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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour To Visit Lee USA Speedway in 2022

DV Productions To Promote Fourth Race For New Season

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — NASCAR, JDV Productions and Lee USA Speedway announced on Tuesday that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will visit Lee on May 21, 2022 for a 175-lap race. Set to be showcased as part of a full Saturday afternoon of racing, the Whelen Modified Tour will return to the New Hampshire oval for the first time in over two decades. 

The Lee event is yet another piece of a stout schedule planned for the Whelen Modified Tour during the 2022 season. Headlined by historic events, staple venues and some twists and turns along the way, teams will trek across multiple states and tracks in search of the championship trophy during the 37th season of competition.

The Lee event marks the fourth and final that will be promoted by JDV Productions in 2022 — led by Josh Vanada and his group of motorsports professionals. The JDV schedule will begin at Lee, and will continue with events at Jennerstown Speedway on May 28, Monadnock Speedway on June 18 and Claremont Motorsports Park on July 29. 

“The Wrenn family has made a significant contribution to short track racing — first as competitors, and now as facility owners. We are grateful for the opportunity to bring the prestige and excitement of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to another one of their venues,” Josh Vanada, owner of JDV Productions, said. “For the first time in over 20 years, Lee USA Speedway will be the playground for NASCAR’s oldest division. The 175-lap event will provide a challenge to crew chiefs and teams, as they try to manage their tires on the abrasive track surface. Race fans are sure to be the beneficiaries on May 21, 2022.”

The Whelen Modified Tour previously visited Lee USA Speedway five times, between 1993 and 1998. In five races — there were five different winners — led by some of the top names in Modified history. Reggie Ruggerio, Jamie Tomaino, Tim Connolly, Rick Fuller and Ed Flemke Jr. all visited Victory Lane. The 175-lap special in 2022 will be the longest race in Whelen Modified Tour history at the track, as the previous distances were all 150 or 100 laps.

Lee USA Speedway holds NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series events through the summer. Their track is headlined by their Division I Rodfather Late Model Sportsman class. Additional information surrounding the event including support divisions, ticket pricing and more will be released when available.

“Any new track on the schedule is definitely a cool thing to see,” Craig Lutz, who will drive full-time for Danny Watts Racing on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2022, said. “A lot of strategy is going to play out during the race. I’m sure you’re going to see a lot of guys who have experience there start off practice well, but the rest of the field will catch up. I’ve never seen the place, but after 10 or 15 laps, you kind of get the hang of what you’re doing out there.”

For more information on Lee USA Speedway, visit LeeUSASpeedway.com. For more information on JDV Productions, visit JDVProductions.com and follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Souza Media, visit kylesouza.com and follow Souza Media on Facebook.

MAX McLAUGHLIN ENTERS INDOOR RACING SERIES STARTING AT ALLENTOWN, PA JANUARY 7-8

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

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