Santos Saves The Best For Last
STAFFORD, Conn. — Bobby Santos waited until the end to make his move and then powered past Woody Pitkat to win the Carquest Fall Final Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Santos made the winning pass with four laps to go en route to his first victory of the season. It was the seventh career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win for the Franklin, Mass., driver. Four of those wins have come at Stafford, including the 2010 Fall Final.
Pitkat led a race-high 128 laps at his hometown track. The Stafford driver had a cushion of over a second late in the race before Santos cleared lapped traffic and tracked him down. Santos wound up winning by .644 seconds.
Jimmy Blewett, who won his second career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday, finished third. Blewett pitted early for tires but the strategy backfired when the race ran 93 laps under green. Neither Santos nor Pitkat pitted.
Ron Silk and Ryan Preece finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Mike Stefanik was sixth, followed by Donny Lia, Bryon Chew, Doug Coby and Matt Hirschman.
With one race remaining Coby holds a 17-point lead over Ryan Preece and 18 over defending tour champion Silk. Lia and Justin Bonsignore round out the top five but are mathematically eliminated from championship contention.
Bobby Santos, Woody Pitkat, Jimmy Blewett, Ron Silk, Ryan Preece, Mike Stefanik, Donny Lia, Bryon Chew, Doug Coby, Matt Hirschman, Justin Bonsignore, Ron Yuhas Jr., Eric Beers, Richie Pallai Jr., Rowan Pennink, Jamie Tomaino, Eric Goodale, Ed Flemke Jr., Tommy Barrett Jr., Ted Christopher, Eric Berndt, Wade Cole, Todd Szegedy, Steve Dickey, Patrick Emerling, Keith Rocco