Tag Archives: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

PIT BOX: Doug Coby Returns Home Looking To Pad Points Lead


Photo (Jim Dupont/NASCAR)

Two stops at two historic Connecticut ovals are going to play a major role in the championship battle for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Friday, the first of those stops brings drivers back the Stafford Motor Speedway for the Stafford 150, the second of three events at the half-mile this season. The NAPA Spring Sizzler, originally scheduled for April, didn’t take the green flag until the middle of May.

Let’s hope Mother Nature has better plans this time around.

Doug Coby grew up racing at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The Milford, Connecticut, driver, and now five-time Whelen Modified Tour champion, spent his days rising through the ranks of racing on Friday night’s as part of Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. Coby won a championship in both the Late Model and Pro Stock divisions at the Arute family-owned facility before he went to the big dance.

Fifty-five starts later in Whelen Modified Tour action at Stafford, his success is definitely no fluke. Coby has 12 wins and 23 top-five finishes to his credit, including a victory in the NAPA Spring Sizzler this season, where he led 20 laps en route to what was his second win of the campaign. Since then, he’s also added another checkered flag. Coby leads by 28 over Ron Silk with seven races to go, and while he looks to continue to add to the record books, a little bit of home cooking could be in order.

2019 Stafford 150 Logo

Speaking of Silk, the Norwalk, Connecticut, native is no stranger to Stafford himself. In 47 of his own starts, Silk has one victory (2011), but has made a habit of finishing well. He finished third in the NAPA Spring Sizzler in May, leading 11 of the 200 laps. During his pairing with his current team, Kevin Stuart Motorsports, Silk has three top-five runs in five races. The 2011 Whelen Modified Tour champion is also coming off a major triumph at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he captured the win in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100.

Chase Dowling might be the car to beat. Driving for veteran Jamie Tomaino, Dowling is coming off a podium run at NHMS, but showed plenty of speed in the Sizzler. The rising star, who is a former frontrunner in Stafford’s SK Light and SK Modified divisions, led 78 laps in the Sizzler and was leading the field before a rear-end issue sidelined him in the final laps.

Craig Lutz is another driver to keep an eye on. Lutz has seven consecutive top 10 finishes at the half-mile, including back-to-back second place runs. In the Sizzler, Lutz finished second to Coby, leading five laps before Coby slid around in the final laps.

Joey Cipriano III, Andrew Molleur and Mark Bakaj, all drivers who run weekly at Stafford, are also expected to compete.


PLACEStafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut
DATEFriday, August 2
TIME9:15 p.m.
TELEVISIONNBCSN, Wednesday, August 7, 7 p.m. — FansChoice.TV (Live Broadcast)
TRACK LAYOUTHalf-mile paved oval
2018 WINNERDoug Coby
2018 POLEChase Dowling
EVENT SCHEDULEFriday: Garage Open: 1:45 p.m., Final Practice: 4-5 p.m., Group Qualifying: 6:35 p.m., Driver Autograph Session: 7:15 p.m., Stafford 150: 9:15 p.m.
TWITTER@Staffordspeedwy, @NASCARHomeTrack
HASHTAG#Stafford150, #NWMT



The starting field for the Stafford 150 is limited to 31 starters, including provisional positions. The first 25 drivers will secure starting positions through the qualifying process. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.

NASCAR group qualifying is in place for this event. Qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s fastest single lap from the official practice session. The number of groups for qualifying will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine the starting positions 1st through 25th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. In the event of a caution, all vehicles must exit the track. Vehicles that elect to continue must proceed directly to the re-entry area of pit road and stop to the outside of pit road. No adjustments or repairs may not be made to any vehicle on pit road or in the re-entry area during a caution.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The tire change is four (4) tires, any position.

Emerling Wins Three-Wide Photo Finish in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shootout

Patrick Emerling defeats Bobby Santos III by 0.022 seconds at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday

LOUDON, N.H. – It was a three-wide photo finish in Friday’s sixth annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but it was Patrick Emerling who made it to the finish line first, beating Bobby Santos III by only 0.022 seconds, barely the width of a racing tire.

“We were feeling out the car the whole race, and I knew what I was going to do in the last lap,” said 26-year-old Emerling. “We were able to get ourselves at the right spot at the right time and just executed the right move at the end. It could have spun both ways. It was a real close one there.”

Emerling boldly entered the final turns of the race with an aggressive dive to the bottom of turn three. He held speed and let the car drift up the track out of turn four, giving him just enough momentum to keep two other drivers at bay. Emerling says he figured out that running in the second groove coming out of the backstretch allowed him to make up quite a bit of ground, helping him reach victory lane. Today’s win not only marks Emerling’s first victory at Loudon, but his first win this season. It was a bold move in an otherwise classic modified race featuring clean racing and lots of lead changes.

“I think a lot of guys were a little bit conservative,” said Orchard Park, N.Y. native Emerling. “We don’t want to wreck our cars for the race tomorrow.”

The All Star Shootout featured a 35-lap run in a 30-minute timeframe, with a mandatory pit stop at lap 20. The top-five leaders were inverted before the second half restart. The race ended with Santos, Justin Bonsignore, Jon McKennedy and Ron Silk rounding out the top five.

The entire NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field will take on “The Magic Mile” on Saturday when 40 drivers race in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 at 1:45 p.m.

For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 19 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Harold Hinson Photography

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.

Eastern Propaneoil 100

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.
Twitter @NHMS, @NASCARHomeTrack
Hashtag #Eastern100 #NWMT



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.

Allstar Shootout Generic

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.
Twitter @NHMS, @NASCARHomeTrack
Hashtag #WhelenAllStar #NWMT


Eastern Propane & Oil@Eastern1932

It is officially @NHMS race week! We will see you all there!! #Eastern100 @NASCARHomeTrack #MyTrackMyRoots @NASCAR1024:24 PM – Jul 14, 201920 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy


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.