NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: New Hampshire

New Hampshire LogoHomestretch Of 2015 Starts With F.W. Webb 100

 Milestone 600th Event For Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2015) – There’s no shortage of history when it comes to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motors Speedway will add another marker on the timeline.

fwwebb100_14_0The F.W. Webb 100 will mark the 600th race in Whelen Modified Tour history. The tour’s inaugural event was held on March 31, 1985 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, an event won by NASCAR Hall of Fame member Richie Evans. Thirty years later the competition is as strong as it’s ever been with five different winners in 12 events and a single tally separating first and second in the championship standings.

The Whelen Modified Tour was the third NASCAR series to take to the newly-minted “Magic Mile” in its 1990 opening season. The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East christened the 1.058-mile facility first on July 15, and the mighty mods made their initial appearance there on Sept. 2, 1990 with Mike McLaughlin reaching Victory Lane. The F.W. Webb 100 will mark the 63rd running of the modifieds in Loudon.

The Whelen Modified Tour’s milestone race will follow another historic event Saturday at New Hampshire as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will contest its 500th all-time event. The 500th modified race took place on Sept. 20, 2008 at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway.


Races: 599

Race Winners: 66

Pole Winners: 91

Race Leaders: 154

NHMS Races: 62

NHMS Race Winners: 20

NHMS Pole Winners: 26

NHMS Race Leaders: 61

Champions: 17

Tracks Visited: 38

States Visited: 13

N.H. Races: 84

RACE: F.W. Webb 100

PLACE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 26

TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET

TELECAST: Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.058-mile asphalt oval

2014 WINNER: Woody Pitkat

2014 POLESITTER: Ryan Newman

EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday – Practice 10:30-11:45 a.m., Qualifying 5:50 p.m., Saturday – Driver Autograph Session 11:15-11:45 a.m.

TRACK CONTACT: Kristen Lestock, 603-513-5708,



Fast Facts:
The Race: The F.W. Webb 100 will be the 13th of 15 points races on the 2015 schedule and the second of two visits to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This will also be the 600th race in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 38 cars, including provisionals. The first 33 cars will secure starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. This is an impound race, scheduled for 100 laps (105.8 miles), with an allotment of four change tires. There will be a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50.

The Track: NHMS, a 1.058-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval, is the largest track on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule. NHMS has played host to the Whelen Modified Tour 62 times previously for points races, the most of any facility outside of Connecticut.

Race Winners: There have been 20 different race winners at NHMS, led by Mike Stefanik with eight victories. Woody Pitkat is the defending winner of the F.W. Webb 100.

Pole Winners: There have been 26 different pole winners at NHMS, led by Jan Leaty’s six. Ted Christopher is the active poles leader with five. Mike Ewanitsko holds the qualifying record at 28.693 seconds (132.743 mph), set in 2001.

F.W. Webb 100 Notes:
Points Battle Moves on to Magic Mile: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s intense championship battle will resume after an idle month with the F.W. Webb 100 where Ryan Preece brings just a one-point lead in the season standings on Woody Pitkat. There has been little give between the two as the season has progressed. Preece has four wins to Pitkat’s one, and those victory bonus points have been crucial since Pitkat has registered 10 top-five finishes to Preece’s six. Defending titlist Doug Coby is also in the mix, 25 points behind Preece.

Preece Set for Sprint Cup Series Debut: Preece will face more than just a test from fellow modified championship contender Pitkat this weekend in Loudon as he will also attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut. Preece, from Berlin, Connecticut, will compete in the No. 98 Tommy Baldwin Racing entry for a spot in Sunday’s Sylvania 300, the same organization with which he made his first NASCAR XFINITY Series appearance in 2013 at NHMS. The No. 98 Mohawk Northeast/East West Marine Chevrolet will feature a modified car tribute paint scheme for Preece’s grandfather, Bob Judkins, who was the longtime owner of the No. 2x modified most famously driven by Ed Flemke Sr.

Christopher, Rocco Reunite as Teammates: Our Motorsports will field two entries this week at New Hampshire, the No. 22 for Keith Rocco and the No. 23 for Ted Christopher. It will mark the first time in more than a decade that the two have been teammates instead of rivals. Rocco served as a crew member on Christopher’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified team in the early 2000s – highlighted by the 2001 national title – before launching his own racing career, and the two have since battled on a weekly basis at the three Connecticut short tracks as well as the Whelen Modified Tour. Christopher filled in for Rocco in the No. 22 in the team’s last two appearances after Rocco suffered a wrist injury.

Seuss Returns Home the Southern Points Leader: Hampstead, New Hampshire, native Andy Seuss will return to his home state for Saturday’s Whelen Modified Tour event as the new points leader in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Driving the No. 11 Harvey Racing Chevrolet down south, Seuss has posted three wins and seven top 10s in nine events to forge a 10-point lead with two races remaining. He’ll race his family’s No. 70 Chevrolet at NHMS, where he’s recorded four top 10s in 14 career starts.

