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Welcome to the NASCAR K & N East

By Michael Jaworecki Myracenews March 26th 2018

Westbury, NY- John Visconti III has been around racing his entire life. His Dad was a top flight Late Model driver at Freeport Speedway  on Long Island and other tracks for many years.  2017 was another good year for the Visconti Motorsports running a Modified Crate type car at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island plus select NASCAR WMT races.

Just a few short months later John and Visconti Motorsports the Modifieds were for sale and Visconti Motorsports would be at New Smyrna Speedway near Daytona Speedway with a 10th place K & N finish

At New Smyrna they had a plan to stay near the front, which they did most of the race and make a push to the win late. Unfortunately, luck was not on their side as a tire losing air late in the race cost them several spots and they finished in 10th place finish.

The tire issue was not the first hurtle they had to overcome that weekend. Early in practice they blew the primary motor and had to go to a backup. They had to go to qualifying with very few laps on the car and still managed a 6th place qualifying run.

Brandon McRenyolds near the front of the pack at New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018 (NASCAR Home Tracks photo)

But the conversation didn’t stay with that first race for long. Our interview turned to how they got to the 10th place finish with a team that didn’t even exist a few months before the season opened.

That February weekend in Florida was the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people in the months leading up to the trip south.

John had gone to the fall non-points modified race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his NASCAR WMT modified team. That was to be the final of 5 races on the NASCAR WMT tour for the 2017 season prepping for a full time run in the 2018 season.

Running a Modified race in the middle of NASCAR country was something John looked forward to all season, what happened that weekend changed all his plans for the 2018 season.

Brett Bodine who John has been friends with for years called John over to his office after the Charlotte race to discuss a new opportunity. Brett commented that he had followed the Visconti team for years and was impressed with the operation, its professionalism and just how they went about their business.

What came next was a total surprise to John, a NASCAR Xfnity team was available, Brett thought John should take a look which he did.  John then reached out to his friend Tommy Baldwin Jr and he encouraged John to go NASCAR K & N east as Xfinity would be too big a leap.

Tommy suggested that John buy a new K & N car he just built. He felt  Visconti Motorsports the chance to be competitive right out of the box if they went K & N racing.  The car he showed to John  was built with  a lot of Tommy’s Cup engineering in it.

John had to look at the finances, the added travels and basically putting a team together in North Carolina while living in Staten Island.

Costs and sponsors were his priority, if he couldn’t afford to run the season this was not going to happen.  Looking at the dollars after the initial purchase of the equipment it would not be much more that running the full NASCAR WMT season so that was a start.

John spoke with his sponsors and the main sponsor to come over was IGA Supermarkets, his longtime supporter Charles Reichert was on board.

From there everything quickly came together, John’s wife Marie would own the team becoming one of the few female team owners in NASCAR.  Long time friend and crew member Bill Goffin also came south with John. Bill became the team’s general manager and partner. The number John and Marie selected for the K & N ride was #74, a number that has been on Visconti race cars for decades.

Brandon McReynolds at New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018

Next, they hired Brandon McReynolds to drive, Brandon McReynolds is the son of Larry McReynolds a long time NASCAR crew chief and Fox NASCAR broadcaster. Brandon has run in the K & N East and West series and brings almost 50 races of K & N experience to the team,  he brings an experienced driver to the new team.

The crew initially  was put together with a group of Xfinity and Cup team members They would work on their primary car during the day and then head over to the Visconti shop at night to work on K & N car. The dedication showed with how ready the team was in February during Speedweeks.

The team started in a garage owned by Tommy Baldwin Jr. There the team spent the winter months getting ready for the initial New Smyrna race. The team have since moved to another garage owned by Brandon’s dad. When they moved to the new garage they also hired a full-time crew to work on the car including crew chief Bruce Cook who was Kevin Harvick Sprint Cup crew chief when he won his championship.

The #74 Visconti Motorsports at speed, New Smyrna Speedway Feb 11th 2018 (NASCAR Home Tracks Photo)

With the first race behind them and 2 months off the team is really looking forward to getting back to the track. John, Brandon and the entire team want to have a race without a blown motor, tire issues and bad luck to show the fans just what they are capable of and they believe they can win right now.

Next up for the team currently running 10th in points is Bristol Motor Speedway in the Zombie Pro Auto 150 on April 14th a race that will be televised on NBCSN on April 20th. Then the team will tackle Langley in Va., South Boston and Memphis before having to make a decision.

The following race after that in a race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a road course and as of right now the team has no road course car. If they are in the top 5 or so in points they will have to make some decisions like renting a car or skipping the race but as John pointed its still very early and we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Welcome to the NASCAR K & N East Series, if the 2018 goes anything like 2017 John will probably own a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup team by sometime in September if not sooner.

