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Preece Continues To Roll At Stafford

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Late Pass Of Coby Nets Third NASCAR Whelen Modified Win of Season

 STAFFORD, Conn. (Aug. 4, 2017) – Ryan Preece has been nearly unbeatable of late when he straps behind the wheel of a race car.

Last weekend, Preece scored his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Iowa Speedway. He marked his return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Friday at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway with another trip to Victory Lane in the Stafford 150.

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver took the lead from four-time tour champion Doug Coby on a Lap 148 restart and didn’t look back. The win was the 18th career in Whelen Modified Tour action for Preece and also his seventh at the half-mile Stafford. He won the NAPA Spring Sizzler at the track on April 30.

“I would have liked the restarts lane to go more my way, but we had a really good car tonight,” said Preece, who started in the back after having his qualifying lap disallowed for failing post-qualifying technical inspection. “It was tough to have to start in the back, but my car was in the track all day. We’ve just had a great car all year long. I enjoy doing this. I enjoy showing up and knowing what I have and being successful.”

Preece’s No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet crossed the the finish line 0.302 seconds ahead of Coby, while Justin Bonsignore followed in third.

Although it looked like Coby was en route to winning for the 11th time at Stafford after leading 135 laps, a few late caution flags allowed the rest of the field to close to his back bumper. After a multiple car crash on the frontstretch on lap 144, Preece got his chance at Coby, lining up to his outside on a restart with just two laps remaining. When the green flag flew, Preece used the outside lane and powered around Coby going into turn one. He never looked back.

“I think the biggest thing was I had a better left-rear tire to fire (on the restart),” Preece said. “Having both fresher rear tires helped me be able to get in front of him and have the right line going into turn one.”

Timmy Solomito took the championship points lead with a fourth-place finish, while Jon McKennedy completed the top five.

Rob Summers was sixth, followed by Dave Sapienza, Craig Lutz, Gary Putnam and Matt Swanson. Rowan Pennink, who held the points lead coming into the event, finished 17th and is seven points behind Solomito. Preece is fifth in points, one behind Eric Goodale and Bonsignore and 26 back of Solomito.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on Wednesday night, with the running of the Bud 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. From there, the series will visit Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 16.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Stafford 150 Results


At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (27) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 61.114 mph.
  2. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (6) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (10) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  5. (28) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (20) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (14) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (1) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (19) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
  11. (13) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (18) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (15) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (25) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  15. (7) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  16. (22) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  17. (9) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 146, fuel   .
  18. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 144, accident.
  19. (5) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 144.
  20. (3) Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y., Chevrolet, 141, accident.
  21. (21) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 119.
  22. (4) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 111, accident.
  23. (16) CJ Lehmann, Shirley, Pa., Chevrolet, 105, accident.
  24. (8) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 54, overheating.
  25. (26) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 44, accident.
  26. (12) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 37, accident.
  27. (23) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 26, mechanical.
  28. (24) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 21, power steering.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 13 minutes 38 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.302 seconds

Caution Flags: 9 for 43 laps.

Lead Changes: 15 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-54; J. Bonsignore 55; D. Coby 56-62; R. Preece 63; D. Coby 64-66;

  1. Solomito 67; D. Coby 68-102; T. Solomito 103; J. McKennedy 104; T. Solomito 105-109;
  2. Coby 110-114; T. Solomito 115; D. Coby 116-143; R. Preece 144; D. Coby 145-147; R.

Preece 148-150.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 310; 2. R. Pennink, 303; 3. E. Goodale, 285; 4. J. Bonsignore,

285; 5. R. Preece, 284; 6. D. Coby, 278; 7. M. Zachem, 272; 8. D. Sapienza, 261; 9. R.

Summers, 249; 10. W. Pitkat, 249.



Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
BROCKTON, MA- Jon McKennedy reunites with Brady Bunch Racing this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. This will be McKennedy’s second NWMT start of the season, having earned a sixth place finish in the famed number 00 at Thompson (Conn.) Motorsports Park in June.
    “Stafford is one of those tracks that is among my favorites lately,” McKennedy said of the new challenge ahead this weekend with Crew Chief Scott Anderson and the rest of the team. “I’ve won four of the last five races that I have run there, in a couple of different Modified touring series’. It has been a really good track for me.”
    Their participation in this event is made possible in part by sponsorship from Copeland Toyota and Chevrolet of Brockton, Mass. You can count on Copeland for the best car buying experience possible.
    “It will be nice to run again with the Brady Bunch 00,” McKennedy confirmed. “A good group of guys that are all hard workers. They are all competitive and want to do well, as much as I do. We ran the car at Thompson and had a really good run.
    “We pretty much led the field in practice, and in the race we came from the back two different times. We restarted around 20th after the pit stop and drove all the way back to a sixth position in only about 30 laps. With all of that being said, I look forward to Stafford. It’s a track I feel comfortable at. Hopefully I can make the best of this opportunity and come out of there with a good finish.
    “At this point we’re a team running on a race-by-race deal. If we can keep getting sponsorship for the car, then we can run more tour races with the Brady 00.”
    Brady Bunch Racing is a family owned race team founded in 1962, and has been a fixture in Modified racing for over 50 years at tracks from Florida to Maine. The team hopes to obtain sponsorship to compete more with NASCAR, and in televised events throughout the remainder of the 2017 season.
    Follow McKennedy at Brady Bunch Racing at Stafford either in person or through updates on the NASCAR Home Tracks site. The Stafford 150 is tentatively scheduled to begin at around  9:15 PM on Friday, August 4.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Stafford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues the 2017 season on Friday night with the eighth race of the schedule at Stafford Motor Speedway. The running of the Stafford 150 will be the second of three appearances at the half-mile this season. Below is a statistical look at the Stafford 150, including selected driver notes:

Stafford 150 Race Setup:
• This marks the second of three appearances at the half-mile this season. Ryan Preece won the Spring Sizzler back on April 30. The third and final appearance will take place as part of the NAPA Fall Final on Sunday, October 1.
• Entering Stafford, four-time series champion Doug Coby will look to capture his seventh straight Coors Light Pole award at the half-mile. He broke the track record in April en route to his sixth straight pole. He has won seven of the last eight poles there, with the only blunder being a third place qualifying effort.
• Off a wreck at New Hampshire, Timmy Solomito now sits second in the point standings, seven from the top. Boelher Racing driver Rowan Pennink holds the series points lead with one feature win this season.
• Ryan Preece (two) and Timmy Solomito (three) are the only drivers to capture multiple wins so far this year. Pennink and Bobby Santos are the only other two drivers to visit Victory Lane.

At Stafford Motor Speedway:
• The Stafford Springs Agricultural Park opened back in 1870, originally used for horse racing.
• Stafford joined NASCAR in 1959 and was paved for the first time in 1967.
• The inaugural NWMT event at the half-mile was in 1985, a race won by Richie Evans. The Spring Sizzler was an 80 lap main event that season.
• The track has also held 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races in history, with the most recent coming last June — a race won by Noah Gragson.

• There have been 32 different winners at Stafford, including Mike Stefanik, who leads all drivers with 20 career wins. In the Stafford 150 last season, Jimmy Blewett drove the iconic Mystic Missile into Victory Lane.
• There have been 43 Coors Light Pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Doug Coby holds the one-lap qualifying record with a time of 17.896 seconds, set at the Spring Sizzler in April.
• Ted Christopher was the oldest Stafford winner at 53-years-old; Ryan Preece was the youngest Stafford winner at 18-years-old.
• No driver has started all 123 races at Stafford.

