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Patience Pays Off for Preece

Wins Delayed, Rain-Shortened NASCAR Whelen Modified Race At Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2015) – Ryan Preece positioned himself in the right place at the right time, and took home the Bush’s Beans 150 trophy Wednesday in the annual combination race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

On a night that saw rain pause, and ultimately shorten the Bush’s Beans 150, Preece grabbed the lead on Lap 75 just before the midway break and held the position during a subsequent caution on Lap 96. As rain and severe thunderstorms loomed during track clean-up, NASCAR officials threw the yellow-checkered flag on Lap 103, sending Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet to Victory Lane.

Promptly, during those Victory Lane ceremonies, the deluge ensued.

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QUALIFYING: Record Run for Pitkat

Thunders To Bristol Modified Pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. – “Thunder Valley” is one of multiple nicknames that Bristol Motor Speedway carries. Wednesday the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours provided plenty of thunder in Coors Light Pole qualifying.

Woody Pitkat led a charge of 10 cars who qualified under the previous track mark for the division. A fast lap of 14.654 seconds (130.940 mph) earned the Stafford, Connecticut, native his fourth career Whelen Modified Tour pole and topped Donny Lia’s previous record set in 2009 at 14.806 (129.596).

The first three of Pitkat’s Coors Light Poles all came at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

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Timmy Solomito Set for Bristol Return

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY has top 10 finishes in 46% of his 30 starts. The sophomore driver is seventh in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points with one top five and six top tens. He has 4 finishes outside the top 10 in his first season with Flamingo Motorsports. Since the DNF at Monadnock, Solomito had top tens at Stafford and Thompson.

“We’re not really setting the world on fire yet, but just still kind of learning each other, and learning the tracks pretty much,” Solomito said. “It’s been a long road, but little by little I feel like we’re getting there, and we’re getting the cars a little better each time, and I’m getting a little better each time with my experience level. So there’s a good 15-20 cars that can win on any given race, and I feel like we’ve been in that stretch. We just gotta kind of tie it all together.”

“Our points aren’t too bad for considering we had a few pretty bad races. We had Monadnock we got knocked out of. We struggled the first race at Thompson with some issues with tires, and whatnot, and then at Waterford we ended up getting taken out there with a lapped car. But (if) we didn’t have those three bad finishes, I think we’d be in the top five right now in points, but it’s all a part of racing … you move on and go to the next race. We try and run as strong as possible.”

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Santos, Coby Pace Field in Bristol Practices

Under Track Record In Final Rain-Shortened Session

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Intermittent rain showers might have limited the amount of practice time for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Southern Modified drivers Wednesday afternoon – but it didn’t slow many of them down.

Bobby Santos led a group of 10 drivers who were below the tour’s track record during final practice for the Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Santos paced the field with a fast lap of 14.625 seconds (131.200 mph) during the rain-shortened final session, as all top-10 spots were taken by Whelen Modified Tour regulars.

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (NEAR1.org).

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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Whelen Modified Statistical Advance: Bristol

Analyzing The Bush’s Beans 150 At Bristol Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours will head to Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway for Wednesday’s seventh annual Bush’s Beans 150 combination race. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tours and selected drivers at the track:

EVENT INFORMATION

Bush’s Beans 150 Setup:
• After 10 of 15 events, the top three in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings are separated by just eight points entering Bristol Motor Speedway. Woody Pitkat leads Ryan Preece by one and defending titlist Doug Coby by eight.

• With six of 11 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events complete, the top four in the standings are also separated by single digits. Burt Myers leads his brother, Jason, by four while Kyle Ebersole and JR Bertuccio are tied for third, nine points behind.
• The NWMT No. 22 Our Racing Chevrolet has won Bristol the last two years: with Mike Stefanik in 2013 and Tommy Barrett Jr. in 2014. This year Ted Christopher is behind the wheel.
• NWMT drivers have won each of the 13 all-time, points-paying combination races with the NWSMT, including the previous six at Bristol.
• Two-time NWSMT Bristol winner George Brunnhoelzl III is set to make his 100th career start in this event.
• NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman is the only driver to reach Victory Lane twice at Bristol in a modified. He won the event in back-to-back seasons in 2010-11.

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Civali in Hillbilly 79 Again for Bristol

James Civali of Meriden, CT will attempt to make Wednesday night’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway. Civali’s last race was substituting for Spencer Davis at Riverhead last month and he will be back in Susan Hill’s Hillbilly Racing / Coors Light No. 79. Civali will run in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour as the team is higher in owners points (11th compared to 23rd). Teammate Joe Ryan Osborne will be in the No. 19 car.

Civali’s deal for Bristol came together last winter with the team planning to run two cars.

“That was something he always wanted to do and me and David have always been friends,” Civali said. “He likes it when I drive his cars, so it’s going to be good.”

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Emerling Emerges on NWMT

Bristol is an opportunity for Patrick Emerling to reach new heights. The Orchard Park, NY driver enters the Bush’s Beans 150 sixth in points. He has ranked sixth in points four times since last year. Emerling could reach the top five in points after Bristol. Emerling’s first top five was at Bristol in 2011. He has two top tens in three races there.

Another top ten at Bristol would match another career best. He has reached three consecutive top tens twice before. He averaged a 6.6 at Bristol, New Hampshire, and Stafford last year. He matched that earlier this year at Stafford, New London-Waterford, and Stafford, averaging 8th.

“It’s another kind of a neutral track, so historically we always kind of did better there,” Emerling said. “But I always went fast. Every time I was down there I always had fast cars down there … I took my notes from last year and hopefully made the car a little bit better for me this year and I’m hoping to walk away with actually a win this year. … so I think I’m going to have more confidence going into it.”

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Fanatics Introduces New Line Of NASCAR Home Tracks Apparel

Touring & Weekly Series Gear Now Available

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2015) – A new line of NASCAR Home Tracks apparel is available for fans to purchase on the NASCAR.com Superstore powered by Fanatics.

In partnering with Fanatics, the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, this marks the first time that officially licensed items are available under one banner for each of NASCAR’s regional touring and weekly series.

Through the NASCAR.com Superstore powered by Fanatics, fans can now purchase both men’s and women’s t-shirts and sweatshirts in multiple colors. Items are available for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Bristol

Christopher Looks For Bucket List VictoryDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – You’d be hard-pressed to come up with the name of a driver more deserving of a turn of good luck at Bristol Motor Speedway than Ted Christopher.

In the previous six editions of the annual combination race between NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tours at Bristol Motor Speedway, no driver has found more speed with nothing to show for it than the Plainville, Connecticut, veteran.

Christopher finished second to Donny Lia in 2009’s inaugural event after leading a race-high 110 circuits, then had to settle for an 18th-place result in 2010 when he again led the most laps – 80 – but suffered a late-race engine failure. Christopher did not participate in the 2011 race, but came back in 2012 to lead 46 more laps before getting wrecked out on Lap 105. Despite missing the 2011 race, he is still the event’s laps led leader with 236, which is 107 more than two-time Bristol winner Ryan Newman.
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Coby Rallies for Thompson Victory

Overcomes Black Flag To Grab Fourth Whelen Modified Win

THOMPSON, Conn. — Doug Coby’s march to a third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship included a rally through the field Wednesday night.

Coby rebounded from a late-race penalty to take the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The No. 2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet took the lead on the race’s final restart with eight to go and Coby drove to his third straight win at the .625-mile oval.

Championship contender Woody Pitkat settled for second and regained the points lead following the 10th of 15 races. Ryan Preece, who began the night with a four-point lead on Pitkat, finished sixth.

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QUALIFYING: Back-to-Back for Emerling

Two Coors Light Poles In A Row For New York Driver

THOMPSON, Conn. – Patrick Emerling had 62 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races under his belt across four-plus seasons before he earned his first Coors Light Pole Award. He now has two in a span of six days.

Emerling, of Orchard Park, New York, turned a fast lap of 18.750 seconds (120.000 mph) around Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Wednesday evening for his second-consecutive Coors Light Pole.

He turned in a similar performance for his first career pole in the No. 07 Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet last Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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PRACTICE: Pitkat Tops at Thompson

Led Budweiser King Of Beers 150 Prep Session

THOMPSON, Conn. – The polesitter in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s last visit to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in June, Woody Pitkat is still finding top speed at the track.

Pitkat, of Stafford, Connecticut, posted a fast lap of 18.795 seconds (119.713 mph) around the .625-mile oval Wednesday afternoon to lead the 30-car field. Pitkat will be looking for his first Thompson win in tonight’s Budweiser King of Beers 150.

Todd Szegedy was just a tick off of Pitkat’s lap, with a run of 18.796 (119.706). Donny Lia was third-fastest at 18.820 (119.554).

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing The Budweiser King Of Beers 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The third of four visits for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2015 is set for Wednesday with the Budweiser King of Beers 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

TRACKSIDE REPORT – STAT PACK (PDF)  |  EVENT INFORMATION

Budweiser King of Beers 150 Setup:
• Doug Coby has won the first two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events this year at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Only two drivers have swept a season at Thompson (Steve Park-1996, Mike Stefanik-1998). Coby has three career points wins at the track.

• Ryan Preece leads Woody Pitkat by four points entering the Budweiser King of Beers 150, the 10th of 15 races on the 2015 schedule. Preece earned his first Thompson win in the 2014 World Series, while Pitkat is still in search of his first victory at the .625-mile oval.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Thompson

 

Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Tap; Little Separation among Title Contenders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 10, 2015) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has yet to complete two-thirds of its 2015 schedule, but the developing championship chase has already become the dominant storyline.

Entering Wednesday’s Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, only four points separate championship leader Ryan Preece and second place Woody Pitkat. With six races remaining, reigning titlist Doug Coby and 2003 champion Todd Szegedy are also within range at 17 and 34 points out, respectively.

The competition for the crown has been magnified since, on a race-to-race basis, these drivers are going head-to-head for checkered flags as well as the championship. All four are finding that opportunities to separate from, or gain ground on, each other are hard to come by.

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Ted Christopher Tapped for Thompson and Bristol

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AUGUST 10, 2015) – Our Motorsports has announced today that Ted Christopher will temporarily take over driving duties of the No. 22 Chevrolet as Keith Rocco continues to recover from a broken hand.

Christopher, the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, is a 42-time winner on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) circuit.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to race with the Our Motorsports team,” said Christopher. “I have had a lot of success with Brad (Lafontaine, crew chief) at Thompson and we always had a good car.”

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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship Enters Final Stretch with the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) on Wednesday, August 12th for their tenth championship points event of their 30th season – the Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150. The event will see over 30 cars take to the 5/8-mile high-banked oval for a 150-lap feature race.

Ryan Preece took the lead in the NWMT points standings after his third win of the season at Stafford Speedway on Friday, August 7. The battle among the top three remains tight however as they enter the final stretch of the championship, with Woody Pitkat and last year’s champion, Doug Coby, following close behind.

The Budweiser ‘King of Beers’ 150 will also feature TSMP’s four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions including the Sunoco Modifieds. Although suffering a fractured wrist during the Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint on July 29th, Keith Rocco will be returning behind the wheel looking to defend his lead in the Division I National Championship. He currently sits third in the TSMP Champion points standings. The current TSMP points leader, Woody Pitkat, will be looking to claim his first win of the season after four podium finishes have earned him a 26-point lead over last year’s champion, Ryan Preece.

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Ready to Keep Momentum Going at Thompson Speedway

Ron Silk to Drive the 15-40 Connection Modified in Pursuit of Third Consecutive Top-10

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (August 10, 2015) – Coming off of two Top-10 finishes from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s (NWMT) recent stop at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Rob Fuller Motorsports is looking to keep the success going with another solid finish in the Thompson 150. Ron Silk will pilot the 15-40 Connection Modified for the team at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

“We had another strong run at Loudon, led a lot of laps and grew as a team,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “Momentum in this sport goes a long way, and I finally feel like we are at a turning point. Loudon was Ron’s first race in a LFR Chassis with a Spec engine, and I feel we are starting to understand what the other needs to succeed. Putting all our effort into one car was a plus as well. With everything going on at LFR, it is difficult to put the required time and focus into running one car, let alone two. Ryan and the guys have been working hard at the shop preparing for this week where we run two races in seven days despite the tracks being 800 miles apart.”

Silk’s efforts in the two NWMT races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway resulted in eighth and fifth place finishes for the 15-40 Connection team. He looks to build on what the team accomplished in New Hampshire at the upcoming race at Thompson Speedway.

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Preece Scores Another Stafford Victory

Assumes Whelen Modified Points Lead After Third Win Of Season

STAFFORD, Conn. — Heading into the home stretch of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, a trio of drivers are leading the championship charge.

Friday night’s Call Before You Dig 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway did little to separate them, although 2013 champion Ryan Preece moved to the front of the line, courtesy of his third win of the season.

Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet was out front for the final 69 laps en route to his third win of the season and 14th of his career. Five of Preece’s wins have come on Stafford’s half-mile, including a victory in June’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

 

Whelen Mods Set For 25th Annual Call Before You Dig 150

Pitkat Heads Home With Points Lead 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2015) – Stafford Motor Speedway has been a place of great personal triumph for Woody Pitkat through the years, but it was a win that took place one year ago this week that took his career to the next level.

Pitkat, from Stafford, Connecticut, earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in last year’s Call Before You Dig 150 in his 86th career start. A flood of success has come with that breakthrough win as he’s visited Victory Lane twice more since with seven top-five finishes in 13 races. He had a total of 10 top fives in his career prior to that first Stafford win.

And those numbers don’t even include his victory last month in the non-points All-Star Shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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Our Motorsports Withdraws From Stafford Race

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AUGUST 4, 2015) – Our Motorsports has announced that the team will withdraw from this weekend’s race at Stafford Motor Speedway as driver Keith Rocco recovers from a hand injury.

Racing last weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Rocco was involved in a multi-car accident resulting in the injury to his hand.

“Our primary concern is getting Keith back to 100%,” said Chris Our. “We will take this on a week-by-week basis as his recovery continues.”
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Coby Conquers Monadnock

Veteran Scores First Win At New Hampshire Track

MONADNOCK, N.H. – While the statistics sheet might make it look like it was an easy win it was anything but that for Doug Coby.

Although he led the final 166 laps of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, Coby had to hold off a hard-charging Woody Pitkat to score his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season at Monadnock Speedway.

Coby passed Ryan Preece on Lap 45 and was able to remain at the point in the caution-filled race.

[Photo Gallery] by Chip Cormie

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QUALIFYING: Preece Saves the Best for Last

Wins Second At Career Pole At Monadnock

MONADNOCK, N.H. – Ryan Preece loves racing on quarter-mile race tracks and tonight he will start on the front row at Monadnock after he saved the best for last during Coors Light Pole qualifying.

The Berlin, Conn. driver was the last car to qualify and he drove his No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet to a fast lap time of 12.428 seconds (72.417 mph). That lap put him just past Doug Coby who finished his qualifying run at 12.517 (71.902 mph).

Justin Bonsignore, who is going after his third consecutive win at Monadnock Speedway tonight in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, followed in third with Woody Pitkat and Keith Rocco completing the top five.
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PRACTICE: Lia Fast At Monadnock

Veteran Sets Pace In Afternoon Practice

MONADNOCK, N.H. – Donny Lia proved that veterans can get it done against the young guns during practice for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Monadnock Speedway.

Lia piloted his No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet around the banked quarter-mile track at 12.384 seconds (72.674 mph) to lead the 28-car field in the one-hour practice session.

Ryan Preece, who won this race in 2012 and holds the current track qualifying record, followed in second at 12.421 seconds (72.458 mph) and Keith Rocco was third (12.430/72.405) as the only other driver to top the 72-mph mark.

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Lia Fastest at Monadnock

NWMT Monadnock 7/25/15 Practice
Submitted by tsouthers on July 25, 2015 – 3:17pm
Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff
1 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl 12.384 72.674 60 60
2 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/East West Marine 12.421 72.458 56 57 0.037
3 22 Keith Rocco Canto Paving/Milton Caterpillar 12.43 72.405 50 50 0.046
4 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance 12.523 71.868 59 61 0.139
5 7 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction 12.545 71.742 71 71 0.161
6 4 Todd Szegedy Modzelewski’s Towing & Storage 12.551 71.707 24 42 0.167
7 14 Max Zachem* Lu-Mac’s Package Store/Dunleavy’s 12.6 71.429 46 47 0.216
8 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises 12.619 71.321 57 67 0.235
9 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records 12.629 71.265 44 45 0.245
10 93 Rowan Pennink Van Wickle Auto Supply 12.639 71.208 44 46 0.255

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Todd Szegedy Prepared for Call Before You Dig 150 at Stafford Speedway

 

Stafford Springs, CT — While 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Todd Szegedy has always looked forward to racing at Stafford, he is especially looking forward to coming back to the Connecticut half-mile facility after picking up not only his first win of the 2015 season at Loudon, but his first win together with the Bob Garbarino owned #4 Mystic Missile team.

“Stafford has always been a good track for me and my goal for this year was to get four top-5 finishes and we’re halfway to achieving that goal,” said Szegedy.  “It’s a good racing track and it’s a good drivers track so I enjoy coming to Stafford.  That was a big deal to win at Loudon.  It’s big to win any race and it was nice to get our first win together.  That race was extra special for me because, in 2013, I took a win away from Donny Lia at Loudon, who was driving Bob’s car at the time.  By winning that race, I feel like I gave a win back to those guys.  I think it’s very possible for us to win a couple more races this season, but it’s also going to be very tough to do that.  Getting our first win out of the way was a great feeling but there are a lot of great drivers and teams on the Whelen Modified Tour.”

Another reason why Szegedy enjoys racing at Stafford is the amount of track experience he has through his time as an SK Modified® regular plus his NWMT experience.  But now Szegedy has another reason to look forward to coming back to Stafford.  Szegedy’s Loudon victory was the first time that the Mystic Missile car had utilized the NASCAR Spec Engine and Szegedy feels like that factor will give him and the #4 team an added boost for the remainder of the 2015 season.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Monadnock

Analyzing The O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 At Monadnock Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2015) – The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will pass the midway point with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 on Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Setup:

  •        Last year Justin Bonsignore became the first driver to earn two victories at Monadnock Speedway, and this year he will look to become the first driver to win three-consecutive races at the same track since Ryan Preece in 2012-13 at Riverhead Raceway.
  •        Preece brings the points lead to Monadnock, a place where he won in 2012 and finished as the runner-up last year.
  •        Todd Szegedy, last week’s winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was victorious from the pole at Monadnock in 2011.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Monadnock

Analyzing The O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 At Monadnock Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will pass the midway point with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 on Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

TRACKSIDE REPORT – STAT PACK (PDF)  |  EVENT INFORMATION

O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Setup:
• Last year Justin Bonsignore became the first driver to earn two victories at Monadnock Speedway, and this year he will look to become the first driver to win three-consecutive races at the same track since Ryan Preece in 2012-13 at Riverhead Raceway.

• Preece brings the points lead to Monadnock, a place where he won in 2012 and finished as the runner-up last year.
• Todd Szegedy, last week’s winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was victorious from the pole at Monadnock in 2011.

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Monadnock

Szegedy, Mystic Missile Racing Hit Their Stride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The successful runs for the first-year pairing of Todd Szegedy with Mystic Missile Racing were building, and the momentum finally culminated in a trip to Victory Lane.

You could see it coming. Second at Stafford Motor Speedway, third at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, another runner-up at Riverhead Raceway. It was going to happen, it was just a matter of when.

They didn’t have to wait long as the breakthrough victory came in Race No. 7 of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s season last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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NHMS 25: Doug Heveron’s Early Success

Saturday’s Andy Blacksmith 100 pres. by Donate Life New England at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the 62nd NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the 1.058-mile oval. With 25 years of history, names like Ted Christopher, Tony Hirschman, Jr. and Mike Stefanik may jump out as candidates for the best average finish. The answer is Doug Heveron, who drove in the first eight races with a 6.5 average finish. Heveron won in the famed Ole Blue No. 3 in 1991 in his third start, and also had five top fives and five top 10s.

“I’m good on flat tracks,” Heveron said. “I was raised on flat tracks and I really seemed to shine on ’em and I think I had maybe a little more advantage with the drafting part of it than other people ’cause I’d been down south racing in the Winston Cup. So maybe that helped me a little bit more and then when everybody figured out the draft it was evened it up some … I had a good cars obviously and when you like a racetrack you just seem to run good there all the time and that happened to be one of the tracks that I really enjoyed racing at.”

A NEAR Hall of Famer, Boehler fielded cars since the 1950s, winning three consecutive NASCAR National Modified championships with Bugs Stevens. Boehler continued to be successful with Fred DeSarro, Leo Cleary, Ron Bouchard, Mike McLaughlin, and Kenny Bouchard among his drivers.

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