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Statistical Advance: Town Fair Tire 150

Analyzing The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour At Stafford
Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
August 2, 2011 - 1:00pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The  NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its third appearance of the season at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Friday, Aug. 5 for the Town Fair Tire 150.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Eric Beers (No. 45 Chevrolet)

•  Has two wins, nine poles and 64 top 10s in 161 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
•  Is sixth in points with three top 10s and a best finish of fourth in the Spring Sizzler.
•  Has 17 top 10s in 35 career starts at Stafford Motor Speedway with a best finish of second in the 2008 Spring Sizzler.

Eric Berndt (No. 46 Chevrolet)
•  Has a pole and six top 10s in 47 career starts. This is his first full-time season.
•  Is 14th in points with a best finish of fourth at Monadnock Speedway.
•  Has two top 10s in 20 career starts at SMS. Led a career-high 101 laps in the May 2010 event.
•  Has nine career SK Modified wins at SMS.

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Chevrolet)
•  The 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Has a win, two poles and nine top 10s in 23 career starts.
•  Is 15th in points with three top 10s. Earned his first win last time out at Riverhead Raceway.
•  Has an average finish of 20th in six starts at SMS with a best effort of 10th in the 2010 Sizzler. Those six starts include three DNFs.

Ted Christopher (No. 36 Chevrolet)
•  The 2008 NWMT champion. Has 40 wins and 23 poles in 300 career starts. His 40 wins rank third all-time and his 23 poles are eighth. Has at least one win in 13-straight seasons.
•  Is third in points with six top 10s and wins in both races at Thompson International Speedway.
•  Has 10 wins, four poles, 39 top 10s and has led one out of every five laps he has completed in his 74 career starts at SMS.
•  Is a seven-time SK Modified and SMS track champion, and the winningest driver in track history across all weekly and touring series with 112 total wins.
•  Recorded two wins in three NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts this year.

James Civali (No. 79 Pontiac)
•  The 2006 NWMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Has four wins, a pole and 33 top 10s in 64 starts.
•  Is 11th in points with three top 10s and a best finish of fifth at Monadnock.
•  Has a win, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 16 career starts at SMS.
•  Has three top 10s in four NWSMT starts this season.

Doug Coby (No. 52 Chevrolet)
•  Has a win, three poles and 40 top 10s in 107 career starts.
•  Is eighth in points with five top 10s and a best finish of fourth at NHMS.
•  Has a win, eight top 10s, 247 laps led and an average finish of 17th in 26 career starts at SMS.
•  Has 19 career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins at SMS across three divisions.

Patrick Emerling (No. 07 Ford)
•  Leads in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
•  Is 20th in overall points with two top 10s in seven races. Best finish was eighth at Riverhead.
•  Has finishes of 23rd and 25th in his two starts at SMS.
•  Recorded a pole and one top-10 finish in four NWSMT races this season.

Matt Hirschman (No. 3 Chevrolet)
•  Has two wins, three poles and 34 top 10s in 64 career starts.
•  Is fifth in the season standings with a best finish of third at Monadnock and NHMS.
•  Has 12 top 10s, an average finish of ninth and a best finish of second in 16 career starts at SMS.

Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Chevrolet)
•  Has a win and 32 top 10s in 64 career starts.
•  Is second in points, five behind Ron Silk. Held the points lead the first six races of the year. Is the only driver with top-10 finishes in all seven events. Has three runner-up finishes.
•  Has nine top 10s in 16 career starts at SMS. Best finishes are runner-ups in both 2011 races.

Erick Rudolph (No. 98 Chevrolet)
•  Has a win, a pole and 22 top 10s in 42 career starts.
•  Is 10th in points with three top 10s and a best finish of fifth at SMS on May 27.
•  Has nine top 10s in 13 starts at SMS with a best finish of third in the 2010 Fall Final.

Bobby Santos (No. 4 Dodge)
•  The 2010 NWMT champion. Has six wins, five poles and 27 top 10s in 50 career starts.
•  Is seventh in the season standings with a win and four top 10s.
•  Has three wins, two poles and six top 10s in 11 starts at SMS. The three wins have come in his last five starts at the track.

