0: Justin Bonsignore was winless in 2017 after six straight years with at least one win.  Now jumping into an LFR Chassis, we will see if this fires up his 2018 campaign.  

 

1: Doug Coby won the championship a year ago with only one win, but he had five second-place finishes. Coby also won the title in 2014 with only one win.  

 

1: According to NASCAR, Timmy Solomito is the lone Ford entered in the race this weekend.  No worries about being alone as he’s led 1000 laps in the last two seasons and has posted nine wins.  He’d be a good pick to win the championship if they can keep that form. 

 

6: Coby is seeking his sixth championship this season.  Myrtle Beach was not kind to Coby in 2017, but they made it all the way back from that event to take the championship.  

 

7: After seven races in 2017 Rowan Pennink was the points leader and Doug Coby was 42 points back in seventh.  Coby would win the title by six points and Pennink was a distant fourth. 

 

6: Jimmy Blewett is back with the TS Haulers team for the first time since the Bristol race in 2009. Blewett is subbing for Ryan Preece during the weekend’s that Preece has NASCAR XFINITY Series obligations. Blewett will also be subbing later in the year for Burt Myers when Myers has schedule conflicts with Bowman Gray Stadium. 

 

21: Doug Coby has 21 career pole award wins. He won the pole 15 times in 32 starts in 2015 and 2016.  

 

99: Sunday will be the 619th start for Modified veteran Jamie Tomaino.  Now into his 60’s, Tomaino has run nearly 80,000 laps on the tour, more then any other driver.  

 

150: The race will be 150 laps on Saturday at Myrtle Beach where the name of the game will be to save tires. 

 

Part Time: If you read our feature on the 2018 Modified roster, you learned a lot about part-time drivers. 

http://speed51.com/breaking-down-the-2018-nascar-whelen-modified-tour-roster/

Hopefully some drivers will commit to more races after a few strong runs. 

 

Career Track Starts: Myrtle Beach is one of the newer venues on the circuit as it has only hosted one prior NWMT race.  Here are some of the rare tracks and most visited tracks on the schedule:

 

Tracks With the Fewest Races

Myrtle Beach: 1 prior race 

Langley Speedway: 1 prior race 

Bristol: 9 prior races

Oswego: 10 prior races 

 

Tracks With the Most Races 

Thompson: 138

Stafford: 125 

New Hampshire: 67

 

-By: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

By the Numbers: 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour