Whelen Motorsports

Silk Holds On For Whelen Modified Win At Delaware


Takes Checkers In Inaugural Canada Event

DELAWARE, Ontario, Canada (Sept. 4, 2011) — Ron Silk appeared to have a game plan that even a 48-minute rain delay could not derail. He patiently waited for the right moment on Sunday at Delaware Speedway and won the Delaware 150 in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action.

In the tour’s inaugural race beyond the borders of the United States, Silk, out of Norwalk, Conn., started from the outside pole position and held on to that track position until it was time make his move. That time came with a Lap 107 pass of Erick Rudolph, who led the race’s first 106 circuits after earning his second career pole position on Saturday afternoon.

From there, it looked as if it was going to be smooth sailing for Silk behind the wheel No. 6 T.S. Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet. By Lap 132, he built a 1.222-second lead on Rudolph, but a spin in Turn 4 by Rowan Pennink brought out the caution flag and allowed weather into the equation.

Pennink’s broken oil line forced NASCAR officials to display the red flag to allow the clean-up crew easier access to the spill which trailed from Turn 1 all the way into Turn 3 on the half-mile track. In the meantime, rain began to fall on the track. The weather coupled with the clean up sent the cars to pit road on Lap 143.

After the weather delay, Silk survived two green-white-checkered finish attempts before beating Doug Coby to the finish line.

For Silk, it was his second win of 2011, having emerged victorious on May 27 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, and the sixth of his tour career.

Todd Szegedy picked up third followed by James Civali and Eric Beers in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Eric Berndt, Justin Bonsignore, D.J. Kennington, Jaime Tomaino and Patrick Emerling rounded out the top 10.

Kennington, the reigning NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion hailing from nearby St. Thomas, Ont., was making his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at his home track.

Pennink’s DNF caused him to drop from second to third in the season standings with 11 of 16 races complete. Silk now leads Szegedy by 77 points and Pennink by 117.

The race was slowed due to caution a season-high 13 times.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to familiar territory for its next outing to take on its counterparts from the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway in the UNOH Showdown. Each tour will have a 125-lap feature event followed by a 50-lap exhibition event with competitors from each tour pitted against one another.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Delaware 150 Unofficial Results


At Delaware Speedway

Delaware, Ont.

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 159 laps, 58.828 mph.

2. (5) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 159.

3. (8) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 159.

4. (7) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Pontiac, 159.

5. (4) Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 159.

6. (10) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 159.

7. (18) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 159.

8. (6) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 159.

9. (16) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 159.

10. (13) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Ford, 159.

11. (3) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Dodge, 159.

12. (9) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 159.

13. (12) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 159.

14. (1) Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 159.

15. (17) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 159.

16. (15) Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, Ont., Chevrolet, 156.

17. (11) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Pontiac, 153, accident.

18. (14) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 133, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 21 minutes 5 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.362 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: E.Rudolph (102.360 mph, 17.585 seconds)

Caution Flags: 13 for 67 laps.

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: E. Rudolph 1-105; R. Silk 106-159.

Standings: 1. R. Silk, 1736; 2. T. Szegedy, 1659; 3. R. Pennink, 1619; 4. E. Beers, 1589; 5. B. Santos, 1531; 6. D. Coby, 1529; 7. M. Hirschman, 1473; 8. J. Bonsignore, 1428; 9. J. Civali, 1401; 10. E. Rudolph, 1386.