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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Tom Grasso

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCAR Home Tracks

To say that Tom Grasso had worked his whole life for a NASCAR championship wouldn't be accurate, though Grasso did openly wonder if the day would ever come.

The man whose brother talked him into working on race cars for the first time when he'd reached his thirty-somethings made the calls – both atop the pit box and back in the race shop – that earned Ron Silk the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title.

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Simplified Points System Instituted For 2012

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today that the points system all NASCAR national series began using this year will be instituted in the regional touring level for 2012.

The points system was simplified to make it easier for fans, competitors and the industry to understand.

Beginning in 2012, the system will be integrated into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and NASCAR Mexico Series.

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Record Balloting Decides Most Popular Driver

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was a record turnout this year as fans made their selection for the Most Popular Driver Awards in each of the six NASCAR regional touring series.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2011 are:
• Chase Elliott, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Moses Smith, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
• Jason White, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
• Jorge Arteaga, NASCAR Mexico Series presented by Toyota
• Justin Bonsignore, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Jason Myers, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

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NASCAR Announces Talent For Banquets

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has announced the entertainment and emcees for the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet and NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala, held Dec. 9-10 in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Crown Ballroom in Charlotte, N.C.

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Most Popular Driver Balloting Remains Open

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While four of the six NASCAR regional touring series have crowned champions, fans still have a final say in who will win the Most Popular Driver Awards, as balloting remains open for all series through Nov. 20.

While balloting is still open for nearly three more weeks, Most Popular Driver voting has already received a record level of participation in 2011 with more than 109,000 votes cast since balloting opened in mid-July.

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Preece To Drive For Sanderson In 2012

Team Release

PALMER, Mass. (Oct. 19, 2011) - Eric Sanderson, owner of the No. 16 Diversified Metals/RB Enterprises/Wales Irish Pub race car, has hired Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., as his full-time driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the 2012 season.

Preece, who finished second in the 2009 NWMT final standings, has three tour wins to his credit, and earned a sixth career pole last weekend in his first-ever appearance with the Flamingo Motorsports team in the Sunoco World Series of Racing 150 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

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Silk Takes Home Whelen Modified Crown

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Ron Silk survived an eventful season finale to take home the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson International Speedway.

Glen Reen took home the checkered flag in a wild event that saw a season-high 16 cautions and the maximum three green-white-checker events attempts for his first career victory, but it was Silk that left with the biggest hardware of the weekend.

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NOTEBOOK: Partridge, Silk Team Up At Top

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCARHomeTracks.com

THOMPSON, Conn. --After 10 years of trying, Eddie Partridge was able to celebrate in a champagne bath on Sunday night at Thompson International Speedway.

Driver Ron Silk overcame an early mishap and earned his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in the Sunoco World Series, in turn handing his car owner Partridge his first series championship, too.

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QUALIFYING: Preece Earns World Series Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 15, 2011) – Ryan Preece earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Saturday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson International Speedway.

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PRACTICE: Szegedy Paces World Series Field

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Todd Szegedy is off to a good start in his attempt to catch Ron Silk in the standings in the final NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race of the 2011 season at Thompson International Speedway.

Szegedy, from Ridgefield, Conn., posted the fastest lap of 18.648 seconds (120.656 mph) during the 90-minute practice session Saturday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.

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