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PIT BOX: Whelen Modified Tour Hits Magic Mile For Two


Time for two in the Granite State.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins the second half of the championship points schedule at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, with the Eastern Propane & Oil 100. On Friday, the tour kicks off the racing weekend as select teams will compete in the only non-points, 35-lap All Star Shootout.

The series joins the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup Series for a full weekend of racing in New England.

Bobby Santos III is the odds-on favorite to visit Victory Lane on Saturday.

The Franklin, Massachusetts, driver may have no laps this season, but he’s teaming up with Dave Sapienza at one of his best tracks, and it’s hard to bet against him. Santos has won three of the last four at New Hampshire — all of them for Tinio Motorsports. The 2010 Whelen Modified Tour champion will step behind the wheel of the Tommy Grasso-prepared machine looking to continue his NHMS glory.

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The championship points battle turns towards the track with the largest car counts. One mistake could cut into Doug Coby’s 31-point cushion. The Milford, Connecticut, veteran has four wins in 31 career starts at NHMS, but has finished outside the top 10 in three of his last four. When he does win on the ‘Magic Mile,’ Coby is normally at the front of the field more than just the final lap. He’s led a combined 183 of 400 laps in races where he went to Victory Lane.

Off his third straight win at Riverhead, defending tour champion Justin Bonsignore jumped to third in the standings, and enters a place where he’s had success of late. Bonsignore has top-10 finishes in six of his last seven starts, including three straight of sixth or better. In September’s inaugural Musket 250, Bonsignore led 77 laps, and led the field into Turn 3 for the final lap before a crash sidelined him. If he wants to continue his climb back towards Coby in the standings, New Hampshire will be the prime opportunity.

Three drivers will compete in Saturday’s 100 lapper and Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman has two wins at NHMS, with the most recent of them was in 2010. He won the pole for the Eastern 100 last year, and Preece, who won the All-Star Shootout in 2017, has no points wins at the 1.058-mile oval. Former two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss will also make his Monster Energy Cup Series debut driving for Rick Ware Racing on Sunday, but will follow his deep modified roots driving for his family operation in his familiar No. 70 on Saturday.


Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 1:45 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, Wednesday, July 31 — 6 p.m. ET; FansChoice.TV live broadcast (1:45 p.m.)
Track Layout 1.058-mile oval
2018 Winner Bobby Santos III
2018 Pole Ryan Newman
Friday — Garage Opens: 8 a.m., Final Practice: 10-11:40 a.mSaturday — Garage Opens: 7 a.m., Qualifying: 9 a.m., Autograph Session: 10:30 a.m., Eastern Propane & Oil 100: 1:45 p.m.
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The starting field for the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 is 36 starters, including provisional positions.The first 30 drivers will secure starting positions through the qualifying process. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.

Two consecutive qualifying laps will set the starting field. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicles must qualify on race set up. After qualifying all vehicles will proceed immediately to the impound area. Only minor adjustments will be permitted following qualifying.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is twelve (12) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The remaining tire allotment may be used for practice and/or change tires during the event. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.

LOUDON, NH - JULY 21: Bobby Santos III, driver of the #44 Sully Tinio / Olivas Market Chevrolet, celebarest in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 21, 2018 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
The second half of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season begins on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

A non-points showdown on the biggest stage.

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As part of the Cape Cod Cafe Pole Day for the Monster Energy Cup Series, 20 selected drivers will compete in a 35 lap shootout for glory. The race will be broken up into two segments — with the caution scheduled to fall on or about lap 20. From there, the battle will be on.

With no points on the line, former series champions, former race winners and Rookie of the Year contenders, and additional points contenders from last year, will all compete in this special event.

Previously, Ryan Newman (2014), Woody Pitkat (2015), Bobby Santos (2016), Ryan Preece (2017) and Justin Bonsignore (2018) have been to Victory Lane in the race. No driver has been able to sweep the weekend in the five-year history of the race.


