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Qualifying: Newman Takes Mod Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. – Making his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman earned the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for the New Hampshire 100 Thursday.

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Practice: Newman Adapts Quickly

By Official Release

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman’s first outing in a Modified turned out okay. Newman’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet was fastest in the 1 ½ practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Newman’s best lap on the 1.058-mile oval was 29.323 seconds for an average speed of 129.891 mph. Newman is driving in Saturday’s New Hampshire 100 for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner Kevin Manion.

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Future Star: Hirschman ready for stage, possibilities at N.H. event

By Raygan Swan, NASCAR

If things go well in New Hampshire this weekend, Matt Hirschman could get something his father, a five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, never got: a break.

The 25-year-old Hirschman, son of Tony Hirschman, doesn't want to spend the rest of his racing career stuck in modified cars with no sign of hope for the big leagues as his father did.

His father is a celebrated modified racer, but Hirschman's dreams are to become a notable NASCAR driver.

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News & Notes: New Hampshire Key To Whelen Modified Tour Title Chase

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

This Sunday the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire will be the first of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. For the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, with just five races left on the schedule, a good finish by title contenders in the New Hampshire 100 on Saturday will be equally important.

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Szegedy Earns First Win Of 2008

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Preseason favorite Todd Szegedy broke through for his first win of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season Sunday afternoon in the Sunoco Modified Mania 150 at Thompson International Speedway.

Szegedy (No. 2 Wisk-Snuggle Ford), who ran inside the top five for most of the afternoon, took his first lead of the race on Lap 132 and held off numerous charges by Ronnie Silk (No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac) in the last 22 laps for his 13th career victory, and third at Thompson.

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Qualifying: Rain Hits Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Christopher Will Start On Pole Sunday

THOMPSON, Conn. – Unfavorable weather conditions at Thompson International Speedway Saturday afternoon washed out time trials for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Current points leader Ted Christopher will now start on the pole for Sunday’s Sunoco Modified Mania 150.

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Practice: TC Leads The Way

By Official Release

THOMPSON, Conn. - Points leader Ted Christopher topped the speed charts in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice Saturday at Thompson International Speedway.

Christopher's time of 18.893 seconds around the .625-mile oval produced an average speed of 119.092. He was the only driver of the 32 to practice to break the 119 mark.

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Hirschman Adds Camping World Debut To New Hampshire Schedule

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Already entered in New Hampshire 100, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Matt Hirschman will now double his weekend schedule when he makes his NASCAR Camping World Series debut in the Heluva Good! Fall 125.

An accomplished Modified driver from Northampton, Pa., Hirschman will make his full-fendered debut in the No. 9 Gillette-Evernham Motorsports Dodge in the Heluva Good! Fall 125 on Friday, Sept. 12. He will then turn around the next day to pilot his usual No. 59 Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet Modified in the New Hampshire 100. 

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Broadcast Dates Announced

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

NASCAR and SPEED TV have announced the broadcast dates for upcoming NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.

The New Hampshire 100, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, will be the second appearance for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at the Loudon, N.H., track in 2008. The race will be aired on a tape-delayed basis by SPEED on Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

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News & Notes: Silk Looks To Continue String Of Success at Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

It may be a two-hour drive from his hometown of Norwalk, Conn., but for Ronnie Silk, Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway is home sweet home.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its fourth appearance of 2008 at Thompson on Sunday, Sept. 7 for the Sunoco Modified Mania 150. Silk, who made his 50th NASCAR Whelen Modified start last week, has excelled at Thompson throughout his young career, especially as of late.

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