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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Stafford


Analyzing The NAPA Fall Final 150 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2015) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to headline Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway’s 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend with the NAPA Fall Final 150 on Sunday. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

NAPA Fall Final 150 Setup:

  • Woody Pitkat leads Ryan Preece by eight points and Doug Coby by 11 in the championship standings entering the next-to-last race of the season. Preece, Coby and Pitkat finished 1-2-3 in the last NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visit to Stafford Motor Speedway in August.
  • Preece and Pitkat have combined to win the last five races at Stafford. Preece is the defending winner of the NAPA Fall Final 150, and won the two Friday night races there this year.
  • Prior to the run of Pitkat and Preece, Coby and Bobby Santos compiled eight wins in a 10-race stretch at Stafford from 2012-14.
  • Eric Goodale will make his 100th career start in this race. He maintains the active starts streak lead, currently at 97 races entering Stafford.

 At Stafford Motor Speedway:


  • The Stafford Springs Agricultural Park opened in 1870. The current race track was originally used for horse racing, which gave way to automobiles after World War II.
  • Stafford Motor Speedway became a NASCAR-sanctioned track in 1959 and was paved in 1967.
  • Stafford is one of nine tracks that have been a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program in each of its 34 years of competition.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford was held on April 14, 1985. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans won the 80-lap race as part of the 14th Annual Spring Sizzler weekend.


  • The NWMT has held 117 races at Stafford since 1985, a total second only to the 129 events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
  • Stafford has held multiple races in 30 of the tour’s 31 seasons. The lone exception was 1988.
  • There have been 32 different race winners at Stafford, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories.
  • There have been 43 different pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Ryan Preece set the track qualifying record in the 2012 Spring Sizzler.
  • No driver has started all previous 117 races at Stafford. Jamie Tomaino has missed only one – the track’s inaugural race.
  • There have been seven races won in wire-to-wire fashion at Stafford, the last by Ron Silk in 2011.
  • Ryan Preece was the youngest Stafford race winner at 18 years, 9 months and 14 days in 2009.
  • Ted Christopher was the oldest Stafford victor at 53 years, 3 months and 28 days in 2011.
  • The NAPA Fall Final 150 entry list features 10 drivers that have previously won at the track: Christopher (12), Doug Coby and Bobby Santos (6), Preece (5), Donny Lia and Todd Szegedy (4), Woody Pitkat (2), James Civali (1), Silk (1) and Tomaino (1).

 Stafford Motor Speedway Data

Race #:  14 of 15 overall, 4 of 4 at Stafford

Track Layout:  .5-mile asphalt oval

Race Length:  150 laps (75 miles)

Banking/Turns 1 & 2:  9 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4:  7.5 degrees

 Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  Ryan Preece, Ford, 74.856 mph, 1 hr. 55 secs.

2014 Pole Winner:  Bobby Santos, Chevrolet, 97.266 mph, 18.506 secs.

Qualifying Record:  Ryan Preece, Ford, 100.424 mph, 17.924 secs., 4/29/12

  Active Category Leaders at Stafford: Wins

  1. Ted Christopher … 12
  2. Doug Coby … 6

Bobby Santos … 6


  1. Bobby Santos … 9
  2. Donny Lia … 8
  3. Ted Christopher … 4

Ryan Preece … 4

Top Fives

  1. Ted Christopher … 30
  2. Todd Szegedy … 23
  3. Doug Coby … 14

Donny Lia … 14

Bobby Santos … 14

  Top 10s

  1. Jamie Tomaino … 54
  2. Ted Christopher … 52

3. Todd Szegedy … 30   Laps Led

  1. Ted Christopher … 2,083
  2. Todd Szegedy … 844
  3. Doug Coby … 786


Laps Completed

  1. Jamie Tomaino … 16,713
  2. Ted Christopher … 12,952
  3. Todd Szegedy … 8,017


  1. Jamie Tomaino … 116
  2. Ted Christopher … 91
  3. Wade Cole … 56

 Select Driver Highlights:

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)

  • Has eight wins, five poles and 50 top 10s in 86 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
  • Ranks 10th in points with seven top 10s in 13 outings, highlighted by wins in both events at Riverhead Raceway.
  • Has two poles, 12 top 10s, an average finish of 13th and a best result of second (April 2013, June 2014) in 23 career NWMT starts at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Ted Christopher (No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet)

