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DeLange Racing And Driver Eric Beers Leaving The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
November 2, 2012DeLange Racing And Driver Eric Beers Leaving The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

By Shawn Courchesne
November 2, 2012


DeLange, of Lockport, N.Y., had fielded a car for Eric Beers, who finished sixth in the Whelen Modified Tour standings driving for the organization in 2012.“Right now we will not be returning to the [Whelen Modified] Tour next year,” DeLange said. “There’s a myriad of reasons. One is Eric spends a lot of time working. He has to put in a lot of overtime. He’s on the road a lot and he’s a very hands on guy. It’s made it very difficult on him with his family obligations and so on. And as far our situation, goes, frankly I’m getting beat up with the travel. We live near Buffalo, N.Y. and the closest races for us are six and seven hours away. It’s tough and it’s started to beat me up a bit. That’s another factor.”DeLange began competing on the Modified Tour in 2008 with driver Erick Rudolph. After parting ways with Rudolph after the 2008 season, DeLange and Beers connected for the 2009 season. DeLange shared the responsibility of fielding a car for Beers in 2009 with fellow team owner Bob Katon Jr. Beers drove to an eighth place in the standings in 2009. DeLange then teamed with owner John Blewett Sr. in 2010 to field cars for Beers, who finished ninth in the standings that year. DeLange has fielded cars full-time as the sole owner for the season for the last two years for Beers. The team was third in the Whelen Modified Tour standings in 2011. “The Tour has become not fun any more,” DeLange said. “It’s costing us more and more money to run on the Tour. My opinion, and this is strictly my opinion, I believe that NASCAR has lost sight of who we are. And by we I mean, the Modifieds. We’re weekend racers and we don’t have full-time paid crews like a Sprint Cup operation or a Nationwide operation. The financial burden has been very tough. They change the rules at the drop of a hat and changing those rules always costs us money. The up and coming year [2013] we’ve got to go to a new seat, we’ve got make adjustments to the car itself and all these things cost money. There’s a price tag to everything and it has become very very difficult with everything they do. “I’ve enjoyed the Tour, I’ve been able to meet a lot of nice people. There’s nobody better than the Eddie Flemke’s and the Jamie Tomaino’s and the Jimmy Blewett’s. I’ll miss racing with those people, I’ll miss interacting with those people, but we won’t miss a lot of the stuff that goes along with the NASCAR operation.”DeLange said he will continue to work with Beers, of Northampton, Pa. He will field a car full-time for Beers next season at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa. “Mahoning is a great place to race, it’s a lot of fun,” DeLange said. “It’s a throwback to the old days, which I miss greatly. It’s a very enjoyable.”He said the team will also run special events at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster, N.Y., just outside of Buffalo. He said he doesn’t rule out the possibility of making selected starts on the Modified Tour.“A lot will depend on what it looks like cost-wise to make the changes to the car that are necessary for racing with NASCAR next year,” DeLange said.


Oct 27 - Mahoning Speedway - 130 laps - Octoberfast - 3

By DINO OBERTO

(LEHIGHTON, PA 10-27-12) It was the biggest payday and longest race distance for the Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks ever at Mahoning Valley Speedway and race teams responded to the cash and laps offerings with a very impressive field in the highly touted “Octoberfast 2012, Fright Night in the Valley.

When all was said and done, Matt Hirschman proved once again why he is the undisputed king of extra distance races at the paved quarter mile oval as the Northampton ace drove his J & J Motorsports No. 59 to a decisive $5000 victory in the 130 lap feature, Earl Paules of Palmerton won his 10th Late Model race of the season and TJ Gursky, also from Palmerton, took top honors in the 100 lap Street Stock feature and it was all in front a full grandstand.
The Octoberfast 2012 goes down as one of the most successful days in track history and brings to a close the first year of promoting under Floyd Santee. The racing was the track’s season finale and was part of a close to $50,000 purse. It drew 34 Modifieds, 20 Late Models and 31 Street Stocks from throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
“We wouldn’t be here tonight if it hadn’t been for (promoter) Floyd Santee and his family. They stepped up to the plate and did something here that no one else had ever done before. This means that we’ll come back again next year. We have to keep this event going. They did an excellent job with the fans and the racers,” said Hirschman.
An all-star 24 car field began the Modified main. Hirschman, in the J & J Motorsports No. 59, became the sixth and final leader when he assumed the top spot under a lap 59 caution. He then drove the rest of the way with little resistance for his track leading seventh 100-plus lap feature win at Mahoning Valley.
“This was unbelievable. To race in front of this size of a crowd in late October, it’s my favorite time of year,” said Hirschman.
Some crafty pit strategy early on played nicely into his hands too. Under the race’s first yellow on lap 34, Hirschman gave up his fifth place running spot to duck in for a left rear tire. He came back out ninth and patiently held steady after reaching sixth place.
Then on lap 59 leader Lou Strohl spun and brought out a caution. Much to Hirschman’s benefit all five cars ahead of him made pit stops which then moved him to the front of the pack.
At Mahoning Valley it’s rare to see Hirschman passed once he takes the lead and this time was no different as the rest of the way was near effortless.
“It worked out to be a masterpiece of perfection. I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better than that. I’m a big believer in momentum and when you got that behind you and you’re not doubting yourself and your car and your team in the pits, it almost comes easy,” he said.
A redraw after heats saw newly crowned track champion Paules snag the pole with New York star Chuck Hossfeld alongside.
At the drop of the green Paules took to the early lead with Hossfeld closely alongside him. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standout Ryan Preece, 2011 Mahoning champ Tyler Haydt and Hirschman made up the top five.
Hossfeld, who was making his first appearance at Mahoning Valley, was giving Paules a handful to deal with, attacking from both the high and low lanes. On lap seven he drove to the inside and took control of the lead.
Haydt had worked to third and was now running two-wide with Paules while they each went nip-and-tuck with Hossfeld.
Utilizing his home track advantage and keen ability of running the high groove, Paules was able to shake free of Haydt and continued towards Hossfeld, retaking the lead on lap 22. Likewise Haydt also followed Paules as did Preece.
The rapid paced action was halted for the first time on lap 34 when Jimmy Zacharias made contact with Tony Hirschman in turn three and put an end to both them.
Under the yellow a handful of cars went pit-side including M. Hirschman. Upon returning he would be shown in 10th. Paules was still out front with Haydt followed by Nevin George, Eric Beers Roger Coss.
When the race got back underway Paules got very defensive as Haydt and George were attacking from either side of him. George, who was on the inside, made a thrusting surge coming through turn four on lap 37 and entered into the lead.
Hard charging Coss was starting to make his presence felt by this time as well. He and Paules began going back and forth for second. Also on the move was Strohl in the Matt Higgins owned No. 88.
After a lap 45 restart, Strohl was third behind George and Coss and within two laps of going back green he powered his way past both. Things were looking good for the all-time Modified wins leader as he was chasing after his first in three years.
George was keeping right on his tail but Strohl was not showing signs of uneasiness. The leaders then came upon lapped traffic by lap 58. Just ahead of them was Matt Wentz. On lap 59 as they came off of turn one, Strohl and George, while running to the inside of Wentz, just cleared him but as they were heading into turn two, George tapped the back of Strohl and the leader went into a spin.
With the caution now out George along with third, fourth and fifth runners Paules, Haydt and Beers, all made pit stops. That elevated Hirschman to the top. Bobby Jones was now second with Chip Santee, Hossfeld and John Bennett making up the top five.
Once the action got back underway Hirschman would remain in charge. Even with a few more cautions that allowed others to challenge, he would have nothing to do with it. He was even passing cars on the final few laps despite his comfortable lead.
“I had a great car. I felt comfortable and ran that pace. The lapped cars worked with me and it was a perfect day,” said Hirschman who drove away to a five car length margin of victory.
“You slack off a little bit and leave the door open and somebody’s filling it. We’re racing for five grand here today and you don’t give someone an opportunity if you don’t have to.
With 32 laps to go Coss progressed to second and similar to Hirschman would not be challenged the rest of the way.
“It was a good run. I was trying real hard but he was a little better than me. I finished second to the best in the business, there’s no question about it,” said Coss who pocketed $3000.
“It’s a good payday. One spot higher would be a lot nicer but we’ll take second in this case.”
Beers, who like Hirschman always comes into the extra distance races as a favorite, fought hard to come home third. His efforts netted him $2000. Zane Zeiner came from 17th to fourth with Paules rounding out the top five. They cleared $1600 and $1200 respectively.
There were four heats which were won by Tony Hirschman, Don Wagner, Beers and Kevin Rex, Jr. Zeiner and Bennett won the consolation races.

Modified Feature Finish, 100 Laps: 1. Matt Hirschman, 2. Roger Coss, 3. Eric Beers, 4. Zane Zeiner, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Chip Santee, 7. John Bennett, 8. John Markovic, 9. Nevin George, 10. Todd Baer, 11. Tyler Haydt, 12. Bobby Jones, 13. Chuck Hossfeld, 14. Don Wagner, 15. Lou Strohl, 16. Anthony Sesely, 17. Rick Kirkendall, 18. Matt Wentz, 19. Kevin Rex, Jr., 20. Brian DeFebo, 21. Scott Adams, 22. Ryan Preece, 23. Tony Hirschman, 24. Jimmy Zacharias

Did not qualify:

Modified B-Main, 25 Laps: 1. James Pritchard, Jr. 2. Tom Flanagan, 3. Shaun Carrig, 4. Troy Bollinger, 5. TJ Zacharias, 6. Matt Clemens
Did not start: Tommy Farrell, Bobby Drown, Terry Markovic, Ron Frees

A B-main for non-qualified cars was held and in the non-stop 25-lapper James Pritchard, Jr., of Roxberry, NJ led every lap and won for the first time in a Modfied. The race was worth $1000. It was his first win since a Factory Stock victory back in 2006.



Oct 13-14 - Thompson Speedway - NASCAR - 5

Eric said the car was good - it was a little tight on the start of a run but then came in and he could hold his own. Also restarting on the inside was bad and then had to work to get back positions.

THOMPSON, Conn. – It was all about the little guys on Sunday at Thompson International Speedway.

In a part-time ride, former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Bobby Santos won the Sunoco-Town Fair Tire World Series 150 for his second consecutive win to close out the season, while Doug Coby celebrated his first career championship with a team that was making just its first foray into fielding a full-time ride on the Tour.There might be bigger teams, bigger budgets and even bigger star power in other corners of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, but Sunday served notice that there are plenty of smaller operations with the know-how to get the job done – both on race day and over the long haul of a six-month season.“When (team owner Wayne Darling) decided to go full-time, it really had to do with the schedule that NASCAR put together,” Coby said. “If it was the same schedule as last year, he would not have gone full-time. We just got lucky that it was spread out more. He looked at it with his crew chief and said, 'We can do this with our two cars and our two motors and we'll be fine.“Let's take a shot at it.'It obviously worked out, as Coby won five of the 14 races on the season. His sixth-place finish on Sunday in the Sunoco-Town Fair Tire 150 gave him his 11th Top-10 of the season along with eight Top-5s.Santos spent the last two years with Bob Garbarino's Mystic Missile team, a fixture on the Tour since its inception in the 1980s. This year, replaced in that seat by two-time series champion Donny Lia, he was sent looking for gainful employment in the Modified ranks.He found it with a part-time team in Tinio Racing. How high were the odds stacked against the No. 44 this year? Santos said when they agreed to purchase a Tour Modified from his father, they originally they thought they were buying an SK Modified that would have competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Thompson.Still, Santos believed the team could surprise people, especially after an eye-opening pole and second-place finish at Stafford Motor Speedway in May.“They have all the right pieces, and they're just giving me a really great race car,” said Santos, a two-time winner of the World Series. “The biggest thing is that they work with me, and they listen to me, and they believe in me.“That's something I need, and it means a lot that this team believes in me.”;Santos, who has filled his summer schedule the last few years with a slew of open-wheel sprint and midget races, used that belief to fuel his efforts on the Whelen Modified Tour. Despite winning the 2010 series championship, Santos said he has still had to learn how to be a different kind of driver in a Modified.On Sunday, he used that mentality to power past the leaders for the win.“I don't feel like I drive like a Modified driver. I feel I'm an open-wheel style driver, and I try to race really clean,” Santos said. “The way this Modified racing is right now, you have to be really aggressive and you've got to use the nerf bars a little more. I hate doing it, but I did it a couple of times in today's race where I would normally never do that. But if you want to win in this series right now, the way it is, you have to race like that.”;Even in victory, it didn't feel natural to Santos – who also won at Stafford Motor Speedway two weeks ago to give Tinio Racing its first Tour win as an organization.“I felt horrible,” Santos said. “I was just talking to (third-place finish Todd Szegedy), and he said, 'That's nothing what you did to me.' I guess I'm just kind of out of my league with this racing. It's just not my style.“I always feel like I'm the one getting shoved around, but today I had too good of a race car to let people push me around. I just did what it took to get to Victory Lane.”;And in doing so, he rewarded his team with its second victory to close out a 2012 season that was remarkable for the success found by the little guys.Coby's title was the ultimate illustration of that.“As far as putting the pieces of the puzzle together, I knew that this team had good motors and they had a good cars,” Coby said. “The first time I drove this car, we should have won the World Series here in 2010. That was a dominant performance by that car, where a part broke and we finished third.“That's where the story started. That's where we kind of all knew, 'Wow. This could be good.'”;

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR-Sunoco-Town Fair Tire World Series
Unofficial Results
Sunday At Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn.
Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 74.356 mph.
2. (4) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 150.
3. (14) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 150.
4. (6) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Chevrolet, 150.
5. (7) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 150.
6. (9) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
7. (15) Tommy Barrett, Jr., Millis, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
8. (18) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
9. (19) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Pontiac, 150.
11. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
12. (21) Tom Rogers, Jr., Patchogue, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
13. (23) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Ford, 150.
14. (13) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
15. (1) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
16. (8) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
17. (20) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
18. (12) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 150.
19. (5) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
20. (22) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 148, engine.
21. (28) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
22. (25) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 146.
23. (27) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145.
24. (32) Shawn Solomito, Islip, Chevrolet, 137.
25. (30) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, NY, Chevrolet, 136.
26. (16) Rob Fuller, Boylston, MA, Ford, 123, accident.
27. (29) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 88.
28. (31) Steve Dickey, Londonderry, N.H., Chevrolet, 64, oil pressure.
29. (24) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 50, suspension.
30. (17) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 41, accident.
31. (26) Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, Ontario, Chevrolet, 34, accident.
32. (10) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, Chevrolet, 29, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 15 minutes 39 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.367 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: E. Berndt (120.922 mph, 18.607 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 38 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: E. Berndt 1-2; R. Preece 3-48; D. Lia 49-82; R. Preece 83-92; T. Szegedy 93-129; B. Santos 130-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 556; 2. R. Preece, 545; 3. R. Silk, 533; 4. D. Lia, 493; 5. T. Szegedy, 476; 6. E. Beers, 469; 7. J. Bonsignore, 460; 8. J. Blewett, 459; 9. T. Christopher, 452; 10. R. Yuhas, Jr., 439




Oct 6 - Mahoning Speedway - 100 laps - 1

Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman, neighbors from Mud Lane in Northampton, don’t race regularly at Mahoning Valley Speedway but make no mistake that when they do you’ll usually see them vying for the win, especially when it comes to a 100 lap feature. After they drew the front row, Beers was then able to lead every lap and held off Hirschman for the $3000 victory. It was the sixth time that Beers has won a Mahoning race of that distance, equaling the mark with Hirschman for most at the paved quarter mile oval. And, while that race unfolded, third place finisher Earl Paules clinched the division championship which complimented his Late Model crown from two weeks earlier. Zane Zeiner was fourth and in the process picked up an additional $2000 from the $6000 purse as the overall winner of the Mahoning Modified Madness Series. Rookie Scott Meckes completed the top five. 26 Modifieds time trialed which locked the top 12 into the starting grid. Don Wagner turned the fastest lap at 9.798-seconds, a mere .001-second over Beers. Beers, driving the Horwith Trucking No. 45, got a quick jump on Hirschman when the race commenced. Paules also snookered Hirschman and grabbed second spot. Throughout the first half of the contest the front duo waged a solid battle with many of the laps run in near two-wide formation. Numerous attempts by Paules to move into the lead where thwarted by Beers. “Earl (Paules) is the master here. Had he started pole and me second I would most likely not have won this race,” admitted Beers. Hirschman never was a factor during the first half and had fallen back to seventh at one point. It wasn’t until the final 32 laps that he reemerged as a contender. After a restart on lap 65, he displaced strong running Meckes for third and then aimed his attention on Paules. It would take him the better part of the next 20 laps to do so. Once he did his motivation was now Beers. At that point there was only six laps left and he did all he could to race into the lead, however, with Beers’ car sticking perfectly to the inside, the former track champ was able to hold his line and score the big win, his first of any kind this season. “With the dampness the track didn’t have a whole lot of grip tonight and without having a mirror or a radio which we have on the (NASCAR) Tour all the time, you don’t know how close anyone is to you so you’re always going as hard as you can,” said Beers who now has 28 career Modified wins at Mahoning Valley. “I knew he (Hirschman) was right on me and he and everyone else ran a clean race. This is home to me and I’m glad to be here.”; Beers, Hirschman and several other “outsiders” used the race as a tune-up for the upcoming October 27 $5000-to-win season finale, 130 lap event.
“This gives us a lot of confidence coming into that race,” offered Beers. “We have a little bit of work to do to get the car better for that one. It’s going to be huge here that day and you can expect a lot of hot shoes from around the Northeast.”
DJ Wagner and Brian DeFebo were b-main winners.

Modified Feature Finish, 35 Laps: 1. Eric Beers, 2. Matt Hirschman, 3. Earl Paules, 4. Zane Zeiner, 5. Scott Meckes, 6. John Markovic, 7. Nevin George, 8. Ed Brunnhoelzl, 9. Bobby Jones, 10. Brian DeFebo, 11. Tony Hirschman, 12. Don Wagner, 13. Roger Coss, 14. Chip Santee, 15. Shawn Sitarchyk, 16. Lou Strohl, 17. Matt Wentz, 18. Troy Bollinger, 19. Joe Mooney, 20. Kevin Rex, Jr., 21. Tyler Haydt, 22. Tom Flanagan, 23. DJ Wagner, 24. John Bennett Did not qualify: Vinnie Biondolillo, Matt Higgins,




Sept 30 - Stafford Speedway - NASCARR - 13

Bobby Santos waited until the end to make his move and then powered past Woody Pitkat to win the CARQUEST Fall Final Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway. Santos made the winning pass with four laps to go en route to his first win of the season. It was the seventh career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win for the Franklin, Mass., driver. Four of those wins have come at Stafford, including the 2010 Fall Final. “I was taking care a little bit and saving for 10 to go, but Flemke held me up a little and that kind of motivated me,” said Santos, the 2010 Whelen Modified Tour champion.
Pitkat led a race-high 128 laps at his hometown track. The Stafford driver had a cushion of over a second late in the race before Santos cleared lapped traffic and tracked him down. Santos wound up winning by .644 seconds. “I have to congratulate (Pitkat). He did an awesome jog,” stated Santos. “I really wish he could have gotten his first win, but it feels great to win for us, too.” While Pitkat had to settle for second place, he was proud of his team’s performance. “The car was really good. I wanted to stay out front so I wouldn’t have to abuse the car and that’s what we did,” said Pitkat. “But something happened toward the end. I think we started leaking power steering fluid or something. It was all over the front of the car there at the end. “This team has worked really hard and it was nice to prove that we have a top-five car. It’s an honor to drive for these guys. Hopefully we can be one spot better at Thompson.” Jimmy Blewett, who won his second career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday, finished third. Blewett pitted early for tires but the strategy backfired when the race ran 93 laps under green. Neither Santos nor Pitkat pitted. “The car was a little too free at the beginning. We came in put the tires on and made a chassis adjustment,” Blewett said. “We hoped that we’d get a late-race caution and everybody else would pit and pick up track position. We didn’t get that caution we really wanted. We had to go when we did and it was just a little too late in the game.” Ron Silk and Ryan Preece finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Mike Stefanik was sixth, followed by Donny Lia, Bryon Chew, Doug Coby and Matt Hirschman. With one race remaining Coby holds a 17-point lead over Ryan Preece and 18 over defending tour champion Silk. Lia and Justin Bonsignore round out the top five but are mathematically eliminated from championship contention.
With the victory, Santos locked up a spot in the NASCAR Whelen Modified race at the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the .4-mile oval at Daytona International Speedway next February during Speedweeks.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour concludes the season Sunday, Oct. 14 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR-CARQUEST Fall Final Results - UNOFFICIAL
Sunday At Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 74.462 mph.
2. (4) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Pontiac, 150.
3. (1) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
4. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
5. (10) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 150.
6. (17) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 150.
7. (9) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 150.
8. (8) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
9. (11) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (6) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Chevrolet, 150.
11. (13) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
12. (14) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
13. (7) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 150.
14. (16) Richie Pallai,, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
15. (12) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
16. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
17. (21) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
18. (23) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 149.
19. (15) Tommy Barrett, Jr., Millis, Mass., Chevrolet, 149.
20. (20) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
21. (19) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
22. (25) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 142.
23. (5) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 128.
24. (26) Steve Dickey, Londonderry, N.H., Chevrolet, 70, clutch.
25. (22) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 50, steering.
26. (18) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Ford, 10, engine.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 0 minutes 26 seconds
Margin of Victory: .644 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J. Blewett (98.318 mph, 18.308 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 24 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Blewett 1-2; R. Silk 3-16; W. Pitkat 17-144; B. Santos 145-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 518; 2. R. Preece, 501; 3. R. Silk, 500; 4. D. Lia, 466; 5. J. Bonsignore, 435; 6. T. Szegedy, 434; 7. J. Blewett, 431; 8. E. Beers, 430; 9. T. Christopher, 421; 10. R. Yuhas, Jr., 412.

