Analyzing The F.W. Webb 100 At New Hampshire
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will contest it’s 600th all-time event with the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:
F.W. Webb 100 Setup:
• Ryan Preece brings a one-point lead over Woody Pitkat in the championship standings to this race. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the only remaining track on the schedule where he has yet to reach Victory Lane during his career.
• Pitkat is the defending winner of the F.W. Webb 100. He also won the non-points All-Star Shootout at the Magic Mile in July.
• Todd Szegedy will make his 200th career start in this race. The veteran captured his fourth career NHMS win with a triumph in July’s Andy Blacksmith 100.
• Justin Bonsignore has two wins and five top-five finishes in the last eight races, and has jumped 15 positions in the standings during that stretch.
At New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
• Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
• The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres; the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
• The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on July 15, 1990 in which NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers competed in combination.
• Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on Jan. 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race was held on Sept. 2, 1990. The NWMT has raced there each year since and there have been 62 all-time NWMT points races at NHMS, the most of any facility outside of Connecticut.
• Jamie Tomaino is the only driver to participate in all 62 previous races at NHMS.
• There have been 20 different race winners, led by Mike Stefanik with eight.
• There have been 24 different pole winners, led by Jan Leaty’s six.
• Chuck Hossfeld was the youngest NHMS race winner at 25 years, eight months, 11 days, set in 2002.
• In 2012, Mike Stefanik became the oldest NHMS winner at 54 years, one month, 24 days.
• Thirteen times the polesitter has won at NHMS, but never in wire-to-wire fashion.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data
Race: #13 of 15 overall, #2 of 2 at NHMS
Track Layout: 1.058-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Corners: 2-7 degrees
Race Length: 100 laps (105.8 miles)
Telecast: Oct. 1, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN
2014 Race Winner: Woody Pitkat, Chevrolet, 79.539 mph, 1 hr. 23 mins. 48 secs.
2014 Pole Winner: Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 131.035 mph, 29.067 secs.
Qualifying Record: Mike Ewanitsko, Chevrolet, 132.743 mph, 28.693 secs., 7/20/01
Active Category Leaders At NHMS:
1. Ted Christopher … 5
2. Todd Szegedy … 4
3. Doug Coby … 2
Donny Lia … 2
Ryan Newman … 2
Ron Silk … 2
1. Ted Christopher … 5
Ryan Newman … 5
3. Ron Silk … 3
1. Ted Christopher … 21
2. Todd Szegedy … 13
3. Ron Silk … 10
1. Ted Christopher … 29
2. Todd Szegedy … 18
3. Ron Silk … 15
1. Ted Christopher … 851
2. Ron Silk … 313
3. Todd Szegedy … 277
1. Jamie Tomaino … 5,346
2. Wade Cole … 4,542
3. Ted Christopher … 4,301
1. Jamie Tomaino … 62 (all)
2. Wade Cole … 55
3. Ted Christopher … 52
Select Driver Highlights:
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)
• Has eight wins, five poles and 49 top 10s in 85 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• Ranks ninth in points with six top 10s in 12 outings, highlighted by wins in both events at Riverhead Raceway.
• Has three top 10s, an average finish of 19th and a best result of third (Sept. 2011) in 12 career starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Also finished as the runner-up there in the 2014 All-Star Shootout.
Ted Christopher (No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWMT champion has 42 wins, 24 poles and 198 top 10s in 358 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
• Is looking to end a 52-race winless drought. It’s the second-longest such streak in his career. His first win came in his 94th race.
• Sits 14th in points with six top 10s in 10 starts.
• Has five wins, five poles, 851 laps led, 29 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 52 NWMT starts at NHMS.
• His five NWMT wins, combined with five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories, has him tied for the NHMS track record at 10 with Mike Stefanik.
• Has also made five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and four NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at NHMS.
Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet)
• The 2012 and 2014 NWMT champion has 14 wins, seven poles and 87 top 10s in 169 career starts.
• Ranks third in points after 12 events and is tied for the NWMT lead with four victories.
• Has two wins, two poles, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 24 career starts at NHMS.
Patrick Emerling (No. 07 Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet)
• Has two poles and 23 top 10s in 66 career starts with a best finish of fourth at NHMS in July. Both poles were earned this year.
• Ranks sixth in points this year on the strength of a career-high seven top 10s.
• Has three top 10s with an average finish of 14th in 10 NHMS starts.
Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet)
• Has a win, a pole and 44 top 10s in 98 career starts. The win came in June 2013 at Riverhead.
• Maintains the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 96 races.
• Ranks fifth in points after 12 races with a career-best nine top 10s.
• Has five top 10s, an average finish of 15th and a best result of sixth (June 2011) in 14 career NHMS races.
Donny Lia (No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet)
• The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 21 poles and 84 top 10s in 166 career starts.
• Six top 10s in 12 starts this year has him eighth in the points standings.
• Has two wins (June 2007 & `09, a pole, 12 top 10s and an average finish of 12.5 in 21 NWMT starts at NHMS.
Ryan Newman (No. 7 Menards/Wix Filters Chevrolet)
• Has four wins, five poles, 11 top fives and 12 top 10s in 19 career NWMT starts.
• Has two wins (June & Sept. 2010), all four of his poles, six top fives and an average finish of 13th in 13 NHMS races.
• In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action at NHMS he’s posted three wins, seven poles, 16 top 10s and an average finish of 14th across 27 starts.
Woody Pitkat (No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet)
• Has three wins, four poles and 53 top 10s in 103 career starts.
• Ranks second in points, one behind Ryan Preece, with a tour-high 10 top-five finishes and a win in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway. Also won the non-points All-Star Shootout in July at NHMS.
• Has a win (Sept. 2015), 10 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 17 career NHMS starts.
Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet)
• The 2013 NWMT champion has 15 wins, 14 poles, 39 podiums, 54 top fives and 76 top 10s in 120 career starts.
• Has a one-point lead in the season standings after 12 races and is tied for the tour lead with four wins.
• Has five top fives, nine top 10s, an average finish of 11th and a best result of third (four times) in 18 career NWMT starts at NHMS.
• Will attempt to make his NSCS debut in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at NHMS.
Andy Seuss (No. 70 Rockingham Boat/Phoenix Pre-Owned Chevrolet)
• Has eight top 10s in 35 career NWMT starts with a best finish of fourth at NHMS in July 2013.
• In 14 starts at NHMS he’s posted four top 10s with an average finish of 19th.
• The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, he has 21 wins and 81 top 10s in 103 career starts.
• Is the current season NWSMT championship leader on the strength of three wins and seven top 10s in nine races.
Ron Silk (No. 15 15-40 Connection/LFR Chassis Chevrolet)
• The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, eight poles and 85 top 10s in 144 career starts.
• Has participated in six of 12 events this year with a best run of fifth at NHMS in July.
• Has two wins (Sept. 2009 & 2011), two poles, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 23 NHMS races.
Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)
• The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a pole and 15 top 10s in 32 career starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013 and at Stafford this June.
• Ranks seventh in points with seven top 10s through 12 events.
• Has an average finish of 13th with a best run of 11th in three NHMS races.
Todd Szegedy (No. 4 Montanari Fuel Dodge)
• The 2003 NWMT champion has 19 wins, 10 poles and 124 top 10s in 199 career starts.
• Sits fourth in points with nine top 10s in 12 outings in his first season with Mystic Missile Racing.
• Has four wins, a pole, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 26 career NHMS starts.
Other Driver Notes
• Tom Rogers Jr. recently earned his third career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway. A veteran of 20 NWMT starts, this will be his first NHMS appearance.
• This will be James Civali’s first race at NHMS since 2011.
• Rookies Craig Lutz, Brandon Oltra and Matt Swanson will look to make their NHMS debuts in this race.
Up To Speed:
• This is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 30th Anniversary season. The inaugural race was contested March 31, 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
• The 2015 schedule features 15 points races at seven different tracks across four states.
• Doug Coby opened up his title defense with a win from the pole in the Thompson Icebreaker 150 on April 12.
• Woody Pitkat earned the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 victory on April 26 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
• Ryan Preece emerged victorious at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in the Mr. Rooter 161 on May 30.
• Preece made it two-in-a-row with a victory in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 on June 5 at Stafford.
• Coby won at Thompson for the second consecutive outing with the Mr. Rooter 125 victory on June 10.
• The Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 was postponed one day by rain, then dominated in victory by Justin Bonsignore.
• Todd Szegedy won the Andy Blacksmith 100 presented by Donate Life New England on July 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
• Coby notched the first bullring win of his career on July 25 when he reached Victory Lane at Monadnock Speedway in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200.
• Preece made it two-in-a-row at Stafford when he won the Call Before You Dig 150 on Aug. 7.
• Coby moved to three-for-three in 2015 at Thompson when he won the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Aug. 12.
• Preece notched his first Bristol victory when he won the rain-delayed and abbreviated Bush’s Beans 150 on Aug. 19.
• Bonsignore turned in the 2015 Riverhead sweep as he won the Riverhead 200 on Aug. 29.
• Following the F.W. Webb 100, the NWMT will return to action Oct. 4 at Stafford.