Pennink Puts Ole Blue Back Into Victory Lane

First Points Win For Iconic Whelen Modified Team Since 2009

THOMPSON, Conn. - Rowan Pennink outdueled Bobby Santos on a restart with three laps to go and drove on to victory in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Sunday marked the third career victory for Pennink, and first since the 2013 season, which also came at Thompson. It was also the first points race victory for the famed "Ole Blue" No. 3 Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet since 2009. The Boehler Racing team, which has six NASCAR Modified championships, is celebrating its 60th season.

Coors Light Polesitter Timmy Solomito rallied in the closing laps to finish second and Max Zachem crossed the line third. Santos, who was leading the race on the Lap 147 restart, settled for fourth with Patrick Emerling fifth.

Eric Goodale, Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Justin Bonsignore and Todd Szegedy brought home the top 10.

Pennink led a race-high 109 laps. The race was slowed by caution five times for 35 laps.

Solomito leads Pennink by four points (90-80) in the championship standings after two races, and Zachem is third -- 10 points back of Solomito.

The Whelen Modified Tour will return to action April 30 at Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway.

Fin
Str
Car
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
4
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet
150
48
5
Running
2
1
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing Ford
150
43
1
Running
3
13
20
Max Zachem
MPZ Motorsports/Lu-Macs Chevrolet
150
41
Running
4
8
44
Bobby Santos
Tinio Corp./Worldband Chevrolet
150
41
1
Running
5
9
7
Patrick Emerling
Buffalo Auto Auction/Emerling Ford Chevrolet
150
39
Running
6
12
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
150
38
Running
7
19
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
150
37
Running
8
16
46
Woody Pitkat
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
150
36
Running
9
11
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
150
35
Running
10
15
85
Todd Szegedy
Montanari Fuel/Stuarts Auto/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
150
34
Running
11
14
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
150
33
Running
12
10
29
Brendon Bock
Meadow Brook Collision Chevrolet
149
32
Running
13
21
82
Ron Silk
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
149
32
1
Running
14
23
17
Kyle Ellwood
First Data/Clover Chevrolet
147
30
Running
15
28
97
Bryan Dauzat
O.B. Builders Chevrolet
147
29
Running
16
22
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet
146
28
Running
17
6
11
Andy Seuss
LFR Chassis Chevrolet
144
27
Accident
18
26
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
144
26
Running
19
5
56
Craig Lutz
Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet
143
25
Accident
20
25
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
143
24
Running
21
24
9
Brad Vanhouten *
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
141
23
Accident
22
31
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
141
22
Running
23
29
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
141
21
Running
24
18
76
Jimmy Blewett
John Blewett Inc/Blewett Mtrsp/TS Haulers/Starrett
134
20
Accident
25
2
15
Chase Dowling
15-40 Connection Chevrolet
133
19
Electrical
26
27
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet
125
18
Running
27
20
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
119
17
Rear End
28
17
6
Ryan Preece
TS Hauler Chevrolet
58
16
Running
29
7
75
Shawn Solomito
Eastport Feeds Chevrolet
56
15
Accident
30
30
38
Gary Byington *
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
31
14
Handling
31
3
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools Chevrolet
0
13
Accident

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Timmy Solomito, Time: 18.868 Seconds, Speed: 119.250 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 23 mins, 49 secs Average Speed: 67.111 mph Margin of Victory: 0.813 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 1-8; 58-65; 123-131; 136-143; 145-146.  5 for 35 laps.
Lap Leaders: Timmy Solomito 1-20, Rowan Pennink 21-126, Ron Silk 127-134, Bobby Santos 135-147, Rowan Pennink 148-150.
Total Laps Led: Rowan Pennink 109, Timmy Solomito 20, Bobby Santos 13, Ron Silk 8.  4 changes involving 4 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Timmy Solomito 90, Rowan Pennink 86, Max Zachem 80, Justin Bonsignore 73, Woody Pitkat 72, Matt Swanson 70, Andy Seuss 69, Eric Goodale 64, Rob Summers 61, Ron Silk 60
Next Race: Stafford Speedway, April 30

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

 

April 9 th , 2017- By Jason Christley - NASCAR