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Tri Track Open Modified Series Announces Return to New London-Waterford Speedbowl

LONG ISLAND, N.Y.

The Tri Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced two more dates for their 2016 schedule on Friday morning, with a double return to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut on tap for the organization.

The Speedbowl will host the first of the two races on Thursday night Aug. 25, with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner of the 100 lap feature. A second event will be on Sunday Oct. 23 as part of the 2nd annual “Bemer’s Big Show.”

“I think the most important thing is that there a such a wide variety of all the touring divisions that come together, it’s the ultimate race of talent and the guys that put the show on care so much about the drivers and the teams. We’re really excited to have Tri Track back again,” said Speedbowl General Manager Shawn Monahan. “There were a few dates other series had so we weren’t able to go with the original plan and with potential construction going on, it was to risky to do an April race like I had talked about with Dick Williams. We decided to go with the Thursday night [in August] and as for the October date, that October show is going to be a knockout deal.”

The format for the October show is still undecided at this point — though the format for the August show will be the classic heat races, consolations and B-main leading up to the 100 lap feature for a $10,000 payday.

The addition of the Waterford Thursday night race makes three $10,000 to win features already scheduled for the 2016 season. Events at Seekonk Speedway (June 29) and Star Speedway (July 30) will also have a prize of $10,000 for the winner.

In 2015, the Tri Track Series ran two races at Waterford with one in September and the other in October. Woody Pitkat scored the win in the 65 lap race in October, but it was Ron Silk winning the 100 lap race in September.

IMG_0658Defending Tri Track Series champion Matt Hirschman said that the addition of Waterford to the schedule will provide some exciting racing for fans in Connecticut.

“Waterford is a track I really like, but it is probably the toughest on the schedule because of the experience many drivers in the field have there,” Hirschman said. ”The other Tri Track Open Modified Series venues have modifieds there as only special events, where Waterford runs SK’s weekly and a lot of drivers came up through there at some point in their career. The place produces some great side by side racing where sometimes the outside can be to your advantage.”

Three of the four races scheduled for 2016 will be part of the championship point fund, with a final decision on which three races to be announced in the near future.

The series continues to work with the sponsors from the 2015 season, hoping to secure them once again for the upcoming campaign. Officials are also hoping to bring on board some new sponsors for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in helping out can contact James Schaefer on Facebook, or series Media Director Kyle Souza.

Race teams are encouraged to begin preparation for the 2016 season. Series officials will be contacting drivers from across the Northeast in early January to begin the registration process for the year ahead.

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com 

New London-Waterford Speedbowl photo

 

Oswego Speedway’s 2016 Schedule Unveiled; Historic Traditions, New Twists Included

 

OSWEGO, NY (December 17, 2015) – Oswego Speedway officials have announced their 66th annual, 14-race weekend schedule featuring the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS ‘Road to the Championship’, as well as the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions Modified 250, and the second annual Port City ‘Super Spectacle.’

When taking note of the 2016 schedule, several key components will celebrate landmark anniversary celebrations this season.

First introduced in 1992, the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified division will embark on its 25th consecutive season of competition at the ‘Steel Palace’ this year and as a result will also see the 25th running of both the Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS championship as well as the Small Block Supermodified Classic.

The 25th SBS Classic will of course take place during the 60th anniversary celebration of Budweiser Classic Weekend featuring the 60th running of the International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds and highlighted by the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The month of July will see the return of the $10,000 Mr. Novelis Supermodified, celebrating its 30th title event, which will return to a 50-lap format in 2016.

The Speedway will officially open its gates for racing on Saturday, May 14 with a three division show featuring kick-off events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS as well as the 61-lap Richie Evans Memorial for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modifieds.

In a bit of a throwback, the Speedway will return to action the very next weekend with ‘Road to the Championship’ events for the Supermodifieds and SBS on May 21, before welcoming the first visit of the season for the ISMA Supermodifieds on Memorial Day Weekend.

Saturday, May 28 will feature the Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ for the second consecutive year, capping a three week stretch of action in the month of May.

The Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial 75, the ISMA Supermodified Jack Murphy Memorial 50, and the Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial 35 will once again provide the only time all season that open-wheel fans can see all three divisions on the same night, at the same Speedway.

A rain date of Sunday, May 29 will be implemented for the weekend.

Saturday, June 4 will serve as an off-weekend for the Speedway as well as a rain date for events in May.

Racing in the month of June is scheduled to begin on June 11 with the Spring Championship, followed on June 18 by the Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s and driver autograph night.

For the first time in several years, the June 11 racing program will see coolers allowed into the rear grandstand only.  More details and specifics on cooler regulations for this evening will be released in the coming weeks.

