Pinty’s Series Stat Advance: Jukasa

Pinty’s Series Stat Advance: Jukasa

Analyzing the Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season finale takes places at Jukasa Motor Speedway at the newly re-opened and reconfigured track. Although the championship battle will be decided once Alex Labbe takes the green flag, there are many storylines going into the 13th and final race of the season. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 Setup:
• The Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 will be the first NASCAR sanctioned race held at the track since it changed ownership in 2016 and has completed major updates including new Musco LED lighting and a reconfigured racing surface.
• The track has increased the width of the track to 60 feet wide and has also increased the banking in the straightaways in addition to the turns and completely repaved the entire racing surface.

At Jukasa Motor Speedway:
History

• Jukasa Motor Speedway, formerly known as Cayuga Speedway, was open from 1966-2009.
• The .625-mile paved oval held the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series race in May of 2007. It held two races in each of the series’ first two years before it closed.
• The track was purchased in 2016 by Kenny Hill and Jerry Montour, and repaving began in late 2016.
• The track General Manager is Alex Nagy, who used to serve as Director of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series before accepting his position at Jukasa in late 2016. 

Notebook
• Don Thomson Jr. won the inaugural Pinty’s Series race at the track on May 26, 2007. He has won three of the four Pinty’s Series races held at the track.
• Mark Dilley won the most recent series race held at the track in 2008 and is the only previous winner scheduled to compete this Saturday at Jukasa.
• There have been two different pole winners in the four races with D.J. Kennington won the pole in the first Pinty’s Series race held at the track in 2007 and Don Thomson Jr. won the following three in a row.
• Four active drivers (Mark Dilley, Jason Hathaway, D.J. Kennington and Andrew Ranger) have participated in all four events and all four are expected to extend the streak this week.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in three events while Chevrolet won the first race at the track in 2007 and a driver has yet to win from the pole.

Jukasa Motor Speedway Data
Race #:  13 of 13
Track Layout:  .625-mile asphalt oval
Race Length:  200 laps (100 miles)
TV Coverage:  TSN – Sunday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m. ET; RDS – Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:30 p.m. ET

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 Race Winner:  No event held
2016 Pole Winner:  No event held
Qualifying Record:  D.J. Kennington, Dodge, 108.251 mph, May 26, 2007

Active Category Leaders at Jukasa Motor Speedway:
Wins

1. Mark Dilley … 1

Poles
1.  D.J. Kennington … 1 

Top Fives
1. Mark Dilley … 3
2. Andrew Ranger … 3
3. Jason Hathaway … 3

Top 10s
1. Mark Dilley … 3
2. Andrew Ranger … 3
3. D.J. Kennington… 2

Laps Led
1. Mark Dilley … 139
2. Andrew Ranger … 94
3. D.J. Kennington … 58

Laps Completed
1. Jason Hathaway … 802
2. Andrew Ranger … 801
3. Mark Dilley … 786 

Select Driver Highlights:
Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/Dickies Ford)

• Has three wins, three poles, 37 top fives and 62 top 10s in 105 career NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts.
• All of his wins and poles have come on ovals, where he has 50 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 78 starts.
• Has competed in all four previous races held at Jukasa Motor Speedway with one win and three top-five finishes.

J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Spectra Premium/Bernier/BellemareDodge)
• Has six top-five and 28 top 10s in 48 career NPS starts.
• 2017 will mark the second season J.F. will compete full-time in the series. He competed in all 11 events in 2015 in his best season to date finishing the year with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
• This will be his first start at Jukasa Motor Speedway

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2014 NPS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, one pole, 38 top fives and 55 top 10s in 83 career starts.
• Enters this week fifth in the season standings with eight top-five and 10 top-10s finishes this season.
• This will be his first start at Jukasa Motor Speedway

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NPS champion maintains series records for top fives (82) and top 10s (112), and is the only driver to start each of the 133 all-time events.
• Ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (3,068) and ranks fifth in poles (13).
• Sits fourth in points after 12 races with five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes so far this season.
• Is one of four active drivers to start all four previous Pinty’s races at the track with one pole (2007) and one top-five finish (3rd – 2007)

Alex Labbe (No. 32 Cam-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford)
• Has six wins (First came at Chaudière – 2016) with six poles, 21 top fives and 28 top 10s in 39 career starts.
• He’s the only driver to score five wins in the series this season (Delaware, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Riverside and St. Eustache).
• Labbe will become the sixth champion in the history of the series when he takes the green flag Saturday at Jukasa.
• This will be his first start at Jukasa Motor Speedway

