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Jimmy Blewett Wins Stafford 150

08-05-16-VLWMTSTAFFORD, Conn. – It was one of the most improbable of victories Friday night, but that didn’t make it any less sweet for Jimmy Blewett.

The 35-year-old from Howell, New Jersey, took advantage of fuel issues by NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points leader Doug Coby and Bobby Santos in the closing laps to drive away with the 26th annual Stafford 150.

“You’ve got to put yourself in position,” said Blewett, who has collected four top three finishes in nine races in the No. 4 Starrett/Mayhew Dodge. “We worked all race long to be in position to be there in the end, to have a shot.”

Friday marked the sixth career win and first since 2009 for the long-time Modified driver. Blewett sat out of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour the last two years before getting an opportunity to drive for Bob Garbarino’s historic No. 4 Modified.

Justin Bonsignore finished second and Brendon Bock earned his first podium finish. Chase Dowling and Eric Goodale finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Coby won his sixth Coors Light Pole Award of the season Friday afternoon, and was trying to join Ted Christopher as the only driver to win four straight at Stafford. Christopher won the Fall Final in 2001 and the first three races of 2002.

Coby appeared well on his way Friday night as he led 140 of the first 143 laps.

But he suddenly slowed on the track, opening up the opportunity for the field to capitalize. Santos inherited the lead, but he too had fuel issues on the restart and the ensuing melee brought out the race’s final caution. It also pushed the race to 157 laps.

Coby wound up 20th and Santos 17th.

Ron Silk finished sixth, followed by Max Zachem, Timmy Solomito, Woody Pitkat and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Craig Lutz.

The late-race shakeup cut into Coby’s championship points lead. He now holds a 30-point edge on Bonsignore and 34 over Solomito. Blewett moved to fourth in points, 11 behind Solomito.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has a quick turnaround, racing Wednesday at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, before heading to Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 17, for the annual combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 11 4 Jimmy Blewett Starrett/Mayhew Dodge 157 47 4 Running
2 8 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 157 43 1 Running
3 24 29 Brendon Bock Meadow Brook Collison/Mosquito Free Organic 157 41   Running
4 4 9 Chase Dowling S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet 157 40   Running
5 3 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing Chevrolet 157 40 1 Running
6 7 82 Ron Silk Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet 157 38   Running
7 18 20 Max Zachem Lu-Mac’s Package Store/VWS Chevrolet 157 37   Running
8 5 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals Ford 157 36   Running
9 14 85 Woody Pitkat Stuart’s Automotive Chevrolet 157 35   Running
10 17 56 Craig Lutz * Moroso Chevrolet 157 34   Running
11 19 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 157 33   Running
12 16 46 Jeff Goodale Riverhaed Bldg Supply Chevrolet 156 32   Running
13 20 24 Andrew Krause * Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 155 31   Running
14 12 64 Rob Summers Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors 154 30   Running
15 9 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds Chevrolet 154 29   Running
16 22 33 Wade Cole Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan’s Chevrolet 153 28   Running
17 2 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet 152 28 1 Out of fuel
18 6 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet 151 26   Running
19 23 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet 150 25   Running
20 1 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const Chevrolet 145 26 2 Out of fuel
21 15 89 Matt Swanson * Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet 143 23   Running
22 25 1 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet 121 22   Handling
23 13 36 Dave Sapienza Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet 113 21   Rear End
24 21 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 71 20   Power Steering
25 10 3 Rowan Pennink Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet 68 19   Engine

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Doug Coby, Time: 18.229 Seconds, Speed: 98.744 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 4 mins, 13 secs Average Speed: 73.345 mph Margin of Victory: 0.598 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 70-77; 110-116; 146-149; 151-154. 4 for 23 laps.
Lap Leaders: Doug Coby 1-12, Eric Goodale 13-15, Doug Coby 16-143, Bobby Santos 144-149, Justin Bonsignore 150-151, Jimmy Blewett 152-157.
Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 140, Jimmy Blewett 6, Bobby Santos 6, Eric Goodale 3, Justin Bonsignore 2. 5 changes involving 5 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Doug Coby 354, Justin Bonsignore 334, Timmy Solomito 330, Jimmy Blewett 319, Donny Lia 318, Max Zachem 311, Eric Goodale 306, Brendon Bock 302, Ron Silk 296, Rowan Pennink 291
Next Race: Thompson 8/10

 

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