Some Are Fast, Some Race Well During Thompson Mod Mania Prelims by Denise DuPont
Time Trials and Heat Races Make Up Saturday Racing Card
The second annual Sunoco Modified Mania at Thompson International Speedway (CT) started the weekend with qualifying time trials and heat races on Saturday September 8th, 2007. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, True Value Modified Racing Series, and the Sunoco Race of Champions Series are all competing, with features scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Donny Lia (L) and Matt Hirschman (R) were top qualifiers in the NASCAR WMT and RoC Modified ranks respectively. (Left - Rick Ibsen Photo, Right - Jim DuPont Photo)
Donny Lia drove the Mystic Missile #4 to to capture his third pole for the 2007 race season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Lia also proved to be lucky in the redraw. He will take the green flag on the pole with Ron Yuhas, Jr. on his outside.
Chris Pasteryak, Andy Seuss and Jimmy Kuhn, Jr. won the three True Value Modified Racing Series heat races. Pasteryak is having a great run this year in the TVMRS will start on the pole. Seuss will start right alongside him when the green flag flies on Sunday. Kuhn, who finished second in the 2006 points, will start third.
Matt Hirschman is doing double duty this weekend. The young Pennsylvania driver jumped from his WMT ride into his ROC car to win the pole in the Race of Champion series. Matt’s run in his ROC car was .156 seconds faster around Thompson’s track than his WMT car.
Woody Pitkat is doing triple duty at Thompson this
Chris Pasteryak (#15), Andy Seuss (#70) and Jimmy Kuhn (#72) all won TVMRS heat races on Saturday at Thompson. (Jim DuPont Photos)