Tommy Barrett Powers To Bristol Victory

Rookie Takes Whelen Modified Checkers In Bush's Beans 150

NWSMT Points / Event Photos

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 2014) – Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. out-muscled veterans Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore with a dozen laps to go and drove on to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Wednesday's Bush's Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Barrett, from Millis, Massachusetts, was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos – who had been the dominant cars of the night – on Lap 139. The 19-year-old held on to the lead in his No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet through one final restart on Lap 146 for the milestone first victory.

“The car was real good on the bottom, so I just drove it in and it stuck,” Barrett said. “I got by Justin and drove under Bobby. We were driving away and didn't want to see that last caution, but I got a good restart and just drove away again.”

It was just his 10th career start, and first time competing at Bristol in the sixth annual combination race between the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.

“To get my first win here is amazing, it's so exciting,” Barrett said. “I hadn't even seen the track before today. My first time out [in practice] I didn't even know what to think, it was crazy. This place is just so fast, so banked, the g-forces in the turns, there's nothing like it.”

Santos held on for a runner-up finish and Ron Silk joined him on the podium in third. Whelen Modified points leader Doug Coby crossed the line fourth and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman was fifth.

Bonsignore, the event's Coors Light Pole Award winner, slipped to sixth in the final running order followed by Eric Goodale, Timmy Solomito, Patrick Emerling and Ryan Preece.

It was a missed opportunity or Santos, who came 12 laps shy of at what would have been a fourth victory this year. He led a race-high 70 circuits.

“Those last 15 laps we just got really tight, and a couple other drivers said they did too,” Santos said. “The track – I felt it getting tighter as the race went along – and we were just a little bit off.”

JR Bertuccio ended up as the highest-finishing Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in the event, 13th overall, and was credited with a victory for that tour. Southern tour points leader Andy Seuss was scored 28th in the final rundown after a last-lap accident.

With Barrett's effort Wednesday, his Our Racing team has won at Bristol two years in a row after Mike Stefanik drove the No. 22 to Victory Lane in 2013.

Barrett became the first Whelen Modified Tour driver to win in his rookie season since James Civali in 2006. He also became the first teenager to garner a victory on the tour since Preece and Erick Rudolph won at ages 18 and 17, respectively, in 2009.

Wednesday saw an event record established for lead changes with nine, as well as for the most caution periods with 12. Thirty cars finished on the lead lap, also an event record.

With four events remaining on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule, Coby leads Bonsignore 407-403 in the championship standings with Ted Christopher in third at 374. The Whelen Southern Modified Tour has seven events remaining and Seuss now leads George Brunnhoelzl III 301-286 with Bertuccio ranked third at 274.

The Bush's Beans 150 will air on Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 31 at 12 p.m. EDT.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to action with the Bayport Credit Union 150 on Aug. 30 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, while the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be idle until the Riverhead 200 on Sept. 13 at Riverhead Raceway on New York's Long Island.

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FIN
STR
CAR
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPS
POINTS
B/POINTS
STATUS
1
18
22
Tommy Barrett, Jr. *
Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet
150
47N
4
Running
2
3
44
Bobby Santos
Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet
150
44N
2
Running
3
24
6
Ron Silk
TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet
150
41N
Running
4
7
2
Doug Coby
Dunleavy's Repair/HEX Performance Ford
150
40N
Running
5
8
7
Ryan Newman
Menards/Wix Filters Chevrolet
150
39N
Running
6
1
51
Justin Bonsignore
chem3.com Chevrolet
150
39N
1
Running
7
9
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet
150
37N
Running
8
12
75
Timmy Solomito *
Eastport Feeds Chevrolet
150
36N
Running
9
23
07
Patrick Emerling
Emerling Chevy/Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet
150
35N
Running
10
4
16
Ryan Preece
East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford
150
35N
1
Running
11
19
3
Jimmy Zacharias *
Cape Cod Copper/Central States Chevrolet
150
33N
Running
12
11
64
Ron Yuhas, Jr.
Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors Chevrolet
150
32N
Running
13
28
21
JR Bertuccio
Gershow Recycling/Hagerman Systems Chevrolet
150
43S
Running
14
16
28
George Brunnhoelzl III
Composite Tech./Performance Tech. Chevrolet
150
42S
Running
15
2
1
Burt Myers
Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auction/Adam's Ford
150
41S
Running
16
22
40
Luke Fleming
AutosByNelson.com/Koma Unwind Ford
150
40S
Running
17
29
73
Cole Powell
Copps BuildAll/Tricar Developments Chevrolet
150
31N
Running
18
33
79
Spencer Davis *
Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac
150
39S
Running
19
10
88
Woody Pitkat
Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet
150
30N
Running
20
27
65
Danny Bohn
Rustoleum/Cedar Peaks Enterprises Chevrolet
150
38S
Running
21
32
8
Glen Reen
Reflex Energy/Baja Construction Chevrolet
150
29N
Running
22
15
13
Ted Christopher
Tick Free Organic Tick Control/CT&E Chevrolet
150
28N
Running
23
6
52
Matt Hirschman
Furnace & Duct Supply/Seekonk GP Chevrolet
150
27N
Running
24
35
43
David Calabrese
Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet
150
37S
Running
25
20
15
Joe Ryan Osborne *
Pinnacle Trucking/Osborne Const. Chevrolet
150
36S
Running
26
34
99
Jamie Tomaino
Dunleavy's Repair/N.A. Contractors Chevrolet
150
26N
Running
27
17
97
Bryan Dauzat
O.B. Builders Chevrolet
149
35S
Running
28
14
11
Andy Seuss
NE Race Cars & Parts/Ideal Finance Chevrolet
149
34S
Running
29
21
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records Chevrolet
148
33S
Running
30
39
54
Jeff Fultz
Red Bull/FireAde Chevrolet
128
32S
Handling
31
25
76
Bobby Measmer, Jr. *
Haas Automation Chevrolet
107
31S
Electrical
32
38
95
Cale Gale
Rheem Chevrolet
95
30S
Mechanical
33
37
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Chevrolet
94
25N
Accident
34
13
05
Todd Szegedy
15-40 Connection Chevrolet
79
24N
Rear End
35
5
4
Donny Lia
Mystic Missile Racing Dodge
62
24N
1
Engine
36
26
5
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating Ford
54
29S
Engine
37
36
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
38
23N
Overheating
38
30
12
Jeremy Gerstner
McPherson Archery/Hog Wild Transport Chevrolet
28
28S
Accident
39
31
03
Jason Myers
Fountain Motorsports/Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet
3
27S
Mechanical

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Justin Bonsignore, Time: 14.925 Seconds, Speed: 128.563 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 22 mins, 5 secs    Average Speed: 58.441 mph    Margin of Victory: 1.189 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 10-14; 21-22; 29-34; 44-47; 62-65; 76-77 (Midway Break); 80-86; 95-102; 110-114; 119-121; 131-133; 139-150. 12 for 61 laps.
Lap Leaders: Justin Bonsignore 1-35, Ryan Preece 36-55, Donny Lia 56-57, Ryan Preece 58-60, Bobby Santos 61-63, Ryan Preece 64-70, Bobby Santos 71-135, Justin Bonsignore 136, Bobby Santos 137-138, Tommy Barrett, Jr. * 139-150.
Total Laps Led: Bobby Santos 70, Justin Bonsignore 36, Ryan Preece 30, Tommy Barrett, Jr. * 12, Donny Lia 2. 9 changes involving 5 drivers.