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Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge releases 2019 Schedule

The 2018 Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series saw big turnouts, hard racing, and a points battle that came down to the final race that saw Kris Hetu picking up the series Championship. The series will be returning in next season and has now released their 2019 schedule as seen below…


January 5th: Dillon Motor Speedway

February 2nd: Myrtle Beach Speedway

March 23rd: Southern National MP

April 12th: Ace Speedway

May 4th: East Carolina Motor Speedway

June 1st: Caraway Speedway

July 13th: Carteret Co. Speedway

August 3rd: East Carolina Motor Speedway

August 23rd: Wake Co. Speedway

Sept 14th: Dillon Motor Speedway

Oct 19th: Myrtle Beach Speedway

November 16th: Carteret Co. Speedway (4cyl Nationals)

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour releases 2019 Schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 35th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will feature a mix of historic short tracks on the eastern seaboard as well as the second running of the 250-lap showcase event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

For the third straight season, the Whelen Modified Tour will kick off at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway. The race on Saturday, March 16, will precede the return of the tour to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Following the southern swing, the tour will kickoff the New England racing season as the headliner for a pair of landmark Connecticut race weekends: the 46th annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 7, and the 48th annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on Sunday, April 28.

The 16-race tour calendar visits seven states and features the return to Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. The tour has run three events at the high-banked third-mile oval, most recently in 2007.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule celebrates some of most iconic eastern short tracks,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director for regional racing. “It’s a nod to the old school NASCAR Modified division racing from Connecticut to Virginia competing for championship points and bragging rights. After a tremendous 2018 season, we are even more excited about what 2019 will bring.”

This past year, Long Island’s Justin Bonsignore rolled off eight wins en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. He out-distanced rising young star Chase Dowling and dethroned five-time tour champion Doug Coby to claim the top spot in the premier Modified series.

One of the highlights of 2018 was the inaugural Musket 250, a $25,000-to-win extra-distance championship event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dowling took advantage of a clash between Bonsignore and former tour champion – and 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver – Ryan Preece in the final turns of the final lap to score his first win and claim the biggest winner’s purse in tour history.

The 2019 race at New Hampshire will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Whelen Modified Tour will also be part of the Monster Energy Series weekend at the “Magic Mile” with its championship points event on Saturday, July 21. The annual all-star race for the tour will be held on the 1.058-mile speedway on Friday, July 20.

Other schedule highlights include:

  • Two premier northeastern tracks remain in place on the calendar: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will host the tour on Saturday, June 1. The tour’s trip to upstate New York and Oswego Raceway will be part of the track’s 63rd Annual Classic Week with the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s.
  • Riverhead Raceway will host a pair of races: Saturday, July 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7. Bonsignore swept the two events at his home track in 2018.
  • The championship will conclude with the traditional races at Stafford and Thompson. First will be the 47th Annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 29, followed by the crowning of the 2019 champion at the 57th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 13.

2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule

Date Track Location Laps
Sat, March 16 Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C. 150
Sat., March 30 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va. 150
Sun, April 7 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150
Sun, April 28 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 200
Sat, May 18 Wall Stadium Speedway Wall Township, N.J. 150
Sat, June 1 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass. 150
Wed, June 5 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 125
Sat. July 6 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 200
Fri, July 19 ** New Hampshire Motor Speedway * Loudon, N.H. All Star
Sat, July 20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 100
Fri, Aug 2 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 150
Wed, Aug 14 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150
Sat, Aug 31 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y. 150
Sat, Sept 7 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 200
Sat, Sept 21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 250
Sun, Sept 29 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 150
Sun, Oct 13 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 150

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MAVTV to broadcast 2019 New Year’s Bash at Dillon

Dillon Motor Speedway posted the following Message and Photo on their Facebook page…

“Mark Your Calendars! The New Years BASH Is Always The Saturday After New Years Day! Dillon Motor Speedway And The 9th Annual New Years BASH January 4-5th, 2019! This Is Gonna Be BIG! Make Plans To Attend This National Event!!! Thanks To Long Time Friend And Broadcaster Bob Dillner For Added Support In 2019! Race Details Coming Soon!”

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Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and more. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

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Ray Evernham aquires JRI Shocks

Mooresville, NC- Motorsports Icon and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham announced today his acquisition of JRi Shocks, effective immediately. JRi Shocks founder, Jeff Ryan, will continue to play a leading role in the organization as a Partner and Vice President of Engineering.

“Since retiring from the competition side of NASCAR, I have been itching to find an opportunity to continue using my experience in business and engineering, so when JRi was presented to me it was a natural fit,” said Evernham, CEO and President of JRi Shocks. “I have worked with Jeff Ryan for more than 30 years and have always known he was one of the most innovative shock designers in the motorsports industry, but what really drew me to JRi is the work Jeff and his team are doing outside of racing. From street performance to off-road, they are creating some of the most functional, highest quality shocks on the market. I am really looking forward to working with Jeff to take JRi to the next level.”

Evernham will be heavily involved in all areas of the business, including marketing and sales strategy, new product design and operations. Under the new ownership, JRi will focus on better serving their existing customers, expanding their product offerings in current markets and continuing to gain market share in the aftermarket shock industry.

“With Ray Evernham as the owner and with same shared disciplines, JRi will be able to focus on product innovation and achieve our ultimate goal of delivering the best products and services to our customers. I am looking forward to writing JRi’s next chapter while building on our current performance with a dedicated team in place that has been chosen to pilot the future trajectory of the company,” said Jeff Ryan, Partner and Vice President of Engineering JRi Shocks.

JRi Shocks’ new headquarters will be located at 115 Eastbend Court, Mooresville, NC 28117.

-JRi Shocks Press Release

Gragson – From Short Track roots to the Xfinity Series in 2019

JR Motorsports announced Tuesday that Camping World Truck Series driver, Noah Gragson would be joining the organization in 2019. It was no ordinary Driver Reveal or Press Release as the team went full JRM 360 in their latest Facebook video as seen below titled “Credential Required”…


Noah Gragson started his NASCAR journey like most other young guns did in the sport, started racing Bandoleros at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring at the age of 13, eventually moving to compete in Late Models. Gragson also competed in the INEX Legends car series, winning the 2014 Young Lion Road Course championship.

Gragson competed in both the K&N Pro Series East and the K&N Pro Series West in 2016, winning a combined four races. On October 7, he was hired by Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017. In preparation, he drove the No. 18 Toyota from KBM at the Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway events in an entry fielded by Wauters Motorsports. In his debut at Phoenix, Gragson qualified 14th and finished 16th. Gragson raced at Homestead as well, qualifying 10th and finishing 15th. In 2017, he recorded his first career Truck win in the fall at Martinsville Speedway and finished tenth in points.

He returned to the No. 18 KBM truck for the 2018 season, while also making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond Raceway as part of a three-race schedule that included further starts at Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway. His racing slate also included starts on the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and CARS Tour circuits in an effort to make himself a better driver via more seat time.

Noah currently sits 2nd in the NCWTS points (9/25/18) as he is still going for his first NASCAR Championship.

As the Video notes, Noah will be taking over the No.1 machine that has been piloted by Elliott Sadler since the 2016 Season. Current rumors are that Noah will be bringing his current sponsors, Switch and Safelite Autoglass with him as he joins JRM.

Article Photo by: Jason Wedehase

CARS Tour set for Road Course Debut in 2019

Mooresville, NC 9/25/18 – History will be made on Saturday, November 23, 2019 when the CARS Response Energy Tour hosts its first ever event on a road course at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia. The Late Model Stock Car event, around the 12 turn course, will be a non-points race to close out the 2019 calendar year.

With anticipation building for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series ROVAL race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the CARS Tour along with Dominion Raceway, wanted to publicize the event just prior to the release of the 2019 CARS Response Energy Tour season schedule. With the addition of road course events being added to multiple stock car series schedules across the country, the timing for an attempt to see Late Models turning both left and right felt appropriate.

“This is one of the most exciting announcements in years for the world of Late Model racing.” stated Steve Britt, owner of Dominion Raceway. “The opportunity for the drivers of the CARS Tour to race on our two mile road course should have fans and competitors totally elated, and it could only happen at a facility like Dominion.”

The non-points race around the 2 mile track, which features eight of twelve turns as left handers, will be done in comparable format to a normal CARS Tour race with testing taking place on Friday November 22nd followed by the Saturday afternoon race on November 23rd. All aspects of the entry fee, testing, pit passes, and purse will be similar to that of a normal CARS Tour sanctioned race at an oval.

Testing for the event will take place over the next year in preparation for the race with CARS Tour and Dominion Raceway officials evaluating rules and requirements to keep costs down for competitors anticipating changes to their cars. An emphasis will be placed when testing to keep the cars and their components (transmissions, control arms, chassis parts, etc.) the same as what is normally used at ACSR Tour events.

“I think this is going to be an awesome event. There’s no secret that Jack and I, probably more so me, are all about trying to be fluid with ideas on how we can stand out and do something different,” noted Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series Director. “I think this race and the way we are doing it, is the perfect way to introduce our competitors and fans to road course racing. Dominion Raceway is a beautiful facility that we are familiar with, and the amount of desire that Steve Britt has in him to make this work is hard to ignore. There’s all kinds of stock car series that host road coursed races, there’s no reason the CARS Tour can’t do the same, it just has to be done right, and we think we can make that happen on November 23rd, 2019.”


-CARS Tour PR-

Nelson Sweeps Wild Full Moon Night at Jennerstown

Fate smiled upon one particular competitor who has seen his share of disappointments in 2018 during Saturday’s eventful Super Cup Stock Car Series Twin 50s at Jennerstown Speedway. Petersburg, West Virginia’s Brent Nelson had all the breaks go his way en route to an evening sweep, the second time in which such a feat occurred for him at the Pennsylvania facility.

Nelson’s sixth and seventh career SCSCS victories came with a new sponsor on board.

“To come home winning with Royal Purple on the hood, I can’t ask for a better night,” Nelson remarked.   “We’ve had rotten luck about everywhere we’ve gone this year.   We’ve run well, but wrong place at the wrong time and as they say, that’s racing.”

Nelson’s No. 80 Royal Purple Synthetic Oil / Airtek Inc. / Steam Turbine Services / Precision Auto Collision / Atkinson Welding Chevrolet qualified a close second to Bob Schacht, who won his season record-tying fifth Pole Award.

It was 2017’s top rookie Jerod Brougher, in his first appearance of the year, who drew the pole. Cars were required to take evasive action almost immediately, as the Scottdale, Pennsylvania driver’s machine suddenly slowed in the initial corners on the opening lap. July’s second Twin 50 winner J.P. Crabtree was the only car to sustain cosmetic damage as a result of the left front fender falling off his No. 42 USA Tire / J.R.’s Landscaping / Stagger Pros / Support The Troops / Don Gnat Racing Ford.

Crabtree was able to continue and followed Schacht by local former Street Stock champion Andrew Kostelnik for second in the opening laps and then by early leader Toby Grynewicz shortly after.   It was a yellow flag for the expired engine of John Komarinski on lap 19 that changed the complexion of the first race and entire night.

On the restart lap, contact ensued between Crabtree and Schacht, and resulted in Schacht being sent for a spin and his No. 75 Engineered Components / Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet backed into the turn four wall. The aftermath collected an innocent Kevin Kromer as well, ending the Walnutport, Pennsylvania racer’s night abruptly.

Crabtree was sent to the rear for the contact, but recovered to a runner-up result.   Schacht lost some laps, but the SCSCS overall points leader got back on the track to salvage an eighth place finish in an attrition-filled 50-lap event.

Both drivers, who had a history of contact with each other from earlier in the season, offered their point of view on what they felt had occurred.

“It was just hard racing for the lead,” Crabtree explained. “I had my front end down in there on him and I guess he thought he was going to close the door on me and it wasn’t going to affect him, but I stayed in it.”

“For whatever reason, the 42 car just took me out and I wound up backwards into the fence,” Schacht commented. “I don’t know what his problem is, if he’s got issues with Midvale and what happened or whatever, but if he’s got a problem with me then he’s messing with the wrong guy.”

All of the mayhem under the full moonlit sky opened the door for Nelson, who was riding solidly in the top five beforehand and led the rest of the way.   He would additionally give the birds-eye point of view he had of the altercation after the race.

“Going in I was running my own line and they got in there; I don’t know if J.P. slipped up,” Nelson described. “He did get into the left-hand quarter panel and turned Bob, but call it a racing incident, call it that he took him out, I don’t know the answer.   Only J.P. knows that.”

Following Nelson and Crabtree to the line were Kostelnik and Grynewicz.   Marc Jones turned in a best career fifth place finish and scored his third Hard Charger award of the season.

Third-year driver Jason Schue survived to finish sixth, earning the driver of the No. 3 Peckie’s Auto Body / Larry’s Lawn Mower Repair / 1st Choice Computer Solutions / Rage Karts Chevrolet his first ever attempt at participating in the redraw for the front three rows for the second Twin 50, in which the Littlestown, Pennsylvania driver drew the third starting position.

Nelson and Kostelnik redrew the front row, but one driver would be absent from the second feature.   Director of Competition, Joe Schmaling, provided the reasoning for his call to park Crabtree following the first Twin 50.

“We went on just watching the 42 knowing what was done and how he does stuff and I decided at the end of the race it’s time for him to go home,” Schmaling answered.   “He’s leading our Northern points, which is kind of a shame, but if he calms down he will be welcome back.”

Nelson got out to an impressive lead from the get go in the second Twin 50, but maneuvering toward the front with his patched up car was Schacht.   On lap 41, Nelson slipped high in turn four which allowed Schacht to speed by for the top spot; however, two circuits later things would turn much worse.

Throughout the course of the caution free feature, Schacht’s car noticeably displayed sparks going through the turns. With seven laps remaining, the right front tire loudly popped sending the Mooresville, North Carolina driver hard into the turn four outside wall.   Schacht was okay.

Nelson was not home free yet with some new challengers on the final restart, Kostelnik and Brougher, hungry to claim their first victory. The veteran driver held them off over the closing laps to sweep the night.

“I don’t know if I got in some marbles up there but honestly I thought I had a right rear tire going down,” Nelson said about his car late in the going.   “The car was extremely loose after that and I followed Bob and backed off a little bit and just rode it out. I thought, well, he could have a little bit of bad luck and lo and behold going into turn three his night turned pretty bad.”

“I knew how my car was driving getting into the corner and I drove it in pretty deep,” Nelson added regarding the final restart. “I didn’t know if they were going to come in that hard or not.   It worked, we were able to get off of two and get to the outside and here we are.”

Brougher was able to get by Kostelnik to finish a best career second in his first outing of 2018.   After what turned out to be a hydraulic throw-out bearing issue in the first race, the Scottdale, Pennsylvania driver could not have been more thrilled with the rally from the rear to second.

“This thing was flying,” Brougher noted about his No. 71 Make It Spark Ltd. / Donegal Auto Body / Parry Custom Homes Chevrolet. “We had fresher tires than everybody out there because we went in with a mechanical failure on the first lap of the first feature, so I knew we had a little bit of an advantage there. I can’t thank everybody enough for all the help we got these past couple weeks putting this car together. This thing was in pieces 14 days ago.”

The beginning of Kostelnik’s SCSCS career continued on a good note with his third third-place finish in four starts. It was more than an eventful day for the entire Minjock Racing crew behind-the-scenes, changing the rear end gear twice and repairing a fuel pump.

“I knew I didn’t have third gear when I lost it in the first race and in the second race I kind of knew on that restart was going to be a little sketchy and on top of that the tires were going away,” the driver of the No. 41 Blackberry Smoke / Moody Premium Guitar Straps / Spherical Solutions / Waterway Fire Hose Testing / The Allegheny Group Chevrolet recapped. “It was a bit of a handful there. I think we’re definitely getting there now.”

Grynewicz turned in another fourth place result in his No. 40 T&T Plumbing / Winsupply / Global Safaris Chevrolet and defending Jennerstown Street Stock champion Lauren Butler stayed out of trouble to round out the top five in the No. 53 Edlin Automotive Services / Cornwell Tools / Motive Parts of Homestead Inc. / Fleegle Graphics / #TeamChampion Chevrolet.