2021 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Drivers

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  • Kyle Bonsignore

CHALEW PERFORMANCE
Date of birth: DEC 16, 1988
Crew Chief: BOBBY FOLEY
Hometown: BAY SHORE, NY
Owner: KYLE BONSIGNORE
The cousin of Justin Bonsignore, Kyle got his first win in the 2018 NAPA Fall Final at Stafford.
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  • Justin Bonsignore

Phoenix Communications Inc.
Date of birth: FEB 3, 1988
Crew Chief: RYAN STONE
Hometown: HOLTSVILLE, NY
Owner: KEN MASSA
Justin Bonsignore is the 2018 and 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. He drives the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet for Ken Massa -- a car owner he's driven for since joining the tour full-time in 2010. Bonsignore is inside the top-six in the all-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins list.
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  • Gary Byington

HUDSON SPEEDWAY/SUNOCO RACE FUELS
Date of birth: NOV 18, 1957
Crew Chief: DAN REED
Hometown: UNIONVILLE, CT
Owner: GARY BYINGTON
The 62-year-old ended 2020 with the first top-20 finish of his Tour career, an 18th at Thompson in the World Series 150.
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  • Amy Catalano

USNE/SYP
Date of birth: JUL 14, 1972
Crew Chief: DAVID CARTER
Hometown: ONTARIO, NY
Owner: ALLIE BRAINARD
She picked up a career-best finish of 18th at White Mountain in August of 2020.
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  • Tommy Catalano

FX CAPRARA
Date of birth: MAR 13, 1998
Crew Chief: DAVID CATALANO
Hometown: ONTARIO, NY
Owner: DAVID CATALANO
Tommy Catalano won the Rookie of the Year on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2018. He is a successful modified racer from New York. Improving over the last few years, Catalano has multiple top-10 runs on NASCAR's oldest touring series.
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  • Timmy Catalano

CATALANO MOTORSPORTS
Date of birth: MAR 2, 2000
Crew Chief: DAVID CATALANO
Hometown: ONTARIO, NY
Owner: DAVID CATALANO
Timmy Catalano drives a part-time schedule on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
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  • Doug Coby

MAYHEW TOOLS
Date of birth: JUN 23, 1982
Crew Chief: PHIL MORAN
Hometown: MILFORD, CT
Owner: DOUG COBY
Doug Coby is a six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion (2012, 2014-17, 2019), and the only driver in the modern era to win four straight championships. In 2020, Coby’s first year as an owner-driver, he won a race and two poles, finishing third in the standings. In 2016, Coby won nine pole awards, coming just one shy of a record set by Steve Park.
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  • Kyle Ebersole

EBERSOLE EXCAVATING
Date of birth: OCT 25, 1990
Crew Chief: BOB EBERSOLE
Hometown: HUMMELSTOWN, PA
Owner: BOB EBERSOLE
Kyle Ebersole was a former full-time competitor on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, where he had three victories. Ebersole, who is a Pennsylvania native, runs part-time on the Whelen Modified Tour, specifically in events that are held down south.
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  • Patrick Emerling

EMERLING MOTORSPORTS
Date of birth: OCT 25, 1990
Crew Chief: JAN LEATY
Hometown: ORCHARD PARK, NY
Owner: JENNIFER EMERLING
Emerling captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2017. His best Tour season came in 2018, when he scored 10 top 10s and finished eighth in the standings.
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  • Melissa Fifield

PINE KNOLL AUTO SALES
Date of birth: AUG 7, 1992
Crew Chief: JESSE PRINCE
Hometown: WAKEFIELD, N.H.
Owner: KENNETH FIFIELD
Before competing in NASCAR Modifieds, Fifield starting racing Jr. Champ Karts at the age of 12, and won the track championship in her first season of competition. She was voted the tour's most popular driver from 2014-16.
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  • JB Fortin