  • The 2008 NWMT champion has 42 wins, 24 poles and 198 top 10s in 359 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
  • Is looking to end a 53-race winless drought. It’s the second-longest such streak in his career. His first win came in his 94th race.
  • Sits 14th in points with six top 10s in 11 starts.
  • Has 12 wins, four poles, 51 top 10s, an average finish of 13th and 2,083 laps led in 91 career NWMT Stafford starts.
  • Is a nine-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Stafford out of the SK Modified division, where his 101 triumphs are more than double second place on the division wins list. Has a record 122 overall career victories at the track entering this week’s events.

Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet)

  • The 2012 and 2014 NWMT champion has 15 wins, eight poles and 88 top 10s in 170 career starts.
  • Ranks third in points after 13 events and has a tour-best five victories, which is tied for his career-high (2012).
  • Has six wins, three poles, 24 top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 43 career NWMT starts at Stafford.
  • Has 18 career NWAAS victories at Stafford, including six in SK Modifieds.

 Patrick Emerling (No. 07 Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet)

  • Has two poles and 24 top 10s in 67 career starts with a best finish of second last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Both poles were earned this year.
  • Ranks fifth in points this year on the strength of a career-high eight top 10s.
  • Has a pole (Aug. 2015), five top 10s, an average finish of 16th and a best run of fifth (Sept. 2014) in 19 Stafford starts.

Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet)

  • Has a win, a pole and 44 top 10s in 99 career starts. The win came in June 2013 at Riverhead.
  • Maintains the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 97 races.
  • Ranks sixth in points after 13 races with a career-best nine top 10s.
  • Has eight top 10s, an average finish of 14.5 and a best result of fourth (April 2015) in 28 career Stafford races.

Donny Lia (No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet)

  • The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 21 poles and 85 top 10s in 167 career starts.
  • Seven top 10s in 13 starts this year has him eighth in the points standings.
  • Has four wins, eight poles, 26 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 43 career Stafford appearances.

Woody Pitkat (No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet)

  • Has three wins, four poles and 55 top 10s in 104 career starts.
  • Is the championship points leader with a tour-high 10 top-five finishes, highlighted by a win in the Spring Sizzler. Also won the non-points All-Star Shootout in July at NHMS.
  • Has two wins, 18 top 10s and an average finish of 12.5 in 29 NWMT races at Stafford.
  • Has 28 career wins in Stafford’s SK Modified division. His 75 overall career feature wins at the track rank second all-time behind Ted Christopher

Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet)

  • The 2013 NWMT champion has 15 wins, 14 poles, 39 podiums, 54 top fives and 76 top 10s in 121 career starts.
  • Has four wins and 12 top 10s in 13 races to rank second in the 2015 championship standings.
  • Has five wins, four poles, 19 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 33 NWMT Stafford races.
  • Earned the 2011 NWAAS Stafford track title in SK Modifieds, where he has 25 career wins.

Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet)

  • The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 16 poles and 58 top 10s in 105 career events.
  • Sits ninth in points with eight top 10s in 12 starts and a best result of third, recorded on two occasions.
  • The active leader with nine poles at Stafford, where he has six wins, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 27 races.

Ron Silk (No. 15 15-40 Connection/LFR Chassis Chevrolet)

  • The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, eight poles and 86 top 10s in 145 career starts.
  • Has participated in seven of 13 events this year with a best run of third last week at NHMS.
  • Has a win (May 2011), two poles, 19 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 37 career NWMT races at Stafford.

Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)

  • The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a pole and 15 top 10s in 33 career starts with a best finish of third at Riverhead in September 2013 and at Stafford this June.
  • Ranks seventh in points with seven top 10s through 13 events.
  • Has an average finish of 13th with a best run of third (June 2015) in nine career Stafford races.

Todd Szegedy (No. 4 Montanari Fuel Dodge)

  • The 2003 NWMT champion has 19 wins, 10 poles and 124 top 10s in 200 career starts.
  • Sits fourth in points with nine top 10s in 13 outings in his first year with Mystic Missile Racing. Won at NHMS in July.
  • Has four wins, two poles, 30 top 10s and an average finish of 9.5 in 51 career NWMT starts at Stafford.