Big Field: As many as 38 cars are anticipated to enter the F.W. Webb 100. The previous season high for cars to take the green flag, not counting the combination race with the Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, was 35 for the season opener at Thompson in April. The largest starting grid for a NASCAR regional touring series non-combination race so far in 2015 was 38 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Sonoma (California) Raceway.


0-Myracenews_logo_finalAll $5,000-To-Win Events Are Not Created Equal: Wade Decker Memorial Sunday At Thunder Mountain Speedway Features Huge Short Track Super Series Pay Structure Plus Other Incentives; GRIT Series Crate Sportsman, Street Stocks & XCel 600 Modifieds All Set For High-Paying Events

CENTER LISLE, NY – All $5,000-to-win dirt Modified events are not created equal.

Case in point: this Sunday’s (Sept. 27) MjH Oilfield Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The annual race honoring the late Wade Decker is among the most lucrative of the season for the big-block/small-block Modified traveling contingent of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek.

Yes, the 50-lap main event winner takes home a minimum of $5,000 like many other ‘big shows’ in the region. But the difference clear. A 10th-place finish in the Wade Decker Memorial will reward a driver with $1,000 and $400 is reserved just to take the green flag from a total purse structure of more than $25,000 – that’s $10,000 more than similar races.

And then, there are the other incentives.

Hank Decker Logging has signed on to sponsor a 10-lap Cash Dash for heat winners offering a cool $1,000 to the winner. Jim and Rhonda Scott have posted a $500 bonus to lead at the halfway mark of the main event (more than $1,000 total in lap money will be distributed). A certificate for four free Integra Shocks is set for the event’s Hard Charger (the driver gaining the most positions from their scheduled starting spot to the finish).

A long list of STSS contingency partners have other certificates and product in waiting from companies such as Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, American Racer/Lias Tire, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fast Axle, Shiley Fabrication, Vahlco Wheels and more.

Last year, Sheffield, Mass., driver Andy Bachetti earned the first Thunder Mountain triumph of his successful career in the Wade Decker Memorial, completing a late pass of Mike Mahaney. Last Saturday, King Ferry, N.Y.’s Mahaney clinched the track’s Modified point title.

Sunday’s program is the seventh of eight races on the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region. Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., is the current point leader in search of a $15,000 championship.

A full program of racing is planned for the Wade Decker Memorial.

GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman battle for $1,000 to win and $100 to start in a 25-lap main. Street Stocks will race 25 laps for a $1,000 winner’s share (bring your home track rule book – Thunder Mountain American Racer tires required) and the XCel 600 Modifieds run in a tour race for $1,000 to win, 20 laps in distance.

Gates will open for the grandstand and pit areas at 2 p.m. A drivers’ meeting is planned for 4:40 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 5 p.m. and the first heat race hits the track promptly at 6 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) pay $18. Students (ages 10-17) pay $15. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

A talented competitor who progressed from the Street Stocks to race in the Southern Tier and beyond in the Modified division, Wade Decker tragically lost his life on Dec. 5, 2011 in a logging accident. He was just 37 years old.

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Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by Hi-Tek Race Fuel, American Racer/Lias Tire, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Scotty’s Speed & Diesel, East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Allstar Performance, ATL Fuel Cells, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group (COMP Cams, Driven Racing Oil & Quarter Master), Crane Ignition, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Hyperco, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Lineman Racing, Pilat Graphic Design, Race Pro Weekly, Racers Guide, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Shiley Fabrication, Simplicity Design, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & VP Racing Fuel.

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek 2015 Schedule

Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region
Saturday, April 11 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, NY: Hard Clay Open – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, May 5 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, PA (Combo): Anthracite Assault – WINNER: RICK LAUBACH
Tuesday, May 19 – Accord Speedway/Accord, NY: Battle of the Bullring 3 – WINNER: JACKIE BROWN JR.
Monday, June 29 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Lightning on the Mountain – WINNER: BRIAN MALCOLM
Wednesday, July 22 – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Crazy 8s Special – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Tuesday, August 11 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, NY: Hustlin’ the High Banks 51 – WINNER: STEWART FRIESEN
Sunday, September 27 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, NY: Wade Decker Memorial
Friday-Saturday October 9-10 (Rain Date: Oct. 11) – I-88 Speedway/Afton, NY: Short Track SuperNationals 8 – Championship Points

Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region Point Fund (*based on 8 events): 1. $15,000; 2. $7,000; 3. $3,500; 4. $2,500; 5. $2,000; 6. $1,650; 7. $1,550; 8. $1,450; 9. $1,350; 10. $1,250; 11. $750; 12. $650.

