Back It Up: Eric Goodale Scores Whelen Mod Tour Pole For New England Cycle Center 161 At Waterford

Eric Goodale (Photo: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Eric Goodale (Photo: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images for NASCAR)

WATERFORD – When the 90-minute practice session for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour concluded Saturday afternoon at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl it was Eric Goodale on top of the speed charts.

When qualifying time came, Goodale, of Riverhead, N.Y., backed up that practice showing.

Goodale won the pole in qualifying for tonight’s Whelen Modified Tour New England Cycle Center 161 at the Speedbowl.

It was the second career Whelen Modified Tour pole for Goodale. His first came at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. in 2013.

Goodale toured the .375-mile oval in 14.030 mph (96.222 mph).

“My crew … did a heck of a job all day adjusting the car to just the way I like it, Goodale said. “We found something that I was really comfortable with It’s always nice to start up front, hopefully we can stay up front.”

The pole for Goodale snapped a streak of five consecutive Whelen Modified Tour poles dating back to last season for two-time reigning series champion Doug Coby, who was liking to tie the series record of six held by 7-time series champion Mike Stefanik. Coby was eighth fastest in qualifying.

Chase Dowling of Roxbury was second fastest in qualifying at 14.054 mph (96.058 mph). Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. will start third after putting up a lap of 14.065 seconds (95.983 mph).

Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. was fourth fastest in qualifying (14.087 seconds, 95.833 mph) and Ron Silk of Norwalk fifth (14.107 seconds, 95.967 mph).

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