Steve Park--This Long Island native was a standout in the modified division before getting "the call" to drive a Busch car for Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1996. That led to the Cup Series, where Steve earned two wins with DEI, including an emotional win at Rockingham a week after Earnhardt's shocking death at Daytona. Steve returned to the Camping World East Series in 2008.
Matt Kobyluck--Last year he became the first Native American to win a NASCAR championship, taking four wins and the title in the Camping World East Series. A member of the Mohegan Nation, Kobyluck is sponsored by Mohegan Sun.
Ricky Craven--At age 15, he won Rookie of the Year at Maine's Unity Raceway, starting him along a path that led from ACT to Busch North to the Busch Series, and eventually to Cup racing. His two career Cup wins include a dramatic paint-swapping duel with Kurt Busch at Darlington in 2003.
Mike Stefanik--He was handpicked for stardom by no less than Richie Evans, and he's lived up to the billing, with eight Whelen Modified Tour championships and more feature wins than any other driver in Tour history. Named one of the top 10 NASCAR modified drivers of all time in 2003.
Bones Bourcier--The nationally acclaimed writer returns to New England, where he fell in love with racing during the heyday of the modified division. He has co-authored books with Cup star Tony Stewart and safety pioneer Bill Simpson, and has also compiled biographies of his childhood heroes, Richie Evans, Bugsy Stevens, and Eddie Flemke.
Ted Christopher--One of the most versatile drivers in New England, Teddy has won in
modifieds - including his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship last year - SK's,
midgets, late models, supermodifieds, and has also run Busch, Sprint Cup, and even Rolex
24 races at Daytona. And he's just as free-wheeling with his opinions as he is with his racing.
Dave Dion--He's collaborated with radio personality Dave Moody on a critically acclaimed
autobiography called Life Wide Open. It's a fitting description of this late model legend's
career, as he has barnstormed the East Coast with his band of brothers, always in their
Renée Dupuis--She climbed the ladder from quarter-midgets to modifieds, and in 1999
becamethe only woman ever to win a modified feature at Riverside Park. She is also the
first woman to record a top-10 finish on the Whelen Modified Tour, where she remains a
Vaughn Gittin Jr.--One of the country's top talents in the sport of drifting, Gittin provides a
unique perspective at this year's XPO: sideways.
Chris Castagna--This Virginian is one of the bright young lights in the Jetta TDI Cup, a
grassroots road-racing series that features diesel-powered Volkswagens.
Corey Dripps and Mike Spaulding--These dirt-trackers are serious winners in the United States
Modified Touring Series. And, as you will see, they also know how to have a seriously good time.
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