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News & Notes: New Hampshire Key To Whelen Modified Tour Title Chase

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

This Sunday the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire will be the first of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. For the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, with just five races left on the schedule, a good finish by title contenders in the New Hampshire 100 on Saturday will be equally important.

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Szegedy Earns First Win Of 2008

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Preseason favorite Todd Szegedy broke through for his first win of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season Sunday afternoon in the Sunoco Modified Mania 150 at Thompson International Speedway.

Szegedy (No. 2 Wisk-Snuggle Ford), who ran inside the top five for most of the afternoon, took his first lead of the race on Lap 132 and held off numerous charges by Ronnie Silk (No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac) in the last 22 laps for his 13th career victory, and third at Thompson.

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Qualifying: Rain Hits Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Christopher Will Start On Pole Sunday

THOMPSON, Conn. – Unfavorable weather conditions at Thompson International Speedway Saturday afternoon washed out time trials for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Current points leader Ted Christopher will now start on the pole for Sunday’s Sunoco Modified Mania 150.

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Practice: TC Leads The Way

By Official Release

THOMPSON, Conn. - Points leader Ted Christopher topped the speed charts in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice Saturday at Thompson International Speedway.

Christopher's time of 18.893 seconds around the .625-mile oval produced an average speed of 119.092. He was the only driver of the 32 to practice to break the 119 mark.

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Hirschman Adds Camping World Debut To New Hampshire Schedule

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Already entered in New Hampshire 100, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Matt Hirschman will now double his weekend schedule when he makes his NASCAR Camping World Series debut in the Heluva Good! Fall 125.

An accomplished Modified driver from Northampton, Pa., Hirschman will make his full-fendered debut in the No. 9 Gillette-Evernham Motorsports Dodge in the Heluva Good! Fall 125 on Friday, Sept. 12. He will then turn around the next day to pilot his usual No. 59 Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet Modified in the New Hampshire 100. 

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Broadcast Dates Announced

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

NASCAR and SPEED TV have announced the broadcast dates for upcoming NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.

The New Hampshire 100, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, will be the second appearance for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at the Loudon, N.H., track in 2008. The race will be aired on a tape-delayed basis by SPEED on Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

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News & Notes: Silk Looks To Continue String Of Success at Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

It may be a two-hour drive from his hometown of Norwalk, Conn., but for Ronnie Silk, Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway is home sweet home.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its fourth appearance of 2008 at Thompson on Sunday, Sept. 7 for the Sunoco Modified Mania 150. Silk, who made his 50th NASCAR Whelen Modified start last week, has excelled at Thompson throughout his young career, especially as of late.

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Modified Champion Rick Fuller To Be Honored At Thompson

By Jason Cunningham

As part of a season-long celebration of 60 Years of Modified Champions, 1993 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Rick Fuller will be honored at the Sunoco Modified Mania 150 on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

A consistent championship contender throughout his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career with top 10 points finishes in 17 seasons; Fuller broke through in 1993 and earned a 93-point victory over Reggie Ruggiero for the title.

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Christopher Goes Wire-To-Wire

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

MANSFIELD, Ohio – Ted Christopher took sole possession of fifth place on the all-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins list when his No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet took the checkered flag Saturday night in the Whelen 150 at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

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Qualifying: Beers Wins Pole Again

By Official Release

MANSFIELD, Ohio - Eric Beers won his second straight Coors Light Pole Award, posting the fastest lap at the .5-mile Mansfield Motorsports Park oval.

It is the eighth career pole for Beers (No. 46 Reynold's Auto Wrecking/Sunoco Chevrolet), who put up a lap of 15.319 seconds/117.501 mph. Beers was also fastest in practice. He edged Bobby Grigas III (No. 09 Triple-G Scafford Services Chevrolet) by two thousands of a second. Grigas had a top lap of 15.321/118.486.

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