Preece, Fuller Grab Thompson Mod Poles
THOMPSON, Conn. – In UNOH Showdown qualifying at Thompson Int’l Speedway on Saturday, Ryan Preece captured the pole for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Rob Fuller won the pole for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Preece of Berlin, Conn., lapped the .625-mile oval in 18.828 seconds at an average speed of 119.503 mph, to earn his fourth pole at Thompson, his fifth pole of the year and the 11th of his career.
With just one previous start in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour and 11 starts in the Whelen Modified Tour – Fuller of Boylston, Mass., had a lap of 18.947 seconds (118.752 mph) in taking his first career pole.
Justin Bonsignore had the second quickest lap among NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers – followed by Bobby Santos, Doug Coby and Rowan Pennink. Rounding out the top 10 were Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk and Eric Beers.
In NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour qualifying, meanwhile, Tim Brown was second quickest at 19.090 seconds (117.863 mph). Andy Seuss was third fastest, with Steve Masse fourth and Burt Myers fifth. They were followed by Danny Bohn, George Brunnhoelzl III, Matt Hirschman, John Smith and Jason Myers.
Each of the tours will complete in a 75-lap championship race on Sunday, followed by the UNOH Showdown. The Green Pointe Energy Southern 75 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is slated to start at 1:45 p.m. and the Town Fair Tire Northern 75 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set for 2:30 p.m. The top finishers will transfer to the UNOH Showdown, which is slated for 5:30 p.m.