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Visconti Motorsports looks forward to their SOPHOMORE Season

This time last year John Visconti was taking a leap faith selling all of his Tour Modified equipment and moving into the NASCAR K & N East series.

Season two for the team starts this Sunday, as last year the NASCAR K & N Series will start the season with a Sunday night 175 lap race at the New Smyrna Speedway. What was an ominous start last with driver Branden McReynolds blew an engine during practice putting the team behind the 8 ball early.A 10th place finish in the 29 car field initial run while not a win proved the team would be a top runner.

The rest of the season the #74 Visconti Motorsports team took the lower budget team and showed the NASCAR K & N competitors they we there to win.

On a part time basis the #74 with Brandon McReynolds at the wheel they averaged the 2nd highest average finish of any top 15 team. Brandon only ran have the schedule and still finished 11th in points only being in the wrong place at South Boston at the wrong time and a bad tire at New Smyrna. kept them out of the top 10.

The high point of the season came at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September where Brandon led 78 laps to take the win in the Apple Barrel 125 in dominating fashion.

I spoke to team owner John Visconti about the 2019 season and year two for the team.

“We are heading into the season with the same paint scheme but a slightly re-branded car”. This year instead of the IGA logo it now will say “The Reichert Group”. Charles Reichert has been a Visconti supporter for years this year his name will be placed prominently on the hood.

We are also very excited to start the 2019 NASCAR K & N Pro East season. Being this is our second season we now have a notebook for all the tracks we’ve been too. Last year as a rookie team we had a blank notebook.”

The only track we visited twice last year was New Hampshire and we won the second time there. We are very optimistic about 2019 and the start of the season at New Smyrna Speedway.

After Fridays practice the #74 sits atop the scoreboard with a fast lap of 18.231 over Hallie Deegan, rookie Max Mclaughlin and Ty Gibbs which bodes well for a great run on Sunday night.

The New Smyrna 175 Sunday February 10th at New Smyrna Speedway, qualifying at 5:30, an autograph session at 6:30 with the 175 lap feature going green at 7:40.

Modified Teams Get ready to Roar at New Smyrna Speedway

As has been the tradition for decades race teams from across America and Canada leave the cold weather and make the long trip to Sunny Florida for the  World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing . The big track in Daytona is only a few miles away but many who venture for the 9 nights of racing will only drive by as their focus is on the 1/2 mile oval at the New Smyrna Speedway.

Several Modified teams head down early and are already camped out at the track ready for action. The winter has been long cold and harsh in some parts of the country stoking the drivers need to race. . The Tour Modified week starts at New Smyrna with practice on Thursday the 7th.  Then on to Bronson Speedway for the Kick off to Speedways on Saturday the 9th. The 50 lap Tour Type Modified event has grown a little bit each year and with 29 or more cars headed to New Smyrna the Bronson field should grow again this year. More and more sponsors have come on board to support the annual event. This year there will be bonus money, tires and fuel for the competitors in addition to the prize money.

Early pre-registration for The World Series of Stock Car Racing was strong this year in all divisions.  The Tour Modified will bring a strong field of at least 29 cars with the Super Late Models and Pro Late Models not far behind.

For years Richie Evans, Charlie Jarzombek, Greg Sacks, Reggie Ruggerio, Jimmy Spencer and many other top drivers made the trip south to start their season. Many of today’s top Tour Modified drivers look to add their names to the list of winners that make this such a prestigious week of racing attracting thousands of fans from all over the country.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup rookie of the year contender Ryan Preece will be there for the first 3 nights of competition in the #6 Ed Partridge owned machine. Ryan will make a very would love to take a checker or two.

Several NASCAR WMT teams will be there including Patrick Emerling, multi time Champion Doug Coby, Timmy Solomito, using the 5 nights to get the car ready for the 2019 NASCAR WMT season, Jimmy Blewett driving a Gershow Motorsports entry and Dave Sapienza.

The ROC will be well represented with Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Andy Jankowiak, Timmy Catalano, Tommy Catalano and Amy Catalano making the long tow from Pa. and upstate New York.

While not to be left out several teams from New England will be part of the 2019 field.  MRS racers Mike Willis, Anthony Nocella and Jeffery Gallop will leave the cold and snow to get their season Started.

