Backing It Up: Timmy Solomito Wins Whelen Mod Tour Sunoco World Series 150 Win At Thompson

Timmy Solomito celebrates victory in the Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco World Series 150 Sunday at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

THOMPSON – The entirety of Sunday at Thompson Speedway for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Timmy Solomito revolved around winning the Sunoco World Series 150.

To win his first series championship, it was what he needed to do on the track.

For Solomito, on goal was accomplished, though the ultimate goal of scoring a series title fell out of his hands.

Solomito, of Islip, N.Y, won the season ending Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson. But a fifth place finish by Doug Coby of Milford left Solomito six points short of grabbing his first series title.

“It’s always tough losing,” Solomito said. “But, you just keep carrying on. There’s really not much we could do. We raced every race as hard as we could. We left points on the line this year clearly, but we learned from it and hopefully next year we won’t leave any points on the line.”

Solomito finished the season with five victories, which matched Ryan Preece for a series high for the season.

Chase Dowling of Roxbury was second and Ron Silk of Norwalk third.

Solomito’s feat Sunday proved even more impressive in that his team had to go to a backup car after a crash late in practice on Saturday at Thompson.

“Yesterday we had to unroll the backup car out of the trailer,” Solomito said. “It just goes to show you how great these guys are. We qualified eighth with no laps on the car and put it in victory lane today. There was a lot of determination after what happened yesterday in practice. It was pretty unfortunate.”

Solomito was running second to Silk when the final caution flew on lap 148. The race restarted on lap 154 with a green-white-checkered finish. On the restart Solomito got the run get to by Silk for the victory. Coby, who restarted third for the green-white-checkered, fell to fifth at the finish.

“I knew we had a good car,” Solomito said. “We had the restart there before and I was kind of knocking on [Silk’s] bumper and I knew we had to get a really good restart to be alongside of him going into turn one. We were able to get that restart and obviously able to make that pass and go home with the win, which is pretty cool. We didn’t win the championship, but we won the race. We did everything that we could today.”


  1. Modified Guy says

    Great race. One more lap and Chase would have passed him

  2. Henry Lecomte says

    Why is it someone has to belittle the winner Chase woulda,shoulda,coulda,Way to go Timmy great move don’t really know you however. Your the man till the 2018 Season

  3. darealgoodfella says

    Geez, just wondering how good Solomito would have done in the primary car.


  4. Liz Cherokee says

    Stolimoto! A nice race to cap a nice year by the young Russian vodka superstar…
    Unfortunately I can’t say the same for young Melissa… However I’m proud to say she finished in the top 15 in points. Go Girl, Go! I’ll surely be voting for you to win your fourth consecutive Whelen Modified Tour Most Popular Driver Award!

  5. Gee Liz,Melissa and Doug are practically twins with both winning four and all.Although Doug has already won his,our girl is a lock to join him.I think its safe to pop the bubbly right now!

  6. Solomito = Italian… vodka superstar? Maybe one too many for you Liz

  7. darealgoodfella says

    Always good to end the season with a win. Great way to spend the off-season basking in the glow of winning the last race of the season.


  8. Liz Cherokee says

    Look beyond your radiator cap! I’m willing to bet that if you take young Stolimoto’s DNA to and analyze it that he’ll be at least eighty proof Stolichnayan

  9. If Timmy was in his primary car? How about if Chase started where he qualified? That 15 car passed 60 cars that day! Timmy would have been second if Chase started on the pole.

  10. Silk should of won

  11. darealgoodfella says

    David said: “If Timmy was in his primary car? How about if Chase started where he qualified? That 15 car passed 60 cars that day! Timmy would have been second if Chase started on the pole.”

    Chase Dowling started on the front row, he muffed the start of the race, caused a wreck, then went to the back on the restart.

  12. Ya got that da real whoever. Then what happened after he went to the back?? Finish your stories for a change. He spanked the field if you need help remembering. Man are you annoying.

  13. darealgoodfella says

    TimH, if chase didn’t have to start in the back because he muffed the start, maybe he would have had enough car left to win. Used up the car starting in the back because he muffed the start. But the 16 did win in a backup car.

  14. Well if NASCAR didn’t suck up so many laps under caution like they always do, Dowling most likely was going to win. But, no we lose what 9-10 laps after the lap 1 crash with a red flag, under caution. And a few more “lets go around in circles with the track cleared and no safety trucks or people doing anything”. Then, they waved 2-3 more restarts off. The officials need to fix this. Yes, there were lots of cautions at the end but still there could have been more laps if they sped up the cautions.

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