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Richmond Raceway to Host NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race on April 1, 2022

October 21, 2021

Richmond Raceway expands the 2022 Toyota Spring Race Weekend to host a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Friday, April 1, 2022. This will be the second consecutive season Richmond has hosted a Whelen Modified Tour race at America’s Premier Short Track.

“We welcome back the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Richmond Raceway after a successful, action-packed return this year,” said Richmond Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to the talented drivers of the tour once again showcasing their skills next season at America’s Premier Short Track.”

Richmond first hosted a modified race in NASCAR’s inaugural season on May 16, 1948. The race was the first NASCAR sanctioned race in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richmond hosted the modern-day NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour from 1990-1993, 1997, 1999-2002, 2021. NASCAR Hall of Famer Mike Stefanik, one of the Modified Tour’s 10 greatest drivers of all-time, holds the modern-day record with three wins at Richmond.

“The 2021 race was very exciting from start to finish. Our teams loved racing at Richmond and we look forward to the 2022 return to the Richmond and put on another great event for the fans,” said Jimmy Wilson, Series Director, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

In the spring, Richmond will host the Toyota Spring Race Weekend featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Friday, April 1, 2022, ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, April 2, 2022 and the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Racing Virginia will be active in the month of April as the Commonwealth will host two Cup Series races in the same month for the second consecutive season as Martinsville Speedway will host a race on April 9, 2022. For the first time since 1997, NASCAR will make its first stop in the Commonwealth of Virginia at Richmond. Martinsville and Richmond have hosted back-to-back race weekends five times with the first time being in the spring of 1955.

Richmond will host its first-ever summer race weekend featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 13 and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 14. This will be the third consecutive season Richmond has hosted a Camping World Truck Series race and first-ever series playoff race. The Camping World Truck Series Playoff race will be the second race in the first round of the playoffs.

Start times and television networks for the Cup Series, Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour will be announced at a later date.

2022 NASCAR tickets are available for purchase today via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at richmondraceway.com.

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DOUG COBY RETURNS TO VIRGINIA LOOKING TO CELEBRATE IN RICHMOND VICTORY LANE

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo: NASCAR

MILFORD, Conn. — Even though he has no previous laps at Richmond Raceway, in many ways, Doug Coby is returning to his second home this Friday, September 10. Coby, who graduated from the University of Richmond in 2001, is set for action in the Virginia is For Racing Lovers 150 at the three-quarter mile oval under the lights.

The six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion knows that the race is a crown jewel event on the 2021 schedule, and is hoping he can park the No. 10 Mayhew Tools machine in Victory Lane. On a night where many fans in the stands might be cheering Coby on, the veteran will look to continue his climb up the championship standings with only three races to go in the season.

After missing one event, Coby has climbed back to fourth, just 74 points from the lead. More importantly, Coby is just 17 points out of third, and the Doug Coby Racing machine is just 38 points back of the lead in the owner’s championship battle. All eyes will be on winning at Richmond for Coby, who is excited to head back to some of his roots.

“The Whelen Modified Tour was regularly going to Richmond back when I was in school there and when I started running full-time in 2003, Richmond was off the schedule,” Coby said. “I never got the chance to turn laps there and it was definitely disappointing. To get back there, it’s exciting. I’m going to spend some time with some friends after the race. I’m going back to somewhere that was a second home for a long time for me. The track is highly regarded by everyone in the racing industry. I’m hoping that I will be able to lean on some Iowa Speedway testing experience I had a few years ago in order to figure out how to get around there. It’s a similar feeling on a much larger track, but completely different from a mile. We are hoping the Mayhew Tools machine is a contender for the win.”

The race day schedule for the Virginia is For Racing Lovers 150 includes one practice session from 1:30-3 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools pole qualifying at 5 p.m. The feature race is expected to green at 7 p.m., live on NBC Sports Gold through TrackPass. For those in the area, tickets are available in advance and will also be available at the track. For more information on the event, visit RichmondRaceway.com.

For more information on Doug Coby Racing, including the latest in apparel, news, schedule, results, partners and more, visit DougCobyRacing.com. You can also follow the team on Facebook for the latest updates.

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JUSTIN BONSIGNORE HEADS TO RICHMOND LOOKING TO WIN CROWN JEWEL

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. — With just three races left in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship battle, points leader Justin Bonsignore heads to Richmond Raceway this Friday, September 10, for race 12 of 14. Bonsignore will drive the No. 51 Kenneth Massa Motorsports entry in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150 — as the Whelen Modified Tour returns to Richmond for the first time since 2002. 

Bonsignore doesn’t have any competitive laps at the Virginia oval — but he did complete a Hoosier tire test at the track earlier this season. Although he was the only car on the track that day, Bonsignore may have a slight advantage over some of his competitors entering the race. He leads the Whelen Modified Tour championship standings by 20 points over Patrick Emerling, as the two-time champion looks to seal his third title in the last four years.

Bonsignore will carry sponsorship from Coastal Fiber, LLC, for the second time this year. As a local Virginia company that is a full service fiber optic construction and splicing company, Coastal Fiber is happy to be on the car for this event. Already an established part of the team, Coastal Fiber founder Mark Langevin also is the owner of Phoenix Communications, Inc., Bonsignore’s primary sponsor on the Tour.

“If we do have any advantage it will be minimal, the Whelen Modified Tour has a lot of good teams and drivers that adapt quickly to new tracks,” Bonsignore said. “But it might save us a few minutes of getting up to speed in practice. Any time we can go to a NASCAR Cup Series facility and be able to race with the Modifieds, it’s huge. This race has a lot of hype behind it. If you can win there, it will be a prominent spot in the trophy case.”

On the points front, Bonsignore knows the final three races need to play out his way to win another title.

“I’ve learned to be more mindful of the bigger picture all year, but we want to go out there and win the race. We can’t lose a large chunk of points,” Bonsignore continued. “We want to win all three races that are left. Mark and the team from Coastal Fiber will have multiple people in the stands and we look forward to having a good showing for them and we thank them for their support.”

Following Richmond, Bonsignore and the rest of the tour will roll to Riverhead Raceway on Saturday, September 18, then Stafford Motor Speedway to close the season on Saturday, September 25.

Friday’s race day schedule at Richmond will include one, 90-minute practice session from 1:30-3 p.m. Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Qualifying will take place at 5 p.m. for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 150, with the green flag set to drop at 7 p.m. The race will air to a live audience on NBC Sports Gold through the TrackPass platform. 

For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his athlete page on Facebook for the latest updates, including on race day.