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FORMAT & EVENT INFORMATION RELEASED FOR WHITCOMB 5 SERIES

Five Races Set To Roll Into Four New Hampshire Tracks in 2022

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

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GW Promotional Group announced today the official format and additional event information for the upcoming Whitcomb 5 Series in 2022. The series will showcase the NHSTRA SK-type Modified division at Monadnock Speedway for two events, and one event each at Claremont Motorsports Park, Hudson Speedway and Lee USA Speedway.

All event distances are set for 125 laps – but races will be run in two segments – with segment one set for 75 laps and segment two for 50 laps. There will be a five-minute break in between segments for teams to make minimal adjustments.

For all five events, drivers will time trial for qualifying, with the top-10 qualifiers entered into a redraw to determine the starting lineup for the feature race.

On Sunday, May 1, all the action begins at Monadnock Speedway as part of their opening weekend. In the Whitcomb Classic 125, drivers will be chasing the right to enter into the Whitcomb 5 Series championship weekend, set for Monadnock on Sept. 16-17. Additional events will take place at Claremont on June 17, Lee on July 15 and Hudson on August 14.

In each event, the series will follow a “win and you are in” format, where the winner of each event automatically locks themselves into the final four. In the season-finale, the driver who bests the others included in the final four will win the title. If drivers repeat as winners, the remaining spots in the Championship 4 will be filled out by total points earned in the series. A point tally will be kept for all events.

The champion will earn a $10,000 cash prize and a special Whitcomb 5 Series championship jacket. Second-place through fourth in the final standings will also earn $1,000 for their achievements.

“The Whitcomb 5 Series continues to grow in anticipation and we’re really looking forward to seeing the drivers race for big money and glory in 2022,” Gregg Whitcomb, owner of GW Promotional Group, said. “The NHSTRA SK-type Modified division has continued to grow over the last few years. These are some of the best weekly Modified racing drivers in the country and we are excited to showcase them in these special events.”

Fans will surely “Feel The Thunder” of the Modifieds at all four tracks.

In each event, after the winner earns their direct right into the finale, the rest of the drivers in the field will earn points with second earning 49 points, third 48, fourth 47, etc.

For the first four events, all drivers who finish inside the top-10 in the first 75 lap segment will earn additional bonus points, with 10 going to the winner, nine to second, eight to third, etc., through 10th.

The base winners purse for the five events will be as follows:

For the Whitcomb Classic to open the season at Monadnock, the winner will earn $5,000

For the Claremont Motorsports Park event on June 17, the winner will earn $4,000

At Lee USA Speedway on July 15, the winner will collect $5,000

At the high-banks of Hudson Speedway on August 14, the winner will earn $4,000

In the championship finale at Monadnock on Sept. 16-17, the winner of the race will collect a minimum of $5,000

Additional bonus funds are also up for grabs for top finishers. In the Whitcomb Classic to open the season at Monadnock, the winner will receive a $2,000 bonus, while seconds will earn $1,000, third will collect $500 and fourth $350. For all other events, the cash bonus for the winner is $1,000, second $500, third $250 and fourth $100.

“I’m really excited to be involved in the new Whitcomb 5 Series for 2022,” Sam Rameau, a Tour-Type Modified regular who will debut a new car for the series, said. “I think it will be a lot of fun with some great competition and purses. I know my team will enjoy going back to some of the tracks that we have won at before. I think it will be fun for both the teams and the fans.”

There are also a few extra incentives on the line for drivers who become multiple-time winners in the Whitcomb 5 Series. Any driver who wins three of the five events will earn a $2,500 bonus, while a driver who wins four of five would collect a $5,000 bonus. If there is one driver that can pull off taking the checkered flag in all five races, they will earn another $10,000, on top of the championship bonus of $10,000, and would leave the series with a minimum of $45,000, when you add all of the race winnings and bonuses together.

All of the Whitcomb 5 Series events will utilize the choose cone rule – which keeps fans engaged – and gives drivers just one more decision to make during the race. Drivers will pick their restart line for every start other than the initial green flag of the race. When the field crosses the start/finish line with one lap to go before the green, they will be able to choose to take either the inside or the outside groove. The rule provides the chance for someone who is scheduled to restart 12th to end up sixth if enough drivers in front of them select the bottom. The added excitement should keep the fans on the edge of their seats and provide an added element of strategy for drivers.

The polesitter in time trials for all five events will also earn a bonus $500 award.

