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News & Notes: Silk Looks For First Title

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will conclude at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway with another competitive championship chase to be decided in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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LIVE: Mod Tour Finale At Thompson

The 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will come to a close and a champion will be crowned in the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

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Emerling Earns Sunoco Rookie Award

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The youngest competitor in the veteran-laden NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, 19-year-old Patrick Emerling made his mark in 2011 and has clinched Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.

From Orchard Park, N.Y., Emerling has finished as the top rookie in seven of 15 events this year and has earned enough points against his fellow first-year counterparts to secure the season-long Sunoco Rookie of the Year award with one race remaining on the schedule.

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Christopher Reigns Again At Stafford

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – In thrilling fashion, Ted Christopher won the CARQUEST Fall Final on Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

On a green-white-checkered finish, Christopher, out of Plainville, Conn., got his No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet underneath Erick Rudolph to take the lead just after the field took the white flag to collect his 12th career victory at the Connecticut half-mile track. For Christopher, it was his Tour-best fourth win of the season and the 42nd of his storied career.

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QUALIFYING: Bonsignore Repeats

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Justin Bonsignore earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the second year in a row in the CARQUEST Fall Final when he posted the fastest effort in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Bonsignore, from Holtsville, N.Y., posted a fast lap of 18.427 seconds (97.683 mph) to earn his third career Coors Light Pole Award and second in a row in Stafford’s season-ending race weekend. The second-year driver will look for his first win at the half mile on Sunday.

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PRACTICE: Berndt Fastest At Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Stafford Motor Speedway veteran Eric Berndt led the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field in practice Saturday afternoon at the half mile in advance of Sunday’s CARQUEST Fall Final.

Berndt, from Cromwell, Conn., posted a fast lap of 18.346 mph (98.114 mph) during the 60-minute practice session that was delayed more than 90 minutes by morning rain at the track.

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Statistical Advance: CARQUEST Fall Final

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the fourth and final time in 2011 for the CARQUEST Fall Final on Sunday, Oct. 2.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour To Wrap Stafford Season With Fall Final

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will help bring the competition season to a close at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway as the headline event in the CARQUEST Fall Final, Oct. 1-2.

The Fall Final will be the fourth and final event of the year at the Stafford half mile for the Whelen Modified Tour. Bobby Santos, Ron Silk and Ted Christopher were victorious in the three previous events. Santos is also the defending winner of the Fall Final.

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LIVE: Whelen Modifieds At Stafford Fall Final

The penultimate event of the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will take place in the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 1.

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

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Silk Sails To The Front

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. -- Ron Silk pulled away from the field on a green-white-checkered finish to win the New Hampshire 100 Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and take back to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points lead.

Silk got a push from Todd Szegedy on the final restart to open some ground on the rest of the field and was unchallenged over the final two laps. Szegedy, who won the tour race at New Hampshire in July, finished second followed by Justin Bonsignore. Ted Christopher and Eric Beers completed the top five.

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