Tour-Type Modified 50 at Bronson – 2/13/16
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1.) Ryan Preece
2) Jeremy Gerstner
3) Ron Silk
4) Dalton Baldwin
5) J.R. Bertuccio
Ryan Preece came to Bronson Speedway and put on a show for the fans. Leading from flag to flag, Preece was able to drive his Eddie Partridge-owned No. 6 to victory lane. Behind him Ron Silk and Jeremy Gerstner battled hard at the end of the 50-lap shootout with Gerstner coming home in second place.
“I hope next year that more guys come. Because honestly this was a cool event. Really great staff. Really great to race and work with and I really enjoyed being here.”
Notebook: Today’s race will guarantee the winner $2,000 and a guarenteed fifth-place starting spot in the Richie Evans Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway Friday, February 19.
Ryan Preece arrived at the track at 4:00 pm. Just in time for final practice. He was here at the speedway yesterday to test and went to New Smyrna Speedway this morning to get ready for the World Series races later this week.
Jeremy Gerstner is the only previous winner at Bronson Speedway. He won a race in a Florida Modified.
Caution laps will count toward the 50 total laps raced this evening.
Tour Type Modifieds will be the first cars out to qualify. Though they will be the last feature event of the evening.
Most drivers reported being a little loose during qualifying. The track reportedly lost grip just as the sun started going down.
Ron Silk goes into the pits just before the flagman gives the one to go signal. Silk comes immediately back out onto the speedway and the field gets set for green.
Lap 1: Ryan Preece leads the field to the green flag for the 50 lap main event.
Lap 10: Jeremy Gerstner battles hard with Ryan Preece, applying the bumper liberally for several laps.
Lap 15: Ron Silk works his way from the back to second. Passing Gerstner quickly and going straight to Preece’s rear bumper.
Lap 25: As the field crosses halfway, Ryan Preece and Ron Silk have stretched away from Gerstner, Bertuccio, and Baldwin.
Lap 30: Preece leads Silk by about a second.
Lap 35: Preece extending his lead as Bertuccio and Baldwin battle for third.
Lap 39: Dalton Baldwin spins on the backstretch but does not collect the wall or any competitors. He will rejoin the field. Caution laps will count as the field gets reformed.
Lap 43: Ryan Preece jumps away from the field as Ron Silk has a bad restart. Preece now leads by about a half a lap.
Lap 50: Ryan Preece takes the checkered flag.
Dalton Baldwin and J.R. Bertuccio get together post race.
Car Count: Five Tour-Type Modifieds are on the ground at Bronson today.
Title Fight: This is a non-points event. This does not count towards World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing points. Modified action at New Smyrna for the World Series begins on Monday, February 15.
Winning Chassis: Troyer
Winning Engine: Robert Yates
Winning Shocks: JRI Shocks
1) Ryan Preece
2) Ron Silk
3) Dalton Baldwin
4) Jeremy Gerstner
5) J.R. Bertuccio
Fast Qualifier: Ryan Preece is the fastest in time trials. He wins the pole with a time of 12.912.
Qualifying Events: The field was set by time trials. Ryan Preece was fastest. Ron Silk was second. Dalton Baldwin will start third. Fourth will be Jeremy Gerstner. Fifth will be J.R. Bertuccio.
Practice Results: Practice results are not recorded at the speedway.
Who To Watch For: Two past NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions, Ryan Preece and Ron Silk, make up the favorites in today’s field at Bronson. They are joined by J.R. Bertuccio, a Long Island standout who has been a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour the past few seasons. Also, two of the Sunshine State’s top Modified stars, Jeremy Gerstner and Dalton Baldwin, are also in the field today.
Entry List: Ryan Preece (6), Ron Silk (82), J.R. Bertuccio (2), Jeremy Gerstner (15), Dalton Baldwin (8)
The Track: Bronson Speedway is an asphalt, 1/3 mile racetrack in Archer, Florida. It originally opened in 1974.
Weather: Sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. Low 60’s to High 50’s expected for race time conditions.
Next Series Race: This is a one-off special event.
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