Solomito Wins Season Opener "Ice Breaker 150" at Thompson

First Career Whelen Modified Win Comes At Icebreaker

THOMPSON, Conn. -- Timmy Solomiro's dreams came true Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old from Islip, New York, ran away with the 42nd Annual Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to secure his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. Solomito powered past former champion and current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Preece to lead the final 34 laps en route to the checkered flag.

"I never thought this day would come," Solomito said. "You lie in bed thinking about things like this. This is a dream come true."

The victory came in Solomito's 36th career start. He is in his second full season driving the No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford for Flamingo Motorsports. The team had won tour championships with Mike Stefanik (2006) and Preece (2013) before turning to the Long Island native. Solomito's previous best finish was third, four times, including the final two races of 2015.

Preece settled for a runner-up finish, while Justin Bonsignore finished third. Defending tour champion Doug Coby, who was looking for his fifth straight win at Thompson, won the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday but faded late Sunday to finish fourth. Ron Silk rounded out the top five.

The race went green for the first 81 laps. The first caution allowed for all the teams to come down pit road, and Solomito gained three spots to move up to fourth on the restart. Preece, who led the first 85 laps, gave up the lead to Bonsignore, before Solomito powered into the lead for the first time. Preece got the lead back briefly, but Solomito regained the point and steadily pulled away. He won by 3.512 seconds.

Donny Lia, Eric Goodale, Jimmy Blewett, Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race next in the
NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 24.

Fin
Str
Car#
Driver
Sponsor
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
13
#16
Timmy Solomito
Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford
150
47
4
Running
2
2
#6
Ryan Preece
TS Haulers/Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet
150
44
2
Running
3
10
#51
Justin Bonsignore
M3 Technology Chevrolet
150
42
1
Running
4
1
#2
Doug Coby
Dunleavy's Repair/A&J Romano Const. Chevrolet
150
40
Running
5
5
#82
Ron Silk
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
150
39
Running
6
3
#8
Donny Lia
Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet
150
38
Running
7
6
#58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet
150
37
Running
8
9
#4
Jimmy Blewett
Starrett Dodge
150
36
Running
9
8
#3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet
150
35
Running
10
7
#85
Woody Pitkat
Stuart's Automotive/Dunleavy's Repair Chevrolet
150
34
Running
11
4
#9
Chase Dowling
S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy's Repair Chevrolet
150
33
Running
12
16
#20
Max Zachem
Lu-Mac's Package Store/VWS Chevrolet
150
32
Running
13
19
#44
Bobby Santos
Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet
150
31
Running
14
15
#7
Patrick Emerling
Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet
149
30
Running
15
18
#89
Matt Swanson *
Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet
149
29
Running
16
11
#75
Shawn Solomito
Eastport Feeds/Alex Anderson Inc. Chevrolet
149
28
Running
17
24
#99
Jamie Tomaino
Dunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet
149
27
Running
18
17
#64
Rob Summers
HTE/Fast Track Elect/Complete Const. Chevrolet
148
26
Running
19
14
#36
Dave Sapienza
Frankie's Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet
148
25
Running
20
12
#29
Brendon Bock
Pro System Brakes/L.I. Performance Chevrolet
147
24
Running
21
23
#24
Andrew Krause *
Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet
147
23
Running
22
26
#26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet
144
22
Running
23
22
#33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
144
21
Running
24
20
#46
Jeff Goodale
Riverhaed Bldg Supply Chevrolet
141
20
Running
25
25
#38
Troy Talman
NAPA Auto Parts of Ayer/DCU Chevrolet
140
19
Handling
26
21
#56
Craig Lutz *
Lutz Motorsports/Moroso Chevrolet
125
18
Electrical
27
27
#1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
50
17
Handling

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Doug Coby, Time: 18.641 Seconds, Speed: 120.702 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 0 mins, 11 secs Average Speed: 93.464 mph Margin of Victory: 3.512 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 81-91; 98-102. 2 for 16 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-85, Justin Bonsignore 86-93, Timmy Solomito 94-102, Justin Bonsignore 103, Timmy Solomito 104-110, Ryan Preece 111-116, Timmy Solomito 117-150.
Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 91, Timmy Solomito 50, Justin Bonsignore 9. 6 changes involving 3 drivers.

 

* Denotes Sunoco Rooke of the Year Contender

 

April 10th , 2016- By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR