Goodale Makes Move When It Counts
By KYLE SOUZA
STAFFORD, CT – 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 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 g 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 NAPA Fall Final 150 will air on NBCSN on Saturday Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.
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.
|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|
*Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender
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