JOHN'S FUEL / WHIP IT JERKY / PAC AUTOMOTIVE
Date of birth: DEC 7, 1993
Crew Chief: JASON BLATZ
Hometown: HOLTSVILLE, NY
Owner: NICOLE FORTIN
Fortin’s strongest Tour season came in 2020, setting career-highs in average starting and finishing position. His season-high finish of 12th came at White Mountain Motorsports park on August 1.
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  • Jeff Gallup

CERAVOLO'S AUTO
Date of birth:
Crew Chief: MICHAEL CURTIS
Hometown: FEEDING HILLS, MA
Owner: RICHIE GALLUP
2020 was Gallup’s first season on the Tour. In the four races Gallup ran, he finished inside the top-20 in three of them.
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  • Jeremy Gerstner

KD COMMUNICATIONS
Date of birth: DEC 1, 1972
Crew Chief: TERRY SLATE
Hometown: WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
Owner: DAWN GERTSNER
In three starts in 2020, Gerstner finished inside the top-25 in all of them. 2021 will be his fourth year on the Tour.
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  • Eric Goodale

GAF ROOFING
Date of birth: SEP 3, 1985
Crew Chief: JASON SHEPHARD
Hometown: RIVERHEAD, N.Y.
Owner: EDGAR GOODALE
Goodale scored his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in 2014 at Riverhead Raceway. In 2017, He captured arguably the biggest win of his career in the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford, and entered the season-finale at Thompson as one of six drivers eligible to leave with the championship. He finished as the runner-up in the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway in 2013.
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  • Ken Heagy

BUOY ONE SEAFOOD
Date of birth: JUN 13, 1967
Crew Chief: GREG GORMAN
Hometown: CALVERTON, N.Y.
Owner: ROBERT POLLIFRONE
Heagy is a veteran of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing. Heagy has been on the track since 1987, and has over 100 starts and more than 15,000 laps in his career.
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  • Matt Hirschman

PEE DEE MOTORSPORTS
Date of birth: NOV 29, 1982
Crew Chief: MATT HIRSCHMAN
Hometown: NORTHAMPTON, PA.
Owner: ROY HALL
Hirschman is one of the most successful Tour-Type Modified drivers in New England every year. Hirschman began 2021 by winning the Tour Modified points championship for the third time in four years at the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
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  • Craig Lutz

RIVERHEAD BUILDING SUPPLY
Date of birth: JUL 27, 1994
Crew Chief: DOUG OGIEJKO
Hometown: MILLER PLACE, NY
Owner: RUSSELL GOODALE
The 2020 season was a breakout year for Lutz that saw him win two races (Jennerstown, Thompson) and finish fourth in points.
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  • Gary McDonald

McDONALD RACING
Date of birth: JUL 27, 1994
Crew Chief: CHAD McDONALD
Hometown: RONKONKOMA, NY
Owner: SEAN McDONALD
McDonald last raced in 2019, when the 13-year Tour veteran scored two top-25s in three starts on the Tour.
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  • Jon McKennedy

ULTRA WHEEL
Date of birth: APR 15, 1987
Crew Chief: TOMMY BALDWIN
Hometown: CHELMSFORD, MA
Owner: TOMMY BALDWIN
2020 was McKennedy’s best season on the Tour. He finished second in the points and finished in the top 10 in every race while winning two poles. His only Tour victory came in the 2018 season-opener at Myrtle Beach.
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  • Burt Myers

CITRUSSAFE CLEANERS
Date of birth: DEC 30, 1975
Crew Chief: EDDIE HARVEY
Hometown: WALNUT COVE, NC
Owner: EDDIE HARVEY
While Myers didn’t race on the Tour in 2020, the 10-time Bowman Gray Stadium and two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion was strong in 2019, with four top 10s in just five starts.
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  • Anthony Nocella

NOCELLA PAVING
Date of birth: NOV 20, 1992
Crew Chief: ANTHONY NOCELLA
Hometown: WOBURN, MA
Owner: ANTHONY NOCELLA
2020 was far and away the strongest season of Nocella’s Tour career, scoring three top-fives and five top-10s in eight starts, after two top-10s in 10 starts a year prior.
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  • Woody Pitkat

