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Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen NASCAR WMT Entry list- March 17th




Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Myrtle Beach SC Saturday March 17th

Garage opens: 9:45 a.m. ET; Practice: 1:05-2:30 p.m.; Group qualifying: 4 p.m.; Driver autograph session (on track): 4:30 p.m.; Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen: 5:35 p.m.

2017 winner #16 Timmy Solomito.

2017 Pole Winner #64 Rob Summers

Note: The Jan Boehler #3 to be driven by Rowan Pennink has withdrawn.

Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Kenneth Fifield   Crowells Towing
2 1   Burt Myers   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Citrusafe / Dunleavy Truck & Trailer
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools
4 3   Rowan Pennink   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   TBA   Cape Cod Copper / USNE Inc.
5 6   Jimmy Blewett   Ed Partridge Chevrolet   TBA   TS Hauler
6 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction Inc.
7 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   TBA   Atlantic Sprinkler
8 15   Chase Dowling   Rob Fuller Chevrolet   TBA   15-40 Connection
9 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   TBA   Starrett
10 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Chevrolet   TBA   Buoy One Seafood
11 21   Ronnie Williams   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Joseph Bertuccio   Gershaw Recycling / Empower Financial
12 22   Kyle Bonsignore   Kyle Bonsignore Chevrolet   TBA   Snap-On Tools
13 23   Joe DeGarcia   Paul Degracia Chevrolet   Paul Degracia   PJ DeGracia Contracting
14 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Stash Butova   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
15 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   TBA   TBA
16 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   TBA   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
17 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
18 40   Frank Fleming   Gina Fleming Chevrolet   TBA   Lewisbille Motors / William Smith Trucking
19 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
20 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   TBA   Phoenix Communications Inc.
21 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   David Catalano   CP Ward
22 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
23 60   Matt Hirschman   Roy Hall Chevrolet   TBA   Pee Dee Motorsports
24 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
25 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   TBA   Dawley’s Auto
26 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
27 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
28 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials
29 97   Andy Seuss   Byran Dauzat Chevrolet   TBA   OB Builders
30 99   Jamie Tomaino   Cheryl Tomaino Chevrolet   Cheryl Tomaino   Atlantic Sprinkler / PSR

Solomito Charges Late For Myrtle Beach Win

First Winner For Newly Unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

 MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 18, 2017) – One year ago, Timmy Solomito captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the season-opening Icebreaker at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Fast-forward a year later, the Islip, New York, driver was celebrating a victory in the season-opening race once again.

Solomito captured the win in the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen on Saturday at another historic venue, the half-mile Myrtle Beach Speedway, and became the first winner on the newly formed unified Whelen Modified Tour.

Solomito’s No. 16 Starrett Tools Ford took the lead for the final time following a late-race caution that setup the final restart and held off Rob Summers on a green-white-checkered finish to take down the victory. The win was Solomito’s fifth career on the tour after his breakout 2016.

“My team did a great job,” said Solomito. “We knew we had to ride and save our stuff as much as possible for the end of the race. I knew the last five laps we had to run as hard as possible and my team gave me a car good enough to do that.”

Rob Summers, who scored his first Coors Light Pole Award since 2001 earlier in the day, led a race-high 72 laps but came up just short of the victory with a second place finish behind the wheel of his No. 64 Fastrock Electric Chevrolet.

Andy Seuss made a late charge to finish third after spinning just after the halfway point. Ryan Preece was also able to climb to the front late and finish fourth, with Max Zachem rounding out the top five.

Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Rowan Pennink – who led 38 laps – Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley III and Burt Myers.

The race was slowed by eight cautions, with four coming in the final 30 laps, including one on Lap 145 and a subsequent one on Lap 148 that winnowed the field and took out several contenders. The final yellow pushed the race to 155 laps.

In the offseason, NASCAR unified the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour into one tour that stretches from New Hampshire to South Carolina.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Thompson for the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 2.

Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen Results


At Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, SC

Lap length: 0.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (7) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 155 laps, 45.373 mph.
  2. (1) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 155.
  3. (15) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 155.
  4. (10) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.
  5. (4) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.
  6. (16) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 155.
  7. (3) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 155.
  8. (25) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.
  9. (29) Les Hinckley, III, Windsor Locks, N.C., Chevrolet, 155.
  10. (18) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 155.
  11. (21) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 155.
  12. (20) Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.
  13. (22) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.
  14. (26) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.
  15. (13) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 151.
  16. (14) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 148, accident.
  17. (9) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Chevrolet, 148, accident.
  18. (11) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148, accident.
  19. (12) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  20. (27) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 148.
  21. (5) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145, accident.
  22. (8) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Chevrolet, 145, accident.
  23. (6) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145, accident.
  24. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 137, accident.
  25. (17) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 128, accident.
  26. (28) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 117, accident.
  27. (23) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 103, rear end.
  28. (19) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Toyota, 14, rear end.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 48 minutes 38 seconds Margin of Victory: 0.244 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Summers (95.267 mph, 20.028 seconds) Caution Flags: 8 for 47 laps.

Lead Changes: 9 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Summers 1-56; R. Pennink 57-84; K. Bonsignore 85-88; J. Gerstner 89-104;

  1. Preece 105-106; R. Pennink 107-115; A. Seuss 116-130; R. Pennink 131; R. Summers 132-147; T.

Solomito 148-155.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 47; 2. R. Summers, 44; 3. A. Seuss, 42; 4. R. Preece, 41; 5. J. Bonsignore, 38; 7. R. Pennink, 38; 8. W. Pitkat, 36; 9. L. Hinckley III, 35; 10. B. Myers, 34.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Myrtle Beach

Coby’s Quest For Fifth Title Faces Host Of Challengers With Unified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2016) – Doug Coby’s quest for a fourth consecutive championship will include some familiar faces as well as some new challengers as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins a new era on Saturday.

The 2017 season gets rolling with the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen at South Carolina’s historic Myrtle Beach Speedway, marking a southern kickoff for the newly unified tour. The changes in the tour harken back to the days of NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evans and Jerry Cook, when the NASCAR Modified title was contested up and down the Atlantic coast. It’s fitting that Coby is looking to join the pair as just the third driver to win four straight crowns.

The 2016 NASCAR WMT Champion #2 Doug Coby at Riverhead Raceway August 27th 2016

Coby enters the season looking to add to historic run. The 37-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, has put together an impressive five year stretch: 20 wins and 15 poles, while either finishing first (four times) or second (once) in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings. The last three title runs have come with car owner Mike Smeriglio III and crew chief Phil Moran, and they’ve brought Mayhew Tools on board as their new primary sponsor of the No. 2.

But Coby won’t be the only defending Whelen Modified Tour champion in the field. Under the newly unified tour, Burt Myers leads the southern contingent, having won the final Whelen Southern Modified Tour title last year on the strength of three wins and nine top fives in 11 starts.

Ryan Preece in the #6 TS Hauler/Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet Oct. 16th 2016 at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Former tour champion Ryan Preece returns to the tour full-time after a full season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016. He will be driving for Eddie and Connie Partridge. Preece beat Coby for the Whelen Modified title in 2013, and finished second to him in 2012, ’14 and ’15.

Timmy Solomito in the Diversified Metals (Starrett Racing Ford in 2017) Ford #16 and Justin Bonsignore #51 M3 Technologies Chevrolet #51 at Oswego Speedway Sept. 3rd 2016

Justin Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito, who both had breakout seasons last year, will be right back on Coby’s tail. Bonsignore has a new crew chief and momentum on his side following a win at the northern season finale to close the 2016 season. Solomito has a new sponsor in Starrett Tools, which gives him added confidence to follow up his four-win season in 2016.

A host of competitors are returning to the same rides as last year, including Rowan Pennink to BRE Racing’s famed No. 3 and Eric Goodale to his familiar No. 58. Others like Woody Pitkat, Donny Lia and Chase Dowling have made changes going into the 2017 season.

Southern drivers such as Jeremy Gerstner, Danny Bohn and Gary Putnam will in contention for wins. The Performance Plus 150 field will also feature the return of Tim Brown. The 10-time Modified champion at Bowman Gray Stadium hasn’t raced on the tour since 2013, but has seven career wins and was runner-up in the Whelen Southern championship three times (2006-08).

