HOSTS WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR
THIS THURSDAY NIGHT
The biggest racing event of the summer at Thompson Speedway is scheduled for
this Thursday night. That’s when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls into
town for the running of the annual New England Dodge Dealers presentation of
the Budweiser 150. This late summer racing spectacle is always a fan
favorite and will bring out the very best on the NASCAR Whelen Modified
This event dates back to the very first year of the WMT, 1985. The
winner’s list contains many of the very best drivers ever to strap
themselves into a NASCAR Modified. Richie Evans won the inaugural August
“Tour” event and names like Jimmy Spencer, Brian Ross, Reggie Ruggiero, Mike
McLaughlin, Jeff Fuller, Mike Stefanik, Tony Hirschman, Ted Christopher and
Todd Szegedy, to name a few, have followed in the Evans tradition.
The 2009 points battle is beginning to heat up. Ted Christopher,
the 2008 WMT Champ, had topped the points chase since Thompson’s Icebreaker
in April. However, following the recent race at Riverhead Speedway, Todd
Szegedy, the 2003 title holder, took over the top spot in the points race.
All that changed last Friday when Christopher scored a second place finish
at Stafford and Szegedy came home in 10th spot. Christopher had regained the
This give and take will be the center of attention when these two
great drivers take the green flag in the Bud 150 at Thompson. Ryan Preece
has won the last two WMT events and sits third in the points standings.
Rounding out the top five are the 2007 Champ, Donnie Lia followed by Rowan
The Whelen Modified Tour cars will time trial at 5:30 PM. Upon
completion of their qualifying, the drivers of the “Tour” will gather on the
Thompson midway for an autograph session. Fans are urged to bring items they
would like to have signed and to also bring their cameras to snap some
pictures of their favorite drivers.
Feature events will begin shortly after 6 PM and will showcase
Thompson’s “Super 6” NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions. The WMT
Bud 150 has a posted start time of approximately 8:45 PM.
Tickets for this great late summer event are available at the
Thompson track office. All major credit cards are accepted. The entire race
day schedule along with much more information is posted on the Thompson web
Source: Russ Dowd
/ Thompson International Speedway