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Preece Captures First Whelen Tour Title

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Rowan Pennink won the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart but it was Ryan Preece who left Thompson Speedway with the heavy hardware on Sunday as he captured the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., capped off a stellar season highlighted by four wins for his first NASCAR touring series title. To do it, he had to dethrone defending champion Doug Coby, who entered Sunday as Preece’s lone competition.

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NOTEBOOK: Thompson Finally Pays Off

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

THOMPSON, Conn. – It had been a long time coming for Rowan Pennink, both on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and at Thompson Speedway, in particular.

Down to a relatively bare bones operation within his family-owned team, Pennink finally had all the right pieces in place to win the season-ending Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson on Sunday afternoon. The victory snapped a 48-race winless streak for Pennink on the Tour and was his first career win at Thompson.

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NOTEBOOK: Coby's Mindset Still The Same

By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

THOMPSON, Conn. - Nothing changed once qualifying for the season-ending Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra mart concluded on Saturday afternoon at Thompson Speedway, at least not as far as the two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contenders were concerned.

Reigning Tour champion Doug Coby, who is 26 points out of the lead heading into Sunday's final event, qualified 11th and said it did nothing to alter his game plan – even after seeing the man he trails, Ryan Preece, qualify fifth.

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QUALIFYING: Santos Takes Thompson Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Defending Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart winner Bobby Santos is in position to make it two-in-a-row after taking home the Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying Saturday at Thompson Speedway.

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PRACTICE: Preece In Championship Form

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – If there’s one thing that NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points leader Ryan Preece doesn’t have to worry about this weekend at Thompson Speedway, it's finding speed.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., enters the season finale Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart with a 26-point lead on defending champion Doug Coby. With a finish of 22nd or better in the event on Sunday, the 22-year-old would wrap up his first Whelen Modified Tour title.

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No. 07 Whelen Modified Tour Team Penalized

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the No. 07 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Sept. 29 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

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Whelen Modified Stat Advance: Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will conclude the 2013 season and crown a champion in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It all comes down to Thompson (Conn.) Speedway as the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season concludes with the crowing of a champion in the Sunoco World Series presented by Xtra Mart on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Ryan Preece enters as the favorite to take home the hardware thanks to a 26-point advantage on defending champion Doug Coby. If Preece finishes 22nd or better on Sunday then the title is his, but that’s easier said than done.

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Most Popular Driver Voting Begins Online

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the sixth consecutive year, fans can vote online for the Most Popular Driver of the Year Award in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (Twitter hashtag: #NWMT).

The link to the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Most Popular Driver ballot will be hosted on www.nascarhometracks.com. Fans may vote once per day and are encouraged to vote throughout the season. Voting continues through Nov. 17.

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Christopher Garners Hometown Honors

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Owner of 15 NASCAR titles, Ted Christopher’s distinguished career will be recognized by his Connecticut hometown with induction in the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday Oct. 5.

Christopher, a 1976 graduate of Plainville High School, is one of six individuals that will be honored by the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame at its annual banquet.

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2015 Schedule/Results

DATE RACE/VENUE WINNER/POLE VIEW
Apr 12 Icebreaker 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Doug Coby
Doug Coby
Race Results
Race Review
Apr 26 NAPA Spring Sizzler 200
Stafford Motor Speedway
Woody Pitkat
Ryan Preece
Race Results
Race Review
May 30 Mr. Rooter 161
New London-Waterford Speedbowl
Ryan Preece
Donny Lia
Race Results
Race Review
Jun 5 TSI Harley-Davidson 125
Stafford Motor Speedway
Ryan Preece
Doug Coby
Race Results
Race Review
Jun 10 Mr. Rooter 125
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Doug Coby
Woody Pitkat
Race Results
Race Review
Jun 28 Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200
Riverhead Raceway
Justin Bonsignore
Tom Rogers Jr.
Race Results
Race Review
Jul 17 All-Star Shootout (non-points)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Woody Pitkat
None (Random Draw)
Race Results
Race Review
Jul 18 Andy Blacksmith 100 pres. by Donate Life New England
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Todd Szegedy
Doug Coby
Race Results
Race Review
Jul 25 O'Reilly Auto Parts 200
Monadnock Speedway
Doug Coby
Ryan Preece
Race Results
Race Review
Aug 7 Call Before You Dig 150
Stafford Motor Speedway
Ryan Preece
Patrick Emerling
Race Results
Race Review
Aug 12 Budweiser King of Beers 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Doug Coby
Patrick Emerling
Race Results
Race Review
Aug 19 Bush's Beans 150
Bristol Motor Speedway
Ryan Preece
Woody Pitkat
Race Results
Race Review
Aug 29 Riverhead 200
Riverhead Raceway
Justin Bonsignore
Tom Rogers Jr.
Race Results
Race Review
Sep 26 F.W. Webb 100
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Oct 4 NAPA Fall Final 150
Stafford Motor Speedway
Oct 18 Sunoco World Series 150
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

* Denotes Rookie
# Qualifying cancelled; Field set per rule book