Ron Silk Wins Again in Overtime at "Stafford 150"

Late Caution Cost Coby

8/2/19 - STAFFORD, Conn. —  Perfect timing for one, worst timing for another.

Doug Coby dominated the Stafford 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway, leading the first 147 laps before a caution flew for the first time. After a chaotic overtime restart, Ron Silk was the beneficiary of some fresh tires and a daring three-wide move to the take the lead and the win.

The former series champion earned his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour checkered flag — which was also his 13th career and second at the Connecticut half-mile.

“We are just continuously putting ourselves up towards the front, in position to have things happen like what happened tonight,” Silk said. “A lot of times, you make your own luck. My team has improved dramatically and the guys are doing a great job.”

It was Doug Coby's night before a crash in turn three suddenly changed the complexion of the race. Coby was fastest in practice, earned his sixth Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award in qualifying, and drove away with the race early. It was looking like Coby was going to celebrate a complete sweep of the night and his 13th career Stafford win.

But the caution changed everything .

With only six cars on the lead lap, pit strategy was key in the finishing order. Teams are only allowed to take one tire per pit stop under caution, but most of them made their way down pit road more times than one during the yellow. Coby's Mayhew Tools team elected to take three tires, but he was also down pit road another time for fuel only. After four stops, he restarted sixth for the final dash.

Matt Swanson and Justin Bonsignore took the green flag on the front row, but it wasn't long before Silk took the top spot with a daring three-wide move off turn two. From there, it wasn't quite clear sailing, as Jon McKennedy was on the back bumper looking to pounce. But Silk was able to hang on for his third Whelen Modified Tour win of the season.

“I knew there were only six of us on the lead lap at that point and I thought you had to take the tires,” Silk said of the mindset during the yellow. “There were 146 green flag laps, our tires were shot.”

After restarting sixth, Coby managed to charge back to a third-place finish, while Swanson was fourth, and Craig Lutz fifth.

Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Jimmy Blewett, Bobby Santos III, Sam Rameau and Patrick Emerling.

Coby leads by 24 over Silk in the championship point standings, while defending series title holder Bonsignore is third, 42 back.

The Stafford 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 7, at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Wednesday, August 14, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Bud ‘King of Beers' 150.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOR/OWNER
MAKE
LAPS
STATUS
1
6
85
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
159
running
2
3
7
Jon McKennedy
Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
159
running
3
1
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrkg   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
159
running
4
9
3
Matt Swanson
Ceravolo's Auto / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
159
running
5
14
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
159
running
6
2
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
159
running
7
11
21
Jimmy Blewett
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
158
running
8
8
36
Bobby Santos III
Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
158
running
9
16
06
Sam Rameau *
Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
158
running
10
5
07
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
158
running
11
4
75
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
158
running
12
7
99
Chase Dowling
s and s   (Cheryl Tomaino)
Pontiac
158
running
13
19
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
157
crash
14
10
64
Rob Summers
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
157
running
15
22
82
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
157
running
16
20
1
George Brunnhoelzl III
Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
157
running
17
15
54
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
156
running
18
23
14
Blake Barney
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
155
running
19
21
45
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano)
Chevrolet
155
running
20
30
52
Mark Bakaj *
Ferndalo Construction   (Jason Nogiec)
Chevrolet
155
running
21
17
22
Kyle Bonsignore
Dunleavy Truck Repair / Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Toyota
155
running
22
28
38
Kyle Ellwood
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
154
running
23
18
47
Joey Mucciacciaro *
Pools by Murphy
Chevrolet
153
running
24
25
34
J.B. Fortin *
Discount Cesspool   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
153
running
25
13
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
152
out of gas
26
31
88
Mike Rutkoski *
Buzz Chew Motorsports   (Buzz Chew)
Chevrolet
152
running
27
26
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Wade Cole)
Ford
151
running
28
29
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
151
running
29
12
19
Joey Cipriano III *
Gunsmoke Stables   (Steve Greer)
Chevrolet
144
crash
30
24
25
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
61
brakes
31
27
01
Melissa Fifield
Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
12
steering
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race extended to 159 laps due to overtime
.