Silk Claims Thompson Modified Tour Accolades

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Ron Silk in victory lane Thursday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. (Billie Weiss/NASCAR Photo)
Ron Silk in victory lane Thursday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. (Billie Weiss/NASCAR Photo)

THOMPSON, Conn. – Ron Silk capitalized on a heartbreaking turn of events for Ryan Preece and survived a green-white-checkered restart to capture the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson 150 Thursday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

It was the 14th career win for the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and his fifth at Thompson. The victory was Silk’s first since August of 2019 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

After starting the season with a sixth, a 27th and 10th, Silk and the Kevin Stuart-owned team elected to bypass the trip out to Pennsylvania on Aug. 22. The move paid off, as Silk led 114 laps in a runner-up effort at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, and then turned around and won at Thompson.

It was an improbable win, as Silk lost the lead to Preece in the closing laps. But Preece, the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour champion and current NASCAR Cup Series driver making his first tour start of the season, had fuel issues under the subsequent caution that brought him down pit lane and ended his night.

On the final restart of the night, Silk fended off championship leader Justin Bonsignore and Craig Lutz and drove away with the win.

Bonsignore entered the night having won seven of the last eight tour races at Thompson. He led 57 laps before settling for a runner-up finish. Jon McKennedy finished third and Chris Pasteryak fourth. Doug Coby, who won the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award earlier in the evening and led a race-high 66 laps, wound up fifth.

Bonsingore, who collected his sixth top five in six races, pushed his lead to 18 over Coby and 32 over McKennedy.

The finish:

Ron Silk, Justin Bonsignore, Jon McKennedy, Chris Pasteryak, Doug Coby, Dave Sapienza, Ronnie Williams, Anthony Nocella, Matt Swanson, Tyler Rypkema, Calvin Carroll, Craig Lutz, J.B. Fortin, Eric Goodale, Rob Summers, Walter Sutcliffe Jr., Chuck Hossfeld, John Beatty Jr., Ryan Preece, Kyle Bonsignore, Woody Pitkat, Timmy Solomito, Sam Rameau, Andy Jankowiak, Melissa Fifield, Patrick Emerling, Gary Byington, Manny Dias.