PSR Racing and Danny Bohn Aiming for New Smyrna Success

MIDLAND, NC – “If you can win at New Smyrna Speedway, you can win anywhere in the United States.”
NASCAR Hall of Famer and Modified racing legend Richie Evans once said that of racing at the high-banked, Florida half-mile oval located just a few miles from Daytona. For PSR Racing and driver Danny Bohn, New Smyrna offers the opportunity to etch their names into the record books alongside Evans and other Modified greats as winners at the historic track.
Bohn will pilot the PSR Racing No. 17 Modified for a championship run at the 2018 edition of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna, a five-night battle of Modified stars from throughout the East Coast beginning February 12.
“We are bringing two top-notch race cars to Florida and I truly believe we’ve got a strong shot at the World Series championship,” said Bohn, a New Jersey native who now calls North Carolina home. “We know the competition will be tough down there, but I feel like we’re extremely well prepared and we’re coming into the new season with a lot of momentum from last year.”
PSR Racing teamed with Bohn late in the 2017 season and the partnership quickly paid dividends as Bohn was able to bring the team its first victory in the Southern Modified Racing Series at Orange County Speedway (NC) in October. Now, with eyes on a World Series championship, Bohn is hoping to lean on the late-season success in 2017 to get the new season kicked off in style.
“I was really happy with our late-season runs and our first win last year in the short period of time we worked together,” said Bohn. “I feel like we had a chance to win every race we went to as a team and we were able to get two poles and four top-five finishes, including the win, in our four races together. I know we can pick right back up where we left off when we get to New Smyrna.”
Bohn is a past track champion at the tough quarter-mile of North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium, as well as at his home track of Wall Stadium in New Jersey and even on the dirt of East Lincoln Speedway in North Carolina. He has won Modified races at numerous tracks along the East Coast. When he makes the trip down the pit ramp and onto the New Smyrna Speedway pavement at this year’s World Series, however, he will be doing so for the first time in his career.
“I have never turned a lap there, but have watched some film and hopefully we can adapt pretty quickly,” added Bohn. “We have some really tough competition to battle with each night down there, but that will only make us dig that much harder to hopefully put the PSR No. 17 in victory lane. I’m grateful for the opportunity and look forward to my New Smyrna debut.”
PSR Racing, owned by longtime racer Phil Stefanelli, is an entity of PSR Products, an industry-leading racing parts manufacturer and custom fabrication and machining business in Midland, North Carolina. While most teams are buying the latest and greatest products to make their car fast, PSR is in the business of “Built Not Bought,” as many of the components of the team’s No. 17 Modifieds are manufactured from scratch in the PSR headquarters and have caught the eye of many in the racing industry.
“We’ve put a lot of focus on making our cars have the best of everything so that we can go out there and prove we’re a team to be reckoned with every time the 17 hits the track,” said Stefanelli. “We’ve got a good notebook for New Smyrna and a lot of research and development has gone into every part and bolt on our cars, so we can’t wait to get to the track and go after this year’s New Smyrna championship. The best of the best have won Modified races and championships at that track, so hopefully we can add our names to that list as well.”
“They’re a rally smart group of guys and they have great equipment which is mostly built in-house,” said Bohn of the PSR team. “We’ve had great communication at the tracks and we’ve built up our relationship during the off-season, so I’m excited to get going at New Smyrna and see where the new season can take us.”
Bohn’s PSR Racing No. 17 Modified entry in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is backed by loyal supporters including PSR Products, Bilstein Shocks, Bassett Racing Wheels, Racing Electronics, Eibach Springs and Pro-System Brakes.
Be sure to “like” PSR Racing on Facebook and follow @PSRRacing17 on Twitter for more information.

New Smyrna Modified Entry List the Largest in Years

With a little over a week to go before the Tour Type Modifieds hit the track at New Smyrna in Fla.  for the World Series of Asphalt of Stock Car Racing the Modified entry list is healthy and continues to grow.

The 2018 Tour Type Modified entry list is already at 19 and that is expected to grow to the mid to upper 20’s by the time the teams enter the pits for the Monday February 12th 50 lap race. This year there are more pre-entered Modified drivers than any other division, a great sign of healthy fields for all 5 nights of racing.

Drivers from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Massachusetts  and Connecticut will make the long trip to central Florida for 5 nights of action.

Again this year the John Blewett III Memorial Tour Type Modified 76 on Wed. the 14th and the Richie Evans Memorial 100 on Friday the 16th will be the highlights of the week of racing.

Teams  will be allowed to enter the track on Sunday Feb. 11th  but there will be no practice that night. The NASCAR  K & N Series will highlight the action on Sunday night.

New Smyrna Speedway World Series Schedule

Many of the teams racing at New Smyrna Speedway will also stop at Bronson Speedway  in Archer Fla. on Saturday night for their our Type Modified 50 Lap feature.

Many fans and sponsors have contributed money towards the  Bronson purse and special wards to help the track make this race become a part of the Speedweeks tradition.

New Smyrna Speedway Tour Type Modified Entry List (2/3/18)

#2 Ronnie Williams, Tolland, CT, Gershaw Recycling
#2x Joseph Bertuccio III, Statesville, NC, Gershaw Recycling
#4 Jeffrey Gallup, Feeding Hills, MA, C&G Surfacing, Beaver Camper Service & Ryans Package Store
#5 Kyle Ebersole, Mooresville, NC, Ebersole Excavating Inc
#6 Ryan Preece, Broad Brook, CT, TS Haulers
#16 Timmy Solomito, Islip, NY Starrett Racing
#17 Danny Bohn, Mooresville, NC PSR Products
#21 Al Emmarino, Brookhaven, NY, Gershaw Recycling
#23 Joe DeGracia, Nutley, NJ, PJ DeGracia Contracting, Kona Ica, Bergen Essex Contractors, Gotham
West City, City Check Cashing
#25 Calvin Carroll, Andover, NJ Power with Prestige, Cruising with Betty
#25 Nikki Carroll, Andover, NJ Power with Prestige, Cruising with Betty
#32 Tyler Rypkema, Owego, NY, Tim Duffeck Contracting, Nelcorp Electrical Contracting
#40 Kyle Trayner, Webster, MA, KLT Industries
#46 Craig Lutz, Millerplace, NY, Riverhead Building Supply
#58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, NY, GAF Roofing, Yaya’s, Supreme Skylights
#60 Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Pee Dee Motorsports
#71 Jimmy Zacharias, Candor, NY, Midstate Basement Authorities, Velocity Racewear, Elmira Heat
Treating
#83 Mike Willis Jr, Grantham, NH, Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventure, AB Gile Ins.
#179 Jimmy Blewett, Waterbury, CT, Jensen’s Auto Center