NWMT: Les Hinckley Teams With Brady Bunch For Myrtle Beach

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Les Hinckley will drive the famed Brady Bunch No. 00 in next month’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. (Mike Grimaldi photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Les Hinckley will be making a special appearance in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season-opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway next month.

In a story first confirmed by Area Auto Racing News columnist Kevin Rice, Hinckley will attempt to make his first career series start in the famed Brady Bunch No. 00 on March 18.

“I have talked to Brian Brady on a regular basis, anytime I take my car to the track he usually goes with me and helps us,” Hinckley told Race Chaser Online. “Over the past two or three years I have gotten to know those guys through my crew chief. You always talk about different things and joke and we always joked around about me driving, but it had never been anything serious. Brian talked to his sister and they decided to give me a shot if I was interested in going to Myrtle Beach.”

In his career, Hinckley has toured the East Coast while competing behind the wheel of multiple different modified rides. He is well-known for his run with the late Chuck Montville on the Valenti Modified Racing Series, where he was able to win various times.

Hinckley has also competed at the North-South Shootout, in the Tri Track Open Modified Series and at the Wall Stadium Turkey Derby, among other races.

The Brady Bunch No. 00 has been driven by Ted Christopher for many years, but Christopher couldn’t make the opener at Myrtle Beach. Right now, Hinckley is only confirmed in the car for the Myrtle Beach event, with the team waiitng to see how things go from there.

“We’re going to go to Myrtle Beach and see what happens. They need sponsorship to continue to run their program and my car sits in the garage because I personally don’t have the money I want to have. I am from the old school, where the drivers didn’t have to bring anything,” Hinckley said. “It’s not that I’m willing to spend money, I just don’t have it the way other people do. We’ve gotten some help to go to Myrtle Beach. The future for me in that car will depend on sponsorship and what Ted Christopher wants to do … along with what they want to do.”

Over the last couple of years, Hinckley had stepped back some from racing to deal with personal issues in his life, including a neck surgery. He is excited to make a stop on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and is especially thrilled to be working with such a prestigious team.

“There is a lot of history with the car, my dad raced coupes in the last 1960s and 1970s and I’m familiar with the history of Joe’s race team because my father was involved in these things,” Hinckley said. “Joe’s car is one that is symbolic with modified racing — it’s been around forever.”

Hinckley has no other racing plans for 2017 besides than the Tri Track Open Modified Series at this point. He will be driving Wayne Darling’s modified for the Seekonk Speedway event on June 28 and the two New London-Waterford Speedbowl races, but will pilot his own car for the SBM race at Star Speedway.

As far as Modified Touring Series and Valenti Modified Racing Series events, Hinckley mentioned that it is possible that he attends some races, but nothing is concrete at this point other than the Tri-Track Series.

Hinckley and the rest of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will begin their season with the Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 18.

 

About the Writer 

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer. Souza also writes press releases for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Souza also works for Area Auto Racing News, based in Trenton, N.J.

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