John-Michael Shenette looks to secure the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rookie of the year. (Jimmy Hayden Photography)

Shenette To Chase Whelen Modified Tour Rookie Honors

Driving the No. 8, John-Michael Shenette will chase the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rookie of the year honors next season.

When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins a 16-race schedule in February at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, Shenette plans to be in attendance.

It will be the first race in his quest to compete in a majority of the races on the schedule to chase the prestigious award.

Formerly based in Thompson, Conn., Shenette is the CEO of Eighty-Two Services, a General Contractor located in Concord, N.C. The team, Eighty-Two Autosport, will also contest additional SMART Modified Tour and Open Modified events when available next year.  

Shenette made his debut on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Langley (Va.) Speedway this year and finished 12th. He also competed in events at North-Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway prior to the end of the season.

“We’re excited for 2024,” Shenette said. “Last year was about putting a car on the track. We struggled with a mechanical issue that plagued us at all three events and prevented us from logging laps. All-in-all, it was a good year – we were able to build a great group, add a second car and square away all the bits and pieces that it takes to run.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is the best of the best in modified racing, if not NASCAR as a whole. Our team is ready for the challenge. Chasing the prestigious rookie of the year award is on our bucket list, but we’re also looking for consistency and to chase our first career win in modified in 2024.”