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Ramstrom Set for Doubleheader at Thompson

Derek Ramstrom has a big day ahead of him this afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will make his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut and make his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

“Wicked exciting, we’re starting fourth in the Granite State Pro Stock Series behind Dillon Moltz,” Ramstrom said. “Just going to ride for a while see what happens, 50 lap event. Hopefully we can seal the deal in that and starting 18th in the Whelen Mod Tour just going to be patient and see how it pans out. We’re a little down on horsepower (spec engine), so it kind of effects us here at Thompson, but we should be alright.”

Entering the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Ramstrom has scored recent victories in Super Late Model competition. He won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300-lap race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME. Just two weeks ago at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, he recovered from a pair of spins to collect the $5,000 100-lap D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

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Thompson Adds NASCAR WMT Race

General Manager Josh Vanada announced at the drivers meeting this morning that Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will host four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races in 2015. The 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale will run this afternoon, the the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. The season opening Icebreaker runs in April.

The 5/8 mile oval in northeastern Connecticut has hosted the most races in series history, including the inaugural race in 1985.

While the series visited up to five times in some seasons, the track has not hosted four events since 2012. The traditional dates are in April, August, September and October. 

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Preece Follows Family Path to Top

NASCAR Next Driver Aims To Make Step Up To National Series

Ryan Preece has racing in his blood.

His family has been involved in auto racing his entire life. It started with his grandfather Bob Judkins, who owned modified cars in Connecticut, and was a crew chief for those cars racing throughout the Northeast.

“It’s always been a family thing,” Preece said. “My father started racing in his twenties, and I’ve been racing since I’ve been able to walk.” He has two older brothers Shaun and Matt, who are both very supportive of his racing prowess. “My Mom Jodi is also very supportive, and my family always goes to all my races.”

Preece, 23, who hails from Berlin, Conn., is one of NASCAR’s up-and-coming young drivers. Last year, Preece became the first modified driver to be select to the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the rising stars in the sport. Since its inception in 2011, the NASCAR Next program has served to elevate the profiles of drivers such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney among the a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

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‘A Dream Come True’ for Talman

Oxford Driver to Make NASCAR WMT Debut

Sunoco Modified regular Troy Talman of Oxford, MA will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park  this weekend. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity and I have to thank friends, family, Mike Boehler, my sponsors DCU, B&G Toys and Trains, and NAPA of Ayer  for the opportunity and I’m not going to let ‘em down,” Talman said.

Talman said the ride was available after a part-time Valenti Modified Racing Series deal did not materialize.

“I think it all came about a couple of weeks ago actually,” Talman said. “Me, my dad and Mike (Boehler) were kind of talking and just put the deal together I guess. … It should be a really good experience. (The) car’s good, motor’s good.”

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Pitkat Prepares for World Series Weekend

Pitkat Confirms 2015 Plans, Seeking Return to Victory Lane

Former track champion Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT will have a busy weekend ahead at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will compete in three races of the Sunoco World Series, including the No. 42 in Saturday night’s 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Sunday will find him in the No. 00 Jimmy Paige Sunoco Modified, and the No. 88 for Buzz Chew in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Pitkat confirmed that he will return to the No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East car for 2015 . He opened the season with his first pole at Thompson’s Icebreaker. Pitkat was victorious in front of his hometown crowd when he won the Call Before You Dig 811 150 at Stafford in August for his first victory. He added the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month as well.

The weekly divisions at Thompson will have points races during the October classic. This has not been the case in recent seasons, along with the seven event schedule for the 5/8 mile oval in northeast Connecticut. Pitkat is 11th in the standings entering the season finale.

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Dowling to Make VMRS Debut at Waterford

Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT will make his Valenti Modified Racing Series debut at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl Sunday. Dowling will drive the Phoenix Soil/American Lamp Recycling No. 2X for Bobby Judkins in the headline Finale Weekend 100 lap event.

“Bobby Judkins and his son bought the car (from NEAR Hall of Famer Bob Judkins) recently, just so he could put it back on the track for his dad.”

Dowling said that Bobby attended races at Stafford Motor Speedway to watch his nephew Ryan Preece. Judkins asked him to drive the car and “he just kept following through and eventually he said let’s give it a try and we went testing.” Dowling said the tests two weeks ago “went really well.”

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Solomito Secures Mod Tour Rookie Honors

Long Islander Is 2014 Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Award Winner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Not many rookie race car drivers already have a nickname, let alone two, but Timmy Solomito has done his best to live up to both.

