NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Hickory

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 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2015) – The penultimate event on the 2015 schedule will be held this Saturday as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for the MTP Tire 150.

One driver who is looking forward to returning to the track is four-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III. Brunnhoelzl has rebounded from a tough start to the season with three straight podium finishes to get back in contention for a potential fifth championship.

Brunnhoelzl won at Hickory in 2011 when he took the lead from Zach Brewer with two laps to go in the race. The West Babylon, New York, native will be the only driver in the field this weekend that has won a NASCAR-sanctioned modified race at the historic track.

Veterans Frank Fleming, Burt Myers and Jason Myers are the only drivers currently entered to have started both previous races held at the .363-mile track. The Myers brothers enter the race in contention for the 2015 championship, 10 points behind leader Andy Seuss with Brunnhoelzl 13 points back.

Burt Myers, who won his lone NWSMT championship in 2010, is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in both previous races at HMS. The Walnut Cove, North Carolina, driver finished third in 2006 and eighth in 2011.

Seuss goes after his second straight win and third this season at Hickory after scoring the checkered flag last time out at South Boston Speedway two weeks ago. Seuss finished sixth at HMS in his lone start at the track in 2006.

 

Race Details

RACE: MTP Tire 150

PLACE: Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, N.C.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 3

TIME: 8 p.m. ET (Approximately)

TRACK LAYOUT: .363-mile asphalt oval

2011 WINNER: George Brunnhoelzl III

2011 POLE SITTER: Patrick Emerling

EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 2-2:25 p.m.; Final practice 2:55-3:20 p.m.; Two-Lap Qualifying 5 p.m.; Autograph Session 6:15 p.m. (On Track)

TRACK CONTACT:        Kevin Piercy

TRACK TWITTER:         @HickorySpeedway

EVENT HASHTAG:        #Hickory150

NASCAR CONTACT:     Tim Southers,

 

Fast Facts

The Race: The MTP Tire 150 will be the 10th of 11 races of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship season. This is the tour’s third visit to the historic oval, and first since 2011.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (54.45 miles) and teams have an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

The Track: Hickory is a .363-mile high-banked asphalt oval located in Hickory, North Carolina, that features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. The track is a .363-mile paved oval with 14 degrees of banking in Turns 1 & 2 and 12 degrees in Turns 3 & 4. The straightaways have eight degrees of banking.

The Records: Patrick Emerling holds the qualifying record of 92.119 mph on April 2, 2011; Junior Miller holds the race record set on Sept. 30, 2006, 82.548 mph, 39 minutes 15 seconds. The race in 2006 was caution free.

Hickory 150 Notes

Jason Myers Ready for Hickory: After finishing seventh at South Boston Speedway, Jason Myers will look to rebound this week at Hickory Motor Speedway. Myers has recorded one top-10 finish in two previous starts at the track. Although he enters this weekend tied in the championship standings with older brother, Burt, he’s in third place as Burt owns the tiebreaker with his win at Langley Speedway in April.

Measmer Honors Mother With Paint Scheme: Bobby Measmer Jr. has enjoyed a recent run of success as the Concord, North Carolina, driver is coming off of his career-best finish of third and his first Coors Light Pole Award at South Boston on Sept. 19th. He has painted his No. 14 modified pink to honor his mother who is battling breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Famous Names: Some famous names that have driven at the track include the late Ralph Earnhardt, who won a total of five track championships, while NASCAR Hall of Fame members Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson also own track titles. Fellow Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett also called the track home early in his career. A total of 10 already or soon-to-be inductees in the NASCAR Hall of Fame won races at the track.

Home Tracks: Piercy Scores Track Championship

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Engineering student Matt Piercy was able to outlast fellow second generation driver Landon Huffman to win the Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship in Late Model Stocks two weeks ago. Piercy topped Huffman, who is the son of former NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series champion Robert Huffman, by just eight points.

JIMMY WHITE JR. & GENE BURBOL SCORE RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ENDURO VICTORIES

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Riverhead, NY Sept. 26th

By Bob Finan

Jimmy “The Kid” White Jr. of Southampton and Gene Burbol of Brookhaven each scored their second straight victories Saturday evening at Riverhead Raceway when they won their respective 50-lap feature events. White topped the Grand Enduro event while Burbol not only won the Truck Enduro feature but also clinched the championship in that class with the win..

