Trackside Now: New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Saturday
It's Raceday For The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Loudon, NH
Saturday, 2:39pm ET - We hope you enjoyed today's "Trackside Now" coverage from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  We'll have official results posted once provided by NASCAR.  Thanks for joining us today.  Congratulations to Donny Lia on his victory in the New England 100.

Saturday, 2:34pm ET - As the dust settles here at NHMS, your top-three were Donny Lia, Eddie Flemke and Ronnie Silk

Saturday, 2:29pm ET - Three-wide to the checkered flag off turn four with Donny Lia, Ted Christopher and Todd Szegedy.  Christopher and Szegedy crash just off four and Lia clears to the checkers.  Donny Lia is scored as the winner unoffiicially of the New England 100.  Stay tuned for more.

Saturday, 2:26pm ET - Three-wide up front as Christopher and Lia then break out side-by-side, before Christopher takes the lead on lap 97.

Saturday, 2:26pm ET - GREEN is out with a single-file restart.  Silk leads Lia, Christopher, Szegedy and Pennink

Saturday, 2:23pm ET - YELLOW is out just six laps short of the finish as Reggie Ruggiero has spun. The field will revert to the last completd lap, when Ronnie Silk was up front

Saturday, 2:22pm ET - Pandemonium up front, as Ronnie Silk takes the lead and cars are two- and three-wide all around the front of the field

Saturday, 2:22pm ET - Lap 92...Ted Christopher is back up front.  Donny Lia and Ronnie Silk are second and third. 

Saturday, 2:21pm ET - Lap 91...Ronnie Silk now leads with a bold move around Lia.  It's crazy up front as the top-eight are bumper-to-bumper

Saturday, 2:20pm ET - Lap 90...Donny Lia takes the lead.

Saturday, 2:19pm ET - Ted Christopher has rallied back from a lap down to take the lead on lap 89.  Silk, Szegedy, Pennink as the top-eight are nose-to-tail

Saturday, 2:18pm ET - GREEN is back out on lap 86.  Donny Lia jumped out to the lead ahead of Flemke, while Christopher has moved to thrird.

Saturday, 2:14pm ET - YELLOW is back out as the clean-up in turn four is complete.

Saturday, 2:10pm ET - RED is out for an intense clean-up effort on lap 83 to ensure a green-flag finish to today's 100-lap race.

Saturday, 2:05pm ET - YELLOW is back out on lap 80 as Eric Goodale was spun out of the lead.  The entire field stacked up and Andy Seuss, Jimmy Blewett, Woody Pitkat, Richard Savary, Jon McKennedy, Eric Beers and Tim Arre were also collected behind him.  Eddie Flemke, Jr. is now scored as the leader, ahead of Ronnie Silk, Todd Szegedy, Doug Coby and Ted Christopher.

Saturday, 1:55pm ET - GREEN is back out on lap 79 and Seuss maintains the lead.  Eric Goodale then makes the pass for the lead the following lap.  Seuss falls into line in front of Eddie Flemke

Saturday, 1:55pm ET - GREEN is back out, with a YELLOW right behind it on lap 72.  Erick Rudolph did not come up to speed on the restart, causing a major check-up.  Kasey Kahne struck Rudolph's car and caught a piece of Anthony Sesely, as well.  Seuss remains up front under caution.

Saturday, 1:52pm ET - Restart order will be:  Andy Seuss, Eric Goodale, Eddie Flemke, Woody Pitkat, Richard Savary, Todd Szegedy, Donny Lia, Erick Rudolph, Kevin Goodale, Kasey Kahne, Rowan Pennink, Ronnie Silk, Jimmy Blewett and Bobby Grigas III.

Saturday, 1:48pm ET - Andy Seuss did not pit and is currently the leader.  Eric Goodale, who also did not pit, is shown in second.

Saturday, 1:46pm ET - All leaders are hitting pit road on lap 66.  Ted Christopher gets the "Free Pass" and now is on the lead lap.  Could this be TC's chance at another NHMS victory after an early mechanical issue?

Saturday, 1:44pm ET - YELLOW Lap 65 - Ryan Newman has spun on his own in turn two and hit the outside wall and lost second place.  Newman was going for a pass on Szegedy for the lead when he broke loose and over-corrected into the outside wall.   He has climbed from the "Bono" Manion/Gary Putnam-owned #7NY.  Szegedy, Pennink, Lia are your new top-three.

Saturday, 1:43pm ET - Lap 63:  It's still Szegedy and Newman up front, while Pennink and Lia are hooked up in a draft behind them to catch the top-two.

