2024 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Drivers

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  • Austin Beers

DELL ELECTRIC
Date of birth: MARCH 23, 2003
Crew Chief: RON YUHAS JR.
Hometown: NORTHAMPTON, PA
Owner: MIKE MURPHY
Austin Beers made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2021 and ran his first full season in 2022. He captured his first series victory at 2023 at Richmond Raceway, adding a second win at Lancaster Motorplex later that same season.
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  • J.R. Bertuccio

GERSHOW RECYCLING
Date of birth: MAY 12, 1981
Crew Chief: MICHAEL BOLOGNA
Hometown: CENTEREACH, NY
Owner: JOSEPH BERTUCCIO
J.R. Bertuccio is a seasoned modified racer who has competed part-time on the Tour since 1997. He's competed in more than 40 events through the years, earning a career-best finish of fifth at Riverhead Raceway in 2023.
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  • Jimmy Blewett

JOHN BLEWETT INC.
Date of birth: AUG 26, 1980
Crew Chief: SCOTT ANDERSON
Hometown: HOWELL, NJ
Owner: JIMMY BLEWETT
Jimmy Blewett is a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour veteran who has raced part-time on the circuit since 2001. He scored his first series win in 2006 and has since won seven total races with the series.
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  • Kyle Bonsignore

CHALEW PERFORMANCE
Date of birth: DEC 16, 1988
Crew Chief: CAM McDERMOTT
Hometown: BAY SHORE, NY
Owner: KYLE BONSIGNORE
The cousin of Justin Bonsignore, Kyle got his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the 2018 NAPA Fall Final at Stafford. He added his second series victory five years later with a win at Virginia's Langley Speedway.
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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, 2020 and 2021 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. He drives the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet for Ken Massa, the same car owner for whom he's driven since joining the tour full-time in 2010. He ranks fourth on the all-time Whelen Modified Tour win list with 40 victories as of the end of the 2023 season.
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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. He earned a career-best second place finish in 2022 at Richmond Raceway.
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  • Trevor Catalano

CATALANO MOTORSPORTS
Date of birth: AUG 1, 2006
Crew Chief: DAVID CATALANO
Hometown: ONTARIO, NY
Owner: AMY CATALANO
Trevor Catalano is part of the racing Catalano family that includes his three brothers, Tommy, Tyler and Timmy, and his mother, Amy. All five have raced in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. He made his series debut in 2024 at New Smyrna Speedway as he embarks upon his first full season with the series.
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  • Tyler Catalano

CATALANO MOTORSPORTS
Date of birth: MAY 18, 2004
Crew Chief: JONATHAN VECE
Hometown: ONTARIO, NY
Owner: DAVID CATALANO
Tyler Catalano is part of the racing Catalano family that includes his three brothers, Tommy, Trevor and Timmy, and his mother, Amy. All five have raced in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. He made his series debut in 2023 and is competing full-time during the 2024 season.
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  • Doug Coby

BALDWIN AUTOMOTIVE
Date of birth: JUN 23, 1982
Crew Chief: TOMMY BALDWIN
Hometown: MILFORD, CT
Owner: TOMMY BALDWIN
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. He's tied for sixth on the all-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win list alongside Tony Hirschman, both of whom have 35 victories.
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  • Tim Connolly

CONNOLLY COMPANIES LLC
Date of birth: JAN 15, 1961
Crew Chief: CALE GALE
Hometown: MILFORD, CT
Owner: TIM CONNOLLY
A winner of nine NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events through the years, Tim Connolly returned to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour after two decades in 2023 for a partial schedule. He plans to enter every event on the schedule during the 2024 season.
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  • Joey Coulter

SRI PERFORMANCE
Date of birth: JUN 08, 1990
Crew Chief: HAROLD HOLLY JR.
Hometown: MIAMI SPRINGS, FL
Owner: JOEY COULTER
Coutler, who has experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series, made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in the 2022 season-opener at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway.
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  • Spencer Davis

MMI RACING
Date of birth: NOV 29, 1998
Crew Chief:
Hometown: DAWSONVILLE, GA
Owner: BRUCE COOK
Spencer Davis' NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career, which dates back to 2014, has progressed alongside his stock-car runs in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series. In 2024 he joined a new team owned by Bruce Cook, who also fields cars in the ARCA Menards Series.
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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

FLEETWORKS INC.
Date of birth: SEPT 19, 1992
Crew Chief: DALE HEDQUIST
Hometown: ORCHARD PARK, NY
Owner: RICH GAUTREAU
Patrick Emerling captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2017. His best Tour season came in 2021, when he scored 11 top 10s and finished second in the standings. He has since competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and in 2024 joined a new team owned by Rich Gautreau to pursue the Whelen Modified Tour championship.
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  • Melissa Fifield

PINE KNOLL AUTO SALES
Date of birth: AUG 7, 1992
Crew Chief: JAKE MAROSZ
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

A&R MATERIALS
Date of birth: DEC 7, 1993
Crew Chief: KENNETH LECHNER
Hometown: HOLTSVILLE, NY
Owner: NICOLE FORTIN
J.B. Fortin made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2018 and became a series regular in 2019. Since then he has made more than 60 series starts, earning a career-best finish of second at Richmond Raceway in 2023.
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  • Jeremy Gerstner

GMP LAWN CARE
Date of birth: DEC 1, 1972
Crew Chief: STANLEY BUTORA
Hometown: WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
Owner: DAWN GERTSNER
Jeremy Gerstner is a long-time Modified competitor who has enjoyed success at a variety of tracks, including North Carolina's Bowman Gray Stadium. He made his Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2017 has made occasional starts each year since.
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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 enjoyed the best season of his career in 2022, earning one victory and finishing third in the Tour standings. In 2024 he'll share the No. 58 with his cousin, Timmy Solomito, as they pursue the Whelen Modified Tour Owners championship.
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  • Chris Hatton Jr.

GENERAC RACING TEAM
Date of birth: OCT 24, 1995
Crew Chief: TOM TURANO
Hometown: ORMAND BEACH, FL
Owner: CHRIS HATTON
Chris Hatton Jr. made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2023, competing in events at New Smyrna Speedway, North Wilkesboro Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
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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 more than 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: MICHAEL STEIN
Hometown: NORTHAMPTON, PA.
Owner: ROY HALL
Hirschman is one of the most successful Modified drivers in New England every year. That success has spilled into the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, where he has eight series victories, including a career-best three wins in 2023. He is also a five-time World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Modified champion at New Smyrna Speedway.
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  • Jake Johnson

PROPANE PLUS
Date of birth: DEC 24, 2002
Crew Chief: GREG FOURNIER
Hometown: REHOBOTH, MA
Owner: MICHAEL BOEHLER
Jake Johnson made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2022, scoring two top-five finishes in six starts. He returned in 2023 for another partial schedule and finished a career-best second at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He'll contest his first full season in 2024 aboard the famous Ole Blue No. 3 for Boehler Racing Enterprises.
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  • Matt Kimball

J&M TOWING
Date of birth: AUG 16, 2002
Crew Chief: BILL KIMBALL JR.
Hometown: BENNINGTON, NH
Owner: WILLIAM KIMBALL JR.
Matt Kimball made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in the 2022 season-opener at New Smyrna Speedway.
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  • Andrew Krause

SUPREME MFG. CO.
Date of birth: MAY 2, 1990
Crew Chief: ROBERT HYER
Hometown: HOLMDEL, NJ
Owner: DIANE KRAUSE
Andrew Krause has been racing part-time in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2016. In more than 50 series starts, he has earned a career-best finish of fourth on two occasions at New Jersey's Wall Stadium Speedway and Pennsylvania's Jennerstown Speedway.
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  • Carson Loftin

