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Right Call In The Rain For Flemke

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Rain has ruined Ed Flemke Jr.’s day on more than one occasion. Flemke was more than happy, though, to see the overcast put an early end to Sunday’s race. Flemke’s No. 10 Ron Bouchard AutoParts Chevrolet was out front when rain forced the end of the scheduled 150-lap season-opening Icebreaker after 92 laps.

“I’ve lost many, many races like this,” Flemke said. “I finally won one like this. It’s a good feeling.”

It gave Flemke his 17th win in his 21-year NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career.

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Civali Wins First Coors Light Pole

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Thompson, Conn. – James Civali may have been as surprised as anybody with his qualifying effort Saturday. Civali translated fast times in practice into his first career Coors Light Pole on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

“I didn’t think we’d be able to get it,” said Civali, who posted a time of 18.585 seconds (120.097 mph) around the .625-mile oval in his No. 28 Ramar-Hall Inc./Genesis Shocks Chevrolet. “We were fast all day but the track changes so much. You can go from one tenth to another. You never think you’re going to get a pole. I never get a pole.”

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Familiar Faces In Different Places

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

With the season-opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour just days away, race teams are making final preparations for what they hope will be the first step toward a title. For a few of those teams, a new driver behind the wheel adds to the anticipation.

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News & Notes: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Set to Take Green Flag

By Official Results

Since the checkered flag dropped on the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Thompson International Speedway last October, race teams and fans alike have anxiously anticipated the next event. That six-month wait will finally be over this weekend as the roar of 600-horespower engines return to the asphalt at the Icebreaker, the traditional opening weekend of NASCAR racing in New England.
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Szegedy Enters Season As The Favorite

By Official Release

Todd Szegedy, the 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, has been tabbed the favorite to recapture the title in 2008 by media members that cover the tour.
Szegedy earned 176 points in the preseason ballot and collected seven first place votes.  Matt Hirschman was second in balloting with 164 points and garnered a first place nod by four voters.

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Kings Of The Sport: Lia, Schneider and Evans To Be Honored At Icebreaker

Official Release

To kick off a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, NASCAR is recognizing a trio of NASCAR Modified titlists in the 2008 opener April 6 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

NASCAR plans to recognize each of its past Modified champions throughout the season. The celebration will begin with the honoring of Frankie Schneider, Donny Lia and the late Richie Evans at the season-opening Icebreaker.

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Plenty In Store For Modified Tour

By NASCAR Public Relations

The 2008 season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be one of reflection with the celebration of 60 years of champions, and a year of progression for race teams and fans alike, when it takes the green flag April 6 with the Icebreaker at historic Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

New to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2008 is the implementation of an electronic scoring system for all 16 races. Also new to the tour for the coming season is the option for race teams to utilize a spec engine.

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Preece Lands Ride With Boehler

By NASCAR Public Relations

In an offseason full of change, Ryan Preece became the latest driver to find a home with a new team. BRE Racing recently announced that Ryan Preece has joined their NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team and will drive the tradition-laden No. 3 car in 2008.

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Martinsville Modified Date Changes

By NASCAR Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2008) – NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway announced today the Made in America Whelen 300 race has been moved back a day to Saturday, Sept. 20.

The Made in American Whelen 300 is the annual combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Donny Lia captured the third edition of the Made in America Whelen 300 in 2007 en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. The race has had a different winner all three years.

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Lia Lands NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2008) – Following his 2007 breakthrough season that culminated with his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, Donny Lia has secured a ride in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 2008 with TRG Motorsports.

Lia, a native of Jericho, N.Y., will drive the No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Buckler and TRG Motorsports. In five full seasons on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Lia collected 11 wins – including six in 2007. Lia was the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year in 2003.

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