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PIT BOX: Whelen Modified Tour Hits Magic Mile For Two


Time for two in the Granite State.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins the second half of the championship points schedule at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, with the Eastern Propane & Oil 100. On Friday, the tour kicks off the racing weekend as select teams will compete in the only non-points, 35-lap All Star Shootout.

The series joins the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup Series for a full weekend of racing in New England.

Bobby Santos III is the odds-on favorite to visit Victory Lane on Saturday.

The Franklin, Massachusetts, driver may have no laps this season, but he’s teaming up with Dave Sapienza at one of his best tracks, and it’s hard to bet against him. Santos has won three of the last four at New Hampshire — all of them for Tinio Motorsports. The 2010 Whelen Modified Tour champion will step behind the wheel of the Tommy Grasso-prepared machine looking to continue his NHMS glory.

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The championship points battle turns towards the track with the largest car counts. One mistake could cut into Doug Coby’s 31-point cushion. The Milford, Connecticut, veteran has four wins in 31 career starts at NHMS, but has finished outside the top 10 in three of his last four. When he does win on the ‘Magic Mile,’ Coby is normally at the front of the field more than just the final lap. He’s led a combined 183 of 400 laps in races where he went to Victory Lane.

Off his third straight win at Riverhead, defending tour champion Justin Bonsignore jumped to third in the standings, and enters a place where he’s had success of late. Bonsignore has top-10 finishes in six of his last seven starts, including three straight of sixth or better. In September’s inaugural Musket 250, Bonsignore led 77 laps, and led the field into Turn 3 for the final lap before a crash sidelined him. If he wants to continue his climb back towards Coby in the standings, New Hampshire will be the prime opportunity.

Three drivers will compete in Saturday’s 100 lapper and Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman has two wins at NHMS, with the most recent of them was in 2010. He won the pole for the Eastern 100 last year, and Preece, who won the All-Star Shootout in 2017, has no points wins at the 1.058-mile oval. Former two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss will also make his Monster Energy Cup Series debut driving for Rick Ware Racing on Sunday, but will follow his deep modified roots driving for his family operation in his familiar No. 70 on Saturday.


Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 1:45 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, Wednesday, July 31 — 6 p.m. ET; FansChoice.TV live broadcast (1:45 p.m.)
Track Layout 1.058-mile oval
2018 Winner Bobby Santos III
2018 Pole Ryan Newman
Friday — Garage Opens: 8 a.m., Final Practice: 10-11:40 a.mSaturday — Garage Opens: 7 a.m., Qualifying: 9 a.m., Autograph Session: 10:30 a.m., Eastern Propane & Oil 100: 1:45 p.m.
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The starting field for the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 is 36 starters, including provisional positions.The first 30 drivers will secure starting positions through the qualifying process. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.

Two consecutive qualifying laps will set the starting field. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicles must qualify on race set up. After qualifying all vehicles will proceed immediately to the impound area. Only minor adjustments will be permitted following qualifying.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is twelve (12) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The remaining tire allotment may be used for practice and/or change tires during the event. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.

LOUDON, NH - JULY 21: Bobby Santos III, driver of the #44 Sully Tinio / Olivas Market Chevrolet, celebarest in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 21, 2018 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
The second half of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season begins on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

A non-points showdown on the biggest stage.

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As part of the Cape Cod Cafe Pole Day for the Monster Energy Cup Series, 20 selected drivers will compete in a 35 lap shootout for glory. The race will be broken up into two segments — with the caution scheduled to fall on or about lap 20. From there, the battle will be on.

With no points on the line, former series champions, former race winners and Rookie of the Year contenders, and additional points contenders from last year, will all compete in this special event.

Previously, Ryan Newman (2014), Woody Pitkat (2015), Bobby Santos (2016), Ryan Preece (2017) and Justin Bonsignore (2018) have been to Victory Lane in the race. No driver has been able to sweep the weekend in the five-year history of the race.


New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Friday, July 19
2:10 p.m. ET
NBCSN, Thursday, July 25 — 6 p.m. ET; — FansChoice.TV live broadcast (2:10 p.m.)
1.058-mile oval
2018 winner:Justin Bonsignore
2018 Pole:Rob Summers (via random draw for starting position)
Friday: Garage Open: 8 a.m., Final Practice :10-11:40 a.m., All Star Shootout: 2:10 p.m.Saturday: Garage Opens: 7 a.m., Qualifying: 9 a.m., Autograph Session: 10:30 a.m., Eastern Propane & Oil 1001:45 p.m.
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The maximum starting field is 20 cars, invitation only. A random draw will be held to determine starting positions for the special event. The order of the draw will be based off of the driver’s criteria to enter the special event.

