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BRUNEAU CAPTURES SEEKONK STREET STOCK FEATURE, PAUL LALLIER TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP

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Scott Bruneau had a mathematical chance to overtake Paul Lallier for the championship as did Tyler Lallier. Bruneau did everything possible to capture the crown, including winning the year-ending feature but the elder Lallier drove to a fifth place finish, putting the question out of reach to his pursuers to come home with his second Street Stock championship.

Bruneau battled through an often rowdy, often hostile field before coming to the front with four laps remaining. Coming off a restart, he took the lead over Steve Axon and held him off for a half-second margin of victory. Chris Rioux chased him across the line, followed by Lallier and the surging Corey Fanning who had been running eleventh with four laps to go.

Craig Pianka took the lead off the pole as Anthony Kohler was edged out of second by Adam Dion. Axon moved forward from his fifth place start to take Kohler out of third going into lap four. Lallier popped into fifth for a lap but Fanning moved past him and Mike Mitchell fell in behind in seventh place.

Thomas Adams spun in turn four and created a miracle to keep his spinning car off the outside wall. This brought a lap seven restart with Adam Dion and Pianka facing off. Dion got out by a nose but they were door-to-door at the flagstand. Dion finally took the front in turn four. Fanning went to third. Ray Lovelace, Tyler Lallier and Axon got into a three-wide and Axon went around starting a huge scramble to avoid. Vinny Pangelinan was collected and ended his night in the pits. Ray Negley came away with his door dented in. Joe Melberg visited the pits and returned.

Pianka mosed away from Dion on the green but again they went door to door as Dion heated it up. Mitchell, Kohler and Rioux then went three wide over fourth. Mitchell came out in third, behind Dion. Kohler was fifth, behind Pianka. Tyler then got past Kohler into fifth and Lovelace took sixth. But Melberg spun out of turn two to bring the caution. He was pushed to the pits but returned for the restart.

Fanning and Mitchell battled for the front on the green, going wheel-to-wheel until fanning nosed out of turn three. But Mitchell came back in turn four to get a fender ahead. He had a half car lead in turn turn thirteen when Lovelace spun in turn four.

Mitchell and Fanning again challenged for the lead but Adams spun in turn four and they lined up again. It took two attempts to resume lap fifteen, and Tony Oliviera, Negley and Ed Flanagan, Jr. were lost for the evening. Mitchell assumed the lead over fanning while Pianka and Tyler battled over third. Dion was working under Paul for fifth.

Mitchell had a one car lead on lap 19 followed by Fanning, Pianka, the resurgent Bruneau, while Dion was under Tyler. Tyler got into Dion who got sideways and brought the caution. Dion made for the pits while Tyler went to the rear for the assist. This time Mitchell got out by a nose on lap 20 and had a solid lead one lap later. Fanning nosed under and made contact, sending Mitchell around. Fanning was called for the assist.

Bruneau and Pianka lined up on the front. Bruneau grabbed the front with a surge out of the box. Axon jumped past Pianka into second. Rioux and Paul Lallier followed with a 3-wide cropping up between Jeremy Walker, Lovelace and Pianka. It stayed three wide into the following lap when Adams spun in turn two.

Axon and Bruneau whipsawed the lead for a lap until Walker and Ryan Flood got together, their body metal locking them up. It took several minutes to free them and reset the field.

The lap 23 restart saw Axon nose out and Bruneau come back and they hacksawed back and forth before Bruneau could get to the lead and finally lead Axon across the stripe. Paul Lallier brushed the frontstretch wall going under the white flag but kept it running and straight.

Chris Rioux finished third, ahead of Lovelace and Lallier. Sixth went to Fanning, followed by Tyler Lallier, Dion, Melberg, Mitchell and Walker.

BELCHER WINS FEATURE AND SEEKONK CHAMPIONSHIP IN SPORT TRUCKS

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Chase Belcher came into the evening two points up on the championship chase and the confrontation with Rob Murphy for the final race of the season was immense. Belcher was starting outside on the third row; Murphy was on his left and an epic confrontation was promised. Instead, Murphy tangled twice with David Lougee and both were gone just four laps into the race.

Belcher had the championship at that point. He claimed the lead on the restart and battled Mike Cavallaro and Ed Gannon to the finish, coming back to the front when Gannon suffered a solo spin with two laps remaining. Belcher pulled away from Mike Duarte, who shared the front on the restart and held off Cavallaro to the finish for a win and the championship.

Lenny Guy kicked things off from the pole after original polesitter Mike Lopes false started and had to go to the rear. The full race restart saw Lenny pull away from Ed Perry with a push from Murphy who was behind him. Belcher leapt into second with Perry and Murphy in a three-wide with him. Murphy had to get out of the three-wide to avoid contact with the wall and, as the three-wide broke down, Lougee got into the back of Murphy who went around with a flat front tire. Lougee made for the pits as did Murphy.

Guy grabbed the lead on the restart with Belcher on his bumper. Belcher then ran under Guy and grabbed the lead out of turn four. Murphy, coming from the rear looked under Mike Lopes and the made contact in turn two. Perry looped and collected it before the caution flew. He headed for the pits, then elected to stay ontrack for the duration and caution flew.

Belcher and Guy again lined up with Cavallaro and Gannon behind them. Belcher took the lead and Cavallaro went under Guy. Gannon also passed Lenny as Duarte got by Perry into fifth. Belcher went to a two-car lead but Murphy and Lougee got together in turn four. An angry Murphy climbed out of his truck and started toward Lougee, who pulled away into the pits. Both competitors were parked for the night, leaving Cavallaro the only competitor with a mathematical chance of catching Belcher.

They lined up on the front and went side-by-side on the green as Guy was working under Gannon and Duarte was debating with Perry. Cavallaro elected to battle Belcher from the outside. They ran through a full lap with Belcher just one five thousandths of a second ahead at the stripe. As they continued to runk Belcher gained a nose on Cavallaro as Gannon held third.

Cavallaro settled onto Belcher’s bumper and Gannon grabbed third out of turn two before Shawn DeMello spun in turn four. Again Belcher and Cavallaro pulled up to the front and went door-to-door again until Belcher nosed ahead. Gannon ran up to Belchers tailgate as Perry gave chase.

By lap 12, Gannon had passed Cavallaro into second just as John Robidoux spun but was able to recover and continue. Duarte was working under Cavallaro for position and as Gannon went to Belcher’s high side, Duarte was leading Cavallaro, Perry, Guy and Bob Rainville. Gannon nosed out and continued to edge his way past Belcher.

Gannon continued to hold the front as the laps wore down. Belcher held second, ahead of Duarte, Cavallaro, Perry and Guy. And Gannon ran out to a four-car lead on lap 20. The field stretched out and was running pace laps through lap 24. With the white flag flying, Gannon – the leader – got into a solo spin right at the starting line.

Belcher again had the pole for the restart and catapulted away from Duarte. Cavallaro got under Duarte and into second. Belcher, however, was in command and ran to the checkers with Cavallaro second, followed by Duarte, Perry and Guy. Rookie Dan Johnson was sixth, just ahead of Rainville while DeMello claimed eighth. Bill Schoeler was followed by Rick Albarenez, Gannon and Lopes.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: New Hampshire

New Hampshire LogoHomestretch Of 2015 Starts With F.W. Webb 100

 Milestone 600th Event For Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2015) – There’s no shortage of history when it comes to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motors Speedway will add another marker on the timeline.

fwwebb100_14_0The F.W. Webb 100 will mark the 600th race in Whelen Modified Tour history. The tour’s inaugural event was held on March 31, 1985 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, an event won by NASCAR Hall of Fame member Richie Evans. Thirty years later the competition is as strong as it’s ever been with five different winners in 12 events and a single tally separating first and second in the championship standings.

The Whelen Modified Tour was the third NASCAR series to take to the newly-minted “Magic Mile” in its 1990 opening season. The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East christened the 1.058-mile facility first on July 15, and the mighty mods made their initial appearance there on Sept. 2, 1990 with Mike McLaughlin reaching Victory Lane. The F.W. Webb 100 will mark the 63rd running of the modifieds in Loudon.

