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Whelen Modified 2015 Schedules Announced

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today its 2015 schedules for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

The 30th anniversary season of the Whelen Modified Tour will feature 14 points races and an all-star event across six distinguished facilities while the Whelen Southern Modified Tour campaign will include 11 championship events at seven popular southeastern short tracks.

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VIDEOS: Touring Series Night of Champions

Watch Features & Speeches For All Seven Touring Champions

December 17, 2014 - 3:40pm

The 2014 NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions was held Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

RECAP: Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlest

The evening honored the seven touring series champions:

Abraham Calderón, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion LP Dumoulin, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Greg Pursley, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Ben Rhodes.

CLICK TO WATCH ABRAHAM CALDERON'S FEATURE VIDEO | CLICK TO WATCH ABRAHAM CALDERON'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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CLICK TO WATCH ANTHONY KUMPEN'S FEATURE VIDEO | CLICK TO WATCH ANTHONY KUMPEN'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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CLICK TO WATCH LP DUMOULIN'S FEATURE VIDEO | CLICK TO WATCH LP DUMOULIN'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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CLICK TO WATCH DOUG COBY'S FEATURE VIDEO | CLICK TO WATCH DOUG COBY'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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CLICK TO WATCH ANDY SEUSS' FEATURE VIDEO | CLICK TO WATCH ANDY SEUSS' ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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CLICK TO WATCH GREG PURSLEY'S FEATURE VIDEO | CLICK TO WATCH GREG PURSLEY'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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CLICK TO WATCH BEN RHODES' FEATURE VIDEO | CLICK TO WATCH BEN RHODES' ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlest

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The culmination and coronation of a season-long – and career-defining – road to NASCAR glory came Saturday night for seven drivers.

Abraham Calderón summed it up the best on stage at the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions.

“This championship was a dream a few years ago,” said the 26-year-old Monterrey, Mexico driver as he accepted the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series title. “It was really hard. But now that it’s real, it’s way better than I could ever imagine.”

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Rhodes Earns Bragging Rights With Win

Tim Southers, NASCAR

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Bragging rights were settled among champions, a European driver scored his first-ever win on U.S. soil and a familiar media member collected another trophy. All in a days work during the annual Media & Champions Karting Challenge at GoPro Motorplex.

After a one-year layoff the race featuring all seven NASCAR touring series champions and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion competed at the road course in a pair of races.

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Blewett Set To Return Part-Time In 2015

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a year’s absence, five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race winner Jimmy Blewett is planning to return to the tour with a partial schedule in 2015.

“I’m going to run the Icebreaker and the Spring Sizzler, and a few races here and there throughout the season,” Blewett said. “I’m not going to be able to make it full-time, but I’ll be there when I can get there.”

Blewett, from Howell, New Jersey, has posted five wins and 36 top 10s in 105 career Whelen Modified Tour starts. He last competed in 2013 when he made six appearances.

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Lia Teams With Sypher For 2015

Team Release

LONG ISLAND – Donny Lia and Mark Sypher have joined forces to run the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) in the No. 8 Chevrolet.
 
Lia, the 2007 and 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, is looking forward to this new opportunity.  In late October, it was announced that the two-time champion would be parting ways with Mystic Missile Racing, which he had raced for since 2007.
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Coby Delivers On Title Expectations

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – “Patience is a virtue.” “Good things come to those who wait.” “Great works are performed not be strength but by perseverance.”

Pick your favorite quote about fortitude. Chances are, it will apply to Doug Coby, the driver whose enduring patience has resulted in two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships in the last three years.

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER: Mike Smeriglio III

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

NASCAR is a passion-driven sport. Passsion from the competitors, from the team personnel, and especially from the fans. Few bring more passion than newly-minted NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion car owner Mike Smeriglio III.

CHAMPION DRIVER: DOUG COBY  |  CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: PHIL MORAN

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Phil Moran

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Long considered one of the elite crew chiefs on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the case for that exclusive status was significantly bolstered in 2014 when Phil Moran added a second tour title to his résumé.

A second championship, which came with a different driver and car owner, and in a different era of Whelen Modified Tour competition.

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Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.

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2015 Schedule/Results

DATE RACE/VENUE WINNER/POLE VIEW
Apr 12 Icebreaker 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Apr 26 NAPA Spring Sizzler 200
Stafford Motor Speedway
Jun 5 TSI Harley-Davidson 125
Stafford Motor Speedway
Jun 10 Thompson 125
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Jun 27 NWMT Riverhead 6/27/15
Riverhead Raceway
Jul 17 Whelen All-Star Shootout (non-points)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Jul 18 New England 100
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Jul 25 NWMT Monadnock 7/25/15
Monadnock Speedway
Aug 7 Call Before You Dig 150
Stafford Motor Speedway
Aug 12 Thompson 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Aug 19 Bush's Beans 150
Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug 29 NWMT Riverhead 8/29/15
Riverhead Raceway
Sep 26 F.W. Webb 100
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Oct 4 NAPA Fall Final 150
Stafford Motor Speedway
Oct 18 Sunoco World Series 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

* Denotes Rookie
# Qualifying cancelled; Field set per rule book