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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Martinsville Speedway in 2020

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (May 28, 2019) – For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2020 for the MaxPro Window Films 200.

The modifieds, which were a fixture at Martinsville for decades, will race the 200 lap race on Friday Night May 8, 2020, as part of the spring race weekend.

“We get asked a lot about the modifieds a lot – from fans, from drivers, from media,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now, we can say, ‘Yes, we will have them back next year.’ These cars are such an important part of Martinsville Speedway history and the time is right to bring them back.”

North Carolina-based Maxpro Window Films, an industry leader in window film technology, has signed on to sponsor the race.

“Maxpro Window Films is excited to be a supporter of and partner with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Dillon said. “Not only are NASCAR fans a natural market for Maxpro’s automotive line of window films, but a lot of our employees and management team have deep roots in the Martinsville and Henry County area and we are proud to be associated with an organization with the history and tradition of Martinsville Speedway, so it’s a good fit for Maxpro.

“The modifieds have always been a fan favorite at Martinsville and Maxpro is thrilled to welcome them back for the Maxpro Window Films 200 and to sponsor their return. It’s always an exciting race and having it under the lights will be special. We look forward to an exciting weekend and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and raced every year through 2002. Virginian Ray Hendrick, who also is the career leader in overall wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at Martinsville with 13. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10.

In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the Martinsville Speedway track record for all divisions with a one-lap average of 101.014 miles-per-hour, a record that still stands.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Martinsville Speedway are a perfect match,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director, Touring Series. “When you talk history and legacy – names like Evans, (Jerry) Cook and (Geoff) Bodine are synonymous with Martinsville. The Modified division and Martinsville Speedway are the cornerstones on which the sport was built. We’re excited about adding names like (Doug) Coby, (Justin) Bonsignore, and maybe even (Ryan) Preece – a new generation of Modified racing stars to the half-mile and look forward to being part of an incredible race weekend.”

The Maxpro Window Films 200 will add to an already exciting 2020 season at the historic half-mile speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be under the lights in the spring, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to the Speedway for the first time since 2006 as part of a triple-header weekend in the fall that will be the final race before the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs for all three national touring series.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this much excitement about an upcoming season at Martinsville Speedway,” Campbell said. “From the fans to competitors and media, it’s industry-wide excitement and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends.

First is the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the country on October 5.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return for the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend of October 25-27.

Tickets to both race weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Ryan Preece Adds Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway to the Win List in the Whos Your Driver 150

Ryan Preece drives into turn one during final practice Saturday June 23, 2018 at Langley Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – It was the Ryan Preece show this weekend as the monstrous NASCAR Whelen All-American Modified series rolled into town. After posting the fifth fastest time in practice Preece shot to the top of the speed charts during group qualifying after laying down a 15.046-second (94.749 MPH) lap. Matt Hirschman, Craig Lutz, Chase Dowling, and Justin Bonsignore made up the fastest five starters of the twenty-seven-car field.

When it was go time Matt Hirschman used the outside line – which would later come back to work for multiple drivers throughout the feature – to get around Preece to take the lead and the two of them started checking out from the rest of the field before having to slow up for a couple of cautions back to back. The two would play a little cat and mouse game exchanging the lead a few times both under green as well as on the restarts.

One driver who seemed to benefit from those early cautions was the No. 15 of Chase Dowling, he would take the lead from Preece on lap 50 making him the third different of the night. A scary moment a handful of laps later when two lap cars made contact just in front of the leaders and going for a spin. It was everything Dowling and Preece could do to avoid the wreck themselves. On the ensuing restart, Preece would use the outside to his advantage this time and regain the lead.

It was a handful of laps later the leaders had yet another scare when the lap car of Gary McDonald got into the outside wall, rode it for several feet, then came down across the track in front of Preece to bring out the yellow flag around lap 96 – luckily no contact was made by either driver. This allowed several drivers like Bonsignore, Coby, and Rocco to hit pit road. Race control would decide to go back green and run to lap 103 before throwing the competition caution for the five-minute break.

