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Christopher Nabs Second Pole In A Row For Spring Sizzler; Connecticut Racer Also Earned Pole In Season Opener STAFFORD, Conn. (April 25, 2009) -- Ted Christopher made it two-for-two in 2009 as he earned his second NASCAR Whelen Modified ...

Christopher Nabs Second Pole In A Row For Spring Sizzler; Connecticut Racer Also Earned Pole In Season Opener

STAFFORD, Conn. (April 25, 2009) -- Ted Christopher made it two-for-two in 2009 as he earned his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award of the young season Saturday afternoon at Stafford Motor Speedway in advance of Sunday's Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST.

Christopher, of Plainville, Conn., turned a fast lap of 18.150 seconds (99.174 mph) in the No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet Saturday for his 20th career Coors Light Pole Award, and his third at Stafford. The reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion -- and defending winner of the Spring Sizzler -- also captured the pole for the season opener at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, and wound up in Victory Lane the following day.

Mike Stefanik (No. 16 Diversified Metals/Sanderson-MacLeod Pontiac) was the second-fastest qualifier Saturday with a time of 18.368 seconds (99.997 mph). Stefanik, who has more wins and poles than any NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver with 20 and 15, respectively, accomplished both in the tour's last visit to Stafford for the 2008 CARQUEST Fall Final.

Ryan Preece (18.374 seconds/99.956 mph), Eric Berndt (18.378/97.943) and Donny Lia (18.379/99.938) rounded out the top five fastest cars in time trials.

The top 10 qualifiers redrew following time trials. Preece and Stefanik will now start on the front row for Sunday's 200-lap feature followed in the second row by Christopher and Berndt.

Sunday's Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST festivities will get underway with an on-track autograph session at 11 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is slated to take to the track at approximately 2:30 p.m. For event and ticket information, please visit Stafford's official Web site (staffordmotorspeedway.com).

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ted Christopher , Donny Lia , Ryan Preece