Preece Charges Late at Thompson

Posts Second Straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Win & Fourth of Season

THOMPSON, Conn. ( Aug. 9, 201 7 ) The wave of momentum for Ryan Preece continued on Wednesday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Preece charged to the front of the 28th Annual Bud "King of Beers" 150 for his second straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory and fourth of the season.

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver passed defending champion Doug Coby with just 16 laps remaining en route to the win. In his last six Whelen Modified Tour starts, he has four wins, a second and a fourth. It was his 19th career tour victory.

"Doug put a lot more pressure on me at the end then I thought he was going too," Preece said following his win. "I have to keep winning races. My career depends on that. We had a really good car tonight."

Wednesday's drive was filled with plenty of drama. While some of the top challengers pitted before the haflway point, Preece decided to wait things out and make a late pit stop for fresh rubber. However, on Lap 114, his No. 6 TS Haulers/Hoosier Tire of Calverton Chevrolet went spinning in Turn 2. Preece fired the car before going a lap down and pitted for tires two laps later. 

From there, it was a hard charge to the front.

Preece worked his way into the top five and then passed leader Coby with just 16 laps remaining. While Preece showed the way for the final laps, Coby was not about to let him get away. However, on the final lap, Coby made contact with the Turn 1 wall. Coby was able to continue on and was scored as the runner-up as the race ended under caution. The yellow flag froze the field on the final lap, and NASCAR officials ruled Coby maintained a reasonable speed under caution given the track conditions.

Ted Christopher finished third, followed by Timmy Solomito and Bobby Santos.

Andrew Krause was sixth, followed by Rowan Pennink, Eric Goodale, Jon McKennedy and Woody Pitkat.

Solomito increased his championship points lead to 10 over Pennink, while Preece moved up to third -- 19 back of Solomito -- despite missing a race earlier in the season to get married. Coby and Goodale are each 11 points back of Preece. 

The Bud "King of Beers" 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track next Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway with the running of the Bush's Beans 150.

FIN
STR
CAR
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPS
POINTS
B/POINTS
STATUS
1
3
6
Ryan Preece
TS Haulers Inc/Hoosier Tire of Calverton Chevrolet
150
48
5
Running
2
7
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet
150
43
1
Running
3
5
82
Ted Christopher
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
150
41
Running
4
2
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Tools Ford
150
41
1
Running
5
8
44
Bobby Santos
Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet
150
39
Running
6
6
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet
150
38
Running
7
1
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/USNE Chevrolet
150
38
1
Running
8
15
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
150
36
Running
9
4
0
Jon McKennedy
Copeland Toyota & Chevrolet/True City Auto Sales
150
35
Running
10
13
52
Woody Pitkat
Gunsmoke Stebbins Racing Chevrolet
150
34
Running
11
14
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
150
34
1
Running
12
12
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
150
32
Running
13
18
29
Brendon Bock
Meadow Brook Collision Chevrolet
150
31
Running
14
9
15
Chase Dowling
15-40 Connection Chevrolet
150
30
Running
15
10
20
Max Zachem
Anytime Rental/u-Macs Chevrolet
149
29
Running
16
11
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
149
28
Running
17
16
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
149
27
Running
18
23
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
147
26
Running
19
17
74
CJ Lehmann *
IGA Food Markets Chevrolet
146
25
Running
20
20
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
145
24
Running
21
22
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
143
23
Running
22
21
45
Dillon Steuer *
Coram Materials Chevrolet
125
22
Running
23
19
85
Jeff Rocco *
Stuarts Automotiive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
100
21
Power Steering
24
26
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
83
20
Clutch
25
24
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
55
19
Power Steering
26
25
38
Dave Salzarulo
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
12
18
Handling

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Rowan Pennink, Time: 18.697 Seconds, Speed: 120.340 mph

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 59 mins, 35 secs Average Speed: 94.406 mph Margin of Victory: Under caution

Caution Flags: Laps 58-64; 75-80; 114-118; 150.  4 for 19 laps.

Lap Leaders: Rowan Pennink 1-6, Ryan Preece 7-82, Justin Bonsignore 83-87, Timmy Solomito 88-126, Doug Coby 127-133, Ryan Preece 134-150.

Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 93, Timmy Solomito 39, Doug Coby 7, Rowan Pennink 6, Justin Bonsignore 5.  5 changes involving 5 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

Top 10 Driver Points: Timmy Solomito 351, Rowan Pennink 341, Ryan Preece 332, Doug Coby 321, Eric Goodale 321, Justin Bonsignore 319, Max

Zachem 301, Dave Sapienza 289, Woody Pitkat 283, Rob Summers 275

Top 5 Rookie Points:

Next Race:  Bristol Motor Speedway August 16th

 

 

August 9th , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com