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Thompson International Speedway
by Polly Reid

Taking down his 11th career pole, his 5th of the season, Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT in the Eric Sanderson owned, East West Marine, Diversified Metals sponsored Ford set fast time at Thompson International Speedway with a time of 18.850 and will lead the field Sunday afternoon for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire Northern 75.

Justin Bonsignore will roll off second with Bobby Santos third, Doug Coby fourth and Rowan Pennink fifth.

“This has been the best car we’ve had all year as far as race-ability and where I want it to go, it’s awesome,” said Preece. “It’s kind of humbling. To be doing what we’re doing right now I’m just super psyched for the 16 team. I definitely learned a lot when I was in the 3 car and carried it over to this, so, just trying to do the best I can.” Preece, crew chief Stan Szaban and the Flamingo Motorsports Team appear to have something figured out at Thompson. His fourth pole at the 5/8 mile CT oval, Preece was comfortable from the time the 16 hit the track. “We unloaded really good and we were really good in race trim. I’m more excited for the race. We came so close last year but a broken spark plug stepped in the way.” The pole winner one year ago and finishing third, Preece will keep his strategy simple. “It’s a 75 lap qualifying run…just go for it.”

Rounding out the top ten will be Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk and Eric Beers.

Capturing his first ever NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour career pole award, Rob Fuller in the Bobby Fuller owned, Draco Springs sponsored Ford will lead the 21 car field to the stripe tomorrow for the GreenPointe Energy Southern 75.

Tim Brown will line up second with Andy Seuss third, Steve Masse fourth and Burt Myers fifth.

“To get my first modified pole here is huge because of the Hoenig and Fuller relationship,” said Fuller about setting fast time at Thompson. “I think the Fuller name has the most wins of anybody here. I remember coming here when I was six years old watching my dad, the sand banking in the corner there, it’s just a very historical place for my family, it feels good.” Rob’s dad Bobby Fuller, the car owner and crew chief of the 71, is brother to Jeff and Rick. “Being brought up in a racing family is probably a huge understatement. My dad ran here in 1979 forty-one times and won thirty-eight of them.” Fuller continued, “To run the modifieds together, the northern tour and the southern tour, this is a great show. It’s probably my favorite show of the whole year. The pay is what it needs to be, the competition is what it needs to be, there’s 45 cars here, this is modified racing.”

Danny Bohn will take the green sixth for the NWSMT Green Point 75 with George Brunnhoelzl, Matt Hirschman, John Smith and Jason Myers the top ten.

Each Tour will run their 75 lap feature event that will count for points. Then it is the much anticipated 50 lap UNOH Showdown with the biggest payday of the year on the line. The top ten from each division transfers making up the first 20 spots, provisionals will be positions 21-30 with the final two starting spots being the promoters pick for a 32 car field. If you can’t be at Thompson, check out www.thechromehorn.com for live updates with Denise DuPont.

  Source: Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: September 8, 2012

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