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STAFFORD SPEEDWAY NAPA AUTO PARTS SPRING SIZZLER 200 ENTRY LIST April 29th

 

Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Chad Dow   Eastern Propane & Oil
2 1   Jimmy Blewett   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Dunleavy Truck & Trailer
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew / Dunleavy’s / AJ Romano;s Const.
4 3   Rowan Pennink   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   Cape Cod Copper / Mosquito Free / USNE
5 6   Ryan Preece   Ed Partridge Chevrolet   Jeff Preece   TS Hauler
6 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction Inc.
7 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Buffalo Auto Auction
8 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
9 15   Chase Dowling   Rob Fuller Chevrolet   Steven Kopuk   15-40 Connection
10 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   Starrett
11 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Chevrolet   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood
12 20   Max Zachem   Ken Zachem Chevrolet   Ken Zachem   MP2 Motorsports / Lu-Mac’s
13 21   Ronnie Williams   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Michael Bologna   Empower Financial / Gershow Recycling
14 22   Kyle Bonsignore   Kyle Bonsignore Chevrolet   Bobby Foley   Chalew Performance
15 23   Joe DeGracia   Paul Degracia Chevrolet   Jimmy Zacharias   PJ DeGracia Contracting
16 24   Andrew Krause   Diane Krause Toyota   John Cooke   Supreme Manufacturing
17 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Stash Butova   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
18 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   Chad McDonald   Lakeland Landscapin Supply / TRC Electric
19 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
20 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
21 38   Manny Dias   Linda Rodebaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
22 44   Bobby Santos III   Sully Tinio Chevrolet   Bob Santos   Sully Tinio / Olivas Market
23 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
24 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
25 54   Tommy Catalano   David Catalano Chevrolet   David Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
26 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
27 63   Austin Pickens   Steve Pickens Chevrolet   Jeff Dominck   Site One Greenbrier
28 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
29 66   Shawn Solomito   Jerry Solomito Chevrolet   TBA   Triple A Consultant / Natural Design Concepts
30 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Nick Walsh   Dawley’s Collision & Custom
31 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
32 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
33 82   Woody Pitkat   Pamela Hulse Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials
34 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuart’s Automotive
35 89   Matt Swanson   John Swanson Ford   John Swanson   Starrett
#24 Andrew Krause has withdrawn

 

PIT BOX: Justin Bonsignore Looks To Continue Sizzling Start

Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Points Leader Looks For First Stafford Win

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour roll into Stafford Motor Speedway for the 47th Annual Spring Sizzler at the historic Connecticut oval Sunday. And we’ll have a new winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this weekend, as the series heads to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for a Saturday night showcase.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR at STAFFORD

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Justin Bonsignore and Jon McKennedy have shown, in the first two races of the season, they’re championship contenders after offseason changes. Now the tour heads to Stafford, and a host of drivers are looking to join the fray.

Bonsignore took advantage of a late-race fuel miscue by McKennedy to score the win at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He’ll take the points lead to Stafford, where he has just 10 top fives in 31 races there and yet to win.

Among the drivers looking for a breakthrough: Craig Lutz and Chase Dowling each opened the season with back-to-back top 10s and sit just eight poins behind Bonsingore.

Doug Coby leads active drivers with 10 tour wins in 51 races at Stafford, and will look to get his season back on track in his chase for a sixth NASCAR title. Defending Sizzler winner Ryan Preece has seven wins and is coming off an impressive victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

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

Bobby Santos III is the last driver to win back-to-back Spring Sizzlers (2013 and 2014).

RACE FACTS

RACE NAPA AUTO PARTS SPRING SIZZLER 200
PLACE Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway
DATE Sunday, April 29
TIME 3:15 p.m. ET (approx.)
TRACK LAYOUT Half-mile oval
2017 WINNER Ryan Preece
2017 POLE Doug Coby
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday— Garage opens: 8:15 a.m. ET; Practice: 11-11:45 a.m.; Final Practice: 12:20-1 p.m.; Group qualifying: 2:30 p.m.

Sunday — Garage opens: 9:30 a.m.; Driver autograph session (on track): 11-11:50 a.m.; NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200: 3:15 p.m. (approx.)

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 33 cars, including provisionals.

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

The first 27 cars will secure starting positions based on group qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 27th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not
return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 will be 200 laps (100 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.

The 2018 NASCAR WMT Season Gets Back to the Track at Myrtle Beach

It seems like  the 2017  NASCAR WMT season was just put in the books,  Doug Coby driving the #2 Mayhew Tools LFR chassis Modified notched another championship. Ryan Preece driving the #6 TS Haulers Troyer won the owners championship for Eddie  Partridge, the first time that the owners championship did not belong to the championship drivers car owner.

But that was 5 long months ago.  As the northeast digs out of its its  3rd Nor’easter in 10 days NASCAR WMT teams from New England and all over the east coast have made their way to the state of South Carolina  for the  start the 2018 season at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

30 teams from up and down the east coast have entered the only event in the state of South Carolina,  we will have a final car count later this morning.

We had a chance to talk to three people who will be a big part of the upcoming NASCAR WMT season.

Doug Coby 2017 Champion:

We are ready for the 2018 opener.  2 LFR cars are ready and by the time we get to the Icebreaker at Thompson a 3rd LFR car should be ready giving us a solid stable of cars to look to win a 6th championship.

