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   The Chrome Horn - NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour



by Polly Reid

After topping the charts in both NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire practice sessions here at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT, Todd Szegedy in the Wisk Detergent/A&J Romano Construction Ford followed up his time around the 1.5 mile road course with a 53.902 second lap, 100.182 mph to score the Coors Light Pole Award, his second pole award of the season.

Its always nice to be the quickest car, smiled Szegedy. Thats half the battle thats over with. Start up front and hopefully well stay out of trouble.

Following Szegedy in the line up will be points leader Ron Silk in second, Erick Rudolph third, Justin Bonsignore and Mike Stefanik the top five.

Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT was aware he would be closely watched. I know a lot of people expect me to get the pole but that puts a lot of pressure on you because now you really want to do well. The track is a lot different than last year, there was a lot of nose grip and this year its very tight, you know were a second off from last year.

Mike Smeriglio gives me phenomenal equipment- Phil Moran, the countless hours he spends on these cars is just absolutely phenomenal. He spent all last Monday night, he was in the shop all night long, he slept there to make sure this car was perfect for me. He felt a lot of pressure too to make sure it was right.

I still havent figured out the tricks, said Szegedy about adjusting to a road course, even with his past experience. I know I can pick up another second or more, as crazy as it sounds, but I really believe I can just by driving the corners better. I feel Im messing up in some corners that I could carry more speed, Im not going to say which corners, but I feel I can carry a lot more speed and thats going to pick up a lot more time. I need to figure out my entry, back to the throttle - not running a road course on a regular basis, you have to figure it all out again.

Szegedy who led the inaugural event one year ago, dominated until the closing circuits when Dale Quarterly on fresh Hoosiers made the pass for the win. We do know that tires make a big difference and there will be a tire change tomorrow- its just a matter of when, were not sure.

To me, its a challenge, added Szegedy about the road course on the NWMT schedule. I wish I could come here every weekend and run. If I was a multi-millionaire there is no doubt I would be here.

Saturday, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has a warm-up session at Lime Rock from 9:45am to 10:10am before the green flag drops on the 66/99 presented by Town Fair Tire main event at 1:30pm.

  Source: Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: September 16, 2011

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