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Jimmy Zacharias To Make K&N East Debut For Marsh Racing At New Smyrna

CANDOR, N.Y. – Jimmy Zacharias will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut during the season opening event at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 11.

Zacharias, who earlier this year captured his sixth NASCAR track championship at New York’s Chemung Speedrome in the Sunoco Modified division and his fourth New York state NASCAR championship, will pilot the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Marsh Racing Chevrolet for team owner Ted Marsh.

The deal to put the 26-year-old racer in the legendary Marsh Racing No. 31 came about thanks largely to his 13-year-old cousin, Garrett Zacharias.

“Garrett, who collects hero cards, sent the team’s Facebook page a request,” Zacharias explained. “Dar, who oversees the team page, was impressed by the wins and championships that Garrett had already accumulated in his young career, later reached out to Garrett to be a guest on the Jack Dodson’s Racing Insider News With Scott Allen Facebook Live Show, which is held weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

“Jack, who was familiar with Jimmy because of his multiple championships at Chemung, requested that he be a guest as well. Jimmy and Dar started talking about the show and the 2018 season and the deal kind of came together from there all in the last week and a half or so.

“We’re going to start at New Smyrna and see how it goes,” said Zacharias, who met team owner Ted Marsh for the first time in person on Monday at the Marsh Racing shop. “He’s a good guy, Monday was my first time meeting him and the team.  It seemed like we knew each other for a while and we just hit it off and had a good day talking.”

The chance to race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is a big step for Zacharias, who has made a name for himself as one of the most dominant drivers in Chemung Speedrome history the last few years.

Zacharias has won six of the last seven track championships in the Sunoco Modified class at the three-eighths-mile asphalt oval and won seven races this year at Chemung en route to his sixth track title.

The New York native hasn’t just stuck to asphalt racing. In recent years he has also begun racing on dirt and this year he picked up a pair of dirt victories in a sportsman modified, his first victories on dirt.

In addition to competing at New Smyrna Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Feb. 11, Zacharias also hopes to bring his modified with him to compete during the annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.

“I’m trying to take my modified to do Speedweeks with that,” Zacharias said. “I’ve been racing there since I was 14 years old with the SK modifieds and the tour-type modifieds. I want to keep that streak going, but we’re going to focus on the K&N deal.

“We’re going to do testing here and get as much seat time as we can and hopefully have a good run.”

Quality Choice Property Improvements in West Elmira, N.Y.,  and Midstate Basement Authorities in Ithaca, N.Y., have both signed on to sponsor Zacharias during his K&N East debut, but the team is still looking for additional sponsorship.

“We’re still looking for marketing partners if anyone is looking to come on board the tour-type modified or the K&N car for Speedweeks,” Zacharias said.

For additional information about Jimmy Zacharias, follow him on Twitter at @JimmyZacharias or visit www.facebook.com/jimmyzacharias71. For addition information about Marsh Racing, visit www.facebook.com/marshracing31.

Coby Adds To His Legacy With Fifth Title

Edges Thompson Winner Solomito For NASCAR Whelen Modified Crown

THOMPSON, Conn. — Back in April, Doug Coby walked away from a wrecked race car without even completing one lap in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Six months later, Coby capped the season at Thompson by completing an unthinkable comeback to win his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Sunday’s fifth-place finish in the Sunoco World Series 150 was enough to completely erase his disastrous start to the season and wrap up his fourth straight title.

The Milford, Conn. driver becomes the first driver since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour began in 1984 to accomplish the feat and only the third in the history of NASCAR modifieds, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evans and Jerry Cook.

“We just kind of tugged away this year,” Coby said. “We won one race in 2014 when we won the championship and we only won once this year. We were just so consistent.”

Timmy Solomito, who entered the race third in the championship standings and one of six drivers still in contention for the crown, used a pass with just two laps remaining to capture the victory the race that was pushed to 155 laps because of a late caution.

The victory was the fifth of the season for the Islip, New York, driver but it wasn’t enough to get him the title.

