Santos Sweeps At New Hampshire

Late Pass Of Silk Gives Him Third Career Loudon Win

LOUDON, N.H. --  Earlier this season, Bobby Santos used the bottom groove en route to a victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Saturday, Santos used that same groove to win once again.

The victory allowed Santos to sweep the two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at the 1.058-mile oval during the 2017 season. It was his third career win at the 'Magic Mile' of NHMS. 

"We learned a lot in the All-Star race (in July) that I think helped us win this race today," Santos said. "This is the race track when it comes to the modifieds. This is what everyone shoots for. This is our Super Bowl. It means everything to win here." 

Much like he did in July, the Franklin, Massachusetts, driver found the bottom groove had the most grip on the track in the final circuits. Santos took the lead on lap 90 for the first time in Saturday's F.W. Webb 100, but lost the lead to Patrick Emerling on lap 96. He took his No. 44 Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet back to the front on lap 97 and wasn't challenged back to the checkered flag in the final three circuits. 

It was also the 32-year-old's 16th career victory in his 131st career Whelen Modified Tour start. He crossed the line 0.610 seconds ahead of Rowan Pennink. Behind Pennink, Patrick Emerling finished third after leading seven laps. Donny Lia and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top five.

With his fifth place finish, Bonsignore positioned himself second in the standings. Four-time series champion Doug Coby, who led a race-high 64 laps, finished 15th, but will lead the points by 11 points over Bonsignore. Timmy Solomito is third in the standings, 14 off the lead. Ryan Preece, who entered the race as the points leader, missed the event and leaves New Hampshire fifth in the championship standings. 

Eric Goodale finished sixth, while Ron Silk, Woody Pitkat, Ryan Newman and Anthony Nocella finished the top 10. 

The F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire will air on NBCSN Thursday, Sept. 28th at 7 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track next weekend, with the running of the NAPA Fall Final 150 scheduled for Sunday, October 1 at 3:15 p.m. ET.

Fin
Str
Car
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
11
44
Bobby Santos
Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet
100
47
4
Running
2
2
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet
100
42
Running
3
5
7
Patrick Emerling
Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet
100
42
1
Running
4
3
7
Donny Lia
Bardahl Chevrolet
100
40
Running
5
20
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
100
39
Running
6
13
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
100
38
Running
7
7
85
Ron Silk
Stuarts Automotiive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
100
38
1
Running
8
17
82
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
100
36
Running
9
1
77
Ryan Newman
Menards/Curb Records Chevrolet
100
36
1
Running
10
19
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving/Airgas Chevrolet
100
34
Running
11
12
6
Jon McKennedy
T.S. Haulers Chevrolet
100
33
Running
12
18
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
100
32
Running
13
15
21
Ronnie Williams *
Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
100
31
Running
14
8
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet
100
32
2
Running
15
14
15
Chase Dowling
15-40 Connection Chevrolet
100
29
Running
16
21
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet
100
28
Running
17
23
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
100
27
Running
18
9
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
100
26
Running
19
24
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Ford
100
25
Running
20
27
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
100
24
Running
21
22
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
98
23
Running
22
25
99
Jamie Tomaino
Dunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet
92
22
Running
23
10
29
Brendon Bock
Meadow Brook Collision Chevrolet
91
21
Accident
24
4
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing Ford
86
21
1
Running
25
6
70
Andy Seuss
Rockingham Boat Chevrolet
37
19
Engine
26
26
38
Dave Salzarulo
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
32
18
Handling
27
16
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
16
17
Accident
28
28
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
16
16
Accident

RACE STATISTICS:

Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Newman, Time: 28.952 Seconds, Speed: 131.556 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 17 mins, 10 secs Average Speed: 82.263 mph Margin of Victory: 0.610 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 11-14 (Competition caution, no FP); 17-22; 39-43; 51-54 (Competition caution); 81-84; 92-95.  6 for 27 laps.

Lap Leaders: Ryan Newman 1, Timmy Solomito 2, Ryan Newman 3-5, Timmy Solomito 6, Ryan Newman 7-8, Timmy Solomito 9-15, Doug Coby 16, Timmy Solomito 17, Doug Coby 18-43, Ron Silk 44, Doug Coby 45-63, Patrick Emerling 64-66, Doug Coby 67-76, Patrick Emerling 77-79,

Doug Coby 80-87, Ron Silk 88-89, Bobby Santos 90-95, Patrick Emerling 96, Bobby Santos 97-100.

Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 64, Timmy Solomito 10, Bobby Santos 10, Patrick Emerling 7, Ryan Newman 6, Ron Silk 3.  18 changes involving 6 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Doug Coby 526, Justin Bonsignore 515, Timmy Solomito 512, Rowan Pennink 509, Ryan Preece 500, Eric Goodale 491, Dave Sapienza 443, Matt Swanson 437, Rob Summers 417, Max Zachem 373

Next Race: Stafford Motor Speedway

Septemeber 23rd , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com