“Road to 60” already underway
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (April 14) – Late last year, Lime Rock Park Track President Skip Barber committed more than $3 million to a wide variety of projects to rebuild, refine and renew Lime Rock’s infrastructure. The goal of the so-called Road to 60 Project is to dramatically enhance the spectator experience from 2015 onward.
“From the paddocks and the bathrooms to the hillside viewing areas, we’re changing Lime Rock’s infrastructure from pre-historic to be perhaps the most fan friendly road course in North America,” Barber said.
Not since Lime Rock Park’s race track surface itself was re-built in 2008 has a construction project of this magnitude been green lighted at the famous 1.5-mile automotive and motorsports venue in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. Some of those projects will be complete in time for Lime Rock’s season-opener – the Memorial Day Weekend Trans Am Series, and Royals Sunday Car Show, May 22-24 – and many more in time for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar weekend July 24-25.
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LAKEVILLE, Conn. (March 3, 2015) – Murray Smith, chairman of Lime Rock Park’s Labor Day Weekend historic festival, today announced that Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the factory will send to Connecticut’s Northwest Corner “722,” the 300 SLR sports car with which Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson stormed to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. Also coming from the factory collection will be a W196 Formula One Grand Prix car of the type that Juan Manuel Fangio and Moss finished first and second in the world championship the same year.
On hand to drive the cars at Lime Rock will be Sir Stirling himself as well as Mercedes Classic official driver Jochen Mass, who of course won the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Sauber Mercedes C9, in addition to being the winningest driver of the Group C era. Jochen’s C.V. includes a Formula One victory for McLaren and a win at the 1987 Sebring 12 Hours, teamed with Bobby Rahal in the Bayside Porsche 962.
Smith said, “Stirling’s drive to victory in the Mille Miglia is one of the outstanding sporting feats of the 20th century… right up there with Roger Bannister’s sub-4-minute mile and Jean-Claude Killy’s three gold medals in the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics.
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LAKEVILLE, Conn. (January 26, 2015) – Christine DeMichael has joined the Lime Rock Park team as director of marketing.
Most recently the senior manager of marketing and event activation for NASCAR, prior to joining NASCAR DeMichael spent 14 years with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in marketing and production management.
DeMichael comes to Lime Rock Park with an extensive knowledge of event execution, marketing and consumer intelligence. She will oversee marketing for the Lime Rock Park brand, its major events, special events, and the private Lime Rock Drivers Club.
DeMichael graduated from the University of Florida (“Go Gators!”) with a degree in Journalism and Communications, and a specialization in Photojournalism. Over the last six years, she has been very active in community charities including being on the board of directors for the Junior Service League of DeLand, Fla., Easter Seals and the Neighborhood Center.
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LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Sept. 8) – Kasey Kahne has volunteered to join Hendrick Motorsport’s teammate Jeff Gordon at Lime Rock Park Thursday, September 18 to help Gordon raise funds and awareness for AARP’s “Drive to End Hunger” campaign. Kahne is seeded 11th in NASCAR’s championship playoff system, while Hendrick teammates Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson are second, third and fourth, respectively..
Since the Jeff Gordon hot laps are sold out, Kasey has generously offered up “Kasey Hot Laps” – he’ll be driving a 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28 with passengers – for a $500 donation to Drive to End Hunger, .
That means two of 2014’s NASCAR Sprint Cup “Chase for the Championship” qualifiers are here at Lime Rock, plus Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson (also driving, for $400 donations) and, of course, team owner Rick Hendrick himself.
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Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.
They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.
Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.
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Three Years After Losing Left Leg In Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dwyer Wins Race On Memorial Day Weekend
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 24, 2014) – Three years ago, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer lost his left leg in Afghanistan.
Saturday, he celebrated the anniversary of his “Alive Day” with a victory in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race at Lime Rock Park.
Staff Sgt. Dwyer – who drives with a custom-made prosthesis that begins above his left knee – joined co-driver Tom Long in winning the two-hour, 30-minute IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Lime Rock in a Mazda MX-5 prepared by Freedom Autosport.
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Stirling Moss, Ralph Lauren’s Cars Coming to Lime Rock
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (March 28) – Organizers of Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 32, Friday, August 29 through Labor Day Monday, September 1, have announced that Sir Stirling Moss and wife Lady Susie are reprising their popular 2012 Festival visit and will be this year’s Honored Guests.
