Statistical Advance: Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 At Stafford

(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

Doug Coby celebrates victory in the Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 in 2016 at Stafford Motor Speedway (Photo: Michael Ivins/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, Connecticut on Sunday afternoon, headlining the historic NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend. Below is a statistical look at the 46th annual NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.

NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 Setup
• This marks the first of three appearances this season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford in 2017. Other stops will come on Friday, August 4 and Sunday, October 1.
• Ted Christopher — who returns to the NWMT this weekend — will look to capture his first series win since 2011. He leads all active drivers with 12 career wins at Stafford.
• Doug Coby will look to capture his sixth straight and ninth career Stafford Coors Light pole award Saturday. Coby has won both the pole and the race four times at Stafford and also was at the point for 193 of 200 laps of the Spring Sizzler last season in route to a victory.
• Timmy Solomito started the season with two consecutive top-two finishes, including a win at Myrtle Beach on March 18. He holds a four-point advantage in the championship standings over Icebreaker winner Rowan Pennink.

At Stafford Motor Speedway
• The Stafford Springs Agricultural Park opened back in 1870, originally used for horse racing.
• Stafford joined NASCAR in 1959 and was paved for the first time in 1967.
• The inaugural NWMT event at the half-mile was in 1985, a race won by Richie Evans. The Spring Sizzler was an 80 lap main event that season.
• The track has also held 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races in history, with the most recent coming last June — a race won by Noah Gragson.

• There have been 32 different winners at Stafford, including Mike Stefanik, who leads all drivers with 20 career wins. Four-time and defending series champion Doug Coby scored the Spring Sizzler 200 win last season.
• There have been 43 Coors Light Pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Currently, Ryan Preece holds the one-lap qualifying record, set at the Sizzler in 2011.
• Ted Christopher was the oldest Stafford winner at 53-years-old; Ryan Preece was the youngest Stafford winner at 18-years-old.
• No driver has started all 122 races at Stafford.

Stafford Data
Race: #3 of 17 overall
Race Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. (approx.)
Track Layout: .500-mile slightly banked asphalt oval
Race Length: 200 laps (100 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 Race Winner: Doug Coby, 68.755 mph, 1 hour, 27 mins, 16 seconds.
2016 Pole Winner: Doug Coby, 99.398 mph
Qualifying Record: Ryan Preece, 100.424 mph, 17.924 seconds, set on 4/29/12

Active Wins Leaders at Stafford

1. Ted Christopher… 12
2. Doug Coby … 10
3. Bobby Santos … 6

1. Bobby Santos … 9
2. Doug Coby … 8
3. Donny Lia … 8

Laps Led
1. Ted Christopher… 2,090
2. Doug Coby… 1,409

Top Fives
1. Ted Christopher … 30
2. Todd Szegedy … 24
3. Doug Coby … 18

Top 10s
1. Jamie Tomaino… 55
2. Ted Christopher … 52
3. Todd Szegedy … 32

1. Jamie Tomaino … 121
2. Ted Christopher … 93
3. Wade Cole … 64

Selected Driver Notes

Doug Coby (No. 2 Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Const. Chevrolet)
• Four-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion.
• Has 10 wins, 18 top fives and 28 top 10s in 48 career Stafford starts.
• Has 22 wins, 65 top fives and 104 top 10s in 191 career NWMT starts.
• Won the Spring Sizzler in 2006, 2012 & 2016.

Ted Christopher (No. 00 Brad Brady Racing Chevrolet)
• Has 48 wins, 142 top fives and 215 top 10s in 382 NWMT starts.
• Has 12 wins, 30 top fives and 52 top 10s in 93 career Stafford starts.
• All-time feature wins leader at Stafford; Nine career SK Modified titles.

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet)
• Has 12 wins, 48 top fives and 67 top 10s in 107 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, nine top fives and 16 top 10s in 28 career Stafford starts.
• Finished top five in all four Stafford events last season.
• Best career Spring Sizzler finish of second came in 2013.

Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Starrett Tools Ford)
• Has five wins, 17 top fives and 30 top 10s in 55 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, four top fives and seven top 10s in 14 career Stafford starts.
• Finished second in the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford last season.
• Won the season-opening race at Myrtle Beach on March 18.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 LFR Chassis Chevrolet)
• Has 22 wins, 71 top fives and 101 top 10s in 152 career NWMT starts.
• Has only four career Stafford starts with only one top 10.
• Finished 26th in his only career Spring Sizzler start in 2010.

Max Zachem (No. 20 MPZ Motorsports/LuMac’s Package Store Chevrolet)
• Has five top fives and 16 top 10s in 37 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, no top fives and four top 10s in nine career Stafford starts.
• Finished inside the top 10 in all four Stafford races last season.
• Started this season with two consecutive top 10 runs.

Todd Szegedy (No. 85 Montanari Fuel/Stuarts Automotive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet)
• Has 19 wins, 86 top fives and 131 top 10s in 208 career NWMT starts.
• Has four wins, 24 top fives and 32 top 10s in 53 career Stafford starts.
• Won the 2003 NWMT championship driving for Don Barker.
• Finished 10th in the Icebreaker at Thompson.

Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet)
• Has 18 wins, 69 top fives and 96 top 10s in 149 career NWMT starts.
• Has five wins, 14 top fives and 20 top 10s in 35 career Stafford starts.
• Won the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.
• Is the youngest winner in the history of NWMT action at Stafford, and also holds the track qualifying record.

Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet)
• Has three wins, 19 top fives, 59 top 10s and 2 poles in 126 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, five top fives and 10 top 10s in 33 career Stafford starts.
• Last series victory came at Bristol Motor Speedway last August.

Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet)
• Three wins, 31 top fives and 69 top 10s in 146 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, 12 top fives and 23 top 10s in 37 career Stafford starts.
• Scored the victory in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson’s Icebreaker, returning the iconic No. 3 to Victory Lane for the firs time since 2009.

* Note: Career stats reflect combined NWMT & NWSMT starts.

Up To Speed
• This is the 33rd season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition. The inaugural event was held at Stafford in March 1985.
• The 2017 series schedule features 17 points races at 10 different tracks across seven different states. It includes two non-points events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Following the Spring Sizzler 200, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action at Langley Speedway on May 13.


  1. darealgoodfella says

    Bring on the flux capacitors! Hope tech is ready for them.

  2. Liz Cherokee says

    Best of luck to Melissa Fifield! Let’s not ever forget that she’s the winner of three consecutive (2014, 2015, and 2016!) Whelen Modified Tour Most Popular Driver Awards! Go 01!

  3. OMG she is catching up with Dale Jr. except Jr. has won races and she has yet to finish in a position to potentially win a race. What a joke the system is!

  4. Good job Melissa now get it out of 2nd gear

  5. Liz Cherokee says

    What kind of beer does Stafford serve? With the great weather forecast for Sunday and the fact that the race is 200 laps, I just might be in the mood for a couple of brews…

  6. darealgoodfella says

    Rather impressive entry list. There is a lot of depth. As long as the flux capacitors are kept equal, anybody can win.

    I’m going with Silk to win the Sizzler.

  7. Fast Eddie says

    Dareal, I like your pick. I was thinking either Ron Silk or Bobby Santos. They both looked strong at Thompson.

  8. Bostonian says

    Bobby Santos is running with USAC this weekend at PIR. I didn’t see the 44 on the entry list.

  9. Liz Cherokee says

    I know it may surprise you all, but for the win on Sunday I’m picking Timmy Stolimoto for the win. Keeping with the drinks theme, I also think Old Blue Curaçao and Silk Stockings will be on the podium!

  10. Looking forward to Melissa bringing that LFR rocket to the front. Heard she purchased a flux capacitor from the duce! And the team said it was the SPAFCO chassis but she has done no better with an LFR so that tells me something!

    My pick is Justin B getting his first Sizzler this weekend.

  11. darealgoodfella says

    30 cars on the entry list, not bad at all. Missing the 4, 44, and 99. Hopefully things get better.

    But I am impressed with the talent and car quality. I just think it will be tight all the way to the end.

  12. darealgoodfella says

    Liz, I’m surprised at your refreshments selections. Given that the Kentucky Derby is next weekend and all the “horsepower” at Stafford, and we are picking all those ponies, I thought you’d go with the traditional Mint Julep.

    Weather looks good, cloudy, cool. Good racing weather.

  13. Liz Cherokee says

    No… Unfortunately the doctrine is that one shall not muddle the mint until May!

  14. 27 cars on the starting grid, almost 4 seconds off the pole time is guess who? The crew must have mis-wired the flux capacitor in Melissa’s ride. All she needs is for 17 cars to fall out of the race and she will get her first top 10. Anyone want to chime in on how long it will take her to go a lap down?

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