2022 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Drivers

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  • Austin Beers

DELL ELECTRIC
Date of birth:
Crew Chief: RON YUHAS JR.
Hometown: NORTHAMPTON, PA
Owner: MIKE MURPHY
Austin Beers made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2021.
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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.
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  • Jimmy Blewett

GERSHOW RECYCLING
Date of birth: AUG 26, 1980
Crew Chief: STEPHEN KOPCIK
Hometown: HOWELL, NJ
Owner: JON BERTUCCIO
Jimmy Blewett is a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour veteran who has raced part-time on the circuit since 2001.
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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 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, 2020 and 2021 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion. He drives the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet for Ken Massa, a car owner for whom he's driven since joining the tour full-time in 2010.
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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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  • Paul Charette

POLAR BEVERAGES
Date of birth: MARCH 22, 1981
Crew Chief: SHAWN BRULE
Hometown: WOODSTOCK, CT
Owner: SHAWN BRULE
An accomplished late model racer, Paul Charette made his debut on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the 2022 season-opener at New Smyrna Speedway.
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  • Doug Coby

MAYHEW TOOLS
Date of birth: JUN 23, 1982
Crew Chief: TBD
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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  • Joey Coulter

RACE-FAN
Date of birth: JUN 08, 1990
Crew Chief: PHIL MORAN
Hometown: MIAMI SPRINGS, FL
Owner: JOEY COULTER
Coutler, who has experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World 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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  • Mike Christopher Jr.

Date of birth: APRIL 6, 1999
Crew Chief: TOMMY BALDWIN
Hometown: WOLCOTT, CT
Owner: TOMMY BALDWIN
Mike Christopher Jr. began his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career with a run at Riverhead Raceway in 2021. He began his 2022 campaign with a third-place finish at New Smyrna Speedway.
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  • Bryan Dauzat

BROTHER IN LAW RACING
Date of birth: NOV 30, 1959
Crew Chief:
Hometown: ALEXANDRIA, LA
Owner: BRYAN DAUZAT
Bryan Dauzat has been racing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on a part-time basis since 2008. He also has experience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series.
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  • Spencer Davis

IONX SUPREME LUBRICANTS
Date of birth: NOV 29, 1998
Crew Chief: ALEX QUERY III
Hometown: DAWSONVILLE, GA
Owner: SPENCER DAVIS
Spencer Davis' NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career, which dates back to 2014, has progressed alongside his stock-car runs in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 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

CAPTAIN PIPS MARINA & HIDEAWAY
Date of birth: SEPT 19, 1992
Crew Chief: JAN LEATY
Hometown: ORCHARD PARK, NY
Owner: JENNIFER EMERLING
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.
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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

JOHN'S FUEL / WHIP IT JERKY / PAC AUTOMOTIVE
Date of birth: DEC 7, 1993
Crew Chief: KENNETH LECHNER
Hometown: HOLTSVILLE, NY
Owner: NICOLE FORTIN
Fortin’s strongest Tour season came in 2021, setting career-highs in average starting and finishing position.
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  • Jeremy Gerstner

GMP LAWN CARE
Date of birth: DEC 1, 1972
Crew Chief: TERRY SLATE
Hometown: WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
Owner: DAWN GERTSNER
The 2022 season marks Jeremy Gerstner's fifth year on the NASCAR Whelen Modified 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. He then won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener and three more Modified races at the same track in 2022.
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  • Matt Kimball

BNP MACHINE
Date of birth:
Crew Chief: STEVE MENDOZA
Hometown:
Owner: JODY LAUZON
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.
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  • Craig Lutz

HORTON AVE MATERIALS
Date of birth: JUL 27, 1994
Crew Chief: DOUG OGIEJKO
Hometown: MILLER PLACE, NY
Owner: DANNY WATTS JR.
The 2019 and 2020 seasons were a breakout years for Lutz that saw him win three races in that span and finish fourth in points both times.
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  • Eddie McCarthy

McCARTHY'S MARINE SALES
Date of birth:
Crew Chief: WILLIAM COLE
Hometown: BRICK, NJ
Owner: EDDIE McCARTHY
Eddie McCarthy made his debut on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2021.
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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 Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series.
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  • Gary McDonald

LAKELAND LANDSCAPING
Date of birth: JUL 27, 1994
Crew Chief: CHAD McDONALD
Hometown: RONKONKOMA, NY
Owner: SEAN McDONALD
Gary McDonald has been racing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2007.
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  • Jon McKennedy

MIDDLESEX INTERIORS
Date of birth: APRIL 15, 1987
Crew Chief: DALE HEDQUIST
Hometown: CHELMSFORD, MA
Owner: TIM LEPINE
The 2020 season was McKennedy’s best season on the Tour. He finished second in 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:
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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  • 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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  • Ryan Preece

PROPANE PLUS
Date of birth: OCT 25, 1990
Crew Chief: GREG FOURNIER
Hometown: BERLIN, CT
Owner: JAN BOEHLER
Ryan Preece has competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2007. He also has experience in the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck 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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  • 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.
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  • Bobby Santos

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 2021. He also has experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series.
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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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  • 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.
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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.
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  • Timmy Solomito

EAST WEST MARINE / FLAMINGO MOTORSPORTS
Date of birth: JUN 23, 1982
Crew Chief: TBD
Hometown: ISLIP, NY
Owner: JERRY SOLOMITO
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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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Ronnie Williams

EMPOWER FINANCIAL ADVISORY
Date of birth: OCT 8, 1996
Crew Chief: ADAM SKOWYRA
Hometown: ELLINGTON, CT
Owner: PAUL LES
Ronnie Williams has been racing part-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2016.
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  • Chris Young

JH HOMESTEAD
Date of birth: DEC 26, 1993
Crew Chief:
Hometown: CALVERTON, NY
Owner: CHRIS YOUNG
Chris Young, a second-generation racer, began his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career in 2019.