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Solomito Goes The Distance At Monadnock

Leads Every Lap En Route To Third Whelen Modified Victory

Jason Christley, NASCAR
July 24, 2016 – 6:00pm

WINCHESTER, N.H. – Timmy Solomito was on cruise control Suynday.

The Islip, New York, driver led every lap – twice pulling away from the field on late-race restarts – as he drove to Victory Lane in the Dunleavy’s 200 at Monadnock Speedway. It was the third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season for Solomito.

It was the second straight win on one of tour’s bullrings. Solomito won at his home track, New York’s Riverhead Raceway on June 25. He opened the season at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with his first career victory.

Rowan Pennink made a late bid for the win before settling for second, while Jimmy Blewett brought it home third.

Eric Goodale and Justin Bonsignore were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Championship points leads Doug Coby finished sixth, the last car on the lead lap.

Solomito won his second career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday, but late day rain pushed the evening race to Sunday afternoon.

The first 153 laps ran Sunday without a caution. Solomito, with Coby on his back bumper, set a blistering pace in the No. 16 Diversified Metals Ford and lapped all but the top five before the first yellow flag flew.

Solomito was able to cut into Coby’s lead, with is now 34 after eight of 17 races.

Max Zachem finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Rob Summers and Donny Lia. Lia is two points behind Solomito and a point ahead of Bonsignore.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, Aug. 5, for the third of its four visits to the half-mile. Coby has won both previous races there this year.



Timmy Solomito (16) led every lap on the high-banked, quarter-mile at Monadnock Speedway on Sunday. Christopher J. Banks

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Monadnock

Familiar Face Finds Himself in Championship Contention

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 21, 2016) — After finishing second last weekend in Loudon, New Hampshire, Donny Lia has positioned himself as the man charged with chasing down three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby. Lia, of Jericho, New York, is no stranger to championship chases — the 2007 and 2009 Tour champion has finished in the top three in the final standings on four occasions in his career.

When the tour rolls into the Dunleavy’s 200 this Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire, Lia has more momentum than anyone not named Doug Coby. He’s finished in the top three in three of his last four races, and he’s headed to the quarter-mile Monadnock bullring where he’s shown plenty of speed in the past.

As the season nears its halfway mark, Lia trails Coby by 32 points with five top 10s in seven starts this season. At Monadnock last season, Lia and his Mark Sypher-owned team showed speed. The team continues to show signs of promise, and it could well be that Monadnock is just the place where it takes a giant step forward and cuts into Coby’s lead.

RACE: Dunleavy’s 200

PLACE: Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire

WHEN: Saturday, July 23

TIME: 8:45 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT: .25-mile banked asphalt oval

2015 WINNER: Doug Coby

2015 POLE SITTER: Ryan Preece

EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, July 23 – Garage opens: 9:30 a.m.; Practice: 1:30-3:05 p.m.; Qualifying: 4:30 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 6 p.m.; Dunleavy’s 200: 8:30 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT: monadnockspeedway@ymail.com

TWITTER: @monadnockspeed

EVENT HASHTAG: #Dunleavys200

Fast Facts:

The Race: The Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair 200 will be the eighth of 17 races on the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. It will be the Tour’s 12th visit to Monadnock Speedway.

 The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process.. The race will be 200 laps, spanning 50 miles.

The Track: This is the 12th race for the Whelen Modified Tour at the 0.25-mile banked asphalt oval, dating back to May 1986. Ken Bouchard won the first Tour race held at Monadnock, and the Tour returned there after a long hiatus in 2010. It has competed at Monadnock once every season since.

Race Winners: There have been 10 different winners in the 11 Whelen Modified Tour races at Monadnock. Justin Bonsignore is the only driver with multiple wins at the facility.

 Pole Winners: There have been nine different pole winners at Monadnock, led by Ryan Preece who has two career poles there.

Dunleavy’s Truck And Trailer Repair 200 Notes:

Coby Is Magic: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point leader Doug Coby, a three-time series champion, won the New England 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the tour’s most recent race. It was Coby’s second consecutive win at the track and his third win of the season, helping him open up a 32-point lead atop the current standings.

Bullring Bonsignore: Justin Bonsignore is the only driver with more than one career win at Monadnock, having won back-to-back races there in 2013 and 2014. Five of Bonsignore’s eight career Whelen Modified Tour victories have come on quarter-mile tracks.

Solomito Strong: Timmy Solomito has moved up to fourth in the current Whelen Modified Tour standings. The New York driver won his first career race at Thompson in the season opener, and he backed that up by winning at his home track, Riverhead Raceway, last month. Solomito joins Coby has the only two drivers with multiple wins this season.

Santos Cashes In: Bobby Santos III may only sit in 12th in the current point standings, but the 2010 Tour champion has been a clutch performer this year. He won a midweek race at Thompson last month, and he followed up by winning the non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend. It was Santos’ first career win in the event and his first with new crew chief Ryan Stone.


Dunleavy’s 200 NWMT Monadnock 7/23/16 Entry List

01 Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H. Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet Kenneth Fifield Kenneth Fifield
2 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const Chevrolet Mike Smeriglio III Phillip Moran
3 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet Jan Boehler Greg Fournier
4 Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J. Starrett Dodge Robert Garbarino PJ Fearns
8 Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y. Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet Mark Sypher Don Barker
9 Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn. S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet Robert Katon Jr. Mark Dowling
16 Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford Eric Sanderson Stanley Szaban
18 Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y. Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet Robert Pollifrone Desmond Gorman
20 Max Zachem, Preston, Conn. Lu-Mac’s Package Store/VWS Chevrolet Ken Zachem Shaun Ruszczyk
26 Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet Sean McDonald Sean McDonald
29 Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y. Pro System Brakes/L.I. Performance 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. Frankie’s Towing Chevrolet Judy Thilburg Tommy Grasso
38 David Salzarulo, Monson, Mass. Performance Engines/Kedall Oil Chevrolet Linda Rodenbaugh Robert Bourne
44 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Steve Lamay
46 Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. Riverhaed Bldg Supply Chevrolet Russell Goodale Doug Ogiejko
51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. M3 Technology Chevrolet Ken Massa William Michael
56 Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y. * Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet Renee Lutz Eric Lutz
58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard
64 Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn. HTE/Fast Track Elect/Complete Const. Chevrolet Mike Murphy Stephen Dodge
70 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H. Rockingham Boat Chevrolet Steve Seuss Steve Seuss
75 Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Eastport Feeds Chevrolet Wayne Anderson Aaron Clifford
82 Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn. Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet Danny Watts Jr. William Loecher
85 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Stuarts Automotive Chevrolet Kevin Stuart Kenny Stuart
89 Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass. * SPAFCO Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet John Swanson Ken Barry
99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet Brittany Tomaino George Ratajczak