Ron Silk (No. 6 Chevrolet)
•  Has five wins, four poles and 46 top 10s in 88 career starts.
•  The season points leader with a win and five podium finishes in seven races.
•  Has a win, two poles and seven top 10s in 23 career starts at SMS. Earned his first victory at the track in the NWMT’s last appearance there on May 27.
•  Has four career SK Modified wins at SMS.

Mike Stefanik (No. 16 Pontiac)
•  The 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2006 NWMT champion.
•  Holds NWMT records for most titles (7), wins (70), poles (46), top fives (213) and top 10s (279).
•  Is 12th in points with three top 10s and a best finish of third in the opener at TIS.
•  Owns NWMT records with 20 wins, 17 poles, 67 top 10s and 2,151 laps led in 85 starts at SMS.

Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Ford)
•  The 2003 NWMT champion and 2002 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
•  Has 16 wins, eight poles and 91 top 10s in 144 career starts.
•  Is third in points with two wins and five top 10s.
•  Has four wins, two poles, 25 top 10s and 801 laps led in 38 career starts at SMS. Is the defending winner of the Town Fair Tire 150.

Ron Yuhas Jr. (No. 64 Chevrolet)
•  Has nine top 10s in 32 career starts.
•  Is ninth in points with three top 10s with a best finish of seventh at NHMS.
•  Has an average finish of 20th and a best finish of 14th in eight career starts at SMS.

At Stafford Motor Speedway:
History
•  The Stafford Springs Agricultural Park opened in 1870. The current race track was originally used for horse racing, which gave way to automobiles after World War II.
•  Stafford Motor Speedway became a NASCAR track in 1959 and was paved in 1967.
•  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has held 100 races at SMS since 1985. The NWMT has run there every year of its existence, except for 1988.
•  The 100 all-time NWMT races at SMS rank second only to the 114 held at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.
•  SMS is one of nine tracks that has been a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program in each of its 30 years.

Notebook
•  There have been 31 different race winners at SMS, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories. Bobby Santos and Ron Silk have won the first two events at SMS in 2011.
•  There have been 40 different pole winners at SMS, led by Stefanik’s 17. Doug Coby and Silk have captured the first two poles at SMS this year.
•  The preliminary entry list for the Town Fair Tire 150 includes eight drivers who have won at SMS during their careers.

Stafford Motor Speedway Data
Race: #8 of 16 overall, #3 of 4 at SMS
Track Layout: .5-mile asphalt oval
Banking: 9 degrees in Turns 1 & 2, 7.5 degrees in Turns 3 & 4
Race Length: 150 laps / 75 miles
EVENT SCHEDULE  |  ENTRY LIST

Qualifying/Race Data
2010 Pole Winner: Ron Silk (18.296 seconds, 98.382 mph)
2010 Race Winner: Todd Szegedy (1:08.14, 67.377 mph)
Qualifying Record: Bobby Santos (17.965 seconds, 100.195 mph, 5/1/10)

Active Win Leaders at SMS
1. Mike Stefanik ... 20
2. Ted Christopher ... 10
3. Todd Szegedy ... 4
4. Ed Flemke Jr. ... 3
   Bobby Santos ... 3

Active Pole Leaders at SMS
1. Mike Stefanik ... 17
2. Ted Christopher ... 4
   Rob Summers ... 4
4. Chuck Hossfeld ... 3
5. five drivers with ... 2

Up to Speed:
•  The 2011 schedule features 16 races at eight tracks across four states. The NWMT will make its international debut this year with a race at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway in Canada.
•  Bobby Santos broke his own track record in qualifying for the season opener at Thompson International Speedway while Ted Christopher took the checkered flag on April 10.
•  Doug Coby was the pole winner at Stafford Motor Speedway for the Spring Sizzler and Santos took home the checkered flag on May 1.
•  Ron Silk won from the pole at SMS on May 27.
•  Todd Szegedy followed Silk’s example as he captured the pole and led all 175 laps en route to victory at Monadnock Speedway on June 26. The race was postponed a day due to rain.
•  In the second of four races at TIS this year, Christopher earned the pole and then came from outside the top 15 with 25 laps left to earn the victory on June 30.
•  Ryan Newman took the pole and the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, but Szegedy was awarded the victory after Newman was disqualified due to post-race technical violations.
•  Justin Bonsignore earned his first NWMT victory at his home track when he took the checkers at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway on July 30. Local competitor Howie Brode also captured his first NWMT pole award prior to the race.