Sept 22 - New Hampshire Speedway - NASCAR - 6

COBY CAPTURES FIRST MAGIC MILE WIN
Fifth Win Of The Season For Whelen Modified Tour Leader
Doug Coby held on in a two-lap dash to the finish to win the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday to score his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season.It marked the seventh career win and first victory at the Magic Mile for the Milford, Conn., driver - who extended his lead in the championship standings.“I’ve only won at Stafford, Thompson and Waterford in my career and to come outside of Connecticut – being a Connecticut boy – to come to this stage and on TV, it’s a pretty unbelievable feeling,” Coby said.In a race that featured lead changes on nearly every lap early on, Coby took command on Lap 84 and never relinquished the top spot. While he charged to the checkered flag after a restart with two laps remaining, second-place running Ted Christopher ended up slamming the wall after contact from Donny Lia, who went on to take the runner-up spot as the race finished under caution.Lia led eight different times for a race-high 47 laps after qualifying on the pole.“We were gonna fight for the win and I got a run there on the 3 car [Christopher] and got into the back of him, unintentionally, and caused a wreck,” Lia said. “It’s racing, I feel really bad about it, by no means was it intentional. I got a run and was trying to go to the bottom and got him in the left rear corner.”The race appeared to mark a turnaround for Coby - who started the season with top 10s in each of the first eight races, but had finishes of 11th, 13th and 22nd in the three outings leading to New Hampshire.Following Coby and Lia across the finish line were Ron Silk, Ryan Newman and Rowan Pennink. Eric Beers, Richie Pallai Jr., Matt Hirschman, Ron Yuhas Jr. and Ryan Preece rounded out the top 10.With the win Coby extended to a 21-point lead on Ryan Preece with just two races remaining in the season. Defending champion Silk is three points further back in third.The race featured 23 lead changes among six different drivers. It marked the most lead changes in a Whelen Modified Tour event since July 15, 2006 when there were 28, also at New Hampshire.
The F.W. Webb 100, the second of two visits by the tour this year to NHMS, and the 57th all-time at the 1.058-mile oval. It was televised live on SPEED.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action with the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 30.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR - F.W. Webb 100 - Unofficial Results
Saturday At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Lap length: 1.058 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 100 laps, 96.817 mph.
2. (1) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 100.
3. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 100.
4. (6) Ryan Newman, South Bend, IN, Chevrolet, 100.
5. (11) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 100.
6. (16) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 100.
7. (13) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100.
8. (20) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 100.
9. (12) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
10. (4) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 100.
11. (15) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
12. (18) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 100.
13. (24) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 100.
14. (22) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Pontiac, 100.
15. (27) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 100.
16. (19) Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, Ontario, Canada, Chevrolet, 100.
17. (5) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 99, accident.
18. (9) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 99, accident.
19. (30) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 98.
20. (28) Mike Christopher, Plainville, CT, Dodge, 98.
21. (31) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, NY, Chevrolet, 98.
22. (23) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 97.
23. (7) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 95.
24. (14) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, Chevrolet, 94.
25. (21) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 92.
26. (8) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 92.
27. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 92.
28. (17) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 59, suspension.
29. (10) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 32, engine.
30. (29) Steve Dickey, Londonderry, N.H., Chevrolet, 30, handling.
31. (25) Rob Fuller, Boylston, MA, Ford, 7, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 5 minutes 34 seconds
Margin of Victory: Under Caution
Fastest Qualifier: D. Lia (129.763 mph, 29.352 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 17 laps.
Lead Changes: 23 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Lia 1-3; R. Preece 4; D. Lia 5; R. Preece 6-11; R. Silk 12; R. Preece 13-14; R. Silk 15; R. Preece 16; R. Silk 17; R. Preece 18-19; D. Lia 20-23; R. Silk 24; D. Lia 25; D. Coby 26; D. Lia 27; D. Coby 28; D. Lia 29-45; P. Emerling 46; D. Lia 47-61; D. Coby 62-68; D. Lia 69-73; D. Coby 74-76; T. Christopher 77-83; D. Coby 84-100.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 483; 2. R. Preece, 462; 3. R. Silk, 459; 4. D. Lia, 429; 5. T. Szegedy, 414; 6. J. Bonsignore, 401; 7. E. Beers, 399; 8. T. Christopher, 397; 9. J. Blewett, 389; 10. R. Yuhas, Jr., 380.



September 15 - Riverhead - Start 19 - Finish 11

Eric was fourth fastest in the first practice so car was goods and then they straped on tires for qualifying that were junk and started 18th - on lap 20 another car slammed the right front and bent the spindle so from that point on Eric was loose on the straighaway- then loose in tight off and all sorts of stuff - so not a bad 11th place finish

PREECE ROLLS TO RIVERHEAD VICTORY
Takes 2nd Whelen Modified Tour Win Of The Season
Ryan Preece rolled to his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season Saturday night in the Riverhead 200 at Riverhead Raceway. To get it, the Berlin, Conn., driver led 168 laps before he survived a green-white-checkered finish for his fifth career win, and second at Riverhead. A caution on Lap 196 set up Preece in a battle with Jimmy Blewett on the final restart and pushed the race to 203 laps on the quarter-mile. Blewett was penalized to the tail end of the lead lap for jumping that final restart and finished 12th. Saturday marked the second career Whelen Modified Tour victory for Preece at Riverhead, who also nabbed two wins in the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified Division this year. “I love this stuff, I like tight racing, getting up on the wheel and sawing at it,” Preece said of bullring races. “I had a good time, I love coming to Riverhead Raceway, and I had a lot of fun.” Preece’s other victory this season came at Monadnock Speedway, the other quarter-mile facility on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule. Defending Riverhead 200 winner Justin Bonsignore consistently ran in or near the top five throughout the night and finished second after winning last week at Thompson International Speedway. “I thought we had a really good chance [to win] two weeks in a row,” Bonsignore said. “I got a good start on that green-white-checkered and honestly I didn’t know that they had posted the 76 [Blewett]. I had a wheel next to Ryan, maybe I would have pressed the issue if I would have known, but all in all it was a good day.” Todd Szegedy was third, followed by Riverhead regular Howie Brode and Ted Christopher. Christopher rallied from an early-race incident and was the free pass beneficiary twice to get back in position for his stretch run. Tom Rogers Jr., Eric Goodale, Donny Lia, Ron Silk and Eric Berndt completed the top 10. Goodale led a career-high 35 laps Saturday night. It was just the third race in his career that he ran out front, and first time in two years. While running near the front, points leader Doug Coby experienced engine issues 60 laps into the event and finished 22nd to allow Preece to close to within nine points in the standings with three races remaining. Silk slipped from second to third in the standings, 19 points back of Coby. Earlier in the day, Preece won his sixth Coors Light Pole Award of the season, the most by a Whelen Modified Tour driver since 2005. He went on to lead a race-high 168 laps. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race next in the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 22. The race will air live on SPEED.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR - Riverhead 200 Unofficial Results
Saturday At Riverhead Raceway, Riverhead, N.Y.
Lap length: 0.25 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 203 laps, 53.593 mph.
2. (10) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 203.
3. (4) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 203.
4. (11) Howie Brode, East Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 203.
5. (12) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 203.
6. (6) Tom Rogers, Jr., Patchogue, N.Y., Chevrolet, 203.
7. (2) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 203.
8. (5) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 203.
9. (9) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 203.
10. (16) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 203.
11. (18) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 203.
12. (13) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 203.
13. (17) Frank Vigliarolo, Mt. Sinai, N.Y., Chevrolet, 201.
14. (19) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 201.
15. (22) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
16. (20) Ed Brunnhoelzl, III, Levittown, N.Y., Chevrolet, 199.
17. (15) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 199.
18. (21) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 195, suspension.
19. (23) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 192, suspension.
20. (14) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 184.
21. (3) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass, Pontiac, 148, steering.
22. (7) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 60, engine.
23. (8) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 53, mechanical.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 56 minutes 49 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.448 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Preece (75.605 mph, 11.904 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 45 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-77; E. Goodale 78-112; R. Preece 113-203.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 436; 2. R. Preece, 427; 3. R. Silk, 417; 4. T. Szegedy, 395; 5. D. Lia, 385; 6. J. Bonsignore, 383; 7. T. Christopher, 369; 8. J. Blewett, 368; 9. E. Beers, 361; 10. R. Yuhas, Jr., 345.


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RIVERHEAD RACEWAY 200
Riverhead Raceway
by Polly Reid
The Riverhead 200 originally scheduled to run in July, postponed because of rain is finally in the books two months later. One would have to agree the wait was worth it for Ryan Preece. The Berlin, CT driver set fast time earlier in the day at Riverhead Raceway in the Eric Sanderson owned, East West Marine sponsored Ford earning his 6th pole of the season and ended his day with a trip to victory lane in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Riverhead 200.
“It’s awesome,” smiled Preece. “Sly, Jerry, everybody in the shop, Fred, Jack everyone that works on this car, they do a phenomenal job, they work their tails off and to get this win for them it means a lot to me. And to get our sixth pole of the year, that’s pretty cool. We’re clicking away, we’re getting better and better every week- I’m very fortunate to be with the car owner I have, Eric Sanderson, he’s a great guy and car owner- he has all the confidence in the world in me. I’m proud of these guys and I can’t thank them enough.”
Justin Bonsignore was second with Todd Szegedy third, Howie Brode fourth and Ted Christopher fifth.
It is Preece's second win of the season, the first coming at Monadnock Speedway in May.
The night was not without controversy. It might be categorized as hard short track racing when the seventh and final caution of the night waved as four cars tangled in turn two with only four circuits remaining on the board. After the track was clear, the night was going to come down to a green white checker finish. Preece leading came around turn four for the final restart of the night with Jimmy Blewett on the outside. With the green flagin the air, Blewett got the edge on the restart and passed Preece too soon. Blewett was immediately penalized by NASCAR for jumping the restart, the win scored to Preece as the Riverhead 200 was extended to lap 203. Preece awarded the victory, Blewett scored 12th, the last car on the lead lap.
“Jimmy Blewett on the outside,” said Preece about the final restart. “He always runs me clean. There’s nothing wrong with a little bumping and banging. I respect Jimmy a lot, I’ve always looked up to him as an idol figure- he’s one of the guys as when I started racing, he would always come over to me, he gave me a lot of advice when I was younger and tearing up race cars, I got thank him a lot- Mike Herman, Ken Bouchard- my family, all those people played a big role in my racing career and development.”
Preece earned his season 6th Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day and led the first 77 circuits. Hometown driver Eric Goodale in the Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet lined up on the outside of Preece and tucked in for second becoming the shadow of the 16 car. Doug Coby however had other plans and took over second from Goodaleby lap 50, suddenly a threat to Preece until the next caution came out on lap 58. Coby was forced to pit with engine issues, leaving the track under his own power, however, he would not return, the Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Chevrolet was unexpectedly done for the night. Goodale lined up second again and finally made his move becoming the new leader over Preece on lap 78.
At the half, 100 down, 100 to go, the longest green run of the night underway, the top ten were Goodale, Preece, Szegedy, Donny Lia, Bonsignore, Ron Silk, Tom Rogers, Howie Brode, Blewett and Jon McKennedy. As the green continued, Preece made his move out of turn four, going low to capture the lead back on lap 113, Szegedy followed with Bonsignore third.
“As soon as he got by me he definitely looked a little free off so I knew with a little bit of patience we’d have it back and we did,” said Preece. “He ran a good race, he was fast, he definitely worked me over and it seems with me saving my tires at the beginning, being patient it kind of paid off for me.”
The trio of Preece, Szegedy and Bonsignore remained in that running order until Szegedy in the Mike Smeriglio III owned, Delicacies Gourmet/Dunleavy Repair sponsored Ford took over second on a restart with 25 to go. Blewett became part of the top three by lap 177 and on the next restart, took over second with 12 to go in the Riverhead 200. Starting 13th after qualifying, Blewett was suddenly a contender to take it all as the final restart lined up double file for the green white checker dash. Preece on the point with Blewett on the outside, Szegedy, Bonsignore and Tom Rogers made up the top five. Blewett crossed the line first at the checkers but the call had already been made by officials- the win to Preece, Bonsignore second, Szegedy third. In the end, Blewett 12th.
“This one of those moments I wish it was a 175 lap race,” said Preece referring to the original distance. “We won, it is what it is- it was a race that’s for sure I was up on the edge. We were really good (on the long green run). Todd was good but we were a little bit better- I didn’t know if he was saving or not. I love Riverhead, it’s awesome, it really is a driver’s track, you have to get up on the wheel but you have to be smart at the same time.”
Bonsignore in the Kenneth Massa owned M3 Technology Chevrolet with crew chief John Sanford, the winner of this event one year ago, somehow made it despite being under the weather. “I guess I’ve been fighting the flu it seems since we left Thompson- we got in the truck to come home that night and I felt like heck ever since then. There may not have been a lot of cars today but the field is so close, so competitive. We missed the pole by 9 one-hundredths of a second and started 10th. We just had to race really hard to get to second – I had a good long-run car. We caught Ryan- if it had gone green we probably could have caught him, it would have been awesome but our car just wasn’t good on the short runs. I had a wheel on Ryan coming to the white, it was a good run. We’re starting to turn the season around, we wanted to win at home but you can’t win every year. We’re trying to finish off strong, get a win or two, we’d like to win every week but obviously you’re not going to. I’m looking forward to next week, it’s when you start stringing these weeks together like this you want to keep going, you don’t want the season to end.”
Another podium finish at the quarter mile NY bullring for the Ridgefield, CT driver- Szegedy has developed a new attitude over the years about his approach to running at Riverhead. “I like it here now, we finished second here last year, we finished second for the 77, this year we finished third at the 77 and now another third. You’re nothing without the equipment underneath you,” said Szegedy referring to the MSR Team headed up by crew chief Phil Moran. “They give me a car I can drive.”
2012 marks the 17th year as a Tour car owner for Eric Sanderson. “I’m beginning to be one of the old guys on the Tour,” said Sanderson who actually made his start in racing when Stafford went from dirt to asphalt. “They started what’s called the All American Sportsman division- I put my first car in that in the late sixties. I drove a few years myself, the All American Sportsman, I drove a modified for a couple of years but decided to quit because I felt I was getting in the way- which I was,” smiled Sanderson. Racing stopped when the money stopped and Sanderson took up golf, “until I got involved with Chris Kopec in ’94 when he was running for the track championship at Riverside. Then we went Tour racing and the rest is history.”Sanderson is more than appreciative of the efforts of his Flamingo Motorsports team. “This is the first time we’ve won two races in one season. It’s been an incredible season. These guys work their butts off- it’s a great bunch of guys and we’re having fun- that’s what it’s all about, having fun.” Sanderson confirmed that Preece will return as the driver of the 16 for the 2013 season.
From his point of view, the day became an immediate challenge for crew chief of the Flamingo Motorsports team- Stan ‘Sly’ Szaban admittedthe car was not where they thought it would be when practice started. “It didn’t start out too good, we went out in practice and the car was surprisingly terrible, we didn’t expect that, we thought we’d come here with a pretty good car, but the first half was terrible. We made some changes-different shock package, different spring package and it kind of woke the car up. I said to the team, at that point, practice starts now, just forget what happened- I was like this is where our day is starting now- start fresh. We went from there, made our adjustments and with Ryan’s help on the chassis, we got him what we needed.” Preece ended up second fastest by the end of the practice session and went on to set fast time to earn his sixth pole of the season. “I mean, without a doubt it’s a team effort, every piece of the puzzle is just as important as the other piece- Ryan happens to be a big piece of it. If you just get it close, he does the rest, he is an amazing driver. I’d like to take credit for it, but I just can’t. Our car owner gives us everything we need to get our job done- Eric has given us all the tools.”
The season has come a long way for the Flamingo Motorsports team that has risen from their 16th place finish at the Icebreaker. Szaban continued,“If someone told me at the beginning of the season that we would have two wins, six poles, a track record, I would not have believed it. I don’t know why we’re having a season like this, I don’t feel like we’re doing anything different, I mean we’ve had seasons like this with Mike where you could do no wrong- call it luck, whatever, they just happen.”
The remaining top ten include Tom Rogers, Jr. crossing for sixth with Eric Goodale seventh, Donny Lia seventh, Ron Silk eighth and Eric Berndt tenth.
Three events remain on the 2012 NWMT schedule. Finishing the night 22nd, Coby remains the point leader by nine over Preece who moves up a spot to second with Silk in third only 19 behind Coby. The NWMT heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Saturday September 22nd for the F.W. Webb 100.
A big thank you to all the people at Riverhead that helped Denise DuPont and I with the live updates for The Chrome Horn- from getting us situated so we could report the race to spotting when the action was at its most heated- it was all much appreciated.


Sept 9- Thompson Speedway - NASCAR - 8

JUSTIN BONSIGNORE WINS NWMT TOWN FAIR TIRE NORTHERN 75
Bonsignore Gets Second Career Win at Thompson International Speedway
by Polly Reid
Starting second at the green and dropping back to sixth before five circuits were complete, Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY in the M3 Technology sponsored Chevrolet went to task and worked his way methodically forward. On lap 68 he made the winning move passing Ryan Preece to score his second career win, his first at Thompson International Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire Northern 75.
Crossing for second was Bobby Santos, Ryan Preece third, Todd Szegedy fourth and Ted Christopher fifth.
“This is huge,” smiled Bonsignore. “Our team has been up and down all year, we really thought we'd come out of the box and contend like Doug (Coby) has all year. We kind of took a step backwards, made some changes with our team, this is only our third race together, we struggled our first race, Bristol showed we can do it. I have all the confidence in the world in my guys. They are so dedicated and when they get to the race track, it's a good time.”
The 75 lap point race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour had a total of four cautions including the finish under yellow when Ron Silk running seventh hit the turn one and two outside wall on the white flag lap, the field crossing the stripe under a yellow checker.
It was after the caution with 22 laps to go that Bonsignore noticed his car was coming to him. "We were just really tight in the beginning, our car just had no forward drive, then we got that caution and I don't know if everyone else just came back to us or if we got a little bit better but we got a really good restart that got us up to third there.”
Bonsignore gained three positions on that restart and found himself two spots from the checkers - only Ted Christopher with thirteen Tour wins at Thompson and Ryan Preece who had led the entire event was between him and pulling the Ken Massa owned modified into victory lane. Bonsignore knew there was not much time, 22 circuits to be exact and he took his move forward to task. “I started working Teddy over as hard as I could, showed him a nose, showed him an outside, it's real hard to pass him here, everyone knows that, he's the best. Finally I just put the slide job on him in turn three and we didn't make any contact which is how you're supposed to do it then we ran Ryan down. I didn't think I was going to get him as easy as I did. He tried to cross back over but our car was really good up off."
Bonsignore became the second leader of the day and just as he was putting some distance from the field a turn four incident involving Bryon Chew, Ed Flemke, Rowan Pennink and Patrick Emerling brought out the yellow, three circuits shy of the checkers. “The last thing I wanted to see was that caution. That's not what you want to see when you're driving away from them with two to go.” The Town Fair Tire Northern 75 was going into overtime.
Bonsignore lined up to lead the field for a green, white, checkered finish with Preece, Christopher, Santos and Mike Stefanik the top five. Bonsignore maintained his lead while the scramble for the checkers became fierce. Silk got the worse of it on the white flag lap and was forced into the outside wall bringing out a yellow, checker finish. Santos secured second and Preece claimed third on the extended feature at lap 82, seven over the advertised distance. “We got a good start, rolled in on the top- Bobby was coming- I knew it was going to be exciting- the way our season's gone, I'll take it with the caution that ended the race.”
Rolling into his hometrack next weekend, Bonsignore will no doubt be a top choice for victory at Riverhead Raceway where he collected his first career Tour win last year. “We've got another good week next week at Riverhead, I'm really looking forward to that, maybe we can go two in a row. We're going back home, we ran there recently and won two weeks ago- I think there is a really good chance.”
He may be a part time driver on the NWMT, but when he does make it to the track, Bobby Santos of Franklin, MA seems to make a statement, for the good, in the ImperialCars.com/Tinio Corp. sponsored, Sully Tinio owned Chevrolet. Third at the initial green, Santos challenged Preece in the beginning, then Bonsignore at the end, his day’s work resulting in a solid second. “My guys gave me a really good car, that Billy the Kid Motor is really good. We just got a little loose, we were off just a little bit- I want to thank those guys they did an awesome job.”
Setting fast time, collecting his fifth Coors Light pole award of the season, Ryan Preece turned on a torrid pace keeping the competition in his rear view mirror. If the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 had remained green, there would have been no catching the Berlin, CT driver.
After Bonsignore made his move for the lead, the final caution occurred with a less than a handful of circuits left on the board. The caution cost Preece yet another position, his day ending third. “I want to thank East West Marine, Flamingo Motorsports, Sanderson McCloud, R&B Enterprises, American Lamp Recycling, everybody involved in this whole deal. We wouldn't be here without them.” Preece was already looking ahead before he even climbed out of the car. “We know what we have to do to make our car better for the 50 lap showdown and hope we can put on a show for the fans.”
Mike Stefanik crossed sixth with Donny Lia, Eric Beers, Eric Berndt and Richie Pallai, Jr the remaining top ten finishers.
Point leader Doug Coby finished the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 in 13th- while not the best points day for the Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct title contending modified, Coby maintains a 32 point lead over Ron Silk heading to Riverhead Raceway this next Saturday, Sept. 15th.

ANDY SEUSS TAKES TO THE HIGH SIDE
TO WIN THE NWSMT AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY
With Lady Luck on His Side Seuss Gets First 2012 Win
by Denise DuPont
Race teams from the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT) traveled north for the second annual North South Showdown on Sunday September 9th.
There were twenty-two NWSMT teams registered and all started the Green Pointe EnergySouthern75 tour race. The southern race was the first of the two tour events scheduled to run. There was a caution on lap1 after two cars made contact on the backstretch and then pulled away. After that the race continued to the finish without caution.
As the laps clicked off there was a lot of passing and just good hard racing. Coming into the race at Thompson Speedway, NWSMT regular Andy Seuss was winless in 2012. The #11, Ideal race team has had more than their share of bad luck and damaged cars this season. But the team’s bad luck finally turned around at Thompson. Andy Seuss started the race on the outside pole, passed for the lead on lap 24 and out drove Matt Hirschman to take the win.
As the laps clicked off and race leaders made their way through lapped traffic, fans were on their feet cheering the leaders on and waiting to see if lapped cars would change the race outcome. But Seuss used the cars to his advantage to pass them and remained ahead of Hirschman. On lap 75 Andy Seuss took the checkers winning the GreenPointe Energy Southern “75” race.
“I started to get worried when they said that he (Matt Hirschman) was coming. I do not know if lapped track helped or hurt,” said Seuss from victory lane. “I cannot thank this team enough. We have had a terrible year luck wise. There were times over the past few weeks that I was not sure if I was going to get a win this year. Everything was just right today. I just went where the car was fast and that was where they told me the car was fastest to get good momentum. “
“The crew worked so hard in practice yesterday and then this morning we threw everything at it (the car). So I just had to drive it based on how it was handling. It (the car) was loose all race and I was chasing the rear end up the hill but it worked up there. The crew chief, my dad the interim crew chief, told me to run up there and I did and it worked out. ”
Seuss may have had a loose car but he had a car that ran good on the outside which he could use to his advantage to pass lapped traffic. “My crew said “Run up top you are getting a good run off the turns”. So I did and a couple of times I got to the outside of cars running up there.”
At the end of the race Seuss was still racing hard after the checkers flew. “I got confused when it was two to go and they did not show it because of the lapped cars. Then I thought I saw the white flag waving and I thought I saw them throw the checkers but I was not taking chances. I keep going until my spotter told me to slow down. I have to thank all those lapped cars for giving me respect and room. Lapped traffic always plays into a race here. Matt Hirschman ran real clean. I have to thank him. . I cannot wait to come back here for the World Series. ”
Matt Hirschman brought the Goodale #50 car across the finish line right behind Andy Seuss for a solid second place finish. “The car just came up a little bit short,” said Hirschman after the race. “I was able to get to Andy but not make a move around him. It just did not have it coming up off the corner there. We were about equal and then he was a little bit better the last few laps.”
This was the first time Hirschman drove the Goodale family car but it did not show as he maneuvered the car like it was his. “I did not know what to expect coming into this race today. This is the first time that I have driven this car and raced for this team, so considering that I think that this was an excellent run for us. I appreciate the opportunity that these guys gave me with Goodie Motorsports.”
Rob Fuller came from the rear of the field for a podium finish in the NWSMT race at Thompson. Even though he won the pole during qualifying, Fuller was forced to dropped to the rear of the field after his spotter missed a pre-race meeting. “It felt great. Starting in the back I felt a little nervous but I think that we showed them that we belonged up front. With one more caution, I tell you that I do not think that the fastest car won the race.”
Fuller had to get from the back to the front if he wanted to win and knowing that he passed eighteen cars by lap 50. “I have never raced before with these southern guys and I have to say that these guys gave me all the room in the world. I have to give this one to my guys. They worked their butts off. The crew chief let us down a little by missing the meeting or whatever happened there but we stuck together and pulled something good out of it.”
The NWSMT cars will return south and have a few weeks off before their next race on September 29th at Caraway Speedway.

Notes from Thompson Speedway:

What are your thoughts on securing a guaranteed starting spot at Daytona race in February?

Andy Seuss
“It is really big. This is really exciting. That was one of the things that Eddie Harvey said when I got out of the car. He said “We are going to Daytona.” I did not think of that at first because of the win. But having that is really cool.”

What does this win mean to you?
Andy Seuss
“It is huge because I recently thought what if I cannot get a win in 2012? Now that is a weight off our shoulder. I hate to do the first win this late in the season but hopefully by the end of the year we can chaulk up a couple more.”
Your thoughts on competing in the UNOH 50 lap Showdown Race:
Andy Seuss
“The 50 lapper is going to be tough. They guys have run here a few times over the year and a few of these guys run here weekly in the SKs. They know this track and even though I am originally from up here I do not have all that many races here. And you can never say that experience does not help you because it does. So we are going to go out there and compete and do the best we can.”

