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Marquis To Return At Monadnock

Track Release

WINCHESTER, N.H. - When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the high banks of the Monadnock Speedway on May 12, it will also mark the return of eight-time Track Champion Jerry Marquis from Broad Brook, Conn., who will drive the Ralph Solhem owned Modified in the Monadnock 200. Marquis is also the 2000 Whelen Modified Tour Champion.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler At Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the second race of the 2012 season on Sunday, April 29. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers on the Tour:

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News & Notes: Mods Head To Spring Sizzler

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Heading into the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season-opener two weeks ago, storylines were aplenty: Past champions returning to the Tour or changing teams, up-and-comers looking to become contenders, weekly standouts getting a touring series opportunity. And what happened? The defending champ reminded everyone why his trophy has yet to collect any dust.

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LIVE: Stafford Spring Sizzler

The second race of the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will take place on CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler weekend, April 28-29, at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

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

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FRIDAY FEATURE: Two For The Price Of One

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCAR Home Tracks

Mike Stefanik has seen a lot over the course of the last quarter-century on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. He's won more races and more championships than any other driver since the Tour's inception in 1985, and he's remained a force with age, finishing in the top seven in the final point standings in five of the last six seasons.

But Stefanik has been around long enough to know that just when you think you've seen it all, racing will always find a way to toss another curveball your way.

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Silk Begins Title Defense In Victory Lane

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Ron Silk started the 2012 campaign where he ended 2011 in celebration at Thompson International Speedway, but it wasn’t without controversy.

The Norwalk, Conn., driver earned his eighth career win Sunday afternoon as he opened defense of his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in the traditional season-opener, the Icebreaker. He finished just inches ahead of Ted Christopher at the culmination of a third green-white-checkered attempt.

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NOTEBOOK: Two Sides To Story In Opener

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks

THOMPSON, Conn. – Rowan Pennink doesn't dispute that he crossed the start-finish line ahead of Ron Silk on the last of three green-white-checkered restarts at the conclusion of Sunday's season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

What does appear to be in dispute is exactly how it came to pass that Pennink got a car-length ahead of Silk. NASCAR officials penalized Pennink for jumping the race's final restart, handing a win to 2011 Tour champion Silk in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson International Speedway.

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QUALIFYING: Preece Records Icebreaker Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Ryan Preece’s top qualifying effort Saturday at Thompson International Speedway earned his sixth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award in advance of Sunday’s season-opening Icebreaker.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., posted a lap of 18.387 seconds (122.369 mph), which marked the third Whelen Modified Tour race in a row at Thompson that has seen him grab the top starting spot. He earned poles at the .625-mile oval in the September and October events in 2011.

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PRACTICE: Bonsignore Fast Out Of The Gate

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Justin Bonsignore was fastest in a 75-minute NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice session for the season-opening Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway on Saturday.

Bonsignore, out of Holtsville, N.Y., got around the .625-mile oval in 18.441 seconds for an average speed of 122.011 mph. He was the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2010 and is in search of his first Tour win at Thomspson.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Icebreaker At Thompson International Speedway

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will open the 2012 season with the Icebreaker on Sunday, April 15 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers on the Tour:

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