Past Champions: 1998 Brian Swartzlander... 1999 Brian Swartzlander... 2000 Rodney Beltz/Jeff Hoffman... 2001 Dave Murdick... 2002 Ron Smoker... 2003 Ron Smoker... 2004 Ron Smoker... 2005 Rex King... 2006 Rex King, Sr. ... 2007 Russell King... 2008 Brian Swartzlander... 2009 Rex King, Sr. ... 2010 Rex King, Sr. ... 2011 Rex King, Sr. ... 2012 Brian Weaver... 2013 Chad Brachmann... 2014 Rex King, Jr. ... 2015 Rex King, Sr. ...2016 Erick Rudolph... and our 2017 Champion Erick Rudolph


“Super Series”  – Big-Block Mods
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Pit Gates Open: 4 PM
Gates Open: 5 PM
Racing Starts: 7 PM

                 $2000 to win

Eriez Speedway
                         Sunday, May 27, 2018
                                         Pit gates open 3:30 PM
                                                           Grandstand open: 4:30 PM
                                                           Racing starts 6:30 PM

Rudolph Works Through the field to win

the Modified Tour opening night

Middlebourne, WV, April 15, 2018– It was a warm spring night for the kickoff of the 2018 BRP Modified Tour season. 28 cars in the pits at the Bullring at Tyler County Speedway. Two-time point champion Erick Rudolph had to work from a 21st starting spot to pick up his 9th straight win on the Tour, dating back to last season.

With the 12-car invert, Jimmy Holden and Tommy Glenn made up the front row for the 35-lap, $3000-to-win feature. Holden would jump out to the lead at the drop of the green flag. Before a lap was complete, the yellow would come out for the first time for the 73MD of Travis Shingledecker stopped in turn 4. Holden would have the advantage once again on the restart. The track did not disappoint as from the start there was a lot of three-wide racing including right after the restart, with Lonny Riggs splitting Ricky Richner and Tommy Glenn, with Richner taking second. It was a rough night for Travis Shingledecker as he would bring out the first two cautions before two laps were complete. He would head to the pits after the second caution.

Just before the third caution, Richner was closing the gap on Holden for the top spot. We’d go a few more laps before the caution would wave once again. This time it was for former Tour Champion Rex King Jr, who gets loose and just clips the wall. He would stay on the track and go to the tail of the field.

Tyler Willard, who started in sixth, would spin on lap 6 but would rebound to finish the night in the top ten. The top three are Holden, Richner and Phil Vigneri III. Erick Rudolph, who started 21st, after having wheel issues in his heat and winning the consi, has worked his way up to the 6th spot.

Holden remained out front through 17 laps until he slowed coming out of four and would stop at the exit of turn four, with smoke pouring out. Holden had held the lead all race. The top three now shows Rudolph up to first, followed by Richner and Vigneri. The 165 of King Jr. is working his way back into the top ten by lap 20.

Problems on lap 27 for one of the top runners. Richner, who had been running in the top five all night, connects with the front stretch wall and stops at the entrance to turn one. Rex King Sr. also stops on the track with ten to go. Jeremiah Shingledecker, who started in twelfth has made his way into the top five.

Rudolph would stay out front for the last ten laps and one more caution with three to go. The Ransomville native picks up his ninth straight win on the Tour. J. Shingledecker would get around Vigneri on the last lap to claim second with Vigneri to third. Dave Murdick had a good run finishing fourth, and King Jr. would round out the top five.

The next race for the BRP Modified Tour will be Saturday, April 28th at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.

Official Results

Heat 1 results: 1. 37MD Jeremiah Shingledecker 2. 66m Jr McGinley 3. 58 Lonny Riggs 4. 25B Steve Barr 5. 35H Chris Haines 6. 69 Tom Mattocks 7. 3K Shawn Kozar

Heat 2 results: 1. 7MM Michael Maresca 2. 61 Dave Murdick 3. 26 Ricky Richner 4. 65 Rex King Sr. 5. 32 Jim Rasey 6. 66F Kyle Fink 7. 17JR Sidney Unverzagt

Heat 3 results: 1. 165 Rex King Jr 2. 777 Tyler Willard 3. 83T Tom Glenn 4. 73MD Travis Shingledecker 5. 29* Eric Briggs 6. 25R Erick Rudolph DNF 7. OO Kevin Hoffman DNF

