The Souza Files: Whelen Tour Schedule on the Way, Plus More New England Offseason News

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SOMERSET, Mass. — Column by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Will Schneekloth/Getty Images for NASCAR photo —

Phew, what a 2015 racing season it was in New England.

We saw top talents on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour like Doug Coby put on an incredible championship run.  We saw some local guys like Angelo Belsito, the Seekonk Speedway Pro Stock champion, stun their local region.

And now, it’s that time where we all settle down on our couches and watch some college football playoffs and the conclusion to the NFL regular season. Or maybe, we watch old racing videos from our favorite NASCAR Home Track and imagine ourselves actually being there in the year to come.

As the 2015 season winds down and 2016 season starts to take shape, let’s take a look of what’s on the rumor mill …

Let’s Map It Out: Whelen Modified Tour 2016 Schedule Coming Soon

We should see the completed 2016 schedule for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour sometime in the next two days, however, if you’re looking for some early tips on what to expect … keep on reading.

Race Chaser Online has learned from multiple sources that the Tour is anticipated to return to the five-eighths mile Oswego Speedway for the first time since 1989, by way of a stop during Bud Classic weekend, Sept. 2-4.

A date near the Labor Day holiday would lead into another returning track for the Tour in 2016, the Seekonk Speedway — which announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have a series event set for Sept. 10.

If true, it would mark the ninth time in Tour history that the “Steel Palace” has been on the calendar, following four dates apiece in both 1988 and 1989. Tony Hirschman is the all-time wins leader at Oswego in NWMT competition, winning three of the four stops in ’89.

As far as the usual “meat and potatoes” of the calendar is concerned, look for the normal set of races at both Stafford and Thompson, including the season opening Icebreaker and Spring Sizzler, as well as the NAPA Fall Final and championship-deciding Sunoco World Series. Look for the traditional two appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and two stops at Riverhead Raceway to be among the date pool as well, with a 15-16 race calendar expected when NASCAR makes the official schedule announcement.

Potentially Up-and-Coming: New Modified Touring Series Taking Shape?

Rumblings of a new “Modified Touring Series” are starting to become more and more common up in New England as of late.

Gary Knight has started a new series that he claims will “bring back the glory of modified racing to the Northeast.” The series has said they will have fairness for all drivers and teams … but wait … isn’t that supposed to be how it is?!

How will they be prepared to go up against the Whelen Modified Tour? The Valenti Modified Racing Series? The Tri Track Series? Will their even be any dates open for them? There’s a lot of questions that are yet to be answered in that camp.

The ownership group will be holding a “General Meeting” on Saturday, Dec. 19 for anyone who is interested at Knights of Columbus in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Hardware Passed Out: Thompson Speedway Crowns Champions

A successful night of celebrations took place at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut this past Saturday evening, crowning the 2015 Thompson Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series champions.

Woody Pitkat grabbed the honors in the SK Modified class, after beating out Ryan Preece by 15 points in route to the crown driving for Stan Mertz. Other champions crowned included Brian Tagg (Late Models), Scott Sundeen (Limited Sportsman) and Dave Trudeau (Mini Stocks).

The schedule for 2016 at Thompson will include 10 races on the oval track, with that schedule being released to the public on Tuesday evening.

New England Season Finale: Second Annual Bemer’s Super Bowl In The Works

Race Chaser Online has also learned that the 2nd annual Bemer’s Super Bowl will conclude the New England racing season on Oct. 21-22. It is unclear at this time what divisions will be in action, however more details will be passed along as they become available.


Look for more details on the release of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule on Race Chaser Online coming up on Wednesday.

Until we meet again, stay inside the groove and have a safe and healthy holiday season.


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 and press writer, and is also the Media Director for the Tri Track Open Modified Series, managed by Dick Williams and the ‘Long Island Mod Maniac,’ James Schaefer.

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