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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.

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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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Whelen Euro Series Champ Returns to U.S.

Seeks Top-10 In K&N Pro Series East At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s a whole different racing game, and reigning NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen is about to get another spin.

Kumpen, who made his U.S. NASCAR debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this past February at New Smyrna Speedway, will embark on a string of four more U.S. races beginning Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the K&N Pro Series East United Services 70.

His schedule is part of Nexteer’s “Road To Daytona” program, a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series partnership with Nexteer giving top Whelen Euro Series drivers the opportunity to showcase their talent on foreign ground. Making his second K&N start Friday, Kumpen said he is eager to get back to the states and race.

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Davis to Make K&N East Debut

Will Drive For NTS At New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While most 16-year-olds across the country will be planning pool parties or putting off their summer reading requirements this weekend, Spencer Davis will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut for NTS Motorsports at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Don’t let the rookie stripes fool you, though. Davis has been racking up wins and warranting praise for his performance behind the wheel of everything from go-karts to modifieds and late models since the age of six – experience he will lean on to calm any first time jitters he faces this weekend.

“We’ve had tons of experience in lower categories of racing,” said Davis. “So knowing that I can get it done is definitely a real big deal, because that’s always the thing about a driver: he never needs to start doubting himself and thinking about if he can run good. I know I can jump into any other car and run real good.”
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: New Hampshire

Mods Head To “Magic Mile” For All-Star, 100-Lap Events
Bonsignore Making His Move 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2015) – A quarter of the way into the 2015 schedule it looked like a lost season for Justin Bonsignore, but fortunes can turn quickly.

A championship contender in 2014, expectations were high for Bonsignore entering this season, but things went south quickly. Due to a variety of circumstances, including a pair of accident DNFs, he had an average finish of 25th through the first four races on the schedule and ranked 25th in points.

In a 15-race schedule, a deficit like that is challenging to overcome, but compiling podium finishes sure helps.

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Ready To Rumble At New Hampshire

Ron Silk to Drive the 15-40 Connection Modified in Two Races at NHMS

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (July 14, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection will get two rounds of action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the modifieds this week as Ron Silk will compete in the All-Star Shootout and the New Hampshire 100.

“We’re excited to have Ron driving the No. 15 at Loudon.  He’s got a ton of experience there including two wins.  This weekend we’ll be focusing on getting our car in Victory Lane for 15-40 Connection,” said Rob Fuller, team owner.  “Corey (LaJoie) has been busy with the Super Late Model program and travel has become time consuming.  So we are planning to run one car for a majority of the NWMT races.  But, when the schedule is open and there are no conflicts with the Super Late Models, we’ll get Corey back in the modified and run two cars at a few races.”

Silk has a solid track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – in 22 starts he’s completed 93.5% of his laps and has led 300 laps.  The Norwalk, Conn. driver has two career wins at Loudon as well as nine Top-5s and 14 Top-10s to his credit.

PIT BOX: Gearing Up for Granite State

Big Weekend At New Hampshire For Whelen Mods, K&N Pro East

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East hits the track Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where current championship leader William Byron hopes to extend the margin over NASCAR Next classmates Austin Hill and Kyle Benjamin. Anthony Kumpen, the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion, will make his second K&N Pro Series East start of the season, and 16-year-old Spencer Davis, a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, will make his K&N Pro Series debut at the “Magic Mile.”

• Two series champions – 2014 titlist Doug Coby and 2013 champion Ryan Preece – are tied atop the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings with two wins apiece, with veteran Woody Pitkat just two points behind as New Hampshire hosts a double dose of ground-pounding Modified action. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman is slated to defend last year’s victory in the annual Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout on Friday, followed by Saturday’s seventh event on the 2015 Tour, the Andy Blacksmith 100.

• The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series completes its mid-season western swing this week, with the series’ third event in 11 days Wednesday night. Jason Hathaway will look to maintain his razor-thin one point lead in the season standings over Scott Steckly, who won the first leg of the annual western swing last Saturday at Edmonton International Raceway. Rookie Gary Klutt and defending series champion L.P. Dumoulin – who earned his first career oval victory at the Saskatoon .333-mile oval last season – trail Hathaway by eight and 11 points respectively.

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Spencer Davis Back Home in PASS SLM

LOUDON, NH — Spencer Davis of Dawsonville, GA has run many Super Late Models races in his young career. His second race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be Sunday’s AIM 60.

