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JDV PRODUCTIONS TO PROMOTE THREE WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR EVENTS IN 2021

BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA

ATTLEBORO, Mass. —  JDV Productions, led by Josh Vanada and his team of experienced professionals in motorsports, will return to grassroots short-track racing to promote three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events in 2021.

As part of the tour’s 37th annual season of competition, which includes a 14-race schedule in six different states, JDV Productions will promote races in three states — Pennsylvania, New York and Maine. Races at Jennerstown Speedway Complex (May 29), Oswego Speedway (June 12) and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (August 21) will be led by the JDV team.

All three events will be $10,000+ to win for drivers, including the Whelen Winner of the Race bonus award, and each will have a full purse structure throughout the field. JDV is committed to assisting the Whelen Modified Tour group to continue the deep history of NASCAR’s oldest touring series.

“I’m glad to be back involved with motorsports and promoting the incredibly talented drivers, car owners and race teams of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour,” Vanada said. “We’ve selected three venues steeped in Modified history, with raceable surfaces and eager fans. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Jennerstown, Oswego and Beech Ridge this summer.”

Vanada is no stranger to motorsports promotions. As the former General Manager of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Vanada assisted in coordinating some of New England’s most historic events — including the Icebreaker weekend and Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. Both of those events included the Whelen Modified Tour — along with the annual June and August stops at Thompson during Vanada’s tenure at the Connecticut oval.

To be announced at a later date, there will be a challenge for competitors who elect to compete in all three tour races promoted by JDV.

“I’m really excited to have both Oswego and Jennerstown back on the schedule — we ran really well at both tracks and I just really enjoyed both facilities,” two-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore said. “I always enjoy seeing new tracks added to the schedule, and look forward to going to Beech Ridge and seeing how we stack up against the competition.”

The tour returns to Jennerstown, a .522-mile asphalt track in Pennsylvania, for a Memorial Day weekend special. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Jennerstown hosted the season-opener for the series without fans, won by eventual two-time champion Bonsignore. The track also hosted a second date in August, won by rising star Craig Lutz. It will be the 17th tour race in the history of the oval.

In June, NASCAR’s Modifieds will return to the “Steel Palace” of Oswego for their first of two dates during the 2021 season. JDV’s part in the June event marks the earliest the Whelen Modified Tour will visit Oswego during a season in the 12-race history. Last year, there was no tour event at Oswego, with the doors shuttered due to COVID-19. Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Matt Hirschman and Bonsignore were the four drivers in Victory Lane between 2016-2019. 

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway returns to the tour schedule for the first time since 2005 on August 21, bringing rolling thunder back to the NASCAR-sanctioned oval in Maine. Beech Ridge has seen Modifieds through the years, but when the tour rolls into town, fans can expect a tight-quarters racing battle at one of New England’s oldest venues.

“Josh has a proven track record of producing high-quality, entertaining events for our race fans. He has a passion for promoting events that bring an emphasis on both the racer and fan experience,” Jimmy Wilson, Director of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour said. “We are looking forward to working together with him and his team to bring the excitement and adrenaline that is the hallmark of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. After a year of challenges with the current pandemic, we are proud of the diverse schedule and the opportunity to bring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the variety of legacy and historic tracks on tap this year.”

More information regarding all three events will be released closer to the day of race events. For more information on JDV Promotions, visit https://www.facebook.com/JDVProd.

Craig Lutz Closes The Deal In Jennerstown

JENNERSTOWN, Pa. — The speed of the Long Island contingent of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was on full display Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway, but the winner at the end of the Laurel Highlands 150 was not the one fans might expect.

Craig Lutz marched his way to the front and held off a fierce challenge from Dave Sapienza in the closing laps to seal his second career win.

Race winner Craig Lutz #46 races with 3rd place finisher Anthony Nocella #82 Jennerstown Speedway Aug. 22nd 2020 Noah Watts/Myracenews

The 25-year-old from Miller Place, New York, started fifth and led the final 22 laps the No. 46 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet.

Lutz secured his first career win in September of 2019, and finished second to fellow Long Islander Justin Bonsignore when the 2020 season finally started at Jennerstown in June.

RELATED: Laurel Highland 150 Results | Craig Lutz Career Stats

It was 55-year-old Sapienza, from Riverhead on Long Island, who was fastest in practice. But Bonsignore, who led every lap en route to winning the opener, nudged him out for the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award in qualifying Saturday afternoon. Bonsignore then led the first 110 laps, with Sapienza in pursuit, and led by as much as seven seconds.

Runner up Dave Sapienza #36 is chased by Doug Coby #10 Jennerstown Speedway Aug. 22nd 2020 Noah Watts/Myracenews

Following pit stops, though, Bonsignore’s car was not as dominant and he was overtaken by Lutz on a Lap 111 restart.

Sapienza settled for the runner-up spot, while Anthony Nocella was fourth and Doug Coby fifth.

