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Craig Gabriele
       

 

 

UNOH BATTLE AT THE BEACH MODIFIEDS 2/19/2013

Park Takes $20,000 Modified Battle Win

First Tour Win Since ’96 For Veteran Steve Park

Steve Park picked up a hard-fought win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway after sending race leader Mike Stefanik spinning heading into Turn 2 of the white-flag lap of a green-white-checkered finish.

Park, out of East Northport, N.Y., picked up his first Whelen Modified Tour victory since a season-ending win in Oct. 1996 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. It was his first start on the tour since the 2005 season. Park has two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins in 183 career starts.

 The win was worth $20,000 to the Mike Smeriglio team from Connecticut. For Park to come full-circle, in his first time back in a Modified in years, and take a second Smeriglio entry to victory lane was a feel-good story that even fans that didn’t like the last-lap move can appreciate.

Eric Goodale finished second just .281 of a second behind Park followed by Ted Christopher in third. Reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby and Patrick Emerling crossed the line in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Justin Bonsignore, Brian Loftin, Cole Powell, Ken Heagy and Dalton Baldwin completed the top 10. Stefanik had to settle for a 13th-place finish.

Todd Szegedy started from the pole and led the race’s first 126 laps, but he was forced to head down pit road on Lap 127 when sparks appeared under the front end of his No. 2 UNOH/We Are Newtown Ford, giving Stefanik the lead. Szegedy  finished 21st.

Stefanik and Kyle Larson were holding a spirited battle for the lead after Szegedy exited the race, but on a Lap 145 restart Larson – while running second – missed a shift which sent him into the outside retaining wall heading into Turn 1. That seemingly would give Stefanik a little breathing room, but rather it provided Park an opportunity.

33 quality Northern & Southern Tour Modifieds entered for the race.

 The largest entry for any of the 3 divisions that ran in the 2-Day event.

ON TRACK: The most-asked question of drivers during the two days of the Battle At The Beach had to do with the track itself, which provided long 660-foot straightaways leading into corners with extremely tight radiuses.

The reviews of the configuration – which produced predictable contact and bump-and-run passes for the lead in all three races held – were mixed. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular mainstay Ted Christopher, who races numerous types of cars on numerous tracks each season, initially said he didn't favor it.

But he also expanded on that, saying that the caution-filled Modified race could be a good starting point for going forward.

“It will probably get better, too. Every time you go to a race the first time, it's an unknown for everyone,” Christopher said. “Guys who were off, everybody will make their cars better and do different things that you hope would make for a better race."

Eric Goodale, who finished second behind Steve Park in the Modified race, thought it was tough to gauge how much was the track and how much was the newness of it.

“I could go either way. It's a challenging track to get around,” Goodale said. “It's different from what we normally do, but it's just a shame there were so many cautions tonight. You didn't get to really see what kind of racing these cars are capable of doing.

“I'd be happy to come back, to be quite honest with you.”

TO LEAD OR NOT TO LEAD: It wasn't a good night to be out in front, particularly in the Whelen Modified Tour race.

Several leaders and early race contenders saw their nights end early from either contact or attrition. Danny Bohn flipped over on the backstretch, Todd Szegedy led the first 126 laps from the pole before encountering suspension problems, and Ryan Preece, Kyle Larson and Ron Silk were just a few of the drivers who ran into trouble.

Perhaps the hardest luck of all went to Mike Stefanik, the seven-time Tour champion and winningest driver in series history. He was leading on the final lap when chain-reaction contact from Steve Park set him spinning out of the lead.

He was understandably frustrated at night's end.

“I don't want to say anything,” Stefanik said. “I'm just going to say the wrong thing here. I am that freaking (mad). This is (garbage).”

The 65 of Danny Bohn who was fast right off of the truck ended up on his roof after tangling with the 16 of Ryan Preece had this to say in his interview after the incident was heartbreaking.