Drivers with perfect attendance outside the Top-12 receive $250.


0-Myracenews_logo_finalBETHEL, NY – Since the beginning of August, the season has been kind to BMS Modified driver Frank James. James, who debuted a new car at the start of the year, spent the early part of the season adjusting to the car. Judging by the results, the work paid off, as James picked up his third win in six races this past Saturday during the Jerry Reigle Memorial race on the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel Motor Speedway.

James and 2013 champion John Cote took off from the front row. Cote was scored as the leader on the initial lap, with James capturing the lead by mere inches after that as the pair ran side-by-side for the lead in the early laps. Lap after lap, Cote challenged on the outside before finally settling into line behind James at the halfway point of the race. Twelve-time 2015 winner and current point leader Ed Dachenhausen then tried his hand on the outside of James, as the top three ran in tight quarters. In the closing laps, Dachenhausen was able to hold Cote behind James on the inside, and James crossed the line ahead of Dachenhausen and Cote.

With three races remaining for the division, Cote is the only driver mathematically capable of challenging Dachenhausen for the championship, though the 80-point spread between the pair limits the likelihood.

Rick Mill also can’t complain about his record during the latter part of the 2015 season, as he picked up his second consecutive win – and fourth since the beginning of August – in the 358/Sportsman event this past Saturday. Dan Dulin and Jerry Curry made up the front row for the start, with Curry immediately putting his car on the point. Dulin ran in the second spot during the early laps, before being passed by Mill on lap five. Just prior to the halfway point, Mill was able to work his way past Curry and into the top spot. With just three laps remaining, heartbreak struck for Curry, as a blown tire forced him to retire from the event early. Dulin inherited second as a result, but he was unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Mill crossed the line ahead of Dulin and Kyle Redner.

Curry heads into the final three events with a 38-point advantage over Redner in the standings.

In spite of having already clinched the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro title, Joseph Graf would accept nothing less than another win this past Saturday, picking up his 11th victory of the year. Graf and Brad Lowmaster – who both started n the front row – battled for the lead in the opening laps of the event, with each taking turns occupying the spot. At the halfway point, Richie Coy used the outside line to work his way past both Graf and Lowmaster and lay claim to the lead. Just three laps later, however, Coy’s night ended as engine issues took him out of the race. This handed the lead back to Graf, and Jimmy Sylvester came to second. The top three remained unchanged over the final six laps of the event, and Graf took down the win over Sylvester and Lowmaster.

Legends Young Lions driver Alex McCollum – who has also already laid claim to his division title – took down his 11th win of the season. Teddy Hodgdon started on the pole, with Gillian Kirkpatrick to his outside. Hodgdon took the lead at the drop of the green, but McCollum came from his third place starting spot to grab the lead with just two laps n the books. Just one lap later, David French took over the second spot. As the laps clicked off, McCollum built his lead over the field, leaving little opportunity for anyone to mount a challenge for the top spot. McCollum drove on to the win, with French second and Hodgdon third.

Defending Bandolero champion David French – who has recently earned the nickname “The Dominator” – took down his 17th win of the season in a caution-free 15-lap event. French also has already secured this year’s title. Bryan Chirico started on the pole, alongside Tyler Dachenhausen. Chirico led the field for the first two laps before being passed by French. Sean Verwys followed to take over second, and Dachenhausen grabbed third one lap later as Chirico got hung up on the outside. French was first to the checkered flag, followed by Verwys and Dachenhausen.

Beginner Bandolero driver Joey Aungst picked up his third consecutive win – and seventh of the season – after being involved in an early-race caution and having to restart at the rear of the field. Brendon Tymon started on the pole, with Isabella Macchia to his outside. Conner Piasecki quickly took over the lead, with Aungst in tow. As the two battled for the top spot, they made contact, bringing out the caution and forcing both cars to the rear for the restart. Katie Verwys inherited the lead for th restart, but both Aungst and Piasecki quickly marched back to the front, with Piasecki reclaiming the lead. With five laps remaining, however, Aungst was able to work his way past Piasecki. Piasecki had to be content with second, as Aungst picked up the win. Verwys was third.

Kenny Atkins picked up his seventh Pro Stock win of the season, increasing his points lead to 70 over Jim Helt. Atkins started on the outside pole alongside Vinny Stanton Sr., and the pair put on a side-by-side battle for the lead that lasted through the first half of the event. With 11 laps in the books, Stanton spun, and both he and Ed Butler were sent to the rear for their involvement in the caution. Former division champ Bobby Policastro came to second after the restart, and Jim Helt ran third until he was passed by Skip LaPolt. The top three remained unchanged in the closing laps of the event, and Atkins scored the victory over Policastro and LaPolt.

