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Goodale Makes Move When It Counts

Late Pass Of Preece Gives Him Third Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win

STAFFORD, Conn. — Coming from the 18th position, Eric Goodale knew it would take a stout car for him to travel to the front in Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

When it came down to the final laps, Goodale had the car he needed to get the job done. The Riverhead, New York, driver scored his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win by passing Ryan Preece with just three laps remaining. The victory was his first at the half-mile oval.

“Stafford is one of those places that you dream of winning at when you’re a little kid,” Goodale said. “I came up here and watched races when I was a kid. To be here and finally win a race, we have so many races under our belt here and we have come close here so many times. It feels good to finally seal the deal.”

Goodale’s run to the front of the field after his qualifying effort was not an easy one. He maneuvered his way to the front and was working the back bumper of Preece for the race lead in lapped traffic when a caution at Lap 111 set up the final pit stops of the day. Goodale’s team went to work to help get him out at the front.

He took the lead from Lap 120-125, but then lost it and had to follow Preece in the final circuits. A late move to the bottom of Turn Four got him the lead with just three laps to g and he never looked back.

Goodale beat Preece to the line by 0.389 seconds. Preece came up one spot short of sweeping the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Stafford. He led a race-high 115 laps. Ron Silk finished third, while Chase Dowling and Timmy Solomito rounded out the top five.

Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Doug Coby, Bobby Santos, Craig Lutz and Kyle Bonsignore.

With just one race left on the schedule, four-time champion Coby has a 10 point lead over Justin Bonsingore in the championship standings. Solomito is third, 12 markers back, while Preece is fourth, 19 back from the lead.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 will air on NBCSN on Saturday Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track on Sunday Oct. 15 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, where the 2017 champion will be crowned.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-NAPA Fall Final 150 Results


At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (18) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 72.855 mph.
  2. (1) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (3) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (8) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (4) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 1556b 0.
  6. (15) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (10) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (17) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (6) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  11. (13) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (9) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (27) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (7) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 149.
  15. (23) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 148.
  16. (20) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  17. (19) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 148.
  18. (21) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 147.
  19. (11) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 147.
  20. (22) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 145.
  21. (24) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 144.
  22. (25) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 143.
  23. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 141.
  24. (12) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 136, right front.
  25. (14) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 127, rear end.
  26. (26) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 74, clutch.
  27. (16) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 52, fuel pump.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 1 minute 46 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.389 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Preece (97.229 mph, 18.513 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-115; E. Goodale 116; R. Williams 117-119; E. Goodale 120-125; R.

Preece 126-146; E. Goodale 147-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 563; 2. J. Bonsignore, 553; 3. T. Solomito, 551; 4. R. Preece,

544; 5. E. Goodale, 538; 6. R. Pennink, 530; 7. D. Sapienza, 475; 8. M. Swanson, 454; 9.

  1. Summers, 442; 10. C. Lutz, 404.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 season on Sunday with the running of the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway. This race marks the 15th of the 16 on the championship points schedule for this year. Below is a statistical look at the race, including selected driver notes:

NAPA Fall Final 150 Race Setup:

There are just two races left before the 2017 champion is crowned and the battle at the top of the championship is close. Four-time champion Doug Coby leads the way as he seeks a fourth straight championship in the series. He is up by 11 points on Justin Bonsignore, while Timmy Solomito is 14 points back in third. Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece round out the top five. Preece missed the last series event to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and sits 26 points off the lead with two races left to go. However, he did capture victories in the two races at Stafford earlier this season.

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 in June of 2016 — 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 NAPA Fall Final 150 last season, Doug Coby took his No. 2 into Victory Lane en route to the championship.
• There have been 44 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 of this season.
• 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 124 races at Stafford.

Stafford Data:
Race: #15 of 16 overall
Race Date: Sunday, October 1 at 3:15 p.m. (approx.)
Track Layout: .500-mile slightly banked asphalt oval
Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Race Winner: Doug Coby, 1 hour, 14 minutes, 52 seconds
2016 Pole Winner: Doug Coby, 96.738 mph
Qualifying Record: Doug Coby, 100.581 mph, 17.896 seconds, set on 4/29/17

Active Wins Leaders at Stafford:

1. Doug Coby… 10
2. Ryan Preece … 6
3. Bobby Santos III … 6

1. Doug Coby … 9
2. Bobby Santos III … 8
3. Ryan Preece … 3

Laps Led:
1. Doug Coby… 1,686
2. Ryan Preece… 851

Top Fives:
1. Todd Szegedy … 31
2. Doug Coby … 20
3. Ryan Preece & Donny Lia… 16

Top 10s:
1. Jamie Tomaino… 55
2. Todd Szegedy… 32
3. Doug Coby… 30

1. Jamie Tomaino … 121
2. Wade Cole… 63
3. Doug Coby… 50

Selected Participant Notes:

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet)
• Bonsignore enters Stafford second in the championship standings, 11 points back seeking his first title.
• In 14 races this season, Bonsignore has six top fives and 11 top 10s, but has yet to visit Victory Lane.
• In the first two Stafford races this season, Bonsignore finished ninth and third.
• Bonsignore has not won at Stafford, but does have five top five finishes in his 13 starts at the half-mile.

Doug Coby (No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet)
• The four-time Whelen Modified Tour champion enters New Hampshire at the top of the standings, seeking a fourth straight title.
• In the two Stafford events this season, Coby finished second in both.
• In 50 career starts at Stafford, Coby has 10 wins, 20 top fives and 30 top 10s.
• This season, in 14 races, Coby has nine top fives and nine top 10s. He won at Seekonk on Aug. 26.

Chase Dowling (No. 15 15-40 Connection Chevrolet)
• In seven races this season, Dowling has three top fives, including a best of third in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford.
• In nine career Whelen Mod Tour starts at Stafford, Dowling has a best finish of 3rd, which came in the Spring Sizzler this year.
• Dowling heads into the weekend second in the SK Modified point standings at Stafford, just four points from the lead.

Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Starrett Tools Ford)
• Enters Stafford third in the championship standings, 14 points from the lead.
• In 14 races this season, Solomito has four victories, along with eight top five finishes.
• In the first two Stafford races this season, Solomito finished 11th and fourth.
• Solomito has five finishes outside the top 10 this season.

Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper/USNE/JDL Chevrolet)
• In 14 races this season, Pennink has one win, three top fives and 11 top 10s behind the wheel of the No. 3.
• Pennink enters Stafford fourth in the championship standings, just 17 from the lead.
• Pennink has finished sixth and 17th in the two races at the half-mile Stafford this year.
• In 39 career Stafford starts, Pennink has 12 top fives, but no victories.

Ryan Preece (No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet)
• Has won both previous races at Stafford this season and has five wins overall.
• Enters Stafford fifth in the standings, 26 points from the lead.
• Preece has 11 top fives and 11 top 10s in the 12 starts he made this season.
• Preece has one win, a second and a fourth in NASCAR XFINITY Series competition this season.

Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet)
• Goodale has four top fives and nine top 10s in the 14 races so far this season.
• Goodale finished fourth and 13th in the two previous Stafford events this season.
• In 35 career Stafford starts, Goodale has six top fives.

Dave Sapienza (No. 36 Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet)
• Sapienza has four top fives and 10 top 10s in 45 career Whelen Modified Tour starts.
• This season, Sapienza finished 10th and seventh in the two Stafford events so far.
• He has a best finish of second this season at Riverhead in June.
• In 10 career Stafford starts, Sapienza has two top 10 finishes.

Bobby Santos (No. 44 Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet)
• Santos has two wins this season, both coming at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
• In 131 career Whelen Modified Tour starts, Santos has 16 wins, 48 top fives and 70 top 10s.
• He is the 2010 Whelen Modified Tour champion.
• In 33 career Stafford starts, Santos has six wins, 14 top fives and 19 top 10s.

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 NAPA Fall Final 150, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series 150, where the champion will be crowned.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — When it comes to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition at Stafford Motor Speedway, it’s been hard to bet against Doug Coby in his career. The Milford, Connecticut, driver has 10 career wins at the half-mile, along with nine Coors Light Pole awards.

In the last two years, Coby won the Fall Final at Stafford and went on to capture the championship in the season finale at Thompson. And this season, he is heading back to Stafford in position to do the same exact thing. He enters Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150 with an 11-point lead in the championship standings over Justin Bonsignore.

Coby only has one victory this season, but has finished inside the top five in nine of the 14 races, including two runner-up finishes at Stafford already this season.

