NWMT: Right Where He Left Off; Defending Loudon Winner Santos Quickest in First Practice

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LOUDON, N.H. — by Jason Cunningham, NASCAR — Getty Images for NASCAR photo —

Bobby Santos’ defense of his July 2014 victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is off to a fast start.

Santos, a Franklin, Massachusetts, native, posted a fast lap of 28.966 mph (131.492 mph) around the 1.058-mile oval Friday morning during the two hour session to pace the 35-car NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field that is entered for Saturday’s Andy Blacksmith 100 presented by Donate Life New England.

Co-points leader Doug Coby finished second-fastest at 29.053 (131.098) followed by Keith Rocco at 29.092 (130.923), Donny Lia at 29.170 (130.573) and Ted Christopher at 29.195 (130.461).

The session also served as practice for today’s All-Star Shootout, and the teams with separate cars for the two races practiced both. Todd Szegedy finished sixth-fastest in practice in the Our Racing No. 23 that he will run in the Shootout.

Steve Masse, Szegedy in his regular Mystic Missile Racing No. 4, Andy Seuss and the other co-points leader Ryan Preece brought home the top 10 in practice.

The All-Star Shootout will go green today at 2:10 p.m. and the Andy Blacksmith 100 presented by Donate Life New England is slated for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday.

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