DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will pass the midway point with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 on Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:
O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Setup:
- Last year Justin Bonsignore became the first driver to earn two victories at Monadnock Speedway, and this year he will look to become the first driver to win three-consecutive races at the same track since Ryan Preece in 2012-13 at Riverhead Raceway.
- Preece brings the points lead to Monadnock, a place where he won in 2012 and finished as the runner-up last year.
- Todd Szegedy, last week’s winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was victorious from the pole at Monadnock in 2011.
At Monadnock Speedway:
- Monadnock Speedway opened Aug. 13, 1971.
- Monadnock has played host to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 10 times previously from 1986-90 and 2010-14.
- A member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Monadnock sanctions five divisions in its weekly program, headlined by the sportsman modifieds.
- Ken Bouchard won the inaugural NWMT race at Monadnock on May 18, 1986. Bouchard also earned the first two poles at the track.
- Active competitors Justin Bonsignore (2013. `14), Ted Christopher (`10), Ryan Preece (`12) and Jamie Tomaino (`90) have earned wins at the track.
- Tomaino is the only driver to compete in all 10 previous tour events at Monadnock.
- Ryan Preece was the youngest Monadnock race winner at 21 years, six months, 17 days, set in 2012.
- In 2010, Christopher became the oldest Monadnock winner at 52 years, one month, 12 days.
- Monadnock has been won three times in wire-to-wire fashion: 2011 by Szegedy, `12 by Preece, `14 by Bonsignore.
Monadnock Speedway Data
Race: #8 of 15
Track Layout: .25-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 200 laps (50 miles)
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 18 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 16 degrees
TV Coverage: July 30, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN
2014 Pole / Race Winner: Justin Bonsignore
Qualifying Record: Ryan Preece (12.313 seconds, 73.082 mph – 5/12/12)
Active Category Leaders at Monadnock:Wins
1. Justin Bonsignore … 2
2. three drivers with … 1
1. three drivers with … 1
1. Justin Bonsignore … 4
Jamie Tomaino … 4
3. Doug Coby … 3
Ron Silk … 3
1. Justin Bonsignore … 5
Ron Silk … 5
3. Jamie Tomaino … 4 Laps Led
1. Ryan Preece … 348
2. Justin Bonsignore … 211
3. Todd Szegedy … 175
1. Jamie Tomaino … 977
2. Justin Bonsignore … 929
3. Ted Christopher … 928
Ron Silk … 928
1. Jamie Tomaino … 10
2. five drivers with … 5
Selected Driver Highlights:
Note: Bullring defined as tracks measuring between .25-.375 miles
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)
- Has seven wins, five poles and 45 top 10s in 80 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
- Ranks 15th in points after seven races, highlighted by a win at Riverhead Raceway.
- Has four wins, a pole, 13 top fives and an average finish of 6.8 in 18 career bullring races.
- Has two wins (2013, `14) a pole (`14) and a tour-best average finish of 3.4 in five starts at Monadnock Speedway.
Ted Christopher (No. 13 Mr. Rooter/Cape Cod Aggregates Chevrolet)
- The 2008 NWMT champion has 42 wins, 24 poles and 196 top 10s in 355 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
- Is looking to end a 49-race winless drought. It’s the second-longest such streak in his career. His first win came in his 94th race.
- Sits ninth in points after seven events with four top 10s.
- Has five wins, three poles, 1,104 laps led, 43 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 74 career bullring starts.
- Has a win (2010), three top 10s and an average finish of eighth in five Monadnock appearances.
Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet)
- The 2012 and 2014 NWMT champion has 12 wins, seven poles and 83 top 10s in 164 career starts.
- Ranks fourth in points with five top 10s in seven starts, highlighted by wins in both events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
- In 35 career bullring starts he’s posted one win (New London-Waterford Speedbowl, 2012), 16 top 10s and an average finish of 13th.
- Has an average finish of fifth and a best result of second (2012, `13) in four Monadnock starts.
Patrick Emerling (No. 07 Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet)
- Has 20 top 10s in 61 career starts with a best finish of fourth, recorded last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- Ranks seventh in points this year on the strength of four top 10s in seven outings.
- Has five top 10s and an average finish of 14th across 14 career bullring starts.
- Has an average finish of 16th and a best result of seventh (2014) in four Monadnock appearances.
Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet)
- Has a win, a pole and 40 top 10s in 93 career starts.
- Maintains the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 91 races.
- Ranks eighth in points after seven races with five top 10s and a best finish of fourth on two occasions.
- Has the win (Riverhead, 2014) and pole (Monadnock, `13), eight top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 17 career bullring races.
- Has an average finish of 16th in five Monadnock starts with a best result of third last year.
