TEAMS WITH BLEWETT FOR 2016
Starrett Joins Mystic Missile Racing As Primary Sponsor
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Bob Garbarino
will be back during the 2016 season with a new
driver and national sponsor as he begins his 56th
season and will be teamed with another legendary
family name in modified racing in Jimmy Blewett.
A new sponsor, the L. S. Starrett Company of Athol,
Massachusetts, will be the primary sponsor of the
potent team. Starrett was founded in 1880 and
manufactures more than 5000 precision tools, gages,
measuring instruments and saw blades for industrial,
professional and consumer markets worldwide.
Garbarino said it was a hard choice to tab his next
driver but he feels Blewett will fit in fine,
despite being away from the modified tour a few
years, running the DIRT modified series.
You never know what is going to work and with Jimmy
being away from the tour the past couple of years, I
know he is looking to get back and make a good
impression. I think the timing is right for Jimmy as
a driver and is the right fit for my team.
Blewett too is equally excited about the prospects
of running the No. 4 Mystic Missile. I have some
unfinished business and getting back to the modified
tour and winning races, I feel this is the best
opportunity at this time.
I talked with Bob early in the winter and I told
him I was available to drive. I know that Bob had
his choice of several top drivers and I am glad that
he chose me. Blewett said.
Blewett comes from one of the first racing families
of New Jersey with his father, John, Jr. and his
brother, John III, running modifieds and winning at
tracks up and down the east coast and Jimmy is
hopeful that this new team will bring Garbarino a
fourth title and his first.
Garbarino won the modified tour titles in 2007 and
2009 with Donny Lia as the driver and in 2010 with
Jim Ballou, the marketing manager for Starrett says
The whole company is excited about the new
sponsorship deal with Garbarino and Blewett.
When we met Bob before our executive board meeting,
we knew of his success in his 50-plus years in
racing and we feel honored to sponsor a legend in
the sport. Bob has a reputation of doing things the
right way and that is the way that we at Starrett
have done business since 1880.
Ballou states The company will have hospitality
tents at races in Bristol, Tennessee, and Loudon,
New Hampshire, and is looking forward to thanking
the many loyal employees, education partners,
distributors and users of Starrett products.
Our valued customers recognize the quality and
precision in all Starrett products. We believe that
the exposure through NASCAR sponsorship will
introduce the Starrett brand to new customers
looking for a competitive edge.
Having a national sponsor such as Starrett is
nothing new to Garbarino and he feels that not only
will his team benefit from the new sponsorship but
that the whole modified tour will reap the rewards
of having Starrett on the NASCAR Whelen Modified
I feel that this is a win-win situation for
everyone. Bob said.
The Starrett No. 4 will make its 2016 debut at the
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson,
Connecticut, for the annual running of the
Icebreaker, the traditional season opener for the
Whelen Modified Tour.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour / Team Release
March 30, 2016