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Pre-Race Report: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Posted on July 10 , 2014 by Rob Fuller

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Pre-Race Report: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Races
Whelen All-Star Modified Shootout (July 11) & Sunoco 100 (July 12)

Driver
For the first time, 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Todd Szegedy will drive the No. 15 Chevrolet for Rob Fuller Motorsports. Szegedy has 18 career wins and 10 pole positions in the NWMT. He was named the series’ Most Popular Driver in 2007 and has three career victories at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).

Car
This is the first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race for the LFR Chassis. The chassis was tested at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June to make final preparations for the NHMS races.

Sponsor
15-40 Connection is raising awareness of the fact that cancer survival rates in teens and young adults ages 15 to 40 have barely improved since 1975 in large part because of delays in diagnosis. It is empowering individuals with knowledge that will save and improve lives through early cancer detection. 15-40 Connection is celebrating its fifth anniversary and will hold its annual Mark & David Ungerer Golf Tournament, Gala and Auction on July 13th and 14th.

Honorary Crew Member
Brian Regan, an 18-year-old testicular cancer survivor and 15-40 Connection representative, will be featured on the No. 15 Chevrolet this weekend and attending the Saturday race. His full story can be found at: http://bit.ly/1540brian

Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection teamed up to feature young cancer survivors throughout the 2014 NWMT season in an effort to raise awareness of the obstacles teens and young adults face to diagnose cancer at earlier stages.

Quotes

Rob Fuller, owner of Rob Fuller Motorsports and LFR Chassis

On the LFR Chassis…
“Everyone at LFR has worked their tails off to produce a chassis and car that will redefine the definition of a NASCAR Modified. We have some of the most talented individuals in motorsports working in the shop on Asphalt Late Models and Modifieds and we are looking forward to showcasing the results at Loudon this weekend. It is a perfect stage to introduce a new design modified being our brightest spotlight of the season. Loudon is the Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Modifieds. If you do your due diligence on a car it will really show at a track like Loudon. It is a track where the car can provide speed without asking the driver to over work the chassis. This is why, when we go to this track, most teams have new bodies that are tight and sealed up — where at other tracks it is not as important. We have the same Tony’s motor we had in at the test. It is a new combination he has worked on, and after seeing what it did at the test last month, and the comments that came from both drivers that felt what it can do, I think we have what we need to get all we can out of our LFR chassis.”

On Brian Regan and 15-40 Connection…
“To have Brian on our new car and his family here at Loudon is huge. I really enjoy having these 15-40 survivors at the track and on the car. It’s such a great opportunity for not only them, but when things get hectic for me at the track, it’s so great for me to be able to look over at them and break away from the madness to have a quick conversation with their families. It really helps me put everything in perspective. We are all so very fortunate to have our health and be able to be at the track doing what we love to do. Health is wealth as Mr. C (Jim Coghlin Sr., 15-40 Connection Founder) is always telling me, and when we have survivors on our car and at the track, it reminds me of how correct he is. I’m really looking forward to this weekend!”

Todd Szegedy, Driver of the No. 15 15-40 Connection Chevrolet

“I’m definitely excited to be a part of driving the new LFR Chassis and to represent 15-40 Connection at Loudon this weekend. I love racing on the Tour – there are a lot of great drivers to race against. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is one of my favorite tracks as it really suits my driving style. I legitimately feel we can go there and win, which gives me some ‘good’ nerves. Going there with a good car, you hope there are no problems, you stay clean and out of trouble and race for the win.”

“The All-Star race is a race to build a notebook for the LFR Chassis. There’s no better practice than actually racing and seeing what your car has. I want to win the first segment and have them invert the order and come back to the front to win. No question about it – I want to win this weekend. I believe in the car and I believe in Rob and I believe in myself.”

Tricia Laursen, Executive Director of 15-40 Connection

“This is a big weekend for us and Rob Fuller Motorsports! Along with celebrating our fifth anniversary and hosting a golf tournament and Gala event, we will be rooting on Todd, Rob and Brian at the racetrack. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to share 15-40’s message of early detection with NASCAR race fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We urge fans to read Brian’s story at 15-40.org and share it with someone they love. The Modified races are sure to be exciting and we’ll be cheering for Todd to make it into Victory Lane!”