Preece was the first car to hit pit road for the five-minute break, which would mean he would rejoin the field in the fourth position when it was time to go back racing, Justin Bonsignore led them back to green. Once the cars were back up to speed it was like the gloves had come off in a hockey game and no one was pulling any punches.

At one point the leaders were three wide going into turn three with Ryan Preece forcing the issue. He and Bonsignore would make a little contact and Doug Coby would be the car to receive the worst end of the stick. He would later loop it going into turn one, make contact with the outside wall, lose his left rear tire and retire from the race. Once back green Preece was a man on fire haunting Bonsignore, putting on one hell of a show for the fans.

With twenty laps to go in the feature, Preece made his move under Bonsignore going into turn on and was able to complete the pass out of four. It was lights out from there on and Ryan Preece cruised to his first Langley Speedway victory of his career. Justin Bonsignore, Matt Hirschman, Timmy Solomito, and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five finishers. Preece was excited to finally be in victory lane, to say the least at Langley Speedway.

“[We] came here twice for the Southern Tour, lead a lot of laps but were nothing at the end,” Preece said. “We’ve been doing our homework, we’ve been trying to be good on both the 630 and the 500. It seems like we really found a pretty good balance for both and I’m super excited. It was a hell of a race with Justin [Bonsignore], he did a great job, and he was definitely protecting the bottom. Our car was so good for those first twenty laps. I knew it was going to even out so I knew I had to get by him. We did the long drive last night and not much sleep so this is going to make that ride home a little easier.”

 

WhosYourDriver.org 150 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #6 Ryan Preece; 150
  2. #51 Justin Bonsignore; 150
  3. #60 Matt Hirschman; 150
  4. #16 Timmy Solomito; 150
  5. #58 Eric Goodale; 150
  6. #15 Chase Dowling; 150
  7. #21 Ronnie Williams; 150
  8. #3 Rowan Pennink; 150
  9. #75 Chris Pasteryak; 150
  10. #14 Blake Barney; 150
  11. #22 Kyle Bonsignore; 150
  12. #5 Kyle Ebersole; 150
  13. #64 Rob Summers
  14. #1 Jeff Rocco; 149
  15. #25 Calvin Carroll; 149
  16. #26 Gary McDonald; 148
  17. #18 Ken Heagy; 146
  18. #36 Dave Sapienza; 146
  19. #82 Spencer Davis; 145
  20. #33 Wade Cole; 135
  21. #01 Melissa Fifield; 127
  22. #54 Tommy Catalano; 118
  23. #2 Doug Coby; 110
  24. #23 Joe DeGracia; 71
  25. #78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr.; 41
  26. #46 Craig Lutz; 28

Doug Coby Wins Big in 2017 Summer Slam 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Doug Coby works through turn three on his way to victory in the 2017 Summer Slam 150. (Hunter Thomas/NASCAR Home Tracks)

Concord, NC – When you are on, you are on. This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, defending series champion Doug Coby was just that, on. Spending most of the practice in either the third or fourth position on the leaderboard, Coby turned up the wick when it came time to qualify. A 15.211-second lap was all it took for the Milford, Connecticut driver to win the Coors Light Pole Award over Danny Bohn, Bobby Measmer, Jr., Ryan Preece and Derek Kraus.

Things looked to be a little hairy once the green flag was displayed. Blame it on some of the leftover effects of the recent full moon or the atmosphere of Charlotte but, half of the starting field got tangled up in a wreck very early on down in turns one and two. For the most part, everyone was able to drive away from the wreckage and return to the race, one dominated mostly by current series point’s leader, Doug Coby.

Defending race winner, Ryan Preece, haunted the rear nerf bar of Coby for the first 80-laps of the 150-lap feature. He would eventually have to retire from the race early with a broken brake rotor. This left Doug Coby to deal with the likes of Danny Bohn and Corey LaJoie. LaJoie would retire his Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair machine just twenty-nine laps later, he too with issues.

