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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Lime Rock 100 At Lime Rock Park

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The inaugural appearance for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Lime Rock Park is set for this Saturday, July 3, with the Lime Rock 100 in Lakeville, Conn.

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Modified Madmen Evans, Cook Among HOF Nominees


On Thursday, the 2010 nominees for the NASACAR Hall of Fame will be announced. As with last year’s inaugural list, there again will be 25 names. Twenty will be repeat nominees.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your debates.

And today, do we ever have a debate for you, in the process giving you a “sneak peek” at the nominees.

One guy is a repeat nominee – Richie Evans. The other guy is a first-time nominee – Jerry Cook. These two are, arguably, the greatest NASCAR modified drivers of all-time. Many would say there’s no argument, in making that assessment.

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News & Notes: Modifieds Return To The Road

Official Release

The sixth race of the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season on July 3 will be a historic date on the storied division’s timeline.

For the first time in the now 26-year history of the Whelen Modified Tour, Lime Rock Park will serve as host to a race. The 1.53-mile circuit in Lakeville, Conn., will become just the second road course to play host to a Whelen Modified Tour race.

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Newman Holds Off Christopher In NE 100

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman passed Ted Christopher in Turn 3 of the final lap and held off New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s winningest driver to earn his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday afternoon.

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NOTEBOOK: New Life From An Old Friend

By Travis Barrett, Special To

LOUDON, N.H. -- NASCAR's oldest division was given some new innovation on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Taking a break from his day job as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief for Jamie McMurray, Kevin "Bono" Manion fielded the winning Whelen Modified Tour entry for Ryan Newman in the New England 100. Newman's No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards Chevrolet raised some eyebrows with the body work behind the right rear tire, with sheet metal flared in an unusual way.

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LIVE: Whelen Mods At 'Magic Mile'

Official Release

Follow all of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H., from right here.

For updates throughout the race day, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

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PRACTICE: Rudolph Tops NHMS Charts

LOUDON, N.H. – In final preparations for today’s New England 100, Erick Rudolph paced NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Rudolph turned a fast lap of 128.667 mph in the 40-minute Happy Hour session. Rudolph qualified fourth on Thursday and will look for his first win at New Hampshire.

Rudolph was followed on the speed chart Saturday morning by Bobby Santos, Jimmy Blewett, Todd Szegedy and Eric Beers.

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UNION Insurance Group Goes Full-Time In NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour

Team Release

CHICAGO - You may have noticed the UNION Insurance Group name and logo on the No. 90 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car driven by Renee Dupuis. But, now they’ve taken a more visible approach to the Series.

You see, when NASCAR announced the schedule and unprecedented television package, UNION Insurance Group decided to step-up involvement - taking the team from a part-time operation to running the full Tour schedule.

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BIG LEAGUES: Seuss Stepping Up His Game

By Travis Barrett, Special To

LOUDON, N.H. -- You'll have to forgive Andy Seuss for looking over his shoulder when he pulls into New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

He looks out the front window of the pickup truck pulling his race car hauler through the tunnel leading to the speedway's infield. He sees the multi-million dollar motorcoaches parked trackside. He notices the bustle of race teams shuffling race cars to and from inspection areas. He hears the roar of engines from the infield.

And it's almost as if he's waiting for a security guard to tap him on the shoulder ...

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QUALIFYING: Newman Slows Santos' Roll

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

LOUDON, N.H. -- With the season Bobby Santos is having, it's taken a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to steal some of his thunder.

Ryan Newman earned the Coors Light Pole Award Thursday for Saturday's New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.663 mph (128.402) around the 1.058-mile oval. It's Newman's sixth pole at New Hampshire, with four coming in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition and the other in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in September 2008.

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