Craig Lutz Leads The Way In Final Whelen Modified Tour Practice At Thompson

Craig Lutz (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

THOMPSON – Move over NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contenders, Craig Lutz was making noise Saturday at Thompson Speedway.

Lutz led the way in final Whelen Modified Tour practice in preparation for Sunday’s season ending Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway.

Lutz, of Miller Place, N.Y., toured the .625-mile oval with a fast lap of 18.901 seconds (119.041 mph).

Series points leader Doug Coby of Milford was second fastest during the session at 18.955 seconds (118.702 mph).

Coby is looking to win his unprecedented fourh consecutive series title. He became the first driver in series history to win three consecutive titles last year. He also won the championship in 2012.

Gary Putnam of Vernon was third fastest at 18.985 seconds (118.515 mph).

Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., one of six drivers mathematically eligible to win the title, was fourth fastest (18.991 seconds, 118.447 mph). Pennink is sixth in the standings. Eric Goodale of Riverhead, N.Y, who is fifth in the standings, was fifth during the session at 19.027 seconds (118.253 mph).

Timmy Solomito of Islip, N.Y., who goes into the season finale third in the standing, 12 points behind Coby, was 10th fastest during the session, but was forced to backup car after being involved in a crash with John Baker.

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y., Coby’s closest pursuer in the championship chase at 10 points back, was 23rd fastest during the practice.

Ryan Preece of Berlin, fourth in the standings, was 16th fastest.

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