New Smyrna Healthy Mod Field

shadow21

Newbie
Packing today for the annual Florida trip I thought I'd check the entry lists at New Smyrna. Good turn out for the tour mods: 36 entries.
One of those was Bubba Pollard. I thought that name was supposed to be in the Super Late Model list, but with a little checking I see that he is driving for Ryan Preece. Some recent years there were modified fields in the low 20's. Looking forward to next week.
 

phredo

Veteran
To my way of thinking, a very large number of northern teams are willing to travel a couple thousand miles to race 5 times at New Smyrna and possibly 1 additional time at Bronson.  I think that's pretty impressive given the expenses, time away from work, etc. 

My only question?  How come we don't see more support from southern teams?
 

uticamike

Racing Genius
phredo said:
To my way of thinking, a very large number of northern teams are willing to travel a couple thousand miles to race 5 times at New Smyrna and possibly 1 additional time at Bronson.  I think that's pretty impressive given the expenses, time away from work, etc. 

My only question?  How come we don't see more support from southern teams?

They have a tough time supporting racing in there own state(s) let alone travel to sunny Fla. Think about it NASCAR gave up Mods down there and outside of Bubba Goof they are hard pressed to get 14-15 cars for other races.  Not surprising at all.
 

Welshans32

Veteran
Hollandracer83 said:
36 is healthy with no other track racing? LMAO
Yeah it is a healthy feild, it not the middle if August it's the middle of the off season. 95% of those mods traveled at least 1000 miles to be there. I'm sure they won't start more then 28 or so. So tell us what would you consider a healthy feild?
 

DPackman_PR

Champion
Welshans32 said:
Hollandracer83 said:
36 is healthy with no other track racing? LMAO
Yeah it is a healthy feild, it not the middle if August it's the middle of the off season. 95% of those mods traveled at least 1000 miles to be there. I'm sure they won't start more then 28 or so. So tell us what would you consider a healthy feild?

Exactly, for early February and 90% of the teams coming in from the north, it's definitely a healthy field.
 

shadow21

Newbie
As of last update, 1-29 here are the entries.

This is the biggest tour mod field I have seen in the 15 years I have been going to the World Series at NS. Welshans32 is right. When you consider taking time off from work, travel expenses back and forth, lodging and meals down there, plus the cost of putting a car on the track for 5 nights this is good news.

To answer Phredo, only 5 entries from the South. The main reason we don't see any southern teams up North is that there aren't many.  I used to live in South Carolina and saw that, with a couple local exceptions (like Bowman Gray), late models dominate the south as the top division.

2 J.R Bertuccio Franklin TN
4 Jeffrey Gallup Feeding Hills MA
5 Kyle Ebersole Mooresville NC
6 Ryan Preece Berlin CT
7 Rich Parker Forked River NJ
12 Joe Bertuccio Statesville NC
14 Broc Brown Shickshinny PA
16 Anthony Sesely Port Monmouth NJ
17 Jeremy Gestner Tampa FL
21 Paul Townsend Guelph ON
21 Jimmy Blewett Howell NJ
21KJN Jim Gavek Effort PA
21KJN Jimmy Zacharias Condor NY
22 Eddie McCarthy Brick NJ
23 Joe Degracia Lyndhurst NJ
24 Dean Rypkema Owego NY
25 Brian Robie Sunapee NH
26 Bubba Pollard Senoia GA
27 Adam LaCicero, Lavallette NJ
32 Tyler Rypkema Owego NY
33 TBA (Gary Fountain Racing)
36 David Sapienza Riverhead NY
41 Kevin Shea Mystic CT
45 Brett Meservey Brewsyer MA
45 Timmy Catalano Ontario NY
54 Tommy Catalano Ontario NY
55 John Gerstner Wesley Chapel FL
56 Amy Catalano Ontario NY
56 Craig Lutz Miller Place NY
58 Eric Goodale Riverhead NY
59 Teddy Cranmer North Hanover NJ
60 Matt Hirschman North Hampton PA
83 Mike Willis JR Grantham NH
92 Anthony Nocella Woburn MA
07 Patrick Emerling Holland NY
09 Brad Vanhouten Wading River NY
 

Turbo01

Veteran
Tyler Rypkema has potentially terminal engine issues after 3 laps of practice today. Not sure if they'll be able to continue.
 

leadfoot4

Champion
First of all, considering the less than stellar support for the modified class, from sanctioning organizations, and track promoters, 29-30 cars is a good showing. Factoring in the towing costs, and time away from full-time jobs, as previously mentioned, makes this a daunting task, for most of the modified teams.

