When the clock struck midnight on January 1, Jimmy Blewett’s plans for the new racing season appeared to be mainly based around his home track of Wall Stadium in New Jersey. Since then, plans have started to come together and his schedule has intensified. On Wednesday, Blewett added even more to his schedule by revealing that he’ll compete in select NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races for Eddie Harvey in 2018.
The driver known as “Showtime” will be behind the wheel of the No. 1 car when the team’s previously announced driver, Burt Myers, runs into schedule conflicts.
As previously announced, Blewett will also pilot the Eddie Partridge-owned No. 6 in a substitution role for Ryan Preece during select NWMT races.
“It’s turning out to be something that I didn’t think was going to happen this year. I really didn’t have any plans to begin with,” Blewett told Speed51.com. “Eddie Partridge called in January and asked me if I want to run the races that Ryan is running XFINITY. About a week and a half ago, I was just talking with Eddie Harvey, and he said Burt (Myers) was going back to doing the Madhouse and he wasn’t sure what his plans were. Then he reached out to me this week and asked if I’d be interested in doing some races with him. I told him I didn’t have anything going on besides the races I’m filling in for Ryan with Partridge and the local stuff I have going on here Saturday nights. So I said, ‘Let’s do it and have some fun.’
“With my family team, we weren’t going to do too many races on the tour; we were going to run what we were capable of running and that was pretty much it. Now with the races I’ll be doing for Ryan and for Burt, I think that counts for about three-quarters of the tour schedule.”
With the Bowman Gray Stadium schedule cutting down on Myers’ original appearances with Harvey’s new No. 1 team, Blewett will carry on the team’s remaining racing schedule in 2018. His first race for the team will be April 29 at Stafford Motor Speedway. It will create a trifecta of three different rides for Blewett in the first three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events.
“We’re going to start out with the Spring Sizzler at Stafford (for Harvey). I’m running for Eddie Partridge at Myrtle Beach and for my grandfather in the No. 76 at Thompson for the Icebreaker.”
In addition to his NWMT schedule, Blewett will also be competing full-time in the Sunoco Modified division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) for car owner John Jensen.
Blewett has also made plans for some time on the dirt this season, running select Big-Block Modified races for Lou Cicconi at Bridgeport Speedway.
“I’m going to be doing a few dirt races with Lou at Bridgeport. What races we’re going to do we’re not sure yet, it’s just something we talked about over the winter,” Blewett explained. “Lou is still trying to heal up from his accident the year before, so while he’s trying to mend himself we’re going to run the car few times. I’m looking forward to it, Lou and I have been friends for a long time; it’s great to have the opportunity.”
Despite the multiple rides, most of Blewett’s schedule for 2018 is written in pencil, but it is something he does not mind at all. He is just thankful to have been given so many opportunities to drive race cars that he knows he can bring to victory lane.
“We’re going to take it as they come, whatever races we’re capable of doing we’ll do. Wall is still my home track but I’m looking forward to drifting around. I’m thankful for all these opportunities, especially the older I get. People are taking the younger guys pretty much any day of the week. To be able to run all this top-notch equipment with a chance to win every race out is just awesome.”
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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