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Stefanik Returns To Victory Lane At Magic Mile

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Seventh Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win At New Hampshire, First Since 1998



LOUDON, N.H. (Aug. 13, 2011) - Mike Stefanik survived several restarts in the closing laps and picked up a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the Granite State Classic on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Under perfect weather conditions, Stefanik, out of Coventry, R.I., in the No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Pontiac, earned his first win of the season and the 71st of his Tour career by edging Woody Pitkat at the line. It was Stefanik's seventh win at the track and first since Aug. 2, 1998. Additionally, it was his first overall victory since winning at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sept. 27, 2009.

The runner-up marked the best career finish for Pitkat, from Stafford, Conn.

Todd Szegedy crossed the line in the third position followed by Justin Bonsignore and Eric Beers in fourth and fifth, respectively. Bobby Santos, Ryan Preece, Glenn Tyler, Erick Rudolph and Doug Coby rounded out the top 10.

Pit stops in the middle portion of the race shuffled the field which left Stefanik and Pitkat at the front to battle it out through two red flags brought out by separate multi-car accidents.

Perennial championship contender and five-time New Hampshire winner Ted Christopher experienced mechanical problems on Lap 33 and had to go behind the wall for repairs relegating him to a 28th-place finish.

In Friday's qualifying session, defending Tour champion Bobby Santos claimed his second Coors Light Pole Award of the 2011 season and the sixth of his career. It was, however, his first at the New Hampshire track.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is in action next on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for a combination event with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. The event is set to be telecast on SPEED at 6 p.m. ET.



For additional information, contact:

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR IMC, (704) 201-6658 or jcunningham@nascar.com



NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Granite State Classic Unofficial Results

Saturday

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

Lap length: 1.058 miles

(Start position in parentheses)


1. (12) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 105 laps, 68.609 mph.

2. (22) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 105.

3. (3) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 105.

4. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 105.

5. (2) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 105.

6. (1) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 105.

7. (16) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 105.

8. (21) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 105.

9. (8) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 105.

10. (14) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 105.

11. (13) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 105.

12. (25) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 105.

13. (19) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Ford, 105.

14. (23) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 105.

15. (29) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 105.

16. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 105.

17. (31) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 99.

18. (26) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 97.

19. (7) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 92, accident.

20. (18) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 92, accident.

21. (6) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 92, accident.

22. (10) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 86, accident.

23. (15) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 86, accident.

24. (24) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 86, accident.

25. (20) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Ford, 86, accident.

26. (30) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 62, handling.

27. (11) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 58, accident.

28. (17) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 50, rear end.

29. (9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 47, engine.

30. (28) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 41, engine.

31. (27) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 24, ignition.



Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 37 minutes 9 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.069 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: B.Santos (127.564 mph, 29.858 seconds)

Caution Flags: 10 for 52 laps.

Lead Changes: 10 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Santos 1-29; E. Rudolph 30; B. Santos 31-44; J. Bonsignore 45; B. Santos 46-53; J. Bonsignore 54; B. Santos 55-60; W. Pitkat 61-66; M. Stefanik 67-70; W. Pitkat 71-72; M. Stefanik 73-105.

Standings: 1. R. Silk, 1405; 2. R. Pennink, 1389; 3. T. Szegedy, 1324; 4. T. Christopher, 1296; 5. B. Santos, 1292; 6. E. Beers, 1284; 7. D. Coby, 1247; 8. M. Hirschman, 1216; 9. M. Stefanik, 1208; 10. E. Rudolph, 1155.