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JOHN BLEWETT, III WINS NFMS FINALE
MIKE STEFANIK CAPTURES SERIES CROWN

10-29-2002

John Blewett, III winner of Sunday NFMS finale (left) / Mike Stefanik 2002 NFMS Champion (both photos courtesy of Howie Hodge)THOMPSON, CT (October 27) -- John Blewett, III won the season ending NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series XTRA/MART World Series 125 race at Thompson International Speedway on Sunday. The win was Blewett's first of the season and was worth $6,850 to the New Jersey driver. Mike Stefanik captured the series championship with a ninth place finish. Stefanik has now won the series title an unprecedented six times. The Coventry, RI driver was also the defending series champion. 

Thirty-two drivers started the final race of the season for the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series. Ted Christopher won the Bud Pole Award, while Jerry Marquis was on the pole with Charlie Pasteryak joining him in the front row after the series redraw. Christopher started fifth.

From the outset, pole-sitter Jerry Marquis jumped out to the early lead. On lap 14, Bud Pole winner Ted Christopher took a one-lap turn out front before being passed by John Blewett, III. Blewett led the remainder of the way to capture the win--his first of the season and fifth career win in the series. Blewett collected $6,850 for the win.

Finishing in second place was Chuck Hossfeld who earned $4,306 for the runner-up finish. Rounding out the top three was Ted Christopher. Christopher's take was $4,205.

Charlie Pasteryak, Nevin George, Jerry Marquis, Eddie Flemke, Chris Kopec, Mike Stefanik and Zach Sylvester rounded out the top ten in the season finale.

The final NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series point standings had Mike Stefanik (2678) on top with Ted Christopher finishing the season 50 markers behind Stefanik. Chuck Hossfeld (2606), Jerry Marquis (2594), Rick Fuller (2585), Eddie Flemke (2562), Todd Szegedy (2497), Nevin George (2478), John Blewett, III (2377), and Jamie Tomaino (2370) finished third through tenth, respectively.

Hoosier Product Manager Irish Saunders commented on the close of the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series season, "It was another great year in NASCAR's oldest and largest regional touring division. These guys always put their hearts and souls into this series to make it one of the most competitive in the country." Saunders added, "We are already looking forward to next year when Hoosier will once again be the exclusive tire supplier to the series."

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. congratulates Mike Stefanik on his sixth series championship. Hoosier also wishes to thank all the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series competitors for their use of Hoosier tires during the exciting 2002 season.  

      

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