Eric Goodale finally gets to bring The Grandfather Clock home with Martinsville win

By Staff Reports NASCAR.com April 9, 2021 at 12:12 AM

MARTINVILLE, VA. — Eric Goodale made his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start at Martinsville Speedway as a 22-year-old in 2008, bringing home a 10th-place finish.

Fast forward to 2021 and Goodale made his 176th career start in the tour's long-awaited return to the historic flat-track, and walked away as the winner of Thursday's Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 200. But for Goodale, it was more than about taking the checkered flag.

“To finally win one feels pretty damn sweet,” said Goodale of taking the Martinsville Grandfather Clock back to Long Island. “It is about that clock. I've wanted one for so long.”

“We had this one circled on the schedule as soon as it came out.”

It's Goodale's fourth career win. Of the first three, one came at his home track of Riverhead Raceway in New York, one was at Bristol Motor Speedway and one was at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway. Martinsville, though, comes with a little extra incentive to win.

Goodale's #58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet held off fellow New Yorker Tyler Rypkema and defending tour champion Justin Bonsignore over a final 10-lap dash to the checkered flag.

Rypkema, last year's Sunoco Rookie of the Year, finished .245 seconds behind Goodale. Bonsignore started at the back of the field after post-qualifying mechanical issues.

Max McLaughlin and Kyle Bonsignore were fourth and fifth, respectively.

RELATED: Complete race results

Doug Coby finished sixth, followed by Tommy Catalano, Patrick Emerling, Woody Pitkat and Jamie Tomaino.

Ryan Preece won the Mayhew Tools Pole Award and led the first 110 laps, but faded late and finished 12th. Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman was fastest in practice and qualified second, but finished 29th after early race mechanical woes.

The tour will return to the track on Sunday, April 25, for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford.

The Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 200 streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Gold, and will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Aril 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

FIN
ST
DRIVER
SPONSOR/OWNER
CAR
LAPS
STATS
LED
PTS
1 3 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale) Chevrolet 200 running 30 47
2 10 32 Tyler Rypkema Musco / Welcorp   (Dean Rypkema) Chevrolet 200 running 0 42
3 7 51 Justin Bonsignore Coastal Fiber LLC   (Ken Massa) Chevrolet 200 running 52 42
4 12 77 Max McLaughlin Curb Records   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 200 running 8 41
5 23 22 Kyle Bonsignore Chateu Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore) Chevrolet 200 running 0 39
6 15 10 Doug Coby Mayhew Tools   (Philip Moran) Ford 200 running 0 38
7 4 54 Tommy Catalano FX Caprara   (David Catalano) Chevrolet 200 running 0 37
8 9 07 Patrick Emerling Captain Pip Marina   (Jennifer Emerling) Chevrolet 200 running 0 36
9 5 1 Woody Pitkat Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey) Chevrolet 200 running 0 35
10 31 99 Jamie Tomaino Trump 2024   (Cheryl Tomaino) Chevrolet 200 running 0 34
11 8 7 Jon McKennedy Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin) Chevrolet 199 running 0 33
12 1 6 Ryan Preece Riverhead Raceway   (Ed Partridge) Chevrolet 199 running 110 34
13 13 50 Ronnie Williams Empower Financial Advisory / RB Enterprises   (Paul Les) Ford 199 running 0 31
14 33 14 Bobby Measmer, Jr. Load 2 Real Estate Group / The Knoll Group   (Kevin Hughes) Chevrolet 199 running 0 30
15 30 4 Jeff Gallup * Caravolo's Auto   (Richie Gallup) Chevrolet 199 running 0 29
16 18 57 Jared Fryar * Brother-in-Law Motorsports   (Bryan Dauzat) Chevrolet 198 running 0 28
17 14 70 Andy Seuss Rockingham Boat   (Steve Seuss) Chevrolet 197 running 0 27
18 21 97 Bryan Dauzat Brother-in-Law Motorsports   (Bryan Dauzat) Chevrolet 195 running 0 26
19 22 64 Rob Summers Lumiere Electrical   (Mike Murphy) Toyota 195 running 0 25
20 35 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald) Chevrolet 175 crash 0 24
21 11 85 Ron Silk Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart) Chevrolet 164 running 0 23
22 29 30 Gary Byington Hudson Speedway / Sunoco   (Gary Byington) Chevrolet 164 handling 0 22
23 26 82 Anthony Nocella Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.) Chevrolet 163 steering 0 21
24 6 5 Kyle Ebersole Ebersole Excavating   (Bob Ebersole) Ford 135 rear end 0 20
25 34 15 Kyle Soper Eastport Feeds   (Wayne Anderson) Chevrolet 107 oil leak 0 19
26 27 78 Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe) Chevrolet 92 brakes 0 18
27 28 01 Melissa Fifield Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield) Chevrolet 73 handling 0 17
28 24 55 Jeremy Gerstner KD Communications / GMR Lawn Care   (Dawn Gerstner) Chevrolet 48 clutch 0 16
29 2 53 Ryan Newman Curb Records   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 48 engine 0 15
30 20 36 Dave Sapienza Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilburg) Chevrolet 31 crash 0 14
31 19 06 Sam Rameau Central Mass Tree / Champeau Lumber   (Randy Rameau) Chevrolet 24 crash 0 13
32 32 24 Andrew Krause Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause) Chevrolet 15 crash 0 12
33 17 46 Craig Lutz RHD Building Supply   (Russell Goodale) Chevrolet 14 crash 0 11
34 16 34 J.B. Fortin John's Fuel Oil / Whip it Jerky / PAC Automot   (Nicole Fortin) Chevrolet 14 steering 0 10
35 25 00 Jeff Fultz Furniturebswalker.com   (Chris Walker) Chevrolet 14 crash 0 9
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
Pos Name Nbr Sponsor Owner Car
Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
WD TBA 2 Gershow Recycling TBA Chevrolet
WD Ken Heagy 18 Buoy One Seafood Market & Restaurant Robert Pollifrone Chevrolet
WD TBA 21 Gershow Recycling TBA Chevrolet
WD Bobby Labonte 25 Cookout TBA Chevrolet
WD Frank Fleming 40 Autos by Nelson / William E Smith Trucking TBA Chevrolet
Caution flag breakdown:
1 2 2
3 12 10   #78 spun turn 4 none
13 15 3
16 20 5   #34,46,24,82,15,00 accident turn 4 #78
21 31 11
32 38 7   #36 turn a #01
39 78 40
79 87 9   #97 spun turn 1 #26
88 100 13
101 107 7   #32 spun turn 4 #07
108 148 41
149 158 10   #07 accident turn 2 none
159 180 22
181 189 9   #26 accident frontstretch #07
190 200 11
  Percent of race run under caution: 28.5%             Average green flag run: 17.9 laps
Lap leader breakdown:
  Leader
From Lap
To Lap
#of Laps
  Ryan Preece 1 110 110
  Justin Bonsignore 111 152 42
  Max McLaughlin 153 160 8
  Justin Bonsignore 161 170 10
  Eric Goodale 171 200 30