Other Driver Notes

  • A six-time winner in Stafford’s SK Modified division this year, Ronnie Williams is set to make his NWMT debut in this event.
  • Rookie Matt Swanson made his NWMT debut in the tour’s last visit to Stafford in August with a finish of 15th.
  • Recent Stafford NWAAS alum Troy Talman has an average finish of 18th in three NWMT races there this year.
  • This will be James Civali’s first race at Stafford since the August 2011 event.

Up To Speed:

  • This is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 30th Anniversary season. The inaugural race was contested March 31, 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
  • The 2015 schedule features 15 points races at seven different tracks across four states.
  • Doug Coby opened up his title defense with a win from the pole in the Thompson Icebreaker 150 on April 12.
  • Woody Pitkat earned the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 victory on April 26 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
  • Ryan Preece emerged victorious at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in the Mr. Rooter 161 on May 30.
  • Preece made it two-in-a-row with a victory in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 on June 5 at Stafford.
  • Coby won at Thompson for the second consecutive outing with the Mr. Rooter 125 victory on June 10.
  • The Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 was postponed one day by rain, then dominated in victory by Justin Bonsignore.
  • Todd Szegedy won the Andy Blacksmith 100 presented by Donate Life New England on July 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
  • Coby notched the first bullring win of his career on July 25 when he reached Victory Lane at Monadnock Speedway in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200.
  • Preece made it two-in-a-row at Stafford when he won the Call Before You Dig 150 on Aug. 7.
  • Coby moved to three-for-three in 2015 at Thompson when he won the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Aug. 12.
  • Preece notched his first Bristol victory when he won the rain-delayed and abbreviated Bush’s Beans 150 on Aug. 19.
  • Bonsignore turned in the 2015 Riverhead sweep as he won the Riverhead 200 on Aug. 29.
  • Coby won from the pole at NHMS on Sept. 26.
  • Following the NAPA Fall Final 150, the NWMT will close out the 2015 season on Oct. 18 at Thompson.

More than just racing at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing

75 Logo FINAL(THOMPSON, CT) – Although fifteen thrilling divisions of racing are sure to keep fans busy at the upcoming Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtramart, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will also be offering a variety of activities to entertain fans throughout the three day event, October 16-18.
As the Sunoco World Series marks the culmination of the 30th season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and the 75th anniversary for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), several special fan activities have been lined up. On Friday afternoon, fans are invited to come cheer on their favorite team as the Whelen Modified Tour haulers line up to parade into the track. The parade will leave from the Kmart on Route 44 in Putnam, CT at 3:30PM on Friday, travel north on I-395, and will come through the center of Thompson to arrive at the track at 3:45PM.
A lull in activity on Sunday morning will also be the perfect time for fans of all ages to jump on the TSMP Hay Ride for a tour around the paddock area. The Hay Ride will leave at 10:30AM from the main ticket booth, and will be hosted by a few special guest drivers.
Chris and Presto Pete, New England’s ONLY Two-Man Kid’s Magic Show, will be set up on the Midway on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing their high-energy performances and children’s games.  The show will take place on the Midway at 2PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Fans are also encourage to stop by the midway for Driver Autograph sessions. The International Supermodified drivers will be holding an autograph session on Saturday at 3:30PM, and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers will sign autographs at 2:15PM on Sunday, before their final race.
The Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, presented by Xtramart, will take place Friday through Sunday, October 16-18, 2015 with feature races taking place all three days. For more information about the event or Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, please visit or call 860-923-2280. To stay up to date on the latest news and events, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@ThompsonSpdwy) or Youtube.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford


Whelen Mods Headline 43rd Annual NAPA Fall Final Weekend

  • Three-Way Battle Returns To Stafford


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2015) – The Doug Coby-Woody Pitkat-Ryan Preece battle has played out across the northeast the last two years, but nowhere has it been more magnified than at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway – the venue for Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150.

The trio has won 11 of the previous 15 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at the historic half-mile, including the last six in a row. Coby claimed five of those checkered flags from 2012-14, but Pitkat (two) and Preece (three) have won the last five in a row while Preece garnered a fourth win in the midst of Coby’s run.

In the tour’s last visit to Stafford in August, Preece, Coby and Pitkat finished 1-2-3, which was a microcosm of the season-long championship battle between the three. All three have taken their turn atop the standings – the only drivers to do so this year – and the margin between first and second has never reached double digits.

