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07/15/06

John Blewett, III Nabs Second Consecutive NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour Win at NHIS


    John Blewett, III of Howell, N.J. drove to his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory of the 2006 season in the New England 100 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Blewett passed James Civali of Meriden, Conn. on the final lap, just prior to the final caution period occurring, and won the race in a yellow/checkered flag finish.
    It was the 9th career win for Blewett and his third at NHIS. He led a total of 17 laps in the Blewett Motorsports Chevrolet and was among nine drivers who swapped the lead 28 times officially in just 100 laps. Civali, the current Sunoco Rookie of the point leader, earned his career best finish by placing second in the Ramar-Hall/Liberty Limousine Chevrolet.
    Reggie Ruggiero of Rocky Hill, Conn., six time NHIS winner, was third in the Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet. Eddie Flemke of Southington, Conn. finished fourth in the Red Line Oil /Ron Bouchard Auto Chevrolet. Current point leader Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I. rounded out the Top-5 in the Diversified Metals Chevrolet.
    Civali also earned the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. Jimmy Storace was the Powerade Power Move of the race winner.
    Tony Stewart finished 9th and Carl Edwards finished 39th. Both NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers were making their first series start.


    The Next event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is July 22 at the Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Conn.

    Unofficial finish of Saturday's $160,193.00 New England 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race with driver's starting position in parentheses, hometown, make and model of car, laps completed, winner's average speed, reason out (if any) and prize money.

 1. (11) John Blewett, III, Howell N.J., Chevrolet, 100, 74.173 mph, $14,400
 2. (23) James Civali, Meriden Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $11,900
 3. (3) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $8,400
 4. (15) Eddie Flemke, Southington Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $6,400
 5. (24) Mike Stefanik, Coventry R.I., Chevrolet, 100, $4,400
 6. (6) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield Conn., Ford, 100, $3,800
 7. (8) Ted Christopher, Plainville Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $3,600
 8. (17) Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook Conn., Dodge, 100, $3,200
 9. (21) Tony Stewart, Indianapolis Ind., Chevrolet, 100, $2,400
10. (16) Ronnie Silk, Norwalk Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $2,300
11. (4) Tony Hirschman, Northampton Pa., Chevrolet, 100, $3,600
12. (5) Eric Beers, Northampton Pa., Chevrolet, 100, $2,900
13. (27) Alex Hoag, Bath N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $2,000
14. (19) Chuck Hossfeld, Buffalo N.Y., Pontiac, 100, $2,675
15. (28) Ron Yuhas, Groton Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $2,350
16. (40) Jimmy Storace, Kingston N.H., Chevrolet, 100, $2,425
17. (32) Ken Bouchard, Fitchburg Mass., Chevrolet, 100, $1,900
18. (37) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $1,875
19. (26) Dick Houlihan, Bridgewater Mass., Chevrolet, 100, $2,550
20. (41) Joseph Hartmann, Calverton N.Y., Chevrolet, 100, $1,845
21. (35) Anthony Sesely, Matawan N.J., Chevrolet, 100, $2,200
22. (42) Jake Marosz, Middletown Conn., Chevrolet, 100, $1,775
23. (39) Danny Sammons, Trenton N.J., Chevrolet, 100, $2,150
24. (33) Matt Hirschman, Northampton Pa., Dodge, 100, $2,428
25. (38) Jamie Tomaino, Howell N.J., Ford, 100, $2,021
26. (29) Jon McKennedy, Chelsford Mass., Chevrolet, 100, $1,700
27. (12) Richard Savary, Canton Mass., Chevrolet, 99, $1,700
28. (34) Steve Whitt, Farmingdale N.J., Dodge, 99, Black Flag, $2,400
29. (30) Bobby Santos, III, Millis Mass., Chevrolet, 94, $1,700
30. (20) Rick Fuller, Auburn Mass., Chevrolet, 88, Accident, $1,700
31. (13) Rob Summers, Manchester Conn., Pontiac, 88, Accident, $2,400
32. (31) Wade Cole, Riverton Conn., Chevrolet, 88, Accident, $1,700
33. (7) Doug Coby, Milford Conn., Pontiac, 85, Accident, $2,500
34. (10) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead N.Y., Chevrolet, 82, Suspension, $2,100
35. (18) Ken Barry, Griswold Conn., Chevrolet, 79, $2,400
36. (1) Zach Sylvester, Lebanon Conn., Chevrolet, 79, $2,850
37. (36) Glen Tyler, Hampton Bays N.Y., Chevrolet, 67, Accident, $1,700
38. (9) Donny Lia, Jericho N.Y., Chevrolet, 51, Engine, $2,500
39. (14) Carl Edwards, Concord N.C., Ford, 43, Accident, $1,700
40. (22) Brian Crammer, Howell N.J., 28, Handling, $1,700
41. (25) Nevin George, Kunkletown Pa., Chevrolet, 23, Accident, $1,700
42. (2) Jimmy Blewett, Howell N.J., Chevrolet, 16, Accident, $2,400

Failed to Qualify: (3) Andy Seuss (#70), Joseph Mongeau (#49), Tommy Cloce (#69).

Time of Race:1 hrs., 25 mins, 35 secs Average Speed: 74.173 mph Margin of Victory: under caution

BUD POLE AWARD: Zach Sylvester, 15 TAS Country Homes Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: James Civali *, 28 Ramar Hall/Liberty Limousine Chevrolet
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE: Jimmy Storace, 47 Harry's Fuel Chevrolet
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE: James Civali *, 28 Ramar-Hall/Liberty Limousine Chevrolet
Caution Flags: Laps 17-23; 25-30; 32-36; 43-47; 61-72; 74-78; 89-95. 7 for 47 laps.
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Blewett 1-6, Ted Christopher 7, Donny Lia 8-22, Ted Christopher 23-35, Reggie Ruggiero 36-40, Tony Hirschman 41-43, Reggie Ruggiero 44-45, Tony Hirschman 46, Doug Coby 47-48, Ted Christopher 49-52, Doug Coby 53, Reggie Ruggiero 54-58, John Blewett, III 59, Reggie Ruggiero 60, John Blewett, III 61-62, Reggie Ruggiero 63, John Blewett, III 64, Ted Christopher 65, John Blewett, III 66-71, Ted Christopher 72, Ted Christopher 73-79, Ted Christopher 80-81, John Blewett, III 82-86, Ted Christopher 87, John Blewett, III 88, Jerry Marquis 89-95, Reggie Ruggiero 96-97, James Civali * 98-99, John Blewett, III 100.
Total Laps Led: Ted Christopher 30, John Blewett, III 17, Reggie Ruggiero 16, Donny Lia 15, Jerry Marquis 7, Jimmy Blewett 6, Tony Hirschman 4, Doug Coby 3, James Civali * 2. 28 changes involving 9 drivers.

Top 20 Driver Points: Mike Stefanik 930, Tony Hirschman 894, Ted Christopher 862, James Civali * 849, Eric Beers 839, Reggie Ruggiero 821, Todd Szegedy 805, Eddie Flemke 801, Donny Lia 784, Chuck Hossfeld 722, Dick Houlihan 716, Doug Coby 709, Jerry Marquis 687, Jamie Tomaino 678, John Blewett, III 645, Jimmy Blewett 619, Matt Hirschman * 614, Zach Sylvester 597, Steve Whitt 597, Rob Summers 580

Next Race: Waterford, Conn.

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

Source: NASCARTouring.com/NASCAR WMT PR
Posted:  July 15, 2006

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