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QUALIFYING: Preece Wins 6th Pole

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- Ryan Preece continue his 2012 trend of collecting Coors Light Pole Awards.

The Berlin, Conn., driver earned his sixth of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season Saturday at Riverhead Raceway in qualifying for the Rivehead 200. Preece had a time of 11.904 seconds (75.605 mph) around the quarter-mile for his 12th career pole.

It is the most poles in a season since Tony Hirschman Jr. had seven in 2005. The record of 10 was set by Steve Park.

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PRACTICE: Silk Sets Fast Pace

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- Ron Silk set fast time in practice Saturday for the Riverhead 200. The defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion led the way around the quarter-mile oval with a lap of 11.904 seconds (75.605 mph).

Ryan Preece was second with a lap of 11.918 (75.516), followed by points leader Doug Coby at 11.939 (75.383). Jimmy Blewett and Riverside regular Tom Rogers Jr. rounded out the top five.

Qualifying for the Riverhead 200 is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the green flag at 8 p.m.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Riverhead

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway for the rescheduled Riverhead 200 on Saturday, Sept. 15. Below is a statistical look at the performance of series and selected drivers at the track:

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Riverhead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After getting the monkey off his back last week, Long Island’s Justin Bonsignore will return to his home track with the momentum needed to defend his Riverhead 200 victory.

A darkhorse favorite to contend for the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title, Bonsignore and the No. 51 M3 Technology team has encountered more than its share of adversity this year, primarily due to three accident DNFs. His struggles had been even greater at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, where he had posted a career average finish of 19th.

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LIVE: Whelen Modifieds On Long Island

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Long Island and Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway for the Riverhead 200 on Saturday, Sept. 15.

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

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Christopher Rules In UNOH Showdown

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – No stranger to Victory Lane at Thompson International Speedway, Ted Christopher once again came out on top in the UNOH Showdown combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

Christopher took the lead from Bobby Santos on Lap 7 and held off a hard-charging Jimmy Blewett in the closing circuits of the 50 green-flag-lap exhibition showcase between the two tours. Ryan Preece crossed the line third in the second edition of the non-points event at the historic .625-mile oval in northeastern Connecticut.

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NOTEBOOK: Blewett Puts On A Show

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks

THOMPSON, Conn. – Not that Jimmy Blewett needed to live up to his nickname, but “Showtime” was at it again on Sunday at Thompson International Speedway.

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QUALIFYING: Preece, Fuller Take Poles

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. - In UNOH Showdown qualifying at Thompson International Speedway on Saturday, Ryan Preece captured the pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Rob Fuller won the pole for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Preece of Berlin, Conn., lapped the .625-mile oval in 18.828 seconds at an average speed of 119.503 mph, to earn his fourth pole at Thompson, his fifth pole of the year and the 11th of his career.

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PRACTICE: Coby Paces Field At Thompson

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. - Doug Coby had the fastest lap during practice at Thompson International Speedway on Saturday as NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour drivers prepared for the UNOH Showdown.

Coby's lap of 18.862 seconds (119.287 mph) was quickest of 45 drivers who participated in two 45-minute practice sessions.

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Whelen Mod Statistical Advance: Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be a part of this week’s UNOH Showdown weekend at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway with the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 on Sunday, Sept. 9. Below is a statistical look at the performance of series and selected drivers at the track:

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