Rob Fuller Rolling Out New Connection At Whelen Modified Tour Season Opener At Thompson

THOMPSON – It’s a new look for a great cause in 2013 for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Rob Fuller.

Rob Fuller shows off his new colors and car number for the 2013 season (Photo: Rob Fuller Motorsports)

Fuller, of Boylston, Mass., will debut a new number and new colors this weekend in the Whelen Modified Tour season opening Icebreaker 150 at Thompson International Speedway.

Fuller’s familiar No. 71 car is now the No. 15 to go along with his team’s new relationship with 15-40 Connection.

The 15-40 Connecticut is raising awareness to the fact that cancer survival rates in in teens and young adults aged 15 to 40 have barely improved since 1975 in large part because of delays in diagnosis. It is empowering individuals with knowledge that will save and improve lives through early cancer detection.

“15-40 Connection is such an important cause,” Fuller said in a release. “It makes every lap around the race track that much more important because we are spreading the awareness and importance of early cancer detection. The support from everyone at 15-40 Connection has been great. Last weekend we brought the car to JJ’s Sports Bar & Grill [in Northboro, Mass.] for Cancer Awareness Day and had a great time helping to spread 15-40 Connection’s message and showing our new car. I am really excited to spread that same message from the front of the pack this weekend.”

Thompson is always a homecoming for Fuller, who’s family legacy runs deep at the .625-mile oval.

“We had a good test [at Thompson said] Fuller said. “Unfortunately we lost a head gasket but the car was really good. It is amazing how much support there is in this modified series. After losing the head gasket we needed to borrow a motor and [fellow Modified Tour team owner] Mike Smeriglio III and Phil Moran had a motor at my shop the next day. The pulley setup with that motor was going to be an issue for us, so Al Heinke offered me his motor. We received that motor on Sunday and have been working to get our car ready to go. I can’t wait to feel the horsepower in a Bob Bruneau motor. It feels good to have people offer to help in these situations. That’s what modified racing is all about.”

Fuller plans to run all three Whelen Modified Tour events at Thompson this year.

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