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News & Notes: Blewett Riding High As Tour Returns To Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour moves to Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the ninth race of the 2008 season on Thursday, Aug. 14, Jimmy Blewett will arrive at the track on the hottest streak of his career, showing just how much things can change in a year.

Blewett, the winner of the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, turned a slow start around and improved 14 spots in the season standings in a month's time.

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Right Place At The Right Time Gives Blewett Back-To-Back Wins

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. – Jimmy Blewett visited Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race for the second week in a row when he captured the New England Dodge Dealers 150 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway

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Qualifying: Beers Wins Pole, To Start 8th

By Official Release

STAFFORD, Conn. - Eric Beers captured his seventh career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for Friday night's New England Dodge Dealers 150. Beers wasn't so fortunate in the post-qualifying draw of the top eight qualifiers, drawing the eight starting spot.

Beers (No. 46 Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet) circled the .500-mile oval in 18.298 seconds/98.3871 mph. It is Beers first pole award since Sept. 29, 2007 at Stafford.

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Practice: Hossfeld Has SMS Figured Out

By Official Release

STAFFORD, Conn. - Point leader Chuck Hossfeld has figured out the fast way around Stafford Motor Speedway. Hossfeld, who won the TSI Harley-Davidson 150 at the .500-mile oval May 23, posted the fastest practice time of 18.218 in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's return visit.

Hossfeld was more than six-tenths quicker than Eric Beers (18.291). Todd Szegedy was third at 18.308. Billy Pauch Jr. and Ryan Preece rounded out the top five practice times. Thirty-seven cars practiced for the race, which has a starting field of 31.

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News & Note: Christopher Looks to Build on Stafford Legacy

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will reach the midway point of the 2008 season when it makes a stop at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the New England Dodge Dealers 150 on Friday, Aug. 8.

Perhaps no driver in the series looks forward to returning to the historic half-mile more than Ted Christopher. A longtime veteran of racing in the northeast, Christopher has won so many races at Stafford that the track ownership has named part of the facility in his honor.

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Civali Suspended For Riverhead Incident

By Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has penalized James Civali, a driver who competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, as a result of a rules infraction Saturday at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y.

Civali was found to be in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing; hitting another competitor’s car during a caution period) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. The violation occurred during the Aug. 2 race.

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Pitkat & Coby To Drive No. 28

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Don King, owner of the No. 28 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team, has announced that he has replaced driver James Civali with a tandem of Doug Coby and Woody Pitkat for the remainder of the season.

Coby, of Milford, Conn., will fill the seat this Friday as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stops at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the New England Dodge Dealers 150. Coby has previously driven for King, and has one win and 23 top 10s in 76 career starts in the series.

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Blewett Romps At Riverhead

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Jimmy Blewett registered his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday night when he took the checkered flag in the Miller Lite 140 at Riverhead Raceway.
 
Blewett, ofHowell, N.J., was strong throughout the evening as he led three times for 80 laps, including the final 46. After qualifying fourth-fastest, Blewett took the win in the second of two 25-lap heat races that preceded the 140-lap main. He was then able to parlay his qualifying success into front-running in the feature.

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Qualifying: Park Turns The Heat Up

By Official Release

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - The defending champion in the track's weekly Modified division, Bill Park collected his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award at Riverhead Raceway Saturday, and then went out and won the first of two heat races.

Park (No. 20 Smithtown Nissan Chevrolet) posted the fastest qualifying time of 11.926 seconds/75.465 mph, to edge tour regular Glenn Tyler by two one-thousands of a second. Tyler (No. 8 Financial Federal Credit/Sypher Construction Chevrolet) circled the .25-mile track in 11.928 seconds/75.453 mph.

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Practice: Riverhead Locals Show Way

By Official Release

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - Track regular Chuck Steuer led the way during the rain-shortened, 45-minute practice session Saturday afternoon for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead Raceway.

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