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TOP DOG: Ted Christopher Wins Pole For Whelen Modified Tour Budweiser 150

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Photo: Travis Barrett/GWC

THOMPSON, Conn. – File this one under "shocking."

Ted Christopher turned a lap of 18.693-seconds (120.366 mph) to win the pole for the Budweiser 150 at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday. It marked Christopher's seventh career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pole at Thompson, and his second straight in this event.

Point leader Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, Pa., qualified second. Bobby Santos, Doug Coby and Todd Szegedy rounded out the Top-5 qualifiers.

Christopher, who was the only driver to top the 120-mph mark in qualifying, has 23 career poles on the Tour. This is his first of the season.