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NASCAR Whelen Southern Mod Tour Stat Advance: South Boston

Analyzing The South Boston 150 At South Boston Speedway

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 6, 2015) – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to South Boston Speedway for the first time this season for Saturday’s South Boston 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

 South Boston 150 Setup:

  • Andy Seuss is the only three-time winner in NWSMT competition at South Boston Speedway including the first race held there in 2009.
  • Kyle Ebersole and George Brunnhoelzl III are the only other previous race winners at South Boston currently entered in this weekend’s race.
  • Rookie Austin Pickens and newcomer Richie Pallai Jr. will both make their first career starts at South Boston this Saturday while Kyle Bonsignore will make his second appearance at the track.

 At South Boston Speedway:

History

  • South Boston Speedway opened in 1957. The facility is owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway.
  • South Boston features weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday nights during the racing season, headlined by the late model division.
  • The track held 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races between 1960-71, 35 NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-2000, three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dates from 2001-03 and five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East contests from 2007-11.
  • South Boston held the 2001 season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, an event won by Jerry Marquis. It marked the only event to-date for the northeastern-based tour at South Boston.
  • The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at South Boston was contested on April 4, 2009 and won by Seuss.

 Notebook

  • There have been seven different winners in the nine previous NWSMT races at South Boston.
  • Seven different drivers have earned Coors Light Pole Awards at South Boston since the first race in 2009. George Brunnhoelzl III and Danny Bohn are the only active drivers with two.
  • Brunnhoelzl, Jason Myers and Seuss are the only drivers to compete in all nine previous NWSMT events at South Boston.
  • Brunnhoelzl is the only driver to win in wire-to-wire fashion at South Boston, on April 13, 2013.
  • Seuss was the youngest South Boston race winner at 22 years, 20 days on April 4, 2009.
  • Ted Christopher was the oldest South Boston victor at 52 years, 10 months, 12 days on April 17, 2011.

 South Boston Speedway Data

Season Race #:  3 of 11 overall, 1 of 2 at South Boston

Track Layout:  .4-mile asphalt oval

Banking/Turns:  12 degrees

Banking/Straights:  10 degrees

Race Length:  150 laps / 60 miles

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2015 Pole Winner:  Ryan Preece

2015 Race Winner:  Ryan Preece

Track Qualifying Record:  L.W. Miller, Chevrolet, 14.466 seconds, 99.544 mph, April 14, 2012

 Active Category Leaders at South Boston:

Wins

  1. Andy Seuss … 3
  2. six drivers with … 1

Poles

  1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 2

Danny Bohn … 2

  1. four drivers with … 1

Top Fives

  1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 6

Andy Seuss … 6

  1. five drivers with … 3

 Top 10s

  1. Burt Myers … 8
  2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 7

Jason Myers … 7

Laps Led

  1. Andy Seuss … 410
  2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 320
  3. Ryan Preece … 159

Laps Completed

  1. Jason Myers … 1,292
  2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1,287
  3. Andy Seuss … 1,246

Starts

  1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 9

Jason Myers … 9

Andy Seuss … 9

 Selected Driver Highlights:
JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)

  • Has two wins and 27 top 10s in 49 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The wins came at Southern National Motorsports Park and Bristol Motor Speedway (NWSMT) in 2014.
  • Enjoyed his best career finish to date in the final points standings (fourth) in 2014.
  • In six career NWSMT starts at South Boston Speedway he has three top-five and four top-10 finishes, with an average finish of ninth and a best result of second in 2014.

Danny Bohn (No. 40 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair/William Smith Trucking Chevrolet)

  •     This New Jersey native has four wins, six poles, 20 top-five and 34 top-10 finishes in 42 starts.
  •     Finished in the top 10 in the final standings each year from 2012-14 and competed part-time last year. Returns to full-time competition this season with Frank and Chris Fleming.
  •     In six starts at South Boston he has two poles, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Composite Technologies Chevrolet)

  • Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, `13).
  • Has 26 wins, 26 poles, 54 podiums, 68 top fives, 83 top 10s and 3,533 laps led in 105 career starts.
  • Holds NWSMT all-time records for wins and laps led. Ranks second in poles, third in top fives and fourth in top 10s.
  • Won last weekend at Concord Speedway to keep his record of at least one win a season in every year he has competed full-time on the NWSMT since 2008. Ran on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.
  • Has one win from the pole (2013) at South Boston with six top-five finishes in nine starts.

Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)

  • Has two wins, 21 top fives and 35 top 10s in 48 career starts. His first victory was earned at Langley Speedway in 2013 and the second came at South Boston on Sept. 13, 2014.
  • Ranked fifth in points with eight top-10 finishes last season.
  • Has never finished outside the top 10 in six career starts at South Boston with an average finish of fifth and three top fives in addition to his win in 2014.

