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Doug Coby’s first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start at Myrtle Beach Speedway was a forgetful 13th-place finish. But the Milford, Connecticut, driver closed the season strong to collect his fifth title in six years. He’ll look to get off to a faster start Saturday as the tour’s 34th season gets rolling in South Carolina.

Timmy Solomito capped a late-race charge to win the Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural visit to Myrtle Beach last year, and came within six points of winning the championship. The Islip, New York, driver lead another strong crop of drivers looking to unseat four-time defending tour champion Coby.

There will plenty of contenders Saturday evening including Matt Hirschman, who is coming off a championship run in the tour-type Modifieds at New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, and former tour champions Burt Myers and Andy Seuss.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at Myrtle Beach | Whelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at Myrtle Beach

Six-time race winner Jimmy Blewett will be filling in for Ryan Preece in the No. 6, while championship contender Rowan Pennink will miss the race after having offseason surgery.


PLACE Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway
DATE Saturday, March 17
TIME 5:35 p.m. ET
TELEVISION NBCSN, Wednesday, March 21 – 6 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT .538-mile oval
2017 WINNER Timmy Solomito
2017 POLE Rob Summers
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday— 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.
TWITTER @MB_Speedway
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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 24 cars will secure starting positions based on the two-lap qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

The PERFORMANCE PLUS 150 presented by SAFETY-KLEEN will be 150 laps (80.7 miles). Maximum of three (3) crew members permitted over the wall at any time during the event. Teams may only change one (1) tire on a single pit stop. Teams will be permitted to swap/move tire locations.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.

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.