THOMPSON, Conn. — Mike Stefanik saved his best for last Saturday at Thompson Int’l Speedway.
The last car out in qualifying, Stefanik took the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award on the second of his two laps in advance of Sunday’s season-opening Icebreaker. Has fast lap was recorded at 18.668 seconds (120.527 mph).
The pole was the 48th of Stefanik’s career and the 10th at Thompson. From Coventry, R.I., Stefanik has a pair of wins in the Icebreaker, the last coming in 2006. He also holds the Whelen Modified Tour record for overall wins at Thompson with 14.
Prior to Stefanik’s last-lap run, Ryan Preece was in position for the Coors Light Pole. He will instead join Stefanik in the front row on Sunday thanks to a fast qualifying lap of 18.707 (120.276).
Rowan Pennink led Saturday afternoon’s practice session and qualified third at 18.745 (120.032) while Chuck Hossfeld was fourth-fastest at 18.781 (119.802).
Defending race winner Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore, Ron Yuhas Jr., reigning tour champ Doug Coby, Bobby Santos and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top 10 of 29 qualifiers.
Hossfeld’s qualifying run was later disallowed after his No. 72 failed post-qualifying technical inspection. He will start at the rear of the field on Sunday and all other qualifiers will move up one position in the starting lineup.