For the first time since we started Power Rankings for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour we’ve had a driver stay atop the rankings for two consecutive races. After a thrilling weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the mighty modifieds will head to Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire with Doug Coby at the top of the championship standings and Power Rankings.
1. Doug Coby (LR: 1):
At the start of Saturday’s race Coby had an issue with a shock absorber that was greatly affecting the handling of his race car. At the end of the race Coby was battling for the win. Coby finished second to Bobby Santos in a thrilling finish. Coby has finished second twice and 11th once in his three prior Monadnock Speedway starts.
2. Bobby Santos (LR: 2):
Bobby Santos led just one lap in Saturday’s Sunoco 100 at NHMS. In fact he didn’t even lead the entire lap. He only led the distance from turn four to the finish line. But that was enough to score Santos the win. His first ever win at NHMS. Santos said after the race that whatever else happened as the year went on didn’t matter to him because he finally won at Loudon. Santos has only two prior starts at Monadnock. He’s finished fifth and 15th.
3. Ted Christopher (LR 2):
It’s been 35 races since “TC” has last visited victory lane. But over the last two races it’s started to seem as though the end of that streak is imminent. Christopher scored a very strong second at Riverhead Raceway and an even stronger third at NHMS. Christopher led 28 laps at NHMS and had the lead going into turn three on the final lap before Santos stole the victory away. Christopher has made seven starts at Monadnock and has one win.
4. Justin Bonsignore (LR: 4):
At no point did Bonsignore appear to be a serious contender for the win, but he ran in the top 10 most of the afternoon and scored a sixth place finish. He also finished second in the first ever NASCAR Whelen All-Star Shootout on Friday afternoon. Those two performances may as well have been wins for Bonsignore who has struggled mightily at New Hampshire the last few times out. Bonsignore is the most recent Monadnock winner. He also has three top fives for an average finish of fourth in four starts at Monadnock.
5. Ron Silk (LR: 5):
Ron Silk had one of the strongest cars at NHMS on Saturday afternoon. Silk led a race-high 36 laps before fading to ninth late in the event. Silk has made four starts at Monadnock Speedway. He has an average finish of 4.5 and his best finish at the bullring is a third that came in 2010.
Last year’s champion still has yet to find his way into victory lane on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2014, but he had one of his strongest performances ever at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. Preece led 30 laps on the day. Second most to Silk’s 36. He was clearly a contender for the win before he got squeezed into the wall on a late restart and had to settle for sixth. He also made his second career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that same day finishing 14th.