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Craig Gabriele
       

 

 

Thompson Whelen Modified Tour Race #9 Goes To Bobby Santos III

http://hometracks.nascar.com/files/imagecache/story_top_image/bobby-santos_nwmt_tis2_winner_2013_1000.jpgSantos in Victory Lane

Race Date 8/15/2013

The 44 Bobby Santos III of Franklin, MA set fast time and took off form his pole position to lead the first 111 laps and then go on to win his second WMT race of the 2013 season at Thompson Speedway on Thursday night.

It took overtime, but Bobby Santos collected his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win Thursday night with his victory in the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway.

Two green-white-checkered attempts stretched the race to 158 laps and Santos held off Donny Lia to take the checkered flag.

Eric Goodale finished third, followed by Doug Coby and Woody Pitkat.

Ron Silk, Jimmy Blewett, Jamie Tomaino, Todd Szegedy and Ron Yuhas Jr. rounded out the top 10.

Points leader Ryan Preece spun on the final lap and finished 13th. His championship lead which was as high as 44 points four races ago is down to 14 tallies over defending champion Coby with five races remaining.

 

The first 111 laps went pretty easy for Santos as the event went caution free from lap 26 to 109. On lap 109 the 11 of John Beatty Jr. of Merrick, NY spun coming off of turn 2 to bring out the caution, a much needed caution for the field to hit pit lane to change tires.

By that time Santos had oped up a straight away lead over the 2nd place runner of 2 Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT.  At that time the battle on the track was for 3rd thru 7th.

The trio of 52 Doug Coby of Milford, CT, 51 Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY and the 58 Eric Goodale of Riverhead, NY were carving their way thru the field. Coby started 15th, Bonsignore 17th and Goodale 16th.

Bonsignore was putting on show and by lap 49 had moved into 9th and on lap 59 moved into 8th. By lap 90 Bpnsignore was in 6th and then took 5th on lap 100.

The top ten at lap 100 was the 44 of Santos, 2 Szegedy, 52 Coby, 16 Ryan Preece, 51 Bonsignore, 22  Mike Stefanik, 4 Donny Lia, 93 Rowan Pennink, 58 Goodale and the 79 of Woody Pitkat.

By that time Santos lead second place Szegedy by 4.651, third place Coby by 7.459 seconds.

When the caution flew for Beatty all of the leaders hit pit road.

When the pit stops were over it looked like this with the new leader 2 Todd Szegedy followed by 51 Bonsignore, 6 Ronnie Silk, 4 Lia, 52 Coby,  44 Santos, 3 Christopher,  58 Goodale,  64 Ronnie Yuhas.

Before the race John Sanford the crew chief for the 51 of Bonsignore told me they would pick up 4 spots on their pit stop and they did just that. Coming in 5th and coming out of their pit stop in 2nd.

 Now the race started to get real interesting.

On the restart Bonsignore took the lead from Szegedy as the rest of the field battled to get to the front.

Lap 112 Caution: Multi car accident on the frontstretch, including 3 Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT and the 22 of Stefanik.

Stefanik would continue on.

Lap 128 - Caution: Preece spins out Turn 4. Has a flat tire.

Santos Blasted to the lead from his 4th restart position, but the lap wasn't complete before the caution came out.

Lap 132- Green flag: Bonsignore to the front again.

On lap 135 Santos went to the inside of Bonsignore going into turn 3 and put the nerf bars to Bonsignore sending Bonsignore way up the track and back to 9th position.

Santos had to survive 2 Green White- Checkers to win the event.

On the first G-W-C the 93 of Rowan Pennink rolled over a couple on the home streatch of times before landing on all 4 wheels. Pennink was OK.

 Santos was apologetic after the race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I screwed up, I stalled the car and lost us some spots, and I kind of lost my head a little, Santos said. Ive got to apologize to my guys for that.

I put a good move on Justin when we passed him the first time, then the yellow came out. I was a little frustrated and I knew I needed to get out front. I kind of moved him up the hill a little more than I should have, so Ive got to apologize to him.

It means a lot to win at Thompson, Santos said. Ive won here in the fall and Ive won here in the spring, but Ive never won here in the summer. This means a lot to add the Bud 150 win. It means a ton to this team. Its [Thompson] home for all of us.

We really struggled throughout the day in practice, and I didnt do such a good job in qualifying, Goodale said. But we talked about the changes we wanted to make and [crew chief] Jason [Shephard] made all the right calls.

