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.
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) ); 30-33 (Car #71 accident (Turn 4) ); 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 ); 161-164 (Car #64 spinout (Turn 1) ); 171-179 (Cars #3, 4, 71, 77 accident (Turn 4) (Red Flag 5 mins.) ); 181-185 (Cars #58, 22, 18 accident (Turn 4) ). 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|
|8||75||Timmy Solomito *||200||Running||36|
|11||22||Tommy Barrett, Jr. *||200||Running||34-1|
|16||64||Ron Yuhas, Jr.||194||Running||28|
|18||38||Dave Salzarulo *||194||Running||26|
|19||71||T.J. Zacharias *||191||Running||25|
|20||01||Melissa Fifield *||182||Running||24|
|22||3||Jimmy Zacharias *||174||Accident||22|
|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|
|4||75||Timmy Solomito *||76||-10||2||0||1||2|
* – Rookie