TED CHRISTOPHER
WINS INAUGURAL
NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR RACE
AT
CARAWAY
SPEEDWAY

By: Jeremy Davidson

ASHEBORO , N.C. ( March 26, 2005 ) – Ted Christopher, of Plainville , Conn. , was far from home Saturday at Caraway Speedway, yet returned to a very familiar location: victory lane. Christopher, a star driver on the northeastern-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, won the inaugural event for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, leading a trio of northeastern Modified drivers who also finished in the top 10. New Jersey 's Jamie Tomaino finished third while Bath , N.Y. driver Alex Hoag finished sixth.

Jay Foley, of Stuart , Va. , led the opening 20 laps of the 150-lap race before finishing second and Junior Miller, known among fans as the “King of the Southern Modifieds ,” finished fourth. “I really like the track and I had a really good race car,” said Christopher. “It was just fun racing out there. Guys could use the outside lane when they wanted. It was a fun time.”

The outside line was indeed helpful to Christopher, who used the high groove to pass Foley for second position on lap 61. During a subsequent caution period, race leader Jay Hedgecock, of High Point , N.C. , pulled his car into the pits with an engine problem. Christopher inherited the lead and paced the field for the remaining laps.

“This means a whole lot,” said Christopher. “Anytime you can win the first one it's a good thing because everybody puts a lot of emphasis and effort into it.”

Christopher, who normally drives the Mystique Motorsports No. 13 on the Whelen Modified Tour, drove the No. 79 car owned by Roger Hill, of Westfield , N.C. , at Caraway. Christopher will return to the Whelen Southern Modified Tour when it visits Ace Speedway on April 2, before resuming his northeastern NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule April 9-10 at Thompson ( Conn. ) International Speedway.

 

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

Caraway Speedway , March 26, 2005

 

 

 

Official Results

Finish
Start
Driver Name
Manufacturer

Laps Completed Reason Out

Money Won
Winner's Average Speed
1
11
Ted Christopher, Plainville Conn
Pontiac
150
$1,825
75.763 mph
2
2
Jay Foley, Stuart Va.
Chevrolet
150
$1,425
3
18
Jamie Tomaino, Howell N.J.
Chevrolet
150
$1,225
4
8
Junior Miller, Pine Hall N.C.
Dodge
150
$1,050
5
14
Frank Fleming, Mount Airy N.C.
Pontiac
150
$1,000
6
13
Alex Hoag, Bath N.Y.
Chevrolet
150
$850
7
5
John Smith, Mount Airy N.C.
Chevrolet
150
$750
8
12
Bobby Hutchens, Lexington N.C.
Chevrolet
150
$690
9
17
Michael Clifton, Walkertown N.C.
Chevrolet
150
$590
10
9
Rupert Sink, Winston-Salem N.C.
Chevrolet
150
$550
11
19
Gene Pack, Walkertown N.C.
Pontiac
150
$470
12
16
Kevin Powell, Winston-Salem N.C.
Ford
148
$530
13
10
Brian Crammer, Howell N.J.
Chevrolet
146, Handling
$410
14
3
Burt Myers, Walnut Cove N.C.
Chevrolet
128, Handling
$390
15
4
J.R. Bertuccio, Centerreach N.Y.
Chevrolet
81, Engine
$410
16
15
Kevin Eckerich, Clayton N.C.
Chevrolet
72, Accident
$390
17
6
Jay Hedgecock, High Point N.C.
Dodge
65, Engine
$375
18
21
Corey Smith, Thomasville N.C.
Chevrolet
48, Engine
$350
19
20
Brian Pack, Walkertown N.C.
Pontiac
41, Clutch
$335
20
7
Jason Myers, Walnut Cove N.C.
Chevrolet
34, Oil Pump
$320
21
1
Brian Loftin, Lexington N.C.
Chevrolet
0, Ignition
$300
             

Time of Race: 54 minutes, 3 seconds Margin of Victory: 0.219 Seconds

BUD POLE AWARD: Burt Myers, 1 DMC Auto Exchange / Triad Land Surveying Chevrolet

POWERADE "POWER MOVE OF THE RACE" AWARD: Jamie Tomaino, 99 Perth Amboy Spring Chevrolet

Caution Flags: Laps 7-9; 43-45; 48-50; 63-71; 81-84; 124-128. 6 cautions for 27 laps.

Lap Leaders: Jay Foley 1-26, J.R. Bertuccio 27-37, Jay Hedgecock 38-65, Ted Christopher 66-150.

Total Laps Led: Ted Christopher 85, Jay Hedgecock 28, Jay Foley 26, J.R. Bertuccio 11. 3 lead changes involving 4 drivers.

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