Christopher King Of The Hill In Thompson UNOH Showdown

Seuss Takes Whelen Southern Modified Win, Bonsignore Whelen Modified Victor

THOMPSON, Conn. (Sept. 9, 2012) No stranger to Victory Lane at Thompson International Speedway, Ted Christopher once again came out on top in the UNOH Showdown combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

Christopher took the lead from Bobby Santos on Lap 7 and held off a hard-charging Jimmy Blewett in the closing circuits of the 50 green-flag-lap exhibition showcase between the two tours. Ryan Preece crossed the line third in the second edition of the non-points event at the historic .625-mile oval in northeastern Connecticut.

Donny Lia and defending race winner Doug Coby finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the UNOH Showdown. Ron Silk, Matt Hirschman, Santos, Andy Seuss and Burt Myers brought home the top 10.

The UNOH Showdown was the premier event of the weekend, but two points races preceded it on Sunday. Seuss was victorious in the GreenPointe Energy Southern 75 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race while Bonsignore took the checkered flag in the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour contest.

Changes made to his car after qualifying gave Seuss what he needed to win the Green Pointe Energy Southern 75, the first on Sunday's card. The Hampstead, N.H., driver credited his crew with making the changes that led to his first win of the year and 12th career victory.

Seuss qualified third, but ended up leading the field to the green because polesitter Rob Fuller had to drop to the back for the start after his crew chief missed a mandatory meeting. Although he slipped back at the drop of the green flag, Seuss quickly mounted a move to the front and took the lead from Burt Myers on Lap 24.

Seuss held on for the win over Hirschman, with Fuller charging through the field to take third. Myers was fourth, with Tim Brown fifth. Completing the top 10 were Steve Masse, Danny Bohn, George Brunnhoelzl III, John Smith and Cole Powell.

Brunnhoelzl, with five wins this year, continues to lead the championship standings - with 385 points. Jason Myers is second with 337, Bohn with 328, Brown with 321 and Seuss with 313.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour followed with the Town Fair Tire Northern 75, which saw Bonsignore power to the lead past polesitter Preece on Lap 68 and hold on through a green-white-checker finish for the victory.

It was the second career victory for Bonsignore, who hails from Holtsville, N.Y. The first came at his home track, Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, in 2011.

Santos crossed the line second in the Town Fair Tire 75 and Preece, who led the first 67 laps from the pole, settled for third. Todd Szegedy and Christopher brought home the top five.

Mike Stefanik, Lia, Eric Beers, Eric Berndt and Richie Pallai Jr. rounded out the top 10.

Points leader Coby finished 13th in the Town Fair Tire 75, but second in points Silk suffered a last-lap accident and was relegated to 18th. As a consequence, Coby extended his lead to 441-382 on Silk with Preece ranked third after 10 races at 379.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Riverhead while the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will next contest a race at Caraway Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 29.


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Town Fair Tire Northern 75 Unofficial Results


At Thompson International Speedway

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 82 laps.

2. (3) Bobby Santos, Franklin, MA, Chevrolet, 82.

3. (1) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 82.

4. (6) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 82.

5. (7) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 82.

6. (8) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 82.

7. (13) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Dodge, 82.

8. (10) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 82.

9. (11) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 82.

10. (17) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 82.

11. (19) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 82.

12. (21) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 82.

13. (4) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 82.

14. (16) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 82.

15. (18) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 82.

16. (23) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 82.

17. (20) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, NY, Chevrolet, 82.

18. (9) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 81, accident.

19. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 81.

20. (14) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 80.

21. (15) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 76.

22. (12) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass, Pontiac, 72, rear end.

23. (24) Brian Schofield, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 56, suspension.

24. (22) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 47, suspension.

Race Statistics

Margin of Victory: 0.763 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Preece (119.503 mph, 18.828 seconds)

Caution Flags: 3 for 14 laps.

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-67; J. Bonsignore 68-82.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 414; 2. R. Silk, 382; 3. R. Preece, 379; 4. T. Szegedy, 354; 5. D. Lia, 349; 6. J. Bonsignore, 341; 7. J. Blewett, 336; 8. T. Christopher, 330; 9. M. Stefanik, 328; 10. E. Beers, 328.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

GreenPointe Energy Southern 75 Unofficial Results


At Thompson International Speedway

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (3) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 75 laps, 104.684 mph.

2. (8) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 75.

3. (1) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Ford, 75.

4. (5) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, NC, Ford, 75.

5. (2) Tim Brown, Cana, VA, Chevrolet, 75.

6. (4) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., Chevrolet, 75.

7. (6) Danny Bohn, Freehold, NJ, Chevrolet, 75.

8. (7) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 75.

9. (9) John Smith, Mount Airy, NC, Chevrolet, 75.

10. (17) Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, Ontario, Canada, Chevrolet, 75.

11. (14) Jimmy Zacharias, Candor, N.Y., Chevrolet, 75.

12. (10) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 75.

13. (15) Thomas Stinson, Chester, VA, Chevrolet, 74.

14. (12) Gary Putnam, Concord, NC, Chevrolet, 74.

15. (19) Ken Bouchard, Fitchburg, Mass., Chevrolet, 74.

16. (18) Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Ford, 74.

17. (21) Michael Speeney, Newtown, PA, Chevrolet, 74.

18. (20) Joe Scarbrough, Richmond, VA, Chevrolet, 73.

19. (13) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, PA, Ford, 73.

20. (11) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn, Chevrolet, 73.

21. (16) AJ Winstead, Richmond, VA, Chevrolet, 54.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 26 minutes 52 seconds

Margin of Victory: .475 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Fuller (118.752 mph, 18.947 seconds)

Caution Flags: 1 for 3 laps.

Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Brown 1-13; B. Myers 14-23; A. Seuss 24-75.

Standings: 1. G. Brunnhoelzl,III, 385; 2. J. Myers, 337; 3. D. Bohn, 328; 4. T. Brown, 321; 5. A. Seuss, 313; 6. K. Ebersole, 302; 7. F. Fleming, 300; 8. J. Smith, 295; 9. T. Stinson, 289; 10. M. Speeney, 281.


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