Santos Nabs Stafford Spring Sizzler Pole
STAFFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos has the inside track in his quest for back-to-back NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories at Stafford Motor Speedway after earning the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday afternoon for Sunday’s CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.
Santos, from Franklin, Mass., laid down a fast lap of 18.082 seconds (99.547 mph) in qualifying at the historic half mile for his ninth career Whelen Modified Tour pole. It marked the second time he’s captured the top-qualifying spot for the famed Spring Sizzler weekend, and fourth time overall at Stafford.
Todd Szegedy will join Santos in the front row for Sunday’s 200-lap Whelen Modified Tour feature after he registered a quick lap of 18.084 (99.536). The second row will consist of Rowan Pennink (18.087/99.464) and Chuck Hossfeld (18.101/99.442).
The rest of the top 10 qualifiers included Mike Stefanik, Bryon Chew, Ryan Preece, Eric Berndt, defending race winner Doug Coby and Donny Lia.
Ted Christopher, who has a Whelen Modified Tour-leading five wins in the Spring Sizzler, qualified 15th.
ARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler activities are set to get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m., with the CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party followed by NASCAR Whelen All-American Series features. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is slated to take the green flag at approximately 3:15 p.m.