Glenn Simonin led the first 13 circuits of the Grand Enduro before being passed by championship hopeful Greg Zaleski for the top spot on lap 14. Greg who came into the race two points back of David Antos for the 2015 title knew if he won the final race he at worst would clinch a tie for the championship. Zaleski’s plan was playing out just the way he hoped until lap 38 when Jimmy White Jr. made a successful inside pass for the race lead in turn two on lap 38. Once out front the driver of the Busy Bee Pest Control Chevy never looked back driving off to victory.

As for the championship battle David Antos of Lindenhurst made a late race pass on Greg Zaleski of Jamesport for second which gave the driver of the CR Customs Chevy his second career Grand Enduro championship. Zaleski crossed the line third in his Peconic Signs entry just four points shy of the championship.

Gene Burbol went out and notched his first career Truck Enduro championship in style taking the lead from Ben Gregor on lap 4 with an outside pass down the front stretch. Once the former 6-Cylinder Enduro champion had his Gene’s 112 Car Care S-10 in the lead the veteran driver stayed out front for the remainder of the race. “Handsome” Hank Hallock of Riverhead was runner-up in the Westhampton Auto Salvage Chevy with former champion Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point third in the Nelson Brothers Racing truck.

Like Burbol, Anthony Pizzo of Lake Ronkonkoma clinched the 8-Cylinder Enduro crown in style winning their first 75-lap race of the night. Sean Fitzpatrick, Donald Lawrence and Rhett Fogg all took turns leading the way before Pizzo in his United Exhaust Shops Caprice took the lead of the race for good with just 15-laps left in the contest.  Making the victory and championship that much sweeter for Pizzo was he had to overcome a hard Memorial Day Weekend crash before laying claim to the 2015 title. Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon was runner-up with Dale Doherty of Cutchogue third in the Jamesport Auto racer.

In the nightcap for the 8-Cylinder Enduro ranks “Blackjack” Bryan Kelly of Aquebogue broke out front early and went on the win the 40-lap finale in the TJ’S Heros Chevy. Rhett Fogg of Westhampton was second with Anthony Pizzo third.

In the held over 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro from September 12th Mike Mujsce Jr. of Hampton Bays took home the win in the 50-lap main event taking the lead on the very last lap of the race from Peter Verwys Jr. of East Rockaway. Mujsce, who due to his work schedule was forced to sit out a few late season races, was a man on a mission in the Premier Pest Control entry. Verwys in the Usedautoparts.com racer was second with Joe Warren Jr. of Ridge third.

In the regularly scheduled 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro young talent Brandon Esposito of Farmingville scored a popular win in the Gene’s 112 Car racer. Driving a number 66 in honor of his late uncle, former multi time Figure Eight champion Joe Biondolillo Jr., Brando was running second in the race when misfortune struck race leader Joe Warren Jr. Joe lost a rear tire late in the going allowing Esposito to inherit the lead. Once the 19-year old lead foot was in the lead he never looked back and celebrated with family and friends in victory lane.

Second year driver Paul Wojcik of Centereach earned the 4/6-Cylinder Enduro championship with a second place finish in his Fisher Shirts and Signs machine with veteran George Davis of Patchogue third in the Sign Designs entry.

Peter Verwys Jr. of East Rockaway might not have won his second straight 4/6-Cylinder Enduro title but he would triumph in the 50-lap Gut & Go Enduro. Verwys steering the Usedautoparts.com machine took the lead on lap 34 to secure the victory. Gary Voight of Medford who led until lap 34 was runner-up in the A Voight towing backed racer with Matt Brown of Farmingville third.

When the checker flag waved on the second 8-Cylinder Enduro it brought the curtain down on the racing career of promoters Barbara & Jim Cromarty who brought Enduro racing to Long Island in 1986. Barbara & Jim would like to thank all the Enduro and NASCAR racers and fans for their loyal support during their 38-year run and wish the new owners of Riverhead Raceway, Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz the very best on their new venture.

The new management team will debut with the Fall Frenzy Enduro and Legend Race Car program Sunday November 1st at 12:30 pm, details on that event can be found at www.riverheadraceway.com. Excitement for this new event is building with many teams completing Fall Frenzy entry blanks Saturday night.

