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Santos Returns To Victory Lane At Thompson

Wins Thompson 125 With Last-Lap Pass

 Thompson, Conn. (June 15, 2016) — It had been long enough since Bobby Santos had been to Victory Lane that he was wondering whether he would ever get back.

It only took one lap Wednesday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park to erase all that.

IMG_4427Santos drove the No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet by Max Zachem on the white-flag lap to win the Thompson 125. It was the only lap Santos led on a night where he pitted multiple times early in the event due to a tire issue.

“There was a lot of doubting ourselves,” Santos said. “We all know we can win. We won as this team before. We just need a little momentum and we can start winning races again.”

Santos hadn’t been to Victory Lane since July 12, 2014, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was a 25-race slump for the 2010 tour champion.

Zachem settled for second after coming within one lap of his first career tour win. The 23-year-old from Preston, Connecticut, was making his 23rd career start and led a race-high 43 laps.

Rookie Matt Swanson finished third, followed by Patrick Emerling and Jeff Goodale.

IMG_4407 (2)Zachem and Swanson were among a group of drivers who pitted early in the race. Leaders Ryan Preece, Doug Coby, Timmy Solomito and Justin Bonsignore stayed out until a Lap 77 caution. Santos came down with those four, but because he didn’t take tires, he was first off pit road and restarted 12th.

From there, Santos was the first one to make it to the front of the field.

IMG_4304 (2)Preece, who is running NASCAR XFINITY Series full-time this season, came back to finish sixth. Rowan Pennink, Brendon Bock, Jimmy Blewett and Ken Heagy rounded out the top 10. Coby, who earlier in the day won his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season, wound up 11th.

With his finish outside the top 10, Coby saw his points lead cut to 19 over Zachem after five races. Pennink is third, 10 behind Coby but three ahead of Donny Lia and four in front of Justin Bonsignore. Santos moved up to sixth in points, just four behind Bonsignore.

The Thompson 125 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, June 22 at 5 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on Saturday, June 25 at Riverhead (New York) Raceway.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Thompson 125 Results


At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (7) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 125 laps, 71.986 mph.
  2. (18) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  3. (16) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 125.
  4. (11) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 125.
  5. (14) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  6. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  7. (20) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 125.
  8. (8) Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  9. (12) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Dodge, 125.
  10. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  11. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  12. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  13. (25) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  14. (6) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Chevrolet, 125.
  15. (2) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 125.
  16. (4) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124, accident.
  17. (23) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 124, accident.
  18. (24) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 122.
  19. (28) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 119.
  20. (9) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 111, accident.
  21. (10) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 110, accident.
  22. (15) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 97, handling.
  23. (21) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 93, accident.
  24. (27) Nick Salva, Prospect, Conn., Chevrolet, 92, accident.
  25. (17) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 61, accident.
  26. (22) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 35, suspension.
  27. (19) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 31, accident.
  28. (29) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 14, mechanical.
  29. (5) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 3, clutch.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 5 minutes 7 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.330 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (119.281 mph, 18.863 seconds)

Caution Flags: 9 for 40 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-6; T. Solomito 7-41; R. Preece 42-79; J. Bonsignore 80; M. Zachem 81-115; M. Swanson 116; M. Zachem 117-124; B. Santos 125.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 206; 2. M. Zachem, 187; 3. R. Pennink, 177; 4. D. Lia, 174; 5. J. Bonsignore, 173; 6. B. Santos, 169; 7. M. Swanson, 168; 8. B. Bock, 168; 9. T. Solomito, 167; 10. J. Blewett, 167.


Santos Wins Thompson 125

With a burst of fireworks, the Whelen Modified Tour took the green flag Wednesday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s on the 5/8-mile oval. IMG_4353 (2)

Starting on the pole, Doug Coby took the 29 car field into turn one and lead the first 6 laps of the race before Timmy Solomito was able to get by him. Ryan Preece and Solomito would battle hard with each other for about 10 laps before Solomito took sole possession of the lead. Towards the half way point it was the typical Coby and Preece battle for the lead. Preece was able to hold the lead until lap 72 when Max Zachem was able to jump out front and take command of the field.

IMG_4372 (2)This race was riddled with many cautions; the exact number was 10 with the last one being on the last lap of the race. It was early in the race that Bobby Santos was put a lap down for pitting too early, he was able to get the lucky dog on lap 54.IMG_4427 (2)

After having to battle his way back up through the field Santos found himself in second on the last lap and made it underneath Zachem  while others wrecked behind them for the final time. Santos was able to win the race through all the adversity that he faced throughout the night. “The misfortune that we had early in the race turned into good luck at the end, after not having a top five finish for more than a year winning was pretty cool.” Said Santos in victory lane.

Doug Coby Claims Thompson 125 Pole

The weather is warm and sunny this afternoon in Thompson with lots of racing in store for fans who are ready to watch some of the premier drivers in the Northeast. Tonight the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour comes to town with the Thompson 125.

Qualifying has just taken place here at the track. Doug Coby, who dominated the 5/8 mile Connecticut oval in 2015, was able to win the pole for the 14th time in his career. This was the 3rd consecutive pole for Coby at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, and his 4th pole for the 2016 Modified Tour season.

Doug Coby wins the Coors Light Pole Award for the Thompson 125. (Photo by Michael Jaworecki/
Doug Coby wins the Coors Light Pole Award for the Thompson 125. (Photo by Michael Jaworecki/

Timmy Solomito, who claimed his first career NWMT victory earlier this year in the Icebreaker held at Thompson, was able to qualify in the second place. Ryan Preece came back home to Connecticut to race here tonight and qualified in the 3rd starting position. For the 4th starting position it was a surprise driver of Shawn Solomito who races regularly at Riverhead Raceway.

The Tour will go the distance of 125 laps later this evening.