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News & Notes: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Set to Take Green Flag

By Official Results

Since the checkered flag dropped on the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Thompson International Speedway last October, race teams and fans alike have anxiously anticipated the next event. That six-month wait will finally be over this weekend as the roar of 600-horespower engines return to the asphalt at the Icebreaker, the traditional opening weekend of NASCAR racing in New England.
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Szegedy Enters Season As The Favorite

By Official Release

Todd Szegedy, the 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, has been tabbed the favorite to recapture the title in 2008 by media members that cover the tour.
 
Szegedy earned 176 points in the preseason ballot and collected seven first place votes.  Matt Hirschman was second in balloting with 164 points and garnered a first place nod by four voters.

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Kings Of The Sport: Lia, Schneider and Evans To Be Honored At Icebreaker

Official Release

To kick off a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, NASCAR is recognizing a trio of NASCAR Modified titlists in the 2008 opener April 6 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

NASCAR plans to recognize each of its past Modified champions throughout the season. The celebration will begin with the honoring of Frankie Schneider, Donny Lia and the late Richie Evans at the season-opening Icebreaker.

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Plenty In Store For Modified Tour

By NASCAR Public Relations

The 2008 season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be one of reflection with the celebration of 60 years of champions, and a year of progression for race teams and fans alike, when it takes the green flag April 6 with the Icebreaker at historic Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

New to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2008 is the implementation of an electronic scoring system for all 16 races. Also new to the tour for the coming season is the option for race teams to utilize a spec engine.

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Preece Lands Ride With Boehler

By NASCAR Public Relations

In an offseason full of change, Ryan Preece became the latest driver to find a home with a new team. BRE Racing recently announced that Ryan Preece has joined their NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team and will drive the tradition-laden No. 3 car in 2008.

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Martinsville Modified Date Changes

By NASCAR Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2008) – NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway announced today the Made in America Whelen 300 race has been moved back a day to Saturday, Sept. 20.

The Made in American Whelen 300 is the annual combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Donny Lia captured the third edition of the Made in America Whelen 300 in 2007 en route to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. The race has had a different winner all three years.

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Lia Lands NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2008) – Following his 2007 breakthrough season that culminated with his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, Donny Lia has secured a ride in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 2008 with TRG Motorsports.

Lia, a native of Jericho, N.Y., will drive the No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Buckler and TRG Motorsports. In five full seasons on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Lia collected 11 wins – including six in 2007. Lia was the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year in 2003.

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Little Named NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Director

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2008) – NASCAR announced today Chad Little has been named the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour director. Little, a former NASCAR driver, has been an official with NASCAR since 2005, most recently as advisor to the NASCAR Mexico Series.

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Donny Lia: A Competitor On Any Scale

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (Feb. 1, 2008) -- Whether he is gripping the steering wheel of a 600-horsepower ride on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, or a remote at his RC race track, Donny Lia enjoys racing on any scale.

In his fifth full season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2007, Lia collected six victories en route to becoming the 60th champion in the Modified division's long and storied history with NASCAR. But before he was ever a NASCAR champion, the Jericho, N.Y., resident had already piloted his RC (remote-controlled) car to a national title.

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2007 Whelen Modified Tour Official Race Results

Overview: A race-by-race recap of the current season, showing pole and race winners.

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