New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Friday, July 19
2:10 p.m. ET
NBCSN, Thursday, July 25 — 6 p.m. ET; — FansChoice.TV live broadcast (2:10 p.m.)
1.058-mile oval
2018 winner:Justin Bonsignore
2018 Pole:Rob Summers (via random draw for starting position)
Friday: Garage Open: 8 a.m., Final Practice :10-11:40 a.m., All Star Shootout: 2:10 p.m.Saturday: Garage Opens: 7 a.m., Qualifying: 9 a.m., Autograph Session: 10:30 a.m., Eastern Propane & Oil 1001:45 p.m.
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The maximum starting field is 20 cars, invitation only. A random draw will be held to determine starting positions for the special event. The order of the draw will be based off of the driver’s criteria to enter the special event.

The special event will be a thirty-five (35) lap race split into two (2) segments with a mandatory caution displayed at lap twenty (20) unless the caution is already out at lap twenty (20). The overall thirty-five (35) lap event will have a thirty (30) minute time limit. All caution laps will count except the period after lap twenty (20) until the race is restarted. Pit road will be closed during the entire event.

When the yellow flag is displayed at lap twenty (20), the race will be restarted by the car’s last completed green flag lap except for those cars involved in a random number selection that will determine the number of cars to be inverted for the restart. The procedure for determining the random number will be determined and announced to the teams during the Driver/Crew Chief meeting. Any car finishing the first segment of the race in positions one (1) through eight (8) will be subject to the inversion. Four (4), five (5), six (6), seven (7) or eight (8) will be inverted. No tire changes will be permitted during the event unless it is an approved Emergency Change Tire. No fueling permitted during the event.

At the twenty (20) minute mark of the event, if the first segment has not been completed, NASCAR will display the yellow and the random number selection procedure for the inversion will take place. Caution laps will not count during this period until the race is restarted. When the race is restarted under this procedure, the second segment of the event will be ten (10) laps or until the time limit expires.

At the twenty-five mark of the event, NASCAR will announce to the competitors over the NASCAR Race Control channel there are five (5) laps remaining in the event. If the yellow flag is displayed during this five (5) lap period the race will be restarted with one attempt at a green, white, checkered finish.

Thompson Back In Action For Thompson 125 Wednesday


By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, Conn. – For the second time in 2019, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to invade Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this week.

The Thompson 125 will take place on Wednesday, June 5, as the stars of NASCAR’s Modified division return to the .625-mile oval chasing glory in their second of four stops this season. Thompson’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will also be in action over the course of the mid-week main event.

Entering the Whelen Modified Tour 125, Justin Bonsignore has to be the clear favorite. The Holtsville, New York, driver has won five consecutive races at Thompson and will look to continue to break records on Wednesday night. In April’s Icebreaker 150, Bonsignore became the first driver in the history of Whelen Modified Tour action to win five straight races at Thompson.

But Doug Coby isn’t going to let him get far away. The five-time series champion led 107 laps at the Icebreaker before a pit road penalty for running over an air hose on forced him to the tail of the field. The Milford, Connecticut, driver was still able to charge back up to a fifth place finish.

“I think we had a winning car at Thompson for sure,” Coby said. “I think we have a car that is going to show up on Wednesday and be really strong. But, everyone got a race under their belts there and they are going to make changes. The 125 lap race is totally different.”

As Coby mentions, the Thompson 125 creates a completely different animal for Whelen Modified Tour teams. Of the four stops at TSMP, this is the shortest race of all of them, which forces crew chiefs to be at the top of their game to make the right pit calls when it matters most. Drivers can take tires anytime throughout the race, and in the past, it’s been a mixed bag – with some drivers coming in early and staying out late, while others bolt tires on in the final laps and charge through the field.

Bonsignore and Coby have a full field of challengers chasing them. Although Coby has won three of the first six races, and Bonsignore has one to his credit, former champion Ron Silk and Woody Pitkat also have carried the checkered flag this year. In 50 previous Thompson starts, Silk has four wins, and he finished second at the Icebreaker. Pitkat has 42 Thompson starts, and although he hasn’t won yet, he did finish eighth in April, and has tons of experience and wins in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action in the Late Models and Sunoco Modiieds.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Preece returns to Thompson for the first time since last year. Preece has three career wins at TSMP, including a victory in the Thompson 125 back in 2017. He will sit behind the wheel of the Ed Partridge No. 6, and will also bring a Sunoco Modified to the track for competition.

