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Note: The Jan Boehler #3 to be driven by Rowan Pennink has withdrawn.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


Myrtle Beach Speedway Opens 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Season

By Michael Jaworecki

This Saturday March 18th at the Myrtle Beach Speedway the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour kicks off the 2017 season. Doug Coby in the  Mayhew Tools Chevrolet #2 will be back to defend his 2016 Championship and look to make it 4 championships in a row.

#2 Doug Coby, the 2016 NASCAR WMT champion racing the #44 of Bobby Santos at Riverhead Raceway June 25th 2016 Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews Photo

As in every other season there are  changes on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The biggest change came before the 2016 season was even over. In October NASCAR announced it was combining north and south tours, the decision by made to run 1 tour of 17 races plus 2 special non points events.

The schedule will still have a more northern flavor as only 4 races will be run south of the Mason Dixon line.  3 southern races at Myrtle Beach, Langley and Charlotte join Bristol Speedway on the combined tour.  If you want to win the 2017 NASCAR WMT championship you will be doing more traveling.

This Saturday Myrtle Beach Speedway kicks off the new combined tour with the Performance Motor Oil 150, 30 teams have pre-entered as of Wednesday.

Many  teams will be making their first start at the track with the abrasive .538 mile track near the ocean. Myrtle Beach Speedway  has only run one NASCAR WMT Southern race in the past, a 150 race on September 9th 2009 won by Andy Seuss who is entered in this weekends race.

I spoke to NASCAR WMT tour Jimmy Wilson this week and we discussed the race, the upcoming  season and the future of the tour. Jimmy has been involved in racing since his days as a young man on the flag stand at New Smyrna Speedway, he was named the NASCAR WMT North director in January 2013.

Jimmy what is your outlook for the race and the 2017 season?

It’s going to be a good season, the car count is good for Myrtle Beach and should continue throughout the year.

What about the abrasive surface at Myrtle Beach?

Hoosier is bringing the same tire as Stafford and Thompson which is a very good tire. We do know that the track can be abrasive so tire management will be key this weekend.

We have changed the tire rules and are allowing 4 tires for the race not the normal 3.  The teams will only be allowed to change 1 per stop. If you need to change 2 or 3 tires you will need to make 2 or 3 stops, gas will be a separate stop. Also for this race there will only be 3 men allowed over the wall not 5.

The track itself:

Myrtle Beach Speedway is a good track for the tour, it has hosted what is now the Xfinity series in the past and has infield pitting that can accommodate up to 43 cars more than enough space for the tour teams.

On part time and Southern teams:

We know several teams that are only running part time but with the full time teams, the part time teams  and the southern teams that will venture north this year we should have good car counts throughout the season.  At  the owners meeting in January several southern teams teams committed to come north.

The fly in the ointment for those  teams is Bowman Gray Stadium. Bowman Gray is king in the south and several teams like Burt and Jason Myers run there weekly and until the season is over can not commit to traveling long distances. Its hoped after Bowman Grey  season is over several teams will venture north to run some of the late season races.

The point fund and bonus money:

I really wished we talked about the point fund and bonus money more. The NASCAR Whelen Modified tour pays more money  than any other tour out there. This year the tour will pay out over $500,000.00 in point fund an bonus money a large sum of money in addition to the race purse money.

The return of Ryan Preece:

We are very happy to have Ryan back this season, he does feel bad that the Langley Speedway race on May 13th conflicts with his wedding date.

The future of the NASCAR WMT:

Jimmy and NASCAR feel the future is bright. They are  pleased with the young drivers  that have been joining the tour.

The Long Island Connection:

Jimmy spoke about the Riverhead Raceway connection to the tour. Many drivers and teams like Timmy Solomito, Justin Bonsignore, Eric Goodale and others cut their teeth at the track. He loves the progression of a driver starting in the Legends or other divisions at Riverhead moving up to the modifieds which have the basic same rules as the tour cars, Riverhead has become a feeder system for the tour.

We spoke about the next young driver working his way up the ladder,  CJ Lehman who started as a Charger Driver  at Riverhead Raceway. This year will be  driving a Riverhead Crate modified and who in the near future will move up to the tour in the John Visconti III owned tour modified.

The 2017  broadcast schedule:

It is almost complete until it is complete he didn’t want to commit to a date.

On New Hampshire Motor Speedway losing a Cup weekend to Las Vegas and the NASCAR  WMT getting a special race in September.

All we are focusing on are our 2 dates in conjunction with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series in 2017.  2018 is a long way away and they are still they are still in discussions as to what the race will be.

Note: NASCAR know people are traveling a long way for the Myrtle Beach so they will have an Air Titan at the track in case of less than perfect weather.