Category Archives: Modified Tour Racing

FLAMINGO MOTORSPORTS TO SPONSOR TTOMS AUGUST CLASSIC AT STAR

Seekonk, Mass. (August 12, 2017): Officials from the NorthEast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced recently the addition of Flamingo Motorsports of Palmer, MA, as the title sponsor for the August Classic at Star Speedway in Epping, NH, on Wednesday, August 23. This ‘throw-back’ mid-week show at Star Speedway is reminiscent of the days of the Yankee All Star League.

The Flamingo Motorsports 100 -lap main event for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will pay $6,000 to winner and $1,000 to take the green flag.  A strong field of cars is expected at the New Hampshire bullring. Following practice, racing will get underway at 6:00 pm.

Located in Palmer, Mass., Flamingo Motorsports specializes in ATV, watercraft, and utility vehicle products and services; providing sales and financing as well as exceptional service by certified technicians authorized by Can-Am, Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo, BRP, Kawasaki, and Karavan.  They offer regular specials and an online warehouse. Visit flamingomotorsports.com for complete details.

“We are thankful for Eric [Sanderson] and Flamingo Motorsports for coming on to support this race,” said TTOMS managing partner Wayne Darling. “Eric is well-respected in our sport and his backing of the August Classic continues to bring prominence to our series and the well-deserving competitors.”

Owner Eric Sanderson is a longtime supporter of short track racing in the Northeast. He is not only a championship car owner on the Modified Tour; but also, as sponsorship to a host of short track racers locally and now a strong corporate supporter of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series

With a stated mission to offer the latest in parts and products at the best prices, and with unparalleled service, Flamingo Motorsports pledges to make every experience both beneficial and enjoyable. It is a philosophy shared by the teams and officials of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series to the fans, host tracks and each other.

Additional details on the night’s events will be forthcoming by visiting starspeedwaynh.com or by follow the track on Facebook. To learn more about the Tri-Track Modified Series, log on to tritrackmods.com or find the series on Facebook.

28th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO TOMMY DRUAR / TONY JANKOWIAK 110 AT LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY

THIS COMING SATURDAY, AUGUST 19TH

– Traditional Event Honors Two of Lancaster National Speedway’s Biggest Names –

Lancaster, N.Y. – (August 14, 2017) – On Saturday, August 19th, the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco will headline the 28th Annual Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway. The event honors two of Lancaster’s biggest stars. Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak, brothers-in-law and competitors. Druar was a two-time Lancaster track champion (1987 and 1988) with 18 modified victories at Lancaster. Jankowiak never claimed a track championship at the track, but he visited modified victory lane 13 times while also capturing the World Series of Stock Car Racing Speedweeks championship at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in 1990.

The legacy that Druar and Jankowiak have left behind has been immeasurable. Both of their sons continue to race. Andy Jankowiak is a household name in asphalt modified racing, while Matt Druar continues to race on a local level. Druar and Jankowiak’s wives, along with crew members, sponsors, family and friends remain involved in the sport today, carrying the passion that both drivers had for the sport.

“Those two defined what racing was during that era at Lancaster,” stated longtime sponsor and friend of both drivers, Gene Emser. “Their passion was Modified racing and this is a night we all circle on our calendar each year. We get to honor two men that loved racing with a special Modified race. We have so many great memories from both of them and we are looking forward to bringing everyone together again to honor our two great friends Saturday. It is a tradition that we look forward to every year and we are all proud to be a part of it.”

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., currently leads the Series championship standings heading into the Saturday event over Mike Leaty of Ontario, N.Y., and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y.

Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., is fourth in the championship standings. Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y., who claimed his first series victory at Lancaster in June, sits fifth. All drivers will be on hand with a host of other Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series stars Saturday night to contend for the victory.

Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, N.Y.

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017. Racing at 6:30 pm

Directions: The track is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just North of Route 33 and minutes from the New York State Thruway.

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco, “28th Annual Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110”

More Information: http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 67th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Bristol

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Over the last six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, no one has been able to post better results than Ryan Preece. The Berlin, Connecticut, driver has four wins, a runner-up and a fourth and it has allowed him to claw his way right back into the fight for the championship. Even though he missed a race at Virginia’s Langley Speedway in May to get married, Preece sits only 19 points from the points lead with seven championship races left on the 2017 schedule.

His recent run of success in NASCAR also included his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway on July 29. As Preece enters the third Whelen Modified Tour race in 12 days, he is hoping to continue his recent success on the tricky high-banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. In his career at “Thunder Valley,” Preece has six top 10 finishes in seven starts, including a victory in the rain-shortened race in 2015.

