WINCHESTER, N.H. – After a long offseason of preparation, the Whitcomb 5 Series will begin this Sunday, May 1, at Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire. As some of the best NHSTRA Modified drivers head to the high-banked oval, a $5,000 prize is on the line to the winner of what should be an intense 125-lap Whitcomb Classic race.
The format for the event includes a time trial session, and then a random redraw for those who qualify in the top-10, in order to set the race lineup. The polesitter in time trials will earn a bonus $500 award. The race itself will be split into two different segments – one for 75 laps and the final one for 50 laps. There will be a five-minute break in between segments for teams to make minimal adjustments.
All of the Whitcomb 5 Series events will utilize the choose cone rule – which keeps fans engaged – and gives drivers just one more decision to make during the race. Drivers will pick their restart line for every start other than the initial green flag of the race. When the field crosses the start/finish line with one lap to go before the green, they will be able to choose to take either the inside or the outside groove. The rule provides the chance for someone who is scheduled to restart 12th to end up sixth if enough drivers in front of them select the bottom. The added excitement should keep the fans on the edge of their seats and provide an added element of strategy for drivers.
The entry list for the race includes some of the top names in weekly short-track Modified racing like Todd Patnode, Brian Robie, Ben Byrne, Matt Kimball and more.
“We’re ready to get rolling with the race,” Gregg Whitcomb, owner of GW Promotional Group with his wife, Jessica, said. “It’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point and we’re excited to see it all shake out on the track. This is a great purse for a local division Modified race and with 125 laps, anything can happen.”
Over 20 drivers have already confirmed their intentions to race in the season-opening event. The entry list includes Robie, Byrne, Patnode and Kimball – four proven winners at Monadnock. But it also includes names like Sam Rameau, who has been to Victory Lane in two of the last four Monaco Modified Tri-Track events at Monadnock, his home track. Rameau will also run in the Tri-Track race on Saturday, like the other four.
Look out for names like Aaron Fellows, a Late Model Sportsman dominator for many years, who is registered in the No. 29. Jesse Jakubajtys, the man they used to call “The Mop” due to his haircut, is also planning on competing in his No. 44.
Watch for Tyler Leary, driving the No. 11, Alyssa Rivera, Kimmy Rivet, Brian Chapin and Steven Dickey. With his busy schedule in 2022, Dickey will also compete in select NASCAR Modified Tour races. Additional names registered include Geoff Rollins, Bradley Zahensky, Mike Smith, Al Guibord, Zachary Leone and more.
In each event, the series will follow a “win and you are in” format, where the winner of each event automatically locks themselves into the final four. In the season-finale, the driver who bests the others included in the final four will win the title. If drivers repeat as winners, the remaining spots in the Championship 4 will be filled out by total points earned in the series. A point tally will be kept for all events.
The champion will earn a $10,000 cash prize and a special Whitcomb 5 Series championship jacket. Second-place through fourth in the final standings will also earn $1,000 for their achievements.
On the midway, the GW Promotional Group tent will be busy with giveaways, apparel, the Sandri Energy/Sunoco autograph session, race programs, autograph books, Truly on-site podcast and more. Fans are encouraged to stop by and say hello on race day.
The schedule for Sunday includes practice rounds just after 12 p.m., followed by time trials and the 125-lap feature race. The green flag is expected to fall around 4:45 p.m. on the first race of the season.
All tickets for Sunday will be available at the track, including pit passes.