By Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews
Big fields and big races await the 2022 Modified fans and teams. at New Smyrna Speedway.
Starting on Saturday February 12th the mighty Tour Modifieds roll out to start the Modified racing portion of the Word Series at New Smyrna Speedway.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Series open their season for the first time in the Sunshine state with the New Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200.
Following the NASCAR WMT opener 5 nights of Tour Modifieds starting on Monday night will compete in the 55th edition World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
The WMT race will have one of the biggest purses in the history of the series with posted awards of $115,800.00. The purse will include sponsorship from long time sponsor Whelen, FloRacing and many other sponsors. The impressive entry list consists of 31 teams who will make their way south to New Smyrna Speedway and the $14,000.00 + winner’s share. 200 Laps of racing will kick off their 2022 season.
2021 NASCAR WMT champion Justin Bonsignore will be on hand with the potent Pheonix Communications #51 to defend his championship season and try to become a 4-time champion. Patrick Emerling who will be a part time Xfinity driver and runner up in the 2021-point chase will be there.
NASCAR Cup driver and longtime Modified driver Ryan Preece will hop into the Bohler #3 to try and take down the top prize. Ron Silk will be running his first race with a new team and crew chief Phil Moran. Phil was the crew chief for multi time, NASCAR WMT champion Doug Coby.
Clink on the link below for the complete entry list.
We got a chance to speak to Jimmy Wilson Series Director for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour about the New Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200
You must be happy with the 31 entries for the first WMT at New Smyrna Speedway?
We are quite happy with the car counts. It’s a solid field with a good mixture of new and veteran drivers. Having NASCAR Cup driver and fan favorite Ryan Preece in the Boehler #3 doesn’t hurt either.
What has the feedback been from the teams on starting the season at New Smyrna?
All the feedback from the teams has been incredibly positive for this race.
What are your thoughts on having all the races broadcast on Flo?
Partnering with FloRacing is a tremendous thing for the Tour. We have been extremely excited to work with FloRacing. Not only are they doing the broadcasts of the series, but they are also doing promotion and contributing money to the purse every race. FloRacing will pay the race winner a $1,500 bonus, while second place will receive $1,000. The third-place finisher will receive $900, fourth place will receive $800, $700 for fifth place, and $600 for sixth. Positions seven through ten will take home $500. Positions 11 through 15 will take home $300 and $200 will go to finishers in positions 16 through 20.
In addition to the live FloRacing all races will be re-broadcast on USA Network later at a date to be determined. The series will also have two knowledgeable and well-known announcers for the entire season. Joe Coss and or Ben Dodge will be calling all 16 races.
What about the purse? You have put together a large base purse with many bonus monies.
This race will pay $115,800 including purse and bonus monies. Depending on what bonus money you collect the winner could come home with over $16,000.00. The pole award is $1,000.00 again this year sponsored Mayhew Tools, a halfway leader bonus of $500.00, most laps led of $400 and other bonuses.
NASCAR WMT New Smyrna Visitor Bureau 200 Entry List
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World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
After an off night for the Modifieds on Sunday the Tour Modifieds return on Monday February 14th for the first of 5 straight nights of racing. The NASCAR WMT will be out of town, but the Tour Modifieds will still have 5 nights of racing.
On Monday night a 50-lap feature at the extremely fast half mile track kicks off the week. Quite a few WMT teams will stay over to race in some or all of the 5 nights of Tour Modified racing.
Fifty drivers have entered and while not every driver will be there for all 5 nights each and every Tour Modified race will have full fields. Tuesday and Thursday nights will have 35-lap features. Two extra distance races are the annual John Blewett Memorial 76 on Wednesday night and the big one hundred lap Richie Evans Memorial race on Friday.
Tour Modified Entry List for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing:
Monday 2/14/2022- Friday 2/18/2022
1 Chris Ridsdale. Rochester NY
2 J.R Bertuccio. Centerreach NY
7NY Jimmy Blewett. Howell NJ
7 Rich Parker. Forked River NJ
8 Cam McDermott. Canterbury CT
8 Chris Finocchario. Macedon NY
8 Earl Paules. Palmerton PA
9 Tom Martino Jr. Red Bank NJ
11X Dillon Steuer. Bohemia NY
16 Ron Silk. Norwalk CT
17 Mike Christopher Jr. Wolcott CT
19 Anthony Bello. Newtown CT
20 Eddie McCarthy. Brick NJ
20 Kyle Sysco. Toms River NJ
21 Joe Bertuccio III. Statesville NC
22 TBA Gershow Racing.
24 Andrew Krause. Holmdel NJ
24 Chris Hatton. Deltona FL
25 Brian Robie. Sunapee NH
25nj Chris Andretta. Neptune NJ.
27 Christian LaCicero. Seaside Park NJ
28 Paul Charette. Woodstock CT
28x Jeff Malave. Manchester CT
29 Spencer Davis. Dawsonville GA
32 Tyler Rypkema. Owego NY
36 David Sapienza. Riverhead NY
38 Ricky Moxley. Palm City FL
48 Marcello Rufrano. Northhaven CT
49 Chris Young. Riverhead NY
50 Ronnie Williams. Tolland CT
54 Tommy Catalano. Ontario NY
54C David Catalano. Ontario NY
55x Chuck Zervas. Wesley Chapel FL
55 Jeremy Gerstner. Wesley Chapel FL
55h John Hartwig. Galloway NJ
55 Teddy Hodgdon. Danbury CT
56 Amy Catalano. Ontario NY
59 TBA Steve Mendoza Racing
60 Matt Hirchman. Northampton PA
64 Tyler Catalano. Ontario NY
70 Dylan Slepian. Lake Grove NY
72 Bud McIntyre. New Smyrna Beach FL
73 Paul Hartwig Sr. Galloway NJ
79 Jon McKennedy. Chelmsford MA
82 Craig Lutz. Miller Place NY
99 Tyler Truex. Truckerton NJ
00 Chris Dewalt. Easton PA
02 Joey Coulter. New Braunfels TX
07 Patrick Emerling. Holland NY
179 Stephen Kopcik. Newtown CT
Yes, it’s February in Florida, if you can’t be there Flo Racing will have all 9 nights live from New Smyrna Speedway. Saturday Night the NASCAR Broadcast starts at 7:30. For more information about the World Series New Smyrna Speedway