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7/17/2010

CHRISTOPHER CAPTURES MONADNOCK CHECKERS
Earns 36th career Whelen Modified Tour victory


Ted Christopher celebrated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's return to the high banks of Monadnock Speedway with his 36th career victory Saturday.

The win moved Christopher, the 2008 Tour champion, into sole possession of third place on the career win list. It's Christopher's second win of the season, allowing him to move past Tony Hirschman. The Plainville, Conn., driver now trails only Mike Stefanik (70 wins) and Reggie Ruggiero (44).

The Whelen Modified Tour was making its first race at the quarter-mile oval since 1990.

Erick Rudolph, who won his first career 21 Means 21 pole award presented by Coors Light earlier in the day, led the first 95 laps before Christopher moved to the front. The two battled each other for the lead until Christopher moved out front for the final time on Lap 152. He held off Rudolph on a green-white-checkered finish.

The scheduled 175-lap race was extended to 179 laps by a late caution. Christopher led twice for 41 laps, while Rudolph led twice for 138 laps.

Ron Silk followed Rudolph in third, with Eric Berndt fourth and points leader Bobby Santos fifth. George Brunnhoelzl III, James Civali, Glen Reen, Justin Bonsignore and Eric Beers completed the top 10.

Santos maintained his points lead, while Christopher moved past Todd Szegedy into second. Santos is 54 points in front of Christopher and 141 over Szegedy, who finished 24th Saturday.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will next race Saturday, July 31 with the Riverhead 200 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Speedway.
 


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Monadnock 200 Unofficial Results
Saturday At Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, N.H.

Lap length: 0.25 miles

    (Start position in parentheses)
  1.   (4) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 179 laps, 42.937 mph, $3,300.
  2.   (1) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $2,700.
  3. (16) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 179, $2,550.
  4.   (3) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 179, $1,400.
  5.   (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 179, $2,100.
  6.   (7) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $1,400.
  7. (14) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 179, $1,250.
  8. (15) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 179, $1,000.
  9. (10) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $1,475.
10. (18) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 179, $1,750.
11.   (6) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 179, $1,125.
12.   (9) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 179, $1000.
13. (17) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 179, $900.
14.   (8) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $1,050.
15. (23) Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $800.
16. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 179, $575.
17. (11) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 178, $725.
18. (20) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 174, $700.
19. (19) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 173, $675.
20. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155, $625.
21. (13) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 155, $600.
22.   (5) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 136, $550.
23. (22) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126, $527.
24. (21) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 105, water leak, $300.
25. (12) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 84, suspension, $500.
26. (25) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 4, accident, $300.

Race Statistics
Time of Race:
1 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.144 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: E.Rudolph (72.446 mph, 12.423 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 65 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: E. Rudolph 1-94; T. Christopher 95-108; E. Rudolph 109-152; T. Christopher 153-179.

Standings: 1. B. Santos, 1167; 2. T. Christopher, 1111; 3. T. Szegedy, 1026; 4. M. Stefanik, 1008; 5. R. Preece, 973; 6. R. Silk, 957; 7. J. Bonsignore, 881; 8. W. Pitkat, 848; 9. E. Rudolph, 847; 10. R. Pallai,Jr., 822..

 

  Source: Jason Christley / NASCAR
Posted: July 17, 2010

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