MODIFIED TOUR RETURNS TO THOMPSON ON
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour makes its third stop of the year at
the Thompson International Speedway on Thursday, August 14th. The
occasion is the running of the annual New England Dodge Dealers 150
presented by Budweiser.
The Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) is at the height of its 2008 racing
schedule and is expected to have a full field of excellent race
teams ready for competition at Thompson. Current WMT points leader
and two-time winner in Ď08, Chuck Hossfeld, will lead the
ever-popular Whelen Modified Tour into this demanding and highly
competitive race. Hossfeldís last win at Thompson was in 2003. With
a five year drought at the Connecticut track, Hossfeld will be
looking to end that dry spell and capture the top spot in the
150-lap grind. In two previous appearances this year, Ed Flemke
(Icebreaker) and Ronnie Silk (New England Dodge Dealers/Charter
Communications 75) were Modified Tour winners at Thompson.
Ted Christopher, only forty seven points behind Hossfeld, will also
be looking to claim a victory. Tedís last win at Thompson came in
the August race back in 2006. Race fans will have the opportunity to
see the best of the WMT. Todd Szegedy, Mike Stefanik, Matt
Hirschman, Eric Beers, Jimmy Blewett, Matt Hirschman, Flemke and
Silk are just some of the drivers expected to be in the starting
filed for the 150.
NASCAR will continue to pay tribute to former Modified champions at
Thompson. Tony Hirschman, who clinched 3 of his five championships
at Thompson, will be honored at this event. Hirschman boasts an
amazing record of thirty five wins on the Tour with only Reggie
Ruggiero and Mike Stefanik having won more. Hirschman will be
honored during pre-race ceremonies scheduled for 6 PM on 14th.
Joining the WMT on the Thursday night schedule will be Thompsonís
own NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions. The trackís Sunoco
Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Late Models, Thompson Modifieds, Ltd.
Sportsman and Mini Stocks will compete in feature-only races.
Grandstands to the sprawling Thompson complex will open at 2 PM
with qualifying for the WMT slated to begin at 5:30 PM. Pre-race
ceremonies will begin at the conclusion of time trials and feature
event racing will immediately follow the pre-race activities.
Tickets for this always exciting race event are available by
calling the track office. All major credit cards are accepted. The
dayís complete schedule and much more information is only a click
away at Thompsonís web page