Story By: KYLE SOUZA / JDV PRODUCTIONS – ATTLEBORO, MA – Before the calendar turns to 2023, JDV Productions has a few more exciting announcements remaining for fans before the holidays.
Monday, JDV officially announced a four-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for the new season, and also announced the renewal of the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup in a multi-year agreement with Whelen Engineering.
The 2023 JDV season will begin at Monadnock Speedway with Duel at the Dog weekend from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. Friday will be an optional practice day for Monadnock house divisions, while the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will have a one-day show on Saturday, May 6. On Sunday, the NHSTRA Modifieds and additional Monadnock house divisions will headline the action.
Lee USA Speedway will be up next for the second running of the Granite State Derby on Saturday, May 27. The 175-lap main event on Memorial Day weekend moves from Jennerstown Speedway to Lee.
JDV Productions will also bring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour back to Claremont Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 29. The inaugural Clash at Claremont, which took place on a Friday last season, moves to Saturday with select house divisions from the track set to be involved in the show. The JDV NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will conclude right back at Monadnock on Saturday, September 9 with the debut of the Winchester Fair. This event will include a 200-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race and Monadnock house divisions with a special flavor of Fair events for fans. Full event cards will be released for all four shows in the upcoming weeks.
“We’re excited to branch to four events for the 2023 season with the Whelen Modified Tour after what we feel was one of the best seasons yet for JDV Productions in 2022,” Josh Vanada, owner of JDV Productions, said. “Two events on the high-banks of Monadnock, one with a full weekend of racing and one with the Fair idea behind it will be great for the fans. Both Lee and Claremont produce different types of exciting racing and both put on a great show last year. We believe our schedule is a strong one to showcase the best Modified drivers in the country to dedicated New England race fans.”
Along with the date announcements, JDV also announced the return of the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup in a multi-year agreement with Whelen Engineering. The Granite State Short Track Cup will continue to be a three-race series, with the champion crowned at Claremont in July, showcasing the top stars of Modified racing both on the Tour and at a local level – as select house Modified drivers at Monadnock, Lee and Claremont will again compete in the races. The Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup paid out over $10,000 in bonus awards from the 2022 season and will again have special awards and a point fund for the top three finishers in the standings. Exact details will be announced at a later date. In 2022, Matt Hirschman won the crown by just a few points.
Whelen Engineering—a global leader in the emergency warning industry—has been manufacturing in America since 1952, proudly marking its 70th anniversary in 2022. Whelen designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for Automotive, Aviation (Whelen Aerospace Technologies – WAT), and Mass Notification industries worldwide.
JDV Productions will continue into 2023 with the goal of bringing national event quality to regional events at the home of some of New England’s top short-tracks. The 2023 schedule will also include the debut of the JDV Open Modifieds – with an event at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, June 3 and Claremont Motorsports Park on Sunday, September 3. JDV will also promote the final race weekend of the season at Claremont Motorsports Park from October 14-16, 2023.