“We went out that first round, shook down the car, kind of got a feel for the track, and just came into make sure everything was good, Davis said. “… There’s one or two things that might shake or bump loose. We wound up first practice 14th, definitely left something on the table, but coming to a track this big for the first time in a Super is definitely, definitely something you need to take a little bit easier. But the car so far so good. Mr. Freddie Query’s given me an awesome car. We’re trying one or two new things and we got my old crew chief back here on the crew, Micky Cain, and some of the northern Modified crew is with us here this weekend too.”

The No. 129 car had a problem with a rear windshield brace after the first practice session on Saturday afternoon. “We’ve gotta brace the car up just a little bit more to accommodate the higher speeds, more downforce, more pressure on the body.”

Davis is enjoying his return to Super Late Models compared to his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour appearance last July.

“This thing is 100 times more fun than a Modified. I think we’ve run about the same times. It just feels a little bit slower, but man just the corner speeds here are unreal in these cars. Realistically I think if everything was turned right you could flat foot it around here.”

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NBCSN to Broadcast Mr. Rooter 125

The Mr. Rooter 125 at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network today from 05:30PM to 06:30PM EST. The most recent NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race was June 10.

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Keith Rocco Scores Top-Five Finish for Our Motorsports

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (June 11, 2015) – After three races of continued progress for Keith Rocco and the No.22 Our Motorsports team, the Mr. Rooter 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was another chance to show their progression.

After qualifying in the third position, Keith Rocco and the No. 22 team had a great starting position for the Mr. Rooter 125. With only two cautions throughout the 125 lap event and race leader Doug Coby setting a fast pace, maintaining track position was critical to being in the fight at the end of the race. Taking the checkered flag in fourth, this continues to showcase the constant growth of Rocco and the Our Motorsports team.

“We unloaded off the truck fast,” Rocco said following the race. “With the long green flag runs and fast pace being set by the leaders, be knew maintaining our track position would be crucial to getting a good finish. Brad (Lafontaine) made the call to take three tires on our pit stop and coming out after that, the car handled and felt great. I am proud of the 22 team and where we have come in just a few shorts races this season!”

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Doug Coby claims another win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the Mr. Rooter 125

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) returned to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on June 10th with Ryan Preece riding a two race winning streak and four straight top five finishes into the fifth race of the season, the Mr. Rooter Plumbing 125.

With a packed crowd on hand Preece hoped to match an accomplishment he completed in 2013 as the most recent driver to win three consecutive events on the Whelen Modified Tour, however it was not meant to be as the points leader was overshadowed by a dominant performance by defending series champion Doug Coby, who has owned the Big T as of late with a win in the Icebreaker earlier this year, and who claimed another victory leading all 125 laps of the event. It was Coby’s twelfth career victory in the series and represented a maximum points day for the driver who sat third in the points coming into the night. Coby remains in third, only a single point behind Pitkat for second.

Other winners from the night included Rick Gentes in the Late Models, Ryan Waterman in the XtraMart Limited Sportsman, Eric Bourgeois in the Mini Stocks and Scott Quinn in the Vintage Outlaws. Ryan Preece would claim victory in the Sunoco Modified Series.

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Coby Bounces Back With Victory

Leads Nearly Every Lap In Whelen Modified Win At Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. (June 10, 2015) – Doug Coby bounced back in a big way Wednesday night.

Five days after his worst outing of the season, the defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion led all but the first lap in the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet en route to the win in the Mr. Rooter 125 at Thompson Motorsport Park.

It was the 12th career win and third at Thompson for the Milford, Connecticut, driver. Coby, who also won the season-opening Icebreaker 125 at Thompson, was coming off a 13th-place finish last Friday at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

Justin Bonsignore finished second, followed by Todd Szegedy – who dropped to the rear of the field to start the race due to unapproved changes following qualifying – and Keith Rocco. Woody Pitkat, who won the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, came home fifth.

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RESULTS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE REPLAY | AUDIO: POST-RACE INTERVIEW WITH WINNER DOUG COBY |AUDIO: POST-RACE INTERVIEW WITH SECOND-PLACE JUSTIN BONSIGNORE | AUDIO: POST-RACE INTERVIEW WITH THIRD-PLACE TODD SZEGEDY

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QUALIFYING: Pitkat Fastest with Late Run

Wins 3rd Coors Light Pole for Whelen Mods at Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. — Woody Pitkat will once again start out front at Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park.

