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Whelen Modified 2016 Schedules Announced

Concord, Oswego, Seekonk Return; East Carolina A Newcomer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What was old has become new again as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 2016 schedules have been revealed.

Upstate New York’s Oswego Speedway and Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway have returned to the Whelen Modified Tour schedule for the coming season, reuniting the northeast-based circuit with two venues that have played an integral part of the tour’s history. Likewise, North Carolina speedplant Concord Speedway has also rejoined the Whelen Southern Modified Tour calendar for next year while East Carolina Motor Speedway is a newcomer to the southern circuit.

The 32nd season for the Whelen Modified Tour will feature nine different facilities and 17 championship races, the most for the tour since 2005. Here is a breakdown of the 2016 calendar:

• Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will once again hold the season opening and season closing events as well as two midseason races. Each of Stafford Motor Speedway’s four traditional dates also return to the famed Nutmeg State oval.
• The Whelen Modified Tour will remain a fixture on the racing card for both New Hampshire Motor Speedway NASCAR national series weekends.
• The Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours will return to Bristol Motor Speedway for the eighth edition of the annual combination event during the popular August NASCAR race week.
• Long Island New York’s Riverhead Raceway once again will return with events while Monadnock Speedway and New London-Waterford Speedbowl will feature one race each.
• The late spring run of consecutive Connecticut events at New London-Waterford, Stafford and Thompson returns for the second year, but is spaced out over the course of a month this time around.
• Oswego, a .625-mile oval near the shore of Lake Ontario, contested four Whelen Modified Tour races in both 1988 and 1989. Seekonk, bordering Rhode Island and its capital city Providence, held its first Whelen Modified Tour race in 1987. The .333-mile oval welcomed the tour back for five races between 2000 and 2005.

The 12th season of Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition will feature 11 points races at seven different southeastern tracks. Here’s how the 2016 schedule shakes out for the southern tour:

• North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway will once again play host to the season opener. The venerable oval will have three subsequent dates, one more than a year ago.
• A champion will once again be crowned at Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking the seventh consecutive year the tour has visited the frontstretch quarter-mile at the legendary North Carolina facility.
• Virginia’s South Boston Speedway will return with two events while famed Bowman Gray Stadium has its traditional summer showcase.
• Concord, a high-speed, half-mile tri-oval located in the heart of North Carolina’s NASCAR industry, held one previous Whelen Southern Modified Tour event in 2009.
• East Carolina’s high banks are set to play host to the first Whelen Southern Modified Tour event in its history. The D-shaped, .375-mile oval is located in Robersonville, North Carolina.

The All-Star Shootout will also return for a third season as part of the July NASCAR race weekend at New Hampshire. The non-points event features champions, race winners and Sunoco Rookies of the Year from both the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

The 2015 Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tour seasons concluded in mid-October with Doug Coby and Andy Seuss the respective titlists.

Next year’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule was released earlier this week by NASCAR while the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series calendars are nearing completion. The 2016 television broadcast schedules for each of NASCAR’s regional touring series will be announced at a later date.

2016 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
4/10 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
4/24 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
5/14 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, Conn.
6/3 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
6/15 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
6/25 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway (All-Star Shootout) Loudon, N.H.
7/16 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
7/23 Monadnock Speedway Winchester, N.H.
8/5 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
8/10 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.
8/17 Bristol Motor Speedway (combination with NWSMT) Bristol, Tenn.
8/27 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y.
9/3 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y.
9/10 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass.
9/24 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H.
10/2 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn.
10/16 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn.

2016 NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Track Location
3/12 Caraway Speedway Sophia, N.C.
3/19 Concord Speedway Concord, N.C.
4/9 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va.
4/16 Caraway Speedway Sophia, N.C.
7/1 Caraway Speedway Sophia, N.C.
8/6 Bowman Gray Stadium Winston-Salem, N.C.
8/17 Bristol Motor Speedway (combination with NWMT) Bristol, Tenn.
9/3 East Carolina Motor Speedway Robersonville, N.C.
9/17 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va.
9/24 Caraway Speedway Sophia, N.C.
10/6 Charlotte Motor Speedway (.25-mile) Concord, N.C.

Statement from East Carolina Motor Speedway owner Wayne M. Perry:
“East Carolina Speedway is proud to have the opportunity to host the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour for the first time. We really enjoy being a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and this will be a great opportunity to bring a popular NASCAR Touring Series to our track for the fans. It’s going to be a great show.”

Statement from Concord Speedway race promoter Darren Hackett:
“We’re very happy to help get a race at Concord Speedway back on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule. We decided to take one of our races that we would have held at Caraway Speedway and move it there, and the competitors are excited to get to go back to an ultra-fast track.”

Statement from Oswego Speedway co-owner John Torresse:
“Budweiser International Classic Weekend is a staple event in open-wheel pavement racing and it should be treated as such. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of this amazing racing weekend we felt the time was right to work together with NASCAR to bring back one of the traditions of this great weekend. A long distance, Saturday night special, featuring some of the best Modified drivers anywhere in the country – fighting for the distinguished right to be called a Classic champion at Oswego.”

Statement from Seekonk Speedway Director of Business Development Ed St Germain:
“Seekonk Speedway is excited to add another top flight open wheel race to its 2016 schedule. Our fans have spoken to us and we have listened. We strive to give our fans the best touring series and weekly racing that we can put on the track every Saturday night. We feel that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour embodies the best of open wheel racing that the country has to offer. We look forward to seeing the top notch drivers of the NWMT test their skills on the 1/3 mile bull ring at Seekonk.”

Seekonk Speedway announces 2016 Race & Event Schedule

Speedway announces an action packed schedule for 2016 featuring the best of weekly and touring series.

SEEKONK,MA; December 18, 2016

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce its 2016 schedule. The schedule will feature 21 NASCAR Whelen All American Series events beginning with Opening Day on May1st. NWAAS events will follow on every Saturday through September 24 except for July 2nd for the mid season break. Seekonk NWAAS divisions Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks will all be battling their way to get into Everett’s Auto Parts Victory lane in 2016.

Opening Weekend will feature the final test and tune session on Saturday April 30 as well as the 6th annual Classic Car Show & Go featuring many of the best classic show cars around and drags on the track. The season officially opens on Sunday May 1st with Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks all beginning their drive for the championship.

Saturday Nights at Seekonk will also feature appearances from the following regional Touring series: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (Sept 10), American-Canadian Tour (July 16), Valenti Modified Racing Series (June 4) New England Antique Racers ( Aug 13), Senior Tour Auto Racers ( July 9). Gates will open at 4 pm with the racing program starting at 6 pm. Ticket prices will remain unchanged at $14 for adults for regular NWAAS Saturdays with kids under 12 free.

The Fast Friday Racing series will feature 16 events beginning on June 3rd and running through September 23rd with a night off on July 1st for a mid season break. Fast Friday series consist of weekly racing featuring Nick’s Pitstop Legend Series, Pure Stocks, Sport Fours and the Seekonk Youth Racing Association (SYRA). The Nicks Pitstop Legend series will open their season on Saturday May 21st with a $500 to win race and will also have a Regional Qualifier on Saturday July 16th. The Sport Four division will once again open their season on May 29th on the Memorial Day Thrill Show. Gates for Friday night races will open at 5 pm with racing starting at 7 pm. Ticket prices will remain unchanged for 2016 at $7 for adults and kids under 12 free.

The Phil’s propane Triple Crown returns for 2016 featuring three extra distance double points races for each of Seekonk’s nine weekly divisions. Teams compete in the first race and follow a “chase” format as they drive towards the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Championship.

There are also extra distance races in the Late Models in memoriam of Michael Marfeo Jr on July 9th and Crab Manchester on August 13th. The Pro Stocks feature another extra distance race sponsored by the friends and family of Brad Scott (75 laps) on June 18th.

Wednesday June 29th is the date set for this years $10,000 to win 100 Lap Open Wheel Modified madness race in conjunction with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. The NEMA Midgets will be on hand for the annual Boston Louie. The NEMA Lites will fill out the program. This is the 13th year for this event that regularly attracts the top modified drivers from the North East with car counts averaging between 44-48 modified. This event will also feature a $5000 B Main Modified event.

The US Pro Stock/ Super Late Model National Championship will make its debut race this season on Tuesday July 12th presented by Kraze Korlacki Speed Equipment (rain dates on July 13&14). This 200 lap race also features a $10,000 first place prize and is sure to attract the upper echelon of Pro Stock and Super Late Model teams from all over the country. Support divisions for this event TBA.

Propane Plus of Rehoboth MA will once again be sponsoring the Autograph Series for NWAAS Divisions on  July 23rd for the Street Stocks, July 30th for the Pro Stocks, August 6th for the Sport Trucks and August 13th for the Late Models. The Speedway will once again feature two Pit Parties on June 11th & September 3rd with the annual Fans on Parade being held on August 20th.

The Spectator Drag Series is returning for its sophomore season with 12 events with 6 Sunday races, 5 Saturday races and 1 Friday night show. The Spectator Drags are a points championship series featuring street legal cars racing head to head on one lap drag races using an elimination format to determine the winner on a nightly basis. The Spectator series will run 5/1, 5/14, 5/29, 6/18, 7/2, 7/15, 7/23, 8/7, 8/27, 9/4, 9/17 & 10/8.

The Venditti Family Fall Classic will be held on September 30th & October 1st with rain dates on October 14th & 15th(Friday & Saturday). This annual event will feature all nine Seekonk divisions (Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sport Trucks, Legends, Pure Stocks, Sport 4’s and SYRA) headlined by a $5000 to win Open Pro Stock race won in 2015 by local favorite David Darling.

The Speedway will feature their widely popular Thrill Shows plus several off track events. These immensely popular shows consist of car & truck enduros races and drags, spectator drags, figure 8 races, powder puff races and special features such as monster trucks, motorcycle stunt drivers and ground pounding fireworks. Please check out www.seekonkspeedway.com for up to date schedules and event info. Each thrill show will now host an all female “Powder Puff” race, this race has traditionally been held at select shows but has grown in popularity to warrant an addiction to the line up at every thrill show. This years Monster Truck event will feature Moster Truck Ride-A-longs pre show from 2-5.

–   Memorial Day Thrill Show Sunday May 29

  • Independence Day Thrill Show Saturday July 2nd
  • Monster Truck Meltdown Sunday August 7th
  • Labor Day Thrill Show Sunday September 4th
  • Pumpkin Smash Spooktacular Saturday October 8th

There are two Automotive Swap Meets scheduled for 2016 as well as our weekly Flea market that runs every Sunday from April till November from 6 am till 2 pm. The Auto Swap meet dates are April 30th & October 29-30.

In addition to racing events the Speedway will also host three outdoor races. The Color Me Rad 5k will be May 21st ( www.colormerad.com for ticket info), Insane Inflatable 5k on August 6th ( www.insaneinflateable5k.com ) and a Krazy Kids Inflatable Run for ages 3-11 on June 11th.

Please refer to www.seekonkspeedway.com for up to date info on schedule changes and select sponsored night announcements.

Oswego Speedway’s 2016 Schedule Unveiled; Historic Traditions, New Twists Included

 

OSWEGO, NY (December 17, 2015) – Oswego Speedway officials have announced their 66th annual, 14-race weekend schedule featuring the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS ‘Road to the Championship’, as well as the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions Modified 250, and the second annual Port City ‘Super Spectacle.’

When taking note of the 2016 schedule, several key components will celebrate landmark anniversary celebrations this season.

First introduced in 1992, the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified division will embark on its 25th consecutive season of competition at the ‘Steel Palace’ this year and as a result will also see the 25th running of both the Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS championship as well as the Small Block Supermodified Classic.

The 25th SBS Classic will of course take place during the 60th anniversary celebration of Budweiser Classic Weekend featuring the 60th running of the International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds and highlighted by the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The month of July will see the return of the $10,000 Mr. Novelis Supermodified, celebrating its 30th title event, which will return to a 50-lap format in 2016.

The Speedway will officially open its gates for racing on Saturday, May 14 with a three division show featuring kick-off events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS as well as the 61-lap Richie Evans Memorial for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modifieds.

In a bit of a throwback, the Speedway will return to action the very next weekend with ‘Road to the Championship’ events for the Supermodifieds and SBS on May 21, before welcoming the first visit of the season for the ISMA Supermodifieds on Memorial Day Weekend.

Saturday, May 28 will feature the Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ for the second consecutive year, capping a three week stretch of action in the month of May.

The Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial 75, the ISMA Supermodified Jack Murphy Memorial 50, and the Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial 35 will once again provide the only time all season that open-wheel fans can see all three divisions on the same night, at the same Speedway.

A rain date of Sunday, May 29 will be implemented for the weekend.

Saturday, June 4 will serve as an off-weekend for the Speedway as well as a rain date for events in May.

Racing in the month of June is scheduled to begin on June 11 with the Spring Championship, followed on June 18 by the Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s and driver autograph night.

For the first time in several years, the June 11 racing program will see coolers allowed into the rear grandstand only.  More details and specifics on cooler regulations for this evening will be released in the coming weeks.

After taking a weekend off for high school graduation, the fast paced month of July gets underway on Saturday, July 2.

The Independence Weekend Grand Prix will open the month of July with 75-lap and 35-lap long distance events for the Supermodifieds and SBS, along with the Speedway’s popular Fourth of July Fireworks display.

The ISMA Supermodifieds return for the second time in 2016 on Saturday, July 9 for King of Wings VIII, once again joined by the Pathfinder Bank SBS.

 

The Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS will once again provide a one-two punch during the Summer Championship on Saturday, July 16 before returning together to celebrate the 30th running of the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified and the 25th running of the $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS on Saturday, July 23.

