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Preece Makes Late Push at Waterford

By John Tejeda & Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

WATERFORD, Conn. – Same track, same race, same scenario, but this time Ryan Preece got the result he wanted as he powered to victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Mr. Rooter 161 Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl.

A year ago in this event, it was Doug Coby who held off Preece on a green-white-checkered finish for the win. This time around, Preece was able to reverse the roles and celebrate in Waterford Victory Lane.

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QUALIFYING: Waterford Pole To Szegedy

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

WATERFORD, Conn. – Fastest in afternoon practice, Todd Szegedy backed it up in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying for the Mr. Rooter 161 as he earned the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday evening at Waterford Speedbowl.

Szegedy, driver of the No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Ford from Ridgefield, Conn., posted a fast lap of 13.833 seconds (97.593 mph) for the 10th pole of his Whelen Modified Tour career.

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PRACTICE: Szegedy Tops At Waterford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

WATERFORD, Conn. – Todd Szegedy was fastest in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice Saturday afternoon in advance of the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.

Szegedy, from Ridgefield, Conn., record a fast lap of 14.044 seconds (96.126 mph) in the last five minutes of the 75-minute session. A winner at Waterford in 2004, Szegedy will look to visit Victory Lane later tonight for the first time since 2011 at Lime Rock Park.

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Whelen Mod Statistical Advance: Waterford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl for the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, June 22. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Waterford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl was one of the feel-good moments of the 2012 season. The grandstands were packed, the parking lot overflowed and the track produced the typical competitive Modified action that it has come to be known for through the years. This week they’ll get to do it all over again with the second running of the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, June 22.

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Preece Comes From Behind At Stafford

By John Tejeda & Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Call Ryan Preece the comeback kid.

The 21-year-old driver fought his way up from the back of the field to overtake Ron Silk in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway en route to capturing his sixth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

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QUALIFYING: Santos Earns Tenth Pole Award

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos edged Ryan Preece to win his 10th Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday.

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PRACTICE: Santos Leads At Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – One gets the feeling that Bobby Santos has Stafford Motor Speedway figured out.

A winner of five of the last 11 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at the historic half-mile - including the previous two - Santos is once again looking like the car to beat for tonight’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil.

Santos, from Franklin, Mass., posted a fast lap of 18.400 seconds (97.826 mph) in practice Friday afternoon at Stafford to lead the 27 entries for tonight’s event.

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Mods To Give Stafford Another Go

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Perhaps the third time will be the charm for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was originally set to contest the second of four 2013 races at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on May 24. An ominous rain forecast pushed the race date to June 7, only to once again meet the same fate. A third attempt to get the race in is now set for this Friday, June 14.

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NASCAR Next Roster For 2013 Announced

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Filled with prospects coming from Nevada to Georgia, from Canada to Mexico, and a number of hometowns in between, NASCAR unveiled today the 2013 driver roster for NASCAR Next program at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

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