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Stefanik Captures Stafford Fall Final For Eighth Time First Win Of Season For Series' All-Time Winningest Driver STAFFORD, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2008) -- Mike Stefanik capped off a dominating weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway by reaching Victory...

Stefanik Captures Stafford Fall Final For Eighth Time
First Win Of Season For Series' All-Time Winningest Driver

STAFFORD, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2008) -- Mike Stefanik capped off a dominating weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway by reaching Victory Lane in the CARQUEST Fall Final for the eighth time in his illustrious career.

Stefanik (No. 16 Diversified Metals/Ace Moldings Pontiac) won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday and used the front row starting position to his advantage as he led 129 of the 150 laps in Sunday's race.

The win Stefanik's eighth in the Fall Final, Stafford's traditional season-ending race. It was also his 20th all-time win at track and the 69th in his career overall. All three totals are NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour records.

Matt Hirschman (No. 59 Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet) came home second to Stefanik on Sunday. With the runner-up finish, Hirschman now trails series leader Ted Christopher by just 35 points with one race remaining on the schedule. Christopher (No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet) finished sixth.

Chuck Hossfeld (No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge) was third, while Todd Szegedy (No. 2 Xtra Mart/Wisk-Snuggle Ford) and Eric Beers (No. 46 Reynold's Auto Wrecking/Sunoco Chevrolet) rounded out the top five finishers.

The rest of the top 10 consisted of Christopher, Rowan Pennink, Anthony Sesely, Glenn Tyler and Kevin Goodale. It was the best finish of the season for Sesely and Tyler.

Prior to the race NASCAR legend Bobby Allison was honored for his 1964 and 1965 NASCAR Modified division titles as part of the celebration of 60 Years of Modified Champions.

The 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship will come down to the season finale at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 19. For Xtra Mart World Series ticket information, please visit Thompson's official Web Site (thompsonspeedway.com).

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Chuck Hossfeld , Todd Szegedy , Bobby Allison , Ted Christopher , Glenn Tyler , Eric Beers , Kevin Goodale , Rowan Pennink