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TED CHRISTOPHER SCORES NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SEASON OPENER FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR SATURDAY NIGHT AT CARAWAY ASHEBORO, N.C. (March 25, 2006 ) -- Ted Christopher absolutely loves coming to Caraway Speedway and considering his track record...

TED CHRISTOPHER SCORES NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SEASON OPENER FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR SATURDAY NIGHT AT CARAWAY

ASHEBORO, N.C. (March 25, 2006 ) -- Ted Christopher absolutely loves coming to Caraway Speedway and considering his track record at the short track it's easy to see why he likes the facility so much. On Saturday night at Caraway, Christopher scored his second straight win in the season-opener for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in a thrilling two-lap sprint to the checkered flag over Chuck Hossfeld.

Christopher's grabbed the victory in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150 over a 27-car field, easily the largest field in Whelen Southern Modified history since NASCAR took over the series in 2005. In fact, there were 29 cars in attendance but two were unable to start the event.

"This is pretty cool," Christopher said. "I guess I'm going to have to keep coming to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season-opener. I can't believe we won this race again. I've always really liked Caraway because the track is absolutely perfect for these cars. I about won the first time I ever came to Caraway. This is a fun track and tonight we had a very good car and we're sitting in Victory Lane so I don't know how it could get a lot better than this."

Christopher took the lead on Lap 20 and never looked back, even though his .219 second margin of victory over Hossfeld was anything but easy for the Plainville, Conn. driver. A late caution allowed Hossfeld to close in on Christopher's bumper for the Lap 148 restart with two circuits remaining.

"This is pretty cool to finish second to a guy like Ted Christopher in my first race here at Caraway even though second-place really stinks because we had such a good car," Hossfield said. "I could have spun him out and went on to win the race, but I don't want to win if I've got to wreck somebody to do it. I just want to thank everybody with this team and David Hill. This is really an honor and I'm really proud of what we pulled off in our first race together. I wish we could have pulled it off."

Rounding out the top-five behind Christopher and Hossfeld were Burt Myers who started from the Bud Pole Award, Junior Miller in fourth and Jamie Tomaino in fifth.

There were eight caution flags that slowed the field for 48 laps.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action April 8 at the legendary Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Chuck Hossfeld , David Hill , Junior Miller , Ted Christopher , Burt Myers