Preece Rockets To Thompson Victory

Rolls To Second Whelen Modified Win After Late Pit Stop

THOMPSON, Conn. --  Ryan Preece's pit stop strategy pushed him back in the field. But the Berlin, Connecticut, driver wasted no time in driving to the front en route to Wednesday night's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the Thompson 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The win was the second of the season for Preece and 17th of his career.

Preece pitted with many of his lead challengers on lap 70. The No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet was forced to restart outside the top 10 behind a number of cars including Rowan Pennink and Bobby Santos, who pitted earlier. A late charge through the field by Preece culminated with a move to the inside of Pennink for the lead with just 18 laps to go.

From there, Preece pulled away from the field and clicked off some of the fastest laps he ran all night while out in front of the pack. He finished 2.106 seconds ahead of second-place Pennink.

"All of my guys work really hard," Preece said. "Our guys live in Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, so it can be hard for them. As long as the car is good and I can drive forward, it's my job to get myself back there. I shouldn't have to depend on them."

Preece, who won the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway on April 30, missed the last tour race on May 13 to get married.

Back on the race track, he had an early hiccup when he missed the final minutes of the only practice session of the day because of a broken driveshaft. Once they got to the race, though, there was no issue.

Pennink followed up his Thompson win in April's Icebreaker 150 with another strong run on the .625-mile oval. He pitted under caution at Lap 50 and inherited the lead 20 laps later when the lead pack came down pit road.

Santos, who pitted for tires on lap 33 and stayed out for the remainder of the race, held on for third. Santos was the defending race winner.

"Our strategy definitely worked in his favor," Santos said. "We weren't spectacular to start the race but we made a good adjustment and put tires on and we had a good car overall tonight."

Four-time tour champion Doug Coby qualified second and finished in fourth spot, with Eric Goodale rounding out the top five.

Jon McKennedy, Ted Christopher, Timmy Solomito, Andrew Krause and Max Zachem. Donny Lia won the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day but got caught up in an early wreck and finished 23rd.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island on Saturday, June 24. 

Pos
No.
Name
Class
Laps
Total Tm
Diff
Gap
Points
1
6
Ryan Preece
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:48.302
0
2
3
Rowan Pennink
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:50.408
2.106
2.106
0
3
44
Bobby Santos
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:53.634
5.332
3.226
0
4
2
Doug Coby
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:53.804
5.502
0.170
0
5
58
Eric Goodale
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:54.619
6.317
0.815
0
6
00
Jon McKennedy
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:54.818
6.516
0.199
0
7
82
Ted Christopher
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:56.647
8.345
1.829
0
8
16
Timmy Solomito
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:57.117
8.815
0.470
0
9
24
Andrew Krause
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:58.633
10.331
1.516
0
10
20
Max Zachem
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
55:59.676
11.374
1.043
0
11
46
Woody Pitkat
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
56:00.616
12.314
0.940
0
12
89
Matt Swanson
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
56:02.303
14.001
1.687
0
13
77
Gary Putnam
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
56:05.542
17.240
3.239
0
14
51
Justin Bonsignore
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
125
56:06.950
18.648
1.408
0
15
64
Rob Summers
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
124
55:49.957
1 Lap
1 Lap
0
16
97
Bryan Dauzat
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
124
55:52.278
1 Lap
2.321
0
17
33
Wade Cole
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
122
55:52.054
3 Laps
2 Laps
0
18
39
Calvin Carroll*
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
120
55:57.509
5 Laps
2 Laps
0
19
01
Melissa Fifield
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
120
56:05.112
5 Laps
7.603
0
20
36
David Sapienza
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
104
56:05.807
21 Laps
16 Laps
0
21
15
Chase Dowling
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
91
40:27.586
34 Laps
13 Laps
0
22
56
Craig Lutz
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
91
40:27.724
34 Laps
0.138
0
23
7
Donny Lia
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
91
40:28.435
34 Laps
0.711
0
24
78
Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.*
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
73
32:06.484
52 Laps
18 Laps
0
25
48
Shawn Solomito
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
60
27:02.589
65 Laps
13 Laps
0
26
29
Brendon Bock
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
45
19:25.970
80 Laps
15 Laps
0
27
85
Todd Szegedy
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
33
16:00.399
92 Laps
12 Laps
0
28
11
Andy Seuss
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
15
4:56.571
110 Laps
18 Laps
0

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 55 minutes, 48 seconds

Margin of Victory: 2.106 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Lia (120.689 mph, 18.643 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 28 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Lia 1-23; R. Preece 24-60; C. Dowling 61-81; R. Pennink 82-107; R. Preece

108-125.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 206; 2. R. Pennink, 204; 3. E. Goodale, 187; 4. M. Zachem,

177; 5. J. Bonsignore, 177; 6. M. Swanson, 166; 7. W. Pitkat, 165; 8. R. Summers, 160; 9. D. Coby, 159; 10. R. Preece, 152.

June 14 th , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com