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Tony Hirschman Continues His Bud Pole Award
Domination At Thompson


THOMPSON, Conn. (Sept. 10, 2005) - Tony Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. earned his 7th Bud Pole Award of the 2005 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season by setting fast time in qualifying for Sunday’s Thompson Sunoco 300. Hirschman, the defending series champion, was the only driver to break the 19 second barrier. He circled the 5/8 mile speedway in 18.962 seconds for an average speed of 118.658 mph in the Kamco Supply Chevrolet. Hirschman also clinched the season long Bud Pole Award title. 

Zach Sylvester of Lebanon Conn., who finished second in the season opener at Thompson in April, was the second fastest qualifier with a speed of 118.141 mph. Donny Lia of Jericho, N.Y. was third fastest with a speed of 117.912 mph. Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I. and John Blewett, III rounded out the Top-5. 

The fastest 10 qualifiers drew for their starting position for Sunday’s prestigious 300 lap event. Carl Pasteryak of Lisbon, Conn. picked the number one starting position and will lead the field to green. He will be joined on the front row by Steve Whitt of Farmingdale, N.J. Hirschman drew the 8th starting position. Current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point leader Ted Christopher will start 10th. Christopher leads Hirschman by just 21 points with five races remaining.

Eddie Flemke of Southington, Conn. is the defending race champion.

 THOMPSON, Conn. – Starting Line up for Sunday’s $126,818 Thompson Sunoco 300

      NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson International Speedway showing car number, driver, hometown, make of car, and qualifying speed in mph. The top-10 qualifiers drew for their starting position.

      1. (75)Carl Pasteryak, Lisbon Conn., Pontiac, 117.573

      2. (06)Steve Whitt, Farmingdale N.J., Dodge, 117.721

      3. (16)Mike Stefanik, Coventry R.I., Chevrolet, 117.869

      4. (4)Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook Conn., Dodge, 117.586

      5. (66)John Blewett, III, Howell N.J., Chevrolet, 117.733

      6. (18)Donny Lia, Jericho N.Y., Chevrolet, 117.912

      7. (15)Zach Sylvester, Lebanon Conn., Chevrolet, 118.141

      8. (48)Tony Hirschman, Northampton PA., Chevrolet, 118.658

      9. (50)Chuck Hossfeld, Buffalo N.Y., Ford, 117.702

      10. (13)Ted Christopher, Plainville Conn., Chevrolet, 117.493

      11. (90)Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury Conn., Chevrolet, 117.316

      12. (1)Rick Fuller, Auburn Mass., Pontiac, 117.304

      13. (31)Anthony Ferrante, Jr, Franklin Square, Chevrolet, 117.297

      14. (00)Tommy Cravenho, Jr, Raynham Mass., Chevrolet, 117.279

      15. (3)Eric Beers, Northampton Pa., Chevrolet, 117.267

      16. (76)Thomas Bolles, Ellington Conn, Chevrolet, 117.206

      17. (12)Jimmy Blewett, Howell N.J., Chevrolet, 117.157

      18. (71)Bob Polverari, W. Springfield Mass., Pontiac, 117.072

      19. (10)Eddie Flemke, Southington Conn., Chevrolet, 117.041

      20. (58)Kevin Goodale, Riverhead N.Y., Chevrolet, 116.999

      21. (77)Doug Coby, Milford Conn., Pontiac, 116.889

      22. (5)Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon Conn., Chevrolet, 116.798

      23. (21)Ken Barry, Griswold Conn., Chevrolet, 116.604

      24. (35)Mike Molleur, Shelton Conn., Chevrolet, 116.574

      25. (79)Mike Christopher, Plainville Conn., Pontiac, 116.538

      26. (51)Kevin Konopka, Meriden Conn., Dodge, 116.357

      27. (99)Jamie Tomaino, Howell N.J., Ford, 116.249

      28. (55)Ken Bouchard, Fitchburg Mass., Chevrolet, 116.117

      29. (54)Dave Etheridge, Portland Conn., Chevrolet, 115.717

      30. (47)Jimmy Storace, Kingston N.H., Chevrolet, 115.551

      31. (46)Dick Houlihan, Bridgewater Mass., Chevrolet, 115.172

      32. (23)Gregg Shivers, Rocky Point N.Y., Pontiac, 114.849

      33. (33)Wade Cole, Riverton Conn., Chevrolet, 113.993

      34. (28)Tyler Haydt, Kunkletown Pa., Chevrolet, 113.677

      35. (9)Jake Marosz, Middletown Conn., Chevrolet, 113.247

      36. (27)Roy Seidell, Jr, Easthampton Mass., Chevrolet, provisional

      37. (98)Brian Crammer, Howell N.J., Chevrolet, provisional


2005 WMT Season Coverage                                           THE END

Source: Mark Mockovak/NASCAR WMT PR
Posted:  September 10, 2005




















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