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2018 NWMT NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®

STAFFORD, Conn. — There has been nobody better than Ryan Preece lately when it comes to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing at Stafford Motor Speedway.

For the second straight year, Preece drove the No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet to Victory Lane at the track’s NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200. It continues a hot streak for the Berlin, Connecticut, driver at the historic half-mile. He’s the first driver to win the Sizzler in back-to-back years since Bobby Santos III in 2013-14.

“Winning the Sizzler, it’s a big deal,” Preece said. “Guys 30 years from now, they are going to think of me how I think of Bugsy (Stevens), Richie (Evans) and Ted (Christopher) right now. I want to move up, but at the same time, I want to create a name for myself.”

Preece, who won his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 14, has finished inside the top two in seven of his last eight Stafford starts, and has now been victorious in six of his last 16 Whelen Modified Tour races driving for Ed Partridge.

Preece won two of three events at Stafford last year, finishing runner-up in the other.

The victory was the 21st career in Whelen Modified Tour competition for Preece, and his eighth at Stafford.

To get the latest win, Preece had to gamble a little. He stayed out on the track for the entire first half of the race, while other competitors pitted. After leading for a long stretch, he began to fall back after losing the point on Lap 115. He got caution he needed on Lap 152, and pitted for three new Hoosier tires. The 27-year-old began his drive to the front and took the lead from rising star Chase Dowling on lap 171, never looking back en route to the win.

Preece led a race-high 91 laps, including the final 29.

Dowling, who led 69 laps, finished second. It was the third straight top 10 finish for the Roxbury, Connecticut, driver to open the season and his best career finish at Stafford, where he is also a full-time SK Modified competitor as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

“Overall, it was a pit strategy race, and we had a fast car all day,” Dowling said. “I’m just trying to soak in everything we have and I appreciate all of these good runs that we have been having.”

Rowan Pennink scored his second straight podium finish back from injury with a third. Patrick Emerling, who led 40 laps, and Craig Lutz rounded out the top five.

Jon McKennedy was sixth, followed by Matt Swanson, Justin Bonsignore, Timmy Solomito and Rob Summers.

Bonsignore holds a one-point lead over Dowling, and a five-point advantage over Lutz.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track in Massachusetts at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, June 2..

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Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1 6 6 Ryan Preece TS Hauler   (Ed Partridge) Chevrolet 200 running 0 48
2 1 15 Chase Dowling 15-40 Connection   (Rob Fuller) Chevrolet 200 running 0 43
3 2 3 Rowan Pennink Cape Cod Copper / Mosquito Free / USNE   (Jan Boehler) Chevrolet 200 running 0 41
4 7 07 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction   (Jennifer Emerling) Chevrolet 200 running 0 41
5 13 46 Craig Lutz Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale) Chevrolet 200 running 0 39
6 3 7 Jon McKennedy Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin) Chevrolet 200 running 0 38
7 17 89 Matt Swanson Starrett Racing   (John Swanson) Ford 200 running 0 37
8 4 51 Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa) Chevrolet 200 running 0 36
9 12 16 Timmy Solomito Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson) Ford 200 running 0 35
10 15 66 Shawn Solomito Triple A Consultant / Natural Design   (Jerry Solomito) Chevrolet 199 running 0 34
11 8 64 Rob Summers Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Electrical   (Mike Murphy) Chevrolet 199 running 0 33
12 11 44 Bobby Santos III Sully Tinio / Olivas Market   (Sully Tinio) Chevrolet 198 running 0 32
13 24 77 Gary Putnam Curb Records   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 198 running 0 31
14 16 21 Ronnie Williams Empower Financial / Greshow Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio) Chevrolet 198 running 0 30
15 25 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone) Chevrolet 196 running 0 29
16 23 54 Tommy Catalano * Catalano Motorsports   (David Catalano) Chevrolet 196 running 0 28
17 28 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines / Kendal Oil   (Wade Cole) Chevrolet 195 running 0 27
18 22 75 Chris Pasteryak Dawley’s Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak) Chevrolet 184 running 0 26
19 27 23 Joe DeGracia * PJ DeGracia Contracting   (Paul Degracia) Chevrolet 182 running 0 25
20 29 01 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil   (Kenneth Fifield) Chevrolet 180 handling 0 24
21 5 2 Doug Coby Mayhew / Dunleavy’s / AJ Roman’s Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III) Chevrolet 154 handling 0 23
22 30 78 Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe) Chevrolet 151 suspension 0 22
23 31 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald) Chevrolet 123 electrical 0 21
24 21 36 Dave Sapienza Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg) Chevrolet 107 crash 0 20
25 14 82 Woody Pitkat Horton Avenue Materials   (Pamela Hulse) Chevrolet 105 crash 0 19
26 9 85 Ron Silk Stuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart) Chevrolet 60 crash 0 18
27 26 14 Blake Barney * Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney) Chevrolet 51 engine 0 17
28 32 38 Dave Salzarulo Performance Engines / Kendal Oil   (Linda Rodebaugh) Chevrolet 50 crash 0 16
29 19 25 Calvin Carroll Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll) Chevrolet 50 crash 0 15
30 20 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale) Chevrolet 28 ignition 0 14
31 10 22 Kyle Bonsignore Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore) Chevrolet 19 rear end 0 13
32 18 1 Jimmy Blewett Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey) Chevrolet 15 crash 0 12
Time of race: 1:38:51
Average Speed: 60.698 mph
Pole Speed: 101.574 mph
Cautions: 10 for 58 laps
Margin of Victory: 3.468 sec
Lead changes: 4

 

Lap leader breakdown:
Leader From
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Chase Dowling 1 54 54
  Ryan Preece 55 115 61
  Patrick Emerling 116 155 40
  Chase Dowling 156 170 15
  Ryan Preece 171 200 30