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JDV PRODUCTIONS TO PROMOTE THREE WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR EVENTS IN 2021

BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA

ATTLEBORO, Mass. —  JDV Productions, led by Josh Vanada and his team of experienced professionals in motorsports, will return to grassroots short-track racing to promote three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events in 2021.

As part of the tour’s 37th annual season of competition, which includes a 14-race schedule in six different states, JDV Productions will promote races in three states — Pennsylvania, New York and Maine. Races at Jennerstown Speedway Complex (May 29), Oswego Speedway (June 12) and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (August 21) will be led by the JDV team.

All three events will be $10,000+ to win for drivers, including the Whelen Winner of the Race bonus award, and each will have a full purse structure throughout the field. JDV is committed to assisting the Whelen Modified Tour group to continue the deep history of NASCAR’s oldest touring series.

“I’m glad to be back involved with motorsports and promoting the incredibly talented drivers, car owners and race teams of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour,” Vanada said. “We’ve selected three venues steeped in Modified history, with raceable surfaces and eager fans. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Jennerstown, Oswego and Beech Ridge this summer.”

Vanada is no stranger to motorsports promotions. As the former General Manager of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Vanada assisted in coordinating some of New England’s most historic events — including the Icebreaker weekend and Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. Both of those events included the Whelen Modified Tour — along with the annual June and August stops at Thompson during Vanada’s tenure at the Connecticut oval.

To be announced at a later date, there will be a challenge for competitors who elect to compete in all three tour races promoted by JDV.

“I’m really excited to have both Oswego and Jennerstown back on the schedule — we ran really well at both tracks and I just really enjoyed both facilities,” two-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore said. “I always enjoy seeing new tracks added to the schedule, and look forward to going to Beech Ridge and seeing how we stack up against the competition.”

The tour returns to Jennerstown, a .522-mile asphalt track in Pennsylvania, for a Memorial Day weekend special. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Jennerstown hosted the season-opener for the series without fans, won by eventual two-time champion Bonsignore. The track also hosted a second date in August, won by rising star Craig Lutz. It will be the 17th tour race in the history of the oval.

In June, NASCAR’s Modifieds will return to the “Steel Palace” of Oswego for their first of two dates during the 2021 season. JDV’s part in the June event marks the earliest the Whelen Modified Tour will visit Oswego during a season in the 12-race history. Last year, there was no tour event at Oswego, with the doors shuttered due to COVID-19. Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Matt Hirschman and Bonsignore were the four drivers in Victory Lane between 2016-2019. 

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway returns to the tour schedule for the first time since 2005 on August 21, bringing rolling thunder back to the NASCAR-sanctioned oval in Maine. Beech Ridge has seen Modifieds through the years, but when the tour rolls into town, fans can expect a tight-quarters racing battle at one of New England’s oldest venues.

“Josh has a proven track record of producing high-quality, entertaining events for our race fans. He has a passion for promoting events that bring an emphasis on both the racer and fan experience,” Jimmy Wilson, Director of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour said. “We are looking forward to working together with him and his team to bring the excitement and adrenaline that is the hallmark of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. After a year of challenges with the current pandemic, we are proud of the diverse schedule and the opportunity to bring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the variety of legacy and historic tracks on tap this year.”

More information regarding all three events will be released closer to the day of race events. For more information on JDV Promotions, visit https://www.facebook.com/JDVProd.

Wyatt Alexander wins first GSPSS event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

For the first time in Granite State Pro Stock Series history, the traveling pro stockers visited the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and Wyatt Alexander came out on top of stellar field of cars.

   Although the day started out under cloudy skies with a touch of drizzle, it turned out to be a picture perfect day for racing with a varied field of series regulars, track regulars and teams who fit neither of those categories.

   Series Point leader Ray Christain III would pace an incident free first practice which was interrupted briefly by drizzle, while it would be Derek Ramstrom posting the fastest time in practice two.

   Beech Ridge regular David Oliver would post top ten times in both practices but turn up the wick in The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge. His GSPSS track record time of 15.018 seconds would land him at the top of the heap followed closely by Derek Ramstrom and Christian III.

   Oliver would lead the field to green for heat race number one and take home the victory with relative ease, beating Garrett Hall and Angelo Belsito.

   Heat race number two would be the most exciting of the three by far. Derek Ramstrom would run away with the win but behind him Corey Bubar, Trevor Sanborn and Ben Rowe would race within inches of each other, sometimes leaning on each other, for the entire twelve laps. Bubar would win the battle finishing second just in front of Sanborn and Rowe.

   Heat race number three would be comparatively calm with Wyatt Alexander beating out Christian III and Gary Smith.

   The GSPSS redraw would help some and hurt others. Gary Smith would draw pill number one moving him from third in heat three to the pole. Corey Bubar, second in heat two, would draw pill two, putting him on the outside of row one. At the other end of the spectrum would be fast timer Oliver, winning heat two and drawing pill seven, putting him on the inside of row four for the start.

   At the drop of the green Smith, Bubar and Alexander would separate themselves from the rest of the field and sort the lead out among themselves. Bubar would take control, pacing the field for the first two thirds of the event. The first caution of the event wouldn’t fall until nearly lap 100, causing numerous drivers to find themselves a lap down.

   Back under green it was Bubar and Alexander driving away from the field and quickly approaching lapped traffic. Bubar would catch a group of four cars battling for position, which would slow him down and and allow Alexander to run him down from half a dozen car lengths back.

   Alexander would pull off a daring move, getting by Bubar and splitting the lapped cars to take over the top spot. Bubar would hound him the rest of the way but didn’t have quite enough car to get by.

   Alexander would pull away in the closing laps and take the win over a very disappointed Bubar. Derek Ramstrom would mount a late race charge to finish third running out of laps before he could catch the front two.

   David Oliver would run consistently just outside the top five all day and finish in fourth while one of the prerace favorites, Trevor Sanborn would round out the top five.

   Pole sitter Gary Smith would run in the top three for the first two thirds of the event but fade late, finishing in sixth ahead of two of the top three in series points Joey Polewarczyk and Christian III.

2019 series champion Joey Doiron would soldier to a ninth place finish just in front of Kevin Casper who would have possibly the drive of the race, starting 27th, going down a lap early and battling back to finish tenth.

   The 150 lap race was run in just 51 minutes with only two cautions and by all accounts was a huge success for all involved.

   The series will now have a three week break giving the teams the opportunity to get there equipment in top shape for the biggest event on the 2020 schedule. The Granite State Nationals presented by Newport Chevrolet will be a 150 lap event at The Claremont Motorsports Park with the winners share of the purse paying $10,000!

   Also, follow the series for some exciting scheduling announcements coming in the near future. Due to the covid-19 pandemic the schedule has been very fluid and that continues to be true through September and October.

   For more information go to www.gspss.net or follow the series on facebook, twitter and instagram. You can also go to www.claremontmotorsportspark.com as well as the tracks social media pages for more information on the Granite State Nationals.

    Results:

1 – 96 Wyatt Alexander

2 – 12b Corey Bubar

3 – 35 Derek Ramstrom

4 – 21me David Oliver

5 – 29s Trevor Sanborn

6 – 75 Gary Smith

7 – 97 Joey Polewarczyk

8 – 93ct Ray Christian III

9 – 73 Joey Doiron

10 – 88 Kevin Casper

11 – 93g Ryan Green

12 – 56 Evan Beaulieu

13 – 18 John Lowinski-Loh

14 – 52nh Jake Matheson

15 – 21 Josh King

16 – 25 Barry Poulin

17 – 44p Rusty Poland

18 – 94 Garrett Hall

19 – 3 Travis Buzzell

20 – 12p Bobby Pelland

21 – 31nh Luke Hinkley

22 – n40 Dan Mckeage

23 – 48 Larry Gelinas

24 – 8B Angelo Belsito

25 – 90nh Casey Call

26 – 4me Ben Rowe

27 – 24 Joe Pastore DNS

Contingency Awards :

