NH (September 14) -- Chuck Hossfeld picked the perfect time to capture
his first career NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series win. Hossfeld won
one of the most exciting events in the history of a series that
attracts huge fields and where many times the number of cars turned
away numbers in the double-digits. Hossfeld made a three-wide pass of Mike Stefanik and Teddy Christopher
with just two laps remaining en route to winning the New Hampshire 100
on Saturday afternoon. No easy feat for the young hot shoe as the two
veterans have won the series' last three races.
The 100-lap race was not only close at the end, it was close throughout.
Unofficially, NASCAR recorded an unbelievable 58 lead changes.
Forty cars were entered in Saturday's race which had
Nevin George on the pole and former Winston Cup star Geoffrey Bodine
The race officially featured 16 lead changes among
five different drivers before the outcome was settled. Unofficially,
the number of lead changes during the race totaled a staggering 58.
Those officially leading during the race were Teddy Christopher, Nevin George,
Hossfeld, Eddie Flemke, and Mike Stefanik.
The final pass of the race came on lap 98, when fifth
starting Chuck Hossfeld made a three-wide pass on Mike
Stefanik and Teddy Christopher and held on for the final two circuits
winning by just .171 seconds over Stefanik who started 27th.
Hossfeld's reward for the top finish was $15,400.
Stefanik earned $11,405 for his runner-up finish.
Rounding out the top five were John Blewett, III, Teddy
Christopher, and Tony Hirschman. Amazingly, 24 of the 40 race starters
finished the race on the lead lap with Geoffrey Bodine finishing 24th. Even more amazing was the top
finishers opted to run the entire 100-lap race without pitting for fresh tires. The
58 lead changes and three-wide racing throughout the event was a testament to the
consistency and durability of the Hoosier tire brand.
Eddie Flemke maintains his lead in the series points
standings with 2243 points over Jerry Marquis who has 2238 points,
just five points out of first. Mike Stefanik is just 17 points out of
first in the tight points chase, while Chuck Hossfeld is in fourth
place with 2195 points and Rick Fuller is in fifth with 2180 markers.
The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series will be back in
action on September 29th, at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is the exclusive tire
supplier to the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series for the 2002