Saturday, 1:39pm ET - Todd Szegedy is back out front on lap 55 with a pass of Ryan Newman.  The top
two are playing a great cat-and-mouse game.  Whever the leader goes, the second-place goes in the opposite groove and they are trading the lead back-and-forth.

Saturday, 1:37pm ET - Lead Change lap 52:  Ryan Newman has overtaken Todd Szegedy in turn three.  The rest of the field is about four seconds behidn the top-two.

Saturday, 1:36pm ET - Battle for the lead on lap 46: Newman and Szegedy have been bumper-to-bumper and side-by-side for several laps.  Szegedy still has the advantage as the two continue their battle.

Saturday, 1:32pm ET - Szegedy and Newman have about a half-straightaway lead over the third-place battle between Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia.  Lia has taken third, as Pennink now falls into the clutches of Kasey Kahne and several others, but Pennink fought back to gain the spot by Lia again.

Saturday, 1:30pm ET - Jake "The Snake" Marosz spun in turn two on lap 36, but the GREEN flag remains out.  The lead pack has encountered a heavy pack of lapped cars, which include Wade Cole, Ken Heagy and Mike Stefanik, who pitted several laps earlier.

Saturday, 1:27pm ET - 30 laps into the New England 100, Todd Szegedy leads Ryan Newman, Rowan Pennink, Ronnie Silk, Donny Lia and Kasey Kahne.

Saturday, 1:24pm ET - Mike Stefanik has brought his Flamingo Motorsports machine to pit road, relinquishing fourth place.

Saturday, 1:21pm ET - Todd Szegedy re-took the lead on lap 24 with a pass of Newman.

Saturday, 1:21pm ET - Glen Reen has taken the Reen Orthodontics/Pep Boys car to pit road on lap 20.

Saturday, 1:21pm ET - Newman and Szegedy have checked out up front, while Rowan Pennink has a good gap between him in third and fourth through 10th, a pack that includes Ronnie Silk, Doug Coby, Mike Stefanik, Eddie Flemke and Kasey Kahne could fit under a blanket behind them. 

Saturday, 1:18pm ET - Ryan Newman has jumped to the lead on lap 13 by getting around Todd Szegedy in turn four. 

Saturday, 1:15pm ET - GREEN is out on lap 6.  Szegedy leads Coby and Ryan Newman.

Under the previous caution, Ted Christopher made several pit stops and has returned to the track a lap down.  It appears that it may have been an oil line that was left loose on the #36.

Saturday, 1:07pm ET - YELLOW Lap 2 - Ted Christopher showed smoke on the first lap while running second.  Christopher ducked down for pit road and several cars behind him got collected as they all checked up.  Eric Beers, Renee Dupuis and Gary MacDonald were included in the incident.  MacDonald seems to have the worst damage of the group, as Beers and Dupuis have pulled away.

Saturday, 1:06pm ET - GREEN is out at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher and Doug Coby get away clean in the top three.

Saturday, 1:00pm ET - We're back online just in time for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams to fire their engines for the New England 100.  We won't have any photos for a while and information will be coming in from several different sources, but today's coverage shouldn't be any less than you've come to expect for Speed51.com's "Trackside Now" coverage.

Saturday, 11:59am ET - We will be back soon on Speed51.com. 51's Mike Twist has had to step out to handle a family matter. We will work hard here to try and bring you coverage of today's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race from New Hampshire International Speedway.

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Saturday, 11:40am ET - It's been a few years, but the NASCAR Modified Tour used to have their races from New Hampshire televised.  TV cameras won't be covering the Mod Squad at Loudon. However some great news has come up that will have them on the tube soon.

NASCAR announced today that the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at Bristol Motor Speedway will be broadcast on SPEED.

The UNOH Perfect Storm at Bristol, a 150-lap combination race between the two NASCAR Modified divisions, will mark the first appearance for both the Whelen and Whelen Southern Modified Tours at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” in Bristol, Tenn. The UNOH Perfect Storm at Bristol is set to go green at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18 and SPEED will broadcast the event on a 45-minute tape-delay beginning at 7 p.m.

“With a heritage as NASCAR’s oldest division, the Modifieds have long had some of the most passionate fans in the sport, and we are excited to provide the loyal fan base with an opportunity to follow all of the action,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “We appreciate the support of Whelen Engineering, the University of Northwestern Ohio and SPEED in helping to bring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours to a national television audience.”

Also announced today, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s New Hampshire 100, which will be contested on Saturday, September 19 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will be broadcast by SPEED on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.

New Hampshire has been a staple on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s schedule since the facility opened in 1990. The September date will mark the 50th all-time race at New Hampshire for the Tour, which is in its 25th season of competition.

