NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Bud 150 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) – 8/9/17
Last updated: August 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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What Won the Race: Ryan Preece turned trouble into succes, after sliding back on old tires and spinning with 36 laps to go, Preece fought back to take lead with 22 to go from Doug Coby and win the Bud 150.
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The Skinny: After the majority of the field pitted for fresh tires on Lap 62 & 75, Ryan Preece stayed out with the lead both times after leading since the early laps. Preece soon fell out of the top ten following the Lap 75 yellow. Preece spun on Lap 114 after what he said was contact from behind while battling his worn tires.
Preece turned his troubles around, staying on the lead lap and getting fresh tires. After tearing through field from 15th, Preece caught Doug Coby for the lead after Coby had just snatched it from Timmy Solomito. Preece dove past Coby for the lead on Lap 134, but Coby hounded Preece until 2 to go when Coby got a shot with lapped traffic. Coby blew a tire going into turn one on the white flag and wheeled around to fourth. Preece celebrated his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of 2017.
Winning Quote: “If you got a car like that, coming from 15th is not a problem, you just got to navigate your way through and pick your holes and make the right decisions. Ultimately, it was a lot of fun. I had a blast.”-Ryan Preece
Winning Crew Chief: Jeff Preece
Winning Chassis: Troyer
On the Move: Ryan Preece made the biggest charge of the night going from 15th to first in 14 laps.
Biggest Loser: Doug Coby
Feature Notebook: At the finish of the race Doug Coby was scored fourth. After the race, Coby was determined to have maintained sufficient speed after hitting the wall when the field was frozen.
-Jeff Rocco takes over the No. 85 following the departure of Todd Szegedy earlier in the week.
-No incidents in practice.
-Ryan Preece led the practice session with an 18.606 second lap over Timmy Solomito, Rowan Pennink, Woody Pitkat, and Andrew Krause who rounded the top five.
-Six through ten in practice were Ted Christopher, Doug Coby, Max Zachem, Bobby Santos, and Dave Sapienza.
Time Trial Results/Starting Lineup:
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Car Count: 26 NASCAR Whelen Modifieds
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Qualifying Format: Group Qualifying format, three groups are lined up in reverse order of practice times.
Who to Watch For: Rowan Pennink and Ryan Preece are the two winners at Thompson so far in 2017. Timmy Solomito is the points leader. Justin Bonsignore, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos are masters of Thompson. Ted Christopher and Woody Pitkat are two more home track drivers.
Title Fight: Timmy Solomito leads by 7 points over Rowan Pennink.
The Track: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (5/8 mile, high-bank oval) – Thompson, CT
Weather: Clear and breezy, temperatures falling from the upper 70’s to 60’s.
Next Series Race: Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) – Wednesday, August 16