Kevin Lacroix (No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/Total/Go Fast Dodge)
• Has six poles, eight wins, 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes in 30 career starts.
• Only driver to recorded two wins in seven starts during his rookie season in 2015. Won road races at Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Won from the pole at CTMP in the season opener and won two races in a row in July taking his second career win at Circuit ICAR and scoring his first win in Toronto. He also tied Andrew Ranger’s series record of consecutive wins at one track when he won his third consecutive race at CTMP three weeks ago.
• Became the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race last season at ICAR in his first start at the track.
• This will be his first start at Jukasa Motor Speedway

Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge)
• The defending NPS champion has five wins, 16 top-five, 24 top-10 and one pole in 30 career starts.
• Became the youngest champion in the history of the NPS last season at 16 years, 10 months and 16 days. He also became the youngest race winner in the history of the series with his victory at Wyant Group Raceway last July.
• He’s a member of the NASCAR Next class highlighting young and up-and-coming talent within NASCAR.
• This will be his first start at Jukasa Motor Speedway

Adam Martin (No. 9 Johnsonville/Oliviers/Reser’s Ford)
• He has two top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 18 career starts and is ninth in the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship points standings entering this race.
• Finished fourth in his first series start at Sunset Speedway in 2016.
• He’s already clinched the 2017 Josten’s Rookie of the Year award in the series.
• This will be his first start at Jukasa Motor Speedway

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series’ all-time leader in wins at 22 and holds the record for the poles with 22. Has 58 top fives and 88 top 10s in 106 career starts.
• Finished second in last year’s final season standings.
• The only driver in the history of the series to score three consecutive wins at two different tracks (ICAR, 2012-14; Trois-Rivieres, 2008-10).
• Missed the race at Edmonton when he fell ill during practice and had to receive treatment at an Edmonton area hospital.
• Has made four starts at the track with a pair of runner-up finishes in 2007 & 2008 with three top-five finishes.

Anthony Simone (No. 95 Innovative Plumbing / Ink Your Ride Dodge)
• He has one pole eight top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in 70 career starts and is 10th in the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship points standings entering this race.
• Has collected three runner-up finishes throughout his career in the series.
• Has one top-10 finish (2008) in two starts at the track.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 Lowes Canada/EpiPen/St.Hubert Dodge)
• Has six wins, eight poles and 22 top fives, 37 top 10s in 57 careers NPS starts.
• Three of his six wins at have come on the ovals (Sunset Speedway 2015-16 and Edmonton in 2016).
• His road course wins came earlier this year at Trois-Rivieres, last season in Toronto and the road course in Edmonton in 2008.
• Has made one start at Jukasa finishing 20th in 2008.

Other Driver Notes
• Jason Hathaway has started all four previous races at the track with one top-five and three top-10 finishes. Hathaway swept the first two races held at newly reopened Jukasa Motor Speedway last month winning both late model races.
• Joey McColm has made two starts at Jukasa with one top-10 finish coming home eighth in 2007.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the second for series sponsor Pinty’s and the 11th overall for the Canadian-based NASCAR division.
• The 2017 schedule features 13 races at 12 different tracks across five provinces and featured a return to Delaware Speedway for the first time since 2013 earlier this season.
• Quebec native Kevin Lacroix won from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in May for his third career series win.
• Alex Labbe made Quebec drivers two-for-two this season after he won the CHOKO/Fast Eddie 250 at Delaware Speedway for his second career series victory.
• Defending series champion and current NASCAR Next member Cayden Lapcevich took the lead late from Alex Labbe to score his first win of the season at Autodrome Chaudière.
• Kevin Lacroix used some muscle to make the pass in NASCAR overtime to score his second win of the season and second at Circuit ICAR. He won there during his rookie season in 2015.
• Kevin Lacroix took advantage of some contact between contenders early in the race and withstood a late challenge by Marc-Antoine Camirand before he also crashed out of the race to win his second consecutive series race and third of the season in the race in Toronto.
• Alex Labbe held off D.J. Kennington in NASCAR OT to become the second multi-race winner of the season winning the first of the Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100s.
• Cayden Lapcevich joined Alex Labbe and Kevin Lacroix as a repeat winner taking the second race of the Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100s at Wyant Group Raceway.
• Alex Labbe became the second driver to score his third win this season holding off a hard-charging Donald Theetge to pick up his second win during the three-race western swing through Saskatoon and Edmonton. He also overtook Kevin Lacroix in the points standings for the first time this season.
• Alex Tagliani held off a hard-charging Andrew Ranger to score his first win of the season and first at GP3R.
• Alex Labbe bumped Kevin Lacroix on the final lap to make the pass in Turn 4 and pick up his fourth win of the season in the Bumper To Bumper 300 at Riverside International Speedway.
• Kevin Lacroix won the pole and led the first 24 laps of the race before surrendering the lead to Anthony Simone who led the next 11 laps. Lacroix retook the lead on Lap 36 and cruised to his fourth win of the season and second consecutive win from the pole at CTMP.
• Alex Labbe picked up his fifth win of the season and built a 33-point lead over Kevin Lacroix after scoring his first win at St. Eustache.

