Pit Box: Whelen Modified Tour 2022 Season Begins With First Race At New Smyrna Speedway

(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

A new season is here for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. What better way to start the year than with a new venue?

For the first time in tour history, modifieds will hit Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway for an official race during the track’s World Series of Stock Car Asphalt with its season-opening event on Saturday, Feb. 12, the New Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200.

Don’t mistake this as the first time tour-type mods have circled the eastern Florida short track, though. These vehicles have been racing around the high-banked, 0.48-mile bullring during its World Series since 1976, with its feature event being the Richie Evans Memorial 100 in honor of the late nine-time champion of the tour.

Three-time tour champion Justin Bonsignore, winner of each of the last two series titles, highlights a stacked entry list along with a multitude of talented competitors ready to fight for the first checkered flag of 2022.

New Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200 #lovensb at New Smyrna Speedway

What to watch for:

New Smyrna is ready to host a 200-lap contest around its high-banked, 0.48-mile oval that is sure to feature close-quarters racing and plenty of nerf-bar contact. The facility’s website boasts a telling quote from Evans, the NASCAR Hall of Famer: “If you can win at New Smyrna Speedway, you can win anywhere in the United States.”

Three-time World Series winner Matt Hirschman, who has won three of the last four WSOA modified titles, returns to the tour in the No. 60 entry in the 2022 season-opener. Meanwhile, fellow three-time WSOA champ Ryan Preece moves back to car owner Jan Boehler and the blue No. 3 modified, a ride in which Preece won three races from 2008-09.

Ron Silk, a two-time winner on the tour in 2021 and 2014 WSOA victor, shifts from the No. 85 car into the No. 16 Haydt-Yannone Racing machine for the 2022 campaign, headed by co-owners Tyler Haydt and Joe Yannone. Another former WSOA mod winner, 2008 victor Jimmy Blewitt will be back at New Smryna in the No. 21 car.

Bonsignore returns in the familiar No. 51 car for the 2022 campaign chasing his third straight tour title and fourth overall. His main rival for the 2021 championship, Patrick Emerling, returns in the No. 07 car to hunt down a tour victory at New Smyrna.

Additionally, Tommy Catalano is back on the circuit in a full-time effort with his family’s storied No. 54 car out of northern New York. Craig Lutz heads to Florida to compete in the No. 82 machine this season.

The complete entry list for the New Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200 will be released in the coming days.


RaceNew Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200 #lovensb
DateSaturday, Feb. 12, 2022
TrackNew Smyrna Speedway
LayoutHalf-mile paved oval
LocationNew Smyrna Beach, Florida
Start time7:30 p.m. ET
TV channelUSA (Delayed: TBA)
Live streamFloRacing (Live)

Schedule: Garage opens at 9:30 a.m. ET … Final practice from 2 – 3:20 p.m. ET … Single-car qualifying (two laps) at 5:45 p.m. ET … Race at 7:30 p.m. ET

Qualifying: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time. Starting field for the New Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200 #lovensb is limited to 32 starters including Provisional Positions.

Tire allotment: The maximum tire allotment available for this event is twelve (12) tires per team. All tires used for qualifying and the race must be purchased at the track and scanned by Hoosier, unless otherwise approved in advance by the Series Director. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. All qualifying tires must remain in impound until released by NASCAR Officials. The remaining tire allotment may be used for practice and/or change tires during the event. The tire change rule is six (6) tires, any position. To utilize the fifth (5th) and sixth (6th) change tires, the team will have to take a practice tire purchased at New Smyrna Speedway and turn in by the conclusion of practice.

Purse: $115,800 in posted awards.


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    The complete entry list for the New Smyrna Visitors Bureau 200 will be released in the coming days.

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  2. wmass01013 says

    Those insightful comments, great stuff!!!!!!!!!

  3. Liz Cherokee says

    Go Melissa Go! Unfortunately, I won’t be at this race, but I’ll be watching on Flo while I have a few cocktails and review some briefs… Bottoms up boys!

  4. Perhaps things have changed but the last word was Fifield will be home selling cars.
    Sure would be nice to have an entry list.

  5. Doug,
    Yes, there were some rumors floating around and apparently Melissa was not on the initial entry list within NASCAR, but she confirmed to me last week that she will be there.

  6. She might not make the show…. depends on how many provisional spots are open

  7. wmass01013 says

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