Solomito Muscles Way to Langley Victory

Reclaims Modified Tour Points Lead With Second Win of 2017

HAMPTON, Va. – Timmy Solomito muscled his way past Doug Coby with seven laps to go to score the victory in Saturday night's City of Hampton 150 at Larry King Law's Langley Speedway – his second victory of the season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Coby had dominated much of the event, leading all but six laps, but Solomito closed in on him in the closing stages of the 150 lap race at the .396-mile oval in Hampton, Virginia. When Solomito finally got to Coby's rear bumper, he began to press the issue, looking to the inside and the outside and repeatedly giving shots to Coby.  With seven laps to go, and the third and fourth place cars of Max Zachem and Eric Goodale joining the battle for the win, Solomito executed the bump-and-run, which resulted in Coby spinning.

Solomito then survived a restart with two laps to go and survived overtime to clinch the win.

“I hate to race that way,” Solomito said. “We had a really fast car tonight. I pressed him and tried to get him to slip up. He slipped up a few times. I showed my nose a couple times. I have a lot of respect for Doug but he's trying to win a race and I'm trying to win a race. Unfortunately, tight quarters, you're racing on a small track, I hate to win races that way but it happens, contact happens.

“Unfortunately, it's racing. It is a contact sport here and there and sometimes things happen. We didn't want that to happen but it's hard racing. Two guys going for the same piece of real estate for the win. If I could go back, would I have done anything different? Probably not. Everybody's here to win.”

The win at Langley marks Solomito's second of the season. Earlier this year, he won the Whelen Modified season opener at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway and backed it up with a second-place finish at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Despite an 11 th place finish at Stafford, the strong start to the season has Solomito thinking big picture.

“We just have to keep it rolling and keep running strong and having good finishes,” Solomito remarked. “At the end of the day, every position counts.  You have to play your cards right and be there at the end. You just have to finish every race.  It's not always about winning as many races as you can, it's about finishing up front and running well.”

Doug Coby, who led 134 laps, ended up being relegated to a 15 th place finish after the contact with Solomito.

“Timmy made his car faster, and we were just a tick tighter,” Coby said. “We still had a fast race car, a controllable race car. It was a good race, that's what the fans deserve to see. They don't want to see somebody walk away by a straightaway.”

As Solomito closed in, Coby said he expected the race to come down to paint trading.

“I was expecting the bumper shots, the crossovers and stuff,” Coby explained. “No matter what he was trying to do, if I don't give up the bottom, he can't get by me. That's short track racing. You've got the outside to go around, you've got the way bottom to go around.  If I've got a fast car and I'm on the bottom, find another way around.”

Eric Goodale finished in second, his best result of the season. Kyle Bonsignore finished third while Max Zachem and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top-five.

Rob Summers, Rowan Pennink, Danny Bohn, Kyle Ebersole and Matt Swanson completed the top 10.

Solomito took over the points lead with his victory, leading by nine points over Rowan Pennink following the race at Langley Speedway.  Eric Goodale sits third in points while Justin Bonsignore and Max Zachem sit fourth and fifth.

The next race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be held at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on June 14 th .

Fin
Str
Car
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
3
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Tools Ford
156
47
4
Running
2
2
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
156
42
Running
3
13
22
Kyle Bonsignore
Snap-On Tools Chevrolet
156
41
Running
4
10
20
Max Zachem
MPZ Motorsports/Lu-Macs Chevrolet
156
40
Running
5
9
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
156
39
Running
6
4
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
156
39
1
Running
7
5
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet
156
37
Running
8
6
40
Danny Bohn
Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/Will I Am South
156
36
Running
9
18
5
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating Chevrolet
156
35
Running
10
17
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
156
34
Running
11
15
29
Brendon Bock
Meadow Brook Collision Chevrolet
156
33
Running
12
14
56
Craig Lutz
Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet
156
32
Running
13
21
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
156
31
Running
14
7
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
156
30
Running
15
1
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools Chevrolet
156
31
2
Running
16
12
46
Woody Pitkat
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
156
28
Running
17
20
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records Chevrolet
156
27
Running
18
8
6
George Brunnhoelzl III
T.S. Haulers Chevrolet
156
26
Running
19
23
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Ford
154
25
Running
20
25
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
123
24
Handling
21
24
01
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
119
23
Engine
22
16
11
Andy Seuss
LFR Chassis Chevrolet
109
22
Accident
23
19
82
Spencer Davis
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
88
21
Distributor
24
11
85
Todd Szegedy
Montanari Fuel/Stuarts Auto/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
51
20
Accident
25
22
72
Lauren Edgerton *
Precision Powder Coating Chevrolet
43
19
Handling

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier:  Doug Coby, Time: 15.495 Seconds, Speed: 92.004 mph

Time of Race:1 hrs., 16 mins, 30 secs   Average Speed: 48.452 mph   Margin of Victory:  0.806 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 15-20; 49-54; 57-59; 79-83; 96-102; 110-114; 122-125; 145-147; 149-153.  9 for 44 laps.

Lap Leaders:Doug Coby 1-54, Timmy Solomito 55, Doug Coby 56-99, Rob Summers 100-107, Doug Coby 108-143, Timmy Solomito 144-156.

Total Laps Led:Doug Coby 134, Timmy Solomito 14, Rob Summers 8.  5 changes involving 3 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

Top 10 Driver Points: Timmy Solomito 170, Rowan Pennink 161, Eric Goodale 148, Justin Bonsignore 147, Max Zachem 143, Matt Swanson 134, Woody Pitkat 132, Rob Summers 131, Doug Coby 119, Dave Sapienza 117

May 14 th , 2017 - By Andy Marquis, NASCARHomeTracks.com