After taking a weekend off for high school graduation, the fast paced month of July gets underway on Saturday, July 2.

The Independence Weekend Grand Prix will open the month of July with 75-lap and 35-lap long distance events for the Supermodifieds and SBS, along with the Speedway’s popular Fourth of July Fireworks display.

The ISMA Supermodifieds return for the second time in 2016 on Saturday, July 9 for King of Wings VIII, once again joined by the Pathfinder Bank SBS.

 

The Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS will once again provide a one-two punch during the Summer Championship on Saturday, July 16 before returning together to celebrate the 30th running of the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified and the 25th running of the $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS on Saturday, July 23.

This late July date, prior to the running of the Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Nationals, was the long-time home of the Mr. title events, which will make its return in ’16 along with a 50-lap Mr. Super main to join the 35-lap Mr. SBS event.

A three week stretch in the month of August will be the ultimate swing in deciding the 2016 track champions at Oswego Speedway.

The stretch will begin with Retro Night at the Speedway on Saturday, August 6 which will once again see the return of Semi-Finals and a 45-lap feature for the Novelis Supermodifieds.

The Pathfinder Bank SBS will then take center stage on Saturday, August 13 with Twin 20 feature events.

For the first time since 2012, the regular season championship will conclude with Speedway champions being declared during Track Championship Night on Saturday, August 20, prior to Classic Weekend.

The 60th anniversary celebration of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will again be a week-long line of festivities running from August 27 – September 4.

Reserved Classic test sessions will take place daily on track along with the annual Racing Rolling Classic Bowling at Lighthouse Lanes on Wednesday, August 31 and the 10th annual Oswego Kartway Classic on Thursday, September 1.

Competition will open for Classic Weekend on Friday, September 2 with open practice for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS as well as ‘Fast Friday’ time trial sessions for Supermodifieds and SBS.  On track action will conclude Friday evening with SBS heat races.

In another traditional return, by 7:30 p.m. on Friday the Speedway’s infield gates will open for the ‘Party in the Pits’ featuring live music, driver autograph sessions, the Supermodified simulators, as well as a pit stop competition for fans.

Classic Weekend’s ‘Super Saturday’ on September 3 will be a can’t-miss two division blockbuster seeing the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, in a 150-lap contest, as well as the ISMA Supermodified Super Nationals 60 championship.

‘Classic Sunday’ on September 4 will not only feature the historic 60th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, it will also be paired with the 25th running of the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 – filling out a full day of competition beginning at 11:30 a.m., culminating with the International Classic green flag coming no later than 4:30 p.m.

Just two weeks following Classic Weekend, Race of Champions Weekend will return to the Speedway after a one year absence.

The historic three day event will return September 15-17 with an open practice slated for Thursday, September 15.

Currently as announced by the Race of Champions, the RoC Sportsman 100 will be the highlight of the Friday, September 16 program with the RoC Modified 250 being featured on Saturday, September 17.

For more information on the Race of Champions contact media@rocmodifiedseries.com.

Other special events on the 2016 Oswego Speedway calendar include the annual spring spruce up day on Saturday, April 30 as well as the Speedway’s season opening practice to be held Saturday, May 7.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

2016 66th OSWEGO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Subject to Change)

Saturday, May 7 – Open Practice Session

Saturday, May 14 – 66th Season Opener: RoC Richie Evans Memorial Modified (61), Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS Kick-Off (30)

Saturday, May 21 – ‘Road to the Championship’: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Friday, May 27 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ Open Practice Session

Saturday, May 28 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’: Jim Shampine Memorial Novelis Supermodified (75), Jack Murphy Memorial ISMA Super (50), Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS (35)

Sunday, May 29 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’: Rain Date

Saturday, June 4 – Off Week/ Rain Date for May Events

Saturday, June 11 – Spring Championship: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) – Coolers Allowed in Rear Grandstand

Saturday, June 18 – Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s: Novelis Supermodified Twins (35), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) – AUTOGRAPHS

Saturday, July 2 – ‘Independence Weekend Grand Prix’: Novelis Supermodified Grand Prix (75), Pathfinder Bank SBS Grand Prix (35)

Saturday, July 9 – King of Wings VIII: ISMA Super (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, July 16 – Summer Championship: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, July 23 – $10,000 Mr. Novelis Supermodified (50), $1,500 Mr. Pathfinder SBS (35)

Saturday, August 6 – Retro Night – Super Semi-Finals: Novelis Supermodified (45), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, August 13 – Pathfinder Bank SBS Twin 20’s: Pathfinder Bank SBS Twins (20), Novelis Supermodified (50)

Saturday, August 20 – Track Championship Night: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