Whelen Modified News & Notes: Loudon

Whelen Modified News & Notes: Loudon

Coby-Solomito Title Fight Heads For New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There are 13 races complete and three left to go in the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points chase. Heading for the ‘Magic Mile’ of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the top three drivers in the standings are separated by just nine points. And there promises to be a new championship leader when the weekend is done.

fwwebb100_nwmt_16Points leader Ryan Preece, who has five victories this season, holds a six point lead over Doug Coby and it’s nine points back to Timmy Solomito. However, Preece will not be competing in Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 because he will run his third NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing instead. 

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Preece said. “I told JGR, I am willing to give up the chance to win a NASCAR championship for them. I want them to know how much this means to me and what I’m willing to do for them. I’m entirely focused on winning them a race. Right now, my focus is 100% on Kentucky and continuing everything we have going right now.”

With Preece not racing, Coby and Solomito begin an intense battle. Coby has one victory, but Solomito has been able to roll into the winner’s circle four times, including the last series event at New York’s Riverhead Raceway. 

In their career at New Hampshire, Coby clearly has the edge. Four victories for the Milford, Connecticut driver is compared to Solomito, who has just one top 10 in seven starts at the 1.058-mile oval.

With the larger field, should Coby and Solomito falter, there are several contenders waiting to pounce. Justin Bonsignore is 15 points behind Solomito, and Rowan Pennink is another nine back. In addition, if misfortune strikes both Coby and Solomito, it would keep Preece in contention.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:

The Race: The F.W. Webb 100 is the 14th of 16 points championship events on the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. This is the second and final stop at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season. In July, Bobby Santos scored the victory in the Eastern Propane and Oil 100 at NHMS. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 38 cars. The first 32 positions will be determined through the qualifying process, while there will also be six provisionals available. The race is scheduled for 100 laps (105.8 miles). 

The Track: This will be the 67th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the ‘Magic Mile’ dating all the way back to the inaugural race in September of 1980. The first ever race at NHMS saw Mike McLaughlin visit Victory Lane. New Hampshire Motor Speedway also holds Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races twice a year.

Race Winnners: In the 66 previous Whelen Modified Tour points races at NHMS, 21 different drivers have visited Victory Lane. Mike Stefanik leads all drivers with eight career wins at the 1.058-mile oval. The win for Santos in July was his second career there. The defending winner of Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 is Justin Bonsignore. 

Pole Winners: There have been 26 different drivers to capture a Coors Light Pole award at New Hampshire, led by Jan Leaty, who had six poles there. Among active drivers, Ryan Newman has four career poles, the most of all. 

F.W. Webb 100 Notes:

tedchristopher.pngPitkat Honors TC: Just one week after his passing, Ted Christopher will be honored at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. Woody Pitkat will sit behind the wheel of the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet that Christopher piloted for much of this season. Pitkat was originally scheduled to compete in the No. 52, but will drive the Watts prepared machine instead. One of Pitkat’s three career Whelen Modified Tour wins came at New Hampshire in 2014. In addition, NASCAR will have a commemorative decal for all the NASCAR teams as well as NHMS vehicles for the weekend.

Coby In Position: Another podium finish at Riverhead has four-time series champion Doug Coby in position to capture another championship this season. Coby enters New Hampshire seeking a fifth win at the ‘Magic Mile’ after finishing 11th there earlier this year. Coby has six straight finishes inside the top four in the last six Whelen Modified Tour races, which has put him right back in position at the top of the standings following a rough start to the season. 

