Whelen Modified Tour Set For Return To Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Saturday

(Press Release from JDV Productions)

For the first time since 2005, it’s race week at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. In the 10th race of the 14-race Whelen Modified Tour championship points schedule, more than 20 of the best Modified talents from across the region will head to Maine to compete in the Rumble at the Ridge 200.

The race is the third and final of the season promoted by JDV Productions — led by Josh Vanada and his team of racing professionals. 

Justin Bonsignore leads the tour into Beech Ridge at the top of the title chase by 12 points over Patrick Emerling. Bonsignore, who is looking for his second consecutive championship and third overall, is heading to Maine with no previous laps at the third-mile. In fact, most of the field has only a limited amount of laps, or none, themselves. But, when the Whelen Modified Tour heads to a new track, Bonsignore is usually at the front of the pack. Bonsignore won the tour’s return to Jennerstown Speedway last year in his first laps there, then won the inaugural trip to White Mountain Motorsports Park just a few weeks later. This year, in his first trip to Lancaster Speedway, Bonsignore finished second to Emerling in July. 

It will be hard to bet against the driver of the No. 51 Kenneth Massa Motorsports mount, but Emerling would be a good pick, if you decide to do it. The 2021 season has been the best of the Orchard Park, New York, drivers career, as in the first nine races, Emerling has two wins and six top-five finishes. If he wants to keep up with Bonsignore, winning the Rumble at the Ridge 200 would certainly help his path towards the title. 

Another name to watch on Saturday will be NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Preece. Returning to his Modified roots for his seventh start of the season, Preece looks for his third straight win in races he has run — dating back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. The Berlin, Connecticut, native has been impressive with new crew chief and SK Modified standout Stephen Kopcik so far this season.

Look out for Matt Hirschman, who is batting 1,000 this season in Whelen Modified Tour action. Hirschman started his only race of the year at Oswego Speedway in June and dominated the distance, taking down another impressive victory. He may only show up to the tour once in a while, but when he does, he is a threat to win right off the trailer.

How can you count out six-time tour champion Doug Coby? The two-time winner this year enters Beech Ridge with optimism after a top-five finish last time on the track at Stafford Motor Speedway. He might not be in contention for his seventh tour title this year, but the race he missed at Oswego in June ended with him holding the checkered in the inaugural SRX event at Stafford, besting the top contenders in auto racing. His impressive calendar year would be bolstered even more with a Beech Ridge victory.

There are multiple other top contenders who are going to be threats to hold the checkered flag, including Jon McKennedy, Ron Silk, Eric Goodale, Woody Pitkat, Kyle Bonsignore and Matt Swanson. Out of all of them, Swanson might be in the best spot to chase the trophy. 

The Acton, Massachusetts, driver, who competes for Boehler Racing in the famed ‘Ole Blue’ No. 3 mount, competed in a Modified Racing Series event at Beech Ridge earlier this year, and may have a leg up on some of his competition. McKennedy, Silk, Goodale, Pitkat and Kyle Bonsignore are all winners on the Whelen Modified Tour in their career, but only Goodale has a victory this season. The Riverhead, New York, veteran won the opener of the season in the tour’s return to the famed Martinsville Speedway in Virginia back in April. 

Saturday will have a full day of racing — including Beech Ridge local divisions. The garage will open at 12 p.m. for Whelen Modified Tour teams, with local practice taking place from 12-2:40 p.m. The Whelen Modified Tour will have the track for one hour, from 2:50-3:50 p.m. for practice, followed by local heat races taking the green at 4 p.m. 

The Beetle Bugs, Mad Bombers, Pro Series, Sport Series, Wildcats and Mighty Trucks will all be in competition. The Whelen Modified Tour Rumble at the Ridge 200 will go green at 7:30 p.m., live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. Qualifying will take place in the race for the Mayhew Tools dominator Pole Award just before the race. The race will also air on NBCSN on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, August 29.

For more information on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, visit nascar.com. For more information on JDVProductions, visit JDVProductions.com. For more information on Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, visit beechridge.com.


  1. “Pee Dee Motorsports ·
    Good Afternoon PeeDee fans!. Hope Ya’ll are staying safe and enjoying your summer. We are getting the Brown Dog Band back together again for this coming weekend. We will be competing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the Beech Ridge Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. Rumble at the Ridge on Saturday evening. Race will be on NBC Trackpass. Will be a busy weekend as Matt is also scheduled to compete in races at Evergreen Raceway in Drums PA on Sunday. Catch us if You can!. Stay Tuned!”

    “The race is the third and final of the season promoted by JDV Productions — led by Josh Vanada and his team of racing professionals.”
    Dude’s it’s your own press release. Isn’t that a touch transparently self serving? Sheesh!

    I still don’t get how it’s possible with all our debates on what the NWMT offers or not to get better then a slug fest of modified heavy weights that includes. Bonsignor, Hirschman, Coby and Preece. Especially on a wild card track.
    Come on guys lets Pick-em
    10, 51,60,6ny, 07…………………………….

  2. wmass01013 says

    Saw No Preece due to CUP commitments in Michigan

  3. same drivers as Mad Dog…. too bad it’s not Christopher, Rocco, Kopcik, Owen also. We will be going only because we love the beach in that area – it would be a great place to hold a two day event like the world series.

  4. Beechridge had a big Pro Stock race that was a multi day event. They called it the Beechridge 400 and the event featured a 300 lap PASS race on Sunday. They didnt have the modifieds on the card us Southern New Englanders like so it went largely unnoticed by race fans south of Massachusetts northern border, If I remember correctly it was typically first week of September was a 3 or 4 day event, I remember a few time it went up against first week of NFL and Thompson was running a regular weekly show.

  5. Revised picks.
    10, 51,60,7ny, 07…………………….

  6. Earls picks;

    J Bonsignore

    WC – Swanson

  7. Gonna hopefully wait for an accurate entry list before picking. Fingers crossed.

  8. Fast Eddie says

    Looks like we’re making picks! Here’s mine: SIlk, McKennedy, Swanson, Nocella, Woody. WC is Ricci. I know some look highly unlikely, but I’m going more with “drivers with track time”.

  9. This is the list that appears on the Whelen Modified Tour Fan Page
    1 Pitkat
    01 Fifield
    2 Hossfeld
    3 Swanson
    5 Ebersole
    6 Preece
    07 Emerling
    7 McKennedy
    10 Coby
    14 Mesmer
    18 Heagy
    22 K Bonsignor
    32 Rypkema
    34 JB Fortin
    51 J Bonsignor
    54 Catalano
    58 Goodale
    60 Hirschman
    64 Solomito
    78 Sutcliffe
    82 Nocella
    85 Silk
    220 Ricci
    It was reported the Preece would not be in attendance and Solomito either although it’s unclear if the 64 will be there with another driver. Solomito as said his next race will be at Riverhead back in his own car so perhaps his stint in the 64 has ended.

  10. Doug,
    I think you might have missed this story: Timmy Solomito, KLM Motorsports Part Ways On Whelen Modified Tour

    KLM Motorsports owner Mike Murphy confirmed they will not be at Beech Ridge.

  11. CSG picks

    60 10 85 7ny 51 wild card 3

  12. Doug, if you actually set out to inform yourself and rolled back from the stalking and trolling, you might not get yourself in so much trouble. Idiot.

  13. Doug ,10, 51,60,7ny, 07…..
    Earl 51,85,7ny,60,10………3
    Eddie 85,7ny,3,82,1…………220
    CSG 60,10,85,7ny,51 … 3
    Suitcase Jake-?????

    Don’t forget guys we have the Stafford Open to pick as soon as Shawn posts a story on that one. Spec’s legal now at Stafford and Santos registered and I can’t wait to see where you place the Tinio 44MA.

  14. Doug, thx. Tight field of top fivers. I’ll try;
    J Bonsignore

    I’d like to go with pitkat as a wild card. If for some reason that is not a “legal” wild card, then T Catalano would be my second choice.
    Thanks! Good luck to all.

  15. Technically not legal because Pitkat won at Wall so I’ll record Catalano.
    Thanks for joining Bobf!

  16. Great!
    Catalano it is!
    Thx Doug!

  17. Doug ….10, 51,60,7ny, 07…..
    Earl …….51,85,7ny,60,10……3
    Eddie ….85,7ny,3,82,1………220
    CSG …..60,10,85,7ny,51 … 3

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