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Civali Suspended For Riverhead Incident

By Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has penalized James Civali, a driver who competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, as a result of a rules infraction Saturday at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y.

Civali was found to be in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing; hitting another competitor’s car during a caution period) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. The violation occurred during the Aug. 2 race.

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Pitkat & Coby To Drive No. 28

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Don King, owner of the No. 28 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team, has announced that he has replaced driver James Civali with a tandem of Doug Coby and Woody Pitkat for the remainder of the season.

Coby, of Milford, Conn., will fill the seat this Friday as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stops at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the New England Dodge Dealers 150. Coby has previously driven for King, and has one win and 23 top 10s in 76 career starts in the series.

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Blewett Romps At Riverhead

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Jimmy Blewett registered his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday night when he took the checkered flag in the Miller Lite 140 at Riverhead Raceway.
 
Blewett, ofHowell, N.J., was strong throughout the evening as he led three times for 80 laps, including the final 46. After qualifying fourth-fastest, Blewett took the win in the second of two 25-lap heat races that preceded the 140-lap main. He was then able to parlay his qualifying success into front-running in the feature.

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Qualifying: Park Turns The Heat Up

By Official Release

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - The defending champion in the track's weekly Modified division, Bill Park collected his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award at Riverhead Raceway Saturday, and then went out and won the first of two heat races.

Park (No. 20 Smithtown Nissan Chevrolet) posted the fastest qualifying time of 11.926 seconds/75.465 mph, to edge tour regular Glenn Tyler by two one-thousands of a second. Tyler (No. 8 Financial Federal Credit/Sypher Construction Chevrolet) circled the .25-mile track in 11.928 seconds/75.453 mph.

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Practice: Riverhead Locals Show Way

By Official Release

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - Track regular Chuck Steuer led the way during the rain-shortened, 45-minute practice session Saturday afternoon for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead Raceway.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Returns To Historic Long Island Track

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

A staple on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule throughout the series' history, Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway will once again be the venue for some hotly-contested Modified racing on Aug. 2.

The Miller Lite 140 will be the seventh race of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, and the 47th all-time for the series at the Long Island track. Riverhead, at just .25-miles, is the shortest track on the schedule.

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Anderson To Be Honored At Home Track

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Trio of New Jersey champions also to be posthumously recognized 

As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, 1994 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Wayne Anderson will be honored at the Miller Lite 140 on Aug. 2 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.

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Future Star: High-schooler Preece Busy Learning Ropes On Modified Tour

By Raygan Swan, NASCAR.com

Ryan Preece doesn't have millions in sponsorship dollars, nor is he signed to any one of NASCAR's mega-teams as a development driver. And his family hasn't moved him to North Carolina to be close to the sport's hub.

The 17-year-old high-school senior-to-be doesn't have any of the keys to the Nationwide or Sprint Cup series' that has put other young drivers like himself on the fast track; he just has wit and a strong work ethic.

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Hirschman Breaks Through For Win

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

PICKS UP FIRST CAREER VICTORY

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. – Matt Hirschman reached Victory Lane for the first time in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career Saturday night at Spencer Speedway when he led 79 laps and won the Mason Farms 100.

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Hossfeld, Hirschman Take Heat Wins

By Official Release

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. - Matt Hirschman and point lead Chuck Hossfeld won the 25-lap qualifying heat features Saturday afternoon for the Mason Farms 150 at Spencer Speedway.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race is scheduled to take the green at 10 p.m.

Hossfeld (No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge) won the first heat by .577 seconds over runner-up Eric Beers. Jan Leaty was third, followed by Kevin Goodale and Bobby Grigas III. Leaty is making his first Tour start since 2004.

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