Blewett Returns To Victory Lane

Led wire-to-wire at Stafford for 5th career win

Stafford Springs, CT – Jimmy Blewett was able to slow down Ted Christopher’s dominant start to the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season when he took home the checkered flag in the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) had won the first two races of the season, and earned his third-consecutive Coors Light Pole Award earlier on Friday, but Blewett (No. 12 TS Haulers/Snake Pit Enterprises Chevrolet) started on the front row on the redraw and led flag-to-flag for his fifth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

Blewett survived six restarts during the race, including a green-white-checker finish, but would not be denied his second career win at the Connecticut half-mile.

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Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford) ran up front the majority of the race with Blewett, and tried once to go around on the outside late in the race, but Blewett never relinquished the lead. Szegedy settled for a third place finish when Christopher got past him on the white flag lap.

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Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero rounded out the top five finishers in the 100-lap event. Chris Pasteryak, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece brought home the top 10.

The fourth race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule will take place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The New England 100 is set for Saturday, June 27 in Loudon, N.H.

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

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NWMT Stafford 5/22/09 Unofficial Results

Fin

Str

Car

Driver

Team

Laps

Points

Total Award

Status

1 1 12 Jimmy Blewett TS Haulers/Snake Pit Enterprises Chevrolet 101 180 $4,900 Running
2 4 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 101 170 3,700 Running
3 11 2 Todd Szegedy Wisk/Snuggle Ford 101 165 2,050 Running
4 12 16 Mike Stefanik Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeod Pontiac 101 160 2,000 Running
5 18 14 Reggie Ruggiero Atlantic Sprinkler Ford 101 155 2,400 Running
6 8 52 Chris Pasteryak Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet 101 150 1,400 Running
7 7 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 101 146 1,750 Running
8 22 28 Woody Pitkat TSI Harley-Davidson Chevrolet 101 142 1,600 Running
9 9 19 Doug Coby Major Motion Trans./Family Auto Ctr. Chevrolet 101 138 1,600 Running
10 3 3 Ryan Preece Davidson Co./Reynold’s Auto Wrecking 101 134 1,500 Running
11 16 46 Eric Beers Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 101 130 1,475 Running
12 10 10 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard Autos/Kleer Trimboards 101 127 1,350 Running
13 15 17 Glen Reen Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys Chevrolet 101 124 1,525 Running
14 25 99 Jamie Tomaino Ideal Racing Chevrolet 101 121 2,050 Running
15 5 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Dodge 101 118 1,375 Running
16 24 70 Andy Seuss Stuart’s Auto/Rockingham Boats Chevrolet 101 115 850 Running
17 19 1 Rob Summers Frasco Fuel/Hook & Ladder Chevrolet 101 112 1,225 Running
18 27 8 Glenn Tyler Sypher Const./Financial Fed. Credit Chevrolet 101 109 1,200 Running
19 30 32 Tom Abele, Jr. Crystal Auto Body/RH2 Radios Chevrolet 101 106 1,175 Running
20 13 54 Eric Berndt North End Auto Parts Chevrolet 100 103 1,150 Running
21 28 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan’s Oil Chevrolet 100 100 1,125 Running
22 29 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 90 97 650 Running
23 17 50 Kevin Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 87 94 800 Running
24 14 79 Ron Silk Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac 68 91 1,000 Running
25 23 09 Bobby Grigas, III Triple-G Scaffold Services Chevrolet 56 88 900 Running
26 31 9 Jake Marosz Middlesex Auto Center Chevrolet 55 85 500 Running
27 26 58 Eric Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 41 82 900 Running
28 2 21 Richard Savary Pine Hill Service/Alloy Wheel Repair Chevrolet 25 79 900 Suspension
29 6 59 Erick Rudolph Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet 25 76 1,000 Suspension
30 20 08 Tommy Farrell, III * TheraFizz Energy Chevrolet 0 73 500 Accident
31 21 90 Renee Dupuis UIG/SFI Chevrolet 0 70 900 DNS

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Ted Christopher, Time: 18.085 Seconds, Speed: 99.530 mph
Failed to Qualify: (5) Richie Pallai, Jr. (#39), Johnny Bush (#68), Danny Knoll, Jr. (#15), Gary McDonald (#26), Joe Hartmann (#05).
Time of Race: 48 mins, 33 secs Average Speed: 62.410 mph Margin of Victory: 1.123 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 6-9; 18-22; 27-31; 47-51; 82-85; 95-98.  6 for 27 laps.
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Blewett 1-101.
Total Laps Led: Jimmy Blewett 101. 0 changes involving 1 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Jamie Tomaino, 99 Ideal Racing Chevrolet
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Ted Christopher, 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Reggie Ruggiero, 14 Atlantic Sprinkler Ford
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Kevin Goodale, 50 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
WHELEN WINNER OF THE RACE AWARD: Jimmy Blewett, 12 TS Haulers/Snake Pit Enterprises Chevrolet