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LOUDON, N.H. – Rain washed out nearly all on-track activity Thursday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
While the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour got a brief practice run, the showers that soaked the track canceled the scheduled qualifying for Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Series East race and Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. Both lineups were set in accordance to the NASCAR rule book.
Eighteen-year-old rookie Austin Dillon (No. 3 Garage Equipment Supply Chevrolet) and Brian Ickler (No. 15 Ickler Motorsports Chevrolet) will start on the front row of Friday’s Heluva Good! 125. Dillon leads the point standings by 55 over Ickler. Steve Park and Matt Kobyluck will start in the second row, followed by Dale Earnhardt Inc. teammates Jeffrey Earnhardt and Trevor Bayne.
Chuck Hossfeld (No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge) will start out front of the New England 100 Saturday, along with Ted Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installation Chevrolet). Christopher holds the track record with nine wins.
Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik and James Civali round out the top five starters.
Ed Flemke Jr. (No. 10 Ron Bouchard Auto Stores Chevrolet) posted the fastest lap in the 26-minutes of practice for the Modifieds with a 30.008-second lap around the 1.058-mile oval. Reggie Ruggiero (No. 14 Atlantic Sprinkler Ford) was second at 30.110 and Bobby Grigas III (No. 09 Triple-G Scaffold Services Chevrolet) was third at 30.204.
Jimmy Blewett (30.229) and Chuck Hossfeld (30.309) rounded out the top five in practice. L.W. Miller, the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion and the tour’s 2008 point leader, was sixth fastest. Miller is driving a Spec motor in his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start since he ran at New Hampshire in 2003.
Jeff Fuller was 18th fastest in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for car owner Kevin Manion. Manion is the crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Fuller, the 1992 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, is making his first start since 2003 as a replacement for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point leader Kyle Busch. Busch was originally slated to drive for Manion, but opted out because of scheduling conflicts.