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New Symyrna Speedway Tour Modified Entry List Continues to Grow

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

With the drop of the green still weeks away the entry list for the 2021 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing ground pounding Modifieds gets larger almost every day.

Last year with a solid entry list, 31 Modifieds converged on New Smyrna Speedway for the opening night 50 lap feature, a great field of cars for any track.

In 2021 we could could top those numbers as more and more entries show up at the New Smyrna Speedway office. 39 have cars already entered and the addition of Doug Coby is expected this week.

The 39 current entries are the most of any division that will compete at the ultra fast half mile oval. While not every car competes every night the World series could see numbers in the mid to high 30’s on almost any given night.

Opening night for the Tour Modifieds will be Monday night February 8th with the Tour Modified 50. They will be joined by the NASCAR ARCA East with a 175 lap feature and for the first time at Speedweeks the 602 Crate Modifieds.

2021 World Series Tour Modified Entry List

Updated 12/21/2021

0 Randall Richard. Titusville, PA
0 Zane Zeiner. Bath PA
1 Bobby Jones. Palmerton, PA
1 Burt Myers. Walnut Cove, NC
1NY Chris Ridsdale. Rochester, NY
2 Chuck Hossfeld. Ransomville, NY
6 Ryan Preece. Berlin, CT
7 Jon McKennedy. Chelmsford, MA
8 Chris Finocchario.Macedon, NY
9 Tom Martino Jr. Farmingdale, NJ
11 Paulie Hartwig III. Galloway, NJ
14 Bobby Measmer Jr. Concord, NC
16 Ron Silk. Norwalk, CT
17 Tommy Catalano. Ontario, NY
17K Danny Knoll Jr. Amherst, NY
20 Eddie McCarthy. Brick, NJ
21 J.R Bertuccio. Statesville, NC
25 Brian Robie. Sunapee, NH
28 Paul Charette. Woodstock, CT
32 Tyler Rypkema. Owego, NY
32X Dean Rypkema. Owego, NY
36 David Sapienza. Riverhead, NY
45 Timmy Catalano. Ontario, NY
46 Craig Lutz. Miller Place, NY
48 Marcello Rufrano. Northhaven CT
50 Ronnie Williams. Tolland, CT
51 Jimmy Blewett. Howell, NJ
55 Jeremy Gerstner. Wesley Chapel, FL
56 Amy Catalano. Ontario, NY
58 Eric Goodale. River Head, NY
59 Matthew Galko. Moodus, CT
60 Matt Hirschman. Northhampton, PA
64 Tyler Catalano. Ontario, NY
73 Paul Hartwig Jr. Galloway, NJ
79 John Jensen. Ormond Beach, FL
92 Anthony Nocella. Woburn, MA
02 Joe Bertuccio. Centereach, NY
07 Patrick Emerling. Holland, NY
158 Michael Curtis. Riverhead, NY
179 Stephen Kopcik. Newtown, CT

For additional information visit the New Smyrna Speedway website :

http://www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org/

602 Crate Modifieds to debut during World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway

(New Smyrna Beach, Fla. 1-10-21) The World Series of Asphalt Racing held annually at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., brings together a great array of pavement talents from across the Nation to jumpstart their respective racing seasons.

And, while the classes are largely made up of Tour Type Modifieds and Late Models, the speedway is testing the waters with a new division this year as the 602 Crate Modifieds have been added to the speed-bill.

            New Jersey asphalt Modified veteran Rob Schultz, who races primarily at Wall Stadium Speedway, is spearheading the effort to bring the class to the popular high-banked ½-mile oval.

“I was approached by a number of guys to see if it would be possible to run the 602 cars during the week of the World Series events at New Smyrna so I reached out to the track and they felt it would be a good idea to try a few shows,” said Schultz.

“They were real receptive about the whole idea and it was just a matter of firming up the dates. We’ve already been getting calls and commitments from guys who plan to take part.”

Schultz elaborated more on the varying rules between northeast tracks that run similar cars but are somewhat exclusive to their home tracks.