Heat 4 results: 1. 29 Garrett Krummert 2. 47V Phil Vigneri III 3. 28H Jimmy Holden 4. 11R Brad Rapp 5. 13 Rick Regalski 6. 17M Skip Moore 7. 03 Mark Frankhouser

Official Feature Results:

1. 25R Erick Rudolph 2. Jeremiah Shingledecker 3. 47V Phil Vigneri III 4. 61 Dave Murdick 5. 165 Rex King Jr. 6. 11R Brad Rapp 7. 32 Jim Rasey 8. 777 Tyler Willard 9. 66F Kyle Fink 10. 7MM Michael Maresca 11. 13 Rick Regalski 12. 00 Kevin Hoffman 13. 03 Mark Frankhouser 14. 25B Steve Barr 15. 65 Rex King Sr. 16. 26 Ricky Richner 17. 66M JR McGinley 18. 29 Garrett Krummert 19. 35H Chris Haines 20. 58 Lonny Riggs 21. 69 Tom Mattocks 22. 28H Jimmy Holden 23. 3K Shawn Kozar 24. 29* Eric Beggs 25. 83T Tom Glenn 26. 73MD Travis Shingledecker DNQ: Skip Moore, Sidney Unverzagt.

The Modified Tour, Inc is a nonprofit organization, started in 1998.and We are proud to be partnered with our Series Sponsors: Bicknell Racing Products, Hoosier Race Tires, Bazell Oil providing the official fuel of Sunoco Race Fuels the Official Race Fuel of the BRP Modified Tour. We thank our Associate Sponsors: Big Daddy’s Speed Center, Inc., Engles Trucking, Hall’s Safety Equipment, King Brothers Feed & Supply, McCool’s Signs and Graphics, RaceQuip, Slippery Rock Sportswear, Wrisco Industries, Inc., Engles Leasing, K. Hoffman Door, The Rockhouse Bar and Grill, Eperthener's Auto Wrecking, Moore's Auto Body, Lakeview Fertilizer, and X Factor Racing Bodies. The schedule, rules, and all Tour information can be found on our website We can also be found on Facebook (The Modified Tour Inc.) and on Twitter (@ModifiedTourInc).

Congratulations to the winner at Tyler County Speedway, Erick Rudolph; and to second place: Jeremiah Shingledecker; and third place: Phil Vigneri lll. 

Some of our rules have changed for 2018 and they have been updated online.  Please check them out before the first race.

 2018  Modified Tour Schedule

Saturday April 14, 2018 ...................Tyler County Speedway, Middlebourne, WV              Saturday, April 28, 2018...................Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH
Saturday, May  26, 2018 ..................Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH
Sunday,    May 27, 2018...................Eriez Speedway, Erie, PA
Saturday, June 23, 2018...................Sharon Speedway,  Hartford, OH
Friday,    June, 29, 2018...................Raceway 7, Conneaut, OH
Saturday, June 30, 2018...................New Stateline Speedway, Busti, NY
Saturday, July 7, 2018......................Lou Blaney Memorial, Sharon Speedway  
Thursday, July 12, 2018...................Expo Speedway Trumbull County Fair, Cortland, OH
Friday, July 20, 2018........................Lernerville Speedway, Sarver, PA
Saturday July 21, 2018.....................Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH
Saturday, August 25, 2018...............Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH
Friday, August 31, 2018...................Thunder Mountain Speedway, Brookville, PA

Next race is May 26, 2018. Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH


The next Meeting of the Modified Tour is scheduled for May 15th at Eat N Park Restaurant in Grove City, PA.  Dinner will be at 6:30 pm with the meeting immediately following.  Everyone is welcome to attend the open session of the meeting.


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Who We Are

The Modified Tour Inc. racing series is a non-profit organization established to give the V-8 Modifieds in the Western Pennsylvania/ Eastern Ohio area a chance to compete with one another for a higher purse structure and for a point fund for the scheduled events. Started in 1998 by Tim Engles, Lon and Pam Baker and Randy Myers the Modified Tour has had great success at bringing the local cars together at various speedways in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia and Canada.