The special event will be a thirty-five (35) lap race split into two (2) segments with a mandatory caution displayed at lap twenty (20) unless the caution is already out at lap twenty (20). The overall thirty-five (35) lap event will have a thirty (30) minute time limit. All caution laps will count except the period after lap twenty (20) until the race is restarted. Pit road will be closed during the entire event.

When the yellow flag is displayed at lap twenty (20), the race will be restarted by the car’s last completed green flag lap except for those cars involved in a random number selection that will determine the number of cars to be inverted for the restart. The procedure for determining the random number will be determined and announced to the teams during the Driver/Crew Chief meeting. Any car finishing the first segment of the race in positions one (1) through eight (8) will be subject to the inversion. Four (4), five (5), six (6), seven (7) or eight (8) will be inverted. No tire changes will be permitted during the event unless it is an approved Emergency Change Tire. No fueling permitted during the event.

At the twenty (20) minute mark of the event, if the first segment has not been completed, NASCAR will display the yellow and the random number selection procedure for the inversion will take place. Caution laps will not count during this period until the race is restarted. When the race is restarted under this procedure, the second segment of the event will be ten (10) laps or until the time limit expires.

At the twenty-five mark of the event, NASCAR will announce to the competitors over the NASCAR Race Control channel there are five (5) laps remaining in the event. If the yellow flag is displayed during this five (5) lap period the race will be restarted with one attempt at a green, white, checkered finish.

Justin Bonsignore Spins To Win Third Straight at Riverhead Raceway


RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — Saturday night short-track racing at the highest level of modified racing.

There was contact, and even spinning, but it was enough for Justin Bonsignore to score his third straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night.

Bonsignore restarted to the inside of track regular John Beatty Jr. in overtime, and coming to the checkered flag, contact between the two drivers sent Beatty up the track, and Bonsignore spinning nose-first towards the frontstretch wall. In the midst of his spin, he crossed the line first in the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200.

Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac 200 winner at Riverhead Raceway Justin Bonsignore July 6th 2019 (Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews)

The victory was Bonsignore’s third of the season and his 23rd career in Whelen Modified Tour competition. He becomes just the third driver in series history to win three straight at Riverhead, joining Mike Ewanitsko and Ryan Preece as the only drivers to accomplish the feat.

“The restart before I was able to hang with him a few laps, but John had a better car, and I was really shocked he took the outside on the last restart,” Bonsignore said. “He gave me a good shot getting into three, but you are coming to the checkered. I hate racing like that. But these races are so hard to win, and we need to win all of the races we can to get back in this points race.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Buzz Chew Chevrolet 200 Race Results

Beatty looked to have the car to beat in the final stages. He passed Timmy Solomito for the lead on lap 150 and was at the point for a near run to the finish, until a caution for a wreck down the backstretch with three laps to go closed the field up. Beatty selected the top lane, and when the field went down into turn one at the green, the contact started between the two leaders.

John Beatty #5 jumps to the inside of Timmy Solomito #16 and Justin Bonsignore #51 at Riverhead Raceway July 6th 2019 (Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews)

They leaned on each other the final two laps, until the contact in turn four, coming to the checkered, sent Bonsignore spinning. Beatty, a regular in Riverhead’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I Modified class, was disappointed in the result, but happy with his effort. He nearly became the first track regular in more than two decades to win a Whelen Modified Tour race at the oval.

“I was just keeping up with the pace and my car just kept getting better and better (before the last yellow),” Beatty said. “Everyone races their own way. I’m not the kind of guy to drive someone up a lane or two, but Justin did his job. He won the race.”

Timmy Solomito, who led 37 laps, crossed the line third. Solomito took the lead for the first time on lap 76, after contact between Coby and Solomito sent Coby spinning in turn one, while racing for the lead. Ron Silk and Craig Lutz rounded out the top-five.

RACING-REFERENCE: Justin Bonsignore Career Riverhead Stats

Coby rebounded to sixth, while Patrick Emerling, Eric Goodale, Tom Rogers Jr. and Tommy Catalano completed the top 10.