“The SK Modified and Wall Modified rules differ so much and in the past not a lot of SK type cars have showed up so we figured why not try the 602 Modifieds. The rules are much closer with that class and the other thing is if it goes well this year and perhaps you have an SK car then next year all you need to do is put in a crate motor,” he explained.

“What we are trying to do is so stock crate motors that weren’t worked are now competitive. I’m certain these cars will run really well at New Smyrna.” 

            There are three slated dates for the 602 crate Modified which are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, February 7-9.

            New Smyrna Speedway 602 Crate Modified rules :

Engine: GM 602 crate motor.

Wall Stadium Sportsman rules are used with following exceptions:

Built engine 2675

Built engine non quick-change rear 2700

GM sealed stock crate 2525

GM sealed stock crate non-quick change rear 2550

7” clutch + 50 lbs.

No tire prep- Tires will be tested

Only eight (8) tires allowed for 3 nights

Practice tires allowed

10” wheel, Hoosier F45 – 2 sets-total of eight (8)

Gear – 411 only quick and non-quick change

The $200 entry fee due by February 1.

Mahoning Valley Speedway/Evergreen Raceway champion Bobby Jones geared for first run at World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway

Photo Walt Smith

(Palmerton, PA 1-10-21) Over his 30-plus years of racing on the eastern Pennsylvania short track asphalt circuit Bobby Jones has put together a sterling career. Between Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton and Evergreen Raceway in St. Johns, the 48-year old ace who hails from Palmerton, owns a combined 49 feature wins and four championships including this past season when he won the Evergreen Modified class title.

When Jones hits the track at either facility he is immediately pegged as a favorite for the win.

Jones has also been known to race elsewhere too, with stops at Wall Stadium, Stafford Springs, Thompson and other speedways.

Now the popular ace will be adding another new venue, one that he says has been on his bucket list for some time. He has filed an entry to run the 2021 World Series of Asphalt Stock Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida starting the week of February 4.   

“It’s something I wanted to do for a long time and everything just fell nicely together and there’s no time than right now to go down there and I’m excited about it,” said Jones.

“This is definitely something I want to mark off my bucket list. I always wanted to it do but honestly never thought I would.”

Preparation began just over three weeks ago and since then he and the team have been burning the midnight oil in readying themselves. 

“Some of the preparation I had been doing to the car were things I was doing anyhow for the regular season so this kind of just pushed a little faster to get everything done for Florida,” explained Jones, who will bring his 2016 TA Troyer car with the engine primed by RPM Automotive of Lehighton.

“Prepping to go to New Smyrna for five days is basically like prepping for a whole season.

We’re working on all these things now so that our turnaround will be quick for the next day. We’ll get better day after day I’m sure about that,” he explained.   

“Most of my team is coming and we’re all thrilled to be going and enjoy it. Without them this wouldn’t happen and it revolves around them and sponsorships. I’m just a little part of it.”

            Along with his hard-working crew whom largely will be accompanying him for the trip, Jones noted that some other key individuals have stepped in to make this journey possible.

“I have been getting a lot of help from Paul French. I have been driving for him at Evergreen and a few times at Mahoning Valley. He comes down from Connecticut each week to help us and we’ve been working together for a while now and it’s been a very solid relationship. He gives me so much good information and gets me the answers that I can’t get,” he said.

“He’s also been a regular at Stafford (Motor Speedway) for a long time and that’s going to be a great resources for me to better get acclimated to New Smyrna and getting around there quicker.”

            Jones also reached out to close confidant Tom Wanick III who he has driven for over the past few years.

“Tommy Wanick has also been instrumental in making this happen. Over the years we’ve had a great rapport as an owner and driver and this will be no different though this will be my own car. He’s still involved with helping out with parts and other things and is a big part of this.”

            Jones is a driver very accustomed to winning and running at the front and on this venture he plans to be no different in his approach when the racing gets underway.

“Realistically as a racer I want to go there and win races, I can’t stop thinking that. Yes I want to say that I had a good run and was able to compete but I really want to be part of the battles with a shot for winning,” Jones stated.

“For us this is a big deal to travel there and back but we feel we have that and all our other bases covered. I want to win and do the best that I can as well.”