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2020 NAPA Auto Parts 150; Ronnie Silk Wins NAPA 150 at Stafford

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Stafford Speedway for its lone visit of the 2020 season on Friday, September 26 for the NAPA Auto Parts 150.  Ronnie Silk came into the race as one of the hottest NWMT drivers with 3 consecutive podium finishes and he continued his hot streak by winning the NAPA Auto Parts 150 for his second win of the 2020 season and his 4th career NWMT win at Stafford.

Silk enjoyed a dominating day at Stafford that began with his #85 car being the fastest car in practice to claim the number 1 pit stall for the NAPA Auto Parts 150.  Silk qualified second behind polesitter Eric Goodale and he led the first 50 laps of the NAPA 150 before coming to pit road for his first of 2 pit stops during the race.

After Silk’s second pit stop of the race on lap-102, he restarted in 7th place and he moved up to second by the time the caution came back out on lap-117 for spins by Eric Goodale and Matt Galko spun on the backstretch.

Silk powered his way around race leader Chase Dowling on the ensuing lap-124 restart to retake the lead and he slowly pulled away from the field to lead the final 26 laps and take the checkered flag.  Doug Coby finished second with NWMT points leader Justin Bonsignore rounding out the podium finishers.

Max McLaughlin finished fourth in his first career Stafford start with Chase Dowling rounding out the top-6.  Finishing 6th through 10th was Jon McKennedy, Ronnie Williams, Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Swanson, and Tyler Rypkema.

“We had a great car,” said Silk.  “I think we all struggled a little bit in practice but I knew speed-wise we had a good car and right from the green flag I knew we had a car that could contend and I knew if I could get out front I could hold them off.  Fantastic effort by all my guys.  It’s been a good week for me, I got engaged on Tuesday so this is a great way to cap off the week.  I knew Chase [Dowling] gets around here really good and he gets around everywhere really well and it’s fun racing with him.  Luckily I was able to get a good run on him coming off turn 2 and finished the pass through 3 and 4.  I could see him in the mirror for a little while, he tried to stay with me but the gap was getting bigger and bigger so I was just kind of cruising at the end in case we had a late caution.”

“I bet you didn’t expect to see us here after the first 80 laps,” said Coby said.  “I kept going, kept plugging away, kept seeing what we wanted and we ended up second. I’m really happy.  We had a fast car at the end and that’s really when you want to be fast.  We’ve got something to build on for the winter and hopefully come back with a little bit better package next year.”

“We had a really good car right from the start but I don’t know if we had as good of a car as the 85 [Silk],” said Bonsignore.  “The car came alive kind of a little too little too late and maybe a late caution could have bunched us up.  We got another top-5 but it wasn’t looking good there with about 30 or 40 to to.  It’s great to be back at Stafford and it’s great to have fans here and we’re looking forward to coming back in the Spring.”

