BILLY PAUCH JR. LEADS 2007 ROOKIE CONTINGENT
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 2007
Sunoco Race Fuels rookie class of seven drivers will be among the
competitors attempting to qualify for one of the 31 starting spots at
the Connecticut Classic at Stafford Motor Speedway on May 25th.
After three events Billy Pauch, Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J. leads
the standings with 27 points Pauch was the highest finishing rookie at
the series last race in Wall, N.J. after placing 10th. Bobby Grigas of
Marshfield, Mass. is second in the standings and trails Pauch by just
one point. Grigas was the highest finishing rookie at the series first
Other rookie candidates who have scored points in 2007 and
are looking to add to their season total at Stafford include: Richard
Savary of Canton, Mass. , Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, Pa.,
Bobby Santos, III of Millis, Mass. Joe Hartmann, of Calverton, N.Y. and
Ryan Preece of Hampton Bays, N.Y.
All registered rookies have scored
points in a least one race during the 2007 season.
The Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the year is determined by a
“race within the race.” The highest finishing Rookie earns 10 points,
the second highest earns 9 points and the points are reduced by one
until 10th place. If there are more than 10 rookies in the race any
driver who finishes 10th or worse earns a point. The final number of
competition points earned by each driver will be based on his/her
highest finish in 75% of the races during the season.
The Connecticut Classic is one of the most prestigious events
on the Whelen Modified Tour. It’s an event victory every veteran driver
wants on their resume. The 2007 version of the Connecticut Classic will
have large group of new faces eager to make this history laden event
their first career win on the series.
Connecticut Classic Notes:
Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on May 25.
fastest 26 cars will transfer.
provisional positions (Two based on 2005 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
owner points, two on 2007 driver points and one past champion
provisional) will bring the starting field to 31 cars.
150 lap race is schedule to start at 9:00 p.m.
series qualifying record at Stafford is 18.009 seconds (99.950 mph) set
by Matt Hirschman at the Spring Sizzler in 2007.
Connecticut Classic is the second of four series events scheduled to be
held at Stafford in 2007. Donny Lia was the winner of the Carquest
Tech-Net Spring Sizzler in April.
Blewett III is the defending champion of the Connecticut Classic.
have been 83 series races at Stafford, Doug Coby became the 25th
different driver to win a series race at Stafford.
May 24, 2007