Silk, Szegedy In Points Battle With Two Left
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will help bring the competition season to a close at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway as the headline event in the CARQUEST Fall Final, Oct. 1-2.
The Fall Final will be the fourth and final event of the year at the Stafford half mile for the Whelen Modified Tour. Bobby Santos, Ron Silk and Ted Christopher were victorious in the three previous events. Santos is also the defending winner of the Fall Final.
Santos and Christopher may have combined to win four of the last six races at Stafford, but it is the winners of those other two events that will take center stage on Fall Final weekend: Silk and Todd Szegedy.
Just eight points separate the pair atop the season standings with two events remaining. With his third win of the 2011 campaign last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Silk regained the slim edge on Szegedy, who finished second at the 'Magic Mile.'
The comparison between the two driver's performances this year is nearly identical. Both have three wins and 11 top-10 finishes in 14 events. Szegedy actually has one more top-five performance than Silk with nine and has completed more laps (1,906-1,883) while Silk has the edge in laps led (338-250).
Head-to-head at Stafford this year, Silk has a decided advantage with finishes of third, first and seventh while Szegedy has registered finishes of 24th (DNF), sixth and 14th in the first three events. With four career wins at Stafford to his credit, however, Szegedy has historically found significantly more success at the famed half mile than his counterpart.
Silk, Szegedy and the rest of the Whelen Modified Tour field will get action in the 39th Annual CARQEST Fall Final underway with practice and qualifying on Saturday, Oct. 1. The race is scheduled to go green on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3:15 p.m.
Bonsignore setting the stage: A slow start to the season put the 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year pointed toward a sophomore slump, but Justin Bonsignore has completely turned around his season and looks poised to contend for a championship in 2012. He suffered three DNFs in the first six outings, but starting with his first Whelen Modified Tour win at his home track - Riverhead Raceway - on July 31, Bonsignore has four podium finishes in eight races. Even with those DNFs earlier in the year, the Long Islander is up to sixth in points after finishing 13th as a rookie.
Christopher still in the top 10: Despite missing two of the season's 14 events - Bristol Motor Speedway and Delaware Speedway - Ted Christopher is still ninth in the season standings thanks to three wins and top 10s in all but two of his 12 outings. Even with two less races, Christopher is ahead of seven drivers that have participated in all 14. Christopher won at Stafford in August, the 11th of his career there.
Home Tracks: Preece Captures First Title
Ryan Preece earned his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title this year at Stafford Motor Speedway as the champion of the track's premier division, the SK Modifieds.
Preece, from Berlin, Conn., dethroned defending track and national champion Keith Rocco with five wins and 14 top fives in 17 starts. Rocco, from Wallingford, Conn., registered more wins with eight, but had two less starts and fell 758-678 in the season points standings.
With his combined efforts at Stafford, Thompson International Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl, Rocco was able to earn his fourth-straight Whelen All-American Series Connecticut state title and finished as the national runner-up for the second time.
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