L&R TRANSMISSIONS
Date of birth: MAR 28, 2008
Crew Chief: JUSTIN LINK
Hometown: LEXINGTON, NC
Owner: BRIAN LOFTIN
The son of veteran Modified driver Brian Loftin, Carson Loftin made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2023 at the age of 15 at North Carolina's North Wilkesboro Speedway.
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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
Craig Lutz has been a familiar face with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since he made his series debut at 19 years old in 2014. He's scored four victories during his career, with his most recent coming in 2022. In 2024 he'll reunite with team owner Russell Goodale to pilot the No. 46 for the full season.
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  • Eddie McCarthy

McCARTHY'S MARINE SALES
Date of birth: NOV 11, 1992
Crew Chief: BILL COLE
Hometown: BRICK, NJ
Owner: EDDIE McCARTHY
Eddie McCarthy made his debut on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2021. He earned a career-best third-place finish at New Jersey's Wall Stadium Speedway in 2023.
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  • Max McLaughlin

CURB RECORDS
Date of birth: FEB 29, 2000
Crew Chief:
Hometown: MOORESVILLE, NC
Owner:
Max McLaughlin has been racing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on a part-time basis since 2020. He also has experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series.
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  • Gary McDonald

LAKELAND LANDSCAPING
Date of birth: SEPT 24, 1957
Crew Chief: CHAD McDONALD
Hometown: RONKONKOMA, NY
Owner: SEAN McDONALD
Gary McDonald has been racing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2007 and has made more than 150 series starts.
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  • Jon McKennedy

MIDDLESEX INTERIORS
Date of birth: APRIL 15, 1987
Crew Chief: DALE HEDQUIST
Hometown: CHELMSFORD, MA
Owner: TIM LEPINE
In only his second full season with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Jon McKennedy captured the Tour championship in 2022. His championship included his second career victory, which came at Claremont Motorsports Park in New Hampshire.
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  • Brett Meservey

BNP MACHINE
Date of birth: FEB 22, 2001
Crew Chief: STEVE MENDOZA
Hometown: BOSTON, MA
Owner: JODY LAUZON
Brett Meservey made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2023 and competed in three events. He's returning for a part-time schedule in 2024 that could include up to five races.
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  • Burt Myers

CITRUSSAFE CLEANERS
Date of birth: DEC 30, 1975
Crew Chief:
Hometown: WALNUT COVE, NC
Owner:
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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  • Ryan Newman

ADVANTAGETRUCKS.COM
Date of birth: DEC 8, 1977
Crew Chief: BILL PUTNEY
Hometown: SOUTH BEND, IN
Owner: JOE STEARNS
A veteran of the NASCAR Cup Series and the 2008 Daytona 500 winner, Ryan Newman is also a familiar face to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fans. He is a four-time series winner, with his last victory coming in 2011.
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  • Anthony Nocella

NOCELLA PAVING
Date of birth: NOV 20, 1992
Crew Chief: CHRIS BURDELL
Hometown: WOBURN, MA
Owner: ANTHONY NOCELLA
Anthony Nocella has raced with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2015 and scored his first victory in thrilling fashion in 2022 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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  • Ryan Preece

RACECHOICE.COM
Date of birth: OCT 25, 1990
Crew Chief: JEFF PRIECE
Hometown: BERLIN, CT
Owner: JEFF PREECE
Ryan Preece has competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2007, claiming the 2013 series championship. He also has experience in the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Craftsman Truck Series and is currently a full-time driver for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series.
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  • Gary Putnam

CURB RECORDS
Date of birth: FEB 10, 1970
Crew Chief: TBD
Hometown: CONCORD, NC
Owner: MIKE CURB
Gary Putnam has competed on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on a part-time basis since 2014.
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  • Brian Robie

