Whitcomb Five Series To Debut at Historic New Hampshire Short Tracks in 2022

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

GW Promotional Group announced on Tuesday that the team has prepared five events for the 2022 season as part of the Whitcomb 5 Series. The series will cover five historic New Hampshire short-tracks, showcasing the local stars of the Modified division as part of the NHSTRA Modified class.

Races will take place at Monadnock Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Claremont Motorsports Park and Hudson Speedway. All four tracks — owned and operated by members of the Wrenn family and their group of professionals — will see these special events put their weekly Modified stars in the spotlight for race fans.

The series will visit Monadnock twice, while all other tracks will hold one special event. Races will take place beginning in May and will be spread throughout the summer and into September, where the champion will be crowned. The Whitcomb Five Series will see one race per month, with all events set for 125 laps. 

“We’re really excited to debut the Whitcomb Five Series and thankful to these great race tracks in New Hampshire for allowing us to work with them for 2022,” Gregg Whitcomb, owner of GW Promotional Group, said. “The excitement level is already spiking for this series and there are a lot of drivers interested in the concept. We look forward to sharing some more information in the next few months leading into the first race.”

The high-banks of Monadnock will host the first event as part of their big opening weekend on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Just one day after the Tri Track Open Modified Series visits the track on Saturday night — a 125-lap race for the NHSTRA Modifieds — coined as the Whitcomb Classic — will open the Monadnock weekly season in style on Sunday afternoon. The series will then move across the state to Claremont Motorsports Park in Claremont, New Hampshire, for a 125-lap race on Friday, June 17. From there, New Hampshire’s Center of Speed — Lee USA Speedway — will host the series on Friday, July 15. 

On Sunday, August 14, Hudson Speedway’s high-banks roar to life with the NHSTRA Modifieds taking center stage with a massive event, while the champion of both the Whitcomb Five Series and the track overall points battle will be crowned as part of a two-day spectacular, right back at Monadnock, on September 16-17. 

Announced last week, both Jack Arute and Dave Sutherland — two well-respected personalities in the racing community — will be part of the broadcast team for all five events. Additional information regarding the series including formats and more will be released closer to the first race.

“I was born and bred on modifieds,” Arute said of his excitement for the series. “My background is steeped in modified racing. I still to this day think that in terms of short-track racing, it requires the most demanding skill set a driver can have. You have the open-wheels, the horsepower, the weight-ratio… It’s the oldest division in NASCAR for a reason. It’s run continuously since the day it was created and there’s a reason for it’s survivability.”

GW Promotional Group has a passion for everything related to motorsports. Owner Gregg Whitcomb grew up in New England, specifically in Keene, New Hampshire, where he was introduced to racing at an early age through his father. In 1987, while his father owned an established NASCAR Cup Series team, Gregg was tabbed as the General Manager of Bob Whitcomb Racing. The team won the 1990 Daytona 500 with veteran Derek Cope as driver, and also won Rookie of the Year with Ken Bouchard as driver. Gregg has been a part of the local racing scene in New Hampshire for two decades and continues to seek sponsorship to give back to the drivers who make the sport possible along with the help of his wife, Jessica.

For more information on GW Promotional Group, visit GWPromotional.com and follow on Facebook. For more information on Souza Media, visit KyleSouza.com and follow Souza Media on Facebook.

Whitcomb Five Series 2022 Event Schedule:

May 1 – Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H. — Whitcomb Classic — 125 laps 

June 17 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H. — 125 laps

July 15 — Lee USA Speedway — Lee, N.H. — 125 laps

August 14 — Hudson Speedway — Hudson, N.H. — 125 laps

September 16-17 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H. — 125 laps


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ALLENTOWN, PA NOVEMBER 30, 2021 . . . In just five weeks, the 2022 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP will take the green flag inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center.  

The race weekend is set for Friday and Saturday, January 7-8, 2022. The races in Allentown will be the first since 2020 when Covid-19 forced the stoppage of the season finale at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY.

BELFOR Property Restoration Services, provider of professional 24/7 residential and commercial restoration services has signed on to be a presenting sponsor of all three Indoor Series races in 2022.  

After Allentown the series will head to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on January 28 & 29 and conclude in Syracuse, NY at the NY State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12.

