Category Archives: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

NASCAR MODIFIED TOUR AT WALL STADIUM ON SATURDAY (MAY 18)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will invade Wall Stadium Speedway this Saturday, May 18 for the Jersey Shore 150 stock car race. On Saturday gates will open at 2:00 p.m., with practice at 2:15 p.m., qualifying at 5:45 p.m. and feature races starting at 7:00 p.m. In the event of bad Saturday weather, a special Sunday rain date has been set for this event. Tickets and pit passes are now available online only at wallspeedwayracing.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the track starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

All of the top NASCAR Modified racing stars are expected for this 150 lap event led by early 2019 tour race winners including two-time victor Doug Coby of Southington, Ct., as well as winners Ron Silk of Norwalk, Ct. and Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., Eric Goodale of Riverhead, N.Y., Craig Lutz of Miller Place, N.Y., Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, Ct. and Woody Pitkat of Bellingham, Mass., all of whom are currently in the top ten of tour points, are on the official entry list. Dave Sapienza of Riverhead, N.Y., who enjoyed a Wall Stadium Speedway win in the Turkey Derby last November, is also among the entries.

Local fans should also have plenty to cheer for in this race as Howell’s Jimmy Blewett and Jackson’s Blake Barney, both of whom are in the top ten in driver points, as well as Holmdel’s Andrew Krause and Matawan’s Anthony Sesely are expected to try to defend their local turf.

In addition to the 150 lap Tour Modified Main Event, the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Surfside Collision 4Cylinder Stocks will all see action in 25-lap feature races.

Saturday night racing action then continues through early October with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address isckmotorsports@aol.com.

RAIN STOPS WALL STADIUM ON SATURDAY (MAY 11), MOD TOUR UP NEXT

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ With qualifying completed, a combination of two early evening on track accidents and the resulting clean ups and scattered showers which soon became steady rain forced Wall Stadium Speedway officials to wash out the scheduled Saturday night (May 11) feature events. Saturday ticket stubs will be honored for any regular racing program, which does not include this Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event or the June 8 Formula Drift event, for example.

Next on the agenda is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 on Saturday, May 18. Tickets and pit passes are now available online only at wallspeedwayracing.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the track starting at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the event.

On Saturday gates will open at 2:00 p.m., with practice at 2:15 p.m., qualifying at 5:45 p.m. and feature races starting at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the 150 lap Tour Modified Main Event, the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Surfside Collision 4Cylinder Stocks will all see action in 25-lap races.

Saturday night racing action then continues through early October with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address isckmotorsports@aol.com.

Doug Coby Charges To Fourth Spring Sizzler Victory

Holds Off Craig Lutz For 26th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win

STAFFORD, Conn. — Doug Coby was going for his fourth NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 victory Saturday. Craig Lutz was chasing his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win.

In the end, it was the veteran Coby who made the winning move – diving under Lutz with just over 10 laps remaining – and then fending off the fierce challenge in the closing laps to return to Victory Lane in the iconic event that’s earned the moniker, “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”

It was Coby’s 26th career win on the tour and his 12th at Stafford. His first career win came in the 2006 Spring Sizzler, Stafford’s iconic early-season event. He also won the race in 2012 and 2016.

“This is the race everybody wants to win,” said Coby. “That was the hardest I’ve ever drove a race car, to hold off Craig. I just kept drive harder and driving harder.”

Following Lutz, Ron Silk, Max Zachem and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five.

“This is what you dream about,” Lutz said. “He’s obviously one of the best here. To be able to run with him for the last 10 laps was run. This was probably the most disappointing second-place I’ve had, because I felt like all day we had a really good car.”

It was the third career runner-up finish in 56 career starts for the Miller Place, New York, driver — including one in last year’s NAPA Fall Final at Stafford.

RACING-REFENCE: NAPA SPRING SIZZLER 200 RESULTS

Justin Bonsignore came home sixth. Bonsignore was fastest in practice back on April 26, the weekend the event was originally slated. Rain postponed three times, finally pushing it from Friday night to Saturday afternoon. Bonsignore was then fastest in final practice and won the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award.

Patrick Emerling was seventh, followed by rookie Sam Rameau, Timmy Solomito and Blake Barney.

RELATED: PHOTO GALLERY – LOOKING BACK: SPRING SIZZLER HISTORY

With Coby’s second win in four races in 2019, the five-time tour champion has opened a 17-point lead on second-place Emerling and 20 over Silk. Blewett and defending tour champion Bonsignore are fourth and fifth, respectively.

RACING-REFERENCE: WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back on track in seven days with the Jersey Shore 150 at Wall Stadium Speedway on Saturday, May 18.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-48th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 Results

Saturday

At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200 laps, 55.530 mph.

2. (11) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.

3. (15) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 200.

4. (17) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.

5. (12) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.

6. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 200.

7. (8) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 200.

8. (24) Sam Rameau, Westminster, Mass., Chevrolet, 200.

9. (10) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 200.

10. (19) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 200.

11. (21) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.

12. (25) J. B. Fortin, Jr., Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.

13. (26) Timmy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.

14. (20) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.

15. (23) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 199.

16. (28) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 198.

17. (16) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.

18. (32) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.

19. (29) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 186.

20. (22) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon, Conn., Chevrolet, 179.

21. (18) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Toyota, 176.

22. (31) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 176, accident.

23. (33) Tyler Rypkema, Owego, N.Y., Chevrolet, 171, accident.

24. (4) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Pontiac, 169, rear end.

25. (34) Joey Mucciacciaro, Wolcott, Conn., Chevrolet, 155, handling.

26. (3) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 143, accident.

27. (7) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 125, accident.

28. (14) Jeff Rocco, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 125, accident.

29. (27) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 119, accident.

30. (6) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Dodge, 117, accident.

31. (9) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 117, accident.

32. (13) Joey Cipriano, III, Waterbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, accident.

33. (30) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 75, accident.

34. (5) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 70, rear end.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 48 minutes 3 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.253 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: J.Bonsignore (100.925 mph, 17.835 seconds)

Caution Flags: 13 for 77 laps.

Lead Changes: 12 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1; J. Bonsignore 2-64; C. Dowling 65-128; E. Goodale 129-139; C. Pasteryak 140-143; D. Coby 144-150; R. Silk 151-152; C. Dowling 153-166; R. Silk 167; J. Bonsignore 168-175; R. Silk 176-183; C. Lutz 184-188; D. Coby 189-200.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 171; 2. P. Emerling, 154; 3. R. Silk, 151; 4. J. Blewett, 145; 5. J. Bonsignore, 138; 6. E. Goodale, 134; 7. C. Lutz, 132; 8. C. Pasteryak, 131; 9. W. Pitkat, 126; 10. B. Barney, 124.