CLASSIC WEEKEND

Thursday, September 1 – 10th annual Oswego Kartway Classic

Friday, September 2 – ‘FAST FRIDAY’: Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS Time Trials, Pathfinder Bank SBS Heat Races, ‘PARTY in the PITS’

Saturday, September 3 – ‘SUPER SATURDAY’: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150, ISMA Supermodified Super Nationals 60

Sunday, September 4 – ‘CLASSIC SUNDAY’: Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, Bud Light Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS
Monday, September 5 – Weekend Rain Date

RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

Thursday, September 15 – Open Practice
Friday, September 16 – RoC Sportsman
Saturday, September 17 – Race of Champions Modified 250

NASCAR Champions Celebrate Crowning Achievements

Seven Touring Titlists Close Out 2015 In Spotlight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 12, 2015) — Three young, rising stars received their first NASCAR championships, and four veteran drivers added to their already impressive resumes.

On a night where the remarkable achievements of 2015 were recognized, it was seven drivers who stood on stage at the Charlotte Convention Center Saturday at the conclusion of the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions who accomplished the sport’s ultimate honor.

MOORESVILLE, NC - DECEMBER 10: Doug Coby, Champion of the Whelen Modified Tour, poses for a portrait during the NWAAS Series Champions Media Day and Champions Portraits at GoPro Motorplex on December 10, 2015 in Mooresville, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Doug Coby, Champion of the Whelen Modified Tour, (Photo by Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)

“After my first championship in 2012, nine-time NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik shook my hand and said to me, ‘You know they don’t just hand these things out to anyone,’ and that’s something that has stuck with me every time I have been here,” said Doug Coby, who celebrated his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title Saturday.

The evening was a coronation for Coby and six fellow 2015 NASCAR touring series champions:

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Ander Vilariño, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion Scott Steckly, NASCAR Mexico Series champion Rubén García Jr., NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Chris Eggleston and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion William Byron.

For 26-year-old Eggleston and 17-year-old Byron, their NASCAR K&N Pro Series trophies were the results of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in their young careers that they transformed through skill and determination into a championship run.

Eggleston’s first full season with Bill McAnally Racing produced the sixth NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title for the venerable car owner. Byron joined the likes of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano and Kyle Larson in simultaneously earning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East crown and Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.

García completed a four-year run that took him from NASCAR Mexico Series rookie of the year in 2012 to the series champion, as he clinched the title in the season finale just one day after his 20th birthday.

García and Byron are members of the NASCAR Next program – an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport’s best young talent.

As Eggleston, Byron and García received their championship rings from NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton, the other four have made a steady habit of collecting hardware. Combined, they’ve won 12 titles since 2008.

Coby continued his amazing career resurgence. The 36-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, has raced on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for all or part of 14 seasons. In the last four, though, he’s earned three championships and one runner-up finish.

Steckly, 42, from Milverton, Ontario, hasn’t finished worse than fourth in the championship standings over the last nine years. He led an astonishing 1,090 laps over 11 races – winning three times – en route to the Canadian national title.

A year after watching Anthony Kumpen grab the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series crown, Vilariño wrestled it back for his third championship in the series’ four-year history under the NASCAR banner. The 36-year-old from San Sebastian, Spain, added three more victories to his series record win total.

“The third time here…am I dreaming right now?,” Vilarino pondered in his acceptance speech. “Losing the 2014 championship by just one point was hard to accept, and that puts this 2015 championship as the best of the three I’ve won.”

during the NWAAS Series Champions Media Day and Champions Portraits at GoPro Motorplex on December 10, 2015 in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Andy Seuss, Champion of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, (Photo by Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Seuss, a 28-year-old Hampstead, New Hampshire, native became just the third driver in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history to win back-to-back

championships. Seuss has finished in the top five in points in each of the last eight seasons and is second only to four-time tour titlist George Brunnhoelzl III in career wins.

The championship car owners and crew chiefs were also recognized Saturday night.

Those weren’t the only trophies handed out, though.

In addition to the championship awards, each series rookie of the year was honored. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award winners were Byron, Noah Gragson in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Chase Dowling in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Trey Hutchens III in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Top rookie performers in the three international series were Gary Klutt in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Manuel Gutierrez in the NASCAR Mexico Series and Alon Day in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

The Most Popular Driver Awards for each series were also presented during the ceremony. The seven drivers honored with the award, which was voted on by the fans through NASCAR.com, were Rico Abreu in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Nicole Behar of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Jason Hathaway in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Rodrigo Marban of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, Alon Day from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Melissa Fifield from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Hutchens from the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

The top-10 drivers and car owners from each of NASCAR’s touring series also were recognized during the gala.

The awards ceremony was streamed live online at NASCARHomeTracks.com – the official online home of NASCAR’s touring series – in English, French and Spanish.