NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) Champion Bobby Santos will return to the
driver’s seat of the No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge for the 2011 NWMT season.
The Heinke-Baldwin Racing development driver will join the Mystic Missile
team to defend the championship title.
Santos joined the Mystic Missile team in 2010 for his first full season in
the NWMT. The team was hot right off the bat, with three wins, two poles and
two track records in the first four races of the season. Santos and team
tallied a season-high four wins and four poles by the finale at Thompson
International Speedway. Santos, the youngest NWMT champion, beat NWMT
veterans Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher to take his first touring
championship trophy in his first full NWMT season.
“It’s pretty exciting just to be on a second year with everybody at Mystic
Missile,” explained Santos. “I think that we will be that much better
working together. I think I will be better hitting the tracks for a second
time. As a team, we can only be better, so it’s really exciting.”
While most called the 2010 championship run a surprise, the Mystic Missile
team knew that focus and race wins would be key to winning the championship.
Ignoring critics, the No. 4 Mystic Missile held the top spot of the
standings following all but one race of the season. After a banner year,
owner Bob Garbarino believes the Mystic Missile team will improve this
season. “We are planning to be tougher this year than we were last year, and
I think we will be,” said Garbarino.
Santos will kick off the season with the Mystic Missile team on April 10 at
Thompson International Speedway. The Franklin, Mass., native will return to
the track where he was crowned champion, looking to repeat his 2010
About Bobby Santos III
Bobby Santos III is a third generation driver, who has been racing since he
was four years old. After running part-time in the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour since 2004, this season Santos ran his first full schedule and took
home the 2010 Championship with four wins, four poles, 9 top-five and 11
top-10 finishes in the 14-race schedule.
The 25-year-old from Franklin, Mass. has driven 23 different styles of race
cars, including USAC, ARCA, NASCAR Nationwide and Trucks, and the Modified
car he currently races. Santos, a driver in the Heinke-Baldwin Racing driver
development program, had one win, at Thompson International Speedway, in the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour prior to this season..