Following last week’s fireworks at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where Coby bumped Preece from the race and championship lead with contact on the last lap of the event, Pitkat returns to his hometown track with an eight-point edge on Preece atop the standings. Coby’s max-points New Hampshire victory, combined with Preece’s 19th place finish after the contact, gained Coby 14 points on the day. He remained in third, but is now just 11 points behind the leader instead of the 25-tally hole he had prior to New Hampshire.

The situation is reminiscent of the 2009 season when the Whelen Modified Tour went into Fall Final weekend with Ted Christopher leading Donny Lia by one and Preece by 12. Lia took the Fall Final 150 checkered flag and went on to celebrate the championship three weeks later in the finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Stafford’s final weekend is no stranger to close championship chases in recent seasons. Including that 2009 battle and the current season, four of the last seven years the margin between first and second has been eight points or less entering the Fall Final 150.

Pitkat and Preece will want to continue their recent success at Stafford because the season finale at Thompson looms as an advantage for Coby. He’s led 289 of 425 laps en route to max-points victories in each of the three races there this year.

RACE:  NAPA Fall Final 150

PLACE:  Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway

DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 4

TIME:  3:15 p.m. ET (approx.)

TELECAST:  NBCSN, Oct. 10, 4 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT:  .5-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

2014 WINNER:  Ryan Preece

2014 POLESITTER:  Bobby Santos

EVENT SCHEDULE:  Saturday – Practice 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Qualifying 2:30 p.m., Sunday – NAPA Pit Party Driver Autograph Session 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT:  Scott Runnin,

TRACK TWITTER:  @StaffordSpeedwy


NASCAR CONTACT:  Jason Cunningham,, Twitter: @NASCAR_NE

Fast Facts:

The Race:  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline Stafford Motor Speedway’s 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend with the last of its four trips to the historic half mile in 2015. The NAPA Fall Final 150 will be the 14th of 15 events on the schedule.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field per the official entry blank is 33 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (75 miles) and is an impound race with three change tires allowed for the event.

The Track:  A half-mile, slightly-banked oval, Stafford originated as a horse racing track in the 1870s. After seven decades as a horse track, the dirt oval started holding automobile races following World War II. Stafford became a NASCAR-sanctioned track in 1959 and was paved for the first time in 1967. Stafford’s 117 Whelen Modified Tour races are second all-time.

Race Winners:  There have been 32 different race winners at Stafford all-time, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories. Woody Pitkat and Ryan Preece have combined to win the last five events at the track.

Pole Winners:  There have been 43 different pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Ryan Preece holds the tour’s track qualifying record at 17.924 seconds (100.424 mph), set during the 2012 Spring Sizzler.

NAPA Fall Final 150 Notes:

Williams Set for Tour Debut:  Stafford Motor Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standout Ronnie Williams is set to make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in the NAPA Fall Final 150. Williams, whose first tour start will come four days prior to his 19th birthday, has racked up six SK Modified feature wins at Stafford this year to tie Rowan Pennink for the division lead. He will pilot a modified owned by tour veteran and fellow Stafford weekly competitor Ted Christopher in the NAPA Fall Final 150.


Preece’s Busy Schedule Continues:  Following last Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Preece made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut the following day at the same track and finished 32nd after he started 37th. In addition to chasing two modified championships, he has a pair of other ventures on the horizon as he will compete in this Friday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Speedway as well as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event on Oct. 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Emerling’s Step-Up Season:  Patrick Emerling is well on the way to his best record in five years on the Whelen Modified Tour. With two races remaining he already has two more top-10 finishes than his previous career high, and last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway his runner-up finish to Doug Coby was his best finish in 67 career starts. Emerling earned his first career Coors Light Pole Award in the Whelen Modified Tour’s last visit to Stafford in August, and duplicated that the following week at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He currently sits fifth in points.


Home Tracks:  Pennink Poised for First Title

Rowan Pennink brings a 12-point lead in the SK Modified division standings into NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend in an attempt to secure his first career Stafford Motor Speedway track championship. Pennink has posted six wins and 18 top 10s in 21 starts to lead Ryan Preece, who ranks second with three triumphs with 19 top 10s. The 2011 track titlist Preece has finished as the championship runner-up by a mere two points in each of the two previous seasons.