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NASCAR, FloSports announce landmark streaming partnership

By Official NASCAR Release NASCAR.com December 2, 2021  at 1:55 PM

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR and leading sports streaming service, FloSports, today announced a multi-year partnership that will make FloRacing, FloSports’ dedicated motorsports platform, the home of NASCAR Roots properties including: the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. The landmark partnership represents an alignment of two champions of live motorsports with a shared mission of delivering the best in grassroots racing to fans around the world.

The partnership will also deliver an unparalleled investment in grassroots racing, including funding for local tracks and increased purses for drivers that compete in NASCAR’s touring and weekly series events. The transformational agreement further cements NASCAR and FloSports as advocates of grassroots/developmental racing and ensures a healthy economic model that will bolster tracks and drivers for years to come.

NASCAR’s grassroots properties, formerly housed within the NASCAR Roots vertical on TrackPass, will now join FloRacing’s comprehensive offering that includes USAC, All Star Circuit of Champions, Eldora Speedway, IRA Outlaw Sprints, Short Track Super Series, Chili Bowl, Gateway Dirt Nationals and more. Over 280 NASCAR Roots races annually will stream live and on-demand under the TrackPass banner on FloRacing, transforming the popular platform into the leading destination for grassroots motorsports.

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In the past three years, FloRacing has experienced exponential growth. Since 2020 alone, the service has seen an explosive 100% YOY subscriber growth as FloSports continues to bring together grassroots racing media rights onto one platform while also expanding into other motorsports categories. In 2019, FloRacing streamed just 141 races and has been able to quickly expand its offering to over 1,600 races annually, representing 151 million hours of live content streamed in 2021. Overall event viewership has soared 263% YOY in 2021 while per event viewership has increased 87%. Across FloRacing social media platforms, FloRacing has generated over 70 million video views in 2021 so far. In addition to grassroots racing, other categories of motorsports streamed on FloRacing include drag racing, motocross, supercross, snowmobile racing and more.

FloRacing’s dedicated content team will bolster NASCAR’s grassroots racing scene with new original programming including driver interviews, behind-the-scenes access, on-site race day coverage, analysis and more. The partnership will give fans access to more NASCAR Roots racing than previously available, including tentpole events at Bowman Gray Stadium, New Smyrna Raceway and Berlin Raceway.

“Our partnership with FloSports is a win for motorsports fans at all levels and doubles down on NASCAR’s commitment to grassroots racing — the foundation of our sport,” said Brian Herbst, NASCAR senior vice president, media and productions. “We look forward to bringing fans all the racing they crave and investing in the tracks that provide lifelong memories to motorsports fans each weekend.”

“NASCAR shares our mission to grow grassroots motorsports and bring these races and athletes to an even wider audience across America and the world,” said Mark Floreani, CEO and Co-Founder, FloSports. “We are honored to align with NASCAR as we continue to invest in the future of this sport so that we build a home for fans to both watch and experience racing in completely new ways. We’re excited for what’s to come.”

Fans can subscribe via FloRacing.com, gaining access to nearly 2,000 races annually for $150/year. The subscription also unlocks premium FloRacing content, including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes access with drivers, news and analysis, as well as archived races and highlights that fans have come to expect from the FloRacing platform. Subscribers also receive complete access to the entire network of FloSports verticals ranging from cycling, wrestling, football, baseball, softball, grappling, rodeo and more. Watch the races across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

How Losing TC Helped Drive Ryan Stone Back Home To Become Champion

Story & Photo By: Kyle Souza

When Ted Christopher suddenly passed away in a plane crash in 2017, en route to a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, it sent shockwaves through the entire Northeast modified community.

Nevermind just the modifieds — but it sent those same waves right through short-track racing, and even trickled it’s way up to the higher levels of the sport. Losing a prestigious driver, who was a multiple-time champion and winner, but more importantly — a genuinely good guy — hit home with most.

Including Ryan Stone, now a two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship crew chief. Stone clinched his second title on Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as the ringleader of the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet with driver Justin Bonsignore and car owner Ken Massa. It was also the second title for the other two centerpieces of the organization.

After a tenure down south, working in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports, Stone came home to unite with Bonsignore and Massa — and it’s resulted in two titles in three years.

“Losing Ted Christopher made me think about being away from home, being away from friends,” Stone told Souza Media. “He was a good buddy of mine. I missed him racing for the last three and a half years of his life. That really affected me. I said I needed to go home to my people.”

Stone’s success down south was well-documented. Working for JR Motorsports, an organization owned by NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr., was the epitome of everything Stone dreamed of as a kid. But, as that kid growing up, his home was in the open-wheel Modifieds, cars with no fenders, wide tires and plenty of ground-pounding speed.

The fendered Xfinity cars and the trip down south was worth it for Stone. But it was three separate phone calls from Ken Massa and Bonsignore that helped him make the return to New England, where he belongs.

“It’s such a funny story, because at first I said no because I wanted to stay at JR Motorsports and try to drive myself up the line,” Stone said. “They called me in September of 2017, I said no. They called again, I said no. When they called me a third time, they sweetened the deal, and they were going to get me a shop. They wanted me to move to Long Island, almost home… but I wanted to be in Connecticut where I was from with my friends… really go home. Ken told me he would get me a shop and they wanted me to do it. I saw some layoffs happen at the end of the year at JR Motorsports, and that was tough. I watched that and said I should go home.”

