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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Loudon

Coby-Solomito Title Fight Heads For New Hampshire more info..

Ted Christopher Killed in Connecticut Plane Crash

It was confirmed that Christopher went down in a crash just before 2pm today. He was schedule to run in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Event today at Riverhead Speedway in the #82 modified owned by Danny Watts.

Christopher 59, was one of 2 people aboard the plane traveling to Riverhead Speedway when it went down in a wooded area behind houses.

NASCAR Statement On Ted Christopher 

“We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft's pilot," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.

"As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR's roots. He was a tough racer's racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country. He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

 

Solomito Scores Crucial Win at Riverhead

Fourth Win of 2017 Keeps Him in Whelen Modified Title Hunt

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - Timmy Solomito needed a win to keep pace in the frantic NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship race. He got it at his home track.

The 25-year-old from Islip, New York, powered by Doug Coby with four laps left to take the Miller Lite 200 checkered flag Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway.

Solomito, dominant for the first two-thirds of the event in the No. 16 Starrett Racing Ford, was outmaneuvered by Coby in lap traffic for the lead on Lap 155. The four-time tour titlists Coby was poised for his first career win at Riverhead, but Solomito recaptured the lead on the fronstretch on Lap 196 and drove to the checkers. .more info...

Preece Keeps Up His Winning Ways at Oswego

Passes Hirschman Late To Claim NASCAR Whelen Modified Win

OSWEGO, N.Y. A spectacular summer for Ryan Preece continued Saturday night at Oswego Speedway in the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald's.

The Berlin, Connecticut, native took his fifth checkered flag of the season. Preece took the lead from Matt Hirschman on Lap 114 and never looked back.

“We came in and made a little bit of an adjustment because I felt he [Hirschman] was better in the first half,” said Preece of the halftime stop. "We were good. Just kind of tried to make him go hard the whole time.” .more info...

Coby Gets Back To Victory Lane

First Whelen Modified Win Of 2017 Comes at Seekonk

SEEKONK, Mass. --  Doug Coby finally found himself back in Victory Lane on Saturday night.

The Milford, Connecticut driver dominated the second half of the Seekonk 150 at Seekonk Speedway and captured his first win of the 2017 season. He took the lead from Matt Hirschman on lap 63 and led all but one lap in the final stages en route to the win. 

"We just had an awesome car," Coby said. "My guys made awesome adjustments for the feature. When you can't pit for tires, you have to be stout off the truck. You have to know what to do for race. The car was just awesome. I'm really happy to get Mayhew Tools their first win with us.more info...

Fastest in Practice, Fastest in qualify'n and Lead Every Lap at Bristol

Patrick Emerling Fastest all day an win the Bush Bean's 150

Bristol, TN. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to the high banks of Bristol Speedway for the Bush Beans 150 Wednesday evening.

the 07 of Patrick Emerling was on top of the charts all day an lead every lap for his fisrt NWMT win.

He says it was his best win ever know it came at Bristol Speedway.. MORE INFO..

Preece Continues To Roll At Stafford

Late Pass Of Coby Nets Third Whelen Modified Win of Season

STAFFORD, Conn. --  Ryan Preece has been nearly unbeatable of late when he straps behind the wheel of a race car.

Last weekend, Preece scored his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Iowa Speedway. He marked his return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Friday at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway with another trip to Victory Lane in the Stafford 150. 

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver took the lead from four-time tour champion Doug Coby on a Lap 148 restart and didn't look back. The win was the 18th career in Whelen Modified Tour action for Preece and also his seventh at the half-mile Stafford. He won the NAPA Spring Sizzler at the track on April 30. more info..

Racing Legend Howie Hodge Passes and Longtime Northeastern Racing Photographer

Saw Modified Racing Thru The Eyes of the Lenses

1/28/17.. The Northeast short track racing scene lost a giant and cornerstone figure of the sport on Saturday.

Howie Hodge, a fixture as a photographer documenting racing across the country and primarily at Connecticut short tracks, passed away Saturday.

Hodge was 77. more info...