Tour points leader Timmy Solomito enters the race with a 10-point advantage on Rowan Pennink, but if he wants to maintain the top spot, he will need to come away from Bristol in one piece. His best career finish at the track is eighth, but last season, he was involved in a wreck and finished 26 laps down in 18th. He joins Preece as the only multiple-time winners so far this season on the Tour.

Defending Bristol race winner Eric Goodale enters the race looking to go back-to-back and knock some points off his deficit to the top of the championship standings. Goodale enters the race fifth in the points off an eighth-place finish at Thompson last Wednesday behind the wheel of his No. 58.

The Bristol race marks the third event in 12 days for Whelen Modified Tour teams. Following the mid-week stop in Tennessee, the series will have a 10-day break before visiting Massachusetts and the Seekonk Speedway on August 26.

Race: Bush’s Beans 150
Place: Bristol (Tenn.) Speedway
Time: 6 p.m. ET
2016 Winner: Eric Goodale
2016 Pole Winner: Todd Szegedy
Track Layout: .533-mile banked concrete oval
Event Schedule: Final Practice: 12:30-2 p.m., Qualifying: 3:15 p.m., Driver Autograph Session: 4:45 p.m., Bush’s Beans 150: 6 p.m.
Track Contact:
Track Twitter: @BMSupdates
Event Hashtag: #BushsBeans150
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386)-547-2469jchristley@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

Fast Facts:

The Race: The Bush’s Beans 150 is the 10th of 16 races on the 2017 unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points schedule. It is the first and only appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway for this season.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field for the race is 36 cars, including any provisionals. The first 30 positions in the race will be awarded through the qualifying process, while six provisionals will also be available through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (79.95 miles) and will have a five minute break on or about lap 75.

The Track: Nicknamed as the “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” Bristol Motor Speedway is a 0.533-mile high-banked concrete oval. The track also holds two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races each season. On Wednesday night, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also hold their annual Bristol night race.

Race Winners: Seven different drivers have visited Victory Lane in Whelen Modified Tour action at Bristol. Ryan Newman (2) is the only multiple-time overall winner. Seven other drivers are tied with one overall victory. Eric Goodale is the defending overall race winner. This is the first year of the unified tour racing at Bristol; in the past, the highest finishing driver in the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tour have been awarded a victory.

Pole Winners: There have been six different Coors Light Pole award winners at Bristol in the eight races. Qualifying was rained-out for the inaugural event back in 2009. Justin Bonsignore has two career overall poles, while five other drivers are tied with just one career pole.

Bush’s Beans 150 Notes:

Coby Crawling Back: Four-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby found himself in a large hole in the point standings when the season got underway. He left the first four races of the season with only one top 10 finish and has since been trying to dig himself out since. However, in his last five races, things have turned the opposite way for the Milford, Connecticut, driver. The reigning champion has five top five finishes in the last six starts, including a second-place finish in last Wednesday’s Bud 150 at Thompson. Coby has climbed to fourth in the championship standings, just 30 points from the lead with seven races left to go. If he wants to continue the climb towards a fourth straight title, he will need to escape the Bristol high-banks with a solid finish. In his six career starts there, Coby has two top five finishes, but also two DNFs.

Dowling Pairs With Harvey: Chase Dowling will be taking his talents to Bristol Motor Speedway behind the wheel for a new team on Wednesday night. Former Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship car owner Eddie Harvey has paired with Dowling and LFR Chassis’ Rob Fuller to put Dowling behind the wheel of his No. 11 in the Bush’s Beans 150. In two career starts at “Thunder Valley,” Dowling has a best finish of seventh while driving for Cheryl Tomaino in 2015. In five races this season, Dowling has a best finish of fifth driving for Fuller.

Silk Teams With Stuart: Continuing a streak of mid-season shakeups on the Whelen Modified Tour, 2003 series champion Todd Szegedy decided to part ways with Kevin Stuart Motorsports following the Stafford 150 on August 4. Although Jeff Rocco drove the car last Wednesday at Thompson, the team has tabbed former series champion Ron Silk to drive the car for most of the remainder of the season. Silk has just four starts on the tour this season, but has one victory to his resume at Bristol, along with an average finish of ninth in seven career starts. Silk has competed in all of the Tour’s prior trips to the 0.533-mile oval.

Winning: Ryan Preece (four) and Timmy Solomito (three) are the only two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers with multiple wins so far this season. Rowan Pennink and Bobby Santos both have one victory to theri credit as well. Coby, Justin Bonsignore, and Ron Silk are among active drivers who won last season, but have yet to grace Victory Lane in 2017.

Wednesday Doubleheader: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Bush’s Beans 150 will serve as the first of two races at Bristol on Wednesday night. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also join in on the action with a 200 lap race. The Trucks have just three races remaining before the playoffs begin.