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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.

 

2018 Schedule Announced For NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Season Opener Returns To Myrtle Beach; New Hampshire Extra-Distance Event On Tap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take the green flag on the 2018 season at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway in March, and the schedule will feature 16 championship points races at nine different venues.

The champion will once again be crowned at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 56th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The calendar spotlight’s some of the northeast’s iconic short tracks, includes three fast southern venues and features the longest distance race in tour history as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes center stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September for a 250-lap showdown.

“Year in and year out, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour puts on some of the most exciting and pulse-pounding action in racing, and we are looking forward to the 2018 season,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR vice president of racing operations. “We’ve made some tweaks in the dates to alleviate some of the schedule congestion and better help teams work through the season. In 2017, we saw six drivers enter the final race of the season with a shot at the title, and we’re eager to watch that high level of competition continuing next season.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts has been moved from August to June 2. The date change means the tour will only have one instance where it will race three weeks in a row, and will have at least a weekend off between races on 10 different occasions.

Last year, the tour began its new unified era with the season opener at Myrtle Beach. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958, and will once again host the opener on Saturday, March 17.

Earlier this summer, NASCAR and New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced the tour will be the headliner on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of a special event that will also include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

The NASCAR Whelen Modifeid Tour will also visit New Hampshire in July with a championship points race as well as the annual invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout. The tour will also be part of the national series weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

After Myrtle Beach, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to New England for two of the staple weekends of the early racing season: The 44rd Annual Icebreaker at Thompson and the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

The tour will make four stops at Thompson, and three at Stafford.

The tour schedule also features two races at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway, a bullring known for their high-intensity, close-quarters Modified action, as well as return trips to New York’s Oswego Speedway and Virgina’s Langley Speedway in Hampton.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour television broadcast schedule on NBCSN will be announced at a later date.

2018 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
17-Mar Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8-Apr Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
29-Apr Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
2-June Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass.
13-June Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
23-June Langley Speedway Hampton, Va.
7-July Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
20-July New Hampshire Motor Speedway* Loudon, N.H.
21-July New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
3-Aug Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
8-Aug Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
15-Aug Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn.
1-Sep Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y..
8-Sep Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
22-Sep New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
30-Sep Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
14-Oct Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.

*non-points, special events

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Coby Adds To His Legacy With Fifth Title

Edges Thompson Winner Solomito For NASCAR Whelen Modified Crown

THOMPSON, Conn. — Back in April, Doug Coby walked away from a wrecked race car without even completing one lap in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Six months later, Coby capped the season at Thompson by completing an unthinkable comeback to win his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Sunday’s fifth-place finish in the Sunoco World Series 150 was enough to completely erase his disastrous start to the season and wrap up his fourth straight title.

The Milford, Conn. driver becomes the first driver since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour began in 1984 to accomplish the feat and only the third in the history of NASCAR modifieds, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evans and Jerry Cook.

“We just kind of tugged away this year,” Coby said. “We won one race in 2014 when we won the championship and we only won once this year. We were just so consistent.”

Timmy Solomito, who entered the race third in the championship standings and one of six drivers still in contention for the crown, used a pass with just two laps remaining to capture the victory the race that was pushed to 155 laps because of a late caution.

The victory was the fifth of the season for the Islip, New York, driver but it wasn’t enough to get him the title.

Coby finished with 604 points, six ahead of Solomito. Justin Bonsignore finished third, 10 points back of Solomito, while Rowan Pennink and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five in the championship standings.

Coby was determined to control his own destiny. The points leader entering the finale, he started on the front row with polesitter Chase Dowling and immediately jumped to the front to lead the first 82 laps to clinch the bonus points for most laps led.

After his first pit stop, he restarted outside the top 10 and wasn’t able to get all the way back to the front. But it didn’t matter. A late charge was enough to hand him the championship behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet.

“We were good all year and we were kind of under the radar. This was a different championship because we to crawl all summer because we had to get back in it,” Coby said. “We had to chip away this year. The common denominator in all of these titles was a team that never quit.”

Dowling finished second — crossing the finish line .043 seconds behind Solomito — while Ron Silk was third and Pennink fourth.

Andrew Krause finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Dave Sapienza, Jamie Tomaino and Bonsignore.

Ryan Preece finished 26th in the race and fell to sixth in points. However, he was able to wrap up the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner’s championship for Ed Partridge. Preece missed two races — one for his wedding and one to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway — and combined with George Brunnhoelzl III and Jon McKennedy to win the title for Partridge’s No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet team.

Coby and Partridge will be honored as champion of the unified Whelen Modified Tour as part of the champions celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina in December.

RACE RESULTS | FINAL POINT STANDINGS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Sunoco World Series 150 Results

Sunday

At Thompson International Speedway

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 155 laps, 65.309 mph.

2. (1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

3. (10) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

4. (6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 155.

5. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

6. (19) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

7. (21) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

8. (18) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

9. (33) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

10. (14) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 155.

11. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

12. (4) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

13. (7) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 155.

14. (23) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 155.

15. (27) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

16. (16) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

17. (13) Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga., Chevrolet, 155.

18. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 155.

19. (9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 154.

20. (5) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154.

21. (25) Danny Cugini, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 147, accident.

22. (35) Cory Oslund, East Hampton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 143, accident.

23. (34) Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 138, handling.

24. (15) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, accident.

25. (12) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 131, accident.

26. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 117.

27. (32) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 113, handling.

28. (24) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 80, accident.

29. (11) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 52, ignition.

30. (31) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 19, clutch.

31. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 9, accident.

32. (20) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

33. (22) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

34. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

35. (28) John Baker, Selden, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 29 minutes 0 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.043 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: C.Dowling (118.477 mph, 18.991 seconds)

Caution Flags: 12 for 57 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-82; C. Lutz 83-107; R. Silk 108-144; J. Bonsignore 145; R. Silk

146-153; T. Solomito 154-155.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 604; 2. T. Solomito, 598; 3. J. Bonsignore, 588; 4. R. Pennink,

570; 5. E. Goodale, 566; 6. R. Preece, 562; 7. D. Sapienza, 511; 8. M. Swanson, 484; 9.

R. Summers, 474; 10. C. Lutz, 429.