It’s All Barrett At Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. out-muscled veterans Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore with a dozen laps to go and drove on to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Barrett, from Millis, Mass., was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos – who had been the dominant cars of the night – on Lap 139. The 19-year-old held on to the lead in his No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet through one final restart on Lap 146 for the milestone first victory.
It was just his 10th career start, and first time competing in the sixth annual combination race between the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.
Santos held on for a runner-up finish and Ron Silk joined him on the podium in third. Whelen Modified points leader Doug Coby crossed the line fourth and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman was fifth.
Bonsignore, the event’s Coors Light Pole Award winner, slipped to sixth in the final running order followed by Eric Goodale, Patrick Emerling, Timmy Solomito and Jimmy Zacharias.
JR Bertuccio ended up as the highest-finishing Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver in the event, 13th overall, and was credited with a victory for that tour. Southern tour points leader Andy Seuss was scored 27th in the final rundown.
With Barrett’s win Wednesday, his Our Racing team has won at Bristol two years in a row. Mike Stefanik drove the No. 22 to Victory Lane in 2013.
Tommy Barrett Jr., Bobby Santos, Ron Silk, Doug Coby, Ryan Newman, Justin Bonsignore, Eric Goodale, Timmy Solomito, Patrick Emerling, Ryan Preece, Jimmy Zacharias, Ron Yuhas Jr., J.R. Bertuccio, George Brunnhoelzl III, Burt Myers, Luke Fleming, Cole Powell, Spencer Davis, Woody Pitkat, Danny Bohn, Glen Reen, Ted Christopher, Matt Hirschman, David Calabrese, Joe Ryan Osborne, Jamie Tomaino, Bryan Dauzat, Andy Seuss, Gary Putnam, Jeff Fultz, Bobby Measmer Jr., Cale Gale, Gary McDonald, Todd Szegedy, Donny Lia, Kyle Ebersole, Wade Cole, Jeremy Gerstner, Jason Myers