MODIFIED'S ONLY NON-OVAL RACE OF THE YEAR
IS AT LIME ROCK PARK THIS SATURDAY
NASCAR Whelen Modified “66/99” Presented by Town
Fair Tire race is this Saturday, September 17 at
Lime Rock Park in Northwest Connecticut.
The Whelen Mods, very popular in Connecticut
(running at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson
International Speedway multiple times per season),
came to Lime Rock Park for the first time in 2010.
Their stop at Lime Rock Park this year for the
“66/99” (66 laps of the track’s 1.5-mile road course
is 99 miles) is the series’ only road course race.
Last year’s Lime Rock race was won by Dale
Quarterley in the #52 Chevrolet, wresting the lead
from polesitter Todd Szegedy (Ridgefield, Conn.) in
the #2 Ford with just four laps to go.
Szegedy sits second in the points standings coming
into the weekend, only 60 points behind Ron Silk of
Norwalk, Conn. Quarterley, from Westfield, Mass., is
not scheduled to race, though a "late add" is not
out of the question.
This year, the #52 is being driven by Middletown,
Connecticut’s Doug Coby, coming off his two
impressive wins last week at Thompson in the Whelen
Modifieds “North-South” Showdown.
For the fans, there are two special attractions:
Rising country-western star AJ Jansen, originally
from Torrington, Conn., will be performing with her
band Friday night and all day Saturday at Lime Rock,
while more than a dozen “old school” modifieds (the
mods are NASCAR’s oldest division, debuting in 1947)
will be doing parade laps on the during the lunch
break on Saturday, thanks to N.E.A.R., New England
In addition to the Whelen Mod feature event, there
are four SCCA Pro Racing open-wheel races: The
Formula F Championship (Ford and Honda powered
formula cars) and the FF2000 Championship each run
two races, with fields of 30+ cars in all four
Practice and qualifying for all three series is
Friday, Sept. 16.
Children 12 and under are free, parking is free and
access to the pits for all fans is free. Tickets for
the NASCAR Whelen Modified “66/99” Presented by Town
Fair Tire are available at the gate Saturday, Sept.
17 for $45.
Source: Rick Roso / Lime Rock Park