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Santos uses overtime pass for Whelen Mod win at NHMS

By Kyle Souza-NASCARHomeTracks.com
  Contact Editor

For much of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, Bobby Santos was riding in the middle of the pack.

The Franklin, Massachusetts, driver began his charge with 15 laps to go and then took advantage of overtime to drive to victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was Santos’ 15th career series win and second at the 1.058-mile oval.

“It’s pretty awesome to win here at New Hampshire,” Santos said. “I’m really excited for my team – Tinio Racing and everyone that got us here. The guys gave me a great car. They put me in position. I had a great long run car there at the end and I had a good battle with Ryan Preece.”

This one came with plenty of late-race drama.

Santos was locked in a four-car battle for the lead with Doug Coby, Ryan Preece and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman. Newman and Coby got together with two laps to go when Newman tried to split the difference between Coby and Santos and take second. The caution pushed the race to 105 laps and gave Santos the opportunity to make a run at Preece, who won Friday’s 35-lap non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout.

On the final green flag, Santos’ No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet powered by Preece from the bottom lane and drove away in the final two circuits.

Santos led just those two laps. He started second, but dropped back early and had to work back through the traffic in the middle of the race.

Preece, who led a race-high 54 laps, settled for second. It was the fifth top-five in six races for the Berlin, Connecticut driver and helped him close the gap to just 39 points to the top of the championship standings despite missing a race.

David Sapienza also made a late charge through the field and finished third, giving him his second straight podium finish on the Whelen Modified Tour. Brendon Bock scored a fourth place finish while Chase Dowling rounded out the top five.

Andy Seuss was sixth, followed by Ted Christopher, Max Zachem, Rowan Pennink and Shawn Solomito. Timmy Solomito, who entered the weekend as the points leader, was involved in a multiple-car crash at Lap 20 that took him out of the race. Pennink moved into first by seven over Timmy Solomito, with Eric Goodale 22 points behind. Max Zachem and Justin Bonsignore round out the top five, while Preece is sixth.

There were 16 lead changes among four different drivers.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, August 4.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, NH
Eastern Propane & Oil 100 – July 15, 2017

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 2 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet 105 47 4 Running
2 1 6 Ryan Preece Simoniz Wax Chevrolet 105 44 2 Running
3 17 36 Dave Sapienza Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet 105 41   Running
4 18 29 Brendon Bock Meadow Brook Collision Chevrolet 105 40   Running
5 9 15 Chase Dowling 15-40 Connection Chevrolet 105 39   Running
6 15 70 Andy Seuss Rockingham Boat Chevrolet 105 38   Running
7 20 82 Ted Christopher Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet 105 37   Running
8 5 20 Max Zachem Course Legend/Robert B Our Chevrolet 105 36   Running
9 7 3 Rowan Pennink Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet 105 35   Running
10 22 48 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds Chevrolet 105 34   Running
11 8 2 Doug Coby Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet 105 34 1 Running
12 19 21 Ronnie Williams * Gershow Recycling Chevrolet 105 32   Running
13 23 46 Woody Pitkat Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 105 31   Running
14 24 5 Kyle Ebersole Ebersole Excavating Chevrolet 105 30   Running
15 13 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing Chevrolet 105 29   Running
16 25 24 Andrew Krause Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 105 28   Running
17 10 51 Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet 104 27   Running
18 27 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 104 26   Running
19 28 39 Calvin Carroll * Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet 104 25   Running
20 26 97 Bryan Dauzat O.B. Builders Chevrolet 104 24   Running
21 21 64 Rob Summers Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors 104 23   Running
22 30 1 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet 100 22   Running
23 4 77 Ryan Newman Curb Records Chevrolet 98 22 1 Accident
24 31 38 Dave Salzarulo Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan’s Chevrolet 98 20   Handling
25 3 85 Todd Szegedy Stuarts Automotiive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 69 19   Battery
26 14 7 Donny Lia Bardahl Chevrolet 59 18   Engine
27 29 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 45 17   Transmission
28 16 89 Matt Swanson Starrett Tools Ford 43 16   Engine
29 12 16 Timmy Solomito Starrett Tools Ford 19 15   Accident
30 11 00 Ron Silk Brady Bunch Racing Chevrolet 18 14   Accident
31 6 07 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet 18 13   Accident

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: None. Qualifying rained out.

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 16 mins, 27 secs Average Speed: 87.186 mph Margin of

Victory: 0.652 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 4-6 (Car #48/#70  turn 1 & 2, no FP); 13-16 (Competition caution, no FP); 19-22 (Multiple car frontstretch, no FP); 51-53 (Competition caustion, FP#15); 99-102 (Car #77/#2 turn 4, FP #24).  5 for 18 laps.

Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-2, Ryan Newman 3-11, Ryan Preece 12-23, Ryan Newman 24-29, Ryan Preece 30-44, Ryan Newman 45-54, Ryan Preece 55-56, Ryan Newman 57-61, Ryan Preece 62-75, Ryan Newman 76-81, Doug Coby 82-84, Ryan Preece 85, Ryan Newman 86, Ryan Preece 87, Doug Coby 88-96, Ryan Preece 97-103, Bobby Santos 104-105.

Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 54, Ryan Newman 37, Doug Coby 12, Bobby Santos 2.  16 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Rowan Pennink 276, Timmy Solomito 269, Eric Goodale 254, Max Zachem 247, Justin Bonsignore 243, Ryan Preece 237, Doug Coby 234, Dave Sapienza 224, Woody Pitkat 223, Matt Swanson 213

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

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