NOTEBOOK: Modified teams honoring fallen heroes in Jennerstown Salutes 150

NOTEBOOK: Modified teams honoring fallen heroes in Jennerstown Salutes 150

(Photograph: Nate Smallwood/NASCAR)

For the second straight 12 months, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams will carry the names of fallen heroes on the roofs of their rides this weekend at Jennerstown Speedway.

As portion of the Jennerstown Salutes 150 (Saturday, May 28, 8 p.m. ET on FloRacing), in collaboration with Operation Vet NOW Inc., NASCAR and JDV Productions, all groups in the Modified discipline will be racing to honor a veteran.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour factors chief Ron Silk, for illustration, will have the name of Military Countrywide Guard Professional Chad Edmundson on his automobile for the Jennerstown Salutes 150. The Edmundson family will also provide as the Grand Marshals for the race.

GALLERY: Fallen troopers honored on cars at Jennerstown

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour caution vehicle will carry the title of Pedro 66 in a distinctive tribute. Pedro 66 was the call signal of a helicopter crew misplaced in Afghanistan, together with Captain David Wisnieski, Initial Lieutenant Joel Gentz, Staff Sergeant David Smith, Specialized Sergeant Michael Flores and Senior Airman Benjamin White.

In addition, this 12 months the Jennerstown Martella’s Pharmacies Late Styles will honor the 13 fallen associates of the 14th Quartermasters Device, with every single driver carrying a identify of just one of the fallen.

“Without the guidance from NASCAR and the whole OVN team, none of this would be achievable,” claimed Josh Vanada, operator of JDV Productions. “All of the fallen heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice for our region, and we are for good grateful for them and their families.

“We choose deep satisfaction in building sure we honor them on this distinctive weekend of Memorial Day, and we seem forward to seeing everybody at Jennerstown for this special function.”

Tickets for Saturday’s Jennerstown Salutes 150 are available by going to It will also be offered to watch stay on FloRacing.

Tickets are also accessible for the JDV Experience, an all-inclusive quality ticket bundle for each of the JDV Production gatherings on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour timetable that incorporates top quality seating and a non-public autograph session.

Craig Lutz has proven that Jennerstown Speedway is one of his best race tracks.

The 27-calendar year-previous from Miller Spot, New York, has loved a good offer of good results at the Pennsylvania oval, including scoring one of his 3 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories at the observe in 2020.

In his other two Tour starts at the .522-mile facility, Lutz completed 2nd and third. Both of those of people races have been received by 3-time and defending Tour winner Justin Bonsignore.

A excursion to Jennerstown could not occur at a better time for Lutz, who has struggled in the last 3 Tour races on the plan.

His lone leading-10 end this 12 months came in the opener in February at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. He adopted that with finishes of 15th at Richmond Raceway, 26th at New York’s Riverhead Raceway and 14th at New Hampshire’s Lee United states Speedway.

Mike Christopher Jr, driver of the #7, during qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 200 during night 2 of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida on February 12, 2022. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
Mike Christopher Jr, driver of the No. 7, all through qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 12, 2022. (Picture: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

Mike Christopher Jr. turned in an impressive overall performance in his to start with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the year this calendar year at New Smyrna.

Driving the No. 7NY for Tommy Baldwin Jr., Christopher led six laps and concluded a profession-most effective third in just his 2nd job Tour start out.

Immediately after watching Jimmy Blewett and Doug Coby pilot Baldwin’s automobile in the past number of races, it’s now Christopher’s transform to get again in the No. 7NY this Saturday night time at Jennerstown Speedway.

Christopher, whose late uncle Ted Christopher captured a Tour victory at Jennerstown in 2006, requires around Baldwin’s Modified this weekend after Coby received the last two functions on the plan at Lee United states Speedway and Riverhead Raceway.

People victories, put together with Christopher’s third-area operate at New Smyrna and Blewett’s seventh-area finish at Richmond, have set the TBR No. 7NY at the leading of the car or truck owner standings.

Tommy Baldwin Racing holds a 21-stage advantage on the No. 16 Modified driven by Ron Silk in the car or truck proprietor standings.

  • Justin Bonsignore has received two of the very last 3 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour occasions at Jennerstown Speedway. He led 110 laps in the lone race he did not win at Jennerstown in 2020 right before in the long run fading to fifth.
  • Donny Lia, who returns to the seat of the Boehler Racing Enterprises Ole Blue No. 3 this weekend, has two prior NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins at Jennerstown. They arrived in 2005 and 2006, with a finest finish of fifth.
  • Ron Silk enters Saturday’s Jennerstown Salutes 150 with a three-position gain in the standings in advance of Eric Goodale. Jon McKennedy and Tommy Catalano are tied for 3rd, 8 points driving Silk. Austin Beers sits fifth, 19 points behind Silk.