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QUALIFYING: Santos On Point At Thompson

Jason Cunningham/NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Bobby Santos took a big step toward earning his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title as he captured the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday for the season finale Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson International Speedway.

Santos, from nearby Franklin, Mass., laid down a fast lap of 18.709 seconds (120.263 mph) in Saturday’s qualifying session to earn his fourth pole of the season. He set the Whelen Modified Tour qualifying record in the season-opener at Thompson for his first pole and went on to win the race.

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NOTEBOOK: When Finishing Strong, Drivers Put Emphasis On Where They Start

Travis Barrett, Special To NASCARHomeTracks.com

THOMPSON, Conn. - Four drivers enter the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing in contention for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, and all four of them turned in stellar qualifying efforts on Saturday as the first step toward finding success on Sunday.

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PRACTICE: Christopher, Stefanik Fast At TIS

Jason Cunningham/NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Each with a shot at history this weekend at Thompson International Speedway, Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik led NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice in preparation for the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.

Christopher and Stefanik each posted fast laps of 18.832 seconds (119.477 mph) in the midday practice session. Jimmy Blewett was the third-fastest car on the speed chart at 18.840 (119.427).

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Sunoco World Series At Thompson Speedway

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will come to a close with the third and final race of the year at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17.

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News & Notes: Whelen Modified Tour Title To Be Decided At Thompson World Series

Official Release

For the 17th time in the 26-year history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway will be the site of the Tour’s season finale, and for the third year in a row the Sunoco World Series of Speedway racing will determine the Tour champion.

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PROGRAMMING ALERT: Date Change For Stafford Fall Final Premier On VERSUS

Official Release

The CARQUEST Fall Final NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race from Stafford Motor Speedway will now be televised by VERSUS on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. ET instead of the originally-scheduled air date of Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The re-broadcast of the Fall Final will remain as scheduled on Oct. 10 at 11 p.m.

VERSUS can be found at:
DirecTV Ch. 603 / 603 HD
Dish Network Ch. 151 / 151 HD
Cable – check local listings

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Santos Survives For Fourth Win

Jason Cunningham/NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos was able to pass Ryan Preece on the final restart with six laps to go and held on to win the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Santos, who entered the race with a slim seven-point lead over Mike Stefanik in the points standings, survived the caution-filled final 50 laps to pick up his fourth win of the season and first since a win at Martinsville Speedway in June.

Santos’ winning move was made on the eighth and final restart of the day when he got past race leader Preece entering Turn 1 on Lap 144.

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LIVE: Whelen Modifieds At Stafford

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the fourth and final time in 2010 to contest the CARQUEST Fall Final on Oct. 3.

For updates from the track throughout the weekend and the race, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

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QUALIFYING: Bonsignore Nabs Stafford Pole

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Justin Bonsignore stole the show in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying Saturday afternoon at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The last car to go out during time trials, Bonsignore registered a fast lap of 18.355 seconds (98.066 mph) to earn the second Coors Light Pole Award of his rookie season. The Holtsville, N.Y., driver’s first career pole came earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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PRACTICE: Beers Leads Stafford Field

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Eric Beers paced the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field during practice Saturday in preparation for the CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Beers, driver of the No. 76 Horwith Freightliner Chevrolet, toured the half-mile Stafford oval in 18.177 seconds (99.026 mph) during the 90-minute session Saturday morning.

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