WATERFORD, Conn. — By Jason Christley, NASCAR — Darren McCollester/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Bobby Santos III followed Donny Lia for much of the first half of Saturday night’s race. But Santos wasn’t content to finish second.
So Santos wrestled the lead away and went on to claim the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.
It was Santos’ second win of the season and 12th of his career. It was his first tour win at Waterford.
A green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 165 laps. Lia, who earlier in the night won the Coors Light Pole Award, finished second.
Ted Christopher rallied back to finish third. Justin Bonsignore and Patrick Emerling were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Bonsignore took over the points lead from Doug Coby, who finished 10th, by two points. Santos is third, three back of Coby.
Defending race winner and tour champion Ryan Preece finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Keith Rocco, Ron Yuhas Jr. and Coby.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race at Riverhead (New York) Raceway on Saturday, June 28.