Analyzing The Budweiser King Of Beers 150 At Thompson International Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2012) - The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline this week's racing action at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway with the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Thursday, Aug. 9. Below is a statistical look at the performance of series and selected drivers at the track:
Thompson Race Setup:
• Ted Christopher is the defending pole and race winner of the Budweiser King of Beers 150, and has won seven of his last 12 starts at the track. He is currently without a full-time ride, but will fill in for the injured Keith Rocco this week.
• Points leader Doug Coby brings a streak of six-consecutive podium finishes to Thompson, including four wins.
• Defending champion Ron Silk has earned four of his eight career wins at Thompson, including April's Icebreaker.
• Ryan Preece has captured the pole in the previous three events at Thompson, and has four poles overall this year.
At Thompson International Speedway:
• Opened on May 26, 1940 as the largest and first entirely asphalt track in New England at the time.
• Has one of the oldest NASCAR affiliations in the nation.
• Held NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 1951, 1969 and 1970.
• Was an inaugural member track of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, now in its 31st season, and features weekly competition with six divisions. Keith Rocco is the defending track champion.
• Thompson has played host to 117 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, the most in the Tour's 28 seasons.
• There have been 31 different race winners at Thompson, led by Mike Stefanik's 14 victories.
• There have been 40 different pole winners at Thompson, led by Tony Hirschman's 13.
• Jamie Tomaino has competed in all 117 previous NWMT races at Thompson.
• The Budweiser 150 is expected to have nine drivers entered who have won at Thompson during their careers: Stefanik (14), Ted Christopher (13), Ed Flemke Jr. (4), Ron Silk (4), Todd Szegedy (3), Donny Lia (2), Bobby Santos (2), Eric Beers (1) and Doug Coby (1).
Race: #8 of 14 overall, #2 of 4 at TIS
Track Layout: .625-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 150 laps (93.75 miles)
• Banking/Corners: 26 degrees
Qualifying Record: Bobby Santos (18.237 seconds, 123.376 mph - 4/10/11)
2011 Pole Winner: Ted Christopher
2011 Race Winner: Ted Christopher
Active Category Leaders at Thompson
1. Mike Stefanik ... 14
2. Ted Christopher ... 13
3. Ed Flemke Jr. ... 4
Ron Silk ... 4
5. Todd Szegedy ... 3
1. Mike Stefanik ... 8
2. Ted Christopher ... 7
3. Ed Flemke Jr. ... 4
4. Donny Lia ... 3
Bobby Santos ... 3
Ryan Preece ... 3
Todd Szegedy ... 3
1. Mike Stefanik ... 1,769
2. Ted Christopher ... 1,723
3. Donny Lia ... 475
4. Ed Flemke Jr. ... 450
5. Todd Szegedy ... 372
1. Jamie Tomaino ... 117
2. Mike Stefanik ... 102
3. Ed Flemke Jr. ... 89
4. Ted Christopher ... 76
5. Wade Cole ... 72
Selected Driver Highlights:
Eric Beers (No. 45 Horwith Freightliner/John Blewett Inc. Ford)
• Has two wins, nine poles and 76 top 10s in 177 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• Is up to eighth in current season points with four top 10s in seven starts and a best finish of fourth in each of the two previous events.
• In 44 starts at Thompson International Speedway he has a win, a pole, 17 top 10s, an average finish of 16th. His win came in the September 2006 race.
• Finished 21st in the first NWMT race at Thompson this year.
Jimmy Blewett (No. 76 John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet)
• Has five wins, a pole and 30 top 10s in 92 career NWMT starts.
• Has four top 10s in seven races this year. Had three top 10s across 16 races the two previous seasons.
• Has six top 10s in 24 career NWMT starts at Thompson with an average finish of 17th and a best effort of second in the 2006 World Series and 2009 Icebreaker.
• Finished fourth in the 2012 opener at Thompson.
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)
• Has a win, three poles and 20 top 10s in 37 career NWMT starts.
• Since gaining his first NWMT win last year at Riverhead Raceway, he has finished in the top 10 in 14 of 17 events.
• In eight career starts at Thompson he's posted two top 10s with an average finish of 18th and a best result of fifth in the 2011 Icebreaker.
• Finished 13th in this year's Thompson Icebreaker.
Ted Christopher (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper/Silver Dollar Construction Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWMT champion, he has 42 wins and 24 poles and 172 top 10s in 314 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth. Has at least one win in the 13 previous seasons.
• Has 13 wins, seven poles and 40 top 10s in 76 career NWMT starts at Thompson with an average finish of 13th. His win total is one shy of tying Mike Stefanik for the track record.
• Has finished on the podium at Thompson in nine of the last 12 events, including seven wins.
• Had a streak of 11-consecutive races at Thompson with laps led from 2008-11.
• Is a four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Thompson out of the Sunoco Modified division, where he's notched two wins so far this year.
• Has 97 career victories at Thompson, unofficially, entering this week's event.
Doug Coby (No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, four poles and 52 top 10s in 123 career starts.
• Points leader has four wins and six podium finishes seven races this year. Recorded two wins in 116 starts prior to the 2012 season.
• His only non-podium finish this year was an eighth-place effort in the opener at Thompson.
• Is the sixth driver in NWMT history to win four of the first seven races to start a season. The last was Donny Lia in 2007. Four of the previous five instances the driver captured the championship.
