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NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR RETURN TO BEECH RIDGE JUST OVER ONE MONTH AWAY

MATT SWANSON ONE OF EARLY FAVORITES FOR RUMBLE AT THE RIDGE 200 TROPHY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour return to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is just over one month away, and Maine race fans are getting ready for some of the top open-wheel stars to visit their local track for the first time since 2005. 

The third-mile flat oval, located just about 10 miles south of Portland, Maine, produces some of the top racing in the entire northeast region as part of the weekly racing series program. The track’s top division — the Super Late Models — highlights a full night of NASCAR racing each Saturday night throughout the summer. Open modifieds have been sporadically appearing at Beech Ridge over the years, but the track is looking forward to having the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour back in town.

The Rumble at the Ridge 200 is set for Saturday, August 21, and will air to a live, national, audience on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass. 

Many of the Whelen Modified Tour stars don’t have many laps around the track, but one of them that does is Acton, Massachusetts, native Matt Swanson. Looking for his first career tour win, driving the famed Boehler Racing No. 3, Swanson will look to carry some early-season momentum into Beech Ridge. Although as of July 7 he has not been to Victory Lane, the team has shown plenty of speed under the hood. 

“I’ve been to Beech Ridge a lot to watch races, probably close to 100, but recently was the first time I raced the track,” Swanson said. “I liked the track. It has a surface similar to Myrtle Beach Speedway, another track we have been to before that has an abrasive surface that likes to chew up tires. The track is very wide, and very flat. You’re not going overly fast, and you can maintain some speed all the way around. I found that not going full speed down the straightaway, but having a smooth pace, was important. It takes some rubber and provides some good racing.”

He participated in a Modified Racing Series event at Beech Ridge in June to use as a tune-up for the upcoming Rumble at the Ridge 200, which he is hoping will give him a bit of an advantage. He has been focusing on Tour-Type Open Modified racing this year, not the Whelen Modified Tour. But he feels like the amount he’s already raced will be a bonus, and his return to the tour could end in glory.

“The purpose of us going there in June was to try and improve and get a good baseline with a notebook for when we go back, and I think we did that,” Swanson said. “The way we went to the track that day was actually totally different than when we ended up racing the car. We’re still racing a lot this year. Our Tour program was good in our first race of the year at Stafford Motor Speedway, and we’re hoping it will move to Beech Ridge. I’m just really looking forward to getting the first win out of the way. Everyone keeps telling me once I get one they will come a lot easier. I want to get rid of the massive weight off my shoulders and keep plugging along.”

The championship battle for the Whelen Modified Tour will be heating up by the time they roll into Beech Ridge, as the race is the 10th of 14 on the schedule for the season.

Prior to Beech Ridge, the tour will visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, Lancaster Speedway (New York International) on July 31, and Stafford Motor Speedway on August 6. Heading into New Hampshire’s race, Patrick Emerling leads the charge in the standings by a mere three points over two-time champion Justin Bonsignore. Only Doug Coby, a six-time series champion, has been to Victory Lane more than once in the first six races.

General admission tickets for the Rumble at the Ridge 200 are already on sale by visiting JDVProductions.com. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased anytime. Pit passes will only be sold at the track, and will be available to the general public, with no capacity restrictions in place in the grandstands, or the pit area. Additional information about the race, including a full race day schedule, will be available soon.

For more information on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, visit nascar.com. For more information on Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, visit beechridge.com. For more information on JDV Productions, visit JDVProductions.com and follow on Facebook.

KEVIN IANNARELLI LOOKS FOR STRONG RUN WITH MODIFIED RACING SERIES AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Jamie Webber Photography

SHIRLEY, Mass. — Set for his third racing action of the season, Kevin Iannarelli and the entire No. 27 team will roll into Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for Tour-Type Modified racing this Saturday, June 19. Iannarelli will drive the No. 27 iRacing.com, Lucas Oil, Access Realty, PFC, VTANG machine in competition around one of the toughest tracks in the region.

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, located in Scarborough, Maine, is a third-mile, flat, asphalt track that hosts weekly racing action through the summer. On Saturday, the rumbling of Modifieds will return with the Modified Racing Series for the only visit of the year for the tour. 

