RONNIE SILK WINS CAREER FIRST IN
WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR ACTION
The two week wait was worth it for Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, CT, who earned
his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at Thompson International
Speedway during the running of part two of Modified Mania II. Louie
Mechalides of Tynsboro, MA, turned in a dominating performance to win the
75-lapper for the True Value Modified Racing Series.
Ronnie Silk scored a popular win in the Whelen Modified Tour 150 at Thompson
in front of a crowded house. In the opening stages of the event current
point leader Donnie Lia and Ron Yuhas, Jr. ran at the head of the field.
After making tracks through the pack, Christopher dogged
leader Lia. At lap 55, the bulk of the field came down to pit road for
service. Christopher opted to stay out on the track to inherit the lead on
the restart. Silk had moved into the third spot with Reggie Ruggiero taking
During a long green flag run, Silk’s car continued to get
better. He was able to take the top spot from Christopher one lap shy of the
century mark taking Ruggiero along for the ride. Szegedy had gotten by Lia
and started to make his presence known.
On a restart late in the race, Ruggiero was able to power by
Silk to take command of the race. Silk, never far behind, continued to chase
the new leader. On lap 137, Silk got underneath Ruggiero and with sparks
flying Silk was the leader once again on lap 138.
A caution on lap 139 shook up the running order inside the
top five. Contact between Christopher and Flemke ended with Flemke in the
outside wall and Christopher on pit road to serve a one-lap penalty. Silk
easily held off the competition on the final single file restart to score
the popular win. Ruggiero settled for second ahead of Szegedy. Bobby Santos
and James Civali rounded out the top five.
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International Speedway PR
September 23, 2007