With the 2012 season now history NASCAR
has posted the official point standings
for the Whelen Modified Tour Series.
Doug Coby has been officially names as
the series champion. After fourteen
races, which Coby won five, Coby beat
Ryan Preece by 11 points for the title.
Preece recorded two wins. Defending
series champion Ron Silk also won two
races and finished third, 23 points in
arrears of the champion. Donny Lia, with
one win, finished fourth with Todd
A total of 52 different drivers entered
into competition during the fourteen
race season. Sixth through tenth were
Eric Beers, Justin Bonsignore, Jimmy
Blewett, Ted Christopher and Ron Yuhas
Much has been written about moves and
changes for 2013. Nothing as yet has
been cast in stone. Many competitors are
unhappy with NASCAR as they change rules
without regard what it will cost the car
owner. NASCAR needs to wake up and
realize that the majority of Modified
division competitors are part time
racers who hold a full time job outside
of racing. Each year the fields of cars
get less. Even the high paying events at
Loudon do not get full fields of cars.
The economy is to be blamed for some of
it but for the most part many can not
afford to go tour racing any longer.
Most of the those who have dropped off
of the tour are now racing on the
Valenti Modified Racing Series in New
England or the Race of Champions
Modified Series in New York State.
The New York based Super Dirt Series
finished out their season with a special
event held at the dirt track at the
Charlotte Speedway. Brett Hearn finished
the hot streak he started at Syracuse in
early October by winning the Super
DIRTcar Series big-block modified season
finale Saturday night during the PEAK
Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals.
Hearnís fourth victory of the season
completed a string of victories that
included the annual 200-miler at the New
York State Fairgrounds and the Eastern
States 200 at Orange County Fair
Meanwhile, Matt Sheppard finished fourth
and became the first driver to win three
consecutive series championships.
Australian racer Peter Britten set the
pace throughout the 40-lap event on the
four-tenths-mile dirt track and Hearn
tried to pass him time and time again,
finally getting the job done on lap 32.
Hearn also tied the all-time victory
record in the DIRTcar modified division
with his 373rd triumph.
Britten held off Jimmy Phelps to finish
second with Sheppard and Tim McCreadie
completing the top five.
The 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett
III North-South Shootout presented by
PPG is coming up this weekend and
preparations at the historic Caraway
Speedway in North Carolina are in full
swing for the season-ending event which
already has 28 Tour Modifieds entered
for the main event.
The Tour type Modifieds will compete for
125 green-flag laps in this year's
North-South Shootout, while the SK type
Modifieds will hold a 50 green-flag lap
feature. Practice and qualifying will be
held on Friday, November 9, with
consolation rounds and feature events
slated for Saturday, November 10.
A total of seven feature races will be
held as part of the Colors Edge John
Blewett III North-South Shootout
presented by PPG Ė in all, more than 600
laps of feature racing for the Tour
Modifieds, SK Modifieds, PASS Super Late
Models, Legends, Lite Modifieds,
Sportsman and Super Trucks.
In action on the tube this week, last
weekend's Sprint Cup race that was held
at the Texas Motor Speedway will re-run
on the Speed Channel at noon on
Wednesday. The Nationwide Series event
that was run at the Texas Speedway last
Saturday will air at noon on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, Speed will air the
recent K&N Pro Series event that was run
in Rockingham, NC.
Speed goes west to Phoenix on Friday for
Nationwide and Sprint Cup practice from
noon to 4:30pm. Camping World Truck
Series qualifying follows at 4:30pm. At
6:00pm Speed has Sprint Cup qualifying.
At 7:30 Speed hosts the Truck Series
pre-race show that will lead into the
start of the NASCAR Truck Series Lucas
Oil 150 at 8:00pm.
Televised action from Phoenix begins at
11:30am on Saturday with Sprint Cup
practice. Nationwide Series qualifying
at Phoenix follows at 12:30pm. NASCAR
Live on Speed breaks it up at 2:00pm.
Sprint Cup final practice goes at
2:30pm. At 3:30pm the pre-race show on
ESPN begins for the Nationwide Series
which will lead to the 4:00pm start of
the Great Clips 200 at Phoenix on ESPN.
Rounding out the day will be the NASCAR
K&N Pro Series at Phoenix at 7:00pm.
Sunday's action begins at noon with a
two hour session of RaceDay on the Speed
Channel. At 2:00pm the action moves to
ESPN for the Countdown to Phoenix which
will lead to the 3:00pm start of the
NASCAR Sprint Cup AdvoCare 500. Rounding
out the day will be NASCAR Victory Lane
On the Speedway Stock Market scene last
week two of the three speedway stocks
were down for the week. Dover
Motorsports finished up on the positive
side as they went up 0.05 to 1.49 while
the International Speedway Corporation
dropped 0.50 to 24.99 and Speedway
Motorsports dropped 1.22 to 15.80.
NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.21
to 5.70 while NASCAR fuel supplier
Energy Transfer/Sun Oil dropped 1.24 to
41.71. NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear
went up 0.58 to 11.60. The car makers
ended the week on a positive note.
General Motors went up 2.51 to 25.79
while Ford jumped up 0.81 to 11.17 and
Toyota went up 0.44 to 77.80. Business
was booming in the home improvement
sector as a result of damage sustained
from Hurricane Sandy. Home Depot went up
1.98 to 62.02 and Lowes went up 1.79 to
33.15. Team sponsors had their ups and
downs. Dupont dropped 1.03 to 44.15 and
Target Department Stores dropped 1.21 to
62.71 while Coca-Cola went up 0.37 to
68.72, Aaron's Rentals went up 1.26 to
31.41 and Fedex went up 1.95 to 92.64.
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