NWMT • August 13, 2013
Analyzing The Budweiser King Of Beers 150 At Thompson Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2013) - The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline the racing action at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway with the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Thursday, Aug. 15. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:
Thompson Race Setup:
• In the 2013 season opener, Mike Stefanik extended his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins record at Thompson Speedway to 15, two ahead of Ted Christopher.
• Christopher, the active leader for wins in the Budweiser King of Beers 150 with four, is looking to end a 23-race overall winless drought, the second longest of his career.
• Donny Lia is the defending winner of the Bud 150, which was also the last of his 16 career NWMT victories.
• A four-time runner-up at Thompson, season points leader Ryan Preece is looking for his first career NWMT win at the track.
AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY:
• Opened on May 26, 1940 as the largest and first entirely-asphalt track in New England at the time.
• 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 32nd season. Ryan Preece is the reigning track champion out of the Sunoco Modified division.
• Thompson has played host to 121 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, the most in the tour's 29 seasons.
• There have been 32 different race winners at Thompson, led by Mike Stefanik's 15 victories.
• There have been 41 different pole winners at Thompson, led by Tony Hirschman's 13.
• Jamie Tomaino has competed in all 121 previous NWMT races at Thompson.
• The Budweiser King of Beers 150 is expected to have 10 drivers entered who have won at Thompson during their careers: Stefanik (15), Christopher (13), Ed Flemke Jr. (4), Ron Silk (4), Donny Lia (3), Bobby Santos (3), Todd Szegedy (3), Justin Bonsignore (1), Doug Coby (1) and Glen Reen (1).
Race: #9 of 14 overall, #2 of 3 at Thompson
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)
2012 Pole Winner: Mike Stefanik
2012 Race Winner: Donny Lia
ACTIVE CATEGORY LEADERS AT THOMPSON:
1. Mike Stefanik â€¦ 15
2. Ted Christopher â€¦ 13
3. Ed Flemke Jr. â€¦ 4
Ron Silk â€¦ 4
5. Donny Lia â€¦ 3
Bobby Santos â€¦ 3
Todd Szegedy â€¦ 3
1. Mike Stefanik â€¦ 9
2. Ted Christopher â€¦ 7
3. Ed Flemke Jr. â€¦ 4
Ryan Preece â€¦ 4
5. Donny Lia â€¦ 3
Bobby Santos â€¦ 3
Todd Szegedy â€¦ 3
1. Mike Stefanik â€¦ 1,853
2. Ted Christopher â€¦ 1,723
3. Donny Lia â€¦ 531
4. Ed Flemke Jr. â€¦ 450
5. Todd Szegedy â€¦ 429
1. Jamie Tomaino â€¦ 121
2. Mike Stefanik â€¦ 106
3. Ed Flemke Jr. â€¦ 93
4. Ted Christopher â€¦ 80
5. Wade Cole â€¦ 76
SELECTED DRIVER HIGHLIGHTS:
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)
• Has three wins, three poles and 29 top 10s in 54 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• Ranks sixth in points with five top-10 finishes, highlighted by a win at Monadnock.
• Has a win (2012), four top 10s and an average finish of 17th in 12 career starts at Thompson.
Ted Christopher (No. 3 Silver Dollar Construction/Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet)
• The 2008 NWMT champion. He has 42 wins, 24 poles and 179 top 10s in 329 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
• Is fifth in the season standings with four top-five finishes in eight outings. The runner-up finish at New Hampshire was his best result of the season.
• Is looking to end a 23-race winless drought. It's his longest such streak since the beginning of his career when his first win came in his 94th start.
• Has 13 wins, seven poles, 33 top fives and and 43 top 10s in 80 career NWMT starts at Thompson. Also won the non-points UNOH Showdown at Thompson in 2012.
• Won this event in 2000, 2006, 2010 and 2011.
• Is a four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Thompson out of the Sunoco Modified division and unofficially has 98 overall career victories at the track entering this week's events.
Doug Coby (No. 52 Furnace & Duct Supply/Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet)
• The 2012 NWMT champion has nine wins, four poles and 63 top 10s in 138 career starts.
• Ranks second in points with two wins and seven top 10s in eight races.
• Has a win (2011), 18 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 37 career NWMT starts at Thompson.
• Since joining forces with the No. 52 team he's posted an average finish of seventh with three podiums - including that victory - in 10 points races at Thompson. Additionally, he won the 2011 UNOH Showdown.