Matt Hirschman
After a second place finish in the NWSMT Matt Hirschman still had the 50 lap Showdown to compete in and he was ready. “Now we will have a good test to see how we compare with the northern guys because they really have a handle on this place. This is a trial here today to maybe do more with these guys and so far so good. We will see what we have a little bit later.“
And Hirschman definitely passed the test with a seventh place finish in the Showdown.

Rob Fuller
“It was all fun; I am looking forward the 50 lapper. We will start the 50 lapper in a good starting position and we will see how it goes.”

NOH SHOWDOWN WIN TO CHRISTOPHER IN FAMED BOEHLER 3
Thompson International Speedway
by Polly Reid
It was big. The buzz was there- the best of the best in the NASCAR North and South Tour modifieds came to Thompson International Speedway to compete in the 50-lap, $15,000 to win UNOH Showdown. The second year that UNOH and Thompson have collaborated to make this ‘the modified event of the year,’ it was Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT in the 3 Ole Blue making his move early for the lead and never looking backwent on to claim the coveted UNOH Showdown victory.
“We had a pretty good run going into the first race,” said Christopher. “Scott (Richards) said he’d make some adjustments to get it better and it really did. I really want to thank them- Mike Boehler, Scott, Greg, Rabbit, everyone on this crew for allowing me to drive after the unforeseen circumstances losing my other ride. It’s good to be back in a car, especially when you’re winning.” In addition to his payday and UNOH Showdown bragging rights, Dale Wolbrink awarded Christopher a special helmet painted by Ryan Young of Indocil Art in victory lane in honor of the late Charles Kepley. “I really appreciate this” said Christopher. “Charles did so much for the North South race, he is definitely missed.”
Jimmy Blewett came from a distant 27th starting position to finish second with Ryan Preece third, Donny Lia fourth and Doug Coby fifth.
The 32 car field was set by the finishes of the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 and the Green Pointe Energy 75, NWMT winner Justin Bonsignore brought the field to green with NWSMT winner Andy Seuss on the outside. Christopher lined up tenth and while Bonsignore was the leader early, Bobby Santos made his move to take the lead on the second circuit while Christopher passed for fourth by the first caution on lap 3.
Santos on the restart with Ryan Preece and Bonsignore the top three, Christopher turned his fourth into a second and by the time seven circuits were on the board, Christopher was the new leader. Holding off the challenges of first Preece, surviving a caution just before the half way mark and then a final surge from Jimmy Blewett in the final dozen laps, Christopher held on for the win and the lucrative payday.
“I really didn’t think my odds were that good starting tenth and I knew there were real good guys in front of me- it was really weird, under the warm up laps (NASCAR allowed a handful of laps prior to the green to scuff tires), I was really fast, I mean it was only warm up laps but as a driver you can tell how your car feels and I was like, this car is getting drive, I was thinking I just might have something for these guys. I was happy we lined up on the outside and got the run going good there, then I had to pass. I had to. I didn’t want to stay behind people. A lot of people always say ‘save yourself, save yourself’ and after all these years, I’m still not that mentality to do that. I had to go.” Christopher continued. “I’m happy for those guys, when I led laps at Bristol, it had been three years since they led a lap with that car so to lead laps and finally win with that car- that means a lot. They’re really nice people, great guys to work with. Scott and Greg are cool guys. I was disappointed at Bristol ‘cause I had such a great car and I’ve led so many laps there but haven’t been able to win there. Next year.”
A 50 lap shootout isn’t much time to make your way through the field. But someone forgot to tell Jimmy Blewett about that. Taking the green more in the back than anywhere else at 27th, that didn’t deter Blewett who used the spot as a launch to the front. “I’m just really proud of my guys, the only thing that stinks about this is my grandfather left after the first race, “this one’s for him.”
Blewett continued. “My car was just a tick off in the first race, it looked like I didn’t have any motor, like I wasn’t there, but the minor changes for the second race, it puts you right to the front. I enjoy doing runs like that because it proves to people that work with me how much I really appreciate it- they stick with me no matter how many good runs I have or how many bad runs I have. My grandfather funds my whole operation- he left to go home not realizing we were going to be in the second race.” The top ten transferred to the UNOH Showdown plus five each North and South provisional spots and two promoter’s picks, Blewett finishing 20th in the first event, it would be easy to see why the Howell, NJ driver might be watching this one from the sidelines.
“My grandfather said he was tired and was heading home but he told me don’t give up, keep going, keep your nose clean, try the best you can and where you finish you finish. He said he was proud of me. He puts his money into this and without him, our sponsors and our crew, I would not even be able to be standing here right now.”
Preece finished the day with a pair of top three finishes. “Thought I had something for the 3 there- I remember when driving for them, I had a lot of fun, congratulations to them. We had a phenomenal day. We’re definitely working our way forward to victory lane and I plan on being there before the season is done.”
“Making a tire adjustment and tightening up the car a little bit, that’s all we needed,” said Preece. “It made it almost a completely different car, even coming off the corner, it was unbelievable. It’s just the fine tuning that makes you that much better in the end. In the modified Tour, everybody’s right there, it’s almost like you have to be perfect to win these races and we’re close, definitely close. It’s all crew chief, crew, we drive the cars, we keep it out of trouble, but they’re the ones that get us up front, those are the guys that keep me, Teddy, Jimmy, Todd Szegedy, Ron Silk, Doug Coby all up front. It’s all crew chiefs, crew, a lot of hours in the race shop. We got it really racing today, we’re looking forward to the rest of the races this year.”
“We had some luck finally,” said Michael Boehler after the Showdown withOle Blue car owner Jan Boehler. “The first race, he was just too loose, a lot of guys were, he was just hanging on there getting in and coming off. It was a lot better this time, they tightened it up a little bit and the tires were good. This is good for the guys. It was tough at Bristol a couple of weeks ago leading and get a flat there. The guys worked hard, Teddy drove hard and finally, it all came together. It’s been like three years, a lot of races, a lot of tough luck, if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be, in life and in racing. The guys build this car in house, the chassis, the body, a lot of the suspension stuff, the bars, it’s even more gratifying to win. We’re still trying to keep everything going 55 years later.”

Crew chief of the Boehler 3, Scott Richards is doing his part to contribute to the Boehler legacy. “We didn’t do a lot of changes, we took a little bit of stagger away and put some spring rubbers in. He told us it was too loose going in and it was obvious to the naked eye that it was too loose, that helped us. I’m really excited, it’s been a long time since the 3 has been in victory lane and we do it because we love the race car. This car here, Greg Fournier and I actually built ourselves, the first one we built in the stable, it’s pretty exciting to have it in victory lane.” Richards laughed when asked how long he has been with the team. “Ah, like twenty years, twenty five years? Since I was a little kid. I grew up across the street from the shop. Michael and I were friends since we were little. We raced big wheels together, we raced lawnmowers, whatever we could get. I swept the floors, we played in the racecars, Lenny yelled at us for sitting in the racecars during the week- that’s how I learned it.” The likes of Richards, Fournier and others on the team and now Christopher, are indeed part of the what makes the Boehler legacy a continued success- 55 years and counting.
The anticipated weekend is in the record books. Donny Lia echoed best the general feeling of the last two days of competition. “I'm thankful to see Thompson and UNOH working together to do something like this, it's really great for the modifieds- the response of the southern guys coming up here, the whole thing, it's a good deal."
Next for the NWMT is the rescheduled Riverhead Raceway event on Saturday Sept 15th while the NWSMT heads to Caraway Speedway Saturday Sept 29th.


By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR
THOMPSON, Conn. – Not that Jimmy Blewett needed to live up to his nickname, but “Showtime” was at it again on Sunday at Thompson International Speedway.
Blewett drove from 27th in the 32-car UNOH Showdown field and finished second after challenging eventual winner Ted Christopher for the lead in the late going of the non-points showcase featuring both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. After being a non-factor in the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 earlier in the afternoon, Blewett was a force in the main event.
“I enjoy making runs like that, because it proves to the people who work with me how much I really appreciate this, you know what I mean? They stick with me no matter how many bad runs I have or how many good runs I have,” said Blewett, who finished 20th in the Town Fair Tire Northern 75.
“It's nice to show people you can still do it.”
One person who didn't see Blewett's impressive performance was his grandfather, John Blewett Sr. – though the family patriarch had some pertinent advice for his grandson before the 50-lap UNOH Showdown.
“My grandfather, he's getting a little older and he funds the whole operation, he came and watched the first race. The car wasn't running the way we needed it to run today, and he left after the first race because he didn't realize we were in (The Showdown),” Blewett said. “He said, 'I'm on my way home, I'm really tired, but I just want to tell you: Don't give up, keep going.'
“It's a shame he couldn't be here to see it, because everybody knows this place has a weight on our shoulders.”
In 2007, Blewett's brother, John Blewett III, was killed in a crash at Thompson during a Whelen Modified Tour event.
For a myriad of reasons, Blewett was happy to have returned to his “Showtime” ways on Sunday.
“This place was (at) one time my home track weekly,” said Blewett, of Howell, N.J. “To come from the back like that and be able to show some of the fans that are still here from when I used to race here that I can still get it done, it feels good.”
TWO-TIME: Justin Bonsignore's championship season never took shape, but he's rounding into form in the late stages of 2012.
Bonsignore passed Ryan Preece with 14 laps remaining Sunday afternoon and went on to survive a green-white-checkered finish to win the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 at Thompson. It was Bonsignore's first win of the season and second of his career, and it came at a track where he had three DNFs in his three most recent starts.
“This is unbelievable. This is just long overdue for this team,” Bonsignore said. “We've been struggling all year. We were so close last year, we thought we could contend for the title this year. Things just didn't go our way. We made some changes, and it just proves that hard work and dedication can (come through) when you need it.”

Bonsignore's victory wasn't without its anxious moments.
Bonsignore had to compete with two of the best competitors Thompson has seen – both this year and in recent years – as well as some radio issues in the No. 51. He had to chase down the pole-sitter Preece – who has nine wins in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified competition at the track this season – while holding off Christopher. Christopher has 13 career Tour wins at Thompson and has now finished in the Top-5 in 15 of the last 18 Tour events at the track.
“We had a lot of radio trouble, and I was complaining a lot,” Bonsignore said.
“I had to work Teddy over, and he's the best around this place. I can't thank Ryan and Teddy enough for racing me clean. It was a lot of fun racing with those guys.”
The Tour now heads to Riverhead Raceway – Bonsignore's home track – where he won a Whelen All-American Series Modified feature two weeks ago and earned his first career Tour victory last season. He's moved to sixth in the Tour standings, 13 points out of fourth.

NEW LOOK: Andy Seuss' win in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour GreenPointe Energy Southern 75 came as a result of having found a new way to get around the high-banked Thompson track.
Seuss rode the high line all the way along the wall for most of the event, holding off Matt Hirschman in heavy traffic to record his 12th career victory.
His best previous finish at Thompson was ninth in a Whelen Modified Tour race in 2007.
“I jst went where the car was fast, and that's where they told me the car was fastest,” said Seuss, a native of Hampstead, N.H., who recently moved to North Carolina. “I could get good momentum on people.
“It was loose the whole race. I was chasing the rear end right up the hill, but it worked up there.”
Seuss qualified third for the GreenPointe Energy Southern 75, but he said his car hadn't been that good during practice and qualifying on Saturday.
“This crew worked so hard in practice yesterday,” Seuss said. “We threw everything at it this morning. It's a different car. I just had to drive it how it was handling.”

FURTHER BACK: While Bonsignore was winning the Town Fair Tire Northern 75, the point leaders were engaged in one of the quietest point battles seen in quite sometime. It may have lacked the lap-by-lap drama of last season's XtraMart World Series 150 at Thompson last October, but it may end up having no less of an impact.
On a day that looked like leader Doug Coby's point lead was going to take a big hit with an ill-performing car, things changed on the final lap when Ron Silk brought out the caution with a wrecked car in Turn 2.
Silk was running seventh on the green-white-checkered restart when he brushed the frontstretch wall and then ended up having wrecked a quarter of a lap later as a result of the damage he suffered. He lost five points to Coby – who started third but spent the bulk of the race running outside the Top-10.
Unofficially, Coby now holds a 32-point lead over Silk with four races remaining.

By Kevin Green, NASCAR
THOMPSON, Conn. (Sept. 9, 2012) – No stranger to Victory Lane at Thompson International Speedway, Ted Christopher once again came out on top in the UNOH Showdown combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours.
Christopher took the lead from Bobby Santos on Lap 7 and held off a hard-charging Jimmy Blewett in the closing circuits of the 50 green-flag-lap exhibition showcase between the two tours. Ryan Preece crossed the line third in the second edition of the non-points event at the historic .625-mile oval in northeastern Connecticut.
Donny Lia and defending race winner Doug Coby finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the UNOH Showdown. Ron Silk, Matt Hirschman, Santos, Andy Seuss and Burt Myers brought home the top 10.
The UNOH Showdown was the premier event of the weekend, but two points races preceded it on Sunday. Seuss was victorious in the GreenPointe Energy Southern 75 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race while Bonsignore took the checkered flag in the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour contest.
Changes made to his car after qualifying gave Seuss what he needed to win the Green Pointe Energy Southern 75, the first on Sunday’s card. The Hampstead, N.H., driver credited his crew with making the changes that led to his first win of the year and 12th career victory.
Seuss qualified third, but ended up leading the field to the green because polesitter Rob Fuller had to drop to the back for the start after his crew chief missed a mandatory meeting. Although he slipped back at the drop of the green flag, Seuss quickly mounted a move to the front and took the lead from Burt Myers on Lap 24.
Seuss held on for the win over Hirschman, with Fuller charging through the field to take third. Myers was fourth, with Tim Brown fifth. Completing the top 10 were Steve Masse, Danny Bohn, George Brunnhoelzl III, John Smith and Cole Powell.
Brunnhoelzl, with five wins this year, continues to lead the championship standings - with 385 points. Jason Myers is second with 337, Bohn with 328, Brown with 321 and Seuss with 313.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour followed with the Town Fair Tire Northern 75, which saw Bonsignore power to the lead past polesitter Preece on Lap 68 and hold on through a green-white-checker finish for the victory.
It was the second career victory for Bonsignore, who hails from Holtsville, N.Y. The first came at his home track, Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, in 2011.
Santos crossed the line second in the Town Fair Tire 75 and Preece, who led the first 67 laps from the pole, settled for third. Todd Szegedy and Christopher brought home the top five.
Mike Stefanik, Lia, Eric Beers, Eric Berndt and Richie Pallai Jr. rounded out the top 10.
Points leader Coby finished 13th in the Town Fair Tire 75, but second in points Silk suffered a last-lap accident and was relegated to 18th. As a consequence, Coby extended his lead to 441-382 on Silk with Preece ranked third after 10 races at 379.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Riverhead while the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will next contest a race at Caraway Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Whelen Modified Tour Unofficial Results
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 2 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 82 47 4 Running
2 3 44 Bobby Santos ImperialCars.com/Tinio Corp. Chevrolet 82 42 Running
3 1 16 Ryan Preece East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford 82 43 2 Running
4 6 2 Todd Szegedy UNOH/Dunleavy Repair Ford 82 40 Running
5 7 3 Ted Christopher Cape Cod Copper/Silver Dollar Const. Chevrolet 82 39 Running
6 8 66 Mike Stefanik Cady's Tavern/Town Line Farms Ford 82 38 Running
7 13 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Racing Dodge 82 37 Running
8 10 45 Eric Beers Horwith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc Ford 82 36 Running
9 11 46 Eric Berndt Cape Cod Agts/North End Auto Parts Chevrolet 82 35 Running
10 17 39 Richie Pallai, Jr. Bosch Spark Plugs Chevrolet 82 34 Running
11 19 58 Eric Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 82 33 Running
12 21 99 Jamie Tomaino Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 82 32 Running
13 4 52 Doug Coby Reynolds Auto Wrkg/Furnace & Duct Chevrolet 82 31 Running
14 16 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. Fast Track Elect./Complete Const. Chevrolet 82 30 Running
15 18 07 Patrick Emerling Emerling Chevrolet Dealership Chevrolet 82 29 Running
16 23 33 Wade Cole Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet 82 28 Running
17 20 88 Bryon Chew Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet 82 27 Running
18 9 6 Ron Silk Calverton Tree Farm/T.S. Haulers Chevrolet 81 26 Accident
19 5 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 81 25 Running
20 14 76 Jimmy Blewett John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet 80 24 Running
21 15 28 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard's Autos/Raceworks TV Chevrolet 76 23 Running
22 12 79 Jon McKennedy Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac 72 22 Rear End
23 24 38 Brian Schofield Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet 56 21 Suspension
24 22 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood/MacLad Drywall Chevrolet 47 20 Suspension

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 18.828 Seconds, Speed: 119.503 mph
Caution Flags: Laps 43-46 (Car #76 spin Turn 3 <33>); 50-52 (Cars #88 & 64 accident Frontstretech); 73-79 (Cars #07 & 93 spin Turn 4 <76>). 3 for 14 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-67, Justin Bonsignore 68-82.
Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 67, Justin Bonsignore 15. 1 changes involving 2 drivers.

Whelen Southern Modified Tour Unofficial Results
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 3 11 Andy Seuss Phoenix Pre-Owned Chevrolet Chevrolet 75 48 5 Running
2 8 50 Matt Hirschman Heritage Wide Plank Flooring Chevrolet 75 42 Running
3 1 71 Rob Fuller Draco Springs Ford 75 41 Running
4 5 1 Burt Myers Citrusafe/NAPA/Adams Towing Ford 75 41 1 Running
5 2 02 Tim Brown Hayes Jewelers/T&C Mtrspts Chevrolet 75 40 1 Running
6 4 13 Steve Masse * R&R Landscaping Chevrolet 75 38 Running
7 6 65 Danny Bohn * Rifenburg Const/Rustoleum Chevrolet 75 37 Running
8 7 09 George Brunnhoelzl, III Phoenix Pre-Owned Chevrolet Chevrolet 75 36 Running
9 9 25 John Smith Havoline Plus/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet 75 35 Running
10 17 73 Cole Powell * Copp's Buildall/Tricar/Fountain Chevrolet 75 34 Running
11 14 76 Jimmy Zacharias * Wilbur Auto Sales Chevrolet 75 33 Running
12 10 4 Jason Myers Trantham Moorefield/Wendell Edwards Ford 75 32 Running
13 15 7 Thomas Stinson Cowardin Jewelers/United Solar/Dennis' Towing 74 31 Running
14 12 77 Gary Putnam Stock Car Steel Chevrolet 74 30 Running
15 19 55 Ken Bouchard Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores Chevrolet 74 29 Running
16 18 40 Frank Fleming Autos By Nelson/Lewisville Motors Ford 74 28 Running
17 21 80 Michael Speeney * MRI Graphics Chevrolet 74 27 Running
18 20 37 Joe Scarbrough * Dreadnought Shaving/Atlantic Solar Chevrolet 73 26 Running
19 13 51 Kyle Ebersole * Ebersole Excavating Inc Ford 73 25 Running
20 11 59 Renee Dupuis Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet 73 24 Running
21 16 9 AJ Winstead * Health Diagnostic Chevrolet 54 23 Engine

RACE STATISTICS
Race Comments: Prior to the green flag, the following drivers, under penalty, dropped from their original starting positions to the rear of the field for the reason indicated. #71Rob Fuller, #13 Steve Masse (missed crew chief meeting).
Fastest Qualifier: Rob Fuller, Time: 18.947 Seconds, Speed: 118.752 mph
Time of Race: 26 mins, 52 secs Average Speed: 104.684 mph Margin of Victory: .475 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 2-4 (Cars #59, #51 spin Backstretch). 1 for 3 laps.
Lap Leaders: Tim Brown 1-13, Burt Myers 14-23, Andy Seuss 24-75.
Total Laps Led: Andy Seuss 52, Tim Brown 13, Burt Myers 10. 2 changes involving 3 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: George Brunnhoelzl, III 385, Jason Myers 337, Danny Bohn * 328, Tim Brown 321, Andy Seuss 313, Kyle Ebersole * 302, Frank
Fleming 300, John Smith 295, Thomas Stinson 289, Michael Speeney * 281
* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

By Brian Danko

Thompson, Ct.----The second annual UNOH showdown at the Thompson International Speedway has been the talk since the season began and once again, one of the big draws for the fan appreciation party was North Carolina’s Burt Myers.
Myers, one of the ‘stars’ on the History Channels presentation of the ‘Mad House’ which portrayed the weekly racing at the historic Bowman-Gray Stadium and was clearly one of the favorites with the fans. “We look forward to this race.” Burt said. “This is one of the races that we look forward to. We enjoy coming up here and the Hoenig family has gone out of their way to make it easier for us from the south.”
While Myers loves racing at the Thompson Speedway, it costs him and all of the southern competitors a lot because of their much smaller budgets.
“One of the reasons that we love coming back here is the passion of the fans and how much they love the modifieds. We have pockets of fan support but not like up here. This is modified country.” Burt said winning over more of the ‘Yankee’ fans with his quick smile.
While Myers would like to see a track down south reciprocate and run twin races like here at Thompson and then a shootout, he realizes that it is tough.
“You look at some of our races this year, we’d have 25 cars and at some of the races we’d only have 15 so it’s kind of a hit and miss.”
When I asked Burt what would be the perfect track to host a mod tour doubleheader and shootout, he naturally said Bowman-Gray Stadium. “Could you imagine that? I can tell you one thing is that it would be entertaining. Then with the shootout….”
When you think about it, it would be the only track that realistically could play host in separate paying tour shows. They traditionally draw anywhere from 10,000 to upwards to 18,000 fans on a WEEKLY basis and it could get downright ugly if an incident occurred with a southern driver and a guy from the north. But wouldn’t it be a great event!
While Myers would like to make more starts at other tracks in the northeast, he said he must weigh his racing budget.
“I would love to race at Hew Hampshire. That is definitely on my bucket list.” Burt said as the line of autograph seekers continued to get bigger. “I would love it but you’d have to manage it just right. It’s hard to spend money like that for just one race when we could race a lot of southern races with that money.”
When I brought up the race at Daytona Speedway during Speedweeks, he said that is another track and race that he would love to be a part of and it would be nice if he had that guaranteed spot that comes with winning a modified series event.
“That is a long way to go and not get in the show, though I am sure that we would and it would be something to race at Daytona and win that race.”
While Myers priorities are running the southern modified tour and the weekly series at Bowman-Gray, he always looks forward to seeing his northern competitors and friends.
“As I said, we look forward to this because of the way the Hoenig’s help all of us out from the southern tour and how much we enjoy racing at Thompson speedway.”

COBY COUNTING DOWN
Doug Coby has had a ‘dream season’ in many ways on the modified tour but don’t expect him to say that.
Coby, of Milford, CT is the current modified tour point’s leader and has been the most consistent driver on the tour. Coby is also the defending champion of the UNOH shootout as well as northern modified tour feature and earned over $25,000 for his days work last year in his major break out win.
“I’d like to have the same kind of results today.” joked Doug. When asked about the ‘dream season’ he said he doesn’t look at it that way. “As a driver, you go to each race thinking that you are going to win but you know realistically, that isn’t going to happen.”
Coby driving the Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace and Duct Supply Company #52 has three wins at Stafford this year on the tour and one at Waterford and has a 27 point cushion over last year’s champion Ronnie Silk.
With just five races left in the 2012 season, I asked if there is a point when you are points racing instead of racing to win.
“Well, I’d say you have to wait at least until after New Hampshire before you can afford to do that. You have to get through today and then the wildcard in Riverhead and who knows what can happen at New Hampshire.”
But, Doug said in a perfect world, he love to have a good lead heading into Stafford, the second to last points race of the year before he’d think about points racing.
“Right now, we are just focused on today race and when it’s over we’ll look at Riverhead. That could be the key race for this year. We would love to win at New Hampshire because it’s New Hampshire. Once we get through the next few races we’ll know better where we are. A couple of bad races and you can go from 30 up to 30 down so the best way is one race at a time.

