Story By: KYLE SOUZA / GRANITE STATE SHORT TRACK CUP – ATTLEBORO, MA – JDV Productions announced today the addition of a Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup Bonus Program for teams who will compete in the three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire races JDV will promote in 2022.
The program includes over $15,000 in posted bonuses – on top of the regular purses offered for the events – headlined by a champion bonus for the team owner of the driver who earns the most points across the three races. NASCAR’s point system will be used to determine the champion of the three-race series – and the champion will be awarded $5,000. Second-place in the points will earn $2,000 and third will earn $1,000.
This means a total of $8,000 alone will go towards this special points system for the three-race series. And that isn’t the only group of incentives on the line for teams to compete in all three events. If a driver can sweep all three races and end up with the race win in all of them, the team owner of that driver will also go home with an additional $5,000.
The Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup Bonus Program includes events at Lee USA Speedway on May 21, Monadnock Speedway on June 18 and Claremont Motorsports Park on July 29. Based on current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour purse offerings, the events will all pay lucrative purses to win and throughout the field, along with these special bonuses.
“Our partnership with Whelen has enabled us to tie our three New Hampshire races together under the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup banner,” Josh Vanada, owner of JDV Productions, said. “In doing so, we are enticing and rewarding teams who commit to compete in all three of these events. Our bonus program stands tall – offering an additional $15,000 to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owners and drivers who compete on New Hampshire’s short tracks. We’re very proud to pay premium purses to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams and are grateful for Whelen Engineering and their support to add even more to the pot.”
Outside of points from each event, multiple bonuses are also on the line at each specific race. The Invader Bonus, Hard Charger Bonus, Lap Leader Bonus and Consistency Bonus will all be offered. Between the four of them, an additional $2,500 is on the line.
For $200 per race, the Challenger Bonus will be paid to the highest finishing driver in each event who has competed in less than 50% of the races on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the past two seasons. The Hard Charger Bonus, also for $200 per race, will be awarded to the driver who improves the most positions from their starting to finishing position.
The Lap Leader Bonus will be set for $500, distributed to the driver who leads the most total laps over the three events. The Consistency Bonus, offered to the driver who scores the lowest average finish across the three races, will earn $800. Both the Lap Leader Bonus and the Consistency Bonus will be paid out following the final of the three races.
Overall, the bonus program will offer an additional $15,500 on top of the purses for each event.
“I’m excited to have the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at my home tracks here in New Hampshire this year,” Cory Plummer, who will field a car for Steven Dickey at Lee, and a driver TBA in the other two events, said. “The bonus program that Josh and Whelen Engineering have put together really made the decision easy for us. It’s more financially feasible to enter a race in these circumstances.”
JDV Productions kicks-off their 2022 season with the first of the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup races at Lee USA Speedway for the Granite State Derby on Saturday, May 21. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 175 will be joined by the Granite State Pro Stock Series and multiple of Lee’s house divisions. On Saturday, May 28, JDV celebrates Memorial Day weekend at Jennerstown Speedway with the Jennerstown Salutes 150 for the second straight year. New for this year, the Jennerstown Pro Stocks and Fast 4’s will be part of the lineup.
On Saturday, June 18, Monadnock Speedway will host the third JDV race of the year, the Duel at the Dog 200, also joined by the Granite State Pro Stock Series and select track house divisions. The final race of the season for JDV will be the Clash at Claremont Motorsports Park on Friday, July 29. This event will also include Claremont house divisions, and will serve as the crowning of the champion of the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup.