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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2020 Schedule Announced


Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

New Venues, Traditional Dates For 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The debut of a new showcase track, the highly-anticipated return to an Virginia venue, and a strong slate of premier northeast short tracks make the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule one of the most anticipated in recent years. 

Three new tracks will be on the schedule: 

The tour will make its furthest trip west with the debut of Iowa Speedway. The “Fastest Short Track on the Planet” will host NASCAR’s only open-wheel division on Friday, July 31. The Whelen Modified Tour slate will also add returns to Martinsville Speedway and Jennerstown Speedway. 

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is coming off an exciting year in which we saw Doug Coby continue his historic championship run and we saw the level of competition and number of competitors increase,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director, touring series. “We are excited about the mix of high-profile national series tracks that will showcase the great racing on the Modified tour, and the strong short tracks that have been the backbone of Modified racing.” 

Martinsville, Virginia’s famous half-mile, is steeped in NASCAR Modified history. The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and was part of the original tour schedule in 1985. The Maxpro Window Films 200 will run on Friday, May 8 as part of the spring Cup Series weekend. 

Jennerstown, a .522-mile oval in western Pennsylvania, will feature the tour on Saturday May 23. The track has held 14 tour races over the years, with the late Ted Christopher being the last to visit Victory Lane in 2006.  

The Whelen Modified Tour will open the season with a return trip to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 21. Connecticut will serve as the traditional opening of racing in New England with the 46th Annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 5, followed by the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 26. 

The season will conclude with the 48th annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 27, and the 58th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Sunday, Oct. 11. 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will again feature a 100-lap showcase on Saturday, July 18. The Whelen Modified Tour will also return with the 200-lap main event for the track’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

Other schedule highlights include:  

  • In addition to Jennerstown, the tour will make the trip to western New York to be part of Oswego Speedway’s 64th Annual Budweiser International Classic on Saturday, Sept. 5. 
  • Riverhead Raceway, a staple of the Whelen Modified Tour, will host two events. The first will be on Saturday, June 20, with a return trip to Long Island on Saturday, Sept. 19. 
  • A pair of bullrings will factor into the championship picture: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will bring the tour to town on Saturday, June 6, while New Jersey’s Wall Stadium Speedway will run on Saturday, July 11. 

The complete NBCSN schedule, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date. 

2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule  

Saturday, March 21 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va. 
Sunday, April 5 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 
Sunday, April 26 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Friday, May 8 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. 
Saturday, May 23 Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown, Pa. 
Saturday, June 6 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass. 
Saturday, June 20 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 
Saturday, July 11 Wall Stadium Speedway Wall, N.J. 
Saturday, July 18 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 
Friday, July 31 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 
Friday, Aug. 7 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson. Conn. 
Saturday, Sept. 5 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y. 
Saturday, Sept. 12 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 
Saturday, Sept. 19 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 
Sunday, Sept. 27 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Sunday, Oct. 11 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson. Conn. 

Late Restart Gets Ron Silk Back To Victory Lane at South Boston

Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Wins South Boston 150

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — One last restart was all Ron Silk needed.

The Norwalk, Connecticut, driver lined up to the inside of Burt Myers with 18 laps to go in the South Boston 150 at South Boston Speedway, and the veteran took advantage of his opportunity to get back to the top.

Ron Silk takes the lead after a late restart and held on for the win at the South Boston Speedway March 30th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Silk captured his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win since May of 2016 by taking down the checkered flag in the second race of the season. It was the 11th career win for the 2011 series champion, and his first in his first start at the Virginia oval.

RACING-REFERENCE: South Boston 150 Race Results

“It’s always good to win,” Silk said. “Last year, we had some good finishes, and the guys have been working hard and building toward this. Hopefully we can keep being competitive going forward.”

Silk started third, and although he ran at the front of the pack for much of the early stint, pitting for tires put him back in traffic. It forced him to slice his way back to the front.

He passed Kyle Bonsignore for second, and was starting to run down Myers for the lead, but a caution with 24 laps to go set him up in perfect position to make a move on Myers, who hadn’t pitted for tires. He drove the No. 85 Stuart’s Automotive Chevrolet to the point and never looked back.

“I got a good launch and tried to the hook the bottom through turns one and two to keep up the speed,” Silk said. “I was really loose on the first run, but I knew once we pitted and changed tires we would be in pretty good shape.”

Chase Dowling, who made his first start of the season driving for veteran Jamie Tomaino, moved around Myers on the late restart, but couldn’t chase down Silk. The second-place effort for the Roxbury, Connecticut, driver was his fifth career runner-up finish.

“We spent time this winter putting the car together, and obviously we are really happy with it,” Dowling said. “We unloaded fast and just tweaked throughout the day.”

Jimmy Blewett finished third, scoring his second podium in two races, and positioning himself second in the championship, just one point off Doug Coby. Kyle Bonsignore was fourth Saturday and Myers finished fifth.

Chris Pasteryak was sixth, followed by Patrick Emerling, Doug Coby, Timmy Solomito and Craig Lutz.

The South Boston 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on April 7 as part of the 45th annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.C

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-South Boston 150 Results

Saturday At South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va.

Lap length: 0.4 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 67.395 mph.

2. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Pontiac, 150.

3. (14) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.

4. (9) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Toyota, 150.

5. (7) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

6. (11) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

7. (19) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

8. (10) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

9. (13) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.

10. (23) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

11. (5) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

12. (24) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

13. (12) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.

14. (8) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

15. (29) Sam Rameau, Westminster, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

16. (4) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

17. (1) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

18. (18) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Dodge, 150.

19. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 147.

20. (28) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 147.

21. (32) J. B. Fortin, Jr., Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126, power steering.

22. (20) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 117, electrical.

23. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 110, handling.

24. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 100, handling.

25. (6) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 93, power steering.

26. (17) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 50, engine.

27. (21) Timmy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 49, engine.

28. (15) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 42, overheating.

29. (30) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Chevrolet, 27, overheating.

30. (22) Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 26, accident.

31. (31) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Penn., Chevrolet, 26, accident.

32. (16) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 26, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 0 hours 53 minutes 25 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.407 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: T.Catalano (103.979 mph, 13.849 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 27 laps.

Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Catalano 1-59; B. Myers 60-132; R. Silk 133-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 83; 2. J. Blewett, 82; 3. B. Myers, 78; 4. P. Emerling, 77; 5. C. Pasteryak, 77; 6. J. McKennedy, 72; 7. A. Nocella, 68; 8. R. Silk, 67; 9. K. Bonsignore, 67; 10. B. Barney, 62.

PIT BOX: Doug Coby On Top For Return To South Boston

Historic Virginia Track Hosts NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stays down south for race two of the season on Saturday, before heading back to New England.

The South Boston 150 at South Boston Speedway will see Whelen Modified Tour drivers return to the Virginia oval for the first time since in 18 years. South Boston is one of two new tracks on the 2019 series schedule that will see teams test their equipment in another short-track environment.



Doug Coby is back at the top. At least for now.

The five-time series champion opened the season with a victory at Myrtle Beach Speedway, and he leads a long list of drivers looking to keep momentum rolling into South Boston. But, prior to two weeks ago, Coby didn’t have laps at the Virginia track under his belt. During an organizational test, Coby and his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet team earned crucial experience just two days before Myrtle Beach, building a notebook they will need for Saturday’s afternoon showdown.

But, over his 18-year career, Coby hasn’t quite found the knack for this style track. In his 25 career wins, he has just three at tracks that are under a half-mile — Seekonk Speedway, Monadnock Speedway and New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Instead, Coby’s success has come at tracks like Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park — which combine for 16 of his victories, and are tracks that have long straightaways and high-speed action.

WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR: 2019 Schedule | Race Center

South Boston is a short, .4-mile, paved oval that Coby will be hoping to quickly knock of his bucket list in his first start. With Phil Moran in control, and Coby sitting behind the wheel of an LFR Chassis — a department that does have previous experience at the track in the past — it could be the perfect place for him to put his struggles at bullrings officially behind him.

The real advantage, though, may rest with the drivers who have previous experience at the Virginia oval in Whelen Southern Modified Tour action from 2009-2016. Burt Myers, who also tested at South Boston, has 10 starts at the track nicknamed ‘SoBo’ but has come up just short of winning. The Walnut Cove, North Carolina, driver finished eighth or better in all of those starts, and as one of the only with experience, they could pay off for him in a big way.

Kyle Bonsignore, who picked up his first career Whelen Modified Tour win last year, finished second in his most recent South Boston stop. Kyle Ebersole, who led 12 laps in the Myrtle Beach opener, won at the Virginia oval in 2014. Jeremy Gerstner and Gary Putnam also have previous starts at the track. The Hill family returns to action with veteran James Civali behind the wheel — another driver who has previous experience and two wins at South Boston.

From up north, Chase Dowling, who finished in the runner-up spot in the championship standings last season, will make his first start driving for Jamie Tomaino.


PLACESouth Boston Speedway, South Boston, Virginia
DATESaturday, March 30
TIME2:45 p.m. (approx.)
TELEVISIONFansChoice.TV, 2:45 p.m. (live broadcast); NBCSN — Wednesday, April 3, 4 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT.4-mile paved oval
2018 POLEN/A
EVENT SCHEDULESaturday: Garage Opens: 7:30 a.m., Practice: 9:45-11 a.m., Group Qualifying: 12:10 p.m., South Boston 150: 2:45 p.m. (approx.)
TWITTER@SoBoSpeedway57, @NASCARHomeTrack
HASHTAG#NWMT, #SouthBoston150



The starting field for the South Boston 150 is limited to 28 starters, including provisional positions. The first 22 drivers will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.

NASCAR group qualifying is in place for this event. The number of groups for qualifying will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine the first 22 starting positions. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s attempt is complete, the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. Vehicles will proceed immediately to impound after making their qualifying attempt. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying/inspection. Vehicle must qualify on race set up.

The South Boston 150 is 150 laps (60 miles). The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four tires (4) must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.