Silk Wins Action-Packed New Hampshire 100
Ron Silk bump drafted to the end and grabbed his points lead back after winning the New Hampshire 100 at this afternoon.
Silk started from the pole position and went bumper-to-bumper with all of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regulars to capture his third victory of the 2011 season and his second “Magic Mile” checkered flag.
“The car was great right from the beginning,” said Silk. “It was actually better in the second half of the race when I got up to the lead. I was confident but the first practice I was really close to Newman. We didn't change anything on Thursday, it was fast right off the trailer and I felt it would be good today.”
The driver of the No. 6 T.S. Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet raced into New Hampshire Motor Speedway just 12 points behind Todd Szegedy in the mighty modified championship battle, but the win brought him back to the top spot.
“It will go right down to the wire in the world series at Thompson,” Silk added.
Szegedy, who was disappointed with his car but ended up finishing second.
“Second is a great finish,” said Szegedy. “We certainly didn't have a second place car. It was fortunate we got that second place. We basically struggled today. We got such a good run on the restarts but it was a struggle to stay in the top-five. To win a championship, you have to use your head and be patient. I got hit pretty hard a couple of times and it was hard not to turn those guys into the fence.”
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs Conn., next Sunday, Oct. 2.