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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Hickory

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 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2015) – The penultimate event on the 2015 schedule will be held this Saturday as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for the MTP Tire 150.

One driver who is looking forward to returning to the track is four-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III. Brunnhoelzl has rebounded from a tough start to the season with three straight podium finishes to get back in contention for a potential fifth championship.

Brunnhoelzl won at Hickory in 2011 when he took the lead from Zach Brewer with two laps to go in the race. The West Babylon, New York, native will be the only driver in the field this weekend that has won a NASCAR-sanctioned modified race at the historic track.

Veterans Frank Fleming, Burt Myers and Jason Myers are the only drivers currently entered to have started both previous races held at the .363-mile track. The Myers brothers enter the race in contention for the 2015 championship, 10 points behind leader Andy Seuss with Brunnhoelzl 13 points back.

Burt Myers, who won his lone NWSMT championship in 2010, is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in both previous races at HMS. The Walnut Cove, North Carolina, driver finished third in 2006 and eighth in 2011.

Seuss goes after his second straight win and third this season at Hickory after scoring the checkered flag last time out at South Boston Speedway two weeks ago. Seuss finished sixth at HMS in his lone start at the track in 2006.


Race Details

RACE: MTP Tire 150

PLACE: Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, N.C.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 3

TIME: 8 p.m. ET (Approximately)

TRACK LAYOUT: .363-mile asphalt oval

2011 WINNER: George Brunnhoelzl III

2011 POLE SITTER: Patrick Emerling

EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 2-2:25 p.m.; Final practice 2:55-3:20 p.m.; Two-Lap Qualifying 5 p.m.; Autograph Session 6:15 p.m. (On Track)

TRACK CONTACT:        Kevin Piercy

TRACK TWITTER:         @HickorySpeedway

EVENT HASHTAG:        #Hickory150

NASCAR CONTACT:     Tim Southers,


Fast Facts

The Race: The MTP Tire 150 will be the 10th of 11 races of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship season. This is the tour’s third visit to the historic oval, and first since 2011.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (54.45 miles) and teams have an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

The Track: Hickory is a .363-mile high-banked asphalt oval located in Hickory, North Carolina, that features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. The track is a .363-mile paved oval with 14 degrees of banking in Turns 1 & 2 and 12 degrees in Turns 3 & 4. The straightaways have eight degrees of banking.

The Records: Patrick Emerling holds the qualifying record of 92.119 mph on April 2, 2011; Junior Miller holds the race record set on Sept. 30, 2006, 82.548 mph, 39 minutes 15 seconds. The race in 2006 was caution free.

Hickory 150 Notes

Jason Myers Ready for Hickory: After finishing seventh at South Boston Speedway, Jason Myers will look to rebound this week at Hickory Motor Speedway. Myers has recorded one top-10 finish in two previous starts at the track. Although he enters this weekend tied in the championship standings with older brother, Burt, he’s in third place as Burt owns the tiebreaker with his win at Langley Speedway in April.

Measmer 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. 19th. He has painted his No. 14 modified pink to honor his mother who is battling breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Famous Names: Some famous names that have driven at the track include the late Ralph Earnhardt, who won a total of five track championships, while NASCAR Hall of Fame members Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson also own track titles. Fellow Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett also called the track home early in his career. A total of 10 already or soon-to-be inductees in the NASCAR Hall of Fame won races at the track.

Home Tracks: Piercy Scores Track Championship

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Engineering student Matt Piercy was able to outlast fellow second generation driver Landon Huffman to win the Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in Late Model Stocks two weeks ago. Piercy topped Huffman, who is the son of former NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series champion Robert Huffman, by just eight points.



Riverhead, NY Sept. 26th

By Bob Finan

Jimmy “The Kid” White Jr. of Southampton and Gene Burbol of Brookhaven each scored their second straight victories Saturday evening at Riverhead Raceway when they won their respective 50-lap feature events. White topped the Grand Enduro event while Burbol not only won the Truck Enduro feature but also clinched the championship in that class with the win..

Glenn Simonin led the first 13 circuits of the Grand Enduro before being passed by championship hopeful Greg Zaleski for the top spot on lap 14. Greg who came into the race two points back of David Antos for the 2015 title knew if he won the final race he at worst would clinch a tie for the championship. Zaleski’s plan was playing out just the way he hoped until lap 38 when Jimmy White Jr. made a successful inside pass for the race lead in turn two on lap 38. Once out front the driver of the Busy Bee Pest Control Chevy never looked back driving off to victory.

