Defending NHMS Winner Szegedy Looks To Get Back On Track
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With two races to go in the 2011 season, Todd Szegedy was firmly entrenched in a battle for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title following a runner-up finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Since the tour’s last visit to the “Magic Mile,” however, Szegedy’s ride has been less than magical. As the Modified Tour returns to NHMS this week, Szegedy hopes to turn around his luck.
The defending winner of the Town Fair Tire 100 at NHMS, Szegedy also ran second to Ron Silk at the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, N.H., last fall. He entered the next-to-last race of the season just eight points behind Silk in the championship standings. Since that time, however, Szegedy has experience one trial after another with just three lead-lap finishes in seven events.
The bad luck started for the 2003 Whelen Modified Tour champion in the Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway when he finished two laps down in 21st after two separate incidents and fell 54 points behind Silk. In the season finale at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway, Szegedy had miraculously pulled ahead of Silk in the standings as they ran on the track with Silk experiencing early trouble, but a wild race that ended up with 14 DNFs out of 34 entries also caught up with Szegedy as he crashed out with two laps left in regulation.
|RACE:||Town Fair Tire 100|
|PLACE:||New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.|
|DATE:||Saturday, July 14|
|TIME:||1 p.m. ET|
|BROADCAST:||NASCAR Home Tracks Radio pres. by Speed 51, live at nascarhometracks.com|
|TRACK LAYOUT:||1.058-mile asphalt oval|
|2011 WINNER:||Todd Szegedy|
|EVENT SCHEDULE:||Friday: Practice 9-10:45 a.m., Qualifying 4:45 p.m.; Saturday: Final Practice 8:15-8:50 a.m., Driver Autograph Session 10-10:30 a.m.|
|TRACK CONTACT:||Kristen Costa, 603-513-5708, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|NASCAR IMC CONTACT:||Jason Christley, 386-301-6094, email@example.com, Twitter: @jay_christley|
Defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series New Hampshire State Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. once again paces the field in 2012. As of the latest standings posted on July 3, he had nine wins and 13 top fives in 14 starts and had compiled a mammoth lead of 449-259 on Russ Hersey Jr. Helliwell ranks 17th nationally while competing at both Lee USA Speedway and Canaan Fair Speedway. Hersey runs weekly at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester while rookie Scott MacMichael ranks third in the Granite State with 216 points competing at Canaan.
The most recent NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race was held at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl on June 23. Here are some highlights from the Mr. Rooter 161:
• Doug Coby earned his second win in a row and extended his points lead to 20 on defending champion Ron Silk, who finished 11th. Coby led twice for a race-high 118 laps.
• Ted Christopher took the Coors Light Pole. It marked his first of the year, his second at Waterford and the 24th of his career overall.
• The fourth place finish for Ron Yuhas Jr. was his second career top five, and first since 2007.
• The Mr. Rooter 161 was the first Whelen Modified Tour race at Waterford since 2006.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its annual trip to New York’s Long Island for the Riverhead 200 on Saturday, July 28. Justin Bonsignore, from nearby Holtsville, earned his first Whelen Modified Tour victory at the quarter-mile bullring in 2012. This year’s edition will mark the 51st all-time Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead, which is one of only two tracks to play host to the tour in each of its 28 seasons of competition. The Riverhead 200 will feature time trials at 5 p.m., a 25-lap qualifying race at 6:30 p.m., and the 175-lap main at approximately 8:30 p.m.
NWMT New Hampshire 7/14/12 Schedule
7 a.m. Garage Opens
9-10:45 a.m. Practice
4:45 p.m. (approx.) Qualifying
6:30 p.m. Garage Closes
7 a.m. Garage Opens
8:15-8:50 a.m. Final Practice
10-10:30 a.m. Driver Autograph Session (Fan Concourse, Turns 1 & 2)
11 a.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
1 p.m. Town Fair Tire 100 (100 Laps/105.8 Miles)
All times ET and subject to change
NWMT New Hampshire 7/14/12 Entry List
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
2 Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn. Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const. Ford Mike Smeriglio, III Phil Moran
3 Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn. * Cape Cod Copper/Silver Dollar Const. Chevrolet Jan Boehler Scott Richards
4 Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y. Mystic Missile Racing Dodge Robert Garbarino Dan Laferriere
6 Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn. Reynolds Auto Wrkg/Schnitzer Chevrolet Ed Partridge Tom Grasso
07 Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y. Emerling Chevrolet Dealership Chevrolet Jennifer Emerling Mike Paquette
7 Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind. Menards/Aggressive Hydraulics Chevrolet Marcy Putnam Gary Putnam
11 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Spectro Performance Oils Chevrolet John Lukosavage Lloyd Agor
16 Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn. Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford Eric Sanderson Stan Szaban
18 Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y. Buoy One Seafood/MacLad Drywall Ford Robert Pollifrone Greg Gorman
25 Zane Zeiner, Bath, Pa. ATC/Space Fitters Dodge Gary Cretty Barry Kuhnel
26 Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac Sean McDonald Chad McDonald
28 Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn. Ron Bouchard's Autos/Raceworks TV Chevrolet Don King Tommy Trcka
33 Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn. Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet Beth Cole Rick Rodenbaugh
36 Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn. AL-Lee Installations Chevrolet Eddie Whelan Rico Mariani
38 Driver TBA Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet Linda Rodenbaugh Jake Marosz
39 Richie Pallai Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Bosch Spark Plugs Chevrolet Rich Pallai Denis Pruchnik
44 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. Imperial Cars/Tinio Corporation Chevrolet Sully Tinio Steve Lemay
45 Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa. Horwith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc. Ford Dave DeLange Ryan Plourde
46 Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn. Cape Cod Agts/North End Auto Parts Chevrolet Robert Katon, Jr. Richard Rotundo
51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. M3 Technology Chevrolet Kenneth Massa Aaron Clifford
52 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Reynolds Auto Wrkg/Furnace & Duct Chevrolet Wayne Darling John McKenna
58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard
64 Ron Yuhas Jr., Groton, Conn. DreamRide.org/Hughes Motors Chevrolet Mike Murphy Stephen Dodge
66 Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I. Canto & Sons Pvng/Robert B. Our Co. Ford Ed Marceau Brad Lafontaine
70 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H. Rockingham Boat/MUA/Summit Signs Chevrolet Steve Seuss Lyle Patterson
71 Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass. Draco Spring Ford Rob Fuller Jeff DeMinck
76 Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J. John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet John Blewett Sr. Kevin Crowley
79 Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass. Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac Sandra Hill David Hill
82 Mike Christopher, Plainville, Conn. Connecticut Trailers Dodge James Ksepka TBA
88 Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew Chevrolet/GT Vodka Chevrolet Buzz Chew Ron Ste-Marie
93 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet Mark Pennink Don Barker
98 Ryan Blaney, High Point, N.C. * Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet Allan Heinke Bob Mueller
99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet Trey Tomaino Trey Tomaino
*Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
Entry list as of 7/4