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2014 POLE

Denise DuPont

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) teams traveled to Stafford Motor Speedway for Friday night’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125 race. The sun was shining and teams were ready for racing even with the forecast threatening rain or worst yet lightening, hail and flooding.

Bobby Santos, III of Franklin, MA., took the Tinio Racing/ImperialCars Chevrolet to the top of the charts in practice. Later on Santos earned the #44 race team their first 2014 Coors Light Pole Award with a time of 18.327 (98.216 mph) Santos now has fourteen NWMT career poles with seven of them scored at Stafford Motor Speedway. Santos also has managed to capture four out of the last six NWMT poles. “It is exciting to get our first 2014 pole. We were disappointed with our qualifying run at Thompson and the initial race here at Stafford. To come back and show that we can still get the pole was a good morale booster for everybody. Hopefully if it does rain it is quick so we can get all 125 laps in.”

Santos is ready to make it two for two at Stafford. In the spring, Santos led the field to checkered flag for the NWMT NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 27th win. “Starting on the pole means a lot for this race because it is possibly not a pit stop race. So track position is important.” Santos stated stressing a lead spot is key in this 125 lap race.

Doug Coby of Milford, the 2012 series champion, was second fastest in qualifying at 18.403 seconds (97.810 mph). Eric Goodale of Riverhead, N.Y. was third fastest in qualifying (18.416 seconds, 97.741 mph). Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT. was four fastest in qualifying (18.420 seconds, 97.720 mph). And rounding off the top five qualifiers was Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. (18.480 seconds, 97.403 mph).

Santos will head to Indiana from Stafford. He will be racing at Anderson Speedway 500 laps in a USAC Sprint car. “Anderson Speedway is a quarter-mile track in Indiana. It is a high bank quarter mile. Drivers will be required to make a minimum of two pit stops. I have never run the race before so I am real excited to do it.” 

Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: May 24, 2014

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