Santos Dominates Icebreaker

Takes Whelen Modified Opener In New Car

THOMPSON, Conn. (April 11, 2010) – Bobby Santos completed a dominating weekend in his first race with his new team.

Santos was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award with a track record, and then led the most laps in the 150-lap Icebreaker to kick off the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Thompson International Speedway.

“We had a great race right from the beginning,” Santos said. “Right out of the box the car was good, and the guys gave me an awesome pit stop.”

Santos, from Franklin, Mass., led the first 60 laps of the season-opener from the pole and pitted along with the race leaders under caution on Lap 61. Ted Christopher, the defending winner of the Icebreaker, was the only car of the lead-lap group that stayed out, and he assumed the lead. Christopher, Mike Stefanik and Ryan Preece held the lead before Santos regained it on Lap 120 and drove to his second career Whelen Modified Tour victory.

“After the pit stop it got a little tough,” Santos said. “Those guys were racing hard for the lead. It was just a lot of fun racing with Mike Stefanik, Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece. We had an awesome shootout for the win, and I couldn't be happier to beat them.”

In the offseason, Santos took over the ride in the No. 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge after 2009 champion Donny Lia departed for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Santos had run part-time on the Tour since 2004, with 29 previous starts and one win - at Thompson in the fall of 2007.

Santos' winning effort on Sunday was preceded by a stellar performance on Saturday as the 24-year-old broke Eric Beers' previous track qualifying record. In the 110 all-time Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson, his lap of 18.418 seconds (122.163 mph) now stands as the fastest on record.

Preece led 18 laps in the race and finished second. The 19-year-old from Berlin, Conn., has finished in the top four in three of his last four starts at Thompson, but is still looking for his first win at the .625-mile speedway.

“We had a real good car,” Preece said. “We had to start 10th and work our way up, but my crew gives me a great car everywhere I go, and this is one of the best cars I've ever had at Thompson. I'm really happy to start off the 2010 season on a good note.”

Santos and Preece were followed by Stefanik, Christopher and Todd Szegedy in the top five. Stefanik and Christopher led 32 and nine laps, respectively. In addition to winning last year's Icebreaker, Christopher was also winner of the 2009 season finale at Thompson, and he has led laps in the Tour's last eight races at the track.

Rowan Pennink, Chris Pastyerak, Ron Silk, Eric Goodale and Eric Beers rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour standout Burt Myers finished 14th in his debut at Thompson and last year's Southern Tour champion, George Brunnhoelzl III, was 16th in the first race since his move to the northern circuit.

Santos took home the Whelen Winner of the Race Award and earned the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award based on his improvement from the last race of 2009. Woody Pitkat's 12th-place finish earned the Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award and Richie Pallai Jr. was the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award winner.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will next race in the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 25. For ticket information, please visit Stafford's official Web site (www.staffordmotorspeedway.com).

 

For more information, contact:

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

 

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Total Award Status
1 1 4 Bobby Santos "Mystic Missile" Dodge 150 190 10 $8,800 Running
2 6 3 Ryan Preece Mizzy Const./Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet 150 175 5 3,400 Running
3 4 16 Mike Stefanik Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Pontiac 150 170 5 2,850 Running
4 8 36 Ted Christopher Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet 150 165 5 2,575 Running
5 11 2 Todd Szegedy Wisk/Snuggle Ford 150 155 2,275 Running
6 9 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 150 150 2,075 Running
7 2 52 Chris Pasteryak Dawley's Auto Center/Sunoco Chevrolet 150 146 1,975 Running
8 3 6 Ron Silk T.S. Haulers Chevrolet 150 142 1,875 Running
9 22 58 Eric Goodale Perimeters for the Home Chevrolet 150 138 1,825 Running
10 21 76 Eric Beers John Blewett Inc./Ling Trucking Chevrolet 150 134 1,175 Running
11 10 54 Eric Berndt North End Auto Parts Chevrolet 150 130 1,550 Running
12 30 28 Woody Pitkat Ramar-Hall Chevrolet 150 127 2,395 Running
13 18 90 Renee Dupuis Union Insurance Group/SFI Chevrolet 150 124 1,535 Running
14 5 7 Burt Myers Capital Bank/Patterson's Brand Ford 150 121 1,130 Running
15 15 14 Jimmy Blewett Ling Trucking/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 150 118 1,465 Running
16 13 46 George Brunnhoelzl, III Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 150 115 1,850 Running
17 17 71 Rob Fuller Draco Spring Ford 150 112 1,030 Running
18 36 5 Joe Hartmann Charlie's Quality Collision Chevrolet 149 109 975 Running
19 29 98 Erick Rudolph Mohawk N.E./Original Pizza Logs Chevrolet 149 106 950 Running
20 25 8 Glenn Tyler Sypher Construction Chevrolet 149 103 1,325 Running
21 28 39 Richie Pallai, Jr. * Bosch Spark Plugs Chevrolet 149 100 900 Running
22 34 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 147 97 1,250 Running
23 32 68 Johnny Bush J.B. Stone Setters Chevrolet 147 94 1,225 Running
24 37 15 Danny Knoll, Jr. Chuck E. Cheese Chevrolet 146 91 800 Running
25 35 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac 142 88 1,190 Running
26 16 10 Ed Flemke, Jr. Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores Chevrolet 124 85 1,180 Running
27 27 51 Justin Bonsignore * M3 Technology Chevrolet 110 82 770 Running
28 23 1 Rob Summers Frasco Fuel Oil Chevrolet 100 79 760 Accident
29 12 79 James Civali Hill Enterprises/Coors Light Pontiac 96 76 1,150 Accident
30 14 91 Richard Savary Alloy Wheel Repair/Wizz Kids Chevrolet 66 73 750 Overheating
31 19 50 Kevin Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 61 70 1,150 Suspension
32 31 38 Jake Marosz Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Oil Chevrolet 58 67 1,150 Suspension
33 24 59 Chuck Hossfeld Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet 56 64 1,150 Accident
34 20 99 Jamie Tomaino Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 54 61 1,150 Engine
35 33 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 37 58 1,150 Engine
36 26 70 Andy Seuss Stuart's Auto/Rockingham Boats Chevrolet 11 55 750 Overheating
37 7 0 Doug Coby Cliff Nelson/Earle's Asphalt Chevrolet 2 52 750 Clutch

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Bobby Santos, Time: 18.418 Seconds, Speed: 122.163 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 6 mins, 59 secs Average Speed: 83.976 mph Margin of Victory: .266 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 59-63 (Cars #59 and #38 spin backstretch); 67-69 (Car #98 spin Turn 2); 87-89 (Debris in Turn 3); 91-94 (Cars #90 and #39 spin Turn 2); 97-100 (Car #79 into Turn 2 wall); 103-106 (Cars #26 and #6 spin Turn 2); 117-119 (Car #8 spin Turn 4).  7 for 26 laps.
Lap Leaders: Bobby Santos 1-60, Ted Christopher 61-69, Mike Stefanik 70-101, Ryan Preece 102-119, Bobby Santos 120-150.
Total Laps Led: Bobby Santos 91, Mike Stefanik 32, Ryan Preece 18, Ted Christopher 9.  4 changes involving 4 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Woody Pitkat, 28 Ramar-Hall Chevrolet
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Bobby Santos, 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Bobby Santos, 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: George Brunnhoelzl, III *, 46 Cape Cod Aggregates/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
WHELEN WINNER OF THE RACE AWARD: Bobby Santos, 4 "Mystic Missile" Dodge

 

 

Close Window