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Compromise Needed: NASCAR Missed On Race Start Issue At Lancaster Whelen Modified Tour Event

On Saturday the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ran its first event ever at Lancaster (N.Y.) Speedway. A packed crowd was treated to a great finish with Patrick Emerling defending the charges of two-time series champion Justin Bonsignore on the final lap to win the event. Doug Coby also put on a show for the fans […]

Let’s Play Two: Time For A Change For The Whelen Modified Tour At NHMS

It’s time to change things up for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s become evident in recent years that the standard 100-lap feature format for the series has become stale. Last week’s Whelen Modified Tour Whelen 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway showed off what has become all too familiar […]

Cold Open: Speedbowl Sadly Turning Its Back On Promoting Short Track Racing As Public Entertainment Choice

Two weeks from this coming Saturday – just 17 days from today – the New London-Waterford Speedbowl is set to open for the 2021 season with its Blastoff Weekend.  Did you know?  Chat up many longtime devotees of the short track racing scene in Connecticut and the questions and queries of the Speedbowl’s current existence […]

Embarrassing Broadcast Effort Makes Whelen Mod Tour Look Like NASCAR Afterthought At Martinsville

Over the last month or so NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series director Jimmy Wilson has worked hard through social media and traditional media in trying to promote the professionalism and stature of the historic division he oversees.  On Thursday night the broadcast on NBC Track Pass of the Whelen Modified Tour season opening event at […]

Who Knew?: Track Operators Ignoring Social Media Are Their Own Worst Enemy

On Saturday the months long awaited makeup of the Tour Type Modified feature of the Turkey Derby took place at Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall, N.J.  The historic event usually held the weekend after Thanksgiving typically marks the last Tour Type Modified event of the year in the Northeast. This year the event marked the […]

Settle Down: Let New Smyrna Speedway Tragedy Be Lesson About Needless Violence At The Track

Over 26 years or so covering motorsports I’ve witnessed some awful things take place in the pitting areas at race tracks.  I’ve seen plenty of people get injured unexpectedly from a laundry list of unexpected accidental events.  I’ve also seen people suffer life-altering injuries in the pits.  I’ve seen someone get killed in the pits.  […]

Legendary Night: Harkening Back To My Race Against Tony Stewart At Stafford Speedway

Here’s a little known fact about yours truly: I have two career starts at Stafford Speedway and a career winning percentage of .500.  Yes, that’s right, not only just a sportswriter covering racing at Stafford Speedway since 1995, I’ve also held up a winner’s trophy in victory lane at the track. Also have the distinction […]

Fictional Significance Of Whelen Modified Tour Unfortunately Can’t Pay The Bills At NHMS

It’s a topic that pegged the One-to-Ten anger meter for a lot of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fans to about a 14 this week. On Thursday New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager David McGrath announced that the track would not bring its Full Throttle Weekend – featuring the Whelen Modified Tour […]

Guest Tribute: Mike Stefanik A Hall Of Famer In Every Way

Joe Skotnicki is a longtime Whelen Modified Tour crew member, former NASCAR official and owner of the Race Of Champions Modified Series. He shared these thoughts below with us at RaceDayCT following the announcement that Mike Stefanik would be a 2021 inductee to the NASCAR Hall of Fame By Joe Skotnicki Mike Stefanik … “Michael” is an […]

Bad Look: Short Tracks Not Helping Industry Cause To Reopen Through Defiance

Last week Stafford Motor Speedway management announced they had received approval from Connecticut officials to open their facility for private practice sessions as part of the state’s first reopening phase in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Stafford Motor Speedway Chief Operating Officer Paul Arute called the allowance by the state a good first step […]

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