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NOTEBOOK: Off To A Good Start

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks

THOMPSON, Conn. – On the penultimate day of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, everything went according to plan for all three championship hopefuls on Saturday at Thompson International Speedway.

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QUALIFYING: Berndt Earns World Series Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Eric Berndt earned the second Coors Light Pole Award of his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career on Saturday in advance of the season finale Sunoco-Town Fair Tire World Series on Sunday at Thompson International Speedway.

Berndt, from Cromwell, Conn., toured the .625-mile, high-banked oval in 18.607 seconds (120.922 mph) for his first pole since 2009 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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PRACTICE: Pitkat On A Roll

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Woody Pitkat paced practice Saturday morning at Thompson International Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Sunoco-Town Fair Tire World Series NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale.

Pitkat, from Stafford, Conn., posted a fast lap of 18.602 seconds (120.955 mph) during the one hour practice session at the .625-mile speedway. Pitkat led a career-high 128 laps last time out at Stafford Motor Speedway and tied his career-best finish with a runner-up effort.

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Whelen Modified Stat Advance: Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline the racing action this weekend at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway in the Sunoco-Town Fair Tire World Series when it closes the 2012 season on Sunday, Oct. 14. Below is a statistical look at the performance of series and selected drivers at the track:

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – And then there were three.

With only the Sunoco-Town Fair Tire World Series left on the schedule, there are three drivers left to vie for the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Oct. 14: Doug Coby, Ryan Preece and reigning titlist Ron Silk.

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LIVE: Whelen Mods Close 2012 At Thompson

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the fourth and final time this year when it closes out the 2012 season in the Sunoco-Town Fair Tire World Series on Oct. 13-14.

For updates from the track throughout race weekend, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

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FRIDAY FEATURE: Preece Focuses Forward

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks

Don't try telling Ryan Preece about the significance of a still-blossoming career on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Don't try asking him about the historic subtext of stints in two of the most accomplished cars on the three decades-old Tour. And don't bother asking him about point standings, career victory totals or championship finishes from a couple of years ago.

Preece is intensely focused on the here and now, a trait the 21-year-old Berlin, Conn., driver seems to have possessed from day one.

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Santos Storms To Stafford Victory

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos waited until the end to make his move and then powered past Woody Pitkat to win the CARQUEST Fall Final Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Santos made the winning pass with four laps to go en route to his first win of the season. It was the seventh career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win for the Franklin, Mass., driver. Four of those wins have come at Stafford, including the 2010 Fall Final.

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QUALIFYING: Blewett To Lead Fall Final Field

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Jimmy Blewett won the Coors Light Pole Award for the CARQUEST Fall Final in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying on Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Blewett, who hails from Howell, N.J., covered the half-mile Connecticut oval in 18.308 seconds for an average speed of 98.318 mph behind  the wheel of his No. 76 John Blewett Inc./Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet. It is his second career pole and first since June 2006 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

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PRACTICE: Bonsignore Tops Stafford Charts

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Justin Bonsignore topped the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour charts in Saturday practice at Stafford Motor Speedway for the CARQUEST Fall Final.

Bonsignore, racing out of Holtsville, N.Y., navigated the half-mile oval in 18.375 seconds for an average speed of 97.959 mph. He has won the pole position in each of the last two Fall Finals only to be disappointed in the race. His career-best finish at the track is sixth earlier this season.

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