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Craig Gabriele
       

 

 

Waterford: Ryan Preece Wins His 2nd WMT Event in a Row

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Ryan Preece celebrates in victory lane @ Waterford Speedbowl

Race Date 6/22/2013                   

 Same track, same race, same scenario, but this time Ryan Preece got the result he wanted as he powered to victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Mr. Rooter 161 Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl.

16 Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT won his 2nd Whelen Modified Tour event in a row by passing 52 Doug Coby of Milford, CT on a green-white-checker finish. The win was worth $6,800 for the East West Marine sponsored and owned by Eric Sanderson team.

A year ago in this event, it was Doug Coby who held off Preece on a green-white-checkered finish for the win. This time around, Preece was able to reverse the roles and celebrate in Waterford Victory Lane.

On the G-W-C finish Coby decided to take the outside and let Preece take the inside on the restart and that’s all she wrote folks as Coby spun his tires and Preece took off for the win. Last year on the late race restart Coby took the inside and left Preece to take the outside and Coby went on to the win. I wonder what Coby was thinking.

It was the second win in a span of eight days for the Whelen Modified Tour point’s leader, who won on June 14 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. The Mr. Rooter 161 triumph was the seventh of his tour career and first at Waterford’s .375-mile oval.

Reigning tour champion Coby settled for second with 4 Donny Lia in third followed by 57 Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY and 44 Bobby Santos. 2 Todd Szegedy, 58 Eric Goodale, 93 Rowan Pennink, 6 Ron Silk and 88 Bryon Chew rounded out the top 10.

Lia came from 15th starting spot to finish 3rd.

After getting by the polesitter Szegedy on Lap 102, Coby looked untouchable, and destined to repeat as the Mr. Rooter 161 winner. Navigating deftly through lap traffic, Coby had nearly a straightaway lead as the race wound down, but two late cautions set the stage for yet another green-white-checker scenario.

2Todd Szegedy led the first 102 laps from his pole position.

Meanwhile Preece, from Berlin, Conn., ran near the front of the pack all evening, but was never quite able to find his way around race leaders Szegedy or Coby. That changed late, however, as a spin out by polesitter Szegedy on the 159th of 161 scheduled laps brought out a caution and set up the green-white-checkered finish.

On the restart Coby – who chose the outside lane on all of his restarts as the leader – slid just a bit and Preece got his best start, even beating Coby to the line by inches. The pair drag raced for the two ensuing laps that included some contact, but Preece was first to the finish line on the 166th and final circuit.

“All the restarts before Doug [Coby] was just killing me, I couldn’t get the drive up off,” said Preece, driver of the No. 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford. “But this one we just timed it right. It was unreal.

Coby was frustrated with the race finish, but took solace in the runner-up result being his best of the season.

“I should have beaten him,” Coby said. “The 52 team had a stout car here tonight, the thing was on rails. I’m really happy for my guys, it’s our first top-five finish of the season, hopefully keep on a roll here and get some wins later on.”

Money Won:

1st 16 Ryan Preece $6,800, 2nd Doug Coby $3,850, 3rd 4 Donny Lia $3,500, 4th 51 Justin Bonsignore $2,250, 5th Bobby Santos III $2,150 and 6th 2 Todd Szegedy $2,450.

 

27 Cars started the event.

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16 Preece takes the lead from 52 Coby.

 

NWMT Waterford 6/22/13 Official Results

Fin

Str

Car

Driver

Team

Laps

Points

B/Points

Status

1

3

16

Ryan Preece

East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford

166

47

4

Running

2

2

52

Doug Coby

Reynolds Auto Wrkg./Furnace & Duct Chevrolet

166

43

1

Running

3

15

4

Donny Lia

Circle Track Magazine Dodge

166

41

 

Running

4

5

51

Justin Bonsignore

M3 Technology Chevrolet

166

40

 

Running

5

4

44

Bobby Santos

Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet

166

39

 

Running

6

1

2

Todd Szegedy

Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const. Ford

166

40

2

Running

7

9

58

Eric Goodale

Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet

166

37

 

Running

8

11

93

Rowan Pennink

Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet

166

36

 

Running

9

10

6

Ron Silk

TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet

166

35

 

Running

10

8

88

Bryon Chew

Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet

166

34

 

Running

11

20

22

Mike Stefanik

Robert B Our Co/Canto & Sons Paving Chevrolet

166

33

 

Running

12

21

76

Jimmy Blewett

John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet

166

32

 

Running

13

6

73

Cole Powell *

Copps BuildAll/Tricar Chevrolet

166

31

 

Running

14

18

46

Eric Berndt

North End Auto Parts/Cape Cod Aggts Chevrolet

166

30

 

Running

15

14

64

Ron Yuhas, Jr.

Fast Track Electric/Scorpion Const. Chevrolet

166

29

 

Running

16

7

89

Shawn Solomito

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/Acme Sanitary Chevrolet

166

28

 

Running

17

16

07

Patrick Emerling

Emerling Chevrolet Dealership Chevrolet

166

27

 

Running

18

25

18

Ken Heagy

Buoy One Seafood/Mehner Racing Chevrolet

166

26

 

Running

19

26

26

Gary McDonald

Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Pontiac

165

25

 

Running

20

22

33

Wade Cole

Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet

163

24

 

Running

21

24

28

Ed Flemke, Jr.

Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores Chevrolet

159

23

 

Suspension

22

13

79

Woody Pitkat

Mr. Rooter/Coors Light Pontiac

153

22

 

Transmission

23

17

3

Ted Christopher

Silver Dollar Const./Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet

145

21

 

Running

24

27

38

Brian Schofield

Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet

131

20

 

Transmission

25

23

99

Jamie Tomaino

Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet

60

19

 

Rear End

26

12

39

Richie Pallai,, Jr.

MAHLE Performance/Lucas Oil Chevrolet

50

18

 

Accident

27

19

5

Rob Summers

Hitchcock Pool Water/Hoosier Tire East Chevrolet

50

17

 

Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Race Comments:
Ryan Preece won the Mr. Rooter 161, his seventh career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory, and first at Waterford Speedbowl. Prior to the green flag, the following cars dropped to the rear for the reason indicated: #26, 38, 79, 99 (unapproved adjustments).
Fastest Qualifier: Todd Szegedy, Time: 13.833 Seconds, Speed: 96.291 mph
Time of Race: 51 mins, 2 secs    Average Speed: 72.212 mph    Margin of Victory: 0.110 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 2-4 (Cars #39 & 99 spin Turn 2); 16-18 (Cars #26 & 39 spin Turn 2); 35-40 (Car #38 spin Turn 2); 51-56 (Cars #99, 26, 39, 5 accident Backstretch [Red Flag 12 mins.]); 72-78 (Car #18 spin Backstretch <76>); 119-125 (Car #26 spin Frontstretch <28>); 129-134 (Cars #33 & 38 spin Turn 1 <18>); 148-152 (Car #38 spin Turn 4 <64>); 160-163 (Car #2 spin Turn 1).  <Beneficiary> 9 for 47 laps.
Lap Leaders: Todd Szegedy 1-101, Doug Coby 102-164, Ryan Preece 165-166.
Total Laps Led: Todd Szegedy 101, Doug Coby 63, Ryan Preece 2.  2 changes involving 3 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE:  Donny Lia, 4 Circle Track Magazine Dodge
COORS LIGHT POLE:  Todd Szegedy, 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const. Ford
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Cole Powell *, 73 Copps BuildAll/Tricar Chevrolet
WHELEN WINNER OF THE RACE:  Ryan Preece, 16 East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

 

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