The 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Yr is stepping away from operating the collection full-time in 2021.
Sammy Rameau stated his household owned workforce will reduce its schedule in 2021, placing a concentrate on racing for a championship with the Tri-Observe Open Modified Collection.
The 18-year previous Rameau, of Westminster, Mass., stated the workforce will run all six occasions on the Tri-Observe Open Modified Collection schedule in 2021. The workforce may also run a specific quantity of Whelen Modified Tour occasions and Tour Sort Open Reveals at Thompson Speedway and Stafford Speedway.
“The Whelen Modified Tour has come to a degree the place there’s a lot journey,” Rameau stated. “It’s type of like, the Tri-Observe Open Modified Collection and the Thompson and Stafford Open exhibits have more cash within the purse if not the identical in any case is alleged and achieved, and when the race is over I can go residence and all my guys can go residence on the finish of the night time and sleep in our personal beds and see our households. We’re not gone for 3 or 4 days to do a race. It simply looks as if a greater deal to me. We’re nonetheless going to take part, however will probably be a restricted deal. I don’t see myself being a full-time [Whelen Modified Tour] driver till I’m achieved with college.”
Rameau lately accomplished his first semester at Wentworth Institute of Know-how in Boston, the place he recorded a 3.9 GPA. He’s pursuing a level in civil engineering and stated he expects to observe up his Bachelor’s diploma research by chasing a Grasp’s diploma.
“We’ve been racing like loopy for the previous 13 years,” Rameau stated. “It’s time to only take one step again and do 10-12 races as an alternative of doing 20 races.”
The Tri-Observe Open Modified Collection will run six occasions in 2021 with two races at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. (Might 1, Aug. 14), two races at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. (Might 22, July 24) and two races at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway (June 30, Oct. 23).
“The Tri-Observe to me, [series managing partners] Ed Bennett and Wayne Darling simply do an ideal job with it,” Rameau stated. “Their officers are simply as prime notch because the Whelen Tour. I simply assume it’s a greater deal due to how native the stuff is. We find yourself chasing the identical purse an hour down the highway versus going 10 hours down the highway. Sure, the Whelen Tour nonetheless has signature occasions that you simply need to race. They’re going to a few Cup [Series] tracks this yr, which is superior.”
Rameau received his first Tri-Observe Open Modified Collection victory final August at Monadnock Speedway. Of the top-15 drivers within the 2020 Whelen Modified Tour standings, 11 are anticipated to run full-time on the Tri-Observe Open Modified Collection in 2021, together with reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore.
“The Tri-Observe goes to be simply as powerful because the [Whelen Modified Tour] is,” Rameau stated. “The competitors that’s going to be competing within the Tri-Observe Collection subsequent yr is simply nearly as good because the Whelen Modified Tour. You consider it, you’ve received Justin Bonsignore in Jimmy Paige’s automotive now there. You might have a bunch of the perfect guys on the Tour that shall be operating Tri-Observe now for all their races. And anybody who runs for the championship on that collection, they arrive with prime notch stuff identical to they might on the [Whelen Modified Tour]. It’s the identical factor, to me it’s simply extra native.”
Rameau stated the workforce will certainly run the Whelen Modified Tour occasions at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Richmond (Va.) Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He stated they’ll seemingly select another Whelen Modifed Tour occasion to run.
“We sat down with our guys and went over issues and we simply determined with the Whelen Tour that we’ll simply do the cool one’s,” Rameau stated. “Going to Stafford with the Tour 3 times, which may get a little bit boring, however I believe the Monadnock’s and the Seekonk’s and the Star Speedway’s are extra my varieties of tracks.”
Rameau ran one Whelen Modified Tour occasion in 2018. He ran all 16 occasions in 2019 and all 9 occasions in 2020. He completed twelfth within the collection standings in 2020.
Rameau stated the workforce may also select a specific quantity of Tour Sort Open Modified occasions at Stafford Speedway and Thompson Speedway. Stafford Speedway has 4 Open Modified 80 occasions scheduled for 2021. Thompson Speedway, underneath the course of operators Cris Michaud and Tom Mayberry, can have six Tour Sort Open Modified occasions, together with the return of the Thompson 300 as a part of the Sunoco World Collection in October. Rameau stated the workforce will certainly run the Thompson 300 occasion and can seemingly additionally run the 125-lap Icebreaker occasion at Thompson in April.