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2019 Stafford 150; Ron Silk Survives Chaotic Overtime Restart For Second Straight Win

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 St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1 6 85   Ron Silk Stuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart) Chevrolet 159 running 2 47
2 3 7   Jon McKennedy Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin) Chevrolet 159 running 0 42
3 1 2   Doug Coby Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrkg   (Mike Smeriglio III) Chevrolet 159 running 152 43
4 9 3   Matt Swanson Ceravolo’s Auto / USNE   (Jan Boehler) Chevrolet 159 running 4 41
5 14 46   Craig Lutz Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale) Chevrolet 159 running 0 39
6 2 51   Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa) Chevrolet 159 running 1 39
7 11 21   Jimmy Blewett Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap   (Joseph Bertuccio) Chevrolet 158 running 0 37
8 8 36   Bobby Santos III Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg) Chevrolet 158 running 0 36
9 16 06   Sam Rameau * Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau) Chevrolet 158 running 0 35
10 5 07   Patrick Emerling Sahlen’s   (Jennifer Emerling) Chevrolet 158 running 0 34
11 4 75   Chris Pasteryak Dawley’s Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak) Chevrolet 158 running 0 33
12 7 99   Chase Dowling s and s   (Cheryl Tomaino) Pontiac 158 running 0 32
13 19 58   Eric Goodale GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale) Chevrolet 157 crash 0 31
14 10 64   Rob Summers Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky’s Plumbing   (Mike Murphy) Chevrolet 157 running 0 30
15 22 82   Woody Pitkat Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.) Chevrolet 157 running 0 29
16 20 1   George Brunnhoelzl III Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey) Chevrolet 157 running 0 28
17 15 54   Tommy Catalano Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano) Chevrolet 156 running 0 27
18 23 14   Blake Barney Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney) Chevrolet 155 running 0 26
19 21 45   Timmy Catalano * Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano) Chevrolet 155 running 0 25
20 30 52   Mark Bakaj * Ferndalo Construction   (Jason Nogiec) Chevrolet 155 running 0 24
21 17 22   Kyle Bonsignore Dunleavy Truck Repair / Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore) Toyota 155 running 0 23
22 28 38   Kyle Ellwood Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Linda Rodenbaugh) Chevrolet 154 running 0 22
23 18 47   Joey Mucciacciaro * Pools by Murphy Chevrolet 153 running 0 21
24 25 34   J.B. Fortin * Discount Cesspool   (Nicole Fortin) Chevrolet 153 running 0 20
25 13 16   Timmy Solomito Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson) Ford 152 out of gas 0 19
26 31 88   Mike Rutkoski * Buzz Chew Motorsports   (Buzz Chew) Chevrolet 152 running 0 18
27 26 33   Wade Cole Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Wade Cole) Ford 151 running 0 17
28 29 77   Gary Putnam Curb Records   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 151 running 0 16
29 12 19   Joey Cipriano III * Gunsmoke Stables   (Steve Greer) Chevrolet 144 crash 0 15
30 24 25   Calvin Carroll Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll) Chevrolet 61 brakes 0 14
31 27 01   Melissa Fifield Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield) Chevrolet 12 steering 0 13
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race extended to 159 laps due to overtime.
Time of race: 0:59:35
Average speed: 97.922 mph
Pole speed: 97.922 mph
Cautions: 1 for 10 laps
Margin of victory: caution
Lead changes: 3 among 4 drivers
Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
Pos Name Car # Sponsor Owner Car
DNQ Andrew Molleur 35 Tick Mike Mike Molleur Chevrolet
DNQ Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. 78 Last Minute Racing Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet
DNQ Amy Catalano 84 Catalano Motorsports Allie Brainard Chevrolet
WD Ken Heagy 18 Buoy One Seafood Robert Pollifrone Ford
WD Max Zachem 20 Lu-Macs / MPZ Trucking Bruce Bachta Chevrolet
WD Todd Cooper 57 OB Builders Bryan Dauzat Chevrolet
Caution flag breakdown:
Condition From
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason Free
Pass
1 146 146
147 156 10   #19,88 accident turn 4 none
157 159 3
  Percent of race run under caution: 6.3%             Average green flag run: 74.5 laps
Lap leader breakdown:
Leader From
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Doug Coby 1 152 152
  Matt Swanson 153 156 4
  Justin Bonsignore 157 157 1
  Ron Silk 158 159 2
Points standings after this race:
Rank Driver Points Diff
1   Doug Coby 425
2   Ron Silk 401 -24
3   Justin Bonsignore 383 -42
4   Craig Lutz 346 -79
5   Eric Goodale 335 -90
6   Matt Swanson 316 -109
7   Patrick Emerling 315 -110
8   Chris Pasteryak 315 -110
9   Woody Pitkat 310 -115
10   Jimmy Blewett 308 -117
11   Blake Barney 300 -125
12   Timmy Solomito 299 -126
13   Tommy Catalano 295 -130
14   Sam Rameau 282 -143
15   Rob Summers 236 -189
16   Timmy Catalano 233 -192
17   Wade Cole 229 -196
18   J.B. Fortin 213 -212
19   Jon McKennedy 210 -215
20   Calvin Carroll 192 -233