Ron Silk Earns New Hampshire Win in Overtime

 

7/20/19 - LOUDON, N.H. —  Eight years later, not much has changed for Ron Silk.

The Norwalk, Connecticut, driver picked up his third career victory at the ‘Magic Mile' in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 on Saturday, outlasting a field of 38 drivers on the biggest stage of modified racing. It was the third career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Silk, and his first at the 1.058-mile since 2011.

He beat Doug Coby on what turned out to be the final restart, when contact from a crash shortened the race due to damage to the outside wall in turn one.  It was the second win of the season for the former series champion and his 12th career.

“Kenny and Kevin Stuart (car owners) have really done a great job getting me everything that I have asked for,” Silk said. “It's nice to see the effort pay off. The guys are really working hard.”

Silk didn't lead a lap until the final stages. Following a caution with just 20 laps remaining, Silk chased the back bumper of Eric Goodale, before taking the lead from him on lap 85. From there, he never relinquished the top spot, while drivers jostled for position in the draft behind him.

The field lined up for a green-white-checkered finish on lap 101, but a quick crash in turn one slowed the field again. While safety crews went to work on the wall, the race was deemed complete in overtime. Silk took the checkered flag until caution, seven laps after the scheduled distance.

“We raced really hard the whole day,” Silk said. “There was certainly no guarantee that I would have won. But we were leading at the right time today. Bummer circumstances that we didn't get to finish (under green).”

Coby crossed the line second, while Chase Dowling finished third. Jon McKennedy, who earned his first Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award in qualifying, led 19 laps and finished fourth. Matt Swanson was fifth. Eric Goodale was sixth, followed by Justin Bonsignore, Rob Summers, Tommy Catalano and Craig Lutz.

Coby leads Silk by 28 in the championship point standings with seven races remaining, while Bonsignore is third, 38 out.

The Eastern Propane & Oil 100 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, July 31, at 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Friday, August 2 at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOR/OWNER
MAKE
LAPS
STATUS
1
13
85
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
107
running
2
7
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrkg   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
107
running
3
8
99
Chase Dowling
S and S   (Cheryl Tomaino)
Chevrolet
107
running
4
1
7
Jon McKennedy
Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
107
running
5
5
3
Matt Swanson
Cape Cod Copper / WOW Media / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
107
running
6
20
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
107
running
7
2
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
107
running
8
9
64
Rob Summers
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
107
running
9
4
54
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
107
running
10
11
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
107
running
11
22
16
Timmy Solomito
Rb Enterprise   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
107
running
12
18
70
Andy Seuss
Rockingham Boat Repair   (Steve Seuss)
Chevrolet
107
running
13
27
06
Sam Rameau *
Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
107
running
14
16
14
Blake Barney
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
107
running
15
28
1
Jeff Rocco *
Dunleavy's   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
107
running
16
34
38
Kyle Ellwood
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
107
running
17
15
77
Ryan Newman
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
107
running
18
12
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause)
Toyota
107
running
19
19
6
Ryan Preece
T.S. Haulers   (Ed Partridge)
Chevrolet
107
running
20
31
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Wade Cole)
Ford
107
running
21
23
75
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
107
running
22
10
21
Jimmy Blewett
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
104
running
23
30
32
Tyler Rypkema *
Nelorp Electric   (Dean Rypkema)
Chevrolet
101
crash
24
6
36
  Bobby Santos, III
Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Dodge
96
crash
25
21
20
Max Zachem
Lu-Macs / MPZ Trucking   (Bruce Bachta)
Chevrolet
96
crash
26
33
01
Melissa Fifield
Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
85
handling
27
36
97
Bryan Dauzat
O.B. Builders   (Bryan Dauzat)
Chevrolet
78
crash
28
3
07
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
70
crash
29
32
34
J.B. Fortin *
Discount Cesspool   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
60
crash
30
14
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving / K and D Associates / Airgas   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
59
crash
31
26
47
Joey Mucciacciaro *
Pools by Murphy   (Frank Mucciacciaro)
Chevrolet
50
engine
32
29
45
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano)
Chevrolet
41
crash
33
25
35
Andrew Molleur *
Racechoice.com   (Mike Molleur)
Chevrolet
27
crash
34
24
82
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
26
crash
35
37
57
Todd Cooper *
O.B. Builders   (Bryan Dauzat)
Chevrolet
20
mechanical
36
17
25
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
19
crash
37
35
78
Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
3
crash
38
38
23
Jacob Perry *
American Military University   (Jason Sechrist)
Chevrolet
2
crash
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race extended to 107 laps due to overtime
.