The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ran the inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout non-points race on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman won after an exciting last lap. Newman drove the No. 7NY Modified for a team put together by Gary Putnam and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion.
Newman has driven for the team 14 times in his career and has two points paying wins apiece at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
He earned the All-Star win Friday after beating out Justin Bonsignore on the final lap. Bonsignore passed Newman into Turn 1 on the white flag lap but Newman fought back and passed Bonsignore back in Turn 3 and beat him back to the checkered flag to win by 0.151 seconds. The race was originally scheduled for 40 laps but only ran 37 circuits after hitting the 30 minute time limit also placed on the race.
JR Bertuccio started on the pole after a random draw set the starting lineup for the 20 cars. He led lap 1 and then Ryan Preece led laps 2 and 3. Ron Silk took the lead and led from lap 4 until 16. Preece led lap 17 and then Silk went back in front on lap 18 and led until the halfway break after lap 20. Patrick Emerling was second and Preece was third.
The was a random draw then that determined a 10-car invert for the final laps. That put Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore on the front row but it was Mike Stefanik who took the lead and led lap 21. Ryan Newman then took the lead on lap 22 and led the final 16 laps officially to pick up the win.
On lap 27 the only caution of the race came out for a crash between Patrick Emerling and Donny Lia in Turn 4. They finished 16th and 17th. Also out of the race were Matt Hirschman in 15th, who had an engine problem, Ken Heagy 18th, Glen Reen 19th, and Jamie Tomaino 20th who all ended their races early with mechanical issues.
Finishing in third was Mike Stefanik with Ron Silk fourth, Bobby Santos fifth, Ryan Preece sixth, Chuck Hossfeld seventh, Todd Szegedy eighth, Ted Christopher ninth, and JR Bertuccio tenth. Cole Powell was the last lead lap car in 11th. Doug Coby was 12th, Andy Seuss 13th, and Rowan Pennink 14th.
The Whelen All-Star Shootout will air on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, July 20th at 2 p.m. ET. Tomorrow the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will run the Sunoco 100 points paying race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Qualifying will take place 8 a.m. ET with the race at 1 p.m. ET.Tags: Bobby Santos, Donny Lia, JR Bertuccio, Justin Bonsignore, Mike Stefanik, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Patrick Emerling, Ron Silk, Ryan Newman, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher