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FRIDAY FEATURE: State Line - Concentration Makes NASCAR Modified Racing Special

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCAR Home Tracks

MODIFIED COUNTRY, Conn. – It is a 31-mile drive from Stafford, Conn., straight across the state to the town of Thompson. From there, it's a 53-mile virtual straight shot down I-395 to the Waterford, along the Connecticut shoreline. Heading back to Stafford? That'll run 52 to miles to the northwest, back into the heart of what is clearly demarcated as “Modified Country.”

On a map, it's an upside-down acute triangle that perfectly cradles the epicenter of the NASCAR Modified universe.

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Santos Superb In Stafford Spring Sizzler

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos dominated NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action in winning the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, giving him back-to-back wins at the historic half-mile track.

The 2010 tour champion from Franklin, Mass., led nearly all 200 laps - holding on in a dash to the finish after a late-race restart.

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NOTEBOOK: Strategy Yields Sizzling Finish

By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks

STAFFORD, Conn. – After winning his ninth career Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday afternoon, Bobby Santos said that track position was more crucial at Stafford Motor Speedway than it is anywhere else on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule.

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QUALIFYING: Santos Scores Sizzler Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos has the inside track in his quest for back-to-back NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories at Stafford Motor Speedway after earning the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday afternoon for Sunday’s CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.

Santos, from Franklin, Mass., laid down a fast lap of 18.082 seconds (99.547 mph) in qualifying at the historic half mile for his ninth career Whelen Modified Tour pole. It marked the second time he’s captured the top-qualifying spot for the famed Spring Sizzler weekend, and fourth time overall at Stafford.

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PRACTICE: Santos Leads At Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos picked up right where he left off in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s last visit to Stafford Motor Speedway when he led CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler practice Saturday afternoon.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline the racing action during CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 28. Below is a statistical look at the performance of series and selected drivers at the track:

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Even though Stafford Motor Speedway is 75 miles from Doug Coby’s hometown, but during his 2012 championship season Coby might as well have called it “Home Sweet Home.”

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VIDEO: Scenes From Thompson

Whelen Modified Tour From The Icebreaker

April 17, 2013 - 9:59am

With every win, Mike Stefanik just adds to his legacy. The Coventry, R.I., driver is already just one of two drivers in the history of NASCAR with nine championships, with NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans being the other.

Sunday, the 54-year-old Stefanik extended his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins record with his 73rd victory. The win in the tour’s season-opener at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway was a bit of redemption for Stefanik, who was lost the UNOH Battle At The Beach in February because of last-lap contact.

This time, Stefanik was able to hold off multiple hard charges from Ryan Preece, Rowan Pennink and Ron Silk to drive to Victory Lane. He edged runner-up Pennink by just .229 seconds.

The day before, Stefanik earned the Coors Light Pole Award. Sunday’s win was his 15th Thompson, also a record.

Stefanik Charges To Icebreaker Victory

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – The legend of Mike Stefanik added another chapter Sunday at Thompson International Speedway as he captured NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory No. 73 in the season-opening Icebreaker.

Stefanik charged to the lead by Ryan Preece following a restart on Lap 141 and held off multiple hard charges from Preece, Rowan Pennink and Ron Silk to extend his tour career record for wins. The final margin of victory was just .229 seconds.

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QUALIFYING: Stefanik Captures Icebreaker Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Mike Stefanik saved his best for last Saturday at Thompson International Speedway.

The last car out in qualifying, Stefanik took the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award on the second of his two laps in advance of Sunday’s season-opening Icebreaker. Has fast lap was recorded at 18.668 seconds (120.527 mph).

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