As for the championship battle David Antos of Lindenhurst made a late race pass on Greg Zaleski of Jamesport for second which gave the driver of the CR Customs Chevy his second career Grand Enduro championship. Zaleski crossed the line third in his Peconic Signs entry just four points shy of the championship.

Gene Burbol went out and notched his first career Truck Enduro championship in style taking the lead from Ben Gregor on lap 4 with an outside pass down the front stretch. Once the former 6-Cylinder Enduro champion had his Gene’s 112 Car Care S-10 in the lead the veteran driver stayed out front for the remainder of the race. “Handsome” Hank Hallock of Riverhead was runner-up in the Westhampton Auto Salvage Chevy with former champion Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point third in the Nelson Brothers Racing truck.

Like Burbol, Anthony Pizzo of Lake Ronkonkoma clinched the 8-Cylinder Enduro crown in style winning their first 75-lap race of the night. Sean Fitzpatrick, Donald Lawrence and Rhett Fogg all took turns leading the way before Pizzo in his United Exhaust Shops Caprice took the lead of the race for good with just 15-laps left in the contest.  Making the victory and championship that much sweeter for Pizzo was he had to overcome a hard Memorial Day Weekend crash before laying claim to the 2015 title. Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon was runner-up with Dale Doherty of Cutchogue third in the Jamesport Auto racer.

In the nightcap for the 8-Cylinder Enduro ranks “Blackjack” Bryan Kelly of Aquebogue broke out front early and went on the win the 40-lap finale in the TJ’S Heros Chevy. Rhett Fogg of Westhampton was second with Anthony Pizzo third.

In the held over 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro from September 12th Mike Mujsce Jr. of Hampton Bays took home the win in the 50-lap main event taking the lead on the very last lap of the race from Peter Verwys Jr. of East Rockaway. Mujsce, who due to his work schedule was forced to sit out a few late season races, was a man on a mission in the Premier Pest Control entry. Verwys in the Usedautoparts.com racer was second with Joe Warren Jr. of Ridge third.

In the regularly scheduled 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro young talent Brandon Esposito of Farmingville scored a popular win in the Gene’s 112 Car racer. Driving a number 66 in honor of his late uncle, former multi time Figure Eight champion Joe Biondolillo Jr., Brando was running second in the race when misfortune struck race leader Joe Warren Jr. Joe lost a rear tire late in the going allowing Esposito to inherit the lead. Once the 19-year old lead foot was in the lead he never looked back and celebrated with family and friends in victory lane.

Second year driver Paul Wojcik of Centereach earned the 4/6-Cylinder Enduro championship with a second place finish in his Fisher Shirts and Signs machine with veteran George Davis of Patchogue third in the Sign Designs entry.

Peter Verwys Jr. of East Rockaway might not have won his second straight 4/6-Cylinder Enduro title but he would triumph in the 50-lap Gut & Go Enduro. Verwys steering the Usedautoparts.com machine took the lead on lap 34 to secure the victory. Gary Voight of Medford who led until lap 34 was runner-up in the A Voight towing backed racer with Matt Brown of Farmingville third.

When the checker flag waved on the second 8-Cylinder Enduro it brought the curtain down on the racing career of promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty who brought Enduro racing to Long Island in 1986. Barbara & Jim would like to thank all the Enduro and NASCAR racers and fans for their loyal support during their 38-year run and wish the new owners of Riverhead Raceway, Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz the very best on their new venture.

The new management team will debut with the Fall Frenzy Enduro and Legend Race Car program Sunday November 1st at 12:30 pm, details on that event can be found at www.riverheadraceway.com. Excitement for this new event is building with many teams completing Fall Frenzy entry blanks Saturday night.

Grand Enduro (top five) 1. Jimmy White Jr. 2. Dave Antos 3. Greg Zaleski 4. Erick Zegel 5. Mike Mulcahy

Truck Enduro (top five) 1. Gene Burbol 2. Hank Hallock 3. Don Nelson 4. R.J. Gage 5. Richard Galante

1st 8-Cylinder Enduro (top five) 1. Anthony Pizzo 2. Sean Fitzpatrick 3. Dale Doherty 4. Kevin Coyle 5. Justin Ferreri

2nd 8-Cylinder Enduro (top five) 1. Bryan Kelly 2. Rhett Fogg 3. Anthony Pizzo 4. Mark Wolf 5. Logan Fogg

1st 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro (top five) 1. Mike Mujsce Jr. 2. Peter Verwys Jr. 3. Joe Warren Jr. 4. Paul Wojcik 5. Brandon Esposito

2nd 8-Cylinder Car Enduro (top five) 1. Brandon Esposito 2. Paul Wojcik 3. George Davis 4. Matt Wahl 5. Ed Fontana

Gut & Go Enduro (top five) 1. Peter Verwys Jr. 2. Gary Voight 3. Matt Brown 4. Brandon Esposito 5. Jeff Gregor

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series results 9/26




September 26th brought the final points race of the 2015 season at the New London- Waterford Speedbowl.