This left Coby and Bohn to settle the race win between the two of them. It looked as if Bohn was going to steal a victory after taking the lead out of turn two on a restart just before lap one hundred. The seasoned veteran that Coby is just stayed right in his tire and used lap traffic to his advantage to regain the lead with a bold pass on the outside, going three wide through four, with just eleven laps to go.

Once Coby cleared the traffic it was all she wrote and he went on to pick up the victory. Danny Bohn, Calvin Carroll, Jamie Tomaino, and Bobby Measmer, Jr. would round out the top five finishers.

 

NWMT Summer Slam 150 Results

  1. #2 Doug Coby; 150
  2. #65 Danny Bohn; 150
  3. #39 Calvin Carroll; 149
  4. #99 Jamie Tomaino: 149
  5. #14A Bobby Measmer, Jr.;148
  6. #77 Derek Kraus; 147
  7. #74 CJ Lehmann; 147
  8. #72 Lauren Edgerton;141
  9. #11 Corey LaJoie; 109
  10. #7 Ryan Preece; 80
  11. #75 Jeremy Gerstner; 66
  12. #14 Trey Hutchens III; 58

Points Leader Doug Coby Grabs Front Row Bragging Rights For Special Event

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Doug Coby won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Southern Slam 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 📸 Hunter Thomas

CONCORD, N.C. – Although the Southern Slam 150 is a non-points race, don’t tell Doug Coby not to give it his all.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader was able to slip by Danny Bohn to win the Coors Light Pole for the Southern Slam 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Milford, Connecticut, native, who is going after his fourth consecutive title and fifth in the past six years, finished with a fast lap time of 15.211 seconds (59.168 mph) to edge past Bohn (15.218/59.140) for the top spot and win the pole.

Bobby Measmer Jr. was third with Ryan Preece, the defending champion of the Southern Slam 150, fourth and Derek Kraus rounding out the top five.

Corey LaJoie, who was fastest in practice and competing in his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race since 2012, will start sixth with Trey Hutchens III, Jamie Tomaino, CJ Lehmann and Calvin Carroll completing the top 10.

The eighth annual Southern Slam 150 is slated to start at approximately 8:40 p.m. following Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying.

 

Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm Best Speed
1 2 Doug Coby Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Const 15.211 59.168
2 65 Danny Bohn Rustoleum/Dunleavy’s/Bilstein Shocks 15.218 59.140
3 14A Bobby Measmer, Jr. Lead 2 Real Estate/Crispy’s Bar & Grille 15.265 58.958
4 7 Ryan Preece T.S. Hauler 15.326 58.724
5 77 Derek Kraus* Menards/Curb Records 15.331 58.705
6 11 Corey LaJoie Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair 15.344 58.655
7 14 Trey Hutchens III Hayes Jewelers 15.505 58.046
8 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy Truck Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler 15.510 58.027
9 74 CJ Lehmann* IGA Food Markets 15.531 57.949
10 39 Calvin Carroll* Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty 15.583 57.755
11 75 Jeremy Gerstner Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer/William E. Smith Trucking 15.780 57.034
12 72 Lauren Edgerton* Precision Powder Coating 15.843 56.807

Whelen Modified News & Notes: Charlotte Battle For Bragging Rights Set For North Carolina Bullring

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the second time in 2017, unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams will have the opportunity to compete in a non-points special. The series will roll into Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night to compete in the Southern Slam 150 on the infield bullring as part of Bojangle’s Pole Night.

Asoutherslam150_2017lthough some drivers entered have already visited the oval, others will be rolling on the track for the first time. Four-time series champion and current points leader Doug Coby is one of those drivers. The Milford, Connecticut, native, who is seeking his fourth straight points championship this season, has seen the track, but has never been behind the wheel around the quarter-mile.

On the flip side, Danny Bohn has already visited the oval as part of the seven previous NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races. Bohn has four top fives in his five starts and has a best finish of third. He would like nothing better than to break through and capture his first win at Charlotte.

