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40 Cars for NASCAR Modified Opener at Martinsville

By the Grace of God and 600 horsepower, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is back, and it’s back at Martinsville Speedway too.

Six months after a pandemic shortened nine-race season, a full slate begins at one of the traditional homes of Tour Type Modified racing in southern Virginia. The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 200 will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday night and will air live on TrackPass.

The oldest division in NASCAR will reunite with the oldest track in national touring to begin writing the next chapter in the most prestigious pavement short track tour in the country.


The NASCAR Modified Tour hasn’t raced at Martinsville since 2010 and only nine drivers who competed in that race are on the entry list for the return.

Two-time and defending champion Justin Bonsignore was one of them, finishing second to Bobby Santos III the last time the Tour raced at Martinsville Speedway. The champion is also in the midst of one of the most impressive seasons in NASCAR history with 15 straight top-fives and 20 straight top-10s.

He hasn’t finished outside of the top-10 in a NASCAR Tour race since August 2019.

NASCAR Cup Series stars Ryan Newman and Ryan Preece are also entered into the race, after participating in a test last month. Newman has a Cup win at the half-mile that came back in 2012, with Preece having won the Tour race at Martinsville in 2008.

Doug Coby is just a year removed from his sixth championship, while Craig Lutz, Jon McKennedy and Ron Silk were all contenders last season. Two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss is also entered in Thursday’s race. Seuss was sixth at New Hampshire in his only tour appearance in 2019.


PLACE:  Martinsville Raceway in Martinsville, Virginia
DATE:    Thursday, April 8, 2021
TIME:    8 p.m. ET
TV/LIVE STREAM: TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold (live) / NBCSN – Wednesday, April 14, 5 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: Half-mile paved oval
LAPS: 200
MILES:  200
EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday, March 12: Garage opens: 9:45 a.m. ET; Practice: 2:30-4 p.m.; Qualifying: 6 p.m.; Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 200: 8 p.m.


Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief
00   Jeff Fultz   Scott Anderson Chevrolet   TBA
01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Ken Fifield
1   Woody Pitkat   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Cam McDermott
2   TBA   TBA Chevrolet   Joseph Bertuccio
4   Jeff Gallup
5   Kyle Ebersole   Bob Ebersole Ford   Bob Ebersole
6   Ryan Preece   Ed Partridge Chevrolet   TBA
06   Sam Rameau   Randy Rameau Chevrolet   Chris Burdell
7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin
07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty
10   Doug Coby   Phil Moran Chevrolet   Phil Moran
14   Bobby Measmer, Jr.   Kevin Hughes Chevrolet   TBA
15   Kyle Soper   Wayne Anderson Chevrolet   Tom Soper
18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Chevrolet   TBA
21   TBA   TBA Chevrolet   TBA
22   Kyle Bonsignore   Kyle Bonsignore Chevrolet   Bobby Foley
24   Andrew Krause   TBA Chevrolet   TBA
25   Bobby Labonte   TBA Chevrolet   TBA
26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   Chad McDonald
30   Gary Byington   Gary Byington Chevrolet   Dan Reed
32   Tyler Rypkema   Dean Rypkema Chevrolet   Zach Truesdall
34   J.B. Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   Jason Blatz
36   Dave Sapienza   David Sapienza Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso
40   Frank Fleming   TBA Chevrolet   TBA
46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Doug Ogiejko
50   Ronnie Williams   Paul Les Ford   Adam Skowyra
51   Justin Bonsignore   Ken Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone
53   Ryan Newman   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Kevin Manion
54   Tommy Catalano   Zach Reissner Chevrolet   David Catalano
55   Jeremy Gerstner   TBA Chevrolet   TBA
57   Jared Fryar   Bryan Dauzat Chevrolet   TBA
58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard
64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Toyota   TBA
70   Andy Seuss   TBA Chevrolet   TBA
77   Max McLaughlin   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.
78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson
82   Anthony Nocella   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann
85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart
97   Bryan Dauzat   Bryan Dauzat Chevrolet   Todd Cooper
99   Jamie Tomaino   Cheryl Tomaino Chevrolet   Trey Tomaino

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the  Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 200 is limited to limited to 32 starters including provisionals. The field will be set by qualifying (1-26) and provisional process per the entry blank (27-32) for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 200. In the event that qualifying as stated on the entry blank does not take place for any unforeseen circumstance, the field will be set in accordance with the 2021 NASCAR Touring Series Rule Book.

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive qualifying laps. (EIRI) 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.

RACE PIT STOP: Live pit stop procedure – Teams may not take tires and fuel in the same stop. Maximum five crew members over the wall.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: 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 four (4) tires, any position.


$400 Phil Kurze Halfway Leader Award presented by Josten’s per event award to the race leader at the halfway point of the event, regardless if the race is running under green or yellow.

$600 Hoosier Tire “Lap Leader” per event award to the eligible car owner whose driver leads the most laps in each event. In the event of a tie, the award will go to the highest finishing car in the event.

$500 Hoosier Tire “Hard Charger” per event award to the highest finishing eligible driver who advances the most positions during the course of the race. In the case of a tie, the highest finishing driver will receive the award.

$500 Hoosier Tire “Most Improved” per event award to the eligible new team/organization whose driver improves the most positions during the course of the race. In the event of a tie, the award will go to the highest finishing car in the event. If money is not awarded during this event, funds will rollover to the next event and will continue to rollover until an eligible new team/organization claims the money.

$1,000 Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole per event award to the driver with the fastest qualifying time eligible to participate under the Manufacturers’ Prize Money Conditions.

$550 Sunoco Spec Fuel award divided: 1st-$300 5th-$150 10th-$100.

$3,500 Whelen Engineering “Winner of the Race” award to the winning driver.

Whelen Non-Starter award will be paid to the first 15 competitors throughout the season who pass inspection, practice, attempt to qualify, but fail to make the feature event.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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