Richmond Raceway to Host NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race on April 1, 2022

October 21, 2021

Richmond Raceway expands the 2022 Toyota Spring Race Weekend to host a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Friday, April 1, 2022. This will be the second consecutive season Richmond has hosted a Whelen Modified Tour race at America’s Premier Short Track.

“We welcome back the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Richmond Raceway after a successful, action-packed return this year,” said Richmond Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to the talented drivers of the tour once again showcasing their skills next season at America’s Premier Short Track.”

Richmond first hosted a modified race in NASCAR’s inaugural season on May 16, 1948. The race was the first NASCAR sanctioned race in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richmond hosted the modern-day NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour from 1990-1993, 1997, 1999-2002, 2021. NASCAR Hall of Famer Mike Stefanik, one of the Modified Tour’s 10 greatest drivers of all-time, holds the modern-day record with three wins at Richmond.

“The 2021 race was very exciting from start to finish. Our teams loved racing at Richmond and we look forward to the 2022 return to the Richmond and put on another great event for the fans,” said Jimmy Wilson, Series Director, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

In the spring, Richmond will host the Toyota Spring Race Weekend featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Friday, April 1, 2022, ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, April 2, 2022 and the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Racing Virginia will be active in the month of April as the Commonwealth will host two Cup Series races in the same month for the second consecutive season as Martinsville Speedway will host a race on April 9, 2022. For the first time since 1997, NASCAR will make its first stop in the Commonwealth of Virginia at Richmond. Martinsville and Richmond have hosted back-to-back race weekends five times with the first time being in the spring of 1955.

Richmond will host its first-ever summer race weekend featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 13 and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 14. This will be the third consecutive season Richmond has hosted a Camping World Truck Series race and first-ever series playoff race. The Camping World Truck Series Playoff race will be the second race in the first round of the playoffs.

Start times and television networks for the Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour will be announced at a later date.

2022 NASCAR tickets are available for purchase today via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at richmondraceway.com.

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MORE THAN $21,000 IN SPECIAL AWARDS ADDED TO EASTERN STATES WEEKEND PURSE AND LAP PRIZE MONEY AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY

Competitors in all seven racing divisions—United Rentals Big-Block DIRTcar Modifieds, H.O. Penn Small-Block Modifieds, Arkel Motors Sportsman, Street Stocks USAC Wingless Sprints, Short Track Super Series Modifieds, and  Pro Stocks—will see their posted purse and lap prize money enhanced by more than $20,000 in special awards and lap-leading money during the four-day 60th Annual Eastern States Weekend, Thursday through Sunday, October 21-24 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.

In addition to the $40,000-to-win with $1,500 to start the headline United Rentals DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds Eastern States 200 Presented by T-Mobile for the ground-pounding earth-shakers, the winner of the Race to the Pole race will earn a $1,500 bonus from T-Mobile, while the second-place Race to the Pole finisher will bank $1,000 from Powder Tech Powder Coating. 

Drivers finishing third through sixth in time trials will each receive a $100 bonus from E. Tetz & Sons. Each heat race winner and the two Last Chance race winners will receive $100 Gift Cards from Behrent’s Performance Warehouse.

The leader of each sponsored lap in the 200 will see his prize money increased by $25, with the exception of the $1,000 Busch Beer Halfway Lap Award from Dana Distributors and $660.66 for Lap 66 in Memory of Jared Petruska from the Petruska Family and Friends. The 11th place finisher in the 200 will take home $511 in Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends. 

Other Big-Block Modified special awards include the $1,000 Superior Remodeling Hard Charger Award; the $500 Wicked Truck Worx Rookie of the Race Award; each of the top-three finishers in the 200, $150 Gift Certificates from Penske Shocks; $50 from Competition Carburation for the fastest lap of the race; a $50 Gift Card for the Most Laps Led as well as a $200 Hard Luck Gift Card from East Coast Speed; two tires given randomly from the race finishing order by Hoosier Tire; and for the winning crew chief and pit crew, a case of Bud Light from Dana Distributors.

Special Awards for the 100-lap $20,000-to-win with $500 to start Hauser Brothers Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Presents the H.O. Penn Small-Block Modified Eastern States Championship race include $1,000 Pole position from Aden Aggregates and $500 Outside Pole starting position from Evergreen Fuels. Those who time trial third through sixth will each earn $100 gift cards from Behrent’s Performance Warehouse. Winners of Small-Block Modified heats and Last Chance races will each take home $100 from WLR Construction NY. The Hard Charger will see his winnings increased by $500 from Escape Powersports Plus, while Mike Sparta Trucking will present the halfway leader also with $500. Each sponsored lap will pay the race leader an additional $20, with $111 to the 11th place finisher In Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends.