In addition, world renowned designer Ralph Lauren has accepted the Festival’s invitation to be its Honored Collector, following previous honorees Miles Collier, Laurence Auriana and Peter Sachs.
Festival Chairman Murray Smith confirmed that Lauren would show a small group of cars from his magnificent collection which will reflect his superlative automotive taste and provide a very rare opportunity for enthusiasts to appreciate some extremely special cars that are rarely, if ever, seen in public.
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Tickets on sale now, including special pricing for Christmas and the holidays
LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Lime Rock Park’s 2014 spectator-event schedule opens with its traditional Memorial Day weekend, this year featuring the IMSA-sanctioned Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series Friday and Saturday, May 23-24, along with the fifth annual Sunday Royals Car Show on the 25th.
The Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) divisions will each have separate races on Saturday. Supporting the weekend is the popular IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama championship, plus VSCCA “handicap” races.
The Sunday Royals Car Show, which draws 200-400 prime vehicles of every kind – from rare sports cars and contemporary supercars to hundreds of muscle cars from the 60s and 70s – benefits local charities.
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An all-star cast will induct an equally impressive group of inductees at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelleys in South Windsor, CT. It is the 16th NEAR Hall of Fame class.
Steve Pellerin and Bruce Elder will be inducting fellow Maine natives Ralph Nason and Stan Meserve respectively. Open cockpit racing is well represented by Chris Romano and Dick Monahan who will honor multi-time Northeastern Midget Association champions Drew Fornoro and Billy Eldridge respectively.
Lew Boyd will bring forth Bob Sharp, arguably New England’s greatest road racer.
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LAKEVILLE, CT — The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), have been invited to participate in the Royals Garage Car Show at Lime Rock Park on Sunday, May 26th.
The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Fund.
With the club already part of a busy weekend at the historic Connecticut road course, NEAR Vice President Bill Henry states that members present with their cars & haulers on Friday and Saturday may leave them overnight for the show.
“It’s really an enjoyable event,” states Henry. “Even if Sunday is the only day you can be here, I urge club members to attend. It’s obviously for a great cause and it allows us to connect with race fans from all-over the Northeast.”
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F1600/Formula F, F2000 and VSCCA races also on slate
LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Yep, we know it’s a mouthful… What’s called the Lime Rock Park Season Opener featuring Trans Am and the Sunday Royals Garage Car Show benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project is Friday through Sunday, May 24-26.
Trans Am is America’s longest-running road racing championship – it debuted in 1966 – and after a fallow few years in the mid-2000s, the series has undergone a resurgence. The Lime Rock Park entry list is now at least 28 cars long – and may reach 30 by the start of the weekend.
(Click on these links for the Weekend Schedule, the Trans Am Entry List, and the F1600 and F2000 Entry Lists.)
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3-time NASCAR BNS Champion Owner was 64
Steve Griswold, owner of the GRIZCO Racing team for 18 years (1988-2005), passed away on Sunday. He was 64.
Steve and Peg Griswold fielded the #55 entry on the NASCAR Busch North Series (now called K&N Pro Series East). Brad Leighton drove for the team 1995-2002. Mike Stefanik drove the car from 2003-2005. The team captured 3 championships (1999-2000, 2005) with Brad Leighton and Andy Santerre.
In 2005, GRIZCO moved to North Carolina and created the first multi-car team in series history for Andy Santerre, Mike Stefanik and Brad Leighton. The team’s historic final season saw a 1-2 points finish with teammates Santerre and Stefanik. Santerre captured his historic 4th consecutive series championship.
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Two of motorsport’s most beloved and respected gentlemen have passed away. Gaston “Gus” Andrey left us Saturday, October 27, and John Fitch closed his eyes for the last time this morning, Wednesday, October 31; Gus was 86, John 95.
Both gentlemen – drivers supreme, businessmen, entrepreneurs – were intimately connected with Lime Rock Park.
As you will soon undoubtedly read full-fledged stories on their backgrounds, history and importance to the sport on the web and in magazines too numerous to count, let it be said that all of us at Lime Rock Park miss these two immensely – and cannot even begin to express our gratitude, our respect and our immense pride in these gracious men.