OLD FRIENDS

As I walked through the pit area, I ran into many long time friends who ran the tour when I covered the series from 1985 to 2007 full time.
Reggie Ruggiero was seen walking through the pit area talking with many people as way his long time car owner, Mario Fiore.
Had the chance to talk with former modified tour champion, Wayne Anderson from Long Island. Wayne was the 1994 series champion driving the Len Boehler modified.
Wayne is still involved with racing, owning a car at the Riverhead Raceway where Ted Christopher ran it in the top five on a consistent basis ending up fourth in points and TC missed two shows because of a tour commitment.
Talked with both Tony Hirschman, Sr. and Tony Jr. Senior is now following and helping out with his son, Matt’s career. Matt was making a start in the southern modified tour race as the youngest Hirschman has won every big modified race in both prestige as well as purse wise.
Young Tony is spotting for Kyle Busch on the Sprint Cup series as well as spotting for current truck points leader Timothy Peters but he has to come back ‘home’ to get his modified fix.
Also chatted with Charlie Pasteryak and brother, Carl. Charlie son, Chris is an upcoming modified driver on the Modified Racing Series and finished second at Waterford Saturday night. Also in the pit area was Kevin “Bono’ Manion, crew chief for Jamie McMurray on the Sprint Cup series.

RACES REDUCED

The twin races for the 2012 edition of the UNOH Shootout were reduced from 125 laps last year to 75 laps this year and most people expect that to make the races much better this year. While each race pays separate points and is important to the overall series champion, many drivers are concerned with keeping their cars ready for the $50,000 shootout portion of the shootout plus with the additional Lap money, one driver, like Doug Coby last year, could walk away with over a combined pay day of over $25,000.
DRIVERS LOCKED IN FOR DAYTONA SHOOTOUT
With the Thompson win. Seuss now joins George Brunnhoelzl, III, Brian Loftin, Brandon Ward and Jason Myers as southern winners and a guaranteed spot in Daytona from the southern series while on the northern side, Doug Coby, Ron Silk, Ryan Preece, Mike Stefanik, Justin Bonsignore and Donny Lia all have northern spots all sewed up.

CROWD GOOD BUT NOT GREAT

The crowd for the second annual race was good but certainly not great. With the opening of the NFL season, kids back in school and hundreds of New England Fairs to attend it wasn’t quite what the Thompson Speedway management was hoping for. Also, a $55.00 adult admission is still very tough to swallow in this very poor economy, especially in the eastern part of Connecticut.

SEUSS WINS SOUTHERN 75
While Andy Seuss may talk with a New Hampshire accent, he won the 75 lap feature for the southern modified tour in a race that ran green to checker. Matt Hirschman chased him across the line with pole sitter, Robby Fuller third.
Fuller, who set the fastest lap in time trials, was forced to start last when his crew chief missed the drivers meeting but still worked his way back to the front in a very entertaining race.
Burt Myers was fourth and fifth was Tim Brown while points leader George Brunnhoelzl, III was eighth but extended his points lead over Jason Myers who was 12th.

BONSIGNORE CAPTURES NORTHERN 75

Justin Bonsignore used a great move on lap 68 to secure his first modified tour win of 2012 season as he passed Ryan Preece to earn his second career win.
Bobby Santos was second followed by Ryan Preece, Todd Szegedy and Ted Christopher. The race only had three cautions but it ended when Ronnie Silk bounced off the wall and then crashed hard in turn one after the leaders had taken the white flag.
Doug Coby had a miserable day as he finished 13th but extended his points lead with Silks bad finish although Preece cut into points off the runner up spot
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Aug 22 - Bristol Speedway - NASCAR - 21

Eric was a victim of the Ryan Newman Lap three spin that affected more than half the field. After the initial chaos and the carnage was about over, in came the Jason Myers car and hit the 45 on the right side nerf when the 45 was sitting innocently at the start finish line. Besides some bent parts the biggest problem was getting a new nerf bar on.

SILK WEATHERS STORM IN THUNDER VALLEY
Takes Checkered Flag In Whelen Modified Race At Bristol
Ron Silk took a big step toward getting a chance to defend his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship Wednesday with a win in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150. It was Silk's second win of the season and first in the annual combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour on the track known as "The World's Fastest Half Mile." It was also the first victory for a driver running a NASCAR-approved SPEC motor on either Modified tour. Todd Szegedy finished second, followed by Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Ron Yuhas Jr.
George Brunnhoelzl III was the top finishing NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in sixth. The tour's points leader is credited with a win, his fourth straight and fifth overall. It was the second time he’s been the highest-finishing south driver in four all-time Bristol events. Silk's finish combined with a late-race accident involving Whelen Modified Tour points leader Doug Coby allowed Silk to cut 14 points off Coby's lead. With five races left, the advantage is down to 27 as Coby's run of seven straight top-three finishes ended with a 17th-place finish. Earlier in the day, Silk won the Coors Light Pole Award, but for the majority of the race Szegedy was the class of the field with a race-high 80 laps led. During a caution on Lap 127, while in the race lead, made Szegedy contact with Silk and spun out. “I’m pretty sure I held the bottom, I haven’t seen video of it, but I know I had the thing down as far as I could,” Silk said. “We made contact and he went around, which I hate to see for him, and I’m glad to see he finished second because that’s how good his car was. “From there it was kind of clear sailing, just staying clear of lap traffic, but it definitely feels good to get a win here,” Silk said. Szegedy made a mad dash in the closing laps to make it up to second, but ran out of time to catch up to Silk. “My plan was to go to the outside and I was going to bring it home wrecked or a win,” Szegedy said of his post-spin strategy. “So at that point it was just pass as many cars as I could. I needed five more laps and I could have got him.” In four Bristol race Szegedy has now posted consecutive finishes of sixth, fourth, third and second. Rookie Danny Bohn was seventh, followed by Ken Heagy, Thomas Stinson and rookie Michael Speeney. Brunnhoelzl leads Bohn by 52 points in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour standings with four races remaining. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, who won the last two Bristol events, was involved in an accident in the opening laps and ended up 19th overall. The UNOH Perfect Storm 150, which aired live on SPEED, was slowed by eight cautions for 54 laps and two red flags, including a 13-car pile-up on the frontstretch on Lap 3. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track Sept. 9 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 75, while the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will race Sept. 1 in the Langley 150 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

NASCAR WHELEN 'COMBINED' - UNOH Perfect Storm "150" Results
Wednesday At Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol TN

Lap length: 0.53 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 62.299 mph.
2. (3) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 150.
3. (6) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 150.
4. (12) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
5. (22) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
6. (10) George Brunnhoelzl III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
7. (31) Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
8. (29) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
9. (35) Tom Stinson, Chester, Va., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (33) Michael Speeney, Newtown, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
11. (27) Jonny Kievman, Deerfield Beach, Fl., Chevrolet, 150.
12. (5) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Pontiac, 149.
13. (8) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
14. (25) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Chevrolet, 147.
15. (9) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 147.
16. (34) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 146.
17. (13) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 138.
18. (30) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 138.
19. (7) Ryan Newman, South Bend, In., Chevrolet, 130.
20. (28) Jason Myers, Walnut Grove, N.C., Ford, 122.
21. (18) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 119.
22. (16) Cole Powell, Mtn. Brydges, Ontario, Chevrolet, 116, accident.
23. (2) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 116.
24. (20) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 114, accident.
25. (11) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 108.
26. (4) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 105, accident.
27. (32) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southiington, Conn., Chevrolet, 101, accident.
28. (23) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 101.
29. (15) Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Ford, 56.
30. (26) Gary Fountain Sr., Minneola, Fla., Chevrolet, 49, accident.
31. (36) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 24.
32. (14) Burt Myers, Walnut Grove, N.C., Ford, 3, accident.
33. (24) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 3, accident.
34. (19) Rowan Pennick, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 3, accident.
35. (21) John Smith, Mount Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 3, accident.
36. (17) Tim Brown, Cana, Va., Chevrolet, 3, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 16 minutes 34 seconds
Margin of Victory: .864 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Silk (126.634 mph, 15.067 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 54 laps.
Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Silk 0; T. Szegedy 1-12; T. Christopher 13-58; T. Szegedy 59-126; R. Silk 127-150.

Top 10 NWMT Driver Standings: Doug Coby 383, Ron Silk 356, Ryan Preece 336, Todd Szegedy 314, Donny Lia 312, Jimmy Blewett 312, Justin Bonsignore 294, Eric Beers 292, Ted Christopher 291, Mike Stefanik 290


NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR - UNOH PERFECT STORM 150
Bristol Motor Speedway
by Polly Reid
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Southern Modified Tour met at the high banked ‘world’s fastest half-mile’ for their combined event, the UNOH Perfect Storm 150. Ron Silk from Norwalk, CT in the Ed Partridge owned, Calverton Tree Farm/TS Haulers sponsored Chevrolet won the Coors Light pole award and finished off the night crossing the line for a victory, his second of the 2012 season. Following Silk across the strip was Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Ron Yuhas, Jr. Leading the 36 combined Tour field to the green, Todd Szegedy in the Mike Smeriglio Ford edged out Silk to become the first leader of the evening on the first circuit, Ted Christopher falling into second and Silk third. The complexion of the race changed immediately on the fourth lap when a solo spin by Ryan Newman on the front stretch, running sixth, forced the entire field behind him to take evasive action. A massive pile up brought out the red flag, the night suddenly over for Mike Stefanik who posted fastest time in the second practice, Rowan Pennink who was making his way forward along with John Smith, Burt Myers and Tim Brown. Szegedy, Christopher, Silk, Ryan Preece and Jon McKennedy led the restart with Christopher in the Boehler entry taking over as the new leader on lap thirteen becoming the car to beat. Szegedy kept Christopher within striking distance as the UNOH Perfect Storm continued, Szegedy using a restart strategy taking over the lead on lap 59. It was shortly after that when Christopher coming out of turn two made contact with Ryan Preece running third, Christopher cut down a tire and going around, became the fourth caution of the evening. Preece was able to maintain his position. At the half way mark, Szegedy led the way down pit row for the mandatory half way break as teams took on tires, fuel and made adjustments on lap 75. Lining up for the green, Szegedy, Silk, Preece, Bonsignore and Ron Yuhas led the way for the final segment. A red flag and another caution kept Szegedy from completely driving away from the field. It was just after a restart with less than 25 to go that turned up the half mile heat. As Silk was making his move low for a pass, contact with Szegedy was made. The spin sent Szegedy to the rear of the lead lap cars for what turned out to be the final restart of the night, 17 laps to the checkers. Inheriting the lead, Silk pulled away from the pack as Preece and Bonsignore battled for second. Meanwhile, Szegedy, using the outside groove, blazed his way forward and with nine laps to go, passed Bonsignore for third, then Preece for second with three to go. Closing the gap to Silk leading, Szegedy simply ran out of time. Silk crossed for the win, Szegedy second, Preece, Bonsignore and Yuhas the top five. “I got a run down the backstretch,” explained Silk about the incident with Szegedy. “I don’t know, I haven’t seen the video but I’m pretty confident in the fact that I got down under him, I had a wheel under him, held my car as low as I could on the racetrack – I was far enough where I wouldn’t lift. I don’t even think he knew I was even there the way he turned down. Todd is a good friend of mine, he is one of the few people I really respect, I understand him being upset and disappointed at the end there, I’ve done things like that too. I think when he sees it, he might have a different opinion.” Szegedy made an outstanding comeback through the field and if there were a few more laps, there could have possibly been a different outcome. Catching up with Szegedy after the event, there was no masking his disappointment. “I’ve got nothing to prove except to win races,” said Szegedy. “To me, this is a loss because no matter how I came back through the pack, it doesn’t matter, I finished second and that’s the most painful thing. The good thing is, my team gave me a good car, a car that could win.”
The UNOH Perfect Storm win is Silk’s ninth career victory. “It’s awesome,” said the defending champion. “This and Loudon are definitely the two coolest places to win races. Now being able to say I’ve won at both of them is definitely awesome. It’s an awesome feeling driving up to the roof of that building where victory lane is and now I’ll have the trophy that says Bristol Victory Lane forever.”Silk continued, “We’ve got a good team, we’ve been experimenting with a lot of stuff this year and kind of still are but we have it going in the right direction and Thompson is one of my best tracks, I’ve finished first and second so far there this year so hopefully we can go get another win.”
Winning crew chief Tom Grasso talked about their day that started with an 8:30am practice session. “We started out pretty good, actually we usually don’t come off the trailer here and run all that good. Today, when we rolled off the trailer the car was the best it was all day. We adjusted a bunch of stuff on the car during the two practices and we never really found anything better than when we first rolled out so we switched it all back, run what we came with. It seemed to work, put it on the pole, made a few adjustments for the race- the car was a little free in the first segment, tightened it up some for the second segment, he was still a little free but it worked out ok. The track is demanding and unforgiving on the driver and the race car. You would think it was an easy place to drive because of all the banking but the banking and the speed actually makes it much more difficult. It’s tough on setups, there is a lot of diversity on the setups on the cars here. We just had everything right today.” Winning at Bristol? “Right up there, one of the biggest. This is just as big as Loudon and this is such a tough track to run on it kind of means a little something extra.” Car owner Ed Partridge echoed Grasso’s thoughts of winning at Bristol. “It feels great. We’ve been struggling here a little bit. We came with a brand new shock package- I didn’t think we would run as good as we did. Szegedy was coming pretty hard, a little contact with him, Ron tried to back out then they touched and he spun. But overall we had a great finish. Teddy was strong in the beginning, then he had some trouble. Ryan was strong then he faded a little. Bonsignore was coming, there were a lot of guys challenging there at the end. They just for whatever reason had some issues. Szegedy was coming back up as you can see, he caught us in the end.” Preece in the East West Marine Ford closed out his night third after a brush with Christopher before the half way mark. “Teddy just got real loose and things happen so fast here. I was trying to turn down but I was still trying to go through the corner there – when you check up, you’re already into the guy there. It ruined his day, screwed up our day- we probably would have been really good in that second half if that didn’t happen. I’m happy we ended up third. We’re going to keep going forward and just keep trying to knock off some good finishes.” Damage after the contact with Christopher kept the Flamingo Motorsports team busy during the break. “We tried to get the toe on the front end as close as we could get it. We have an awesome team, everyone behind us and we’re going to look forward to Thompson. We know we have a really good car there- I want to win the pole and the race there for sure.” George Brunnhoelzl III crossed the line as the first NASCAR Southern Whelen Modified Tour entry taking home an overall sixth place finish. Starting 10th, Brunnhoelzl III was able to escape the carnage of the early pile up on the front stretch going on to take claim his fourth NSWMT win of the season. “The guys did great, we had a good car. We struggled here for the last three years, we got a little bit better this year but apparently we are still searching.” Brunnhoelzl III from West Babylon, NY in the Howard Harvey owned, Phoenix Pre-Owned sponsored Chevrolet remained consistent in the first half coming in seventh at the half way break. “We tried to tighten it up a little bit (during the break) and it just wasn’t enough. The track changed from earlier today, I don’t know maybe it was just my car, but it definitely got a little different. Brunnhoelzl III will be the first to tell there were a lot of close calls out there today but his philosophy, especially regarding points, remains the same. “We set out to win every race and hope the points fall where they fall. Winning is always the best way to do anything with the points.” The NASCAR Southern Modified Tour heads to Langley September 1st, Brunnhoelzl III leads the series in points by 52 over Danny Bohn. Following Brunnhoelzl was Danny Bohn seventh, Ken Heagy eighth, Thomas Stinson ninth and Michael Speeney tenth. Next up for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is the Town Fair Tire 75 at Thompson International Speedway September 9th. “You lose respect for how fast you’re going until you have to stop” Ron Silk, Bristol Motor Speedway August 22, 2012
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Aug 9- Thompson Speedway - NASCAR - 11th

LIA GRABS WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR VICTORY AT THOMPSON
Two-Time Champion Rebounds From Problem In Pits To Win
Donny Lia darted into the lead with 21 laps to go and pulled away to win the Budweiser King of Beers 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday night. It marked the 16th career win and third Thompson victory for the two-time tour champion from Jericho, N.Y. Lia, who started ninth on the grid in the No. 4 Mystic Missile Racing Dodge, initially challenged pole-sitter Mike Stefanik for the lead on Lap 59. Stefanik battled back, however, to regain the lead and stay out front to the midway point of the race. Lia, meanwhile, lost a lap to the leaders due to a problem with a lug nut during a pit stop, and two more subsequent trips to pit road to correct the issue. He gained the lap back as the beneficiary during a caution on Lap 83. Lia steadily worked his way forward from there. He was up to sixth by Lap 95 and moved by Todd Szegedy for second on Lap 108. Lia moved by Ron Silk for the lead on Lap 129 and set sail for the finish. “Tonight was a really good night to get back on track, and give these guys a win,” Lia said. “I means so much to me just to win. [Car owner] Bob [Garbarino] has had a rough year, he’s had a lot of struggles, racing and in personal life. He’s just not a happy camper right now, so I’m glad we can put a smile on his face and make it all worthwhile just for one night.” Silk held off Doug Coby for second. Ted Christopher, who was penalized for aggressive driving and sent to the back of the pack on Lap 84, rebounded to finish fourth. Stefanik was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Rowan Pennink, Jimmy Blewett, Bobby Santos, Ron Yuhas Jr. and Szegedy. With his podium finish, Coby extended his streak of consecutive podium finishes to seven and maintained his lead in the championship standings. “You’ve just gotta ride the wave,” Coby said of his current streak. “I’ve been on the bottom of the wave for a long time and to be at the top feels really cool. My guys deserve good finishes so I’m real proud to bring the [No.] 52 home in one piece.”
For Lia, his two previous wins at Thompson came in 2007 and 2009, his title seasons. With this win, he secured a locked-in starting position for the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach during 2013 Speedweeks on a temporary short track at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The Budweiser King of Beers 150 marked the first race in the second half of the tour schedule. It was the second of four tour events at Thompson this season and the 118th visit by the tour there. The tour returns to Thompson for the Town Fair Tire Northern 75/UNOH Showdown on Sept. 9 and for the season finale on Oct. 14. In the meantime, the next event on the tour schedule is the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 22.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR
Budweiser King of Beers 150 - Unofficial Results
Thursday At Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn.
Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (9) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 150 laps, 80.549 mph.
2. (4) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
3. (14) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
4. (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
5. (1) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 150.
6. (7) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
7. (8) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
8. (2) Bobby Santos III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
9. (12) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (6) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 150.
11. (11) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 150.
12. (17) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
13. (18) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
14. (25) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass, Pontiac, 150.
15. (5) Rob Fuller, Boylston, MA, Ford, 149.
16. (22) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 149.
17. (21) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 147.
18. (24) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, NY, Chevrolet, 145.
19. (13) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, mechanical.
20. (19) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 93.
21. (16) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 91, mechanical.
22. (20) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Ford, 87, accident.
23. (23) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 61.
24. (10) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 16, mechanical.
25. (15) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 15, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 9 minutes 50 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.120 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: M. Stefanik (121.372 mph, 18.538 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 34 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: M. Stefanik 1-74; T. Szegedy 75-94; R. Silk 95-128; D. Lia 129-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 350; 2. R. Silk, 309; 3. R. Preece, 295; 4. J. Blewett, 283; 5. D. Lia, 282; 6. T. Szegedy, 270; 7. M. Stefanik, 266; 8. T. Christopher, 263; 9. E. Beers, 261; 10. J. Bonsignore, 254.


NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR - BUD 150
Thompson International Speedway
by Polly Reid
RIt may have been a while and it may have not been the easiest way to get there but two time Tour champion Donny Lia from Jericho, NY driving the Bob Garbarino Mystic Missile found his way to victory lane taking down the win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson International Speedway. Lia qualified ninth, suffered issues on pit road, went down a lap, got a free pass getting his lap back, then made his charge to the front and the winning pass to become the final leader on lap 129. Following Lia was Ron Silk who held off Doug Coby for second, point leader Coby crossing third with Ted Christopher in the Boehler 3 fourth and pole winner Mike Stefanik fifth. “It feels really, really good,” said Lia about being back in victory lane, his first win since October of 2009 at Stafford. “I want to thank Bob Garbarino for sticking with this program, giving us what we need, I love the guy and I’m so happy to win this for him. All these guys, they’ve been busting their butts in the shop- this means a lot to me- my first win since both my sons were born.” Lia acknowledged long time crew member Jimmy Savage, welcoming him into victory lane with the entire Mystic Missile team. “I wanted to get to victory lane for him, for everybody. This is what it’s all about.” While it is Lia’s sixteenth career win, his third at Thompson, it is the first win for Dan Laferriere as crew chief of the legendary Mystic Missile. “We have two motors, one went back to Hutter to get rebuilt after the rainout at Riverhead- that one’s not ready,” said Laferriere. “Then last week at Stafford we broke a tranny, so we were down to no motors. Luckily Al Heinke was kind enough to lend us a motor. But, it wasn’t one of our motors so it didn’t exactly slide right in. We spent a lot of time in the shop getting everything right.” Laferriere has been with Garbarino since 2007 and was part of the team that earned two NWMT Championship titles with Lia in ’07 and ’09. “It feels good,” said Laferriere about his first trip to victory lane as crew chief. “We kind of got used to being there then the last couple of years, it’s been quite a while, now that we finally got back, it makes it that much more rewarding. It’s an honor to be the crew chief of this car. This is a car that has its own fans, made history; it’s an honor to be calling the shots.” Laferriere learned under Bob Mueller, the former crew chief of the Mystic Missile. When Bob stepped aside, he recommended Laferriere to Garbarino. “I’m glad Bob gave me the chance.” Coors Pole winner Mike Stefanik led the entire first half of the Budweiser King of Beers 150. Lia challenged for the top spotaround the 59 lap mark but Stefanik fought back and the seven time champion kept his lead in the Ed Marceau entry. Stefanik pitted on lap 90 and was in a solid 8th by lap 100. The Coventry, RI driver made his way to fifth by lap 128 and ran with the pack taking down a solid top five finish.
It was when the caution fell on lap 62 that things got interesting for Lia. “The first time we came in, we were planning on taking our tires and we stripped out a lug nut, we couldn’t get the tires off,” said Laferriere. “We left our time trial tires on, went back out and we put together a game plan on how we were going to get it off. We came back down, we had to change how we did things and we got it right. It was all in the drivers hands from then on.” “We couldn’t get a tire off so they decided not to put any on, not get the change set out of cycle,” said Lia. “It took another two pit stops, we went a lap down but we were lucky no one else was a lap down and we got the lucky dog right away. It’s kind of like our season in one night, in a nutshell, it’s been a tough year. I know everyone says their guys work hard, but these guys have been in the shop since Stafford every single night until two in the morning working on this car. My guys, hats off for even getting here today.” Lia became thoughtful when talking about his mindset coming into evening. “After qualifying, I sat in the car just thinking, shaking my head, after a while, every driver, I don’t care who it is, goes through a point where ‘is it me? Did I forget how to do this?’ You start doubting yourself. Tonight was a really good night to get back on track and give these guys a win, it means so much to me.”
“There is nothing like victory lane,” said Garbarino.“Everybody wants to be there and everybody should get a shot at being there.” Garbarino was not sure about the night when they had the trouble on pit road. “I was thinking, what else could go wrong? We had a decent car but we couldn’t get the lug nuts off, but it worked out. We got that caution, got him in, tires changed, got the lucky dog, it kind of fell our way a little bit there as far as that was concerned.” After the red flag incident involving Ed Flemke and Wood Pitkat, Lia lined up 10th, for the restart on lap 92. Todd Szegedy was the current leader with Ron Silk who put on a spirited side by side battle with Szegedy, Silk taking over the top spot on lap 95. Up to fifth by lap 100, Lia made his way forward to second fifteen circuits later. A caution on lap 117 that collected the field, Silk electing the outside row, Lia inside on the restart with 28 circuits left in the event that became pivotal. “I got a little run on him, just drove it into the corner, got underneath him, he was nice enough to give me a lane there,” said Lia. Lia became the final leader of the night on lap 129. The confidence is re-ignited. Coby, in the Wayne Darling, Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct sponsored Chevrolet had another good points night, the seventh consecutive podium finish for the Milford, CT driver keeps the points tally 41 ahead of Silk who moved up a notch to second place. “It’s a night where you stay out of trouble,” said Coby who took the green fourteenth. “It was a good honest effort from our team- anybody who knows Wayne or how our team works knows they are a real fun team to be around, level headed, never snap out at anything, it’s really fun to be around them because it’s one of those deals where you can just go to the track and whatever you have you have. Tonight it was a third place car. Six races to go, we’re trying to keep this streak going, top threes, it’s pretty cool. I’ve never had anything like this in my career. The wins are one thing, they’re in the books, its nights like tonight where you start fourteenth and finish third that means a lot too.” Rowan Pennink was sixth followed by Jimmy Blewett seventh, Bobby Santos, digging deep from an earlier spin crossed for eighth, Ron Yuhas who ran as high as third bringing home ninth and Szegedy who led nearly 20 laps just past the half way mark claimed tenth.


