Santos Starts Fast At TIS

Debut In The Mystic Missile Modified Nets Thompson Pole Record

THOMPSON, Conn. – Bobby Santos wasted no time in making his presence known as the new driver of the No. 4 “Mystic Missile” Modified as he set the track qualifying record Saturday at Thompson International Speedway and earned his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award.

Santos, who was fastest in practice earlier in the day, turned a fast lap of 18.418 seconds (122.163 mph) in qualifying for Sunday's 150-lap season-opener. That lap surpassed the previous Whelen Modified Tour qualifying record at Thompson set by Eric Beers at 18.429 seconds (122.080 mph) prior to the 2008 World Series.

Santos, from Franklin, Mass., has competed in the Whelen Modified Tour part-time since 2004 and landed his first full-time ride this offseason in the No. 4 after the departure of 2009 Tour titlist Donny Lia to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Santos had 29 career starts entering this week and his lone Whelen Modified Tour victory came at Thompson in 2007.

Chris Pasteryak was the second-fastest qualifier on Saturday at 18.470 seconds (121.819 mph) followed by Ron Silk (18.514/121.530), Mike Stefanik (18.596/120.994) and Burt Myers (18.603/120.948).

Ryan Preece, Doug Coby, Ted Christopher, Rowan Pennink and Eric Berndt rounded out the top 10 qualifiers.

Following qualifying, a redraw of the top-10 cars saw Santos also draw the No. 1 spot. He will be joined in the front row on Sunday by Coby, and the second row will consist of Stefanik and Berndt.

The 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will officially begin with Sunday's Icebreaker. The race is set to go green at approximately 3:15 p.m.

 

For more information, contact:

Jason Cunningham, NASCAR Public Relations, (704) 201-6658 or jcunningham@nascar.com

NWMT Thompson 4/11/10 Starting Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER TEAM TIME SPEED
1 4 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. "Mystic Missile" Dodge 18.418 122.163
2 0 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Cliff Nelson/Earle's Asphalt Chevrolet 18.647 120.663
3 16 Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I. Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Pontiac 18.596 120.994
4 54 Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn. North End Auto Parts Chevrolet 18.680 120.450
5 7 Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C. Capital Bank/Patterson's Brand Ford 18.603 120.948
6 36 Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn. Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 18.670 120.514
7 93 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 18.678 120.463
8 6 Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn. T.S. Haulers Chevrolet 18.514 121.530
9 52 Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn. Dawley's Auto Center/Sunoco Chevrolet 18.470 121.819
10 3 Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn. Mizzy Const./Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet 18.620 120.838
11 2 Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn. Wisk/Snuggle Ford 18.684 120.424
12 79 James Civali, Meriden, Conn. Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac 18.693 120.366
13 46 George Brunnhoelzl, III, W. Babylon, N.Y. * Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 18.707 120.276
14 91 Richard Savary, Canton, Mass. Alloy Wheel Repair/Wizz Kids Chevrolet 18.767 119.891
15 14 Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J. Ling Trucking/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 18.774 119.847
16 10 Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn. Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores Chevrolet 18.778 119.821
17 71 Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass. Draco Spring Ford 18.798 119.694
18 90 Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn. Union Insurance Group/SFI Chevrolet 18.799 119.687
19 50 Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 18.805 119.649
20 99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 18.808 119.630
21 76 Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa. John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet 18.877 119.193
22 58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. Perimeters for the Home Chevrolet 18.896 119.073
23 1 Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn. Frasco Fuel Oil Chevrolet 18.909 118.991
24 59 Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y. Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet 18.975 118.577
25 8 Glenn Tyler, Hampton Bays, N.Y. Sypher Construction Chevrolet 18.985 118.515
26 70 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H. Stuart's Auto/Rockingham Boats Chevrolet 18.996 118.446
27 51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. * M3 Technology Chevrolet 19.068 117.999
28 39 Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y. * Bosch Spark Plugs Chevrolet 19.111 117.733
29 98 Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y. Mohawk N.E./Original Pizza Logs Chevrolet 19.113 117.721
30 28 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Ramar-Hall Chevrolet 19.199 117.194
31 38 Jake Marosz, Middletown, Conn. Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 19.272 116.750
32 68 Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y. J.B. Stone Setters Chevrolet 19.426 115.824
33 18 Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y. + Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 19.556 115.054
34 33 Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn. + Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 19.639 114.568
35 26 Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. + Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac 19.987 112.573
36 5 Joe Hartmann, Calverton, N.Y. + Charlie's Quality Collision Chevrolet 19.444 115.717
37 15 Danny Knoll, Jr., Buffalo, N.Y. + Chuck E. Cheese Chevrolet 19.435 115.771

 

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