Bobby Santos Adds Musket 250 To His Winning Resume

 

(9/21/19) LOUDON, N.H. —  Bobby Santos III is no stranger to parking his car in Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Saturday, the Franklin, Massachusetts driver did it for the sixth time — but this one was the biggest of them all. Santos earned the win in the second annual Musket 250 presented by Whelen, taking car owner Dave Sapienza to Victory Lane for the first time.

It was the fifth championship points win for Santos at NHMS, who also has a victory in the Whelen All-Star Shootout. It was also the 18th career Whelen Modified Tour win for the former series champion.

“Loudon is special for the modifieds, this is our Super Bowl,” Santos said. “Everyone brings their best here. To win this race, it makes it even more special. It's just an honor to be in Victory Lane today.”

In a wild 250 laps around the ‘Magic Mile', countless drivers had the opportunity to lead the way. But when it mattered most, it was a battle between three modified veterans for the crown.

Santos, five-time series champion Doug Coby, and Jon McKennedy, who led a race-high 93 laps, were the three drivers at the front when the field crossed for the white flag. Off turn two, Coby would draw even with Santos for the lead — edging out as they approached the entrance to turn three.

However, Santos would drive deep into turn three, slide up, and hold off Coby and McKennedy across the line, while the two battled side-by-side for second. McKennedy would beat Coby to the line, but was .129 seconds behind Santos.

“It was a good run,” McKennedy said. “Tommy (Baldwin) and the guys gave me a great car. We led a lot of laps. Just one position short. As far as I'm concerned, Bobby is one of the best short-track drivers in the country.”

Before a crash racing for the lead, Ron Silk and Justin Bonsignore were dominating the late stages. The two drivers combined to lead laps 133-222, but when Silk and Eric Goodale split a lapped car, they made contact — ending both of their races early with damage.

Chuck Hossfeld, subbing for Jimmy Blewett, was fourth, while Bonsignore completed the top five. Matt Swanson was sixth, followed by Rob Summers, Chris Pasteryak, Gary Putnam and Craig Lutz.

Coby leads Bonsignore by 21 points with two championship points races remaining. Coby is looking for his sixth title, while Bonsignore is seeking his second straight.

The Musket 250 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, September 26, and 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the annual NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway, on Sunday, September 29.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOT/OWNER
MAKE
LAPS
STATUS
LEAD
POINTS
1
5
Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Dodge
250
running
5
47
2
2
Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
250
running
93
44
3
1
Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrkg / AJ Romano   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
250
running
9
42
4
15
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
250
running
0
40
5
3
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
250
running
41
40
6
13
Logic Automation / Cape Cod Copper / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
250
running
6
39
7
18
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
250
running
25
38
8
24
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
250
running
0
36
9
21
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
250
running
0
35
10
12
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
249
running
13
35
11
20
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
248
running
0
33
12
17
Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer / Gunsmoke Stables   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
247
running
0
32
13
7
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
247
running
0
31
14
14
Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
247
running
0
30
15
22
Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano)
Chevrolet
244
running
0
29
16
29
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Wade Cole)
Ford
241
running
0
28
17
23
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
239
running
0
27
18
19
Central Mass Tree   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
234
crash
0
26
19
10
Citrusafe Cleaners   (Marty Edwards)
Chevrolet
229
crash
0
25
20
27
John's Tree Removal / Discount Cess Pool   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
226
running
0
24
21
9
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
224
crash
0
23
22
4
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
222
crash
56
23
23
11
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
219
engine
0
21
24
33
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
216
crash
0
20
25
26
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
209
running
0
19
26
8
s and s   (Cheryl Tomaino)
Pontiac
197
engine
0
18
27
6
Nocella Paving / K and D Associates / Airgas   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
178
engine
0
17
28
30
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Richard Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
111
ignition
0
16
29
16
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
104
drive shaft
3
16
30
25
Catalano Motorsports   (Allie Brainard)
Chevrolet
60
drive train
0
14
31
31
Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
60
rear end
0
13
32
28
Pools by Murphy   (Frank Mucciacciaro)
Chevrolet
30
steering
0
12
33
32
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
1
engine
0
11
34
34
Gershow Recycling   (Stoch Botoua)
Chevrolet
250
did not qualify
0
10
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes: