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Christopher Goes Wire-To-Wire

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

MANSFIELD, Ohio – Ted Christopher took sole possession of fifth place on the all-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins list when his No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet took the checkered flag Saturday night in the Whelen 150 at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

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Qualifying: Beers Wins Pole Again

By Official Release

MANSFIELD, Ohio - Eric Beers won his second straight Coors Light Pole Award, posting the fastest lap at the .5-mile Mansfield Motorsports Park oval.

It is the eighth career pole for Beers (No. 46 Reynold's Auto Wrecking/Sunoco Chevrolet), who put up a lap of 15.319 seconds/117.501 mph. Beers was also fastest in practice. He edged Bobby Grigas III (No. 09 Triple-G Scafford Services Chevrolet) by two thousands of a second. Grigas had a top lap of 15.321/118.486.

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Practice: Beers Fast At Mansfield

By Official Release

MANSFIELD, Ohio - Eric Beers posted the fasted practice time during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's 1 1/2-hour session at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

Beers (No. 46 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Sunoco Chevrolet) lapped the .5-mile oval in 15.050 seconds for an average speed of 119.308 mph.

Ted Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) was second at 15.087/119.308. Ronnie Silk (No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac) was third at 15.094/119.253. Ryan Preece and Jimmy Blewett rounded out the top five.

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NASCAR Drivers To Appear At Columbus Clippers Game Friday

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Four NASCAR developmental drivers will appear at the Columbus Clippers baseball game at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, Aug. 22 in advance of Saturday’s doubleheader of racing action at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Returns To Mansfield

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Following its debut in the Buckeye State a year ago, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The Whelen 150 will be the second half of a doubleheader of NASCAR racing action at the mid-Ohio track. The NASCAR Camping World Series East is set to go green at 5:30 p.m., followed by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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Cook To Be Honored At Mansfield

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As part of the season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, six-time titlist Jerry Cook will be honored at the Whelen 150 on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park.

In one of the more dominant runs in the history of NASCAR’s Modified division, Cook captured six national championships during a seven-year span from 1971-77. His six titles are the third-most in the 60 years of the division.

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Silk Smooth In Another Thompson Win

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – For the second time this season NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Ronnie Silk reached Victory Lane at Thompson International Speedway. Silk led 35 laps en route to the checkered flag Thursday night in the New England Dodge Dealers 150 presented by Budweiser.

For Silk, the win brought his career total to three, all at Thompson. The Norwalk, Conn., driver was a winner at the northern Connecticut oval earlier this season on June 19.

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Practice: Grigas Paces Thompson Field

THOMPSON, Conn. - Bobby Grigas III led the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's one-hour practice session at Thompson International Speedway Thursday.

Grigas' No. 09 Triple G Scaffold Services Chevrolet posted a time of 18.671 seconds/120.508 mph around the .625-mile oval.

Reggie Ruggiero (No. 14 Atlantic Sprinkler Ford) was second quick at 18.747/120.013. And Ryan Preece (No. 3 Mizzy Construction/Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet) was third at 18.748/120.013.

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Hirschman To Be Honored At Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

As part of the season-long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Tony Hirschman will be honored at the New England Dodge Dealers 150 presented by Budweiser on Thursday, Aug. 14 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa., captured five NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titles during a stellar 11-year span from 1995-2005. His five championships are second-most in tour history.

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News & Notes: Blewett Riding High As Tour Returns To Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour moves to Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the ninth race of the 2008 season on Thursday, Aug. 14, Jimmy Blewett will arrive at the track on the hottest streak of his career, showing just how much things can change in a year.

Blewett, the winner of the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, turned a slow start around and improved 14 spots in the season standings in a month's time.

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