NWMT • August 18, 2014
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2014) - The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will contest its 125th all-time event at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with Thursday’s Budweiser King of Beers 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:
Budweiser King of Beers 150 Setup:
• Nine of the last 11 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park have featured a different driver in Victory Lane.
• Doug Coby brings an eight-point advantage on Justin Bonsignore to Thompson, where he won in 2011. Bonsignore was victorious in the 2014 season-opener at "Big T."
• Nine drivers on the Budweiser King of Beers 150 entry list have previously won at Thompson, led by Ted Christopher’s 13 triumphs.
• There have been two first-time winners so far in 2014. Last week Woody Pitkat captured his first career checkered flag. Pitkat won the pole and finished second in the first Thompson race this year.
At Thompson Speedway:
• Opened on May 26, 1940 as the largest and first entirely-asphalt track in New England at the time.
• An inaugural member track of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, now in its 33rd season. Keith Rocco is the defending track champion out of the Sunoco Modified division.
• Held NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 1951, 1969 and 1970 and 27 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events from 1988-2009.
• Held the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on March 31, 1985, a race won by the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans.
• Thompson has played host to 124 NWMT races, the most in the tour’s 30 seasons.
• There have been 33 different race winners at Thompson, led by Mike Stefanik’s 15 victories.
• There have been 42 different pole winners at Thompson, led by Tony Hirschman’s 13.
• Jamie Tomaino is the only driver that has participated in all 124 previous NWMT Thompson races.
• There have only been three races won in wire-to-wire fashion at Thompson, the last by Rick Fuller in 1997.
• Bobby Santos was the youngest Thompson race winner at 22 years, 11 days in 2007.
• Stefanik was the oldest Thompson victor at 54 years, 10 months, 25 days in 2013.
Race: #9 of 14 overall, #2 of 3 at Thompson
Track Layout: .625-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Turns: 26 degrees
Race Length: 150 laps (93.75 miles)
2013 Pole Winner: Bobby Santos, Chevrolet, 18.775 seconds, 118.881 mph
2013 Race Winner: Bobby Santos, Chevrolet, 1:16:48, 76.531 mph
Qualifying Record: Bobby Santos, Dodge, 18.237 seconds, 123.376 mph, April 10, 2011
Active Category Leaders at Thompson:
1. Mike Stefanik … 15
2. Ted Christopher … 13
3. Bobby Santos … 4
Ron Silk … 4
1. Mike Stefanik … 10
2. Ted Christopher … 7
3. Bobby Santos … 5
1. Mike Stefanik … 52
2. Ted Christopher … 33
3. Jamie Tomaino … 20
1. Mike Stefanik … 67
1. Jamie Tomaino … 49
3. Ted Christopher … 44
1. Mike Stefanik … 1,853
2. Ted Christopher … 1,723
3. Donny Lia … 562
1. Jamie Tomaino … 124
2. Mike Stefanik … 109
3. Ted Christopher … 83
Selected Driver Highlights:
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 chem3.com Chevrolet)
• Has five wins, four poles and 40 top 10s in 68 career starts.
• Ranks second in points, eight behind Doug Coby, on the strength of two wins and top fives in five of eight races. Won the opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and at Monadnock Speedway.
• Has two wins, six top 10s and an average finish of 15th in 15 career Thompson starts.
Ted Christopher (No. 13 Tick Free Organic Tick Control/CT&E Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWMT champion has 42 wins, 24 poles and 189 top 10s in 343 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
• Is looking to end a 37-race winless drought. It’s his longest such streak since the start of his career when his first win came in his 94th race.
• Has top 10s in all eight races this year with his new team, including three podiums.
• Has 13 wins, seven poles, 44 top 10s, an average finish of 13th and 1,723 laps led in 83 career NWMT Thompson starts. Also won the non-points UNOH Showdown there in 2012.
• Is a four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Stafford in Sunoco Modifieds. Has 98 overall career victories at the track entering this week’s events.
Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet)
• The 2012 NWMT champion has 10 wins, four poles and 74 top 10s in 151 career starts.
• Is the season points leader by eight tallies on Justin Bonsignore. Won the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway in February and has podiums in four of the eight regular season races, including a win at Stafford in June.
• Has a win, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 40 career Thompson NWMT starts. Was victorious in the 2011 non-points UNOH Showdown.
Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet)
• Has a win, a pole and 32 top 10s in 81 career NWMT starts.
• Inherited the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 79 races, with Ed Flemke Jr. not competing this year.
• Ranks eighth in points after eight events. His first career victory was earned in June at Riverhead Raceway.
• Has eight top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of third in 18 Thompson starts.
Matt Hirschman (No. 52 BC Brennenstuhl/LI Mod Maniac Chevrolet)
• Has two wins, three poles and 44 top 10s in 85 career NWMT starts.
