Category Archives: Claremont Motorsports Park

Jon McKennedy Rockets To Clash at Claremont Win in Whelen Modified Tour 150

Matt Hirschman Wins His Team Inaugural Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup; Houle, Martin, Miller Jr. & Greenslit Grab House Division Wins

By Souza Media

Photo Tom Morris

CLAREMONT, N.H. – Jon McKennedy picked a perfect time to return to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Lane. For the first time since 2018, the Massachusetts racer parked in Victory Lane at Claremont Motorsports Park on Friday night in the Tour return to Claremont for the first time in 15 years.

McKennedy’s victory allowed him to close the gap even further to the top of the championship standings as he looks for his first career Whelen Modified Tour title in 2022. It was the Chelmsford, Massachusetts, drivers second career series win.

In the process of finishing fourth, Matt Hirschman also earned car owner Roy Hall the inaugural $5,000 prize in the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup, besting Ron Silk’s team for the award. 

The Clash at Claremont 150 was part of a full night at Claremont, which also included four house divisions as part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series.

“This was way overdue,” McKennedy said. “I had a really good deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing and we had so many seconds and poles with Tommy. We were always in contention, but just couldn’t get that W the last few years. We’re back [in Victory Lane] and it’s awesome.”

McKennedy passed Mayhew Tools polesitter Jake Johnson for the lead early and was in prime position to seal the deal over the final laps, driving away to his second career Whelen Modified Tour win. Behind McKennedy, points leader Ron Silk held onto his lead with a second-place finish, while Johnson settled for third spot driving the Boehler Racing No. 3.

By two points, Hirschman earned his team the inaugural Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup crown. 

“I probably wouldn’t have gone to all three races had they not been tied together with a bonus,” Hirschman said. “I remember going to Beech Ridge last year and they thanked me for coming. Stuff like that is appreciated, and I talked to my car owner [Roy Hall] about [the Granite State Short Track Cup] and he said this is something we should support.”

Three-time series champion Justin Bonsignore finished sixth, followed by Tommy Catalano, Brian Robie, six-time champion Doug Coby and Matt Kimball.

In Claremont NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Racing Series action, Nick Houle rolled to the feature win in the Mini Stocks, while Colton Martin rocketed to the Pure Stock feature win. Capturing the Clash at Claremont gold in the Street Stocks was points leader David Greenslit, who continued his season dominance. Steve Miller Jr. continued his own season of success with a checkered flag in the Six Shooters.

A replay of the Clash at Claremont 150 will be aired on USA Network on Friday, August 5 at 1 p.m. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to racing on Wednesday, August 17, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Phoenix Communications 150. The 2022 schedule is now complete for JDV Productions.

For more information on Claremont Motorsports Park, visit ClaremontMotorsportsPark.com. For more information on JDV Productions, visit JDVProductions.com and follow on social media for the latest updates.

Claremont Ready to Clash with Whelen Modified Tour, House Divisions Friday

By Souza Media 

CLAREMONT, N.H. – It’s time for the final JDV Productions event of the 2022 season. This Friday night, July 29, JDV will roll into Claremont Motorsports Park to present the Clash at Claremont 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with four Claremont house divisions filling out a full card of racing.  

The race marks the final in the three-race Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup and comes in the middle of the second half of the Whelen Modified Tour championship battle. In the Cup standings, Tommy Baldwin Racing and Roy Hall (Matt Hirschman’s car owner) are tied with 86 points, while Tyler Haydt (Ron Silk) and Ken Massa (Justin Bonsignore) aren’t far behind. It may come down to the driver who wins the race on Friday winning the Cup for their respective team. Whoever leaves Claremont with the most points will be awarded the $5,000 Cup championship prize, with second earning $2,000, and third earning their own $1,000 prize.

Additional Whelen Granite State Cup awards set to be determined at Claremont include the Consistency Bonus and Lap Leader Award. For each Cup event, drivers are also chasing the Moe’s Moving Move of the Race award, the Critical Screen-Printing Move of the Race, Challenger Bonus, Hard Charger Bonus and the 711 Wood Creations Best Appearing Car award. These awards will return for the finale.

