Photo courtesy of Jimmy Hayden
Driving the No. 8 car, John-Michael Shenette will compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 2024. When the Tour begins its 16-race schedule in February at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, Shenette plans to be there. 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.
Shenette, formerly based in Thompson, Connecticut, is the CEO of Eighty-Two Services, a General Contractor located in Concord, North Carolina. The team, Eighty-Two Autosport, will also contest additional SMART Modified Tour and Open Modified events when available in 2024.
Shenette made his debut on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Langley Speedway in 2023 and ran to a 12th place finish. He also competed in events at North-Wilkesboro Speedway and Martinsville Speedway prior to the end of the season.
“We’re excited for 2024,” John-Michael 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.”
Shenette was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and started racing at 7-years-old at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s “Little T” track in Connecticut. He’s raced on and off his entire life – running in the Pro Stocks, Thompson Modifieds, PASS Super Late Models, ARTS Trucks, Karts and now Tour-Type Modifieds 30 years later.
Shenette and his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team, led by crew chief Scott Morin and car chief Stephen Robinson, will open the 2024 season at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday, February 10, as NASCAR opens their 76th season of racing. For more information on the team, fans are encouraged to follow the team on Facebook on their new page, Eighty-Two Autosport, for the latest news and information, including race day updates.