Wrapping It Up: Breaking News Boils Over For A Week On Local Racing Scene

It’s November. Temperatures are dropping. Talk is turning toward Christmas, New Years, snowfall.

But the news of racing isn’t slowing down one bit.

It was a week that saw breaking news boiling over on the local racing scene.

Mike Parks (Photo: Courtesy MDP Motorsports)

Last Sunday came news that Granite State Pro Stock Series operator Mike Parks would take over operations for Claremont Speedway for the 2020 season.

Doug Coby (left) and his Whelen Modified Tour team owner Mike Smeriglio III (right) (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

On Tuesday came news that NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Mike Smeriglio III would be retiring. It means six-time and reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby is left looking for a ride for the 2020 season. Coby talked exclusive with RaceDayCT about the news and his prospects for 2020.

The three-wide pace laps in honor of Mike Stefanik prior to the start of the 2019 Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

Also on Tuesday, NASCAR officially released their 2020 schedule for the Whelen Modified Tour. Most of the series dates had already been announced or reported. The piece of news that did come out of Tuesday’s schedule release was that the Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway would drop from 250 to 200 laps.

On Wednesday Tri-Track Open Modified Series management released their 2020 schedule, which was published exclusively at RaceDayCT.

On Thursday it was revealed exclusively on RaceDayCT that the Modified Racing Series – after 10 years competing at Stafford Speedway – would not be returning to the track in 2020.

Also on Thursday, New Hampshire Motor Speedway revealed details about their scheduling for regional divisions in 2020, including the change from the K&N Pro Series East to the newly branded ARCA Menards East Series.

On Friday Stafford Motor Speedway announced that they would be adding a Super Late Model event in 2020 as part of a sneak peek of their upcoming schedule release.

Also on Friday it was reported exclusively on RaceDayCT that the Modified Racing Series has scheduled a new Triple Crown Series for 2020 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Me.

Friday also saw the news that Seekonk Speedway would be running a pair of special mid-week shows for the 2020 season.

On Saturday it was reported exclusively at RaceDayCT that Tri-Track Open Modified Series founders Jim Schaefer and Dick Williams have resigned as part of the management team of the division.


  1. Yup, been a fun week. Very busy.

  2. Geez, when can we hibernate?

  3. Holy crap Batman what a week!

  4. And yet, for some strange reason I think the best is yet to come.

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