 

bobby-santos_nwmt_tis2_action_2013_500Santos in The Winning 44

 

 

 

NWMT Thompson 8/15/13

Fin

Str

Car

Driver

Team

Laps

Points

B/Points

Status

1

1

44

Bobby Santos

Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet

158

48

5

Running

2

10

4

Donny Lia

Circle Track Magazine Dodge

158

42

 

Running

3

16

58

Eric Goodale

Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet

158

41

 

Running

4

15

52

Doug Coby

Furnace & Duct/Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet

158

40

 

Running

5

11

79

Woody Pitkat

Mr. Rooter/Coors Light Pontiac

158

39

 

Running

6

14

6

Ron Silk

T S Haulers/ Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet

158

38

 

Running

7

20

76

Jimmy Blewett

John Blewett Inc./Sims Metal Mgmt. Chevrolet

158

37

 

Running

8

21

99

Jamie Tomaino

Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet

158

36

 

Running

9

7

2

Todd Szegedy

Dunleavy Repair/Montanari Fuel Ford

158

36

1

Running

10

13

64

Ron Yuhas, Jr.

Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors Chevrolet

158

34

 

Running

11

9

22

Mike Stefanik

Robert B. Our Co./Canto & Sons Paving Chevrolet

158

33

 

Running

12

23

28

Ed Flemke, Jr.

Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores Chevrolet

158

32

 

Running

13

2

16

Ryan Preece

East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford

158

31

 

Running

14

8

46

Eric Berndt

Cape Cod Agrgts./North End Auto Parts Chevrolet

157

30

 

Running

15

24

33

Wade Cole

Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet

155

29

 

Running

16

18

73

Cole Powell *

Copps BuildAll/Tricar Chevrolet

153

28

 

Accident

17

3

11

John Beatty, Jr. *

Freeport Collision/Deakin Inc. Ford

153

27

 

Running

18

4

93

Rowan Pennink

Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet

152

26

 

Accident

19

26

26

Gary McDonald

Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac

152

25

 

Running

20

17

51

Justin Bonsignore

M3 Technology Chevrolet

149

25

1

Electrical

21

19

39

Richie Pallai,, Jr.

MAHLE Performance/Lucas Oil Chevrolet

135

23

 

Accident

22

12

3

Ted Christopher

Silver Dollar Const/Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet

129

22

 

Accident

23

22

8

Glen Reen

Sypher Const./Tech. Ed. Products Chevrolet

76

21

 

Running

24

27

18

Ken Heagy

Buoy One Seafood/Mehner Racing Chevrolet

54

20

 

Engine

25

6

15

Rob Fuller

15-40 Connection Chevrolet

22

19

 

Accident

26

5

88

Bryon Chew

Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet

22

18

 

Accident

27

25

38

Brian Schofield

Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet

12

17

 

Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Race Comments:
Bobby Santos won the Budweiser King of Beers 150, his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory overall, and fourth at Thompson Speedway. Prior to the green flag, the following cars dropped to the rear for the reason indicated: #8 Glen Reen and #73 Cole Powell (unapproved adjustments).
Fastest Qualifier: Bobby Santos, Time: 18.775 Seconds, Speed: 119.840 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 16 mins, 48 secs    Average Speed: 77.148 mph    Margin of Victory: Under Caution
Caution Flags: Laps 14-19 (Car #38 accident Turn 3); 23-26 (Cars #88, 15 accident Backstretch [Red Flag 4 mins.]); 109-116 (Car #11 spin Backstretch <73>); 123-126 (Cars #3, 33 accident Frontstretch <73>); 129-131 (Car #16 spin Turn 4 <28>); 136-140 (Car #39 accident Turn 3 <99>); 148-151 (Car #64 spin Turn 2 <99>); 153-155 (Cars # 93, 64, 28 accident Turn 1 <99>); 158 (Cars #16, 28, 46 accident Turn 2). <Beneficiary> 9 for 38 laps.
Lap Leaders: Bobby Santos 1-111, Todd Szegedy 112-116, Justin Bonsignore 117-134, Bobby Santos 135-158.
Total Laps Led: Bobby Santos 135, Justin Bonsignore 18, Todd Szegedy 5.  3 changes involving 3 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE:  
Eric Goodale, 58 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
COORS LIGHT POLE:  Bobby Santos, 44 Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Cole Powell *, 73 Copps BuildAll/Tricar Chevrolet
WHELEN WINNER OF THE RACE:  Bobby Santos, 44 Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet

 

 

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Bobby Santos III after winning the pole.

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       
 

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