The recent entry of Max McLaughlin, one of the brightest young racing prospects in the nation with wins on both dirt and pavement, has sparked fan interest.

‘Mad Max’ will be driving a TQ Midget owned by Frankie Caprara of Watertown, NY. Both driver and owner will be making their first starts in the Indoor Auto Racing Series.

Tickets for the two days of racing in Allentown are on sale now. To order online visit www.pplcenter.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the arena box office, open only during events hosted at the arena including Lehigh Valley Phantoms games

Among the drivers McLaughlin will have  to beat is local favorite Briggs Danner, a Lehigh Valley, PA native who drove a TQ Midget to victory, outdoors, at Wall Stadium last Saturday, November 27 in a car owned by Matt Janisch of Nazareth, PA.

Additional entries are currently being accepted by the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP for its trio of 2022 races. 

“We expect that competitor interest in the TQ Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot classes will be at an all-time high since we haven’t raced at all in over a year,” Series organizer Len Sammons noted.

TQ Midget race cars will headline all the programs with high speed excitement competing on speedways set up on the concrete floors of three arenas. Slingshots and Champ Karts will complete the tripleheader programs.

The biggest Indoor Auto Racing Series PPL Center TQ Midget race winner is Ryan Flores of Mooresville, N.C.

Like Danner, Flores won a race at last weekend’s Turkey Derby, his coming in a 100-lap Factory Stock race.

Flores, who works for Roger Penske’s NASCAR Cup organization, will be seeking his fifth victory at the PPL Center in January.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. is the only other repeat winner. Justin Bonsignore and Scott Kreutter of New York and local driver Matt Janisch of nearby Nazareth, PA each have one victory.

Ironton Global, the leading international provider of cloud-based communication services, headquartered in Coplay, PA, is the title sponsor for the Allentown event.

Future Homes of Kunkletown, PA, a home construction company, specializing in residential, multi-family, and energy efficient buildings, has also returned as the presenting sponsor for the Saturday night card of racing.

The Allentown schedule calls for doors opening at 6:00PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM on Friday. On Saturday, doors open and Fan Fest begins at 5 PM with racing starting at 7:00PM sharp.

The on-track Fan Fest is available at no extra charge to ticket holders who chose the option when making their purchase. This allows access to the speedway where the cars competing will be on display for photos and drivers available for free autographs.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y. was the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP TQ Midget Car champion by a slim margin over Rudolph.

Series information including links for purchasing tickets, hotel rooms and racer entry forms are available on the series website: www.indoorautoracing.com.

Sponsorship opportunities remain for all Indoor Auto Racing Series races.

For more information, contact Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com or call 609-888-3618.

Corporate sponsorship packages are available to fit every budget.

Short Track Super Series Announces Six-Race Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series

Written by Chris Moore

Photo/Tom Morris/Myracenews

MILLSBORO, DE – Taking the next step for Modified racing.

As the calendar flips to 2022, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco continues its expansion with the launch of STSS ‘Elite’ program: six uber-high-paying events for the big-block/small-block Modifieds.

Halmar International based in Nanuet, N.Y., has signed on as the title sponsor of the STSS ‘Elite’ program.

The six Halmar International STSS ‘Elite’ events will take place at a half-dozen facilities across four states (South Carolina, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania).

$25,000 point title awaits at the conclusion of six events. A complete point fund will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are thrilled to shake things up in Modified racing with the launch of the Halmar International ‘Elite’ program,” Short Track Super Series director Brett Deyo said. “It’s a breath of fresh air for racers and fans that will put our style of racing on a national stage.”

STSS ‘Elite’ fires off in the Palmetto State with a visit to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., Thursday-Saturday Feb. 24-26, 2022. The ‘Rebel 50’ will offer $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th and $500 to take the green flag.

Thursday night (Feb. 24) is reserved for open practice for both STSS and local competitors. Friday night (Feb. 25) includes fully paid Qualifying Races. B-Mains and feature events take place on Saturday (Feb. 26) including the 50-lap $25,000-to-win headliner. STSS Crate 602 Sportsman will join the Modifieds at the “Place Your Mama Warned You About” just 40 minutes south of the Charlotte/Concord racing hub.

