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Whelen Mod's Success Builds Momentum

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Buoyed by the intense on-track competition and an ascending television and online following, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is riding high into the 2016 season.

When Doug Coby emerged from the closest championship battle in 31 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition last fall at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, it punctuated one of the most prosperous seasons in the tour’s history. The 2015 success stories are already bearing fruit for 2016.

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Whelen Mod Standout Preece Moving On Up

Team Release

GAFFNEY, S.C. – The 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series season will be brand new, and the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team is ready to shine in the new landscape.

NASCAR has changed the system that decides the championship in the Xfinity Series, adding a version of the Chase format that has been successful for several seasons in the Sprint Cup Series.

A victory in the first 26 races of the 33-race Xfinity season will all but guarantee a driver entry into the Xfinity Chase. Twelve drivers will make the Chase.

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Modified Legend Cook Enters NASCAR Hall

By Josh Hamilton, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Five of NASCAR’s iconic figures – four drivers and one motorsports entrepreneur – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina this afternoon during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Those who added their names to the list of now 35 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees, included: Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, O. Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner.

The group makes up the Hall’s seventh class in its history.

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Top Honor Awaits Modified Great Cook

By Owen A. Kearns, NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jerry Cook never intended to support his family driving a modified stock car. It kind of snuck up on the young resident of Rome, N.Y.

Cook, who built his first modified at the age of 13, took the wheel by happenstance, when his hired driver wrecked two of the race cars he owned. That was in 1963, well before Cook won his first of six NASCAR modified championships.

But Cook soon discovered he had a knack for winning races – and finishing well enough to cash a decent check when he didn’t.

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Best Of 2015: Whelen Modified Tour

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Doug Coby capped the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season with his third title in four years, and in the process became just the third driver to claim three or more titles in the 31-year history of the tour.

For the fourth consecutive season Coby and Ryan Preece finished 1-2 in the championship standings in what has become one of the premiere rivalries in all of NASCAR. In 2015 the duo combined to lead 62 percent of the laps contested and captured 11 of the 15 checkered flags.

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Whelen Modified 2016 Schedules Announced

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What was old has become new again as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 2016 schedules have been revealed.

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Champs Celebrate Crowning Achievements

Official Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three young, rising stars received their first NASCAR championships, and four veteran drivers added to their already impressive resumes.

On a night where the remarkable achievements of 2015 were recognized, it was seven drivers who stood on stage at the Charlotte Convention Center Saturday at the conclusion of the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions who accomplished the sport's ultimate honor.

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Modified Owner Brady Passes Away

By Shawn Courchesne,

On Thursday the Northeast Modified racing community was rocked by the news of the death of New England Racers Hall of Fame member Ron Bouchard.

Friday, Modified Racing lost another Hall of Famer with the death of longtime and legendary Modified team owner Joe Brady. Brady passed away suddenly Friday near his home in Stoughton, Mass.

Brady was long known for doing a lot with a little and fielding cars for some of the best Modified drivers in the business.

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Byron & Eggleston Battle For Bragging Rights

Tim Southers, NASCAR

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The racing was all in fun, but a race car driver is always a race car driver and it was never more evident in a pair of races held during the seventh annual Champions Karting Challenge Thursday. 

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Bouchard Passes Away At 67 Staff Reports

Ron Bouchard, winner of the 1981 Talladega 500 and the premier series' rookie of the year that same season, passed away Thursday. He was 67.

A native of Fitchburg, Mass., Bouchard pulled off one of NASCAR's most stunning victories when he shot from third to first on the final lap at Talladega (then known as Alabama International Motor Speedway), passing Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte to score his lone premier series victory. The win came in his 11th career start.

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