MAURICE ENTERPRISES
Date of birth: FEB 25, 1988
Crew Chief: CODY ROSE
Hometown: SUNAPEE, NH
Owner: SCOTT SPAULDING
Brian Robie made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2022, competing in three events and earning a top-10 finish at Claremont Motorsports Park. He'll be competing full-time in 2024 in pursuit of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year Award.
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  • Tyler Rypkema

NORTHEAST DRILLING
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's finished a career-best twice on two occasions and scored two pole awards through the end of the 2023 season.
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  • Bobby Santos III

THINKLITE AIR
Date of birth: OCT 3, 1985
Crew Chief:
Hometown: FRANKLIN, MA
Owner:
Bobby Santos compiled 19 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins from his first season in 2004 through 2023 as well as the 2010 series championship. He also has experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series.
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  • Dave Sapienza

SAPIENZA ENTERPRISES
Date of birth: MAY 11, 1965
Crew Chief: GREG KLEILA
Hometown: RIVERHEAD, NY
Owner: JUDY THILBURG
Dave Sapienza has been a familiar face in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour garage in 2014 at the age of 49. He's earned nine top-five finishes since then, including two runner-up finishes at New York's Riverhead Raceway and Pennsylvania's Jennerstown Speedway.
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  • Anthony Sesely

FRANZOSA TRUCKING CO.
Date of birth: JUN 20, 1983
Crew Chief: JAMES ARCHIBALD
Hometown: MATAWAH, NJ
Owner: TOMMY WANICK
Anthony Sesely has raced with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2005 and earned his first top-five finish during the 2023 season opener at New Smyrna Speedway. He would go on to score three more top-five finishes during a career-season with the series.
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  • John-Michael Shenette

EIGHTY-TWO SERVICES
Date of birth: MAY 20, 1986
Crew Chief: JOHN SHENETTE
Hometown: THOMPSON, CT
Owner: JOHN-MICHAEL SHENETTE
Fulfilling a life-long dream, John-Michael Shenette made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2023 after previously racing late models up and down the East Coast. He plans to compete in a majority of events on the series schedule in 2024.
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  • Ron Silk

BLUE MOUNTAIN MACHINE AND FUTURE HOMES
Date of birth: FEB 17, 1983
Crew Chief: PHILIP MORAN
Hometown: NORWALK, CT
Owner: HYR RACING
Silk won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2011, driving for Ed Partridge. In his first season driving for HYR Racing in 2022, Silk finished second in the standings despite failing to win a race. He followed that season with a five-win campaign in 2023 that allowed him to earn his second series championship.
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  • Dylan Slepian

EASTPORT FEEDS
Date of birth: APRIL 18, 1995
Crew Chief: BRIAN MAGEE
Hometown: DIX HILLS, NY
Owner: ROB PELIS
Dylan Slepian has been racing part-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2019. He earned a career-best finish of fourth at Riverhead Raceway in 2022.
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  • Timmy Solomito

GAF ROOFRING
Date of birth: JUN 23, 1982
Crew Chief: JASON SHEPHERD
Hometown: ISLIP, NY
Owner: EDGAR GOODALE
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. In 2024 he will share the No. 58 with cousin Eric Goodale as the team chases the 2024 Whelen Modified Tour Owners championship.
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  • Jamie Tomaino

RACING WITH JESUS MINISTRIES
Date of birth: JULY 3, 1956
Crew Chief:
Hometown: HOWELL, NJ
Owner: CHERYL TOMAINO
Jamie Tomaino is a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour veteran who has been active since 1985 with more than 600 starts. He compiled a trio of wins within his first 10 years on the Tour and captured the 1990 series championship.
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  • Ronnie Williams

TONY'S COMPETITION ENGINES
Date of birth: OCT 8, 1996
Crew Chief: TREY TOMAINO
Hometown: ELLINGTON, CT
Owner: JAMIE TOMAINO
Ronnie Williams has been racing part-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2016. He's earned three poles during that time and secured a best finish of third at Richmond Raceway in 2021.