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2021 NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Recap

49th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler

Patrick Emerling capitalized on a late race move that saw race leaders Ryan Preece and Ron Silk come together and spin right before rain hit Stafford Motor Speedway to inherit the lead and win the 49th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler, which was called with 130 of 150 laps complete.

Matt Swanson set the fast time in qualifying and he comfortably held the race lead until lap-52 when Doug Coby took the lead from Swanson.  The race action was slowed on lap-62 for a spin on the backstretch by Gary Byington.

The pits opened on lap-66 and Coby led Swanson, Lutz, Pitkat, and Preece down pit road with the remainder of the lead lap cars also coming to pit road.  Coby won the race off pit road followed by Swanson, Bonsignore, Preece, McKennedy, Lutz, Pitkat, Goodale, Ronnie Williams, Nocella, and the remainder of the lead lap cars.

Swanson shot into the lead on the restart with Coby in second and Bonsignore and Preece side by side for third.  Swanson held the race lead until lap-103 when Ronnie Silk took the lead and Swanson slid all the way back to the rear of the field.  The caution came back out on lap-105 for a multicar accident on the backstretch.

The lap-112 restart saw Preece power his way into the lead with Silk slotting into second.  The caution came right back out for an incident in turn 2 involving Kyle Bonsignore, Rob Summers, Williams, Matt Galko, and Swanson.

Silk shot into the lead on the restart, but behind him Coby spun in turn 2 and collected the car of J.B. Fortin to bring the caution right back out and put Preece back in the lead for the next restart.

The lap-124 restart saw Preece take the lead on the initial green but he slid up the track in turn 1 and allowed Silk to power his way into the lead.  Going into turn 3, Preece and Silk touched with Silk spinning and collecting several other cars to bring the caution back out.  The crash put Emerling into the lead with Goodale in second, Tommy Catalano in third, Solomito in fourth and Lutz in fifth.  Rain started falling while the race was under caution and eventually the red/checker was shown, making Emerling the winner for the second time in his Whelen Modified Tour career.  Goodale finished second with Catalano, Solomito, and Lutz rounding out the top-5.

POS ST # DRIVER CAR LAPS STATUS LED PTS
1 23 07    Patrick Emerling Captain Pip Marina & Hideaway   (Jennifer Emerling) Chevrolet 130 running 7 47
2 8 58    Eric Goodale GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale) Chevrolet 130 running 0 42
3 13 54    Tommy Catalano FX Caprara   (David Catalano) Chevrolet 130 running 0 41
4 5 66    Timmy Solomito New England Gear / High Marie Bldg.   (Jerry Solomito) Chevrolet 130 running 0 40
5 3 46    Craig Lutz Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale) Chevrolet 130 running 0 39
6 2 7    Jon McKennedy Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin) Chevrolet 130 running 0 38
7 10 24    Andrew Krause Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause) Chevrolet 130 running 0 37
8 18 2    Chuck Hossfeld Gershow Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio) Chevrolet 130 running 0 36
9 21 50    Ronnie Williams Empower Financial Advisory / RB Enterprises   (Paul Les) Ford 130 running 0 35
10 17 22    Kyle Bonsignore Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore) Chevrolet 130 running 0 34
11 20 77    Max McLaughlin Curb Records   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 130 running 0 33
12 4 10    Doug Coby Mayhew Tools   (Philip Moran) Ford 130 running 18 33
13 15 51    Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Ken Massa) Chevrolet 130 running 0 31
14 14 85    Ron Silk Stuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart) Chevrolet 130 running 8 31
15 7 1    Woody Pitkat Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer / Gunsmoke Stables   (Eddie Harvey) Ford 126 crash 0 29
16 19 34    J.B. Fortin Whip It Jerky / Johns Fuel Oil   (Nicole Fortin) Chevrolet 125 running 0 28
17 11 6    Ryan Preece Riverhead Raceway   (Ed Partridge) Chevrolet 124 crash 13 28
18 6 82    Anthony Nocella Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.) Chevrolet 123 crash 0 26
19 24 59    Matt Galko * BNP Machine   (Jody Lauzon) Dodge 111 crash 0 25
20 1 3    Matt Swanson Propane Plus / Jericho Performance Road   (Jan Boehler) Chevrolet 111 crash 84 26
21 22 18    Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood and Restaurant   (Robert Pollifrone) Ford 104 crash 0 23
22 16 64    Rob Summers Rockies Plumbing / Fastrack Electric   (Mike Murphy) Chevrolet 102 running 0 22
23 26 26    Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald) Chevrolet 99 crash 0 21
24 9 32    Tyler Rypkema Nelcorp   (Dean Rypkema) Chevrolet 71 crash 0 20
25 12 36    Dave Sapienza SAP Enterprises   (Judy Thilberg) Chevrolet 71 crash 0 19
26 27 01    Melissa Fifield Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield) Chevrolet 70 handling 0 18
27 28 30    Gary Byington Hudson Speedway / Sunoco   (Gary Byington) Chevrolet 65 handling 0 17
28 25 78    Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe) Chevrolet 23 crash 0 16
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race shortened to 130 laps due to rain.
 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
POS NAME NBR SPONSOR OWNER CAR
WD Jeff Gallup 04 Ceravolo’s Auto Richie Gallup Chevrolet

 

Caution flag breakdown:
CONDITION FROM
LAP
TO
LAP
# OF
LAPS
REASON FREE
PASS
1 3 3
4 6 3   #2 stalled frontstretch none
7 60 54
61 68 8   #30 spun backstretch #07
69 71 3
72 77 6   #32,36 accident turn 4 #59
78 94 17
95 100 6   #07 spun turn 4 #18
101 105 5
106 109 4   #18,26,78 accident backstretch #77
110 111 2
112 117 6   #3,59 accident turn 2 #2
118 118 1
119 122 4   #10,34 accident turn 2 #2
123 123 1
124 130 7   #6,82,85,51 accident turn 2 none
  Percent of race run under caution: 33.8%             Average green flag run: 10.8 laps

 

Lap leader breakdown:
LEADER FROM
LAP
TO
LAP
# OF
LAPS
  Matt Swanson 1 51 51
  Doug Coby 52 69 18
  Matt Swanson 70 102 33
  Ron Silk 103 110 8
  Ryan Preece 111 123 13
  Patrick Emerling 124 130 7