QUALIFYING DOESN'T PUT BRAKES ON SOLID RUN
FOR STEFANIK AT RIVERHEAD
Mike Stefanik piloted the
#16 Diversified Metals Chevrolet to a solid fourth place finish despite
having to use a provisional Saturday night when the Whelen Modified Tour
made a stop at Riverhead Raceway for the Miller Lite 200. The Flamingo
Motorsports team experienced problems from the get-go, but the determination
and dedication of the all-volunteer crew widened the team's lead in the
In practice, Stefanik began experiencing a brake problem and
the team quickly went to work on replacing the master cylinder. Practice was
over, however, by the time they went to set the brake bias 3 how the total
braking force is distributed between the front and rear tires.
Stefanik's qualifying effort was not fast enough to advance
into the feature by time, so the eight-time NASCAR Champion was forced to
take a provisional starting spot.
Once the green flag dropped, Stefanik rallied from his 24th
starting position and advanced through the field in each lap of the
caution-marred race. Twelve cautions slowed the pace, but during double-file
restarts in the first 100 laps, Stefanik was able to gain his ground.
In the closing laps, Stefanik came upon Jerry Marquis, but
felt that being aggressive with the driver for the third spot would be
Stefanik took home the Powerade Power Move of the Race Award
for his 20-position gain during the 200-lap event, and extended his point
lead to 43 points over Ted Christopher.
The Whelen Modified Tour makes it's next stop at Stafford
Motor Speedway on Friday, August 11th. Stefanik is optimistic for a strong
run at the half-mile oval.
Penny Aicardi/NASCARTouring.com/WMT PR
August 8, 2006