The moniker applied depends on which side of Long Island Sound you’re on. On the south side at New York’s Riverhead Raceway, you’ll hear Timmy “The Natural” Solomito, a tag that was coined by former street stock driver Frankie Cole and carried on by track publicist and announcer Bob Finan. On the north side at the three Connecticut short tracks, longtime announcer and wordsmith Matt Buckler refers to the 22-year-old driver as Timmy “The Torpedo” Solomito.

It turns out each are applicable. Solomito has taken to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in such a natural and quick fashion that he’s clinched the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award with one race left on the schedule.
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Preece Gets Back to Victory Lane

Stafford Fall Final Win First Of Season For Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Champ

STAFFORD, Conn. (Sept. 28, 2014) – Ryan Preece broke through Sunday after a season-long absence from Victory Lane, and collected his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory by holding off Ted Christopher at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Preece, the defending tour champion, had to weather a final challenge by Christopher after a late caution set up a final restart with two laps remaining. Christopher had an early advantage but Preece was able to power back by for the victory. Preece led a race-high 79 laps in recording his first win since Sept. 14 last year at New York’s Riverhead Raceway.

Christopher settled for second. Earlier in the day, Christopher collected his 13th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship overall and ninth in Stafford’s SK Modified Division in a race also won by Preece.

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Santos Captures Stafford Fall Final Pole

Third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Pole In A Row At Connecticut Oval

STAFFORD, Conn. (Sept. 27, 2014) – Bobby Santos is such a dominant qualifier at Stafford Motor Speedway that the procedure has nearly become a formality.

Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, posted a fast lap of 18.506 seconds (97.266 mph) Saturday to capture the Coors Light Pole Award for the sixth time in the last eight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at the historic Connecticut half-mile oval.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 qualifying effort secured Santos his 16th career Coors Light Pole Award in tour competition overall, and was his ninth at Stafford, including the last three races in a row there.

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QUALIFYING: Santos Captures Fall Final Pole

Third Whelen Modified Pole In A Row At Connecticut Oval

STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos is such a dominant qualifier at Stafford Motor Speedway that the procedure has nearly become a formality.

Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, posted a fast lap of 18.506 seconds (97.266 mph) Saturday to capture the Coors Light Pole Award for the sixth time in the last eight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at the historic Connecticut half-mile oval.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 qualifying effort secured Santos his 16th career Coors Light Pole Award in tour competition overall, and was his ninth at Stafford, including the last three races in a row there.
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Camping Spots are Booking Up Fast for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing

If you are planning on camping at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Oct. 17-19, we recommend reserving a spot in advance.  There are a limited number of camping spots available and they are filling up quick!  Camping spots are $50.00 each for the event.

To make a reservation, click here or call 860-923-2280.

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Hirschman to Miss Fall Final at Stafford

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA will not race in the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway this weekend, citing engine problems and damage. Hirschman crashed out of Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on lap 24.

“The Darling 52 team can not field a competitive car at Stafford this week,” Hirschman said. “Instead I will race closer to home this week but still finish the season at Thompson in a few weeks.”

Hirschman is second in the Race of Champions Modified Tour standings to Chuck Hossfeld. The Fall Brawl is at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway on Sunday. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale is the Sunoco World Series at Thompson next month.

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Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The NAPA Fall Final 150 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The penultimate race of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway with the NAPA Fall Final 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

NAPA Fall Final 150 Setup:
• Season points leader Doug Coby and third-place Bobby Santos have combined to win 11 of the last 18 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at Stafford Motor Speedway, including the first two this season. Coby has six career Stafford wins, but none in the Fall Final, while Santos won the race in 2010 and 2012.
• Ted Christopher ranks second on the Whelen Modified Tour career wins list at Stafford with 12, including the Fall Final in 2001 and 2011. That 2011 triumph is his most recent tour victory.
• In addition to Christopher and Santos, the only other driver entered this weekend that has won the Fall Final before is Donny Lia, in 2009 and 2013. Mike Stefanik holds the event record with eight triumphs.

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Barrett Consistent at NHMS

First Driver Since 2006 to Post Top 10s in First 2 Starts

LOUDON, NH — NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. finished ninth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 was his first race since winning at Bristol Motor Speedway and his fourth top 10 in the last six races.

The Millis, MA driver is the first since 2006 (James Civali) and ninth driver to record top 10 finishes in his first two starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Barrett finished seventh in July in the No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet for Christopher Our.

