NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
THREE STRAIGHT FOR DOUG COBY
MYSTIC MISSILE HITS ITS MARK
Jimmy Blewett is known as one of the nation’s best asphalt modified racers and the veteran from New Jersey made his presence known this season, returning to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the first time since running six races in 2013. Replacing Todd Szegedy in the No. 4 Mystic Missile modified,
Blewett entered the season with high expectations in one of the series’ top rides. Blewett fell a bit short,
however, as he finished sixth in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings. The highlight of his season was
a return to Victory Lane when he won at Stafford Motor Speedway in August. Blewett didn’t take the lead until
a restart with six laps remaining when he passed Justin Bonsignore and went on to the checkered flag.
Burt Myers is known for his consistency in the modified ranks and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour veteran was back to his old form this eason after winning only one race in 2015 and finishing fourth in the standings. Piloting the No. 1 modified, Myers won three races, claiming victories at Caraway Speedway ( 2) and at legendary Bowman Gray Stadium. He managed to finish
inside the top 10 in each of the 11 races, with veteran Andy Seuss being the only
other driver to accomplish that feat. George Brunnhoelzl III swung for the fences at
the end of the season, finishing first and second, respectively, in the final two races.
Myers’ consistency at the front of the pack was enough to secure his second series title. Also among those who won races this season were Bobby Measmer Jr.
(East Carolina Motor Speedway), Kyle Ebersole (Bristol Motor Speedway), James
Civali (South Boston Speedway) and Ryan Preece (Charlotte Motor Speedway).
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
CONSISTENCY CARRIES MYERS TO TITLE
CHAMPION: Burt Myers
BEST RACE: Spring
Explosion 150 at Concord
Bobby Measmer Jr.’s first
NASCAR Whelen Southern
Modified Tour victory
at East Carolina Motor
‘MODIFIED GUY’ RETURNS
Ryan Preece no longer competes full time in the NASCAR Whelen Modified tours. But when the Connecticut native has a chance, he jumps at the opportunity to return to his racing roots. According to four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, the “Modified Guy,” who now competes
in the NASCAR XFINIT Y Series, will always have that name follow him. Returning to the NASCAR
Southern Modified Tour for car owner Mike Curb at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the season-finale, Preece battled George Brunnhoelzl III throughout the 150-lap race. The two veterans swapped
the lead seven times, with no one else coming close to them. With 13 laps to go, Preece took the lead
and never looked back, wheeling his No. 77 modified to victory by nearly one second ahead of his rival.
Doug Coby is a threat to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title ach year, and this season was no different as the driver from Milford, Con- necticut, earned his third consecutive tour championship. Justin Bonsignore came on strong in the second half of the year, winning three of the final eight
races and finishing worse than fourth only once in that span – 20th at Bristol
Motor Speedway. With victories at Stafford Motor Speedway ( 3), Oswego Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Coby defeated Bonsignore by a mere
12 points. Throughout the year, Long Island, New York, native Timmy Solomito
gave Coby and Bonsignore a run for their money. But due to a lack of experience
and inconsistency at the start of the season, he finished third in the standings.
Bobby Santos III made a return to Victory Lane at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, while Ronnie Silk (Waterford Speedbowl), Jimmy Blewett (Stafford
Motor Speedway) and Eric Goodale (Bristol Motor Speedway) also won races. AWARD SHOW
CHAMPION: Doug Coby
BEST RACE: New England
100 at New Hampshire
Motor Speed way
Timmy Solomito’s first
career victory at Thompson