TECH-NET SPRING SIZZLER
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR EVENT NOTEBOOK
The 38th annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will represent race 2 of 1
for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on their 2009 schedule of events.
Total posted awards for the 38th annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring
Sizzler are $88,546.
Ted Christopher is the defending champion of the CARQUEST Tech-Net
Spring Sizzler. The Sizzler victory was the first of 4 wins for Christopher
last season as he went on to win the championship. Christopher was the
second consecutive driver to win both the Sizzler and the WMT Championship
in the same season, following Donny Lia in 2007. Other drivers who have won
both the Sizzler and the WMT Championship in the same season include Richie
Evans (1985), Mike Stefanik (1989, 1997, 1998), and Tony Hirschman (2005).
As of April 20, 2009, Stafford Motor Speedway has received 36
entries for the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.
Mike Stefanik leads all Whelen Modified Tour drivers with 20 career
victories at Stafford Motor Speedway. Other WMT drivers who have filed
entries for the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler that have won at SMS include Reggie
Ruggiero (8 career wins), Ted Christopher (8 career wins), Ed Flemke, Jr. (3
career wins), Todd Szegedy (3 career wins), Donny Lia (2 career wins), Doug
Coby (1 career win), Jamie Tomaino (1 career win), and Jimmy Blewett (1
Mike Stefanik also leads all Whelen Modified Tour drivers with 15
career Coors Light Pole Positions at Stafford. Other drivers entered into
the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler who have won multiple Coors Light Pole Positions
at Stafford include Reggie Ruggiero (7 poles), Donny Lia (6 poles), Rob
Summers (4 poles), Ted Christopher (2 poles), Todd Szegedy (2 poles), and
Eric Beers (2 poles). Drivers with a single Stafford Coors Light Pole
include Ed Flemke, Jr., Matt Hirschman, Ryan Preece, Carl Pasteryak, and
5 former Spring Sizzler winners have submitted entries for the 38th
annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. They are Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher
(4 wins), Reggie Ruggiero (2 wins), Doug Coby and Donny Lia (1 win).
Matt Hirschman holds the Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour track qualifying record of 18.009 seconds - 99.950mph.
Hirschman set this mark during Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the 2007
Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.
Rick Fuller holds the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler 200-lap race record
of 1 hour, 15 minutes, and 35 seconds at an average speed of 79.382mph.
Fuller set this record during the 1992 running of the race.
Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Qualifying will commence at
1:30pm on Saturday, April 25. Qualifying will consist of two consecutive
green flag laps. The faster lap will determine qualifying time and starting
position. The fastest 28 cars from time trials, will earn starting positions
in Sunday ’s Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. The fastest qualifier will draw to
determine a redraw of the top 6, 8, or 10 cars. Four provisional starting
positions based on 2008 WMT owner and driver point standings. A past
champion’s provisional is also available to make up the 33-car starting
The CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will mark the first of four
appearances by the Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2008.
The WMT returns on May 22nd for the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic, August 7th
for the Town Fair Tire 150, and October 4th for the CARQUEST Fall Final
Last year’s Whelen Modified Tour winners at Stafford Motor Speedway
were Ted Christopher (Spring Sizzler), Chuck Hossfeld (TSI Harley-Davidson
Classic), Jimmy Blewett (Town Fair Tire 150), and Mike Stefanik (CARQUEST
The CARQUEST Spring Sizzler will mark the 91st NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour event to be held at Stafford Motor Speedway and 506th event
overall since the series’ inception in 1985.
Richie Evans won the first Whelen Modified Tour event held at
Stafford Motor Speedway - the April 14, 1985 Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. 2008
TECH-NET SPRING SIZZLER RECAP
Ryan Preece was the Coors Light Pole winner for last year’s
Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. Preece’s pole time was 18.057 seconds - 99.684mph.
Ted Christopher is the defending champion of this event.
Christopher’s margin of victory last year was .719 seconds over Eric Beers.
Christopher started the race in the 5th position, and led the race twice for
a total of 27-laps.
2008’s top-ten finishers were: 1.Ted Christopher, 2. Eric Beers, 3.
Chuck Hossfeld, 4. Mike Stefanik, 5. James Civali, 6. Rowan Pennink, 7.
Richard Savary, 8. Jamie Tomaino, 9. Todd Szegedy, 10. Glenn Tyler.
Ted Christopher led the most laps in last year’s race. He led 79 of
the race’s 200 laps. Other lap leaders included Ryan Preece, who led for 64
laps, Eric Beers, who led for 31 laps, Rob Summers, who led for 25 laps, and
Jimmy Blewett, who led 1 lap.
Time of the race was 1 hour, 47 minutes and 2 seconds, at an
average speed of 56.057 mph. There were 13 caution periods for 71 laps. 5
drivers exchanged the lead on 7 occasions. 15 of 33 cars finished on the
TECH-NET SPRING SIZZLER RACE HISTORY
The Tech-Net Spring Sizzler is the longest continuously run NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour event in the country.
This will be the 38th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by
CARQUEST. The first Spring Sizzler was held in 1972 and was won by Fred
22 different drivers have won the CARQUEST Spring Sizzler. Multiple
CARQUEST Spring Sizzler winners include Mike Stefanik (1989, 1990, 1997,
1998), Ted Christopher (1988, 2002, 2003, 2008), Richie Evans (1975, 1976,
1985), Maynard Troyer (1977, 1978, 1979), Rick Fuller (1992, 1999, 2000),
Mike Ewanitsko (1994, 1995), Reggie Ruggerio (1987, 1993), and Greg Sacks
(1982, 1983). Single race winners include Fred DeSarro (1972), Ed Flemke
(1973), Bugsy Stevens (1974), Geoff Bodine (1980), Bob Polverari (1981),
Jimmy Spencer (1984), Brian Ross (1986), Jeff Fuller (1991), Jan Leaty
(1996), John Blewett, III (2001), Jerry Marquis (2004), Tony Hirschman
(2005), Doug Coby (2006), and Donny Lia (2007).
Running / Stafford Motor Speedway