It came down to a final restart with just five laps to go but Tommy Barrett Jr held off Bobby Santos and pole sitter Justin Bonsignore to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's Bush's Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday evening. It's Barrett's first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in just his 12th start. The 19-year-old rookie grabbed the lead from Santos on lap 139 just before the final caution flew and never looked back.
Bobby Santos finished in the second spot with Ron Silk coming home third. Doug Coby finished in the fourth position and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman finished in the the fifth spot. Newman started 11th in the race and worked his way up to fifth but was never really a factor to win the race. Santos had a strong car all night and led the most laps with 70. Bonsignore led 36 laps but finished sixth after falling back late.
Finishing seventh was Eric Goodale with rookie Timmy Solomito eighth, Patrick Emerling ninth, and Ryan Preece tenth. Rookie Jimmy Zacharias finished 11th and Ron Yuhas Jr came home 12th.
The race was a combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Southern Modified Tour. JR Bertuccio finished 13th overall in the race but was the highest finishing driver from the Southern Tour. Bertuccio was credited with his second career Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory for his effort. He finished just ahead of Southern Tour drivers George Brunnhoelzl III in 14th, Burt Myers 15th, and Luke Fleming 16th.
There was a strong field of 39 cars in the race at the World's Fastest Half-Mile and 26 of those finished on the lead lap even after 12 total caution flags.
Finishing 17th was Cole Powell with rookie Spencer Davis 18th, Woody Pitkat 19th, Danny Bohn 20th, Glen Reen 21st, Ted Christopher 22nd, Matt Hirschman 23rd, David Calabrese 24th, rookie Joe Ryan Osborne 25th, and Bryan Dauzat 26th.
Southern Tour points leader Andy Seuss finished one lap down in 27th. Other notables in the field were Cale Gale in 32nd, Todd Szegedy 34th, Donny Lia 35th, Kyle Ebersole 36th, and Jason Myers 39th.
After 10 of 14 races in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule Doug Coby holds a four point lead over Justin Bonsignore. Ted Christopher is 33 points back in third and Bobby Santos is 34 back in fourth. Ron Silk is fifth, Ryan Preece sixth, Timmy Solomito seventh, Eric Goodale eighth, Woody Pitkat ninth, and Matt Hirschman tenth. Tommy Barrett Jr is 13th after his win.
The next race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule is the Riverhead 200 at Riverhead Raceway on September 13th.
After seven of 14 races in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule Andy Seuss holds a 15 point lead on George Brunnhoelzl III. JR Bertuccio is 27 points back in third. Danny Bohn is fourth, and Luke Fleming fifth.
The next race for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is the Bayport Credit Union 150 on August 30th at Langley Speedway.
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