“You may have witnessed my whole season,” said Bohn, indicating that with the limited budget he works with, the fiery incident may have claimed his only car and engine. He was also quick to point out that help may be on the way because of the publicity he received from this event. Let’s hope the season is not lost on this up and coming youngster.

The 58 of Eric Goodale was also fast right off of the truck and had good times in all of the practices.

One casualty of all the beaten and banging was the 60 of Matt Hirschman. Hirschman will be on the mend for 4 to 8 weeks. The defending Champion on the ROC Tour broke his wrist in two places that required surgery.

The two heat race winners each took home $500. The 7ny of Kyle Larson and the 2 of Todd Szegedy

This really was anyone’s race to win.

 

QUALIFYING RACE 1

Pos

No.

Name

Sponsor

Laps

1

7

Kyle Larson*

Menards/McDonald's/Curb Records         $500

25

2

6

Ron Silk

T.S. Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm

25

3

22

Mike Stefanik

Robert B Our Co/John H Canto & Sons Paving

25

4

41

Donny Lia

Mystic Missile Racing

25

5

14

Brandon Ward

Kevin Powell Mtspts/Crane & Rigging

25

6

1

Burt Myers

CitruSafe/Budget Sales & Licensing

25

7

4

Jason Myers

Westbend Vineyard & Brewhouse

25

8

25

John Smith

G-Oil

25

9

44

Bobby Santos

Robert B. Our Co/Canto & Sons Paving

25

10

21

J.R. Bertuccio

Gershow Recycling

25

11

80

Jimmy Zacharias*

WRC Incorporated/Wilbur Auto Sales

25

12

07

Patrick Emerling

Emerling Chevrolet Dealership

23

13

79

Woody Pitkat

Hill Enterprises/Coors Light

21

14

70

Jeremy Gerstner*

GMR Complete Lawn Care/MagneGas

20

15

20

Steve Park

UNOH

18

16

8

Dalton Baldwin*

Woman 2 Woman Breast Cancer Fdn

14

QUALIFYING RACE 2

Pos

No.

Name

Sponsor

Laps

1

2

Todd Szegedy

UNOH/Dunleavy Repair               $500

28

2

58

Eric Goodale

RBS Design Showroom

28

3

65

Danny Bohn

Rustoleum/Rifenburg Construction

28

4

52

Doug Coby

Seekonk Grand Prix/Sypher Const

28

5

16

Ryan Preece

East West Marine/Diversified Metals

28

6

51

Justin Bonsignore

M3 Technology

28

7

40

Luke Fleming*

Jerry Hunt Auto Sales/Koma Unwind

28

8

11

Andy Seuss

Phoenix Pre-Owned Motors/RAMOD Engines

28

9

3

Ted Christopher

Cape Cod Copper/Silver Dollar Const.

28

10

98

Dave Brigati*

JDL Environmental/Rubble Master

28

11

23

Brian Loftin

L & R Transmission

28

12

18

Ken Heagy

Buoy One Seafood

28

13

99

Jamie Tomaino

Supreme Manufacturing

28

14

33

Gary Fountain, Sr.

APR/Brunns Racing/Uncle Kenny's BBQ

28

15

73

Cole Powell*

Copp's Buildall/Tricar

16

16

60

Matt Hirschman

B.C. Brennenstuhl/L.I. Mod Maniac

10

17

97

Bryan Dauzat

OB Builders Inc

1

 

