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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2020 Schedule Announced

NASCAR PRESS RELEASE  NOVEMBER 5, 2019

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  

DATE TRACK CITY 
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. 

DON HOENIG’S 48TH ANNUAL FLEA MARKET & SWAP MEET THIS WEEKEND AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

THOMPSON, Conn. — Back in 1971, family favorite Willy Wonka The Chocolate Factory was released as a movie. In that same year, Don Hoenig’s original flea market and swap meet took place at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut. 

The event has grown to the largest automotive Swap Meet in the entire Northeast, where race teams, fans and more come together for three straight days. The 48th annual Flea Market and Swap Meet returns to Thompson this weekend, November 1-3, and is a can’t miss event. 

You can find race cars for sale, tools, tires, and even vendors that will have something completely outside of racing – like a winter jacket or pair of shoes. The event is truly a one-of-a-kind for anyone in the Northeast to head into the cold winter months with a perfect purchase. Race teams could assemble most of a car by selecting different parts from different vendors, while race fans might even be able to purchase a throwback t-shirt. 

“The Swap Meet is one of the most important events we have at Thompson each year,” Terry Eames, the General Manager of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, said. “We are looking forward to welcoming vendors and fans from across the Northeast for a full weekend.” 

Any vendors who wish to attend the Swap Meet should plan for spots that are 30 feet long by 15 feet wide. Vendors may elect to setup on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a charge of $25 extra per space, which will allot vendors the opportunity to get preferred choice on parking. On Saturday and Sunday, spaces vendor registration opens at 5 a.m., and is in a first-come, first-serve format. 

Vendor passes for Saturday and Sunday only are $75, while those who show on Friday will pay a total of $100 for three days. 

Anyone coming to the event as a fan can enter for a general admission price of $12 per day, meaning it will cost just $36 for a total of three days. If fans show up for just one day, they will only be charged the $12 price. Any kids 12 and under are free. 

General admission is open from 10-8 p.m. on Friday, 7-5 p.m. on Saturday and 7-5 p.m. on Sunday.  

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, fans are encouraged to visit thompsonspeedway.com, and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

William Wall Captures Second Late Model Title To Kick Off 57th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing

THOMPSON , Conn. — Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted a busy day of racing on Saturday, Oct. 12 to kick off the 57th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, after Mother Nature rained out the first night of on-track action Friday. With a combined twenty divisions set to race over 48 hours, the Sunoco World Series promised plenty of highlights to close the season.

The day started with the championship race for the Thompson Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division, with a 25-lap feature deciding a three-way battle for the title. Leading the way coming into the weekend was Woody Pitkat — whose late season charge, including three wins in three months — helped him build a six-point advantage over 2016 champion William Wall and a 20-point lead over division newcomer Derek Gluchacki.

The feature proved to be quite stressful for the championship contenders with 30 cars on track. While Gluchacki ran up front most of the race to challenge for his first win, Wall and Pitkat found themselves mired back in traffic hoping to earn solid finishes. Unfortunately, Pitkat was unable to escape unscathed during a restart five laps into the race as he was collected in a multi-car incident in turn three ending his race early — leaving Wall and Gluchacki to decide the title. Gluchacki did everything he could, taking the lead and leading the most laps on route to his first win. However, a sixth-place finish was all Wall needed to secure his second title.

“Once I saw (Pitkat crash) and he was parked for the afternoon I knew I had to get a top ten if Derek Gluchacki won it,” Wall said. “I remember my first championship in 2016 I had a little bit more of a cushion and coming into this one behind the eight-ball meant I really had to work for it.”

The Late Model drivers of the American Canadian Tour took to the track later in the evening for the final race of their season. Rich Dubeau held an 81-point lead over second place Jimmy Hebert in a season that saw Dubeau score a series-high eight top fives and perfect string of top tens in the first nine events as well as two wins — tied for most on the season. While Dubeau couldn’t make it a perfect season of top ten finishes, ending the day in twelfth, he did secure his first championship in an ACT career that has been all about building to the next step of success one year at a time.

“I’m just the driver. This is a total team effort. There’s no way I could go out and win a championship on my own. It takes a complete team,” said Dubeau. “It’s been progression. We were in tenth place in the points standings our first year. We went to seventh place, fifth place, then fourth and now we’re here. It doesn’t even seem real.”

As for the race win, that went to Jonathan Bouvrette, who benefitted from a lap-one incident that impacted all of the top five starters. Their bad luck was Bouvrette’s gain as he survived the caution filled race to drive to a dominant win, his first ever in the American Canadian Tour.

