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It took all of 15 minutes for the 30th anniversary season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to heat up. Literally.
Reigning tour champion Doug Coby, driving the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet for Mike Smeriglio III Racing, paced the 35-car field in practice for tomorrow’s 41st Annual Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Coby had a fast lap of 18.740 seconds at 120.064 mph on the high-banked, .625 mile oval to best Eric Goodale and Woody Pitkat. Timmy Solomito and Bobby Santos rounded out the top five on the speed charts.
Rowan Pennink was forced to a back-up car after his No. 93 Van Wickle Auto Supply Chevrolet made significant contact with the Turn 3 wall just after practice began. The track was red flagged for crews to clear debris, and officials extended the session 15 minutes beyond the scheduled 11:45 am stop time.
Defending Icebreaker 150 champion Justin Bonsignore was seventh fastest in the No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet.
James Civali practiced and will qualify the No. 79 Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac for Spencer Davis, who is attempting a modified double this weekend. Davis will compete in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Pepsi 150 tonight at Langley Speedway in Virginia before traveling to Connecticut for tomorrow’s Icebreaker 150.
Qualifying for tomorrow’s Icebreaker 150 is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm, with the green flag set to wave tomorrow at 3:30 pm. Follow all of the action live at Hometracks.nascar.com.
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