Hossfeld Edges Christopher in Photo Finish at New Hampshire Earns His Seventh Career Victory LOUDON, N.H. (June 28, 2008) -- Chuck Hossfeld led just one lap in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor ...
Hossfeld Edges Christopher in Photo Finish at New Hampshire
Earns His Seventh Career Victory
LOUDON, N.H. (June 28, 2008) -- Chuck Hossfeld led just one lap in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but it was the one that counted the most as he took the checkered flag in a photo finish in the New England 100.
Hossfeld battled Ted Christopher for a number of laps down the stretch, making the pass for the lead in Turns 1 and 2, but falling back to second in Turns 3 and 4. On the final lap, he made a move entering Turn 3 on Christopher and won the drag race out of Turn 4 to the finish by .001 seconds.
"I knew I had to be patient," Hossfeld said. "With Teddy (Christopher), you're racing one of the best racers here. I would have been a happy either way with the finish, but I was glad to come home first. I'm just so thrilled."
The victory was the seventh of Hossfeld's career, his third at New Hampshire and his second of the season.
"This car is brand new and this team is just so good, I really have very little to do with it," Hossfeld said.
Christopher, who led 93 laps but was denied an opportunity to extend his own track record for victories, registered his fourth top-five finish of the season and second runner-up in as many outings. He leads all drivers at New Hampshire with nine all-time victories at the track, but was denied the opportunity to extend his record by the slimmest of margins.
Ed Flemke Jr. tied his previous career-best finish at New Hampshire when he came in third. Eric Beers and Reggie Ruggiero rounded out the top 10.
After leading the race on lap 68, Bobby Santos finished sixth. Todd Szegedy, Ryan Preece, Jeff Fuller and Ronnie Silk completed the top 10.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will move to the Empire State for its sixth race of the 2008 season. Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., will be the venue for the Mason Farms 100 on Saturday, July 12.