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Practice: Brown On Record Pace

By Official Release

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Tim Brown led practice for the Made In America Whelen 300 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway with a time faster than the qualifying record.

Brown’s top speed of 18.737 seconds on the .526-mile oval is 101.062 mph. The qualifying record for Modifieds at Martinsville was set by Greg Sacks in 1986 at 18.746 (101.014).

Ryan Preece was second fastest in the 1 ½-hour practice with a time identical to Sacks’ pole record.

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News & Notes: NWMT Reaches Milestone At Martinsville

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

The 500th race in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history will take place at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this Saturday, Sept. 20 when the Made In America Whelen 300 goes green at 3:30 p.m.

In its first 499 races, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has visited 35 tracks in 12 different states, and it will reach the milestone 500th event at Martinsville, one of the series' most storied venues.

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499 AND COUNTING ...

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins the 2009 season at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Sunday, April 5, more than just the series’ Silver Anniversary will be celebrated. For one of its stalwarts, taking the green flag will be a historical accomplishment.

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Modified Champion Farmer To Be Honored At Martinsville

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

As part of the season-long celebration of 60 Years of Modified Champions, 1956 NASCAR Modified titlist Red Farmer will be honored at the Made In America Whelen 300 on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Farmer, a member of the famed “Alabama Gang,” captured the 1956 NASCAR Modified championship by a 118-point margin against Sam DiRusso.

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A Perfect 10 For Christopher

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. – Ted Christopher reached Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the fifth time in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career, and 10th time overall, Saturday evening in the New Hampshire 100.

Christopher, who finished second to Chuck Hossfeld by just .001 seconds in the New England 100 at New Hampshire in June, garnered his third win of the 2008 season and extended his points lead in the process.

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Qualifying: Newman Takes Mod Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. – Making his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman earned the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for the New Hampshire 100 Thursday.

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Practice: Newman Adapts Quickly

By Official Release

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman’s first outing in a Modified turned out okay. Newman’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet was fastest in the 1 ½ practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Newman’s best lap on the 1.058-mile oval was 29.323 seconds for an average speed of 129.891 mph. Newman is driving in Saturday’s New Hampshire 100 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner Kevin Manion.

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Future Star: Hirschman ready for stage, possibilities at N.H. event

By Raygan Swan, NASCAR

If things go well in New Hampshire this weekend, Matt Hirschman could get something his father, a five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, never got: a break.

The 25-year-old Hirschman, son of Tony Hirschman, doesn't want to spend the rest of his racing career stuck in modified cars with no sign of hope for the big leagues as his father did.

His father is a celebrated modified racer, but Hirschman's dreams are to become a notable NASCAR driver.

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News & Notes: New Hampshire Key To Whelen Modified Tour Title Chase

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

This Sunday the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire will be the first of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. For the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, with just five races left on the schedule, a good finish by title contenders in the New Hampshire 100 on Saturday will be equally important.

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Szegedy Earns First Win Of 2008

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Preseason favorite Todd Szegedy broke through for his first win of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season Sunday afternoon in the Sunoco Modified Mania 150 at Thompson International Speedway.

Szegedy (No. 2 Wisk-Snuggle Ford), who ran inside the top five for most of the afternoon, took his first lead of the race on Lap 132 and held off numerous charges by Ronnie Silk (No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac) in the last 22 laps for his 13th career victory, and third at Thompson.

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