Silk Holds Off Szegedy At Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ron Silk won Wednesday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour UNOH 150 combo event at Bristol Motor Speedway, albeit in controversial fashion after contact with race-long leader Todd Szegedy.
With less than 25 laps to go second-place Silk, who started from the pole, stuck the nose of his No. 6 modified under Szegedy in turn four, making contact with Szegedy in the process. Szegedy’s No. 2 entry went for a spin, taking out championship leader Doug Coby in the process.
Szegedy managed to stay on the lead lap after the spin and made a hard charge through the field in an attempt to track down Silk. He made it all the way to second, but ran out of time as Silk crossed the finish line to bag his second victory of the season and first at Bristol.
Szegedy expressed his displeasure with Silk post-race, spinning Silk out after the checkered flag waved.
“I got a run on him down the backstretch off of turn two and got my nose in there,” Silk said of the incident with Szegedy. “I kept it in there and he came down across the front of it. From what I saw I was as far down to the bottom as I could (be) and he decided to see if I was going to lift or not.
“I didn’t want it to turn out that way, but that’s what happened.”
Ryan Preece finished third at the half-mile concrete oval, followed by Justin Bonsignore and Ron Yuhas, Jr. NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship leader George Brunnhoelzl III finished sixth and will be credited with a victory in that division as the highest finishing Southern Modified driver.