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The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to town Friday with the running of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

It marks the first action for the Modified Tour since Bobby Santos III won the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford on April 27.

At Waterford Saturday, patrons will see the Wacky Wednesday participants join in with the regular Saturday night crowd for a special card, with a special price tag of only $12 for general admission for adults.

For more details on everything going on this weekend, check out the capsules below

SMS-LOGO-HOME-PAGE-2012What: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen All-American Series event

Where: Stafford Motor Speedway

When: Friday

Schedule: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour TSI Harley-Davidson 125, 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified, 30-lap Late Model, 20-lap SK Light Modified, 20-lap Limited Late Model and 15-lap DARE Stock. Grandstands open: 4:15 p.m.; Qualifying: 6 p.m.; Features: Immediately following qualifying.

More: The third event of the season at Stafford Motor Speedway. The last two scheduled events have been rained out. … The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is at the track for their second of four visits to Stafford Motor Speedway this season. … Bobby Santos III won the Whelen Modified Tour Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford on April 27. … Reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece is the defending champion of the TSI Harley Davidson 125. … The third of 14 points events on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule in 2014 and second of eight that will be contested at Connecticut short tracks. … Justin Bonsignore won the division’s season opening Icebreaker 150 on April 6 at Thompson Speedway. … In addition to the four races at Stafford in 2014, the division visits Thompson three times and the Waterford Speedbowl once. … Bonsignore currently leads the Whelen Modified Tour standings with 86 points. Doug Coby, the 2012 series champion, and Woody Pitkat, are tied for second with 84 points. … Preece won for the second consecutive event in the SK Modified division at Stafford on May 2. Preece, the 2011 SK Modified champion at Stafford had a division-high eight victories at the track in 2013, but came up two points short of a championship. … After only two events, Preece is already pulling away from the field in the standings, with a 12-point lead over second place Ted Christopher. Coby is third in the standings, 16 points behind. Four drivers, Keith Rocco, Matt Galko, Todd Owen and Dan Avery, are tied for fourth, 24 points behind Preece. … On May 2, reigning Late Model division champion Adam Gray picked up his first victory of the season. He was second in the first race of the year. Last year Gray had a streak of 16 consecutive top-three finishes on the way to his championship, a streak that was ended in the final race of the 2013 season. … For more information check the Stafford Motor Speedway website.

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What: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event

Where: Waterford Speedbowl

When: Saturday

Schedule: 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified, 30-lap Late Model, 25-lap Street Stock, 25-lap Mini Stock, 25-lap Legends, 25-lap X-Cars and 25-lap Super X-Cars. Grandstands open: 3 p.m.; Qualifying: 5 p.m.; Features: 7 p.m.

More: The seventh event of the season at the shoreline oval. … Super Saturday special brings the divisions of the track’s Wacky Wednesday show to the card with a special grandstand admission price of $12 for adults. … Last week, Joey Gada started on the pole and led every lap on the way to his second career victory in the SK Modified division at Waterford. … Ed Puleo was second and Keith Rocco third. It marked the first finish outside of the top-two in the division for Rocco in six events this year. … With two victories, Rocco the reigning SK Modified division champion at Waterford, is the only multi-time winner in the division this year. … Other winners this year include, Ed Puleo, Tyler Chadwick and Kyle James. … Rocco holds a 52-point lead over second place Craig Lutz in the SK Modified division standings. Timmy Jordan is third, 60 points off the lead and Puleo is fourth, 65 points from the top of the standings. …. Rocco, who was also the track’s 2013 Late Model division champion, saw his perfect record in that division snapped last week. … Bruce Thomas Jr. won the Late Model feature. Rocco had won the first five events before last Saturday. … For more information check the Waterford Speedbowl website.

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