Ron Silk Back To Victory Lane at South Boston

NWMT 150

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. —  One last restart was all Ron Silk needed.

The Norwalk, Connecticut, driver lined up to the inside of Burt Myers with 18 laps to go in the South Boston 150 at South Boston Speedway, and the veteran took advantage of his opportunity to get back to the top.

Silk captured his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win since May of 2016 by taking down the checkered flag in the second race of the season. It was the 11th career win for the 2011 series champion, and his first in his first start at the Virginia oval.

“It's always good to win,” Silk said. “Last year, we had some good finishes, and the guys have been working hard and building towards this. Hopefully we can keep being competitive going forward.”

Silk started third, and although he ran at the front of the pack for much of the early stint, pitting for tires put him back in traffic, forcing him to slice his way back to the front.

He passed Kyle Bonsignore for second, and was starting to run down Myers for the lead, but a caution with 24 laps to go set him up in perfect position to make a move on Myers, who hadn't pitted for tires. He drove the No. 85 Stuart's Automotive Chevrolet to the point and never looked back.

“I got a good launch and tried to the hook the bottom through turns one and two to keep up the speed,” Silk said. “I was really loose on the first run, but I knew once we pitted and changed tires we would be in pretty good shape.”

Chase Dowling, who made his first start of the season driving for veteran Jamie Tomaino, moved around Myers on the late restart, but couldn't chase down Silk. The second place effort for the Roxbury, Connecticut, driver was his fifth career runner up finish.

“We spent time this winter putting the car together, and obviously we are really happy with it,” Dowling said. “We unloaded fast and just tweaked throughout the day.”

Jimmy Blewett finished third, scoring his second podium in two races, and positioning himself second, just one point off Doug Coby in the series points standings. Kyle Bonsignore was fourth and Myers finished fifth.

Chris Pasteryak was sixth, followed by Patrick Emerling, Doug Coby, Timmy Solomito and Craig Lutz.

The South Boston 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on April 7 as part of the 45th annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race number 2 of 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at South Boston Speedway , South Boston, VA
150 laps on a .400 mile paved track (60.0 miles)

Time of race: 0:53:25
Average speed: 67.395 mph
Pole speed: 103.979 mph
Cautions: 5 for 27 laps
Margin of victory: 1.407 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 2

  2019 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOR
MAKE
LAPS
STATUS
LED
POINTS
1
3
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
150
running
18
47
2
2
s and s   (Cheryl Tomaino)
Pontiac
150
running
0
42
3
14
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
41
4
9
Chalew Performance / Snap-On Tools   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Toyota
150
running
0
40
5
7
Vestal Buick GMC   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
150
running
73
41
6
11
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
38
7
19
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
37
8
10
Mayhew Tools / Dunleavy Truck & Trailer   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
36
9
13
RB Ent   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
150
running
0
35
10
23
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
34
11
5
Cape Cod Copper / USNE, Inc / WOW Media   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
33
12
24
Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
32
13
12
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
31
14
8
Nocella Paving / K and D Associates / Airgas   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
30
15
29
Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
29
16
4
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
28
17
1
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
150
running
59
28
18
18
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Dodge
150
running
0
26
19
26
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
147
running
0
25
20
28
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
147
running
0
24
21
32
John's Tree Removal / John's Fuel Oil   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
126
power steering
0
23
22
20
EME Ind / VP-Race Fuels / Body Armor / Walker   (Susan Hill)
Chevrolet
117
electrical
0
22
23
25
Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole)
Ford
110
handling
0
21
24
27
TBD   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
100
handling
0
20
25
6
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
93
power steering
0
19
26
17
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
50
engine
0
18
27
21
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
49
engine
0
17
28
15
Dell Electric / Luminre Electric / Rocky's Pl   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
42
overheating
0
16
29
30
C. P. Ward, Inc.   (Dawn Gerstner)
Chevrolet
27
overheating
0
15
30
22
Autobynelson / W Smith Trucking / Perkins & A   (Frank Fleming)
Chevrolet
26
crash
0
14
31
31
Ebersole Excavating   (Bob Ebersole)
Chevrolet
26
crash
0
13
32
16
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
26
crash
0
12