AUDIO/RECAP: Solomito Captures Whelen Modified Tour Return To Seekonk

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SEEKONK, Mass. —

SEEKONK, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Timmy Solomito driver of the #16 Diversified Metals Ford lcelebrates after winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 race at Seekonk Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Seekonk, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Timmy Solomito, driver of the #16 Diversified Metals Ford, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 race at Seekonk Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Seekonk, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR/NASCAR via Getty Images)

For the fourth time in 2016, Islip, New York driver Timmy Solomito unbuckled in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory lane on Saturday night.

In the long awaited return to Seekonk Speedway, Solomito passed defending series champion Doug Coby late in the event and held off Justin Bonsignore on the final green-white-checkered restart to capture the win in the 150.

Solomito had never seen the tough 1/3 mile track before Saturday morning — but by the time he left Saturday night, it was clearly one of his favorites.

“The guys gave me a really good car,” Solomito said. “We had a couple of hiccups in practice and lost two tires there early. I knew I had to conserve and save it in the race. I had to run a pace where I would know I had something there at the end. We went to Oswego last week and I knew that would be tough. I came here and struggled a little bit in practice, I told the guys this wasn’t really my kind of track. I knew we had to set a pace to be there at the end and we did that.”

He started sixth on Saturday and quickly worked his way up to the top three, then went to work on Coby. He chased the Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair No. 2 around the 1/3 mile oval for much of the middle part of the race, slicing through lapped traffic as he tried to find a way to get around.

Then, on a lap 113 restart, the real battle began. Coby and Solomito rubbed doors as they both gave everything they had to try and capture the checkered flag. But then, the winning move came out of no where.

As Solomito crossed the line at lap 114, he crossed from the top to the bottom and got under Coby going into turn one. With his left side tires on the grass and his wheel turned as far to the left as possible, Solomito picked up the throttle and cleared Coby by the time the field hit turn two.

From there, it was just about holding off Coby, who pushed the issue a few times to try and get back to the bumper. Bonsignore, who ran third most of the night, pounced on Coby and was able to give himself a shot when a caution on lap 143 for Anthony Nocella’s spin slowed the action.

By the time the field doubled up, there were just two laps left. Solomito just hugged the bottom groove and came off turn four under the checkered flag as the winner of the 150.

“I knew my only chance to get by Doug would be on a restart, when he got out front he just his own pace,” Solomito said. “I’m really happy for everyone who works on this car, they put their blood, sweat and tears into this car.”

For Bonsignore, a second place isn’t everything he had hoped for, especially with Coby — his closest points challenger — right on his tail. But the podium finish was enough to see Bonsignore crack a smile post-race.

“I was starting to close in on Timmy there at the end before the caution,” Bonsignore said. “A green-white-checkered is pretty impossible to drive around someone on the top. We’re still disssaponited with second, we want to win.”

Coby, who finished third and kept his solid advantage in the point standings, wasn’t overall thrilled with the way the racing went down, but knows he escaped the unknowns of Seekonk without trouble.

“I think we had a better car on the longer runs,” Coby said. “The little spins here every 10 or 15 laps gives these guys a free shot at you. I’m not thrilled, but I’m not dissapointed. I’m done getting aggravated with people on these short tracks. I got into him a few times on the restarts. It’s short track racing, it’s why we do this.”

Matt Hirschman unloaded a brand new car on Saturday and drove it to a fourth place finish, followed by Bobby Santos. The day for Santos was a tough one — he unloaded the car and the motor didn’t sound quite right — so the team changed the motor and never practiced the car.

Eric Goodale, Jimmy Blewett, Rowan Pennink, Chase Dowling and Jeff Goodale completed the balance of the top-10.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday Sept. 24.


LISTEN IN: Hear From The Top Three Finishers in Saturday’s 150:

Race winner Timmy Solomito:

Second place Justin Bonsignore:

Third place Doug Coby:


RESULTS: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Anytime Realty 150; Seekonk Speedway; Sept. 10, 2016

  1. Timmy Solomito
  2. Justin Bonsignore
  3. Doug Coby
  4. Matt Hirschman
  5. Bobby Santos
  6. Eric Goodale
  7. Jimmy Blewett
  8. Rowan Pennink
  9. Chase Dowling
  10. Jeff Goodale
  11. David Sapienza
  12. Matt Swanson
  13. Max Zachem
  14. Craig Lutz
  15. Donny Lia
  16. Ron Silk
  17. Rob Summers
  18. Nick Salva
  19. Jamie Tomaino
  20. Woody Pitkat
  21. Gary McDonald
  22. Anthony Nocella
  23. John Bush III
  24. Calvin Carroll
  25. Melissa Fifield
  26. Wade Cole


About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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