Four of the drivers participated in the first Modified race in 1990: Mike Stefanik, Mike McLaughlin, Reggie Ruggiero and Satch Worley. Jerry Marquis (1996), John Blewett, III (1997-98) and Todd Szegedy (2002) were the next three examples. The most recent driver was James Civali, who had the best average finish since Stefanik and McLaughlin in the first two races there.

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Stafford

Christopher Returns Home Looking For Tour Win, Track Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ted Christopher knows how to win. He’s done it more at Stafford Motor Speedway than any driver that has participated in the long and storied history of the Connecticut oval. This Sunday he’ll have two significant opportunities to add to the legacy at his home track.

With 42 triumphs overall, Christopher ranks third on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s all-time wins list. The last checkered flag on that roll, however, came in the 2011 Stafford Fall Final – 40 races ago. Considering his résumé of success at the historic half-mile, Sunday’s 42nd Annual NAPA Fall Final 150 will provide perhaps the best opportunity of the season for Christopher to end the second-longest winless drought of his distinguished career.

Should Christopher’ reach Victory Lane for what would be a 13th time in tour competition at Stafford, it could also provide a boost to his championship aspirations. The 2008 titlist is 34 points behind leader Doug Coby with two races left on the schedule.

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Twice is Nice in 2014 for Pitkat

Survives Green-White-Checkered Finish To Secure Second Victory

LOUDON, N.H. – Woody Pitkat held off Todd Szegedy on a green-white-checkered finish to earn his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Two late cautions set up the dramatic finish. Contact between Doug Coby and Ryan Newman set the scene for the first green-white-checkered attempt, and on the restart lap, a six-car accident at the exit of Turn 2 resulted in a 20-minute red flag.

The down time had race leader Pitkat contemplating how things might play out in his No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet.

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QUALIFYING: Newman On Point at NHMS

Captured Whelen Modified Coors Light Pole For F.W. Webb 100

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman earned his fifth career Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Newman, from South Bend, Indiana, posted a fast lap of 29.067 seconds (131.035 mph) to capture the F.W. Webb 100 pole for the second year in a row. All five of his Whelen Modified poles have been earned across 12 starts at the 1.058-mile Loudon oval.

Ron Silk will join Newman on the front row Saturday after his fast lap of 29.136 (130.725) qualified second. July NHMS winner Bobby Santos was third-fastest at 29.193 (130.470).

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Pennink Returns at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Rowan Pennink will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the F.W. Webb 100 Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Pennink skipped the most recent race at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Riverhead Raceway was rained out. It will be his first start for the No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet since Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in August.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit with the 93, so we’re going to take Bristol off,” Pennink said last month. “….We’ll be back for some races at the end of the year.”

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PRACTICE: Santos Fast in Sweep Bid

Led F.W. Webb 100 Final Practice At New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. – Only six drivers in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history have pulled off a season sweep of events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bobby Santos is looking to change that.

Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, posted a fast lap of 29.006 seconds (131.311 mph) in Friday’s final session to lead all entrants for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100.

A victor at NHMS in July, Santos will look to become the first driver to pull off the Loudon season sweep since Ryan Newman in 2010.

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Dr. Dick Berggren to Serve as Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend Grand Marshal

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway is proud to announce that Dr. Dick Berggren, acclaimed racing personality, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150, Sunday September 28.

Dr. Dick Berggren is known for his pit road reporting and announcing duties covering the upper levels of NASCAR including the Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck Series. Berggren began his TV career in 1981 and he has covered every type of racing imaginable for world class networks such as CBS, ESPN, Fox, SpeedChannel, TBS, and TNN. 2012 was Berggren’s final year covering the NASCAR circuit but he continues to work with and follow his passion of local short track racing through his magazine “Speedway Illustrated” which often features some of Stafford’s own. Berggren began his passion for auto racing not as an announcer but as a driver, driving Supermodifieds, Modifieds, Late Models, and Sprint Cars. Berggren also has a deep connection with Stafford Speedway. The Connecticut half-mile track was where Berggren first caught the racing bug as a young boy. Berggren is best known at Stafford as being one of the creators of the “greatest race in the history of spring,” The NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. Lew Boyd, Bruce Cohen, and Berggren created the Spring Sizzler in 1972 as a way to hold a premier auto racing event in the spring when at the time all the major events were held in the summer and fall months. Berggren even won a race at Stafford during his driving career, taking the checkered flag in a Late Model Tiger feature event that was held on May 17, 1968. These roots as well as his relationship with the late Jack Arute, Sr. make being the Grand Marshal of the NAPA Fall Final an honor for Mr. Berggren.