• Has five wins and 18 top 10s in 24 starts with the No. 52 team since the end of the 2010 season.
• Has a win and 15 top 10s in 33 NWMT starts at Thompson with an average finish of 13th. His win came in the 2011 UNOH Showdown.
Donny Lia (No. 4 Mystic Missile Racing Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion, he has 15 wins, 15 poles and 59 top 10s in 119 career starts.
• Has three top 10s through six races with an average finish of 11th in his return to the NWMT this year.
• In 26 career starts at Thompson he has recorded two wins, three poles, 10 top 10s and an average finish of 15th. His wins came June 2007 and September 2009, his title seasons.
• Finished fifth in the 2012 opener at Thompson.
Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet)
• Has a win and 39 top 10s in 79 career starts.
• Has 13 top 10s in 21 career NWMT starts at Thompson with an average finish of 11th and a best result of second in the 2011 Icebreaker. He has top-10 finishes in 10 of his last 11 races at the track.
• Contended for the win in this year's Icebreaker, but a penalty during the green-white-checkered finish scored him in 10th place as the last car on the lead lap.
Woody Pitkat (No. 11 Spectro Performance Oils Ford)
• Has 23 top 10s in 60 career starts.
• Has four top-10 finishes in five appearances this year, which matches his total in 11 starts last season.
• Leads all NWMT drivers this year in average start-to-finish improvement at plus-10 positions per race.
• Has three top 10s in 17 career NWMT starts at Thompson with an average result of 18th and a best finish of seventh in the September 2007 race.
• Has a pair of wins in Thompson's NWAAS Sunoco Modified division this year, where he ranks sixth in points.
Ryan Preece (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)
• Has four wins, 10 poles and 38 top 10s in 74 career starts.
• In eight races with Flamingo Motorsports he has a win, five poles, four top 10s, and laps led in five of those events.
• Has three poles, nine top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 19 career NWMT starts at Thompson. He has been a runner-up at Thompson three times. Those three poles have come in his last three races at the track.
• Is the current NWAAS Sunoco Modified points leader at Thompson on the strength of seven wins in 13 races.
Bobby Santos (No. 44 Imperial Cars/Tinio Corp. Chevrolet)
• The 2010 NWMT champion has six wins, eight poles and 31 top 10s in 63 career starts.
• Has two wins, three poles, 12 top 10s and an average finish of 15th in 22 career starts at Thompson. Wins came in the 2007 World Series and 2011 Icebreaker.
• In four appearances this year he has an average finish of 14th with a best result of second in May at Stafford.
• Finished 17th in this year's Icebreaker as the result of an accident.
Ron Silk (No. 6 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Schnitzer Chevrolet)
• The 2011 NWMT champion has eight wins, six poles and 57 top 10s in 104 career starts.
• Has five wins and 29 top 10s in 39 starts with TS Haulers Racing since they first joined forces in 2009.
• Has four wins, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 28 career starts at Thompson. Has finished in the top 10 in 12 of his last 14 starts at the track and his last win there came in this year's season-opening Icebreaker.
Mike Stefanik (No. 66 Barnyard Raceway/Sunoco Race Fuels Ford)
• The 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2006 NWMT champion.
• Holds NWMT records for most titles (seven), wins (72), poles (46), top fives (218) and top 10s (288).
• Leads all drivers with 14 wins, 63 top 10s and 1,769 laps led at Thompson. Also has eight poles and an average finish of 11th in 103 career starts at the track. His last win there came in the 2006 Icebreaker.
• Finished third in this year's Thompson Icebreaker.
Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Ford)
• The 2003 NWMT champion has 17 wins, nine poles and 101 top 10s in 160 career starts.
• Has four top fives in seven outings this year with a best finish of third at Monadnock and last week at Stafford.
• Has three wins, three poles, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 37 career starts at Thompson. Last win there came in September 2008.
• Has suffered DNFs in his last two races at Thompson.
Up to Speed:
• The 2012 season is the 28th for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
• The 2012 schedule features 14 races at seven different tracks across four states.
• Defending NWMT champion Ron Silk won the 2012 season-opener at Thompson International Speedway on April 15. Ryan Preece was the polesitter for the Icebreaker.
• Doug Coby joined a select group of multiple Spring Sizzler winners when he took the checkered flag at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 29. Preece set the track record in qualifying prior to the event.
• Preece made it 3-for-3 in qualifying as he took the pole in track record fashion at Monadnock Speedway on May 12 and made the top starting position stand up as he led every lap en route to the victory.
• Bobby Santos captured the pole and led nearly the entire race before Coby wrestled the lead away in the closing laps to take the checkered flag on May 25 at Stafford.
• In the NWMT's return to Waterford Speedbowl following a six-year absence, Ted Christopher earned the pole, but it was Coby who stole the show to earn his third win of the season.
• Mike Stefanik earned his first win of the year when he edged polesitter Silk by .003 seconds at the line at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14.
• The Riverhead 200, scheduled to be run on July 28 at Riverhead Raceway, was postponed due to rain until Sept. 15.
• Coby made it three-for-three at Stafford in 2012 when he won the Stafford 150 on Aug. 3. Preece earned his fourth pole of the season prior to the race.
• Following the Budweise
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