NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Waterford

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Waterford

Analyzing The Mr. Rooter 161 At Waterford Speedbowl

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 18, 2013) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl for the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, June 22. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

 

Waterford Race Setup:

  • Season points leader Ryan Preece brings a streak of nine straight top-10 finishes into this week’s event at Waterford Speedbowl, including a pair of wins and four additional podiums.
  • Donny Lia and Ed Flemke Jr. are the only active drivers with multiple NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins at Waterford. Lia has recorded five straight top-five finishes at the track, including his two wins.
  • Waterford is one of only two tracks that the NWMT currently visits in which Mike Stefanik does not have a victory.

 

AT WATERFORD SPEEDBOWL:

History

  • The facility opened to auto racing on April 15, 1951.
  • Waterford is a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned track with SK Modifieds as the headline division.
  • The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour held 18 races at Waterford from 1985-2012.
  • The track has also played host to seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races during its history, and the former NASCAR North Tour visited twice.

 

Notebook

  • The previous 18 races produced 14 different race winners and 11 different pole winners.
  • There has never been a driver earn back-to-back victories at Waterford.
  • Jamie Tomaino is the only driver to compete in all 18 previous NWMT events at the track.
  • Seven current NWMT drivers have won weekly SK Modified races at Waterford, including: Ted Christopher (33), Ron Yuhas Jr. (24), Eric Berndt (15), Doug Coby (4), Ed Flemke Jr. (4), Ron Silk (2) and Woody Pitkat (1).

 

Waterford Speedbowl Data

Race: #4 of 14

Track Layout: .375-mile asphalt oval

  • Race Length: 161 laps (60.375 miles)
  • Banking–turns: 8 to 12 degrees
  • Banking–straights: progressive

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2012 Race Winner: Doug Coby

2012 Pole Winner: Ted Christopher

Qualifying Record: Jerry Marquis (13.618 seconds, 99.133 mph – 10/8/06)

 
ACTIVE CATEGORY LEADERS AT WATERFORD:
Wins

1. Ed Flemke Jr. … 2

Donny Lia … 2

3. Ted Christopher … 1

Doug Coby … 1

Toddy Szegedy … 1

 

Poles

1. Ted Christopher … 2

2. Ed Flemke Jr. … 1

 

Laps Led

1. Ted Christopher … 271

2. Ed Flemke Jr. … 232

3. Todd Szegedy … 178

4. Donny Lia … 173

5. Doug Coby … 118

 

Starts

1. Jamie Tomaino … 18

2. Ted Christopher … 14

3. Ed Flemke Jr. … 14

4. Mike Stefanik … 12

5. Todd Szegedy … 9

 

SELECTED DRIVER HIGHLIGHTS:

Jimmy Blewett (No. 76 John Blewett Inc./TS Haulers Chevrolet)

  • Has five wins, two poles and 35 top 10s in 103 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
  • Ranks ninth in points with top-10 finishes in each of the season’s first three races. Best finish was sixth in the opener at Thompson International Speedway.
  • Has an average finish of 21st and a best result of 13th (2012) in two career starts at Waterford Speedbowl.

 

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)

  • Has two wins, three poles and 27 top 10s in 49 career NWMT starts.
  • Is fourth in points with top 10s in each of the three races and a best result of second in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.
  • Finished as the runner-up last year at Waterford in his only previous race at the track.

 

Ted Christopher (No. 3 Silver Dollar Construction/Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet)

  • The 2008 NWMT champion, he has 42 wins, 24 poles and 177 top 10s in 323 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
  • Is eighth in points this season, highlighted by top-five finishes in the first two races of the year.
  • Has a win (2002), two poles, eight top 10s, an average finish of 11th and 270 laps led (active leader) in 14 career NWMT starts at Waterford.
  • Earned the track championship at Waterford in 1992 and has 36 total career wins at the track.

