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NASCAR, FloSports announce landmark streaming partnership

By Official NASCAR Release NASCAR.com December 2, 2021  at 1:55 PM

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR and leading sports streaming service, FloSports, today announced a multi-year partnership that will make FloRacing, FloSports’ dedicated motorsports platform, the home of NASCAR Roots properties including: the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. The landmark partnership represents an alignment of two champions of live motorsports with a shared mission of delivering the best in grassroots racing to fans around the world.

The partnership will also deliver an unparalleled investment in grassroots racing, including funding for local tracks and increased purses for drivers that compete in NASCAR’s touring and weekly series events. The transformational agreement further cements NASCAR and FloSports as advocates of grassroots/developmental racing and ensures a healthy economic model that will bolster tracks and drivers for years to come.

NASCAR’s grassroots properties, formerly housed within the NASCAR Roots vertical on TrackPass, will now join FloRacing’s comprehensive offering that includes USAC, All Star Circuit of Champions, Eldora Speedway, IRA Outlaw Sprints, Short Track Super Series, Chili Bowl, Gateway Dirt Nationals and more. Over 280 NASCAR Roots races annually will stream live and on-demand under the TrackPass banner on FloRacing, transforming the popular platform into the leading destination for grassroots motorsports.

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In the past three years, FloRacing has experienced exponential growth. Since 2020 alone, the service has seen an explosive 100% YOY subscriber growth as FloSports continues to bring together grassroots racing media rights onto one platform while also expanding into other motorsports categories. In 2019, FloRacing streamed just 141 races and has been able to quickly expand its offering to over 1,600 races annually, representing 151 million hours of live content streamed in 2021. Overall event viewership has soared 263% YOY in 2021 while per event viewership has increased 87%. Across FloRacing social media platforms, FloRacing has generated over 70 million video views in 2021 so far. In addition to grassroots racing, other categories of motorsports streamed on FloRacing include drag racing, motocross, supercross, snowmobile racing and more.

FloRacing’s dedicated content team will bolster NASCAR’s grassroots racing scene with new original programming including driver interviews, behind-the-scenes access, on-site race day coverage, analysis and more. The partnership will give fans access to more NASCAR Roots racing than previously available, including tentpole events at Bowman Gray Stadium, New Smyrna Raceway and Berlin Raceway.

“Our partnership with FloSports is a win for motorsports fans at all levels and doubles down on NASCAR’s commitment to grassroots racing — the foundation of our sport,” said Brian Herbst, NASCAR senior vice president, media and productions. “We look forward to bringing fans all the racing they crave and investing in the tracks that provide lifelong memories to motorsports fans each weekend.”

“NASCAR shares our mission to grow grassroots motorsports and bring these races and athletes to an even wider audience across America and the world,” said Mark Floreani, CEO and Co-Founder, FloSports. “We are honored to align with NASCAR as we continue to invest in the future of this sport so that we build a home for fans to both watch and experience racing in completely new ways. We’re excited for what’s to come.”

Fans can subscribe via FloRacing.com, gaining access to nearly 2,000 races annually for $150/year. The subscription also unlocks premium FloRacing content, including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes access with drivers, news and analysis, as well as archived races and highlights that fans have come to expect from the FloRacing platform. Subscribers also receive complete access to the entire network of FloSports verticals ranging from cycling, wrestling, football, baseball, softball, grappling, rodeo and more. Watch the races across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

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

Justin Bonsignore Heading To Nashville To Celebrate Third NASCAR Whelen Modified Title

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. — Three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore is heading to Nashville, Tennessee this week to collect his hardware as a three-time series champion. Bonsignore has been invited to the NASCAR Awards events that will take place in downtown Nashville — beginning on Tuesday night, November 30.

Bonsignore will be part of multiple fan events over the course of three days, will receive his championship ring, and will be part of the NASCAR Awards festivities on Thursday.

Bonsignore won two races en route to his 2021 Whelen Modified Tour title — his third in the last four years driving for Ken Massa Motorsports. It will be the first awards ceremony in Nashville that Bonsignore attends.

“I’m excited to head to Nashville for the first time and celebrate our third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in Music City,” Bonsignore said. “The season we had on the Whelen Modified Tour was one to remember. Winning a third championship is a historic moment for myself and our entire team and I’m excited to officially accept the honors and celebrate with the NASCAR community as part of this special event.”

Fans can stay involved in the Nashville trip by following Bonsignore on social media. Bonsignore’s Athlete Facebook page, @JustinBonsignore51, his Twitter feed @JBonsignore and his Instagram page @JBonsignore will all be showcasing behind the scenes content from Music City.

For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com.