Highlight Moments From Unmuffled Episode 43

During this week’s episode of Unmuffled, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Matt Swanson talked about his desires to land a full-time ride in the SK Modified division at Stafford Speedway. 

But Swanson emphasized that it wasn’t just his desire to land in the division that has him roaming the pits and grandstands at Stafford nearly every Friday during the racing season. 

The fan in him keeps him coming back every week. 

“I’m there just because of the fact that it is the best weekly racing in the Northeast in my opinion,” Swanson said during Episode 43 of Unmuffled. “The Arute family does a great job with the facility. The staff they have there, the race directors they have there and the drivers they have there, that is just a stout combo right now. And it’s really the best racing in the Northeast for weekly divisions.” 

For the first time since 2014, five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby will not be the reigning champion of the series when action kicks off in March at Myrtle Speedway (S.C.) Speedway. 

Justin Bonsignore ended Coby’s four-year title run in 2018. Coby said being the champion will open Bonsignore’s eyes to a new style of treatment from competition on the track.  

“Obviously everybody is going to be shooting for Justin [Bonsignore] and he’s going to get to see how fun it is with the way that everybody races you when they know that if they have one little opportunity to pass you they’re going to take it even if it’s not a great chance,” Coby said. “We’re just kind of focused on us. We always feel like we have the target on our back whether we’re the champion or not. I think for us in 2019 our goal is to just start the season a little bit stronger than last year.” 

Ryan Fearn talked this week about his recent announcement that he will move from the Limited Late Model division to the Late Model division in 2019 at Stafford. 

“I’m not the big fish in the small pond,” Fearn said. “It’s going to be a bit of change of heart coming from me in 2019. I think. It’s a good time to dial it back on the aggression and just really work on my car control and all that. … I’m definitely going to need more patience.” 

Reigning Stafford Street Stock division champion George Bessette Jr. is expecting a little different treatment from the competition this year as he attempts to defend his title.  

“I’m sure that they’re going to be a little rougher on me,” Bessette said. “That’s what I want. I don’t want nobody letting me by, I want to race.”

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