Santos Wins Stafford NAPA Spring Sizzler 200

Bobby Santos celebrates his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on Sunday at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

Bobby Santos celebrates his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on Sunday at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

No one needed to show Bobby Santos the way to Victory Lane at Stafford Motor Speedway; he’s a frequent visitor.

The Franklin, Mass., driver won the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 on Sunday for his 11th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory with six of those coming at Stafford including three of the last four Spring Sizzlers.

Santos, who started in the eighth position, took the lead from rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. on Lap 115 and battled with Doug Coby, who won the 2006 and 2012 Spring Sizzlers, down the stretch to record the win. Coby looked left, right, over and under for a way around Santos in the closing laps, but had to settle for the runner-up finish.

Rowan Pennink crossed the line third followed by Woody Pitkat in the fourth spot while Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top five. The remainder of the top 10 was five-time Spring Sizzler winner Ted Christopher, Donny Lia, Timmy Solomito, Matt Hirschman and Ron Silk.

Santos, the 2010 Whelen Modified Tour champion, led a group of five drivers with top-10 finishes to own at least one tour title. The others were Coby, Christopher, Lia and Silk.

Barrett claimed his first Whelen Modified Tour pole win on Saturday and finished 11th.

NASCAR Next driver and defending tour champion Ryan Preece was looking for his first Spring Sizzler victory, but engine problems spoiled his day and he settled for a 24th-place finish.

The race had seven lead changes among five drivers which is the most at a Stafford race since having 10 on May 1, 2010.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Stafford for its next event in just under four weeks. The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 is set for Friday, May 23.

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Tommy Barrett, Jr. *, Time: 18.221 Seconds, Speed: 98.787 mph

Time of Race:
1 hrs., 29 mins, 35 secs     Average Speed: 66.977 mph     Margin of Victory: 0.122 Seconds

Caution Flags:
[Beneficiary] Laps 22-25 (Car #38 spinout (Backstretch) [01]); 30-33 (Car #71 accident (Turn 4) [01]); 39-42 (Car #71 spinout (Turn 4) [none]); 45-48 (Cars #38, 77, 99 spinout (Backstretch) [none]); 100-106 (Car #26 spinout (Turn 4) [none]); 152-155 (Car #8 spinout Turn 1 [18]); 161-164 (Car #64 spinout (Turn 1) [16]); 171-179 (Cars #3, 4, 71, 77 accident (Turn 4) (Red Flag 5 mins.) [99]); 181-185 (Cars #58, 22, 18 accident (Turn 4) [33]).  9 for 45 laps.

Lap Leaders:
Woody Pitkat 1-6, Doug Coby 7-9, Woody Pitkat 10-25, Doug Coby 26-42, Tommy Barrett, Jr. * 43-49, Rowan Pennink 50-113, Tommy Barrett, Jr. * 114, Bobby Santos 115-200.

Total Laps Led:
Bobby Santos 86, Rowan Pennink 64, Woody Pitkat 22, Doug Coby 20, Tommy Barrett, Jr. * 8.  7 changes involving 5 drivers.

NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Points – Bonus Points
1 44 Bobby Santos 200 Running 48-5
2 2 Doug Coby 200 Running 43-1
3 93 Rowan Pennink 200 Running 42-1
4 88 Woody Pitkat 200 Running 41-1
5 51 Justin Bonsignore 200 Running 39
6 13 Ted Christopher 200 Running 38
7 4 Donny Lia 200 Running 37
8 75 Timmy Solomito * 200 Running 36
9 52 Matt Hirschman 200 Running 35
10 6 Ron Silk 200 Running 34
11 22 Tommy Barrett, Jr. * 200 Running 34-1
12 07 Patrick Emerling 200 Running 32
13 99 Jamie Tomaino 200 Running 31
14 58 Eric Goodale 198 Running 30
15 33 Wade Cole 198 Running 29
16 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. 194 Running 28
17 26 Gary McDonald 194 Running 27
18 38 Dave Salzarulo * 194 Running 26
19 71 T.J. Zacharias * 191 Running 25
20 01 Melissa Fifield * 182 Running 24
21 18 Ken Heagy 180 Accident 23
22 3 Jimmy Zacharias * 174 Accident 22
23 77 Gary Putnam 174 Accident 21
24 16 Ryan Preece 170 Engine 20
25 8 Glen Reen 152 Suspension 19
26 48 Keith Rocco 41 Oil Leak 18
27 39 Richie Pallai, Jr. 17 Suspension 17

* – Rookie

Unofficial Driver Standings: Stafford (Top 10)

Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 51 Justin Bonsignore 86 Leader 2 1 2 2
2 2 Doug Coby 84 -2 2 0 2 2
3 88 Woody Pitkat 84 -2 2 0 2 2
4 75 Timmy Solomito * 76 -10 2 0 1 2
5 44 Bobby Santos 74 -12 2 1 1 1
6 13 Ted Christopher 74 -12 2 0 0 2
7 6 Ron Silk 71 -15 2 0 0 2
8 58 Eric Goodale 69 -17 2 0 1 1
9 52 Matt Hirschman 68 -18 2 0 0 1
10 93 Rowan Pennink 66 -20 2 0 1 1

* – Rookie

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