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Qualifying: Park Turns The Heat Up

By Official Release

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - The defending champion in the track's weekly Modified division, Bill Park collected his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award at Riverhead Raceway Saturday, and then went out and won the first of two heat races.

Park (No. 20 Smithtown Nissan Chevrolet) posted the fastest qualifying time of 11.926 seconds/75.465 mph, to edge tour regular Glenn Tyler by two one-thousands of a second. Tyler (No. 8 Financial Federal Credit/Sypher Construction Chevrolet) circled the .25-mile track in 11.928 seconds/75.453 mph.

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Practice: Riverhead Locals Show Way

By Official Release

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - Track regular Chuck Steuer led the way during the rain-shortened, 45-minute practice session Saturday afternoon for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Riverhead Raceway.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Returns To Historic Long Island Track

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

A staple on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule throughout the series' history, Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway will once again be the venue for some hotly-contested Modified racing on Aug. 2.

The Miller Lite 140 will be the seventh race of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, and the 47th all-time for the series at the Long Island track. Riverhead, at just .25-miles, is the shortest track on the schedule.

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Anderson To Be Honored At Home Track

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Trio of New Jersey champions also to be posthumously recognized 

As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, 1994 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Wayne Anderson will be honored at the Miller Lite 140 on Aug. 2 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.

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Future Star: High-schooler Preece Busy Learning Ropes On Modified Tour

By Raygan Swan, NASCAR.com

Ryan Preece doesn't have millions in sponsorship dollars, nor is he signed to any one of NASCAR's mega-teams as a development driver. And his family hasn't moved him to North Carolina to be close to the sport's hub.

The 17-year-old high-school senior-to-be doesn't have any of the keys to the Nationwide or Sprint Cup series' that has put other young drivers like himself on the fast track; he just has wit and a strong work ethic.

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Hirschman Breaks Through For Win

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

PICKS UP FIRST CAREER VICTORY

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. – Matt Hirschman reached Victory Lane for the first time in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career Saturday night at Spencer Speedway when he led 79 laps and won the Mason Farms 100.

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Hossfeld, Hirschman Take Heat Wins

By Official Release

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. - Matt Hirschman and point lead Chuck Hossfeld won the 25-lap qualifying heat features Saturday afternoon for the Mason Farms 150 at Spencer Speedway.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race is scheduled to take the green at 10 p.m.

Hossfeld (No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge) won the first heat by .577 seconds over runner-up Eric Beers. Jan Leaty was third, followed by Kevin Goodale and Bobby Grigas III. Leaty is making his first Tour start since 2004.

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Modified Celebration Culminates With Awards Banquet At Mohegan Sun

By Official Release

The 61st champion in NASCAR Modified history will be crowned at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Awards Banquet Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Conn., bringing to a close the year-long celebration the Modified division’s rich heritage in NASCAR.

Throughout the 2008 season, the past champions in NASCAR’s Modified history have been honored, dating back to Red Byron’s first title in 1948. Donny Lia of Jericho, N.Y., became the 60th Modified champion in NASCAR history when he earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship last year.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Western New York

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

For the first time since 1994, and for just the fifth time overall, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will bring its show to Spencer Speedway for the Mason Farms 100 on Saturday, July 12 in Williamson, N.Y.

In its inaugural year of 1985, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visited Spencer, a half-mile flat asphalt oval, for the first time. The western New York venue also held Modified races in 1986, 1987 and 1994.

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Past Modified Champion Tomaino To Be Honored At Spencer Speedway

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, 1990 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Jamie Tomaino will be honored at the Mason Farms 100 on July 12 at Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y.

Tomaino, who has run more races than any driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, was a model of consistency during his championship season of 1990. Of the 23 races on the schedule, Tomaino finished in the top 10 a remarkable 18 times. He had 10 top-fives, and won at Monadnock Speedway.

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