Coby finished with 604 points, six ahead of Solomito. Justin Bonsignore finished third, 10 points back of Solomito, while Rowan Pennink and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five in the championship standings.

Coby was determined to control his own destiny. The points leader entering the finale, he started on the front row with polesitter Chase Dowling and immediately jumped to the front to lead the first 82 laps to clinch the bonus points for most laps led.

After his first pit stop, he restarted outside the top 10 and wasn’t able to get all the way back to the front. But it didn’t matter. A late charge was enough to hand him the championship behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet.

“We were good all year and we were kind of under the radar. This was a different championship because we to crawl all summer because we had to get back in it,” Coby said. “We had to chip away this year. The common denominator in all of these titles was a team that never quit.”

Dowling finished second — crossing the finish line .043 seconds behind Solomito — while Ron Silk was third and Pennink fourth.

Andrew Krause finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Dave Sapienza, Jamie Tomaino and Bonsignore.

Ryan Preece finished 26th in the race and fell to sixth in points. However, he was able to wrap up the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner’s championship for Ed Partridge. Preece missed two races — one for his wedding and one to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway — and combined with George Brunnhoelzl III and Jon McKennedy to win the title for Partridge’s No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet team.

Coby and Partridge will be honored as champion of the unified Whelen Modified Tour as part of the champions celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina in December.

RACE RESULTS | FINAL POINT STANDINGS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Sunoco World Series 150 Results

Sunday

At Thompson International Speedway

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 155 laps, 65.309 mph.

2. (1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

3. (10) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

4. (6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 155.

5. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

6. (19) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

7. (21) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

8. (18) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

9. (33) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

10. (14) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 155.

11. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

12. (4) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

13. (7) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 155.

14. (23) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 155.

15. (27) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

16. (16) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

17. (13) Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga., Chevrolet, 155.

18. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 155.

19. (9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 154.

20. (5) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154.

21. (25) Danny Cugini, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 147, accident.

22. (35) Cory Oslund, East Hampton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 143, accident.

23. (34) Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 138, handling.

24. (15) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, accident.

25. (12) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 131, accident.

26. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 117.

27. (32) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 113, handling.

28. (24) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 80, accident.

29. (11) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 52, ignition.

30. (31) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 19, clutch.

31. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 9, accident.

32. (20) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

33. (22) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

34. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

35. (28) John Baker, Selden, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 29 minutes 0 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.043 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: C.Dowling (118.477 mph, 18.991 seconds)

Caution Flags: 12 for 57 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-82; C. Lutz 83-107; R. Silk 108-144; J. Bonsignore 145; R. Silk

146-153; T. Solomito 154-155.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 604; 2. T. Solomito, 598; 3. J. Bonsignore, 588; 4. R. Pennink,

570; 5. E. Goodale, 566; 6. R. Preece, 562; 7. D. Sapienza, 511; 8. M. Swanson, 484; 9.

R. Summers, 474; 10. C. Lutz, 429.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Riverhead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour enters the final four races of the season, Timmy Solomito needs to gain ground in the championship standings if he wants capture his first title. And he couldn’t be heading to a better track as he looks to get that job done.

The Islip, New York, driver is heading for his home track of Riverhead Raceway for the Riverhead 200 on Saturday just 17 points from the lead, with three wins already under his belt in 2017. The driver of the No. 16 Starrett Tools Ford won the first race at Riverhead on June 24, starting from the pole and leading 151 laps en route to the victory. But he hasn’t won a race on the Tour since. Three finishes outside the top 10 in the last six races, including two accidents, have put Solomito behind some of his closest challengers in the championship chase. He enters the race fourth, chasing Ryan Preece, Doug Coby and Rowan Pennink.

Solomito’s success at Riverhead surely will give him confidence heading back to the quarter-mile bullring. In his last three races there, he has two wins and a runner-up finish.

