Press Release by Souza Media
Photo Tom Morris Racing Photography
ATTLEBORO, Mass. – JDV Productions and Whelen Engineering announced today the full, lucrative bonus program for the 2023 Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup. The Cup, which is a three-race series spread across New Hampshire with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, will consist of events at Monadnock Speedway (May 6), Lee USA Speedway (May 27) and Claremont Motorsports Park (July 29).
Similar to 2022, the bonus program includes $15,700 in potential winnings for competitors – even more compared to the original year of the Cup in 2022.
The champion car owner of the three-race series will earn $5,000, while the runner-up owner will earn $2,500 and third will collect $1,000. Between the top three points finishers, $8,500 will be distributed. The NASCAR points system will be used to determine which driver earned the most points during the three events, and the car owner will be paid the winnings.
Last year, the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup helped produce thrilling action on the track for race fans, and brought multiple local, house division drivers to the series on a national level.
“Continuing our partnership with Whelen Engineering to give back to the racers on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is important to us,” Josh Vanada, owner of JDV Productions, said. “The Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup idea was put together to try and produce some new competitors for the series at staple New Hampshire tracks, and we had great success with it last year, with multiple new drivers running the Tour more often, and Matt Hirschman winning the inaugural Cup in a close battle. We look forward to seeing what drivers can do in 2023 and the money on the line is yet another incentive for them to battle for in the final laps.”
Each additional event will also have bonus awards available at the track on each specific race day.
The Challenger Bonus, paid $200 per event, will be paid to the highest finishing driver in each of the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup races who does not normally run the Whelen Modified Tour full-time. This is open to any driver who competed in less than 50% of the Whelen Modified Tour races last season.
The Hard Charger Bonus, worth $200 per race, is provided to the driver who improves the most positions since their last Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup event. For the season-opener at Monadnock Speedway, the Claremont Motorsports Park race finish from July of 2022 will be used to determine the winner.
The Lap Leader bonus, worth $750, will be awarded to the driver who leads the most laps during the three races, and will be paid out after the finale at Claremont. The Best Average Finish Bonus, awarded to the driver who scores the best average finish during the three events, is another $750 award.
Finally, if any driver can accomplish a complete sweep of winning all three Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup events, they will earn an additional bonus of $5,000, paid after the Cup finale at Claremont.
Competitors and fans are encouraged to note that the champion will be determined at Claremont – not the final JDV Productions event of the year at Monadnock on September 9.
“Whelen Engineering takes pride in our long-standing involvement in motorsports,” Pete Tiezzi III, General Manager of Motorsports for Whelen Engineering Company Inc., said. “We are very excited to continue our partnership with JDV Productions for the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup at three iconic short tracks in New Hampshire with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.”
The JDV Productions NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season includes four events, beginning with the Duel at the Dog Weekend at Monadnock on Saturday, May 6. JDV’s presentation of the 200-lap event will also include six other divisions on Saturday, and a six-event NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series card on Sunday, May 7.
On Saturday, May 27, the second annual Granite State Derby heads to Lee USA Speedway, headlined by the Whelen Modified Tour’s 175-lap event, while the finale of the Cup will take place back at Claremont Motorsports Park on July 29. A full season schedule for JDV Productions, which also includes three events outside of the Whelen Modified Tour, is available at JDVProductions.com.
For more information on JDV Productions, follow the group on social media and visit them online. For more information on Whelen Engineering, visit Whelen.com. For more information on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, visit NASCAR.com/roots.