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New Faces Take New Hampshire Test

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

In a combined session today a total of 23 teams from the NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour tested at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Camping World Series East had a strong contingent of teams taking advantage of the test opportunity with a total of 18 cars. The garage featured a mix of New Hampshire veterans like Steve Park and Matt Kobyluck, as well as a host of rookies such as Austin Dillon, winner of the season-opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on April 19.

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Modified Driver Preece Headed To Iowa

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Ryan Preece has landed a one-race deal with car owner Maxie Bush to drive the No. 28 Ford in the US Cellular 200, a combined race between the NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Camping World Series West.

“It’s definitely going to be a fun experience,” Preece said. “It’s going to be my first time in a full-bodied car. I’m getting out of the open-wheeled stuff to try this, and I’m real excited.”

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Spring In His Step: Christopher Walks Away With Another Sizzler Victory

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Ted Christopher already has the record for most wins at Stafford Motor Speedway but has no intention of slowing down.

Christopher reached another milestone Sunday with his fourth Tech-Net Spring Sizzler victory in the 200-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, tying Mike Stefanik for the most wins at four in the main event for Stafford’s flagship season-opening weekend.

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Preece Sticking Around This Time

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – A year ago, Ryan Preece was packing up the trailer and heading home after Tech-Net Spring Sizzler qualifying. The 17-year-old was in much better spirits Saturday afternoon after earning the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Preece’s time of 18.057 seconds (99.684 mph) around the half-mile in the No. 3 Mizzy Construction/FJ Hubnay Chevrolet was fast enough to edge Eric Beers (No. 46 Reynold’s Wrecking/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet) and earn his first career pole. Beers was second in 18.084 (99.536).

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Greatest American Heroes

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Former Champions And WWII Veterans Gahan And Byron To Be Honored 

For those individuals who bravely served their country during World War II and went on to propel America into a booming post-war era, Tom Brokaw famously coined the term ‘The Greatest Generation.’ This weekend NASCAR will honor a pair of Modified champions who served nobly before their names were ever etched in the racing history books.

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News & Notes: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Back On Track At Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make the first of four visits in 2008 to Stafford Motor Speedway this weekend as it is the featured event in the 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by Carquest in Stafford Springs, Conn.
 
Following a three-week layoff since the season-opener on April 6 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will get back on the track with practice and qualifying at Stafford on Saturday, April 26. The Spring Sizzler is set to take the green flag on Sunday, April 27th at approximately 2:30 p.m.
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Gahan, Byron To Be Honored At Stafford

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, NASCAR will honor legends Ernie Gahan and Red Byron at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn., on April 27 prior to the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.

NASCAR plans to honor each of its 31 all-time Modified champions throughout the season. The celebration began with the recognition of Frankie Schneider, Donny Lia and Richie Evans at the Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway on April 6.

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Right Call In The Rain For Flemke

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Rain has ruined Ed Flemke Jr.’s day on more than one occasion. Flemke was more than happy, though, to see the overcast put an early end to Sunday’s race. Flemke’s No. 10 Ron Bouchard AutoParts Chevrolet was out front when rain forced the end of the scheduled 150-lap season-opening Icebreaker after 92 laps.

“I’ve lost many, many races like this,” Flemke said. “I finally won one like this. It’s a good feeling.”

It gave Flemke his 17th win in his 21-year NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career.

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Civali Wins First Coors Light Pole

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

Thompson, Conn. – James Civali may have been as surprised as anybody with his qualifying effort Saturday. Civali translated fast times in practice into his first career Coors Light Pole on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

“I didn’t think we’d be able to get it,” said Civali, who posted a time of 18.585 seconds (120.097 mph) around the .625-mile oval in his No. 28 Ramar-Hall Inc./Genesis Shocks Chevrolet. “We were fast all day but the track changes so much. You can go from one tenth to another. You never think you’re going to get a pole. I never get a pole.”

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Familiar Faces In Different Places

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

With the season-opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour just days away, race teams are making final preparations for what they hope will be the first step toward a title. For a few of those teams, a new driver behind the wheel adds to the anticipation.

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