DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2014) –The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 in Loudon, New Hampshire.Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:
F.W. Webb 100 Setup:
- Championship points leader Doug Coby is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 10 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events this year. He won the F.W. Webb 100 in 2012 and the team he now drives for, the No. 2 of MSIII Racing, took the checkered flag last year with Todd Szegedy behind the wheel.
- Justin Bonsignore is just four tallies behind Coby in the standings. He already has a career-high three victories this year, and will be in search of his first win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.
- Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher enter the week tied for the NHMS track wins record with 10 apiece. Stefanik has eight in NWMT action and two from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East while Christopher’s are divided equally between the two series.
At New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
- Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
- The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres; the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
- The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990 in which NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers competed in combination.
- Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on Jan. 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- The first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race was held on Sept. 2, 1990. The NWMT has raced there each year since and there have been 60 all-time NWMT points races at NHMS, the most of any facility outside of Connecticut.
- Jamie Tomaino is the only driver to participate in all 60 previous races at NHMS.
- There have been 19 different race winners, led by Mike Stefanik with eight.
- There have been 24 different pole winners, led by Jan Leaty’s six.
- Chuck Hossfeld was the youngest NHMS race winner at 25 years, eight months, 11 days, set in 2002.
- In 2012, Mike Stefanik became the oldest NHMS winner at 54 years, one month, 24 days.
- Thirteen times the polesitter has won at NHMS, but never in wire-to-wire fashion.
- July’s Sunoco 100 set the all-time NWMT record for lead changes in a race with 35.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data
Race: #11 of 13
Track Layout: 1.058-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Corners: 2-7 degrees
Race Length: 100 laps (105.8 miles)
Telecast: Sept. 27, 10 a.m., Fox Sports 1
2013 Pole Winner: Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 129.221 mph, 29.475 secs.
2013 Race Winner: Todd Szegedy, Chevrolet, 93.905 mph, 1 hr. 7 mins. 33 secs.
Qualifying Record: Mike Ewanitsko, Chevrolet, 132.743 mph, 28.693 secs., 7/20/01
Active Category Leaders At NHMS: Wins
1. Mike Stefanik … 8
2. Ted Christopher … 5
3. Chuck Hossfeld … 3
Todd Szegedy … 3
1. Ted Christopher … 5
2. Ryan Newman … 4
3. Ron Silk … 3
1. Mike Stefanik … 24
2. Ted Christopher … 20
3. Todd Szegedy … 11
1. Mike Stefanik … 32
2. Ted Christopher … 28
3. Todd Szegedy … 16
1. Ted Christopher … 837
2. Mike Stefanik … 595
3. Ron Silk … 284
1. Jamie Tomaino … 5,169
2. Mike Stefanik … 4,693
3. Wade Cole … 4,371
1. Jamie Tomaino … 60
2. Wade Cole … 53
3. Mike Stefanik … 52
Select Driver Highlights:
Tommy Barrett Jr. (No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Water Works Chevrolet)
- Has a win, a pole and four top 10s in 12 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
- Rookie sits 13th in points after 10 races with three top 10s, highlighted by a win last time out at Bristol Motor Speedway.
- Finished seventh at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July in his first appearance at the track.
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 chem3.com Chevrolet)
- Has six wins, five poles and 42 top 10s in 70 career starts.
- Ranks second in points, four tallies behind Doug Coby, on the strength of a career-high three wins.
- Has three top 10s, an average finish of 18th and a best result of third (Sept. 2011) in 10 starts at NHMS.
Ted Christopher (No. 13 Tick Free Organic Tick Control/CT&E Chevrolet)
- The 2008 NWMT champion has 42 wins, 24 poles and 190 top 10s in 345 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
- Is looking to end a 39-race winless drought. It’s his longest such streak since the start of his career when his first win came in his 94th race.
- Ranks third in points with top 10s in nine of 10 races. Best result of the year came at Riverhead Raceway in June when he led 66 laps and finished as the runner-up.
- Has five wins, five poles, 28 top 10s, a record 837 laps led and an average finish of 14th in 50 career NHMS NWMT starts.
- His five NWMT wins, combined with five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories, has him tied for the NHMS track record at 10 with Mike Stefanik.
- Has also made five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at NHMS.
Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet)
- The 2012 NWMT champion has 10 wins, four poles and 76 top 10s in 153 career starts.
- Won the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway in February.
- Points leader has recorded top fives in eight of 10 races, highlighted by a win at Stafford Motor Speedway in June.
- Has two wins (Sept. 2012, July 2013), 12 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 22 career NHMS starts.
Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet)
- Has a win, a pole and 33 top 10s in 83 career NWMT starts. The win came at Riverhead in June.
- Inherited the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 81 races, when Ed Flemke Jr. did not run the 2014 opener.
- Ranks eighth in points this year with five top 10s in 10 outings.
- Has four top 10s, an average finish of 15th and a best result of sixth (June 2011) in 12 career NHMS appearances.
Matt Hirschman (No. 52 Furnace & Duct Supply/Seekonk GP Chevrolet)
- Has two wins, three poles and 45 top 10s in 87 career NWMT starts.
- Sits 10th in points with five top 10s across 10 races and a best result of second at Thompson in August.
- Has five top 10s, an average finish of 13th and a best result of third (June 2011) in 11 NWMT races at NHMS.
- Finished fourth at NHMS in the Sept. 2008 NKNPS East race for Gillett-Evernham Motorsports.
Donny Lia (No. 4 Mystic Missile Racing Dodge)
- The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 20 poles and 75 top 10s in 151 career starts.
