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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Thompson

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Eight races down, eight races to go on the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

And with the second half of the season set to get underway on Wednesday night at the Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, the championship battle is starting to heat up. The top seven drivers are seperated by just 38 points heading for Wednesday's 28th annual Bud King of Beers 150. On the strength of three victories, Islip, New York driver Timmy Solomito enters the race with a seven point lead over Boelher Racing's Rowan Pennink (310-303).

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Preece Continues To Roll At Stafford

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

STAFFORD, Conn. -- Ryan Preece has been nearly unbeatable of late when he straps behind the wheel of a race car.

Last weekend, Preece scored his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Iowa Speedway. He marked his return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Friday at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway with another trip to Victory Lane in the Stafford 150. 

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QUALIFYING: Lutz On Top At Stafford

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even though it has only just started, the new combination of Craig Lutz and Jeff Goodale seems to be paying off. Lutz, behind the wheel of the No. 46 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet, scored his first career Coors Light Pole award on Friday night in advance of the Stafford 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. His fast time of 18.345 seconds around the half-mile Stafford oval was just good enough to put him on the top spot.

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PRACTICE: Coby Sets Stafford Pace

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Four-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby posted the fastest overall time in practice Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway. The two sessions were in preparation for the Stafford 150. The driver of the Mayhew Tools No. 2 posted a quick time of 18.383 seconds in the final practice round, besting all of his challengers by more than a tenth. Coby will seek his seventh straight Coors Light Pole award at Stafford in group qualifying on Friday night and will also seek his 11th victory at the half-mile in the Stafford 150. 

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Whelen Modified Stat Advance: Stafford

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues the 2017 season on Friday night with the eighth race of the schedule at Stafford Motor Speedway. The running of the Stafford 150 will be the second of three appearances at the half-mile this season. Below is a statistical look at the Stafford 150, including selected driver notes:

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Stafford

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- He's sitting sixth in the championship points at the halfway mark, having missed a race earlier in the season, and trails leader Rowan Pennink by 39 points.

But there is nobody with more momentum on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heading into Friday's Stafford 150 than Ryan Preece.

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FRIDAY FEATURE: New Found Success For Sapienza

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For much of his career on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Dave Sapienza has been trying to catch up to the pack. 

Sapienza will openly admit that the last few years have been a struggle for the Long Island-based team. He crashed out of his first career series start in 2014 and when the 2015 season came around, things didn't get much better. He captured a best finish of ninth that season, but failed to finish in five of his 14 starts while also failing to qualify at Bristol.

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Better Late Than Never For Santos At NHMS

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

LOUDON, N.H. -- For much of Saturday's Eastern Propane & Oil 100, Bobby Santos was riding in the middle of the pack. The Franklin, Massachusetts, driver began his charge with 15 laps to go and then took advantage of overtime to drive to Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was Santos' 15th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win and second at the 1.058-mile oval.

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Preece To Start From Pole at NHMS

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

LOUDON, N.H. -- Ryan Preece will start from the pole in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 after Whelen Modified Tour qualifying was rained out on Saturday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Since the timed qualifying session was cancelled, the field was lined up based on Friday's practice speeds, per the series rulebook. 

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Preece Captures New Hampshire Magic

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com

LOUDON, N.H. -- For the better part of a decade, Ryan Preece had been trying to win a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Friday, in the fourth-annual NASCAR Whelen Engineering All-Star Shootout at the "Magic Mile," Preece finally accomplished the feat. But it wasn't easy. 

Behind the wheel of his No. 6 Simoniz Wax Chevrolet, Preece used a last lap pass of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman in turn one of the white-flag lap to take down the win after a hard charge from the back of the field.

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