Aug 3 - Staffford Speedway - NASCAR- 4

At the track where he got his start in racing, Stafford Motor Speedway has become home sweet home for Doug Coby during the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.
Coby, from Milford, Conn., made it three-for-three in Whelen Modified Tour events at the historic half mile so far this year as he turned in another dominant performance for his fourth overall triumph of the campaign. Coby inherited the lead when leader Eric Beers came to pit road along with the majority of the front-runners on Lap 48. He more than held his own down the stretch, however, as the lead was never relinquished, or really in question. It was his fourth career victory at Stafford.
Jimmy Blewett crossed the line second with Todd Szegedy third. Beers and Ted Christopher rounded out the top five. Pole winner Ryan Preece, Jon McKennedy, Woody Pitkat, Eric Goodale and Justin Bonsignore completed the top 10.
With the victory, Coby extended his lead in the season standings on Preece to 309-268.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to action with the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Aug. 9.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR-22nd Annual Stafford 150
Unofficial Results
Friday At Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn.
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 68.234 mph.
2. (11) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
3. (13) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 150.
4. (5) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 150.
5. (10) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
6. (1) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 150.
7. (18) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass, Pontiac, 150.
8. (22) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Ford, 150.
9. (2) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (27) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
11. (4) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
12. (8) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
13. (20) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 149.
14. (25) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, NY, Chevrolet, 147.
15. (23) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 147.
16. (3) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 147.
17. (21) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 147.
18. (12) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 146, ignition.
19. (16) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 141.
20. (17) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 135.
21. (26) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 135.
22. (15) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 113, mechanical.
23. (14) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass, Chevrolet, 85, suspension.
24. (9) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 82, accident.
25. (24) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 45, mechanical.
26. (19) Richie Pallai, Jr, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 43, accident.
27. (7) Bobby Santos III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 29, mechanical.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.508 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R. Preece (98.296 mph, 18.312 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 30 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-22; E. Beers 23-48; D. Coby 49-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 309; 2. R. Preece, 268; 3. R. Silk, 266; 4. J. Blewett, 246; 5. J. Bonsignore, 235; 6. T. Szegedy, 235; 7. D. Lia, 235; 8. E. Beers, 228; 9. M. Stefanik, 225; 10. T. Christopher, 223.


NASCAR WMT STAFFORD 150 by Polly Reid
Coming in for fresh tires was the game plan but as the race unfolded, including a long green final run, Doug Coby stayed where he was, in the lead bringing home the Wayne Darling owned, Reynolds Auto Wrecking /Furnace & Duct sponsored Chevrolet across the line for a dominating win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 22nd Annual Stafford 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
The victory marks Coby’s sixth career win, his third win in a row at Stafford. The Milford, CT driver now has four NWMT wins this year. Sharing the podium, Jimmy Blewett crossed for second with Todd Szegedy third. Eric Beers fourth, Ted Christopher fifth, pole winner Ryan Preece, Jon McKennedy, Woody Pitkat, Eric Goodale and Justin Bonsignore in a back-up car completed the top ten. Pole award winner and early leader Ryan Preece in the Flamingo Motorsports Ford was in charge at the drop of the green with Eric Beers quickly lining up behind Preece with Bobby Santos and Eric Goodale in the hunt. Coby sat just out of the top five, qualifying sixth on the grid. The first caution on lap 17 crowed the field together again and as Preece and Beers battled side by side for five laps, it was Beers inching ahead to become the new leader on lap 23. Coby, fourth on the restart, moved into third and when the next caution waved at lap 29, Coby used his lane to move into second by lap 40, his sights set on Beers. The game changer came was on lap 44, a caution came then a red flag for an incident in turn three where Steve Masse and Rich Pallai tangled. While the guardrail was being repaired, the field was stopped on the backstretch for 15 minutes. Rolling again, the pits opened on lap 47- when leader Beers came down for fresh tires, more than half the field followed including all the front runners, except for Coby who inherited the lead and Ted Christopher. Preece came down pit row but was waved on by his team when it was discovered the left rear tire they were going to put on was going flat. Preece, who crossed for sixth, held on in contention until about 40 to go when it was suspected a dropped cylinder kept them from being in the mix at the end. “We were going to come in early but we wanted to lead a lap so when the 45 came in we said we’d stay out and lead a lap,” said Coby. “Maybe we’d come in around lap 100 or so then we had no more cautions. This car is built to last on the long runs I think everyone saw that in the Sizzler and the 125, that we know we can go at least 100 laps on these tires if not more.” Coby, Christopher, Ed Flemke who also stayed out and Preece led the restart but as the cautions came, Coby maintained his lead. Flemeke pitted on the next yellow, Christopher at the following caution coming in on lap 66. At the half way mark it was Coby, Preece, Blewett, Bryon Chew, Rowan Pennink, Justin Bonsignore, Szegedy and Beers the top eight. The last caution of the night came on lap 83, contact sending Chew hard into the outside wall on the backstretch. From the restart on lap 88 to the end, the race was green. Blewett took over second before the 90 mark, Szegedy into third five circuits later. While Blewett and Szegedy contended for second, Coby stretched out his lead. “We had a lot of cautions in the middle of the race,” said Coby. “My spotter kept giving me updates on the lap times and those guys with tires on a night like tonight they’re not going to make a lot of ground up- we just never really fell off.” Coby crossed the stripe for the 22nd Annual Stafford 150 win with a 2.508 second margin of victory. “I just didn’t want a caution. I was praying for no cautions,” admitted car owner Wayne Darling. “I was surprised without putting tires on it that it didn’t fall off, it might have if we had a caution. It stayed real fast though out the whole race. We were one of the quickest cars to the very end.” Coby talked about the decision to stay out. “We were going to pit at lap 40 or after, our plan was, if we were leading, we wanted to do exactly what Eric did, pit as the leader, make everyone follow us in, then we’ll be in the top three or four when we get out and make them now got 100 laps or so, that was our plan, make them go 100 laps instead of say, 75 which would give them better tires on the long run. We know our car can go 100 and we knew we would have a good car on the long run. So who pits? Everybody. Who doesn’t? Us. In an instant it was over getting one bonus point where we said let’s stay out and lead a lap. Now we got more points because we led the most laps and then we got the win. We try to stick to our plan; we always say that, no matter what. But crew chief says plan changes when you need a bonus point and I agreed with him. Our car was still very much tight and racy. I was thinking maybe by lap 100 we’ll be junk and we’ll have to pit, by then those guys will have 50 laps on their tires and we can pass some of them and come back through, it’s crazy how it works.” Winning crew chief John McKenna echoed Coby. “The other teams, they decided for us not to pit. We decided to lead a lap to get a bonus point not thinking they were all going to come in. I was surprised that many came in. Alright, let’s make them chase us and wear their tires out and we come down and put our tires on we’ll have something to come through the field with. But as we were going, nobody was coming, nobody was coming, nobody was coming – then when it went the long green, let it go, we couldn’t pit, even if the caution did come out. It worked out, but it was luck. The last time, we weren’t planning on pitting, we got a flat tire and it worked out. This time, we were planning on pitting and we didn’t.” Coming into the 2012 season, there is a renewed desire to succeed, to be competitive among the best. A season high second place finish for the Howell, NJ driver, Jimmy Blewett in the John Blewett Inc/Ling Trucking sponsored, John Blewett Sr. owned Chevrolet with crew chief Ed Bennett III, is appreciative of what it takes to make the podium. “I can’t thank Ed (Bennett) enough for stepping up to the plate for me. My crew chief Kevin Crowley, he had to step aside because of family purposes. I can’t thank Ed enough for coming on board with us. You’re only as good as your car is sometimes and my crew guys work their hearts out week in and week out, we’re committed to running the full series. This one’s for my guys.” Blewett continued, “You know our team, it’s been one thing after another, we just really needed a good finish. During the off season, I lost a bunch of weight just trying to get myself prepared to run this car for my grandfather. I felt like I have to give 150 percent. We put a pretty good crew together, a little bit from my brother’s team, a little bit of guys that worked for me, a couple of friends I met when I drove the 14 car and even a couple of guys that were around the pit area. The hard work is what makes you. I have a lot more appreciation for racing now more than ever. When I drove for Eddie Partridge, it was show up with your helmet and suit and race. It’s not that I need to work on cars and build them, I did that with my brother, my grandfather made us start that way, now to do that at the highest level is a whole different story. What makes me feel that way is my brother, what he did, driver, crew chief, he did everything, he was the total package. I feel like tonight would be a night where he would be proud of all of us.” Szegedy in the Mike Smeriglio III owned, Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction sponsored Ford tallied up another top five finish, four to date with the 2 Team headed up by crew chief Phil Moran. “Our season has been either real good finishes or we’ve been getting wrecked. Everybody ran pretty good, it got a little wild there with some of the guys backing up it really us bunched up, but all in all is was a good run for the Mike Smeriglio Ford. We just have to keep having these good finishes. The 52 was strong tonight. We took tires and he still whooped up on us, we’ve got a lot of work to do to catch up on him. We can’t blame engine power, he runs a Chevy, we run a Ford but we’re all built by Bob Brunneau power- it’s a good finish for Bob, one, two and three. We’re going to Thompson where we’ve had absolutely horrible luck and hopefully turn it around with another top five. We’re going to build off this finish.” Szegedy will focus on getting where they know they are capable of being. “ When we finish, they’re good. We’re good enough to run the top five but we’re not yet this year been good enough to win. Tonight I think was the closet night to that. If we had a green, white, checker, it might have been a different story, Doug did have older tires and I think that would have affected him the most, our car was great on restarts. I think being third, we would have had a shot at winning the race but it didn’t happen. I gave it all I could, I didn’t have anything left. It’s good, but I’m anxious to get the car better. I want to continue with these finishes.” To compete in this series, the work is hard, never ending and requires sacrifice and dedication. A whole series could be written on what one has given up to be here. There is one more factor, an elusive four letter word that permeates the racing world- luck. That word was heard across the board tonight from the 52 team. “Lucky, very lucky,” said Darling. “The last race here, we had a flat and it worked out for us, the race at Waterford, that big wreck on the front stretch, we got hit, but it didn’t do any damage, Todd ended up in it, we got hit, nerf bar damage, but we made it through. This race here, no cautions at the end, right now, we’re just riding the luck. These guys do hard work, I mean we had a good car last year and stupid stuff would bite us, cautions come out at the wrong time, it’s all luck, when you have it, ride it.” “I’ll tell you what, I had a blast with Ryan, Eric, Bobby- that four group of us running side by side, was really cool. It was really fun racing with these guys,” said Coby. “When you beat them, you know you’re beating the best. That’s the most satisfying for us right now, it’s knowing that when you beat Ted, Mike Stefanik, Silk’s team, Preece, Todd- those are top notch teams and for us to run with them and beat them, it’s really cool. It can change in an instant. We can have a 60 point lead and it can go away in a heartbeat. We’re trying to not take anything for granted, we’ve won four Tour races in a year, no matter where we finish in points, points don’t tell the whole story. For somebody like me whose never finished better than fifth in points or won more than one Tour race in a season, this is just like the coolest thing ever. We know we’re on a wave.” “We weren’t really surprised (about the car falling off) that’s what we’ve been working on,” said McKenna. “My nephew Alex has been doing the setups on it, we have a new tire guy, we knew half way through last year that our tire guy would not be returning since he was going to spend time with his daughter playing softball so he and Simon worked together. Tim taught Simon how to do the tires and he picked that right up, that’s been key. The guys on the team have been stepping up to do different things- it’s all of us working hard. We know we’re riding the wave, we know we’re going to go on the other side of the wave sooner or later. We’ve been doing this long enough to know, that’s the truth, it’s a reality.” The season is officially half way. Seven races in the books, seven to go. Coby leads the way with 309, Preece in second 41 back with Silk only two behind Preece. Jimmy Blewett stands fourth with Justin Bonsignore, Todd Szegedy and Donny Lia all tied for fifth each with 235 points. The tight turn around to Thursday night at Thompson will be another test for all. Easy to say the season is just heating up.




July 28 - Riverhead Raceway - Rain - rescheduled to Sept 15

July 14 - New Hampshire Speedway - 4th

STEFANIK WINS THRILLER IN LOUDON
Veteran Edges Silk By .003 Of A Second At Line
Who says the older drivers can’t mix it up with the young ones? Mike Stefanik proved he can still take home checkered flags.

Seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Mike Stefanik edged Ron Silk by .003 of a second to win the Town Fair Tire 100 in a photo finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday.“I am just happy this old man can mix it up with the young guys out here,” said the 54-year-old Stefanik after climbing out of the No. 66 Canto & Sons Paving/Robert B Our Co. Ford in Victory Lane. “I asked my spotter how many to go. She said five to go. I counted two more and went for it.”Stefanik and Silk swapped the lead 17 times over the final 48 laps of the 100-lap event on the 1.058-mile oval. Stefanik took the lead for the final time on Lap 97 and held on for his 72nd career victory. It was also Stefanik's eighth win at New Hampshire, where he is the winningest driver."Believe it or not, I came out of Turn 4 and I said, 'Oh boy, this is going to be tight,' " Stefanik said. "And I actually physically sat up in the seat as much as I could and peered over the front of my car and rolled my eyes to the right to see which bumper was ahead. It's kind of funny you would think about doing that but I just wanted to win after such a hard fought battle with Ronnie Silk."Silk won the Coors Light Pole Award Friday in the No. 6 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Schnitzer Chevrolet and led nine times for a race-high 82 laps Saturday, including the first 51. Once Stefanik passed him for the first time, the two traded the lead back and forth as they jockeyed to be in position for the win on the final lap."I didn't want to make (the pass) with one to go because I thought they'd probably pass me before the one to go because they would want to be leading," Stefanik said. "I made the pass on Ronnie and then thought, I've got to hold this guy off for three laps. I do not want him going back by me."Said Silk: "I was in the spot I wanted to be in on the last lap. I wanted to be in second coming off Turn 2. I had the run off the backstretch, I just wasn't able to get him."Mike did an awesome job on the last lap. I got a run on him. I even ran him up a little bit. He was able to hang on to it in the marbles and beat me back to the line, so congratulations to him and those guys. They did a great job."The win also gave Stefanik a locked-in spot to the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the .4-mile oval at Daytona International Speedway next February during Speedweeks,Points leader Doug Coby closed late to finish third after pitting four times in the first half of the race to adjust the car. Coby leads Silk, 261-244.Coby said his No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking Chevrolet struggled over the first half of the race with his car setup, citing the tire rubber put down during NASCAR Sprint Cup practice prior to the Modified race."We just made the right adjustments at the break," said Coby, "and I don't know how it happened but we found ourselves in the top five with 10 to go. We just tried to make some smart moves."Off the final turn, Rowan Pennink made a brief bid to make it three-wide for the lead but lost ground in the scrum and wound up sixth.Eric Beers finished fourth and Todd Szegedy fifth. After Pennink, Andy Seuss, Donny Lia, Zane Zeiner and Woody Pitkat rounded out the top 10.NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, a two-time winner in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, qualified fifth but finished 30th after being involved in an accident just prior to the race's halfway point.The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race next on Saturday, July 28 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR-Town Fair Tire 100 Results
Saturday At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Lap length: 1.058 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (9) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 100 laps, 82.016 mph.
2. (1) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 100.
3. (3) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
4. (12) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 100.
5. (10) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 100.
6. (7) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 100.
7. (15) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, Chevrolet, 100.
8. (19) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 100.
9. (13) Zane Zeiner, Bath, Pa., Dodge, 100.
10. (18) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Ford, 100.
11. (17) Bobby Santos III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 100.
12. (2) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 100.
13. (22) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 100.
14. (8) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 100.
15. (4) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
16. (23) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 100.
17. (25) Rob Fuller, Boylston, MA, Ford, 99.
18. (20) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 99.
19. (28) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 99.
20. (29) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, NY, Chevrolet, 99.
21. (16) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 97.
22. (6) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 94.
23. (33) Steve Dickey, Londonderry, N.H., Chevrolet, 84, accident.
24. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 81.
25. (21) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 68.
26. (26) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass, Pontiac, 62, accident.
27. (14) Richie Pallai, Jr, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 60, accident.
28. (27) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 60, accident.
29. (24) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 51, accident.
30. (5) Ryan Newman, South Bend, IN, Chevrolet, 48, accident.
31. (32) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 47, engine.
32. (34) Mike Christopher, Plainville, CT, Dodge, 47, overheating.
33. (11) Ryan Blaney, High Pointe, NC, Chevrolet, 37, accident.
34. (31) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 0, engine.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 17 minutes 24 seconds
Margin of Victory: .003 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Silk (129.147 mph, 29.492 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 26 laps.
Lead Changes: 17 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Silk 1-51; M. Stefanik 52-53; R. Silk 54-57; M. Stefanik 58-59; R. Silk 60; M. Stefanik 61; R. Silk 62-71; M. Stefanik 72-73; R. Silk 74-76; M. Stefanik 77-78; R. Silk 79-81; M. Stefanik 82-83; R. Silk 84-86; M. Stefanik 87-88; R. Silk 89-93; M. Stefanik 94; R. Silk 95-96; M. Stefanik 97-100.

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Swapping the lead for the final 25 laps, it came down to the final circuit. The crowd on their feet, out of turn four with the checkered flag in the air, Mike Stefanik and Ron Silk were side by side, Rowan Pennink went low making it three wide for the win. In a split second, Pennink was forced to back out, Silk and Stefanik continued, crossing the line at nearly the same time. By 3 thousandths of a second, Mike Stefanik of Coventry, RI in the Ed Marceau owned, Canto & Sons Paving/Robert B Our Company sponsored Ford scored the coveted win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Town Fair Tire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Silk locked in second, Doug Coby third, Eric Beers fourth and Todd Szegedy crossed fifth. Pennink held on for sixth.“When I came out of four, I knew it was going to be tight,” said Stefanik recalling the last lap. “I actually physically sat up in the seat as much as much as I could and kind of like peered over the front of my car and rolled my eyes to the right to see what bumper was ahead. It’s actually funny, you wouldn’t think about doing that but I just wanted to win after such a long hard battle with Ronnie Silk. You hate to give it away, they just don’t come enough. This feeling I have today just never gets old. I’m 54 years old and I still feel like I’m 21.”The Town Fair Tire 100 marks Stefanik’s 72nd career win, his eighth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his last coming in August of 2011.Silk commanded the lead from the green leading the entire first half until the mandatory break that fell at a lap 47 caution. While the likes of Keith Rocco, Ryan Preece, Rowan Pennink, Eric Beers and Ryan Newman swapped out second place, none were able to make a complete pass on Silk and make it stick for a full circuit. Stefanik who took the green ninth, methodically moved forward repeatedly optimizing the draft, move low and complete the pass. By the time the mandatory pit stop was called, Stefanik had secured second.A right front flat on the Newman modified brought out a yellow on lap 47 where NASCAR officials called the mandatory pit stop. Drivers were able to change tires, fuel and make adjustments under the 5 minute red flag. When the green waved, Stefanik became the dominate threat to Silk’s day. With the final thirty two laps green, the pair would swap the top spot a modified fan pleasing seventeen times. It was the final circuit that brought the fans to their feet.“With three to go I made my decision. I didn’t want to make it with one to go because I thought that they would probably pass with one to go- they would want to be leading. I asked my spotter Carol who did a fantastic job, I said what lap is this and she said five to go at the line. I counted two more laps, made the pass on Ronnie and then I was like I have to try and hold this guy off for three laps because I did not want him going back by me for those three laps. His car got tight and that is what allowed me to come up with this plan. He was struggling a little bit in the corner but he had a lot of steam under the hood with that spec motor. I made the move with three to go- luck, whatever; we won it by a fraction.”“Whenever you get in the lead draft here at New Hampshire, crazy stuff is happening the whole time,” said defending champion Silk in the Ed Partridge owned, Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Schnitzer sponsored Chevrolet. “I don’t know what it looked like from the outside but it was a lot of fun in the car. Mike did an awesome job on the last lap. I got a run on him, I ran him up a little bit and he was able to hang onto to it up in the marbles a little bit and beat me back to the line, congratulations to him and those guys. I was in the spot I wanted to be in on the last lap. I wanted to be in second coming off of turn two. I had the run down the backstretch but I just couldn’t get him. I knew this morning in practice, I was around him a little bit in practice drafting and I knew his car was good.”The victory for 7 time NWMT champion Stefanik was as much as a win for him as it was for his new team, car owner Ed Marceau and crew chief Brad Lafontaine. “I always admired Brad Lafontaine’s ability to give his drivers fantastic cars. I’m still a student of this game, I study everybody’s car, you just know who is driving a good car, who is struggling. It seems like more often than not, he’s given his drivers what they need to win the race. He’s been around the game a long time, he works hard at it and he’s smart at it. He’s an icon crew chief in this series.”Point leader Doug Coby of Milford, CT in the Reynolds Auto Wrecking Chevrolet overcame what turned out to be a challenging day for the Wayne Darling crew headed up by crew chief John McKenna. Starting third on the grid, Coby was not able to hold onto the position when the green flew. It would have been easy to think this team would be more than a long shot for the podium when Coby pitted on lap 8.Then lap 13. Then again on lap 27. After the mandatory pit on lap 47, Coby lined up seventeenth. Making the adjustments early, the strategy paid off. Coby became a contender and was in the thick of things in the final circuit.“My race was a little different than Ron’s,” explained Coby. “As I’m sure you guys saw me pit like four times. We were just struggling on that Nationwide Series and Cup rubber really bad, sometimes it comes around, sometimes it doesn’t. And I think those guys from 5th or 7th on back, the track really never came into their cars. We just made the right adjustments at the break. I don’t know how it happened but we found ourselves in the top five with ten to go. We tried to make some smart moves and right there at the end when Ron, Mike and Rowan were dicing it up I tried to get a couple of spots and we ended up third. It was a great day for our team.”Andy Seuss of Hampstead, NH started 15th and crossed the line 7th. Denise DuPont was able to catch up with Andy at the conclusion of the Town Fair Tire 100, her report is below. Donny Lia finished 8th, Zane Zeiner 9th and Woody Pitkat a solid 10th.Riverhead Raceway is the next stop for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on July 28th.


The contribution below is by Denise DuPont who caught up with Eric Beers and Andy Seuss in the pits after the race. Thank you Denise.

