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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 Speedways 2016 Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series Dates Announced

SEEKONK, Mass. — The divisions that compete weekly as part of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Fast Friday at Seekonk Speedway have more than 15 races during the course of the season.

Though each race is exciting, arguably, the three most exciting battles have come in the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series events in the past three seasons.

With the excitement still flowing from last years three intense battles, Seekonk is proud to announce the dates that will come along with the return of the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series to the Action Track of the East for 2016.

The following dates have been assigned to each division for the 2016 season:

Pro Stocks: June 28, July 23, August 27

Late Models: June 11, July 9, August 6

Street Stocks: June 4, July 16, August 20

Sports Trucks: May 28, June 25, July 30

INEX Legends: June 17, July 22, August 19

Pure Stocks: June 24, July 29, August 26

Sport 4: June 10, July 15, August 12

SYRA: July 8, August 5, September 2

The format for the 2016 series will be the same as it was in 2015. Below is a breakdown of each round:

Round One: Triple Crown Opener

All drivers start in contention for the Triple Crown championship.
Following the checkered flag in race one, the top seven finishers will advance to round two, eliminating all others from contention.
Round Two: Lucky Seven

The second Triple Crown feature will whittle the field down even further, with the winners of the first two races automatically advancing to the final round.
The remaining two spots in the “Final Four” will be awarded to the highest two non-winners in Triple Crown points after the first two races.
Round Three: Final Four

The four eligible drivers will conclude the Triple Crown Series championship fight with the highest finishing of the four winning the title.
The driver will be honored track-side following the feature event.
In the past, multiple driver’s have had the honor of being crowned the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series champions. In 2015, Tom Scully Jr., driver of the NAPA Auto Parts No. 2 Pro Stock, collected the top Phil’s crown, taking home a trophy and a check for $1,000. Nick Uring, John Paiva and Tyler Lallier collected the crowns in the Late Models, Sports Trucks and Street Stocks.

On Fast Friday, Amy Arsenault won the Phil’s crown in the Pure Stocks, while T.J. Thompson took the Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars honor. Karlin Levesque, David Westgate and Taylor Bowser won the title in the SYRA 600, Sport 4 and SYRA 750 classes.

The Triple Crown Series had and will continue to have an impact on the overall Seekonk point standings in the past three seasons, with race winners receiving double (100) points instead of the normal 50 point winner’s payout.

Phil’s Propane, is a propane company that services more than 5,000 residential, commercial and industrial accounts covering all of Newport and Bristol Counties in Massachusetts and also services other areas in the Northeast. The company also is a proud sponsor of Kevin Casper and the Phil’s Propane #88 powered Pro Stock at Seekonk.

2016TCPOSTER

16-Race Schedule Announced For 2016 VMRS Season

Canaan, New Hampshire. — A first time visit to a New Hampshire Speedway, an appearance with the Pass Pro All Stars Series in Maine, and the traditional stops at New England’s top bull-rings and historic ovals, highlight the 2016 season for New England’s Valenti Modified Racing Series. Jack Bateman, series founder and president, made the announcement Thursday night, December 2.

The 13th annual season opens Saturday night April 23, 2016, with Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire, once again rolling out the carpet for the new campaign.

The series next competes Friday night, May 20 at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut. The event will be the first of three races at the half-mile oval. Friday, June 24, and Friday, September 2, is the dates to circle for return visits.

New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and track owner, Joey Laquerre, opens the gates to his Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire, for the first ever VMRS visit. The event will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 28.

The month of June finds Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts, hosting the series. Seekonk has hosted close competition and finishes through the years. June 4 is the date.

Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine will host the ground-pounders twice. Saturday, June 18, for the first event, and August 27, as part of the prestigious Oxford 250 weekend.

The week after the June Stafford date, the long tradition of Monadnock Speedway hosting the series continues with their annual Independence weekend event on Saturday, July 2.

The series remains in New Hampshire with a stop at Claremont Speedway, July 8, and Lee USA Speedway July 22. The Lee event is a return to the month of July after June races the last few seasons.

The annual ‘Wings and Wheels’ takes place at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, August 13, with Monadnock Speedway on the docket August 20.

The VMRS joins with the Pass All Stars Series, September 17, at Scarborough, Maine’s, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the first time.

The fall traditions continue with stops at Lee USA Speedway for the annual ‘Oktoberfest’ weekend, October 8th and 9th, and the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut, October 14, 15.