Category Archives: Touring Modified Series

Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Announced

Four Rookies & Two Repeat Winners Among 2015 Honorees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2015) – After nearly 34,000 votes were cast around the world for NASCAR regional touring series’ 2015 Most Popular Driver Awards, seven drivers earned the ultimate honor from fans – including four rookie drivers and a pair of repeat winners.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2015 are:

  • Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
  • Nicole Behar (Spokane, Wash.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
  • Jason Hathaway (St. Thomas, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
  • Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
  • Alon Day (Ashdod, Israel), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
  • Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
  • Trey Hutchens (Lexington, N.C.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

 

Underscoring the exciting young talent entering NASCAR’s ranks, award winners Abreu, Behar, Day and Hutchens are all in their first full season of NASCAR touring series competition, with Hutchens also earning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Both Fifield and Marban won the Most Popular Driver Award for their series last year, with Fifield making history as the first female to win the award for the tour.

Marban of the NASCAR Mexico Series garnered more votes than any other driver in 2015, just ahead of NASCAR Next drivers Behar and Abreu. Behar dethroned 2014 Most Popular Driver Brandon McReynolds, while Abreu earned the award in his first year in stock cars after transitioning from a successful open-wheel career.

IMG_8336The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series where championship runner-up Hathaway edged Alex Tagliani by just 104 votes. It is the second year in a row in which Tagliani missed out on the top spot by a slim margin. Last year, he was beaten by JR Fitzpatrick by just 48 votes.

Similarly, Fifield beat Preece for the Whelen Modified Tour award by 110 votes. Hutchens collected more than 40 percent of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour vote to top tour champion Andy Seuss, a three-time winner of the award.

Day won three of the final four races of the Whelen Euro Series season to finish as runner-up in the championship standings in his first year in the series.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 12 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Open Wheel Wednesday Returns June 29th 2016 Plus The Tri-Track Will Be Back in 2016

 IMG_1777 (2)The First official Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified race announcement was made yesturday with the annual Open Wheel Wednesday show returning to Seekonk Speedway June 29th 2016. The Tri-Track Open Modified Series invades Seekonk Speedway competing in the  $10,000 to win 100 lap main event. The open wheel Modifieds will again be joinedIMG_1713 (2) by the annual The Boston Louie NEMA Midget Race with NEMA Lites rounding out the card for the very popular annual Mid Week Show. Last years show featured a big win by Richard Savary over a large  field of modifieds, a great Boston Louie NEMA midget race won by Todd Bertrand and NEMA Lite midgets won by PJ Stergios.  Signup for teams wishing to enter the Tri-Track modified race will start after Jan. 1 2016  and entry forms will be available then. We spoke to Jim Schaefer the Long Island Mod Maniac  today and he confirmed that the Tri-Track Open Modified series will be back in 2016. They are talking to tracks to set the dates for next years races and will be announcing additional dates as they become available.  As always laps will be sold to support the Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track races and you can contact Jim to reserve your laps. The series is looking for additional sponsors for 2016 and if you are interested you can contact Jim or Dick Williams.

Wrenn Announces Retirement

by Jim Snape

After 26 seasons, over 200 starts and 26 wins, including four championships Norm Wrenn of Nashua, NH will no longer thrill race fans with his dynamic driving skills.

After finishing in third place in the 2015 Modified Racing Series final points, Wrenn announced he will not be driving in the future.

“It’s been really great from day one, we didn’t go out to be aggressive, we did it as a sport, we did it to have fun, we did it to relax. The crew with me today is the same crew that started withDSC_1343 me years ago, we really came a long way.

We won 4 championships along the way, one with the Pro Stocks and three with the Pro Four modified’s. And at the end. I wanted to go out being competitive and I think we were more competitive in the modified’s as we ever have been.

But now I’m 55 and been at it for almost 30 years and last year after we won Seekonk. I told everybody, it’s time. I wanted to go out with a win. Now my body’s getting tired and I have a ton of work to do. I’m going to miss it. I love racing.”

The most notable point in Norms racing career was his first ever victory in the Pro Stock at Star Speedway in 1991, a season where he won a second feature and the Pro Stock championship. “And my first modified victory at Seekonk ranks right up there too” he said. “If I didn’t win that race at Seekonk, I might still keep racing. I won’t fade away from racing because my son is driving Pro Fours now and I’ll work with him. And I’ll support the Pro Four division with help and sponsorship.”

Whelen All American series – 62 starts 4 wins.

PASS North super late-model – 10 starts.

GSPSS – 2 starts.

Pro Four modified – 48 starts 21 wins

VMRS – 91 starts 1 win