Names like Eric Goodale, Timmy Solomito, Jimmy Blewett, and Burt Myers are also going to be in contention. The field for the Thompson 125 is expected to be star-studded.

Thompson’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions are also set for their third race of the season. After a win and second in the first two Sunoco Modified races, defending champion Keith Rocco leads the early standings over Mike Christopher Jr. and Woody Pitkat.

Wednesday’s Sunoco Modified field added two more stars last week, as NASCAR K&N Pro Series regular Max McLaughlin and former NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III will compete in the 30-lap event. Brunnhoelzl also returns to Whelen Modified Tour action driving for Eddie Harvey.

In the Late Models, former champion William Wall has two second-place finishes, which has allowed him to take the early advantage over Pitkat by 10 points. Wall came just inches away from a victory on May 19, when Ryan Morgan edged him out at the line. Tom Carey III picked up the Icebreaker win to open the season.

Bryan Narducci’s perfect streak is on the line in the SK Light Modifieds® as the Connecticut rising star and defending NASCAR Division III National Champion has won six consecutive Thompson races dating back to last year. With his two wins this year, Narducci has opened a large 28-point lead in the standings over Cornelius Flynn.

Steve Michalski holds a scant four-point lead over Jared Roy in the Mini Stocks, as the two drivers have shared Victory Lane in the first two events. Evan Bourgeois, the son of reigning Mini Stock champion Eric Bourgeois, is third, 10 points out.

Ryan Waterman won the Icebreaker, and with his second-place finish on May 19, Waterman is the early leader in the Limited Sportsman class. Shawn Monahan, who took his new ‘Swaggin Wagon’ to Victory Lane in the extra distance event, is second.

Thompson’s Wednesday night showdown begins when the front grandstands open at 3:30 p.m. Fans will make it in just in time to watch the only practice of the day for the Whelen Modified Tour from 4-5 p.m., followed by the beginning of qualifying races at 5:05 p.m. Feature racing will follow, with the Thompson 125 slated to take the green flag at 8 p.m.

For the latest news from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, fans can visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tom Morris Photo



SEEKONK, Mass. — Doug Coby seems to be back in prime form.

The five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion returned to Victory Lane for the third time in the first six races of the season on Saturday at Seekonk Speedway. Coby started from the pole, and although he was passed early by Matt Hirschman, the Milford, Connecticut, driver wasn’t going to be denied.

Doug Coby #2 gets underneath leader Matt Hirschman #60 to take the race lead and go on to victory at Seekonk Speedway June 1st 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

He dominated the Seekonk 150, scoring his 27th career Whelen Modified Tour win and second at the Massachusetts third-mile.

RACING-REFERENCE: Seekonk 150 Race Results

“I think obviously we are establishing ourselves as a really dominant car at all different size tracks,” Coby said. “We have been on our game and picked up our game everywhere (compared to last year). It’s a long season, and we just need to make sure we keep learning if we are going to be the ones to keep winning races.”

Coby’s dominance was clear throughout the entire day. Although he was fourth in practice, Coby showed the speed under the hood of the No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet in qualifying, scoring his third Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award of the season.

Once the green flag dropped, it was Coby’s race to lose. After he passed Hirschman for the lead on lap 15, the veteran never looked back. Coby now has four top five finishes in six starts at Seekonk.

“I want to start on the front row here anytime I can,” Coby said. “You can just get out front and if you made the right adjustments like we did, and you can get out front, you can ride around out front and wait for every caution. I was running three 50 lap races in my head. At the end of each 50, I was just trying to get the end of the next 50.”

Defending series champion Justin Bonsignore started eighth, but made moves through the front of the field and finished second. After winning the Seekonk 150 last year, Bonsignore found himself chasing Coby in the final laps, but couldn’t quite get the run he needed to get back to Victory Lane.

Craig Lutz was third, scoring his second podium finish of the season. Ron Silk continued his early success with a fourth-place finish, while Timmy Solomito scored his first top five since Riverhead Raceway last September, in fifth. Chris Pasteryak was sixth, followed by Anthony Nocella, Matt Swanson, Patrick Emerling and Andrew Krause.

The Seekonk 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the Thompson 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 5.