Race: Riverhead 200
Place: Riverhead Raceway, Riverhead, New York
When: 8 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .25-mile asphalt oval
2016 Polesitter: Shawn Solomito
2016 Winner: Justin Bonsignore
Event Schedule: Garage Opens: 12:45 p.m., Practice: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Qualifying: 6 p.m., Miller Lite 200: 8 p.m.
Track Contact: Bob Finan,
Track Twitter: @RiverheadRacewa
Event Hashtag: #Riverhead200
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley,  jchristley@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:

The Race: The Riverhead 200 is the 13th of 16 championship events on the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points schedule. This is the second and final appearance at Riverhead Raceway this season. Timmy Solomito won the race back on June 24.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 positions for the race will be determined through the qualifying process, while there will also be six provisionals available. The race is scheduled for 150 laps.

The Track: A quarter-mile slightly banked asphalt oval, Riverhead Raceway opened in 1949. The track has held a total of 59 races since the Whelen Modified Tour began in 1985, and is only one of two venues to play host to the Tour in each of its 31 seasons.

Race Winners: There have been 25 different drivers that have reached Victory Lane at Riverhead, led by Mike Ewanitsko’s 11 wins. Timmy Solomito has won two of the last three races at the track. Justin Bonsignore is the defending race winner.

Pole Winners: Thirty-five different drivers have won a Coors Light Pole award at Riverhead, led by Ewanitsko’s eight. Chuck Steuer set the one-lap qualifying record with a time of 11.546 seconds (77.949 mph) back in 2000. Timmy Solomito sat on the pole when the Whelen Modified Tour visited Riverhead earlier this season.

Riverhead 200 Notes:

Crucial Race For Preece: Over the last three months, it’s been tough for anyone to beat Berlin, Connecticut, driver Ryan Preece. And that doesn’t only include races on the Whelen Modified Tour. In two NASCAR XFINITY Series starts over that time, Preece finished second at New Hampshire and scored his first win at Iowa Speedway. On the Whelen Modified Tour, Preece has top five finishes in all of his last nine starts, dating all the way back to the end of April. In that time, Preece has visited Victory Lane five times behind the wheel of his No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet. Although he currently leads the championship standings by nine points, the Riverhead race will be a crucial one for the 26-year-old. He is slated to miss the next series event at New Hampshire on Sept. 23 to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa, which means he needs to lead Riverhead with maximum points in order to still have a shot at the driver’s championship.

Time For Bonsignore To Score: The start to the 2017 season has been solid for Justin Bonsignore, but he is craving more. The Holtsville, New York, driver hasn’t been able to visit Victory Lane yet, but does have nine top 10 finishes in the first 12 races, including four top five runs. He has been consistent enough to keep himself in the championship fight heading for the stretch run. However, if he wants to make a move towards the top of the standings from his fifth-place position, he will need to use his home track to his advantage. Bonsignore finished fifth at Riverhead in June and has four of his 12 career wins at the quarter-mile oval. In his last five starts there, Bonsignore has three wins, a second and the fifth. A victory on Saturday would certainly help in his quest to capture his first career championship.

Riverhead Regulars: Each time the Whelen Modified Tour visits Riverhead, the weekly stars take their shot at battling some of NASCAR’s best. And Saturday’s Riverhead 200 will be no different. Riverhead Crate Modified regular CJ Lehmann will make his fourth start of the year behind the wheel of the No. 74. Lehmann has a best finish of 18th so far, which came in the June race at Riverhead. Other drivers planning to take the green include Dillon Steuer, who won the Islip 300 at Riverhead back in May. Steuer made his first career Whelen Modified Tour start at Riverhead in June and finished ninth. Kyle Soper, another New York driver, is always slated to take the green.

Winning: Through the first 12 races of the season, Preece and Solomito continue to be the only drivers to have more than one victory. Preece has five wins, while Solomito has three. Doug Coby, Patrick Emerling, Bobby Santos and Rowan Pennink have each visited Victory Lane once so far.

NASCAR Home Tracks: Whelen All American Series On Racing Card

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will not be the only division on track Saturday at the .25-mile oval in New York. The Late Models will return to the track with the Riverhead Crate Modifieds and Legends Cars also set for feature action.