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Traditional Sunday, May 1 Race Date at Chemung brings out the best in Series


Elma, N.Y. – (April 22, 2016) – When competitors in the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco head to the Chemung Speedrome they  have to tackle the challenge of uniquely shaped track that presents great racing opportunities. The event also signifies the first asphalt event in the Southern Tier of New York curing racers and race fans of “Cabin Fever”.

“Everyone is ready to go and now the way the Spring has played out to this point we haven’t had many opportunities to get out and race,” stated Orchard Park’s Patrick Emerling. “It will be great to get to Chemung and give it our all. The track presents us with some setup and driving challenges, but I think we can be competitive when it counts.”

The Series last visited Chemung for the Race of Champions last October in an event where Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pennsylvania prevailed, which also vaulted him to the 2015 Series Championship. Hirschman has a knack for always being in the hunt at Chemung.

“It’s a challenging track which presents opportunities for passing and you have to hit your marks,” offered Hirschman. “I think the fans will see the usual great racing that the Series always brings to Chemung. It will definitely be exciting.”

Bryan Sherwood of Binghamton, N.Y., is ready to compete at Chemung in the 75-lap event on Sunday.

“We had a decent day at Mahoning and we’re definitely looking forward to Chemung on Sunday,” stated Sherwood, who has followed the Series for several years. “Right now, that would be our home track and we’re looking forward to building off our race at Mahoning. Our friends and family come out to watch us race when we are close to home and we’re looking forward to rewarding them with a good run.”

The gates open at Chemung for fans on Sunday, May 1 at 12:00 pm (noon) with practice to follow at 1:00 pm, followed by the qualifying races starting 2:15 pm. Questions may be answered at the Chemung Speedrome Summer number: (607) 529-9998

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Coby Dominates in First Win of Season

Defending Tour Champion Cruises to Third NAPA Spring Sizzler Win

Doug Coby
Doug Coby

 STAFFORD, Conn. (April 24, 2016) – Doug Coby didn’t win the season-opener a couple of weeks ago, but he made everyone aware Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway he’s still the driver to beat to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Coby started from the pole and led a race-high 193 laps to win the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 for his 18th career win overall and third in the 45th annual spring event at the historic speedway located in Stafford, Connecticut.

The two-time defending tour champion pulled ahead at the start of the race and quickly built leads by as much as three seconds in the first half of the event. While Justin Bonsignore, Jamie Tomaino and Ted Christopher were each credited with laps led, Coby left little doubt through the afternoon he had the winning car.

Todd Szegedy followed in second with Rowan Pennink third. Timmy Solomito backed up his season-opening win with a fourth-place finish and Bonsignore was fifth.

Completing the top-10 were Shawn Solomito, Bobby Santos, Chase Dowling, Brendon Bock and Max Zachem.

The race was slowed five times for caution with the only multi-car incident occurring on Lap 106 after Bonsignore and Ryan Preece got together following a restart.

With the win Coby ascends to the top of the points standings by one over Timmy Solomito, 88-87.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on May 14 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the New England Cycle Center 161.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 Results


At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200 laps, 68.755 mph.
  2. (5) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  3. (8) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 200.
  4. (12) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 200.
  5. (10) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  6. (14) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  7. (13) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 200.
  8. (11) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  9. (17) Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  10. (15) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  11. (18) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 200.
  12. (9) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  13. (25) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  14. (7) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 199.
  15. (22) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 199.
  16. (23) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 199.
  17. (3) George Brunnhoelzl III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 199.
  18. (21) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 197.
  19. (24) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 197.
  20. (26) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 197.
  21. (20) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.
  22. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 195.
  23. (28) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 194.
  24. (6) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 175, ignition.
  25. (31) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 172, accident.
  26. (4) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 172, accident.
  27. (32) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 122, brakes.
  28. (19) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 117, power steering.
  29. (27) Nick Salva, Prospect, Conn., Chevrolet, 110.
  30. (29) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 106, accident.
  31. (2) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Dodge, 94, accident.
  32. (16) Tom Rogers, Jr., Patchogue, N.Y., Chevrolet, 91, rear end.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 27 minutes 16 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.131 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (99.398 mph, 18.109 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 32 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-64; J. Bonsignore 65; D. Coby 66-98; J. Tomaino 99; T. Christopher 100-104; D. Coby 105-200.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 88; 2. T. Solomito, 87; 3. J. Bonsignore, 82; 4. R. Pennink, 76; 5. C. Dowling, 69; 6. B. Santos, 68; 7. D. Lia, 67; 8. S. Solomito, 66; 9. M. Zachem, 66; 10. M. Swanson, 62.

Whelen Modified Telecasts Announced

NASCAR, NBCSN Reveal 12 TV Dates For Modified Tours In 2016

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
April 22, 2016

The 2016 telecast schedule features races from five of the sport’s most iconic short tracks and five companion events at NASCAR national series facilities. Included in the slate are the season finale championship events for both the Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

The 2016 season marks the second for NASCAR’s only open-wheel divisions on NBCSN. All 12 races will be presented by NBCSN in one-hour shows. The full NASCAR regional touring series NBCSN schedule covers 37 events.

Wed., June 15 Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Wed., June 22 6 p.m.
Fri., July 15 Whelen Modified Tour (All-Star) New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thu., July 21 7 p.m.
Sat., July 16 Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thu., July 21 6 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 6 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Bowman Gray Stadium Fri., Aug. 26 11 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 10 Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Fri., Aug. 26 8 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 17 Whelen Mod-Whelen So. Mod Bristol Motor Speedway Fri., Aug. 26 9 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 27 Whelen Modified Tour Riverhead Raceway Thu., Sept. 1 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 17 Whelen Southern Modified Tour South Boston Speedway Fri., Sept. 23 2 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 24 Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thu., Sept. 29 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 2 Whelen Modified Tour Stafford Motor Speedway Thu., Oct. 6 12:30 p.m.
Thu., Oct. 6 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Charlotte Motor Speedway (.25-mile) Fri., Oct. 14 3:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 16 Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Fri., Oct. 21 1 p.m.

All times ET and subject to change