Worth The Wait At Stafford For Coby

TSI Harley-Davidson 125It took a little longer, but Doug Coby finally took the checkered flag for the TSI Harley Davidson 125 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The race was postponed twice by ran and then Coby had to outlast Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Santos III in a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 130 laps.

It is Coby’s 10th career win and sixth at the historic Connecticut half-mile. He took the lead Friday on Lap 7. Santos edged Coby at the line on the final restart but Coby powered back into the lead en route to winnign for the fifth time in the last 10 races at Stafford.

Bonsignore got past Santos for second on the final lap. Santos had won the Coors Light Pole Award when qualifying was originally held on May 23.

Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat were fourth and fifth, respectively.

With the win, Coby took over the points lead from Bonsignore, 132-128. Pitkat is third in points at 123.

Ron Silk finished sixth, followed by Patrick Emerling, Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece and Glenn Reen.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action Saturday, June 21 with the Mr. Rooter 161 at Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl.

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier:
Bobby Santos, Time: 18.327 Seconds, Speed: 98.216 mph
Failed to Qualify: (1) Richie Pallai, Jr. (#39).
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 53 mins, 6 secs
Average Speed: 73.446 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.394 Seconds
Caution Flags: [Beneficiary in brackets] Laps 104-111 (Cars #4, 18 accident (Turn 1) [8]); 113-117 (Cars #22, 99 accident (Turn 3) (Red Flag 3 mins.) [none]); 122-127 (Car #52 spinout (Turn 4) [75]). 3 for 19 laps.
Lap Leaders: Bobby Santos 1-6, Doug Coby 7-126, Bobby Santos 127-128, Doug Coby 129-130.
Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 122, Bobby Santos 8. 3 changes involving 2 drivers.

TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind
1 2 Doug Coby 130 Leader
2 51 Justin Bonsignore 130 -0.394
3 44 Bobby Santos 130 -0.455
4 93 Rowan Pennink 130 -0.618
5 88 Woody Pitkat 130 -1.272
6 6 Ron Silk 130 -1.285
7 07 Patrick Emerling 130 -1.430
8 13 Ted Christopher 130 -1.506
9 16 Ryan Preece 130 -1.579
10 8 Glen Reen 130 -1.729
11 58 Eric Goodale 130 -1.768
12 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. 130 -1.947
13 75 Timmy Solomito * 130 -2.378
14 52 Matt Hirschman 129 -1 Lap
15 4 Donny Lia 129 -1 Lap
16 89 Shawn Solomite 127 -3 Laps
17 38 Dave Salzarulo * 126 -4 Laps
18 26 Gary McDonald 124 -6 Laps
19 33 Wade Cole 123 -7 Laps
20 22 Tommy Barrett, Jr. * 112 -18 Laps
21 99 Jamie Tomaino 112 -18 Laps
22 01 Melissa Fifield * 108 -22 Laps
23 18 Ken Heagy 101 -29 Laps
24 48 Keith Rocco 81 -49 Laps

* – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weather Forces Whelen Mod Postponement

rain_nwmt_sms2_2014_1000Severe weather forced the postponement of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Friday evening at Safford Motor Speedway to Friday, May 30.

Despite avoiding precipitation throughout the day, the weather system ultimately brought strong thunderstorms into the region in the early evening hours. The Whelen Modified Tour was able to get practice and qualifying completed with Bobby Santos winning the Coors Light Pole Award. It was his fourth pole win in his last six tour starts at the half-mile track.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified race was halted in progress when lightning was approaching the facility. The schedule for the May 30 make-up date has not yet been finalized. It will include a full Whelen All-American Series schedule along with the 125-lap Modified Tour feature and completion of the SK Modified contest.

Following the Stafford date, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl on Saturday, June 21 for the Mr. Rooter 161.

TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind
1 44 Bobby Santos 98.216 18.327 Leader
2 2 Doug Coby 97.810 18.403 -0.076
3 58 Eric Goodale 97.741 18.416 -0.089
4 6 Ron Silk 97.720 18.420 -0.093
5 07 Patrick Emerling 97.403 18.480 -0.153
6 93 Rowan Pennink 97.366 18.487 -0.160
7 22 Tommy Barrett, Jr. * 97.345 18.491 -0.164
8 4 Donny Lia 97.329 18.494 -0.167
9 51 Justin Bonsignore 97.282 18.503 -0.176
10 88 Woody Pitkat 97.093 18.539 -0.212
11 75 Timmy Solomito * 97.967 18.563 -0.236
12 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. 96.821 18.591 -0.264
13 16 Ryan Preece 96.774 18.600 -0.273
14 48 Keith Rocco 96.551 18.643 -0.316
15 8 Glen Reen 96.530 18.647 -0.320
16 52 Matt Hirschman 95.882 18.773 -0.446
17 13 Ted Christopher 95.806 18.788 -0.461
18 38 Dave Salzarulo * 95.653 18.818 -0.491
19 99 Jamie Tomaino 95.587 18.831 -0.504
20 18 Ken Heagy 94.877 18.972 -0.645
21 89 Shawn Solomite 93.892 19.171 -0.844
22 33 Wade Cole 93.371 19.278 -0.951
23 26 Gary McDonald 90.730 19.839 -1.512
24 01 Melissa Fifield * 89.065 20.210 -1.883

* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

 

 

 

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