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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 Wins "Sunoco World Series 150" at Thompson

" Coby Capture 2019 NWMT Championship "

10/13/2019 - THOMPSON, Conn. — Celebrating on the highest stage of modified racing for the sixth time.

Doug Coby sealed his sixth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship on Sunday, completing a season that put the Milford, Connecticut, driver back on top after one year away from tasting glory.

The title was the sixth in the last eight years for the 40-year-old, and also helped him break a tie with Tony Hirschman with five series titles. Coby now only trails Mike Stefanik (seven) for the most Whelen Modified Tour titles in the modern era. more Results

Craig Lutz Breaks Into Victory Lane

" NAPA Fall Final at Stafford"

9/29/2019 - STAFFORD, Conn. —  For the second straight year, the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway produced a first-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner.

Craig Lutz took the lead from Doug Coby on a restart with 33 laps to go, and drove away from Coby, and defending series champion Justin Bonsignore, to earn his first career checkered flag in his 66th series start.

Prior to Sunday, Lutz had finished inside the top five in four of his 12 Stafford starts, including the last three. He had also finished inside the top five in eight of the 14 races in 2019. more Results

Bobby Santos Adds Musket 250 To His Winning Resume

9/21/2019 - LOUDON, N.H. —  Bobby Santos III is no stranger to parking his car in Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Saturday, the Franklin, Massachusetts driver did it for the sixth time — but this one was the biggest of them all. Santos earned the win in the second annual Musket 250 presented by Whelen, taking car owner Dave Sapienza to Victory Lane for the first time. More Results

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

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