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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Returns To Mansfield

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Following its debut in the Buckeye State a year ago, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The Whelen 150 will be the second half of a doubleheader of NASCAR racing action at the mid-Ohio track. The NASCAR Camping World Series East is set to go green at 5:30 p.m., followed by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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Cook To Be Honored At Mansfield

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As part of the season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, six-time titlist Jerry Cook will be honored at the Whelen 150 on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park.

In one of the more dominant runs in the history of NASCAR’s Modified division, Cook captured six national championships during a seven-year span from 1971-77. His six titles are the third-most in the 60 years of the division.

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Silk Smooth In Another Thompson Win

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – For the second time this season NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Ronnie Silk reached Victory Lane at Thompson International Speedway. Silk led 35 laps en route to the checkered flag Thursday night in the New England Dodge Dealers 150 presented by Budweiser.

For Silk, the win brought his career total to three, all at Thompson. The Norwalk, Conn., driver was a winner at the northern Connecticut oval earlier this season on June 19.

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Practice: Grigas Paces Thompson Field

THOMPSON, Conn. - Bobby Grigas III led the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's one-hour practice session at Thompson International Speedway Thursday.

Grigas' No. 09 Triple G Scaffold Services Chevrolet posted a time of 18.671 seconds/120.508 mph around the .625-mile oval.

Reggie Ruggiero (No. 14 Atlantic Sprinkler Ford) was second quick at 18.747/120.013. And Ryan Preece (No. 3 Mizzy Construction/Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet) was third at 18.748/120.013.

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Hirschman To Be Honored At Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

As part of the season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Tony Hirschman will be honored at the New England Dodge Dealers 150 presented by Budweiser on Thursday, Aug. 14 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa., captured five NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titles during a stellar 11-year span from 1995-2005. His five championships are second-most in tour history.

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News & Notes: Blewett Riding High As Tour Returns To Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour moves to Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the ninth race of the 2008 season on Thursday, Aug. 14, Jimmy Blewett will arrive at the track on the hottest streak of his career, showing just how much things can change in a year.

Blewett, the winner of the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, turned a slow start around and improved 14 spots in the season standings in a month's time.

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Right Place At The Right Time Gives Blewett Back-To-Back Wins

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. – Jimmy Blewett visited Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race for the second week in a row when he captured the New England Dodge Dealers 150 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway

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Qualifying: Beers Wins Pole, To Start 8th

By Official Release

STAFFORD, Conn. - Eric Beers captured his seventh career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for Friday night's New England Dodge Dealers 150. Beers wasn't so fortunate in the post-qualifying draw of the top eight qualifiers, drawing the eight starting spot.

Beers (No. 46 Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet) circled the .500-mile oval in 18.298 seconds/98.3871 mph. It is Beers first pole award since Sept. 29, 2007 at Stafford.

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Practice: Hossfeld Has SMS Figured Out

By Official Release

STAFFORD, Conn. - Point leader Chuck Hossfeld has figured out the fast way around Stafford Motor Speedway. Hossfeld, who won the TSI Harley-Davidson 150 at the .500-mile oval May 23, posted the fastest practice time of 18.218 in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's return visit.

Hossfeld was more than six-tenths quicker than Eric Beers (18.291). Todd Szegedy was third at 18.308. Billy Pauch Jr. and Ryan Preece rounded out the top five practice times. Thirty-seven cars practiced for the race, which has a starting field of 31.

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News & Note: Christopher Looks to Build on Stafford Legacy

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will reach the midway point of the 2008 season when it makes a stop at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the New England Dodge Dealers 150 on Friday, Aug. 8.

Perhaps no driver in the series looks forward to returning to the historic half-mile more than Ted Christopher. A longtime veteran of racing in the northeast, Christopher has won so many races at Stafford that the track ownership has named part of the facility in his honor.

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