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Preece Makes It Two In A Row; Cruises Past Field At Stafford

JUNE-6-WMT-WINNER-2STAFFORD, Conn. – Ryan Preece captured his second straight victory Friday night in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Speedway.

The 24-year-old from Berlin, Connecticut, earned his first win of the season last Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, when he edged past Doug Coby for the win. Friday on the half-mile oval of Stafford, he repeated the same fate. Preece, the quickest in practice, took the lead on Lap 2 from Coby and led all but six laps.

This win could be a good omen for Preece with each of the last five winners of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 having gone one to win the Whelen Modified Tour title that year, including Preece in 2013.

Woody Pitkat and Timmy Solomito finished second and third, respectively. Preece finished 0.728 seconds in front of Pitkat to earn his 13th Whelen Modified Tour victory.

Todd Szegedy finished fourth and Bobby Santos in fifth.

Ted Christopher, Rowan Pennink, Keith Rocco, Patrick Emerling and Tom Rogers Jr. rounded out the top 10.

Defending champion Doug Coby was penalized late in the race for rough driving and finished 13th after winning the Coors Light Pole Award.

With Friday’s result, Preece increased his lead in the championship standings to eight points over Pitkat while Coby slipped one spot to third, 17 tallies behind.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track on Wednesday, June 10 for the Mr. Rooter 125 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

 

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 2 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet 125 48 5 Running
2 4 88 Woody Pitkat TSI Harley Davidson/Buzz Chew Chevy Chevrolet 125 42 Running
3 7 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford 125 41 Running
4 11 4 Todd Szegedy Mystic Missile Racing Dodge 125 40 Running
5 3 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet 125 40 1 Running
6 14 13 Ted Christopher Mr. Rooter/Cape Cod Aggregates Chevrolet 125 38 Running
7 8 93 Rowan Pennink Van Wickle Auto Supply Chevrolet 125 37 Running
8 15 22 Keith Rocco Canto Paving/Milton Caterpillar Chevrolet 125 36 Running
9 5 7 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet 125 35 Running
10 17 63 Tom Rogers, Jr. East End Statuary Chevrolet 125 34 Running
11 10 31 Steve Masse * El Gee Products/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet 125 33 Running
12 6 9 Chase Dowling * S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet 125 32 Running
13 1 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet 125 32 1 Running
14 21 17 Kyle Ellwood * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 125 30 Running
15 23 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet 124 29 Running
16 22 3 Troy Talman * Cape Cod Copper/B&G Toys & Trains Chevrolet 124 28 Running
17 20 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 124 27 Running
18 24 46 Jeff Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 124 26 Running
19 25 14 Max Zachem * Lu-Mac’s Package Store/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet 124 25 Running
20 18 36 Dave Sapienza * Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet 123 24 Running
21 27 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 123 23 Running
22 26 37 Dave Salzarulo Brickenmore Bricks Chevrolet 123 22 Running
23 29 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac 123 21 Running
24 19 64 Anthony Nocella * Nocella Reclamation/Complete Const. Chevrolet 122 20 Running
25 9 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet 118 19 Accident
26 12 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet 112 18 Accident
27 28 29 Brendon Bock * Pro-System Brakes Ford 100 17 Engine
28 13 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 99 16 Accident
29 31 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 95 15 Accident
30 30 1 Melissa Fifield Big Moose RV Chevrolet 43 14 Power Steering
31 16 79 Spencer Davis Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac 23 13 Engine

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Doug Coby, Time: 18.271 Seconds, Speed: 98.517 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 0 mins, 39 secs Average Speed: 61.830 mph Margin of Victory: 0.728 Seconds
Caution Flags: [Beneficiary] Laps 24-32 (Car #79 fluid on track [37]); 35-37 (Cars #37 & 75 accident (Turn 4) [26]); 101-105 (Cars #33 & 51 accident (Turn 3) {Red Flag 7 mins.} [none]); 109-111 (Cars #13 & 46 spinout (Turn 1) [63]); 113-116 (Car #58 accident (Turn 3) {Red FLag 4 mins.} [none]); 119-121 (Cars # 07, 8, 13, 14, 93 accident (Turn 1) [none]).  6 for 27 laps.
Lap Leaders: Doug Coby 1, Ryan Preece 2-37, Doug Coby 38, Ryan Preece 39-103, Bobby Santos 104-107, Ryan Preece 108-125. Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 119, Bobby Santos 4, Doug Coby 2.  5 changes involving 3 drivers.  

Top 10 Driver Points: Ryan Preece 178, Woody Pitkat 170, Doug Coby 161, Bobby Santos 152, Todd Szegedy 142, Rowan Pennink 141, Patrick Emerling 141, Ted Christopher 139, Timmy Solomito 139, Eric Goodale 128

Next Race:  Mr. Rooter 125 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – June 10

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

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