It’s still a little over a month before NASCAR invades “The Magic Mile,” but the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour got an early jumpstart in preparation for the Town Fair Tire 100 on July 14. Some of the top stars in the series took to the track on Tuesday, testing everything from tire pressure to gear boxes.

“As far as driving the track, I don’t think we’re going to learn anything,” said Todd Szegedy, who has two wins and 14 top-10’s in 19 careers starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Track time is always good. … Hopefully, if we learn a little something it will be good for us when we come back.”

Szegedy currently sits 10th in the standings, 42 points behind first-place Doug Coby and 37 points behind second-place Ron Silk, who were also both at the testing session on Tuesday.

Coby, who drives the No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Sims Metal Management Chevrolet, noted that that car number hasn’t had the best luck at NHMS in the past, but is hoping Tuesday’s information will give them an edge when they return next month.

“The team hasn’t been too happy with any car they’ve brought here for any of the (past) drivers,” said Coby, who has two wins in the first four races this season. “We’re going to work on some stuff and hopefully it pays off.”

Silk – winner of last September race at NHMS and last year’s overall points champion – has gotten off to a great start this season with a win and four top-5’s. Yet four races into the season, he sits five points behind Coby in the standings. And while the thrill of a tight points race is certainly something Silk appreciates, he also knows that when they return in July, there will be another reason to get excited.

“The thing that’s most fun is measuring yourself up against someone like that and getting to race someone of his caliber,” said Silk of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman, who will be in the field for the Town Fair Tire 100.

Newman will also be in town on Wednesday, June 13 for a special event at “The Magic Mile.” Newman will be taking media and fans for ride-alongs in antique cars that include former speedway owner Bob Bahre’s 1936 Duesenberg SJN.

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