Race: Performance Plus 150
PLACE: Myrtle Beach Speedway
DATE: Saturday, March 18
TIME: 6:30 p.m. (approx.)
TRACK: 0.538-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval
2016 Polesitter/Winner: N/A
Event Schedule: Practice: 12:15-1:30 p.m., Qualifying: 3:15 p.m., Race: 6:30 p.m. (approx.)
Track Contact: Steve Zacharias,
Track Twitter: @MB_Speedway
Event Hashtag: #PerformancePlus150
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386) 547-2469,




The Race: The 33rd season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins as part of the “Spring Fling” weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen is the first and only appearance for the 2017 season at the half-mile oval.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars in the starting field will be determined through the qualifying process, with six provisional positions available. The race is scheduled for 150 laps.

The Track: The half-mile asphalt oval was built in 1958 and held Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races from 1958-1965. Currently, the track runs NASCAR Whelen All American Series races during the summer months.

Race Winners: In the only NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour appearance at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Andy Seuss went to Victory Lane in 2009.

Pole Winners: In the only appearance, George Brunnhoelzl III scored the pole. Brunnhoelzl’s track record, which was set on Sept. 5, 2009, is 19.892 seconds (95.918 mph).


Performance Plus 150 Notes:

Chasing History: Doug Coby made history in 2016 by becoming the first driver in the modern era to take down three consecutive championships. Although he has never been a part of a Whelen Modifed Tour race at Myrtle Beach, he went down to the track in February and scored the victory in the IceBreaker 50-lap modified main event and gained valuable experience at the half-mile oval. Coby will also look to continue his success in qualifying, where he has collected 15 of the last 32 Coors Light Pole Awards.

New People, New Places: The 2017 season will see multiple drivers begin a quest behind the wheel of a new ride. Former series champion Todd Szegedy will return to full-time action in car No. 85 with Kevin Stuart Motorsports and Robert Katon; Woody Pitkat moves to the No. 46 driving for Jeff Goodale; Donny Lia moves to Tommy Baldwin Racing for a part-time campaign and Chase Dowling will compete for LFR Chassis in select races in No. 15.

Hinckley Teams With Brady Bunch: Les Hinckley will attempt to make his first career Whelen Modified Tour start in Saturday’s Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach, driving for the famed Brady Bunch team in car No. 00. Hinckley has been a New England modified standout for years and is now looking to put his talents on the next level, grabbing an opportunity to drive for one of the most respected teams in series history.

The Rest Of The Pack: There are multiple drivers that could make a serious run at knocking Coby off the top this season. Preece, Solomito and Bonsignore seem to be three of his top challengers, but there are others breathing down their neck. Max Zachem, who had a breakout year in 2016 with a consistent run, is searching his first career victory. Ron Silk is back with Danny Watts, while young driver Matt Swanson has backing from Starrett Tools in hopes to capture his first series victory. Two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss, a New Hampshire native, finished in the top five in Whelen Southern championship points in each of the last nine years.

Brown Is Back: Brown returns to tour action for the first time since 2013. Brown has seven career wins, with his last coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011. He is the winningest driver in the history of Bowman Gray’s Whelen All-American Series Modified division.

Home Tracks: Full Card of Racing on Tap

Though the Whelen Modified Tour will headline the day at Myrtle Beach Speedway, the series is just one part of a major opening event for the half-mile oval. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models, Chargers, Mini Stocks, Super Trucks and Vintage Cars will also join the racing action, helping to create the Performance Plus 300.


The last two Late Model events at Myrtle Beach have been memorable affairs. In February, three-time national champion Lee Pulliam passed local favorite Brian Vause in the closing laps to win the 2nd Annual IceBreaker. Pulliam set up the winning pass in the 125-lap event with a bold four-wide bid for the lead just a couple laps earlier. Last fall, Christian Eckes narrowly beat his JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry to win his first career Myrtle Beach 400.


Matt Cox, of Little River, South Carolina, is the track’s defending Late Model Division champion.