• Ranks 10th in points with five top 10s, highlighted by a third-place effort at Riverhead Raceway.
• Has nine top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of second in 23 appearances at Thompson.
Donny Lia (No. 4 Mystic Missile Racing Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 19 poles and 75 top 10s in 149 career starts.
• Ranks 11th in points with three top 10s and a best result of second at Waterford Speedbowl.
• Has three wins, three poles, 14 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 33 career Thompson races.
Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet)
• Has two wins and 52 top 10s in 107 career starts.
• Has three top 10s in seven starts with a best finish of third in the Stafford Spring Sizzler. Did not attend Monadnock.
• Has a win, 16 top 10s and an average finish of 11.5 in 28 NWMT Thompson starts.
Woody Pitkat (No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet)
• Has a win, a pole and 39 top 10s in 86 career starts. The win was earned last week at Stafford Motor Speedway.
• Ranks seventh in points this year with five top 10s.
• Has a pole, six top 10s, an average finish of 16th and a best result of second in 23 NWMT Thompson starts.
• The 2006 NWAAS track champion at Thompson.
Ryan Preece (No. 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford)
• The 2013 NWMT champion has nine wins, 12 poles, 26 podiums, 45 top fives and 61 top 10s in 103 career starts.
• Ranks fifth in points with seven top 10s and a best result of second at Monadnock.
• Has four poles, 14 top 10s, an average finish of 12th and a best result of second (four times) in 26 Thompson races.
• The 2012 NWAAS track champion at Thompson, where he has won three of four Sunoco Modified events this year.
Keith Rocco (No. 48 Wheelers Auto/Mr. Rooter Chevrolet)
• Has eight top 10s in 19 career NWMT starts with a best finish of third in the 2012 Stafford Spring Sizzler.
• Participated in five of eight races this year with a best finish of eighth at Waterford.
• Has three top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of fifth in seven career NWMT races at Thompson.
• Four-time NWAAS track champion at Thompson in Sunoco Modifieds.
Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet)
• The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 15 poles and 48 top 10s in 88 career starts.
• Ranks third in points with a tour-high three wins (Stafford Spring Sizzler, Waterford, July Loudon) in eight races.
• Has four wins, five poles, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 29 career starts at Thompson.
Ron Silk (No. 6 TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet)
• The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, nine poles and 79 top 10s in 133 career starts.
• Earned the NWAAS modified division title in the New Smyrna Speedway World Series in February.
• Ranks sixth in points with seven top 10s in eight outings, highlighted by a runner-up finish last week at Stafford.
• Has four wins, 22 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 35 career NWMT Thompson races.
Timmy Solomito (No. 75 Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet)
• Has a pole and five top 10s in 15 career starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013.
• The Sunoco Rookie of the Race in five of the first eight 2014 events, he ranks ninth in the overall standings with a best result of fourth in the Thompson opener.
• Has two top 10s and an average finish of 14.5 in four Thompson starts.
Todd Szegedy (No. 15 15-40 Connection Chevrolet)
• The 2003 NWMT champion has 18 wins, 10 poles and 113 top 10s in 183 career starts.
• This will be his third appearance of 2014 following DNFs at both Riverhead and New Hampshire.
• Has three wins, three poles, 22 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 43 career Thompson starts.
Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the 30th for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
• The 2014 schedule features 14 races at seven different tracks across four states.
• The competition season opened with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. Ryan Preece was the polesitter and Doug Coby took the checkered flag.
• Justin Bonsignore passed first-time pole winner Woody Pitkat with nine laps to go to win the points season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 6.
• Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. captured his first pole and Bobby Santos earned his sixth Stafford Motor Speedway victory on April 27.
• After two rainouts, the third race of the season finally got in the books on June 6 when Doug Coby took the checkered flag at Stafford. Santos earned the pole on the original May 23 race date.
• The first bullring race of the year saw a battle between polesitter Donny Lia and Bobby Santos on June 21 at Waterford Speedbowl, and Santos eventually won out for his 12th career victory.
• Eric Goodale earned his first career win and John Beatty Jr. his first pole on June 28 at Riverhead Raceway.
• Ron Silk earned his first pole of 2014 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12 and Santos made a last-lap pass to record his first Loudon victory. Ryan Newman won the non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout the day before.
• Justin Bonsignore took the checkered flag from the pole on July 19 at Monadnock Speedway to become the first multi-race winner in NWMT history at the New Hampshire bullring.
• Woody Pitkat earned his first career victory on Aug. 8 at Stafford. Santos was the event’s polesitter.
• Following this week’s Budweiser King of Beers 150, the NWMT will return to action with the Bush’s Beans 150 on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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