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Mike StefanikTHOMPSON, CT (September 8) -- Defending NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series champion Mike Stefanik won his first race of the season Sunday winning the Thompson Sunoco 300 at Thompson International Speedway. Stefanik broke a 19-race drought in which the series win-leader went winless. That is until Charlie Pasteryak ran out of gas with seven to go which put the tenth starting Stefanik out front for good. Despite the drought, the Coventry, RI driver is just 69 points out of first place in the series standings. Currently, Stefanik is in third in the standings behind Eddie Flemke and Jerry Marquis who are first and second, respectively.

A forty-car field took the green flag on Sunday on the 5/8-mile high banks of Thompson International Speedway. Tony Hirschman and rookie Todd Szegedy comprised the front row for the 300-lap event. 

The exciting race featured 12 lead changes among six different drivers. The six lap leaders were: Todd Szegedy (1-16), Tony Ferrante (17-40), Ted Christopher (41-88, 110, 112-113, 211), Mike Stefanik (89-109, 111, 114-138, 212-252, 294-300), L.W Miller (139-210), Charlie Pasteryak (253-293). 

The race had 18 caution periods for a total of 99 laps, or nearly one-third of the race laps.

Stefanik took home $16,400 for the win, while fourth starting Tony Ferrante finished a career-best second and pocketed $8,405. Rounding out the top three was 14th starting L.W. Miller. Miller collected $6,405 for the final podium spot.

Completing the list of lead-lap finishers was John Blewett, III in fourth, Jamie Tomaino in fifth after starting 32nd, and 16th starting Bob Polverari coming home in sixth.

Eddie Flemke finished in 22nd but retained the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series lead with 2125 points over Jerry Marquis (2088) who finished 27th. Stefanik is in third with 2056 as the top five in the standings are now separated by less than 100 points. Rick Fuller (2034) and rookie Todd Szegedy (2028) round out the top five.

The series resumes racing this Saturday, September 14th, at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH. 

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