 Jeremy Gerstner (No. 15 GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet)

  • Competing fulltime again this season for modified veteran car owner Grady Jeffreys Sr.
  • Has scored two top fives and 10 top 10s in 28 career starts with a career-best finish of third at Bowman Gray in 2015.
  • Has one top-five and two top-10 finishes in three starts at South Boston, finishing fifth last September.

Trey Hutchens III (No. 14 Wix Filters/All Star Truck & Trailer Repair Chevrolet)

  • He has two top-10 finishes in nine career starts, both coming at South Boston.
  • Has made 20 career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with three top-10 finishes (seventh at Richmond and 10th at Iowa in 2015, and eighth at Dover in 2013).
  • Has two top-10 finishes in as many starts with a best finish eighth South Boston last April.

Bobby Measmer Jr. (No. 74 Powerhouse Recycling/Lead 2 Real Estate Chevrolet)

  •     The Concord, North Carolina, driver has one pole (South Boston, 2015), four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 26 career starts.
  •     Has made four previous starts at South Boston, winning his first career pole and a highest finish of third last September.
  •     Enters this weekend fourth in the points standings.

 Burt Myers (No. 1 Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auction Ford)

  • The 2010 NWSMT champion has 17 wins, a tour record 28 poles, 70 top fives and 108 top 10s in 130 career starts.
  • Finished fourth in the final standings last season with one win, six top fives and eight top 10s in 10 races. It was his third consecutive finish inside the top five in the final standings.
  • Has two top fives and eight top 10s in eight career South Boston starts.

 Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing Ford)

  • Has recorded three wins, 44 top fives and 100 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 134 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s previous 11 seasons.
  • Finished 2015 a career-best third place in the final standings.
  • Has seven top 10s, with four seventh-place finishes in nine previous races at South Boston.

Richie Pallai Jr. (No. 79 Hillbilly Racing Pontiac)

  • Has 46 starts in the NWMT with one top five (2011-Lime Rock Park) and eight top-10 finishes.
  • Finished ninth in his first start in March driving for Hillbilly Racing this season in the southern tour.
  • This will be his first NWSMT start at South Boston.

Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)

  • Won his first career pole award at Bristol last August and has 26 top 10s in 57 career starts with a career best finish of fifth at Caraway in 2013.
  • Finished in the top 10 in the final 2015 standings with six top 10s in 10 races, equaling his career-best showing of eighth place in 2014.
  • Works full-time at Ganassi Racing in Concord.
  • Has three top 10s and an average finish of 10th in seven career starts at South Boston.

 Andy Seuss (No. 11 Ideal Finance/Phoenix Motors Chevrolet)

  • The 2014 & 2015 NWSMT champion has 21 wins, 12 poles, 64 top fives and 84 top 10s in 106 career NWSMT starts. His 21 wins rank second all-time.
  • Is the only three-time winner at South Boston. In addition to his wins he has six top fives with an average finish of sixth at the track.
  • Joins George Brunnhoelzl III and Jason Myers as the only drivers to start all previous nine NWSMT races at South Boston.

 Up To Speed:

  • Burt Myers made a late pass around Danny Bohn to pick up the season-opening win and 17th overall in his career in the southern tour.
  • George Brunnhoelzl III made a late pass by Ted Christopher to add to his record-setting number of wins on the tour with his first victory of the year and 26th overall.
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Mahoning Valley Speedway postpones RoC Modified opener due to cold weather forecast

image001(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 4-5-16) Mahoning Valley Speedway management in conjunction with Race of Champions officials have announced that this coming Saturday’s season opener for the “Break-The-Ice-75” featuring the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco has been postponed until Saturday, April 23 at 6:00 pm.

With the outlook for Saturday’s temperature reaching no higher than the mid-30s according to a variety of weather forecasts, it was determined that in the best interest of fans, teams and track personnel to push back the race to the make-up date of April 23.

“We feel this is the right call at this time,” said Mahoning Valley Speedway promoter Floyd Santee. “With all of the input we have been getting for this race there is no sense in trying to make it work when every weather report we looked at all says how chilly it will be.

“We know we can take the chance and run the show but we owe to our fans and all of the teams, both ours and those who are traveling from out of the area, to present a great show and that’s what we plan to do only it will be two weeks away instead. We are all better off safe than sorry,” he added.

Although the speedway will not be having any features this Saturday, they have opted to hold another testing day. From noon to 4:00 pm the track will be open to any teams who would like to utilize that time to get in one final full day of practice. It will be $25 per car and $10 per person for the pits. Grandstands are free.

