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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford


Whelen Mods Headline 43rd Annual NAPA Fall Final Weekend

  • Three-Way Battle Returns To Stafford


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2015) – The Doug Coby-Woody Pitkat-Ryan Preece battle has played out across the northeast the last two years, but nowhere has it been more magnified than at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway – the venue for Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150.

The trio has won 11 of the previous 15 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at the historic half-mile, including the last six in a row. Coby claimed five of those checkered flags from 2012-14, but Pitkat (two) and Preece (three) have won the last five in a row while Preece garnered a fourth win in the midst of Coby’s run.

In the tour’s last visit to Stafford in August, Preece, Coby and Pitkat finished 1-2-3, which was a microcosm of the season-long championship battle between the three. All three have taken their turn atop the standings – the only drivers to do so this year – and the margin between first and second has never reached double digits.

Following last week’s fireworks at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where Coby bumped Preece from the race and championship lead with contact on the last lap of the event, Pitkat returns to his hometown track with an eight-point edge on Preece atop the standings. Coby’s max-points New Hampshire victory, combined with Preece’s 19th place finish after the contact, gained Coby 14 points on the day. He remained in third, but is now just 11 points behind the leader instead of the 25-tally hole he had prior to New Hampshire.

The situation is reminiscent of the 2009 season when the Whelen Modified Tour went into Fall Final weekend with Ted Christopher leading Donny Lia by one and Preece by 12. Lia took the Fall Final 150 checkered flag and went on to celebrate the championship three weeks later in the finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Stafford’s final weekend is no stranger to close championship chases in recent seasons. Including that 2009 battle and the current season, four of the last seven years the margin between first and second has been eight points or less entering the Fall Final 150.

Pitkat and Preece will want to continue their recent success at Stafford because the season finale at Thompson looms as an advantage for Coby. He’s led 289 of 425 laps en route to max-points victories in each of the three races there this year.

RACE:  NAPA Fall Final 150

PLACE:  Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway

DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 4

TIME:  3:15 p.m. ET (approx.)

TELECAST:  NBCSN, Oct. 10, 4 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT:  .5-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

2014 WINNER:  Ryan Preece

2014 POLESITTER:  Bobby Santos

EVENT SCHEDULE:  Saturday – Practice 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Qualifying 2:30 p.m., Sunday – NAPA Pit Party Driver Autograph Session 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT:  Scott Runnin,

TRACK TWITTER:  @StaffordSpeedwy


NASCAR CONTACT:  Jason Cunningham,, Twitter: @NASCAR_NE

Fast Facts:

The Race:  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline Stafford Motor Speedway’s 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend with the last of its four trips to the historic half mile in 2015. The NAPA Fall Final 150 will be the 14th of 15 events on the schedule.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field per the official entry blank is 33 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (75 miles) and is an impound race with three change tires allowed for the event.

The Track:  A half-mile, slightly-banked oval, Stafford originated as a horse racing track in the 1870s. After seven decades as a horse track, the dirt oval started holding automobile races following World War II. Stafford became a NASCAR-sanctioned track in 1959 and was paved for the first time in 1967. Stafford’s 117 Whelen Modified Tour races are second all-time.

Race Winners:  There have been 32 different race winners at Stafford all-time, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories. Woody Pitkat and Ryan Preece have combined to win the last five events at the track.

Pole Winners:  There have been 43 different pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Ryan Preece holds the tour’s track qualifying record at 17.924 seconds (100.424 mph), set during the 2012 Spring Sizzler.

NAPA Fall Final 150 Notes:

Williams Set for Tour Debut:  Stafford Motor Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standout Ronnie Williams is set to make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in the NAPA Fall Final 150. Williams, whose first tour start will come four days prior to his 19th birthday, has racked up six SK Modified feature wins at Stafford this year to tie Rowan Pennink for the division lead. He will pilot a modified owned by tour veteran and fellow Stafford weekly competitor Ted Christopher in the NAPA Fall Final 150.


Preece’s Busy Schedule Continues:  Following last Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Preece made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut the following day at the same track and finished 32nd after he started 37th. In addition to chasing two modified championships, he has a pair of other ventures on the horizon as he will compete in this Friday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Speedway as well as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event on Oct. 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Emerling’s Step-Up Season:  Patrick Emerling is well on the way to his best record in five years on the Whelen Modified Tour. With two races remaining he already has two more top-10 finishes than his previous career high, and last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway his runner-up finish to Doug Coby was his best finish in 67 career starts. Emerling earned his first career Coors Light Pole Award in the Whelen Modified Tour’s last visit to Stafford in August, and duplicated that the following week at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He currently sits fifth in points.


Home Tracks:  Pennink Poised for First Title

Rowan Pennink brings a 12-point lead in the SK Modified division standings into NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend in an attempt to secure his first career Stafford Motor Speedway track championship. Pennink has posted six wins and 18 top 10s in 21 starts to lead Ryan Preece, who ranks second with three triumphs with 19 top 10s. The 2011 track titlist Preece has finished as the championship runner-up by a mere two points in each of the two previous seasons.

Coby Escapes With Whelen Mod Win At New Hampshire


Bumps Leader Preece On Last Lap, Gets Back In Title Hunt

Doug Coby in Victory Lane (Photo By Getty Images for NASCAR)
Doug Coby in Victory Lane (Photo By Getty Images for NASCAR)

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 26, 2015) – Doug Coby bumped Ryan Preece out of the race lead in Turn 1 after taking the white flag and drove away from New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday evening with the F.W. Webb 100 trophy in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action.

The contact brought out the yellow and checkered flags for Coby after Preece collected a number of other cars in the aftermath. Preece was scored in 19th at the time the caution came out.

The result was a big boost to the title defense hopes of the driver from Milford, Connecticut, who is back in the game with two races remaining on the schedule. Twenty-five tallies behind Preece entering the event, Coby moved to within 11 of new championship leader Woody Pitkat at 529-518 while Preece slipped to second at 521.

Coby was in control for the majority of the event, but Preece moved to the lead on the Lap 100 restart after the eighth of nine cautions in the event. As they exited Turn 1 of the final lap, Coby got into the back bumper of Preece, sending him up the track.

 (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

It marked the 15th career Whelen Modified Tour victory for Coby, and third at the “Magic Mile.” It was also his tour-leading fifth of the season.

Patrick Emerling ended up second for his best finish in 67 career starts. Bobby Santos was scored in third followed by Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk.

Donny Lia, Jeff Goodale, Chase Dowling, Dave Sapienza and Pitkat brought home the top 10.

The F.W. Webb 100, the 600th race in Whelen Modified Tour history, featured 16 lead changes among four drivers. It will air on NBCSN on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action Sunday, Oct. 4 at Stafford Motor Speedway for the NAPA Fall Final 15

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. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 102 laps, 81.720 mph.
  2. (12) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  3. (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 102.
  4. (16) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 102.
  5. (6) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  6. (4) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  7. (23) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  8. (10) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 102.
  9. (25) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  10. (3) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 102.
  11. (24) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  12. (5) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 102.
  13. (29) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  14. (28) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 102.
  15. (9) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 102.
  16. (33) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  17. (21) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  18. (27) Dave Salzarulo, Enfield, Conn., Chevrolet, 101.
  19. (17) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 101, accident.
  20. (13) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 101, accident.
  21. (15) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 101, accident.
  22. (31) Danny Watts, Jr., Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 101.
  23. (30) Brandon Oltra, Alden, Pa., Chevrolet, 100.
  24. (14) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 98, accident.
  25. (32) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 98.
  26. (7) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 96, accident.
  27. (19) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 95, accident.
  28. (11) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 95, accident.
  29. (22) Troy Talman, Oxford, Mass., Chevrolet, 88, accident.
  30. (18) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 83, ignition.
  31. (34) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 69, handling.
  32. (20) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 62, overheating.
  33. (26) Tom Rogers, Jr., Patchogue, N.Y., Chevrolet, 43, rear end.
  34. (8) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 43, suspension.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 19 minutes 14 seconds

Margin of Victory: Under caution

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (130.752 mph, 29.13 seconds)

Caution Flags: 9 for 29 laps.

Lead Changes: 14 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-7; W. Pitkat 8; D. Coby 9-12; W. Pitkat 13-17; D. Coby 18-21; B. Santos 22-24; D. Coby 25; B. Santos 26; D. Coby 27-31; B. Santos 32; D. Coby 33-59; R. Preece 60; D. Coby 61-99; R. Preece 100-101; D. Coby 102.

Standings: 1. W. Pitkat, 529; 2. R. Preece, 521; 3. D. Coby, 518; 4. T. Szegedy, 461; 5. P. Emerling, 454; 6. E. Goodale, 435; 7. T. Solomito, 432; 8. D. Lia, 415; 9. B. Santos, 415; 10. J. Bonsignore, 412.

FW Webb 100 Unofficial Results 9/26/2015



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1    2  Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance 102
2  07 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction 102
3  44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records 102
4  51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology 102
5  15  Ron Silk 15-40 Connection/LFR Chassis 102
6    8  Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl 102
7     9  Chase Dowling* S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair 102
8   36  David Sapienza* Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country 102
9   46  Jeff Goodale* Riverhead Building Supply 102
10 38  Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East 102
11  56  Craig Lutz* Lutz Motorsports 102
12  16  Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises 102
13  18  Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood/East End Statuary 102
14  70  Andy Seuss Rockingham Boat/Leon Holmes Excavating 102
15  99  Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler 102
16  26  Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscaping Supply/TRC Electric 102
17  75  Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. 102
18  37  David Salzarulo Brickenmore Bricks 102
19   6   Ryan Preece TS Haulers/East West Marine 101
20  4   Todd Szegedy Montanari Fuel 101
21  22  Ted Christopher Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks 101
22  82  Danny Watts, Jr. Horton Avenue Materials 101
23  19  Brandon Oltra* Oltra Racing 100
24  89  Matt Swanson* Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing 98
25  33  Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil 98
26   7   Ryan Newman Menards/Wix Filters 96
27  13  James Civali Cape Cod Aggregates/Seekonk GP 95
28  58  Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights 95
29   3   Troy Talman* Bridgewater-Raynham O.D./DCU/NAPA 88
30  14  Max Zachem* ThrowBridge Transport/Dunleavy’s 83
31  01  Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil 69
32  93  Rowan Pennink Van Wickle Auto Supply 62
33  83  Tom Rogers, Jr. CAC Industries/WM Inc. 43
34  64  Anthony Nocella* Nocella Reclamation/Hughes Motors 43