Sunoco Race Fuels heat race winners – 5gallons of race fuel – 21me David Oliver, 35 Derek Ramstrom, 96 Wyatt Alexander

    Crazy Horse Fast Time Challenge – 1st $125 -21me David Oliver – 2nd $75 – 35 Derek Ramstrom – 3rd $50 – 93ct Ray Christian III

    Magnus Performance Parts – 7th place finisher $100 product certificate – 97 Joey Polewarczyk

    Matco Tools : product certificates – winner $75 – 96 Wyatt Alexander – Random Draw $75 – to be drawn at the next event

    American Racer Hard Charger – one free tire – 88 Kevin Casper

    Speed 51 leader at lap 51 – $51 – 12b Corey Bubar

    AR Bodies hard luck award – $100 product certificate – 8b Angelo Belsito

GSPSS headed to Beech Ridge speedway for the first time

For the first time ever The Granite State Pro Stock Series heads for the famed Beech Ridge Speedway in Scarborough Maine. This will be the third appearance for the series in the state of Maine and the first since 2017 and everyone involved couldn’t be more excited.

   Ray Christian III leads the series regulars into this event. The Uncasville CT driver has already scored two wins in 2020 and looks to extend his point lead over Angelo Belsito and Joey Polewarczyk. Christain III used a recent weekly race to gain some experience at a track where he has very little. Belsito sits second in points, having scored two wins of his own, having never seen the facility while Polewarczyk has many laps there in a late model.

   Rookie of the year candidate Casey Call will be making the trip to Maine. Call has shown an ability to take care of his equipment and be running at the end of races in 2020. He has many laps at the track in a Legends car and looks to use his experience to his advantage. A broken part at Monadnock nearly ended his day but an impressive effort by his team got him on track and the NH teenager wound up with a solid finish.

   Also entered are 2019 co-rookies of the year Bobby Pelland and Jake Matheson. Pelland has run a limited schedule in 2020 while Matheson has had a solid year with consistent finishes and fourth in the points headed to Beech Ridge.

   Dave Darling has filed his entry to compete in the Beech Ridge 150. The many time Seekonk Speedway champion will be making his first start with the series in 2020. He too competed in a recent pro series event at the track as a tune up to refine the setup of his car. His good friend Derek Ramstrom has also filed an entry.

   Beech Ridge is one of two tracks that the series visits with a weekly pro stock division. As a result a number of local competitors have entered and expect to do well against the series regulars.

   Former Beech Ridge champion Dan McKeage will compete in his second GSPSS event of the season. The 2010 Pro Series champion ran the season opener at Claremont Motorsports Park and looks for better results at his home track.

   Rusty Poland, Corey Bubar and Trevor Sandborn have all run well in the races held at the track this year. Bubar and Sanborn have both scored wins while Poland has finished in the runner up position in each of the last two events. All three will look to defend the honor of their home track.

   Other drivers who have competed regularly at Beech Ridge in 2020 and have entered the Beech Ridge 150 are David Oliver, Gary Smith, Evan Beaulieu and Joey Pastore. All will be looking to use their experience at the speedway to take home their first series win.

   A pair of drivers local to the speedway with experience on the series are 2019 Champion Joey Doiron and Ryan Green. The two good friends both used last weeks race as a test session in hopes of taking home the $3000 top prize. Both look forward to racing close to home.

   This event will combine Thursday night race divisions with the Beech Ridge Saturday night divisions. Gates will open for GSPSS competitors at 9:00am with series practice going on track at about 11:30. Thursday night cars will race at 2:30 followed by The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge for the pro stocks. GSPSS heat races and the 150 lap feature will follow mixed in with the tracks remaining Saturday night divisions.

  For more information go to www.gspss.net or www.beechridge.com.  You can also check both the track and series out on their various social media platforms.