Christopher Dominates Bud 150 At Thompson
Takes NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Points Lead With Win
For most of the night Ted Christopher made it look easy. Almost too easy.

Christopher paced the field from the start and only relinquished the lead twice during the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Thursday at Thompson International Speedway to record his 37th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

It was Christopher’s 10th Whelen Modified Tour win at Thompson, and his fourth in the Tour’s last six races at the .625-mile oval. The Plainville, Conn., driver led 141 of the 156 laps.

“Thompson has been really, really good to me the last couple of years,” Christopher said from Victory Lane. “I’ve really got to thank my crew for all they’ve given me and letting me drive this car.”

Christopher was clearly the class of the field, building leads by as much as four seconds before losing his advantage after the fourth and final caution flag of the race flew on Lap 149 after Erick Rudolph’s problems set up the final sprint to the finish.

On the green-white-checker restart, Ron Silk led by half a car length at the line, but Christopher was able to regain the lead on the next lap and come home with the win.

Aside from the last restart, the only other instance Christopher didn’t lead was when he came to pit road under caution on Lap 95 and Bobby Santos moved to the front. It only took Christopher 10 laps to get back to the lead after the restart on Lap 101.

It was the fifth podium finish in a row - and the best finish of the year - for Silk, who is still seeking his first 2010 win.

“It’s nice to be consistent, and it proves that we’ve got a good car,” Silk said. “It’s a little disappointing to not have won yet, and I think we’ll get a win before the year is over, but we’ll keep plugging away.”

Santos crossed the line third, followed by Rowan Pennink and Mike Stefanik. Todd Szegedy, Chuck Hossfeld, Doug Coby, Eric Goodale and Glen Reen rounded out the top 10.

With the win Christopher took the championship lead from Santos, who had led through the first nine races. Christopher’s three wins and six top-fives on the year moved him 14-points ahead of Santos with Mike Stefanik in third, 85 tallies back.

“I don’t think it’s over until the last race, you see that many times,” Santos said.

The Budweiser Kings of Beers 150 from Thompson International Speedway will air on VERSUS on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action when it joins the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in the only combination event of the season next Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m., for the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Budweiser King of Beers 150
Unofficial Results
At Thompson International Speedway
Thompson, Conn.
Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 156 laps, 94.228 mph, $7,900.
2. (5) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 156, $3,400.
3. (3) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 156, $3,500.
4. (4) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 156, $3,100.
5. (8) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Pontiac, 156, $2,300.
6. (10) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 156, $2,050.
7. (6) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 156, $1,850.
8. (13) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 156, $1,325.
9. (16) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 156, $1,900.
10. (22) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 156, $1,900.
11. (12) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 156, $1,625.
12. (20) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 156, $1,488.
13. (23) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 156, $1,475.
14. (25) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 156, $1,750.
15. (14) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155, accident, $1,436.
16. (18) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 155, accident, $1,400.
17. (15) George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154, $1,375.
18. (26) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 151, $1,350.
19. (29) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 151, $1,325.
20. (19) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 151, $1,300.
21. (17) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149, accident, $1,375.
22. (11) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 146, $1,350.
23. (28) Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 142, $1,225.
24. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126, electrical, $1,300.
25. (24) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 106, engine, $1,190.
26. (21) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 105, engine, $750.
27. (27) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 39, drive shaft, $1,150.
28. (9) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 3, accident, $750.
29. (7) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 1, accident, $1,150.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 2 minutes 5 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.228 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Christopher (120.812 mph, 18.624 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 20 laps.
Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Christopher 1-96; B. Santos 97-110; T. Christopher 111-153; R. Silk 154; T. Christopher 155-156.

Standings: 1. T. Christopher, 1583; 2. B. Santos, 1569; 3. M. Stefanik, 1498; 4. R. Silk, 1467; 5. T. Szegedy, 1463; 6. R. Preece, 1358; 7. E. Rudolph, 1246; 8. E. Beers, 1227; 9. E. Goodale, 1227; 10. R. Pennink, 1195.

Ted Christopher (#36) and Bobby Santos, III (#4) are taking their title fight to Thompson International Speedway (CT) this week.  (Jim Dupont Photo)
Ted Christopher (#36) races Ron Silk (#6) at Thompson.  (Ken Spring Photo)
Ted Christopher (#36)  gets to the finish line ahead of Ron Silk (#6) at Thompson.  (Rick Ibsen Photo)
Ted Christopher in victory lane.  (Jim Dupont Photo)