Donny Lia (No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet)
- The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 21 poles and 81 top 10s in 161 career starts.
- Three top 10s in seven starts this year has him 11th in the points standings.
- Has six wins, five poles, 16 top fives, 19 10s and an average finish of 12th in 43 career bullring starts.
- In the three previous races at Monadnock he’s recorded an average finish of 13th with a best result of sixth in 2012.
Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Van Wickle Auto Supply Chevrolet)
- Has two wins and 58 top 10s in 118 career starts.
- Ranks 10th in points this year with three top 10s in seven races and a best finish of seventh on two occasions.
- Has a win (Riverhead, 2010), 10 top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 20 career bullring starts
- Has an average finish of ninth and a best result of third (2013) in three previous starts at Monadnock.
Woody Pitkat (No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet)
- Has three wins, two poles and 48 top 10s in 98 career starts. Also won the non-points 2015 All-Star Shootout at NHMS.
- Ranks second in points with top 10s in all seven events, highlighted by a win in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.
- In 13 career bullring starts he’s recorded seven top 10s with an average finish of 12th.
- Has an average finish of 14th and a best result of ninth (2013) in three previous starts at Monadnock.
Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet)
- The 2013 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 13 poles, 31 podiums, 52 top fives and 71 top 10s in 115 career starts.
- Earned consecutive victories earlier this year at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Stafford, and is the season points leader with top 10s in all seven events.
- Is the active leader with seven wins and an average finish of 6.6 at bullrings, where he’s posted three poles, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s and 874 laps led in 21 such starts.
- Has a win from the pole (2012), three top fives and an average finish of eighth in four Monadnock starts.
- Is second in the NWAAS national standings with seven wins and 18 top fives in 25 modified starts.
Keith Rocco (No. 22 Canto Paving/Milton Caterpillar Chevrolet)
- The 2010 NWAAS national champion has 11 top 10s in 27 career NWMT starts with a best finish of third in the 2012 Stafford Spring Sizzler.
- Did not participate in the Thompson opener, but ranks 12th in points with four top 10s in the six events since.
- Has four top 10s with an average finish of 10th in five career bullring races.
- Finished 10th (2012) in his only previous NWMT start at Monadnock.
- Currently sits atop the NWAAS national standings with eight wins and 19 top fives in 26 modified starts.
Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet)
- The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 16 poles and 55 top 10s in 100 career events.
- Sits fifth in points after seven races with five top 10s and a best result of third in the Thompson Icebreaker 150.
- Has a win (Waterford, 2014), eight top 10s and an average finish of 12.5 in 14 career bullring starts.
- Has an average finish of 10th with a best result of fifth (2010) in three previous Monadnock appearances.
Andy Seuss (No. 70 Rockingham Boat/Phoenix Pre-Owned Chevrolet)
- Has seven top 10s in 33 career NWMT starts with a best finish of fourth at NHMS in July 2013.
- Has an average finish of 13.5 with a best result of seventh (2013) in three previous Monadnock appearances.
- Is the defending NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion where he’s posted 19 wins and 77 top 10s in 99 career starts.
Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)
- The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a pole and 12 top 10s in 27 career starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013 and at Stafford this June.
- Ranks sixth in points with four top 10s through seven events.
- In seven career bullring starts he’s recorded three top 10s with an average finish of 12th.
- Made his Monadnock debut last year with a 13th place finish.
Todd Szegedy (No. 4 Montanari Fuel Dodge)
- The 2003 NWMT champion has 19 wins, 10 poles and 121 top 10s in 194 career starts.
- Sits third in points with six top 10s in seven outings in his first season with Mystic Missile Racing, highlighted by a victory last time out at NHMS.
- Has four wins, two poles, 27 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 46 career bullring races.
- Has a win from the pole (2011) and an average finish of 11th in four previous Monadnock starts.
Up To Speed:
- This is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 30th Anniversary season. The inaugural race was contested March 31, 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
- The 2015 schedule features 15 points races at seven different tracks across four states.
- Doug Coby opened up his title defense with a win from the pole in the Thompson Icebreaker 150 on April 12.
- Woody Pitkat earned the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 victory on April 26 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
- Ryan Preece emerged victorious at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in the Mr. Rooter 161 on May 30.
- Preece made it two-in-a-row with a victory in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 on June 5 at Stafford.
- Coby won at Thompson for the second consecutive outing with the Mr. Rooter 125 victory on June 10.
- The Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 was postponed one day by rain, then dominated in victory by Justin Bonsignore.
- Todd Szegedy won the Andy Blacksmith 100 presented by Donate Life New England on July 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- Following the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, the NWMT will return to action at Stafford on Aug. 7.
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