Guys, as you take laps in the great beyond, as you most assuredly are, keep the shiny side up, okay?
Rest in peace, gentlemen…
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Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today the crew chief of the No. 36 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing), Section 20D-2.3 (Improperly attached weight) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. The violations occurred during practice on Sept. 17.
Crew chief of car No. 36, Darren Bergenty, has been fined $500 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid.
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Lakeville, CT — One of the duties of a star in any racing championship is the PR meet and greets with VIPs, local movers and shakers, promoters, etc. At Lime Rock Park, fans that buy Fan Hospitality tickets also get a visit from a top driver. As polesitter for the Whelen Modified “66/99” Presented by Town Fair Tire for the second year in a row, Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Todd Szegedy volunteered to meet those fans at lunch time today, about 90 minutes before the start of the race. After hobnobbing with the fans in the hospitality chalet, as Szegedy was leaving a woman came up to him and handed him a “lucky” penny. “Put this in your pocket for the race,” she advised. And he did.
Then Szegedy went out and not only won the race, he did so after falling off the road not once but twice, willing himself back to the lead. After the race, Szegedy was asked, “Hey, you didn’t really need that lucky penny, did you?”
“Oh, man, yes I did. I want to thank Mrs. Griffin for that!”, as he dug the penny out of his pocket and showed it to the media. “I’m keepin’ it!”
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Earns Road Course Win In NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 Presented By Town Fair Tire
Lakeville, CT — Todd Szegedy battled back after losing the lead during on a pit stop and then making an off-track excursion to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire at Lime Rock Park on Saturday.
It was a sweet win for the Ridgefield, Conn., driver – who led all but the last four laps before being relegated to second in last year’s inaugural tour visit to the 1.5-mile, eight-turn road course. With his victory on Saturday, he took over the lead in the championship standings.
Szegedy, who had experience at LRP in other racing series prior to his NASCAR career, dominated the early action on Saturday. He started from the pole in his No. 2 Wisk Detergent/A&J Romano Construction Ford and opened up a lead of more than two seconds early. However, he fell to fourth following a pit stop during a caution on Lap 44. He later went off course, but quickly recovered and set out after the leaders.
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Lakeville, CT — In qualifying for tomorrow’s NASCAR Whelen Modified “66/99” Presented by Town Fair Tire at Lime Rock Park, Todd Szegedy put his #2 Wisk Detergent/A&J Romano Construction Ford won the Coors Light Pole Aawrd with a “suck it up” effort in the final group of qualifiers, turning a :53.902 lap to nip Ronnie Silk, in the same group, who had stuck in a :54.186 just moments before.
On Szegedy’s first hot lap – each qually session was long enough for the drivers to get four laps in – he went four-off exiting the Downhill. He kept his foot in it, made the fix with his hands and didn’t let the close call faze him.“I just sucked it up, put it behind me,” he said with a smile. “I’ve been racing long enough that, well, I’d be disappointed in myself if I weren’t able to do that.”
His next lap was the pole setter.
“The Downhill is much tighter (less grip) than last year and I pushed a bit too much. Got it right the next time around, though.”
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NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire
Lakeville, CT — Todd Szegedy is two-for-two in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying at Lime Rock Park.
On Friday, the Ridgefield, Conn., driver won the Coors Light Pole Award at the 1.5-mile, eight-turn road course for a second straight year.
Szegedy turned a lap of 53.902 seconds (100.182 mph) in his No. 2 Wisk Detergent/A&J Romano Construction Ford, as the field was set for Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire. This marks his ninth career pole and his second this season.
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Whelen Modified Tour at Lime Rock for lone road race this year
Lakeville, CT — Todd Szegedy appears to be intent on setting the pace for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour again this year at Lime Rock Park.
Szegedy’s lap of 53.909 seconds (100.169 mph) was quickest during Friday’s two practice sessions as teams prepared for the NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire.
The Ridgefield, Conn., driver won the pole winner and led all but the last four laps, settling for second, when the tour made its inaugural visit to the 1.5-mile, eight-turn road course last year.
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The NASCAR Whelen Modified “66/99” Presented by Town Fair Tire race is this Saturday, September 17 at Lime Rock Park in Northwest Connecticut.
