The season-opening Icebreaker event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) is just under one month away, but one notable driver is still without a ride. Ron Silk, the 2011 NWMT champion, has yet to solidify any type of plans to race a Modified during the upcoming season after parting ways with long-time car owner Eddie Partridge soon after the season finale back in October.
“I really haven’t put much effort into making too much happen,” Silk told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I really haven’t been pressing it much to do much of anything.”
Silk has nine NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories to his credit, in addition to his championship. The 32-year-old Connecticut driver has 53 top-fives, 83 top-10s and nine pole awards in his 11 seasons of NWMT competition.
Over the course of his career, Silk has made 138 career NWMT starts and is 23rd on the all-time wins list.
Most recently Silk ran the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway (NJ) in November with new NWMT owner, Bill Darrows. He finished 14th, one lap down that day. Many thought the partnership between Silk and Darows would result in a full-time ride for Silk during the 2015 season, but nothing ever blossomed into more than a one-race deal.
Prior to the Turkery Derby, Silk also made another non-NWMT start driving the Rob Fuller Motorsports No. 15 in the North South Shootout at Caraway Speedway (NC). He had a strong run that day and finished third to Ryan Preece and Matt Hirschman.
While Silk told Speed51.com that there’s a possibility he could run additional races this year with Fuller, the Icebreaker will not be one of them.
Missing the Icebreaker will break a streak of 72 consecutive NWMT starts for the veteran pilot of the ground-pounders.
“I won’t go to the Icebreaker,” Silk said. “It doesn’t look like I’m going to be driving anything there.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
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