Stafford Data:
Race: #8 of 16 overall
Race Date: Friday, August 4, 9:15 p.m. ET (approx.)
Track Layout: .500-mile slightly banked asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Race Winner: Jimmy Blewett, 1 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds (73.345 mph)
2016 Pole Winner: Doug Coby, 98.774 mph
Qualifying Record: Doug Coby, 100.581 mph, 17.896 seconds, set on 4/29/17

Active Wins Leaders at Stafford:

1. Ted Christopher… 12
2. Doug Coby … 10
3. Ryan Preece … 6

1. Bobby Santos … 9
2. Doug Coby … 9
3. Ryan Preece … 3

Laps Led:
1. Ted Christopher… 2,090
2. Doug Coby… 1,551

Top Fives:
1. Ted Christopher … 31
2. Todd Szegedy … 24
3. Doug Coby … 19

Top 10s:
1. Jamie Tomaino… 55
2. Ted Christopher … 53
3. Todd Szegedy … 32

1. Jamie Tomaino … 121
2. Ted Christopher … 94
3. Wade Cole … 62

Selected Driver Notes:

Doug Coby (No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet)
• Four-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion sits seventh in the standings entering Stafford.
• Has 10 wins, 19 top fives and 29 top 10s in 49 career Stafford starts.
• Has 22 wins, 68 top fives and 107 top 10s in 195 career NWMT starts.
• Won the Spring Sizzler at Stafford in 2006, 2012 & 2016.

Ted Christopher (No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet)
• Has 42 wins, 132 top fives and 202 top 10s in 367 NWMT starts.
• Has 12 wins, 31 top fives and 52 top 10s in 94 career Stafford starts.
• All-time feature wins leader at Stafford; Nine career SK Modified titles at the half-mile.

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet)
• Has 12 wins, 50 top fives and 70 top 10s in 112 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, nine top fives and 17 top 10s in 29 career Stafford starts.
• Finished ninth in the Spring Sizzler in April, which was his fifth consecutive Stafford top-10.
• Best career Stafford finish is seventh. He enters the race fifth in the championship standings.

Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Starrett Tools Ford)
• Has seven wins, 19 top fives and 33 top 10s in 59 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, four top fives and seven top 10s in 15 career Stafford starts.
• Enters Stafford second in the point standings, just seven points from the top.
• Won the season-opening race at Myrtle Beach on March 18, Langley on May 13 and Riverhead June 24.

Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet)
• Has 17 wins, 63 top fives and 89 top 10s in 137 career NWMT starts.
• Has six wins, 15 top fives and 21 top 10s in 36 career Stafford starts.
• Won the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.
• Is the youngest winner in the history of NWMT action at Stafford and enters the race sixth in the championship standings with two wins this season.

Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper/USNE Chevrolet)
• Has three wins, 31 top fives and 73 top 10s in 148 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, 12 top fives and 24 top 10s in 38 career Stafford starts.
• Scored the victory at Thompson’s Icebreaker in Aprll, returning the iconic No. 3 to Victory Lane for the firs time since 2009. He leads the championship standings by seven points entering the half-mile.

Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet)
• Has two wins, 18 top fives and 59 top 10s in 125 career NWMT starts.
• Has no wins, six top fives and 11 top 10s in 34 career Stafford starts.
• Last series victory came at Bristol Motor Speedway last August. He enters the Stafford 150 third in the championship standings.

Dave Sapienza (No. 36 Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet)
• Sits eighth in the point standings coming off two consecutive podium finishes.
• Has three top fives and seven top 10s in 38 career Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• In nine career Stafford starts, Sapienza has just one top-10, which came in this year’s Spring Sizzler.

Max Zachem (No. 20 Chris B. Our/Course Legend Chevrolet)
• Has six top fives and 20 top 10s in 42 career Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• Has four top 10s in 10 career starts at the half-mile.
• In the Spring Sizzler, Zachem was running inside the top-five when he crashed out of the race.
• Sits fourth in the point standings entering Stafford with six top 10s in seven races this season.

Bobby Santos (No. 44 Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet)
• Won the last series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 15.
• Has 15 wins, 46 top fives and 67 top 10s in 127 career series starts.
• Former series champion has three top fives in his three races this season.
• Has six wins, 14 top fives and 19 top 10s in 32 career Stafford starts.

Up To Speed:
• This is the 33rd season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition. The inaugural event was held at Stafford in March 1985.
• The 2017 series schedule features 16 points races at nine different tracks across seven different states. It includes two non-points events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Following the Stafford 150, the Whelen Modified Tour returns to action at Thompson Speedway on August 9.