Late Pass Gives Goodale Whelen Modified Win At Stafford

Eric Goodale’s third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory came Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway. Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR

Coming from the 18th position, Eric Goodale knew it would take a stout car for him to travel to the front in Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

When it came down to the final laps, Goodale had the car he needed to get the job done. The Riverhead, New York, driver scored his third career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win by passing Ryan Preece with just three laps remaining. The victory was his first at the half-mile oval.

“Stafford is one of those places that you dream of winning at when you’re a little kid,” Goodale said. “I came up here and watched races when I was a kid. To be here and finally win a race, we have so many races under our belt here and we have come close here so many times. It feels good to finally seal the deal.”

Goodale’s run to the front of the field after his qualifying effort was not an easy one. He maneuvered his way to the front and was working the back bumper of Preece for the race lead in lapped traffic when a caution at lap 111 set up the final pit stops of the day. Goodale’s team went to work to help get him out at the front.

He took the lead from lap 120-125, but then lost it and had to follow Preece in the final circuits. A late move to the bottom of turn four got him the lead with just three laps to go and he never looked back.

Goodale beat Preece to the line by 0.389 seconds. Preece came up one spot short of sweeping the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Stafford. He led a race-high 115 laps. Ron Silk finished third, while Chase Dowling and Timmy Solomito rounded out the top five.

Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Doug Coby, Bobby Santos, Craig Lutz and Kyle Bonsignore.

With just one race left on the schedule, four-time champion Coby has a 10 point lead over Justin Bonsingore in the championship standings. Solomito is third, 12 markers back, while Preece is fourth, 19 back from the lead.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track on Sunday Oct. 15 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, where the 2017 champion will be crowned.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Stafford Motor Speedway – Stafford, CT
NAPA Fall Final 150 – Oct. 1, 2017

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 18 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing Chevrolet 150 47 4 Running
2 1 6 Ryan Preece T.S. Haulers Chevrolet 150 44 2 Running
3 3 85 Ron Silk Stuarts Automotiive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet 150 41 Running
4 8 15 Chase Dowling 15-40 Connection/Evolution Sports Chevrolet 150 40 Running
5 4 16 Timmy Solomito Starrett Racing Ford 150 39 Running
6 15 51 Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet 150 38 Running
7 2 2 Doug Coby Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet 150 37 Running
8 10 44 Bobby Santos Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet 150 36 Running
9 17 46 Craig Lutz Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 150 35 Running
10 6 22 Kyle Bonsignore Snap-On Tools/Checker Perf Chevrolet 150 34 Running
11 13 92 Anthony Nocella Nocella Paving/Airgas Chevrolet 150 33 Running
12 9 36 Dave Sapienza Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet 150 32 Running
13 27 24 Andrew Krause Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 150 31 Running
14 7 0 Jon McKennedy Brady Bunch Racing/Copeland Toyota Chevrolet 149 30 Running
15 23 39 Calvin Carroll * Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet 148 29 Running
16 20 38 Kyle Ellwood Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan’s Chevrolet 148 28 Running
17 19 63 Austin Pickens * LFR Chassis Chevrolet 148 27 Running
18 21 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 147 26 Running
19 11 64 Rob Summers Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors 147 25 Running
20 22 33 Wade Cole Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Ford 145 24 Running
21 24 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet 144 23 Running
22 25 1 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet 143 22 Running
23 5 3 Rowan Pennink Cape Cod Copper/JDL/USNE Chevrolet 141 21 Running
24 12 21 Ronnie Williams * Gershow Recycling Chevrolet 136 21 1 Right front
25 14 82 Woody Pitkat Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet 127 19 Rear End
26 26 78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr. * Last Minute Racing Chevrolet 74 18 Clutch
27 16 89 Matt Swanson Starrett Tools Ford 52 17 Fuel Pump

 

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Ryan Preece, Time: 18.513 Seconds, Speed: 97.229 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 1 mins, 46 secs Average Speed: 72.855 mph Margin of Victory: 0.389 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 5-8; 55-59; 112-118; 122-125; 127-131.  5 for 25 laps.

Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-115, Eric Goodale 116, Ronnie Williams * 117-119, Eric Goodale 120-125, Ryan Preece 126, Eric Goodale 127-150.

Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 116, Eric Goodale 31, Ronnie Williams * 3.  5 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Doug Coby 563, Justin Bonsignore 553, Timmy Solomito 551, Ryan Preece 544, Eric Goodale 538, Rowan Pennink 530, Dave Sapienza 475, Matt Swanson 454, Rob Summers 442, Craig Lutz 404

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

 

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