Opening Day now moves to Saturday, April 16 with a 6:00 pm start time slated. On the card will be all six track classes including Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus the Micro Stocks. This is also race number one of the six race American Rental Street Stock Gamblers Series.

The April 23 winner of the Break-The-Ice-75 will earn $2800, $1500 for second and $200 to take the green. 26 cars will qualify for the feature. All others, provided there are 40 cars, will then compete in the $800 to win 30-lap B-main.

For additional information please log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Likewise with the Race of Champions at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Thompson

Thompson 2016

Analyzing the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 6, 2016) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will open the 2016 season with the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

 

 Icebreaker 150 Setup:

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    Doug Coby,
    by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    Two-time defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Doug Coby recorded a season sweep of the 2015 events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. This week he will look to become the first driver in tour history to win five consecutive races at the track.

  • With wins in the last three events of 2015, Coby is also looking to become the first driver to win four straight races overall since Mike Stefanik in 1997.
  • Icebreaker winners have gone on to capture the NWMT title that season eight times, including Coby last year.
  • The last nine Icebreaker 150s have been won by eight different drivers.
  • Of the 28 cars entered for the event, seven are new to the tour or have different drivers from the conclusion of 2015.
  • Eric Goodale is set to extend the active NWMT consecutive starts streak to 100 races in this event.

 At Thompson Speedway:

History

  • Opened on May 26, 1940 as the largest and first entirely-asphalt track in New England at the time.
  • An inaugural member track of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, now in its 35th season. Woody Pitkat is the defending track champion out of the track’s headlining Sunoco Modified division.
  • Held NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 1951, 1969 and 1970, and 27 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events from 1988-2009.
  • Site of the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on March 31, 1985, a race won by the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans.

 Notebook

  • Thompson has played host to 130 NWMT races, the most in the tour’s 32 seasons.
  • There have been 34 different race winners at Thompson, led by Mike Stefanik’s 15 victories.
  • There have been 44 different pole winners at Thompson, led by Tony Hirschman’s 13.
  • Jamie Tomaino is the only driver that has participated in all 130 previous NWMT Thompson races.
  • There have only been three races won in wire-to-wire fashion at Thompson, the last by Rick Fuller in 1997.
  • Bobby Santos was the youngest Thompson race winner at 22 years, 11 days in 2007.
  • Stefanik was the oldest Thompson victor at 54 years, 10 months, 25 days in 2013.

 Thompson Data

Race:  #1 of 17 overall, #1 of 4 at Thompson

Track Layout:  .625-mile asphalt oval

Banking/Turns:  26 degrees

Race Length:  150 laps (93.75 miles)

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2015 Race Winner:  Doug Coby, 1 hr. 23 mins. 19 secs., 67.514 mph

2015 Pole Winner:  Doug Coby, 18.679 secs., 120.456 mph

Qualifying Record:  Bobby Santos, 18.237 seconds, 123.376 mph, April 10, 2011

  Active Category Leaders at Thompson: Wins

  1. Ted Christopher … 13
  2. Doug Coby … 5
  3. Bobby Santos … 4

Ron Silk … 4

 

Poles

  1. Ted Christopher … 7
  2. Bobby Santos … 5
  3. Donny Lia … 4

Ryan Preece … 4

Top Fives

  1. Ted Christopher … 34
  2. Jamie Tomaino … 20
  3. Ron Silk … 16

Top 10s

  1. Ted Christopher … 49

Jamie Tomaino … 49

  1. Todd Szegedy … 27

Laps Led

  1. Ted Christopher … 1,750
  2. Doug Coby … 771
  3. Donny Lia … 645

Laps Completed

  1. Jamie Tomaino… 15,969
  2. Ted Christopher … 11,837
  3. Wade Cole … 9,461

Starts

  1. Jamie Tomaino … 130
  2. Ted Christopher … 89
  3. Wade Cole … 84

 Select Driver Highlights:

Jimmy Blewett (No. 4 Starrett Dodge)

  • Has five wins, three poles and 36 top 10s in 106 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
  • Last participated on the tour in 2013. Best career points finish was eighth in both 2007 and 2012.
  • Has a pole (June 2006), nine top 10s, an average finish of 16th and a best result of second (Oct. 2006, April 2009) in 29 career NWMT starts at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

 Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)IMG_6348 (2)

  • Has eight wins, five poles and 51 top 10s in 88 career NWMT starts.
  • Has three wins, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 21 career starts at Thompson.
  • Won the 2014 Icebreaker 150.

 Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair Chevrolet)

  • Three-time NWMT champion has 17 wins, 10 poles and 90 top 10s in 172 career starts.
  • Has five wins, two poles, 26 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 46 career Thompson NWMT starts. Also won the inaugural non-points UNOH Showdown in 2011.
  • Is the defending Icebreaker 150 winner, which launched a season sweep of 2015 events at Thompson.

 Chase Dowling (No. 9 S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet)IMG_8503

  • The 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year recorded eight top 10s with a best finish of third (Aug. Riverhead Raceway) in 15 races.
  • Recorded an average finish of 13.5 across his first four races at Thompson last year, including a ninth-place effort in the World Series.

 Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet)

  • Has a win, a pole and 44 top 10s in 101 career starts.
  • Maintains the NWMT’s active lead for consecutive starts, now at 99 races.
  • Has 12 top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of third (Aug. 2013) in 24 starts at Thompson.

IMG_8512Donny Lia (No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet)

  • The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 21 poles and 87 top 10s in 169 career starts.
  • Has three wins, four poles, 18 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 39 career Thompson starts.
  • Thompson wins have come in June, August and September events. Will look for his first Icebreaker 150 victory.

 Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet)

  • Has two wins and 58 top 10s in 124 career races.
  • Has a win (2013 World Series), eight top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 33 career NWMT starts at Thompson.

 Woody Pitkat (No. 85 Stuart’s Automotive Chevrolet)

  • Has three wins, four poles and 55 top 10s in 106 career starts.
  • Has three poles, 10 top 10s, an average finish of 15th and a best result of second (2014 & `15 Icebreakers, Aug. `15) in 29 NWMT Thompson starts.
  • Was the Icebreaker 150 runner-up the last two years.
  • Thompson’s 2006 and 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion out of the Sunoco Modified division.

IMG_8586 (2)Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Haulers/Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet)

  • The 2013 NWMT champion has 15 wins, 14 poles, 40 podiums, 55 top fives and 78 top 10s in 123 career starts.
  • Has a win (2014 World Series), four poles, 20 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 32 NWMT Thompson races.
  • Earned the 2012 and `14 Thompson NWAAS track titles in Sunoco Modifieds, where he has 18 career wins.
  • Will head to Thompson from Texas Motor Speedway where he will compete Friday night in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

 Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet)

  • The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 16 poles and 58 top 10s in 107 career events.
  • Has four wins, five poles, 19 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 35 Thompson races.
  • One of his Thompson triumphs came in the 2010 Icebreaker 150, which launched his championship campaign.

Ron Silk (No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet)

  • The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, nine poles and 86 top 10s in 145 career starts.
  • Has four wins, 25 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 40 NWMT Thompson races.
  • Won the Icebreaker 150 in 2012 as the reigning NWMT champion.

 Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)IMG_8412

  • Has a pole and 17 top 10s in 35 career starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013 and twice at Stafford in 2015 (June, Oct.).
  • In 10 Thompson starts he’s posted average finish of 10th and a best result of third in the 2015 World Series.

Other Driver Notes:

  • Andrew Krause is set to make his NWMT debut in this event. He’s the only driver entered with no prior starts at Thompson.
  • Rob Summers will attempt to make his first NWMT start at Thompson since the 2010 World Series. He has an average finish of 22.5 in 27 career races there.
  • Brendon Bock and Jeff Goodale both recorded top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season opener at Caraway Speedway in March.

 More Coby Notes:

  • Can become the first driver to win four consecutive NWMT races overall since Mike Stefanik in 1997 (five straight) … only other driver to win at least four straight was Richie Evans (five, 1985).
  • Can become the first driver since Ryan Preece in 2011-12 to capture four consecutive poles.
  • Can extend his own all-time record for consecutive wins from the pole, currently at three.
  • Can become the first driver to win the Icebreaker 150 in back-to-back seasons since Ted Christopher in 2004-05 … Jeff Fuller (1992-93) is the only other driver to accomplish the feat.
  • Can become the first driver since Christopher in 2010-11 to record back-to-back wins in a season finale and the opener the following year … others are: Reggie Ruggiero (1987-88), Steve Park (1995-96), Rick Fuller (1999-2000), Christopher (2008-09).
  • Can move into sole possession of 10th place on the NWMT career victories list with win No. 18.
  • Will vie in 2016 to become the first driver in NWMT history to win three-straight championships.

 Up To Speed:

  • This is the 32nd season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing. The inaugural race was contested March 31, 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
  • The 2015 schedule features 17 points races at nine different tracks across four states.
  • Following the Icebreaker 150 the NWMT will return to action on April 24 with the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway.