Story By: KYLE SOUZA / WHITCOMB 5 SERIES – CLAREMONT, NH – GW Promotional Group announced on Wednesday the official format and additional event information for the upcoming Whitcomb 5 Series in 2022.
The series will showcase the NHSTRA SK-type Modified division at Monadnock Speedway for two events, and one event each at Claremont Motorsports Park, Hudson Speedway and Lee USA Speedway.
All event distances are set for 125 laps – but races will be run in two segments – with segment one set for 75 laps and segment two for 50 laps. There will be a five-minute break in between segments for teams to make minimal adjustments.
For all five events, drivers will time trial for qualifying, with the top-10 qualifiers entered into a redraw to determine the starting lineup for the feature race.
On Sunday, May 1, all the action begins at Monadnock Speedway as part of their opening weekend. In the Whitcomb Classic 125, drivers will be chasing the right to enter into the Whitcomb 5 Series championship weekend, set for Monadnock on Sept. 16-17. Additional events will take place at Claremont on June 17, Lee on July 15 and Hudson on August 14.
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.
“The Whitcomb 5 Series continues to grow in anticipation and we’re really looking forward to seeing the drivers race for big money and glory in 2022,” Gregg Whitcomb, owner of GW Promotional Group, said. “The NHSTRA SK-type Modified division has continued to grow over the last few years. These are some of the best weekly Modified racing drivers in the country and we are excited to showcase them in these special events.”
Fans will surely “Feel The Thunder” of the Modifieds at all four tracks.
In each event, after the winner earns their direct right into the finale, the rest of the drivers in the field will earn points with second earning 49 points, third 48, fourth 47, etc.
For the first four events, all drivers who finish inside the top-10 in the first 75 lap segment will earn additional bonus points, with 10 going to the winner, nine to second, eight to third, etc., through 10th.
The base winners purse for the five events will be as follows:
- For the Whitcomb Classic to open the season at Monadnock, the winner will earn $5,000
- For the Claremont Motorsports Park event on June 17, the winner will earn $4,000
- At Lee USA Speedway on July 15, the winner will collect $5,000
- At the high-banks of Hudson Speedway on August 14, the winner will earn $4,000
- In the championship finale at Monadnock on Sept. 16-17, the winner of the race will collect a minimum of $5,000
Additional bonus funds are also up for grabs for top finishers. In the Whitcomb Classic to open the season at Monadnock, the winner will receive a $2,000 bonus, while seconds will earn $1,000, third will collect $500 and fourth $350. For all other events, the cash bonus for the winner is $1,000, second $500, third $250 and fourth $100.
“I’m really excited to be involved in the new Whitcomb 5 Series for 2022,” Sam Rameau, a Tour-Type Modified regular who will debut a new car for the series, said. “I think it will be a lot of fun with some great competition and purses. I know my team will enjoy going back to some of the tracks that we have won at before. I think it will be fun for both the teams and the fans.”
There are also a few extra incentives on the line for drivers who become multiple-time winners in the Whitcomb 5 Series. Any driver who wins three of the five events will earn a $2,500 bonus, while a driver who wins four of five would collect a $5,000 bonus. If there is one driver that can pull off taking the checkered flag in all five races, they will earn another $10,000, on top of the championship bonus of $10,000, and would leave the series with a minimum of $45,000, when you add all of the race winnings and bonuses together.
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 polesitter in time trials for all five events will also earn a bonus $500 award.
The teams and drivers set to compete as part of the series must fill out entry forms to register for the races and be eligible for points and payments.
On top of all this, an autograph book will be available for the fans to purchase at each event. Included in the book will be pictures of the drivers and their cars along with a short biography about the driver. All teams who register are encouraged to provide series officials with this information so they can be included. There will be a scheduled autograph session at each event to offer fans the chance to meet their drivers.
2022 Whitcomb 5 Series Schedule:
- May 1 – Monadnock Speedway – Whitcomb 125 – Winchester, N.H.
- June 17 – Claremont Motorsports Park – Claremont, N.H.
- July 15 – Lee USA Speedway – Lee, N.H.
- August 14 – Hudson Speedway – Hudson, N.H.
- Sept. 16-17 – Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, N.H.