One thing that hasn't been mentioned, is weather. I was viewing the 'Weather Channel' last evening, to see how severe the snow storms will be here, in the northeast, and I was quite shocked to see the thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding that's occurring in the southeastern United States. It looks like some of the racing may be affected, as well as the ability of the teams being able to return home, as some major roads are being heavily damaged by overflowing streams and rivers.

Be safe, everyone!!
 

uticamike

Racing Genius
leadfoot4 said:
First of all, considering the less than stellar support for the modified class, from sanctioning organizations, and track promoters, 29-30 cars is a good showing. Factoring in the towing costs, and time away from full-time jobs, as previously mentioned, makes this a daunting task, for most of the modified teams.

One thing that hasn't been mentioned, is weather. I was viewing the 'Weather Channel' last evening, to see how severe the snow storms will be here, in the northeast, and I was quite shocked to see the thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding that's occurring in the southeastern United States. It looks like some of the racing may be affected, as well as the ability of the teams being able to return home, as some major roads are being heavily damaged by overflowing streams and rivers.

Be safe, everyone!!
Geez Foot, with that forecast makes me glad I'm not down there. ( well..a little anyway).  On pavement a 30 count is considered good anymore. He77 even the great paying TTOM has to squeeze to get near 40 so 30 down there is pretty damn good I think.  I hope they get over 20 for Bronson this Sat.....for Bronson's sake.
 
So all the mods in the whole US and Canada only 36 cars go. the off season argument is junk esp when your off 3 months and 1 week then off another 3 more. NO drivers from NC or SC. yes good count from the north and even one north of the wall but the south just failed.
 
So why are you not there Holland? Too expensive for a hotel, travel, couldn't get time off work, family say you  spend your summer at the track and need to stay home in the off season, saving your money for the regular season? Getting a team to race in the south during the off season for no points for a week is a tough sell. Something like nine less cars then NASCAR at their biggest race of the year. Good field of mods. Side note- I don't know of any mod teams in Canada. If there is any it is very few.
 

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Here's Monday night's results for the Tour Type Modifieds:

Tour-type Modifieds (50 Laps)
Search:
Pos # Driver Start
1 92 Anthony Nocella 2
2 60 Matt Hirschman 4
3 07 Patrick Emerling 3
4 6 Ryan Preece 5
5 46 Craig Lutz 1
6 32 Tyler Rypkema 6
7 2 J.R. Bertuccio 8
8 5 Kyle Ebersole 7
9 17 Jeremy Gerstner 9
10 83 Mike Willis, Jr. 14
11 21 Jimmy Blewett 19
12 36 David Sapienza 12
13 22 Eddie McCarthy 11
14 09 Brad Vanhouten 16
15 54 Tommy Catalano 20
16 4 Jeffrey Gallup 18
17 21KJN Jimmy Zacharias 10
18 16 Anthony Sesely 17
19 58 Eric Goodale 13
20 56 Amy Catalano 23
21 33 Andy Petree 21
22 21T Paul Townsond 27
23 23 Joe DeGracia 22
24 64 Tyler Catalano 28
25 7 Rich Parker 26
26 45 Brett Meservey 15
27 27 Adam LaCicero 31
28 12 Ray Fattaruso 30
29 2X Mike Bologna 29
30 14 Broc Brown 25
31 41 Kevin Shea 24
 

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Anthony Nocella leads Matt Hirschman to his 1st time victory on Day 4 of the World Series of Stock Car Racing from New Symrna Speedway 2/10/20. Photo link from Speed51.com twitter feed, / Kyler Hope photographer.

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