Several notable names had a tough time in qualifying.  James Civali will be starting 24th in the Modified World series race. Civali is the 2006 NASCAR Whelen Modified Rookie of the year and is currently fourth in the point standings.  Eddie Flemke, Eric Beers, Matt Hirschman and Doug Coby are also all starting outside the top 20.

Mike Stefanik currently leads the points on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and will be starting the World Series from the 12th position. Ted Christopher is 104 points behind Stefanik for second in standings and will be starting in third position in the World Series.

Thompson International Speedway        Saturday  October 14, 2006
Whelen Modified Tour Starting Lineup
Postion/Driver/Hometown.Car Number/Lap Time

1Jimmy Blewett, Howell, NJ1218.817
2Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook, CT418.759
3Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT3618.743
4Tony Hirschman, Northampton, PA4818.697
5Ron Yuhas, Jr, Groton, CT618.738
6Donny Lia, Jericho, NY1818.785
7Ronnie Silk, Norwalk, CT1918.805
8Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, CT218.788
9Richard Savary, Canton, MA2018.819
10Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, CT4118.840
11Tony Ferrante, Jr, Franklin Square, NJ3118.853
12Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI1618.866
13John Blewett III, Howell, NJ6618.912
14Zach Sylvester, Lebanon, CT1518.931
15Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, NY5818.963
16Ken Barry, Griswola, CT2118.966
17Bobby Grigas, Marshfield, MA0918.977
18Dick Houlihan, Bridgewater, MA4618.989
19Chuck Hossfield, Buffalo, NY7918.993
20Carl Pateryak, Lisbon, CT7518.997
21Eddie Flemke, Southington, CT1018.998
22Billy Pauch, Jr., Frenchtown, NJ0618.998
23Eric Beers, Northampton, PA319.012
24James Civali, Meriden, CT 2819.014
25Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA5919.018
26Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, CT9019.036
27Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT519.049
28Doug Coby, Milford, CT7719.082
29Jamie Tomaino, Howell, NJ9919.185
30Anthony Sesely, Metawan, NJ1119.183
31Rob Summers, Manchester, CT119.177
32Danny Sammons, Trenton, NJ019.098

Veteran Also Locks Up 2006 Bud Pole Award
It was a picture perfect fall day on Saturday for qualifying at the Thompson International Speedway World Series of Racing.  For a while today it looked as though rookie driver Ron Yuhas was going to earn his first NASCAR Whelen Tour Modified  Pole. Then Tony Hirschman’s completed his second lap for the fastest lap of the day. This was Tony’s fourth Whelen Modified pole in 2006. Tony now has officially won the Tour’s 2006 Bud Pole Championship.

Ted Christopher, Jerry Marquis and Donny Lia rounded out the top five qualifiers.

When the green flag waves though, it will be Jimmy Blewett leading the field to the green.  The driver of the #12 machine redrew the pole position.  He will be followed by Marquis, Christopher, Hirschman and Yuhas.

Bobby Grigas III, will be starting his first Whelen Modified tour race at Thompson on Sunday, October 15th.  Grigas qualified 17th.

This season Bobby has been running the True Value Modified Racing Series fulltime and is 11th in points and leading ROY candidate. Grigas will be starting the race with a soft black cast on his right hand. The cast is a reminder of a September incident at Canaan Motorsports park that left him on the disabled list for over one month.
The full moon oversaw a crazy night at Seekonk on Sunday.  (Jim DuPont Photos)