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Christopher Dominates Bud 150 At Thompson

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – For most of the night Ted Christopher made it look easy. Almost too easy.

Christopher paced the field from the start and only relinquished the lead twice during the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Thursday at Thompson International Speedway to record his 37th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

It was Christopher’s 10th Whelen Modified Tour win at Thompson, and his fourth in the Tour’s last six races at the .625-mile oval. The Plainville, Conn., driver led 141 of the 156 laps.

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NOTEBOOK: More Bad Luck For Preece

Travis Barrett, Special to

THOMPSON, Conn. - As the old adage goes, if it weren't for bad luck NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Ryan Preece would have no luck at all.

This time the misfortune reared its ugly head Thursday night at Thompson International Speedway, where Preece had charged up to fourth in the Budweiser King of Beers 150 -- only to have something short-circuit in the electrical system of his No. 3 Cape Cod Copper/Mizzy Construction Chevrolet. The car affectionately nicknamed "Ole Blue" rolled to a halt on the long Thompson backstretch, finishing Preece's night.

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QUALIFYING: Christopher Gets It Done

Tim Southers, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher took advantage of drawing a late qualifying number to earn his 22nd career Coors Light Pole Award overall, and his sixth at Thompson, with a fast lap of 18.624 seconds (120.812 mph). 

Christopher piloted his No.  36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet around Thompson International Speedway to the top spot in tonight’s running of the Budweiser King of Beers 150. He was followed by Rowan Pennink, Mike Stefanik, Bobby Santos and Eric Berndt.

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PRACTICE: Santos Once Again Leads The Way

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Bobby Santos led the way in afternoon NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice in advance of tonight’s Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson International Speedway.

Santos, who won practice, qualifying and the race in the Whelen Modified Tour’s first appearance of the year at Thompson, laid down a fast lap of 18.697 seconds (120.340 mph) during the 90-minute session on Thursday.

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LIVE: Whelen Modified Tour At Thompson

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has returned to Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for tonight's Budweiser King of Beers 150. It will be the second of three races for the Tour at Thompson in 2010.

For updates throughout raceday and the Bud 150, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

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In the NASCAR world, a crew member is the backbone of any team that helps a driver achieve success on the track. Often times the person leading the way behind the scenes is the crew chief. In the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the crew chief is the person that works tirelessly behind the scenes to help his driver and team become winners.

This week’s profile features Phil Moran, crew chief of the No. 98 Mohawk Northeast/Original Pizza Logs Chevrolet driven by Erick Rudolph.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Budweiser King of Beers 150 At Thompson

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The second race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway is scheduled for this Thursday, Aug. 12 with the Budweiser King of Beers 150.

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News & Notes: Tour Tight In Points

Official Release

Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway will play host to the most-crucial race of the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season to-date as the Budweiser King of Beers 150 is up next on Thursday, Aug. 12.

The season standings are tighter than at any point in the 2010 campaign after the results of the Town Fair Tire 150 on Aug. 6 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. Bobby Santos now leads Ted Christopher by just six tallies, the smallest margin in nine races so far this year. Coincidentally, Santos and Christopher are the last two drivers to win at Thompson, site of Thursday’s race.

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Szegedy Back To Winning Ways

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. -- Todd Szegedy ended the longest Victory Lane drought of his career Friday night when he won the Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Szegedy, who had been winless since September 2008 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, took the lead from Mike Stefanik on Lap 100 en route to his 14th career win. It was the third triumph at Stafford for Szegedy, who led a race-high 54 laps.

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POINTED REMARKS: Complexion Of Tour Standings Changes After Town Fair Tire 150

By Travis Barrett, Special To

STAFFORD, Conn. -- When the dust settled on the Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway Friday night, neither of the series’ top two drivers found any cause for celebration -- despite a dramatic change atop the Whelen Modified Tour standings.

Ted Christopher's fifth-place finish, coupled with leader Bobby Santos' early exit from the event, slashed Christopher's deficit to a mere six points with five races remaining.

That 61-point swing meant little to Christopher, however.

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