The teams and drivers set to compete as part of the series must fill out entry forms to register for the races and be eligible for points and payments. Forms are currently available at gwpromotionalgroup.com and will also be available through Souza Media.

On top of all this, an autograph book will be available for the fans to purchase at each event. Included in the book will be pictures of the drivers and their cars along with a short biography about the driver. All teams who register are encouraged to provide series officials with this information so they can be included. There will be a scheduled autograph session at each event to offer fans the chance to meet their drivers. Please email all information Jessica@gwpromotional.com to be included.

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2022 Whitcomb 5 Series Schedule:

May 1 – Monadnock Speedway – Whitcomb 125 – Winchester, N.H.

June 17 – Claremont Motorsports Park – Claremont, N.H.

July 15 – Lee USA Speedway – Lee, N.H.

August 14 – Hudson Speedway – Hudson, N.H.

Sept. 16-17 – Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, N.H.

Whitcomb Five Series To Debut at Historic New Hampshire Short Tracks in 2022

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

GW Promotional Group announced on Tuesday that the team has prepared five events for the 2022 season as part of the Whitcomb 5 Series. The series will cover five historic New Hampshire short-tracks, showcasing the local stars of the Modified division as part of the NHSTRA Modified class.

Races will take place at Monadnock Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Claremont Motorsports Park and Hudson Speedway. All four tracks — owned and operated by members of the Wrenn family and their group of professionals — will see these special events put their weekly Modified stars in the spotlight for race fans.

The series will visit Monadnock twice, while all other tracks will hold one special event. Races will take place beginning in May and will be spread throughout the summer and into September, where the champion will be crowned. The Whitcomb Five Series will see one race per month, with all events set for 125 laps. 

“We’re really excited to debut the Whitcomb Five Series and thankful to these great race tracks in New Hampshire for allowing us to work with them for 2022,” Gregg Whitcomb, owner of GW Promotional Group, said. “The excitement level is already spiking for this series and there are a lot of drivers interested in the concept. We look forward to sharing some more information in the next few months leading into the first race.”

The high-banks of Monadnock will host the first event as part of their big opening weekend on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Just one day after the Tri Track Open Modified Series visits the track on Saturday night — a 125-lap race for the NHSTRA Modifieds — coined as the Whitcomb Classic — will open the Monadnock weekly season in style on Sunday afternoon. The series will then move across the state to Claremont Motorsports Park in Claremont, New Hampshire, for a 125-lap race on Friday, June 17. From there, New Hampshire’s Center of Speed — Lee USA Speedway — will host the series on Friday, July 15. 

On Sunday, August 14, Hudson Speedway’s high-banks roar to life with the NHSTRA Modifieds taking center stage with a massive event, while the champion of both the Whitcomb Five Series and the track overall points battle will be crowned as part of a two-day spectacular, right back at Monadnock, on September 16-17. 

Announced last week, both Jack Arute and Dave Sutherland — two well-respected personalities in the racing community — will be part of the broadcast team for all five events. Additional information regarding the series including formats and more will be released closer to the first race.

“I was born and bred on modifieds,” Arute said of his excitement for the series. “My background is steeped in modified racing. I still to this day think that in terms of short-track racing, it requires the most demanding skill set a driver can have. You have the open-wheels, the horsepower, the weight-ratio… It’s the oldest division in NASCAR for a reason. It’s run continuously since the day it was created and there’s a reason for it’s survivability.”

GW Promotional Group has a passion for everything related to motorsports. Owner Gregg Whitcomb grew up in New England, specifically in Keene, New Hampshire, where he was introduced to racing at an early age through his father. In 1987, while his father owned an established NASCAR Cup Series team, Gregg was tabbed as the General Manager of Bob Whitcomb Racing. The team won the 1990 Daytona 500 with veteran Derek Cope as driver, and also won Rookie of the Year with Ken Bouchard as driver. Gregg has been a part of the local racing scene in New Hampshire for two decades and continues to seek sponsorship to give back to the drivers who make the sport possible along with the help of his wife, Jessica.

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Whitcomb Five Series 2022 Event Schedule:

May 1 – Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H. — Whitcomb Classic — 125 laps 

June 17 — Claremont Speedway — Claremont, N.H. — 125 laps

July 15 — Lee USA Speedway — Lee, N.H. — 125 laps

August 14 — Hudson Speedway — Hudson, N.H. — 125 laps

September 16-17 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, N.H. — 125 laps

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour To Visit Lee USA Speedway in 2022

DV Productions To Promote Fourth Race For New Season

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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.”

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