THOMPSON, Conn. – Been a short turnaround for the guys on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, who come to Thompson International Speedway for tonight's Budweiser 150 just four days after running at Monadnock Speedway in western New Hampshire.
When last we left these guys, Todd Szegedy led all 175 laps to win the Monadnock 200. Rowan Pennink also held onto his points lead, despite some bad luck at the Mad Dog, and Matt Hirschman posted his first Top-5 of the season.
So, now we head to Ted Christopher International Speedway for tonight's mid-week 150-lap event on the long high banks at Thompson.
Christopher has 12 of his 39 career victories here at Thompson, including the 2011 season opener here and this very race in 2010. He's been hot here, for sure, at the track where he won the 2001 Whelen All-American Series national champion. Christopher has won six of the last eight Tour races at Thompson.
The lone 90-minute practice session for the Tour just wrapped up, with Eric Berndt topping the speed charts as the only driver to average more than 120 mph for his fastest lap.
Bobby Santos was second, with Christopher, Erick Rudolph and Todd Szegedy rounding out the Top-5.
There are 27 cars on the grounds for the Budweiser 150. Qualifying rolls a little over an hour from now with the race expected to take the green flag at 9 p.m.