The Whelen Mods, very popular in Connecticut (running at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway multiple times per season), came to Lime Rock Park for the first time in 2010. Their stop at Lime Rock Park this year for the “66/99” (66 laps of the track’s 1.5-mile road course is 99 miles) is the series’ only road course race.
Last year’s Lime Rock race was won by Dale Quarterley in the #52 Chevrolet, wresting the lead from polesitter Todd Szegedy (Ridgefield, Conn.) in the #2 Ford with just four laps to go.
Szegedy sits second in the points standings coming into the weekend, only 60 points behind Ron Silk of Norwalk, Conn. Quarterley, from Westfield, Mass., is not scheduled to race, though a “late add” is not out of the question.
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Analyzing The Whelen Modified 66/99 Pres. By Town Fair Tire
Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will contest its lone road course event of the season at Lime Rock Park with the NASCAR Whelen Modified 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire on Sept. 17 in Lakeville, Conn.
Selected Driver Highlights:
Eric Beers (No. 45 Chevrolet)
• Has two wins, nine poles and 68 top 10s in 166 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• Is fifth in points with seven top 10s in 12 races.
• Leads all drivers in laps completed with 1,762, two shy of the entire season’s total.
• Finished last with engine failure in 2010 at Lime Rock Park in the No. 76 car.
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Chevrolet)
• The 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
• Has a win, two poles and 13 top 10s in 28 starts.
• Is ninth in points with a win and seven top 10s.
• Finished 21st with engine failure at LRP in 2010.
• Is the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 2011 Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway champion.
Ted Christopher (No. 36 Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWMT champion. Has 41 wins and 23 poles in 303 career starts. His 41 wins rank third all-time and his 23 poles are eighth. Has at least one win in 13-straight seasons.
• Has three wins and eight top 10s in 10 starts this year. Did not attend two races.
• Finished fifth at LRP in 2010.
• Won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at LRP in 1997.
• Has two NWMT road course wins at Watkins Glen International (1999, 2000) as well as two NKNPS East victories there (1997, 2003).
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Town Fair Tire 100 Up Next At Lime Rock ParkDaytona Beach, FL — The second installment of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Lime Rock Park is up next with the Town Fair Tire 100 on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Lakeville, Conn.
The Whelen Modifieds made their inaugural appearance at the 1.5-mile, eight-turn course in 2010 after a 10-year hiatus from road racing and road course specialist Dale Quarterley made a late-race rally to take the checkered flag. The pole winner and leader of all but the last four laps in that race, Todd Szegedy hopes to finish what he started a year ago in this edition of the Town Fair Tire 100.
“I’m definitely looking forward to going back,” Szegedy said. “I came from road racing, so I love it.
“I like running Lime Rock because it’s a challenge for the driver. You’ve got to be on your game every lap. Ovals it’s much easier to hit every lap consistently, and road courses it’s tough. I like the shifting, I like the hard braking. For me that’s enjoyable.”
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The NASCAR Whelen Modfied Tour will contest the Town Fair Tire 100 at Lime Rock Park on Sept. 16-17 in Lakeville, Conn. For updates throughout race weekend, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP
EVENT SCHEDULE | ENTRY LIST | PRACTICE | QUALIFYING | RESULTS
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To Sponsor Whelen Modified Tour Race in September
Lakeville, CT — Town Fair Tire, the largest tire and wheel retailer in New England, has signed a naming-rights agreement for the September 16-17 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Lime Rock Park.
A Lime Rock sponsor since 2000, this is Town Fair Tire’s first event sponsorship at the famous track in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner.
The naming-rights deal is in addition to Town Fair Tire and Toyo Tire continuing its presence at Lime Rock Park as Official Retail Tire Partner.
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Highlights Include: Thompson Special Event, First International Race, Third Event In Loudon
Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR has announced the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule which features 16 races, highlighted by a new special event at a historic New England track, and the inaugural venture to Canada.
The 27th season of the Whelen Modified Tour will see NASCAR’s oldest division return to traditional venues like Connecticut’s Thompson International Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway a combined eight times in 2011. Stafford will retain the four dates it has carried in recent seasons while Thompson has moved its August race to June and added a special event for September.
On Sept. 11, Thompson will bring both the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours to its .625-mile oval for a new event that will feature an exciting format. There will be separate 125-lap, points-paying races for each Tour. The top 15 finishers of each race will then line up for a 50-lap non-points “dash for the cash” race.
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Don’t forget to tune in to SPEED tonight at 6 p.m. ET to see the Lime Rock 100, the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Lime Rock Park that was contested on July 3 in Lakeville, Conn.
SPEED can be found at:
DirecTV Ch. 607 (HD)
Dish Network Ch. 150, 891 (HD)
Cable – check local listings
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Late Pass Of A Dominant Szegedy Takes Checkers
Lakeville, CT — In just his third start in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Dale Quarterley got past the weekend’s dominant car of Todd Szegedy with three laps remaining and captured the checkered flag in the inaugural Lime Rock 100 at Lime Rock Park.
Szegedy, the Coors Light Pole Award winner on Friday, led from the start of the race, and at times drove away from the field. Following a caution on Lap 56, Quarterley restarted fourth when the race went back green on Lap 59. He then worked past Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik and was able to make the winning move on Szegedy in Turn 1 on Lap 63.
Quarterley, from Westfield, Mass., made his first Whelen Modified Tour appearance since 2008 as he drove the No. 52 Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet this weekend for car owner Wayne Darling.
Szegedy wound up second, followed by Ron Silk, Ryan Preece and Christopher in the top five.
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Lakeville, CT — It was under a perfect Friday sky that practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Doubleheader at Lime Rock Park took place, the dulcet tones of thundering V8 engines filling the valley with that unique sound of unrestricted big-block motors. The K&N Pro Series put a very healthy 28 cars on the track, while the “first-timers” – the Whelen Modified drivers – were putting on an equally good show with 24 cars.
As most folks know, the mods have never run at Lime Rock, but there was also a “first” for the K&N stockers: In the nearly 20 years that NASCAR’s AA-level stock car series has run at Lime Rock – Busch, Camping World, now K&N – they’ve always raced the classic track configuration. This year, NASCAR mandated K&N use the same layout as the Whelen Modifieds; new Uphill with classic West Bend.
For qualifying, the Mods were first up to bat. The cars went out in groups of five or six, starting with the slowest cars in practice to the quickest. Each driver had 4 minutes to put up his or her best lap on Lime Rock’s 1.5-mile, 7-turn road course.
Not unexpectedly, the eventual polesitter came from the last group out. It was a 4-minute dogfight as three drivers were at some point the quickest, but in the end the fastest lap was put up by a driver with roadracing in his background, albeit 14 years ago: Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, Conn. His :53.099 edged fellow home-stater Ted Christopher’s :53.220 for pole. (Christopher is second in the Whelen Modified Tour points standings coming into Lime Rock.) Young Erick Rudolph of New York, who had been second-quick in the two practice sessions, wound up third on the grid, alongside Mike Stefanik.
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Edges Christopher In Qualifying At Connecticut Road Course
Lakeville, CT — Todd Szegedy became the first Coors Light Pole Award winner for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Lime Rock Park Friday.
Szegedy ran a lap of 53.099 seconds on the 1.5-mile road course for an average speed of 101.697 mph. Szegedy was among the final group of cars to go out under NASCAR’s road-course qualifying rules, and the time on his second lap knocked Ted Christopher off the pole. Christopher had posted a lap of 53.220 (101.466) in the second-to-last group and wound up second overall in qualifying for Saturday’s Lime Rock 100.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Szegedy, who had his practice sessions Friday morning limited to six laps with issues that forced the team to change engines. “We went out and blasted out a 54.0 (on the first qualifying lap), so we knew we could pick up speed. But there was just so much more that I wanted to try. I messed up on a couple corners every lap. So I think, myself, I’m good for another half second or better.”
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#2 – Todd Szegedy
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Erick Rudolph in the #98 was fastest in the first practice session for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with a lap of 53.556. Todd Szegedy was 2nd at 54.815. Rowan Pennink, Dale Quarterly and Ted Christopher completed the top-5. 6-10 were Ron Silk, Mike Stefanik, Justin Bosignore, Chuck Hossfeld and Woody Pitkat.
Second round of practice begins at 1:15.
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