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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Charlotte

nascar whelen mod sou[2]Seuss Eyes Second Straight Title Amid Plenty Of Challengers

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 6, 2015) – Andy Seuss is one race away from history.

The Hampstead, New Hampshire, driver enters the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour finale on the quarter-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a 10-point lead on the field as he looks to become the third driver in tour history to win back-to-back championships.

The Southern Slam 150 is slated for Thursday night, where Seuss can match Junior Miller (2005-06) and George Brunnhoelzl III (2011-13). Seuss holds a 10-point lead over brothers Burt and Jason Myers and 13-point cushion on four-time champion Brunnhoelzl.

While Seuss enters with the points lead, he will have to keep an eye on Burt Myers. The third-generation driver enters as a three-time winner of this race including the last two in a row.

Burt Myers is no stranger to making up ground in this final event. He entered the Southern Slam 150 in 2010 in fourth place. Myers won the race as the other challengers had trouble and he was able to vault his way to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship.

Seuss finished fifth last year en route to his title and has three top-five finishes in five starts on the flat track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Race Details

RACE: Southern Slam 150

PLACE: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

DATE: Thursday, October 8

TIME: 8:40 p.m. ET (Approximately)

TRACK LAYOUT: .25-mile asphalt oval (Front stretch of CMS)

2014 WINNER: Burt Myers

2014 POLE SITTER: Ryan Preece

EVENT SCHEDULE: First Practice 11:15 a.m. – Noon; Final practice 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.; Two-Lap Qualifying 5 p.m.; Autograph Session 6:15 p.m. (On Track)

Fast Facts
The Race:  The Southern Slam is the 10th and final race on the 2015 schedule for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, now in its 11th season. It will be the sixth time the series has competed on the .25-mile track along the front stretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (37.5 miles) with teams having an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

The Track:  Built in 1960, the 1.5-mile track has hosted NASCAR events ever since it’s opening. The track was designed and built by Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner. The track has gone through various upgrades through the years and a state-or-the-art lighting system was installed in 1992, allowing Charlotte Motor Speedway to be the first modern superspeedway to host night stock car racing. The Whelen Southern Modifieds compete on the quarter-mile track constructed along the front stretch of the speedway.

Race Winners: Burt Myers won the inaugural event at the track in 2010 and again in 2013 and 2014. Brunnhoelzl is the only other active driver to win at the track capturing a checkered flag in 2012.

The Records: Qualifying: Preece holds the quarter-mile track qualifying record at 14.612 seconds and 61.593 mph, set last year on October 9, 2014. Race: Tim Brown owns the race record speed of 45.455 mph set on October 13, 2011.

 Southern Slam 150 Notes

Preece Returns To Charlotte: Ryan Preece, who is tied with Doug Coby for the lead in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings as he goes after his second championship in that series, will also make his fourth consecutive start at Charlotte driving for veteran car owner Mike Curb. Preece set a track record in qualifying last season and led the first 64 laps of the event before brake troubles ended his chance for a win. Preece visited Victory Lane on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour earlier this season at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Jason Myers Still Searching For First Title: After finishing seventh at South Boston, Jason Myers has been in the top three for most of the season in the point standings as he goes after his first tour crown. Despite not having a win this season, Myers is the only driver to finish in the top-10 in every race in 2015.

Measmer Jr. Honors Mother With Paint Scheme: Bobby Measmer Jr. has enjoyed a recent run of success as the Concord, North Carolina driver is coming off of his career-best finish of third and his first Coors Light Pole Award at South Boston on Sept. 19. He has painted his No. 14 modified pink to honor his mother who is battling breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Trey Hutchens III Closes In On Rookie Honor: Trey Hutchens III will simply need to start the Southern Slam 150 to capture Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. The second-generation driver has scored a pair of top-10 finishes at South Boston this season in his seven previous starts in 2015.

Coby Keeps Title Repeat Hopes Alive With Another Win

nwmt-lgPulls Even With Preece After Fall Final Triumph At Stafford

 

STAFFORD, Conn. (Oct. 4, 2015) – Three races after it appeared Doug Coby’s efforts to repeat as NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion were in jeopardy, he’s back in the driver’s seat.

The Milford, Connecticut, driver rolled to his second straight win Sunday in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway and will head into the season finale as the championship points leader.

Ryan Preece, the 2013 champion who was the runner-up to Coby in 2012 and 2014, rebounded from an accident and pit road penalty to finish second at Stafford. Woody Pitkat, who entered the penultimate race weekend with the points lead, finished 12th after being involved in a late-race wreck.

The result is Coby will head to the season finale even in points with Preece. They are both four points (565) ahead of Pitkat (561) going into the Sunoco World Series 150 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Coby has six wins to Preece’s four and Pitkat’s one.

It’s a dramatic turn of events for Coby, who wrecked on Lap 2 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 19 and left the World’s Fastest Half-Mile 33 points out of the lead. He finished second at New York’s Riverhead Raceway before winning last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Sunday’s race at Stafford.

Coby also earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the NAPA Fall Final 150 in qualifying on Saturday. With Sunday’s win he became the first Whelen Modified Tour driver since Donny Lia in 2007 to win six events in a season.

Timmy Solomito was third on Sunday, followed by Lia and Shawn Solomito.

Rookies Chase Dowling and Matt Swanson were sixth and seventh, respectively, followed by Jamie Tomaino, Ken Heagy and Todd Szegedy.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 will premiere on NBCSN on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-NAPA Fall Final 150 Results

Sunday

At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 60.688 mph.
  2. (2) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (3) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  4. (5) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (14) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (7) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (19) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (18) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (22) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (15) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 150.
  11. (13) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (10) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (17) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (9) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  15. (27) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  16. (12) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
  17. (25) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 147.
  18. (21) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., Chevrolet, 144.
  19. (6) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 136, accident.
  20. (4) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 122, engine.
  21. (11) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102, accident.
  22. (16) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, accident.
  23. (23) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, accident.
  24. (8) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, accident.
  25. (24) Dave Salzarulo, Enfield, Conn., Chevrolet, 48, accident.
  26. (20) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 47, accident.
  27. (26) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 47, transmission.

 

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 14 minutes 9 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.642 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (98.205 mph, 18.329 seconds)

Caution Flags: 8 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-96; D. Lia 97-105; D. Coby 106-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 565; 2. R. Preece, 565; 3. W. Pitkat, 561; 4. T. Szegedy, 495; 5. P. Emerling, 476; 6. T. Solomito, 473; 7. E. Goodale, 465; 8. D. Lia, 456; 9. C. Dowling, 446; 10. B. Santos, 439.

 

Coby Tops Preece For Stafford Pole

nwmt-lgChampionship Contenders Lead Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying

STAFFORD, Conn. (Oct. 3, 2015) – The race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship is so close that even Coors Light Pole qualifying has become a hotly-contested competition.

Woody Pitkat may have the points lead, but things are more than heated up right behind him.

Doug Coby,pictured here at Riverhead in August. Michael Jaworecki Photo
Doug Coby,pictured here at Riverhead in August. Michael Jaworecki Photo

Eleven points out of the championship lead with two races remaining, Doug Coby took down top qualifying honors Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway in advance of Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150. Preece, just three points ahead of Coby, qualified on the outside pole.

This came just seven days after the two tangled at the front of the field on the last lap at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Coby captured the checkered flag that day, and Saturday he took home his ninth career Coors Light Pole Award with a fast lap of 18.329 seconds (98.205 mph).

It marked Coby’s fourth career pole at Stafford – a place where he has six Whelen Modified Tour wins – and was his fifth overall in 2015 behind the wheel of the No. 2 Dunleavy’s/HEX Performance Chevrolet.

Preece’s quick time of 18.428 (97.677) will place him right alongside Coby for Sunday’s start. The driver of the No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet has won three of the previous four Stafford races, including last year’s NAPA Fall Final 150.

Pitkat, the victor of April’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford, ended up 10th in qualifying on Saturday at 18.577 (96.894).

Following Coby and Preece in the qualifying results top 10 were Timmy Solomito, Bobby Santos, Donny Lia, Ted Christopher, Chase Dowling, Ronnie Williams, Eric Goodale and Pitkat.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 is slated for green flag on Sunday at approximately 3:15 p.m., and can be seen on NBCSN on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

Qualifying Results

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour – NAPA Fall Final 150 Lineup

Race Sunday; Qualifying Saturday

at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

Lap Length: 0.5 miles

  1. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 98.205
  2. (6) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 97.677
  3. (16) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 97.609
  4. (44) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 97.487
  5. (8) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 97.355
  6. (22) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 97.182
  7. (9) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 97.087
  8. (59) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 96.978
  9. (58) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 96.899
  10. (88) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 96.894
  11. (51) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 96.629
  12. (13) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 96.582
  13. (14) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 96.097
  14. (75) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 95.980
  15. (4) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 95.816
  16. (64) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 95.450
  17. (07) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 95.450
  18. (99) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 95.077
  19. (89) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 94.922
  20. (36) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 94.558
  21. (31) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., Chevrolet, 94.285
  22. (18) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 94.236
  23. (46) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 93.750
  24. (37) Dave Salzarulo, Enfield, Conn., Chevrolet, 93.434
  25. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 91.487
  26. (01) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 83.141
  27. (33) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, No speed