Other Small-Block Modified awards include $150 Gift Card Hard Luck Award and $50 Gift Card for Most Laps Led both from East Coast Speed, $50 for the fastest lap of the race, $300 to the Rookie of the Race from Wicked Truck Worx, $150 Gift Certificates to each of the top-three finishers from Penske Shocks; $50 from Competition Carburation for the fastest lap of the race, one tire given away randomly from the finishing order by Hoosier Tire; and a case of Bud Light to the winning crew chief and pit crew from Dana Distributors.

Special awards for the 50-lap $5,000-to-win with $250 to start Fox Shocks Presents the Arkel Motors Sportsman Eastern States Championship race include $500 to the pole position winner from Wicked Truck Worx, and $300 for the outside pole slot from POWDER TECH-Powder Coating. Heat and Last Chance race winners will each get $75 Gift Cards from Interstate Batteries. The leader of each sponsored lap will bank an additional $15.

Other Sportsman division awards include a $500 Hard Charger Award compliments of RJ Smith; $500 to the halfway race leader from Accurate Collision; $200 Rookie Award presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil; $50 Gift Card for the most laps led and $100 Gift Card Hard Luck Award from East Coast Speed; $150 Gift Certificates for first, second, and third finishers from Penske Shocks; Competition Carburation has $50 for the fastest lap of the race; the 11th place finisher will receive $111 In Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends; Hoosier Tire will give away one tire randomly based on the race finishing order; and from Dana Distributors, a case of Bud Light to the winning crew chief and pit crew. 

The Crackers Motorsports Marketing LLC Eastern States Street Stock race is set for 20 laps, paying the winner $1,000 with $100 to start. In addition, the halfway leader will bank $250 from Rock Fantasy-Steve Keeler, with another $250 hard charger from FDI & Saloon Bleu. Frank Frasco Home Inspections will brighten the day of the hard luck recipient with $100. Always Hair has $100 for the rookie of the race, while the driver turning in the fastest lap of the race will receive $50 from Competition Carburation. In Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends, the 11th place finishers will bank an additional $111. Dana Distributors has a case of Bud Light for the winning crew chief and pit crew.  

The Bulldog Concrete Eastern States Pro Stock Race is set for 25 laps, paying $2,000 to win and $150 to start also has several special awards awaiting the competitors. Heat and Last Chance race winners will each earn $50 from Northeast Happy Hour with Predmore & Murns, while FDI & Saloon Bleu will award $300 to the hard charger, $300 to the halfway leader, and $100 to the hard luck driver. The rookie of the race will win $100 from Always Hair; Competition Carburation has $50 for the fastest lap of the race, and the 11th place finisher will earn $111 extra In Memory of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends. A case of Bud Light is ready for the winning crew chief and pit crew compliments of Dana Distributors.

The Rapid Tire USAC Wingless Sprints Eastern States 25-lap feature race will pay the winner $2,000. Dana Distributors has a case of Bud Light for the winning crew chief and pit crew, and the 11th place finisher will have $111 added to his purse money In Honor of Joanne Stevens from the Stevens Family and Friends.

Friday night’s Short Track Super Series race—50 laps with $5,000 to win—has its own special awards program, but Dana Distributors will see that the winning crew chief and pit crew has a case of Bud Light with which to celebrate their victory.

Fans and competitors are reminded to frequently check the Orange County Fair Speedway website (www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net) and social media for the latest news concerning the 60th Annual Eastern States Weekend.

Tri Track, PASS & ACT Teams Set For Saturday Showdown in Massachusetts

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo: Noah Watts/Myracenews

SEEKONK, Mass. — For the final time in 2021, Seekonk Speedway will roar to life this Saturday, October 23. The Haunted Hundred spectacular returns to the Massachusetts third-mile for another year, but this is definitely the biggest one yet. The stars of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, Pro All Star Series and American-Canadian Tour will all connect at Seekonk, each set to crown their champions as part of the afternoon showcase.

The Tri Track Open Modified Series title fight is nearly decided, as Matt Hirschman will only need to take the green flag in the 100-lap race to clinch his sixth series title. On the ACT front, the tightest battle of the day will come down to two former Pro Stock champions, Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw. Rowe leads Shaw by just one point, meaning every single position on the track will matter, right down to the final lap. In the PASS battle, the series will crown three champions in one day. The PASS North, PASS National and PASS New England South titles are all on the line. 

