Szegedy Looking Forward To Tour Return To
When the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour made its last appearance at Thompson (Conn.)
International Speedway, in June, Todd Szegedy was the driver who claimed
victory lane. Not surprisingly, Szegedy is looking forward to the Tour’s
return to Thompson on Aug. 17 for the New England Dodge Dealers 150.
“I really enjoy racing at Thompson,” said Szegedy. “It’s
fast, there is plenty of room to race and the fans are great.”
Szegedy, the 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion from
Ridgefield, Conn., made his return to the series this year after spending
the 2005 season “down south” in North Carolina. A brand new team, owned by
Mike Smeriglio, was formed over the winter and Szegedy was back with the
“Mike has been a terrific car owner,” said Szegedy. “He’s
always making sure we have everything we need. This is his first year in the
series and I think he’s really enjoying it.”
Although Szegedy’s victory at Thompson is his only win this
season, he has been very pleased with the progress of the No. 2 Wisk/Snuggle
Ford Racing team this season.
“It’s so difficult to win in this series,” said Szegedy.
“When you put a team together it can take time for things to gel. We have a
good team so I’m not surprised we won a race so early. Any time you win on
this Tour you’ve earned it. ”
On the heels of a sixth place finish in the series last race,
at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn., Szegedy is currently
fifth in the standings. One of the keys to his success this season was being
reunited with his crew chief, Phil Moran.
“Phil was my crew chief when I won the championship in 2003,
said Szegedy. “Being teamed up with him this year has been a big plus for
me. We had some great years together and I’m glad to be back with him.”
Szegedy and the rest of the starts of the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour will get the green at approximately 8:30 on Thursday, Aug. 17.
NEW ENGLAND DODGE DEALERS 150 NOTES
* Posted awards are $84,213 for the 150-lap race. Bud Pole qualifying is
scheduled for 5:30 pm on Thursday Aug. 17 to determine positions 1-28. Four
provisional starting positions (two owner & two driver) based on 2006 Whelen
Modified Tour point Standings and one past champion provisional are
available for a maximum starting field of 33 cars.
* The New England Dodge Dealers 150 will start at approximately 8:30 pm on
* The New England Dodge Dealers 150 is the third of five series events
scheduled to be held at Thompson in 2006. Mike Stefanik was the winner of
the Icebreaker in April. Todd Szegedy won the New England Dodge Dealers 100
* Thompson International Speedway has hosted more Whelen Modified Tour races
than any other speedway. There have been 88 series events at Thompson since
1985 including the first series race on March 31, 1985.
* The following active drivers have recorded Whelen Modified Tour wins at
Thompson: Mike Stefanik (14), Rick Fuller (8), Tony Hirschman (8), Reggie
Ruggiero (5), Ted Christopher (5), Jerry Marquis, (4), Eddie Flemke (3),
Charlie Pasteryak (1), John Blewett III (1) Chuck Hossfeld (1) and Todd
* The series qualifying record at Thompson is 18.505 seconds (121.515 mph)
set by Bob Polverari in 2001.
* Last week at Stafford Motor Speedway James Civali joined Doug Coby as a
series first time winner this season. Coby also won at Stafford in April.
Civali currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. Three
rookies, (Civali, 3rd place Chris Pasteryak and fourth place Matt Hirschman)
finished in the top four at Stafford.
* As of Aug 8: 31 teams have filed entries. To view the complete entry list
and additional Whelen Modified Tour information, media members may log on to
www.nascarmedia.com and click on
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Top 10: 1. Mike Stefanik 1,410, 2. Ted
Christopher 1,309, 3. Tony Hirschman 1,277, 4. James Civali 1,275, 5. Todd
Szegedy 1,243, 6. Eddie Flemke 1,241, 7. Chuck Hossfeld 1,125, 8. Jerry
Marquis 1,122, 9. Eric Beers 1,109, 10. Donny Lia, 1,102.
Up next: The Whelen Modified Tour will join the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour for the Made in America Whelen 300, a combination
race featuring the two series, on Sept. 2 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Ted Christopher is the defending winner.
Mark Mockovak/NASCAR/WMT PR
August 15, 2006