McKennedy Filling In: With Ryan Preece missing the race, Jon McKennedy will pilot the No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet for Eddie and Connie Partridge. Even though he will definitely be seeking his first career Whelen Modified Tour victory, McKennedy must also worry about collecting points. The No. 6 has a 32-point lead in the owner’s championship entering New Hampshire. McKennedy’s points he collects will be crucial in helping Partridge capture the owner’s title this season. In 31 career Whelen Modified Tour starts, McKennedy has just one top five, but it came earlier this season at Stafford. 

Solomito Smooth: It seems as though Solomito is back on track following a rough summer stretch on the Whelen Modified Tour. Solomito was involved in a crash at New Hampshire, Seekonk and Bristol over the summer and lost the points lead he once held. Beginning his crawl back to the top, Solomito finished third at Oswego and then followed that up by winning the last series event at Riverhead on September 16. 

Winning: In the first 13 races of the season, only two drivers have been able to visit Victory Lane more than once. Preece has five wins, while Solomito has four. Rowan Pennink, Patrick Emerling, Doug Coby and Bobby Santos III also have wins this season. 

Doubleheader: Camping World Truck Series Part of Saturday Showdown

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as the two headline divisions for Saturday. The Camping World Truck Series will begin their race at 1 p.m., while the Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 will go green at 3:30 p.m. The American Canadian Tour will also have a Late Model feature on Saturday evening. 

Pinty’s Series News & Notes: Jukasa

Pinty’s Series News & Notes: Jukasa

Labbe On Cusp Of First NASCAR Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There is plenty of reason to celebrate the first NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Jukasa Motor Speedway this Saturday, but for Alex Labbe the celebration will be just a little sweeter when he takes the green flag to start the Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200.

pintys_fallbrawl_logo_finalLabbe will clinch the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship by just starting the race and will become the sixth champion in the history of the Canada’s national stock car championship series. The Victoriaville, Quebec, native enters with 33-point lead over Kevin Lacroix and will secure the championship no matter where he finishes in the race.

While Labbe has the title in hand as long he starts the race, Lacroix will have his hands full holding onto second place with defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich and D.J. Kennington in contention for the runner-up position in the final standings.

Lapcevich, the 16-year old NASCAR Next driver, sits 23 points behind Lacroix with Kennington, a two-time Pinty’s Series champion himself, just four points behind Lapcevich.

In addition to the podium battle for the final standings, several drivers who visited Victory Lane in 2016 will get one last chance to score a win this season. Among those drivers is Andrew Ranger. Ranger has collected three runner-up finishes so far in 2017.

This is also the first Pinty’s Series race at the newly updated and reconfigured Jukasa Motor Speedway, formerly known at Cayuga Speedway. The speedway hosted the series during its inaugural season in 2007 and has previously hosted four races between 2007 and 2008.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

Fast Facts:
The Procedure:
The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will have secured starting positions through group qualifying  while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 200 laps (125 miles), and is an impound race with one practice tire and four change tires allotted for the event.

The Race: The 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule will return to Jukasa Motor Speedway for the first time since 2008 when the track was known as Cayuga Speedway. This will be the fifth NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at the track in the history of the series.

The Track:  Jukasa Motor Speedway, formerly known as Cayuga Speedway, was open from 1966-2009. Through its history, it hosted countless high-profile racing events and notable NASCAR stars from Dale Earnhardt and Bobby Allison to Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth. The .625-mile paved oval held the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series race in May of 2007. It held two races in each of the series’ first two years before it closed. The track was purchased in 2016 by Kenny Hill and Jerry Montour, and repaving began in late 2016.

Pole Winners: The first four races at the track produced two different pole winners. D.J. Kennington has the old track qualifying record at 108.251 mph, set in 2007, and Don Thomson, Jr., who now serves as crew chief for Kevin Lacroix, recorded the other three.

Race Winners: Mark Dilley (2008) is the only previous race winner on the old configuration at Jukasa Motor Speedway scheduled to compete in the Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 on Saturday.

Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 Race Notes
New lighting and pit road to be used in Fall Brawl:
For the first time in the Pinty’s Series they’ll compete under a completely new Musco LED lighting system and crews will have the opportunity to perform pit stops on the newly widened pit road at Jukasa Motor Speedway. 