Ryan Preece, who is the defending winner of the race and has five wins on the unified Tour this season, will sit behind the wheel of the No. 7NY.

Coby and Preece are among five drivers who will head into the season finale the following week at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with a shot at the tour championship. Before they get there, Charlotte’s non-points special allows teams to go for the victory and bragging rights.

Race: Southern Slam 150
Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.
Date: Friday Oct. 6
Time: 8:40 p.m. ET
Track Layout: quarter-mile paved oval
2016 Winner: Ryan Preece
2016 Polesitter: George Brunnhoelzl III
Event Schedule: Garage Opens: 8:45 a.m., Practice: 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Qualifying: 4:05 p.m., Race: 8:40 p.m.

TV Telecast: NBCSN, Thursday Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Track Twitter: @CLTMotorSpdwy
Event Hashtag: #SouthernSlam150
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, jchristley@nascar.com, (346)-547-2469

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS: 

The Race: Friday’s Southern Slam 150 is the second of two non-points events on the 2017 unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. The first non-points event of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was won by Ryan Preece.

The Track: Built in 1960, the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway has hosted NASCAR events ever since its opening. The track was designed and built by Bruton Smith and Chris Turner. The track has gone through various updgrades, including the addition of lights in 1992. Charlotte currently holds two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events each year, including Saturday’s NASCAR playoff race.

Race Winners: In seven previous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Charlotte, which were all Whelen Southern Modified Tour races, Burt Myers leads all drivers with three career victories. George Brunnhoelzl III has two wins, while Ryan Preece and Tim Brown each have one.

Pole Winners: In the seven previous races, three drivers have won Coors Light Pole awards. George Brunnhoelzl III has four career poles, while Ryan Preece and Andy Seuss have also won pole awards.

Southern Slam 150 Notes:

Kraus Goes Modified Racing: Though his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season is nearly complete, Derek Kraus is not done racing for 2017. Kraus will jump behind the wheel of the No. 77 for Mike Curb to make his first career Whelen Modified Tour start on Friday. Kraus has a best finish of second in his 12 K&N West races this season and sits third in the championship standings there. The No. 77 he will pilot was most recently entered in competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where Ryan Newman drove the car to the Coors Light Pole award.

First-Time For Coby: Four-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby will make his first trip to the Charlotte bullring on Friday night. Coby has 23 career Whelen Modified Tour wins in 203 career starts, but has proven tracks like Thompson and Stafford, those above a half-mile, are definitely his strongest. However, Coby also has run well at the bullrings of New England en route to his four titles. He has one career win at Monadnock and he finished on the podium in both races at the quarter-mile of Riverhead this season. He also won at Seekonk in August. Even though it will be his first trip to the Charlotte oval, look for Coby to unload towards the front of the pack and be in contention. He has never even driven a car on the quarter-mile.

Harvey Enters Former Whelen Modified Winner: Former championship car owner Eddie Harvey will have a familiar driver chasing victory for him in Friday nights race. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie will pilot the No. 11. LaJoie, a NASCAR Next alum, has 26 starts in NASCAR’s top series this season, while he also has one career Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory on the similar quarter-mile at Atlanta Motor Speedway to his credit. Harvey has prior success at Charlotte as a car owner, since Andy Seuss clinched the championship driving Harvey’s car at Charlotte in both 2014 and 2015.

New Venture For Veteran Tomaino: Jamie Tomaino has made 622 career Whelen Modified Tour starts if you combine his Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts with the north. However, through all of those starts, Tomaino has never competed on the Charlotte infield bullring. The Howell, N.J. driver will make his first visit on Friday night behind the wheel of the No. 99 Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet. He made three Whelen Modified Tour starts so far this season.

DOUBLEHEADER: Bojangle’s Pole Night On Tap

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be the final division on the track Friday night, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s NASCAR playoff race at 7:15 p.m.

 

Press Release By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com