QUALIFYING: Summers Takes Top Spot

Whelen Modified Pole at Myrtle Beach, His First Since 2001

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Rob Summers captured the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season-opening Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The pole was the seventh career for the Manchester, Conn. driver and the first for him since 2001 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Summers put down a fast time of 20.028 seconds (96.705 mph) late in the session behind the wheel of his No. 64 Fastrock Electric Chevrolet for Mike Murphy. He will lead the field to the green flag later this evening.

Donny Lia, making his first start for Tommy Baldwin Racing, was second in the qualifying session. Lia posted a fast time of 20.044 seconds (96.627 mph) behind the wheel of the No. 7 Bardahl Chevrolet.

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Rowan Pennink was third (20.050 seconds/96.599), while Max Zachem captured a fourth place starting spot. Shawn Solomito, who was fastest in Saturday’s lone practice session, rounded out the top five in qualifying.

Completing the top 10 in qualifying was David Sapienza, Timmy Solomito, Jeremy Gerstner, Matt Hirschman and Ryan Preece.

The season-opening Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen is scheduled to take the green flag at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening and can be seen live on Fanschoice.tv.

RESULTS
NWMT Myrtle Beach 3/18/17 Qualifying
Whelen Modified Tour
Series: Whelen Modified Tour
PRINTABLE FORMAT (PDF)
Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm Best Speed
1 64 Rob Summers Fastrock Electric 20.028 96.705
2 7 Donny Lia Bardahl 20.044 96.627
3 3 Rowan Pennink Cape Cod Copper 20.050 96.599
4 20 Max Zachem MPZ Motorsports/Lu-Macs 20.081 96.449
5 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds 20.114 96.291
6 36 David Sapienza Sapienza Enterprise 20.143 96.153
7 16 Timmy Solomito Starret Racing 20.171 96.019
8 15 Jeremy Gerstner The Carriage House Restaurant/GMR 20.215 95.810
9 60 Matt Hirschman Pee Dee Motorsports 20.217 95.801
10 6 Ryan Preece T.S. Haulers, Inc 20.227 95.753
11 22 Kyle Bonsignore Snap-on Tools 20.238 95.701
12 58 Eric Goodale GAF/Heritage Millworth 20.238 95.701
13 17 Kyle Ellwood First Data 20.256 95.616
14 82 Ron Silk Horton Avenue Materials 20.286 95.475
15 11 Andy Seuss LFR Chassis 20.289 95.461
16 51 Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications, Inc. 20.331 95.263
17 85 Todd Szegedy Montanari Fuel/Stuarts Automotive 20.339 95.226
18 1 Burt Myers Citrusafe Cleaners 20.376 95.053
19 56 Craig Lutz Lutz Motorsports 20.412 94.885
20 40 Danny Bohn Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair/WillIAm South Trucking 20.415 94.871
21 89 Matt Swanson Starret Tools 20.452 94.700
22 2 Doug Coby Mayhew Tools 20.533 94.326
23 39 Calvin Carroll* Power with Prestige 20.589 94.070
24 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair 20.600 94.019
25 77 Gary Putnam Curb Records 20.649 93.796
26 46 Woody Pitkat Riverhead Building Supply 20.661 93.742
27 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil 20.686 93.629
28 00 Les Hinckley III* Chad Freeman, Attorney at Law 20.729 93.434
29 01 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil 21.009 92.189
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Sources: Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com


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