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by Polly Reid

The Icebreaker you might say turned smoking hot at least for one driver with a new track record set in qualifying by Ryan Preece in the season opening NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Thompson International Speedway. Preece pulled off an 18.387 second lap besting the field to claim the Coors Light Pole Award in the Eric Sanderson owned, Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises sponsored Ford.

“Sly and those Flamingo guys are just an awesome bunch, we’re definitely having fun right now, I can’t wait for tomorrows race, that car is unbelievable.” His sixth career NWMT pole award, third in a row at Thompson, it is the second with the Flamingo Motorsports team- Preece claimed the pole at the World Series event at Thompson last October, his first time in the #16. “To get the track record, that feels pretty cool.”

“There is no reason why we can’t be a contender for the championship. Mr. Sanderson, Paul Les, everyone who sponsors the car gives us everything we need; I’m going to try my best to put us in victory lane.”

“We were fast off the trailer,” said crew chief Sly Szaban. “After a few adjustments for race set up, we went back to time trial package and had a good time trial practice run. Ryan was happy with the car and he backed it up for the real deal.” About breaking Bobby Santos record set one year ago Szaban continued, “It says a lot for our whole team, it’s a team effort, it means something to everyone.”

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY went out earlier in qualifying and broke the track record first with an 18.402 second lap. Bonsignore will start second for the Icebreaker sharing the front row on Sunday with Preece, bringing the 29 car field to green.

Bobby Santos will start third with Rookie of the Year contender Keith Rocco fourth and Rowan Pennink fifth, Ron Yuhas, Mike Stefanik, Ron Silk, Todd Szegedy and Donny Lia the top ten.

Preece pulled off more than a memorable day. Tomorrow, it’s 150 laps, Szaban explained it best, “It’s back to square one- everyone is starting from scratch again, the slate is clean for tomorrow.”

  Source: Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: April 14, 2012

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