Craig Lutz Breaks Into Victory Lane in NAPA Fall Final at Stafford

 

(9/29/19) STAFFORD, Conn. —  For the second straight year, the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway produced a first-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winner.

Craig Lutz took the lead from Doug Coby on a restart with 33 laps to go, and drove away from Coby, and defending series champion Justin Bonsignore, to earn his first career checkered flag in his 66th series start.

Prior to Sunday, Lutz had finished inside the top five in four of his 12 Stafford starts, including the last three. He had also finished inside the top five in eight of the 14 races in 2019.

For the first time, the Miller Place, New York, driver was able to celebrate a trophy.

“The first win is always special,” Lutz said. “Everyone kept on asking me when it was coming. To finally knock one off, it's an amazing feeling.”

Lutz started ninth and rode inside the top 10 for the duration of the race, but shined when it mattered most. Chris Pasteryak earned his first career Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole award in qualifying, and led the first six laps, before Coby took control.

Bonsignore took the lead from Coby just before halfway, and paced the field until a caution just after lap 100, when leaders pitted multiple times for tires. It would be the only caution of the day that Coby, Bonsignore and Lutz entered pit road.

Pasteryak would lead eight more laps after cycling back to the lead, but couldn't hold the top spot, as Coby slid by, then a restart gave Lutz his opportunity. Lutz passed Coby and never looked back, minding a gap back to Bonsignore for the final 10 laps.

“I just didn't look in my mirror,” Lutz said. “I have an awesome spotter, who has a lot of experience, and he kept telling me to stay smooth and hit my marks. That's what I kept doing.”

Bonsignore would finish second, while Coby settled for third. Chuck Hossfeld, who missed practice and qualifying on Saturday, charged from the rear of the field to finish fourth. Matt Swanson was fifth.

Ron Silk finished sixth, followed by Bobby Santos III, Woody Pitkat, Chase Dowling and Patrick Emerling.

Coby leads Bonsignore by 19 points with one championship points race remaining in search of his sixth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 will air on NBCSN on Friday, October 4, at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the annual Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, the final race of the season, on Sunday, October 13.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOR/CAR OWNER
MAKE
LAPS
STATS
1
9
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply
Chevrolet
150
running
2
4
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
150
running
3
2
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrkg   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
150
running
4
28
21
Chuck Hossfeld
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
150
running
5
6
3
Matt Swanson
Ceravolo's Auto / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
150
running
6
5
85
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
150
running
7
3
36
Bobby Santos III
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Dodge
150
running
8
13
1
Woody Pitkat
Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
150
running
9
17
82
Chase Dowling
Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
10
12
07
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
150
running
11
1
75
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
150
running
12
24
55
Matt Galko *
TBD
Chevrolet
150
running
13
7
x6
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing
Ford
150
running
14
15
14
Blake Barney
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
150
running
15
21
54
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
150
running
16
11
64
Rob Summers
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
150
running
17
26
34
J.B. Fortin *
John's Tree Removal / Discount Cess Pool   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
149
running
18
20
35
Andrew Molleur *
Tick Mike   (Mike Molleur)
Toyota
149
running
19
32
52
Mark Bakaj *
Ferndalo Construction   (Jason Nogiec)
Chevrolet
149
running
20
25
18
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
148
running
21
8
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
147
running
22
18
19
Joey Cipriano III *
Gunsmoke Stables / Dunleavy's Truck Trailer   (Steve Greer)
Chevrolet
147
running
23
34
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
147
running
24
29
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Wade Cole)
Ford
146
running
25
33
83
Dave Salzarulo
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Richard Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
146
running
26
19
47
Joey Mucciacciaro *
Pools by Murphy
Chevrolet
131
electrical
27
16
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving / K and D Associates / Airgas   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
112
running
28
30
25
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
111
crash
29
10
22
Kyle Bonsignore
Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Toyota
104
crash
30
22
45
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano)
Chevrolet
97
suspension
31
31
01
Melissa Fifield
Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
62
handling
32
14
06
Sam Rameau *
Central Mass Tree   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
41
crash
33
23
32
Tyler Rypkema *
Musco Lighting   (Dean Rypkema)
Chevrolet
15
axle
34
27
38
Kyle Ellwood
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
2
clutch
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.