DUNLEAVY'S TRUCK & TRAILER / GUNSMOKE STABLES
Date of birth: JUL 7, 1979
Crew Chief: EDDIE HARVEY
Hometown: STAFFORD, CT
Owner: EDDIE HARVEY
Pitkat is a four-time Whelen Modified Tour race winner, his last victory coming at Wall Stadium in 2019. In 2020, Pitkat picked up three top-10s, his best run coming at White Mountain, where he finished fifth.
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  • Sam Rameau

CENTRAL MASS TREE
Date of birth: JUN 15, 2002
Crew Chief: DANIEL STEBBINS
Hometown: WESTMINSTER, MA
Owner: RANDY RAMEAU
The 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year showed continued improvement in 2020, ending the season with a career-best finish of sixth at the World Series 150 at Thompson.
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  • Tyler Rypkema

MUSCO/NELCORP
Date of birth: SEP 3, 1997
Crew Chief: ZACH TRUESDALL
Hometown: OWEGO, NY
Owner: DEAN RYPKEMA
Rypkema ran the full Tour season for the first time in 2020, winning the Rookie of the Year award. He finished the year with four straight top-10 finishes, and a career-best finish of 8th at Jennerstown in August.
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  • Dave Sapienza

SAPIENZA RACING
Date of birth: MAY 11, 1965
Crew Chief: TOM GRASSO
Hometown: RIVERHEAD, NY
Owner: JUDY THILBURG
Returning from a back injury that sidelined him for much of 2019, Sapienza had his best Tour season yet in 2020. The 55-year-old finished seventh in points and matched his career-high with a second-place effort at Jennerstown.
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  • Andy Seuss

ROCKINGHAM BOARD REPAIR & TDS
Date of birth: MAR 15, 1987
Crew Chief: BRYAN DAUZAT
Hometown: HAMPSTEAD, NH
Owner: BRYAN DAUZAT
Seuss is a former two-time champion of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. He captured 22 wins on the Southern Tour. Seuss is also a competitor in select events in the ARCA Menards Series.
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  • Ron Silk

STUART'S AUTOMOTIVE
Date of birth: FEB 17, 1983
Crew Chief: KENNY STUART
Hometown: NORWALK, CT
Owner: KEVIN STUART
Silk won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2011, driving for Ed Partridge. Silk won twice in 2020 and finished fifth in points, despite missing a race, his eight top-five championship finish since 2007.
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  • Timmy Solomito

EAST WEST MARINE / FLAMINGO MOTORSPORTS
Date of birth: JUN 23, 1982
Crew Chief: SLY SZABAN
Hometown: ISLIP, NY
Owner: ERIC SANDERSON
Solomito scored his first career win at Thompson in 2016, and followed it up with three more wins that season. Before racing on the Whelen Modified Tour, Solomito began racing modifieds at Riverhead Raceway in New York.
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  • Rob Summers

LUMIERE / DELL ELECTRIC / ROCKY'S PLUMBING
Date of birth: FEB 19, 1972
Crew Chief: STEVE LEMAY
Hometown: MANCHESTER, CT
Owner: MIKE MURPHY
Summers is a veteran of NASCAR Modified racing. He made his debut in 1998. Summers is a former champion in the SK Modified division at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, and a successful ISMA Super Modified competitor.
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  • Walter Sutcliffe Jr.

LAST MINUTE RACING
Date of birth: MAR 28, 1975
Crew Chief: KEVIN ANDERSON
Hometown: MANCHESTER, CT
Owner: STEVEN SUTCLIFFE
Sutcliffe made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2016. Prior to Tour competition, Sutcliffe competed in the NASCAR Southeast Series for five years and also ran in the Late Model ranks.
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  • Matt Swanson

USNE / SYP / ALL PHASES
Date of birth: FEB 16, 2000
Crew Chief: GREG FOURNIER
Hometown: ACTON, MA
Owner: JAN BOEHLER
In his second year behind the wheel of 'Ole' Blue, Swanson scored his second straight top-10 championship finish (sixth) and improved his average finishing position for the third straight season.