the Mahoning Valley Speedway from time to time and run a partial ROC schedule. But in 2016 he will also venture north and east and run all 5 Tri-Track Open Modified series races.

Today Roger Coss became the 23rd entry for the 2016 Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series.

Asked why he entered the Tri-Track series Roger had a couple of answers, first money. The Tri-Track races pay good money in all the races. Drivers  taking home $1,000.00 in a non qualifiers race was not lost on him. Second Roger is friends with the 2015 Tri-Track champion Matt Hirschman who has been pushing Roger to try the series.

His main sponsorship money comes from his father in laws company T.C. Facilities services in Stratford Ct. The fact the races are in New England will make it easier for his family and sponsors to attend the races.

Roger also told us he does have some track time at Waterford in a Legends car and at Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday in a modified. Star and Monadnock are another story as he has never been to either but he looks forward to the challenge.

Monadnock Speedway Saturday  June 11th will be his attempt at a Tri-Track race. He will join drivers like Hirschman, Pasteryak, Douglas, Pitkat, Alexander and many others trying to bring home the lions share of money.

For more on the Tr-Track Series go to and





Defending Champion Hirschman, Former Series Winner Savary Lead Updated Tri Track Series Entry List

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — official series release by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Michael Jaworecki photo –

One of the most competitive modified racing tours in New England is coming back in 2016 and the updated list of teams who have filed entries has been released.

Among the first 20 teams to fill out the paperwork is Matt Hirschman, the 2015 Tri Track champion. He scored the victory at Monadnock Speedway in June and went on to grab consistent finishes to eventually wrap up the championship at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in September.

Hirschman will return behind the wheel of the No. 59 for 2016 searching back-to-back championships. Joining Hirschman on the list is 2015 Seekonk winner Richard Savary, who has run consistently in the front during many races with the series before.

Other entered drivers include former series winner Chris Pastreyak and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stars Rowan Pennink, Max Zachem and Woody Pitkat. They are joined by Swansea, Massachusetts native Todd Annarummo, who finished second in the championship standings in 2015. To see the complete list of entered teams, fans can see below.

The NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series will open the 2016 season at Monadnock Speedway with the “Racing Guys 100,” a non-points event scheduled for 100 laps. Seekonk Speedway will start the points season with a $10,000 to win, 100 lap feature on Wednesday June 29.

After a month off, the 5th annual SBM race will take place on Sat. July 30 with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner in the second points paying event. The championship chase will conclude with another $10,000 to win, 100 lap feature on Thursday Aug. 25.

The overall series champion will be crowned at the finale, which will be a non-points event at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Oct. 23 as part of the Speedbowl’s season ending “Bemer’s Big Show.”

Fore more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, fans can visit

Updated Entry List As Of January 27:

  1. 0 — Mike Holdridge
  2. 3ma — Troy Talman
  3. 4 — Jeff Gallup
  4. 12 — Todd Annarummo
  5. 13 — Steve Masse
  6. 14 — Max Zachem
  7. 15ct — Chris Pasteryak
  8. 23 — Mike Douglas Jr.
  9. 25 — Rowan Pennink
  10. 28 — Dwight Jarvis
  11. 29 — Jonathan McKennedy
  12. 33 — Rob Richardi Jr.
  13. 35 — Derek Ramstrom
  14. 43 — Kirk Alexander
  15. 52 — Woody Pitkat
  16. 06/52 — Les Hinckley
  17. 55 — Joe Doucette
  18. 59 — Matt Hirschman
  19. 76 — Zane Zeiner
  20. 99 — Richard Savary