WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
TO BE SETTLED AT THOMPSON
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will be crowned this
weekend during the XTRAMART World Series of Speedway Racing at the
Thompson International Speedway. After a very competitive season on
the Tour, it will be the final race of the year that determines the
championship of the oldest, fastest and most exciting of NASCAR’s
Ted Christopher is looking to secure his first-ever championship
ring in the Whelen Modified division. Following his sixth place
finish at Stafford’s Fall Final, Christopher enters the last race
with a 35 point advantage over Matt Hirschman.
Christopher’s season at Thompson has had its ups and downs. He
scored at 10th place finish at the season-opening Icebreaker and
then went on to secure a 2nd in June. The August Whelen Modified
Tour race saw Christopher finish 3rd and his effort in September
ended with the # 36 team scoring 14th in the final standings. In the
same events, Hirschman has scored finishes of 16th, 7th,2nd and 9th.
Still in the hunt, even though it is a long shot, is former title
holder, Todd Szegedy. Going into the final event, Szegedy finds
himself 143 points behind the leader.
The race for the coveted Whelen Modified title began at Thompson
when Ed Flemke opened the season with a victory in the Icebreaker.
The June race for the WMT was won by Ronnie Silk as was the August
appearance of the Tour. In September, it was former champ Todd
Szegedy who graced victory lane. The fifth and final WMT race this
season at Thompson is bound to be extremely competitive. Both
Christopher and Hirschman will be looking to secure their first win
of the season at the ultra-fast, high banked oval and will also have
an eye on the slim difference between them in championship points
chase. Many of the rest of the drivers will be looking to end their
season among the top ten in points.
Much of the racing world’s attention is focused on the outcome of
the WMT race. However, champions will also be crowned in the ISMA
Super Modified division, NEMA Midgets, Pro Four Modifieds and the
ARTS truck series. The competition in all of these divisions will be
intense and fans are expected to see some of the best racing of the
season during the three-day World Series.
Titles have already been claimed in all six of Thompson’s NASCAR
Whelen All American Series divisions. This will eliminate the
concern of securing points for these race teams and allow for an all
out assault on a drive to victory lane in front of the huge World
Series crowd. Drivers in the Sunoco Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Late
Models, Thompson Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks will
all be geared for a “go for broke” approach to gaining a win.
Much the same can be said for the three exciting “Outlaw” divisions
that generate so much excitement each and every year. The majority
of these race teams makes their annual trip to Thompson for the
World Series and arrive with visions of a season-ending win on the
It’s a race fan’s dream weekend. Three big days, over five hundred
race cars, thousands of fans, and lots and lots or racing. It’s the
grand finale of the racing season in New England for the year. The
long New England winter is just around the corner and fans love this
huge racing and party weekend that Thompson hosts every year.
Grandstands open at 4:30 PM on Friday for qualifying of the cars
that will have their feature races Saturday evening. On Saturday,
grandstands open at 10AM for practice and qualifying for the Sunday
afternoon feature events. Once all qualifying is done on Saturday,
the first of the weekend’s fourteen features will roll out onto the
speedway. Eight feature races will be held on Saturday night alone.
Sunday’s schedule has the grandstands opening at 10 AM with pre-race
ceremonies, including a tribute to former NASCAR Modified champion,
Bugs Stevens will start at about 11:30 AM.
The Raceway Restaurant and Lounge will be open for an
all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on both Saturday and Sunday
mornings beginning at 7 AM and a huge dinner and dance will be held
there Saturday night. It’s a fun-filled weekend like no other and
it’s only at the Thompson International Speedway. The 35th annual
XTRAMART World Series of Speedway racing. Don’t miss it.