Eric Goodale Finds Some Whelen Mod Tour Magic With Fifth Place At NHMS 

Eric Goodale (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

By Denise DuPont

LOUDON, N.H. – Eric Goodale completed the 100 lap feature race fifth, exactly where he had started the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

At one point he was running back about twenty-third, but quick work by his crew got him out second after a caution on lap 70.

Goodale was then positioned to run for the lead.But a late race caution then restart on lap 94 hurt Goodale’s pace.  Goodale did not maintain the momentum he needed to go forward and slid back to fifth. Not a win but great finish at the “Magic Mile”.

“This is by far my best finish,” Goodale said. “Actually it is my best finish here at New Hampshire after 100 laps. That is definitely good. We missed the adjustments just a little bit on a pit stop.”

But in the end Goodale’s crew did their job.

“My pit crew honestly got me my finish here,” Goodale said. “When we pitted we were running thirteenth or fourteenth on the track and we came out second. So I picked up easily twelve spots in the pits which I could not do on the track with the way that the car was handling after the pit stop.

“They gave me the track position and I tried not to give it away. We just never had an opportunity at the end on that last restart to make something happen in the push for the win. But to be honest, fifth place I am happy.”

Seeing Ryan Preece and Doug Coby both have issues that shortened their race run, Goodale was not worried.

“I have had my mechanical woes I hope for the year, I felt pretty confident,” Goodale said. “My car was handling great. The motor was performing fine and I had big power I just needed a little more rotation. I was not worried about anything mechanical.”

Goodale and his crew will go home and prepare for the Starrett 150 August 3 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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  1. From New Smyrna to every VMRS and NWMT race Goodale has appeared in he has struggled. Until Staffords last Open that he won and now this sterling result. Sat next to a couple guys at the Open that came up from Long Island to watch Goodale. They were the coolest dudes ever and happy with the result as was I. Who doesn’t love this guy that is the no 1 modified participant in so many series.

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