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RAIN SLOWS FRIDAY NIGHT'S RACING; TOUR ON DECK
STAFFORD, Conn. – Everything is going perfectly right now for Chuck Hossfeld. But the driver of the No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge isn’t leaving everything up to fate.
Hossfeld not only qualified first Friday afternoon for the TSI Harley-Davidson 150, which is scheduled to go green later in the evening, but he also re-drew the pole after plucking out the No. 1 pill in post-qualifying re-draw of the top six spots.
“The redraw is not something we can control, but sometimes it’s good to be lucky,” said Hossfeld, who enters the third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event of the season as the points leader. “But one thing that is not luck is how good the team is going. I’ve got a great bunch of guys. We get a little momentum and get rolling. I’m very pumped up right now.”
Hossfeld earned the Coors Light Pole Award with a fast lap of 18.132 seconds (99.272 mph). It is Hossfeld’s eighth career pole.
Rain cut short the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified race a lap short of the scheduled 40-lap distance, giving Ted Christopher his 99th victory at the track. As of 10:30 p.m., the track was still working to dry the surface and get the tour race in.
Jimmy Blewett (No. 19 United Crane/Ling Trucking Chevrolet) qualified second at 18.158/99.130 and will start sixth following the re-draw. Bobby Grigas III (Triple-G Scaffold Services Chevrolet) qualified third at 18.177/99.026 qualified third and will start third.
Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece and Eric Beers qualified fourth through sixth. Christopher won the last time the tour raced, at Stafford (April 27), a race in which Preece qualified on the pole and led 64 laps before his engine expired.