2020 NAPA Auto Parts 150
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT
150 laps on a .500 mile paved track (75.0 miles)
Time of race: 1:28:31
Average speed: 50.838 mph
Pole speed: 95.852 mph
Cautions: 9 for 39 laps
Margin of victory: 1.446 sec
Lead changes: 8
Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1 2 85    Ron Silk Stuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart) Chevrolet 150 running 79 48
2 3 10    Doug Coby Mayhew Tools   (Philip Moran) Chevrolet 150 running 0 42
3 4 51    Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Ken Massa) Chevrolet 150 running 21 42
4 8 77    Max McLaughlin * Curb Records   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 150 running 0 40
5 7 9    Chase Dowling Start / Finish Motorsports & S&S Asphalt Pavi   (Ben Dodge) Chevrolet 150 running 14 40
6 6 7    Jon McKennedy Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin) Chevrolet 150 running 0 38
7 22 50    Ronnie Williams Empower Financial Advisory / RB Enterprises Ford 150 running 0 37
8 19 2    Chuck Hossfeld Gershow Recycling   (Joe Bertuccio, Sr.) Chevrolet 150 running 3 37
9 13 3    Matt Swanson USNE / Propane Plus / Cape Cod Copper   (Jan Boehler) Chevrolet 150 running 0 35
10 17 32    Tyler Rypkema * Welcorp / Musco   (Dean Rypkema) Chevrolet 150 running 0 34
11 18 66    Timmy Solomito East West Marine / Flamingo   (Jerry Solomito) Chevrolet 150 running 0 33
12 12 06    Sam Rameau Central Mass Tree   (Randy Rameau) Chevrolet 150 running 2 33
13 10 46    Craig Lutz Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale) Chevrolet 150 running 0 31
14 20 47    Joey Mucciacciaro * Logan Steel / Pools by Murphy Chevrolet 150 running 0 30
15 24 25    Calvin Carroll Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll) Chevrolet 150 running 0 29
16 16 75    Chris Pasteryak Dawley’s Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak) Chevrolet 150 running 0 28
17 5 82    Anthony Nocella Nocella Paving, Reclamation and Grading   (Danny Watts Jr.) Chevrolet 150 running 0 27
18 27 78    Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe) Chevrolet 149 running 0 26
19 15 1    Woody Pitkat Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer / Gunsmoke Stables   (Eddie Harvey) Chevrolet 132 engine 31 26
20 25 30    Gary Byington * Hudson Speedway / Sunoco   (Gary Byington) Chevrolet 118 handling 0 24
21 9 36    Dave Sapienza Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilburg) Chevrolet 118 running 0 23
22 1 58    Eric Goodale GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale) Chevrolet 117 crash 0 22
23 23 59    Matt Galko * BNP Machine   (Steve Mendoza) Chevrolet 116 crash 0 21
24 11 64    Rob Summers Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky’s Plumbing   (Mike Murphy) Chevrolet 99 crash 0 20
25 14 34    J.B. Fortin John’s Fuel Oil Inc / John’s Tree Removal   (Nicole Fortin) Chevrolet 83 brakes 0 19
26 21 22    Kyle Bonsignore Chateu Performance / Mann’s Auto   (Kyle Bonsignore) Chevrolet 81 oil leak 0 18
27 26 01    Melissa Fifield Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield) Chevrolet 51 handling 0 17
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
Caution flag breakdown:
Condition From
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason Free
Pass
1 7 7
8 10 3   #25 spun backstretch none
11 34 24
35 38 4   #78 spun turn 4 #30
39 49 11
50 54 5   #47 spun turn 4 #78
55 64 10
65 69 5   #36,59,46,06 accident turn 4 #25
70 78 9
79 82 4   #34 accident turn 4 none
83 84 2
85 88 4   #75 accident turn 3 none
89 99 11
100 104 5   #64 accident turn 4 #78
105 112 8
113 115 3   #30 spun turn 2 #36
116 116 1
117 122 6   #58,59,66 accident turn 3 #30
123 150 28
  Percent of race run under caution: 26.0%             Average green flag run: 11.1 laps
Lap leader breakdown:
Leader From
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Ron Silk 1 52 52
  Sam Rameau 53 54 2
  Woody Pitkat 55 81 27
  Justin Bonsignore 82 102 21
  Chuck Hossfeld 103 105 3
  Woody Pitkat 106 109 4
  Chase Dowling 110 123 14
  Ron Silk 124 150 27
Points standings after this race:
Rank Driver Points Diff
1   Justin Bonsignore 351
2   Doug Coby 324 -27
3   Jon McKennedy 308 -43
4   Craig Lutz 295 -56
5   Ron Silk 269 -82
6   Matt Swanson 268 -83
7   Dave Sapienza 267 -84
8   Calvin Carroll 253 -98
9   Chris Pasteryak 251 -100
10   Anthony Nocella 250 -101
11   Tyler Rypkema 249 -102
12   Sam Rameau 243 -108
13   Eric Goodale 227 -124
14   Woody Pitkat 217 -134
15   Kyle Bonsignore 207 -144
16   J.B. Fortin 203 -148
17   Rob Summers 198 -153
18   Patrick Emerling 194 -157
19   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. 169 -182
20   Ronnie Williams 145 -206