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Newman Going For Modified Triple Crown At New Hampshire

- Justin St. Louis on 16 Sep 2010

Ryan Newman (#7NY) gets a bump from Ron Silk (#6) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Leif Tillotson photo)PHOTO: Ryan Newman (#7NY) gets a bump from Ron Silk (#6) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Leif Tillotson photo)

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Ryan Newman is going for a rare Triple Crown feat in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

Newman, a winner on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Hass Racing in 2010, is a perfect two-for-two in the open-wheel Modified series this season, having earned the victories in both of his starts at New Hampshire in June and Bristol Motor Speedway in August. He will try for the three-peat in Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at the Loudon, N.H., mile.

Both of Newman’s Modified victories came in impressive fashion. At New Hampshire, he started on the pole position, and battled the series’ top drivers throughout the race, eventually outdueling former series champion Ted Christopher over the final laps for the win. At Bristol, Newman held off two pass attempts in the final five laps from seven-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Mike Stefanik to take the victory.

Newman will rejoin car owner Kevin “Bono” Manion -- the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winning crew chief for driver Jamie McMurray -- for the F.W. Webb 100. All seven of Newman’s previous Whelen Modified Tour starts have come in Manion’s No. 7NY Aggressive Hydaulics/Menards Chevrolet.

Bobby Santos (#4) leads Ted Christopher (#36) in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings. (Leif Tillotson photo)Bobby Santos, III, of Franklin, Mass., leads the Tour point standings entering New Hampshire, the 12th of 14 events in 2010. Santos posted wins at three of the series’ first four races -- Thompson, Stafford, and Martinsville -- and has a 32-point edge on Plainville, Conn., driver Christopher. Stefanik, 2003 champion Todd Szegedy, and former New Hampshire winner Ron Silk complete the top-five in standings.

PHOTOS:
1. Ryan Newman (#7NY) gets a bump from Ron Silk (#6) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Leif Tillotson photo)
2. Bobby Santos (#4) leads Ted Christopher (#36) in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings. (Leif Tillotson photo)

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