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News & Notes: Mod Tour Back To The Bowl

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Waterford Speedbowl, Keith Rocco is banking on his extensive experience at the southeastern Connecticut facility to give him a leg up on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition in the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, June 23.

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LIVE: Waterford Welcomes Whelen Tour

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to a famed New England short track this week for the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, June 23 at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.

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

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NUMBERS GAME: Mod Tour's Signature Look

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCAR Home Tracks

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Waterford Speedbowl on Connecticut's coastal shoreline in two weeks for the Mr. Rooter 161, a unique race distance on a Tour more used to traditional 100-, 150- and 200-lap distances on short tracks and speedways across the northeastern United States.

The race, billed as a “Tribute to Richie Evans” – the first Modified driver elected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame last year, gets its '61' from the iconic car number Evans tormented his competition with over a decades-long career out of his Rome, N.Y., race shop.

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Coby Makes Late-Race Pass For Stafford Win

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby slipped past Bobby Santos eight laps from the finish to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday and become the driver with more than one win this season.

Coby’s first win came in the tour's first visit to Stafford last month.

For the Milford, Conn., driver – who was making his 118th start – it marked his fourth career win and his third victory on Stafford’s half-mile oval.

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QUALIFYING: Santos Snatches Stafford Pole

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos edged Eric Berndt to win the Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday.

Santos of Franklin, Mass., turned a fast-lap of 18.205 seconds (98.874 mph) in his No. 44 Imperial Cars/Tinio Corporation Chevrolet, as the 26-car field was set for tonight’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125 on Stafford’s half-mile oval.

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PRACTICE: Beers Fastest In Stafford Practice

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Eric Beers turned the fastest lap during NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon as 27 teams prepared for tonight’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125.

Beers of Northampton, Pa., lapped the half-mile oval at 18.418 seconds (97.730 mph) during the practice session – which ended when rain swept into the area.

Jimmy Blewett was second quickest at 18.462 seconds, with Rowan Pennink third fast at 18.469 seconds. Completing the top five in practice were Ryan Preece and Eric Bendt.

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NOTEBOOK: Coby Says Too Early To Talk Title

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCARHomeTracks.com

STAFFORD, Conn. – The last two winners of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway have gone on to some pretty big things.

Each of the respective winners of the event the last two years – Bobby Santos III in 2010 and Ron Silk in 2011 – went on to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. On Friday night at Stafford, Doug Coby took the lead with eight laps remaining and drove off to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125.

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Waterford Whelen Tour Race To Honor Evans

Track Release

WATERFORD, Conn. – Excitement continues to build for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s much anticipated return to Waterford Speedbowl June 23.  Track management and NASCAR have given extra reason for fans and the racing community to celebrate.  The event will pay homage to one of racing’s true legends, NASCAR Hall of Fame member Richie Evans.  The race distance has been increased by one lap from the original length to a 161-lap event, in honor of Evans’ famous #61 Modified.  The event, just one month away, will be sponsored by Mr. Rooter. 

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 At Stafford Motor Speedway

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline the racing action at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Friday, May 25 with the TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers on the Tour:

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News & Notes: Stafford On Tap For Mod Tour

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The results have always been there for Doug Coby, it’s been the stability that was the hurdle. Fortunately for Coby, that’s a thing of the past, and now he’s a championship contender.

From mid-2007 through the majority of 2010, Coby did whatever it took to compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which required working with seven different teams in just 25 appearances through the four year span. He had 11 top 10s and led five races during that stretch, but stability was not there.

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