- Ranks 12th in points with three top 10s and a best result of second at Waterford Speedbowl.
- Owner of two wins (June 2007, June 2009), a pole (Sept. 2012), eight top fives and an average finish of 13th in 19 career NHMS starts. Both of his wins came during his championship-winning seasons.
- Has a best finish of 12th (Sept. 2010) in three career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at NHMS.
Ryan Newman (No. 7 Menards/Wix Filters Chevrolet)
- Has four wins, four poles and 10 top fives in 16 career NWMT starts.
- Has a pair of wins (June & Sept. 2010), all four of those poles, six top fives and an average finish of 12.5 in 11 career NHMS NWMT starts. Also won the non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout there in July.
- Has three wins, seven poles and 16 top 10s in 25 career NSCS starts at NHMS.
Woody Pitkat (No. 88 East West Marine/Elbow East Chevrolet)
- Has a win, a pole and 39 top 10s in 88 career starts. The win was earned at Stafford in August.
- Ranks ninth in points with the win and five top 10s in 10 outings.
- Has eight top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of second (Aug. 2011) in 15 NHMS appearances.
Ryan Preece (No. 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford)
- The 2013 NWMT champion has nine wins, 12 poles, 26 podiums, 46 top fives and 62 top 10s in 105 career starts.
- Ranks sixth in points after 10 races with eight top 10s and a best result of second at Monadnock Speedway.
- Has eight top 10s, an average finish of 11th and a best result of third (four times) in 16 NWMT NHMS races.
- Both of his NNS career starts have come at NHMS, where he finished 24th in 2013 and 14th this past July. His next planned start in the series is the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet)
- The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 15 poles and 49 top 10s in 90 career starts.
- Ranks fourth in points with three wins and six top 10s.
- Has a win (July 2014), a pole (Aug. 2011), seven top 10s and an average finish of 15.5 in 16 NHMS starts.
Ron Silk (No. 6 TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet)
- The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, eight poles and 81 top 10s in 135 career starts.
- Ranks fifth in points with nine top 10s in 10 races and a best result of second in August at Stafford.
- Has two wins (Sept. 2009, Sept. 2011), three poles (Sept. 2011, July 2012, July 2014), 14 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 21 career races at NHMS.
Timmy Solomito (No. 75 Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet)
- Has a pole and seven top 10s in 17 career starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013.
- The Sunoco Rookie of the Race in six of 10 2014 events, he ranks seventh in the overall standings with five top 10s and a best result of fourth in the Thompson opener.
- Made his NHMS debut with an 11th place finish in July.
Mike Stefanik (No. 1 Pacquin Insurance/Variety Collision Chevrolet)
- Seven-time champion has 74 wins, 48 poles, 223 top fives and 300 top 10s – all NWMT records – in 452 starts.
- This will be just his fourth appearance of 2014. Has an average finish of 23rd with two DNFs in the first three starts.
- Holds NHMS all-time NWMT records for wins (8), top fives (24) and top 10s (32) with a pair of poles and an average finish of 11th in 52 starts.
- Has a pair of wins and 12 top 10s in 36 career NKNPS East starts at NHMS. Also made five NNS starts and one NCWTS appearance at NHMS from 1992-99.
Todd Szegedy (No. 15 15-40 Connection Chevrolet)
- The 2003 NWMT champion has 18 wins, 10 poles and 114 top 10s in 185 career starts.
- Has competed in four of 10 races this year with a best result of eighth at Thompson in August.
- Has three wins (Sept. 2007, July 2011, Sept. 2013), a pole (Sept. 2007), 16 top 10s and an average finish of 10th across 24 career NHMS starts.
Up To Speed:
- The 2014 season is the 30th for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
- The 2014 schedule features 14 races at seven different tracks across four states.
- The competition season opened with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. Ryan Preece was the polesitter and Doug Coby took the checkered flag.
- Justin Bonsignore passed first-time pole winner Woody Pitkat with nine laps to go to win the points season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 6.
- Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. captured his first pole and Bobby Santos earned his sixth Stafford Motor Speedway victory on April 27.
- After two rainouts, the third race of the season finally got in the books on June 6 when Doug Coby took the checkered flag at Stafford. Santos earned the pole on the original May 23 race date.
- The first bullring race of the year saw a battle between polesitter Donny Lia and Bobby Santos on June 21 at Waterford Speedbowl, and Santos eventually won out for his 12th career victory.
- Eric Goodale earned his first career win and John Beatty Jr. his first pole on June 28 at Riverhead Raceway.
- Ron Silk earned his first pole of 2014 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12 and Santos made a last-lap pass to record his first Loudon victory. Ryan Newman won the non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout the day before.
- Justin Bonsignore took the checkered flag from the pole on July 19 at Monadnock Speedway to become the first multi-race winner in NWMT history at the New Hampshire bullring.
- Woody Pitkat earned his first career victory on Aug. 8 at Stafford. Santos was the event’s polesitter.
- Bonsignore took the checkered flag at Thompson on Aug. 14. Lia was the top qualifier.
- After Bonsignore captured the pole, Barrett claimed his first checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway in the annual combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour on Aug. 20.
- The Riverhead 200 was scheduled to be contested on Sept. 13 at Riverhead, but was cancelled due to rain.
- Following this week’s F.W. Webb 100, the NWMT will return to action with the NAPA Fall Final 100 on Sept. 28 at Stafford.
-NASCAR Hometracks Press Release. Photo Credit: NHMS.