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 Speed51.com 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 Speed51.com.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying Results
|9||44||Bobby Santos III||29.857|
|33||15||Todd Szegedy||No Time|