Coby finished 15th this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, after leading the most laps. He still left the track with more points than his two challengers: Timmy Solomito finished 24th and Ryan Preece, the points leader entering the weekend, missed the New Hampshire event to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

The four-time series champion is seeking a fourth straight championship and fifth overall, but it isn’t going to come easy. Bonsignore will be hot on his heels after a strong summer stretch has him in a spot to pounce. He leap-frogged Preece and Solomito with a fifth-place finish at New Hampshire.

Behind him, Solomito sits third, just 14 points back from Coby and already with four victories. Rowan Pennink is 17 points out of first, while Preece slid back to fifth – 26 back of Coby.

Race: NAPA Fall Final 150
Place: Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut
When: Sunday, October 1
Time: 3:15 p.m.
Track Layout: Half-mile slightly banked asphalt oval
2016 Winner: Doug Coby
2016 Polesitter: Doug Coby
Event Schedule: Saturday, September 30: Garage Opens: 8 a.m., Practice: 10:45-11:20 a.m. & 12-12:45 p.m., Qualifying: 2:30 p.m. Sunday October 1: NAPA Fall Final 150: 3:15 p.m.
Event Hashtag: #NAPAFallFinal150
Track Twitter: @StaffordSpeedway



The Race: The NAPA Fall Final 150 is the 15th of 16 championship events on the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. This is the third and final appearance at the half-mile for this year. Ryan Preece won the first two races at Stafford.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 33 cars, including provisionals. The first 27 starting positions will be awarded through the group qualifying process and then there will be six provisionals available, if needed. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (75 miles).

The Track: The Stafford Motor Speedway has held 124 previous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, including the first two races there this season. The first race at the half-mile was held in 1985, when Richie Evans went to Victory Lane. The track holds weekly racing under the NASCAR Whelen All American Series sanction.

Race Winners: There have been 32 different drivers that have rolled into Stafford’s Victory Lane. Mike Stefanik leads all drivers with 20 career wins at Stafford. Among active drivers, Doug Coby leads all with 10 career wins. Coby is the defending winner of the NAPA Fall Final 150.

Pole Winners: There have been 44 different Coors Light Pole award winners at Stafford, led by 17 for Mike Stefanik. Doug Coby leads all active drivers with nine career Stafford pole awards. Coby has won seven of the last nine poles there, including six of the last seven.

NAPA Fall Final 150 Notes:

Stafford Retires TC’s 13: Stafford will honor the late Ted Christopher on Sunday by retiring his No. 13. Christopher died on September 16 in a plane crash while en route to Riverhead for a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. In his career at Stafford, Christopher had 109 career SK Modified wins there and a total of 131 wins in overall competition. He captured nine career championships in the SK Modified division. His number will be retired as part of the pre-race ceremonies.

Preece Is Back: Ryan Preece missed his second race of the season last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in order to compete for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and he finished fourth. However, missing a second race places him fifth in the championship standings, 26 points from the lead with just two races to go. The bright side for Preece comes in the fact that he has won both Stafford races so far this season and has seven career wins at the half-mile in his career. His No. 6 leads the owner’s championship standings by 33 points and could clinch at Stafford if they extend the lead to 48 over second place.

Bonsginore With Momentum: The summer stretch was definitely kind to Justin Bonsignore. The Holtsville, N.Y. driver has finished inside the top six in six of the last seven races on the Whelen Modified Tour. Since getting the ‘band back together’ with crew chief Billy Michael, Bonsignore has been one of the toughest cars to beat each race. However, he sits 11 points behind Coby and will need to gain ground quickly if he wants to enter the finale at Thompson at the top of the standings. In two races at Stafford this season, Bonsignore has a ninth and a third. Even though he hasn’t won a race in his career at Stafford, Bonsignore has 10 top five finishes and 20 finishes inside the top 10. His last six Stafford races have resulted in top 10 runs.

Winning: Through the first 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races this season, there have still been only three drivers to visit Victory Lane more than once. Ryan Preece (five), Timmy Solomito (four) and Bobby Santos (two) are in that category. Other than them, Patrick Emerling, Doug Coby and Rowan Pennink have also visited the winner’s circle.

NASCAR HOME TRACKS: SK Mods and Late Models On Racing Card
Stafford will crown two champions on Sunday as part of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. Going into the race, in the SK Modified championship chase, Keith Rocco holds a four point advantage over Chase Dowling. In the Late Models, Glen Reen holds a 10 point lead over Kevin Gambacorta. On Sunday, the Late Models will run 30 laps, while the SK Modifieds will run 40 laps.