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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, on Wednesday night with the third annual Thompson 125. Below is a statistical look at the fifth race of the 2017 points championship season, including selected driver notes:
Thompson 125 Setup:
• This marks the second of the four appearances for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson for the 2017 season. The final two events will come on August 9 and October 15.
• This event is the only of the four races at Thompson that will see a distance of 125 laps. All others are scheduled for 150 laps, including the season-finale in October, where the champion will be crowned.
• Rowan Pennink returns to the 0.625-mile oval as the most recent winner on the high-banks. He scored the win in the Icebreaker 150 back on April 9 and currently sits second in the series point standings, trailing the lead by only nine points.
At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park:
• The historic .625-mile oval opened in 1940 and has held at least one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race since the series started in 1985.
• The track held three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in history, with the first being won by Neil Cole back in 1951.
• The track also has a non-NASCAR road course, where events are held throughout the year.
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Tour will return to Thompson for the first time since 2009 on July 8.
• There have been 135 Whelen Modified Tour races in the history of Thompson, which is the most of any other facility on the 2017 schedule.
• Seven-time series champion Mike Stefanik holds the lead with 15 career wins at the Connecticut oval, while Doug Coby, Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore lead all active drivers with five career wins.
• There have been 46 different pole winners at Thompson. Tony Hirschman leads the list with 13 career poles, while Doug Coby and Ted Christopher are the active leaders with seven poles each.
•In the Icebreaker, Rowan Pennink snapped a dry spell that dated back to 2009 for the Boelher Racing team. Since then, he has finished sixth at Stafford and seventh at Langley.
Race: #5 of 17 overall
Race Date: Wednesday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m. (approx)
Track Layout: .625-mile paved oval
Race Length: 125 laps (78.125 miles)
2016 Winner: Bobby Santos
2016 Polesitter: Doug Coby
1-Lap Qualifying Record: 123.376 mph (Bobby Santos -- April 2011)
125-Lap Race Record: 99.769 mph (Doug Coby -- June 2011)
Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet)