Good night from TIS.
That’ll do it for us here at Thompson tonight. Congratulations to Ron Silk on the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship and to Glen Reen for his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win.
We’ll be back with more Trackside Now coverage next Saturday night of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s season finale at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina. George Brunnhoelzl, III has a healthy lead going into Caraway, but it’ll be a fun race to follow here on 51 or through the Speed 51 Radio-produced NASCAR Home Tracks Radio broadcast of the race next Saturday night.
We hope you enjoyed today’s broadcast of a thrilling close to the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season on NASCAR Home Tracks Radio and thank you for checking out our pre and post-race coverage here on Speed51.com.
We will have lots of post-race reaction from a first-time winner and a new NWMT Champion later this week on Speed51.com
Glen Reen celebrates his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. (Jim DuPont Photo for Speed51.com)
Ron Silk showers his TS Haulers crew with champagne after winning the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship. (Jim DuPont Photo for Speed51.com)
2. Bobby Santos III
3. Matt Hirschman
4. Chuck Hossfeld
5. Tom Rogers, Jr.
6. Keith Rocco
7. Eric Beers
8. Patrick Emerling
9. Mike Stefanik
10. Eric Goodale
11. Wade Cole
12. Jimmy Zacharias
13. Gary McDonald
14. Erick Rudolph
15. Doug Coby
16. Ron Silk
17. Jamie Tomaino
18. Daniel Hemric
19. Woody Pitkat
20. Rob Fuller
21. Justin Bonsignore
22. Ted Christopher
23. Ed Flemke, Jr.
24. Ken Heagy
25. Todd Szegedy
26. Ryan Preece
27. Eric Berndt
28. Rowan Pennink
29. Kevin Goodale
30. Bryon Chew
31. Rick Gentes
32. James Civali
33. Timmy Solomito
34. Tony Ferrante, Jr.
Ron Silk finished 16th in a tough day, but locked up the 2011 NWMT Championship. Todd Szegedy, who was his closest competitor after Silk was involved in an early crash and lost nine laps early, was in the driver’s seat for the title before getting caught up in a crash with just two laps to go.
Glen Reen has won the Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson. It’s his first-ever NWMT win.
We’re back from post-race ceremonies.
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Tune in now…championship leader Ron Silk is in the wall at lap 53 with heavy damage. Todd Szegedy, his closest competitor, is leading.
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Two laps to green for the Super Late Models. Three minutes until theNASCARHomeTracks.com Radio broadcast goes live.
Next up will be a 30-lap Super Late Model feature before the WMT event.
ISMA Checkered Flag: Chris Perley has won the 50-lapper over Locke and Jedrzejek.
Five laps to go in the ISMA race. Chris Perley is on cruise control up front.
On air at 3:45pm ET, delayed again due to the length of some of the other divisions’ features.
Under yellow in the ISMA race at lap 35 of 50: Chris Perley leads Locke and Timmy Jedrzejek. Rob Summers, who had been running third, brought his car to pit road just before the yellow.
Former NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson, Jr. just dropped out of the race after running outside the top-10 at lap 29.
ISMA Lap 20: Perley leads Lock and now Summers.
On air at 3:30pm ET, delayed 15 minutes due to the length of some of the early features today.
ISMA Lap 15: Perley leads Jeff Locke, Jon Gambuti and Rob Summers.
Chris Perley started eighth, and already has taken the lead in the first 10 laps.
Because some of the support divisions have run a bit over their time allotment, the start of today’s broadcast has been pushed back to 3:30. The ISMA Supermodifieds are on track for their 50-lapper, which will be followed by a Super Late Model race, then the WMT 150-lapper to end the day.
Ryan Preece on his fourth Sunoco Modified win of the year.
“I think having to go to the bathroom so bad made me win this race. I really have to go!”
CHECKERED FLAG (Sunoco Modifieds): Ryan Preece has bested Ted Christopher to pick up the Sunoco Modified win.
A smiling Jamie Tomaino chats with a fan during the NWMT autograph session. (Speed51.com Photo)
With four laps to go, Pitkat has moved from the rear to fourth.
Preece gets the jump and leads with five to go.
We’re about to go green for the final six laps of the Sunoco Modified feature.  Ryan Preece leads Ted Christopher on the restart.
– Opened on May 26, 1940 as the largest and first asphalt track in New England at the time.
– Has one of the oldest NASCAR affiliations in the nation
– Held NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 1951, 1969 and 1970
– Features weekly competition with six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.
– Has played host to 115 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, the most in the tour’s 27 years.
– There have been 30 different race winners at TIS, led by Mike Stefanik’s 14.
– There have been 40 different pole winners at TIS, led by Tony Hirschman’s 13.
The Sunoco World Series has 10 drivers entered who have won at TIS during their careers: Stefanik (14), Ted Christopher (13), Ed Flemke, Jr. (4), Ron Silk (3), Todd Szegedy (3), Bobby Santos (2), Eric Beers (1), James Civali (1), Doug Coby (1) and Chuck Hossfeld (1).
– Leads Szegedy by 54 points
– Three wins, two poles and 12 top-10 finishes in 15 races this year.
– Only DNF of the season came here at Thompson in the season opener, the Icebreaker.
– Outside fo the Icebreaker, has finishes of second and ninth here.
– Three wins in 26 career starts all-time at Thompson

Todd Szegedy
– 2003 NWMT Champion
– Three wins, 11 top-10’s in 15 starts this season
Three wins, three poles and 17 top-10’s in his career at Thompson
– Last TIS win was in 2008.
– Has finishes of 22nd, sixth and fifth this year at Thompson.

Under caution with six laps to go in the Sunoco Modiifed feature.  Woody Pitkat, who was second earlier, was penalized just before this most recent yellow for jumping the start.  Officials put Pitkat to the rear of the field, but then got tangled up when cars ahead of him spun and crashed into turn one.  Pitkat pulled away from the scene, but it was a seven-car incident that brought the field under the yellow.
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Ryan Preece set fast time for the Sunoco World Series event yesterday here at Thompson. (Jim DuPont Photo for Speed51.com)
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series’ Sunoco Modified division is now on track.  Currently, Ryan Preece, who will start on the pole in the Whelen Tour race, leads two other WMT regulars, Woody Pitkat and Ted Christopher with 17 laps in the books.
Fans can see just how far away from other NASCAR facilities they are while on the midway.
Don’t forget fans, we have a double Trackside Now today.  During some downtime here at Thompson, click over to Speed51.com’s Trackside Now from the CRA Super Series in one of the most historic short track events in the country, the Winchester 400.  There will also be a live Speed 51 Radio broadcast of the feature, as well.TRACKSIDE NOW:  http://www.speed51.com/2011_Stories/CRA/trackside_now_Winchester_400_10_16.html


Keith Rocco and some buddies run radio-controlled cars in the TIS Midway. (Speed51.com Photo)
We’re going to walk down to the pits to take a few more notes before today’s race.  We’ll be back shortly.
It’s a beautiful day here in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut – perfect for Fall in New England.  Temperatures are in the upper-50’s with a slight breeze, so it’s definitely jacket weather, but the sun is shining brightly with a few light, puffy clouds overhead.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pit area was buzzing with action earlier today. (Speed51.com Photo)
Stefanik has teamed up with the Ed Marceau-owned team that he competes with on occasion on the Valenti Modified Racing Series and will compete today in the #86.
One of the biggest shakeups in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season, seven-time NASCAR WMT Champion Mike Stefanik walked away from the Eric Sanderson-owned Flamingo Motorsports #16 team earlier this week.  Taking his seat for today’s event is Ryan Preece, who then took it to the quickest time in yesterday’s qualifying.
The Sunoco World Series features a multitude of support divisions – 15 in all between yesterday and today.  Racecars of all kinds, from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sunoco (SK) Modifieds, Super Late Models and Late Models, to open-wheeled divisions like the NEMA Midgets and the ISMA Supermodifieds, have filled the pit area here at Thompson for this Fall New England tradition.
Today’s Sunoco World Series NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour feature will air live onNASCARHomeTracks.com Radio with Matt Kentfield, Mike Twist and Gary Danko on the call.  The race will be on air at 3:15pm with the green flag flying at 3:30.  Today’s Trackside Now will be a pre and post-race hub for information with limited updates during the race while the broadcast is going on.
One of the friends of Speed51.com and a voice you’ve heard at times on NASCAR Home Tracks Radio and on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series broadcasts on SPEED, Derek Pernesiglio, is competing today in the NEMA Midget feature, which is about to go green.  We wish good luck to him in this race.
Todd Szegedy has some work to do today if he is to leapfrog over Ron Silk for his second NWMT title. (Speed51.com Photo)
Norwalk, Connecticut’s Ron Silk holds a 54-point advantage on Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Todd Szegedy.  There are several scenarios for the title depending on who finishes where that we can keep fans on top of during today’s broadcast.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point standings
1 Ron Silk 2328
2 Todd Szegedy 2274
3 Eric Beers 2163
4 Rowan Pennink 2140
5 Doug Coby 2086
6 Justin Bonsignore 2036
7 Matt Hirschman 1998
8 Bobby Santos 1963
9 Ted Crhstopher 1956
10 Erick Rudolph 1930
1 16 – Ryan Preece
2 52 – Doug Coby
3 36 – Ted Christopher
4 2 – Todd Szegedy
5 4 – Bobby Santos
6 66 – Timmy Solomito
7 98 – Erick Rudolph
8 6 – Ron Silk
9 58 – Eric Goodale
10 45 – Eric Beers
11 9 – Tom Rogers, Jr.
12 51 – Justin Bonsignore
13 93 – Rowan Pennink
14 22 – Chuck Hossfeld
15 28 – James Civali
16 50 – Kevin Goodale
17 86 – Mike Stefanik
18 31 – Tony Ferrante, Jr.
19 07 – Patrick Emerling
20 46 – Eric Berndt
21 38 – Woody Pitkat
22 3 – Matt Hirschman
23 44 – Rick Gentes
24 17 – Glen Reen
25 99 – Jamie Tomaino
26 88 – Bryon Chew
27 18 – Ken Heagy
28 79 – Daniel Hemric
29 10 – Ed Flemke, Jr.
30 33 – Wade Cole
31 26 – Gary McDonald
32 71 – Rob Fuller
33 59 – Jimmy Zacharias
34 57 – Keith Rocco
Ron Silk’s team prepares the point leading car for battle today. (Speed51.com Photo)
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The green flag for today’s race will be at 3:30pm.  The broadcast will go live at 3:15.
Today’s Trackside Now coverage will serve as a pre-race and post-race hub for information from today’s race.  During the 150-lap feature, be sure to tune in to the liveNASCARHomeTracks.com broadcast.  Speed 51 Radio will be producing the show with Matt Kentfield and Mike Twist on the call from the booth and Gary Danko on pit road.
Good afternoon and welcome to Thompson International Speedway in the Northeastern corner of Connecticut where today a champion will be crowned for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
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Trackside Now: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour – Sunoco World Series – Thompson (CT) – 10/16/11