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New Symyrna Speedway Tour Modified Entry List Continues to Grow

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

With the drop of the green still weeks away the entry list for the 2021 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing ground pounding Modifieds gets larger almost every day.

Last year with a solid entry list, 31 Modifieds converged on New Smyrna Speedway for the opening night 50 lap feature, a great field of cars for any track.

In 2021 we could could top those numbers as more and more entries show up at the New Smyrna Speedway office. 39 have cars already entered and the addition of Doug Coby is expected this week.

The 39 current entries are the most of any division that will compete at the ultra fast half mile oval. While not every car competes every night the World series could see numbers in the mid to high 30’s on almost any given night.

Opening night for the Tour Modifieds will be Monday night February 8th with the Tour Modified 50. They will be joined by the NASCAR ARCA East with a 175 lap feature and for the first time at Speedweeks the 602 Crate Modifieds.

2021 World Series Tour Modified Entry List

0 Randall Richard. Titusville, PA
0 Zane Zeiner. Bath PA
1 Bobby Jones. Palmerton, PA
1NY Chris Ridsdale. Rochester, NY
2 Chuck Hossfeld. Ransomville, NY
6 Ryan Preece. Berlin, CT
7 Jon McKennedy. Chelmsford, MA
8 Chris Finocchario.Macedon, NY
9 Tom Martino Jr. Farmingdale, NJ
11 Paulie Hartwig III. Galloway, NJ
14 Bobby Measmer Jr. Concord, NC
16 Ron Silk. Norwalk, CT
17 Tommy Catalano. Ontario, NY
17K Danny Knoll Jr. Amherst, NY
20 Eddie McCarthy. Brick, NJ
21 J.R Bertuccio. Statesville, NC
25 Brian Robie. Sunapee, NH
28 Paul Charette. Woodstock, CT
32 Tyler Rypkema. Owego, NY
32X Dean Rypkema. Owego, NY
36 David Sapienza. Riverhead, NY
45 Timmy Catalano. Ontario, NY
46 Craig Lutz. Miller Place, NY
48 Marcello Rufrano. Northhaven CT
50 Ronnie Williams. Tolland, CT
51 Jimmy Blewett. Howell, NJ
55 Jeremy Gerstner. Wesley Chapel, FL
56 Amy Catalano. Ontario, NY
58 Eric Goodale. River Head, NY
59 Matthew Galko. Moodus, CT
60 Matt Hirschman. Northhampton, PA
64 Tyler Catalano. Ontario, NY
73 Paul Hartwig Jr. Galloway, NJ
79 John Jensen. Ormond Beach, FL
92 Anthony Nocella. Woburn, MA
02 Joe Bertuccio. Centereach, NY
07 Patrick Emerling. Holland, NY
158 Michael Curtis. Riverhead, NY
179 Stephen Kopcik. Newtown, CT

For additional information visit the New Smyrna Speedway website :

http://www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org/

Entry Form Released for Return of Thompson 300

More than $100,000 in Projected Awards for Historic Event

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) have released the official entry form for the Thompson 300 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 9-10. More than $100,000 in projected awards are posted for the return of the historic event as part of the 59th World Series of Speedway Racing.

As previously announced, the 300-lap event will pay the winner a guaranteed minimum of $20,000. Second place receives $7,500 with $5,000 for third. Everyone who takes the green flag will bring home at least $1,200. Thirty-six starting positions have been posted with a total of $85,475 in base purse money.

Lap money is also up for grabs. Every lap sold will award $50 to the driver who leads that lap. This means up to $15,000 in lap money and the Thompson 300 winner could pocket up to $35,000 total.

A Last Chance “B” Feature has been posted as well. This final round qualifier will pay $1,000 to win and $250 to start for teams that do not transfer into the Thompson 300.