Several drivers still looking to end winless streaks: D.J. Kennington, Andrew Ranger, Gary Klutt and L.P. Dumoulin are four drivers entered in the Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200 looking to end long winless streaks. Kennington, the only driver to start all 133 races in the history of the Pinty’s Series, last won 50 races ago in 2013, while Dumoulin last visited Victory Lane 39 events ago during his championship season in 2014. It’s been 28 starts for Klutt who won at CTMP in 2015 for his only win to date while Ranger last won in 2016, 19 starts ago. Ranger holds the series record with 22 career wins, while Kennington is tied for second with Scott Steckly at 19.

Kennington Keeps Streak Alive: Kennington, who started from the pole position in the inaugural Pinty’s Series race at Jukasa in 2007, will return to Jukasa to make his 134 start. The St. Thomas, Ontario native is the only driver to start every race since it began operating under NASCAR sanctioning in 2007.

Martin Clinches Rookie Race: Adam Martin has clinched the Jostens Rookie of the Year race and will now concentrate on getting his first series win in the season finale. The Ayr, Ontario driver outdistanced fellow rookie drivers Donald Theetge, Armani Williams and several others in winning the prestigious honor. Martin is the only rookie contender to start all 12 races this season with four top-10 finishes. 

Lapcevich To Be Honored By Canadian Hall

Lapcevich To Be Honored By Canadian Hall

Will Be Presented Rising Star Award For 2017

Stock car racer Cayden Lapcevich, the youngest national racing champion in Canadian history, has been named the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s Rising Star Award winner for 2017. 

Lapcevich, of Grimsby, Ont., became the youngest ever NASCAR national champion when he took home the 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Canadian stock car championship at the age of 16 years, 10 months and 16 days.

“I’d like to be able to say that young Cayden Lapcevich is a future champion in our sport, but he beat me to it,” said CMHF chairman Dr. Hugh Scully. 

“The first driver to win a NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship and be the Josten’s Rookie of the Year in the same season is certainly a deserving recipient of the CMHF Rising Star Award. I get the feeling Cayden will likely be back in about 20 years or so to be inducted into the CHMF.”

Lapcevich followed his championship success by being selected to be part of the prestigious NASCAR Next program for 2017-2018, designed to help young drivers develop professional skills to grow their marketability.

Lapcevich has five wins and 16 top-5 finishes in 28 NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts since 2015. He joined the series full-time in 2016, racing on a shoestring budget and often not knowing if he had the funding to continue from weekend to weekend. 

The 16-year-old shook off all the pressure and made his mark by showing incredible speed and poise to capture the Pinty’s Series title as a rookie. Driving as his team raised funds to keep his season going, Lapcevich took three wins, one pole, and nine top-fives, and was the only driver to finish in the top-10 in all 12 races. He took the 2016 title by 54 points, a margin of more than a race win. 

The now 17-year-old just completed his sophomore NASCAR Pinty’s season; he is third overall in points with two wins and six top-five finishes in 12 starts heading into Saturday’s finale at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

Lapcevich will receive the CMHF Rising Star Award during the 23rd CMHF Induction Ceremonies at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on Oct. 14. 

The CMHF’s class of 2017 announced earlier this year will also be inducted on Oct. 14: Builders Dr. Jacques Bouchard, Dr. Ronald Denis, Chris Pfaff, and Sid Priddle and competitors Terry Dale, Peter Lockhart, Dave Mathers, Major-General Lewis McKenzie (retired), and John Powell. The 2017 inductee in the International Category is the Legendary Motorcar Company.

A Day Of Celebration

A Day Of Celebration

The Israeli Sweeps The Semi Finals, Wins CAAL’s 100th NASCAR race

The one in the ELITE 1 Semi Final 2 was a truly special win for Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and the whole CAAL Racing team. After jumping to the top of the standings with an impressive performance on Saturday, the Israeli dominated again the last race of the NASCAR GP of Italy, giving CAAL Racing its 20th NASCAR win in the team’s 100th race in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. 

For Day, who led the race from flag to flag and will enter the Circuit Zolder Finals with 37 points on Borja Garcia (#6 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and 41 on Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), it was the third win of the season and the 10th of his career, tying Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) as the winningest active drive in NWES.

“It was an awesome weekend for me and my CAAL Racing team”, said Day. “We all did a really good job to be as quick as possible here at Autodromo di Franciacorta. We showed everybody that we are very fast here in Italy. I have a good margin in the championship standings right and it’s very good for the Finals. Now we have to focus on Zolder because the Belgian teams are very strong there. I took two pole positions there in the past so the track is not that bad for us. I can’t wait to hit the track!”

Garcia and Kumpen both faced adversities in the closing race of the Franciacorta weekend. The two title contenders were involved in contacts that relegated them respectively in 15th and 16th place. 

BRAXX Racing also had a successful weekend in Italy with Marc Goossens (#90 BRAXX Racing Ford Mustang) finishing second in the Elite 1 Semi Final 2. The Belgian took second from a very strong Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) with a brilliant move in restart on lap 18 and fended off every attack for the next eight circuits. 

“I think it was been a very good weekend for all of us at BRAXX Racing especially because I missed the races in Valencia and Hockenheim”, Goossens explained. “ I had a big crash in Venray. All we had before coming here was a very painful race in Venray and a very clean race in Brands Hatch where we scored a podium. In between we were never been able to test the car so we had limited seat time. We should be jumping high now because we scored such good results on a track we didn’t even know as I’ve never been racing here before. It’s all about track position here and 33 years of experience helped me a lot, said “The Goose”.

For Goossens it was a very special second place: “I want to dedicate this podium to all the people in Florida who had a really hard time because of the hurricane Irma. I race a lot in that part of the USA so I wish all of the a fast recovery.”

Stienes Login (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) rounded out the podium with an impressive performance and the win in the Junior Trophy. He took the checkered flag ahead of Frederic Gabillon (#3 RDV Competition Ford Mustang) and Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Ford Mustang). 

Just outside the top 5 Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsports Ford Mustang) had a intense battle with Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), while

Marconi Abreu (#47 RDV Competition Toyota Camry) ended up 8th and took the win in the Challenger Trophy. Renzo Calcinati (#12 MRT Ford Mustang) and Hugo Bec (#31 RDV Competition Ford Mustang) completed the top-10. 

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will now head to Belgium for the Circuit Zolder Finals on October 14-15 to crown the 2017 NWES Champion.

Solomito Scores Crucial Win at Riverhead

Solomito Scores Crucial Win at Riverhead

Fourth Win of 2017 Keeps Him in Whelen Modified Title Hunt

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Timmy Solomito needed a win to keep pace in the frantic NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship race. He got it at his home track.

The 25-year-old from Islip, New York, powered by Doug Coby with four laps left to take the Miller Lite 200 checkered flag Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway.

Solomito, dominant for the first two-thirds of the event in the No. 16 Starrett Racing Ford, was outmaneuvered by Coby in lap traffic for the lead on Lap 155. The four-time tour titlists Coby was poised for his first career win at Riverhead, but Solomito recaptured the lead on the fronstretch on Lap 196 and drove to the checkers.

It marked Solomito’s fourth win of the season and eighth of his career. Earlier in the day he captured the Coors Light Pole Award.

Coby held on for second with rookie Kyle Soper third, Ryan Preece fourth and Justin Bonsignore fifth. CJ Lehmann, Dillon Steuer, Kyle Ellwood, Eric Goodale and Rob Summer brought home the top 10.

Solomito had finished 15th or worse in two of his last three starts, and hadn’t been to Victory Lane since the last time the tour was at Riverhead in June. After leading the points after the first 10 races, he had slipped back to fourth. 

The win brought Solomito to within nine points of the championship lead, still maintained by Preece with 500. Coby is second at 494 with Solomito at 491.

Prior to green flag, news broke that 2008 Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ted Christopher passed away in a plane crash en route to Riverhead, and his impact on the sport was recognized in an impromptu pre-race ceremony. Christopher had been scheduled to compete in the event in the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet.

STORY: Champion Christopher Passes Away

The Whelen Modified Tour will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 23 with the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the 14th of 16 races on the 2017 calendar.

The Miller Lite 200 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.

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Timmy Solomito drove to a sweep of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Riverhead Raceway with his win Saturday. Adam Glanzman/NASCAR

Champion Christopher Passes Away

Champion Christopher Passes Away

New England Racing Legend Involved In Plane Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR champion Ted Christopher passed away Saturday after being involved in a plane crash in Connecticut. He was 59.

Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title and a touring series championship. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut’s historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of both.

“We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft’s pilot,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.

