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Preece Scores Another Stafford Victory In Call Before You Dig 150; Assumes Whelen Modified Points Lead After Third Win Of Season

08-07-15-vlwmtSTAFFORD, Conn. — Heading into the home stretch of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, a trio of drivers are leading the championship charge.

Friday night’s Call Before You Dig 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway did little to seperate them, although 2013 champion Ryan Preece moved to the front of the line, courtesy of his third win of the season.

Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet was out front for the final 69 laps en route to his third win of the season and 14th of his career. Five of Preece’s wins have come on Stafford’s half-mile, including a victory in June’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125

Challengers Doug Coby and Woody Pitkat followed close behind in second and third.

With nine races down and six remaining, Preece now leads Pitkat, who began the race with the points lead, by four tallies and defending champion Coby by 13. Todd Szegedy, who entered the night just two behind Coby, finished 16th and is now 30 points out of first.

Ted Christopher and Justin Bonsignore were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Patrick Emerling, who won his first career Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, finished sixth. Timmy Solomito, Eric Goodale, Bobby Santos and rookie Chase Dowling rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back at it in just five days, with the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Call Before You Dig 150 Results
Friday, August 7, 2015
At Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford, Conn.
Lap length: 0.5 miles

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 15 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet 150 48 5 Running
2 3 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Const. Chevrolet 150 43 1 Running
3 7 88 Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chev./TSI Harley-Davidson Chevrolet 150 41   Running
4 14 13 Ted Christopher Mr. Rooter/Cape Cod Aggregates Chevrolet 150 41 1 Running
5 4 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 150 39   Running
6 1 7 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet 150 39 1 Running
7 9 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford 150 37   Running
8 16 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet 150 36   Running
9 2 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet 150 36 1 Running
10 11 9 Chase Dowling * S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet 150 34   Running
11 13 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet 150 33   Running
12 18 46 Jeff Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 150 32   Running
13 21 14 Max Zachem * Throw Bridge Trucking/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet 150 31   Running
14 17 36 Dave Sapienza * Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet 149 30   Running
15 19 89 Matt Swanson * Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet 149 29   Running
16 12 4 Todd Szegedy Montanari Fuel Dodge 149 28   Running
17 25 37 Dave Salzarulo Brickenmore Bricks Chevrolet 149 27   Running
18 23 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 148 26   Running
19 20 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 141 25   Running
20 6 93 Rowan Pennink Van Wickle Auto Supply Chevrolet 137 24   Ignition
21 24 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Chevrolet 134 23   Handling
22 26 1 Melissa Fifield Big Moose RV Chevrolet 114 22   Handling
23 8 29 Brendon Bock * Pro System Brakes/L.I. Performance Chevrolet 83 22 1 Accident
24 22 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 69 20   Accident
25 5 3 Troy Talman * Cape Cod Copper/DCU/NAPA Chevrolet 51 19   Accident
26 10 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet 45 18   Suspension

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 15 minutes 35 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.500 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: P.Emerling (97.938 mph, 18.379 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 33 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: P. Emerling 1-4; B. Santos 5-6; D. Coby 7-10; B. Santos 11-72; B. Bock 73-79; T. Christopher 80-81; R. Preece 82-150.
Standings: 1. R. Preece, 374; 2. W. Pitkat, 370; 3. D. Coby, 357; 4. T. Szegedy, 340; 5. E. Goodale, 314; 6. B. Santos, 313; 7. P. Emerling, 308; 8. T. Solomito, 305; 9. J. Bonsignore, 269; 10. R. Pennink, 265.

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