Preece Captures First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Title
Pennink Wins Sunoco World Series 150 To End Three Year Drought
THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 20, 2013) – Rowan Pennink won the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart but it was Ryan Preece who left Thompson Speedway with the heavy hardware on Sunday as he captured the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.
Preece, from Berlin, Conn., capped off a stellar season highlighted by four wins for his first NASCAR touring series title. To do it, he had to dethrone defending champion Doug Coby, who entered Sunday as Preece's lone competition.
With a 26-point lead, however, Preece only had to finish 22nd or better to secure his first title. For good measure, Preece led 33 laps late in the race in the No. 16 East West Marine/Sophie's Rest Ford and cruised to the crown with his seventh podium finish of the campaign.
Sunday's checkered flag went to Rowan Pennink, who drove the No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet around Donny Lia on Lap 133 and held it through the 150th and final circuit for his second career Whelen Modified Tour victory. Pennink, from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., ended a 48-race winless drought with the triumph.
Lia crossed the line second followed by Preece, polesitter Bobby Santos and Ron Silk. Max Zachem finished sixth in his Whelen Modified Tour debut while Matt Hirschman, Coby, Todd Szegedy and Justin Bonsignore brought home the top 10.
Coby, who celebrated his first championship following this same race last year at Thompson, had a large deficit to overcome to start the day if he wanted to keep the title. That challenge became even greater when he made contact with the wall on Lap 9 and ended up a lap down. Although he was able to get back on the lead lap and ultimately rally to a top-10 finish, Preece's performance was too much to overcome.
At 22 years, 11 months and 25 days, Preece became the youngest champion in the 29-year history of the Whelen Modified Tour. He's also the sixth different first-time champion in the last seven seasons, and the fourth in a row.
The Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart will be telecast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. ET.
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NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR-Sunoco World Series 150 pres. by Xtra Mart
At Thompson Speedway
Lap length: 0.625 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (3) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 73.738 mph.
2. (10) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 150.
3. (5) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 150.
4. (1) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
5. (18) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
6. (8) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Ford, 150.
7. (7) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
8. (11) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
9. (13) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
11. (12) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
12. (17) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
13. (14) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
14. (20) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Pontiac, 150.
15. (16) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
16. (2) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 150.
17. (27) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
18. (22) Jimmy Zacharias, Candor, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
19. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
20. (23) John Beatty, Jr., Merrick, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
21. (29) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
22. (28) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
23. (19) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 144.
24. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 116.
25. (25) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 106, accident.
26. (21) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 85, accident.
27. (15) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 74, accident.
28. (9) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Chevrolet, 37, accident.
29. (6) Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, Ont., Canada, Chevrolet, 22, engine.
Time of Race: 1 hour 16 minutes 17 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.971 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Santos (120.244 mph, 18.712 seconds)
Caution Flags: 10 for 40 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Santos 1-66; M. Hirschman 67-70; R. Preece 71; B. Santos 72-92; R. Preece 93-124; D. Lia 125-132; R. Pennink 133-150.
Standings: 1. R. Preece, 549; 2. D. Coby, 517; 3. D. Lia, 496; 4. R. Pennink, 487; 5. M. Stefanik, 480; 6. T. Szegedy, 477; 7. R. Silk, 466; 8. J. Bonsignore, 464; 9. W. Pitkat, 457; 10. T. Christopher, 445.