Archive for June 23rd, 2012

Coby Keeps Rolling with Waterford Win

Third Whelen Modified Victory In Five Races

WATERFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby continued to roll in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action Saturday when he captured the checkered flag in the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.

Coby, from Milford, Conn., led 119 laps in the No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet Saturday en route to his third victory in five races to start the 2012 season. It is his fifth career victory overall, and first in Whelen Modified Tour events at Waterford.

Justin Bonsignore crossed the line second with Ryan Preece in third. Ron Yuhas Jr. and Donny Lia brought home the top five in the Whelen Modified Tour’s first event at the .375-mile oval since 2006.

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NOTEBOOK: Full House Welcomes Tour Back

Drivers, Fans Both Thrilled To Return To Waterford After Absence

WATERFORD, Conn. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's highly-anticipated return to Waterford Speedbowl could only be categorized as a smashing success.

Hours before the start of Saturday night's Mr. Rooter 161 – the first Whelen Modified Tour race at the track in six years – town officials forced the Speedbowl to close its parking lot for being over capacity. With no seats available in the grandstands, fans were standing three- and four-deep along the turns on the .333-mile oval. Autograph session lines were long, concession lines were longer and the interaction between drivers and fans along the track's frontstretch during driver introductions varied from boisterous to comical.

The Whelen Modified Tour was back at a Connecticut short-track racing staple, in the hub of Modified racing in the Northeast, and it was back in a big way.

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QUALIFYING: Waterford Pole to Christopher

24th Career Coors Light Pole For Past Whelen Mod Champ

WATERFORD, Conn. – Ted Christopher captured the 24th Coors Light Pole Award of his illustrious NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career Saturday in qualifying for the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.

Christopher, from Plainville, Conn., piloted the No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet to a fast lap of 13.740 seconds (98.253 mph) around the .375-mile oval for his first pole in 2012, and second career pole at Waterford.

Christopher will be joined on the front row for tonight’s Mr. Rooter 161 by Todd Szegedy, who turned in the second-fastest lap in time trials at 13.747 (98.203). Points leader Doug Coby qualified third with Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk in the top five.

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PRACTICE: Preece Leads at Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. – Ryan Preece led the way in practice for tonight’s Mr. Rooter 161 in the return for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Waterford Speedbowl.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., posted a fast lap of 13.890 seconds (97.192 mph) around the .375-mile oval, which last played host to the Whelen Modified Tour in 2006. Preece will be looking for his fourth pole of the season later today after he captured the first three on the schedule.

Eric Berndt finished second on the board at 13.907 (97.073) followed by Keith Rocco at 13.959 (96.712). Rocco is the two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Waterford in the SK Modified division.

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