Coby leads the championship point standings by 31 over Silk, while Bonsignore is third, 32 points back.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of their annual Monster Energy Cup Series weekend on Saturday, July 20. Select drivers will also compete in the All-Star Shootout at New Hampshire on Friday, July 19.

THe NASCAR WMT Returns to Riverhead Raceway for the BUZZ Chew Chevy Cadillac 200 July 6TH 2019

The last trip for the NASCAR WMT to Riverhead Raceway resulted in a long day and night dodging the rain drops and ended with one of the 8 wins for Justin Bonsignore on his way to the 2018 championship.

Finishing right behind Justin last September was fellow Long Islander Timmy Solomito who really wants to taste victory again and home cooking for the Islip NY driver might be what the doctor ordered.

This Saturday night the roar of the Modifieds return to Eastern Long Island with a strong field of 31 cars ready to go 200 laps around the shortest track they will visit all year.

Long time Sponsor Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac is back to support Riverhead Raceway and NASCAR’s oldest division. They have been a constant at the historic rt 58 oval for decades. Their name will also be on the #88 of rookie Mike Rutkoski making his first Riverhead NASCAR WMT start of his career.

The solid field will be led by Long Island based drivers who have won every event NASCAR WMT race going back to the June 2014 Hoosier Tire 200 won by Eric Goodale, since then Justin Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito have won all the races with Justin holding a 5-3 edge over Timmy.

This year could be a different story, multi time champion Doug Coby is having a banner year and has been as strong as he has ever been in the Mayhew Tool #2. Craig Lutz looks strong every race and coming home to Long Island might get him his first win.

Local favorites Tom Rogers Jr could show all the invaders that its his track and after finishing second in the Islip 300 he would love to move up one spot and take the big money. John Fortin has had his best season in many years with his new LFR chassis and has been fast since opening night. While the 05 is listed as driver TBD, if its John Beatty he will be a stout competitor after taking the pole for the Islip 300 over the toughest field in history.

31 drivers will start the evening competing for the Mathew tools pole award and try to start from the front row at one of the toughest tracks to pass on the circuit. Blewett, Goodale, Silk, Pitkat, Swanson, Brunnhoelzl III, Emerling and a host of others will tighten the belts and try and take home the big cash from Long Island.

Take the Long Island Expressway, take a ferry, but come early and enjoy the day near the Long Island Hampton’s. Summer is here an the NASCAR WMT is back at the RT 58 Riverhead Raceway. 1/4 mile oval.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE Saturday July 6th : Garage Opens: 12:45 p.m., Final Practice: 3:15-4:30 p.m., Qualifying: 6 p.m., Riverhead Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac 200: 8 p.m.

Entry List As of July 1st 2019

  Nbr Driver                   Owner CAR Crew Chief
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Jesse Prince   Crowells Towing
2 1   George Brunnhoelzl III   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Dunleavys
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools / AJ Romano
4 3   Matt Swanson   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   SYP Industries
5 05   TBA   Mark Mina Chevrolet   TBA   MSM Elite
6 06   Sam Rameau   Randy Rameau Chevrolet   Daniel Stebbins
7 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Sahlens
8 8   Roger Turbush   Pat Kennedy Toyota   TBA   Kennedy LI Realty
9 09   Tom Rogers,, Jr.   Sean Corsetti Chevrolet   Sean Corsetti   SGS Stoneworks
10 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
11 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   RB Enterprise
12 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Ford   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood Restaurant
13 21   Jimmy Blewett   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Joseph Bertuccio   Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap
14 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Joe Carroll   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
15 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   TBA   TBD
16 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Ford   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil / 1812 Auto
17 34   J.B. Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   Jason Blatz   Golden Jalapeños Cafe
18 36   Frank Vigliarolo, Jr.   Judy Thilberg Dodge   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Racing
19 38   Kyle Ellwood   Linda Rodenbaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines / 1812 Paint & Body
20 45   Timmy Catalano   Dave Catalano Chevrolet   Zach Reissner   Catalano Motorsports
21 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
22 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
23 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   Dave Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
24 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
25 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Russell Montgomery   Dell Electric / Lumiere Electric
26 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Cam McDermott   Dawleys Collision
27 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
28 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Avenue Materials
29 84   John Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   TBA   Johns Fuel Oil Inc / Triangle Pub
30 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuarts Automotive
31 88   Mike Rutkoski   Buzz Chew Chevrolet   Aaron Clifford   Buzz Chew Motorsports