This late July date, prior to the running of the Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Nationals, was the long-time home of the Mr. title events, which will make its return in ’16 along with a 50-lap Mr. Super main to join the 35-lap Mr. SBS event.

A three week stretch in the month of August will be the ultimate swing in deciding the 2016 track champions at Oswego Speedway.

The stretch will begin with Retro Night at the Speedway on Saturday, August 6 which will once again see the return of Semi-Finals and a 45-lap feature for the Novelis Supermodifieds.

The Pathfinder Bank SBS will then take center stage on Saturday, August 13 with Twin 20 feature events.

For the first time since 2012, the regular season championship will conclude with Speedway champions being declared during Track Championship Night on Saturday, August 20, prior to Classic Weekend.

The 60th anniversary celebration of Budweiser International Classic Weekend will again be a week-long line of festivities running from August 27 – September 4.

Reserved Classic test sessions will take place daily on track along with the annual Racing Rolling Classic Bowling at Lighthouse Lanes on Wednesday, August 31 and the 10th annual Oswego Kartway Classic on Thursday, September 1.

Competition will open for Classic Weekend on Friday, September 2 with open practice for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS as well as ‘Fast Friday’ time trial sessions for Supermodifieds and SBS.  On track action will conclude Friday evening with SBS heat races.

In another traditional return, by 7:30 p.m. on Friday the Speedway’s infield gates will open for the ‘Party in the Pits’ featuring live music, driver autograph sessions, the Supermodified simulators, as well as a pit stop competition for fans.

Classic Weekend’s ‘Super Saturday’ on September 3 will be a can’t-miss two division blockbuster seeing the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, in a 150-lap contest, as well as the ISMA Supermodified Super Nationals 60 championship.

‘Classic Sunday’ on September 4 will not only feature the historic 60th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, it will also be paired with the 25th running of the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 – filling out a full day of competition beginning at 11:30 a.m., culminating with the International Classic green flag coming no later than 4:30 p.m.

Just two weeks following Classic Weekend, Race of Champions Weekend will return to the Speedway after a one year absence.

The historic three day event will return September 15-17 with an open practice slated for Thursday, September 15.

Currently as announced by the Race of Champions, the RoC Sportsman 100 will be the highlight of the Friday, September 16 program with the RoC Modified 250 being featured on Saturday, September 17.

For more information on the Race of Champions contact media@rocmodifiedseries.com.

Other special events on the 2016 Oswego Speedway calendar include the annual spring spruce up day on Saturday, April 30 as well as the Speedway’s season opening practice to be held Saturday, May 7.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

2016 66th OSWEGO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Subject to Change)

Saturday, May 7 – Open Practice Session

Saturday, May 14 – 66th Season Opener: RoC Richie Evans Memorial Modified (61), Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS Kick-Off (30)

Saturday, May 21 – ‘Road to the Championship’: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Friday, May 27 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ Open Practice Session

Saturday, May 28 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’: Jim Shampine Memorial Novelis Supermodified (75), Jack Murphy Memorial ISMA Super (50), Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS (35)

Sunday, May 29 – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’: Rain Date

Saturday, June 4 – Off Week/ Rain Date for May Events

Saturday, June 11 – Spring Championship: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) – Coolers Allowed in Rear Grandstand

Saturday, June 18 – Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s: Novelis Supermodified Twins (35), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30) – AUTOGRAPHS

Saturday, July 2 – ‘Independence Weekend Grand Prix’: Novelis Supermodified Grand Prix (75), Pathfinder Bank SBS Grand Prix (35)

Saturday, July 9 – King of Wings VIII: ISMA Super (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, July 16 – Summer Championship: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, July 23 – $10,000 Mr. Novelis Supermodified (50), $1,500 Mr. Pathfinder SBS (35)

Saturday, August 6 – Retro Night – Super Semi-Finals: Novelis Supermodified (45), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

Saturday, August 13 – Pathfinder Bank SBS Twin 20’s: Pathfinder Bank SBS Twins (20), Novelis Supermodified (50)

Saturday, August 20 – Track Championship Night: Novelis Supermodified (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30)

CLASSIC WEEKEND

Thursday, September 1 – 10th annual Oswego Kartway Classic

Friday, September 2 – ‘FAST FRIDAY’: Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS Time Trials, Pathfinder Bank SBS Heat Races, ‘PARTY in the PITS’

Saturday, September 3 – ‘SUPER SATURDAY’: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150, ISMA Supermodified Super Nationals 60

Sunday, September 4 – ‘CLASSIC SUNDAY’: Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds, Bud Light Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS
Monday, September 5 – Weekend Rain Date

RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

Thursday, September 15 – Open Practice
Friday, September 16 – RoC Sportsman
Saturday, September 17 – Race of Champions Modified 250