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NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour: Red Dog Racing World Series Notes

14 October 1997

NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour 
Red Dog Racing World Series Notes
Thompson International Speedway

By NASCAR Public Relations

THOMPSON, CT - The 22nd race of the 1997 NASCAR Featherlite Modified
Tour, The 24th Annual Red Dog Racing World Series, is scheduled for
Oct. 18-19, at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Conn.

 - Posted awards are $53,420.00 for the 125-lap race. Time trials are
scheduled for 2:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 18 with the top 24 advancing
to the feature on Sunday, Oct. 19. A 15-lap qualifying race and four
provisional starting positions will determine the remainder of the

 - If Mike Stefanik takes the green flag at Thompson, he will become
the 1997 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Champion. He will become the
first driver to ever win the series championship three times and the
first driver to win the championship for two different car
owners. Pete Beal and Charlie Bacon are the owners of the car Stefanik
currently drives. John Koszela, Sr. owned the cars Stefanik drove to
championships in 1989 and 1991.

 - This will be the third and final series race at Thompson in
1997. Rick Fuller was the winner of the previous two races (April and
July) at Thompson this season.

 - Steve Park is the defending champion of the World Series. 

 - The World Series was the first series win for Rick Fuller in 1988.

 - Several other drivers currently competing on the series have scored
World Series wins. Defending series champion Tony Hirschman (1989),
Reggie Ruggiero (1987, 92) and Mike Stefanik (1995).

 - Thompson International Speedway has hosted more NASCAR Featherlite
Modified Tour races than any other speedway. There have been 58 series
events at Thompson since 1985 including the first on March 31, 1985.

 - The series qualifying record at Thompson is 19.018 seconds (118.308
mph) set by Mike McLaughlin 7/19/87.

 - To date, 108 different drivers have attempted to qualify for at
least one NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour race in 1997.