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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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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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