NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
There is no racetrack on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour closer to the home
of Chuck Hossfeld than Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway. As close as
Holland is to Hossfeld’s hometown of Ransomville, N.Y., located just north
of Buffalo, N.Y., he has actually never raced at the 3/8 mile oval in
Holland. Hossfeld, a five-time career winner on the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour, expects to change that on July 29 when the Whelen Modified Tour is
scheduled to make its first visit to Holland since 2001 for the Paul Graff
“There is nothing better than racing in front of your family
and friends, “said Hossfeld.” I’ve been looking forward to this all season.”
Hossfeld is in his first season driving for the Hill
Enterprises/Sunoco/Tilton Engineering Pontiac race team. His new team is
familiar with Holland’s victory lane. They won the last series race at
Holland with driver Eddie Flemke.
“I was at that race,” said Hossfeld. “I remember watching it
from the stands as I was home for the weekend. It was a great race and I
think our race this year will be also.”
Hossfeld likes the configuration of Holland’s high banks.
“The race track is perfectly suited to our cars,” said
Hossfeld. “It has plenty of banking and two grooves. It’s a fast place and
there will be plenty of close racing.”
Hossfeld is hoping Holland might be the site of his first
victory with his new team.”
“I’m pleased with progress we’ve made so far, said Hossfeld.
“On this series it takes some time for new teams to gel. We’ve had some fast
cars this season and the Hill family is great group of people to drive for.
It makes doing this very enjoyable.”
The Paul Graff Trucking 100 is scheduled to get the green
flag at approximately 8:00 p.m.
PAUL GRAFF TRUCKING 100 NOTES
* Bud Pole qualifying for the Paul Graff Trucking 100 is scheduled for 5:00
p.m. on Saturday, July 29 for positions 1-23. Five provisional positions
(Two based on 2006 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owners points, two based on
driver points and one past champion provisional) will bring the starting
field to a maximum of 28 cars.
* The race is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m.
* Posted Awards are $75,953.
* The Paul Graff Trucking 100 is the seventh of 17 scheduled events on the
2006 Whelen Modified Tour calendar. Heading into the seventh race of the
2005 season, Ted Christopher held a 27-point advantage over Chuck Hossfeld
in the point standings. Mike Stefanik leads the current point standings, by
36 points over two-time defending series champion Tony Hirschman,
* This will be the 12th series race at Holland. Jeff Fuller has the most
career victories with 3. The following drivers have one series win at
Holland: Tim Connolly, Richie Evans, Mike Ewanitsko, Eddie Flemke, Tony
Hirschman, Chris Kopec, Jerry Marquis and Mike Stefanik.
* Holland International Speedway is the only track to have hosted twin
features on the same day in series history. In 1985 the track hosted Twin
50’s with Richie Evans taking the first and Jeff Fuller the second. Both
drivers were credited with a series win.
* Bill Colton won his only career Bud Pole at Holland in 1985 with a time of
14.110 seconds (95.676 mph). The Tour qualifying record at Holland is 12.812
seconds (105.370 mph) set by Steve Park in 1996.
* As of July 24, 28 teams have filed entries for the Paul Graff Trucking
100. In addition to Hossfeld, other New Yorkers who have entered the event
include Donny Lia (Jericho, N.Y.), Alex Hoag (Corning, N.Y.), and Kevin
Goodale (Riverhead, N.Y.). Hoag is the grandson of local Modified racing
legend Dutch Hoag.
* Current Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings: 1) James Civali, 56 2)
Anthony Sesely, 37 3) Matt Hirschman, 34 4) Ron Yuhas, 34 5) Ronnie Silk, 31
6) Danny Sammons, 26 7) Jon McKennedy, 21 8) Mike Andrews, 15 9) Glen Tyler,
14 10) Joe Hartmann, 13 11) Chris Pasteryak, 8 12) Eric Berndt, 4.
Mark Mockovak/WMT PR
July 26, 2006