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Mahoning Valley Speedway adds Modified $800 to win B-Main to RoC Break-The-Ice-75

Mahoning(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 4-2-16) April 9 is fast becoming one of the most anticipated season opening days ever at Mahoning Valley Speedway as Modified teams from near and far will be converging on the paved quarter mile Lehighton oval for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco “Break-the-Ice 75.”

Both the Mahoning Valley racers and those chasing the RoC Tour open up their respective 2016 season’s in just one week’s time and after concluding Saturday’s second of three Test and Tune days, promoter Floyd Santee was not only excited as another solid group of Modified teams came out to test, but he also foresees how the Break-The-Ice-75 has the makings of a very impressive gathering of racers to his track.Dsc_a 4551_edited-1

Knowing that qualifying will be intense, Santee has decided that to be as fair as possible to all teams he has added a Modified B-main.

In the likely event that 40 or more Modifieds are on hand, a 30-lap race will be held for the non-qualifiers and pay $800 to win and $100 to take the green.

“With the turnout we’ve had just in the past two Test and Tunes plus another day of pre-season testing lined up for tomorrow, (April 3), we can foresee this first race on April 9 as being a smash hit,” said Santee.

“There are more guys who will not be here until next week and we’ve been getting calls all the time about the track and the race. By adding the B-main I feel it’s a great way to say thanks to all those drivers especially for the ones who may not qualify. We appreciate the support. I really feel we’ll get 40 cars. It’s good for the drivers and it’s good for our fans.”

The winner of the Break-The-Ice-75 will earn $2800, $1500 for second and $200 to take the green. 26 cars will qualify for the feature. All others, provided there are 40 cars, will then compete in the $800 to win 30-lap B-main.

Also on the program will be the Mahoning Valley Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

On Opening Day 2016 pits open 10:00 a.m. followed by Modified inspection at 11:30 a.m. Sign-in takes place from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Heat racing will begin at 4:00 p.m.

For additional information please log onto www.mahoning-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Likewise with the Race of Champions at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Silly Season Drivers Settle In

New Pairings Set With Whelen Modified Tour Ready To Roll

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
April 1, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Each off season brings change to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and a handful of familiar names are gearing up for the coming 2016 season with different teams.

When the 32nd season of Whelen Modified Tour competition stars next weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, one-fifth of the drivers in the starting lineup will be with different teams. Chase Dowling, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy have all changed rides from 2015 to 2016 while Rob Summers will rejoin the tour for the first time since 2010.

And announced Wednesday, Jimmy Blewett is also back following a two-year absence.


IMG_0794 (2)Dowling, who earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 with Tomaino Motorsports, has joined Berkley Auto Racing for the coming season. The Roxbury, Connecticut, native, now 18, recorded eight top 10s in 15 races as a rookie. He’ll continue to race the No. 9 with his new team, owned by Bob Katon.

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania’s Pennink has moved on from his own team and into the seat of the famed “Ole Blue” No. 3 of Boehler Racing Enterprises for a full-time run in 2016. He recorded two wins and 58 top 10s in 124 starts across nine seasons in the No. 93.

A championship contender in 2015 with Buzz Chew Racing, Pitkat landed on his feet with Kevin Stuart Motorsports for the coming season after the Chew team decided to switch to dirt racing closer to its upstate New York home base. A nine-year Whelen Modified Tour veteran from Stafford, IMG_3906_4200Connecticut, Pitkat recorded all three of his wins and each of his four poles in the two previous seasons with Chew. The Stuart team will be new to the tour this season, and current plans are to compete in 11 of the 17 events on the schedule.

The 2011 Whelen Modified Tour titlist, Silk made seven starts last year including five with Rob Fuller Motorsports. This year he will take over for driver/owner Danny Watts Jr. in the No. 82. A nine-time winner on the tour, Silk already drove the Watts 82 to Victory Lane once this year when he won the tour-type modified opener at New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. The team currently plans to run the full slate of events.

In this game of musical chairs, Szegedy is the only driver to land in a seat he previously occupied. After a full season in the Mystic Missile Racing No. 4 last year, the 2003 tour champ wanted to reduce his schedule in 2016, and he will do just that with a return to Rob Fuller Motorsports. Szegedy, with 19 wins in 202 career races, posted an average finish of 15th in five starts in the RFM No. 15 two years ago.

Summers’ case is different from the previously mentioned drivers. Aside from a spot start in 2013, the Manchester, Connecticut, driver hasn’t competed on the Whelen Modified Tour since 2010. His last full-time season was 2006. He will return to a full slate in 2016, however, as he joined KLM Motorsports to drive the No. 64. Summers has 27 top 10s in 132 career tour races.

TIMG_8471he vacancy left by Szegedy in the “Mystic Missile” No. 4 was the last piece of the puzzle put into place this offseason. Blewett was considering returning to the tour with his own No. 76 with which he last competed in 2013. Instead he landed a big opportunity with a team that has won three tour titles since 2007. The Howell, New Jersey, native has five wins and 36 top 10s in 105 starts since 2001.

The 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 10 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. For 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend ticket and event information, please click HERE.

Another Addition of Andy J on the Road

Quick life update before I go to sleep: Ok…So I won’t be running for 2kwik on the Race of Champions tour. Ricky has a desire to instead participate in the Tri Track Series along with some other New England events of which I am excited to participate with him in. So racing for Ricky in New England is the good news since I will get to race a few extra races out there with him and Steve. The flip side to this is that I will now be racing my car on the Race of Champions tour  so that the resources granted to me by Ricky and Steve are not over extended.

With a 16 race schedule on the ROC this will sadly cut into my Southern venture ability as we will need to save laps on my one and only Dodge motor that I have for this year.. This does not mean I wont be down at all, just not as much. Our team was very humbled and extremely impressed by the “Southern Hospitality” that we experienced while racing with Randy Myers and all the gentleman with the Smart Tour as well as the guys over at Bowman Gray. We want to be able to support both groups as much as we can as well as our wonderful fan following that we have down south. So, with that said, we will be at the Bowman Gray opener….the day before the Chemung ROC event. The challenge now being that we’re going to do this with the same car. We are going to swap rear ends, shocks and everything else after we make the overnight trip back into NY after the event Saturday night at Bowman Gray. I said I will be there and friendly forecast pending, we will.

 In the hear and now, we aren’t really close to being ready for next week at Mahoning. We still don’t have a motor and various other parts that we’re still waiting on. Karl Hehr and Trey Hoddick were kind enough to loan me Karl’s second motor to use until mine returns. For that I thank them. So here we go. Race season is 10 days away, stay tuned. As always, I thank all of you for your love and support of my racing efforts.

When I can’t figure out why I do all this it always comes back to all the supporters on here and at the track pushing me along on the long days and longer nights. Thank you!

-Andy J