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Wrecks On Second Lap, Status Uncertain For Town Fair Tire 100

Mixed emotions befell Jimmy Blewett on Friday evening at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as he earned his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for Saturday’s Town Fair 100.

Blewett, from Howell, N.J., secured his first pole at the “Magic Mile” on his first lap of qualifying at 29.691 seconds (128.281 mph), but his No. 76 John Blewett Incorporated Chevrolet wrecked hard into the wall in the second circuit.

Without a back-up car at the track this weekend, Blewett’s status for Saturday was uncertain as the Whelen Modified Tour garage officially closed on Friday.

A five-time winner during his Whelen Modified Tour career, Blewett is chasing his first checkered flag at NHMS, where his best career finish in 16 previous events was second place in 2010.

Ted Christopher, a five-time tour winner in Loudon, qualified second-fastest at 29.783 (127.885). Bryon Chew joined him on the qualifying podium with a fast lap of 29.806 (127.786) around the 1.058-mile oval.

Bobby Santos, Eric Goodale, Andy Seuss, Woody Pitkat, Rowan Pennink, Donny Lia and defending Town Fair Tire 100 winner Mike Stefanik rounded out Friday’s top-10 qualifiers.

Season points leader Ryan Preece finished 12th-fastest in qualifying.

Blewett wasn’t the only driver to have problems among the 32-car field in the qualifying session. A two-time winner at NHMS, Ron Silk wrecked on his first qualifying lap while Kyle Ebersole – making his Whelen Modified Tour debut – was not able to get out on the track to take time.

The Town Fair Tire is set to go green on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The sixth race of the Whelen Modified Tour season will be carried live on SPEED.

Qualifying Results

Race Saturday; Qualifying Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Lap Length:
1.058 miles

  1. (76) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 128.281
  2.   (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 127.885
  3. (88) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 127.786
  4. (44) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 127.602
  5. (58) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 127.338
  6. (11) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 127.334
  7. (79) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Pontiac, 127.227
  8. (93) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 127.197
  9.   (4) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 127.176
10. (22) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Chevrolet, 127.168
11.   (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 126.905
12. (16) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 126.791
13. (64) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 126.783
14. (72) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126.500
15. (52) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 126.333
16. (46) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 126.174
17. (73) Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, Ont., Canada, Chevrolet, 125.554
18. (15) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Chevrolet, 125.467
19. (51) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.438
20.   (7) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 125.170
21. (39) Richie Pallai,, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.117
22. (99) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 124.593
23. (18) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 123.614
24. (28) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 123.498
25. (07) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 123.402
26. (33) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 121.621
27. (97) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 121.400
28. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 121.122
29. (19) Jacob Dore, Sanford, Maine, Chevrolet, 120.949
30. (38) Brian Schofield, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 120.780
31.   (6) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, No speed
32.   (5) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, No speed


  Source: Jason Cunningham / NASCAR
Posted: July 12, 2013

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