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Christopher Right At Home At Thompson

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. -- Ted Christopher rallied from two laps down and a hand injury from an early-race spin to maintain his dominance of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. The 52-year-old Plainville, Conn., driver led the last 39 laps en route to victory in the season-opening Icebreaker Sunday.

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NOTEBOOK: He's In The Right Frame Of Mind

by Travis Barrett, Special to NASCAR Home Tracks

THOMPSON, Conn. – Walk through any garage area and you'll find more than a handful of drivers who don't consider themselves good qualifiers. They don't like putting all their eggs in one two-lap basket, and they're far more comfortable driving a car over long stretches after settling into a groove.

But if you want to win pole positions at the NASCAR reginal and national levels, you've got to be able to time trial well.

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QUALIFYING: Santos Off To Record Start

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. — Defending champion Bobby Santos shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the Franklin, Mass., driver is getting faster.

Santos broke his own track record in qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s Icebreaker, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener at Thompson International Speedway. Santos posted a lap of 18.237 seconds (123.376 mph) around the .625-mile oval for his fifth career Coors Light Pole Award.

Santos also posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s practice for the Icebreaker. He is the defending race winner, too.

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PRACTICE: No Change At The Top

by Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Bobby Santos is up to his old ways already, and it’s just the first practice session of the 2011 season.

Santos laid down a fast lap of 18.407 seconds (122.236 mph) during Saturday’s 90-minute practice session at Thompson International Speedway in advance of Sunday’s season-opening Icebreaker.

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LIVE: Mod Tour Opens At Thompson

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to open the 2011 schedule with the Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, April 9-10.

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

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Santos Tabbed Favorite In Preseason Poll

by Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season set to begin with the Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway this weekend, defending champion Bobby Santos has been tabbed the favorite to repeat by the tour’s media.

Santos, from Franklin, Mass., garnered 15 out of a possible 25 first-place votes and tallied 230 total points to enter the season as the championship favorite. In his first full-time season in 2010, Santos recorded four wins and 11 top 10s in 14 outings to earn his first Whelen Modified Tour crown.

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Teto Racing Teams With Brakettes Softball

Team Release

TRUMBULL, Conn. - Gary Teto has announced that Teto Racing will be working with the Brakettes woman’s fast pitch softball team for the 2011 season.

“NASCAR Modified racing and the Brakettes just go hand and hand. Both are family oriented, they have plenty of fast action and seven decades of remarkable history,” said Teto.

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Moffitt Tops Hunter Index With Fast Start

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brett Moffitt collected plenty of hardware at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, claiming the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light and then taking home the big trophy after leading every lap in winning the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150.

The dominating fashion that he won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener also earned the Grimes, Iowa, driver another award. His victory impressed the panel of auto racing writers and NASCAR representatives enough to earn the top spot in the first regular-season edition of the Hunter Index.

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Statistical Advance: The Icebreaker

by Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will take the green flag with the Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Sunday, April 10.

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News & Notes: Garbarino Chases History

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

When the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season takes the green flag at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on April 10, longtime car owner Bob Garbarino will be in a position with which he has become familiar in recent seasons: defending champion. This difference this spring, however, will be that he has his champion driver back behind the wheel for an encore performance.

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