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CHAMPION PROFILE: Ryan Preece

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The disappointment was written all over Ryan Preece’s face following the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway, where he had just finished as the championship runner-up finish for a second time. But there was also a hint of defiance from Preece that – looking back – may well have been the first step toward attaining the tour title in 2013.

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER: Eric Sanderson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Eric Sanderson has been having fun as a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner for nearly two decades, so the 2013 season must have been a blast.

Sanderson’s No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports team registered four wins and 10 top-10 finishes in 14 races with Ryan Preece behind the wheel to take home a second Whelen Modified Tour title for the organization.

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Sly Szaban

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Stanley “Sly” Szaban earned his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in 2013, but this one was a different experience for the veteran crew chief.

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UNOH Battle At The Beach Returns To DIS

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bent sheet metal, hurt feelings, last-lap action and ecstatic winners.

That’s what the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach promised. And it delivered.

The event, held on the short track on the Superstretch of Daytona International Speedway, will return to the “World Center of Racing” during Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 on Tuesday, Feb. 18. It will highlight a week full of NASCAR racing at Daytona and neighboring New Smyrna Speedway, a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track.

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Bragging Rights On The Line For Champions

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Can Lee Pulliam beat Ryan Preece in an SK Modified at Stafford? Which multi-time champion is better around Langley in a stock car: George Brunnhoelzl III or Dylan Kwasniewski? Would Canadian Scott Steckly beat Spaniard Ander Vilarino at England’s Brands Hatch?

And what happens when you let fans and media behind the wheel and into the mix?

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No. 07 Whelen Modified Team Penalty Upheld By National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The members of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel have unanimously decided today to uphold the original penalties issued by NASCAR to the No. 07 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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Smeriglio Racing Makes Driver Change

Team Release

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The Michael Smeriglio III Racing Team of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has announced that it will make a change in drivers for the upcoming 2014 season.

After eight years of a successful racing relationship, team owner Mike Smeriglio and driver Todd Szegedy have mutually decided to part ways.

"Todd is a great driver and a better friend. We both feel a change after so many years is a way to attract new sponsors and pursue other racing opportunities for both of us," Smeriglio said.

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Chew Calls An End To Driving Career

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Bryon Chew announced today that he has retired as a full-time competitor.

Chew, from Mattituck, N.Y., began his NASCAR touring series career in 1999 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Chew ran 129 races across 10 seasons in the stock car division, and after sitting out two seasons, he moved on to the open wheel race cars of the Whelen Modified Tour in 2011.

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Preece Captures First Whelen Tour Title

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Rowan Pennink won the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart but it was Ryan Preece who left Thompson Speedway with the heavy hardware on Sunday as he captured the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., capped off a stellar season highlighted by four wins for his first NASCAR touring series title. To do it, he had to dethrone defending champion Doug Coby, who entered Sunday as Preece’s lone competition.

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NOTEBOOK: Thompson Finally Pays Off

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

THOMPSON, Conn. – It had been a long time coming for Rowan Pennink, both on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and at Thompson Speedway, in particular.

Down to a relatively bare bones operation within his family-owned team, Pennink finally had all the right pieces in place to win the season-ending Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson on Sunday afternoon. The victory snapped a 48-race winless streak for Pennink on the Tour and was his first career win at Thompson.

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