Donny Lia (No. 4 Circle Track Magazine Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion. He has 16 wins, 16 poles and 68 top 10s in 135 career starts.
• Sits eighth in points after eight events with four top 10s and a best result of second last time out at Stafford.
• Has three wins, three poles, 12 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 30 career starts at Thompson.
• Won this event in 2009 and 2012.
Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet)
• Has a win and 46 top 10s in 94 career starts.
• Ranks third in points with five top 10s in eight races, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the opener at Thompson.
• Has 15 top 10s, an average finish of 11th and a best result of second (twice) in 25 Thompson NWMT starts.
Woody Pitkat (No. 79 Mr. Rooter/Coors Light Pontiac)
• Has 30 top 10s in 72 career starts with a best finish of second (twice).
• Ranks ninth in points with five top 10s in eight races, including the last four events in a row. A fifth straight top-10 this week would establish a career-best streak.
• Has four top 10s, an average finish of 18th and a best result of seventh (2007) in 20 career Thompson NWMT starts.
Ryan Preece (No. 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford)
• Has eight wins, 12 poles and 51 top 10s in 89 career starts.
• Is the season points leader with three wins and top-five finishes in seven of eight races.
• His career-best streak of 13 top-10 finishes ended last time out at Stafford.
• Has four poles, 12 top 10s, an average finish of 13th and a best result of second (four times) in 23 Thompson starts.
• Has recorded podium finishes in his last three NWMT starts at Thompson, including third place in this year's opener.
• Was the 2012 NWAAS Sunoco Modified division champion at Thompson, where he has 11 wins in the last two seasons. Is second in division points this season, six behind leader Keith Rocco.
Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet)
• The 2010 NWMT champion has nine wins, 11 poles and 39 top 10s in 74 career starts.
• Ranks 18th in points with three poles and three top-five finishes in six starts, highlighted by a win in the Stafford Spring Sizzler. Did not attend the events at Monadnock and Riverhead.
• Has three wins, three poles, 10 top fives and 15 top 10s in 26 career starts at Thompson.
Ron Silk (No. 6 TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet)
• The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, eight poles and 67 top 10s in 119 career starts.
• Ranks seventh in points this season with five top 10s in eight events.
• Has four wins, 19 top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 32 career NWMT starts at Thompson.
Mike Stefanik (No. 22 Robert B. Our Co./Canto & Sons Paving Ford)
• The 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2006 NWMT champion.
• Holds NWMT records for most titles (seven), wins (73), poles (48), top fives (222) and top 10s (297).
• Sits fourth in points this year with five top 10s in eight outings. Won the opener at Thompson from the pole.
• Leads all drivers at Thompson with 15 wins, 52 top fives, 67 top 10s and 1,853 laps led across 106 races.
• Won this event in 1989, 1998 and 2003.
Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/A&J Romano Construction Ford)
• The 2003 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 10 poles and 107 top 10s in 175 career starts.
• Ranks 10th in points after eight events with a best result of sixth at Waterford, his lone top-10 finish.
• Has three wins, three poles, 20 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 41 career starts at Thompson. Last win there came in 2008, 17 races ago.
UP TO SPEED:
• The 2013 season is the 29th for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
• The 2013 schedule features 14 races at seven different tracks across four states.
• The competition season began with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 19. The Modified feature was won by Steve Park.
• Mike Stefanik won from the pole in the season-opening Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on April 14.
• Bobby Santos matched Stefanik's feat from the opener when he won from the pole in the second race of the season on April 28 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.
• At Stafford on June 14 it was Santos on the pole, but Ryan Preece rallied from the rear for the victory. The race was postponed twice - on May 24 and June 7 - due to rain.
• Preece made it two-in-a-row when he took the checkered flag following a thrilling green-white-checkered finish at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl on June 22. Todd Szegedy was the event's pole winner.
• At Riverhead on June 29 Preece made it three victories in a row when he took yet another checkered flag. Ron Silk was the pole winner prior to the event.
• Doug Coby earned his first win of the season on July 13 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Jimmy Blewett was the event's pole winner.
• Eric Goodale captured his first career pole and Justin Bonsignore earned his third career victory at Monadnock Speedway on July 27.
• Santos made it 3-for-3 in poles at Stafford on the year, but it was Coby who went on to take the checkered flag at the historic half mile on Aug. 2.
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