A one-two finish for the father-daughter team of Gary and Amber VanOrden has certainly set the stage for an interesting end to the season for the team, as they sit n a tie atop the point standings with just three events remaining. Kyle Welsch took off from the pole and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green over Steve Smalley. By lap six, however, G. VanOrden took over the second spot, with his daughter hot on his heels. A. VanOrden wrestled second from her father five laps later, and she grabbed the lead from Welsch with six laps to go. G. VanOrden followed to take over second, and he cut his daughter’s time out front short, as he took over the top spot one lap later. G. VanOrden drove on to his tenth win of the season, followed by A. VanOrden and Welsch.

Mike Travis took home his fifth 4 Cylinder Advanced win of the season in a fast-paced race that was only slowed by a single caution early in the race. Jerry Kingeter and Cody Houghtaling took off from the front row, with Kingeter getting the early advantage. Travis, who started fourth, took advantage of the restart on lap three to lay claim to the top spot. Kingeter held on to the second position until lap nine, when 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind worked his way past. Just two laps later, Dan Curry broke into the top three. Bauernfeind and Curry each looked for a way to get out front, but Travis continued to show the way and was first to the checkered flag. Bauernfeind was second, and Curry was third. Heading into the final three races, Travis holds a 40-point lead in the standings over Curry.

David Donovan will head into the final three 4 Cylinder Novice races with a 38-point lead over John Houghtaling after picking up his third consecutive win and sixth of the year in Saturday night’s caution-free, 20-lap event. James Shields started on the pole, and jumped out in front of outside pole sitter Felicia Reichenbaugh on the initial lap. Just one lap later, Lee Cogswell came to second. As the front pack of cars ran in tight quarters all the way around the track, positions were swapped, with Houghtaling holding third until the halfway point of the event, when David Donovan took the spot over. Donovan then quickly tried to weave his way to the front, grabbing second on lap 12. Shields put up a tremendous fight, but finally surrendered the lead to Donovan on lap 15. Donovan went on to claim the win over Shields and Houghtaling.

This coming Saturday, September 26th, the gates at Bethel Motor Speedway will once again swing open for a jam-packed night of racing action. As championships come down to the wire, fans will enjoy action from the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6.

Just one week later, on Saturday, October 3rd, the speedway will present the final points night of the 2015 season. The BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes will all take part in twin 25-lap features. Legends will have qualifying and a single feature, and the Bandolero class will have heat races and a single feature. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing beginning at 6 pm.

On Sunday, October 4th, Legends and Bandoleros will take to the track for INEX national points. Gates open at 12 noon, with hot laps at 2 pm and racing at 3 pm.

JERRY REIGLE MEMORIAL BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Frank James (Hackensack, NJ), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. John Cote, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Robbie Konikowski.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (Vails Gate, NY), 2. Dan Dulin, 3. Kyle Redner, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Philip Goetschius Jr., 6. Paul Knox, 7. Jerry Curry, 8. John Cook, 9. Eric Moon, 10. Jeff Richardson.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Jim Sylvester, 3. Brad Lowmaster, 4. Eugene Drew, 5. Paul Dodorico, 6. Drew Bottge, 7. Mike Rutkoski, 8. Kurt Krieger, 9. Vern Lafave, 10. Mark Foster, 11. Mike Policastro, 12. Josh Andrews, 13. Richie Coy, 14. Matt Maring. DNS – Jeff Lefcourt.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ), 2. David French, 3. Teddy Hodgdon, 4. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 5. Matt Forsythe, 6. Jerry Macchia, 7. Connor Holderbach, 8. Patrick Gallagher.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Sean Verwys, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Mike Roth, 5. Bryan Chirico, 6. Jessica Ricci.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Isabella Macchia, 5. Brandon Tymon, 6. Nick Archiere. DNS – Joseph Lamontagne, Freya Drew.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Bobby Policastro, 3. Skip LaPolt, 4. Jim Helt, 5. Glenn Richard, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Ed Butler, 8. Vinny Stanton Sr., 9. Darwin Moon, 10. Daniel Pawlicki, 11. Arthur McArthur.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Kyle Welsch, 4. Steve Smnalley, 5. Jay Smalley, 6. Vinny Stanton Jr., 7. Jerry Craig, 8. Walt Henry.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Cody Houghtaling, 5. Patty Falkena, 6. Jerry Kingeter, 7. Eddy Lindstadt, 8. Greg Cohen, 9. Dan Creeden.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. David Donovan (Grahamsville, NY), 2. James Shields, 3. John Houghtaling, 4. Lee Cogswell, 5. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 6. Dan Houghtaling, 7. Travis Cogswell, 8. Jessey Torrens, 9. Austin Zweck. DNS – Morgan Cohen.

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