The Stafford, Connecticut, driver claimed his third career Coors Light Pole Award in early evening qualifying Wednesday for the night’s Mr. Rooter 125. All three of Pitkat’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour poles have come at the .625-mile oval.

Pitkat went out 29th of 30 cars in his No. 88 TSI Harley Davidson/Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet, and posted a lap of 18.854 seconds (119.338 mph) to knock Doug Coby off the provisional pole.
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PRACTICE: Solomito Quick at Thompson

Fastest In Prep For Tonight’s Mr. Rooter 125

THOMPSON, Conn. – Timmy Solomito saved his best for last as he went to the top of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour speed chart inside the final minute of Mr. Rooter 125 practice Wednesday evening at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Solomito, from Islip, New York, turned a fast lap of 18.780 seconds (119.808 mph) in his No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford to take the top spot.

It’s a nice start for Solomito in following his performance last week at Stafford Motor Speedway where he finished third to match his career-best result.
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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing The Mr. Rooter 125 At Thompson Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The second of four visits for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2015 is set for Wednesday with the Mr. Rooter 125. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

TRACKSIDE REPORT – STAT PACK (PDF)  |  EVENT INFORMATION

Mr. Rooter 125 Setup:
• Ryan Preece enters the Mr. Rooter 125 as the winner of four of the last six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events, including the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park last October.

• Preece brings the points lead to Thompson thanks to wins in each of the last two weeks. The last driver to win three consecutive NWMT races was Preece, when he won races No. 3-5 during his 2013 championship season.
• Woody Pitkat, who is second to Preece in the season standings, will look for his first Thompson NWMT win after runner-up finishes in two of his last four starts there.
• Twenty-six of the previous 127 races at Thompson were 125-lap events. The Mr. Rooter 125 will be the first of that distance since 2005.

At Thompson Speedway:
History
• Opened on May 26, 1940 as the largest and first entirely-asphalt track in New England at the time.

• An inaugural member track of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, now in its 34th season. Ryan Preece is the defending track champion out of the track’s top division, the Sunoco Modified Division.
• Held NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 1951, 1969 and 1970 and 27 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events from 1988-2009.
• Held the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on March 31, 1985, a race won by the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans.

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Rob Fuller Motorsports Back in Action at Thompson Speedway

Corey LaJoie and Ron Silk Represent 15-40 Connection in the Mr. Rooter 125

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (June 8, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection will make their second appearance in the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) on Wednesday, June 10 at the Mr. Rooter 125 at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Drivers Corey LaJoie and Ron Silk both plan to improve upon their Icebreaker 150 finishes from earlier this season.

LaJoie and Silk will once again pilot the No. 15 and No. 40 to promote the 15-40 Connection mission to raise awareness of the important role everyone has in detecting cancer early. With Father’s Day coming up on June 21st, 15-40 Connection would like to help race fans share the lifesaving gift of early cancer detection.

“Ask the men in your life if they would recognize a cancer symptom. Let them know that the most common cancer symptom is a subtle and persistent change in your normal health lasting two weeks or more,” said 15-40 Connection Executive Director, Tricia Laursen. “These are health changes that should be brought to a doctor’s attention. Detecting cancer early can make cancer treatment more effective and improve survival rates.

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Thompson

Preece Enters Thompson On A Roll

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If history repeats itself, sign Ryan Preece up for that.

Preece enters Wednesday’s Mr. Rooter 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as winner of the two previous events. The last driver to win three-consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races? That would be Preece. The year? It was 2013, his championship season.

While the order of events may be a bit different – in 2013 he won consecutive races at Stafford Motor Speedway, New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Riverhead Raceway while this year it would be Waterford-Stafford-Thompson – both streaks would take place in races No. 3-5 on the schedule.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Finishes Up Marathon Run at Thompson Speedway Motorpsorts Park for the Mr. Rooter 125

Thompson, CT — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) teams have been working hard the last couple weeks getting ready for a marathon run of races at all three of Connecticut’s short tracks. The Mr. Rooter 125 on Wednesday, June 10 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) will mark the last of the three races held within a 12-day span. With three different drivers winning the first four races of the season, the battle for the championship is already off to an exciting start.

Ryan Preece currently holds the top position, after winning the last two NWMT races at Waterford New-London Speedbowl and Stafford Motor Speedway. Woody Pitkat, who has also scored a win this season, is next in the standings and is looking for his first NWMT championship after a breakout season in 2014. Last year’s champion, and winner of the first NWMT race of the season at TSMP, Doug Coby will look to climb to the top of the standings with another win at the Mr. Rooter 125.