Eric Beers

Eric Beers has had a strong race car in 2012 and it is only a matter of when the Horwith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc. Ford will have a 2012 win. Beers started the race in eleventh spot and made his way through the field to actually lead the race for a short while. He ran with the leaders the whole race making some daring moves on the outside, some which cost him race spots. “We had a good car right out of the box,” said Beers about the #45. “We drove from twelfth right up to second. We got by Ronnie (Silk) once for the lead and then he got right by us. We were twelfth for the first segment and we were short and got fourth for the second segment. Our second set of tires we not near as good as the first set of tires. We were very loose. The car would drive into the corner and I would turn right through the whole corner. We dropped all the way back to twelfth or thirteenth with twenty laps to go. Then it end up tightening up a little bit. I found a lane where the car would actually work and I started driving the car in a different spot and I drove all the way up to fourth. If we had a little bit more help there I thought we had a real good shot at it. One time we drove up underneath Stefanik for second coming through the corner but the draft killed us and we were back to fifth place.”

“Congratulations to Michael and his team. They had a good run. It was a nice clean race. Hopefully we come back here next year and we do not have to wait for the car to come in until twenty laps to go.”

Andy Seuss

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has been the primary concentration for New Hampshire native Andy Seuss. On off weekends Seuss has raced where he can with the family owned #70 car. Seuss started the Rockingham Boat/MUA/Summit Signs Chevrolet fifteenth and maneuvered his way to the front.

Seuss finished the race seventh. “I am real happy with my race finish. The car was real loose at the green flag and the guys did some awesome adjustments. We almost thought that it was going to be too much but it did get loose the last few laps. During the last few laps I had a great battle with Szegedy at the end.”

“Just a run with those teams today , guys like - Lia, Szegedy, Pennink, Silk and the money that they spend while we are just doing it as a family operation it is amazing. I have to thank my parents, Lyle and Kathy Patterson, Lee and Pam Vinyl from Vinyl Excavating, and everybody that put into this car or work on the car for this race to make it better. It is great just to be friends with everybody that we race with. And to have a good finish at a track like this.".


NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR - TOWN FAIR TIRE 100 QUALIFYING
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
by Polly Reid
Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT earned fast time for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway winning the Coors Light pole awardand will lead the thirty-four car field to green on Saturday for car owner Ed Partridge in the Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Schnitzer sponsored Chevrolet.
“The car drove real well,” said Coors Light pole sitter Silk. “We were quick in practice but not really happy with how the car went. We spent a lot of time after practice and changed just about everything we could. We went out for time and the car drove really well. I’ve got to thank my guys – I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”Silk crossed the line with a 29.492 second lap with a ‘spec’ engine under the hood followed by Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT at 29.884 seconds and Doug Coby third with a 28.880 second lap.Eric Berndt and NSCS driver Ryan Newman will make up the top five.The Coors Light pole award is Silk’s sixth career, his second at the Magic Mile. The NWMT defending champion is also the winner of the last NWMT outing at NHMS back in September.

Rookie of the Year contender Keith Rocco will roll off sixth for the Town Fair Tire 100 with Bryan Chew, Rowan Pennink, Mike Stefanik and Todd Szegedy the top ten.Ryan Blaney in the McHawk Northeast modified will make his first NWMT career start Saturday. Blaney qualified just outside the top ten at eleventh.The top three qualifiers, Silk, Preece and Coby are also by coincidence, the top three in the point standings. Coby leads the way with 220 points, Silk follows with 200 with Preece a close third at 197 points. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is scheduled to go green at 1pm – you can follow it here on TheChromeHorn.com with Denise Dupont.




June 30 - Mahoning Speedway - pair of 9's

Earl Paules and Don Wagner each garnered Modified wins Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway and in the process they kept their tight point battle going strong as season’s the midway juncture nears.
Point leader Paules of Palmerton picked up his second victory coming in the make-up race from June 3. Starting seventh, he had to work his tail off in taking the lead from his teammate Scott Meckes.Wagner, who hails from Wharton, passed Tom Flanagan on 17 then held off John Bennett for his third ’12 verdict.In the first race pole sitter Troy Bollinger jumped out to the early lead and then held steady until lap 17 which is when Meckes took over after an outside pass at the start/finish line.By lap 19 Paules appeared in second then needed every bit of the next five laps to get past Meckes who made a solid effort to protect the lead.It wasn’t until a restart on lap 24 when Meckes lost the top spot, but, the Rookie of the Year contender never eased up as he kept in close range with Paules, taking a career best second.“He, (Meckes) did a great job, drove me clean and he definitely made me work out there. We’re teammates and this was good and he was due for a good finish,” said Paules.“With the heat today the track was a little slick and you have to drive it that way. I really want to thank the fans for coming out in this heat too.”;John Bennett ran a balanced race for third with Matt Wentz and John Markovic rounding out the top five.

In the regular feature Tom Flanagan was the pole sitter and early leader. Right behind him the cars of Jeff Rex, Jr., Wagner and Bennett all raced tightly.A near winner from the previous week, Flanagan was looking to redeem himself and was once again showing that this could be his night. Wagner, however, was uncompromising as he caught and then went side-by-side with Flanagan on lap 15. From the outside line he then inched into the lead on lap 19 and the next time around had a car length advantage.“The top groove was definitely the faster groove. I was struggling to hold it down to the bottom. I got a good run on Tommy (Flanagan) to get around him on the top side and that was the place to be,” said Wagner.Over the final ten laps Bennett stepped up to second and was throwing everything at Wagner as the two crafty veterans engaged in a closely run contest the rest of the way.“Whenever you got this guy is on your outside, Johnny Bennett, he’s the man to beat here for the last few years. He’s a really good race car driver and no one in the class makes it easy. There was a bunch of fast cars up front and we were just lucky to get the win tonight.” said Wagner.Paules, Rex and Bobby Jones completed the top five. Flanagan, Wagner and Rex copped heat wins.

Modified Feature Finish, (6/3) 35 Laps: 1. Earl Paules, 2. Scott Meckes, 3. John Bennett, 4. Matt Wentz, 5. John Markovic, 6. Nevin George, 7. Don Wagner, 8. Shawn Sitarchyk, 9. Eric Beers, 10. Kevin Rex, Jr., 11. Terry Markovic, 12. Troy Bollinger, 13. Bobby Jones, 14. Matt Higgins, 15. Chip Wanamaker, 16. Tom Flanagan, 17. Todd Geist Did not start: DJ Wagner, Zane Zeiner, Ron Missimer

Modified Feature Finish, 35 Laps: 1. Wagner, 2. Bennett, 3. Paules, 4. Rex, 5. Jones, 6. George, 7. John Markovic, 8. Wentz, 9. Beers, 10. Behler, 11. Higgins, 12. Geist, 13. Terry Markovic, 14. Flanagan, 15. Sitarchyk, 16. Bollinger, 17. Tyler Haydt, 18. Meckes, 19. Mooney

June 23- Waterford Speedbowl - NASCAR - 7

MR. ROOTER 161 Waterford Speedbowl
by Polly Reid

In front of a capacity crowd, Doug Coby of Milford, CT in the Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace and Duct sponsored, Wayne Darling owned Chevrolet held off the hard charges of Ryan Preece and Justin Bonsignore in a green white checkered finish to score the victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl. Bonsignore crossed for second, Preece third, Ron Yuhas, Jr. fourth with Donny Lia fifth.The win is Coby’s third of the 2012 season, fifth of his career, his first at Waterford. “I’ve been trying to win at this track in a Tour car for a long time,” said Coby. “My first career win should have come back in like ’04 with the 28 team, that was the one that got away. These guys on the 52 team- we were really terrible in practice, we were really struggling today, they put their heads together and came up with a new set up for time trials today, we got to start up front (3rd), the car was just flawless- I’ve got thank them- this is a win for them.” Coors Light Pole award winner Ted Christopher led the twenty-four car field to green with Coby moving into second by the first completed circuit. As the green flag laps ticked off the board, Coby made his move getting past Christopher to become the new leader on lap 44. Christopher would not get a chance to threaten again when the first caution of the evening waved, contact with a lap car sending the Plainville, CT driver around on the front stretch. Christopher recovered but was forced to pit on the next yellow and working his way forward, ended his night ninth.
Todd Szegedy was the next challenge for Coby. Szegedy had reclaimed the ground lost on the original start, the Ridgefield, CT driver more than a solid contender when lap traffic came into play. Contact just before the turn one entry ended Szegedy’s chances for a run at the checkers his night ending abruptly in 19th.
As Coby continued to lead, it was Preece from Berlin, CT in the Diversified Metals/R.B Enterprises Ford that gave Coby a run for the 161 Richie Evans trophy. A restart with less than 20 to go, Coby and Preece battled side by side for several circuits, Preece edging out Coby at one point- credited with leading a lap until Coby mustered the power to regain the lead. A final caution for an incident on the front stretch involving Jamie Tomaino and Johnny Bush turned into the second red flag of the night setting up the finale- a green, white, checkered dash to the finish. Coby’s lead vanished- Preece had another shot to win. Coming out of turn four, the green in the air, the pair sailed towards turn one. Coby adjusted his line, there was a ‘hip check’ as Coby called it unsettling the 16 car which quickly led to Justin Bonsignore in the M3 Technology Chevrolet, seeing opportunity and tucked low under Preece to claim second place. Coby cruised to the checkers, Bonsignore who had never raced at Waterford before, crossed second, Preece third. “The outside was the place to be on the restarts, he (Preece) was getting great runs there,” said Coby in victory lane. “My spotter kept telling me, ‘raise your entry,’ I knew I had to take away the entry for him, kind of stay on the bottom, up off, change his line a little bit. I knew Ryan wasn’t going to do anything stupid so I guess I would take the chance.” A thoughtful Preece put into context the white flag circuit. “He was leading- he had to do what he had to do. It was green white checker, what do you expect? I would have run somebody just as hard as Doug did. He ran a great race and congratulations to him and that whole team- I’m not taking anything away from them.” “We’re trying to get a good finish, maybe get a string of wins like they (52) are,” said Bonsignore.“We got a little behind on the initial start, got shuffled back but the car was coming to us, we picked them off one at a time- got to third, thought I had something for Ryan. I don’t know if the right front gave out but we struggled the last 30 or 40 laps. This is our first time here, I’m proud of our guys.”
“I’ve been here to watch two MRS shows,” explained Bonsignore who made the trip from Holtsville, NY, “sat up in the stands and enjoyed some good times. It was awesome to see the place packed the way it was. I’m glad, I want to keep coming back, it was a blast to race here. It always helps when you run good but I love the place, it was pretty racey tonight.” “I thought the green white checker was going to work out in my favor. The 16 team, Sly Szaban, everybody on the team, they did a phenomenal job there – I hate it for them because I know we had a car that was real good on the short runs and pretty good on the long runs- I’m pretty sure we’ll be coming back next year and I hope we’re going to be the ones up there,” said Preece nodding in the direction of victory lane.
“With three laps to go, Ryan could hang there, I wasn’t sure,” said car owner Wayne Darling admitting he questioned how the finish would play out. Darling, who spent the race in the stands echoed the consensus of the night, “I thought it was a good show, not too many cautions. The crowd I thought was very appreciative, they were into it. There’s nothing better than when the crowd gets into it.” “The practice, it wasn’t anywhere what they were thinking,” said Darling who had something else to celebrate, his son winning a 75 lap pro stock race at Seekonk earlier in the evening. “John (McKenna) and Doug got together and decided what to do. They talked it over and it was their decision on what to do.” 17th on the final practice speed chart, the last and only time the 52 Tour team had been to Waterford was six years ago when Matt Hirschman drove. Crew Chief John McKenna had his work cut out for him. “We probably changed ten things after practice,” said McKenna. “We were happy after time trials.” With not much of a notebook to fall back on, the communication between Coby and McKenna was critical and it’s clicking. “Doug doesn’t tell me what to change on the car; he tells me what it’s doing.” Leading the points heading to Loudon, McKenna is encouraged. “Loudon has not been a good track for us. The test got us going in the right direction. When Dale (Quarterly) drove for us there, he started us going forward, then the test- we learned a lot.” Jigsaw, Inheritance or No Groove, whatever the name, Coby will for sure be one to watch at the Magic Mile. Rowan Pennink finished the Mr. Rooter 161 sixth, Eric Beers seventh, Rookie of the Year Contender Keith Rocco, Ted Christopher and Jon McKennedy completed the top ten.
Waterford Speedbowl pulled off a short track dream night- maximum attendance, perfect weather, a great short track show- Preece had a quote worth repeating. “You can’t even describe the feeling when you pull onto the frontstretch, get out of your car and you see this place packed, it was just awesome.”
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour meets again Saturday July 14th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 100.

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WATERFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby continued to roll in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action Saturday when he captured the checkered flag in front of a capacity crowd in the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.
Coby, from Milford, Conn., led 119 laps in the No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet Saturday en route to his third victory in five races to start the 2012 season. It is his fifth career victory overall, and first in eight Whelen Modified Tour starts at Waterford. “I’ve been trying to win at this track in a [Whelen Modified] Tour car for a long time, my first career win should have come here back in 2004 – that was one that got away,” Coby said. While he led the vast majority of the race – 119 of 163 laps – Coby needed to hold off Ryan Preece on a green-white-checker restart for the victory. Entering turn one on that restart, Coby made the decisive move to secure the victory. “Knock the 16 [Preece] in the door, and hang on for a few laps,” Coby said of his move. “The outside was the place to be on the restarts, he was getting great runs. I knew I had to take away the entry for him and kind of stay on the bottom up off and change his entry for him and kind of change his line a little bit.”
Justin Bonsignore crossed the line second while Preece settled for in third. “It was interesting, it got a little tight there,” Preece said of the race finish. “I know we had a car that was real good on those short runs and pretty good on the long runs. But I’m pretty sure we’ll be coming back here next year and I hope we’re going to be the one in Victory Lane.” Ron Yuhas Jr. and Donny Lia brought home the top five with Rowan Pennink, Eric Beers, Keith Rocco, polesitter Ted Christopher and Jon McKennedy the rest of the top 10. The fourth-place effort marked the second career top-five finish for Yuhas, and the first since his third-place run at Thompson International Speedway in 2007, a span of 19 starts. Defending Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ron Silk finished 11th, his first finish outside the top five this season. With the victory, Coby extended his lead on Silk in the season standings to 20. With his third podium finish in five outings, Preece sits third in points, 23 out.
Coby, who had two wins in 116 starts across 10 seasons, became the third driver in the last six years to win three times in five races on the schedule. The last two drivers to accomplish that feat – Donny Lia in 2007 and Bobby Santos in 2010 – both went on to capture that season’s title. The first Whelen Modified Tour event at Waterford since 2006, and the 18th overall at the facility, saw three lead changes and just four caution periods. Coby became the 14th different Whelen Modified Tour winner in the .375-mile oval’s history.

1 3 52 Doug Coby Reynolds Auto Wrkg/Furnace & Duct Chevrolet 163 48 5 Running
2 4 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 163 42 Running
3 7 16 Ryan Preece Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford 163 42 1 Running
4 11 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. DreamRide.org/Hughes Motors Chevrolet 163 40 Running
5 8 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Racing Dodge 163 39 Running
6 6 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 163 38 Running
7 16 45 Eric Beers Horwith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc Ford 163 37 Running
8 12 3 Keith Rocco * Belltown Motors/Macara/Big A Chevrolet 163 36 Running
9 1 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 163 36 1 Running
10 15 79 Jon McKennedy Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac 163 34 Running
11 5 6 Ron Silk Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Mr. Rooter Chevrolet 163 33 Running
12 17 46 Eric Berndt North End Auto Parts/Cape Cod Agts Chevrolet 163 32 Running
13 18 76 Jimmy Blewett John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet 160 31 Running
14 9 88 Bryon Chew Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet 160 30 Running
15 24 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil,/Ryan's Chevrolet 156 29 Running
16 14 99 Jamie Tomaino Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 155 28 Accident
17 23 38 Johnny Bush Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil,/Ryan's Chevrolet 153 27 Running
18 21 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood/MacLad Drywall Chevrolet 111 26 Running
19 2 2 Todd Szegedy Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const. Ford 102 25 Running
20 20 28 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard's Autos/Raceworks TV Chevrolet 101 24 Running
21 13 07 Patrick Emerling Emerling Chevrolet Dealership Chevrolet 101 23 Accident
22 19 66 Mike Stefanik Town-line farms/Xtreme Auto Chevrolet 67 22 Accident
23 22 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Pontiac 59 21 Front End
24 10 58 Eric Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 39 20 Electrica

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Ted Christopher, Time: 13.74 Seconds, Speed: 96.943 mph
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 53 mins, 3 secs Average Speed: 68.211 mph Margin of Victory: 0.505 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 49-55 (Car #36 spin frontstretch <76>); 102-110 (Cars No. 2, 07, 28 accident frontstretch [Red Flag 5 mins.]); 139-144 (Car No. 33 spin frontstretch <6>); 157-160 (Cars No. 38, 99 accident frontstretch [Red Flag 5 mins.]). 4 for 26 laps. Lap Leaders: Ted Christopher 1-43, Doug Coby 44-145, Ryan Preece 146, Doug Coby 147-163.
Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 119, Ted Christopher 43, Ryan Preece 1. 3 changes involving 3 drivers.

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By Shawn Courchesne
WATERFORD – We can see it now, the public service announcement launched just in time for next year’s Daytona 500 by the good folks from NASCAR Home Tracks. Drivers Go From Racing For First To First Responders Sunday Morning In Waterford Maybe they can even get Kevin Harvick to go into that really deep and introspective “Kevin Harvick mode” to open the commercial, scripted out to say: “Winning races, saving lives, these are the men of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.” Unfortunately, the NASCAR camera crews weren’t at the Waterford Speedbowl early Sunday morning to catch some footage of the drama and folly that unfolded just outside the Waterford Speedbowl’s front entrance. Saturday night, before a packed crowd at the Speedbowl, Doug Coby used some dramatic moves in the last two laps to hold off Ryan Preece and win the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford, the first Whelen Modified Tour event at shoreline oval since 2006. Coby took the checkered flag just after 10 p.m. for the event. Four hours later Coby was back involved in another dramatic engagement at Waterford. Around 2 a.m., a driver heading down Route 85 outside the Speedbowl lost control and flipped his subcompact car into small patch of woods just across the street from the track’s entrance.
The commotion of the flipping car sent many of those still milling about in the Speedbowl parking lot to check on the situation, including Coby. Coby was one of four Whelen Modified Tour drivers and one Whelen All-American Series Waterford Speedbowl regular on the scene just seconds after the accident happened.
Also on scene were Modified Tour regulars Ron Silk, Rowan Pennink and Keith Rocco along with Speedbowl SK Modified division regular - and Saturday night winner - Rob Janovic Jr. The five drivers were just part of a bustling group of about 15 that made their way to start the improvised rescue efforts. Once the rag-tag emergency group made it to Route 85 that’s when the impromptu crew went barreling into action, albeit with some quality comedic tone thanks to a crash victim that seemed about as aloof as a 13-year old on a date. "I lean down to see if whoever is in the car is alright and I look inside and there's this kid playing with the radio and talking on his cell phone while he's upside down,” Janovic said. The first responders responsibly made sure from the victim that there were no other passengers in the car to be accounted for and then offered to bust out the windows to let him out. It seems after finishing his song on the radio and ending his cell phone call the crash victim decided to vacate the vehicle. Safe, and seemingly unharmed, the ragtag emergency crew then went to work in trying to help him secure a ride home, as in, his own ride. It took about two people in the group call out , “let’s flip it back” and within seconds there was a line of arms pushing on one side of the mangled ride, bouncing the subcompact easily back onto four wheels, a very damaged four wheels at that, even before professional emergency responders arrived.



June 2: Mahoning Speedway - 19

A couple of the cars that were in the front of the field spun on the initial restarts and Eric was pushed into their mess and bent up the right front.

It was a banner night to what has already been a banner season for Palmerton’s Earl Paules as he won both the Modified and Late Model features at Mahoning Valley Speedway, the first time a driver has done that fete with those classes in the same night and he added to his acclaim by assuming the point lead in each division.
It was Baltimore Life Insurance Fan Appreciation Night and a packed grandstand witnessed the powerhouse performance by Paules. In the Modified main he started eighth. After two skirmishes trying to get the first lap in the books, Paules was able to methodically move to fifth. He then began his progression to the front by moving to the outside groove where he would grab fourth by lap three and third the next time around. Matt Wentz had been leading from the outset and had Bobby Jones giving him a handful. It would be lap six when Jones was able to slip by and grab the lead. It took Paules until lap eight to make his way ahead of Wentz. After that it was great battle that ensued between him and Jones. On lap 15 Paules was able to take over as the leader and from there to the finish he held steady for his first Modified win of the year. “It’s just patience. You have that the wins will come. It’s Mahoning Valley, it’s a tough little race track,” said Paules. “Bobby (Jones) and I are both hard racers. I know he will run you clean and he gave me plenty of room.”; Defending class champion Tyler Haydt had a solid drive through the pack as he came from 14th to second by lap 22 and then remained in tow with Paules to the end. New Jersey’s Roger Coss was making a rare Mahoning start and turned in a noteworthy run coming from 15th to second, a spot he earned by inches over Don Wagner at the checkers. Nevin George rounded out the top five. Mod heats went to Paules, Jones and John Bennett. Todd Geist annexed the consolation.

