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QUALIFYING: Newman Keeps Rolling

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. -- Ryan Newman continues to set the bar for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver won his fourth career Coors Light Pole Award Thursday - all at New Hampshire.

Newman, who swept the two races from the pole at the 'Magic Mile' last year, qualified at 29.586 seconds (128.737 mph) for Saturday's FW Webb 100.

Ron Silk qualified second at 29.837 (127.654), and Todd Szegedy was third at 29.842 (127.632).

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PRACTICE: Newman Shows The Way

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman got his New Hampshire Motor Speedway weekend off to a fast start Thursday with the top time in practice for Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.

Newman, who swept the two Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire and won at Bristol Motor Speedway, posted a lap of 29.340 seconds (129.816) around the 1.013-mile oval during the 1 hour, 30 minute session.

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Statistical Advance: F.W. Webb 100

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The first of three trips for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2011 is on tap for Saturday, July 16 with the F.W. Webb 100.

Selected Driver Highlights:
Eric Beers (No. 45 Chevrolet)

•  Has two wins, nine poles and 64 top 10s in 159 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
•  Is fourth in points with three top 10s in five races.
•  Has seven top 10s in 17 career starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a best finish of third in 2005.

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News & Notes: Tour Regulars Look To End Newman’s Run At New Hampshire

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While the regular competitors on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will tell you that they enjoy racing against the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Ryan Newman, you can bet that they’d also be more than happy to defeat him, something they were not able to do a year ago.

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LIVE: Whelen Modified Tour At NHMS

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday, July 16.

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

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Pursley Rolls To Top Of Hunter Index

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Greg Pursley has made winning look easy.

Seven races into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season, he has made five trips to Victory Lane. He won two of the three races in June, leading a 364 of 400 laps en route to the pair of victories.

His performance was mirrored in the July voting for the Hunter Index, as determined by a panel of auto racing writers and NASCAR representatives. The Newhall, Calif., driver collected 10 of the 13 first-place votes to easily earn the top spot.

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Christopher Gets It Done The Hard Way

Tim Southers, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – For most drivers, getting sent to the rear of the field would end any chance of picking up a win at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. However, most drivers don’t have the history Ted Christopher has at the track.

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Christopher At The Front

Tim Southers, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Ted Christopher has got qualifying figured out at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. Christopher, who won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Thompson in April, captured his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and his 23rd of his career during qualifying for Thursday’s Budweiser 150.

Christopher piloted his Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet around Thompson in 18.693 seconds (120.366 mph) for his seventh career pole at Thompson.

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Berndt Fastest In Practice

Tim Southers, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Eric Berndt finished practice on top of the speed charts for Thursday’s running of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Budweiser 150 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Berndt knows his way around Thompson and is a former winner of the track championship at Thompson in the local modified division.

Berndt, driver of the No. 46 North End Auto Parts/Cape Cod Agts. Chevrolet. Berndt set the pace with a fast time of 18.733 seconds (120.109 mph).

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SPEED Updates Touring Broadcast Schedule

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The SPEED broadcast schedule for NASCAR’s touring series has been updated to reflect a shift in upcoming air dates.

The 2011 broadcast schedule on SPEED includes 24 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West races with a traditional time slot of 6 p.m. ET on Thursdays, with two exceptions noted below.

The following are updates to the remaining 16 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West races on the SPEED schedule:

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