LOUDON, N.H. – All a test session did a few weeks ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway did for Ron Silk was let him know that he was on the right track.
Silk – one of the final few cars to hit the track for a time trial run – blitzed the competition and won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Town Fair Tire 100. For the second time in his career at New Hampshire, he'll start the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event from the pin.
“It was pretty good, obviously. The car drove real well,” Silk said. “We were pretty quick in practice, but not really happy with how the car was driving. We spent a lot of time after practice and changed just about everything we could.”
In addition to his two career poles, Silk has two career victories at NHMS. His most recent win came in the series' most recent race at the facility last September.
Ryan Preece qualified on the outside of the front row. Doug Coby, who has won three of the first five Tour races this season, will start third. Coby's never won at New Hampshire.
“I think we all kind of knew that going out late (in qualifying) would be good,” said Coby, who was the second-to-last car on the track in the session. “The car was really good. It was good in practice, it was good in qualifying and I'm looking forward tomorrow. I think we've got a really good car for the race.
“We worked at it all day to make it a little better, and we cut a good lap.”
“It seems like whenever we come here,” Silk said, “we change everything we can on the car throughout practice and then put it all back after practice and get it pretty close to right for the race.”
Ryan Newman, who was stripped of his win in this event a year ago with an illegal motor, qualified fifth. Ryan Blaney will start 11 in his Whelen Modified Tour debut.
Silk joined several other Tour competitors at a test session here earlier this summer, and he said that the time spent on the track let his No. 6 Reynolds Auto Wrecking Chevrolet team know that the changes they had made over the winter would pay off.
“We learned a couple of things, but they didn't really apply today. We're hoping they can apply in September when it cools off a little bit.”
The Town Fair Tire 100 is scheduled for a 1 p.m. green flag on Saturday.