Doug Coby- Coby is headed to the Mike Smeriglio III Racing Team for 2014 to drive their no. 2 entry. Coby has finished in the top two in points each of the last two seasons in Wayne Darling's no. 52. Coby and Darling Racing won the championship in 2012 beating Ryan Preece by 11 points. In 2013 things were reversed as Coby finished runner-up to Preece by 32 points. Coby scored two victories in 2013 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Stafford Speedway.
Woody Pitkat- Pitkat took over the seat of the Hill Enterprises "Hillbilly Racing" no. 79 late in the 2012 season and piloted it to a ninth place finish in the 2013 standings with two top-fives and nine top-10 finishes. But when the team announced they were ending their participation on the Tour, Pitkat was left looking elsewhere. He quickly found a home with Long Island-based Buzz Chew Racing team. Pitkat will be behind the wheel of the no. 88 Buzz Chew machine for the 2014 campaign.
Matt Hirschman- Aaron Creed selected Hirschman as his driver of the year for 2013, but some people disagreed because he wasn't racing on the Tour. But now he's back. Hirschman will be behind the wheel of the no. 52 for Wayne Darling for some of the 2014 campaign as well as in his own car. Hirschman and Darling are familiar with each other as Hirschman raced the 52 from 2006-2009 in the same part-time style as they'll be doing this season. Hirschman raced full time on the Race of Champions Series in 2012. He won the championship on that series as well as 10 of the 12 races. He entered a total of 38 races among the RoC series, select Tour events and open shows and he won 20 of them.
Tommy Barrett Jr.- The 18-year-old Massachusetts native and 2013 runner-up on the Valenti Modified Racing Series is headed to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in a car that was piloted in 2013 by Mike Stefanik. Barrett will drive the no. 22 machine owned by Chris Our. Stefanik drove that car to two victories in 2013 at Thompson in the Icebreaker and at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Barrett scored three wins, 10 top-fives, and 12 top-10 finishes on the VMRS circuit in 2013.
Melissa Fifield- The 21-year-old part time driver on the VMRS circuit the last couple of seasons has decided that 2014 is the right time to make the jump to the NWMT. Fifield will be in the family owned car that she's used to make 16 VMRS starts with over the last two years. Her best finish in 2013 came at Seekonk Speedway in August when she finished 15th.
Drivers Currently Without Rides
Mike Stefanik- The nine-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion made waves after his Bristol win when he said he might retire at the end of the season. As of now Stefanik has not formally retired, but he is currently without a ride for 2014 as his seat went to Tommy Barrett Jr. RaceDayCT.com reported that Chris Our offered Stefanik a part-time ride in a second car for 2014, but Stefanik turned it down. Stefanik, 55, is still competitive. He won twice in 2013 and finished the season fifth in points.
Todd Szegedy- Szegedy drove the no. 2 machine for Mike Smeriglio for eight years, but on November 8th Smeriglio announced that Szegedy would not be back with the team for 2014. The 2003 NWMT champion still hasn't found a team for the 2014 season.
Jimmy Blewett- Blewett told RaceDayCT.com in November that he and his grandfather, John Blewett Sr. are shutting down their family-owned NWMT team for financial reasons. Blewett, who has been doing a lot of dirt racing in New Jersey in addition to racing at Wall Speedway and part-time on the Tour, said that he is still hoping to race the Tour in 2014, but in a car that somebody else owns.
Teams Scaling Back
Darling Racing- Darling Racing, owned by Wayne Darling, won the 2012 NWMT championship and finished second in 2013 with Doug Coby. But they've decided to scale back for the 2014 campaign by just running a part-time schedule.
Hill Enterprises "HillBilly Racing"- The Hill Enterprises team, based out of North Carolina announced late in the season that they would not be competing in 2014, and that left Woody Pitkat looking for another team for a few weeks before it was announced that he is taking over the no. 88 for Bryon Chew. Team owner David Hill cited financial problems, but said that he is still open to running the Tour in 2014 if a driver comes along with sponsorship.
Boehler Racing Enterprises- The familiar blue no. 3 car known as "Ole Blue" is scaling back to a part-time NWMT operation, and will also be running part-time on the Valenti Modified Racing Series in 2014. Team owner Michael Boehler told RaceDayCT.com that they struggled to make it to the end of the 2013 season financially. He also said that they do not know if Ted Christopher will be back with the team for 2014.