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Ryan Preece  (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

Ryan Preece (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)


Thompson Speedway for the Mr. Rooter 125 is the place to be tonight to see if Ryan Preece can make it three wins in a row on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

And keep it in mind, if Preece does win tonight, he’d be going for four in a row at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway on June 27. Preece has won four of the last seven Whelen Modified Tour events at Riverhead, with a worst finish of fourth during that span.


And that’s what happens when you don’t promote beyond Facebook. A lot of interest from racers, little interest from fans. Go North they said? Well, nobody said. 

This new breed of “series promoters” that see the back gate income as far more important than drawing fans will be the death of short track racing. When it’s just a bunch of guys showing up to the track to race for the money they paid in with themselves, and the stands are devoid of fans, it’s no longer an entertainment sport and just akin to a Tuesday night bowling league.


Never ever never never never never ever watch NBA basketball. But darned if this Cleveland Cavarliers / Golden State Warriors series hasn’t been some pretty great theater so far.


The overwhelming use of these pages by drivers to raise money for the purchase of things like firesuits, and helmets and HANS devices – you know the sort of things you’d expect a person who purchased a racecar to be able to afford – is just brutal.

But the fact that some Valenti Modified Racing Series officials are now using GoFundMe to raise gas money to get to the track has really reached a new ridiculousness in racing.


Rowan Pennink celebrates victory in the SK Modified feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR)

Rowan Pennink celebrates victory in the SK Modified feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR)

No offense to all the others, but, there’s really not another weekly short track division in the state that comes close to matching what the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway offers to fans.

You not only have a depth of talent in the division that far exceeds any other division around, but the racing that has been taking place week after week this has been breathtaking to say the least.


It looks like Lee Pulliam and Keith Rocco could be set to stage another battle for the ages for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

No matter how you slice it, the system to award a national champion of short track racing is really sort of a mess. But what Anthony Anders did last year to win it was a total mockery. It’s good to see the clash back in the hands of a pair of drivers who at least respect the game and the competition of it all.


We just looked up the definition of the word definition on Google. The internet didn’t blow up, so we’ve got that going for us.

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