Bonsignore faded back to finish sixth. By virtue of leading the most laps, though, he was able to pick up a point on Coby and push his championship points lead to 10 after four events. Lutz is third in points, just 17 out of first and two ahead of Jon McKennedy.

McKennedy, Matt Swanson, Tyler Rypkema, Kyle Ebersole and Chris Pasteryak rounded out the top 10 at Jennerstown.

The Laurel Highlands 150 streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Gold, and will air on Monday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. on NBCSN.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to New England next week with the Advanced Gas Distributors Inc. 200 Wade Cole Memorial at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.

Justin Bonsignore Starts The 2020 NASCAR WMT season with a Dominating Win

On a beautiful western Pennsylvania day the NASCAR WMT finally got its season off the the ground with the Wade Cole 133 at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex.

The complex hosted the NASCAR WMT for the first time since 2006 when the late TC Ted Christopher driving the back up Ed Whelan #86 overcame an early bobble to take the win.

Justin finished the 2019 season with a win at Thompson but just missed winning the championship. Fast forward to 2020 Justin Bonsignore in the Ken Massa owned Phoenix Communications #51 started from the pole and dominated all 133 laps. Even after all the teams had 5 minute break to adjust the cars they were no match for the #51 machine. His opening day win is a big statement that he will be a top contender for the 2020 championship,.

Second place finisher Craig Lutz in the Riverhead Building Supply #46 charged to second place but that’s as far as he would move up.

Jon McKennedy lucked out with and an issue right before the break and passed several cars to finish 3rd may have been the fastest as the laps ran out.

The unofficial finish of the WadeCole 133 at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. June 21st 2020

1 51   Justin BonsignorePhoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)Chevrolet133  
2 46   Craig LutzRiverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)Chevrolet1331.776  
3 7   Jon McKennedyUltra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)Chevrolet1334.126  
4 60   Matt HirschmanPeeDee Motorsports   (Roy Hall)Chevrolet1338.997  
5 25   Calvin CarrollPower w / Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)Chevrolet13311.077  
6 85   Ron SilkStuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)Chevrolet13311.233  
7 10   Doug CobyMayhew Tools   (Philip Moran)Chevrolet13311.338  
8 22   Kyle BonsignoreChalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)Chevrolet13311.708  
9 3   Matt SwansonUSNE / SYP / All Phases   (Jan Boehler)Chevrolet13311.724  
10 64   Rob SummersAll Source / Hughes Motor / Luminere   (Mike Murphy)Chevrolet13312.078  
11 06   Sam RameauCentral Mass TreeChevrolet13312.144  
12 75   Chris PasteryakDawley’s Collison & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)Chevrolet13312.164  
13 36   Dave SapienzaSapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)Chevrolet13314.136  
14 58   Eric GoodaleGAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)Chevrolet13314.943  
15 66   Timmy SolomitoEast West Marine / Flamingo Mtrsprt   (Jerry Solomito)Ford1321 Lap  
16 1   Woody PitkatDunleavy’s Truck & Trailer / Gunsmoke Stables   (Eddie Harvey)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
17 4   Jeff Gallup *Ceravolo’s Auto   (Richie Gallup)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
18 32   Tyler RypkemaWelcome / Musco   (Dean Rypkema)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
19 07   Patrick EmerlingTBA   (Jennifer Emerling)Chevrolet0132  
20 2   J.R. BertuccioGershow Racing   (Joseph Bertuccio)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
21 55   Jeremy GerstnerLowder Const / KD Const   (Dawn Gerstner)Ford1321 Lap  
22 20   Edward McCarthy *McCarthy’s Marine   (TBA)Chevrolet1312 Laps  
23 34   J.B. FortinJohns Fuel Oil Inc / Johns Tree Removal   (Nicole Fortin)Chevrolet1303 Laps  
24 5   John Beatty,, Jr.MSM / EliteChevrolet1303 Laps  
25 88   Roger Turbush *JCR Motorsports   (TBA)Chevrolet1294 Laps  
26 82   Chase DowlingHorton Avenue Materials   (TBA)Chevrolet1267 Laps  
27 01   Melissa FifieldPine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)Chevrolet1249 Laps  
28 50   Ronnie WilliamsEmpower Financial Advisory / RB Ent   (Paul Les)Chevrolet10726 Laps  
29 56   Amy Catalano *Catalano Motorsports   (Allie Brainard)Chevrolet10429 Laps  
30 45   Timmy CatalanoCatalano Motorsports   (David Catalano)Chevrolet9637 Laps  
31 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)Chevrolet7756 Laps  
32 54   Tommy CatalanoCatalano Motorsports   (Zachary Reissner)Chevrolet5380 Laps  
33 24   Andrew KrauseSupreme Mtg   (Diane Krause)Chevrolet24109 Laps  
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.