Historic Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del., is the site of the second STSS Elite event. The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial 49-lap event on Saturday (March 12) with $25,000 up for grabs for the winner, $1,000 for 16th and $500 to take the green flag. The 2022 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial will take the distinction of the richest dirt-track event ever held in Delaware.

The ‘Legendary House of Power’ Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., hosts Round No. 3 of the STSS ‘Elite’ points chase. On Saturday, April 2, the ‘Hard Clay Open’ 50-lap main will pay $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th and $500 to take the green.

After the summer stretch, the ‘Elite’ program picks up on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., for the New Yorker 50 paying $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th and $500 to take the green at the ‘Home of Heroes’ half-mile oval.

The first of two $50,000-plus-to-win events takes place at the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y., with the running of the Fonda 200 weekend Thursday-Saturday Sept. 15-17. The 200-lap event pays $1,000 just to take the green flag.

Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., will serve as the Championship Round of the STSS Elite program. The ‘Speed Showcase’ weekend Thursday-Saturday Oct. 13-15 will culminate with a $50,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start event Saturday. A preliminary $5,000-to-win feature will be run on Thursday night for the Modifieds.

“Always ready to face new challenges,” STSS ‘Elite’ sponsor Halmar International boasts more than five decades of performance and integrity, a name with a proud legacy in the heavy civil construction market: highways and bridges, rail and mass transit, underground, aviation and civil. Visit www.halmarinternational.com to learn more about Halmar International.

All six STSS ‘Elite’ events will be streamed live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv).

The minimum purse structure for the $25,000-to-win events is as follows: 1 – $25,000; 2 – $12,500; 3 – $8,000; 4 – $5,000; 5 – $4,000; 6 – $3,000; 7 – $2,500; 8 – $2,250; 9 – $2,000; 10 – $1,750; 11 – $1,500; 12 – $1,400; 13 – $1,300; 14 – $1,200; 15 – $1,100; 16 – $1,000; 17 – $900; 18 – $800; 19 – $700; 20 – $600; 21-Last – $500.

The minimum purse structure for the Fonda 200 is as follows: 1 – $53,000; 2- $20,000; 3 – $10,000; 4 – $7,000; 5 – $4,000; 6 – $3,000; 7 – $2,500; 8 – $2,250; 9 – $2,000; 10 – $1,750; 11 – $1,700; 12 – $1,650; 13 – $1,600; 14 – $1,550; 15 – $1,500; 16 – $1,450; 17 – $1,400; 18 – $1,350; 19 – $1,300; 20 – $1,250; 21 – $1,200; 22 – $1,150; 23 – $1,100; 24 – $1,050 – 25-Last – $1,000.

The minimum purse structure for the Speed Showcase at Port Royal is as follows: 1 – $50,000; 2- $20,000; 3 – $10,000; 4 – $7,000; 5 – $4,000; 6 – $3,000; 7 – $2,500; 8 – $2,250; 9 – $2,000; 10 – $1,750; 11 – $1,700; 12 – $1,650; 13 – $1,600; 14 – $1,550; 15 – $1,500; 16 – $1,450; 17 – $1,400; 18 – $1,350; 19 – $1,300; 20 – $1,250; 21 – $1,200; 22 – $1,150; 23 – $1,100; 24 – $1,050 – 25-Last – $1,000.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Evergreen Fuels Inc., ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

Short Track Super Series Halmar International Elite Series 2022 Schedule

February 24-26 – 
Cherokee Speedway/Gaffney, S.C. – Rebel 50 – 50 laps, $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th, $500 to start

March 10-12 – 
Georgetown Speedway/Georgetown, Del. – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial – 49 laps, $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th, $500 to start

April 2 – 
Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – Hard Clay Open – 50 laps, $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th, $500 to start

Sunday, September 4 –
 Utica-Rome Speedway/Vernon, N.Y. – New Yorker – 50 laps, $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th, $500 to start

September 15-17 – 
Fonda Speedway/Fonda, N.Y. – Fonda 200 – 200 laps, $53,000 to win, $1,000 to start

October 13-15 –
 Port Royal Speedway/Port Royal, Pa. – Speed Showcase – $50,000 to win, $1,000 to start

Covering the Entire Northeast