Grand Enduro (top five) 1. Jimmy White Jr. 2. Dave Antos 3. Greg Zaleski 4. Erick Zegel 5. Mike Mulcahy

Truck Enduro (top five) 1. Gene Burbol 2. Hank Hallock 3. Don Nelson 4. R.J. Gage 5. Richard Galante

1st 8-Cylinder Enduro (top five) 1. Anthony Pizzo 2. Sean Fitzpatrick 3. Dale Doherty 4. Kevin Coyle 5. Justin Ferreri

2nd 8-Cylinder Enduro (top five) 1. Bryan Kelly 2. Rhett Fogg 3. Anthony Pizzo 4. Mark Wolf 5. Logan Fogg

1st 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro (top five) 1. Mike Mujsce Jr. 2. Peter Verwys Jr. 3. Joe Warren Jr. 4. Paul Wojcik 5. Brandon Esposito

2nd 8-Cylinder Car Enduro (top five) 1. Brandon Esposito 2. Paul Wojcik 3. George Davis 4. Matt Wahl 5. Ed Fontana

Gut & Go Enduro (top five) 1. Peter Verwys Jr. 2. Gary Voight 3. Matt Brown 4. Brandon Esposito 5. Jeff Gregor

THE ROAD TO THE FINALE STARTS AT THE UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WITH BIG TUESDAY NIGHT SHOW

12045537_10204859076106181_9157274544873419449_oFEATURING $3,000 TO WIN EVENTS FOR THE MODIFIEDS AND 360 SPRINTS
VERNON, NY-Utica-Rome Speedway will close the doors on its 2015 racing season on Tuesday, October 6 with a special three division midweek show.  Billed as Tuesday Night Thunder, the event sponsored by A-Verdi Container Storage and Clinton Tractor & Implement Company, will feature $3,000 to win events for the Big Block/Small Block Modifieds and 360 Sprints plus a rare appearance by the Mod Lites for a $1,000 to win main event.
 The Modifieds will compete in 30 lap distance, a normal Sunday main event, but this time it will pay $3,000 to win instead of the weekly $2,000 to win.  Matt Sheppard dominated much of the action in 2015 as he claimed the 2015 Utica-Rome Speedway Stampede Steakhouse Modified track championship over Larry Wight, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, and Vic Coffey.  Sheppard’s title was worth $13,000 plus he will get another $6,000 for finishing second in New York State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings.  The Modified field for this event looks to be a diverse field with many unexpected invaders who will be in the area for the final Super DIRT Week event at the NYS Fairgrounds.  The Modifieds will compete under the normal weekly rules which are available on the speedway website.
Always providing exciting action when they visit the Action Track of the East, the 360 Sprints will return for the final time in 2015.  Like the Modifieds, the Sprints will race for a special $3,000 to win payday with the A Main being 25 laps.  Many of the top Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Group, and United Racing Club teams are expected to make their way to the Vernon oval for the special event.  Stewart Friesen has won two of the three visits by the Sprints in 2015 while Chuck Hebing was the victor in the remaining event.
The Mod Lites will complete the three division show as they will try to tackle the fast half mile in a rare stop at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  This will be the highest paying Mod Lite event ever at the Vernon oval as the main event will pay $1,000 to win.  With that kind of purse, many of the region’s top Mod Lite competitors are expected to find their way to the Utica-Rome Speedway.
Super Dirt LogoCampers will be welcome at the Utica-Rome Speedway as many will be in the area awaiting for the gates to open for them at the New York State Fairgrounds for the Finale at the Fairgrounds Super DIRT Week event.  Anyone wanting to set up early and stage on the speedway grounds until Wednesday morning are more than welcome to do so.
Gates for this special midweek event will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing slated to begin at 7 p.m.  The schedule may altered slightly on the day of the event, depending on how teams make it through inspections at the fairgrounds.  Admission for adults will be $22 with kids 16 and under admitted for free.  Pit admission will remain at the normal weekly rate with competitors set at $27 and non-participants at $32.  No NASCAR license is required for this event.
For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.  The speedway can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter at @UR_Speedway.

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