Southern Swing: Tom Abele Jr. To Run Whelen Southern Mod Tour Full-Time In 2015

Abele Southern Car 2015The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has proved to be a place over the last few seasons where northern drivers can find a home to thrive.

The successes and titles of current reigning series champion Andy Seuss of Hampstead, N.H. and four-time series champion George Brunnhoelzl III of West Babylon, N.Y. on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour have shown that to be true.

Now Tom Abele Jr. of Norwich would like to see if he’s ready to race for wins and a title in the series.

Abele will compete full-time on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2015.

In addition to racing weekly previously in the Whelen All-American Series SK Modified division at the Waterford Speedbowl, Abele has also dabbled previously with efforts on the Whelen Modified Tour and Valenti Modified Racing Series.

Abele said a new relationship with Doug Dunleavy, owner of Dunleavy Truck And Trailer Repair of Brookfield, has helped to create the opportunity to make the southern effort.

“It’s something different,” Abele said. “The [Whelen Modified Tour], I think financially and experience-wise, is a little out of our reach. And the Valenti [Modified Racing Series], it s a really good series, but they kind of put you in a box [with their rules].

“I think its perfect timing. … We want to be competitive and we don’t want waste our money and time if we don’t think we have somewhat of a shot. I don’t know if I would go down there strictly on my own, but Doug [Dunleavy] really wanted to do this. It just worked out to me. It really didn’t matter where we raced, I just wanted to race something. His help obviously makes a deal where we have nothing to lose.”

Abele said he will also have support behind him from Rob Fuller’s LFR Chassis. He will compete on the series with a new LFR Chassis.

“I couldn’t do it without their help and support too,” Abele said. “[LFR Chassis co-owner] Rob Fuller has been great to work with.”

Abele said he will also carry sponsorship from his own company, 32 Signs.

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  1. That’s good to hear! Good for him. I hope he dose good. But will he race part time in CT still?

  2. Got to play with the little dogs first,before the northern big dogs.They cant even come close to the northern tour cars and

  3. nice kid and excellent artist. I wish him the best of luck down south

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