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NASCAR Modified Legend Mike Stefanik Dies In Plane Crash

STERLING, Conn. — Modified stock car great Michael Stefanik has been killed in a single-engine plane crash. He was 61.

State police say the crash happened Sunday afternoon in Sterling near the Rhode Island state line. They say the single-engine, single-seat Aerolite 103 took off from the Riconn Airport in Coventry, Rhode Island, and had been turning back toward the airfield when it crashed into a wooded area near the airport. NASCAR confirmed that Stefanik was killed in the accident.

Stefanik won nine NASCAR series championships to tie Hall of Famer Richie Evans for the record, topping the Whelen Modified Tour seven times and Busch North Series twice. He also raced in what are now called the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck series, taking rookie of the year honors at age 41 in the truck series in 1999.

Justin Bonsignore Makes It Four Straight at Riverhead

Miller Lite 200

9/7/2019 RIVERHEAD, N.Y. —  Another track, another streak for Justin Bonsignore.

The defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion earned his fourth straight victory at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night in the Miller Lite 200, adding his eighth career win at his home track. He took the lead from Timmy Solomito on a restart with 11 laps to go, and held off Solomito in overtime to score the win.

It was the fifth victory of the season for Bonsignore, and his 25th career in Whelen Modified Tour competition. He's the only driver in the 64-race history at the track to win four straight, breaking a previous tie with Mike Ewanitsko  and Ryan Preece , who both had three. The win also helped Bonsignore close the gap in the championship standings with just three races remaining. more

Justin Bonsignore Holds Off Hirschman For Win at Oswego Speedway

Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald's

(8/31/19/) -OSWEGO, N.Y. —  Justin Bonsignore knew it was going to take a few checkered flags if he wanted to climb his way back into the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship battle.

With five races to go, Bonsignore proved on Saturday that he isn't out of it yet. He scored his fourth victory of the season in the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald's at Oswego Speedway, earning the victory as part of the track's annual Classic Weekend.

It was the 24th career win in Whelen Modified Tour competition for Bonsignore and his first at the ‘Steel Palace' of Oswego more info..

Doug Coby Uses Timely Move To Break Justin Bonsignore's Streak at Thompson

2019 Bud 'King of Beers' 150

(8/14/19) - THOMPSON, Conn. —  One of the most historic streaks in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history was broken by one of the drivers who will go down as one of the best ever.

Doug Coby earned his fourth victory of the season in the Bud ‘King of Beers' 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, breaking Justin Bonsignore's streak of six consecutive wins at the Connecticut oval. more info..

Ron Silk Second Win In A Row in "Stafford 150" in Overtime

Late caution cost Coby the win

8/2/19 STAFFORD, Conn. —  Perfect timing for one, worst timing for another.

Doug Coby dominated the Stafford 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway, leading the first 147 laps before a caution flew for the first time. After a chaotic overtime restart, Ron Silk was the beneficiary of some fresh tires and a daring three-wide move to the take the lead and the win.

The former series champion earned his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour checkered flag — which was also his 13th career and second at the Connecticut half-mile. more info...

Ron Silk Earns New Hampshire Win in Overtime

7/20/19 LOUDON, N.H. —  Eight years later, not much has changed for Ron Silk.

The Norwalk, Connecticut, driver picked up his third career victory at the ‘Magic Mile' in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 on Saturday, outlasting a field of 38 drivers on the biggest stage of modified racing. It was the third career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Silk, and his first at the 1.058-mile since 2011.

He beat Doug Coby on what turned out to be the final restart, when contact from a crash shortened the race due to damage to the outside wall in turn one.  It was the second win of the season for the former series champion and his 12th career. more info

Justin Bonsignore with his 7th Riverhead WMT win

" Buzz Chew Chevy Cadillac 200 going backwards over the finish line "

7/6/2019 - Saturday night short-track racing at the highest level of modified racing.

There was contact, and even spinning, but it was enough for Justin Bonsignore to score his third straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night.

Bonsignore restarted to the inside of track regular John Beatty Jr. in overtime, and coming to the checkered flag, contact between the two drivers sent Beatty up the track, and Bonsignore spinning nose-first towards the frontstretch wall. In the midst of his spin, he crossed the line first in the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200. more Results

Bonsignore wins 125 at Thompson Speedway

"Rules Thompson With 6th Consecutive Win "

6/5/2019 - Thompson, CT. The quest for six wins in a row at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is on for Justin Bonsignore.

The Holtsville, New York, driver topped the practice charts on Wednesday ahead of the Thompson 125. After winning the Icebreaker in April, Bonsignore became the first driver in the history of the Whelen Modified Tour to win five in a row at the historic .625-mile oval.

Now with this win tonight he can make it his sixth in a row at Thompson Speedway by out running Coby in a twenty-five lap shootout. More Results

Modified Return To Martinsville In 2020

Next Generation of Whelen Modified Stars Look To Make History

5/28/2019 The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is returning to Martinsville Speedway in 2020.

Yes, you read that correctly.

In what will be the first event in 10 years at the ‘Half Mile of Mayhem', the stars of NASCAR's Modified ranks will showcase their talent around one of NASCAR's most historic tracks. The event will take place on Friday, May 8, 2020, under the lights, as part of a weekend that will also include the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night.

Shortly after Martinsville made the announcement on Facebook live on Tuesday, social media was buzzing with comments from drivers, teams and fans surrounding the marquee event planned for next year. more