Mayhew Tools is back for a second season as the primary sponsor of the team and are very happy with the relationship. Mayhew is a 160-year-old company and has used racing the last 2 years for brand awareness and name recognition. Mayhew also likes the TV exposure that the tour gives them and the huge rolling billboard that the hauler for the #2 takes to the track

Doug spoke about last year’s 5th championship. When we asked if he was confident on championship #5 after his early season troubles his answer was if I said yes, I would be lying. He didn’t think he had a shot to continue the championship streak until Stafford in August when he finished second to Ryan Preece.

We asked Doug if he feels the teams that go to Fla. have an advantage In February and why his team does not head south. Doug said that absolutely some of his competitors get a small advantage as they work the bugs out of new equipment, but work commitments keep him up north.

Doug  won his 5th championship in unusual style. 2017 he flipped flopped his successful tracks with tracks he normally did poorly. NHMS and Thompson were not his best tracks in 2017 which is very unusual.  Putting aside the Icebreaker at Thompson where he barely made 1 lap being caught up in a wreck he feels the completion has really stepped up at those tracks closing that gap.

Riverhead which for many years was a thorn in his side including the 2013 when his throttle hung during his time trial run costing him a race and probably a chance at a championship. That changed last year he came away with a 2nd and a 3rd and feels the focus on getting better at Riverhead helped those finishes.

Last year Doug won only 1 race, the first time with that total since 2014, we asked Doug if he felt he could increase that number this year. Doug said they come to the track with the mentality to win each race and this year would be no different so he hopes he can increase that number.

This season Doug will have a few new crew members and crew members doing different jobs than they had in the past. Doug said many of the crew members are also his friends and have been for many years and that helps

Series Director Jimmy Wilson:

We reached out to Jimmy as we get close to opening day to ask his views on the state the tour for 2018.

Fist we asked Jimmy about his outlook for the 2018 season.

We are very pleased with the scheduling for 2018. With the Seekonk race being moved to June 2nd NASCAR has broken up the long stretch during the summer. With the longest road trip for the teams heading to Bristol it gives them a week off at the end of August before the stretch run to the end of the season.

As far as rules for 2018 there are no major rules changes for the upcoming season

Jimmy is also pleased with the young drivers that are coming up in the series, it bodes for a bright future for the tour.

Two things that Jimmy really likes about the 2028 season are the winners purses , point fund and the new crown jewel event at NHMS.

Whelen Engineering Winner of the Race award has increased this year from $500.00 per race to $3,500.00. That will push the winner of most of the races to a minimum of $10,000. The only races below that will be the 2 Riverhead races plus the Thompson mid-week race. When we spoke about the purse money Jimmy always likes to point out the NASCAR pays more than any tour out there. The purse, bonus and point fund the money is second to none of any Modified tour.

Jimmy is also very excited is the Full Throttle weekend Friday September 21st and September 22nd.  The weekend will feature the WMT, K & N East and for the first time Pinty series from Canada. The winner of the Modified feature will take home a minimum of $25,000. With bonus and announced lap monies a driver who dominates the race and leads many laps could win upwards of $30,000 or more.

We asked about the format of the race and the expected tire count that will be needed. He said there will be a 5-minute break at a lap to be determined. As far as the tires, there will be a Hoosier tire test before the Eastern Propane 100 July 21st to determine the needed compound.  Hoosier had some uncharacteristic issues with the right front tires that they want to resolve before the next WMT race at NHMS.

NHMS will be issuing press releases with more information about the race format as the year progresses. Increased access to the cars and drivers that the fans have not enjoyed in the past will be part of the show. Unfortunately, NHMS lost a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup weekend but they are putting a significant effort into making the WMT/Pinty/K & N as great a weekend as any Cup race they have hosted..

Eddie Partridge owner of the TS Haulers #6:

Eddie took 2 cars to Fla. With Ryan Preece but only came back with 1 intact car.

What is the status of the white #6 that left the park at Bronson Speedway?

“The white #6 was not repairable, Troyer is  building us a new one hopefully to be finished by the Icebreaker. The team will run the 2018 season splitting races between the beautiful new black #6 that they shook down at New Smyrna Speedway and the white #6 that will be delivered shortly.

Ed pointed out that while Ryan Preece is still his full-time driver he will have to miss a minimum of 2 races as Ryan continues to race for Joe Gibbs on the Xfnity Tour.

When asked if Ryan could have a shot at the championship Ed responded that  they  have a shot at the owners championship again Ryan and his fill in,  Jimmy Blewett . Jimmy will drive the car today at  Myrtle Beach and at  one race at Riverhead.

Making the task a little tougher this year, at Thompson Ryan will start last at the Icebreaker after racing at Texas in the Xfinity series on that Saturday. With veteran Jimmy Blewett filing in the team should not miss a beat.

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Lastly as we start the 2018 season the tour will have a big void. While there is always great optimism as a season starts, this year there is a feeling something is missing. One of the all-time greats TC Ted Christopher will not be in the field. Teds untimely passing last year left us stunned and saddened.  Ted was not only a great driver but a great friend to many.  Ted touched many with his bumper, his humor, his friendship and his hard as nails attitude. Ted will be missed and surely never  forgotten.

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Notes: The Myrtle Beach opener March 17th is called the St Patrick’s Day 300 Race. The program will feature Late Models, Chargers, Super Trucks, Mini Stocks and NASCAR WMT Modified division.

The official entry list-http://racing-reference.info/entrylist/2018-01/N/E

The NBCSN TV schedule is out, Derick Pernesiglio and company will be back covering the NASCAR WMT starting with the opening day Myrtle Beach race. It will be broadcast the following week Wed. March 21  at 6:00PM on tape delay.

Myracenews will be at the track as the gates open Saturday at 9:30AM and give you updates throughout the day. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.