The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour kicked off a jam-packed day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday with morning qualifying for the New England 100.  After Doug Coby dominated Friday’s practice sessions and jumped to the provisional pole late in qualifying, many believed the No. 2 team would be celebrating another pole award.  But at the end of qualifying it was Ron Silk who knocked off Coby and won his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pole award.


Saturday morning’s pole award was the fourth for Silk at “The Magic Mile” and his first of the season.


Silk was top 10 on the practice charts Friday, but the stats didn’t tell the full story of what kind of speed the No. 82 had.


“We did a little mock run yesterday. The car was really good. The time chart in practice is misleading, you see those real fast times on there and a lot of them are in the draft,” Silk explained to powered by JEGS.


“I knew when we went to sixth or seventh on the board yesterday by ourselves, we had a good car. When I saw the draw, we were towards the end, I knew we had a good shot at doing it. I expected to be somewhere up there, it was just a bonus to win the pole.”


Silk’s 29.594-second lap withstood Donny Lia’s later run at 29.641 seconds and outran Coby who will start third with a 29.683 lap. Coby has won the pole in five out of the first six events in 2016, which has helped propel him to two wins and the points lead. For Silk, it adds a bit extra to top the team that has kept the entire Tour on its toes.


“Those guys are tough to beat, they really got their stuff together no matter where it is. It’s not just qualifying, they win a lot of races too. It’s pushing everybody to work harder and try and catch them.”


Silk and the Danny Watts team know how to win together in 2016 and Silk knows how to win at the “Magic Mile.” He knows that the real challenge still lies ahead.


“We’ll see what happens, that was two laps, still a hundred to go.”


The New England 100 will see the green flag at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. Live updates can be found by visiting NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live coverage powered by


-By Connor Sullivan, State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying Results

1 82 Ron Silk 29.594
2 8 Donny Lia 29.641
3 2 Doug Coby 29.683
4 3 Rowan Pennink 29.748
5 6 Ryan Preece 29.788
6 16 Timmy Solomito 29.796
7 29 Brendon Bock 29.797
8 64 Rob Summers 29.839
9 44 Bobby Santos III 29.857
10 85 Woody Pitkat 29.866
11 51 Justin Bonsignore 29.952
12 07 Patrick Emerling 29.975
13 20 Max Zachem 30.009
14 77 Ryan Newman 30.033
15 9 Chase Dowling 30.040
16 97 Bryan Dauzat 30.058
17 89 Matt Swanson 30.083
18 36 Dave Sapienza 30.085
19 58 Eric Goodale 30.126
20 70 Andy Seuss 30.154
21 4 Jimmy Blewett 30.369
22 56 Craig Lutz 30.389
23 21 JR Bertuccio 30.436
24 46 Jeff Goodale 30.461
25 24 Andrew Krause 30.589
26 99 Jamie Tomaino 30.761
27 33 Wade Cole 30.886
28 7 Gary Putnam 30.973
29 18 Ken Heagy 31.168
30 26 Gary McDonald 31.189
31 38 Dave Salzarulo 31.677
32 01 Melissa Fifield 32.469
33 15 Todd Szegedy No Time

Silk Knocks Off Coby for Modified Tour Pole at New Hampshire