The first division to take the track was the Bandoleros, these cars would usually run on a Thursday night. The 12 lap feature went green flag the entire race.  Andrew Morin Jr. held the lead until the double checkered flags. Anthony Marvin was second, Nicholas Hovey was third.

Roger Turbush
Roger Turbush

The next division to race was the New England Truck series. Roger Turbush took the lead to start the 25 lap feature. The first caution of the event came out with 23 laps remaining in the race. Bert Ouellette took the lead on the restart. With only 20 laps remaining in the event Rodger Turbush took the lead back. The second and final yellow came out with 15 laps remaining in the race. Rodger Turbush held the lead until the double checkered and ended up winning the race. Bert Ouellette was second, and Ed Puleo was 3rd

The third division to take the track was the Limited Sportsman. Monte Gibbs was the person to lead the pack to the start of the 25 lap  feature. Gibbs held the lead until the yellow flew with 7 laps remaining and at that point Al Stone III took the lead. Stone III was the winner of the event, Monte Gibbs was second, and Brandon Plemmons was 3rd. Al Stone III becomes the 2015 Limited Sportsman champion.

The fourth division to run their 30 lap event was the late models. Ray Christian III took the lead on the start of the race. Jim Banfield took the lead only a few laps later and held that lead until the half way mark. Jason Palmer took the lead with 15 laps remaining in the race. The first caution came out with 15 laps remaining in the event and the second caution was thrown on the restart. Bruce Thomas Jr. took the lead with 11 laps remaining in the event and held that lead to the double checkers. Bruce Thomas Jr., was the winner of the event, Jason Palmer was second, and Jeff Smith was 3rd. It was determined one week ago that Jason Palmer would be the 2015 SK Modified champion

The fifth feature of the night was the SK light modifieds for their 25 lap feature. Larry Goss lead the field to the start of the feature. Paul Buzel took the lead away from Goss only 1 lap into the race. There was a series of cautions and Buzel held the lead through those cautions. It was with 3 laps remaining in the event that Josh Galvin took the lead away from Buzel. Galvin held the lead until the double checkers were thrown. Paul Buzel was second and Al Stone III was 3rd. It was determined at the end of the feature that Paul Buzel was the 2015 SK Light Modified Champion.

The sixth feature of the night was the mini stocks for their final 25 lap feature of the 2015 season. Brad Caddick was the driver to lead the field to the green flag. The first caution was thrown on the second lap of the feature and the second yellow came out on the restart. Wayne Burroughs Jr. took the lead on the restart and held the lead until the last few laps when Sean Caron took the lead. Sean Caron was able to hold the lead until the double checkers. Wayne Burroughs Jr. was second and Kenny Cassidy Jr. was 3rd. It was determined at the end of the feature that Wayne Burroughs Jr. was the 2015 Mini Stocks champion.

The seventh feature of the night was the legends cars for their final 25 lap feature of the 2015 season. Cory Dimatteo took the green flag with the field following. Dana Dimatteo took the lead away and held the lead until the double checkered. Dana Dimatteo won the feature, Cory Dimatteo was second, and Johhny O’ Sullivan was 3rd.

The eighth and final event of the regular season was the 35 lap SK Modified feature. Zach Slyvester took the green flag and held that lead through all of the 3 cautions. Diego Monahan took the lead with 33 laps remaining in the event. Two laps later Keith Rocco took the lead away and held that lead until the final double checkers of the season. Keith Rocco was the winner of the event, Ted Christopher was second, and Joey Gada was 3rd.


New England Truck Series

  1. Rodger Turbush
  2. Bert Ouellette
  3. Ed Puleo
  4. Frank Dumicich Jr.
  5. Frank Dumicich Sr.
  6. Cassie Coates
  7. Pete Cayer
  8. Josh Stringer

9       Mark Stewart


Limited Sportsman:

