Matt Swanson Leads Whelen Modified Tour Practice At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Matt Swanson (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

LOUDON, N.H. – A new year of Modified competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and it was Ol’ Blue to the front Friday in practice. 

Matt Swanson led the way in practice for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Friday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in preparation for today’s exhibition Whelen All-Star Shootout and Saturday’s Eastern Propane & Oil 100. 

Swanson, of Acton, Mass., toured the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway oval with a fast lap of 133.740 mph. 

Swanson outpaced reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y, who was second fastest during the hour and 40 minute session with a fast lap of 132.664. 

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y. was third fastest for the practice at 132.627 mph. 

Chase Dowling of Roxbury (132.360 mph) and Blake Barney of Jackson, N.J. (132.268 mph) rounded out the top-five respectively in practice. 

Bobby Santos III, of Franklin, Mass., the defending champion of the Eastern Propane & Oil 100, was sixth fastest (132.158 mph). Series points leader and five-time series champion Doug Coby of Milford was seventh on the speed charts (132.098 mph). 

Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass. was eighth fastest of the 40 cars on the entry list. Ron Silk of Norwalk and Timmy Solomito of Islip, N.Y. rounded out the top-10 respectively. 

Monster Energy Cup Series regular and former Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece of Berlin was 20thfastest. 

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