NWMT Daytona 2/19/13 Official ResultsRace: NWMT Daytona 2/19/13

Fin

Str

Car

Driver

Team

Laps

Status

1

30

20

Steve Park

UNOH Ford                                                 $20,000

151

Running

2

3

58

Eric Goodale

RBS Design Showroom Chevrolet                $7,000

151

Running

3

17

3

Ted Christopher

Cape Cod Copper/Silver Dollar Const. Chevrolet   $6,000

151

Running

4

7

52

Doug Coby

Seekonk Grand Prix/Sypher Const. Chevrolet      $5,500

151

Running

5

24

07

Patrick Emerling

Emerling Chevrolet Dealership Chevrolet           $5,000

151

Running

6

11

51

Justin Bonsignore

M3 Technology Chevrolet                                  $4,500

151

Running

7

21

23

Brian Loftin

L & R Transmission Chevrolet                            $4,000

151

Running

8

29

73

Cole Powell*

Copp's Buildall/Tricar Chevrolet                         $3,500

151

Running

9

23

18

Ken Heagy

Buoy One Seafood Ford                                        $3,300

151

Running

10

32

8

Dalton Baldwin*

Woman 2 Woman Breast Cancer Fdn. Chevrolet   $3,000

151

Running

11

4

6

Ron Silk

T.S. Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet         $2,900

151

Running

12

26

79

Woody Pitkat

Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac                    $2,800

151

Running

13

6

22

Mike Stefanik

Robert B Our Co/John H Canto & Sons Paving Chevrolet  $2,700

150

Running

14

20

21

J.R. Bertuccio

Gershow Recycling Chevrolet                             $2,600

148

Running

15

12

1

Burt Myers

CitruSafe/Budget Sales & Licensing Ford               $2,500

147

Running

16

2

7

Kyle Larson

Menards/McDonald's/Curb Records Chevrolet           $2,400

145

Accident

17

27

33

Gary Fountain, Sr.

APR/Brunns Racing/Uncle Kenny's BBQ Chevrolet         $2,300

145

Running

18

33

97

Bryan Dauzat

OB Builders Inc. Chevrolet                                        $2,200

143

Running

19

13

40

Luke Fleming*

Jerry Hunt Auto Sales/Koma Unwind Chevrolet           $2,100

140

Running

20

14

4

Jason Myers

Westbend Vineyard & Brewhouse Ford           $2,000

139

Engine

21

1

2

Todd Szegedy

UNOH/Dunleavy RepairFord                                $1,950

135

Suspension

22

28

70

Jeremy Gerstner*

GMR Complete Lawn Care/MagneGas Chevrolet          $1,900

133

Running

23

8

41

Donny Lia

Mystic Missile Racing Dodge                                       $1,850

124

Handling

24

18

44

Bobby Santos

Robert B. Our Co/Canto & Sons Paving Chevrolet          $1,800

123

Overheating

25

5

65

Danny Bohn

Rustoleum/Rifenburg Construction Chevrolet                 $1,750

117

Accident

26

9

16

Ryan Preece

East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford           $1,725

117

Accident

27

16

25

John Smith

G-Oil Chevrolet                                                       $1,700

112

Accident

28

31

60

Matt Hirschman

B.C. Brennenstuhl/L.I. Mod Maniac Chevrolet          $1,650

108

Accident

29

25

99

Jamie Tomaino

Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet                            $1,625

97

Suspension

30

10

14

Brandon Ward

Kevin Powell Mtspts./Crane & Rigging Chevrolet           $1,600

86

Running

31

15

11

Andy Seuss

Phoenix Pre-Owned Motors/RAMOD Engines Chevrolet     $1,575

59

Overheating

32

19

98

Dave Brigati*

JDL Environmental/Rubble Master Chevrolet           $1,550

42

Mechanical

33

22

80

Jimmy Zacharias*

WRC Incorporated/Wilbur Auto Sales Chevrolet            $1,525

21

Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Top Qualifiers: Qualifying Race 1 Winner: Kyle Larson (#7); Qualifying Race 2 Winner: Todd Szegedy (#2)
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 35 mins, 28 secs Average Speed: 38.610 mph Margin of Victory: 0.281 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 2-4; 10-13; 15-24; 27-31; 35-39; 47-50; 56-60; 63-69; 73-79; 88-90; 99-105; 109-116; 119-122; 124-130-; 133-135; 141-144; 146-148. 17 for 89 laps.
Lap Leaders: Todd Szegedy 1-126, Mike Stefanik 127-150, Steve Park 151.
Total Laps Led: Todd Szegedy 126, Mike Stefanik 24, Steve Park 1. 2 changes involving 3 drivers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       
 

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