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NASCAR Modified Tour Opener Features 35 Car Entry List

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Take Three.

Originally scheduled for South Boston Speedway in Virginia, and unsuccessfully moved to Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the stars and cars of the Whelen Modified Tour are poised to open 2020 on Sunday without fans at Jennerstown Speedway.

It’s the Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair.

Doug Coby will chase his seventh Whelen Modified Tour championship but will do so behind the wheel of his self-owned No. 10. In what now feels like a lifetime ago, Coby won his sixth championship in what turned out to be the final season as an owner for Mike Smeriglio.

Coby acquired his favorite chassis from his former car owner, while also retaining crew chief Phil Moran, meaning not much will be missing from the No. 2 team that dominated for much of the past decade.

The Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 currently features 35 entries.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour contested 14 races between 1987-2006 at Jennerstown Speedway, with five-time tour champion Tony Hirschman Jr. winning in 1999 and then again when the tour returned in 2005. He was second to Christopher the following year.

Hirschman’s son, Matt, has had his success at the Central Pennsylvania track in the Race Of Champions series, and has entered the event as a result.

Justin Bonsignore, the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, closed the 2019 season with three wins in the last five races but just couldn’t close the gap to the flawless Coby in the second half. Ron Silk, Craig Lutz and Woody Pitkat all visited Victory Lane in 2019 and will return to the mix in 2020.

RACE: Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133
PLACE: Jennerstown Speedway
DATE: Sunday, June 21, 2020
TIME: 2:30 p.m. ET
STREAMING: Trackpass on NBC Gold, 2:30 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .566-mile paved oval


Sunday, June 21 — Garage opens: 8:15 a.m. ET; Practice: 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.; Qualifying: 1:45 p.m.; Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair: 2:30 p.m.

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair is limited to 30, including provisional positions. The field will be set by qualifying (1-24) and provisional process per the entry blank (25-30) for the Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair. In the event that qualifying as stated on this entry blank does not take place for any unforeseen circumstance, the field will be set in accordance with the 2020 NASCAR Touring Series Rule Book.

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. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicle must qualify on race set up.

The Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair will be 133 laps (69.43 miles) and is to be run in two (2) segments. The race will have a halfway break, at or near the conclusion of Lap 70. All participants in the event will be allowed to make changes that would normally occur during a routine pit stop. A maximum of five (5) uniformed crew members in the car servicing area. Teams will be allowed to change all four (4) tires – two change tires and teams may swap front/rear on left side – and add fuel. Change tires can only be utilized during the break. Fuel cannot be added at the same time that tires are being changed.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice and four (4) for qualifying and to start the race, plus an additional two (2) for a total of 10 (10) tires.

Car Number, Driver, Owner, Crew Chief

  • 01 | Melissa Fifield | Kenneth Fifield | Kenneth Fifield
  • 1 | Woody Pitkat | Eddie Harvey | Justin Link
  • 2 | J.R. Bertuccio | Joseph Bertuccio | TBA
  • 3 | Matt Swanson Jan Boehler |Greg Fournier
  • 4 | Jeff Gallup | Richie Gallup | Richie Gallup
  • 05 | John Beatty Jr | Mark Mina | TBA
  • 6 | Sam Rameau | Randy Rameau | Steve Godfrey
  • 07 | Patrick Emerling | Jennifer Emerling | Jan Leaty
  • 7 | Jon McKennedy | Tommy Baldwin | Tommy Baldwin
  • 10 | Doug Coby | Phil Moran | Phil Moran
  • 20 | Eddie McCarthy | TBA | TBA
  • 22 | Kyle Bonsignore | Kyle Bonsignore | Bobby Foley
  • 24 | Andrew Krause | Diane Krause | Robert Hyer
  • 25 | Calvin Carroll |Joe Carroll |Joe Carroll
  • 32 | Tyler Rypkema |Dean Rypkema | Zach Truesdail
  • 34 | J.B. Fortin | Nicole Fortin | TBA
  • 36 | Dave Sapienza | Judy Thilberg | Tommy Grasso
  • 45 | Timothy Catalano | David Catalano | Zachary Reissner
  • 46 | Craig Lutz | Russell Goodale | Douglas Ogrejko
  • 49 | Chris Young, Jr. | Chris Young | Chris Young
  • 50 | Ronnie Williams | Paul Les | Adam Skowyra
  • 51 | Justin Bonsignore | Kenneth Massa | Ryan Stone
  • 54 | Tommy Catalano | Zachary Reissner | David Catalano
  • 55 | Jeremy Gerstner | Dawn Gerstner | TBA
  • 56 | Amy Catalano | Allie Brainard | David Cater
  • 58 | Eric Goodale | Edgar Goodale | Jason Shephard
  • 59 | TBA | TBA | TBA
  • 60 | Matt Hirschman | Roy Hall | Roy Hall
  • 64 | Rob Summers | Mike Murphy | Stephen Kopcik
  • 66 | Timmy Solomito | Jerry Solomito | Jerry Solomito
  • 75 | Chris Pasteryak | Charles Pasteryak | Cam Mcdermott
  • 78 | Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. | Steven Sutcliffe | Kevin Anderson
  • 82 | Chase Dowling | TBA | TBA
  • 85 | Ron Silk | Kevin Stuart | Kevin Stuart
  • 88 | Roger Turbush | TBA

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