Modified Feature Finish, 35 Laps: 1. Earl Paules, 2. Tyler Haydt, 3. Roger Coss, 4. Don Wagner, 5. Nevin George, 6. Bobby Jones, 7. Kevin Rex, Jr., 8. Brian DeFebo, 9. Troy Bollinger, 10. Shawn Sitarchyk, 11. Chip Wanamaker, 12. Matt Wentz, 13. Todd Geist, 14. Lonnie Behler, 15. Joe Mooney, 16. John Bennett, 17. James Pritchard, Jr., 18. Tom Flanagan, 19. Eric Beers, 20. Scott Meckes

Did not qualify: Rick Reichenbach, Brent Wentz, DJ Wagner, Paul Skodacek, Keith Mullineax, Terry Markovic, Stacey Brown


May 25: Stafford Speedway - 13

STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY - TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON 125
Coby Makes a Comeback for Stafford Victory
by Polly Reid

Forced to pit with a right front flat, Doug Coby of Milford, CT in the Wayne Darling owned, Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct sponsored Chevrolet made an unexpected pit stop early on then methodically caught and passed his way through the field eventually getting by leader Bobby Santos III with less than ten to go to score the win at Stafford Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour TSI Harley-Davidson 125.
This is a different car and motor than we won the Sizzler with,” said Coby who claimed the Spring Sizzler win last month. “We call this the show car, I told them I never want to race it, want to keep it nice and shiny. The show car put on the show tonight, it was freaking awesome.”Restarting deep in the field after being forced to pit on lap 27, Coby used the outside groove to make his way through the field. Coby turned his long night around taking the lead from Santos who had until then, dominated the entire night. Coby was credited with leading the final seven circuits.“I know I got into the 88 when he didn’t go on the first couple of laps. I kind of bobbled into his nerf bar, I don’t know if that’s what cut it down but the car was tight and that’s what a tire going down makes you feel, but then the car was fine. I don’t know if it was then and when it cooled down under the caution it rolled off the bead or something like that, but I was shocked when it went down. We weren’t planning to pit, it’s just one of those things, we ended up pitting before everyone else. We didn’t make any changes to the car only put on two right side tires.”Santos crossed for second with Ron Silk third, Todd Szegedy fourth and Rowan Pennink fifth.Earlier in the evening, Bobby Santos III set fast time winning the Coors Light Pole award, led the most laps and held off the challenges of Eric Berndt, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher and Silk along the way. But it was a showdown between Santos and Coby that changed the night. The pass started out of turn two where Coby was strong and ended at turn four, Coby emerging the second and winning leader of the night.“Doug was good, he was good at the end and he beat us. Overall I’m very happy but you can’t- there is just nothing worse than leading the race and getting beat. But, Doug did it clean, did it the right way, he did a good job.”His second Tour start of the season, Santos never skipped a beat with his new team headed up by car owner Sully Tinio. “I’ve got to thank this whole team, Billy The Kid, awesome motor, Steve Lemay, Sully Tinio, it’s a lot of fun to drive for him. The 44 is a good team, they have the potential to win a lot of races on this Tour.”Santos was repeating what Silk did a year ago in this event, leading every lap, the checkered flag getting closer with every circuit ticked off the board. “I was taking care of my car the whole race, not pushing it as hard as I had to until I got a couple of challenges there. We were a little free getting into the turns there the whole race but it wasn’t a big deal. I’m disappointed to loose a race at the end- could not be prouder of what the guys did- at the end, wish I could have held on a little better, I don’t know what to say.”Defending winner of this race Ronnie Silk turned his challenging night into a podium finish. Silk started ninth and just after he cracked the top five, the call was made to pit. “We kind of had a rough night with a good ending. We were too loose to start. We pitted on lap 30, took our tires then, got some good lanes on the restarts- then with like 25 to go, thought I had a good shot at winning it. Got a couple of good runs on Bobby, but just didn’t have enough forward drive to really pass him. The two times I did try and pass him it really screwed both of us up and Doug was able to make some ground up on us. Doug- that 52 team, they’ve been really strong all year and we’re going to have to get a little better to beat them.”“We won this last year and never even thought about pitting. You come to try and win all these races and we weren’t going to win the way were so we needed to make an adjustment on the car- it definitely improved where we finished.”A different car was brought to Stafford than the one that Coby won with at the Sizzler. “They said they wanted to bring this car because it runs better at night,” explained car owner Wayne Darling about crew chief John McKenna’s call to switch up the car. “The right front flat actually helped us, we put on two right side tires. We were thinking it was early enough, pick a few off, get a couple of good restarts, we’d be in good shape.”Considering the day they were having, Darling smiled, he wasn’t completely convinced they had the car to win until they took the lead. “Up until then I wasn’t sure. Getting by Teddy, getting by Ronnie, they were tough, tougher than Bobby was going to be. Teddy and I, he’s a good friend of mine, we have a rivalry; Doug and Ronnie are real close friends, they have a rivalry, so I figured they would be the toughest to get by and they were.”Balloons decorated the 52 pit cart signs of a celebration for crew chief John McKenna who marked a big one at Stafford. Maybe turning 50 isn’t a bad thing when you can celebrate in victory lane. But the day, well, wasn’t quite so smooth. “My day started out pretty crappy this morning. Like 6:30 this morning, taking a shower, the water stopped.” McKenna’s first repair of the day was the water tank for his well.Next, it gets better. “We’ve been having trouble with the hauler, it’s been acting up.” Out for repairs twice since the MRS race at Monadnock, they were told they were good to go. “When we left today, about 20 mins from the shop it started going into de-rate mode, it looses all it’s horsepower so it only goes like 35 mph. We kept pulling over, shutting it off, run it for 20 mins at best, then the light would come back on. Climbing the hills on the Mass. Pike it was going like 15 mph. That’s how my day started.”After the unscheduled stop for the right front flat, McKenna would have been pleased with a top ten finish. “Usually there is not a lot of passing. Here it’s track position. Then Doug set sail- running the outside. I couldn’t believe how good he was running the outside.” Rating his birthday overall? “This is the best one yet- excellent.”Keith Rocco closed his night at Stafford crossing sixth, Ted Christopher seventh, Woody Pitkat, Jimmy Blewett and Justin Bonsignore the top ten.Coby leaves Stafford and heads to Waterford Speedbowl in three weeks the new NWMT point leader, 172 points to Silk’s 167. Ryan Preece moves into third in points with Jimmy Blewett fourth and Justin Bonsignore fifth. Motor problems for seven time NWMT champion Mike Stefanik at the start hurt the Coventry, RI in points who now sits ninth. However, there are only five points that separate Rocco in fifth to Szegedy in tenth..Doug Coby slipped past Bobby Santos eight laps from the finish to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday and become the driver with more than one win this season.Coby’s first win came in the tour's first visit to Stafford last month.For the Milford, Conn., driver – who was making his 118th start – it marked his fourth career win and his third victory on Stafford’s half-mile oval.The driver of the No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Chevrolet started fifth but had to pit on Lap 27 under caution for a flat right front tire. He charged back and chased down Santos, who had won the pole and led the race from the drop of the green. Coby closed in on the leader with 10 laps to go and on his second attempt slipped by for the lead.Santos held on for second, followed by Ron Silk, Todd Szegedy and Rowan Pennink. Keith Rocco, Ted Christopher, Woody Pitkat, Jimmy Blewett and Justin Bonsignore completed the top 10.Coby previously won the Spring Sizzler at Stafford in 2006 and earlier this year. With Friday night's win, Coby took the points lead over defending champion Silk by five points after four events.The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action when it visits Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl for the first time since 2006 for the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, June 23.

22nd Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Results Unofficial Results
Friday At Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (5) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 125 laps, 72.440 mph.
2. (1) Bobby Santos III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 125.
3. (9) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn, Chevrolet, 125.
4. (14) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 125.
5. (6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 125.
6. (16) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
7. (11) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
8. (21) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Ford, 125.
9. (13) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 125.
10. (20) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
11. (4) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 125.
12. (15) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
13. (8) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 125.
14. (18) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 125.
15. (2) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
16. (12) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
17. (10) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 125.
18. (23) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass, Pontiac, 125.
19. (3) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 125.
20. (7) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 125.
21. (22) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 125.
22. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 124.
23. (25) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.
24. (19) Richie Pallai, Jr, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124.
25. (17) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 123.
26. (24) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Chevrolet, 2, engine.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 51 minutes, 46 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.000 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Santos III (98.874 mph, 18.205 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Santos III 1-117; D. Coby 118-125.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 172; 2. R. Silk, 167; 3. R. Preece, 155; 4. J. Blewett, 145; 5. J. Bonsignore, 143; 6. K. Rocco, 135; 7. T. Christopher, 133; 8. D. Lia, 132; 9. M. Stefanik, 131; 10. T. Szegedy, 130.

He suffered a flat tire on lap 28 of the TSI Harley Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway, and looked like he was headed for a long night near the rear of the field.“You just never give up,” Coby said. “We weren’t planning to pit.”He used that fresh rubber, however, to the utmost advantage. Coby razzle-dazzled his way through the field and moved into the top five with 50 laps to go. Then he surged underneath all the front runners, including race leader Bobby Santos with seven laps to go to win his second Whelen Modified Tour race of the season Friday night.* Santos tried to go the entire 125-lap distance without changing tires, and played the price with seven laps remaining.“Based on the last two years, I didn’t think you could win this race by pitting,” Santos said. “Doug Coby proved me wrong. He was good at the end. He beat us.”Coby made many passes on the outside to get into contention, but then made a high-voltage move down low to vapor past Santos.“I wish I could have held on a little better,” Santos said. “We made the right decision not to pit. We just got beat at the end.”Coby said he knew he had a chance when he started to pick off Ted Christopher, who finished seventh. Then when he got close to Santos, he knew exactly what to do.“I hate to say it was easy to pass him,” Coby said, “But it was easy to figure out where I was better than him. I just made a big arc behind him so he couldn’t pinch down on me and made the move. I knew when I got under Bobby, he wasn’t going to wreck his car.”Once he took the lead, Coby pulled away. Ron Silk finished third followed by Todd Szegedy and Rowan Pennink. The win also vaulted Coby into the Tour point lead after four races.“I don’t care about that,” Coby said. “I’m happier about winning two tour races in one year. I’ve never done that before.”If the Coby comebacks continue, two wins may be just scratching the surface in 2012.

May 19: Mahoning Speedway - 8
It’s hard to imagine that four weeks into the 2012 season at Mahoning Valley Speedway and multi-time Modified track champion John Bennett of Lehighton is nowhere near the top five in points, a place he has solidified over the past five years. More to the fact is he’s not even in the top ten as his results have been uncharacteristic of his amazing ability of getting around the demanding paved quarter mile.
Saturday night Bennett was back in true form as he shook all the hard luck that had beleaguered him and scored a decisive victory. “We must have had a huge black cloud hovering over us and we couldn’t buy a break for the first four weeks. I’m glad to come out on the top tonight and it feels real good,” said Bennett. Bennett’s rough start to the season was due to either mechanical woes or just plain bad luck and in actuality his win was due in part to hardship of drivers just ahead of him. Joe Mooney had just taken the lead from Troy Bollinger on lap 24. They had been running side-by-side for a number of laps. Bollinger had led from the start but Mooney was a constant challenge. Mooney’s efforts finally paid off when he tucked in low on the front straight and pulled ahead. However, before they reached turn two the new leader had spun after being tagged by Bollinger. Both had to go to the rear due to the incident. In third at the time was Bennett who avoided the scene and became the front man for the restart. The rest of the race it was classic Bennett as he went unchallenged thanks to a far enough lead he built over the remaining laps. “Racing luck, we finally got it back and it paid off big time,” said Bennett. “This is just what we needed and we’ll be back at this more often I’m sure.” Bennett earned his 28th career Modified win and 58th overall and remains uncontested as the all-time leader in track victories. Don Wagner settled for second and has moved back into the points lead. Defending champ Tyler Haydt, Rick Reichenbach and Earl Paules completed the top five. Mod heats went to Haydt, Bennett and Wagner.

Modified Feature Finish, 35 Laps: 1. John Bennett, 2. Don Wagner, 3. Tyler Haydt, 4. Rick Reichenbach, 5, Earl Paules, 6. Nevin George, 7. Kames Pritchard, Jr., 8. Eric Beers, 9. Bobby Jones, 10. Todd Geist, 11. Kevin Rex, Jr., 12. Lonnie Behler, 13. Joe Mooney, 14. DJ Wagner, 15. Troy Bollinger, 16. Jarred Nace, 17. Matt Wentz, 18. Scott Meckes, 19. Terry Markovic, 20. Tom Flanagan Did not qualify: Chip Wanamaker, Shawn Sitarchyk

May 12: Monadnock Speedway
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Monadnock Speedway hosted the third stop on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with the Whitcomb 200 presented by Mobix & Town Fair Tire. After setting a new track record earlier in qualifying, Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT survived several restarts and a tenacious Doug Coby in the closing circuits to score his first win in the Eric Sanderson owned, Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises sponsored Ford. The victory is the fourth NWMT career win for Preece.
Preece led the 175 lap event wire to wire and climbed the fence in a victory lane celebration. “Sly Szaban, this whole Flamingo Motorsports team is unbelievable. I’m just so lucky to be a part of it and I’m very grateful for this opportunity. Doug (Coby) said he had the perfect car last race, I feel like that this week. Once we got going, I would just take off, I think I could have gone another 100 laps, it was that good.” Doug Coby of Milford, CT crossed for second with Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT third, Holtsville, NY’s Justin Bonsignore fourth and Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT fifth. “I don’t think we were going to get by the 16 car today- I gave it all I had,” said Coby who wheeled the Wayne Darling owned modified to victory lane in the last outing at Stafford Motor Speedway. “We started second, finished second but it definitely wasn’t that easy. It was a battle with the 36 (Christopher) and the 2 (Szegedy) and the 6 (Silk) for a while and of course Ryan. I tried my hardest on those restarts- wanted to really roll the outside the best I could. It’s really tough at this track- it’s my third time here- I’m learning every time I’m here. I think coming to that MRS race a month ago really helped us with our set up. We ran up front and that’s all on a quarter mile track that you can hope for.” Coby whose 52 modified carries sponsorship from Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct continued, “I really want to thank Teddy Bear Pools for putting up the extra money, that means a lot and for Long Island Manic for getting Jerry Marquis back in a car- that was pretty cool. And I want to thank my guys for a really good car, it was fun to drive.”Szegedy scored his first podium finish of the season in the Mike Smerigilo, III owned, Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Ford crossing the stripe third. “The guys at the shop work real hard to prepare these race cars. My car owner gives me the best equipment out here. When you have bad luck, racing isn’t fun, I’ll be the first one to tell you but when you run well, compete for top five’s, it’s a good time.” Szegedy is turning around a season that has been heading uphill since the season opener at Thompson. Szegedy brought up a suggestion that he thought would make the race even more entertaining for the fans. “I think for these short track races, NASCAR needs to give us the option to pit and put a right rear on. I was hardly touching the throttle the whole race then when it was time to go, we had no tires left. If they would give us a right rear we could have a lot of cool looking racing. Preece would not have pitted but some of us would have and you would see a lot of outside racing- let’s lobby for that right rear and make this race even better.”Preece started his afternoon off by breaking the track record at Monadnock with a 12.315 second lap around the high banked oval besting the time of 12.390 set in May 1988. Preece then backed it up leading all 175 laps but not before surviving ten cautions that included two red flags. The reds, one for fluid on the speedway on lap 99 and the second for Jon McKennedy’s hard hit into the turn one tire barrier about 20 circuits later did not shake Preece’s momentum. “It made me calm down- it cooled off my tires a little bit. I think the most intense part of that race was when the 18 got that flat tire (in the closing circuits). I almost got into him,” admitted Preece. “The restarts, they were good, I tried to switch it up at the end. Doug did what he had to do, staying right beside me- that last restart, I knew what I had to do to really get away and run my race- the car was phenomenal. This team is such a fun team- it’s an environment I like to be around- I’m looking forward to the rest of this year.” Preece also gave a shout out to Mike Herman, Jr and Kenny Bouchard for their support.“It’s the best feeling in the world,” said winning car owner Eric Sanderson. “The team, they’re the best. Sly and the guys put a great car together. It’s like a dream, it really is. Ryan, he’s always smiling, all the time. In the car, no matter what’s happening, he has a great attitude.”“Coming here I didn’t think we had much because we struggled the last couple of years,” said Flamingo Motorsports crew chief Sly Szaban. “When we got here, we decided to go with what we think was going to work. We unloaded and the car was good right off the trailer. We made some spring changes to give Ryan some different feels, give him a few options and let him make some decisions. After the pole and the impound, the crew got together and we came up with some ideas for the race- some changes we needed to make and as a group we came up with what we thought would be the right decisions. We went with them and they worked.” Szaban credits spotter Joe Scotnicki for keeping their driver in the right frame of mind, “he gives Ryan the right things to think about, what to watch for. Joe was a big part of the win tonight.”Donny Lia in the Mystic Missile, Mike Stefanik in the Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth and Eric Beers in the Horwith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc sponsored modified all came back from a lap down to collect a top ten finish- Lia crossing the stripe for sixth, Stefanik seventh and Beers eighth. Ed Flemke, Jr claimed his first top ten of the season in the Ron Bouchard’s Autos/Raceworks ride finishing ninth and rookie of the year contender Keith Rocco in the Cape Cod Copper/Silver Dollar Construction Boehler machine tenth. Defending NWMT champion Ron Silk continues to lead the way in the points, one over Coby with Preece third, Stefanik fourth while Jimmy Blewett and Justin Bonsignore are locked in a tie for fifth.
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- Ryan After winning his third Coors Light Pole Award in as many races, Ryan Preece finally converted it into his first win of the season Saturday night with a victory in the Whitcomb 200 presented by Mobix & Town Fair Tire at Monadnock Speedway.
Preece led every lap and took the checkered flag 1.423 seconds in front of runner-up Doug Coby. Todd Szegedy, the 2011 race winner, finished third. Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk finished fourth and fifth, respectively.Preece, was able to maintain the lead in the caution-filled event and credited his car owner and team for giving him the equipment to get the job done.“Stan Szaban gave me an unbelievable car and this entire Flamingo Motorsports team is great and I am just so lucky to be a part of it,” an ecstatic Preece said in Victory Lane after his fourth win overall on the tour. “I am just so grateful for this opportunity to drive for this team.”Preece also added his car was one of the best he has ever driven.“Doug (Coby) said he had a perfect car last (race) and I feel I had a perfect car this week,” Preece said. “Once we got going I could just take off and I think I could have ran another 100 laps (out front).”Coby, who entered the race coming off a dominating win at Stafford two weeks ago, said he tried to make a move on the outside but just ran out of room and laps.“I could run with him a lap or two on the outside on the restarts, but I don’t really know the track well enough were I could make up ground,” Coby said.“I tried to time the restarts so we could be even going in to Turn 1 but he was just better than us and Todd (Szegedy) probably was too there at the end, but I listened to my spotter and just kept the car on the inside the rest of the race.”Szegedy felt better after picking up a top-three finish and is glad his car ran well at Monadnock.“We finally got a good finish after wrecking the past couple of races,” Szegedy said. “It’s great to finish in the top five and its good for the team and myself. I got to tell you I can’t stand running bad and I hate racing when you are wrecking and not running good. This is why we race because it is fun when you are running good.”Silk, the points leader, maintained a one-point advantage in the standings over Coby. Preece is four points behind Silk. The 21-year-old Berlin, Conn., finished second (2009) and sixth (2010) in tour points before winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified Division championship last year at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. His previous tour wins came at Martinsville in 2008, and Riverhead and Stafford in 2009.Donny Lia finished sixth at Monadnock, followed by Mike Stefanik, Eric Beers, Ed Flemke Jr., and rookie Keith Rocco.Jerry Marquis started 15th in his first race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2007, but was collected in a couple of on-track incidents and was forced to call it a night early on lap 134 when suspension problems forced him to the pits. He finished 22nd


1. (1) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 175 laps, 42.487 mph.
2. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 175.
3. (3) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 175.
4. (14) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 175.
5. (8) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn, Chevrolet, 175.
6. (17) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 175.
7. (9) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Chevrolet, 175.
8. (22) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 175.
9. (20) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 175.
10. (6) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 175.
11. (19) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 175.
12. (5) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 175.
13. (12) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, NH, Chevrolet, 175.
14. (16) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 175.
15. (24) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 174.
16. (7) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 174.
17. (10) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 174.
18. (21) Renee Dupuis, Hebron, CT, Chevrolet, 172.
19. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 171.
20. (11) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Ford, 136, accident.
21. (13) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 136.
22. (15) Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook, Conn., Chevrolet, 134, suspension.
23. (4) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Pontiac, 124, accident.
24. (18) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 97, engine.
25. (23) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 81, overheating.
26. (25) Kyle Spencer, Montgomery, Mass., Chevrolet, 42, suspension.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 1 minute 47 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.423 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R. Preece (73.082 mph, 12.315 seconds)
Caution Flags: 10 for 60 laps
Lead Changes: None.
Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-175
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April 28-29: Stafford Speedway - 24


A decent day went bad on lap 164 when the 45 car was running 6th and lost a cylinder. Looking to rebound at Monadnock.

By Jason Christley, NASCAR
STAFFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby sailed to his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Sunday in the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The Milford, Conn., driver led the final 89 laps of the 200-lap event en route to the victory over a pair of drivers who are well accustom to success on the historic half-mile .Pole sitter Ryan Preece and Keith Rocco finished second and third respectively. Preece was the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified Division champion at Stafford and Rocco was the 2008 and ‘10 track champ.Points leader Ron Silk and Jimmy Blewett rounded out the top five. Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Ron Yuhas Jr., Woody Pitkat, Mike Stefanik and Bryon Chew.Coby’s first career win came at Stafford in the 2006 Spring Sizzler. His other win was last September at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.With the victory, Coby secured a locked-in starting position for the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach during 2013 Speedweeks on a temporary short track at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 7 52 Doug Coby Reynolds Auto Wrkg/Sims Chevrolet 200 47 4 Running
2 1 16 Ryan Preece Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford 200 44 2 Running
3 9 3 Keith Rocco * Wheelers Auto/Silver Dollar Const. Chevrolet 200 41 Running
4 8 6 Ron Silk Reynolds Auto Wrkng/Schnitzer Chevrolet 200 40 Running
5 10 76 Jimmy Blewett John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet 200 39 Running
6 5 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Ford 200 38 Running
7 11 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. Hughes Motors/DreamRide.org Chevrolet 200 37 Running
8 20 11 Woody Pitkat Spectro Peformance Oil Chevrolet 200 36 Running
9 4 66 Mike Stefanik Robert B. Our Co. Chevrolet 200 35 Running
10 25 88 Bryon Chew Buzz Chew Chevrolet/GT Vodka Chevrolet 200 34 Running
11 14 79 Daniel Hemric * Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac 200 33 Running
12 12 2 Todd Szegedy Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const. Ford 200 32 Running
13 13 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 200 31 Running
14 6 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Racing Dodge 200 30 Running
15 3 46 Eric Berndt Cape Cod Aggregrates/ North End Auto Parts 200 30 1 Running
16 21 39 Richie Pallai, Jr CARQUEST Filters/Bosch Spark Plugs Chevrolet 199 28 Running
17 17 28 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard Autos/Raceworks TV Chevrolet 199 27 Running
18 18 58 Eric Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 199 26 Running
19 22 99 Jamie Tomaino Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 198 25 Running
20 19 07 Patrick Emerling Emerling Ford Chevrolet 197 24 Running
21 27 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood/MacLad Drywall Chevrolet 193 23 Running
22 15 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 187 22 Vibration
23 26 38 John Jensen * Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet 183 21 Running
24 16 45 Eric Beers Howrith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc. Ford 164 20 Steering
25 28 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Chevrolet 154 19 Running
26 24 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet 114 18 Running
27 2 17 Corey LaJoie * LaJoie Scrap Metal/Joie of Seating Chevrolet 103 17 Suspension
28 23 50 Kevin Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 50 16 Brakes

STAFFORD – Doug Coby may not have a stockpile of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories on his resume, but the Milford driver is showing he knows how to collect the big check in the historic events.Doug Coby in victory lane following his Spring Sizzler victory Sunday at Stafford Speedway (NASCAR/David Silverman)Coby made the most of a dominant car Sunday by running away with victory in the Whelen Modified Tour Tech-Net Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway.The Spring Sizzler stands arguably as the most historic event left on the Modified Tour schedule. In 2006 Coby scored his first Whelen Modified Tour victory by winning the Sizzler.“It’s amazing,” Coby said. “To be able to put my name on the Sizzler win list twice now is pretty damn cool.”It was Coby’s third career victory in the series. His second came last season at Thompson International Speedway. Ryan Preece of Berlin was a distant second. Keith Rocco of Wallingford, had a career best third place finish in his seventh series start.Coby pulled easily away from Preece over the final 30 laps and won by 1.8 seconds.“Holy crap,” Coby said in victory lane. “This is actually the best racecar I’ve ever driven in my life at this speedway.”Coby and team owner Wayne Darling are in their first season together running full-time in the division. Last season Coby split time with two teams, with Darling providing a car to Coby for half the series events.“It’s a really really big thing to have done this,” Coby said. “Big for my team. They work so hard and their attitudes are phenomenal. They are the type of people you just want to be around, good days or bad days. So it makes the good days even better when you really like the people that you work with.”
Coby started the race seventh and ran with the leaders for the first half of the race. Coby was running sixth after most of the leaders hit pit road on lap 97 under caution. The race restarted on lap 109 and on lap 112 Coby was making what turned out to be the race winning move under Preece going into turn one. Preece, who started on the pole, lead 100 of the first 111 laps.
“I just had a good run,” Coby said. “I passed him into [turn one] which I never do here. I usually get a run off of [turn] two and then dive bomb into [turn] three like an [SK Modified] move. That is by far the easiest way to pass here.“I don’t think he was freaking out because I passed him then, but I think probably with about 30 to go he was freaking out because I was driving away from him,” Coby said of the pass for the lead. “I looked at it this way, you never know, 80 laps [later] how your car is going to be handling, so I figured, let me get the hell in front of him now while I have good tires and then if he’s that much better than me 50 laps from now and he drives by me, more power to him. But, he didn’t, so it was the right decision at the right time.”Coby’s day was nearly ruined when a piece of paper caught in his grill sent his water temperatures skyrocketing over the final 60 laps, but the motor survived despite the adverse conditions.“We had a Subway wrapper on our grill and that shot the water temperature up from 200 or 210 [degrees] right to 240,” Coby said. “Two-forty is when you pull in. We were actually debating on one of those cautions with 48 to go, to come in the pits and pull the wrapper of the grill. It stayed at 240, then it went to 230, then it was 236 and [crew chief John McKenna] told me ‘There’s a light in there that’s going to tell you, if you the light comes on you’ve got to pull in.’ And it never came on and I don’t think I would have told him if it came on. But, it was just one of those things where, somebody got a sandwich at Subway and it almost ruined our race.”It was the second time in two races this season that Preece started on the pole and dominated the first half of the race but had to settle for not being in victory lane. In the season opener at Thompson on April 15 Preece was caught up in a wreck in the second half of the race.“I started pushing it and [Coby] started pushing and I think his car just started coming to him and mine just started going the wrong direction,” Preece said. “We know what we did so we know what we’ve got to do to bring it back to how it was at the beginning. I know we have a really fast car and hopefully we’ll be in victory lane real soon.”