 

Doug Coby (No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Supply Chevrolet)

  • The 2012 NWMT champion has seven wins, four poles and 58 top 10s in 133 career starts.
  • Ranks sixth in points after three races with top 10s in all three races and a best result of sixth on two occasions.
  • Has six wins and 25 top 10s in 34 overall starts with the No. 52 team since the end of the 2010 season.
  • Has a win (2012), four top 10s, an average finish of 13th and 155 laps led in eight career NWMT starts at Waterford.

 

Donny Lia (No. 4 Circle Track Magazine Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion. He has 16 wins, 16 poles and 66 top 10s in 130 career starts.
  • Currently ranks 10th in points with a pair of top-10 finishes and a best result of fourth last time out at Stafford.
  • Has two wins (2005, `06), five top fives, an average finish of ninth and 173 laps led in eight career starts at Waterford.
  • Is one of only two active drivers – along with Ed Flemke Jr. – who have multiple career wins at Waterford.

 

Rowan Pennink (No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet)

  • Has a win and 44 top 10s in 91 career starts.
  • Is second in points after three races with top fives in all three races and a best finish of second in the opener.
  • Finished sixth last year at Waterford in his only previous NWMT race at the track.

 

Ryan Preece (No. 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford)

  • Has six wins, 12 poles and 47 top 10s in 84 career starts.
  • The season points leader with an average finish of third through three races. He won last time out at Stafford.
  • In 18 races with Flamingo Motorsports he has three wins, seven poles, 13 top 10s and 12 races led.
  • Finished third last year at Waterford in his only previous NWMT race there.

 

Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet)

  • The 2010 NWMT champion has nine wins, 10 poles and 37 top 10s in 71 career starts.
  • Ranks fifth in points with a pair of top-five finishes, including a victory in the Stafford Spring Sizzler.
  • Finished 22nd last year in his first NWMT start at Waterford.

 

Ron Silk (No. 6 TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet)

  • The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, seven poles and 64 top 10s in 114 career starts.
  • Sits seventh in points after three races with two top fives, including a runner-up effort last time out at Stafford.
  • Has an average finish of 19th with a best result of 11th (2012) in three career NWMT starts at Waterford.

 

Mike Stefanik (No. 22 Robert B. Our Co./Canto & Sons Paving Ford)

  • The 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2006 NWMT champion.
  • Holds NWMT records for most titles (seven), wins (73), poles (48), top fives (221) and top 10s (295).
  • Is third in points with top-10 finishes in all three races, highlighted by a victory in the Thompson opener.
  • Has 11 top 10s with an average finish of sixth in 12 career NWMT starts at Waterford. Best result there is second, recorded in both 2001 and 2004.
  • Waterford and Bristol Motor Speedway are the only tracks on the 2013 schedule in which he has not reached Victory Lane or earned a pole during his NWMT career.

 

Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/A&J Romano Construction Ford)

  • The 2003 NWMT champion has 17 wins, nine poles and 106 top 10s in 170 career starts.
  • Ranks 15th in points after three races with a best result of 13th last time out at Waterford.
  • In the last 19 overall races, he’s recorded eight top fives and eight finishes of 16th or worse.
  • Has a win (2004), five top fives, an average finish of 11th and 178 laps led in nine career NWMT starts at Waterford.

 

UP TO SPEED:

  • The 2013 season is the 29th for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
  • The 2013 schedule features 14 races at seven different tracks across four states.
  • The competition season began with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 19. The Modified feature was won by Steve Park.
  • Mike Stefanik won from the pole in the season-opening Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on April 14.
  • Bobby Santos matched Stefanik’s feat from the opener when he won from the pole in the second race of the season on April 28 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.
  • The third race of the season was to take place at Monadnock Speedway on May 11 but the event was postponed to July 27 due to rain.
  • Last time out at Stafford on June 14 it was Santos on the pole, but Ryan Preece rallied from the rear for the victory. The race was postponed twice – on May 24 and June 7 – due to rain.
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