TSMP’s four NASCAR All-American Series (NWAAS) divisions will also compete on Wednesday evening. The Sunoco Modified division will run a 30-lap race, where Icebreaker winner and last year’s Thompson champion, Ryan Preece, will look to once again hold off Keith Rocco to the checkered flag.. Both Preece and Rocco will also be pulling double duty in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 125-lap feature, which will be Rocco’s first at TSMP in the #22 Canto Paving / Milton Caterpillar car.
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Preece Makes It Two In A Row

Cruises Past TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Field At Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. (June 5, 2015) – Ryan Preece captured his second straight victory Friday night in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Speedway.

The 24-year-old from Berlin, Connecticut, earned his first win of the season last Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, when he edged past Doug Coby for the win. Friday on the half-mile oval of Stafford, he repeated the same fate. Preece, the quickest in practice, took the lead on Lap 2 from Coby and led all but six laps.

This win could be a good omen for Preece with each of the last five winners of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 having gone one to win the Whelen Modified Tour title that year, including Preece in 2013.

RESULTS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE REPLAY | AUDIO: RYAN PREECE POST-RACE COMMENTS | AUDIO: WOODY PITKAT POST-RACE COMMENTS | AUDIO: TIMMY SOLOMITO POST-RACE COMMENTS

 

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QUALIFYING: Coby Takes Top Spot

Earns Sixth Career Pole At Stafford

Stafford, Conn. – Doug Coby won the Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying Friday at Stafford Speedway.

Coby earned his sixth career pole and his third at Stafford, and will lead the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 to green Friday night.

Coby’s No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet led with a lap of 18.271 seconds (98.517 mph) around the half-mile oval.
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PRACTICE: Preece Quickest at Stafford

Fastest In Whelen Modified TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Session

STAFFORD, Conn. – Ryan Preece hopes his fast history at Stafford Speedway continues.

Preece was the fastest at practice Friday prior to the evening’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125, and will look to break his 2012 track qualifying record.

Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet had a lap of 18.300 seconds (98.361 mph) around the half-mile, slightly-banked oval during the one hour practice session. Defending 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby finished in a close second with 18.370 seconds (97.986 mph).

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Our Motorsports Pre-Race News and Notes: Stafford Motor Speedway

Keith Rocco
No. 22 Canto Paving/Milton Caterpillar Chevrolet
Stafford Motor Speedway
TSI Harley-Davidson 125 | June 5, 2015

The No.22 Our Motorsports team returns to Stafford Motor Speedway for the second time this season. Earlier this season Keith Rocco made his debut with Our Motorsports at the NAPA Spring Sizzler. Qualifying 10th for the Spring Sizzler, Rocco was running as high as second throughout the race. After an alternator wire had broken off, Rocco lost voltage and began to fade. Finishing 12th, Rocco and crew chief Brad Lafontaine now go into the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 with a loaded notebook.

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Ryan Preece Hoping for Repeat of 2013 Performance in TSI Harley-Davidson 125

Stafford Springs, CT — Over the past 5 seasons, the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 has become a championship predictor for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.  Since 2010, every winner of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 has gone on to win the championship that season.  Ryan Preece accomplished the feat in 2013 and he hopes that he can repeat that 2013 performance this Friday to build on the momentum of his victory last week, his first of the season with his new Ed Partridge owned #6 T.S. Haulers team.

“It’s definitely a good start to the summer,” said Preece.  “Tommy [Grasso] has been working real hard and we’ve been trying to figure out our new Troyer car.  We agreed when we tested [at Waterford] our old car would be better on the longer runs and to go out and win that race and give all the guys a win was pretty cool.  We’ll have our new car for the Stafford and Thompson races and I think we’re going to have a strong car this Friday at Stafford.  We had a really good car at the Sizzler and I feel like the car is going to be good again.  I just want to keep the strong runs we’ve had going and keep on doing what we’ve been doing.”

As Preece chases his second career NWMT championship, he and Woody Pitkat are the only two drivers this season to have recorded top-5 finishes in each of the first three races of the 2015 season.  With the top-3 drivers of Preece, Doug Coby, and Pitkat separated by only 2 points heading into the TSI Harley-Davidson 125, Preece knows the key to the race for the championship is all about being consistent.

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