April 15: Thompson Speedway - NASCAR- 21


Eric was up to Eight when the big one started in front of him and he was about to make it through when he was hit from behind and pushed into it

Strange Spin: Ron Silk Declared Winner After Odd Finish Of Modified Tour Season Opener At Thompson

By Shawn Courchesne On April 15, 2012 · 15 Comments

THOMPSON – Ron Silk began defense of his 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in perfect fashion, celebrating in victory lane Sunday at Thompson International Speedway, though the path to celebration proved a strange one. Ron Silk celebrates his Icebreaker 150 victory Sunday (NASCAR/Corey Sipkin)
On the track, Silk was second at the start/finish line behind Rowan Pennink when the checkered flag flew, though NASCAR officials immediately deemed Silk the winner of the season opening Icebreaker 150 at Thompson.
The race was extended to 159 laps because of late cautions. Pennink was penalized after the race because NASCAR officials deemed he jumped Silk, of Norwalk, on a lap 158 restart to take the lead.
Ted Christopher of Plainville was second and Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I. third. Pennink was penalized to a 10th place finish, the last car on the lead lap. Silk had no sympathy for Pennink. “He jumped [the restart],” Silk said. “He got what he deserved.”; Though the controversy was hardly as cut and dried as Silk made it sound.
Silk passed Pennink for the lead on lap 138. On a lap 154 restart, Pennink got under Silk in turn two and took retook the lead, with Christopher then moving past Pennink for the lead in turn four before the caution flew again prior to the lap being completed, putting the three back to the positions they were in before the restart.
On the next restart Silk seemed to spin his tires coming out of turn four to restart the race. When the two cars reached the start/finish line for the official restart, Pennink was ahead of Silk. NASCAR rules state that the leader of the race must cross the start/finish line first on a restart. “I don’t make the rules, I don’t make the calls,” Silk said. “If I was making the calls I probably would have penalized Rowan when he had me up [near the wall] in turn two on the restart before that. I don’t think Rowan had a better car than me. I don’t think it’s a fluke that we won. I ran him down with 15 laps to go and I passed him.”;
Silk said he didn’t spin his tires on the restart, though his car clearly got sideways, indicative of spinning tires.
“He spun the tires, he was sideways,” said Christopher, who was directly behind Silk. “If I stayed with him I would have spun him out and then I would have been the bad guy.”; Said Pennink: “Am I supposed to stop and wreck the whole field because [Silk] spun his tires on the restart and he couldn’t go? It’s stupid. There’s nothing I could do. My choice was either brake check the whole field and give it back to him right there or do what I did and [get penalized].”; Whelen Modified Tour series director Chad Little said Pennink had the option of allowing Silk to catch him after the restart and avoid a penalty. “The rule is you can’t beat the leader to the start/finish line,” Little said. “The exception is if the leader clearly has a bad start. Blows a motor, spins his tires and goes sideways. We didn’t see it that way. “If you beat the leader at the start/finish line, as a courtesy, what we tell the drivers and the spotters, they need to make an attempt to give it back. Give back what they took away on the start. We didn’t see him make an attempt to give it back. “Obviously you make the call quick. We went down and looked at the tape [after the race]. We saw [Silk] jerk sideways about 20 or 30 feet before the cone which is the restart mark. At the cone they were even. I assume [Silk] lost his momentum because he did jerk sideways. So [Pennink] beats him to the start/finish line. We watched [Pennink] to see if he would give an attempt to give back what he took and he didn’t.”; Said Pennink: “It’s just [bull]. It seems like every time we got going and get some good runs they [hurt] us. I guess that’s NASCAR.”; It was the eighth career Whelen Modified Tour victory for Silk, and fourth at Thompson Speedway. Silk was greeted in victory lane by a chorus of boos from fans.
“I think it means a lot to do this in the first race,” Silk said. “We won the championship last year and we had a great car today. We didn’t have a great car all day. We were about a sixth to seventh place car before the pit stop [on lap 72] and as a team we made it better and drove to the front.”;

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Rowan Pennink’s No. 93 car sat outside the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour trailer at Thompson Speedway on Sunday, an unofficial checkered flag hanging out of its driver’s side window. That flag wouldn’t be in one piece for long. Pennink exited from the trailer after a brief meeting with Whelen Modified Tour Director Chad Little and broke the poor flag in two. Pennink threw it against the side of the trailer, grabbed the wheel of his car and with his crew, angrily pushed his car through the postrace crowd in the pits. Pennink came across the finish line first in the Icebreaker 150-lap Whelen Modified Tour opener, but a shocked crowd soon learned that he was being posted in the back of those on the lead lap. Pennink was penalized for jumping the cone on the third and final green-white-checkered restart, and not correcting the mistake by the time the cars reached the start/finish line. Pennink, running in second at the time of the restart, could not be the leader at the line, according to the rules.
Ronnie Silk was awarded his eighth career Whelen Modified Tour victory and fourth at Thompson.
“It was Ronnie’s mistake he picked the bottom and it ended up (hurting) me because he spun the tires,” Pennink said. “There was nothing I could do. My choice was either brake check the whole field and give (the lead) back to him or do what I did and finish last.”; Silk agreed that he should have chosen the outside, but insisted he did not spin his tires and that the call by Little was the right one. “It’s in black-and-white. It’s not a judgment call,” Silk said. “You can’t beat the leader to the line. If you do, you have to lift and let him get back at least partially ahead of you. “I didn’t write the rule. I’m just happy to win.”;

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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour kicked off the season with the traditional Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway and Ron Silk from Norwalk, CT in the Ed Partridge owned, Reynolds Auto Wrecking/ Schnitzer sponsored Chevrolet who was crowned the series champion at World Series finale last fall, opened the 2012 season with the win. The Icebreaker was extended nine laps over the scheduled 150, the run for the stripe coming down to a green white checker finish. Leader Silk was lined up on the inside of Rowan Pennink with Ted Christopher third, Mike Stefanik fourth and Jimmy Blewett fifth. As the field rounded the turn for the final green, Pennink crossed the restart line before the leader and was immediately posted for jumping the start. While Pennink was clearly the car to actually finish first, the call from NASCAR officials placed Pennink 10th, the last car on the lead lap. “He had me up in the marbles in turns one and two (on the prior restart) I’m not saying that’s right or wrong,” said Silk. “He didn’t give me a chance to even have a line down there. I don’t know, I shouldn’t have picked the inside on that last restart, I should have picked the outside, but it didn’t matter because you can’t beat the leader to the line and he beat me quite a bit. It’s in black and white (about the call), it’s not a judgment call, you can’t beat the leader to the line and if you do you have to lift and let him get at least partially ahead of you- I didn’t write the rule, I didn’t make the call. I’m just happy to win, I think we had a car that should have won and we did.”; According to race control, the penalty was for jumping the restart because Pennink went before the actual ‘restart cone.’ That is different than crossing the start/finish line first where Pennink may have been able to give the lead back. The original penalty was because Pennink restarted before the restart line. The finish bumped Christopher to second, Stefanik to third, Blewett and Donny Lia the top five. Jamie Tomaino crossed for sixth with Patrick Emerling, Doug Coby and Wade Cole the top nine and Pennink tenth. Christopher who was in third on the restart relayed what he saw about the final restart. “He definitely jumped the start. The rule is you can’t beat the leader to the start finish line, I don’t make the rules.” Christopher was pleased with his finish. “I think I have a car this year that is going to be really good once we figure it out. To go that long on a set of tires without pitting, we actually thought about not coming in but we did- unfortunately a lot of cautions at the end. It is a good run to start the season. We’ve got a good car, I can’t wait for the next race.” Christopher who started 12th earned the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award of the race. “It’s good to get the first one over, that was a wild one,” smiled Stefanik. “I was just about in every mess that I could be in, it was a long day but the crew kept digging- we got out of here with a third, a lot of other guys got out of here a lot worse than that. There was a lot of action out there, some you couldn’t avoid. The car got damaged hard earlier in the race when someone spun out of two, a chain reaction, I knew I didn’t have any front bumper so I had to be more careful on restarts, I didn’t want to do any damage to the radiator. It’s nice to have a cushion on those restarts when someone misses a gear you have a little check-up distance, I had no room for error. The guys did a good job, I got to thank my team, car owners, for putting this program together and allowing me to go out and do something I love to do. It’s been really good.”;
“We never had really good luck at the Icebreaker- last year we were flying through the air. The year before that, we were a top ten, the way the point structure is now, every little bit helps,” said Silk’s car owner Ed Partridge. “We lucked out on a few of those wrecks. You need Lady Luck on your team, I mean look at Ryan Preece- he was fast and he got caught up.”; Crew chief for Silk, Tom Grasso admitted those last restarts were, “nerve racking”. Obviously when you’re leading with five to go and essentially pulling away, you don’t want a caution but that’s when they always happen. And of course to get two or three green white checkers, we didn’t want any of them. Ronnie kept his head together.” Grasso continued, “It’s a brand new car, we bought it a year ago and we worked on it a little bit here and there. We put it together for the banquet and brought it there- decided to bring that one since it had a new body on it, brought it a show in Philadelphia then brought it home and got it ready to go, this is its first outing. I guess that’s pretty good for a brand new car to win the first race. The guys were concerned; they wanted to run the old car obviously because we won the championship with it last year. The old car is the now the back-up car. I told them, believe me, this car is going to be just as good.” Grasso smiling added, “I’m glad it worked out- it didn’t make a liar out of me.”; “This is the first time I’ve ever lead the points at the first race,” said Grasso. “We’ll enjoy that for the next two weeks, come back and we’ll see what we can do at Stafford.”
“A goal every season is to win a race,” added Silk. “So with that out of the way the first week, now the goal is to just go win more. We definitely have the team and the equipment to do it- we’ll see what we can get rolling here.” Ryan Preece who set fast time to earn the first Coors Light pole award the day before, led twice for a total of 86 circuits. Pitting, the Berlin, CT driver was working his way to the front when he was caught up in a multi-car incident in turn three with just over 25 to go. While Preece was able to make it to pit row, radiator damage kept Preece from returning to the field ending his day 16th.
Jimmy Blewett was in the top ten during most of the 150 laps at the Thompson race opener. He crossed the start finish line in fourth place with the Blewett family car in one piece. Blewett not only avoided accidents but ran with the leaders keeping pace to the end. “It is just a good start for us for the year. We have a new crew. Some of my brother’s old crew came out to help me here this week. I kind of threw everything together at the last minute for the most part. There are some of the guys that helped me when I drove the #14 car last year. And Kevin Crowley crew chiefing us I think is key. For the first race on the Tour this is good for us. The first race that he (Kevin Crowley) was with us we won the Turkey Derby Race. I am just excited to come out of this race so strong. We were only planning to run on a limited schedule but I feel if we keep this consistency and we are in the top five in points we may be able to run a couple of more shows then we had planned. My grandpa and a couple of sponsors I am sure will support us. We would do it but we just did not plan on it. We will see where the next couple take us and we will try to keep it focused.”;
Two veterans beat the odds and have top ten finishes.

Jamie Tomaino
Jamie Tomaino finished the 150 lap Icebreaker in sixth spot after avoiding many incidents and driving cautiously to finish the race. “The last couple of years here the same thing has happened at this race. Unfortunately people drive over their heads and make mistakes. They think the race is 75 laps not 150.”;
“The last couple of years I was actually caught up in some of the stuff myself. So this year when my car went away on us we started making adjustments and I told my son that is my crew chief: “We are going to just keep on making adjustments and hang out back here. It looks like nobody is going to become lapped today and we will wait until towards the end of the race. It seems like it all came into play for me and before you know with five laps to go we were running in the top ten. So I felt good I may not be as fast as a lot of guys but sometimes your brains are a little more important than your gas pedal foot.”;

Wade Cole
Wade Cole was caught up in a few incidents, spun on his own but in the end ran a consistently paced race. Cole completed the Icebreaker 150 in nine place. “We are lucky to survive it. There were a lot of close calls and we made it out of them. I had trouble with the steering. It steered into the turns fine but then I could not straighten the car back out. There was no steering back to the right. So the car got me into trouble a couple of times. We will fix the rack and we should be good. We will review the car and make a few tweaks on it and this is a good way to start the year. We had a great day and it was beautiful race day.”;

The NWMT makes their next stop at Stafford Motor Speedway April 29th for the Spring Sizzler.


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Ron Silk started the 2012 campaign where he ended 2011 in celebration at Thompson International Speedway, but it wasn’t without controversy.
The Norwalk, Conn., earned his eighth career win Sunday afternoon as he opened defense of his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in the traditional season-opener, The Icebreaker. He finished just inches ahead of Ted Christopher at the culmination of a third green-white-checkered attempt.
Rowan Pennink crossed the line in front of both but had been posted by NASCAR officials on the previous lap for jumping the race’s final restart.
As a result, it was Silk not Pennink driving into Victory Lane – where Silk had raised the tour championship trophy last October. Pennink was credited with a 10th-place finish.
Mike Stefanik finished third, followed by Jimmy Blewett and Donny Lia. Ryan Preece earned the Coors Light Pole Award in Saturday qualifying but was caught up in a Lap 123 melee and finished 16th.
Jamie Tomaino finished sixth, followed by Patrick Emerling, Doug Coby, Wade Cole and Pennink.
Silk became the first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver to earn a protected spot in the starting lineup for the UNOH Battle At The Beach, to be held on a temporary oval on the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks 2013 next February.
The next NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event is the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

NWMT Thompson 4/15/12 Unofficial Results
Race: NWMT Thompson 4/15/12

1. 8 6 Ron Silk Reynolds Auto Wrkg/Schnitzer Chevrolet 159 47 4 Running
2. 12 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 159 42 Running
3. 7 66 Mike Stefanik Robert B. Our Co. Chevrolet 159 41 Running
4. 16 76 Jimmy Blewett John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet 159 40 Running
5. 10 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Racing Dodge 159 40 1 Running
6. 21 99 Jamie Tomaino Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 159 38 Running
7. 14 07 Patrick Emerling Emerling Ford Chevrolet 159 37 Running
8. 19 52 Doug Coby Reynolds Auto Wrkg/Sims Chevrolet 159 36 Running
9. 26 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet 159 35 Running
10. 5 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 159 35 1 Running
11. 17 28 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard Autos/Raceworks TV Chevrolet 158 33 Running
12. 13 50 Kevin Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 158 32 Running
13. 2 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 149 31 Accident
14. 22 39 Richie Pallai, Jr CARQUEST Filters/Bosch Spark Plugs Chevrolet 130 30 Running
15. 20 11 Woody Pitkat Spectro Peformance Oil Chevrolet 129 29 Running
16. 1 16 Ryan Preece Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford 125 30 2 Accident
17. 3 44 Bobby Santos Imperial Cars/Tinio Corp. Chevrolet 124 28 1 Accident
18. 6 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. Fast Track Electric/DreamRide.org Chevrolet 122 26 Accident
19. 25 88 Bryon Chew Buzz Chew Chevrolet/GT Vodka Chevrolet 122 25 Running
20. 27 79 Daniel Hemric * Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac 121 24 Electrical
21. 24 45 Eric Beers Howrith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc. Ford 118 23 Suspension
22. 4 3 Keith Rocco * Cape Cod Copper/Silver Dollar Const. Chevrolet 88 22 Accident
23. 11 58 Eric Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 87 21 Accident
24. 15 46 Eric Berndt Cape Cod Agts/ North End Auto Parts Chevrolet 86 20 Accident
25. 23 71 Rob Fuller Draco Spring Ford 86 19 Accident
26. 18 31 Tony Ferrante, Jr Ferrante & Co. Chevrolet 85 18 Accident
27. 9 2 Todd Szegedy Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const. Ford 78 17 Accident
28. 28 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood/MacLad Drywall Chevrolet 75 16 Engine
29. 29 38 John Jensen * Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet 42 15 Engine
* Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 18.387 Seconds, Speed: 122.369 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 24 mins, 42 secs
Average Speed: 70.396 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.111 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 10-12 (Cars #07, 52 spin Turn 2); 40-43 (Car #2 spin backstretch); 53-55 (Car #58 spin Turn 4); 70-73 (Cars #28, 52 spin Turn 2); 75-77 (Car #3 spin Turn 2); 79-82 (Cars #2, 6, 07 accident backstretch); 86-89 (Multi-car accident Turn 1 [Red Flag 10 mins.]); 114-117 (Car #52 spin Turn 2); 123-128 (Multi-car accident Turn 3); 144-148 (Car #33 spin Turn 2); 150-152 (Cars #4, 51 accident Turn 2); 155-156 (Car #33 spin Turn 4). 12 for 45 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-84, Bobby Santos 85-86, Ryan Preece 87-88, Donny Lia 89-129, Rowan Pennink 130-137, Ron Silk 138-159.
Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 86, Donny Lia 41, Ron Silk 22, Rowan Pennink 8, Bobby Santos 2. 5 changes involving 5 drivers.



April 1: Thompson Speedway Practice

2012 NWMT OPEN PRACTICE

Thompson International Speedway

by Polly Reid

Rain and snow in the area delayed open practice by a day at Thompson International Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour but by Sunday at 12noon when engines fired, ten teams took advantage of the track time to shake down their rides in preparation of the season opening Icebreaker two short weeks away.
On hand to practice was Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece, Ron Yuhas, Bryon Chew, Eric Beers, Donny Lia, Patrick Emerling, Richie Pallai, Jr, Rob Fuller and Eric Berndt.

“We re-grouped, have two new chassis’, Troyer, two brand new cars, everything’s different.” said Bryon Chew who unloaded one car for testing. “We’re just shaking some stuff down today, we’re pretty close here, when it’s cold out it’s hard to tell, but so far I like it. A couple of adjustments, but so far, it’s good.” Chew has set the bar this year for himself- “Do a lot better than last year. Top ten in points, win a race and have some fun.”
2011 Rookie of the Year, Patrick Emerling was rather stealth looking in a black unlettered car. The Orchard Park, NY driver will be back for the Icebreaker with his familiar #07. “We’re running the whole series in the Chassis Dynamics cars. We have a different team than last year- Mike Paquette is the crew chief. We’re excited, I just drove the car and it’s awesome.” Emerling didn’t hesitate adding, “I think with the team we have this year, we’re going to be a contender.”
Be on the look-out this year for Rob Fuller to run all the Thompson and NHMS events. Fuller is teamed up with NY crew chief Jeff DeMinck who is a car owner himself of a Sunoco Modified competing at Spencer Speedway with driver Mike Leaty.


2003 Champion Todd Szegedy, reunited last year with crew chief Phil Moran, collected three wins in 2011 and contended for the title finishing second for the season. The venues Szegedy won at in 2011 could not have been more diverse- Monadnock, New Hampshire and Lime Rock- a sure sign of a driver and team adaptability. “Our goal this year is top ten’s. We have to get more wins too. Our qualifying last year was phenomenal- we only qualified out of the top ten once and that was at Stafford- we were the second car out, it had rained- I’m glad it’s going to be on practice speeds, that’s the fairest way. Every race at Stafford last year I was in the top five to go out for qualifying, the track that really matters, we went out early every time.” Szegedy was busy shaking down two cars in practice. “I think the person that finishes in the top ten in every race is going to win. I would take a top ten in every race and win a championship over winning races.” Szegedy will also be running select Valenti Modified Races this year.

Two-time NWMT Champion Donny Lia returns this year in a familiar seat- the Bob Garbarino #4 Mystic Missile. “It’s a good feeling to be racing here. This place is familiar, the car is familiar, it’s comfortable so far. We’re trying different things, learning a little bit- it’s nice to be back. We’ve got a good team- I’m looking forward to it- hopefully we’ll have a good time.” A new face will be calling the shots this year as crew chief- Danny Laferriere. But no worries about team chemistry here, Laferriere has been with the Mystic Missile crew since 2007. “I have faith, I believe in this deal and when you believe in something, there is a confidence.” What else is Lia looking forward to this year? He and his wife Nancy are expecting their second child in July.

There is a new paint scheme this year for the #16 Eric Sanderson Flamingo Motorsports modified- two cars unloaded for practice, one with the familiar 2011 look and the other, dramatically different for 2012. The session today will help determine which one will be at the Icebreaker. Ryan Preece seemed pleased with both. “They are both really good, it comes down to which one Sly (Szaban) wants to run. We’re having a good time, the cars are good right off from where we started last year. I’m looking forward to it- the Icebreaker can’t come quick enough.” The Berlin, CT driver has nothing but the highest of expectations for the season. “Win some races and be in contention for the championship at the end of the year. I mean everything is here to do it so I don’t see why we shouldn’t be able to go for it.”

A full NWMT season at this point is not in the future for Richie Pallai, Jr. the Yorktown Heights, NY driver will however make the most of every lap including practice today. “Right now we’re going to run about 10 Tour races, Riverhead and a good amount of MRS- pick and choose races. Like right now, we’re not going to Monadnock for the Tour race but if we’re up in there in points, we might end up going, it all depends on that. We’re going to run the big money open shows too.” Pleased with practice, Pallai noted they have new power under the hood from Bob Bruneau. “Definitely like that, the car is very good. We found a few problems with the new car over the off season….we’re very excited. If feels really great to be back out on the track especially since hockey ended three weeks ago.” While Pallai was not sure what the track would give them today, he noted, “the best guys are here today so it’s a good gauge.”

His first Tour start came in 2004 however it was not until 2011 that Eric Berndt ran his first full NWMT season. “The plan is to run the full season this year,” said Berndt who explained it will be in two different cars, same as last year. “We’re looking to better what we did last year.” Berndt was in the hunt on several occasions and there is no reason to believe it will not be the same again this year except add a little twist- “We need a little luck.” Berndt’s best finish of the 2011 season was a top five at Thompson in June.

Ron Yuhas spent the day testing two Tour cars at Thompson, a track where he recorded his first career podium finish in 2007. “We’re not here to set any land speed record, it’s more to just take the cars out, run them, make sure we don’t have leaks, get the brakes good, shake the cars down, that was our main objective today and we accomplished that.” Looking ahead, Yuhas is realistic about the fast approaching season. “I think our goals are a little bit different depending on the race track. Here, at Thompson, it’s one of our better race tracks, we have a lot of experience here so our goal is probably a top five. The reality is, we have really great equipment, but we’re probably an underdog team. Places like Loudon, we’ve done well there, expectations there will be different than our goals at Bristol. Our Achilles heel is Stafford, to have a good run there would be an accomplishment.”

2011 was a career best for Eric Beers on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finishing 3rd in points. The Northampton, PA driver is again behind the wheel of Dave DeLange’s #45. “We’re trying some new stuff- we’re getting better every time we go out there. We have a couple more things yet to try and see if we can get going even a little bit better.” While a win escaped Beers last season, he completed all but two laps recorded for the season, a Tour high. “Our goal is to get into victory lane, we were so close last year numerous times and something happened. I’m pretty confident we’ll be there. We’ll build on what we did last year and go a little further.”

Once the green flag drops, all the effort and work since the last checker flag flew last fall will indeed pay off. The next two weeks will fly by for some, drag for others. One thing for sure, the competition will be as strong as ever this year. See you at the Icebreaker!

 




 

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