RACE DAY: Seeing What The Whelen Modified Tour Has At The Mad Dog

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Monadnock Speedway prior to the start of racing. Photo: Travis Barrett/GWC

WINCHESTER, N.H. – Made it to The Mad Dog, the affectionate nickname planted on the quarter-mile Monadnock Speedway, for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Monadnock 200.

The "200" is actually something of a misnomer – with a 25-lap heat race for all qualifiers outside the Top-16 after time trials, followed by the 175-lap main event. There is late word that the 25-lap heat race will be scrapped due to the compacted schedule brought on by the postponement of the event from last night.

Truth be told, there are 28 cars entered for the 28 starting spots in today's race – so lack of a qualifying race isn't really all that big an issue.


On another note, this is round No. 4 for the Whelen Modified Tour gang this season. It's been almost a full month to the day since Ron Silk won the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway back on May 27.

Rowan Pennink leads Silk by 51 points atop the series standings, followed closely by Ted Christopher, Eric Beers, Mike Stefanik and Bobby Santos. Today represents yet another test for Pennink – who's finished second in each of the three races this season – and will likely help sort out some of the logjam atop the standings.

Tight little bullrings have a way of doing that.

Practice is up now through 1 p.m., with qualifying shortly after 2 p.m. and a roughly 4 p.m. start for the Monadnock 200.

Be sure to follow @Granite_Stripe on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

– TB