Eric Goodale Win NAPA Fall Final @ Stafford Motor Speedway

Late Pass Of Preece Gives Him Third Career Whelen Mod Win

STAFFORD, Conn. -- Coming from the 18th position, Eric Goodale knew it would take a stout car for him to travel to the front in Sunday's NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

When it came down to the final laps, Goodale had the car he needed to get the job done. The Riverhead, New York, driver scored his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win by passing Ryan Preece with just three laps remaining. The victory was his first at the half-mile oval. 

"Stafford is one of those places that you dream of winning at when you're a little kid," Goodale said. "I came up here and watched races when I was a kid. To be here and finally win a race, we have so many races under our belt here and we have come close here so many times. It feels good to finally seal the deal."

Goodale's run to the front of the field after his qualifying effort was not an easy one. He maneuvered his way to the front and was working the back bumper of Preece for the race lead in lapped traffic when a caution at Lap 111 set up the final pit stops of the day. Goodale's team went to work to help get him out at the front.

He took the lead from Lap 120-125, but then lost it and had to follow Preece in the final circuits. A late move to the bottom of Turn Four got him the lead with just three laps to g and he never looked back.

Goodale beat Preece to the line by 0.389 seconds. Preece came up one spot short of sweeping the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Stafford. He led a race-high 115 laps. Ron Silk finished third, while Chase Dowling and Timmy Solomito rounded out the top five.

Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Doug Coby, Bobby Santos, Craig Lutz and Kyle Bonsignore.

With just one race left on the schedule, four-time champion Coby has a 10 point lead over Justin Bonsingore in the championship standings. Solomito is third, 12 markers back, while Preece is fourth, 19 back from the lead. 

The NAPA Fall Final 150 will air on NBCSN on Saturday Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track on Sunday Oct. 15 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, where the 2017 champion will be crowned.

Fin
Str
Car
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
18
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
150
47
4
Running
2
1
6
Ryan Preece
T.S. Haulers Chevrolet
150
44
2
Running
3
3
85
Ron Silk
Stuarts Automotiive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
150
41
Running
4
8
15
Chase Dowling
15-40 Connection/Evolution Sports Chevrolet
150
40
Running
5
4
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing Ford
150
39
Running
6
15
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
150
38
Running
7
2
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet
150
37
Running
8
10
44
Bobby Santos
Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet
150
36
Running
9
17
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
150
35
Running
10
6
22
Kyle Bonsignore
Snap-On Tools/Checker Perf Chevrolet
150
34
Running
11
13
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving/Airgas Chevrolet
150
33
Running
12
9
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
150
32
Running
13
27
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet
150
31
Running
14
7
0
Jon McKennedy
Brady Bunch Racing/Copeland Toyota Chevrolet
149
30
Running
15
23
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
148
29
Running
16
20
38
Kyle Ellwood
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
148
28
Running
17
19
63
Austin Pickens *
LFR Chassis Chevrolet
148
27
Running
18
21
18
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet
147
26
Running
19
11
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
147
25
Running
20
22
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Ford
145
24
Running
21
24
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet
144
23
Running
22
25
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
143
22
Running
23
5
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/JDL/USNE Chevrolet
141
21
Running
24
12
21
Ronnie Williams *
Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
136
21
1
Right front
25
14
82
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
127
19
Rear End
26
26
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
74
18
Clutch
27
16
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
52
17
Fuel Pump

*Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 18.513 Seconds, Speed: 97.229 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 1 mins, 46 secs Average Speed: 72.855 mph Margin of Victory: 0.389 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 5-8; 55-59; 112-118; 122-125; 127-131.  5 for 25 laps.

Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-115, Eric Goodale 116, Ronnie Williams * 117-119, Eric Goodale 120-125, Ryan Preece 126, Eric Goodale 127-150.

Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 116, Eric Goodale 31, Ronnie Williams * 3.  5 changes involving 3 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

Top 10 Driver Points: Doug Coby 563, Justin Bonsignore 553, Timmy Solomito 551, Ryan Preece 544, Eric Goodale 538, Rowan Pennink 530, Dave Sapienza 475, Matt Swanson 454, Rob Summers 442, Craig Lutz 404

Next Race:  Thompson

Ocotber 1st , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com