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Santos Sweeps At New Hampshire

Late Pass Of Silk Gives Him Third Career Loudon Win

LOUDON, N.H. — Earlier this season, Bobby Santos used the bottom groove en route to a victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Saturday, Santos used that same groove to win once again.

The victory allowed Santos to sweep the two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at the 1.058-mile oval during the 2017 season. It was his third career win at the ‘Magic Mile’ of NHMS.

“We learned a lot in the All-Star race (in July) that I think helped us win this race today,” Santos said. “This is the race track when it comes to the modifieds. This is what everyone shoots for. This is our Super Bowl. It means everything to win here.”

Much like he did in July, the Franklin, Massachusetts, driver found the bottom groove had the most grip on the track in the final circuits. Santos took the lead on lap 90 for the first time in Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100, but lost the lead to Patrick Emerling on lap 96. He took his No. 44 Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet back to the front on lap 97 and wasn’t challenged back to the checkered flag in the final three circuits.

It was also the 32-year-old’s 16th career victory in his 131st career Whelen Modified Tour start. He crossed the line 0.610 seconds ahead of Rowan Pennink. Behind Pennink, Patrick Emerling finished third after leading seven laps. Donny Lia and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top five.

With his fifth place finish, Bonsignore positioned himself second in the standings. Four-time series champion Doug Coby, who led a race-high 64 laps, finished 15th, but will lead the points by 11 points over Bonsignore. Timmy Solomito is third in the standings, 14 off the lead. Ryan Preece, who entered the race as the points leader, missed the event and leaves New Hampshire fifth in the championship standings.

Eric Goodale finished sixth, while Ron Silk, Woody Pitkat, Ryan Newman and Anthony Nocella finished the top 10.

The F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire will air on NBCSN Thursday, Sept. 28th at 7 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track next weekend, with the running of the NAPA Fall Final 150 scheduled for Sunday, October 1 at 3:15 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-F. W. Webb 100 Results

Saturday

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, N.H.

Lap length: 1.058 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (11) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 100 laps, 82.263 mph.
  2. (2) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 100.
  3. (5) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 100.
  4. (3) Donny Lia, Jericho, NY, Chevrolet, 100.
  5. (20) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 100.
  6. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100.
  7. (7) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 100.
  8. (17) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
  9. (1) Ryan Newman, South Bend, IN, Chevrolet, 100.
  10. (19) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 100.
  11. (12) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 100.
  12. (18) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 100.
  13. (15) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
  14. (8) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
  15. (14) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
  16. (21) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 100.
  17. (23) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 100.
  18. (9) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100.
  19. (24) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 100.
  20. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 100.
  21. (22) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 98.
  22. (25) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 92.
  23. (10) Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y., Chevrolet, 91, accident.
  24. (4) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 86.
  25. (6) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 37, engine.
  26. (26) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 32, handling.
  27. (16) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 16, accident.
  28. (28) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 16, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 17 minutes 10 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.610 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Newman (131.556 mph, 28.952 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 27 laps.

Lead Changes: 18 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Newman 1; T. Solomito 2; R. Newman 3-5; T. Solomito 6; R. Newman 7-8; T.

Solomito 9-15; D. Coby 16; T. Solomito 17; D. Coby 18-43; R. Silk 44; D. Coby 45-63; P.

Emerling 64-66; D. Coby 67-76; P. Emerling 77-79; D. Coby 80-87; R. Silk 88-89; B. Santos

90-95; P. Emerling 96; B. Santos 97-100.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 526; 2. J. Bonsignore, 515; 3. T. Solomito, 512; 4. R. Pennink,

509; 5. R. Preece, 500; 6. E. Goodale, 491; 7. D. Sapienza, 443; 8. M. Swanson, 437; 9.

  1. Summers, 417; 10. M. Zachem, 373.

NWMT New Hampshire FW Webb 100 9/23/17 Entry List

CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
01 Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H. Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet Kenneth Fifield Glen Billings
2 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Const. Chevrolet Mike Smeriglio III Philip Moran
3 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet Jan Boehler Greg Fournier
6 Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass. TS Hauler Chevrolet Ed Partridge Jeff Preece
07 Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y. Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet Jennifer Emerling Jan Leafy
7 Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y. Bardahl Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Tommy Baldwin
15 Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn. 15-40 Connection Chevrolet Rob Fuller Steve Garrepy
16 Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Starrett Tools Ford Eric Sanderson Stanley Szaban
20 Max Zachem, Preston, Conn. Course Legend/Robert B Our Chevrolet Ken Zachem Steve Lemay
21 Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn. * Gershow Recycling Chevrolet Joe Bertuccio, Sr. Stash Butova
24 Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J. Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet Cliff Krause John Cooke
26 Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Lakeland Landscaping Supply/TRC Electric Chevrolet Sean McDonald Gary McDonald
29 Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y. Meadowbrook Collision Chevrolet George Bock Glenn Dixon
33 Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn. Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet Wade Cole Richard Rodenbaugh
36 Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y. Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet Judy Thilburg Tommy Grasso
38 TBA Performance Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan’s Oil Chevrolet Linda Rodenbaugh Robert Bourne
39 Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J. * Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet Joe Carroll Geary Rinehimer
44 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Sully Tinio Bob Santos
46 Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y. Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet Russell Goodale Doug Ogiejko
51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet Ken Massa William Michael
58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. GAF Roofing Chevrolet Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard
64 Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn. Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Chevrolet Mike Murphy Ron Yuhas, Jr.
70 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H. Rockingham Boat Chevrolet Steve Seuss Steve Seuss
77 Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind. Menards/Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Theodore Musgrave, Jr.
78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn.*. Last Minute Racing Chevrolet Steven Sutcliffe Kevin Anderson
82 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet Danny Watts Jr. Aaron Clifford
85 Jeff Rocco, Wallingford, Conn. Stuarts Automotive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet Robert Katon Jr. Kenny Stuart
89 Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass. Starrett Tools Ford John Swanson Ken Barry
97 Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass. Nocella Pavings/Airgas Chevrolet Anthony Nocella TBA
99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet Cheryl Tomaino Trey Tomano

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate

Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR

Patrick Emerling Conquers “Thunder Valley”

First NASCAR Whelen Modified Win Comes On Bristol High-Banks

 BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 16, 2017) – Patrick Emerling swept his way to Victory Lane with a near-perfect performance at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

The Orchard Park, New York, driver was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and proceeded to lead 148 of the 150 laps en route to his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

“It’s just a dream come true,” said Emerling following the win at the historic track dubbed ‘Thunder Valley.’ “It’s incredible. We only run a handful of the Whelen Tour races and to come down here and win practice, catch the pole and lead every single lap, it’s an incredible feeling for us as a team.”

The win for the 24-year-old came in his 78th career start and just his third of 2017. He held off challenges from Chase Dowling and Justin Bonsignore on restarts in the first half of the race, then held off four-time tour champion Doug Coby in the dash to the finish.

He crossed the line 1.239 seconds ahead of Coby. Prior to Wednesday, Emerling’s best career finish was a second at New Hampshire in 2015.

For Coby, the second-place finish was the third straight in Whelen Modified Tour competition and it helped him claw back towards the top of the championships standings.

Timmy Solomito, who was caught up in a Lap 68 accident, came home 15th to maintain a two-point edge on Rowan Pennink. Ryan Preece finished fifth and is nine points behind Solomito, while Coby is 17 points back.

Justin Bonsignore finished third and is 19 points out of first. Chase Dowling and Preece rounded out the top five at Bristol.

Andy Seuss was sixth, followed by Pennink, Ronnie Williams, Bobby Santos and Matt Swanson.

The Bush’s Beans 150 will air on NBCSN Saturday August 26 at 3 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Modified Tour returns to the track at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday August 26, with the running of the Seekonk 150.

RACE RESULTS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE REPLAY

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Bush’s Beans 150 Results

Wednesday

At Bristol Motor

Bristol TN

Lap length: 0.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 69.924 mph.
  2. (9) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (7) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (14) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (19) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (3) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (6) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (12) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
  11. (20) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, PA., Chevrolet, 149.
  12. (21) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 147.
  13. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.
  14. (24) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 123.
  15. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 112.
  16. (5) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 107, mechanical.
  17. (16) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 94, mechanical.
  18. (22) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Chevrolet, 91, accident.
  19. (13) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 66, mechanical.
  20. (10) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 59, rear end.
  21. (23) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 58, handling.
  22. (15) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 21, engine.
  23. (11) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  24. (18) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  25. (17) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  26. (26) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 0, ignition.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 8 minutes 13 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.239 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: P.Emerling (131.432 mph, 14.517 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 44 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: P. Emerling 1-66; J. Bonsignore 67; P. Emerling 68-72; J. Bonsignore 73; P.

Emerling 74-150.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 380; 2. R. Pennink, 378; 3. R. Preece, 371; 4. D. Coby, 363;

  1. J. Bonsignore, 361; 6. E. Goodale, 349; 7. D. Sapienza, 313; 8. M. Swanson, 308; 9. M.

Zachem, 301; 10. R. Summers, 294.