AUDIO/FEATURE: Driven Santos Chasing Wins of Any Kind; Searching for Additional Modified Tour Success

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – Audio and story by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Rich Schultz/Getty Images for NASCAR photo – It pays better to finish first than second, and 2009 NASCAR WHELEN Modified champion Bobby Santos understands that concept quite well.

Santos, 28, is craving more victories and nothing less, despite having scored 11 victories during his eight seasons while on the Modified Tour.

“At the end of the day, I think about race wins,” Santos explained. “I know I don’t have nearly as many as I want. So, that’s the one stat that I think about. I feel like I have a lot of races left to win in my career, that’s what it’s about. I just want to win races no matter what I drive.”

Hailing from Franklin, Massachusetts, Santos enters this weekend’s Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl with the same mindset: winning races.

“We are going to Waterford and trying to win,” Santos expressed. “That’s the goal, and that’s what we are going to do. We are going to Waterford to make our best effort to win the race.”

After two previous starts at Waterford, Santos has a fifth (in 2013) and a 22nd place finish (in 2004). He still expects a good-showing, regardless of the past stat line.

“I like Waterford,” Santos commented. “It’s a track that I run well at. Last season was our first time there with our (current) team. I feel like every time we go to a track the second-time around we are better. The experience of last year (helps). There’s no reason why we can’t be a little better and be competitive and contend for the win.”

There will be obstacles that Santos will have to overcome this weekend as well, including the nine rookies (the most since 2006) that headline the field.

“You really don’t think about it,” Santos stated about racing around some inexperienced drivers. “It is what it is. You can only control what you can control. So, I’ll try to put myself in good position and not make mistakes. That’s all I can control.”

Ironically, Santos is the last rookie competitor to win in the Modified Tour, a record that has dated back to seven seasons ago. Why is it difficult to win as a rookie? According to the driver, it’s because the competition is so intense and to a certain standard.

“The competition level is so deep,” Santos said. “There are just a lot of great drivers and great teams. I think about all the divisions around the world and the (WHELEN Modified) Tour is one of the toughest, if not the toughest. It’s just a very competitive series.”

Santos does have one rookie in mind that could end the drought, one that posted his first career pole at Stafford Motor Speedway earlier this season. He says watch out for Tommy Barrett.

But in that same vein, watch out for Bobby Santos this weekend. He just might surprise some people.

 

Listen in as Race Chaser correspondent Marshall Gabell sat down for an extended interview with Santos, who talked about his drive for success on the Modified Tour and his other potential driving opportunities in 2014:

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