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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Riverhead

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s busy August schedule will conclude 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:

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Riverhead

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Returning to Riverhead Raceway with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship lead has to make Ryan Preece a happy man.

With four wins in 10 career tour starts at the venerable Long Island quarter-mile, Preece has found more success at Riverhead than at any other track on the schedule. His average finish of 3.7 is the best among 181 all-time competitors across 31 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition at the track.

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Patience Pays Off For Preece

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

BRISTOL, Tenn. – 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.

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QUALIFYING: Record Run For Pitkat

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

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).

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Whelen Modified Statistical Advance: Bristol

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

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:

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Fanatics Introduces Home Tracks Apparel

Official Release

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

CLICK HERE: NASCAR HOME TRACKS STORE

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.

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Bristol

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA 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.

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Coby Rallies For Thompson Victory

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

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.

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QUALIFYING: Back-To-Back For Emerling

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

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

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

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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2015 Schedule/Results

DATE RACE/VENUE WINNER/POLE VIEW
Apr 12 Icebreaker 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Doug Coby
Doug Coby
Race Results
Race Review
Apr 26 NAPA Spring Sizzler 200
Stafford Motor Speedway
Woody Pitkat
Ryan Preece
Race Results
Race Review
May 30 Mr. Rooter 161
New London-Waterford Speedbowl
Ryan Preece
Donny Lia
Race Results
Race Review
Jun 5 TSI Harley-Davidson 125
Stafford Motor Speedway
Ryan Preece
Doug Coby
Race Results
Race Review
Jun 10 Mr. Rooter 125
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Doug Coby
Woody Pitkat
Race Results
Race Review
Jun 28 Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200
Riverhead Raceway
Justin Bonsignore
Tom Rogers Jr.
Race Results
Race Review
Jul 17 All-Star Shootout (non-points)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Woody Pitkat
None (Random Draw)
Race Results
Race Review
Jul 18 Andy Blacksmith 100 pres. by Donate Life New England
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Todd Szegedy
Doug Coby
Race Results
Race Review
Jul 25 O'Reilly Auto Parts 200
Monadnock Speedway
Doug Coby
Ryan Preece
Race Results
Race Review
Aug 7 Call Before You Dig 150
Stafford Motor Speedway
Ryan Preece
Patrick Emerling
Race Results
Race Review
Aug 12 Budweiser King of Beers 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Doug Coby
Patrick Emerling
Race Results
Race Review
Aug 19 Bush's Beans 150
Bristol Motor Speedway
Ryan Preece
Woody Pitkat
Race Results
Race Review
Aug 29 Riverhead 200
Riverhead Raceway
Sep 26 F.W. Webb 100
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Oct 4 NAPA Fall Final 150
Stafford Motor Speedway
Oct 18 Sunoco World Series 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

* Denotes Rookie
# Qualifying cancelled; Field set per rule book