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The decision to roll back has certainly paid off in a big way. Stone and the No. 51 team have accomplished some impressive feats in the last three years — on top of two titles — with wins in 17 of 41 races and top-five finishes in 31 of them. Better yet, they have been consistently one of few cars on the Whelen Modified Tour that can unload at a variety of different tracks with winning speed right off the truck.

“We have a special deal here,” Bonsignore said. “Ryan, more than anyone, speaks up to it. He knows what we have as a core group. And he, more than anyone, wants to go out and keep solidifying his spot as a championship winning crew chief in the future. He wants to be in the likes of Phil (Moran) and the others who were the dominant type.”

Stone has been busy since day one, building, preparing and maintaining cars, and hasn’t stopped for much else. He’s dedicated to his craft, and it shows on the track. He even spent time living with former Whelen Modified Tour champion and close friend Ron Silk until he got his feet back under him.

“We hit the ground running in 2018, we built some cars, I lived with Silk for two years, because all I was doing was working. I looked for a home, worked, worked some more, went racing,” Stone said. “We’ve just been on fire ever since. The chemistry just happens. I can’t even explain it. We hit the ground running and never looked back.”

“Ryan just doesn’t let us fail, he works his guts out every single day at the shop, 16-hour days,” Bonsignore said. “He’s there every single day of the week. Even with COVID he was there. It’s just how he is.”

With two titles down, and no signs of slowing down in their immediate future, Stone, Bonsignore and Massa, while celebrating on Sunday at Thompson, we’re already starting to look forward to the 2021 season, where they hope to grab their third title in four years.

“It feels good to get a second one,” Stone said. “If we can keep this together, we can be one of those teams that you guys talk about… the No. 16, the 3, the 4, the 2… that’s what we are trying to build towards, an iconic team. It’s another step closer to that… we have a long way to go to catch people like Doug (Coby) and Phil (Moran), but that’s what we are trying to do. It’s been a magical three years.”

Ronnie Silk Wins NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Stafford Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Stafford Speedway for its lone visit of the 2020 season on Friday, September 26 for the NAPA Auto Parts 150.  Ronnie Silk came into the race as one of the hottest NWMT drivers with 3 consecutive podium finishes and he continued his hot streak by winning the NAPA Auto Parts 150 for his second win of the 2020 season and his 4th career NWMT win at Stafford. 

Silk enjoyed a dominating day at Stafford that began with his #85 car being the fastest car in practice to claim the number 1 pit stall for the NAPA Auto Parts 150.  Silk qualified second behind polesitter Eric Goodale and he led the first 50 laps of the NAPA 150 before coming to pit road for his first of 2 pit stops during the race. 

After Silk’s second pit stop of the race on lap-102, he restarted in 7th place and he moved up to second by the time the caution came back out on lap-117 for spins by Eric Goodale and Matt Galko spun on the backstretch. 

Silk powered his way around race leader Chase Dowling on the ensuing lap-124 restart to retake the lead and he slowly pulled away from the field to lead the final 26 laps and take the checkered flag.  Doug Coby finished second with NWMT points leader Justin Bonsignore rounding out the podium finishers.

Ron Silk (85) battles Chase Dowling (9) for the lead late in the Napa Auto Parts 150.

Max McLaughlin finished fourth in his first career Stafford start with Chase Dowling rounding out the top-6.  Finishing 6th through 10th was Jon McKennedy, Ronnie Williams, Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Swanson, and Tyler Rypkema.

“We had a great car,” said Silk.  “I think we all struggled a little bit in practice but I knew speed-wise we had a good car and right from the green flag I knew we had a car that could contend and I knew if I could get out front I could hold them off.  Fantastic effort by all my guys.  It’s been a good week for me, I got engaged on Tuesday so this is a great way to cap off the week.  I knew Chase [Dowling] gets around here really good and he gets around everywhere really well and it’s fun racing with him.  Luckily I was able to get a good run on him coming off turn 2 and finished the pass through 3 and 4.  I could see him in the mirror for a little while, he tried to stay with me but the gap was getting bigger and bigger so I was just kind of cruising at the end in case we had a late caution.”

“I bet you didn’t expect to see us here after the first 80 laps,” said Coby said.  “I kept going, kept plugging away, kept seeing what we wanted and we ended up second. I’m really happy.  We had a fast car at the end and that’s really when you want to be fast.  We’ve got something to build on for the winter and hopefully come back with a little bit better package next year.”

“We had a really good car right from the start but I don’t know if we had as good of a car as the 85 [Silk],” said Bonsignore.  “The car came alive kind of a little too little too late and maybe a late caution could have bunched us up.  We got another top-5 but it wasn’t looking good there with about 30 or 40 to to.  It’s great to be back at Stafford and it’s great to have fans here and we’re looking forward to coming back in the Spring.”

WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 (150)

1) Ronnie Silk, Norwalk

2) Doug Coby, Milford

3) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY

4) Max McLaughlin, Mooresville, NC

5) Chase Dowling, Roxbury

6) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA

7) Ronnie Williams, Ellington

8) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, NY

9) Matt Swanson, Acton, MA

10) Tyler Rypkema, Owego, NY

11) Timmy Solomito, Islip, NY

12) Sam Rameau, Westminster, MA

13) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY

14) Joey Mucciacciaro, Jr., Wolcott

15) Calvin Carroll, Newton, NJ

16) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon

17) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA

18) Walt Sutcliffe, Jr., East Haven

19) Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA

20) Gary Byington, Unionville

21) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, NY

22) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, NY

23) Matt Galko, Meriden

24) Rob Summers, Manchester

25) J.B. Fortin, Holtsville, NY

26) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, NY

27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, NH