“I saw my very first race at Stafford Speedway when I was 8 years old and Stafford is what has taken me through my whole life,” said Berggren. “Stafford has been one of my favorite tracks since the days of the quarter-mile paved track on the infield and the half-mile dirt track outside that. My parents found that they could get whatever they needed from me by promising trips to Stafford. I had to pay my own way so I had a paper route and I did all sorts of things to earn money because I needed a quarter to buy a copy of Illustrated Speedway news and I needed to have an extra dollar in order to buy one of Shaney Lorenzen’s 8×10 pictures of the drivers. The Fall Final is on the other end of the Spring Sizzler, but it’s still a long running major event. I was thrilled when Mark Arute asked me to be the Grand Marshal. Stafford has meant so much to me for so many years and to be the Grand Marshal at one of Stafford’s major events is a big deal. Stafford is special because of my relationship with Jack, Sr. and Bill Slater to start with. When we first ran the Sizzler, they were so kind to us and they were very supportive. I see what Mark and Lisa have done with the track now and Stafford is better than it’s ever been from a perspective from being a clean, solid place that has good racing that people can bring their families, enjoy a night of short track racing, and go home with a smile on their faces and tell their friends and neighbors this is a wonderful place to go. It’s the Jack Arute way, do everything first class.”

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Official Schedule Released for 2014 Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtramart

In the Fast Lane
The 2014 Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtramart will take place the weekend of Friday Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 19. This exciting weekend features the return of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and their final championship race of the season where the 2014 champion will be crowned. In addition, 13 other divisions of racing will take to the track throughout the three day event including the Valenti Modified Racing Series, International Supermodifieds (ISMA), Granite State Pro Stock Series, and more.

For complete information, click here.

Sources: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Whelen Mod Stat Advance: New Hampshire

Analyzing The F.W. Webb 100 At NHMS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

F.W. Webb 100 Setup:
• Championship points leader Doug Coby is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 10 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events this year. He won the F.W. Webb 100 in 2012 and the team he now drives for, the No. 2 of MSIII Racing, took the checkered flag last year with Todd Szegedy behind the wheel.

• Justin Bonsignore is just four tallies behind Coby in the standings. He already has a career-high three victories this year, and will be in search of his first win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.
• Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher enter the week tied for the NHMS track wins record with 10 apiece. Stefanik has eight in NWMT action and two from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East while Christopher’s are divided equally between the two series.

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Riverhead 200 Photos

Photos by Michael Jaworecki

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: NHMS

Bonsignore Confident In Contending For NHMS Checkers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contender Justin Bonsignore will look to make the most of lost opportunities by taking advantage of those that could be ahead of him this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Just four tallies behind points leader Doug Coby with the season winding down, Bonsignore lost a valuable opportunity to make a push for the lead when last week’s event at Riverhead Raceway was cancelled due to rain. Bonsignore possessed a decided statistical advantage on Coby at the Long Island bullring – his home track where he posted his first Whelen Modified Tour win and raced to a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title just three years ago.

But at the tight quarter-mile where a good day can go bad quickly, Bonsignore is taking a glass-half-full approach to the cancellation.

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: NHMS

Bonsignore Confident In Contending For NHMS Checkers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contender Justin Bonsignore will look to make the most of lost opportunities by taking advantage of those that could be ahead of him this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Just four tallies behind points leader Doug Coby with the season winding down, Bonsignore lost a valuable opportunity to make a push for the lead when last week’s event at Riverhead Raceway was cancelled due to rain. Bonsignore possessed a decided statistical advantage on Coby at the Long Island bullring – his home track where he posted his first Whelen Modified Tour win and raced to a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title just three years ago.

But at the tight quarter-mile where a good day can go bad quickly, Bonsignore is taking a glass-half-full approach to the cancellation.

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Whelen Modified Tour Rained Out At Riverhead

Riverhead 200 Cancelled; Tour Returns To Action Sept. 20 At New Hampshire

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Due to inclement weather Saturday at Riverhead Raceway, the Riverhead 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race has been cancelled.

Rain moved over the track during afternoon practice and persisted into the evening, forcing the cancellation of the event by NASCAR and track officials.

Due to local regulations that prohibit Riverhead Raceway from running events after the month of September, no make-up date is available to reschedule the Riverhead 200. The Whelen Modified Tour has scheduled events the next two weekends to close out the month.