  1. Al Stone III, Durham CT
  2. Monte Gibbs, Killingworth CT
  3. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville CT
  4. Ed Gertsch Jr., East Haven CT
  5. Allen Coates Sr., Ledyard CT
  6. Glenn Colvin, Clinton CT
  7. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook CT
  8. Charles Beal, Ledyard CT
  9. Brandon Fisher, Plainfield CT
  10. Corey Coates, Ledyard CT
  11. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale CT
  12. Tommy Silvia, Groton CT
  13. Tim Morse, Southbury CT
  14. Jason Chicolas, Sutton MA
  15. Joe Plonski, Worcester MA
  16. Thomas Shea, New London CT
  17. Jon Porter, East Lyme CT
  18. John Blake, North Haven CT
  19. Armand Cote Jr., Rocky Hill CT
  20. Walter Hovey Jr., Chaplin CT


Late Models:

  1. Bruce Thomas Jr.,
  2. Jason Palmer, Berlin CT
  3. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme CT
  4. Ray Christian III, Groton CT
  5. Chris Garside, Waterford CT
  6. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton CT
  7. Walter Sutcliffe, East Haven CT
  8. Charlie Rose, Tiverton RI
  9. Richard Duranti, Quaker Hill CT
  10. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook CT
  11. Scott Rotherforth, Glastonbury CT
  12. James Banfield, South Glastonbury CT
  13. Brandon Warren, Chicopee MA
  14. Matthew Carlson, Griswold CT
  15. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden CT
  16. Al King, Webster MA


SK Light Modifieds:

  1. Josh Galvin, Oakdale CT
  2. Paul Buzel, Trumbull CT
  3. Al Stone III, Durham CT
  4. Paul French, Andover CT
  5. Victoria Bergenty, Plainville CT
  6. Calvin Therrien, Vernon CT
  7. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck CT
  8. David Arute, Tolland CT
  9. Rick Williams, Haddam CT
  10. Nock Salva, Prospect CT
  11. Nick Riso, Wallingford CT
  12. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon CT
  13. Tony Membrino, Berlin CT
  14. Andrew Molleur, Shelton CT
  15. Vinny Anglace, Ansonia CT
  16. Carlos Gray, East Hartford CT
  17. Alan Benincaso, Trumbull CT
  18. Joe Ferrigno, East Hartford CT
  19. Larry Goss, North Windham CT
  20. Corey Barry, Plainfield CT


Mini Stocks:

  1. Sean Caron, East Hampton CT
  2. Wayne Burroughs Jr., Oakdale CT
  3. Kenny Cassidy Jr., Lisbon CT
  4. Brad Caddick, Wyoming RI
  5. Charles Canfield, East Haven CT
  6. Christopher Ivory, Oakdale CT
  7. Mark Panaroni, Ivoryton CT
  8. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford CT
  9. Dale Sherman, Charlestown RI
  10. Corey Caddick, Shannon RI
  11. Matt Guertin, Plantsville CT
  12. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill CT
  13. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield CT
  14. Larry Loomis Jr., Moosup CT
  15. Nathan Taylor, Preston CT
  16. David Sylvia, Preston CT
  17. Ian Brew, Wood River Jct RI
  18. Doug Curry, Groton CT
  19. Andrew Krixeminski, Haddam CT
  20. Ray Christian III, Groton CT


Legends Cars:

  1. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington CT
  2. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington CT
  3. John O’ Sullivan, Salem CT
  4. Mikey Flynn, Hampden MA
  5. Scott Limkemann, Oakdale CT
  6. Joey Ternullo, Middletown CT
  7. Michael Blaskey, Bethany CT
  8. Kyle Rodgers, Waterbury CT
  9. Caterina LaBella, Plainville CT
  10. Timothy DePizzol, North Franklin CT

11   Andrew Molleur, Shelton CT’

  1. Joshua Zentek, East Haven CT
  2. Cassandra Cole,
  3. Brandon Remson, Norwalk CT
  4. David Lespinasse, Milford CT


SK Modifieds:

  1. Keith Rocco, Berlin CT
  2. Ted Christopher, Plainville CT
  3. Joey Gada, Salem CT
  4. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill CT
  5. Zach Sylvester, Lebanon CT
  6. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard CT
  7. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield CT
  8. Paul Kusheba IV, Monroe CT
  9. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford CT
  10. Anthony Ryan Jr., Ridgefield CT
  11. Ryan Morgan, Mystic CT
  12. James Larsen, East Hartford CT
  13. John Montesanto, North Branford CT
  14. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford CT
  15. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry CT
  16. Jeff Fialkovich, Shelton CT
  17. Paul Buzel, Trumbull CT
  18. Michael Benevides, Westerly RI
  19. Dylan Izzo, Monroe CT
  20. Ed Puleo, Branford CT
  21. Tom Pinson, Colchester CT
  22. Dominic Capuano Jr., East Haven CT
  23. Adam Gada, Bozrah CT