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07/13/2012


QUALIFYING:
SILK LEADS FIELD AT NHMS
Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Champ Wins First Pole Of Season

The last time Ron Silk was at New Hampshire Motor Speedway he picked up a win from the pole on the way to winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship. It appears Silk wants a repeat this weekend at the New England track.

Silk won his second consecutive pole at New Hampshire and sixth of his career during qualifying for the Town Fair Tire 100 Friday. The Norwalk, Conn., driver outdistanced the field with a lap of 29.492 seconds (129.147 mph) around the 1.058-mile oval to take the top spot for the first time this season.

The Town Fair Tire 100 is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. The tour will have a final 45-minute practice session Saturday morning from 8:15 a.m.

Ryan Preece qualified second at 29.842 (127.632), followed by points leader Doug Coby at 29.880 (127.470). Eric Berndt and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman completed the top five.

Silk qualified next to last in the field of 34 cars and improved one spot from morning practice where he was second fastest behind Donny Lia.

Keith Rocco was sixth in qualifying, followed by Bryon Chew, Rowan Pennink, Mike Stefanik and defending race winner Todd Szegedy.

Ryan Blaney, making his first start in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driving for Heinke-Baldwin Racing, qualified 11th.

 

Qualifying Results:
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR - Town Fair Tire 100 Lineup

Race Saturday; Qualifying Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Lap Length:
1.058 miles

  1.   (6) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 129.147
  2. (16) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 127.632
  3. (52) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 127.470
  4. (46) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 127.214
  5.   (7) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 127.197
  6.   (3) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 127.091
  7. (88) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126.816
  8. (93) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 126.816
  9. (66) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 126.664
10.   (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn, Ford, 126.660
11. (98) Ryan Blaney, High Pointe, N.C., Chevrolet, 126.622
12. (45) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Ford, 126.500
13. (25) Zane Zeiner, Bath, Pa., Dodge, 126.391
14. (39) Richie Pallai, Jr, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126.366
15. (70) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 126.354
16. (58) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 126.328
17. (44) Bobby Santos III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 126.307
18. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Ford, 126.286
19.   (4) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 126.249
20. (28) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn, Chevrolet, 125.940
21. (64) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.778
22. (07) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.550
23. (76) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 125.546
24. (36) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.426
25. (71) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Ford, 125.401
26. (79) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass, Pontiac, 125.322
27. (51) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124.973
28. (33) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 123.346
29. (38) Johnny Bush, Huntington Station, N.Y., Chevrolet, 122.896
30. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 122.277
31. (99) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 122.057
32. (18) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 121.753
33. (19) Steve Dickey, Londonderry, N.H., Chevrolet, 121.466
34. (82) Mike Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Dodge, 121.141
  * Denotes Rookie of the Year Contender

 

  Source: Jason Christley / NASCAR
Posted: July 13, 2012

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