Story By: KYLE SOUZA / JDV PRODUCTIONS – ATTLEBORO, MA – When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Jennerstown Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, drivers will contest in the 150-lap Jennerstown Salutes special.
The race will mark the second consecutive year that JDV Productions – promoters of the event – partner with Operation Vet NOW Inc. (OVN) to honor fallen heroes and gold star families on a special weekend of remembrance.
But this year will be even bigger when the racing begins on Saturday, May 28. New for 2022, additional divisions will join the program in Pennsylvania, with the Jennerstown Fast 4’s, Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Late Models all joining the Whelen Modified Tour on the card. After success last year with fewer divisions, JDV Productions is happy to present additional house classes that Jennerstown fans are used to watching. They will be a welcomed addition to the card, with Jennerstown Speedway also under the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series sanction for the new year.
The Whelen Modified Tour race will mark the third straight year the Tour visits the Jennerstown oval. In the past three races, three-time series champion Justin Bonsignore has been to victory lane twice, with Craig Lutz also picking up one checkered flag. The total purse for the race will push over $104,000 in posted awards – plus additional lap money that is currently on sale. The race will become the highest-paying asphalt Modified racing with Tour-Type Modified cars in the Northeast region for the holiday weekend.
“We’re proud to present the dedicated racers of the Jennerstown house divisions and showcase them to what is sure to be an increased audience with the Whelen Modified Tour in town,” Josh Vanada, owner of JDV Productions, said. “Jennerstown is located in such a great part of our country and the area is perfect for holding a major short-track event. We’re looking forward to bringing their dedicated race fans a regional short-track event, with national quality.”
Adding to the purse, lap money is now available for purchase at jdvproductions.com/jennerstown-salutes-150. All laps sold will honor fallen heroes or heroes who are currently serving. They are $100 per lap and the funds will be split between the driver who leads that specific lap and OVN.
The house divisions will assist to provide a mix of full-fendered and open-wheel racing for the day. Through the partnership with OVN, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams will carry names of fallen heroes on their windshield roofs, similar to last year. New for 2022, select Jennerstown house division drivers will also carry the banners. Last year, it was Justin Bosnignore carrying the name of Air Force Staff Sergeant David Weiger to Victory Lane with him, and awarding Weiger’s family, in attendance, with the winning trophy.
Operation Vet NOW Inc. (OVN), a non-profit organization established to reduce veteran suicide and improve the overall wellness of veterans, regardless of era served, through innovative outreach experiences. OVN concentrates on veterans who suffer from the invisible injuries of PTSD, TBI, combat and transition stress issues, and mental health concerns, stemming from military service, connecting them to heal their mind, body and soul.
On top of the 150-lap race for the Whelen Modified Tour, the Jennerstown Late Models will run for 50 laps, while the Pro Stocks will compete in a 20-lap race. The Modifieds will also run 20 laps, while the Fast 4s will hit the track for 15 circuits.
Race day will include a special autograph session for fans on the track prior to the drop of the green flag and additional opening ceremonies to remember fallen heroes from across the country. During the autograph session, fans will be able to head right down onto the frontstretch to meet and greet with the drivers and cars up close and personal.
All tickets for the Jennerstown Salutes 150 are now available at JDVProductions.com. This includes general admission tickets for the grandstands and exclusive passes to the JDV Experience for the day of the race. The JDV Experience pass includes preferred seating, a private autograph session and inspection tour, and much more. General admission tickets will be $35 per person, while Military general admission will be $30. Kids 12 and under may enter for free. The JDV Experience for this event is $100 and pit passes are $45. All pit passes will be sold at the track.