Saturday, 11:30am ET - There was a brief practice session for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars this morning.  Todd Szegedy was the quickest in the session, but all eyes were actually on the driver who ranked 19th on the speed charts - Ryan Newman.

Newman's car was very quick on the straightaways.  He could pull away from the draft and is very strong.  Why only 19th on the charts then?  Well, Newman only ran seven laps before parking the #7NY.

Bobby Grigas, III went for a spin in his new-look #09 Modified, but it was harmless and he didn't hit anything.  He was pretty quick too - placing in the top five of the session.

Teams are now prepping their pits for today's race.  Here are the practice times:

1.  Todd Szegedy - 29.215 seconds
2.  Doug Coby - 29.496
3.  Donny Lia - 29.520
4.  Ted Christopher - 29.564
5.  Bobby Grigas, III - 29.587
6.  Anhtony Sesely - 29.588
7.  Eric Beers - 29.625
8.  Mike Stefanik - 29.629
9.  Erick Rudolph - 29.666
10.  Andy Seuss - 29.695
11.  Kasey Kahne - 29.702
12.  Jimmy Blewett - 29.719
13.  Glenn Tyler - 29.748
14.  Rob Fuller - 29.748
15.  Jamie Tomaino - 29.761
16.  Reggie Ruggiero - 29.763
17.  Tim Arre - 29.797
18.  Richard Savary - 29.813
19.  Ryan Newman - 29.835
20.  Kevin Goodale - 29.868
21.  Glen Reen - 29.869
22.  Eddie Flemke - 29.874
23.  Eirc Goodale - 29.882
24.  Ryan Preece - 29.923
25.  Rowan Pennick - 29.937
26.  Ronnie Silk - 29.948
27.  Chris Pasteryak - 29.970
28.  Renee Dupuis - 29.989
29.  Rob Summers - 29.997
30.  Woody Pitkat - 30.018
31.  Tommy Farrell, III - 30.030
32.  Jon McKennedy - 30.205
33.  Wade Cole - 30.638
34.  Johnny Bush - 30.678
35.  Gary McDonald - 30.681
36.  Ken Heagy - 30.739
37.  Jake Marosz - 31.553

Saturday, 10:30am ET - Good morning here from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where today will see the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in action starting around 1:00pm ET.  The Tour will be running the New England 100 and there promises to be plenty of action.  We'll bring you up to speed shortly on everything going on here, but let's starting by looking at the starting grid for today's race:

Starting Lineup
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour - New England 100 Lineup
Race Saturday; Qualifying Thursday
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, N.H.
Lap Length: 1.058 miles

1. (19) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 126.947
2. (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 126.939
3. (36) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 126.854
4. (4) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 126.79
5. (93) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 126.686
6. (7) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 126.286
7. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.986
8. (10) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.907
9. (50) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.852
10. (09) Bobby Grigas, III, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 125.840
11. (90) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.736
12. (71) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Ford, 125.707
13. (16) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 125.686
14. (79) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Pontiac, 125.657
15. (46) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 125.500
16. (14) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, Conn., Ford, 125.368
17. (96) Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash., Chevrolet, 125.351
18. (12) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 125.182
19. (28) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.989
20. (11) Anthony Sesely, Matawan, N.J., Chevrolet, 124.887
21. (17) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 124.875
22. (1) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.801
23. (58) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124.426
24. (52) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.406
25. (59) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124.389
26. (21) Richard Savary, Canton, Mass., Chevrolet, 124.276
27. (99) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 123.835
28. (00) Jonathan McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 123.787
29. (8) Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y., Chevrolet, 123.674
30. (70) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 123.438
31. (0) Tim Arre, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 123.230
32. (32) Tom Abele, Jr., Norwich, Conn., Chevrolet, 122.900
33. (68) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 122.789
34. (18) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 120.505*
35. (33) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 120.661*
36. (08) Tommy Farrell, III, Neptune, N.J., Chevrolet, 122.611*
37. (9) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 121.644*
38. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 120.776*

Did Not Qualify: Fred Vordermeier

*Provisional Starter



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Bobby Grigas, III went for a harmless spin in this morning's practice session.  (Jim Dupont Photos)
The "Mod Squad" takes the green flag at NHMS.  (51 Sports Photo)
Eric Beers (#46) and Renee Dupuis (#90) smack the wall on lap two of the WMT feature..  (51 Sports Photo)
Ryan Newman (#7) and Donny Lia (#4) battle up front at NHMS.  (51 Sports Photo)
Newman (#7) and Szegedy (#2) check out up front.  (51 Sports Photo)
As Ted Christopher and Todd Szegedy crash, Donny Lia (yellow car, far right) steers clear for the victory.  (Jim DuPont Photo)