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Pitkat Crowned 2018 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion

South Windsor Connecticut – – Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, was crowned 2018 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Friday night,

Nov 30, at the series annual awards banquet held at Maneeley’s Banquet and Catering, So. Windsor. CT. The title was Pitkat’s second, his first was in 2015.

The 39-year old Pitkat thanked his wife Erica and family for their support throughout the season, the Valenti Auto Group, Series owner Jack Bateman, series officials and race fans.

Pitkat also recognized car owners Dan Stebbins, Stan Mertz, and Todd Patnode noting if it were not for them the championship would not have been attainable. Mertz and Patnode stepped up late season when Stebbins discontinued his 2018 campaign.  Pitkat also recognized drivers, Anthony Nocella, Sammy Rameau, and Mike Willis Jr.

Pitkat was also the recipient of the Hoosier Tire East Award presented by Rob Summers, and the New England Race Fuel Award from John Holland.

Nocella, Wills Jr, Richard Savary, and Jacob Perry rounded out the top five in the standings, Donnie Lashua, Cameron Sontag, Derek Robbie, Todd Patnode, and Jeffrey Gallup, were sixth through tenth,

Tony Ricci, Dylan Rock, Andy Shaw, Brian Robie, and Dave Etheridge ranked 11th through 15th.

A.D.N. Motorsports (Anthony Nocella) won the Owners Points Title over Mike Willis Jr, Sammy Kramer, Stebbins, and long-time car owner Norm Perry.

Achievement Awards were presented to the following:

Rookie of the Year –        Jacob Perry

Most Improved Driver – Cameron Sontag

Tough Luck award –       CJ Bolton

Sportsmanship Award –  Derek Robbie

Dedication To Racing –  Roy Seidell

Seidell called it a career in October after 44- years of competition.

2019 MRS Schedule

For the first time the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be part of four opening events in 2019.

The series will be at Thompson Motorsports Park, April 6, Monadnock Speedway, May 4, New London – Waterford Speedbowl May 11, and Lee USA Speedway, May 18 & 19.

Monadnock welcomes the series back on June 8, July 6, and again on August 24.

June 22, & 23 are the dates for the third annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon.

Lee USA Speedway will host the series on July 12 and October 6.

New London-Waterford’s annual Wings & Wheels happens August 17

Single events on the calendar include Speedway 51, July 27,

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, August 3.

Claremont Speedway, August 9 with a rain date August 10

Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT August 30

Thompson Motorsports Park, October 11, & 12.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2019 Schedule Announced

South Boston, Wall Additions To 16-Race Championship Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 35th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a mix of historic short tracks on the eastern seaboard as well as the second running of the 250-lap showcase event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR WMT will open the 2019 season at Myrtle Beach SC. Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

For the third straight season, the Whelen Modified Tour will kick off at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway. The race on Saturday, March 16, will precede the return of the tour to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Following the southern swing, the tour will kickoff the New England racing season as the headliner for a pair of landmark Connecticut race weekends: the 46th annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 7, and the 48th annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on Sunday, April 28.

The 16-race tour calendar visits seven states and features the return to Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. The tour has run three events at the high-banked third-mile oval, most recently in 2007.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule celebrates some of most iconic eastern short tracks,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “It’s a nod to the old school NASCAR Modified division racing from Connecticut to Virginia competing for championship points and bragging rights. After a tremendous 2018 season, we are even more excited about what 2019 will bring.”

The 2018 NASCAR WMT Champion Justin Bonsignore Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

This past year, Long Island’s Justin Bonsignore rolled off eight wins en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. He out-distanced rising young star Chase Dowling and dethroned five-time tour champion Doug Coby to claim the top spot in the premier Modified series.

One of the highlights of 2018 was the inaugural Musket 250, a $25,000-to-win extra-distance championship event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dowling took advantage of a clash between Bonsignore and former tour champion – and 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver – Ryan Preece in the final turns of the final lap to score his first win and claim the biggest winner’s purse in tour history.

Ryan Preece #77, Justin Bonsignore #51 and Patrick Emerling #07 battle in the inaugural Musket 250 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photoNASNASCAR

The 2019 race at New Hampshire will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Whelen Modified Tour will also be part of the Monster Energy Series weekend at the “Magic Mile” with its championship points event on Saturday, July 21. The annual all-star race for the tour will be held on the 1.053-mile speedway on Friday, July 20.

Other schedule highlights include:

  • Two premier northeastern tracks remain in place on the calendar: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will host the tour on Saturday, June 1. The tour’s trip to upstate New York and Oswego Raceway will be part of the track’s 63rd Annual Classic Week with the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s.
  • Riverhead Raceway will host a pair of races: Saturday, July 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7. Bonsignore swept the two events at his home track in 2018.
  • The championship will conclude with the traditional races at Stafford and Thompson. First will be the 47th Annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 29, followed by the crowning of the 2019 champion at the 57th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 13.

2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

Date Track Location Laps
Sat, March 16 Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C. 150
Sat., March 30 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va. 150
Sun, April 7 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150
Sun, April 28 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 200
Sat, May 18 Wall Stadium Speedway Wall Township, N.J. 150
Sat, June 1 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass. 150
Wed, June 5 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 125
Sat. July 6 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 200
Fri, July 19 ** New Hampshire Motor Speedway * Loudon, N.H. All Star
Sat, July 20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 100
Fri, Aug 2 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 150
Wed, Aug 14 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150
Sat, Aug 31 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y. 150
Sat, Sept 7 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 200
Sat, Sept 21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 250
Sun, Sept 29 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 150
Sun, Oct 13 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150

* All-Star non-points event

Schedule subject to change

THE TRACK @ HILLSIDE BUFFALO TO HOST SEVEN RACE OF CHAMPIONS EVENTS IN 2019

Five Race of Champions Series set to do battle on the High Banks at Hillside; Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models, Super Stocks and Four Cylinders on 2019 Schedule

Holland, New York – (November 19, 2018) – The Track @ Hillside, part of the Hillside Buffalo Entertainment Complex will be hosting seven Race of Champions events during the 2019 racing season.

The premiere of the Race of Champions will take place on Saturday, July 6 with an exciting 100-lap Asphalt Modified Series race. The Modifieds will be joined on this date by the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series for the Butch Palmer Tribute 32-lap tribute race.

The Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series will visit Hillside Buffalo for the first time on Saturday, August 10, for the running of the George Decker Memorial, commonly referred to as “The Decker”.

The Race of Champions Late Models will also return this season. On Saturday, July 20 and the running of the traditional “Bud 100” will take place on Saturday, September 7.

The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will have two opportunities to compete on the high-banks this season. As part of the season opening event on Saturday, May 25 and alongside the Sportsman Modified Series on Saturday, August 10.

For more information in regard to the The Track at Hillside, as well as the entire Hillside Buffalo Entertainment Complex, e-mail: info@hillsidebuffalo.com. Additional information in regard to these events will be released in the upcoming days.