Jon McKennedy hopes to rebound at the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. McKennedy was en route to his second win in a row on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour a couple weeks ago at the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park when he ran out of fuel in the closing laps of the event and finished in 20th position.
McKennedy scored his first win on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last month at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Before the race at Thompson, he talked to 22News about getting his first win on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
“Got the monkey off my back. I am running the tour here for several years on and off part-time. Nice to finally get my first tour win you know with a good group of guys,” said McKennedy.
McKennedy said it’s been a blast racing for Tommy Baldwin.
“A lot of smarts there. Gives me a great car. We’re off to a good start,” said McKennedy.
In his first year with Tommy Baldwin Racing, McKennedy won the first three out of five races with the team in Florida and South Carolina. The chemistry has been great with McKennedy and Baldwin. The way they both communicate with each other and with his Baldwin’s knowledge and the way he talks to people about how he is able to put everything inline. McKennedy knew it was going to be a good deal but knows it’s a long season.
The plan going into the season was for Baldwin to run half the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. With the start they’ve had, plans are kind of changing. There is a potential to run the full NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule.
“We’ll see what happens here but definitely looks like half the schedule,” McKennedy said.
McKennedy is also the defending champion in the ISMA Supermodifieds. He will race in the Supermodified as much as he can as long as it doesn’t conflict with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule.
The NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler will happen next weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will have practice and qualifying on Saturday with the 200-lap feature race on Sunday.