Ron Silk Grabs Win In Whelen Modified Tour UNOH 150 At Bristol Motor Speedway

Ron Silk came out on top of a battle for the lead with Todd Szegedy then went on to victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

It was the first career victory at the famed half-mile, high banked oval in Bristol, Tenn. for Silk, of Norwalk.

Szegedy, of Ridgefield, rallied to finish second. Ryan Preece of Berlin was third.

Running in second, Silk made a diving move under Szegedy going into turn three on lap 127. Contact between the two sent Szegedy spinning seemingly at just about the same time that a caution was flying for Ted Christopher spinning.

“I got a good run off turn two,” Silk said. “I got under him going into [turn] three. I’m pretty sure I held the bottom. … I know I had the thing down as far as I could. We made contact and he went around, which I hate to see for him.

“I really don’t think I did anything wrong in what happened in turn three. I think I was under him, I think I had a wheel in there and I don’t think he gave me enough room.”

Silk was allowed to keep the lead and Szegedy was left to fight back from the back of the field.

Szegedy’s furious charge got him to second, but no better. After the race was over Szegedy spun Silk on the track.

“I’m just mad,” Szegedy said. “I had to vent my anger, whether it’s his fault or my fault. I keep getting these wins taken away from me with just bad luck this year, it sucks. Racing is pretty damn humbling. What are you going to do? It sucks.”

Said Silk: “I’ve done things like that after the race too. We all put a lot of heart and effort into this. We’re certainly not doing it for the money, we’re doing it for pride and you want to win. … I don’t hold it against him for what he did. You lose your temper sometimes and stuff happens.”

Series points leader Doug Coby of Milford had his worst finish of the season, a 17th place finish. Before Wednesday, Coby’s worst finish of the season was eighth. He came into the event riding a streak of seven consecutive top-three finishes.

With five races left, Coby holds a 27-point lead over Silk, the 2011 series champion. Preece is third in the standings, 47 behind Coby.

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