“The Thompson 300 is one of the most famous events in Modified racing,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “When Tom Mayberry and I reached out agreement to promote events at Thompson Speedway, Tom’s first idea was to bring back the Thompson 300. Together, we’ve put a lot of work into figuring out how to make it happen. We’re already excited even with the date still nearly nine months away. It’s going to be a must-see event this year and hopefully for years to come.”

The entry form has been posted at www.acttour.com/outlaw-open-modifieds and www.proallstarsseries.com. Teams that register by Thursday, April 15 receive an early-entry discount. The first 26 teams that register will also receive a garage stall for World Series weekend.

Qualifying for the Thompson 300 is scheduled for Saturday, October 9 with the 300-lap main event on Sunday, October 10. An optional practice session is planned for Friday, October 8. More information will be announced over the coming months. All schedules are subject to change.

This year’s Thompson 300 is the first time the event has been held since 2005. Previous winners include Northeast racing legends Richie Evans, Geoffrey Bodine, Ron Bouchard, Jimmy Spencer, Mike Stefanik, Steve Park, Mike McLaughlin, and Ted Christopher.

The return of the Thompson 300 is the finale in the six-race Thompson Outlaw Open Modified Series. The opener of the series is the $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 on April 10 and 11. Some of the top names in Tour-Type Modified racing have already entered the Icebreaker event, including Keith Rocco, Doug Coby, Bobby Santos III, Ron Silk, Mike Christopher Jr., and Jon McKennedy. The series also includes $5,000-to-win events on June 16, July 7, August 11, and September 15.

Teams that attempt to qualify for all six Outlaw Open Modified Series events will be eligible for provisional starting spots in the Thompson 300. The number of available provisionals is to be determined.

The rules for the Outlaw Open Modified Series have been posted at www.acttour.com/outlaw-open-modifieds. Contact Greg Felton at (413) 695-2272 or gt.felton@gmail.com with any Modified tech questions.

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 general Thompson Speedway inquires, call (860) 923-2280, email oval@thompsonspeedway.com, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

Josh Bilicki to Compete Full-Time in NASCAR Cup Series for Rick Ware Racing

January 19, 2021 (Mooresville, NC) – Wisconsin’s Josh Bilicki is set to compete full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, which includes his debut in the historic DAYTONA 500. 

Bilicki, age 25, will drive the No. 52 entry for Rick Ware Racing, in what will be his first full season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Since his NASCAR debut in 2016, Bilicki has a combined 112 starts across NASCAR’s top three series.

“I could not be more excited and blessed for the opportunity to take the next step in my career and compete full time in the NASCAR Cup Series with Rick Ware Racing in 2021,” says Bilicki. “I made my NASCAR Cup Series debut with Rick Ware Racing in 2017, and I have seen firsthand how hard Rick and Lisa have worked to grow this team to what it is today. To be able to call Rick Ware Racing my home in 2021 is a dream come true, and I am excited to continue to further my career and help grow this organization.”

“I’m excited to have Josh Bilicki on board as a primary driver for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season,” says team owner, Rick Ware.  “Josh drove for us part time over the course of the last few years and has always done a great job representing RWR, in and out of the car.  I am looking forward to seeing him grow as a driver and bring home some solid finishes this year.” 

Bilicki will have a full array of partners onboard his No. 52 entry in 2021. Insurance King, who writes low-cost and SR-22 auto insurance in multiple different states, returns for their third consecutive season with Josh. Junction Fuels, a wholesale fuel provider servicing the Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and the Gulf Coast, will return for their second season.  Additional partners will be announced soon, including a DAYTONA 500 primary sponsor.

Bilicki’s full time campaign in the NASCAR Cup Series will mark him as the only driver from Wisconsin to compete in the top level of the sport in 2021.

To learn more about Josh, please visit www.joshbilickiracing.com.

To learn more about Rick Ware Racing, please visit www.wareracing.com, or follow along on social media; FacebookTwitter or Instagram. For sponsorship opportunities, email kate@wareracing.com.