Better Late Than Never For Santos At NHMS

Uses Overtime Pass To Return To Whelen Modified Victory Lane

LOUDON, N.H. -- For much of Saturday's Eastern Propane & Oil 100, Bobby Santos was riding in the middle of the pack. The Franklin, Massachusetts, driver began his charge with 15 laps to go and then took advantage of overtime to drive to Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was Santos' 15th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win and second at the 1.058-mile oval.

"It's pretty awesome to win here at New Hampshire," Santos said. "I'm really excited for my team -- Tinio Racing and everyone that got us here. The guys gave me a great car. They put me in position. I had a great long run car there at the end and I had a good battle with Ryan Preece."

This one came with plenty of late-race drama.

Santos was locked in a four-race battle for the lead with Doug Coby, Ryan Preece and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman. Newman and Coby got together with two laps to go when Newman tried to split the difference between Coby and Santos and take second. The caution pushed the race to 105 laps and gave Santos the opportunity to make a run at Preece, who won Friday's 35-lap non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout.

On the final green flag, Santos' No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet powered by Preece from the bottom lane and drove away in the final two circuits. 

Santos led just those two laps. He started second, but dropped back early and had to work back through the traffic in the middle of the race.

Preece, who led a race-high 54 laps, settled for second. It was the fifth top-five in six races for the Berlin, Connecticut driver and helped him close the gap to just 39 points to the top of the championship standings despite missing a race. 

David Sapienza also made a late charge through the field and finished third, giving him his second straight podium finish on the Whelen Modified Tour. Brendon Bock scored a fourth place finish while Chase Dowling rounded out the top five. 

Andy Seuss was sixth, followed by Ted Christopher, Max Zachem, Rowan Pennink and Shawn Solomito. Timmy Solomito, who entered the weekend as the points leader, was involved in a multiple-car crash at Lap 20 that took him out of the race. Pennink moved into first by seven over Timmy Solomito, with Eric Goodale 22 points behind. Max Zachem and Justin Bonsignore round out the top five, while Preece is sixth.

There were 16 lead changes among four different drivers. 

The Eastern Propane And Oil 100 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, July 20, at 6 p.m. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track at
Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, August 4. 

Fin
Str
Car
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
2
44
Bobby Santos
Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet
105
47
4
Running
2
1
6
Ryan Preece
Simoniz Wax Chevrolet
105
44
2
Running
3
17
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
105
41
Running
4
18
29
Brendon Bock
Meadow Brook Collision Chevrolet
105
40
Running
5
9
15
Chase Dowling
15-40 Connection Chevrolet
105
39
Running
6
15
70
Andy Seuss
Rockingham Boat Chevrolet
105
38
Running
7
20
82
Ted Christopher
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
105
37
Running
8
5
20
Max Zachem
Course Legend/Robert B Our Chevrolet
105
36
Running
9
7
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet
105
35
Running
10
22
48
Shawn Solomito
Eastport Feeds Chevrolet
105
34
Running
11
8
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet
105
34
1
Running
12
19
21
Ronnie Williams *
Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
105
32
Running
13
23
46
Woody Pitkat
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
105
31
Running
14
24
5
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating Chevrolet
105
30
Running
15
13
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
105
29
Running
16
25
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet
105
28
Running
17
10
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
104
27
Running
18
27
99
Jamie Tomaino
Dunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet
104
26
Running
19
28
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
104
25
Running
20
26
97
Bryan Dauzat
O.B. Builders Chevrolet
104
24
Running
21
21
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
104
23
Running
22
30
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
100
22
Running
23
4
77
Ryan Newman
Curb Records Chevrolet
98
22
1
Accident
24
31
38
Dave Salzarulo
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
98
20
Handling
25
3
85
Todd Szegedy
Stuarts Automotiive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
69
19
Battery
26
14
7
Donny Lia
Bardahl Chevrolet
59
18
Engine
27
29
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
45
17
Transmission
28
16
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
43
16
Engine
29
12
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Tools Ford
19
15
Accident
30
11
00
Ron Silk
Brady Bunch Racing Chevrolet
18
14
Accident
31
6
07
Patrick Emerling
Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet
18
13
Accident

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: None. Qualifying rained out.
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 16 mins, 27 secs Average Speed: 87.186 mph Margin of Victory: 0.652 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 4-6 (Car #48/#70  turn 1 & 2, no FP); 13-16 (Competition caution, no FP); 19-22 (Multiple car frontstretch, no FP); 51-53 (Competition caustion, FP#15); 99-102 (Car #77/#2 turn 4, FP #24).  5 for 18 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-2, Ryan Newman 3-11, Ryan Preece 12-23, Ryan Newman 24-29, Ryan Preece 30-44, Ryan Newman 45-54, Ryan Preece 55-56, Ryan Newman 57-61, Ryan Preece 62-75, Ryan Newman 76-81, Doug Coby 82-84, Ryan Preece 85, Ryan Newman 86, Ryan Preece 87, Doug Coby 88-96, Ryan Preece 97-103, Bobby Santos 104-105.
Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 54, Ryan Newman 37, Doug Coby 12, Bobby Santos 2.  16 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Rowan Pennink 276, Timmy Solomito 269, Eric Goodale 254, Max Zachem 247, Justin Bonsignore 243, Ryan Preece 237, Doug Coby 234, Dave Sapienza 224, Woody Pitkat 223, Matt Swanson 213

June 24 th , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com