RACE DAY: Sweating It Out With The Whelen Modified Tour At Stafford

Friday, May 27, 2011
Rowan Pennink was fastest in practice for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway. Photo: Getty Images/NASCAR

STAFFORD, Conn. – Greetings from Stafford Motor Speedway, where apparently we've skipped right over mud season and spring and gone straight to swamp-August Georgia.

It's a sultry 90 degrees outside as we get ready for Round No. 3 of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season with the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford.

Tour points leader Rowan Pennink was fastest in the afternoon practice session with a lap of 18.271 seconds (98.809 mph) around the half-mile former horse track. Pennink's finished second in the first two events of the year.


This is the second straight Tour event at Stafford. The last was one by defending champ Bobby Santos – who was ranked third on the speed chart in practice. Doug Coby, who sat on the pole here earlier in the month, was second in practice.

– TB