“Beech Ridge is similar to Oxford, I’ve run it with the Pro 4 Modified before and also with the Modified, this will be interesting with a 75-lap format,” Iannarelli said. “The surface is similar to Lee USA Speedway, where you have to be sure to conserve your tires for the end of the race. We will be looking for a top-five finish.”

In his first two starts of the year, Iannarelli competed with the Tri Track Open Modified Series at Star Speedway on May 22, qualifying for the race against stout competition and coming home with a 17th place finish. Iannarelli returned to racing in the first race of the year for the Modified Racing Series at Monadnock Speedway on June 5, but didn’t have the run he was looking for after pitting early, and not making it back out before the green flag.

“We struggled a bit at Star — trying out a bit of new stuff in the setup — it just didn’t work out for us,” he said. “I think we would have had a good top-five car at Monadnock. My travel schedule with work is going to start kicking in again, so we will be focusing on the Modified Racing Series. Looking for strong finishes and just taking it race-by-race.”

Without sponsorship from iRacing.com, Lucas Oil, PFC Brakes, JR Motorsports, VTANG, Access Realty, and others, including his friends and family, Kevin would not be able to compete on the track. For his career, Iannarelli is an Associate Producer at iRacing.com.

Saturday’s schedule at Beech Ridge includes practice from 11:45-12:15 p.m., with a second and final round from 3-3:15 p.m. Modified Racing Series heat races will go green at 4 p.m.and the Welcome To The Beech 75-lap feature is slated for 7:45. Tickets will be available at the track for fans who would like to watch Kevin wheel his car to the front of the field.

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DAVID OLIVER DOMINATES LATE TO WIN GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES RACE AT BEECH RIDGE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Rob Branning/GSPSS

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The story heading into Saturday’s Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway was about whether or not the local Pro Stock regulars could compete with the series regulars and come out on top.


After 150 laps of tough racing around the flat Maine oval, local track regulars proved to be the dominant force. David Oliver passed local favorite Joe Pastore with less than 40 laps to go and drove away to his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series victory. Pastore crossed the line 1.428 seconds back in the runner-up spot, while Rusty Poland, another local favorite, was third. Garrett Hall was fourth and Bobby Webber Racing driver Bryan Kruczek fifth.

Out of the top-10 finishes, nearly all had experience at the tricky Maine oval in their history. Wyatt Alexander, who won the 2020 GSPSS stop at the track — was sixth, followed by Joey Doiron, Corey Bubar, Evan Beaulieu and former Seekonk Speedway regular and winner Kevin Casper. 

Garrett Hall posted the fastest time in time trials with a lap of 15.119 seconds over Pastore, Oliver, Poland and Alexander. A total of 24 cars showed to the track on Saturday and competed in three heat races prior to the 150-lap main event. In qualifying heats, Hall, Pastore and Oliver scored victories — cementing their spots near the front of the field for the start of the feature. 

After a redraw, Poland led the field to green in front of a solid crowd of Maine race fans and led the first six laps, before Pastore took the top spot on lap seven. In a race that took only 57 minutes to complete, Oliver passed Pastore for the lead for the final time on lap 114 and never looked back en route to the win. 

Series top point contenders entering the race Angelo Belsito, Devin O’Connell, and Gabe Brown, all had different runs at the end of the day. Belsito elected to skip the event, while O’Connell finished 15th, and Brown was 13th. Brown will take a small points lead over O’Connell into the next series event on June 19.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to the track on Saturday, June 19, at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, New Hampshire. Entry forms are now available for the $3,000 to win special online. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, follow the series at gspss.net and on social media.

RESULTS: GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES AT BEECH RIDGE, JUNE 12, 2021:

  1. David Oliver
  2. Joe Pastore
  3. Rusty Poland
  4. Garrett Hall
  5. Bryan Kruczek
  6. Wyatt Alexander
  7. Joey Doiron
  8. Corey Bubar
  9. Evan Beaulieu
  10. Kevin Casper
  11. Casey Call
  12. Josh King
  13. Gabe Brown
  14. Charlie Sanborn III
  15. Devin O’Connell
  16. Alan Tardiff
  17. Donald Culpritt
  18. Brandon Barker
  19. Barry Poulin
  20. Travis Buzzell
  21. Travis Benjamin
  22. Bill Rodgers
  23. Tyler Tomassi
  24. Trevor Sanborn