With those competitors young Dillon Steuer will make his first Speedweeks in the familiar 11X. Dillon at a young age has already have several wins on pavement and dirt under his belt including the Islip 300 at Riverhead Raceway plus many more drivers. The full entry list is below.

World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Tour Modified Schedule:

Monday February 11th 50 laps

Tuesday the 12th 35 laps

 Wednesday the 13th  The John Blewett Memorial 76

Thursday the 14th 35 laps

Friday the 15th The Richie Evans Memorial 100

Current Tour Modified Entry List as of 2/5/2019

1NY Chris Ridsdale. Rochester, NY
2 Doug Coby. Milford, CT
2 Bertuccio Racing (Driver TBA)
4 Jeffrey Gallup. Feeding Hills, MA
6 Ryan Preece. Berlin, CT
11X Dillon Steuer. Bohemia, NY
12 Andy Jankowiak. Buffalo, NY
16 Timmy Solomito. Islip, NY
17 Bobby Measmer. Concord, NC
21 Jimmy Blewett. Howell Township, NJ
22 Chuck Hossfeld. Ransomville, NY
24 Dean Rypkema. Owego, NY
25C Calvin Carroll. Johnsonburg, NJ
25N Nikki Carroll. Johnsonburg, NJ
32 Tyler Rypkema. Owego, NY
33 Gary Fountain. Wesley Chapel, FL
36 Dave Sapienza Riverhead, NY
45 Timmy Catalano. Ontario, NY
46 Jeff Goodale. Riverhead, NY 
54 Tommy Catalano. Ontario, NY
55 Jeremy Gerstner. Wesley Chapel, FL
60 Matt Hirschman. Northampton, PA
64 Amy Catalano. Ontario, NY
71 Jimmy Zacharias. Candor, NY
83 Mike Willis Jr. Grantham, NH
92 Anthony Nocella. Woburn, MA 
05 TBA Bullet Racing Entry
07 Patrick Emerling. Williamson, NY

For more information about the 9 full nights of racing go to http://www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org/

Myracenews will be their for 5 nights starting Monday February 11th so if you can’t be there follow along on FanschoiceTV and check in with us for behind the scenes and racing action.

Joey “The Ace” Aguilar Takes 4-17 Southern Speedway Gold

(Punta Gorda-FL Jan 19, 2019) It was a sunny and cool evening at the 4-17 Southern Speedway in Punta Gorda, FL.  The “Wings N Things” 2019 season opener featuring the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series was set to please, as the parking attendants waved everyone into the next available parking spot, and the long lines at the ticket booth wound around the parking lot.

The schedule for the night was the Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series Winged Sprint cars, along with their regular series Street Stock series challenge, TQ Midgets, and Mini Stocks.   This is the beginning of the race season for most tracks in Florida ahead of the highly anticipated Speed Week races at New Smyrna Speedway. 

On this night, Joey “The Ace” Aguilar took first place for the Sprint cars, besting Shane Butler for the win.   These two certainly put on an exciting, wheel to wheel race as they completed for the top spot.  Aguilar led most of the race after taking the lead from his 6thplace starting spot.  Butler started in the front row alongside Dude Teate in this 18-car field.

As the announcer stated, once Aguilar and his “Keenes Site Prep, inc” machine got the top spot, no one was even racing in his zip code, until two cautions placed Aguilar and Butler side by side for the restarts.

The first restart allowed Aguilar to hold onto his position and place distance between 1st and 2nd place, however in the last caution restart, Butler found his way under Aguilar in turn one.  With 10 laps to go, it sure was an exciting race to watch as they battled for the top spot to win the 40-lap feature race.   With one lap to go, Aguilar found his way under Butler into turn 1 to reclaim the #1 spot and win the race by mere seconds of each other.  

Tonight’s exciting feature was just a sneak peek at what to expect at the New Smyrna Speedway, as the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series will run with the NASCAR K&N series on Sunday Feb 10th.  This is the night the Tour Mods normally start to arrive for the 9-night World Series of Asphalt Racing event.

These open wheel winged ground pounders will certainly bring excitement to what is expected to be a full grandstand for the NASCAR K&N East Series 175 lap feature.

The Southern All Star Sprint Car Series will be a part of an exciting week of Asphalt racing along with Tour Modifieds and Super Late Models being some of the most anticipated races of the week.  Follow all the racing action during the week on MyRacenews.com