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PRACTICE: Bonsignore Leads At Riverhead

Fastest In Rain-Shortened Riverhead 200 Session

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore led the way in an abbreviated NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice session Saturday afternoon at Riverhead Raceway.

Bonsignore, from Holtsville, New York, posted a fast lap of 12.088 seconds (74.454 mph) around the Long Island bullring before rain moved into the area.

The season-high 31-car field had approximately 35 minutes on the track in preparation for Saturday’s scheduled Riverhead 200 before the rain came.

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Doug Coby Hoping to Continue Stafford Speedway Success in 42nd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend Sept. 27-28

Stafford Springs, CT — For the past two seasons on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece have been the two main protagonists in the chase for the championship with Coby beating Preece by 11 points in 2012 and Preece beating Coby last year by a 32 point margin.  Fast forward to the 2014 season and Coby is once again in the thick of the NWMT championship race, only this time around his main rival is Justin Bonsignore.

When it comes to Whelen Modified Tour racing at Stafford, Coby would seem to have a slight upper hand on Bonsignore.  In the three Stafford races this season, Coby has finishes of second and fourth to go along with a victory in the June TSI Harley-Davidson 125 for an average finish of 2.3 while Bonsignore has recorded finishes of fifth, second, and eighth for an average finish of 5.0.  While Bonsignore’s average finish of 5.0 is hardly something to sneeze at, it doesn’t quite match the 2.3 average of Coby, which is way Coby says he prefers to be right where he is in the driver’s seat in the championship race.

“I think I’d rather be leading the points at any time during the season than be chasing,” said Coby.  “When you’re chasing points, it can get a bit frustrating when you have good finishes and the guy that you’re chasing is also having good runs kind of like I did last year when I was chasing Ryan [Preece].  Both Justin and myself have been getting good finishes so I don’t think there’s a lot of pressure on either of us.  The last time out at Stafford we were just a little bit off with the car and we finished fourth, so that’s definitely a good feeling to have knowing the car was a little off and we still managed to finish fourth.  We know why the car was a little off so for the Fall Final we’ll make changes to the car that we wish we had made before the feature in August and we feel pretty confident we’ll have another good car.  Stafford is a track where if you’re fast in time trials, you’re usually going to have a fast car in the race where at Riverhead, you might not have a car that will last for 200 laps and at New Hampshire your car might not be that good in the draft and you can slide backwards.  I think that Stafford has proven to be my strongest track on the Tour the last couple of years and I’m hoping that it stays that way.”

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Whelen Modified Stat Advance: Riverhead

Analyzing The Riverhead 200 At Riverhead Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to action with the Riverhead 200 on Saturday at Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

Riverhead 200 Setup:
• Championship points leader Doug Coby is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 10 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events this year. A winner of 10 races at four different tracks during his career, Coby will vie for his first Riverhead Raceway victory this week.

• Defending Riverhead 200 victor Ryan Preece has four wins and has averaged a podium finish across his nine career starts at the Long Island bullring.
• The first 10 events this year have featured three first-time winners, including Eric Goodale’s June triumph at Riverhead. A fourth first-timer would be the most the Whelen Modified Tour has seen since there were five in 2002.

At Riverhead Raceway:
History
• Opened in 1951 as a dirt track and converted to asphalt in 1955.

• Held its first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on July 10, 1985 during the NWMT’s first season. The inaugural race was won by Jimmy Spencer.
• Has held 54 NWMT races all-time, fourth-most among all venues.
• Is one of two tracks to play host to the NWMT in each of its now 30 seasons of competition, along with Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

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Preece on G+: ‘We Can Turn It Around’

Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT participated in a Google+ hangout earlier this evening. Preece had a 21 point lead at this time a year ago with three wins and eight top fives in ten starts. The driver of the East West Marine No. 16 has four races left to earn a victory (Riverhead Saturday, New Hampshire, Stafford and Thompson).

Preece said his favorite tracks are Bristol, Riverhead and Monadnock. “I really like every racetrack, but Bristol and Riverhead are definitely two of the ones that stand out to me.”

Riverhead is among his best tracks with four wins and eight top fives and nine top 10s  in nine starts. Preece has an average finish of 3.2. Preece has three victories in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this season at Riverhead as well.

“There are four of I would say my better tracks and Stafford’s been a little rough to us this year,” Preece said. “But I think we can turn it around and there’s four races, so that’s four opportunities to win. We’re going to see what we can do and see if we can turn this season around.”

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