Johnny Clark has a comfortable margin ahead of the field in the PASS North title battle, as he looks for his seventh PASS crown. Derek Griffith will seal the PASS National title, while Shaw looks to win two in one day — leading the New England South by a small margin over Clark. 

The entry lists for all three races include some of the top Modified, Pro Stock and Late Model talent from across New England. On the Modified front, Hirschman will be joined by Chase Dowling, three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore, six-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, Ron Silk, Ronnie Williams, Anthony Nocella and more. The Seekonk flavor is certainly in the field, as former Seekonk champion Angelo Belsito will return to Modified racing with Kevin Harvie, while Colbey Fournier, a Pro Stock regular at Seekonk, will drive his Modified. Former Seekonk Sport Truck champion Rob Murphy has also filed his entry.

Names like Les Hinckley, Sam Rameau, Kyle Bonsignore, Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Brian Robie and Thompson 300 runner-up Buddy Charette are just some of the other entries. The race is a nine-tire race, with four for practice, four to start the race and one change tire during the feature. Tri Track will also debut a new qualifying format for the Haunted Hundred, eliminating the blind draw used for many years in an effort to take some of the element of luck determining a driver’s day out of the system.

The series will base qualifying starting spots off a final scuff session that will occur on race day. In between practice and heat races, all cars will be required to go over the scales in the reserve order of practice speeds, with the slowest cars first. Teams will be grouped by practice speed and sent out on the track during the scuff session in groups of five. They will then be part of a four-lap green flag session, with the fastest individual lap time from the four-lap session for each car determining the heat race lineup. Once the lineups are set, the top-four from each heat will be inverted to make the starting grid. For the feature, Tri Track will re-draw a number of cars from zero through 12 through a spin of a wheel in front of race fans between consi and feature racing.

There is also a boiling battle set between the ACT Late Model and Pro All Star Series stars against Seekonk regulars, who will look to steal the show. While Rowe and Shaw hope to steal the spotlight with their title battle, Seekonk champion Vinnie Arrenegado looks to defend the home turf along with Josh Hedges, Chase Belcher, Richie Murray, Jacob “Rowdy” Burns and more. 

On the PASS side, eight-time Seekonk champion Dave Darling and former track champions Tom Scully Jr., Kenny Spencer, Dylan Estrella and Ryan Kuhn will look to beat the invading stars. In two previous PASS races at Seekonk this year, Johnny Clark won $10,000 in the inaugural Bay State Classic in July, while Shaw was victorious last time out in September. 

An optional Friday practice will take place on Friday, October 22, from 12-5 p.m. Pit gates will open at 10 a.m. for teams and overnight hauler parking will be allowed. Camping is not allowed at Seekonk Speedway. On Saturday, pits open at 8 a.m., grandstands open at 11 a.m., and the drop of the green flag for heat racing begins at 1 p.m. 

Race day tickets are available in advance at seekonktickets.net or will also be available at the track on the day of the race. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12, with those five and under free in the grandstands. 

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com.  Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

For more information on Seekonk Speedway, visit SeekonkSpeedway.com and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media.

ORDERED TIRES: Seekonk Speedway Tri Track Haunted 100:

00 — Justin Bonsignore

06 — Les Hinckley

06R — Sam Rameau

07 — Kyle Bonsignore

2 — Frank LeToile Jr.

3 — Matt Swanson

3CT — Matt Galko

4NH — Tommy Barrett

6 — Woody Pitkat

9 — Chase Dowling

8 — Cam McDermott

10 — Doug Coby

13 — Dylan Izzo

15 — Jake Johnson

F16 — Colbey Fournier

16S — Ron Silk

16M — Joey Doiron

18 — Max Zachem

21 — Angelo Belsito

24 — Justin Brown

25NH — Brian Robie

25 — Ronnie Williams

27 — Kevin Iannarelli

27MA — Derek Robbie

28 — Buddy Charette

44 — Anthony Sesely

50 — Joey Cipriano

50 — Carl Medeiros

52 — Mark Bakaj

55 — Ryan Doucette

60 — Matt Hirschman

75 — Chris Pasteryak

76 — Kirk Alexander

79 — Jon McKennedy

82 — Rob Murphy

92 — Anthony Nocella 

93 — George Sherman

99 — Richard Savary

176 — Dana DiMatteo

179 — Anthony Bello

Covering the Entire Northeast