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No. 51 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Team Penalized For Rules Violations At Stafford

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the No. 51 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Sept. 29 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

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Powell Earns Sunoco Rookie Of The Year

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award has been clinched by Cole Powell.

Powell, from Mount Brydges, Ontario, has captured Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors in nine of 13 events this season behind the wheel of the No. 73 Copps BuildAll/Tricar Developments Chevrolet. The 21-year-old ranks 15th in the Whelen Modified Tour season standings with a best finish of ninth at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 2.

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Lia Dominating In Stafford Win

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Donny Lia flexed his muscle in dominating fashion on Sunday at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion started from the pole and handled all challenges with apparent ease by outdistancing Doug Coby to the finish line by 3.231 seconds to win the CARQUEST Fall Final 150. The win was his first on the tour since Aug. 9 of last year at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway.

The Jericho, N.Y., driver now has 17 career wins. Sunday was his fourth at Stafford and second in the Fall Final.

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QUALIFYING: Lia On Point For Fall Final

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Donny Lia earned his 18th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway in advance of the CARQUEST Fall Final 150.

Lia, from Jericho, N.Y., recorded a fast lap of 18.295 seconds (98.388 mph) to edge Bobby Santos for the pole. Santos, who was attempting to become the first driver in Whelen Modified Tour history to sweep a season of pole awards at Stafford, finished with a fast lap of 18.299 (98.366).

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PRACTICE: Lia Leads At Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Donny Lia led the way in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice for the CARQUEST Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Lia, from Jericho, N.Y., posted a fast lap of 18.314 seconds (98.285 mph) in the 75-minute session Saturday at Stafford. A seven-time pole winner at Stafford during his career, Lia will look to make his fast practice time stand up in Coors Light Pole qualifying today at 2:30 p.m.

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Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The penultimate race of the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season is on tap with the CARQUEST Fall Final 150 on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With a commanding 41-point lead in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings, Ryan Preece will head to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for this week’s CARQUEST Fall Final with a chance to clinch his first title.

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NOTEBOOK: Kwasniewski's Day Ends Quickly

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

LOUDON, N.H. – Dylan Kwasniewski took a hard hit, both literally and figuratively, on Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

While running second to eventual race-winner Cole Custer, Kwasniewski was involved in a vicious wreck on the backstretch just 34 laps into the North American Power 100. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point leader's mangled No. 98 was hauled back to the garage on a flatbed truck, and his advantage over Brett Moffitt in the overall standings was slashed nearly in half.

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Szegedy Ends Slump In Style

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. -- Todd Szegedy didn't want to wait any longer.

The Ridgefield, Conn., driver dove underneath Donny Lia for the lead heading into Turn 3 of the white-flag lap and emerged with the victory Saturday afternoon in the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In the process, he ended a career-long 28-race winless streak on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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NOTEBOOK: Tinio Putting Best Foot Forward

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

LOUDON, N.H. – In July of 2012, Tinio Racing made its first career appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, one that didn't exactly get off to an auspicious start.

The Massachusetts-based crew scrambled just to find its way around the sprawling New Hampshire grounds and scurried to have the car ready to practice when the track went green for Modified teams.

Fast-forward to 2013, and Santos was fastest in the 90-minute Whelen Modified Tour practice Friday morning before qualifying fifth for Saturday's F.W. Webb 100.

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