“It’s a monster track. This is a really cool place. It’s a pleasure for me to win my first ACT race here,” Bouverette said. “I was behind the wreck. It was a very fast car. That’s why we got the win today.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series took to the track for a 50-lap feature, their penultimate race of the 2019 season. Joey Doiron entered the event with a 55-point advantage over Ray Christian, III as he sought to wrap up a championship after finishing runner-up last season. Christian looked to be in perfect position to score maximum points on the day, leading more than half the race, however, after battling with Eddie McDonald for over ten laps and two restarts, Christian finally conceded the top spot 37 laps into the race allowing McDonald to drive away to the win.

“(Ray Christian) was really quick. I was worried about him all day, but my guys did a great job,” MacDonald said. “I’ve always loved coming to Thompson so to get another win here is awesome.”

The Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out their 2019 with Mike Willis Jr. entering the 50-lap World Series feature holding a 54-point advantage over Thompson Speedway regular Ronnie Williams for a championship. Williams let his experience at Thompson shine, starting up front and staying there for the duration of the race earning a dominant victory, his third of the year.

“After finishing second in the spring this means a lot,” Williams said in Victory Lane referencing his second-place finish in the Thompson Icebreaker at the start of the year. “We had a fast race car all weekend. I’m confident in these guys and I think we showed in the end how much speed this car has.”

Mike Willis, Jr. didn’t have the race he wanted after finishing outside the top twenty thanks to damage obtained from an on-track incident, but he was still able to hold on for the championship, his first in the Valenti Modified Racing Series. “The car was the best car I ever had here but then I got dive bombed and the car wasn’t handling good after that,” Willis said. “I thought we were going to get (the title) last year and it didn’t go our way. It was important for me to get this championship in a touring series.”

The 2019 Thompson SK Light Modified® champion Bryan Narducci earned his seventh win of a dominant season on a last lap pass of Albert Ouelette. Narducci locked up the title in September after securing a 64-point lead over Wayne Burroughs, Jr. for the championship.

The Northeastern Midget Association finished their 2019 season with the annual Shane Hammond Memorial Race, where Avery Stoehr followed in his father Russ Stoehr’s footsteps to become a NEMA Champion for the first time while Ben Seitz took home the feature win. Finally, the Pro-4 Modifieds finished off the night capping off their 50th season with a 22-lap feature won by Rob Riccardi.

LATE MODEL FINISH TOP-10: 1. Derek Gluchacki (Dartmouth, MA); 2. Tom Carey, III (Warwick, RI); 3. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 4. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA); 5. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 6. William Wall (Millbury, MA); 7. Tony Macrino (Waterford, CT); 8. Alexandre Tardif (Notre Dame des Pins, QC); 9. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 10. Ryan Linehan (Hope Valley, RI)

ACT LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Jonathan Bouvrette (Blainville, QC); 2. Woody Pitkat (Bellingham, MA); 3. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 4. Ryan Kuhn (E. Bridgewater, MA); 5. Dylan Payea (Milton, VT); 6. Derek Glychaki (Dartmouth, MA); 7. John Donahue (Graniteville, CT); 8. Michael Mitchell (Cumberland, RI); 9. Ryan Morgan (North Franklin, CT); 10. Bryan Kruczek (Newmarket, NH)

VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES FINISH TOP-7: 1. Ronnie Williams (Ellington, CT); 2. Chase Dowling (Roxbury, CT); 3. Craig Lutz (Miller Place, NY); 4. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 5. Joey Cipriano (Waterbury, CT); 6. Donnie Lashua (Canaan, NH); 7. Cameron Sontag (Sterling, MA)

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES FINISH TOP-10: 1. Eddie MacDonald (Rowley, MA); 2. Ray Christian, III (Uncasville, CT); 3. Cory Casagrande (Stafford Springs, CT); 4. Ryan Kuhn (East Bridgewater, MA); 5. Reid Lanpher (Manchester, ME); 6. Jimmy Renfrow, Jr. (Candia, NH); 7. Josh King (Vernon, VT); 8. Devin O’Connell (Madison, CT); 9. Joey Doiron (Berwick, ME); 10. Tommy O’Sullivan (Springfield, MA)

SK LIGHT MODIFIED® FINISH:  1. Bryan Narducci (Colchester, CT); 2. Albert Ouellette (Ellington, CT); 3. Alexander Pearl (Salem, CT); 4. Brian Sullivan (Tolland, CT); 5. Kyle Ellwood; 6. Noah Korner (Bloomfield, CT); 7. Jon Puleo (Branford, CT); 8. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 9. Teddy Hodgdon (Danbury, CT); 10. Robert Bloxsom, III (Stratford, CT)