The Whelen Modified Tour’s milestone race will follow another historic event Saturday at New Hampshire as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will contest its 500th all-time event. The 500th modified race took place on Sept. 20, 2008 at Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway.

nwmt-lgNASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR – BY THE NUMBERS

Races: 599

Race Winners: 66

Pole Winners: 91

Race Leaders: 154

NHMS Races: 62

NHMS Race Winners: 20

NHMS Pole Winners: 26

NHMS Race Leaders: 61

Champions: 17

Tracks Visited: 38

States Visited: 13

N.H. Races: 84

RACE: F.W. Webb 100

PLACE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 26

TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET

TELECAST: Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.058-mile asphalt oval

2014 WINNER: Woody Pitkat

2014 POLESITTER: Ryan Newman

EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday – Practice 10:30-11:45 a.m., Qualifying 5:50 p.m., Saturday – Driver Autograph Session 11:15-11:45 a.m.

TRACK CONTACT: Kristen Lestock, 603-513-5708, kcosta@nhms.com

TRACK TWITTER: @NHMS

EVENT HASHTAG: #FWWebb100

Fast Facts:
The Race: The F.W. Webb 100 will be the 13th of 15 points races on the 2015 schedule and the second of two visits to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This will also be the 600th race in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 38 cars, including provisionals. The first 33 cars will secure starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. This is an impound race, scheduled for 100 laps (105.8 miles), with an allotment of four change tires. There will be a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50.

The Track: NHMS, a 1.058-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval, is the largest track on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule. NHMS has played host to the Whelen Modified Tour 62 times previously for points races, the most of any facility outside of Connecticut.

Race Winners: There have been 20 different race winners at NHMS, led by Mike Stefanik with eight victories. Woody Pitkat is the defending winner of the F.W. Webb 100.

Pole Winners: There have been 26 different pole winners at NHMS, led by Jan Leaty’s six. Ted Christopher is the active poles leader with five. Mike Ewanitsko holds the qualifying record at 28.693 seconds (132.743 mph), set in 2001.

F.W. Webb 100 Notes:
Points Battle Moves on to Magic Mile: The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s intense championship battle will resume after an idle month with the F.W. Webb 100 where Ryan Preece brings just a one-point lead in the season standings on Woody Pitkat. There has been little give between the two as the season has progressed. Preece has four wins to Pitkat’s one, and those victory bonus points have been crucial since Pitkat has registered 10 top-five finishes to Preece’s six. Defending titlist Doug Coby is also in the mix, 25 points behind Preece.

Preece Set for Sprint Cup Series Debut: Preece will face more than just a test from fellow modified championship contender Pitkat this weekend in Loudon as he will also attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut. Preece, from Berlin, Connecticut, will compete in the No. 98 Tommy Baldwin Racing entry for a spot in Sunday’s Sylvania 300, the same organization with which he made his first NASCAR XFINITY Series appearance in 2013 at NHMS. The No. 98 Mohawk Northeast/East West Marine Chevrolet will feature a modified car tribute paint scheme for Preece’s grandfather, Bob Judkins, who was the longtime owner of the No. 2x modified most famously driven by Ed Flemke Sr.

Christopher, Rocco Reunite as Teammates: Our Motorsports will field two entries this week at New Hampshire, the No. 22 for Keith Rocco and the No. 23 for Ted Christopher. It will mark the first time in more than a decade that the two have been teammates instead of rivals. Rocco served as a crew member on Christopher’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified team in the early 2000s – highlighted by the 2001 national title – before launching his own racing career, and the two have since battled on a weekly basis at the three Connecticut short tracks as well as the Whelen Modified Tour. Christopher filled in for Rocco in the No. 22 in the team’s last two appearances after Rocco suffered a wrist injury.

Seuss Returns Home the Southern Points Leader: Hampstead, New Hampshire, native Andy Seuss will return to his home state for Saturday’s Whelen Modified Tour event as the new points leader in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Driving the No. 11 Harvey Racing Chevrolet down south, Seuss has posted three wins and seven top 10s in nine events to forge a 10-point lead with two races remaining. He’ll race his family’s No. 70 Chevrolet at NHMS, where he’s recorded four top 10s in 14 career starts.

Big Field: As many as 38 cars are anticipated to enter the F.W. Webb 100. The previous season high for cars to take the green flag, not counting the combination race with the Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, was 35 for the season opener at Thompson in April. The largest starting grid for a NASCAR regional touring series non-combination race so far in 2015 was 38 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Sonoma (California) Raceway.