Blewett Returns To Victory Lane At Stafford

Led Wire-To-Wire For Fifth Career Win

 

STAFFORD, Conn. (May 22, 2009) Jimmy Blewett was able to slow down Ted Christopher's dominant start to the 2009 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season when he took home the checkered flag in the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) had won the first two races of the season, and earned his third-consecutive Coors Light Pole Award earlier on Friday, but Blewett (No. 12 TS Haulers/Snake Pit Enterprises Chevrolet) started on the front row on the redraw and led flag-to-flag for his fifth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

Blewett survived six restarts during the race, including a green-white-checker finish, but would not be denied his second career win at the Connecticut half-mile.

Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford) ran up front the majority of the race with Blewett, and tried once to go around on the outside late in the race, but Blewett never relinquished the lead. Szegedy settled for a third place finish when Christopher got past him on the white flag lap.

Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero rounded out the top five finishers in the 100-lap event. Chris Pasteryak, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, Doug Coby and Ryan Preece brought home the top 10.

The fourth race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule will take pace at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The New England 100 is set for Saturday, June 27 in Loudon , N.H.

For more information, contact:

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR Public Relations, (704) 201-6658 or jcunningham@nascar.com

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-TSI Harley-Davidson Classic Unofficial Results

Friday

At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford , Conn.

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Jimmy Blewett, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 101 laps, 62.410 mph, $4,900.

2. (4) Ted Christopher, Plainville , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $3,700.

3. (11) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield , Conn. , Ford, 101, $2,050.

4. (12) Mike Stefanik, Coventry , R.I. , Pontiac , 101, $2,000.

5. (18) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, Conn. , Ford, 101, $2,400.

6. (8) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,400.

7. (7) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley , Pa. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,750.

8. (22) Woody Pitkat, Stafford , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,600.

9. (9) Doug Coby, Milford , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,600.

10. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,500.

11. (16) Eric Beers, Northampton , Pa. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,475.

12. (10) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,350.

13. (15) Glen Reen, Wilbraham , Mass. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,525.

14. (25) Jamie Tomaino, Howell , N.J. , Chevrolet, 101, $2,050.

15. (5) Donny Lia, Jericho , N.Y. , Dodge, 101, $1,375.

16. (24) Andy Seuss, Hampstead , N.H. , Chevrolet, 101, $850.

17. (19) Rob Summers, Vernon , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,225.

18. (27) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,200.

19. (30) Tom Abele, Jr., Norwich , Conn. , Chevrolet, 101, $1,175.

20. (13) Eric Berndt, Cromwell , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $1,150.

21. (28) Wade Cole, Riverton , Conn. , Chevrolet, 100, $1,125.

22. (29) Ken Heagy, Calverton , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 90, $650.

23. (17) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 87, $800.

24. (14) Ron Silk, Norwalk , Conn. , Pontiac , 68, $1,000.

25. (23) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield , Mass. , Chevrolet, 56, $900.

26. (31) Jake Marosz, Middletown , Conn. , Chevrolet, 55, $500.

27. (26) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 41, $900.

28. (2) Richard Savary, Canton , Mass. , Chevrolet, 25, suspension, $900.

29. (6) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville , N.Y. , Chevrolet, 25, suspension, $1,000.

30. (20) Tommy Farrell, III, Neptune , N.J. , Chevrolet, 0, accident, $500.

31. (21) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury , Conn. , Chevrolet, 0, dns, $900.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 0 hours 48 minutes 33 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.123 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: T.Christopher (99.530 mph, 18.085 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 27 laps.

Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Blewett 1-101.

Standings: 1. T. Christopher, 530; 2. T. Szegedy, 490; 3. J. Blewett, 488; 4. M. Stefanik, 466; 5. R. Preece, 459; 6. D. Lia, 433; 7. W. Pitkat, 394; 8. R. Silk, 383; 9. E. Flemke,Jr., 376; 10. E. Beers, 375.

 

 

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