After a wreck last time out at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ron Silk’s championship lead has dwindled down to 10 points over Jon McKennedy. With Eric Goodale third, just 11 points back, the Claremont stop could mark a turning point in the battle for NASCAR’s championship glory. 

Will Silk extend his lead back out over the field? Can McKennedy or Goodale pounce on the opportunity to win their first title? Justin Bonsignore, a three-time and defending series champion who won the last JDV Productions event at Monadnock Speedway, is fourth, 25 points back. Bonsignore may have a few mechanical failures and some overall tough luck this season, but he has two wins, and is in a position to pounce towards another title if the opportunity is right down the stretch. 

Additional entries to watch for the Whelen Modified Tour 150 include young gun Jake Johnson, who scored his first career Tour-Type Modified win just a week ago. Sam Rameau, Kyle Bonsignore, Craig Lutz, Tommy Catalano and recent New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Anthony Nocella are also set to be in the field. Local talent includes former multiple-time New Hampshire racing champion Todd Patnode, Brian Robie and Matthew Kimball. Anthony Sesely, an established veteran of Modified racing in the Northeast, is also registered for the race.

With drivers set to run on the same set of tires for the duration of 150 laps, the race for the win will be one that includes tire conservation and a smart strategy behind the wheel. 

On top of the Whelen Modified Tour, Claremont’s Six Shooters, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks will also join the card to continue their 2022 championship battles with qualifying and feature racing.

Claremont’s race day schedule begins with the opening of the pit area at 3:30 p.m., followed by Whelen Modified Tour practice from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Following Tour practice, Claremont’s four house divisions will take to the track for practice, followed by the beginning of heat races at 6:30 p.m. Whelen Modified Tour qualifying is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the green flag for the Clash at Claremont 150 will drop at 8:45 p.m., live on FloRacing.TV. 

All tickets for the event will be sold at the track on race day, where both the pit entry and grandstands are cash only. Fans can also purchase the latest JDV Productions apparel at the apparel tent on the midway. 

For more information on Claremont Motorsports Park, visit ClaremontMotorsportsPark.com and follow the track on Facebook. For more information on JDV Productions, visit JDVProductions.com and follow on social media for the latest updates.

Doug Coby Heads To Claremont Looking To Seal Whelen Granite State Cup For Tommy Baldwin Racing

By Souza Media

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

MILFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby has winning the inaugural Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup in mind heading to Claremont Motorsports Park this Friday night. Coby will return to the seat of the No. 7NY for Tommy Baldwin Racing, as the Whelen Modified Tour competes in the Clash at Claremont 150.

In his sixth start of the season for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Coby will look to break the tie with Matt Hirschman at the top of the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup standings and earn Baldwin and his team a $5,000 championship prize. Coby is also in contention for the Consistency Bonus as part of the Cup, which awards the winning driver $800 for the best average finish over the three Cup events. Currently, Coby has an average finish of 3.0, trailing just Matt Hirschman, who has a 2.5.

Baldwin’s team is also leading the Whelen Modified Tour owners championship standings with nine races complete in the 16-race schedule.

“There is a lot at stake this weekend,” Coby said. “Claremont is a track I’ve only been to once in my life, so there are going to be some challenges, but I don’t know a lot of other drivers who have run there other than a few. Our plan is to go there and get a good feel for the car in the practice session and have a car that lasts longer than everyone else in the race. With only one set of tires, it’s something you have to manage to be there at the end.”

Friday’s schedule includes a full night of racing at Claremont, headlined by the Clash at Claremont 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The Six Shooters, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks and Street Stocks of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series will also join the show. Whelen Modified Tour practice will roll from 3:30-4:30 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools qualifying at 7 p.m. The green flag for the Clash at Claremont 150 is slated for 8:45 p.m., live on FloRacing.TV for those who can’t make it to the track. Tickets will be available at the gate for those in the area.

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