The start your engines signal is given during the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia on April 1, 2022. (Sanjay Suchak/NASCAR)
(Photo: Sanjay Suchak/NASCAR)

Kevin Rice boosts Modified Tour purse with lap money at Lee USA Speedway

LEE, N.H. – Kevin Rice, auto racing reporter for Area Auto Racing News, is boosting the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour purse for the Granite State Derby at Lee USA Speedway on May 21 by selling lap money.

With the addition of the funds, the total purse for the Granite State Derby 175 alone will push over $115,000.

Each lap is a minimum of $100 to purchase, with half of the money going to the leader of that specific lap and the other half to a random top-10 car. Laps are available for the first 100 green flag laps of the race. If a driver was to lead all of the first 100 green flag laps, they would go home with more than $5,000 in just lap money alone. Multiple laps have already been purchased for more than $100 and more are expected. Caution laps will not see any lap money distributed.

Anyone interested in purchasing a lap should contact Kevin Rice directly at southernstyle43776@gmail.com for more information.

“When I spoke with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Danny Watts and he went over some of the costs associated with racing this year, it really spoke volumes to me,” Kevin Rice, who has been collecting bonus awards for many years, said. “We need to help these teams to get through the 2022 season. The lap money gives fans, businesses and those in the racing industry a chance to help, while also continuing to add to the anticipation for the Whelen Modified Tour return to New Hampshire’s Center of Speed next month.”

The race itself will serve as the first of three in the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup.

Nocella Paving has also posted a $1,000 award to the highest finishing driver in the race that has never been to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. Carl Rice has posted a $300 bonus award to the highest finishing father in the 175-lap race. Anyone who would like to post an additional award outside of lap money may also do so by contacting Rice.

Upon purchasing each lap, purchasers will have the chance to pick what they would like the lap to say. Most have selected to purchase laps in memory of others, while some have put their business name. A full list of laps that are currently taken is available at jdvproductions.com/granite-state-derby.

“The opportunity to remember some of the best in the sport who have passed, such as Venetta Narducci, who we recently lost to cancer, is a good feeling and is a big part of this,” Rice said. “Venetta was an amazing woman, who not only embraced everyone she ever met, but she also helped keep race teams on track, just like we are trying to do with this bonus money.”

The inaugural Granite State Derby at Lee USA Speedway will take place on Saturday, May 21. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline the day with their 175-lap race, returning to the New Hampshire oval for the first time since 1998. The race will serve as the fourth event of the season for NASCAR’s oldest touring series. On top of the Whelen Modified Tour, fans will be able to see countless other divisions, with just about every type of race car a fan could ask for.

“We’re excited to see Kevin and all of the fans and businesses adding to the bonus funds to give back to the dedicated teams of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour,” Josh Vanada, owner of JDV Productions, said. “We are always happy to reward the teams who commit to racing in one of the toughest divisions in the whole country. With the strategy element and tire conservation that often plays a major role in racing at Lee, drivers will now have more incentive than ever to race as hard as possible to collect the extra cash in the pot.”

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will be joined by the NHSTRA Mini Stocks in a Battle For The Belt race, the NEMA Lites and Pro 4 Modifieds as house divisions. Racing will begin at 2:45 p.m. and last into the evening, capped off by the Granite State Derby 175.

Tickets are available in advance today by visiting JDVProductions.com, where fans can also purchase tickets to the JDV Experience – a behind the scenes view with a private autograph session, inspection tour, marquee seating and more.