For the third time in the first six races on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season Bobby Santos found victory lane on Saturday afternoon in the Sunoco 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Santos did not lead a single lap until the second-green-white-checkered attempt when he made a last lap pass in Turn 4 on Ted Christopher.
The win was the 13th of the 2010 Modified Tour champion's career but the first at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in his 16th start at the 1.058 mile track.
The official distance of the race was extended to 110 laps because of the two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. There were 35 official lead changes in the race with many more passes for the lead made within laps that did not count as official lead changes at the start-finish line.
On the lap 109 restart Ted Christopher pulled out to a lead but four drivers drove him down on the white flag lap and Bobby Santos made the winning pass on Christopher in Turn 4. Doug Coby also got past Christopher to finish in second. Also within three-tenths of a second of Santos at the finish were NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and Friday's Whelen All-Star Shootout winner Ryan Newman and Ryan Preece.
The race saw seven total caution flags for 30 laps.
Finishing in sixth was Justin Bonsignore, rookie Tommy Barrett Jr finished seventh, and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader Andy Seuss finished in eighth. Pole sitter Ron Silk led the most laps in the race with 36 but he finished in ninth. Chuck Hossfeld rounded out the top 10.
Ryan Preece led 30 laps and Ted Christopher led 28 laps.
Also finishing on the lead lap of the 30-car field were rookie Timmy Solomito in 11th, Matt Hirschman in 12th, rookie Jimmy Zacharias 13th, Jamie Tomaino 14th, and Wade Cole 15th. Other notables who found trouble during the race were Rowan Pennink in 17th, Donny Lia 18th, Eric Goodale 19th, Patrick Emerling 20th, Todd Szegedy 22nd, Woody Pitkat 25th, and Mike Stefanik 30th.
With the win Santos has cut Coby's points lead to two points after six races. Ted Christopher moved up to third with Justin Bonsignore fourth and Ron Silk fifth.
The Sunoco 100 can be seen on Friday, July 18th at noon on Fox Sports 1. The next race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule is Saturday, July 19th at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.Tags: Andy Seuss, Bobby Santos, Doug Coby, Justin Bonsignore, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ron Silk, Ryan Newman, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher, Tommy Barrett Jr