Archive for September 13th, 2011

Statistical Advance: Lime Rock Park

Analyzing The Whelen Modified 66/99 Pres. By Town Fair Tire
Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will contest its lone road course event of the season at Lime Rock Park with the NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire on Sept. 17 in Lakeville, Conn.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Eric Beers (No. 45 Chevrolet)
•  Has two wins, nine poles and 68 top 10s in 166 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
•  Is fifth in points with seven top 10s in 12 races.
•  Leads all drivers in laps completed with 1,762, two shy of the entire season’s total.
•  Finished last with engine failure in 2010 at Lime Rock Park in the No. 76 car.

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Chevrolet)
•  The 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
•  Has a win, two poles and 13 top 10s in 28 starts.
•  Is ninth in points with a win and seven top 10s.
•  Finished 21st with engine failure at LRP in 2010.
•  Is the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 2011 Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway champion.

Ted Christopher (No. 36 Chevrolet)
•  The 2008 NWMT champion. Has 41 wins and 23 poles in 303 career starts. His 41 wins rank third all-time and his 23 poles are eighth. Has at least one win in 13-straight seasons.
•  Has three wins and eight top 10s in 10 starts this year. Did not attend two races.
•  Finished fifth at LRP in 2010.
•  Won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at LRP in 1997.
•  Has two NWMT road course wins at Watkins Glen International (1999, 2000) as well as two NKNPS East victories there (1997, 2003).

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Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Point Battles Red Hot in Final Weeks

Waterford, CT — A season’s worth of blood, sweat and tears is coming to a close for competitors at the Speedbowl’s popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series. Two scheduled events remain to determine the 2011 champions. Two championships are on the verge of being secured while two more champions will likely be determined by the final laps of the season.

In Super X-Car action, Frank Alessio of Colchester has endured a season of highs and lows to sit atop the standings by literally the slimmest of margins. He holds just a 1-point advantage over division veteran Mike Maskell of Quaker Hill. Maskell has been in very similar positions before in his career, mostly recently as last year’s championship battle. Preston native Ed Ryan, a life-long Speedbowl supporter, is in his first full season of competition and has positioned himself in contention just 23-points behind in third. All three seek a first championship title. Alessio can clinch as early as this Wednesday with a victory.

The X-Car championship battle is not to be overshadowed by their full-size sibling division. They too are amidst a tight chase to crown their points king for the season, also narrowed down to a final three likely contenders. Currently leading the way is Wednesday mainstay Brad Voglesong. The Middletown driver won repeat championships in 2007 and 2008, so is no stranger to the title hunt. He and Westerly competitor Randy Johnston have swapped the points lead over the last few weeks in a battle that will surely go down to the wire. Voglesong currently leads by 2 marks over Johnston. Not to be overlooked, Niantic’s Pete Zaikarite has quietly positioned himself within striking distance from third, just 14-points behind.

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