“As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR’s roots. He was a tough racer’s racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country. He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Christopher was named one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR’s weekly series in 2006, when the series celebrated its 25th anniversary. In 2008, Stafford named a section of its grandstand in his honor.

VIDEO: Christopher narrates a lap around Stafford | Christopher’s 2008 NWMT Champion Video

Christopher made six starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 21 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and two in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He had 12 wins in 94 NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts, and 42 wins over 29 year of racing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. He also won six times in 19 starts in the former NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and made a pair of starts in IMSA’s ROLEX 24 at Daytona.

Christopher had 131 overall wins and nine SK Modified Division championships at Stafford, and another 99 wins at Thompson.

Christopher is also won of the most successful drivers in the over 50-year history of the World Series of Asphalt Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. He has 10 World Series titles: He won the tour-type Modified titles from 1998-01, 2003, 2005 and 2009-11, as well as the track’s former SK Modified Division in 1991. He holds the track record with five Richie Evans Memorial victories.

He has been scheduled to drive the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet at New York’s Riverhead Raceway. Prior to the race, the 82 team drove the car in a ceremonial pace lap before a moment of silence was held.

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Ted Christopher won the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. Getty Images via NASCAR

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Ted Christopher and Tony Stewart prior to the 2002 Oswega Speedway Sunoco Race of Champions event. Howie Hodge

PRACTICE: Soper Stout at Riverhead

PRACTICE: Soper Stout at Riverhead

Long Island Rookie Tops Speed Chart

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Local hotshoe Kyle Soper led the way in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice Saturday afternoon at Riverhead Raceway in advance of the Miller Lite 200.

Soper’s No. 15 Eastport Feeds Chevrolet posted a fast lap of 12.049 seconds in the opening minutes of the one hour session and held on to pace the 24-car field.

Another Riverhead regular and part-time Whelen Modified Tour competitor Kyle Ellwood finished second on the speed chart at 12.061 while defending race winner Timmy Solomito was third at 12.066.

Dave Sapienza, Dillon Steuer, Eric Goodale, Doug Coby, Matt Swanson, points leader Ryan Preece and Ronnie Williams rounded out the top 10.

Qualifying is slated for 6 p.m. and the Miller Lite 200 will go green at approximately 8 p.m.

RESULTS

Ferrando Wins Third In A Row

Ferrando Wins Third In A Row

With The Sixth Win Of The Season Closes On NWES Record

Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) was unstoppable in the first ELITE 2 Semi Final at the Autodromo di Franciacorta and won his third consecutive race, the sixth of the season, closing in on Stienes Longin’s record of 8 wins and further consolidating his points lead.

Ferrando took the lead from polesitter Ulysse Delsaux (#3 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) after a fierce battle on lap 9 and mastered two restarts to take the checkered flag 1.5 seconds ahead of Nicki Petersen (#33 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS). 

“It was a very intense Semi Final here at the Autodromo di Franciacorta”, said Ferrando.  “In the beginning Ulysse was pretty fast. I had to overtake him quickly to maximize the result. I think we‘ve done a great job on the car during practice. The whole Knauf team is just amazing. I also hope to break Stienes Longin wins record of 8 races this season and win the championship. Even if I don‘t win tomorrow it‘s important to score as many points as possible to have a comfortable situation in the Zolder Finals.”

Results are suspended due to pending investigations from Race Control.

The ELITE 2 Division will be back on track on Sunday morning at 10:20 am CET (4:20 am ET) and the ELITE 2 Semi Final 2 will be streamed live on Fancschoice.tv and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.

 

QUALIFYING: Collin Cabre Claims NJMP Pole

QUALIFYING: Collin Cabre Claims NJMP Pole

Rev Racing driver scores first career K&N East pole

MILLVILLE, NJ – Collin Cabre picked up his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series pole at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Rev Racing driver set the fast lap at 1:23.914 at the 2.25 mile road course, beating out Will Rodgers for the pole.  Rodgers timed in a 1:24.025 second lap.

Championship contenders Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton will share the second row.  Gilliland, who has a six point lead over Burton, qualified in third while Burton timed in fourth.  Chase Purdy rounded out the top-five.

Chase Cabre, Ruben Garcia, Jr., Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Max Tullman and Jay Beasley rounded out the top-10.

The green flag will fly on Saturday afternoon’s JustDrive.com 125 at 4:45pm.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

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